Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada On top of his 3,000 hits, 938 stolen bases and first-ballot induction in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Lou Brock is also the answer to an important Canadian baseball trivia question. Who was the first major league player to bat in a regular season game played in Canada?Continue reading “Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1979 Topps Roger Metzger

  This is the fourth 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 – 1979 Topps Roger Metzger”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2019 induction class on Tuesday. Former slugger Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.),  versatile ex-pitcher Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.), esteemed coach Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) and long-time executive Gord Ash (Toronto, Ont.) willContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Brett Lawrie, Frank Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Eric Gagne, Bob Emslie, Ron Piche

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2019 induction class on Tuesday at 9 a.m. E.T. I will publish the Hall’s press release on this site. The new inductees will be honoured in a ceremony at the Hall of Fame grounds inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Eric Gagne, Bob Emslie, Ron Piche”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Ron Piche, Steve Rogers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If it feels like John Gibbons gets thrown out of a lot of games, that’s because he does get thrown out of a lot of games, at least that’s what the statistics say. Just 45 games into the 2016 season, the Toronto Blue Jays skipperContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Gibbons, Ron Piche, Steve Rogers”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Steve Carlton

He won four Cy Young Awards, was selected to 10 all-star games and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. But what you might not know about legendary left-hander Steve Carlton is that he started his professional baseball career in Canada. After he was signed as anContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Steve Carlton”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Torre

In a previous blog entry, I noted that Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa – two of the three legendary managers recently elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame – spent portions of their professional careers in Canada. Cox, of course, managed the Toronto Blue Jays for four seasons from 1982 to 1985, whileContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Torre”

In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 1

As a new year approaches, it’s a good time to look back and savour the memories of the Canadian baseball legends that we lost in 2011. In part one of my two-part series, I’ve created obituaries for the legends that we lost during the first half of 2011: Roy Hartsfield, January 15 After 15 seasonsContinue reading “In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 1”

But What Do I Know? … Edwin Encarnacion, Roberto Alomar, J.P. Ricciardi

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  I still feel that Blue Jays fans are too harsh on Edwin Encarnacion, but I have to admit they are very clever. With his two errors at first base in Wednesday’s game, witty Jays supporters have taken toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Edwin Encarnacion, Roberto Alomar, J.P. Ricciardi”

But What Do I Know? … Ron Piché, Woodie Fryman, Michael Young

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Funeral services were held yesterday for Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Ron Piché in Laval, Quebec. Hall president Tom Valcke reported that Piche would be buried in his honourary Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame blazer. Piché, who pitched for parts of six seasonsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Ron Piché, Woodie Fryman, Michael Young”