But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? … Tim Raines, Russell Martin, Mike Saunders

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  If I’m Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, one of my first calls this off-season is to former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines to offer him a role as a baserunning consultant. The Jays’ baserunning thisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Tim Raines, Russell Martin, Mike Saunders”

Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance honours Tom Valcke with President’s Award

Courtesy of CSTA Vancouver – Tom Valcke was named the recipient of the President’s Award by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) on Sunday at the 6th Annual CSTA PRESTIGE Awards Gala held at the River Rock Casino Hotel in Richmond, British Columbia. “We are thrilled to honour Tom, who has truly made a significantContinue reading “Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance honours Tom Valcke with President’s Award”

Canadian baseball community mourns Gary Carter

The first image you saw when you visited Baseball Canada’s website on Friday was a photo paying tribute to Gary Carter. It’s a testament to the legendary Expo’s enduring impact on baseball in this country that our national baseball body has chosen to honour Carter, who played his last game in the big leagues inContinue reading “Canadian baseball community mourns Gary Carter”

Statement from Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame about Gary Carter

“Gary Carter took the tough hops and thanked God for the compliment.  He was an inspiration to Canadians and fans beyond our border, on the field, off the field, and throughout his final battle in our world against the demon of cancer.  No matter what pitch was thrown at him, it was like ‘Kid’ justContinue reading “Statement from Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame about Gary Carter”

Valcke recognized for global baseball efforts

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca Los Angeles – Canada’s Tom Valcke was presented a special recognition award on Sunday at the World Children’s Baseball Fair (WCBF) 20th Anniversary Commemorative Award Gala at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. The head table at the event also featured a virtual Who’s Who of baseball, including WCBF founders andContinue reading “Valcke recognized for global baseball efforts”

Tom Valcke to leave Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

From the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame: http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca Valcke to leave Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys – After more than ten years of devoted service to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum (CBHFM), president & CEO Tom Valcke has advised its board of directors of his intention to resign and pursue otherContinue reading “Tom Valcke to leave Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame”

Canadian ball hall president shared special friendship with Killebrew

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame president, Tom Valcke, continued his preparations for next month’s induction ceremonies in St. Marys, Ont., with a heavy heart today. This morning he received word that good friend and baseball legend, Harmon Killebrew had passed away from esophageal cancer at the age of 74. The longtime Twins slugger had begunContinue reading “Canadian ball hall president shared special friendship with Killebrew”

Votto to be awarded Tip O’Neill Award Saturday night in Cincinnati

From Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame: http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto will be awarded his 2010 Tip O’Neill Award in a brief pre-game ceremony prior to Saturday night’s game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. This is the first Tip O’Neill Award for the reigning National League MVP, an honour presented annuallyContinue reading “Votto to be awarded Tip O’Neill Award Saturday night in Cincinnati”

Canadian baseball legend Reno Bertoia passes away

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and Windsor baseball legend, Reno Bertoia, passed away this morning at the age of 76. He had been diagnosed with lymphoma in February. “Reno is a true Canadian icon who will be remembered forever in our Hall’s museum, and by me personally, as a kid whose Windsor roots put aContinue reading “Canadian baseball legend Reno Bertoia passes away”