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Many residents helped baseball all-star Terry Puhl reach the major leagues

Terry Puhl, a former Melville resident and retired Major League Baseball player, speaks during a ceremony on July 13 that saw the road leading into the regional park renamed Terry Puhl Drive. Puhl played for the Houston Astros for 14 years. Photo by Jason G. Antonio Terry Puhl, a former Melville resident and retired Major League Baseball player, speaks during a ceremony on July 13 that saw the road leading into the regional park renamed Terry Puhl Drive. Puhl played for the Houston Astros for 14 years. Photo by Jason G. Antonio By Jason G. Antonio, Advance Reporter
It was a great honour for retired Major League Baseball all-star Terry Puhl to have a road in Melville named after him, but he humbly noted it also honours all the local athletes with whom he played as a youth.
“We did some good things in baseball here over those years,” he said. “Baseball is a team sport, so it takes more than one person to make this type of thing happen. It has to be shared.”
Puhl was in Melville during the July 13-15 weekend, where the road leading into the regional park was renamed Terry Puhl Drive on July 13 and a sign was unveiled on the outfield wall at Pirie Field on July 14.
Puhl played 14 of his 15 big league seasons with the Houston Astros, from 1977 to 1990, and then one year with the Kansas City Royals in 1991.
The former Melville resident spoke to the Melville Advance after the road naming ceremony.
He singled out many of the men who coached him as a youth in Melville, such as his dad, Bob Taylor, Lloyd Taylor, and Bob Stuart. Andy Kreklewich was also instrumental in his early career.
Puhl also noted that the late Paul Schaar — the caretaker at St. Henry’s Junior School — was a home plate umpire who contributed to his career.
“Once I did leave Melville to move on, baseball became a year-round job,” said Puhl. “That’s what it takes to progress, to be able to play at the major league level.”
He was the type of person who put in much work to get better. Even though he ran, threw and hit well, he had to perform those actions well continuously to remain in the major leagues.
Puhl reached AA baseball in his second year in the minor leagues. He looked at the players in AAA and the majors and realized he could play just as well as them.
“I had a great season in A ball, which paved the way for me to build to move into the minor league system,” he continued. “The Astros were rebuilding at that time and they got me up there at a pretty young age (of 17).”
One of Puhl’s endearing memories is the Astros’ extra-game win over the Los Angeles Dodges in 1980 to reach the playoffs. This was the team’s first time winning anything after its founding in 1962. Playing against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1980 National League Championship Series — which Houston lost — was also fun.
The Phillies won the series 3-2 in what many baseball commentators have said was one of the most exciting postseason series in history.
“All the playoff series were fun that I was involved with,” Puhl said. “The National League all-star team in 1978 was just a dream come true, to rub shoulders and be in the team picture with 15 to 20 guys who made the Hall of Fame.”
Puhl is in Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. He noted it is an honour to be in each one, but it was extra nice to go into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame as a team.
Before the July 13 ceremony, Puhl spoke with players from the WMBL Melville Millionaires, many of whom are from Texas. He knew the schools where they played and even knew one of the players.
Those boys will develop lifelong friendships with some of the guys they meet, said Puhl. He singled out Tom Coulman and Jeff Smith from his AA minor league days as long-time friends.
He met Canadian ball player Dave MacKay in Venezuela and the two have also remained friends.
Puhl was able to see large parts of the world because of baseball. He was the manager for Team Canada, which played in tournaments in China and Cuba.
“Baseball has created a life for (wife) Jackie and I,” he added. “Sometimes things work out right in life.”
Puhl will likely spend less time here since his mother was recently moved to Nipawin. However, he and his wife attempt to make Melville a part of their summer trips.
Puhl has worked for Corda Investment Management in Houston for 30 years. For the last 11 ball seasons, he has coached the University of Houston Victoria baseball team. He chuckled and said he still has a few years left of that.
“But we’re destined to stay in Texas,” he added.

Some photos from July 14 pre-game events

Mils need wins to enter playoffs

By Darcy Gross For Grasslands News

The Melville Millionaires of the Western Major Baseball League are running out of time.
The Mils played five games last week and won only two, leaving them slightly ahead of the lowly Yorkton Cardinals who hold down last place in the East Division.


Melville Millionaires 4 at Regina Red Sox 6 (July 16)

Justin Braziel was the lone member of the Mils to put a crooked number in the hit column, picking up two base hits, a run and an RBI in three at bats.
The rest of the Melville lineup managed only four hits against the Sox.
Noah Freimuth drew the starting assignment for Melville and allowed all six Regina runs on seven hits and a pair of bases on balls.
On a positive note, Ricky Hockett and Andrew Astolos combined to pitch four shutout innings in relief and give the Mils a chance to get back into the game.

Regina Red Sox 9 at Melville Millionaires 16 (July 15)

Leadoff man Kole Kaler led the hit parade for the Millionaires, notching four base knocks and three runs in five trips to the dish.
Nik Pagan hit a ninth-inning grand slam for the Mils while newcomer Edarian Williams hit his third round tripper and drove in three runs.
Braziel also recorded four RBI and a run scored as he ripped a double and added a couple of singles.
Zach Diaz may have given up eight runs, but he still earned his second win of the season in 52/3 innings of work.
Melville's bullpen pitched the rest of the game, with four hurlers combining to allow one run over 31/3.
Regina Red Sox 6 at Melville Millionaires 5 (July 14)
The Mils, riding the emotional wave of Terry Puhl night at the ballpark scored four times in the first inning, but couldn't hold off the Sox, who scored twice in the ninth to spoil the Puhl party. That decisive blow was a two-run homer over the newly unveiled Terry Puhl sign.
This was a pitchers' battle, with the two clubs combining for only10 hits.
Melville starter Chase Rolen tossed five innings, giving up three runs on a couple of hits and five walks on the way to the no decision. Reliever David Flores took the loss for the Mils, giving up two runs on two hits despite striking out two other batters.

Lethbridge Bulls 2 at Melville Millionaires 5 (July 11)

A three-run sixth inning was the difference for the Mils as they avenged the loss suffered to the Bulls the night before.
Williams struck the key blow for Melville, a two-run home run that came on the heels of a Nik Pagan sacrifice fly that scored Nate Doleman. Williams, Braziel and Doleman each notched a pair of hits to lead the Mils.
Tyler Ulrich had a brilliant start for Melville, throwing 61/3 and allowing three hits and a pair of Bulls’ runs. Flores collected the save.

Lethbridge Bulls 8 at Melville Millionaires 2 (July 10)

The Bulls scored one run in each of the first three innings before exploding for five in the fourth as they had little difficulty on a rainy night at Pirie Field.
Lyle Hibbitts allowed all eight runs and took the loss for the Mils. The lone bright spot for Melville was Williams, starting at shortstop and blasting a solo homer.

Brooks 12 at Melville 14 (July 7)
It was a historic night at Pirie Field in Melville. Even though the home squad won the game 14-12, the highlight of the night came from the Brooks Bombers.
Catcher Riley MacDonald of the Bombers set a new WMBL record for home runs as he hammered out two homers giving him 19 on the year. The old record was held by Jesse Sawyer of the Lethbridge Bulls, who hit 18 dingers in 2011.
MacDonald was red hot in the game as he reached base six times. He finished the day four for four with four runs, two doubles, two home runs and three RBI. MacDonald also walked and was hit by a pitch.
Joey Walls had a productive night at the plate for Melville. In his first game as a Millionaire he slammed three hits, including two doubles. Walls also walked scored a run and had three RBI. 
Melville had eight extra base hits and stole five bases.
Brooks starter Jonny Chavez took the loss while Noah Freimuth from Fort Wayne, Ind. picked up his first win of the season for Melville.
With the victory, Melville is now 9-20 and Brooks fell to 9-19.

Brooks 6 at Melville 4 (July 6)

Riley MacDonald hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning as the Bombers beat the Millionaires 6-4 at Pirie Field.

MacDonald continues to close in on the WMBL all-time home run record. The North Vancouver, B.C. product now has 17 round trippers, one shy of the of the record set by Jesse Sawyer of the Lethbridge Bulls in 2011. He finished the game with a home run, double, two runs scored and four RBI.
Melville shortstop Kole Kaler provided two doubles, a walk, two RBI, and a run scored.
Brandon Hillier made his sixth start for Brooks and earned his first win of 2018. The Indiana Tech product went seven innings, surrendering a run on four hits and four walks. He also struck out nine.
Millionaire starter Case Rolen dropped to 1-4 with the loss.

Weyburn 12 at Melville 7 (July 5)


The Weyburn Beavers scored 10 unanswered runs to beat Melville 12-7. The visitors also out hit the Money Men 16-11 in front of 125 fans at Pirie Field.

Weyburn’s Felix Correa, the senior from the University of Northwestern Ohio, reached base six times on four hits and two walks. He also scored two runs, stole three bases and had a RBI. Wade Weinburger had a double and home run and three RBI for the Beavers.
Millionaire DH Marshall McPherson scored two runs on a pair of hits and a walk in the loss. Pitcher Andrew Astalos took the loss. The Mills had three stolen bases.
Weyburn is now 21-7 and sit in first place in the Eastern Division. Melville is 8-19 and fighting to stay in the race for fourth place.

Melville 2 at Edmonton 4 (July 3)


The Edmonton Prospects won their fourth consecutive game with a 4-2 victory over Melville. The Millionaires, now 8-18, have lost four in a row.

Offensively Justin Braziel and Gavin Haimovitz led the Money Men with two hits each. Daylen Calicdan stroked three hits and had a walk to lead the Prospects offence.
Farmersville, Texas native Lyle Hibbits was the losing pitcher, while Edmonton’s Michael Gahan earned his first win of the season. Marion McLean pitched the ninth inning and picked up his second save.

 

Mils coach has hope for turn around

By Darcy Gross, For Grasslands News
The Melville Millionaires Western Major Baseball League season hasn’t been exactly stellar, but coach Wes Hunt still has hope for his charges.
There are 18 games remaining in the season and Hunt is staying positive and hoping to earn a playoff berth.
"Obviously, we haven't accomplished everything we wanted to, but we have learned what we have to do to be successful," said Hunt. "Now we just need to go out and do it."
The inability to get out of innings at times have haunted the Millionaires, whose record was 9-21 at the time of this report. The recipe for success is a simple one, but you can’t create the best dish without all the ingredients.
"It's a matter of focus and energy every day -- every pitch,” explained Hunt. "If we could find a way to eliminate walks on the pitching end and errors on the defensive end of things, we'd be pretty good."
One of the positives for Hunt is the fact that he’s seen all his players in game action and knows which guys he can rely on.
"We know who our best nine are, but you can't play those guys every single day,” Hunt explained. “This league is a grind. We do know who our key guys are though.”
Shortstop Kole Kaler has gotten a lot of attention throughout the league and for good reason. Kaler has batted over .300 all season and shows no sign of slowing down.
"Kole Kaler is a stand up gentleman and a grinder on the baseball field. He's not truly a shortstop, but he's been a really big time piece to this team," said Hunt. "He never complains and just wants to work hard and get better. He's a total gamer."
If the Mils are going to make a playoff run, they’ll need a few more guys to step up.
“(Catcher) Justin Braziel, (first baseman) Nik Pagan and (third baseman) Keaton Sullivan have been great for us and not only that, they love being in Melville and playing baseball here,” said Hunt. “These are the guys who have grown so much this season.”
Hunt is excited to have Terry Puhl coming home to the city where his road to the Major Leagues started on July 13 and 14.
“Terry Puhl changed my life when he called me about a player and I told him I was coaching in Melville,” Hunt chuckled. “I’m jazzed that Terry Puhl is coming back to be recognized and I think it’s going to be a great weekend for baseball in Saskatchewan and for the Melville Millionaires.”
Perhaps Puhl’s presence will provide some inspiration for the Mils who have some serious work ahead if they hope to play in the postseason.
“Who knows what can happen? If we can get on a roll, there’s always an opportunity,” Hunt admitted. “I think we still have a shot to make the playoffs and that’s still our goal.”
What better time to start than when Melville’s most famous ballplayer comes home?

 

 

Celebrating Minor Ball Night - June 20

Mils end Beavers' streak and then…

By Darcy Gross, For Grasslands News > posted June 28

The Melville Millionaires were the first team in the Western Major Baseball League to defeat the Weyburn Beavers, turning the trick twice in a row.

Their success was short-lived, however, as they lost their next two contests to finish their week with a couple of wins and two losses.

Moose Jaw Miller Express 10 at Melville Millionaires 4 (June 24)

Leadoff man Kole Kaler led the way with three base hits, including a pair of doubles and this stolen base. Photo by George BrownLeadoff man Kole Kaler led the way with three base hits, including a pair of doubles and this stolen base. Photo by George BrownThe Millionaires outhit the Miller Express 15-11, but twice gave up three runs in an inning and dropped this contest by six.

Rickey Hockett drew the starting assignment for the Mils and he wasn't his sharpest, allowing five runs on six hits over 32/3 innings pitched, taking the loss. The first hurler out of the bullpen didn't fare well either, as Taylor Roberge gave up three hits and three runs in an inning of work.

At the plate, leadoff man Kole Kaler led the way with three base hits, including a pair of doubles and a stolen base. Nik Pagan added a trio of base knocks, with Keaton Sullivan and Gavin Haimovitz each collecting a pair of hits.

Melville Millionaires 0 at Regina Red Sox 6 (June 22)

Red Sox ace Evan Rogers shut down the Melville offence for the most part, going the distance for the second straight game. Rogers fanned 10 Millionaires on his way to the four-hit shutout.

Starter Case Rolen gave up all six Regina runs in his three innings of work on the mound and as a result, took the loss.

Sullivan was the only member of the Millionaires to touch up Evans as he notched a double.

June 24 the Millionaires outhit the Miller Express 15-11, but twice gave up three runs in an inning and dropped the  contest 10-4.June 24 the Millionaires outhit the Miller Express 15-11, but twice gave up three runs in an inning and dropped the contest 10-4.Weyburn Beavers 3 at Melville Millionaires 6 (June 20)

Alex DeBell struck out seven Beavers and gave up three runs on six hits while going all nine innings on the Pirie Field mound to hand Weyburn its second consecutive loss.

Kaler once again led the Mils, hitting at a three-for-four clip with a double and an RBI. Sullivan, Haimovitz and Isaiah McDonald each added a couple of hits for the Mils, who won on the strength of a four-run fourth inning rally.

Weyburn Beavers 5 at Melville Millionaires 6 (June 19)

The Millionaires took a 6-1 lead into the eighth inning and had to be cautious as they allowed four Weyburn runs before David Flores slammed the door in the ninth, as the Millionaires handed the Beavers their first loss of the season.

Ryan Tackett led the Mils offensively with a homer, two doubles and four RBI. Marshall McPherson and Chandler Hughes each chipped in with a couple of hits for Melville while Kade Wallace added a round tripper of his own.

Ty Ulrich pitched seven strong innings with five strikeouts and two bases on balls to earn the victory.

 

Kole Kaler named one of WMBL Players of the Week

Western Major Baseball League announced their Stars of the Week for week 3 and Kole Kaler of Melville received honourable mention as Player of the Week.  Kaler produced 5 runs on 10 hits. He also had a pair of doubles, 3RBI and 3 stolen bases.

Regina Red Sox Outfielder Wesley Moss was chosen as the Player of the Week while Regina starting pitcher Evan Rogers was named the League’s Pitcher of the Week. Bo McClintock from the Swift Current 57s received the other honourable mention as Player of the Week. Moose Jaw’s Ryder Yakel and Carter Robinson from Okotoks also picked up honourable mention for Pitcher of the Week

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Mils halt nine-game WMBL skid

By Darcy Gross For Grasslands News >> posted Jun 21

After nine consecutive losses, the Western Major Baseball League's Melville Millionaires finally added another number to the win ledger.

Moose Jaw Miller Express 6 at Melville Millionaires 11 (June 18)

WMBL Melville Millionaires catcher Kade WallaceWMBL Melville Millionaires catcher Kade WallaceThis was an extremely tight game for 41/2 half innings, but in the bottom of the fifth the Mils would break out in a big way.

The Millionaires strung together some hits and took advantage of some shoddy Moose Jaw fielding as they exploded for seven runs, giving them an insurmountable seven run advantage.
The Express scored twice in the ninth inning, but it was a case of too little, too late for the visitors.
Eight of the nine Melville batters scored at least one run while the top four batters in the lineup — Kole Kaler, Chandler Hughes, Nik Pagan and Marshall McPherson — combined for six runs and eight RBI on eight hits to provide the keys to the offensive explosion.
Pagan reached base five times while Kaler went three for five at the dish.
Lyle Hibbits picked up his second win of the season for Melville, tossing six innings and giving up four runs, courtesy of two Miller Express two-run homers.

Melville Millionaires first basemen Marshall McPherson fights the sun on a pickoff attempt at first base against the Moose Jaw Miller Express on June 18. The Mils were the better team on this occasion, as they dumped Moose Jaw 11-6.
Melville Millionaires first basemen Marshall McPherson fights the sun on a pickoff attempt at first base against the Moose Jaw Miller Express on June 18. The Mils were the better team on this occasion, as they dumped Moose Jaw 11-6. Lyle Hibbitts picked up his second win of the season as the Mils bested the Moose Jaw Miller Express 11-6 on June 18. Hibbitts hurled six innings and gave up four runs to secure the victory.
Lyle Hibbitts picked up his second win of the season as the Mils bested the Moose Jaw Miller Express 11-6 on June 18. Hibbitts hurled six innings and gave up four runs to secure the victory.

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Melville Millionaires 2 at Yorkton Cardinals 4 (June 17)

The Mils were looking to get back into the win column, but their Highway 10 rivals had other ideas as Melville dropped its ninth straight contest.
Hughes and Pagan were the lone bright spots for the Mils, each banging out a pair of hits in the loss.
Melville hurler Zach Diaz saw his record slip to 1-3 for the season, as he allowed four runs on nine hits in 62/3 innings of work.
Tyler Ulrich finished up on the hill for the Mils, not allowing a baserunner and fanning two Yorkton batters in his appearance.

Melville Millionaires 0 at Regina Red Sox 6 (June 16)

Red Sox pitcher Evan Rogers pushed his record to 3-0 on the season as he tossed a complete game, five-hit shutout over the Millionaires.
Ricky Hockett had a respectable start for Melville, giving up three runs over six innings pitched.
Josh Braziel struck for a double while Hughes chipped in with a triple for the hapless Mils.

Melville Millionaires 1 at Swift Current 57s 7 (June 15)

Braziel was the only member of the Mils to touch up a Swift Current pitcher, hitting a solo home run for the visitors' only run on four hits.
Case Rolen was the Melville starter and he took the loss, giving up five hits and six runs in only 32/3 innings pitched.
Swift Current left fielder Bo McClintock walloped his eighth home run of the season to pace Speedy Creek.

Melville Millionaires 4 at Swift Current 57s 5 (June 14)

The Millionaires outhit the 57s in this contest, but couldn't hold them off the scoreboard, as they scored single runs in the sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th innings to defeat the Mils by a single run.
Braziel continued to swing the hot bat for Melville, notching a home run while going four-for-five and plating three RBI.
Ulrich also went yard for the Millionaires while collecting two hits in four at bats. Unfortunately, he was also on the hook for the loss, giving up a hit, a run and a walk in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Hughes also chipped in with a pair of base hits for the Millionaires.
After a couple of home games with the Weyburn Beavers, the Mils were back on the road for a matchup with the Red Sox in Regina on June 22.

Record slips, weekly wrap up

By Darcy Gross , for Grasslands News   >>  posted June 13, 2018

After a promising start to their WMBL season, the Melville Millionaires have suffered four losses in a row to drop below .500.

Melville Millionaires 1 at Moose Jaw Miller Express 6 (June 10)
The Mils saw their record slip below the .500 mark in a game where neither team had a ton of success at the plate, but the Miller Express made the most of their chances, scoring twice in an inning three times to come away with the victory.
Dionisio Diaz got the start for Melville and took the loss, allowing two unearned runs in a stint that lasted only 11/3 innings.
The Express scored two runs in the first inning on an error and tacked on two more in the fifth and another pair in the seventh.
Catcher Justin Braziel counted Melville's lone run with a homer in the seventh.
Ricky Hockett had a pair of singles and a stolen base to lead Melville at the dish.

Melville Millionaires 7 at Weyburn Beavers 8 ((June 9)
The Mils took a 7-2 lead into the seventh and it looked like they'd cruise to the win, but the Beavers had other plans.
Weyburn scored six times on six hits, a wild pitch and an error as Hockett was on the hook for the loss, squandering a terrific start by Case Rolen who gave up two runs on five hits and two bases on balls while fanning six Moose Jaw batters.
Kole Kaler led the Melville offence, going three for four with a double, a pair of steals and three runs scored
Veteran first baseman Marshall McPherson also notched a pair of hits for Melville.

Weyburn Beavers 3 at Melville Millionaires 2 (June 8)
The Mils appeared to be in good shape in this contest, but the Beavers still had some magic left as they scored a pair of runs to turn a one-run deficit into a one-run lead in the ninth inning.
Melville couldn't out any pressure on the Beavers in the ninth, going three up and three down to fall to Weyburn in the first of two home and home meetings.
Zach Diaz took the loss for the Mils after a respectable start by Alex DeBell who gave up three hits in five innings of work.
Keaton Sullivan and Braziel each banged out a pair of hits for the Mils.

Melville Millionaires 10 at Yorkton Cardinals 6 (June 6)
McPherson and Sullivan each took a Cardinals pitcher deep to pace the Mils to a one-sided win in which they belted 15 hits.
Starting pitcher Lyle Hibbits gave up four hits and a run in five innings to secure the victory for the visiting Millionaires.
McPherson was swinging the hot bat on this night as he went four for five with three runs scored and a couple RBI.

Melville Millionaires 10 at Swift Current 57s 6 (June 5)
Zach Diaz tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Dionisio Diaz as the Mils blasted the 57s in Speedy Creek.
Ryan Tackett had three of Melville's 14 hits, including a homerun and three RBI as the Mils had an easy time of things.
Melville scored three times in the first and fifth innings and added three more in the seventh.
The Millionaires play road tilts in Swift Current, Regina and Yorkton before returning home for three straight home games.
On June 18 the Mils entertain Moose Jaw in the Wear Plaid for Dad night. The Weyburn Beavers provide the opposition on June 19 and 20, with the last contest being Minor Ball Night.
All games get underway at 7:05 p.m.

 

>>photos property of Grasslands News. Photo credit George Brown, Darcy Gross

Mils have easy time in home opener>> posted June 7, 2018

By Darcy Gross, For Grasslands News
The Melville Millionaires got their season off to a solid start, but day 2 of the Western Major Baseball League schedule wasn't quite as kind.
Melville Millionaires 6 at Swift Current 57s 4 (June 4)
The beginning of the game couldn't have gone much worse for the visitors, as Case Rolen was shelled for six hits and six runs in the first two innings. Relief hurlers Noah Freimuth and Ricky Hockett gave up five and three runs respectively to leave the Mils trailing 14-5 after the seventh inning stretch.
For the second straight contest, Nik Pagan hit a home run, and veteran Marshall McPherson notched his first round tripper of the campaign. McPherson also knocked in three runs in going two-for-five in the contest.
Returnee Keaton Sullivan also had a solid night at the dish for the Millionaires, recording two base hits in four trips to the plate.
Bryan Benz and Bo McClintock were swinging the big bats for the 57s, as each player drove in four runs with McClintock drilling a homer of his own.
Yorkton Cardinals 2 at Melville Millionaires 7 (June 3)
After a couple of days of rain, the Western Major Baseball League's Melville Millionaires kicked off their season with a 7-2 victory over the Yorkton Cardinals.
The Mils scored twice in the first inning and tacked on four more runs in the fourth before adding one more in the eighth to conclude their scoring.
Leadoff hitter Chandler Hughes and number 9 in the lineup, Kole Kaler, led the Blue and White with a pair of base hits apiece. The big blow for the Mils came in the first inning as Pagan launched a no-doubter over the right field fence and through the poplars to get the home side on the scoreboard.
Alex DeBell got the start on the mound for Melville and responded by tossing five innings of shutout baseball.
DeBell allowed five hits and issued one walk while fanning three Cardinals.
Zach Diaz came on in relief and gave up two runs on a hit and two bases on balls during his three innings of work. Diaz also registered three strikeouts.
Landon DeLozier was on mop up duty, allowing one hit and no runs in an inning of work.
The Millionaires are back at Pirie Field on June 8 when they entertain the Weyburn Beavers in a 7:05 p.m. tilt.
After road games in Weyburn, Moose Jaw and Yorkton, the Mils are back to the friendly confines for another game with the Yorkton Cardinals at 7:05 p.m. on June 12.

>>photos property of Grasslands News. Photo credit George Brown, Darcy Gross

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Former Millionaire's milestone >> posted May 27, 2018

Melville native and Millionaires alumnus Albert Phillips will celebrate his 100th birthday this year.  Albert was born in Melville, Saskatchewan on May 30, 1918 to Frederick and Amelia Phillips.  He grew up in Melville, with his father working as a switchman for the CN Railway.  Albert has always been proud of his roots.

Al lived in Melville until 1942 when he left to serve in the army during World War II.  While stationed overseas near London he became ill and was sent to Vancouver to convalesce in 1944.    Here he met the love of his life, Lillian Robb, a nurse at Shaughnessy Hospital.  They were married for 47 years, until her death in 1994.  

Some of his happiest times were spent on the baseball field and he has fond memories of his time playing for the Millionaires, alongside his best friend, hockey hall-of-famer Sid Abel.  Al still has his old uniform, although he has a little more difficulty getting into his shortstop crouch!

In 1938 the team travelled to Regina to participate in the Saskatchewan Junior Baseball Championships.  Al recalls that they didn’t have a team name at the time and assumed the name “Millionaires”. 

He recalls the names of most of his teammates:

Fred Jackie C  ♦  Randy Anweiler 1B ♦  Alfie Andres 2B ♦  Judd Litke 3B ♦  Al Phillips SS

Sid Abel OF ♦  Rusty Earhart OF ♦  Merv Carlton P ♦  Louis Oppenheimer Coach

Albert still lives in Vancouver and has one daughter, one son, two grandchildren and five great grandchildren who adore him and look forward to celebrating his milestone 100th birthday with him.