London, Ontario July 26th Labatt Stadium
I caught the Toronto coach before the game and expressed to him how happy I was to once again see the Leafs play. Last time would have been sometime in the early 60’s when I would drive my old 53′ meteor from the suburbs of Agincourt to watch, what I thought, was pretty good baseball. The coach stared at me with a haggard gaze and said “Yah, I played then” before he turned and face the field. They lost the game.
A couple of home runs by Toronto and our hometown thrower exited the mound to huge applause.
Good entertainment for only $8, about twice the price of 1963.
In the old Toronto Park “Over the 10-year span from 1951 to 1960, the Maple Leafs drew 3.2 million spectators, peaking in 1952 with 446,040 fans in attendance to see a team that finished in fourth place.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Maple_Leafs_(International_League)