Sports Wall of Fame

Conte, Art

Conte, Art
Full size image of plaque


Art became involved in minor baseball in 1959 when he was asked to help coach a squirt team. Within a very short time, he became a member of the Executive of the Greater Niagara Baseball Association, remaining a member until his death in 1981. He held the post of Registrar for many years and acted in every other capacity. At the time, there were very few people involved in the organization. Consequently, he did a little bit of everything to assist in the operation of GNBA. He coached. He umpired. He laid out the diamonds. He drove kids out of town that needed rides to their away games. He agreed to fill all vacancies in the GNBA and provided unending assistance to the Ladies Auxiliary.
He was also elected to the Executive of the Niagara District Baseball Association, at a time when it was imperative that the GNBA improve its relations with that body, and later he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Baseball Association. In this capacity, among other things, he fought hard to prevent the "buying" of players (i.e. the practice of offering an outstanding non-resident player a job and an address within the municipal boundaries for the summer to strengthen its team) and other strategies he considered unjust.
He particularly loved coaching. He was a head coach at many different levels -wherever he was most needed. For many years in the early 60's, his team advanced to the provincial finals or semi-finals. Then, in back to back years, 1967 and 1968, his Niagara Falls Bantam All-Star teams won the Ontario Baseball Association Championship.
He spent almost every summer night and weekend at one ballpark or another. He became a lifetime member of GNBA and following his death he was honoured by having his name placed on the organization's Field house alongside his longtime friend and partner in minor baseball, Jack Sadler.
Art was not one for personal recognition and awards. He just loved helping his boys and he did it through baseball. He felt blessed by the friendships he made with the youth that lasted a lifetime. Over the years, as the boys were getting on in life, he was so tickled whenever he saw one and heard him say "Hi, Mr. Conte". 
 

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Click to view photograph of Induction Ceremony  Click to view photograph of Induction Ceremony
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Title 12th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Art Conte Baseball
Creator  Simon, Pat
Notes  Induction January 2001 ;
Description  Family member is shown accepting the award from Mayor Wayne Thomson ;
Date  January 21, 2001.
 
 
Stamford Centre Fireman Bantam Baseball Team 1967  Stamford Centre Fireman Bantam Baseball Team 1967
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Stamford Centre Fireman Bantam Baseball Team 1967
Description  scan from book 14th Annual City of Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony ; date of photograph unknown ; title continued 1951-1970 era ;
Notes  This image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture; Bat Boys: Johnny Mallett, Dave Conte ; Front Row: Ken McCourt, Ralph Biamonte, Jim Conte, Tom Beland, Dan Ane, Joe Halos ; Back Row: Art Conte Coach, John Sadler, Charlie Stroud, Bill Leskiw, Louie Samtagata, Ray Forgie, Fred Smith, Rick Kemp, Tom Senese, Doug Mallett Coach ; Inset: Pete Lapins ;
 
 
 
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