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.
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
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).
in 1939, the Simcoe Stars were, within two years, one of the most powerful
women's softball teams in Ontario.
the 11 May 1939 Simcoe
"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
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."
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."
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."
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
the 11 Sep 1939 Simcoe Reformer:
"Simcoe Stars eliminated by Hamilton team 5 to 1."