Belleville Nationals

1928 Belleville Nationals – Inducted 1990

The 1928 Belleville Nationals brought the Ontario Senior Baseball Association (OBA) championship to Belleville in late September, 1928 following a 2-1 series victory over the Walkerville Chicks.  Walkerville won the first game 15-4 in Walkerville; the second game was back in Belleville with Belleville winning 3-0 as Percy “Hoot” Gibson tossed a three-hit shutout.  That game was played before three thousand fans.  The third and final game in the series was played at a neutral filed in Guelph, Saturday September 20 with the Nationals posting a 7-5 victory, and out-hitting Walkerville 10-9.  Approximately three thousand fans were waiting for the team at the Belleville CN Rail station late Saturday September 29, and a civis reception followed.

In prior series, the Nationals defeated the Bell Telephones of Toronto in OBA semi-final play-off action, winning that best-of-three series in two straight games, the second game a 3-1 home field victory played in front of thirteen hundred fans at the Belleville fairgrounds.  In their first series, Belleville beat Oshawa 2-1 in games with an 11-8 victory in the third game.  The team was composed of twelve players, four executive members, and a bat boy.

W. Ernie Rowsome was president of the club.  Walter Gerow was manager and coach.  William “Peeney” Mills was the all-star catcher. Alec Scott was an outfielder. Harry Mills, “Peeney’s” younger brother, was an outstanding first baseman.  Wilfred “Wickey” Ross was the team’s centre fielder.  Pitcher Percey “Hoot” Gibson was a key player.  Shortstop Harry Blakely was a Thomasburg native.  Alec Weir, Vernon Weir’s younger brother, was a pitcher/outfielder.  Earl “Sonny” green was a native of Point Anne who was a star right fielder.  Bob Scott, who was just 19 years old in 1928 and the youngest player in tge team, was the club’s lead-off man.  Stan Hagerman patrolled left field as well as acting as the back-up catcher.  Stan made only one error during the entire 1928 season.  Vincent “Vinny” Utronki was a pitcher. Vernon Weir was the club’s second baseball.  Roy Clark was the club’s trainer. Newt Thompson acted as secretary-treasurer. Bat boy was Walt Gerow Jr..

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