Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Happy Canada Day to you! Let’s celebrate with a hodge podge of Canada Day baseball facts that I’ve gathered over the years. · On July 1, 1940, Hunstville, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk, hitting fifth in the New York Yankees lineup behind JoeContinue reading “Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day”

10 years later – A look at 10 things I wanted to see happen in Canadian baseball in 2010

  You could say I’m batting .500. In my “rookie” year (2010) of this blog, I wrote down 10 things I would like to see happen in Canadian baseball in the ensuing decade. I remembered that I had written this post earlier today and decided to see how many of my wishes had come true. Continue reading “10 years later – A look at 10 things I wanted to see happen in Canadian baseball in 2010”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Johnny Rutherford, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) starts Game 3 of the National League Division Series for the Atlanta Braves against the St. Louis Cardinals today, he’ll become the 20th Canadian to pitch in a major league post-season game. According to the Canadian Baseball HallContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Johnny Rutherford, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Vladimir Guerrero, Lloyd Moseby, George Selkirk

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It was 41 years ago today that the Toronto Blue Jays began assembling their first team via the 1976 Major League Baseball Expansion Draft. With their first pick, the Blue Jays selected Bob Bailor from the Baltimore Orioles. Bailor proceeded to bat .310 inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Vladimir Guerrero, Lloyd Moseby, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Andre Dawson, B.J. Wallace, Larry Walker, Jamie Romak

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As the MLB amateur draft approaches (June 12 to June 14), it’s important to remember that it’s not just first-round picks that end up in the Hall of Fame. For example, 42 years ago today, the Montreal Expos chose Andre Dawson, out of FloridaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andre Dawson, B.J. Wallace, Larry Walker, Jamie Romak”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mother Watson, Joey Votto, Roy Halladay, Pat Borders, Dennis Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, including my mom, Glenyce Glew, who if there was a Hall of Fame for moms, she should be the first inducted! According to Baseball Reference, there has only been one player named “Mother” that hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mother Watson, Joey Votto, Roy Halladay, Pat Borders, Dennis Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Rheal Cormier, Hank Aaron, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Fifty-one years ago today, two days after he was acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Philadelphia Phillies, Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins relieved Cubs starter Bob Hendley in the third inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Rheal Cormier, Hank Aaron, Tom Burgess”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 40 years ago yesterday that the Toronto Blue Jays played their first-ever spring training game. They beat the New York Mets 3-1 in front of a capacity crowd of 1,988 in Dunedin, Fla. Veteran right-hander Bill Singer, who also started the regular seasonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Raul Mondesi, Eric Gagne, Adam Loewen, Mark Teahen”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Colorado Rockies strongly pushed Larry Walker’s case for the National Baseball Hall of Fame on social media this year. In 10 seasons with the Rockies from 1995 to 2004, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native won three batting titles, five Gold Gloves, two Silver SluggerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: On the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, Wayne Gretzky shared that baseball was his favourite sport when he was growing up. The Brantford, Ont., native, who’s the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, said that if he had been given the choice of playing professional hockey orContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines”