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A look back at Ottawa East Athletes
by Patsy Guzzo - Mainstreeter - September 1986
Parts One and Two
In the early 30ls Roseda1e Juniors Baseball Team brought honour to Ottawa East by winning championships. The players on the team included: Sam McLean; Wib Landymore, Jim Reaume, Eddie Coutter, Tony Friel, Wi11y Ferone, Babe Noffke, Amby Kiefl, Leo Patenaude, Lefty Dale, Pete Devine, Ki1by MacDona1d, Eddie Bar-nabe, Fred Thompson, Rene Barbeau and yours truly. Mr. Bill McLean was the manager and Mike Gadbois the coach.
Baseball was well represented by Ra1ph St. Germaine, who also played for the Rough Riders and Olympic Hockey; LenGrosvenor, a pitcher, also played NHL hockey with Ottawa; Harry Grave11e, Dick Noffke, Chuck Paul, also a CFL Football referee, Art Jewkes, Johnny Cook, Len and George Reaume, Pay and Buck John-son, Frankie Graham, Bert Lesage, Rene Lec1erc, Sam Macli, Sam Dinardo, Glen See1y (who pitched pro ba11)
Football also had its heroes in Tommy Shields' boarders, Russ Jackson, Bobby Simpson, Sam Scoccia, Kaye Vaughan and Boris Kotoff who all played with Ottawa Rough Riders. Sherriff Bruce Hamilton, a footballer of note along with brother Gordie, formed the Ottawa-Nepean Sports Club which has done so much for sports in the area. A brother, Garry, played hockey and sister "Deedy" was a hockey goalkeeper; Tony Galab, all-star with Ottawa Rough Riders lived on Main Street.
Arnie Morrison was an all--star quarterback with Ottawa Rough Riders.
Bob McCarthy starred in the 'CFL. Hockey produced such stars as Frankie
Graham, Emile Dagenais, the Maguire boys,
Ed Mahoney, father of "ol" hazel eyes, Dick, won the Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Championship of Canada in 1931. Ronnie Lacelle gained international prominence. Ty Walker of the Walker's Bread family fought many stirring welterwe-ight bouts with Frank Guzzo of the Preston Street Italian Village. These fights were classics and still remembered by older fight fans.
Let's not forget Gary "Stump" Craig who has kept the frost Bowl going all these years. In the late 40's, Sam Dibart-olo donated his trophy and entertained the teams after each game.
Gerry Boucher was an all-round athlete who also played with Rosedales. Brother Ray was associ ated with professional football for many years and was a CJOH sportscaster. Father, Carroll, was an outstanding baseball ump-ire.
Don Loney, Rough Riders star and Des Bloom gave much of their time as
referees and in later
Part Two - Mainstreeter - November 1986
Other Ottawa-Easters:John and Billy Aldrich and bro-thers were noted
for their sports activities. Howie Turner was an all-star with the Ottawa
Rough Riders; Carroll Bloom and his son Mike played professional hockey.
Gil Armstrong part-icipated in many Ontario and Canadian bowling champ-ionships;
Mike Blum played with the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Argos.
PHOTO INSERT CAPTION - CANADIAN MARTYRS' HOCKEY TEAM 1946
Jim Chambers and Harry Bourassa joined the Rideau Canoe Club in 1933.
Bill Chambers played football; Charlie Stanyar was a pit-cher of note
in softball and won a class "B" Golf Championship at Rivermead
some years ago. Brian Lynch played football with Ottawa Rough Riders,
He coached junior hockey and is now an NHL scout. Pat "Junior"
Presley was an all-round athlete and
Marc Brule played with the Ottawa Sooners, then with the Winnipeg Blue Bombersand the Montreal Alouettes. Recently I played golf with a Brian Blair from Shawinigan who said that our Otta-wa East neighbour and for-mer Liberal Cabinet Minister Jean Chretien participated in various sports in his native city.
Correction from a previous publication:
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