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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.

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