1966 - Local lefty tops a trio of future major leaguers

1966 Stats
  
1966 Rosters
1966 Tournaments 

     
SASKATCHEWAN
NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE
Unity Cardinals 24 6  
Kindersley Klippers 22 8 2.0
North Battleford Beavers 17 13 7.0
Saskatoon Commodores 14 16 10.0
Neilburg Monarchs 13 17 11.0
Biggar Nationals 0 30 24.0
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1966 Unity Cardinals  
1966 Kindersley Klippers

MID-WEST LEAGUE
Five teams took part in the inaugural season of the loop - Asquith Braves, Eston Ramblers, Rosetown Red Wings, Torchinsky (Saskatoon) T-Birds, Saskatoon Windsors

SOUTHERN LEAGUE      
Moose Jaw Regals 19 11  
Regina Red Sox 18 12 1.0
Melville Millionaires 14 16 5.0
Swift Current Indians 9 21 10.0
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1966 Melville Millionaires 
1966 Regina Red Sox
       
NORTHEASTERN SK LEAGUE
NESBL History
       
ALBERTA
EDMONTON METRO LEAGUE

Army & Navy Cardinals, Weiller-Williams Colts, A&W Klondikers, Safeway Seals
       
SOUTHERN ALBERTA JUNIOR LEAGUE
Calgary Dodgers, Calgary Indians, Calgary White Sox, Coaldale Colts, Lethbridge Cardinals, Pincher Creek Chinooks
       
MANITOBA
MANITOBA SENIOR LEAGUE
     
Brandon Cloverleafs 18 6  
Souris Cardinals * 15 10 3.5
Hamiota Red Sox * 14 11 4.5
Riverside Blues 13 11 5.0
St. Lazare Athletics 12 12 6.0
Dauphin Red Birds 7 17 11.0
Virden Oilers 6 18 12.0
After winning the pennant, Brandon captured the playoffs as well to take its first league title. *Playoff for 2nd place
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1966 Brandon Cloverleafs     
       
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE

Astorias, CYO, Longshoremen, Regents
       
PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Coquitlam, Haney, Mols, Vancouver,
1966 Vernon Luckies   
       
ONTARIO      
INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE      
Guelph C-Joys 21 7  
Kitchener-Waterloo Panthers 20 8 1.0
Listowel Legionnaires 16 12 5.0
London Pontiacs 14 14 7.0
Brantford Red Sox 12 16 9.0
Galt Terriers *  11 18 10.5
Hamilton Red Wings 10 19 11.5
Stratford Hoods 9 19 12.0
* Playoff for 6th
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SOUTH DAKOTA      
BASIN LEAGUE      
Pierre Cowboys 31 13  
Winner Pheasants 28 16 3.0
Rapid City Chiefs 24 19 6.5
Mobridge Lakers 19 25 12.0
Valentine Hearts 15 29 16.0
Sturgis Titans 14 29 16.5
A threat of bad weather forced the league to cancel the playoffs.
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MINNESOTA      
SOUTHERN MINNY LEAGUE
Winona Athletics
13
5
Rochester Royals
9
9
4.0
Owatonna
9
9
4.0
Austin Packers
5
13
8.0
       
       
       
       

 

 

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 FergusonJoe 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 CampbellBill 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.

Norm AngeliniLefty 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.

Ross StoneHowever, 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.

Bev HickieIn the Southern League, Bev Hickie (left) of Melville Millionaries captured the batting title with a .372 mark. Ira McKnightThe 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.

Wayne LeBereLeft-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 LimkeDick 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.