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”

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

Jeff Trager

  • Born in Winnipeg, MB in 1969
  • A local star in Winnipeg for 25 years in Junior and Senior Leagues form 1987-2011
  • Jeff had a 4-year junior career in Elmwood, winning the Provincial Championship in 1987 and 1990
  • Jeff, with a few friends, formed the Kildonan Mudcats and joined the Winnipeg Senior Baseball League
  • The Kildonan Mudcats won the League Title in their first year, and Jeff was named MVP
  • Jeff also won awards such as the Outstanding Pitcher Award with the Winnipeg South Chiefs in 1995
  • Winner of the All-Star Utility Player with the Winnipeg South Chiefs Seniors in 2005
  • In 2005, Jeff won the All-Star Short-Stop Award with the St Boniface Black Sox
  • Won All-Star Third Baseman Award with the Winnipeg South Chiefs Seniors in 2009
  • Jeff was on five Provincial winners and played in two Western tournaments
  • Also coaches AA and AAA levels

Jamie Hodgson

  • An all-around talented player who had a 20+ year career
  • 14-time Manitoba Senior Baseball League All-Star
  • Played on seven Manitoba Senior Baseball League championships
  • Manitoba Senior Baseball League Batting Champion in 1999, 2002, and 2003
  • Recorded a Manitoba Senior Baseball League lifetime 0.375 batting average
  • Jamie played in 8 National Senior Tournaments
  • Pitched US College Ball in the early 1990’s until he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, where he pitched for the minor league in 1992
  • In 1989, Jamie played on the Manitoba Youth Team and the Summer Games Team

Daune Yerex

Daune Yerex was an excellent Player/Builder for the sport of baseball. Daune was a southpaw pitcher with good fastball and curve. He started with Eden at 16 years of age, moved to home community Springhill squad from 1950-55, won team Neepawa and District League in 1954, and returned to Eden. Daune was often selected to all star teams, and moved to Winnipeg to manage a tournament team, St. Avila Royals, for four years. Daune later returned to Neepawa and managed the Farmers for four years, managed the Cubs for one season, was a work horse on the mound as he hurled 30 innings in a four day stretch including 14 frames at Dauphin and a 1-0 victory over the Redbirds. Daune tossed a perfect game on July 1 at Austin for Brandon Cloverleafs against Selkirk. Daune was a great supporter of baseball and the Hall of Fame.

Mort Wright

Mort Wright played minor ball in Brandon, went to Washington Senators camp in Florida in 1953, but returned to play with Brandon Athletics, Greys, Cloverleafs. He pitched three no-hitters and played a prominent role on the Cloverleafs three Central Manitoba Baseball Association champions of 1955-57. Later Mort was playing manager of Cloverleafs teams of 1958-60, which won three more C.M.B.A. titles. After M.S.B.L. was formed, Wright managed the Cloverleafs to three straight league and provincial titles, from 1967-69. Wright later managed or assisted at Virden and at Riverside. Mort Wright retired in 1992 after 41 seasons of playing, coaching, and managing with teams that won six C.M.B.A. titles, five M.S.B.L. crowns, and two Manitoba championships.

Hal Westberg

Hal played, mainly as a pitcher and on first, 21 years with 15 in senior ball. In 1951 and 1952 Hal played for the Morseplace midgets, in 53 and 54 for the Morseplace juveniles, and in 1954 and 55 for the Selkirk juniors. Hal pitched two scoreless innings in Tribune all star game , and in 1956 the Selkirk Seniors won the North East League. From 1957-1958 Hal played for the Elmwood Giants, from 1959-61 for the St. Boniface Athletics, and won the Parochial League each year. In 1962 Hal played for the St. Boniface Native Sons as their all star first baseman, won the senior league with 22-0 record. From 1963-64 Hal played for the Vita Mallards, from 1965-66 for the C.U.A.C. Blues, from 1967-1970 for the St. Boniface Seniors. Hal played a considerable tournament ball with Lorne Benson and Sam Tascona teams. He was a very active as a player and a volunteer in culing and slow pitch with Morseplace Flashbacks. Hal also ran track and played midget, juvenile and industrial hockey.

Frank Watkins

Frank Watkins lived in Reston before World War Two, and enlisted from there in the Canadian Army. Returned from the War and excelled as a pitcher with Reston, Grandview, Brandon Greys, and Souris Cardinals. He was league All Star in 1948 through 1951 while playing with Brandon Greys. In 1949 he was 17-3, and in the final game against Elmwood Giants before 5200 fans at Kinsmen Stadium, he pitched all 15 innings and singled home the winning run in a 2-1 nail-biter. The only run scored off him was by Solly Drake, later with the Chicago Cubs. He pitched for Souris Cardinals in 1953 and 1954 when they won the Central Manitoba Baseball Championship.

Cam Walker

Walker was a player and a builder, as well as an excellent pitcher. He was with the 1973 Manitoba beaver finalists (2 hitter, 11 Ks), in 1975 was with the Manitoba bantam champs (12 k`s), and the Western Canada silver medallists. Walker started playing with the Souris Cards in M.S.B.L. at the age of 14 as 3 B, and in 1979 was selected for the National junior program. Walker enrolled at the Indeian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa, where they defeated the Montreal Expos Was Palm Beach (Class A) minor league team. In 1981 Walker moved to Western Kentucky University where he has a 7-1 record with team leading 60 k`s. In 1982 Walker was Western Kentucky’s co- captain with 8-3 record played summer ball at Barrhead AB, and was league all star in 1981 and 1982. Walker pitched and beat Team Canada (4 hitter & 8 k`s), he was added to the Team Canada roster for Intercontinental Cup, and pitched the opening game against Panama winning 7-2 with 8 k`s. After graduation from Western Kentucky Walker received a $40,000 signing bonus from Milwaukee Brewers. Walker had offers from the Blue Jays, Yankees, Braves, Reds, Giants and Angels, and from 1983-88 played “High A” ball at Stockton in California League. Walker played AA at El Paso in Texas League and one year of winter ball in Mexica. In 1989 Cam Walker returned to Alma Mater as pitching coach and in 1992 became the head coach of Indian hills Falcons, which he still holds today. Walker led his club to Junior College (JUCO) World Series in 1993, 95, 97, 98 & was named Region XI coach of the year and ABCA Louisville Slugger Coach of the year each time.

Gerald Vigier

Gerry pitched for Notre Dame from 1946-1965 and then managed and coached the team untill 1976. Gerry and his team won the South Central League twice, struck out sixteen St. James hitters in one game and fanned fourteen Stan Evans Orioles in another contest. Gerry was the main organizer for the prestigious Notre Dame tournament. In 1954 Notre Dame won the tournament with Gus Pantel and Gerry Vigier pitching. Vigier was picked up by several teams for tournaments and had good catchers in Bill Dunn (Dunrea), Shorty Sanderson, and Henry Daudet (Notre Dame).