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By the 1870s baseball was in full swing in Aurora. In these early years informal games would often happen as part of a larger event, such as the Queen’s Birthday (Victoria Day) as reported in the Aurora Banner in 1872 (MAY 10). Much like today these nineteenth century baseball games engaged the community as a form of entertainment, competition, recreation and display of athleticism. By the early 1890s baseball matches were being held with neighbouring towns such as the match between the juniors of Newmarket and Aurora in July, 1892 (NEWMARKET ERA, JULY 3). In 1922 the Mackenzie King Trophy presented by Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenize King M.P. Prime Minister of Canada to the York-Simcoe Baseball League for Annual Competition was won by Aurora. The team would go on to win the trophy in 1928 and again in 1933. Local businesses also formed teams who competed against each other. The Aurora Banner reports on a game that occurred at the Aurora Plough Works and Beaver Tannery Union Picnic in 1889 (AUGUST 31). Sisman Shoes also fielded a team after moving to Aurora in 1901 and continued to be involved as sponsors of baseball right into the 1980s. By the middle of the 20th century more organized baseball leagues were developing for boys and girls to play at both the recreational and competitive levels.
For more than 140 years baseball has had an active presence in the Aurora sport scene and this continues today with a variety of clubs offering competitive and house league opportunities. 
AURORA DIGGERS GIRLS SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION 
Established in 1972 the mission of the Aurora Diggers is to “provide a competitive, affordable, enjoyable and safe softball program for the girls in our community”. The Association was started by Ralph Rose and Norm Stunden, who became the first coach. In 2009 the Diggers began offering house league softball for girls that just wanted to learn the game and have fun at a less competitive level. A house league select team was formed in 2013. The Aurora Diggers rep teams play a high level of competitive girls fastpitch and are well known and respected throughout the province. Opportunities for men and women to play are provided by leagues such as Aurora Ladies Slo-Pitch, Aurora Ladies Softball, Aurora Men’s Slo-Pitch, and Aurora Mixed Slo-Pitch.
AURORA KING BASEBALL ASSOCIATION 
The Aurora Minor Baseball Association was formed in 1961 to organize minor baseball and girls’ softball in the Town. In 2015 it joined with the King Township Baseball Association to form the Aurora King Baseball Association. The combined league provides opportunities for all levels of players including house league, select and Rep Teams. 

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