RIVERTON — One of the most celebrated members of the Stellarton-based Pictou County Albions is now a member of the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League’s Hall of Fame.
Guy Pellerine, a power-hitting shortstop and pitcher, was cited by league president Barry Anderson for anchoring the infield that helped the Albions to three straight Intermediate AAA provincial titles.
“He was a threat to go deep any time that he came to the plate,” Anderson said. “A class act, Guy will be an excellent addition to our hall of fame. He was an all star for most of the years that he was in the league. A gentleman on and off the field, Guy played the game with intensity and verve. He sported an impressive lifetime average and his power numbers were impressive.”
Pellerine, who has not played baseball for several years, said he was surprised to hear about the induction.
“Barry Anderson contacted me in mid-June and asked if I’d be interested in going in and attending the ceremony in Windsor,” he said. “I felt glad to be able to be included, but it felt a little bit off because I still feel young enough to play.”
Now 38, Pellerine was 18 when he began playing intermediate ball as a shortstop and pitcher for the first part of his career before joining the former senior team based in Truro, where he pitched and played shortstop, third base and first base.
Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries sidelined him for three years.
He said playing with the Albions when they dominated intermediate baseball was a highlight, including their championship in the current league in 2004.
“We were strong one to nine,” he said. “When we won the Atlantic championship we lost just two games of the 42 games we played that year.”
Pellerine, who is the Riverview Home Corporation’s CEO, said sports has reinforced his career in adult residency work.
“With teamwork, you can accomplish anything you want,” he said. “I’m able to translate teamwork in the field into my work experience.”
Pellerine has not ruled out playing baseball again if he’s physically able to, despite the induction.
“I hope it’s not the end of my career,” he said. I’d like to go out on my terms. Besides, my daughters are getting old enough to understand what I do and how I love doing it.”
Guy Pellerine stands near the front entrance of the Riverview Home Corporation’s main building. (Goodwin photo)