AD{CS4806353} AD{CS4825940} 10 The Valley Leader ? Thursday, July 25, 2013

Catching a glimpse of local baseball history

Carman Cardinals proved to be a hit with some highly talented athletes

By Rachael Smith For The Valley Leader The year 1948 was one of many noteworthy accomplishments and events for Carman and town residents. For instance, Paul Hiebert, a Carman resident, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour for his book, Sarah Binks. It was also the year that baseball of a high caliber was introduced to Carman by C.N. Bedford and Jimmie Harrison, who sponsored a tournament that was composed of eight teams. They also offered the largest amount of money in the history of Manitoba for a baseball tournament. This tournament showed how the community was interested in a high caliber baseball team. In 1949, the Carman Cardinals team was formed and they became part of the Manitoba Senior League (Brandon Greys, Elmwood, Winnipegs and the Veterans were also a part of the league). Several prominent and talented players (which were secured by Jack Stewart of the Detroit Red Wings hockey club) came from Detroit, including Sonny Andrews, Lillord Cobb, Bob Johnston, Johnny Caulfield, and Ron Teasley. Other players, such as Ernest Boushy and James Swanton, were from Manitoba. Lighting it up in 1949 Since the interest in the team was so high, flood lights were installed in 1949. And 1949 was also the year that the Carman Baseball Co. Ltd. was incorporated. For several years, the Carman Cardinals proved to be a crowd pleasing team as well as providing a high class of baseball. The Dufferin Historical Museum celebrates the Carman Cardinals by dedicating a portion of the museum to this amazing baseball team. The display includes photos of the team, souvenir books, and seven autographed baseballs

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Courtesy Dufferin Historical Museum For The Valley Leader The Carman Cardinals were a talented team that entertained local baseball fans starting in 1949. (donated by the Carman Cardinals? bat boys, Bill and Alvin Fuller). Children?s Program Meanwhile the children?s program at the museum is in fullswing. If you would like to sign your By Gene Still The Valley Leader child up for the entire summer of the Children?s Program, the cost for all seven sessions is $25. Children ages 6 to 10 are encouraged to participate. Limited space is available so make sure to register your child as soon as possible. To register, contact Rachael A pair of soccer players - members of local Carman-based teams - are kicking it up when it comes to being among league leaders in goal scoring in their respective divisions. Thanks to a two-goal performance in the Carman Kickers 5-1 win over the visiting Grant Mill Rangers on July 16, Tommy Wiebe is now second in overall scoring with ten goals in ten games. He trails Greg Adamiec of Polonia who has 12 goals to lead the MMSL Senior Division 5-B scoring race. Smith at carmuse@mymts.net or call 204-745-3597. The museum is located at 20 Kelly Hand Drive (the Corner of King?s Park Road and Highway 245) in Carman. For more information e-mail carmuse@mymts.net or call 204- 745-3597.

Wiebe, Koster among scoring leaders

Wiebe?s teammate Cameron DeRuiter is tied for fifth spot with seven goals. Tied for third in Division 4 Meanwhile Carmania?s Melvin Koster is also tied for third place with nine goals in ten games in the MMSL?s Senior Division 4. Koster is tied with Kekeli Efu of Nations FC and they are two goals back of co-scoring leaders Tyler Arnason of Mutiny FC and Gurinder Gill of G.O.D. FC. Another Carmania player, Nathan Vanderveen, is in a three-way tie for fifth place recording eight goals in only seven games. CANADIAN URETHANE FOAM CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

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