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New sports hall of fame inductees

The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame welcomed five new members during a ceremony at the Italian Canadian Club on Wednesday night. This year’s inductees are athlete Bob Watson, veteran athlete Thomas McKenna, builder Rob Holody, official James King and the 1960 Kiwanis Juvenile Baseball Team.
Watson, nicknamed Whipper, was a Toronto Rock lacrosse player who was twice named National Lacrosse League Goaltender of the Year. He led the Rock to six NLL championships, and in 2011 he was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame.
McKenna was a pitcher in the Guelph Schools Baseball League and was a key member of several championship teams during the 1940s. He played Junior and Senior Inter County baseball into the 1950s and eventually coached Senior Inter County baseball after trying out for the St. Louis Cardinals.
At age 24, Holody was the youngest general manager to ever win a Memorial Cup, with the 1986 Guelph Platers. He has chaired numerous OHL committees, has coached Guelph minor hockey and baseball and has supported Guelph Community Living and Special Olympics.
King refereed all levels of hockey for 28 years, including the American Hockey League. A Junior-A player in the early 1940s, he was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played six games before joining the Navy to serve in the Second World War.
The 1960 Juvenile Baseball Club team  won that year’s Juvenile Inter county Championship and went on to win the provincial title. It was the first Guelph team to win the provincial title since 1940.

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