Jack Dominico, owner and president of the Toronto Maple Leaf Baseball Club, has died at 82.
The club shared the news in a post on their website Thursday.
The Toronto Maple Leaf Baseball Club said Dominico died “peacefully” on Tuesday.
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“Jack has become one of the most notable figures in Toronto sports history with his induction into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame, the North Bay Hall of Fame and, more recently, the Sports Hall of Fame. Ontario Sports Hall of Fame (his official induction was delayed due to COVID-19),” the site reads.
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According to the club, Dominico purchased the Maple Leafs baseball team in 1969 with his late wife Lynne.
“The Maple Leafs won eight championships under Dominico, including three championships in the ’80s,” the site says.
Dominico was named a member of the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.
The club said Dominico “leaves a legacy as the most successful and colorful owner in the history of the Intercounty Baseball League. He will be greatly missed.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory shared his condolences in a series of tweets Thursday, saying Dominico “WAS the personification of the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball club.”
“If it weren’t for his dedication, courage, and ability to promote, there might not be a Maple Leafs baseball club today,” Tory wrote. “He will be missed. Sincere condolences to Jack’s family, the entire baseball team family and all who knew him.
In a tweet, the Intercounty Baseball League said it “mourns the loss of Dominico,” adding that he was an “IBL icon.”
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