Long Reads: Allan Roth: The story of the Canadian who was MLB’s first team statistician

Allan Roth (Montreal, Que.) calculated baseball statistics in his office before computers. Photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Before Bill James, Sabermetrics and FanGraphs, one determined Canadian helped start it all. Allan Roth was a 26-year-old former tie and suspenders salesman from Montreal, who had a passion for baseball... Continue Reading →

“El Presidente! El Perfecto!” – Dennis Martinez’s perfect game 30 years later

This 1991 Upper Deck card is a tribute to Dennis Martinez's perfect game that was tossed 30 years ago today By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 30 years ago today that "El Presidente" was "El Perfecto." That was how legendary broadcaster Dave Van Horne poetically summarized Montreal Expos ace Dennis Martinez's perfect game... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Tim Raines, Felipe Alou, Buck Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been a great season for Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto, but the past two weeks have been particularly memorable. On June 28, he broke Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker’s record for most career walks by a Canadian when he notched his 914th... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Andre Dawson, B.J. Wallace, Larry Walker, Jamie Romak

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As the MLB amateur draft approaches (June 12 to June 14), it’s important to remember that it’s not just first-round picks that end up in the Hall of Fame. For example, 42 years ago today, the Montreal Expos chose Andre Dawson, out of Florida... Continue Reading →

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