The Class of 2015

London Sports Hall of Fame 

The Carousel Room, Western Fair District, is the place to be November 5 for the official induction ceremony honouring our 2015 London Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Visit now and click on “Buy Tickets.” Tables of eight are $400 (tax included) and individual tickets are $50 (tax included).

The program features outstanding video productions of the inductees, the unveiling of their plaques, and presentation of the Spirit of Sport awards honoring sports volunteers in London and Middlesex County.

This year’s inductees are:

Sam Foxworthy  – Hockey – Athlete Legend

  • Born in London in 1909; attended and played hockey at De La Salle High School
  • Played junior hockey in London before turning pro with the Toronto Falcons of the Canadian Professional Hockey League in 1927
  • Was the only Londoner on the London Panthers of the CPHL in 1928/29, a team that included future NHL Hall of Famers Carl Voss and Joe Primeau
  • His pro hockey career took him to teams in Guelph, Hollywood, Hershey (leading scorer in 1932), Oklahoma City, Tulsa, New Haven, and Wichita
  • He returned to amateur (semi-pro) teams in Ottawa and the London area from 1940 to ‘48
  • A noted amateur golfer, Sam won the Thames Valley Golf Club championship in 1939
  • Sam was employed at Labatt Breweries in London from 1941-1963
  • He died in London in November of 1970

Glynn Leyshon – Builder/Coach/Writer Legend

  • Born in Hamilton in 1929, lived and worked in London since 1955
  • Attended University of Western Ontario; played football and wrestling
  • Coached at Central Secondary School in London, introduced wrestling
  • Coached wrestling at high school and university, founder of the London-Western Wrestling Club
  • Coached wrestling at Western from 1964-1980, winning eight league titles and in 1976 was selected CIAU coach of the year
  • Coached Canadian team in four world tournaments, two world university games, three World Cups
  • Leyshon is a member of the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame and Western’s W Club Hall of Fame

Brian Peaker – Athlete Modern

  • Born in London, May 26, 1959, attended Beck Secondary School
  • Gold medal rower at the 1993 World Championships and silver in the 1996 Olympics
  •  As a “lightweight” rower, the ’96 Olympics served as his first chance to row in the Games
  • At age 37, the oldest Canadian to medal in Olympic rowing since 1924
  • Won the 45-49 Age Group, Ironman USA Triathlon (Lake Placid) in 2008
  • Coached London Sports Hall of Fame rower Adam Kreek and is a former president of the London Rowing Club
  • Lives in London

Jackie Sheppard  – Founder/Builder Legend

  • Born in Hamilton in 1938; a resident of London for the past 55 years
  • A true pioneer in Canadian and International fastball and slo-pitch
  • Played softball as a youngster an involvement that grew over the years to include umpiring, administration, scoring and statistics
  • A key figure in the growth of fastball and slo-pitch for men and women in London from 1976 to 1990
  • Founded the London-Kentucky Can-Am tournament leading to awards and citations in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, and Greensburg, Indiana
  • First person to be inducted into the Slo-Pitch National Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Currently resides in London

Jude St. John  – Athlete Modern

  • Born in London, December 4, 1972
  • Hockey, football star, SPECTRA award winner, Valedictorian at Banting Secondary School
  • Western University football 1991-94, OUAA All Star, on Vanier Cup winning Mustangs in ‘94
  • Played 14 years in the Canadian Football League with Hamilton and Toronto, three times a CFL eastern All Star
  • With the Argonauts Grey Cup winning team in 2004
  • Assistant football coach at Saunders S.S., also coaching lacrosse and ringette in London
  • Works for the Thames Valley Board of Education, lives in London with his wife Nicole and five children

Ryan Thelwell  – Athlete Modern

  • Born in  Jamaica (April 6, 1973), moved to London aged four
  • Multi-sport star at Catholic Central Secondary School
  • All Big Ten, second team, pass catcher at the University of Minnesota
  • Seventh round draft choice of the NFL San Francisco 49ers
  • Played for San Diego of the NFL in 1998, scoring a touchdown in the team’s final game of the season
  • Played in the CFL for the BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders taking Western All-Star honors in 2004 and 2005
  • Played on the Grey Cup winning Lions in 2006 and 2011 and the Stampeders in 2008
  • Lives in Calgary

1975 London Majors

  • In 1975, won the Senior Intercounty Baseball championship, the last London team to do so
  • One of the strongest teams in league history, the Majors beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the semi-finals  and Guelph Royals, four games to two, in the final
  • Left-hander Mike Kilkenny, a former major league pitcher, was named the Intercounty MVP with a record of nine wins and no losses during the regular season and five-and-nothing in the playoffs
  • Larry Haggitt won the league batting title with a .412 average; Barry Boughner hit .351; Arden Eddie, a London Sports Hall of Fame inductee, hit .340
  • George Hall was the team owner and general-manager; Roy McKay was field manager
  • Others the roster included Dave Lapthorne, Larry Wilson, Phil Schmidt, Rick Lindquist, Barry Fuller, Mike Fess, Wayne Fenlon, Dave Byers, Brian Bell, John Marks, Alex McKay, Jamie Hodge, John Gourley, Neil Ambrose