Monday, November 26, 2007

Saturday, July 7, 1951

TACOMA, July 7—The Tacoma Tigers got off to an early start Saturday night scoring four runs in the first and second innings to coast to an 8-3 victory over the Vancouver Capilanos in a Western International league baseball game.
Vancouver .... 020 001 000—3 3 4
Tacoma ........ 220 310 00x—8 11 0
Burak, Whyte (4), Brunner (7), Sinovic (9) and Ritchey; Knezovich and Lundberg.

KENNEWICK, [Tri-City Herald, July 8]—THE TRI-CITY Braves and the Wenatchee Chiefs split a double-header Saturday night in Sanders field.
The Chiefs won the opener 8-1 and the Braves the nightcap, 8-3.
The seven-inning victory gave Wenatchee a 2-1 edge for the series. The fourth and final game will be played tonight at 8:30 o'clock.
An official 1,727 fans saw Bob Costello, lanky Brave hurler, win his seventh game of the season. He has three defeats. Mike Kanshin was the losing pitcher. He was relieved in the third by Walt Raimondi.
A ONE-HANDED off-the boards catch by rightfielder Clint Cameron in the eighth helped Costello the only time he was in trouble during the game. There was a man on second. The hit by Marshall seemed to have extra bases written on it till Cameron put on an extra spurt of speed and snagged the ball.
Tri-City got off to a good start in the first inning of the final game. Spaeter and Eddlestein [sic] singled. Buddy Peterson's double scored Spaeter. Eddlestein scored on a fielder's choice and Peterson came in on Cameron's long fly.
Vic Buccola, the Brave first sacker, homered in the seventh. It was his ninth theft year. The bases were empty.
He came back to hit a triple in the eighth. He shared batting honors for the evening with Spaeter, who tripled in the sixth and doubled in the eight.
BUCCOLA'S eighth inning triple scored Spaeter and Eddlestein. The run in the sixth was made by Spaeter. He scored on an error by the Chief's shortstop. Buccola scored in the third. He walked, moved around the bases and scored on Nick Pesut's single.
WENATCHEE'S first tally was made by Hjelmaa. He tripled and scored on a double by Marshall. He also scored in the third on a walk and Pocekay's double. Roberson tripled in the seventh and scored on Arnerich's single.
Costello loaded the bases in the ninth then struck out the last man to clinch the win.
Tom Breisinger, the league's strike-out king, maintained his usual control in the first game. And, just to show he is versatile, he drove in three runs, two in the second and another in the fourth with a homer.
Will Hasel's [sic] four-bagger in the seventh added to Wenatchee's score.
The Braves got their lone tally in the sixth. Sam Kanelos, the third sacker, doubled and went to third on Vic Buccfla's infield out. He came home when Buddy Peterson grounded out.
The Chiefs' infield worked three double plays on the hapless Brave runners.
First Game
Wenatchee .... 040 210 1— 8 10 0
Tri-City ......... 000 001 0— 1 5 2
Breisinger and Neal; Brewer, Zande (4) and Pesut.
Second Game
Wenatchee .... 002 020 420—10 12 0
Tri-City ......... 200 000 000—2 8 3
Tost and Neal; Greenlaw, Stone (7) and Pesut.

YAKIMA, July 7 — The Yakima Bears pushed across two unearned runs in the eighth inning tonight to edge the Victoria Athletics 6 to 5 in a Western International League baseball game.
Yakima scored the tying and winning runs when Mike Baxes walked and Will Tiesiera singled. On the play, Baxes scored, and Tiesiera went all the way to third base when Bill White uncorked a bad throw to third. Tiesiera held on as Dick Briskey hit a ground ball to Bill Dunn at short, but Bob White failed to keep his foot on the bag and the runner was safe.
Tiesiera scored the winning run as Dunn threw wide to first trying to complete what would have been an inning-ending double play.
It was a see-saw battle in which the A's tied the score at 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4 before taking a 5-4 lead in the sixth.
Getting enough hits off Bill Boemler but unable to effectively put them together, the A's could only score one run an inning untiol and outfield error by Jerry Zuvela helped them to their two runs in the sixth.
The victory gave Boemler a 7-7 slate for the year. Hal Jackson, Victoria first baseman, was tossed out of the game by umpire Art Jacobs in the fifth inning over a disputed play at first, which eventually led to Yakima's fourth run.
Victoria ...... 010 112 000—5-10-4
Yakima ...... 200 110 20x—6 -9-1
Hedgecock and Martin; Boemler and Tiesiera.

SALEM, Ore., July 7 — Spokane edged Salem 5 to 4 to gain a 2 to 0 bulge in a Western International league series here tonight.
John Marshall lasted less than three innings for the Indians but had the loss taken away when his teammates rallied. Edo Vanni scored the winning run in typical fashion, drawing a walk, stealing second and going all the rest of the way on an infield out.
Spokane scored in the first inning on a walk and singles by Eddie Murphy and Steve Mesner.
They tied the score in the fifth with three runs on five hits—by Jim Brown, Bob Roberts, Murphy, Vanni and Mesner.
The two teams will meet in a night doubleheader tomorrow.
Spokane .... 100 030 100—5-12-2
Salem ........ 112 000 000—4-10-2
Marshall, Roberts (3) and Sheets; McNulty, Lew (5) and McKeegan.

Chiefs To Play Benefit Contest
WENATCHEE, July 7 — An all star local semi-pro team headed by nine players from the Larsen Air Force base Sabres at Moses Lake will play the Western International league Wenatchee chiefs in an Orthopedic hospital benefit game here Monday night.
Capt. Don Green, playing manager of the Air Force club who was selected as the standout catcher of the National semi-pro tourney at Wichita, Kan., last year, will coach the all-star team.

Losing Tigers Sign Ageless Tony York
TACOMA, July 7 — Ageless Tony York, the infield Handy Andy, has been optioned to the Tacoma Tigers of the Western International league by the San Diego Padres, it was announced today by Frank Gilllhan, business manager of the Tacoma nine.
York, a longtime fixture with the Seattle Rainiers before hooking on with San Diego last spring, is expected to arrive in Tacoma Tuesday for the series opener with Yakima.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 8, 1951]
It's too bad someone can't figure out a way to take about 10 years off the "old man's" legs. Charlie Peterson has been in the lineup often enough now to get his hitting eye and timing back, the trouble is though while the eyes and heart are willing the legs just can't go the full distance any more. But his willingness to step into the game, plus the fact he's getting basehits, is making the quiet pilot more and more popular with the fans.
Indications are getting stronger every day that some big changes may be coming in the WIL. Right now you could go out and pick up the franchise of more than one team in the league at it's [sic] par value, and the rumblings seem to indicate the effort to rea[unreadable]ne the league will be made at the player level by slashing salaries. In other words by attempting to make the WIL a true Class B league.
As one club owner pointed out some time ago, "you only suffer by comparison." Problem will be trying to get all eight clubs to reach a formal agreement and then to hold that line, the attempt will come at the winter meeting which will probably he held in Vancouver.
Also there's no question that the team Tri-City must sat to get into the end of the season playoff is Wenatchee. As this is written there are still three games left to go in the series, but a sweep or even a 3-1 edge for another club is going to make a big difference. The return of Will Hafey to the Chiefs makes them one of the strongest plate clubs in the league. Friday night they reminded us of last year's Braves, a "big inning" team, the kind of a team that could rise up any time and blast out a victory.
WIL umpires are doing a "solo" act now. No longer do they travel in recognized teams, Instead each man has his own schedule. One thing is certain about this arrangement though. With four drivers and four riders, that is with four of the umps driving cars and the other four riding, two drivers will never meet. It would make it too difficult and unnecessarily expensive for the WIL treasury. No official word either as to why the new arrangement. The grapevine does say though president Bob Abel held a full meeting of the umps at Tacoma just prior to this new shift.
Speaking of umpires the one thing we've always liked about the way Joe Iacovetti and Mickey Hanich work a game is their hustle. Also you'll never see an infielder or outfielder yell to them to move over and change their position because they are blocking a view of the plate. When in the field they check their position between each pitch. . .and don't think the players don't appreciate that. . .it saves wear and tear on them too.
The critics who were so vocal for the scalp of Bob Costello back there at the start of the season are strangely silent now that he is one of the Braves winingest pitchers. And win or lose Cos' never loses his good sense of humor. Of course there are no locker-wreckers or uniform-rippers in this league as far as we know. Most are fairly agreeable though there are some you just naturally stay away from when they are a slump.

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