Advanced Search: INDUCTEES

Close Search

J. T. (Jack) Playford

Jack Playford was born in Peterborough in 1911. He was an outstanding athlete who shone particularly in softball and five-pin bowling. His first venture into City League softball was at age 14 and he starred for many seasons with the old Sugar Bowl teams which won numerous City League titles, once adding the Eastern Ontario championship. He served 30 years on the league executive, 12 of them as secretary.

As a bowler, he also entered the City League at age 14. They bowled at Duffus Recreation and he was on teams which won the league championship 13 times. He was the league’s high average bowler 10 times and was a member of teams that set one game (1,640) and three-game (4,190) records, both of which still stand. As an executive, he served on the ruling body of both the City League and CGE Shop League.

Playford was a member of the 1936 Eastern Ontario championship hockey team. He also played one year for Knotty Lee’s baseball team in the COBL.

Similar Inductees

Neil C. Thompson

Neil C. Thompson

Neil Thompson played many sports well, but his greatest achievements were in softball and basketball. He was a team player in every sense of the word, always putting the good of the team ahead of personal goals. Born in Peterborough, Neil was intensely competitive but always sportsmanlike. He was a quiet, natural leader who played […]

More Info
William (Clair) Leahy

William (Clair) Leahy

Clair Leahy’s record as a softball pitcher, organizer and coach is outstanding; he also authored a well-used softball reference entitled: The Windmill Pitch. Clair spread his exceptional pitching talents over 30 years from the City League to Kawartha, Otonabee, Lakefield, Ennismore and Industrial levels. And he won a clutch of awards, including: Mr. Softball 1985, […]

More Info
John Amer

John Amer

Born in Hamilton, ON, John moved to Peterborough in 1958 and was an immediate star in both basketball (as a forward) and softball (third baseman). Regarded as one of the finest basketball players in city history, he was a forward on the Ontario Int. A championship team of 1963. The same year, he coached a […]

More Info