Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Dave Lemanczyk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was the Toronto Blue Jays’ first ace. Before there was Dave Stieb, there was Dave Lemanczyk. And few have fought harder to stay on the mound than Lemanczyk, who tossed 11 complete games for a hapless Blue Jays squad in their inaugural season. The strong-willed, 6-foot-4 right-hander pitchedContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Dave Lemanczyk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Farhan Zaidi, Devon Travis, Ron Stead

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Sudbury, Ont., native Farhan Zaidi was named the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers last week to become the sixth Canadian to be named a big league GM. The others are George Selkirk (Huntsville, Ont., Washington Senators, 1964 to 1969), Murray Cook (Sackville,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Farhan Zaidi, Devon Travis, Ron Stead”

In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 2

As a new year approaches, it’s a good time to look back and savour the memories of some of the Canadian baseball legends that we lost in 2011. Here are obituaries of the legends that passed away in the second half of the year: Dick Williams, July 7 Elected to the National Baseball Hall ofContinue reading “In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 2”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, Ron Stead, passes away

Intercounty League pitching legend, Ron Stead, has passed away at the age of 75. He died at 6:15 p.m. ET last night after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in London, Ont., in 1936, Stead grew up in Toronto close to Maple Leaf Stadium. “Where I lived in Toronto was right behind the MapleContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, Ron Stead, passes away”