McConnell versatile player who played at McConnell, Cardale, Foxwarren, Hamiota, Miami, Carman, all star pitcher at, Indianhead in 1955, coached for 38 years, won several provincial crowns including 3(bantam, juvenile, junior) at Hamiota in 1957, barnstormed as player coach in Hamiota in 1957. Hamiota player-coach who won prestigious Birtle July 1 tournament 7 consecutive years (55-6l ). Coach of Canada`s Pan Am team in 67, also vice president Carman Pan Am Society, M.B.A. president (83-87), general manager Canada’s Youth team at World Championships (87-89) in Windsor, Trois Rivieres, Sydney, Australia. M.B.A. Volunteer of Year in 1996. Recently inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, being the first inductee from Manitoba.