Sault Legends: 1946 Marconi-Esquires

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Photo courtesy of the fine people at the Museum of Sault Ste. Marie

The Marconi-Esquires team came up in conversation recently with an old Sault hockey player and how the team was such an influence for young kids who later got involved in sports.

This 1946 Marconi-Esquires team was packed with players who later made the Sault proud with their various accomplishments in sports, locally and beyond.

This team was all-Ontario Intermediate A inter-city Champions in 1946 and from my conversations of those days it wasn’t the only time they were champions.

They used to play down at North Street field. This was in the days before there were fences behind the catcher and in the outfield and the stands were made of wood and people parked their cars lining up the outside of the outfield.

One of the players John Marasco, who I’ve mentioned in a past column, was synonymous with officiating in the city later on, baseball and basketball. He taught Don Edwards, who I talked about in a previous column. Then his son Steve Edwards also got passed on that knowledge to become a great local official.

Terry Biocchi went on to have a great career with the Sault Greyhounds from 1951-55, scoring an amazing 36 goals and 22 assists in his first season. He also played for the Sault Rapids and Sault Atomics. All four teams and the effort he put into them earned him an induction into the Sault Ste. Marie Hall of Fame in 1968.

Tullio Biocchi went on to be a great trainer with the Soo Greyhounds in 1948 and 1952-1961 and the Soo Thunderbirds from 1961-1962. He was inducted into the Sault Ste. Marie Hall of Fame in 1986.

“Plug” DeLuca played with the Rovers Midget Champions in 1933. The Rovers were also the NOHA-OHA Champions in 1938. He played with the Soo Greyhounds in 1948, who were successful NOHA Champions that year. He coached the Soo Canucks to two NOHA Jr. B Championships in 1951-52 and was inducted into the Sault Ste. Marie Hall of Fame in 2011.

I found this photo down at the Sault Ste. Marie Museum with the help of staff there. Their archives are tremendous for local sports. I recommend going down to see. They do have a $10 research charge if you are looking for a particular item in history but they are great to deal with.