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Hames Shines as Dynes win Canadian Fastball Championship
Richmond Hill Dynes ’72
In March 1972, the Richmond Hill Dynes, a club team that won the Canadian Championship in Halifax in 1971, had earned the right to represent Canada at the World Championship in Manilla, Philippines.
Dick Hames, led the Dynes as a valued pitcher added to the roster from the rival London Cable TV squad. The team used solid pitching and tight defence to win 12 games with only one loss. The Championship game, softball’s “Thrilla in Manilla,” featured a 1-0 Canadian victory over the United States. Hames, being the man-of-the-hour, displaying his versatility not only on the mound, but in driving in the lone run in the 11th inning. Canadian softball had a World Championship and the celebration was emotional as Hames was hoisted onto his team-mates shoulders, as Manager Russell “Casey” Cripps was all smiles. Enthusiastic team sponsor, jeweller Vern Dynes had supported the team since 1955, recently passed away on Nov. 23, 2001 at age 77. Richmond Hill Dynes were inducted into the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame in the “Team” category in 1989. Dick Hames was also inducted in 1989 in the “Athletes” category. Bobby Smith can still be seen playing 3rd base and coaching his masters team, the Toronto Bingos. Dick Hames can still be found pitching in an old-timers hardball league in Mississauga where he keeps batters baffled by using both overhand and underhand deliveries. I’m looking for information on any of the players in the picture who are still active in the game.
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