Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to . . . Bill Sampen?

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada To say Bill Sampen had an unlikely big league career would be a massive understatement. The former Montreal Expos right-hander grew up in Emden, Ill., a tiny farming community (population 500) and attended an equally tiny high school (approximately 120 students) whose baseball team was managed by the basketball... Continue Reading →

Former Montreal Expos scout Kelvin Bowles passes away at 82

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos scout Kelvin Bowles passed away on Sunday at the age of 82 after a lengthy illness. He died in his home in Smith Mountain Lake, Va. Bowles was a versatile and respected scout for Jim Fanning and the Expos from 1985 to 1990. He was entrusted... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Gary Carter, Nick Pivetta, Orv Franchuk

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: - Self-described Baseball Reference Play Index adherent Austin J. Eich shares a seemingly endless stream of fascinating baseball stats on Twitter, including this one (below) about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.). Eich notes that... Continue Reading →

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1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Ed Roebuck

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From ace starter in Montreal to World Series-winning closer in Brooklyn, Ed Roebuck certainly proved his versatility on the mound in the mid-1950s. After tying for the team lead in wins (18) with the Triple-A Montreal Royals in 1954, Roebuck made the big league Dodgers as a reliever the following spring. Brooklyn bench boss Walter... Continue Reading →

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