Saturday, December 1, 2007

Friday, July 27, 1951

Spokane ..... 66 35 .635 —
Vancouver ... 65 26 .644 1
Salem ....... 52 46 .520 13½
Wenatchee ... 49 51 .489 16½
Tri-City .... 44 57 .436 22
Victoria .... 44 58 .431 22½
Yakima ...... 42 59 .416 24
Tacoma ...... 41 59 .411 24½

SPOKANE, July 27—The Spokane Indians took the lead in the Western International league baseball standings Friday night by topping the Vancouver Capilanos 4 to 2 before Ferris Field's largest crowd in the last two seasons.
An overflow crowd over 6,000 watched the Caps kick away the game with a comedy of errors that could well have been set to music. And what happened to Vancouver pitcher Bob Snyder was not exactly his fault: he allowed only one earned run in trying for his 20th win of the year.
Two errors in the sixth, however, set up three runs for Spokane. First, Bob McGuire dropped a fly ball.
Then, to compound the muff, Ray Tran, in a run-down play, pitched the ball into the grandstand.
Big John Marshall was the winning pitcher, although Bob Roberts relieved him in the eighth inning to halt the Capilanos with no hits and no threats from that point. Marshall gave up eight walks, hit a batter, and was touched for all four Vancouver hits in seven innings.
Loser was Bob Snyder who was handed his fifth defeat this season against 19 victories.
Vancouver's only runs came in the seventh as Chuck Abernathy and Jim Moore walked and Snyder singled to load the bases. Bob McGuire's short hit scored Abernathy, and Moore came in on an infield out.
Earlier, in the sixth, John Ritchey opened with a triple but he was left right where he stood. Dick Sinovic and Charlie Mead struck out with their bats comfortably on their shoulders. Gordon Brunswick was caught out on a long fly to centre field.
In the eighth, the Caps had men on first and second, but they, too, were left stranded.
Vancouver ... 000 000 200—2 4 4
Spokane ...... 000 013 000—4 8 0
Snyder and Ritchey; Marshall, Roberts (2) and Sheets.

SALEM, July 27—Ray McNulty pitched a six-hitter as Salem defeated Victoria 8 to 1 in a Western International League game Friday night before a crowd of over 4,000.
McNulty wasn't bothered too much after his mates climbed on Victoria's Bill Osborn for six runs in the first two innijngs. The losers had six hits, none of which figured in the scoring. Two walks, an infield out and an outfield fly was the extent of Victoria's scoring.
Dick Faber's three-run homer in the scored inning was the blow which ruined Victoria's hopes.
The Senators have won 11 of 16 games against the A's this season.
Victoria ....... 001 000 000—1 6 0
Salem ......... 204 010 10x—8 10 0
Osborn and Thrasher; McNulty and McKeegan.

WENATCHEE, July 27— The Wenatchee Chiefs overcame an early Tri-City lead Friday night and went on to defeat the Braves 8 to 6.
Tri-City vaulted to a four-run lead in the second but the Chiefs came back with five runs in the bottom of a wild third inning high-lighter by a rhubarb and a bases-loaded triple by Lyle Palmer. Nick Pesut and Bill Edelstein of Tri-City were tossed out of the contest when the umps ruled Buddy Hjelmaa had been hit with a pitched ball. Palmer then followed with his triple.
The payoff blow was Will Hafey's home run in the fifth with one aboard — his 17th of the season. Hafey also singled home the final Wenatchee run in the sixth. Vic Buccola with two triples did the long-range hitting for Tri-City.
Tri-City ......... 040 020 000—6 12 5
Wenatchee .... 005 021 00x— 8 12 3
McCollum, Berriesford (6) and Pesut, C. Petersen (5); Treichel, Breisinger (3) and Roberson.

TACOMA, July 27—Hal Dodeward, 19-year-old righthander from Port Orchard, pitched three-hit ball Friday night to lead the Tacoma Tigers to a 2-1 verdict over the Yakima Bears.
Yakima ...... 000 100 000—1 3 0
Tacoma ..... 100 000 01x-2 7 1
Powell and Tiesiera; Dodeward and Lundberg.

Eric Whitehead’s FAN FARE
[from Vancouver Province, July 28, 1951]

A Lucrative Coincidence
In a very happy arrangement of fate, the two richest bush league baseball clubs in business are clashing this weekend under the ultimate in ideal circumstances.
The two clubs, Spokane and Vancouver, are far and away the best drawing cards in the Western International League—and out outpulling probably 75 percent of the twons this of Double-A ball. Going into the current series at Spokane deadlocked, away out on top of the loop, the Caps and Indians are all teed up for what could well be an all-time WIL three-day stand attendance record.
The Spokane club, with its spacious 6000-seat park, already holds the WIL season mark (more than 200,000) and the single game record (10,000 in the old park, since burned.)
If this series were here instead of Spokane, prospects would be just as bright for a new series’ mark. After all, when the Caps can draw 3000 to 4000 a night going against fifth-place Victoria…!
But by an unfortunate quirk of the schedule, Spokane is almost washed up with Vancouver for league appearances this season—apart from three games to close the regular season Sept. 3-4.
If by some mysterious finagling with the dates it can be arranged that these two be deadlocked for that series…
However, even so, Front-Office Czar Bob Brown is still developing happy little callouses on his currency-flipping finger. He’ll pick up the usual 40 percent of Spokane receipts this weekend.
Incidentally, the only team in the WIL that doesn’t abide by this common 60-40 home-and-away percentage deal is Victoria. This self-inflicted arrangement must have caused the Victoria management to look very ruefully at the well-filled out stands at Cap Stadium all this week.

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