Friday, November 23, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 1951

W L Pct. GB
Vancouver ... 48 21 .636 —
Spokana ..... 44 25 .638 4
Salem ....... 34 34 .500 13½
Wenatchee ... 32 37 .464 16
Tri-City .... 31 36 .463 16
Tacoma ...... 30 39 .435 18
Victoria .... 29 40 .420 19
Yakima ...... 35 41 .379 21½

VICTORIA — (Special to the Herald, June 28) — The Tri-City Braves who were originally scheduled to play a five game series here against the Victoria Athletics were probably
just as happy today that one game had been postponed.
The Braves roared into Canada boasting a four-game winning streak but on the heels of last night's 10-1 victory by the A's they now have dropped three straight. The teams wind up their series tonight with Bob Costello slated to sea duty for the visitors.
The A's pounded losing pitcher Jack Brewer for 17 hits including four each by Bill White and Hal Jackson. Four errors chalked against the Braves didn't help their cause any either.
Left hander Jim Propst gave up only eight safe blows to Tri-City. The Braves got their lone run in the sixth when Vic Buccola doubled. Clint Cameron's single moved him to third and Buccola scored when Sam Kanelos grounded out.
On Friday the Braves move over to Vancouver for what is also supposed to be a five game series with the league leading Capilanos. On Tuesday they return to Sanders field for home stands against Victoria and Wenatchee in that order.
Tri-City ..... 000 001 000— 1 8 4
Victoria ..... 010 102 42x—10 17 0
Brewer and Pesut; Propst and Martin.

WENATCHEE, June 27—Bill Bevens, ex-New York Yankee hurler now pitching for Salem tossed a three-hitter at Wenatchee Wednesday night as the Senators waltzed to an 8-0 victory over the Chiefs.
Bevens struck out five, walked none and reeled off seven hitless innings after Wenatchee countered two hits in the first inning and one in the second. Of the three Wenatchee hits, two were erased on double plays as Bevens faced but 28 hitters over the nine innings.
Salem ........... 000 220 220—8-12-0
Wenatchee .... 000 000 000—0- 3-1
Bevens and McKeegan; Kanshin, Breisinger (5) and Neal.

SPOKANE, June 27—The Spokane Indians defeated the Tacoma Tigers 10 to 6 Wednesday night, thanks to six-hit chucking by John Marshall, for the second win of the current three-game series.
The Indians broke a 7 to 7 tie in the seventh inning with two runs on a double by Jim Wert, a single by Jim Brown and Arthur [unreadable]'s triple.
Marshall had one bad inning. The Tigers scored four runs in the fourth on three walks, an error and two singles.
Tacoma .... 004 001 010— 6- 6-1
Spokane ... 020 030 23x—10-13-2
Schulte, Knezovich (5), Doderwood (8) and Watson, Lundeberg (8); Marshall and Sheets.

VANCOUVER [Erwin Swangard, Sun, June 28]—Official seating capacity of Capilano Stadium is 7500. About 2500 of those seats were occupied Wednesday as the league-leading Caps clashed with the last-place Yakima Bears in the third game of their current Western International League baseball series.
Which translated into further figures means approximately 5000 Vancouver baseball patrons missed the best game of the season, or perhaps, the best in this city for quite some time.
It was a superb exhibition in every aspect. Two pitchers, Vancouver’s Bob Snyder who picked up his 15th win of the year against only two defeats, and big Dave Anderson of Yakima matched pitches all the way.
Infields and outfields performed admirably. There were two errors. Neither figured in the scoring but, in fact, led to brilliant defensive plays.
As it will happen in games like this, pitcher Snyder won his own game. He singled home what became the winning run in the fifth inning as Jimmy Moore scored from second, sliding and twisting on his single to left field.
Caps had scored their first run in the first inning. Ray Tran walked with one away, went all the way to third on Chuck Abernathy’s slashing single along the first baseline and romped home on Dick Sinovic’s long, high fly to centre.
Then Moore’s run in the fifth made it 2-0. Bears came back with a single in the sixth. Al Jacinto walked. He went to third on Earl Richmond’s single and scored on Mike Baxes’ long fly to left.
Came the ninth and Moore fluffed Baxes’ grounder. Jerry Zuvella drove deep to right field but steady Charlie Mead caught the fly near the wall.
Up strode Manager Bill Brenner. He hit a sharp grounder to the left of Ray Tran who initiated a perfect double play on a difficult chance to finish that last threat.
The box score tells the story of Snyder’s and Anderson’s effectiveness, but it does not tell of two fine catches by Moore, one with his body pressed against the grandstand.
It does not tell of a lightning fast double play from Richmond to Dick Briskey and back to Richmond when Caps threatened in the sixth inning. Ray Tran was on third at the time with one away after opening the inning with a double and racing to third on Abernathy’s fly to centre.
Nor does it tell of John Ritchey’s fine throw to second to nip Jacinto’s attempt to steal after the speedy Bear got a head start on Snyder’s pitch.
Tonight the team teams wind up [unreadable] John Burak [unreadable].
Here is good news for fans who like their baseball with a touch of eccentric entertainment. Bud Beasley goes Friday in the opening game against Tri-City.
Caps will play double-headers against Tri City Saturday and Monday, starting time 7 p.m.
Yakima ......... 000 001 000—1-5-1
Vancouver .... 100 010 00x—2-6-1
Anderson and Brenner; Snyder and Ritchey.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from June 28,1951]
The first thing we want to find out when the Braves get here Tuesday is how Jim Hedgecock picked Al Spaeter off first base with a runner on second. Particularly with Vic Buccola at the plate. Normally in that kind of a situation the first base man is playing deep. The only possible explanation is that Hal Jackson must have "snuck" up on Spaeter while he was watching the pitcher. Still it's a very unusual situation to say the least.
Jim Olsen is working hard both figuratively and literally to get his pitching arm back in shape. After being cut adrift by Vancouver, Olsen took a job with the Twin-City Creamery. He hustles those big cases of milk around and figures the exercise will, besides helping his arm, also slim down the spare tire he has been carrying. Not satisfied with all that, he's playing on four softball teams and also pitching baseball now and then for some of the local teams around these parts. Olsen said he plans on making another attempt in pro ball next season.
Frank Mataya, one of WSC's recent football greats, has signed to play baseball with the Salt Lake City Bees of the Pioneer league. Thus Mataya becomes the second grid star this year to make an attempt to win a berth with the Bees. Herman Wedemeyer, the Hawaiian flash, couldn't hit the curve and didn't last long. After a shot with Yakima he tried it at Salt Lake but the curves were just as big back there as they were in this league. The last we heard he was out of baseball completely.
One of the reasons Sacramento sent Jim McKeegan up to Salem this year was so that ho could catch as many games as possible. And now with the veteran Bill Beard out for the rest of the season McKeegan is certain to handle many more backstopping jobs than he probably ever thought he would. However, the Solons are bringing up another Sac property, one Rip Robnett to also help out. If McKeegan can beat him out the fiery red headed one will be first string . . . not bad for his second year of pro ball.

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