This Day In Sports History (May 15th) — Cito Gaston
It was on this day in 1989 that Cito Gaston was named the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. It was his first managerial job in the Majors and three years later he would go on to lead the club to their first ever World Series title.
Gaston joined the Jays in 1982 as a hitting coach, but he took over the managerial duties from Jimy Williams early in the ’89 season after the team got off to a 12-24 start. He would turn things around quickly, as the Jays went 77-49 under their new manager and won the division with an 89-73 record. They would lose in the ALCS to the eventual World Series Champion Oakland Athletics. Gaston would lead them back into the playoffs in 1991, and in 1992 the team would go on to win their first ever World Series title. The following season the Toronto Blue Jays repeated as champions, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 on a walk-off home run by Joe Carter.
Gaston coached the Jays until 1997, when he was fired by GM Gord Ash with only one week remaining in the season. He returned to the team on June 20, 2008 to replace John Gibbons. He led the team to a 51-37 record following his arrival, but it was not good enough to get the Jays into the post-season. Cito would manage until 2010, when he eventually called it quits.
His World Series Championship from 1992 is not only the last time the Jays have won the MLB title, but it is also the last time the Jays have made the playoffs.
Here is a look at Cito Gaston’s farewell speech.
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