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SPORTS: Thrilling walkoff advances Leafs (Sept. 2022)

September 27th, 2022 · No Comments

Marcus Knecht’s bottom-of-the-ninth winner sweeps Leafs into semis

The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate a walkoff win on Aug. 28. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

By R.S. Konjek

The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a flying start in their pursuit of the Intercounty Baseball League championship.

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ON THE COVER: Solazzo slams, salutes hillsides (Aug. 2022)

August 19th, 2022 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Solazzo slams, salutes hillsides (Aug. 2022)

Toronto Maple Leafs third baseman Johnathan Solazzo salutes fans on the hillsides of Christie Pits after hitting a grand slam on July 24. The Leafs defeated the Guelph Royals 16-9. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

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SPORTS: Leafs prepare for postseason push (Aug. 2022)

August 17th, 2022 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Leafs prepare for postseason push (Aug. 2022)

Veteran players hope to hoist the Intercounty Baseball Championship trophy at Christie Pits

Toronto Maple Leafs third baseman Johnathan Solazzo in action at Christie Pits on July 31. The Leafs defeated the Welland Jackfish 5-2. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

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SPORTS: Baseball Leafs navigate a new era at Christie Pits (July 2022)

July 18th, 2022 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Baseball Leafs navigate a new era at Christie Pits (July 2022)

“Unfinished Business” the theme of this year’s squad

Starting pitcher Zach Sloan, seen here delivering a pitch on June 12, had a hand in two recent shutout victories for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Christie Pits. The Leafs defeated the Brantford Red Sox 14-0. R. S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

By R.S. Konjek

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NEWS: Dominico’s vision changed Toronto sports history (Winter 2022)

March 14th, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Dominico’s vision changed Toronto sports history (Winter 2022)

Late baseball owner loomed large over amateur sports scene

Owner and lifelong fan at heart Jack Dominico ran the Maple Leafs baseball club for over 50 years.
COURTESY TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS BASEBALL

By R.S. Konjek

As local lore will have it, the Toronto sports scene was forever changed one afternoon in the summer of 1968.


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SPORTS: IBL Maple Leafs fall one win short of championship (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on SPORTS: IBL Maple Leafs fall one win short of championship (Fall 2021)

Baseball’s return to Christie Pits provided fans with thrills and great memories

On Sept. 30 at Domicio Field, Sean Reilly is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off home run that gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 6-5 win over the London Majors to force a deciding game in the IBL Championship Series. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

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SPORTS: Cross-border reinforcement bolsters Leafs for playoff push (Aug. 2021)

September 8th, 2021 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Cross-border reinforcement bolsters Leafs for playoff push (Aug. 2021)

Long-time hurler overcomes travel restrictions to rejoin team

Justin Cicatello makes his first appearance on the mound for the Leafs on August 29. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

By R.S. Konjek

Summer is almost over, but the Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping to stretch it out a while longer.

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LIFE: A baseball ironman of a different sort (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on LIFE: A baseball ironman of a different sort (July 2021)

Making the rounds with Alan Ross, the Toronto Maple Leafs ticket vendor extraordinaire

“Al the Ticket Man,” (Alan Ross, left) sells raffle tickets at a Toronto Maple Leafs Intercounty Baseball League game at Christie Pits. The team is the only one in the IBL that doesn’t charge admission. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

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LIFE: Baseball Leafs prepare for a summer of action (Jun. 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on LIFE: Baseball Leafs prepare for a summer of action (Jun. 2021)

Christie Pits set to welcome fans back to the old ballgame

As Ontario reopens after the pandemic shutdowns of the past year, the Maple Leafs look forward to a summer of baseball at Christie Pits. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

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SPORTS: Baseball Leafs look back on the season that wasn’t (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Baseball Leafs look back on the season that wasn’t (Oct. 2020)

With Christie Pits locked down, local players endured a rare summer off the diamond

Grant Tamane lays down a bunt at Christie Pits as Johnathan Solazzo (seated on cooler) looks on. After a season lost to the pandemic, the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to resume playing baseball in 2021. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

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SPORTS: Silent Pits hold fond memories for Maple Leafs Pitcher (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Silent Pits hold fond memories for Maple Leafs Pitcher (July 2020)

As 2020 season is cancelled, Marek Deska recounts historic no-hitter

By R.S. Konjek 

Marek Deska smiles as he remembers that night.

“The cool thing was, I knew the whole time.”  


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SPORTS: Leafs hopeful for baseball this summer (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Leafs hopeful for baseball this summer (May 2020)

Shortened season possible if social restrictions lifted and parks reopen by July

An empty ballpark makes a sombre image as city parks remain closed during the pandemic.
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By R.S. Konjek 

The ballpark is quiet.


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SPORTS: Leafs’ fiftieth season ends sadly (October 2018)

October 16th, 2018 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Leafs’ fiftieth season ends sadly (October 2018)

Ball club swept from semi-finals

Fans watch from the hillside as the Maple Leafs came up short at home during this year’s semi-finals. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

By R.S. Konjek

When we last caught up with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL), they had begun a spirited quest to win their first championship since 2007.

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