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”

Former Blue Jay Fred McGriff belongs in the Hall of Fame

For those requiring further evidence that Pat Gillick is a Hall of Fame general manager, I present the following transaction. On December 9, 1982, Gillick, while acting as the Jays GM, shipped pitcher Dale Murray and infielder Tom Dodd to the Yankees for Dave Collins (who would hit .308 and steal 60 bases for TorontoContinue reading “Former Blue Jay Fred McGriff belongs in the Hall of Fame”

Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown

With Pat Gillick being elected by the Veterans Committee, Roberto Alomar likely to be voted in by the writers and longtime Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne to receive the Ford C. Frick Award, the 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will have a distinctly Canadian flavor. In his first year on the ballot,Continue reading “Larry Walker should be the second Canadian player elected to Cooperstown”