Bob Boyce

Bob Boyce (1950-2013) umpired Junior and Senior baseball for over 30 years in the Winnipeg area. He traveled to and from most of his games by city transit which was viewed as a tremendous sign of dedication. He also mentored and evaluated many young umpires who developed into top level umpires. For many years Bob assigned the umpires to Junior and Senior games, often on short notice, making sure the games had competent umps. He refused however to provide replacements umpires when Northern League umps went on strike in 1995. Bob was highly respected among other prominent Manitoba umpires and the Winnipeg baseball community in general for his competency and long-time dedication and service to the game.

“To present the induction of an umpire it will be my pleasure, Bob Boyce. This evening I will be presenting to Grant Rodgers, thank you for asking me to present Jacko (Grant)  I appreciate it.  If you had time to read some of Bob’s bio you probably saw that it said he took a bus, so you can imagine when there is a double header you got your base stuff and you got your plate equipment, that’s a big bag. Over the shoulder, on the bus, pay your fare, and who knows when the last time that equipment got washed…that was Bob. You will notice in there that is says something about him breaking his thumb, you will never guess who the umpire who replaced him for that after a double header, you’re looking at him. After that game I asked a guy Billy  how did Bob do and he said I think he has got a broken collar bone, I said did he get to the hospital? And he said that Bobby told him I dont know, I asked him would you like an ambulance or would you like someone to drive you, what would you like me to do, Bobby said nah its okay Billy ill take the bus. Now he did take the bus but he didnt go tot the hospital, he took the portage bus and went to the pharmacy for some medicine. I can stand up here and talk to you about what Bob did for me and all the rest of the guys but I will let Jacko take over, so to count off everyone strike 1 strike 2 strike 3 please welcome to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame,

Mr. Bob Boyce”

Don Schmall

Don Schmall pitched 18 years in the MSBL for the Neepawa Cubs (1977-81) and Neepawa Farmers (1982-94) when most teams relied on important pitchers. He is the Farmers all time leader in innings pitched (609), wins (39), and strikeouts (274). Don pitched a no-hitter against Dauphin Redbirds, June 28, 1991, and was named the MSBL playoff MVP that season. Don was also named the Farmers regular season MVP in both 1984 and 1992. Don pitched with the Team Manitoba All-stars at several Western Canadian and National championships. He helped Manitoba collect two gold, two silver, and one bronze medal during the 1980’s.  Off the field Don served as Secretary-treasurer of Baseball Manitoba for five years and has been active in coaching minor fastball and serving on the Neepawa Minor Baseball Association Executive.

Orville Renwick

Orville Renwick has been an outstanding baseball promoter in South West Manitoba for many years. Orville started out as a player with the Coulter Red Sox, an Intermediate team that lost the provincial finals in 1968 to the Thompson Reds. Orville then coached the Red Sox for a few years before putting his talents to work for the betterment of all the South West baseball region. He started umpiring for minor and Intermediate ball in 1978 and didn’t retire until 2010. Not content to merely contribute on the field Orville also served as the South West League President from 1980-97. He also served as an area director for the Manitoba Baseball Association for six years and was made of the Manitoba Baseball Honour Society.

“Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen: For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Bill Kirkup from Souris and on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, it is my pleasure to introduce to you our next inductee to the Hall, Mr. Orville Renwick of Melita, Manitoba. Having grown up in this area myself, I am quite familiar with Orville’s ‘stomping grounds’ This corner of the province has been home to a number of teams for as long as I can remember covering some 60 square miles along the USA and Saskatchewan borders. We are not sure of t times to stay viable the date of inception for the league but it appears to have been after WW2 with 4 to 6 teams involved. Like any other league the SWBL struggled at times to stay viable. The league was temporarily shut down in 2012 and reactivated 2 years later due in large part to Orville’s dedication, commitment, and communication with all teams in the region. With the reinstatement of previous member teams, plus two teams from the defunct MSBL, Orville’s efforts have paid big dividends for AA Senior baseball in South West Manitoba. The SWBL now operates with two divisions consisting of 11 teams. You will notice his bio covers his any baseball activities centered around the SWBL so I suggest you visit this in your program. In summary, you might use the slogan “I’ve been everywhere Man” In reference to his umpiring days, Orville was noted for being an umpire who consistently gave the low pitch which was very popular with most pitchers, but not all hitters. From this, I gathered a little story which may be fabricated but pertained to a called third strike in a crucial game where he called a batter out on a low pitch about an ankle high, to which the batter retorted “Mr. Umpire, that pitch was right at my ankles” to which Orville replied “that could very well be but its still strike three”  With that, for induction to the builder’s category of the Hall, please welcome Mr. Orville Renwick as a new inductee to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.”

Gord Paddock

Gord Paddock has worked very hard for many years to promote baseball in the Oak River area as a player, coach, team manager, tournament organizer, and facility manager. Like most great players he started as a teenager in Senior AAA ball performing for the Hamiota Red Sox in 1982. He then spent over 30 years playing or coaching competitively with his hometown Dodgers and other local Senior teams. In 1992 Gord was named the Senior AA Player of the Year  in leading the Dodgers to the Manitoba Senior AA championship. He has coached minor and highschool ball in the Oak River area for many years. Gord was the coach of the Senior AAA Oak River Dodgers in the MSBL from 2011-2015. In the MSBL’s last year of operation, the Dodgers captured the 2015 League title which allowed them to represent Manitoba at the 2016 Nationals held in New Brunswick.

 

“It is my pleasure to introduce Mr.Gordon Paddock. Gord is not in attendance tonight but will be represented by Brother Russell & supported by many family members & friends. Gordon grew up in a very supportive and sport loving family who farmed in the Oak River Area. The Paddock name is associated with numerous sports not only in that area but across Manitoba and Canada. Gord has played an active role in all capacities as a player, coach, manager, and executive and most importantly as a very supportive parent. He was always recognized for his athletic ability, his work ethic, his modestly, quiet personality, and his willingness to help others. Gord played competitive senior baseball for many years (1982-2011) competing in both AA & AAA. He was selected by Baseball Manitoba as senior AA player of the year in 1992. In 2015, the last year of the MSBL, he managed the Oak River Dodgers to the League & Provincial Championship. This was a highlight in a long distinguished coach/managers career that started in 1997 & included coaching minor, highschool, AAA & Sr. AAA. Gord has worked very hard for more than 35 years to develop bother baseball and hockey in the Oak River Area. A mentioned earlier Gord was raised in a very athletic family, headed by mother and father, Alvina and the late John Sr. At this time I would like to acknowledge the complete Paddock family who I would ask to stand, Personally I would like to mention that Lorna and I had the pleasure of supporting and working with John Sr. and Alvina when Gord and Russ were adolescents. We have many great memories, It is now my pleasure to present this MBHOF award to Russel who will receive it on Gord behalf.” 

Al Robertson

David Nychyk

David Nychyk has over 35 years of being involved with baseball in Manitoba as a player and a coach. He has played on six provincial champion teams from Midget to Senior AAA and is a two time Western Canadian Senior Champion with the 1990 Teulon Cardinals and 2002 Elmwood Giants. Dave was also an all-star wherever he played highlighted by being named tournament MVP at both the 1985 Midget Provincial championships and the Senior AAA 1990 Westerns. From 1989-95 David had an outstanding career playing for and coaching US college teams. He was a member of the 1995 Manitoba all-star team that defeated the Canadian National Team. In 1992 Dave founded the Legion 141 Senior Baseball Club and served as vice president of the North Winnipeg Baseball Association for eight years. David was the recipient of the annual Manitoba Junior Baseball League’s Brian Domes Awards in 1995 for dedication to baseball in Manitoba. In 2013 he was named Baseball Manitoba’s High Performance Coach of the year. He now coaches the Winnipeg Junior Goldeyes Baseball Academy, supported by Home Run Sports.

“Good evening all, tonight it is appropriate that one top beat off hitters to ever play a game in Manitoba, I want to invite up David Nychyk to come forward please. It is my honor to tell you about David, id like to turn to page 4 in your program and read some of the fantastic details about his playing career and his coaching career. Whatever level he was at, whether that was a player or a coach he excelled, when I sat down to eat today Bob Picken came up to me and said he had just finished interviewing David, for the Hall of Fame. I asked how it went and you know he kinda said it in a how I could describe I think it is a perfect description of David, he said the interview was Bubbly. Secondly, if you look at the picture of David in the program and its a picture that is kind of giving you a shrine in the Hall of Fame, you might say Dave wash your face. But you know what, I think thats an appropriate picture for David to be remembered by. He was always a hussler, a scrambler, if he was on your team you loved the guy, if he was on the other team not so much. After his tremendous playing career he was on just so many champion games that there are too many to pick and the other thing too is that if his team wasn’t there somebody would always pick him up to go and play with them. Since his retirement from playing he has taken a real leadership role in the development of baseball in this province. Through companies, the Home Run sports academy and the college development program, he has given hundreds of kids the opportunity to develop their skills, get better as players, travel down to the states, play against tough competitions, on great facilities, to make contact with colleges down in the states, they may get the opportunity to then go played down somewhere in the states as David did. And he is providing that opportunity too, a lot of young baseball players that 10 or 15 years ago never had that opportunity, so to finish it off I just would like to welcome David Nychyk into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.”

 

Shaun Cory

For Shaun Cory 24 year of Senior baseball and always performing at an all-star level leaves a Hall of Fame legacy. His resume includes pitching on four Santa Clara League champions; winning two MSBL championships and two player MVP’s in 11 years with the Riverside Canucks and Baldur Regals; later capturing Manitoba Senior AA championships with the Wawanesa Brewers and the South West All-stars; and being named to numerous all-star teams. His final game pitched at the age of 42 in 2010 was a complete game win over Boissevain in the South West League finals. In U.S College ball at Mayville State Shaun earned Academic All American honours. Shaun represented Manitoba nine times at Nationals or Westerns often pitching and winning in’must-win’ situations to allow Manitoba to advance. He also provided Manitoba’s only wins in the 1991 Westerns and the 2006 Nationals. Shaun has also spent many years coaching minor ball in Wawanesa while also instructing at baseball pitching clinics and the Eclipse Baseball school.

“It gives me great pleasure to speak on behalf of Shaun on his induction day. A great baseball family, from the Wawanesa area, Father Gene- member of this hall after years of ball with Riverside -Gene also played for Team Canada, a great uncle Cliff Cory is also a member of the Hall of Fame. Shaun played minor ball in Wawanesa mostly under his father’s teaching. Midget ball was played in Brandon, Shaun mentioned that he had 2 two home runs in a midget provincial championship against Hamiota. Mayville college stats shows 2 hits in 2 AB more hitting which was brought to my attention by a neighbor Clay Cory, who playing with Wawanesa as a 16 or 17 year old he went to a tournament in Carberry he proceeded to hit doubles all weekend only in Clays words “some of these should have been triples but this tall gangly kid couldn’t run that well.” Shaun attended Mayville State University from 1985-1990, played 1 year jr varsity and 3 years varsity. In his senior year he earned National acknowledgment as a Scholar Athlete. Shaun played 24 years of senior baseball, 6 years of AA Senior with Glenboro-Cypress, Comets in Santa Clare League and also the Brewers in the South west League for 6 years, he played on 6 League Championships with these teams. Shawn was a provincial all-star in the AA senior years and was in Western Canada championships and Provincial AA title with Wawanesa. Shaun played 6 years with Riverside, winning two league championships 91-92. 6 years with Baldur Regals in the MSBL and AAA. He was a two time league MVP, 6 time team all-star and two time 2nd team all-star. He played in western conference nine times and national championships three times, after playing career was over Shaun turned to coaching minor ball in Wawanesa and 1 year in Brandon. He coached the Oildome AAA Pewee team in 2015, runner up in provincials and lost the bronze medal game of Westerns in BC. His 2nd son Connor, was a member of that team. He also was the coach for Oildome AAA 2016 midget team which won MB and represented the province at Nationals in Quebec. His oldest boy Jeremy was a member of that team. Baseball stays in this family. Shaun was the ultimate TEAM player. Always willing to share knowledge and his experience with fellow players and coaches. He loved to pick up the oppositions signals. His hardest job while with the Brewers was to tell them to Wayne and I in time for us to make the proper decision or move. He continuously gave up on us, he was a valuable mentor to our Brewers pitchers. Shaun’s last senior game in 2010 was in the league final vs Boissevain, We were down 2-0 in the series. In game 3 I gave the ball to Shawn/ He pitched a complete game 7 inning, 2 runs, 5 hits 6 walks, a fitting end of a brilliant career a win and a save. Please welcome into the  Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, Shawn Cory”

Charlie Argue

Charlie Argue was the early driving force for several decades behind the still operating Border Baseball League. He served as president from 1930-60. Before, during, and after his long-time service as president, he was also involved as a coach, manager, team organizer, and even groundskeeper when necessary. For example, he coached and managed his hometown Marther Mudhens team for 20 years. Charlie also worked tirelessly for the young people and for the game of baseball in the communities of the RM of Roblin where he served as Reeve for 25 years. Although such long-term dedication doesn’t show up in any traditional baseball statistics Charlie deserves to be remembered and celebrated as a worthy Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame member.

“Chairman, honored inductees, other honored guests, ladies and gentleman, it is my honor and privilege to act as the presenter on behalf of the board of directors for the induction of Mr. Charles Argue. Charlie Argue was born in 1904 in the Clearwater Area, about an hour west of here, and in 1928 moved a little further west to the community of Mather, where he spent the rest of his life. Records indicate that baseball was being played and teams were being formed as early as 1908, however, when Charlie arrived in 1928 there was no ball being played in Mather. We really dont know an awful lot about Charlie as a player, except that as a boy and at a young man he played and fell in love with the game. But we do know that most of his life he worked tirelessly and did everything and anything associated with baseball. He also worked on the premise that any kid and every kid that wanted to play the game, should get a chance to play. In the spring of 1930 a meeting was held in a train station in Mather the result was the formation of the South Central Boarder Baseball League. Comprised of four teams including Mather, somewhere along the line the South Central part of the name was dropped, and I think as long as I can remember it has been known simply as the Boarder Baseball League. The league in some form has upgraded every year since with possibly the exception of the war years. In 1960 Charlie Argue was presented with a plaque by the league in recognition of his thirty years of dedicative service as president of the league, thirty consecutive years.  Let your minds wander back and imagine the depth of the passion and commitment of Charlies and many others like him. Can you imagine all the time that must have been spent, nurturing the game and the league. The trials of tribulation of the dirty thirties, and the war years, and then into the gory years of baseball in Manitoba, during all years which he was the driving force, now I would like to tell you a couple of little stories about the man, he coached and managed teams of kids of all ages, if for some reason the kid didnt have a ride one he would just let him know and he could come and get them, and he must have done it dozens of times, just to be sure the kids would get their chance to play. There was a young guy who had a  vision problem who really wanted to play ball. Charlie made it possible. He coached him he helped him encouraged him and he became a pretty good ball play, who still has a love for the game. The guy who is now a proud grandfather, and he may say to this day because of him poor vision no other folk would have ever let him play with out Charlie. Another boy wants to play ball, time are tough and he doesn’t have a glove and he is left handed, only one on the team, the other boys shared their gloves with him so he played his first season with a borrowed glove worn on the wrong hand, that year at a school Christmas concert there was a parcel under the tree from Santa, addressed to this young man inside was a glove for the right hand, we know this happened the same way on at least one other occasion, no one knows for sure but everyone that knows the story believes that Santa had the middle name of Charlie. After about 40 years of involvement Charlie decided it was time to take a step back, so the team purchased a gold watch, they tried to present him with this watch but he basically told them, that in good conscious he could not accept it because he contributed what he could with the expectation of no reward, and just for the love of the game, sometime later Charlie suffered a stroke, for several years he went to almost all home games and sat on the bench, kept the score, kept the stats and did everything else he was able to do, Charlie spent most of his life actively involved in baseball it seems only fair that tonight we recognize the founding father of the boarder league, a president for that league for over thirty years and an active participant for another 20+ years. He and others like him, gave so much to creating a sold foundation for hundreds of kids, all along this board to learn to play and to have places to play.He obviously had a passion and a love for the game, and deserves to be remembered and celebrated for his immense contribution to our area, the province as a whole and to the game. If Charlie were alive he probably wouldn’t be here tonight to accept this honor kind of like the gold watch story, however, we have a number of his family here tonight, including his daughter, son and grandchildren and great grandchildren, I am joined on the stage tonight with his daughter, grandson, and great grandson. Now it is my honor on behalf of all of those who knew him and appreciated all he did for the game, please welcome the family and recognize our newest inductee into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Charles Argue.”

Ross Tycoles

  • Born in Reston, MB in 1954
  • A significant player, coach, and builder in the history of Manitoba Baseball
  • Perennial South West Baseball League All-Star in the 1980s as a slugging first baseman and pitcher
  • At the Provincial Championships, Ross hit five home runs including three grand slams and three doubles en route to the Deloraine Royals Championship
  • As a coach, Ross’s teams have made 17 provincial playoff appearances since 1991
  • Manitoba Baseball Association’s High-Performance Coach of the Year 2003
  • Three-time Manitoba Senior Baseball League Coach of the Year
  • High involvement in promoting and reviving baseball across Southwestern Manitoba
  • South West Baseball League President for 10 years and President of Reston Minor Baseball for 12 years
  • Manitoba Baseball Association Director and Vice-President of High-Performance for three years
  • Inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Association Honour Society in 2012

Melbourne Stoughton

  • A hard-working and valuable coach who had an amazing ability to work with youth through sports
  • Spent over 20 years organizing teams and tournaments, preparing diamonds, and coaching in his hometown of Gilbert Plains, MB
  • Mel’s teams won five Manitoba Championships and three Western Canada Championships at two different levels in the four years from 1965-1968
  • Mel became the director of the Manitoba Baseball Association in the 1960’s and spent 9 years as the scorekeeper and statistician for Grandview Lakers Senior Ball in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League in the 1970’s

Gerald Palidwor

  • A respected player, coach, and organizer for baseball in Manitoba
  • Played for Springfield in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League
  • Reorganized and developed the Winnipeg Junior “B” League, where teams Gerry coached have won multiple titles
  • Organizes minor baseball in Oakbank, MB
  • Gerry has served several terms as President of the Winnipeg Senior Baseball League
  • Promoted and developed baseball programs for the 40+ age group
  • Gerry’s teams have won numerous championships in the Winnipeg Junior Baseball League
  • As a computer professional, Gerry worked to develop league-wide sites for league statistics that are still in use today