1946 Maritime Game Reports      

(May 28)  New Brunswicker Manny McIntyre, who played a number of years in the Halifax Defense League, signed a contract with Sherbrooke of the Border League, making him the first black Canadian to play in Organized Baseball in the modern era.  McIntyre played for Trois Rivieres in 1945 along with fellow Maritimers Billy McIntyre and Clyde Roy.

(May 29)  The H&D League, the postwar successor to the Halifax Defense League got off to an auspicious start when a crowd of well over 6,000 at the Wanderer’s Grounds watched the Halifax Shipyards beat the United Services by a 4-3 score. In Truro, the Bearcats played a double-header against the Halifax Arrows.

(June 4)  Dugouts emptied when Shipyards third-base coach Jack Carrigan demanded that United Services pitcher Tommy Linkletter throw him the ball for inspection. Since no time was called Carrigan simply stepped aside and let the ball roll up the line allowing runner Mick Burns to score.  Umpire Bill Spinney ejected Carrigan, sent the runner back to third and ordered Linkletter to continue.

(June 5)  Marcel St. Pierre, catcher for Halifax Shipyards and a four year veteran in the Halifax Defense League, is a native of Trois-Rivieres, and played in the Quebec Provincial League in 1939 under catching great Wally Schang.

June 15. Halifax Shipyards beat a US Navy squad from Cruiser Division No. 14 by a 13-7 score. The Navy club had a former big leaguer and a number of former college stars on its roster.

June 17. Herb Gill signs as coach of the Yarmouth Gateways. Between the wars he was a well-known pitcher and infielder.

(July 3)   Sydney Steel City of the Cape Breton Colliery League exceeded the league’s import limit when it signed three Boston College students Charley Doyle, Dick Doyle and Frank Shellenbach, but all three were forced to return to attend summer school when their academic eligibility was in question.

(July 27)   The Kingston Ponies of the Border League suspended outfielder George Gee for jumping his contract and coming to Halifax to play with the Shipyards.  Gee reportedly was given $1,000 to finish the season in Halifax where he had served during the War.

(September 15)  Skit Ferguson who was the league’s standout pitcher also topped the H&D League batting race albeit with a limited number of at bats.  He went 22 for 47 and a .468 average. Ontarians Vic Jackson and Ab Conick were the runner up at .329 and .325 respectively followed by Quebec native Marcel St. Pierre at .324 and Haligonian Frankie Redmond at .320.

(Sept 25)  New Brunswicker Johnny Harvey, a veteran of the Class A Eastern League, joined the Middleton Cardinals following the elimination of his St. John Dodgers from the New Brunswick provincial playoffs.

(September 28)  In an early round in the 1946 New Brunswick playoffs involving the Saint John St. Peters and St. Joseph, the latter might have been mistaken as the Gaudet family.  Alonzo Gaudet played second base, Albert Gaudet was a pitcher and third-baseman, D. Gaudet played in left field, Alf Gaudet in center, J. Gaudet in right, and Pius Gaudet at shortstop.

(Oct. 7)  Paced by the brilliant three hit pitching of Gerald “Fat” Ray and the smart fielding of Manny McIntyre, the Middleton Cardinals took the opening game of the N.S Provincial championship final series by a score of 4-2.

(Oct. 8)  Truro Bearcats came back to drive Middleton southpaw Larry Letteri from the mound in the third inning and won decisively 9-4.

(Oct. 9) Middleton demolished the Truro Bearcats 15-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the Nova Scotia final playdowns. Larry Letteri who was knocked out of the box early the day before went the distance, holding Truro to two hits. Danny Seaman went 4 for 5 and Carl Bruce 4 for 6 to lead the Cardinals at the plate.

(Oct. 11) Clyde Roy pitched Truro to a 4-1 triumph over Middleton to even the series at two games apiece.

(Oct. 12) Southpaw Phillip “Skit” Ferguson, the all-everything MVP of the H&D League, pitched Truro to its first ever Nova Scotia title with a seven hit outing sidelining the Middleton Cardinals in the process. Johnny Clark led the Bearcats at the plate. Ferguson finished the season with an 18-1 won-loss record.