Last week marked the 70th anniversary of the Far North Coast Baseball Association.
Legend has it that local baseball started in the region in 1922 when a teacher from Lismore High School, Mr Harvey, made the first attempt to establish the sport. Despite these early rumblings, it was not until 1937 when a group of cricketers decided to play baseball in the winter to stay in form that an association was formed.
Since then the region has produced numerous Queensland and Australian representatives, as well as numerous professional players a tradition that continues with the likes of Matthew Gahan (Australia and AA US professional) and James Linger (Australian AAA junior).
Whilst the summer is traditionally baseballs hiatus for the year, the locals have been hard at work generating interest among local juniors with the successful introduction of a Thursday afternoon Pee Wee League, where some 160 children from Lismore schools have been enjoying a fun introduction to the game.
Furthermore, Norths Baseball Club also entered a junior team in the Brisbane competition and are now certain of taking out the minor premiership in their division.
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