• HometownVirden, MB
  • Inducted2013

In 1955 a team was organized in Mid-Western Manitoba to compete in the Manitoba Little League. Due to a certain technicality, the team was unable to join the league and had to satisfy their desire to play by competing in exhibition games. They even defeated the League Champions and went on to represent the province in several exhibition matches.

In 1957 the Oildome League was organized as a part of the PONY League (Protect our Nations Youth). PONY had begun in the early 1950’s to give youngsters the opportunity to play competitive sport and be involved in the life of a team. Many saw sport as an excellent way to teach and entertain these children, therefore keeping them out of trouble.

Initially, there were only four teams in the Oildome PONY League, Crandall, Decker, Kenton, and Virden. The quality of play amongst these young teams was extraordinary. An All-Star team was selected from the players of each of these towns to compete at a Provincial Play-Down. Laurie Artiss, Charlie Lee, and Bruce Knight were instrumental in bringing the team together.

The All-Star team proved to be highly successful, going on to win the Rural Manitoba Championships. This allowed the Oildome All-Stars to compete against the reigning Manitoba Champions, the Winnipeg South Division All-Stars. The Oildome All-Stars went on to win the series 2-1, giving them the opportunity to represent Manitoba in the Canadian PONY League Championships.

They Oildome Allstars went on the win the Canadian PONY League Championships.


Back Row (left-right): Len Rivers, Garth Sararas, Neil Amy, Bruce Knight (Coach), Laurie Artiss (Manager), Charles Lee (Coach), Ralph Lee, Bob Evans, Elgin Knight, Larry Hart.

Front Row (left-right): Bob Bell, Keith Penny, Gary Greaves, Bob France, Bob Thompson, Alex Martynovich, Dale Lund, Allan Bawdon, Jack Bomford.