In the 1,815 foot CN Tower, Toronto has the world's tallest free-standing structure. With the addition of the Blue Jays to the American League this season, the city now also has the world's longest-awaited baseball franchise.
As far back as the turn of the century, Toronto was being eyed as a potential major league site. Today, the Bllue Jays are the smash hit of the young 1977 season. They have sold more then 8,000 season tickets (a record for a new club), launched the most ambitious promotional campaign in baseball, and even won more games with a rookie-laden faster than anticipated.
Despite snow, near-freezing temperatures and other negative factors in the early weeks of the season, the Blue Jays led the American League with an average of more than 21,000 spectators per game. With hot summer days and school vacations just ahead, general manager Peter Bavasi expects to hit the magical 1 million mark in attendance sometime in July.
There's no way we're going to let down," said the energetic young executive. "Wer're going to keep a full-court press on the market. Five years from now, the Blue Jays won't be out begging like some expansion franchises have had to do."
The finishing touches still are being put on the team's new offices in Exhibition Stadium, and Bavasi occasionally had to raise his voice to be heard over power saws in the next room.
The 34-year -old Bavasi came to Toronto after working under his well-known baseball executive father, Buzzie, as general manager and vice president of the San Diego Padres.
Now he is surrounded by one of the largest front offices in baseball, numbering 42 employees. It also is one of the youngest and hardest-working.