Canada’s premier summer collegiate baseball league is getting a facelift. Rooted in Western Canada since 1948, the Western Major Baseball League has been the longest operating summer league and a fixture across Alberta and Saskatchewan since the first pitch was thrown over 60 years ago.
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For the most part, all appears well with the Canada-based, 12-member Western Major Baseball League (Summer Collegiate), as it heads into the 2018 campaign. A few teams are struggling, and efforts are being made to sure them up. There is also interest in expanding to Saskatoon (SK) and Red Deer (AB). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The 2016 Western Major Baseball league champions have a new name. Honouring the 57 seasons the team played as The Swift Current Indians, the WMBL baseball team in Swift Current will now use the nickname “57’s”. Continue reading
The Swift Current Indians (Summer Collegiate, Western Major Baseball League) are calling on the public to help find a new name for the baseball team. Suggestions will be accepted from October 1-15, 2016. Read more here.
Edmonton (AB) City Councillors gave the official go-ahead for the Edmonton Prospects (Summer Collegiate, Western Major Baseball League) to take over Telus Field. In addition, Councillors agreed to allow the Prospects to look for a new naming sponsor, to contribute funds to support operating costs, and potentially make some changes to the facility. Read more and watch news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – John Ircandia, managing director of the Okotoks Dawgs, was ranked 20th on the list of Most Influential Canadians in Baseball published today by the Toronto SUN. The list is compiled annually by sports journalist, Bob Elliot, himself a member of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – If you thought the fan friendly baseball experience at Seaman Stadium, home of the Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club, couldn’t get any better, then you will be blown away by the Dawgs latest plans. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Canada’s #1 summer collegiate club, the Okotoks Dawgs welcomed their 500,000th fan to beautiful Seaman Stadium on Canada Day, July 1st. Continue reading
The Okotoks Dawgs (Summer Collegiate, Western Major Baseball League) opened their 2015 season at Seaman Stadium by shattering their previous opening homestand attendance record by an average of 1,000 fans per game, with 3,817 on opening night, June 5th, 3,801 on Saturday, June 6th, and 3,180 on Sunday, June 7th, for a total of 10,797. Read press release here.
Baseball fans will have a chance to enjoy an Okotoks Dawgs (Summer Collegiate, Western Major Baseball League) game, a hot dog and a cool one while helping flood victims. Hell or High Water beer will be be sold at Seaman Stadium this summer. A portion of the beer sales will go towards flood relief for those victimized by the 2013 flood. Read more here.
Telus Field in Edmonton (AB) could become the center of a baseball stadium district that spurs Rossdale redevelopment similar to the impact of Rogers Place on downtown, a new report says. Read more here. The stadium is the former home of the Triple-A Edmonton Trappers (Pacific Coast League) and indy pro Edmonton Cracker-Cats/Capitals (Northern League/Golden Baseball Continue reading
Hollywood actors, including Matthew McConaughey and John Lithgow, descended on Okotoks (AB) more than a year ago to film scenes for the new sci-fi flick Interstellar hitting theaters Friday, Nov. 7. Read more here. The “stellar” spring-training-like baseball complex owned and operated by the summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League) plays a role in the film. In fact, Tourmaline Field, the youth baseball facility next to Seaman Stadium, makes a starring appearance in trailer #2 below:
Speaking of the Dawgs and their complex, there is a lot Continue reading
Canada’s SportsNet recently ventured to the foothills of the Alberta Rockies to check out Seaman Stadium in Okotoks (AB) and the summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League), and they discovered that Seaman Stadium has become an amazing community gathering place. Read more and watch video report here.
PRESS RELEASE – A terrific crowd at Elks Stadium was treated to fireworks, an amazing marching band and even dancing firefighters on Thursday night. The Kelowna Falcons hosted the 3rd Annual Firefighters Night that included all ticket sales and sponsorship money being donated to the Professional Firefighters Charitable Society. Over $21,000 was raised and donated on Thursday night, Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club is proud to announce that in recognition of his extraordinary donations to the state of the art facilities now known as the Seaman Stadium Complex, the Town of Okotoks has renamed a portion of Stockton Avenue, the street adjacent to Seaman Stadium, as “Don Seaman Way”. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club is proud to announce the creation of the Okotoks Dawgs/Seaman Stadium Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame has been established to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of: Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – In circumstances when the communities needed it most, the Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club of the Western Major Baseball League, delivered a home run. With horrific floods over the past week causing a regional state of emergency in the greater Calgary area and devastating the nearby town of High River, the Dawgs welcomed a record shattering crowd of 4,445 fans to Continue reading
The summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League) are averaging 2,334 fans per game this season ahead of last years high-water mark of 2,202. Beyond the success at the gate, Okotoks (AB) was recently awarded the 2016 World Children’s Baseball Fair, and John Ircandia, managing director of the Dawgs, was named Honorary Chairman of the Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Major Baseball League, announce the recent hiring of Angela Cox as Operations Manager. Angie replaces Jim Amy, who will now focus on Food & Beverage. Angie comes to the Dawgs from the University of Kentucky (Wesleyan) where she served as a recruiting administrator, and most recently from Home Run Sports where she served as a Continue reading
Now that the indy pro Edmonton Capitals (formerly North American League) have gone dark for 2012, the summer collegiate Edmonton Prospects (Western Major Baseball League) would like to play games at Telus Field. The team is in discussions with Rexall Sports and Entertainment (RSE), which owns the Capitals and still leases Telus, about using the park. Read more here.
The Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott has posted his annual list of the “Top 100 Most Infuential Canadians in Baseball.” Coming in at #1 is Greg Hamilton, head coach and director of the national teams for Baseball Canada. Our friend John Ircandia, managing partner for the summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League), comes in at a very impressive #24. Congrats to John. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Coming off another successful season both on and off the field, the Western Major Baseball League is taking the next step in their development as a premiere summer collegiate baseball league. Continue reading
We are now down to four ballparks in Canada’s Favourite Ballpark Contest. This week, Seaman Stadium, home of the summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League), takes on Port Arthur Stadium, home of the summer collegiate Thunder Bay Border Cats (Northwoods League). Read more, see photos, and vote here. Next week, LaBatt Park in London (ON) will battle Stade Continue reading
Seaman Stadium, home of the summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League), took down the competition with 48% of the vote to advance to the semi-finals in the Canada’s Favourite Ballpark contest. Read more here.
Historic LaBatt Memorial Park in London (ON) is one of 16 chosen ballparks in “Canada’s Favourite Ballpark” contest sponsored by Baseball Canada. Week 1 voting began on Monday. Read more here. Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay (ON), home of the summer collegiate Thunder Bay Border Cats (Northwoods League) and Seaman Stadium in Okotoks (AB), home of the summer collegiate Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Seaman Stadium will once again play host to Canada Day celebrations on Friday, July 1st, as the Medicine Hat Mavericks come to town. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – It was too little too late for the Okotoks Dawgs in their home opener as they fell to the Medicine Hat Mavericks by a score of 15-10. A crowd of 2,789 packed Seaman Stadium to see the new-look Dawgs squad in action. The Dawgs were able to put up 8 runs in the final four innings, but could not hold off the Mavericks as they maintained their lead throughout the game. Both the Mavericks and Dawgs Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – While the Dawgs will officially take to the field on June 1st to face defending WMBL champions, the Swift Current Indians, fans will have to wait in anticipation for the home opener on Thursday, June 9th. Media are invited to come out in advance of the home opener on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at 2:00pm to talk with the new-look Dawgs’ players and coaches, get the scoop on upcoming Continue reading
The summer collegiate Western Major Baseball League’s Okotoks (AB) Dawgs have launched a new website at www.dawgsbaseball.ca.
The summer collegiate Western Major Baseball League’s Swift Current (Saskatchewan, Canada) Indians are retrofitting the bleachers at Mitchell Field from the current wooden benches to new individuals seats at a cost of $19,ooo. The capacity of the bleachers will drop from 600 to about 550. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Okotoks Dawgs’ coaching staff has been invited to Mexico City in March, 2011 to conduct “Béisbol Camps” for aspiring little leaguers. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club is pleased to announce the decision of Okotoks’ Town Council approving the construction of an all-new baseball diamond adjacent to Seaman Stadium, to be known as “Tourmaline Field”. Tourmaline Field is named after the Dawgs’ principal donor in connection with this project and will feature a full sized midget diamond with dimensions of 300 feet down the Continue reading
As reported on Tuesday, the summer collegiate Western Major Baseball League’s Cranbrook (BC) Eds submitted a feasibility study to the Cranbrook City Council for a proposed new $7.2 million ballpark. Below are the renderings from GEC Architecture and the Eds’ official press release:
The summer collegiate Western Major Baseball League’s Cranbrook (BC) Eds presented a feasibility study to the Cranbrook City Council on Monday for a new $7.2 million ballpark. Read more and view rendering here.
The new Western Major Baseball League franchise in Cranbrook (BC) has been named the “Cranbrook Eds.” The team’s name, logo and uniforms were unveiled at an event on Wednesday. The team’s new website can be found at www.cranbrookeds.com. The Eds will begin play in 2013, contingent upon construction of a new WMBL-ready ballpark. Continue reading