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Obituary: ‘Golden Adonis’ Johnny Powers was a product of Hamilton’s legendary pro wrestling ‘factory’
(Jan. 9, 2023 by Jon Wells) Years ago, when visitors came knocking at the door of former pro wrestler Johnny Powers, his voice would bellow: “Is it friend or foe? If it’s a friend enter slowly, if it’s a foe run away fast.”
True to his invented surname, Powers didn’t seem to have an off-switch: forever the brash performer and theatrical tough guy.
It was only time, the undisputed and undefeated champ, that silenced him.
Powers died at 79 on Dec. 30, at 1:30 a.m., at home in bed with his hand held by his wife, Rosalee.
‘It’s terminal now:’ Martial arts Hall of Famer Rick Joslin finds faith in the face of death
Facing death has softened the martial arts legend. Even so, he remains one of the toughest guys in Hamilton, Scott Radley writes.
(Dec. 20, 2022 by Scott Radley) He wasn’t always a guy who’d cry easily or quietly pray for random strangers as they walk past. Not his thing, really. When you’re known as one of the toughest men in Hamilton, such softness would seem out of character. Even to himself.
Not anymore. So what’s changed?
“It’s terminal now,” Rick Joslin says.
Yeah, he’s dying. The cancer that’s gnawed at him three times over the past decade is back and growing, he says. This time there’s no getting past it. The Hamilton Sports Hall of Famer (Class of 2013) who won three national karate titles before building one of the best-known martial arts gyms in the country — one that’s trained thousands and thousands of Hamiltonians — now knows how his story will end.
2022 Induction ceremony to air on Cable 14
The Oct. 26 induction of the 2022 HSHOF class will be featured on Cable 14 several times over the next couple of weeks.
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Hamilton area’s connections to the motorsport hall of fame class of 2022
(By Tim Miller) Of the 13 racing personalities the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF) recently announced as its newest inductees, three of these have strong ties to the Hamilton area. Part of the 2022 class includes track owner Uli Bieri, race photographer Bruce Biegler and oval track racer Gary Elliott.
Let’s start with Elliott who is known as the “Iron Man” — and for good reason. He started racing in 1969 and continues to ply the paved ovals. He began with mini-stock cars, competed with a Canadian vintage modified (hobby car) for decades, and then modifieds before settling in with a late model, which he races in the Maritimes since his move east from his Greensville home three years ago.
Five Hamilton men were accidentally entwined in the Munich massacre. Here’s their incredible story
(By Scott Radley) It was shortly before the 1996 Atlanta Olympics that he was asked to speak to his eldest daughter’s high school class about his experience at the Games.
Twenty-four years earlier, David Hart had been a water polo player for Canada in Munich. Remarkably, one of five Hamiltonians on that team. That afternoon at her school, he told the story of the competition, the other athletes and generally explained what the experience was like.
Then he opened the floor to questions.
Zeno Karcz was one of the all-time great Ticats
(Sept. 3, 2022 by Steve Milton) Ralph Sazio, the longtime Hamilton Tiger-Cat executive who always set a very high standard, once said that Zeno Karcz was the kind of player coaches love to have on their team.
“He probably wasn’t as gifted as a lot of kids who come along and never make it, but the thing that made him was hard work and devotion to the job,” Sazio told the late Spectator sports writer Tony Fitz-Gerald in 2015.
Karcz, who was a linebacker for the powerful Tiger-Cats during their most glorious years from 1957 to 1966, died in Burlington on Wednesday, at the age of 87.
HSHOF proudly announces the Class of 2022
Athlete-Builder-Dragon Boat Racing
*Denotes Inductee honoured posthumously*
Our 13th annual induction celebration details:
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – 12 noon
Tickets: $60 (Hot Luncheon Buffet, Reception)
Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre, 1555 Upper Ottawa Street in Hamilton
A limited number of tickets will be available at:
Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame website: www.hamiltonsportshalloffame.com
To buy tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-sports-hall-of-fame-2022-induction-ceremony-tickets-407161720667
United Trophy, 99 Cannon Street East in Hamilton
Media info, contact: HSHOF president Garry McKay at: 905-387-6335 or [email protected]
Inductee Hilda May Binns: 1945-2022
(Aug. 6, 2022) Hilda May Binns (HSHOF Class of 2019), Hamilton’s own internationally recognized Para Olympian and Pan Am athlete, has passed away.
Obituary: Bill Jamison was the ‘cornerstone’ of the sport of powerlifting in Canada
Founder of Steel City Powerlifting Club, he was a lifter, coach and referee
(June 27, 2022 by Daniel Nolan) It was not for nothing that Bill Jamison was referred to as ‘the cornerstone’ of powerlifting in Canada.
The Caledonia resident — who died April 10 at age 74 — was a champion of the sport and founded the Steel City Powerlifting Club in Hamilton in 1969.
He competed from 1969 to 1982 and won two provincial championships, placed second and third in the Canadian championships, and represented Canada at the world championships in Finland in 1972.
He helped found the Ontario Powerlifting Association and served as president of the Canadian Powerlifting Union from its inception in 1972 until 1984.
Bill Sadler left a legacy of sports car innovations
Prolific road race car builder, and Hall of Famer, has died at age 91, Tim Miller writes
(April 15, 2022 by Tim Miller) Bill Sadler, one of Canada’s most prolific road race car builders, has died. He was 91. He designed and built a succession of race cars beginning in 1953 that were innovative, successful, and went on to acquire international fame. He built sports racing cars along with open-wheeled Formula Junior and Libre cars.
A native of St. Catharines, Sadler went to work for his father’s auto electric shop in that city, then performed the same work at Sadler’s Hamilton branch before working as a guided missile technician at Hamilton’s Westinghouse plant.
Bulldogs closing in on a bit of Hamilton hockey history
First place is within reach. If that sounds unfamiliar, there’s good reason.
(March 24, 2022 by Scott Radley) You’d need some serious closet space if you were going to become a collector of sweaters from all the major junior hockey teams that have called this city home over the generations.
From the rather uninspired-sounding Hamilton Hockey Club of the 1933-34 season to the Tigers, Whizzers, Barons — an outfit that played just one game — Majors, Lloyds, Szabos, Tiger Cubs, Red Wings, Fincups, Steelhawks and Dukes right to today’s Bulldogs, it’s been tough to keep up with all the changes.
Yet, one thing has remained constant.
In all that time, no Ontario Hockey League (or before that, Ontario Hockey Association) team representing this city has ever finished first in a regular season. We’ve had a few seconds. A number of thirds. Nine dead-lasts. But first?
Kenesky owner Joel Hulsman dead at 65
(March 3, 2022, by Scott Radley) It didn’t matter if you were the richest guy in the city or someone down on your luck who didn’t have two pennies to rub together. If you were on Barton Street and you wanted a conversation, you walked into Kenesky’s.
Because any time of day, any time of year, Joel Hulsman would talk. About hockey, about city politics, about the street. Mostly about you.
“When you walked into Kenesky’s, you were walking into his living room,” says longtime business partner Pete Richards.
The longtime owner of the Hamilton landmark died suddenly on Sunday. He was 65.