Reinventing the Abbott

Jim Abbott has served as inspiration in the baseball world for decades.

Born without a right hand, he persevered to become a college, Olympic and MLB pitcher who threw a no-hitter for the New York Yankees in 1993.

Abbott once again inspired fans with an improbable comeback in 1998 that included five appearances with the Calgary Cannons.

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Ageless Wonder

Happy birthday Junior Felix!

Err … happy belated birthday?! Or is it tomorrow?

As elusive as he was on the base paths at times during his playing career, the actual date of birth of Junior Francisco Felix Sanchez also proved hard to run down.

His official birthday is listed as October 3rd, 1967, but it was long suspected that the outfielder from Laguna Salada in the Dominican Republic was much older than that date would suggest.

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Setting The Trap

He may have just hit a triple, but Peter Pocklington couldn’t help but dream about crushing a home run.

The ink was still fresh on his acquisition of the Ogden Athletics of the Pacific Coast League when he mused about something much bigger: Major League Baseball.

On the 40th anniversary of the Edmonton Trappers beginning play in the PCL, we take a look back at the efforts made to bring the team to the capital and the legacy left behind.

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Dropping the Puck

In the 1980s, there was no one cooler than the multi-sport athlete.

Bo knows that, and Deion Sanders packaged it for “Prime Time.”

Kirk McCaskill also had a pretty good idea of what it took to play two sports at the highest level …

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Dutch Treat

He wasn’t here for a long time, but Bert Blyleven did appear to have a good time during his brief stay in Alberta. 

It was an unlikely pit stop for the Hall of Fame pitcher, who made two starts for the Edmonton Trappers in May of 1992. 

The third-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1969 was playing his final pro season when he arrived in the provincial capital.

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