Team – Softball
Founded in 1963 when remaining members of the Brooklin Stevenson Motors softball team blended with players from a team in Mount Zion, the Brooklin Concretes joined the Oshawa City and District Softball League and quickly established a reputation for on-field excellence. In just their second season, the Concretes advanced to the league semi-finals, a significant result in its own right for a team from a small community that was competing against some of the most elite players and teams of that era.
But it was at the regional and provincial levels where the Brooklin Concretes players realized their most significant achievements. Competing in the Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) Intermediate C division playoffs, the Concretes captured Southern Ontario titles in 1964 and 1966, thereby earning the right to play for the All-Ontario championship in those two seasons; coincidentally, they were opposed by a team from Capreol on both occasions.
The 1964 team, led by Coach Dib Little, had to advance through four rounds of playoffs to capture their Southern Ontario championship. All rounds were best-of-three series, and the Concretes eliminated teams representing Markham, Selkirk, Tweed, and Elmvale, recording eight wins against two losses. Brooklin pitching allowed only 26 total runs in the 10 games.
The All-Ontario championship was also a best-of-three series with all games to be played in Brooklin. After a narrow 2-1 loss in the opening game, the Concretes rebounded to secure their first provincial title by winning the next two games by scores of 3-1 and 4-2.
Now under the leadership of Coach Bill Harper, the 1966 Concretes faced an even tougher road to the OASA Intermediate C finals; this time, the team had to win six best-of-three playoff series to become the Southern Ontario champions. They accomplished this feat with wins over Markham, Bridgenorth, Minden, Fisherville, Battersea, and Merlin by a combined score of 127 to 28. This successful run saw the Concretes win 12 of 15 games and included five shutouts by the pitching staff.
Facing Capreol again in the provincial finals, the Brooklin team defeated these opponents in short order, winning by scores of 2-1 and 5-1 to capture their second All-Ontario title in the minimum two games.
These Brooklin Concretes teams played to enthusiastic crowds who filled the stands at what is now known as Brooklin Memorial Park on Winchester Road. Their success created a sense of pride and inspiration for our community and solidified their place in Whitby sports history.