From the family of outstanding local athletes, Fred Goyer, also known as “Lefty,” was one of the best baseball pitchers ever produced in the city.
As with many of his day, Fred began playing in the city leagues in the second decade of the 20th century. He was a natural choice for mound duty when the Grand Trunks were formed in 1919. In the semi-finals of the Ontario Baseball Championship Series against the might Toronto Oslers, he struck out eighteen batters in front of four thousand fans to tie the series.
In the third and final game, he whiffed another seventeen to gain the victory, and recorded forty-five strike outs in the three game series. He received many professional offers, but waited two years before accepting an offer to play in Guelph.
He lived there the rest of his life, playing with local teams, and managing the Guelph Maple Leafs of the inter-county league.0