Growing up in the 40's in Berwick, a town already steeped with a rich sports history- it was only natural to be influenced by it all. Listening to hockey broadcasts with his Dad, Pat heard about a book on how to play better baseball and hockey and promptly sent away for it. The book enrolled him in a better "sports school". The rest, of course, is history.
Pat's career would give the newspapers plenty to write about. Pat began his baseball with the Berwick Midgets, then Juveniles and Juniors starring with all three. With the Juveniles in 1949, he compiled a record of nine wins and no losses.
During this period, baseball was very popular in the Valley with Middleton Cardinals a league powerhouse. Pat attracted their attention, they signed him and in 1954, he went 16-2 as the team finished as Nova Scotia Senior Finalist. He also batted a respectable .342.
Softball was also becoming very popular. In 1958, Pat signed with the Aylesford Mohawks, played shortstop, hit .400 with 12 home runs as they finished runner-up in the Nova Scotia Championship. Pat was instrumental in forming the Berwick Legionnaires Softball Team. They started out Intermediate then switched to Junior and won the Maritime Championship their very first year. Many of these players carried on in the Senior level with Pat coaching and playing first base. Berwick won the Intermediate Maritime Championship in 1961, and 1963 won the Maritime Senior B Championship. During Pat's Legionnaires career he had a lifetime batting average over .300. He finished his coaching career with the Berwick Alpines in the early 70's.
As a hockey player, Pat played with the 1957 Berwick Bruins where he had one game with six goals and another with 10 assists. He played for the Coldbrook Aces, was a top scorer as they won the highly competitive Kings County Hockey League Championship in 1960-61. Artificial ice came to Berwick in 1961-62 and a local league was formed. Pat won the scoring championship that year playing as a defenseman. Later in life Pat turned his interest and skills to golf and curling, playing to a 4 handicap.
Pat Hampsey, known as an all round athlete with a keen sense of all sports.
Inducted June 2003