1947 Maritime Game Reports      

(May 6)  A coal strike hit preparations for baseball in Cape Breton hard, and no full scale operation of the Colliery League was likely until after it ended.  Peaches Ruven, signed to coach Whitney Pier, and a number of other players were now seeking spots on the mainland. 

(May 7)  Middleton Cardinals made a substantial offer to former big-leaguer and Mexican League jumper Max Lanier. Lanier’s counter-offer of $10,000 was too rich for the Valley club.

(May 8)  Former NHLer Marty Barry was signed to coach Halifax Shipyards.

(May 14)  Harry Butler will not run for re-election as Vice-President of the NSABA, wanting instead to give his full-attention to the H&D League.  Halifax journalist Alex Nickerson sees this as a signal the league will become a high-priced circuit with an emphasis on imported players.

(May 14)  Yarmouth Gateways have decided to operate as an independent club, playing an exhibition schedule.

(May 15)  Upgrades are being done to ball parks in Kentville and Middleton.  Grading and seeding at Memorial Park is underway.  Both towns will have skin infields.

(May 16)  Johnny Van, a 32 year-old catcher from Huron, S.D., formerly of the Saint Louis Giants of the Negro American League, was signed by the Halifax Arrows.  He had played against Jackie Robinson and on a wartime team managed by Pinky Higgins.

(June 4)  Johnny Myketen, who started the season in Truro, was signed to manage the Sydney club in the Colliery League.

(June 10)  Socrates “Soc” Bobotas arrived in Kentville to coach the Central League Wildcats, accompanied by a number of his University of New Hampshire teammates including war vets Johnny Watterson, Hal Burby and Emil Krupa. All four all had experience in the semi-pro Vermont-Northern League.  UNH shortstop Larry Burgess signed with the Windsor Maple Leafs.

(June 17)  Led by Danny Seaman, the Larrupers collected ten hits and score three earned runs off Middleton Cardinals newcomer Bucky Tanner, a former Montreal Royal and Mexican League jumping bean.

(June 17)  Halifax Shortstop Ken Damon, a 24 year-old, played on the 66th Infantry team with former leaguers Harvey Reiber and Merrill May during the war.

(July 24)  Seventeen year old phenom Art Ceccarelli from New Haven, Connecticut pitched a two hitter for the Kentville, striking out 15 and walking three. Lloyd Legere of the Windsor Maple Leafs virtually matched him pitch for pitch. The Wildcats scored the only run of the game in the ninth on a Johnny Watterson sacrifice fly.

(August 7)  Art Ceccarelli notched a no-hitter against the Windsor Maple Leafs, striking out twelve and walking a single batter, facing only 28 hitters.