Western Canada Baseball 1934
1934 Statistics 
1934 Rosters
1934 Tournaments 

SASKATCHEWAN
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
     
1st Half      
Regina Nationals
9
3
Moose Jaw All-Stars
5
7
4.0
Regina Young Liberals
4
8
5.0
 
2nd Half
Regina Nationals
10
4
Regina Young Liberals
8
6
2.0
Moose Jaw All-Stars
3
11
7.0
1934 Game Reports   
1934 Photo Gallery   
1934 Snapshots 
       
NORTHEASTERN SASKATCHEWAN 
WESTERN -Buchanan, Canora*, Preeceville, Sturgis, Yorkton  EASTERN - Hyas, Kamsack, Norquay, Pelly, Stenen*  (* Pennant winner)
       
WEYBURN COMMERCIAL LEAGUE 
CNR, CPR, Mental Hospital, Millers*, Millionaires, Plumbers (*Playoff winner)
       
PRINCE ALBERT & DISTRICT LEAGUE
Birch Hills, Legion, Nationals
1934 Saskatchewan Game Reports   
1934 Broadview Buffaloes
       
ALBERTA
EDMONTON SENIOR LEAGUE 
Army&Navy Cubs, Royals, Shastas, South Side Athletics
       
EDMONTON BIG FIVE LEAGUE  Empire Hotel, Gibbons, National Home Furnishers, N-Edmonton Swifts, York Hotel* (Pennant Winner)
       
SOUTHERN ALBERTA LEAGUE
Coutts Oilers, Lethbridge Cubs, Lethbridge Miners, Medicine Hat Royals
       
SOUTHERN ALBERTA INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE  Cardston Maple Leafs, Hardieville, Magrath, New Dayton, Raymond, Stirling
       
CENTRAL ALBERTA LEAGUE  Camrose Cubs, Fredericksheim Fliers, Millet, Ponoka, Wetaskiwin
       
RED DEER VALLEY LEAGUE  Drumheller, East Coulee, Midlandvale, Nacmine, Rosedale, Wayne
       
ROSEBUD LEAGUE  Bechton, Bowden, Didsbury, Hainstock, Innisfail, Olds
       
BORDER LEAGUE  Denzil SK, Hayter AB, Provost AB*, Senlac SK  (* Pennant winner)
       
CROW'S NEST PASS LEAGUE
Bellevue, Blairmore, Coleman, Hillcrest
1934 Alberta Game Reports 
1934 Alberta Photo Gallery   
       
MANITOBA 
1934 Game Reports        
       
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER CITY LEAGUE

Arnold & Quigley, Arrows, Home Gas, V.A.C.
       
VANCOUVER TERMINAL LEAGUE
Asahi, B&W Oil, IOCO Imperials, Meralomas, Shores Jewelers 
       
VANCOUVER COMMERCIAL LEAGUE
Arnold&Quigley, Centrals, Mission, Centrals
       
DEWDNEY-TRIANGLE LEAGUE
Coquitlam, Fraser Café, Fraser Mills, Hammond, Haney, Mission, Moody, Sapperton
       
NORTH SHORE LEAGUE
IOOF, Native Sons, West Vancovuer
       
VICTORIA SENIOR AMATEUR LEAGUE
Poodle Dog Cafe, Sons of Canada, Tillicums
       
VICTORIA TWILIGHT LEAGUE 
Eagles, Pitzer & Nex, Sidney, Sons of Canada, Stockers, Taiyos
       
DUNCAN LEAGUE 
Aces, Doughnuts, Indians
1934 Photo Gallery    
1934 BC Snapshots    
1934 Vancouver Game Reports     
1934 BC Interior Game Reports
    
1934 VCR Island Game Reports   
1934 IOCO   
1934 Steveston Fuji 
       
ONTARIO
INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE 
Brantford Red Sox
12
8
London Winery
12
8
Stratford Nationals
12
8
Guelph Maple Leafs
11
9
1.0
St. Thomas Tomcats
10
10
2.0
Kitchener-Waterloo Panthers
3
17
9.0
1934 Ontario Game Reports       
1934 Ontario Photo Gallery
   
1934 Chatham Colored All-Stars    
       
       

 

At the mid-point of the Great Depression, 1934 was the year that Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee. Ironically, the player who would one day break the Bambino's career home run total, future baseball great Henry Aaron, first saw the light of day in 1934. The St. Louis Cardinals, the "Gashouse Gang" of the major leagues, proved to the baseball world that they could "walk the walk' as well as "talk the talk."  A gallon of gas cost but 10 cents as Bonnie and Clyde led lives on the run until they were ambushed in May, just after the onset of the baseball season in southern Saskatchewan.  

A format similar to the previous season was set in place for the 1934 Southern League campaign. The loop was to get along with three teams for the first-half with the Moose Jaw All-Stars, the two-time titlist Regina Nationals plus a new Queen City entry, the Young Liberals, replacing the Army & Navy squad of 1933. The two Regina entries used different venues as their home fields this season. The Nationals played twilight games at Park de Young while the Young Liberals hosted late games at Floodlight Park.

The original plan was that, after July 1, the Milestone Sioux would join the mix again, bringing the league's strength to four for the second half. First and second half winners would then play a three out of five series for the championship. Inter-league games with the Estevan, Arcola and Carlyle Lake division of the Border League were a consideration but never acted upon. As July approached, the Milestone franchise decided against entering so the circuit operated with the same three clubs that had begun the initial half.

As it turned out, the two-time Southern League and provincial champion Regina Nationals won both halves of the schedule, negating the need for a league playoff. No challenge was forthcoming from the Border League or any other south Saskatchewan area representative so the Nationals went directly into the provincial playdowns against the northern representatives, the Saskatoon All-Stars.

After five games of the best four out of seven final series had been played, the Nationals held a commanding three games to none lead with two games tied. Rather than make a return trip to Regina to complete the series, the Saskatoon team defaulted and the Nationals were declared Saskatchewan senior baseball champions once more. 

There were no inter provincial playoffs arranged in 1934 so the Nationals had to be content with the odd exhibition game appearance while still basking in their success.

Near the end of August, it was announced that a barnstorming band of American League players would be making an exhibition game appearance in Regina on October 9 so this gave, not only the players on the Nationals' roster, but also a few of the Young Liberals' players something to look forward to as they packed their baseball gear away and began to concentrate on football and hockey.

Hec McLeodHector McLeod (left) was the ace hurler of the Regina Nationals. At times it seemed he was the club's only hurler.

In the league playoffs in early August he tossed three complete games in three days, then a week later hurled both games of a double-header, winning 12-0 and 5-1, as Regina proceeded in the provincial playoffs.

Pete PredigerPete Prediger (right) was just beginning his stellar career in which he would be a prominent star and beloved character for thirty-five years in baseball on the prairies mainly with his Neilberg Monarchs.

A second baseman in this inaugural campaign, Prediger became a mainstay as a catcher.

Baseball was thriving in Alberta with strong independent teams, including the Pucksters in Calgary, two leagues in Edmonton, and circuits in Central and Southern Alberta along with a league in the Crow's Nest Pass area and a Border loop with teams from Alberta and Saskatchewan. (At this point, Crow's Nest Pass ball did not include teams from British Columbia.)


1934 marked the Major Leaguers tour of Western Canada and goodwill jaunt to Japan.

In the fall of '34, a team of American League stars (the National League did not allow barnstorming) suited up for games on local diamonds in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Drumbeller and Medicine Hat. Poor weather wiped out a scheduled game in the BC Interior at Nelson.

Big ThreeTwo of the biggest celebrities in baseball, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig joined Jimmie Foxx on the tour in Vancouver and would later headline a twenty-three game tour of Asia, including 18 contests in Japan. 

Eiji SawamuraThe series was especially notable for the emergence of teenage hurler Eiji Sawamura.

In his third appearance in the series, the high school phenom stunned the visitors with successive strikeouts of Charlie Gehringer, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, two ending the first inning and two beginning the second stanza.

Sawamura went on to a Hall of Fame career in Japan.


Below - Photos from Winnipeg baseball in 1934.

The top picture shows the J.J. Kohns barnstorming team playing in Winnipeg in 1934.  The advertising sign in left field is for Sweet Caporal cigarettes. The nature of the building behind the sign is unknown, but surely a public building or some sort.  It wasn't possible to make out the ad signs in left centre field. 

The bottom photo shows the Winnipeg park view from right field. The signs long the first base side are for Wesley Pharmacy, Hurtig's Furs, Unclaimed Clothes and Beefex. (Larger images at the bottom)

J.J. Kohns

Winnipeg Ball Park