Challenge Coins

14 Division

On August 4, 1983 Winfield accidentally killed a seagull by throwing a ball while warming up before the fifth inning of a game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. Fans responded by hurling obscenities and improvised missiles. After the game, he was brought to the Police station and charged with cruelty to animals. He was released after posting a $500 bond. Yankee manager Billy Martin stated, "It's the first time he's hit the cutoff man all season." Charges were dropped the following day. In the off-season, Winfield returned to Toronto and donated two paintings for an Easter Seals auction, which raised over $60,000. For years afterward, Winfield's appearances in Toronto were greeted by fans standing and flapping their arms—until he became a fan favorite when he joined the Blue Jays in 1992.


While trading crests in Ottawa the shape and slogan of the crest was obtained from a coroner in Kingston. The slogan means “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down” Donato’s understudy was approached and he agreed to draw a caricature of an incident well known in 14 Division. Hence we have a seagull holding the bat. The University of Toronto was contacted in regards to translating 14 Division into Latin. As a result “XIV Legio” was added to the crest which means “Division of the Roman Legion” The last items to be added were the handcuffs and tonfa sticks.





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Dennis Ewaniuk