Sports Wall of Fame

McRae's Senior "A" Fastball Team 1974

McRae's Senior "A" Fastball Team 1974
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In 1974, the Niagara Falls McRae’s Senior "A"Fastball Team won the Ontario Senior "A" Fastball League Championship.

This league was formed in 1973 and was considered the elite fastball league in Canada. Several players in the league were touted as the top players in the world.

In capturing the Championship, the McRae’s bested the Oshawa Tony’s, reigning Canadian Champs, in a best of 5 final, 3 games to 2. To get to the finals, the McRae men won against Burlington in a sudden death playoff game in Niagara Falls, this afforded them the opportunity to play Newmarket in the Western Conference Championship. The Niagara Falls team defeated Newmarket 2 games to 1 to gain a berth in the Championship against Oshawa. Oshawa had defeated the Toronto Globals to get to the finals.

The outstanding pitching from Ed Neudorf (who was a pick-up for Oshawa when they won the Canadian Championships), Jake Neufeld, and Walt Szpilewski led the way for the victorious Niagara Falls squad. McRae’s also won the prestigious Labatt’s International Fastball Tournament in 1974 with a 2-1 victory in the final against Detroit. The George Lalicich and Al Dane coached team was one of the finest fastball teams ever assembled in Niagara Falls. 
 

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Click to view image of bat boy Mike Lalicich  Click to view image of bat boy Mike Lalicich
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Title Mike Lalicich bat boy of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of coach Al Dane  Click to view image of coach Al Dane
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Title Al Dane coach of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Coach George Lalicich  Click to view image of Coach George Lalicich
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Title George Lalicich coach of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Dave Steele  Click to view image of Dave Steele
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Title Dave Steele team member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Jake Neufeld  Click to view image of Jake Neufeld
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Title Jake Neufeld team member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Jokie Summers  Click to view image of Jokie Summers
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Title Jokie Summers Equipment Manager for McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Rich Plato  Click to view image of Rich Plato
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Title Rich Plato Statistician of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Rick Climenhage  Click to view image of Rick Climenhage
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Title Rick Climenhage team member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Rob Rost  Click to view image of Rob Rost
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Title Rob Rost team member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Ron Sunstrum  Click to view image of Ron Sunstrum
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Title Ron Sunstrum team member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of sponsor Ed McRae  Click to view image of sponsor Ed McRae
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Title Ed McRae sponsor of sports teams in Niagara Falls
Notes  Sponsor of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974 ;
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of team member John Watson  Click to view image of team member John Watson
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Title John Watson member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of team member Mike Cockburn  Click to view image of team member Mike Cockburn
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Title Mike Cockburn member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of team member Pepper Martin  Click to view image of team member Pepper Martin
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Title Pepper Martin member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of team member Reg Wall  Click to view image of team member Reg Wall
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Title Reg Wall member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of team members Ed & Norm Neudorf  Click to view image of team members Ed & Norm Neudorf
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Title Ed and Norm Neudorf members of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Victor (Vic) Dyk  Click to view image of Victor (Vic) Dyk
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Title Victor (Vic) Dyk team member of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view image of Walt Szpilewski  Click to view image of Walt Szpilewski
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Title Walt Szpilewski team member (pitcher) for McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view images of Bob & Larry Christie  Click to view images of Bob & Larry Christie
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Title Bob & Larry Christie team members of McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Description  Black & white scan from Ontario Fastball League brochure ;
Date  January 14, 2004.
 
 
Click to view photograph taken at Induction Ceremony  Click to view photograph taken at Induction Ceremony
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Title 15th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  Award being presented by Mayor Ted Salci (back row right) ; Team members in no particular order: Rich Climenhage, Al Dane, Reg Wall, Mike Lalicich, George Lalicich, Pepper Martin, John Watson, Rich Plato, Ron Sunstrum, Norm Neudorf, Vic Dyck, Rob Rost, Jake Neufeld, Larry Christie, Bob Christie, Mike Cockburn, Walt Szpilewski, Ed Neudorf, Jokie Summers,Clarke Christie, Frank Falconer, Dave Steele, Kevin McRae (Batboy), Ed McRae (Sponsor) ;
Date  January 18, 2004.
 
 
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - McRae's Senior A Fastball Team 1974 era 1971 - 1990 era
Description  scan from an Ontario Fastball League booklet ;
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 2004 ; Front Row: Rich Climenhage, Al Dane, Reg Wall, Maike Lalicich, George Lalicich, Pepper Martin, John Watson ; Second Row: Rich Plato, Ron Sunstrum, Norm Neudorf, Vic Dyck, Rob Rost, Jake Neufeld ; Third Row: Larry Christie, Bob Christie, Mike Cockburn, Walt Szpilewski, Ed Neudorf, Jokie Summers ; Missing from photo: Clarke Christire, Frank Falconer, Dave Steele, Kevin McRae (Batboy), Ed McRae (Sponsor) ;
Date  January 13, 2004.
 
 
 
 

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Team Member  Christie, Bob 
Team Member  Christie, Clark 
Team Member  Christie, Larry 
Team Member  Climenhage, Rich 
Team Member  Cockburn, Mike 
Team Member  Dyck, Vic 
Team Member  Falconer, Frank 
Team Member  Lalicich, Mike 
Team Member  Martin, Pepper 
Team Member  Neudorf, Ed 
Team Member  Neudorf, Norm 
Team Member  Neufeld, Jake 
Team Member  Rost, Rob 
Team Member  Steele, Dave 
Team Member  Summers, Jokie 
Team Member  Sunstrum, Ron 
Team Member  Szpilewski, Walt 
Team Member  Wall, Reg 
Team Member  Watson, John 
Team Coach  Dane, Al 
Team Coach  Lalicich, George 
Team Sponsor  McRae, Ed 
(Other)  McRae, Kevin 
(Other)  Plato, Rich 
 
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