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Retro Blue Jays – Hit the showers, Jimmy

September 14, 2017

Posted by Travis Doucette and Retrontario.

It appears the hot water supply at Exhibition Stadium was worth bragging about.

Here are a couple of Ontario Hydro commercials featuring the Blue Jays. Based on the sleeve patches, it appears the ads were filmed mostly in 1984 (Thank you, Mr. Creamer).

The first commercial features three Blue Jay hurlers – Jim Gott, Roy Lee Jackson and Jimmy Key – soaking their troubles away.

The second one shows the Jays laying into a team of scrubs. Willie Upshaw delivers the knock out punch with a homerun that makes its way to Nathan Philips Square.

Not sure if that’s even geographically possible.

 

ER

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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

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

Retro Blue Jays – This Week In Baseball

February 11, 2016

Posted by ClassicMLB11.

Fans of a certain generation may recall walking into Skydome before a match and catching a few minutes of This Week In Baseball (TWIB) on the Jumbotron. TWIB was MLB’s flagship show, highlighting the league’s stars and story lines. Hosted predominantly by Mel Allen, the program aired for several years.

The Blue Jays and TWIB also have something in common: Both debuted in 1977.

Here’s an episode reportedly from July 12, 1977 that presents a feature on the expansion Jays.

Allen tells the viewer how the young team is “kicking up a fuss” and then points out a few players on the roster. Interspersed throughout the segment are interviews with manager Roy Hartsfield and players Bob Bailor (who would later become a coach with the Jays) and Ron Fairly.

Fairly’s interview is easily the best part of the segment. He presents himself as a father-figure and talks about helping his young teammates get accustomed to big league life. It just oozes with professionalism!

As an added bonus, the episode then moves from the Jays to the up-and-coming Montreal Expos and features an interview with Gary Carter. As a whole, the segment presents Canada in a positive light. One could also argue it foreshadows the excitement Canadian baseball fans would experience in the 80s and 90s.

Point of interest: The episode has a run time of 21:38. However, the segment on the Jays and Expos occurs in the first 8:19 of the program.

ER

Retro Blue Jays – That OTHER time Mitch Williams gave up a walk-off home run

June 4, 2015

Posted by AllDayBlueJays.

Mention Mitch ‘Wild Thing’ Williams to any Jays fan and visions of Joe Carter’s World Series winning blast will immediately come to mind.

However, Williams’ infamous performance in game six of the 1993 World Series was not the first time he gave up a walk-off homer to the Blue Jays.

Five years earlier, Williams – pitching for the Texas Rangers at the time – stepped on the mound at Exhibition Stadium, hoping to get a save and secure victory for his team. It was September 4, 1988.

As the Baseball-Reference.com boxscore and PxP indicate, the Rangers took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the 8th, only to watch the Jays score five runs and make it a one-run ballgame. Texas would then add a run in the top of the 9th.

This set the stage for the dramatic conclusion.

After Texas starter Bobby Witt allowed the first two batters to reach base, Williams was brought in and promptly gave up a bunt single to Lloyd Moseby, loading the bases. Williams struck out pinch hitter Pat Borders and then faced George Bell, who sent a 1-0 pitch into the left field seats, giving the Jays a 9-7 win.

Check out the low-key celebration that greeted Bell. I guess the players weren’t as ramped up in the 80s as they are today. Though it is nice to see BJ Birdy pull off a celebratory cartwheel.

ER

Retro Blue Jays – The Bank of the Blue Jays!

September 18, 2014

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

Retro Blue Jays – 8mm Style

August 21, 2014

 

Posted by Travis Doucette.

This clip speaks for itself: 8mm footage of a 1978 regular season game.

It was an afternoon affair, played at Exhibition Stadium. The Kansas City Royals were the opponents and it appears the weather was nice and sunny.

When I came across this clip, I was excited to track down the game’s stat sheet on Baseball-Reference.com. Unfortunately, someone in the comment section did the work for me. After doing some of my own research, I can confirm the match took place on August 13, 1978. The Blue Jays needed 10 innings to beat the Royals, 3-2.

My favourite part of the clip occurs at the 1:05 mark. Yes, that is none other than Alan Ashby chasing a ball to the back stop.

The footage is a unique time capsule. When it was filmed, the Jays were in their second year of existence. They were a young franchise with a developing fan base.  This clip features more than some random, late-70s baseball game. It captures the starting point of what will be an exciting journey.

Remember, it’s 1978, not 2014. There are no expectations. No one is yearning for a return to the glory years because they haven’t happened yet. The fans are far from being frustrated. They are just simply enjoying the moment.

You can’t ignore the late-70s fashion either. Oh, the fashion.

Eric aka @TheHek


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