Monday, November 19, 2007

Saturday, June 16, 1951

Vancouver ... 41 17 .707 —
Spokane ..... 39 20 .661 2½
Salem ....... 27 30 .474 13½
Tri-City .... 25 29 .469 14
Wenatchee ... 28 32 .448 15
Victoria .... 24 33 .421 16½
Yakima ...... 22 32 .407 17
Tacoma ...... 23 34 .404 17½

VANCOUVER, B. C., June 16—Salem and Vancouver divided doubleheader spoils Saturday by identical scores.
Salem took the day Western International baseball game 5-4, while the Capilanos stormed back at night for a 5-4 win.
The Capilanos hammered the Senators for four runs in the fifth inning of the nightcap. They gained these on three singles, a double by Bob McGuire and a wild pitch.
What turned out to be the winning run came in the sixth, when John Ritchey singled, then went home on a double error at short and centerfield caused by Ray Tran's ground ball.
The Senators got their runs in the sixth and the eighth, when Ritchie Myers tripled.
The honor of hitting the first homer in the new $550,000 Cap stadium went to Salem's Hugh Luby in the day game. He homered with two on in the third.
First Game
Salem ............. 130 010 000—5 9 1
Vancouver ....... 000 200 200—4 7 2
McNulty, Wilkie (7), De George (9) and Beard; Robertson and Ritchey.
Second Game
Salem ................ 000 002 020—4 10 2
Vancouver .......... 000 041 00x—5 13 0
Lew and McKeegan; Nicholas and Ritchey.

VICTORIA, June 16—Spokane made a clean sweep of its three-game series with the Victoria Athletics here Saturday night, winning 9-3 and 9-5.
Dick Bishop managed to last the distance for his eighth win but his pitching was not as good as his season's record and he was, perhaps, fortunate to get a win.
A sensational stab of a line drive, which was turned into a double play, by Ken Richardson, helped him out of one jam. At the same time, the Spokes had lot of offensive breaks in giving Bishop an early working margin.
In the doubleheader opener, Jim Holder won his seventh game without defeat as he overcame a shaky, two-run first inning to scatter four hits over the remaining eight innings while his teammates pecked away at two Victoria pitchers.
Ken Richardson hit his third home run in three games and his seventh of the season with Steve Mesner on to put the Indians ahead in the third inning. Ed Murphy batted in three runs with two triples and Bill Sheets drove home two mates with a double and two singles.
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VICTORIA [Colonist, June 17, 1951]—There’ll be some changes made.
No one heard officials of the Victoria Athletics humming the tune which goes with those words last night but it wasn’t too hard to see that the phrase, even without music, was appropriate.
They had seen the A’s drop both Saturday games to give Spokane Indians a series sweep and were forced to admit that the present group of players isn’t able to cope with the league’s best even though past records indicate that it should.
It was no coincidence, then, that the man who came out each time after the door to business-manager Reg Patterson’s office had twice been found closed was Alan Strange, manager of the Indians. And it would be a good guess to state that the subject of discussion was none other than John Marshall.
While Patterson had no comment and Strange was strangely quiet, it would not be surprising if the big righthander wound up in Spokane strip—and probably a straight cash deal. While the A’s would probably prefer a trade which would give them a calibre replacement and are fully aware of the fact Marshall could mean the pennant for the second-place Indians, the fact remains that cash would be acceptable. Marshall has not yet found his best form although showing signs on occasion and has been of little help, as his 2-6 record indicates.
Other deals are also in the offing, with officials willing to make a sweeping shake-up and willing to gamble with player trades if possible. Almost without exception, players owned by the A’s can be obtained if the other club is willing to give up a first-line performer.
One change was made last night when outfielder Orrin Snyder was released. Snyder, signed as a free agent, batted only .166 in his short stay, getting five hits in 21 trips to the plate. His place on the roster will be taken by Bob White, twin brother of Bill, who is due to join the club tomorrow. He can play in the outfield and at first base, where he could spell Hal Jackson against the southpaws.
Bill Dunn is expected back this week and may take over at third or second. Bob Sturgeon has been performing so well defensively at shortstop that manager Dick Barrett may be loathe to move him. This week also should see Barrett in action. The manager hasn’t pitched an inning since May 30 and he is needed.
The A’s didn’t seem to have it yesterday as they became Jim Holder’s seventh straight victim in the afternoon, 9-3, and lost to Dick Bishop, 9-5, in the nightcap. They didn’t have the pitching to stop the Indians nor the hitting to match them at the plate and n they didn’t get the best of the breaks in the second game.
Holder, still undefeated, survived a shaky first inning and had the A’s on the hip for the rest of the game. Bill Osborn couldn’t cope with the Spokane batting order and was charged with his second defeat. Youthful John Brkich finished up and showed as much as any Victoria hurler did against Spokane.
John Tierney couldn’t find the plate again in the finale and went out in the second inning when five of his six bases on balls and a scratch single gave the Indians a four-run lead which was to prove the difference.
Ron Smith finished up and was charged with the other five runs but better breaks could have cut four of them. In the meantime, the A’s couldn’t finish Bishop, who wasn’t as good as his 8-3 record would tend to believe.
The big break of the game came in the Victoria sixth when one of Plate-umpire Behringer’s amazing ball-and-strike calls and a spectacular play by Ken Richardson cut a promising rally off at two runs. Don Pries grounded out after Behringer made a glaring strike call on a 3-1 pitch. Then, after the A’s had two runs in, Richardson made a sensational leaping catch of Bill White’s liner to turn it into a double play with two runners on the bags.
That was it. Victoria had chances in the sixth, seventh and eighth and the Spokane bullpen was active, but Bishop managed to get the A’s out before too much danage was done.
First Game
Spokane ......... 012 130 200—9 12 1
Victoria .......... 200 000 100—3 6 3
Holder and Sheets; Osborn, Brkich (5) and Marcucci.
Second Game
Spokane ....... 041 030 100—9 14 1
Victoria ........ 000 202 100—6 10 1
Bishop and Nulty; Tierney, Smith (2) and Marcucci.

YAKIMA, June 16—Tom Kipp, Tacoma Tiger righthander, tamed the Yakima Bears on four hits Saturday night as Tacoma chalked up a 12 to 2 victory in a Western International League baseball game.
Kipp allowed but one hit up to the eighth inning. That one was a line drive by Bill Brenner in the fourth which hit the light pole in centre field for a ground rule double.
Tacoma tallied two unearned runs in the first inning. Marion Watson enjoyed a five-for-five evening.
Tacoma ..... 201 303 003—12 18 2
Yakima ....... 000 100 001—2 4 3
Kipp and Watson; Thompson, Powell (4) and Brenner.

WENATCHEE, June 16—The Tri-City Braves, behind some nice relief pitching by Augusto Zande edged the Wenatchee Chiefs 6 to 5 in a Western International league baseball game tonight.
Zande cooled off a Wenatchee rally in the eighth and protected Tri-City's slim lead in the ninth.
Tri-City tallied twice in the first inning on a single by Bill Edelstein and doubles by Buddy Peterson and Clint Cameron. In the second inning, Tri-City added two more on four singles and a sacrifice.
Tri-City's final two runs came in the seventh when Buddy Peterson's single batted in one run and the other scored on Vic Buccola's outfield fly.
Tri-City ........... 220 000 200— 6 14 0
Wenatchee ...... 000 010 130—5 10 1
Costello, Michelson (8), Zande (8) and Pesut; Gassaway, Kanshin (9) and Neal.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from June 17, 1951]
Only possible explanation for Charlie Petersen's decision to juggle his batting lineup is to try and leave less Braves stranded on the bases. Naturally leaving base runners idle at any time is bound to hurt but sometimes it becomes downright brutal.
By switching Bill Edelstein to number two and dropping Vic Buccola to sixth, Petersen is apparently accomplishing two things. First it will not alter his right, left, right, system.
Then too with Buccola-powdering the ball the way he has been, the Brave first sacker will be in a much better position to drive in runs than he was hitting second behind Al Spaeter.
Edelstein is fat and should be able to sacrifice Spaeter along if he can handle the bunting assignment. The center fielder just hasn't been able to deliver in the clutch while Buccola should be able to do whole it looks so. On the like a good change and one that should have payoff results.
With Phil Steinberg returned to Yakima . . . his leg still hadn't healed from an old injury when he checked in ... the Braves ivory hunting campaign for outfield help will continue. That is unless they are satisfied with the present lineup which on the whole isn't bad. One trouble about looking for likely talent at this point in the season is that a player you want is priced out of reach . . .and it's hard to find a cheap good player there just ain't no such animal.

Lightning Kills Baseball Player
ALEXANDRIA, LA., June 16—Lightning killed Andy Strong Crowley, La., baseball player tonight as he played centerfield in an Evangeline league game against Alexandria.
Police officer W. W, Rollo said he was killed instantly.
“The lightning just made a pop,” Rollo said, “As it struck the centerfielder on top of the head.”
None of the other players was injured.
The game was called after his death in the sixth inning.

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