Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame
Inductees for year 1989
William Joseph Hudon
William Joseph Hudon, better known as Wild Bill, was inducted into the Builder category of the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame. As a boxer, he participated in more than 30 professional fights between 1951 and 1961. However, it was only when he turned his attention to promoting and enhancing the amateur side of the sport that he found his niche. He was one of the founding members of the Bathurst Amateur Boxing Club, and was involved in moulding many fine young Bathurst boxers over ensuing decades. A very dedicated and hard-working individual, Wild Bill contributed enormously to the sport of boxing, not only in Bathurst, but throughout the province. He ended his boxing career as an official, and will always be remembered as a kind and generous man who loved everything about the sport of boxing, and everyone involved in it.
Edmond Bourque was inducted into the Player category of the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame after dedicating a good portion of his life to both hockey and baseball. He played hockey from 1930 to 1938, winning the Maritime Intermediate championship in the 1930-31 season as a member of the Bathurst Bankers. He also played with the Bathurst Papermakers and the Victoriaville Tigers. As much as he was known as a rough, hard-hitting defenceman, he was also known as a standout baseball player, a pitcher who led the Bathurst Dodgers to a New Brunswick title in 1934. After retiring from active sports in the mid-1940s, he went on to devote much of his time to the youth in his community, sharing with them the knowledge he acquired as one of the top sportsmen this area has been privileged to know. He shared that knowledge for the next 30 years, and the community and its people are better for it.
Bathurst Chaleur Mutuals
The Chaleur Mutuals were inducted into the Team category of The Bathurst Sport Hall of Fame in 1989. Together from 1972 to 1974, this junior baseball team went on to win the 1973 New Brunswick Junior Baseball Championship, then claimed a bronze medal at the 1974 Canadian Junior Baseball Championship. Following that last performance, their coach paid the following tribute: “They’re the best bunch of kids I've ever been associated with. They gave it everything the roster reads, like a who's who of Bathurst's modern baseball era, and have since gone on to prominence in other fields. However, it will be the baseball field many people remember them by, for they were truly something to behold.