But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Ed Sprague, John Gibbons

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • As excited as I was when Jose Bautista hit his three-run, bat flip home run in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series, I was almost equally disappointed to watch Bautista’s performance in the media scrum after yesterday’s lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jose Bautista, Ed Sprague, John Gibbons”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger

Canadian baseball fans are most likely to remember Jim Gosger for his tenure with the Montreal Expos, but it was his performance in Toronto 50 years ago that earned him his first major league starting assignment. Now a spirited, kind-hearted, 72-year-old living in Port Huron, Mich., Gosger has fond memories of his 1965 season withContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger”

But What Do I Know? . . . Colby Rasmus, Willie Upshaw, Hal Lanier

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The ERAs of R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison and Aaron Sanchez, who have been in the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting rotation for the entire season, are 5.76, 5.54, 6.17 and 4.26 respectively. The ERAs of the top four starters – Randy Wolf, ScottContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Colby Rasmus, Willie Upshaw, Hal Lanier”

Former Toronto Maple Leafs outfielder Jim King passes away at age 82

Jim King, who was named the International League’s MVP while with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1960, died on February 23 in Fayetteville, Ark., at the age of 82. On top of his heroics in Hogtown, King also clubbed 117 home runs in parts of 11 major league seasons between 1955 and 1967 with theContinue reading “Former Toronto Maple Leafs outfielder Jim King passes away at age 82”

But What Do I Know? . . . Minnie Minoso, Dayan Viciedo, John Hiller

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Just 35 days after Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, died, Mr. White Sox has also passed away. Legendary outfielder Minnie Minoso died early Sunday at the age of 90. The trailblazing Cuban, who suited up in major league games in five different decades, played partsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Minnie Minoso, Dayan Viciedo, John Hiller”

Former Toronto Maple Leafs pitcher Don Johnson dies at 88

Don Johnson, who pitched parts of five minor league seasons with the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1950s, died of kidney failure in Portland, Ore., on February 10 at the age of 88. Though his wild and hard-drinking ways sometimes overshadowed his on-the-field performance, Johnson managed to pitch in parts of seven bigContinue reading “Former Toronto Maple Leafs pitcher Don Johnson dies at 88”

But What Do I Know . . . Josh Donaldson, Rich Harden, Jesse Barfield

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • New Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been traded twice during his big league career and both times it was for a Canadian. The Blue Jays, of course, acquired him from the Oakland A’s on Friday for a package highlighted by BrettContinue reading “But What Do I Know . . . Josh Donaldson, Rich Harden, Jesse Barfield”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • George Shuba, who played parts of three seasons with the Montreal Royals (1946, 1951, 1956), passed away on Monday in Youngstown, Ohio at the age of 89. The 5-foot-11 outfielder spent his entire professional career in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. And though he competedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Mayberry Jr., Fergie Jenkins, Tom Lawless

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When John Mayberry Jr. doubled in the 10th inning for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, he became part of the first father-and-son combination to appear in a game for the club. His father, of course, manned first base for parts of five seasonsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Mayberry Jr., Fergie Jenkins, Tom Lawless”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selling limited edition Babe Ruth prints to commemorate 100th anniversary of his first professional home run

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – On September 5, 1914, a 19-year-old Boston Red Sox pitching prospect stepped up to the plate in the sixth inning and belted a three-run home run off of Toronto Maple Leafs hurler Ellis Johnson at Hanlan’s Point Stadium on Toronto Island. Few thought muchContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selling limited edition Babe Ruth prints to commemorate 100th anniversary of his first professional home run”