A Legendary Opener

The Toronto Maple Leafs baseball club, celebrating their 48th anniversary, opened their 2016 Intercounty Baseball League season on Sunday against the Guelph Royals in the presence of a number of major league legends and Hall of Famers.


Bill Buckner, below, played for five teams during his twenty year career winning a batting title in 1980 with the Chicago Cubs and an All Star spot the following year.



Fergie Jenkins, below, returns from the field after throwing out the ceremonial pitch just as a downpour starts. Jenkins, 73, pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox in a Hall of Fame career between 1965 and 1983. He is the first Canadian-born major leaguer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.


Maury Wills, left and Bert Campaneris sign autographs for fans waiting outside the Maple Leafs clubhouse prior to the game. Wills, 83, missed out on a Hall of Fame induction last year coming three votes short. Campaneris, 74, was a six-time All Star, three-time World Series champion, and a six-time AL stolen base leader.


Juan Marichal, below, played most of his 16-year major league career with the San Francisco Giants and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1983. A 10-time All-Star, Marichal, 78, pitched a no-hitter on June 15, 1963 and has had his jersey #27 retired by the Giants.


Juan Marichal, below left, stands inside the clubhouse with Maple Leafs players, Buckner, and Jenkins.







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