It all started with nine of the city's best amateurs, a "clever hurler" named Zuber on the mound and a victory over Stratford.
On May 24, 1919, the Kitchener Panthers played their first game in the newly-formed Intercounty Baseball League, winning 14-4 over the nine from "Classic City."
The IBL, proposed as a circuit for the province's best amateur players, was a new idea then. Kitchener's roster, filled out with the likes of Omlette Knowl in the outfield and Ernie Ziegler behind the plate, probably had no idea what they were starting.
A century later, the IBL is the longest-running independent baseball league in the country, with college age players and veterans from other professional leagues. A long list of MLBers have played in the IBL, from John Axford to Scott Thorman to Paul Spoljaric to Scott Diamond, and most notably Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins.
This blog brings you stories from the Panthers and from around the league.