But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I was sorry to learn that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jack Graney’s daughter Margot (Graney) Mudd passed away in Plantation, Fla., on Friday at the age of 98 after a battle with influenza. I had the privilege of speaking to Margot aboutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Russell Martin, Roberto Clemente, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As Nick Lee (@NickLee51 on Twitter) pointed out on Friday, Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) has been the San Diego Padres best pitcher since the all-star break. In 34 1/3 innings in six appearances since the Midsummer Classic, the Canadian right-hander has limited battersContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Russell Martin, Roberto Clemente, Tom Henke”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         All of the presentations were outstanding at the third annual Canadian Baseball History Conference in London, Ont., on Saturday. Thank you to Andrew and Elena North for all that they do to put together this event and a special tip of the hat toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Jamie Romak, Sparky Anderson, Roberto Clemente”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Stu Scheurwater, Chris Reitsma

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal Expos legend and 2017 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tim Raines told MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Friday that he believes that Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker is worthy of a plaque in Cooperstown. “When you talk about aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Stu Scheurwater, Chris Reitsma”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Colorado Rockies strongly pushed Larry Walker’s case for the National Baseball Hall of Fame on social media this year. In 10 seasons with the Rockies from 1995 to 2004, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native won three batting titles, five Gold Gloves, two Silver SluggerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind”

But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Tony Fernandez, Adam Loewen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With southpaw reliever Brett Cecil out for the playoffs with a torn left-calf muscle, if I’m Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and I need to get a left-handed batter out late in the game tonight, I’m bringing in David Price to face him. WithContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Tony Fernandez, Adam Loewen”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Joe Carbonaro

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada You wouldn’t believe the stories this retired cabinetmaker can tell you. Like how he hated throwing batting practice to Roberto Clemente, because almost everything the free-swinging outfielder hit went right back “through the box.” Or about how he shared a spring training complex with Jackie Robinson. “Vero Beach (theContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Joe Carbonaro”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Mickens

When Glenn Mickens raved to a baseball acquaintance about a promising, young outfielder that was playing behind him on the 1954 Montreal Royals, he may have inadvertently inspired a transaction that would change Pittsburgh Pirates history. “Ironically, one of the other scouts that helped sign me, Howie Haak, was now with the Pirates and cameContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Mickens”

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 . . . Dick Whitman

He lost his big league job to Duke Snider and had to compete for playing time with Roberto Clemente, but Dick Whitman still managed to forge out a 13-year career in professional baseball. Born in Woodburn, Ore., in 1920, Whitman played for the semi-pro Silverton Red Sox alongside future big leaguers Johnny Pesky and JoeContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Dick Whitman”