Stan Shaley

Stan was an outstanding shortstop and a tremendous hitter. He played in Regina, Kirkland Lake, and then returned to Winnipeg in 1939. He was captain and coach of C.U.A.C. Blues who won Manitoba baseball crowns in 1941-42-43-44, and consistently hit over .300. He was a great leader, and helped his brother John coach softball for many years.

Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell, strong left handed pitcher. Played minor ball in Warren. In 1956 signed with Muskogee Oklahoma of Sooner State League after try out with New York Giants. Had an 11-6 record in `57 with Michigan City Indiana in Mid West League, in 1958 started with St. Cloud of Northern League and finished with Regina Braves of Western Canada League and Winnipeg Goldeyes. In 1959 returned to farm in Warren where he pitched many years in league and tournament ball.

Johnny Parobec

Johnny Parobec was a Player and builder of baseball. Parobec started playing at age 15 and continued for 45 years. From 1943-63 he played centre field for Angusville Cardinals, he was blessed with good speed and a strong left arm. He coached the Angusville-Foxwarren juveniles to the provincial title in 1964. Angusville Cards won North West League title from 1965-72 and the trophy was given to the team to keep. In 1972 the North West League All-Stars won silver medals at Camrose Alberta (1972). Parobec coached Angusville from 1975-81 in M.S.B.L. with a strong pool of local talent and U.S. college talent. He managed Team Manitoba in nationals in Western Manitoba in 1977, coached Souris Cards in M.S.B.L. from 1982-85, and won league title in 1985. Parobec also won provincial Senior A crown. Parobec`s #44 uniform has been retired. He was considered Angusville`s “Mr. Baseball.”

Andy Newton

Andy Newton was the builder/manager of Redbirds for 35 years in Northern, Manitoba-Saskatchewan and Manitoba Senior Baseball League. The Redbirds beat Hamiota in 1961 to win inaugural M.S.B.L. title. Andy was also involved in the MBA Honour Society in 1983, and was a life member of M.S.B.L. Andy was involved with the Dauphin Curling Club, Dauphin 5 Pin Bowling, B.P.O. Elks #57, Rotary International, and the Manitoba Association of Municipalities. Newton was a great community man, he spent 19 years on town council and 15 as mayor, and was known as Dauphin`s “Mr. Baseball”.

Jim Mutcheson

Jim Mutcheson was a Builder of the sport of baseball. He coached in Morden from 1954-62, winning regionals three times. He was a driving force behind the Little League program from 1958-85, and spent countless hours throughout Manitoba with Little League. Jim moved the championship from Winnipeg to Morden in 1982 where his wife, Sylvia, was very supportive, and as many as 54 teams participated at one time in the provincials. Jim was instrumental in building the Morden Ball Park in 1961, complete with fences and dugouts. Jim then moved to Steinbach in 1968 where he helped build their baseball park. Jim was very active in building and promoting hockey and baseball programs, and was awarded Morden`s citizen of the year and Royal Canadian Legion Award for sports development. Jim believed that “A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a boy.”

Clarke (Lefty) Metcalf

Lefty was a High Bluff superb southpaw hurler in the 1930’s and 40’s. Metcalf was with the Winnipeg Maroons in 1937 and 1938, and later hurled a one hitter against Fargo. Metcalf`s catcher was usually Dick Mutcheson. Metcalf excelled as a tournament pitcher in Souris, Holland, Morden, Carman, Carberry, Virden, MacGregor, High Bluff, Poplar Point, Gladstone, Neepawa, Pluma, Flin Flon, Wellwood, Brandon, Portage, Walhalla, South Dakota, Duluth, and Minnesota. Metcalf was a remarkable chucker whose passion for the game undoubtedly helped to contribute to his early demise from heart failure.

Gus Merlevede

Gus Merlevede was one of the great catchers of Manitoba baseball history. Gus started playing at 12 years of age with Provencher High School, and later played with Lord Roberts, River Heights, West End Maroons, St. Boniface Native Sons, St. Claude, St. Anne with brothers George and Roger. In 1944 and 1945, Gus joined the West Coast Service League with the Canadian Army Team. They toured different convalescent service camps in Washington State and Oregon, playing against Major League Class AAA and AA players, providing entertainment for US soldiers and their families.Gus broke his ankle with Superior Blues {1946), played with the Reo Rods from 1947-50, Transcona {1950), St. Boniface {1951), and Fannystelle from 1952-54. Great tournament team.

Morley MacFarlane

Morley was an outstanding hurler with Brandon Cloverleafs. In 1952 Morley played with Brandon 7-Up of City Police League, in 1953 with the Brandon Athletics, and from 1954-61 with the Cloverleafs. Morley was 3-1 with Brandon Greys in Man Dak playoffs, his top season was 1958 with 21-3 record, and later signed with Detroit and played in Georgia State League. He had a great fast ball and drop.

Jack J.D Jenbow

Jack was a great southpaw hurler (1950-69) who excelled with Brandon Cloverleafs, Hamiota Red Sox, Riverside Canucks, and Bowsman Maroons. He beat Yorkton 5-0 at Indianhead {1955), lost 5-4 to Winnipeg Goldeyes in Brandon {1956) had 9-2 M.S.B.L. record with Hamiota {1966), and was 3 time M.V.P. with Kelowna. Jack was also a black belt judo player and coach from 1956-88 and was a Pro hockey trainer for 5 years.

Cliff Cory

Cliff Cory was a great tournament pitcher in the 1920’s and 30’s with his brother, Clare, as his catcher. Cory pitched against the House of David, Gilbertson’s Giants, Hap Felsch of Chicago Black Sox, and led Brandon Greys in 1929 with 53-5 record. Cory managed Moosomin and Virden, and at age 43 he struck out 11 in seven innings before losing 4-0 to Reo Rods at Osborne Stadium. Cliff was the president of M.S.B.L. (for 2 years), a long time councilor, and mayor of Virden.