Maurice Oakes played minor ball in Gladstone, then played eight seasons with Dauphin and Brandon in MSBL where he averaged .312 over the eight years. He was chosen a league first team all star three times (1966, 1969, 1970) and a second team all star two times (1965, 1971). In 1966 his team won both MSBL pennant and league championship, won MSBL championship in 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, and won Canadian championship in 1971. He was part of the 1967 Pan Am Games Team. His career highlight was the 10-9 win over Cuba at the 1967 Pan Am Games where he had three hits, including a home run. He also caught a fly ball in driving rain in right field to record the final out. Following the game he played the Last Post on his trumpet. Oakes was known for his great versatility and team leadership. He is also a member of the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.