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London TV Cable National Softball Champs
1970 LONDON TV CABLE FASTBALL TEAM — London’s first and only national senior men’s softball champion. Won 1970 title in Winnipeg putting London on the softball map. Team often drew crowds of 2,000 at Labatt Park. Bill Watkin was field manager of the title team that was honoured with a parade in downtown London on their return from Winnipeg.
Second baseman Ralph Paterson captain. Norm Aldridge trainer. Dick Hames (3-0), Pete Landers (2-0) and Dave Cox (1-0) were the pitchers. Watkin was named to the tournament all-star team along with Hames, outfielders Rick McCaw (3 homers), Charlie Winger (7 hits) and Jim Brown (7 hits).
The championship roster also included Ted Morrison, Dale Gooding, Bob Loveless (deceased), Ron Sadler, Tom Timbrell, Jack Sneddon, Hal Wengrinowicz, Herb Peterson, Dave Bell, Vaughan Carpenter and Paul Trnka. TV Cable also won the Ontario senior title and the Inter-city League championship in 1970. They later became known as the London Dukes.
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