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2410 S.C.U. Softball Team. Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, June 1945. Bert Bridgman Photo. Vancouver , B.C. (back row left to right) Nick Martinez, “Moose,” Pat Jack (front row left to right) Captain Towle, Pat, Tony, Stew, Paul, Benny, Pete Tex, Zoot, Bob and Cam. Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2010-91-472

1940s The Military Moves In

Hundreds of U.S. military personnel were stationed in Whitehorse during the Second World War, and the community invited them to field teams and engage in friendly competition on Yukon’s ball fields. In 1942, a Softball League of six teams formed in Whitehorse, including: the 691 Medicals, the Military Police, the Whitehorse Bears, the 18th Engineers, the 73rd Engineers, and the Construction Workers. Over the years, new teams formed and the league continued. Crowds came out to watch and the local newspaper, the Whitehorse Star, covered each game in vivid detail.

“The local softball scene looks much the same as last week, but the brand of ball dished up is much improved with the moundsmen finding their control and the fielders providing good backing…. The July 1 challenge for the Elks’ Trophy was a honey. Poole, the challengers, took a three run lead in the first stanza, but the Elks came back to knot the count in the third and go 1 up in the top of the fourth… .”
-Excerpt from Whitehorse Star article, 1950.

Men’s Army Baseball Team in Whitehorse, 1947-1955. Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2009/81 #692.

Men’s Army Baseball Team in Whitehorse, 1947-1955.
Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2009/81 #692.

The Air Force Flyers Softball Team, 1950. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lortie.

The Air Force Flyers Softball Team, 1950. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lortie.

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