Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book

A Canadian manager had to shut down a Canadian superstar for the city of Detroit to win its first World Series. That’s one of the many fascinating stories that Brian “Chip” Martin shares in his excellent new book, The Detroit Wolverines: The Rise and Wreck of a National League Champion, 1881-88. It was in 1887Continue reading “Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book”

Votto, Paxton head list of candidates for Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award

November 17, 2017 Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – One finished second in National League MVP voting and led the majors in on-base percentage, while the other was named his team’s Pitcher of the Year and the American League Pitcher of the Month for July. Yes, Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.)Continue reading “Votto, Paxton head list of candidates for Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been 83 years since there’s been a full-time Canadian manager in the major leagues. That was when London, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer George Gibson served as the dugout boss for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But that drought may end soon.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras”

But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The 1982 Topps Montreal Expos Future Stars card (pictured above) showcases Terry Francona and Brad Mills together on their first Topps baseball card. Both played for the Expos’ only playoff team in 1981 and 35 years later, Mills is serving as Francona’s bench coach forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Terry Francona, Brad Mills, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Shapiro, Russell Martin, Cito Gaston

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Plenty of criticism was levelled at Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro last off-season when the club did not re-sign David Price. Of course, in hindsight, given that J.A. Happ outperformed Price this season and Price’s post-season struggles have continued, it’s now easy to applaudContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Shapiro, Russell Martin, Cito Gaston”

Morneau’s batting title the highlight of a great season for Canadians

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – When Justin Morneau secured the National League batting title on the final day of the regular season, it topped off what has been an excellent year for Canadians in the big leagues. The New Westminster, B.C., native’s .319 batting average cemented him a spot in Canadian baseball loreContinue reading “Morneau’s batting title the highlight of a great season for Canadians”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill, Jeff Samardzija, Leo Marentette

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy belated 153rd birthday to one of Canada’s biggest baseball legends. James “Tip” O’Neill was born on May 25, 1861 in either Woodstock or Springfield, Ont. As a member of the American Association’s St. Louis Browns in 1887, O’Neill became Major League Baseball’s firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tip O’Neill, Jeff Samardzija, Leo Marentette”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joe Krakauskas, Jesse Chavez

My weekly observations and opinions about some Canadian baseball stories: – Following his walk-off home run on Sunday, New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau is batting .327 with nine homers in 42 games for the Colorado Rockies this season. His stellar performance has enabled him to move up on the all-time Canadian leaderboard in twoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joe Krakauskas, Jesse Chavez”

Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys – For the third consecutive year, Joey Votto has won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based ball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals. Votto,Continue reading “Votto wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

But What Do I Know? … Russell Martin, Chris Carpenter, Champ Summers

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Scott Crawford, director of operations at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., is excellent at pointing out the milestones of Canadian players. On Friday evening, Montreal native Russell Martin played in his 29thContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Russell Martin, Chris Carpenter, Champ Summers”