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Neil E. Wasson

Neil E. Wasson

Neil came from an athletic family and built a reputation as a hustling competitor in both softball and hockey. In hockey his first taste of championship play came in 1948 when the Lakefield Bantams went to the OMHA finals. His 1955 Peterborough Petes Jr. B team were Ontario semi-finalists and in 1956 Neil led the […]

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Norma (Strickland) Kennedy

Norma (Strickland) Kennedy

Norma Strickland was one of a fine family of athletes, and she had an outstanding softball career in two phases — the 1940′s as a Strickland and the 1960′s as a Kennedy, her married name. At age 15, she became a regular in a strong Women’s City League. Renowned for her pitching, she also played […]

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George I. Dormer

George I. Dormer

Known as “The Little Iron Man,” George Dormer had an active career as a softball player, managerĀ  and sponsor with a lifetime involvement at the executive level of sport in our City. Born in 1903, George became proprietor of a George Street sports hangout known as the Sugar Bowl. This lunch counter and confectionery store, […]

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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, […]

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Donald (Red) Wasson

Donald (Red) Wasson

This fiery redhead never gave less than his best, a quality that inspired his teammates and players to be the best they could be. Red’s 18-year tenure in City League softball began in 1949 and, either as a third baseman or catcher, he worked with much verve and tenacity. These qualities sparked seven league championship […]

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Gus Leonard

Gus Leonard

Gus was an athlete with diverse talents. A fine runner, he also excelled at rugby, softball and baseball and was especially adept in hockey. He was a sparkling centre on a fine Marmora team that knocked off much larger schools to win the COSSA title in 1937 and 1938. He also played with Stirling and […]

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F. C. (Freddy) Scates

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 […]

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Fred Garvey

Fred Garvey

Sport, especially baseball and softball, was an important part of Fred Garvey’s life. He was a fine example of hustle, determination and team play. As a youth, he was a catcher in softball and forward in hockey for Immaculate Conception teams that won titles in peewee and bantam Church League competition. After serving in the […]

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D. J. (Doug) Gibson

D. J. (Doug) Gibson

Coming from an athletic family, it is no surprise that Doug Gibson developed into a very good hockey player. He came up through Church League and Jr. B ranks to play three Jr. A seasons with the Petes, breaking Mickey Redmond’s goal-scoring mark and competing in the 1972 Memorial Cup final. As a pro, Doug […]

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Ray Judd

Ray Judd

When Ray Judd came to Peterborough in 1955, he joined the nether-dwelling Lakefield Lumbermen of City League Softball with the reputation of being a reasonably good right-handed pitcher. What an understatement. By the time he left in 1961, Lakefield had won three All-Ontario Int. A Softball Championships and Judd was on his way to becoming […]

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Peter J. (Jim) Conlin

Peter J. (Jim) Conlin

The late Jim Conlin was a good athlete whose dedication to sport went far beyond the playing field. He played softball, hockey and football, and was a superb bowler. He spent 38 years as a player, coach and executive of the city’s Men’s Softball Association; in 1982 he was made a Life Member and was […]

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Joseph H. (Joe) Blewett

Joseph H. (Joe) Blewett

If you were watching hockey locally in the 1940s, that blur that went past was probably Joe Blewett, the Lakefield flash. Known for his speed and skill in hockey, Joe start in softball and later dedicated years to assisting minor sports. Joe joined the Int. A Petes in 1938-39 and was a key member of […]

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Gary H. Darling

Gary H. Darling

Gary Darling had a long and distinguished career in hockey as a player, coach, scout and NHL team executive. Although small of stature, he was a high-scoring star with a Warsaw team which won an OMHA championship, later excelling with Peterborough Shamrocks when they won OMHA All-Ontario bantam honours in 1953. Gary played Jr. B […]

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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 […]

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John (Jack) Mackness

John (Jack) Mackness

Jack Mackness is a Peterborough native who excelled over a period of many years in softball and hockey, both at the playing level and in executive capacities. A renowned hitter, Jack was also one of the best defensive outfielders ever to play City League softball. His playing career spanned four decades 1939 to 1961, and […]

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Greg Marchen

Greg Marchen

Born in Newmarket, Greg Marchen moved to Peterborough at age two and went on to excel in three sports – hockey, softball and lacrosse. As a puck-chaser, Greg played Jr. B hockey in this city, then commuted for nine seasons to play Sr. A in Belleville, ON. He was offered a pro contract with the […]

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Dorothy M. K. (Dot) Millar

Dorothy M. K. (Dot) Millar

Born Dorothy Mortimer, Dot Millar and her sister Gladys were among the finest women athletes this city has ever produced. Dot began playing softball at the age of 14 and after three seasons with the CGE team, played a season in Toronto as catcher for the great Marg (Babe) Vincent. Their team won the Toronto […]

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R. H. R. (Russ) Scriver

R. H. R. (Russ) Scriver

A Lakefield native, Russ Scriver is considered one of the gamest and best-liked competitors in our area, a great contributor to sport in Peterborough. Russ was a high school standout in football, and excelled in Jr. B hockey, but his best years were spent in the RCAF during World War II. Upon returning, he played […]

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L. J. (Jake) Wade

L. J. (Jake) Wade

Jake Wade was born in Coventry, England, but moved to Peterborough with his family when he was one year old. As a youth, he excelled in track and field; at age 13 he won seven firsts in the PCI field day events. He played minor hockey here, had a season of Jr. B at age […]

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J. T. (Jack) Playford

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 […]

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