1955 Snapshots     

Weekly rightWeekly leftMax Weekly, Roy Taylor

Above left & centre -  No wonder the local paper called him Marvelous Max!  The Moose Jaw Times-Herald, in a preview of the 1955 team featured the picture at the left -- the right-hander.  Of course, Max Weekly was a big lefty. And, his brother -- later a star pitcher at COS -- was named, Marvel. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 1955)

Above right - Max Weekly (left) gets congratulations from manager Roy Taylor after a four-hit win over Edmonton.  (Edmonton Journal, July 5, 1955)

Tony LevaggiMoose Jaw coverage

Baseball was big news on the prairies. 

Here (left), the Moose Jaw Times-Herald devoted almost the entire front page of its sports section to the Mallards with pictures, a write-up, brief player biographies, and partial schedule.  (Moose Jaw Times-Herald, July 27, 1955)

Right - One of Moose Jaw's prize acquisitions was Fresno State outfielder, Tony Levaggi who was drawing much attention from major league scouts in the Pacific area. 

Safe at first




Jim Harney of the Edmonton Eskimos legs out a bunt for a base hit in the third inning of the Regina - Edmonton game at Renfrew Park, won by the Esks 5-2. 

Harney barely beats the throw from Regina third baseman Pat Mills

The first sacker is Joe Pedrazzini. (Edmonton Journal, June 18, 1955)

ini & Bauer



Two likely Western Canada all-stars are seen in action during the Regina-Edmonton series.

Left is Regina Braves first sacker Joe Pedrazzini, who had four consecutive hits Saturday night, and seen sliding into the bag is the league's top hitter the Eskimos' Cal Bauer.

Smoky the bear mascot

Smoky, the Eskimos' Panda bear mascot continues to do his magic for the Edmonton diamondeers. After the Esks ran their winning streak to seven straight on the wings of Kirby Pain's 5-0 shutout over the Regina Braves, Pain happily grabbed up Smoky in a victory embrace. Teammates mobbed Pain after the final out. Left to right are first baseman Jim Ryan, third sacker Jim Harney, Pain, and fellow hurler Keith Bowman. (Edmonton Journal, July 16, 1955)

Mabee & trophy



Left - another successful season. Ralph Mabee, manager of the Saskatoon Gems, holds the trophy emblematic of the Western Canada Baseball League pennant.

League president Cliff Henderson of Moose Jaw (right) made the presentation at Taylor Field Wednesday night. (The Leader-Post, August 25, 1955)



Edmonton three

Edmonton Eskimos enjoyed a feast at the plate routing the Lloydminster Meridians 19-6 with a 23-hit attack. Everybody but the pitchers was in for a share, including Len Karlson (left) who took over in the late innings in right field, Gary Jackson (centre) who batted in three runs with a double and single, and Len Farrell (right) who hit four-for-five, including a double and knocked in three.  (Edmonton Journal, July 14, 1955)

Below - At the Global World Series at Milwaukee, the ball gets away from third baseman Masao Hiraide of Japan and allows John Ford of Canada to slide safely into the bag in the first inning of the Global World Series opener at County Stadium. The throw from shortstop had sailed past the base. Ford then raced home with one of four first inning runs for the Saskatoon Gems, the Canadian representatives. The umpire is Don Olen. Canada beat Japan 5-2.

Johnny Ford Global Series

Below - the battery for Canada's opening game, catcher Ed Garay of Kamloops and lefty hurler Charlie Bogan (an American from the University of Arkansas).

Garay & Bogan Global Series

The managers of seven of the eight teams in the Global World Series gather before the start of the international classic. Left to right - Luis Olmo, Puerto Rico; Jacinto Barrio, Spain; Larry Kunihesa, Hawaii; Jesus Valenzuela, Mexico; Willard (Cy) Eppler, United States; Ralph Mabee, Canada; and Makino Naotaka, Japan. The Colombian manager was not present.

Managers Global World Series

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