But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill, Jeff Samardzija, Leo Marentette

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy belated 153rd birthday to one of Canada’s biggest baseball legends. James “Tip” O’Neill was born on May 25, 1861 in either Woodstock or Springfield, Ont. As a member of the American Association’s St. Louis Browns in 1887, O’Neill became Major League Baseball’s firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill, Jeff Samardzija, Leo Marentette”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Chuck Kress

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan recorded his first big league win in almost six years on Friday, but surprisingly that’s not the record for the longest span between major league wins. Interestingly enough, that record appears to belong to Blue Jays’ pitching coach Pete Walker,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Chuck Kress”

Memories of getting Montreal Expos autographs by mail

During the summers of 1983 and 1984, one of the favourite ways for my brother Paul and I to pass our time was to write fan letters to big league baseball players and ask for their autographs. The Montreal Expos players proved to be particularly obliging. I think the first player we heard back fromContinue reading “Memories of getting Montreal Expos autographs by mail”

Canadian baseball community mourns Gary Carter

The first image you saw when you visited Baseball Canada’s website on Friday was a photo paying tribute to Gary Carter. It’s a testament to the legendary Expo’s enduring impact on baseball in this country that our national baseball body has chosen to honour Carter, who played his last game in the big leagues inContinue reading “Canadian baseball community mourns Gary Carter”