Day 187: October 12, 1991

Toronto, ONT

ALCS Game # 4

What I Remember

The Toronto Blue Jays had a very good team in 1991, they won 91 games and ended up winning the AL East by seven games over Detroit and Boston. They would go on to win the next two World Series with mostly the same cast of players. But on this Saturday night of 30 years ago it became clear that time was running out on the Blue Jays even faster than it was running out on our adventure.

There was a huge crowd of over 51,000 and the city was electric with energy before the game. We avoided traffic by staying at a motel on the edge of town and taking the train into the city and walking across a sky bridge from the train station to the stadium and everywhere we looked there were signs encouraging the Jays. We ourselves rooted for Toronto since we liked the city and hoped to come back for the World Series but the Twins scored four runs in the 4th inning and kept piling more on on their way to a 9-3 win and a 3-1 lead in the series. It turned out that our third visit to Toronto was also our last that season.

The Game

Minnesota Twins 9 Toronto Blue Jays 3

The Box

A Note about this Site

This site is intended to be a companion to the upcoming book In League with America. Although some games were particularly notable and will appear in the book, most of the results of the 199 games we saw over the course of the 1991 season will not. Our journey was never really intended to be about the games themselves, it was about the places we saw and the people we met along the way.

However, there is now an historic nature to the results from this season. All of the players we saw then, even in the minors, have long since retired. Some of the players we saw at Class A are now members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. These pages, then, will function as kind of a digital appendix with a brief recollection of each day, the result of the game(s) we saw that day and a map of our daily drive.

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