Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Steve Bowling

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was the first rifle-armed Toronto Blue Jays right fielder. Before Jesse Barfield, Shawn Green, Raul Mondesi and Jose Bautista, there was Steve Bowling. The former University of Tulsa running back was the starting right fielder for the Blue Jays in the franchise’s first game on April 7, 1977.Continue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Steve Bowling”

But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Rob Thomson, Thurman Munson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Carlos Delgado, who will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this coming Saturday in St. Marys, Ont., was arguably the greatest hitter in Toronto Blue Jays history, but the Blue Jays weren’t the first professional team that Delgado played for inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Rob Thomson, Thurman Munson”

September 21, 1978 – Catfish, Goose and Reggie all starred in Canada on one night

Cooperstowners definitely starred in Canada on September 21, 1978. At first glance, the contest between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium that night appears to be little more than another late-season loss by the last-place Jays. However, upon closer inspection of the box score, you’ll notice that three Bronx BombersContinue reading “September 21, 1978 – Catfish, Goose and Reggie all starred in Canada on one night”

From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Dave Pagan felt numb as he peered in for a sign from Thurman Munson. And a case of nerves was understandable for a 23-year-old prairie kid who had grown up in a tiny farming community in northeast Saskatchewan and was now pitching in front of more than 28,000 boisterousContinue reading “From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues”