#6 Blair McBratney
Blair McBratney, better known on the ball field as "Blazer", "Blaze", "Teddy" or "Teddy Blair" (don't ask) came to the field through family history. He started playing ball at age 9 in the Don Mills area where he grew up, at Don Victoria Softball. His Aunt Betty who had been a softball star in the Ladies League, playing for People's Jewellers at Monarch Park Stadium and Sunnyside, taught Blazer how to throw a ball. His father, Bill McBratney was a prolific baseball player, playing as an outfielder for People's Credit Jewellers out of the Beaches Major Fastball. He won the Canadian National Championships in 1949 and was even scouted once by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a pitcher in 1946. As you can see, Blazer just carried on the tradition, as does his oldest son now.