16 December, 2014
Western Canada Baseball may always be a work in progress. Ironic isn't it? There's always something new to uncover about the past. Over time, the site has evolved into more of a Canada / Northwest USA site, but we'll keep the original title for ... old times' sake.
The aim is pretty basic -- an attempt to rediscover the joys of baseball back in those much simpler (and many would say, better) times. A look back at a tumultuous period in North America.
It's a tip of the cap to some extraordinary people who filled out those tattered uniforms at Sportsman's Park and other dusty fields across the prairies and elsewhere across the country.
Much remains to be done. There's a wealth of information to be uncovered. But, it's a start. Enjoy.
Why it's worthwhile:
" ... Thank you for recording my small scratch in the sand of baseball history. It's true that I wasn't very good, but I had the opportunity to enjoy all the pleasures that this wonderful game has to offer.
I will always treasure that, and if nothing else, through your site I'll be able to verify to my grandchildren that people really did come to see me play."
Greg Seastrom (From Fresno State University to the Vulcan Elks for the summers of 1955 & 1956)
" ... My father played for Edmonton in 1958 after winning a National Championship at SC ... Today my father is 64 years old and ... the Internet is a little above his head. None the less, I showed him and my friends and family your site. My father was amazed, along with the rest of us.
Great site ... My father's face was unforgettable when he saw his picture and all his old friends. I grew up hearing stories about my father playing here or there so it was nice to actually see what it was all about.
I commend you and your site. Your site is a perfect example of all the good the internet has to offer. The enjoyment my dad got from seeing his old friends and teammates was priceless. Keep up the good work. Impressed and thankful."
Don Biasotti Jr. (Don Biasotti Sr. played for the Edmonton Eskimos in 1958, one of the dozens of players who came to Canada from the University of Southern California.)
|"Those were marvelous times ... if I had to relive any three weeks in my life ... I'd probably pick three weeks in '47 and '48 when certain tournaments were on and go back and play ball. It was just marvelous, and you know I've been to Moscow three times and Japan 14 times on business, and lived in New York, lived in Los Angeles, lived in Miami, lived in Venezuela 12 years, all those were good times but none of them compared to playing semi-pro ball in rural Saskatchewan."|
Bill Gatenby (Sceptre, 40's early 50's)
Have information about baseball from the early 1900s through to the 1970s? Western Canada leagues, ManDak League, Basin League, Intercounty League, Okanagan League ? Please drop a line:
Jay-Dell Mah, Box # 952, Nakusp, BC, V0G 1R0