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Softball game marks 80th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot

TORONTO – The United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto along with several sports media personalities are taking part in a softball game to mark the 80th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot.

Police chief Bill Blair and MP Peter Kent were among the dignitaries at a softball game to mark the 80th anniversary of the Christie Pits riot on Sunday.

The Aug. 16, 1933 riot happened after a junior softball game wrapped up between the mainly Jewish Harbord Playground team and their opponents in what was then Willowvale Park.

Thousands of people took part in the brawl after Nazi supporters in attendance unfurled a blanket with a swastika and the words “Hail Hitler.”

Organizers say Sunday morning’s game aims to show how far the city has come since that day 80 years ago.

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