St Boniface Legion 43 Legionaires 1982

St. Boniface Legion 43 Legionaires 1982 Canadian Junior Champions

In 1982 St. Boniface Legion 143 Legionaires won the Manitoba, Western Canada, and Canadian junior championships.

St. Boniface downed the pennant winning St James As 3 games to 1 in playoffs for the provincial title. Then they captured the Western Canadian crown at a tournament in Transcona. They advanced to the Canadian Junior championships at Niagara Falls, and edged out Quebec 5–4 in the game for the gold medal.

Plum Coulee Pirates 1955–1960

The Plum Coulee Pirates were a prominent team in southern Manitoba in the 1950’s, but their best year was probably 1955. They won tournaments at Winkler, Vita, Carman, St. James, Plum Coulee and two in Manitou. They also won the Southeastern Manitoba League championship with a pair if 1-0 wins in a best of three series against Miami (Miami took game 2, 2-0.

The Plum Coulee Pirates were a great tournament team and were well known and respected. They won 7 tournaments in 1955, and in 1956 was equally as good, especially when pilot Mound picked the two best teams to play at their fair day. Belmont from the west and Plum Coulee from the east. plum Coulee won 6-4, in a tremendous game.

The Pirates were a very well balanced team with great speed, good pitching and strong hitting.

Carman Goldeyes 1983-1988

The Carman Goldeyes won six consecutive Red-Boine League crowns, 1983-88 inclusive. In five of those years they beat out Western Manitoba teams for the Frank Richardson Trophy, emblematic of Manitoba’s senior chamionship. The Goldeyes won the silver medal at Western Canadian championship tourney in Red Deer, 1984.

Harvey Williamson

Wimpy Williamson played 25 years with the Belmont A’s as a right fielder and terrific power hitter. Wimpy played 2-3 tournaments a week in North Dakota, southern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. He won July 1st tournaments in both Neepawa and Morden. Wimpy was part of the Belmont team that won the Central Manitoba Baseball Association (8 leagues) championship in 1952. He played against touring teams, including Muskogee Cardinals. Wimpy loved baseball and roll-your-own cigarettes.

Tony Tascona

Tony Tascona played as an under age player at midget and juvenile levels, then played junior with Elmwood Giants and St. Boniface Native Sons. Tony was with the Brandon Greys in 1948 when they won the Manitoba Senior Baseball title, and then for the next season went to Winnipeg Reos. Tony was a good fielder, hitter, and excellent bunter. Tony was also a strong hockey player, but he left sports as a young man to pursue a career in art. Tascona has received many awards for artistic endeavors. Tony became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1996.