Friday, September 23, 2011
Flashback Friday: the 1992 World Series Parade and Celebration
By Ian Hunter
Each year, Toronto sports fans anxiously await with hope and optimism that their team will make the fabled parade route down Yonge Street. Luckily, the Blue Jays only had to wait 15 years after expansion to celebrate their first championship.
For this week's Flashback Friday, we take a look back at the 1992 World Series Champion Parade in Toronto. Apparently 52,000 fans packed the Skydome that day to honour the World Series Champs.
The parade and Skydome celebration is broken up into eleven segments in total.The players don't actually arrive to the stage until about halfwaly through part five, but feel free to peruse the rest for some interesting interviews and montages.
The celebration at Skydome was emceed by Jerry Howarth and the late Tom Cheek. The broadcast in its entirely is nearly three hours long total, and every member of the Blue Jays roster and training staff gets a chance to take the mic and thank the fans for their support.
Among some of the highlights: seeing Jack Morris and Mike Timlin in cowboy hats, Roberto Alomar singing the Atlanta Braves fight song, hearing Dave Stieb's pronunciation of the word "grown", and Todd Stottlemyre's comment about thanking his wife.
And of course, the penultimate moment of Dave Winfield unveiling the 1992 World Championship banner. If you skip through everything else, at least make sure you watch the final video of Winfield's speech and the banner reveal in Part Eleven.