Jack Graney, a baseball legend and former Bowling Green resident, was recently memorialized by his addition to the St. Thomas Wall of Fame. His family, many of which are originally from the Pike County area, was fortunate enough to be honored in a surprise celebration.
John Gladstone Graney was born in St. Thomas, Ontario on June 10, 1886, the sixth of nine children of James S. Graney and Mary Ann McFeely. Jack would later go on to be a baseball superstar with great accomplishments.
Last week, former Pike countians Margot Mudd, Jack’s daughter, and Perry Smith, Jack’s granddaughter, were able to visit Ontario and several special places in Jack’s hometown.
“Mom (Nana Mudd), Ernie and I are in St. Thomas, Ontario, my grandfather’s hometown,” Perry said in an email to family and friends. “As you probably know, we’ve been in contact with a group of seven people who call themselves The Graney Gang. They are trying to keep Jack Graney’s name and memory alive in his hometown. We planned with them to bring Mom here, and they arranged a tour of the town for us.
“What we didn’t know,” Perry continued, “was that they planned a celebration, during which Jack’s photo was placed on the St. Thomas Wall of Fame. There are only a couple of people there so far, one of whom is Rachel MacAdams, the actress who starred in The Notebook.”
Graney, the only major league player ever born in St. Thomas, was added to the city’s Wall of Fame in a ceremony at the Timken Centre on Monday, July 14.
The rest of this story can be found inside this week’s Bowling Green Times.