Duane Larson wanted to play an aggressive style of baseball.
Heading into the 1982 Pioneer League season, the Medicine Hat Blue Jays coach had high expectations.
His team, featuring a trio of future Toronto stars, delivered in a big way, winning the team’s only championship title.
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Jimmy Key put up some fantastic numbers in his short visit with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1982.
A 2-1 record with a 2.30 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31+ innings of work earned the young lefthander a promotion.
However, the move didn’t sit well with everyone, even if the team went on to win the Pioneer League championship.
Read More Key to the Game
It all started at the tables of Calgary pubs as conversations about baseball’s days of yore in Alberta.
The Expos, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Trappers and Cannons featuring names like Dawson, Sax, Moseby, Valenzuela and Edgar.
Here we are, five years later since the start of Alberta Dugout Stories. We’re here to say thank YOU for your tremendous support.
Read More EDITORIAL: Five Years Later
All Dick Brookins wanted to do was play baseball.
Yet, at nearly every turn, he found controversy because of the colour of his skin.
His final professional baseball stop came in Regina with the Western Canada League in 1910, a shortened season thanks to the actions of two Alberta teams.
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More than a few baseball players can say they were the author of their own demise.
But in Jim Bouton’s case, it was literally true.
Fortunately, the knuckleball pitcher was also capable of penning a great redemption story … and Calgary played a big role in that comeback.
Read More The Battered Bouton of Baseball