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Update : 26 November, 2020

Red Star  Through the diligent sleuthing of Lou DeRosa and Rich Necker we present expanded coverage of baseball in the BC Interior in the 1960s and 1970s.

Among the updates, are details on games for the 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969 seasons of the Okanagan Mainline League, a key circuit in the BC Interior.

In 1962 we've added a note about East Kootenay Junior ball.

The 1965 game reports in the Interior include contests in the Can-Am League and the West Kootenay Junior League.

In 1966 we also present game reports for the Kootenay Senior League and the West Kootenay Junior circuit along with tournament reports for the Nelson, Penticton and Kamloops events.

The West Kootenay Junior League has the playoff game reports for 1967, along with team rosters and Lou has dug out the final statistics for the 1967 West Kootenay Senior circuit and details on the 1967 Kamloops Labour Day Tournament.  And there's coverage of the BC and Alberta Junior playoffs in 1968.

Statistics are also posted for the 1969 Okanagan Mainline League.

Lots of new photos too. The BC Snapshots of 1966 display additions, including one which puzzled us for awhile (with a lefty catcher) before realizing the paper had reversed the photo. The 1968 BC Snaps has one new photo featuring Reg Main.  The Alberta Snapshot page of 1966 adds a photo of Joe Ferguson, then of the Kindersley Klippers, en route to a career of more than a dozen years in the majors.

Gord StrongmanWe even slipped in a photo of Gord Strongman (left) for 1962 while he was still playing Babe Ruth ball in Victoria. In May of 1962, the 15-year-old Strongman tossed a dream game - a seven-inning no-hitter with 21 strikeouts !  He was two walks (the first two batters he faced) and a hit batsman away from a perfect game. His mound opponent, 13-year-old Doug Hannan allowed just one hit but four errors led to three runs as he lost 3-0.

Jerry ReimerThe 1963 BC Gallery adds Gordie Beecroft, 1965 Larry Roberge, Bryan Dubasov, Denny Larson 1967 Ray Fujikawa and Butch Deadmarsh1968 Bud Atkins, Dennis Ferrey and George Makortoff.   1969 BC includes another version of a Jerry Reimer (right) photo.

And the BC Photo Gallery of 1966 itself is adorned with more than a dozen new faces including Tex Anderson, Mushy Anselmo, Eddie Begg, Larry Brandt, Howie Brost, John Drysdale, Gary Duthie, Dave Fisher, Mickey Fitzpatrick. Ray Fujikawa, Morey Johnston, Larry Kissock, Barry McGillivray, Larry McKay, Dave Murphy, Bob Profili, Randy Rota, Butch Simpson.

Onto the 1970s and again we have game reports for the Okanagan Mainline League for 1970 and 1971 with the addition of the Quesnel Senior League in 1971 and Chris Swaine and Eddie Begg pictures in the 1970 BC Gallery and a Joe Watson and Dave Murphy photo to the 1971 BC Photo Gallery.  Details are now posted for the 1970 and 1971 Kamloops Labour Day Tournaments.

Roster pages from the late 1950s through the early 1970s have seen major updates.

Jesse OroscoThanks to Butch McLarty and Herb Morell out East we have additions to the Ontario Photo Gallery, especially 1957 with revised or new photos of Dale Creighton, Billy Dixon, Larry Dixon, Don Mayes, Rod McKay, Don McLennan, the Mendham twins, Dan and Dave, Les Thomas and Billy Zubyk.  In 1965, it's John Ambrose, 1967 Court Heinbuch, Bob McKillop and Ron Smith, and, in the new, 1977 Ontario Gallery, a future major league star (left) who started out with the Galt Terriers of the Intercounty League and fired a no-hitter - Jesse Orosco.

There's a new Ontario Snapshot page for 1967, with an initial post.

In Alberta, we've chased down the correct season for the team photo of the Beaverlodge Royals, the Wheatbelt League champions of ... 1956. We had originally filed this one away for the "1960s". The photo is from the South Peace Regional Archives and after a bit of research advised them of a slight name correction, Jesse LaFrone to Jesse LaGrone, an American airman with the USAF base in the area who suited up with the Royals.

We've slipped in an additional photo in the Basin League Gallery of 1963, Doug Pautz of Winner.

A couple of spelling corrections across the site - Count Heinbuch (Ontario Intercounty), Bob Davisson (Vernon Luckies), Len Cederholm (Rossland).. And, we lucked into information to combine three Al Hebert listings (from Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC) into one playing for Melville, Saskatoon, Rossland and Peace River.


19 November, 2020

Red Star   Gotta love this !

In the summer of 1971 our Rich Necker was at the helm of a team of 13-year-olds competing for the provincial Babe Ruth championship at Coquitlam.  The Trail team went through undefeated to capture the crown.  On the BC Snapshot page, there's a photo of Rich accepting an award for a preliminary event.

Lou DeRosaAnd, Lou DeRosa (left), who has been such an asset in tracking down information for our site and a former Necker colleague, was tossing 'em for the Rossland Capilanos of the West Kootenay Senior League in 1971.

Red Star    Our extensive 1971 update features new game reports from Alberta and the three regions of British Columbia, Vancouver, Victoria and the Island and the Interior (including stories on West Kootenay ball and a list of the All-Stars) along with the page for Tournaments & Exhibitions. The reports provided a source for a major update of the team rosters.

Barry SealJoe ZanussiRed Star    A photo of DeRosa, along with Gary Picone, Barry Seal (far left), Joe Zannusi (near left), Dennis Larson, Rick Brown, Don Szilagyi and some hard to find Okanagan League photos - Jeff Clark, Ed Folk, Ron Gerk, Rod Laitinen, Stubby McLean and Dave Murphy - highlight the entries to the 1971 BC Photo Gallery. And in the snapshots, there's a Rocky Cull action shot and one of the Rossland club rejoicing.

Red Star    There are photo additions for Alberta (Al McKee, Rick Grant, Tony Bonagofsky, Mel Korte, Clint Fyustro and Leo Gauthier), and one addition to the Alberta Snapshots, a newspaper action photo which includes Don Maxwell and Cliff Ballou of the Red Deer Elks.

Frank BruelsRick CruiseRed Star   There's lots to like about the latest additions for 1971 Manitoba baseball. Game reports for the Manitoba Senior League, East & West Divisions along with accompanying rosters for those circuits plus a half dozen others. The Manitoba Photo Gallery is enhanced with nearly a dozen new individual pictures, including  - Frank Bruels (left), Don Werlinger, Bill Cook, Rick Cruise (right), Dave Bender, Bill Chapple, Ron Funk, Don Hunter, Brian Moffat and Les Lisowski. And there's Brock McConachy in the Manitoba Gallery and Snapshots.

Speaking of Lisowski, on the Snapshot Page we've added the story from the USA on his no-hitter for the University of Arizona in 1971 and the photo of his signing a pro contract with the Expos. A third addition is a photo of Ellis Woods of the Hamiota Red Sox.

And, there are some updates to the Tournament Page with stories on the Manitoba Senior Tournament, the Canadian Senior Championship and the annual Birtle Tournament in Manitoba.


16 November, 2020

Red Star   Is it the 1970s already ? 

Canadian lefties

Prairie left-handers were making quite an impression in college ball in the United States. Les Lisowski of Winnipeg (above right) , recruited by the University of Arizona at Tucson, fired a no-hitter on March 22nd, 1971 as the Wildcats blanked Northern Colorado 5-0. Lisowski, who had pitched just six innings before getting the start, struck out 16 and walked three in facing just 30 batters.

Southpaw Les Ohrn of Dapp, Alberta (above left) won a scholarship to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) and quickly moved right into the starting rotation as a freshman. On May 9, 1971, he fired a no-hitter against Cal Poly Pomona, winning 1-0 with a run in the top of the ninth. Ohrn walked five, but three of the base runners where thrown out by catcher Robin Bagget. With a 2.24 ERA, Ohrn still holds the second best ERA mark in Mustang history.

Red Star    There's lots to delve into in our expanded coverage of 1970s baseball on the prairies.

The Manitoba Photo Gallery, 1970 adds in Bob Neufeld, Herb Andres and Blaine Stoughton.

Alberta - Les Ohrn, Pete Czuy, Mel Korte, Don Tiffin.

1970 game reports for the Manitoba Senior League, both West and East Divisions.

The 1970 stats page has the addition of the Steinbach, Manitoba, hitters and pitchers. (And, in a flip back to 1968 we've added in the roster for Steinbach, Manitoba, Millers for that season.)

There are a few reports for the Interior's 1970 Okanagan Mainline League.

The new Alberta, game reports, focus on the Alberta playoffs and Lethbridge.

The 1970 Tournament page now includes the events at Birtle, the Manitoba Senior Championships and the Souris Tournament.

Red Star    In the 1970 Seine River League of Manitoba, the Woodridge Braves were a power, winning the league championship four consecutive years. The Giroux Athletics were the runners-up.

We managed to find a couple of action photos for the Manitoba Snapshot page one which included both Roy Seidler and Don Belisle of the Seine circuit. Seidler, who played for 38 seasons over four decades compiled an impressive career, winning a spot in the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Seidler and Belisle are now also included in the Gallery.


 17 October, 2020

Red Star    Before moving on to our 1969 updates, let me make note of some additions from a slightly earlier period the mid to late 1960s, mainly concerning baseball in British Columbia as Lou DeRosa has been going through old newspaper editions of Kootenay papers.

Keith HealeyLarry KissockThe 1965 BC Photo Gallery now sports individual photos of Jack Ling, Steve Gustafson, Gary Morris, Keith Healey (left), Larry Kissock (right) Jim Alton, Jack Fowles, Derek McGillivray, Dale Cassell, Gord Beecroft, Don Holmes, Ed Legare and Billy Martin.

The 1965 BC Snapshots now include four new photos all from the southern BC region featuring players from Trail and Rossland.

Then in 1966, we've added to the BC Gallery with Al Doherty and Billy Martin.

There are adds to 1967 ball in the East Kootenay League, including team photos of the Kimberley Angels and Kimberley Tempests. There's even a photo of long-time Kimberley star and manager Dave McLay in the BC Photo Gallery along with Keith Healey

And, for 1968 we offer some reports on junior baseball in Alberta and the West Kootenay area of BC. In addition there are additions to the 1968 BC Photo Gallery (Al Doherty, Don Mainland and Al DeCecco) and the Alberta Gallery (Bob Trembecky and Malcolm Lynn).

Red Star     Moving on to 1969, Rich Necker has provided game reports for Manitoba ball, including the two divisions of the Manitoba Senior League.  There's also some addition reports for games in Alberta.

The 1969 Tournament page gets some updates for tourneys in Manitoba and the rosters show significant additions.

We've even found some statistics for the East Division of the Manitoba Senior League (check out those ERAs) !

1969 Manitoba Photo Gallery adds pictures of Marv Hollander, Ron Funk, Brian Reimer, Bob Fitchner, Rick Hefford, Les Lisowski, Ron Low and Bill McNamee

1969 Snapshot Page now includes a photo featuring pitcher Ron Funk with Wally Rempel and Dennis Guenther of the Steinbach Millers-and one of a Bill Chapple game-winning hit.

Vince RucoboRed Star    The 1969 Saskatchewan Photo Gallery has a new photo of pitching star Vince Rucobo (right).

Red Star    1969 Alberta baseball gets some coverage with some snapshots which include Hy Lewis, Rick Horb and Al Twa.

The team photo of the Brandon Cloverleafs also is an addition to the 1969 Manitoba material.

Red Star    In the middle of the coverage on the 1969 Tournament Page we've added game reports on the Alberta championship series.


13, October, 2020

Red Star   This is a treat !  Herb Morell, the statistician for the Intercounty League of Southern Ontario, has been in touch and provided some key material to help us with our Ontario rosters. Herb has provided an Intercouny League player list from 1958 to 1972 which we've begun to incorporate into our Ontario player list. This will take a lot of time, but what a treasure.

And, he's spotted a few rosters which needed some work, such as the 1970 Ontario team roster for the Canadian Senior Baseball Championship.

We got all the rosters from the event program but Herb first noted it wasn't the Peterborough Seniors who represented Ontario but the Kitchener Panthers, then there were some corrections needed including :

Bietz Ed Coach - Beitz Ed Coach,
Dewalde Roger - Dewaele Roger
Hiebien Hugh - Heibein Hugh
Hienduck Court - Heinbuch Court
Lambreth Doug - Landreth Doug
Peraren Brian - Pearen Brian
Senlin Wayne - Fenlon Wayne

Thank you so much Herb and welcome aboard !

Bob MabeeRed Star   This photo saved us from total disappointment.

Right-hander Bob Mabee pitched in the Victoria Senior League for a dozen years into the 1970s. You'd think the local paper would at least have a few photos of the player. Our search of the Victoria papers turned up none. Not one.

We are fairly certain he's in this team photo of the 1970 Victoria Centennials the Canadian Senior champions, but as yet have been unable to identify the individual players.

Well, not until 2012 when at age 66, he took to the mound as his Victoria Eagles Junior team took on the Victoria Maverick Senior team in an exhibition contest. It was 50 years, almost to the day, when Mabee, as a 16-year-old, first pitched in senior ball for the Victoria Eagles of the day. He managed to get through an inning allowing one run. Still, it's the lone baseball photo of Mabee we've been able to find.

Soddy GroatRed Star  Well Max, if you'd told me about this a few years ago you could have saved me from a week or two of frustration in trying to track down a photo of Clarence M. "Soddy" Groat.

That's Max Weder, with an enormous collection of baseball and hockey (and maybe other sports) memorabilia. He's been a great friend of our little operation over the years and has recently posted another of his acquisitions, a program of the 1954 Galt Terriers of the Ontario Intercounty League. In it is a photo of Groat, who played with St. Thomas and Galt in the circuit. When I first learned of the Groat story I spend many fruitless days trying to find a picture, any photo, of him in baseball gear. I finally did find a couple but it was challenging.

Groat was a star Canadian athlete ((football, lacrosse, baseball) a Mohawk from the Six Nations Reserve at Brantford, Ontario. Soddy, whose family moved to Buffalo when he was seven, excelled in sports in high school in Buffalo and went on to star in pro baseball, including a stint in the the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system where his roommate was Gil Hodges (Soddy named his son Gil, after Hodges). 

His pro career was interrupted by distinguished military service in Europe during the Second World War. Groat was a decorated soldier being awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and a Silver Star. After the war, he suited up in the Intercounty League and in the Basin League in South Dakota.

Red Star   Just before we get to the next year (1968) of our chronological updates, some additions to earlier years thanks again to former Kootenay hurler and current researcher Lou DeRosa and, of course, our Rich Necker.

They've dug up a ton of material on baseball in BC and elsewhere in the West, reflected on 26 different pages.

Harvey HandleyFor 1961 it's some game reports for the Okanagan Mainline League along with a few statistics and some individual photos for the BC Gallery - Harvey Handley (right), Garry Morris, Pinoke McIntyre, George McIntyre, Owen Mailey, Primo Secco and Bob Seaman all of Trail and Jim Moro of the Vernon Carlings.

Red Star    The material also includes details on the 1961 Kamloops Labour Day Tournament and the start of a report and rosters on West Kootenay Junior baseball.

Red Star    For the 1962 season, Lou has sent along the beginnings of coverage of West Kootenay Junior Baseball, including rosters.

Red Star    For the 1963 season, we are really pleased to present game reports for it appears to be the entire season for the Okanagan Mainline League. We have some statistics, unfortunately only for the Kamloops Lelands, but both hitting and pitching.  Two major 1963 tournaments are also included in this update, the Kamloops Labour Day Tourney and the BC Senior Tournament. The BC Photo Gallery has a couple of new faces, Barry Elson, Jack Fowles, both of the Kamloops Lelands ..

Red Star    The 1964 additions include game reports for the Okanagan Mainline League, and standings of the North Okanagan League along with rosters and Tournament reports on the Annual Kamloops Labour Day event and the BC Senior Championships.

Red Star    A treat to add to our 1967 coverage, a reunion photo (2018) from the Brandon Sun of the 1967 Brandon Parklane Juniors who won the Canadian junior championship.  We've also posted details of the championship on our Tournament page.  The reunion story in the paper helped us to correct a couple of spellings as well and they are reflected on the roster page. 

Also for 1967, statistics for the Winnipeg Metro League (AKA Manitoba Senior League East Division). Not a lot of detail but at least we know the batting and pitching leaders.

Red Star  On to 1968 - we have a couple of 1968 photo additions, Bob Burrows (both in the 1968 BC Gallery and Snapshots), Roger Dejordy, Don Darling and Don Maxwell in the Alberta Gallery. 

Also a couple of additions to the Alberta Snapshots with photos of Mel Meyers, Tom Longmore and Joey Fletcher.

Brian ReimderRed Star   The 1968 Manitoba Gallery now includes Marv Hollander and Brian Reimer (right) of the Steinbach Millers while we have also posted the team photo of the 1968 league champion Steinbach Millers.

Red Star   And, to slip in one "future" item, the team photo of the 1972 San Mateo College Bulldogs who toured Western Canada playing in exhibitions and tournaments.

John NoceJohn Noce (left), who coached the team (and had earlier played in Medicine Hat in the early 1950s and the Provincial League in Quebec) has been in touch to send along details especially of the team's victory in the 1972 Barrhead, Alberta, Tournament.

We had originally posted that Calgary had won the event. But it was the California college kids who whipped Calgary Jimmies 11-2 in the final to take first money.

Noce coached at San Mateo for more than 30 years, 1962 to 1995, and was inducted into the San Mateo County Hall of Fame in 1992, the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993, the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994, the Peninsula Basketball Officials Hall of Fame in 1996 and the College of San Mateo Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.


11, October, 2020

Red Star   Ah, the Sixties ! 

Local ball in 1967 remained strong in parts of the prairies with Manitoba a key spot. Rich Necker has compiled Manitoba game reports on the two divisions of the Manitoba Senior League, the Neepawa & District League and the South-Central League.

The  Manitoba photos feature in the main some of the junior players of the day - Ken Lowry, Myron Zbyradowski, Terry Owens, Garry Sloik, Dave Addison, Allen Carlisle, Garry Bowles, Jim Silver, Dave Saulnier

And, still on the junior ball theme, a team photo of the Canadian Junior champions, the Brandon Parklane Juniors   

Art WorthRed Star   For the far west, again, the Victoria Senior League is well documented with game reports. Art Worth (left), who started his career in 1944 in the Victoria League was still going strong in the 1967 season, his 23rd season.  The 38-year-old who still took a turn on the mound, led his team, the Transport Workers, to another league championship.

There are a couple of additions to the BC Photo Gallery - George Brice, Wyatt Dreger and Worth.

Red Star   The Alberta report includes some bits and pieces on the Oilfield League, Sunburst League, Southern Alberta Intermediate League, Central Alberta League, some notes on Junior ball and the Intermediate "A" playoffs.  We've added a photo of pitcher Rick Horb in the Alberta Photo Gallery and one of Julie Owchar in the Snapshot section.

Red Star   The roster page, of course, gets a big update with all the new game reports and the Tournament page now includes the events at Birtle, Manitoba and the Kamloops, BC, Labour Day Tournament


04, October, 2020

Red Star    Some tidbits here and there to be noted before we forget what we've done !

Emerson Buck EatonRed Star    We go all the way back to 1923 to add in the photo of Charles Stevenson to the BC Photo Gallery.

In the 1931 Alberta Gallery it's Emerson "Buck" Eaton (left). 

 For good measure there's also statistics for the 1931 Edmonton City Senior League where a catcher by the name of Joe Onions captured the batting crown.

Red Star   By some fluke I surfed into copies of the Kelowna newspaper from the 1930s and 1940s. There's not much for baseball during these war years, but a few game reports -- 1941, 1942, 1943 - have been added for teams in the Okanagan region of BC. So far there is no indication of a real league, but just exhibition games involving teams in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops   The roster pages for those three years show the players we've been able to identify.

Red Star    In Ontario, we've added a photo of the 1945 London Majors, the Intercounty champions. The 1945 home page includes a small photo of the London program. And the Ontario Photo Gallery of 1936 adds a photo of Alf White of London.

Red Star    A few new/revised individual photos added - 1948 Joe Bechard of London Majors, 1950 Zoonie McLean Minot Mallards and 1962 Joe Weremy of the Peace River Stampeders.


29 September, 2020

Rollie Miles Red Star    Moving along to 1966, our additional coverage includes game reports for Alberta especially the Edmonton Metropolitan League (which played an interlocking schedule with teams from Calgary). Football star Rollie Miles led his Edmonton squad to the league championship.

There's also bits and pieces on the Wheatbelt League and others. Of course, updated rosters are posted as well.

Red Star    In British Columbia, a no-hitter by 17-year-old John Knowles was a highlight of the Victoria Senior Amateur League. The youngster fanned 26. It's among the game reports now posted.  And, there's the beginning of game reports for the Okanagan Mainline League.

One small addition to the Tournament page, the Nelson event.

Bob BurrowsRed Star    Bob Burrows (right) of Victoria is among the new photos in the BC Photo Gallery. Burrows was an outstanding high school athlete in Victoria, winning a basketball scholarship to Spokane Junior College. In the 1966 Washington State championship he hit .600 drove in 10 runs and belted two homers and was named to the All-State team and was selected as tournament Most Valuable Player. He came back home to suit up with Greave’s Movers. Also featured in the BC Gallery -  Reg Main, Paul Bazeley, Barry Elson, Wyatt Dreger, Larry McKinty, John Knowles and Al Hurst.

The BC Snapshot page has a photo of veteran Art Worth, at 37, still one of the top hurlers & hitters in the league and we've added in an item on Jim Terbasket.


25 September, 2020

Red Star    Too bad we missed this one. The 2018 baseball reunion in Kimberley. Rich Necker pointed us to this photo from the event showing former Dynamo catcher Tony Brummet with old teammate, pitcher Ike Bodin (Al Patterson photo).

Brummet, some might remember was a provincial politician in British Columbia for a dozen years, until 1991.

He served as a cabinet minister in three portfolios including prominent positions as Minister of the Environment and Minister of Education.

Al Boomer AdairThat brings to mind our old friend and one-time workmate Al "Boomer" Adair from Peace River, Alberta.

Adair was an Alberta Member of the Legislature for 22 years, including stints in the cabinet as Minister of Recreation and Parks, Consumer Affairs and Transportation. Before Adair got into politics he did some sports announcing on CKYL Radio in Peace River, among other things after a career in baseball with the Peace River Stampeders.

Allan WachowichClarence YanosikYou likely recall our notes about Allan Wachowich (far right) former Chief Justice of Alberta, who was the former bat boy for the Edmonton Eskimos. And the late Clarence Yanosik (near right), a fixture with the Lethbridge baseball teams of the 1940s and 1950s, who advanced through the judicial system in Alberta to sit as a justice of the Alberta Court of Appeal and deputy judge of the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory.

Just a couple of the success stories in politics and the law.


21 September, 2020

Red Star    Rich Necker keeps us on our toes with more detail flowing in on baseball in 1965.

Our updates would not be complete without some new photo evidence. Among the additions to the Manitoba Photo Gallery are Bill Gray, Bill Chapple, Marv Robinson, Don Hunter, Claude Lambert and Neil Andrews,

New in the Alberta Gallery are Jack Crockett, Chuck Moser and Norm Casault.

And, in the BC Gallery - Barry Harvey, Barry Elson, Sandy McLellan, Ian Dixon, George Fuller and George Hemming.  While it is more pronounced in the 1963 BC Gallery, again you'll note the peculiar editing of photos in the BC papers where they didn't seem to like having ears showing !  For whatever reasons, so many of their individual photos show faces without full ears.  

For the Basin League of South Dakota/Nebraska we add a few new faces in the Photo Gallery - Rusty Adkins, Lou Camilli and Carl Schreine

Red Star    The Snapshot pages also show some additions - there's one with Barry Harvey and George Fuller in the BC Snaps, Dennis Churchill in the Alberta Snapshots and Chris Riddell and Claude Lambert on the Manitoba page.

Red Star    And, we have a couple of 1964 leftovers - while it's not a very good image, we have the picture of Charlie Welbourne and John Haar of the Burnaby O'Keefe's after winning the 1964 Kamloops Labour Day Weekend Tournament for which we have some details.  In addition there's some additional information in the game reports for the Okanagan Mainline League.


 19 September, 2020

Red Star    Before we take a look at the updates for 1965, just a reminder about the year from our timeline.

For residents of Ontario, New York, New Jersey and some neighbouring states, 1965 would be well remembered as the year of the Great Northeastern Blackout.  On November 9th, at rush hour, 30-million people were affected Joe Namathwith the loss of power for up to 12 hours. Sparked by the arrest of a black motorist, riots broke out in the Watts section of Los Angeles. Six days of rioting resulted in 34 deaths, more than 1,000 injured, and hundreds of buildings damaged or destroyed. Malcolm X  was assassinated by rival National of Islam members while addressing his congregation in Harlem. Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones climbed to number one on the music charts.  Bob Dylan caused a sensation at the Newport Folk Festival by "going electric".  One of Toronto's most distinctive landmarks, City Hall, was officially opened. New York Jets signed quarterback Joe Namath.  16-year-old Peggy Fleming won the U.S. ladies figure skating title. The first U.S. combat forces, 3.500 Marines, arrived in Vietnam.  Morley Safer of CBS Astrodomereported the U.S. as losing the war. Baseball went indoors. In the first game in Houston's Astrodome, Houston beat the Yankees 2-1 in exhibition play as Mickey Mantle hit the first indoor homer. Jack Nicklaus won the Masters.  Sonny and Cher made their first television appearance.  The Rolling Stones' Satisfaction climbed to number one on the charts. Sandy Koufax pitched his fourth no-hitter, this one a perfect game. A new Disney theme park was announced for the Orlando, Florida area.  Designer Mary Quant popularized the mini-skirt. Ralph Nader's book Unsafe at Any Speed was published and creates quite a stir. In California's Central Valley, workers walked out at 33 grape ranches in the Delano area and were joined by members of the National Farm Workers Association under César Chávez. The strike and a boycott of table grapes went on for five years but finally resulted in a contract with the major grape growers in the state.  The Oscar for best movie went to The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews.

Oscar WalkerRed Star    Our 1965 roundup beings with game reports from Manitoba, including the Manitoba Senior League, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Senior League, South-Central League and others.

Import Oscar Walker (right) had quite the season in leading St. Lazare to the Manitoba Senior title.

Red Star    Lots of baseball in Alberta as we provide coverage of the Edmonton Metropolitan League, the Wheatbelt League, the Big Four, Rosebud and Oilfield Leagues, the Sunburst and Southern Irrigation Leagues and the Southern Junior League.

George HemmingRed Star    In British Columbia, our main focus is on ball on the Island, specifically the Victoria Senior Amateur League.

Of note is George Hemming (left), a local hurler, back from a try in pro ball to rack up 25 strikeouts in a nine inning game.

Red Star    The 1965 Tournament page has some additions to cover tourneys in Courtenay, Victoria, Chemainus, Birtle, Manitoba and the Canadian Junior Championships.  Of course, the roster page now includes a bunch more players.

Red Star    And, we managed to find some statistics (albeit with some questions) for the 1965 Victoria Senior loop with Tom Moore as the top swatsmith and Les Brice the ace on the hill. . We've also managed to find some statistics for the 1965 Basin League as Ted Bashore of Rapid City Chiefs was the batting champ and Don Cook of Sturgis, the ERA leader. 


12 September, 2020

Red Star    More thanks to Lou DeRosa. 

Mel JohnsonThrough Lou our Rich Necker has been reconnected with former workmate Mel Johnson (right), who suited up for baseball in the old East Kootenay Baseball League.  Mel has been kinda enough to allow us to scan through old scrapbooks to dig out material from baseball in the late 1950s.

Among the finds are team photos from 1957 (a second photo of the 1957 Kimberley Hobos) and 1959, the Kimberley Cougars

The Kimberley Sorenson's Hobos won the Kootenay baseball championship in 1957 defeating Trail in a best of three final. The game reports are included in the BC Interior game reports.

Subsequently, we've added and updated East Kootenay game reports from 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1964.  (The '64 report is for the Can-Am International League which included Kimberley, Nelson, Trail and Cranbrook.)

Those reports also led to the expansion of the roster pages for 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1964 as well as add to the Tournament pages (covering tourneys in Fernie, Creston, Kimberley and Invermere) of  1958, 1961, 1962 and 1963

Then there's a few photos too, both from the Johnson scrapbook and Lou's research.

In the BC Photo Galleries, in 1956 there's Bruno DeRosa and Gerry Fabbro, in 1957 it's a picture of Kimberley teenager Mel Johnson, in 1960 we've added a revised photo of Tony DeRosa, then in 1961 it's Lefty Gould and Bob Profili.

The 1961 Snapshot page has three new additions featuring Jim Putsey, Moose Ronquist. Art King, John Kosiancic and Harvey Nash from which we've extracted individual shots for the 1961 BC Photo Gallery which now includes those Kimberley players and for 1964 there's a Snapshot of Kimberley's Mel Johnson.


10 September, 2020

Red Star    Lou DeRosa sends along some interesting bits and pieces, including some possible explanations for the "Mystery" nickname for Bill DiPasquale of Trail and Rossland baseball of the 1920s and 1930s. Lou called upon an old classmate Don DiPasquale, son of “Mystery. for the answer :

Dad's name was Gugliemo (William) in English There are two versions of how my dad received his nickname..... Dad was standing by the road to Central School by himself and a group of other boys, Hank and Fred Lauriente, Tony Tonelli, Steve Matovich Gisto Decembrini, Happy Tognotti and a few more when Hank Lauriente asked out loud "who's the new kid?" and someone commented "don't know he's a mystery to me!" The other version is he went to see a movie 6 times entitled "Sweet Mystery of Life"! Way before my time so I cannot decide which version is correct

Lou also dug up some material written by Kevin O'Connell a catcher for Penticton in the early 1950s when the star hurler on the team was future major leaguer Ted Bowsfield. We've added the stories on our "I Remember" page.

From the Ymir, BC, Herald of July 2, 1904 Lou sent along a clipping :

A base ball match which afforded considerable entertainment to a large crowd of spectators, was played on Sunday afternoon between the regular Ymir base ball team and a team made up of base ball enthusiasts around town. The game resulted in a defeat for the regular team by a score of 27-26, but it is only fair to the team to say that a number of the regular team played with the "scrubs."

And Lou has received confirmation from Gonzaga University that five members of the 1926 Rossland, BC, team were students and baseball players at the Washington State school - William Costello (Freshman), John Hunton (Senior), Paul Teters (Freshman), Herb Rotchford (Junior) and Leo Burke (Sophomore). Their names have been added to the Gonzaga list in our College section.


 06 September, 2020

Red Star   Tom Hawthorn has a great piece in the on-line paper, The Tyee on 1920s ball in Vancouver, especially the integrated International Longshoremen's team in the Vancouver City League.

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He digs out exquisite detail on three of the stars of the team - Ab Mortimer, Eddie Nahanee and Jumbo Nahu.

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05 September, 2020

Red Star   There's more from the scrapbooks of the Ralph Mabee collection, thanks to daughter Kim Mabee.

Bill RaehseDelph RegelskyRoy WeatherlyRed Star    We have three pretty good quality photo additions to the 1956 Mandak League gallery - left to right, Bill Raehse, Dolph Regelsky and Roy Weatherly, all key members of the Williston Oilers. The 1957 Gallery has a new photo of Saskatoon star pitcher Jim Stevens.

Red Star    And, we haven't neglected the Snapshot pages! 

The 1950 page adds a newspaper photo of a familiar sight - Doug Bentley of Delisle trotting home to score another for the Gems. For 1951, it's a photo of North Battleford's Andy Swota receiving the MVP trophy for the Northern Saskatchewan League. In 1952, it's Max Bentley with a group of younger players including Len Breckner, Colonsay, Ron Curby, last year with Redding, California, Vic Freiheit, last year with Rena, Nevada, and Doug Dodd, formerly with the North Battleford Beavers.

There are four new photos in the 1953 Snapshots - a photo of the team executives, including Ralph Mabee, as they planned an interlocking schedule between the Western Canada League and the Mandak circuit, a photo of John Dean, new catcher for Saskatoon Gems, a newspaper photo of Saskatoon's Cuban imports with their first taste of snow and Bennie Griggs shown in his U.S. Army gear from his stint in Korea and in his Saskatoon Gems' uniform.

The 1955 Snapshots adds a photo of the Western Canada League execs, including Mabee and Lloydminster's Slim Thorpe, planning for the new season, along with a newspaper shot of Mabee and North Battleford's Kenny Nelson before the season opening game, and a picture of Jim Shirley, the Saskatoon catcher, making a thank you speech at Jim Shirley Night at Cairns Field. We had previously posted a photo here of Mabee, ace pitcher Don Kirk and hit machine Cliff Pemberton.

The 1956 Snaps has a photo of Lloydminster president Slim Thorpe, Roy Weatherly, former major leaguer, and Father Athol Murray, Notre Dame College, Wilcox, Saskatchewan from the annual baseball dinner to raise funds for the coming season. 

Red Star    The Mabee scrapbooks have provided additional information for the 1956 and 1957 game reports and we've included a bit on the team finances on the 1957 home page.


28 August, 2020

Red Star   My heart sank when I saw the subject line of the email from Greg Seastrom. It said simply "Jack Altman."   And, I knew.

I had an inkling of something wrong just two days ago and had made a mental note to give Jack a call to check in.

Greg's note advised that Jack had died July 31st at his home in Ashland, Oregon. He was 85. Jack and Greg were lifelong friends since growing up in Hawaii and moving to California for school and baseball.

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It seems as if it were just yesterday that Jack and Beverley made the track up to BC and stopped in to visit. But, it turns out, it was seven years ago.

Jack was a major force in the expansion of our little web site from the Saskatchewan roots of the project as he had come up from California to play in Granum and Lethbridge, Alberta, in the 1950s and kept detailed notes of his seasons in Canada. He helped to gather information on the Alberta leagues and in general with access to his many sources of baseball information.

Jack and I had great fun when I asked for all the details of his 1954 season (when Jack was 19) as I wanted to do a "Portrait of a Young Arm".  I was fascinated by the workload (turned out to be 365 1/3 innings pitching for seven different teams over a ten month period) at a time when major league teams were expressing deep concern over the innings put in by young pitchers.

Jack Altman was a thoughtful, peaceful man, always energized just by the thought of a game of catch with old friends. While the landscape is poorer without Jack among us, our lives are richer for having known him.


26 August, 2020

Red Star   And a few more additions to our 1964 coverage thanks to Lou DeRosa of Trail who is such a good friend of our project.

Lou has dug up a some photos of members of the 1964 Trail Smoke Eaters - Mushy Anselmo, Keith Healey, Wayne Magee and Don McLeod.  Along with the photos, we've also added a few game reports for the Okanagan Mainline League.

Red Star   Also, the 1964 BC Gallery includes Pete Leiman of Cranbrook and Mike Laughton who played with Nelson.

Red Star   Butch McLarty, the baseball historian from London, Ontario, has provided some programs from the InterCounty League of Southern Ontario, from which we've managed to extract a bunch of individual photos.

Tommy WhiteRuss EvonRed Star   From 1948, the Ontario Gallery includes Tommy White (left) , Russ Evon (right) and Jack Fairs of the London Majors.

From the 1952 London program we've managed to dig out some individual photos of players of the London Majors - Joe Bechard, Bob Bloxom, Cam Church, Don Cooper, Russ Evon, Jack Fairs, Len Johnson, Ken McFadden, Gord McMackon, Bobby Rose, Clare Van Horne and Tommy White.

In addition we've updated the 1963 photo of Stan "Gabby" Anderson with a better quality version and added in the 1974 picture of former 30-game winner Denny McLain when he suited up one year with London.


 23 August, 2020

Red Star   Returning to 1964, we pick up with lots of photos.

Red Star   In the BC Snapshots there are four new additions, including pics of Steve Cohen, Gary McCloy, Mike Hodge, Barry Harvey, Brian McKenzie, Bruce McKenzie and Ted Bowyer.

The Alberta Snapshot page has a neat photo of award winners Owen Mailey and Les Wiberg and an action shot which includes Mailey.

Red Star   The 1964 Alberta Photo Gallery now shows, among others,Tony Geisinger, Bob Senger, Ken Holcomb, Pius “Zeke” Ziebart all of the Medicine Hat Royals; Doug Marquardt, Owen Mailey, Dale Gaume, Ron Baryluk and Doug Murray of the Red Deer Eskimos, plus Les Wiberg of Innisfail.

Red Star  The 1964 season in Manitoba gets some additions to the Photo Gallery with Carl Cunningham and Bill Gray of the Brandon Canucks; Ray Brunel, Gerry Brisson and Ray Gariepy of Winnipeg Precious Blood; Howie Hughes and Don Bamburak of the Transcona Atomics; Cliff Pennington and Terry Braunstein of Carman Cubs; Laurie Langrell, Balmoral Orioles; and Bob Hunter who suited up with both Transcona and Carman.

Red Star    And, in BC, 1964, the Photo Gallery now shows Dave Cutler (also a Canadian Football League star), Jim Moody and Bob Holness of Victoria Independents; Herb Wetherall and Larry Montgomery of Victoria Greave’s Movers; Barry Harvey of Victoria Transport Workers; Bill MacAdams, Vancouver C.Y.O. and Joe Patterson of Victoria McLaren Construction.


 14 August, 2020

Red Star  Moving on to 1964, Rich Necker impresses even more with detailed game reports for a variety of leagues across the prairies and even into Northern Ontario.

In Alberta, the season is covered in detail for the Edmonton Metropolitan League and the Big Four League with snippets as well for Rosebud League, Wheatbelt League, North Peace, Sunburst, Oilfield, Southern Irrigation, Foothills, Central Alberta, Bow Valley, Eastern Alberta along with Intermediate ball and provincial playoffs. Whew.

The one new team photo is from Alberta, it's the 1964 Red Deer Eskimos, the champions of the Rosebud League.

The Manitoba game reports include the Manitoba Senior League, the Winnipeg Metro Senior League, the South-Central League, Northwestern League and Neepawa and District League.

Happy to locate some statistics for the 1964 Winnipeg Metro League which produced some eye-popping numbers both for hitters and pitchers.

For the Lower Mainland of BC, the game reports include the Vancouver Industrial League, Pacific International League and provincial playoffs.

The Victoria Senior Amateur League is the major circuit covered for Vancouver Island, but there's also the Mid-Island League.

For the BC Interior, just a single new report, but a game in which a pitcher lost a no-hitter in the bottom of the ninth because he lost the ball in his baseball pants.

In Ontario, we' added a bit on the Lakehead Senior League.

Of course, the roster page is updated with all the new players.

Red Star   The 1964 tournament page now includes the tourneys from Victoria, the BC Senior event, Birtle and Neepawa in Manitoba and one in Kenora, Ontario.


 07 August, 2020

Provincial LeagueRed Star  So pleased to see Christian Trudeau's web site on the Quebec Provincial League of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. 

It is a very welcome addition to the history of Canadian baseball and we are especially pleased with the English translations.

The Provincial League of Quebec featured a host of former Negro Leaguers and some college kids many of whom also spent time on the prairies.

In French & English - Histoire de la ligue provinciale de baseball


 06 August, 2020

Red Star   More from the Ralph Mabee scrapbooks, thanks to daughter Kim Mabee

Red Star    Programs of the Saskatoon Gems, which included some lineups, have enabled us to post some additional information on the roster pages - uniform numbers and positions for some of the teams - for 19511952195319541955,  1956 and 1957

Sergio MartinezBob SingletonRed Star    The Western Canada Photo Galleries have been enhanced by the addition of photos of Jack Hannah, Reg Bentley, Don Hinchberger, Chris Makras, John Dean, Acie Griggs, Sergio Martinez (left), Reg Pendleton, Sylvester Snead, Del St. John, Roland Garcia, Ernie Koroluk, Cliff Pemberton, Bob Singleton (right), Charlie Neal, Jackie McLeod, Ed Garay, Joe Kretschmar, Eddie Tanner, Ron Perranoski and Denny Evenson 1951195219531954195519561957

The Saskatchewan Photo Gallery of 1952 adds Metro Prystai.


 02 August, 2020

Red Star    To continue the 1963 updates, we now have some additional game reports for the BC Interior both for the Okanagan Mainline League and the Spokane International Twilight League of which Trail Smoke Eaters were a member.

The 1963 updates also include the rosters, and the Photo Gallery for Skip Ferguson of Trail and Jim Terbasket of Penticton.

Red Star    An unexpected find in newspaper research - a 1963 photo of Hall of Famer Satchel Paige during one of his many stops on the Canadian prairies, this one in Brandon, Manitoba, in a game against the Cloverleafs. Paige, believed to be more than 60 years old at the time is shown with 16-year-old Brandon outfielder Greg Borotsik


 01 August, 2020

Conrad MunatonesRed Star   Two stars of the old Western Canada Baseball League get the star treatment in the sport pages of the Los Angeles Times.

Conrad Munatones (left) and Ernie Rodriguez, (below) who came out of Southern California to light up the diamonds of the prairies in the 1950s and 1960s were highlighted in a story leading up to the kickoff of the new baseball season in California.

Ernie RodriguezThe pair were familiar from their playing days as teenagers in East Los Angeles to university ball at UCLA to prairie ball in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Rodriguez, playing for Moose Jaw Mallards, won the batting title in 1957 with a .402 mark.

Munatones, with the Edmonton Eskimos, finished at .306. Both played in 1956 and 1957 and Munatones returned in 1960.

Both represented Canada at the Global World Series in 1957 when the Canadian squad lost an 11-inning heart breaker to Japan, 4-2, in the final of the event at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.

Check it out in the Los Angeles Times.

Red Star   The last batch of news bits has been moved over to the Archives, News Page #24.


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