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HISTORY OF THE BROOKDALE BOOZERS
In the spring of 1983, some of the younger people in the community decided to form a co-ed slow pitch baseball club. So with several enthusiastic members the "Brookdale Boozers" was formed.
For the years, 1983, 1984, and 1985 the Boozers played in a league which was organized mainly for fun and participation. The league was made up of 18 teams from several surrounding communities.
Throughout the years the Boozers participated in several slow pitch tournaments in such communities as Rapid City, Wellwood, Sidney, Carberry and Douglas.
Since the Boozers had so much fun at the tournaments they attended, they decided to organize their own tournament. In 1984, with the help of the Brookdale Community Club a 24 team co-ed slow pitch tournament was organized. The two day event was a tremendous success. It was a very busy weekend, making full use of the five ball diamonds and it kept everyone quite busy with the ball games, the chicken BBQ, the street dance, and the pancake breakfast. Trophies were presented to the winners of the tournament. Donnie and Joyce Fraser donated the ''A'' side trophy which was won by the Summerville team. Fred and Isabelle Bonnett donated the ''B'' side trophy which was won by the Douglas team.
Since the 1984tournament was such a success, another tournament was held in 1985with 24 teams participating once again. The weatherman was not very co-operative with Saturday having a lot of rain, but the games went on anyway. Sunday turned out quite nice for the final games. The Fraser trophy on the ''A'' side went to Kings Construction of Brandon, while the Bonnett trophy on the ''B'' side was won by Justice Junkies. The tournament, along with the chicken BBQ, the dance and the pancake breakfast was once again a huge success.
Team members over the three seasons have been: Harry Pankratz, Shelley Drysdale, Grant Jardine, Bert McDonald, Greg Wilms, Wes Pankratz, Lynn Lavich, Victor Lavich, John Lavich, Blair Raitt, Brian Murray, Don Mitchell, Elly Muirhead, Dennis Muirhead, Gerry Pankratz, Tracey Bartz, Lome Fraser, Ann Clements, Jim Slezak, Don Rea, Maureen Craig, Lotta Norberg, Lyle Bremner, Carolyn McLeod, Rod McLaren, Lori Ardron, Dutchie and Pat Drysdale.
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