But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay


My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Just how good has Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) been in his first 10 big league seasons? His career WAR – an all-encompassing statistic that measures the numbers of wins a player (taking into account their offensive and defensive contributions) adds to their team above... Continue Reading →


The 1954 Montreal Royals team photo . . . Billy Harris


His first professional baseball contract was signed in a quintessentially Canadian setting. New Brunswick native Billy Harris was competing in a hockey tournament in Buchans, Nfld., when Brooklyn Dodgers scout Bill O’Connor secured the stocky 19-year-old’s signature on a piece of paper. Although the five-foot-seven Harris was a standout stickhandler, it was his right arm... Continue Reading →


Baseball pioneer Larry Doby was a batting coach in Montreal


*I thought I would re-run this blog entry on baseball pioneer Larry Doby that I wrote back when I started Cooperstowners in Canada. Not many people read it at the time, but I believe Doby's story is worth another look.* Like Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the American League, also... Continue Reading →


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