CHARLOTTTOWN, P.E.I. - The Maritime Sport Hall of Fame is ensconcing seven more members at a ceremony in Bedford, N.S., Wednesday P.E.I. harness racing driver Joe O’Brien is among them.
The Alberton native, already a member of the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame, goes in posthumously on Wednesday at noon in Bedford, N.S.
O’Brien, who died on 1984, was a driver, trainer and owner who won the United States Trotting Triple Crown in 1955. He set several track records with sub-two-minute mile drives including a nine-day stretch in October 1970 at the Grand Circuit meeting at Lexington, Kentucky when he had sub-two-minutes rides 10 times.
In 1975, O’Brien set a world record with 44 sub-two-minute mile races and 32 two-minute mile races.
Also going in are Frederick Gerard Horgan (basketball), Dave Downey (boxing), Gerry (Red) Ouelette (hockey), John (Archie) MacGlashen (canoeing), Wayne (Red) O’Brien (football) and the Spry Harbour Atoms (baseball).
O’Brien is also a member of the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.