1950 Western Canada Snapshots     

Cairns Field, Saskatoon
Cairns Field, Saskatoon, 1950  (A Saskatoon Star Phoenix photo, Archives, City of Saskatoon)






Hal Price, Sceptre

Sceptre's Hal Price (left) appears to be getting some hints from Fergie Shields.   (Photo courtesy Great Sandhills Historical Society, Sceptre)   Below - Baseball at Madge Lake, Kamsack's home grounds. July, 1950

Madge Lake, Kamsack

More baseball action at Kamsack's Madge Lake ballpark, 1950.

Madge Lake

Bentleys of Delisle

One famous family of the prairies -- the Bentleys of Delisle.  Left to right -- Roy, Reg, Doug, Bev (Roy's son), Max.  (Photo from Wheat Province Diamonds)   Below left - three baseball imports- Bennie Griggs (left), Eddie Brown (centre), Sherman Watrous (right).  Griggs and Brown played with Delisle, Watrous with Saskatoon.

Below right - hockey and baseball star Bert Olmstead.

Delisle Gems of 1950Bert Olmstead

[Delisle photo courtesy of Max Weder, SABR, Vancouver]



Below left - again a photo from Max Weder, on baseball in Delisle. Thanks to Bev Bentley for providing the names. Left to right - Mrs. Roy Bentley (Bev's mother), girlfriend of Eddie Brown (name unknown), Joe Hollin Chretien (known simply as Joe Hollin in Delisle), Doug Bentley and Eddie Brown. The three players were members of the 1950 edition of the Delisle Gems of the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League.

Below right -   Opposing managers of the final two teams still in the running at the Lacombe Tournament.  Fergie Shields of Sceptre (left) and Brick Swegle of the barnstorming California Mohawks (right).  The teams were declared co-champions after heavy rains washed out the final.

Eddie Brown_Doug BentleySwegle-Shields













Butler plaque




During a game in 1951, Delisle outfielder Dick Butler is presented with a chest of silver, a gift of Roly Howes, for winning the 1949 batting title in the Northern Saskatchewan League.  Butler finished with a .368 batting average.  The presentation was made at Cairns Field by Harry Hunking, pinch-hitting for Mr. Howes.

Joe Webb1950_willis_peewee_bat

Left - Catcher Joe Webb of the 1950 Swift Current Indians. Right - Pee Wee Willis, Swift Current Indians