The Southern (Saskatchewan) League, 1931 to 1974
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1931      
Moose Jaw Cats
12
4
.750
Regina Balmorals
10
6
.625
Milestone Sioux
9
7
.563
Regina Rifles
9
7
.563
Regina Shamrocks
0
16
.000
Moose Jaw defeated the Balmorals in the playoff final to capture the inaugural league title. Milestone won a playoff to decide 3rd place.
1931 Game Reports 
1931 Photo Gallery  
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1932      
Regina Nationals
15
3
Moose Jaw All-Stars
13
5
2.0
Milestone Sioux
6
12
9.0
Regina Wood Hardware
1
17
14.0
Regina Nationals won the league playoffs and went on to defeat Estevan, Saskatoon and the Alberta representatives to claim the prairie senior baseball crown
1932 Game Reports     
1932 Photo Gallery   
1932 Snapshots   
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1933      
1st Half      
Moose Jaw All-Stars
11
5
Regina Army & Navy
8
8
3.0
Regina Nationals
5
11
6.0
 
2nd Half
Regina Army & Navy
12
5
Regina Nationals
9
7
2.5
Moose Jaw All-Stars
8
9
4.0
Milestone Sioux
4
12
7.5
Regina Nationals won the league title and the provincial crown but lost the prairie championship to the Edmonton Cubs.
1933 Game Reports 
1933 Photo Gallery 
1933 Snapshots 
1933 Regina Nationals 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1934      
1st Half      
Regina Nationals
9
3
Moose Jaw All-Stars
5
7
4.0
Regina Young Liberals
4
8
5.0
 
2nd Half
Regina Nationals
10
4
Regina Young Liberals
8
6
2.0
Moose Jaw All-Stars
3
11
7.0
Regina Nationals the Southern League & Saskatchewan champions.
1934 Game Reports   
1934 Photo Gallery   
1934 Snapshots 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1935      
Southern Section      
Estevan Maple Leafs
18
12
Weyburn Beavers
13
19
6.0
Arcola
9
16
6.5
       
Northern Section
Regina Windsors
19
11
Regina Nationals
18
14
2.0
Moose Jaw All-Stars
14
19
6.5
Regina Nationals the league & provincial champs for the 4th straight season
1935 Game Reports

1935 Photo Gallery
1935 Snapshots     
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1936      
No League play but the Regina Nationals won the Saskatchewan title for the 5th consecutive season.
1936 Game Reports   
1936 Photo Gallery   
     
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1937      
Broadview Buffaloes
8
1
.888
Weyburn Beavers
5
4
.555
Notre Dame Hounds
2
5
.286
Moose Jaw Athletics
0
5
.000
Broadview won the pennant. No league playoffs. Weyburn won the Saskatchewan championship
1937 Game Reports
 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1938      
Broadview Buffaloes 
16
5
Regina Senators 
9
9
5.5
Weyburn Beavers  
7
12
8.0
Notre Dame Hounds 
6
12
8.5
Broadview again won the pennant. No league playoffs. Weyburn was declared provincial champion.
1938 Game Reports
   
1938 Photo Gallery  
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1939      
Moose Jaw Canucks
7
4
Liberty Eagles
6
4
0.5
Notre Dame Hounds
5
4
1.0
Regina Army & Navy
1
7
4.5
Moose Jaw won the pennant. No league playoffs. Saskatoon Lions beat Weyburn for the provincial title.
1939 Game Reports
   
1939 Photo Gallery    
1939 Notre Dame
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1940      
Liberty Eagles
13
7
Weyburn Beavers
12
8
1.0
Moose Jaw Elks
8
11
4.5
Regina Red Sox
9
15
6.0
Weyburn won the league title. No provincial playoffs were held.
1940 Game Reports
  
1940 Photo Gallery   
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1941      
Weyburn Beavers
7
2
.778
Moose Jaw Steamers
11
4
.733
Liberty Eagles
5
9
.357
Radville Nationals
3
6
.333
Regina Red Sox
3
8
.273
Weyburn captured the league title defeating Radville in the playoff final.
1941 Game Reports   
1941 Photo Gallery   
1941 Snapshots   
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1942      
Regina Red Sox
9
3
Regina R.C.M.P.
6
6
3.0
Notre Dame Hounds
5
7
4.0
Regina 120 Training Centre
4
8
5.0
Regina Red Sox won the pennant & league playoffs.
1942 Game Reports
 
1942 Photo Gallery 
1942 Snapshots 
       
REGINA CITY LEAGUE 1943
Notre Dame Hounds
11
7
Regina Army
10
8
1.0
Regina Red Sox
9
9
2.0
Regina Commandos
6
12
5.0
Regina Red Sox beat Notre Dame in a playoff for the league championship.
1943 SK Game Reports
 
1943 SK Photo Gallery 
1943 SK Snapshots 
1940s-1950s Notre Dame Hounds
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1944      
Notre Dame Hounds
14
4
Regina Red Sox
12
6
2.0
Regina Caps
7
11
7.0
Regina Army Garrison
3
15
11.0
Regina Caps beat Notre Dame in a playoff for the league championship.
1944 Game Reports
   
1944 Photo Gallery 
1944 Snapshots 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1945      
Weyburn Beavers
15
6
Notre Dame Hounds
13
10
3.0
Regina Red Sox
12
11
4.0
Regina Army
10
12
5.5
Regina Caps
5
16
10.0
Weyburn captured the pennant and the playoff for the championship.
1945 Game Reports
 
1945 Photo Gallery 
1945 Snapshots 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1946      
Western Division W L PCT
Notre Dame Hounds 12 6 .667
Regina Red Sox 12 7 .632
Moose Jaw Canucks 9 11 .450
Regina Caps 2 15 .118
 
Eastern Division W L PCT
Regina Clippers 14 3 .824
Wilcox Cardinals 10 8 .555
Weyburn Beavers  8 8 .500
Regina Legion 4 13 .235
Regina Clippers won the playoff for the league championship.
1946 Game Reports
  
1946 Photo Gallery  
1946 Snapshots  
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1947      
South Division      
Wilcox Cardinals  16 3 .842
Regina Clippers 13 6 .684
Weyburn Beavers 12 6 .667
Regina Pontiacs 0 19 .000
       
North Division*      
Long Lake Eagles 10 9 .526
Notre Dame Hounds 10 11 .476
Moose Jaw Canucks 9 12 .429
Regina Red Sox 8 12 .400
* North Division standings includes 2nd place tie-breaker. Weyburn defeated Notre Dame for the league championship.
1947 Game Reports   
1947 Photo Gallery  
1947 Weyburn Beavers 
1947 Moose Jaw Canucks 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1948      
Regina Caps
13
3
Weyburn Beavers
13
7
2.0
Notre Dame Hounds
10
6
3.0
Moose Jaw Oilmen
9
8
4.5
Wilcox Cardinals
8
8
5.0
Liberty Eagles
8
9
5.5
Moose Jaw Canucks
4
13
9.5
Regina Red Sox
2
13
10.5
Weyburn won its second straight title with a playoff win over Regina Caps.
1948 Game Reports
 
1948 Photo Gallery 
1948 Notre Dame Hounds
1940s-1950s Notre Dame Hounds
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1949      
Regina Caps 16 4  
Moose Jaw Canucks 12 6 3.0
Wilcox Cardinals 8 6 5.0
Weyburn Beavers 8 8 6.0
Notre Dame Hounds 7 10 7.5
Regina Red Sox 0 17 14.5
Moose Jaw won the league championship beating Regina Caps in the playoff final. Delisle topped Moose Jaw for the provincial title.
1949 Game Reports
1949 Photo Gallery      
1949 Snapshots  
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1950      
Regina Caps 21 6 .778
Wilcox Cardinals 12 6 .667
Moose Jaw Canucks 18 9 .667
Estevan Maple Leafs 10 8 .556
Notre Dame Hounds 11 17 .393
Weyburn Beavers 6 11 .353
Regina Red Sox 9 18 .333
Lumsden Royals 8 20 .286
Estevan defeated Moose Jaw in a playoff for the league championship.
1950 Game Reports
1950 Photo Gallery
1950 Snapshots  
1950 Regina Caps
1940s-1950s Notre Dame Hounds
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1951      
Weyburn Beavers 15 6  
Notre Dame Hounds 14 7 1.0
Regina Royal Caps 11 9 3.5
Avonlea Arrows 9 13 6.5
Regina Red Sox 9 13 6.5
Wilcox Cardinals 5 15 9.5
Moose Jaw disbanded, Avonlea won a playoff to decide 4th place. Weyburn declared league champion after uncompleted final playoff.
1951 Game Reports
  
1951 Photo Gallery    
1951 Snapshots
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1952      
Regina Royal Caps 12 6  
Avonlea Arrows 12 7 0.5
Weyburn Beavers 12 7 0.5
Notre Dame Hounds  8 8 3.0
Milestone Athletics  6 11 5.5
Regina Red Sox    4 15 8.5
Regina Caps beat Notre Dame in a playoff for the league title.
1952 Game Reports/Playoffs
  
1952 Photo Gallery  
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1953      
Regina Royal Caps 13 7  
Weyburn Beavers 13 7  
Regina Red Sox 11 9 2.0
Notre Dame Hounds 10 10 3.0
Avonlea Arrows  10 10 3.0
Milestone Athletics  3 17 10.0
(Caps won a sudden-death playoff to claim 
1st place)   Regina Red Sox topped Notre Dame to win the playoffs.
1953 Game Reports/Playoffs  
1953 Photo Gallery  
1953 Snapshots  
1953 Regina Red Sox 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1954      
Moose Jaw Lakers
20
5
Weyburn Beavers
14
12
6.5
Assiniboia Aces
13
13
7.5
Notre Dame Hounds
13
13
7.5
Regina Royal Caps
12
14
8.5
Regina Red Sox
12
14
8.5
Bienfait-Estevan Coalers
10
15
10.0
Avonlea Arrows
3
11
11.5
Moose Jaw captured the championship with a playoff win over Weyburn.
1954 Game Reports 

1954 Photos Gallery 
1954 Moose Jaw Lakers 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1955      
Regina Red Sox 20 6  
Assiniboia Aces 15 10 4.5
Weyburn Beavers 13 13 7.0
Notre Dame Hounds 13 13 7.0
Moose Jaw Lakers 12 14 8.0
Avonlea Arrows 6 8 8.0
Regina Royal Caps 10 15 9.5
Estevan Maple Leafs 8 18 12.0
Regina Red Sox defeated Weyburn for the Southern League title.
1955 Game Reports
 
1955 Photo Gallery  
1955 Snapshots 
1955 Notre Dame Hounds
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1956      
Estevan Maple Leafs 18 5  
Regina Red Sox   15 7 2.5
Moose Jaw Lakers 15 9 3.5
Notre Dame Hounds 12 11 6.0
Weyburn Beavers 9 13 8.5
Assiniboia Aces 7 16 11.0
Regina Cardinals 4 19 14.0
Estevan beat Regina Red Sox to claim the league championship.
1956 Game Reports
 
1956 Photos Gallery   
1956 Estevan Maple Leafs  
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1957      
Southey Red Sox 18 5  
Estevan Maple Leafs 17 7 1.5
Moose Jaw Lakers 14 10 4.5
Notre Dame Hounds 13 11 5.5
Assiniboia Aces 10 13 8.0
Regina Cardinals 5 16 12.0
Weyburn Beavers 3 18 14.0
Southey (Regina) Red Sox won the pennant and the playoffs to be Southern League champions. 1957 Game Reports 
1957 Photo Gallery  
1957 Snapshots  
1957 Estevan Maple Leafs
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1958      
Southey Red Sox 16 8  
Notre Dame Hounds 15 8 0.5
Assiniboia Aces 15 9 1.0
Estevan Maple Leafs 13 10 2.5
Moose Jaw Lakers 8 13 6.5
Weyburn Beavers 7 16 8.5
Marquis Wheat Kings 7 17 9.0
Southey Red Sox again won the title, defeating Notre Dame in the playoff final.
1958 Game Reports
 
1958 Photo Gallery  
1958 Snapshots  
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1959      
Estevan Maple Leafs
22
  9
 
Swift Current Indians
19
13
3.5
Moose Jaw Lakers
19
13
3.5
Weyburn Beavers
18
14
4.5
Regina Red Sox
17
15
5.5
Balcarres Braves
15
17
7.5
Marquis Wheat Kings
14
18
8.5
Notre Dame Hounds
12
20
10.5
Moose Jaw Mallards
  7
24
15.0
Swift Current topped Weyburn in the playoffs to capture the league crown.
1959 Game Reports
 
1959 Photo Gallery 
1959 Snapshots
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1960      
Regina Red Sox 23 9  
Moose Jaw Steelers 22 10 1.0
Swift Current Indians 21 11 2.0
Estevan Maple Leafs 18 13 4.5
Balcarres Braves 15 16 7.5
Rowletta Lakers 15 17 8.0
Marquis Wheat Kings 10 21 12.5
Weyburn Beavers 10 21 12.5
Notre Dame Hounds 8 24 15.0
Regina Red Sox downed Swift Current in the playoff final for the league championship.
1960 Game Reports 
1960 Photo Gallery 
1960 Snapshots  
1960 Swift Current  Indians  
1960 Regina Red Sox
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1961      
Regina Red Sox 20 8  
Estevan Maple Leafs 15 9 3.0
Moose Jaw Steelers 17 12 3.5
Swift Current Indians 16 13 4.5
Notre Dame Hounds 8 15 9.5
Balcarres Braves 7 16 10.5
Fort Qu'Appelle Sioux Indians 7 17 11.0
Moose Jaw won the league title downing Swift Current in the playoff final.
1961 Game Reports/Playoffs
  
1961 Photo Gallery  
1961 Snapshots  
1961 Moose Jaw Steelers  
1961 Regina Red Sox
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1962      
Regina Red Sox 26 9  
Moose Jaw Regals 25 10 1.0
Notre Dame Hounds 14 13 8.0
Swift Current Indians 12 16 10.5
Estevan Maple Leafs 7 20 15.0
Fort Qu'Appelle Sioux Indians 6 22 16.5
Regina won a sudden-death playoff to claim 1st place but Moose Jaw captured the league championship defeating Regina in a playoff.
1962 Game Reports  
1962 Photo Gallery  
1962 Snapshots  
1962 Moose Jaw Steelers 
1962 Regina Red Sox
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1963      
Moose Jaw Regals 19 11  
Swift Current Indians 16 10 1.0
Melville Millionaires 17 13 2.0
Regina Red Sox 16 14 3.0
Notre Dame Hounds 9 16 7.5
Fort Qu'Appelle Sioux Indians 8 21 10.5
Swift Current topped Moose Jaw in the playoffs to take the league title.
1963 Game Reports
 
1963 Photo Gallery  
1963 Snapshots  
1963 Melville Millionaires  
1963 Notre Dame Hounds  
1963 Moose Jaw Regals  
1963 Swift Current Indians 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1964      
Melville Millionaires 18 10  
Moose Jaw Regals 16 11 1.5
Regina Red Sox 15 12 2.5
Swift Current Indians 13 14 4.5
Fort Qu'Appelle Sioux Indians 10 17 7.5
Yorkton Elks 9 17 8.0
Regina Red Sox beat Swift Current in the playoffs for the league championship.
1964 Game Reports
  
1964 Photo Gallery  
1964 Snapshots
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1965      
Swift Current Indians 17 7 .708
Regina Red Sox 13 10 .565
Moose Jaw Regals 10 13 .435
Melville Millionaires 7 17 .292
Swift Current won the pennant and the playoffs to claim the league championship.
1965 Game Reports  
1965 Photo Gallery  
1965 Snapshots   
1965 Regina Red Sox 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1966      
Moose Jaw Regals 19 11  
Regina Red Sox 18 12 1.0
Melville Millionaires 14 16 5.0
Swift Current Indians 9 21 10.0
Moose Jaw downed Regina in the playoffs for the league title.
1966 Game Reports
  
1966 Photo Gallery  
1966 Snapshots  
1966 Melville Millionaires 
1966 Regina Red Sox
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1967      
Regina Red Sox
16
7
 
Moose Jaw Regals
15
9
1.5
Yorkton Cardinals
11
12
5.0
Melville Millionaires
9
15
7.5
Swift Current Indians
8
16
8.5
Yorkton Cardinals upset the Regina Red Sox in the playoffs for the league title.
1967 Game Reports
   
1967 Photo Gallery
 
1967 Snapshots
1967 Regina Red Sox
 
1967 Yorkton Cardinals
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1968      
Regina Red Sox
17
5
Yorkton Cardinals
16
7
1.5
Moose Jaw Regals
12
10
5.0
Swift Current Indians
7
16
10.5
Melville Millionaires
5
19
12.0
Moose Jaw Regals defeated pennant-winning Regina in the playoffs for the league title.
1968 Game Reports
         
1968 Photo Gallery     
1968 Snapshots
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1969      
Moose Jaw Regals
15
9
30
Melville Millionaires
12
10
26
Regina Red Sox
11
10
25
Swift Current Indians
10
13
21
Yorkton Cardinals
9
15
18
A points system was used (two points for a win, one pont for a tie. Regina beat Moose Jaw in the playoffs for the league championship.
1969 Game Reports 
1969 Photo Gallery   
1969 Snapshots 
1969 Moose Jaw Regals
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1970      
Melville Millionaires
16
10
34
Moose Jaw Regals
14
14
28
Regina Red Sox
12
12
27
Swift Current Indians
13
15
26
Yorkton Cardinals
12
15
25
The league continued the point system.   Interlocking schedule with Northern SK League. Moose Jaw beat Melville in the playoff final for the championship.
1970 Game Reports
   
1970 Photo Gallery   
1970 Snapshots   
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1971      
Moose Jaw Regals
24
6
48
Yorkton Cardinals
17
11
36
Swift Current Indians
17
13
34
Saskatoon Commodores
13
16
27
Regina Red Sox
10
17
23
Melville Millionaires
6
24
12
Moose Jaw over Swift Current in the playoffs for the league championship.
1971 Game Reports
 
1971 Photo Gallery
   
1971 Snapshots 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1972      
Moose Jaw Devons
19
11
40
Swift Current Indians
16
16
32
Yorkton Cardinals
14
16
30
Regina Red Sox
14
17
29
Saskatoon Commodores
14
17
29
Regina defeated Saskatoon in a playoff for fourth place. Swift Current downed Regina in the finals for the championship.
1972 Game Reports
   
1972 Photo Gallery
 
1972 Snapshots   
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1973      
Swift Current Indians
15
8
31
Regina Red Sox
14
9
29
Moose Jaw Devons
13
10
27
Melville Millionaires
4
19
9
Moose Jaw over Swift Current in the playoffs for the league title.
1973 Game Reports
    
1973 Photo Gallery
 
       
SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1974      
Moose Jaw Devons
16
6
32
Regina Red Sox
15
9
30
Swift Current Indians
9
13
18
Melville Millionaires
6
18
12
Moose Jaw again claimed the title defeating Swift Current in the playoffs.
1974 Game Reports   
1974 Photo Gallery      
1974 Snapshots
 
       
       

 



From the Great Depression, through the years of the Second World War, the post-war economic boom to the of the turbulent sixties to the beginning of the personal computer revolution, the Southern Baseball League was a staple in Saskatchewan. 

From the 1931 champion Moose Jaw Cats to the 1974 titlists, the Moose Jaw Devons, the league brought high level competition to the communities of Southern Saskatchewan, 24 overall in the 43 years of the circuit (there was no regular league play in 1936).

See the map of the Southern League teams, 1931 to 1974

Southern League ball thrilled fans from Estevan and Bienfait in the south, to Saskatoon in the north to Swift Current in the west and Broadview and Arcola in the East. Regina was there almost every year with the Red Sox, Rifles, Wood Hardware, Nationals, Army & Navy, Caps, Cardinals, Clippers, Commandos, Legion, Pontiacs, Senators, Shamrocks, Windsors, Young Liberals and Balmorals. Regina was represented every year (in the non-league year, the Nationals continued play exhibition and playoff games and won the Saskatchewan title, and in 1958-1959 the club temporarily located in Southey).

The Regina Nationals dominated senior baseball in Saskatchewan in the early years winning the provincial championship five consecutive seasons, 1932-1936.  Moose Jaw (Devons & Regals) were the powerhouses in the later years, winning the league championship in six of the last nine years. Overall, Regina teams were the cream of the Southern crop with 18 pennant winning seasons and 16 playoff titles. The Red Sox took nine of those playoff titles.

Regina teams also fared as bad as any. Only four times over the 43 seasons did a team not win a single game. Three of those were from Regina. The Pontiacs went 0-19 in 1947, a little worse than the Red Sox of 1949, 0-17, and the 1931 Shamrocks, 0-16.

Two other key members of the loop were the College of Notre Dame Hounds (two pennants, no playoff titles) with 25 seasons in the league and Weyburn with 21 (six pennants, three championships).

The import-laden Broadview Buffaloes won the pennant in each of their two years in the loop (1937 & 1938) and were believed to be the first integrated team in the circuit. Among others, the Buffaloes had attracted Negro League hurler Gene Bremmer.

The surprise team of the league was the Regina Capitals of 1944. The team, composed mainly of retired veterans, was hastily put together more than half-way through the schedule.

In late July, when about two-thirds of the schedule had been wrapped up, one of the Army entrants, the Provost Corps, unexpectedly withdrew ... out of the blue stepped George Drew, a veteran of many baseball campaigns in southern Saskatchewan ... dating back to the early 1930's. Drew, who had been umpiring Southern League games in Regina, made an eleventh hour proposal to the league moguls. He had organized a number of former players who still had an itch for the game. Rather than re-adjust the remaining schedule, why not let his group of exiles simply take over for the Provost Corps but under a new name, the Regina Capitals? His pitch worked and, the very next evening, the Caps were on the diamond, taking it on the chin in their first league encounter. They eventually split the eight league games in which they played and went into the playoffs only as an afterthought.

Lo and behold, after losing the first two games of their semi-final series against the champions of 1942 and 1943, the Regina Red Sox, the Caps responded to the threat of elimination by roaring back to win three in a row, moving on to face the Notre Dame Hounds who had the Southern League's best regular-season record. As a decided underdog, no one gave them much of a chance to upset the pennant-winners but, after seven hard-fought games, this rag-tag group of faded veterans, rejects from other teams and untested newcomers including a 16 year old third baseman out of the high school ranks, prevailed as 1944 Southern League titlists, a Cinderella finish if there ever was one.

Terry PuhlAlong the way, fans have had an opportunity to watch a few outstanding athletes who managed to advance all the way to the major leagues, including Terry Puhl (right) not much older than a Little Leaguer in the first of his three summers with Melville. In the early 1960s, the Millionaires also had pitcher Daryl Patterson and Swift Current was blessed with top hurler Reggie Cleveland. In the very early days,  Aldon "Lefty" Wilkie was a prized hurler for the Regina Nationals.

Over the years the league featured many local heroes and characters from Wilf "Lefty" Pennington (the top hurler the initial season -- both in the regular season and the playoffs -- who was still tossing them across the plate 20 years later) to Roy Rowley and Ned Andreoni who led Moose Jaw to yet another title in the final season of the Southern League.

Revere "Babe" Brossard, a star in province since the mid 1920s, won the batting championship the first year with a .487 mark. Only two players bettered that in the history of the league. 

Ralph HoggThe early years featured at least five of the six Hogg brothers, with Ralph and Cliff the most prominent. Ralph Hogg (left), who first rates a mention in 1927 played for more than thirty years, mainly with Weyburn. Cliff Hogg was the batting champ in 1934 and 1935.

A highlight of all the years of the Southern League was the 1933 Hec McLeodplayoff performance of Regina Nationals hurler Hec McLeod. The club played 24 post-season games. McLeod pitched in 22 of them, 18 as a starter, each one of them a complete game. He kicked off the playoffs throwing complete games on three consecutive days. During the streak he had complete game double-headers on three separate days and ended the string of accomplishments pitching on three consecutive days the day AFTER throwing both games of a double-bill.

The thirties marked a golden age for barnstorming teams on the prairies. In just one summer, 1936, the following ten teams trekked to Southern Saskatchewan - Kansas City Monarchs, Houston Black Buffaloes, Acme Giants from Shreveport, Michigan Wolves, Mexican Aztecas, Cincinnati Tigers, Boston Royal Giants, House of David, Northgate, North Dakota, Bismarck Churchills.

Percy BookerIn the early 1940s, Percy Booker, Regina right-hander, fashioned one of the best ever pitching summers in the Southern League tossing a pair of no-hitters and a 20-strikeout game.

Two Southern Leaguers were among the casualties in the Second World War. Bob Emerson was killed in 1943 and Vince Germann in 1945.

Vince's younger brother, Frank Germann, also a paratrooper, returned from service to become the face of the new league entry, the Notre Dame Hounds of Wilcox and the Metz brothers, Nick, Don and Bob were top performers on the diamond as well as the ice rink.

The first of the famous Indian Head tournaments, in 1947, drew an estimated 10,000 fans to the small prairie community.

Veteran hurler Gaylen Shupe, pitching for Weyburn in 1948 had a pitcher's dream, a perfect game.

Local fans got to see the premiere touring games.

"When bigger and better ball parks are built in Regina, the effervescent House of David and Kansas City Monarchs will probably fill them.  They gave Taylor Field something to remember them by Tuesday night and brought back nostalgic memories of pre-war days as 3,500 customers (paying variety) stormed the gates, spewed over from the bleachers down the base lines and into deep centre field.  It was almost a mob scene that greeted touring baseball's top-drawer clubs." (Regina Leader-Post, June 23, 1948)

In the year before defenceman Gus Kyle advanced to the National Hockey League, he set the league's all-time record taking the batting crown with a .552 average while handling catching duties for the Regina Caps.

It was a big story in 1949, Moose Jaw's signing of former Major League pitcher Mort Cooper who had teamed with his brother Walker in the St. Louis Cardinals' World Series titles of 1942 and 1944.

 

 


SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 BATTING
 1931  Average       Babe Brossard RBA   .481
       Runs          Dave Clayton MLS     31
       Hits          Ted Schwindt MLS     36
       Home Runs     Four tied             1
       Stolen Bases  Dave Clayton MLS     16
 1932  Average       Bill Clayton MLS    .365
       Runs          Dave Clayton MLS     13
       Hits          Dave Clayton MLS     24
       Stolen Bases  Dave Clayton MLS     15
 1933  Average       Cliff Boll RAN      .338
       Runs          Eddie Scott MJ       25
       Hits          Cliff Boll RAN       46
       Home Runs     Duncan Porteous RAN   4
       Stolen Bases  Johnny Stoyand RGN   12
 1934  Average       Cliff Hogg RYL      .357
       Runs          Joe Trapp RGN        21
                     Webb Bird RYL        21
       Hits          Joe Haberman RGN     37
       Home Runs     Four tied             2
       Stolen Bases  Joe Trapp RGN        18
 1935  Average       Cliff Hogg RGN      .430
 1936
 1937
 1938
 1939
 1940  Average       Elmer Ekdahl WY     .460
       Runs          Bill Roney LIB       23
       Hits          Bill Roney LIB       33
                     Red Haley LIB        33
       Home Runs     Six tied              2
       Stolen Bases  Frank Mark RGR        7
                     Ken Charlton RGR      7
 1941
 1942
 1943
 1944
 1945
 1946
 1947
 1948  Average       Gus Kyle RGC        .552
       Runs          Gus Kyle RGC         23
       Hits          Gus Kyle RGC         37
 1949  Average       Clint Squires WX    .368
       Runs          Tony Righetti RGC    23
       Hits          Tony Righetti RGC    29
       Home Runs     Gayle Shupe WY        4
 1950  Average       Claude Williams RGC .413
       Runs          Barry Wolstencroft M 28
       Hits          Claude Williams RGC  45
       Home Runs     Barry Wolstencroft M  3
                     Lincoln Boyd RGC      3
       Stolen Bases  Norm Brown ND        18
 1951
 1952  Average       Doug Hingley RGC    .333
       Hits          Frank Mayor WY       25
 1953  Average       Jim Burge WY        .437
       Runs          Bob Turner RGR       21
       Hits          Jim Burge WY         31
 1954  Average       Bob Chapman MJL     .373
       Hits          Bob Chapman MJL      41
 1955  Average       Denny Cochrane RGR  .398
       Runs          Denny Cochrane RGR   31
       Hits          Denny Cochrane RGR   35
       Home Runs     Ed Bearss ND          4
 1956  Average       Ed Heidt RC         .435
       Runs          Murray Smail MJL     30
       Hits          Herb Lovett MJL      34
                     Mel Hennefent MJL    34
       Home Runs     Nasie Schnell ES      3
 1957  Average       Bearss Ed ND/MJL    .436
       Hits          Bearss Ed ND/MJL     41
 1958  Average       Morris McNabb SRS   .388
       Runs          Lionel Ruhr SRS      27
       Hits          Lionel Ruhr SRS      35
 1959  Average       George Hunchuk MJL  .383
       Runs          Wally Blaisdell MJL  38
       Hits          Wally Blaisdell MJL  46
       Home Runs     Wally Blaisdell MJL  10
 1960  Average       Ron McKechney ES    .474
       Runs          Lionel Ruhr RGR      46
       Hits          Buzz Bent WY         48
       Home Runs     Gord Johnson SC      10
 1961  Average       Lionel Ruhr RGR     .415
       Runs          Lionel Ruhr RGR      43
       Hits          Lionel Ruhr RGR      49
       Home Runs     Jerry Walker BA       4
 1962  Average       Ed Stefureak RGR    .390
       Runs          Larry Bachiu RGR     47
       Hits          Ed Stefureak RGR     55
       Home Runs     Ed Stefureak RGR      8
 1963  Average       Wally Blaisdell MJR .373
       Runs          Luke Moser RGR       33
       Hits          Bob Lewis SC         35
                     George Pirie MM      35
       Home Runs     Ed Stefureak RGR      5
                     Jerry Walker MM       5
 1964  Average       Ed Stefureak RGR    .389
       Runs          Larry Bachiu RGR     29
       Hits          Ed Stefureak RGR     37
                     Larry Bachiu RGR     37
       Home Runs     Ed Stefureak RGR      6
                     Don Laube MM          6
 1965  Average       Ron McKechney SC    .403
       Runs          Terry Burns SC       25
       Hits          Ron McKechney SC     31
       Home Runs     Bobby Lewis SC        8
 1966  Average       Bev Hickie MM       .372
       Runs          Bev Hickie MM        24
       Hits          Bev Hickie MM        45
       Home Runs     Dan Roach MM          5
 1967  Average       Larry Bachiu RGR    .466
       Runs          Dennis Williams SC   25
       Hits          Ed Stefureak YK      36
       Home Runs     Ed Stefureak YK       7
 1968  Average       Roy Rowley MJR      .366
       Runs          Ned Andreoni MJR     20
 1969  Average       Ned Andreoni MJR    .380
       Runs          Barrie Day MJR       26
       Hits          Ned Andreoni MJR     38
       Home Runs     Ned Andreoni MJR      6
                     Wayne Commordore SC   6
 1970  Average       Ned Andreoni MJR    .417
       Runs          Ned Andreoni MJR     35
       Home Runs     Ed Stefureak YK       7
       Stolen Bases  Bev Hickie MM        10
 1971  Average       Don Simon RGR       .413
       Runs          Ned Andreoni MJR     23
       Hits
       Home Runs     Gord Johnson SC       5
       Stolen Bases  Randy Munch SK       11
 1972* Average       Tim Alcantar SK     .380
       Runs          Ned Andreoni MJR     22
       Home Runs     Ned Andreoni MJR      5
 1973  Average       Doug Simon RGR      .493
       Runs          Doug Simon RGR       32
       Hits          Doug Simon RGR       33
       Home Runs     Dave Dupree MJ        5
       Andy Logan RGR        5
 1974  Average       Jim Baba MJ         .379
       Runs          Doug Simon RGR       30
       Hits          Jim Baba MJ          33
       Home Runs     Larry Tollefson MJ    7
                     Doug Simon RGR        7
       Stolen Bases  Doug Senyk MM        16
 * Incomplete
    

PITCHING
 1931  Games           Wilf Pennington MJ     16
       Innings Pitched Floyd White MLS       124
       Strikeouts      Wilf Pennington MJ    139
       ERA             Wilf Pennington MJ    1.72
 1932  Games           Wilf Pennington MJ     14
       Complete Games  Wilf Pennington MJ     9
       Wins            Wilf Pennington MJ     7
 1933  Games           Hec McLeod RGN         18
       Complete Games  Hec McLeod RGN         11
                       Winston Bates RAN      11
       Wins            Winston Bates RAN      11
 1934  Games           Lawrence Steiner RGW   17
       Complete Games  Ralph Hogg WY          15
       Wins            Lawrence Steiner RGW   12
 1935
       1936
       1937
       1938
       1939
       1940
       1941
       1942
       1943
       1944
       1945
       1946
       1947
 1948  Games           Elmer Torgeson M99     10
                       Aubrey Downton WX      10
       Complete Games  Five tied              6
       Wins            Elmer Torgeson M99     5
 1949  Games           Cliff Harrison RGC     12
       Complete Games  Cliff Harrison RGC     7
       Wins            Cliff Harrison RGC     7
 1950  Games           Ron Larter LU          17
       Complete Games  Mike Mellis MJC        8
                       Hugo Dombowsky ND      8
       Wins            Mike Mellis MJC        7
                       Gord Campbell AV       7
       Innings Pitched Ron Larter LU          91
       Strikeouts      Mel Torgenrud ES       67
 1951  Games           Harold Cope RGR        17
       Complete Games  Cliff Harrison RGC     8
       Wins            Lionel L'Heureux ND    5
 1952  Games           Lionel L'Heureux ND    13
       Complete Games  Gordon Campbell AV     6
       Wins            Garnet Campbell AV     5
 1953  Games           Gordon Campbell AV     13
       Complete Games  Lionel L'Heureux ND    8
                       Gordon Campbell AV     8
       Wins            Lionel L'Heureux ND    6
 1954  Games           Tom Leverick RGR       19
                       Al Erfle AS            19
       Complete Games  Al Erfle AS            10
       Wins            Orval Verpe ES         7
                       Hugo Dombowsky ND/ES   7
 1955  Games           Paul Pearson AS        14
                       Phil Resch ND          14
       Complete Games  Paul Pearson AS        11
       Wins            Vic Wall RGR           7
                       Hugh Carr/Dombowsky ND 7
                       Paul Pearson AS        7
 1956  Games           Phil Resch ND          15
       Complete Games  Gary McKechney ES      10
       Wins            Gary McKechney ES      9
 1957  Games           Gary McKechney ES      15
                       Phil Resch ND          15
       Complete Games  Gary McKechney ES      8
                       Dave Hoff WY           8
       Wins            Gary McKechney ES      7
                       Gord McDonald ES       7
 1958  Games           Phil Resch ND          16
       Complete Games  Phil Resch ND          10
       Wins            Phil Resch ND          11
 1959  Games           Art Obey BA,           19
                       Phil Resch ND          19
       Complete Games  Merv Sanderson ES      12
       Wins            Merv Sanderson ES      11
 1960  Games           Ray Nutzhorn RW        15
       Complete Games  Merv Sanderson ES      10
       Wins            Merv Sanderson ES      7
                       Wayne LeBere MJS       7
                       Dick Mandzuk MJS       7
                       Jackie McLeod SC       7
 1961  Games           Harvey Peterson SC     18
       Complete Games  Merv Sanderson ES,     6
                       Doug Modrell BA        6
       Wins            Arnie Floyd RGR        6
                       Denny Weston SC        6
 1962  Games           Al Ash RGR             16
       Complete Games  Wayne Deines FQ        7
                       Wayne LeBere MJR       7
       Wins            Al Ash RGR             9
 1963  Games           Al Ash RGR             14
       Complete Games  Lorne Houk FQ          8
       Wins            Al Ash RGR             7
                       Wayne LeBere MJR       7
       Innings Pitched Lorne Houk FQ          93
 1964  Games           Cliff Mein MM          15
                       Tommy Taylor MM        15
                       Bob Wright FQ          15
       Complete Games  Doug Modrell YK        9
       Wins            Merv Sanderson SC      8
 1965  Complete Games  Wayne LeBere MJR       7
       Wins            Doug Modrell SC        7
       Innings Pitched Cliff Mein MM          71
       Strikeouts      Cliff Mein MM          66
 1966  Complete Games  Wayne LeBere MJR       8
       Wins            Wayne LeBere MJR       9
       Innings Pitched Wayne LeBere MJR       94
       Strikeouts      Wayne LeBere MJR       93
 1967  Wins            Wayne LeBere MJR       6
       Innings Pitched Les Wall SC            74
       Strikeouts      Howard Terry MM        54
 1968  Games           Mike Harkness YK       13
                       Dave Mello MM          13
       Complete Games  Mike Harkness YK       11
       Wins            Don Krick YK           9
 1969  Games           Gary Brunetti YK       12
       Complete Games  Gary Brunetti YK       9
       Wins            Dale Hogg MJR          6
       Innings Pitched Gary Brunetti YK       92
       Strikeouts      Gary Brunetti YK       60
       ERA             Les Wall SC           2.12
 1970  Games           Don Krick YK           16
       Complete Games  Ross Stone MM          10
       Wins            Don Cardwell MJR       7
       ERA             Don Cardwell MJR      1.57
 1971  Games           Edd Tabashniuk SK      16
       Complete Games  Craig Bromann YK       10
                       Terry Buck MM/SC       10
       Wins            Gary DeBenedetti MJR   9
       Innings Pitched Randy Sawa RGR         95
       Strikeouts      Randy Sawa RGR         88
       ERA             Gary DeBenedetti MJR  0.95
 1972  Games           Mike Girazian  YK      15
                       Terry Buck SC          15
       Complete Games  Mike Girazian  YK      12
       Wins            Terry Buck SC          10
       Innings Pitched Paul Nelson MJ         95
       Strikeouts      Paul Nelson MJ        140
       ERA             Randy Sawa RGR        1.08
 1973  Games           Wayne Pusch SC         11
       Complete Games  Wayne Pusch SC         10
       Wins            Terry Buck SC          5
                       Roy Rowley MJ          5
                       Lyle Johnson RGR       5
                       Wayne Pusch SC         5
       ERA             Wayne Pusch SC        1.42
 1974  Games           Lyle Johnson RGR       13
       Complete Games  Wayne Pusch SC         9
       Wins            Wayne Pusch SC         6
                       Warren Mertens MJ      6