My weekly "But What Do I Know?" column discusses Mike Soroka, James Paxton and Jerry Howarth.
Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Ralph Buxton
He played on a World Series-winning team with Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra and pitched for Hall of Fame managers Connie Mack and Casey Stengel. However with the way umpires check pitchers for substances today, Ralph Buxton, the man sometimes referred to as the “Pine Tar Baby,” would’ve been in trouble. But that’s all part of the story of this little-talked-about right-hander, who in 1938 became the first player born in Saskatchewan to compete in the major leagues.
Saskatchewan teen Theo Gibbs passes away, GoFundMe page info
Theo Gibbs (Regina, Sask.) passed away unexpectedly on December 30 at the age of 18. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family with funeral expenses.
Two (OK, three) tidbits about Terry Puhl
December 9, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In the summer of 2020, I started what I had hoped would be a regular feature called "Two tidbits about Terry Puhl." I wrote four blog entries within about seven months and then got sidetracked with other projects, but I wanted to resurrect this feature because... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Puhl, Rob Thomson, Scott Thorman, John Gibbons
October 30, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly Canadian baseball news and notes: -Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Houston Astros outfielder Terry Puhl (Melville, Sask.) threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 1 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park. I'm going to go out on... Continue Reading →
Canadian Scheurwater umpiring NLDS between Braves and Phillies
Stu Scheurwater (Regina, Sask.) October 12, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Regina, Sask., native Stu Scheurwater is part of the umpiring crew working the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Scheurwater was the third base umpire in the Phillies' 7-6 win in the opener on Tuesday. Bill Miller... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Boryczewski, Jordan Romano, Mike Soroka, Andre Dawson, Tim Raines
September 11, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly Canadian baseball news and notes: -Please take a moment to remember Marty Boryczewski. He was a catcher with the Pioneer League’s Lethbridge Mounties in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization in 1994 before moving on to a career in investment banking with Cantor Fitzgerald in New... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Terry Puhl, Cal Quantrill, Jim Fanning
Melville, Sask., native Terry Puhl (left) with former Astros GM Tal Smith at their Astros Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night at Minute Maid Park. Photo: Houston Astros/Facebook August 14, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly Canadian baseball news and notes: - Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) is... Continue Reading →
Puhl to be inducted into the Astros Hall of Fame on Saturday
August 12, 2022 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame News Release Melville, Sask., native Terry Puhl will be inducted into the Houston Astros Hall of Fame on Saturday. The longtime Astros outfielder, who was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., in 1995, will be honoured, alongside former general manager... Continue Reading →
Andrew Albers signs with Seattle Mariners
Left-hander Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) has reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners. Photo: Baseball Canada By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Veteran left-hander Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) has signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners, per Steve Adams from MLB Trade Rumors. The Mariners have yet to... Continue Reading →