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Guy Lombardo's multiple-award-winning Tempo VII hydroplane, built in 1955 and powered by an Allison aircraft engine, has been owned by the City of London since 1983 when it was donated to the City by the late Colonel Tom Lawson.

It is currently on display at London's Jet Aircraft Museum along with the Miss Supertest III hydroplane, immediately northwest of the London International Airport. It is open Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

Contact London's heritage planner Don Menard (dmenardATlondon.ca) if you or your organization are interested in displaying the Tempo VII in a public setting for a special short-term event.


LOMBARDO TRIVIA: London-born-and-raised bandleader Guy Lombardo (June 19, 1902- Nov. 5, 1977) never travelled across the bridge named in his honour in London, Ontario, since the bridge never officially opened until Nov. 16, 1978, more than a year after his death.

Guy Lombardo (1902-1977) with his younger sister, Rosemarie Lombardo (1925-2011) in the 1940s. Guy and his brothers in the orchestra actually named their sister Rosemarie, who was born 23 years after Guy.


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     Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functional clubhouse    
     Author:  Butch McLarty
     Dated:  Tuesday, January 16 2007 @ 05:56 PM EST
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    Roy McKay Clubhouse/ Labatt Park the lead story on the A-Channel's 11 p.m. news on Jan. 15 with interviews at Labatt Park

    AFTER The Friends of Labatt Park made a presentation to the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH) on December 13, the following recommendations went to Planning Committee on Monday, January 15, 2007, for consideration:

    LACH recommends:

    "6. That the following actions be taken with respect to the Roy McKay Clubhouse and the [Main] Grandstand at Labatt Park.

    (a) the Civic Adminstration BE ASKED to take immediate steps to resolve the moisture issues being experienced in the Roy McKay Clubhouse [clean and repair evestroughs, repair and add extensions to downspouts, install volcanic ash dispensers];

    See a photo of the Clubhouse, here (scroll down)

    Click here for Roy McKay's bio

    (b) the Civic Administration BE ASKED to prepare plans to restore the Roy McKay Clubhouse to functional clubhouse condition [the ballpark and the clubhouse are both designated heritage properties owned by the City of London].

    (c) the Civic Adminstration BE ASKED to take immediate steps to reolve the humidity issues being experienced in the rooms beneath the Main Grandstand in Labatt Park [needs ventilation as moisture is damaging the Architectural block and fungus and mould is growing in the rooms] and to undertake the necessary repairs; it being noted that the Grandstand has been identified as a potential location for the InterCounty Baseball Hall of Fame; and

    (d) the Civic Adminstration BE ASKED to prepare a feasibility study/ assessment for its 2007 budget deliberations as the InterCounty team owners have unanimously endorsed using the rooms underneath the Grandstand for its Baseball Hall of Fame;

    it being pointed out that the LACH heard verbal presentations from B. Wells and S. Harding and received communications from B. Wells, S. Harding and M. Temme with respect to this issue; it being further noted that the Heritage Planner identifed that some work has been done in 2006 to address concerns that major renovations were not anticipated to be undertaken until the 2007 Budget year (See attached added communications)."

    WHAT PLANNING COMMITTEE DID:

    Endorsed 6 (a) and (b) but referred 6 (c) and (d) back to city staff, noting that funds have been set aside in the 2007 Draft Budget for the Roy McKay Clubhouse.

    Planning Committee's recommendations go before City Council on Monday, January 22, 2007.

    The London Majors moved out of the Roy McKay Clubhouse at the end of the 2004 InterCounty Baseball League season, largely due to the poor condition of the showers and the mould and mildew problem.

    The clubhouse was constructed after the London Flood of 1937 and is one of the most unique heritage sites in London and one of the few remaining structures of its kind left standing in North America -- at the world's oldest baseball grounds, since 1877.



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  • Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functional clubhouse | 11 comments | Create New Account
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    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functional clubhouse
    Authored by: Sapphire on Tuesday, January 16 2007 @ 06:42 PM EST
    Way to go Butch. Its about time the city started treating Labatts Ball Park for the Jewel in the crown that it is.
    How bad is the mold problem with the building and perhaps other buildings the city owns? Just curious.
    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functi
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Tuesday, January 16 2007 @ 06:58 PM EST
    The mould problem under the Main Grandstand is so bad (due to the lack of ventilation, water pipes and the unfinished gravel floors) that CUPE Local 107 has made a health and safety issue of it, as their members have to go in the room(s) from time to time to retrieve equipment.

    The issue in the Roy McKay Clubhouse concerns dampness more and less mould, as precipation is gathering under the building due to problems with the evestroughs and downspouts.
    Great News/More Questions
    Authored by: Meadow Lily on Tuesday, January 16 2007 @ 07:10 PM EST
    It's great to see some good news - and some good local news - on altlondon. All the George Bush and Saddam Hussein stories are available elsewhere. Let's get more London neighborhood news on this blog. I'd like to know more about what the Centre of Hope is planning for the Wellington/Horton Street neighborhood now that they are demolishing more of the buildings. Tried to attend the West Horton Street Neighborhood Community Association meeting before Christmas, but it had been cancelled. Does anyone know what's up???
    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functi
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Tuesday, January 16 2007 @ 07:23 PM EST
    Just what appeared on the A-Channel news the other night on this subject. The Sally Ann is planning to demolish a few buildings on Wellington near Bathurst Street.

    As usual, they'll destroy a few old buildings that have some character, in favour of sterile parking lots. The same old shit that half-witted people do constantly. No vision whatsoever.

    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functional clubhouse
    Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, January 16 2007 @ 09:29 PM EST
    First of all Butch, thanks for bringing this story to Alt. I am an an active volunteer with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary's (which has it struggles but is moving along).

    I am not Bob Villa but I don't know how parts a and b of the proposal can be accomplished without c. Mould, mildew, water damage are usually signs of much deeper problems in anything from a shower stall to a clubhouse. Is there any chance that Council will put some money aside to at least look at how deep the problems are so that an Inter-County baseball Hall of Fame could at least be considered? I have memories how long it took to get the grandstand replaced. It seemed like an eternity for such a small job. Forgive that comment but I'm still mourning Tiger Stadium. Comerica Park doesn't cut it.

    I have been a lifelong baseball fan and player (when I was young and slim). I plan on checking out the link to the Friends of Labatt's Park. I've bragged to many people that the park is the finest baseball park of its facility in Canada and possibly the U.S. I know its the oldest. It's a ball park in the true sense of the words.

    It's a shame teams have had to dress in such shoddy conditions. I'd like to follow this story as it passes through Council. Please direct me to the proper place or site where I can do this.

    One last point. Didn't Roy Mackay coach or even manage the Blue Jays for a short time in the 70's or 80's? It's possible as well that the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has some materials in their small Museum. I believe he was one of the first Canadians inducted there.

    David Dimitrie

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    Borat Promise to take me to see Pamela, now leave me in London Canada. What do I do?
    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functi
    Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, January 16 2007 @ 10:03 PM EST
    Hey Butch great stuff .. as Sapphire said it"s about time ... Never forgive you though on that starry nite last game of the finnals I take my babe out for a $200.00 dollar dinner then you and I dissapear for a look see and I get sacked.And on our 1 year aniverery no doulbt..

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    "Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription!"
    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functi
    Authored by: Honey Slop® on Wednesday, January 17 2007 @ 05:24 AM EST
    Hey do a story on smoking being allowed at government sponsered casinos. Bastards are putting bars out of business, but casinos get the red light on smoking because they make so much money for the government. A casino is designed to cater to every whim of the patron, and they don't want them going out in the cold getting a whiff of reality, realizing they can't afford to be there. There is a reason there are no clocks, and fresh oxygen being pumped over the machines in a casino.
    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functi
    Authored by: Timberlake on Wednesday, January 17 2007 @ 01:07 PM EST
    In response to your questions posed in the sidebar, Mr. Wagley, I would press all of the buttons. London has won the lottery where baseball history is concerned, but has been rather slow about cashing in the ticket.

    We should thank John and Hugh Labatt for purchasing Tecumseh Park in 1936 on the behalf of the City of London. They also provided funds to refurbish the grounds after the flood of 1937. Their generosity ensured the preservation of the world's oldest ballpark.

    Also deserving of recognition are Arden and Shelly Eddie who revived the use of the ca 1937 clubhouse by the London Majors. It could very well have been demolished or removed from it's site otherwise.

    Without Arden's passion for baseball the London Majors Intercounty baseball team would probably have folded and disappeared. That league, by the way, is one of the oldest continuously operating minor league organizations in all of baseball.

    Labatt Memorial Park is indeed a field of dreams full of happy memories. Memories of outdoor skating and pick-up hockey games. The field was flooded in winter to provide a huge open air skating surface. (we had real winters in the 30s' & 40s') Memories of track and field competitions when London had one of the best outdoor recreation programs in North America: (we had people with vision then). Memories of high school football games played under the lights, and the heady days of London Lords football with the likes of Indian Jack Jacobs and Al Bruno. Labatt Park has been the home of several championship organizations over the years.

    Labatt Park is one of the most attractive and ideally situated minor league parks in all of North America. According to visitors from stateside it compares very favourably with the winter facilities in use by various Major League baseball teams.

    London has recently invested in a new grandstand and other upgrades in the park. The care of the playing field provided by the PUC is outstanding. All the visiting teams at every level of baseball simply love to play here.

    Repairs and any new additions to the Park should reflect Labatt Park's unique historic status and reinforce it. To start with I suggest the installation of a simple plaque to read: "Ty Cobb played here."
    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functi
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Wednesday, January 17 2007 @ 01:26 PM EST
    David, 6 (c) involves the large (airtight, needs ventilation) room under the Main Grandstand with the gravel and dirt floor, whereas the Roy McKay Clubhouse is a freestanding building located 40 yards away. Two separate issues altogether.

    This room has been used for storage only since the Main Grandstand was completed in 2001.

    Players loved it when the old clubhouse was their changeroom. It's steeped in history plus the building's character reminds one of a 1930s-style cottage. Very unique.

    Nope, Roy McKay never coached the Blue Jays. Click on his bio link (above) for more information about Roy.

    Timberlake, where's jOe Waglye's "sidebar comment"?
    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functi
    Authored by: Timberlake on Wednesday, January 17 2007 @ 05:32 PM EST
    The London Majors have used the dressing rooms situated under the bleachers along the 3rd base line for the last few years. The UWO baseball Mustangs also use them later in the year. This space was previously used by the London Tigers AA team among others. The visiting teams are accomodated in dressing rooms under the main grandstand. There is nothing substandard or inferior with either facility.

    The 3rd base facilities were also used to tape a Milk commercial that spoofed steriod use by athletes. The producers alleged that milk was a secret performance enhancing substance. That commercial became wildly popular before being pulled at the request of Major League Baseball. Interesting that the production team, with plenty of sites to choose from, would pick Labatt Park. The Wolfe Performance Hall was also used as location for taping a TV newsroom segment. James Reaney wrote an excellent My London column about it at the time.
    Planning Committee supports renovating/ restoring Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park to a functi
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Wednesday, January 17 2007 @ 06:04 PM EST
    CLARIFICATION: The dressing room under the 3rd-baseline grandstand is currently used exclusively by the London Majors of the InterCounty Baseball League.

    No other teams are permitted to use it, including the Western Mustangs.