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Pre-Loughborough Fastball League Prior to the Loughborough Fastball League, men in this area played their fastball in the Storrington Pittsburgh Baseball League. That league was formed on August 5, 1946. The following are the minutes of this new league from it's inception in 1946 until the general meeting of 1952.
August 5, 1946
On August 5/46, a few people representing various communities in Pittsburgh and Storrington townships met in the Sunbury hall with the purpose of forming a baseball league.
It was moved by Archie Kirkpatrick and seconded by Art Moreland that Mr. Wilfred Cooper be chairman and Hugh Freeman be Secretary for this meeting. (carried)
It was decided that to run a baseball league in Storrington and Pittsburgh Townships it would be necessary to have an entrance fee. It was moved by Archie Kirkpatrick and seconded by Lanson Banks that this fee should be $1.00.
The entries were:
Representatives were then named from each entry to do the voting on
the evenings business.
Sunbury - Art Moreland & Lorne Fisher
Joyceville - Paddy Patterson & A. Goodman
Battersea - Archie Kirkpatrick & Lanson Banks
Brewer's Mills - Hubert Cochrane & C. White
Inverary - Not represented at the meeting
It was moved by Vernon Reid and seconded by Archie Kirkpatrick that Wilfred Cooper be President and Hugh Freeman be Secretary Treasurer of a permanent committee. (carried)
It was moved by Vernon Reid and seconded by Lanson Banks that we should play by the OASBA rules with amendments appearing on our books. (carried)
Moved by Paddy Patterson and seconded by Lorne Fisher that any player must be a resident for 3 months. (carried)
Moved by Archie Kirkpatrick and seconded by Lanson Banks that any player expecting to reside in township for 3 months be permitted to play. (not carried)
Moved by Paddy Patterson and seconded by C. White that one representative from each team would settle any disputes. (carried)
It was moved by V. Reid and seconded by Archie Kirkpatrick that for this year (1946) the games must start at 7 pm with 15 minutes grace. If the game is late in starting and the game doesn't go 5 innings, the team defaulting the time will lose the game. If both teams default it will be considered no game. (carried)
Moved by Archie Kirkpatrick and seconded by T. Wilson that games be played on Monday and Thursday evenings, and in case of rain the following nights, field permitting. (carried)
Moved by Archie Kirkpatrick and seconded by Paddy Patterson that the teams in first and second place at the end of the season play the best 2 out of 3 games in playoff. If the third game should be necessary it would be played on neutral territory. (carried)
Wilfred Cooper drew up the schedule.
September 3, 1946
The meeting opened with all teams represented except Joyceville. The representatives named for voting were as follows:
Inverary - Ernie Lake
Battersea - Archie Kirkpatrick
Sunbury - James Pollard
Brewer's Mills - C. White
It was moved by Archie Kirkpatrick that playoffs follow the league schedule, ie. on the dates of 12, 16 and 19 (if necessary) of September. (carried)
It was decided that the Umpires be paid 3 dollars behind plate and 2 dollars on the bases by the home club.
It was decided that Wilfred Cooper should be the plate ump and that he could pick whoever he wished for the bases as long as they were from a neutral team.
It was decided that a game must go 7 innings for completion.
It was decided that the games must start at 6 pm with 15 minute grace.
July 10, 1947
A general business meeting was held in the Sunbury town hall with the purpose of arranging the schedule etc. for the coming season.
Wilfred Cooper called the meeting to order and the minutes of last year's
2 meetings were read by Hugh Freeman (Secretary Treasurer). It was
moved by Lanson Banks and seconded by Ernie Lake that last years minutes
be adopted. (carried)
Charlie Stoness then moved that Wilfred Cooper continue as President for the year. Alf Maxim seconded this and it was carried.
It was then decided that the league should have a vice presidency. Issac Simpson was nominated by Alf Maxim and Ken Garrett. Keith Christie by Lanson Banks and Charlie Stoness. Ernie Lake also was named but recalled his nomination. A vote was then taken and Keith Christie was elected for this post.
Tom Storey and Alf Maxim moved and seconded that Hugh Freeman continue as Secretary Treasurer for 1947. (carried)
Wilfred Cooper then called for team entries and four complied - Battersea, Inverary, Brewer's Mills and Sunbury.
An entrance fee of one dollar was decided upon and paid to the Treasurer by Lanson Banks, Ernie Lake, George Binkie, Charlie Stoness.
As the league was starting much earlier this year it was decide to play a double schedule. The games are to be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 7 pm with a 15 minute grace.
The first games of the schedule are to be Brewer's Mills at Inverary and Battersea at Sunbury July 17.
Some difficulties were encountered in last year's residence rules so at Mr. Cooper's suggestion each team copied out a line up of the players they intended to play. Four representatives from the four teams put each list to their approval.
It was moved by Ernie Lake and seconded by Lanson Banks that all spikes would be barred from the league games. The penalty for infraction would be game forfeiture by infringing team. (carried)
It was moved by Wilfred Shannon and seconded by Lanson Banks that the first two teams in the league standings play the best 2 out of 3 in playoff series; third game to be played on neutral territory if necessary. (carried)
The playoff teams will pick the umps.
A meeting will be held before the playoffs.
Aug 29, 1947
A meeting was held to set dates for the playoff between Sunbury and Inverary.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and declared correct.
Moved by Warren Shannon that the playoffs be 2 out of 3. This was seconded by Mel Simpson and carried.
It was decided that the games would be played on Second of September at Inverary, on the fourth at Sunbury and the 3rd game being necessary on the sixth at Battersea. In case of rain, the following night, field conditions permitting.
The games will start at 6 pm with 15 minutes grace.
The umpires are to be from neutral territory.
Two new balls are to be supplied by the home team each game.
July 5, 1948
The annual meeting of the league was called to order by Wilfred Cooper, President, in the Sunbury town hall.
The minutes were read by Hugh Freeman, Secretary-Treasurer and found correct. Archie Kirkpatrick moved that these minutes be adopted. This was seconded by Ken Campbell.
Mr. Cooper then asked Clifford Patterson to be chairman for the meeting, he complied and immediately opened nominations for this year's president.
Archie Kirkpatrick named Wilfred Cooper and Charlie Stoness seconded him. Mr. Cooper and Fred Thompson nominated Ernie Lake.
A vote was taken and Mr. Wilfred Cooper was declared President.
Mr. Cooper then called nominations for Vice President. Clifford Patterson and Archie Kirkpatrick nominated Ernie Lake for this position. As no other names were mentioned he was declared Vice President for the year.
Moved by Charlie Stoness and seconded by Fred Thompson that Hugh Freeman continue as Secretary-Treasurer for the year. (carried)
Move by Clifford Patterson and seconded by Fred Thompson that we play by the OASA rules with the amendments on our books.
Team entries were called for and Brewer's Mills, Sunbury, Inverary and Battersea entered teams.
It was decided that Brewer's Mills be allowed to play Newman Cochrane and that Inverary could use either Jim Keon or Keith Stoness in any game but not both at once. As these men lived outside the Townships of Pittsburgh and Storrington it was necessary to make this special provision to be in accordance with our residence rule.
The teams were drawn for the first game.
Brewer's Mills vs. Battersea and Inverary vs. Sunbury.
It was agreed that the games should be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays except at Battersea where all home games are to be played on Fridays instead of Thursdays.
The entrance fee was again set at one dollar. The visiting teams must supply the umpire behind the plate.
July 16, 1948
A meeting was called in the Sunbury Hall to consider a protest lodged by Battersea against Inverary for playing Jack Calder in a game at Inverary on the evening of July 13.
The meeting was called to order by Wilfred Cooper.
The minutes were read by Hugh Freeman. Clifford Patterson moved and Warren Shannon seconded that these minutes be adopted. (carried)
Pros and cons of the protest were then considered. Battersea contended that Calder resided in Kingston Township and Inverary that he was a resident of Storrington. This argument was not definitely settled as neither team had definite proof on the matter. However, when it became apparent that Inverary was going to drop out of the league if Mr. Calder's services were disqualified, Battersea withdrew their protest.
The meeting was then adjourned.
Aug 20, 1948
The meeting was called to order in the Sunbury Hall at 9:14 pm for 2 purposes - to discuss a protest entered by Inverary against Sunbury for playing M. Hartley in a previous game and to make the necessary arrangements for the playoffs.
As the protest was for playing a person against the leagues residence rule, Sunbury's coach Mr. Patterson produced the proof that he had received permission form Archie Kirkpatrick, of Battersea's team, to play M. Hartley who had formerly resided there. This being the case and in accord with our ruling, Ernie Lake withdrew the protest.
The playoffs were then discussed. The standings of the league left Sunbury and Battersea in the playoff positions. It was decided as in previous years to have home and home games but if the third one was necessary it would be held at Battersea, reasons for which follow.
One of the members of Sunbury's ball team and Battersea's Juvenile hockey team had the misfortune to be in a serious accident. To help defray the cost it was decided to make the 3rd game of the series whether it was necessary or not in deciding the contest and donate the profits derived to him. It was felt that as we were going to have tickets printed it would be necessary to say where the game would be held and as Battersea's gate receipts were generally considered to be larger than Sunbury's, the best place in everyone's opinion was Battersea's field. This game was set for Friday, Sept. 3. The two previous games were set for Thursday 26 at Sunbury and Tuesday 31 at Battersea.
The Ump's fees were set at three and two dollars. The game time was set at 6:30 with 15 minutes grace. The games must go 7 innings to constitute a victory. It was decided that we should get Kirkpatrick of Barriefield as one of the umps if possible. Or if it was not possible, Jack Irwin and Harold Fowler.
Two dollars of the leagues funds were set aside to benefit V. Moreland.
The meeting was then adjourned.
May 17, 1949
The annual meeting was called to order by Mr. Cooper at 9:00 pm. The minutes of the last meeting were read. A. Moreland moved and Bill Moreland seconded that the minutes be adopted as read. (carried)
Mr. Cooper resigned as president of the league and called on Clifford Patterson to take over as chairman.
It was moved by Warren Shannon and seconded by Ralph Convery that we have a vote of confidence for the executive of the league. (carried)
Mr. Patterson opened nomination for this year's president.
Moved by Warren Shannon and seconded by Ralph Convery that Mr. Cooper act as president for the year. Mr. Cooper, with reluctance, accepted this position for one more year.
Moved by A. Moreland and seconded by Cliff Patterson that Ralph Convery act as Vice President. (carried)
Moved by Ralph Convery and seconded by Vern Moreland that Hugh Freeman act as Secretary-Treasurer. (carried)
Five teams entered. Sunbury, Battersea, Barriefield, Joyceville - Brewer's Mills, and Inverary.
Moved by Wes Green and seconded by Milton Campbell that the entrance fee be set at $2.00 for this year. (carried)
Moved by Ralph Convery and seconded by Vernon Moreland that we adopt the OASA rules with certain amendments already on the books especially of the ruling of a player must play with the team where he resides. (carried)
Moved by Warren Shannon and seconded by Ralph Convery that an amendment be placed on record that a player can play in another league and still play in this one, provided he comply with the residence rules of this league. (carried)
All representatives decided on a double schedule to be played on Tuesday's and Friday's starting on May 27.
A semi-final series was decided on with the first and third and second and fourth playing games. The victor being the team with two out of three wins. The finals also to be played in three games.
Moved by Wilf Greene that all pitchers and catchers while playing their positions be allowed to wear softball cleats. This was seconded by Nic Sears. (carried)
All teams must have distinguishing sweaters.
Game time is 7 pm with 15 minutes grace. Seven innings constitutes a game.
The manager of the winning team must make a report to the Secretary-Treasurer.
July 9, 1949
A meeting was called to settle disputes between some of the teams. Called to order at 9 pm and closed about midnight without actually having settled all problems.
May 29, 1950
Meeting held in Sunbury community hall and called to order at 9 pm by Wilfred Cooper. Minutes of last years annual meeting were read. Moved by Robert Boal and seconded by Cliff Patterson the minutes be adopted as read. (carried)
The financial statement was given and approved a balance of $8.45 on hand.
Mr. Cooper then asked Gerald Langstaff to take the chair for the annual
election of officers. His first move was to open nominations for
the year's president. Several members present were nominated but
in every instance the nominee would not accept the position until finally
Cliff Patterson moved and Robert Boal seconded an executive consisting
of Hugh Freeman, President; Murray Clark, Secretary-Treasurer; and one
member from each team entering the schedule be appointed to settle any
disputes for the year.
The executives names were for:
Sunbury - Warren Shannon
Inverary - Barr Ferguson
Battersea - Hugh Freeman
Brewer's Mills - Hubert Cochrane
Perth Road -
It has been agreed at the annual meeting to make an exception to the
rules of the Storrington-Pittsburgh League to allow Perth Road to enter
a team providing they agree:
1. To play their home games with Brewer's Mills on an unoccupied diamond in Storrington Township at a fee of $1.00
and Brewer's Mills do likewise in order to do away with too long of trips.
2. Providing they also comply with the rules & regulations of the league.
3. This ruling is only in effect for the year of 1950.
Moved by Wilfred E. Cooper and seconded by Ralph Convery. (carried)
Moved by Warren Shannon and seconded by A. Moreland that the annual fee be $2.00.
All representatives decided on a double schedule.
Moved by Robert Boal and seconded by J. Knapp that games be played on Tuesday and Friday if 4 teams and Monday, Wednesday and Friday if 5 teams. (carried)
Decided that semi-finals be 2 out of 3 and finals be 3 out of 5. Semi-finals are first vs. third and second vs. fourth.
Games to start at 7 pm with 15 minutes grace and 7 full innings constitute
a game until decided against by the executive. Games rained out to
be played the following night, weather permitting.
Schedule to commence Monday June 5/50.
Mutual umpires in all finals.
Moved by Wm. Moreland and seconded by J. Knapp that meeting be adjourned.
May 10, 1951
Moved by Roy O'Neil and seconded by Vernon Moreland that minutes be adopted as read. (carried)
Moved by Hugh Freeman and seconded by W. Moreland that Charles Stoness take chair for appointment of officers for year 1951.
Moved by Murray Clark and seconded by Ken Campbell that Barr Ferguson be appointed President for the ensuing year. Moved by Roy O'Neil and seconded by W. Moreland that Murray Clark carry on as Secretary-Treasurer for the year and the same executive with exception of Barr Ferguson being replaced by Roy O'Neil.
Moved by Murray Clark and seconded by Roy O'Neil that entrance fee be $1.00. It was decided the league run at the rate of two games each week for four weeks starting the first Tuesday in June. Games to be played on Tuesday and Friday nights. Finals to be 2 out of 3 with top team having first home game. (carried)
With these regulations, the meeting was adjourned.
May 30, 1951
Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.
It has been the feeling of the meeting that Perth Road be allowed in for the year of 1951 on the same trial basis as last year providing they comply with the residence rule of the league the same as the other teams. If it is impossible for Perth Road to secure a field, their home games will be played on opponents field with the payment of $1.00 and providing the donors of the trophy agree.
The meeting then adjourned.
July 16, 1951
Moved by Archie Kirkpatrick and seconded by Roy O'Neil minutes be adopted as read.
The purpose of this meeting being called is to decide as to how many teams be allowed in the playoffs.
It was agreed that neutral umpires be supplied for finals and semi-finals if any.
Inverary decided to drop out and therefore Sunbury and Battersea are to play off for the trophy.
The executive decided that Murray Clark see either Jack Belwa or Art Babcock as to selection of umpires and that first game to start on Tuesday night and then Friday same as league and to be decided with 3 out of 5.
May 12, 1952
Moved by Art Moreland and seconded by Cliff Patterson minutes be adopted as read.
Moved by Cliff Patterson and seconded by W. Moreland that Donald McCallum act as chairman for the selection of officers for the year of 1952.
Moved by Alfred Sands and seconded by M. Clark that Roy O'Neil be President for the year of 1952.
Moved by Murray Clark and seconded by Vic Sands that Alfred Sands act as Secretary-Treasurer. (carried)
It was moved by Milton Campbell and seconded by Victor Sands that the
Loughborough Fastball League (Since 1961) Originating in the spring of 1961, this league has developed from a village-based league into the top fastball league in the Kingston, Ontario, Canada area. Still representing several villages in the area, the league has graduated from the village boundary system to the current system that allows players to play for whichever team they choose.
The 2000 champion, East Side Mario's (Division St.), will be looking
to repeat in this highly competitve league, comprised of seven men's teams
and two midget-aged teams.