1980s: Yukon Teams Go National
In the 1980s, Yukon’s top softball teams took their skills to the national stage, competing in Western Canadian and Canada-wide tournaments.
Whitehorse hosted the National Slowpitch Championship at the Takhini Complex in 1985. Teams
from all over Canada, excluding the Maritime provinces, came to compete. The Pepsi Jets, considered at the time to be the best team in the north, and the Kelly Douglas Chargers, a close
second to the Jets in the Yukon league, represented Yukon on the men’s side. The Jets had picked up a silver in the Western B tournament which was also held in Whitehorse in 1984, and had finished in a fourth-place tie at Nationals.
Klondike Inn Katchers, who lost one game throughout the 1985 season, and the Sluice Sluggers played for Yukon on the women’s. Throughout the tournament the Yukon teams put on “splendid
performances,” according to the local newspaper. “They packed the stands and provided pro-Yukon audiences with enough good plays and excitement to last at least till next year.”
Charger’s player David Pearson was named top Yukoner at the tournament.