Courtney Malcolm among book’s sports figures


NEW GLASGOW — Courtney Malcolm said he was surprised to have been included in the most recent book authored and published by Clyde Macdonald.

“I was flabbergasted,” said Malcolm, who will be among those attending Macdonald’s book launch during an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on August 10 at the New Glasgow Library.

Malcolm is featured in the book’s 16th chapter and is described by Macdonald as “an iconic Nova Scotia sportsman whose promising NHL career was brought to a sudden end in 1952 when he fractured his right femur while playing hockey at a training camp in Guelph, Ont. Over the ensuing years he became an outstanding and respected icon of the sporting community in Pictou County and indeed Nova Scotia as a coach, official, administrator, organizer and developer.”

Malcolm said he was impressed with Macdonald’s extensive research that included securing a photo of the 1951-52 New Haven Tomahawks when he played on the Eastern Hockey League team.

He said his most cherished hockey thrill was winning the provincial grammar school hockey championship while playing on a team at Temperance Street School in New Glasgow.

“That had to be the biggest day of my life,” he said.

He paid tribute to many people who helped him along the way, especially his late wife Ann.

“You don’t do all these things without help,” he said. “My big help was Annie. I spent more time with other kids than my own kids.”

There are chapters on two other sportsmen — boxer and runner George “Spinney” Wright and baseball pitcher William Ackley Richardson.

Wright became a police officer, while Richardson was a notable judge in the Provincial Magistrates Court.

Richardson was pitching for Pictou Academy in 1921 when he struck out 22 New Glasgow batters. He matched that total against Stellarton while pitching for Westville.

He was at Dalhousie Law School in 1925 when the New York Giants of the National Baseball League offered in tryout. He declined in favour of his law studies.

Wright attempted to earn a spot on Canada’s Olympic boxing team when he attended the preliminary Olympic boxing trials in 1924 in Toronto. The boxer who eliminated him won a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Paris.

He was 33rd out of about 90 runners at the 1930 Boston Marathon with a time of thee hours, 15 minutes, 56 seconds. Johnny Miles finished 11th that year in two hours, 55 minutes, eight seconds.

Courtney Malcolm is engrossed as he reads a chapter about him in the latest book authored by Clyde Macdonald. (Goodwin photo)