Born January 14, 1898 in Coplay, Pennsylvania, Al Heckman played ball in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before team manager Jake Solmon brought him to the city in 1922 to play for Peterborough in the Central Ontario Baseball League. In his pitching debut, in front of 2000 local fans at Riverside Park, Heckman pitched a two hitter 4-0 shutout, striking out 13, striking out the side three times and driving in the winning run. He was the “talk of the town”. During the golden days of the Central Ontario Baseball League, Al Heckman was considered one of the league’s outstanding hurlers and was Peterborough’s lone “workhorse” pitcher during the middle 1920′s. On July 17, 1926 Al pitched the longest game of his career in Belleville against Johnny Quellette. The game went 18 innings and ended due to darkness, deadlocked at 3-3. He played on into the 1930′s. Al Heckman worked for Canada Packers for 40 years. He passed away at Peterborough Civic Hospital January 1, 1970.
R. H. (Bun) Kingdon
Here is an athlete who excelled in hockey, although he never played in a boxed-in or covered arena until his team reached the public school finals. Bun Kingdon was also a very fine baseball player. In hockey, he played five years of junior, starting at age 15. His teams had memorable series with Toronto St. […]More Info
F. G. (Fred) Ash
Fred Ash picked a perfect time to come back to his birthplace, in 1924, to work for Quaker Oats. He was a quality baseball player and he came back from a two year stint in Chicago, just in time to join forces with many members of the 1923 junior team which had won the Ontario […]More Info
William Henry Dayman
Born in Port Hope in 1859, William Henry Dayman was an outstanding, versatile local athlete through the 1880′s. In 1883 he became the captain and pitcher of the Peterborough Silver Star Baseball Team. In 1885 Dayman was the baseball representative on the newly formed PAAA (Peterborough Amateur Athletic Association) which included cricket, baseball, football, boating, […]More Info