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Friday, June 07, 2013

Calgary Media League Legends

In 1976 the Calgary Media League was formed. At that time, the Calgary Media League played modified ball where the male batters had to contend with a fastball being pitched and the female batters a lob pitch. These first games were played in the small, outskirt community of Springbank, Alberta.  That first year was a (drinking and BBQ) weekend tournament only and all teams were comprised of media staff and spouses.  In 1980 the league adopted the Slo-Pitch rules, most of which are still in effect to this day and others with small modifications or clarifications.

In 1977, the first official season began consisting of teams which had a minimum of 5 media players, including at least one female player (media; radio, TV, print, cable and or advertising).  In 1980 all of the team's players would need to be working or associated with the media in some form.  As the media shrank those associative stipulations slackened.  As a matter of interest, the Calgary Media League was one of the first mixed leagues and also one of the first slo-pitch leagues in the City of Calgary.

In '77 the first plaque was placed on the original trophy.  Team Access was the name engraved on the plaque beating out CFAC (Global) in the championship 1977 game. That trophy was replaced by the Diane Campbell Trophy in 1991. Diane was a pitcher, a member of team Access who had passed away from cancer the previous year.

Garry Townsend played in those first games in 1976. At 65 years of age and 37 years later, Garry still plays as needed with Team Access. This past week, Garry was 2 of 4 at the plate and crossed home plate on both of his two hits.

In 1980 Stu Campbell joined the Calgary Media League.  In 1982 Sean O'Donovan joined, followed closely by Georgia and Greg Bolin 1984. In 2008, Dale Bolin and in 2010 Kimberly Bolin joined team Access. Thank goodness for the 'young blood', as the average age of the players was steadily creeping up to near 100!

Garry, Stu, Sean, Georgia and Greg continue to play with Team Access. These five individual's are our Calgary Media League Legends.


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