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1969 Saskatoon Imperials

CANADIAN SENIOR WOMEN'S SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS

Back row: Gail (Hopkins) Cooper (Head Coach/Manager), Myrna Lewis, Judy Jenkins, Ann (Hopkins) Hanson, Sheila Rowan, Joan Drummond, Brenda Will, Joy Barrie, Judy Knoll, Bob Stayner (Assistant Coach).

2nd row; Malene Ackerman, Val Fawcett, Illa Shore, Val Jensen, Judy Garman

Front row: Tanya Clark (batgirl), Vera Pezer (Captain), Joan Duprey. (missing- Carol Debman).

The Saskatoon Imperials became a growing threat starting in 1966. In 1967 and in 1968 they were runners up in the Canadian Championships. In 1969, they won all of their twenty-five games in their league schedule using entirely local talent. There was no provincial play-off as no one challenged them to the right to represent the province. That year they were Saskatchewan's representative to the Canadian Summer Games in Halifax and in the round robin placed third. In the play-offs they unfortunately, lost to Toronto. After the Games they flew directly from Halifax to the Canadian Championships in Port Erie. In the ten team tournament, they defeated Toronto to win the Canadian Championship.

Pitcher Joan Duprey was awarded the most valuable player award in Canada. Selected to the All-Star Teams were Joan Drummond, third base; Joy Barrie, second base; Val Jensen, centre field; and Ann Hopkins, catcher. This team earned the right to travel to the world championships in Osaka, Japan in 1970. This team travelled to the Canadian Championships for five successive years and pioneered excellence in softball in Saskatchewan through that era. The 1969 Saskatoon Imperials already in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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1969 Saskatoon Imperials

1970 Saskatoon Imperials

CANADIAN SENIOR WOMEN'S SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS

Back row: Gil Strumm(Head Coach), Gail (Hopkins) Cooper (Manager), Sheila Rowan, Joan Drummond, Judy Jenkin, Nancy Stanley, Judy Knoll, Judy Garman, "Porky" Hulme (Assistant Coach)

Front row :Joy Barrie, Marlene Ackerman, Val Jensen, Joan (Duprey) Cunningham, Illa Shore, Jean Seabrook, Phyllis Funk. (missing- Ann (Hopkins) Hanson).

The Canadian Championships were held in Saskatoon in the middle of August, 1970. The format was a six team, four day, round-robin tournament. The Saskatoon Imperials romped through the tournament in probably one of the most one-sided Canadian playdowns in history. They played five games and outscored their opposition 55 runs, to three. They defeated Toronto 4-0 in their final game before a capacity crowd of 2750 fans to win the title. Val Jensen was selected the most valuable player in the tournament. Joan (Duprey) Cunningham won the top pitcher award for the second successive year. Both of these players were selected to the all-star team along with catcher Anne (Hopkins) Hanson and head coach Gil Strumm. The team travelled to Osaka, Japan, for the second World Championships. Although the team did not reach the medal round it is interesting to note that the World Champion Japanese team defeated the Imperials 2-0; the second place U.S. team beat them 2-1; and the Imperials whipped third place Philippines 8-1. The Imperials who proved that they were a talented and determined softball team that could compete at the International level were inducted to the Saskatoon Sports Hail of Fame in 1988.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

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