But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 55th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rob Ducey! Born in Toronto, Ducey was raised in Cambridge, Ont. The left-handed hitting outfielder was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rob Ducey, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Nigel Wilson”

Uplifting Canadian baseball photos/videos of the week – May 22

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada This is a challenging, unprecedented and difficult time in our history. And I’ll admit that there have been times during this COVID-19 pandemic where I’ve struggled to feel hopeful rather than hopeless. But I’m trying to remain upbeat and am waiting patiently for that elusive light at the endContinue reading “Uplifting Canadian baseball photos/videos of the week – May 22”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Scott Brow

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada As Scott Brow peered in at Kansas City Royals legend and three-time batting champion George Brett in the first inning of his major league debut, he remembered his game plan. The studious Toronto Blue Jays right-hander, who had already recorded two quick outs, had been asked by a mediaContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Scott Brow”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Willie Horton

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada As a Detroit Tiger, Willie Horton was a four-time all-star, a World Series champion and the team’s first black superstar whose efforts earned him a statue at Comerica Park. His No. 23 has also been retired by the club, and if Tigers fans were to anoint another Mr. Tiger,Continue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Willie Horton”

Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott

  This excerpt from If These Walls Could Talk: Toronto Blue Jays is printed with the permission of Triumph Books. For more information and to order a copy, please visit Indigo, McNally Robinson, Amazon.ca, or http://www.triumphbooks.com/WallsBlueJays. 1999 – The Shawn Green trade: A behind-the-scenes timeline By Bob Elliott A month after the 1999 season ended,Continue reading “Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, Jim Fanning, Carlos Delgado

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago today that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) won his 100th game as an American League pitcher, when he hurled a complete game for the Texas Rangers in theirContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, Jim Fanning, Carlos Delgado”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Terry Puhl, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Emslie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My deepest condolences to Ernie Whitt and his family on the passing of his mother, Dolly, on April 7 at the age of 88 from the coronavirus (COVID-19). You can read Bob Elliott’s excellent article in which Whitt talks about his mom here. I rememberContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Terry Puhl, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Emslie”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Romano, Fergie Jenkins, Damaso Garcia

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         “I’m not thinking about baseball right now, if I’m honest. I’m just trying to take it moment by moment and look after the people closest to me.” That’s what  Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) told Sridhar Pappu forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Romano, Fergie Jenkins, Damaso Garcia”

Former Blue Jay and Expo Damaso Garcia dies at 63

Former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos infielder Damaso Garcia has passed away at the age of 63. His death was confirmed to ESPN by his son Damaso Garcia Jr. Garcia had reportedly been in deteriorating health in recent years. In 1991, Garcia underwent surgery for a malignant brain tumor. The cancer and after-effects ofContinue reading “Former Blue Jay and Expo Damaso Garcia dies at 63”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota

  This is the third in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card IContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota”