Baseball was being played in the St.Catharines (and Niagara) area before 1961, and the following is some history we managed to find via an article in the St.Catharines Museum, which was written by the late Jack Gatecliff (St.Catharines Standard Sports Editor) in 1962.
Key points from the article...
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Rather than having various groups pulling in opposite directions, there were a few individuals that decided to form a St.Catharines Minor Baseball Association, which according to Jack Gatecliff, was long overdue! These "Founding Fathers" of St.Catharines Minor Baseball included:
In their first full year of existence in 1962 (SCMBA was officially created during 1961), SCMBA fielded 3 teams... one in Juvenile, and two in Midget. That year, they won the Niagara District Championships for Juvenile, and in Midget (with their "A" team). SCMBA looked to expand into Junior in 1963 (or at the latest, 1964). Thus, SCMBA initially was focused on the older divisions of play, while local Legion Baseball groups focused on the younger age groups.
Fast forward to today.... SCMBA has expanded their divisions to incorporate those as young as 4 (Blast Ball), up to 18 (Midget). Unfortunately, we currently do not offer divisions older than Midget, but we are always looking to expand whenever there is opportunity to do so. We currently offer various levels of play, including House League, Select, and Rep. We are continually looking to bring a fun, family-focused baseball experience to more and more families.
We are still looking for information to further complete Our History, and provide more insight as to the Legion programs during this time, when SCMBA started to expand down into these younger divisions, as well as additional information on the baseball programs existing in the area prior to 1945. If you have any information, or know where we can find some, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!!
(We are currently in the process of updating our history. If you can help us recognize teams from our past please reach out to us at email@example.com)