Barry Wowk

Barry Wowk played with Angusville Cardinals from 1974-83, Souris Cardinals in 1984 and 86, and the Brandon Cloverleafs from 1987-91. Barry served as coach/manager for the following Team Manitoba teams: in the Western Canadian’s at Brandon in 1991, Kamloops in 1992 and Red Deer in 1994. Barry served as President of the M.S.B.L. from 1997 to the present and was selected to the M.S.B.L. Honour Society in 1999 and the MBA Honour Society in 2002. Barry was a player/manager of the Simplot Millenium Baseball Park in 2000-01 and continues to be a very active baseball catcher for various Canadian and U.S. teams in competitions in Arizona, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

Ellis Woods

Ellis played in M.S.B.L. for 22 years with the Hamiota Red Sox and had a batting average of .272 and was named to all star team six times and never at the same position (2nd, C, 3rd, OF & Utility). Ellis won Manitoba title in 1964 and 1979 and won three provincial minor crowns with Hamiota in 1957,60, and 66. Woods played with Team Toba in Western Canadians at North Battleford in 1974 and was a team leader in developing computer programs at the Midget Nationals in Stonewall and at the 1999 Pan Am Games. Woods also coached the Shoal Lake high school basketball tour of Finland and Sweden in 1980’s and served the Winnipeg High School Hockey League as scheduler, Statistian and Commissioner.

Bob Wasslen

Bob started at age 14 and for most of the next 35 years he was catcher and often manager of the Binscarth Buffaloes-Orioles. Bob was the force behind baseball in Binscarth. In the 1960s the Binscarth club contended annually for North West League championship. Bob joined M.S.B.L. in 1972 and for next 14 years never missed the playoffs. Binscarth won M.S.B.L. four times (1972, 1977, 1982, 1984) and took two Manitoba championships. Bob also played with Balmoral Orioles and Carman Cubs in Winnipeg Senior League – he was with Carman`s 1963 city championship team. Bob coached Selkirk juniors in 1989-90. He was inducted into M.B.A. Honour Society in 1993.

Alex Turk

Member of 1924 Provincial Juvenile Champions Elmwood Giants. Catcher and Captain of the Provincial Champion Junior Giants in 1925 and 1927. 1927 team played undefeated baseball. Catcher for the Elks of the popular Winnipeg Wesley Senior League from 1928-1934. Provincial Champions 1928 and 1929. 1934-39 player/manager of the Norwood team in the Greater Winnipeg Senior League. After WWII Alex played a major role in the reforming of the Giants Organization, Serving as president for a number of years and was instrumental in getting the Giants Senior team into the Winnipeg Senior League in 1947, the Manitoba Senior League in 1949 and the Mandak League in 1950.

Howie Tibbatts

Spike was born into a sports loving family at Binscarth and hit his first homer as a 12 year old catcher for the ladies baseball team at Birtle Sports Day. Howie, along with catcher Vic Murray, formed a dynamic duo in league and tournament play and in early 30’s Howie played with Norwood in Winnipeg Senior League. He whiffed 15 and 13 Dokey Tigers on separate occasions and set an all time Winnipeg record with 19 K’s against the Elks. Spike spent several seasons with Tamarisk, a great tournament team playing out of Grandview, and won over 60 games each year. Spike often pitched 20 innings in a day, and was the winning moundsman when Tarmarisk beat an all star Winnipeg Senior League squad at a Neepawa tournament. Team mate, Vic Wilson, recalls winning two tournaments in one day by juggling their games. In 1939 he went to Margaret as the U.G.G. grain buyer where he performed with the local team plus Fairfax and Belmont, and two great tournament teams. Spike was not only a super pitcher, but a good fielder and an above average hitter. When his playing days were over, he coached hockey, curling and most of all baseball, the game he loved so much.

Jim Slevin

Player/builder. Regarded as father of Brandon Cloverleafs, which began play in 1946 and was first team inducted into Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. From 1951 to 1958 he was manager, recruiter, accountant, league representative, virtually everything, including player. He was a great catcher, .300 hitter, good base runner, outstanding leader. Helped Carman Cubs win Winnipeg Senior title in 1963. Was also a top fastball player with Brandon A.N.A.F. Vets and Winnipeg Kiewels. Excellent basketball and hockey player, was Western Manitoba Athlete of the Year in 1954. Now plays slow pitch softball with Manitoba ReMax 65+ who won World Championships in 1998.

Cliff Seafoot

Cliff was an outstanding catcher in his prime, and in his later years he played third, first and was a designated hitter with Riverside Canucks. Cliff was named the M.S.B.L. first all-star team 14 times, played on six M.S.B.L. championship teams and five Manitoba championship teams. Cliff was M.S.B.L. MVP in 1964 and 1970, and won the league batting title in 1972 with a .394 average. Cliff`s average over 25 years was .314. Seafoot was also a very good goalie with the Souris Elks in hockey. He was considered a great team player in both baseball and hockey.

Ken Seafoot

Ken Seafoot played for Riverside and Virden. Ken was one of four brothers was an original member Of Riverside (1946) and was a catcher, pitcher and manager for 17 years. Ken moved to Virden and entered the Oilers into the M.S.B.L. in 1963 where he was manager for three years. He was voted to M.S.B.L. all star team in 1961-1963. Ken received M.S.B.L. Honorary Life Membership in 1988, was M.S.B.L. umpire 1966-88, and served as umpire in chief 1969-74 (implemented umpire dress code, organized clinics, encouraged rotating umpire teams in play-offs). Ken also officiated in five Canadian Championships in Regina, Vancouver, Virden, Brandon (2) and two Western Canada Championships.

Jim Scott

Born in 1908, he was the catcher and often the manager for McConnell`s strong teams of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. A highly respected leader on and off the field.

Bob Picken

Bob was a catcher with Elmwood Giants for 10 years, and won the Manitoba Juvenile crown in 1951. Bob umpired in Winnipeg midget, juvenile, and junior leagues. President of Manitoba Junior Baseball League, 1962-65. Picken acted as the Chairman of national junior tournament in Winnipeg in 1965, was a member of the 1967 Pan Am Games Baseball Committee and broadcasted the Pan Am medal games over Metropolitan Radio Network. Bob also Broadcast the Winnipeg Whips games in the International League in 1969 for CJOB. Bob was Manager of the 1999 Pan Am Games baseball committee, and media section.