Rod Ledochowski

  • Rod was a talented hitter, shortstop, and pitcher as well as an influential coach
  • One of very few athletes who could play with four teams in one season
  • Won the Western Canada Championships with the Elmwood Giants in 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Had a successful four-year college baseball career in North Dakota (1986-1989)
  • Distinguished career in senior baseball with the Teulon Cardinals
  • In 1999, Rod won the Manitoba AA Senior Player of the Year Award
  • Rod also coached many Teulon Minor Baseball teams, winning multiple medals and leading numerous teams to championships
  • Since 2001, Rod has been in charge of Teulon Minor Baseball
  • Rod has served for over a decade on the Interlake Minor Ball Executive

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.

Ron Toews

Toews was an impressive pitcher and short stop, he began playing in Plum Coulee at age 12 and spent much of his early career playing for his home town. He was recruited by Winkler in 1962 and 1963 to play in the Manitoba Juvenile Provincials where they won the championship. He was a member of the Plum Coulee Senior team from 1960-1964, 1965 and 1966. In 1963 this team won the local Senior League. In the summer of 1964 he joined the Brandon Cloverleafs as a pitcher and short stop. He later rejoined the team in July 1966 after spending the 1965 season in British Columbia with the Can-Am League champion Trail Smoke Eaters. He won the Manitoba Senior Baseball League Championship with the Brandon Cloverleafs in 1966 and 1967. He pitched with the St. Agathe Bisons for the Canadian Nationals in 1970. Following the end of his playing career he coached at the Greendell Community Club from 1986-1996. Won the Bonvital Championship in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1995 and later served as a Greendell Community Club Executive from 1997-1998. He also played with the Winnipeg Colonels Fastball Club and was inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame in 2008. Toews was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006 along with his family for their dedication to baseball in Plum Coulee.

Joe Teres

Joe was another tremendous shortstop for 20 years, was a speedy baserunner, a good fielder, and had a great arm. Joe was Mr. Shortstop, and Cincinnati offered him a contract in 1938. Joe joined the City Police Force in 1948 and became the first constable in 1960. Joe was appointed Chief of Police in 1974 while he was active with the East End Hockey program. Joe was president of the Kiwanis Club, and a new elementary school named Joe Teres School in 1988. His life was an example for any boy to follow.

Denny Smith

Denny Smith was a very good shortstop and lead off hitter for Hamiota teams of 1950s and 1960s. He was Part of four Hamiota Manitoba championship teams at Bantam / Juvenile/ Junior levels 1955 – 1958. He was also part of teams that won MSBL pennants in 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, and which won three MSBL play off titles in 1962, 1963, and 1964. He coached numerous Hamiota and Westman teams, 1972-1988, including six provincial championship teams in different age categories. Smith coached two silver medal teams at Western Canadian championships (1972, 1981).

Bill Siddle

Bill Siddle was an outstanding pitcher and shortstop with the Winnipeg Arenas from 1917 to 1928. He was selected as the shortstop on Manitoba’s 20th century all star team. Siddle was consistently among the leader in both hitting and stolen bases in the Winnipeg senior league of the 1920s. In 1929 he toured with the House of David baseball team. In the 1930s he umpired many league games and exhibition games in Winnipeg. He called balls and strikes in a famous 1-0 game when “Satchell” Paige struck out 17 for Bismarck to beat Chet Brewer who whiffed 13 for the Kansas City Monarchs.

Gerry Shumanski

Gerry Shumanski was a tremendous shortstop for the Dauphin Redbirds for 20 years. Gerry was MSBL’s 1st team all-star 6 times, 2nd team all-star 4 times. Gerry was a key part of teams that won MSBL championship in 1961 as well as the prestigious Birtle July 1 tournament in 1963, 65 and 66. Shumanski was always a strong lead-off hitter, and led MSBL in walks in 1968, and hit .432 in 1970. Gerry was an excellent base runner, had good range, and a strong throwing arm from short. Gerry was also well known in curling circles.

Stan Shaley

Stan was an outstanding shortstop and a tremendous hitter. He played in Regina, Kirkland Lake, and then returned to Winnipeg in 1939. He was captain and coach of C.U.A.C. Blues who won Manitoba baseball crowns in 1941-42-43-44, and consistently hit over .300. He was a great leader, and helped his brother John coach softball for many years.

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.

Jack Raleigh

Jack Raleigh was a flawless glove man who starred at first, second, and short, first being his favorite position. Raleigh was known as a daring baserunner who stole home standing up in a triple steal against Winnipeg (6-5) at Osborne Stadium on June 15, 1949. Jack was named all star second base in M.S.B.L. in 1948, won 28 consecutive games with East Kildonan Rangers who were Manitoba juvenile champions in 1941, when Jack hit .300. His team was the Winnipeg junior champions in 1942 and 1943. Throughout 1944 and 1945 Jack played with the Navy in Victoria, B.C. In 1946 Jack played for the C.U.A.C. Blues, who were runners up to Transcona , in 1947 and 1950 were Winnipeg League champions, and were runners up to St. Boniface in 1951. In 1948 Jack played with the A.N.A.F. Vets all star second base, and in 1949 was the youthful playing manager with the A.N.A.F. Vets in the provincial League. The Vets played in the Osborne Stadium with Brandon, Elmwood, and the Reo Rods in 1948 and 49. Jack moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1952.