Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame
Inductees for year 1990
George Couture's exploits on the baseball diamond resulted in his induction into the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame's Player category. In his day, George was one of the finest shortstops around. He had the ability to hit to all fields, sported a lifetime batting average of over .300 and his fleetness of foot made him a terror on the base paths. He played on several teams from 1927 to 1959.including the Bargain Store Dodgers, which captured the New Brunswick Intermediate baseball championship in 1934. That same year, he played with a group of all—stars in an exhibition with the Philadelphia Giants. He was later offered a major league tryout, but declined. Although George was small of stature, he proved time and again that he was a leader and competitor to be reckoned with.
Leigh Morrison‘s name is among those listed under the Builder category of the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame. Following a stint at professional boxing, Leigh settled in as a coach and trainer of the young boys, who frequented the Bathurst Amateur Boxing Club. It was in this area where he excelled. He contributed to the enormous success of many young boxers in this day, and followed and improved their progress to, many times, national arenas of competition. He was honored in 1990 for 20 years of dedication to the local boxing club; an honor which extends province-wide, for his efforts at guiding youngsters was not limited to those in Bathurst.
The Bathurst Juveniles were inducted under the Team banner of the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame. This young team starred on local, provincial and Maritime baseball diamonds from 1966-1969, and their progression over those years is easy to follow. They won the North Shore Midget championship in 1966, and then fell to Moncton the following year in the final of the New Brunswick Midget Baseball Championship. They won the New Brunswick Juvenile title in 1967, and made the final of the Maritime championship, losing to Nova Scotia. The following year their last together, they found the missing piece to their puzzle, the Maritime Juvenile title. It was an excellent conclusion to the story of one of this city's finest baseball teams.