Whenever old-timers get together to talk about fastball, once Quinte’s king of summer sports, the name Patty Maracle is sure to come up. He may well have been fastball’s answer to Gordie Howe – and then some. Like the hockey great, Maracle combined excellence in his game with incredible longevity. While Maracle is best remembered as perhaps the finest pitcher ever produced in this area, he was also a fine hockey player who was still lacing on the blades well into his 70s.
Born in Belleville on May 4, 1917, he would live his life in the Deseronto area, and father eight children, many of whom carried on his athletic endeavours. Maracle pitched at least one perfect game and tales of his match-ups with Peterborough legend Ray Judd tell of two men who were at the pinnacle of the game. The righthander toiled for a number of local teams, but most notably for the powerhouse Point Anne Cementmen who dominated not just locally but across the province. He also hurled for teams in Belleville, Trenton and other area centres. A Mohawk, Maracle also led teams from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to competitions far afield, always excelling. The City of Trenton, recognizing his contributions both in fastball and hockey, gave him a day and he was feted by local businessmen. Maracle also enjoyed horseshoes, bowling and pool. At the age of 68 he was still pitching, and pitching well, for a team in Kaladar. And, at 73 he was still playing hockey with one of his sons. When Maracle wasn’t confounding hitters or defencemen he was a welder for 35 years at the Point Anne Cement Plant. Patty Maracle passed away in April, 1991 at the age of 73.0