Great Canadian Baseball Moments: October 16, 1975 – Reggie Cleveland becomes the first Canadian pitcher to start a World Series game

As Reggie Cleveland warmed up in the bullpen at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium on October 16, 1975, he had no idea that he was about to become the first Canadian pitcher to start a World Series game. “No one told me that until years afterwards,” Cleveland told Brian Kendall for his 1995 book, Great Moments in... Continue Reading →

Cooperstowners in Canada: Willie Stargell

"He doesn't just hit pitchers. He takes away their dignity."                                      Don Sutton, on Willie Stargell's propensity for belting long home runs. That must have been how Montreal Expos southpaw Dan McGinn felt on July 16, 1969. With the Pittsburgh Pirates trailing 6-2 in the top of the eighth inning at Jarry Park, Stargell strolled... Continue Reading →

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball's most influential statistician, ranks him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. In 43 games at the old Montreal ballpark, the 5-foot-7, 160-pound second baseman clubbed seven homers and recorded a... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? … Chris Robinson, Jesse Crain, 1994 Montreal Expos

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): - Dorchester, Ont., native Chris Robinson recorded his first big league hit in style last night when he belted a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning off of Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Eury De La Rosa.... Continue Reading →

April 24, 1977 – Remembering Fergie Jenkins’ first start at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It seems fitting that the greatest Canadian pitcher was the first hurler to toss a shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays. On April 24, 1977, Fergie Jenkins, toeing the rubber for the Boston Red Sox, dominated the Jays for nine innings in front of 29,303 fans at Exhibition Stadium.... Continue Reading →

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