Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jesse Jefferson, a workhorse starting pitcher on the early Toronto Blue Jays teams, would’ve turned 72 today. The underrated right-hander, who hailed from Midlothian, Va., passed away in 2011 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was just 62. Selected by the Blue Jays from the Chicago WhiteContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson”

A (Steve) Christmas Story and other holiday trivia

*This is my (Steve) Christmas card to you. It’s been a tough year, a really tough year. I hope you can find joy this holiday season despite the challenges being presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of this blog. There were times in theContinue reading “A (Steve) Christmas Story and other holiday trivia”

Great Canadian Baseball Moments: October 16, 1975 – Reggie Cleveland becomes the first Canadian pitcher to start a World Series game

As Reggie Cleveland warmed up in the bullpen at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium on October 16, 1975, he had no idea that he was about to become the first Canadian pitcher to start a World Series game. “No one told me that until years afterwards,” Cleveland told Brian Kendall for his 1995 book, Great Moments inContinue reading “Great Canadian Baseball Moments: October 16, 1975 – Reggie Cleveland becomes the first Canadian pitcher to start a World Series game”

April 24, 1977 – Remembering Fergie Jenkins’ first start at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It seems fitting that the greatest Canadian pitcher was the first hurler to toss a shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays. On April 24, 1977, Fergie Jenkins, toeing the rubber for the Boston Red Sox, dominated the Jays for nine innings in front of 29,303 fans at Exhibition Stadium.Continue reading “April 24, 1977 – Remembering Fergie Jenkins’ first start at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto”

Cooperstowners that were rumoured to be coming to Toronto

Phil Niekro, Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor and Rickey Henderson are Hall of Famers that once suited up for the Toronto Blue Jays. And Roberto Alomar will, of course, have his day in Cooperstown this summer. But in the club’s 34-year history, a number of other legends were also rumoured to be coming to Toronto. PartContinue reading “Cooperstowners that were rumoured to be coming to Toronto”