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Adriano Didanieli - Soccer

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Adriano DiDanieli was born in Udina, Italy in 1934 and moved to Canada in 1954.  In 1960, he arrived in Oshawa where he joined the Holandia Soccer Club, moved on to the Kickers, and then to Oshawa Italia.  Over a nine year period he became a star in the league.  He led his team to nine league championships, as well as three provincial finals, 1965-66-68, an Ontario Cup Championship in 1965, the Eastern Canadian Championship in 1965, and the Dominion finals in the same year.  

During his career, Adriano was selected to the All-Star Team nine times, as well as being voted most valuable player three times and winning the individual scoring title four times.

Adriano then became a player - coach and his experience and love of the game was rewarded by being selected to coach the All-Star Team several times.  In 1982-83-85, the Durham Regional Soccer Association named Adriano Coach of the Year.

Anthony Nicholas (Tony) Esposito - Multi Sport

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Smith Falls

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Anthony Esposito, who is known to Oshawa's Sporting Community simply as 'Tony', was born in Smith Falls, Ontario in 1919.  He moved to Oshawa at the age of 2, and was educated at St. Gregory's Catholic School.

In 1950, Anthony Esposito founded what was to become Tony's Refreshments and TRS Food Services.  Soon after, Tony began sponsoring a broad range of Oshawa Teams for the next 24 years.  Throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's, Tony's firm was the pre-eminent sponsor of amateur sport in the City of Oshawa.

The sponsorships ranged from the nationally and internationally known Provincial and Canadian Champion Oshawa Tony's Fastball Club, to Minor League and CAW League hockey teams, lacrosse, football, darts, and a  major league bowling team.

There is no doubt that Tony Esposito's unending generosity made it possible for countless Oshawa athletes to compete in the sport of their choice, and to enjoy the personal rewards that such competition brings.

Frederick Keith Etcher - Hockey

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Beginning in 1943, Fred played through the Oshawa Minor Hockey system before joining and winning a Junior B Championship and a league scoring title in 1951.  After two seasons with the Oshawa Generals, Fred helped the Oshawa 'Truckmen' to an Ontario Senior B championship, then joined the Whitby Dunlops.  From 1955 to 1961, Fred made significant contributions to one Ontario Senior B title, two Canadian Senior A championships (Allen Cup), and one World Championship - all with Whitby.

In 1960, Fred was selected to play for Kitchener, Waterloo, who represented Canada in the Winter Olympics.  The Team won the Silver Medal and Fred won the scoring championship with 21 points in 7 games.  In so doing, he established Olympic scoring records, some of which still stand.

In both baseball and fastball, Fred was known as an excellent hitter and a solid infielder.  He on-field talent contributed to an Intermediate title in 1953 and a Toronto League Championship in 1954.  From 1958 to 1962, Fred was a .300 hitter while playing for Oshawa Tony's in the Toronto Beaches League.

James Kenneth (Jim) Jackson - Hockey

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Jim Jackson was born and raised in Oshawa.  He was a multi-award winning player in minor hockey.  Drafted by the Oshawa Generals, Jim played 4 years of Junior Hockey with the Generals and the Niagara Falls Flyers.  The Eastern Hockey League Richmond Rifles were Jim's first pro-team in 1980.  The next season, Jim made the 2nd All-Star Team while playing for the Muskegon Mohawks of the International Hockey League. The next 3 seasons were spent with the National Hockey League Calgary Flames, as well as teams in Colorado and Moncton.  In 1985, the Buffalo Sabres assigned Jim to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. The Americans were league champions in 1986-87, winning the Calder Cup.

In 112 National Hockey games, Jim scored 17 goals and 47 points.  With Rochester, he scored 93 goals and 205 assists in 360 games.

Jim was always involved in charitable and community events in the cities where he played.

Jim retired as a player in 1990, but has continued in the Sports as a coach of Durham Region teams.  In 2001, Jim was inducted into Rochester Americans Hockey Hall of Fame.

Oshawa Legion Baseball Club Teams 1955-57-58 Midget, Juvenile, Junior - Baseball

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More about Oshawa Legion Baseball Club Teams 1955-57-58 Midget, Juvenile, Junior:

The Oshawa Legion Branch 43 has been synonymous with baseball for over 50 years. During the span from 1955 to 1958, the Oshawa Legion Midget Ball Club started the string of impressive seasons and carried it through their juvenile and junior years.

The 1955 Midget Club captured the O.B.A. title defeating Chatham in the finals.

The 1957 Juvenile Team won the prestigious Toronto Leaside Junior League Championship and O.B.A. downing Sarnia 3 - 2, final game played at the Kinsmen Stadium.

The 1958 Juniors won their second consecutive Leaside Junior title and were Ontario finalists.

These teams certainly brought pride to the City of Oshawa, as well as to the Legion Branch 43 during their run of successful seasons.

1955 OBA Champs

Bob Winter, Bob Brewster, John Branch, Lorne Jeffs, P. Muzik (Legion official), Doug Luke, Jim Powell, D. Kelly (coach), Doug Taylor, R. Taylor (manager), Pete Bilenduke, W. Kolesnick (Legion official), Jim Shaw (coach), Gary Minacs, John Ryan, Jack Fisher, Terry Glavin, Dave Estabrooks, Alex Ferries, William Miklas, Beverley Smith

1957 OBA Champs

Jack Cole, Gary Minacs, Lionel Kelly, Lorne Jeffs, P. Muzik (Legion official), F. McCallum (sponsor), John Ryan, Neil McMahon, John Branch, Bob Winter, Jim Shaw (coach), Jack Fisher, Ted Roberts, Lucky Wills, Ted Bathe, Jack Ogden, Don Wilson (manager), Joe Melnick, Terry Glavin, Stan Bishop (bat boy), Pete Bilenduke, Bob Brewster, Alex Ferries, William Miklas, Beverley Smith

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