St. Stephen – The Greater St. Stephen Wall of Fame at the Garcelon Civic Center has announced its 2019 inductees. Two individuals and one team will be inducted in a ceremony at the civic centre on May 25.
George Allen Lewis, who will be inducted in the builder category, was seen as a visionary who recognized St. Stephen had all the pieces necessary to create a successful baseball program. Lewis was the man behind the scenes of the powerhouse St. Stephen Sabres of the late 1970s and early 80s that brought home four provincial and Atlantic Championships, along with three National Championship medals.
Lewis made sure all the off-field duties were taken care of to allow the coaches to coach and players to play. He took part in the 1981 Canada Games as the Manager for Team NB and was able to experience a silver medal performance on the field, which is one of his proudest moments. He was able to experience the success of what he had help build over the past few years with his baseball family.
Roderick (Roddie) MacMillan, who will be inducted in the athlete category, is best known as an outstanding baseball player, though he was also an accomplished hockey player. He played for the St. Croix Baseball Club, which has previously been inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. The St. Croix Baseball Club dominated numerous provincial and maritime leagues during its long history. He also played for the first iteration of the St. Stephen Aces. MacMillan was active on the teams he played for up until 1973, with a career spanning 23 years.
The 1969 – 1972 St. Stephen High School Lady Spartans will be inducted in the team category. Coached by Judy Wilson, over a four year period this 28 member team won 125 of the games they played, losing only nine. While under Wilson’s leadership , the St. Stephen High School Spartans won a total of 22 titles and enjoyed an unbroken 118-game winning streak against girls’ high school teams.
Tickets for the induction dinner will be available from Wall of Fame committee members, and from the desk at the civic centre. The cost is $40.