Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Saturday, August 25, 1951

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 88 44 .639 —
Vancouver ... 85 48 .630 3½
Salem ....... 68 64 .515 20
Wenatchee ... 62 70 .470 26
Victoria .... 60 74 .448 29
Tacoma ...... 57 75 .432 31
Yakima ...... 56 76 .424 32
Tri-City .... 54 76 .406 34½

SPOKANE, Aug. 25 — Some daring base running by centerfielder Eddie Murphy sent the Spokane Indians ahead in the third inning of their Western International league baseball game with Salem tonight and the Indians breezed to a 7 to 3 win.
Aldon Wilkie gave the Indians ten hits in the finale but was tight in the pinches as the Senators took a 5-3 decision.
In the seven inning opener of a double header both teams scored once in the first inning.
Spokane took the lead in the third when Murphy singled and stole second, When Edo Vanni, Spokane right fielder, laid down a sacrifice Murphy scored all the way home from second. Mel Wasley then doubled Vanni home.
Jim Holder went all the way for the Indians to register his eleventh win of the season against no defeats.
Murphy stole two bases in the game boosting his season total to 87.
First game
Salem ........ 100 011 0—3 5 3
Spokane .... 102 031 x—7 8 1
Monroe and Dana; Holder and Sheets.
Second Game
Salem ........ 200 020 010—5 12 0
Spokane .... 010 200 000—3 10 0
Wilkie and McKeegan, Bishop and Sheets.

VANCOUVER, Aug. 25—Taking an early lead, Vancouver Capilanos, sparked by pitcher Pete Hernandez, tonight defeated Wenatchee Chiefs 5-3 in the Western International league.
The third was the big inning, the Caps scoring three runs and the Chiefs 2.
For Wenatchee Foster Roberson, safe on Ray Tran's error, scored when Charlie Gassaway
doubled to the left centerfield wall. Gassaway then tallied on Walt Pocekay's single to rightfield.
John Ritchey scored for the Caps in the first and third, and in the big inning Dick Sinovic and Charlie Mead put in one each for Vancouver. The Caps scored again in the fifth when Bob McGuire made it safe on Jim Moore's double to left field.
The scoring ended in the eighth when the Chiefs' Jim Marshall doubled off the rightfield wall, advanced on an infield out and scored on Buddy Hjelmaa's scratch single to right field.
It was Hernandez 16th victory of the season against three losses. He set the Chiefs down with six hits as Vancouver took an early lead and held on before the new stadium's smallest weekend crowd.
Hernandez bested Gassaway, to whom Vancouver got for 12 safeties, two of them successive doubles by Dick Sinovic, a possible sign the big centre fielder is finally breaking out of a recent slump.
Wenatchee .... 022 000 010—3 6 2
Vancouver ..... 103 010 00x—5 12 2
Gassaway and Roberson; Hernandez and Moore.

YAKIMA [Victoria Colonist, Aug. 26]—Kewpie Dick Barrett, fired earlier in the season as manager of the Victoria Athletics, gained a little more personal revenge last night as he put another crimp in Victoria’s playoff hopes.
Barrett, honored in pre-game ceremonies by presentation of a scroll commemorating his enrolment in the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame, tossed a neat three-hitter to defeat the A’s, 4-1.
The defeat cost the A’s a chance to gain on the Wenatchee Chiefs in the battle for the fourth playoff berth. The Chiefs bowed to the Vancouver Capilanos 5-3, but retained a three-game margin over the A’s.
Never in serious trouble all night, Barrett had the A’s on his hip. He spotted Victoria a run in the second when he walked Hal Jackson and Rocco Cardinale followed with a 360-foot double to centre. Then he held the A’s hitless until Jimmy Clark singled with two out in the eighth. The only other hit was Ben Jeffey’s double in the ninth.
Opposing Barrett was John Tierney, who gave up only six hits including two of the scratch variety, but walks kept him in trouble.
He escaped in the second inning when the Bears loaded the bases with only one out as he forced Barrett and Bill Andering to fly out. He was not so lucky in the third.
Al Jacinto walked to open the third, stole second and went to third as Cardinale’s throw to second went into the outfield. Mike Baxes grounded to Bill Dunn and was safe at first as Jacinto beat Dunn’s throw to the plate to catch Jacinto, who came in with the tying run. Baxes stole second and held the bag as Will Tiesiera grounded out to Don Pries but later scored the second run when Dick Briskey singled through short.
The Bears added an insurance ran in the fourth when Bill Andering walked, advanced on an infield out and scored on Jerry Zuvela’s single. They scored the final run in the eighth when Bill Steinberg singled, stole second and came home on Barrett’s Texas League single.
The cubs meet in a double-header today with Bill Osborn and Jim Hedgecock the likely mound choices for the A’s. Athletics move on to Spokane and Tacoma before returning home Friday.
Victoria .... 010 000 000—1 3 1
Yakima ..... 002 100 01x—4 6 2
Tierney and Cardinale; Barrett and Tiesiera.

TACOMA, Aug. 25 — With the help of five unearned runs, the Tacoma Tigers tonight downed the Tri-City Braves 7-2 in a Western International league baseball game.
Tacoma broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth when singles by Merv Dubbers, Sol Israel, John Catron, Butch Moran and and Jose Bache combined with two Tri-City errors gave Tacoma five unearned runs.
Tri-City was never able to spark a rally as Tom Kipp scattered seven hits to notch his 9th victory of the campaign.
Tri-City ...... 100 001 000—2 7 3
Tacoma ...... 100 050 10x—7 11 2
Stone and Pesut; Kipp and Lundberg.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from Aug. 26, 1951]
No doubt Manager Charlie Petersen has had a long talk with Bob Abel, the WIL's president, by this time over the new suspension of shortstop Buddy Peterson. The last time Charlie was successful in getting his shortstop back into the lineup very quickly. This could be another tempest in a teapot. If Buddy is back by tonight, such will no doubt have been the case. On the other hand it also may ho that Abel will make this one stick for a bit longer. This weekend should pretty well decide that point.
While the loss of the league's best shortstop to the Braves could have been a serious blow at one time, today it will affect their standing but little. Well, just another 10 days and this season will be a matter of history. Then we can, with a slate wiped clean, start looking forward with new hope to a better year to come. . .it may be small consolation but at this moment it's the best we can think of.
The other day we itemed here that Charlie Petersen didn't have too much to say about the makeup of the Braves although he is the field manager. . .Both Vern Johnson and Dick Richards say we're wrong on that point. . .that Charlie passed on and agreed to every player on the roster, but one. At this point it doesn't seem to make much difference anyhow.

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