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”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With his victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday, Richmond, B.C., native James Paxton has won the first six decisions of his big league career. Surprisingly, this is not a Canadian record. Toronto, Ont., native Jesse Crain won the first 11 decisions of hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Chuck Kress

My weekly look at some Canadian baseball stories: – Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan recorded his first big league win in almost six years on Friday, but surprisingly that’s not the record for the longest span between major league wins. Interestingly enough, that record appears to belong to Blue Jays’ pitching coach Pete Walker,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin McGowan, Erik Bedard, Chuck Kress”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Mark Teahen, David Savage

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Two of Canada’s greatest baseball players took to Twitter this morning to express their thoughts on the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team’s 3-0 victory over Sweden in the gold medal game. “GO CRAZY PEOPLE! GO CRAZY! #canadagold,” tweeted Larry Walker (@Cdnmooselips33).Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Mark Teahen, David Savage”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Benson, Andrew Albers, Dustin Molleken

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Baseball lifer Vern Benson passed away on Monday at the age of 89. The North Carolina native’s 15-year playing career included stops with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in 1946 and the Class-C Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1956 and 1957. He alsoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Benson, Andrew Albers, Dustin Molleken”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Joe Carter, Chris Maloney

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations, reports that Port Dover, Ont., native John Axford has set two Canadian pitching records this post-season. The right-handed reliever has made five playoff appearancesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Joe Carter, Chris Maloney”

Canadian slugger Todd Schell has fond memories of 1991 National Youth Team triumph

When Canadian pitcher Jason Birmingham fielded a comebacker and tossed it to first baseman Troy Croft for the final out to clinch the gold medal at the World Youth Baseball Championships in Brandon, Man., on August 4, 1991, their teammates rushed towards the mound to celebrate. Ordinarily Todd Schell, a scrappy, swing-from-the-heels outfielder, would’ve ledContinue reading “Canadian slugger Todd Schell has fond memories of 1991 National Youth Team triumph”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Gary Waslewski

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – After initially sporting No. 36 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau has settled on No. 66. Morneau’s trademark No. 33 – which he donned as a tribute to both Patrick RoyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Gary Waslewski”