Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one could’ve predicted that Dick Fowler would make history on September 9, 1945. Just eight days earlier, the 6-foot-4 Toronto native had returned to the Philadelphia A’s pitching staff after a 30-month term in the Canadian army. Though Fowler had pitched in a recreational league while in theContinue reading “Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Spotlight: Frank O’Rourke

His toughness was legendary. On many occasions, Frank O’Rourke “took the field so crippled up that every move caused him intense pain,” wrote Toronto Star sportswriter Charles Good in 1933. For 13 professional seasons, the Hamilton, Ont.-born infielder had persevered through sprained ankles, sore arms and the deep body bruises that accompany being perennially amongstContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Spotlight: Frank O’Rourke”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Rube Waddell

He was born on Friday the 13th and he died on April Fools’ Day. That somehow seems fitting for Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell, who was one of baseball’s most colourful and impulsive characters, not to mention the American League’s top left-handed pitcher during the first decade of the 20th century. In parts ofContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Rube Waddell”

Votto to be awarded Tip O’Neill Award Saturday night in Cincinnati

From Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame: Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto will be awarded his 2010 Tip O’Neill Award in a brief pre-game ceremony prior to Saturday night’s game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. This is the first Tip O’Neill Award for the reigning National League MVP, an honour presented annuallyContinue reading “Votto to be awarded Tip O’Neill Award Saturday night in Cincinnati”