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Jarvo Joseph

Joseph (Joe) Jarvo
Sport: Softball
Year Inducted: 1982

Joseph “Joe” Jarvo was another of the hundreds that came through the OCOT System under the guidance and coaching of Joe St. Denis, Jim McDonald, and Walt McDonald. He played ball and hockey at the bantam, midget, and juvenile levels.

In softball, he became a superb second baseman, with a thorough knowledge of fundamentals, exceptional range to either side, sure-handed and a high average hitter. He was inclined to get involved in occasional controversies with opponents because his philosophy was to “Give no Quarters, Ask no Quarters”. He could and did add a little extra to his tag-outs at second base when he felt anyone was invading his territory or was being overly aggressive.

He started to play senior ball in the strong North End League in 1948, at the age of 16, with OCOT and played with them again in 1949.

In 1950, he started a 16 year playing career with Howard Smith Paper Mill. He was a regular second baseman on the 1951 team that won the League Championship, and went on to win the senior and intermediate Championships of Eastern Ontario. That year, at age 19, he won the League Batting Championship with a .462 average and played outstanding ball throughout the play-downs.

Over the next 12 years (1952-1964), Joe was selected 8 times to the league All-Star team.

In the off-season, he played several years of intermediate hockey with OCOT and Howard Smith teams reaching the Ottawa District finals in 1955.

In later years, he turned to golf, and became an “A” Class player within a comparatively short time.