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Kindersley Klippers inducted to Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame

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The Kindersley Klippers Baseball Team was formed in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s.

The team competed at tournament baseball including the Saskatoon Exhibition winning that tournament three [3] times, usually meeting the Delisle team in the finals. This team also won three Eston Lions Tournaments, and in 1959, they beat the Bavarian Team 10-7 in the final of the Saskatoon Optimist Tournament, with Lloyd Rachul the winning pitcher.

In 1960, the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League was formed and soon after, Kindersley joined the league. That year, they won the NSBL Championship!
The team also played in the Lacombe Baseball Tournaments winning in 1966.
They played in the Elks Tournament several times between 1967 and 1972, winning in 1968 and 1972.

Some of the Kindersley Klippers imported players that went on to the Major Leagues included Joe Ferguson, Gene Graves, Jim Wiley, Norm Angelini and Bill Keys.
Wayne Morgan went on to scout for the Toronto Blue Jays and is now scouting for Seattle.

The Klippers disbanded around 1974, with a number of the players joining the Kindersley Royals Baseball Team.

Many members of this team have already been inducted into the “Individual Category” of the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, for their contribution to our great Saskatchewan Baseball History.
There were many great umpires coaches, managers, ground keepers and those that kept the organization going that were also part of the “Team”.

Throughout the years, the Kindersley Klippers have been great ambassadors for the community of Kindersley, having hosted the Canada Cup twice, the Pacific Cup and the 1984 World Youth Baseball Championships!

The Kindersley Klippers will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, “Team Category”, at the 27th Annual Induction on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Battleford, SK.

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