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Thursday’s Turning Back The Pages: Remembering Brian Paton, one of Canada’s greatest fastpitch players

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Paying tribute to Brian Paton, who was inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame in 2011. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

Woodstock, Ontario, CA – Brian Paton played in 12 consecutive International Softball Congress World Tournaments and was a member of three ISC championship teams – twice with the Toronto, Ontario Gators (1993-95) and with the Smokers of Tampa Bay, Florida (1998).

In 1995, he helped to lead the Toronto Gators in their amazing come-back week to capture the ISC title in Sioux City, Iowa. In so doing, Paton established a new record for hits in a tournament (17) and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Patrolling centre field, he was one the best at stealing what appeared to be “sure-hits” and limiting base runners to singles. He was not simply a member of great teams – those teams enjoyed their successes in no small part as a result of Brian’s leadership – witness his nine “top-four” finishes in ISC world tournaments.

Paton has numerous other notable softball accomplishments, including playing for Team Canada (1985-2002) and helping his country win four Pan-Am gold medals and silver and gold in the International Softball Federation World Championship.

  • Information courtesy of the International Softball Congress. For more information about world tournaments, statistics, photos, record-setting achievements, and more, please visit the: ISC website.
  • Darren Zack leads Gators to improbable 1995 ISC World Tournament championship

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    1995.ISC.Gators.2web The Toronto Gators raise their 1995 ISC World Tournament championship trophy. The team included Sponsor Jack Fireman, Brad Underwood, Bruce Casselman, Chuck Hendricks, Frank Cox, Darren Zack, Terry Wallin, Mark Bendehan, Bob Green, Brian Paton, Don Burnett, Terry Baytor (head coach), Bill Green, Ken Kivell, Ray Tilley, Craig Crawford, Rod Wetherell, Chris Baytor (bat boy), Brad Baker, Terry Challis, Chris Jones, Adam Smith, Todd Idenouye (asst. coach), Chick Kennedy, (asst. coach), and Bob Baird (trainer). Photo By BOB OTTO

    SIOUX CITY, IOWA – There’s not a sane man that would have wagered that the Toronto, Ontario Gators would win the 1995 ISC World Tournament Championship after dropping their first game of the 48-team tournament, held Aug. 11-20, at Diamonds of Champions in Sioux City.

    A 3-2 loss to the South Surrey BC Ravens and pitcher Dean Holoien, who held the Gators to five hits.

    But then again, betting against pitcher Darren Zack can be a risky proposition. Zack proved the naysayers wrong in hurling his ball club to the title over the 10-day event. And what a performance he turned in. One that many fastpitch experts say will never be topped.

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