1980s: Yukon Teams Go National

Pepsi Jets at the Whitehorse softball Centre during the 1984 Canadian National Slowpitch Championships. Courtesy of Softball Yukon

Pepsi Jets at the Whitehorse softball Centre during the 1984 Canadian National Slowpitch Championships.
Courtesy of Softball Yukon

In the 1980s, Yukon’s top softball teams took their skills to the national stage, competing in Western Canadian and Canada-wide tournaments.

Team Yukon at the Canadian Nationals in St. Johns, Newfoundland, 1981. Courtesy of Linda Dixon

Team Yukon at the Canadian Nationals in St. Johns, Newfoundland, 1981.
Courtesy of Linda Dixon

Photos of Team Yukon at the Western Canadian Championships in Kamloops, B.C., 1986. Courtesy of Linda Dixon

Photos of Team Yukon at the Western Canadian Championships in Kamloops, B.C., 1986.
Courtesy of Linda Dixon

Team Yukon at the 1983 C.A.S.A. Canadian Championship in Victoria, B.C. Courtesy of Russ Smoler

Team Yukon at the 1983 C.A.S.A. Canadian Championship in Victoria, B.C.
Courtesy of Russ Smoler

The Pepsi Jets at the Canadian National Slowpitch Championship, 1985. Courtesy of Softball Yukon

The Pepsi Jets at the Canadian National Slowpitch Championship, 1985.
Courtesy of Softball Yukon

The Klondike Inn Katchers, Women’s Team at the National Slowpitch Championship in Whitehorse in 1985. Courtesy of Softball Yukon

The Klondike Inn Katchers, Women’s Team at the National
Slowpitch Championship in Whitehorse in 1985.
Courtesy of Softball Yukon

The Sluice Sluggers, Women’s Team at the National Slowpitch Championship in Whitehorse in 1985. Courtesy of Softball Yukon

The Sluice Sluggers, Women’s Team at the National Slowpitch
Championship in Whitehorse in 1985.
Courtesy of Softball Yukon

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.

The Kelly Douglas Chargers at the Canadian National Slowpitch Championship, 1985. Courtesy of Dave Pearson

The Kelly Douglas Chargers at the Canadian National Slowpitch Championship, 1985.
Courtesy of Dave Pearson

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