Ziggy Langlois

Guy Pierre Langlois
Born: September 14, 1921 (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec)
Died: August 18, 2014 (Utica, New York)

 

Ziggy Langlois, a native of Quebec, played minor-league baseball and hockey.

In 1944-45, he played defence for the San Francisco Shamrocks of the Pacific Coast Hockey League, scoring 12 goals and and adding 18 assists in 32 games.

Guy (Ziggy) LangloisHe later moved to New York State, where he played for the senior-B Lake Placid Roamers, helping them win a national championship in 1947.

Langlois played two seasons for the Clinton Comets of the New York-Ontario Hockey League, scoring five goals with 17 assists in 56 games from 1951-53.

Listed as a 5-foot-10, 170-pound defenceman, his family said his playing weight was just 125 pounds.

He also likely lopped four years off his birth date as he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1946, playing for the Trois-Rivières Royals of the Canadian-American League. His playing manager on the Class-C team was Frenchy Bordagaray, a longtime outfielder and third baseman with the parent Dodgers. Langlois managed just 14 hits (13 singles, one triple) in 86 at-bats for a .163 average.

In 1948, Langlois played for his hometown St-Jean Braves, an independent team in the Provincial League. In 250 at-bats, he hit .256 with 13 doubles, one triple and seven home runs.

Langlois worked as a butcher, a bartender, and a carpenter during his playing days before working at Mohawk Containers in New Hartford, Conn.

A longtime resident of Clinton, N.Y., Langlois leaves Helen Jane (née Pecnik), his wife of 60 years, whom he had met while playing in the resort town of Lake Placid. He also leaves a son, a daughter, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a sister and a brother. He was predeceased by five brothers and three sisters.

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