Ward Gosse has been involved in softball since he was a boy with a career from 1979-2012. Growing up in Bay Roberts, he could always be found on a softball field and was coached by fellow Hall of Fame member, Langdon Critch. Playing softball for many years, Ward honed his skills as a pitcher and found himself on 9 senior provincial championship teams. Ward had an outstanding senior league career, winning numerous honors and awards. His career batting average was an outstanding 323 average with 355 RBI’s and a slugging percentage of 624, a field percentage of 933 and is currently the all-time home run and RBI record holder. He played for 25 years in the St. John’s Senior League as an infielder and pitcher, and was a member of 11 championship teams.
Ward went on to compete Nationally as a member of 15 provincial teams representing Newfoundland and Labrador winning Gold in 2012, Silver in 1995, 2005 and 2007, and bronze in 2001 and 2010. He was named an all-star pitcher 3 times at Nationals in 1999, 2005 and 2009 and in 2012 he was inducted into the NL Softball Hall of Fame. Internationally, Gosse participated in the International Softball Congress Tournament and was named to the 2nd All World team as a pitcher. In 2012 he was a member of the Parry Island Hawks that captured the ISC II gold medal and named tournament MVP and most outstanding pitcher.
Gosse was a multi-sport athlete and during the offseason he demonstrated a love and talent for hockey. He played for 17 years in the Senior A St. John’s Senior Hockey League and was a member of 5 Herder championship teams in 1990, 1995, 1996, 2002, and 2005. He was top defensemen in the West Coast Senior Hockey League for the 2002-2003 season.
Ward Gosse is held in high regard as a competitive player and teammate. His athletic accomplishments in both softball and hockey put him amongst an elite group of athletes recognized as our provinces best.