Sports Wall of Fame

Martin, John (Pepper)

Martin, John (Pepper)
Full size image of plaque

Life long Niagara Falls resident, John "Pepper" Martin, was a prominent figure in baseball. A 50-year baseball veteran, Martin was an athlete, builder, a manager, an executive, an umpire and a coach, as well as a devoted and distinguished gentleman.

Martin played in more than one thousand ball games in his twenty-two year career. He was a member of several teams including St Pat's, The General Brocks, the Robin Hoods, and Southend for whom he played third base. After playing for many years, he continued his involvement in baseball as a coach. His memorable coaching career included highlights such as the 1967 Juvenile OBA Championship and a tyke city championship in 1980.

Many rememebr Martin as an umpire at Oakes Park. He always had sound advice for young players and that was, "not to yell at anyone, especially the umpire, and to rememebr to have fun. Baseball is the best darn game in the world".

"Pepper" was also a dedicated member of the Old Tyme Sports Assocation, President of St Patrick's Holy Name Society, for twenty years and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sons of Italy. He also volunteered his time at St Pat's Church as an usher and as a helping hand on Bingo nights.

He has received a number of plaques honouring him for his dedication to the game of baseball, to the young people in the City, to the Church, and to the entire community.

"Pepper's" life was full of wonderful moments for him, his family and many friends. He will be forever recognized for his volunteer work and the honour of getting the "first hit" when Oakes Park opened in 1933.

Not only will "Pepper" be remembered as the "hot corner kid" at third base, but as a great man with an even greater heart. 

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Title 10th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - award to John (Pepper) Martin
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  Mayor Wayne Thomson (right) presenting the award to family members
Date  January 10, 1999.
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