Crowning Achievement

It was a season fit for a king – it was so good that Greg Morrison took not one crown, but three from it.

During 69 games with the 1997 Medicine Hat Blue Jays, Morrison hit .448, swatted 23 home runs and drove in 88 runs on his way to the Pioneer League’s triple crown. The home run record still stands.

“It was a magical year,” Morrison told Alberta Dugout Stories.

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Little League, Big Stage

The Little League World Series, which brings together the world’s best 11- to 13-year-old baseball players, took place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania from Aug. 17-27.

Calgarian Brad Johnston had the honour of being selected as one of the umpires for the event.

Alberta Dugout Stories caught up with Johnston mid-tournament to learn more about his experience at the LLWS.

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Dawg Days of Summer

The Dawg days of summer are over, and gone with them is the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) season.

Many of the Okotoks Dawgs players and coaches have bid summer in Alberta adieu, having packed up and left for the colleges they plan to attend in the U.S. over the school year.

A first-round playoff exit to the Edmonton Prospects in five games brought a dejecting end to the season for the Dawgs and their fans. But the post-season heartbreak should not overshadow what was a special season in Okotoks.

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Q&A with Prospect Derek Shedden

The Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) championship rematch between the Edmonton Prospects and Swift Current 57’s will go to a winner-take-all deciding Game 5 tonight at Mitchell Field.

One of the players who helped make this series go the distance is Edmonton’s left fielder Derek Shedden, whose desperate diving catch put an end to Game 3 and allowed Prospects fans to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Ian Wilson caught up with Shedden this week.

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Small Ball, Big Opportunity

No detail is too small for Ray Brown.

The head coach of the Edmonton Prospects has carved out a lengthy career in baseball by simply working hard and paying attention.

And now he’s hoping that attention to detail will get his ball club their first ever Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) title.

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The Long Road to Edgar Martinez Drive

It’s a long road from Crowchild Trail in Calgary to Atlantic Street in Seattle.

And for the man who would eventually have a section of that Emerald City street named after him, it was wrought with twists, detours and roadblocks. 

Unlike Ken Griffey Jr., who made everything look so easy, including his journey to the big leagues, Edgar Martinez never took the express lane to stardom.

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