Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Terry “owned” Tom Terrific

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was a quiet summer night about two years ago when I was perusing Twitter and stumbled upon a tweet from legendary left-hander Jim Kaat. Kaat had written that nobody could say they “owned” Tom Seaver except for former Montreal Expo and Toronto Blue Jay Tommy Hutton, who wentContinue reading “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Terry “owned” Tom Terrific”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Michael Saunders, Scott Thorman, Andre Dawson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Please take a moment today to remember Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and legendary Canadian baseball scout and executive Wayne Norton who passed away one year ago today at the age of 75 after a valiant battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Born inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Michael Saunders, Scott Thorman, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Joey Votto, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal Expos legend and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Rusty Staub would’ve turned 74 today. He passed away on Thursday in a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospital. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reported that Staub had been suffering from a numberContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Joey Votto, John Axford, Michael Saunders”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Left-handers David Price and J.A. Happ have both made 21 starts since last season’s trade deadline, so let’s compare their statistics: Price: 136-2/3 innings pitched, 16-2 won/loss record, 3.69 ERA, 2.2 WAR. His salary for 2016 is $30 million. Happ: 128 innings pitched, 13-4 won/lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish”

March 6, 1969: Montreal Expos’ first spring training game

On February 24, I wrote about the Toronto Blue Jays’ first spring training game that took place on March 11, 1977 in Dunedin, Fla. But what happened in the Montreal Expos’ first spring training contest eight years earlier? To find out, I trekked over to the D.B. Weldon Library at Western University to track downContinue reading “March 6, 1969: Montreal Expos’ first spring training game”

Cooperstowners that were rumoured to be coming to Toronto

Phil Niekro, Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor and Rickey Henderson are Hall of Famers that once suited up for the Toronto Blue Jays. And Roberto Alomar will, of course, have his day in Cooperstown this summer. But in the club’s 34-year history, a number of other legends were also rumoured to be coming to Toronto. PartContinue reading “Cooperstowners that were rumoured to be coming to Toronto”

Niekro a Hall of Famer despite dreadful stint with Jays

It’s safe to say that Phil Niekro was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in spite of his performance as a Toronto Blue Jay. Enshrined in 1997, the ageless knuckleballer won 318 big league games, was selected to five all-star teams and won five Gold Gloves during his 24-year career. “Trying to hitContinue reading “Niekro a Hall of Famer despite dreadful stint with Jays”