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SOFTBALL NEWFOUNDLAND LABRADOR HISTORY

INTRODUCTION

The founding meeting of Softball Newfoundland Labrador was held on the evening of Saturday, July 26th, 1963 at the PC Club Rooms 112 Military Road in St. John’s.

The first meeting attracted delegates from seven centers who were participating in an Invitational Softball Tournament that weekend in St. John’s.

The delegates elected were Denis (Dee) Murphy-President, Reg Caughie-Vice President and Vince Withers-Secretary/Registrar.

As a result of the meeting, the Invitational Softball Tournament became the first Provincial Softball Championship!

The tournament was played from July 25 to 27 at Bannerman Park and at the Pleasantville Ball Field. The following 10-teams participated in the first Provincial Softball Championship: Argentia Seals, Bell Island, Civil Service Softball League, Conception Bay South, Conception Bay North, Fox Harbour, Gander, Kilbride, Placentia & St. John’s Capitals.

The first Championship Game was played at the Pleasantville Ball Field and thanks to a sixth inning two-run home run by catcher Ed McCoy, the Argentia Seals edged the St. John’s Capitals 3-2 to claim the first Provincial Championship and the Richard Cashin Trophy.

The first three Provincial Championships were won by the Argentia Seals an American based team stationed at Argentia Naval Base in Placentia.

The first Canadian Softball Championships were held in Calgary, AB from August 12 to 15, 1965 with the American based team Argentia Seals representing the Province.

In 1966, the Labrador City Carol Lakers became the first local team to capture the Provincial Championship and in 1967, the Labrador City Carol Lakers became the first Newfoundland Labrador team to participate in the Canadian Softball Championships from August 24 to 27, 1967 in Saskatoon, SK.

Since that humble beginning in 1963, the Provincial Championships have been held for fastpitch and slo-pitch in 35-divisions from Minor to Adult for Male and Female. The Championships have been held across the Island, as well as in Labrador.

Softball Newfoundland Labrador

Annual General Meetings (1963-2019)

  • 1963 held in St. John’s on July 27 at PC Club 112 Military Road
  • 1964 held in Gander on July 24 at Hotel Gander
  • 1965 held in Argentia on July 23 at Recreation Center
  • 1966 held in Argentia on August 12-13 at Recreation Center
  • 1967 held in St. John’s on July 29 at Pleasantville Legion
  • 1968 held in St. John’s on April 5-6 at Holiday Inn
  • 1969 held in St. John’s on April 11-12 at Holiday Inn
  • 1970 held in St. John’s on April 17-18 at Holiday Inn
  • 1971 held in St. John’s on April 23-24 at Holiday Inn
  • 1972 held in Grand Falls on July 14 at Simwestco Hotel
  • 1973 held in Gander on November 16-17 at Hotel Gander
  • 1974 held in St. John’s on November 15-16 at Airport Inn
  • 1975 held in St. John’s on November 14-15 at Airport Inn
  • 1976 held in St. John’s on November 19-20 at Airport Inn
  • 1977 held in Gander on November 26-27 at Holiday Inn
  • 1978 held in Argentia on November 25-26 at Officers Club
  • 1979 held in Gander on November 16-17-18 at Holiday Inn
  • 1980 held in St. John’s on October 24-25-26 at Airport Inn
  • 1981 held in Corner Brook on October 23-24-25 at Glynmill Inn
  • 1982 held in Gander on October 29-30-31 at Hotel Gander
  • 1983 held in St. John’s on November 25-26-27 at Travellers Inn
  • 1984 held in Clarenville on November 23-24-25 at Holiday Inn
  • 1985 held in Gander on November 22-23-24 at Hotel Gander
  • 1986 held in Marystown on November 21-22-23 at Motel Mortier
  • 1987 held in St. John’s on October 23-24-25 at Holiday Inn
  • 1988 held in St. John’s on November 18-19-20 at Holiday Inn
  • 1989 held in Gander on October 27-28-29 at Hotel Gander
  • 1990 held in St. John’s on October 26-27-28 at Holiday Inn
  • 1991 No AGM Held
  • 1992 held in St. John’s on May 08-09-10 at Travellers Inn
  • 1993 held in Marystown on April 30, May 01-02 at Motel Mortier
  • 1994 held in St. John’s on November 04-05-06 at Holiday Inn
  • 1995 No AGM Held
  • 1996 held in St. John’s on May 11-12 at Travellers Inn
  • 1997 held in St. John’s on April 25-26-27 at Travellers Inn
  • 1998 No AGM Held
  • 1999 held in St. John’s on April 24-25 at Battery Hotel
  • 2000 held in St. John’s on May 12-13 at Pleasantville Legion
  • 2001 held in St. John’s on December 08 at Labatt Brewery
  • 2002 held in St. John’s on November 23 at Labatt Brewery
  • 2003 No AGM Held
  • 2004 held in St. John’s on May 08 at Bally Haly
  • 2005 held in St. John’s on May 28 at Bally Haly
  • 2006 No AGM Held
  • 2007 No AGM Held
  • 2008 held in St. John’s on May 24 at Labatt Brewery
  • 2009 held in St. John’s on May 31 at Labatt Brewery
  • 2010 held in St. John’s on November 28 at McPherson Elementary School
  • 2011 held in St. John’s on March 05 at Holy Cross Elementary School
  • 2012 held in St. John’s on January 14 at Holy Cross Elementary School
  • 2013 held in St. John’s on April 13 at Holy Cross Elementary School
  • 2014 held in St. John’s on April 13 at Holy Cross Elementary School
  • 2015 held in St. John’s on April 25 at St. Paul’s Junior High School
  • 2016 held in Mount Pearl on April 30 at Mount Pearl Senior High School
  • 2017 held in Mount Pearl on May 06 at Mount Pearl Senior High School
  • 2018 held in Mount Pearl on April 13-14-15 at Mount Pearl Senior High School
  • 2019 held in St. John’s on April 12-13-14 at Swilers Complex
  • 2020 TBA

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