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Three awesome baseball summers

There was no way I would ever forget the summers of 1951, ‘52 and ‘53. I was in my early teens — considered the most impressionable time in life, the juncture when your reason for being on this earth is supposed to become clear. It happened to me. Alright, it was a long time ago...

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Saunders school hosts Challenger Baseball

STELLARTON — Students at G.R. Saunders Elementary School got a chance recently to enjoy Challenger Baseball, with the help of Mayor League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays. Instructors with the Jays Care Foundation visited the school last Thursday for an hour-long morning session in the gym. Saunders is among schools that have accepted the foundation’s offer...

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Pitbulls set for regional baseball games

PICTOU — The Pictou Academy Pitbulls helped themselves get ready for the Northumberland Region baseball playoffs by hosting Northumberland Nighthawks at the CN Diamond. The Pitbulls are scheduled to play two games on Friday and two on Saturday during the regional tournament in Amherst. Pictou, a Division II team, dropped a 19-2 decision against the...

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It was a night never to forget

On Tuesday of last week — the day after Labour Day and the final day of summer vacation for school teachers and students — the Town of Stellarton had a significant anniversary, though the media didn’t note the occasion. I wonder if anyone else even thought about it. First prerequisite, you would have to be...

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New Glasgow 13-U baseball champs

NEW GLASGOW — The host New Glasgow Dairy Queen Blizzard have some more baseball to play. New Glasgow went 4-0 over Friday and Saturday to win the Baseball Nova Scotia 13-and-Under Tier I banner at the Kinsmen Field. The hosts won the event outright without requiring a championship game when three other teams posted 2-2...

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Royals, Cubs host baseball finals

STELLARTON — Two local teams are hosting Baseball Nova Scotia championship tournaments, while another is contesting a championship elsewhere. The Stellarton MacLeod Lorway Royals of the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League are hosting the four-team Intermediate AA provincial championship from Friday through Sunday at the Albion Athletic Field. Teams from Dartmouth, Truro and Tri-County are...

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O’Ree helped beat Stellarton

For two reasons I’ve always remembered a specific date 60 years ago — Jan. 18, 1958 to be specific. That day I rectified an earlier mistake by saying goodbye to my engineering studies at St. Francis Xavier University and heading home to New Glasgow, a departure that would point me in the right direction and...

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Baseball was Jack’s life

It was the first full day of summer and the weather couldn’t have been better. It was good to be alive, I thought as I headed home. When I entered the apartment, I noticed the message light was flashing on the phone in the kitchen. I checked it out. “This message,” the voice said, “is...

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Thrills, skills at baseball camp

STELLARTON — In 1971, Roger Kahn published his beloved baseball book The Boys of Summer. A new version got underway at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Let’s call it the ‘boys and girls of spring’ as dozens of little leaguers welcomed the baseball season with a skills camp. The camp, organized...

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The magistrate talked baseball

I’ve never forgotten my anxiety on that wintry morning in late 1959. I was feeling a bit insecure as I walked into the police station in Stellarton and went upstairs to the small office on the second floor. That’s where Provincial Magistrate W.A. Richardson conducted court in his office, handling minor cases without going to...

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