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For decades, fans have filled sports facilities in Ontario to see and hear the game first hand. Many of these sports venues no longer exist.
Hanlan’s Point Stadium was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team from 1897 to 1910, when fans took a ferry or their own boats across to the islands to cheer on their team. In 1910, the team moved to a new stadium on the island, where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run on September 5, 1914.
This aerial photograph features Maple Leaf Stadium, another sports venue that no longer exists. The stadium which sat near Toronto’s waterfront from 1926 until its demolition in 1968.
A military base in Shorncliffe, England served as a staging post for Canadian troops destined for the Western Front during the First World War. Along with soccer, soldiers participated and watched sports such as running races, high jump, hammer throw, boxing, baseball, and volleyball.
Both international and Canadian sports championships have been held in Ontario – bringing not only excitement, but also visitors to the province. This photograph shows the 18th hole of the Canadian Open at the Lambton Golf Club, where American Sam “Slammin’ Sammy” Snead took the title in 1941.
With the advent of radio and then television in the 20th century, sports fans could now experience the action even if they weren’t there. Foster Hewitt, seen here in a publicity photograph, was one of Canada’s most famous sports broadcasters and coined the phrase, “He Shoots, He Scores!” From the 1930s to the 1960s, Hewitt called NHL games for CBC radio and later Hockey Night in Canada on television.
The fans cheering for athletes in this canoe race remind us of the social side of community sporting events. This photograph was taken by John Macfie, an employee of the Department of Lands and Forests who worked in northern Ontario.
Soccer match photograph used with permission of the YMCA of Greater Toronto.