W L Pct GB
Spokane ..... 81 42 .659 —
Vancouver ... 79 45 .637 2½
Salem ....... 65 58 .528 16
Wenatchee ... 59 64 .480 22
Victoria .... 56 70 .444 26½
Tacoma ...... 53 71 .427 28½
Tri-City .... 53 72 .424 29
Yakima ...... 50 74 .403 31½
SPOKANE, Aug. 17 — Spokane's Indians teed off on Tri-City pitching for 17 hits in the 13-to-1 decision over the Braves in the opener of a four-game Western International league baseball series here Friday night.
Mel Wasley and Jim Wert sparked the Tribe to eight runs in the first three innings, and Spokane coasted in from there. Pitcher John Conant, though touched for nine hits, held Tri-City to no earned runs.
Tri City ........ 100 000 000—1 9 1
Spokane ...... 314 000 14x—13 17 1
Zande, Greenlaw (3) and Pesut; Conant and Sheets.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, Aug. 18]—Bob Snyder won his 23rd baseball game in 1951 Friday night.
It is not a miracle, nor is it even a record just yet, but the way he’s going he’ll have both the record and a claim to the miraculous before the season ends.
The score of the game was 11-1, but for half of it, it was much tougher than it sounded.
Snyder got himself all hooked up in a duel with Bill Osborn until the sixth inning, then things started to go back for the Victorian. It was 2-1 for Snyder until then, and when Osborn beefed on a play he was kicked out of the game and the parade started.
Six times the Caps scored in the sixth, and that was that.
There were 13 Vancouver hits, nine of them coming in the last three innings. Dick Sinovic didn’t get any, thus you can see the attack was concentrated around the fellows who usually don’t have a look-in.
It wasn’t a good baseball game, but it was unusual.
There was a play in the seventh, for instance, which had them howling.
Snyder walked to start it. Then Bobby McGuire lifted a pop-up to his off-field and Bill White gave it a big college try but couldn’t quite make it.
BILL LOSES BALL
The ball bounced in front of him, then past him. He wheeled around quickly, picked it up and cocked his arm to throw out the flying McGuire, by then on his way to second. However, the ball slipped out of White’s hand and went over the short fence separating the bullpen from the un-playable surface in right field.
White hopped over the fence after it, threw the ball in, then had considerable difficulty re-climbing the fence to get back in the ball game. McGuire went all the way round to score, but he was shown back to third on the ground rule situation.
Tonight the same two clubs meet twice more. Vern Kindsfather is going to start the first game, Sandy Robertson the second.
For Vern, this will be his first game in a Vancouver uniform since he won 18 for the Caps in 1949. He has come a long way since then, winning 12 for Seattle this year. That he couldn’t stay in that company this season has been attributed to “just one of those years.” This is the fellow who is supposed to bring a pennant to Capville, or at least have a lot to do with it.
He is confident he can do the trick and with this confidence, the Caps are increasing their momentum in search of the leading Spokane Indians, who, incidentally, were also winning last night.
Victoria ......... 100 000 000— 1 8 5
Vancouver ..... 001 106 21x—11 13 1
Osborn, Hedgecock (6), Carr (7) and Cardinale; Snyder and Ritchey.
YAKIMA, Aug. 17—Sal De George, Salem righthander, set the Yakima Bears down with four hits Friday night as Salem romped to a 7-0 victory. It was DeGeorge's fifteenth victory against nine defeats.
Salem ........... 300 000 301—7 10 1
Yakima ......... 000 000 000—0 4 2
De George and McKeegan; Del Sarto and Tiesiera.
TACOMA, Aug. 17-The Tacoma Tigers and the Wenatchee Chiefs split of a wild doubleheader Friday night Tacoma took a 20-8 decision in the nine inning opener and Wenatchee came back for a 13 9 victory in the nightcap.
Wenatchee ....... 003 102 011—8 18 4
Tacoma ............ 302 007 17x—20 17 0
Raimondi, Thompson (8) and Roberson; Schulte, Mishasek (5), Clark (7) and Lundberg.
Wenatchee ....... 000 302 2—13 14 2
Tacoma ............ 042 011 1—9 12 1
Gassaway and Roberson, Lake (2); Dodeward, Clark (5), Israel (7) and Lundberg.
Wenatchee Hurler Handed Release
WENATCHEE, Aug. 17 — Wenatchee Chiefs Western International League baseball officials said Friday veteran southpaw Lou Tost had been handed his outright release.
Tost, who had a 10-6 record, was injured two weeks ago and will not be able to play again this year, Mayor Arthur Pohlman, president of the club, said. The lefthander formerly pitched for the Seattle Rainiers.
Purchasers of Tickets Will Receive Full Value
[Victoria Colonist, Aug. 18, 1951]
Reg Patterson, business manager of the Victoria Athletics, announced yesterday that persons who purchased membership tickets for the car drawing will receive full value for their money.
Patterson said that the tickets will be honored as an admission to the final game of the season against Salem, Sept. 4. The night has been set aside as “Depreciation Night” when $1,000 worth of gifts will be given away in lieu of the car.
Fans not wishing to receive their value in this manner may have their money refunded at Royal Athletic Park.
TO HONOR STURGEON
Patterson also announced that next Friday has been set aside as Bob Sturgeon Night when Wenatchee Chiefs made their final appearance of the season here. Sturgeon will be honored with gifts in token of his fine job as manager of the Athletics since replacing Dick Barrett in mid-season.
A great crowd of women is expected at Royal Athletic Park on Friday, Aug. 31, when Spokane Indians close their Victoria season. It will be Orchid Night and the first 1,000 feminine fans will receive orchids flown here directly from Hawaii.
Another added attraction this week will be an appearance next Tuesday and Wednesday of the Bowery Boys in their trampoline act. Members of the Athletics, who saw this act at other W.I.L. cities, say it is well worth seeing and are anxious to see the act again.