|Fact & Fantasy: A History of Tavistock & District||Sports - Page 100-101|
As for baseball, other than the customary Oxford vs. Perth series between Public and Continuation school pupils, the sport was not too prominent, until the Mid-Twenties when the North Oxford Baseball League was born. But we did play the game at school, and even had two teachers pitching for us at different times. The first teacher-pitcher was D.A. Norrris (whom we called Dan, according to his initials, but not within his hearing). He had only one arm, his left and consequently was a southpaw. But he could fire a curve across the plate, and I know, for I was his catcher. His wife was Agnes Veit, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Frederick Veit, of the Sebastopol Lutheran Church, sister to the late Mrs. E.A. Kalbfleisch. The other one came along some years later, when we entered the North Oxford Baseball League. He was A.H. Stillwell, and Norval "Chubby" Bowman was his catcher, I doffed the catching mask and decker after a foul tip split my finger; then I played shortstop until retirement.
Finally, as a concluding note on my memories of sport in Tavistock, may I intrude a brief reference to my family history. I shall be forever indebted to my paternal grandfather, the late Valentine Appel. For my emigrating from Germany with my grandmother and only child, my father, and settling about a mile north of Tavistock. Today the Appel (family) tree grows green and is laden with fruit. My two sisters, Vera (deceased) and Luella, were born in Canada: our five children were born in Canada (Tavistock): our twelve grandchildren were born in Canada: our two daughters-in-law were born in Canada, and our two sons-in-law. So we are all Canadians, and if you'll pardon the expression, I'm damn proud of it!
"During the program, the new floodlighting system in the park will be formally turned over, Lloyd Faber, President of the Tavistock Men's Club presenting the system to Tavistock, the acceptance to be made by Reeve Robert Rudy."
Some years before this event under the leadership of John "Dick" Keutsch, Clarence "Hap" Steinman and Carl "Bun" Seltzer, a town league of softball teams as formed with six teams, four from town and one each from Cassel and the East Zorra Junior Farmers. At the end of the season with play-offs under the lights at Hickson, the winner of the "Chamber-ware" was decided and a surplus of some $100 turned over as a nucleus for the $1500 it has cost to install the system. This gift was termed a "White elephant" by some of our citizens, but it has proved to be one of the best projects the Men's Club has ever sponsored. The lights are a boon to the Fall Fair, to the Tattoo, but most of all they have made possible Tavistock's fame in the softball world of Ontario.
O.A.S.A. CHAMPIONS 1965
It would be unfair to omit an account of our softball activities and to pay tribute to those who devote countless hours to provide us with the thrills of the game. Years ago the managers and coaches worked under the sponsorship of an Athletic Society, who ran the soccer and the hockey, the receipts of one making up the deficits of the other. Among these we must list,
Chick Appel, Harry C. Zimmerman, Doc. and Charlie Kaufman, Norm Baechler, and Fance Seltzer, Wilfred Corp and more recently Robert Rudy. Now we must include Fred Currah, the Lorne Yausie family, Carl Hohner, Fred Mutch, Donald Eckstein, Jim Routley, David Jutzi, Doug Hilderley and others like them, who get some support from the Service Clubs in hockey and softball. Tavistock boasts of Peewee, Bantam, Midget, Juvenile teams.
In 1967 the Midgets under Karl Hohner were co-champions of the Intercounty League with Sheffield. They lost in the semi-finals of the O.S.S.A. to Smithville. The team members were:
Catcher Karl J. Seltzer
Most outstanding in this field was the Juvenile team of 1965, who captured the ALL-ONTARIO OASA trophy, by ousting Cobourg and MacTier. In the week-end games at MacTier on Oct. 3, the first game went 14 innings, with Tavistock Winning 3 to 2. The first of the double-header on Sunday went to MacTier, 3 to 0, but in the second session "Monk" Wagler reversed the score. Thus after 4 years of competition, the team deserved the reception the council accorded them on their return.
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