P.J. Sullivan was a pioneer baseball player in Ashburnham. He played in the first recorded game for the local nine called the “Pine Groves” when they played Cavanville at the Circus Grounds near Little Lake on September 9th , 1876. That game marked the first newspaper mention of an organized game of baseball in the Peterborough area. Sullivan remained the premier pitcher in town for 10 years and pitched in Whitby in 1886. His battery mate for most of those years was F. J. O’Neil, a local blacksmith. Sullivan is described as having thrown “twisters” so he is now viewed as being an early proponent of the curve ball.
F. C. (Freddy) Scates
Freddy Scates was born in Peterborough and spent his entire life here, a gentle soul about whom it was often said that he didn’t have an enemy in the world. He always had a friendly smile and humorous attitude. Almost all of Freddy’s life was involved with sport — as a baseball and softball pitcher […]More Info
Howard (Howie) Dalton
Like many honourees, Howie Dalton excelled in numerous sports — softball, baseball, track and field and soccer. He starred in all of them during a four-year span in the Canadian Army during World War II, much of it overseas. He played soccer on the army runner-up team, was on the 1944 and 1945 baseball championship […]More Info
Charles (Chuck) Kearns
Charles (Chuck) Kearns was an exciting athlete with a go-for-broke style, a real fan favourite in football and baseball. His death by drowning in Rice Lake at the age of 28 shocked the city and abruptly ended an outstanding sports career. Born in Toronto, Kearns was a standout in football and track. He was a […]More Info