Baseball field to be dedicated to Oshawa Hall of Fame pitcher and coach Ted Stone

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Published March 23, 2022 at 9:49 am

A legendary Oshawa post-war pitcher and two-time Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame inductee who later coached for more than 30 years will get his name enshrined on a ball diamond at Lakeview Park this summer.

Ted Stone Memorial Field will be dedicated July 20 with a ceremony at 5:30 pm, followed by a special U18 game between Oshawa Legionaires and Kendal.

 

Stone was scouted and signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1953 while playing for the Oshawa Merchants in the Intercounty League. The hard-throwing right-hander assembled a stellar 26-10 record over two seasons in the minors pitching in Corning, NY before being converted into a reliever for most of the following two seasons.

Ted Stone

He stepped away from pro ball after the 1957 season with a 33-22 record to return home and play semi-pro with Merchants.

Stone began coaching in the 1960s and helped mentor and teach countless young pitchers in the Oshawa system for three-plus decades. He was recognized as Oshawa’s right-handed pitcher of the decade in the 1950’s and coach of the decade for the 1960’s while also being voted the best right-handed pitcher of the century.

He was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and again in 2001 with his teammates on the 1952 Oshawa McCallum Transporters team.

His #10 was officially retired in 2002.

Ted Stone died in Orillia’s Soldiers Memorial Hospital on July 16, 2019 at the age of 86.

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