Pictou Advocate sports

And the quiz answers are …


Back in school days, there was an announcement I always hated to hear from the teacher as I struggled to finish an exam. Now, after many decades, I get to utter that brief but meaningful warning.

Time’s up.

If you haven’t yet completed the 33 trivia questions on Pictou County sports that appeared in last week’s column, you probably won’t.

So without overtime or a shootout, here are the answers:

1. When the New Glasgow Rangers won the Nova Scotia senior hockey championship in 1951-52, head coach was Bobby Beaton, who that year recorded his seventh APC league title.

2. The New Glasgow goalie in 1951-52 was Winnipeg native Jackie Gibson, who spent the previous three seasons with the Sydney Millionaires.

3. When the Rangers won another provincial title three years later, the “Kid Line” was Ducky MacLean, Bert Dalling and Ralph Cameron.

4. In 1964-65, when New Glasgow won the Maritime senior championship, the crowd of 3,200 fans that packed the Stadium for the clinching game saw Daryl (Big M) MacMillan score three times.

5. The two sports personalities who served as mayors of Trenton were Eddie Purvis and Barry Trenholm.

6. Stellarton Albions spent nine years in the Halifax and District Baseball League, from 1950 to 1958.

7. The two brothers who were outstanding goalies and played against each other in the Maritime Big Four were Trenton’s Hughie and Sonny MacDonald.

8. When the Pictou Maripacs won the APC league crown in 1952-53 with veterans like Tic Williams and Mark Babineau, a 20-year-old star was Joe Brown.

9. Trenton Scotias won the Maritime senior A softball championship in 1961, defeating Halifax Texaco for the Nova Scotia banner, and the Saint John Metros for Maritime honours.

10. The three Cape Bretoners who came to Pictou County to play baseball in 1947, then stayed to become popular baseball and hockey stars, were Leo Fahey, Mel Gadd and Frank Prozenor.

11. During the Stellarton Royals’ march to the APC crown in 1953-54, the tragedy on New Year’s Day was the highway accident that took the life of goalie Gummie Gilfoy en route to the game.

12. The Royals moved on that winter with coach Leo Fahey bringing in Greg Floyd, a former Sydney Millionaires netminder.

13. Moe Morhardt, a Stellarton Albion late in the club’s H&D league days, married a New Glasgow girl, then played in the majors with the Chicago Cubs.

14. The pitcher who lost to the Albions in Stellarton, then a week later won his first game in the majors with the Chicago Cubs, was Moe Drabowsky. In the big leagues, Drabowsky recorded 88 victories and, as a relief pitcher, had 55 saves.

15. The four bowlers who participated in the 1963 bowling marathon at the Heather Lanes in New Glasgow were Don (Shadow) MacMillan, Paul McMullen, Phil Carpenter and myself.

16. When softball’s Thorburn Junior Mohawks won three consecutive Maritime championships in the mid-1960s, the players who dominated in hitting and pitching were Allan MacLaughlin and Gordie MacKinnon.

17. The 1965 Stellarton Keith’s captured the 1965 Nova Scotia baseball title by defeating the Springhill Fencebusters in the provincial finals.

18. The team that posted an amazing 91 victories in 97 games over a seven-year period was the Pictou County Senior Rugby Team.

19. The late Scott Weeks established the Weeks Hockey Organization in 1985 when he entered a franchise in the provincial AAA midget league.

20. John Harris MacDonald was head coach when East Pictou Rural High won the Nova Scotia high school A title in front of 3,000 fans at New Glasgow Stadium.

21. The hockey player whose promising professional career ended at the New York Rangers training camp was Courtney Malcolm, who suffered a devastating leg injury.

22. The night I was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2003, the two Pictonians also inducted were New Glasgow golfer Graham MacIntyre and Stellarton hockey-baseball star Leo Fahey.

23. The 1956-57 Stellarton High hockey team marched to the provincial championship when Frankie Sim turned in a fabulous performance, scoring 19 goals in 11 playoff games.

24. Alex Murphy was the fellow who delivered the mail in New Glasgow in his day job, then pitched great games for the Thorburn Mohawks in senior softball in the 1950s and ’60s.

25. In his years fighting out of Los Angeles, boxer Art Hafey of Lourdes rose to number one world featherweight contender by scoring victories in 43 of 48 bouts.

26. The two senior hockey players honoured in Pictou County in the 1950s-60s era, and presented with new automobiles, were Tic Williams of the Maripacs and Nelson Wilson of the Rangers.

27. When Jon Sim, Colin White and Derrick Walser, all future NHLers, helped Weeks midgets win the Nova Scotia championship, the team was coached by Jon’s dad Hugh.

28. In the first six years of Halifax’s revived Blue Nose Marathon, Scotsburn’s Dave MacLennan dominated by winning the event four times.

29. After the first Johnny Miles Marathon in 1975, general chairman George MacKay stepped down, replaced by long-time volunteer George Manos.

30. The first Pictou County boxer to compete in an Olympic Games was Stellarton native Babe Mason in 1956.

31. When the New Glasgow Rangers won the Nova Scotia senior hockey title in 1943-44, the 17-year-old in the lineup was Jimmy MacDonald.

32. Before the Second World War broke out, Bobby Beaton played in Berlin with Adolf Hitler in the stands. Bobby and his Brighton Tigers won the European title that night.

33. In 1979, Mike Lees was a 20-year-old injured so badly in a motorcycle crash at Blue Acres, he was all but written off for dead. Twenty-two years later, he was inducted into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame for his career in wheelchair sports.

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