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”

New Canadian ball hall inductee Dave Van Horne reflects on “El Presidente, El Perfecto!”

Dave Van Horne says it would be easy for him to claim that his famous “El Presidente, El Perfecto!” call after Dennis Martinez recorded the final out in his perfect game on July 28, 1991 was a spontaneous exclamation, but that wouldn’t be the truth. “I was working the telecast with Ken Singleton and inContinue reading “New Canadian ball hall inductee Dave Van Horne reflects on “El Presidente, El Perfecto!””

Jerry Howarth to receive Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award on Sunday

Courtesy of http://baseballhalloffame.ca/ St. Marys – Jerry Howarth, the longtime radio voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2012 Jack Graney Award and will be presented with the award prior to the Toronto Blue Jays game on Sunday, August 11. The St. Marys, Ont.-basedContinue reading “Jerry Howarth to receive Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award on Sunday”

Tom Cheek on my work: “Who writes this stuff anyway?”

*I thought it was fitting to re-publish this blog entry (initially published last December) on the day Tom Cheek will be posthumously honoured with the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award. I was a timid, fresh-faced, recent college grad when I first met former Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster Tom Cheek. InContinue reading “Tom Cheek on my work: “Who writes this stuff anyway?””

New artifacts from class of 2013 at Canadian ball hall

It’s always interesting to see what items the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame receives from their inductees to display. Here’s a quick look at a few of the artifacts related to this year’s induction class that you can view at the St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine this summer: *Among the interesting things I learned about RobContinue reading “New artifacts from class of 2013 at Canadian ball hall”

Ducey reunited with Bell at CBHFM induction ceremony

By Alexis Brudnicki, special guest contributor to Cooperstowners in Canada When Rob Ducey was looking to make his break into the big leagues from down on the farm with the Toronto Blue Jays, he knew it would be a difficult path to pave. Toronto’s outfield was already home to three stars who appeared to beContinue reading “Ducey reunited with Bell at CBHFM induction ceremony”

“Saint” Shirley Cheek inspires on Canadian ball hall induction day

Shirley Cheek is a strong and courageous woman. That much was evident after a 15-minute interview with her prior to the posthumous induction of her husband, Tom, the legendary voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Former players George Bell, Tim Raines, Rob Ducey and builder NatContinue reading ““Saint” Shirley Cheek inspires on Canadian ball hall induction day”

These Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame podcasts are definitely worth a listen

  Peter Bean, the director of fan engagement at the Canadian Baseball Network, has completed some excellent podcasts in advance of this weekend’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame festivities. They are definitely worth a listen. Here are the links: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame director of operations Scott Crawford talks about the weekend’s festivities: http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/articles/podcast-hall-of-fame-weekend-preview/Continue reading “These Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame podcasts are definitely worth a listen”

Canadian ball hall to induct Blue Jays and Expos legends as part of three-day celebration

Courtesy: http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – Twenty years ago George Bell and Tim Raines were teammates with the Chicago White Sox, but Canadians will best remember them for their starring roles with the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos. While Bell was belting 47 home runs en route to the American League MVP award forContinue reading “Canadian ball hall to induct Blue Jays and Expos legends as part of three-day celebration”

Bell, new Canadian ball hall inductee, still savours division-winning catch in 1985

He won an American League MVP award, was selected to three all-star teams and belted a game-winning homer in the Toronto Blue Jays’ final game at Exhibition Stadium on May 28, 1989. But George Bell says the highlight of his career was catching the fly ball that Ron Hassey lifted to shallow left field onContinue reading “Bell, new Canadian ball hall inductee, still savours division-winning catch in 1985”