1956-1981 PBL History

The following list was submitted by long-time PBL veteran Mike LeClaire from Bardo’s notebook. We thank him for both his contribution to the league and this info.


1956 the league fee was $4

1956 the No Import player rule was adopted.  Teams were to had lineup cards to the opposition at the end of every game to keep track of players


1961 Tuesday and Thursday ball was adopted with 6:30 start times

1963 the league fee was raised to $15 and the championship team would be awarded $30

1963 an 18 man roster was to be handed in after the 3rd league game and the managers of each team may alter 3 players at the end of regular season

1963 the 3 game series playoff format

1963 ½ hour grace period for the start of league games, if a team could not field a team by 7pm they’d forfeit

1963 home team supplies the home plate ump and the visiting team supplies base ump

1963 playoff semi final games teams have to pick neutral umps.  The playoff final games umps would come from outside the league.

1964 games were moved to 7pm start time

1964 protest rule brought in – protest must be made within 48 hours accompanied with a $5 fee

1964 rule was brought in that if tied at the end of a playoff game, the game would be a wash and the 2 teams would decide the date of the next game and it would be played on the second place teams diamond (other teams diamond)

1964 fees reduced from $15 to $10 – $30 paid out to championship team as well as crests.  Also league fees were due after the 3rd league game due to teams not paying previous years.

1965 the 3 game rule took place – players must play 3 games in order to qualify for playoff games

1965 any player who is a member of another ball club cannot play in the league or playoffs

1965 umpire fees are to be $5

1966 home team pays for base umps in finals and the league pays for home plate ump

1968 fees raised to $12.50

1968 the league would supply 6 balls to the championship team after the completed series

1969 new playoff format 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3

1969 If a tie was to happen in the standings a sudden death game would be held at a neutral site, the gate would be split with both teams and the umpires would be supplied by the league


1970 league to supply the balls for the finals only

1970 start time would be 6:30pm no later than 7pm

1970 Special Meeting – players that play in other leagues may play in the PBL if they reside in the community or his occupation is within the participating community.  But pitchers that play in other leagues may NOT play in the PBL

1971 Playoffs have to follow the Tuesday Thursday schedule

1972 Camrose Road Runners enter the league

1972 Players can only participate on 1 team only, if picking up players from other teams they must sign a release form and may not play with any other team

1972 Fees raised to $15

1973 Championship crests cost $30

1973 Admission for all games would be standard – 50 cents for over 12 and 12 & under free

1973 Runs for and against were brought in to break ties in league standing only

1973 Alberta Baseball Insurance issues were brought up no action taken

1974 PBL decided not to join Alberta Baseball – no benefit

1974 League fees raised to $25

1975 9 inning games to be played

1975 League fees raised to $45

1977 Fees were lowered to $20

1979 Camrose talks about entering 2 teams…………Camrose Road Runners and Camrose Cubs

1979 Tofield and Ryley wish to move league games 7 innings…………the rest of the league wishes to keep 9 innings.

1979 10 run rule after 7 innings

1979 fees were raised to $30


1981 League games will be 7 innings and playoffs will be 9 innings