1975 Alberta Snapshots      

Orv Franchuk scores




Edmonton catcher Orv Franchuk has an easy trip home as the Edmonton Tigers dumped Calgary Jimmies twice on the weekend.

Calgary Herald, June 2, 1975

Jim Bouton






A coup for the Calgary Jimmies was to entice former major leaguer Jim Bouton to suit up with the team. The 36-year-old former New York Yankee tossed a two-hit shutout on the weekend as Calgary swept a three game series from Barrhead.

Calgary Herald, July 21, 1975

Bouton, author of the controversial book "Ball Four", had been working in television following the end of his major league career. But, after his stint in semi-pro ball with Calgary, managed work himself back to the majors with Atlanta in 1978.

Papworth tag


Tim Martin of the California Berkeley Bears is cut down at second as the tag is made by Calgary Jimmies Bob Papworth as shortstop Rick Dalton provides backup. Jimmies beat the Bears 6-2 in the opening game of the Calgary Major Baseball Tournament. Calgary Herald, July 26, 1975

Below Left - In Calgary tournament play, Barrhead catcher Jim McDonald puts the tag on tournament MVP Randy Rasmussen of the Red Deer Generals.  Calgary Herald, July 28, 1975

Below right - Ken Grove of the Calgary Jimmies had quite the game as the Jimmies topped Edmonton 7-6. The stocky, young slugger collected five hits - a triple, double and single, hit on the hip by a pitch, and hit on the helmet by an unsuccessful pickoff throw at second. He also drew a walk and scored five times. Calgary Herald, July 15, 1975

Rasmussen outKen Grove

Boom Boom Self




John "Boom Boom" Self is back with the Calgary Jimmies as they prepare for the opening weekend of the Alberta Major Baseball League.

Calgary Herald, May 30, 1975

Hoping for another pro tour





A pair of right-handers of the Edmonton Tigers of the Alberta Major Baseball League, Ray Brown (left) and Wayne Kirby.

Tom BikoSoon-to-be 17-year old Tom Biko of the Medicine Hat Tigers (Saskalta Baseball League) displays his pitching form. The southpaw twirler was a few years down the road from a pro contract with the Minnesota Twins and 13 – 4 record in his rookie season (1978) and 14 – 9 won-loss mark in his sophomore campaign in the class A California League.Tom Biko

Below - Barrhead Cardinals, 1975, L-R - Mike Mukanik 1B/OF, Manager Lou Rondeau and third baseman Joe Cardle.

Barrhead Trio