Ontario baseball, 1930s


By BOB BREIDENSTEIN | rural Ontario


Orvis Benjamin Collins

Sept. 28, 1894 – March 13, 1963

County Line Publisher Emeritus Karen Parker mentions my uncle, the late Orv Collins of Ontario, in her “Backtalk” column every once in a while.

He loved baseball and played for the Ontario City Team and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs. In fact, he named his two sons, Pat and Jack, after a couple of Cub pitchers.

As village marshal, he didn’t have a taser, but in the picture, circa 1933, he is holding a baseball bat. Maybe that was his persuader.

He could pick up the Cubs radio play-by-play on WIND in Chicago.

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