Baseball in Coniston arrived almost as soon as the town was developed.  In 1914, Coniston created its first baseball team and joined the Nickel Belt Baseball League.  Not much is known about this early team except the names of the players.  The following year, the team dropped out of the league and did not return until 1918.  This sporadic participation was common until the 1940s.

In 1941, the Coniston Buzzers (later known as the Red Sox) won their first Nickel Belt Baseball League victory, securing the Monell Cup.  Between 1941 and 1959, Coniston's baseball team would win the Monell Cup three more times (in 1946, 1952, and 1955).  At the end of the 1959 season, the Nickel Belt Baseball League disbanded and would not resurface until 1976.

The senior baseball league was revived in the Sudbury district in 1976, providing Coniston with the opportunity to secure a championship win for the next three years.

Many great players had the privilege of playing for the Coniston Red Sox including Bill Soliski, Einar Strom, Lou Moulaison, Joe Lora, Bert Plouffe, and Andy Barbe.

Andy Barbe was the only player in the Nickel Belt Baseball Senior League to lead the league in batting average, runs, hits, runs batted in, home runs, stolen bases and walks (though not all in the same season).


Material compiled from The Coniston Story II.

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