1959 Manitoba Game Reports       


Transcona entered the league in 1959, replacing the departed C.U.A.C. Blues, as the loop maintained its four-team membership with the return of Elmwood, Selkirk, and the defending champion St. Boniface entry.

Elmwood Giants
Selkirk Braves
St. Boniface Native Sons
Transcona Railroaders

(May 31)  Scoring five runs in the eighth inning to erase a 7 to 5 deficit, the Elmwood Giants overhauled the Selkirk Braves 10 to 7 at Giants Field to officially open the Greater Winnipeg Senior Baseball League’s 1959 season. Both teams used three pitchers as Bob Charman of the Giants emerged with the mound victory. The Braves outhit the winners 13 to 8 as Clive Brooks led the way with a triple and single and Harry Brooks punched out two singles. Ray Hoskins’ double was the only extra-base blow for Elmwood.

Predinchuk, Fedoruk (L) (4), Sawchuk (8) and Prettie
Kukulowitz, Ursel (6), Charman (W) (8) and Craib

(June 9)  Overcoming a fine five-hit, 13-strikeout performance by losing hurler Jim Matson, the St. Boniface Native Sons shaded the Selkirk Braves 5 to 3. Johnny Rendall singled twice to lead the St. Boniface offensive attack. For the homestanding Selkirk club, Harry Brooks and Tom Kyle both walloped home runs while Ray Small contributed a pair of one-baggers

Boutet, Grapentine (W) (6) and Craw
Matson (L) and Prettie

(June 14)  The defending champion St. Boniface Native Sons hung up their second straight victory in the 1959 season by whitewashing the Elmwood Giants 6 to 0. Versatile Al Johnson fashioned a five-hitter on the hill for the Sons, striking out nine and walking three. Losing chucker Aggie Kukulowicz was sent to the showers in the fifth frame as Vic Buffet took over mound duties for the Giants. Ron Hewitt had two safeties for the victors, a production equalized by Elmwood’s Ernie Pitts and Ab Hansford.

(June 14)  Transcona trimmed Selkirk 8 to 4 as winning pitcher Al Seymour allowed seven hits. Marv Dunn, Bill Predinchuk and Ray Brunel all toiled on the knoll for the Fishermen. Art Vandel led the Sconas with three hits while Ab Bruce, Ed McDonald and Ron Twerdochlib collected two each. Brunel garnered a brace of safeties for Selkirk.

(June 18)  Jim Matson whiffed nine as the Elmwood Giants downed Transcona 12 to 4. Wally "Dixie" Dowgan, replaced on the bump by Al Seymour in the fourth frame, was stung with the loss. Ken Tresoor and Ray Hoskins paced the 14-hit Elmwood hitting attack with three safeties apiece while Blue Bomber end Ernie Pitts and Les Maunder both clipped the orb for a pair. Ab Bruce had two of Transcona’s five hits.

(June 18)  Piling up 16 base blows, the St. Boniface Native Sons overwhelmed the Selkirk Braves 11 to 6. Gord Simpson led the assault on Selkirk pitching with four hits. Bruce Carmichael had three and Ken Little, Johnny Rendall and Ron Hewitt two each. Ray Brunel stroked a brace of safe swats for Selkirk.

Jobb (L), Predinchuk (6) and Prettie
Rettie, Johnson (W) (6) and Hewitt

(June 21)  Curt Grapentine went the route in hurling the St. Boniface Native Sons to a 12 to 5 trouncing of Transcona, effectively scattering nine hits while his mates were raking two Transcona moundsmen for a dozen base blows. The Railroaders hurt their chances by committing six errors. Russ Smith had three hits, including a homer, for the Sons. Teammate Johnny Rendall also had a triad of safe swats, all one-baggers while Gord Simpson chipped in with a pair. Art Vandel and Ron Twerdochlib had two hits apiece for Transcona.

(June 21)  Bill Predinchuk limited the second-place Elmwood Giants to five hits as the third-place Selkirk Braves won 3 to 0. The Braves got to losing flinger “Smiley” Krivak for just six hits including two each by Mitch Kyle and Harry Brooks. Les Maunder gathered a brace of safeties for the Giants.

(June 25)  The Elmwood Giants overcame a 4 to 0 deficit to defeat the St. Boniface Native Sons 5 to 4 in a Greater Winnipeg Senior League game. A triple by Doug Craib in the eighth episode drove in playing-manager Sid Forster, who had singled, with the winning run. Herb Kaletzke, who relieved starter Jim Matson in the sixth stanza, got credit for the mound victory. Each of the Elmwood hurlers was touched for four safeties with Ken Little and Fred Dunsmore collecting two apiece. Losing tosser Garnet Boutet went the distance and was nicked for nine base raps.

(June 28)  The St. Boniface Native Sons handed the Transcona Railroaders a 10 to 4 defeat in Senior Baseball league action. The Sons raked ten hits off losing pitcher Wally Dowgan as Ron Hewitt led the way with two triples while Johnny Rendall and Don Craw cracked a pair of singles each. Garnet Boutet went the route on the bump for the winners, surrendering eight hits while whiffing seven. Ed McDonald launched a three-run homer for Transcona while clubmates Art Perrault and Frank Hobday added two hits apiece.

(July 9)  A 6 to 5 victory over Transcona elevated the St. Boniface Native Sons into a first-place tie with the Elmwood Giants in the Greater Winnipeg Senior Baseball League standings. Winning twirler Garnet Boutet and reliever Al Johnson gave up a total of seven hits. Wally Dowgan was the loser. Ron Hewitt and Gerry Brisson each had two hits for the winners.

(July 9)  The Elmwood Giants came up with five runs in the seventh inning to down Selkirk 7 to 5. Buck Tiderman and Ray Hoskins supplied three hits each in the Giants’ come-from-behind win. “Smiley” Krivak, taking over from starter Jim Matson in the seventh spasm, was credited with the hillock triumph while Gerry Curle, relieving Pat Angers in the same frame, was tagged with the loss. Ray Brunel stroked two singles for the Braves.

(July 12)  Utilizing a five-run fifth inning the St. Boniface Native Sons doubled the Selkirk Giants 12 to 6 in Senior Baseball League action. Pete Rettie picked up the mound decision at the expense of Pat Angers. A three-run homer by Russ Smith was the big blow in the fifth-frame outburst. Don Craw had three singles for the winners while Ken Little, Johnny Rendall, Gerry Brisson and Claire Wahashinski added two singles apiece.  Ray Brunel had a pair of safeties for the vanquished nine.

Rettie (W), Grapentine (5) and Wahashinski
Angers (L), Brunel (6) and Prettie

(July 12)  Transcona upset the Elmwood, laying a 10 to 3 trouncing on the Giants. Eddie McDonald picked up the pitching win for the Railroad town, yielding eight hits and breezing a dozen. Elmwood used two chuckers, Ken Tresoor and Herb Kaletzke, with the loss charged to Tresoor. Frank Hobday hit a homer and double for the winners.

McDonald (W) and Blaine
K. Tresoor (L), Kaletzke (2) and Craib

(July 14)  The Elmwood Giants scored twice in their final turn at bat to defeat Selkirk 4 to 2 in a Greater Winnipeg Senior Baseball League clash. A double by Ab Hansford drove in the lead counter. Jim Matson punched out 12 and surrendered four hits in capturing the pitching win. The loss was charged to Pat Angers who fanned six and was nicked for five safeties. Ray Hoskins paced the winners at the plate with two singles while Selkirk’s Jim Barry banged out the same number of safeties.

(July 16)  A three-run sixth-inning gave the Elmwood Giants a slim 5 to 4 verdict over the St. Boniface Native Sons. “Smiley” Krivak earned the pitching win with eighth-inning relief assistance from Herb Kaletzke. Al Johnson was stung with the loss. Doug Ingram had three hits, including a two-run double, for the winners while Al Tresoor and Ab Hansford stroked two safeties apiece. Johnny Rendall smashed out three hits for the Sons.

(July 16)  At Selkirk, Gerry Curle and Pat Angers teamed up to pitch the hometown Braves to a 15 to 2 drubbing of Transcona. The Braves banged out 19 hits in the rout with Angers’ three-run homer the big blow. Angers also added a double and a single while teammate Bill Nykoluk registered a triple, double and three one-baggers. Ed McDonald’s double drove in both of the Railroaders’ runs.

(July 19)  Behind the four-hit pitching of Pete Rettie, the St. Boniface Native Sons trounced Transcona 8 to 1. Rettie walked three and rang up 11 punchouts in going the route. The loss was charged to Carl Sietz. Murray Couch paced the Native Sons at the dish, clouting a grand-slam homer and a double, while clubmates Johnny Rendall, Gerry Bonin and Cliff Pennington all garnered a brace of safeties.

(July 21)  Jim Matson hurled a two-hitter and fanned 11 as the Elmwood Giants blanked the St. Boniface Native Sons 5 to 0 in a Senior Baseball League match. Losing flinger Al Johnson allowed nine hits while whiffing seven. Ken Tresoor was the leading hitter for the victors, rapping the horsehide for a pair of singles and a double. Brothers Al and Sid Forrester added two hits apiece. Gord Simpson and Fred Dunsmore had the only two hits off Matson.

Matson (W) and Craib
Johnson (L) and Wahashinski

(July 23)  The Selkirk Braves slipped by the Transcona Railroaders 1 to 0 in a hard-fought Greater Winnipeg Senior Baseball tilt. Back-to-back doubles by Mitchell Lyle and Pat Angers in the first inning gave the Braves their margin of victory as Ray Brunel, with a three-hitter, nosed out Al Seymour, who yielded four safeties, for the knoll victory .

(July 23)  The Elmwood Giants opened up a two-game lead over second-place St. Boniface as they blanked the Native Sons 1 to 0. “Smiley” Krivak picked up the mound win for the Giants as he surrendered nine hits while fanning seven and walking four. Al Tresoor had three of the nine hits yielded by losing chucker Garnet Boutet. Teammate Ray Hoskins contributed a pair of safeties, one a two-bagger. Johnny Rendall stroked two singles for the Native Sons.

(July 26)  The St. Boniface Native Sons, with slab artist Curt Grapentine firing a two-hitter, blanked the Elmwood Giants in a Senior Baseball League game. Grapentine breezed six and walked two. The loss was charged to Herb Kaletzke who yielded five hits, walked two and struck out four. Johnny Rendall led the Sons with the baton, drilling two singles. Ray Hoskins and Al Tresoor had the base hits off Grapentine.

(July 28)  The Transcona Railroaders, outswatted by a 15 to 13 margin, scored the winning run in the tenth inning for a come-from-behind 10 to 9 win over the Elmwood Giants. Transcona had to score four times in the bottom-of-the-ninth episode to send the game into extra innings and needed three runs in the tenth for the win. Gary Blaine homered and added four singles for the Railroad Towners while winning pitcher Ed McDonald added two triples. Losing flinger Jim Matson stroked four singles and clubmate Ray Hoskins pitched in with a triple and two singles.

Matson (L) and Tresoor
McDonald (W) and Perrault. Sietz (9)

(July 30)  Fireballing right hander Herb Kaletzke threw a no-hit, no-run game in leading the Elmwood Giants to a 14 to 0 triumph over the Transcona Railroaders. Kaletzke fanned seven batters and issued just one free ticket. From within the batter’s box, he chipped in with a pair of singles. Ab Hansford collected a double and a brace of one-baggers for the winners.

(August 9)  St. Boniface wound up in a first-place tie with Elmwood as they trounced listless Transcona 11 to 2 in the last scheduled Senior Baseball League game. The Native Sons and Giants will meet in a sudden-death encounter for the league pennant and 1959 bragging rights. The same two clubs will then tangle in a best-of-seven series for the playoff championship. Transcona wound up in third spot in the standings but the fourth-place team, Selkirk, withdrew from further competition when some of their players were forced to leave the team due to business.


(August 11)  The Elmwood Giants racked up eight runs in the third inning and held on to win 9 to 3 over the St. Boniface Native Sons at Provencher Park to capture the 1959 Greater Winnipeg Senior Baseball League pennant. The Sons jumped into a 2 to 0 lead in the opening canto but winning hurler Jim Matson recovered from a shaky start and went on to pitch one of his better games of the campaign, ringing up eight punchouts while spreading out seven hits over the route. St. Boniface used three chuckers with starter Al Johnson taking the loss.

FINALS  St. Boniface Native Sons vs Elmwood Giants  (best-of-seven series)

(August 16)  A seven-run eighth inning gave the St. Boniface Native Sons an 8 to 6 win over the pennant-winning Elmwood Giants as the Greater Winnipeg Senior Baseball League final series got underway. The Native Sons banged out seven singles in a row and drove starter Ken Kolinsky from the hill during the uprising. The big blow was Fred Dunsmore’s bases-loaded single. The Giants got four of their runs in the fifth frame on three singles and a walk. Garnet Boutet, with relief help from Dunsmore in the eighth earned the win while Kolinsky, sent to the showers in favor of Aggie Kukulowicz, was nailed with the loss. Gord Simpson paced the winners at the plate with three singles while teammates Johnny Rendall, Gerry Brisson and Ron Hewitt contributed two singles each. Ken Tresoor banged out three singles for the Giants and Ray Hoskins a pair.

Boutet (W), Dunsmore (8) and Brisson
Kolinsky (L), Kukulowitz (8) and Craib

(August 18)  The St. Boniface Native Sons and Elmwood Giants fought to a seven-inning 3 – 3 tie in the second game of their best-of-seven final series. The game was called on account of darkness. Curt Grapentine went the distance for the Native Sons, allowing ten hits. Starting slabster Jim Matson of the Giants was touched for six safeties before yielding the knoll to “Smiley” Krivak in the seventh. Catcher Doug Craib’s clutch single, his third hit of the contest, in the top-of-the-seventh stanza drove in the equalizer for the Giants as teammate Ray Hoskins added a pair of safeties. Three of the Native Sons, Gord Simpson, Johnny Rendall and Ken Nichol, had two hits apiece.

Grapentine and Hewitt
Matson, Krivak (7) and Craib

(August 25)  The St. Boniface Native Sons scored a run in the bottom-of-the-seventh and final inning to edge the Elmwood Giants 3 to 2 and take a two-games-to-none lead in the Senior League finals. One game was tied. Ken Little’s single drove in the winning run after which the game was called because of darkness. Garnet Boutet went the distance for the Native Sons, giving up six hits, striking out seven and walking two. The loss was charged to Jim Matson who relieved starter “Smiley” Krivak in the fifth frame. The duo yielded seven safeties and rang up five punchouts. Three Sons, Gord Simpson, Johnny Rendall and Bruce Carmichael, had two singles each. No Giant batter managed plural hit totals.

Krivak, Matson (L) (5) and Craib
Boutet (W) and Brisson

(August 27)  Herb Kaletzke hurled a four-hitter to lead the Elmwood Giants to an 8 to 0 victory and their initial win over the St. Boniface Native Sons in the Greater Winnipeg Senior Baseball League final series. Ray Hoskins led the Giants at the plate with a brace of one-baggers off the slants of losing chucker Pete Rettie who was nicked for seven safeties while issuing an equal number of free tickets..

(August 30)  The Elmwood Giants swept a pair of games from the St. Boniface Native Sons to take a three-games-to-two stranglehold on the Senior Baseball League final series. The Giants won the afternoon portion of a twin-bill at St. Boniface 5 to 2 and added a 1 to 0 triumph in the evening on their home turf for their third consecutive victory after falling behind by two games. A four-run third-inning gave the Giants the first game that tied the series at two games apiece while they emerged victorious in a pitching duel that defined the finale.

Jim Matson picked up the pitching win in the matinée affair, yielding eight hits, striking out nine and walking two. Al Tresoor swung the big bat for the winners, clubbing a double and single. His two-bagger in the third canto off losing chucker Al Johnson drove in a brace of counters and swung the momentum in favor of Elmwood.

In the late tilt, the Giants scored the only run of the game in the first frame. With one retired, Ray Hoskins singled, swiped the keystone sack and scored on an infield hit by Ken Tresoor. Winning tosser “Smiley” Krivak was nicked for five hits in a strong pitching performance while losing flinger Fred Dunsmore was also stingy on the knoll, yielding but four safeties.

(September 8)  A 2 to 0 triumph by the St. Boniface Native Sons forced a seventh and deciding game in the Greater Winnipeg Senior Baseball League final series.

(September 10)  Outhitting their foes by an 8 to 4 margin, the St. Boniface Native Sons annexed their fifth straight Senior Baseball League championship with a 2 to 1 win over the Elmwood Giants. The winning run was unearned as a pair of infield errors by the Giants in the sixth spasm, combined with a single by Jim Wilson, plated the deciding marker. St. Boniface scored their first tally in the fifth. The pennant-winning Elmwood club drew first blood with a second-stanza run but were held off the scoreboard for the remainder of the clash by the tight hurling of Fred Dunsmore who fanned six and walked three. The loss was charged to Al/Ken Kolinsky who was relieved by Jim Matson in the sixth. Ron Hewitt and Wilson led the victors at the dish with a pair of singles each while teammate Russ Smith contributed a triple. The game was shortened to seven innings due to darkness.

Dunsmore (W) and Hewitt
Kolinsky (L), Matson (6) and Craib


(July 2)  The Elmwood Giants used a seven-run seventh inning to trounce the St. Boniface Native Sons 10 to 3 in Senior Baseball League action. Winning hurler Herb Kaletzke went the distance, giving up six hits while striking out five. Losing flinger Garnet Boutet and reliever Pete Rettie were nicked for 11 Elmwood safeties as Ab Hansford connected for a double and single while Doug Craib, Ernie Pitts, Ray Hoskins and Al Tresoor added two singles each. The Sons’ Claire Wahashinski had a brace of one-baggers in a losing cause.

(July 2)  Brandon Cloverleafs downed Oakland Braves 12-8 to capture the South-Central Baseball pennant for the 6th straight summer.  The Leafs finished at 8-0. Manager Mort Wright took to the hill for the first time this season and went the distance for the win.  He allowed nine hits.  Eddie Evans took the loss. Tom Town's triple sparked a Brandon outburst in the 6th inning when the Leafs scored four times.

Hank Cory, Evans (L) (5) and xxx
Wright (W) and xxx

(July 3)  Boissevain whipped Souris 13-3 in a playoff for 4th spot in the South-Central Baseball League.  Ross Kinsley was the winning pitcher. Tim Middleton took the loss. Boissevain now meets Brandon in the playoffs while Riverside takes on Oakland.

Kinsley (W) and xxx
Middleton (L), Ken Wershler ( ) and xxx

(July 5)  Brandon clobbered Boissevain 15-3 in the opening game of their best-of-three semi-final series.  Laddie Hutchison fired a five-hitter for the win and helped at the plate with a homer.  Gerry MacKay also had a four-bagger while Bob Wilson had three hits and Tom Town, Mort Wright and Don Summer chipped in with two apiece. Ross Kinsley took the loss as the Cloverleafs pounded out 14 hits.

Kinsley (L) and xxx
Hutchison (W) and xxx

(July 10)   Brandon Cloverleafs trounced St. Boniface 10-1 in exhibition action at Kinsmen Stadium. A six-run 5th inning carried the Central Manitoba champs to the win over the Winnipeg Senior champions. Morley Macfarlane tossed a six-hitter for the win. He fanned eight and walked only one.  Chip Adams, Lloyd Brown, Gerry MacKay, Don Hunter and Tommy Town each had two hits for the winners.  One of Town's blows was a triple.

Al Seymour (L), Curt Grapentine (5) and Bruce
Macfarlane (W) and Wright

(July 14)   Brandon advanced to the South-Central Baseball League final series Tuesday with a 12-6 win over Boissevain to take the series in two straight games.  Cloverleafs will meet Riverside for the championship. Tommy Town paced the attack with four hits and a walk. He drove in seven runs with a triple, double and two singles and scored three himself.  Morley Macfarlane went the distance on the hill allowing only three hits. He fanned 12 and walked eight. Ross Kinsley took the loss as he gave up 11 hits and walked ten.  Jack Houston had an inside-the-park homer for the losers.  Bob Wilson and Don Summer each had two hits for Brandon.

Kinsley (L) and McLean
Macfarlane and Wilson

(July 26)   Brandon clipped Riverside 12-5 Sunday in the opening game of a best-of-three series for the South-Central League title. Outfielder Gerry MacKay had four hits to lead a 13-hit offense. Bob Wilson had a homer and Mort Wright and Tom Town added triples. Morley Macfarlane scattered nine hits for the win. Cece Dawley took the loss.

Macfarlane (W) and Wright
Dawley, Lorne LePoudre (3), Garth Seafoot (5), Wes Rathwell (9) and C. Seafoot.

(July 29)   Hamiota topped Binscarth 12-7 Sunday in the first game of their CMBA playoff series. Glennis Scott allowed 11 hits but went the distance for the win .  Allan Robertson and Denny Smith each had three hits for the winners. Starter Eric Ireland took the loss.

Ireland (L), Ray Dunham, Glen Robinson and Wasslan
Scott (W) and Hunter.

(July 30)   The Carling Cloverleafs of Brandon defeated Riverside 15-8 Thursday to take their playoff series in two straight games. Brandon captured the South-Central title for the 6th consecutive season.  They'll now face the Border League champion Cartwright in the next round of the CMBA playoffs. Leafs exploded for six runs in the first inning and were never headed.

Veteran Gerry MacKay led a 17-hit Brandon attack with four safeties. Tommy Town and Lad Hutchison each had three. Don Hunter had a pair, including a triple. Cliff Seafoot led Riverside with three hits, one of them a double. Laddy Hutchison picked up the win, coasting along with a five-hitter until the 6th inning when Riverside rallied for five runs.  Lorne Lilley came on in relief.

There were 12 errors, eight by Riverside.

Rathwell (L), Dawley (1), M. Seafoot (3) and K. Seafoot, C. Seafoot (4)
Hutchison (W), Lilley (6) and Wright

(August 2)  Brandon won top money at the Grand Clariere Tournament Sunday beating Souris 10-4 in the final. Morley Macfarlane was the winning pitcher, Tom Middleton the loser.

MacFarlane (W) and xxx
Middleton (L) and xxx

Lorne Lilley pitched the win as Brandon defeated Oak River 6-2 to advance.  Earlier, Don Hunter tossed the shutout as Leafs blanked Wawota 10-0 and Lilley was the winner as Brandon whipped Grand Clariere 10-2 in their first match of the day.  Souris reached the final with wins over Pipestone, Cromer and Reston.

Lilley (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Hunter (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Lilley (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

 (August 3)  On Monday, Brandon won its second tourney over the weekend with an 8-3 victory over Oak River in the final at Rivers. Mort Wright was on the hill for the win.

xxx and xxx
Wright (W) and xxx

Cloverleafs downed Hamiota 17-7 in their opener as Gerry MacKay handled the hurling.

MacKay (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

In their second contest in the 14-team event Morley Macfarlane was the winner as Brandon scored four runs in the final frame to top Fort Whyte 7-3.

xxx and xxx
Macfarlane (W) and xxx

Lorne Lilley pitched the Cloverleafs to an 8-1 victory over Strathclair in the semi-final.

Lilley (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Brandon had four homers for the day as Don Hunter bashed a pair and Lloyd Brown and MacKay each with one.

(August 3)   Riverside topped the eight-team field at the Souris Tournament Monday trouncing Oakland Braves 14-4 in the final as Deb Mealy hurled the win over Eddie Evans.

Mealy (W) and xxx
Evans (L) and xxx

Cliff Seafoot blasted a two-run homer in semi-final action to give Riverside a 9-7 win over Reston.  Oakland blew a 9-0 lead before a three-run outburst in the final frame provided a win over Boissevain.

Earlier, Riverside downed Deloraine, Reston topped Grand Clariere, Oakland beat Souris and Boissevain won by default over Melita.

(August 5)  Kansas City Monarchs took top money at the Estevan Tournament downing Swift Current in the final behind the hurling of veteran Sugar Cain. Swift Current had advanced with a 4-2 win over the host club.

xxx and xxx
Cain (W) and xxx

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

xxx and xxx
Macfarlane (L) and xxx

Monarchs had advanced by beating Brandon Cloverleafs 16-5 in the opening game. Brandon jumped into an early lead with four runs in the opening frame. But, Bob Herron's grand-slam homer evened the score and Kansas City broke it open in the 7th. Morley Macfarlane went the distance in taking the loss while Don Hunter was a bright spot on offense with a triple, double and two singles in four trips to the plate.

(August 9)   Brandon scored a pair in the 9th to tie then added two in the 12th inning to shade Cartwright 4-2 in the first game of a best-of-three series.  Cartwright scored its first run in the 3rd inning then added a second run in the 6th on a triple by Del Haight, who was thrown out at the plate trying for a homer.  In the 9th, Don Summer's single drove in Bob Wilson and Rudy Stritz to knot the count.  In the 12th, Gerry MacKay opened with walk, stole second and scored on an error.  Don Hunter then knocked in Wilson with an insurance run.  Wilson led the Brandon offense with four hits. Laddy Hutchison went the route for the win. He allowed 10 hits. Three Cartwright hurlers gave up 12 hits and registered 16 strikeouts.

Hutchison (W) and xxx
Duffie Allison, Denny McAuley (4), Brian Stouffer (L) (6) and xxx

(August 12)   Brandon Cloverleafs powered their way to an impressive 15-7 win over the barnstorming Kansas City Monarchs Wednesday at Kinsmen Memorial Stadium. Led by Tommy Town, the Leafs belted a homer, five triples and a double. Town drove in five runs with two triples and a single. Cliff Seafoot, a recruit from Riverside for the game, blasted the homer. Don Hunter, Lloyd Brown and Mort Wright had the other three-baggers. Catcher Ira McKnight was the big gun for Kansas City with four hits. Sugar Cain was with the Monarchs but did not play. He is scheduled to join the Minot Mallards of the Northern League.

Both teams displayed shaky defenses, with a total of 13 errors. Morley Macfarlane went the distance for Brandon allowing ten hits. John Winston was the loser for the Monarchs.

Winston (L) and McKnight
Macfarlane (W) and Wright

(August 15)  The following appeared in the Here and There in Sport column in the Brandon Daily Sun on August 15, 1959.

If anyone doubted the class of the Brandon Cloverleafs, it was erased by the strength the team showed against the Kansas City Monarchs this week. Overpowering the visitors with their long ball hitting, the Leafs must have tossed a real surprise into the Monarch's dugout. Some members of the latter team had competed in the East-West colored All-Stars game in Chicago only a few days previously.

But the K.C. Monarchs, long a famous name in baseball, are not the team of yesterday. Before the colored boys were able to break into the major leagues, the Monarchs were the king pins of independent baseball. Satch Paige, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella and many other well know names, got their initial experience with the greatest touring team of all time.

When Marion "Sugar" Cain appeared here with the Monarchs, we were curious about his age. For like "old Satch" he has been around a long time. We guessed "45." But "Sugar" said "41" and added "ah got an early start in the game."  Which he must, because it seems nearly thirty years ago that we first heard of Mr. Cain as a player.

"Sugar" gets around, and we asked him about Ramon Rodriguez, the hard-throwing catcher of the Greys not so long ago. Ramon is still in the game, and "Sugar" said something about Costa Rica, but wasn't sure.  Alonzo Perry, the Greys' hard-hitting first baseman who owned a fabulous .800 average for two weeks in the Mandak league, is one of the big stars of the Mexican League. Last year he led the league in home runs and runs-batted-in. He must be a lot easier to handle in Mexico than he was when with the Greys!

(August 16)  Brandon moved into the southern final of the Central Manitoba Baseball Association playoffs Sunday with a 5-2 win over Cartwright.  Cloverleafs had taken the opener in the best-of-three set, 4-2.

Lorne Lilley held the visitors to six hits in taking the win. He had nine strikeouts and three bases on balls. Tommy Town had a double and single for the winners and Don Summer added a triple. Jim Gwynne belted a triple and single for Cartwright.

Brian Stouffer, Dennis McAuley and xxx
Lilley (W) and xxx

(August 23)   Although out-hit 11 to 2, Lyleton upset the defending CMBA champion Brandon Cloverleafs 2-1 in the opening game of their playoff series. After six scoreless innings, Brandon plated the first run in the 7th inning as Don Summer reached on a fielder's choice and came around on singles by Lloyd Brown and Tom Town. In the bottom of the 8th, Lyleton took advantage of three errors to score a pair and register the win. Bill Minshull went the route for the win. Morley Macfarlane was the hard-luck loser.

Macfarlane (L) and Wright
Minshull (W) and Robertson

(August 26)   Hamiota downed Binscarth 16-3 to advance in the CMBA playoffs. They took the series in two straight games. Garry Kidd was the winning pitcher allowing just five hits. He walked eight and fanned four. Hamiota had a 19-hit assault led by shortstop Denny Smith with five safeties, including a triple and two doubles.

Ray Dunham (L), Glenn Robinson, Eric Ireland and xxx
Kidd (W) and xxx

(August 30)  Dauphin Red Birds downed Neepawa 10-2 to eliminate the Cubs from the CMBA playoff picture. Dauphin had won the opener 11-6 and faces Hamiota in the CMBA semi-final.

Neepawa took the early lead with a pair in the first inning, but it was all downhill after that. Red Birds evened the count in the bottom of the 1st on a walk and homer by Al Evason. They added two more in the 5th on a double and two Cub errors. Dauphin exploded for six runs in the 6th on six hits, a walk and a costly error. Orville Mayor went the distance for the win. After the 1st inning a walk and a wild pitch were the only blemishes on his hurling record. Third baseman Bob Kabel was a standout for the Red Birds with two hits, four assists and three sparkling catches of line drives.

Gerry Martin (L), Bill Fraser and xxx
Mayor and Chick Lintick.

(August 30)  Brandon Cloverleafs moved into the Central Manitoba Baseball final for the 6th straight season Sunday with twin triumphs over Lyleton at Kinsmen Stadium.

In the first game, the Leafs tied the series with a 3-2 victory. They bunched four hits in the 2nd frame to score all three runs. Morley Macfarlane held the visitors to five hits and he fanned 11.  Veteran Bill Minshull, who beat the Leafs in the first game of the series, gave up eight hits in a losing cause. Lloyd Brown was the big gun for Brandon with a triple and double

Minshull (L) and Robertson
Macfarlane (W) and Wright

Brandon used a 13-hit attack to clobber Lyleton 20-1 in the second game. The visitors gift-wrapped the contest making nine errors.  Gerry MacKay belted the first pitch for a homer and the rout was on.  Don Hunter clubbed a grand-slam homer in the 3rd. MacKay and Hunter each had three hits. Lad Hutchison blasted a pair of triples and Bob Wilson had one. Lorne Lilley allowed just two hits, but walked seven. He had nine strikeouts.

Murray Smart (L), Bud Edgar (3) and Robertson
Lilley (W) and Wright

(September 6)  Hamiota has advanced to the CMBA final against Brandon. Hamiota downed Dauphin 8-3 in the first game and won, by default, in the second as Dauphin couldn't field enough players.

Glennis Scott gave up seven hits and had 10 strikeouts in leading Hamiota to the victory in the opener. Denny Smith and Gord Lyall led the offense each with two hits. Al Evanson had a pair for the visitors, one of them a home run. Orville Mayor took the loss.

Scott (W) and Smith
Mayor (L) and Lintick

With some local recruits, Brandon had enough players for an exhibition game which they won 6-5 as Evason punched out a homer and triple. Jack Hyrorchuk was the winning pitcher. Bob Brooks took the loss.

Hyrorchuk (W) and xxx
Books (L) and xxx

(September 8)  Lloyd Brown was an offensive star as Brandon Cloverleafs captured top money at the Kenora Tournament. Brown belted three homers over the three games. He wound up the day with a single, double and homer as Brandon shaded St. Boniface 3-0 in the final.

In the opener, Lorne Lilley fired a two-hit shutout in a 12-0 walloping of Fort Whyte. Tom Town had three of Brandon's 14 hits, one of them a homer. Brown also had a four-bagger.

Lilley (W) and Wright
Seymour, Pennington (2) and Bruce

Cloverleafs fell behind Elmwood 5-2 after just an inning but bounced back to win, 9-5. Brown, Gerry MacKay and Bob Wilson had home runs for the winners. Ed Evans, who relieved starter Morley Macfarlane in the 1st inning, pitched shutout ball the rest of the way.

Macfarlane, Evans (W) (1) and Wright
Krivak (L), Kowlinski (4) and Craib

Brown's homer proved the difference in the final as Brandon won 3-0 behind another shutout performance by Lilley. He allowed three hits. On the day, Lilley gave up just five hits and no runs in 14 innings of hurling. Eddie MacDonald allowed just six hits in taking the loss.

Lilley (W) and Wright
MacDonald (L) and Hewitt

Other teams participating in the tournament were Keewatin, Kenora, Dryden and Baudette, Minnesota.

(September 13)   In the opening game of the Central Manitoba Baseball Association final, Hamiota crushed Brandon Cloverleafs 22-6.  The visitors pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of ten walks and six Brandon errors. Glennis Scott held Brandon to eights hits to gain the mound victory and helped his cause with four hits, a triple, double and two singles.  Al Robertson chipped in with three safeties. Denny Smith, Gladwyn Scott and Lynn Caldwell each had a pair.  Bob Wilson collected two hits for Brandon.

Hamiota, the Mid-West League champs, reached the final round with wins over Binscarth, Rapid City and Dauphin.  Brandon, the CMBA champions the past five years, defeated Carthwright and Lyleton to qualify for the final.

Scott (W) and Smith
Lilley (L), MacFarlane (3), Hutchison (5), Wright (6) and Wright, Stritz (6)

(September 20)   Morley Macfarlane fired a brilliant four-hitter Sunday as Brandon Cloverleafs blanked Hamiota 5-0 to even their best-of-three series at a game apiece. The effort was in stark contrast to the opening contest which Hamiota took by a 22-6 margin. The big right-hander fanned ten and issued just one free pass.  Before more than 1,500 spectators at Hamiota, the teams fought to a scoreless draw through five innings before the visitors broke through with the initial marker. Gerry Mackay reached with a bunt single, stole second and advanced as the throw was bobbled. Tom Towns came through with a single to centre to bring in what proved to be the winning run and Don Hunter followed with a circuit blow for a 3-0 lead. Brandon added a run in the eighth as Dave Adams followed Town's triple with a sharp single. Consecutive hits by Mackay and Towns provided another insurance run in the ninth. Cloverleafs managed 11 hits of Glennis Scott.

Macfarlane (W) and xxx
G.Scott (L) and xxx

(September 27)  Inclement weather forced cancellation of the third game of the series.

Brandon and Hamiota shared the Central Manitoba title. The teams were tied at a game apiece in their final series when the playoff had to be called off because of snow.  The Cloverleafs won 38 and lost six during the season. Morley MacFarlane led the pitching staff with a 13-3 record, Lorne Lilley was 11-2 and Lad Hutchison, 7-1.