Five things you might not know about Juan Guzman

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who has been the Toronto Blue Jays’ best starting pitcher in the postseason? It’s not Dave Stieb or Jimmy Key, or even Jack Morris, who was signed specifically for his superlative postseason track record. And younger Blue Jays fans might say it’s Marco Estrada. But the correct answer wouldContinue reading “Five things you might not know about Juan Guzman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Cal Quantrill, Stubby Clapp

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will make his final start of the season today.  Through 28 starts, he is 13-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 169 2/3 innings. His start today likely rules him out of starting the opening game of theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Cal Quantrill, Stubby Clapp”

1981 Montreal Expos: Whatever happened to . . . Wallace Johnson

If you happen to see Wallace Johnson at the Montreal Jazz Festival this summer, stop and buy the man a drink. After all, the former pinch-hitter extraordinaire, who frequently returns to the city for this landmark event, was the author of arguably the most important hit in Montreal Expos history. His two-run triple off ofContinue reading “1981 Montreal Expos: Whatever happened to . . . Wallace Johnson”

George Selkirk: Canada’s Mr. October

With five World Series rings, he’s Canada’s Mr. October. Unfortunately, the vast majority of baseball fans don’t know who he is. “Not even hardcore Yankees fans are going to remember George Selkirk,” said Richard Tofel, author of A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939, in a 2009 interview. Born in Huntsville,Continue reading “George Selkirk: Canada’s Mr. October”