Sunday, October 14, 2007

Tuesday, May 15, 1951

               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 16  8 .667 —
Spokane ..... 16  9 .640 ½
Tri-City .... 11  9 .550 3
Salem ....... 11 11 .500 4
Victoria .... 11 12 .478 4½
Yakima ....... 9 13 .409 6
Tacoma ....... 9 14 .391 6½
Wenatchee .... 9 16 .360 7½

TACOMA, May 15 — Southpaw Bob Schulte pitched Tacoma to a 5 to 3 win over the Vancouver Capilanos Tuesday night.
Schulte held the Caps to seven hits - all singles. The two Cap Curlers stopped Butch Moran's consecutive hitting streak at 20 games.
Tacoma's Tigers scored three runs in the third on three singles and an error. They added two in the fourth with Froilan Mendez' single accounting for both runs.
Vancouver enjoyed a three-run inning in the sixth off Schulte. The Caps tallied on a walk, three singles and an error. Tacoma fans helped Jose Bache celebrate his birthday in a premature celebration before the game. Bache's birthday won't be until May 25 when the team will be on the road.
Vancouver .... 000 003 000—3 7 2
Tacoma ....... 003 200 00x—5 9 1
King, Schmidt (6) and Ritchey; Schulte and Sheets.

WENATCHEE, May 15—Pitching with but two days rest, lefty Dave Dahle pitched and batted the Wenatchee Chiefs to a 6 to 0 victory over Spokane Tuesday night.
Dahle spaced four hits and allowed but two Spokane runners to advance as far as second. He also chipped in with some timely hitting. His fourth-inning single drove in two Wenatchee runs.
Wenatchee scored one run in the first inning on Tommy Thompson's double and Lil Arnerich's single. The Chiefs added another when Len Neal singled and came home when Spokane hurler Ken Wyatt dished out three free passes.
Indians Notes —Spokane cut pitcher Hank Weaver from their roster Tuesday. They now have 18 players signed, one above the league limit.
Spokane ..... 000 000 000—0 4 3
Wenatchee .. 110 040 00x—6 8 1
Wyatt, Roberts (5) and Nulty; Dahle and Len Neal.

KENNEWICK, May 15—Behind four-hit pitching of Joe Nicholas, the Tri-City Braves defeated Salem 5 to 3 in a Western International league game Tuesday night.
Tri-City scored twice in the eighth to break a 3 to 3 tie. Catcher Nick Pesut's single chased one run home. The other scored on a walk with the bases ioaded.
Glen Tuckett gave Nicholas his only bad moments. His homer with one on in the sixth accounted for two Salem runs. The other had scored earlier in the inning when Dick Faber triples and was balked home by Nicholas.
The win was Nicholas' third straight for a spotless 3-0 slate.
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KENNEWICK, May 16 [Herald]—A pitcher who never looks at the scoreboard watched the fans trail out of Sanders Field last night and knew then he had won another ball game.
"I never look at the scoreboard," explained a smiling Joe Nicholas after his 5-3 victory over the Salem Senators. "That's the best way I know to avoid getting the ninth inning jitters."
He didn't have the shakes either as he posted his third victory of the season for the Tri-City Braves in the International league race. The submarine pitching ace gave up but four hits two of which were erased by double plays.
And it was some classy major league style fielding back of Nicholas which helped him on the long step toward the top of the WIL hurlers list.
For the first four innings of the game the Senators were retired in perfect order. Dick Faber who played for the Braves last year, broke the spell in the top of the fifth by lacing a triple off the wall. With one out Norm Grabar walked and then Nicholas in a moment of forgetfulness balked. That scored Faber from third but as it turned out the balk didn't make any difference because the Solons' Glenn Tuckett rapped a four-master right away. That was the sum of the Salem scoring.
The entire Tri-City infield was playing like a veteran major league organization. Buddy Peterson robbed the visitors of two cinch base hits. He dug one out in front of second base which has whistled through Nicholas' legs. Al Spaeter produced his fielding gem against another ex-Brave Jim McKeegan. Spaeter took McKeegan's ground ball over second base gong away from first. And Scrap's quick throw which Vic Blccola dug out of the dirt, caught McKeegan by a step.
Neil Bryant pulled a high grade steal on Glenn Stetter when he speared his line shot down the third base line to turn it into a twin killing. Manager Hugh Luby who had singled, was erased at second on the play. George McDonald also saw his seventh inning bingle go for nothing when he was the front end of a double play which Peterson started on Grabar's ground ball.
Peterson put the Braves out in front when his double scored Buccola from first in the third. Then after the Senators went ahead 3-1 in the fifth Bryant tied the score. He did it in Homeric fashion too rifling a sharp single to left with the sacks loaded and two out. Nick Pesut's bottom
of the eighth single which scored Artie Wilson and Bill Edelstein iced the game.
Charlie Petersen has given the starting nod for tonight's game to Cy Greenlaw (0-1) while Salem's pilot, Hugh Luby has nominated Ray McNulty (2-1).
Artie Wilson ran his string of safe hits in consecutiva games to 11 last night when he singled in the fourth.
Salem .... 000 003 000—3 4 0
Tri-City .... 001 020 02x—5 10 0
Mishasek and McKeegan; Nicholas and Pesut.

YAKIMA, May 16—Bill White's bases-loaded home run in the seventh powered Victoria to an 8 to 4 win over Yakima Tuesday night.
Victoria set up the big blow when Ron Smith and Bill Dunn opened the inning with singles. An infield error advanced them to second and third. After Ted Savarese, Yakima hurler, struck out the next two men, Lilio Marcucci was handed an intentional pass to load the bases.
White's homer was an inside-the-park variety on which outfielder Bill Andring twisted an ankle while trying for the catch. White came all the way home before the ball could be retrieved.
Victoria ........ 002 010 401—8 10 0
Yakima ........ 001 200 010—1 11 3
Smith and Martin; Powell, Savarese (3), and Tiesiera.

Yakima Releases Hurlers, Infielder
YAKIMA Wash., (UP) — The Yakima Bears of the Western International baseball league announced today they had released three players.
Lester Maddox southpaw pitcher, was released to Medford of the Far West league on a 24-hour recall basis. Maddox who lacks control, had made a 0-1 record with the Bears.
Chuck Soriano who had pitched very little for the Bears and had neither won nor lost a game, was given an outright release. He pitched for Ketchikan in semi-pro ball last year.
Manuel Travis third baseman, was released to report to Fort Ord Calif., for induction into the army.
The Bears also announced they expected to get some pitching help soon from the San Francisco Seals. They mentioned righthander Matt Zitich as a possibility.

Snyder Top Willy Pitcher
TACOMA, May 16—By hanging up his sixth victory without defeat when his capilano mates rallied for three ninth-inning runs last Saturday against Tri-City, Vancouver's Bob Snyder lengthened his lead in the Western International league pitching race.
Next in line behind Snyder's 6-0 record was a teammate, southpaw Carl Gunnarson and Joe Nicholas of Tri-Clty who remained stationary at 3-0. The fourth spot was shared by no fewer than five hurlers—Charley Gassaway of Wenatchee, Jim Holder and Bob Roberts of Spokane, Dick Stone of Tri-City and Ivan Goldizen of Tacoma, all with 2-0 records.
Left-handers continue to dominate the strikeout race, the top three spots again being held by Wenatchee's Tom Bresinger (39), Wenatchee's Dave Dahle (30), and Victoria's Jim Propst (29), with Dahle and Propst having exchanged places during the week. The right-hands most puzzling to enemy batsmen is Al Treichel of Wenatchee, with 28 whiffs to his credit.
The port-siders no longer have a strangle hold on leadership in the "walking man" department, however, Victoria's John Marshall having gained top spot in that unenviable bracket with a season's total of 41 bases on balls, of which 22 came in his last two outings and 15, the single game high for the campaign—in his winning effort Sunday against Wenatchee.
The lefties are conspicuous from there on down, nevertheless. Breisinger has issued 34 passes, Propst 30 and Tacoma's Bob Schulte 27.
The figures were released by Robert Abel, president of the league.
The leading pitchers:
                    W L SO Pct.
R. Snyder, Van .... 6 0 18 1.000
Gunnarson, Van .... 3 0  3 1.000
J. Nicholas, T-C .. 3 0  5 1.000
Gassaway, Wen ..... 2 0 10 1.000
Holder, Spok ...... 2 0 10 1.000
Stone, T-C ........ 2 0  5 1.000
Goldizen, Tac ..... 2 0  6 1.000
Roberts, Spok ..... 2 0  5 1.000
Bishop, Spok ...... 3 1  9  .750
Tisnerat, Van ..... 3 1 11  .750
Bevens, Sal ....... 3 1  8  .750

It Could Be Worse-and Was
Baseball attendance drops may worry the Johnny-come-latelys but the old-timers take them in stride. Mickey Shader, the San Francisco scout, is quoted as saying he once pitched before a "crowd" of one, back in 1917 when everybody was wrapped up in World War I. It was Tacoma against Spokane, in Tacoma, Wash. The one person who sat in the stands was Shader's wife.
- San Antonio Light, May 16, 1951

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