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Manny McIntyre
Born October 4, 1918(1918-10-04),
near Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Died June 13 2011 (aged 92),
Candiac, Quebec, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Playing career 1933–1955

Vincent Churchill "Manny" McIntyre (October 4, 1918 – June 13, 2011) was a professional athlete who played both ice hockey and baseball.

He was a member of the "Black Aces", the first all-black line in professional hockey,[1] with brothers Ossie and Herb Carnegie. They played together in various leagues including one season in France where they became a big draw and helped set an attendance record for French ice hockey.

In 1946, McIntyre became the first Black Canadian to play professional baseball,[2] as a shortstop for the Sherbrooke Canadiens, a farm team of the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in multiple leagues, and was elected to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

Early life[]

McIntyre was born near Fredericton, New Brunswick. As a child he began playing both ice hockey and baseball. He played shinny, a form of pick-up hockey, on frozen ponds with wooden pucks.[3]

Ice hockey career[]

McIntyre played in the Porcupine Mines Senior Hockey League, where he was first teamed with brothers Ossie and Herb Carnegie. They formed the first recorded all black line in hockey history.[4][5] The trio became known as the "Black Aces".[3] The trio gained notoriety in North America and moved to France to play for Racing Club de Paris, becoming the first professional black players to play in Europe. The Black Aces became a big draw while playing in Europe attracting large crowds for each of their games. Including a game against the British National team which drew 20,612 spectators, which set an ice hockey attendance record in France. When the season ended they were offered a contract to stay in with the team, but chose to return to North America joining the Sherbrooke Saints of the Quebec Senior Hockey League (QSHL) for the 1948–49 season.[6] Upon joining the QSHL they became the first all-black line in professional history.[1] For the 1949–50 season McIntyre moved to the Moncton Hawks of the Maritime Major Hockey League (MMHL). He set a career high in goals with 36. In 1950 he was traded to the Saint John Beavers, where he moved from a winger to defence.[4][7] According to the Society for International Hockey Research McIntyre compiled 187 goals, 278 assists, for 465 points in 468 games played during his career.[4]

Baseball career[]

McIntyre's baseball career was similar to his hockey career as he moved from league to league with regularity. He began playing with Fredericton Capitals of the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League, before moving on to Nova Scotia. Playing as a shirtstio McIntyre set a career high .385 batting average in 1943 playing for the Halifax Shipyards.[4] The following season he helped the Shipyards win a Halifax Defense Baseball League championship.[3] McIntyre played for Trois-Rivieres team in the Quebec Provincial League in 1945.[8] For the 1946 season he signed a contract with the Sherbrooke Canadiens a farm team of the St. Louis Cardinals, thereby becoming the first Black Canadian to sign a professional baseball contract.[8] He later became the first Black Canadian to play professional baseball as he hit .310 with one home run and two doubles in 30 games, collecting 40 hits in 129 at-bats for Sherbrooke.[2][9]

Personal[]

After his playing career McIntyre worked at the Dorval International Airport.[4] He was elected into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.[8] McIntyre died on June 13, 2011 in Candiac, Quebec at the age of 92.[10] In 2015, McIntyre was posthumously inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[11]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hockey pioneer Herb Carnegie dead at 92. CBC (2012-03-10). Retrieved on 2013-02-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Young, Bill (1946-04-13). Quebec And The Integration Of Baseball: Part 1, Jackie Robinson In Montreal (*Excerpt From Quebec Heritage News). Chicago Defender. Montreal Mosaic. Retrieved on 2013-02-27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Obituary: Hockey and baseball star Manny McIntyre was one of 'the Black Aces'. Toronto Star (2011-07-03). Retrieved on 2013-02-26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 St. Pierre, Eddie. New Brunswick loses another Hall of Famer. Times & Transcript. Retrieved on 2013-02-26.
  5. Wigginton, Russell (2006-06-30). The Strange Career of the Black Athlete: African Americans and Sports. ABC-CLIO, 17. ISBN 978-0-313-08622-9. Retrieved on 2013-02-26. 
  6. Dawson, Bob. History of Black Hockey players in Europe. Boxscore.com. Stryker-Indigo New York. Retrieved on 2013-02-26.
  7. Davis, David (2012-03-09). A Hockey Trailblazer Who Missed His Chance. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2013-02-26.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Vincent "Manny" McIntyre (D). New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2014-12-20. Retrieved on 2013-02-26.
  9. Manny McIntyre Player Profile. Retrieved on 2013-02-26.
  10. Vincent Churchill (Manny) McIntyre Obituary. Montreal Gazette (2011-07-18). Retrieved on 2013-02-26.
  11. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 10 November 2017.

External link[]

What about Manny? New Brunswick's baseball and hockey ace remembered (27 January 2021).

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