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 Yarmouth Gateways - Maritime Champions

Looking back, the era of the 1930’s is recognized as a time when an extremely high caliber of baseball was played in Nova Scotia and throughout the Maritimes. One of those teams was the 1935 Yarmouth Gateways, a team with strong defensive play and the ability to make a few hits go a long way. They were never seen as a power team but dazzled the fans with acrobatic double plays, diving outfield catches and clutch hits.

On September 23, 1935 the Gateways traveled to face the four-time defending Maritime champion St. Stephen Milltown Kiwanis for Maritime baseball supremacy. The game was close right up to the end. The top of the ninth was Gateways last chance as the one run scored by the Kiwanis looked like it was going to be enough to retain the title. But the Gateways came through like champions. Edgar Amirault, the first man up tagged pitcher Roy Boles for a single to centre. Nate Bain followed by hammering another to the same spot. Boles was quickly pulled for a relief pitcher to face Gateway centre fielder Red Goudey who quickly chopped one back to the mound for what looked like an easy scoop to Harry Boles at third. However Boles was playing off the bag and Amirault slid underneath him filling the bases. The drama continued as Halley Horton came to plate to smash a double to right centre to clear the bases for a 3-1 Gateway win to claim the 1935 Maritime senior baseball championship. The Gateways capped their championship season with an exhibition game which saw the Boston Braves visit Yarmouth, the first appearance of a major league team on a Nova Scotia diamond. The Braves scattered 21 hits around the William Street ball field humbling the Gateways 20-2. But as Halley Horton said of the game, “Everybody else had to pay $2.00 to see the Braves play and we watched them for free.”