Baseball flourished in the Swan River Valley after World War Two and Bowsman emerged as the pacesetter among baseball towns. Bowsman Ball Park was located in a natural amphitheatre and it had adequate seating and parking. In 1946 Bowsman purchased its first set of uniforms and later, through efforts of Dennis Ball of hockey fame, purchased uniforms from Winnipeg’s Junior Maroons. Bowsman imported talented young players from Winnipeg. Among them were Gary Blaine, Al Seymour, Aggie Kukulowicz, and Al Jacques.
From 1952 to 1955 the Manitoba-Saskatchewan League operated with Dauphin, Gilbert Plains, Grandview, Roblin, Yorkton, and Kamsack (with a team imported from Sequoia State College in California). In 1953 Bowsman imported three Negro stars, Lenard Pigg, Gene “Tex” Conley, and Percy Howard.
With a good blend of local talent and imports, Bowsman excelled in league play and became prominent at tournaments in Indian Head, Foam Lake, Yorkton, Melville, Kamsack, Delisle, Canora and other places. Bowsman hosted the Muskogee Cardinals, the Ligon All-Stars, Satchel Paige’s touring team, Notre Dame Hounds,and the Regina Caps (who brought in portable lights). Perhaps 2000 fans would pack the hillsides. Later, Bowsman joined the Polar League with Flin Flon, Creighton, The Pas, Thompson. Baseball was a vital part of the Bowsman community during the post-WWII era.
Back Row (L-R): Bob Wastle (transportation), Del Topall, Leland Soura, Art Beals, Ford Hinchcliffe (coach/mgr. ), Bill Brownlee, Johny Zeban, Smitty Leonhard.
Front Row: Billy Brown, Ray Tall, Ernie Woods, Guyle Woods
Seated: Jim Blake (bat boy)
Missing: Don Clark, Ed Woods, Buddy Brass, Bob Burchell, Merlin Nunn, Walter Polkosnik, Jim Laidlaw, Murray Sharpe, Murray Parsons, Kelly Caughlin, George Hanke, Ken Hanke, Glen Woods, Harold Tall, Gordon Cook, Morley Mullin, Leo Langlois, Garry Blaine, Al Seymour, Al Jacques, Aggie Kukulowicz, Jack Denbow, Gene Fedorchuk, John Zeben, Jim Hagemeister, Jack Eisner, Leonard Pigg, Gene Conley, Percy Howard, Al Koonz, Ernie Boushy, Wimpy Stevenson, Ross Struthers