Ron Shewchuk

Ron Shewchuk of Minnedosa has been involved in the umpiring programs of Manitoba, Baseball Canada, and international baseball for the past 35 years. On the field, Ron has umpired over 50 Provincial, MSBL, and Western Canadian championships and 900 professional games. In 13 national championships he always worked the gold medal game either behind the plate or at first base. Internationally, Ron has worked eight championships including the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has earned Baseball Manitoba and Baseball Canada Umpire of the Year awards. Ron has also made significant contributions to the provincial and national umpire programs through his extensive supervisory and administrative involvement.

Trevor Procter

Trevor Procter was an outstanding player at all levels from the 1986 Midget Western and Canadian championships to nine Senior Western and Canadian Nationals while winning three silver and one gold. Trevor was a very versatile player who mainly played third base and was voted defensive player of the year three consecutive seasons in Junior with Legion 141. As an 18 year old pickup he hit .571 at the 1988 Senior Western Canadians in Kamloops, BC. He had a lengthy and successful career in the Redboine Senior League and with the Stonewall Blue Jays of the WSBL. He was a member of multiple League and provincial championship teams. Trevor took up coaching minor ball in his home town of Woodlands and has been instrumental in keeping baseball alive in the community. Several of his coached teams have made provincial appearances over the last 15 years but more importantly he has inspired and motivated many children to continue playing baseball.

 

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.

Troy Fortin

Troy has had one of the most outstanding careers in baseball for a Manitoba born player. His dominating minor career where he often played above his age category earned him MBA minor player of the year awards in 1990 and 92′. Troy was drafted as a catcher in 1993 by the Minnesota Twins and rose through the Twins minor league system from the Rookie classification to AA from 1993-98. in 96′ he set an A Ball record by going 25 games and 75 at bats without striking out. Troy asked for his release from the Twins to sign with the Winnipeg Goldeyes in ’98. His offensive and defensive talents were on full display for local fans to admire until retirement in 2000. Troy batted .332 with a .940 OPS while committing only 5 errors in almost three full seasons as a Goldeye. In 1999 Troy also played for Team Canada in the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg winning Bronze Medal. Since his Goldeyes retirement Troy has played for several Manitoba Senior teams and at Canada Senior Tournament.

Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson had a relatively short but outstanding baseball playing career in Manitoba. He started out with his hometown Miami senior team in 1945 as a 15 year old shortstop with good range in the field and speed on the bases while pitching occasionally. He became an outstanding pitcher after moving to Winnipeg and joining the CUAC Blues of the Winnipeg Senior League in 1953 while also playing several other positions. In the 1954 league semi-finals against Transcona Peter was the winning pitcher in all four CUAC victories. In 1955 he was the winning pitcher in the League all-star game but arm problems limited him to being primarily a position player in 1956-57. During this era he also played tournament ball for Miami and was a member of the Miami 1956-61 teams inducted in 2013 to the Hall of Fame. After the Winnipeg Senior League folded in 1958 Peter went on to a successful fastball career and later a slow pitch career while also helping to coach Little League and Senior teams to championships.

“Thank you,  it is my pleasure to introduce Peter Thomson, into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, I have known Peter for many years, both growing up a couple miles apart just south of Miami, I also had the opportunity in 1999 to introduce his brother who played a long time and had an outstanding career in Miami, Peters baseball career was well documented in the program so I will only elaborate briefly. Initially he played for Miami in the league in Carman where he played for a number of years.  After he did his journalism school at Carelton University he moved back to Winnipeg in 1953, to work for the Winnipeg Free Press, at that time he played for the Winnipeg Seniors, Peter was a very successful pitcher for an number of years on occasion he would join the Miami team in tournaments. Peter considers the 1954 winning against Transcona in the semi-finals on the senior league as a baseball highlight of his career, in the series he pitched.

In the next game, he was leading 7-0 and Peter was tired,  Peter made the motion to the bench that it was time to make a change, he waved with his left hand to say bring in a left hander. So that was the end of the series for the year even though they eventually won against St.Boniface, even though Peter was unable to play. The following two years he played for Winnipeg  for the fastball league in Winnipeg, a team which was eventually inducted into the Manitoba Softball hall of fame, in 1960 he moved to Montreal, then to Ottawa then to Toronto as part of his journalist career, along the way he coached minor baseball . In the mid to late 70 he had very special experience he was executive assistant to two cabinet ministers in the government, in 1981 he returned to Winnipeg, in 1982-1983 he coached Legion 141 to two provincial champions, tonight we welcome Peter Thomson into the Hall of Fame.”

 

Peter Thomson Newspaper Article 1956

Peter Thomson Newspaper Article 1954

Peter Thomson Newspaper Article 1955

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

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.

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.”