SSHoF logoArt Walecke

Builder (1995)


Art Walecke was born in Paynton, Saskatchewan in 1907 and the family moved to Saskatoon when he was an early age. Art was involved in sports as a youngster, playing hockey with the Junior Church Hockey League and baseball with Pleasant Hill, Bedford Road and Clavet.

He played softball with the Saskatoon Merchants from 1933 until 1939, helping the Merchants win provincial titles, and also played with the Knights of Columbus, 1940 through 1943.

Art coached the Saskatoon Woolworth's Red Caps to a provincial women's softball championship in 1936. He also coached the Saskatoon Pats for Bill's Taxi in women's softball as well as the Elite Cafe team and the Westmounts.

After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he coached and played softball, he returned to Saskatoon and he played and coached with the Intercontinental Olympics, Saskatchewan champions in 1945.

Art served as president of St. Mary's gymnastic club in 1951. He was grand knight of the Saskatoon Knights of Columbus when they became involved with the Saskatchewan Indoor Games in 1965. He was a member of the Saskatoon Skating Club from 1930 through 1995.

** Deceased