Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 1951

Vancouver ... 47 21 .691 —
Spokane ..... 43 25 .632 4
Salem ....... 53 34 .493 13½
Wenatchee ... 32 36 .471 15
Tri-City .... 31 35 .470 15
Tacoma ...... 30 38 .441 17
Victoria .... 28 40 .412 19
Yakima ...... 25 40 .385 20½

VICTORIA, (Special to the Herald, June 27) — Joe Nicholas, the hard luck guy of the Tri-City Braves pitching staff, found out last night he's going to need a brace of rabbits feet if he hopes to win a game. Four errors which permit ted Victoria to score four unearned runs gave the A's a 6-5 victory and Nicholas his sixth defeat.
It was the second straight decision for the Canadian team in their current series with the Tri-City club.
At that Victoria had to use four pitchers to eke out their one-run victory for Manager Bill Sturgeon who has yet to see his team lose. Sturgeon took over the reins Monday night after Dick Barrett was asked to resign by the club directors.
The Braves forced the game into extra innings when they loaded the bases and plated the tieing run on Cy Greenlaw's outfield fly.
Victoria scored their winning run in the tenth when Bill White tripled with two out and scored on Hal Jackson's single.
Although Tri-City got 14 hits off winner Bill Osborn the Braves were unable to bunch them up. The four Tri-City errors plus the nine Victoria safe blows made the victory possible.
Catcher Milt Martin homered for Victoria in the fourth.
Tri-City ..... 011 000 111 0—5 14 4
Victoria ..... 022 100 000 1—6 8 3
Nicholas, Hedgecock (10) and Pesut; Osborn, Tiernery (2), Smith (8) and Martin.

VANCOUVER [Don Carlson, Daily Province, July 27]—The high-rolling Vancouver Capilanos pitching staff has been stricken with an epidemic of sore arms.
This was announced Tuesday night by general manager R.P. Brown after the Caps had been beaten badly 10-1 by Bill Brenner’s last place Yakima Bears.
Bob Brunner, blasted from the mound by Yakima in the second inning Tuesday night, came out of the game complaining of a sore arm, Brown said.
Sandy Robertson, who beat Yakima Monday night, with the help of relief pitcher Bill Whyte in the ninth inning, told Brown Tuesday he had spent a sleepless night with an aching arm after that game.
McLean is still out with a bad arm and so is Nicholas.
Don Tisnerat is idle for ten days with a recurring tropical infection.
Brown made his announcement as indicative of the Caps’ front office concern over what pitching will be available for the heavy holiday week-end coming up, two games Saturday and two Monday.
“We’ll hope for the best,” he said.
Yakima, riding on leftie Bill Boemler’s well-pitched three-hit hurling job, made the Caps look like last-placers Tuesday night.
When they discovered lame-armed Brunner couldn’t find the plate in the first inning, they batted around and led 4-0 within the first fifteen minutes,
Bill Whyte came in and wasn’t effective. It was the earliest this reliefer had appeared in a ball game this season, and Yakima, led by [Bill] Richmond and [Mike] Baxes, showed little inclination toward kindliness. When the night was over, Richmond had hit safely three times in five, including one home run over the right field wall, the first blast to clear that section of the new stadium, and Baxes was four for five.
Whyte left in the fifth and Cap manager Bill Schuster, giving up, called in Gordie Brunswick, the strong-armed outfielder. He shot pitches for an inning until Schuster decided to give the home patrons some pleasure, at least, and turned over the job to Bud Beasley, the clever clown.
Big Boemler, the rough-looking left-hander, had a no-hitter going into the fifth, but Dick Sinovic spoiled it with a sharp single to left field. The Yakima lefty had the Caps pretty well hitting into the ground most of the night.
For Yakima manager, Bill Brenner, last year’s Cap boss, it was a sweet win. He felt badly about the Bears’ defeat Monday night.
Yakima ....... 421 120 000—10 14-2
Vancouver .. 000 000 010— 0- 3-1
Boemler and Brenner; Brunner, Whyte (3), Brunswick (5), Beasley (6) and Ritchey.

SPOKANE, June 26—Spokane, runnerup in the league standings, failed to go along with the script as the Indians downed the Tacoma Tigers 7 to 6. Catcher Bill Sheets' ninth-inning single drove home the winning run.
Tacoma ...... 210 001 020—6-12-1
Spokane ..... 002 000 401—7-10-1
Kipp, Knezovich (6), Barta (8) Mishasek (8) and Watson, Lundeberg (8); Conant, Park (8) Wyatt (9) and Sheets.

WENATCHEE, June 26—The Wenatchee Chiefs bombarded three Salem hurlers for 19 hits Tuesday night to coast to a 10-7 victory.
Lyle Palmer with a single, double, triple and an outfield fly led the Wenatchee attack by driving in six runs.
Salem ........... 200 030 310— 7-13-3
Wenatchee .... 032 203 03x—13-19-1
Lew, Wilkie (3), Hemphill (4) and McKeegan; Treichel and Neal.

Vince Di Maggio Now With Tigers
TACOMA, Wash., June 27—Vince, the eldest of the baseball-playing DiMaggio brothers, has hooked on with Tacoma of the Western International League.
The 38-year-old DiMaggio, who managed the Pittsburg, Calif., club in the Class D Far West League until it folded, joined Tacoma Saturday night.

TACOMA, June 27—Jim (Meal Ticket) Holder, Spokane right-hander, bolstered his position as the Western International league's leading pitcher last week by adding victories Nos. 8 and 9 without a defeat.
The successes were registered against formidable opposition—the league-leading Vancouver Capilanos—and without those two triumphs Spokane's pennant quest would have been dealt a severe blow by reason of the fact the Indians dropped the other six contests in the week-long, eight-game brush with the pace-setters.
Running Holder a strong second is Vancouver's Bob Snyder with a 14-2 record, while Pete Hernandez, also of the Capilanos, is third at 6-1. Snyder hurled Nos. 13 and 14 against Spokane, while Hernandez also victimized the Tribe for his sixth triumph, tossing a one-hitter Sunday night.
Tom Breisinger, diminutive Wenatchee left-hander, failed to add to his strikeout total in his one appearance during the week, but his 103 whiffs remained far and away the league's top figure, Jim Propst of Victoria and Bob Schulte of Tacoma, were next in line with 69 and 66, respectively, while Al Treichel, big Wenatchee right-hander was a close fourth with 65.
Schulte and John Marshall, the veteran right-hander who recently moved from Victoria to Spokane, had both issued 89 walks to tie for a less desirable distinction, while Breisinger had yielded free transportation to 80 batters.
The leaders, as released today from the office of Robert B. Abel league president:
W L SO Pct.
Holder, Spok ....... 9 0 46 1.000
Snyder, Van ....... 14 2 58 .875
Hernandez, Van ..... 6 1 24 .857
Raimondi, Wen ...... 4 1 24 .800
Tisnerat, Van ...... 4 1 25 .800
Stone, T-C ......... 9 1 12 .750
Brewer, T-C ........ 3 1 15 .750
Gunnarson, Van ..... 5 2 15 .714
Whyte, Van ......... 5 2 9 .614
DeGeorge, Sal ...... 7 3 21 .700

No Hot-Rodder Now, Jim Back 3rd Time
By DAN EKMAN [Vancouver Sun, June 27, 1951]
Two years ago, the spring-time serenity of Penticton was disturbed by the appearance on its streets of a rakish, growling hot-red automobile bearing California license plates.
Since it was rather too early for the tourist invasion, Penticton folks reasoned that the hot-rod’s owner must be one of those hare-brained kids from California who’d come up to the spring training camp of the Vancouver Capilanos.
The assumption was half right, for 18-year-old Jimmy Moore was indeed at Penticton to try out for the Caps. But his demeanor in the long workouts at King’s Park indicated that “hare-brained” was a poor description for the blond, round-faced kid from Compton. He was dead serious about baseball and had, in addition, so much natural ability that he was strictly a headache to Bill Brenner, Cap manager of that area [sic].
Because Moore was a second baseman, and Brenner already had, in Len Tran, a second baseman of proven ability. Not only that, but he had a whole infield of veterans, and Jimmy just couldn’t be placed. A few weeks after the season started, he was farmed out.
But a year later he returned to cause still more headaches. He might have stayed at that, but Seattle sent Tran down to the Caps once more, and again Jimmy had to go. This time, he was loaned to Victoria (for the records, it was called a sale), so at least he got Class B experience out of the bargain.
Last Saturday, he came back to the Caps for a third time, joining the club at Spokane. With the dignity that befits a 20-year-old, he eschewed hot-rod travel in favour of the train, which he has now come to regard as a passable means of transportation.
And this time, apparently, he’s here to stay. With manager Schuster out indefinitely, Jimmy will likely play at third base most of the season. And he should get in at least a few games at his natural second base spot, because the present incumbent, Reno Cheso, is supposed to pick up some catching experience.
Moore’s debut Monday night was of the sort they usually reserve for B-grade movie scripts. He did everything right defensively and had a perfect three-for-three evening at bat.
Cap general manager Bob Brown is understandingly expansive when he talks about his third-time lucky kid from Compton. “Acts just like Charlie Gehringer out there.”
Moore himself? Well, occasionally he compares himself to a private, first class in the U.S. Army, which he may be before the year’s out. As a student at Compton Junior College, he’s eligible for deferment providing his marks measure up, but he won’t know his examination results for another month yet.
He’s so completely content to be back, though, he won’t waste time worrying about the matter. If and when Uncle [Sam] calls, he’ll answer, but in the meantime he’ll enjoy himself playing for the Caps. The romance may be brief, but it’s a cinch to be happy.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [June 27, 1951]
Baseball players with all their seemingly seriousness during a game every now and then take time out to have a little fun. Sometimes the tens are aware of what is going on and get in on the laughs too. We had one here the other night when Bob Costello was pitching against Yakima. Now when Cos' is at the plate, he bears little if any resemblance to a .300 hitter. And when he cuts loose with all his power he also has the habit of taking a huge step in the general direction of third base. A bucket swinger you might say.
So just for a gag Teddy Savarese and Bill Brenner, the Yakima battery concoted a little scheme of throwing the ball back of Costello the next time he came to the plate. Savarese's pitch caught poor Cos' taking his usual third base stride and he had to fall flat to avoid the ball. It was all in good fun and nobody got hurt unless they hurt their stomach laughing.
For some reason, probably because he has such a good nature and keen wit, Costello is usually involved in these gags. He got into another one at Wenatchee during the last series there and it came very near costing him a ball game.
It all started when Cos' came to bat again. As he stepped up to the plate, Len Neal the catcher, flicked some dirt onto Costello's shoes. Then when he came back into the box Neal flicked the dirt again. This went on for some few minutes. Then when the Chiefs came to bat Costello got his revenge. For as soon as Neal came up to the plate Cos' would knock him down. Only it usually wound up by Neal eventually drawing a walk. Finally along about the fifth or sixth inning Costello knocked Neal down a couple of times and again Neal drew a pass. But then the Brave fast baller suddenly lost his control and the next time he looked around the sacks were clogged.
It took the combined efforts of Ken Michelson and particularly Augie Zande to put out the fire.
Everybody who got into the act guessed wrong on which WIL umpire would make the jump to the Coast league this year. What threw the dopesters off was the selection of John Nenezich of Seattle. Nenezich last worked this league in 1949 and at that time was considered one of the best. He was the unofficial umpire-in-chief and president Bob Abel's top trouble shooter. Easy to get along with yet one of those guys who didn't permit anyone to trod on his toes.
While in Canada we talked to Jack Powell about this very thing. He said quite frankly that he was scouting the WIL for possible Coast league umps. As head of the PCL umpires Powell has a lot to say about who is hired. That's why we felt so certain that when a man was named it would be one of the cut-rent working umpires.
Roy Snodgrass, sports editor of the Wenatchee World and official WIL scorer there, clears the air considerably regarding that incident in Wenatchee when Buddy Peterson allegedly struck umpire Dick Valencourt. In his daily colum Snodgrass says emphatically that he did not see Peterson strike any blow. Further he checked the subject with Wenatchee fans who were closo to the incident and they also said that Valencourt was not assaulted. That accounts for the quick lifting of the suspension by Abel.
To answer some questions briefly. R. S. The reason the WIL doesn't go class A isn't because of the salary limit at all. Actually some of the club owners would prefer to see the league upgraded. It would give them an pxtra player and would also justify a slight increase at the gate. But what holds them off is the fear of the fans' reaction who might complain that they would be paying say a buck or a buck ten to see the same club they saw last year for 90 cents. A wholesale turnover of player personnel would be necessary, they believe, to prevent that kind of feeling.
To J. R. In the play you described with a line drive being deflected off the first baseman's glove, striking the base runner on the shoulder and then being caught by the second baseman before the ball touches the ground, the base runner would be safe at second. The rule says that as soon as the ball struck the base runner it automatically becomes a ground ball. Therefore the runner would have to be tagged or forced at second in this case.

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