We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays

SABR Digital Library: We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays

We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays, edited by Adrian Fung and Bill NowlinAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays 
Edited by Adrian Fung and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Forewords by Buck Martinez and Dave Winfield
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-83-7, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-84-4, $34.95 US / $41.95 CDN
8.5″ x 11″, 394 pages

The 1992 Toronto Blue Jays will always be remembered as the first World Series-winning club based outside the United States and the first from Canada. Before that memorable season, the Blue Jays were respected as consistent contenders, the team never seemed able to win a championship. After winning the division in 1991, the 1992 club confidently adopted “We Are, We Can, We Will” as their team motto, indicative of their unshakable belief that they were capable of winning the American League pennant and then the World Series.

They were right. When Joe Carter caught the final out of the World Series in Atlanta, he touched off a celebration in Toronto and across Canada for baseball fans who had waited many years for the Blue Jays to finally hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy.

We Are, We Can, We Will features biographies of every player who played for the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays including Hall of Famers Dave Winfield, Jack Morris, and Roberto Alomar. Manager Cito Gaston, Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick, and radio broadcaster Tom Cheek are also included, as well as a “ballpark biography” of SkyDome, Toronto’s home ballpark. Ten reports describe significant games from the 1992 season illustrating Toronto’s championship journey from Opening Day to the last game of the World Series. The book concludes with an essay on the Blue Jays celebratory visits to Washington, DC, and Ottawa, and an article on how team management deftly reshaped the roster in the winter to prepare Toronto for another successful championship drive in 1993. This book is the result of a collaborative effort by 53 SABR members, many from the Hanlan’s Point (Toronto) SABR Chapter.

Contributors include: Sean Addis, Malcolm Allen, Mark Armour, Rich Bogovich, Thomas J. Brown Jr., Frederick C. Bush, Warren Campbell, Alan Cohen, Rory Costello, Joe Cox, Mark Davis, F. Timothy Deeth, Brian Frank, David Fuller, Adrian Fung, J.P. Garrett, Sam Gazdziak, Tim Hannan, Tom Hawthorn, Paul Hofmann, Bob Hurte, Chris Jones, John Kennedy, Norm King, Tara Krieger, Justin Krueger, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Dan Levitt, Nick Malian, Joe Marren, Les Masterson, David Matchett, Bill Nowlin, Carl Riechers, Joel Rippel, Harry Schoger, Paul Sinclair, Steve Sisto, Tim Sitar, David E. Skelton, Doug Skipper, Curt Smith, Mark S. Sternman, Allen Tait, Joe Thompson, Stew Thornley, Alfonso Tusa, Eric Vickrey, David Vincent, Joseph Wancho, and Bob Webster.


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About the SABR Digital Library

For more than 40 years, SABR and its members have led the way in publishing the best baseball historical and statistical research. Our publications program is shifting to take advantage of new methods of publishing. Not only will we continue to publish new books like Can He Play? A Look At Baseball Scouts and Their Profession (2011); Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century (2013); Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (2015); Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (2016); The Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords (2020); and Jackie Robinson: Perspectives on 42 (2021), which showcase the best efforts of SABR’s members, chapters and committees, but new technology makes it possible for us to bring out-of-print titles like The Fenway Project (2013); Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox (2019); and Green Cathedrals (2020) back again.

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Originally published: August 24, 2022. Last Updated: August 24, 2022.