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Grey Cab Ramblers

Western Canada Champions, 1946

Back row : Bobby Reid (trainer), Mary Elliot, Liz Hnatiuk, Dot George, Gil Strumm (Coach), Archie Edwards (Coach), Frankie Hummason, Muriel Coben, Betty Rann, George Nesbitt (Manager/Sponsor).

Front row : Pete Russell (equipment manager), Peggy Kerr, Mabel Mainland, Norma Munro, Lil Van Haerlam (scorekeeper), Dora Shero, Louise Vawter, Ada Lambert.

After a tough series in their own league the Ramblers took the first step on their way to the Western Canadian Championship by winning a series with the North Battleford team, 2 games to 1. The Provincial final was a best-of-five series against the defending Western Canadian Champions, the Regina Caps. Saskatoon won the first two games at home, but Regina bounced back to win a double header in Regina. The series came down to a final game - a tough battle- which Saskatoon won behind the two-hit pitching of Muriel Coben. The Western Canadian Championships in Edmonton included teams from each of the four Western Provinces. In the early rounds the Ramblers defeated the Medicine Hat Regionnettes 6-1, and the Winnipeg St. Vital Tigerettes 9-5 but lost to the Vancouver Ballards 4-1. In a second meeting with the Vancouver team the Ramblers were the victors, 2-0. They then went on to defeat the St. Vital team in a best of three series, 16-4 and 2-0. Since there were no national championships in those years the Ramblers had won the highest honours available to them. Inducted 1989.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

Date: 1946.

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Grey Cab Ramblers

Western Canadian Senior Ladies Softball Champions, 1947

Players: Lil Van Haerlem, Liz Hnatyk, Frankie (Hummason) Schoen, Thelma (Grambo) Hundeby, Norma (Munro) Wallace, Peggy (Levins) Kerr, Martha Caudle, Muriel Coben, Ruth Larson, Jackie Reid, Louise Vawter, Dot George, Hazel (Smith) Stevenson and Betty (Wilson) Rann.

Coaches: Archie Edwards, Gil Strumm (Head Coach) and George Nesbitt (Manager Sponsor).

The 1946 Ramblers continued to have success in 1947 behind the pitching of Muriel Coben and Louise Vawter. After winning the city championship in Saskatoon the Ramblers defeated the Regina Eilers Vics, 3 games to 1 in the provincial playoffs. Then they boarded the train to travel to Winnipeg to play the C.U.A.C. Blues in a best of five series for the Western Canadian Championship.

Saskatoon won the opener then lost the 2nd game to the Blues 6-3, but came back to win the third game 4-0 behind the pitching of Coben and the hitting of Thelma Grambo and Dot George. The Ramblers retained the Western Canadian title when they won the fourth game in the 13th inning. A single by Martha Caudle gave pitcher Louise Vawter a 2-1 victory before 2800 fans. The team was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Hub City Ramblers

Western Canadian Senior Women's Champions, 1955

Back Row: Mac McKee (Coach), Marlene (Gartley) Farrell, Anne (Heshka) Luchanko, Jean (Heshka) Yaremko, Elenor Callow, Shirley Coben, Grace Jasper, Gil Strumm (Head Coach).

Front Row: Donna McKee, Beth (Britton) Brack, Sylvia Fedoruk, Lila Green, Joyce McKee, Audrey (Campbell) Coben, (missing - Hazel Miner).

In 1955, the Ramblers after capturing the Saskatoon title went on to the Northern Playoffs and beat Prince Albert. In the provincial championship, Shirley Coben won two games and relieved the third game, as the Ramblers beat the Regina Govins in a series that went the full five games.

Saskatoon hosted the Vancouver Kerrys for the right to go to Winnipeg for the Western Championship. Ramblers won both games with scores of 12-3 and 12-0. In Winnipeg, Saskatoon lost the opener, 7-6, Then made a spectacular comeback with a 4-0 score in the evening series. The Ramblers went on to win game three with a score of 12-5. They trailed in game four, until the ninth inning when the Ramblers rallied to win the game. This victory earned them the series and the Western Canadian Title. They were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

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