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2016 Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame Inductees

December 2, 2015

Stoney Creek, ON - 2016 Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame - Inductees

2016 Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame Inductees

Stoney Creek, Ontario

Bill Fairney
Bill or "Rookie" as he is better known has earned a lot of success in recent years winning the ISC Legends World Championship 3 times in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Bill was one of the top hitters at the ISC Legends tournament in 2012 and drove in the winning run in dramatic fashion in the championship game in the bottom of the 7th inning. Bill and his Cobourg Force team also won the ASA ( American National Championship ) this past summer in Forsyth Illinois where Bill earned an "All American" award as a tournament All-star. Bill also earned an ASA "All American" award at the 2014 Tournament in Ashland Ohio. Bill has also won Ontario Masters Championships in previous years. Bill has also competed at numerous masters tourneys throughout Ontario. Bill will enter the Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame as a player but he has also been a very generous sponsor for various teams.

Mike Crawford
This crafty lefty has won numerous masters tournaments throughout the World.
Mike and his Toronto Gators won the championship at the World Masters Games in Torino Italy in 2013. Mike has also pitched at the World Masters Games in Edmonton in 2005 and in Sydney Australia in 2009 picking up medals in both years.
Mike has also won a few Ontario Masters Championships. Mike is a past winner of the OASA's Jack Cook Award presented at the OASA Masters championship. Mike won the Canadian Masters Championship in both 2004 and 2005 where he was named top pitcher and 1st Team All Canadian. Mike was the winning pitcher in the championship game both years. Mike has also competed at several NAFA Masters World Series tourneys and has earned NAFA All World individual awards. Mike's Gators team has been oh so close in winning another world championship finishing 2nd at the 2014 and 2015 ISC Legends Tournaments. Mike has been a tremendous international senior men's pitcher throughout his career, starting in 1990 when his team won Softball Canada Senior Men's Championships with the Owen Sound Tiremen and later with the Toronto Gators. Mike represented Canada at the 1993 and 2003 Pan American Championships. Mike is currently a coach with Team Ontario.

John Kemp
"Kempy" is regarded as one of the very best all-around players at the masters level and someone who could still play at the open level. John is a very versatile player, he can catch, play first base and cover the outfield. John has all the tools, smarts, speed, power, average and good arm. John won the Canadian Masters Championship in 2004 & 2005 and was a teammate of Mike Crawford's on the Colbourne Rutherflo Masters. John was the top hitter and 1st Team All Canadian at the 2004 Canadian Masters Championship. John hit .615 in the tournament to lead all hitters. John was in Torino Italy in 2013 with his Toronto Gators on route to picking up the World Masters Games Gold Medal. John is also a former Jack Cook award winner like his teammate Mike Crawford. John has competed at 3 ISC Legends Championships picking up 2 second place and a 3rd place finish. In 2013 John joined the Stoney Creek Scrappers for his first crack in a 50+ tournament. John's presence seemed to lift the team, John made everyone around him just a little bit better. John has competed at the ASA National Championship, NAFA Masters World Series, North Bay Tourney etc. John has also won the Ontario Masters Championship on a few occasions.

Blair McBratney
Blair helped pitch his team to the Ontario Championship in 1999 and 2000 with the Scarborough Blues and again in 2003 with the Oshawa Mickey Finns/Ravens.
Blair was named MVP at the 2003 Ontario Masters Championship where he also tossed a no-hitter and pitched the final 3 games of the tournament on route to the championship. Blair and his Oshawa team have also picked up a bronze medal in 2003 and a silver medal in 2002 at Ontario Championships. Blair also picked up an Eastern Canadian Masters Championship in 2000 in Halifax.
Blair has also won several North Bay Tournament titles which hosted 32 teams each year. Blair and his Durham Bulls team recently won the 2015 ISC Legends World Championship.

Dave Birnie


Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame