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1969 Saskatoon Merchants Fastball Team


Back row : Peter Bacala, Dick McDonald, Ed Swiderski, Ted Lucuik, Nels Rissling, John Stuart, Felix Miller, Bob Bentley, Glen Hersikorn, Ken Rissling.

Front row: Paul Kuzma, Harry Hopkins, Pete Zacharias, Blaine Knoll, Al Norris, Everett Wood, George Lacoursiere, Bob Lacoursiere, John Hutchinson, Cam Hutchinson (batboy).

The Saskatoon Merchants had a long season in 1969. They started with indoor workouts in April and finished on August 31st winning the Canadian Men's Softball Title. The club started by winning the 5-team city league. Then they had to win seven games in a row to win the Saskatchewan championship. That included the two final victories 4-3 and 3-2 over Weyburn.

Since the Canadian championships were to be played in Saskatoon, the Merchants qualified to be in the event as the host team. The Merchants were 4 and 1 on the round tied with Hull, Quebec. In the tie-breaker contest, Saskatoon whipped Hull 7-0 and became the first Saskatoon team to win the Canadian men's softball title. They were inducted in 1987.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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