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.”

 

Vince Eastman

Vince Eastman was one of the very elite Senior AAA pitchers in Manitoba during the 1990’s. A real workhorse with a rubber arm and great control Vince had a lengthy career that also included success pitching for US College, professional Prairie League, and Senior AA teams. Vince was a regular all-star in the MSBL with five second team and three first all star selections. He led the Neepawa Farmers to their only provincial title in 1997 by posting a league best 8-1 regulat season record and a 5-0 playoff MVP performance. That year Vince was also named the Senior AAA player of the Year by Baseball Manitoba. He was named the top pitcher at the Western Canadians with the title winning MSBL all-stars in 2000. Vince was always heavily recruited throughout his career by Manitoba teams at all levels of competition from Bison to Senior AAA to pitch at Provincial, Western, and Canadian championships. This was not only because of his obvious talent but also his durability, competitiveness, and sportsmanship.

“It is my pleasure to introduce to you Vince Eastman, it was kind of interesting to hear Shaun Cory talk about Vince because this is unconventional too, Vince pitching credentials are outstanding, he was a work horse and had a natural flow with his pitches a couple of stats still hold at the University of McGreggor. The Neepawa Farmers have over the three year period strikeouts 228 batters in 225 innings, while walking only 68. In 1997 he capped a great season in Neepawa winning their only triple A  title being the triple A senior player of the year. He was a dominant player at all levels, and this was shown by his appearances in Nationals, Westerns, and provincials. He was always one of the first pitchers added to Manitoba rosters because he had the ability to take the game to the next level. I had the pleasure to follow Vinnys career with my son witnessing the great performances, the boys attended clinics he was involved in, Eclips baseball school is usually one of those ones a few of those guys taught in, Vinny was there. He took time with the next generation and gave back to the game,  Vinny  finished off his career where he took a very young team to the championship and taught them how to play the game to win. Vinny took a lot of pride of being a player for his team. And being a coaches player, he loves all of his coaches and he loves the game, Congratulations Vinny and welcome to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Well Deserved”

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”

Lane Curry

Lane Curry has been an outstanding performer on the field and valuable contributor off the field to baseball in Manitoba. Always a dangerous hitter Lane was an all-star in the Border League, Manitoba Junior League, the Manitoba Senior League and was often picked up by other teams for Westerns and National play. He was a member of the Manitoba champion St. Boniface team in 1988 and MSBL champions Hamiota Red Sox in 1990 and Riverside Canucks in 1992. Lane acted as playing manager/coach for Senior AA teams from 1997-2004 in Manitou, Lorne, Altona, and Morden winning three League championships. Lane is even more recognized for his tremendous effort in coaching and promoting baseball as a Baseball MB clinician, high school and minor baseball coach, and as a team Manitoba coach at the 1997 Summer Games. At Mayville State University Lane won the 1989 Conference Batting title and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame both as a baseball and football player on 1990 teams.

 

“Good evening everyone, I appreciate the job of to introduce Lane Curry, I was fortunate enough to be Lanes teammate, at Mayville State University, in 1990, as well as with the Hamiota Red Sox the same year. Being a teammate of his and watching him in other sports, coaching with Lane at the Canada Games, are a few things that stand out to me. First of all, he was a great teammate both on and off the field, he had a positive influence and kept the team loose with his sense of humor and unique fashion sense, I remember in the late 80’s and 90’s you had the sweat pants he would wear and vintage jerseys, it encumbers everything in the 80’s and 90’s, you can just imagine how he looked out there. In general just a great person to be around,  tonight I can barely read what I wrote, I forgot my glasses, Lane didn’t give me his cause he was afraid I was going to do something with them. Lane is highly competitive and would do anything to get on base when needed, he would sometimes sacrifice a right elbow just to get on base, he is a personable player, not only a good hitter but could play any position and played them well. In fact he could play any sport and be good at it. Probably one of the best all around players and athletes I’ve ever seen, which isn’t surprising to any of us really given the amazing Zeus like athletic figure he had back in those days, its hard to believe by looking at him but that’s more nutrition and high performance training after he retired. He was just born lucky I guess, He understands the game of baseball and is a great coach, to young players. He has the unique ability to connect with the young people, I think the people who have gone under his wing have really benefited from him. His coaching and community involvement over the years has continued wherever he has lived, and I believe the community here in Morden and the surrounding area is very fortunate to have, please join me while we welcome Lane Curry as a new member of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.”

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

Gerald Palidwor

  • A respected player, coach, and organizer for baseball in Manitoba
  • Played for Springfield in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League
  • Reorganized and developed the Winnipeg Junior “B” League, where teams Gerry coached have won multiple titles
  • Organizes minor baseball in Oakbank, MB
  • Gerry has served several terms as President of the Winnipeg Senior Baseball League
  • Promoted and developed baseball programs for the 40+ age group
  • Gerry’s teams have won numerous championships in the Winnipeg Junior Baseball League
  • As a computer professional, Gerry worked to develop league-wide sites for league statistics that are still in use today