Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger

Canadian baseball fans are most likely to remember Jim Gosger for his tenure with the Montreal Expos, but it was his performance in Toronto 50 years ago that earned him his first major league starting assignment. Now a spirited, kind-hearted, 72-year-old living in Port Huron, Mich., Gosger has fond memories of his 1965 season withContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger”

Former Toronto Maple Leafs outfielder Jim King passes away at age 82

Jim King, who was named the International League’s MVP while with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1960, died on February 23 in Fayetteville, Ark., at the age of 82. On top of his heroics in Hogtown, King also clubbed 117 home runs in parts of 11 major league seasons between 1955 and 1967 with theContinue reading “Former Toronto Maple Leafs outfielder Jim King passes away at age 82”

Former Toronto Maple Leafs pitcher Don Johnson dies at 88

Don Johnson, who pitched parts of five minor league seasons with the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1950s, died of kidney failure in Portland, Ore., on February 10 at the age of 88. Though his wild and hard-drinking ways sometimes overshadowed his on-the-field performance, Johnson managed to pitch in parts of seven bigContinue reading “Former Toronto Maple Leafs pitcher Don Johnson dies at 88”

But What Do I Know? … Special Edition: Toronto Blue Jays’ first-ever spring training game

Most longtime Toronto Blue Jays fans can recall that their beloved Blue Birds defeated the Chicago White Sox 9-5 in snowy conditions at Exhibition Stadium on April 7, 1977 in their first regular season game, but how did the team fare in its first spring training contest? Yesterday, I decided to do some digging toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Special Edition: Toronto Blue Jays’ first-ever spring training game”