It Won’t Be Long

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 3) — Baseball fans, get ready for some magic. Or, in the case of the Toronto Blue Jays, some more magic. Within two weeks — barring the unforeseen and for the first time in 22 years — a daily numeral will start to appear on the sports pages of newspapers […]

Rare Quiet Night For Blue Jays

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 1) — During a remarkable August, the Blue Jays mangled the baseball adage that good pitching will beat good hitting. On the final night of the month, however, the rule–of–thumb prevailed. Right–hander Danny Salazar — enjoying a terrific season for Cleveland — out–dueled David Price in a 4–2 victory at […]

Blue Jays Finally on U.S. National TV

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 31) — At first, I thought it was a misprint. Then, I checked MLB.com and found it was true. As of now, American networks FOX and TBS are going to risk showing a baseball team from a foreign country — that densely–populated mass of igloos and caribou north of the […]

More Blue Jays Number–Crunching

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 30) — Back in 1984, the Detroit Tigers led the American League East Division from wire–to–wire and went on to upend the San Diego Padres for the franchise’s most recent World Series. The most phenomenal start in Major League history — 35–5 in their first 40 games — allowed the […]

Blue Jays Beat Detroit — I Think

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 29) — I’ve always wanted to watch a sporting event from the Goodyear Blimp and I believe I came closest on Friday night. If you wish to reacquaint with the divine presence in your life, order a pair of baseball tickets in Sec. 515 at Rogers Centre. Head up to […]

Obie Ended Our Longest Drought

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 28) — Less than two months after his 75th birthday, Bob O’Billovich has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. His statue should one day be erected in Nathan Philips Square. The biggest sports names in our city right now are David Price, Josh Donaldson and Mike Babcock. […]

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