My Favourite Fact About Seinfeld's Mom
Published by Toronto Mike on April 24, 2014 @ 15:32 in Television

I first remember seeing Liz Sheridan on the sitcom Alf. She played Mrs. Ochmonek, the nosy neighbour.

Most people know Liz Sheridan best as Helen Seinfeld, Jerry's mom on Seinfeld. She played that role for nine seasons.


But did you know that Liz Sheridan was once engaged to James Dean?

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Mimico, New Toronto and Long Branch: About These Bugs...
Published by Toronto Mike on April 24, 2014 @ 14:55 in Biking in Toronto

Mimico, New Toronto and Long Branch: About These Bugs...This is my first spring living by Lake Ontario. Today during my mid-day bike ride, I must have consumed a pound of bug flesh before finishing the ride with my shirt pulled over my nose and mouth. There are swarms and swarms of these bugs along the bike trails parallel to the lake.

How long does this last?

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Published by Toronto Mike on April 23, 2014 @ 16:59 in Memories


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The 500 Club in MLB
Published by Toronto Mike on April 23, 2014 @ 16:04 in Sports

The 500 Club in MLBWhen I was a kid, I was obsessed with baseball statistics. I had a book called The 500 Club that chronicled every Major League batter to record 500 or more career home runs. It was a pretty short and tidy list.

At the time, there were only two members of the 700 Club (Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth) and one member of the 600 Club (Willie Mays), then there were these esteemed members of the exclusive 500 Club.

  1. Frank Robinson
  2. Harmon Killebrew
  3. Reggie Jackson
  4. Mickey Mantle
  5. Jimmie Foxx
  6. Willie McCovey
  7. Ted Williams
  8. Ernie Banks
  9. Eddie Mathews
  10. Mel Ott

That was it. 10 guys were in the 500 Club. Throw in the three who had over 600 and there was a grand total of 13. Yesterday, when Albert Pujols his his 500th career home run, he became the 26th player to hit 500.

It's still an exclusive club, it's just a little more crowded than when I was a kid.

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Toronto's Waterfront Trail: We Can Do Better
Published by Toronto Mike on April 22, 2014 @ 16:14 in Biking in Toronto

Toronto's Waterfront Trail: Cyclists Deserve BetterOur Waterfront Trail is pretty awesome. I'll ride as far east as Ashbridges Bay Park and as far west as Rattray Marsh Conservation Area. The Waterfront Trail actually runs from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Brockville, but I primarily use it in Toronto and Mississauga.

Most of the trail in Toronto and Mississauga is off-road and paved, which is ideal, but some parts are on quiet streets. I don't mind that at all, but there's one stretch that's far less than ideal. This is a stretch in Mimico / New Toronto from Norris Crescent to First Street.

Between Norris Crescent to the east and First Street to the west, the Waterfront Trail forces cyclists onto Lake Shore Blvd W. This is where Sue Trainor was struck by a car and killed last summer, and where I took my hardest fall while crossing streetcar tracks.

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I don't know if the Pan Am Path will address this stretch, but something needs to be done. Toronto cyclists deserve better from our Waterfront Trail.

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Tuesday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on April 22, 2014 @ 08:56 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike

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Daily Photo: Father and Son
Published by Toronto Mike on April 21, 2014 @ 16:40 in Fatherhood, Toronto Photo Blog

Daily Photo: Father and SonMy wife took this photo in the middle of Jarvis's first night at home.

Father and Son

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Training for the Ride, Gunning for $5000
Published by Toronto Mike on April 21, 2014 @ 13:24 in Ride to Conquer Cancer

Pledge My Ride to Conquer CancerI'm a little behind in my training for June's Ride to Conquer Cancer, but catching up quickly. Today I had a great 31 km ride and felt great. I'll be ready for 220 km.

A big reason I'm doing this is because I felt so helpless when my dear friend Mike Kic was diagnosed with cancer. He was treated at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, which the Ride to Conquer Cancer supports. When Kic passed away on April 12, several of you responded by pledging my ride, pushing me over my $4,000 goal.

I want to thank the following people with all my heart. I truly appreciate your support.

  1. Ellen M.
  2. Rick C in Oakville
  3. Mike Kic
  4. markosaar
  5. Speysidephil
  6. Dale
  7. Brian A.
  8. Doug
  9. Rick2
  10. Al The Royal Pain
  11. Christine H.
  12. Mike from Lowville
  13. Cheryl
  14. Il Duce
  15. Michael Muzzin
  16. Liz B.
  17. Blind Dave
  18. Alex Patino
  19. Mike Engell and Colleen
  20. Cousin Jen
  21. Aunt Maura
  22. Brother Ryan
  23. Jason from Sudbury
  24. Jamie
  25. Mom
  26. Zachary
  27. Faunie
  28. Douglas
  29. Steve M.
  30. Kevin W.
  31. Katherine R.
  32. Marie C.
  33. Erin Davis
  34. Matt W.
  35. Chad H.
  36. Nigel Trousershrapnel
  37. Brother Steve
  38. Philly-Bob
  39. Audrey
  40. TheSweaterTuck
  41. Cathy S.
  42. Tim
  43. Domenico
  44. Julie N.
  45. Helmut
  46. Daniel M.
  47. Claire H.
  48. Andrew
  49. Jackie S.
  50. Gwyn
  51. Mofo
  52. Nicki
  53. CJ
  54. 519 Rob
  55. Pete F.
  56. Glen S.
  57. Darren C.
  58. Niel W.
  59. Humble and Fred
  60. Mike P.
  61. Chris M.
  62. Adam T.
  63. Jeremey
  64. Teena in Toronto
  65. Rosie
  66. Daniel
  67. Stephanie
  68. Lorne
  69. Elvis
  70. Argie
  71. McNulty
  72. Boomer

Although I've hit my target, I'm now gunning for $5000. If you haven't yet donated to my ride, please donate now.

I know who I'll be thinking about when I pass the finish line.

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Happy 4/21!
Published by Toronto Mike on April 21, 2014 @ 11:21 in Toronto Maple Leafs

4/21Happy 4/21!

Today is the anniversary of the most legendary goal in the rich history of Canada's team. It was April 21st, 1951, game 5 of the Stanley Cup final between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. At the 2:53 mark of the first overtime period, Bill Barilko scored the last goal of his life winning the Stanley Cup for the Leafs.

The 24 year old defenseman perished in a light plane crash that summer while on a fishing trip to Northern Ontario. Not until his body was recovered 11 years later in the bush near Cochrane, Ontario, did the Leafs win another championship.

I recently received several documents from the daughter of Ron Boyd who was the helicopter pilot who found the crash site of Bill Barilko. I also conducted an interview with Kevin Shea, author of "Barilko: Without a Trace".

He's our Buddy Holly, and every year, his legend grows. Join me in celebrating 4/21 this year as we tip our hats to #5 Bashin' Bill Barilko.

For more Bill Barilko videos, pictures, stats and info, visit my Bill Barilko tribute page.

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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Dead at 76
Published by Toronto Mike on April 20, 2014 @ 12:13 in Celebrity Deaths

Rubin 'Hurricane' CarterRubin 'Hurricane' Carter was 76. He was the former professional boxer who became an advocate for the wrongly convicted after spending 19 years in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit.

Carter's struggle for freedom and exoneration was made famous in a number of books, a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film. Although born in the U.S., Carter had a special connection to Toronto, where he settled following his prison release, which came about with the help of a group of Canadians.

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