Monday, September 28, 2015

Canadians in the Major Leagues: Dave McKay

Today my focus is Dave McKay. McKay is interesting for a couple reasons. First, he hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, the only Canadian born player to do so. Second, he was in the lineup that snowy April day in 1977 when the Blue Jays took flight for the first time.

McKay hit his home run for the Minnesota Twins against the Tigers' Vern Ruhle.

McKay was the only Canadian on the field for the Jays that first year. That first game he ended up making a throwing error and driving in the winning run against the Chicago White Sox,

As of right now, I only have one of his cards. I am looking for more :)

Current fan of baseball may know McKay as a coach. He started as a coach for the Oakland Athletics, following Tony LaRussa to St, Louis, then to the Cubs and now the Diamondbacks.

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