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9 must-see Blue Jays artifacts at Hall

@ladsonbill24
June 26, 2020

In their 40 years of existence, the Blue Jays have won two World Series titles -- back-to-back in 1992-93 -- and have been a tough opponent in the American League East. From the greatness of Roberto Alomar to the dominance of Roger Clemens, and Joe Carter’s walk-off home run to

In their 40 years of existence, the Blue Jays have won two World Series titles -- back-to-back in 1992-93 -- and have been a tough opponent in the American League East.

From the greatness of Roberto Alomar to the dominance of Roger Clemens, and Joe Carter’s walk-off home run to win the 1993 World Series, one can imagine how long it took for the curators to pick the best artifacts.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's collection of more than 40,000 three-dimensional pieces contains artifacts that tell the story of the game’s legendary players, moments and triumphs. Beginning this summer and running through the end of 2020, the Hall of Fame will share some of those memorable artifacts through a new limited time experience: Starting Nine, which features nine artifacts from each of the 30 current MLB franchises.

Whether you’ve visited before or you’ve always wanted to check it out, this is another great reason to plan a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum -- the spiritual home of America’s Pastime in beautiful Cooperstown, N.Y.

1) Robbie’s jersey
Fun facts:
Roberto Alomar wore this Blue Jays jersey in 1995, the last year of a stellar five-year stint with Toronto. During that five-year span, Alomar appeared in five All-Star Games, won five American League Gold Glove Awards, posted a .307 batting average and stole 206 bases. Alomar also helped the Blue Jays win their pair of World Series titles.

2) Joe Carter's magical bat
Fun facts:
Trailing the Phillies by a run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, Carter swung this bat for a dramatic ninth-inning, three-run home run, simultaneously ending the game and giving Toronto its second straight World Series championship title.

3) The Rocket’s cap
Fun facts:
On July 5, 1998, Roger Clemens wore this cap when he posted his 3,000th career strikeout, whiffing Devil Rays rookie Randy Winn in the third inning at Toronto’s SkyDome.

4) In honor of Doc
Fun facts:
On July 21, 2019, the Hall unveiled this plaque honoring Hall of Fame inductee Roy Halladay, who played 12 of his 16 seasons (1998-2009) with Toronto. During his time with the Blue Jays, “Doc” paced all AL pitchers with 1,495 strikeouts, 148 wins and 15 shutouts.

5. Canadian born
Fun facts:
Toronto catcher Russell Martin wore this special Blue Jays jersey on Canada Day, 2017. A native of Ontario, Martin played four seasons with the Blue Jays (2015-2018) and caught more Major League games than any other Canadian-born player.

6) The Crime Dog
Fun facts:
The Blue Jays set a single-game record by blasting 10 home runs against the Orioles on Sept. 14, 1987. Toronto rookie Fred McGriff clouted the final homer of the barrage with this bat.

7) Molly’s shoes
Fun facts:
Blue Jays star Paul Molitor wore these shoes during the 1993 World Series. He punished Phillies pitching by going 12-for-24 (.500) with 10 run scored and earning the World Series MVP Award.

8) Outside the U.S.
Fun facts:
On Oct. 20, 1992, Toronto hosted the Braves for Game 3 of the World Series. Atlanta’s Otis Nixon hit this first-pitch baseball to center field to start the historic game, the first World Series contest to take place outside the United States.

9) The ring
Fun facts:
This 1992 Blue Jays World Series championship ring commemorates the first World Series title won by a club based outside the United States. The ring included 16 diamonds, one for each year of the club’s history, surrounding the head of a blue jay, the eye of the bird set with a solitaire diamond.

Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002. He covered the Nationals/Expos from 2002-2016. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.