Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Bill Atkinson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada There’s nothing greater than a mother’s love, but it doesn’t hurt if she can also teach you how to throw a curveball. Former Montreal Expos right-hander Bill Atkinson can attest to this. It was his mother, Patricia, that not only showered him and his four sisters with love asContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Bill Atkinson”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Larry Landreth

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In the first inning of his major league debut, a nervous 21-year-old Larry Landreth peered in for the sign from his catcher Gary Carter. Glowering back at him from the batter’s box was reigning National League batting champion Bill Madlock – an intimidating right-handed hitter nicknamed “Mad Dog.”Continue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Larry Landreth”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Bob File

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In college, he played third base and hit like Mike Schmidt, but as a pro, thanks to his golden arm and hard sinker, he pitched like Mike Timlin. But the fact that Bob File played in the major leagues at all is almost a miracle. Born in 1977 andContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Bob File”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Scott Brow

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada As Scott Brow peered in at Kansas City Royals legend and three-time batting champion George Brett in the first inning of his major league debut, he remembered his game plan. The studious Toronto Blue Jays right-hander, who had already recorded two quick outs, had been asked by a mediaContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Scott Brow”

Ex-Expos and Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Balor Moore

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Balor Moore says he pitched in so many Canadian cities during his professional baseball career that he’s likely eligible to receive monthly social security payments from Canada. “It wouldn’t be big money, but it would pay for my golf,” joked the now 65-year-old Texas native, who not only toedContinue reading “Ex-Expos and Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Balor Moore”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Mike Willis

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Thirty-eight years before David Price was dominating batters for the Toronto Blue Jays, another left-hander from Vanderbilt University was mowing down hitters out of the bullpen in the club’s inaugural season. Mike Willis, a 1972 Vanderbilt graduate, tossed 2-2/3 scoreless innings and recorded a save in his first majorContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Mike Willis”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Dave Lemanczyk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was the Toronto Blue Jays’ first ace. Before there was Dave Stieb, there was Dave Lemanczyk. And few have fought harder to stay on the mound than Lemanczyk, who tossed 11 complete games for a hapless Blue Jays squad in their inaugural season. The strong-willed, 6-foot-4 right-hander pitchedContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Dave Lemanczyk”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Steve Bowling

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was the first rifle-armed Toronto Blue Jays right fielder. Before Jesse Barfield, Shawn Green, Raul Mondesi and Jose Bautista, there was Steve Bowling. The former University of Tulsa running back was the starting right fielder for the Blue Jays in the franchise’s first game on April 7, 1977.Continue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Steve Bowling”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Ron Brand

He’s the most versatile player ever to don a Montreal Expos uniform. During the 1970 season, Ron Brand, who was primarily a catcher, played every position except for pitcher and first base. “I believe I’m the only guy who’s ever caught 300 [major league] games and played all of those other positions more than once,”Continue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Ron Brand”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Chuck Hartenstein

He’s the answer to one of the more challenging Canadian baseball trivia questions. Who is the only person to be in a big league uniform for the first game at Exhibition Stadium and the first game at the SkyDome? The answer is Chuck Hartenstein, who was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen forContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Chuck Hartenstein”