Toronto Blue Jays History

While with the CLEVELAND INDIANS on 7-19-1989, JOE CARTER had the fourth three-home-run game of his career, tying the AMERICAN LEAGUE record set by LOU GEHRIG, driving in six runs, powering the TRIBE over the MINNESOTA TWINS by a 10-1 decision... RON FAIRLY had 215 homers in his long career, which spanned from 1958-1978, but never hit 20 in any one season...On 8-4-2000 DAVE MARTINEZ tied with DAVE KINGMAN for the MLB record by appearing with four different teams in the 2000 season... he started the current campaign with the TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS before being traded to the CHICAGO CUBS on 5-12-2000, then was acquired from them by the TEXAS RANGERS on 6-9-2000, before arriving in Toronto two months later...he has now appeared with eight different major league teams over his 14-year career... LANCE PARRISH and JUAN SAMUEL are coaches with the DETROIT TIGERS in this 2000 season... TIM JOHNSON was the starting shortstop with the MILWAUKEE BREWERS when future Baseball Hall of Fame member ROBIN YOUNT made his 20-year career debut in 1974... ALEX GONZALEZ struck out 6 times in a game on 9-9-1998, setting a BLUE JAYS franchise record, and tied the MLB mark which had only been recorded seven times previously, with the last time being by SAM HORN, playing with the BOSTON RED SOX in 1991... JOE FORD, a BLUE JAYS scouting supervisor was chosen as the Mid-West Scout of the Year for 1993 and JIM HUGHES, also a BLUE JAYS scouting supervisor, received the same honor in 1995... HUGHES was with the BROOKLYN DODGERS from 1952-1956, Cubs in 1956, and appeared with the CHICAGO WHITE SOX in the 1957 World Series... his best season was 1954 when he went 8-4 with a DODGERS saves record of 24, which stood for 35 years until 1989, and a NATIONAL LEAGUE leading 60 appearances... he was a natural fireman as his father, several uncles and a brother were all members of the Chicago Fire Department... PAUL MOLITOR is a coach with the MINNESOTA TWINS in this 2000 season... In the mid-summer of 1963, RICO CARTY homered twice in the same at-bat because time had been called just as he hit the first blast...when play resumed, he calmly went about setting himself in the batter's box and then proceeded to hit the very next pitch even farther than the first one, right out of MAPLE LEAF STADIUM, in Toronto... On 9-6-1998, the BLUE JAYS became Canada's first professional sports franchise to give away a BEANIE BABY, named ROCKET the BLUE JAY, for ROGER CLEMENS, when 12,000 were distributed to all children in attendance that day, of a total crowd of 38,374 at SKYDOME, who were 12 years of age or under... He never played in the big leagues but the father of TONY KUBEK hit .350 as an OF with the original MILWAUKEE BREWERS of the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, many years ago... CARLOS DELGADO won MVP honors as he clubbed two home runs and drove in five runs as the MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS won 10-7 on 11-8-1998, over the JAPAN ALL-STARS, in game 2 of the 7 game SUPER-DOME SERIES... he had a three-run homer to LF in the 4th inning to give the MLB team a 10-1 lead, and finished with three hits overall... DAN PLESAC pitched a scoreless inning in relief... XAVIER HERNANDEZ was known as " X-MAN "... EARLY WYNN, at the age of 43, registered his 300th win on 7-13-1963, and his last MLB victory, pitching the first five innings of the INDIANS 7-4 triumph over the KANSAS CITY ATHLETICS... On 6-9-1998, CECIL FIELDER of the CALIFORNIA ANGELS and YAMIL BENITEZ of the ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS each hit grand slams in the same inning at the new BANK ONE BALLPARK, the first time that both teams hit grand slams in the same inning since 9-9-1992 when RYNE SANDBERG of the CHICAGO CUBS faced off against JEFF KING of the PITTSBURGH PIRATES... DANNY DARWIN, who was with the GIANTS in 1977, with 163 total victories through 1997, had accumulated the most career wins by an active pitcher who has never been selected for play on an All-Star squad... OTIS NIXON walked twice in the same inning on 9-9-1992 for the ATLANTA BRAVES, becoming the first to do so in franchise history since JESSE BARNES in 1917... In early August of this 2000 season, RICKEY HENDERSON was named by the OAKLAND ATHLETICS as their "PLAYER OF THE CENTURY"... CITO GASTON hit .318 for the 1970 SAN DIEGO PADRES and was selected to the All-Star team... On 8-19-2000, DAVE WINFIELD was inducted into the SAN DIEGO PADRES Hall of Fame, having played the first eight years of his career in San Diego, his uniform number (31) was retired and a large banner with his likeness was hoisted to the top of QUALCOMM STADIUM (formerly known as JACK MURPHY STADIUM)... In 1981 CHARLIE BEAMON, JR., played briefly with the BLUE JAYS as a 1B - OF, however, his father, CHARLIE BEAMON, SR., made his pitching debut in late 1956 for the BALTIMORE ORIOLES and was a sensation in shutting out the World Champion NEW YORK YANKEES and WHITEY FORD, 1-0... he would win just two more games in the majors before returning to the minors but will probably be better remembered as a high school classmate of one of the top stars of the Basketball Hall of Fame, BILL RUSSELL of the BOSTON CELTICS, in Oakland... ATLANTA BRAVES pitcher TONY CLONINGER, using a bat provided to him by DENIS MENKE, became the first NATIONAL LEAGUE player to ever hit two grand slams in one game then later added a single for a grand total of nine RBI in a 17-3 rout of the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS on 7-13-1966... LEE MAZZILLI is a coach with the NEW YORK YANKEES in this 2000 season... On 9-4-1998, SHAWN GREEN became only the 9th player in AMERICAN LEAGUE history, and the 22nd player in MLB history, to record a 30 HR and 30 SB season... Only three players in the long history of MLB have appeared with ten teams during their careers... the late BOB MILLER wore the uniforms of the CARDINALS, METS, DODGERS, TWINS, INDIANS, WHITE SOX, CUBS, PADRES, PIRATES, PADRES and METS again, TIGERS, and finished up with the METS... TOMMY DAVIS started with the DODGERS then moved to the METS, WHITE SOX, PILOTS, ASTROS, CUBS, ATHLETICS, returned to the CUBS, ORIOLES, ANGELS and ROYALS... MIKE MORGAN started out with the ATHLETICS, followed by the YANKEES, BLUE JAYS, MARINERS, ORIOLES, DODGERS, CUBS, REDS, CARDINALS, TWINS, returning to the CUBS before joining the RANGERS and currently the DIAMONDBACKS in this 2000 season, thus making him the all-time record holder, having now appeared with 12 different MLB organizations... BOBBY MATTICK, at the age of 64, was the oldest rookie manager to start a MLB season when he became the skipper of the BLUE JAYS for the 1980 season... GENE TENACE has five World Series rings having won 3 with the OAKLAND ATHLETICS and 2 with the BLUE JAYS... On 8-8-2000, RYAN JONES, originally a second-round draft pick of the BLUE JAYS in 1993, became the second player in the minors of the independent NORTHERN LEAGUE to smack four home runs as his WINNIPEG GOLDEYES crushed SIOUX FALLS by a 19-1 final... JONES, a first baseman, who finished 4-for-5, also drove in eight runs...the 25-year-old, who had appeared in 55 games with the AKRON AEROS earlier this season, before being released, drilled a solo shot in the fourth and added a three-run blast in the sixth, a two-run homer followed in the seventh and he finished with a leadoff shot in the ninth... previously, on 6-21-2000, HARRY BERRIOS, connected on four homers in a 24-13 win over FARGO-MOORHEAD while playing with SCHAUMBURG...CLYDE WRIGHT used only 98 pitches to no-hit the OAKLAND ATHLETICS by a 4-0 score pitching for his CALIFORNIA ANGELS on 7-3-1970... DAVE RIGHETTI is the Pitching Coach with the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS in this 2000 season... BILL SINGER, the original BLUE JAYS starter on opening day, 7-7-1977, returned to the LOS ANGELES DODGERS scouting staff in 1997... in 1969 he was officially credited with the first save when this category was finally adopted...for the season this was his only save and he had just two saves during his long career... SHANNON STEWART became just the fifth BLUE JAYS player ever to reach the 50 SB plateau in a season... GRAEME LLOYD became the first pitcher and only the fourth player born in Australia to play in the majors, debuting with the MILWAUKEE BREWERS on 4-11-1993... then, on 4-14-1993, the LHP teamed with catcher DAVE NILSSON to comprise the first ever Australian battery...In 1990 RICKEY HENDERSON became the first player in MLB history to hit a home run in each of his league's fourteen different ballparks during a single season... Growing up, MANUEL LEE had RICO CARTY as his hero, then later on it was GEORGE BELL... CHARLIE O'BRIEN has caught nine hurlers who have won the CY YOUNG AWARD, including PAT HENTGEN and ROGER CLEMENS... The youngest pitcher in BLUE JAYS team history was JEFF BYRD who debuted on 6-20-1977 at the age of 20 years, 5 months and 9 days... PHIL NIEKRO, who has one green eye and one blue eye, is the first former BLUE JAYS player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming only the third knuckleball ace, along with HOYT WILHELM and JESSE 'POP' HAINES enshrined at Cooperstown... KEN MACHA is a coach with the OAKLAND ATHLETICS in this 2000 season... DENNIS LAMP set a franchise consecutive win streak with 11, between 4-26-1985 and 9-23-1985... JUAN GUZMAN stands in second place with 10 wins in a row, set between 6-22-1991 and 10-1-1991... JOSE CANSECO is the only player to ever hit 40 home runs and amass 40 stolen bases in the same season... ALFREDO GRIFFIN can proudly wear three World Series rings, having won in 1988 with the LOS ANGELES DODGERS, then again in 1992 and 1993 with the BLUE JAYS... MOOKIE WILSON, now a coach with the NEW YORK METS, is their all-time SB leader with 281 and 3B leader with 62... DAN PLESAC, in speaking about his former teammate and future Hall of Famer, PAUL MOLITOR, said, "He's going to be able to hit when he's dead."... JOHN CANDELARIA pitched the last PITTSBRGH PIRATES no-hitter, vs LOS ANGELES DODGERS, on 8-9-1976, winning 2-0... DAVE McKAY is the 1B coach with the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS in this 2000 season... DON GORDON is a Director, in charge of Discipleship, with the baseball ministry group UNLIMITED POTENTIAL, INC., whose motto is UPI - SERVING CHRIST THROUGH BASEBALL, and he may be contacted at STEVE GRILLI is now a scouting supervisor with the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS and his son, JASON, is an upcoming pitcher in the FLORIDA MARLINS system... SHAWN GREEN hit for a .344 clip in 1994 to capture the INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE batting crown... BOBBY DOERR is the only BOSTON RED SOX player to have hit for the cycle twice, first on 5-17-1944 against the ST. LOUIS BROWNS and then again on 5-13-1947 versus the CHICAGO WHITE SOX... during his career he had 100 RBI seasons 6 times but since then only four MLB second basemen have had a 100 RBI season... he holds the franchise record for second basemen in homeruns having hit 27 in both 1947 and 1950...totalled eight grand slams in his career which extended from 1937-1944 and 1946-1951 and he is in the top five on the RED SOX all-time lists in nine categories... DYAR MILLER is the assistant minor league pitching coordinator in the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS organization... BILL SINGER pitched a no-hitter against the PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES on 7-20-1970 in a 5-0 victory before only 12,454 at DODGER STADIUM... TOM LAWLESS is the manager of the PEORIA CHIEFS of the MIDWEST LEAGUE after having spent the previous three seasons as hitting coach for the NEW YORK METS team in the 'AAA' INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE, the NORFOLK TIDES... DAVE FREISLEBEN had four shutouts with the TRI-CITY PADRES in 1971, a NORTHWEST LEAGUE record... PETE VUCKOVICH, who led the BLUE JAYS pitching staff with 13 wins in 1977, continues as the pitching coach with the PITTSBURGH PIRATES in this 2000 season... JACOB BRUMFIELD legged out 18 infield hits in 1995 and on 9-14-1995 became the first PIRATES player to execute a straight steal of home since 1987... PAT GILLICK was elected to the CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL of FAME, located in ST. MARYS, Ontario, on 8-24-1997, and during his years with the BLUE JAYS was chosen as the AMERICAN LEAGUE EXECUTIVE of the YEAR on three occasions, 1985 - 1992 - 1993... MAURY WILLS was a base running instructor for the BLUE JAYS during the 1998 Spring Training... DEREK BELL, who was named as the 1991 Player of the Year in minor league baseball, by BASEBALL AMERICA, was involved in the largest baseball trade since 11-20-1957 when the SAN DIEGO PADRES and HOUSTON ASTROS exchanged 12 players in 1994 making this the fourth largest number ever involved in one trade... DENIS MENKE, hitting coach with the CINCINNATI REDS since 1997, still shares the NATIONAL LEAGUE single season record for most double plays turned in one game (5)... TONY FERNANDEZ became the first YANKEES hitter in 23 seasons to hit for the cycle on 9-3-1995... GALEN CISCO is the pitching coach with the PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES in this 2000 season... The MEDICINE HAT BLUE JAYS set a record for futility in the PIONEER LEAGUE when they lost their 19th successive game on 8-26-1980, finishing the campaign with a disastrous 16-54 mark... AUGIE SCHMIDT was the recipient of the GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD for 1982, the top trophy in college baseball, but he never played one game in the major leagues... JOE CARTER is one of only four batters to hit 20, or more, home runs every season in the 1990's, hitting 21 home runs in the 1997 season to give him the BLUE JAYS franchise record of 203, surpassing the previous mark of 202 set by GEORGE BELL, between 1981 and 1983-1990, and his 736 RBI stands second to BELL who totalled 741...lifetime CARTER stands at a .259 average with 378 HR and 1382 RBI, finishing his BLUE JAYS career with a .257 average, in 1039 games... BOB BAILOR is still the BLUE JAYS record holder for highest batting average by a rookie with .310, set in the franchise's inaugural season in 1977...DAVE WALLACE is the pitching coach with the NEW YORK METS in this 2000 season...GREG MYERS was the last strikeout victim (5714) of Hall of Fame pitcher NOLAN RYAN on 9-17-1993...and, he also holds the distinction, with former teammate GREG MADDUX, of being the only battery who were born on the same day, 4-14-1966, who also had the same initials, G.M., and the same first name... JOSE CANSECO is the first player in MLB history to have a 30+ home run season with four different teams, having accomplished this with the OAKLAND ATHLETICS in 1986-33, 1987-31, 1988-42, 1990-37; 1991-44; the BOSTON RED SOX in 1994-31; the TORONTO BLUE JAYS in 1998-46; and, the TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS in 1999-31... On 5-4-1989, TORONTO BLUE JAYS OF JUNIOR FELIX became the 53rd player in MLB history to hit a home run in his first at-bat with a third inning drive off KIRK McCASKILL of the CALIFORNIA ANGELS, however, the BLUE JAYS eventually lost the contest 3-2 in 10 innings... LEON ROBERTS continues as the hitting coach with the TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS in this 2000 season... The BLUE JAYS never had a pitcher bat in a regular season game in their first twenty seasons... DAVE STIEB batted against the MINNESOTA TWINS on 8-29-1980 but was playing in the OF at the time, having gone in to play LF in the 15th inning of a suspended game, which had originally started on 8-28-1980... in this only time at the plate he flied out to CF having played just one inning and had no fielding chances as the TWINS eventually won by a 7-5 result... CECIL FIELDER, for the DETROIT TIGERS, hit two home runs on the final day of the season to become only the 11th MLB player ever to hit 50 or more round trippers in a single season and was the first to accomplish this feat since GEORGE FOSTER belted 52 for the CINCINNATI REDS in 1977... ALFREDO GRIFFIN is the 1B coach with the ANAHEIM ANGELS in this 2000 season... LARRY HARDY is a coach with the TEXAS RANGERS in this 2000 season... GARY ALLENSON is a coach with the MILWAUKEE BREWERS in this 2000 season... The oldest BLUE JAYS player was PHIL NIEKRO, born on 4-1-1939, who appeared with the team for the first time at the age of 48 years, 4 months and 28 days... When CHRIS STYNES was called up by the CINCINNATI REDS in 1997 he started off 7-for-7, then went on to be 9-for-12, finishing the season with a .348 average, with 6 home runs, 28 RBI on only 198 at-bats, with 31 runs scored and 69 hits... WAYNE MORGAN, the BLUE JAYS Director of International Scouting, began his scouting career with the ASTROS in 1974, as a West Coast scout, where he signed Canadian-born OF TERRY PUHL, who, after his retirement from the game, was elected to the CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL of FAME... PAUL QUANTRILL, a native of Port Hope, upon signing a two-year deal in early December of 1997 with the BLUE JAYS, said "Two years probably doesn't sound like much to most people but it's a lot to me."... JIMMY KEY, with his 4-2 win over the KANSAS CITY ROYALS on 4-2-1992, holds a 7-0 record for the BLUE JAYS in Opening Day assignments... DAVE COLLINS, now the 1B coach with the CINCINNATI REDS, was the first SEATTLE MARINERS batter on 4-6-1977 and scored their first run on 4-8-1977... CARLOS GARCIA, in hitting 12 homers in 1993, became the first PITTSBURGH PIRATES second baseman to reach double figures since BILL MAZEROSKI hit 16 in 1966... OTIS NIXON, who was called " MY MAN " around the club-house, set a modern day record in the INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE with 94 SB playing for the COLUMBUS CLIPPERS in 1983, while with the NEW YORK YANKEES organization... JESSE BARFIELD hit the only pinch-hit grand slam in club history on 4-24-1982... TOM HENKE was the ROLAIDS Relief Man of the Year in 1995 while playing with the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS... TONY FERNANDEZ returned for his third tour of duty with the BLUE JAYS in 1998, 18 1/2 years after EPY GUERRERO signed him as the 17-year-old shortstop of the future... The youngest person to ever appear in a game for the BLUE JAYS was BRIAN MILNER, born on 11-17-1959, who made his MLB debut at the age of 18 years, 7 months and 6 days... DAVE STIEB is the only BLUE JAYS pitcher to ever throw back-to-back-to-back shutouts in franchise history when he did so on 9-18-1988,9-24-1988, and 9-30-1988...It would appear that BUCK SHOWALTER, manager of the ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS, doesn't like the AMERICAN LEAGUE home run leaders shown on their centerfield scoreboard at BANK ONE BALLPARK because he believes it makes him and the team look bad for trading slugger TONY BATISTA, could be... The most common name in recorded MLB history is JOHN SULLIVAN... On 9-30-1972, GENE TENACE hit the last home run ever in MUNICIPAL STADIUM playing for the KANSAS CITY ATHLETICS... DEVON WHITE, a 7-time RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE winner and 3-time All-Star, is the first expansion player in MLB history to achieve 20/20 status, finishing at 22/22, in home runs and stolen bases for the ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS in their initial season of 1998...he was also the very first player to come up to bat for them on Opening Day, but struck out... ROBERTO ALOMAR is the only BLUE JAYS player to ever hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game, accomplished twice, both at SKYDOME, on 5-10-1991 vs the CHICAGO WHITE SOX, and on 5-3-1995, again vs the Pale Hose... LEN MATUSZEK had three homers as a rookie with the 1984 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES, all as a pinch-hitter, a team season record... ALFREDO GRIFFIN, who was the co-winner of the AMERICAN LEAGUE Rookie of the Year Award for 1979, with JOHN CASTINO of the MINNESOTA TWINS, holds the OAKLAND ATHLETICS record for consecutive games played with 347 from 4-9-1985 through 4-30-1987... he also set the BLUE JAYS franchise mark for at-bats in a game with 9, over 17 innings, vs the BOSTON RED SOX on 10-4-1980, in the same game where BARRY BONNELL and JOHN MAYBERRY came to the plate 8 times... ROGER CLEMENS recorded his 20 wins in the 1997 campaign in just 27 starts, while JACK MORRIS, in winning his 20 games in 1992, required 33 starts, and PAT HENTGEN won 20 games in 1996 having started in 35 games... ERIC YELDING, with 304 at-bats with the MEDICINE HAT BLUE JAYS in 1984, set a PIONEER LEAGUE season record... The father of ED SPRAGUE, also ED SPRAGUE, was the first-ever relief pitcher for the OAKLAND ATHLETICS, when he appeared in the 7th inning on 4-10-1968 vs the ORIOLES in Baltimore... CARLOS DELGADO, who was selected as the Minor League Player of the Year for 1992 by BASEBALL AMERICA, tied the MLB record for most home runs by a rookie in the month of April, with 8 in 1994, and was only the 29th hitter to ever clear TIGER STADIUM with a home run on 7-6-1996 becoming the first visiting player to do so since 1988...HECTOR TORRES hit the first grand slam in BLUE JAYS franchise history on 6-27-1977, off RON GUIDRY of the NEW YORK YANKEES... TOM CANDIOTTI, who will be remembered for giving up five earned runs in less than three innings in Game One of the 1991 ALCS with the BLUE JAYS vs TWINS, while basically throwing curveballs, became only the second NL pitcher in 23 seasons to hit three batters in one inning, which included two passed balls and an error, was later quoted to say, "Innings like that are why there aren't a whole lot of knuckleballers."... BENITO SANTIAGO, the 1987 NATIONAL LEAGUE Rookie of the Year, is the holder of the longest ever hitting streak, at 34 games, by a MLB rookie, while with the SAN DIEGO PADRES, which is also a record for catchers and players born in Latin America... in addition, he swatted the FLORIDA MARLINS first home run in their franchise history on 4-12-1993... TOM UNDERWOOD was the winner in the highest-scoring game in BLUE JAYS history, a 24-10 victory over the BALTIMORE ORIOLES, on 6-26-1978...For the first time in franchise history, more than 2,000,000 fans made their way into EXHIBITION STADIUM in 1984, as the steadily improving BLUE JAYS tied their 1983 totals at 89-73...In 1986, MARK EICHHORN, who won 14 games and set the club record for lowest ERA at 1.72, was selected as the Rookie Relief Pitcher of the Year by THE SPORTING NEWS... DAVE STIEB was selected as the LABATT's MOST VALUABLE BLUE JAYS PITCHER OF THE YEAR in 1981-1982-1983-1984-1985-1988-1989-1990... PAT BORDERS was behind the plate on 9-2-1990 as DAVE STIEB, who also pitched the 100th complete game of his long and distinguished career in 1990, pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history over the CLEVELAND INDIANS at MUNICIPAL STADIUM... Despite losing to the MINNESOTA TWINS in the 1991 ALCS, the season was a great success for the organization finishing at 91-71 as the BLUE JAYS became the first team in MLB history to draw over 4,000,000 fans, which they proceeded to do again in 1992 and 1993... SAM POLLOCK, who now is the Senior Chairman of the TORONTO BLUE JAYS, was the Vice-President and General Manager of the MONTREAL CANADIENS from 1964-1978 as they captured the STANLEY CUP nine times under his leadership and he was later elected to the NHL HOCKEY HALL of FAME...

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