1960 Manitoba Game Reports      


No evidence was found in either the Winnipeg Tribune or the Winnipeg Free Press that the long-standing Greater Winnipeg Senior Baseball League was operational in 1960.


Brandon Canucks
Brandon Cloverleafs
Oakland Braves
Souris Cardinals

(May 15)  Riverside, runners-up in the South-Central Baseball League last season, started the 1960 campaign on a winning note when they scored a 4 to 1 victory over the newly-organized Brandon Canucks. After being banked for four innings by George Seamer, Riverside took advantage of wildness on the part of reliever Brian Hutton to score three runs in the fifth to sew up the decision. Young Carl Cunningham started on the knoll for Riverside and went the first four frames, surrendering Brandon’s lone run on a solo homer by Bill Edwards. Reliever Cece Dawley was credited with the pitching win. Edwards had two of the Canucks’ five hits while Blair Downs connected for the only Riverside safety.

(May 17)  Scoring all their runs in two big innings, the Brandon Cloverleafs hammered their city cousins, the Brandon Canucks, 19 to 1 in an abbreviated six-inning contest at Kinsmen Stadium. The Cloverleafs broke through George Seamer’s tight pitching for six counters in the fourth frame and added 13 more in the sixth off relievers Brian Hutton and Jerry Page. Eleven bases-on-balls issued by Canuck twirlers, parlayed with a dozen Cloverleaf base knocks, contributed to the blowout. Ron Baryluk was the hitting star for the Leafs as he cracked out three hits including a home run. Bob Wilson and Don Hunter added a brace of safeties each for the winners.

Lilley, MacFarlane (W) (4) and Wright, Lees (6)
Seamer (L), Hutton (4), Page (6) and Pottinger

(May 20)  Riverside won their second in two tries, whitewashing the Oakland Braves 7 to 0 in a tilt shortened to five frames. The winners pounced on losing chucker Ron Powers for a four-spot in the second canto and breezed to the triumph behind the four-hit flinging of Deb Mealy. Mealy and Ross Kinsley slammed doubles for Riverside while Noel Fraser and Bill Sowiak clouted two-baggers for the Braves.

Mealy (W) and McLean
Powers (L) and Gullett

(May 20)  Pounding the horsehide for 15 base blows, the Brandon Cloverleafs blanked the visiting Souris Cardinals 14 to 0 at Kinsmen Stadium. Gerry Smith and Morley MacFarlane combined to hurl a two-hitter for the Cloverleafs. Winning tosser Smith fanned nine and didn’t give up a hit in his four-inning stint. Lloyd Brown and Don Sumner both collected three hits for the victors while Mort Wright, Ron Baryluk and Rudy Stitz all hit safely twice. Joe Larson and Jerry Carlisle banged out the Souris blows.

Groves (L), Hinks (2) and Fallis
Smith (W), MacFarlane (5) and Wright, Lees (7)

(May 22)  The Souris Cardinals battled from behind to defeat the youthful Brandon Canucks 4 to 3 as Cliff Hinks went the distance on the hillock for the win, recording a dozen punchouts along the way. Don Pottinger of the Canucks had three of the five safe swats that Hinks yielded. Bob Allen was nicked with the loss after taking over from starter Reid Lumbard.

(May 22)  Hosting Riverside came up with a late rally to topple the Oakland Braves 13 to 6 after trailing until the seventh inning. Garth Seafoot’s outstanding relief hurling sparked the victory. Seafoot whiffed seven of the nine Oakland swatters he faced in blanking the Braves over the final three spasms.  Cliff Seafoot paced the Riverside offense with a three-run homer off losing slabster Ron Powers while Wayne Cory launched a four-bagger for the Braves off Riverside starter Deb Mealy.

(May 24)  The Brandon Cloverleafs had to stave off a belated bid by the pesky Brandon Canucks to emerge with a 10 to 6 triumph over their Wheat City rivals. Reliever Morley MacFarlane cut off a five-run rally by the Canucks in the sixth stanza to preserve the hurling victory for Irv Powers. Ron Baryluk and Bob Lees stroked two hits each for the winners a six errors and nine walks played a prominent part in the Leaf scoring off the slants of losing flinger Jerry Page and fireman George Seamer. Leading the eight-hit offensive attack of the vanquished nine were Doug Stewart, Don Pottinger and Murray Balmer who each rang up a brace of safeties.

(May 26)  The Souris Cardinals dropped the invading Oakland Braves 10 to 4. The Cards led only by a 1 to 0 count until the seventh spasm when the offenses for both teams broke through. A grand-slam home run by Allan Robertson in that frame opened the floodgates. In the eighth, Robertson clouted a bases-loaded triple to finish with seven RBI’s and put the game on ice after the Braves had narrowed the gap to 7 – 4 in the top-half of the stanza.

(May 29)  Hosting Riverside rallied to beat the Souris Cardinals 11 to 10 in a free-hitting South-Central League affair. Blowing a 9 to 2 lead which they had built up after five innings, Riverside had to battle into the bottom-of-the-eleventh inning to break a 9 – 9 deadlock and plate the winner. Gene Cory, playing in his first game, was the big man at the plate for the winners as he poled out five hits, including a three-run homer, in six times at bat. Reliever Garth Seafoot, who earned the hillock decision, helped his own cause with four safeties. Tim Middleton, Joe Larson and losing chucker Cliff Hinks all registered two safeties for the Cardinals.

Hinks (L) and Fallis
Cunningham, Kinsley (4), G. Seafoot (W) (6) and C. Seafoot

(May 29)  The Brandon Cloverleafs handed the Oakland Braves their fourth successive setback by bouncing the visitors 10 to 1 at Kinsmen Stadium. Slim righthander Lorne Lilley went the distance on the knoll for the Cloverleaf triumph, scattering five hits, striking out nine and issuing five free passes. Gary Van Buskirk was nailed with the loss. Jerry MacKay, Mort Wright and Don Sumner led the nine-hit Brandon attack with a pair of raps each while Wayne Cory was the only Oakland batter to connect safely twice.

Van Buskirk (L), Powers (7) and B. Gullett
Lilley (W) and Wright

(May 31)  Riverside moved into sole possession of first place in the South-Central Baseball League when they whipped the Brandon Canucks 9 to 1 in a rain-shortened event at Kinsmen Stadium. Deb Mealy went the route on the bump as the victors racked up their fifth straight win. He was touched for three hits in the five frames that were played before the game was called. Riverside scored all their runs in the first three innings as they cashed in on ten walks from loser Brian Hutton and reliever George Seamer. Gord Hunter of the winners was the lone batter in the tilt to acquire two safeties.

Mealy (W) and McLean
Hutton (L), Seamer (2), Allen (5) and Pottinger

(June 2)  In a battle featuring the league’s two unbeaten entries, the Brandon Cloverleafs kept their perfect record intact by defeating Riverside 10 to 3 at Kinsmen Stadium. Combining a 16-hit attack with Morley MacFarlane’s steady pitching performance, the Leafs handily disposed of the Riversiders. MacFarlane registered 11 punchouts while effectively scattering eight base knocks. Three hurlers shared the mound for the vanquished nine with starter Garth Seafoot absorbing the loss. Tommy Town and Mort Wright led the Brandon nine at the platter with three singles apiece while Don Sumner and Rudy Stritz both laced a pair of one-baggers. The visitors were paced at the plate by two of the Seafoot clan, Morris and Garth, with a brace of singles each.

G. Seafoot (L), Rathwell (6), K. Seafoot (8) and C. Seafoot
MacFarlane (W) and Wright

(June 3)  The lowly Oakland Braves came close to creating an upset at Nesbitt when they battled the front-running Brandon Cloverleafs through seven exciting innings before falling 4 to 3 for their fifth loss in six games. Lorne Lilley of the Leafs and the Braves’ Gary Van Buskirk hooked up in a tight pitching duel in which both were nicked for six safeties. Lilley fanned six while Van Buskirk whiffed ten . Don Wilson broke a 3 – 3 deadlock in the sixth inning by drilling a solo tater into the land beyond.  Mort Wright had an earlier round-tripper as the homering pair were the only Leafs to acquire two safe swats. Gord Martin was the lone Brave to pick up a pair of base raps.

Lilley (W) and Lees
Van Buskirk (L) and B. Gullett

Standings                  W      L      Pct.     GBL
Brandon Cloverleafs        6      0   1.000     ----
Riverside                  5      1    .833      1.0
Souris Cardinals           2      3    .400      3.5
Oakland Braves             1      5    .167      5.0
Brandon Canucks            0      5    .000      5.5 

(June 12)  Homestanding Riverside staged a six-run seventh-inning rally to bounce the Brandon Cloverleafs 12 to 7 to move into a first-place tie with the Wheat City nine. Wes Rathwell tossed five brilliant relief against the Leafs while his mates came from behind. Cliff Seafoot socked a three-run homer in the fifth frame to tie the game at 6 – 6 before Brandon forged ahead once more in the top-of-the-seventh by a single run. Seafoot led the hitting parade for the winners with three safeties while Rathwell, Morris Seafoot, Gord Hunter and Deb Mealy all connected twice for base hits. Mort Wright, Don Hunter and Don Sumner bagged a brace of bingles each for the Cloverleafs while Gerry MacKay and losing flinger Morley MacFarlane both went long distance with circuit-jacks.

MacFarlane (L), Lilley (7) and Wright, Lees (7)
Mealy, G. Seafoot (3), Rathwell (W) (5) and McLean, C. Seafoot

(June 17)  The Brandon Cloverleafs wound up the South Central Baseball League schedule on a winning note, downing the Souris Cardinals 7 to 4 at Souris. Lorne Lilley went the distance on the bump for the victory against Cliff Hinks of the hosting Cardinals. Don Hunter, Gerry MacKay and Mort Wright of the victors as well as Souris’ Harvey Marchand all collected two hits. Hunter and MacKay’s totals included a triple.

Final Standings            W      L     Pct.     GBL
Brandon Cloverleafs        7      1    .875     ----
Riverside                  7      1    .875     ----
Souris Cardinals           2      6    .250      5.0
Oakland Braves             2      6    .250      5.0
Brandon Canucks            2      6    .250      5.0 

FIRST-PLACE TIE-BREAKER  Riverside vs Brandon Cloverleafs  (sudden-death)

(June 23)  For the seventh straight year, the Brandon Cloverleafs are the South Central Baseball League pennant winners. A five-run fifth inning spelled the difference as the Leafs went on to double Riverside 6 to 3 at Kinsmen Stadium. Up until the fifth when starter Garth Seafoot weakened, the Riversiders were sailing along with a 3 to 0 lead. Lorne Lilley went the distance on the hillock for Brandon in the clincher, fanning six, yielding six hits and walking four. Playing-manager Mort Wright was the only Leaf to pick up two hits while Seafoot, Gord Hunter and Orv Shaw each stroked a pair for Riverside.

G. Seafoot (L), Rathwell (8) and C. Seafoot
Lilley (W) and Wright

Souris lost to Oakland

SEMI-FINALS  Souris Cardinals vs Brandon Cloverleafs & Oakland Braves vs Riverside  (best-of-three-series)

(June 29)  Battering four pitchers for 19 hits while accepting the generosity of 11 walks, the Brandon Cloverleafs walloped the Souris Cardinals 22 to 4 at Kinsmen Stadium as their semi-final series got underway. The rout began with a pair of first-inning counters and the game was essentially over following an eleven-run second inning. Morley MacFarlane went the distance for the easy win as he gave up five hits, fanned six and walked a trio. First sacker Tommy Town paced the blistering Brandon attack with five hits including a triple while MacFarlane aided his own cause by banging out four safeties.

Hinks (L), Marchand (2), Groves (2), Robertson (3), Hinks (3) and Middleton
MacFarlane (W) and Lees 

(July 1)  See Neepawa Tournament 

(July 6)  Riverside defeated Oakland in the opener of their semi-final series.

(July 7)   Brandon trounced Souris 13-2 to win the best-of-three South-Central series in two straight. The Cloverleafs move on to face either Riverside or Oakland in the league final. 

Laddy Hutchison fired a three-hitter for the win. He fanned three and walked five. Tim Middleton took the loss.  Brandon featured a 15-hit attack.  Mort Wright had the big hit, a triple.

Hutchison (W) and Lees
Middleton (L), Stetch (2) and Fallis

(July 10)  Riverside ousts Oakland from the playoffs.

FINALS  Riverside vs Brandon Cloverleafs  (best-of-three series)

(July 10)   In a slugfest at Melita, Dauphin Red Birds downed Brandon 15-13 in the final of the four-team tournament. Stan McPhee crushed a grand-slam homer in the top of the 9th to give Dauphin the lead after the Cloverleafs had pulled ahead on Ron Baryluk's three-run homer in the 8th inning

Dauphin beat Bienfait, Saskatchewan, 7-2 in the opener as Orville Mayor handled the pitching chores and Bob Kabel homered.

Mayor (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Brandon clobbered the South-West All-Stars 20-2 as Bob Wilson punched out five hits and Lloyd Brown had four. Morley Macfarlane went the distance for the win.

Macfarlane (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Mayor also picked up the win in the final after relieving Del Anderson in the 7th inning. Macfarlane, in relief of Lad Hutchison, took the loss. McPhee had a sensational day with five hits including three homers. Gerry MacKay and Mort Wright had four-baggers for Brandon.

Anderson, Mayor (W) (7) and xxx
Hutchison, Macfarlane (L) (6) and xxx

(July 19)   After taking a 7-0 lead, Brandon Cloverleafs needed a three-run 6th inning to overcome Riverside for a 10-9 win in the opening game of the South-Central League final.  Riverside exploded for eight runs in the 6th frame, capped by Garth Seafoot's grand-slam homer.  With the big inning, Riverside took a 9-7 lead. 

Cloverleafs plated six runs in the 3rd inning and added another in the 4th. Riverside got on the board in the 5th as Gerry Smith walked in a run.  In the 6th, Smith gave up three more walks and a hit before Morley Macfarlane took over on the hill.  Macfarlane walked in two runs then was tagged for Seafoot's blast to right-centre field. Gerry MacKay led Brandon with three hits, one a triple. Tommy Town had two hits, including a three-bagger which sparked the big 3rd inning. 

G. Seafoot, Mealy (L) (3), Rathwell (7) and C. Seafoot
Gerry Smith, Macfarlane (W) (6) and Wright

(July 25)   The South-Central Baseball League final is tied an one game each as Riverside downed the butter-fingered Brandon Cloverleafs 7-3 Monday.  Brandon made eight errors. Riverside scored a pair in the first inning and were never headed. The winners had just six hits, one more than Brandon.  Garth Seafoot was the winner, with relief help from Wes Rathwell. Morley Macfarlane took the loss.  Rudy Stritz of Brandon had the only homer.

Macfarlane (L) and Wright
G. Seafoot (W), Rathwell (6) and C. Seafoot

(July 26)  The South-Central League title goes to Brandon for the seventh time. The Cloverleafs topped Riverside 9-3 Tuesday at Kinsmen Stadium.

Lorne Lilley was the winning pitcher with late inning relief from Morley Macfarlane.  Lilley had a seven-hitter into the 8th inning when three walks loaded the bases with two out. Macfarlane got out of the jam and finished the game. Brandon took a 3-0 lead in the 3rd inning off Carl Cunningham and never trailed.  Ron Baryluk and Gerry MacKay each had three hits for Brandon. Baryluk`s safeties were all doubles.

Lilley (W), Macfarlane (8) and Wright
Cunningham (L), Mealey (4), Rathwell (9) and McLean, C. Seafoot (4)


In 1960, The Pas TeePees finished first in regular season play and then met Creighton Economy Braves in the semi-final. The series went five games with the TeePees winning the rubber match 10–2.

Lynn Marlowe was the winning pitcher and Dick Laframboise had three hits. The final with the Stylers from Flin Flon actually went eight games as the first game ended in a 5-5 tie. The Pas won game two 14-9, but Styler bounced back with a 9–0 victory to even the series. Ron Cox’s grand slam homerun was the big blow in the TeePees 6-3 win in game four. Stylers won the next two games 4–1 and 2–1 to move ahead 3–2. Catcher George Konik stole home with the winning run in the second game. The Pas won the championship beating the Stylers 6–1 behind Claude Kozik’s first inning three-run homer and then 4–2 in game eight. Marlowe drove in the winning run with a pitch hit single in the top of the seventh and pitched the bottom of the inning in relief of winning pitcher Bernie Lanigan. Marlowe with a record of 10–2 on the year was named league MVP.


Oak River

Oak Lake


(June 13)  Hamiota retained their Mid-Western Baseball League title as they edged Oak Lake 1 to 0 in a brilliantly-played final after knocking off Virden 9 to 2 in the opening round. Oak Lake had defeated Oak River to earn their spot in the final. Don Smith hurled the opening win for Hamiota over Virden’s Ted Bridgett and Jim Wright.
Bill Cairns needed relief help from Larry Hart in Oak Lake’s semi-final triumph while Dwayne Clark and Harold Pollock toiled on the hill for Oak River.

Hamiota’s Bob Brooks spun a neat three-hitter in the final with the only run coming in the sixth inning. Larry Hart took the loss after putting out the fire for starter Neil Reeves in the fifth.

Reeves, Hart (L) (5) and Taylor
Brooks (W) and Smith


Neepawa Cubs
Neepawa Farmers




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