To commemorate Jerry Howarth’s 35 years in the booth calling Toronto Blue Jays games, we will be posting fully annotated versions of his classic scoresheets on Sportsnet.ca all season long, complete with feature clips from the games and interviews with Howarth.
On the afternoon Jerry Howarth called his first MLB game in 1980, he used every square inch of his scorecard to track the action between the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers. Yet some of the most important notes had nothing to do with the play on the field, but were instead reminders to make the most of his chance to call a major league game from Tiger Stadium.
The reminders must have worked. Howarth still calls every Blue Jays game today.
Hover over the annotations below to hear some of Jerry’s calls from the game (plus, a bonus call from Tom Cheek) and explanations of how he uses his scoresheet to document the game in such vivid detail.