The Story of KIBT
It was 1973 when the dreams of Gary Cameron, Art Worth and Lynn Bylund to host the best semi-pro baseball tournament in Canada became a reality.
Today the tournament is played at beautiful Norbrock Stadium. After a million dollar upgrade, this state of the art facility is one of the finest ballparks in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
Teams compete for prize money and the Gary Cameron Memorial Trophy.
In the early years fans had the chance to see future major league stars like Floyd Bannister and Ken Phelps. In the 80’s, teams like the Gonzaga Bulldogs, University of Washington Husky Fever, and the Washington State Cougars provided class performances. In 1988 the Cougars featured a young John Olerud who not only won the batting title, but also pitched a no-hitter and a one-hitter against fierce competition.
Year after year teams like the Red Deer Riggers, Seattle Studs, Everett Merchants and San Diego Stars provide the tournament with outstanding competition. Over the years many teams have found that this tournament is not easy to win. As attractive as the prize money is, it is the level of competition as the field is narrowed to the final day that excites the players and fans. To quote Dean Padar a former player and current president of the 2006 Kamloops International Baseball Society, “When I got my first hit and stood at 1st base, with the screaming fans and all the adrenal, I felt like a rock star. There is no other feeling like it!”
The tournament is run entirely by volunteers. Proceeds support amateur baseball teams in the community as well as a variety of charities.