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ON THE COVER (May 2024)

June 14th, 2024 · No Comments

Justin Marra slides home to score a run for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Christie Pits on May 12. The Leafs dropped their Intercounty Baseball League home opener to the London Majors, 7-5. COURTESY CRAIG AIKEN

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SPORTS: A whole new ball game (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on SPORTS: A whole new ball game (Apr. 2024)

Club promises new features and new excitement for Leafs baseball

Fresh coats of paint are being applied to the announcer’s booth and concession stand. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

By R.S. Konjek

A new season of Toronto Maple Leafs baseball will soon get underway at Christie Pits.

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Tags: General

ON THE COVER (Summer 2023)

September 14th, 2023 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (Summer 2023)

On Aug. 16 Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Rob Johnson, Councillor Dianne Saxe, Mayor Olivia Chow and MPP Jessica Bell were among the many dignitaries in attendance at a commemorative baseball game including the Italian and Jewish communities that marked the 90th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot. COURTESY THE CITY OF TORONTO

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NEWS: Remembering the race riot (Summer 2023)

September 14th, 2023 · Comments Off on NEWS: Remembering the race riot (Summer 2023)

90 years ago Jewish and Italian neighbours defended community against antisemitism

Taken by an unknown photograher, this is the only known photo of the riot on August 16, 1933. City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail fonds, Fonds 1266, Item 30791.

By Fox Oliver

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SPORTS: Baseball in full bloom at the Pits (Summer 2023)

September 14th, 2023 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Baseball in full bloom at the Pits (Summer 2023)

Returning veterans, deep roster raise hopes for elusive championship

Toronto Maple Leafs outfielder Gregory Carrington connects on a pitch on July 30. The Leafs defeated the Hamilton Cardinals 9-5. (R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS)

By R.S. Konjek

Third time’s the charm.

Fans of Toronto Maple Leafs baseball are hoping that’s the case this summer.

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Tags: Annex · Sports · Maple Leafs Baseball

NEWS: Pits Riot: A teaching moment (Summer 2023)

September 14th, 2023 · Comments Off on NEWS: Pits Riot: A teaching moment (Summer 2023)

A plaque in Christie Pits reminds passersby of a dark time in Toronto history worth remembering. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Fox Oliver

A local theatre group is telling the story of the Christie Pits Riot, which involved 10,000 people, on the same soil where it happened.

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NEWS: Women’s shinny takes off at Christie Pits (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · Comments Off on NEWS: Women’s shinny takes off at Christie Pits (Jan. 2023)

Popularity has grown immensely

Last month’s cover of the Gleaner featured organized women’s hockey from the 1890s at the University of Toronto. Today, women are continuing the tradition pictured here in Christie Pits. FOX OLIVER/GLEANER NEWS

By Fox Oliver

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SPORTS: Thrilling walkoff advances Leafs (Sept. 2022)

September 27th, 2022 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Thrilling walkoff advances Leafs (Sept. 2022)

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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Tags: Annex · Sports

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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GRADING OUR GREENSPACE (Aug. 2022)

August 19th, 2022 · Comments Off on GRADING OUR GREENSPACE (Aug. 2022)

The best and worst of the Annex’s parks

Compiled and photos by Fox Oliver

Every year the Annex Gleaner reviews the abundance of parks in the Annex using a variety of criteria. 

While there is no decisive “winner” of the grading, letter grades are assigned to convey the quality of the parks considering aspects such as upkeep, amenities, and accessibility. 

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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: 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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NEWS: Limited-edition brew named through a community contest (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Limited-edition brew named through a community contest (July 2021)

“Pitstop,” developed by the Henderson Brewing Company, will soon be Christie Pits Park’s official beer

Spencer Murray of Henderson Brewing Company pulls a pint at their Sterling Road taproom. The award-winning craft brewery partnered with the Friends of Christie Pits Park to launch “Pitstop,” a new beer in honour of the popular park.
COURTESY HENDERSON BREWING COMPANY

By Joshua Chong


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