Nine to Know: Toronto Blue Jays team record tidbits edition

Periodically, will take a look at records for  a particular team. There is really no rhyme or reason to the tidbits but simply meant to evoke memories and provoke conversation.


  1. On September 14, 1987, the Blue Jays defeated the Orioles 18-3. In that game, the Jays hit a team record 10 homers: Ernie Whitt hit three,  Rance  Mulliniks and George Bell  hit two, and  Fred McGriff, Rob Ducey, and Lloyd Moseby each hit one.
  2. On May 1, 2004, in the second game of a doubleheader, Frank Catalanatto went 6-for-6 against the White, the only player have six hits in a game in Jays history.
  3. Then again, on May 27, 2005, Josh Towers pitched six innings and allowed 14 hits, the most for a Jays pitcher. He allowed seven runs (five earned), but at least he didn’t walk anyone.
  4. On August 25, 1998, Roger Clemens struck out a team record 18 batters against the White Sox.  Brandon Morrow struck out 17 Rays on August 8, 2010. Clemens has four the top five game strikeout totals for the Jays.
  5. Do you know who Jose Nunez is? He holds the Toronto record for strikeouts in a game by a Jays reliever. He struck out nine Royals on July 4, 1987 in 6.2 innings.
  6. Speaking about strikeouts, this time the bad kind, Alex Gonzalez whiffed six times on Sept. 9, 1998 in six at bats against Cleveland.
  7. The Jays’ record for longest hitting streak belongs to Shawn Green who hit in 28 in a row from 6/29/99 to 7/31/99.
  8. Speaking of streaks, the longest the Jays ever went without being shut out was 104 games between July 2, 1993 and April 27, 1994. The Jays were 60-44 in that stretch.
  9. Carlos Delgado and Vernon Wells hold the Jays record with six 100+ RBI seasons.

Truth be told, the rationale for today’s Billy-Ball is to simply say: Happy birthday to Jerry Howarth, the outstanding radio play-by-play announcer for the Blue Jays, a great human and a great friend.