Year Inducted: 2006
If the old North End Fastball League, home to some of the greatest talents the city and area have ever seen, had had a report card, Ron Branchaud would have scored straight F’s – as in “fierce”.
He was a fierce competitor who came to the plate with fire in his eyes, backing it up with a big bat. He was one of the NEFL’s premier hitters in an era when the League boasted a collection of highly rated pitchers and sluggers.
He was a perennial top 10 hitter, and in 1966, the best of several great seasons at the plate, he flirted with the coveted .400 average before finishing with a .397. This average easily beat out his nearest competitor. His hitting continued in the post season as he led Glengarry Transport Limited to the NEFL Championship.
In 1968, Branchaud was named Cornwall’s Outstanding Softball Player at the annual Cornwall Lions Club Sports Award Dinner.
In 1970, he duplicated his 1966 march to a batting title with a .369 average with 27 hits in 73 plate appearances. He also received an Ontario Championship Certificate in recognition of his athletic skills.
Despite all his success at the ball park, Branchaud was most proud of his son Michael who became an outstanding pitcher who played with the World’s best-known softball team, Eddie Feigner’s King and his Court.
Ron was inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame posthumously.
He was born in 1942, and he died in 2002.