Blue Jays’ first-ever draft pick, Tom Goffena, passes away at 61

  June 11, 2020 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Tom Goffena, the first player the Toronto Blue Jays ever selected in the MLB June amateur draft, has passed away at the age of 61. According to his friend, Mark Bulle, Goffena had been battling colon cancer for the past 10 years. “Tom passed awayContinue reading “Blue Jays’ first-ever draft pick, Tom Goffena, passes away at 61”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It has become an Easter tradition in this column to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin”

Zany Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville managed in Montreal

In baseball lore, Walter “Rabbit” Maranville is known as much for his drunken shenanigans as he is for his fielding heroics. The 5-foot-5, 155-pound shortstop was one of baseball’s true characters during his 23-year playing career that spanned from 1912 to 1935. Nicknamed “Rabbit” because of his floppy ears and the distinctive way that heContinue reading “Zany Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville managed in Montreal”