Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 1951

               W  L  PCT GB
Vancouver ... 65 35 .650 —
Spokane ..... 65 35 .650 —
Salem ....... 51 48 .515 13½
Wenachee .... 48 51 .485 16½
Tri-City .... 44 56 .449 21
Victoria .... 44 57 .436 21½
Yakima ...... 42 58 .420 23
Tacoma ...... 40 59 .404 24½

KENNEWICK, July 26—Gordon Palm, Spokane's youthful righthander, snapped off a three-hitter Thursday night to lead Spokane to an easy 9-0 victory in a Western International league baseball game.
Palm scattered the three hits—all singles—in the first, fourth and fifth innings while three double plays by Spokane's infield backed up his pitching.
Spokane exploded for five runs in the third on two singles, three walks and a two-run error. In the fourth, Spokane added three more runs on two singles, a walk and a double by Ken Richardson. Dick Stone, Tri-City reliefer, hurled good ball after the damage had been accomplished off starter Bob Costello.
Spokane ...... 005 300 100—9 10 2
Tri-City ....... 000 000 000—0 3 1
Palm and Nulty; Ccstello, Stone (4) and Pesut.

VANCOUVER [Erwin Swangard, Sun, July 26]—Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International Baseball League left by air today for a “crucial” date with the Spokane Indians.
They left reinforced by durable Ron Smith, the pitcher they beat at Little Mountain Stadium Thursday night.
But let us hasten to record here that Victoria Athletics’ loss was by no means Ronnie’s fault. He was the victim of some queer circumstances.
Ron took over from southpaw Jim Hedgecock after the latter received his walking papers in the fifth inning from base umpire Red Eilers for arguing too long and too vociferously about a call on first base.
Until the ninth Ron had the Caps hitless, a rather unique achievement for a right handed pitcher. With one away Bob McGuire sliced a liner into right field and hustled all the way to third while Ben Jeffey chased the ball into the corner.
Manager Bill Schuster ordered Ray Tran to squeeze McGuire. Tran lunged at the slider and missed completely as McGuire came racing to the plate. Unfortunately, catcher Milt Martin only got a piece of the ball. It dropped beside him, allowing McGuire to charge across the plate.
As General Manager Bob Brown and Schuster distributed plane tickets, they announced that Bob Snyder would start at Spokane tonight, to be followed by George Nicholas and Carl Gunnarson in Saturday night’s double-header. Smith probably will go Sunday.
Spokane won again at Tri-City last night to keep intact the leadership with Vancouver.
The Smith deal, which has been hanging fire for several days, was closed right after the game. It was a straight cash transaction. Purchased price was not disclosed.
First baseman Hal Jackson of Victoria sat the game out. He was fined $15 and suspended indefinitely for Wednesday night’s fracas with Umpire Nels Pearson. Victoria manager Bob Sturgeon was fined $15 by Abel, also.
Victoria ....... 110 000 000—2 7 2
Vancouver ... 001 100 001—3 6 1
Hedgecock, Smith (5) and Martin; Hernandez and Ritchey.

WENATCHEE, July 26 — The Wenatchee Chiefs splurged to four runs in the sixth inning Thursday night to hand the Tacoma Tigers a 6-2 defeat.
Tacoma ........ 001 001 000—2 7 2
Wenatchee ... 001 004 00x—5 10 1
Knezovich, Mishasek (7) and Lundberg; Tost and Roberson.

YAKIMA, July 26—Dick Barrett pitched eight-hit ball Thursday night to lead the Yakima Bears to a 3-2 triumph over Salem.
Salem ...... 001 001 000—2 8 0
Yakima ..... 100 020 00x—3 11 0
Wilkie and McKeegan; Barrett and Tiesiera.

With JACK DE LONG [from Vancouver Sun, July 26, 1951]
There’s only room for one at the top of any ladder. There’s no such thing as a permanent in baseball league leadership.
That’s why the series between our Capilanos and Spokane Indians over in the Washington city is pretty certain to be a rugged affair.
I’m going to stick my neck out and predict the Caps are in undisputed position of first place where the dust settles after this crucial series.
Schuster the rooster will have more feathers to preen if Caps came through—Indian feathers.
Shame On You
Did you, ball fan, only cheer
When Caps were sailing in the clear?
And do you now when Caps must fight
To hold that lead, so very slight,
Haul out your hammer and let go
A foul blow that is so low?
Shame on you.
• • •
Were you the kind who called it grand
When Ritchey hit on in the stand
And whooped it up for Sinovic
When Dickey waved his mighty stick?
But now when Caps need you the most
You never cheer but only roast?
Shame on you.
• • •
Tell me, ball fan, did you not boost
When Caps were perched high on the roost
And praise both Tran and Charlie Mead
For hanging on to Snyder’s lead?
But now when things are getting rough
You rave that Schuster’s just a bluff?
Shame on you.
• • •
And did you, ball fan, loudly boo
When a grounder bounced off Brunswick’s shoe?
To let the winner cross the plate
And seal the Capilanos’ fate.
Are you the sort, let’s you’re rare
Who razz when Cap infielders err?
Shame on you.
• • •
So now good ball fan, drop that hammer
It’s time to cheer and not to yammer.
Dick Sinovic will find his eye.
And bop that apple in the sky.
But if you only cheer the win
And think to lose, a terrible sin,
Shame on you.

Wednesday, July 25, 1951

               W  L  PCT GB
Vancouver ... 64 35 .646 —
Spokane ..... 64 35 .646 —
Salem ....... 51 47 .520 13½
Wenatchee ... 47 51 .480 16½
Tri-City .... 44 55 .444 20
Victoria .... 44 56 .440 20½
Yakima ...... 41 58 .414 23
Tacoma ...... 40 58 .408 23½

VANCOUVER [Don Carlson, Province, July 26]—Victoria Athletics debated Vancouver Capilanos out of first place in the Western International League Wednesday night.
The A’s conducted a prolonged debate with umpires Red Eiler and Nels Pearson in the closing innings at Capilano Stadium, just long enough to let Caps pitcher Sandy Robertson cool off and allow the Victorians three runs in the ninth, enough to win 6-4.
While the Brownies were blowing this one, Spokane was bowing 5-4 to Tri-City, with the result that Vancouver and Spokane are still tied atop the league.
The debate broke out after plate umpire Eiler had called the third balk of the evening in the eighth against the Victoria pitching staff.
The resultant Victoria protests, carried over two innings, resulted in Athletics manager Bob Sturgeon and first baseman Hal Jackson being banished from the game.
Jackson was ejected when he argued with Pearson in an angry burst of temperament, after which Pearson ordered the Victoria bench cleared [in the ninth]. The tactic left Robertson, pitching for his third win against one defeat, cooling off, and the Cap management blames this for the sudden letdown in the ninth.
Caps appeared to have the ball game in hand after their early-inning lead. They scored three times in the second inning, batting around on Charlie Mead’s triple, successive singles by Charlie Abernathy, Jimmy Moore and Sandy Robertson, and Bobby McGuire’s double.
They added a fourth run in the third on Abernathy’s single and Moore’s double.
Victoria scored once on Ben Jeffe’s single and Gene Thompson’s double in the third, and got to Robertson for two runs in the seventh.
They won in the ninth when Bill White, the six-foot five-inch giant, whose identical twin, Bob White, is also a member of the club, hit for Jackson and drove the game-winning single into left field.
Caps Note: It’s a son for Reno Cheso. The Capilano second baseman became a father Wednesday when his wife gave birth to a boy in a San Francisco hospital. Cheso was with her for the event.
Victoria ....... 001 000 203—6-11-0
Vancouver ... 031 000 000—4 -9-2
Robertson, Gunnarson (9) and Ritchey; Osborn, Loreno (2) and Thrasher.

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, July 26]—“That was my greatest thrill in baseball,” said a surprisingly calm Buddy Peterson in the clubhouse of the Tri-City Braves last night.
The young, powerfully built shortstop ran a comb quickly through his hair. “In the Texas league I once played in three consecutive extra-inning games but those 15 innings we just finished were the longest I've ever played.” He paused for a moment.
“I've always wanted to finish a ball game like that. . .with a home run to win a long tight game. . .guess every player hopes for that. Well, that was it tonight and if it never happens again this one has been well worth it.”
But Peterson had more than a 15th inning home run over the left field fence to be proud of in the 5-4 victory over Spokane last night. He had also rifled a single deep into left center field to “save” the game for the Braves in the bottom of the 13th inning after Spokane had gone ahead. And his two blows accounted for four of the Tri-City runs.
Even though he won the game pitcher Dick Stone wasn't happy. “I wish Cy Greenlaw could have this one,” said Stone. “He was out there on the hill for more than 14 innings and pitched a terrific game. I wish there was some way I could give it to him.”
And Stone was right. The big easy pitching southpaw had labored for 14 1-3 innings before he ran into trouble when Jim Wert doubled and Jim Brown reached first on a walk. Buzz Berriesford then came out of the Braves bull pen. He walked Bill Sheets to load the sacks and had delivered two wide pitches to Bob Roberts when Manager Charlie Petersen trotted in from his right field position and signalled Stone to the hill.
Stone's first two pitches to Roberts were low and wide and what would have been the winning run in the form of Wert was forced across home plate leaving the sacks still clogged.
But Murphy hit into a fast moving doubleplay that went Kanelos-Pesut-Buccola.
Clint Cameron, out with a pinched shoulder muscle, opened the 15th as a pinch hitter or Stone. He drew a pass from Roberts and moved to second on Al Spaeter's sacrifice. Buccola went down on strikes for he second out and then Peterson belted the ball out of the park to break up the ball game.
Both Greenlaw and Stone got beautiful fielding assistance in he clutches from their team mates. Buccola delivered two gems. In the 14th he grabbed Steve Mesner's hot liner down the first base line and rifled a throw to Kanelos at third to trap Murphy in a hot box. Kanelos fired to Murphy who tagged Peterson to still that threat.
Buccola's play on the 15th inning twin killing was another of the kind you read about but seldom see. He literally dug the ball out of the dirt right in front
of the oncoming base runner's feet. Buddy Peterson added his touch in the third when he tore up several yards of ground skidding on his chest as he dove to grab Edo Vannl's low hard hit liner. With Murphy on second on the play it would have been a cinch run for Spokane had the ball got past Peterson.
Manager Charlie Petersen also turned on a display that gave the fans a brief glimpse of how he could go get 'em 10 years ago when he raced deep to his right to haul down Ken Richardson's long fly ball for the third out in the eighth leaving an Indian runner to die on third. Charlie also got three hits in six trips Including a double.
John Conant tolled on the mound for Spokane for 14 1-3 innings also before he was relieved by Bob Roberts who got charged for the defeat. In winning the game Stone pitched to but one man, Murphy, who hit into the double play. Roberts officially pitched to four to lose the thriller.
It was by far the longest game yet played in Sanders Field. Several others had gone 12 innings. . .Murphy, league leader in base stealing, was cut down by Nick Pesut in the first inning but got his 64th of the season in the third.
Spokane went ahead in the 13th, 3-1, on a double by Mesner, a walk to Richardson and singles by Wert and Brown. The Braves again sent the game into extra innings on Peterson's single that scored Greenlaw and Al Spaeter.
Spokane ... 000 100 000 000 201—4-12-0
Tri-City .... 000 001 000 000 202—5-14-2
Conant, Roberts (14)and Sheets; Greenlaw, Berriesford (15), Stone (15) and Pesut.

WENATCHEE, July 25—Bob Schulte, southpaw, pitched brilliant two-hit ball Wednesday night to lead Tacoma to a 7-0 victory over Wenatchee.
Both hits allowed by Schulte were of the scratch variety. He struck out 13.
A six-run fourth inning featuring Don Lundberg's two-run homer and triples by K. Chorlton and Mike Catron iced the game for the Tigers. Schulte struck out 13 Wenatchee batters.
Tacoma ........ 000 061 000—7-9-1
Wenatchee ... 000 000 000—0-2-2
Schulte and Lundberg; Gassaway, Kanshin (5) and Roberson.

YAKIMA, July 25—Sal De George put down a Yakima threat in the ninth inning Wednesday night to lead the Salem Senators to a 2-1 victory over Yakima in a Western International League baseball game.
The Bears scored their lone run in the ninth, by coaxing Phil Steinberg into hitting into a double play.
Salem ..... 001 000 001—2-8-1
Yakima ... 000 000 001—1-5-0
De George and McKeegan; Boemler and Tiesiera.

Pries Stays, Bob Goes
VICTORIA, July 25—Victoria Athletics are not likely to lose the services of hustling third baseman Don Pries.
He reported to Seattle Tuesday for his army medical. He reported that army doctors discovered his asthma half-way through their examination and ordered him to re-join the ball club.
The A's have also released outfielder-first baseman Bob White to make room for Ben Jaffey on the roster.

With JACK DE LONG [from Vancouver Sun, July 26, 1951]
Video Vibrations From Tacoma
Western International Baseball League President Robert Abel is a loyal citizen of the U.S.A. who wishes B.C. could annex his home city of Tacoma during the baseball season.
Reason: Some 5,000 Tacoma residents own television sets. Thanks to the CBC and the coast mountain range Vancouver has little television.
More Tacoma people watch baseball games than ever before but not from grandstand or bleachers. They see it in their living rooms, in cosy taverns or at the clubs. And Tacoma fans don’t want their own team play. They pass up our good Class B ball for triple A Pacific Coast League, via video from Seattle.
Science is playing an ironic game in Tacoma. Everybody thinks about baseball in Tacoma, but not about the baseball games in Tacoma.
• • •
The situation is anything but funny to the Tacoma Club, which has been put up for sale by the parent San Diego club,
Some solution will have to be found or many minor league clubs will fold, Mr. Abel says. He thinks a partial solution might lie in a kickback of the portion of television fees collected by clubs permitting games to be televised.
• • •
President Abel stopped briefly in Vancouver to confer with Cap business manager Bob Brown on WIL playoffs.
He had heard nothing new on the mooted entry of Calgary and Edmonton to the WIL next season. One thing is definite. The Tacoma club will be sold. It is still possible that it may be purchased by Tacoma sportsmen.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 26, 1951]
Whether he knew it or not an unnamed Tri-City Brave (for obvious reasons) certainly knew whereof he was speaking the other day. It was just an idle conversation speculating on when the drought of runs was going to end. That was just after Tri-City had counted but four in three games. Anyhow, our unnamed companion pointed out that the pitching which worked well through those three games, was about due to hit a slump. Sure enough, the batters go out and club 15 hits for 10 runs and we still get beat on Spokane’s 19-hit, 12-run total. Some days you just can't make a nickel.
This attendance problem takes odd turns now and then. For instance the Braves have played to more fans on the road this year than they have at home. True, part of that total comes from Spokane and Vancouver where those top teams are drawing exceptionally well. But the main truth of the matter is that fans in other cities like to see the Braves. On the road they are known as a colorful club. Yakima is a good case in point. The Bears aren’t going anywhere in particular this year. Yet when the Braves were there recently the series total ran well into four figures.
Joe Nicholas, who took a turn at the mike during Tuesday night’s game here, has decided to stick with pitching. What prompted his decision was his observation that “Ken Richardson slid into second with a stand-up double.” Anyway you look at it that isn't easy.
That home run Clint Cameron hit over the centerfield wall Tuesday night was as hard a hit ball as we’ve seen this year. The wind helped it some but even at that he certainly pickled Dick Aubertin’s waist high fast ball.
Some of the players in the WIL who live in the Sacramento area are planning on forming a barnstorming team for a winter tour of California.

Same Player In Games Far Apart
HOLLYWOOD, July 25— The name of Johnny [Spider] Jorgensen appears today in box scores for two baseball games played 2700 miles apart.
The odd circumstances came about this way:
On June 17, Jorgensen appeared as a pinch hitter in a game between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh, but the contest was called in the eighth inning with the score tied, and it wasn't completed until yesterday.
Since then Jorgensen to the Giants sent Oakland of the Pacific Coast league, with whom he performed here tonight.
WILfan note: Of course, Spider had a fine PCL career, and moved with the Oaks to Vancouver in 1956.

Bob Sturgeon

Athletics Boss Has Confidence
By DAN EKMAN [Vancouver Sun, July 25, 1951]
When you’ve been 14 years in baseball, the hard, uncompromising code of the business is something you’ve come to accept and live with.
You know your years are few, that even the “fixtures” really don’t last long. When you’re fighting your way up from the deep bush, time is on your side; but even when you make it to the majors, you know that younger ball players, fast and hard-hitting, are ready to take your job.
Sooner of later, someone does. And when you start the long slide back to the bushes, you neither ask for nor expect any favors. You simply figure to play out the string and call it a career.
And that’s exactly how it was on June the fourth with Bobby Sturgeon. As a handsome, almost boyish-looking 31, he was an old man in baseball who’d reported to the Victoria Athletics, mostly to fill out a half-finished season; full-time work in the radio-television sales field back home in Long Beach, California, looked like his next stop.
But three weeks later things suddenly began to happen. With the A’s just half a game out of the Western International League basement, and with slumping crowds forcing them to the financial wall, the front office decided on drastic changes. They fired manager Dick Barrett and named “old man” Sturgeon to take his place. Bobby’s still recovering from the shock.
• • •
But the rigors of convalescence apparently haven’t marred his baseball wisdom. Since he took over on June 25, the A’s have staged at least a mild comeback, winning 16 of their 31 starts and getting into sixth place. If they can continue to play .500 ball on the tour [unreadable] which started here last night, Sturgeon believes they have a good chance to make the first division.
Nobody in Victoria has the articulate, candid Californian whether he’ll be back next year, but he’s grateful even for this stopgap appointment.
“I’d always hope to wind up as a manager,” he confesses, “and I guess that hope was all that kept me in the game these last few years.”
• • •
“But boy, never expected it to happen in Victoria! I was sure this was a routine job that I didn’t even bring my wife and young son along. I wish now that I had, because quite frankly I like the feeling of being a manager, and I’d like them to share in it.”
Sturgeon’s three-year Navy hitch was the only interruption to a baseball career which started back in 1937. He was a stripling 16-year-old when he reported to Albuquerque of the Arizona-Texas League, but he hit a man-sized .335. That average was good enough to send him to Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League and thereafter he moved up quickly through Columbus of the American Association and Jersey City of the International League.
• • •
In 1941, he made it with the Chicago Cubs and stayed through 1947. “I was never a star, or anything close to it, in the majors,” he’ll tell you matter-of-factly. “But I did have a good year with Chicago in 1946, when I hit .296.”
There are more desirable talks of management than coming in cold to take over a seventh-plate club. But Sturgeon has no complaints; in fact, he’s “very, very pleased.
“I’ve got a fine bunch of fellows,” he says. “Many of them are almost my own age, but they’re all willing to learn, and they’ve shown me every courtesy. I couldn’t ask for more.”
• • •
His theories on management? “Well, the longer you’re in baseball the more you learn, but common sense is still your best guide. I believe in percentage baseball, and I also think you must let your players know you have confidence in them.
“One more thing—I think hustle makes up for a lot of deficiencies. I know I always worked hard at playing baseball, and it paid off for me. I feel sure it’s going to pay off for our club this year, too.”

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tuesday, July 24, 1951

               W  L  PCT GB
Vancouver ... 64 34 .653 —
Spokane ..... 64 34 .653 —
Salem ....... 50 47 .515 13½
Wenatchee ... 47 50 .485 16½
Tri-City .... 43 55 .439 21
Victoria .... 43 56 .434 21½
Yakima ...... 41 57 .418 23
Tacoma ...... 39 58 .402 24½

VANCOUVER [Don Carlson, Province, July 25]—If red-headed ballplayers symbolize fighting spirit, Vancouver Capilanos can be thankful today for theirs.
The two carrot-tops in the Caps’ regular line-up, Charles ‘Ab’ Abernathy and Ray Tran, provided the 12th inning one-two punch Tuesday night that gave Vancouver a 4-3 win over Victoria. The win kept them in their first-place tie with Spokane in the Western International League.
Abernathy’s double, and Tran’s single scoring him, with two out in the 12th, kept the Caps from dropping out of the lead for the first time this season, as Spokane was busy whipping Tri-City 12-10 in the central Washington town.
For each of them, it was their only hit of the long, well-played game. Combined, the provided a happy climax for the hard-pressed Caps, who today lose Reno Cheso, the brilliant little second baseman, for an indefinite period.
Cheso is flying to San Francisco to be with his wife, who is expecting a baby.
Nicholas Wins No. 11
The ball game was a pitching duel between George Nicholas, Capilano righthander now apparently recovered from his back injury, and Victoria’s John Tierney, who started wild, but settled down to pitch ably.
It was Nicholas’ 11th win against 6 defeats. Each struck out four batters. Nicholas walked one, Tierney six. Their effectiveness was illustrated by the men left on bases: by Athletics 8, by Capilanos 13.
The game was peppered with good, solid extra-base hits and some fielding gems.
Bobby McGuire, Caps’ hustling little left fielder, gathered two assists. He threw out Bob Sturgeon in the seventh trying to steal third after Bill Dunn had flied out to him; and in the ninth he and Ray Tran combined to stop Sturgeon trying to stretch a single into a double. Both cut off potential Victoria runs.
Great Outfield Catches
Dick Sinovic made a great diving catch in centre field of Ben Jeffe’s drive in the tenth, with two men on and only one out, and Charlie Mead went miles in the twelfth to haul down Jeffe’s drive against the right field wall.
Victoria got all their runs when Nicholas weakened in the fourth, combining two triples (Gene Thompson and Hal Jackson), a double (Dunn) and Mel [sic] Martin’s single.
Cap manager Bill Schuster had the Brownies hustling for this crucial win. In the seventh, Sinovic and Mead pulled a double steal, Sinovic getting into third ahead of the ball.
The series resumes at the Stadium tonight, 8:30 p.m
Victoria ......... 000 300 000 000—3-10-1
Vancouver ..... 110 001 000 001—1 -9-2
Tierney and Martin; Nicholas and Ritchey.

KENNEWICK, [Tri-City Herald, July 25]—After scoring four runs in three games. . .and failing to win, the Tri-City Braves went on the warpath last night and collected 10 runs in a single game, but they didn't win that one either. The Spokane Indians simply followed suit and slugged it out with the Braves to take the 2 hour 57 minute game, 12-10.
The two teams will resume the battle tonight with John Conant (9-9) slated to take the mound for the visitors. Either Cy Greenlaw or Jack Brewer were to be the choice of Manager Charlie Peterson But following Brewer's four-inning stint last night, it was more than likely that's the Braves southpaw would get the starting call.
The wealth of runs and basehits apparently was too much for the Tri-City club last night, enjoying a 7-0 lead going into the top of the third they were looklng down the wrong of the 9-7 count at the end of the fifth.
Both teams had a "big" inning when they batted completely around, the Braves had theirs in the second whon they scored five runs and the Indians took theirs in the fifth.
There were 12 extra-base blows in the wind-swept game and Tri-City got the lion's share. Buddy Peterson led the attack with a home run in the flrst, and triples in the second and sixth. This massive attack drove in half of the Braves runs. Clint Cameron also homered for Tri-City with one of the hardest hit balls yet seen at Sanders Field. Cameron's four-master was also the first to clear the center-field wall in the two years the paik has been used. A previous home run had gone over the score board. That was hit by Larry Neal of Wenatchee last season.
Neither Augie Zande or Ken Wyatt who started on the mound were around for the finish. The Braves big second frame derricked Wyatt and that fatal Indian fifth made a fast user of Lifebuoy out of Zande.
Fire-balling Dick Aubertin took over for Spokane and Jack Brewer came in to the stem the Spokane attack. Aubertin's sharp breaking curve kept the Tri-City club fairly well throttled as the Braves picked up four runs, two of which were charged to errors.
The high winds also apparently blew some dust jn the umpires eyes. Art Jacobs missed one at first when he railed Edo Vanni safe at first after Vic Buccola had slid into the bag well ahead of the base runner.
Ed Murphy, the fleet and fast base stealer of the league, moved his personal count up two more last night when he swiped second and third after getting a free pass from Ken Michelson who worked the last inning for Tri-City. Murphy scored the final run of the came on a long fly ball to center field.
Vic Buccola and Nick Pesut put together the fielding gem of the night. Steve Mesner tried to charge through the hefty Brave backstop and came up with the usual result, He was out. Buccola started the fast play on a hopper down the first base line, Mesner trying to score from third.
The grounds keeper accounted for one run at least last night, when a hopper by Ken Richardson hit a rock and bounced high over Buddy Peterson's head for single that would have been an out.
Spokane .... 002 070 201—12-19-4
Tri-City ..... 250 000 210—10-15-2
Wyatt, Aubertin (2) and Sheets; Zande, Brewer (5), Michelson (9) and Pesut.

YAKIMA, July 24—Salem's Bill Bevens twirled his 15th win of the season as he pitched the Senators to a 4-1 triumph over the Bears.
Bevens struck out nine men but bases on balls kept him in constant trouble. He walked eight men in nine innings.
Salem ......... 102 000 001—4-8-0
Yakima ....... 000 000 001—1-9-0
Bevens and McKeegan; Del Sarto, Anderson (9) and Tiesiera.

WENATCHEE, July 24—Southpaw Tommy Breisinger, Wenatchee southpaw, choked off a threat in the ninth inning Tuesday night as Wenatchee scored a 5-2 victory over the Tacoma Tigers in a Western International league baseball game.
Tacoma ......... 100 000 001—2- 7-3
Wenatchee .... 101 000 30x—5-10-4
Kipp and Lundberg; Breisinger and Roberson.

9-0 Is Best WIL Record
TACOMA, July 25 — Idle for the third straight week because of a shoulder injury, Spokane's Jim Holder remains the Western International league's leading pitcher with a 9-0 season's won lost record.
Next in line are a pair of Vancouver stalwarts, Pete Hernandez at 10-2 and Bob Snyder at 19-4. Hernandez won his lone start during the week, while Snyder picked up a victory and was charged with a defeat.
Left-handers maintained their monopoly on strikeout honors with Wenatchee's Tom Breisinger continuing to set the pace with 130, up 14 from a week ago.
Next in line were Jim Propst of Victoria with 106 and Bob Schulte of Tacoma with 97.
John Marshall, Spokane righthander, issued a dozen more walks to increase his total to 130 while Schulte and Breisinger were next in the errant elbowing department with 110 and 108, respectively.
The leaders, as released today from the office of Robert B. Abel, W-I president:
                      IP SO BB  W L PCT
Holder, Spok. ...... 106 48 72  9 0 1.000
Hernandez, Van. .... 116 42 62 10 2 .833
Snyder, Van. ....... 207 82 56 19 4 .826
Barrett, Vic-Yak. ... 50 28 35  5 2 .714
Bevens, Sal. ....... 173 80 69 14 7 .667
Bishop, Spok. ...... 174 48 68 12 6 .667
Rockey, Spok. ...... 109 51 58  8 4 .667
Roberts, Spok. ...... 64 49 43  8 4 .667
Tisnerat, Van. ..... 104 34 51  6 3 .667
Raimondi, Wen. ...... 94 42 51  6 3 .667

With JACK DE LONG [Vancouver Sun, July 25, 1951]
Vancouver Capilanos took a hairline decision from Victoria last night. That’s all that saved manager Bill Schuster’s hair.
Before the encounter, the Rooster vowed:
“I haven’t pulled out my hair yet but I will if we don’t win tonight.”
Sun artist Ted Dill depicts the horror that nearly was before Bill’s hair was saved by that hair-raising triumph in the 12th inning.
How mean can people get? Cap outfielder Dick Sinovic and some of his mates dropped into a Granville Street emporium for some ice cream yesterday afternoon. Behind a shielding partition the baseballers heard this conversion:
How Some Folks Talk
Question: “Were you at the game last night?”
Answer: “Yes.”
Question: “Who won?”
Answer: “Oh, Victoria won.”
Question: “How bad can those Caps get?”
• • •
Dick Sinovic is still telling people what he told those fellows through the partition. I think the shopkeeper had to call the fire department.
I also think Sinovic was right in telling those people off. After all, Caps are no worse than portioning first place in the WIL standings.
• • •
Marine marvel: Victoria seems to have discovered a Sturgeon who is no fish.
Pathetic follow-up: At least Vancouver baseball fans were speaking about Sturgeon with baited breath.
• • •
Here are several reasons why fans pay more to watch baseball games:
Before the war official baseballs cost $12 per dozen.
1951 price: $24 per dozen (Twelve to 18 balls are lost at every game at Cap Stadium.) The best Louisville bats cost one dollar each before the war. Today’s price: $4.15 per bat.
First grade home uniforms (shirt, trousers and socks) cost $30 per outfit before the war. Price per outfit in 1951: $69. Best calfskin spiked shoes sold to clubs before the war at from $7.50 to $9 a pair. Cost this season: $23 to $27 per pair.
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Business manager Bob Brown gave me the inflationary statistics yesterday and then said the worst feature is that quality in general is down.
For example, the only thing that doesn’t break about the post-war bats is the price. Handles are thinner and there is such a big demand for quality ash that bats are harder to buy.
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It pays to be a sport, especially when you home-town Capilanos are losing ball games.

Monday, July 23, 1951

               W  L  PCT GB
Vancouver ... 63 34 .649 —
Spokane ..... 63 34 .649 —
Salem ....... 49 47 .510 13½
Wenatchee ... 46 50 .479 16½
Tri-City .... 43 54 .443 20
Victoria .... 43 55 .439 20½
Yakima ...... 41 56 .423 22
Tacoma ...... 39 57 .406 23½

VICTORIA, July 24—Victoria Athletics whitewashed Vancouver 2-0 Monday night to force the Capilanos to share their Western International league baseball lead with Spokane Indians.
Jim Propst got the shutout, besting Bob Snyder who was going for his 20th win.
Athletics, who threw three pitchers into the battle, got their runs in a fifth-inning flurry.
Marv Diercks, who got a life when plate umpire Red Eiler apparantly missed a third strike on a 2-2 count, opened by singling. Bob Sturgeon missed one bunt attempt, and fouled off the next pitch on a try for a run-and-hit play. Anticipating the same play, Snyder tried to make a pitch out, but Sturgeon reached across the plate and poked a blooper into right field.
Coming in fast, Charlie Mead let the ball get by, Diercks racing all the way in and Sturgeon winding up on third base. Jim Clark dropped a single in left field to score his manager with the other run.
Propst pulled out of a tough spot in the seventh when he opened by hitting Reno Cheso and Chuck Abernathy followed with a single. The little southpaw got his man at third on Jim Moore’s bunt, got Snyder to fly out and Bob McGuire to ground out.
However, Propst ran into his usual eighth-inning troubles. With one out, Gordie Brunswick and Mead walked around a double by Dick Sinovic to load the bags. Then Sturgeon pulled one of out his hat. He brought in Bill Osborn to pitch to Cheso, who fouled out to Don Pries.
With the lefthanded Abernathy up next, Sturgeon replaced Osborn with southpaw Jim Hedgecock, who got Abernathy to pop up to Clark, then sailed through the ninth inning, despite allowing the tying runs to get on base.
Capilanos got eight hits, only one less than Victoria, but sloppy playing ruined their hopes of keeping an exclusive hold on the WIL lead. Vancouver had a monopoly on first place since the start of the season.
Vancouver ..... 000 000 000—0-8-3
Victoria ......... 000 020 000—2-9 0
Snyder and Cheso; Propst, Osborn (8), Hedgecock (8) and Martin.

Cap Catcher Holds Pace In W.I.L
TACOMA, July 24—For the fifth straight week, Vancouver's John Ritchey remains the pace-setter in the Western International league batting race, it was revealed in figurges released today from the office of Robert B. Abel, W-I president.
Ritchey's average fell off three points to .377 during a week in which he collected only three hits in 13 times at bat, but most of his rivals slipped more sharply, with the result that he held a 24-point lead over the runner-up, teammate Dick Sinovic, who climbed five points to .353.
Sinovic retained his runs-batted-in leadership with a season's total of 80, Butch Moran of Tacoma is the runner-up with 74, while Reno Cheso of Vancouver was 67 for third place.
Will Haley, Wenatchee outfielder, clouted four homers during the week to increase his league-leading total to 15. Next in line are Vic Buccola of Tri-City with nine and Dick Faber of Salem and Jerry Zuvela of Yakima with eight apiece.
The leaders:
                      G  AB  H RBI HR Ave.
Ritchey, Van ....... 90 292 110 50 6 .377
Sinovic, Van ....... 95 371 131 80 5 .353
Neal, Wen .......... 83 303 106 45 4 .350
Peterson, T-C ...... 83 307 103 65 4 .336
Moran, Tac ......... 96 383 128 74 3 .334
Richardson, Spok ... 81 279  93 66 7 .333
Baxes, Yak ......... 97 337 117 44 3 .328
Mesner, Spok ....... 86 333 105 63 3 .325
Pries, Vic ......... 97 370 120 44 3 .324

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 24, 1951]
Now even Sanders Field has turned against the Tri-City Braves. It used to be that they could return home after a bad road trip and be almost certain of getting In some solid licks at the opposition while they were bandaging their wounds. But those pesky Salem Senators ended all that by trouncing our Tribe 3-1 after taking three straight over in Oregon.
Arriving, tonight for a aeries of three are the Indians from Spokane. In their previous trip here they took three of the four games home. But tonight is also the game the Braves are supposed to win. That is if you believe in their current habit of winning every fourth one. Should they get by Spokane tonight it might be a good omen for the future too. Certainly the tide which has flowed so relentlessly over them lately is bound to ebb one of these nights. We've a feeling this is it.
Well it certainly looks as though Wenatchee did hit the skids when they lost Catcher Len Neal. They took an awful pasting from Yaklma, so bad in fact it lifted the Bears right off the cellar floor and let Tacoma slide in. And, just as predicted Victoria's acquisition of two new players gave them such a good shot in the arm they halted the league leading Vancouver Capllanos twice on Saturday. We'd also like to predict at this point that the Caps' are now hitting their long awaited slump but we've waited for that to happen too long now. So long in fact that either way would no longer be a surprise.
When Buddy Peterson slammed that bases loaded home run Friday night it was the second of the year here. . . but the first for the Braves . . . Bob Costello and Dick Stone are now the only hurlers left who have won more than they have lost . . . Tri-City completed their regular game number 100 Sunday night . . . and that century mark is the same one all the players are shooting at, hoping to drive in that many runs before the season ends.
As of July 4 here's how the attendance looked throughout the WIL. You'll note Trl-City's is roughly 3,000 less at that point than in 1950. With only two more weekend stands at home the total for the year will be about 10,000 less than last season.
1951 1950
Vancouver ... 84,134 Vancouver ... 51,244
Spokane ..... 75,095 Spokane ..... 52,242
Salem ....... 52,464 Salem ....... 37,158
Victoria .... 39,308 Victoria .... 63,930
Wenatchee ... 37,017 Wenatchee ... 56,083
Tri-City .... 34,432 Tri-City .... 39,173
Yakima ...... 25,918 Yakima ...... 60,146
Tacoma ...... 23,790 Tacoma ...... 35,754
Total .......374,221 Total ....... 39,000 [sic]

Thanks to Jim Tang of the Victoria Colonist here are some interesting figures which would tend to support the theory that the baseball now in use is deader than it has been in the past. In 1948 the league had 520 circuit blows; 666 in 1949 and 429 in 1950. Yet at the present pace the total this season will be miserly 323. Tang's research also brought out that there are fewer extra basehits in 1951 which would also tend to support the dead ball theory.
It isn't the pitching because the average number of hits per game thus far is 19.17, third high over a four-year span. Runs scored also compared favorably with other seasons. Tang also points out that there are more low-score games this year than in the past. (As witness the 4-1, 3-2 and 2-1 here last weekend).
Now we know that the ball is dead . . . but how are we going to prove it? Got any ideas, if so we'll give them a whirl and let you know.
P.S. Note also only 429 last year when the league changed to the ball they are now using.

Sunday, July 22, 1951

               W  L  PCT GB
Vancouver ... 63 33 .656 —
Spokane ..... 63 34 .649 ½
Salem ....... 49 47 .510 14
Wenatchee ... 46 50 .479 17
Tri-City .... 43 54 .443 20½
Victoria .... 42 55 .433 21½
Yakima ...... 41 56 .423 22½
Tacoma ...... 39 57 .406 24

TACOMA, July 22— The Spokane Indians swept a Western International league baseball doubleheader from the Tacoma Tigers Sunday, 5-2 and 3-2 to move to within a half game of the league lead.
First Game
Spokane ..... 000 202 1—5-9-0
Tacoma ...... 100 001 0—2-5-1
Marshall, Roberts (7) and Sheets; Knezovich and Watson
Second Game
Spokane .... 000 000 003—3-6-1
Tacoma ..... 001 001 000—2-7-0
Bishop, Roberts (8) and Nulty; Clark and Lundberg.

KENNEWICK [Herald, July 23]—Manager Charlie Peterson shouldn't have any trouble in finding a pitcher for tomorrow night's opener at Sanders Field against the onrushlng Spokane Indians. It's getting so the Braves only win every fourth game in their battle to stay in the playoffs of the Western International league.
Last night's 2-1 loss in ten innings to Salem was the third straight defeat so Tuesday's game will be the fourth. The one the Braves have been winning. The current hex started at Yakima where Tri-City dropped three and then picked up a pair. At Salem they lost three straight, came back home and won the fourth. Salem closed out by winning the last three to take six of the seven games.
The Braves lumber hasn't made it any easier for the hurling staff either. Of those last three Tri-City collected but four runs or slightly more than one per game.
It was the same story last night when willing Lou McCollum lost to Ray McNulty in the tenth. McCollum did all he could by slashing a double to center in the third and scoring on Vic Buccola's through-the-box single.
Tri-City had their chances to win before Sam Kanelos' bobble put the Senator's winning run on in the tenth. They left two base runners stranded in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Ray McNulty, who garnered his 11th victory of the season also scored the winning run in the tenth. He reached first when Kanelos' throw to Buccola was too high. Before Vic could recovered the ball McNulty had swung on down to second. He moved to third on an infield out and romped in on Gene Tanselli's single to right.
McNulty killed off any Brave hopes of coming back in the bottom of the tenth by getting Al Spaeter on a fly ball to left field and then forcing Buccola and Buddy Peterson to pop up to the third baseman.
Peterson easily came up with the fielding gem of the night when he raced hard to his right and backhanded Richie Meyers low liner otf his shoe tops in the fifth.
Spokane will play a mid-week series here and then the Braves swing up to Wenatchee. They return for another mid-week series, this time against Victoria, and then again hit the road a
week as they make their final swing into Canada.
Salem ....... 100 000 000 1—2-3-1
Tri-City ..... 001 000 000 0—1-6-4
McNulty and McKeegan; McCollum and Pesut.

First Game
Yakima ......... 001 305 0—9-13-1
Wenatchee ... 003 000 1—4- 8-1
Savarese and Tiesiera; Raimondi, Breisinger (6) and Lake.
Second Game
Yakima ......... 011 001 310—7-9-1
Wenatchee ... 001 110 020—5-9-1
Powell and Tiesiera; Kanshin, Tost (7), Treichel (9) and Roberson.


By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 23, 1951]
During the three games Salem took from the Tri-City Braves over the past unhappy weekend they scored the grand total of nine runs. And of those nine, four of them were driven in by the combination of Jim McKeegan (3) and Dick Faber (1). Both were with the Braves last year and just to add a modicum of salt to the gaping wound, Tri-City would probably have had both back this season If it hadn’t been for that unfortunate tieup the club made with the St. Louis Cardinal organization.
What changes in a year. In 1950 the Braves welcomed the Salem team like long-lost cousins. It was just like putting money in the bank to play the Senators then. But now the Tri-City dances to the tune the Senators want to play . . . six of the last seven have gone into their well-lined coffers.
No doubt the 819 fans who took in last night’s game will hang the “goat” tag on Sam Kanelos for his 10th inning error which permitted the winning run to get on base. However, if you'll turn the coin over, there's another picture on the other side. In the seventh, eighth and ninth innings the Braves left runners on two bases. A timely blow in any of those frames would have given Lou McCollum the victory he so well deserved instead of defeat.
In a nutshell, and as we see it, the entire season adds up to this: There isn’t a team in the league that kept the Braves out of the playoffs, or for that matter out of the pennant.. Everything that has been lost was lost in Lindsay, Calif., and St. Louis. It has perhaps been a costly lesson . . . more costly than anyone ever dreamed. The only consolation to be gained from it is that maybe it was a lesson well learned. Certainly it’s been well taught.

Saturday, July 21, 1951

               W  L  PCT GB
Vancouver ... 63 33 .656 —
Spokane ..... 61 34 .642 1½
Salem ....... 48 47 .505 14½
Wenatchee ... 46 48 .489 16
Tri-City .... 43 53 .448 20
Victoria .... 42 55 .433 21½
Tacoma ...... 39 55 .415 23
Yakima ...... 39 58 .400 24½

VICTORIA [Colonist, July 22]—Just like any other club, Vancouver Capilanos can be stopped by good pitching.
The W.I.L. leaders ran into a double dose of it yesterday at Royal Athletic Park and saw their lead sliced as Victoria Athletics took both ends of the usual afternoon-evening Saturday fare, 8-1 and 3-1.
Results moved the A’s closer to fifth place and closed the gap separating them and the first division to five games they also gave the A’s their second series win at Victoria over the Caps and left them with a 5-6 record for the season against the pace-setters, the best showing of any team against Bill Schuster’s hard-hitting club.
As is almost always the case when a club gets good pitching, the A’s could do little wrong yesterday as Bill Osborn and Jim Hedgecock silenced Vancouver bats with some fine moundwork.
Osborn, coming right back after being hit hard in his last two starts, pitched what was probably his best game of the season to record his eighth victory in 14 decisions.
The quiet righthander, hitting the corners with what appeared to be a slider, worked ahead of the hitters throughout and was in charge all the way. He gave up but eight hits and five of those were of blooper singles.
Meanwhile, his teammates got their hits when it counted. They scored their first six runs on five safeties, three of them doubles, as they took full advantage of Jerry Barta’s wildness.
Hedgecock ran into tougher opposition under the lights with Carl Gunnarson, veteran southpaw, a tough-luck loser. All four runs were slightly tainted and the two wronghanders might be pitching yet but for the breaks which usually decide the close ones.
Gunnarson had a slight edge, giving up only six hits and two bases on balls, but Hedgecock had better support as the Caps could only score once on seven hits and five walks. Two of the hits off Gunnarson were bunts, one was a lost-in-the-lights double and a fourth was a fluke single which plated the game’s first run. Hedgecock gave up his first hit in the fourth, Gunnarson with two out in the fifth and the game was scoreless until the seventh.
Victoria scored first when Bob McGuire lost Gene Thompson’s long fly and it fell for a double. Bill White blooped a single on the foul line behind first base and Thompson sprinted home.
A dubious call on a stolen base at second base put McGuire in position to score on Dick Sinovic’s double in the eighth and tie it up. But an error let the A’s through for the winning runs in their half.
Dunn opened by beating out a perfect bunt. Hedgecock followed with another bunt and Gordie Brunswick threw low to second base and all hands were safe as Jim Moore juggled the ball. Jim Clark laid down another bunt, which forced Hedgecock but sent Dunn to third to score after Don Pries had flied to deep centre. Marv Diercks provided an insurance run by following with a triple.
Turning point of the game came in the fourth inning when Brunswick led off with a single and was called safe at second on a fielder’s choice as Sinovic grounded to Pries. Hedgecock then took most of the pressure off with a great move which trapped Sinovic off first.
It was one of the many fine plays turned in by the A’s. They came up with two double plays in the finale and one in the afternoon to erase as many threats, and Bill White made two magnificent catches in right field. He probably saved the bacon in the ninth inning of the night game when he made an almost unbelievable grab of Reno Cheso’s lead-off bid for what would have been a triple. The ball was hit to deep right and White just speared it after leaping high against the fence.
It helped give Hedgecock his tenth win and it was the second game in a row in which he limited the opposition to a lone run.
Manager Bob Sturgeon took the day off, installing Bill Dunn at second base. Dunn fielded well and although he made only one hit, it was the one which started the game-winning rally in the mazda encounter. Attedance for the two games was approximately 3,000.
Vancouver .... 000 000 010—1-7-1
Victoria ......... 000 000 12x—3-6-1
Gunnarson and Cheso; Hedgecock and Martin.

TACOMA, July 21 — Behind effective pitching by John Conant, the Spokane Indians tonight rolled over the Tacoma Tigers 11-4 in a Western International league ball game.
The Indians' victory, plus Vancouver's double defeat, left Spokane but 1½ games away from the league-lead.
Conant was in trouble in only one inning — the fourth — when the Tigers put together five hits for three runs. However, Spokane unlimbered a 13-hit attack to stay out of trouble.
Jim Wert with four hits in five tries including a triple, and with three stolen bases, was the biggest thorn in the side of the Tigers.
Spokane ...... 003 024 002—11-13-2
Tacoma ....... 000 300 010— 4- 9-1
Conant and Sheets; Miller, Schulte (6) Mishasek (6), Kipp (8) and Watson.

KENNEWICK [Herald, July 22]—Jim McKeegan lined a single through the box in the top of the ninth inning for the Salem Senators last night to drive in Bill Spaeter with the winning run in the nightcap of a twin bill. Salem won the first game 4-1 and won the last game 3-2.
Aldon Wilkie, crafty lefthander, gave a brilliant display of his pitching prowess in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the bases full of Braves, and only one out, Wilkie got Vic Buccola on a pop fly to the infield and turned out the lights at Sanders field by forcing Buddy Peterson on a fly to the outfield.
Although the Braves outhit the Senators 8 to 7, five of the Salem blows went for extra bases, including one triple and four doubles.
Tri-City pushed out ahead in the fourth inning when Neil Bryant singled and scored on a triple by Sam Kanelos. Kanelos followed Bryant to the plant on Nick Pesut's single.
Thus the score stood 2-1 for Tri-City going into the top of the ninth inning. Glen Stetter opened with the third double of the game for Salem and Bill Spaeter followed with another that chased Stetter in.
Then with two out McKeegan lined his single. The two teams wind up their series tonight with a single game at 7:30 o'clock.
Al Spaeter sent the Braves ahead in the opening inning of the first game when he tripled and scored on Buddy Peterson's long fly ball.
Jim McKeegan, the Senator's young red-headed backstop who played with the Braves last year, tied it up in the second inning when he belted one over the left field wall.
Salem iced the game in the third inning when Richie Myers led off with his second successive single. Bob Costello then walked Gene Tanselli, it was Costello's first walk of the game. With one out, Peterson bobbled Glen Stetter's roller and the sacks were clogged with Senators.
Costello then issued his second free pass of the inning to Bill Spaeter with Meyers walking in from third. Dick Bartle then rifled a single to plate Pancelli and Stetter. That was all for Costello. Jack Brewer got the next two men out to retire the side.
Brewer held the Senators well in check giving up but one hit and striking out five over the rest of the seven inning game.
Sal De George counted his 10th victory of the season. He held the Braves to five well scattered hits.
First Game
Salem ....... 013 000 0—4 5 0
Tri-City ... 100 000 0—1 5 2
DeGeorge and McKeegan; Costello, Brewer (3) and Pesut.
Second Game
Salem ........ 010 000 002—3 7 0
Tri-City ..... 000 200 000—2 8 0
Wilkie and McKeegan; Greenlaw and Pesut.

WENATCHEE, July 20—Bill Boemler set the Wenatchee Chief s down with two hits tonight as the Yakima Bears blasted Wenatchee 11-2 in a Western International baseball game.
Lil Arnerich, Wenatchee second baseman, got the first hit off Boemler — a scratch single In the fifth. Will Hafey, Wenatchee outfielder, poled a home run as the first batter in the bottom of the ninth.
Meanwhile, Boemler's teammates unloosed an 18-hit barrage which coupled with seven Wenatchee errors, enabled Yakima to coast home.
Yakima .......... 004 301 210—11-18-0
Wenatchee .... 000 010 001— 2- 2-7
Boemler and Tiesiera; Treichel, Breisinger (5) and Roberson.

Hewins Fragments
By Jack Hewins

[AP Seattle Sports Columnist, from Sunday, July 22, 1951]
Until they can train John Conant to pitch every night it looks like sad times for the Spokane Indians in Yakima’s Western International league game.
In one string of 24 games there Spokane won only two, and Conant pitched ‘em both. From the date of his July 14, 1948, decision to his July 17, 1951, victory, Yakima took 14 in a row from the Tribe in Parker Field.

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This is a pitchers’ year in the WIL, with records (at last look) like Bill Bevens’ 14-7 for Salem, Bob Snyder’s 19-3 for Vancouver and Jim Holder’s 9-0 for Spokane.

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Shortly after he was tossed out of a game in Salem, Vancouver manager Bill Schuster showed up wearing an umpire’s cap and claimed he’d been made an honorary ump by the arbiter (name of Valencourt) who gave him the heave-ho.

Friday, July 20, 1951

Vancouver ... 63 31 .670 —
Spokane ..... 60 34 .638 3
Wenatchee ... 46 46 .500 16
Salem ....... 46 47 .495 16½
Tri-City .... 43 51 .457 20
Victoria .... 40 55 .421 23½
Tacoma ...... 39 54 .419 23½
Yakima ...... 38 56 .404 25

VICTORIA [Colonist, July 21]—Vancouver Capilanos proved to the satisfaction of 3,000 Victoria baseball fans that they belong where they are—right at the top of the W.I.L. standings.
Wasting only two of their 14 hits and with their dangerous batting order giving the impression it was liable to break out with a rash of base hits at any time, the Caps handed Victoria Athletics an 11-4 thumping at Royal Athletic Park.
It was the first game of a three-game series between the two clubs. The series concludes today with afternoon and evening games. Bill Osborn and Jim Hedgecock will do the pitching, in that order, for the A’s. Don Tisnerat and Jerry Barta are manager Bill Schuster’s tentative choices for Vancouver.
After threatening in both of the first two innings and scoring once, the Caps gave John Tierney an early shower with a three-run splurge in the third. Ron Smith stopped the rally, then ran into a sudden blast in the fourth after getting the first two hitters. Reno Cheso’s three-run double featured the four-run rally which gave the Caps an 8-1 lead.
Smith, making his third appearance in three nights and his 11th since July 2, tightened up to stop the Caps during the next three innings. The A’s had several chances to get back into contention against a shaky Pete Hernandez, but couldn’t come up with the big hit, and the Mainlanders ice it with another three-run outburst in the eighth.
But there were compensations for the large crowd which turned out for the special night arranged by the bustling Athletics’ Booster Club. The pre-game entertainment included the usual fine performance of the Victoria Girls’ Drill Team, dancing by the pro-rec dancers, and songs from Bob and Bill White, watching in action by their parents, visiting from Los Angeles.
And best of all, if crowd reaction could be used as a criterion, was the “mystery” bat girl signed to the A’s. In fact, she was such an eye-pleasing attraction that the A’s could be forgiven if they didn’t have their eye on the ball.
Vancouver ..... 103 400 030—11 14 1
Victoria ...... 001 002 010— 4 9 1
Hernandez and Ritchey; Tierney, Smith (3) and Martin.

TACOMA, July 20—The Tacoma Tigers landed on Dick Aubertin, New York Yankee bonus baby, and three other Spokane pitchers to pound out an 11-3 victory.
Spokane .... 000 300 000— 3 9 1
Tacoma ..... 113 141 00x—11 12 1
Aubertin, Palm (3), Roberts (4), Richardson (6) and Nulty; Dodeward and Watson, Lundberg (5).

WENATCHEE, July 20 —The Wenatchee Chiefs and the Yakima Bears split a doubleheader Friday night.
Yakima took the seven-inning opener 5 to 4 when Jerry Zuvela doubled home Al Jacinto in the seventh.
Dick Barrett got the win though he needed help in the seventh inning.
Lou Tost pitched six-hit ball to chalk up a 4-0 victory in the nightcap with the help of a home run and double by Will Hafey.
Yakima manager Bill Brenner, short of pitchers, went the distances for the Bears in the finale.
(First Game)
Yakima ......... 000 310 1—5 11 2
Wenatchee ...... 000 300 1—4 8 2
Barrett, Powell (7) and Tiesiera; Gassaway and Neal.
(Second Game)
Yakima ......... 000 000 000—0 6 1
Wenatchee ...... 010 100 02x—4 7 1
Brenner and Tiesiera; Tost and Neal.

KENNEWICK, July 20-Paced by Buddy Peterson's grand-slam home run in the fifth inning, the Tri-City Braves Friday night defeated the Salem Senators 11-4 in the openers of their Western International League baseball series.
Peterson's homer came after the Braves had taken an early lead with three runs in the first two innings. Salem got one of those back on Bill Spaeter's fifth inning homer with the bases clear. But Petersen's homer put the game out of reach for Salem.
It was Tri-City's first win after losing a series to Salem at Salem earlier this week.
Salem ........ 000 010 021— 4 9 1
Tri-City ..... 120 043 01x—11 15 0
Monroe, Lew (5) and McKeegan; Zande and Pesut.

Thursday, July 19, 1951

Vancouver ... 62 31 .667
Spokane ..... 60 33 .645 2
Salem ....... 46 46 .500 15½
Wenatchee ... 45 46 .459 16
Tri-City .... 42 51 .452 20
Victoria .... 40 54 .426 22½
Tacoma ...... 38 54 .413 23½
Yakima ...... 37 55 .402 24½

VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, Province, July 20]—The oddsmakers wouldn’t have given you much for Vancouver Capilano’s chances against Tacoma Tigers before last night’s baseball game at new Capilano Stadium. [Vancouver 13, Tacoma 4]
Caps’ league-leading hitter, John Ritchey, was riding the bench with an ankle injury, and Dick Sinovic, number two man in the WIL leaders’ one-two punch, was in a batting slump. And with the rest of the attack looking peaked, to say the least, things appeared grim for George Nicholas’ return to action after more than two weeks with a sore arm.
But Sinovic is too good a ball player to let a slump tie him in knots for long. The classy centre-fielder busted out all over leading the winners’ 11-hit attack on five Tacoma pitchers with four-for-four, his output including two doubles and a triple.
Gordie Brunswick took up the slask left by Ritchey’s rest—Reno Cheso replaced him behind the plate—the young infielder-outfielder slapping out a double and three singles in five tries.
Bob McGuire provided whatever other punch was needed for Nicholas to coast to his 10th win against six losses, coming through with a bases-loaded double good for three runs.
CUFF NOTES—The win left Vancouver with a 3-1 advantage in the series with Tacoma. . . The Brownies repair to Victoria for a three-game series with the Athletics, the same two teams returning here Monday for four more. . . Pete Hernandez is down to pitch the Victoria opener tonight.
Tacoma .......... 000 004 000— 4 10 1
Vancouver ...... 102 060 40x—13 11 1
Kipp, Mishasek (5), Schulte (6), Clark (7), Brillheart (8) and Lundberg; Nicholas and Cheso.

YAKIMA, July 19—The Spokane Indians salvaged a victory from their series with the celler-dweling Yakima Bears on Thursday night. Ken Richardson's two doubles were the big blows in Spokane's 5-1 truimph but the busiest man on the field was Ed Murphy, the Indians outfielder.
Murphy laced out four hits in five appearances, stole three bases and accounted for seven put-outs and one assist.
Spokane .......... 010 030 001—5 13 1
Yakima ............ 000 000 010—1 7 0
Bishop and Sheets; Boemler, Anderson (5), Savarese (8) and Tiesiera.

SALEM, July 19—Bill Bevens pitched his 14th victory of the season Thursday night as the Salem Senators downed Tri-City, 10-2, to sweep a three-game Western International baseball league series.
Bevens let the Braves down with eight well-scattered hits.
Jack Brewer started on the Tri-City hill but after being found for four hits and three runs, Buzz Berriesford took over before the first inning was finished, But a five-run fourth inning derrlcked the young rookie. The Senators scored those five on four walks as Berriesford lost his control, an error and a line drive by shortstop Richie Meyers.
Dick Stone, who then walked to the mound, became the third Tri-City hurler. . .Stone finished the game giving up two runs over the four and one-third inning distance.
Both of Tri-City's runs were unearned. Clint Cameron, back in the cleanup batting position, led the Braves at the plate with a single and a double.
Bill Spaeter, Salem outfielder, lead their offense by driving in three runs on a double and a single in five trips to the plate.
Friday is "Husband's Night" at Sanders Field. The woman buys the tickets paying full price for her own, but only the tax on her husband's, or boy friends, as the case may be.
Tri-City ........ 001 000 001— 2 8 1
Salem .......... 300 511 00x—10 13 2
Brewer, Beriesford (1), Stone (4) and Pesut; Bevens and McKeegan.

VICTORIA [Colonist, July 20]—Victoria Athletics continued in their hitting slump last night and made it very easy for Tom Breisinger and the Wenatchee Chiefs to register a 7-2 win at Royal Athletic Park.
The victory, second in a row for the Chiefs, squared the four game series. Vancouver’s leading Capilanos move in tonight for three games with John Tierney slated to start for the A’s. Pete Hernandez looms as the possible Vancouver choice although there is a chance that Bud Beasley, the eccentric southpaw is almost as good as he is entertaining, will get the starting assignment.
First baseman Hal Jackson did his best in his first starting assignment to give the A’s a series win but with bad support in the early innings and his teammates’ inability to do much with Breisinger prevented him from cashing in on a creditable job.
Started mainly because the Chiefs are overloaded with left-handed hitters, Jackson was touched for 12 hits, but all of them were singles. He stayed in the game until the ninth inning, when he tired and the visitors iced it with a three-run rally.
A bad throw by Shortstop Jim Clark on a double steal gave Wenatchee one of its two runs in the fourth inning. Catcher Milt Martin’s error on a force play at the plate gave the Chiefs two more unearned runs and a 4-0 lead in the seventh.
The A’s, helped by an error, got back into contention in the eighth when they scored their only runs, but three hits and two walks to open the ninth sent in two runs and left the bases loaded for Ron Smith. The relief pitcher got out neatly, forcing Len Neal to hit into a double play and whiffing Breisinger, but it was too late.
On the bright side was the showing of Clark on the bases and at the plate. The little infielder singled twide against a tough lefthander and flashed some of the speed the A’s have lacked.
Defensively, the plays of the game were turned in by Don Pries, with a leaping snatch of Neal’s terrific liner, and Martin, with a diving catch of a low pop foul.
Wenatchee ....... 000 200 203—7 12 2
Victoria ............ 000 000 020—2 1 3
Breisinger and Neal; Jackson, Smith (9) and Martin.

—John Ducey Says
EDMONTON, July 20—(CP)—John Ducey, Edmonton's top baseball executive, said Thursday Calgary “can’t have Western International League baseball without Edmonton in the picture.”
Ducey intimated Edmonton is not interested in lining up with the class “B” professional league at the west coast.
He was commenting on reports that Calgary may be on the verge of taking up the Tacoma franchise in the W.I.L.
Ducey said Calgary wouldn’t be able to make a go of it without Edmonton because “the distances are too great for the coast teams to be coming into Alberta just to play in Calgary.”
“If they (W.I.L.) weren’t in trouble they wouldn't be looking up our way,” Ducey said. “We're not interested without normal commitments. We don't have to go out of our way to get into an organized league.
“We won't be buying any (W.I.L.) franchise.”
Rather than the coast, Ducey said he feels the first move by Calgary and Edmonton into organized baseball should be to the south—as a section of the Pioneer League with the principal Montana cities.

Outfielder, Pitcher Bought by A’s for Playoff Drive
[Colonist, July 20, 1951]
Determined to finish in the first division if at all possible and attempting to find more speed and pitching, Victoria Athletics yesterday purchased a pitcher and an outfielder from Klamath Falls of the Far West League.
The new players will report to the club tomorrow and will probably see action almost immediately. Their arrival and the arrival next week of pitcher Bill Carr will mean three of the players currently on the roster will have to be sold, traded or released. Just who the trio will be will probably be determined tomorrow before the club embarks on another road trip.
The new Athletics are southpaw Ben Lorino and Ben Jaffey, an outsider who swings from the first-base side. They were procured through the co-operation of Don McShane, scout of the Philadelphia Phillies, who own the Klamath Falls club.
McShane explained he had recently signed some young players for the Klamath Falls club and that they were blocked from playing regularly by the presence of Jaffey and Lorino on the Klamath Falls roster. McShane believes that Lorino will win in the W.I.L. and states that Jaffey, only 22 years of age, has prospects of becoming a good player for the A’s.
No information was available last night on Lorino’s previous baseball record but it was reported that he had a 7-2 rating this season.
Jaffey was hitting .330, had batted in 78 runs and was leading the league in home runs at the time of his purchase. He played with Klamath Falls last season and although he batted only .269, his record showed 93 runs batted in, 25 doubles, five triples and 12 home runs among his base hits, 29 stolen bases, 109 bases on balls and 66 strikeouts.
Reg Patterson, business manager of the Victoria club, was particularly intrigued by Jaffey’s 29 stolen bases and the fact that he swings lefthanded. The A’s had only Hal Jackson batting from the port side among the regulars and little speed on the club until shorstop Jim Clark reported. Clark, incidentally, has made a good impression in the two two games he has played and looks as if he will be around for some time.
At the same time, it was learned that the A’s had failed in their bid for Al Benton, former star relief pitcher of the Detroit Tigers. The big veteran, released earlier this week by Sacramento, has caught on with San Diego and pitching in relief for the Padres last night.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 20, 1951]
Floyd Bill Bevens who once stood on the threshold of immortal baseball fame by virtue of an almost no-hitter in a World Series, and who is currently pitching with Salem in this league, is the subject of an article in this week's issue of Collier’s. Tom Meany, a former sports writer but now an associate editor of the magazine, authored the story following a personal trip to Salem.
Naturally the highlight of the story is how Cookie Lavagetto slammed a double after two were out in the ninth, inning to beat Bevens. Following that historic game in Oct. 1947, Bevens never again started a game for the Yankees.
One of the highlights of Meany’s story tells of the desperate measures Bevens took to bring his “dead” arm back to life. It included a trip to the doctor who first game Bevens a slug of novocain, followed by saline solution shots. “Now try your arm,” said the medico. “Well,” said Bevens, “my arm really felt good. I dashed into the clubhouse and just as I was peeling off my jacket, the effects of the novocain wore off. Brother, did I have a sore arm then.”
It’s a story well worth reading if you're a sports fan. . . and more particularly if you follow baseball at all.
Coming right down to cases you have a good example on the Tri-City Braves. Early in the season the pressure was really on Manager Charlie Petersen to drop Bob Costello from the pitching staff. However, Petersen shook off the opposition and stuck firmly by his decision to keep Costello, To say that Bob achieved his fine record this year as a result of Petersen’s faith in him wouldn't be doing justice to the bespectacled speedball whiz. Yet, it's reasonable to believe that his manager’s faith must have instilled a lot of confidence in Cos’. . . and when he needed it most.
Some insiders are whispering that Frank Gillihan’s trip to Canada to peddle the Tacoma WIL franchise was done more to prod along the Tacomans than anything else.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 1951

Vancouver ... 61 31 .663 —
Spokane ..... 50 33 .641 2
Salem ....... 45 46 .495 15½
Wenatchee ... 44 46 .489 16
Tri-City .... 42 50 .457 19
Victoria .... 40 53 .430 21½
Tacoma ...... 38 53 .418 22½
Yakima ...... 37 54 .407 23½

VANCOUVER [Don Carlson, Daily Province, July 19]—Vancouver’s Western International League lead is safe for another day or two—thanks to two old pals who don’t play together any more, Bob Snyder and Bill Brenner.
Filling his third pitching assignment in four days, Snyder Wednesday night beat Tacoma Tigers 4-2 at Cap Stadium, working with a badly crippled club behind him, for his 19th win of the season.
In Yakima, Bill Brenner, last year’s Capilano manager, led his Bears to a double win (2-1 and 3-1) over second-place Spokane, which before Wednesday’s games was only one-half game behind the Caps.
Snyder, beaten Saturday by Wenatchee and relieved Monday night against Tacoma, won that elusive 19th victory the hard way, with a battered team.
Reno Cheso, the great Cp second baseman, was out with a billiard ball-sized lump on his left below (he was hit with a pitch the night before).
Catcher Ritchey went through [the entire game playing on] injured left leg (he caught it on a base the night before).
Shortstop Ray Tran complained of flu before the game.
Centre fielder Dick Sinovic was lost to the club in the seventh when he was ousted by umpire Dick Valencourt for protesting when called out sliding into the plate after tripling.
And against him, Snyder had Melvin Knezovich, who kept the Brownies hitless for five innings until Snyder himself broke the spell with a sharp single to left, his first of two hits in the game.
Caps had to come from behind to win. Tacoma went ahead in the top of the seventh. Vince DiMaggio [tripled], Marion Watson walked and both scored on Jose Bache’s double to left.
Caps came close when Sinovic was thrown out at the plate in the seventh, then burst the bonds in the eighth. Snyder started the rally by singling, Bob McGuire and Ray Tran walked and Gordie Brunswick singled in two runs. [Pete Hernandez struck out before Charlie Mead, right] fielder won the game with his solid smash to right, driving in Tran and Brunswick.
Caps have Pat Clyde, a rookie who trained with them in the spring, standing by in case they need catching help . . . Bill Whyte, the Vancouver-born relief pitcher, has been released . . . Frank Mullens, who played for the Caps right after the war and is now a Los Angeles policeman, was a pre-game visitor to the Brownie bench.
WILfan note: There is a fine editor by Don Carlson on the lousy WIL umpiring. Unfortunately, the microfilm of the newspaper is badly damaged and a lot of the story isn’t readable.
Tacoma ....... 000 000 200—2-7-0
Vancouver ... 000 000 04x—4-5-0
Knezovich, Miller (8) and Watson; Snyder and Ritchey.

YAKIMA, July 18—The Yakima Bears, 1950 champs of the league, are in the basement this year but they still have some of the old sock left. They displayed it last night at Yakima by sweeping a twin bill with Spokane The double loss seriously dented Spokane's bid for first place.
The Bears won the seven-inning opener 2 to 1, tallying the winning run in the seventh when pitcher Ken Wyatt threw wild to first on an attempted pick off with the bases loaded.
In the nightcap, the Bears came back with two runs in the first inning after Spokane had scored once in that frame and held on behind pitcher Tom Del Sarto for a 3 to 1 victory. The double defeat dropped Spokane two full games behind Vancouver.
First Game
Spokane ..... 001 000 0—1-7-2
Yakima ....... 000 001 1—2-8-0
Wyatt and Sheets; Powell and Brenner.
Second Game
Spokane .... 100 000 000—1-5-1
Yakima ...... 201 000 00x—3-6-1
Marshall and Sheets; Del Sarto and Tiesiera.

SALEM, Ore., July 18 — The Salem Senators handed the Tri-City Braves a 3-2 Western Inernational league defeat tonight at the Salem ball park.
All the Salem runs came in the third inning. Gene Tanselli walked and was driven across the plate on a solid line double by Glen Stetter. Then Hugh Luby poked a deep liner between center and left field for an inside the park homer to drive in two runs and provide the winning margin.
The Trl-City club outhit the Senators 11 to 6, but five of the six Salem blows were for extra bases.
After the fatal fourth inning, Tri-City pitcher Lou McCollum had no trouble, striking out five and walking two.
Ray McNulty won his tenth game ot the season for Salem.
Vic Buccola hit a homer for the Braves m the fifth with none on, and Tri-City picked up its other run in the seventh on four hits.
The Senator win gives Salem a 2-0 lead in the series, and the two teams meet again on the Salem diamond tomorrow night for the third and final game of the series.
Tri-City ........ 000 010 100— 2 11 0
Salem ........... 000 300 00x— 3 6 0
McCollum and Pesut; McNulty and McKeegan.

VICTORIA [Colonist, July 19]—Victoria Athletics ran out of lefthanded pitchers last night and Wenatchee Chiefs, with most of their power swinging from the first-base side of the plate, jumped on two right-handers for 17 hits and their first, 9-3, win of the four-game series.
Bob Osborn [sic], Victoria manager, took full note that the five Chiefs who club from the port side picked up 13 of the hits and changed his pitching plans for the series finale at Royal Athletic Park tonight. He will send first-baseman Hall [sic] Jackson, a wrong-hander to the mound, resting John Tierney for the opener against Vancouver tomorrow.
Bob White will guard the initial sack, giving the A’s another righthander to face the southpaw—Charlie Gassaway or Tom Breisinger—that the Chiefs will start.
Showing no authority at the plate, losers were left to four hits by Walt Raimondi, who played in the infield for the 1946 A’s. Not only did Raimondi stp the A’s cold, he proved to be a better hitter as a pitcher than he did as an infielder. Hitless in the first two games as a second-baseman, he batted in enough runs to win with a three-run homer and two singles.
Bill Osborn was hit hard for the second time in a row. Lacking his usual control, the slim righthander worked behind most of the hitters and came in too good when he got the ball over. He was knocked for three home runs—Will Hafey and Jim Marshall leading off the second and fourth innings, respectively, with four-masters—and suffered somewhat from the fielding of his teammates.
However, an error by Hafey gave Marv Diercks a chance to tie the score with a three-run homer in the fourth, and Osborn was unable to stay in the game. Marshall cracked one over the fence in deep rught for the winning run and Raimondi gave himself a working margin with his liner over the centre field wall in the fifth.
Rom Smith finished up, giving up seven hits but only two runs.
Jim Clark, the A’s latest acquisition, started at shortstop. He failed on three tough chances on ground balls, was charged with one boot and came up with a good grab of a line drive. At the plate, he had a double in four trips and gave some indication he might be of offensive help.
Wenatchee .... 010 240 110—9-18-1
Victoria ......... 000 300 000—3- 4-2
Raimondi and Neal; Osborn, Smith (5) and Martin.

Spokane Ball Club Robbed In Yakima
YAKIMA, Wash., July 18 — A thief entered the Yakima baseball team's clubhouse here Tuesday night and stole $587 from wallets of Spokane baseball players, Manager Alan Strange said today.
He said the thefts occurred during a Yakima-Spokane Western International league game Watches and other valuables [rest of story missing]

By Jim Tang [Victoria Colonist, July 19, 1951]
Is the W.I.L. trying to give its patrons better baseball than should be the case in a class “B” league? One man who believes that is the case is Don McShane, scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, who is spending this week in the city while looking over W.I.L. rosters.
McShane, who represents a club that is building up for the future by signing promising youngsters out of college and high school, states that major league clubs don’t look at the W.I.L. with too much favor because of the number of veteran players and the resulting number of high salaries. He doesn’t believe that is good for the future of young prospects, many of whom represent a considerable investment, to play in a small minor league that has an over-abundance of veterans with Triple A and major league experience.
McShane believes that the W.I.L., which he rates among the best in its classification should have—and enforce—a rookie rule. This would keep clubs from overloading with ageing veterans and keep Vancouver and Spokane, the only two clubs who can afford it, from running away from the rest of the league.
That McShane is right is becoming increasingly evident. Six of the eight clubs have lost heavily again this season, two or three may not be able to start another season. If they do, they are going to have to cut the costs of operation and the only place where a big slice can be made is in salaries. They only way this can be done is by bringing in youngsters on their way up instead of veterans playing out the string.
The class “B” salary limit is $4,000 a month, yet it is safe to state not one of the eight clubs comes close to meeting this figure. One club is said to have a monthly player payroll of over $10,000. It is without doubt tops but there are others close to that figure.There are other arguments in favour of making the W.I.L. a bone fide class “B” league. Younger players make for more interesting baseball even if they make more mistakes. One gets tired after a few years of watching clubs which have no speed and too many players who play just well enough to get by and whose conduct, at times, is not too exemplary. Many fans criticized the Yankees when they were working with the A’s but the best clubs Victoria had were the 1947 and 1948 young Yankees. Hustle and speed are what counts. There will have ton be more of it or there may be no W.I.L.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 19, 1951]
Ever hear about the time Al Spaeter hit a home run? Chances are you probably haven't yet. It was there in the box score for every one to see the day after the ball soared out of the park. Now the Braves second base man is hardly what you would term a long ball hitter though he does belt a timely double or triple now and then. But a home run . . .never well hardly ever. That's why this story is worth telling.
We're going to have to take you back to the spring training camps of California. . . and more precisely Bakersfield to set the scene. This game was between Tri - City and Bakersfield. Aside from a score of Brave fans from Lindsay the only other supporters of the team on hand were Al Spaeter’s mother and father. . .and oh yes, his brother Bill. It was right on the nub end of the training season and Bill allowed to Al as how he'd like to play a game. That was okay with Al, who was in top shape anyway and who could then visit with his folks during the game. So Bill Spaeter played for the Braves. . .but with the front handle of Al. And all he did that night was hit two out of the park, and each time the loud speaker would boom out that it was “Al” Spaeter.
The payoff came after the game though when a couple of the Bakersfield players dropped around to see this “Al”. Commented one when he met the true, and shorter version of the family, “say, for a small guy you sure pack a lot of wallop.” The two Spaeter's are very much look-alikes facially, but Bill has a lot more weight than Al, hence the long ball power. Still it’s down there in black and white that Al Spaeter hit two home runs. . .and who's going to argue with that.
The umpires have been taking a verbal shelling from the sportswriters on the WIL circuit this year but it’s hard to believe they can be as bad as Al Lightner of the Salem Statesman would have you believe. The big trouble with Lightner’s argument that he only seems to find fault with the calls when they are made against his home town club. That alone puts the “kiss of death” on them.
Our only wonder is that the WIL attracts as good umpires as it does. After all you only get what you pay for, and certainly the cakes and ale stipend in this league isn’t going to burden down the income tax collector. With all the haymow payoffs to the players you’d think the league directors would be willing to lay a little more on the line for the umps. Then if the beefs rolled in they could give the boys in blue their lumps. But as it is now they can say “so what” and in their case there isn’t any answer to that. . .they’re giving their best. . .at considerably less than most players are getting.
Coincident with tomorrow’s return of the Braves to Sanders Field is “Husband’s Night.” The wife, or gal friend as the case may be, buys the old man’s ticket for taxes and a full price one for herself. . .thus saving a good chunk of dough. They say women rule the purse strings, well if so they won't be able to pass up a bargain like that. . .and besides all of you will be welcoming the team back home.

Tuesday, July 17, 1951

Vancouver ... 60 31 .659 —
Spokane ..... 59 31 .656 ½
Salem ....... 44 46 .489 15½
Wenatchee ... 43 46 .483 16
Tri-City .... 42 49 .467 18
Victoria .... 40 52 .438 20½
Tacoma ...... 38 52 .422 21½
Yakima ...... 35 54 .393 24

VANCOUVER, July 17—The Vancouver Caps who have led the league almost from the first day, bowed in eleven innings to Tacoma by a 7 to 5 score.
Tacoma bobbled three times in the second inning to give Vancouver a 4-0 lead but the Caps returned the favor in the 11th after the Tigers had evened the count with a three-run rally in the ninth.
Jim Moore dropped Jose Bache's fly ball in the 11th. Merv Dubbers sacrificed and Gerry Clark, John Kovenz and Mike Catron singled to drive in two runs.
- - - - -
VANCOUVER [Erwin Swangard, Vancouver Sun, July 18]—There is a “for sale” on the Tacoma Tigers of the Western International Baseball League.
After watching the Tigers perform for eight innings against the Vancouver Capilanos at Little Mountain Stadium even the most tolerant fan couldn’t blame Tacoma for trying to get rid of their club.
But in the ninth inning Tigers suddenly turned Tigers.
First they blasted veteran Bud Beasley off the mound to come from behind a 5-2 deficit to tie the score.
As if overawed by their own ninth-inning effort, they took a breather in the tenth and turned Tigers once again in the eleventh inning to score two runs off Don Tisnerat.
The defeat was a nasty blow to the Capilanos. Spokane Indians downed the Yakima Bears 6-2 in 14 innings at Spokane and as a result now trail the Vancouver club by only half a game.
Manager Bill Schuster of the Caps, appalled by his club’s recent inability to hit, really was in the dumps last night.
In addition, of course, Schuster was once again tossed out of a ball game, this time by plate umpire Charlie Rose after a bitter argument ovfer a run which, in the end, cost the Caps the game.
It was a freak play. Saul Israel opened the fourth inning with a single. John Kovenz struck out. Mike Catron walked. Butch Moran grounded to Beasley and was thrown out at first as Israel went to third and Catron to second. Vince DiMaggio grounded to Gordon Brunswick near third. As Brunswick fielded the ball, Catron ran low underneath Gordon and lifted him off the ground. Brunswick held the ball and Catron became the third out.
Meanwhile, Israel had fled across home plate. Rose ordered the run counted, claiming Catron had been tagged on a second try. Of course, there was a big rhubarb and exit Schuster, which is rapidly becoming par for the course.
Caps had rolled into a four-run lead into the second inning. Reno Cheso was hit on the arm by Gary Clark’s pitch. Then followed successive errors by Kovenz (1) and Merv Dubbers (2) and finally a two-run single by Gordon Brunswick.
Cheso was unable to continue in the game and was replaced at second by Jimmy Moore.
Moore’s error in the eleventh—he dropped a routine pop-up from Jose Bache—allowed Tigers to score two unearned runs.
The once mighty Cap bats were once more strangely silent as young Gary Clarke was really tough in the pinches.
Best catch of the night was made by Vince DiMaggio, Tigers’ left fielder, who picked Dick Sinovic’s hard smash into left field out of the air after a long run toward the foul line. So hard hit was the ball that it popped out of Vince’s glove but he held it on the second try.
Caps last night released Bill Whyte, the native relief left-hander, as George Nicholas returned to the active list.
The two teams clash again tonight with Bob Snyder scheduled to pitch.
Tacoma ....... 000 101 003 02—7-12-3
Vancouver .... 040 100 000 00—5- 8-2
Clark and Lundberg; Beasley, Tisnerat (9) and Rltchey.

YAKIMA, July 17—It took Spokane 14 innings to defeat Yakima 6 to 2 in a Western International league game Tuesday night.
Spokane took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but were blanked for 12 successive innings by Ted Savarese before breaking through.
Ed Murphy was hit by a pitched ball and Edo Vanni and Steve Mesner singled. Ken Richardson wound it up with a triple.
Spokane .... 200 000 000 000 04—6-14-1
Yakima ...... 000 000 200 000 00—2- 8-1
Conant and Sheets; Savarese and Tiesiera.

SALEM, July 18 —(Special to the Herald)— The Salem Senators tightened their third place grip in the Western International league last night with a 4-0 blanking of the Tri-City Braves. It was the first of a three-game series.
Bob Costello, the Tri-City's winningest pitcher, fell victim of a four-run uprising by the Solons in the eighth inning. Both Costello and Sal DeGeorge of Salem were hooked up in a tight mound duel until that eighth.
With one out Sam Kanelos, the Braves third baseman dropped a fly ball which should have put Costello well out in front. But the error proved costly. Before the fire-balling right hander could put out the fire started by the miscue four Senators had scored.
Lou McCollum (9-9) was expected to start for Tri-City tonight.
Meanwhile the front office of the Braves said today that Ken Michelson had been lifted from the disabled list while submariner Joe Nicholas, who bruised his heel in Spokane, went on the list.
Tri-City ..... 000 000 000—0 7 1
Salem ........ 000 000 04x—4 8 0
Costello and Pesut; De George and McKeegan.

VICTORIA [Daily Colonist, July 18]—Wenatchee Chiefs are finding out that whatever Victoria does on the road is no indication what it will do once it gets back into the confines of Royal Athletic Park.
Athletics continued their supremacy over the Chiefs in Victoria by downing them 3-1, last night. The win gives them a 5-1 edge over the Chiefs at home and an 8-5 margin for the season.
It was Victoria’s second win in as many nights over the Wenatchee club and gives them a 2-0 lead in the current four-game series. The pair of victories are a soothing salve for the three defeats administered by the Chiefs at Wenatchee last week.
Jim Hedgecock set the Chiefs down with six hits to even his record at nine wins and nine defeats. He struck out six, did not issue a walk, but his two batters. In addition, he paced the Victoria attack with a double and single in four trips.
Mike Kanshin was the unfortunate Wenatchee hurler. He pitched sound ball but was the victim of lax fielding by his teammates. He was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
An error by shortstop Buddy Hjelmaa on Don Pries’ grounder after two were out allowed Victoria to score the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the fifth. Hal Jackson, Gene Thompson and Milt Martin followed Pries with successive singles.
Athletics scored an insurance run in the seventh when they loaded the bases on a single and two walks and with one away, Martin hot an easy bouncer to second baseman Walt Raimondi, who bobbled the ball long enough to miss the double play and allow the run to score.
Wenatchee took the lead in the first inning when Walt Pocekay singled after two were out and scored when Jim Marshall doubled to right centre field.
The Chiefs were guilty of some dubious strategy. In the sixth, seventh and ninth innings, their first batter singled and they failed to employ the bunt. On all three occasions the batter was left at the initial sack.
Hedgecock appeared to improve as the game wore on. He struck out six batters during the last five innings, retiring the last two men in the ninth by the three-strike method.
Pocekay was the only Wenatchee player to give Hedgecock continuous trouble. The third baseman collected three singles in four trips to pick up half his team’s base blows.
Jim Clark, the A’s new shortstop, will take over for Bill Dunn at the leadoff spot tonight. Clark will give Victoria another left-hander in the line-up.
Bill Osborn is scheduled to hurl for the Athletics while Walt Raimondi is the likely choice for Wenatchee.
Wenatchee .... 106 000 000—1-6-0
Victoria ......... 002 001 000—3-7-0
Kanshin, Tost (8) and Neal; Hedgecock and Martin.

TACOMA, Wash., June 18 — Jim Holder, Spokane righthander, remained idle for the third straight week because of a shoulder injury, but never-the-less maintained his firm grip on first place In the Western International league pitching race today.
Statistics from league president Robert Abel showed that Holder had a record of 9 wins and no losses.
In games through Sunday, Holder lengthened his advantage when Bob Snyder and Pete Hernandez, both Vancouver, were defeated by the Wenatchee Chiefs during the weekend.
Snyder is second with an 18-3 record and Hernandez is third with a 9-2 record.
Tom Breisinger, Wenatchee, remains the strikeout leader with 118 while John Marshall of Spokane posesses a like figure in bases on balls.
Holder, Spok ...... 48 72 9 0 1.000
Snyder, Van ....... 74 60 18 3 .857
Hernandez, Van .... 37 56 9 2 .818
Tisnerat, Van ..... 34 50 8 2 .759
Costello, T-C ..... 44 55 8 3 .727
Raimondi, Wen ..... 38 52 5 2 .714
Rockey, Spok ...... 51 58 8 4 .667
Barrett, Vic-Yak .. 26 31 4 2 .667
Bevens, Sal ....... 79 58 13 7 .650
Bishop, Spok ...... 45 64 11 6 .647

Tacoma Gets First Chance At Franchise
TACOMA, July 17—A group of Tacoma citizens is trying to raise $25,000 to buy the Tacoma Tigers of the Western International Baseball League. As far as current management is concerned, that group will have first call.
Otherwise, the franchise will be sold to Calgary.
That was the word late Tuesday night from business manager Frank Gillihan of the Tigers upon his return from Calgary where he negotiated sale of the franchise with Sam Timmins, manager of Buffalo Park.
Gillihan said if the Tigers go to Calgary, the team will probably be known as the Buffaloes or 99ers, all depending who buys them.
He appeared confident a deal with Calgary can be culminated should the Tacoma citizen’s attempt fall through.

With JACK DE LONG from July 18, 1951
Monday night’s WIL game at Cap Stadium would have been a good game to watch only you had to watch far too long.
A nine-innings baseball game should never last two hours and 45 minutes. Caps didn’t have to take their last legal turn at the plate.
Baseball is supposed to be one game that speeds up when the weather gets hot. Monday night’s game made you think Vancouver’s thermometers were haywire.
Players and officials moved as if they weren’t thawed out.
The responsibility for speeding up the game rests finally with the umpires although team manager and coaches should help to keep the players hustling.
Tough on Paying Patrons
Whe fans travel for miles by trolley and a afoot to Little Mountain, they are entitled ton be on their way home long before 11:15 p.m.
Occasionally, a long-drawn out game can’t be helped. Sometimes the batters go hit-happy and it takes hours for pitchers to retire 27 men.
But it was no batting spree that prolonged Monday’s game. Tacoma hitters slapped out only eight safeties. The winning Caps had seven hits.
It was simply a case of players and officials taking it slow and far too easy. Just because the new stadium is such a posh place is no reason for staying there all night. Most of the fans are expected at work in the morning.

Ritchey Enjoys Baseball With Caps
By DAN EKMAN [Vancouver Sun, July 18, 1951]
Since 1947, when Jackie Robinson became the first Negro to break into organized baseball, the treatment of colored players has generally been pictured at one of two extremes—outright persecution or effusive welcome.
Actually, believes John Ritchey, the true picture is a blend of those two extreme shadings. The Negro catcher of the Vancouver Capilanos has run up against slights from other players and catcalls from the stands; he has also been embarrassed by overdone exhibitions of “tolerance.” But the intelligent majority have judged him entirely on his merits—as long as he goes well, he’ll be a hero, but if he hits a slump, he’ll be a bum. In the rough-and-tumble etiquette of baseball ‘twas ever thus.
Right now, of course, Johnny is strictly a hero by virtue of both his batting and of his defensive skill. His .376 average is tops in the Western International League, and his quietly competent work behind the plate has students of the game vainly searching for a flaw.
The Capilanos and their fans are happy with Ritchey, and certainly the reverse is true. “I’ve never had so much fun in my life,” he says, “because I asked for plenty of work and I’m getting it here. And it also helps that the Capilanos are the finest bunch of fellows I’ve ever played ball with. They’re completely friendly, and they seem to get a real kick out of the game.”
Baseball hasn’t always been so satisfying, though, for the husky, good-looking native of San Diego. When he broke in with his home city’s Coast League club in 1948, he fretted away most of the season on the bench; his teammates seldom spoke to him, or, for that matter, to each other. The atmosphere changed little in 1949 and 1950, the only real difference last year being that he spent his bench-riding time with Portland, which bought him between seasons.
Oddly enough, the WIL’s leading hitter came within a few days of quitting baseball for keeps this spring. Three years of disappointment in the Coast League, plus the news that he was being sent down to a Class B club, very nearly convinced him to make a lifetime career of the social work which he had studied at San Diego State College.
Portland first assigned him to Victoria, but Ritchey flatly refused to report. He went home to San Diego and had just about decided to start job-hunting when a letter arrived from the Capilanos, informing him he was now Vancouver property. Not without reluctance, he bundled wife Martina and small daughters Johanaa and Tonee into the family car and headed north. He’s never been sorry since.
The 26-year-old (27 on August 5th) is regarded as almost a certain cinch to return to the Coast League, and he thinks he can make the grade this time. The difference between Triple-A and Class B baseball? It’s mostly mental, he believes.
“One thing’s sure, the pitchers don’t throw any harder up there,” he says, “but the players are thinking all the time. You don’t see as many errors.”
Ritchey’s equipment for the jump back includes a five-foot-ten, 170-pound frame which stands up even under the strain of doubleheaders, an ability to hit both curves and fast balls, and hit them to all fields; and a burst of speed you seldom see in a catcher.
On that last point, Ritchey himself is a trifle mystified. “I know catching is supposed to slow you up,” he muses, “but I honestly think I’m getting faster on my feet. It’s a funny thing.”
His stamina may be accounted for by the fact that he adheres strictly to the training rules—he neither drinks or smokes—and also by the fact that he plays as much winter ball as possible. Last year he commuted 700 miles down the Mexican coast each for weekend games. “You don’t get a chance to [half line unreadable] that way,” he laughs.
This season, Ritchey has come to know Bob Snyder, the Caps’ most successful pitcher, really well; but it wasn’t until just last week that they learned the acquaintance might have started years earlier.
“We were comparing notes during one of the long bus hops,” John explains, “and I mentioned that when I was in the service, I once spent 38 days on a troopship between Europe and the Phillipines. Bob sort of did a double take and then started telling me incidents that happened during the voyage.
“Sure enough, he was on the same ship; and like myself, he says that 38-day trip put him off sea travel for life!”

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 18, 1951]
While the Tri-City Braves have admittedly had their share of problems this year perhaps the biggest has been, and for that matter still is, the lack of a “bench.” You can’t even say “good bench” for the simple truth of the matter is that there just isn’t any. The immediate figure for the number of runners left stranded aren’t on hand but it must be a scandal to the jaybirds. Time and time again the need for a solid pinch-hitter who could also take over in the field has been demonstrated.
Yet the best Charlie Petersen has had to work with are pinch-hitting pitchers. Fortunately in Lou McCollum and Cy Greenlaw Pete has a pretty fair pair of willow wenders. But you can hardly expect them to pinch-hit, play the outfield, and still manage to turn in a creditable mound job.
What is needed is another player like Neil Bryant. Bryant can give you a good infield job. . .and right now he's not “just” an outfielder but a “good” outfielder. If the Braves had even one utility player like that who could go in and rest the others a spell now and then It would help a lot. If you’ll notice the present pennant contenders have those sort of players on hand. Thus they are able to transfer the over-emphasis from pitching and can rely on some extent to the “bench” to help when needed.
If there should be any changes, and there probably will be within the lineup before too long, the possibilities are strong that the trimming will be done to the lopsided pitching staff. It's a case of too many working too little. . .and getting too much.
A sometimes sports columnist for the Spokane Chronicle seems to be greatly alarmed about, of all things . . . the Tri-City Braves. To quote Bob Johnson, “We hear on very good authority that Manager Charlie Petersen’s club is split by internal dissension. Usually when such a charge is made,” Johnson continues, “the front office brass hurriedly denies it to all who will listen. We expect it to be denied this time.” Now, the only time any charge is honored with a denial is when there is some semblance of truth to it. (So don’t hold your breath waiting for a denial to that one Bob.)
Johnson then poses the question that perhaps there’s too much old blood and not enough youngsters on the Braves. Well, if that's the reason the team is fifth then our only comment is why isn’t Spokane down there too. Surely, Mr. Johnson you aren’t under the delusion that Ken Richardson and Steve Mesner are rookies on their way up?
The Spokane writer also avers as how when Buddy Peterson was spiked during the last series there, that he had to hobble off the field by himself until Vic Buccola finally went over and helped him. This, according to Johnson is an indication of the “internal dissension.”
A lot depends on which end of the glass you're looking through. Here's what happened there in the words of the actual people involved. Peterson was attempting a tag out at second and was bowled over. The Spokane player’s spikes ripped Buddy's shoe open but didn't touch his foot. He got up brushed himself off, (meanwhile Charlie Peterson and, Doc Boag were out there with Buddy) and he said he felt okay. It looked that way too . . .until the first pitch when he collapsed. Buddy then left the field, but with plenty of help. That's how Manager Charlie Petersen saw it, as well as others of the team we've talked too. They were at the game. In view of that it might be fair to ask if Mr. Johnson was. Were you there there too Bob?
Who’s doing what to who might be a good question to ask over Salem way right now. When the story broke yesterday that Tacoma and possibly Salem both might drop their WIL franchises in those cities and move to Canada, the report got nothing but a big pooh-pooh from the Solons.
But now Frank Gillihan, Tacoma's general manager, says from Canada he is authorized not only to sell that franchise but Salem’s as well. Someone is way off base. It’s entirely possible that one or two teams of the WIL may move to Edmonton and Calgary . . but it’s going to make for some mighty cold baseball on occasion. Snow in July isn't so rare in those cities that it makes the headlines and Steve Johnson of Connell who used to live there says he's seen the ground covered with snow from July until the following spring.