The 2014 Swift Current Indians Baseball Club Field of Dreams Dinner presented by Innovation Credit Union is set to take place Friday Feb 28th, 2014 at the Royal Canadian Legion.
The Committee is excited to announce that the evenings Keynote Speaker will be Grey Cup Champion, Geroy Simon of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Simon joined the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1999 as a free agent out of the University of Maryland. In 2001, he signed a free agent contract with the BC Lions where he spent the majority of his pro career donning the black and orange for twelve seasons. He was acquired by the Riders in a trade with BC in January, 2013 and became an integral part to the 2013 Grey Cup Championship team. Simon currently sits as the CFL’s all-time leader in career receptions (1029) and receiving yards (16,352 yards).
The evening will begin with cocktails at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm. There will also be live and silent auctions at the end of the evening. Tickets are $60 for single seats or $400 for a corporate table of eight. If you are interested in purchasing tickets or a table, please contact Brad Woods at 772-0471 or by email at email@example.com.
The Field of Dreams has operated for fifteen years, and has been a major supporter of our Swift Current Indians Baseball Club. Some of their most significant projects in support of the ball club include; initial capital for the installation of the light standards, stadium seating at Mitchell Field as well as new uniforms and equipment on a scheduled renewal plan. If you have any additional questions or require comments about the dinner please do not hesitate to contact Committee Chair, Brad Woods at 772-0471
A Community Tradition
While there doesn’t seem to be a written history yet what we can tell you is what has been relayed down to us from others through their memories and anecdotes. The Indians team started as a name in the early half of the 1900s, pre 1950 to be sure as far as we can confirm. Historically at the time, many Major League Baseball clubs where growing and looking for talent, and had grown into Canada starting minor league teams to develop and recruit talent, especially after WWII and the Korean War had tragically taken so many talented athletic players lives. Some have referred to this as the “Barnstorming Era” of baseball. Many smaller communities across Canada and the Mid-Western United States have similar stories to their beginnings. As was relayed down to me, the Cleveland Indians Major Baseball Team had started a farm team here in Swift Current, and thus called it the Swift Current Indians. Any association with the Cleveland Indians has long since ended, but the name has continued to this day, and our teams have had a lot of success at all levels, from the SMBL through the WMBL. It is for those players who played and built baseball to the level of success we have continued the tradition of the name “Indians”, as well as our minor league teams have adopted the name, in honor and dedication of the history of baseball in Swift Current.