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1934 Chatham Colored All Stars


SPORT | Baseball
LEVEL | Intermediate "B"

Front Row: Stanton Robbins, Jack Robinson (bat boy), Len Harding

Middle Row: Hyle Robbins, Earl “Flat” Chase, Kingsley Terrell, Don Washington, Don Taborn, Ross Talbot, Cliff Olbey

Back Row: Louis Pryor (coach), Gouy Ladd, Sagasta Harding, Wilfred “Boomer” Harding, Percy Parker (coach)

Absent: Joe “Happy” Parker (manager)

The 1934 Colored All Star Team truly was a talented group of ballplayers. Having played two years of exhibition games, they decided to join the very competitive Chatham City League and, at the insistence of Archie Stirling, to try for an Ontario Baseball Association championship.

They won the city championship losing only one game in the regular season and with most of Chatham behind them, entered the OBA Intermediate “B” playdowns. They defeated Sarnia 2 games to 0, Welland 2 games to 1, and Milton 2 games to 1 leading up to the finals against Penetang and Phil Marchildon who later pitched 8 years in the major leagues for the Philadelphia Athletics.

After splitting the first 2 games of the final series and with the score tied 2-2 in the 11th inning of the third and deciding game, the umpire, fearing that the favoured Penetang team would lose, in a very controversial decision, called off the game because of darkness, even though there was enough light to play a “few more” innings. The All Stars eventually won the series and the championship 2 games to 1 in the extra fourth game.

The team brought Chatham its first OBA title and the team captured the admiration and the hearts of the entire city.

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