1951 Western Canada Snapshots     

Rockets are champs     Jim Williams

Left - a member of the Indian Head Rockets accepts the trophy for winning the Foam Lake Tournament and a berth in the Saskatchewan playoffs. 

Note the "eagle" emblem on the left sleeve. The ball club had been the Jacksonville Eagles before crossing the border and making a few uniform alterations. 

The Florida-based team became Indian Head's representative in Saskatchewan baseball.  Velcro surely would have been handy back in those days! 

Right -- Indian Head manager Jim Williams.

Headline, 1951

This headline, in the Medicine Hat paper went the full width of the page. It announced the Medicine Hat (California) Mohawks 16-2 win over Moose Jaw clinching third spot in the WCBL standings. 

Foam Lake '51

Left - Foam Lake Tournament 1951. 

Members of the Indian Head Rockets relax between games.  Rockets whipped North Battleford Beavers 10-3 in the final to take top prize money. 

(Photo, Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame)

Shields, Nixon, Swegle

Red Nixon, the hard-luck guy of the weekend in that rain wreaked havoc on his $7,300 baseball tournament on the field and at the gate, managed to muster a big smile last night for Brick Swegle, manager of the California Mohawks, who play out of Medicine Hat. 

Swegle agreed to replay the final game at Renfrew Park starting at 8:00 o'clock tonight, even though his club had held a 6-0 bulge when play was suspended in the fifth inning of the finale last evening.  The California baseball man decided to stay over to give Nixon a chance of breaking even, although the additional expenses incurred might not make it worthwhile to gamble for a $2,500 first prize instead of the $1,500 that goes to the other finalist.

Left to right, they are Jimmy Shields, third baseman-manager of Eston Ramblers; Red Nixon, promoter of the tournament; and Brick Swegle.  Contributing to the worries of Mr. Swegle is the need for high-tailing out of town immediately after tonight's game for Indian Head where the Mohawks play a Western Canada League doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. Thursday.  Two thousand fans were in the stands last night. (Edmonton Journal, August 8, 1951)

Brick Swegle

Brick Swegle, manager of the California Mohawks,  accepts the Coca-Cola Trophy from Gordon Gilbert of the Regina Coca-Cola Bottling Co. for victory at the Indian Head Tournament.  At left is Graham Williams, tournament chairman. Far right is Jimmy Robison, Western Canada Director of the National Baseball Congress.

The barnstorming California Mohawks (left to right) - Al Endriss, Curt Barclay, Ray White, John Noce, Ray Perasso.   (Photo courtesy of John Noce)

Tire trouble

(Fixing a tire) : Larry Bolger, Brick Swegle, Ray White, Ethel Swegle, the backside of an unidentified one actually working on the problem!, Bill Raeder, John Noce, Curt Barclay(Photo courtesy of John Noce)

Lost on the prairie

Lost on the prairie? Ray White, Bud Watkins (looking for help?) and Curt Barclay

Barclay, Endriss & White

Curt Barclay, Al Endriss and Ray White(Photos courtesy of John Noce)

White walls too!

On the road again. Brick Swegle & John Noce  (Photo courtesy of John Noce)

The ol' milk wagon

Hangin' out at the milk wagon. Ray White, John Noce and Bud Watkins.  (Photo courtesy of John Noce)

Travellin' men

Travelin' men - John Noce, Pay Perasso, Bud Watkins 
(Photo courtesy of John Noce)

Mohawks on tour      Warmin' up

Talk about getting seats close to the action !  (Photos courtesy of John Noce)

John Noce          Bud Francis          Tournament 1951

Left :  Medicine Hat catcher John Noce.  Middle : Mohawks pitcher Bud Francis  Right : Fans jammed Cairns Field to watch games in the Optimist Club's $3,500 baseball tournament. The bit of action features Eston's Chico O'Farrill coming in to third base on a steal.  Delisle's Jackie Woods is waiting for the throw, which came a fraction too late to catch the Eston flyer. (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, July 3, 1951)

Noce suspended

A telegram from the league to California Mohawks owner S L (Brick) Swegle
announcing the suspension of Mohawks catcher John Noce for one game and
congratulating the Mohawks for their victory at the Indian Head Tournament.

Gus Kyle    Bud Ellington

Left :  Prairie standout Gus Kyle, Regina catcher.  Right :  Mohawks' first baseman Bud Ellington

Curt Barclay     Al Endriss     John Noce     Ray Perasso     Bud Watkins     Bud Francis
Curt Barclay       Al Endriss          John Noce      Ray Perasso      Bud Watkins     Bud Francis

1951 Indian Head Rockets

Indian Head Rockets, 1951.  Back row, third from the left is catcher Louis Green
Front row, left is Jesse Blackman.  Third from left is pitcher Jim Morrow.

Barnhill, Gray

                         Left - Catcher Herbert Barnhill.  Right - pitcher Pancho Gray.

Indian Head, Horace Latham

                                          Left - Horace Latham, Right - Uknown.

Moose Jaw 1951





Left - 1951 Moose Jaw Canucks - getting ready for a practice.

Back row - Art Worth at the left standing beside first baseman Berlyn Hodges.

Centre fielder Lowell Hodges is seen putting on his spikes, while in the foreground third baseman Gerry Parker is packing up his club bag.


1951 Moose Jaw

Right - four Canucks pore over the latest copy of The Sporting News (the bible of baseball at the time).

Left to right - Alex Palica, shortstop Dwight "Rip" Collins, catcher Jimmy Harford and Johnny Mulholland, pitcher-outfielder.

Palica's brother was Irv Palica who made it to the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Irv was just 17 when he first came up (as an infielder) in 1945. He returned as a pitcher and spent parts of ten years in Major League Baseball with Brooklyn and Baltimore.

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