But What Do I Know? . . . Phillippe Aumont, Matt Stairs, Jesse Crain, Duane Ward

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Just a reminder that the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., opened its doors for the season yesterday. It’s well worth a visit. For more information about its hours and its COVID-19 safety precautions, pleaseContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phillippe Aumont, Matt Stairs, Jesse Crain, Duane Ward”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss

This is the fifth in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card I pulledContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota

  This is the third in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card IContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Larry Walker, Larry Walker

  This week’s column is devoted to Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) is the only other Canadian player to be elected to the Cooperstown shrine. He was honoured in 1991. Here are some fun facts and firsts fromContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Larry Walker, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Rheal Cormier, Hank Aaron, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Fifty-one years ago today, two days after he was acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Philadelphia Phillies, Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins relieved Cubs starter Bob Hendley in the third inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Rheal Cormier, Hank Aaron, Tom Burgess”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Montreal native Russell Martin helped make history on Tuesday when he belted two home runs against the New York Yankees in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 12-6 victory at Yankee Stadium. In that game, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez also clubbed two home runs, marking the firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jason Dickson, Vladimir Guerrero”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Having Lawrie and Lowrie on the same team in the same infield is a typo waiting to happen for a baseball writer. Fortunately for them, the Oakland A’s are reportedly looking to trade Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.). Susan Slusser of the San Francisco ChronicleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Chris Leroux, Bruce Chen

    My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • And then there was one. On May 1, the Toronto Blue Jays had five Canadians on their active roster. But after Jeff Francis (North Delta, B.C.) was designated for assignment on Monday, Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) is the only Canuck remaining. MichaelContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Chris Leroux, Bruce Chen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ernie Banks, Erik Bedard, Scott Diamond

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.) and Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.), two Canadians who pitched for the bulk of their careers at Wrigley Field, took to Twitter yesterday to pay tribute to Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who passed away on Friday at the age of 83.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ernie Banks, Erik Bedard, Scott Diamond”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Dickson, Rheal Cormier, Ralph Dickenson

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Congratulations to former big league pitchers Jason Dickson (Chatham, N.B.) and Rheal Cormier (Cap-Pele, N.B.) on their election to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. The two Maritime moundsmen will be inducted in a ceremony in St. Stephen, N.B. onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Dickson, Rheal Cormier, Ralph Dickenson”