History of the
by Keith Chapman
by Keith Chapman
The GBMSL, unofficially, has been around since the early 1970's and the individuals responsible for its survival are numerous. Some it seems gave years and years of service and are still involved indirectly in their own communities even though their names may not have been recorded in any GBMSL records. Others were present only for a season or two but their presence still helped preserve this league to it's present status. Without these individuals there would be no Georgian Bay Minor Softball League.
information we can gather the league roots go back to 1972/73. Although the
league wasn't really named yet, coaches from
In approx. 1977 Garry Edwards, the contact for Vasey, invited others to join into a more organized league. These individuals would have consisted of Garry Edwards, Stan Cadeau, Fred Patterson, Marshall Hubbard, Brien Dutton and others.
league has developed over the years with as many as 18 communities playing in
the league and team numbers exceeding 100.
There have been approx. 1000 children/youth playing in GBMSL in an average
There have been approx. 1000 children/youth playing in GBMSL in an average season.
communities have disappeared entirely over the years and new communities have
appeared, as of 2001 we were happy to have both Coldwater and Minesing join our
list of communities. . During the late 1990's we had Midget teams involved out
of Guthrie and Nottawa for a couple of years and a Bantam team from
Girls teams where introduced in approx. 1977 starting with Intermediate and then expanding to Junior and Senior divisions. Unfortunately they were discontinued in 2002 due to a lack of participation. The girls teams resulted from a merger from an existing girls division that was run by Felix Ladouceur and Sandy Dubeau out of C.B.O. which had been running since approx. 1973
communities of Sturgeon Bay (1973), Penetanguishene (1977&1983),
communities of Phelpston and
Team names have come and gone through the years as well, a few we've come across are the Wyebridge Braves, Elmvale Bees, Hillsdale Cubs, Vasey Beavers & the Wyebridge Vikings
Optional Tournaments began in 2002 for Squirt, Peewee, Bantam and Midget and have been a great success with as many as 15 teams participating in a weekend tournament for the Championship spot. Even a team from Innisfil has come to play at the Midget level in the annual tournament. In 2005 a new Mini-Squirt tournament was added.
The Triple Crown Title was established in 2002. This title is given to a team that takes all 3 titles in their division. It is no easy task and is well worth rewarding so ball caps were purchased with the "Triple Crown" title embroidered on them.
The GBMSL logo was designed by Keith Chapman in 2002 along with the beginning of our online presence with the web site, www.gbmsl.com.
In 2005 Pat Rodgers & Keith Chapman began the
push to restart
the “All Star Games”, they had been an annual event up to
1996 in Waubaushene were invited players were randomly placed on a team and
played a game. In 2005 the games recommenced with Waubaushene hosting the event. The new
game design saw an East/West split with a goal to imitate the Major Leagues.
Every team in the league is required as part of our membership to send players
to represent their team at the games. The Pioneer Award was
introduced with a plaque being unveiled and many of our past pioneers being
recognized at the 2005 games as well. The All Star games will move from East to West on an annual basis
with the Pioneer award being a part of the games each year.
We began the Skill competitions in 2006 with records being updated from that date
onward (home run derby was added a couple of years later). All players invited to the games receive a
rattler cap &
commemorative item to help remember the event.
We began the Skill competitions in 2006 with records being updated from that date onward (home run derby was added a couple of years later). All players invited to the games receive a rattler cap & commemorative item to help remember the event.
GBMSL began participation within the Ontario Select Tournaments in 2006, teams had participated in some OASA tournaments in the past but we saw active growth with 4 teams in 2007 and a provincial team for all divisions started in 2008. Some of the teams chose the select route while some went OASA along with one PWSA team for the Midget girls.
In 2009 the Select/OASA/PWSA teams from Georgian Bay
took on the team name "RATTLERS", the name was sent in by Nicole Robitaille
from Toanche and after an executive vote of all the names submitted it was
announced as official. The logo design was developed with
input by Keith Chapman &
Michelle Clark. The Rattler title is also now attributed to all
players who attend the All Star games, who attain MVP status at
Championship games or on simply winning an award within GBMSL. We know that
every GBMSL player will strive to become a "RATTLER" while playing their
ball career in our league.
In 2009 the Select/OASA/PWSA teams from Georgian Bay took on the team name "RATTLERS", the name was sent in by Nicole Robitaille from Toanche and after an executive vote of all the names submitted it was announced as official. The logo design was developed with input by Keith Chapman & Michelle Clark. The Rattler title is also now attributed to all players who attend the All Star games, who attain MVP status at Championship games or on simply winning an award within GBMSL. We know that every GBMSL player will strive to become a "RATTLER" while playing their ball career in our league.
2010 saw Waubaushene field no teams however the # of teams in the league stayed the same as the players joined teams in the communities surrounding them. This saw our active # of communities fall to 10 with Coldwater, Victoria Harbour, Vasey, Port McNicoll, Wyebridge, Elmvale, Wyevale, Minesing. Toanche & Lafontaine remaining. Perkinsfield & Waubaushene have remained active as communities and participate in hosting tournaments but with no active teams in the league. In 2012 for the first time in GBMSL's history Wyebridge did not field a team in the league. In 2013 we saw a name change for the Mini-Squirt division as they are now know as Mite, this standardizes the division name with other towns across the province.
A few names from the past along with current representatives who have been involved in the GBMSL.
If they served on the executive then their capacity served, if known, follows their name.
Anten Mills- Wayne Hawk
Elmvale- Marshall Hubbard (1980-?)Director, Tim McGinnis- Community Contact, Peter Kenney- Umpire in Chief, Mike Townes(?-2002) Community Contact, Trevor Ritchie(2002-2004) Community Contact, Gail Hall (2004-2013) was in Hillsdale previously, Community Contact & Secretar, Kelly Findlay (2010-present) Community Contact
Coldwater- Jodie Stachura (2002-2004)-
Secretary & Community Contact, Peter Strik (2004-2010)- Community Contact &
Director, Michelle Clark (2006-present)- Community Contact & Junior Umpire
Development Director ,
Dave Mahaffey (2010-2012) Director & DUIC, Ken Wallace (2012-present)
, Dave Mahaffey (2010-2012) Director & DUIC, Ken Wallace (2012-present) Director
Hillsdale- Dale Echells, Fred Espey, Lionel Trew- Community Contact, Gail Hall (1993-2004)- Community Contact, Cheryl Gotthelf- Community Contact & Director (2005-2008)
Lafontaine- Steve Pinkney-President, Robert
Moreau- Director & Community Contact, Jeff Dorion(2002-2003) Community
Contact, Helga Sawkins(2003-2004) Community Contact,
Shirley Dorian- Treasurer(2004-2005), Morris Wylie
(2004-2007) Community Contact ,
Martial Robitaille (2007-present) Community Contact &
Director, Angela Desroches (2012) Community Contact & Director, Felix
, Martial Robitaille (2007-present) Community Contact & Director, Angela Desroches (2012) Community Contact & Director, Felix Ladouceur (2013-present)
Minesing- Barb Maw (2002-present)- Director, Community Contact, Vice-President & President- Melanie Bowen (2008) Community Contact- Carl Luoma- (2009- Present) Community Contact &Director
Nottawa- Teresa Engel (1999-2000)- Community Contact
Perkinsfield- Betty Robitaille (1980-1995)- Treasurer & Community Contact, Don Belanger- Vice President (1980’s- 2001), Dorothy Brooks (2002-3)-Director , James Lefaive(2003-2008)-Director & Community Contact, Felix Ladoucuer (2009-present)
Phelpston- Carol Kelly (1985-1999)- Secretary, Treasurer, Director, Scheduler & Community Contact, Gary Kelly, Yvonne Sjerps, Kevin McKay (1997-2000)-President & Community Contact
Port McNicoll- Tim Russell, Leona Lever- Community Contact, Scott Cain (2000-2002), Wendy Purdy (2003-2008)-Director & Community Contact, Mike Briggs (2006-Present)- Community Contact & Director, Dave Banks (2013-)-Community Contact
Toanche- Fred Patterson-(1978-1997)Scheduler, Director &
Community Contact, Larry Patenaude, Roy Patenaude (2007-present) Scheduler,
Director & Vice President, Dick Cleverly
(2002-2004)-Treasurer & Community Contact, Norm Robitaille(2003-2004)-Director & Community Contact,
Christine Patenaude (2004-present) Community Contact, Director, Vice-President, President & Past
President & Past President
Vasey- Don Hawke (1972-1980) Community Contact, Garry Edwards (1975-1981), Cliff Lockhart (1988-1991) President, Vern Jolie (1974-1979)(1986-2006)-Director, Vice President, Director & Community Contact, Margaret Anderson(-2002), Dave Walker-Director(2002-3), Peter Robinson- Community Contact, Director(2003-2012), Tony Dixon-(2011-present) DUIC, Ed Moriarty (2012-present) Community Contact
Victoria Harbour- Stan Cadeau, Judy Kaus, Ray Cavaliere (1983-1996)- Director, Keith Chapman (1993-Present)-Community Contact, Director, Scheduler, Statistician, UIC, President, Webmaster, Past President, DUIC& Select Convenor- Sandra Chapman(1995-Present)-Scheduler & Statistician, Community Contact & Select Convenor, Sharon Taylor(2004-Present)Community Contact
Waubaushene- Bill Fournier- Community Contact, Barb Thiffault- Community Contact, Dave Couper- Community Contact, Pat Rodgers (1995-2008)-Director, Community Contact & Umpire in Chief, Paul Murphy (2004-2006) -Community Contact, Michelle Roberts (2007-present)- Community Contact & Director, Dave Mahaffey (2009-2010) Director & Deputy DUIC
Waverley-Ken Lockhart, Albert "Buck" French, Ron Leonard, Irene French-Director, Secretary & Community Contact(1982-2002), Anne Truax-Treasurer, Director & Community Contact (1988-2003)
Wyebridge- Brien Dutton, Kent Goldsmith (-2003)-Director & Community Contact, Christine Dutton (2003-2004) Community Contact, Brad Lyon(2001-2003)- Umpire in Chief, Guy Desroches (2004-2013) Community Contact & Director, Rene Robitaille (2007-present)Umpire in Chief
Wyevale- Kevin Badger, Ross Leonard (1986-1994)-Secretary &
Director, Robert Lapham- Community Contact, Felix
Ladouceur (1973-2009)-Director, Statistician, Community Contact, Treasurer
& DUIC , Paul Gamble (2007-2008) Community
Contact, Darrell Leonard (2008-2010) Community Contact,
Kevin Wagner (2011-present) Community Contact & Director
, Paul Gamble (2007-2008) Community Contact, Darrell Leonard (2008-2010) Community Contact, Kevin Wagner (2011-present) Community Contact & Director
The GBMSL 1973
Back Row- Bob Potter (Coach) and Norm Stewart (Asst. Coach)
Back Row- Jerry Gerow, Tom Potter, Scott Gilcrest, Bobby Potter Jr., Terry Sherlaw, Billy Russell
Front Row- Kenny Potter, Hughy Scott, Monty Gilcrest, Scott Hopkins, Kevin Connor, George Potter
This was the first Mini-Squirt Championship game in GBMSL's history
Sturgeon Bay played Vasey for the Championship Trophy
Vasey's pitcher was Peter Robinson
1973 Mini-Squirt Champions- Donated and presented by Jim Cody- Cody's Gas & Variety Store - Vasey
1973 Championship Jacket, purchased by Bob Potter for his team
C.B.O.- Champions 1983
Back Row- Kirk Ure, Robert Ure, Ronald Vallee, Cory Trew, Felix Ladouceur
Middle Row- Leonard Belcourt, Joey Taylor, Marcel Lesperance, Stephen Donnon, Jamie Marchildon, Rick Ure, Stewart Frazer
Front Row- Chris Lawson, Rob Ron, Jeff Warren,
Some Crests from the past!