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Niagara Falls Citizen's Juvenile A OBA Champions

Niagara Falls Citizen's Juvenile A OBA Champions
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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Title 13th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony- Citizen's Juvenile A OBA Champions
Creator  Simon, Pat
Notes  The team played together from 1949 - 1955
  Induction January 1992 ; Members of the team included Jim Atack, Ted Stephen, Bob Barnes Coach, Ray Brognola, Eric Russell, Wayne Adams,Bruce McCrie, Murray Johnston, Bob Chamberlain, Henry Hoogasian, James O'Laughlin, Joe Dennis, Ken Littlewood, Lyle Racey, Mac Cushing, Allie McRae, Bob Green Manager,Merve Currie, Wayne Fleming, Tom McKinley, Mike Lococo, Dusty Bodnar ;
Date  January 20, 2002.
 
 
 
 

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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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