Three local players enter softball hall of fame
Three softball players with ties to the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region were recently enshrined into the provincial softball hall of fame.
Softball Newfoundland and Labrador (SNL) took time to recognize the achievements of Ward Gosse, Dominic O’Reilly and Aloysius “Wish” Pittman during its annual hall of fame awards ceremony, held Nov. 21 in Kelligrews.
Gosse, a Bay Roberts native, is widely considered one of the best softball players Newfoundland and Labrador ever produced.
Following three years of play in the St. John’s Junior League, Gosse spent 27 seasons in the St. John’s Senior League and set several league records — career home runs (103), RBIs (363), games pitched (346), wins (178), and strikeouts (2,532).
He was a member of 11 championship teams during his senior league career, played on 15 provincial teams at nationals, and competed in the 2006 International Softball Congress’ World Fastball Tournament as a member of the Kegel Black Knights team from Fargo, N.D.
In 2012, SNL named Gosse co-winner of an award to honour the most outstanding player of the previous 25 years. He shared the award with Colin Abbott, another player SNL inducted into its hall of fame last month.
As a youth, Gosse won provincial championships at the squirt and midget levels representing Bay Roberts and played in the national championships at both levels.
O’Reilly played in the Placentia Inter-town League and the St. John’s Senior League. He hit .284 for his career in the latter league and was a member of three championship teams.
O’Reilly represented the province five teams at Senior Nationals and was a player-coach on the ‘Silver Dollar’ team that won the 1988 Eastern Canadian Senior B Championships. He was a member of six Provincial Senior A Championship teams.
Pittman also played ball in Placentia. He was a member of the Inter-town All-Star team in the late 1970s and represented the province twice at Junior Nationals.
He represented Newfoundland and Labrador 11 times at Senior Nationals and also played on three Provincial Senior A Championship teams.
Aloysius “Wish” Pittman