Ontario had its own Roy - Roy W. Hitt - a left-handed pitcher from Nebraska who like the Robert Redford character got one chance to play in the majors.
Despite reaching the bigs in 1907, Hitt is an absolute unknown in Ontario. We believe he attended Ontario High School - the city's first high school - a few years before Chaffey High was built.
The only hint that he was ever here came from a brief story in the Ontario Record of April 18, 1903, about Hitt pitching Ontario High to an 8-1 win over Riverside a week before to win the league title.
"The Ontario boys laid it all over Riverside, who could not hit Hitt," the paper wrote, unable to avoid the obvious cliche.
From his obituary we know he had come to Pasadena and then Cucamonga from tiny Carleton, Neb. But there's no trace of him in the few school district records that remain from that period. The Record didn't list him among the members of the 1903 graduating class.
He may not have had a diploma, but Hitt left town with a strong left arm. That same summer, he pitched a couple of games in the Pacific Coast League, the West Coast's main minor league, and a few more the next year.
Hitt blossomed into a star for the San Francisco Seals in 1905 and 1906, when he won 56 games in 83 starts, pitching 750 innings. Pitchers then had rubber arms and threw far more often and longer than today.
His West Coast success attracted the attention of the National League's Cincinnati Reds, who signed him to a contract for a brief trip to the big leagues.
In 1907, the 22-year-old Hitt had an undistinguished season as a starting pitcher for a Cincinnati team that finished 41 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs.
Hitt won six games and lost 10 for the woeful Reds. He did have two shutouts and completed 14 of 18 starts, but it wasn't good enough to keep him in the majors.
After that experience and a brief stop in the American Association, Hitt spent the last seven years of his baseball career in the PCL.
He was a regular with the Vernon team - yes, today's tiny city had its own PCL team starting in 1909. The team's existence is credited to being in one of only two L.A. County cities allowing the consumption of alcohol. For two years, 1913-14, the Vernon team moved to Venice - not coincidentally the OTHER L.A. County city allowing booze.
Hitt's most notable achievement came July 19, 1914, when he pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against San Francisco in the second game of a doubleheader in Venice.
He walked two during his no-hitter, which was just four days after he had pitched all 14 innings of a 4-2 loss.
Sports writing was a bit more flamboyant in 1914 - consider the prose of Los Angeles Times writer Harry A. Williams on July 20:
"The eminent and plentiful Mr. Hitt," Williams' story began, pitched "the Seals into such a state of batting feebleness that they could not so much as poke the ball safely."
The article went on: "Hitt decided to let out a few links and give San Francisco a beating that would be sure to be embalmed in the record book for posterity to admire."
The "embalmed" record book says that Hitt finished his no-hitter by striking out three in the ninth inning.
But his career soon reached an end - he pitched only four games in 1917 and then retired.
Ballplayers then didn't make big salaries and had no pensions so after retiring they had to find real work to support their families.
His obituary in the Pomona Program-Bulletin said Hitt moved to Long Beach in 1918 and worked as a Wilson Packing Co. salesman for 32 years. In 1950, his family moved to Pomona where he died at age 71 on Feb. 9, 1956. He's buried in Pomona Cemetery.
And while he's not remembered as much as the fictional Roy Hobbs, Hitt does have the distinction of being a member of the Hall of Fame - of the Pacific Coast League. He was inducted in 2004 as a member of the PCL Hall of Fame for the 202 games he won there.
Interestingly, Hitt died the same day as the legendary Connie Mack, who managed the Philadelphia Athletics for 50 years. Mack is also in the Hall of Fame, though the more familiar one in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Joe Blackstock writes on Inland Valley history. He can be reached at 909-483-9382, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Twitter @JoeBlackstock.