Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tuesday, June 19, 1951

Vancouver ... 43 17 .717 —
Spokane ..... 39 22 .639 4½
Salem ....... 29 31 .483 14
Tri-City .... 27 31 .466 15
Wenatchee ... 28 33 .459 15½
Victoria .... 23 35 .417 18
Tacoma ...... 25 36 .410 18½
Yakima ...... 23 34 .404 18½

TACOMA, June 19 — (Special to the Herald) — Tacoma's Garry Clark stopped the Tri-City Braves cold here Tuesday night with a masterpiece of a pitching performance. The slim right hander gave up but two hits to earn a 3-0 shutout decision.
Vic Buccola snapped Clark's hitless game in the sixth when the Brave first baseman laid down a perfect bunt along the third base line and beat it out by an infield hit. Catcher Nick Pesut got the other Tri-City blow when he rifled a line shot into left field in the seventh inning.
For Clark it was his seventh victory and for Lou McCollum it was his seventh defeat of the season against six victories.
Tacoma scored one run in the second when Butch Moran doubled and was plated by Jose Bache's single.
Sol Israel's homer with one aboard in the third gave the Tigers their other two runs. The victory evened the current series at 1-1.
Tri-City ........ 000 000 000—0 2 0
Tacoma ....... 012 000 00x—3 8 2
McCollum, Zande (8) and Pesut; Clark and Watson.

VANCOUVER, June 19—The Spokane Indians contributed five bobbles in a game at Vancouver. The errors were costly.
Vancouver won 10-6 and is now 4½ games ahead of the Indians.
Spokane ...... 110 000 400— 6-11-5
Vancouver ... 332 000 11x—10-10-0
Wyatt, Marshall (3) and Nulty; Snyder, Gunnarson (7) and Ritchey.

VICTORIA [Colonist, June 20]—Victoria Athletics made it interesting for the Salem Senators at Royal Athletic Park last night but that was the best they could do.
When the season’s first double header ended just after midnight, the Solons had won both games, the nine-inning opener by 9-4 and the extra-inning nightcap, 5-4.
The results gave Salem a 2-1 lead in the five-game series and prevented the Senators from sharing third place with the A’s, who could have moved up to that rare position of eminence with a double win.
Fourth game will be played this afternoon with Ron Smith opposing Salem’s Ray McNulty. It will be “ladies’ day” with all feminine fans admitted without charge. Game time is 2:30.
Victoria could easily have won both decisions. The A’s took the lead in the first inning both times, missed cashing in on numerous scoring opportunities, got behind, rallied to get it close, then faltered.
The nightcap loss was harder to take. Two errors by Bill Dunn, making his first appearance in two weeks at the new position of third base, gave the Senators two unearned runs to match the pair Marv Diercks batted in with a first-inning home run off Bill Bevens. A glaring error in judgment by base umpire Behringer gave the winners their fourth run and the ball game.
Trailing by two runs going into the seventh and final inning, the A’s forced an eighth frame when Bob White pinch hit a two-run double in his W.I.L. debut. But for Behringer’s call, it would have won the game. Bevens did it himself in the extra inning when he doubled in Glen Tuckett.
The disputed fourth Salem run came in the sixth inning. One was out and Bill Beard was on third after a double and sacrifice bunt when Manager Hugh Luby sent a short liner to left field. Diercks made an impossible tumbling catch.
Reasonably figuring the ball would not be caught, Beard got an early start and Behringer, who had his eyes on Diercks and probably didn’t see [the] lead Beard had refused to call the runner out when the A’s made an appeal.Diercks’ great catch was only one of many fine defensive plays. Bob Sturgeon continued his scintillating play at shortstop for Victoria, while Tuckett and Pete Tedeschi contributed sparkling plays for Salem. Tedeshi replaced George McDonald in right field in the sixth in a defensive move by Luby and came through by making an out of Lilio Marcucci’s bid for a triple in the same frame.
(1st game)
Salem ........ 032 000 004—9-14-1
Victoria ...... 200 010 010—4-10-2
De George and Beard; Hedgecock, Osborne (3), Brkich (9) and Marcucci.
(2nd game 8 innings)
Salem ........ 011 101 01—5-9-1
Victoria ...... 200 000 20—4-8-3
Bevens and Beard; Tierney, Osborne (8) and Marcucci.

WENATCHEE, June 19—Walt Raimondi of Wenatchee shut down Yakima on five hits and was supported by 19 blows as the Chiefs thrashed the Bears 11-0.
Raimondi gave up two hits in the first inning to the Yakima Bears at Yakima and had the bases loaded with only one out. He got the next two hitters to pop up and breezed through the remainder of the contest.
Triples by Walt Pocekay and Lyle Palmer were the big blows for Wenatchee.
Wenatchee ... 000 400 610—11-19-0
Yakima ......... 000 000 000— 0- 5-1
Raimondi and Neal; Zidich, Powell (4) and Brenner.

TACOMA, June 20—Still unbeaten, Spokane's Jim Holder remains the Western International league's leading pitcher, accord, ing to figures released today from the office of Robert B. Abel, W-I president.
Holder notched No. 7 in a row Saturday at Victoria's expense to draw a step closer to the season's longest wining streak, the string of nine accumulated by Bob Snyder of Vancouver, whose current 12-2 record puts him in second place. Two other Vancouver hurlers, Pete Hernandez and Carl Gunnarson, are tied for third at 5-1.
The strikeout leader is Wenatchee's Tiny Tom Breisinger with 103. Next in line and giving the southpaw slingers complete control of honors in the whiff department are Victoria's Jim Propst with 67 and Tacoma's Bob Schulte with 63.
Schulte succeeded Breisinger as the leader in walks with 80, three more than the Wenatchee fork-hander has issued. A righthander, John Marshall, who exchanged uniforms last weekend, transferring from Victoria to Spokane, is third with 67.
The leaders, including game of Monday, June 18:
Holder, Spok ...... 7 0 36 1.000
R. Snyder, Van ... 12 2 53 .857
Hernandez, Van .....5 1 21 .833
Gunnarson, Van .... 5 1 10 .833
Tisnerat, Van ..... 4 1 25 .800
Bishop, Spok ...... 9 3 35 .750
Stone, T-C ........ 3 1 12 .750
Whyte, Van ........ 5 2 9 .714
G. Nicholas, Van .. 8 4 35 .667
Zidich, Yak ....... 4 2 19 .667
Tost, Wen ......... 4 2 32 .667

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [June 20, 1951]

Buddy Peterson was put on an indefinite suspension by league President Bob Abel on charges of “putting his hands on an umpire.” Like last Monday’s hash, a lot of things are wrapped up in that statement. It includes everything from outright slugging to tugging at an ump’s coat tails . . .which is what it was in Peterson’s case. The penalty can range all the way from life banishment from the game to a short enforced session of riding the bench. That apparently is what Buddy is due to get.. If he hasn’t broken back into the lineup by the time this appears he is almost certain to be eligible when the Braves come home Friday.
To have a player to put his hands on an umpire is an unusual thing. It's one of those “don’ts” in the ball players creed. Yet the Wenatchee paper in describing the game never mentioned the incident . . .nor says a clubhouse source, was any mention of such a happening made by any player following the game. Yet Umpire Dick Valencourt insists that it happened. Not having seen the game we can’t offer an opinion yet one can take a given set of facts and arrive at certain conclusions.
Of those who did see the game none apparently witnessed the “putting on of hands.” It’s hard to deny that something must have happened though, else why would Valencourt file such a charge. But from all appearances it must have been of such a trivial nature which leads us to believe that Peterson will not long be absent. You can be sure that Charlie Petersen has, by this time, had a long talk with Abel.
Generally speaking umpiring this year in the league leaves much to be desired. All these rhubarbs . . . the players and managers can’t forever be wrong. And there’s not enough hustle. Some games drag on and on when they could be shortened and speeded up by some judicious action on the part of the umps.
After watching San Francisco and Yakima club the dub around Monday night there can no longer be any reason for wondering why the Seals are on the bottom of the Coast league. And despite the vastly reshuffled Yakima lineup they appear to be no better off than they were before. While the outcome meant little to San Francisco some of their playing would not even come up to that excuse.
The player with the most hustle on both teams was John Geffe, a Wapato high school kid who caught for Yakima. Green as grass but giving it the old college try all the way Geffe brought down the house when he appeared at the plate. Did all right too. Got a single off that Coast league pitching and figured in a nice rundown between third and home finally putting the ball on the runner for the putout. A kid with his aggressiveness and desire to play ball is bound to find his niche.
Club owners of the WIL are quietly pondering whether to have a split season or not. If they do decide to go for it the first half would end July 4 ... with a new flag race to start then. What brought the subject up for discussion is the large lead Vancouver and Spokane are piling up over the rest of the loop. They fear the gates are going to fall off if the race continues that way.
However, as one club owner, low in the second division, pointed out, “What difference would it make Vancouver and Spokane would bs right out in front again anyhow.” There are some who like the idea but the general consensus seems to be against a split season . . . a least this year.

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