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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(ies)  Canada
Most recent champion(s) Brantford Red Sox
Official website www.theibl.ca

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is a semi-professional baseball organization located in the Canadian province of Ontario. 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.

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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, 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 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 Park in London, Ontario, home to the London Majors. This proposal is still unfolding and may take several years to implement.

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.

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Current member teams

Intercounty Baseball League
Team City Stadium Founded
Barrie Baycats Barrie, Ontario, Canada Barrie Metals Stadium at Barrie Community Sports Complex 2001
Brantford Red Sox Brantford, Ontario, Canada Arnold Anderson Stadium 1911
Guelph Royals Guelph, Ontario, Canada David E. Hastings Stadium 1919
Hamilton Thunderbirds Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium 1953
Kitchener Panthers Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Jack Couch Baseball Park 1919
London Majors London, Ontario, Canada Labatt Park 1925
Mississauga Twins Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Meadowvale Baseball Complex 2009
Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto, Ontario, Canada Dominico Field at Christie Pits 1969
Ottawa baseball Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Ottawa Stadium 2010

Past teams

Intercounty Baseball League
Team City Stadium Founded Folded
Galt Terriers – later as Cambridge Terriers Galt, Ontario Dickson Park 1919 1984, after winning Intercounty Championship the previous season (1983).
St. Thomas Elgins St. Thomas, Ontario Pinafore Park diamond, now Emslie Field? 1948 as the Legion until 1953 1961 - re-emerged in 1976 and folded again in 1996
St. Thomas Storm St. Thomas, Ontario Pinafore Park/Emslie Field 2000 Moved to Stratford in 2004
Waterloo Tigers Waterloo, Ontario Bechtel Park 2000 2004
Guelph C-Joys Guelph, Ontario Exhibition Park 1964 renamed Guelph Royals
Hamilton Cardinals Hamilton, Ontario Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium 1958 2005 renamed Hamilton Thunderbirds
Kitchener Legionnaires Kitchener, Ontario Victoria Park 1957 renamed Kitchener Dutchmen
Kitchener Dutchmen Kitchener, Ontario Jack Couch Stadium 1957 renamed Kitchener Panthers
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
Oshawa Dodgers Oshawa, Ontario Kinsmen Stadium 2002 2009; operations suspended for 2010 season pending buyer for team
Kraven Knits Stratford, Ontario National Stadium 1974 1976; renamed Stratford Hillers
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 for the 2009 season
Listowel Legionnaires Listowel, Ontario John Bell Memorial Park 1940s?
Oakville Oaks Oakville, Ontario
Niagara Falls Mariners Niagara Falls, Ontario Oakes Park 1985 1992?
Windsor Chiefs[1] Windsor, Ontario Mic Mac Park 1979; 1969 in the EssexCounty Senior League 1981; left for Detroit Federal League in 1982

League staff

  • Commissioner: Joe O'Neill
  • Registrar: Darrell Kane
  • Treasurer/Statistician: Herb Morell
  • Umpires Committee: Chris Wilhelm, Peter Skrypka, Jamie Killingsworth
  • Media Relations: TBA

Champions

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

Notable past players

References

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


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