Western Canadian Baseball League
No. of teams11
HeadquartersLethbridge, Alberta
Most recent
Okotoks Dawgs
Most titlesOkotoks Dawgs (7 titles)
Official websitewesterncanadianbaseballleague.ca Edit this at Wikidata

The Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) is a collegiate summer baseball league. The league is home to teams based in the Canadian Prairie provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, and has roots dating back to 1931 in Saskatchewan's Southern Baseball League. In 1975, the province's southern and northern leagues merged, creating the foundation for the WCBL. Today, the league boasts seven teams in Alberta and five in Saskatchewan.


Logo of the Western Major Baseball League.

The league can trace its roots back to 1931, via its predecessors, the Southern Baseball League (1931 to 1974) and the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League (1959 to 1974). The Saskatchewan Major Baseball League (SMBL) was formed in 1975 through a merger of the Southern and Northern leagues. Three teams from each former league entered the new loop—the Eston Ramblers, Saskatoon Royals, and Unity Cardinals from the north, and the Moose Jaw Devons, Regina Red Sox, and Swift Current Indians from the south.[1][2]

The league was renamed the Western Major Baseball League in 2000 to reflect teams based in Alberta, along with the possibility of future expansion to British Columbia. In June 2018, it was announced that the league would be renamed the Western Canadian Baseball League.[3]

The 2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and logistics, the 2021 season was played with only five Alberta-based teams and Canadian players only.[4][5]


As of 2024, WCBL membership consists of 12 teams in two divisions. The West Division is made up of six Albertan teams, while the East Division is made up of all five teams from Saskatchewan, plus the easternmost Albertan team from Medicine Hat. The top four teams in each division qualify for the post-season.

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Current teams

Division Team City Stadium Founded Seating
2023 record Finish
West Brooks Bombers Brooks, Alberta Elks Stadium 2015 681 17–39 5th
Edmonton Prospects Sherwood Park, Alberta Centennial Field 2005
Fort McMurray Giants Fort McMurray, Alberta Legacy Dodge Field 2016 1,725 30–26 4th
Lethbridge Bulls Lethbridge, Alberta Spitz Stadium 1999 3,000 31-25 3rd
Okotoks Dawgs Okotoks, Alberta Seaman Stadium 2003 2,500 40-16 1st
Sylvan Lake Gulls Sylvan Lake, Alberta Pogadl Park 2021 1,384 38-18 2nd
East Medicine Hat Mavericks Medicine Hat, Alberta Athletic Park 2003 2,200 30-26 2nd
Moose Jaw Miller Express Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Ross Wells Ball Park 2002 750 38-18 1st
Regina Red Sox Regina, Saskatchewan Currie Field 1946 2,000 23-33 3rd
Saskatoon Berries Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Cairns Field 2023 2,200
Swift Current 57's Swift Current, Saskatchewan Mitchell Field 1959 550 19-37 4th
Weyburn Beavers Weyburn, Saskatchewan Pogadl Park 600 14-42 5th

Former teams

Team City Final year
Eston Ramblers Eston, Saskatchewan 1993
Hazlet Elks Hazlet, Saskatchewan 1993
Kindersley Royals Kindersley, Saskatchewan
Melville Millionaires Melville, Saskatchewan 2021
Moose Jaw Devons Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Oyen Pronghorns Oyen, Alberta
Red Deer Generals Red Deer, Alberta 2005
Saskatoon Liners Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1984
Saskatoon Nationals Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Yellow Jackets Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 2014
Sherwood Park Dunes Sherwood Park, Alberta 2008
Unity Cardinals Unity, Saskatchewan
Yorkton Cardinals Yorkton, Saskatchewan 2021


Cranbrook, British Columbia, was granted an expansion team, the Eds, in 2011 conditional on building a new stadium.[6][7] However, the plans failed to come to fruition.

In May 2020, the Edmonton Prospects confirmed that the team would be leaving Edmonton for Spruce Grove by 2022,[8] but due to construction delays at Myshak Metro Ballpark, those plans have been pushed back.[9][10]

The two most recent additions to the league are in Sylvan Lake and Saskatoon. Plans for a 2021 launch of the Sylvan Lake team were announced November 1, 2019.[11] Branding as the Sylvan Lake Gulls was announced in March 2020.[12] Saskatoon was awarded the most recent expansion team, in 2023.[13] In July 2023, the team unveiled that it would be called the Saskatoon Berries.[14]

Harry Hallis Memorial Trophy

Harry Hallis Memorial Trophy.

Saskatchewan Territorial (1895–1905) and Provincial (1906–present) champions have been decided by an annual tournament.[2] In 1967 the first major division was added to the tournament,[15] and the award was named in memory of Harry Hallis. From 1967 until 1974 the name of this provincial champion was added to the trophy. In 1975, when the Saskatchewan Major Baseball League was formed, this trophy continued to be awarded to the SMBL champions, and now the WCBL champions.

League champions

Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) Champions: (Harry Hallis Memorial Trophy)

Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) Champions: (Harry Hallis Memorial Trophy)

Saskatchewan Major Baseball League (SMBL) Champions:

Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League Champions:

The Southern Baseball League (SBL) Champions: (J.T.M. Anderson Trophy)

Championships (WCBL/WMBL)
Team Wins Seasons
Okotoks Dawgs 7 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2019, 2022, 2023
Swift Current 57's 6 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2016, 2017
Medicine Hat Mavericks 3 2003, 2014, 2018
Lethbridge Bulls 2 2015, 2021
Regina Red Sox 2 2011, 2012
Moose Jaw Miller Express 1 2002
Melville Millionaires 1 2013


  1. ^ Shortened season. Some teams did not compete.


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  4. ^ "Regina Red Sox scrub 2021 season due to COVID-19". CKOM. March 25, 2021. Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  5. ^ "Saskatchewan teams opt out of 2021 Western Canadian Baseball League season". Regina Leader-Post. March 25, 2021. Retrieved May 30, 2022.
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  9. ^ "'2022 is just not possible': Edmonton Prospects' new ball field delayed". November 10, 2021.
  10. ^ "No 2023 season for Edmonton Prospects | Globalnews.ca". Global News. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  11. ^ "Sylvan Lake WCBL Team to Launch in 2021". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. November 1, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
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  13. ^ "The Western Canada Baseball League is back: New franchise lands in Saskatoon for 2024". thestarphoenix. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  14. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (July 14, 2023). "They have a name and a coach; now, the Saskatoon Berries wait for the 2024 baseball season". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Retrieved July 18, 2023.
  15. ^ "1967 Southern League Game Reports". attheplate.com. Retrieved March 5, 2012.