Baseball has a very deep history in Lloydminster with the first league starting up in 1907. The Meridians were formed in 1938 and their games were followed closely until they disbanded during the World War ll. After the War the Oilers were formed and many great ball players were given jobs in the oil industry so they could play in town. The 1950's and 60's are fondly remembered for local ball fans as Slim Thorpe and Russ Robertson were key in bringing a semi-pro team to town. In 1954 the Lloydminster Meridians joined the Western Canada Baseball League and were led by Dominican born Curly Williams who was an allstar shortstop and third baseman. The league folded in 1961 and Lloydminster then joined the Northern Saskatchewan League where the Greencaps played for years. In the mid eighties with softball and slopitch becoming popular , baseball had died out. In 1989 , led by Kathy and Brent Smithson , Bob Ermel, Greg Payne and others the minor ball program made its comeback. In early 1996 Bart and Graydon King, Bernal Ulsifer and Randy Taves started the talks of Lloydminster once again having a senior baseball team. Taves who was Lloyd's Parks and Recreation director had helped get additional funding for the upgrades at Legion Ball Park as Lloyd was hosting the 1997 Alberta Summer Games. There was a lot of volunteer hours from guys like Dr. Corin Berg, Kyle McIntyre, Brad Kendall and the Ermel and Smithson coached midget team getting the infield sod layed , outfield fence replaced, new backstop and soundbooth. It was important to get that volunteer base and interest to justify the $ that went into the field for the Summer Games and it largely started with creating a senior team . It happened fast and In May of 1996 the Meridian Twins were born as they entered their first season in the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League. The Twins have gone on to win 10 league championships and are currently the 6 time defending champs. And have been among the top AA teams in the province for over a decade. With two more senior teams and the minor ball program thriving baseball in Lloydminster has never been stronger.
The Twins would like to give a big thank you to all of their sponsors over the years. The support has been much appreciated. Thanks to Newcap, The Meridian Booster , The Source and The Goat and many others for the all the support and promoting of Baseball in Lloydminster. And of course thanks to the die hard fans who come down to the park to cheer on their local boys of summer!!