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V9N1 - Aug 18-Sept 5, 2010:

  Spotlight feature:
Henry (Hank) Lemoine / Roy Seidler
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Hall of Famers Still Ready
to Play Ball
By Scott Taylor
Roy Seidler (left) and Henry Lemoine.

Henry Lemoine will be the first to admit he’s a showman. He’ll also admit that his penchant for the occasional hot-dog move has often made him public enemy No. 1 over the years.

In fact, there have been times in his long career as both a Hall of Fame baseball and basketball player that there hasn’t been enough mustard in the concession stands to cover all of Hammerin’ Hank.

Still, despite his history as “one of those guys you never want to play against,” Hank was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame on June 5, and even one of his greatest on-field enemies, Roy Seidler, was the man who made the induction speech. The man who ran the Giroux A’s for more than 40 years, the man who fought mightily with Lemoine’s Carman Goldeyes, was the man who volunteered to usher Hank into the provincial baseball hall.

“There were some things you have to understand about Hank,” said Seidler, who in recent years, has often been Lemoine’s teammate.

“He was a showman and a lot of people didn’t appreciate it. I remember, there was a woman in Giroux who used to come to our games just to scream at Hank. I don’t think she would have come if Hank hadn’t been playing.

“As I said in my speech, ‘In the 1970s, there was a man who played for the New York Yankees who hit a lot of home runs, wore No. 44, wore an Afro and called himself the straw that stirs the drink. Well, Manitoba baseball had its own Reggie Jackson. Hank Lemoine hit a lot of home runs, wore No. 44, wore an Afro and everywhere he played, he thought of himself as the straw that stirred the drink.’ A lot of people didn’t like him. Some don’t like him today. But Hank Lemoine could really play baseball.”

Still can. And Roy Seidler knows it. That’s why it wasn’t surprising when Seidler, 62, asked Lemoine, 56, to play some tournament baseball with the over-50-year-old traveling team, the Giroux A’s.

The A’s have long been Manitoba’s best Twilight (the fancy name for “oldtimers”) Baseball Team. Since the 80s, they’ve dominated over-35, over-40, over-45, over-50 and over-60 tournaments and when some of the players gave it up, Seidler knew he could go to Lemoine as a replacement. He might be 56, but he can still play.

“I’m still playing over-50 baseball and I’m amazed at times, but I can still spend an entire day in the sun working and then still go out and play or umpire a game,” said Lemoine, who has been with CN Rail for 36 years.

“These days I’m spending most of my time umpiring and I love it. I’d really like to get the chance one day to umpire a Goldeyes game at Canwest Park. To umpire professional baseball, you only need to call six things – ball, strike, safe, out, fair and foul. And you have to be in the correct position. If you aren’t in the correct position, pro managers will eat you alive. But if you do that, umpiring the pros is a piece of cake. Umpiring bantam and novice players? Now that’s hard because they’re kids and they fumble the ball and make easy plays hard. The pros make all the easy plays.”

Baseball was pretty easy for Lemoine. He played most of his junior and senior careers with St. Boniface and Carman and was known for his discerning eye at the plate. No matter where he played, he was always among the league leaders in home runs, runs batted in and average. He went to a national junior championship, won six Manitoba Senior Baseball League championships (he played in nine finals) and even played two seasons of semi-pro ball in Australia.

But perhaps the most amazing thing about the 56-year-old is that he’s still playing. Not as much as he did as a young man, mind you, but he still plays tournament baseball, along with his friend, Seidler, for the still functioning Giroux A’s.

“We’re playing, on average, one tournament a summer, but I’m umpiring five days a week,” said Lemoine, the father of three daughters, 23-year-old Michelle and 21-year-old twins Krissy and Karen. “Because I spend so much time umpiring, I don’t have time to play as much as I’d like, but I’m in good shape, I could play a lot more.”

Seidler is also in excellent shape, but admits he hasn’t played much since 2008. The former superintendent of the Seine River School Division, he and his partner Odette now run an educational leadership consulting firm.

“I play for fun now. My last real competition was in 2008 when I was 60,” Seidler said. “I went with that travelling team from Red Deer that still plays highly competitive old-timers baseball. We went to the World over-60 championship in Phoenix and it was really something. We played seven round-robin games and then the playoffs, all in five days. And this was baseball: Nine inning games, with no special oldtimers’ rules. It was just straight-up nine-man baseball. We were playing more ball than the pros.

“And we reached the final. I had a good tournament. Got a hit in our final game. But it was great baseball. There are a lot of 60-plus guys playing great baseball out there. You’re never too old if you stay in shape.”

Both Seidler and Lemoine look like they’d be ready to play tomorrow if asked, but at some point you have to give up the game and allow the younger guys to play. Like the 55-year-olds.

“Baseball isn’t like softball,” Seidler said. “We can all play softball forever. You can always get the guys together to play a slo-pitch tournament. But in baseball, you have 90 feet between the bases. It’s a long throw from deep short to first. It’s a much tougher game.

“But guys like Hank and I have been able to play for a longtime. We’re very fortunate.”

For Lemoine, if the situation were right, he’d probably pick up his trusty bat and play again, but right now, he’s going to concentrate on umpiring. One thing is certain, he’ll always remain active and he’ll always have his Hall-of-Fame ring.

“Between the white lines, I played for keeps,” Lemoine said. “When the umpire said, ‘Play ball!’ I was all business.”

“But they weren’t just ball fields to me, they were stages. I put on a show. I was an actor and to me, baseball was Shakespeare.”

(Read more in the Aug 18-Sep 5/2010 issue of Senior Scope)


A New Vision of Aging

Written by Tedd Tribe

My wife Ruth and I joined CARP recently while on vacation. I knew that my Dad is a CARP Member. When I was last visiting him in Squamish BC, I was reading an interesting magazine of Dad’s called ZOOMER. I asked my Dad what it is about and he quickly described how useful he finds the magazine, with several articles of interest to him in each edition. “There are not many magazines that cater to our interests”.

My Dad is quite a guy! He started building the house, which he designed, in Squamish when he was 65. Nearly everything the house was built and completed with is recycled material, including the kitchen sink! Not too long after they moved in, 12 months were occupied with an around the world journey that saw my Dad and his wife, Harold & Christine, visit countries, including China & India. A specially designed and built cabinet holds their collection of curios from these countries.

This past spring they were on another journey from Squamish to England, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. On April 15, Dad celebrated his 85th birthday in a seaside village of Portugal.

Back to CARP now. When Ruth and I were purchasing tickets for an activity that we wanted to experience while on the fabulous Island of Kaua’i, Hawaii’s Garden Island, we were asked by the concierge if we were CARP members. We said no, and asked what it would mean if we were members of CARP. The amount of the discount on the activity if we were members of CARP was nearly the same as a one year membership in CARP plus ZOOMER Magazine. I had my laptop with me at the condo, so we went back to the condo, joined CARP on-line, and then purchased the tickets for the Luau at the discounted rate, thanking the concierge!

We then used our CARP membership several more times on the same trip to save even more cash!

I was so impressed that when I saw an article in ZOOMER Magazine after we came home to become an Ambassador for CARP, I signed up right away.

But things are even better for CARP Members now than they were in March of this year!

Good news for those who are aging!

The Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP) is transforming itself:

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call Tedd Tribe at: 204-261-5550

or email:

(Read more in the Aug 18-Sep 5/2010 issue of Senior Scope)

Vacation Offers -
Too good to be true?

It may still be summer, but it’s never too early to begin planning your winter vacation. Vacation scams are most often communicated by telephone, but can also be received in the form of email or found on the Internet. If you have received an unsolicited vacation offer please be advised of the following:

• Some of the solicitations are valid, some are not.

• Some offers are subject to you entering into a Timeshare agreement.

• Some offer a high end vacation but reserve the right to change this location subject to availability

Research the company with the Better Business Bureau and other sources from the Internet before responding.

If you have not requested information then "buyer beware" should be your thought process. Don't fall for a high pressure sales tactic, if it's a deal, it will be available again. If it’s a prize you need not pay for it. For more information on current scams and frauds visit

Cst. Ben Doiron
Winnipeg RCMP
Commercial Crime Section

(Read more in the Aug 18-Sep 5/2010 issue of Senior Scope)


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Canada’s national
bird – the loon fits the bill

William J. Thomas

Another Canada Day has come and gone, still we have no national bird.

In the loonie, we have a national monetary unit that is named after a bird. In the Toronto Blue Jays we have the nation’s baseball team, also named after a bird. In Ottawa we have the national capital which is for the birds. But we have no national bird.

Strange, but every July 1st I remember our former Prime Minister Jean Chretien yelling: “Happy Bird Day Canada!” He flew the coop long ago and still the country has no bird.

It is absolutely imperative that Canada select an official national bird before the next referendum on separation because then we’d need like two national birds, eh?

Every country in the world has a national bird. The Americans have the bald eagle. Antigua has the beautifully named magnificent frigatebird and suspiciously enough, the Kiwis have the kiwi. The national bird of Iraq is DUCK!!!

According to the internet, Tasmania’s national bird is listed as the Tasmanian Devil. Then in brackets it adds: (Not a bird.) Apparently we’re not alone in our struggle for a national figure of flight. Maybe we should do that. “Canada’s national bird is the beaver. (Struggles during take-off.)”

The Canadian Raptor Conservancy is now pushing the federal government to designate a national bird by running an on-line contest for citizens to vote for their favorite, feathered symbol of national pride. The raptor foundation breeds and exhibits falcons but unlike Ducks Unlimited they don’t raise birds in order to shoot them at a later date.

So far, the large, colorful and fairly vicious red-tailed hawk is leading the contest with 85% of the votes. It’s unlikely the pigeon will get many votes because the red-tailed hawk has him for lunch. I’m not sure Canada should be associated with a flying cannibal but if you’ve ever been plopped on by a pigeon, the red-tailed hawk has your back.

Dalton McGinty has enthusiastically thrown his support behind the red-tailed hawk so given the premier’s record of success, there’s every chance that bird will be extinct before the ballots can be counted.

Holding down second spot in the national bird contest is the Canada goose, the poop machine that honks like a horn. If these things let it fly in flight we’d all be wearing reinforced umbrella hats.

Canadian geese are far too plentiful with no redeeming features. You can’t eat them and they don’t eat anything that bothers us. They’re pests. A few may even be terrorists. I don’t know how much planning went into it but it was definitely a flock of Canadian geese that brought down US Airways flight 1549 last year making a hero out of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who crashed landed in New York’s Hudson River. I’d be very reluctant to make a national hero out of a bird that’s already on Homeland Security’s no-fly list.

The crow is too ordinary, the raven too creepy and a tundra swan is just a goose with Audrey Hepburn’s neck.

Then there’s the loon. Nothing common about its elegant, understated beauty and a call that can make a cottager cry. A loner and a diving bird seldom seen on land, the female loon swims along the shoreline with her chicks sitting on her black and white checkered back. The common loon is a picture of serenity, a strong voice breaking through a sea of quiet, a caretaker of the wild. The loon should be our national bird.

The whiskey jack would work. We could nickname this bird the “John A. jack” after Canada’s very first Prime Minister John A. MacDonald who liked to drink a bit. Okay, a lot.

But if the choice is based on politics then the ruling Tories are mostly closely associated with turkeys, the liberals run around like a bunch of beheaded chickens and the NDP are parrots. They just repeat whatever the others just said.

Likewise, the great blue heron would make a fine national bird. Smart, dignified and efficient in flight, the great blue heron could mirror the character of our leaders in the event we ever get some that are smart, dignified and efficient.

Even the seagull has garnered some votes. The seagull? The seagull is actually too stupid to be a bird. It’s a large fluffy, white insect with wings whose natural habit is the parking lot at McDonald’s. I feed seagulls on the beach. I’ll throw a hunk of bread to one seagull all by himself and he immediately starts screaming as loud as possible: “I don’t have food! Don’t come near me! There’s no food here! Stay away!” Soon eight agitated seagulls arrive to beat him up and steal his bread. As our national bird, the seagull would have to be fitted for a compass and come with a warning: “Food goes in the front.”

No, for me, it’s the common loon – fairly rare and simply beautiful with a call that sounds like your mother beckoning you home. Plus it’s water-bound, unable to walk on land. Any bird that can’t crap on my lawn or my windshield deserves some sort of award.

William J. Thomas lives in Wainfleet, Ont.
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(Read more in the Aug 18-Sep 5/2010 issue of Senior Scope)




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