Friday, November 23, 2007

Thursday, June 28, 1951

Vancouver ... 48 22 .686 —
Spokane ..... 45 25 .643 3
Salem ....... 34 35 .493 12½
Wenatchee ... 33 37 .471 15
Tri-City .... 32 36 .471 15
Tacoma ...... 30 40 .429 18
Victoria .... 29 41 .414 19
Yakima ...... 26 41 .388 20½

VANCOUVER [Daily Province, July 29]—Those pesky Yakima Bears left town early this morning after giving the Capilanos their toughest home baseball series of the season.
The tail-end Yakima club edged the league-leading Vancouver club 7-6 Thursday night. It was Yakima’s second win of the four-game series.
The ailing Capilano pitching staff gets a new starter tonight as Bill Schuster sends venerable Bud Beasley against Tri-City in the first of a five-game series.
A bit of alert base-running by speedy second-sacker Al Jacinto sent ex-Cap boss Bill Brenner out of town with a smile.
The winning pitcher was little Lefty Ted Savarese. The loser, Carl Gunnarson, who was moved in when starter, John Burak, was shelled from the mound in the Yakima three-run third.
Jacinto showed his playoff heels in the eighth inning, which the Bears entered nursing a slender 6-5 lead. Leading off, Jacinto walked. Earl Richmond laid a perfect bunt down the third base line, and while Jimmy Moore made the play to first, Jacinto sped all the way to third when Ray Tran neglected to cover. He scored on Mike Baxes’ fly to deep centre.
A belated Cap rally in their half of the inning fizzled out after successive singles by Reno Cheso and John Ritchey, coupled with an error by third-baseman Baxes produced one run. With two away and the tying run aboard, Pete Hernandez was called in to pinch-hit for Carl Gunnarson and he grounded to short.
Mike Baxes and Dick Sinovic waged a private duel for the night’s powerhouse honors as the Yakima infielder collected three doubles in five trips, and Sinovic fattened his loop batting lead with a pair of slashing singles and a long triple to centre. Each batted in four runs.
An outstanding feature of the Caps’ play was the hitting surge of Ray Tran, who doubled then singled twice in his first three appearances and hit the ball sharply on his two other trips.
Actually, the Caps were lucky ton be as close as they were in the late innings because but for a freak play in the Yakima seventh they would have been at least a couple of more runs down.
In that strange inning, a “hit” was turned into a double play as Brenner walked, Steinberg and Andring singled to fill the bases, then Dick Briskey dropped a Texas leaguer into short left centre. As the runners held momentarily, rightfielder Gordie Brunswick retrieved the ball, fired a perfect throw to the plate to catch Brenner, and Steinberg was doubled at third when Ritchey threw to Jimmy Moore. Briskey of course didn’t get his hit.
Yakima ........ 103 002 010—7 13 1
Vancouver ... 102 020 010—6 12 1
Savarese and Brenner; Burak, Gunnarson (3), Whyte (9) and Ritchey.

WENATCHEE, June 28—Jim Marshall's grand slam home run with two out and the bases loaded in the eighth inning gave the Wenatchee Chiefs an 8 to 5 victory over Salem.
The teams matched hit for hit and wound up with 11 apiece.
Salem ......... 001 210 010—5 11 2
Wenatchee .. 000 202 04x—8 11 0
DeGeorge and McKeegan; Raimondi, Tost (8) and Neal.

SPOKANE, June 28—Spokane batters touched three Tacoma pitchers for 17 hits Thursday night to beat the Tigers 14 to 7 and sweep their three-game series.
Tacoma ....... 001 003 300—7 10 0
Spokane ...... 200 400 62x—14 17 0
Clark, Barta (5), Mishasek (6) and Lundeberg; Pocekay, Wyatt (6), Marshall (7) and Nulty.

VICTORIA, June 28—Tri-City Braves saved the final game of a four-game series Thursday night and ended Victoria's win streak at four games by edging the Athletics 6-5 in a free-hitting Western International League game.
Tri-City kicked away a 6-5 decision to the A's on four errors in the second contest of the series and Thursday night Victoria booted the ball long enough to give Tri-City the final contest by exactly the same score.
Don Pries was charged with the miscue that would have given Victoria the contest after he boxed the ball around second base.
Charlie Petersen, manager of the Braves, took advantage of Pries' error by belting the ball deep into center field to score the two game winning runs.
Victoria rallied in its last turn to score twice and leave the tying and winning runs stranded.
Bob Costello staggered the full nine innings for the Braves and was in trouble in the last five innings but somehow managed to squeeze out when the A's made poor use of 16 hits.
Sam Kanelos moved up to the lead-off spot and paced the winners at the plate with a triple, double and single. Neil Bryant had three singles. Bob White, with a double and three singles, and Milt Martin, with three singles, had seven of the Victoria hits. The two teams left a total of 25 runners stranded.
It was the first loss for Victoria's new pilot, Bob Sturgeon.
Tri-City .... 001 110 012—6 13 0
Victoria .... 000 012 002—5 16 4
Costello and Pesut; Smith, Tierney (7), Brkich (9) and Martin.

Eric Whitehead’s FAN FARE
[from Vancouver Province, June 29, 1951]

There are two major schools of thought on how to win ball games and influence the public.
In one school, the brooding intelligentsia claim that the edge goes to the club with a great defence. The rest of the lads with the bulging skulls swear by the club with the powerhouse offence.
Hopalong Willie Schuster, the crippled sage of Little Mountain, is playing it shrewd. He has appointed a man to take charge of each theory. As a result, the Caps are getting happy little bunions on their bottoms from sitting astride the WIL flagpole, a perch they have occupied without respite since the first pitched ball ‘way back in April.
In charge of the defensive end: Pitcher Bob Snyder, with his superlative 15-2 record. Operating the powerhouse: Dick Sinovic with his steady .380-plus hitting and his runaway stack of RBIs.
This is what the insurance men call double indemnity. It is also what the rest of the WIL calls murder.
Best in the Business
There is little to be said about Sinovic that hasn’t been said before, in this league at least. What all the words amount to is the obvious: that Dick belongs in faster company at higher wages.
But about big, likeable Bob Snyder, the graceful right-hander with the deceptive easy motion, one outstanding fact has been overlooked.
By the ill-grace of some forgotten circuit buried away in the Ozarks, I could be wrong, but to this writer’s knowledge, Robert at the moment is the winningest pitcher in all organized baseball.
With the day of the 30-game winner seemingly long past, there is certainly no major, triple-A, double-A, A, B, or C league with a pitcher at the moment boasting 15 wins, apart from the WIL and Snyder.
With local baseball entering a new era out at Little Mountain, it is a fitting quirk of justice that this big year should be corralled by a man who has worn the Capilano uniform longer than any other active player. Snyder, a five-year-man, has outlasted ‘em all, and along the way has won more WIL games than any other chucker who ever wore a Brownie uniform.
Why hasn’t he gone up? Well, in baseball, that’s often akin to asking: How high is up? When Bob got his chance with Seattle five terms ago, maybe the break didn’t happen at just the right time.
A fellow can’t just turn his best on and off like a tap. Although his control in that respect is working pretty well right now, what with his 15 wins representing almost one-third of all Vancouver victories (48) to date.

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