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Hall of Fame - The First Wave

Douglas McNabb

Founder, Competitor, First Club President

Douglas McNabb was born into a curling family in 1920 in the St. James district of Winnipeg, Manitoba. McNabb’s father was a founder of the Deer Lodge Curling Club – located only a few blocks from the family’s home. Young Doug also loved curling and, in 1940, followed in his father’s footsteps, skipping his high school team to victory in the Manitoba High School Championship.

Manitoba High School Championship Team, Douglas McNabb seated.

During World War II, McNabb served in the Canadian Air Force, flying night fighters from a base in Southern England to battles over France. After the war, he returned to Canada, and in 1952, moved to the San Francisco bay area. He and his brother-in-law, Douglas Hossack, searched for fellow curlers and subsequently formed the San Francisco Curling Club. They curled on a four sheet dedicated facility in Mountain View.

McNabb remained competitive and skipped a team to second place in the United States Men’s Curling Championship in 1961 – still the best finish achieved by a California team in this event. McNabb skipped California teams in five other national championships, ending his run in Utica, NY in 1978.

Team McNabb before the 1978 Men’s National Championship in Utica, NY

McNabb moved to Arizona when he retired, but returned to the bay area after the death of his wife, Phyllis, to be closer to his children Brenda and Waid. McNabb is still at his playing weight of 142 pounds.

(L-R) Gordon Mullin, Douglas McNabb, Jerome Larson, May, 2007

Carroll McCune

Club President, Competitor

(L-R) Barry Ivy and Carroll McCune

Carroll McCune speaks at the SFBACC's 50th Anniversary Banquet, May 2008
Video Part 1: Intro and first half of Carroll McCune speech
Video Part 2: Second half of Carroll McCune speech
Video Part 3: More speeches and dancing

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