Peter Noll 1916 - 2005
Inducted 1999 Baseball - Coach
Pete began his coaching career in softball in 1942 with a girl’s team in Regina, the Eiler Vics. Pete stayed as coach with this team until they folded in 1950, winning two city championships. From this team, five girls went on to the National Girls Softball League in Chicago - one was his sister Rose (Noll) Baker.
He resumed his coaching career in 1958 in the Catholic Boys League in Regina. In this league, later to be known as the Columbus Boys League, Pete coached sandlot and bantam teams taking the league championship every year but one. And if you ask Pete, he will tell you he was robbed of the one championship!
Wanting to coach this same group of boys, in 1963, Pete formed a Bison team. He entered this team in a Senior league called the Queen City Centennial Baseball League. Pete’s team won the pennant each year up to 1969.
In 1970 the South Saskatchewan Junior Baseball League was formed. Pete’s team, the Regina Maroons, participated in this league until 1980 winning many league championships.
Still wanting to move with his players, in 1979 the Maroons entered second league, the Molson’s Senior Baseball League. They won the league championship in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982.
Pete’s accomplishments could be summarized as follows:
- 4 out of 6 Saskatchewan Championships in Bison Baseball
- Western Canadian Bison Championship in 1963
- 10 out of 19 Saskatchewan Championships in Junior Baseball
- Participated in the Canadian Junior National Championships four times, two of those times, in the Canadian Summer Games. In those four National Championships, Pete’s team won a bronze medal twice and came fourth once.
- Participated in the Saskatchewan Summer Games on three occasions, winning the gold medal in Swift Current in 1976.
In total, Pete has won 14 Saskatchewan Championships and one Western Canadian Championship.
In 1993 Pete was inducted in the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in North Battleford. Pete continued as an avid baseball fan. He passed on his love of the game, his baseball savvy and expertise to his many ballplayers who themselves continue to play or coach.
Pete remained a sounding board for these players in their playing and life endeavors. Pete is truly a builder in the baseball community as well as a builder of integrity in his protégés who are now passing on his legacy to the young ball players in our communities.