Gary Keating

Gary Keating played with over 25 teams over his baseball career. He pitched for Brandon Cloverleafs in five decades and spent 18 years in the M.S.B.L. with Brandon (8), Dauphin (8), Hamiota (1), and St. Lazare (1). Keating was the M.S.B.L. pitcher in 1967 with an 8-3 record with Hamiota and was MVP for the Dauphin Redbirds in 1973. Gary was a three time member of Team Toba, who won a silver medal in 1973 at Edmunston, NB. Gary won the Manitoba title in 1973-76-80 and was one of the best southpaw pitcher’s in the M.S.B.L. during this time. Keating was the winning pitcher for Brandon and drove in winning runs in the Manitoba finals in 1980 against the Carman Goldeyes. Gary also played with the Westman Merchants in 1972 in the Canadian Major Fastball League.

Gordon Hunter

Gordon Hunter played first base and was a south paw pitcher with the Riverside Canucks from 1952-1975. Gordon started a 28 year Senior career at age 15 with Wawanesa and he later played for the Brandon Mental Hospital team and Brandon Cloverleafs. Hunter was an excellent bunter and defensive player. In 1962 Hunter hit .419, which was second best in the M.S.B.L. Hunter was Riverside Field Manager from 1968-71 and from 1968-71 Riverside Canucks were M.S.B.L. champions in 1968, M.S.B.L. first All Star team in 1968, M.S.B.L. Pennant winners in 1969, and M.S.B.L. second All Star team from 1962-65, 67, 71. Gordon was an excellent all around athlete.

Jack Hrehirchuk

Jack Hrehirchuk played Senior Baseball for six years with Grandview, Gilbert Plains and Dauphin. Jack pitched a no hitter for the Dauphin Redbirds against Erickson. Hrehirchuk was also involved in Minor and Senior Baseball in Dauphin as a player, coach and umpire. He was on the Executive of the Dauphin Minor Baseball League, including a term as President during this 30 year period. Jack served on the Executive of the Dauphin Redbirds for ten years and umpired in the M.S.B.L. for ten years. He also served as Secretary- Treasurer of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame for 4 years and is currently a Board Member. Jack was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Honour Society in 2005 and has also played a Major role in Dauphin as a coach, administrator and referee in hockey and community affairs.

Len Gzebb

Len Gzebb was a great Junior player for the Elmwood Giants from 1946-1950. In 1950 Gzebb was Captain of the Elmwood Giants and was made Tribune All Star Team for third consecutive year. Gzebb turned to coaching in 1951 and led Elmwood to the Juvenile Championship. In 1952 he moved to coach the Juniors and was All Star coach or Manager from 1952-1955. Len served on the Executive of the Junior League and organized the CKRC Redeyes team that raised thousands of dollars for charities. Throughout the seventies Len coached and organized baseball at Melrose Community Centre. Len Gzebb was the main force and organizer behind the 100 year Baseball reunion in 1974, which attracted over 1000 attendees and was also on the Committee that reorganized the Elmwood Giants Baseball Club in 1977. In the 80’s Len served on the Advisory board for the Giants and helped organize Elmwood’s 75 year reunion in 1983. Len was also very active in community activities and charitable organizations.

Steve Derewianchuk

Steve Derewianchuk was a very vocal catcher with Vita Cubs, Tolstoi Jets, Winkler Royals, and Rossburn. Derewianchuk was a feared hitter, fast runner and also did some pitching. He was an All Star Catcher in the United States Dominion League and later in the South East Border League. In 1955 he helped Vita win the States-Dominion League Championship. In 1956 Derewianchuk played with the Vita Cubs in the States Dominion League where they won the pennant. In 1956 Steve caught for Tolstoi helping them win N.W. States League Championship where they won 27 out of 33 games. Derewianchuk also helped Vita in the South East Border League Championship in 1959 and was voted MVP in the Championship. After retirement from Baseball he continued in slow pitch and was a member of the 2000 Manitoba Fastball Provincial Champs in the 65+ category.

Carey Candy

Carey Candy was a pitching ace for the Elmwood Giants from 1977-2000. Throughout his baseball career Candy also played for Teulon Cardinals, Kildonan Mudcats, Kindersley and in Australia. Candy still holds the Manitoba Junior League record for career strikeouts (441) and strike outs in a single season (118). Carey Candy once hit six home runs in Western Canada Senior Championship in 1989. He also pitched 48 out of 56 innings for Elmwood in one playoff season and pitched 16 2/3 innings in one day leading Elmwood to the Senior Championship victory over Brandon in 1994.

Pat Angers

Pat Angers was a versatile player who usually pitched or played third. He was also a tremendous clutch hitter and helped Miami win five consecutive Provincial finals from 1952-56. Pat played Senior baseball from 1958-62 and 1971-80 with Miami, Selkirk, Keewatin, Binscarth, Fort Whyte, Precious Blood, Neepawa, and Carman. He played third base on Team Canada at the World Championships in 1972 in Nicaragua. Pat received the M.S.B.L MVP award in 1974 leading the Neepawa Cubs to the league finals with a 5-1-1 pitching record, four homeruns and a .357 batting average.Later, Pat coached in the Neepawa Minor Baseball Association. Angers was a highly competitive outstanding athlete and he excelled in several sports.

Neil Andrews

Neil Andrews was a tireless volunteer who had a great sense of humour. Andrews involvement in baseball began as a volunteer in 1983. Andrews was the founder of both the Westman Super League of Curling and the Brandon Ora Dental Marlins Senior Baseball team. Neil started the Ora Dental Marlins Senior Baseball team in 1995 and continued to manage the team. Neil guided the Marlins to four Manitoba Senior Baseball League titles. Andrews also coached minor and senior baseball in Brandon. As a coach he taught his players respect for the game as well as themselves. Although he was very demanding he wanted the best for his players. Neil Andrews was a fiery competitor and never had any trouble speaking his mind. He was the director of the Westbran Stadium Group since its inception. Westbran Stadium in Brandon was renamed Andrews Field after Andrews because of his involvement at the Stadium and in sports Manitoba. Neil Andrews helped not only the Manitoba Senior Baseball League, but Minor Baseball and baseball throughout the entire province as well.