Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Happy Canada Day to you! Let’s celebrate with a hodge podge of Canada Day baseball facts that I’ve gathered over the years. · On July 1, 1940, Hunstville, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk, hitting fifth in the New York Yankees lineup behind JoeContinue reading “Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that they will be postponing their 2020 induction ceremony until June 19, 2021. With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ontario government’s regulations on crowd sizes, theyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer”

A closer look at Matt Stairs’ pinch-hit home runs

*Today is the 28th anniversary of Matt Stairs’ MLB debut. On that day in 1992, he pinch hit for Montreal Expos left-hander Jeff Fassero in the 10th inning in the Expos’ 3-2 loss to the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. He struck out in that at bat, but he would later hit a MLB record 23Continue reading “A closer look at Matt Stairs’ pinch-hit home runs”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, Jim Fanning, Carlos Delgado

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago today that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) won his 100th game as an American League pitcher, when he hurled a complete game for the Texas Rangers in theirContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, Jim Fanning, Carlos Delgado”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss

This is the fifth 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 I pulledContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1990 Topps Walt Weiss”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim McKean, Rowan Wick, Larry Walker, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s Grey Cup Sunday and today I’m thinking about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim McKean. Most remember the Montreal native as a highly respected major league umpire for 28 years. But prior to his umpiring career, he played in the CFL andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim McKean, Rowan Wick, Larry Walker, Tom Burgess”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Bay, Mike Soroka, Ryan Dempster, Ken MacKenzie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Speaking of Jason Bay, he’s the only Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. That could change this year, however, with the way Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka is pitching for the Atlanta Braves. Through 12 starts, Soroka is 8-1Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jason Bay, Mike Soroka, Ryan Dempster, Ken MacKenzie”

But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them pretending to be Jesse Barfield or Dale Murphy. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsible man whoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day/Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame edition”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to induct Ash, Bay, Dempster and Thomson on Saturday

June 11, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – The four members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class own a combined eight World Series rings, five all-star selections and four Tip O’Neill awards, and together would’ve formed a strong foundation for a professional baseball team.Continue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to induct Ash, Bay, Dempster and Thomson on Saturday”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, George Selkirk, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With former slugger Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.) and versatile pitcher Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.) being inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame together this summer, it got me wondering how Bay fared against Dempster in the major leagues. The answer is not veryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, George Selkirk, Fergie Jenkins”