Western Canada Baseball 1973
1973 Stats  
1973 Rosters
1973 Tournaments
1973 Team Canada

     
SASKATCHEWAN
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
     
Swift Current Indians
15
8
31
Regina Red Sox
14
9
29
Moose Jaw Devons
13
10
27
Melville Millionaires
4
19
9
The point system was again in effect (two pts for a win, one pt for a tie). Each team had one tie. 1973 Game Reports    
1973 Photo Gallery
 

NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE
Saskatoon Commodores
21
9
Kindersley Klippers
16
13
4.5
North Battleford Beavers
16
14
5.0
Eston Ramblers
14
16
7.0
Unity Cardinals
4
19
13.5
Saskatoon defeated North Battleford in the playoff final to win the 1973 title
1973 Game Reports  
1973 Photo Gallery  
1973 Snapshots  

ALBERTA
ALBERTA MAJOR LEAGUE
Northern    
Red Deer Generals
14
11
Edmonton Tigers
12
12
1.5
Edmonton Blockers
7
17
6.5
 
Southern
Lethbridge Lakers
15
8
Calgary Giants
14
11
2.0
Calgary Jimmies
11
14
5.0
Calgary Giants captured the league title with a final playoff win over Red Deer   
1973 Game Reports
   
1973 Photo Gallery  

MANITOBA
MANITOBA SENIOR LEAGUE
EAST DIVISION    
Dauphin Redbirds
14
6
Riverside Canucks
13
7
1.0
Brandon Cloverleafs
10
10
4.0
Souris Cardinals
5
15
9.0
WEST DIVISION
Binscarth Orioles
14
6
Hamiota Red Sox
9
11
5.0
McAuley Blazers
8
12
6.0
Virden Oilers
7
13
7.0
Riverside captured the league championship, after Binscarth and Dauphin had tied for the pennant.
1973 Riverside Canucks 
1973 Team Manitoba
     
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER METRO LEAGUE

Budgets, Kamloops, Landmarks, North Van, Stylers
     
ONTARIO    
INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE    
     
SOUTH DAKOTA    
BASIN LEAGUE    
Sturgis Titans
29
19
Pierre Cowboys
26
22
3.0
Rapid City Chiefs
22
26
7.0
Chamberlain Mallards
19
29
10.0
1973 Game Reports     
1973 Photo Gallery   
1973 Snapshots
No playoffs.
       
ALASKA      
1973 Alaska Goldpanners 
       
       

 

1973 Tigers programLethbridge Lakers became the talk of Alberta baseball as the city went with an All-Canadian lineup after four disgruntled imports left Ron Taylorthe team in the first week of the season. 

The Lakers had brought in four players from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, but they quickly announced their unhappiness and headed for home. Manager Ron Taylor (above), the former Blue Jay, decided to go it with homebrews alone and they responded by winning the Southern Division pennant and the Alberta Senior championship. They represented the province in the Canadian senior championship in New Brunswick. 

Calgary Giants upset both Lethbridge and Red Deer to capture the title in the Alberta Major League and went on to represent the county at the National Baseball Congress championship at Wichita, Kansas. 

Import Irv Homs was named the league`s MVP and was the only unanimous choice for the all-star team.

Wayne CommodoreWayne Commodore (right) of Lethbridge put on quite a show.  The 26-year-old from Valmarie, Saskatchewan, near the U.S. border, had two spectacular days.  June 24th in a double-header against Red Deer, Commodore clouted three home runs, a triple and single while drawing three walks and adding a sacrifice fly.  He drove in a total of 12 runs. And July 26th, Commodore crushed four consecutive home runs and a double as Lethbridge whipped Calgary Jimmies 15-6 in semi-final action at the Lacombe Tournament. 

Not bad for an a kid from a tiny community who never played a game of minor ball and was introduced to the game by the Swift Current Indians in 1966.

The Alaska Goldpanners, fresh from victory at the National Baseball Congress tournament at Wichita, Kansas, captured the inaugural Kamloops International Tournament Monday with a 2-1 win over the host Kamloops Okonots in the tourney final.


Terry PuhlIn the fall of 1973, the Houston Astros announced the signing of 17-year-old Terry Puhl of Melville, Saskatchewan.

Puhl had been scouted extensively from the time he had led the Bantam (14 and 15 year old) Melville Lions to the Western Canada crown (there was no national playoff) in 1971.

Two years later, as a 17 year old hurler, he was again dominant as the Melville Elks triumphed to win the Canadian Midget (16 to 18 year old) championship. In both tournaments, Puhl was named the MVP.  Puhl was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.