Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thursday, May 31, 1951

W L Pct GB
Vancouver ... 31 10 .756 —
Spokane ..... 27 16 .628 5
Salem ....... 20 20 .500 10½
Wenatchee ... 19 24 .442 12
Tacoma ...... 18 23 .439 12
Tri-City .... 16 22 .421 13½
Yakima ...... 16 23 .410 14
Victoria .... 16 25 .390 14

SALEM, May 31—Salem Senators of the Western International Baseball League trounced league-leading Vancouver Capilanos for the second straight time Thursday night, 10-6.
The Senators ran wild in the seventh inning, taking advantage of four walks, four errors and a hit batsman, plus seven base hits to tally eight runs.
Trailing 6-2, Salem got two men on base, and Bill Schuster called a relief hurler, George Nicholas, to halt the incipient rally. Instead, Nicholas walked two more men, forcing in a run, and then Salem batters whacked out six more singles before Nicholas finally retired the side.
The Salem hits were evenly space, only shortstop Richie Meyers collecting more than one. Both his came in the long, seventh-inning rally.
Bob McGuire laced out four hits for the losing Vancouver cause. Reno Cheso collected two and drove in three runs.
Vancouver ..... 000 240 000—6 11 4
Salem ........... 000 002 80x—10 10 0
Tisnerat, Nicholas (7) and Ritchey; Wilkie, Hemphill (5) and Beard.

TACOMA [Victoria Colonist, June 1]—One bad inning cost John Marshall his third victory and Victoria Athletics a chance to climb out of the Western International League cellar last night. He was tagged for five its good for four runs in the third inning, and Tacoma Tigers hung on for a 5-2 victory to take the series three games to one.
The A’s return home today to open an eight-game home stand against Wenatchee Chiefs and Tri-City Braves. John Tierney will oppose the Chiefs in tonight’s opener, with southpaws Jim Propst and Jim Hedgecock drawing the starting assignments in tomorrow’s regular Saturday double-header.
Except for the third inning, Marshall showed his best form of the season last night. He paced five hits over the remaining seven innings and walked only one batter while striking out four.
Harry Scherting provided the punch for the Tigers, batting in three runs with a bases-empty home run in the first and a two-run single in the third.
Marshall himself batted in both Victoria runs in the fifth with a double after Tacoma pitcher Mel Knezovich lost his control and walked John Vick and Dick Bartle.
The A’s filled the bases with one out in the sixth when Don Pries, Lilio Marcucci and Hal Jackson singled but could not push a run across. Bartle and Marv Diercks walked in the seventh to put two runners on with only one out, but again the A’s could not push them around. Fine fielding by K. Chorlton stopped them in each case.
The A’s lost the services of Bill Dunn for several days when he twisted an ankle while fielding a ball in the early innings. Gene Thompson was moved to the short patch with Bartle taking over at third.
The victory moved the Tigers into a virtual fourth-place tie with the Wenatchee Chiefs.
Victoria ......... 000 020 000—2 6 3
Tacoma ......... 104 000 00x—5 10 0
Marshall and Marcucci; Knezovich and Watson.

WENATCHEE, May 31—The battered Tri-City Braves dropped another game, 8-3, to the Wenatchee Chiefs Thursday night, moving the Chiefs into fourth place in the Western International league. The Braves now are in sixth place.
Relief hurler Lou Tost did the trick for the Chiefs. He entered the game in the ninth with two runs already cross and the bases loaded and none out.
Tost fanned Vic Buccola and then forced Buddy Peterson to hit into a double play.
The game concluded the Wenatchee series. The Braves meet the league-leading Vancouver
home Friday night on the Caps' home diamond. Other games are scheduled Saturday and Monday.
Tri-City ........ 001 000 002—3 10 3
Wenatchee ..... 100 140 11x—8 14 1
McCollum and Pesut; Treichel, Tost (9) and Len Neal.

SPOKANE, May 31—It took Spokane 11 innings to squeeze home the winning run in their 6-5 game against Yakima on Thursday night.
Walks to Mel Wasley and Ken Richards and a single by Jim Wert filled the bases with none out in Spokane's end of the 11th. Then Jimmy Brown laid down a perfect bunt, allowing Wasley to score.
Ward Rockey, who relieved starter Ken Wyatt in the fifth was the winning pitcher, while the loss was charged to Warren Noyes, third of four Yakima hurlers.
Yakima ....... 000 400 100 00—5 12 2
Spokane ..... 100 001 120 01—6 14 0
Savarese, Powell (8) Noyes (10), Boemler and Tiesiera; Wyatt, Rockey (5) and Nulty.

Tribe Releases Meicenheimer
SPOKANE, May 31 — The Spokane team of the Western International baseball league acquired a pitcher end a catcher Thursday and released a rookie catcher.
The additions are catcher Bill Sheets who was sold outright to the tribe by Tacoma, and Maynard Park, southpaw from Great Falls of the Pioneer league, who will come to Spokane on a look basis.
Spokane manager Alan Strange taid "Moose" Meicenheimer, rookie catcher, has been released unconditionally. That is the best deal for Meicenheimer because "it gives him a chance to make a deal for himself," Strange said.
It will be the second stint with Spokane for Sheets, who will join Spokane when the Indians play at Tacoma Friday. He was with the Tribe for part of the 1949 season. He has been Tacoma's number one catcher for two seasons and is batting .257.
Park had a 16 win, 8 lost record for Great Falls Mast season and has won three and lost one so far in the current season.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from June 1/51]
VANCOUVER, B. C. — Pertinent and perhaps very revealing is the word from Seattle that K. Chorlton was summarily dismissed from a game by Manager Rogers Hornsby for letting a fly ball drop off the end of his glove. Revealing? Yes, indeed, for those who 'knew him when' say that Hornsby is still looking for that first pop fly hit back over his head. Despite the great record the Rajah achieved he still wasn't able to handle the simplest of all fly balls . . . the little pop up.
And what makes the word from Seattle pertinent is that Hornsby disdains walking to the mound to take out a pitcher. Instead he just gives them the, thumb from the dugout. (He did the same thing to Chorlton). True professional baseball is a business, but like any other a certain amount of dignity is attached to the individual. Yet if you care to believe what you hear, Hornsby is seemingly intent on destroying this dignity.
Well if that's the kind of manager it takes to produce a winning ball club then pray God that the Braves are never faced with that kind of a pilot. There's a lot more to life than winning a ball game and preserving the rights and priveleges of the individual is certainly one of them. If Seattle wants to win ball games while their players are subjected to not only the ridicule of the fans but also the other players in the league, then they should keep Hornsby. But may the day never come that the likes of him will get into this league.
It isn't hard to strike up a baseball convesation here in Vancouver. Since the Capilanos staged that magnificent surge to take the top rung even hockey conversation has faded, and when that happens up here it really takes something. Yet, fans here have good reason to boast. Billy (the Rooster) Schuster, the player Hornsby couldn't get along with, isn't leaving any question marks about his ability.
Another main topic here is their new stadium. Although It won't be ready as early as they had planned still the fans are awaiting it eagerly.
Originally the Braves were to have played this series (starting today) at Sanders Field in a switch of the schedule. But because of heavy rains the Vancouver club wasn't able to move the sod from the old field to the new one. Hence the schedule wasn't changed. But all the league is anxious to see the new diamond open Able to seat 7500 they see a bigger take home cut for themselves, for which you can't blame them.
Opposed as we are to flying we may have to do just that. Charlie Petersen says he may fly the team from Victoria to Seattle making bus connections there and saving four or five hours. However, a 35 minute hop doesn't pall us as much as some of the others we've been forced into at one time and another.

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