The true successes of any organization, sporting or otherwise, are measured by a number of contributing factors: (1) a “clear” and “simple” mandate (2) excellent organizational skills

(3) “adaptability” and “flexibility” and finally, (4) a strong membership base.

Historically, The Lakeshore Senior Baseball League (L.S.B.L.) has, and still is exceeding at fulfilling and implementing all 4 of the above mentioned criteria.

Ten years ago, many adults within the Lakeshore area desired an organized “adult” baseball league at the “recreational” level, in which to play in. Hence, the creation of the L.S.B.L. in the year 2008!

The inaugural meeting of the L.S.B.L. was between 2 individuals who both shared the same visions; the creation of a “recreational, adult” baseball league that would be based out of Kirkland, Quebec, and that the new league would be affiliated with the L.B.A. (Lakeshore Baseball Association), but its (L.S.B.L’s) executive would always operate independently from that of the L.B.A. executive.

After a few meetings between John Gilmore (the Senior League creator) and Bharat Patel (the President of L.B.A.) the Lakeshore Senior Baseball League (L.S.B.L.) became a reality. The L.S.B.L’s inaugural season was in 2008. John Gilmore was by no-means a neophyte when it came to creating and organizing “Senior” baseball leagues. In 1998, he had very successfully organized and created the very first truly “recreational” “Senior” baseball league in the province of Quebec.

The newly created L.S.B.L’s first executive body was made up of John Gilmore (President), Pat Legault (Vice-President) and Rod Francis (Umpire in Chief). The L.S.B.L’s inaugural 2008 season consisted of 2 divisions. The Legault Division which included 8 teams: (1) Diamond Kings (2) Blue Jays (3) Caribooze (4) Vets (5) Juicers (6) Jacks (7) Pirates (8) Cubs. The Lajeunesse Division included 7 teams: (1) Rockers (2) S-Hunters (3) Mariners (4) Braves (5) Vets (6) Blacksmiths (7) Grey Sox.

The L.S.B.L’s 2nd season (2009) saw the league remain with the same executive body. The two divisions also remained pretty much intact too. The Lajeunesse Division actually gained a new team, the Fat Cats. The Legault Division saw the demise of the Cubs, but it too gained a new entry, Equipe Balco. The two divisions were comprised of 8 teams each. The Legault Division included the (1) Diamond Kings

(2) Blue Jays (3) Caribooze (4) Vets (5) Jacks (6) Juicers (7) Pirates (8) Equipe Balco. The Lajeunesse Division included the (1) Rockers (2) S-Hunters (3) Mariners (4) Braves (5) Vets (6) Blacksmiths (7) Grey Sox (8) Fat Cats.

The L.S.B.L’s 3rd season (2010) saw a slight change with regards to its executive body. Pat Legault assumed the role of President, John Gilmore assumed the role of Vice-President and Rod Francis remained the league’s Umpire in Chief. The league also adopted a 3 division format for the 2010 season. The Legault Division consisted of 5 teams. Equipe Balco folded after the 2009 season, but a new league entry replaced it. The new team was called the Mets. The Legault Division consisted of the (1) Diamond Kings (2) Caribooze (3) Vets (4) Juicers (5) Mets. The Lajeunesse Division consisted of the (1) Blacksmiths (2) Rockers (3) Pirates (4) Mariners (5) Blue Jays. The newly created Ledger Division consisted of the

(1) Fat Cats (2) Grey Sox (3) Vets (4) Braves (5) S-Hunters and a new entry to the league the (6) Angels.

The L.S.B.L’s 4th season (2011) saw the league’s executive remain the same. The league also remained with its 3 division format. The 4th season of the L.S.B.L. saw the demise of the Fat Cats and the Grey Sox, but at the same time, it saw the addition of a new team into the league. The Reg’s S.C. was admitted into the Ledger Division. The Legault Division included the (1) Mets (2) Juicers (3) Diamond Kings (4) Caribooze (5) Vets. The Lajeunesse Division included the (1) Blacksmiths (2) Pirates (3) Mariners (4) S-Hunters (5) Rockers (6) Blue Jays (7) Vets. The Ledger Division included the (1) Brewers (2) Regs Sporting Club (3) Braves (4) Angels (5) Grey Sox.

The L.S.B.L’s 5th season (2012) saw the league’s executive remain the same. The 3 division format was kept once again for the 2012 season. There were numerous team deletions and also team

additions prior to the commencement of the 2012 season. Many of L.B.A’s over-aged Midget and Junior aged players were joining the L.S.B.L. The Juicers, Brewers and the Grey Sox had left the league, but the Expos, M-Woods, Rays and Garage League had all joined the league in this year. The Regs S.C. underwent a team and uniform change. They became the Dodgers. The Legault Division consisted of the (1) Mets (2) Diamond Kings (3) Caribooze (4) Blue Jays (5) Rockers (6) Expos (7) Vets. The Lajeunesse Division was made up of the (1) Blacksmiths (2) Pirates (3) Vets (4) Mariners

(5) S-Hunters. The Ledger Division was comprised of the (1) Giants (2) Braves (3) Angels (4) Rays (5) M-Woods (6) Garage League.

The L.S.B.L’s 6th season (2013) saw the league’s executive remain intact for yet another season. The L.S.B.L. reverted back to its original 2 division format for the 2013 season. Many of the teams adopted name and uniform changes for the 2013 season. For example, the original Regs Sporting club, then Giants, changed their name and uniforms once again. They became the Dodgers. The Garage League team did the same. They became the A’s. The M-Woods did likewise for this season. They became the Expos. The Mets, Pirates and Rays all left the L.S.B.L. prior to the start of the 2013 season. The original Expos also folded. Many of these players from the folded teams joined and strengthened the rosters of the L.S.B.L’s already existing teams. The Legault Division teams were the (1) Diamond Kings (2) Blue Jays (3) Caribooze (4) Rockers

(5) Vets (6) S-Hunters (7) Mariners (8) Braves (9) Blacksmiths. The Lajeunesse Division was made up of the (1) Dodgers (old Regs S.C. / Giants) (2) A’s (old Garage League) (3) Expos (old M-Woods) (4) Angels (5) Vets.

The L.S.B.L’s 7th season (2014) saw the league’s executive remain the same. The league once again kept its 2 division structure. All of the 2013 season teams returned to the L.S.B.L. The league also accepted 3 new teams into the league. The new teams were the Orioles, the St. Henri Smokestacks and the SkyChiefs. The Legault Division was made up of the (1) Vets (2) S-H’s (old S-Hunters) (3) Diamond Kings (4) Mariners (5) Rockers (6) Caribooze (7) Braves (8) Blue Jays (9) Dodgers (10) Blacksmiths. The Lajeunesse Division included the (1) A’s (2) SkyChiefs (3) Vets (4) Orioles (5) St. Henri Smokestacks

(6) Expos (7) Angels.

The L.S.B.L’s 8th season (2015) remained with its same executive body. The league also implemented a new 4 division format. The league accepted 3 new teams. The new teams were the Pirates, Raiders and the Gents. All the teams from the prior season returned, with the exception of the Mariners. The SkyChiefs changed their name to the Reds. The Legault Division consisted of the (1) Caribooze (2) Vets (3) S-H’s (4) Rockers. The Ledger Division was made up of the (1) Dodgers (2) Braves (3) Pirates (4) Blue Jays. The Lajeunesse Division included the (1) Orioles (2) Reds (3) A’s (4) Blacksmiths (5) Gents. The Lavoie division was made up of the (1) Expos (2) St. Henri Smokestacks (3) Angels (4) Raiders (5) Vets.

The L.S.B.L’s 9th season (2016) saw a change take place within its executive members. The President of the L.S.B.L. was now Gino Agostini, the league’s Operation’s Specialist was John Gilmore and the Umpire in Chief remained, Rod Francis. The L.S.B.L. reverted back to its 3 division format for the 2016 season. The divisions within the league were also re-named. The 2016 season also saw an increase in its team enrolment. The new teams included the Demon Whispers, Cubs, D-Backs, and the Brewers. The Rockers folded their team franchise in 2016. The Blue Jays and the Blacksmiths amalgamated their teams and they became the Expos. A number of the L.S.B.L’s teams underwent further name changes. The Gents changed their uniform and team name to the Gurus. The Expos reverted back to their original name, the M-Woods. The S-H’s changed their uniforms and name to the Padres. The Roberto Clemente Division included the (1) Dodgers (2) Caribooze (3) Vets (4) Pirates (5) Padres (old S-H’S). The Jim Fanning Division included the (1) Orioles (2) Expos (former Blue Jays / Blacksmiths) (3) Braves (4) Brewers

(5) Reds (6) D-Backs (7) M-Woods (former Expos). The Jackie Robinson Division was comprised of the (1) St. Henri Smokestacks (2) Angels (3) Raiders (4) Vets (5) Gurus (old Gents) (6) Demon Whispers (7) Cubs.

The L.S.B.L’s 10th season (2017) saw the league’s executive remain as Gino Agostini (President), John Gilmore (Operation’s Specialist) and Rod Francis (Umpire in Chief). The league remained a 3 division league. The L.S.B.L. saw three of its teams fold their franchises: the M-Woods, Gurus and Demon Whispers ceased to exist. The league also accepted a new team to its ranks, the Islanders. The Reds also made a minor name and uniform change. The Reds morphed into the Red Sox. The Roberto Clemente Division included the (1) Vets (2) Caribooze (3) Dodgers (4) Orioles (5) Padres (6) Pirates. The Jim Fanning Division was comprised of the (1) Expos (2) A’s (3) Braves (4) St. Henri Smokestacks (5) Brewers (6) Raiders. The Jackie Robinson Division included the (1) Angels (2) Vets (3) Red Sox (4) Cubs

(5) Islanders (6) D-Backs.

 

The first decade of the Lakeshore Senior Baseball League (L.S.B.L.) was an extremely successful one. The fact that the league has never lost sight of its 4 original goals has guaranteed this success. The league has also flourished over the past decade thanks to its capable past administrators: John Gilmore, Pat Legault, Gino Agostini and Rod Francis in combination with L.B.A’s excellent administrator Bharat Patel.

The true success story of the Lakeshore Senior Baseball League (L.S.B.L.) can be measured by the fact that out of the 15 original teams that joined the L.S.B.L. during its inaugural season in 2008, seven of these teams are still playing baseball in the L.S.B.L. 10 years later.

Today’s (2018) Expos are an amalgamation of the original Blue Jays and Blacksmiths teams. The Caribooze, Vets, Vets II and Braves are still playing recreational baseball a decade later and under their original team names. Today’s Padres (2018) is another of the original league franchise teams. They entered the league under the name S-Hunters. They then shortened their name to merely the S-H’s and finally they morphed into the Padres.

The Diamond Kings, Juicers, Jacks, (original) Cubs, (original) Pirates, Mariners, Rockers and Grey Sox are but mere memories after 10 years of time. These teams have been replaced, over the years, by the likes of the Dodgers, Orioles, (new) Pirates, Rhinos, A’s, (new) Brewers, St. Henri Smokestacks, Angels, Red Sox, D-Backs, Islanders and (new) Cubs.

The final success story of the L.S.B.L. is all attributable to a single individual, Rod Francis! Rod was, and still is, the only original L.S.B.L. executive board member. Rod was, and still is, the L.S.B.L’s Umpire in Chief. Rod’s love of baseball, his whit, his sarcastic sense of humour and his constant desire to help teach younger umpires how to reach their full potential as umpires are what make Rod the perfect Umpire in Chief.

A decade ago (2008), Rod entered the L.S.B.L. with a stable of 13 B.Q. (Baseball Quebec) certified umpires. The list included himself, Reed Gilmore, Andrew Christie, Jeff Coney, Mark Lane, Will Wong, Andrew McWhaw, Chris Dyer, Dan Senerchia, John Gilmore, John Papaconstinous, Wayne Statham and Alex Rivard. Today (2018), ½ of these umpires are still umpiring in the L.S.B.L. Reed Gilmore, Andrew Christie, Jeff Coney, Will Wong, Mark Lane and Rod himself are still umpiring for the league!

Rod has also made sure that the league always has the best umpires available. He pays them well and he’s always got their backs when any problems arise. Since the inaugural season of the L.S.B.L. in 2008, Rod has managed to secure the finest umpires that B.Q. has to offer. His 2018 stable of umpires includes Liam Agostini, Sean Clayton, Nick Cueilliere, Dylan Delaney, Gavin Delaney, Kenny Grubb, Justin Lyman, Brad Marriott, Nick Patel, Luc Plamandon, Ryan Rodin, Will Strachan, Adrien Travers, Bruno Tremblay and Marty Matusz.

The 1st decade of L.S.B.L. baseball terminates at the end of this season (2018). The L.S.B.L. has a new group of keen, eager and more than capable administrators. They are Angelo Ciccia (President), Fred Lachance (Vice-President) and Rod Francis (Umpire in Chief). They will lead the L.S.B.L. into its 2nd decade of adult, recreational baseball. Happy 10th Anniversary to the Lakeshore Senior Baseball League!