For many years Hamiota was known as the Baseball Capital of Manitoba. The members of the Robertson family were very instrumental in creating this reputation for Hamiota.
Al Robertson played on Canada’s Pan-Am Games teams of 1967 and 1971. He was MSBL batting champion in 1967. In 1985 he won a silver medal as manager of Manitoba’s Canada Games team, was named Coach of the Year for both Manitoba and Canada, and won the Brandon Sun’s Krug Crawford Award as Western Manitoba’s Sportsman of the Year. He has been inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Lorna Robertson coached Hamiota teams ,along with Al, to provincial titles in Beaver, Bantam, and Bison categories. She was a coach also of two Bison teams that won medals at Western Canadians. She won the Brandon YMCA Woman of Distinction Award in 1985 and was Manitoba Basketball’s Coach of the Year in 1993. She has been inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Jeff Robertson played as a youngster on provincial championship teams in three different age categories. He played for Team Canada at the World Youth Championships at Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1983. In senior ball, he was an MSBL first team all-star ten times and Manitoba’s Senior Player of the Year in 1989. As a coach, Jeff was on the staff of teams from Manitoba at Western Canadian and National championships, as well as at the Canada Summer Games in both 1989 and 1993. He coached Team Canada at the Four Nations Cup in 1995. He also established the Manitoba High School Baseball championships and administered them from 1993 through 1998. He was Manitoba Baseball’s Manager of the Year in 1998.
Randy Robertson also played on provincial championship teams in three youth categories. He was the all-star catcher at the Western Canadian Beaver championships at Neepawa in 1979 and was on the Manitoba team that won a silver medal at the 1985 Canada Summer Games. He played in the MSBL for six years. His career batting average was .352 in league play and .336 during playoffs. In 1987 he came second in batting average and led the league in both hits and stolen bases. In that year he stole 25 bases, still a one season record. Randy also coached minor teams in Hamiota, as well as development teams in Westman at the Bantam and Midget levels.