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Inspiring Canadians - In Sport and Life

Honoured Member

VINCENT CHURCHILL "Manny" MCINTYRE

Inducted in 2015

Member Details

Date of Birth: 1918
Date of Passing: 2011
Sport: Ice Hockey
Member Category: Athlete

Career Highlights

1949

Played with the Moncton Hawks of the Maritime Major Hockey League - career high of 36 goals

Honoured Member VINCENT CHURCHILL
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Story

Vincent Churchill "Manny" McIntyre challenged the racial barriers within his chosen sports of baseball and ice hockey. Manny began playing with the Fredericton Capitals of the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League, before moving on to Nova Scotia. Manny set a career high .385 batting average in 1943 playing for the Halifax Shipyards as shortstop. In 1944, he was the League’s MVP, first team all-star and voted most popular player. Manny played for Trois-Rivieres team in the Quebec Provincial League and in 1946 became the first black Canadian to sign a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals farm team the Sherbrooke Canadiens, playing 30 games, collecting 40 hits in 129 at-bats.

While taking a job working in the mines, Manny also began to play competitive hockey in the Northern Ontario League.  He was a part of the first all-black line in professional hockey known as “The Black Aces” and travelled throughout Europe before returning to Canada to play with the Sherbrooke Saints of the Quebec Senior Hockey League in 1948. In 1949 Manny played with the Moncton Hawks of the Maritime Major Hockey League and set a career high of 36 goals. In 1950 he played with the Saint John Beavers.  Overall Manny compiled 187 goals, 278 assists, for 465 points in 468 games played during his career. Manny also served his country in WWII with the Lanark Renfrew Scottish Regiment.


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