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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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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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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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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.
R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

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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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: Many hats, one goal for Topolie (July 2018)

July 18th, 2018 · Comments Off on SPORTS: Many hats, one goal for Topolie (July 2018)

Player-manager Damon Topolie hits one out during a game in Burlington May 2018.
R.S. KONJEK/GLEANER NEWS

An interview with Toronto Maple Leafs’ player-manager

A recent ESPN column declared that “parts of baseball are disappearing before our very eyes”.

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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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NEWS: Celebrating a legendary Leaf (Jan. 2018)

January 29th, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Celebrating a legendary Leaf (Jan. 2018)

Charlie Conacher banner presented to Jesse Ketchum

Charlie Conacher’s nephew Brian applauds at the unveiling of Charlie Conacher’s banner at Jesse Ketchum Public School. COURTESY JOHN CALDARONE

By R.S. Konjek

Jesse Ketchum Public School on Davenport Road received a special gift from the Toronto Maple Leafs just before the holidays, thanks to one of its most famous graduates.

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ON OUR COVER (FALL 2017): CYCLING THE PITS

October 12th, 2017 · Comments Off on ON OUR COVER (FALL 2017): CYCLING THE PITS

GLEANER NEWS FILE PHOTO BY R.S. KONJEK: The CXTO Cookie Cross returns to Christie Pits on October 28. Open to riders of all skill levels and bikes, the event will feature Try a Cross, Elite and Masters races, and Bateman’s Bicycle Company will give away a Norco Threshold Cycle Cross Bike. For further information, please see www.cxto.ca.

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