Niagara Falls Citizen's Juvenile A OBA Champions
The Niagara Falls Citizen's Ontario Baseball Association Juvenile Champions were made up of 10 local players who played in 1949 on the former Buckley's team and continued playing together until 1955.
Bob Barnes coached these teams and each year they competed against premier Ontario teams. The Niagara Falls teams were well schooled in baseball fundamentals, were a close knit group, and were required to be versatile and play number of positions. The teams were very defensive minded, but with good base running and timely hitting they provided many winning seasons in City, District and Ontario playoffs.
They were City champions for seven straight years, Peewee through Juvenile and Niagara District Champions in 1949-51, 1953, 1954 and 1955.
In 1955, the local Citizens defeated the Niagara Falls Shoemakers in eight games to win the Niagara District Juvenile Championship.
They went on to defeat Oshawa 2-1 and 8-0 and then defeated Sarnia 1-0 and 8-3. They then met Ottawa in the Ontario Baseball Association finals and defeated them 15-7 and 9-8 to win the Ontario Championship. They won six straight games in their quest and were undefeated in playoff competition in their 1955 championship year.
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|Team Member||Adams, Wayne|
|Team Member||Atack, Jim|
|Team Member||Bodnar, Dusty|
|Team Member||Brognola, Ray|
|Team Member||Chamberlain, Bob|
|Team Member||Currie, Merve|
|Team Member||Cushing, Mac|
|Team Member||Dennis, Joe|
|Team Member||Fleming, Wayne|
|Team Member||Hoogasian, Henry|
|Team Member||Johnston, Murray|
|Team Member||Littlewood, Ken|
|Team Member||Lococo, Mike|
|Team Member||McCrie, Bruce|
|Team Member||McKinley, Tom|
|Team Member||McRae, Allie|
|Team Member||O'Laughlin, James|
|Team Member||Racey, Lyle|
|Team Member||Russell, Eric|
|Team Member||Stephen, Ted|
|Team Coach||Barnes, Bob|
|Team Manager||Green, Bob|
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