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Hugh Campbell

Athletes in the City of Peterborough, particularly those in baseball, football and basketball, owe a debt of gratitude to Hugh Campbell.

Hugh came here from the United States in 1928 as general manager of the Johnson Motor Company, later to become the Outboard Marine Corporation. His company supplied equipment, refurbished the grandstand and maintained the field at Riverside Park — but Hugh’s dedication to sport went far beyond sponsorship.

In 1931, Hugh spearheaded the drive to re-establish the Central Ontario Baseball League, and he served as President of the Peterborough club in its initial season, building a strong blend of local and imported talent. He persuaded many fine baseball men to come here– including Knotty Lee, Eddie Murphy, Chuck Kearns and Bobby Doll — providing employment for many of the imports. Hugh also took a personal interest in keeping baseball and basketball alive for more than 20 years and his firm sponsored teams in both sports.

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