Ellis Woods

Ellis played in M.S.B.L. for 22 years with the Hamiota Red Sox and had a batting average of .272 and was named to all star team six times and never at the same position (2nd, C, 3rd, OF & Utility). Ellis won Manitoba title in 1964 and 1979 and won three provincial minor crowns with Hamiota in 1957,60, and 66. Woods played with Team Toba in Western Canadians at North Battleford in 1974 and was a team leader in developing computer programs at the Midget Nationals in Stonewall and at the 1999 Pan Am Games. Woods also coached the Shoal Lake high school basketball tour of Finland and Sweden in 1980’s and served the Winnipeg High School Hockey League as scheduler, Statistian and Commissioner.

Bill Williamson

Bob Williamson was an excellent second baseman and later outfielder for 24 years with Riverside in the M.S.B.L. Bob was on the first all star team eleven times, second all star team seven times, and was the batting champion twice, in 1977 (.442) and in 1982 (.415). Hal was also a M.S.B.L. champion eight times, and a Manitoban champion five times (73, 74, 78, 81, 82). Bob played for Team Manitoba several times (won bronze at Canadians in 1976), holds two M.S.B.L. records, for 42 runs scored in 1980 and hit by pitch in 1982. Bob won the Ab Richardson award for dedication to baseball in 1992, became a M.S.B.L. Honorary Life Member in 2000, and was named the 40th anniversary second all star team as an outfielder. Bob Williamson also directed the Belmont operation for Riverside for many years. Bob was known as a fierce competitor, a fine player, and a “great team” man. Willie joins his father Wimpy in the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Jack Raleigh

Jack Raleigh was a flawless glove man who starred at first, second, and short, first being his favorite position. Raleigh was known as a daring baserunner who stole home standing up in a triple steal against Winnipeg (6-5) at Osborne Stadium on June 15, 1949. Jack was named all star second base in M.S.B.L. in 1948, won 28 consecutive games with East Kildonan Rangers who were Manitoba juvenile champions in 1941, when Jack hit .300. His team was the Winnipeg junior champions in 1942 and 1943. Throughout 1944 and 1945 Jack played with the Navy in Victoria, B.C. In 1946 Jack played for the C.U.A.C. Blues, who were runners up to Transcona , in 1947 and 1950 were Winnipeg League champions, and were runners up to St. Boniface in 1951. In 1948 Jack played with the A.N.A.F. Vets all star second base, and in 1949 was the youthful playing manager with the A.N.A.F. Vets in the provincial League. The Vets played in the Osborne Stadium with Brandon, Elmwood, and the Reo Rods in 1948 and 49. Jack moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1952.

Hub Orchard

Hub Orchard played second base for Miami from 1920-46, and managed successful 1947 and 48 tournament teams. Hub was a well known umpire from the late 40’s to mid 60’s in Carman, Morden, Notre Dame, Belmont, St. Claude, Winkler, etc. He coached minor ball from 1950-58, won Manitoba Juvenile titles from 1954-56 over Neepawa, Hamiota, and Melita respectively. Hub was Manitoba midget finalist in 1953 to Elmwood and junior finalist to Hamiota in 1957. Orchard served as president and V.P. of the Manitoba Minor Baseball association in the mid 50`s, received M.B.A. Honour Society Award in 1972, and was R.M. of Thompson Councillor from 1964-75. Hub was very active in recreation, curling, hockey and Grand Master – IOOF Lodge.

Frank McKinnon

Frank Mckinnon was a player and builder of the sport of baseball and he was known for his slick fielding. McKinnon was a dynamic second baseman for the Brandon Cloverleafs from 1950-56 and for the Hamiota Red Sox from 1957-63. he was a great team leader and he helped the Cloverleafs win their first tournament in 1950 at Ninette. McKinnon paced the Cloverleafs to finals with Notre Dame at Indian Head. The Cloverleafs dominated Westman baseball in 1956 (with 54 wins,4 losses, and 2 tied). Barnstormng with Hamiota in 1957, won 2 M.S.B.L. pennants and championships with Hamiota in 61 and 62. From 1957-62 McKinnon won and his team won the Birtle tourney six times. McKinnon went on to act as supervisor of Brandon Minor Ball in 1955, as co-coach for the Hamiota juveniles and juniors to the Manitoba crown in 1958. In 1967 McKinnon was on the Carman Pan Am baseball committee, from 1978-90 he acted on the Carman Minor Baseball executive, and acted as a coach, manager, and umpire. In 1990 McKinnon was the manager of the Carman Goldeyes Bison team, who ranked as Manitoban Champions, and were fourth in Canadians at Abbottsford, BC. McKinnon was also prominant in hockey as a player, coach and administrator, and life member of Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada.

Kerry Lowe

Kerry was an outstanding minor player in Hamiota. He played 15 years in the MSBL from 1980-94. He was chosen to the first all-star team 10 times & twice to the second all-star team. He was recognized by his peers, by team mangers, and by the league as the league’s most outstanding second basemen of all time. He was the MSBL playoff MVP in 1994. His 15 year batting average in the MSBL was .324. He led the MSBL in runs scored twice. He played on eight Team Manitoba teams at Western Canadian or National Championships. In 1986, he won the National Bronze medal for Team Manitoba. He played on six MSBL pennant winning teams – four with Hamiota (81,87,88,89) & two with McAuley (92,93). An outstanding player and team leader, Kerry remained in baseball as a coach and most recently was selected to coach Team Manitoba in the 2008 Canadian Senior AAA Baseball Championships. Kerry is the son of Ian Lowe who was inducted in 1997.

Wayne Gullett

Wayne Gullett played shortstop & second base with Riverside Canucks from 1979-96 in the M.S.B.L., in 1981 he played with Team Manitoba at Thunder Bay in the Canada Summer Games. In 1982 Riverside won the M.S.B.L. with Wayne as play-off M.V.P. Gullett was also an 1984 M.S.B.L. all star, Tournament of Champions MVP at Boissevain and in the 1985 M.S.B.L. his all star team won gold at Westerns in Surrey, BC & bronze medals in Kentville N.S. at the nationals. Gullett was the 1988 M.V.P at Tournament of Champions in Belmont and in 1995 he recieved the Cliff Seafoot Memorial Award for sportsmanship. He had ability & devotion, was a very successful coach with Wawanesa Brewers who are 3 time Border West League champs & 4 time South West league winners in 9 years. Gullett is a great volunteer in the community & provincial tournaments. He has also been an excellent Hockey Manitoba Referee for over 36 years.

Lawson Davie

Lawson was a slick fielding shortstop and second baseman for 19 years in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League with the Neepawa Cubs (6) and the Farmers (13). Lawson was a first team all star seven times and a second team all star six times. He hit over .300 fourteen times and was the M.S.B.L. 40 year second team all star at second base. Lawson won a silver medal at the 1976 Canada Games with Team Manitoba in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and a bronze medal at the 1988 Canadian Senior “AAA” tournament in Kentville, N.S. Later he coached the Neepawa Midgets to three Manitoba “AA” titles, Western Canadians Bantam at Leduc, AB in 1999, the 2002 Western Canada Midget’s in St. Albert, AB and the Western Canadians in 2003 in Maple Ridge, B.C.

Lorne Caldwell

Born in 1917, he played in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, a good hitter who pitched and played second base despite the fact he could throw only underhand because of a shoulder injury. Managed and coached Hamiota Red Sox, 1961-1971, winning 5 pennants and 3 league titles in the M.S.B.L.

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd Brown started with Virden in the late 40s – in his first senior game he had three hits against the touring Muskogee Cardinals. Lloyd moved to Brandon and played for the Brandon Mental Hospital, Athletics, and the Cloverleafs. Brown helped the Cloverleafs win four CMBA titles, 1957-60. In the MSBL Lloyd hit .444 in 1961 and .414 in 1962, and was all-star second baseman. In 1970 Lloyd helped form the Westman Bison League, and then rejoined Cloverleafs in 1975. Lloyd served over ten years as the MSBL Director and three years(1985-88) as the league’s president. Lloyd Brown was inducted into MBA Honor Society in 1989.