Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame - Our Mission

The objective of the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize and honour the achievements of Oshawa individuals and teams who have attained prominence and distinction in sports as well as those who have made a major contribution to the development of sport.

Located inside the Tribute Communities Centre, the Sports Hall of Fame plaques and citations are displayed on the main level walls. The 3600 square foot Museum housing artifacts, memorabilia and photographs is also located on this level at the west end behind Section 119. The new Museum location opened officially in the spring of 2008.

Featured Inductee: Albert James Barnes - Multi Sport

Year Inducted: 2011
Home Town: Hastings

Albert James Barnes

More about Albert James Barnes:
Albert (Ab) Barnes was born in Hastings, Ontario in 1915.  In 1922, Ab and his family moved to Oshawa Ontario where he lived until he passed away in 2003 in his 88th year. Ab attended Centre Street Public School and ONeill Collegiate in Oshawa.  He became one of the outstanding young athletes in Oshawa, participating in a number of sports - track and field, hockey, softball, lacrosse and football. Ab was an accomplished hockey player and following minor hockey, he played for the Oshawa Junior Majors of the O.H.A. from 1932 to 1935.  In the 1936-37 season, he played for the Oshawa Intermediate A O.H.A. Champions.  During the following years, he played for the Quebec Aces 1940 - 42 and the Ottawa Cammandos of the Quebec Hockey League Allan Cup Champions in 1943.  Ab then returned to the Oshawa area and during the years 1947 to 1951, he played for the Peoples Credit Jewellers of the Toronto Hockey League - league champions in 1948, 1950 and 1951. After his playing days, Ab became the first coach of the Oshawa Smith Truckmen Team which later became the Whitby Dunlops managed by Wren Blair. Ab also played other sports: softball in the Toronto Beaches League, football during the late 30s for the Oshawa Blue Devils and lacrosse in the Oshawa District Lacrosse League. Ab referred hockey in the O.H.A. for a number of years.  Beginning in the 1950s, he umpired baseball and softball in the area.  He, along with Jack Hobbs and Charlie March, covered the majority of games for the Oshawa Merchants Senior Baseball Team where Ab was the plate umpire for most games. Throughout Abs career, his dedication and love of sports was evident.  Whether it be as a player, coach, umpire or referee, he displayed loyalty, determination and professionalism at all times.

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