From 1967 to 1972 the Black Knights were the dominant force in Manitoba men’s fastball. Though known by several names during this period depending upon sponsorship, the Knights were originally composed of a group of young men of the First Mennonite Church here in Winnipeg. It was not until 1967 that the first Black Knights player not connected with church joined the team and this was the year that the team began to build towards a challenge for the Manitoba Senior Fastball title. From 1968 to 1972 the Knights were provincial champions. The Knights won the Intermediate a championship in 1968 and followed this up by defeating the Molson Canadians, perennial senior league and provincial champions, in 1969. In all, the Black Knights won three out of four Senior championships and represented Manitoba at Canadian championships in 1970, 1971 and 1972.

Team Members:
Harry Buekert (Coach), Jim Friesen (Coach), Art Penner (Coach) Don Rolland (Trainer)
Barry Braun, Ed Doerksen, Cliff Dyck, Peter Dyck, Brian Dyck, Rudi Engbrecht, Ralph Ens, Alphonse Gaborieau, Ed Gilroy, 
John Hamm, John Kalinowski, Buzz Lamond, Rick Neufeld, 
Bernie Neufeld, Werner Pauls, Ernie Peters, Ken Peters, Rick Peters, Lloyd Penner, Allan Sharpe, Grant Skinner, Ron Taylor, Ron Toews, Brian Toews, Regg Wahl, John Wiens, Larry Woytowich, 
Brian Kalinowski (Batboy)

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