Bill was known as a big, strong hard-hitting shortstop. He played competitive baseball for over 20 years. Chapple played for teams from Elkhorn and Virden, and then 13 years for the Brandon Cloverleafs from 1965-77. He was named to the MSBL All-Star Team seven times. Bill led the MSBL in doubles in 1968 and RBI’s in 1969 and 1972. In 1977, he had the top playoff batting average at .414. Bill was a member of the Manitoba team at the Canada Games in 1969 and the Canadian Champion Brandon Cloverleafs team in 1971. He participated in five Canadian Senior Baseball Championships. Bill was a highly respected player who gave back to his community after his playing days as a coach and hockey referee (including many years in the Western Hockey League).
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