Brian Hodgson

Hodgson has been involved in Manitoba baseball as a player and umpire at an elite level since the early 1970s. He had a notable career with the Carman Goldeyes at the Junior and Senior levels from 1970-1986. They won numerous championships within the League and Province. As a member of the Carman Goldeyes Senior team he was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. He represented Manitoba at the Canadian Championships in 1971, the Western Canadian Junior Championships in 1972, 1974 and 1975, the Western Canadian Senior Championships in 1984 where they won silver. Since the completion of his playing career in 1986 he has supervised or umpired numerous Provincial and Western Canadian Baseball Championships . He has also umpired professional baseball in the Northern League and the American Association. He has served as Vice President of Umpires for Baseball Manitoba from 1996-1999 and currently serves on the Baseball Manitoba Umpire Committee. Hodgson was selected by the International Baseball Federation to serve as an umpire at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. This was the last Games to include Baseball in the Olympic program.


Bob Hodgson, Newspaper Article 1973

Bob Hodgson Newspaper Article 1974

Bob Hodgson Newspaper Article 1976

These articles are gathered from University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune Collection

Walter Hilhorst

In 1960 Hilhorst helped to organize an intermediate baseball team in Glenboro. He played with the team until 1967. In 1966 he served as the President of the South Central Intermediate Baseball League. After moving to Killarney he played for the Killarney Shamrocks from 1968-1982. After his playing days ended he coached and managed teams in Killarney minor baseball from 1983 until 1987. In 1984 he coached the Killarney Midgets to a Provincial ‘B’ Championship. He also served on the committee to re-organize intermediate baseball in Killarney, and became the general manager for newly formed Killarney Lakers from 1988-1989. He continues to serve as coach and field manager. He chaired committee to build a new baseball facility in Killarney. He also served as the chairman on the committee that brought the Western Canadian Intermediate ‘A’ Championships to Killarney in 1998. While serving as a field manager he won numerous championships; Border West All-stars Provincial champs in 1994 and 2000, Killarney Lakers west division champs 1998, Killarney Lakers league champs in 2000. In 2001 he was elected to the Baseball Manitoba Honour Society. He was also awarded the Ab Richardson Award for Sportsmanship and Dedication to Baseball in 2004 and received the M.S.B.L. Manager of the Year Award in 2005.

Mike Foster

Foster had a twenty-six year career in Manitoba baseball. He played in the Manitoba Junior League for two years before heading to Mayville State University. Upon returning to Manitoba he played in the Redboine League for fourteen years and the Manitoba Senior Baseball League for ten years. He was considered a very important member of each team he played for. He was chosen to be part of six provincial AAA teams. He represented Manitoba thirteen times at Western Canadian and Canadian championship, winning two gold and two silver medals. He was named to numerous All-star teams, including six during his time with the M.S.B.L. In 1998 he led the Legion 141 Veterans to the Manitoba Senior Championship, hitting .800 in the final series against Birtle and going 5 for 5 in the final game. In 1995 he was part of the Redboine League All-star team that defeated the Canadian National Team as it prepared for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Bev Fisher

Beginning in the 1970s Fisher coached in the Red River Valley and Elmwood areas. He coached teams in the Red River Valley League and at the North Kildonan Community Club and was the first coach of the River East Raiders in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League. In 1977 the North Kildonan Bantam team he coached won the Provincial Bantam AAA Championship. He joined the Elmwood Giants coaching staff in 1980 and served as coach for their Midget, Junior and Senior teams. He then coached the Bonvital Midget Black Sox from 2001-2004 and helped to develop the skill of the Winnipeg Wolf Team by serving as an infield coach. He has also been involved in local infrastructure as he helped to build a bantam field in North Kildonan with primarily volunteer labour and donated materials and contributed to the construction of Whittier Park. As member of the Elmwood Giants Board of Directors he has dedicated much time to upgrading the facility, installing lights and overseeing employees and volunteers.

Jack Callum

Callum became involved in Miami baseball as a player beginning in the late 1940s. In 1954, 1955 and 1956 the Jack’s team won the Rural Juvenile crown. Following his years of play he became involved in Manitoba baseball primarily as a builder and has been involved in many developments over the years. He has been greatly involved with the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, serving as Director in 1998, Vice-Chairman in 2002 and served as Chairman from 2003-2011. He now serves as a Director. As Chairman he negotiated the lease of space in the Morden Community Complex and organized the Expansion Project of 2008-2010 which resulted in the current Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Callum was also a prominent fastball player and coach of the Seven Sisters team in the North Eastern Manitoba Fastball League. He served as the league president in 1961 and 1962. He has also been highly involved in Manitoba curling as player, club president, and board member and chair of the Foundation of the Manitoba Curling Association.