Father Leonard Albers of Bengough became an inductee into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame

Father Len Albers passed away on January 7, 2014 at age 89. Albers grew up on a farm in the Big Muddy Valley area south of Bengough. This year, he became one of the inductees into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.  

After his schooling in Bengough, Albers embarked on further studies at Wilcox and Regina. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1948. Albers functioned as parish priest throughout Saskatchewan in Estevan, Langenburg, Manor, Wynyard, Wilcox, Moosomin, Marquis, Ituna and Vibank and all associated parishes.

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Father Albers had many interests throughout his life, but he especially enjoyed watching, organizing and playing baseball games.

Other inductees in 2020 included Fred Curts of Holdfast, the former Schell School principal. Allan Fitzsimmons, a training specialist for the Sask Central school division from 1994-2002, is another hall of famer for 2020. Inductee George Guillaume of Moose Jaw was an avid sportsman – he was also known for his active involvement with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Further inductees this year were comprised of Al Greschuk from Yorkton, Elemer Jerkovits of Regina, Rick Johnston of Maidstone, Kevin Kusch of Lloydminster, Rocky Nickel of Caronport, Roy Taylor of Visalia California (formerly of Saskatoon), Neil Urlacher of Okotoks (formerly of Macklin) and Goldie Wiggins of Filmore.   

The team category for 2020 included the Flyers Baseball Team of Aquadell, who were active from 1947-1973 and the Kamsack Cyclones.

This year, the Village of Gray earned the community category slot in the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.