Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to enshrine Staub, Melvin, Cormier and Team Canada

*Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca **Please note this is part 1 of a two-part post. The original face of the Montreal Expos, the current mastermind of the Milwaukee Brewers, the legendary left-hander from Moncton, N.B. and the reigning gold medalists from the 2011 Pan Am Games will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame atContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to enshrine Staub, Melvin, Cormier and Team Canada”

But What Do I Know? … Charlie Lea, J.P. Arencibia, Dave McKay

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  It’s been a sad year for those of us who have fond memories of the 1981 Montreal Expos team that lost to the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. Right-hander Charlie Lea became the third memberContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Charlie Lea, J.P. Arencibia, Dave McKay”

But What Do I Know? … Jason Motte, Ernie Whitt, Jose Bautista

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  There are no Canadians playing in this year’s World Series, but Cardinals closer Jason Motte was born in Port Huron, Mich., just across the border from Sarnia, Ont. The bearded stopper is a spitting image of HallContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jason Motte, Ernie Whitt, Jose Bautista”

2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of links to Canada

While no Canadian players will be competing in this year’s World Series, there are a number of players and coaches that have spent parts of their careers in the Great White North. Here’s a list of the links that St. Louis Cardinals players and coaches have with Canada (A list with Texas Rangers Canadian linksContinue reading “2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of links to Canada”

Dodgers legend Walter Alston also managed Montreal Royals

Before guiding the Dodgers to four World Series titles and seven National League pennants, Hall of Fame skipper, Walter Alston, honed his managerial skills with the Montreal Royals. Born in Venice, Ohio on December 1, 1911, the legendary bench boss enjoyed a brief, uneventful stint in the big leagues as a player. His only majorContinue reading “Dodgers legend Walter Alston also managed Montreal Royals”

Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown

With Pat Gillick being elected by the Veterans Committee, Roberto Alomar likely to be voted in by the writers and longtime Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne to receive the Ford C. Frick Award, the 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will have a distinctly Canadian flavor. In his first year on the ballot,Continue reading “Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown”

Steve Carlton is the most famous Winnipeg Goldeye

Before he won 329 big league games, four Cy Young Awards and a World Series ring, Steve Carlton made 12 starts for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1964. At that time, the club was the Northern League Class-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. While in Manitoba, the 19-year-old southpaw would register four wins and aContinue reading “Steve Carlton is the most famous Winnipeg Goldeye”

Dave McKay: The first Canadian to play for the Toronto Blue Jays

In 2008, I had the opportunity to interview Vancouver, B.C., native Dave McKay. He was the only Canadian in the Toronto Blue Jays lineup in their first game on that snowy day on April 7, 1977. McKay would later play for the Oakland A’s and has now served on Tony LaRussa’s coaching staff for closeContinue reading “Dave McKay: The first Canadian to play for the Toronto Blue Jays”