Leicester Blue Sox begin their official 10th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 1 October with a specially-arranged 'Legends Game' that will feature past and present stars of Leicester's longest running baseball team.
Baseball has a rich, yet stop-start history in the county, with the previously longest consecutive stints including the Leicester Green Sox who folded on their 10th birthday in 1964 and the Sileby Vikings who ran from 1996-2004.
Between all of this, the Green Sox re-booted in the late 80's for a couple of years before being succeeded by the Ashby Royals for a few seasons more.
In 2006, the Soar Valley Blue Sox were created by ex-Viking Mark Meredith with support from Shaun Hill, who played for the 1980's Green Sox (plus the Braunstone Dodgers junior team prior to this).
From the very beginning, Mark's vision was to create a stable and sustainable club that would develop over the longer term, with youth baseball very much at the heart of that vision. No longer would we settle for stop-start teams that were pushed from pillar to post, Mark demanded a permanent location including ambitious plans for a backstop drawn up by Shaun.
By the time of our fifth anniversary in 2011, those plans started to gather momentum with funding finally in place for our permanent backstop at Western Park, as well as the launch of junior baseball in 2012.
Fast-forward to 2016 and Leicester Blue Sox is thriving, with a competitive first-team holding two national titles under it's belt (from 2009 and 2012) and a quarter-final placing in the end of season playoffs this season just gone. Our junior section now has four age groups and we continue to grow and develop women/girls softball in the city. Our membership exceeded 100 players for the first time in our history this season and we now look forward to celebrating with many of them when the club holds its' 10th Anniversary day and night events on Saturday 1 October.
Prior to our evening celebration being held at the Goals Soccer Centre Sport Bar, our Legends Game will be played at our Western Park diamond at midday.
Players already confirmed for the event include:
Leicester Blue Sox current squad