• HometownVasser, MB
  • Inducted2007

During four decades from the 1940s to the 1970s, the Cote family of nine brothers were synonymous with baseball in Vasser, a small community in south eastern Manitoba and there was a period when they all played for Vasser at the same time.

Lucien, the oldest, possessed a ferocious passion for the game, pitched and played infield. James was an excellent right fielder with a strong arm and was a good hitter. He, along with Lucien, was often recruited by Minnesota teams for tournaments.

Alme played second or shortstop and provided inspiration with his constant chatter. Denis pitched left-handed and had very good arm control. Ovide, a left-handed hitting catcher, with a solid physique, had a strong arm. Robert, an outfielder had an excellent batting eye, which allowed him to draw many walks and had the skill and ability to steal bases.

Emilien, a switch-hitting, pitcher, was a gifted player and a powerful home run hitter. Emile, a speedy centre fielder, was small in stature, but had a great range and was a good base runner. Louise, the youngest, was a right-handed hitter and utility player, who along with Emilien, were the victims of a vehicle accident at the age of 22.