Alberta Senior Baseball
Neither Calgary nor Edmonton had any senior amateur baseball clubs nor city leagues operating during the summer of 1939. Within rural areas, particularly in the southern and central portions of the province, baseball seemed to have maintained its strong appeal but, in northern Alberta, a lack of interest prevailed and diamonds, in many areas that had previously seen a plethora of activity, remained idle.
It appears that interest had waned so much in Edmonton and other northern environs that not even a single team from that half of the province applied to the AABA to enter the Alberta senior baseball playdowns, leaving the field open exclusively to the southern representatives.
Manitoba Senior Baseball, Winnipeg & District Senior League
The defending champion and pennant winning Transcona Railroaders swept CUAC Blues in four straight games in the best-of-seven final in the playoffs.
Transcona had earlier disposed of Morse Place in three straight games in a best-of-five semi-final while the Canadian Ukranian Club edged St. Boniface Native Sons three games to two.
Names? A story in the Chilliwack Progress of May 3rd, 1939, provided a hint of the difficulty in tracking down first names of the players of the era.
Dean Ballam, former problem pitcher of the Cherries, cracked into the new semi-pro league in Vancouver with a smashing slab performance Monday night, when he limited Angelus Hotel to one run, two hits . . . he struck out three and walked six in five innings . . . the sportswriters did their best with Dean's name . . . he was originally Aberdeen, you know, then developed into "Crab" and "Hab" and according to Jimmy Coleman in Tuesday's Province it is now Paul . . . the news story alongside says the first name is Frank . . . it's enough to drive a man to drink.