Hamilton Cardinals

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Hamilton Cardinals
Founded in 1958
Hamilton, Ontario
HamiltonCardinals.jpg
Team logo
League affiliations
Name
  • Hamilton Cardinals (2012-present)
  • Hamilton Beavers (1958 - 1962)
    Hamilton Red Wings, Marlins, Real McCoys (1965 - 1974)
    Hamilton Cardinals (1975 - 2004)
    Hamilton Thunderbirds (2005 - 2012)[1]
Team Colors
  • Red and Navy Blue
Ballpark
  • Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium
Championships
  • League titles: 1 (1978)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s):
Gary Molinaro
General Manager: Mike Fortuna
Manager: Matt Fortuna
Media:
Mike Marasco
Website
www.iblcardinals.com

The Hamilton Cardinals is a minor league Canadian baseball team, in the semi-professional Intercounty Baseball League based in Hamilton, Ontario. Founded in 1958, the club is the second oldest sports team in the city of Hamilton. Players range in age from 19-35. Many are former major leaguers and minor Pros. Home games are played at Bernie Arbor Memorial Stadium.

The team has gone through several name changes over the years, most recently returning to the Cardinals name, after eight seasons as the Thunderbirds. The team's name was changed to the Hamilton Thunderbirds when Drew Brady purchased the franchise in on January 1, 2005. The club then took on a whole new look with revitalized facilities and new uniforms. But the club announced at a press conference on February 1, 2012 that it would once again be named the Hamilton Cardinals, because of the club's relationship with Hamilton Cardinals youth rep program. In late 2013 Gary Molinaro purchased the team and appointed his son JP Molinaro the new team President while also hiring Mike Fortuna as the new GM.

The Hamilton Cardinals played 1,490 games with a record of 525 wins and 965 losses before becoming the Thunderbirds, and won the Intercounty title in 1978.

The Intercounty League consists teams from Barrie, Brantford, Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, London and Toronto and is considered the premier senior amateur league in Canada at non-Major level, with teams boasting a roster of 25 signed players, 4 coaches, equipment manager and bat boy.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://sporthamilton.com/page/baseball?id=90