1969 Tournaments/Exhibitions     



(June 10)  At Prince Albert, the Saskatoon Commodores won the first game of a best-of-three series in a tournament to decide the provincial representative at the Summer Games in Halifax.  Commodores shaded the Bohemians 5-4 as Randy Munch's single in the top of the 9th brought in Bob Brown with the winning run. Murray Gilmore had tied the score 4-4 in the 8th with a home for Prince Albert. Lou Slotsve picked up the win in relief. Losing hurler Dave Pagan went the distance allowing 11 hits. Munch led the offense with three hits. Prince Albert outfielder Doug McCrae made two outstanding plays cutting down runners at the plate in the 3rd and 4th innings.

Haylor, Slotsve (W) (8) and xxx
Pagan (L) and xxx

(June 12)  Eston Ramblers downed the Sask-Alta All-Stars 11-6 at Leader Thursday in the opener of a best-of-three set leading to a berth at the Halifax Summer Games in August.  Ervin Boehm belted a three-run homer and Erwin Doerksen had three hits to pace the Ramblers.  Mike Fitzmaurice picked up the win in relief of starter Ken Fensom. Fitzmaurice allowed just four hits while fanning nine.

Ken Fensom , Mike Fitzmaurice (W) (2) and xxx
Ernie Moser (L), Wilbur Berrard (5) and xxx \

(June 16)  Larry Haylor doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Saskatoon Commodores shaded Prince Albert Bohemians 3-2 to sweep the series leading to a berth at the Halifax Summer Games. Ken Haanen, who relieved starter Lou Slotsve with two out in the 9th, picked up the win.  Prince Albert out hit the Commodores 11-6. Dave Pagan went the distance for the Bohemians and was an offensive force with a triple and single and two runs scored.

Slotsve, Haanen (W) (9) and Brown
Pagan (L) and Stubbs, McCrae (5)

(June 23)  Saskatoon Commodores dumped the Saskatoon Torchinsky T'Birds 8-1 in the first game of their Summer Games' playoff.  The winner will represent the northern zone in a four-team, modified double-knockout tournament at Yorkton July 5-6.  Edd Tabashniuk tossed a five-hitter for the win. Fred Maxemiuk had three singles to drive in two runs for the Commodores. Shelly Gautschi gave up eight hits in taking the loss. He walked eight.

Gautschi (L) and Thiessen
Tabashniuk (W) and Brown

(June 24)  Larry Haylor had a perfect game through seven innings as Saskatoon trounced the Torchinsky T'Birds 11-0 to win their playoff series in two straight games.  19-year-old Larry Pavloff lined a double to right centre to lead off the 8th inning.  He was the T'Birds only base runner as Haylor, a pickup from Unity for the Summer Games playoffs, finished with a one-hitter. Randy Munch and Ed Lukowich each had three hits for the Commodores.

Haylor (W) and Brown
John Anderson (L), Bob Fawcett (7) and Thiessen

(July 1)  In a slugfest at Yorkton, the Cardinals edged Estevan Mets14-13 Monday to gain a berth in a four-team tournament to decided the Saskatchewan representative at the Halifax Summer Games.  Cards won the best-of-three series two games to one.  Wayne Thompson gained credit for the win, in a relief role. Gord Johnson slammed a grand slam homer for Yorkton and Brian Burnen duplicated the feat for Estevan. George Krueger added a solo homer for the Mets.

Fyfe, Bill Sobkow, Thompson (W) and xxx
xxx, Greg Powlis (L) and xxx

(July 6)  (July 6)  A four-team tournament to decide Saskatchewan's baseball representative for the Canada Summer Games to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia was played in Yorkton over the weekend. Representing the Southern League were the Regina Red Sox and the Yorkton Cardinals. The Red Sox had previously defeated the Moose Jaw Regals and Govan Angels to earn a berth in the tourney while the Yorkton squad had knocked off the Estevan Mets. From the northern half of the province came the Eston Ramblers and the Saskatoon Commodores.

Eston Ramblers, playing nine straight hours of baseball, won the Saskatchewan amateur baseball championship Sunday and the right to represent the province at the Canadian Summer Games in Halifax.  At a four-team tournament at Yorkton, Ramblers finished with a 4-1 record.  Yorkton Cardinals were at 2-2, Saskatoon Commodores 1-2 and Regina Red Sox 0-2.

Yorkton kicked off the tournament with a 3-2 win over Saskatoon while Eston shaded Regina 7-6 on Ervin Boehm's lead-off homer in the bottom of the 9th inning. Commodores then sent the Red Sox packing by downing the Reginans 7-4.  On Saturday, Yorkton handed Eston its lone defeat, coming from behind to take a 7-4 decision. Commodores lost to Yorkton 3-2 and then downed Regina 7-4.

Eston started its marathon comeback at noon Sunday against Saskatoon. They scored an unearned run in the top of the 9th to get by the Commodores 5-4. That put the Ramblers up against Yorkton and Eston again notched a one-run victory, this time 4-3 to sent the tourney to a sudden-death final. Starting pitcher Grand Beckstrand smashed a two-run homer in the 2nd inning to give Eston a 3-0 lead.  Murray Steeves' sacrifice fly in the 6th knocked in the winning run.

Ramblers got two-run homers from Ervin Boehm and Lane Jackson for the 7-3 triumph in the final. Jackson also made a spectacular catch in the 3rd inning to rob Gord Johnson of a homer.  With two on, centre fielder Jackson reached over the fence to nab Johnson's long blow.  Dave Pagan picked up the win in relief.

(August 14)  The Eston Ramblers, Saskatchewan's baseball representatives in the upcoming Canada Summer Games, got their final tune-up at Mount Pleasant Park before heading to Halifax, but it was a losing one. Jim Paisley smashed a two-out, solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Regina Red Sox a 5 to 4 victory in this exhibition encounter. Dave Pagan, a 19 year old pick up by the Ramblers out of Nipawin, was the Eston starting pitcher, hurling the first four innings. 

(August 17)  Playing before an opening night crowd of 3,000, Eston blew a 2-1 lead in the late innings and lost to British Columbia 3-2. Singles by Erwin Doerksen and Al Marshall and a triple by Murray Steeves produced both Saskatchewan runs in the 2nd inning. Lane Jackson provided the defensive highlight as he robbed Dave McKay of a home run at the left field wall with a leaping catch at the fence.

(August 18)   Saskatchewan dropped its second straight game at the Canada Games as Eston Ramblers dropped a 6-2 decision to Ontario. Dave Pagan went the distance for Eston allowing 11 hits. Al Marshall belted a homer for Eston. Marshall and Reg Andrew each had two hits for the Ramblers.

(August 19)  Eston upset the undefeated New Brunswick nine 6-4 and trounced Newfoundland 13-0.

(August 20)  Saskatchewan lost a bid for a berth in the four-team final dropping a 9-2 verdict to New Brunswick.


(June 27-29)

Eston Ramblers whipped the host Swift Current Indians 10-3 in the opening game of the Swift Current Shriners Baseball tournament Friday.  Bob Burchfield was the winning pitcher. Al Paganucci took the loss.

Burchfield (W) and xxx
Paganucci (L) and xxx

North Battleford came from behind to top Biggar Nationals 5-2. Beavers trailed 2-1 in the top of the 9th inning with two out when they rallied for four runs, helped by Biggar miscues, to take the victory.

Dvorak (W) and xxx  (7-0/8-0)
xxx and xxx

Moose Jaw Regals defeated Neilburg Monarchs 7-4

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

Rain forced the postponement of the tournament until July 14th.  Regina Red Sox held a 3-0 lead over the St. John, Washington, Indians when play was called in the 2nd inning. With St. John not able to return for the resumption of the tournament, Regina made the final four.

(July 14)  Regina Red Sox survived 11 errors and a 9th inning Moose Jaw rally to shade the Regals 9-8 in an exciting contest to win a berth in the tournament final.  With Regina up 9-6 after scoring a run in the top of the 9th, the Regals Roy Rowley led off with his third double of the day and Ned Andreoni brought Moose Jaw with within a run with a tremendous blast to left centrefield. Still with none out, Larry Tollefson and Jim Booth singled. But Lorne Humphreys hit into a double play and Clark Gillies struck out to end the threat and the ball game.  Each team had 11 hits, with Gary Korven leading the Sox with a homer, double and single, good for three runs batted in.  Andy Logan had a two-run circuit clout for Regina and Tim Young a two-run blast for Moose Jaw.  Along with his three doubles, Rowley scored three times for the Regals.

Homme (W) and Logan
Boch, Rowley (L) (3) and Tollefson

(July 14)  Greg Dvorak pitched and batted the Beavers to a 10-4 semi-final win over Eston. At the plate, the right-hander had a triple, double and single. Hugh McIvor added a homer for the Beavers and Murray Steeves clouted one for the Ramblers.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (8-0/11-0)
xxx and xxx

(July 14)  Regina Red Sox had another 11 miscues, 22 in two games, in dropping a 16-3 decision to North Battleford Beavers in the final of the Swift Current tournament.  Short on pitchers, Red Sox started manager Lionel Ruhr who lasted just four innings. Gene Yellowega and Gary Korven were hit hard in their relief efforts as the Beavers broke loose for five runs in the 7th inning and seven more in the 8th. Jack Rowley, brother of the Regals' Roy, was the hitting star with two homers, a single and a sacrifice fly in five trips to the plate. Gerry Lister and Greg Dvorak also clouted homers for the Beavers.

Ruhr (L), Yellowega (5), Korven (7) and xxx
Sallaway (W) and Bunyan


(July 1)  Gerry Lister hurled shutout ball until the 9th inning as North Battleford took the Unity Tournament with a 5-1 win over the host club.  Lister gave up six hits before giving way to Pete Duncan in the 9th.  Duncan scored what proved to be the winner in the 4th inning when he walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a passed ball. He drove in the Beaver`s third tally with a double in a three-run 8th inning.

Rucobo (L) and xxx
Lister (W), Duncan (9) and Bunyan

Beavers reached the final with a 3-1 victory over Saskatoon as Greg Dvorak and Dirk Van Dyke hooked up in a pitching duel. Dvorak allowed just two hits, Van Dyke three. Fred Maxemiuk homered in the 3rd inning for the Commodores' only run.  Jim Johnston came right back in the bottom of the inning with a run-scoring triple then scored the go-ahead marker.

Van Dyke (L) and xxx
Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (7-0/9-0)

Unity trounced Kindersley 11-3 to win a berth in the final.  The Cards jumped on Klippers' starter Gary Houston for nine runs in the middle innings. Mel Dahlseide had a double and single for the Cards.  Rudy Arroyo went the distance holding the Klippers to five hits.

Houston (L), Hunchak (6) and xxx
Arroyo (W) and xxx

In the first round, Unity scored five runs in the 1st inning and went on to top Neilburg 7-2.  Larry Haylor hurled a five-hitter for the win.

Haylor (W) and xxx
Ron Sewell (L), Zaichkowski (1) and xxx

Kindersley defeated Biggar Nationals 4-1 behind the pitching of Al Paganucci.

Paganucci (W) and xxx
Marchinko (L) and xxx


A brainchild of Saskatoon entrepreneur and baseball enthusiast J. F. Cairns, the first Saskatoon exhibition week tournament took place in 1922 following the demise of the professional Western Canada Baseball league after the 1921 season. Except for 1924, the tournament ran continuously to 1969 after which it passed into oblivion.
From the first pitch of the 1922 opening game held on July 18, which resulted in a 16 to 9 victory by Conquest over Biggar, until the last out of the July 20, 1969 final game in which Unity defeated Eston 7 to 1, this event provided generations of baseball fans with countless innings of entertainment.
Not only does Neilburg hold the record for the most annual appearances, 33, during the span of the tournament’s existence, but the players representing the Highway #40 village also captured the tournament on eight occasions, also a record.

Neilburg's Pete Prediger sat this one out.  It was to have been his 34th consecutive year playing in the tournament, but his gear didn't arrive in time for the game and the Monarchs were eliminated in the first round.

(July 13)   Dave Pagan, an acquisition from Prince Albert Bohemians, tossed a two-hitter and struck out 11 as Eston took the opening game of the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament, 4-0 over Colonsay Monarchs.  Pagan got off to a shaky start, walking the first batter and hitting the second, but then settled down to produce a gem.  Reg Andrew's two-run homer in the 2nd inning was all the Ramblers needed. They added two insurance runs in the 3rd. Greg Goldade led off with a bunt single, stole second and scored on Murray Steeves' sinking liner. Al Marshall singled to centre to plate Steeves.

Tabashniuk (L) and Herr
Pagan (W) and Marshall

(July 14)  Garnet Hannon clubbed three triples and a single to lead Kindersley Klippers to a 16-3 trouncing of Melfort Shamrocks.  The Klippers pounded out 14 hits and were helped by eight Melfort errors. Melfort starting pitching Gary Young didn't allow a hit over the first two innings and still trailed 3-0.

Tim Hayden, a 19-year-old California college student, fanned 12 in his six innings of shutout work. Kindersley had two, six-run innings, the 3rd and 7th.  Ed Gosselin had an inside-the-park homer for the Klippers and Bill O'Sullivan added a grand slam homer. The contest had a bit of a "Keystone Kops" atmosphere. In the 3rd inning, with none out and runners at first and second, Bill O'Sullivan bunted. Catcher Murray Cheyne got to the ball but his throw drew first baseman Brian Marchinko into the path of the runner and the ball got away.  Marchinko was injured and Melfort players came to his aid, forgetting about the ball in play. As they attended to their teammate, all three runners came around to score.

Hayden (W), Schommer (7) and O'Sullivan
Young (L), Goodman (3) and M. Cheyne

(July 15)  Pete Duncan smashed a two-run homer, triple and single, driving in four runs, to lead Asquith Braves to a 7-4 decision over Neilburg Monarchs. 

Neilburg had taken a three-run lead in the 1st inning.  Jim Johnston tripled in Dirk Van Dyke, who had singled. Neil Urlacher doubled to scored Van Dyke and scored on John Dubey's grounder. Braves got one back in their half of the 1st as John Erickson singled in Randy Munch.  They went ahead for good with three in the 3rd. Duncan's triple brought in winning pitcher Ken Haanen and Duncan tied the count on Gerry Lister's single. Les Stack singled to put the Braves into the lead.

D. McIntyre (L), Henricks (3) and Dubey
Haanen (W) and Erickson

(July 16)  Unity Cardinals advanced at the Exhibition Tournament as they shaded the North Central All-Stars 5-4 behind Rudy Arroyo's 17 strikeout performance.  The 19-year-old, from Foothills Junior College in California, pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the 7th to preserve the win.  He allowed just four hits, but issued six bases on balls.

North Central went up 3-0 in the first inning on a walk, single and two errors.  Unity rebounded with four in the 3rd frame, the key blow a two-run single by Erwin Doerksen. Arroyo scored the first run when he led off with a double and scored on Jim Shaw's two-bagger to centre. Ivan Gutfriend had three singles and two runs batted in for the Cardinals. Dick Schmidt had two singles as did George Thiessen, who drove in three runs, for the All-Stars.

Arroyo (W) and Wandler, Doerksen (7)
Strueby (L), Fogen (5) and R. Korte, Braun (7)  

(July 17)   19-year-old Dave Pagan struck out 22 batters in going all 14 innings in Eston's 5-4 victory over Kindersley. Pagan also drove in the winning run.  Merle Brynes, Eston's speedy second sacker, reached on bunt single, stole second and came around to score on Pagan's single.  Murray Steeves smashed a two-run homer in the 3rd inning to give Eston the lead. Lane Jackson's solo shot in the bottom of the 3rd made it a 2-1 ball game. Ramblers went up 4-1 in the 4th on a double and two singles.  Klippers came back with three in the 5th to tie on a triple, two singles and a dropped third strike.  Steeves led the Eston offense with the homer and two singles. Tim Hayden went the distance for the Klippers allowing 11 hits. He fanned 11 and walked just one.

Pagan (W) and Fetch, Marshall (6)
Hayden (L) and O'Sullivan

(July 18)   In a wild 25-hit affair, the Unity Cardinals blew an 8-1 lead, then rebounded to down Asquith 11-9 to advance to the final of the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  Jim Shaw kick started the Unity offense tripling in a run in the first inning then scoring on an error. He belted an inside-the-park homer in the 3rd. The Cardinals widened the lead with three more in the 4th inning with the big blows being a lead-off triple by Mel Dahlseide and Al Ferchuk's two-run homer.  Dahlseide singled in two more runs in the 5th. The Braves responded with a seven-run eruption in the 6th.  Don Anweiler's pinch-hit triple scored a pair. Randy Munch followed with a two-run homer. Still down three runs, Cam Sternig came to bat with two outs and Ken Haanen and Pete Duncan on base with walks. Sternig's towering drive knotted the count at 8-8.  Back came the Cardinals.  Ivan Gutfriend singled in one run and Dahlseide doubled in two more.  Asquith got one back in the 8th, but it was not enough.

Ferchuk, Haylor (W) (6) and Doerksen
Cleghorn, Hemstead (L) (7), Duncan (7) and Erickson

(July 19)   Jim Shaw powered the Unity Cardinals to a 7-1 victory over Eston in the final of the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  Shaw, who was key in Unity's semi-final victory, blasted a homer, double and two singles to pace a 14-hit attack.  Larry Haylor tossed a six-hitter for the mound victory.  It was the third game in 24 hours for Unity. After Friday's win over Asquith, they travelled to Kindersley for the tournament there, defeating Regina, before headed back to Saskatoon for the final of the Ex Tourney.

Haylor (W) and Doerksen
Fensom (L), Fitzmaurice (5) and Marshall

Tourney trio

Stars of the final Exhibition Tournament:

Dave PaganJim Shaw (left) of the Unity Cardinals had the most hits and was the hitting star of Unity's 7-1 victory over Eston in the final.  Reg Andrew (centre) hit the first homer of the tourney. At the right is Unity captain Erwin Doerksen. Dave Pagan (above, right) had the most strikeouts in a game, 22, and the most for the tournament, 33.



(July 20)   North Battleford Beavers scored nine runs in the first two innings Sunday and coasted to an 11-2 win over the Klippers in the final of the Elks Tournament at Kindersley. Pete Duncan pitched and batted Beavers to the triumph belting a pair of homers, one a grand slam, while hurling a five-hitter.  Jack Rowley also had a homer for the winners while Bob Swick bashed one for the Klippers.

Duncan (W) and Bunyan
Hunchak (L), Sewell (2) and xxx

North Battleford made the final by edging the Unity Cardinals 6-5.  Gerry Lister went all the way for the win. Rudy Arroyo started for the Cards, giving way to Ferchuk and Rucobo.

Lister (W) and xxx
Arroyo (L), Ferchuk, Rucobo and xxx

Although out hit 12 to 7, Kindersley Klippers downed Eston Ramblers 4-1 to win a berth in the final.  Al Paganucci went the distance for the win. Barry Ellis took the loss.

Paganucci (W) and xxx
Ellis (L), Fitzmaurice and xxx

In opening action on Saturday, Eston topped Lethbridge White Sox 3-2 with Bob Burchfield the winner over Dennis King. Unity downed Regina Red Sox 4-3 behind the pitching of Vince Rucobo. Doug Homme took the loss. North Battleford eliminated the Vernon Luckies 4-3 on Manny Primeau's 10th inning homer and Greg Dvorak's pitching. (8-0/12-0) Reg Main was tagged with the loss. A highlight of opening action was Don Belluomini's one-hitter for Kindersley it a 5-1 victory over Winnipeg, Fort Rouge, Mallards.  Doug Bennett's first inning single was the only safety allowed by Belluomini. Ken Lowry was handed the loss.

(July 22)   In an exhibition game at Calgary, the Vernon Luckies downed the Giants 6-4. Luckies, pennant winners in the the Okanagan Mainline League, used the game as a warm-up for the Lacombe Tournament. They took an early lead, with two in the 1st and another three in the 3rd and led all the way. Outfielder Jerry Reimer, a pro with the Vancouver Mounties last season, led the Luckies' offense with a towering triple and single and score twice. Vernon out hit Calgary 10-6. The big blow for Calgary was Murray Heatley's two-run triple in the 5th.

Carmack, Marquardt (W) (5), Main (8) and Inglis
Taylor (L) , Earhardt (8), Horb (9) and Heatley


(July 24)  North Battleford Beavers took top money at the Lacombe Tournament thrashing Vernon Luckies 11-1 in the final.  The game was called after seven innings because of the "mercy rule" (10 run lead).  Greg Dvorak clubbed a three-run homer in the third inning when the Beavers exploded for six runs.  Winning pitcher Pete Duncan had a three-run circuit clout in the 4th.

xxx and xxx
Duncan (W) and Bunyan

(July 23)   The Vernon BC Luckies upended the defending champion Moose Jaw Regals 10-1 in one of four opening games at the 20th Annual Lacombe Baseball Tournament.  Vernon had just seven hits but took advantage of nine Moose Jaw errors.

North Battleford Beavers downed Edmonton Angels 5-2 on  Greg Dvorak's three-run homer in the 10th inning.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (8-0/13-0)
xxx and xxx

Unity Cardinals topped Cold Lake Parrots 3-1 and Drumheller Miners shaded Kindersley Klippers 4-2.