Cliff Campbell of Castor, Ab. in his early baseball career in Saskatchewan excellence culminated with his induction into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame on Sat. Aug. 19, 2017.
Cliff Campbell outside the Saskatchwan Baseball Hall of Fame in Battleford, Sk. on Sat. Aug. 19, 2017 where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame Association inducted Cliff Campbell, of Castor, Ab. into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, Individual Category, on Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, in Battleford, Sk.
Cliff was born and raised in the small town of Disley, Sk. and although the town had no more than 50 people, it was a baseball power house for many years.
Cliff was a big part of the team’s success. He was a team player, a great pitcher, second baseman and good hitter.
He had an amazing curve ball with a delivery as smooth as silk. The team won league titles six out of seven years with Cliff on the team.
Field accomplishments include playing in Regina with Balfour Tech during his high school years.
During the seven years he played with the Disley Cardinals in the Qu’Appelle Valley Baseball League (QVBL), Cliff was an All Star for all seven seasons, winning the 1965 All Star 2nd base, the 1966 All Star 2nd base, pitcher and Most Valuable Player (MVP), 1967 and 1968 All Star 2nd base and pitcher, the 1969 All Star 2nd base and MVP, the 1970 All Star 2nd base and in 1971, All Star 2nd base, pitcher and MVP.
Disley team, with Cliff pitching, won the QVBL Championship in 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972.
At age 16, pitching against the Regina Red Sox at a Holdfast Sport’s Day, he struck out their leading hitter twice. In 1972, Disley defeated the Lumsden Cubs in the best of three semi-final games, then the Regina Canadians in the best of three finals, with Cliff pitching three out of the four games to win the championship.
Cliff was community minded. He coached Regina minor ball for 10 and 11 year olds. He umpired. He was always the first to arrive and last to leave preparing the baseball diamonds for games.
He also coached boys and girls volleyball at the high school level, as well as being involved with curling bonspiels.
Having moved to Alberta to teach, Cliff continued over the years to return to play with his old team mates whenever possible.
Cliff has two daughters, Cathy and Heather and one son, Rob. Cliff lives with his wife, Pat in Castor, Ab.