- Baseball and Softball
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Baseball & Softball Bibliography Abstracts
"Skiff Cardinals Ball Team." Skiff in the Prairie Wind. Pat Bailie, 104-105. Skiff, AB: Skiff History Book Committee, (1980).
AB: This piece examines the Skiff Cardinals ball team from its formation in 1953 until its dissolution and donation of their remaining assets to the Community Hall Association in 1977. Accounts from some of the team’s games are shared along with a brief history of the sport in the area.
"History of Baseball and Fastball in the Brownfield Area." New Dawn Seniors Club, Lengthening Shadows of the Neutrals. Harvey Bargholz, 77-81. Brownfield, AB: New Dawn Seniors Club, (1979).
AB: This article is a full accounting of the history of baseball and fastball in the region centered on Brownfield, north of Coronation and on the western edge of the neutral hills. Starting with the settlement of the area in 1905, the author attempts to describe the state of the game, teams, builders and athletes until the late 1960s, illustrated with a few team pictures throughout. Some of the highlights include: the rise in popularity of fastball over traditional baseball in the forties, the formation of a local baseball league in 1924, a brief description is given of the girls’ team that won both the Southern Alberta Midget and Junior Women’s Championships. However, this history is highly narrative and the stories recounted often lack precise names or dates.
"Baseball." Delia Craigmyle Saga. Leslie Battle. ed, 643-644. Delia: Delia and District Historical, (1970). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=7588.
AB: A very brief history of the game of baseball which was a popular pastime for the community of Delia Craigmyle and district. This chapter on baseball focuses mainly on the names of past players, photographs of historical teams and offers insight into to competitive nature of rival communities and the support of baseball by local business.
"Sunday Ball Game." Best Edmonton Stories. Anthony Cashman, 107-111. Edmonton: Hurtig, (1976). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=7540.
AB: This story is part of a series originally compiled for a 1951 radio program on CJCA entitled, “Edmonton Stories.” It is a reminiscent look back at the traditional Sunday baseball game that took place at the historic Diamond Park in the mid-thirties. Included in this recollection are names of popular players and their unique styles of playing, but mainly it focuses on the fans and the enthusiasm they shared for the game and the loyalty they displayed.
"Baseball at Winnifred." Winnifred: Our Trails, Trials and Memories. Ruth Johanna Collins, 163-164. Maleb, AB: Collins, (1965). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=1250.
AB: A very brief summary of the early history of baseball in Winnifred and district. Early baseball was played by the settlers in 1909, with regular Sunday and picnic games played to the delight of the community who would often travel great distances in order to attend the games. Along with the names of early players, former leagues are discussed in this chapter including the “Rainmakers League” with manager Jack Chisholm.
Dirsa, Tom. Mannville’s Mammoth Softball Tournament. Leduc: 2011.
AB: A former high school coach recounts the remarkable history of how civic and sports leaders in the town of Mannville, Alberta, organized a major softball tournament in the early 1970s. Forty softball teams that included both men and women’s teams committed to participating in this small Alberta town’s tournament, one of the largest in Western Canada.
Ducey, Brant E. The Rajah of Renfrew: The Life and Times of John E. Ducey, Edmonton's 'Mr. Baseball'. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, (1998). Access University of Alberta - Peel. http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/7442.html.
AB: This book on semi-professional baseball in Edmonton, examines the importance of this sport to the social fabric of Edmonton from the late 1890s to the present. In the 1920s Edmonton was reputed to be the busiest baseball centres west of Toronto. One person who helped establish the foundation for baseball was the American, William Freemont “Deacon” White. The author’s father John Ducey took over from White to lead the baseball from the late 1930s until the 1960s. The book recounts the fortunes of the Western Canada League, Edmonton baseball facilities including Renfrew Park, the Big Four Intercity Baseball League, and other initiatives. Baseball was moribund until 1981 when Edmonton formed a team for the Pacific Coast League with Calgary joining with a team a few years later. Material for this book came from the John E. Ducey Archives held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta and other club records.
Elliott, Bob. The Northern Game: Baseball the Canadian Way. Wilmington, Del: Sport Classic Books, 2005.
AB: This is the history of Canadian baseball, of Canada's experiences at the Olympic Games, and the coaches and the players. There is a brief mention of ASHFM inductee Glen Gorbous (p.130) and a chapter (Canada's Moonlight, p. 112) on the career of Eric MacKenzie, a Glendon, Alberta native and former major leaguer, who managed Team Canada for nine years.
"W.F. “Deacon” White." Edmonton: Gateway to the North. John F. Gilpin, 132-133. n.s.: Windsor Publications, (1984).
AB: In this book on Edmonton’s history is a brief chapter on sports promoter W. F. “Deacon” White who arrived in the young city in 1906 as a touring baseball manager but decided to stay as he was inspired by the climate of the area and the potential of Edmonton’s baseball team. In this section dedicated to the influential sport enthusiast are photographs and information regarding his role in the formation of the Western Canada Baseball League as well as his position as coach of the Edmonton Eskimos Rugby Club, an impressive team of football players who remained undefeated until their encounter with the Toronto Argonauts.
"Alberta Baseball." Diamonds of the North: a Concise History of Baseball in Canada. William Humber, 62-74. Toronto: Oxford University Press, (1995).
AB: In this book on Canadian baseball history, the author describes the baseball panorama from the early 1800s to the 1980s. There are chapters on baseball history in each province with more specialized chapters. The Alberta baseball chapter begins with a description of the Western Canada League (1907-1914; 1920- 1922) which initially consisted of four Alberta teams. The league’s sporadic history is recounted and put in context of the life in the towns of Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. Two important Alberta baseball personalities are featured; Deacon White, a player/promoter who funded the Western Canada League in 1907 and revived it in 1920 and John Ducey, a player, umpire & promoter who organized the Big Four League (1947-1952). The chapter concludes with a description of the minor leagues that returned to Calgary and Edmonton in the 1970s with the Edmonton Trappers and Russ Parker’s Calgary Cannons teams of the Pacific Coast League and later the Pioneer League. The five Appendices have Canadian baseball statistics. A Bibliography and Index is included.
Humber, William and Raja Eves. "The Baseball Tradition in Western Canada." Baseball Research Journal. (1982) 137-141.
Johnson, Bernice. "Alder Flats Fastball Club." Buck Lake History Association, Packhorse to Pavement. 106. Buck Lake, AB: Buck Lake History Association, (1981).
AB: Recounts the history of the official Alder Flats Ladies Fastball Club which was organized on June 14, 1971. A complete list of the initial officers of the club is given, along with donors, a group photo of the team and other highlights from their 3 year history.
Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture. Vol 13, No.2. (2008) 118-119.
AB: On September 13, 1919, Edward, Prince of Wales (photo included), attended an amateur baseball game between the Edmonton Veterans and the Calgary Hustlers at Diamond Park, Edmonton, Alberta.
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Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture. Vol 11, No.2. (2002) 132-136.
AB: The author comments on the well-known individuals who came to Edmonton to participate or watch baseball games. These included: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Earle Mack’s American League All-Stars, and Joe Louis, world heavyweight boxing champion.
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"Baseball." Calgary Herald's Tales of the Old Town. Leishman McNeill, 69-70. Calgary: Calgary Herald, (1966). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=4219.
AB: Provides a brief historical look at Calgary’s baseball community between the years 1907-1923, when Calgary enjoyed professional class “B” baseball. It offers a glimpse of the Alberta Amateur League of 1905, important players in the league, the banning of Sunday baseball, as well as the organization of professional ball with the Western Canada League. The chapter concludes with a story about a rival game between Edmonton and Calgary involving a sabotaged flooding of the playing field.
"Baseball." History of Rimbey, Alberta: Golden Anniversary, 1902-1952. 43-46. Rimbey, AB: Rimbey, Alberta Historical Committee, (1952). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=1496.
AB: Rimbey began to take a real interest in baseball a little after the turn of the century but found it difficult to find good men to join the team on account of a sparse population and a lack of bolstered talent. Thanks to a boom in settlement from across the country and overseas, talent began to pour into the small town and a strong group of former semi-pro players formed the new baseball team which would become one of the best teams in Alberta at that time. Included are some photographs and colorful anecdotes capturing memorable moments and players during the height of baseball in Rimbey.
"Ball Teams." Long Shadows: A History of Shortgrass Country. 131-133. Bow Island,AB: Short Grass Historical Society, (1974). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=1248.
AB: A brief historical look back at amateur baseball in the community of Bow Island and surrounding district comprised of personal reflections on the sport as well as a few photographs. Information such as early ball diamonds, the Goddard Tomcats team, and the Hoping Pony League of the 1960s are intermixed with subjective recollections of early baseball.
Stubbs, Lewis St. George. Shoestring Glory: Semi-Pro Baseball on the Prairies 1886-1994. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1996.
AB: This book provides a comprehensive look at Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta’s rich baseball history including its many teams and leagues, its regional heroes and monumental moments in the sport that entertained patrons for so many years. The author describes, in detail, the establishment and development of baseball in the Canadian prairies from 1886 to present day. Includes information on the creation of the Western Canada League (WCL) in 1907 in Alberta that had teams in Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge as well as the clubs in the regions where the baseball diamonds where the games took place. Early amateur teams such as the Medicine Hat Hatters and the Calgary Hustlers are highlighted. Also included are photographs as well as a list of the Canadian Prairie Teams and leagues throughout the years.
Toth, Mike. "Game Over: An Ice Field of Dreams: Burns Stadium, Home of the Triple A Calgary Cannons, was also One Cold Place." Maclean's. Vol 117, No.19. (May 10 2004) 15.
AB Compares the fortunes of Calgary Cannons now that they have moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and become the Albuquerque Isotopes. Chilly weather in Calgary and falling attendance prompted this baseball team’s move to a warmer climate.
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"Western Canada League." Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide. New York: American Sports Publishing Co., Access Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/connections/spalding/.
AB: The Western Canada League, formed in 1907 initially consisted of semi-pro teams from Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. Later teams from Red Deer, Moose Jaw, and Saskatoon were added. This “Twilight League” game results and statistics were reported by the League’s presidents to many of the annual Spalding Official Base Ball Guides.
Found so far are:
1908, p. 241-242
1909, p. 268
1910, p. 326-327 *
1912, p. 277-278 *
1913, p. 254 *
1914, p. 181-182
1915, p. 274-276 *
Availability: Please note that the US Library of Congress, American Memory project has a number of the above volumes online as indicated by the asterisk.