Find the Canadian Connection – 1976 Topps Bill Stein

  This is the sixth of my “Find the Canadian Connection” features.  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. You can readContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1976 Topps Bill Stein”

Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81

Ron Fairly, the only player to be named an all-star as a member of the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. A cause of death has not been released, but the Seattle Mariners, whom Fairly had most recently worked for as a broadcaster, shared the newsContinue reading “Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81”

James Paxton wins Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award

December 4, 2018 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Official Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – Ladner, B.C. native James Paxton has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Tip O’Neill Award. Canada’s baseball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement andContinue reading “James Paxton wins Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         On this Remembrance Day, please take a moment to think about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Marchildon (Penetanguishene, Ont.), who was not only an ace pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s, but he also served as a tail gunner inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, John Axford, James Paxton, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp for leading the triple-A Memphis Redbirds to a Pacific Coast League championship for a second consecutive  season. The Redbirds defeated the Fresno Grizzlies on September 16 to capture the title. Clapp then led the Redbirds to 14-4Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, John Axford, James Paxton, Rich Harden”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Stubby Clapp, Dave Stieb, Joey Votto

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) whose wife Lydia passed away unexpectedly on Monday. I’m sending good thoughts and strength to Fergie and his family at this difficult time. ·         Congratulations to North Vancouver,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Stubby Clapp, Dave Stieb, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Terry Puhl

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It appears I jinxed Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton when I said he’d likely be named to the American League All-Star team in last week’s column. Not only was he not named to the All-Star team, he has also landed on the 10-day disabledContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Terry Puhl”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, George Bell, Adam Loewen, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The most heartwarming moment of the 2018 MLB Draft for me came when the Seattle Mariners dedicated their final pick to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Norton (Port Moody, B.C.), who was a longtime scout with the club who passed in awayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, George Bell, Adam Loewen, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With a no-hitter, a 16-strikeout performance and the first two complete games of his major league career on his resume in the past 30 days, James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) should be a lock for American League Pitcher of the Month honours. In five startsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . My mom, James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! And especially to my mom, Glenyce Glew, who my dad and I have dragged to enough Toronto Blue Jays games over the years that she has become one of the team’s more spirited fans.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . My mom, James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto”