Retro Blue Jays – The Bank of the Blue Jays!

Posted by CatchTheTaste.

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was one of the founding partners of the Blue Jays. In fact, CIBC owned a 10% share of the team from 1976 to 2000.

The percentage might have been low, but that didn’t stop CIBC from bragging about being the “Bank of the Blue Jays.”

Here’s a commercial from 1985 that features Damaso Garcia. The former Jays second baseman is seen hitting an inside-the-park homerun at what appears to be either a smokey Exhibition Stadium or a film studio large enough to lay down a diamond. A distinct voice mentions how proud CIBC was in helping to establish the team and links it to community involvement.

Meanwhile, the star of the ad is definitely Garcia, with a supporting nod given to the extra who high-fives Damaso.

And no….no uniforms were burned in the making of this commercial.

Eric aka @TheHek

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2 Comments on “Retro Blue Jays – The Bank of the Blue Jays!”

  1. Shaul Ben-Yimini Says:

    That was the first game I ever saw. Me, my dad and sister were coming-back from Ontario Place, and, impromptu, we arrived at the end of the first-game of a doubleheader against the Royals. (somewhere we ALSO have some Super-8 of it) Shaul Ben-Yimini

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