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The London Majors are an independent, minor league baseball team of the semi-pro Intercounty Baseball League.wikipedia
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The London Majors are an independent, minor league baseball team of the semi-pro Intercounty Baseball League.

Labatt Park

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They play their home games at the 5,200 seat Labatt Memorial Park.
L.S.P.-3237-544, with the ceremonial plaque unveiling at the front gates of the park occurring on July 1 (Canada Day), 1994, prior to a doubleheader between the London Majors and Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League.

National Baseball Congress

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In 1948 London Majors, considered one of the best teams in Intercounty history, not only won the Intercounty League championship, but the Canadian Baseball Congress Championship and the Can-Am North American championship of the National Baseball Congress beating the Fort Wayne, Indiana, General Electrics in a best-of-seven-game series played at Labatt Park, with such London stars as pitcher "Tireless" Tommy White, catcher Jack Fairs, short-stop/ fielder Russell (the Muscle) Evon, catcher Gil Robertson, infielder Don Cooper and rookie outfielder Joltin' Joe Bechard (the sole remaining member of the '48 Majors still alive is Jack Fairs).
In 1948, the London Majors defeated Fort Wayne in the best-of-seven-game Can-Am Congress Series, 4 games to 3

Frank Colman

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The Majors also won the Intercounty title in 1956 with former New York Yankee/ Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Frank Colman as the owner-manager of the team.
The son of Frederick and Harriet Colman who operated a shoe store on Hamilton Road in London, Ontario, Colman joined the London Majors of the senior Intercounty Baseball League in the mid-1930s (winning the batting title as a pitcher, Most Valuable Player award and a championship in 1936), the Pittsburgh Pirates as a first-baseman-outfielder from 1942 to 1946 and the New York Yankees as an outfielder in 1946 and 1947, where he roomed with the young Yankee catcher Yogi Berra.

London, Ontario

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The team was founded in 1925, and is based in London, Ontario.
During the summer months, the London Majors of the Intercounty Baseball League play at Labatt Park.

Arden Eddie

The 1937, tongue-and-groove clapboard Majors' clubhouse at Labatt Park, officially renamed "The Roy McKay Clubhouse" on August 1, 1996 (Roy McKay was born on August 1, 1933), by longtime Majors' owner-player Arden Eddie, was designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in 1996—an initiative spearheaded by The Friends of Labatt Park—by amending the park's original (by-law) reasons for designation.
He enjoyed a 36-year career in the Intercounty League (31 years as a player for the London Majors: 1968-1999; 27 years as owner of the Majors: 1977-February 2004), before selling the team to 37-year-old London mortgage consultant Scott Dart after the 2003 baseball season.

Mike Kilkenny

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Other players on the 1975 Majors ballclub were: former Major League Baseball, left-handed pitcher Mike Kilkenny, a league all-star and 1975 Intercounty MVP; shortstop Dave Byers; all-star second-and-third baseman Barry Boughner; 1975 batting champion Larry Haggitt (.412); manager Roy McKay; coach John Ambrose; long-time coach-trainer Norm Aldridge (Aldridge has a City-owned baseball diamond named after him in northeast London called Norm Aldridge Field); Larry Wilson; pitcher Phil Schmidt; pitcher Rick Lindquist; Barry Fuller; Mike Fess; catcher Wayne (Dog) Fenlon; Brian Bell; captain Dave (Whitey) Lapthorne; infielder Mike Mitchell; infielder Rob Watral; John Marks; Alex McKay Jr; Jamie Hodge; John Gourley Jr.; pitcher Neal Ambrose; trainers Ed Loney and Bob Gilan; General Manager George Hall and batboy Jim McKay.
After his professional career ended, Kilkenny played for the London Majors of the Canadian Intercounty Baseball League where he helped the Majors win the Intercounty title in 1975.

Ferguson Jenkins

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In 1984–1985 after Fergie Jenkins retired from Major League Baseball in 1983, he pitched for the London Majors, commuting from one of his homes near Chatham, Ontario.
Jenkins also played basketball in the off-season for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1967 to 1969, and pitched two seasons in Canada for the minor league London Majors following his major league career.

Tom Burgess (baseball)

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Tom (Tim) Burgess also played for the 1945 Majors as a pitcher-outfielder and was signed to a pro contract in 1946 by the St. Louis Cardinals' organization.
Despite compiling a robust .350 batting average in in the Class C Interstate League, by Burgess was voluntarily retired and spent three seasons with the London Majors of the Canadian Intercounty Baseball League.

Kitchener Panthers

The 2006 London Majors fared well in the Intercounty playoffs, dispatching the Kitchener Panthers in four straight games and the defending IBL champions and pennant winners, the Barrie Baycats in five games.
They were in 2nd place after 4 games, going 4-0 only behind the London Majors, who started 7-0.

Roy McKay

The 1937, tongue-and-groove clapboard Majors' clubhouse at Labatt Park, officially renamed "The Roy McKay Clubhouse" on August 1, 1996 (Roy McKay was born on August 1, 1933), by longtime Majors' owner-player Arden Eddie, was designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in 1996—an initiative spearheaded by The Friends of Labatt Park—by amending the park's original (by-law) reasons for designation.
Roy Alexander McKay (August 1, 1933 – December 25, 1995) was an aggressive left-handed baseball pitcher born in London, Ontario, Canada, who signed with the Detroit Tigers organization in 1952 after spending much of his youth at Labatt Park, including a stint as batboy for the Ontario Baseball Association champions, the 1945 London Majors of the Intercounty Baseball League.

Norm Aldridge Field

Other players on the 1975 Majors ballclub were: former Major League Baseball, left-handed pitcher Mike Kilkenny, a league all-star and 1975 Intercounty MVP; shortstop Dave Byers; all-star second-and-third baseman Barry Boughner; 1975 batting champion Larry Haggitt (.412); manager Roy McKay; coach John Ambrose; long-time coach-trainer Norm Aldridge (Aldridge has a City-owned baseball diamond named after him in northeast London called Norm Aldridge Field); Larry Wilson; pitcher Phil Schmidt; pitcher Rick Lindquist; Barry Fuller; Mike Fess; catcher Wayne (Dog) Fenlon; Brian Bell; captain Dave (Whitey) Lapthorne; infielder Mike Mitchell; infielder Rob Watral; John Marks; Alex McKay Jr; Jamie Hodge; John Gourley Jr.; pitcher Neal Ambrose; trainers Ed Loney and Bob Gilan; General Manager George Hall and batboy Jim McKay.
Mr. Aldridge, the trainer-coach with the legendary 1948 London Majors (International Champions), the 1951-1952 Lou Ball Juniors (Ontario Champions), the 1970 London TV Cable Fastball Team (Canadian Champions) and the 1975 London Majors (Intercounty Baseball League Champions) has been inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame as a member of all four inducted teams.

Friends of Labatt Park

The 1937, tongue-and-groove clapboard Majors' clubhouse at Labatt Park, officially renamed "The Roy McKay Clubhouse" on August 1, 1996 (Roy McKay was born on August 1, 1933), by longtime Majors' owner-player Arden Eddie, was designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in 1996—an initiative spearheaded by The Friends of Labatt Park—by amending the park's original (by-law) reasons for designation.
In 1996, the group was also successful in having the "reasons for designation" contained in the designating by-law of Labatt Park amended to include the circa 1937, cottage-style clubhouse of the London Majors (Roy McKay Clubhouse) of the Intercounty Baseball League.

Denny McLain

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In 1974, after Denny McLain had retired from the major leagues two years earlier, McLain played a season for the London Majors.
In 1974, McLain played a season for the London Majors of the Intercounty Baseball League at Labatt Memorial Park in London, Ontario, Canada.

Brantford Red Sox

In the final series, however, the Majors were defeated four games to one by the Brantford Red Sox, who won their first Intercounty title since 1981 on August 25, 2006, in Brantford.
On August 25, 2006, the Brantford Red Sox won the Intercounty title for the first time since 1981 by defeating the London Majors 7-3 in Brantford before 2,000 fans at Arnold Anderson Stadium in Cockshutt Park.

Dave Rozema

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After pitcher Dave Rozema retired from Major League Baseball (Detroit Tigers, 1977–84, and Texas Rangers, 1985–86) on April 30, 1986, he pitched for the London Majors in the early 1990s.
In the early 1990s, Rozema pitched for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball Association, and with the London Majors of the Intercounty Baseball League based in London, Ontario, Canada.

Eager Beaver Baseball Association

In 1955, Colman purchased the Majors in 1956 from Van Horne and co-founded the Eager Beaver Baseball Association with London sportsman Gordon Berryhill and Al Marshall.
Other individuals who played a key role in founding the EBBA are: Stan (Gabby) Anderson; Norm Aldridge; Ron Armstrong; Len Barker; Bill Benninger; Ken Burgess; Vic Byers; Jack Colman; the Eager Beaverettes; Bill Farquharson; George Gibson; John Gillies; Don Greason; Clare Hatt; Bob Livingstone; London Majors Baseball Club; Tom Munro; Harry Nielson; Lorne Palmer; Alex Park; Gord Parker; Les Thomas; Hugh (Red) Wood; London YMCA-YWCA.

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The London Majors are an independent, minor league baseball team of the semi-pro Intercounty Baseball League.

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The London Majors are an independent, minor league baseball team of the semi-pro Intercounty Baseball League.

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The London Majors are an independent, minor league baseball team of the semi-pro Intercounty Baseball League.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

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In 1948 London Majors, considered one of the best teams in Intercounty history, not only won the Intercounty League championship, but the Canadian Baseball Congress Championship and the Can-Am North American championship of the National Baseball Congress beating the Fort Wayne, Indiana, General Electrics in a best-of-seven-game series played at Labatt Park, with such London stars as pitcher "Tireless" Tommy White, catcher Jack Fairs, short-stop/ fielder Russell (the Muscle) Evon, catcher Gil Robertson, infielder Don Cooper and rookie outfielder Joltin' Joe Bechard (the sole remaining member of the '48 Majors still alive is Jack Fairs).

Budweiser Gardens

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The 1948 London Majors team is considered to be one of the best amateur men's baseball teams of all time and were inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame at Budweiser Gardens in 2002.

Toronto Maple Leafs (semi-pro baseball)

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Traditionally, one of the high points in the season of the London Majors is a game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1 (Canada Day), which is usually followed by fireworks over the adjacent forks of the Thames River.

Canada Day

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Traditionally, one of the high points in the season of the London Majors is a game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1 (Canada Day), which is usually followed by fireworks over the adjacent forks of the Thames River.

Thames River (Ontario)

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Traditionally, one of the high points in the season of the London Majors is a game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1 (Canada Day), which is usually followed by fireworks over the adjacent forks of the Thames River.