Blue Jays set season attendance record

On today’s date in 1990, a crowd of 50,000 baseball fans attended the Toronto Blue Jays 44th home game, soaring the team’s seasonal attendance past the two million mark faster than any other team in Major League Baseball (MLB) history.

In 2001, Canada Post featured the Blue Jays logo on a 47-cent multi-coloured stamp (Scott # 1901) printed by Ashton-Potter Canada Ltd. on self-adhesive paper. Designed by Paul Haslip, of Toronto, the stamp depicts a special Blue Jays logo to commemorate the club’s 25th anniversary. Haslip replaced the illustrated baseball with a three-dimensional ball and rendered the words “Canada 47” to look like a player’s autograph.

The Blue Jays were established in the 1977 MLB expansion, which also included the Seattle Mariners.

By 1985, the Blue Jays won its first championship of any sort: the first of its five American League East division titles. Toronto faced the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series and took a three games to one lead (known as the “Drive of ’85”); however, Kansas City won three consecutive games to win the series 4-3 on the way to their first – and only – World Series championship.

In 1989, the Blue Jays’ new retractable roofed home, SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre), opened in mid-season. It also marked the beginning of a successful five-year run for the team. The team would go on to win back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993.

In 1991, the Blue Jays became the first team in baseball history to reach the four million mark in attendance; however, 1993 would bring the team’s best attendance record, with more than 50,000 fans attending each game. The team would hold the home attendance record from 1990-92.

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