Long Reads: 1941: DiMaggio, Williams and the Canadian that became the American League’s first 20-20-20 player

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Jeff Heath. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Fate and, some would say, karma, attempted to humble Jeff Heath. For no matter what the brash, broad-shouldered Canadian-born slugger did on a professional baseball field – and much of it was remarkable – he always seemed to be overshadowed. It’s... Continue Reading →

Remembering John Olerud’s 1993 season on his 53rd birthday

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Sports Illustrated writer Phil Taylor once wrote that John Olerud had "a swing so sweet it should be poured on pancakes." That sweet swing, which Olerud perfected with help his from his dad, John Sr. and by reading Charley Lau's book, The Art of Hitting .300, helped Olerud capture... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Steve Carlton, Doug Ault

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) who has been named the first baseman on The Sporting News MLB All-Decade Team. He joins Robinson Cano (second base), Francisco Lindor (shortstop), Adrian Beltre (third base) and Buster Posey (catcher) to form the... Continue Reading →

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