M.C. (Bud) McLeod
Born: February 10, 2013 (Vancouver)
Died: August 9, 2013 (West Vancouver, B.C.)
Bud McLeod was a spare with the Clover Leafs, a powerhouse basketball team from Vancouver that won three consecutive Dominion titles after the Second World War.
The senior men’s team went undefeated to easily claim the city title in 1948-49 before defeating the Victoria YMCA, coached by 1936 Olympic silver medalist Doug Peden. The Clover Leafs then swept the Winnipeg Paulins in three straight games to claim the Western championship and the Hamber Trophy. The Clover Leafs then won their third straight title with a three-game sweep of the Assumption College Purple Raiders from Windsor, Ont. The 1948-49 Clover Leafs were inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
As a student, McLeod earned a degree in agriculture and a master’s in animal husbandry.
Before joining the Clover Leafs, McLeod was a long-distance varsity runner and a regular with the 1944-45 Thunderbirds basketball team at the University of B.C. The Thunderbirds lineup included a future city councillor (Bruce Yorke), a provincial Social Credit cabinet minister (Pat McGeer), a Liberal candidate for Parliament (Sandy Robertson) and a lifelong advocate for the poor (Reg Clarkson). The team was managed by future provincial lieutenant-governor Garde Gardom.