Tom Cheek's Greatest Hits

Blue JaysAt this time of year I always get nostalgic for the days when Blue Jays baseball in late August actually meant something. There's an entire generation of ball fans growing up in this city who barely recall playoff baseball in Toronto. That's so sad.

When I get nostalgic about pennant races from yesteryear, I start thinking about Tom Cheek. I've written so much about Tom Cheek I've got an entire category in his honour. Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth were the voices of Blue Jays baseball when I would listen to every game possible on the radio. In honour of Tom Cheek, I'd like to share his greatest calls with you all.

The First Home Run in Blue Jays History
I was two years old when Doug Ault hit the first home run in franchise history on April 7, 1977, so I don't have a memory of the moment. You can relive the Jays debut in the CBC archives and hear Tom Cheek's call of Ault's first dinger below. "A tremendous shot."

Our First AL East Pennant
I've got great memories of this fantastic day and I shared those memories in this entry. You never forget your first, whether it be home run, no-hitter, cycle, World Series or pennant. Here's Tom Cheek's call of that final out on October 5, 1985. "Bell is there... he's got it!"

Dave Stieb's No-Hitter
I was working at the CNE on this day, but that didn't stop me from sharing my memories of Sir David's no-hitter. You don't want to miss Tom Cheek's call of the first no-hitter in Blue Jays history from September 3, 1990. "He's done it! He's done it!"

The First World Series Championship
I don't believe I've ever written about that fantastic night the Blue Jays clinched their first World Series title. It was quite the surreal night that was capped by Dave Winfield's clutch RBI and the sudden disappearance of my Canadian flag. Listen to Tom Cheek's historic call of Otis Nixon's bunt to Mike Timlin. "The Blue Jays win it!"

Joe Carter's 1993 World Series Ending Blast
I've saved the best for last. This is, without a doubt, the best call of Tom Cheek's career. Here's an extensive write up about Joe's three run homer off Mitch Williams. You'll want to play this one over and over and over again. "Touch 'em all, Joe!"

If you want more Blue Jays memories, thoughts, observations and rants, check out my Toronto Blue Jays category page. Enjoy these audio gems I consider to be Tom Cheek's greatest hits.

New Update (posted December 5, 2012 in honour of this):
1993 World Series Game 6 Bottom of the 9th, as called by Tom Cheek.


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Comments (15)

Callaghan

Love it.

Thanks for the memories. Tom Cheek on the radio IS summertime. End of story.

(Isn't it nice to be part of the generation that actually remembers when the Jays were winning?)

August 24, 2007 / 17:36

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

Wow, It brought tears to my eyes......like it was yesterday.....I miss those teams. How many other players made the final out to win a series and hit a series winning walk off homerun?

August 25, 2007 / 09:25

Toronto Mike

Nobody else has done that - only two World Series have ever ended with a walk off home run.

August 25, 2007 / 11:44

Stephanie

I went from being 8 to 24 there.. Okay.. so I was at school that afternoon in 1977 (grade 3..) but honestly... every single one of those clips I was re-living Saturday afternoon in September grade 11 (the Yankees, I think.. great end to the season), day before heading back to University, and then 1992 at Don Cherry's in Waterloo and then 1993 at Credit Valley Hospital by my dad's side for 1993...

Thanks....

August 26, 2007 / 20:00

Rick

Wow, Tom and Jerry Howarth were a big part of my youth in Northern Ontario. Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks.

December 18, 2007 / 17:00

Jim Todd

Thanks for the memories. And I just heard that Tom has once again made the short list for the Ford C Frick award... :) You have think that sooner or later he'll get the nod. Hopefully this will be the year.

October 7, 2008 / 11:34

Mike M

I graduated from high school the Jays first season. And have been a fan since the beginning. I remember all those calls but haven't heard the old ones since the day Tom first spoke the words. Tom and Jerry were the ultimate duo. I listened to thousands of their broadcasts and miss those days. Thanks for the memories!

February 6, 2009 / 18:32

Jonathan

It was an historical day! I was following the Blue Jays for all the 1992 playoffs. I was cheeringon the Blue Jays and I remember my dad jump up and cheered when they won. I was excited too. Ever since I have cheering on the Blue Jays.

September 11, 2009 / 10:31

Jonathan

It was an historical day! I was following the Blue Jays for all the 1992 playoffs. I was cheering on the Blue Jays and I remember my dad jump up and cheered when they won. I was excited too. Ever since I have cheering on the Blue Jays.

September 11, 2009 / 10:31

Omar

Thanks for the links... brings back so many memories... we miss ya Tom!

May 2, 2010 / 20:47

Glen

Those clips are great calls by Tom Cheek but my favourite one of all time was at Fenway Park in 1989 when the Blue Jays were behind 10-0 early but clawed back to 10-7. Then Ernie Whitt comes up with the bases loaded and hits it out. I perked up when I heard Tom exclaim "A swing and a drive .. hit deep to right field .. going way back .. back and gone! It's out of here! Grand slam home run Ernie Whitt .. Ernie Whitt has hit it out!" That call still gives me goosebumps.

September 1, 2010 / 22:48

Glen

Thanks for the memories, Tom!

September 1, 2010 / 22:49


Sean

Yes. Tears. Moreso because He finally got in but also because He made you feel like you were 'at' the park. Great great childhood memories!
Man, like it was yesterday. I was out with the boys at a bar on Yonge Street. The table was littered with empties. Nobody was talking during Joe's at bat. And then...the hit to left field and I flew across the table like a dart. Didn't drink a drop of Red Bull, but that party lasted all night long and I ran up and down Yonge like a marathoner. More tears.

December 6, 2012 / 14:09

Tom

There are no words to describe how awesome it is to be able to listen to these Tom Cheek gems. I remember growing up and living in Toronto during the world series years... and listening to Tom, and Jerry on the radio... Definitely one of the reasons I love baseball to this day.

Its nice to see that Tom has finally been given the recognition he clearly deserved, and earned. Forever in our memories!

June 30, 2014 / 11:59

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