Team Members: Back Row (L-R):
Harold MacEachern (Manager), James (Sonny) Lever, Dale Kearney, MIke Roberts, Clare Larade,Gordie MacDougall, Karl Marsh, Joe Burns, Stan Eksal, Michael (Spike) MacKinnon, Ken Timmons (Asst. coach)
Front Row (L-R):
Bernie MacKinnon (Coach), Art (Hot Dog) MacLean, Tim Nearing, Bernie Cameron, Raymond (Bozo) Steele, William (Buckle) Walzak, Dan Willie MacKinnon
New Waterford Giants, 1959
Many long-time baseball enthusiasts proclaim the 1959 New Waterford Giants, among the greatest of senior baseball clubs this region has ever seen. The home-grown Giants dominated play in the competitive Cape Breton Colliery League that year with 20 wins and 4 losses. With the regular season completed, the Giants started their journey towards the Maritime Senior Baseball Championship. And what a run they had!
The team went nearly undefeated in five playoffs series, racking up an incredible record of 17-1-3, with the three ties due to postponements. They defeated the Sydney Steel Kings and the Sydney Mines Ramblers in league playoffs, then defeated the Stellarton Albions, just out of the formidable H & D League, before defeating the powerful Canning Habs in the provincial championship series.
The Woodstock Elks, the 1958 Maritime champs, were next on their journey. The Giants defeated the import-laden Elks 2-0, the deciding game a 15-inning, 4-1 win before 6,000 elated fans in the New Waterford Park.