Intercounty Baseball League

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Intercounty Baseball League
Intercounty Baseball League Logo.gif
Intercounty Baseball League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1919
No. of teams 9
Country  Canada
Most recent champion(s) Brantford Red Sox
Official website www.theibl.ca

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is an independent baseball league located in the Canadian province of Ontario. The league was formed in 1919.

History[edit]

The IBL was founded in 1919 with just four teams—Galt, Guelph, Stratford and Kitchener—and is believed to be the oldest amateur men's league in Canada and also one of the best, regarding quality of play. During the early years, the league expanded to include the cities of London, Brantford, Preston and St. Thomas, Ontario.

The league's first commissioner in the 1950s was John Gillies, a London, Ontario, lawyer and former pitcher in the league for the London Majors.

It was previously known as the Intercounty Major Baseball League and the Senior Intercounty Baseball League. The teams play for the Jack and Lynne Dominico Trophy, which is awarded to the league champions. Jack and (and the late Lynne) Dominico own the Toronto Maple Leafs Baseball Club.

On July 8, 2006, in Barrie, Ontario, the league's "New Era IBL All-Star Classic" game between the Barrie Baycats and the IBL all-stars was played with Barrie defeating the IBL all-stars 7–2.

On August 21 and 22 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario, the Ottawa Fat Cats hosted the "New Era All-Star Classic" between the IBL All-Stars and the All-Stars from la Ligue de Baseball Senior Élite du Québec (LBSEQ).[1]

Current member teams[edit]

Intercounty Baseball League
Team City Stadium Capacity Founded
Barrie Baycats Barrie, Ontario, Canada Schmidt and Shaw Stadium at Barrie Community Sports Complex 1,500 2001
Brantford Red Sox Brantford, Ontario, Canada Arnold Anderson Stadium 2,000 1911
Burlington Bandits Burlington, Ontario, Canada Nelson Park 1,000 2011
Guelph Royals Guelph, Ontario, Canada David E. Hastings Stadium at Exhibition Park 1919
Hamilton Cardinals Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium 3,000 1953
Kitchener Panthers Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Jack Couch Baseball Park 1,400 1919
London Majors London, Ontario, Canada Labatt Park 5,200 1925
Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto, Ontario, Canada Dominico Field at Christie Pits Park 3,000 1969

Ottawa Fat Cats will not be participating in the 2013 season.[2]

Past teams[edit]

Former Intercounty Baseball League Teams
Team City Stadium Founded Folded/Moved
Burlington Twins Burlington, Ontario, Canada Nelson Park 2011 2012; renamed Burlington Bandits
Galt Terriers – later as Cambridge Terriers Galt, Ontario Dickson Park baseball field 1919 1984
Guelph C-Joys Guelph, Ontario Exhibition Park 1964 renamed Guelph Royals
Hamilton Cardinals Hamilton, Ontario Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium 1958 2005; renamed Hamilton Thunderbirds
Hamilton Thunderbirds Hamilton, Ontario Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium 2005 2012; renamed Hamilton Cardinals
Kitchener Legionnaires Kitchener, Ontario Victoria Park 1957 renamed Kitchener Dutchmen
Kitchener Dutchmen Kitchener, Ontario Jack Couch Stadium. Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex 1957 renamed Kitchener Panthers
Kraven Knits Stratford, Ontario National Stadium 1974 1976; renamed Stratford Hillers
Listowel Legionnaires Listowel, Ontario John Bell - Listowel Memorial Park 1940s?
London Chester Pegg Diamonds London, Ontario Labatt Park 1960 1962; renamed London Majors
London Pontiacs London, Ontario Labatt Park 1963 1970; renamed London Avcos
London Avcos London, Ontario Labatt Park 1970 1974; renamed London El-Morocco Majors
London El-Morocco Majors London, Ontario Labatt Park 1974 1975; renamed London Majors
Mississauga Twins Mississauga, Ontario Meadowvale Baseball Complex 2009 2011; moved to Burlington and became the Burlington Twins
Niagara Falls Mariners Niagara Falls, Ontario Oakes Park 1985 1989
Oakville Oaks Oakville, Ontario 1956 1958
Oshawa Dodgers Oshawa, Ontario Kinsmen Stadium 2002 2009
St. Thomas Elgins St. Thomas, Ontario Emslie Field, Pinafore Park 1948 as the Legion until 1953 1961; re-emerged in 1976 and folded again in 1996
St. Thomas Storm St. Thomas, Ontario Emslie Field, Pinafore Park 2000 Moved to Stratford in 2004
Stratford Hillers Stratford, Ontario National Stadium 1976
Stratford Storm Stratford, Ontario National Stadium 2004 2006; renamed Stratford Nationals
Stratford Nationals Stratford, Ontario National Stadium 2006 2008; moved to Mississauga and became the Mississauga Twins
Waterloo Tigers Waterloo, Ontario Bechtel Park Ball Stadium 2000 2003
Windsor Chiefs[3] Windsor, Ontario Mic Mac Park 1979; 1969 in the EssexCounty Senior League 1981; left for Detroit Federal League in 1982

League staff[edit]

  • Commissioner: Dr. Stuart Smith
  • Deputy Commissioner: John Kastner
  • Registrar: Jason Little
  • Treasurer/Statistician: Herb Morell
  • Umpire in Chief: Rich Panas

Champions[edit]

The winning team is awarded the Jack and Lynne Dominico Trophy.

Other awards presented include:

  • Rawlings IBL Player of the Year Award/John Bell Memorial Trophy
  • IBL Rookie of the Year/Brian Kerr Memorial Trophy

Standings[edit]

Notable past players[edit]

References[edit]

  • Intercounty Major Baseball League's 1998 Record Book by Editor Herb Morell and Dominico Promotions Inc.

External links[edit]