Sportswriter Bob Elliott takes a look at Canada's influence on professional baseball over the years and what it means, as MLB scouts often say, when someone plays "Canadian." Bringing a hockey mentality to baseball, Canadians are known to have no shortage of heart and determination, always looking out for their team's interest while playing extremely hard. With chapters that focus on superstars like Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker and Eric Gagne, Elliott does an outstanding job at showing how influential Canada's contribution to the sport has been ever since the first baseball game was played on Canadian soil way back in 1838. This book contained so many things I didn't know like the story of Triple Crown winner "Tip" O'Neill who still isn't in the Hall of Fame; the fact that the Boston Red Sox was owned by a Canadian and that his influence was the real curse of the Bambino; and why British Columbia seems to be a hotbed of baseball talent. If you're a fan of either baseball or hockey, you'll definitely want to read this excellent book!
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