Inductee

Greg Newell

Greg Newell was an all-round athlete who played four years of Junior C Hockey for the Haliburton Huskies and Lindsay Muskies, and thirteen years of A level Fastpitch Softball. Greg grew up in Gelert, with a baseball “field of dreams” built by his dad in the yard beside their house. Greg credits his parents, Gene and Gala, for their support. It was a career highlight when they watched from the stands as he led the team with ten RBIs, to win the NAFA AA Championship in Fargo North Dakota.

Greg started playing with the Minden Rockcliffe Hustlers fastball team in the Tri County League when he was only 14, with his brother Colin, dad Gene and his Uncle Jack Snell. In 1986, he played for the Oshawa Junior A team, starting a career which saw him go on to play for Stouffville, Bracebridge, Oshawa Merchants/Hornets, Greenbank Gamblers, Colborne Rutherflo Transport, Pickering Boyer Heat, and Peterborough Ricart, among others. His talent was sought after, especially his hitting ability, at times playing in 3 different leagues in the same season.

Greg’s passion was being on the ball diamond, and he travelled all over North America playing in Ontario Amateur Softball Association, International Softball Congress, Canadian and Eastern Canadian, and North American Fastpitch Association Championships.

Among Greg’s special distinctions, was batting .571 at the Ontario Junior Eliminations in 1986. He was an OASA Champ in 1990 and again in 1999, an Eastern Canadian Silver Medalist in 1997 and 1998, and NAFA Champ in 1997. Greg was named to the All World Team at the NAFA Championship in 1997. League Championships include the local Tri-County League, Oshawa City and District, and Peterborough City League.

After his retirement, Greg was instrumental in starting the Kawartha Cubs Baseball Association in Lindsay. The Newell family legacy continued as Greg coached his daughter Payton, in girls’ softball and his son, Brock, on the Minor Bantam team that won the 2014 Provincial title. Brock went on to play baseball at Queen’s University, enjoying a successful varsity career highlighted by an OUA Championship win.

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