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Former Yarmouth Gateway player and umpire to be honoured at Oct. 22 event

The names of George Sims and Richie Hubbard will be added to the Gateway Park backstop honour wall Oct. 22.
The names of George Sims and Richie Hubbard will be added to the Gateway Park backstop honour wall Oct. 22.

YARMOUTH, N.S. – A ceremony for two well-known sportsmen will be held at Gateway Park on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.

The event is for family, friends and fans to honour the contribution of George Sims and Richie Hubbard to the Yarmouth baseball community.

 Sims (Simbo), who was inducted into the Yarmouth Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Yarmouth Gateways, passed away last year.

Sims played in Plymouth in his early years and was a member of the Yarmouth Mooseheads, the Yarmouth Gateways and later the Yarmouth Gateway Oldtimers.

He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Richie Hubbard passed away in 2011. He was umpire-in-chief in South West Nova for 25 years, the Town of Yarmouth’s first recreation director and was elected Yarmouth MLA in 1993.

Keith Bridgeo, a former Canada Games pitcher who has been involved in baseball in virtually every capacity over the years, says past ceremonies at the Gateway Park backstop have been quite emotional when the family is there.

“I think it’s a great tribute to everyone that made a contribution over those years,” he said.

Last year, a ceremony was held for Leo Mooney Jr. He was well-known for 50 years of umpiring.

“Leo and Richie had quite an effect on umpiring,” said Bridgeo.

 “Richie recruited so many people into umpiring over the years. He was such a gentleman. He just didn’t fit the mould of an umpire because you have to be thick-skinned and Richie was so polite.”

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