The current lineup for the Toronto Blue Jays is a literal murderer’s row of baseball bashers. From Josh Donaldson, to Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki, and Michael Saunders, no pitcher in baseball can get caught leaving a fat pitch over the plate. Even guys who aren’t traditionally power hitters, like Russell Martin or Kevin Pillar, get in on the long ball action every now and then. But they aren’t the first group of Blue Birds to hit memorable bombs.
Over the years, the Jays have employed some big, big hitters and there have been some memorable dingers hit at Exhibition Stadium, then Rogers Center and in big league parks around North America.
From walk-offs to league and team-record setting dingers the Jays have shown a penchant for the big moment. Doug Ault hit the first home run, in the snow no less, in the first game in Blue Jays history on April 7, 1977.
Here are eight homers that fit into the most memorable category.
Yes, we said seven homers, but in 1987 the Toronto Blue Jays hit a major league record 10 home runs in one game. Yep, you heard that right, 10 in one game. Before the big September collapse that saw the Jays blow a division crown in the last week of the season, the Blue Jays tore up American league pitching on the way to a then-team record 215 total homers. On Sept. 14, 1987, the Jays were still at the top of the standings when Baltimore came to town. It was the first game of a three-game set, one which the Orioles would rather forget. Prior to the game, the major league record for homers by a team in a game was eight (Boston was one team and they did it to Toronto in 1977). When catcher Ernie Whitt hit his third of this game (and ninth for the Blue Jays) in the seventh inning, that record became old news. Fred McGriff bopped another later, the 10th, for good measure. Rance Mulliniks and 1987 MVP George Bell also hit two taters that day, and solo shots went to Lloyd Moseby and Canadian boy Rob Ducey. A record that may never be topped.