1961 Alberta Snapshots     

Season kickoff


City Police Athletics kicked off the new Big Seven season with a victory over Army & Navy Cardinals. Ed Williams (centre) is seen bussing the ball after fanning the final batter. He tossed a five-hitter. Herb Sewers (left) went three for four, including a triple and double and Don Clarke added two more hits. [Edmonton Journal, May 24, 1961]


Sewers, Kostenuk, Williams



Edmonton City Police drew first blood in the Big Seven finals with a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Army & Navy Cardinals. Herb Sewers (left) helped with three hits, as did pitcher turned outfielder Ed Williams (right). Dave Kostenuk (centre) tossed a four-hitter and batted across the winning run. [Edmonton Journal, August 30, 1961]



Below left - Big Seven Champions - The Army & Navy Cardinals upset the pennant-winning City Police Athletics in both ends of a double-header to take the final series. Front are starry centrefielder Barry Robertshaw and second sacker Alex Muzz. In the rear - Bill Olson, who hurled the deciding win, manager Jim Ryan, who wielded a big bat and veteran catcher Ed Tanner. [Edmonton Journal, September 11, 1961]

Below right - City Police battery in happier times - after going ahead in their semi-final series with the North Edmonton Rockets. Catcher Stan Kulka (left) drove in three runs with a pair of clutch hits and Ed Williams twirled his 10th win of the season. [Edmonton Journal, August 23, 1961]

1961 champsKulka & Williams

Naylor, Waddle & Holmes




The 1960 Edmonton champions, the North Edmonton Rockets, got off to a good start in 1961 with a victory over St. Josaphats. Prominent in the victory were outfielder Gary Naylor, who had three hits, manager and cleanup hitter, Wally Waddle, two for six, and Lavern Holmes who was the winning hurler.