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.

Lane Curry

Lane Curry has been an outstanding performer on the field and valuable contributor off the field to baseball in Manitoba. Always a dangerous hitter Lane was an all-star in the Border League, Manitoba Junior League, the Manitoba Senior League and was often picked up by other teams for Westerns and National play. He was a member of the Manitoba champion St. Boniface team in 1988 and MSBL champions Hamiota Red Sox in 1990 and Riverside Canucks in 1992. Lane acted as playing manager/coach for Senior AA teams from 1997-2004 in Manitou, Lorne, Altona, and Morden winning three League championships. Lane is even more recognized for his tremendous effort in coaching and promoting baseball as a Baseball MB clinician, high school and minor baseball coach, and as a team Manitoba coach at the 1997 Summer Games. At Mayville State University Lane won the 1989 Conference Batting title and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame both as a baseball and football player on 1990 teams.


“Good evening everyone, I appreciate the job of to introduce Lane Curry, I was fortunate enough to be Lanes teammate, at Mayville State University, in 1990, as well as with the Hamiota Red Sox the same year. Being a teammate of his and watching him in other sports, coaching with Lane at the Canada Games, are a few things that stand out to me. First of all, he was a great teammate both on and off the field, he had a positive influence and kept the team loose with his sense of humor and unique fashion sense, I remember in the late 80’s and 90’s you had the sweat pants he would wear and vintage jerseys, it encumbers everything in the 80’s and 90’s, you can just imagine how he looked out there. In general just a great person to be around,  tonight I can barely read what I wrote, I forgot my glasses, Lane didn’t give me his cause he was afraid I was going to do something with them. Lane is highly competitive and would do anything to get on base when needed, he would sometimes sacrifice a right elbow just to get on base, he is a personable player, not only a good hitter but could play any position and played them well. In fact he could play any sport and be good at it. Probably one of the best all around players and athletes I’ve ever seen, which isn’t surprising to any of us really given the amazing Zeus like athletic figure he had back in those days, its hard to believe by looking at him but that’s more nutrition and high performance training after he retired. He was just born lucky I guess, He understands the game of baseball and is a great coach, to young players. He has the unique ability to connect with the young people, I think the people who have gone under his wing have really benefited from him. His coaching and community involvement over the years has continued wherever he has lived, and I believe the community here in Morden and the surrounding area is very fortunate to have, please join me while we welcome Lane Curry as a new member of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.”

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.