London & District Baseball Association Inc.: Articles

Thursday, June 5
Hall of Fame Member
Mac Gates, LDBA Hall of Fame member, and father of Al Gates, passed away on Tuesday, June 3.  More information is available in Wednesday's London Free Press.

Friday, January 11

Brad McElroy led Charlotte and the A-10 in several offensive categories in 2007.


Charlotte Rising Senior Led Conference in Several Categories, Helped Team to Record Season in 2007

Dec. 28, 2007

Complete All-Americans List in PDF Format


Tuscon, Ariz. - Outfielder Brad McElroy of the Charlotte 49ers has been named a first-team Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American by the Collegiate Newspaper, announced this last week of 2007. Among members of the first-team, McElroy joins a who's-who of players across the nation that are projected to have outstanding years in the 2008 season.

Last year, McElroy hit .401 for the Niners, becoming only the sixth player in team history to eclipse the .400 plateau. He led the Atlantic 10 Conference in hits (97), doubles (26) and RBI (68). He finished in the top 50 players in the nation last year in batting average, RBI, doubles per game and slugging percentage. His season earned him third-team All-America Honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He was listed on the American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region Team. He was also a first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection, as well as an A-10 All-Tournament team member.

The Niners set a school record with 49 wins in 2007, winning a pair of NCAA Regional games, the first-ever post-season wins in program history. The 2008 season begins for Charlotte in a completed Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium on Friday, February 22, when Charlotte hosts Manhattan at 4 p.m.

McElroy is a graduate of both the London Badgers and Southwest London Baseball organizations.


Wednesday, August 1
Attached is an article regarding LDBA's very own umpire, Eldon Dunseith. Please take a look -- an inspiring article!!

Thursday, July 3

London minor baseball, hockey loses a friend

Thu, July 3, 2008 by Jenni Dunning – London Free Press

Dan Pulham dies at age 59 after battling cancer

Visitation is Monday 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East in London; where a service of remembrance will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Donations to the London Minor Hockey Association and London and District Baseball Association would be appreciated by the family in memory of Dan.

He was a coach, a volunteer, a sports fanatic -- and just an all around great guy. And he's gone.   Dan Pulham, a long-time volunteer with London minor baseball and hockey, died yesterday of cancer. He was 59. He's survived by his wife Jackie, son Casey and daughter Christine.  "We heard he was terminal and that's upsetting. It really shook everybody up," said Len Forester, a fellow coach who knew him for 25 years. Friends will remember Pulham as an entertainer at heart, who loved fixing up old pinball machines. He looked forward to hosting an annual fishing derby weekend at his cottage in Port Burwell. This year's was to be held in a couple of weeks.   "It seemed to be keeping him alive," said Carol Burrows, a fellow volunteer from the London Minor Hockey Association. She said the event was a "men's weekend" where they'd buy the fish, have some drinks and relax. Then Pulham would organize a day in August where the men would wait on their wives in return. "He laboured lovingly and never really wanted any accolades," she said. "He was selfless. Just a truly selfless person."

Pulham was given six months to live about two years ago. Though he outlived that deadline, the loss still came as a shock to friends. "He put up a fight. Boy, he put up a fight," said Joe O'Neill, president of the London District Baseball Association and past president of the London Junior Knights. Pulham was a dedicated volunteer who always put his heart into his work, O'Neill said. "As soon as you met Dan, you realized his total reason for being there was to make it better for the kids," he said. "He's what you would hope that every sports community volunteer would be."

Pulham's list of volunteer commitments was long. Just to name a few, he was on the board of the Forest City Hockey League for more than 15 years and was its chairperson. He was the local representative for the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario, and he was a tournament director for the London Minor Hockey Association. Pulham was honoured as volunteer of the year by Baseball Ontario, and he was on the city's ball diamond task force. He was also president of the London District Baseball Association for about 10 years. He was named London's sportsperson of the year at the 2001 Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction. He also volunteered for the Canada Summer Games and Ontario Winter and Summer Games.

Pulham was truly one of a kind, said O'Neill, and he can never be replaced. "Dan was a great friend to everybody and incredibly well respected as a sports volunteer throughout the province. No one person can replace everything that Dan has done."

Friday, July 4
Ilderton Junior, Jeff Latta, threw a complete game no-hitter against the St. Thomas Cardinals on Thursday night at Emslie Field. Jeff struck out 15 and did not walk a batter as Ilderton beat St. Thomas 9 - 0. Jeff had a perfect game going into the 6th inning before Ilderton committed an infield error to allow a base runner. Jeff played his minor baseball in Lucan and Ilderton before playing 3 years with the Midget Badger organization. He is also a graduate of Sauk Valley Junior College where he was voted a conference all-star in his final season. Jeff has had 3 previous no-hitters all with the Midget Badgers. Congratulations on a superb pitching performance!

Wednesday, July 2
Dear Friends,

It is my sad duty to advise you that our good friend and former LDBA President, Dan Pulham, passed away today after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

We will advise you of the visitation times and location when available.  Please check the London Free Press, Thursday and Friday editions for information as well.

Along with Dan's involvement in local baseball, he was also involved with the London Minor Hockey Association in a number of capacities, including tournament chair and with the GLHA as Chair of the Forest City Hockey League and convenor for the Sunday night boys Juvenile hockey league.  His impact on both hockey and baseball in the community cannot be measured.

Dan was involved in minor sports for the most appropriate of all reasons - he wanted to give back to the community that had given him so much fun and enjoyment when he was a young athlete.  It was all about the kids.

The void created by Dan's passing is one that cannot be filled by one person.  It will be necessary for all of us to pull together to carry on Dan's legacy in minor baseball in London and area.


Joe O'Neill
London & District Baseball Association

Tuesday, July 8
St. Thomas Cardinal Minor Mosquito pitchers Michael Mommersteeg and Matthew Brooks combined for a no hitter Monday night against Oakridge.  Mommersteeg gave up only 2 walks and struck out 10 batters in the 10-0 win.  Mommersteeg was 2 outs away from a complete game no hitter but pitch count chased him from the game.  Matthew Brooks came into the game  and struck out 2 batters to complete the no hitter.

Thursday, July 3

The former London Badger and St. Thomas Tomcat recently completed his Junior season at Youngstown State. 

Former London Badger and Saunders S.S. graduate Craig Gillet came close to setting a Valley League record in the seventh inning of a game June 25th by nearly picking off three runners in one inning.  Pitching in relief for the Staunton Braves, the lefthanded Gillet picked off the first two Winchester Royals batters who reached base.  After he walked Richie Curylo, he  picked him off as well, but the Braves' defense botched the rundown.  Winchester won the game 5-1.
Gillet who just completed his Junior season at Youngstown State University is playing this summer in Staunton, Virginia.  In 10 appearances with Youngstown State this season, Gillet had a record of 1-3 with three saves and an ERA of 2.70.

Saturday, December 8
2007 LDBA Awards Winners
LDBA Awards 2007

At the annual general meeting, LDBA announced its 2007 award winners.

Left to Right -- Doug Kenyon (presenter), Dave Haldane (Coach of the Year), Ron Stewardson (Pitcher of the Year), Andrew Firth (Player of the Year), Derek Brooks (Volunteer of the Year), Diane Wakefield (presenter), Rob Companion (presenter - holding trophy for Andy Laliberte - Umpire of the Year) and in front - Mike Lumley (Presenter) 


A feature on Chris Robinson, a former LDBA and London Badger player appeared in the June 4th edition of The Londoner.  Chris who is from Dorchester and Londoner Adam Stern played major roles when Team Canada secured a spot in August's Beijing Olympics at an Olympic qualifier in Taiwan in March. 

Due to space restrictions only a portion of the story appeared in The Londoner, but the entire interview can be read on the Badgers website. 

Friday, June 13

Former London Badger Brad McElroy was drafted in the 25th Round of the 2008 Major League Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

North Carolina Charlotte 49ers center fielder Brad McElroy, the 759th player chosen in the 2008 First-year player draft.

McElroy had a two year career at the University of North Carolina Charlotte in which he totalled 120 runs, 114 RBI, 42 doubles and 33 stolen bases in 35 tries.  He posted a career batting average of .392 and this past season he recorded a 29 game hitting streak which was the second longest in school history.

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Monday, June 16
Shane Davis, former St. Thomas Tomcat and EBBA graduate, throws a no-hitter in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.