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P J SULLIVAN WEB PORTRAIT

P.J. Sullivan

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 […]

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Lawrence (Lorne) Rose

Lorne Rose born in Peterborough in 1896, was a local star in baseball and hockey during the 1920′s. He was the pitcher of record for the Peterborough team that won the 1920 Central Ontario Baseball League Championship.  This team also included his brother Abraham Raymond “Abbie” Rose.  During the winter months of 1922 to 1927, […]

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Daniel McCabe

In July of 1884, thirteen year old Danny McCabe lost his arm in a saw mill accident. Three years later In 1887, he made his pitching debut with the Ashburnham Astonishers, the start of a 21 year baseball career in which he was the best pitcher and hitter in Peterborough. In 1899, for instance, McCabe […]

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Alvin W. (Al) Heckman

Born January 14, 1898 in Coplay, Pennsylvania, Al Heckman played ball in  Pennsylvania and New Jersey before team manager Jake Solmon brought him to the city in 1922 to play for Peterborough in the Central Ontario Baseball League. In his pitching debut, in front of 2000 local fans at Riverside Park, Heckman pitched a two […]

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George Walford Hatton

George W. Hatton was born in Peterborough on Aug 3, 1856.  He received his primary education in the old Grammar School, the Collegiate Institute, Upper Canada College and Osgoode Hall.  He read law with Sir John A. MacDonald and was called to the Bar in 1880.  He began his law practice as a member of […]

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William Henry Dayman

Born in Port Hope in 1859, William Henry Dayman was an outstanding, versatile local athlete through the 1880′s. In 1883 he became the captain and pitcher of the Peterborough Silver Star Baseball Team. In 1885 Dayman was the baseball representative on the newly formed PAAA (Peterborough Amateur Athletic Association) which included cricket, baseball, football, boating, […]

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Frankie Collins

From 1918 to 1926, Peterborough native Frankie Collins was a star on the local baseball and hockey teams. In 1926 he centred a line with Ace Bailey and Biffer Ranger which won the OHA Senior Championship. In 1933 he was a member of the Canadian team (Toronto Nationals) which won the silver medal at the […]

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Frederick Whitcroft

  Born in Ireland December 2, 1882, Fred Whitcroft came to Peterborough from Port Perry in 1891 at the age of 9. He played for the Peterborough junior lacrosse and baseball teams and later managed the Excelsiors baseball team of the city league, but his big sport was hockey. He joined the Peterborough Colts junior […]

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Henry Calcutt

Henry Calcutt

Henry Calcutt was involved in virtually every Peterborough sporting activity in the last half of the 19th century. He was a prominent local cricketeer in the 1860′s who believed in “the intrinsic value of sports in character building”. He was president of the Peterborough Turf Club in 1863 and Peterborough Baseball Club in 1885; first […]

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Fred D. (Josh) Craig

Fred D. (Josh) Craig

From 1906 until 1930, Fred Craig was an influential local sportswriter and editor with the Peterborough Examiner writing under the pen-name ‘FDC’. More than a reporter and scorer, he was considered as part of the team. In his younger years Craig was a semi-pro baseball player, a football player and a coach of minor softball, […]

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Cory Stillman

Cory Stillman

Cory grew up in Peterborough playing church league softball, competitive baseball and all-star hockey.  He won an Ontario Championship with the Minor Novice Petes.  With the 1989-90 Junior B Roadrunners, he was 5th in MTJHL scoring with 84 points.  He was a 1990 second round (27th overall) draft pick of the Windsor Spitfires of the […]

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Max Swanston

Max Swanston

Max Swanston was born in Peterborough in 1894. In 1915, Coach Dan McCabe gave Max an opportunity to catch him in a game against the Ottawa Senators in the old Canadian (semi-pro) Baseball League. Impressed with his ability, the Senators invited Max to play for them in an exhibition game against the touring Cuban Giants. […]

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Larry Oakley

Larry Oakley

Growing up in Peterborough, Larry experimented with many different sports. Starting hockey late (age 13), he advanced quickly through Peewee house league to All-Star at Bantam, Midget and Juvenile where he played in the Ontario finals in 1972 and 1973. He played Junior B hockey for Peterborough in 1973-74 and Junior C with Cobourg Cougars […]

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Edward Kevin (Mickey) Murray

Edward Kevin (Mickey) Murray

Born in Peterborough in 1898, Mickey Murray excelled at hockey and baseball. He was an outstanding goalie and baseball player during his amateur days in Peterborough, Oshawa and Galt. From 1916 to 1921 he played Junior, Intermediate and Senior hockey for the hometown Petes. He turned pro with the Providence Reds and played in the […]

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Rick Johnston

Rick Johnston

Born in 1964, Rick Johnston moved to Peterborough as a young boy in the early 1970′s. It is safe to say that baseball has been his life. He played all of his minor baseball from T-ball, Tyke, Peewee, Bantam and Midget in the Peterborough Minor Baseball system. He played Junior Baseball in Toronto from 1982-1985 […]

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William Patrick (Pat) Calladine

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 […]

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Steve Terry

Steve Terry

Steve Terry moved to Peterborough from Toronto in 1975 and had an immediate impact upon the local baseball scene. He started coaching here in 1977 and is still presently active as a coach for the Peterborough River Dogs. In 1979, he coached the Peterborough Juniors to a provincial title and in 1994 the Bantam Peterborough […]

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Ralph Rowe

Ralph Rowe

An all-round athlete, Ralph Rowe was a member of championship teams in basketball, softball and football. He was a highly skilled and incredibly durable athlete, whose outstanding basketball career spanned more than 40 years. A Peterborough native, Ralph was recruited to play for the Peterborough Jets intermediate basketball team while still in high school. He […]

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George (Junior) Ellis

George (Junior) Ellis

George Ellis is recognized as the man most responsible for keeping senior baseball alive in Peterborough from 1975 to 2000. George enters his 25th campaign as Manager of the Peterborough Tigers in 2000 and has been connected with local baseball for more than 30 years. For 12 years he coordinated the successful Tigers baseball camp […]

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Frank Whitehouse

Frank Whitehouse

Frank Whitehouse was born in England, in 1906, but he grew up in Peterborough and is fondly remembered by old-time baseball fans as probably the best pitcher ever produced by local sandlots. A lefthander, Frank combined with another Hall of Famer, Lambert Collins, forming a battery which led Lew LeBarr – coached teams to successive […]

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