The Foothills Major Baseball Association (FMBA) is the only Senior Men’s Baseball Association in Calgary consisting of 11 teams. Our season runs from early May through to early September and all games are played at our facility that is located just minutes from downtown off Deerfoot Trail at 32nd Ave NE. The FMBA is continually expanding and current teams are always looking for talent and players are encouraged to contact the various team managers.
In 1979, Doc Cody and Ron McCartney were junior baseball coaches in Calgary. They played out of what is now Burns Stadium and also at Glenmore Park. They petitioned the City for a more permanent place to play and this was provided in 1978 in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Calgary at Optimist Park. The increasing pressure on City diamonds lead to a need for a separate facility for the people over 18 years of age. In those days there were three senior teams, the Cardinals, Caseys and Odeons. There were three junior teams, the Spikes, Giants and Broncos. The teams played out of Optimist for three or four years before it was decided to do something about the need for more playing space.
In true Calgary form, volunteers from the community stepped forward and offered to construct a major league size park on city land. The main sponsor and benefactor was Jim Wilfley, with able assistance from other sports enthusiasts such as Hank Bassen, Gem-Sod, Alberta Treasury Branch, Coca-Cola, Conmac, and others. The park was built on traditional ball park lines with wooden fences, stands, and press box. The project was started in the Fall of ’82 and finished in August ’84. The entire facility was built with donated labour and funding. The league opened for play, debt free, thanks to the dedicated generosity of its sponsors.
The first president was Ron McCartney. Glen Hansen took over in 1982. Many people over the years have contributed their volunteer efforts to keep
the league going.
In 1991, the facility was partially destroyed by a fire set by vandals. The reconstruction work that followed changed the appearance of the park radically as all the wooden fences and structures were removed in favor of vandal-proof facilities. The present facility was reconstructed under the presidency of Ray Brisson with funds from the fire insurance and a generous grant from the Saddledome Foundation.