McKerliewas an all star catcher for Fort William Legion, who won the Northern and Central Ontario title. Almer later went to St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp at St. Petersburg, Florida in 1949. McKerlie caught five seasons for the great Carman Cardinals teams of the late 40s and early 50s. McKerlie was star catcher for three years and hit .333 one season. McKerlie played and coachedminor and senior baseball at Miami till 1963. McKerlie was an excellent umpire and hockey referee for 20 years and was elected to the M.B.A. honour Society in 1987.