Marysville Royals 1981
In 1981, diamonds – at least of the baseball kind – were indeed New Brunswick’s best friends. A silver medal in Canada Games and in the national Little League championship play; a bronze for national midget competition; and, for the first time ever, a gold medal for the Marysville Royals at the Canadian Senior Baseball championship held in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. What a year! They went 3 and 0 in Atlantic competition followed by a 5 and 1 record at nationals. Their only loss was to Kentville – a team they bounced back to beat 16 to 4 in the double elimination final. Once again the boys from Baseball Hill showed they belonged at the top of the podium. Fredericton honoured them with a place on its Sports Wall of Fame, and the Canadian Federation of Amateur Baseball designated New Brunswick as “Canadian Province of the Year”. Who says diamonds aren’t very special jewels! Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 4th, 2005.
Won the 1980 NB Senior Baseball title qualifying to represent the province at the 1981 Canadian championship
Won the 1981 Atlantic senior championship with a perfect 3-0 record
Won the 1981 Canadian senior baseball championship by defeating Kentville Wildcats twice on final day of the tournament
First New Brunswick team to win the Canadian senior title
Sport New Brunswick Team of the Year in 1981
Team members: Scott Almeida, Dale Peterson, Chris Mabie, Chris Heatherington, Peter Ruddock, Scott Harvey, Jr., Gary Frank, Derek Smart, Gary Gibbon, Mike Reid, Tim MacTavish, Tom Tompkins Tom King, Bob English, Kevin Keith, Mark Hallett, Brent Hallett, Rollie Sappier, David Saunders, Ron Munro, Dave Thorburn, Peter Woodworth, Brian Cox (D), Ian Robertson, Billy Saunders (coach), Wayne MacPherson (coach), Terry Arnold (manager)