Vince Eastman

Vince Eastman was one of the very elite Senior AAA pitchers in Manitoba during the 1990’s. A real workhorse with a rubber arm and great control Vince had a lengthy career that also included success pitching for US College, professional Prairie League, and Senior AA teams. Vince was a regular all-star in the MSBL with five second team and three first all star selections. He led the Neepawa Farmers to their only provincial title in 1997 by posting a league best 8-1 regulat season record and a 5-0 playoff MVP performance. That year Vince was also named the Senior AAA player of the Year by Baseball Manitoba. He was named the top pitcher at the Western Canadians with the title winning MSBL all-stars in 2000. Vince was always heavily recruited throughout his career by Manitoba teams at all levels of competition from Bison to Senior AAA to pitch at Provincial, Western, and Canadian championships. This was not only because of his obvious talent but also his durability, competitiveness, and sportsmanship.

“It is my pleasure to introduce to you Vince Eastman, it was kind of interesting to hear Shaun Cory talk about Vince because this is unconventional too, Vince pitching credentials are outstanding, he was a work horse and had a natural flow with his pitches a couple of stats still hold at the University of McGreggor. The Neepawa Farmers have over the three year period strikeouts 228 batters in 225 innings, while walking only 68. In 1997 he capped a great season in Neepawa winning their only triple A  title being the triple A senior player of the year. He was a dominant player at all levels, and this was shown by his appearances in Nationals, Westerns, and provincials. He was always one of the first pitchers added to Manitoba rosters because he had the ability to take the game to the next level. I had the pleasure to follow Vinnys career with my son witnessing the great performances, the boys attended clinics he was involved in, Eclips baseball school is usually one of those ones a few of those guys taught in, Vinny was there. He took time with the next generation and gave back to the game,  Vinny  finished off his career where he took a very young team to the championship and taught them how to play the game to win. Vinny took a lot of pride of being a player for his team. And being a coaches player, he loves all of his coaches and he loves the game, Congratulations Vinny and welcome to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Well Deserved”

Charlie Argue

Charlie Argue was the early driving force for several decades behind the still operating Border Baseball League. He served as president from 1930-60. Before, during, and after his long-time service as president, he was also involved as a coach, manager, team organizer, and even groundskeeper when necessary. For example, he coached and managed his hometown Marther Mudhens team for 20 years. Charlie also worked tirelessly for the young people and for the game of baseball in the communities of the RM of Roblin where he served as Reeve for 25 years. Although such long-term dedication doesn’t show up in any traditional baseball statistics Charlie deserves to be remembered and celebrated as a worthy Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame member.

“Chairman, honored inductees, other honored guests, ladies and gentleman, it is my honor and privilege to act as the presenter on behalf of the board of directors for the induction of Mr. Charles Argue. Charlie Argue was born in 1904 in the Clearwater Area, about an hour west of here, and in 1928 moved a little further west to the community of Mather, where he spent the rest of his life. Records indicate that baseball was being played and teams were being formed as early as 1908, however, when Charlie arrived in 1928 there was no ball being played in Mather. We really dont know an awful lot about Charlie as a player, except that as a boy and at a young man he played and fell in love with the game. But we do know that most of his life he worked tirelessly and did everything and anything associated with baseball. He also worked on the premise that any kid and every kid that wanted to play the game, should get a chance to play. In the spring of 1930 a meeting was held in a train station in Mather the result was the formation of the South Central Boarder Baseball League. Comprised of four teams including Mather, somewhere along the line the South Central part of the name was dropped, and I think as long as I can remember it has been known simply as the Boarder Baseball League. The league in some form has upgraded every year since with possibly the exception of the war years. In 1960 Charlie Argue was presented with a plaque by the league in recognition of his thirty years of dedicative service as president of the league, thirty consecutive years.  Let your minds wander back and imagine the depth of the passion and commitment of Charlies and many others like him. Can you imagine all the time that must have been spent, nurturing the game and the league. The trials of tribulation of the dirty thirties, and the war years, and then into the gory years of baseball in Manitoba, during all years which he was the driving force, now I would like to tell you a couple of little stories about the man, he coached and managed teams of kids of all ages, if for some reason the kid didnt have a ride one he would just let him know and he could come and get them, and he must have done it dozens of times, just to be sure the kids would get their chance to play. There was a young guy who had a  vision problem who really wanted to play ball. Charlie made it possible. He coached him he helped him encouraged him and he became a pretty good ball play, who still has a love for the game. The guy who is now a proud grandfather, and he may say to this day because of him poor vision no other folk would have ever let him play with out Charlie. Another boy wants to play ball, time are tough and he doesn’t have a glove and he is left handed, only one on the team, the other boys shared their gloves with him so he played his first season with a borrowed glove worn on the wrong hand, that year at a school Christmas concert there was a parcel under the tree from Santa, addressed to this young man inside was a glove for the right hand, we know this happened the same way on at least one other occasion, no one knows for sure but everyone that knows the story believes that Santa had the middle name of Charlie. After about 40 years of involvement Charlie decided it was time to take a step back, so the team purchased a gold watch, they tried to present him with this watch but he basically told them, that in good conscious he could not accept it because he contributed what he could with the expectation of no reward, and just for the love of the game, sometime later Charlie suffered a stroke, for several years he went to almost all home games and sat on the bench, kept the score, kept the stats and did everything else he was able to do, Charlie spent most of his life actively involved in baseball it seems only fair that tonight we recognize the founding father of the boarder league, a president for that league for over thirty years and an active participant for another 20+ years. He and others like him, gave so much to creating a sold foundation for hundreds of kids, all along this board to learn to play and to have places to play.He obviously had a passion and a love for the game, and deserves to be remembered and celebrated for his immense contribution to our area, the province as a whole and to the game. If Charlie were alive he probably wouldn’t be here tonight to accept this honor kind of like the gold watch story, however, we have a number of his family here tonight, including his daughter, son and grandchildren and great grandchildren, I am joined on the stage tonight with his daughter, grandson, and great grandson. Now it is my honor on behalf of all of those who knew him and appreciated all he did for the game, please welcome the family and recognize our newest inductee into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Charles Argue.”

Charlie Argue 1966 Newspaper Article

Charlie Argue, 1955 South West Border League All Star Game Newspaper Article

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

Lane Curry

Lane Curry has been an outstanding performer on the field and valuable contributor off the field to baseball in Manitoba. Always a dangerous hitter Lane was an all-star in the Border League, Manitoba Junior League, the Manitoba Senior League and was often picked up by other teams for Westerns and National play. He was a member of the Manitoba champion St. Boniface team in 1988 and MSBL champions Hamiota Red Sox in 1990 and Riverside Canucks in 1992. Lane acted as playing manager/coach for Senior AA teams from 1997-2004 in Manitou, Lorne, Altona, and Morden winning three League championships. Lane is even more recognized for his tremendous effort in coaching and promoting baseball as a Baseball MB clinician, high school and minor baseball coach, and as a team Manitoba coach at the 1997 Summer Games. At Mayville State University Lane won the 1989 Conference Batting title and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame both as a baseball and football player on 1990 teams.

 

“Good evening everyone, I appreciate the job of to introduce Lane Curry, I was fortunate enough to be Lanes teammate, at Mayville State University, in 1990, as well as with the Hamiota Red Sox the same year. Being a teammate of his and watching him in other sports, coaching with Lane at the Canada Games, are a few things that stand out to me. First of all, he was a great teammate both on and off the field, he had a positive influence and kept the team loose with his sense of humor and unique fashion sense, I remember in the late 80’s and 90’s you had the sweat pants he would wear and vintage jerseys, it encumbers everything in the 80’s and 90’s, you can just imagine how he looked out there. In general just a great person to be around,  tonight I can barely read what I wrote, I forgot my glasses, Lane didn’t give me his cause he was afraid I was going to do something with them. Lane is highly competitive and would do anything to get on base when needed, he would sometimes sacrifice a right elbow just to get on base, he is a personable player, not only a good hitter but could play any position and played them well. In fact he could play any sport and be good at it. Probably one of the best all around players and athletes I’ve ever seen, which isn’t surprising to any of us really given the amazing Zeus like athletic figure he had back in those days, its hard to believe by looking at him but that’s more nutrition and high performance training after he retired. He was just born lucky I guess, He understands the game of baseball and is a great coach, to young players. He has the unique ability to connect with the young people, I think the people who have gone under his wing have really benefited from him. His coaching and community involvement over the years has continued wherever he has lived, and I believe the community here in Morden and the surrounding area is very fortunate to have, please join me while we welcome Lane Curry as a new member of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.”