August 24, 1993 – Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian since 1900 to record six hits in a MLB game

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It would’ve been understandable if Kevin Reimer was too exhausted to savour the fact that he had just made Canadian baseball history. After all, on August 24, 1993, when the left-handed hitting slugger became the first Canadian to record six hits in a major league game since 1900, heContinue reading “August 24, 1993 – Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian since 1900 to record six hits in a MLB game”

August 18, 1995 – Tom Henke records 300th MLB save

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Twenty-six years ago today, Tom Henke registered his 300th major league save when he secured the final four outs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium. In a Canadian baseball fan’s perfect world, Henke would’ve reached that milestone with theContinue reading “August 18, 1995 – Tom Henke records 300th MLB save”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Zach Pop, John Axford, Doug Melvin

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –With Cleveland’s top two starters Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale on the 60-day disabled list, Canadian right-hander Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) is emerging as the new ace of their staff. He put together the most dominant performance ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Zach Pop, John Axford, Doug Melvin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Fergie Jenkins, Reggie Cleveland

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Baseball Canada has unveiled the names of the 25 players that will comprise the national team roster at the Baseball Americas Olympic qualifier that will take place from May 31 to June 5 in Palm Beach and St. Lucie, Fla. SeveralContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Fergie Jenkins, Reggie Cleveland”

But What Do I Know? . . . Hank Aaron, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Tom Henke

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – As you have heard, longtime home run champion and one of baseball’s most important and inspirational ambassadors, Hank Aaron, passed away on Friday at the age of 86. You can read my full obituary and a summary ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Hank Aaron, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Tom Henke”

Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award

By Kevin Glew Coooperstowners in Canada It took him until his fifth consecutive 20-win season, but in 1971, Fergie Jenkins finally received the National League Cy Young Award. With the announcement, which formally took place on November 3, 1971, the 6-foot-5 Chatham, Ont., native, became the first Canadian to capture the honour. “Yes, winning theContinue reading “Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was approaching the middle of May in the 1997 season and the Toronto Blue Jays’ offence was sputtering. Joe Carter, in his final season with the club, had belted just two home runs in April. The club had resorted to using aging utility man Juan Samuel as aContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra”

Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The magic number for starting pitchers to secure automatic entry to the National Baseball Hall of Fame used to be 300 wins. At least that’s what it was during the era when Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) played. That also explains, in part, why Jenkins, who amassedContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that they will be postponing their 2020 induction ceremony until June 19, 2021. With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ontario government’s regulations on crowd sizes, theyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Corey Koskie, Mike Kilkenny, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Reimer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.

June 14, 2020 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Veteran right-handers Scott Mathieson and Scott Richmond, who were both born in Vancouver, had hoped to pitch for Canada at the Olympics this summer and then retire. With the Olympics postponed until 2021, however, bothContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Mathieson, Scott Richmond, Ken Griffey Jr.”