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1939 Simcoe Stars Ladies Softball Team
Left to right, back row: Jean Brown, Ilene Paterson, Eileen Slocombe, Rose O'Heron, Thelma Draper, Thelma Randall, Jean Houser.
Middle row: Mary Forse, Grace Smith, Norma Earls, manager Mike Houser, Phyllis Anthony, Ruth Pond, Puth Kilgore.
Front row: coach Frank Gelinas, Marguerite Billo, Irene McCarthy (Gelinas), Elsie George, coach Cliff Coville.
Absent: Hazel Hare, Rosie Jenereaux, Louise Chute, Jean Moyer, Jean MacAulay, May McGhie, Beth Cleever, Leona Walsh.
Photo courtesy Ruth Pond (Larger version or SuperSized version).

Organized in 1939, the Simcoe Stars were, within two years, one of the most powerful women's softball teams in Ontario. 

From the 11 May 1939 Simcoe Reformer:
"The return of lady mushballers may be witnessed in Simcoe this year. At any rate, Orlin (Mike) Houser is putting forth an effort to have a local team..."

From the 6 Jun1939 Simcoe Reformer:
"Simcoe Stars win by 15 to 10 -- take second straight game -- the locals paced by some effective hurling by Thelma Randall and the great all around play of Ruth Pond took the decision."

From the 13 Jul 1939 Simcoe Reformer:
"Locals lose to All Stars ... Picked team from Hamilton take 26-23 decision ... about 2,000 spectators crowded Wellington Park ... Proceeds from this exhibition game will be added to the Bleacher Fund."

From the 24 Aug 1939 Simcoe Reformer:
"Stars defeat Goodwills 18 to 4 in semi-finals. R. Jenereaux led the way with the willow, connecting for four safeties, including two doubles. H. Hare and B. Cleaver each drove out a double and single while L. Chute hit a homer and R. Pond and J. MacAulay has a triple apiece."

From the 5 Sep 1939 Simcoe Reformer:
"Stars drop close game to Goodwills by 3 to 2. Thelma Randall led the local willow wielders with a circuit blow, while Louise Chute banged out a double."

From the 11 Sep 1939 Simcoe Reformer:
"Simcoe Stars eliminated by Hamilton team 5 to 1."

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