CHARLOTTETOWN – Charlottetown’s Hubert (Sock) MacDonald will receive another major honour next Friday when he joins his father, James (Fiddler), in the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame.
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Hubert (Sock) MacDonald
The recognition will complete an amazing 2013 for softball and football standout MacDonald, who has already gained entry into the UPEI and Football P.E.I. Halls of Fame this year. The honour will fit nicely alongside his induction into the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame, which he received in 2002.
A great athlete amongst a family of outstanding sportsmen, the young Sock honed his ball skills in the early 1970s in the City Fastball League, and he earned the first of his 18 national appearances in 1976 at the Canadian junior championships. The following year he earned all-star third-base honours.
Over the next 20 years, Sock cemented his reputation as one of the province’s finest-ever players, appearing at 16 senior national championships, where he took two all-star shortstop honours and a third-base award. In 1986, when the nationals were held in Summerside, he won the batting title.
All the attributes
As a ballplayer, Sock had all the attributes.
With his family always in his corner, particularly brother Ian (Tex), who Sock cites as one of his greatest influences, MacDonald showed speed, range, soft hands, great power and an ability to pitch that made him stand out from the rest.
He also had a drive and determination that elevated him above everybody, and it was that fierce desire, allied with his natural talent, that made him the outstanding player he was.
A teammate once said of Sock, “There was nobody more gifted, talented or driven. . . He set the example we all tried to live up to and, as a result, we all became better players. . .”
That desire also showed itself on the football field, and Sock enjoyed a tremendous UPEI career under the guidance of Ed Hilton. A defensive back and wide receiver, or flanker, MacDonald was the university’s most outstanding athlete in 1980, where he was selected all-conference.
At the conclusion of his university career, he earned an invitation to try out with the Montreal Alouettes, where he narrowly missed selection on a team that went on to win the Grey Cup.
In his capacity as a rep for a local brewery, the phone of Sock MacDonald usually never stops ringing. But, this year, the usual requests for beer have been complemented with messages of congratulations as one of P.E.I.’s most talented and popular athletes takes up his rightful place in the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame.
Just The Facts
When and Where: The P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame inductions, sponsored by the P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Company, will be held at the Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown on Friday, Sept. 27. Registration is at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:15 p.m.
Inductees: Sock MacDonald (athlete, softball and football); Sheila MacQuarrie (athlete, rifle shooting); Bill Ledwell (builder of sport); Charlottetown Islanders’ hockey team (1981 and 1984).
Tickets: Only available by contacting Nick Murray at Sport P.E.I., 368-4547.