Baseball

Greg Hamilton was an outstanding athlete playing baseball from Tyke to Midget in the Triple AAA and All -Star system, and hockey from Triple AAA Atom to Junior B.  He was a 9th round draft pick of the hometown Petes. In 1985 he earned an athletic scholarship to Princeton University. While at Princeton he played…

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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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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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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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Born January 14, 1898 in Coplay, Pennsylvania, Al Heckman played ball in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before team manager Jake Solomon 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 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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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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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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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 team…

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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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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 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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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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Rowe Ralph

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 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 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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Russell Kitchen

A talented athlete, Russ was a sport standout over a 20-year span in Peterborough. Born at Owen Sound, he moved to this city in 1929, primarily to play baseball. That year, he pitched the Junior Petes to an Ontario Junior Championship and for the next 10 seasons he was a premier pitcher in the Central…

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Cy Whatley

Cy was born in England in 1912 and moved to Peterborough at the age of five. He started playing baseball in the local minor leagues, eventually making the Peterborough Seniors of the Central Ontario Baseball League (COBL) where he played for ten years. He was an outstanding player at all positions but will be best…

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Jack Guerin

Jack Guerin was born with a passion for sports and early in life developed a unique talent for organizing and working with people, especially in hockey and baseball. Over his career, Jack became involved with numerous minor sports organizations, including the Immaculate Conception Sports Committee, the Peterborough Baseball Association, and the PCCHL, in a range…

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Edward Whitehill

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, G. Edward Whitehill became a Peterborough resident in 1936 and quickly established himself as a quality baseball pitcher. He became known as “Gunner” although it was his tantalizing curve, used to set up the speed pitch, that kept opposing batters off stride. His first full year was a winning…

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