Russ Evon was a multi-sport athlete, a natural hometown hero excelling in baseball, softball, hockey, basketball, swimming, golf and 10 pin bowling. Russ was an incredible athlete whose skill and sportsmanship shone through in any sport he played.
Russ was born August 17, 1917 in Windsor Ontario and died November 9th 1998 in St. Thomas. During his life he lived both in St. Thomas and Port Stanley. Russ and his wife Helen had two children, Donna and Ron. Russ retired in London after owning and running his own dry cleaning business.
As a teenage growing up in Windsor, he once fanned a record 25 consecutive batters and pitched several no –hitters in the Boarder Cities Softball Federation. Russ played in three World tournaments, winning one and coaching in another. He was a .400 hitter in his career, while he played for Branch 12 Bendix and Inspection Team in the Ford League in Windsor.
Russ also had a passion for hockey. He played in the OHA and the International Hockey league in Windsor, winning the outstanding IHL player of the year award in the 1940-41 season.
During the late 40’s in London, Russ played for the London Lou Ball Seniors. He was also a member of the 1948 London Majors team, an inaugural inductee to the London Sports Hall of Fame.
Russ spent 35 years as a London hockey referee. I had the privilege of refereeing with him in the two man referee system; he was a quick skater and had a sharp eye for penalties.
Russ was an avid bowler and won many 10 pin tournaments at the local and provincial levels. He was a low handicap golfer and a strong swimmer, who was credited with saving several potential victims from drowning.
Russ is a member of the Windsor Essex Sports Hall of Fame, but here today, we want to honour this outstanding athlete who embraced the challenge of competition and contributed so much to sports in London.