The old Clanwilliam Greys, circa 1972-77, will be among those inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame this year.
The Greys are one of three teams, along with five athletes, two builders and a coach who were named for induction on Monday. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on May 4 in Winnipeg.
The Greys, based out of the small village of Clanwilliam located about 80 kilometres north of Brandon, went undefeated in their first two seasons in the Minnedosa and District Fastball League in the early 1970s, before moving on to join the Brandon Centennial Fastball League, earning the championship title in 1976. The Greys played in the provincial Senior A fastball championship for four straight years.
Meanwhile, former Westman pitcher Ernest Delorme, one of the top hurlers in the province for 40 years, will be inducted in the builders category. Delorme played for Baldur and Mariapolis and helped establish the Highway 23 League, winning numerous league titles and tournaments in the province.
Also being inducted are builders Garry Johnston and Met Simenik (posthumously), and the 1930-35 Native Sons and 1984-87 Manitoba Men’s masters in the team category. Players being inducted are the Newsham sisters, Heather (Newsham) Ruby and Sandy (Newsham) Maskiw, along with Donna Manning, Dr. C Hershfield (posthumously) and Harold Hindle (posthumously).
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 15, 2013