12/13/2017 11:43 PM -
Weyburn Beavers – Champions in the Community
Weyburn has a rich baseball history. In fact, Weyburn Beavers have been entertaining baseball fans since 1936 when they first played in the Southern league.
During that era, the Beavers also had the privilege of hosting touring teams such as the Kansas City Monarchs which featured baseball legend Satchel Page.
The Beavers’ tradition is still strong today as a dedicated group of local volunteers bring a fantastic family baseball experience to Tom Laing Park.
One of the Beavers long standing volunteers who has made a difference in the Weyburn baseball community is Garnet Hansen. Those who have been around baseball in Saskatchewan understand what Garnet has given to the game.
Garnet was recently recognized for his contributions and inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, a well-deserved honour that he shared with his family.
“It took a while to sink in, but to be in placed in the Hall of Fame and realize that I am now part of Saskatchewan baseball history is pretty special,” said Garnet.
Garnet, who has been very active in Weyburn minor baseball since the early 1990’s, continues to grow the game with the WMBL Beavers.
He credits the Beavers success to a stable coaching staff and the organization reaching out and becoming an important part of the community.
As for the stable coaching staff, Phil and Cory Curtis have made a positive impact on the on-field performance. The Curtis brothers bring a wealth of experience and a winning attitude to the ball club and community.
“It’s absolutely the most important thing in the organization to have a good coaching staff,” said Garnet. “You can do a lot of promotions but at the end of the day if your team is not successful on field it won’t matter. It’s winning that causes excitement.”
In 2017, the Beavers finished second in the Eastern Division with a 30-18 record. They were also one win away from making an appearance in the WMBL Championship final.
The Beavers organization also understands the importance of being a leader in the community.
“Since 2015 we have worked to really make a difference in our community,” said Garnet.
These initiatives have Beaver players and coaches spending countless hours in the local community visiting schools, holding baseball camps and dropping by baseball practices to share their skills and mentor young players.
In addition to being positive role models in the community, the Beaver executive has made coming to the park an economical and entertaining family experience.
During the Christmas season, Beaver fans can purchase their 2018 season tickets and receive $20 worth of “Beaver Bucks” that can be used for various purchases at the ball park.
In addition to their season ticket promotion, the Beavers are also offering 10% off all 2017 team merchandise, making it a perfect gift for your favourite baseball fan.
Garnet and the Beavers commitment to the Weyburn community is strong and you can be sure that all fans will have a positive and enjoyable time at Tom Laing Park in 2018.