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”

Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has passed away at the age of 75. The National Baseball Hall of Fame shared the news of his death in a press release last night. The Hall’s release indicates that Seaver died “peacefully in his sleep of complications of Lewy body dementiaContinue reading “Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Forty-nine years ago today, the Montreal Expos defeated Tom Seaver and the eventual World Series champion New York Mets at Shea Stadium 11-10 in their first regular season game. Left-handed reliever Don Shaw was the winning pitcher for the Expos, while fellow southpaw DanContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton”

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? . . . Jeff Francis, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Congratulations to Jeff Francis (North Delta, B.C.) on his successful 11-year major league career. Hall of Fame writer Bob Elliott shared on the Canadian Baseball Network on Friday that Francis is retiring. A first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2002 MLB amateur draft, theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jeff Francis, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Michael Saunders, Ron Taylor

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported on Wednesday that Gibsons, B.C., native Ryan Dempster has opted to retire. After helping the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2013, the Canadian right-hander took the entire 2014 season off for personal and physicalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Michael Saunders, Ron Taylor”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball’s most influential statistician, ranks him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. In 43 games at the old Montreal ballpark, the 5-foot-7, 160-pound second baseman clubbed seven homers and recorded aContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Nolan Ryan

It was Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Puhl that saved Nolan Ryan’s fifth no-hitter. Manning right field for the Houston Astros, the Melville, Sask., native took off after a deep fly ball that Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia clubbed to right-centre off of Ryan in the top of the seventh inning at theContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Nolan Ryan”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Seaver

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Tom was not “Terrific” in Toronto. Admittedly, Tom Seaver, whose dominance on the mound earned him the nickname “Tom Terrific,” didn’t pitch in Toronto until the tail end of his career, but the legendary hurler lost all three games he started at Exhibition Stadium and posted a 3.63 ERA.Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Seaver”

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”