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”

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”

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”