Softball Ontario 2018 Hall of Fame Indutees

Published by Nathan Didone

Published on November 27, 2018


Hall of Fame Class of 2018


Saturday, November 24, 2018, marked Softball Ontario’s 3rd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet at the 2018 Softball Ontario Summit held in Burlington, Ontario.

Softball Ontario is excited to induct Pat Gilmour (Organizer/Builder) and Bob Abbot (Organizer/Builder) into its Hall of Fame. Their contributions to the sport of Softball in Ontario have been instrumental in the continual growth and development of our game.

 Pat Gilmour (Organizer/Builder)

Left to Right: Debbie Malisani, Pat Sparling, Tom Buchan, Christine Parris

*Pat Sparling accepted the Hall Of Fame Bat on behalf of Pat Gilmour who was unable to attend

Pat was the Manager of the Sr. Ladies Kitchener Kieswetters and piloted them to Canadian Championships in 1971 & 1975. It was Pat’s view to revamp the structure of the PW which she did in 1975. She was responsible for the development of the “grassroots” coaching development program. She interviewed and helped to seek out the necessary personnel to pilot the National Coaching Development Program as well as the instructors for Ontario to teach the technical program. She was responsible for the establishment of a Statisticians Development Program for the PWSA to train scorekeepers and statisticians in Ontario. A program which was eventually transferred to Softball Ontario but is now back with the PWSA. She was appointed to the Softball Ontario Board in 1976 and was the Chairman in 1978 & 1979. In 1978 she was elected to the PWSA Board. She served in various positions, one of them being the President. Just a note of interest - Pat was one of the first girls to play ball with the OASA  when there was no PWSA.




 Bob Abbot (Organizer/Builder)

 Left to Right: Brad Thomson, Christine Parris, Bob Abbot, Tom Buchan

Bob grew up playing softball in the city of Toronto and his softball career began when he moved to Markham in the late 1960’s. He was content to play in the Men’s league and coach in the House league until he met a gentleman by the name of Len Henderson who made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He became a member of the Markham Softball Association for the next 17 years, President for 10 ten years. His coaching career began in 1974 and can be said to encompass nearly every category and age classification in which there is play. He was also a registered Softball Ontario umpire from 1977 to 1987 and was a member of Markham’s O.A.S.A. Championship slo-pitch team in 1977.

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