Wayne Fenlon, one of the best players in London Majors and Intercounty Baseball League history, died Saturday. He was 73.
The former catcher spent more than two decades behind the plate at Labatt Park, from 1966 to 1986, and routinely hit .300 with excellent bat control and a knack for coming through in the clutch with runners in scoring position.
He played on two championship teams and managed the Majors from 1986-89.
His No. 9 jersey was retired by the team and he was awarded a gold bat three years ago for being one of the best 100 players in the history of the IBL during the league’s centennial celebration.
“He wasn’t only a great player, he was also one of the greatest teammates I ever played baseball with,” Londoner Barry Boughner wrote in an email. “The first guy I met at Labatt Park . . . was Wayne. (We) became instant friends and have been for 56 years.
“I made the junior team in 1965 but had no place to live and I had no job. Wayne’s father Mike Fenlon let me stay at their home for the entire baseball season and it was one of the best things that ever happened to me.
Added Boughner: “It changed my life.”