1957 Western Canada Snapshots     

Ron Fairly, Cliff Pemberton

Ron Fairly of Edmonton, caught in a rundown, tagged out at third by Cliff Pemberton while Saskatoon 2B baseman Sherwood Brewer looks on. (Edmonton Journal, June 18, 1957)

Zeigler & Moriarty

Lloydminster's Dave Moriarty is out at first on a brilliant pickoff play by Edmonton's Dale Zeigler. Ken Guffey, the Esks' first baseman, applied the tag.  (Edmonton Journal, June 22, 1957)

Ken Guffey & Curtis Tate

Ken Guffey, the Edmonton hero in this game as the first sacker hammered a two-run triple and then came around to score himself as Eskimos won 3-2 over North Battleford. The Beavers third baseman is Curtis Tate. (Edmonton Journal, August 17, 1957)

Jose TartabullThe card game

Left - 18-year-old Cuban Jose Tartabull lined up with the Regina Braves. Tarabull would later advance to the major leagues for a nine-year career with Kansas City, Boston and Oakland.

Right - The never-ending Saskatoon Gems' card game.  Len Tucker (extreme left), Darrell Read, Lew Hobson, Jim Garrett, John McCartney, Harold Key. (Photo courtesy of Charlie Beene)

Below left - Earlier, Tartabull (right) had played with the Davidson, Saskatchewan, Cardinals along with fellow Cubans Roberto Bouza (left) and Jose Rodriguez.

Roberto Bouza, Jose Tartabull

Click to enlargeClick to enlargeRecruitment certainly has changed over the years.  Right -- a letter from the Moose Jaw owner, Scotty Kwan, informs Jim Garrett the club would like him to return for another season.  No mention of a signing bonus or a cottage at the lake!  Left --  letter from new manager Floyd Temple (Kansas U. coach) warns that a lack a hustle means goodbye. 

(Click on the letters for a larger version)

1957 Class C contract

 

One of the reasons players turned their back on pro ball was the relatively low pay scale in the lower minor leagues.  The contract (at left) at $225 per month was for the Class C, California League in 1957. The semi-pro salaries were generally higher, sometimes much higher. Another of the WCBL players was offered a Triple-A contract in 1962 for $500 a month.

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