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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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