Volunteer Elmer Franks in Baseball Hall of Fame

A local volunteer and longtime baseball enthusiast, Elmer Franks, was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Elmer was born December 20, 1934, in Maidstone, Sask. At the age of 12, he was the batboy for the Maidstone Senior Baseball Team and started playing when the team found themselves shorthanded.

In 1957, Elmer attended the North Battleford Beavers spring camp. He was then sent to Weyburn by Beavers manager Emile Frances, where he played with the Weyburn Beavers in the Southern League, from 1957 to 1964. From 1964 to 1968 Elmer coached minor baseball in Weyburn. Throughout his baseball career, Elmer’s main position was first base.

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Being very interested in sports, Elmer got the position of Sports and Recreation Director in Tisdale, in 1968. There he developed a strong minor ball organization. Throughout these years, Elmer continued to umpire baseball. He was highly respected for his mentoring of young athletes.

 

When Elmer returned to Weyburn in 2001, the Weyburn Beavers were non-existent. He immediately got involved and was instrumental in reviving the team and joined the Western Major Baseball League. He continues to play an important role in this organization in marketing, ticket sales, and working every home game for the past 18 years.