George Ledochowski, Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, has passed away.
George's passion for baseball started in 1946 when he joined the Chatfield baseball team, which was inducted to Manitoba's Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of their great success from 1952 to 1957.
"While playing in tournaments with Chatfield, Dad played league-organized baseball with the Balmoral Orioles. He became involved with the Teulon Whips in 1971, winning back-to-back provincial titles in 1974 and 1975, when they also went on to win the Western Canadian championship. He continued to play, coach, and manage Teulon men's baseball over the course of five decades. Serving as a town council member in Teulon throughout the 1980s, Dad had an essential role in the development of Green Acres Park. In addition to their numerous provincial titles, the Teulon Cardinals' all-time highlights included a spot at Nationals in 1991 and again in 1998, which was also the year that Dad had been inducted to Manitoba's Baseball Hall of Fame for his individual achievements both as a player and as a coach. Dad was involved in baseball for 68 consecutive years (1946 to 2014). Dad pitched his last game when he was 68 years old at Chatfield Oldtimers' tournament in 2000; ironically the same place where he threw his first pitch in 1946 with the Chatfield Cardinals. Ross and Rodney played for the Teulon Cardinals for many years, keeping the team active until 2014. Many have cherished memories of Dad's baseball journey. Sport truly does create friendships and memories that last a lifetime!"
All of us at Baseball Manitoba send our deepest condolences to the Ledochowski family and George's entire community at this time.