The Glory Days of “Lefty” Hill of Carleton Place

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James “Lefty” Hill was a portside hurler with a baffling assortment of slants, and a smoking fast ball on our Carleton Place baseball team in the early 30’s. On June 28, 1930, “Lefty” pitched a brilliant 2 for 1 victory over Perth before a large crowd of enthusiastic fans. Only in the opening inning when he walked the first batter up and the next two were safe on an error and an infield hit, filling the bases was he in any kind of trouble. Game after game he was the star of our town’s team. In April of 1935 Lefty asked for, and was granted, his release from the Carleton Place team. Rumour said he would likely don an Ottawa Crains uniform. Sure enough, the ace began tossing his southpaw slants at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa after he received his Carleton Place release. Ottawa said he was the logical choice to take the mound for the Crains along with another Carleton Place pitcher, Peck Donald.

In 1935 “Lefty” had several injuries that finally forced him out of the game. Once he returned, he was never the same, and everyone watched his streaks shatter. The year of 1935 was the last he was ever heard of, and all I found in my research was that he and his wife Doris Margaret had a daughter at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1947. His wife died in Ottawa in 1972, but there was no mention of James “Lefty” Hill anywhere. The only item that the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum has is a team picture. There is always more than what goes on between the lines, and it’s shame not more is known about James “Lefty” Hill, and his glory days in Carleton Place.

Photo- The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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We’ve had a request for old photos of the ball diamonds near Riverside Park… This photo by Howard Edwards of a lacrosse match (date unknown) shows Lake Avenue West to the right and St. Mary’s Church on Hawthorne Street in the distance. Just look at the crowd watching the action!

 

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  28 Oct 1939, Sat,  Page 25

 

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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