Bob (The Bouncer) Jewitt to play for chewing gum - in 1951
by Randy Pascal
This Week in Sports visits March 15th to 22nd, 1951
Despite the fact that baseball weather is still weeks away, off-season diamond chatter concerning the Nickel Belt
Baseball League continues. Bob (The Bouncer) Jewitt, who excelled at third base for Copper Cliff in the playoffs,
will be holding down an outfield spot this season.
Jewitt turned down an offer of $ 275 a month and a job to play ball in Fredericton this season, returning to Copper Cliff
and renumerated with free chewing gum. Joe (The Arm) Mudric, who played shortstop for the Cliffers last summer, is
all set to peg those perfect infield throws for Frood.
Meanwhile, the Sudbury Shamrocks have agreed to play an exhibition baseball game at the Burwash Industrial
Farm against the inmates on May 24th. Some local hockey talent has agreed to setp up and help the inmates side, with
Andy Barbe (Pittsburgh Hornets), George Armstrong (Pittsburgh Hornets), Sambo Bettio (Hershey Bears)
and Zelio Toppazzini (New York Rangers) all expected to take part.
Now starring for the Owen Sound Mercurys, Pat McReavy was also a member of the Copper Cliff Redmen
the year they reached the Memorial Cup finals, suiting up with the likes of Jack Shewchuk and Red Hamill in
With homegrown heroes Tod Sloan and George Armstrong on hand, 180 boys and girls at the annual Falconbridge
Midget National Hockey League were in for a treat as the local loop hosted their year-end banquet.
Along with the various awards that were presented, the evening was hihglighted by some chatter with the two hockey
stars, as Sloan recalled netted the game-tying goal in the fifth game of the Stanley Cup final, forcing overtime which was
subsequently decided by Bill Barilko's Cup winning goal in overtime.
Following were some of the awards that were doled out:
Top Scorer - minor league (J. Adams Trophy) - Chummie White
Most Valuable Player - minor league (Arthur Boyce Memorial Trophy) - Jackie Proudfoot
Top Scorer - major league (R.D. Wilson Trophy) - Ronnie Deforge
Best Goaltending Record (R.C. Mott Trophy) - Billy Renaud
Most Valuable Player - major league (Canadian Legion Trophy) - Tommy Sheppard
The Sudbury Broomball League championship was decided at the Falconbridge Memorial Arena as Cheniers
doubled Brissons 6-3, sweeping the best of three series in two straight games. Cheniers took the opener 6-4 just a few
Andy Pitre set the scoring pace with two goals, while other marksmen included B. Doucette, Frenchie Coutu,
Claude Courville and N. Bobbie. Scoring honours for Brissons were divided between Laurent Brisson, Jerry
Chartrand and Ray Jolicoeur.
Backed by some solid goaltending from Ron Lapierre, the Copper Cliff Redmen forced a deciding game in their Jr
"B" series with the North Bay Scollard Hall Bears, downing the visitors 4-1. Alfio Sanchioni, Ray Mentis
and Roy Strong all scored in the third to lift the Redmen to victory.
The midgets made it a clean sweep on the evening, chalking up a 5-3 win over the North Bay Rangers as a well
balanced Copper Cliff attack featured goals from Alf Rondini, Pat Morrow, Jim Holmes, Gorman Brisson and Terry
With everything on the line, it was really no contest. The Soo Greyhounds whipped the Sudbury Miners 8-1
in North Bay in a historic sudden death meeting, as the Hounds now prepare to face the Porcupine Porkies in the
Northern Ontario Hockey Association final.
Ronnie Lay rifled a pair of goals for the Soo crew, with Bernie MacIver, Wally Zuke, Lud Bailey, Ted Ronney,
Terry Biocchi and Jimmy Mosienko, while only Paul Theriault could solve Greyhounds substitute netminder
Wally Maich, considered by some to be the only weak link in the Soo chain.
The Calder Cup, emblamatic of honours in the annual all-Ontario Midget National Hockey League Tournament, was
captured by the Copper Cliff Leafs on Sunday, recording a thrilled-packed 4-3 victory over North Bay at the
The payoff marker in the final was fired by Eddie Shack less than four minutes from the end. Picking up a loose
puck in North Bay territory, Shack worked his way towards the corner of the net before caroming a shot off the pads of
diminutive goaler Wayne Rennick.
Johnny Saganiewicz and Stella Crawford walked away with the bulk of the laurels as the YMCA concluded its
annual club badminton tournament this week. Saganiewicz figured in three titles, winning the men's singles and sharing
men's and mixed doubles honours with Jerry Marshall and Crawford.
Crawford, meanwhile, also teamed with Jean McCrea, winning a marathon three-game battle with Nellie Smith
and Nellie Terrell, missing her triple by just one point. Crawford fell to Terrell 11-9, 4-11, 12-11 in the
ladies singles as the latter added her YMCA crown to the Nickel Belt open singles title she currently holds.