Russ pitched for the Brandon Colt All-Stars in 1962-63, helping them win the Western Canadian Championship in 1962. This set him off on an outstanding career of pitching and batting cleanup, playing for the Brandon Canucks in 1964-65 and the Brandon Junior Greys in 1965-66. While he was with the Greys they won two Manitoba Championships and two Western Canada runner-ups. He joined St. Lazare Athletics in 1966, where his pitching record was 4-1. In 1967 he helped the Brandon Parklane Juniors with the Canadian Junior Championship, then moved on to the MSBL to play for the Riverside Canucks in 1968-69. The Canucks were Western Division champs in 1968 and Western Canadian Champions in 1969.
These articles were gathered from the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune Collection