Legends Classic Moves Back to Kitchener

May 6, 2008

Kitchener, ON


After 4 very successful years in the beautiful Woodstock and District Community Complex, theLegends Classic is moving east. The Woodstock organizing committee has had somechallenges since last years event and rather than fold another major stop onmany club teams tournament schedule it was decided to take advantage of thestrong volunteer base in Kitchener to keep the Legends alive. The game owes adebt of gratitude to legendary players Brian Paton and Chuck Hendricks, theirspouses Suzy and Pat, and tournament driving force Brad Janssen and his wifeMargaret, for bring fastball back to a city that owned the  Ontario game for many years in the 70’s 80’s and early 90’s.
After a 4 year hiatus the Peter HallmanLegends Classic will returns to KitchenerMay 30 to June 1 at Peter Hallman Ball Yard. This tournament is the oldestmajor men’s club event in Canadaand along with host team the Kitchener Rivershark Twins, will celebrate its 41stanniversary this year.

As always the Legends Classic brings aninternational field to the Ball Yard. The 10 team, 2 division format will see eachteam guaranteed 4 games, with the top 3 in each division advancing to a singleelimination playoff. The top 4 teams will share a travel purse of $5500.

This years lineup includes the KitchenerRivershark Twins, St.Thomas Evergreen Centennials, Jarvis Gamblers, Midland (Michigan ) Explorers, Ashland ( Ohio ) Mets, CPI ( New York ), Scarborough Wolverines, Niagara Snappers, Bridgeport Braves and the Elmira Cubs.

This tournament, in addition to providinggreat early season excitement, will also be a qualifying event for the 2008 International Softball Congress World Tournament slated for Kimberly, Wisconsinin August.

The Legends Classic is expected to draw5000 fans to the fastball fanatical Kitchener – Waterloo community. Organizers will be countingon long time volunteer staff and the Children’s Wish Foundation to supplythe labour force to run this always successful event. Long time sponsors The Hawk Radio103.9, Molson’s, MTE Consultants Inc., Residence and Conference Centre and the City of Kitchener will again be major supporters of "big time fastball".

A unique feature of the Legends event isthe honouring of retired players, coaches and administrators in a fittingceremony on Saturday May 31. Six more "fastball legends" will beadded to the tournament honour role this year and for those honourees it is onemore chance to share the memories and comraderie that makes this game special.

The Rivershark Twins are Canada’s longest continuously running major men’s fastball team. Their lineup features 9 Canadian National team pool players, a member of the USA National Team and the catcher of the reigning ISF World Champion New Zealand Black Sox. Coach Larry Lynch was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2007 and his counterpart Denny Bruckertwill be inducted in 2008. With a lineup that includes legendary names like RyanWolfe, Frank Cox, Todd Martin and Jody Eidt, the Peter Hallman Legends Classicis sure to be a highlight in the local fastball scene in 2008.

For more information contact Tournament Director Larry Lynch at 519 579 2903 or by e-mail at

With respect to the host team Kitchener Rivershark Twins claim to being Canada’s longest continuously running major men’steam, that claim is based on the Kitchener-Waterloo community sponsoring acompetitive team at the highest level of the game for 41 straight years,beginning in 1967.  There have been many sponsorship changes over 41 years butthe primary sponsorship has remained local that entire time. The following is the chronology of sponsorship changes :
1967 – 69 , Bridge Sport Shop – Team name BridgeSports
1970 – 1990, Radio Station CHYM  - Team nameWaterloo Chym’rs
1991 – 1996 , Twin City Trophies – Team nameWaterloo Twins
1997, Brick Brewing Company – Team name Waterloo BrickBrewery Twins
1998 – 2008, Hallman Family partnership  (including Jack Fireman in 2002, 2003 ) – Team name Waterloo Hallman Twins 1998 –2001, Kitchener-Waterloo Hallman Twins in 2002, 2003, Kitchener Hallman Twins2004-2007   NOTE - In 2004 the Hallman sponsorship took a new direction and with a nucleus of players from the Sebringville Sting began a newera of Twins fastball. That 2004 group has 6 players on the 2008 roster.
2008 -  Jim Hallman, Bob Nydick sponsors, Team name Kitchener Rivershark Twins
The faces and the names have gone through many changes overthe years but there are players such as Brian Stere who wore a Twins emblem for16 straight seasons. The Twins did join forces with the Fingal 99’rs in2000 and players like Tex Lessard, Chris Payne Trevor Wardell and coach Bill Horne all wore the Twins emblem for 4 years before forming the St.Thomas Evergreen Centennials in 2005.
The 2008 edition of Kitchener-Waterloo based fastball sees the partnering of 8 members of the 2007 Twins squad with 8 members of the Orillia Riversharks. Two additional players will join the club and the coaching staff will be a partnership of members of both staff from 2007.
The faces, the sponsorships and the names have changed but few teams can boast a 5 decade run of big time fastball in one community.  Certainly not in Canada.

Larry Lynch