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November 22, 2017

Ken Matthews

Birth: November 14, 1928

Home Town: Kingston, Ontario

Inducted as: Builder

Inducted for: Baseball, Hockey

Inducted in: 2008

Biography:

For almost 50 years Ken was involved in almost every aspect of
building sport in the community, from supervising to coaching,
managing, administering and officiating

From 1944 to 1949 Ken coached both bantam and midget boys softball
teams at Kiwanis Square, including an eastern Ontario bantam
championship team in 1948. In 1952 he coached the Cardinals midget team
to the Ontario Baseball Association final. Ken coached teams to three
consecutive Kingston Baseball Association senior championships, 1955 to
1957.

Ken began coaching minor hockey teams in 1947 and in 1951 he founded
the Royals organization, with which he continued to coach until 1963.
In 1956-57 Ken coached the Kingston midget all-stars to the Ontario
final.

At the executive level Ken served the Kingston Baseball Association as
treasurer, 1958-59, and president, in 1962. He was president of the
Kingston Aces senior A hockey club in 1968-69 and from 1992 to 2005 he
filled many roles on the executive of the Kingston Ponies senior
baseball club, until his retirement at the age of 77.

Ken was a founding director of the Kingston and District Sports Hall of
Fame.