Fred Dunsmore, a gifted all round athlete in hockey, football and baseball, may have never realized his full potential because of a strong dedication to amateurism, family and future.
Dunsmore came out of Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate as an all-star quarterback at 15. He was a star in the senior amateur hockey ranks, spending two seasons in the early 1950’s with Streatham in the English League. He was voted rookie of the year in that league. He then returned to Winnipeg to join the Maroons. He was the perennial star forward and captain of the “Red Wreckers” senior squad. In the 1964-65 season he led the Maroons to the Allan Cup Championships, one of five national finals in which he appeared. He played for Canada’s national team at the World Championships in 1966. Although offered numerous pro contracts, he always refused in favour of remaining an amateur and pursuing his personal goals. During this time a serious eye injury diminished Dunsmore’s ability, but not his drive.
From 1945 and into the 50’s, Dunsmore was a third baseman and pitcher for the old Rosedales and the St. Boniface Native Sons. In 1948, the Philadelphia Athletics showed an interest in him, but he declined their offer in order to get his degree as a Chartered Accountant. In 1954, when the St. Louis Cardinals sponsored the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the heydays of a very competitive Northern League, Dunsmore was invited for a tryout. To protect his amateur status, he appeared in only two games.
The successful vice president and general manager of Supercrete, and member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, he was a finalist in the voting for Manitoba’s Athlete of the Century in 1970.
b. March 30, 1929