This Day In Sports History (April 7th) — Toronto Blue Jays

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It was on this day in 1977 that the Toronto Blue Jays played their first ever regular season game, as 44,649 fans packed Exhibition Stadium to watch the Jays take on the Chicago White Sox.

This game was most remembered for the weather, as it was very cold and snowing at the time of the scheduled first pitch, but the snow would stop and the game would continue as planned.  The Jays would come out victorious that day by a final score of 9-5, led by first baseman Doug Ault, who went 3-4 with 4 RBI’s and two runs scored.  Ault would also hit the first home run in team history, a solo shot in the second inning, to give the team its first ever run.

Their first win was one of only a few highlights for the Blue Jays in their expansion season, as they would finish the year with a 54-107 record, 45.5 games behind the division winner Yankees and 9.5 games behind their expansion cousins, the Seattle Mariners.


Notable Birthdays

Tony Dorsett, NFL – Born April 7th 1954 (age 60) in Rochester, Pennsylvania

Ricky Watters, NFL – Born April 7th 1969 (age 45) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Tiki & Ronde Barber, NFL – Born April 7th 1975 (age 39) in Roanoke, Virginia

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