While we all have made our fair share of typos, this one made it onto an international stage. In July 2023, a number of people remembered an incident in July 1994, when Joe Carter, a baseball player with the Toronto Blue Jays, wore his team uniform with the name of his city misspelled as "Torotno."
#OTD 29 years ago, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter played the game in a jersey with Toronto misspelled "Torotno" on it.
The spelling error was made by the manufacturer.
— Kevin Glew (@coopincanada) July 14, 2023
This was a real incident at a baseball match between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers on July 14, 1994. Carter wore the jersey with the misspelling for most of the game.
The Associated Press covered the moment, and a photograph shows the typo on his jersey. Numerous newspapers poked fun at the incident as well, with headlines like "At least, an 'e' wasn't added to spell 'Torotno.'"
(Philadelphia Daily News/Associated Press/1994)
The jersey misspelling was caused by the manufacturer Wilson Sporting Goods, according to a Blue Jays spokesperson. Carter was unable to use his primary uniform worn during travel because it had a patch attached to it from when he played an All-Star Game earlier in the week. The misspelling was discovered when the team took out its backup uniforms before the Texas game, but it was too late to do anything about it. Carter switched to the other uniform with the All-Star patch later in the game.
Jim Calhoun, public affairs director for the sporting goods manufacturer, called the gaffe "embarrassing," according to The Chicago Tribune.
"It's something that slipped through our quality control people, through the clubhouse people, through Joe Carter," he said. "The last time this happened is something we call the 'Steve Gravey incident.'"
He referenced a similar typo on the uniform of Garvey, another baseball player, in the mid-1980s.
Given the media coverage from 1994 on this incident, we rate this claim as "True."