By Kevin Glew
Cooperstowners in Canada
One of the benefits of spending a lot of time reading old stories about the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos is that I’ve stumbled across a number of fascinating long-forgotten photos.
Here are two highlights from this week’s research:
Tony Kubek in a Toronto Blue Jays’ uniform?
Most of us remember former New York Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek as an insightful analyst on Toronto Blue Jays TV broadcasts from 1977 to 1989. That’s why I did a double take when I saw this photo (above). I had never seen a picture of Kubek wearing a Blue Jays uniform, nor had I heard of him being a coach with the club. So on Monday, I asked my Twitter followers (most of whom are well-versed in Blue Jays history) if anyone knew if Kubek regularly participated in Blue Jays’ practices?
Fortunately, one of my Twitter followers is Marysville, N.B., native Paul Hodgson who was the second Canadian to play for the Blue Jays (Dave McKay, Vancouver, B.C., was the first). Hodgson played 20 games for the Blue Jays in 1980 and he provided this response to my query about Kubek:
So it sounds like the answer was yes, at one point Kubek was participating in Blue Jays’ practices.
1980 Topps Montreal Expos team card
Every Tuesday I like to post a Trivia question on Twitter. This week I asked people if they could name the five National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in the Montreal Expos team photo on this 1980 Topps baseball card (above).
The five Cooperstowners in the photo are: Tony Perez (far left, first row of team members in chairs), Dick Williams (middle of same row as Perez), Gary Carter (second row from top, third player in uniform from the left), Andre Dawson (ninth from the left, top row) and Tim Raines (fifth from the right, top row).
I also learned something from examining this photo more closely. Initially I thought there were only four Hall of Famers in it and that Raines was absent. But after doing some research I learned that Raines wore No. 32 in his six games with the Expos in 1979 (obviously when this photo was taken). That season, as Warren Campbell, a strong baseball researcher pointed out to me on Twitter, Dave Cash wore No. 30 – the number Raines would later make famous.