Throughout the Oshawa Legion Minor Baseball Association’s history many men and women have volunteered their time and efforts to better baseball in the Oshawa area. Many of these people still are working behind the scenes each and every day all year long to provide recreational baseball for the youth of the City of Oshawa. From time to time the OLMBA recognizes their efforts and long term commitment by retiring their numbers on the wall of fame at Kinsmen Civic Memorial Stadium. To honour these individuals we thought that all viewers to the web-site should be able to see the list of names that have been honoured.
Mark Orton #00 - Ted McComb # 01 - Ted Stone # 10 - Jim Lutton # 13 Jim Shaw # 15 - Troy May # 20 - Bernie McGuire # 35 - Doug Stone #40 - Gary Carroll # 41
DOUG STONE #40
"Stoney" began playing baseball in the OLMBA in 1962 and ended his playing and coaching career in 2008. An amazing run that spanned 46 years of involvement in the OLMBA. As an important member of the Oshawa Junior Legionaires he competed in four OBA Championships, threw a no-hitter in the Leaside Junior League in 1974 vs. Rexdale Braves and won the Grant Wade Best ERA Award in 1973 with a 0.00 ERA. Stoney was also a member of the 1984 OBA Champion Oshawa Senior Legionaires. In 1983, he began a 15 year coaching career in the OLMBA, where he helped coach some very successful teams at the Tyke Level through to Senior, winning EOBA Championships in Tyke in 1984, Pee Wee in 1986 and Midget in 1991. He was a proud member of the coaching staff of the 2007 OBA Senior A Champions - Oshawa Royals who represented Ontario at the Canadian Championship in Quebec City, finishing 4th in the country. In addition to his on the field accomplishments he served 16 years volunteering off the diamond while serving on the OLMBA executive. The OLMBA awarded Doug the top right handed pitcher of the decade for the 1970's and coach of the decade for the 1980's. His #40 was officially retired at Baseball Day in Oshawa in 2014.
EDWARD (TED) STONE #10
Edward (Ted) Stone began his highly successful pitching career with the Oshawa Legion, Branch 43, Baseball Association in 1946. In 1953, while playing for the Oshawa Merchants of the Inter County League, Ted was scouted by the Boston Red Sox. He signed a pro contract at the end of the 1953 season and began his professional baseball career in 1954 in the Red Sox farm system. He played for the Corning, New York Red Sox Team in 1954, where his pitching record was an impressive 13-2. Ted then became the ace of the Corning Red Sox staff in 1955 posting a 13-8 record. In 1956, after a brief call up to the Carolina League the year before, he achieved 6 more wins for the Greensboro, North Carolina Patriots. Ted advanced up the ladder again to start the 1957 season in Albany, New York where he pitched mainly in relief for the Albany Senators. Overall the hard throwing right hander recorded a 33-22 record during his pro career. Ted returned home to Oshawa in 1958 to play semi-pro ball and help the Merchants. Ted began coaching baseball in Oshawa during the 1960's and coached for over 30 years in the Oshawa Minor Baseball Association. Over the years he helped mentor and teach countless young pitchers in the Oshawa system. Ted was recognized by the OLMBA as the right handed pitcher of the decade in the 1950's and coach of the decade for the 1960's while also voted the best right handed pitcher of the century. Ted was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and again in 2001 with his team mates on the 1952 Oshawa McCallum Transporters team. His #10 was officially retired in 2002.
GARY CARROLL #41
Gary "C" is a product of the Oshawa Legion Minor Baseball Association, who had an amazing career both locally and provincially in the province of Ontario. Among his many accomplishments, he was considered one of the top pitchers in Ontario from Pee Wee through to the Senior level, winning a number of EOBA Championships along the way. He once struck out 17 batters in a Leaside Junior League win over the Toronto People’s. He was a member of the Oshawa Jr. Legionaires who won the 1968 Toronto Leaside Junior League and qualified for the OBA play-offs in 1968. Gary joined the OBA Champs, Thorold that same year to represent Ontario at the Canadian Championship in Sarnia. He was an important member of the Oshawa Senior Legionaires who captured the 1984 Senior B Ontario Championship. He tossed a complete game 3 hitter in the Championship game as Oshawa defeated Sarnia 2-1. Gary recorded an amazing feat as he pitched in the EOBA Senior loop after celebrating his 50th birthday. After his playing days Gary helped coach in the OLMBA and was instrumental in reviving the Oshawa Senior team in the 1990's. The OLMBA were proud to vote Gary the top right handed pitcher of the decade for the 1960's and he was also proudly named top GM of the decade for the 1990's. His #41 was officially retired in 1998.
MARK ORTON #00
A lifelong resident of Oshawa, Mark has been involved in many baseball leadership roles in Ontario. He served on the executive of the Oshawa Legion Minor Baseball Association before becoming President from 1994 to 96. He would then serve as President of the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association in 1998 and 99. Continuing to stay involved in minor Baseball in Oshawa and the EOBA, he began a lengthy run from 2009-14 as President of Baseball Ontario. In addition to his administrative contributions to the OLMBA, EOBA and OBA, Mark was instrumental as a General manager of several successful Legionaires teams over the years. Including the 1994 OBA Champion – Oshawa Midget Legionaires. As a result he was named the GM of the decade as part of the Oshawa Legionaires TEAM OF THE DECADE recognition. In 2009 while serving as President of Baseball Ontario he was named an honorable mention in the Bob Elliott annual "Most Influential Canadians in Baseball Top 100 List". He continues to be active in the EOBA and also Baseball Ontario as a Past President. His retired number ceremony took place in 2001.
JAMES (JIM) SHAW #15
The Oshawa Legion Branch 43 has been synonymous with Oshawa baseball since 1949 and so was Jim. An outstanding catcher throughout his OLMBA playing days, he was also a feared power hitter from the left side of the plate. During the span from 1955 to 1958, the Oshawa Legion Midget Ball Club started a string of impressive seasons and carried it through their juvenile and junior years. Leading these teams as Coach was Jim Shaw. The 1955 Midget Club captured the O.B.A. title defeating Chatham in the finals. The 1957 Juvenile Team under Shaw won the prestigious Toronto Leaside Junior League Championship and O.B.A. title downing Sarnia 3 - 2, with the final game played at Kinsmen Stadium. The 1958 Juniors won their second consecutive Leaside Junior title and were Ontario finalists. These teams certainly brought pride to the City of Oshawa, as well as to the Legion Branch 43 during their run of successful seasons in the 1950's. As a result, these three teams and Coach Shaw were inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. This provincial success continues today with the Oshawa Legionaires regarded as an annual contender for Ontario Championships at many levels. Jim’s #15 was officially retired in 2006.
JAMES (JIM) LUTTON #13
A lifelong resident of Oshawa, known as Mr. Baseball, Jim has been the face of Oshawa baseball for over 60 years. As General Manager of the Oshawa Junior Legionaires, Jim enjoyed much success during his 57 years at the helm of the ball club. His teams captured numerous titles in the prestigious Leaside Metro Junior League, and have been crowned Ontario Baseball Champions on 6 occasions including an impressive 4 titles plus 2 runners-up finishes between 1999 and 2008. They also represented Oshawa and Ontario in 4 Canadian Baseball National Championships. Jim has been an executive member with the Oshawa Legion Minor Baseball Association (OLMBA), Eastern Ontario Baseball Association (EOBA) and Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) where he has also served as President of each these Associations. For 11 years, Jim was a Major League Scout with the Montreal Expos. Bestowed with many awards, Jim has been named an Honorary and Life member of the OLMBA, EOBA and Baseball Ontario. He was honoured with the Royal Canadian Legion Meritorious Life Member Award in 1986. His dedication to baseball in Oshawa led to the City of Oshawa naming Lakeview Park #1 after Jim in 2012. Now aptly known as Jim Lutton Legion Field. His contributions also earned him a richly deserved spot in the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. He was inducted into the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame in 2017. His #13 was officially retired in 2001.
TROY MAY #20
Troy May had an unmatched love for the game of baseball and an enthusiastic desire to help grow the game both on and off the field. He started his coaching career in Oshawa with the Junior Legionaires in 1994. Troy coached the Legionaires for 8 seasons, winning the Junior elimination tournament in 1999 and becoming the first junior team in Oshawa’s history to go to the Canadian National Championship. To say Troy LOVED baseball is an understatement. He was known for having the best dressed teams with all new uniforms and signature t-shirts with different slogans each year. One of his many ideas was to recognize great past players and coaches by way of the Oshawa Legionaires ALL DECADE TEAMS. Troy’s dream eventually grew to include owner and field manager of an Intercounty team. That came to fruition when he was awarded the Oshawa Dodgers on April 23, 2001 and started play in the Intercounty Baseball League the following year. Troy served as president of OLMBA and EOBA. He coached his sons’ mosquito and rookie ball teams and started the first rookie ball program with OLMBA. In his spare time, he found time to umpire, as a level 4 umpire. In 2004 Troy was instrumental in obtaining the OLMBA’s first “Trillium Grant” from the Ontario Government. Upgrades at Kinsmen Stadium included a full sprinkler system, new stadium grooming equipment, and upgraded bullpens. Troy passed away on July 19, 2006 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, ironically traveling from one baseball game to another. The Troy May Memorial Umpires Award is given each year to the OLMBA Senior Umpire of the Year. The Association also hosts the Troy May Memorial Mosquito AAA tournament annually which takes place the first weekend in June. His #20 was officially retired in 2007.
TED McCOMB #01
Ted was active in minor sports in Oshawa for seven decades. In 1948 Ted was a founding member of the Oshawa Legion Minor Baseball Association and coached the first Oshawa Bantam Championship team. For years, he coached house league teams (sometimes more than one in a season) and Legionaires representative teams in the EOBA and OBA, served on the Legion Baseball Executive and was a member of the Oshawa Ball Diamond Council. The very first team Ted coached in the OLMBA in 1948 was one of the four house league Bantam teams, Starks Plumbing. His amazing and unselfish dedication to youth baseball in this city was recognized in 2004, when the City of Oshawa named Lakeview Park #3 after him. Now proudly known as Ted McComb Field. He always wanted to insure that no young player would be left out of baseball because they did not have a glove or cleats. He always found a way, sometimes out of his own pocket, of providing a glove or helmet or cleats to a young player so that they could play baseball in Oshawa. His involvement on the OLMBA board as a volunteer spanned over 50 years. For his involvement and contributions, the Government of Canada bestowed a Commemorative Medal of Honour and a Certificate of Merit on Ted. In 1993, the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 43 granted him a Lifetime Membership. Ted was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. The number 01 was retired in his honour in 2001.
BERNIE McGUIRE #35
Bernie spent his whole life involved with baseball in Oshawa as a player, a coach and an umpire. In each aspect he was always considered the “gentleman’s competitor”. One of the greatest hitters to ever wear a Legionaires uniform. Bernie’s career in baseball in the OLMBA began in 1959 at the Tyke level. Moving to rep in 1960, Bernie started to rack up numerous MVP awards and achievements in the EOBA and around the province. In 1967 he led the Oshawa Midget Legionaires in batting with a .457 average. In 1970 while playing at an All-Star Junior Tournament in Johnstown, PA he was scouted by the MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers. The following year he would lead the team in hitting again and this time won the Leaside League Batting Title. His outstanding play representing the Legionaires would continue until 1980 where he was named the Senior Legionaires MVP. He was named the Third baseman on the Oshawa Team of the Decade for the 1970’s as well as selected a Coach on the Team of The Decade for the 1970’s. Bernie would switch to umpiring and was named EOBA and Baseball Ontario Umpire of the Year multiple times on his way to becoming one of the best umpires in Canada. He was selected to umpire at the ’91 Pan Am Games in Cuba. His lengthy career as an umpire saw him, twice more, be selected to umpire international tournaments. He would also umpire the MLB Legends game (Old Timers) in 1991 at the Skydome as part of the ’91 MLB All-Star Game festivities. His #35 was officially retired in 2002.