Guelph CJOYs 1970 Senior Intercounty Baseball Team

1970 CJOYs Baseball Team

FRONT ROW – Ron Gumbley, Tom Lane, Frank Urtz, Dan Makey, Mike Phillips (batboy); 2ND ROW – Ron Stead, Larry Pearson, Barry Grimes (batboy); 3RD ROW – Nick DiCarlo, Robbie Sleeman, Bart Sgrignoli, Reid Heffernan, Joe Kaine (Coach); 4TH ROW – Mike Nunan, Howard Gumbley (Trainer), Dick Bondy, Leo Drexler (Assistant Trainer); BACK ROW – Keith Taylor, George Ashley (Manager), Walter Rykwa, Andy Russo, Dave Heffernan, Al Etchells, Angelo Volpe, Evo Parisotto (General Manager); MISSING: Dave Lemancyk

In 1932, Guelph baseball fanatics got to celebrate the winning of the Senior Intercounty Baseball Championship. If those fans had known that it would take 38 years to win another championship, they might have wanted to celebrate a little longer. Finally, in 1970, the Guelph CJOYs finally put the Guelph name on the trophy, ending a drought in a city that once was mad about the game. That 1970 team was a perfect blend of home grown talent and success in recruiting the best available players in the area. Under manager George Ashley, the team assembled a pitching staff that featured Ron Stead, recently inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Dave Lemanczyk who went on to pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays and a number of graduates from the Guelph Minor Baseball Association.

Inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame – Team category – in 2007