T-Birds, Maple Leafs post-season tourney a tribute to Terry Steeves

The Hamilton Thunderbirds and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League jointly announced the inaugural Terry Steeves Cup Baseball Tournament.

The competition, which will begin Sunday, Aug. 8 in Dominico Field at Christie Pits, will consist of back-to-back home-and-home doubleheaders the first two weekends of this month with more games to follow.

“This came about because Jack (Dominico) and I both did not want our seasons to end on the first of August. We decided we were going to put something together so our teams could keep playing,” said Larry Wood, general manager of the T-Birds.

“I will be talking to Kitchener Panthers shortly to see if they are interested in taking part,” said Wood.

Toronto finished in second place with a 23-13 won-lost record while Hamilton grabbed the last playoff spot in the nine-team league with a 12-24 record. Kitchener was 20 and 16 in fourth spot.

Hamilton and Toronto were knocked out of the post-season in the first round of playoffs. Hamilton was swept in four games by the Brantford Red Sox while the Maple Leafs fell 4-2 to the Guelph Royals in the best-of-seven quarter finals.

“Terry Steeves was one of the most devoted baseball men I’ve ever met. He truly was a different type of guy he was always a happy go lucky guy that brought a lot cheers to a lot of players. He had a lot of stories; he was the original storyteller,” said Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Jack Dominico of Steeves who coached in the Intercounty for more than 30 years with both Toronto and Hamilton Cardinals (now Thunderbirds).

“I miss him already, and nobody sits in his seat in our dressing room…it’s his permanent seat. I once told him that when we had a day for him I’d get him a Rent-a-Wreck, and he never forgot that,” said Dominico.