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Hockey Howe
"Gordie" Howe, C (born 31 March 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers. He is often referred to as Mr. Hockey, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, being most famous for his scoring prowess, physical strength, and longevity.

Howe made his NHL debut in 1946 at the age of 18, playing right wing for the DetroitRed Wings. He quickly established himself as a great goal scorer and a gifted playmaker. Using his great physical strength, he was able to dominate the opposition in a career that spanned five decades. In a feat unsurpassed by any athlete, in any sport, Gordie Howe finished in the top five in scoring for twenty straight seasons. It was said that a Gordie Howe hat trick was a goal, an assist, and a fight.

Howe led Detroit to four Stanley Cups and to first place in regular season play for seven consecutive years (1948-49 to 1955-56), a feat never equaled in NHL history. During this time Howe and his linemates, Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay, were known collectively as "The Production Line", both for their scoring and as an allusion to Detroit aut
o factories. Howe had been in his prime during a defensive era, the 1940s and 1950s, when scoring was difficult and checking was tight

The Red Wings were consistently contenders throughout the 1950s and early 1960s but began to slump in the late 60s. When Howe turned 40, in 1967, the league expanded from six to twelve teams and the number of scoring opportunities grew as the game schedule increased. Howe played the 1968-69 season on a line with Alex Delvecchio and Frank Mahovlich. Mahovlich was big, fast, and skilled, and Delvecchio was a gifted playmaker. The three were dubbed "The Production Line 3" and Howe's scoring returned to the levels of his youth, topping 100 points for the first time which included 44 goals and a career-high 59 assistsAnother milestone in a remarkable career was reached in 1997 when Howe playe

d professional hockey in a sixth decade. He was signed to a one-game contract by the Detroit Vipers of the IHL and, almost 70 years old, made a return to the ice for one shift.Howe has been married to Colleen Joffa since 15 April 1953; two of their sons, Marty and Mark, were his teammates on the Houston Aeros and the Hartford Whalers. Colleen is the founder of the Detroit Junior Red Wings, the first Ontario Hockey League team in the U.S.

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Marc Joseph Hab
scheid (born March 1, 1963 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a former National Hockey League forward. He was drafted in the 6th round, 113th Overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. He played 345 games in the NHL over parts of 10 seasons, amassing 72 goals and 163 points.
Habscheid played 3 seasons with the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades before turning pro. This included the 1981–82 campaign where Habscheid had 151 points, second only to Bruce Eakin in team scoring. He also played in the 1982 World Junior Hockey Championship, leading Canada to its first ever gold medal at the tournament. That season he played 7 games with the Oilers, scoring 4 points. He played 4 more seasons with the Oilers, before he was suspended by the team for refusing to report to the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs and subsequently dealt to Minnesota in December, 1985. Habscheid played 7 more NHL seasons with Minnesota, Detroit, and Calgary. He also represented Canada internationally twice, at the 1988 Winter Olympics and the 1992 World Championships. Habscheid went on to play 5 more seasons of hockey (2 in Switzerland, 2 with the IHL's Las Vegas Thunder, and one final season in 1995–96 with the DEL's Augsburg Panthers.) He retired officially in 1996.


Habscheid got his start in coaching in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He then moved on to coach the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. On November 29, 1999, he was named head coach of the Kelowna Rockets. Habscheid achieved great success with the Rockets. He won a Hershey Cup in 2002 and a Memorial Cup in 2004. He was also named the CHL Coach of the Year in 2003. Habscheid was also head coach of the 2003 Canadian World Junior team, becoming the first player to represent Canada at the tournament as both a player and coach. He was subsequently named head coach for all international tournaments on July 29, 2005. He won a gold medal at the World Championships in 2004 and silver in 2005. As well, Habscheid served as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Habscheid also spent one season as an associate coach with the Boston Bruins--today he coaches the Victoria Royals in the WHL, and son Zach plays for him there!!!!!




                                                    
Don Kozak  
   
 
  
Bor
n Feb 2 1952 -- Saskatoon, SASK
Height 5.09 -- Weight 184    
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n his name an see the quickest NHL goal!! Remember and know Don when his folks had Wallys Confectionary,on 20th st N in Saskatoon!!!Went and played for Edmonton Oil Kings in WHL,and on to NHL foe 10 years

 
Selected by Los-Angeles Kings round 2 #20 overall 1972 NHL Amateur Draft   theres a video in the Links,on Donnies fastest goal!!! 


Gar
ry Peters         Cente
Born Oct 9 1942 -- Regina, SASK
Height 5.10 -- Weight 170 -- Shoots L    
     

Season     Team     Lge     Type     GP     W     L     T     OTL     Pct     Result
1974-75     Syracuse Blazers     NAHL     Head Coach     74     46     25     3     0     0.
Dave Schultz
Piladelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Buffalo
It's hard to believe that Dave Schultz started out on the Prairies of Saskatchewan as a quiet, shy lad. His way to the the big leagues, however, transformed his style of self-expression to the point that, in the NHL, his persona was a defining element of the game of his day.
After two seasons of junior with the Swift Current Broncos, Schultz headed east where he made a strong, two-fisted impression with the Salem Rebels of the EHL and then the Quebec Aces of the AHL.

"TIGER"David James Williams was born on the 3 February 1954 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a former professional hockey who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974-75 to 1987-88. 
NHL Career
Dave "Tiger" Williams was drafted in the second round (31st overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. He was also drafted by the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association (WHA) in the third round (33rd overall) in the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft. Despite being drafted by a WHA team, he never played in the WHA. He chose instead to play in the NHL.



Sask.Players, and a Link to Alberta born players
Hockey Players from Saskatchewan  
Sid Abel
Keith Allen
George Allen
Squee Allen
Brent Ashton
Blair Atcheynum
Murray Balfour
Dave Balon
Robin Bartel
Nolan Baumgartner
Brian Bayda
Wade Belak
Doug Bentley
Max Bentley
Red Berenson
Frank "Buzz" Boll
Bob Bourne
Johnny Bower
Curtis Brown
Dave Brown
Buchberger
Garth Butcher
Lindsay Carson
Rene Chapdelaine
Tim Cheveldae
Kim Clackson
Kerry Clark
Wendel Clark
Kelly Chase
Braydon Coburn
Ed Cooper
Cory Cross
Scott Daniels
Bobby Dawes
Barry Dean
Ronnie Delorme
Dale Derkatch
Ken Doraty
Dave Dunn
Joseph "DUKE" DUTKOWSKI
Pat Elynuik
Jerome Engle
Dean Ewen
Todd Ewen
Bernie Federko
Ken Federko
Brent Fedyk
Fernie Flaman
Theoren Fleury
Emil (the Cat) Francis
Jeff Friesen
Curt Giles
Don Gillen
Clarke Gillies
Curtis Glencross
Johnny Gottselig
Dirk Graham
Ron Greschner
Marc Habschied
Bill Hadjt

Glenn Hall
"Gizzy" Hart
Scotty Hartnell
Lorne Henning
 
Lionel Heinrich
Chris Herperger
Jamie Heward
Ernie Hicke
Bill Hicke
Bruce Hoffart
Bob Hoffmeyer
Dale Hoganson
Darcy Hordichuck
Gordie Howe!!!
(Floral, Saskatchewan)

Greg Hubick
Fran Huck
Fred Hucul
Cale Hulse
Bill Hunter
Marsall Johnston

Kevin Kaminski
Dave Karpa

Dean Kennedy
Darin Kimble
Orest Kinderchuck
Gord Kluzak
Joey Kocur
Cliff Koral
Don Kozak
Skip Krake
Ken Kuntz
Orland Kurtenback
Gus Kyle
Elmer Lach
Brooks Laich

Mark Lamb
Lane Lambert
Brad Lauer
Dave Lewis
Eddie Litzenberger
 Ross Lonsberry
Reed Lowe

Steve Macintyre
Jim Mackenzie
Keith Magnussen
Dave Manson
Patrick Marleau
Mcallister
Brad McCrimmon
Kyle McLaren
Trent McCleary
Jim McKenzie
Barry Melrose
Nick and Don Metz
Gerald Minor
Lorne Molleken
Brendan Morrow
Garth Murray
Lyle Odeline

Jeff Odgers
Mick Odnokon

Bill Orban
Clayton Pachal
Greg Paslawski
Pederson
Rich Pilon
Gerry Pinder
Herb Pinder
Dennis Polonick
Rich Preston
Pat Price
Metro Prystai
Brian Propp
Wade Redden
Regher
Robyn Regier
Glen "Chico" Resch
Ron Robison
Al Rollins
Terry Ruskowski
Lawrence Sacharuk
Don Salaski
Cory Sarich
Fred Sasakamoose
Dave Schultz (Rosetown)
Peter Schaefer
Bob Schmatz
Nick Schultz
Cory Schwab
Darryl Scoville
Rick Sentes
Cam Severson
Greg Sheppard
Eddie Shore
Mike Sillinger
Brian Skrudland
Clint Smith
Fiona Smith
Jason Smyth
Ryan Smyth

Dave Tippett
Bryan Trottier
Bob Turner
Jeff Ulmer
Shaun Van Allen

Ed Van Imp
Mick Vukota
Wallin
Rhett Warrener
Doug Wickenhieser
Haley Wickenheiser
Tiger Williams (Storthoaks, Saskatchewan)
Clarke Wilme
Landon Wilson
Rick Wilson
Brendan Witt
Trent
Wittfield
Gump Worsley
Tyler Wright
Trent Yawney

Jeff Friesen
The native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan Jeff Friesen played parts of four seasons with the WHL's Regina Pats. He scored 45 goals in 1992-93 and was named the CHL Rookie-of-the-Year. After scoring 118 points in 1993-94, he was chosen 11th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. The talented youngster spent the first half of the lockout-shortened season in junior where he averaged nearly two points per game.

When the NHL season resumed in January 1995, Friesen joined the Sharks and scored 15 goals as a freshman. The young pivot was sufficiently impressive to earn selection to the NHL All-Rookie Team. In 1995-96, Friesen scored 46 points but was not taking advantage of his scoring opportunities. The Sharks missed the post-season and that made the young forward available for the World Championships where Canada won a silver medal.

Friesen broke through with 28 goals in 1996-97 but the Sharks missed the post-season. Friesen registered his first 30-goal season in 1997-98 and helped the improved Sharks qualify for the post-season. He continued to be a regular contributor to San Jose's offense but was traded to Anaheim in 2000-01 as part of the package assembled to acquire superstar forward Teemu Selanne.

Friesen's experiment in Anaheim was short lived as he was shipped to the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2002. While Friessen registered a solid 23 goals for the defensive-minded Devils during the 2002-03 regular season, he exploded for 10 playoff markers in leading New Jersey to their third Cup title in nine years.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Friesen was dealt to the Washington Capitals just prior to the 2005-06 season and went on to play the better part of the season with the club before being re-acquired by Anaheim at the 2006 NHL trading deadline.

Friesen's return to Anaheim was short lived however as he would compete for only 18 games with the Mighty Ducks prior to signing as a free agent with Calgary Flames in the Summer of 2006.

On the international stage, Friesen is a two-time gold medalist with Canada's World Junior team (1994-1995) and has represented his homeland five times at the World Championships (1996, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2004), winning gold in 1997 and 2004.

 

Don Kozak

That record is shared by Los Angeles' Don Kozak and Philadelphia's Pelle Eklund, who both scored just 6 seconds into the period.

Kozak's goal, on April 17th, 1977 against Boston, actually came in the first period, the record for the fastest goal from the start of a playoff game. The Kings won that game 7-4.

Eklund's 6 second goal opened the second period of the Flyers-Penguins game on April 25th, 1989. Pittsburgh actually would win that wild game 10-7.
Born Feb 2 1952 -- Saskatoon, SASK
Height 5.09 -- Weight 184    
  
   
Selected by Los-Angeles Kings round 2 #20 overall 1972 NHL Amateur Drafthttp://www.lethbridgemapleleafs.com/2011_01_01_archive.html

Local Warman Owners

Bearskin Airlines' roots are deep in the soil of Northern Ontario. John Heglund founded the company on July 17, 1963, naming it after Bearskin Lake, a remote First Nations community located 270 miles northeast of Sioux Lookout.

Henri Boulanger, and Bert Cone took over the company in 1965 and operated it as an air taxi service using float equipped aircraft. Harvey Friesen, originally from Warman, Sask., was a pilot for the company before purchasing a 50% interest in 1972. In 1977, Boulanger's shares were bought out, giving the current President control of the company.

Cliff Friesen, Harvey's brother, purchased his interest in 1978 and is the Executive Vice President. Other owners include Vice President of Operations, Karl Friesen (unrelated), Rick Baratta, Vice President of Finance and Brad Martin, Director of Operations.

The company maintains its Head Office in Sioux Lookout and employs more than 250 people throughout Ontario and Manitoba. The company's administrative office, another maintenance and pilot base is located in Thunder Bay.

Cliff played Saskatoon A ball with K&K Olson .

Warman
Warman had a good sports program,I'm not sure who was responsible for it,likely the
teachers.Some teachers who influenced me include:Mr.Peshko,Mr.
Altman,Mr.Sorokan and a
replacement teacher from Aberdeen,Mr.
Hamm.We had a teacher who
was dismissed in spring
Mr.Cherneski, he kinda liked to play steel guitar, more than
teach,and was removed from the faculty.Mr.Hamm was an
experienced pro and knew how to
touch the magic buttons.His hot button was,simple,go to Aberdeen and
beat their fastball team.Needless to say  we recieved some
privlegies as ball players.Practice and get ready for the big day in
late June.Mission:defeat Aberdeen!I remember him pointing to Arlie
Regier,Len Neufeld,Leander Friesen and myself.
go and practice pitching.He would send out Altman and Peshko to
supervise us.
Lets go back a ways,I was a second baseman,I had good range and
skills,plus,I could hit the ball pretty good..On the sidelines I would
practice pitching,hoping the coach would notice,and use me one day.
 In all humility,I did throw a lot harder and faster than any of our
regular pitchers,but,a wildpitch,very little control.Actually,some
batters in practice feared to take their turn,they may get
hurt!Actually ,I did hit one, was Cathy Doell,\. The girls
Verna Rhode and Louise Neufeld.,Doell
these were good ball players
We did have three girls on our team for the Warman
Sportsday

Darrel Janz
 CTV CALGARY

Darrel Janz

Role @ CTV: Co-Anchor/Co-Producer of CTV Weekend News at 6:00 

Hometown: Main Centre, Saskatchewan (the real birthplace of Homer Simpson. Homer Groening, father of "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, was born at Main Centre in 1919. The family later moved to the U.S. and Matt was born there.)

Been with CTV Calgary since: 1973 ,have chatted several tines with Darrel,at CKSW or at Granum!!!Wayne Mantyka,,CTV  Regina

Don Wittman

Donald Rae Wittman (October 9, 1936[1]January 19, 2008) was a Canadian sportscaster for the CBC network.

Born in Herbert, Saskatchewan, Wittman attended the University of Saskatchewan and got his start in the field of broadcasting as a news reporter with CFQC radio in Saskatoon in 1955.[2]

As a sportscaster, Wittman covered many sports including athletics, baseball, basketball, golf, and was most known as a commentator and announcer for the CBC's CFL coverage, on Hockey Night in Canada, and for major Canadian and international curling tournaments.[2]

He joined CBWT's supper-hour news program 24Hours in 1970 as sports anchor alternating with Bob Picken. He also worked on Winnipeg Jets television and radio broadcasts.

Ron Lancaster

Rob Vanstone , Leader-Post

Published: Thursday, September 18, 2008

Regina -- At a shade over 5-foot-9, Saskatchewan Roughriders legend Ron Lancaster was a giant in Canadian football.

"His contribution in every way to the CFL is just really unparalleled," fellow Canadian Football Hall of Famer Hugh Campbell said Thursday, a afew hours after Lancaster died suddenly at age 69.

"He has had such a huge effect, both face-to-face with the fans as well as with the players, and also with people who have never met him. (With) what he did as a broadcaster, as a player and as a coach, and then as an ambassador the last few years, the combination of all of those things is really unmatched in the amount of the fans that he has personally reached.''

No person, family aside, was as closely associated with Lancaster as fellow Roughriders icon George Reed.

"He was probably my best friend,'' Reed said. "We didn't have to be around each other all the time to be that. I know one thing: If I had to call and say that I needed help, he would have been right there for me. Likewise, I would have went the other way. We had that special friendship that was long-lasting. Our families also enjoyed the same type of interaction.''

Reed, Lancaster and Campbell all made their debuts with the Roughriders in 1963 and helped Saskatchewan win its first-ever Grey Cup three years later. Campbell, a record-setting receiver, retired as a player in 1969 and eventually became a successful head coach and executive with the Edmonton Eskimos. Campbell hired Lancaster as the Eskimos' head coach in 1991. Lancaster and Reed played together from 1963 to 1975, a period in which the Roughriders did not miss the playoffs.

Robyn Regehr,,L.A.Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Winner

Vic Lynn

Vic was born in Saskatoon in 1925 and played football and hockey while attending Technical Collegiate. He played midget hockey for the Embassy club, then moved up to the Junior Quakers. After finishing school, he joined the New York Rovers, then turned professional in the 1942-43 season with Indianapolis. His first NHL action occurred in 1943-44, when he played three games with Detroit.

The following season, while with Buffalo, he was called up for two games with the Montreal Canadiens. He joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1946-47 season, played with them for four years and helped them to three Stanley Cup wins. Vic also saw service with Boston and Chicago. When he left the NHL, Vic returned to Saskatoon to play for the Quakers. In 1958-59, Lynn was the guiding force of the Quakers when Saskatchewan boasted a strong Senior Hockey League. Over the years, Vic led the club to seven Saskatchewan championships and four Western Canada titles.(D)2010

 

Gary Peters

Garry Peters played for four teams in eight National Hockey League seasons and, after serious knee injuries, settled in Saskatoon where he coached and became active in Special Olympics and Kid Sport programming

Garry was born in Regina. Hockey seemed to be in the family future early and Garry went from backyard hockey to all age classes in the Regina playground system, playing on five Regina city championship teams.

Garry played junior hockey for the Regina Pats for four years, was team captain twice, won the league scoring title one season and the league's most valuable player award another season.

He turned professional with the Omaha Knights, won the rookie-of-the-year honors in the Central Pro League, and by January in 1965, he was called up to the Montreal Canadiens. He played on the Canadiens, who won the Stanley Cup in a 1965 series against Chicago, was later traded to New York Rangers for a season and then re-acquired by the Canadiens.

Garry went to the Philadelphia Flyers at the start of the 1967-68 season, the first expansion year in the National League. Garry wore No. 15 for the Flyers and he made his mark in the NHL as a checking centre and penalty-killer.

Garry joined the Boston Bruins in 1971-72, was the most valuable player at their American League farm team but was called up near the end of the season. He injured his knee, missed the playoffs but had his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup. He later played two seasons in the World Hockey Association.

In Saskatoon, he played fastball with Saskatoon College Lads, who won three provincial senior championships, became coach of the Western Hockey League's Blades for part of the 1978 season and coached minor teams in the Flyers zone, winning five city titles.

Garry played with the Saskatoon Old Pros and also played with the Montreal Canadien Old timers in many of their exhibition games for 20 years. With the Old timers, most of the proceeds went to charity, like the Special Olympics,  and he was also the key organizer of a dinner in honor of former teammate Dave Balon, who received a van from the Canadiens to help him cope with his muscular sclerosis.

He has been active with Kid Sport for seven years and with Sask Sport for two, and it was a Sask Sport function where he was reunited with other NHL veterans in Regina.

 

Noteables

Rob Guenter,Saskatoon born pitcher  achieved his greatest softball dream when he pitched Canada to a 1-0 victory over the United States in a 14-inning gold medal game at the 1979 Pan-American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

One of Rob’s early successes was in 1972 when he pitched the Saskatoon Roadrunners to victory at the Saskatchewan Summer Games.

As a rookie in the Saskatoon senior men’s league, Rob pitched three no-hit games in 1973 and led K&K Olson to the provincial title. He also won Saskatchewan championships with Olsons in 1976 and Saskatoon All-O-Matics in 1978 and 1979.

He was picked up by Victoria to pitch at the Pan-American Games and he allowed only five hits and struck out 18 in beating America’s top pitcher, Ty Stofflet, in the final.

Rob pitched in five Canadian finals, winning with Victoria in 1981 and 1982. In 1977, he pitched for the Interstate Batterymen of Worcester, Mass., winning 33 and losing nine in the Atlantic Seaboard League.

In 1980, Rob pitched for Team Canada at the world championships and pitched three victories, striking out 40 and giving up only two runs in 24 innings. After retiring from competitive softball in 1990, he joined a Canadian team in 1994 for the world masters and pitched his team to a gold medal.

In 1979, he was selected Saskatoon’s athlete-of-the-year and twice since, has been selected Victoria’s athlete-of-the-year.

 

Gene McWillie

McWillie was born in Humboldt and lived for a time in Watson before moving to Saskatoon as a youngster. He started playing softball as a student at Thornton school, but he commenced as a centre fielder. When he got a chance to pitch, he did just fine and has been tossing balls and strikes (mostly strikes) ever since.

Gene has recorded so many perfect games, no-hitters and one-hitters that no one can come up with the exact figure. As soon as he moved up to the senior level he was picked to play with the Weyburn Canadians in 1987. Weyburn went on to win the Canadian championship.  hat team has been enshrined in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Locally he has performed for the Merchants, Molsons, Rempel Brothers, and the Jacks of the Old Western Major Fastball league and All-o-matic A’s. He was honoured in 1986 at a “Gene McWillie Day” by his many friends. He has appeared in Canadian championships and world championships and gained a gold medal at the Pan-American Games.Sound+

 

Harv Hildebrandt

A softball player with championship credentials for many years, Harvey Hildebrandt’s enjoyment of sports took him into later success as an umpire in softball and supervisor of officials in hockey.

Harvey was born in Hague and played softball, hockey and competed in the 100 yards and broad jump at high school level.

After moving to Saskatoon, he played Commercial League softball with Soberg Brothers and senior men’s softball with the Royals, Osler Monarchs, K&K Olson and College Lads. He played on nine Saskatoon championship teams and played on Saskatchewan champions in 1955, 1963, 1965, 1965 and 1967, each year advancing into the Western Canada playoffs. He was a second baseman and .300-plus hitter.

Harvey went into umpiring almost immediately after retirement as a player, earned a Level 5 rating from the Canadian Amateur Softball Association and worked Canadian, world and international tournaments.

After officiating in Saskatoon minor hockey, Harvey became a linesman in the Western league, then a supervisor in both the Saskatchewan and Western leagues and held the WHL post for 12 years. At least six current NHL referees started under Harvey’s wing in the WHL.

 

 

Pete Zacharias started playing ball in Saskatoon in 1959. He played in the commercial league with the Nutana Royals, Stodola Mixers and K & K Olson teams. Pete then moved up to the senior division and joined the College Lads. He then went on to pitch for the Saskatoon Jacks in the very competitive Western Major Fastball League.

Zacharias later played for the Merchants and coached them for two years. The Merchants won the 1969 Canadian championship and that team was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. He has been the recipient of many awards, including most valuable player in 1966 and 1969, and most valuable player in 1965 at a tournament in Plentywood, Montana.

Pete also played hockey for several years in the Saskatchewan Valley League. He also coached a hockey team that won the Saskatoon midget championship in 1974. (D-2017)

No Crown For A King: Written by Daniel Wyatt, Regina, Saskatchewan

Myrle Vernon King came into this world 26 March 1925 in Walla Walla, Washington and left St. Mary’s Catholic Hospital adopted the very next day. As a youngster, he was a loner. He was shunned, often called a “bastard” and beat up after school. Expelled from high school in his teens for bad behavior, Myrle joined the US Marines in 1942 at the height of World War II, but was discharged later with a nervous breakdown brought on by a concussion.

Eddie Feigner of "King and His Court" fame

(Photo's taken by the writer in Regina, SK, 1975) Back home, he went back to what he could do best--and that was pitching a softball. Since the age of nine, he had been playing on adult teams and quickly developed into a right-handed terror on the mound. However, he was banned from the local fastball league because he was too good, too loud, and too cocky. He could only stay on if he played another position, something King wanted absolutely nothing to do with.
So, Myrle King drifted, ending up in Portland, Oregon and later Seattle, Washington picking up odd jobs here and there by begging for work. He lived in flophouses, slept in cars, and cashed in pop bottles for extra money. King later admitted to Sports Illustrated in 1972, “I was an uncouth, uneducated, arrogant, belligerent, no-good, miserable excuse for a human being.” Then he returned to Walla Walla in 1945 and by a for work. He lived in flophouses, slept in cars, and cashed in pop bottles for extra money. King later admitted to Sports Illustrated in 1972, “I was an uncouth, uneducated, arrogant, belligerent, no-good, miserable excuse for a human being.” Then he returned to Walla Walla in 1945 and by a stroke of luck met his biological mother, who turned out to be quite well-to-do. The meeting changed his life forever.

She took King under her wing, bought him a brand new Buick and gave him money for clothes and other necessities. Then he caught on with a local fastball team in 1946. With King on the mound, they whipped a team from Pendleton, Oregon by the not-so-close score of 33-0. After, he bragged that he could still beat the team with only a catcher. The opponents dared him to try, but allowed King to also have a first baseman and a shortstop. King whipped the Pendleton team again, this time by only 7-0, chucking a perfect game and striking out 19 of 21 batters. Following this, King and his three players took on all comer s in the Pacific Northwest, travelling as far east as Idaho.

After he had met his biological mother, he took on her maiden name as his own, and his friend’s first name. He combined Naomi Feigner and Eddie Colts. Thus began the formidable quartet known as “The King and His Court,” starring himself--Eddie Feigner, pronounced Fay-ner. The first time he was asked why he had a four-man team and not two or three players, he replied, “We need a man at bat with the bases loaded.” He also added, “If I got nine players together, the game would be a farce.” Over the next four years, Feigner’s squad played almost 250 games, very seldom losing.

By 1950, they decided to go national and sent out 3,000 letters all across the United States to anyone who might sponsor a game with them. The response was disappointing, except for a particular positive reply from a group of military officers at Al Lang Field, St Petersburg, Florida. So, Feigner and his young men headed south and played with 4,000 fans looking on at St Petersburg, enjoying the show. There, a promoter for the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto saw the act and convinced Feigner and his crew to come north. In eight days at the CNE, Feigner pitched before huge, enthusiastic crowds. It was exactly what Feigner and his Court needed--recognition. He finally made the headlines and was on a roll after that, thanks to Canada, to whom he was always grateful. After meeting his biological mother, it was his second life-changing event.

For the next fifty years, The King and His Court barnstormed--dressed in colorful red, white, and blue uniforms--and played for fve-month periods each year in 200-250 games in all kinds of good and rotten weather on all kinds of playing fields, including weeded lots and cow pastures. Always on the road. They were the last of a dying breed, the Harlem Globetrotters of softbalil. One of a kind. They covered all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, 98 countries, before 200 million fans, and logged 4 million miles along the way. And they won 95 percent of their games. The main attraction, crew-cut Feigner had an assortment of pitches that dazzled the fans and the opposition. He was the Eighth Wonder of the World. If anyone could get a hit off him, he was a local celebrity. Feigner used 14 different deliveries, including a figure-eight windmill, 19 windups, five speeds and over 1,000 pitches. Several major league teams wanted him, but Feigner told them that he was having more fun barnstorming and seeing parts of the world that most major leaguers would never see.

He pitched a 34-inning game on one occasion, striking out 73 batters. His fastball was clocked at 104 miles per hour. No other softball pitcher has come close since. (Reportedly, the fastest pitch ever in the majors was thrown by Cincinnati Reds 23-year-old lefty Ardolis Chapman when he was clocked at 105 miles per hour in a 2011 game). When it came to slower pitches, Feigner’s curveball broke 18 inches. Keeping detailed personal stats, Feigner figured that in the 10,000-plus total games he pitched in, he threw 1,916 shutouts, 8,270 wins, 930 no-hitters, of which 238 were perfect games. He also struck out 141,517 batters. He once fanned a batter from center field. No slouch at the plate either, he smashed 83 homers in one 250-game schedule. In the midst of his prime in the early 1960s, Feigner was making $100,000 a month. Tops for the time in the majors was Mickey Mantle, making that for a whole season!

In a nationally-televised exhibition event on 18 February 1967 held at Dodger Stadium, Feigner (42 at the time) struck out major leaguers Willie McCovey, Maury Wills, Willie Mays, Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, and Roberto Clemente in order. In retrospect, Feigner admitted to having the advantage. Hardball hitters weren’t used to rising fastballs prevalent in his game. Besides, he was only 46 feet from home plate, the required distance in softball, much closer than the hardball 60 feet 6 inches. On one occasion, Feigner guested on the Johnny Carson n Show where he pitched blindfolded to the nervous host, knocking a cigar from his mouth with one pitch. Feigner also appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sport and What’s My line?