Terry Mayert

Terry Mayert was well known for his abilities and competiveness during his lengthy career in the South West Baseball League from 1978-98. He spent most of his career with the Reston Rockets where he won league top pitcher and MVP awards along with 13 all star selections as an outfielder or pitcher.  He made numerous appearances at Provincials with South West teams and attended three Western Canadians including a 1983 championship title. In the double knockout finals of the 1981 Provincial A tournament he was called on to pitch and defeated the Neepawa Farmers in game one and lost 1-0 in game two while pitching all 14 innings. He has already been inducted as a team member of the Deloraine Royals and Waskada Orioles for his contribution to their provincial playoff success.

Jason Mateychuk

Jason has posted an extensive resume as a player, coach, and builder for the great sport of baseball in Manitoba. He had an outstanding junior career from 1987-92 with the Elmwood Giants and excelled as a pitcher, first baseman, and power hitter. Jason had a four year career at Mayville State and was All-conference in 1993.  He began his Senior career in 1993 and from 1995-2004 was player-coach with the Carillon Sultans of the Winnipeg Senior League. The Sultans won five league championships and the 2003 Provincial Senior A title. Jason was player-coach of the Franklin Border Kings of the Border East League from 2005-11 and won four more league championships. His still active coaching career involves success at all levels from Grass Roots & High Performance to Junior, Senior, and Provincial teams. He also still contributes to Baseball Manitoba and Minor Baseball in clinician and executive capacities.

Doug Freeth

Doug Freeth was a hard throwing strikeout starting pitcher who dominated the Manitoba Junior Baseball League from 1969-72 with the St. Boniface Legionnaires Junior. Pitching for Manitoba in 1973 at the Canada Summer Games in Burnaby, B.C he threw 15 innings of shutout ball including a nine inning 1-0 victory against New Brunswick and five scoreless innings in the gold medal game against B.C. He pitched professionally in the Rookie League for the Edmonton Trappers in 1974 and for Manitoba senior teams in St.Boniface, Souris and Teulon from 1973-78. A physically imposing and all around athlete at 6’5″ Doug was also on the 1976 CIAU Canadian Champion University of Manitoba basketball team.

 

Doug Freeth 2018-05-08

These articles were gathered from the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune Collection

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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

Ross Tycoles Newspaper Article 1980

 

These articles were gathered from the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune Collection

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.