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Update :  27 January, 2020

Red Star    Most of the updates this time around are in the Galleries or Snapshot pages, although we're pretty pleased to have put together the statistics for the 1962 Victoria Senior League and to have found a photo of the 1935 Chatham, Ontario, Colored All-Stars.

Chatham had won the Ontario Intermediate "B" championship in 1934 and was competing for the Intermediate "A" title in 1935. This is the team of Fergie Jenkins father.

The Victoria stats were a reaffirmation of the impact of Art Worth as both a hitter and pitcher. Worth had played on the prairies in the early and mid 1950s before settling back in Victoria where he continued on the diamond into the 1970s.

We've also added some stats for the 1962 Dewdney League of the Lower Mainland.

Red Star    With a thank you to Max Weder's baseball collection, we've hived off dozens of individual photos of St. Thomas players of Ontario's Intercounty League. From Joe Atkins to Tommy White they are now posted in the 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953 Ontario Galleries.

Also, we came across a team photo of the 1955 St. Thomas Elgins.  

Red Star    Rich Necker, as usual, has been doing superb work digging up photos and game reports. These games are for the West Kootenay area, for 1968 and 1969. While there's not much detail, it's helpful to have a few facts on the 1968 Labour Day Tournament at Kamloops.

Red Star    The rest appears to be in the photo realm beginning with a team photo of the 1913 Vancouver Islands team from Alberni, then it's the 1935 BC Gallery,with Andy Padovan. Then more :

BC Gallery 1936, Ed Henry

1945 BC Gallery, Reg Clarkson 

1945 Alberta Snapshots, Dean Olmstead   

1945 Alberta Gallery, Harry Ornest   

1946 Ontario Gallery, Al Dumouchelle 

1946 Alberta Gallery, Bill Newman, Dick Eisler 

1947 Alberta Gallery, Don Lippincott, Arnold Martin, Lyell Rodger, Forrest Hunte

1948 Saskatchewan Gallery, Jack Matchett 

1950, BC Gallery, Frank Vaselenak 

1952 Alberta Gallery, Lefty Belter, Jim Ryan, Hal Callihan, Rollie Miles   

1953 BC, Ron Curby

1954, Alberta Gallery, Ken Ing   

1954, Alberta Snapshots, Dave Martin   

1956 BC Gallery, Budsy Usher


22 January, 2020

A little more catch-up. Bits and pieces here and there.

Red Star    Now just a quick check of the updates.

The 1935 BC senior champions were the Victoria Sons of Canada.

80 years after they completed the series, we have the game report of the final contest of the 1940 Comox District Twilight League.

A 1945 addition to the BC Gallery is Eddie Cross of the Victoria Army team.

This 1948 photo is the only one we've been able to find of pitcher Wally Granberg.

And, the new photo of the 1948 Nakusp, BC, team is of a tad better quality than our original one.

Rod MacKayThe 1948 BC Gallery has Rod MacKay (left) of the Vancouver Westerns before he launched a career in pro ball. Along with MacKay are Gerry Hallgren, Mike Johnson, Cliff Keeley, Gordie Meeres, Bill Sibson, Joe Yanchuk and Pete Younie.

Veteran Eddie Morris is added to the 1950 Alberta Gallery.

Ken MitchellGlen MathesonTommy Vigor, George Bogdanovich, Doug Cairns, Lorne Drummond, Barry Dunn, Glen Matheson (near right) and Ken Mitchell (far right) are the newest photos in the 1951 BC Gallery.

Thanks to Michelle Pearce we have a photo of a 1950s Fernie Falcons team. We believe this one is either 1952 or 1953.  The lone player identified so far is Frank Pearce and he's now posted in the 1952 Gallery.

A couple of new photos in the 1953 BC Snapshots, one features the Mauro brothers, the other three stars of the Vancouver Beavers.

The 1953 edition of the Galt Terriers of the Intercounty League featured a couple of former Negro League stars, Ed Steele and Gentry Jessup.,

Also from Ontario, there's the addition of a team photo of the 1954 Galt Terriers of the Intercounty League.

Ken Mitchell of South Burnaby Athletics is featured in the 1955 BC Snapshot page.

The 1958 Snapshots now include catcher Bert Dollar of the Edmonton Eskimos and a revised Bill Heath, another catcher, of Williston of the Western Canada League.

Jim Barudoni of the Williston Oilers is an add to the 1958 Western Canada Gallery.

West Kootenay baseball gets some coverage with game reports for the 1959 season.

Hal Jones, Addie Tambellini and Pinoke McIntrye of the Trail Smoke Eaters are the adds to the 1959 BC Gallery.

For 1959 you'll see the addition of BC game reports for Md-Island baseball and the Comox District Baseball League.

Neat to be adding some material from the Polar League in northern Manitoba. Here are a few game reports of the 1960 and 1961 seasons. And, more for both 1962 and 1963.

Discovering that we had the wrong year for a Brampton Red Sox photo we've made the change, to 1961 now confirmed as the year for that Intercounty club.

For BC ball in 1961, we've added game reports for the Industrial League and the Dewdney League.

The Whalley, BC, Cubs of 1961 are another new team photo addition along with game reports for the Victoria Senior League for 1961 and 1962.

John YankowskiA few additions to the 1962 BC Gallery - Don Cowan, Joe Patterson, Alan Richards and John Yankowski (left).

This doesn't happen very often - individual pictures of a whole team!  But, here are the 1962 Chemainus, BC, Comets, also in the 1962 BC Gallery.

For Manitoba, 1963, Larry Hart is an addition to the Photo Gallery. And in the 1964 Gallery it's Terry Moore.

These guys were the Manitoba North-South champions of 1964, Elphinstone.

The Basin League in South Dakota/Nebraska was a major competitor of the Western Canada League for players in the 50s and early 60s. For the Basin League 1965, we have added to the Gallery - Don Cook, Fred Devereux, Bob Reed and John Hilts all leading pitchers that season.

From the Basin League 1966, more individual photos including managers Jack Stallings, Floyd Temple and Don Quayle.

Don Thiessen of Saskatoon Torchinsky is the add to the 1966 Saskatchewan Gallery.

On the 1969 Saskatchewan Snapshots, a photo of the stars of that year's Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament - Jim Shaw, Reg Andrews and Erwin Doerksen.

Sometimes we just find a little better quality photo of one we've already had posted. That's the case with Tom Changnon of Calgary baseball 1971.

These 1971 action photos brought us a whole new page, the 1971 BC Snapshots.

From the Nakusp area, we've added a few games reports for the 1971 season of the Slocan-Arrow Lakes League.

A lone addition to the 1972 Alberta Gallery, Murray Keatley of the Calgary Giants.

The 1974 BC Snapshot page carries a photo of Mike Finlayson when signing a professional contract.

Finding league statistics is among our most difficult challenges, so we're really pleased to have even these abbreviated stats of the 1974 Victoria Senior League.


18 January, 2020

Red Star    Oh boy. Not sure what I got myself into.

Decided it was time to double-check all the entries we have on the rosters pages with all the entries listed in the Player List.  1900 to 1979.

It has been quite the chore. Year by year, line by line, name by name. Anyway the end is in sight and it's about time we started some catchup on a backlog of material, much from our indefatigable Rich Necker, who has prodded us to keep poking along.

Red Star   There won't be much of a theme to these catch-up posts, but we want to inform on just what we're adding.  I won't note every roster page updated as, by the end, every one of them will show additions and corrections.

Red Star    So away we go. 

A couple of small things we were happy to find - the rosters for the 1960 Grande Prairie, Alberta team, and to ID Ed Kielbiski of 1959 BC ball as Ed Kielbiski Jr. !  Pleased to also get names for Team BC for 1977.

The 1962 BC Snapshot page has a neat action pic from the Victoria Times.

We' added a number of individual photos, including Dennis Ferrey, John Thompson and Don Holmes to the 1968 BC Gallery. For Manitoba, 1959, we've added Ernie Pitts (yes, the football star), Gerry Brisson, Cliff Pennington, Fred Dunsmore and Aggie Kukulowicz.

For 1959 we've also punched in game reports for the Winnipeg Senior League.

Ken MitchellIn 1951 BC, it's Ken Mitchell (left) a rising star in Vancouver ball who would later play a couple of seasons in semi-pro ball in Calgary.

And, going all the way back to 1910, we've managed to snag photos of Victoria players Walter Gravelin, Robert Steele (a future major leaguer) and brother Ed Steele.

In the 1948 Alberta Gallery, there's the addition of Lethbridge player Oddie Lowe.

 

Michel BeaudryPinoke McIntyreHappy to dig out photos of 1970s Team Quebec star Michel Beaudry (left) and Trail's Pinoke McIntyre of the 1960s (right).

Red Star   And it's off to Ontario and the Intercounty League for a 1953 photo of Don Butler of St. Thomas.

Red Star    From the 1960 Polar League in Manitoba, pictures of Ted Hampson and George Konik of the Flin Flon teams in the league. And from the 1961 league, Phil Headley and Mel Pearson. A major thanks to T. Kent Morgan for information on the Polar League including some 1960s rosters.

Red Star    One new team photo, the 1957 Viking, Alberta, Shamrocks, the Eastern Alberta champions.

Much more to come.


24 October, 2019

Lou DeRosaJason BayRed Star    Luigi (Lou) DeRosa will find out on Monday whether he's been successful in a campaign to re-name the ball field at Butler Park at Trail, in honour of Jason Bay, the Trail product and former major leaguer.  Trail Council meets Monday and is to announce its decision on the proposal

For DeRosa, there is no better way than by connecting Trail’s finest baseball facility, Butler Park, to its biggest Major League Baseball star and his storied career. “

The accomplishments of local persons that bring nationwide pride need to be recognized in order to continue to promote our city as a leader in amateur sport,” said DeRosa. “We are ‘The City of Champions’ and need to continue to build that brand in public ways.”

The person for whom the park is currently named, Sydney Butler, was Trail Mayor from 1915-17 and is believed to have attended the 1927 Butler Park induction ceremony. There is no desire to remove Butler’s name from the park, only to add ‘Jason Bay Field’ on an arch above the sign, added DeRosa.

Check out the full story in the Trail Times.

Crow's News MuseumLou also send along a photo from his recent tour of the Crow's Nest Museum at  Coleman, Alberta. These uniforms appear to be from the 1960s. Much more to be uncovered on baseball in the Crow's Nest area !

And, he's sent along a team photo of the 1939 Trail Cardinals. Thank you Lou !

Phil RisingerRed Star    So pleased for Phil Risinger, the Medicine Hat star of the late 1950s, who has been inducted into the Weatherford, Oklahoma High School Hall of Fame.

Phil, All-State during his high school career, was one of eight individual athletes to be honoured at the 10th Weatherford Eagles' Induction ceremony.

Phil has been a great supporter of our site over many years.

Red Star    For our friends in the East, a big event early next month in London - the 4th annual Canadian Baseball History Conference in London, Ontario Saturday and Sunday, November 9th and 10th. 

There will be presentations and discussion on a wide range of topics relating to baseball history in Canada (along with a side trip to the newly expanded and renovated Museum at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame).  Among the presentations will be one by Anne Chamberlain's into the history of Ontario's InterCounty Baseball League. Anne has been very helpful to us in trying to build up our information on the IC.

Red Star    Kudos to Patrick Larson for alerting us to some amazing videos of the Peace River, Alberta, Stampeders baseball team of the 1960s !  Wow.  I could even immediately identify one of the players, little Joe Weremy, the lefty hurler.  Check 'em out.

Video 1     Video 2

Red Star    Big thanks to colleague T. Kent Morgan for tracking down rosters for teams in Northern Manitoba - Flin Flon and The Pas. We'll be adding those in as we progress through the item below.

Red Star    We've been a tad lax on updates lately as we've undertaken a huge, enormous, unbelievably time-consuming project - by hand, all 80+ years, comparing the rosters posted on these roster pages each year with the names on our spreadsheet from which we extract the Player Lists. There's just no way to automate the procedure, so it's a line by line check. Very tedious, but when its finished it'll be a big step forward.

1960 Bill MintyRed Star    I had wondered why the references to Bill Minty suddenly stopped around 1960.

Well, I happened to stumble upon this story in the Vancouver Province in September, 1960. The veteran died with his spikes on.

We first have note of Minty and baseball in 1922 and thus he suited up for nearly 40 years, mainly in the Haney area of British Columbia.

Bill is in the re-do of the 1955 photo of the Haney BC pitchers (which also shows Larry Walker Sr.).

Red Star    Before I forget what I've updated, let me run down some of the additions, all of these in photo galleries or snapshot pages. A few of the entries are just a little better versions of the previous ones.

Red Star    Back to 1913 we managed to dig out a newspaper photos of pitcher Earl "Kid" Hurley and shortstop Gerald McNamara of the Medicine Hat Hatters of the Western Canada League.

Red Star    In the 1914 Alberta gallery, we've added brothers Eddie Marskell and James Marskell.

Red Star    The 1917 Saskatchewan gallery now includes Chester Parkinson who played in Regina before a stint in Winnipeg Senior ball.

Red Star    Ahead to 1920 in BC, there's Leo "Frisco" Edwards on the Snapshot page. Edwards was on a pro club in Victoria, BC, in 1920 after playing on five different teams in Alberta during the summer of 1919.

Red Star    The 1921 Snapshots now include Sam Leake, a catcher for Edmonton and Moose Jaw of the Western Canada League.

Red Star    A couple of additions for 1922 - photos of Bill Cadenhead and Ivan McDonald in the BC Photo Gallery and of Ivan McDonald on the Snapshot page.

Red Star    On the 1923 Snapshot page we've added a newspaper feature on the pitchers for BC Electric (slightly edited) and over on the photo page, Les Traeger and Pat Worley.

Red Star    The 1924 BC Gallery adds Jack Fraser and the 1926 Saskatchewan Gallery adds Bunny Clouston.

Red Star    The 1930 Manitoba Snapshot page has a new version of the Dunc McCorquodale action photo.

Red Star    Over in Alberta, 1932, some additions to the Photo Gallery - John Flaska, Charlie Lewis, Murray Smith, Bill Sutherland (replacing a similar photo which had been identified as Bob Sutherland), and Ivan Sutherland.

Red Star    Aldon "Lefty" Wilkie, a Saskatchewan product, pitched in Saskatoon in 1933, but was soon in the majors with Pittsburgh.

Red Star   In trying to check some spellings of player names in 1937 we happened upon a newspaper photo of Bill "Chick" Sayles, the University of Oregon star who pitched one season in Vancouver before heading off to the major leagues.

Red Star    Another one to get to suit up in the majors was Okanagan product Ted Bowsfield. We've added another little picture of him in our 1953 Gallery.

Red Star    The 1960 BC Gallery adds Mike Woodley of the Victoria Naval Vets.

Red Star    The following season, 1961, we now have Wayne Leonard, Andy Johnston, Ron Karadimas, Bill Martino, Larry Shannon, Trevor Swangard and Art Worth. And on the Snapshot Page, five new photos including a panel featuring manager Bill Kinder, and others with Denny Doyle, Wayne Norton, John Balloch, Barry Harvey, Wayne Doiron and Wayne Leonard.

Red Star    Ian Dixon of the Vancouver Ramadas is an addition to the 1965 Gallery.

Red Star     Thanks to Richard Jack who sent along an inquiry about a baseball photo from the early 1900s, we have the addition of the team photo of the Acme, Alberta, Giants of 1912. No names yet, but we are always hopeful !

Red Star    We've had a few team photos kicking around for awhile now, but unable to pinpoint the year or even the specific team.  If you can help that would be fantastic. The top one is a team from Kelowna (winners of something from the look of the trophy) likely in the 1960s. The middle one is a team from Summerland, BC. The bottom one a Japanese team which played in a tournament at Greenwood, BC, in 1943.    

1960s Kelowna

Summerland baseball

Greenwood baseball


09 September, 2019

Red Star    It's been about six weeks in the making, but we've finally posted an update to our Player Lists (now featuring more than 60-thousand individual players who suited up in amateur or semi-pro ball, mostly on the prairies).

There's still a lot a work to do in eliminating duplicate entries and in going through to double check spellings on the Player Lists with those on the roster pages but it's a huge task and we're happy to make a little progress.

Red Star    To complement early photos of teams from New Westminster, we've added a 1918 photo of the BC Manufacturing squad, the champions of the New Westminster City League. Names too !.

Skid MarstersRed Star    Concerning 1920s ball in the Kootenay area of BC, we stumbled into photos of a trio of Rossland players of 1924 - Skid Marsters (right), Bill Molisky and Frank "Dutch" Singer

Red Star    From 1927, we've added 16 new individual photos -- from Con Puhan to Camille VanBeneen -- of the Winnipeg Norwoods of the Winnipeg Senior League.

Red Star    In searching for the correct spelling of a player's name we lucked into a story with lots of first names of Winnipeg players of 1928 - now entered on the roster page.

Ed HenryRed Star    Veteran Ed Henry (left), who we first noticed playing in 1930 is still going strong in the 1950s. We've added his photo to the 1950 gallery and note that he continued to suit up until 1957.

Red Star    From the 1953 Western Canada season, we've added a snapshot photo of Saskatoon Gems' Oscar Tesch, Jim Shirley and Johnny Williams.  Tesch, a left-hander, showed brilliance in his early career in Vancouver, but was unable to find much success in the Western Canada League of the 1950s.

Bob LinckRed Star    As part of a recent acquisition, collector Max Weder of Vancouver stumbled into a gold mine of material from the prairies. Just one of the little items is a photo of Bob Linck the manager of "our" (Lloydminster's) first big team, the 1954 Lloydminster Meridians. But, he was injured in a car accident before the start of the season and eventually was moved to the North Battleford Beavers (hence the NB cap).

Max also obtained photos of various New Westminster and Vancouver players of the 1940s. Left below is a player for the New Westminster Royals. Centre and right are players of the Vancouver Luckies of 1947.  The challenge now is the identify the players. All three look kinda familiar !

New Westminster RoyalsVancouver LuckiesVancouver Luckies

Red Star   Thanks to our researcher deluxe, Rich Necker, we have more BC game reports -- for the 1969 season of the Victoria Senior League and a little coverage of 1971 Upper Island ball, with corresponding rosters, 1969, 1971.

Along with the game reports, Rich has sent along a 1969 photo of Dave Morgan, one of the Victoria Senior League players and a snapshot of Victoria's pitcher-first baseman Les Brice.  Also in the 1969 Photo Gallery, a couple of Nakusp, BC, players, high schoolers Glen Rounce and Gord Yolland.

And, for 1973, Rich has dug out rosters for the Team BC Juniors, the Canadian champions.

Red Star   Among the spelling changes throughout the site - Restell for Restall and other versions, and Lino Zanier for Leno. 


24 August, 2019

Red Star    The coverage of baseball in British Columbia extends to the 1959, 1960, 1968 and 1969 seasons while we also stumble upon a photo of two giants of Western Canada ball.

Dave DowlingMarcel LachemannRed Star    A future major leaguer and pitching star of the 1961 Western Canada season turns up in our coverage of 1960s ball on Vancouver Island.

Dave Dowling (left) was a 17-year-old for the Centralia Pavers of the Northwest International League.

And, another who advanced to MLB, Marcel Lachemann,right, (who played with the 1959 Calgary Dodgers of the Southern Alberta League), is in the lineup of the Aberdeen Harborites). The eight-team circuit had one Canadian team, the Victoria Pages.

George BriceOur 1960 additions include game reports, photos (Art Worth, Dave Black, and George Brice, left), snapshots, and rosters.

Red Star    Also for 1960 on the Island, we have coverage of the Victoria Senior Amateur League with game reports and some stats too (Gary Tuttle hit .400 to win the batting crown !  As noted in the rosters, there was a lot of player movement between teams and leagues.

Red Star    For 1959, we have game reports and some photos and rosters for the Fraser Valley League, the circuit a bit east of the Vancouver diamonds. The teams included the Yarrow Ocean Sprays and the Agassiz Loggers.  Our new photos include Norm Chambers, Joe Drdul, Grant Jordan and Gerry Kellington.

Red Star    We're also really pleased to have material on the late 1960s in BC. Rich has dug up information on both 1968 and 1969. 

The coverage includes game reports of the 1968 Vancouver Industrial League Charlie Whiteand the Vancouver Metropolitan League (as noted earlier, that Larry Webster was some pitching star).

There are a couple of new photos, one quite the surprise - Charlie White, right, a former ManDak League player who advanced to the majors, makes an appearance with Vancouver. 

White had previously played in the city with the professional Vancouver Mounties of the Pacific Coast League.   One of the other new pictures is of Don Sweet, who became a star kicker in Canadian football in Montreal.

Of course, the roster page has a list of players for the two leagues.

Red Star    1969 was the year of Larry Webster's perfect game in the Vancouver Industrial League. We have game reports and rosters

We've also expanded our report on the BC tournament to choose the provincial representative for the Canadian championships.

Len TuckerRed Star    In searching for a new photo of Dave Dowling, we happened upon a photo with Canadian baseball star Len Tucker, who made it up to MLB for spring training with Washington, but didn't appear in a regular season game.

Tucker, from the baseball factory at Fresno State University in California, began his semi-pro career in Canada with Kamsack Cyclones back in 1952 and returned in 1957 to hit .394 and lead the Western Canada League in home runs and runs batted in. (Ernie Rodriguez swatted .402 to win the batting crown).

The photo of Tucker and Dowling appears on a 1961 snapshot page.

Red Star    And, this one is a little too current to fit our pattern, but it's the successor league to the old Western Canada circuit. Okotoks has won the title in new WCBL !  The former Western Major Baseball League was renamed the Western Canadian Baseball League for this season.

Tristan Peters(August 16) It’s been 10 years coming, but the Okotoks Dawgs finally won the 2019 Western Canadian Baseball League championship title after closing out the Regina Red Sox in game two of their best-of-three series with a incredible 8-6 comeback effort on Friday night. The Dawgs posted a four-run bottom-of-the-eighth inning to come back for the second time, to not only rip the hearts out of the Scarlet Stockings, but also inflict historical revenge after the Red Sox won the 2012 title on Seaman Stadium soil. Bellevue University commit Liam Rihela opened the scoring with one swing of the bat, albeit on his third try during his leadoff at-bat in the bottom of the second. Okotoks also came out on top in game one, defeating Regina 7-2 at Currie Field in the Queen City. Tristan Peters,(right) an outfielder with the Dawgs, was named the playoff MVP.


18 August, 2019

Red Star    Moving right along. This time it's game reports for the 1966 Vancouver Industrial League and the 1966 Pacific International League both based in BC's Lower Mainland.

Thank you Rich Necker !

Red Star    A couple of photos too - Eric Guthrie (who became better known as a football quarterback including time in US college football) and Joe Smith who won a pro contract and spent just a year in the Giants' minor league system.

Red Star    One of the mysteries coming out of this coverage is the lack of photos of pitching star Larry Webster.

Not once.

Not even once did the Vancouver daily papers of the day (the Sun, the Province) display a photo of Larry Webster during his amazing career in local senior baseball.  From 1966 to 1971, the left-hander fired seven no-hitters, one of them a perfect game. Yet, not one photo.

Larry WebsterLarry WebsterWe do have two pictures on our site (one from a Kelowna paper, the other from Quesnel) from 1962 when a Larry Webster pitched for Merritt Luckies in tournament ball. We are trying to confirm whether this version (1960-1962) is the same Larry Webster.

This Vancouver one (a few of his highlights listed below) went on to became an ace with Canada's 1971 Pan Am team.

May 10, 1966 - Webster put an exclamation mark on the season opener, tossing a no-hitter as the Vancouver Longshoremen blanked CYO 8-0. The left-hander fanned 17.

May 24, 1966 - Webster hurled his second straight Industrial League no-hitter as he pitched the Longshoremen to a 7 to 0 victory over the Astorias. He fanned ten.

June 05, 1966 - Mr. Zero of the Longshoremen fired his third successive shutout, 5-0 over the Regents. He had 12 strikeouts.

June 05, 1967 - Webster fanned 11, with just one walk, in hurling a no-hitter Monday as Longshoremen crushed North Vancouver 13-0.

June 25, 1967 - Webster fired his fourth no-hitter in just over a year Sunday. The lefty fanned eight and walked one in the Longshoremen's 7-0 win over Burnaby.

July 06, 1967 - It was a two-hitter this time as Webster tossed his third shutout in just over a month in the Longshoremen's 2-0 win over Burnaby. He racked up 14 strikeouts and walked none.

May 14, 1968 - It was all Larry Webster Tuesday night as the slick left-hander gave up only two hits and drove in the winning run in a 3-1 win for the Longshoremen over CYO. Webster whiffed 16.

June 02, 1968 - Larry Webster put on another big show Sunday night tossing his fifth no-hitter in two seasons as the Longshoremen blasted the Villas 11-0 in interlocking play. He also was prominent at the dish with a pair of doubles and a single.

June 23, 1968 -  Longshoremen got one-hit, shutout, pitching from Larry Webster in a 3-0 victory over CYO.

July 28, 1968 - At the Powell Street Grounds, Webster was within one out of another no-hitter when Ken MacKenzie of the Merchants beat out a bunt for the only hit against him. The lefty fanned 14 and walking only one.

July 30, 1968 - Just two days after losing a no-hit bid in the seventh and final inning, Webster had a no-hitter into the sixth in an 8-0 victory over Port Coquitlam. He racked up 15 strikeouts.  Jack Tippe's single up the middle was the lone safely against Webster.

May 22, 1969 - Webster pitched a perfect game Thursday night as the Longshoremen edged the Merchants 1-0 in Industrial League action. It was the sixth no-hit gem by the left-hander in four years play in local senior ball.

July 08, 1971 - Webster pitched a no-hitter Thursday to lead Vancouver CYO to a 12-0 route of the Merchants. The lefty fanned six.

July 16, 1971 - Webster fired a one-hitter. with 16 strikeouts Friday, but didn't come away a winner as CYO and Merchants battled to a 1-1 nine-inning draw.


16 August, 2019

Lowell HodgesBill GarnerRed Star   A super job by our Rich Necker in wrapping up play in the 1959 Okanagan Mainline League and the 1959 Victoria Senior Amateur League. You can follow the whole season in the game reports !

Of course, there are rosters for the teams and some photos too !  (New images include Lowell Hodges, above left, Bill Garner, above right), Lyall Cornett, Berlyn Hodges, Ron Karadimas, Gerry Parker and Art Worth).

The Snapshot pages also includes a couple of pics from the Victoria loop.  As Rich notes, several of the Victoria players -- including Worth, Lowell Hodges, Berlyn Hodges and Parker -- had histories in the old Western Canada League.

Red Star   If you are looking below for material from prior to August, it's been shifted (in an annual move) to News 23.


15 August, 2019

Red Star   This 2014 newspaper feature on Max Weder and partner Jennifer Ettinger paints a lovely picture of the pair making a contribution to baseball in Vancouver playing host to young players of the Vancouver Canadians, a short-season farm team of the Toronto Blue Jays. 

What the article fails to note is the role of Weder as one of the country's foremost collectors of Canadian baseball artifacts. He recently made a major acquisition in Saskatchewan, much relating to semi-pro and amateur ball, and has kindly allowed us to reproduce some of the material.

Red Star   Among the delights is a better version of the 1958 team photo of the Lloydminster-North Battleford Combines, my hometown team. It includes guys like Curly Williams and Ed Tanner who were regulars at my dad's restaurant. With the two cities supporting the team, I don't recall who lived where, how the games were scheduled, and how they got back and forth. It's about 138 km (86 miles) between the two.

Red Star   There's also a better photo of what we had posted for the 1971 North Battleford Beavers (by this time the Western Canada League and Lloydminster's participation were long gone).  The Beavers played in the Northern Saskatchewan League with Kindersley, Unity and Neilburg. Access to the new photo also allowed the extraction of individual photos for the 1971 Saskatchewan Photo Gallery.

Red Star   Max's image of the 1950 Carman Cardinals of the Mandak League displayed a big larger than the one we had, so we've replaced that as well. The Mandak League proved to be a refuge to black players from the United States who found baseball jobs increasingly sparse with the collapse of the Negro Leagues following the integration of organized ball by Jackie Robinson.

Red Star   Also courtesy of Max is a "post card" photo of the 1951 Swift Current Indians to go along with the newspaper photo from the Camrose Tournament. So far, just a couple of names to attach to the photograph.

Red Star   Going all the way back to 1928, we've posted a photo of Lucky Lake, the champions of the 1928 Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament, also from Max's collection. Thank you Max !


14 August, 2019

Emile FrancisRed Star    An update of the 1951 Western Canada & Saskatchewan Snapshot pages has been on the to-do list for far too long.

Prompted by a newly discovered photo of Emile "The Cat" Francis from 1951, courtesy of Max Weder, I dove in to tackle the project and ended up re-editing almost all of the photos - most from the albums of former players John Noce and Charlie Beene. More than 60 photos in all.

Red Star   Rich Necker has been a busy beaver checking out the archives from several decades. With our deep thanks to Rich, we have additions from 1916 to 1974. 

In mainly chronological order, let me highlight the changes.

Red Star   1916-1928.  A photo of Dan Cantwell is new to the 1916 Manitoba Photo Gallery. From 99 years ago, 1920 game reports from Saskatchewan Senior Amateur ball and the Long Lake League.

Rich has dug into the newspaper archives for lots of BC baseball in the 1920s. 1922 Game reports on activity on Vancouver Island with stories on Victoria Senior ball, Mid-Island competition, Nanaimo. 1922 game reports on Nelson and Trail City Leagues, West Kootenay and East Kootenay ball.  And all these years later, we have the final statistics for the 1922 Victoria Senior Amateur League. "Deacon" McIlvride was the batting champ with a .442 average.

In the BC Interior, we now had reports for the 1923 Boundary International League, West Kootenay Senior, Intermediate and Junior ball plus the 1924  Boundary International League, the 1924 North Okanagan League, the 1925  Kootenay International League and we have the 1926 Game reports on the Boundary International League.

Just one game, but an interesting one with the famous Regina Balmorals added to the 1926 Saskatchewan game reports - a scoreless tie between the Balmorals and the Calgary All-Stars.

Andy MulliganThe Saskatchewan Snapshots of 1926 now include a newspaper photo of Lincoln "Dodger" Lewis and we managed to find a photo of Andy Mulligan (right) for the 1927 Saskatchewan Photo Gallery.

Back to the Island, we've added game reports for 1927, BC Upper Island ball, Vancouver Island and the 1928 Vancouver Island Baseball League.

Art MinnisThat's Jimmy Dangerfield, not Rodney the comedian, pitcher for Victoria Capitals as a new entry on the 1928 BC Photo Gallery joined by Art Minnis (left) and Eric Whitehead.

Red Star   1956-1960.  Some new photos add to the displays during this period. Pete Bouchier of Rossland is the addition to the 1956 BC Gallery. We've added 1957 Game reports on North Okanagan and Shuswap baseball and tacked on information on the 1959  Prince George tournament.

There's more coverage of diamond news in the BC Interior for 1959  as Rich has a pretty comprehensive look through game reports in the North Okanagan, Shuswap, Central Interior, West Kootenays and East Kootenays and there's news from the Lower Mainland too with reports on 1959  Vancouver ball in the Industrial League and the Dewdney League.

The 1959 Home Page notes perhaps the worst no-hitter of all time - no hits but 16 walks.

We have the 1959 Chetwynd Centennials as the latest team photo on the site. The team was the winner of the Prince George Tournament.

Ab CronieMore new photos in the 1959 BC Photo Gallery, including Ab Cronie (left) , Frank Bencher, Lou DeRosa, Sonny Hackett, Whitey Paugh, Lefty Gould, Bill Geefs, Jack Fowles, Stan Kato and a dozen more.

The 1959 BC Snapshot page now includes some images of Buck Buchanan, Lefty Rolin, Frank Bencher and Len Gatin.

I'm amazed we got this far in getting names to go along with a 1959 Little League photo on the Fred Cardwell Profile page.

With senior ball fading in many centres, coverage in the papers often turned to junior baseball, such as the 1960 coverage of junior baseball in the West Kootenays.

Dave KostenukRed Star   1960-1974.  The hits keep coming !  Dave Kostenuk (left), a fixture in prairie ball over two decades (Kamsack, Moose Jaw, Lloydminster, Neilburg and Edmonton) has a new photo in the 1960 Alberta Gallery.

The 1965 BC Gallery, now includes Murray Gage-Cole and Don McLeod.

We've added 1967 game reports for the Slocan Valley, elsewhere in the West Kootenays, including Junior Baseball. 1967 Tournament page includes the Penticton Tournament. Two additions to the 1968 BC Photo Gallery -- Larry Brandt, Ron Cull. One lone new photo on the 1968 Saskatchewan Gallery, Terry Rak

We're really pleased to have the 1969 Victoria Senior Amateur League game reports. And, the 1970 Tournament page includes a report on the BC Senior Championship. 

Gord StrongmanThe 1970 BC Gallery has the additions of Gord Strongman, Victoria (right) , and Bob Cyca and Bob Gassoff of Quesnel.

Victoria Senior ball gets extended coverage on the 1970 Vancouver Island reports page.

We have a bit of information on the 1970 Quesnel Senior League - standings, awards and stats. There are also game reports on Kaslo and Arrow Lakes baseball.

Joe Zanussi was the batting king in the West Kootenay Senior League for 1970.

Lots of game reports on 1970 baseball on the Lower Mainland with coverage of the Vancouver Industrial League and the Western International League.

The 1971 Home Page has an image of a program from the Alberta Major Baseball League.

The 1971 BC Gallery includes an image of American Jim Chapados who played in tournament ball in Canada & later in a league with the Burnaby Villas.

Big hair was quite the thing back in the '70s. Check out Kit Krieger, the Vancouver pitcher who tossed a no-hitter that season in the Industrial League. Krieger, now known in baseball circles for his jaunts to Cuba to raise money and awareness of the impact of Cuban players, had his day in the pros with the Vancouver Mounties and Tom Hawthorn has penned a wonderful piece on his one-day career in professional ball.

The 1972 Basin League Photo Gallery has some additional pics of players of the Rapid City Chiefs .

In our Snapshot section in 1974 coverage we've include a photo of a few members of the Trail Selkirk Selects who were competing in the Trail International Tournament. You'll note our own Rich Necker, as a coach with the squad. There's also a bit more information on Edmonton hurler Perry Lychak.

In his travels in the Archives over the last few months Rich has presented rosters including 4,457 players !  Among the roster page updates are 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1967, 1970 and 1972.

Fergie JenkinsRed Star     Reminder - this Saturday, the 17th is the big day at the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame ! 

It's the 35th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner, at Battleford, Saskatchewan with none other than Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins as the guest speaker.

Jenkins, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, was a Cy Young Award Winner who won at least 20 games seven times.

He rang up 284 career wins in the major leagues.


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