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Death Notice: September 14, 1991 at Age 76

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: 1915
From: Chatham, Ontario


1988 Calgary Olympics


Category -  Athlete Legend

Boomer Harding was an extraordinarily talented, all round athlete who excelled at baseball, hockey, soccer, and softball. Unfortunately, being born in 1915, he participated at a time when Blacks were not readily accepted. He faced prejudice head on and won the respect and friendship of many of his team mates, opponents, and sports fans across Ontario. Many believe that, if the time had been right, Boomer could have competed at a major league level in either baseball or hockey. For 50 years he participated at a very high level in a wide variety of sports and left a legacy of courage, pride, determination, and sportsmanship.

In 1988 "Boomer" was awarded an Olympic Gold Achievement Medal in honour of his Fifty-five Years of Sport Achievements. This medal was given in celebration of the 1988 Calgary Olympics and only eighteen Canadians were so honoured.


  • 1933
    • At age 17 and continuing for over 20 years, starred for teams in Chatham and Kingston and regularly competed for district and provincial championships
  • 1934
    • He played the  Chatham Coloured All Stars who were OBA Intermediate "B" Champions
  • 1939
    • Coloured All Stars who were OBA Intermediate "N' Championship finalists,
  • 1948
    • Chatham Hadley Lumber team who were OBA Intermediate "X' Champions
  • 1957
    • Blenheim Braves who were OBA Intermediate "C" Championship finalists


  • 1931
    • Beginning in high school  and continuing for over 20 years, starred for teams in Chatham, London, and Kingston and competed for district and provincial championships
  • 1934-35 and 1935-36
    • Chatham Vocational School who were two-time WOSSAA Champions
  • 1943-44
    • London Army team that won the OHA Intermediate "X' Championship
  • 1945-46
    • Canadian Army Group "D" Red Wings that toured Scotland
    • Petrolia Oiler's who were OHA Championship finalists
  • 1946-47
    • Windsor Stafford's of the International Amateur Hockey League where he became the first Black player to play at the Detroit Olympia
  • 1950
    • Chatham Gold's who regularly competed for ORA Championships

1933 and continuing for over 20 years, starred for teams representing Chatham at various levels of competition;  most notably were the 1933 Chatham Vocational School who were WOSSAA Champions; the 1947 Br. 28 Legion who were Ontario Champions; and,  the 1949 Br. 28 Legion Ontario Championship finalists.

Miscellaneous Sports
Track and field: 1929 KSSAA Jr. Boys Champion;  1934 KSSAA Sr. Boys Champion; 1944 Army Championship of Canada.  He competed in 100 yards, pole vault (second place), and 4x100 yard relay (first place).  Team won overall championship.

Softball: Competed from 1930 to 1955

Basketball: 1944 played for Vimy Signals, District Champions

Bowling: 3 game total of 661 including 2 singles of 231 and 277

Darts:1962-1988 competed for BR.28 Legion in Open and Legion competitions consistently placing in the top 3 in many singles, doubles, and team matches;  in 1975 placed second in Canadian National Open Darts Tournament.

Inducted into Chatham Sports Hall of Fame 2003