Coulter Red Sox 1968

The Coulter team almost did not play the year of 1968. Before the season it seemed there were not enough players. But a trio of “recruits” from nearby Elva helped keep Coulter in the South West League. To earn a spot in League play-offs, the Coulter team had to win their final game, which they managed to do. This was the first of a series of dramatic must win games. They had win-or-go-home victories against both Goodlands and Waskada in League play-offs. Provincial play-offs featured sudden death triumphs over Elgin and Sundown. This put Coulter in the five game Provincial Final against the very good Thompson Reds team assembled by Red Sangster. Coulter was beaten handily in the two games in Thompson and then in the first of the games at home. This was the end of the season for the Coulter Red Sox. But what a season!

Springfield Junior Braves 2008-2012

The Springfield Braves were a rural Junior AA team that played out of Dugald in the Winnipeg Junior Baseball League. During the five years from 2008 through 2012, the Braves made the League final every year. They won the League championship in 2008. 2009, and 2011. In 2008 and 2009, they were awarded the Provincial Junior title by virtue of winning their League. In 2011, they defeated the Westman Diamond Dogs for the Provincial Crown.

Carillon Sultans 1996-2003

The Sultans played home games in Friedensfeld. The players for the most part were local products of the Carillon Junior team and the majority of the players are still very much involved in the Carillon Minor Baseball Association. The Sultans competed in the Winnipeg Senior League which became a very strong League after 1998 when the Red Boine League folded. The Sultans won League championships in 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2002. In 1999, they were silver medalists at the Western Canadian AA Championship tournament.

Brandon Cloverleafs 2006-2012

The Brandon Cloverleafs had a team in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League in every one of its 55 years. Among its strongest teams were the ones the Cloverleafs put on the field from 2006 through 2012. In these seven years the club won two MSBL pennants and five League and Provincial championships. At Nationals they represented Manitoba very well with a silver medal in 2007 and fourth place finishes in both 2010 and 2011. The Cloverleafs were also Baseball Manitoba’s High Performance Team of the Year in 2007.

The Sager Family

Members of the Sager family of Morden have been for many years leaders of baseball and fastball in South Central Manitoba. Father Howie was a long time player, coach, and executive best known for chairing for 20 years the Morden Committee that ran the Elks July 1 minor ball tournament. His wife Oddney worked alongside Howie as a coach and administrator in minor baseball. Oldest son Steve had an outstanding career as an all star third baseman and pitcher in Junior and Senior ball. Since 2006, Steve has coached minor, high school, and Senior teams, and won silver medals at Nationals or Westerns. Son Wayne was a talented left-handed pitcher and power hitter in Junior and Senior ball. As a coach he reached the pinnacle of success by winning gold at 1995 Westerns with the Carman Goldeyes Juniors. Daughter Jennifer may have been the most talented ball player in the Sager family. She had limited opportunities to play baseball, so opted for fastball and she excelled. She competed in five Junior Canadian championships. She went to university in Duluth, Minnesota and was named team MVP every year she played. She is now a distinguished coach and clinician.