A BRIEF HISTORY OF EBBA AND COLMAN DAY
For those of you who may not be familiar with the origins of the EBBA, the following is a brief summary of our history.
The league was formed in the spring of 1955 by a group of Londoners that included former major league players Gordon Berryhill, Frank Colman, and George ‘Mooney’ Gibson. The first season involved 300 players on 12 teams in the Peewee and Bantam divisions. To open the first season, the players paraded down Dundas Street to Labatt Park, where a number of exhibition games were held.
As the league grew, Rookie, Mosquito (Tyke), Midget, and Junior Divisions were added. A competitive program was also introduced with all competitive teams known as the Tecumsehs, in recognition of the nineteenth-century London men’s professional team that won a number of international baseball titles. The league was officially incorporated in 1979. Since then both a Little Sluggers and Tball division have also been added.
In 1983, the annual all-star game was named Frank Colman Day, in recognition of Frank Colman, one of the founders of the league, who had died that year. This event is held at Labatt Park, and is a highlight of the season for players in each division, because they have been selected to play by their peers. Players get to see their names printed in the official program and their names announced before they take their at-bat – just like the big leagues!
FRANK COLMAN DAY
Saturday July 14th, 2018
THIS IS A FUN EVENT INVOLVING ALL HOUSE LEAGUE PLAYERS FROM ALL DIVISIONS
EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO WATCH THE GAMES, ENJOY THE REFRESHMENTS, AND ENTER THE PRIZE DRAWS.
FREE ADMISSION FOR UNIFORMED PLAYERS & COACHES
GENERAL ADULT ADMISSION $2.00
DIVISION START TIMES
T-BALL: 9:00 am & 10 am
ROOKIE: 12:00 pm
MOSQUITO: 2:00 pm
PEEWEE: 4:00 pm
Bantam: 6:00 pm
Midget: 8:00 pm