Softball

Jim Fife was a good all round athlete growing up in Norwood. He played hockey, softball, football and basketball, winning a 1962 COSSA Junior B Basketball Championship, scoring a record 34 points in a single game.  He was an OMHA Bantam D and Midget D finalist in 1958 and 1960 and was invited to the…

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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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Growing up in Peterborough, Ken attended King George Public School, playing on the school teams in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.  For over 80 years, Ken Withers has been actively involved in playing, coaching and organizing sports in the City of Peterborough.  This versatile athlete played many sports.  While serving in the army during…

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Harry Walsh was considered a pioneer in the development of minor sports in  the City of Peterborough. He served on the YMCA Boys Work Board for many years; an organization established in the early 1930s to provide recreation opportunities for youth in the community. Harry was one of the founding members of the Peterborough Community…

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Growing up in Hamilton, Maggie was a champion in many sports – volleyball, bowling, tennis, softball, diving and swimming. She competed at the 1956 Olympic swimming trials, losing out to her teammate. Basketball was the sport where she made her mark as an elite player. She won numerous Ontario titles and appeared in six national…

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Described as one of “fastball’s greatest”, Wayne had an outstanding career spanning 30 years; playing locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. He played 25 years in the Peterborough Men’s City Softball League as a hard throwing right handed hurler who dominated on the mound and at the plate.  Wayne won a record 13 City League Championships…

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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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Dan Sharpe

Dan was born in Toronto and moved to Peterborough in 1963 at the age of 17 to play for the Peterborough Petes.  As a youth, he was MVP on several Toronto Hockey League championship teams and was a talented softball player.  He had a successful pro career with Houston Apollos and Amarillo Wranglers of the…

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Bill Twist

Born in Lakefield, Bill played ball and hockey.  He played Junior “B” hockey with Peterborough and was a call-up to the McGillis Eagles for their Senior “B” playoffs in 1952.  He also played for the Senior “B” Petes.  In 1955 Bill was part of the Lakefield team that won the OHA Intermediate “A” Lakeshore League…

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Mary Hinan-Grose

The Peterborough Sports Community has clearly been the beneficiary of many years of hard work and dedication by Mary Hinan. Mary played in the Women’s City Softball League for 14 years, winning the championship four times. She also organized, coached and served as Convener in the Community Church Softball League for several years. Nevertheless, it…

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Don Gray

Don Gray demonstrated the classic spirit of the volunteer in sports in Peterborough, working tirelessly for more than 20 years to give youngsters the opportunity to play softball and hockey. Don did not seek the spotlight while promoting participation, fair play and sportsmanship for generations of boys and girls. Don did it all, from coaching,…

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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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Gary Dalliday

Gary has been a fixture in the Peterborough sporting scene for 50 plus years. His career as a Sports Broadcaster began in 1975 at CHEX radio/television. Local sports were his priority and his coverage of sporting events endeared him to participants and fans. He was the on-air voice of lacrosse here for years. The highlight…

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Dave Ruthowsky

There are few softball pitchers anywhere who match the skills and longevity of Dave Ruthowsky. Dave’s softball career spans 40 years and includes teams that won 14 provincial championships, five Canadian championships, the 1976 World co-championships in New Zealand and a gold medal in the 1979 Pan-American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rated as…

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Neil 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 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 Dormer

Known as “The Little Iron Man,” George Dormer had an active career as a softball player, manager  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 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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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 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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