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Labatt Memorial Park: A treasure to the game of baseball

Labatt Memorial Park: A treasure to the game of baseball

Photo By Joe Kirchmyer

Labatt Memorial Park

Major League Baseball is well under way, and the Buffalo Bisons have begun another season of play at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo. And for diehard fans of local baseball, that surely brings back memories of old ballparks such as War Memorial Stadium (The Rockpile) and Offermann Stadium.
While The Rockpile and Offermann Stadium no longer exist, there’s a baseball stadium in nearby London, Ontario, that dates back to 1877! Labatt Memorial Park — known as Tecumseh Park when it was first built — is believed to be the “world's oldest baseball park in continuous use in its original location.” Nestled at the forks of the Thames River, London’s landmark field has been a center for sports, recreational and cultural activities for more than 130 years. 
One of Canada’s favorite ballparks, Labatt Memorial Park has played host to some of the game’s greatest players, including Satchel Paige and Ferguson Jenkins. The field is maintained in pristine condition by the City of London, as a tribute to players past and present, according to media reports.
Labatt Memorial Park is located at 25 Wilson Ave. in London. To watch a brief video of this diamond gem, please click here: http://www.londontourism.ca/Discover-Our-Spirit/Family-Fun/Labatt-Park. 
 

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The Buffalo Bills so far had a very good off-season signing Mario Williams, Anderson (DE), Scott (S) Tashard Choice (RB) and Stevie Johnson (WR). I hope Johnson is more mature now and won’t hurt the team from this point forward. It’s now time to think of the draft I would suggest trading down in the draft to obtain more picks in the later rounds. But the Bills don’t make a lot or any trades on draft day. The defense is much improved and many are suggesting taking a wide receiver at the tenth pick of the first round. I disagree I think the Bills should take the best defensive lineman or linebacker with the pick the Bills need more depth on the defense side of the ball. Here is the rundown on what I think the Buffalo Bills should do in the upcoming draft.

Rd1 (10) Melvin Ingram 6ft 2in 264lb South Carolina 4.79sp
Career Stats 21.5 sacks 30.5 TFL 109 tackles in 52 career games. (If they trade down in the draft Jonathan Martin (OT) Stanford Nick Perry (DE) USC Chandler Jones (DE) Syracuse Dont’a Hightower (ILB) Alabama Kendall Reyes (DT) Connecticut Cordy Glenn (OG) Georgia)

Rd2 (41) Brandon Weeden (QB) Oklahoma State or Zach Brown (OLB) North Carolina
Bruce Irvin (OLB) West Virginia

Rd3 (71) Alameda Ta’amu (DT) Washington or Demario Davis (OLB) Arkansas State

Rd4 (105) Jarius Wright (WR) Arkansas or Nick Toon (WR) Wisconsin
(124) Derek Wolfe (DT) Cincinnati or Matt Reynolds (OT) BYU

Rd5 (144) Terrell Manning (OLB) North Carolina State
(147) Jaye Howard (DT) Florida or Nate Potter(OT) Boise State

Rd6 (178) Chris Greenwood(CB)Albion or Tommy Streeter (WR)Miami Johnson Bademosi (FS) Stanford

Rd7 (217) TJ Graham (WR) North Carolina State
(251) Curnelius Arnick (ILB) Tulsa

College Free agents that should be giving a look!
Chandler Harnish (QB) Northern Illinois
Dwayne Maddox (OLB) North Carolina State
Nick Sukay (SS) Penn State
Deante’ Purvis (RB) UNLV
Wes Kemp (WR) Missouri
Lavasier Tuinei (WR) Oregon
Michael Calvin (WR) California
Josh Chichester (TE) Louisville
Tyler Holmes (OT) Tulsa
Jay Teply (OT) Northern Iowa
Solomon Orr (OG) Tarleton State

Correction: Photo taken from web, not taken by Joe Kirchmyer. Sorry for the confusion!

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