The Moose Jaw Regals won the crown.
The second-place finishers in the regular season, Regals downed the pennant-winning Melville Millionaires in the playoff final.
It wasn't as if it was a major upset as the Regals were just 2 1/2 games back when the regular schedule ended and the club placed six of the ten members of the all-star squad.
Playing manager Ned Andreoni (left), the batting champion for the second consecutive year, was chosen as shortstop and team skipper. The California product compiled a .417 average and led the league in hits, runs, RBI and his six homers trailed, by one, the league leader Ed Stefureak of Yorkton.
Regals also had the top pitcher as Fred Cardwell (right) fashioned a 6-1 record and won the ERA title with an average of 1.57.
Right-hander Greg Dvorak (left) another of the Fresno State products to play on the prairies, had three sensational seasons 1968-69-70 in the Northern Saskatchewan League. He had seasons of 8-1, 2.58, 12-0, 1.76 and 11-2, 1.60.
In 1969 he also won eight games in tournament and playoff action to finish with a 20-0 record for the summer.
Dvorak's club, the North Battleford Beavers cruised to take the pennant, with a 22-6 regular season mark, but found the second-place Unity Cardinals too tough to handle in the playoffs.
Cam Sternig of the North Battleford Beavers beat out three of his teammates for the batting title. Sternig, who also led in doubles and home runs, finished with a .421 average, well ahead of Mark Perkins, at .397. Dvorak checked in with a .379 mark and Hugh McIvor had a .352 percentage.
In Alberta, the Foothills Giants were the story winning seven straight games at the close of the regular schedule to capture the pennant and defeating the Edmonton Tigers in the playoff final. Right-hander Al Taylor (left) was a major factor in the Giants' success leading the league with a 10-2 record, and topping the loop in innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games.
The batting race was about as close as could be. Stu Heron of the Calgary Giants edged out Ron Moffat of the Calgary Cubs .3801 to .3796. Laverne Bonham of Drumheller was third at .3789.
In the Manitoba Senior League, Souris placed five players on the first team all-stars.
The Cardinals named were pitcher Bernie Granor, first baseman Bill Carpenter, second baseman Doug Armour and outfielders Brian Moffatt and Don Hunter. Also selected were catcher Cliff Seafoot of Riverside Blues, shortstop Bill Chappie of Brandon Cloverleafs, third baseman Lynn Caldwell of Hamiota Red Sox and outfielders Bob Wilson of Brandon and Bryan Smith of Hamiota. Dave Rottman (left) of Dauphin and Bob Thompson of Brandon rounded out the pitching.
Named to the second all-star team were : catcher - Ralph Gardiner, Virden, pitchers - Gord Roberge, Rolla, Tom Scott, Virden, and Glennis Scott, Hamiota, first base - Al Robertson, Hamiota, second base - Don Hodgson, Souris, and Bill Berube of Rolla tied for shortstop, Greg Cameron, Souris, third base, Mel Smith, Hamiota, John Morrison of Dauphin and Grant Everard of Dauphin, outfielders.
A pair of former Western Canada players and a soon-to-be Alberta star joined Drummondville in the Quebec Provincial League. Leroy Gregory (left) had advanced to the majors after spending time on the prairies with Moose Jaw, Lethbridge, Calgary and Regina. John Noce (centre) was a few years into what would become a legendary career as a college coach in California and Cliff Ballou (right) would became the Alberta Major League's top hurler in 1971 and go on to play with North Battleford.