This summer, the Toronto Blue Jays will travel to the Windy City to face off the Chicago Cubs. As baseball fans in Toronto and in Chicago are getting ready for this exciting event that will happen in August, here are 10 interesting facts about our beloved Toronto Blue Jays.
1. The Toronto Blue Jays were founded in 1977
— Toronto Archives (@TorontoArchives) April 7, 2017
The team was founded in 1977. Their first game was played on April 7th at the Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. A snowstorm started right before the game did, but the Toronto Blue Jays won 9-5 against the Chicago White Sox, in front of 44,649 happy baseball fans.
2. A contest was held to find the name of the team
— Jays Care Young Pros (@JCFYoungPros) April 30, 2015
A contest was held to help find the perfect name for Toronto’s new baseball team. The contest was very popular, and more than 4,000 team names were submitted. The Board of directors had to narrow down the list, and eventually picked the name we all know today.
3. The Toronto Blue Jays often win their first home game
— Roger_CRC ⚽⚾ (@SoyRogerJimenez) May 24, 2017
The Toronto Blue Jays often win their first home game of the season, which is always a very exciting event for passionate fans. Since 1977, they have won 26 game openers, and have lost 14. This year, their home opener was played against the Milwaukee Brewers.
4. The Toronto Blue Jays were the first Canadian team to win the World Series
— Nazia Khamissa (@nKhamissa) October 24, 2013
The Toronto Blue Jays were the first team outside of the USA to appear in the World Series. They were also the first Canadian team to win the World Series. They first won against the Atlanta Braves in 1992.
5. The youngest player in the MLB is playing with the Toronto Blue Jays
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) August 4, 2016
Roberto Osuna was born in 1995. He was 16 years old when he was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays, and he first played with their minor league organization during three seasons. In 2015, he became the youngest pitcher to play in the MLB.
6. The Toronto Blue Jays have had different mascots
— shelby eastman (@shelbyeastmn) August 2, 2016
The mascot of the Blue Jays is a blue jay, of course, but they have had different ones through the years. BJ Birdy was their first mascot, introduced in 1979. In 2000, he was replaced by Ace and Diamond, but Diamond has been removed in 2003. Now, Ace is often seen with his brother Junior.
7. George Bell was named American League Most Valuable Player in 1987
— Stu Gatz [DTP] (@STU_GATZZO) May 28, 2016
In 1987, outfielder George Bell was the first player of the Toronto Blue Jays to be named American League Most Valuable Player, after playing his best season with the team. He finished with a .308 BA and 47 home runs.
8.The team has two retired numbers
— Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) January 31, 2017
The number 42, which was Jackie Robinson’s number, has been retired by every team in the MLB in 1997. Roberto Alomar, who had the number 12, was the first to have his humber retired by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, not long after being inducted in the Hall of Fame.
9. The team hasn’t visited Wrigley Field since 2005
SO looking forward to going to Wrigley Field this year…..JAYS….vs……CUBS!!
Wow……Bucketlister to see Wrigley Field built in 1914! pic.twitter.com/lp6f6hxubY
— Wally Jaroslawski (@WJaroslawski) March 16, 2017
The three-game set against the Chicago Cubs that is scheduled on August 18, 19 and 20 will be a special occasion for the Toronto Blue Jays. They haven’t played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field since 2005.
10.Toronto Blue Jays fans love hot dogs
Coming to the game?
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 2, 2017
For many baseball fans, there is simply nothing better than eating a hot dog while enjoying a big game. The Rogers Centre apparently sells enough hot dogs each year to cover, if they were somehow all lined up, the distance of 3,241 stolen bases.