But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With his victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday, Richmond, B.C., native James Paxton has won the first six decisions of his big league career. Surprisingly, this is not a Canadian record. Toronto, Ont., native Jesse Crain won the first 11 decisions of hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Dixie Howell

Montreal Gazette reporter Dink Carroll referred to Homer “Dixie” Howell as “the prodigal son.” The description was apt when you consider that Howell played parts of six seasons, in four separate stints, with the Montreal Royals. No matter where the likeable catcher traveled during his lengthy professional baseball odyssey, his road always seemed to pointContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Dixie Howell”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Jack Cassini

Jesse Owens is the only person that could beat Jack Cassini in a foot race. At least that’s what the former Montreal Royal told the Arizona Republic in an interview in March 2008. “I could hit, and I could run like hell,” Cassini told the paper. The ex-big leaguer was 88 when he made thisContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Jack Cassini”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Ed Roebuck

From ace starter in Montreal to World Series-winning closer in Brooklyn, Ed Roebuck certainly proved his versatility on the mound in the mid-1950s. After tying for the team lead in wins (18) with the Triple-A Montreal Royals in 1954, Roebuck made the big league Dodgers as a reliever the following spring. Brooklyn bench boss WalterContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Ed Roebuck”

New Canadian ball hall inductee Murray Cook recalls Gary Carter trade

When Murray Cook left the New York Yankees to become the general manager of the Montreal Expos on September 5, 1984, no one could’ve blamed him if he thought his new job would be less stressful. After all, the Sackville, N.B., native would no longer have George Steinbrenner breathing down his neck. But things didn’tContinue reading “New Canadian ball hall inductee Murray Cook recalls Gary Carter trade”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Gino Cimoli

Who was the first player to walk to the plate in a major league game on the West Coast? The answer is Gino Cimoli, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound San Francisco native who was selected to bat leadoff for the Dodgers in their first regular season contest representing the city of Los Angeles. With his friends andContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Gino Cimoli”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Gary Waslewski

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – After initially sporting No. 36 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau has settled on No. 66. Morneau’s trademark No. 33 – which he donned as a tribute to both Patrick RoyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Gary Waslewski”

But What Do I Know? … Justin Morneau, Tom Henke, John McDonald

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – I understand why the floundering Minnesota Twins would trade Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.) to the Pittsburgh Pirates. What I don’t understand is why they would deal the Canadian slugger for a fourth outfielder (AlexContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Justin Morneau, Tom Henke, John McDonald”

But What Do I Know? … Vladimir Guerrero, Matt Stairs, David Bush

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – Former Montreal Expos great Vladimir Guerrero, who played in the Blue Jays’ minor league system for a short stretch last season, has signed with the independent Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks, where he’ll suit upContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Vladimir Guerrero, Matt Stairs, David Bush”

Canadians should remember Roberto Clemente on 40th anniversary of his death

*This article has been adapted from an article I wrote in 2002. When historians talk about legends that are part of Canadian baseball history, they often mention Babe Ruth (hit his first home run in professional baseball in Toronto) or Jackie Robinson (played in Montreal before breaking Major League’s baseball colour barrier). Seldom do theyContinue reading “Canadians should remember Roberto Clemente on 40th anniversary of his death”