But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         On this Remembrance Day, please take a moment to think about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Marchildon (Penetanguishene, Ont.), who was not only an ace pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s, but he also served as a tail gunner inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Charlie Montoyo, Fergie Jenkins, Terry Puhl

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Highly respected baseball writer Jon Heyman tweeted on Friday that the Texas Rangers will conduct an in-person interview with Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp about their vacant managerial position. Clapp has led the St. Louis Cardinals’ triple-A Memphis Redbirds to back-to-back Pacific Coast LeagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Charlie Montoyo, Fergie Jenkins, Terry Puhl”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Scott Thorman, Drew Storen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • There was good news and bad news for Montreal Expos great Tim Raines when the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting results were announced on Wednesday. The bad news is that the speedy former outfielder did not receive the 75 per cent support fromContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Scott Thorman, Drew Storen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Fergie Jenkins, Joe Siddall

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Leave it to Dr. Seuss to summarize what the feelings of Toronto Blue Jays fans should be after their club’s exciting 2015 season ended on Friday: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” • You can’t help but admire and respect left-handerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Fergie Jenkins, Joe Siddall”

Great Canadian Baseball Moments: September 9, 1945 – Toronto native Dick Fowler becomes the first – and still only – Canadian to throw a big league no-hitter

No one could’ve predicted that Toronto-born right-hander Dick Fowler would make history on September 9, 1945. Just eight days earlier, the 6-foot-4 hurler had returned from a three-year term in the Canadian army and in three ensuing relief appearances, he had been lit up for 11 runs in 11-2/3 innings. “I came out of theContinue reading “Great Canadian Baseball Moments: September 9, 1945 – Toronto native Dick Fowler becomes the first – and still only – Canadian to throw a big league no-hitter”

Remembering Dick Fowler: The Canadian army vet who threw a no-hitter

Dick Fowler was a lanky, golden-armed 18-year-old when he dazzled the Toronto Maple Leafs brass at training camp in 1939. The local sensation debuted for his hometown squad in 1940, and Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics would purchase his contract later that same year. The six-foot-five hurler recorded a complete-game victory in his big league debutContinue reading “Remembering Dick Fowler: The Canadian army vet who threw a no-hitter”

Remembering Canadian big leaguer and war hero Phil Marchildon

While working in the Creighton Mine in Sudbury and starring for the company baseball team, Phil Marchildon was convinced to try out with the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs in 1938. The hard-throwing Penetanguishene, Ont., native struck out seven of the nine batters he faced at the tryout and would report to the Leafs trainingContinue reading “Remembering Canadian big leaguer and war hero Phil Marchildon”

Scott Diamond and Justin Morneau make Canadian baseball history

Canadian baseball history was made in the Minnesota Twins’ 11-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians last Friday. In that contest, Guelph, Ont., native Scott Diamond pitched a complete-game shutout and Justin Morneau, the pride of New Westminster, B.C., homered. This marked the first time in major league history that Canadian teammates have thrown a shutoutContinue reading “Scott Diamond and Justin Morneau make Canadian baseball history”

Remembering Canadian big leaguer and war hero Phil Marchildon

While working in the Creighton Mine in Sudbury and starring for the company baseball team, Phil Marchildon was convinced to try out with the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs in 1938. The hard-throwing Penetanguishene, Ont., native would strike out seven of the nine batters he faced at the tryout and would report to the LeafsContinue reading “Remembering Canadian big leaguer and war hero Phil Marchildon”

Yankees legend Tony Lazzeri played and managed in Toronto

It ranks as a mere footnote in the career of Tony Lazzeri, but the Hall of Fame second baseman enjoyed a 254-game stint with the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs in 1939 and 1940. A valuable but overshadowed member of the storied 1927 Murderers’ Row Yankees, Lazzeri was a quiet leader, renowned for his baseballContinue reading “Yankees legend Tony Lazzeri played and managed in Toronto”