The Many Faces of Baseball

By 1959, the Nickel Belt Baseball League was no longer in existence.  It was believed that the financial difficulties of funding the ball clubs had become impossible to manage, especially since the advent of television had removed the reliance on sporting events for family entertainment.

Throughout the 1950's and 1960's, softball and fastball continued to thrive and it was becoming common for our northern teams to win provincial titles.  Softball didn't begin its decline until the 1970's and by the end of that decade, northern clubs were no longer competing in provincial finals.

In 1976, baseball saw a revival through the creation of the Nickel Region Senior Baseball League.  The league consisted of teams from Sudbury, Copper Cliff, Walden, Coniston, and Valley East.

Over the years, other forms of baseball have manifested themselves in Greater Sudbury communities, including the very popular blooperball and slo-pitch.  Today, baseball is still played in many different forms throughout the community by both young and old.


Material compiled from Homegrown Heroes: A Sports History of Sudbury.

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