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Imperial 400's Fastball Club

Canadian Junior Fastball Champions, 1978

The Saskatoon Imperial 400's fastball club has a long history of success. The nucleus of this club has been together since 1966. Twelve years later the Imperial 400's won the Canadian Junior championship. From 1973 to 1978, this team coached by Bill Gautschi (head coach) and Rick Capon won the Saskatoon City "A" title. In 1976 they represented Saskatoon Zone 6 at the Saskatchewan Summer games. In 1977 the club won the Saskatchewan Junior title, then hosted the Canadian championship. Tim Bashforth won the most valuable player award.

In 1978 when St. John's, Newfoundland hosted the Canadian championship, the Saskatoon Imperial 400's were there again, this time winning it all. Catcher Jay Sim was named to the All-Star team. This team was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Members of the team that year: Cec Thompson, Laura Thompson (managers), Rick Capon (coach), Graham Mazurek, John Pulles, Jay Sim, Alvin Willard, David Redekop, Tim Bashforth, Bill Gautschi (head coach), Ron Yourk (bat boy), Gene Layton, Sid Holubetz, Blake Johnson, Doug Durnford, Pat Spizawka, Glen Zacharias, Jack Roberts, Jay Yourk and Don Capon.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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