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Retro Blue Jays – Baseball and the Public Broadcaster

June 1, 2017

Posted by Pat French.

I don’t know who Pat French is, but I’m very glad this person created a YouTube account. It’s filled with dozens of retro Canadian sports clips; a portion of which come from CBC broadcasts. If you want to see old baseball promos, black-and-white clips from Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts or even an advertisement for the 1978 Commonwealth Games, make sure to spend some time on Pat’s account.

A previous “retro” post highlighted a couple of clips involving the CBC’s French language service, Radio-Canada. On the English side, the Mother Corp and the Blue Jays have crossed paths at various times. As a kid, I knew CBC was the network to turn to on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons for Speedy Muffler Blue Jays Baseball. Of course, during the NHL playoffs, that schedule was modified.

The public broadcaster aired games at three different points in Blue Jay history: Late 70s/early 80s, early 90s to early 2000s and a handful of games from 2008-2009. Here are some clips from those periods.

From 1977 – Explaining the role of the Third Base Coach.

Also from 1977 – Not sure who the pitcher and catcher are (could be Alan Ashby behind the plate). However, the hitter is the unmistakable Rusty Staub.

From 1978 – Ensuring both Canadian teams get equal screen time.

From 1992 – A pre-game intro featuring Ken Daniels (before he started doing play-by-play for the Detroit Red Wings), the legendary Don Chevrier and former Blue Jay Tommy Hutton. I always loved the opening graphic and theme song.

From 1994 – Can’t promote an upcoming broadcast without a smiling Joe Carter.

From 2000 – Ironically, no one in Quebec was apparently able to watch this Jays/Expos match.

From 2008 – When broadcasting in HD was still a novelty.

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – No Beer at The Ballpark

August 11, 2016

Posted by CBC Digital Archives.

In 20-plus years of attending Blue Jay games, I can probably count the number of times I’ve had a beer on one hand. Of those times, only twice have I actually purchased an alcoholic beverage.

I like beer and I have no problem with anyone who purchases alcohol at sporting events; but personally, I can do without it. The lineups are way too long, the prices are way too high and far too many people drink excessively, ruining the fun for passionate fans. It continues to be an issue, especially since the Jays have become popular again with casual fans. Let’s not forget all the idiots that chucked beer cans on the field during game five of the ALDS; not to mention the dozens of fans who likely pre-drink before arriving to the game. There’s even been a few times when the stadium has had its liquor licence temporarily suspended.

Things were quite different during the Jays’ infancy. From 1977-1982, fans were unable to purchase alcohol at Exhibition Stadium. Just imagine that for a moment: No Labatt Blue, no taps or cans being cracked open, nobody shouting “Ice cold beer!”

That all changed midway through the ’82 season and understandably, it was newsworthy. Here’s a link to a news clip from the first game where beer was available for purchase.

[Just a link, I’m afraid. The embedded code offered by CBC Digital Archives either doesn’t work or doesn’t get along with WordPress.] 

ER


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