St. Croix uniform
Most communities would have to be satisfied with one outstanding ball team but not St. Stephen. In October of 1957, the Saint Croix Courier would report "WOW! IT'S BACK AGAIN! . . .Senior baseball championship of the Maritime Provinces came winging back to the border. . ." Another baseball dynasty for the town was born. This time the team was named the St. Croix Baseball Club and they would dominate the provincial and maritime leagues from 1957 to 1960.
In 1957 the St. Croix were Border League Champions, took the provincial quarter finals from Fredericton, the semi finals from Bathurst, the finals from Memramcook, the NB/PEI Title from Charlottetown, PEI and the Maritime Championship from Canning, Nova Scotia. The Maritime title was decided in a double-header that saw St. Croix come from behind with five-run rally in the fourth inning.
1957 Celebration Banquet
The town celebrated the end of a baseball "famine" - the Maritime title last held by the 1938 St. Croixs - by staging a gala banquet that celebrated "Baseball Night on the Border" where "the champions of 1957 will mingle with the kings of Maritime diamond play in the past. It's a salute to St. Stephen champions of today and yesterday, a salute in which the town, the district and the county gladly join." (Saint Croix Courier, 1957.) Members of St. Stephen's team, from two decades earlier, joined the new champions in a celebration that, according to the Courier, was unique in nature and scope. The grateful town honoured their newest hometown sports heroes by presenting each team member with a jacket that commemorated the victory.
In 1958 the St. Croix were again Border League Champions; they took the provincial semi finals from Fredericton, the finals from Chatham, the NB/NS Title from Antigonish, NS and the Maritime Championship from Parkdale P.E.I. The Maritime title wasn't in too much question that year: the St. Croix lost only two games during the regular season and they swept the three-game title series against PEI with scores of 20 - 2 and 16 - 1.
28 August 1958
Again, the town celebrated with a banquet which honoured the reigning champions while recalling the dazzling accomplishments of the past. Guest speakers at that night's celebration included: Carl Willey, a promising righthander with the Milwaukee Braves, who hailed from Cherryfield, Maine; Gordon Coffey "the former great outfielder of the glorious 1930s"; the Honourable Norman Buchanan, then the Minister of Lands and Mines but, in 1936, a pitcher for the St. Croixs; and R. Whidden Ganong, who had been co-manager of the 1931 champion Mohawks.
The1959 St. Croix team were Border League Champions; they took the provincial quarter finals from Minto, the semi finals from Chatham, the finals from Memramcook and the Maritime Championship from Amherst, Nova Scotia.
1960, the final year of the St. Croix dynasty, saw the team named Border League Champions, take the provincial semi finals from Grand Falls, the finals from Chatham, and the Maritime Championship from Amherst, Nova Scotia. The St. Croix decisively won the three-game series 14 - 6 and 8-2.
Without doubt some of this team's success can be attributed to the contributions of a couple of veterans from St. Stephen's 1931 to 1939 championship teams. Arlo Hayman, manager of the St. Croix (1957 to 1960) was also manager of the St. Croixs of 1938 and 1939.