Western Canada Baseball 1968
1968 Stats  
1968 Rosters
1968 Tournaments 
1968 Peace River Stampeders

     
SASKATCHEWAN
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
     
Regina Red Sox
17
5
Yorkton Cardinals
16
7
1.5
Moose Jaw Regals
12
10
5.0
Swift Current Indians
7
16
10.5
Melville Millionaires
5
19
12.0
1968 Game Reports         
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1968 Snapshots

     
NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE
North Battleford Beavers
22
7
Unity Cardinals
20
10
2.5
Saskatoon Commodores
17
11
4.5
Kindersley Klippers
16
13
6.0
Neilburg Monarchs
8
21
14.0
Biggar Nationals
4
25
18.0
1968 Game Reports  
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1968 Unity Cardinals 
North Battleford downed Unity in the playoff finals for another NSBL title

MID-WEST LEAGUE
Eston Ramblers
13
1
Asquith Braves
11
7
4.0
Dinsmore Dynamos
7
10
7.5
Torchinsky T'Birds
7
11
8.0
Rosetown Redwings
3
12
10.5
* Incomplete
1968 Game Reports 
1968 Eston Ramblers 

ALBERTA
ALBERTA MAJOR LEAGUE
     
Calgary Odeons
22
10
Edmonton Angels
20
11
1.5
Edmonton Tigers
16
15
5.5
Calgary Cascades
14
18
8.0
Edmonton Cardinals
13
19
9.0
Calgary Giants
10
22
12.0
Calgary Cascades defeated Edmonton Tigers in the playoff final.
1968 Game Reports
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1968 Snapshots
 
MANITOBA
MANITOBA SENIOR LEAGUE    
Souris Cardinals
16
8
 
Brandon Cloverleafs
14
10
.2.0
Riverside Canucks
13
11
3.0
Dauphin Redbirds
12
12
4.0
Hamiota Red Sox
11
13
5.0
Virden Oilers
10
14
6.0
St. Lazare Athletics
8
16
88.0
Riverside captured the league title with a playoff victory after Souris had won the pennant 
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1968 St. Lazare Athletics
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1968 Snapshots  
     
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE
CYO, Longshoremen, Merchants, North Shore, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam
     
VANCOUVER METRO LEAGUE
Burnaby, New Westminster, Villas
     
OKANAGAN MAINLINE LEAGUE
     
ONTARIO
INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE

SOUTH DAKOTA    
BASIN LEAGUE    
Sturgis Titans
29
20
Chamberlain Mallards
26
22
2.5
Rapid City Chiefs
26
23
3.0
Pierre Cowboys
23
27
6.5
Mobridge Lakers
22
27
7.0
Winner Pheasants
21
28
8.0
1968 Game Reports  
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1968 Sturgis Titans    
Back in the league after an absence of 12 years, Chamberlain took the Basin championship.
       
       

 

 

Fans in Southern Saskatchewan were treated to some outstanding pitching. 

Don KrickDon Krick set the stage with two incredible efforts out of the gate.  On May 25th, the Yorkton lefty fanned 20 in a 1-1 tie with Regina.  The next time out, May 28th, he ran up 18 strikeouts as he came within one out of a no-hitter. The import from California college ranks finished with a 9-0 record in 11 starts, 10 of them complete games (including a tie).

Roy Rowley fired a one-hit shutout June 27th as Moose Jaw topped Swift Current 2-0. 

Fred Cardwell had a one-hit shutout on July 3rd in a 4-0 Regina victory over Melville.  July 23rd, he allowed just two baserunners in a 10-inning scoreless tie with Yorkton.

Dale HoggThen there was Dale Hogg.  On June 23rd he gave a hint of what was to come with a three-hit, 14 strikeout performance in an 8-0 regular season win over Yorkton. In the playoffs, he pretty well carried Moose Jaw Regals to the championship.  August 17th it was a three-hit shutout over Yorkton and a week later another three-hit blanking as Moose Jaw again topped Yorkton.  August 27th, the right-hander blanked Regina on five hits and September 1st he was the winner, with a five-hitter, in the deciding game of the playoffs as the Regals took the title.

Roy RowleyAnd, perhaps at the front of the highlight reel, featuring both pitching and hitting performances, was Rowley.  At the Lacombe Lions Baseball Tournament he was the hero for Moose Jaw as he drove in the winning run as the Regals beat Unity in the tourney final.  In their opening game, Rowley had knocked in the winner as Moose Jaw beat Saskatoon Commodores.  In the semi-final, the right-hander was the winning hurler against North Battleford and batted in the winning marker.

In the Northern Saskatchewan League, Ron Fyfe of the Saskatoon Commodores finished with a remarkable 0.84 ERA in 64 innings of work.  Howver, it was the North Battleford Beavers as the class of the Northern Saskatchewan League, winning the pennant with a 22-7 record and going on to claim the league title downing Unity in the final playoff.

Lloyd HaddonLloyd Haddon (right) was the star of the 1968 Peace River tournament clubbing a record six home runs. 

Haddon, a former hockey star with the Edmonton Flyers, playing for the Beaverlodge Royals, was intentionally walked his other four trips to the plate.

In the second year of the Alberta Major Baseball League, the Calgary Cascades, fourth place finishers during the regular season, got hot at the right time and won the league championship with a victory over Edmonton Tigers in the playoff final.

Saskatchewan's Mid-West League featured two no-hitters ! On June 9th, import hurler Bob Burchfield of Eston Ramblers held Saskatoon T-Birds without a hit in a 6-2 victory in the first game of a double-header.  The runs against him scored on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk. He fanned 14 of the 27 batters he faced in the seven-inning contest. He walked four, three of them in the third inning. Burchfield finished the season with a 6-0 record, best in the league. 

June 27th, Asquith lefty Murray Eddy fired a no-hitter in an 8-0 with over Rosetown.

1968 - 18 year old pitcher Dave Pagan of the Nipawin Lawnmasters (wearing his Snowden Spartans' uniform), a pick up by the Prince Albert Bohemians for Saskatchewan provincial playoffs, talks over strategy and signs with catcher Gord "Squeak" Nelson prior to the start of a game played July 19, 1968.

The Bohs (named after Saskatchewan's best selling beer of that era) triumphed to win their best-of-three quarter-final series in two straight games.

Pagan went on to a ten year pro career after being signed out of Bellevue Community College by the New York Yankees in 1970, making his major league debut with the Bronx Bombers in Yankee Stadium on July 1, 1973.

Nelson, his battery mate, just two seasons earlier, had been one of the sluggers on the 1966 Melville Millionaires, a Southern League squad noted for power hitting that season. (Saturday July 20, 1968 edition of the Prince Albert Herald)

Dave Pagan, Gord Nelson