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Death Notice: November 1964 at the age of 48 

1934 Colored All Stars Baseball Team
1937-38 SR. Maroons
1949-50 St.Clair Maroons
1953 BR.431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1956 BR 431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1958-59 Rotary JUV. Hockey
1959-60 Senior Maroons
1969-71 S. Elliott Perf Racing
1973 Kinsmen Pee Wee Baseball Team
1974-75 JMSS Boys Basketball Team
1977-78 Chatham Royals Inter. "C" Hockey
1979 Huron & Erie Beverages Midgets
1983-84 & 1984-85 Maple City Jr.Ice Crystals
1985 Chatham Juvenile Baseball Team
1985-86 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1986-87 BR28 Bantams Team
1989-90 CKSS Boys ""AA" Volleyballl Team
1992-93 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1997 Sun-Out Diamonds Sr. Baseball Team
1998-99 JR.Maroons
Archie Stirling
Arthur Pelkey
Bill Atkinson
Bill Robinson
Bill Stobbs
Bob Weedon
Brian Wiseman
Carrie Carleton (Dillon)
Casey Maynard
Ches Dawson
Courtney Babcock
Leyte Wilson "Copper"
Dale Lahey
Dan Lewis
Dave Allin
Dave Gagner
David Seton
Dennis McCord
Derek Krete
Don Gillett
Don Hinnegan
Doug Allin
Doug Anakin
Doug Melvin
Earl Flat Chase
Ed Myers
Ed Wright
Elaine Hinnegan
Fergie Jenkins
Fran Crummer
Gene Dziadura
George Aitken
George Bruette
Harold Gillies
Harold McFarlane
Herb Wakabayashi
Irma (Grant) Isaac
Jim Maynard
Joe Zimmer
Joe Malo
Joelle Batten-Daigneau
John McKay
Karrie Williams
Keith Crummer
Larry Babcock
Larry Lahey
Lloyd Davidson
Marion (Watson) Stanton
Martin Aarts
Max Lenover
Mel Wakabayashi
Mort Giles
Norman Morris 'Chirp'
Peter Gilbert
Randy Rybansky
Richard Doey
Ron Blommers
Ross Babcock
Ron Coristine
Ross Day
Roy Galloway
Roy Oscar 'Doc' Miller
Sandra Tewksbury
Shae-Lynn Bourne
Shirley Pilson
Smoke, R.S.Reynolds
Tyson Parry
Wilfred  Harding


Birth Date: 1916
From: Newbury, Ontario
Chatham Minor Hockey



Category - Builder

Ross Babcock played with the senior Maroons in 1937-38; was involved in minor baseball and hockey; has been selected in the builder category.

The late Ross Babcock was instrumental in developing minor hockey and baseball in Chatham. From 1950 to 1955, Babcock coached minor hockey teams; in 1952 he was a director with Chatham Minor Hockey; in 1953 he was elected vice-president and the next year he became president.  As president, the Chatham native chaired committees that set up grading systems for players to provide rules of conduct.  In Chatham Minor Baseball, he coached from 1950 to 1955 and was president of the house leagues in 1952. He was instrumental in getting funds to develop Jaycee Park and Kinsmen Park. In 1951, he was named a charter member of Chatham Minor Hockey Association and in 1952 was the Kinsman of the Year.

Ross was born in Newbury, Ontario in 1916 and passed away in Chatham in November 1964 at the age of 48.

  • Chatham Minor Hockey
    • 1950 to 1955
      • Coached teams each year; in  1952 became a director of Minor Hockey; 1953 was chosen as vice-president, and in 1954 was president..  During this period, chaired committees to set up a grading system for players, to provide rules of conduct, and set up general rules for the association.  Represented Chatham at Ontario Minor Hockey Conference; organized first referee pool; organized a dinner of appreciation for coaches, managers, and referees; was registrar; in charge of publicity and allocation of extra ice time; proposed and helped implement the concept of a full-time coach for all teams.  After his first heart attack in February of 1955, resigned as chairman
    • 1960
      •  After returning to the Association, proposed, along with Bob Ostrom,  chaired a committee to implement a clinic system to teach skills to all youngsters.  He also recommended splitting leagues into A and B categories so that players were competing on equal level, having all-star teams from one level compete against teams from a higher level, and wearing same colour uniforms for all all-star teams
  • Chatham Minor Baseball
    • 1950 to 1955
      • Coached teams every year, including 1953 Bantams who won the first OBA championship for the CMBA ; he  convened one of the house leagues each year; 1952 served as president of the Association. He was instrumental in getting Jaycees to provide funds to build Jaycee Park for the squirt league, as well as  getting the Kinsmen to build diamonds at Kinsmen Park for pee wee baseball. Proposed the hiring of a professional coach in 1953,  Jack Fairs was hired which led to CMBA teams becoming very successful at the provincial level of competition Awards and Recognitions
    • 1951
      • Was a Charter Member of Chatham Minor Hockey Association
    • 1952
      • Kinsman of the Year and,  Chatham Daily News Sportsman of the Week
    • 1955
      • Made Life Member of Chatham Minor Hockey Association
    • 1965
      •  Hockey trophy for Squirt League renamed Ross Babcock Memorial Trophy
    • 1968
      • New North Side Park renamed Ross Babcock Memorial Park by city council
Inducted into Chatham Sports Hall of Fame 2004