The Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame will grow by nine new members this fall. The hall announced its latest inductees on Tuesday (April 10). The list included:
Ed Beattie, Boxing Athlete; Jake Gaudaur, Football, Athlete and Builder; Doug Harrison, Basketball, Builder; Florence Harvey, Golf, Athlete and Builder; Robert (Bobby) Kerr, Track, Athlete; John McGrane, Soccer, Athlete and Builder; Angelo Mosca, Football, Athlete; Jack Pelech, Multi-Sport Builder; Chris Rogers, Horse Racing, Athlete.
The 2012 Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner is scheduled for Sept. 25, at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on Stone Church Road East.
Sunday (April 15) the Hamilton Bulldogs will hold a special pre-game presentation for the inductees. A portion of ticket prices for the team’s final game of the season will help support the Hall of Fame. Ticket information is available via email at: email@example.com
Ed Beattie (Boxing, Athlete)
- Fought as an amateur from 1951 to 1957 losing only seven times in over 200 bouts
- Canadian Champion in two divisions and defeated five national champions
- Held national and international Golden Gloves titles, winning them at the Parade of Champions held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto
- Traveled as an amateur and professional boxer throughout Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and United States representing Hamilton
- Captain of the 1956 Olympic Boxing Team, the only Hamiltonian to hold this position
- Fought his last amateur bout at Maple Leaf Gardens in the Canadian Champions (Golden Gloves) vs. the USA National Champion before 14,000 fans, winning unanimous decision
- Turned professional in 1957 with Angelo Dundee as his trainer, winning his first professional bout
- After winning first five fights, experienced heart problems; discovered a hole in his heart that was operated on and within one year returned to the ring. Rocky Marciano and Carmen Basilio were among those who donated blood for his surgery.
- Upon his return, he strung together a long win streak which included the Canadian Professional Lightweight Championship in 1960
- Retired in 1962
- Inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1974
- 1974 Coach of the Canadian Boxing Team in the British Commonwealth Games in New Zealand
- 1993-96 appointed Ontario Boxing Safety Commissioner
Jake Gaudaur, (Football Athlete/Builder)
- Born Orillia Oct. 5, 1920. Died Burlington, Dec. 4 2007
- Played in the Canadian Football League for 11 years, including 7 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1940, 1948-1953)
- President and General Manager of the Tiger-Cats from 1954-67, during which time they won 9 Eastern Conference titles and 4 Grey Cups
- He was Commissioner of the CFL from 1968-84 and did much in the founding of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum
- During his term, he was instrumental in keeping the CFL a Canadian entity, in opposing American influence by seeing that the League stuck to Canadian rules and regulations
- He assumed permanent chairmanship of the Player Pension Plan Advisory Board, the Management Council, the Rules Committee and other offices and duties pertaining to the CFL
- He was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1984
- Named an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1985
- Instrumental in placing the CFL on a firmer financial footing with regard to radio and television rights and contracts as well as making the Grey Cup Game Canada’s number one event in sports
- Strong believer that pro sports should use its high visibility to support charitable and fitness causes and annually authorized the use of non-commercial messages in CFL broadcasts, at no cost, to support charitable causes.
Doug Harrison, (Basketball Builder)
- Founder of the Hamilton Transway Girls Basketball Club in 1979. Transway teams have won 75 provincial championships in the last 30 years, over 200 tournaments and has the most wins for a club in Ontario
- Created and convened Transway Annual Tournament in 1983 and in the past 27 years it has brought more than 1,300 girls teams into the city which represents more than 18,000 players and coaches
- Started the Transway house league in 1985 and the Transway Annual Basketball Summer camp in 1993
- 2008 inducted into Ontario’s Basketball Hall of Fame (builder) in 2008; honoured at the Celebration of Significant People in 2004; Greater Hamilton Tourism Award of Excellence in 2000; City of Hamilton’s Sport Volunteer of the year in 1998; Board of Directors for Hamilton Sport Council from 1996 to 2007.
- Member of Hamilton’s 1961 Senior “B” basketball championship team.
- Captain of the Delta High School basketball team and two-time winner of the Hamilton Spectator All Star Player Award
- Born and raised in east end Hamilton, retired after 40 years with Stelco in 2003
Florence Harvey, (Golf Athlete)
- A Pioneer of women’s athletics
- Born in Hamilton in 1878 and lived most of her life in the city, died at her home in Ancaster in 1968
- Started playing golf at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club around 1900, quickly becoming one of the club’s top players
- Won the Canadian Ladies’ Open Championship in 1903, 1904
- Won the Ontario Ladies Amateur title in 1904, 1906, 1913, 1914
- Runner-up Canadian Ladies Championship 1911, 1913
- Semi-finalist in the U.S. Ladies Championship in 1910, losing to fellow Hamiltonian Dorothy Campbell, who repeated as champion
- 1913 founded the Canadian Ladies Golf Union, which later became the Canadian Ladies Golf Association, and served as its secretary until 1919
- 1918 volunteered with the Red Cross and was assigned a post with the Scottish Women’s Hospital unit as an ambulance driver attached to the First Serbian Army.
- 1920 played in the British Ladies’ Championship in Ireland
- Inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1972
- Inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2000
Robert Kerr, (Track Athlete)
- Born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (present-day Northern Ireland) June 9, 1882 and immigrated to Canada when he was five.
- 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis eliminated in the heats of all three events he entered (60 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres)
- Eventually set Canadian records in all sprint distances between 40 and 220 yards
- He won Canadian titles in the 100 yards (1907) and 200 yards (1906 to 1908)
- 1908 competed in the British Championships, winning both the 100 and 200 yards
- 1908 Summer Olympics, held in London, he greatly improved on his Olympic performances of 1904, winning Bronze in the 100 metres (behind South Africa’s Reggie Walker and the United States’ James Rector) with a time of 11.0 seconds and GOLD in the 200 metres, held the next day with a time of 22.6 seconds.
- After his sprinting career, Kerr remained active in sports. He coached the athletics and football teams of Hamilton, and was an official at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics. In 1928, he witnessed Percy Williams succeeding him as Canadian winner of the 200 metres
- He was involved in the Canadian Olympic Association, and helped organize the 1930 British Empire Games in Hamilton
- Kerr died in Hamilton, May 12, 1963, aged 80. A park in his home town was named in his honour
John McGrane, (Soccer Athlete/Builder)
- Long time Hamilton area resident
- Member of Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame (2008) and the Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame (2012)
- Owner of the indoor facility ‘Soccerworld’ for over 25 years, hosting over 25,000 youth soccer participants
- Played a significant role in making soccer the number one sport for youth participation in Hamilton
- Has played a leading role in raising significant funds for local and international charities
- Capped 12 times for Canada and played in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal
- Started professional career with Hamilton City of the National Soccer League
- Played nine years in the North American Soccer League and was a teammate of Johan Cruyff and George Best (Los Angeles Aztecs). Also played in NASL with Montreal Manic and Minnesota Strikers.
- Played in the Major Indoor Soccer League with Montreal, Chicago and Minnesota
- Coach and General Manager of the Year in 1988 with the Hamilton Steelers of Canadian Soccer League
Angelo Mosca, (Football Athlete)
- One of the greatest football players in Canadian Football League history and a legend for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and as a professional wrestler with the WWF and NWA
- Attended the University of Notre Dame and was drafted by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1959 in the 30th round (350 overall) but chose to play in 1958 for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was traded to Ottawa in 1960, and played for the Rough Riders in 1960 and 1961 before joining the Montreal Alouettes for five games in 1962. He played his remaining years, 1962-72, in Hamilton.
- A five-time Eastern All-Star and two-time All-Canadian All-Star.
- Played in nine Grey Cup games winning five (one with Ottawa Rough Riders and four with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats).
- Has lived in and/or near the Hamilton community for many years and continues to be heavily involved in many community endeavours and is a vocal advocate for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, its Alumni, and the CFL.
Jack Pelech, (Multi-Sport Builder)
- Born 1934. Died 2008
- An athlete and fitness enthusiast from the outset, John (Jack) Pelech changed the face of amateur sport in Canada
- A graduate of Cathedral High School, McMaster University and Osgoode Hall, he was a guiding force behind the establishment of the Canada Games. Member of Games Council 1969-2001, Chairman of Games’ Board of Directors, 1971-2001
- Chaired bids for several high-profile sporting events, including the 2003 World Cycling Championships, Pan Am Games bids in 1983 and 1991, Commonwealth Games bid in 2002
- Helped launch the ‘ParticipACTION’ campaign
- A successful lawyer, Pelech has also been acclaimed for his volunteer work in amateur sport. He was Hamilton’s Citizen of the Year in 1987, was inducted into the McMaster Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and was awarded the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal in 1992, Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, was inducted into Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction in 2005, The Order of Canada in 2006 and the Canada Games Hall of Honour in 2007. Received an honorary degree from McMaster University in 2001
- The Jack Pelech Award is presented at the Canada Games to the province which best combines competitive performance, sportsmanship and spirit of fair play.
Chris Rogers, (Horse Racing Athlete)
- Born in Hamilton Oct. 6, 1924. Died Oct. 29, 1976
- Inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1977
- Won his first race at Fort Erie Race Track in 1941
- Won 2,043 races in a 35-year career including numerous important graded stakes races in Canada and was considered one of the most complete riders of his time
- Won the country’s most prestigious race, the King’s Plate, twice, aboard Epic in 1949, and McGill in 1950. His third Plate (Queen’s Plate) victory was aboard Collisteo in 1954
- In 1958 Rogers guided long shot Lincoln Road to victory in the Jersey Derby and to second place finishes in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes behind the future US Hall of Fame colt, Tim Tam
- In 1977,The Jockey Club of Canada awarded Rogers a Sovereign Award of Merit
- In 1988, his son, Robert, accepted the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award on behalf of his late father. The award honours a jockey’s contribution to Canadian racing