(Christi Albers-Manicke/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

(Christi Albers-Manicke/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Newest addition to Lacombe’s mural project

Another piece of Lacombe’s history has been unveiled.

The Lacombe and District Historical Society, the City of Lacombe’s Arts and Culture department, and Lacombe’s Mural Project have unveiled a new mural in the city. Located on main street by Red’s Source for Sports the mural depicts the 11th annual Lacombe Tournament, held in 1960.

In his July 28, 1960 article, Hal Pawson, a reporter with the Edmonton Journal covered the tournament.

“Thanks to perfect weather and Slim Thorpe’s Lloydminster Meridians, all records fell at the 11th annual Lacombe Lions Baseball Tournament Wednesday. The ideal weather put a record number of fans in the Lions’ new baseball park, 10,000 in two days, and the Meridians broke all other records for one club’s domination in what stands as Canada’s top baseball tournament, money-wise, colour-wise and baseball-wise.

“The Meridians completed a tournament rout by defeating the Lefty Mack – Ivan Crook North Alberta All-Stars 27-5 in a final game ended by darkness after seven innings … Indicative of the Lacombe’s tourneys spot in Alberta sports field is the fact that no – get that no – event has been so heavily covered, with five dailies, three TV stations, nine radio stations and six weeklies on the spot for two days. In the most one-sided final in tournament history, the Lloydminster Meridians bombed the Northern Alberta All-Stars 27-5 to take top prize of $1,500 in the 11th annual Lacombe tournament.”