When you leaf through old minor-league baseball cards, it’s common to wonder, “Who are these guys?”
If you’re looking through rookie-level sets, that feeling is often even more pronounced. “No really, who ARE these guys!?”
That’s what makes this 1994 In The Cards edition of the Medicine Hat Blue Jays special – it’s got true star power.
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The Gas City plays host for this edition of In The Cards. The 1990 Medicine Hat Blue Jays are in the spotlight for this one.
Unfortunately, the rookie-level affiliate had a rough go of it that season, finishing a dismal 20-47 in the Pioneer League under manager Garth Iorg, who was a long-time utility infielder with the Toronto Blue Jays during his playing days. The Baby Jays had some talent in the lineup though, and a number of players on the roster ended up playing Major League Baseball (MLB).
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In many ways, Andre Dawson embodied all that was possible for a community that opened its arms to affiliated minor league baseball.
Dawson made his professional baseball debut with the new Lethbridge Expos of the Pioneer League in 1975.
He also wore #42 in Lethbridge, a number made famous by Jackie Robinson and a baseball tournament held in Dawson’s name is held every February as part of MLB’s recognition of Black History Month.
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If Russ Parker’s middle name isn’t “Persistent”, maybe he should look at changing it.
After having been in discussions about bringing an affiliated team to Calgary for half a decade, he finally succeeded in 1977 with the Cardinals.
In our final installment of “The Pioneers”, we look back at Calgary’s involvement with the league and what it took for Parker to bring future stars through Foothills Stadium.
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When the Pioneer League looked at expansion in 1975, they began looking at Medicine Hat.
It wouldn’t happen until 1977, but the love affair ended up lasting 25 years.
In the second of our three-part series, we look back at the Medicine Hat A’s and Blue Jays with a man familiar with sports in the city: Bob Ridley.
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