Nicholas (Nick) DeCarlo
He is described by his peers as one of the smartest ballplayers to ever pull on a Guelph uniform. DiCarlo started his career like many young Guelph boys in the Guelph Minor Baseball Association where he honed his skills looking forward to bigger and better things. What would turn out to be his biggest thrill in baseball came early. It was thanksgiving Day in 1949 and Exhibition Park was overflowing with 3,500 fans for the final game of the OBA championship between Oshawa and Guelph. Not only did the Home side win, but DiCarlo was named the co-MVP of the series.
DiCarlo, who went on to play 20 seasons in the Senior Intercounty loop, was named to the allstar team in three occasions (twice as shortstop and once as second baseman) and he was among the all-time leaders in the triples and stolen bases. His playing career ended with a bang when the Guelph C-JOYs won the Senior Intercounty championship. He also won an OBA title as a playing manager in the 50s.
DiCarlo will always be remembered for his ‘smarts’ and versatility. His natural position was shortstop, but he played every position on the infield and also caught and pitched. To this day, you can’t have a conversation about Guelph baseball without the name Nick DiCarlo coming up in a hurry!
Inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame April 29, 1996