1950 Southern League Snapshots     

 Moose Jaw Canucks



Moose Jaw Manager Mike Mellis (2nd from the left) discusses strategy with Curly Boyce (left), Barry Wolstencroft (2nd from the right) and pitcher Lambert "Lefty" Lauer (right).

1950_Wilder & Germann



August 15, 1950 - Les Wilder (left) of Weyburn Beavers and Frank Germann (right) of the Notre Dame Hounds, discuss strategy as co-managers of the Southern League All-Stars. 

The 'Stars dropped a 7-1 decision to the defending champion Moose Jaw Canucks.

Moose Jaw players



Three of the Moose Jaw Purity Canuck stars with manager Mike Mellis (right).

Left to right - catcher Stubby Martin, infielder
Wolstencroft and pitcher-outfielder Albert (Lefty) Erfle.

Brown & Torgenrud



A pair of All-Stars. Mel Torgenrud (left) of Estevan Maple Leafs and Norman Brown (right) of the Notre Dame Hounds.

When the photo was taken, Torgenrud and Brown were teammates on a Southern League All-Star squad. A week later they were opponents as the teams met in the playoffs.

Harold AllanWilcox trio

Above left - Regina hurler Harold Allan. Right - Elmer Ekdahl (C), Walter "Butch" Buttgereit (P/OF), Nick Metz (IF/mgr) of the 1950 Wilcox Cardinals

Below - the Weyburn Beavers of the early 1950s (perhaps the 1951 squad which finished atop the Southern standings). 

A big thank you to Carole Miller (daughter of Keith Covert) for digging out the photos and to Carole's son Trevor for scanning and sending them along. 

The photos were taken in Weyburn with the big grandstand in the background.  It was torn down a few years ago and replaced with a metal version.  Trevor reports that, when they demolished the structure, they found a bunch of vintage rifle barrels in the concrete.  The original had been built in the early 1900s.  The players are standing in what is now Tom Laing Park, where the Beavers continue to play.

Jim Burge   Keith Covert   Baldy Garner

Left to right - Jim Burge 1B/OF, Keith Covert RHP/C, Baldy Garner 2B

Ralph Hogg   George Knox   Blaine Shupe

Left to right - Ralph Hogg RHP, George Knox OF/P, Blaine Shupe SS

Gaylen Shupe   Jack Shupe   Les Wilder

Left to right - Gaylen Shupe P/INF, Jack Shupe 2B, Les Wilder 1B

Keith Covert 1953  Keith Covert  

Keith Covert with MVP Trophy in 1953. Covert in 1988 at his induction
into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.