March 2009 Newsletter

Posted 1 March, 2009

Newsletter Editor – Gladwyn Scott

  1. The Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its thirteenth annual induction banquet on Saturday, June 6, 2009, 5:00 p.m. at the Morden Recreation Centre. Cocktails at 3:00 p.m., Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Banquet tickets are available from Jack Hrehirchuk, 114 – 10th Ave S.E. Dauphin, R7N 2H1 phone 204-638-6923 email –
  2. Three teams, one family & eight individuals will be inducted:
    Major Team category – St. Lazare Athletics (1962-67) – this team played in M.S.B.L. 1965 Provincial Champions. Great community support.
    Small Community category – Carberry Royals (1979-84) – won five Santa Clara League titles in six years. Special Team category – Giroux Athletics (1988-92) – won four Manitoba twilight titles & three Western Canada crowns.
    Special category – Robertson Family – Al, Lorna, Randy & Jeff instrumental in Hamiota, earning the title of Baseball Capital of Manitoba for many years.

    • Rod Fallis – August 8, 1951 – first sacker with Snowflake, Crystal City, Carman, St. Boniface, Binscarth, Transcona, Mayville, Glenboro & Brisbane, Australia.
    • Gordon Fines – March 11, 1950 – outstanding builder from the Balmoral & Stonewall, area organized provincial Western Canada, National & Pan Am games. Fines Field is one of Canada’s best diamonds.
    • Bill Kinley – December 17, 1954 – slugging shortstop and third base with Elmwood Giants Junior and Senior, Mayville State, Team Manitoba, homerun and RBI leader.
    • Kerry Lowe – June 24, 1959 – 15 years in MSBL eight times with Team Manitoba, played with Hamiota & McAuley.
    • Scott Neiles – August 8, 1961 – all star short stop with St. Boniface Native Sons, Brisbane, Australia, won five consecutive senior AAA crowns, Winnipeg Goldeyes coach 1994-2000.
    • Brian Reid – October 15, 1953 – power hitting outfielder with Neepawa Cubs & Carman Goldeyes, Manitoba Player of Year 1984, Manitoba coach of the year 1995. Won five senior AAA titles in six years.
    • Wayne Seidler – July 3, 1950 – switch hitter, versatile player who had power & consistency as a hitter, 5 times Giroux M.V.P., homerun & RBI leader. Team Manitoba winning pitcher at Nanaimo, B.C. in Western Canada Senior AA.
    • Bob Smith – September 1, 1917 – October 11, 1967 – great coaching career with Morse Place & Elmwood Giants, inducted into Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in 1998 & with Elmwood Giants Junior (1957-61) in the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.
  3. Condolences to the families of the following Hall of Fame members who have passed away:
    • Bill Legary – Pilot Mound Pilots (2005)
    • Aggie Kukulowicz – Fort Whyte (1998)
    • Dennis McAuley – Dauphin Redbirds (2005)
    • Graeme Shaw (80) – Cardale (2000)
    • Ron Chalmers (75) – The Pas Tee Pees (2005)
    • Errol Berry (94) – Carberry Royals (1998)
    • Dave Shury (78) – Saskatchewan Hall of Fame founder (1983) valuable guide to MBHOF.
  4. We acknowledge, with thanks, our 2008 life memberships:
    Bill Whitehead (Roland), Howard Sager (Morden), Gibb Pritchard, Bob Kinley, Randy Ladobruk (all of Winnipeg), Doris Hovorka (Sprague), Brian Reid (Carman), John Zeeben (Yorkton), Ellis Woods (Stonewall), Randy & Jeannine Robertson (Sharon, Ont), John Lesyshan (Waterloo, Iowa), Manitoba Senior Baseball League, Victor Watson (Lacombe, AB) Al MCNiven (Coldstream, BC) Fred Schmidt (Medicine Hat, AB) Nick Glowa (Huntington Beach, CA)
    2008 Annual Memberships:
    Howkie Hawkins (Thunder Bay, ON), Richard Cayer (Vassar), Ross Lynd (Melfort, SK), Dale Hunter (Belmont), Edward Vertz (Glenboro), William Clark (Columbia MO), Kurt Ardron (Brandon), David Hay (Saskatonn, SK) Dan Cassils (Winnipeg)
    2008 Family membership – Don Hurton (Holland)
  5. The Town of Morden received a Cultural Grant (Chautaugua) and our organization received some of the grant money. As a result many Baseball Hall of Fame inductees were interviewed for video presentations at future events. Interviews were held at Dauphin, Neepawa, Brandon, Winnipeg & Morden. Special thanks to all involved. We are in the process of introducing these interviews to our website
  6. Perry Kalynuk, Waskada Orioles inductee is teaching school in Shanghai, China.
  7. Get well wishes are extended to Almer McKerlie who underwent surgery at the Health Sciences Centre in January and is doing well.
  8. After ten editions of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame calendars, we will not have a 2009 calendar. It does require much planning & energy to produce & market.
  9. The 2008 Museum Expansion Project is nearing completion. Because of the significant demand for construction trades in 2008, the overall Morden Town building project was delayed by several months. Our component of the project ie. walls, ceiling, flooring, office and specialized lighting is complete and work is underway on a) restoring display cases which were purchased second hand from the Bay b) security monitoring, and c) interactive computer installations. The Board of Directors would like to thank all individuals, businesses, foundations and the provincial government for their financial donations and for the provisions of goods and services. In the years 2007, 08 and 09 over $53,000 was received for this project. While the Expansion Project will soon be completed, our organization still needs your support to be successful. From an operational standpoint, in the future, we will have to rely less on profits from the Induction Dinner & more on memberships & donations. Therefore we urge you to both assist us in soliciting members and support our organization via annual donations. A form is included for the purpose of assisting in this regard.
  10. Inductees for the 2009 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame at St. Mary’s, Ontario, June 19 & 20 include: Larry Walker (Maple Ridge BC), Ernie Witt (Toronto Blue Jays and Team Canada) Bernie Souliere builder with Windsor, Team Ontario and Team Canada.
  11. Brock McConaghy (Calgary) has donated to our museum and autographed ball by the 1971 National champion Brandon Cloverleafs.
  12. 2009 Manitoba Senior Baseball tournaments
    • Senior AA Allstars at Stonewall, July 17–19
    • Senior AA League Tournament at Wawanesa Aug 7–9
    • Western Canada Senior AA at Peace River Alberta Aug 13–16. (Borderwest Allstars, Baldur Regals represent Manitoba), MSBL will send a team to the Senior AAA Nationals at Dartmouth NS

Chairman -Jack Callum, Winnipeg (889-0818); Vice-chairman – John Hindle, Winnipeg (257-7039); Secretary/Treasurer – Gord Arbuckle, Pilot Mound (825-2570); Directors – Andy Alexiuk, Winnipeg (256-6484); Jack Hrehirchuk, Dauphin (638-6923); Al Kinley, St. Andrews (338-9603); Frank McKinnon, Winnipeg (253-6982); Glennis Scott, Minnedosa (8673968); Gladwyn Scott, Carberry (834-3460); Al Robertson, Hamiota (764-2002); Dr. Morris Mott, Brandon (726-5167); Scott Neiles, Winnipeg (253-8313); Jim Mutcheson, Morden (822-3352); Winston Smith, Winnipeg (488-0765); Bob Thompson, Oak Lake (761-0070); Joe Wiwchar (Museum Manager), Morden (822-4636); Murray Zuk, Souris (483-2687); Lloyd Brown, Brandon (728-6319); Bill Kirkup, Souris (483-3116); Roy Seidler, Giroux (346-2116); Wayne McLeod, Winnipeg (233-2795)

The Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in Morden has undergone expansion in 2008/2009. This wonderful facility which protects and displays the heritage of baseball in Manitoba is one that we can all be proud of. To maintain and grow the hall, we conduct an annual campaign asking for donations.

If you would like to see the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame flourish, please consider a donation at this time. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for all donations of $25 or greater.

Thank you on behalf of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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Thank you for investing in the future of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame!

February 2008 Newsletter

Posted 1 February, 2008


From: Gladwyn Scott, Newsletter Editor

  1. Hats off to director Scott Neiles who was able to obtain a pair of Grey Cup tickets for Dancin’ Gabe & his brother to attend the annual football extravaganza in Toronto on very short notice
  2. Life member Edgar Rivalin was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, October 6, 2007 as a member of the Manitoba Bisons 1965 CIAU champions. He was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 as a member of The Pas Tee Pees (1959-64).
  3. Life member & a 2008 inductee, Rick Cruise, has donated a special trophy to our museum that he received in Havana, Cuba before 40,000 fans & Fidel Castro, as the home run champion (2 dingers), at the 1970 World Championships. He tied with a Columbian player.
  4. Joe Zeman (Saskatoon), 1967 Pan Am team manager, celebrated his 94th birthday in February 2008. Bob Lacouriere (69), Baseball Canada president (1967), passed away at his Saskatoon home November 12, 2007
  5. Since the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame was inaugurated (1985) they have recognized 337 individuals, 21 teams, 16 communities, & 10 families.
    After our 2008 banquet, Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame has inducted 196 individuals, 34 teams, & 4 special groups.
  6. Life member & 2006 inductee Barry Swanton, (Surrey, BC), is currently co-writing a book on black ball players in Canada with Jay Del Mah.
  7. Two life members, Errol Berry (Carberry), & Claude Reid (Winnipeg), who were inducted in 1998 with Carberry (1946), will turn 94 on March 6th & March 10th respectively.
  8. Life member Tom Kitchur, who was induction spokesman for the CUAC Blues (1941- 1944) when they were inducted at Morden (1999), passed away January 6, 2007.His widow, Lucille, & family Kelly & Tim, donated $5000 to our Museum Expansion Fund. He also presented us with a cheque for $1500 at their induction. Tom was living at Didsbury, AB. & “always enjoyed our newsletters & calendars”, stated Lucille. He became a coach after he was “beaned” in Osborne Stadium, which cut his playing career short.
  9. Life member Al Kinley (Elmwood), is the top 2008 calendar salesman with 42, while Jack Hrehirchuk (Dauphin), another life member, is right behind with 40.
  10. Jim Mutcheson (Morden), life member, has been elected by the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame for induction at their 2008 Central Region banquet in Portage la Prairie during May.
  11. Elected for induction to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame at St. Mary’s, ON. Saturday, June 28 were, Tony Fernandez – 12 year Toronto Blue Jays all-star shortstop, Billy Harris (Duguayville, NB.) – who had a phenomenal 15 year professional career, Gladwyn Scott (Carberry) – 60 year career as a player, coach, & administrator at community, provincial, national, & international levels, & posthumously, Peter Widdrington – long time Blue Jays & major leagues executive.
    Many calls, e-mails & cards of congratulations have come from near & far – Morley Handford, 2006 inductee with Snowflake (1948-53), phoned from Palm Springs. He plans to attend our June 7th banquet & have a round of golf.
  12. Recent donations to our Baseball Museum Expansion Fund include: Barry Swanton (Surrey, BC.), Gerry MacKay (Brandon), Frank McKinnon (Winnipeg), Rev. Ralph Clark (Lauder), Don Hurton (Holland), Donald H. Reid (Brentwood, CA), Ken Seafoot (Brandon), David Hay (Saskatoon), Brock McConaghy (Calgary), & Donald Smith (White Rock, BC).New 2008 life memberships include: Nick Glowa (Hurlington Beach, CA), Bill Whitehead (Roland), Victor G. Watson (Lacombe, AB), Al McNiven (Coldstream, BC), Fred Schmidt (Medicine Hat, AB), & Howard Sager (Morden).Family memberships – Don Hurton (Holland)

    2008 annual memberships include: Dan Cassils (Winnipeg), David Hay (Saskatoon), Kurt Ardron (Brandon), Bill Clark (Columbia, MO), Edward Vertz (Glenboro), Dale Hunter (Belmont), & Ross Lynd (Melfort, SK).