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Pete Giovanella


Position: Shortstop/Manager
Born: Cobalt, Ontario Canada
Died: Kirkland Lake, Ontario July 18, 1989
Military Service: Royal Canadian Army (ETO)

Pete Giovanella played semi-pro baseball with Toburn Gold Mines of Kirkland Lake, Ontario from 1933 to 1940.

He enlisted in May 1940 and served in England for over five years as a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Engineers. In 1942, Giovanella was the shortstop on a Canadian all-star team that beat a US Army all-star team, 5-3, at Wembley Stadium in London. It was a major upset for the Americans. While in England he played mainly for the DeHavilland aviation company team.

Following the war, Giovanella was employed as an accountant with the Heath and Sherwood Drilling Company and coached junior league baseball in Kirkland Lake.

He passed away in July 1989 at age 81.

(Thanks to Mary Giovanella for help with her late husband's biography)



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