By Kevin Glew
Cooperstowners in Canada
Question: Who was the first Toronto Blue Jays pitcher to record 100 wins with the team?
Answer: It’s not who you think it is.
It’s not Dave Stieb.
Thirty-four years ago today, right-hander Jim Clancy tossed a four-hit shutout over the Kansas City Royals at Royals Stadium to notch his 100th win as a Blue Jay. With this, he became the first Blue Jays pitcher to reach this milestone.
Clancy was a workhorse starter for the Blue Jays for 12 seasons from 1977 to 1988. Despite pitching for bottom-dwelling teams in his first six seasons with club, he still managed to reach the 100-win mark first.
The 6-foot-4 Illinois native won 10 or more games in eight of his seasons with the Blue Jays, including a career high 16 in 1982 when he topped the American League with 40 starts and tossed 266 2/3 innings. He was also selected to the American League All-Star team for the only team that season.
In all, in 352 career games – including 345 starts – for the Blue Jays, Clancy recorded 128 wins, which currently rank him third among Blue Jays pitchers behind Dave Stieb (175) and Roy Halladay (148).
For the record, Dave Stieb reached the 100-win mark a little over a month after Clancy when he limited the Cleveland Indians to one run in 7 2/3 innings in the Blue Jays’ 3-1 win at Exhibition Stadium on September 3, 1986.