Western Canada Baseball 1947

1947 Stats
 
1947 Rosters  
1947 Tournaments 

1947 New York Cubans
1947 San Francisco Sea Lions

SASKATCHEWAN
SASKATOON & DISTRICT LEAGUE
Delisle Commodores  14 3 .824
N-Battleford Beavers 12 7 .632
Colonsay Monarchs 12 7 .632
Saskatoon Cubs   11 8 .570
Saskatoon Legion 6 12 .333
Saskatoon A N & AF 2 17 .105
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1947 North Battleford Beavers  

SOUTHERN LEAGUE
South Division      
Wilcox Cardinals  16 3 .842
Regina Clippers 13 6 .684
Weyburn Beavers 12 6 .667
Regina Pontiacs 0 19 .000
       
North Division*      
Long Lake Eagles 10 9 .526
Notre Dame Hounds 10 11 .476
Moose Jaw Canucks 9 12 .429
Regina Red Sox 8 12 .400
* North Division standings includes 2nd place tie-breaker
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1947 Weyburn Beavers 
1947 Moose Jaw Canucks 

NORTHEASTERN SK LEAGUE  
NESL History
     
       
BATTLE RIVER LEAGUE 
Lashburn, Lloydminster, Maidstone, Marsden, Neilburg, Rivercourse (Lloydminster finished 10-0 to win the title)
       
GARRY LEAGUE
Buchanan, Sheho Aces, Springside, Theodore, Yorkton Cardinals
       
BORDER LEAGUE
Eastern Division :
Estevan Maple Leafs, Portal Internationals, Lignite, Columbus, Flaxton, Coteau
Western Division : Wildrose, Corinth, Crosby, Ambrose, Long Creek, Alkabo
       
PRINCE ALBERT 
Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans, Bohemians
1947 Aberdeen 
1947 Neilburg-Unity 
1940s-1950s Notre Dame Hounds
       
ALBERTA
BIG FOUR INTERCITY LEAGUE
     
Edmonton Eskimos
39
29
Calgary Purity 99s
37
31
2
Calgary Buffaloes
33
34
5.5
Edmonton Cubs
26
41
12.5
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1947 Edmonton Eskimos 
     
       
BIG FOUR LEAGUE
Picture Butte Royals, Medicine Hat Tigers, Lethbridge Miners, Taber Yellow Sox
       
WHEAT BELT LEAGUE
Carmangay, Vulcan, Champion, Barons
       
FOOTHILLS LEAGUE
Claresholm, High River, Parkland, Stavely
       
CROW'S NEST PASS LEAGUE
Fernie, Natal-Michel Sports Club, Blairmore Columbus Club, Hillcrest
       
WINNIPEG SENIOR LEAGUE
St. Boniface Native Sons, Transcona Railroaders, C.U.A.C. Blues, Elmwood Giants, Selkirk Legion, St. James Legion
       
RED RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE
Winnipeg Reo Rods, Grand Forks, Walhalla, Cavalier, Neche
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1947 CUAC Blues
     
       
BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEWDNEY LEAGUE
       
VICTORIA SENIOR AMATEUR CITY LEAGUE
Eagles, Legion, Navy, Pitzer & Nex interlocking with Chemainus McBrides, Duncan All-Stars
       
DUNCAN & DISTRICT LEAGUE
Chemainus McBrides, Duncan Legion, Duncan Olympics
       
NORTH VCR ISLAND SR. AMATEUR LEAGUE   
Campbell River Athletics, Courtenay Young Liberals, Nanaimo Merchants, Parksville, Port Alberni Legion, Port Alberni Young Liberals
       
OKANAGAN VALLEY INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE 
Brewster, Bridgeport, Kelowna Red Sox, Oliver, Omak, Oroville, Penticton, Tonasket
       
CENTRAL OKAGANGAN LEAGUE 
Kelowna Klippers, Rutland Blue Caps, Rutland Red Caps, Oyama Eagles, Oyama Green Caps, Winfield, Woods Lake
       
NORTH OKANAGAN-MAINLINE LEAGUE   
Enderby, Kamloops C.Y.O., Kamloops Legion, Revelstoke Spikes, Salmon Arm, Nick's Aces of Vernon
       
SOUTHERN OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN LEAGUE
NORTH - Kelowna Cubs, Osoyoos, Peachland, Rutland, Summerland Merchants
SOUTH - Copper Mountain, Hedley, Princeton
       
PRINCE GEORGE & AREA
Prince George Seniors, Prince George Junior Timbars, Giscome Dodgers, West Lake Loggers
       
SLOCAN LAKE LEAGUE
New Denver, Silverton, Slocan City
       
BRITISH COLUMBIA
1947 Game Reports VCR & Lower Mainland  
1947 Game Reports BC Interior 
1947 Game Reports Vancouver Island   
1947 BC Interior Photo Gallery  
1947 Kelowna Red Sox  
1947 Summerland    
1947 Mount View, Saanich, HS
       
ONTARIO      
INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE      
Brantford Red Sox, Galt Terriers, Guelph Maple Leafs, Hamilton Thurstons, Kitchener Panthers, London Majors, Stratford Nationals, Waterloo Tigers
       
MINNESOTA       
SOUTHERN MINNY LEAGUE
Albert Lea Packers
10
4
Waseca
9
5
1.0
Austin Packers
9
5
1.0
Mankato Merchants
8
6
2.0
Winona
6
8
4.0
Owatonna Aces
6
8
4.0
Rochester
4
10
6.0
Faribault
4
10
6.0
1947 Minnesota Photo Gallery    
1947 Minnesota Snapshots 
1947 Albert Lea Packers        
       
       
       

 

1947 marked the inaugural of what would become one of the highlights of a prairie summer. 

The small community of Indian Head had held a tournament in July with 29 teams competing in junior and amateur categories. The weather was perfect. More than 10-thousand people turned out.  With that success, organizers decided to try promoting another tourney, with higher-level competition, to be held in August.  And, with prize money -- $2,000.  

Claude WilliamsThe two-day event drew an estimated 15-thousand fans with George Ligon's Colored All-Stars "from California, or some other spot south of the snowline" walking away with the title. They whipped the Wilcox Cardinals 13-0 in the final. Claude Williams (left) led the offensive with five hits.

The inaugural tournament featured a no-hitter by Jack Devine of Marquis. 

Bert ShepardOne of the featured performers in the 1947 event was Bert Shepard (right), a minor league pitcher before serving in the Second World War.  When his fighter plane crashed in Germany, doctors amputated his right leg. 

While in a POW camp, Shepard, with an artificial leg, learned to walk and pitch. Back home in 1945, he suited up as pitching coach of the Washington Senators.

In a remarkable achievement, Shepard took the mound on August 5th, 1945 against Boston.  He pitched five and one third innings (three hits, one walk, two strikeouts, 1.69). 

At Indian Head, Shepard, lined up with Williston, North Dakota,  pitched a three-hitter against the Ligon's, but lost 1-0. 

Aberdeen captured the 1947 Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament defeating Melfort in the final.

Delisle, with the famous Bentleys, had an amazing summer. The team was reported to have won 25 of 26 tournaments entered winning 79 of 80 games played.

Weyburn crestFollowing a stellar regular season in which they lost only three games, the Southern League's Wilcox Cardinals surprisingly withdrew from playoff competition as harvesting operations severly limited player availability. This left the door open for the Weyburn Beavers (the 1937 team crest at the left) who responded by downing the scrappy Notre Dame Hounds three games to one in the 1947 league final.


In the British Columbia Interior, the 1947 Trail senior Cardinals, operating as an independent club, devoid of any league connection, began the season with 18 consecutive victories, primarily against American opposition. The Cards early-season ace, Trail-bred LHP Clint McNeil, joined the St. Louis Browns organization at the Class C level in late July.


Mac McGladdery, Lloydminster Oilers' classy one-armed pitcher, only allowed one hit in nine innings and only two Lashburn runners reached third base as the Oilers whipped Lashburn 16-0 in a Battle River Baseball League game here recently.

The Oilers hit B. Mohr freely in the first three innings to run up a 12-0 lead. Brother Robert rook over the mound duties late in the third inning and only allowed one man to cross the plate in the next three innings.  Tellier took over the pitching duties in the seventh and was hit freely, allowing three runs, but held the heavy hitting Oilers scoreless in the eighth.  (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, June 30, 1947)

Later, a real asset in so many ways came along in the one armed pitcher, Andy McGladdery. He was teaching school in Kitscoty - very handy and very versatile. Andy lost his left hand in a saw accident when 15 years old. The fact that this didn't stop him from playing baseball showed the mettle he's made of. Even hitting with one hand didn't make him a weak hitter. I've seen him plaster a pitch pretty good on several occasions. Pitching was a very interesting procedure. Of course his glove had to be transferred to his left arm while making a pitch, but as he followed through he had a smooth transfer of his glove back to his pitching hand, ready to field a ball from the bat.  I've seen him take a drive somewhere on the body, but I have never seen him back up or flinch.  He also had management qualities which were overlooked until too late.  Kitscoty people were very fortunate to have Andy amongst their young people, for besides being a good teacher, he could make a gymnasium hum smoothly with activity.  (Alf Lampitt, Reflections of Baseball, 75 Years of Sport and Culture in Lloydminster)

Lloydminster easily captured the pennant in the Battle River circuit winning ten straight games.

                W   L  T  PTS
Lloydminster    10  0  0   20
Lashburn         6  4  0   12
Neilburg         5  4  1   11
Maidstone        4  5  1    9
Rivercourse      3  7  0    6
Marsden          1  9  0    2