Bezanson Athletes From The Past: Featuring Bezanson “Eagles” Baseball Team

The Bezanson Baseball Team, the Eagles, was formed after the war in 1948 and had flashy white and red uniforms.

As the sport had become organized with scheduled league play, the season started early in the spring and ran later into the year making it difficult for many of the young men to get away from the farm to participate. That being said, the team was still very successful and went on to win many games. Johnny Bielman had played professionally in Saskatchewan before he moved to Bezanson.

The Herald Tribune reported in September 1955:
BEZANSON TAKES SECOND WIN FOR SR. “B” TITLE
Playing behind stalwart pitching of Johnny Beilman, Bezanson won a close 2-1 thriller from Grande Prairie Maroons for the Senior “B” International League championship at Richmond Park last weekend. The win was the second in the best-of-three finals. Bezanson copped the first win 9-5.

BEZANSON EAGLES HOLD REUNION AT KLESKUN HILLS

Back Row
Harry Nellis, Dick Haworth, Henry Diederich, Norman Berg, Tyke Ames, Ted Nellis, Gehard Berg
Front Row
Fred Ames, Lyle Berg, Elmer McLaughlin, Don Olson, Lloyd Nellis

Written by Wanda Zenner
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Reference
Smoky to Grande Prairie History Book
Interview with Allie Ames
Interview with Dick Haworth
Photos by Allie Ames and Dick Haworth