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Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019
Leo Roininen captures the javelin - in 1950
by Randy Pascal
TWIS looks back at July 10th - 17th, 1950

A graduate of Sudbury Tech who has represented Canada at the Olympic and British Empire Games, Leo Roininen captured the javelin with a throw of 182 feet, seven inches at the Amateur Athletic Union Canadian senior championships in Hamilton.

Roininen was the only Sudbury representative at the two-day meet, which drew fewer than 150 competitors, the overwhelming majority from Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern United States.


Gord Luck came in from his regular post in right field to chalk up his first mound win of the 1950 Nickel Belt Baseball League season as the rampaging Creighton Indians made it ten in a row, whitewashing the Garson Greyhounds 3-0 at Queen's Athletic Field.

Luck pinned the Hounds down to just five hits, striking out nine as only three Garson runners got past second base. Successive doubles by Cap Cappelletti, Art Carbone and Gerry Girard sparked a three-run outburst in the eighth inning, sending Greyhounds starter Toby Leipala to the showers.

Not all went perfectly for the Tribe, however. Centerfielder Andy Barbe's streak of scoring at least one run for his team came to an end at 17 games as the fleet-footed cleanup hitter was forced at second and third in the low scoring affair.

The win stretched the Creighton lead atop league standings to 3 1/2 games, improving to 14-4 on the season. Two nights later, Sault Ste Marie import Enzo Zanatta was at his best, sitting down 13 batters as the Copper Cliff Redmen climbed back on the winning wagon, pummelling three Coniston Buzzer pitchers for a convincing 9-1 victory.

Art Ross opened the scoring, reaching base on a bunt and eventually stealing home plate in the second, with Frank DiCorcia driving home Buck Paquette with a single to double the advantage in the fourth.

The Redmen bunched three hits, combining them with a walk and an error in a four-run splurge to put the game on ice in the sixth. Paquette, DiCorcia and Zanatta all collected two hits apiece for the winners.


The Sudbury White Eagles made it five wins in six outings, overwhelming the Adria Club 5-1 Saturday at Memorial Park in a battle of teams at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Ted Tadeusiak banged home four of the five markers for the Eagles, with Joe Podkulski (Eagles) and Harvey Knoll (Adria) trading goals early on. The Eagles hold a four point lead in league standings over the Garson Gunners, while Adria brings up the rear in the eight team loop.

Little surprise that Tadeusiak is also showing the way in the scoring with 13 goals, five more than Taffy Davis (Garson). Tadeusiak has more than doubled the remainder of the top ten, including Andy Wozniak (6 - Eagles), Marian Malinowski (5 - Eagles) and Podkulski, Aurelio Biscaro (Caruso) and Gord Young (Garson), all with four.


A crowd some 700 strong gathered at the Northland Club as local boxers stepped into the ring with a collection of dukers representing Toronto Oakwood Club. Only a win by Don Wallace, the shifty, hard-hitting Torontonian, prevented a Sudbury sweep, with Wallace blasting his way to a fourth round technical knockout of Fern Lachapelle of Copper Cliff.

Nels Beaudry, a clouter from Garson Mines, flattened tough guy Giuseppe DePietro in the fourth round as well, while middleweight Hank Nash was awarded a decision after five action-filled rounds with Doug Peacock.

Wild swinging Vic Millius of the Northland Club had Bobby Discher in trouble, almost from the outset, winning easily, while Little Lloyd Houle made it thirty straight wins, getting the better of Gord Budd of Oakwoods in the first of the main events.


The Sudbury Miners Hockey Club celebrated the 1949-1950 season at a gala banquet, with the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club providing an ideal setting. Jackets were presented to members of the team, including Jockey Bellmore, Fats Rogers, Scotty Saunders, coach Jim Dewey, Johnny Hamilton, Bucky Basso, Bill Steele, Jay McCarthy, Jack Gladstone, Paul Theriault, Joe Palladino, Warren Thompson, Durno Rondina, Don McNabb, Chic Ceccholini, Jack Stack and Sam Rothschild.

The club, formed in the autumn of 1948, extended the North Bay Black Hawks to five games in a hectic NOHA final series in their first season, surprising Northern Ontario fans by taking the Soo Greyhounds to five games before bowing out last season.

Joining the festivities were Sambo Bettio and Zellio Toppazzini of the Boston Bruins, former Buffalo Bisons forward Leo Gasparini and Yacker Flynn of the New York Rovers of the Eastern Amateur League.


It will be the best of the local female softball loop meeting up with the Southern Ontario elite, as the Toronto Cecil Morris team travels north to face the all-stars of the Sudbury quartet.

Selecting the top talent from the four area teams, the hometown favourites will be represented with eight players from the hard-hitting Mine-Mill crew, with seven more coming from the league leading Maccabees.

The third place Combines placed a pitcher and an outfielder on the squad, while Capreol was shutout of the all-star selections. Here is a listing, by position, of the ladies carrying the local hopes:

Catchers: Isabel O'Reilley (M-M), Ann Rumball (Macs)
Pitchers: Jerry Pappin (M-M), Edith Matson (Macs), Peggy Currie (M-M), Vi Allen (Combines)
Infielders: Lois Robillard (Macs - 1B), Deva Clar (M-M - 2B), Irene Solski (M-M - SS), Delma Farenzena (3B)
Outfielders: Anita Coutu, Sandy Delabbio, Marie Robillard (Macs); Rosie DiPietro, Angie Charbonneau, Iris Wallace (M-M); Carmen Casas (Combines)

In the end, the bitter rivals from the Mine-Mill side and the Maccabees joined forces in a common cause, laying a 14-2 beating on the Torontonian visitors, with Delabbio enjoying a night to remember - a home run, triple and double and two walks.

Belting six of the 14 runs across the platter, and scoring three times herself, Delabbio almost single-handedly did in her opponents, though Pappin helped out greatly on the mound, scattering four singles and striking out seven in nine innings of work.


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