1962 Manitoba Game Reports     


Leaving the second-year circuit were the Binscarth Buffaloes but accepted into the loop as a late entry was a club representing St. Lazare, a francophone town nestled in the Assiniboine Valley near the Saskatchewan border.

Brandon Cloverleafs
Dauphin Red Birds
Hamiota Red Sox
Riverside Blues
St. Lazare Athletics

(May 20)  With southpaw George Seamer and playing-manager Gerry MacKay combining their pitching talents, the invading Brandon Cloverleafs opened the 1962 Manitoba Senior Baseball League on a winning note as they held on for an 8 to 7 triumph over the Riverside Blues. The Wheat City crew had to weather a late storm as Riverside came back from a five-run deficit to plate four runs in the eighth episode. Seamer picked up the win and was in control until the eighth when MacKay bailed him out of a major jam. The Leafs jumped on former teammate Lorne Lilley for seven counter in four innings before driving him to the showers in favor of Carl Cunningham. Michigan State grad Dennis Mendyk was the big hitter for the Brandonites, belting four hits in five trips including a solo homer in the third chapter. Lloyd Brown followed with three hits and Tommy Town a brace. Ross Kinsley laced out a triad of safe swats for the Blues while Cliff Seafoot and Gene Cory both had a pair. One of Seafoot’s base raps was a two-run circuit-jack in the opening panel after the Cloverleafs had jumped into a 3 to 0 lead.

Seamer (W), MacKay (8) and Slevin
Lilley (L), Cunningham (4) and C. Seafoot

(May 24)  In hardly an auspicious home debut, the Brandon Cloverleafs put on a slightly fantastic rally and received some brilliant pitching from a surprise source to defeat the Dauphin Redbirds 18 to 10 at Kinsmen Stadium. Wildness on the mound had the Leafs in a 10 to 2 hole but they came blistering back with 16 straight runs to win their second straight game. A relative unknown, reliever Marcel Charbonneau, was the one who gave his mates the opportunity to get back in the game, slamming the door on the Birds for the final five innings of the contest with a sterling no-hit performance. Tommy Town paced Brandon’s ten-hit attack with three singles. Dennis Mendyk blasted a pair of doubles and Lloyd Brown singled twice but walks were the big offensive threat in this game. Brandon received 17 free tickets while the Redbirds were issued 12 bases-on-balls. Dauphin had only five hits, all coming in the first two frames.

Amy, Fitzpatrick (L) (4), Lybacki (6) and Basaraba
Seamer, Wright (3), Charbonneau (W) (4) and Slevin

(May 25)  The Riverside Blues and homestanding Hamiota Red Sox battled to a 5 – 5 deadlock in the home opener for the Crimson Hose. The game had to be called after nine innings on account of darkness. The Sox, trailing 5 to 1 in the fifth, had to come-from-behind with two runs in the eighth to force the stalemate. The Blues had an 8 to 5 edge in base knocks. Gord Hunter and Orv Shaw had three hits each for Riverside while Dallas Smith ripped a brace of base raps for Hamiota.

G. Seafoot, Lilley (4) and C. Seafoot
Brooks, Van Buskirk (3), B. Smith (6) and Woods

(May 27)  The defending champion Dauphin Redbirds continued to take it on the chin, taking at double defeat at Riverside where the Blues annexed a narrow 7 to 6 verdict in the first game before pummeling the Birds 11 to 3 in the nightcap.  Riverside blew a 4 to 0 lead in the first game and had to come-from-behind for the win. Lorne Lilley came on in relief of starter Carl Cunningham in the fourth frame and picked up the win. Dennis McAuley, decked in the fifth frame, was nailed with the loss. Both squads managed to acquire ten hits. Don McLean, Orv Shaw and Wes Rathwell all hit safely twice for the victors. Larry McDougall banged out three hits for Dauphin while Gerry Shumanski, Bill Berezinski and Bernie Basaraba all delivered a brace.

McAuley (L), Fitzpatrick (5) and Basaraba
Cunningham, Lilley (W) (4) and C. Seafoot

The second game was a tight contest until the Blues broke loose for six runs in their last two turns at bat. They knocked Neil Amy from the slab as they grabbed a 5 to 3 lead in the fifth. Ross Kinsley was the winning hurler although Lilley once again ascended the bump in relief to mop up in the final three frames. Cliff Seafoot and Gene Cory topped the 14-hit Riverside offense, each slamming out three hits with one of Seafoot’s going for a round-tripper. Rathwell matched his opening game output for the Blues, delivering another two safeties. Shumanski continued his sharp hitting for the Redbirds, creaming the orb for three base knocks including a triple.

Amy (L), Verbiwski (6), Fitzpatrick (8) and Basaraba, Porter (8)
Kinsley (W), Lilley (7) and C. Seafoot

(May 27)  The St. Lazare Athletics battled tooth-and-nail to earn a split with the Brandon Cloverleafs in an MSBL twin-bill. The Leafs had to go into extra innings to edge St. Lazare 9 to 8 in the opener but the new squad came back for a 5 to 4 verdict in the late tilt, handing the Wheat City crew their first setback of the campaign.  The combatants were locked up in a tight 5 – 5 opener and went through a wild overtime session that had the Leafs scoring four and the A’s coming back with a three-spot. St. Lazare had an 11 to 9 margin in base hits. Playing-manager Gerry MacKay, the third of a trio of Leaf chuckers eventually wound up as the winner while Bob Atwood was stung with the loss. Tommy Town paced Brandon with three safeties while Ron Baryluk drilled a pair. Del Stainer and Roy Cuthill both stroked a triad of swats for the Athletics with Stainer’s total including two doubles.

MacFarlane, Charbonneau (4), MacKay (W) (5) and Slevin
Odgers, Atwwod (L) (1) and R. Jamieson

Dan Odgers, who had started on the hill for St. Lazare in the first game and was decked when he couldn’t find his control, went the distance in the second, hurling a four-hitter for the victory. The Athletics scored the winning run in their final turn at bat when veteran Roy Carefoot delivered a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single. Brandon’s Gerry MacKay was the lone batter on either team to register two hits in this battle. 

Wright, Wilson (L) (4) and Slevin
Odgers (W) and R. Jamieson

(June 3)  After dropping the season’s opener, hosting Riverside won their fourth in succession as they scored in the final frame to nudge past Hamiota 8 to 7. The Blues ran up a 7 to 2 lead but the Red Sox came storming back to force a 7 – 7 tie in the top-of-the-ninth. Garth Seafoot, after collecting his second hit of the game, plated the winner for Riverside in the bottom half of the chapter when he romped home on Don McLean’s sacrifice fly. Lorne Lilley was the winning pitcher after relieving Carl Cunningham in the third and surviving the late Hamiota bid. Gary Van Buskirk, the third of four Red Sox’ heavers, was the loser. Cliff Seafoot had two hits, along with brother Garth, and launched his third dinger of the campaign. Hamiota’s Dallas Smith was the big hitter of the day as he clipped the orb for four hits including a tater that sparked the ninth-inning rally. Both teams had 11 hits but Hamiota left 12 runners stranded while Riverside had six baserunners that didn’t score.

Brooks, Don Smith (4), Van Buskirk (L) (5), Glennis Scott (9) and Woods
Cunningham, Lilley (W) (3) and C. Seafoot

(June 3)  Defending MSBL champion Dauphin Redbirds dropped their fifth in a row as the new entry from St. Lazare bounced the visitors 2 to 1 and 13 to 5 in doubleheader action.  Dauphin and the Athletics hooked up in a hard-fought duel in the curtain-raiser. St. Lazare scored once in the opening inning with the Redbirds tying it up in the fifth. The hosting A’s pushed the winner across in the last canto on successive hits by Ted Woods and Del Stainer. Reliever Mike Gaston, combining with starter Don Odgers in a four-hitter, earned the win while Pat Fitzpatrick gave up seven safeties in a route-going loss. Bob Atwood socked three hits for the winners.

Fitzpatrick (L) and Basaraba
Odgers, Gaston (W) (5) and R. Jamieson

The A’s scored in seven straight innings as they ran away with the second contest. They hammered loser Neil Amy from the mound with a seven-run onslaught in the first three innings and continued the heavy stick-work on reliever Gerry Verbiwski. Attwood, tossing the first seven spasms before fireballing Gaston came on to mop up, was the winning twirler. Gaston also led the victors with the willow, spanking the sphere for three singles and a double.

Amy (L), Verbiwski (4), Caley (8) and Basaraba
Attwood (W), Gaston (8) and R. Jamieson 

(June 5)  The Hamiota Red Sox won their first game of the season as they downed hosting Dauphin 7 to 3 to hand the defending champion Redbirds their sixth straight setback. A brilliant relief performance by Gary Van Buskirk evened Hamiota’s record for the campaign at a win, a loss and a tie. Van Buskirk hurled seven shutout innings after coming to the aid of Sox’ starting heaver Bob Brooks who had been nicked for three runs in the first two frames. Sparked by Dallas Smith’s opportune hitting, the Scarlet Stockings overcame a 3 to 0 deficit and jumped back into the fray with five big runs in the third stanza and then added insurance tallies late in the game. Dauphin acquired eight hits during the clash and Hamiota gave them further opportunities by making five errors but Van Buskirk was brilliant in the clutch as he continually slammed the door. Shelled from the hillock during the Crimson Hose uprising in the third and stung with the defeat was ex-teammate Neil Amy. Gerry Verbiwski, who took over from Amy, hurled steady ball and was also the game’s top swatter with three hits. Bob Kabel, back in harness after a hockey injury sidelined him, made his first appearance behind the plate for the Birds.

Brooks, Van Buskirk (W) (2) and Woods
Amy (L), Verbiwski (3) and Kabel

(June 6)  The surprising St. Lazare Athletics vaulted to the top in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League as they took an 8 to 6 verdict at home from the Riverside Blues. The A’s, who have now won four straight after an opening loss, staged another of their late comebacks to nab the victory. They trailed 6 to 2 in the fifth inning but scored six runs in their next three turns at bat. Don Odgers won his third game of the season for the Saints, coming on in relief of Bob Atwood and allowing only one run in four innings. Lorne Lilley took the loss in a route-going performance. Both teams were issued eight walks in the game with St. Lazare holding a slim 9 to 7 edge in hits. Roy Cuthill, Don Smith and Atwood all drilled a pair for the winners while Don McLean, Barry Moffatt and Wes Rathwell had a pair apiece for the Blues.

(June 7)  Sore-armed and wonky-kneed Jack Denbow limped out to the mound for nine innings and set the Hamiota Red Sox down on four hits in pitching the Brandon Cloverleafs to a 9 to 3 victory and a share of first place in the MSBL. The diminutive southpaw, who has been plying his trade this season a playing-manager of the Brandon Canucks in the South-Central loop, held the hard-hitting Red Sox in check and also carried a productive bat as he came through with two hits to spark a three-run second inning and a four-run fourth. The Leafs had a pair of circuit-jacks to aid the cause. Skipper Gerry MacKay lined one over the right-field fence and Dennis Mendyk nailed a clothesline job down the left-field corridor and over the wall. The veteran Denbow whiffed five and walked four while Hamiota starter and loser, Don Smith, fanned four and walked three in his four innings on the slab. Little Brian “Porky” Smith breezed three and gave up the final two Brandon counters in his four-inning stint. MacKay added a one-bagger to his homer. Gary Van Buskirk had two safeties for the Red Sox.

Don Smith (L), B. Smith (5) and Woods
Denbow (W) and Pottinger, Gullett (7) 

(June 10)  The defending champion Dauphin Redbirds finally broke into the win column after six straight losses. They did it with a bang as the swept a pair of homestanding tilts from the Brandon Cloverleafs. The Birds scored in the final frame for a 7 to 6 opening-game win and then thumped the Leafs 7 to 2 in the second encounter.
In the matinée event, Dauphin jumped into a 4 – 0 first-inning lead on the wildness of Leaf starter George Seamer but the Wheat City nine fought back to tie the score at 6 – 6 in the fifth. Bob Kabel’s two-bagger in the last canto drove in the run that decided the issue. Neil Amy picked up the Redbird triumph as he relieved Pat Fitzpatrick in the fifth inning and hurled dough nuts the rest of the way. Eddie Evans pitched well for the Cloverleafs after coming to Seamer’s assistance in the opening panel but was saddled with the setback. The Brandonites enjoyed a 9 to 6 advantage in base hits but weren’t able to string their blows together as effectively as Dauphin. Jim Slevin had three hits for the vanquished nine and teammate Dennis Mendyk hit a pair of doubles. Gerry Shumanski walloped a triple for the Feathered Flock and Stan McPhee joined Kabel in the two-bagger department.

Seamer, Evans (L) (1) and Slevin
Fitzpatrick, Amy (W) (5) and Basaraba

Dauphin used another big inning to win the finale as they plated a six-spot in the third episode and coasted the rest of the way behind the six-hit pitching of Gerry Verbiwski. Brandon’s Bruce Smith was kayoed from the bump in that frame, suffering the setback, as Morley MacFarlane took over and went the rest of the way. Last season’s batting champion, Bill Berzinski, broke a prolonged slump by pounding out five base knocks while complete-game winning heaver Gerry Verbiwski helped with a brace, one of which was a double. Rudy Stritz went three-for-three in the Leaf lineup while Slevin added another pair of raps to bring his daily total to five.

Smith (L), MacFarlane (3) and Slevin
Verbiwski (W) and Basaraba

(June 10)  The Hamiota Red Sox exploded for all six runs in the last two innings to defeat the invading St. Lazare Athletics 6 to 5. In spite of the loss, the A’s remain atop the circuit with a half-game lead over Brandon and Riverside. Breezing along with a 5 to 0 lead entering the bottom-of-the-eighth episode, the roof fell in on St. Lazare and pitcher Ray Simms. A four-spot by the Sox shelled Simms while reliever Stan Skeen  and two more chuckers couldn’t stem the tide in the ninth as four walks and Dallas Smith’s game-winning single produced the tying and winning markers. Gerry Van Buskirk, who replaced starter Glennis Scott in the eighth, was the winner. Frank McKinnon was the lone Hamiotan to hit safely twice while Ted Woods and Roy Cuthill both nailed a pair of safeties for the Athletics. Cuthill’s total included a triple.

Simms, Skeen (L) (8), Wilson (9), Ireland (9) and R. Jamieson
Glennis Scott, Van Buskirk (W) (8) and Don Smith

Standings *                  W      L      Pct.    GBL
St. Lazare Athletics         4      2     .667     ----
Riverside Blues              3      2     .600     0.5
Brandon Cloverleafs          4      3     .571     0.5
Hamiota Red Sox              2      2     .500     1.0
Dauphin Redbirds             2      6     .250     3.0

* Riverside and Hamiota have a suspended tie game to be completed

(June 14)  Starting slow but accelerating into high-hitting gear half-way home, the Brandon Cloverleafs moved back into sole possession of first place in the Manitoba Senior Baseball league by blasting the St. Lazare Athletics 17 to 9 at Kinsmen Stadium. Trailing 3 to 2 until the bottom-of-the-fifth frame, the Leafs put together run totals of four, six and five in their next three turns at bat to crush the former front-runners. The Wheat City crew slammed 14 hits in the game including a single and a towering homer by Bob Wilson in the seventh stanza. Little left-hander Jack Denbow recorded his second knoll victory for the Leafs although he retired to the showers when the Saints put on a belated six-run uprising in the seventh. Burly Ken Wilson, the fireballing hurler from Sequoias College in California was hit with mid-game wildness which, along with a bevy of St. Lazare errors, cost him four runs in the fifth frame and the loss. Stan Skeen, a second hard-throwing Californian who joined the A’s recently, replaced Wilson but was nowhere near the strike zone with his deliveries and was given the hook in the sixth in favor of Bob Attwood who finished on the game on the bump. Lanky keystone sacker Lloyd Brown smacked out three hits for the Cloverleafs while Mort Wright drove in four tallies with a triple and single. Denbow and Don Sumner helped out with two hits each and Don Hunter had a perfect night of two hits and three walks. The six St. Lazare hits were scattered with Eric Ireland and Ken Wilson clouting doubles.

Wilson (L), Skeen (5), Attwood (6) and R. Jamieson
Denbow (W), Smith (7) and Charbonneau

(June 15)  The Dauphin Redbirds continued to shake off their early-season doldrums and climb back into the thick of things in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League by doubling the hosting Hamiota Red Sox 8 to 4. Ex-Hamiota hurler Neil Amy stopped his former mates on seven safeties while his Bird buddies backed him up with a 14-hit onslaught against loser Gary Van Buskirk and reliever Bob Brooks. Shortpatcher Gerry Shumanski sparked the Dauphin attack with four hits in five trips. Al Evason smacked out three base raps with Bill Berezinski and Stan McPhee each hitting twice. Al Robertson drilled a triad of safe swats for the Scarlet Stockings while Lynn Caldwell delivered a couple.

Amy (W) and Basaraba
Van Buskirk (L), Brooks (8) and Don Smith

(June 17)  The Riverside Blues vaulted into first place in the muddled and ever-changing picture in the MSBL, coming from behind to edge the Brandon Cloverleafs 8 to 7 at Riverside. Lorne Lilley was both the pitching and batting saviour for the hosts. After replacing starter Ross Kinsley in the top-of-the-seventh, he hurled the final three frames to cop the mound verdict, permitting only one Brandon run, and also came up with the game-winning blow, smacking a bases-clearing double in the bottom-of-the-same spasm. George Seamer absorbed the loss before being derricked for Bruce Smith in the fatal seventh. The Leafs owned the major share of the batting honors as Don Hunter and Don Sumner both collected three hits with Hunter and Bob Wilson going yard with dingers. Barry Moffatt was the only Blues’ swatsmith to connect safely twice.

Seamer (L), Smith (7) and Slevin
Kinsley, Lilley (W) (7) and C. Seafoot

(June 17)  At St. Lazare, the Hamiota Red Sox climbed into a tie for third place with the hosting Athletics as they rambled to a 15 to 10 triumph. The teams were locked in a  tight 2 – 2 stalemate until the floodgates opened in the sixth stanza when the Sox exploded for an eight-spot while the A’s responded with five. The scoring action continued through the final two chapters. Lynn Caldwell, both the reliever and relieved, was Hamiota’s winning hurler. He replaced starter Bob Brooks in the third, was sidetracked for Don Smith in the sixth and returned to the hill in the eighth. Stan Skeen, the Saints’ starter, was the loser before being relieved by Ken Wilson and Don Odgers in a busy sixth. Caldwell and Don Smith sparked the Crimson Hose at bat with three safeties apiece. Teammates Gary Van Buskirk and Al Robertson both clipped the horsehide for a pair while Ross Jamieson, Eric Ireland and Skeen of the Athletics also stung the sphere for a brace.

Brooks, Caldwell (W) (3), Don Smith (6), Caldwell (8) and Woods, Don Smith (3), Dallas Smith (6)
Skeen (L), Wilson (6), Odgers (6) and R. Jamieson

(June 18)  Cashing in on three big innings, the Hamiota Red Sox continued their climb in the MSBL standings by blasting the pitching-poor Brandon Cloverleafs 18 to 8 at Kinsmen Stadium to climb past the Leafs into second place. After giving up a single run in the opening inning, the Red Sox jumped on Brandon starter Reid Lumbard, seconded from the South-Central Canucks, for four runs in the second. They made it a rout with a half-dozen in the sixth and another six in the seventh. The Leafs made a late comeback attempt with a three-spot in the seventh and four in the ninth. Gord Lyall, up from Souris in the South-Central circuit, twirled the win before being relieved midway in the ninth by Gary Kidd. Lumbard and two relievers were torched for 16 safeties while the Wheat City swatters racked up 12. Only on of Hamiota’s starting nine failed to get a hit as Lyall led the way with a trio. Denny Smith, Al Robertson, Lynn Caldwell, Don Smith, Jim Grant and Murray Zuk, another Souris Cardinal call-up, all hit safely twice. Brandon’s Jim Slevin, with a triple and double, and Gerry MacKay each nailed the horsehide for three safeties with Tommy Town having a pair.

Lyall (W), Kidd (9) and Don Smith
Lumbard (L), MacFarlane (6), Smith (7) and Slevin

(June 19)  The St. Lazare Athletics blew a 7 – 0 lead and then had to stage a late rally to pull out a 10 – 10 deadlock with the Redbirds at Dauphin in an MSBL contest called after nine innings because of darkness. The A’s jumped on Dauphin starting flinger Pat Fitzpatrick for six first-inning runs and had a 7 – 0 cushion until the fourth frame. At that point, the Redbirds began to connect squarely with the offerings of route-going hurler Stan Skeen and they finally grabbed an 8 to 7 edge in the seventh. Both teams scored twice in the topsy-turvy eighth before Garth Sararas’ double plated Skeen with the tying counter in the ninth. Neil Amy tossed six innings for Dauphin and yielded just one run while a third Redbird chucker, Gerry Verbiwski, pitched the final two chapters and was touched for the final three tallies.

Skeen and R. Jamieson
Fitzpatrick, Amy (1), Verbiwski (8) and Basaraba, Kabel (3)

(June 20)  The Riverside Blues, who last season finished last and out of the playoffs, strengthened their hold on top spot in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League on their home turf by disposing of the Hamiota Red Sox 8 to 6. Home runs were a big factor in the Blues’ triumph as they dialed long distance on three occasions. Cliff Seafoot, the loop’s leading clouter of four-ply jacks, went yard with a grand salami that salted the game away in the sixth. Gord Hunter and Barry Moffatt also clubbed dingers for the winners while Lynn Caldwell hammered a tater for the Red Sox. Riverside raced away to a 4 – 0 lead after two innings and Seafoot’s grand-slam gave them an 8 to 3 edge in the sixth before Hamiota made a comeback try in the last two innings. Garth Seafoot hurled until the sixth and picked up the win. Carl Cunningham followed for an inning before Lorne Lilley finished up. Bob Brooks suffered the loss in his two-inning start before giving way to a trio of follow-up heavers. Hunter grabbed a triad of safeties for the Blues with Cliff Seafoot and Moffatt both bagging a brace. Caldwell had three hits for the Sox and Al Robertson a pair.

Brooks (L),  Van Buskirk (2), Caldwell (6), Kidd (7) and Don Smith, Dallas Smith (5)
G. Seafoot (W), Cunningham (6), Lilley (7) and C. Seafoot 

(June 21)  Looking more and more like defending champions, the Dauphin Redbirds came from behind to double the Brandon Cloverleafs 4 to 2 at Kinsmen Stadium. The clubs served up a tight, exciting contest that reflected steady pitching throughout, in contrast to many of the wild high-scoring jousts this season. Dauphin’s Dennis McAuley and George Seamer of the Wheat City nine hooked up in a solid mound exchange that has the Leafs holding a slim 1 to 0 edge going into the eighth inning. The Redbirds exploded for all four runs in the eighth and then McAuley choked off two Brandon rallies with only one run scoring in the ninth. McAuley whiffed six and walked the same number while giving up seven hits. Seamer breezed eight, issued five free passes and was nicked for eight safeties, five of these coming in the final three cantos. Jim Slevin’s RBI single staked the Cloverleafs to a second-inning counter and a one-run lead. That’s the way it stayed until a double by Bill Berezinski, an infield hit by Al Evason and error loaded the bases for the Birds in the eighth. Neil Amy then worked Seamer for a walk to force in the tying run and Stan McPhee lashed a double to deep left-centre that plated all three baserunners. Dennis Mendyk drove in Don Hunter with a ninth-inning run for Brandon but the rally died there. Berezinski, Evason and McPhee all picked up two hits for Dauphin while Mendyk was the lone Cloverleaf to have a pair.

McAuley (W) and Berezinski
Seamer (L) and Slevin

(June 22)  The Riverside Blues padded their front-runner status by edging the St. Lazare Athletics 7 to 6 as Lorne Lilley hurled the win after relieving starter Orville Shaw in the second inning. Garth Seafoot and Gord Hunter paced the Riverside hitting crew with two hits apiece but it was Gene Cory who produced the tying and winning runs with a double in the ninth.

(June 22)  A 10 to 8 conquest of the Branson Cloverleafs gave the Hamiota Red Sox sole possession of second place in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League. Second-inning reliever Brian Smith grabbed the knoll decision for the Sox. Al Robertson led the Hamiota hitters with two singles and a triple while Lynn Caldwell came up with two singles. Tommy Town was the only Leaf slugger to capture plural hit totals, producing three.

(June 24)  Just when the Riverside Blues were opening a little daylight atop the MSBL standings, they were struck down twice and the league is back in its usual jumbled state. The hosting St. Lazare Athletics handed the Blues a double-setback, both in high-scoring slugfests, taking the opener of a doubleheader 19 to 14 and then completing the sweep with a 16 to 12 victory in the late affair. The first fracas was a wild affair with both teams using three pitchers in an attempt to stem the tide. Riverside fought back to tie the score 11 – 11 in the seventh but the Athletics put it away with their second six-run outburst in the bottom of the same frame. Import Stan Skeen, who ascended the hillock in the eighth episode, not only was credited with the pitching win but was also the big man at the plate for St. Lazare as be lit up Riverside chuckers for six straight hits in the wild-and-wooly affair. Del Stainer and Garth Sarasas each connected for a triad of safeties while Eric Ireland and Ken Wilson launched four-baggers. Cliff Seafoot smacked four hits including two doubles for Riverside. 

Kinsley, Lilley (L) (2), K. Seafoot (7) and C. Seafoot
Simms, Ireland (3), Skeen (W) (8) and R. Jamieson

The Athletics pulled into a commanding lead in the finale but, once again, had to withstand a late Riverside surge. Tom Stratton was the winning tosser, receiving seventh-inning relief help from Don Odgers. Ross Jamieson and Ted Woods each had three hits for the winners while Roy Cuthill had two, including a triple. Gene Cory was best with the baton for Riverside, creaming the orb for four safeties while teammates Barry Moffatt and Cliff Seafoot both registered three.

G. Seafoot (L), Hunter (3), Lilley (5) and C. Seafoot, Shaw (7)
Stratton (W), Odgers (7) and R. Jamieson

(June 24)  Taking advantage of the brace of Riverside setbacks, the Hamiota Red Sox jumped into a first-place tie as they emerged with a 15 to 14 triumph over the Redbirds at Dauphin. The loss for the Birds kept them in the cellar and was particularly devastating since they blew a 9 to 2 lead and then had a three-run ninth-inning rally fall one run shy of a tie. Gary Van Buskirk, who relieved starter Glennis Scott in the fourth, went the remainder of the contest on the bump and was credited with the hillock triumph. Dauphin mad four changes on the knoll including starter Gerry Verbiwski coming back to finish up. Pat Fitzpatrick was clipped with the loss. The game had five home runs with Al Evason of Dauphin connecting for a pair. Neil Amy also nailed one for the Birds while Lynn Caldwell and Don Smith clouted circuit-smashes for Hamiota.  Bob Kabel had three hits for Dauphin with Evason, Bill Murray, Verbiwski and Amy all collecting a pair. Caldwell stroked for hits for the Red Sox while Al Robertson tagged a trio of base raps.

Glennis Scott, Van Buskirk (W) (4) and Don Smith
Verbiwski, Fitzpatrick (L) (6), Amy (7), Verbiwski (8) and Kabel

Standings *                 W      L      Pct.    GBL
Riverside Blues             6      4     .600     ----
Hamiota Red Sox             6      4     .600     ----
St. Lazare Athletics        7      6     .538     0.5
Brandon Cloverleafs         5      7     .417     2.0
Dauphin Redbirds            4      7     .364     2.5

* Two suspended tie games to be completed

(June 26)  The Hamiota Red Sox moved to the top of the heap in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League by taking a 9 to 6 verdict from the Athletics at St. Lazare. The Red Sox jumped on starter Ken Wilson of the A’s for five runs in the first inning but the Saints fought back to tie the score at 6 – 6 in the third. It stayed that way until Hamiota broke through for a trey in the seventh. Don Smith was the winning tosser after relieving Lynn Caldwell in the fifth while Ray Simms was the hard-luck loser after taking over from Wilson in the second. Gary Van Buskirk and Glen Woods both laced out two hits for the Scarlet Stockings while Simms picked up a brace for the Athletics. The losers out-hit Hamiota 9 to 6 but their pitchers issued nine walks.

Caldwell, Don Smith (W) (5) and Don Smith, Brian Smith (5)
Wilson, Simms (L) (2) and R. Jamieson

(June 26)  The hosting Dauphin Redbirds moved into a fourth-place tie with Brandon by blasting the Riverside Blues 20 to 5. The Redbirds mounted a 23-hit attack in running roughshod over the Riversiders. They scored in each of the first four innings and made it a complete rout with nine runs in the eighth. Winning hurler Dennis McAuley was tagged for a dozen hits but kept them reasonably scattered. He fanned seven and issued only one walk. Al Evason belted his third homer in two games for the Birds. Larry McDougall picked up five safe swats for the victors while Evason and Barry Sharpe had four. Bob Kabel and Bill Berezinski weren’t far behind with three each. Gene Cory, Cliff Seafoot and Gord Hunter each connected twice for the Blues.

G. Seafoot (L), K. Seafoot (8) and C. Seafoot
McAuley (W) and Basaraba

(June 28)  After four straight losses, the Brandon Cloverleafs put the brakes on their skidding and copped a come-from-behind 11 to 10 win from the Riverside Blues. Bruce Smith’s fine relief chore was instrumental in the Brandon win which sent the Blues down to their fourth straight defeat. Smith came on for George Seamer in the third spasm facing an 8 to 2 Riverside cushion. It wasn’t until the Leafs had pecked away to build up an 11 to 8 lead that Smith surrendered the last two tallies. He fanned six and didn’t issue a walk in his six-plus frames of toil on the hill. Lorne Lilley went the distance on the bump for the Blues and was slammed for 16 hits. Lloyd Brown and Dennis Mendyk both had four of these while Gerry MacKay, Tommy Town and Greg Borotsik had two apiece. Cliff Seafoot smacked out a trio of raps for the vanquished nine with Gord Hunter, Garth Seafoot and Orv Shaw bagging a brace apiece.

Lilley (L) and C. Seafoot
Seamer, Smith (W) (3) and Slevin

(June 28)   Powered by catcher Bob Kabel’s two home runs, the Dauphin Redbirds downed the visiting St. Lazare Athletics 11 to 4 to climb into a tie for second place in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League. Kabel’s first home run in the opening inning gave the Redbirds the win from a tie game of June 19 so their regular-game triumph turned into a double-victory which evened their record at 7 – 7. Neil Amy went all the way in posting the win while giving up eight hits and punching out an equal number. Stan Skeen also went the route in absorbing the loss. Ken Wilson socked a homer for the A’s and was their only batter to hit safely twice. Kabel went a perfect four-for-four at the dish and drove in seven runs. Teammates Barry Sharpe and Amy had three-hit performances while Bill Berezinski connected twice.

Skeen (L) and Trach, O. Stainer (6)
Amy (W) and Kabel

(June 29)  The pace-setting Hamiota Red Sox improved their record to 8 – 4 by downing the invading Dauphin Redbirds 6 to 5. The Crimson Hose jumped on losing flinger Dennis McAuley for four runs in the seventh stanza to gain the win. Brian Smith started on the hill for the Sox but was relieved in favor of winning chucker Gary Van Buskirk in the fourth. Don Smith, with two safe swats, was the top willow wielder for the victors while John Lesychen duplicated the feat for the Redbirds. One round-tripper was clouted in the tilt, that coming off the bat of Neil Amy.

Fitzpatrick, McAuley (L) (4) and Basaraba
B. Smith, Van Buskirk (W) (4) and Don Smith

(June 29)  The Brandon Cloverleafs continued their hard-hitting feud with Riverside as they outslugged the hosting Blues for a 17 to 15 victory. The win boosted the Leafs from fourth to second spot in the MSBL standings. The Wheat City gang sent Blues’ starter Carl Cunningham packing in the opening canto and then continued their assault on a trio of relievers. First sacker Tommy Town paced the winners as he belted three home runs and a single in six trips to the plate. Southpaw George Seamer started his second game in as many nights for Brandon and picked up the win with relief assistance from Dennis Mendyk. Riverside catcher Cliff Seafoot was by far his club’s premier swatsmith in this scuffle, lighting up the Cloverleaf pitching duo for a pair of dingers and a couple of one-baggers.

Seamer (W), Mendyk (7) and Carcory
Cunningham (L), Kingsley (1), Lilley (3), Shaw (5) and C. Seafoot

(July 2)  Birtle Canada Day $1,300 invitational baseball tournament

(July 4)  A hustling band of Hamiota Red Sox baseballers reeled off their fifth straight MSBL win, coming from five runs back to down the homestanding Riverside Blues 9 to 5. With the victory, the Sox opened up a 2-1/2 game lead atop the circuit. The loss for the Blues tumbled them into the basement of the five-team loop.  The Riversiders jumped on Hamiota starter Brian Smith for all five of their runs in the first inning, highlighted by a grand-slam homer off the bat of catcher Cliff Seafoot. At this point, Gary Van Buskirk was summoned to the slab to douse the fire and he went on to completely stifle the Blues’ attack for the remainder of the contest. Meanwhile, his mates went to work offensively on Riverside starter Orv Shaw and reliever Lorne Lilley, eventually knotting the count at 5 – 5 in the sixth stanza on a four-ply clout by Glennis Scott. The Sox took the lead in the eighth by plating a deuce and then salted it away with another pair in the ninth, complements of Don Smith’s tater. Lynn Caldwell had three hits for the winners while teammate Scott had a pair, as did Seafoot of the vanquished nine.

B. Smith, Van Buskirk (W) (1) and Don Smith
Shaw, Lilley (L) (5), Hunter (9) and C. Seafoot

(July 5)  The Brandon Cloverleafs solidified their hold on second place in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League as they took an exciting 6 to 5 verdict from the Dauphin Redbirds at Kinsmen Stadium. A top-notch relief chore by winning pitcher Eddie Evans had the biggest impact in the Brandon victory. The Oakland Braves recruit was at his blazing best in his 6-1/3 inning stint on the knoll. Evans allowed only one hit and rang up seven punchouts after taking over from George Seamer in the third episode. The Birds did score a three runs during his tenure on the bump but this was mainly due to some shoddy defensive play by his mates. Brandon booted the ball eight times and only the first Dauphin run off Seamer was earned. Dennis McAuley, combed for eight safeties, was tagged with the loss. He fanned five and issued eight free passes. Only Dennis Mendyk, with a single and double, was able to reach plural hit totals off the left-hander. Trailing 5 to 3 as they came to bat in the bottom-of-the-seventh stanza, the Leafs’ first batter Ron Baryluk drew a walk. An error put a second Brandon base-runner aboard and Mendyk then narrowed the gap to a singleton by driving in Baryluk. Don Hunter jammed the bases with a free pass and another bases-on-balls, this one to Mort Wright, forced in the equalizer. Evans then stepped into the batter’s box and delivered a base rap which plated Hunter with the tally that stood up as the winner.

McAuley (L) and Kabel
Seamer, Evans (W) (3) and Wright

(July 6)  The Hamiota Red Sox strengthened their position as the front-runner in the MSBL by picking up two victories despite playing only one regularly-scheduled game. A 6 to 5 triumph over the Riverside Blues provided a pair of wins as the Sox were the first to score in the game which decided the outcome of their May 25 tie game. Under league rules, the club leading at the end of the earliest complete inning is declared the winner of the previous deadlock.  Glennis Scott was the winning tosser for the Hamiotans, allowing seven hits and four walks while punching out seven. Al Robertson, Don Smith, Dennis Smith and Scott all stroked two safeties for the Crimson Hose.

Kinsley, Lilley (L) (1) and C. Seafoot
Glennis Scott (W) and Don Smith

(July 8)  The Riverside Blues blasted the St. Lazare Athletics 8 to 3 and 9 to 4 to move ahead of the idle Dauphin Redbirds into third place in the MSBL.  In the opener, both teams stroked six base raps. Laddie Hutchison went two-for-three with the baton for the victors while Del Stainer led the A’s with a pair of safeties.

Skeen (L), Simms (6) and Cuthill
Kinsley (W), Lilley (8) and C. Seafoot

Stan Skeen was rocked with his second loss of the afternoon in the finale. Gord Hunter and Garth Seafoot picked up two hits each for the Blues while the St. Lazare duo of Ken Wilson and Ted Woods replicated the output.

Simms, Skeen (L) (1) and Cuthill
Shaw (W), Lilley (8) and McLean

(July 8)  The front-running Hamiota Red Sox and the runner-up Brandon Cloverleafs stood still after dividing the spoils in a doubleheader hosted by the Scarlet Stockings. The Leafs took the first contest 10 to 5 but the Sox pulverized the Brandonites 10 to 1 in the late tussle. In the matinée clash, the Cloverleafs had a healthy 10 to 4 margin in base knocks as Morley MacFarlane twirled the complete-game win. Don Hunter and Ron Baryluk paced the Wheat City crew offensively with a pair of safeties each.

MacFarlane (W) and Sumner
Brooks (L), Van Buskirk (8), Caldwell (8) and Don Smith

The Red Sox led wire-to-wire in the sunset event, putting the game on ice with a nine-spot in the second spasm. Dallas Smith led the offensive charge for the winners with a three-hit performance while clubmate Al Robertson clubbed a triple and single. Dennis Mendyk singles twice for the Leafs.

Smith (L), Seamer (3) and Sumner
Glennis Scott (W) and Don Smith

(July 10)  The Dauphin Redbirds scored a dramatic 5 to 4, ten-inning victory over the league-leading Hamiota Red Sox in Dauphin. Southpaw Dennis McAuley turned in a superb pitching performance for the Redbirds as he hamstrung the top dogs when the chips were on the line, fanning three and walking four along the way. In arrears by a 4 to 2 count, the hosting Birds knotted the count in the bottom-of-the-eighth episode on a two-run homer by husky Al Evason. They then got to hard-luck loser Lynn Caldwell for the winning marker in the overtime session. Bob Kabel and Al Evason had two hits each for Dauphin while Denny Smith smacked a pair of safeties for the Sox.

Caldwell (L) and Don Smith
McAuley (W) and Kabel

(July 10)  The Riverside Blues pummelled the runner-up Brandon Cloverleafs 13 to 4 at Kinsmen Stadium. The Blues came from behind twice before seizing control of the game with a six-run barrage in the fifth frame, kayoing starter Don Hunter in the process. They then got to reliever Dennis Mendyk for three insurance runs. Ross Kinsley was the winning heaver while Lorne Lilley conducted mop-up duties in the final three innings. Brandon didn’t help their cause by committing eight errors. Garth Seafoot paced the Blues’ 12-hit attack with three safeties while Cliff Seafoot and Barry Moffatt each had a pair. Tommy Town was the only Brandonite to hit safely twice.

Kinsley (W), Lilley (7) and C. Seafoot
Hunter (L), Mendyk (5) and Borotsik

(July 11)  The St. Lazare Athletics, discounted by some in the race for the final playoff spot in the MSBL, are right back in the thick of things. Playing on their home turf, the A’s whipped the Dauphin Redbirds 7 to 3 to pull into a tie for fourth spot with the Birds. It was a pair of American imports who paved the way for the St. Lazare win. Portsider Stan Skeen hurled a fine five-hitter and shutout the heavy-hitting Redbirds for the first seven innings. Big Ken Wilson blasted a first-inning homer that gave the Saints a two-run lead and they never looked back. Wilson also clipped the horsehide for a two-bagger. Fellow Athletic Del Stainer contributed a double and one-bagger to the nine-hit offense. John Lesyshen was the only Redbird to tag Skeen for two safeties. Skeen fanned seven and walked an equal number while route-going loser Neil Amy rang up five punchouts and issued two free passes.

Amy (L) and Berezinski
Skeen (W) and R. Jamieson

(July 12)  The Hamiota Red Sox, rollicking relentlessly toward their second straight MSBL pennant, moved just one game away from clinching the flag by slapping down the Brandon Cloverleafs 12 to 3 at Kinsmen Stadium. The win gave the Sox a four-game edge atop the circuit. Hamiota derricked Brandon starter Morley MacFarlane in the first inning and Dennis Mendyk went the rest of the way, the pair being lit up for 15 base blows. Winning pitcher Glennis Scott staggered slightly in going the distance and was touched for 13 raps. Every batter in the Red Sox lineup except clean-up hitter Dallas Smith got in on the plate parade. The youngest member of the Smith clan, Brian or “Porky”, led the way with a four-for-five performance. Don Caldwell produced a triple and single. 15-year old Greg Borotsik was best with the baton for the Leafs, nailing a triple and double.

Glennis Scott (W) and Dallas Smith
MacFarlane (L), Mendyk (1) and Slevin

Standings                    W      L     Pct.    GBL
Hamiota Red Sox             13      6    .684     ----
Riverside Blues              9     10    .474     4.0
Brandon Cloverleafs          9     11    .450     4.5
St. Lazare Athletics         8     10    .444     4.5
Dauphin Redbirds             8     10    .444     4.5

(July 13)  The Hamiota Red Sox outslugged the St. Lazare Athletics for a 13 to 11 decision in a Manitoba Senior Baseball League affair. The win for the homestanding Sox clinched the regular-season pennant for the second straight season. By the same token, St. Lazare was shunted to the cellar, a half-game back of Dauphin. The Athletics shelled Gary Van Buskirk for seven runs in the first inning but Hamiota stormed back with seven of their own in the third panel. The Sox began to pull away in the middle innings before staving off a late rally by the Saints. Brian Smith picked up the mound decision in relief but needed assistance from Don Smith and Lynn Caldwell who combined to retire the side in the ninth with the tying runs on base. Ken Wilson, the third chucker used by the A’s, was nicked with the loss. Dallas Smith, Warren McKinnon and Denny Smith each nailed a pair of safeties for the Scarlet Stockings. Del Stainer, Roy Cuthill and Stan Skeen all reciprocated with a brace of bingles for the A’s while clubmate Garth Sararas launched a three-run tater in the eighth episode.

Thompson, Skeen (3), Wilson (L) (3) and R. Jamieson
Van Buskirk, B. Smith (W) (1), Don Smith (8), Caldwell (9) and Dallas Smith

(July 15)  The Dauphin Redbirds evened their season’s mark at 10 – 10 and, in the process, moved into second place in the MSBL when they won at home by 5 to 0 and 12 to 4 scores from the Riverside Blues.  Dauphin left-hander Dennis McAuley hurled the first shutout of the season as he blanked the Blues on three hits in the early match. He fanned five and walked four in handing Lorne Lilley the loss. Bill Berzinski, Neil Amy and McAuley all clipped the orb for a pair of safeties with one of McAuley’s swats going for a double.

Lilley (L), Shaw (5) and C. Seafoot, McLean (5)
McAuley (W) and Kabel

The Redbirds ripped into three Riverside hurlers for 15 base knocks in the late event as they took the lead in the second inning and never looked back. Neil Amy scattered seven hits, whiffed nine and passed three in registering the win over Ross Kinsley. Johnny Lesyshen had three hits , including two doubles, for the winners. Bernie Basaraba clouted a two-run dinger in the fifth and had two hits along with Dauphin teammates Gerry Shumanski, Berezinski, Bill Murray and Larry McDougall. Barry Moffatt and Gord Hunter were the only Blues’ batters to hit safely twice.

Kinsley (L), Cunningham (5), Lilley (7) and McLean
Amy (W) and Basaraba

(July 15)  The St. Lazare Athletics travelled to Brandon and came away with a couple of one-run thrillers from the Cloverleafs. The Saints pulled out all the stops as they scored all five of their runs in the ninth inning to nab a 5 to 5 verdict in the opening game and then hung on for a 4 to 3 win in the second encounter. The twin-triumphs boosted the A’s into third place in the loop and dropped the Leafs into the cellar, a half-game back of Riverside.

It was a fantastic finish that pulled the matinée tilt out for St. Lazare. Brandon’s Bruce Smith was sailing along with nifty one-hitter until the fatal ninth when he suddenly walked the first two batters. Then Ray Simms slammed a triple and came home on Ken Wilson’s sacrifice fly to pull the A’s to within one. Stan Skeen kept the rally going with a two-out single and Smith was yanked for Don Hunter. Playing-manager Roy Cuthill greeted Hunter by ripping a three-bagger to deep right-field, driving in the equalizer and catcher Ross Jamieson drove in Cuthill with the go-ahead tally on a single. Don Jamieson was the winning pitcher as he relieved starter Ken Wilson in the second spasm and permitted only one run the rest of the way. Lloyd Brown had a homer amongst hits two hits in leading the Brandon seven-hit attack.

Wilson, D. Jamieson (W) (2) and R. Jamieson
Smith, Hunter (L) (9) and Slevin

Skeen set Brandon down on eight hits in the second game as he and Hunter hooked up in a competitive mound fracas. The Leafs made a belated bid in the ninth when they scored once and had the tying run cut-down at the plate. Cuthill continued to have a productive day with the lumber for the Saints with his fifth-inning triple providing the winning margin. Garth Sararas and Don Smith both added a pair of safe swats to the ten-hit St. Lazare offense. Bob Wilson smacked two doubles for Brandon with teammates Gerry MacKay and Ron Baryluk both delivering a brace of singles.

Skeen (W) and R. Jamieson
Hunter (L) and Slevin

(July 17)  The Dauphin Redbirds humbled the Hamiota Red Sox by clobbering the pennant-winners 22 to 3 right on their home turf.  The Birds combed six Crimson Hose hurlers for 19 hits while their own Dennis McAuley was coasting easily to victory on a seven-hitter. Bob Brooks took the loss. John Lesyshen and Gerry Shumanski hit homers for Dauphin but Bob Kabel led the pulverizing parade with five hits. Lesyshen had four while Shumanski, Bernie Basaraba and Bill Berezinski all had two. McAuley aided his own cause by drilling three hits. Don Smith and Glennis Scott had two safeties each for the Sox.

McAuley (W) and Basaraba
Brooks (W), Lynn Caldwell (1), B. Smith (5), Glennis Scott (5), Lorne Caldwell (6), McConnell (9) and Don Smith

(July 18)  Pennant-winning Hamiota rebounded from their thrashing at Dauphin to topple the St. Lazare Athletics 7 to 4. The loss for the A’s reduced their third-place cushion to just a half-game over fourth-place Riverside. Glennis Scott’s hurling and some fancy fielding that produced five double plays, was the big factor in the Red Sox triumph. Scott effectively scattered nine hits and was never in trouble after his mates provided him with four runs in the opening canto. Denny Smith, Scott and Gary Van Buskirk all bagged two hits off loser Ken Wilson and reliever Bob Thompson. Ross Jamieson, Wilson and Del Stainer picked up two safeties apiece for the Saints.

Glennis Scott (W) and Don Smith
Wilson (L), Thompson (5) and R. Jamieson

(July 19)  The Brandon Cloverleafs unleashed their most potent punch of the season as they creamed the visiting Riverside Blues 18-7 at Kinsmen Stadium to leapfrog past the Riversiders by a half-game in the battle for the fourth and final playoff spot. Bruce Smith had little trouble recording the Brandon win after his mates opened the floodgates with nine runs in the fourth frame to open up a 13 – 2 lead. He scattered nine hits, fanned eight and walked three. Meanwhile, the Wheat City nine was piling up a 25-blow barrage. Bob Wilson and Jim Slevin had four hits apiece for the winners with Ron Baryluk, Tommy Town and Lloyd Brown collecting a trio of raps. Even the light-hitting Rudy Stritz had a couple of safeties including a long home run. Wes Rathwell personally tried to keep up with the Cloverleaf sluggers as he clouted a homer and triple for Riverside.

Kinsley (L), Lilley (4), Shaw (4) and C. Seafoot
Smith (W) and Slevin

(July 20)  The St. Lazare clinched a playoff spot and the Riverside Blues’ hopes dimmed as the Athletics scored an epic 1 to 0 triumph in Dauphin in an exciting MSBL skirmish that was scoreless until the ninth inning. In a scintillating display by southpaws Stan Skeen of the A’s and the Redbirds’ Dennis McAuley, Skeen hurled a neat four-hitter for the shutout win while tough-luck loser McAuley yielded only three base hits. The teams failed to plate a run until the final frame when the Saints pushed across the tie-breaker. Ted Woods opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on Ken Wilson’s single. A strikeout followed for the first out but both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Del Stainer then laced a long sacrifice fly, allowing Woods to scamper home with the only run. 

Skeen (W) and O. Stainer 
McAuley (L) and Kabel

(July 20)  Meanwhile, Riverside suffered a 9 to 5 setback at Hamiota that left the Blues teetering on the brink of elimination. Gary Van Buskirk became the league’s winningest hurler as he went the distance for the Scarlet Stockings. He struck out seven, walked six and allowed seven hits. Hamiota hammered Riverside starter Carl Cunningham for seven runs in the first two innings and got to reliever Garth Seafoot for just two counters the rest of the way. Warren McKinnon had three hits including a double for the Sox while the Smith boys, Denny, Dallas and Don all had two.

Cunningham (L), G. Seafoot (2) and McLean
Van Buskirk (W) and Don Smith

(July 22)  Hamiota and St. Lazare wound up their regular-season at Hamiota with the pennant-winners taking a free-wheeling 17 to 10 verdict from the Athletics. The Red Sox blew a 4 to 0 first-inning lead but then promptly came back with a seven-run explosion in the third that settled the issue. Bob Brooks hurled the win before Brian Smith mopped up in the last two innings. Don Smith belted a homer and triple for the Crimson Hose while brother Dallas had a three-bagger and single. Al Robertson laced out three hits with Buck Matheson bagging a brace. Losing heaver Ken Wilson led his club at the plate with three hits while Bob Thompson and relief hurler Eric Ireland both clouted home runs.

Wilson (L), Ireland (3) and O. Stainer
Brooks (W), B. Smith (8) and Don Smith

(July 23)  The Riverside Blues, in a final do-or-die effort, dumped the Dauphin Redbirds 10 to 4 at Riverside to remain in the MSBL playoff picture and force the league schedule down to the final game. The Blues had to rally in their final two turns at bat to edge Dauphin. Trailing 4 – 2 going into the bottom-of-the-seventh, the Riversiders scored three to take the lead and romped away with five more in the eighth. Gord Hunter went the route on the knoll to annex the win in defeating Neil Amy who had six punchouts. The hosts raked Amy for a dozen blows but he also put himself in peril by issuing seven walks. Hunter was touched for 11 hits but was reasonably successful in keeping them scattered. His batterymate, Cliff Seafoot, was the hitting hero. In the opening inning, the Blues’ backstop singled to tie the score at 2 – 2. Trailing 4 - 3 in the seventh, his single plated both the tying an winning runs. Then, in the eighth, Seafoot laced a long three-run homer over the right-field wall to ice the issue. Hunter, Gene Cory and Barry Moffatt of the winners all slammed out a pair of safeties. Al Evason led Dauphin with three hits while Bob Kabel and Amy had a pair apiece.

Amy (L) and Basaraba
Hunter (W) and C. Seafoot

(July 25)  The Dauphin Redbirds bumped the Brandon Cloverleafs 6 to 2 in Dauphin to clinch second place in the MSBL standings and force a fourth-place tie-breaker between the Leafs and Riverside. Gerry Verbiwski limited the Wheat City crew to nine hits in recording the Redbird mound victory. He breezed four, walked two and was never in trouble after his mate got him a three-spot in the opening panel. Cloverleaf starter Ed Evans was the loser as he was raked for four counters before giving way to George Seamer in the fourth frame. Gerry Shumanski, Bob Kabel and Verbiwski all had two hits for the winners. None of the Brandonites could manage more than one safety.

Evans (L), Seamer (4) and Slevin
Verbiwski (W) and Kabel 

Final Standings                W     L     Pct.    GBL
Hamiota Red Sox               17     7    .708     ----
Dauphin Redbirds              12    12    .500     5.0
St. Lazare Athletics          11    13    .458     6.0
Brandon Cloverleafs           10    14    .417     7.0
Riverside Blues               10    14    .417     7.0


(July 26)  The death knell sounded on the Brandon Cloverleafs at Kinsmen Stadium as they were relegated to the basement and ousted from entering the playoffs after losing 4 to 2 to the Riverside Blues in a sudden-death tie-breaker for fourth spot. It was a well-played game with just one error on either side. Veteran outfielder Orv Shaw took a rare turn on the knoll for the Blues and pitched a steady seven-hitter, fanning four and walking only two. After permitting single runs in the second and third innings, he blanked the Leafs for the rest of the game. Bruce Smith took the loss as he gave up all four Riverside runs before exiting for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. The teams were deadlocked at 2 – 2 when the Blues came to bat in the sixth. Brandon’s only error and Gord Hunter’s single put two runners aboard. They moved up on a passed ball and both scored on infield outs.

Smith (L), Seamer (7) and Borotsik, Slevin (4)
Shaw (W) and C. Seafoot


Senior amateur baseball returned to Winnipeg and environs in 1962 in the form of the Metro Senior A Baseball League. The six-team circuit received minimal attention within the sporting sections of the Free Press and Tribune other than the occasional paragraph with final scores. Only games involving the runaway-leaders of the circuit, the St. Boniface Native Sons, were reported with some regularity while results for some of the outlying teams were seldom published. Playoffs, scheduled to begin July 22, finally got underway a week later after a lengthy layoff.

Atomic Transfer a.k.a. Atomics
Balmoral Orioles
St. Boniface Native Sons
Tyndall Giants
Vita Mallards

(May 20)  The six teams opened the campaign with a full slate of games in which the Atomic Transfer nine, St. Boniface Native Sons and Warren emerged as victors. The Atomics edged the Tyndall Giants 5 to 3 in the opener. St. Boniface had it all their own way by blanking the Vita Mallards 8 to 0 in the sandwich tilt while the Warren entry slammed the Balmoral Orioles 9 to 2 in the finale.

(May 24)  The Vita Mallards defeated Warren 7 to 1 in Metro Senior Baseball League play. The winning pitcher was Bill Fosty and the loser was Chris Riddell.  In other action, the Winnipeg Atomics edged the Balmoral Orioles 3 to 2. It was a pitcher’s duel between John Holt and Cece Dowley before Holt won his own game with a timely squeeze bunt which scored Gerry Krantz.

(May 26)  St. Boniface Native Sons vaulted into first place in the Metro Senior League, sweeping a doubleheader from Atomic Transfer.  The Saints, who have a 3 – 0 record, won the opener 1 to 0 behind the five-hit, ten strikeout pitching of left-hander Bob Audette. It was Audette’s second straight whitewash job. The ex-Elmwood Giant junior walked only two batters. Ron Braunstein tripled home Howie Hughes with the winning run in the eighth inning. Hughes had led off the frame with a single.

St. Boniface romped in the second game, piling up a 19 to 2 edge. Former Goldeye Leon McClinton worked the first eight innings on the hill to pick up the victory. The Sons parlayed 15 walks and 11 hits for the one-sided triumph. Jack Seitz was the big gun offensively, rapping a double and three singles while picking up two walks. He drove home four runs. Teammate Don Craw has three safeties. Joe Psooy was the losing chucker.

(June 1)  Although winning pitcher Chris Riddell was lit up for six runs, his Warren teammates hammered out 11 of their own to top the Balmoral Orioles in Metro Senior A League action. Don Marks suffered the loss for the O’s.

(June 2)  Rallying in the sixth and seventh innings, the unbeaten St. Boniface Native Sons overcame a 1 to 0 deficit and went on to clip the Vida Mallards 3 to 1. The loss for the Ducks was their second against a single victory in the six-team circuit. The clash featured a tight pitching duel between the Sons’ John Kosowan and Bill Fosty of the Mallards. Both right-handers went the distance. Kosowan fashioned a one-hitter, a looping single by Vita’s Mo Solomon. He rang up a dozen punchouts while issuing four free passes. The lone run scored against him was plated in the fourth frame and was unearned. The Saints, who collected seven hits, threatened but couldn’t crack Fosty’s armor until the sixth spasm. Outfielder Jack Shuba romped home on  Hal Westberg’s sacrifice fly to knot the count at 1 – 1. The front-runners wrapped up the tilt in the seventh, scoring a deuce on a fielder’s choice and an error. All seven St. Boniface hits were singles with catcher Ken Ingram leading the way with a pair.

Fosty (L) and Buckley, Leba (6)
Kosowan (W) and K. Ingram

(June 2)  The Warren senior baseballers swept a pair of games from invading Atomic Transfer of Winnipeg by scores of 6 to 4 and 4 to 0. Jim Robinson, with relief assistance from Jack McDougall emerged as the winning tosser in the matinée affair while John Holt was nicked with the loss. In the windup event, Dennis Kline of the Highway 6’ers grabbed the shutout mound win over the Atomics’ Joe Psooy.

(June 6)  Atomic Transfer whipped the Vita Mallards 9 to 6 in Metro Senior action. John Holt, who belted a triple to aid his own cause, bested Irvin Chizik for the hillock triumph. Reg Chopp and Gerry Bolin slammed two-baggers for the Atomics.

(June 7)  Doug Marks pitched and batted the Balmoral Orioles to a 4 to 3 victory over invading Warren in Metro Senior League play. Marks, who clubbed a pair of triples to lead the Orioles’ nine-hit offense, relieved George Ledochowski and pitched no-hit ball over the final five innings. It was Balmoral’s third straight win after the club started the season with four losses. The losing heaver was Jack McDougall.

(June 10)  With Leon McClinton and Bob Audette sharing the mound duties, the St. Boniface Native Sons handcuffed the Balmoral Orioles 14 to 1 to maintain their grip on top spot in the Metro Senior circuit. Hal Westberg paced the Sons’ balanced offensive thrust with a two-for-four performance. The Birds’ lone run came on a ninth-inning solo four-bagger by Bob Marks.

(June 12)  The St. Boniface Native Sons clipped the Tyndall Giants 9 to 4 in Metro Senior baseball at Provencher Park. Playing-manager and ex-Goldeye Leon McClinton came on in relief of John Kosowan in the fourth inning and earned the mound victory. Howie Hughes clouted a two-run double and Ken Ingram went two-for-three to pace the Native Sons’ attack. Archie Croplewe tossed a six-hitter for Tyndall but absorbed the hillock setback.

In another contest, the hosting Vita Mallards came from behind to take an 8 to 6 decision from Warren. Bill Fosty, in relief of starter Ed Chesko in the sixth stanza, posted the knoll triumph. Jack McDougall, who was given the hook in the sixth in favor of Chris Riddell, suffered the loss. The Mallards had fought back to tie the game three times before finally pushing across three big runs in the bottom-of-the-eighth. Triples were the order of the day with Frank Fraser and Roman Stecki blasting one apiece for the winners while Warren’s Laurie Langrell also clouted a three-bagger.

(June 17)  The pitching-strong St. Boniface Native Sons continued to upend all challengers in the Metro Senior Baseball League by sweeping a doubleheader from Warren. The Sons won the opener 8 to 1 then blanked the hosts 11 to 0 in the finale. The sweep ran their unbeaten streak to eight games while Warren has a 6 – 7 won-lost record..

Playing-manager Leon McClinton weaved a five-hitter to chalk up his fourth victory in the lid-lifter. The ex-Goldeye fanned four and didn’t grant a walk. The loser was another former St. Louis Cardinal farmhand, John Paul. The Warren hurler gave up only five hits but walked seven and was hampered by a porous defense. There were no extra-base hits in the game. Doug Ingram had two hits in four trips for the Saints.

Lefthander Bob Audette posted his third straight shutout in the nightcap with a two-hitter. Audette has yet to be scored upon this season. The Sons collected eight safeties off former Giant farmhand Chris Riddell. The Warren portsider was also handicapped by a poor defense which committed five errors. Jack Seitz, with two singles, and Howie Hughes with a double, sparked the winners at the plate

(June 19)  Joe Psooy unfurled a six-hitter in pitching the Atomics to a 4 to 4 Metro Senior League victory over the Balmoral Orioles. George Ledochowski was nailed with the setback. Terry Braunstein clouted a double and three singles for the Transfermen.

(June 21)  The pennant-bound St. Boniface Native Sons racked up their ninth straight victory in the Metro Senior loop by blasting the hometown Balmoral Orioles 11 to 3. Winning heaver John Kosowan spun a six-hitter while whiffing ten and walking just one for the unbeaten Sons. He also cracked a double in support of his knoll performance. Howie Hughes and Don Craw both slugged round-trippers for the victors.

At Tyndall, Irv Chisyk hurled a four-hitter and breezed eight as the Vita Mallards registered a 4 to 1 decision over the Giants. Don Wiley fanned three in absorbing the route-going loss.

(June 26)  The St. Boniface Native Sons reeled off their 11th straight Metro Senior League win, bouncing the Tyndall Giants 6 to 4. Leon McClintion fashioned a seven-hitter in copping the hillock triumph. He punched out seven and issued two free passes in going the route. Hal Westberg clouted a solo dinger for the Saints while the Giants’ Bob Johnson responded with a three-run tater.

(June 28)  There appears to be no stopping the St. Boniface Native Sons. The Metro Senior League front-runners registered their 12th straight victory defeating the Balmoral Orioles 8 to 2 at Provencher Park. Bob Audette went the distance to post his fifth victory. The southpaw rang up 15 punchouts, yielded just five hits and walked two. Within the batter’s box, he contributed a pair of doubles and a single. Laurie/Lorrie Marks went the route on the hill for Balmoral.

(June 29)  Right-hander Irvin Chizick fired a complete-game five-hitter in pitching the Vita Mallards to a 10 to 3 trouncing of Warren at Provencher Park. The victory enabled the Ducks to pull into a second-place tie with Warren in the standings. Chizick walked four and fanned three. Meanwhile his mates backed him with the long ball. Bill Fosty and Ed Chesko hit back-to-back homers in the second inning off loser Dennis Clym to start the Mallards flying. As a result, Clym was kayoed from the slab as John Paul took over mound duties for the remainder of the tilt. Glen Hogg had a triple for the losers.

(July 5)  The St. Boniface Native Sons scraped past the Tyndall Giants 5 to 4 at Provencher Park to chalk up their 14th straight Metro Senior Baseball League victory. The unbeaten league-leaders pushed across a run in the seventh spasm without benefit of a base hit to clinch the verdict. The Giants had struck for four runs in the sixth, three of those coming on Bill Prudenchuk’s circuit-clout which knotted the count at 4 – 4. John Kosowan went the distance on the bump for the Sons. The right-hander, who wound up with a three-hitter while breezing nine, didn’t give up a safety until the sixth. However, six walks kept him in trouble. Stung with the loss was Barry MacFarlane who was nicked for six blows, including a homer and single by Don Craw who had three RBI’s.

(July 8)  The rampaging St. Boniface Native Sons ran their unbeaten streak to 16 games, sweeping a twin-bill from Warren by scores of 8 to 1 and 3 to 1. Playing-manager Leon McClinton hurled the opening-game victory. He gave up seven hits, struck out four and didn’t issue a walk. Taking the loss was Chris Riddell who worked 6-2/3 innings on the hill. Ron Braunstein stroked a pair of singles for the Sons.

Bob Audette of the Saints and Warren’s John Paul locked horns in a second-game pitcher’s duel, each firing a two-hitter. Audette slammed a two-run triple and the scored himself to provide the offense needed for the triumph. 

(July 10)  Atomic Transfer exploded for five runs in the eighth inning and went on to drub Warren 9 to 3 in a Metro Senior League clash at Warren. Ken Frederickson tossed a five-hitter to gain the hillock verdict over Jack McDougall who was touched for 12 hits. Harold Flatt clubbed a double and two singles for the Atomics while teammates Don Frederickson and Alex Sereda boomed out triples.

(July 15)  The Balmoral Orioles invaded Transcona Stadium and swept both ends of an exciting Metro Senior League doubleheader from Atomic Transfer, winning the first game 5 to 4 and the second encounter 9 to 7.

Doug Marks struck out 16 and yielded seven hits in the opening squeaker. In spite of tossing a four-hitter, Joe Psooy was the hard-luck loser as his mates committed six errors. The highlight of the game was a two-run homer by Maynard Duncan of the Birds.

In the nightcap, Cece Dowley out-duelled John Holt for the mound decision. Andy Alexiuk, with two singles, paced the victors at the dish with the baton.

(July 15)  The St. Boniface Native Sons did the expected in Metro Senior League action, nosing out the Vita Mallards 2 to 1 at Provencher Park to run their season’s record to 17 – 0. Winning pitcher John Kosowan and flychaser Jim Patrick shared the spotlight for the unbeaten Saints. Kosowan rang up 16 punchouts while fashioning a three-hitter. In the tight struggle, Patrick threw out a Vita runner at the plate with a laser heave from deep right-field. In the ninth, he poked a bases-loaded single to drive in Hal Westberg with the winning run.

SEMI-FINALS  Balmoral Orioles vs Warren & Vita Mallards vs St. Boniface Native Sons  (best-of-seven series)

(July 29)  The St. Boniface Native Sons, undefeated during league play, took a stranglehold on their best-of-seven Metro Senior Baseball League semi-finals with the Vita Mallards by scoring 7 to 2 and 7 to 5 victories.
Playing-manager Leon McClinton spaced nine hits in picking up the opening-game win. The former Winnipeg Goldeye whiffed 14 and walked only two. His charges were able to garner only seven hits but combined them to good advantage with seven walks. They drove Vita starter Jim Rybuck from the hill in the third. Mo Solomon finished up for the Mallards. Doug Ingram was the Sons’ biggest offensive threat in this match, picking up a single and three walks.

Bob Audette surrendered 11 safeties in the second tilt but persevered in going the distance to pick up the mound win. He struck out 12 and walked five. St. Boniface, meanwhile, raked losing heaver Bill Fosty for 11 hits including three each by Hal Westberg and Ray Shuel. Fosty tried valiantly to save his own game by clouting a triple and two singles.

(August 2)  The St. Boniface Native Sons defeated the Vita Mallards 10 to 4 to sweep their semi-final series in four straight games. Leon McClinton annexed the pitching win in relief and was backed by the hitting of Hal Westberg and Howie Hughes. Westberg went yard with a dinger while Hughes clipped the orb for two safeties which produced four RBI’s. Bill Fosty and Joe Hyda dialed long distance in launching taters for the Ducks.

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

(August 14)  The St. Boniface Native Sons grabbed a one game lead in the Metro Senior Baseball League finals, defeating Warren 4 to 1 at Provencher Park. Skipper Leon McClinton ascended the bump in the fifth frame in relief of starter Bob Audette and was credited with the mound triumph. At the time, Audette was working on a no-hitter but was forced to retire because of an arm injury. McClinton surrendered two hits the rest of the way. Chris Riddell, who deserved a better fate, took the loss. He gave up only one earned run as his mates committed three errors behind him at crucial times. The Saints salted away the game with a pair of counters in the sixth. Norm Rogosky opened with a double and Ron Braunstein reached base on an error. McClinton then stroked a triple to drive in both.

(August 17)  The St. Boniface Native Sons erupted for three runs in each of the first and seventh innings to defeat Warren 6 to 5 and take a 2 – 0 lead in the best-of-seven finals. Reliever John Paul, who had come on for starter Jack McDougall, was the victim of the St. Boniface uprising in the seventh and was stung with the loss. Leon McClinton earned the win.

(August 19)  Manager Leon McClinton’s St. Boniface Native Sons crashed through for two big seventh innings to take both ends of a split-venue playoff double-dip from Warren and capture the 1962 Metro Senior Baseball League crown. The Saints took the opener 4 to 2 in Warren and the nightcap 5 to 4 at Provencher Park to sweep the series in straight games. 

Trailing 2 to 1 after six innings of the matinée tussle, the Sons exploded for a three-spot after two had been retired. McClinton started the rally by drawing a walk. Don Craw followed with a single and Jack Sykes socked a triple. Sykes then crossed the pan with an insurance tally on Howie Hughes’ one-bagger. McClinton limited the Highway 6’ers to five hits and fanned 11 in taking the knoll verdict over Chris Riddell. A three-bagger was the key in the wrap-up contest. Down 4 to 1, the Saints pushed across four runs in the seventh, three of them as a result of a triple by Hughes. John Kosowan picked up the hillock victory in relied of starter Bob Audette. The loser was Jack “Jake” McDougall, who toiled on the slab only two-thirds of an inning.


St. Boniface Native Sons (Winnipeg Metro Baseball League) vs Hamiota Red Sox (Manitoba Senior Baseball League)

(August 26)  The Hamiota Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the St. Boniface Native Sons in Hamiota as the Manitoba senior baseball finals got underway. The MSBL champs took the opener, eking out a slim 2 to 0 victory and then blasted the Sons 14 to 2 in the second game.

Although limited to four hits in the curtain raiser, the Sox came through with a run in the second inning and another in the fifth in the brilliantly-played and error-free contest. Dallas Smith scored what proved to be the winning tally when he led off the second panel with a triple and crossed the pan when brother Don Smith hit a line single. Glennis Scott surrendered only three hits as he went the distance to record the shutout win. Scott sent eight batters down swinging and walked four. Leon McClinton was the hard-luck loser. He gave up just four safeties, fanned three and didn’t walk anyone. Nary a swatter from either club was able to register plural hit totals.

McClinton (L) and Ingram
Glennis Scott (W) and Don Smith

In the follow-up event, The Red Sox exploded for three runs in the first inning. added five more in the second and then coasted to the romp over the Winnipeg Metro League titlists. Hamiota’s ace chucker, Gary Van Buskirk, scattered eight hits and whiffed eight in posting the mound victory. St. Boniface starter and loser Robin Audette was derricked in the second panel after surrendering five runs on five hits. He was relieved by John Kosowan who also ran into heavy Hamiota hitting. Opening-game loser McClinton followed, ascending the knoll for the Saints in the fourth and carrying the torch for the remainder of the blowout. Brian Smith led the 15-hit Red Sox offensive thrust as he hit a double and single. Dennis Smith, Dallas Smith, Don Smith and Warren McKinnon each stroked a pair of singles. Howie Hughes was the top willow wielder for the visitors, slamming the pill for a triple and single. Teammate Jack Shuba hammered out a pair of singles.

Audette (L), Kosowan (2), McClinton (4) and Ingram
Van Buskirk (W) and Don Smith

(September 2)  The St. Boniface Native Sons and Hamiota Red Sox battled to a 4 – 4 deadlock in the third game of the Manitoba Senior Baseball finals. A heavy downpour prevented extra innings and also washed out the second game of a scheduled doubleheader. The Crimson Hose had an 11 to 8 advantage in base hits and led for most of the game. Heading into the top-of-the-ninth, the Sox were clinging to a 4 to 3 lead which disappeared when Ron Braunstein of the Sons clouted a solo tater to knot the count. Both starting tossers, Hamiota’s Glennis Scott and playing-manager Leon McClinton of the Sons, went the distance. Braunstein paced the St. Boniface swatters with a single and the game-tying dinger. Jack Seitz also had a brace of safeties. Dennis Smith, Brian Smith, Warren McKinnon and Don Smith acquired a brace of bingles each for the Hamiotans.

McClinton and Ingram
Glennis Scott and Don Smith

Nothing found in print to indicate that the series resumed after game three.


Belmont joined the 1962 loop increasing the membership to six as all five entries from 1961 returned.

Boissevain Border Kings
Brandon Canucks
Oakland Braves
Souris Cardinals

(May 13)  The 1962 South-Central Baseball League got officially underway at Souris where the visiting Brandon Canucks, despite making eight errors, managed to down the Cardinals 17 to 12. Play in the opener was affected by a tricky wind which caused havoc for the defenses. The Brandon nine led in hits 16 to 14 as Warren Veale clubbed three doubles while Al Josephson came through with a double and two singles. Top swatsmith for the Cards was Barry Moffatt who connected for a double and three singles. The Canucks used four chuckers with the last of this quartet, Barry Diller, laying claim to the win.

(May 15)  Hosting Belmont bombed the Boissevain Border Kings 6 to 1 as they made a winning return to the South-Central Baseball League. Gary Maxwell, with relief assistance from Ronnie Manning in the fifth frame, was credited with the pitching win while Marc Pugh of the Border Kings was saddled with the loss. Harvey Williamson led the victors offensively, stroking a double and two singles.

(May 15)  The Brandon Canucks blanked invading Glensboro 3 to 0 at Kinsmen Stadium as Canucks’ starter Al Josephson and playing-manager Jack Denbow, who assumed mound duties in the fourth chapter, yielded just six hits. Losing chucker Harry Lalonde was also stingy with the base hits, surrendering just seven. Lanky Ross Brownlee and youthful Doug Ross paced the Brandon hitters, lacing a pair of singles each, an output matched by Glenboro’s Walt Hillhorst.

(May 25)  Defending champion Oakland Braves made their first start of the season a winning one as they downed Belmont 7 to 5 in a game played at Wawanesa. The Tribe broke a 5 – 5 tie in the last inning after Belmont had tied the score with four runs in the sixth. Merv Rodgers/Rogers started on the hill for Oakland and was nicked for one run in three frames. Ron Powers, who followed him on the bump, ran into a late jam until Ed Evans put out the fire and went on for the pitching win. Wayne Cory and Noel Fisher both had two hits for the Braves while Dan Hyrich stroked a brace for Belmont.

(May 27)  The Souris Cardinals doubled the visiting Oakland Braves 4 to 2. Gord Lyall went the route for Souris, holding Oakland to six hits. The Cards accumulated nine base knocks with Doug Armour and Bill Kirkup picking up two apiece. Jack Granger was the Braves’ top swatter with a brace of two-baggers while teammate Noel Fisher had a double and single.

R. Powers, Evans (L) (5), A. Powers (7) and Gullett
Lyall (W) and Fallis

(May 27)  Belmont  outslugged homestanding Glenboro 9 to 7 as George Manning of the victors had a five RBI batting performance, clouting a home run and a triple.

(May 27)  The unbeaten Brandon Canucks won their third game in South-Central Baseball League action, taking a 9 to 4 win at Boissevain. Pitchers Bob Allen and Reid Lumbard held the Border Kings to six hits while Al Thompson and Marc Pugh were raked for nine Canuck safeties. Don Cornell banged out three hits for the winners. Bob Ash prevented a Boissevain rally when he made a shoestring catch in the middle pasture. Along with his fine catch, he connected for two Brandon hits. 

Allen (W), Lumbard (5) and Pottinger
Thompson (L), Pugh (7) and Burton, Baker (7)

(June 1)  Belmont clipped the horsehide for ten hits and blanked the visiting Oakland Braves 3 to 0 on South-Central Baseball League action. Ronnie Manning pitched the win for Belmont, fanning five Braves in the process. Alan/Allan Powers, relieved by brother Ron Powers in the sixth spasm, was nicked with the loss. Gary Maxwell turned in a double and single for the victors while Jack Granger topped the Tribe with the baton, singling three times.

(June 3)  The Brandon Canucks continued to dominated the South-Central Baseball League as they took a 13 to 2 decision at Glenboro in recording their fourth straight victory. The Josephson brothers, Al and Brian, shared pitching duties for the Canucks who coasted to the win after scoring six runs in the opening inning. Catcher Don Pottinger paced Brandon’s sizzling 22-hit attack with five hits, including two triples, in as many at bats. Winning pitcher Al Josephson, Warren Veale and Doug Ross all had three safeties with Josephson’s sum of swats including a double and triple. Bill Aaron had two of Glenboro’s four hits while losing chucker Deb Mealy drove in both their runs with a triple.

A. Josephson (W), B. Josephson (6) and Pottinger
Mealy (L), Mowatt (4) and Sanderson

(June 5)  The unbeaten Brandon Canucks turned their guns loose on the Oakland Braves at Kinsmen Stadium and the result was a fifth straight South-Central league triumph in a 5 to 1 decision over the defensing champion Braves. The hustling Canucks, using the able arms of Reid Lumbard and Jack Denbow, trailed 1 to 0 at the end of the second inning but picked up a deuce in the third spasm and didn’t look back. Don Cornell, besides picking up two singles, was kept busy in the infield with a sparkling defensive effort. Helping out with the offensive chores were Bob Ash with a double and Ross Brownlee who came up with a triple. Ron Powers started on the bump for Oakland but developed a sore arm and was lifted for Ed Evans in the fifth.

(June 8)  The Oakland Braves showed championship form in downing the Boissevain Border Kings 10 to 7 in South-Central League action. Merv Rodgers/Rogers picked up the pitching win with relief help from Ed Evans. Marc Pugh and Del Pringle pitched for Boissevain. Noel Fisher led the Braves offensively with two doubles while Dan Gullett banged out a double and single. For the Border Kings, catcher Clair Burton ripped a double and single and teammate Don Debacker connected for two singles.

(June 12)  The Brandon Canucks extended their winning streak to six games with a 5 to 1 victory over the Boissevain Border Kings at Kinsmen Stadium. Winning heaver Bob Allen of the Canucks and Boissevain’s tosser Marc Pugh both went the distance. Catcher Don Pottinger paced the Brandon slugging with a double and triple. Clubmate Barry Diller added a three-bagger and single while Warren Veale singled twice. The only Border King baton swinger to connect more than once was Don MacNamee who produced a brace of one-baggers. The score was tied 1 – 1 going into the last-of-the-fifth frame when Diller blasted his triple and scored what proved to be the winning tally on a very close play at the plate when Doug Ross laid down a bunt. Pottinger’s three-bagger in the sixth  drove in the first insurance counter.

(June 12)  Belmont downed visiting Glenboro 4 to 1 in South-Central Baseball League action to run their season’s record to 5 – 1 which maintained their runner-up status in the loop, a full-game behind the Brandon Canucks. Both pitchers of record, winner Carl Myers of Belmont and Glenboro’s Harvey Sanderson, went the distance. Myers and teammate George Manning led the victors offensively with a pair of singles each while Donnie Barr of the vanquished nine replicated the production. 

(June 19)  Glenboro scored early and often but then had to withstand a late Boissevain rally for an 11 to 6 win in the last South-Central League game scheduled in Glenboro this season. Harry Lalonde pitched shutout ball until the sixth inning when he gave up two runs to the Border Kings. Never in serious trouble as Glenboro had a ten-run cushion, Lalonde was relieved by Martin Bailey in the seventh. Bailey surrendered six hits and four runs before getting the hook for Harvey Sanderson in the ninth. Sanderson had been taking care of the catching chores but did a fine job on the bump, putting a stop to the Boissevain attempted comeback by holding them scoreless. His first-inning triple sparked the winners’ fast start as did another three-bagger by Don Cornish. Bob Turner’s triple with two aboard in the seventh was the most productive blow for the vanquished Kings.

DeBacker (L) and Turner
Lalonde (W), Bailey (7), Sanderson (9) and Sanderson, Hillhorst (9)

(June 22)  Homestanding Belmont smothered the Souris Cardinals 9 to 2 in a South-Central League tussle. Reliever Gary Maxwell, coming to the aid of starter Ron Manning in the second stanza, copped the pitching victory. Supplying the offensive thrust for the A’s were Harvey Williamson and Gord McWilliams who both connected for a double and single as well as clubmate Dan Hyrich who laced a brace of one-baggers. Doug Armour drilled two singles for Souris.

(June 22)  Glenboro scored a 9 to 4 win over the defending champion Oakland Braves in a South-Central League tilt played at Nesbitt. Harry Lalonde went the distance and was the winning pitcher for the Desert Dogs. Bill Aaron, Don Barr, Charlie Howlett and Harvey Sanderson all banged out a pair of safeties for the victors with both of Aaron’s blows being two-baggers. 

(June 28)  The visiting Brandon Canucks all but clinched first place in the South-Central Baseball League as the defeated second-place Belmont by a narrow 4 to 3 margin. Al Josephson went the distance on the knoll to record the win over Belmont’s Garry Maxwell. The Canucks led 4 to 0 after five innings but had to stop a late rally by the A’s.

(July 11)  The Brandon Canucks clinched first place in the South-Central Baseball League at Kinsmen Stadium as they blasted  second-place Belmont 15 to 6. An 11-run sixth frame by the Canucks spelled disaster for the visitors. Brandon was paced at the plate by Warren Veale who ripped a single and two doubles while Ross Brownlee and Don Pottinger banged out triples. Responding for the losers with the lumber were Woody Myers, Gord McWilliams and Dan Hyrich who each clipped the apple for a double and single.

Maxwell (L), Hyrich (6) and McWilliams
Page (W), Lumbard (5) and Veale

(July 11)  Ron Powers of the Oakland Braves and Bob Goldie of the hosting Boissevain Border Kings hooked up in as pitching duel as the teams battled to a 3 – 3 deadlock. The Braves opened up a 3 to 0 first-inning lead only to have the Kings tie it up in the third. Noel Fisher hit two singles while Dan Gullett smashed out a single and double to pace Oakland. Topping the six-hit Boissevain attack was Harvey Lamb with a brace of one-baggers.

R. Powers and B. Gullett
Goldie and Bowles

Standings                    W     L     T   Pts.
Brandon Canucks              8     0     1    17
Belmont                      7     3     0    14
Souris Cardinals             4     3     0     8 
Oakland Braves               2     4     2     6
Glenboro                     2     6     0     4
Boissevain Border Kings      1     8     1     3

(July 13)  The Oakland Braves clinched the final berth in the South-Central Baseball League as they dumped the Souris Cardinals 9 to 5 in a game played in Nesbitt. The Braves will now tackle the pennant-winning Brandon Cloverleafs in the league semi-finals while the Belmont A’s will face Souris. Vern Coulter was credited with the pitching win but needed relief help from fireballer Ed Evans in the sixth inning. Gord Lyall, who was relieved in the fifth frame by Cliff Hinks, was tagged with the loss. Oakland took a 4 – 2 in the third inning but the Cards tied it up in the fifth. The Braves bounced back in the bottom-of-the-fifth with five more runs to wrap it up. Wayne Cory banged out three hits for the winners while Dan Gullett, Evans and Alan/Allan Powers each poked out a pair. Spearheading the Souris offense was Ken Ruskin who ripped three singles while Lyall and Hinks contributed a brace of safeties.

Lyall (L), Hinks (5) and Lindbloom
Coulter (W), Evans (6) and B. Gullett

SEMI-FINALS  Souris Cardinals vs Belmont A’s & Oakland Braves vs Brandon Canucks  (best-of-three series)

(July 17)  Small in stature but spiritedly tenacious Jack Denbow pitched and batted the Brandon Canucks to a slim 6 to 5 victory over the Oakland Braves in the first game of their South-Central Baseball League semi-finals at Kinsmen Stadium. Denbow scattered ten hits and batted in Ross Brownlee with the winning run in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning in the walkoff victory. Pitcher Ed Evans of the Braves both started and relieved in the hard-fought clash, taking the loss after walking Brownlee and surrendering the tie-breaking hit to Denbow. Brownlee paced the Canucks offensively as he collected two hits including a triple. Evans had four hits for the Braves who outswatted the Brandonites by a 10 to 7 margin.

 Evans, R. Powers (7), Evans (L) (9) and B. Gullett
Denbow (W) and Pottinger

(July 18)  Belmont took the opener of their best-of-three semi-final series as they edged the Souris Cardinals 8 to 7. The hosting Belmont baseballers scored three runs in the eighth inning and then stemmed a two-run ninth-inning rally by the Cards to gain the win. Garry Maxwell captured the mound decision over Gord Lyall. Carl Myers and Dan Hyrich collected two hits apiece to lead the winners at the plate while Bill Kirkup and Gary Fallis responded with a pair of safeties each for Souris with a triple included in both totals.

(July 20)  Southpaw Jerry Page twirled a one-hitter as the Brandon Canucks blasted the Oakland Braves 7 to 0 in Nesbitt to sweep their series two games to none. The Canucks won the opener 6 – 5 and now await the winner of the Belmont – Souris playoff. Only Allan Powers was able to get to Page for a base knock, a single. Warren Veale, Al Josephson and Reid Lumbard each hit a double and a single for the winners.

Page (W) and Veale
Evans (L), R. Powers (4) and B. Gullett

Nothing found in the Brandon Sun with respect to the final score and game details of the second game of the Belmont – Souris series in which Belmont prevailed to capture the series in two games straight.

FINALS  Belmont vs Brandon Canucks  (best-of-three series)

(July 23)  The pennant-winning Brandon Canucks blanked Belmont 9 to 0 at Kinsmen Stadium to grab the opening game of the best-of-three finals. Al Josephson was in command all the way on the Brandon mound as he hurled an impressive three-hitter, striking out three and walking four along the way. Losing chucker Garry Maxwell gave up nine hits but deserved a better fate as his mates booted the ball eight times. The Canucks scored in six of their eight turns at bat. If his hurling wasn’t enough, Josephson also led the victors’ nine-hit attack with a single and triple.

Maxwell (L) and McWilliams
A. Josephson (W) and Pottinger

(July 25)  The Brandon Canucks bounced Belmont 5 to 1 to emerge as the South-Central Baseball League champions for 1962. The triumphant Brandonites won the best-of-three finals in two straight. The Canucks wasted little time as they jumped into a 1 – 0 lead in the first inning and then added four more runs in the third. Belmont’s lone counter came in the seventh spasm on four consecutive singles. Brandon’s big blow came off the bat of Warren Veale who belted a bases-loaded triple. George Manning led Belmont’s eight-hit attack by going three-for-three. Playing-manager Jack Denbow went the distance to out-duel Ron Manning for the win. The Canucks now advance to meet the winners of the Border League in Pilot Mound in the Manitoba Baseball Association playdowns.

Denbow (W) and Pottinger
R. Manning (L), Maxwell (6) and McWilliams


SOUTH SECTION SEMI-FINALS  Manitou Braves (Border Baseball League) vs Brandon Canucks (South-Central Baseball League)  best-of-three series

(July 29)  The South-Central League champion Brandon Canucks won the first game of the inter-league MBA playoffs at Manitou when they scored a thrilling 5 to 2 decision over the Manitou Braves of the Border circuit. The hosts jumped into an early 2 – 0 lead but Brandon fought back to tie the score with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames. The score remained deadlocked entering the ninth inning when the Canucks exploded for three runs.
It was the sturdy, shutout relief hurling of playing-manager Jack Denbow that turned the tide for the Wheat City crew. Denbow took over from portsider Jerry Page in the third and slammed the door as he fanned seven and walked two for the remaining 6-1/3 innings. Manitou managed to gather six hits during the game. Walter Mueller took the tough loss in going the distance. A pair of homers were the offensive punch the Canucks needed. Don Pottinger squared the game in the fifth with a solo tater while Warren Veale broke up the affair in the ninth with another bases-empty dinger. Brandon went on to plate a pair of insurance tallies. Denbow contributed two doubles to the attack. Brian Hodgson socked a single and double for Manitou.

(July 31)  The Brandon Canucks advanced to the Manitoba Baseball Association’s Southern final at Kinsmen Stadium as they ousted the Manitou Braves 6 to 3 to annex the best-of-three series in two straight games. Al Josephson was the Canuck winner as he went the distance with a four-hitter while fanning six and walking five. Ironically, none of the four hits figured in Manitou’s scoring as they took advantage of three walks and two errors for their three tallies. Wally Mueller absorbed his second mound setback of the series but again turned in a creditable performance. He breezed seven and passed four. It was scoreless for the first three frames before Brandon broke through for a trio in the fourth, helped by two errors. They added another trey in the sixth for a 6 – 0 lead. The Braves finally got the fire going with a pair in the seventh and added their final marker in the ninth. Three of Brandon’s seven hits were for extra bases and slim Barry Diller supplied the big blow with a long homer that produced all three of the clinching blows. Lew Mueller doubled and singled for the vanquished nine. The Canucks now await the South-West winner featuring Goodlands and the Pipestone loop’s champion Reston to declare an opponent for the provincial semi-final. In the North section, it’s the Neepawa Cubs meeting Angusville with the winner advancing to face the Rivers Comets.

W. Mueller (L) and Hodgin, L. Mueller (4)
A. Josephson (W) and Pottinger

SOUTH-SECTION SEMI-FINALS  Reston (Pipestone Baseball League) vs Goodlands (South-West Baseball League)

Goodlands defeated Reston. No scores available.

SOUTH SECTION FINALS  Goodlands (South-West Baseball League) vs Brandon Canucks (South-Central Baseball League)  best-of-three series

(August 9)  A fighting band of Goodlands diamond troopers came close to ending the undefeated skein of the Brandon Cloverleafs at Kinsmen Stadium but let the big fish get away. The Canucks, who had been cramming the bases all evening, finally pulled even and won a 5 to 4, ten-inning struggle as the MBA south-section finals got underway. In all deference to the gritty display by the Goodlands nine, this was a game that Brandon had no license to lose, albeit they came extremely close. The left 17 runners stranded on the base path. Allan Adolph and Jim Neilson, who shuttled back and forth on the Goodlands mound, staggered on numerous occasions but were tight in the clutch and just wouldn’t let the Wheat City aggregation build a big fire. They fanned six and walked 11 between them. On the other side, Jerry Page was shaky on the hill for the hosts in the opening three innings as he gave up all four runs but, after that, it was a breeze for the slim left-hander. He fired 19 third strikes past Goodlands’ batters and faced only 22 batters in the final seven innings, just one over the minimum. Neilson’s booming triple got Goodlands off to on the right foot in the opening inning as it plated two runs, Brandon got one back in the bottom-of-the-first but the visitors scored two more in the third on an error plus singles by Neilson and Bill Arnold. Warren Veale drove in the Canucks’ second counter in the fifth and the South-Central League champs reduced the deficit to a singleton in the seventh without benefit of a hit as Neilson walked three and one scored on a passed ball. Brandon tied it in the eighth on another walk and an error before Adolph returned to the knoll to bale the visitors out of trouble. Neilson was back of the hillock in the overtime session and promptly loaded the bases, surrendering a single to Bob Ash and a walk to Barry Diller just before Veale’s sacrifice bunt was kicked around for an error. Don Pottinger fanned but Don Cornell then dropped a perfect bunt down the first-base side and Ash was easily in from third with the winning counter. Diller, Veale, Pottinger and Brian Josephson all had two safe swats in the Canucks’ 11-hit attack while Goodlands’ seven-hit offense was paced by Neilson and Arnold who both collected a pair of bingles.

Adolph, Neilson (6), Adolph (8), Neilson (L) (10) and Payne
Page (W) and Pottinger

(August 12)  Goodlands blasted the invading Brandon Canucks 9 to 4 to square their best-of-three MBA south-section series at a game apiece. The hosts jumped into a 3 – 0 lead after three innings and never looked back. Sorenson, on the knoll for the victors, went the route and scattered six hits in taking the verdict over Brandon’s playing-manager Jack Denbow who gave up all nine runs before turning the ball over to reliever Al Josephson in the seventh spasm. Jim Neilson cuffed three singles to pace the winners offensively. He was followed by catcher Bob Payne and Sorenson with a double and single each. McArthur and Poole each delivered a brace of one-baggers. Barry Diller was the only Canuck to hit safely more than once as he clipped the orb for a pair of singles.

(August 16)  The Brandon Canucks took a major step towards the Manitoba Baseball Association crown when they hammered Goodlands 7 to 0 at Kinsmen Stadium in the rubber match of their south-section series. Southpaw Jerry Page fired a brilliant one-hitter to pick up the mound decision in a route-going performance. Page, who rang up 19 punchouts in the opener, fanned 11 more in the final performance, issuing only four walks. Don Perry started on the slab for Goodlands but was driven to the showers after 2-2/3 innings on the bump and replaced by Allan Adolph. The Canucks took advantage of two fielding miscues by the visitors and jumped into a 3 – 0 first-inning lead. After lengthening the cushion to 6 – 0 in the third panel, it was just a matter of time before putting a bow on it. Don Pottinger paced the Wheat City gang at the plate as he laced a double and a pair of singles. He was followed by Don Ash with a three-bagger and single while Barry Diller and Jim Murray stroked a brace of one-baggers each.

NORTH SECTION FINALS  Neepawa Cubs (Neepawa & District Baseball League) vs Rivers Comets (Mid-Western Baseball League)  best-of-three series


Rivers Comets                 

(August 12)  The hosting Rivers Comets outslugged the Neepawa Cubs to take an 8 to 5 verdict in the first-game of the MBA north-section finals. Neepawa qualified for the series by convincingly ousting Angusville 13 to 0 just 24 hours earlier. Lyle Spiller took the mound decision over Bill Fraser in the slugfest, in which Rivers outhit the visitors 13 – 10, but needed eighth-inning relief help from John Russell. Gerry Smith came up with a perfect four-for-four performance with the baton as he cracked out a triple, double and a pair of singles for the victors. McLaren was the big gun for Neepawa as he rattled a circuit-jack and two singles.

(August 14)  Neepawa squared their best-of-three MBA north-section final series with Rivers. Final score and game details not published in Brandon Sun.

(August 18)  The Rivers Comets advanced to the MBA finals after eliminating the Neepawa Cubs in the rubber match of their north-section series which was played at Cardale. Final score and game details not known.

M. B. A. PROVINCIAL FINALS  Rivers Comets vs Brandon Canucks  (best-of-three series)

(August 19)  The visiting Brandon Canucks and the Rivers Comets battled to a 6 – 6 stalemate in the opener of their MBA final series. No game details were found in print.

(August 22)  The Brandon Canucks moved to within one win of capturing the Manitoba Baseball Association crown as they slammed the Rivers Comets 16 to 4 at Kinsmen Stadium. Brandon’s Reid Lumbard, who was bombed out of the game in the first inning of the opener, returned to the hillock and redeemed himself by going the route and limiting the Comets to six hits. Lyle Spiller started on the knoll for Rivers but, after surrendering seven runs on nine hits , was given the hook in the sixth. John Russell followed on the slab and was tagged for six runs on seven hits and was waved ,in the seventh. At that point, former Brandon Cloverleaf chucker Gerry Smith took over and finished the game. Third sacker Warren Veale paced the 15-hit Brandon attack with a triple, double and a pair of singles while Jim Murray banged out three one-baggers. Lumbard aided his own cause with a triple and a brace of singles. Mike Brandon and Jim Woods were the only Comet batters to connect for two safeties.

L. Spiller (L), Russell (6), Smith (8) and Lees
Lumbard (W) and Pottinger

(August 25)  The hosting Rivers Comets evened up the best-of-three MBA finals as they edged the Brandon Canucks 7 to 6 in an eight-inning, darkness-shortened affair. The Comets overcame a 6 to 3 deficit in the final inning and romped to the walkoff victory by putting together a four-spot. Tall John Russell went the distance on the slab for the winners, scattering six hits, swishing six and walking four. Brandon starter Al Josephson was replaced on the hill by playing-manager Jack Denbow in the third after giving up three runs to the Rivers contingent. The Canuck duo were raked for 11 base knocks by the Comets with southpaw server Denbow absorbing the loss. Jim Woods was the hero of the day for the Comets when he hit a Texas Leaguer that fell in for a single, sending Cam Spiller scampering home with the winning tally. Woods paced Rivers offensively with a double and a pair of singles. Teammates Spiller and Bob Lees each had a double and single while Cal Allen cracked out a brace of one-baggers. Catcher Don Pottinger was best with the baton for Brandon, clouting a triple and double, while Jim Murray launched a mammoth four-bagger and a single.

A. Josephson, Denbow (L) (3) and Pottinger
Russell (W) and Lees

(August 29)  Tenacious little Jack Denbow pitched the Brandon Canucks to the Manitoba Baseball Association championship at Kinsmen Stadium as the Wheat City baseballers downed the Rivers Comets 5 to 2 in the fourth game of a scheduled best-of-three affair. Denbow, the playing-skipper of the Canucks put on a one-man show before a sparse crowd of predominantly Comet fans. The fiery little southpaw had a no-hitter going until the eighth episode and finished with a four-hitter. Along the way, he fanned eight, walked only one and picked off three Rivers’ baserunners with a deceptive southpaw move. The Canucks’ manager also did well at the dish and was the lone batter in the scuffle to amass multiple hit figures, rattling out a double and a single to drive in the winning and first insurance counter and then scoring the fifth and last Brandon run. John Russell, pitching in his third game of the series for the Comets, was tagged with the loss. In going the distance, the big right hander allowed six safeties, whiffed seven and walked five. Barry Diller’s looping single drove in the first two Canuck counters in the second spasm. Denbow’s RBI single then plated Diller to give the homesters a 3 – 0 lead. Denbow’s seventh-inning two-bagger scored Doug Ross, who had drawn a base-on-balls, for Brandon’s fourth marker and Bob Ash’s sacrifice fly allowed Denbow to romp home with the final Canuck tally. Jim Woods scored Rivers’ first run in the eighth on a single by Bill Cherpeta. The Comets plated their second and final counter in the ninth when Brandon catcher Don Pottinger’s pickoff throw to first was wide of its mark, allowing Ted McLauchlin to prance home unmolested from the hot corner.

Russell (L) and Lees
Denbow (W) and Pottinger


(June 5)   Don Miller had a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh and final inning Tuesday before losing his no-hit bid to Cranberry Portage on hits by Giles and Gerry Curle. The Pas TeePees prevailed 4-1. TeePees managed nine hits and ran wild on the bases with eight steals. Bill Donaldson led the winners with four hits, all singles.

Miller (W) and xxx
Dagget (L) and Leon Garringer

(June 10)  The Pas TeePees strengthened their hold on first place in the Polar League Sunday at Flin Flon with a sweep of a twin-bill with the Ross Stylers, 12 to 5 and 14 to 5. In the opener, Orest Pidskalny was best for the TeePees with four hits, one a double. Don Miller cracked a homer and a triple and big Claude Kozik added a triple and two singles. D. Gillespie had a round tripper for the Stylers. Miller went the route for the pitching win.

Miller (W) and xxx
Longmore (L) and xxx

The TeePees continued their offensive in the second game blasting 16 hits in the 14-5 victory. Barry Rowley, Stu Sharpe and Claude Kozik each slammed three safeties for the TeePees. J. Holdaway slugged a homer for the losers. Tickey King was the mound victor.

T.King (W) and xxx
Diltes (L) and xxx

(June 12)   Winning pitcher Allan Wolfe was also the hitting star as the TeePees topped the Trappers 3-2.  With The Pas trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning, Wolfe rapped a shot down the third base line to bring in Ron Cox and Doug White with the tying and winning runs. Bill Donaldson had scored the first marker for the TeePees. Wolfe held the Trappers to four hits.

Ashley (L) and xxx
Wolfe (W) and xxx

(June 14)   The Pas shaded Cranberry Portage 3-2 Thursday for their 10th win in 12 games. They've lost one and tied one. TeePees got all their runs in the fifth inning as Elmer Young, Irv Snyder and Orest Strocel crossed the plate. Snyder, who had two hits and a walk, was the winning pitcher holding the Radar Kings to three hits.

Dagget (L) and xxx
Snyder (W) and xxx

(June 16)  The Radar Kings upset the The Pas Trappers on their home field Friday notching a 4-1 victory.

(June 18)  On Sunday, the Flin Flon Stylers took both games of the double-header, downing the Trappers 2-1 and 7-2.  Al Wheeler and Don Donaldson were the winning hurlers.

L.Wheeler (W) and xxx
W.Kowbuz (L) and xxx

Don Donaldson (W) and xxx
Norman Engen (L) and xxx

(June 19)  Don Miller tossed a five-hit shutout Tuesday as the TeePees whipped the Radar Kings 6-0.

G. Curle (L) and xxx
D. Miller (W) and xxx

(July 15)  The Pas TeePees split a twin-bill with the Flin Flon Cardinals taking the first game 5-4 before dropping the evening game 6 to 2. Don Miller scattered seven hits, one a home run by Len Sedgewick, for the pitching win. Bob Remington took the loss.

D. Miller (W) and xxx
Remington (L) and xxx

Each team had eight hits in the second game but the Cardinals were more productive in their 6-2 victory. Glen Benson fanned seven and walked two in going the route for the pitching win.

W.Hausknecht (L) and xxx
Benson (W) and xxx

The Pas TeePees               16 - 3  - 1
Flin Flon Cardinals           12 - 7  - 0
Ross Stylers                  11 - 7  - 1
Cranberry Portage Radar Kings 10 - 10 - 0
The Pas Trappers               6 - 14 - 0
Creighton Braves               5 - 15 - 0

(July 22)   The Pas TeePees scored in the fourth extra inning to edge The Flin Flon Stylers in the continuation of an earlier tied contest. The winning marker was unearned as Don Miller reached on a walk, advanced on a balk and a wild pitch.  When pitcher Don Donaldson's pickoff throw to third went astray Miller romped home. 

(July 29)   The Pas captured the first two games of the best-of-five semi-final with Flin Flon Sunday topping the Stylers 10-9 in a 13-inning thriller then taking the seven-inning second game, 6-4. Barry Rowley singled in the 13th frame to bring in Don Miller with the winning run. In the 11th Orest Pidskalny cracked a homer with Rowley aboard to  tied the game 9-9 after the Stylers had scored a pair in the top of the inning. Ron Cox also homered for the TeePees while Lloyd Young and Diltes had circuit clouts for the Stylers. Don Miller picked up the win allowing nine hits. Don Donaldson fanned 14 for the visitors but allowed nine walks.

Don Donaldson (L) and xxx
Don Miller (W) and xxx

Third sacker Ron Cox was the hero of the second game for the TeePees cracking a three-run homer in the seventh to provide the margin of victory. Wally Hausknecht held the Stylers to four hits.

Wheeler (L), Gillespie (7), Diltes and xxx
Wally Hausknecht (W) and xxx

(August 5)   The TeePees whipped the Ross Stylers 7-2 at Flin Flon to take the semi-final series in three straight games. They out-hit the home squad 11 to 4. Barry Rowley knocked in three runs for the winners with Claude Kozik and winning pitcher Wally Hausknecht each driving in a pair.

Hausknecht (W) and xxx
Wheeler (L) and xxx

(August 12)  In a double-header opener of the Polar League championship series the TeePees and Cardinals each came away with a win. The Pas won the first game 6-3 with Flin Flon posted a 3-2 decision in the second. Home runs by Don Miller and Wally Hausknecht paced the TeePees to the win in the opener. Ron Cox and Claude Kozik each had a pair of doubles. 

Benson (L) and xxx
Hausknecht (W) and xxx

Cardinals scored three times in the first inning and held on for the win in the second game. Gordie Waldmo, who worked into the fifth inning, was credited with the win allowing four hits. Tricky King took the loss. Barry Rowley poked a homer for the TeePees.

(September 4)  The Pas TeePees whipped Flin Flon Cardinals 7-3 and 10-5 Monday to capture the Polar League championship four games to three.