May 30/23
8:54 pm

Lloydminster Meridian Twins




Team Ticker:
  • 2002 SBA Senior Team of the Year
  • NSRBL CHAMPS - 2000, 02, 03, 04, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
  • Chris Osmak - 2014 Twins MVP
  • Senior AA Provincial Runner Up 2001, 08, 10, 11
  • 2002 Senior A Provincial Champions

            Home of the Lloydminster Meridian Twins  est. 1996

     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 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 others 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. In 1999 Stacy Walker took over managing the team and with a solid young core of local players exciting times were ahead for the Twins. The team won their first NSRBL championship in 2000.  The Twins hosted the AA provincial championships in 2001,2003 and 2005. In 2002 they hosted and won the A provincial championships along with their 2nd NSRBL title and were name SBA Senior Team of the Year. The Twins have gone on to win 10 league championships including 6 in a row from 2009-2014 and we're among the top AA teams in the province for over a decade. 

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!! 


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