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Lacrosse: the game that refuses to die

The Story

More than ever, the Canadian sports market is crowded with big-city franchises, pushing lacrosse to the edges. Yet the spirit of the game still lives in the community of Brooklin, Ont., where hundreds of residents pack into the Luther Vipond Arena to watch the Brooklin Redmen. On CBC Radio's Morningside, sports historian Bill Humber explains why lacrosse has flourished in Brooklin and how the game has become the sporting lifeblood of small towns and communities across Canada. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: Aug. 9, 1989
Guest(s): Bill Humber
Host: Ann Medina
Duration: 10:17

Did You know?

• Brooklin is a small community located within the town of Whitby, about an hour east of Toronto. Founded in 1840 and originally called Winchester, it changed its name to Brooklin in 1847 when the local post office discovered there was already a town in Ontario called Winchester.

• The Brooklin Redmen compete in the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Senior League and have won seven Mann Cup trophies (the first in 1968, the last in 2000.)

• Bill Humber is a noted Canadian sports historian, specializing in baseball. He has written several books, including Diamonds of the North: A Concise History of Baseball in Canada, Let's Play Ball: Inside The Perfect Game and All I Thought about Was Baseball: Writings on a Canadian Pastime. He is the Chair of the Faculty of Technology at Toronto's Seneca College.



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