Key to the Game

Jimmy Key put up some fantastic numbers in his short visit with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1982.

A 2-1 record with a 2.30 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31+ innings of work earned the young lefthander a promotion.

However, the move didn’t sit well with everyone, even if the team went on to win the Pioneer League championship.

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EDITORIAL: Five Years Later

It all started at the tables of Calgary pubs as conversations about baseball’s days of yore in Alberta.

The Expos, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Trappers and Cannons featuring names like Dawson, Sax, Moseby, Valenzuela and Edgar.

Here we are, five years later since the start of Alberta Dugout Stories. We’re here to say thank YOU for your tremendous support.

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Racialized

All Dick Brookins wanted to do was play baseball.

Yet, at nearly every turn, he found controversy because of the colour of his skin.

His final professional baseball stop came in Regina with the Western Canada League in 1910, a shortened season thanks to the actions of two Alberta teams.

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The Buckin’ Bronks

Repeating as Western Canada League champions wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

After a controversial end to the 1920 season, the Calgary Bronchos looked forward to defending their title.

But Mother Nature, along with issues around the league and fan support, almost derailed the entire 1921 season.

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