The Maple Leafs are on the verge of being sold.
Not those Leafs who first spring to mind with Toronto sports fans, but the Intercounty Baseball League team that enlivens the start of every spring at Christie Pits.
Cary Kaplan, president of Cosmos Sports, who is managing the sale for the estate of the late Jack Dominico, said this week there is now a ‘letter of intent’ to purchase the club from one of the estimated 40 to 50 individuals and groups who expressed interest in a community-oriented deal this past summer.
The goal is to work with the estate and the City of Toronto to upgrade certain amenities around Dominico Field, without changing the laid-back vibe of a Sunday on the hills around the diamond, as well as continue free admission.
While there were American and overseas investors looking at the Leafs, it’s been speculated the buyer with the inside track is local and high profile. Kaplan will only say it’s going to take a few weeks while details and paperwork are ironed out. There was talk in the summer the price could get close to seven figures if there was a bidding contest, which Kaplan also wouldn’t comment on.
For 54 years the Leafs have played at the Pits in the west end, but their history goes back more than a century to a number of venues in the city, including the long-gone lakeside stadium, the Fleet Street Flats.
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