Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, June 30, 1951

Vancouver ... 50 23 .685 —
Spokane ..... 46 26 .639 3½
Salem ....... 37 35 .514 12½
Wenatchee ... 34 38 .472 15½
Tri-City .... 33 38 .465 16
Victoria .... 33 41 .438 17½
Tacoma ...... 30 43 .411 20
Yakima ...... 26 44 .371 22½

VANCOUVER, B. C, June 30—Vancouver Capilanos scored two unearned runs in the hectic eighth inning to defeat the Tri-City Braves 5-4 and earn an even split in a Western International League doubleheader played here tonight.
The crowd of 6000 saw Dick Sinovic and Charlie Mead score in the fantastic inning.
The winning pitcher was Pete Hernandez, and taking the loss was Lou McCollum.
It was a tough break for the Tri-City club. In the opening tilt reliefer Ken Michelson stopped a Vancouver raly in the sixth inning, to bring about a Brave 4-2 victory.
Michelson took ever with the bases loaded from the rattled Dick Stone, and forced the three Cap hitters to pop out, thus stopping a Vancouver threat. Dick Stone took the win, his fourth against one defeat, and George Nicholas was the loser (10-7).
Tri-City opened the game with successive singles by Sam Kanelos and Vic Buccola. Bob Paterson sacrificed and Clint Cameron walked. Neil Bryant singled through third to score Kanelos, and Peterson came in to bring the Braves their second run.
Bryant, who was for-for-four, drove in Buccola in the 5th with a single, and Bud Peterson scored his second run in the seventh after Cameron and Bryant singled.
Dick Sinovic scored Vancouver's first run in the second on Reno Cheso's single to right field. The Caps brought in their only other run in the sixth, when Bobby McGuire's scored on John Ritchey's double.
The Caps rallied to take the nightcap, scoring twice in the eighth inning after manager Bill Schuster was tossed out of the game in the seventh for arguing with umpire Nels Pearson.
First Game
Tri-City ......... 010 010 1—4 10 1
Vancouver ..... 010 001 0—2 7 1
Stone, Michelson (6) and Pesut; Nicholas and Ritchey.
Second Game
Tri-City ......... 210 000 100—4 7 4
Vancouver ..... 200 000 12x—6 6 1
McCollum and Pesut; Hernandez and Ritchey.

SPOKANE, June 30 — The Spokane Indians rallied in the last half of the ninth inning here tonight to edge Wenatchee 8 to 7 In a Western International league baseball thriller.
A single, sacrifice, double, walk and single produced two runs to give Spokane the win. Spokane had come from behind in the fourth inning with a six-run rally.
Wenatchee scored three runs in the second inning, two in the fifth and two more in the sixth for its total.
Al Treichel, the Old Boston Braves righthander, was the losing pitcher and Bob Roberts who relieved Jim Holder in the sixth was the winner for Spokane.
Wenatchee ..... 030 022 000—7-10-4
Spokane ......... 000 600 002—8- 7-2
Treichel and Neal, Roberson (4); Holder, Roberts (6) and Nulty.

SALEM, June 30 — Salem swept both ends of a Western International league doublehsader and took a 3 to 0 lead in the current series here tonight when it defeated Tacoma 3-2 and 9-6.
Bill Bevens, Salem pitcher had a 7 to 0 lead going into the seventh inning of the second game. Then Tacoma got to him for four runs on a combination of three hits and three walks.
Relief pitcher Richie Meyers, who usually plays shortstop, saved the game for Bevens.
Dick Faber and Bill Spaeter each collected three of Salem's 13 hits.
Tacoma scored two runs in the sixth inning of the opener on a walk and a home run by Vince Di Maggio.
Salem tallied once in the second and once in tthe fifth. A bases loaded walk to shortstop Richie Myers forced in the winning run in the final seventh.
First Game
Tacoma ...... 000 002 0—2-5-0
Salem ......... 010 010 1—3-7-1
Kipp and Lundberg; Wilkie and McKeegan.
Second Game
Tacoma ..... 000 000 402—6-7-0
Salem ........ 202 012 02x—9-13-0
Clark, Mishasek (7) and Watson; Bevens, Myers (7) and McKeegan.

VICTORIA, B. C., June 30—Victoria's resurgent Athletics completed a sweep of today's games with Yakima Bears by taking a 2-0 decision in the arclight fixture. The A's won the Western International league opener 3-2 in 11 innings.
Tonight's victory was the third in a row for the A's and their seventh in their last eight games.
Playing brilliant defensive baseball behind the curveballing of John Tierney, Victoria fought off three abortive rallies and only one reached third base. Two others were thrown out trying to get to the look-in station. Tierney, getting defensive support when needed, held the losers to four hits and struck out eight.
Victoria's winning run was scored in the fourth when Gene Thompson and Milt Martin doubled after two were out. Bill White added an insurance marker with his eighth home run in the sixth.
First Game
Yakima ....... 002 000 000 00—2 11 0
Victoria ....... 010 100 000 01—3 9 2
Powell and Brenner; Hedgecock and Thrasher.
Second Game
Yakima ..... 000 000 000—0 4 0
Victoria .... 000 101 00x—2 7 2
Boemler and Brenner; Tierney and Martin.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from July 1, 1951]
There's an old superstition in baseball that a manager never changes a winning lineup. So far Charlie Peterson hasn't been bothered with that problem. Aside from a string of five back there at the start, and those four from Yakima, the Braves haven't gone on what you could rightfully call a “streak.” Thus what with 1, injuries, 2, opposing left handed pitchers, 3, too many men left on base, and 4, sheer desperation, Charlie has of late been changing the batting lineup as often as a woman can change her mind. . . almost daily you might say.
And with good reason.
For instance Sam Kanelos had been coming up with plenty of runners on base and usually they stayed there. So Sam was shifted to the leadoff position and what does he do but bang out a three for five night including a triple. If that sort of thing doesn't give a manager grey hair then there's nothing left in the book.
Practically the same thing happened in Vic Buccola's case. The sleder first baseman was hitting the ball as tnough he owned the league's pitchers when he was number two in the order. Then he's dropped to sixth and promptly went into a long slump until he was moved back to second. There's no way of foretelling those things of course. About all a manager can do is to hope he's made the move at the right time.
The return of Buddy Peterson to the lineup should do much to stabilize the situation though. It's bound to be felt when you take the team's leading hitter and also one of the league's top men in the runs batted in column out for a couple of weeks.
The Spokane Indians are going to go a la Gussie Moran today. The team will turn out in shorts no less for the doubleheader with Wenatchee. When outfielder Edo Vanni modeled the shorts for an inning not so long ago Vanni is reported to have said, “That's the first the I ever came out of a dugout and got saluted by three boy scouts.”
WILfan note: There was a great to-do about Gussie Moran in the newspapers of this time. Proof that the adage "sex sells" doesn't only apply to today, Gussie showed up at some staid tennis tournament whereat everyone could see her panties. Oggling male sportswriters couldn't talk enough about it. I still don't know what kind of tennis player she was; all they did was talk about her clothes.

By Jim Tang [Victoria Colonist, July 1, 1951]
If it is premature enthusiasm the writer can surely be excused but in my opinion the A’s arrived as a ball club yesterday. It wasn’t the fact they won two games but the way they won them. Not in the six-year history of the club have fans been able to see better baseball than played yesterday.
The A’s are not invincible. They are going to lose a lot more games before the season is over. But they will play winning baseball while losing. That’s the difference.
It if difficult to define just what the difference is between a winning and losing club. There has been only the addition of Art Thrasher and the subtraction of Dick Barrett since last Sunday, when the A’s broke a seven-game losing streak which at one time saw them back in the basement. Yet, seven days later, Victoria has a brand new ball club. The change is there for all to see. To those of us who had the opportunity of being closer to the players, the change in spiting and attitude is amazing. All of a sudden we have a team, not a club.
Individually, the A¨s hustled in one sense of the word during their dark days but there was something lacking. Little things meant too much, there seemed to be a sense of insecurity and uncertainty and it is not stretching matters to say that as a unit, the A’s were only going through the motions.
That the financial situation of the Victoria Baseball and Athletic Co. Ltd. contributed to that feeling of uncertainty goes without saying but there was more to it than that. Petty complaints loomed larger than they should have and it was common clubhouse knowledge that there was an ever-widening rift between front office and management. Perhaps it was only natural in view of the circumstances that the players fretted about the club operation to the detriment of the job they were supposed to be doing on the diamond.
Credit for the change must go to Bob Sturgeon. It was no coincidence that it coincided with his appointment as field leader, which can already be said to have been the best move the management has made for some time.
The rest is up to the fans. They have a good team playing good baseball, which is what they have always asked. Support it and they will get more of the same.
Random Harvest
Portland Beavers have informed the A’s that they won’t be able to spare any pitching to give them a lift during the rugged schedule which is facing them. Every effort is being made to procure a pitcher, but it is impossible to find anyone who might help. Meanwhile, the Victoria mound staff is holding up nobly. . . . Vancouver Capilanos have decided to do away with split double-headers on Saturdays in favor of two evening games, after a fan poll. Personally, the writers believes two games for the price of one should be limited to holidays and times when it is necessary to catch up a proposed game. The average fan is not too anxious to see too many four-hour baseball shows and the seven-inning game is a baseball abomination.. . . . Archie Wilson, W.I.L. batting champion in 1948, leads the International League with 15 home runs, one more than the Ottawa Giants so far this season. . . . Ted Norbert, planning his annual Victoria vacation, is looking forward to hooking into some of the famous Cowichan Bay springs.

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