Western Canada Baseball 1972
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SASKATCHEWAN
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
     
Moose Jaw Devons
19
11
40
Swift Current Indians
16
16
32
Yorkton Cardinals
14
16
30
Regina Red Sox
14
17
29
Saskatoon Commodores
14
17
29
SBL again used a points system, with a win good for two pts, a tie one pt. MJ & Yorkton each had two ties, Regina & Saskatoon one each. Regina defeated Saskatoon in a playoff for fourth place. Swift Current downed Regina in the finals for the championship.
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NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE
North Battleford Beavers
23
7
Unity Cardinals
13
16
9.5
Eston Ramblers
10
14
10.0
Kindersley Klippers
7
23
16.0
North Battleford won the league championship defeating Unity in the playoff final. Interlocking schedule with Alberta Major League 
1972 Game Reports 
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ALBERTA
ALBERTA MAJOR LEAGUE
     
Calgary Jimmies
25
8
Calgary Giants
22
11
3.0
Edmonton Tigers
19
13
5.5
Lethbridge Lakers
14
18
10.5
Red Deer Elks
13
18
11.0
Edmonton Willows
7
25
17.5
Calgary Jimmies downed Edmonton Tigers in the playoff final to capture the league title. Interlocking schedule with NSBL.
1972 Game Reports
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MANITOBA
MANITOBA SENIOR LEAGUE
 
NORTH DIVISION    
Binscarth Orioles
16
4
Dauphin Redbirds
10
10
6.0
Virden Oilers
8
12
8.0
Hamiota Red Sox
7
13
9.0
SOUTH DIVISION
Minot Merchants
11
9
Brandon Cloverleafs
11
10
0.5
Riverside Canucks
10
11
1.5
Souris Cardinals
8
12
3.0
Brandon defeated Riversdie in a playoff for 2nd place in the South. Binscarth won the pennant and took the playoffs for its 1st league title.
1972 Binscarth Orioles     
     
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE

CYO, Frasers, Longshoremen, Merchants, North Vancouver

1972 was the final year of the storied circuit.
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ONTARIO    
INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE     
     
SOUTH DAKOTA    
BASIN LEAGUE    
Mobridge Lakers
26
22
Chamberlain Mallards
25
23
1.0
Pierre Cowboys
25
23
1.0
Rapid City Chiefs
23
25
3.0
Sturgis Titans
22
26
4.0
1972 Game Reports  
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No Playoffs.
       
       

 

 

Tom SallawayIt was fitting the North Battleford Beavers handed the ball to Tom Sallaway with the Northern Saskatchewan League final series tied at two games apiece. 

Sallaway had already won a league high eight games during the regular season and two more in the playoffs as the workhorse of the staff.  The right-hander from Vancouver Island proceeded to mow down the Unity Cardinals 5-3 and 10-0 as the Beavers won in six games to capture yet another championship.  Sallaway finished the season with a 12-3 mark over-all

As with most leagues this season, the statistics were either incomplete or not available.  Jim Shaw of Unity appears to have won the NSBL batting title with a .400 average, 11 points better than Hugh McIvor of North Battleford. Don McIntyre of the Beavers was credited with a league-leading ERA of 0.97.

1972 Devons programMoose Jaw Devons rode the arm and bat of 17-year-old California schoolboy Paul Nelson to win the pennant but ran into a hot Regina team to lose in the first round of the playoffs. In turn, Regina got upended by Swift Current for the Southern League championship.  Nelson, voted the most valuable player, went into pro ball for four seasons before returning to Moose Jaw and winning the batting crown in 1977. In 1972, the left-hander had a 10-3 record overall and was credited with a .325 average in incomplete batting statistics.

Terry BuckAnother California lefty, Terry Buck (left) pitching for Yorkton, was the leading hurler during the regular season with a 10-4 won-lost record.

Tim Alcantar of Pepperdine University playing for Saskatoon edged out local product Don McLeod for the batting title, .380 to .375.

Calgary Jimmies were the class of Alberta edging the Calgary Giants for the pennant then downing Edmonton Tigers in three straight games to win the playoff final.  Right-hander Bob Baird was a key factor in the Jimmies' triumph compiling a league best 8-1 record, along with a 1.56 earned run average. Rob Roy of Lethbridge was the batting champion finishing with a .377 average.

Cliff SeafootBinscarth Orioles finished with the best record (16-4) during the regular season and won the playoffs to claim the Manitoba Senior League championship.  Veteran Cliff Seafoot (right) of Riverside won the batting title with a .394 percentage while Bob Thompson, named the league's most valuable player, was the top hurler with a 7-2 won-lost record.

Bobby CuellarBasin League - A nice run for Chamberlain's Bobby Cuellar (Texas).  The right-hander had five strikeouts in a two inning relief role June 20th, then set a league strikeout mark June 22nd when he fanned 19 (giving up just an unearned run in a 1-0 loss).  Then on the 27th, Cuellar tossed a three-hit shutout, with 13 strikeouts. In 20 innings of work over three games, Cuellar had 37 strikeouts.

On July 1st  the Daily Plainsman (Huron, SD) reported Cuellar had an 0.90 ERA through his first 30 innings, Cuellar was the the Basin League's strikeout king and ERA champion in 1971.