But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Bob Emslie, Stubby Clapp, Andrew Albers

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Friday would’ve been New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle’s 86th Birthday. In 1951, Mantle’s rookie season, the 19-year-old outfielder was slumping badly when the Yankees demoted him to the triple-A Kansas City Blues in mid-July. The Blues were managed by Huntsville, Ont., native andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Bob Emslie, Stubby Clapp, Andrew Albers”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jesse Crain, Dustin McGowan

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Today seems like an appropriate day to remember “Luscious Luke” Easter, a hulking, six-foot-four, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with the Cleveland Indians on August 11, 1949. Known for clubbing tape-measure homers –Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jesse Crain, Dustin McGowan”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Woods, Jonathan Papelbon, Bruce Chen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Gary Woods, who played centre field and batted fifth in the first game in Toronto Blue Jays history, passed away of a heart attack on Thursday at the age of 60. You can read my full obituary on Woods here. The former Jays outfielderContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Woods, Jonathan Papelbon, Bruce Chen”

Canadian George Selkirk won five World Series rings with the New York Yankees

*Author’s Note: This is a blog entry that I originally published during last year’s post-season, but it seems fitting to run it again.* He’s Canada’s Mr. October. But even though George Selkirk earned five World Series rings during his nine-year career with the New York Yankees, the vast majority of baseball fans in Canada andContinue reading “Canadian George Selkirk won five World Series rings with the New York Yankees”