Saturday, September 15, 2007

Wednesday, April 25, 1951

              W L   Pct GB
Vancouver ... 6 0 1.000 —
Yakima ...... 5 1  .633 ½
Salem ....... 5 1  .633 ½
Victoria .... 2 4  .333 4
Spokane ..... 2 4  .333 4
Tacoma ...... 2 4  .333 4
Tri-City .... 1 5  .167 5
Wenatchee ... 1 5  .167 5

SPOKANE, April 25—Vancouver trailed behind Spokane for seven innings, but staged a seven-run spree in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday night to win their sixth straight Western International League baseball victory, 8 to 6.
John Conant, Spokane hurler, held the Caps at bay with hitless pitching through the first five innings but the Capilanos scored once in the sixth and added seven more in the eighth and ninth. Vancouver batted around in the eighth inning, with Chuck Abernathy (three RBIs) and Charlie Mead (two) providing the main damage.
A four-rally in the ninth began when Gordie Brunswick singled, and Bob McGuire, Ray Tran and Dick Sinovic followed his example.
Spokane salvaged a little satisfaction on Ken Richardson's fourth-inning homer — the first Indian round tripper of the year.
Southpaw Bill Whyte finished up for the Caps, holding the Spokes to two hits and a run.
The two teams will finish out their three-game series Thursday.
Vancouver ... 000 001 034—8 10 3
Spokane ....... 104 000 001—6 9 2
Nicholas, Gunnarson (7), Whyte (9) and Ritchey; Conant, Roberts (9) and Nulty.

YAKIMA, April 25—Dave Dahle threw a seven-hitter here Wednesday night to carry Wenatchee to an 11-2 win over Yakima in a Western International league baseball game.
Dahle's hurling masterpiece stopped a Yakima win streak of five straight and also gave Wenatchee its first win after five consecutive losses.
The Chiefs backed up Dahle's hurling with a 16-hit assault on two Yakima hurlers. They scored four runs in the first three innings, added another in the sixth and finished up with two in the eighth and four in the ninth. Walt Pocekay with one single in six times at bat drove home three Wenatchee runs. Dahle was never in serious trouble.
Wenatchee .... 013 001 014—11 16 1
Yakima .......... 000 010 100—2 7 4
Dahle and Len Neal; Anderson, Savarese (3), and Brenner.

SALEM, April 25—Salem racked up its fourth straight win by defeating Victoria 6 to 2 here Wednesday.
It was the second win for Salem pitcher Alden Wilkie. He was in command all the way, permitting only two unearned runs in the second inning. Two Victoria hurlers
generously aided Salem's cause with 12 walks plus one hit batter.
Victoria ...... 020 000 000—2 4 1
Salem ......... 201 002 01x—6 6 1
Marshall, Osborn (7) and Marcucci; Wilkie and Beard.

KENNEWICK, April 25—The Tri-City Braves scored seven runs in a big fourth inning Wednesday night but it wasn't enough to stop the Tacoma Tigers who won 9-7 to hand the Braves their fouith consecutive loss in the young W-I league baseball season.
Tacoma unlimbered an 18-hit attack on four Tri-City hurlers. Butch Moran. Jose Bache and Sol Israel each drove in a pair of runs.
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KENNEWICK, April 26—Any baseball pitcher can tell you what the longest walk in the world is. It's the distance from the mound to the dugout just after the roof has fallen in and the new hurler is taking his warmup pitches. And as long as we're on the question and answer theme any baseball manager will tell you the longest climb in the world is from the bottom of the league cellar to the top.
And as of today that's the prospect facing Charlie Petersen and the Tri-City Braves.
Last night's dirge was sung to the tune of 9-7 giving Tacoma a cinch two of the three game series. Tonight's 8 p.m. affair will end the troublesome visit of the Tigers with Victoria moving in Friday night for a four game series including a Sunday afternoon doubleheader.
Right hander Augie Zande (0-1) will try to stop Tacoma to night Opposing him will be Keith Bowman.
In the 9-7 defeat last night four Brave hurlers wtlked to the hill. Bob Costello who relieved starter Dick Stone was charged with the defeat when Ivan Goldizen, the Tiger hurler doubled in the eighth and scored from third on Jose Bache's fourth single of the game.
The Tri-City club put all their seven runs across in a big fourth inning on seven hits,. The machine gun like action of the Braves' bats drove starter Guzman Amador to the showers. Goldizen then came on to go the rest of the route until the ninth when Mel Knezovich came in to save Goldizen's victory.
Tacoma jumped out in front in the first frame on four consecutive singles which accounted for two runs. Four more singles spaced by one sacrifice gave the Tigers three more in the fourth. Then the Tri-City club surged in the bottom of that canto to go ahead 7-5. But by the end of the sixth the score was knotted until Goldizen crossed with the winning run in the eighth.
Sam Castro made his first appearance in a Tri-City uniform last night. (The opening night Sam had no pants.) After that eighth inning double Costello headed showerward and Castro came on. However the runner reached base off one of hurler Costello's pitches and although the scored while Castro was on the hill the run and defeat were charged to Costello. [Castro's picture is to the right]
Artie Wilson pinch hit for Stone in the fourth and singled in a run. Mike Michelson tried for a duplicate in the eighth when he took over Castro's batting slot but Goldizen set him down on a third swinging strike.
A little bunt laid down by Vic Buccola was the hitting play of the night. The roller hung right on the inside of the third base foul line all the way to the sack with Tacoma infielders and umpire Joe Iacovetti chasing it closely all the way. It was a base hit.
Tacoma .......... 200 311 020—9 18 1
Tri-City ......... 000 700 000—7 10 1
Amador, Goldizen (4), Knezovich (8) and Sheets; Stone, Costello (5), Castro (8), Olsen (9) and Pesut.

Spokes Lose Pair to Army
SPOKANE, Wash., April 26 (BUP) The southpaw pitching and reserve catching strength of the Spokane Indian baseball club will suffer after Monday when Hank Eckhart and Hank Ninz answer selective service calls.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [Apr. 26/51]
Are these old eyes going bad or wasn't that Nick Pesut beating out an infield hit to first base the other night? Whatever his weight was Tuesday night when he entered that game he must have shaved off five pounds the way he was being chased around the sacks. Lou McCollum hustled him from first to third on his double and darned if Rube Navarro didn't pull the same stunt a few innings later. What's more Nick came within a hair's breadth of chasing down one Tacoma runner between home and third.
Frank Gillihan who pushed the front office pencil for Tacoma says there's nothing wrong with his club that a million dollars won't cure . . . but they did all right in winning that first one 6-3. Frank was pretty gloomy when he got to talking about the four the Tigers left to Yakima, and at home too. “We'll get no help until the majors cut down and that's a good three weeks away ... by that time no telling how far we may drop.”
But the Tiger skipper Jim Brillheart wasn't too discouraged. Ernie Falappino a regular outfielder is out right now with a bad leg. Even dropping the quartet to the Bears didn't dampen his dobber. Actually no club in this league is as good as Yakima's and Vancouver's 5-0 record would seem to indicate. Nor are the Braves and Tigers with their 1-4 mark that bad. The levelling off process will come soon, and when it does then it will be time to determine just how strong or weak all of them are.
For instance the Tri-City team should have won both those Salem Sunday games and would have except for a couple of mental and actual errors. Tacoma also had a pair won from Yakima until the Bears started hitting them off their fists for those little bloopers that drop just over the infield.
Spokane would like to farm out Richland's Wilmer Meicenheimer so he could catch regularly instead of being the second string with the Spokes. However, they just lost backstop Henry Hinz to the armed forces and must keep him. The big boy stove in a finger the other day on a fast ball so is temporarily on the sidelines. The Indians have high hopes for Will during the coming seasons.
Fans at the evening game here consumed 850 hot dogs, 743 cups of coffee, and 744 bottles of beer in case you're interested. That, of course, along with assorted bags of popcorn and peanuts . . . Wenatchee's charming apple queen didn't say whether the buds were frozen up her way or not ... but with the likes of her beauty round who's going to care about a few apples anyhow.
Add ironic twists of fate. Ken Buda who operates the p.a. system at the park and booms out those lucky numbers nightly found out later that the first one he called happened to be in the score-book he was using. Usually all the numbers in his are scratched but in the excitement of the opening this was forgotten. Anyhow he did not get the two free passes . . . he has one anyhow.
It wasn't a case of “Sam, you made the pants too long” for Brave pitcher Sam Castro Tuesday night. It was simply a case of no pants, period. It's a bit involved but what happened was that Buddy Peterson didn't have any so he borrowed Sam's. Sam sat out the game in the press box, thus missing the introduction to the fans.

With Erwin Swangard
[Vancouver Province, April 26, 1951]
“Out there,” said Bob Brown, pointing in the general direction of two yellow monster bulldozers, pushing before them little mountains of rich brown earth, “is going to be the electric scoreboard.”
“Out there” in this case was marked by a couple of boards in the raw, representing the limit of centre field at the new Capilano Baseball Stadium on Little Mountain.
We were standing on the platform of the partially-completed press box, some 40 feet above ground. The view was most attractive, the setting perfect.
Bob, venerable general manager of the Vancouver Capilanos, was showing off his latest shiny toy, the new ball park.
Of course, as you all know, it isn’t finished yet. In fact, R.B. is quite worried about keeping the May 18 official opening date.
But for the moment Bob, never one to lack imagination of eloquence, filled in the missing links for me.
Work on the structure has come a long way in the last month. Construction was blessed by fine weather or else the builders could never have achieved that much is a mere month.
Fans Won’t Be Disappointed.
It’s going ton be some ball park. I know that after putting up with the inadequacies of Athletic Park ball, fans are expecting a lot from the new one. They are going to get all the expect and then some.
Gene Edlund, park superintendent, and a group of workers, were laying out the infield, measuring the distances between bases, locating the mound and home plate.
In the outfield the two bulldozers, giant affairs they were, kept droning forward slowly but surely, smoothing out the surface more and more. There was just a little breeze from the south, carrying through the trees atop Little Mountain.
In the stands dozens of carpenters were busily nailing down the planks on seats which are to accommodate about 5000 fans. Electricians were putting the final touches to a lighting system which equals in floodlight power that at the park’s big brother, Rainier Park at Seattle.
We walked through the permanent structure which is patterned on Rainier Stadium.
Bob explained every little detail. Ever so often he would touch a wall or a pipe just a little fondly, obviously hardly able to contain himself until he and his ball club move in.
Spacious Dressing Room
We went from the spacious dressing rooms for the visiting teams with their showers, toilets, manager’s private office and other conveniences, through Bob’s future headquarters, the vast rotunda, the big storage rooms for the concessionaires, the Red Cross station, rest rooms for men and women, a powder room for the weaker sex, the equally spacious dressing rooms for the home team and umpires, a special room where managers can meet the press after each game right out into the sunshine at left field where bleacher building is scheduled to get underway today.
The permanent structure is finished but for a few details. One of the features I liked is that the teams go from their dressing rooms right into the dugouts without having to pass through fans or entering the field.
Every so often Bob would stop talking about the stadium just long enough to tell me about this year’s team which has made such a noble showing to date.
As we drove back to Athletic Park the thought occurred to me if that much can be achieved with $300,000 at present day prices we could do a great deal for British Empire Game facilities for 1954 if the city, the citizens in general, the provincial and Federal government pooled their resources and energy.
The thing I enjoyed about Bob most was that he rather unconsciously emphasized continually that what I had seen is only the beginning of an ambitious plan for a stadium, representative of this city of more than 500,000.

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