CUAC Blues 1942

Won 4 successive Manitoba titles. In a very strong league with Norwood, St. Boniface and Transcona. Led by coaches Stan and Nick Shaley, manager Harry Barchuk, pitchers Gord England, Terry Hind, Bert Graves, Reg Sadler, Goerge Belanger, hitters Joe Popiel, Tommy Kitchur, Bill Antoniuk, Bill Ceretti, Joe Goodman, Mike Barthow. The Blues claimed the Baldy Northcot Trophy (emblematic of Winnipeg Senior League Championship) 4 times before crowds of over 3,000 fans.

Belmont A’s

Back Row, left to right: W.G. Glen Cumming, Glen Stephenson, Ron Gray, Harvey Gray (Coach), Babe (James) Gordon, Harvey (Wimp) Williamson, Roy Gislason, Neil Cline.
Middle Row: Dick Myers, Dan Hyrich, Leo Stephenson, Henry Nicholson.
Front Row: Bub English, Grant Stephenson, Lloyd (Dudley) Lambkin, Tommy Lee, Ronny Mathers (bat boy) Lorne Lambkin (fan).
Missing: Lloyd Danridge.

In 1935 Belmont had 2 teams, a senior club and a high school team, but only one set of uniforms. Played off for the uniforms and the high school team won so they got the uniforms and thus began Belmont A’s. Successive coaches were Reg Sadler (teacher), Alex Reid, Lloyd Mathers and Harvey Gray. The first tournament always was May 24th at Ninette. Played 4 tournaments a week in July, no Sunday ball except at Notre Dame, often played 3 successive days. Harvesting in August curtailed play. Won $300 at July 1st tournaments in Morden and Neepawa, lost in finals to Neepawa in first interleague playoffs (1951) won Central Manitoba Baseball Association crown at Neepawa (1052). Belmont A’s were highly respected and successful in the 30s, 40s and 50s in Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan due to great pitching and hitting. In 1946 Belmont A’s tied Brandon Greys 4-4 at Kinsmen Stadium. “Babe” Gordon, Lloyd Dandridge and Neil “Dozer” Cline were great chuckers.

Riverside Canucks 1973-1978

Manitoba Senior Baseball League & Manitoba Baseball Association Champions

The Riverside Park was originally at the junction of Highway 10 and the Souris River, and the Riverside Canucks functioned for over 50 years (1946-96) as a great tournament club. The four Seafoot brothers; Ken, Morris, Garth, and Cliff were a major part of the Riverside Canucks for many years. Form 1973-1978 Riverside won M.S.B.L. and M.B.A. titles in 1973, 1974 and 1978. From 46-84 teams won 926 times of 1480 games with 17 ties.

Murray Zuk

Zuk played on 4 provincial winners at Hamiota, was the first M.B.A. president from 1969-70 when 4 groups amalgamated, coached and umpired baseball in Souris for many years, and was head coach for the Souris Cardinals Western Canada Juvenile champions in 1967. Zuk was C.F.A.B. director for 4 years, W.C.B.A. Director for 2 year, and was a Cincinnati Red scout for 28 years. He helped several players obtain scholarships, is currently Atlanta Braves Western Canada scouting director, and in 1990 was the assistant coach for the Western Canada Bantam Champion. Zuk was also very involved in figure skating in Manitoba.

Joe Wiwchar

Joe was and still is actively involved as a builder of the sport of baseball. Joe coached from 1953-98 continuously, 1953-65 with Earl Grey C.C. (pony, colt, colt grad), and coached South End Sioux to league title in 1966 and ’67. In 1968 Joe coached the Fort Rouge Mallards (Manitoba-Saskatchewan), reps to Canadian Junior Championships, and in 1971 the Morden Beavers to gold in Manitoba and silver at Westerns. From 1971-98 Joe coached the Morden Mohawks, who won 14 league crowns, the Morden midgets in 1973 and ’75, he coached the Manitoba Juniors to silver medals in Canada Games at St. John’s Newfoundland in 1977. Joe coached the Manitoba Bisons to gold at Westerns and bronze at Canadians. Joe was the recipient of M.B.A. coach of the year in 1986, and volunteer of the year in 1985. From 1986-92 Joe coached the Pembina Valley Orioles juniors. In 1994 Joe chaperoned at World Children`s Baseball Fair in Japan, was coach/coordinator of baseball program (ages 8-40) La Rochelle France (1995-96), coach (’98) and manager (’97) of Manitoba Selects at Blue Jays Cup, and he served the MBA in several capacities from 1968-98.