Base­ball in Went­worth


As Bruce Ryan claims in his the­sis on the his­tory of Went­worth while tak­ing a course on Cana­dian Stud­ies at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity in the 1970s: “Through­out its past, Went­worth has al­ways en­joyed an ac­tive in­ter­est in sports ... The will to com­pete in sports is par­al­lel to the se­ri­ous am­bi­tion of Went­worth peo­ple to ex­ert their de­ter­mi­na­tion so con­sis­tent in any un­der­tak­ing by the com­mu­nity.”

Went­worth base­ball teams in the past at first played against teams from lo­cal school ar­eas – for in­stance, folks from the Went­worth Cen­tre school area would play against a team from the Went­worth Val­ley school area; then, go­ing fur­ther dis­tances would play against teams from a nearby area such as Wal­lace, for in­stance, a Went­worth team would play against a Wal­lace team.

In the past, the favourite game played on school grounds at a one-room school for grades 1 to 11 was base­ball with all ages and gen­ders play­ing a game to­gether.

For­tu­nately, in my re­search about base­ball in Went­worth, I was able to find pho­tos with names and dates, or team lists with dates but no pho­tos, or just team lists with­out pho­tos or dates, but they all help to sum­ma­rize Bruce Ryan’s state­ment.

The rest of this col­umn will show pho­tos with text or sim­ply a list of names of team play­ers with­out a photo. At times in my re­search, I could not find the date of the photo or list.

In this photo from the Ox­ford Jour­nal, Quincy Brown re­ceives the Gil­bert Hen­der­son Me­mo­rial Tro­phy as most sports­man­like player.

Team from about 1904. Front row (from left) Homer Brown, James Swan, Wil­bert Teed, Ernie Brown, un­known, un­known, (back, from left) Jamie Brown, Ge­orge Teed, Sandy Giles, Will Angevine, Char­lie Betts.

The date this photo was taken is un­known. In the photo are: Harold Bar­clay, Ross Teed, LaMert Brown, Will Whid­den, Harold Lit­tle. Front row: Alonzo Letcher(pitcher), Art Betts (catcher), Car­rold Betts and W.K. Betts.

This 1981 photo from the Ox­ford Jour­nal shows the Red Sox awards ban­quet.

Awards cer­e­mony from an un­known date. Ge­orge Red­mond, Bobby Madore, Carl Pa­triquin

This photo from the Ox­ford Jour­nal shows Jeff Red­mond of the Val­ley Pi­rates mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to Sharon Teed.

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