1957 Utah American Legion Baseball Champions. Back(l-r): Ellis Jonas, Lionel Benson, Jed Pitcher, Ken Chambers, Larry Federico, Bruce Pitcher, R.L. Pitcher, Joe Watts, Richard Lamb, George “Dutch” Reese. Front: John Hale, Glade Mather, Robert Eliason, Jim Mack, Doug Brinley, Vernon Rice, Brian Thornley, Lee Burke.
This is a photo that was handed out at Uncle Ellis Jonas‘ funeral. I thought I would make it available. The photo is of the 1957 Smithfield American Legion Team. This photo was taken at the Regional Tournament in Winslow, Arizona. The 1957 Smithfield American Legion Team had won the Utah State Championship.
Ellis Jonas is listed as the manager and George Reese is the American Legion Representative.
Absent from the photo are Terry Griffen, Brian Toolson, Todd Peterson, Ferris Groll, Charles Wood, Mark McCraken, Ned Gylenskog, and Claire Nielsen.
The following photo is of the 1952 Smithfield American Legion Team. This photo was taken at the National Tournament in Wichita, Kansas. The 1952 Smithfield American Legion Team had won the Utah State Championship as well as the Regional Tournament.
1952 Utah American Legion Baseball Champions. Back(l-r): DeVon Britenbeeker, Royce Lumberg, Jon Hyde, Erle Reese, Reese Naegle, Jerry Hansen, Richard Hodges, Hal Jensen, Ellis Jonas. Front: Darold Whatcott, Ralph Tresedor, Cleon Hodges, Ross Godderidge, Jerry Coleman, Ferrell Karren, Ralph Roylance, Kay Inglet, Jack Reese.
Ellis Jonas is listed as the manager and Jerry Coleman as the bat boy.
Lastly, here is a little insert regarding Ellis as the coach. I think it speaks for itself and his regard in Smithfield.