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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 – So the Prime Minister and President walk into Skydome…

November 30, 2016

Posted by MLB.

This year not only marked the 40th anniversary season of Blue Jays baseball, but also the 25th anniversary of Toronto hosting the MLB All-Star Game.

1991 – What a time to be a Jays fan!

Brand new state-of-the-art stadium, a team on the verge of reaching the highest pinnacle; and to top it off, hosting the event affectionately referred to as the “mid-summmer classic.”

The ’91 all-star game not only brought out baseball’s best players and some legendary hall of famers, but also two of the most powerful political leaders at the time.

The match was attended by then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and then-President George H.W. Bush. Of course, it wasn’t the first time Mulroney and Bush were at a Jays game. Nevertheless, their attendance was always a big deal.

So it shouldn’t have been surprising when the two world leaders appeared together for a mid-game interview. Not the smoothest of coversations and a bit one-sided towards the fomer President, but still very cool to see.

ER

Retro Blue Jays – A curveball for the senses

August 25, 2016

Posted by Homonculus Entertainment.

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Last week, Tom Ford Cologne was all the rage!

The product – worn by Josh Donaldson – helped defused tension after Donaldson and John Gibbons verbally sparred during a match against the Yankees.

All the fodder that followed reminded me of a previous time the Jays dabbled in the world of fragrance.

Remember CHACIN Cologne?

The Blue Jay Hunter provides a terrific account of this famous giveaway. Essentially, two Toronto-area radio hosts joked how pitcher Gustavo Chacin’s last name sounded like a brand of cologne. Sure enough, a product was created with help from the left-hander and small vials of it were given out to fans attending the game on June 27, 2006.

Remarkably, the whole Chacin Cologne episode went viral at a time when social media wasn’t as extensive as it is today. Just imagine if it had occurred in 2016!

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A short note about Don Chevrier

March 25, 2016

It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube.

Just recently, I watched a condensed version of the very first game, followed by the 1983 home opener in its entirety. Between these two matches, a common theme emanated from the broadcast booth: Play-by-play from Don Chevrier.

It’s a shame to think there’s a generation of Blue Jay fans who never got to experience a game with “Chevy” behind the mic.

The man was versatile, very knowledgeable and had a great voice. In fact, one could argue the significance of Chevrier on television is equal to the significance of Tom Cheek on the radio.

As I watched these old broadcasts and listened to Don Chevrier, it felt as if I was a kid again; planted in front of the TV, every Wednesday night at 7:30, watching Labatt’s Blue Jays Baseball on CFTO.

ER

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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 – Dan Shulman In The Booth

November 24, 2015

Posted by CatchTheTaste, FlightSimFanatic and MLB.

Last week, Rogers announced that Dan Shulman will be joining the Blue Jays’ broadcast team for the next two seasons. It will be on a part-time basis as Shulman will continue his duties with ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Nevertheless, there was a sense of nostalgia and excitement.

Shulman had a prominent on-air role during the early years of Sportsnet 590 (back when it was known as the FAN 1430). He was even the host of Prime Time Sports at one point.

Certain Jays fans will also remember Shulman as the team’s play-by-play voice from 1995-2001 on TSN. He worked alongside Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler.

In honour of Shulman’s return to the Jays’ broadcast booth, here are some clips from his TSN days. Starting off is a commercial he appeared in with Martinez, Roger Clemens and Benito Santiago. Next are seperate intros with Martinez and Tabler, followed by a play-by-play clip from a 2001 broadcast.

 

 

 

 

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