Three future major leaguers were part of the success of the 1966 Northern Saskatchewan season, while a home-grown lefty turned out to the the best of the mounds men.
Joe Ferguson (right), who went on to a 14-year career in the majors as a catcher, won the batting title with a .405 mark. Ferguson also led in homers, with 8, and went 8-1 on the mound with an ERA of 2.44 playing for Kindersley Klippers.
Bill Campbell (left), a 17-year-old righthander teamed up with 50-year-old catcher and prairie legend Peter Prediger on the Neilburgh Monarchs.
He went 5-3, 3.46 in his sole season in the Northern Saskatchewan loop. He made quite the grand entrance tossing a no-hitter in his league debut. Campbell pitched in the majors for 15 seasons.
Lefty Norm Angelini (right), 6-2, 3.26 with Kindersley, had a 13-year pro career as a pitcher, reaching the majors of parts of two seasons.
However, the leading hurler in the loop was local product Ross Stone (left) who finished with an 11-1 record and 2.61 ERA for Unity.
Stone was no slouch with the bat, hitting .281 with four home runs.
Wayne Morgan of Kindersley led the Northern Saskatchewan League in runs batted in, with 24. He went on to a long and distinguished career in scouting, advancing in the ranks to be the Blue Jays Director of International Scouting after beginning his scouting career with the Houston Astros for whom he signed Canadian Terry Puhl. Morgan spent 27 years with the Blue Jays before signing on with Seattle Mariners in 2005.
In the Southern League, Bev Hickie (left) of Melville Millionaries captured the batting title with a .372 mark. The centre fielder led the loop in average, hits, and runs was was tied for the lead in doubles and triples.
Melville's playing-manager Ira McKnight (right), one of few former Negro League players in the loop, was the runner-up in the batting race, with a .359 average.
Left-handed pitcher Wayne LeBere was selected as the Most Valuable Player of Saskatchewan's Southern circuit.
LeBere, pitching for the Moose Jaw Regals, was the top hurler leading the Regals to the league championship. He finished the regular season with a 9-3 record, 8 complete games, and 93 strikeouts in 94 innings. Regals won the pennant during regular play, then topped the Regina Red Sox in the playoffs.
Dick Limke, right-hander of the Souris Cardinals was named the Most Valuable Player of the Manitoba Senior League.
In his third season with the Cards, Limke led the league with nine pitching victories (9-4). He also topped the circuit in innings, 107, and strikeouts, 135. He allowed just 64 hits while walking 36.
Limke, from North Dakota, had a brief pro career pitching in 15 games for Billings, Montana of the Pioneer League in 1963 and 4 games in the Northern League with Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1964.
Basin League batting champion Les Tanona was one of three Winner Pheasants named to the 1966 All-Star team selected by the Rapid City Journal with recommendations from league managers. The University of Michigan outfielder compiled a .367 average to top Pierre's Rich Shibley, at .350, for the batting honour.
Winner catcher Ron Davani and pitcher Bob McAulay also made the squad. Two Rapid City Chiefs were named - outfielder Gary Moore and second baseman Lou Camilli. Valentine's Jim Armstrong was the choice at shortstop with a pair of Sturgis Titans in the infield,Tom Binkowski at first and Keith Spicer at the hot corner. Pierre's Jerry Stitt took the other outfield slot. Selected as pitchers alongside McAulay were Mike Otolski and Jim Allen of Mobridge and Scott Morton of Pierre.