The members of the Petro-Canada Classics have the distinct honour of being the first slo-pitch players to be inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame. The team won the bronze medals when the Softball Canada Masters Men’s Championship was held in Winnipeg in 1994 and Classics earned bronze again in 1996 when the championship was held in Surrey, B.C. What Classics accomplished in 1998 epitomizes “team.” When some team members were unable to travel, Classics were forced to go to Amherst, N.S. to represent Manitoba in the first Softball Canada Masters 40+ Slo-Pitch Championship with the minimum ten players. Despite the handicap, Classics became the first Manitoba men’s team to win a Softball Canada national slo-pitch title and eight of the ten players were named to the all-star team.

Team members include: Rick Archibald, Chuck McKenzie, Glenn Cordy, Greg Meikle, Mike Fabian, Cy Ducharme, 

Gerry Pion, Brian Buckinx, Randy Bigourdin, Darcy Normand, Tony Caputo, Neil Barker, Jim Fyfe, Randy Bullard,

Ryan Renaud, Barry Marcheschuk, Bill Hasiuk

Winnipeg Free Press, August 18, 1998

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