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).

Armando Vasquez

Armando Vasquez was primarily a pitcher, but could also play the field and bat. Vasquez played in US Negro leagues with Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York as well as Cuba, Mexico, and Panama. Vasquez came to Brandon in 1948 and had five great seasons with Brandon Greys. In 1949 Armando was 12-1. He helped Brandon Greys win the Manitoba Senior League Championships in 1948 and 1949 as well as the Manndak League Championships in 1951. Vasquez was an entertaining performer who was an “impact” player both offensively and defensively. Armando was also recognized for baseball contributions by former US president Bill Clinton and former New York Rudy Giuliano.