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Atack, James W

 
   Athlete : Baseball

Era: 1951 - 1970

Inducted 1998
 
Full size image of plaque

     James Atack began his baseball and hockey careers in Niagara Falls’ minor leagues.
     
     In baseball, he played short stop on the three Ontario Baseball Association (O.B.A.) teams that won championships: 1955 Niagara Falls Citizens, Juvenile O.B.A. Champions, 1957 Kerrio Construction, Senior O.B.A. Champions, and 1958 Niagara Falls Lorenzos, Junior O.B.A. Champions.
     
     Upon graduation from university, Jim played with the London Majors of the Intercounty League and in later years enjoyed participating in the Greater Niagara Softball Association (G.N.S.A.) and with McRae’s in O.S.A. competition.
     
     In 1956 he was a member of the Kerrio Junior C finalist hockey team and in 1957 was a member of the Senior B Stamford Kerrios hockey team.
     
     Michigan State University awarded Jim an athletic scholarship for hockey in 1958. That year the team was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) finalist and the number two ranked team in the U.S.A. Three varsity letters were awarded to him prior to graduation in 1961.
     
     Jim appreciated the many fine coaches he had in his youth who made sports challenging and fun and hoped that he has passed these values on to his students during 30 years as a Niagara Falls high school physical education teacher and coach.
     
     Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame
     Presented January 1998 
 

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  Click to view photograph of Induction Ceremony
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Title 9th Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - James (Jim) W Atack Athlete Baseball & Hockey
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  award being presented by Mayor Wayne Thomson (right)
Date  1998.
 
 
  Kerrio Construction Senior Baseball Champions 1957
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Kerrio Construction Senior Baseball Champions 1957
Description  era 1951 - 1970
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1993 ; Front L-R: Norm Stimers, Eddie Collins : Middle: Pete Potter, Bobby Angle, Steve Mesaros, Tommy Buchanan, Jimmy Bray, Charlie Rienzo, Dusty Bodnar ; Back Row: Vic Gill, Allie McRae, Mike Lococo, Buddy Heximer, Jimmy Atack, Gord Johnson, Jim (Butch) Somerville Manager ; Missing: Jack Sampson, Bobby Pirson, Jack Wenner, Boris Dimitroff, William Jenkins, Bryan Hart, Deacon Wasser Coach ;
Date  1993.
 
 
  Lorenzo Construction Junior Baseball Team 1958
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Lorenzo Construction Junior Baseball Team 1958
Description  era 1951 - 1970
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1999 ; Front Row L-R: Carl Minor, Dusty Bodnar, Eddie Whipp, Ed Chapman Manager, Norm Dunstan, Jim Ross, Jimmie Atack ; Second Row; Mike Lococo, Orm Black, Vance Dane, Tom Newton, Bryan Hart, Dave Meisner, Phil Scordino, Jim Gazley, Fred Plato Coach; Top Row Inset: Rick Heximer, Gary Armstrong, Dave Kemp ; Missing Jim Salfi ;
Date  1999.
 
 
  Niagara Falls Citizen's Juvenile A OBA Champions
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Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Citizen's Juvenile A OBA Champions 1951 - 1970 era
Notes  Induction January 1992 ; Front Row L-R: Jim Atack, Ted Stephen, Bob Barnes Coach, Ray Brognola, Eric Russell, Wayne Adams ; Middle Row: Bruce McCrie, Murray Johnston, Bob Chamberlain, Henry Hoogasian, James O'Laughlin ; Back Row: Joe Dennis, Ken Littlewood, Lyle Racey, Mac Cushing, Allie McRae, Bob Green Manager ; Missing from photograph: Merve Currie, Wayne Fleming, Tom McKinley, Mike Lococo, Dusty Bodnar ;
Date  2002.
 
 
 
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