Eddy McDonald Presenting Tony Hawco With His HOF Induction
2014 SOFTBALL NL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: TONY HAWCO (ATHLETE)
Tony Hawco (Flatrock) played three seasons in the St. John’s Junior League, six seasons in the Mercantile League and 23-seasons in the St. John’s Senior League.
In 1979, Tony played for the Flatrock entry and led the Junior League in Hits and Home Runs and as a result was named Rookie of the Year. In 1984, he helped his Junior 50’s team to the League Championship and was selected to the All-League Team at second base.
In 1983 and 1984, his Junior 50’s club captured two Provincial Championships and he was a member of the Junior 50’s team that won a Silver Medal at the Canadian Junior Championships.
In Mercantile, Tony played with Bayview Grocery and Atlantic Specialities and captured three League Championships: 1978, 1980 and 1981. In 1981, he led the league in runs scored and captured the Sportsmanship & Ability award. In 1982, he led the League in Runs Scored (17) and Triples (6). In 1982, he led the League in Hits (26).
Tony played 23-years in the St. John’s Senior League with the following teams: Big Ben’s (1985-1987), Green Sleeves (1988-2001), Newfoundland Herald (2002-2003), Sundance (2004) and Impact Signs (2005-2007).
Over the course of his 23-year Senior League Career, he captured 6 Regular Season Titles: 1986-1989 & 2003-2004 and 8 Playoff Championships: 1985, 1987, 1988-1992 & 1996.
He finished his Senior League Career with a .306 Batting Average, won 1 regular season Batting Title, 1 Comeback Player of the Year Award, 1 Golden Glove Award, 1 Playoff MVP Award and 9 All-League Team Selections.
Career Regular Season Stats:
Batting: 438GP, 429H-1403AB, .306BA, 297RS, 67D, 20T, 19HR, 177RBI.
Career Playoffs Stats:
Batting: 168GP, 148H-545AB, .272BA, 95RS, 15D, 3T, 9HR, 49RBI.
Tony played on six St. John’s Day Tournament Championship teams: 1984, 1986, 1988-1990 & 1994.
At the Provincial level, he played on 8 Senior Provincial Championship Teams: 1988-89, 1992-1994, 1996-97 & 2004 and won the Sportsmanship & Ability Award on two occasions.
At the Senior National level, he played on 7 Provincial teams (1988-89, 1992-1993, 1995, 1998 & 2007) and captured a Bronze Medal with Greensleeves Too in 1989.
-Named To Senior League 4th All-Decade Team (1987-1996).
-Named One Of The Top 15 Senior League Performers (1957-2006).
Tony was known throughout his career as an outstanding player with a passion for the game and a quite leader who was completely committed to every team he represented.