Sports Wall of Fame

Garrett, Norman Charles (Zeke) 1910 - 1985

Garrett, Norman Charles (Zeke) 1910 - 1985
Full size image of plaque

Norman Garrett was an outstanding coach of minor (age limit) amateur baseball teams in Niagara Falls for many years, particularly in the 1930's and 1940's. His teams captured many local Niagara District and Provincial championships. One of his outstanding achievements occurred in 1936 when his local West End Bantam and
Juvenile squads each won an Ontario Championship in its own age division. It was believed, at the time, to represent a first for an Ontario coach and was a feat which may not have ever been duplicated. Norm also guided the Niagara Falls Moose Juniors and Burroughs Juniors to Provincial titles in 1938 and 1940 respectively.
None of Garrett's teams were hand-picked all-star aggregations; his recipe for success was a thorough knowledge of the game and the ability to impart that knowledge to the youngsters under his direction. He engendered great respect and affection in his players and contributed greatly to solid character formation. He also won the trust and respect of colleagues and competitors alike. Norm or “Zeke”, as he was known to many, was a true builder of amateur baseball in Niagara Falls and at the Provincial level. In addition, he was a keen competitor in his own youth in other sports including football and hockey and in later years was an avid curler. He was indeed a sportsman in the finest sense of the word. 
 

Additional Images & Resources

 
Buckley's West Enders Juvenile Baseball Team 1936  Buckley's West Enders Juvenile Baseball Team 1936
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Buckley's West Enders Juvenile Baseball Team 1936
Description  Title cont.: Ontario Baseball Amateur Association Juvenile Champion 1936
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1991 ; Back row L-R: Norman Garrett (Coach), Ken Stowe, Bob Barr, Dave Catherwood, Leo McKenzie, Harold McCutcheon, Jack Biggar, Jack Rainer ; Front row: Ralph Heximer, Gord Fowle, John Wainwright, Jack Flynn (Mascot), Harry Benson, Ken Patterson, John Sorley ; Missing: Gerry Harris, William Stirling, Ernest Buckley (Manager) ;
Date  1991.
 
 
Buckley's West Ends Bantam Baseball Team 1936 Original photograph  Buckley's West Ends Bantam Baseball Team 1936 Original photograph
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Title Buckley's West Ends Bantam Baseball Team Ontario Champions 1936
Creator  Associated Screen News, General Brock Hotel, Niagara Falls
Notes  Inducted in to the Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame January 1992 ; from left to right: Back row Norman Garrett (coach, William Beatty, Cliff Bullock,Tom Flynn, Jack Eldred, Bill Harper, William Stirling, Robert Burgess, Front row: Newell Troup, Fran Matthews, Doug Palmer, Jack Flynn (mascot), Keith MacGillivray, Fred Higgins, Robert Cottringer, missing Ray Fowle, Ernest Buckley (manager), ;
Date  1936.
 
 
Buckley's West Ends Bantam Baseball Team Scan from plaque  Buckley's West Ends Bantam Baseball Team Scan from plaque
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Buckley's West Ends Bantam Baseball Team
Description  Title continued: Ontario Baseball Amateur Association Bantam Champion 1936
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1992 ; from left to right: Back row Norman Garrett (coach, William Beatty, Cliff Bullock,Tom Flynn, Jack Eldred, Bill Harper, William Stirling, Robert Burgess, Front row: Newell Troup, Fran Matthews, Doug Palmer, Jack Flynn (mascot), Keith MacGillivray, Fred Higgins, Robert Cottringer, missing Ray Fowle, Ernest Buckley (manager), ;
Date  1992.
 
 
Burroughes Junior Baseball OBA Champions 1940  Burroughes Junior Baseball OBA Champions 1940
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Burroughes Junior Baseball OBA Champions 1940
Description  era 1931 - 1950
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1993 ; Back Row L-R: J Freckleton, W Beattie B Herrington J Somerville D Parker, T Flynn, Captain,W Harper, R Cottringer ; Middle Row: C Stephenson, J McMurtie, N C Garrett Coach, M McBride, Sponsor R LaPrarie, Manager R Fowle, C Bullock ; Front Row: R McBride, J Cahill, J Flynn, Jun Somerville, J Richardson ;
Date  1993.
 
 
Moose Lodge Junior Baseball Team 1938  Moose Lodge Junior Baseball Team 1938
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Moose Lodge Junior Baseball Team 1938
Description  Title cont.: Ontario Baseball Assoication Junior Champion 1938
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1991 ; Back Row L-R: Norman Garrett (Coach), Bob Barr, Ken Stowe, Dave Catherwood, Leo McKenzie, Lee Cornell, William Stirling, Harold McCutcheon, Jack Biggar, Bert Murrell (Manager), Wilmer G Ward (President NFABA); Front row L-R: Tony Rufrano Jack Morrison, Gerry Harris, Jim McAnespie (Mascot), Ralph Heximer, John Wainwright, Fran Matthews ;
Date  1991.
 
 
 
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