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.