In the late 1950s and early 60s, the Belleville Kenmors were a force in Ontario baseball. The team won league and Ontario Championships, and established themselves as one of the finest collection of baseball players in Ontario.
Most of the players got their start in the Belleville Minor Baseball Association, moving on as age required to higher levels of competition, culminating in playing in the Senior “A” ranks – the highest level of baseball in Ontario at that time. And throughout that time the majority of the players on the various teams were the same group that had started in minor baseball.
The Kenmors won 2 Provincial Championships, the Junior in 1960, and the Senior in 1962. Added to this were 2 Provincial Runner-up’s in Junior and one Provincial Runner-up in Senior. No Belleville Team has ever repeated what the Kenmors accomplished.
The Kenmors Team – then known as the Joyces – disbanded in 1969, after again coming close to an Ontario Championship in the Inter County Baseball League.
The Kenmors Baseball Team was a group of “home-grown talent,” with many of the players still residing in the Belleville area. Their careers after Baseball included significant business accomplishments, contributions to the local sporting scene and accomplishments in a range of sports. Four of the team members have previously been inducted into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame – Larry Mavety, Rick Locke, Ken Soden and Pete Weston.
The Kenmors were truly a great group of athletes who made Belleville proud.
Back Row – Sid Forster, Larry Mavety, Stan Reid, Moe Hunter, Larry Soden, Gary Goyer, Jack Elliott.
Middle Row – Ken Soden, Rick Locke, Gord Vaughan, Bill Latchford, Larry Soule, Pat Asselstine, Vic Morris
Front Row – Bob Follwell, Gary Duggan, David Long, Bill Moxam, Claude Carr0