The Fence of Honour at George (Red) Sullivan East City Bowl expanded by two jerseys Tuesday night as Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame members Greg Marchen and Wayne Wells were honoured during a pre game ceremony.
The number 2 of Marchen and number 39 of Wells were unveiled prior to Game 2 of the Peterborough Men’s cheap jerseys Softball Association city men’s league semi final best of five series between Terry’s Gas Bar Slayers and defending league champion Ricart.
After a moment of silence to honour the late Jack Mackness, Nel Mathers and Donald Masterson,http://www.wholesalenfljerseys.cc/ former league president Doug Delaney introduced each of the honourees to hearty applause from those gathered in the bleachers of the East City ball park.
Marchen will be remembered most for his home runs « that sailed into the night, » Delaney said, explaining how « The Mauler » often led the league in long balls. Someone said the best way to pitch to him was to walk him, he joked.
Briefly addressing the crowd, Marchen gave thanks for the privilege of having his own name displayed alongside so many great teammates, opponents and friends.
« It’s certainly an honour to be up there, » he said, before going on to thank his wife of 50 years and pointing out how she let him cut their honeymoon short for baseball.
Born in Newmarket, Marchen moved to the city at age two and went on to excel in hockey, softball and lacrosse, according to his hall of fame biography.
He played 10 seasons at first base in city softball league, starting at age 16, but ultimately left to pursue lacrosse joining city teams of the late 1960s, playing with the Lakers in 1970 71 and with the winning Peterborough team in a one game Mann Cup final in Brantford in 1973.
He played professionally with the Maryland Arrows for two seasons and when that league folded, he went back to softball where he continued in the Industrial League. There, he was named MVP and four times won batting titles.
Marchen played Jr. B. hockey in Peterborough before commuting for nine seasons to play Sr. A in Belleville. He was offered a pro contract with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, but turned it down. In later years, he played with the Liftlock Golfland Oldtimers.
Wells started playing in Douro before joining the city softball league in 1979, but will be remembered most for what he did at the Burnham St. ball park, Delaney said. He won the Taylor Trophy an unmatched 13 times and held many of the leagues’ top individual honours.
His list of league awards includes regular season MVP’s, play off MVP’s, batting average awards and the Dave Leether « Mr. Softball » Memorial Award.
After the ceremony, Wells said it is a great feeling to have his name displayed in the ballpark he rode his 10 speed bike to, starting at age 14, to watch the action.
That’s where he wanted to play and he « was fortunate to do so, » he said, noting it was the competition that he enjoyed the most.
Wells’ career spanned 30 years, playing locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. He played 25 years in the city softball league and in one particular span of dominance from 1995 to 2006, played in only nine of those 12 years and won the title each time.
In league play of other cities; Cobourg, Oshawa, East York Wells won league championships eight times, his hall of fame bio states.
Provincially, Wells won 16 Ontario Amateur Softball Association medals, including seven gold and nine silver. He competed in three Canadian Senior Men’s National Championships for Ontario and is a two time gold medal winner at the Canadian Masters Fastball Championships.
At the International Softball Congress World Tournaments, he pitched for nine straight years and is a two time gold medal winner at the ISC +50 Legends Tournament.
Wells also organized and pitched in Peterborough’s only team appearances in the Canadian Senior Men’s Championship and the ISC World Tournaments.
The Ontario Masters Fastball Hall of Fame inductee’s North American sanctioned championships include winning the gold medal in the North American Fastpitch Association World Series, where he received the tournament’s most valuable pitcher award.