It’s said that the Mounties “always get their man.” Well, the 1994 Lethbridge Mounties rounded up at least 30 of them who were guilty of stealing bases and punching out batters.
Behold the photographic evidence, a rogues’ gallery of southern Alberta baseball players. There will never be a case of mistaken identity with this group. Murderers’ row, they were not.
The Mounties, an unaffiliated member of the rookie-level Pioneer League, went 29-43 that season, finishing 21 games behind the pennant pace while posting a negative run differential of 107. Lethbridge welcomed a total of 42,970 fans to Henderson Stadium, a facility that was praised by author Brett H. Mandel in his book Minor Players, Major Dreams.
“In the Lethbridge locker room it was as if we were suddenly promoted to Triple-A,” wrote Mandel, who got a first-hand look at the ballpark as a member of the Ogden Raptors in 1994.
“The cavernous room was clean and bright with more than enough lockers, an office for the coaches, and an actual training room. The bathroom was modern, and the showers looked as if there was a hope of getting hot water from the faucets. Compared to the cave that was Helena’s locker room, with its one working light bulb and freezing shower chamber, or Butte, where we had to trudge to a neighboring building to find locker-room facilities, Lethbridge was a dream come true.”
The pin-striped Mounties proved to be generous hosts, on the field and off it.
As for the Fleer ProCards set, it’s fairly standard for that era. Static poses and a clean design punctuate the front of each card, while the back includes an adequate amount of player information and sponsor logos.
Let’s take a closer look during this edition of In The Cards:
Thanks for viewing our latest set of Alberta baseball cards. Let us know what you think about the players and cards in the comments below.
Many thanks, as well, to follower Larry Leach, who scanned these cards and sent them our way so we could share them with you!
We are in the process of developing an online digital archive of Alberta baseball card sets with this In The Cards series. If you have baseball cards you’d like to donate – or lend – to our cause, please email us at AlbertaDugoutStories@gmail.com with more information.