Virden Oil Dome All-Stars 1957

In 1955 a team was organized in Mid-Western Manitoba to compete in the Manitoba Little League. Due to a certain technicality, the team was unable to join the league and had to satisfy their desire to play by competing in exhibition games. They even defeated the League Champions and went on to represent the province in several exhibition matches.

In 1957 the Oildome League was organized as a part of the PONY League (Protect our Nations Youth). PONY had begun in the early 1950’s to give youngsters the opportunity to play competitive sport and be involved in the life of a team. Many saw sport as an excellent way to teach and entertain these children, therefore keeping them out of trouble.

Initially, there were only four teams in the Oildome PONY League, Crandall, Decker, Kenton, and Virden. The quality of play amongst these young teams was extraordinary. An All-Star team was selected from the players of each of these towns to compete at a Provincial Play-Down. Laurie Artiss, Charlie Lee, and Bruce Knight were instrumental in bringing the team together.

The All-Star team proved to be highly successful, going on to win the Rural Manitoba Championships. This allowed the Oildome All-Stars to compete against the reigning Manitoba Champions, the Winnipeg South Division All-Stars. The Oildome All-Stars went on to win the series 2-1, giving them the opportunity to represent Manitoba in the Canadian PONY League Championships.

They Oildome Allstars went on the win the Canadian PONY League Championships.

Oakland Braves 1957–1963

The Oakland Braves were an amalgamation of players from Nesbitt and Wawanessa. Traditionally these two teams had been rivals, but a lack of players brought them together in 1957. The played in the South Central League.

The team was often successful in league and tournament play. Their most notable year was 1961. They won the League Championship game that year, beating the Brandon Cloverleafs 13–0 in the final game. After defeating Cartwright the Oakland Braves advanced to the final series of the South Manitoba Baseball Association. They won the title of Southern Manitoba Champions after defeating Reston in two straight games. Oakland then went on to defeat Rivers in the battle of the Northern and Southern Manitoba Leagues.

Blight Bros

Floyd Blight

Born on May 4, 1927–September 17, 1993

Floyd was an excellent pitcher who started playing senior ball at 15 years old. He was a strong power hitter, who was the only player to hit one over the Oakville School, and drilled the longest homer ever hit at the Kenora-Keewatin Tournament. Floyd played 30 tournaments in 1949 throughout June and July. Floyd played mainly for Oakville and Poplar Point, but did some pitching for Portage and Neepawa (at Clear Lake).

Don Blight

Born on February 22, 1930.

“Ding” started playing senior ball at age 14 and played until age 40 with teams like Poplar Point, Portage, Neepawa, MacGregor, Fort Whyte, Carman Cardinals and Oakville. Don started as shortstop, later was catcher, and primarily played tournament baseball.

Ken Blight

Born December 14, 1933.

Ken was a southpaw pitcher who started with Portage at age 24 against Poplar Point. Ken played three years with Oakville in a junior league with Winnipeg Maroons, Portage and MacGregor, in late 40`s and early 50`s. Ken played first base, outfield and pitcher for 17 years, played tournament ball extensively, and pitched a 3-2 win over Winnipeg Buffaloes for Neepawa.

Boissevain Centennials 1991–1996

From 1991-1996 the Boissevain Centennials dominated the South West League and were regular attendees at the Manitoba Senior AA Championships where they often took home the titles.

The team won the S.W.B.L. title each year from 1991-1994 and again in 1996. In 1993 and 1994 they finished their season undefeated.

In 1991 and 1996 the Centennials won the Manitoba Senior AA Championship. In 1992 and 1993 they qualified for the provincial competition and made it to the semi-finals.

In 1996 at the Senior AA Championships held at Grandview the team gave up only five runs in their first five games thanks to M.V.P. pitcher, Junior Brake.

Miami Baseball Club 1956–1961

From 1956–1962 the Miami Senior Team played in the South Central Border League (also known as the South Central League and South Eastern Manitoba League). The team often competed against local teams such as Winkler, Altona, Plum Coulee, Carman, Roland, and Morden. The league expanded to include several teams from the United States, allowing the Miami team to compete against Cavalier, Walhall, and Neche out of North Dakota.

The team consisted of players from neighbouring towns, including Manitou, Graysville, Altamont, and Roland. Many of these players have been previously inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame as individuals and as a part of other successful teams.

The team was extremely successful in this league, winning the League in 1956, 1957, 1958, and 1960. They went on to win the Play-off Championships in each of these years except 1957 when they lost to Carman in the semi-finals.

They were often victorious when they travelled to local tournaments. In the Annual Morden Tournament held on July 1st saw them in the finals each year from 1956-1960. In 1957 and 1960 they took hold the title of tournament champions.