Thomas G. Smith

  • Born October 12, 1908, in Mather, Manitoba and passed away on July 5, 1982, in Winnipeg.
  • Played sports until age twenty-one until he had to have one of his legs partially amputated.
  • Moved to Steinbach in 1946 and advocated for organized youth sport in a community that was not convinced organized sport was good for their youth.
  • In Steinbach, he organized the construction of a hockey rink, now known as the T.G. Smith Arena.
  • In the mid 1950’s, Thomas organized little league baseball and in 1955 the league had three teams. By 1966, the league had double the number of teams and was continuing to grow.
  • Thomas coached, organized fundraisers, drove to tournaments and out of town games, and constantly reinforced the values of sportsmanship.
  • By 1968, when he retired from baseball, Steinbach’s little league program was thriving and some of his former players were members of successful teams within Manitoba.
  • The reputation and legacy that Thomas left in Steinbach continues to this day and is evident within the community.

Morris Mott

  • Started his baseball career playing for Creelman from little league ages, up to senior
  • Played Hockey for Father David Bauer’s Canadian National Hockey Team in Winnipeg, while dedicating the first two summers to baseball in Creelman
  • Inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 as a player
  • Played for the Elmwood Giants in 1980
  • 1991 began coaching his children’s minor ball teams
  • Involved in the establishment of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995
  • Participated in holding the first induction banquet for the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997
  • Unofficial host at Brandon University for the 1997 and 1998 Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame banquets
  • Has made the souvenir programs for the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame banquets for all 24 years
  • Became the Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2013 and has led the board for seven years

John Kroeker

  • John led and organized the construction of Diamond #1 at Quarry Park, completed in 1995
  • Coached Minor baseball 1987-1993
  • Chairman for Western Canadian Bantam Championship in 1992
  • 1994 Baseball Manitoba Volunteer of the Year
  • Chairman for Manitoba Senior AA provincials in Stonewall in 1995
  • Chairman for the National Midget Championship in 1995
  • Volunteer for Quarry Park Ball Diamond maintenance 2017-2018
  • Committee member for the Western Canada Senior Championship



Andrew Halpenny

  • Began his baseball career with Selkirk Minor ball
  • Played with Team Manitoba in 1989 at the National Youth Select Tournament where they earned bronze
  • Selected as all-star catcher for the National Youth Select Tournament in 1989
  • Represented Canada in the World Junior Championships in Trois Rivers, Quebec in 1989
  • 1989 Manitoba Baseball Player of the Year
  • 1989 Interlake Athlete of the Year
  • Finalist for the Manitoba Athlete of the Year award
  • In 1990, Andrew participated for Team Manitoba, and placed third
  • Andrew represented Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Havana, Cuba during 1990 as they placed 3rd
  • Received a baseball scholarship to the National Baseball Institute in Vancouver, BC
  • Signed by the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1994 where he played three years with the team
  • Opened Western Canada’s first indoor baseball and softball teaching facility, where he has helped 117 high school athletes fulfill their dream of playing in a university program


Blaine Fortin

  • Outstanding player at several positions as he started his baseball career with Lundar Minor Baseball. He moved on to play for the Interlake Orioles, Legion 141, and the Teulon Cardinals
  • Drafted in the 6th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1995
  • Played minor league baseball for the Blue Jay’s affiliates in Dunedin, St. Catherine’s and Medicine Hat
  • Put up a solid .329 batting average while playing in Medicine Hat
  • Played for Team Manitoba, and Team Canada
  • MBA Youth Athlete of the Year in 1994
  • Canadian Player of the Year in 1994
  • Manitoba Junior Baseball batting average title in 1994
  • Manitoba Youth Athlete of the Year in 1995
  • Chosen to play on Team Canada for the World Championships in Brandon, Manitoba where he put up a .346 tournament batting average
  • Played in the 1997 season for the Winnipeg Goldeyes
  • Served as president of Interlake Minor Baseball association for four years
  • Member of the Baseball MB Grassroots and Competition committee
  • Career fielding percentage of .993 as a catcher

Ron Arnst

  • Born May 12, 1950, from Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Ron grew up playing minor ball in Saskatchewan
  • Well known and respected play-by-play and in-house game announcer
  • Play-by-play announcer for radio CKLQ 1977-1988
  • Park announcer for the Winnipeg Goldeyes home games since 1994
  • Supported MSBL by broadcasting the local games
  • Play-by-play for Wester Canadian Championships
  •  Announced for the Canadian National Senior tournaments held in the Westman area
  • Helped bring the 1991 World Youth Championships to Brandon, Manitoba as he was on the organizing committee
  •  Announcer for the Winnipeg Goldeyes program as they won the 1994 Northern League title


Bob Senff

Bob Senff was a Winnipegger who moved to Virden in 1971 and in 1980 began to umpire. Over the next thirty years he was a highly respected umpire in Western Manitoba. He worked primarily in the MSBL, but for two years also handled games in the Prairie League of Professional Baseball. He also regularly umpired in other leagues like at Western Canadians, Manitoba Regionals or Provincials, and at National tournaments including the first Women’s National tournament held in St. James. Senff served in administrative positions such as assignor of umpires for Senior leagues, Umpire-in-Chief of the MSBL, and member of the Disciplinary Committee of Baseball Manitoba. He especially remembers umpiring a Senior game in which his two sons played against each other and singing both the Canadian and American National Anthems before umpiring Prairie League games.

Greg Cameron

Greg Cameron achieved early success in baseball when he was a member of the Souris Little League team that won the 1961 Manitoba championship. As a Juvenile in 1967, Cameron captained the team from Souris that won the Western Canadian title. The next year he joined the Souris Senior Cardinals and the team won the MSBL pennant. He went on to play a total of 12 more years of Senior ball with Souris and Riverside. He played in four Canadian Senior AAA championships. After retiring, Cameron turned to coaching minor ball in Boissevain. In 1994, he co-coached the Oil Dome Pee Wee All Stars to a Manitoba title. This earned them a trip to Nationals in North Bay, Ontario. Cameron has also convened several provincial championship tournaments in Boissivain and currently acts as announcer and scorekeeper for the Senior Boissevain Centennials.

Bruce Stehpens

As both a player and a builder, Bruce Stephens belongs in the Hall of Fame. He was part of his hometown Cardale’s 1968 Manitoba and Western Canadian Midget champion. In 1972, he was on Manitoba’s Junior representative at Nationals. That same year, he was a rookie and the all star catcher in the MSBL with Binscarth Orioles, who were both League and Provincial champions. In 1973, Stephens moved to Deloraine. For many seasons he played for and coached the Royals of the South West League. He was a perennial all star as well as five time League batting champion. His Royals won the 1983 Western Canadian title. While playing, Stephens also coached minor ball. He led Deloraine’s first Provincial championship Pee Wee team. He represented Manitoba at Westerns and Nationals ten times as a player or coach. He also served Baseball Manitoba as Treasurer and for many years as a coaching clinician.

Jason Mateychuk

Jason has posted an extensive resume as a player, coach, and builder for the great sport of baseball in Manitoba. He had an outstanding junior career from 1987-92 with the Elmwood Giants and excelled as a pitcher, first baseman, and power hitter. Jason had a four year career at Mayville State and was All-conference in 1993.  He began his Senior career in 1993 and from 1995-2004 was player-coach with the Carillon Sultans of the Winnipeg Senior League. The Sultans won five league championships and the 2003 Provincial Senior A title. Jason was player-coach of the Franklin Border Kings of the Border East League from 2005-11 and won four more league championships. His still active coaching career involves success at all levels from Grass Roots & High Performance to Junior, Senior, and Provincial teams. He also still contributes to Baseball Manitoba and Minor Baseball in clinician and executive capacities.