|Description: A black and white photograph with white border. Photograph of Toronto Maple Leaf baseball (?) player number 27 with two young boys wearing Cooksville Jerseys. The boys look to be around 8-12 years old. The gentleman is holding a lacrosse stick with his left hand and has a baseball bat leaned up against his left leg. The trio are standing inside the field located at Maple Leafs Stadium in Toronto. In the foreground there is a round sign in the shape of baseball that reads "JOE CRYSDALES GOOD SPORTS CLUB".|
Joe Crysdale or Chrysdale (1917-1982) was born in and grew up in Toronto. He was a well known radio sports broadcaster and in 1961 became the first sports anchor when CFTO-TV made its debut. He used to broadcast Toronto Maple Leafs baseball games on CKEY from the Maple Leafs Stadium.
Maple Leaf stadium was located at Bathurst and Fleet St (now Lakeshore Blvd) and was built in 1926; it seated about 20,000 people. The stadium was built by Lol Solman and designed by architects Chapman, Oxley & Bishop. The Toronto Maple Leafs team was a minor baseball team that played in Toronto from 1896 to 1967.
The Toronto Maple Leafs was a high-level minor league baseball club that played from 1896 to 1967. The 1960 Leafs, a Cleveland affiliate, won 100 games and are considered one of the top 100 minor league clubs of all time by minorleaguebaseball.com. Meanwhile, the slow deterioration of the Toronto ballpark, Maple Leaf Stadium built in 1926, the prevalence of television, and other factors drove down attendance to only 67,000 in 1967. Even the playoff championship clubs of 1965-66 could not arrest the decline. The Maple Leaf baseball franchise was transferred to Louisville, Kentucky in 1968, and then to Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1973, where it continues to operate as a Red Sox affiliate.
In 1969, the year after the demise of the AAA Leafs, a new Toronto Maple Leafs began play as an amateur team belonging to the Ontario-only Intercounty Baseball League. The team continues to play at Christie Pits to this day. Source: Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff, editors. The Encyclopaedia of Minor League Baseball, 1997 edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America.