Friday, September 14, 2007

Saturday, April 21, 1951

               W L  Pct. GB
Vancouver .... 2 0 1.000 —
Yakima ....... 2 0 1.000 —
Tri-City ..... 1 1  .500 1
Salem ........ 1 1  .500 1
Spokane ...... 1 1  .500 1
Victoria ..... 1 1  .500 1
Wenatachee ... 0 2  .000 2
Tacoma ....... 0 2  .000 2

WENATCHEE, Wash., April 22—The Vancouver Capilanos made it two straight over Wenatchee here tonight, downing the Chiefs 11 to 3 before an estimated 500 chilled fans.
Cold weather kept the crowd small and seemed to freeze the Chiefs run-making. The Canadians didn't suffer from the cold night however, and blasted out 13 hits In their attack. Wenatchee committed four errors to aid the Vancouver nine.
Dick Sinovic accounted for a single, double and triple in his first three times at the plate and batted in four runs for the winners.
Rlghthander George Nicholas went the route for the Capilanos and gave up 10 hits in posting the win. He walked four and struck out three. Lefthander Dave Dahle was charged with the loss, giving up 12 of the hits in eight innings, walking four and striking out two.
The two teams play an afternoon doubleheader Sunday.
Vancouver ....... 012 032 120—11 13 3
Wenatchee ...... 000 020 010— 3 10 4
Nicholas and Cheso; Dahle, Rounds (9) and Len Neal.

SPOKANE, April 21 — Victoria's Bill White smashed two 375-foot home runs Saturday as the Athletics beat Spokane 6 to 2 and spoiled the Indians' Western International league baseball opener.
White, a 6-foot, 5-inch right fielder, belted one over the left center field wall on the second pitch to lead off the fifth inning. His second homer sailed over the
left field wall with Gene Thompson on base in the seventh.
First Game
Victoria ....... 000 010 410—6 10 1
Spokane ...... 000 000 011—2 12 3
Smith and Marcucci; Conant, Weaver (8) and Nulty.
Second Game
Victoria ........ 000 000 030 00—3 7 2
Spokane ....... 010 001 001 01—4 9 0
Hedgecock and Martin; Bishop, Roberts (7) and Hinz. Nulty.

SALEM (Special)—Dick Stone hurled a brilliant four-hit shutout here Saturday night over the Salem Senators to give the Tri-City Braves their first victory in the 1951 Western International league race. Letting the Senators down all the way Stone's 5-0 masterpiece also evened the current series at 1-1. Salem won the opener Friday night 9-6.
Third baseman Nell Bryant sewed up Stone's first victory of the season when he rifled a triple off the wall in the fifth inning with the bases loaded. Catcher Nick Pesut added another run when his smashed through the box scored Bryant from third base. The Tri-City club scored all their runs in that fateful fifth.
Big Jim Olsen got credit for an assist in Stone's shutout. The hefty fireman of last season who saved many a game for the Braves strolled to the mound in the ninth with the sacks loaded and put out the fire that Salem was trying to get going.
Although the weather warmed up somewhat over Friday's opening game the attendance fell off to approximately 1000. But a heavy turnout was expected for Sunday when the double-bill is played.
Rube Navarro made his first appearance in a Brave uniform tonight when he took over left field replacing Mike Michelson, the catcher, who has been patrolling that pasture in the absence of a regular outfielder.
The two teams wind up their four game stand with a doubleheader Sunday afternoon.
Charlie Petersen, manager of the Tri-City Braves, nominated right hander Augie Zande for the seven-inning game with portsider Cy Greenlaw getting the call for the regulation nine-inning affair.
Tri-City ....... 000 000 000—5 9 1
Salem ......... 000 000 000—0 4 0
Stone, Olsen (9) and Pesut; Barta, DeGeorge (5), Hemphill (9) and Beard.

TACOMA, Wash., April 21 (AP/UP)—Barney Serrell, Yakima's colored second baseman, smashed two timely blows to pace the Yakima Bears to a a 6-1 baseball victory that opened the Western International league season here Saturday before 3,300 fans.
The Yakima Bears swept both ends of a day-night double header with the Tacoma Tigers here today, 6 to 1 and 11 to 1.
A crowd of 4,000 watched the season opener here in the first game, and 2,000 turned out for the nightcap.
Ted Savarese went the route in the afternoon tilt and scattered nine hits for the win. In the second game, Dave Anderson, righthander, gave up seven hits in posting the win. Guzman Amador was the loser.
First Game
Yakima ......... 002 100 030—6 9 2
Tacoma ........ 000 000 010—1 9 2
Savarese and Brenner; Clark, Goldizen (8) and Sheets, Watson (8).
Second Game
Yakima ......... 140 010 233—11 18 1
Tacoma ........ 000 100 000— 1 7 1
Andersen and Tiesiera: Amador, Fierro (8) and Watson.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [Apr. 22/51]
SALEM — Again it was a bitter opening for the Tri-City Braves. Not just losing that first one, but the weather also was of the numbing variety. And after all our pleading all the exhortations, what happens? That same old coincidence reared its ugly head. Lou McCollum is thus still looking for his first opening-of-the-season victory.
Next year either Lou is going to have to forego the initial clash or the WIL's president Bob Abel is going to have to take in another game. Last year that was the combination and McCollum lost, and here it turned up again this time.
But there's this much about any ball game, and that Friday night one in particular. You can't win them when you leave a baker's dozen stranded on the basepaths. And that's what the Braves did . . . left 13 idling away their time. In two innings, the sixth and seventh they had two on before any outs but weren't able to move the men around. As of right now, this edition of the Braves does not have the plate power that last year's club did, and won't have until it is strengthened.
To show you how important is this matter of leaving men on base without scoring, the 13 left by the Tri-City nine came within six of equaling the league record . . . But to get back to other details of that game. The weather was cold, and that plus the high moisture content in the air left the players with a numb feeling in their hands and feet. The club house boy beat a steady path between there and the coffee stand most of the night.
Salem's new home owned outfit looks like it's going to be a big success. They pulled 4456 fans through the turnstiles Friday night with every indication the rest of the series would be nearly as well patronized. It depends of course on whether the Senators have a first division club. Their major concern at the moment is pitching. As yet they don't have too much there but the rest of the team is well balanced.
Sometimes this baseball business can take an odd turn. Take that Spokane-Salem trade whereby the Indians sent Glenn Stetter and Ray McNulty to Salem for outfielder, Mel Wasley. The only reason Spokane was willing to make the deal was because Stetter and McNulty refused to report. Thus, if you want to look at it one way even if Wasley refuses to report to Spokane they'll only be half as bad off now, just losing one player instead of two.
Stetter has a small farm near Salem and that plus a salary dispute was the reason he failed to go to Spokane. Both clubs should profit by the deal. Salem needs pitchering and in addition they have in Stetter a passable outfielder and a terrific hitter. Spokane gets in Wasley a good hitter and an all-around player in that he can handle the infield or outfield.
Regardless of how long they've been at the game most players get “opening night” jitters. Until they've taken that first cut at the plate and handled that first ball in the field they're all a bit tense. . . But if that's the reason Salem's shortstop muffed Al Spaeter's first blow he certainly made it pay off. They were giving away so many prizes for the various “firsts” Friday night to the Senators that Meyers picked up $10.50 for that boot . . . they even had a prize for the first player to strike out and Norm Grabar collected $60 when he posted a four-master over the wall.
We managed to clear up one item while in Salem that has been bothering us a lot and that was Jim McKeegan. Sometime ago we had a report the young red-headed catcher had joined the Coast Guard. However, he told us that he had tried but before the papers could be cleared the quota had been filled.
Bill Edelstein sliced out the first base hit of the season for the Braves when the left handed centerfielder poked one between third and the shortstop . . . Pitcher Lou McCollum scored the first run, and got to walk in at that when Buddy Peterson drew a free pass with the bases loaded . . . but it still counts as a run batted in for “ole Pete” as he calls himself.
Arnie Sanborn of KPKW gave us quite a shock while in Salem. After listening to so many of his recreations of games from Waters park we had Just naturally assumed he knew the place well, and mentioned that fact to him. “First time I've ever seen it,” was the reply. Well, he had us well fooled.

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