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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.

 

 

 

 

ER

Retro Blue Jays – Bell, Barfield and Moseby

August 13, 2015

Posted by Retrontario and 100huntley.

This Sunday, the Blue Jays will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the team’s first division title and playoff appearance. The first 20,000 fans entering Skydome (get there early!) will receive a bobblehead set of George Bell, Jesse Barfield and Lloyd Moseby; arguably one of the best outfields of the 1980s.

In honour of the occasion and giveaway, here are some unique YouTube clips of the famous threesome.

George Bell is all smiles for this McDonald’s commercial. It’s a sharp contrast to what fans and the media were familiar with at the time. Note how Bell shows off the food, but doesn’t eat any of it; not even a single, solitary fry.

In 1985, Jesse Barfield appeared on the religious program, 100 Huntley Street and discussed how faith plays a role in his life.

Finally, this Toronto hockey star is no match for Lloyd ‘The Shaker’ Moseby!

ER

Retro Blue Jays – All-Star Game Edition

July 14, 2015

Posted by MLB, Baseball History Shorts, Maxcareyhof and Ian Ward.

In honour of tonight’s Midsummer Classic, here are four ASG-related videos I recently found on YouTube.

Please rise for Meat Loaf’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

A “far out” opening to the 1971 game.

Is it too late to get a copy of the program from the 1982 game (played at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal)?

Cal Ripken Jr.’s blast from the 1991 game, held at Skydome. Toronto shows some love to baseball’s (soon-to-be) Iron Man.

ER

Retro Blue Jays – Baseball en Francais

April 23, 2015

Posted by Retro Quebec.

As a child, I can recall a time when Montreal Expo games would air on Radio-Canada (CBC’s French language service) almost every Saturday night during the summer. I always got a kick out of hearing the play-by-play crew emphasize certain players’ English-sounding names in the middle of their French sentences: “Voici Michael Barrett.”

French-language television and Quebec sports teams always went hand-in-hand. So imagine my surprise when I found out years later that Radio-Canada also aired Blue Jay games at one time.

These days, TVA Sports broadcasts a hand-full of games. But according to Wikipedia (and sadly, I wish I could have found a more credible source), French-language  broadcasts of Jays games also occurred from 1978 to 1980. The video clip featured in this post is proof.

It features an upbeat jazz tune and footage from a late-70s match between the Jays and Mariners at the Seattle Kingdome. My understanding of French is far from exceptional. However, I believe the promo is advertising an upcoming live broadcast of a game between the Jays and Brewers from Milwaukee, as part of the “Baseball 79” schedule.

For an added bonus, here’s a promo for an upcoming 1977 Expos game. It features stock footage of games played at Jarry Park. Again, my fluency in French is poor. However, it appears the clip is promoting the first baseball game to be played at Olympic Stadium.

ER

Retro Blue Jays – Montreal, 8mm Style

March 26, 2015

Posted by Jared Allen.

It’s fitting the Blue Jays will travel to Montreal next week for the final portion of the spring training schedule. Last year’s visit to the Olympic Stadium was a huge success.

Speaking of which…

2014 can’t be considered retro, but the technology used in this 27-minute clip certainly is.

The videographer recorded the March 28, 2014 pre-season contest between the Jays and the New York Mets at the Big O with an 8mm camera. The final product is a lovely combination of contemporary life with old school technology.

Mr. Allen had a perfect POV and captured so much; from travelling to the stadium to the Jays celebrating a walkoff victory. There’s a lot to take in, but it’s worth spending the time. There’s even a clip featuring everyone’s favourite mid-game activity, the wave [sarcasm].

I doubt 8mm cameras will make a comeback and become a trend, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt having more videos like this.

ER

 


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