Western Canada Baseball 1967
1967 Stats   
1967 Rosters
1967 Tournaments 
1967 Peace River Stampeders
1967 Pan-Am, Canada 
1967 Govan Angels

     
SASKATCHEWAN
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
     
Regina Red Sox
16
7
 
Moose Jaw Regals
15
9
1.5
Yorkton Cardinals
11
12
5.0
Melville Millionaires
9
15
7.5
Swift Current Indians
8
16
8.5
1967 Game Reports   
1967 Photo Gallery
 
1967 Snapshots
1967 Regina Red Sox
 
1967 Yorkton Cardinals

NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE
Unity Cardinals
25
5
 
Saskatoon Commodores
20
10
5.0
Kindersley Klippers
16
14
9.0
North Battleford Beavers
12
18
13.0
Biggar Nationals
8
22
17.0
Neilburg Monarchs
8
22
17.0
1967 Game Reports   
1967 Photo Gallery   
1967 Snapshots  
1967 Unity Cardinals 
Unity defeated Saskatoon in the playoff final

MID-WEST LEAGUE
Asquith Braves, Dinsmore Dynamos, Eston Ramblers, Rosetown Red Wings, Saskatoon Windsors, Torchinsky (Saskatoon) T-Birds

ALBERTA
ALBERTA MAJOR LEAGUE
     
Calgary Odeons
23
9
 
Edmonton Seals
21
10
1.5
Edmonton Cardinals
18
13
4.5
Calgary Cascades
17
15
6.0
Edmonton Angels
12
20
11.0
Calgary White Sox
4
28
19.0
Edmonton Seals defeated Calgary Cascades in four straight games in the playoff final to capture the AMBL championship 
1967 Game Reports
1967 Photo Gallery
1967 Snapshots
  
MANITOBA
MANITOBA SENIOR LEAGUE
Hamiota Red Sox
19
5
 
Souris Cardinals
15
9
4.0
Riverside Blues
12
12
7.0
Brandon Cloverleafs
12
12
7.0
St. Lazare Athletics
11
13
8.0
Dauphin Redbirds
10
14
9.0
Virden Oilers
5
19
14.0
Brandon won its second straight league title with a playoff victory.
1967 Brandon Cloverleafs     
1967 Photo Gallery   
1967 Snapshots   
       
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE 

CYO, Longshoremen, North Shore, Regents
       
LOWER MAINLAND LEAGUE
Burnaby, Mols, Simon Fraser, Vancouver
       
OKANAGAN MAINLINE LEAGUE
Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon
       
ONTARIO      
INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE       
       
SOUTH DAKOTA      
BASIN LEAGUE      
Rapid City Chiefs
31
19
Pierre Cowboys
27
23
4.0
Valentine Hearts
25
25
6.0
Winner Pheasants
24
26
7.0
Sturgis Titans
22
28
9.0
Mobridge Lakers
21
29
10.0
1967 Game Reports  
1967 Photo Gallery   
1967 Snapshots
Pierre won its 7th Basin title downing Valentine.
       
       

 


1967 turned out to be a high point for Canadian baseball, although it was a frightening and disheartening journey to get there. (See Dave Shury's story in Wheat Province Diamonds for the full story.) 

Canada was hosting the 1967 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg and for the first time it was hoped to have a Canadian baseball team in the event.  Just months before the games, there was no team. A lack of organization, money and commitment had forced Canadian Pan Am officials to drop baseball from the program.  However a small group of enthusiasts (with Dave Shury a prominent force) got baseball reinstated and managed, with great difficulty, to put together a team to represent the country. 

There was a major problem.  Four of the players were deemed to be professionals under the Pan Am rules in spite of all having been reinstated as amateurs in their home provinces.  All were key members of the team - pitcher Ron Stead of Guelph, catcher Bob McKillop and second baseman Ron Smith of Kitchener and pitcher John Elias of Montreal.  (Another ex-pro, catcher Ed Tanner, is in the Pan-Am photo, but there is no record of whether he played in the games.) Canada went ahead anyway, hoping they might slip under the radar. 

On July 24th, Canada made its debut against Mexico and while out-hitting the Mexicans 8 to 5, dropped a 3-1 decision on three costly errors.  At Carman the following night, Ross Stone of Saskatoon and John Elias pitched Canada to a 2-1 win over Puerto Rico.  The jubilation on the bus ride back to Winnipeg was tempered by the realization the win might force authorities to take a closer look at the Canadian roster.  A Canadian sportswriter broke the story.

Facing expulsion from the event, instead Canada was ordered to drop the four players without the ability to replace them. In addition, the win over Puerto Rico was stricken from the record. A downcast and short-handed group then went on to lose 14-10 to the Americans, 5-2 to Puerto Rico, and 6-4 to Cuba. 

Canada's final game was against the undefeated and highly favoured Cubans.  Down 4-0 in the early innings, Canada rallied behind home runs by Larry Wilson of Hamiota, Manitoba and Maurice Oakes of Brandon and took a 7-4 lead in the 3rd inning. They hung on to score a huge upset, 10-9, victory.  The Americans went on to win the championship.


The Govan, Saskatchewan, Angels won the Western Canada Senior Championship whipping Peace River, Alberta, 9-3 Sunday (September 3) in the final after coming into the title game off the losers' side of the double-knockout competition. Robbie McLane hurled the final game win for the Angels with relief help from Merv Danbrook in the sixth inning. Pete Czuy took the loss. The key blow for the winners was a home run by Lorne Davis.

Earlier on the last day, Govan demolished Peace River 14-0 and Rivers Comets, 8-1.

Govan dropped their opener on Saturday (September 2) 3-0 to Rivers, the Manitoba champions. Wayne Ramsay fired the shutout for Rivers, besting Davis.  Peace River topped Rivers 3-2 in 10 innings in Saturday's second game.  On Sunday, Danbrook whiffed 12 in pitching Govan over Rivers. Reg Danbrook belted a homer.