Labatt Park tour a must do for baseball fans

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June 7, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada By the end of my tour at Labatt Park in London, Ont., I half expected the ghosts of Mooney Gibson, Frank Colman and Stan “Gabby” Anderson to waltz out of the backroom of the Roy McKay Clubhouse. That’s a credit to the vivid details and compelling... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a two-year contract extension on Saturday. The question many Blue Jays fans are asking is why? Though the payout is relatively modest by today’s standards ($4.125 million per season in 2017 and 2018 and a... Continue Reading →

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Cooperstowners in Canada: Rube Waddell

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He was born on Friday the 13th and he died on April Fools’ Day. That somehow seems fitting for Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell, who was one of baseball’s most colourful and impulsive characters, not to mention the American League’s top left-handed pitcher during the first decade of the 20th century. In parts of... Continue Reading →

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Tony Gwynn recorded his 3,000th hit in Montreal

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When Tony Gwynn slashed a single into centre field in the first inning on August 6, 1999 at Olympic Stadium, he became the first player to register their 3,000th big league hit outside of the United States. Numbering just 13,540, the small but boisterous Montreal crowd rewarded the eight-time batting champ with a lengthy standing... Continue Reading →

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