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The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is a semi-professional baseball organization located in the Canadian province of Ontariomarker. The league was formed in 1919.

The level of Intercounty Baseball League play can be categorized as being at the "semi-pro" level.

Three London Majors players were drafted by MLB in 2007: catcher Chris Dennis and pitcher Adam Arnold by the Milwaukee Brewers, and first-baseman/third-baseman/outfielder Mitch Delaney by the Chicago White Sox. Colin Buckborough, pitcher with the Brantford Red Sox, was also drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2007.

History

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, Ontariomarker.

The league's first commissioner in the 1950s was John Gillies, a London, Ontariomarker, 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 Lynne Dominico are the co-owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs Baseball Club.

In June 2006, the league unanimously endorsed establishing an IBL Hall of Fame at Labatt Parkmarker in London, Ontariomarker, home to the London Majors. This proposal is still unfolding and may take several years to implement.

On July 8, 2006, in Barriemarker, Ontariomarker, 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.

Current member teams

Intercounty Baseball League
Team City Stadium Founded
Barrie Baycats Barriemarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker Barrie Metals Stadium at Barrie Community Sports Complex 2001
Brantford Red Sox Brantfordmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker Arnold Anderson Stadium 1911
Guelph Royals Guelphmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker David E. Hastings Stadium 1919
Hamilton Thunderbirds Hamiltonmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadiummarker 1953
Kitchener Panthers Kitchenermarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker Jack Couch Baseball Parkmarker 1919
London Majors Londonmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker Labatt Parkmarker 1925
Oshawa Dodgers Oshawamarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker Kinsmen Stadiummarker 2002
Mississauga Twins Mississaugamarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker Meadowvale Baseball Complex 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs Torontomarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker Christie Pitsmarker 1969


Past teams

Intercounty Baseball League
Team City Stadium Founded Folded
Galt Terriers – later as Cambridge Terriers Galt, Ontariomarker Dickson Park 1919 1984, after winning Intercounty Championship the previous season (1983).
St. Thomas Elgins St. Thomas, Ontariomarker 1948 as the Legion until 1953 1961 - re-emerged in 1963 and folded again in 1996
St. Thomas Storm St. Thomas, Ontariomarker Pinafore Park/Emslie Field 2000 Moved to Stratford in 2004
Waterloo Tigers Waterloo, Ontariomarker Bechtel Park 2000 2004
Guelph C-Joys Guelphmarker, Ontariomarker Exhibition Park renamed Guelph Royals
Hamilton Cardinals Hamilton, Ontariomarker Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadiummarker 1919 2005 renamed Hamilton Thunderbirds
Kitchener Legionnaires Kitchener, Ontariomarker Victoria Park 1957 renamed Kitchener Dutchmen
Kitchener Dutchmen Kitchener, Ontariomarker Jack Couch Stadium renamed Kitchener Panthers
London Chester Pegg Diamonds London, Ontariomarker Labatt Parkmarker 1960 1962; renamed London Majors
London Pontiacs London, Ontariomarker Labatt Parkmarker 1963 1970; renamed London Avcos
London Avcos London, Ontariomarker Labatt Parkmarker 1970 1974; renamed London El-Morocco Majors
London El-Morocco Majors London, Ontario Labatt Parkmarker 1974 1975; renamed London Majors
Kraven Knits Stratford, Ontariomarker National Stadium 1974 1976; renamed Stratford Hillers
Stratford Hillers Stratford, Ontariomarker National Stadium 1976
Stratford Storm Stratford, Ontariomarker National Stadium 2004 2006; renamed Stratford Nationals
Stratford Nationals Stratford, Ontariomarker National Stadium 2006 2008; moved to Mississauga and became the Mississauga Twins for the 2009 season
Listowel Legionnaires Listowel, Ontariomarker John Bell Memorial Park
Oakville Ontarioans Oakville, Ontariomarker
Niagara Falls Mariners Niagara Falls, Ontariomarker Oakes Parkmarker
Windsor Spitfires Windsor, Ontariomarker


League staff



Champions

Standings

Notable past players



References

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


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