Western Canada Baseball 1971
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SASKATCHEWAN
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 
     
Moose Jaw Regals
24
6
48
Yorkton Cardinals
17
11
36
Swift Current Indians
17
13
34
Saskatoon Commodores
13
16
27
Regina Red Sox
10
17
23
Melville Millionaires
6
24
12
Again the league used a points sytems (two pts for the win, one for a tie). Yorkton had two ties, Saskatoon one, and Regina three.
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NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE
North Battleford Beavers
16
10
Unity Cardinals
15
10
0.5
Neilburg Monarchs
12
14
4.0
Kindersley Klippers
10
16
6.0
North Battleford claimed the title defeating Neilburg in the playoff final
1971 Game Reports
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1971 North Battleford Beavers 
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ALBERTA
ALBERTA MAJOR LEAGUE
Edmonton Tigers
18
11
Calgary Cubs
16
14
2.5
Red Deer Elks
15
15
3.5
Foothills Giants
15
15
3.5
Edmonton Angels
9
21
9.5
Foothills Giants downed Calgary Cubs in the playoff final for the league title
1971 Game Reports  
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SUNBURST SENIOR LEAGUE NORTH
Blue Willow Angels, Burns Shamrocks, St. Albert, Weiller-William Colts

SUNBURST SENIOR LEAGUE SOUTH
Devon Kings, Knights of Columbus, Leduc Oilers, Northgate Shell
     
MANITOBA
MANITOBA SENIOR LEAGUE
 
   
NORTH DIVISION    
Hamiota Red Sox
12
8
Virden Oilers
11
9
1
Brandon Cloverleafs
9
11
3
Dauphin Redbirds
5
15
7
SOUTH DIVISION
Minot Merchants
13
7
Riverside Canucks
13
8
.5
Souris Cardinals
12
9
1.5
Rolla NoDaks
6
14
7
Minot won the pennant, Brandon took the playoffs for the 5th time in six years.
1971 Virden Oilers
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE
1971 New Denver-Silverton     
     
ONTARIO    
INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE     
     
SOUTH DAKOTA    
BASIN LEAGUE    
Chamberlain Mallards
32
16
Sturgis Titans
28
20
4.0
Mobridge Lakers
27
20
4.5
Pierre Cowboys
16
31
15.5
Rapid City Chiefs
16
32
16.0
1971 Game Reports  
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No Playoffs.
       
       

 

 

Terry Buck1971 Regals programIt was quite a summer in the Southern League.  The player selected as the SBL's most valuable was dumped by his initial team after going 1-4. Picked up by the Swift Current Indians in late June, Terry Buck (right) went on a tear winning six straight games and finishing second in the batting race with a .405 average.  He was selected as the lefty starter on the All-Star team in addition to his MVP award.

Fred CardwellThe Moose Jaw Regals, riding the strong arm of Fred Cardwell (left), ran away with the league pennant then defeated Swift Current in the playoff final to capture the championship for the second consecutive season. Cardwell, 5-2, 2.09 during the regular season, won five straight games in the playoffs. He pitched 32 consecutive scoreless innings at one point and finished the playoff run allowing just three runs in the five games. 

Sunday, June 13, 1971, the Melville Millionaires played a Southern League doubleheader against the Regals at Moose Jaw's Ross Wells Park.  It was pretty ordinary in many ways, but years later the significance would be clear for two of the players involved that day.

Clark GilliesCatching for the Regals in the second game of the doubleheader was 17-year old Clark Gillies (right), who a year previous had signed a professional baseball contract with the Houston Astros, but had decided to spurn the life of rookie league baseball in the boondocks to return to Saskatchewan and pursue a career in hockey, a wise choice considering his ultimate attainment of four Stanley Cup rings as a member of the New York Islanders plus his election to the Terry PuhlHockey Hall of Fame in 2002. In the other dugout was Terry Puhl, a soon-to-be 15-year old standout with the midget Melville Elks, who had been called up to perform temporarily for the pitching-strapped Millionaires. Primarily a pitcher in those days, Puhl appeared in a relief role in both games, chalking up seven innings of mound work in total. He, too, was destined to sign a pro contract with the Astros in the fall of 1973, a move which culminated in a fifteen year career in the major leagues and induction into both the Saskatchewan and Canadian Baseball Halls of Fame.


March 22, 1971 Les Lisowski, of Winnipeg, fired the fourth no-hitter in the history of the University of Arizona program as the Wildcats shutout Northern Colorado 5-0. Junior Lisowski, who had pitched only six innings in relief before getting Monday's start, struck out 16 and walked three as he faced 30 batters.