On this day in 1977 a raucous 44,649 fans braved the snow and freezing temperatures as the Toronto Blue Jays played their inaugural regular season game at CNE Exhibition Stadium. The Jays beat the visiting Chicago White Sox 9-5 being led by veteran pitcher Bill Singer. Al Woods pinch-hitting for Steve Bowling in the fifth inning, hit a home run in his first at bat. Doug Ault became an instant hero by hitting two home runs. This was the first American League game played outside of the USA. (I still prefer the original logo.)
Louis Archambault, sculptor was born this day at Montréal in 1915. He studied at the École des beaux-arts in Montréal, receiving the Prix du Ministre in 1939. A decade later he was awarded the first prize for sculpture in the Concours artistiques du Québec. He then joined with others, including Alfred Pellan, to sign the manifesto Prisme d’Yeux, which was a statement towards the acceptance of modern art.
He created major pieces for the Canadian pavilions at the Brussels (1958) and Montréal (1967) international expositions, and has done commissioned works for Place des Arts, Montréal, the Ottawa and Toronto airports and the Ottawa city hall. His work is found in many Canadian and foreign museums, and has been seen in many one-man and group shows. His contribution to the growth and renewal of sculpture in Canada makes him one of the greatest Canadian sculptors of his generation.
On this day in 1858 Jake Gaudaur, world class rower, was born on this at Toronto ON. In 1892 Gaudaur and his partner F. Hosmer defeated Ned Hanlan and another Torontonian William O’Connor for the double sculls championship of the world, a title they won several more times. At age 38, Gaudaur raced 8 time world champion Jim Stanbury and won an easy victory on the Thames course; he held the world single sculls title for another four years.
He died on October 11, 1937 at Orillia ON and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1956.
For you CFL fans, Gaudaur was the father of Jake a former player, executive, and commissioner.