Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame

John White

Nickname: Gabby
Birth: February 04, 1931
Deceased: July 19, 1992
Home Town: Kingston, Ontario
Inducted as: Athlete
Inducted for: Baseball,
Inducted in: 1998


“Gabby” was a lifelong resident of Kingston, and was regarded as one of the city’s most gifted athletes. He won seven Ontario championships in three different sports over a span of 24 years: Baseball (Juvenile A 1948); Hockey (Senior B 1953 and 1955; Intermediate A 1958, 1959 and 1960) and Curling (Intermediate 1972).

In helping his team to the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Senior B finals in 1965, Gabby delivered the game-winning hit in several games of the playoff series.

In baseball Gabby played third base for the Kingston Ponies, moving to shortstop in softball for the Prince George Hotel team and the Lakeview Indians. Gabby played right wing for the Kingston Goodyears and the Napanee Comets hockey clubs.

When he took up curling, Gabby ascended to a provincial championship as a member of Bob Mann’s Ontario Curling Association intermediate team.

Though not a big man, Gabby never backed down from a challenge. Suffering from asthma in his early athletic years and heart problems years later, Gabby battled through. The only battle that this highly-respected and well-rounded athlete ever lost was to the cancer that took his life.