Sports Wall of Fame

Sootheran, William R (Bill)

Sootheran, William R (Bill)


Bill Sootheran was one of the prime builders in sports in Niagara Falls during the 1930-1950 era. He managed to do this while achieving outstanding business success as a newspaper advertising executive and making significant contributions to the political and community service spheres of Greater Niagara.
Bill joined "The Evening Review", as it was then known, in 1929 and for the next twenty odd years played a major role in the sports community. He served the Greater Niagara Baseball Association for some twenty years, fourteen of them as secretary, and is presently a life member. It was during his tenure that the solid foundation was laid for a highly successful organization. He also contributed greatly, in his capacity as manager, to the success of Brights, Houcks, and Fords senior baseball teams. Two of these teams went on to win Ontario championships. In addition, this personable gentleman was active in the executive and managerial aspects of other sports, notably basketball, football and badminton. Bill was one of the true giants of sports in Niagara Falls during this era. 
 

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Brights Senior Baseball Team 1941  Brights Senior Baseball Team 1941
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Brights Senior Baseball Team 1941 era 1900 - 1950
Description  Title cont.: Ontario Baseball Association Senior Champion 1941
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:Wilbur Whitehead, Steve Wodynski, Dominc Senese, Phil Bova (Coach), Bill Sootheran (Manager), Hugh Corrigan, Art Terry, Pete Copie, Max Kaminsky ; middle row: Walter Kalbfleisch, S Koslonski, Johnny Worrall, Tommy Wilkinson, A Maischoss Jack Stephenson, Garnet Morden ; Bottom row: Leo Senese, Flae Cochrane (Mascots), Missing: Stan Lipka, Harry Wasser, Hal Connors ;
Date  1991.
 
 
Click to view photograph taken at Induction Ceremony  Click to view photograph taken at Induction Ceremony
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Title 4th Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - William R (Bill) Sootheran Builder
Creator  Simon, Pat
Date  1993.
 
 
Houcks Senior Baseball Team 1946  Houcks Senior Baseball Team 1946
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Houcks Senior Baseball Team 1946
Description  title cont.: Ontario Baseball Association Senior Champion 1946
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1992 ; Back Row L-R: Oscar Wilson Coach, Steve Wodynski, Jim Somerville, Bill Harper, Ray Fowle, William Houck Sponsor, James McMurtrie, Pete Long, Boyd Slemon, Bill Kerr, William Poole, William Sootheran Manger ; Front Row: Garnett Morden, Jack Stephenson, Fred Gibbs, John Worrall, Walter Kalbfleisch, Tony Rufrano, Jack Morrison, Robert Wilson ; Inset: William Whittet ;
Date  1992.
 
 
 
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