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Two years ago, Gary Fishburn established an Indigenous baseball side in the Redfern area.
He wanted to introduce children to the game of baseball in the inner city.
'I saw how the establishment of a baseball team in the inner city would encourage team spirit and build self confidence,' says Fishburn.
After a lot of planning and making sure the baseball club would be viable, Fishburn joined with two Indigenous players, Darren Moss and Dominic Zahra, to recruit team members. They started by simply going down 'The Block' in Redfern and throwing a baseball around with the locals.
In 2011 Redfern Red Sox registered in the Ryde Hornsby Baseball League. A local school, Alexandria Park Community School, let them use part of their playground as their home ground.
Since those humble beginnings, the Red Sox have introduced many talented players to the game of baseball. In the first year of establishment, one of their players was selected to play in a Representative Team.
This season four teams were registered. With fundraising and the assistance of parents the teams soon became competitive. Uniforms were designed and printed in Indigenous colours. Other clubs in the league were encouraging and gave the club their spare equipment.
Last weekend the Club achieved its first success with the Under 8s winning the grand final. Amazingly, the team went through the entire competition undefeated.
'We are very proud of our players; we have introduced a lot of naturally talented children into this great game. Their sporting talents are a perfect fit for baseball. They can all throw, they can all catch, and boy can they hit,' said coach of the Redsox Under 8s, Darren Moss.
Source: Southern Courier