As the Second World War drew to a close, a remarkable athletic career, spanning six decades, began. From minor hockey championships in the early 1940’s to senior curling competition at the turn of the century, Ken Little was truly an all-round athlete.
While many athletes participate in several sports during their careers, most excel in one or two at best. Little excelled in five; hockey, track & field, football, baseball and curling. He was also a member of high school champion soccer and basketball teams.
His hockey career took him to England where his Streatham team captured the Autumn Cup. That squad also defeated both the U.S. and Canadian Olympic teams in exhibition matches in 1952. Little helped the Winnipeg Maroons capture consecutive Manitoba Senior Championships in 1953 & 1954.
Little dominated the high school track scene from 1946-48 winning 6 Winnipeg and 6 Manitoba titles in the 100 and 220 yard sprints. His sprint dominance included 5 new records and 3 other marks that he tied (one record lasted until 1965). In 1949 he won the University of Manitoba 100 yd. in 9.9 seconds.
Little’s football career was highlighted by a Manitoba Junior Championship in 1949. During that season he was named to the 1st All-Star Team as the Weston Wildcats running back. Unfortunately a knee injury sustained in junior football spelled the end of both his football career and, in 1954, his hockey career.
Baseball saw Juvenile (1946) and Junior (1949 & 50) championships with the Rosedales; and Senior (1951/53/55/59) championships with the St. Boniface Native Sons. All-Star selections came in 1951 & 53 for the outfielder.
Ken Little’s curling career began in 1956 and was highlighted by 2 provincial championships (1964 and 67) with All-Star Second honours in 1964. At the Canadian Brier, playing second for Bruce Hudson, Little and the Hudson rink finished 3rd in 1964 and 2nd in 1967.
b. July 30, 1929