Hamilton Cardinals Baseball History
In 1958, the Hamilton Beavers joined the Senior Inter-County Baseball League, but in 1962, Listowel, Hamilton (re-named the Cardinals in 1960), and St. Thomas dropped out of the league. For the 1962 and 1963 seasons, only five teams entered the League each year. That was the lowest ebb for the Senior Inter-County loop.
A rebuilding program began in 1964 with the return of Stratford for the first time since 1951. Hamilton Red Wings won the Ontario Baseball Association Championship in 1965 and then entered the Senior Inter-County the following season (1966).
That club was the club, which was formed in 1961 by Bill Rowe, and played in the Halton County Baseball League. By 1969, the team had become the Mount Hamilton Red Wing Baseball Club and a couple of years later they moved into Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. The 1969 Executive consisted of Bill Rowe, President; George Nunn, Vice-President; Ron Smith, Secretary/Statistician and Len Ferguson, Treasurer. Ferguson would later become president of the Hamilton Cardinals in the 1970s.
Along the way, the Red Wings evolved into the Marlins and then the Real McCoys and finally they re-discovered their roots as the Cardinals in 1975, and that’s the way it remained until late January of 2005. It was then that four Hamilton businessmen purchased the Hamilton Cardinals franchise in the Intercounty Major Baseball League.
The club was re-named the Hamilton Thunderbirds and took on a whole new look with reitalised facilities, new uniforms, and marked “A New Beginning” for baseball in Hamilton. Since then, the team has advanced to the playoffs in each of its first two seasons, and 2007 appears to be offering more of the same.
On January 28th, 2011, owner Drew Brady announced that the franchise would return to it's roots by once again calling the team the Hamilton Cardinals. Brady would then sell the team in late 2012 with Gary Molinaro purchasing the team and appointing his son JP the team's President as well as Mike Fortuna as the GM.
Hamilton Cardinals Baseball Club Overview
Who We Are Hamilton Cardinals Baseball Club
(Formally the Hamilton Thunderbirds)
Second oldest sports team in the City of Hamilton
Players ranging in ages 18 – 35
Former Major Leaguers and Minor Pros,
players striving to be drafted,
college scholarshipped athletes
League Affiliation Hamilton Cardinals play in the Intercounty Baseball League
which is comprised of 8 teams in Barrie, Brantford, Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, and Toronto. Considered premier senior amateur league in Canada at non-Major League level.
Rosters The Hamilton Cardinals carries 25 signed players, 2 coaches, Athletic Therapist, Team Equipment Manager
Administration General Manager – Dean Dicenzo
Game Day Operations & Media Relations - Mike Marasco
Venue Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium
Mohawk Sports Park
Mohawk Road East and Upper Kenilworth
Seating – 2700
Surface – natural grass infield and outfield, marco clay infield
and warning track
Dimensions 320 feet down the lines 420 feet to centre field
Newly renovated: $250,000.00 facelift 2005-2006
Amenities Fully-Equipped Concession Stand
Home players Clubhouse
Visiting players change rooms with showers
Large, clean Ladies and Men’s washroom facilities