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“A Peak into Carleton’s Past”


The Snoids’ Softball Team

  1. The Introduction
  2. The Origin of the Team
  3. The Name
  4. The Team
  5. The Brief Revival
  6. Acknowledgements

1. The Introduction

The “Southam Hall Snoids” were part of the Carleton University Summer Softball League. The team helped form the league in 1984 and continued to play for another 12 seasons(1996). The Snoids also participated in 9 annual League Tournaments .

I was manager for many seasons and have gathered much of the team’s records and artifacts. This section of my website is meant to archive the “Snoids” history and will continue to evolve as more data is gathered. This page will give you some background about the team. Check out the other pages for more specific information such as: seasonal stats, members, trivia, umiforms, league and tournament info, etc. I would appreciate any feedback or facts that past members can provide. I hope you will enjoy this site.    Peter Noël

2. The Origin of the Team

The Snoids originated in the late spring of 1984 when members of the Carleton U. Bookstore and the Instructional Aids Dept.(now Instructional Media Services) decided to form a team. Up till then, members had talked about it within their own departments, but lacked enough players. A chance encounter between an IAD member(Dave Gall) and 2 bookstore employees (Mike Porter and Roger Poirier), who were playing catch outside the building (Southam Hall), started the process of creating the team. (Ironically Dave Gall,a non-athletic person, never played a game.) Their first game occurred in early June when Bob Albert generated a Mailroom team to play them. Subsequently, A second game was quickly arranged against a hastily created Mike’s Place Pub team. These three teams agreed to search for more competitors and the Carleton League was set up shortly afterwards.

3. The Name

The team’s name was adopted from the main character featured in a comic book unintentionally shipped to the bookstore. The alternative comic by Robert Crumb was titled “SNOID COMICS” and contains stories dealing with a strange mischievous little individual named Mr. Snoid. The team adopted the name after the 2nd (or 3rd) game of their initial season, while enjoying a drink at a campus pub (“Roosters”). The personality of Mr. Snoid seemed a perfect match for the wild, playful nature of the group. The name was also distinctive and has been a source of inquiry and amusement ever since.

4. The Team

The first couple of seasons found the team comprised mainly of bookstore employees. Over the next 9 years, the composition shifted towards a core made up of members from the departments of Instructional Media Services (IMS), Instructional Television (ITV) and Carleton Bookstore. Supplementing this group were friends, relatives, and staff from other sections. However, by the 12th season (1995), the club was in desperate need for new players and in late June, the gang joined with the similarly depleted Physics crew to field a team (1st game: June 29). This collaboration lasted one more season (1996), whereupon manager Peter Noel regretably was forced to fold the team.

5. The Brief Revival

The new manager Dave Kulawick managed to revive the Snoids briefly during the 2001 season. With the help of 4 veterans and some new members (who were also playing for Mike’s Place), the team played 2 games and acquired 2 default wins. However, the team could not be maintained for the finale tournament and the remnants were used to fill out the Mike’s Place entry. See the Season 14 Page

6. Acknowledgements

I would like to thanks the following individuals for the information, time, and/or materials they have provided to fill out this website: Roger and Stacey Poirier, Don Hoskinson, Paul Heuthorst

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Last Updated: April 25, 2001

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