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September 29, 1989: Moseby walks away in the 1989 stretch race
Going into the final series of the 1989 season against Baltimore, the Blue Jays had a one-game lead over the Orioles in the AL East. Thanks to Lloyd Moseby’s single in the 11th inning at the SkyDome, the Blue Jays took a two-game cushion, which they hold to earn a trip to the playoffs. Toronto ultimately lost, 4-1, to the ALCS A’s, but this stacked 1989 roster had the talent to do more.
June 16, 1988: Tony Fernandez scores… on his own bunt
On Jack Morris’ first pitch of the game, Blue Jays great Tony Fernandez slapped the third base line and it was all down for the Tigers. After a throwing error at first base, the throw through the diamond at third also sailed. A total of three errors allowed Fernandez to score on his own bunt, setting up a 3-for-4 day with two runs scored.
August 19, 1998: Dave Stieb records a save after his return
After four years out of the Majors, the great Stieb was in camp with the Blue Jays as a guest coach in 1998. He threw the mound between batting practices, which sparked an unlikely comeback for the right-hander. At 40, Stieb threw 50 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays with a 4.83 ERA, including a three-inning stoppage against the Mariners.
July 31, 1994: White hits the wall and steals the circuit
There’s a reason all Blue Jays outfielders are always tied to Devon White’s defensive bar. Brilliant catches were expected in White’s five years in Toronto, but this one to deny Leo Gomez a home run in 1994 ranks among his best. In classic Devo fashion, he slid into the outfield and found a way to make even that remarkable catch look casual.
October 21, 1992: Boundary Explosion in WS G4
The 1992 and 1993 World Series each have famous moments, but these often overshadow what led them up. Pat Borders’ home run in Game 4 of the 1992 Fall Classic is a perfect example of this, as the 29-year-old catcher who was not known for his bat gave Toronto a boost from the eighth in the roster — en route to series MVP honors. Borders’ solo shot put the Blue Jays up 1-0 in a game they would win 2-1, giving them a 3-1 series lead. Even more impressive, Borders did it against Tom Glavine, who won 305 games and landed in the Hall of Fame.
April 3, 1988: Bell’s opening day hat trick
After receiving his American League MVP award in 1987, George Bell took to the skies in 1988 with one of the biggest games of his career, on Opening Day. Bell went 3-for-4 with three home runs in the 5-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City. The dingers weren’t cheap either: All three went against two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen.
April 7, 1977: The first home run in Blue Jays history
For at least one game, Doug Ault was the best player in Blue Jays history. From first base for the first game in club history, Ault went 3-for-4 with two homers, including the first-ever by a Blue Jays batter. It came on an 0-2 pitch from Ken Brett in the bottom of the first, which Ault threw over the left-field wall and into a crowd dressed in winter coats.
May 1, 2004: Catalanotto sets club record with six hits in a game
Will anyone ever beat Frank Catalanotto’s six-shot night in 2004? Good luck. Catalanotto went a perfect 6-for-6 with five singles and a brace in Game 2 of a doubles match against the White Sox, taking his average from 0.276 to 0.329 in one night.
September 14, 1987: Toronto crashes 10 home runs
The baseball record for most home runs in a single game belongs to the Blue Jays, with 10 back on September 14, 1987. A young Fred McGriff hit the 10 of the night in the 18-3 win over the Orioles , joining Ernie Whitt (3), Rance Mulliniks (2), George Bell (2), Lloyd Moseby and Rob Ducey. This will be one of the toughest club records for future Blue Jays teams to break.
May 26, 2013: Kawasaki leaves
There haven’t been many Blue Jays more beloved by fans than Munenori Kawasaki. It was usually for his personality, but that brace was one of his greatest moments on the pitch. Midway through the post-game interview, he grabbed the microphone himself and delivered a few lines to the camera before taking the Gatorade shower.