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Date of Birth 1935-12-10
Date of Induction 1996-10-19
Dick Hames was born in Windsor, Ontario, on December 10, 1935.
He attended Victoria Public School and Kennedy Collegiate.
An outstanding pitcher, he became one of Canada’s premier Fastball hurlers, as his career spanned twenty-five years. His competitive career began in 1954, in a Windsor Church League, and from 1955 to 1958 he played locally with Bali-Hi, Embassy Hotel, and Silverwoods.
In 1959 he pitched in the United States semi-pro league for Providence Rhode Island, the highlight of that season was his defeat of the Aurora Illinois team, the reigning World Champions. He won two Ontario Sr. “A” titles in the 1960’s, with St. Thomas Memorials, in 1962, and Windsor’s Calcot Hotel, in 1967. The decade of the 1970’s was his most outstanding, as he led London Cable TV to the Canadian Title in 1970, and in1971, after losing to Richmond Hill in the Ontario finals, he was added to their roster for the Canadian finals, and guided them to the Canadian Championship, as well as his second straight Tournament Top Pitcher Award.
As a result of their 1972 Canadian Title, Richmond Hill represented Canada at the 1972 World Championships in Manila, The Philippines, where Dick Hames achieved his most notable accomplishment. He pitched Canada to its’ first World Title, pitching a 1-0, 11- inning shutout, and driving in the game’s only run against the United States, in the Championship game. He also defeated the USA Team in the round-robin competition. However, there was a downside to the victory, for upon returning to Canada he became ill with a virus contracted in Manila, forcing him out of action for two years. He returned to competitive fastball on a part-time basis in 1975, and from 1976-78 he played for teams in St. Catharines, Burlington, and Oshawa, in the Ontario Fastball league, but in his own words, “I was never the same pitcher after the illness”.
In 1968, at the World Championships in Oklahoma City, he pitched for Canada, represented by the Winnipeg Molson Canadians, which won the Silver Medal, losing to the United States in the championship game. He pitched over 30 no-hitters in his career, and in 1989 he was elected to the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame. His athletic accomplishments were not solely related to Fastball. In Basketball he was a member of the 1955 Windsor AKO Jrs., Eastern Canadian Finalist, and in 1967 he played for the Sarnia Drawbridge Inn, winners of the Gold Medal at the first ever Canada Games in Nova Scotia. He is a member of the Sarnia Basketball Hall of Fame.
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