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Welsh, James Oddie

Year Inducted / Année Intronisé:

1983

Category / Catégorie:

Curler

Biography / Biographie:

J.O. ‘Jimmy’ Welsh, whose competitive curling career spanned more than three decades in the Winnipeg area he called home, was a legend of the Macdonald Brier’s early years. A three-time Manitoba champion as a skip, he preformed vice-skip duties for John Douglas in 1993. He was back at the helm in 1937, won the prized Tankard in 1947 and made his Brier swan song at the 1954 renewal in Edmonton.

Welsh skiped for his tesm of brother Alex, Jock Reid and Harry Monk Sr., for a whopping 15 straight seasons without one personnel alteration. And his undefeated skein in the ’47 Brier is one of the only 11 such feats in history.

Veteran Manitoba observers claim Jimmy actually introduced the running game to competitive play, calling takeout shots with reckless abandon while all around him the opposition stuck to draw tactics.