It isn’t easy to get from Chatham to the San Joaquin valley of California. Art Leggatt completed that trip, fuelled by the combination of a streaming fastball and unforgiving forkball. Following a two-year stint in the Cleveland Indians’ minor system, and, as a consequence of an arm that would not respond to treatment, he returned to the Miramichi to continue his 26-year career as one of our finest homegrown baseball talents. Championships came fast and frequently for his Ironmen teammates until his retirement in 1981. He has been honoured before, as a pro and amateur all-star, as sportsman of the year, and by induction in the New Brunswick Baseball and Chatham Halls of Fame. To paraphrase a former American general: “Old pitchers never die; they just become equally superb first basemen!” Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 3, 1995.
Helped Chatham Ironmen to two provincial and two Maritime titles
Played minor league baseball in the Cleveland Indians’ organization; spent the 1964 season pitching for the Indians’ Class A farm team in Dubuque, Iowa
Played Class AA in 1965 in Salinas, California
Played with the Chatham Ironmen from 1966-81