» May 1, 1985: Toronto's Jimmy Key beats the Royals 63 to become the first lefthanded starter to win for the Blue Jays since Paul Mirabella on October 4, 1980, a span of 614 games.
» June 6, 1985: Jimmy Key holds the Tigers hitless for eight innings before Tom Brookens leads off the 9th with a single, but gets no decision in Toronto's eventual 20, 12-inning win. Key and Tigers starter Dan Petry each pitch 10 shutout innings.
» October 4, 1987: On the last day of the regular season, Detroit beats 2nd-place Toronto 10 at Tiger Stadium to win the American League East title. The Tigers were one game behind the Blue Jays entering their 3-game season-ending showdown, and won each game by a single run (43, 32, and 10). Frank Tanana outduels Jimmy Key in the finale, and Larry Herndon's 2nd-inning home run provides the game's only run.
» November 11, 1987: Roger Clemens becomes the first pitcher since Jim Palmer in 1975-76 to win consecutive Cy Young Awards, collecting 21 of 28 first-place votes to easily beat runner-up Jimmy Key.
» September 8, 1992:
The Blue Jays top the visiting Royals, 50, behind Jimmy Key's complete game shutout. Following the game, Toronto rookie C Mike Maksudian wins $800 from his teammates, who bet that he wouldn't eat a live locust. Maksudian, who claims to have eaten moths, grasshoppers, frogs, lizards, roaches and aquarium fish, swallowed the one 1/2 inch long insect, but declined an offer of $2,000 to swallow a rat.
» October 21, 1992: Toronto takes a 31 lead in the Series with a 21 victory in Game 4. Jimmy Key gets the victory and Pat Borders homers for the Blue Jays. It marks a record 10 straight post season games in which Toronto has hit a home run.
» October 24, 1992: The Blue Jays clinch their 1st World Series championship with a 43 win over Atlanta in Game 6. Dave Winfield's 2out, 2run double in the top of the 11th gives Toronto a 42 lead. The Braves score one run in the bottom half of the inning and have the tying run on 3rd when the final out is made. Jimmy Key wins the game in relief, and Candy Maldonado homers for the Blue Jays. Toronto C Pat Borders, with a .450 BA, is named Series MVP.
» December 10, 1992: The Yankees sign free agent P Jimmy Key to a 4-year contract.
» April 27, 1993:
Yankee P Jimmy Key holds the Angels to one hit in pitching NY to a 5-0 victory. A 6th inning single by Gary DiSarcina is California's only safety.
» July 21, 1993: Mariner OF Jay Buhner collects five hits in Seattle's 10-3 win over the Yankees. Hanson goes all the allowing no earned runs to beat Jimmy Key (123).
» April 26, 1995:
Despite just 6,300 fans at the Yanks pre-opening workout, 50,245 show up for the opener, the smallest opening crowd at the Stadium since 1990. The Yankees start with a win, 86, over the Rangers, as Jimmy Key goes five innings to pick up the win. It is his 3rd straight opener and his Opening Day record is 60. Kenny Rogers is the loser, giving up four runs in three innings, including a homer to Danny Tartabull. Bernie Williams also homers.
» May 15, 1996: The Mariners spot the Yankees four runs, then hammer starter Jimmy Key and five other pitchers for 19 hits to win 105. Seven Mariners collect two or more hits, and Edgar Martinez drives in four runs. A wild Key takes his 5th straight loss, while Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera records four outs to stretch his runless innings to 21 2/3. The Yanks will place Key on the 15 day DL.
» July 1, 1996: At Yankee Stadium, the Key outguns the Rocket, as Jimmy Key beats Roger Clemens, 20. Mike Aldrete's solo home run in the 7th is the first score.
» July 6, 1996:
During the Yankees 20 win over the Brewers, the team announces the purchase of Darryl Strawberry's contract from Columbus. John Wetteland preserves Jimmy Key's win with a save in his 20th consecutive appearance, breaking Lee Smith's record.
» July 26, 1996:
The Yankees unload a 21 hit barrage and bat around twice to whip the Royals, 151. This is the most hits New York has collected in nine innings since August 25, 1984, when they had 23 against Seattle. Jimmy Key is the easy winner, giving up three hits in seven innings. Pat Kelly, who had been out the season with surgery, makes his debut and promptly injures a hamstring.
» August 21, 1996:
Welcome to the Bigs. Derek Jeter hits a home run off Jason Dickson's first ML pitch, but that's all the scoring for the slumping Yankees as the Angels' rookie wins, 71. Chili Davis has a pair of homers, the first off loser Jimmy Key (910).
» September 16, 1996:
Backed by two 3-run homers from Tim Raines, celebrating his 37th birthday, Jimmy Key stops the Blue Jays, 100. Raines 2nd home run, a 457 blast to the Stadium CF, is the longest hit by a Yankee this year. The Yanks are now three games up in the American League East.
» October 26, 1996: The Yankees take their 4th in a row from the Braves, 3-2, giving them their 23rd World Championship. Joe Girardi's 3rd-inning triple is the key blow. Starter Jimmy Key gets the win with help from John Wetteland. Wetteland's four saves earn him the MVP trophy.
» December 8, 1996: The Orioles sign free agent P Jimmy Key to a 2-year contract.
» April 3, 1997: Baltimore's Jimmy Key makes his Oriole debut beating the Royals, 42, to run his opening day record to 70, the best ever. He won three with New York and three with Toronto.
» May 12, 1997:
Tony Tarasco hits a 3-run homer to help beat the A's, 51. Jimmy Key allows six hits in seven 2/3 inning to run his record to 70.
» June 13, 1997:
Baseball's two best teams deal their aces and once again Jimmy Key bests Greg Maddux, this time in the regular season instead of the World Series. Key gives up five hits in six 2/3 innings and the Orioles score four runs in the sixth inning for a 43 interleague victory over the host Braves.
» June 18, 1997:
In Baltimore, the Expos clip the Orioles 10 when Sherman Obando breaks up Jimmy Key's perfect game with a sixth-inning home run. Carlos Perez pitches his 3rd shutout in four starts, an eight-hitter, for Montreal's 11th win in 12 games.
» September 16, 1997:
Jimmy Key, 07 in his last nine starts at Camden Yards, beats the Cleveland Indians 7-2 to give the Orioles a split in a day-night doubleheader. Roberto Alomar has three hits and three RBIs and Brady Anderson and Rafael Palmeiro homer in the win. In the opener, Charles Nagy pitches five-hit ball into the seventh inning and Matt Williams drives home two runs to lead the Indians to a 4-2 victory.
» October 13, 1997: Baltimore's hopes stay alive with the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Indians in Game 5. Scott Kamieniecki gets the win and Jimmy Key hurls three hitless innings in relief for the O's.