Key figures in founding the team and marketing it were school principal Martin Chalaturnyk and dedicated coach Johnny Parobec. Parobec played, coached or managed for four decades. The Angusville Cardinals were always a top contender in the North West League, and travelled extensively throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan to play tournaments- Saltcoats, Langenburg, Churchbridge, Spy Hill, Madge Lake, Binscarth, Gilbert Plains, Gradview, Oak River, Cardale, Birtle, etc. The Cardinals won one provincial intermediate championship in 1965 and lost in two provincial finals in 1963 and 1968. Later the Angusville Cardinals moved to senior calibre ball and competed very well for nine years in MSBL.
The top news story from Angusville in 1963 was when the Angusville Cardinals won the Ab Richardson trophy, which was presented at their banquet. This was awarded to Angusville as runners-up for the Provincial Baseball championship. During the playdowns, after winning the North-Western Baseball League, they defeated all opposition until they finally lost out in the third and deciding game of the final championship series with Pilot Mound.
The Cardinals relied on the pitching skills of left-handers Jack Kostuik, Brian McCauley, Currnie Churchmuch and right-handers Stan Furman, Henry Hrubeniuk, Joe Blackbird, Richard Gallant. Catching duties were shared by Bill Sidoryk and Barry Wowk until a sharp shooter named Merril Kilwnik appeared on the scene.
The team was spearheaded by Team Manager John Parobec whose love and dedication for the game prompted recruitment of players from neighbouring communities. John’s playing, coaching, and managerial skills marked a period of four decades in the Angusville Community.
The following year of 1964, the Cardinals won the Juvenile Championship. Once again, the year 1965 brought well-deserved honours for the Cardinal team. Angusville Cardinals won the Manitoba Intermediate Baseball Championship by defeating Pilot Mound Pilots 4-3 in 13 innings. Currnie Churchmuch provided the heroics with a home run in the bottom of the thirteenth inning. The champs received the D. Stark and Son Trophy, and the F. Clement & Sons Trophy.
The Cardinals did extensive travel to tournaments taking top prize money in Rehin, Saltcoats, Spyhill, Langenburg, Churchbridge, McNutt, Calder, Mag Lake, Binscarth, Gilbert Plains, Gradview, Oak River, Cardale, Notre Dame De Lourdes, Sommerset, etc.
In 1966 the Cardinals had a terrific season, only to be beaten by the Binscarth Orioles in the league finals.
In 1968 the Cardinals once again won the Northwest League and proceeded to the Provincial Finals only to lose to the Thompson Reds in the third and deciding game. In 1968 ball players were in abundance thus resulting in the formation of a junior team following in the footsteps of the Cardinals.
Other notable years were 1972 when the Angusville Cardinals won the Senior “B” Provincial Championships.
The Cardinals later joined the Manitoba Senior Baseball League where their presence was known for nine years.
Back Row: Currnie Chuchmuch, Barry Wowk, Henry Hrubeniuk, Wayne Luba, Stan Furman, Joe Blackbird, Bryan McCauley
Front Row: Lawrence Parobec, Bill Sidoryk, Johnny Parobec, Richard Gallent, Merril Kiliwnik, Jack Kostuik
Additional Players from 1963-1968 (missing)
Martin Chalaturnyk, Nelson Dagg, Ross Graham, Bill Hodgson, Leighton Kachur, Tony Kalechyn, Tom Kearns, Marion Kotelniski, Don Luhowy, Larry Mann, Peter Onufreichuk, Clinton Pushka, Ken Siwak, Jim Wood, Jerry Verbiwski