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Update : 24 October, 2021

Red Star   Now that's much better !  Rich Necker's update of the 1922 home page.

Red Star   Adding in two team photos we neglected to highlight earlier - the 1924 Winnipeg Tammany Tigers, the Wesley Park League and Manitoba senior champions and Wapella, Saskatchewan, that super tournament team.

23 October, 2021

Alf BennettBill CroweRed Star   The updated 1924 home page provides a quick baseball snapshot of the summer on the prairies and BC.

It includes notes on the Wapella tournament team, the up and down seasons of Alf Bennett (left) in Saskatchewan and Bill Crowe (right) in Manitoba along with the "Believe It Or Not" story of Harold Nelson of Carberry and the success of Eddie Olson and the Hammond Mill team in British Columbia and Cliff 'Tiny' Turner in Alberta.

Of great importance, especially to those trying to confirm the baseball exploits of their grandfathers and great grandfathers, is the huge expansion of names on the roster page.

Pat McNeallyThe tournament page includes what we could dig up on the Wapella, Saskatchewan, club which was touted as the province's most successful team in 1924 winning just about every tournament they entered. Veteran Pat McNeally (right) was the playing-manager. They began the season winning 23 straight and, according to the Morning Leader of Regina, won 51 of 56 games.

Late in the season they took on the Brandon Greys and won three of four as Lefty Armstrong fired back-to-back, one-hit shutouts.

Luckily we landed upon some newspaper clippings with hitting and pitching statistics for the Winnipeg Wesley Park League and batting stats for the Calgary City League and Saskatoon City League.

Red Star   It's not a really good photo, but we are pleased to have something to show of Jerry Cummings of the Saskatoon Elks of the Saskatoon City League. It's on the Saskatchewan Snapshot page.

Cummings had quite the season, with a 13-4 pitching mark but also proved he could use the stick too. He finished with a .275 average and led the league in home runs, with three.

Mel KerrHappy to add to the Saskatchewan Photo Gallery, as Pat McNeally, Frank Hamilton, Con Bissett, Ray Watkins, Mel Kerr (left), Guy Poole, Frank Lyle and Joe Brown make their way on-line. Kerr, a tremendous all-round athlete in Saskatoon, might well be the subject of a trivia question as a player with just one game in the major league and yet no at bats. He was a pinch runner and registered a stolen base in his oh-so-brief stint with the Cubs in 1925.

The Saskatchewan game reports feature the Saskatoon City League, Saskatoon Senior Rotary League, Saskatoon Intermediate League, Regina Northside League, Northside (Second Division), Regina Eastside League, Moose Jaw City League, Weyburn baseball, provincial playoffs and even more. Included is a report of a game of all of 23 minutes !

The Alf Bennett story is an interesting one to follow.

Tiny ThompsonRed Star   The Alberta game reports provide an early indication of the kind of summer it would be for Cecil "Tiny" Thompson (to become one of the greats in the National Hockey League).  In the season opener of the Calgary City League, Thompson belted a pair of home runs to lead the Athletics to a win and he went on to capture the batting title hitting .462. The Athletics carried on to win the Alberta Senior Championship.

Also covered in the game-by-game reports, the Edmonton Intermediate League (which had a team of "coloured" players trying to repeat as champions), a late season Senior League, along with the Southern Alberta League, the Alberta Southern League, Central Alberta circuit, Rosebud loop and more, including reports on the provincial playoffs.

It was a summer of small and major tournaments, including a pair in Edmonton - the King of the Bushers and the Little World Series. 

In the Alberta Photo Gallery there are additions of Jean Bride, Tiny Thompson, Andy Baxter and Clarence Campbell. On the new Snapshot page there's Chuck Henderson and Jack Starky, key members of the Edmonton Outlaws.

Cliff Tiny TurnerWe spent a way too much time trying to pin down the record of Cliff "Tiny" Turner (right) the pitching star for the Mirror (population 600), Alberta, Canadian Nationals. Among other things he finished with a 17-3 record (plus 2 ties) and fired 11 shutouts, two of them no-hitters. Signed by the Tigers, he had an impressive 1925 pro season in Texas pitching more than 200 innings but left for home early not feeling well. At just 22, Turner was diagnosed with typhoid fever and died in an Edmonton hospital.

Bobby CruthersIn the Alberta game stories in the papers we noticed an Edmonton player named Alva Carruthers, with a Bobby Carruthers (left) on the same team. However, that didn't match the names we had for the pair in later years. After many searches over many days we discovered the real names as Ava Cruthers and Bobby Cruthers, his brother.

The search became complicated as we found another player, also a pitcher, named Alva Carruthers on a different Edmonton team, the all-black Shilohs. The 1916 prairie census listed an Alva Carruthers, black, as one of 11 children of Samuel and Beulah Carruthers. However, the same man was identified in the 1921 national census as Alvey Carothers. At this point we just moved on.

Leroy Goldsworthy HockeyLeroy Goldsworthy BaseballThe hockey connection was clearly evidence in Alberta ball with Tiny Thompson in Calgary and up in Edmonton a pair of 18-year-olds Leroy Goldsworthy and Clarence Campbell, among others, suiting up in the capital city.

Goldsworthy (left and right) had a decade in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and the New York Americans, Boston, Detroit, Montreal and Chicago. In all he suited up for the ice game for nearly 20 seasons. In 1933 he was a pro both in hockey and baseball. At the rink he played for the Chicago Blackhawks and on the diamond that season he fashioned a 22-6 pitching record in 250 innings with Winnipeg of the Northern League.

Campbell, a bright youngster, won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford in England. He had already graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in law. At Oxford he played for the university's hockey club. He returned to Edmonton and was an executive of the Amateur Hockey Association and later worked as a referee in the NHL in the 1930s before enlisting in the Canadian Army and serving in Word War II. In 1945 he was award the Order of the British Empire.  Upon his return to Canada, Campbell quickly moved up the hockey ranks, assuming the presidency of the NHL in 1946. He continued in the post until 1977. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Red Star   The Manitoba game reports cover the Winnipeg Wesley Park League won by Bill Crowe's Tammany Tigers (who went on to capture the provincial senior title), the Winnipeg Stadium League, Winnipeg Intermediate League, Southwestern League and more, including the Winnipeg and Brandon junior leagues. In the reports, a baseball name of note - Fungo Waaks of Winnipeg Norwood.

The new photos in the Manitoba Gallery include Gordon Caslake, Charlie Gardiner, George Bibeau, Darky Bouchard and Packey McFarlane.

Red Star   For BC, the stats and rosters were already posted for Vancouver and Victoria leagues and we've added some names to teams in the East Kootenay region. 

07 October, 2021

Rich NeckerRed Star    Yep.

That's our Rich Necker, 1955 - high school first baseman in in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Getting ready for a turn at bat for the nine run by the Soeurs de la Charité de Saint-Louis.

Rich, who has been of incredible assistance to our little project, has dug deep to tell us a story of the 1923 baseball season in Western Canada.

Yes, just 98 years ago and here we are filling in tons of information - game reports, rosters, photos, statistics - on the spring and summer of '23.

No-hittersRed Star   A long neglected aspect of the site - the yearly home pages - gets a boost with an attempt to review the happenings of this year on the 1923 home page.

Among other things, it was a season of some brilliance from the mound. No-hitters were not uncommon and one hurler, Harry Mason, pitching for Norwood in the Manitoba Senior Amateur League fashioned back-to-back no-no's.

Red Star    In Saskatchewan, the game reports mainly cover the Saskatoon City League, the Saskatoon Rotary League, Regina Northside League(s) and Moose Jaw City League. But, on the home page you'll find the list of all the leagues and teams we could uncover.

Roy Forsythe and Mel Kerr are adds to the Saskatchewan Photo Gallery

The roster page has been updated to reflect the additional material in all provinces. From the big cities down to the whistle-stops, Rich has compiled at least partial rosters for all he could find.

Again, the statistics for the Saskatoon City League (printed in the Saskatoon Daily Star, August 20, 1923) took some time to comprehend as the paper failed to show home runs and made many errors in tallying total bases, among other things. I think we've now figured out most of it, although it took some additional checking of actual box scores in the old papers to fill in the blanks.

Red Star    In our journeys through the old papers we came across a photo of the 1923 Saskatoon City League champions, the C.P.R.

Red Star    Manitoba continued to be a hot-bed of baseball activity. Game reports cover in detail the Winnipeg Senior Amateur League and the Manitoba Senior Amateur circuit. And there's a considerable amount of information on the Southwestern League, Central Manitoba League, Winnipeg Intermediate League, Winnipeg Junior League along with provincial senior and intermediate playoff reports.

The 1923 Manitoba Photo Gallery is enhanced with the addition of images of Pat Cann, Gordon Caslake, Steve Karahan, Bert Lloyd, Packey McFarlane, Sandy McNeil, Art Phillips, Ernie Stokes and Herb Stuart.

Red Star    The two big baseball loops in Alberta, the Edmonton Senior League and the Calgary City League are well covered in the game reports for Wild Rose Country. But, there is also detail on the Southern Alberta League and the Alberta Southern League plus play in Central Alberta and the Crow's Nest Pass.

We've added in some detail on two big tournaments, the Calgary Senior Amateur Tournament and the Edmonton Tournament ($300 top prize).

As in the other provinces, there is recognition of baseball in the smaller centres with news of the Rosebud League, Battle River, Western Alberta, Twilight League, the Alberta provincial playoffs and more. All noted on the home page.

In a few snippets of games from my old hometown of Lloydminster, there is note of my late ol' friend Bud Rendell's dad, Les, playing first base for the border city. 

Tiny TurnerThere is mention of Cliff "Tiny" Turner, the ace of the Mountain Park team, just beginning to make his mark in prairie ball. (In the Edmonton tournament, a pedestrian outing by his standards, a two-hit shutout, nine strikeouts).

The next season would be one for the books (including a stretch of 60 consecutive scoreless innings) culminating in a pro contract. Then tragedy after a super rookie pro season. Read the Turner story here.

Bus GeddesRed Star    The 1923 research also pinned down the correct full name and nickname for Charles Alva "Buzz" Geddes, a star hurler with the Edmonton Red Sox. helped pin down the right spelling. He was another who put his name in the record books that summer with a no-hitter.

The papers of the day seemed to alternate between "Bus" and "Buzz".  We've tried to make the change throughout the site.

28 September, 2021

Forsythe headlineRed Star    If it's any consolation to the descendants of Steve Ayres of the Saskatoon Elks baseball club of 1922, he did win the batting title after all.

Despite that headline in the Saskatoon Phoenix, Roy Forsythe was not the top hitter in the Saskatoon City League.

The newspaper stories said so. But, when they published the actual figures - the at bats and hits - it showed shortstop Ayres as the champion and Forsythe no better than fourth.

We had to go through the actual box scores of that season to figure out some major discrepancies in the numbers. 

Ayres, from California, played in the professional Western Canada League in 1920 with three teams (Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon) plus a stint with the semi-pro Craik, Saskatchewan nine (he might well be in that team photo of Craik). He returned to Los Angeles to play semi-pro ball in the mid and late 1920s. One of his stops was with the local House of David team in Los Angeles.

The statistics of the Saskatoon City League, both hitters and pitchers are now posted along with the hitting and pitching stats of the 1922 Manitoba Senior League and the Manitoba Amateur Association League (second series only), plus hundreds of game reports, photos and rosters, all in the latest package for which we are again indebted to super researcher Rich Necker.

Alex BellFor the Manitoba Senior League, we believe the leading hitter was Alex Bell (although the paper identified him in the report on the final statistics as F. Bell.  Through the season the papers went with just Bell, no first name. Further research indicates it was Alex Bell (although not another Alex Bell, well known sports booster in Winnipeg, especially in lacrosse and hockey). We believe that is Bell (right), extracted from a team photo of Portage La Prairie of 1922.

1922 is the focus of today's post.

Mel KerrRed Star   Among the stars of the 1922 Saskatoon campaign was outfield Mel Kerr (left), who went on to a five-year pro career which included one game in the majors with the Cubs.

Red Star    The Saskatchewan game reports concentrate on the Saskatoon City League and Regina Northside League (plus 2nd and 3rd Divisions), but also make note of the Saskatoon Mercantile League, Rotary Senior League, Eastern Kirkella & Mainline League, North Central League, Humboldt & District League and Fertile Valley League and provincial playoffs

Guy PoolRed Star    The Saskatchewan photo additions include Andy Aitkenhead, Danny Coleman, Johnny Gottselig, Mel Kerr, Jack Leachman, Les Leachman, Percy O'Donnell and Guy Poole (left) in the 1922 Photo Gallery, and Ed Peters on the Snapshot page.

(After finding information that the football club, predecessor of the Saskatoon Hilltops, and a hockey data base spelled it as Guy Poole, we have gone with that spelling, rather than Pool.)

Red Star    One new team photo has been added to the list, the 1922 Saskatoon YMCA the champions of the Saskatoon Rotary League

Red Star    The Alberta game reports cover a variety of circuits including the Edmonton Senior Amateur League, Edmonton Mercantile League, Lethbridge Senior League, Medicine Hall ball, Calgary Senior Amateur League, Alberta Southern League, Southern Alberta League, Central Alberta League, Rainbelt League, Rosebud League, Eastern Central League, Horseshoe League, Twilight League, Buffalo League and provincial playoffs

Red Star    And over the Manitoba, there are game reports mainly on the Winnipeg Senior League and Manitoba Amateur Association League but with bits and pieces on the Winnipeg Commercial League, Brandon City League, Southern Manitoba League, Neepawa & District League, Central Manitoba League, Mid-Western League, Windy City League and, of course, the provincial playoffs.

Red Star    The Manitoba 1922 Photo Gallery is enhanced with the additions of Hunter Burgess, Steamer Maxwell, Sid May, Jim McCullough, Ward McVey, Wilf Peltier, Alex Bell and Carl Franks.  And, a newspaper photo of Bert Stainsby of the famous Winnipeg Arenas marks the debut of the Snapshot page and an extract is included in the Photo Gallery.

Red Star    And, to reiterate, the roster page has tons of new info thanks to Rich's superb sleuthing and compiling.

Red Star    Thank you Lou !  Lou DeRosa has managed to get some corrections on names for the photo of the 1975 Barrhead Cardinals.  Team member Joe Cardle who provided the team photo wasn't certain about names for a few of the players. Lou tracked down the former manager of the team, David Robb, who sorted out even more of the names. 

David RobbRobb, who is still coaching ball in Arizona (Mesa Community College), has made quite an impression on the diamond in his baseball travels.

He's played and coached on the prairies and worked with both the Canadian and Italian National teams. He's served as the manager and coach of the Calgary Dawgs of the Western Major League and Western Canada League. A few years back his work with the Alberta team won him a spot in the Dawgs' Hall of Fame.

Red Star     And, speaking of Joe Cardle, Rich managed to dig up a photo of Joe's old Senior Babe Ruth team from 1974, the Victoria, BC, Firefighters All-Stars.

16 September, 2021

Wilkie headlineRed Star    Thanks go out to Glen McDonall for sending along material on his grandfather, pitcher Glen Wilkie a standout hurler in the 1920s and 1930s in Edmonton and area.

Among other things, he forwarded a copy of a letter from 1930 advising of the payment of all of $25 for the use of Wilkie to pitch in a tournament in Camrose.

Red Star    From the material sent, we were able to re-do the 1935 snapshot photo of Wilkie (also seen on the Snapshot page above) along with several entries for the Alberta Photo Gallery of 1933 - Eric Dolighan, Johnny Gerlitz, Fred Henderson, Phil Maher, Ed McHugh, Stan Mohr, Cliff Robinson, Hop Wilkie and Glen Wilkie

Red Star    Newspaper stories on Henderson allows us to combine three different Henderson Catcher entries into a Fred Henderson line covering a period from 1918 to 1935.

Red Star    In checking out some box scores in 1933, happened upon a newspaper photo of the 1933 Edmonton Young Liberals, a junior team.  It seems notable as several of the names became prominent senior players in the following years, including the likes of Carl Loblick, Rusty Wynn, Russell Dolighan, Duke Baer, and Fred Lupul.

14 September, 2021

Red Star    OK, back to school !

After quite the crazy summer, which included extreme heat and then forest fires pretty close to home, it's time to try and fill in some more blanks in our baseball coverage.

Our Rich Necker is doing his best, digging out gems this time from back in 1921 for prairie ball.

Red Star    The Alberta coverage includes game reports and rosters for the Edmonton Senior League, Mercantile League, Calgary City League, Hand Hill semi-pro league (which included a few former pros from the Western Canada circuit and local stalwarts such as Lester Slim Haynes), the Central Alberta League, Rosebud League, Lethbridge City League and more.

Red Star    Over in Saskatchewan, there's game reports and rosters for The Regina Northside League (and it's second division clubs as well), the Saskatoon City League and Mercantile League to name just a few.

Red Star    And, in Manitoba, we concentrate on the Winnipeg Senior League, Western Manitoba League and Brandon City League. But, in addition, there are snippets on many smaller leagues.

The amateurs of the Winnipeg Senior League drew big crowds, 5,500 for one double-header at Wesley Park early in the season. Keep in mind, the city also had a pro team, the Winnipeg Maroons, competing in the Western Canada League with Calgary, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Regina and Moose Jaw.

Mel KerrRed Star    Among the photos added to the Saskatchewan Photo Gallery of 1921 are those of Mel Kerr, Jack Leachman, Frank Lyle and Guy Poole. Kerr (right), an all-sports star in Saskatoon, advanced to the major leagues for one game with the Cubs in 1925 as a pinch runner. The 22-year-old scored a run, but that was the extent of his MLB career. The speedy outfielder played in the minors for five seasons.

We've added in Herb Foreman and Darky Bouchard to the Manitoba Gallery and the Alberta Gallery adds in Mooch Gill, Norman "Dutch" Gainor and Frank "King" Kelly.

In a bit of a weird twist, we did find some statistics for the Saskatoon City League of 1921, but no hitting averages, mainly just pitching stats with just stolen bases and extra base hits for batters.

Red Star    Yes, the Billy Molisky of Regina ball (1915-1922) turned out to be the same Billy Molisky of Rossland and Trail, BC baseball (1923-1932). 

Red Star    And, in search for more information on 1921 players, happened upon a team photo of the Saskatoon CPR entry in the Saskatoon City League of 1923.  The Cee Pees captured the league title that season. 

Red Star    From Jeff Swick, whose dad Jules Swick played with Gordie Howe and others on Roy Taylor's Saskatoon 55s of the Northern Saskatchewan League of 1951, we have the jacket crest of the club, now posted on the 1951 home page.

Red Star    Ah, the dreams of youth. That's Joe Cardle, then a 20-year-old at a 1976 tryout camp for the Lethbridge Expos of the Pioneer League. While the hope of a pro ball career didn't work out, one in education sure did.  Thanks to Joe we've been able to fill in lots of info on Barrhead baseball in the mid 1970s.

10 September, 2021

Jesse RichardsonRed Star    My how the time goes flying by. 

Rich NeckerIt was just 69 years ago, that young Rich Necker (right) chased bats and balls of an imported team from the states, the Florida Cubans who came to Saskatchewan for the summer of 1952, settling up shop in Indian Head, Saskatchewan.

Rich could identify all the players, but one of the Cubans, then identified as the Business Manager, was illusive. Until now.  With some sleuthing through the sports pages of old newspapers, Rich has discovered that the man in the Panama hat was Jesse Richardson (above, left), the team owner.

Richardson had formed the club out of Lakeland, Florida in 1951 and the team had won the Florida State Negro League title. One of the old clippings noted that when the Cubans took on the Tampa All-Stars at Plant Field in Tampa to kick off the 1952 season, a special section of the grandstand was reserved for white fans.

Rich picks up the story, " ... Turns out the ’52 team was still subjected to playing before racially segregated fans at their home base in Lakeland and throughout the southern states both before heading for Western Canada in early June and upon their return in August after copping the Saskatchewan National Baseball Congress championship. The team had won the Florida State Negro League the year previous and most of the players played winter ball in and around Havana before heading back to Lakeland to prepare for the trek to Western Canada (specifically Indian Head) in the spring of 1952. Indian Head was selected as a base of operation since Richardson had received positive input from Jacksonville Eagles’ owner Cutprice Washington about the acceptance of his franchise within the community the season previous."

09 September, 2021

Barry SealRed Star    The versatile Barry Seal of the Rossland Capilanos was quite the star in the 1973 edition of the West Kootenay Major Baseball League.

It appears he led the team to the league title, but we've yet to uncover the results of the final series.  Our thanks to Lou DeRosa and Rich Necker for delving into the old issues of the Trail Times and sending along some highlights.

Red Star    Seal not only won the batting title, .419, but was among the pitching leaders too with a 5-1 record and league-leading 39 strikeouts. He was tops in home runs and runs batted in.

Red Star    Our update includes some game reports, rosters and final statistics.

Red Star    Lou, a resident of Trail, also sends along some additional names for the 1956 edition of the Trail Smoke Eaters. 

Red Star    And, I think we've finally got a version that displays of 1974 East Trail Senior Babe Ruth Leaguer Pat McLaughlin

08 September, 2021

Kaz SugaDick GernetRed Star    Max Weder keeps collecting and we continue to benefit!  From a 1965 program on Manitoba junior and senior ball we've extracted photos of Pete Stemkowski, Ted Irvine, Laurie Langrell,Terry Moore for the Manitoba Photo Gallery.

Also from Max and his program from the 1948 Kentville Wildcats of maritime baseball, Dick Gernet (right), a future major leaguer.

And, a photo of Asahi star Kaz Suga (left) when playing for St. Jerome in Quebec in 1951 (Max teased us with a newspaper photo which led to a hunt which resulted in a copy from the Pat Adachi book on the Asahi).

Red Star    Not sure we noted this previously but we managed to find a few stats from East Kootenay ball for 1959 and 1962 ,

07 September, 2021

Red Star    So pleased to add in a couple more team photos.

Red Star     With a big thank you to Michael and Beth Cook of Edmonton for the team photo of the 1944 Edmonton Arrows featuring among others Elmer "Lefty" Thomas, a relative of the Cooks. Soon, I hope to extract individual photos for the 1944 Alberta Gallery.

Red Star    And, Brian Morrison an ol' friend of our site, has dug up a photo of the Chemainus Green Lanterns of Vancouver Island ball in 1936. They were the champions of the island baseball league. The group, high schoolers three years previous, stuck together as a unit and, under the coaching of Clare Johns romped to the title.

They had finished third in the Vancouver Island League then downed the Longshoremen in a semi-final before topping the defending champion McBrides in the final.

Red Star    We managed to stumble upon the pitching stats from the 1936 Vancouver Senior League (Hal Straight 10-1)  and additional first names for the batting stats along with batting and a few pitching stats from Montreal's Atwater League in 1945.

Larry CunninghamRed Star    To the Negro League Gallery we've added an individual picture of centre fielder Larry Cunningham, the long-time star in Southern Ontario ball with Hamilton and Galt. The photo (left) is Cunningham when he suited up with Galt in the early 1960s.

Red Star    By 1952 former player Denny Evenson was the owner of the Regina team in the Saskatchewan League and we located a better photo for the Photo Gallery.

Red Star    So interesting, the fame of Satchel Paige. In search of a Paige photo, happened upon an obituary of Lloyd Sevalrud of Southern Alberta in which in was noted he had once played against Paige. In the process, made a correction in the spelling of Lloyd's surname in posts of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Red Star    For the 1954 Saskatchewan Gallery, pitcher Charlie Peerless.

03 September, 2021

Bob MabeeRed Star    Finally, the names for the 1970 Victoria Centennials, the Canadian Senior Champions (from a story in the Victoria Times-Colonist in December last year).

From the team photo we've managed to extract some individual pics for the BC Photo Gallery. Among the photos is long sought after Bob Mabee (right).

Red Star    Added a bit to the 1973 BC Interior report to indicate the end of the Okanagan Mainline League.

Red Star   On the Tournament page for 1973, we now have details of the 2nd Annual Trail International Tournament which featured a team from Seattle with future major leaguers Floyd Bannister and Ken Phelps. They are shown on the 1973 BC Snapshot page along with Trail Babe Ruth stars Keith Van de Keere and Rick Babcock.

Red Star    New for 1974 are the game reports for the West Kootenays and an updated roster page. On the 1974 BC Snapshot page note the addition of Trail's Pat McLaughlin.

Red Star    And, so pleased to locate a better photo of Rich's 1974 Selkirk Selects squad, the champs of the Trail International Tournament along with a team photo of Rich's 1980 Western Canada champion, Lethbridge Senior Little Leaguers.

01 September, 2021

Red Star    Robyn Jensen, president of the Indian Head Museum, is chasing information on the uniforms of the old Indian Head Rockets. It's a reach, but does anyone recall the eagle emblem on the shoulder of the uniforms?  Robyn is working on a replica uniform and wants to know if the eagle was red or blue. 

Red Star    Managed to find a report on the 1954 Winnipeg Senior final, won by the CUAC Blues in a wild, 15-14, 10-inning contest. 

South End jacketRed Star    Anne Fraser had the jacket -- 1952 South End Softball -- from her dad William "Gordie" Fraser, but not much else to go on.

We managed to dig up a fair number of clippings showing her dad , a southpaw, as a renown hurler and bowler in the 1940s and 1950s in Vancouver.

In 1952, the Nanaimo Daily News ran a story on a rare bowling feat -- a 7-10 split in a ten-pin league -- by Fraser. It was viewed as such an accomplishment that it was to be forwarded to the American Bowling Congress.

Red Star    Our thanks again to Herb Morell, statistician Intercounty Baseball League, for spelling corrections and more info on the Southern Ontario circuit.

Red Star    Thank you Kenny Warner ! He managed to pick out his grandfather Larry Warner in the 1948 photo of the Oliver, BC team. He was pretty pumped about find the picture as they are the only baseball photos he's seen of his gramps. With that ID we've also got him in the 1948 BC Photo Gallery. Still a few IDs needed for that Oliver team.

Red Star    Happy to assist Matt Hungerford with a couple of higher res copies of team photos which included his grandfather, Fred Condon.

31 August, 2021

Dave McLayRed Star    Came across another photo of Dave McLay, a mainstay of ball in Kimberley in the 1950s and 1960s. From the cap it would appear he was with the Kimberley Angels, but we have him with the Hobos, for the most part, during his career in the city.

Red Star    All the way back to 1907, we add to photos to the Manitoba Photo Gallery, Stuart "Fuzz" Cuthbert and Earl Lobdell of the Winnipeg Shamrocks.

Red Star    Lou DeRosa, digging around the newspaper files, has some interesting tidbits from 1907 ball in the BC Interior even a little poetry and opinion piece too!

Doug HudlinRed Star   For a kid who had to help form his own team in Victoria, B.C., back in the 1930s in order to play baseball and then softball, Doug Hudlin carved out quite the career, topped by his induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. After his playing days, cut short by an injury on the soccer field, Hudlin took up a stance behind the plate.

"Doug Hudlin is the most famous umpire the city of Victoria has ever known. His career, which began in 1954, spanned more than three decades. He was widely respected for his good humour, sense of fair play and gentle approach to the game ... It was no surprise that Hudlin was the first non-American umpire ever invited to work the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. In fact, Hudlin was at one time the first umpire outside of Williamsport itself ever invited to work the fabled event twice. As well as umpiring the Little League World Series in 1967 and 1974 he also twice umpired at the Senior Little League World Series in Gary, Indiana. He is a member of the B.C Baseball Hall of Fame." (Greater Victoria Baseball Hall of Fame)

Thanks to niece Barbara Hudlin for the photo of the 1939 Victoria Brown Bombers !  From that team photo we've also extracted individual pictures of the Hudlins - Doug, Joe and Parnell - for the Snapshot page. Barbara's dad, Parnell Hudlin was also a renown umpire in Victoria ball after his playing days.

"The Hudlins, Alexanders and Woods were among the first black families to settle in Victoria. They were not allowed to play on other baseball teams at the time, so Hudlin helped form the all-black Brown Bombers squad. It played at what is now named Alexander Park, near Bay and Fernwood." (Victoria Times-Colonist, June 12, 2020)

In honour of Hudlin, the B.C. Baseball Umpires Association each year presents the Doug Hudlin Distinguished Service Award to an umpire in the province. And, in Victoria each year in June (pandemic permitting) it"s Doug Hudlin Day with a charity game to raise funds for children to participate in sports.

Hudlin passed away on January 5, 2014 at the age of 91.

17 July, 2021

Red Star     And while we're at it, let's include an update of the 1926 Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament, both the game reports and the rosters.

Red Star    1939 Newark Eagles - An enquiry about the photo led me to a search for names which proved successful. And, at the same time, re-did the photo for a tad better presentation. The names are confirmed via Seamheads.

Ron PerranoskiRed Star    Ron Perranoski, the lefty ace reliever of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, among others, passed away last October at his home in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 84. His sister said he died as a result of complications from a long illness. 

I was batboy for the Lloydminster Meridians in 1956 when Perranoski, then just 20, joined the club late in the season from the Basin League to help the team in it's playoff run.

He went on to a 13-year playing career in the major leagues before lengthy stints as pitching coach for the Dodgers and the Giants and a front office role in San Francisco.

In 1963 in the Dodgers bullpen, Perranoski went 16-3, 1.67. Later with the Twins he set save records in 1969 and 1970 with back to back seasons of 31 and 34 saves.

 31 August, 2021

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