1948 - Brandon, the power on the prairies, London Majors, North American champs

1948 Stats
1948 Rosters
1948 Tournaments         
1948 Ligon All-Stars
1948 Minot Merchants 
1948 Fort Wayne Electrics 

SASKATCHEWAN
SASKATOON & DISTRICT LEAGUE
N-Battleford Beavers
13
5
Delisle Commodores
11
7
2.0
Colonsay Monarchs
11
7
2.0
Saskatoon Cubs  
9
9
4.0
Saskatoon Legion
6
13
7.5
Viscount Royals
3
14
9.5
1948 Game Reports  
1948 Photo Gallery  
1948 Delisle Commodores  
1948 Saskatoon Legion
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE      
Regina Caps
13
3
Weyburn Beavers
13
7
2.0
Notre Dame Hounds
10
6
3.0
Moose Jaw Oilmen
9
8
4.5
Wilcox Cardinals
8
8
5.0
Liberty Eagles
8
9
5.5
Moose Jaw Canucks
4
13
9.5
Regina Red Sox
2
13
10.5
1948 Game Reports 
1948 Photo Gallery 
1948 Notre Dame Hounds
1940s-1950s Notre Dame Hounds
       
BATTLE RIVER LEAGUE 
Cut Knife, Freemont, Lashburn, Lloydminster, Marsden, Newilburg (Lloydminster & Neilburg tied for the pennant with 9-1 records, then Neilburg won a best-of-five final)
       
NORTHEASTERN SK LEAGUE
NESBL History
       
GARRY LEAGUE
Sheho Red Sox , Springside , Theodore , Willowbrook , Yorkton Cardinals
       
BORDER LEAGUE
Ambrose , Bowbells , Columbus , Crosby , Estevan Maple Leafs , Lignite , Noonan , Portal Internationals
       
HI-WAY LEAGUE
Birch Hills , Domremy , Hoey , Prince Albert Vets , St. Louis
1948 Saskatchewan Snapshots
1948 Lloydminster Flyers (Womens)
       
ALBERTA
BIG FOUR INTERCITY LEAGUE
Calgary Purity 99
41
32
Edmonton Eskimos
39
31
1
Calgary Buffaloes
36
33
3
Edmonton Cubs
28
47
14
1948 Game Reports
1948 Alberta Photo Gallery  
1948 Snapshots
1948 Edmonton Eskimos 
       
SOUTHERN ALBERTA LEAGUE "A"
Lethbridge Purity 99 , Picture Butte Royals, New Dayton, Magrath Eagles, Raymond, Wrentham Red Sox
       
SOUTHERN ALBERTA LEAGUE "B"
Lethbridge Miners, Lethbridge Reo Motors, Taber, Medicine Hat Tigers, Bow Island-Burdett Combines
       
BIG SIX LEAGUE  
Calmar, Camrose, Central Community, Leduc, Usona, Wetaskiwin
       
FOOTHILLS LEAGUE   
Claresholm, Granum, High River, Nanton Parkland, Stavely
       
CROW'S NEST PASS LEAGUE
Hillcrest, Blairmore, Fernie, Coleman Cubs, Natal-Michel Sports Club
       
PRINCE GEORGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE 
Giscome Dodgers, PG Bears, PG Pollards, PG Timbars, PG Vet's Taxi, West Lake Loggers
       
MANITOBA SENIOR LEAGUE*
Brandon Greys 25 8  
Winnipeg Reos 15 15 8.5
Elmwood Giants 12 17 11.0
Winnipeg Vets 7 19 14.5
* Brandon Sun, Aug 9, 1948  (Brandon defeated Winnipeg Reos in the playoff final to capture the Manitoba Senior League title.)
1948 Game Reports/Playoffs
1948 Photo Gallery
1948 Snapshots
1948 Brandon Greys
1948 Bowsman
1948 Gilbert Plains   
1948 Winnipeg Junior All-Stars   
       
GREATER WINNIPEG SENIOR LEAGUE
St. Boniface Native Sons, Transcona Railroaders, C.U.A.C. Blues, Selkirk Legion, St. James Legion
       
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER SENIOR CITY LEAGUE   
Vancouver Athletic Club, Westerns, West Vancouver, York Hotel
 
KINGSWAY SENIOR LEAGUE
Cloverdale, Collingwood, Grandview Vets, Langley, South Burnaby, Strand Taxi
 
MARINE INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE   
Boilermakers, I.W.A. Lumber Kings, Longshoremen, Pacifics, Western Bridge
 
DEWDNEY LEAGUE 
Chilliwack Lions, Hammond, Haney, IOCO Imperials, Maillardville. Mission, New Westminster

OKANAGAN VALLEY INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Brewster, Bridgeport, Kelowna, Oliver, Omak, Oroville, Penticton, Tonasket
       
BC INTERIOR LEAGUE
Hedley, Kamloops Legion, Kelowna Cubs, Princeton Travellers, Rutland Adanacs, Summerland Merchants, Vernon Aces
       
NORTH OKANAGAN - MAINLINE LEAGUE
Enderby, Grindrod Elks, Kamloops CYO, Malakwa, Revelstoke Spikes, Salmon Arm Merchants
       
PRINCE GEORGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE
Bears, Giscome, Pollards, Timbars, Vet's Taxi, West Lake
       
BOUNDARY LEAGUE 
Columbia, Grand Forks Co-Ops, Grand Forks Town, Midway (Boundary Sawmills), Republic WA
       
SLOCAN-NAKUSP LEAGUE
Nakusp, New Denver, Silverton, Slocan City, Winlaw
1948 Game Reports BC Interior   
1948 Game Reports Vancouver Island   
1948 Game Reports Vancouver      
1948 BC Photo Gallery  
1948 BC Snapshots   
1948 Victoria Eagles 
1948 Victoria Ben's Bombers    
1948 VCR Island Douglas Tire  
1948 New Denver   
1948 Nakusp   
1948 Victoria Athletics       
1948 Alberni Athletics   
1948 Duncan Athletics 
       
ONTARIO      
INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE
Brantford Red Sox, Galt Terriers, Guelph Maple Leafs, Kitchener Legion Panthers, Stratford Nationals, Waterloo Tigers
1948 Game Reports  
1948 Photo Gallery  
1948 London Majors
       
WEST TORONTO SENIOR LEAGUE
Earlscourt, Mahers, Mayfairs, Westerns
       
TORONTO VIADUCT LEAGUE
Milwaukee-Columbus, Riverdale Grads, Staffords, West Yorks
       
MINNESOTA      
SOUTHERN MINNY LEAGUE
Mankato Merchants
20
8
Austin Packers
19
9
1.0
Waseca
19
9
1.0
Albert Lea Packers
17
11
2.0
Winona
13
15
7.0
Owatonna Aces
12
16
8.0
Faribault Lakers
10
18
10.0
Rochester
2
26
18.0
1948 Minnesota Photo Gallery   
1948 Minnesota Snapshots
  

1948 Albert Lea Packers        
       
       
       

 

Brandon Champions !
(Brandon Sun headline, August 26, 1948)

Brandon (Manitoba) Greys emerged as the power on the prairies, while the London, Ontario, Majors beat the American champions to take the North American "sandlot" title.

In the city's return to semi-professional baseball, Brandon captured the pennant in the newly formed Manitoba Senior League and went on to defeat the Winnipeg Reos in the playoffs. 

In the biggest tournament in the west, Greys beat a tough Sceptre squad to take first prize at Indian Head, Saskatchewan.

Coney WilliamsWith a core of imported players, the Greys led the way in providing a home for former Negro leaguers who began to find fewer opportunities across the border as Jackie Robinson's integration of the major leagues, in 1947, marked the beginning of the end of the Negro leagues.

Rafe Cabrera" Five imported Negro stars, Coney Williams (above), Bus Quinn (aka Armando Vasquez), Thad Christopher, Raphael Cabrera (right) and Steve Wylie proved a sound investment for the backers of the Greys as they turned a "good" club into a "dream team".  (Brandon Sun, December 30, 1948)

Terry SawchukThe Greys, who opened the season with three loses, romped to 58 wins in their 75 game schedule.  They finished 28-5-1 in league play. A 17-game winning streak was just one of the highlights. 

Wylie (12-1), Quinn (10-1) and Jack Sinclair (10-5) combined to win 32 games.  Christopher finished second to Elmwood's Terry Sawchuk (left) in the batting race.  Quinn came third.  Sawchuk batted .376 to take the crown.  

Sawchuk would go on to a Hall of Fame career as a goaltender in the National Hockey League.  The Winnipeg native captured NHL Rookie of the Year honours in 1951 and was named the league's best goalie four times.

Winnipeg Tribune's 1948 Manitoba Senior League All-Star team -- Catcher:  Gus Merlevede, Reos, First base:  Hugh Gustafson, Elmwood, Second base:  Jack Raleigh, ANA, Third base:  Ian Lowe, Brandon, Shortstop:  Coney Williams, Brandon, Left field:  Jack Vicars ANA, Centre field:  Ed Leier, Elmwood, Right field:  Bill Antoniak, Reos, Utility:  Terry Sawchuk, Elmwood, Pitcher:  Johnny McManus, Reos, Manager:  Jack Hind   (Winnipeg Tribune, August 19, 1948)


Eddie Morris guided the Edmonton Eskimos to the title in the Alberta Big Four Intercity League.  Esks downed Calgary Buffaloes in the final series.

In amateur ball in Southern Alberta, the tiny communities of Bow Island (pop. 600) and Burdett (120) formed an entry in the senior loop and beat the big boys (Lethbridge, pop. 20,000, and Medicine Hat, 14,000) and others to capture the Southern Alberta championship.


The Muskogee Cardinals were among the barnstorming teams to hit the prairies after the war years.  The Cardinals played in Camrose, Alberta in 1948, beating the locals 9-8. The Camrose Canadian of July 21st carried a little information about the Cardinals :

"The Cardinals, a darky club, were the champions of the Southwest from 1934 to 1947. It remains to be seen whether they will be champions for 1948 or not. They are highly publicized but are reported to be one of the best teams of their kind. Those who have seem them play report they put on the best show any touring ball club has ever shown. They play to win, but add enough comedy to the game to give you your money's worth."

Barnstorming, 1948The paper also mentioned an upcoming series with another barnstorming team, the Oakland Beavers.  Among the other touring teams were the Ligon's All-Stars, House of David, Kansas City Monarchs, San Francisco Cubs, Birmingham Stars and San Francisco Sea Lions.


Gaylen ShupeThe Weyburn Beavers repeated as the Southern League's playoff champion, knocking off the 1948 regular season kingpins, the Regina Caps, in a showdown between the league's two powerhouses. Beaver hurler Gayle Shupe (left) tossed a perfect game early in the campaign while the Capitals' burly backstop, Walter "Gus" Kyle, ran away with the batting title, pasting the cowhide at a .552 clip, some .122 percentage points higher than the runner-up.


Two American teams met in the final of the Okanagan Valley International League which featured teams from Kelowna, Oliver and Penticton, BC.

Bob Corson of Omak, WA, pitched three straight playoff victories, two of them by shutouts, as Omak swept to the league title downing Bridgeport in the final. 

Pennant-winning Kamloops Legion captured the BC Interior League championship defeating the Vernon Aces in the final.

Prince George Pollards crushed Giscome 17-3 in a sudden-death final to win the championship of the Prince George and District League.

New Denver was the class of Slocan & Arrrow Lakes baseball taking two league titles.


In Ontario, the London Majors of the Intercounty Baseball League, defeated the Fort Wayne (Indiana) General Electrics in a best-of-seven series to capture the North American Sandlot championship.  Fort Wayne was fresh from winning the National Baseball Congress title in the United States.