Warriors Baseball Club, officially known as Warriors of Donibristle Baseball Club is a baseball club located in the southern suburb of Braeside, Donibristle, Albaland. Playing in navy blue jerseys, white pants socks and caps, they are one of 16 teams that played in the inaugural Albaland Baseball League that began play in the 1910 baseball season.
The team’s founding members were led by John McIntyre, a local businessman who founded Albaland Telephone Company in 1898 who also had a passion for sports. McIntyre believed that the community needed a team to rally around and support, and he saw baseball as the perfect fit. He spent months recruiting players, securing funding, and building support for the new team, and his efforts paid off when the Warriors played their first game on May 17, 1901.
The team got off to a rocky start, losing their first five games in a row, but the players remained determined and focused. They began to work together, practicing almost daily after work, and by the end of 1901, they had turned things around, finishing with a record of 11 wins and 7 losses.
The Warriors continued to improve over the years, and by the time of the first Alba Shield in 1907, they had become one of the most dominant teams in the north-west. They won numerous local tournaments between 1903 and 1906 and their success helped to put Donibristle on the map as a hotbed for baseball talent.
Their first nationally recognised fixture was against Rigside Nine in the First Round of the 1907 Alba Shield, which they lost 8-6. They faired a little better the following year, reaching the Second Round following a 6-4 win over Glenarm before going down to Kirkpatrick Town by the same scoreline.
The 1909 Alba Shield defined the club, as they left it late to beat Mount Alba in the First Round before going down to cross-town rivals Bridgebank by a score of 7-1. The loss was a major blow to the Warriors’ morale and reputation. As a result, many fans lost interest in the team, leading to a decline in ticket sales and merchandise revenue. Additionally, the team’s star player was injured during the game and was unable to play for the rest of the season, further diminishing the team’s prospects. Worried about the downfall of the club, McIntyre asked to Tadd Steward to join the Albaland Baseball League, which was accepted. Bridgebank retaliated by joining the league a few weeks later.
Warriors plays it’s games at Clarence Street Field that is situated in the middle of a park, providing a natural setting and plenty of space for tailgating and outdoor activities. A large outfield is surrounded by 10-foot walls that increase to 11-feet in the Right Field, hindering right-handed hitters which favours the pitchers. One of the quirky characteristics of the stadium is a row of old-fashioned phone booths located in the concourse, where fans can make free calls to anywhere in the world. Many people come to the stadium for the free 15-minute calls and stay for the game.