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Brights Senior Baseball Team 1940

Brights Senior Baseball Team 1940


The T. G. Brights winery aggregation captured the 1940 Ontario Baseball Association Senior Championship, the first such title for a Niagara Falls team and the first time in the history of the Ontario Baseball Association that a winner of the senior series was supplied by the Niagara District League. Before earning provincial laurels the Brights crew, displaying phenomenal hurling, smooth catching and sensational infield and outfield work, holding the opposition scoreless for a record -breaking 73 consecutive innings in nine league contests. Pitchers Copie (39 innings), Senese (25 innings) and Wasser (9 innings) anchored the shutout effort while the defence committed only seven errors in
establishing the record. Brights took Niagara District League playoff honours by defeating the St. Catharines Transports and then Ralph Heximer defeated the Stratford Nationals, titleholders the previous two years, handing them two straight losses. Brights came from behind in the finals against the Oshawa Generals, the best in Eastern Ontario, dropping the first two and carrying off the next three contests. Copie, Brights' reliable southpaw was the main figure in the final game of the championship series, allowing only two hits, both singles, in the 7 -0 triumph. The win gave Brights the 1940 O.B.A. Senior Championship and well- earned accolades for a season of remarkable achievements. 
 
 
 

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Team Member  Bova, Phil 
Team Member  Cochrane, Flae 
Team Member  Copie, Pete 
Team Member  Hardison, Bobby 
Team Member  Heximer, Ralph 
Team Member  Kalbfleisch, Walter 
Team Member  Kaminsky, Max 
Team Member  Leone, Jimmy 
Team Member  Lipka, Stan 
Team Member  Lister, Andy 
Team Member  Mollison, Vic 
Team Member  Morden, Garnet 
Team Member  Senese, Dominic 
Team Member  Senese, Leo 
Team Member  Stephenson, Jack 
Team Member  Thomas, Paul 
Team Member  Wasser, Harry 
Team Member  Whitehead, Wilbur 
Team Member  Wilkinson, Tommy 
Team Member  Wodynski, Steve 
 
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