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Toronto Gators long glorious run comes to an end with ISC Legends Championship

Monday, August 29th, 2016
BIG BAD GATOR - First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

BIG BAD GATOR – First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – Though older, grayer and a step slower, the Toronto Gators Masters still flashed some of the skills that led to ISC World Tournament championships in their much younger years of 1993 and 1995.

Battling a field of 12 of the best 50-older masters teams from the U.S. and Canada, the Gators defeated the Midland, Mich. Legends, 8-1, to claim the ISC Legends Tournament Championship at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday.

Several of the Gators Masters starred on the 1993 and 1995 championship squads, including Darren Zack, Ray Tilley, Terry Challis, Rod Wetherell, Dave Hoffman and Adam Smith.

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The Gators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Dave Hoffman’s three-run home run off Midland’s Peter Finn. Frank Perez and John Kemp opened the inning with walks to set up Hoffman’s home run, his second of the tournament.

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Breaking news, Toronto Gators retire their colors

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
The 2016 ISC World Tournament champion Gators of Toronto, Ontario, CA, have retired their colors after winning the title, Aug. 20, 2016 in Moline, IL.

The 2016 ISC World Tournament champion Gators of Toronto, Ontario, CA, have retired their colors after winning the title, Aug. 20, 2016 in Moline, IL.

Toronto Gators Press Release

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA – All good things must come to an end and it’s with an air of finality that Jack Fireman is announcing today that the Toronto Gators will shutter their operations.

“What better way to go out than as ISC World Champions and ISC Legends Champions,” said Mr. Fireman, who has been involved as the Gators sponsor for most of the last 25 years. “I want to thank all of the players, the coaches and the support staff as well as the families, friends and fans who cheered on the Gators.”

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Fastball rivals reunite for shot at glory

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

By Christine Rivet, Record staff
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

KITCHENER — Frenemies Jack Fireman and Larry Lynch were on a collision course along fastball’s basepaths for years.

Now, these one-time rivals will team up in an effort to relive fastball glory.

Fireman — the free-spending and flamboyant Toronto trial lawyer and one-time owner of the most-hated team in fastball — has joined forces with champion of the underdogs, Lynch.

Fireman has dragged his old Toronto Gators, International Softball Congress world titlists in 1993 and 1995, out of the swamp to take another tail swipe at global domination.

ISC hall of famer Lynch, who led the threadbare and now-defunct Waterloo Twins against their arch-rivals, the old Gators, will coach the new Gators.

“I remember one time Larry said he wouldn’t cross the street to say hello to me,” Fireman recalled.

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