Baseball

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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Don Lech

Don Lech excelled in several sports – swimming, football, basketball, handball and running to name a few. As a youth he swam competitively for the YMCA, finishing with a bronze medal in the 1943 Ontario Junior finals. And as a gridder, because of his great stature, Don played tackle on several very good teams. His…

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Fred 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

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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Athletes in the City of Peterborough, particularly those in baseball, football and basketball, owe a debt of gratitude to Hugh Campbell. Hugh came here from the United States in 1928 as general manager of the Johnson Motor Company, later to become the Outboard Marine Corporation. His company supplied equipment, refurbished the grandstand and maintained the…

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Charles 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…

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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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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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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…

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Here is an athlete who excelled in hockey, although he never played in a boxed-in or covered arena until his team reached the public school finals. Bun Kingdon was also a very fine baseball player. In hockey, he played five years of junior, starting at age 15. His teams had memorable series with Toronto St.…

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Les Burton was an outstanding athlete, particularly in hockey, baseball and softball, who spent his entire athletic career in this area. He played his early hockey years in the South End Hockey League and was a member of the 1931-32 champion Maple Leaf bantam club. The next season, his Ranger club won the juvenile crown.…

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Joe Stewart was a Peterborough native who excelled in many sports, a ‘team player’ with initiative and versatility as his participation in numerous sports at championship level indicates. If there was need for a team, or a league, Joe was often the one who made it all happen. He played on Ontario and Canadian championship…

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Edward E. Murphy was in the vanguard of outstanding athletes who came to Peterborough in the 1930s. A Toronto native, Eddie was a perennial all-star shortstop, good enough to be scouted by major league teams. He also excelled in football, playing for the 1932 St. Michael’s team that won the Ontario title, and for the…

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Born in Peterborough, Norman (Bill) Calladine moved to the United States as a hockey player while in his early 20s, and achieved considerable prominence early in life. Bill excelled in hockey, softball and baseball, going on to international fame in the former. During his pro hockey career he played with such greats as Art Ross…

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Lambert Collins belongs to the early baseball and hockey eras of this city. He was a rugged, aggressive hockey player on Peterborough teams of the 1920s. In 1923, he was a member of a good team, which lost out in Ontario playdowns to Toronto Varsity, a team which ultimately played in the Memorial Cup finals.…

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Eddie Starr

Starr, whether with one ‘r’ or two, is the right name for this excellent athlete. Born in Peterborough in 1917, Eddie’s name is prominent in our sports history in baseball, softball and hockey. He first played bantam baseball at age 12 in the City League, and was a catcher for Maple Leaf bantams which defeated…

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Fred Ash picked a perfect time to come back to his birthplace, in 1924, to work for Quaker Oats. He was a quality baseball player and he came back from a two year stint in Chicago, just in time to join forces with many members of the 1923 junior team which had won the Ontario…

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Bill Edger was a very versatile athlete who performed at a high skill level in baseball, basketball and volleyball over a 15-year span. He played a key role on teams which won provincial championships in all three sports. Born in Bowmanville, ON, Bill moved here in 1942 and starred as a righthanded pitcher with city…

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William J. F. Dadson, better known as either Bill or Lefty, was born in Bowmanville, ON, and as a teenager was a standout in both baseball and track and field. He was a successful football quarterback, voted Most Valuable Player on his Bowmanville High School team, and also played forward on an Ontario Juvenile B…

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An above-average athlete in many sports, Al was particularly outstanding in baseball. Born in 1928, his earliest triumphs came in softball; he was a catcher for the Southend Trojans, City Junior Champs. The same season, he also played for the Southend team in the City Baseball League and earned the Fred Craig Memorial Trophy as…

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