But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • In case you missed it, Scarborough, Ont., native George Kottaras signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays last Thursday. The Canadian catcher was released by the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29 after the club signed veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski. Kottaras,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth”

But What Do I Know? . . . Babe Ruth, Erik Bedard, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first professional home run which he hit at Hanlan’s Point Stadium on Toronto Island on September 5, 1914, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is selling limited edition prints (numbered to 714 and shown above) thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Babe Ruth, Erik Bedard, Jeff Francis”

April 24, 1977 – Remembering Fergie Jenkins’ first start at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It seems fitting that the greatest Canadian pitcher was the first hurler to toss a shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays. On April 24, 1977, Fergie Jenkins, toeing the rubber for the Boston Red Sox, dominated the Jays for nine innings in front of 29,303 fans at Exhibition Stadium.Continue reading “April 24, 1977 – Remembering Fergie Jenkins’ first start at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto”

Even Casey Stengel feared the arm of Canadian Jimmy Archer

The next time you see J.P. Arencibia attempt to throw a runner out from the squat position, think of early 20th century Canadian Jimmy Archer. The five-foot-10, 168-pound catcher was reportedly the first to throw a runner out from the squat position. “The best throwing catcher of them all was Jimmy Archer,” Chief Meyers, oneContinue reading “Even Casey Stengel feared the arm of Canadian Jimmy Archer”

Remembering Dick Fowler: The Canadian army vet who threw a no-hitter

Dick Fowler was a lanky, golden-armed 18-year-old when he dazzled the Toronto Maple Leafs brass at training camp in 1939. The local sensation debuted for his hometown squad in 1940, and Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics would purchase his contract later that same year. The six-foot-five hurler recorded a complete-game victory in his big league debutContinue reading “Remembering Dick Fowler: The Canadian army vet who threw a no-hitter”

But What Do I Know? … Orlando Hudson, Jesse Crain, New York Yankees

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  For years I’ve been hearing that former Blue Jay Orlando Hudson is a great teammate. If that’s the case, why does he switch teams so often? And why can’t he land a lucrative, long-term deal?  A good sign for the Toronto BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Orlando Hudson, Jesse Crain, New York Yankees”

Jesse Crain could become Jays’ first Toronto-born closer

On Jesse Crain’s website (www.jessecrain.net), he writes that one of his favourite mottoes is “Everything happens for a reason.” Well, the fact that the Toronto native is looking to become a closer and the Toronto Blue Jays are looking for a closer should provide a very good reason for him to consider pitching in CanadaContinue reading “Jesse Crain could become Jays’ first Toronto-born closer”

Tony Gwynn recorded his 3,000th hit in Montreal

When Tony Gwynn slashed a single into centre field in the first inning on August 6, 1999 at Olympic Stadium, he became the first – and still only – player to register their 3,000th hit outside of the United States. The sparse crowd of 13,540 rewarded the eight-time batting champ with a lengthy standing ovationContinue reading “Tony Gwynn recorded his 3,000th hit in Montreal”