Don Hunter

Don Hunter was a superb versatile player and power hitter with the Brandon Cloverleafs and Souris Cardinals. He played with the Cloverleafs team that won six CMBA championships from 1954-60, and in these years played briefly with the semi-pro Brandon Greys. Don later managed the Souris Cardinals for eleven seasons from the mid-60s to mid-70s. Don was one of Manitoba`s best all round athletes in the 1950s. Don excelled in basketball, fastball, hockey, as well as baseball.

Cornelius (Curly) Haas

Curly Hass started with the Columbus Club in the mid 1920s. In 1939 Curly moved to Portland, Oregon, but returned to Winnipeg to coach Columbus Club with Eddie Cass (1946) and to establish the Elmwood Giants. In 1947 Hass was named the manager of the ’47 allstar North Division Jr. Baseball team, in 1948 managed the Elmwood Giants to MJBL championship, and was named the coach for the MJBL allstar coach. Hass was very active with Giants in junior, senior and semi-pro ball. In 1954 Curly became the co-owner of the Winnipeg Giants in the Mandak League. Curly also worked on organizing committees for the 1967 Pan Am Games, became Manitoba Baseball Association Commissioner in 1968 and General Manager of Canada’s team at 1970 world championships in Cali, Columbia. Hass won the Manitoba Sports Federation builder award in 1971.

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher was a pitcher and outfielder with the Riverside Canucks. He was named to first all star team fifteen times, and the second team twice. Mark was League batting champ in 1974, 1979 (over .500 average), and 1981. He was also League MVP in 1971 and 1974. Fisher was on Riverside teams that won six MSBL and five Manitoba titles, and was also part of teams that won three national junior titles (one with Brandon, two with Sarnia). Mark played Class A pro ball with Detroit’s team in Lakeland, Florida in 1970 and was named to MSBL 40 year all star team as an outfielder.

Grant Everard

Grant Everard was an excellent pitcher with Riverside. In 20 years in the MJBL Everard won 107, and lost 47. Everard was named to the first all star team 11 times, and the second team 6 times. Everard was MVP of the league in 1973 and 1981, top pitcher in league in 1981 and 1982, and playoff MVP in 1973. Grant was part of five teams that won a Manitoba title. Everard was also selected to the MSBL 40 year all time pitching staff. Grant was part of teams that won Canadian junior crown (1967), Canadian senior title (1972), and was on Team Canada at 1972 World Amateurs tournament in Cuba.

Steve Clark

Steve Clark started playing in Windsor, Ontario, and arrived in Brandon in 1947 to play with Brandon Greys. Steve played three years with Greys, and then played with the Mental Hospital and Shilo. Clarck joined the Cloverleafs in 1954 and starred on four teams that won CMBA titles. Clark was a terror on the base paths and a superb outfielder. Steve retired from baseball as a player, but became a great fastball player with ANAF Vets from Brandon, and was a respected umpire in both baseball and softball. In 1989 City of Brandon named the #1 diamond at Curran Park “Steve Clark Field.”

Reg Chopp

Reg Chopp was a power hitting outfielder with good speed on the bases and an accurate throwing arm. He played thirteen years of high- calibre ball, beginning in 1950 with Rosedale juveniles, moving to Elmwood juveniles, Elmwood juniors, Winnipeg Maroon juniors, Elmwood Giants juniors, Moose Jaw Mallards of the Saskatchewan semi-pro league, CUAC Blues of Winnipeg Senior League, and the Fort Whyte tournament team. In 1954, in Moose Jaw, Reg was the only Canadian named to the all star team, and played a few games for Winnipeg Goldeyes late in the season. Reg also excelled in fastball, basketball, and ten pin bowling.

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd Brown started with Virden in the late 40s – in his first senior game he had three hits against the touring Muskogee Cardinals. Lloyd moved to Brandon and played for the Brandon Mental Hospital, Athletics, and the Cloverleafs. Brown helped the Cloverleafs win four CMBA titles, 1957-60. In the MSBL Lloyd hit .444 in 1961 and .414 in 1962, and was all-star second baseman. In 1970 Lloyd helped form the Westman Bison League, and then rejoined Cloverleafs in 1975. Lloyd served over ten years as the MSBL Director and three years(1985-88) as the league’s president. Lloyd Brown was inducted into MBA Honor Society in 1989.

Bob Audette

Bob was a very good southpaw hurler, played excellent fastball, and had a fine curve. Bob starred in bantam, midget, and junior ball with Isaac Brock Community Club under Alf Sobkowich before moving to senior ball. In 1963 and ’64 Bob plyed with the Transcona Atomics, and he had a combined pitching record of 17-4. Audette also played first base and was a consistent hitter averaging over .320 in seven years with Transcona. Audette made the league all star team each year both as first base man and as a pitcher, and he was the leading pitcher during the playoffs for each year.