Western Canada Baseball 1979
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SASKATCHEWAN MAJOR BASEBALL LEAGUE
Eston Ramblers
16
8
Saskatoon Patrick Liners *
15
8
0.5
Moose Jaw Devons
14
10
2.0
Regina Red Sox
11
13
5.0
Kindersley Royals
8
16
8.0
Unity Cardinals *
7
16
8.5
* One tie
Saskatoon defeated Regina in the playoff final to win their first SMBL title.
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ALBERTA
CALGARY BASEBALL LEAGUE
Cardinals, Con Mac Giants, Lakeside Caseys, Minchuk Broncos, Odeons, Spikes
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MANITOBA SENIOR LEAGUE
NORTH DIVISION      
Grandview Lakers
11
7
McAuley Blazers
10
8
1.0
Binscarth Orioles
9
9
2.0
Angusville Cardinals
6
12
5.0
Neepawa Cubs
5
13
6.0
 
SOUTH DIVISION
Hamiota Red Sox
15
4
Riverside Canucks
14
5
1.0
Virden Oilers
8
10
6.5
Brandon Cloverleafs
7
11
7.5
Souris Cardinals
6
12
8.5
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1979 Teulon Cardinals   
       
RED-BOINE LEAGUE
NORTH -
Elmwood Giants, Springfield Chiefs, St. Boniface Native sons, Teulon Cardinals
SOUTH
- Carman Goldeyes, Giroux Athletics, Portage Cougars, Sundown Hawks, Woodridge Blues
       
BRITISH COLUMBIA 
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Mark Fisher Mark Smith, one of Manitoba's all-time stars, led the Manitoba Senior League in just about every hitting category in 1979.

The talented outfielder won the Triple Crown, running away with the batting championship with a .513 average, 8 home runs and 28 runs batted in. He also tied for the lead in doubles and triples, and was tops in hits.

Smith, who started his senior baseball career as a lefty hurler with Riverside at age 15, played one season of professional ball in the Detroit Tigers organization. Over his 23 year career, Smith was an all-star in 17 seasons and twice the league's Most Valuable Player.

The 1979 season saw the accession of a new league to challenge the domination of the Manitoba Senior League as the best in the province. The Red-Boine League all-stars defeated the MSBL stars to repesent Manitoba in the national compeition.

The All-Time Manitoba All-Stars

In 2010, Bruce Pennon, writing in Brandon's Westman Journal, looked back at fifty years of baseball in the Manitoba Senior ranks.

Fifty years. Twenty-two communities with teams. Thousands of ball players.

So where does one start in picking an all-time all-star team? Many people would cringe at the thought, or back away slowly. Too many variables. Too many different eras. Oldtimers don’t know enough about the players of today; youngsters don’t know enough about yesteryear’s stars.

But the Lord hates a coward and this is only one man’s opinion, so like it or not, here are my all-time Manitoba Senior Baseball League all-star teams. Yes, teams. Stopping at one team was impossible. Yes, cowardice is a good description. (And because the MSBL annually chooses ‘utility’ players for its all-star teams, these squads will have two of them as well.)

First team

Catcher — Cliff Seafoot, Riverside
First base — Bill Carpenter, Souris.
Second base — Kerry Lowe, Hamiota.
Third base — Gene Cory, Riverside
Shortstop — Sam Jamieson, McAuley
Outfielders (3) — Mark Fisher, Riverside; Bob Wilson, Brandon; Mike Levandosky, Neepawa.
Pitchers (4) — Dick Limke, Souris; Shane Moffatt (many teams); Glennis Scott, Hamiota; Bob Thompson, Brandon.
Utility players (2) — Jamie Waddell-Hodgson, Brandon; Tony Kalechyn, Grandview.

Manager — Garth Seafoot, Riverside.
Coach — Neil Andrews, Brandon Marlins.

Second team

Catcher — Mike Labossiere, Virden/Hamiota.
First base — Tom Town, Brandon.
Second base — Dean McBride, Neepawa, Brandon.
Third base — Lynn Caldwell, Hamiota.
Shorstop — Jerry Shumanski, Dauphin.
Outfielders (3) — Gerry MacKay, Brandon; Dale Hunter, Riverside; Terry Lynd, McAuley/Moosomin.
Pitchers (4) — Bill Cundiff, St. Lazare; Grant Everard, Riverside; Ron Ramsey, Hamiota; Jim Deaver, Grandview.
Utility players (2) — Rick McFadyen, Brandon; Stan Furman, Souris.

Manager — Roy Cuthill, McAuley.
Coach — Al Robertson, Hamiota.

Yes, there are some obvious omissions.

I’d normally find a place for Irv Powers of Brandon on my coaching staff, and my pitching crew wouldn’t be hurt a bit by having Dave Rottman of Dauphin, Dan Kaupla of McAuley, Donato Salinas of Hamiota, Andy Boehm of Dauphin or Brian Hodgson of the Cloverleafs.

If I had a large enough roster, I’d squeeze a couple of Hamiota Smiths — Dallas and Mel — into a couple of outfield spots, and Binscarth’s Bob Paradine and Riverside’s Bob Williamson should always be considered for an outfield spot.

Around the infield, Lawson Davie of Neepawa and Denny Smith of Hamiota would be shortstops on almost any other all-star squad, and Doug Armour of Souris , Lloyd Brown of Brandon and Wes Rathwell of Riveside, along with Gord Hunter of Riverside, would be great on the right side of the infield.

How one leaves catchers the likes of Dale Lowes of McAuley, Jim Gailfus of Rolla and Don Smith of Hamiota off this team is beyond me, but numbers can be cruel sometimes.

And calling balls and strikes behind the plate? Has to be Ron Shewchuk, with Ab Richardson of Brandon waiting in the wings in case of an injury. They could call them — and miss them — with the best. (Westman Journal, June 23, 2010)