Fan Fuel: MLB Insiders Vote On Greatest Canadian Baseball Player
BY CLAYTON RICHER – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
Who is the best Canadian Baseball player to ever lace up a pair of cleats north of the border? I have debated this topic many times and you can seemingly make great arguments for many canucks but the likes of Tip O’Neill, Twinkle Toes Selkirk, Fergie Jenkins and Larry Walker always seem to garner the most praise and deservedly so. In saying that, I posed the question to current and former players, personalities and pretty much any Baseball Annie that didn’t block me on Twitter in an attempt to uncover the maple syrup secret and crown Canada’s most influential Louisville Slugger wielding, aspirin tablet tossing canuck to ever grace a diamond.
As early as 1887 the maple leaf was stamped in professional baseball when Springfield, Ontario native Tip O’Neill won the Triple Crown as a member of the St. Louis Browns leading the American Association with a .435 batting average. O’Neill to this day is the only Triple Crown winner not enshrined in Cooperstown.
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