Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame

William Gowsell

Nickname: Bill
Birth: December 11, 1911
Deceased: April 22, 1996
Home Town: Kingston, Ontario
Inducted as: Athlete
Inducted for: Baseball, Hockey,
Inducted in: 2001


It has been said that between 1925 and 1935, Bill was perhaps the outstanding all-round athlete in Kingston.

From 1926 to 1934 , he was a member of 14 championship teams in three different sports. On some of these teams he not only played, he coached as well.

A graduate of Kingston Collegiate Institute, he competed in gymnastics, rugby and lacrosse but was renowned as a premier hockey goaltender, softball pitcher and the first person to throw a forward pass in a high school football game.

Though still a student, Bill, the team captain, often designed and called the plays as KCI won Eastern Ontario high school football championships in 1929 and 1930.

In softball, Bill was a member of championship local teams in 1926, 1930 and 1931, and of an Eastern Ontario champion in 1929. In one extraordinary game in 1927, he struck out 21 batters in pitching a no-hitter.

He was on numerous city and interscholastic hockey championship teams. He shared a shutout against Canada’s Olympic team in 1935, the only time that team was held scoreless.