1961 Alberta Snapshots     

Season kickoff


City Police Athletics kicked off the new Big Seven season with a victory over Army & Navy Cardinals. Ed Williams (centre) is seen bussing the ball after fanning the final batter. He tossed a five-hitter. Herb Sewers (left) went three for four, including a triple and double and Don Clarke added two more hits. [Edmonton Journal, May 24, 1961]


Sewers, Kostenuk, Williams



Edmonton City Police drew first blood in the Big Seven finals with a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Army & Navy Cardinals. Herb Sewers (left) helped with three hits, as did pitcher turned outfielder Ed Williams (right). Dave Kostenuk (centre) tossed a four-hitter and batted across the winning run. [Edmonton Journal, August 30, 1961]



Below left - Big Seven Champions - The Army & Navy Cardinals upset the pennant-winning City Police Athletics in both ends of a double-header to take the final series. Front are starry centrefielder Barry Robertshaw and second sacker Alex Muzz. In the rear - Bill Olson, who hurled the deciding win, manager Jim Ryan, who wielded a big bat and veteran catcher Ed Tanner. [Edmonton Journal, September 11, 1961]

Below right - City Police battery in happier times - after going ahead in their semi-final series with the North Edmonton Rockets. Catcher Stan Kulka (left) drove in three runs with a pair of clutch hits and Ed Williams twirled his 10th win of the season. [Edmonton Journal, August 23, 1961]

1961 champsKulka & Williams