Long Reads: Canadian Russ Ford’s “secret” led to best rookie season in major league history

Russ Ford is in the bottom row, last player on the right in this 1910 New York Highlanders team photo. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada If you look closely at the 1910 New York Highlanders team photo above, you’ll notice that Russ Ford (bottom row, far right) is... Continue Reading →

Intimidating spitballer Burleigh Grimes managed in Montreal and Toronto

In “Baseball’s Fabulous Montreal Royals,” William Brown writes that the media was surprised to discover a clean-shaven, finely dressed Burleigh Grimes at the press conference that officially unveiled the five-time, 20-game winner as the manager of the Montreal Royals in 1939. After all, when Grimes was pitching, he was nicknamed “Ol’ Stubblebeard” because he opted... Continue Reading →

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