1959 British Columbia Snapshots     

Si/Ci Coleman & Bill Gilchrist

 

Two key members of the Yarrow Ocean Sprays, Si (or Ci) Coleman (left) and Bill Gilchrist.

 


 

Pete Ratzlaff

 

Right - Pete "Six" Ratzlaff, ace right-hander of the Yarrow Ocean Sprays of the Fraser Valley League.

No explanation yet for the nickname, "Six".  Pete and brother Ernie Ratzlaff appear to have been the pitching staff for the Sprays.

Photos from Yarrow's Pioneers & Settlers

"Starting as a Junior baseball team in the early 1950's, Yarrow's Ocean Spray baseball club team rose through the ranks to play in the Senior Baseball League by 1959 against such teams as the Chilliwack Monarchs, and teams from around the Fraser Valley. The sponsorship of Ocean Spray (Cascade Foods Ltd.), particularly the support of its owner Marcus L. Urann, an American lawyer and entrepreneur from Boston, Massachusetts, and the dedication of coach Len Froese and manager/coach Eddy Froese facilitated the success of the club."

 

Yarrow six

 

 

July, 1959 - After defeating the Chilliwack Monarchs for the second time in a week, there are smiles all around as six of the Yarrow Ocean Sprays enjoy the moment.

Back row (left to right) - Bill Gilchrist, Ernie Ratzlaff, Don Smith and Barney Thiessen.

Kneeling are Si/Ci Coleman and Pete Ratzlaff.