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.

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