Blue Jays: Best players in franchise history to wear jersey numbers 61-70
By Darcy Weiss
Following the previous series of articles, we'll now look at the best players in Blue Jays franchise history to wear jersey numbers 61-70.
61. Gift Ngoepe
There has only been a single player in Blue Jays franchise history to wear the jersey number 61, and it was Gift Ngoepe. Ngoepe broke into the major leagues in 2017 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the first African-born player to play in the MLB. The following season he was traded to the Blue Jays for cash considerations, where he played in just 13 games with 19 plate appearances. Only being able to collect a single hit, Ngoepe didn’t stick around any further than 2018, but he will always be the first African major leaguer. He might not have had an impact on the scoreboard, but his impact on the growth of the game in Africa could be huge.