Kevin Glew reflects on George Bell's three-home run performance on Opening Day in 1988 for the Toronto Blue Jays.
How big of a deal was it when Toronto Blue Jays slugger George Bell belted three home runs on Opening Day in 1988? Well, the feat was celebrated on the first card (above front and back) of the 792-card Topps set the following year. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s the most dominant Opening... Continue Reading →
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: · I was sorry to learn that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jack Graney’s daughter Margot (Graney) Mudd passed away in Plantation, Fla., on Friday at the age of 98 after a battle with influenza. I had the privilege of speaking to Margot about... Continue Reading →
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: · Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will make his final start of the season today. Through 28 starts, he is 13-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 169 2/3 innings. His start today likely rules him out of starting the opening game of the... Continue Reading →
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: After 13 long seasons in the minors, right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) was called up by the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Unfortunately, he did not pitch in a game before the Tigers shipped him back to triple-A Toledo two days later. A 15th round pick... Continue Reading →
It's the most dominant Opening Day performance in Toronto Blue Jays history. On April 4, 1988, George Bell unleashed his frustrations and fury on Bret Saberhagen at Royals Stadium in Kansas City to become the first big leaguer to belt three home runs on Opening Day. Almost as newsworthy was that the spirited slugger's power... Continue Reading →