Harold Northcott’s resume is as impressive as they come for baseball in Alberta.
Having played and coached at the provincial and national level, the Central Alberta product was recently named to the Eastern Oregon University Athletics Hall of Fame.
However, Northcott says he is most proud of his family’s legacy in baseball.
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They were the first official affiliate established for the new Arizona Diamondbacks.
A full two years before the Major League Baseball squad took to the field, the Lethbridge Black Diamonds were expected to be a powerhouse in their inaugural season of 1996.
We take a look back at the successful three-year history of the team, which took numerous twists and turns off the field.
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Perry Lychak was one of few Canadian pitchers to face Cuba on the international stage and come away with a victory.
The Glendon, Alberta product did it at the 1981 Intercontinental Cup at Renfrew Park in Edmonton.
He passed away Sept. 20 in Kinston, N.C., where he pitched for five seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system.
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In the prime of his Hall-of-Fame career and fresh off a World Series championship, Brooks Robinson was serving up baseball stories in southern Alberta.
The mainstay of the Baltimore Orioles was a guest speaker in Lethbridge at a Kinsmen dinner banquet on Feb. 4th, 1967, along with teammate Dave McNally.
The third baseman was a few years removed from his American League (AL) Most Valuable Player campaign and in a few more seasons he would claim World Series MVP honours.
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He’s a man known much more for the surgery that’s named after him than his stellar pitching career.
But Edmonton baseball fans got to know Tommy John – the person – a bit during his time with the Triple-A team in Alberta’s capital city.
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They were dubbed an “extraordinary attraction” featuring players who “would be in the big leagues but for the fact that their race bars them.”
In the summer of 1921, the Calgary Black Sox challenged teams and entertained fans with a unique brand of baseball and comedy as they traveled from Chicago to Alberta and back again.
As their history has little documentation, we decided to dive into the history books and newspapers of yesteryear to learn more about the barnstorming squad.
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Wait and see.
That will be the most likely outcome for a pair of former Calgary Cannons who are hoping to gain acceptance into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York …
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Dale Tilleman’s first year scouting sandlots looking for diamonds in the rough was in 1993.
He was a part-time scout, working for New York Yankees scout Dick Groch, who signed Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.
Canadian Baseball Network’s Bob Elliott tapped in Tilleman to come up with his all-time Alberta squad.
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Duane Larson wanted to play an aggressive style of baseball.
Heading into the 1982 Pioneer League season, the Medicine Hat Blue Jays coach had high expectations.
His team, featuring a trio of future Toronto stars, delivered in a big way, winning the team’s only championship title.
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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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