Armin Gitzel

Armin Gitzel was an outstanding pitcher, outfielder, infielder, hitter, and base runner. He was a key force on the Miami team that won six consecutive Provincial championships from 1952 through to 1957. He continued his Senior playing career in the South Central Border League with the Carman Cardinals through 1961 and then with Graysville’s league championship teams of 1962 and 1963. A highlight for Gitzel was leading Carman to a league championship against Plum Coulee in 1957. In the final game he struck out 15 batters and also smashed a long home run. For many years he was prominent in the tournaments in rural communities such as Fannystelle, St. Claude, Treherne, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Carman, and Morden.

Bob Thomson

Bob Thomson was a very good pitcher and infielder for 20 years, from the late 40’s to late 60’s. Bob led Miami to many victories in South Central Baseball League and tournament play, and sometimes played with other teams. In 1949 Bob pitched and batted Poplar Point to first prize money at Morden’s popular Dominion Day tournament. Bob was also a very good hockey player who always exhibited skill and sportsmanship. As an athlete and a gentleman, he was a great role model.

Ron Ramsey

Ron Ramsey was inducted into the Player category. He played 17 years in the MSBL from 1970-86 for the Hamiota Red Sox, pitching a total of 862 innings. He was one of their top pitchers and a superb infielder. Ron was placed on the MSBL all-star team 10 times during his career. He won the top pitcher league award in 1970. He shares the MSBL record for walks received in one game (5 in 1977). Ron was recognized as a member of the All Time Senior League All Stars Second Team in the utility position. He was a member of eight teams that represented Manitoba in Western Canadian and National Championships during his career and won a silver medal with Team Manitoba in 1973. A humble man, Ron is an excellent role model for many young players.

Ed Leier

Ed was a great infielder-outfielder, a high average hitter, and a speedy baserunner. Ed started in 1943 with Morse Place juniors and excelled for nine years in junior and senior leagues, especially with Elmwood and C.U.A.C. Ed was named to junior league all-star team in 1946 and 1947, and an all-star in 1950 in ManDak League. Ed was well-known as an all-round athlete, a professional hockey player from 1949-1956, and provincial champion in 100 and 200 yard dashes.

Tony Kalechyn

Tony Kalechyn was an infielder for 32 years for teams in Grandview, Rossburn, Binscarth, Angusville, and Neepawa. Tony was on 5 Senior B championship teams. He was named to MSBL first or second all-star team in 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 and 83. Tony was a member of two Team Manitoba squads at Western Canadian championships and of one squad at Nationals in New Westminister. Kalechyn coached minor and Senior teams, was organizer of Parkland Minor Baseball and Provincial Grassroots delegate. Lately Kalechyn was involved in baseball facility maintenance including CanWest Global Park for 1999 PanAm Games. Tony was also an active coach in volleyball, basketball, badminton, and track and field.