Since the 1950s, members of the Mutcheson family of Morden have been prominent in baseball in Southern Manitoba and have made immense contributions to the sport’s popularity.
For his dedication over many years, Jim Sr was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2009 he was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. His wife Sylvia was a supporter of all sports played by the boys and coached minor baseball in Steinbach and Morden for a total of seven years. In the early 1960’s Jim and Sylvia were honoured as Morden’s Citizens of the Year.
Jim and Sylvia had six sons. All made their mark in baseball. As youngsters, several of them were part of age-group teams that represented Manitoba at Western Canadian of Canadian championships. Michael was an excellent outfielder in Junior ball for the Carman Goldeyes, then in Senior for Dauphin in the MSBL and Teulon in the Redboine League. Ray was an all-star second baseman, especially with Carman Goldeyes Juniors, with Carman and Teulon Seniors, and with all-star teams that between 1985 and 1991 won five provincial intermediate championships and three medals at Western Canadians. Jim Jr. was also a Carman Goldeye in Junior, and then he played Senior ball in Morden for several years before becoming a coach in minor ball and an umpire in the South Central League. Jack starred in centre field— first for Carman Goldeyes in Junior, then in Senior for many years with Morden—before he became an umpire who has worked many provincial and national championships. Between 1985 and 1991 he played with Ray on the league all-star teams that consistently won provincial intermediate championships. Joey was a perennial all-star at third base, with Carman Goldeyes Juniors, with Mayville State in U.S. college ball and with Morden in the Border League East. Matt was an exceptional player as a teenager and was part of three Team Manitoba Selects squads at Canadian championships. He went to Valley City College and Northern State University, and then had fourteen outstanding seasons in the MSBL with Birtle Blue Jays and Brandon Marlins. He was the MSBL Pitcher of the Year four times, MSBL Player of the Year three times, and Manitoba’s Senior AAA Player of the Year three times.