Coach Sal returning to Ticats radio booth (& other notes)

Marshall Ferguson will be the radio play-by-play voice of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the 2016 season – and Coach Sal is coming back.

While there’s yet to be an official announcement, sources say rights holder TSN 1150 and the Ticats have settled on Ferguson, who hosts the station’s drive-time show and called McMaster Marauder games last season. He’ll replace Andy McNamara who held the job one season after taking over for long-time play-by-play man Rick Zamperin when the team’s radio broadcast rights were sold to TSN1150 last spring after almost 50 years with CHML.

Joining Ferguson will be colour commentator John “Coach Sal” Salvantis who will be back in the booth for a 23rd season. Salavantis’ status was up in the air as the station settled on a play-by-play man but the former assistant coach was ultimately retained.

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Defensive end Adrian Tracy has decided to change from No. 93 to No. 5 for the upcoming season.




And he has a pretty good reason.

“Growing up, I was too fat to wear a single digit number,” Tracy said. “Then in college and the NFL, I had to have double digits. So when I got the chance, I took it.”

Tracy, who has been in Hamilton most of the off-season, watched a Ticat fan purchase his new No. 5 jersey this week at the newly-opened Tiger-Cats flagship store at Tim Hortons Field.

“Humbling doesn’t even come close to describing it,” Tracy said. “Things like that are the things that you dream of. I told my family all about it.”

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The Ticats are hosting their first annual Celebrity Softball Classic on Sunday at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

A number of Ticat players, including Simoni Lawrence, C.J. Gable, Brandon Banks, John Chick and Tracy will be joined by alumni as well as players  from the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hamilton Cardinals, and McMaster Marauders. A number of local celebrities and special guests will also be taking part.

Gates open at 11 a.m. with the Home Run Derby at noon, the game at 1 p.m. followed by an autograph session at 3 p.m. All the details are available at Ticats.ca.

Tickets are free and available here.

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