December 14, 2023     For Immediate Release


Seven individuals and three teams will be inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame on May 11th, 2024. The group of inductees includes 5 Athletes, 1 All Around, 1 Builder and 3 teams. The Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. recognizes individuals, teams and organizations for outstanding achievement in softball and/or for contributions to the sport of softball.

   All Around Category: Fran Giesbrecht;

   Athlete Category: Kevin Bartley, Shelly Bohn, Nathan Giesbrecht, Mandy Greenberg, 

                                   Ron Taylor;

   Builder Category: Steve Mymko;

   Team Category:     1979 & 1980 Brandon Westman Merchants Fastball Club;

                                    1997 & 1998 Smitty’s Terminators Jr Women’s Team;

                                    1974 & 1975 St Vital Flocking Ducks Sr Men’s Team


An independent committee, facilitated by Jack Coulson and Les Newman received the candidate’s nomination information and were selected the by Doug Fraser, Jill Mathez, Al McPherson, Ferdie Nelissen, Brett Turner and Bev Workman.

The twenty first Induction banquet will be held at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg on May 11th, 2024. Tickets at a cost of $85.00 are available from Les Newman phone number 204-235-1674, or email:      



                 Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame Inductees for 2024


Kevin Bartley

          Kevin began his softball journey as the catcher on his high school team in

          Killarney, MB. After 20+ years of competitive fastball he has an impressive list of

          accomplishments. Teams that he played on include Sanders, of the Southwest

          Major Fastball League and the Minto Mustangs. While playing with Sanders,

          Kevin was on 3 SWMFL championship teams and was also named to the league

          all-star team 3 times. As a member of the Minto Mustangs he played in 9

          consecutive Sr. B or Intermediate A provincial finals, winning 5 of them. He

          played in 7 Western Canadian fastball championships at the Intermediate A and

          Sr. B levels, winning 1 Gold and 2 Bronze medals. In 1997 Kevin also played in 

          the ISC travel league and the NAFA World Tournament in Fargo, ND. His final

          provincial win was in 2017 where he won Gold in the 55+ Slo-pitch Provincials.


Shelly Bohn

          Shelly’s softball career began in her hometown of Glenella, MB and she took it to

          another level after moving to Winnipeg following high school. She played in

          various Co-Ed and women’s softball leagues, eventually joining a Slo-pitch team

          called Mooses which was very competitive in tournaments in Winnipeg and the

          surrounding area. In 2002 Shelly joined the Manitoba Bison Blondes Sr. Women’s

          Slo-pitch team that went on to compete in 2 Western Canadian Championships –

          winning a Gold and a Silver – and 7 National Championships – winning 5 Golds, 1

          Silver and 1 Bronze. No matter what team she played on, Shelly was seen as a

          leader and top performer. 

Nathan Giesbrecht

          Nathan has excelled as a fastball player from an early age. As a bantam aged

          player he competed in Western Canadians and at the Canada Games. As a junior

          aged player he was on Manitoba teams that competed at Junior Nationals twice.

          As a senior player he played with the Red Dogs; the Manitoba Alliance and the

          Kegel Black Knights out of Fargo, ND. With these teams he competed at many

          provincials and Western Canadian Championships and made numerous

          appearances at ISC and NAFA tournaments. From 1997 to 1999 Nathan was

          named to Canada’s national team player pool. At every level that he played at he

          was a top batter and earned various individual awards. Following his playing

          career he did some coaching at the minor softball level and continues to serve on

          the Landmark Minor Softball Board.


Mandy Greenberg

          Mandy developed into one of the best female pitchers from Manitoba. She began

          playing softball at the age of 9 in the Maples area of Winnipeg and went on to

          play on numerous minor ball teams. As a junior aged player she played on the

          Manitoba Angels Jr. Team and on the Manitoba team at the 2009 Canada Games.

          For 4 years she played collegiate fastball at Minot State University and also played

          Senior fastball with the Smitty’s Terminators. Wherever she played, she was an

          absolutely dominant pitcher who has had success at provincial, national and

          collegiate levels and has thrown no-hitters at each of these levels. Mandy has

          been awarded countless pitching awards and been named to many all-star teams.


Ron Taylor

          Ron Taylor grew up in Winnipeg and was an accomplished athlete in both hockey

          and softball. As an adult, he played competitive fastball at the highest levels for

          over 3 decades and was a feared hitter wherever he played. He has played on

          teams that won at least 8 provincial titles and 2 Western Canadian

          championships. He played for 3 different teams in the Western Major Fastball

          League including the Edmonton Monarchs and the Winnipeg Colonels. Ron

          played on the Manitoba team that was the host team in the 1967 Pan Am Games

          in Winnipeg and has won medals at World Championships in both fastball and slo-

          pitch. He has been inducted to the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame as a member

          of 4 different teams and will now go in as an exceptional individual athlete.



                                                        Fran Geisbrecht

          Fran’s involvement in the game of softball spans over 5 decades. He has played at

          the Sr. A level, winning a silver medal at the 1984 Western Canadian

          Championships, and coached minor ball and Jr. Men’s teams that made it to

          provincial and national championships. One of many highlights in his coaching

          career occurred when the Manitoba Alliance team he was coaching went to the

          Canadian Junior Nationals in 1994 – winning a silver and in 1995 where they won

          the gold! In addition to playing and coaching, Fran was instrumental in helping

          develop a softball program in Landmark, MB that has allowed countless young

          people to experience the game of softball. Fran continues to play senior slo-pitch




Steve Mymko

          Steve Mymko has been involved with the sport of softball for over 35 years. He

          played with and coached various teams over the years. In 2002 he decided that

          the northeast area of Winnipeg was lacking in quality facilities for softball and

          began lobbying and fundraising. The result of his tenacity and drive – Buhler

          Recreation Park – opened in 2008. It is a top-notch multi-sport/multi-use facility

          that hosts numerous softball leagues and has hosted national events such as the

          2009 Canadian Sr. Fastpitch Championships; the 2015 Canadian Native Softball

          Championships and the 2023 World Police and Fire Games. The facility has a

          reputation for being well-organized and up-to-date. Steve’s efforts have been

          recognized through many awards including an induction into the Slo-pitch

          National Hall of Fame in 2023. He continues to be the Executive Director and

          Facility Manager for Buhler Recreation Park.




Brandon Westman Merchants – 1979-80

          The Brandon Westman Merchants team was formed to compete in the Western

          Major Fastball League. However, after playing in the league for two years, the

          team folded after the 1978 season so the Merchants joined the Brandon

          Centennial Fastball League. Over the next two seasons the team won the

          Centennial League twice with a total record of 42 wins, 5 losses and a tie. In 1979

          they won the Manitoba Provincial B Championship and made it to the final of the

          Western Canadian B Championship in Lethbridge, AB.


St. Vital Flocking Ducks – 1974-’75

          The Flocking Ducks was a team made up of veteran players who had experienced

          success at provincial, national and international levels. In both 1974 and 1975 the

          Ducks were the Winnipeg Sr. Men’s Fastball League champions and the Manitoba

          Sr. A provincial champions. As provincial champions, the Ducks represented

          Manitoba at national championships. Although they did not place at either of the

          nationals, each year they lost very close games to the eventual champions. In

          addition to league play, the Ducks experienced success at top level tournaments

          in Manitoba, northwest Ontario and North Dakota.


Smitty’s Terminators Jr. Womens Fastball Team – 1997-’98

          The Smitty’s Terminators Jr. Team represented Manitoba at the Canadian Junior

          Championships in both 1997 and 1998 and each time brought home silver medals.

          There was no junior league for the girls to play in so they played in the Ladies

          Fastpitch League of Winnipeg, against adult teams. A highlight from 1997 was

          winning a Senior level women’s tournament in Saskatoon in which they beat a

          team that would go on to win the Sr. A Nationals that year. While having solid

          pitching, tournament and league records show that the team was very much

          known for its hitting. For example, at both national championships, their team

          batting averages were well above .300, which is impressive at any level, let alone

          at national tournaments.



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