The 2012 Legends
of Fastball Classic is gearing up for another
outstanding weekend of fastball scheduled to kick off on
Thursday June 21, at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Kitchener,
Ontario. Legends has grown
into one of the premier softball events in North
American since its inception in Woodstock in 2004 and this
year’s edition will be no exception.
The Legends concept is
built on showcasing the best of yesterday, today and
tomorrow in major men’s fastball, and this year will add
a four-team master’s division to its ten-team major
men’s and four-team junior men’s divisional setup. The
men’s and junior divisions will kick off with games on
Thursday June 21 while the master’s will jump into
action on Friday June 22.
The Legends has always
attracted the best players and teams in the game and the
line-up thus far is a who’s who of the top club teams in
the game today. Pull up a lawn chair or dust off a bench
to watch two-time ISC World Champion Jarvis Travelers,
ISC finalists New York Gremlins, AAU Champion Hill
United Chiefs, ISC World Tournament hosts Midland
Explorers, former ISC II champions Port Elgin Blue
Devils and the Kitchener Cubs — all of these confirmed.
Not good enough yet? How about the New Zealand Black Sox making a return trip to Kitchener to defend their
Legends crown won in last year’s final against the World
Champs from Jarvis. The Black Sox will also be touring
the area and bringing their National team to a number of
communities throughout southern Ontario before and after
the Legends weekend. The rest of the field will be
announced in the weeks to come but rest assured there
are a lot of teams scrambling to be a part of this world
Not good enough yet? The
New Zealand Black Sox will be making a return trip to
Kitchener to defend their Legends crown won in last
year’s final against the World Champs from Jarvis. The
Black Sox will also be touring the area and bringing
their National team to a number of communities
throughout southern Ontario before and after the Legends
The field gets even
tougher with the recent announcement that the Argentina
Men’s National Team will again bring their high spirited
and fast-paced line-up back to Kitchener. The
Argentineans participated in Legends a number of years
ago and have developed a stable of some of the best
pitchers in the world since that time. Look for them to
also play some exhibition matches as they tour through
The final two teams in
this year’s men’s line-up include the former two-time
National Champion St. Thomas Centennials and the “new”
Toronto Gators, looking to earn the respect their
predecessors did as the Canadian softball team of the
The Junior division was a
tremendous addition to the Legends in 2011. This year’s
tournament features four of the best junior teams in
Ontario, including the Owen Sound Volkswagen Selects,
Southern Ontario Jays, Nappanee Express Juniors and the
Wiarton Red Devils who are moving up from midget after
winning the Canadian Championship in 2011.
The Master’s division
should be a treat for a lot of long-time fastball fans
and will be highlighted by the return to the diamond of
the 1993 and 1995 ISC World Champion Toronto Gators.
Yes, Jack is back! The entire Gators juggernaut of the
1990’s is “coming out of the swamp” to prepare for a run
at the World Master’s Games softball title, scheduled
for Torino Italy in 2013. The Gators will face some
tough opposition their first time out with the Waterloo
Classics, Stony Creek Scrappers and a team from Ottawa
rounding out the field.
Sounds like a great
weekend and this is just the warm-up for summer!
Information on the Legends Classic tournament
Sounds like a great
weekend and this is just the warm-up. Make your plans
now and circle your calendars for JUNE 21 TO
JUNE 24, be a part of Canada’s greatest
softball event in its premier facility, PETER
HALLMAN BALL YARD, KITCHENER, ONTARIO.
Games kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday June 21 with
five games and five more on Friday night. There’ll be a
total of 43 games and tickets will be available at the
gate all weekend.
Al’s Fastball on the web or email Al at email@example.com
for details, updates, schedules and ticket information.
The Legends of Fastball
Classic is brought to you by Kitchener Fastball
Promotions, the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and
the best volunteer team in the country.