Periodically, Billy-Ball.com 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Speaking about strikeouts, this time the bad kind, Alex Gonzalez whiffed six times on Sept. 9, 1998 in six at bats against Cleveland.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.