Springwater Sports Heritage Hall of Fame Board names 2016 inductees


The Springwater Sports Heritage Hall of Fame Board has announced the inductees for 2016.

The two athletes, four builders and three teams will be officially inducted on Friday Sept. 30 at the Barrie Country Club starting at 5:30 p.m.

“We are delighted to announce the exceptional 2016 inductees,” said induction committee chairman Darrin Robertson. “Achieving a desirable balance between the number of remarkable nominations and the quota guidelines was a challenging assignment.”

Leo Belcourt, legendary fastball pitcher for Elmvale, Beatrice Dairy and American Hotels teams, will be inducted in the athlete category along with hockey icon Stan Ritchie.

Belcourt was one of the best pitchers not only in Ontario, but Canada in his prime with Beatrice Diary in the Barrie & District Fastball League.

The Phelpston-born hurler started with the Elmvale Hotelmen and then went on to a great career in Barrie.

Ritchie, born in Elmvale, played and won championships with the Midland Red Wings, Collingwood Shipbuilders, Barrie 7-Ups and the Elmvale Merchants before he retired to local league play. He was also recognized for his support of minor hockey and fastball by being inducted in the builder category.

Percy Frankcom, Elmer McFadden and Paul “Gummy” Rowat will be inducted in the builder category while the 1955-56 and 1958-59 Ontario Minor Hockey Association juvenile teams, plus the 1964 senior fastball team, will be inducted into the team category.

More than 200 people are expected to be in attendance for the Springwater Sports Heritage Hall of Fame biennial induction ceremony.

The new inductees will be welcomed into the hall by family, friends and inductees from the 2014 ceremony.

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