joining the American League in 1977, the Toronto Blue Jays have established
themselves as a formidable franchise by winning championships and by providing
their fans with some of the most memorable moments in baseball history.
They are the only team outside the US to win
a World Series and are currently the only Canadian team in Major League
Blue Jays played in their first game on April 7, 1977, in front of 44,649
A snowstorm began just before the
start of the game, and Toronto ended up winning the snowy affair 9-5 behind two
home runs from Doug Ault.
opening day win in 1977 was one of few tastes of success Toronto had that year,
as they would go on to win just 54 games.
Their 54-107 record was good enough for last place in the AL East
saw their record slowly improve as time went on, although they remained in last
place for the next five seasons.
wasn’t until Bobby Cox was hired to manage the team in 1982 that they finished
better than seventh place in the seven-team division.
With a 78-84 record in 1982, the Blue Jays
finished the season in sixth place.
Toronto had their first winning record.
They went 89-73, which was good enough for fourth place.
They had an identical record the following
season but it was good enough for second place that year.
1985 season was the first truly successful one for the Blue Jays.
They won 99 games, the most wins in franchise
history to this day.
With a first place
finish in the AL East, they qualified for the playoffs and faced the Kansas
City Royals in the ALCS.
They went up 3
games to 1 in the best of seven series, but Kansas City won the last three
games to advance to the World Series.
was the first season that the league instituted the best of seven format for
the ALCS; in previous years it was a best of five series.
Blue Jays went into their most successful five-year stretch to date beginning
That same season, they moved to
the SkyDome. After a slow start to 1989, Toronto replaced manager Jimmy
Williams with Cito Gaston and saw their record improve dramatically.
Their 89-73 record was good enough for their
second division title.
They would lose
again in the ALCS, however, in a 4 games to 1 series versus the Oakland
would finish in second place the following season before winning three straight
division titles from 1991 to 1993.
lost to the Minnesota Twins in the 1991 ALCS.
Their team was remarkably successful in terms of fan interest that
They became the first major
league team to draw 4 million fans in a season.
next two years were unquestionably the best for the franchise in their
They were finally able to make
it past the ALCS in both seasons, beating the Oakland A’s in 1992 and the
Chicago White Sox in 1993.
successful in both trips to the World Series and became the first team to
repeat as champions since the New York Yankees in 1977-1978.
1993 World Series was particularly remarkable given the way it ended. Toronto
had a 3-2 lead over Philadelphia going into Game 6 and built up a 5-1 lead
before Philadelphia scored five runs in the seventh to take the lead at
With two men on in the bottom of
the ninth with one out and trailing by one run, Joe Carter hit a three-run,
walk-off home run that ended the series.
It was just the second time in history that a World Series ended on a
game-winning home run.
winning back-to-back World Series titles in the early 90s, Toronto has not
returned to the post season.
been a regular occupant of the third place spot in the AL East behind the
consistently dominant New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
Since 1994, Toronto has finished in third
place in the AL East nine times.
1998 to 2003, Toronto finished in third place every year.
off to a strong start in 2010 but continue to face the challenge of playing in
arguably the toughest division in the majors.
They are 31-22 through their first 53 games and trail the Tampa Bay Rays
and New York Yankees by 2.5 and 3.5 games respectively.
Their powerful offense has been tremendous
this season, leading the majors with 89 home runs (20 more than second place
Boston) and a .472 slugging percentage.
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