The Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame hosted its 20th annual induction banquet on Saturday, June 4, at 5:00 p.m., at the Morden Event Access Centre where the Hall of Fame is located. The inductees include outstanding players, builders, and teams who have left their legacy both on and off the baseball field.
Ross Tycoles of Reston MB was one of the inductee. Each of Tycoles’s three separate careers as player, coach, and builder in Southwest Manitoba fully qualify him for induction into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1973, he was a .400 hitter in Junior ball on a Provincial champion team and became a perennial SWBL All-star in the 1980s as a slugging first baseman and pitcher. Playing in the 1980s Provincial Championships for Deloraine, he hit five home runs including three grand slams to lead the hometown Royals to the title. He also went 3 for 4 in a game against the Canadian National Junior team playing for the SWBL All-stars in 1988.
Tycoles’s coaching career is even more impressive as his teams have made 17 Provincial playoff appearances since 1991. He was named the MBA High Performance Coach of the Year (2003) and was a three time MSBL Coach of the Year while leading the Reston Rockets to 2011 and 2013 championships. However, most impressive is Tycoles’s involvement in promoting baseball in Reston and throughout the southwest part of the Province. He was instrumental in reviving baseball in Reston and building a baseball complex now named after him. He also served as SWBL president for 10 years and president of Reston Minor Baseball for 12 years. Provincially, he was a MBA Director and VP of High Performance for three years and inducted into the MBA Honour Society in 2012.
Jim Paul and Terry Maryert, both formerly of Reston, were inducted into the Hall of Fame with the Small Community - Waskada Orioles (1984-1989). The Waskada Orioles dominated the Southwest Baseball League in the six years from 1984-89. They captured the league championships five of those years and were finalists in the sixth. In Manitoba playoffs the Orioles were almost as good as they won three Provincial “B” Championships and were finalists twice. Over the six years the team was comprised of 27 local players as well as five extra players from the SWBL that were added for Provincial playoffs.