Dominic O’Reilly (HOF)

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Derek Mercer Presenting Dominic O’Reilly With His HOF Induction

2014 SOFTBALL NL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: DOMINIC O’REILLY (ATHLETE)

Dominic O’Reilly (Placentia) was a well-known figure in Softball circles for many years. He was a Sponsor, a Coach, and a Player, however; he is best remembered as a player who made a significant impact on the game during his tenures in the Placentia Inter-Town League and the St. John’s Senior League during the period 1964-1988.

In 1964, Dominic was a key member of the Placentia Inter-Town All-Star team that defeated St. Joseph’s 3-0 to capture the first Provincial Junior Softball Championship. He pitched the win (5.2IP, 0R, 5H, 5K) and provided the only run of the game when he connected for a Solo Home Run in the 4th Inning.

In 1968, he was a member of the Placentia Inter-Town All-Star Team that won the Atlantic Brewery Labour Day Tournament.

Although he was a Pitcher & 3rd Baseman in Junior, he switched to Outfield when he moved up to the Senior ranks.

He enjoyed an 8-year career (1971-1975, 1982-1983 & 1989) in the St. John’s Senior League and compiled a .284 Career Batting Average over that period. His best offensive output came as a member of the 1971 Black Horse team when he captured the Senior League Batting title with a .408 Average (20-49). He played on three Senior League Championship Teams: 1972-Black Horse and 1973 & 1974-Stokes Angels and was also a member of the Molson team that captured the 1982 St. John’s Day Tournament Championship.

Dominic played on 6 Senior “A” Provincial Championship Teams from 1971 to 1982. He won three Senior Provincial Championships with the St. John’s Capitals (1971, 1973 & 1975), 1 with Stokes Angels (1974), 1 with the Placentia Pioneers (1979) and 1 with Molson (1982).

He coached/played on the Silver Dollar team that captured 2 Senior “B” Provincial Championships in 1986 & 1988. His Silver Dollar team would would go on to win the 1988 Eastern Canadian Senior “B” Tournament Championship.

Dominic was a member of 5 Provincial Senior “A” Teams to represent NL at the Canadian Senior Nationals. They were as follows: St. John’s Capitals (1972-1975) and Placentia Pioneers (1979).

It is worth noting that Dominic played a number of years in the Placentia Inter-Town League. While there are no stats available to include with his Bio one can only assume based on the information we have from the rest of his career, that if there were they would contain many more Team and Individual accomplishments.