Western Major Baseball League

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Western Major Baseball League
WMBLlogo.jpg
Western Major Baseball League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1931
No. of teams 11
Country  Canada
Most recent champion(s) Melville Millionaires
Most titles Swift Current Indians (11 titles) and Regina Red Sox (10 titles)
Official website www.wmbl.ca

The Western Major Baseball League or WMBL is a collegiate summer baseball league. The league can trace its roots back to 1931. The current league evolved from several predecessors including The Southern Baseball League, the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League and Saskatchewan Major Baseball League. The Southern Baseball League existed from 1931 to 1974. The Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League existed from 1959 to 1974. The two leagues merged in 1975 to create the Saskatchewan Major Baseball League.[1] The name was changed to the Western Major Baseball League in 2000 to reflect more teams playing in Alberta, and in the future, British Columbia.

The WMBL is a wood bat league along the lines of such American collegiate circuits as the Cape Cod League, the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the Coastal Plain League, the Northwoods League, the Horizon Air Summer Series, the Pacific International League and the West Coast League.

Member teams[edit]

As of 2013 WMBL Membership consisted of 11 teams, in three division play. The top three teams in both the East and West divisions qualified for the post-season, along with the top two teams from the Central Division.

Team Centre 2013 Record Finish
East Division
Melville Millionaires Melville, Saskatchewan 28–18 1st
Regina Red Sox Regina, Saskatchewan 22-24 2nd
Weyburn Beavers Weyburn, Saskatchewan 18–28 3rd
Yorkton Cardinals Yorkton, Saskatchewan 16–30 4th
Central Division
Moose Jaw Miller Express Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 21–25 2nd
Saskatoon Yellow Jackets Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 18–26 3rd
Swift Current Indians Swift Current, Saskatchewan 29–17 1st
West Division
Edmonton Prospects Edmonton, Alberta 6–40 4th
Lethbridge Bulls Lethbridge, Alberta 23-23 3rd
Medicine Hat Mavericks Medicine Hat, Alberta 39-7 1st
Okotoks Dawgs Okotoks, Alberta 31-13 2nd

Former teams[edit]

Former teams include the Sherwood Park Dukes (2008), St. Albert Prospects (2007), Red Deer Generals (2005), Moose Jaw Devons, Oyen Pronghorns, Kindersley Royals, Eston Ramblers (1993), Saskatoon Liners, Saskatoon Nationals, Hazlet Elks (1993), and Unity Cardinals.

Expansion[edit]

Cranbrook  British Columbia was granted an expansion team and will begin play in 2015 provided that the city builds a new stadium.

Saskatchewan Major Baseball League[edit]

The Saskatchewan Major Baseball League (SMBL) was formed in 1975 as a combination of The Southern Baseball League and North Saskatchewan Baseball League. Three teams from each former league entered the new loop—Eston Ramblers, Saskatoon Royals, and Unity Cardinals from the north and Moose Jaw Devons, Regina Red Sox, and Swift Current Indians from the south.[2]

Harry Hallis Memorial Trophy[edit]

Saskatchewan Territorial (1895–1905) and Provincial (1906–present) champions have been decided by an annual tournament.[3] In 1967 the first major division was added to the tournament,[4] and the award was named in memory of Harry Hallis. From 1967 until 1974 the name of this provincial champion was added to the trophy. In 1975 when the Saskatchewan Major Baseball League was formed, this trophy continued to be awarded to the SMBL champions, and now the WMBL champions.

League champions[edit]

Harry Hallis Memorial Trophy

Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) Champions: (Harry Hallis Memorial Trophy)

SMBL Logo

Saskatchewan Major Baseball League (SMBL) Champions: (Harry Hallis Memorial Trophy)

Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League Champions:

The Southern Baseball League (SBL) Champions: (J.T.M. Anderson Trophy)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shury, David W. "Wheat Province Diamonds". Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, 1997.
  2. ^ Western Canada Baseball http://www.attheplate.com/wcbl/1975_1.html Retrieved on 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ Shury, David W. "Wheat Province Diamonds". Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, 1997, pp. 372–373.
  4. ^ Western Canada Baseball http://www.attheplate.com/wcbl/1967_50i.html Retrieved on 5 March 2012.

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