By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
This summer, the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame will induct 14 individuals, three teams and one family in a formal ceremony scheduled for August 20th in Battleford, Sask.
Founded by Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer David Shury in 1983, the Hall bases its inductees off of five categories including player, builder, family, community and team. Its annual selections are drawn from those who have contributed greatly to the provinces rich baseball history.
2016’s class of inductees include the following:
Players _ Terry Buck, Fresno, Cal./Swift Current, Sask., Bev Hickie, Estevan, Sask., John M. “Corky’ McCann, Red Deer, Alberta/Admiral, Sask., Harvey Schmidt, Medicine Hat, Alberta/Burstall, Sask. Fabian Schommer, Kindersley, Sask. Robert W. Thompson, Edmonton, Alberta/Semans, Sask.
Player/Builder _ Ron Bauml, Muenster, Sask., Doug Dodd, Rabbit Lake, Sask., Barry Erickson, Regina, Sask., Regan Kjargaard, Saskatoon, Sask., Lewis McNamee, Moose Jaw, Sask., Laurence Woodard, Weyburn, Sask., Leo Wurtz, Lloydminster, Sask.
Builder Norm Loehr, Regina, Sask.
Family _ Jack Lloyd Family, Swift Current, Sask.
Community _ Lloydminster, Sask.
Teams _ Leader Barons Seniors 1961-1983, Viceroy Team 1946-1975 Team, Marysburg Royals Senior Team
Of the many notable individuals and clubs included in this years class, Muenster’s Bauml and the Marysburg Royals stand out in the crowd.
Bauml, a star left handed hurler in his own rights, has a pair of sons who have also taken to the American Pastime, one of which (Cole) was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 10th round of last years June draft.
In 2014, Cole played for the Marysbug Royals, who, entering their 98th season of operation this summer, represent one of the oldest amateur baseball clubs in Canadian history.
In addition to the names of its inductees, a dynamic collection of photographs and countless artifacts that pertain to the provinces history within the grand old game, the museum also houses what some claim to be the largest bat in Canada.