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

September 8th, 2021 · No Comments

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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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

By R.S. Konjek

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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

By R.S. Konjek

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NEWS: Permanent pad for the Pits (Mar. 2021)

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Permanent pad for the Pits (Mar. 2021)

Layton leads the initiative to get skateboarding pad installed quickly

DIY skateboarding ramps and half-pipes in Sid Smith Rink are finding a new permanent home in Christie Pits. COURTESY MIGS BARTULA, CO-CHAIR OF THE TORONTO SKATEBOARDING COMMITTEE

By Mary An 

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ON THE COVER (Feb. 2021)

March 5th, 2021 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (Feb. 2021)

The city is looking for a new permanent skateboarding pad location within Christie Pits, due to the popularity of the seasonal DIY skatepad in Sid Smith rink. See the full story in the next edition. COURTESY MIGS BARTULA, CO-CHAIR OF THE TORONTO SKATEBOARDING COMMITTEE

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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

By R.S. Konjek

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CHATTER: The not so wild Annex turkey (Winter 2019)

March 14th, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rose hanging out at Art Eggleton Park. HUSNA SARI/GLEANER NEWS

By Brian Burchell

This female Eastern White Wild Turkey, dubbed “Rose” by neighbours, seems to enjoy her mini-range consisting of Christie Pits, Bickford, and Art Eggleton parks.

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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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SPORTS: Fans cheer hair and history (Aug./Sept. 2018)

September 11th, 2018 · 1 Comment

Maple Leafs advance to semifinals after historic no-hitter

With his youthful energy, rookie Garrett Takamatsu became a fan favourite at Christie Pits this summer. R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

By R.S. Konjek

It has been a memorable summer for Garrett Takamatsu.

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SPORTS: Slumping Leafs hope to change (Summer 2018)

August 12th, 2018 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Slumping Leafs hope to change (Summer 2018)

Fans on the slopes of Christie Pits take in Maple Leafs baseball action on July 25. R.S. Konjek/Gleaner News

Lengthy losing streak dulls early season momentum

By R.S. Konjek

July was the cruellest month for Toronto baseball fans.

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SPORTS: Maple Leafs back at the Pits (Election Special 2018)

May 29th, 2018 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Maple Leafs back at the Pits (Election Special 2018)

R.S. Konjek/Gleaner News File Photo

The bats are back. The Maple Leafs are swinging once more in Dominico Field at Christie Pits, and marked the 100th anniversary of the Intercounty Baseball League with a home opening 10-6 win over the London Majors on May 6. The Leafs, which have won five games to two this season, play every Sunday and most Wednesdays. Games are free.

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CHATTER: Christie Pits rink renamed in honour of Sid Smith (March 2018)

March 22nd, 2018 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Christie Pits rink renamed in honour of Sid Smith (March 2018)

An artificial rink in Christie Pits Park has been renamed after Sid Smith, the eighth captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The name change happened after the city received an application for the change last year from a private citizen.

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