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William Patrick (Pat) Calladine

Born in England in 1909, William Patrick (Pat) Calladine moved to Peterborough in 1913. He distinguished himself as an athlete, a manager and a tireless organizer for various sports in the City of Peterborough. For his whole life since a boy, he was active in sports, playing hockey with the junior Petes and then with the intermediate Petes. He was a sparkplug with every team he was on and was considered to be the best softball catcher in the city for many years in the 1920s and 30s.

At the end of his playing days, Pat switched to umpiring baseball and softball and refereeing hockey. One of his greatest enthusiasms was helping boys baseball teams as a coach and manager. He was extremely active organizer in the CGE Social and Athletic Association.

Pat was instrumental in reviving the Men’s City Softball League and served as the President from 1947 to 1952 and continued on the Executive until his death in 1957. He was a Life Time Member of the City Men’s Softball League and the “Pat Calladine Award for Most Gentlemanly Player” continues to be awarded annually by the City Men’s Softball League.

A great sports personality and a well respected official in Ontario during his day.

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