Barry Wowk

Barry Wowk played with Angusville Cardinals from 1974-83, Souris Cardinals in 1984 and 86, and the Brandon Cloverleafs from 1987-91. Barry served as coach/manager for the following Team Manitoba teams: in the Western Canadian’s at Brandon in 1991, Kamloops in 1992 and Red Deer in 1994. Barry served as President of the M.S.B.L. from 1997 to the present and was selected to the M.S.B.L. Honour Society in 1999 and the MBA Honour Society in 2002. Barry was a player/manager of the Simplot Millenium Baseball Park in 2000-01 and continues to be a very active baseball catcher for various Canadian and U.S. teams in competitions in Arizona, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

Joe Wiwchar

Joe was and still is actively involved as a builder of the sport of baseball. Joe coached from 1953-98 continuously, 1953-65 with Earl Grey C.C. (pony, colt, colt grad), and coached South End Sioux to league title in 1966 and ’67. In 1968 Joe coached the Fort Rouge Mallards (Manitoba-Saskatchewan), reps to Canadian Junior Championships, and in 1971 the Morden Beavers to gold in Manitoba and silver at Westerns. From 1971-98 Joe coached the Morden Mohawks, who won 14 league crowns, the Morden midgets in 1973 and ’75, he coached the Manitoba Juniors to silver medals in Canada Games at St. John’s Newfoundland in 1977. Joe coached the Manitoba Bisons to gold at Westerns and bronze at Canadians. Joe was the recipient of M.B.A. coach of the year in 1986, and volunteer of the year in 1985. From 1986-92 Joe coached the Pembina Valley Orioles juniors. In 1994 Joe chaperoned at World Children`s Baseball Fair in Japan, was coach/coordinator of baseball program (ages 8-40) La Rochelle France (1995-96), coach (’98) and manager (’97) of Manitoba Selects at Blue Jays Cup, and he served the MBA in several capacities from 1968-98.

Johnny Wilson

Johnny Wilson started with senior at 13 years of age and continued till 45 years of age. He played with brother Vic, Horace and cousin Bob with great tournament team from Tamarisk. He started in 1929 and in 1938 was shortstop for Broadview Buffalo team who won South Saskatchewan championship. In 1939 was with Coniston, Ontario, in 40’s he managed Gilbert Plains which included Orville and Roy Minish, Billy Murray, in early 1950’s he managed Grandview Maroons in Northern and Manitoba-Saskatchewan League which included many imports. He was chairman of committee to plan and build new Grandview Ball Park, opening game in 1967 featured Team Canada and Yorkton Cardinals, in 1979 Grandview Centennial Park was renamed “Wilson Memorial Park” to honour the sports contribution of John and Bob Wilson. “Johnny was the best all round ball player, we saw”, said brother Horace. “He was an outstanding shortstop, a big man who was a tremendous hitter and bunter.” Grandview Maroons purchased the Winnipeg Maroons uniforms from Bruno Haas. Johnny was an M.B.A. director, president of North West League, coached extensively, and convened provincial tournaments.

Bob Wasslen

Bob started at age 14 and for most of the next 35 years he was catcher and often manager of the Binscarth Buffaloes-Orioles. Bob was the force behind baseball in Binscarth. In the 1960s the Binscarth club contended annually for North West League championship. Bob joined M.S.B.L. in 1972 and for next 14 years never missed the playoffs. Binscarth won M.S.B.L. four times (1972, 1977, 1982, 1984) and took two Manitoba championships. Bob also played with Balmoral Orioles and Carman Cubs in Winnipeg Senior League – he was with Carman`s 1963 city championship team. Bob coached Selkirk juniors in 1989-90. He was inducted into M.B.A. Honour Society in 1993.

Gerald Vigier

Gerry pitched for Notre Dame from 1946-1965 and then managed and coached the team untill 1976. Gerry and his team won the South Central League twice, struck out sixteen St. James hitters in one game and fanned fourteen Stan Evans Orioles in another contest. Gerry was the main organizer for the prestigious Notre Dame tournament. In 1954 Notre Dame won the tournament with Gus Pantel and Gerry Vigier pitching. Vigier was picked up by several teams for tournaments and had good catchers in Bill Dunn (Dunrea), Shorty Sanderson, and Henry Daudet (Notre Dame).

Barry Swanton

Barry Swanton played, coached, managed, administered, and promoted baseball for more than fifty years. He was shortstop and leadoff hitter for many Hamiota teams, and all star at second base for the North division in 1955 in the Manitoba Midget League while playing for CUAC Blues. He was starting center fielder in the 11th annual Tribune Junior league All Star game at the Winnipeg Stadium. Swanton was a founding member of the North Winnipeg Minor Baseball Association. He coached with CUAC or Legion 141 teams for four years. He researched and wrote short histories of Winnipeg Goldeyes, Winnipeg Maroons, and the ManDak League. He also wrote a book in 2006 on the ManDak League as a haven for former Negro League players. Swanton was MBA Vice-President of competition for four years, 1984-1987.

Garth (Smokey) Seafoot

Played or managed Riverside Canucks for 4l years( 1950 – 91) shortstop, pitcher and outfielder as one of 4 brothers, led Riverside to 7 M.S.B.L. championships and 5 M.B.A. crowns, was M.S.H.L. all star l7 times, led Team Manitoba 5 times ( 1 as coach and 4 as manager) won two Western Canada championships and a bronze medal at Kentville, NS, managed host M.S.B.L. all stars in 1977 Canadian championships.

Ken Seafoot

Ken Seafoot played for Riverside and Virden. Ken was one of four brothers was an original member Of Riverside (1946) and was a catcher, pitcher and manager for 17 years. Ken moved to Virden and entered the Oilers into the M.S.B.L. in 1963 where he was manager for three years. He was voted to M.S.B.L. all star team in 1961-1963. Ken received M.S.B.L. Honorary Life Membership in 1988, was M.S.B.L. umpire 1966-88, and served as umpire in chief 1969-74 (implemented umpire dress code, organized clinics, encouraged rotating umpire teams in play-offs). Ken also officiated in five Canadian Championships in Regina, Vancouver, Virden, Brandon (2) and two Western Canada Championships.

Jim Scott

Born in 1908, he was the catcher and often the manager for McConnell`s strong teams of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. A highly respected leader on and off the field.

Gladwyn Scott

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.