Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pre-Season, April 16, 1951

REDDING, Calif., April 16—Redding of the Far West league beat Salem of the Western International league 8-7 in an exhibition baseball game here Monday night.
The Senators from Salem out hit the Browns 14 to 10 but four crucial errors cost them the ball game Salem pitcher Floyd (Bill) Bevens left the game when struck in the face by a ball thrown by Redding third baseman Ray Perry while Sevens was running from second to third.
Salem ....... 011 210 101—7 14 4
Redding ... 220 020 02x—8 10 2
Bevens, Lew (4) and Beard; Keeley, Rolfe (6) and Ogden, Drosos.

PITTSBURG, Calif., April 16, (Special to the Nevada State Journal)—Reno Silver Sox tonight defeated a Class B ball club when they knocked, over Victoria of the Western International League by 8 to 5.
In fairness to the Canadian ball club, it must be pointed out that they were not at full strength. Lilio Marcucci, Reno's 1949 manager ard last year's Pioneer League batting champ who is now with Victoria, did not play, nor did a couple of other regulars.
But Victoria still fielded a good lineup, although limited to six hits over the seven-inning route. The game was shortened by cold, windy weather here tonight at the Pittsburg ball park.
Tonight the Pitching Parson, big Jim Rhems of Montana, was fast but wild. The Silver Sox starter only allowed the British Columbia club one hit in four innings, but he walked eight, striking out two. A lefty, Netherlin, threw the last three for Reno. He has the makings of a good curve, but it was "hanging" a bit tonight and slapped for five hits, although he fanned four batters.
Dick Zaccarelli hit two for four and played a snappy shortstop game. Dick Waibel, formerly of Eugene who started the Pacific Coast League season with Seattle, threw for Victoria, along with Bill Paine and Ronnie Smith. Gene Gaviglio caught. Tommy O'Laughlin got two doubles in three trips.

LINDSAY, Calif., April 17 (Special)—The Tri-City Braves broke their spring training camp here early this morning following their 15-5 defeat last night by the Bakersfield Indians of the California State league. The Braves will play Redding in that city tonight and on Wednesday will head for Salem. They will rest Thursday and Friday with a light workout under the Salem lights Thursday night and open the 1951 season Friday night.
With many of the players making side trips to pick up their families Manager Charlie Peterson was expected to field a make shift nine tonight.
In their final game at Lindsay last night the Braves were back to using pitchers in the outfield because of players leaving to get their families. Regulars who were out of the lineup included catcher Nick Pesut, first baseman Vic Buccola, pitcher Dick Stone and outfielder Clint Cameron.
Lou McCollum became the second Tri-City hurler to go the line inning route when he shutout Bakersfield 1-0 Sunday afternoon. McCollum gave up seven hits in chalking up his first shutout of the spring campaign. He will open the season against Salem Friday night. Bryant's base-hit scored Wilson in the first inning for the Braves victory.
Dick Stone was the first hurler of the Tri City Braves to go the full nine inning route. He
did it with a 9-4 victory over Bakersfield Saturday night. And the solid right hander almost made it a shutout going into the final stanza Stone had blanked the Indians on a one hit performance.
Two homeruns and five doubles accounted for the Tri-City runs, with centerfielder Al Spaeter driving in seven of the nine as he lashed two over the fence and added a double in his five trips to the plate. Mike Michelson smashed out a pair of two baggers and a single which accounted for another run and Buddy Peterson's double notched the other.
Stone was pitching near perfect ball for the first eight frames. Sal Taormina doubled down the rlghtfield foul line in the first canto and that was all the hits Bakersfield got until the bottom of the ninth when they did all their scoring the Indians led off by drawing a walk, then Taormina got his second double to be followed by Wimpy Quinn's four master. With one out John Herman doubled and scored from second on an infield error.
Spaeter's double in the first inning drove in Artie Wilson and Vic Buccola who had walked Spaeter scored on Michelson's single Spaeter's first over the fence blast came in the fifth with one man on and his second in the seventh with two aboard.
Thus the pitching lineup for the league opener at Salem now appears as though Lou McCollum will start, followed by Dick Stone, Augie Zande, and Kenny Michelson, though not necessarily in that order.

PENTICTON, April 16 — Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International Baseball League announced purchase of negro catcher John Ritchie, 25, from Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. Ritchie will be the first negro to wear a Capilano uniform.

Baseball Bows To Arrival of Gen. MacArthur
OAKLAND, Calif., April 16—Clarence ' Brick ' Laws, president of the Oakland baseball club, Monday announced postponement of Tuesday night's scheduled game with Los Angeles because of the arrival of General Douglas MacArthur in San Francisco.
WILfan note: This must be the first game postponed due to General.


By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [Tues. Apr. 17/51]
LINDSAY, Calif., (Special) What pitching these Braves have been getting! First Lou McCollum works six innings and faces only 19 men, giving up but one run on two hits. Then Augie Zande comes back the next night and over the same distance blanks Tacoma on the scoreboard allowing but one safe blow, a double. You can't ask for better performances than those, even in the middle of the season.
The news that Tommy Glavino had rammed his head into the centerfield wall at Houston kicked up quite a stir here. In the first place Glavino is an infielder and in the second place Houston is a member of the Cardinal chain which is supposed to supply Tri-Clty with some outer garden help. But if they are trying to change infielders into outfielders apparently they have little to offer right now.
As this is written (Friday), it's just a week until the season opens for the Braves at Salem.
They have four games left on the schedule here and one to be played enroute at Redding. From there they'll jump directly into the Senators stronghold to rest a day before the opener.
The battle for the third base position is still a close one between Neil Bryant and Artie Wilson. Without going out too far on a limb Bryant seems to have a slight edge. He seems to be just a bit steadier when the pressure gets hot and heavy.
Last season the Braves finished in the cellar as far as double plays are concerned. But from the way Buddy Peterson and Al Spaeter are manufacturing them here in spring training it won't he a repeat. So far only one batter has been able to beat the relay to first and that was a very questionable decision.
Though not everything has been perfect here in Lindsay this year, the Braves couldn't have found better weather, the days are hot, always hitting the edge of the ninties and occasionally pushing to 93 or so. And the nights are ideal for ball games. Just a cooling off with a slight breeze but not enough to bother those high flies The city of Lindsay closetves a fine word too for the way they are continually trying to make the Olive Bowl, where the games are played, a better field.
When it comes to the fans some of them are really rabid. For instance when McCollum threw that fine six innings the other night, and then left the game, some of the spectators got all over Manager Charlie Peterson. They wanted Lou to stay in there, but what they forgot was that Pete was trying to protect his right handed pitching ace's aim.
Tacoma broke camp at Wasco a full 10 days ahead of their opening date April 20 ... they'll return in easy stages playing games as they head North . . . One of the latest rumors making the rounds here Is that Dick Faber, outfielder with the Braves last year, refused to report to Norfolk and so was sold to Salem. If true that's a fine break for the Senators.

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