Softball Canada Hall of Fame
Teams Category

1993-1997 Smitty's Senior Women

Inducted: 2015

The 1993-1997 Smitty’s Senior Women’s Team (Team, Manitoba) won five consecutive Canadian Championship medals, working its way up with a Bronze medal in 1993 followed by a Silver medal in 1994 before winning three consecutive Gold medals from 1995 to 1997. The first of those three Gold medals came 30 years after Manitoba’s first (and to that point only) Gold medal at the Senior Women’s level. They exuded class, showing total respect for each other, coaches, and officials along with being gifted by the strong leadership of Roy and Evelyne Holenski.

The Smitty’s Terminators Senior Women’s Team also included five Senior Women’s National Team members – Juanita Clayton, Karen Doell, Heather Newsham, Sandy Newsham and Deb Sonnenberg – who each went on to play in the Olympic Summer Games, Clayton, Doell and Sonnenberg in 1996 and Heather and Sandy Newsham in 2000. The team’s success at the national level established Manitoba as a Canadian leader in women’s Fastpitch softball and contributed to the growth and development of the game in Manitoba.

Rose Blatz Stacy Bouchard Connie Burnett Brandi Chammartin
Brandie Christensen Juanita Clayton Rhonda Denbow Stacy Dobbyn
Karen Doell Kendra Floyde Susan Heapy Nada Hlohovsky
Jami Jacyk Janice Labarre Jody Lanyon Sandy Love
Carla Macmillan Sandy Newsham Jill Mathez Melanie Ponomets
Amanda Potter Deb Sonnenberg Linda Stewart Tara Tremblay
Melissa Winning      


Coaching Staff
Coach: Tony Foti Coach: Roy Holenski
Assistant Coach: Sharon Martin Manager: Evelyne Holenski


1994-1996 Smitty's Midget Girls

Inducted: 2015

The 1994-1996 Smitty’s Midget Girls’ Team (Team, Manitoba) won three consecutive Canadian Championships in 1994 (Antigonish, NS), 1995 (White Rock, BC) and 1996 (Brandon, MB), breaking Manitoba’s nearly 30 years Canadian Championship drought and beginning an incredible run of success for the program. Led by the coaching staff consisting of head coach Dale Newsham, assistant coaches Dennis Chester and Joe Storozuk and manager Marion Newsham, Smitty’s went a combined 30-3 over the three-year period with six players playing in all three tournaments and another seven playing in two of them.

The team also produced five players – Kathy Le, Leanne Scott, Heather Newsham, Nicole Anneck and Lindsay Chester – who went on to represent Canada at the 1995 Junior Women’s World Softball Championship in Normal, Illinois where the team finished fifth. What makes this team even more special is how they gave back to the softball community by conducting clinics and running successful annual tournaments. The commitment the team had to working hard on and off the field was what made them winners on the field and off.

Leanne Scott Leanne Scott Leanne Scott
Shannon Storozuk Shannon Storozuk Shannon Storozuk
Lorrie Fedorchuk Lorrie Fedorchuk Lorrie Fedorchuk
Heather Newsham Heather Newsham Heather Newsham
Erin Chester Erin Chester Erin Chester
Lindsay Chester Lindsay Chester Lindsay Chester
Nicole Anneck Nicole Anneck Jen Ostapowich
Karri Donaldson Karri Donaldson Chantal Capner
Karie Logan Karie Logan Jolene Short
Kathryn Logan Kathryn Logan Shelley Gromniski
Lindsay Marchant Kathy Le Kathy Le
Susan Block Kelly Swanson Kelly Swanson
Melanie Ponomets Melanie Ponomets Kim Owen
  Natalie LaRue Carla Taylor
    Danica Payette


Head Coach: Dale Newsham Manager: Marion Newsham
Assistant Coach: Dennis Chester Assistant Coach: Joe Storozuk


1990-93 Lloydminster Junior A Liners

Inducted: 2012
Province: Alberta

The 1990-93 Lloydminster Junior A Liners were only the second team in Canadian Championship history to win four consecutive gold medals in the same age category, after the Victoria Bates Construction (inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1993) did it from 1975-1978 in the Senior Men’s category. The most astonishing fact about the Liners is that the coaching staff comprised of Ian Belyea, Jim Harvie, Gary Thiessen and manager Mike Lamb was able to restock their team with players each year as players moved up to the Senior ranks.

Though the coaching staff had very good success at attracting key pick-ups, which included long-time Men’s National Team players such as Craig Crawford, Colin Abbott and Tim Macumber, they also assembled a solid core of local players to help fill out their roster and be competitive at the National level, which is no easy feat. Other key players on the team included Dave Norris (All-Star second baseman in 1991), Andy Jackson (Top Player – Playoff Round in 1991), Barry Ellerback (Top Pitcher in 1992), and Scott Evans (Top Player in 1992; Top Pitcher, Most Valuable Player and Top Player in 1993).

1949 Tip Top Tailors

Inducted: 2009
Province: Ontario

The 1949 Tip Top Tailors are the only Canadian team ever to win an Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Championship, which at the time was considered the World Softball Championship for Men’s Fastpitch. 2009 marked the 60th anniversary of the Championship win, and three members are still alive (William "Babe" Gresko, Pat McCullagh, and Len Gaull). In the late 40’s and early 50’s, softball would attract thousands of fans in the Toronto area.

In 1949, the Tip Top Tailors qualified to represent Canada at the ASA Championship by winning the Canadian National Exhibition International tournament, and then traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to compete in the ASA tournament. After going undefeated in the preliminary round, they faced ASA Hall of Fame Pitcher Herb Dudley in the Championship game. Down 1-0 after a run in the third inning, Len Gaull broke Dudley’s no-hitter with a single, and later scored the tying run. In the eighteenth inning, Gaull reached base with a hit once again and scored one of two runs on a two-run double, as the Tip Top Tailors won the game 3-1.

William "Babe" Gresko played third base, Pat McCullagh was in centerfield and Len Gaull was the catcher for the 1949 Tip Top Tailors. Other members, who are now deceased, included: Vic Goberis (CF), Art Upper (coach/RF), Charley Justice (P), Joe Spring (1B), Bill Imray (2B), Shelly Miley (C), Russ Johnson (P), Tom Stewart (P), Sam Shefsky (manager), John Kozachenko (3B), George Phillips (2B), Ed Geralde (SS), Jim Green (trainer), Percy McCracken (P) and Ray Pulfer (LF).

2000, 2002, 2003 Owen Sound Selects

Inducted: 2005
Province: Ontario

The 2000 Owen Sound Selects won the Senior Men’s Canadian Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a perfect 10-0 record, defeating the Waterloo Twins in the gold medal game. Paul Rosebush led the team offensively with 17 hits and a .580 batting average, Rosebush was named to the tournament All-Star team. Rob O’Brien was the winning pitcher in seven games, was named to the All-Star team and was named the tournament’s most valuable player. 
The 2002 Selects were once again crowned Senior Men’s Canadian champions in Winnipeg sporting an 8-2 record. Owen Sound left no doubt who was the best team defeating Saskatoon 12-0 in the championship game. Pat Graham and Bill Simmons were both named to the tournament All-Star team.
The Selects successfully defended their championship in 2003 defeating the Waterloo Twins in the championship game. They once again went undefeated finishing with another perfect 10-0 record. Owen Sound were Canadian champions three times in four years with an impressive collective record of 28 wins and 2 losses.

1978 Doc's Blues

Inducted: 2004
Province: British Columbia

The Doc’s Blues story started in 1971 as the team, then known as Green and Louie Realty, won the British Columbia Championships and had a bronze medal finish at the Canadian Championships. The team developed rapidly winning their first Canadian Championship in 1973 and another four in the next five years. In 1974 the team represented Canada at the World Championships, finishing seventh. Dr. J. Ross McLean took over sponsorship of the team in 1975 and the Doc’s Blues era began. Over the next three years the team began very well known throughout North America and the world. 
The 1978 team was arguably the strongest team ever assembled. The team trained extensively all year from Canada to Mexico and competed in two leagues. That years’ scheduled World Championships bounced around, due to political issues, finally settling in El Salvador in November. Undefeated through round robin and elimination rounds, Canada’s only defeat came at the hands of repeat Gold medallists USA in a 4-0 final. For the team’s outstanding achievements Coach Adrian Lavigne received the Air Canada Canadian Amateur Sports Award as Coach of the Year. The 1978 Doc’s Blues team was the last club team to represent Canada at the World Championships.
Their overall team record in 1978 was an amazing 113 wins, 16 losses, 2 ties.
The 1978 Doc’s Blues were inducted into the Softball British Columbia Hall of Fame in 1990.
  Donna Blackstock – Outfield                Diane Materi – Left Field
  Eileen Costello – Pitcher                      Marilyn McComb – Infield
  Heather Cranston – 2nd Base              Patti McGuire – 3rd Base
  Mag Davis – Outfield                           Joanne Mick – Catcher
  Michelle Desaulniers – Outfield            Sandra Nerreter – Shortstop
  Debbie Duke – Catcher                       Janice Robinson – 1st Base
  Rosemary Fuller – Pitcher                   Marg Skillings – Infield
  Gloria Greenlee (Milne) – Pitcher         Liz Wood – Center Field
  Ann MacLeod – Shortstop                   Norma Wood – Right Field
  Adrian Lavigne – Coach/General Manager
  Alastair MacLeod – Assistant Coach
  Dr. Ross McLean – Sponsor
  Stan Yip – Business Manager

Chinguacousy Junior Cougars

Inducted: 2000
Province: Ontario

1983 Men’s Pan Am Gold Medal Team

Inducted: 1997
Province: Canada

1983 Women’s Pan Am Gold Medal Team

Inducted: 1997
Province: Canada

Victoria Bates Construction

Inducted: 1993
Province: British Columbia

Richmond Hill Dynes

Inducted: 1989
Province: Ontario

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