Joe Pethybridge

Joe Pethybridge was a third baseman in Winnipeg during his younger days until he served in the army for 5 1/2 years (four overseas), was a D-Day veteran and then returned to Carman and coached minor baseball. In 1963 Joe acted as the manager for the Western Canada Pee Wee Championships,and again in 1965 for the Manitoba Midget Championships. Joe also managed the Goldeyes, with Fred Walker as coach. In 1967 Joe participated in the Carman Pan Am Games facility committee, and later in 1968 finished second in the Greater Winnipeg Baseball League. In 1969 with 25-3-2 record, the Goldeyes advanced to junior nationals in Sarnia where they won silver medals, and in 1970 they hosted the junior nationals in Carman. In 1981 Pethybridge was selected as Carman`s Citizen of the Year for many contributions to the community. Then in 1983 received the Goldeyes Alumni Award, elected to the M.B.A. Honour Society, and was fondly referred to as Carman’s “Mr. Baseball”.

Stan Nichol

Stan Nichol was one of a family of fourteen born on a farm west of Warren, Manitoba. He started to pitch for a senior team at fourteen years old, and performed in the last 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s ,for the most part in the Interlake region but did go to tournaments in Plumas and Gladstone. Nichol had a good fastball, an exceptional drop ball and very good control. he was a good hitter, a fine bunter, and a very fast runner. Stan was “a cut above the rest” and had opportunities to turn pro and train for the Olympics but chose to stay with his widowed mother on the farm.

Frank McKinnon

Frank Mckinnon was a player and builder of the sport of baseball and he was known for his slick fielding. McKinnon was a dynamic second baseman for the Brandon Cloverleafs from 1950-56 and for the Hamiota Red Sox from 1957-63. he was a great team leader and he helped the Cloverleafs win their first tournament in 1950 at Ninette. McKinnon paced the Cloverleafs to finals with Notre Dame at Indian Head. The Cloverleafs dominated Westman baseball in 1956 (with 54 wins,4 losses, and 2 tied). Barnstormng with Hamiota in 1957, won 2 M.S.B.L. pennants and championships with Hamiota in 61 and 62. From 1957-62 McKinnon won and his team won the Birtle tourney six times. McKinnon went on to act as supervisor of Brandon Minor Ball in 1955, as co-coach for the Hamiota juveniles and juniors to the Manitoba crown in 1958. In 1967 McKinnon was on the Carman Pan Am baseball committee, from 1978-90 he acted on the Carman Minor Baseball executive, and acted as a coach, manager, and umpire. In 1990 McKinnon was the manager of the Carman Goldeyes Bison team, who ranked as Manitoban Champions, and were fourth in Canadians at Abbottsford, BC. McKinnon was also prominant in hockey as a player, coach and administrator, and life member of Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada.

Eddie McDonald

Eddie McDonald was an outstanding southpaw pitcher, outfielder, and hitter with West End Memorials juveniles from 1945-47, the Carman Cardinals pre Mandak team but mainly imports form 1948-49, Gilbert Plains Man-Sask. League form 1950-52, Grandview , Man.-Sask. League from 1953-60, the C.U.A.C. Blues, Winnipeg Senior and Fort Whyte tournament team from 1956-60, and he played for the Carman Cubs, who were the Winnipeg Senior League champions in 1963.McDonald possessed a great speed on the bases and in outfield, some of his home runs were tape measure jobs, and he struck out eighteen Rosedales in a nine inning 7-6 victory in 1947.

John Hindle

From 1958-68 Hindle played for the Norberry Community Club, from 1969-73 for the St. Boniface Legionnaires Juniors, from 1975-77 for the Grandview Lakers, and from 1978-85 for the St. Boniface Native Sons, and the Redboine Senior Baseball League. In 1988 Hindle played Twilight baseball for several years with Giroux A’s. Hindle coached the Norbury Bronco’s from 1969-70, Western Canadian Finalists in Settler, Alberta (1969). From 1986-73 John coached the Grendall Community Club. From 1985-88 Hindle acted as the Boni-Vital Baseball Association Executive, in 1982 was the president of the Redboine Senior Baseball League. Hindle continued to build the sport of baseball in 2002 as the Director of the MBA, in 2003 as the President of the Manitoba Junior Baseball League. Hindle also founded and currently still owns the business of Home Run Sports Sporting Goods, and introduced blastball to Manitoba. Also from 1994-2001 John Hindle acted as the General manager of the Winnipeg Goldeyes (with increased attendance every year), and spear headed the most successful all star game in Northern League history of Winnipeg in 2001.

Russel Ford

Russ Ford was a great right handed pitcher who had a 99-71 record with a 2.59 E.R.A. over seven major league seasons (he started 170 games and completed 126). Ford left Brandon at age of nine and played minor pro for several years starting in 1905 with the Atlanta Crackers. Ford discovered the emery pitch in 1907 and in 1910 his record with the New York highlanders (Yankees) was 26-6. Ford struck out 20 and walked 70 with a 1.65 ERA. In 1911 Ford went 22-11 and 26 complete games with a sixth place team, and in 1913 he went 12-18 with a seventh place club. Ford refused a pay cut with New York and went to Buffalo in the Federal League (1914) where his record was 21-6 with a 1.82 ERA. Canadian baseball historian, William Humber in his book, Diamonds of the North, calls Ford “Manitoba`s greatest baseball star.”

Paul Chartrand

Chartrand was a right handed pitcher who played for fifteen teams over thirty years (1961-91) in Canada and Australia, including three prarie provinces. Caldwell played on Team Manitoba in First Canada Summer Games at Halifax (1969) and again in 1972 when Canadian championships were in Brandon. He played for St. Laurent Alouettes, Warren, Blamoral, Transcona Atomic, St. Lazare Athletics, Ste. Agathe Bisons, and McAuly Blazers from 1961-74.Chartrand played in Brisbane Major Baseball League on the Queensland State Team and Australian National Team (1974-82). Chartrand led Queensland with two wins in tri State series in 1974 at Sydney N.S.W. He pitched a 209 strikout no hitter on October 21, 1979 against Ipswich Musketeers. Chartrand had a 15-3 record with 1.51 ERA in first year 1974-75. In 1983 he played for the Saskatoon Patrick Liners, who won bronze medals at Canadians in Sudbury. From 1984-91 Chartrand played for the Teulon Cardinals and Elmwood Giants in Redboine Senior League, struck out sisteen batters in a five inning tournament game at annual Kenora tournament game. Chartrand had a 6-2 record with the Calgary Giants in 1974. Paul Chartrand is now a teacher and law professor at the Universtiy of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Lynn Caldwell

Lynn Caldwell was an excellent player who was chosen as M.S.B.L. third baseman on the 40 year all star team, voted M.S.B.L. first all star team nine times, and second all star team three times. Caldwell’s batting average in 13 seasons was .285 and he led M.S.B.L. in RBI’s for three consecutive years. Caldwell played with the Oil Dome all stars at Davenport, Iowa Pony Championships (1957), Hamiota won M.S.B.L. pennant in 61, 62, 64, 65, 67 and league championship in 62, 63, 64.

Ab Bruce

Ab Bruce was a power hitting catcher, strong throwing arm, tough competitor, and was respected by everyone. He played for the Charleswood Juveniles in 1948, the C.U.A.C. Blues from 1949-52, played in three all star games, and in 1952 had three hits including a game winning home run in the fifth at Osborne Stadium. Bruce also received the American Legion Post Trophy as league M.V.P. From 1953-60 Bruce played for C.U.A.C. in Winnipeg, and from 1955-60 he was an original member of the Fort Whyte tournament team, he was known for hitting high averages in his 13 year career and was also an excellent hockey player.