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Toronto Blue Jays in History

Events in Sport

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1948-05-30 Schenectady Blue Jays Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 in 15-inning game

Baseball Pitcher and Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher and Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • 1976-10-05 MLB expansion draft: Seattle Mariners & Toronto Blue Jays pick 30 unprotected AL players; Ruppert Jones OF (Seattle) & Bob Bailor OF (Toronto) are first picks
  • 1977-04-07 Toronto Blue Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5

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1977-04-21 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

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1977-06-08 MLB California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game, in 10-inning, 2-1 win over visiting Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1977-09-10 Blue Jays beat Yankees 19-3 with 20 hits

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1977-09-15 Orioles forfeit to Blue Jays when mgr Earl Weaver pulls team off field in 5th citing hazardous condition (small tarpaulin on bullpen mound)

MLB Manager Earl Weaver
MLB Manager
Earl Weaver
  • 1979-08-25 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2
  • 1983-05-22 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR
  • 1983-05-25 Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park HRs
  • 1984-04-30 Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game
  • 1984-08-05 Toronto designated hitter Cliff Johnson hits MLB record 19th career pinch-hit HR in Blue Jays 4-3 win over Baltimore Orioles
  • 1985-10-02 Detroit 1st baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #40 in Tigers' 4-2 win over Toronto Blue Jays; first to record 40 x HRs in a MLB season in both Leagues
  • 1985-10-16 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 3
  • 1987-09-14 Toronto Blue Jays hit a record 10 HRs vs Baltimore Orioles
  • 1987-11-17 George Bell is 1st Blue Jay ever to win the AL MVP
  • 1988-07-03 Gene Nelson of the Oakland A's becomes first AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973 in 9-8 win over Toronto Blue Jays
  • 1989-05-04 Junior Felix of Toronto Blue Jays becomes 53rd MLB player to hit HR on 1st at bat
  • 1989-05-15 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston
  • 1989-06-04 Red Sox lead Blue Jays 10-0 in 7th, but lose 12-11 in 12 for Blue Jays 12th consecutive victory at Fenway
  • 1989-06-05 Toronto Blue Jays Skydome stadium opens, Milwaukee Brewers win 5-3
  • 1989-06-07 1st Baseball game to start outdoors & end indoors, as Toronto Blue Jays stadium closes roof during game at 8:48, & beat Brewers 4-2
  • 1989-09-23 Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning
  • 1989-09-30 Toronto Blue Jays wins AL East title
  • 1989-10-08 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1990-01-15 In a shrewd move, Detroit Tigers sign 1st baseman Cecil Fielder who spent previous season in Japan; hits 51 homers this MLB season and becomes a premier power hitter for most of the 1990s
  • 1990-06-22 Longest game in Toronto, Yanks beat Blue Jays 8-7 in 15 inns

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1990-06-29 A's Dave Stewart no-hits Blue Jays & Dodger's Fernando Valenzuela no-hits St Louis 6-0, 1st time no-hitters in both leagues

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • 1990-08-27 Brewers-Blue Jays game is delayed 35 minutes due to gnats
  • 1990-09-02 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb throws MLB record 9th no-hitter of the season; beats Cleveland, 3-0
  • 1990-12-05 Blue Jays trade F McGriff & T Fernandez to SD for R Alomar & J Carter
  • 1991-06-18 Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays

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1991-09-13 Joe Carter 1st baseball player with 3 consecutive 100 RBI seasons with 3 different teams (Indians, Padres, Blue Jays)

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 1991-10-02 Toronto Blue Jays clinch AL East title with a 6-5 win v California Angels; become first sport franchise in history to draw 4 million fans in one season
  • 1991-10-13 Blue Jay Cito Gaston is 1st manager ejected in a playoff game
  • 1991-10-13 MLB American League Championship: Minnesota Twins beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1992-04-13 Longest 2 undefeated baseball teams to meet (NY Yanks 5-0 vs Toronto Blue Jays 6-0); Yanks score 3 in top of 9th to win 5-2
  • 1992-04-27 NY Mets trade David Cone to Toronto Blue Jays for Jeff Kent
  • 1992-08-28 Brewers beat Blue Jays 22-2 with AL record 31 hits in 9 innings
  • 1992-10-14 Toronto Blue Jays beats Oakland A's to win their 1st AL pennant
  • 1992-10-14 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 2
  • 1992-10-17 1st Baseball World Series featuring non-American team; Game 1: Toronto Blue Jays lose 3-1 to Braves at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
  • 1992-10-18 1st non-American team to win a Baseball World Series game; Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 5-4 at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
  • 1992-10-20 1st Baseball World Series game is played outside United States; Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 3 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1992-10-22 Atlanta Braves become 1st American team to win a Baseball World Series game outside of United States; beat Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2 in Game 5 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1992-10-24 World Series Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 4-3 in Game 6 at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium to win their first-ever title; MVP: Toronto catcher Pat Borders
  • 1992-11-17 Blue Jay Nigel Wilson is 1st pick of Marlins in expansion draft
  • 1993-07-23 NY Yankee Mark Hutton is 1st Australian to be a starting pitcher, He beats Angels 5-2; Yanks, Red Sox, Blue Jays 3 way tie for 1st

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1993-07-31 Toronto Blue Jays obtain future Baseball Hall of Fame OF Rickey Henderson from Oakland in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1993-08-13 Blue Jay Rickey Henderson pays Turner Ward $25,000 for his #24
  • 1993-10-12 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2
  • 1993-10-20 Highest scoring, longest lasting World Series game - Toronto Blue Jays score 6 runs in 8th inning to defeat Philadelphia Phillies 15-14, in 4 hr-14 min slugfest at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • 1993-10-23 World Series Baseball: Defending champion Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6 in Game 6 at the SkyDome, Toronto; MVP: Blue Jays infielder Paul Molitor
  • 1996-11-11 Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award; Pat Hentgen of the Toronto Blue Jays claims AL Award

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1996-12-13 Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1997-05-21 Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens beats the Yankees for his 200th win
  • 1997-11-11 Canadian based players win Cy Young Awards for best MLB pitcher; Toronto Blue Jays' Roger Clemens wins his 4th AL Award; Pedro Martinez of Montreal Expos takes NL Award
  • 1998-07-05 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens collects his 3,000th career strikeout in 2-1 win vs Tampa Bay (11th to achieve milestone)
  • 2008-04-01 New York Yankees set a MLB record by winning their 11th straight home opener, 3-2 against Toronto Blue Jays
  • 2012-04-05 A three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia off Jairo Asencio gives the Toronto Blue Jays a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians; 16 inning game duration a MLB Opening Day record
  • 2018-05-08 Seattle Mariners MLB left-hander James Paxton hurls a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto
  • 2019-09-01 Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander strikes out 14 as he throws his third career no-hitter in a 2-0 decision against the Toronto Blue Jays

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1933-05-26 Ted Rogers OC, Canadian entrepreneur and MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • 1939-06-13 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1943-10-04 Jimy Williams, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros), born in Santa Maria, California
  • 1944-03-17 Cito Gaston, MLB manager (Toronto Blue Jays)

Person of interestDave Winfield

1951-10-03 Dave Winfield, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, 1973-95. 12X All Star, 7X Golden Glove (San Diego Padres; New York Yankees, and 4 other teams), born in St. Paul, Minnesota

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Dave Winfield
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Dave Winfield
  • 1955-05-16 Jack Morris, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5 x MLB All Star; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers, 1991 Minnesota Twins, 1992-93 Toronto Blue Jays), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1957-02-07 Dámaso García, Dominican baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1984, 85; Silver Slugger Award 1982; Toronto Blue Jays), born in Moca, Dominican Republic (d. 2020)
  • 1957-07-22 Dave Stieb, American MLB pitcher (7-time All Star, Blue Jays), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1959-03-17 Danny Ainge, American NBA basketball player (Boston Celtics, 1981-69; 3 other teams 1989-95), coach (Phoenix Suns, 1996-99), and executive (Boston Celtics, 2000-present)and MLB baseball (Toronto Blue Jays, 1979-81) player, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1959-10-21 George Bell, Dom Rep, outfielder (Blue Jays, 1987 AL MVP)
  • 1959-10-29 Jesse Barfield, Ill, outfielder (Blue Jays, Yankees, 1986 HR leader)

Person of interestJoe Carter

1960-03-07 Joe Carter, American MLB outfielder (MLB All-Star 1991–94, 96; World Series 1992, 93; Silver Slugger Award 1991, 92; Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 1960-04-28 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), born in Albany, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1960-12-09 Juan Samuel, Dominican-American baseball infielder (NY Yankees, Blue Jays), manager and coach, born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1961-04-22 Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • 1961-05-01 Charlie O'Brien, American MLB catcher (pioneered hockey style catcher's mask; World Series 1995 Atlanta Braves), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1962-06-30 Tony Fernández, Dominican MLB baseball shortstop, 1983-2001, 5X All-Star, 4X Golden Glove (Toronto Blue Jays, and 6 other teams), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic (d. 2020)

Person of interestRoger Clemens

1962-08-04 Roger Clemens, MLB pitcher (Red Sox, Blue Jays, 7 Cy Youngs, MVP), born in Dayton, Ohio

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1963-01-02 David Cone, American baseball pitcher (perfect game 1999; AL Cy Young Award 1994; 5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1992, 96, 98–2000), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1963-08-11 Mike Huff, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1965-05-18 Erik Hanson, American MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kinnelon, New Jersey
  • 1965-05-20 Todd Stottlemyre, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals, Blue Jays), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1965-05-27 Jacob Brumfield, Bogalusa LA, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1966-03-10 Michael Timlin, Midland TX, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1966-10-03 Darrin Fletcher, American baseball catcher and broadcaster (Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1966-10-28 Juan Guzman, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1967-07-25 Ed Sprague Jr., American baseball infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Castro Valley, California
  • 1968-08-05 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-11-03 Paul Quantrill, Canadian baseball pitcher and coach (MLB All Star 2001; Toronto Blue Jays), born in London, Ontario
  • 1968-11-04 Domingo Cedeno, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in La Ramona, Dominican Republic
  • 1968-11-13 Pat Hentgen, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969-02-04 Brad Cornett, American baseball pitcher, appeared in 14 games (Toronto Blue Jays, 1994-95), Brad Cornett
  • 1969-06-04 Robert Perez, Bolivar Venezuela, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1969-10-13 Tim Crabtree, American baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1970-09-24 Paul Spoljaric, Canadian pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 1972-06-25 Carlos Delgado, Puerto Rican infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • 1972-11-10 Shawn Green, American baseball outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Des Plaines, Illinois
  • 1973-04-08 Alex Gonzalez, American infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1973-05-31 Marty Janzen, American pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1973-12-29 Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Lara, Venezuela
  • 1974-10-29 R A Dickey, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star, NL Cy Young Award, NL strikeout leader 2012; Gold Glove Award 2013; NY Mets, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1975-04-27 Chris Carpenter, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1977-05-14 Roy Halladay, American MLB pitcher, 1998-2013, 8X All-Star, 2X Cy Young Award (Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Denver Colorado (d. 2017)
  • 1977-08-09 Jason Frasor, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977-12-06 Kevin Cash, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1978-12-08 Vernon Wells III, American baseball center fielder (Toronto Blue Jays; 3-time MLB All-Star & Gold Glove), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1991-05-01 Marcus Stroman, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2019; Gold Glove 2017; Toronto Blue Jays, NY Mets), born in Medford, New York

Deaths in Sport

  • 2004-10-03 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44
  • 2005-10-09 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), dies at 66
  • 2008-12-02 Ted Rogers OC, Canadian entrepreneur and MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), dies of heart failure at 75
  • 2017-11-07 Roy Halladay, American MLB pitcher, 1998-2013, 8X All-Star, 2X Cy Young Award (Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies), killed when piloting a plane acrobatically over the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Port Richey, Florida, while under the influence of painkillers and sleeping pills at 40
  • 2020-02-15 Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball shortstop (MLB All-Star 1986, 87, 89, 92, 99; World Series 1993; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Toronto Blue Jays), dies of polycystic kidney disease at 57
  • 2020-02-16 Tony Fernández, Dominican MLB baseball shortstop, 1983-2001, 5X All-Star, 4X Golden Glove (Toronto Blue Jays, and 6 other teams), dies of multiple medical issues at 57
  • 2020-04-15 Dámaso García, Dominican baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1984, 85; Silver Slugger Award 1982; Toronto Blue Jays), dies from a malignant brain tumour at 63