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Nickel, Guillaume to be inducted into Sask Baseball Hall of Fame

Long-time local umpire, late-50s standout player among class of 2020
Nickel Hall of Fame
Rocky Nickel (right) accepts his Baseball Sask Umpire Lifetime Achievement award in 2019.
To put it simply, if you’ve played baseball in Moose Jaw at any point in the last 30 or so years, odds are you’ve had Rocky Nickel behind the plate at one time or another.

From Little League to minor baseball all the way up to Western Canadian Baseball League, Nickel has been a fixture on fields all over the province and at all levels of competition.

His contributions to the game have been so numerous that in 2019, Baseball Sask presented Nickel with the Umpire Lifetime Achievement Award.
And when something like that happens, it’s only a matter of time before a Hall of Fame comes calling.

That’s exactly what happened late last week when it was announced that Caronport’s Nickel was one of 12 players, two teams and the Village of Gray as part of the 2020 class for the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.

Joining Nickel will be Moose Jaw’s George Guillaume, who emerged as one of the top hitters and pitchers for the Marquis Wheat Kings while playing in the Southern League in the late-50s and early-60s.

Also being inducted in the individual category are the late Father Leonard Albers (Bengough), Fred Curts (Holdfast), Allan Fitzsimmons (Saskatoon), Al Greschuk (Yorkton), Elemer Jerkovits (Regina), Rick Johnston (Maidstone), Kevin Kusch (Lloydminster), the late Roy Taylor (Saskatoon), Neil Urlacher (Okotoks, Alta.) and the late ‘Goldie’ Wiggins (Fillmore).

Inducted in the team category will be the Aquadell Flyers from 1947 to 1972 and the Kamsack Cyclones.

The 2020 Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday, Aug. 15 in the Battlefords.


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