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Rosenfeld Hawks Softball Team - 1932. Renowned for their prowess on the field this team won many of the daylong tournaments that were held through the 1930's. While baseball was also avidly played in the 1930's, softball was more popular and more economical as only the catcher was allowed to use a glove. Left to Right: (Sack Row) Peter Thiessen, William Enns, John Thiessen, Louis Pokrant, Abe Funk, Rolf McDonald. (Front Row) Abe Neufeld, Walter Martel, John Kehler, Oscar Martel, Peter Neufeld, Abram J. Thiessen.
Credit: Louis Pokrant
migration. By the 1930's Mennonite villages had organized hockey teams which not only played other villages, but travelled to area towns to compete. School baseball teams also travelled to surrounding com munities to find competition and village teams began to enter Victoria Day tournaments. This increase in sports activity not only drew towns and villages closer together but reflected the greater interaction between Mennonites and non-Mennonites.
Tennis and curling also became more popular in Rhineland's towns during the 1930's. Tennis had been played extensively since the tum of the century, but had been the preserve of the non-Mennonite. By the 1930's it had become one of the most popular sports with Men nonites avidly taking part. Tournaments between club teams from Altona, Gretna, Plum Coulee, Winkler, Morden and Morris were regu lar, popularly attended events. Curling also became more prevalent during the depression, when memberhip dues dropped allowing most residents to participate.
The Mennonite entry into the larger secular society, signalled by their participation in co-operatives and sports, carried over into politics.