Saturday, December 1, 2007

Saturday, July 28, 1951

Spokane ..... 67 36 .650 —
Vancouver ... 66 37 .596 1
Salem ....... 52 48 .520 14
Wenatchee ... 50 51 .495 16
Victoria .... 45 58 .437 22
Tri-City .... 44 56 .431 22½
Tacoma ...... 42 59 .416 24
Yakima ...... 42 59 .416 24

SPOKANE, July 28 — Vancouver put together four singles, a sacrifice, an error, a fielder choice and one walk on the first inning tonight for four runs and were never behind as they beat Spokane 8 to 3 in the first game of a night double header.
Spokane threatened in the 6th inning but Vancouver's Gunnarson cut off the rally at three runs. He finished the day with a seven-hitter.
Gordon Brunswick swatted a single and a double for Vancouver.
The win put the Capilanos back into a first-place tie with the Indians, but they weren't there long. Spokane bounced back in the second game to win 13 to 5 and again take over undisputed ownership of the top spot.
The Indians chased George Nicholas in the sixth inning of the nightcap. Spokane led 6-3 before Jerry Barta could put out the fire.
Caps had previously moved ahead 3-0 after five innings.
First Game
Vancouver ....... 410 030 0—8 11 0
Spokane .......... 000 003 0—3 7 2
Gunnarson and Ritchey; Wyatt, Palm (2), Aubertin (4) and Sheets.
Second Game
Vancouver ...... 110 010 002— 5 11 2
Spokane ......... 000 006 340—13 12 1
Nicholas, Barta (8), Beasley (8) and Ritchey; Bishop and Nulty.

WENATCHEE, Wash., July 28—Will Hafey's big bat boomed out a triple and a single at just the right times tonight to provide Wenatchee with a 6 to 4 victory over the visiting Tri-City Braves in a Western International league game.
Hafey's single to lead off the fourth inning was the spark that set of a two-run rally and put the hosts out in front for the first time. Tri-City had scored once in the first to take the lead.
Then, the powerful slugger delivered a bases-loaded triple in the fifth to put the game on ice.
Tri-City came back with a solo in the eighth. The Braves almost pulled the game out of the fire in the top of the ninth. They pushed across two runs and had the bases loaded. But with two out, catcher Nick Pesut was thrown out on a close play at third to end the game.
Walt Raimondi, although relieved in the eighth inning by Charlie Gassaway, was credited with his seventh win against four defeats. Jack Brewer took the defeat.
Tri-City .......... 100 000 012—4 12 0
Wenatchee ..... 000 231 00x—6 10 1
Brewer, Michelson (5), Stone (8) and Pesut; Raimondi, Gassaway (8) and Roberson.

TACOMA, July 28 — A wild pitch by Dick Barrett allowed the winning run to cross the plate as the Tacoma Tigers defeated the Yakima Bears 5-4 tonight in a Western International league baseball game.
Barrett uncorked his wild pitch after Yakima had tied up the ball game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth on Jerry Zuvela's double, a walk and a single by Will Tiesiera.
K. Chorlton opened Tacoma's ninth inning by singling for his fourth hit in five times at bat and moved to second when John Kovenz sacrificed and was safe on a bad throw. Both runners moved up when Ted Savarese made a bad throw attempting to pick Chorlton off second.
Butch Moran was then walked intentionally by Savarese and Sarrett came in to pitch for Yakima. Barrett then delivered his wild pitch and the winning run crossed the plate.
Yakima ........ 010 100 002—4-9-5
Tacoma ....... 200 000 021—5-8-0
Savarese, Barrett (9) and Brenner, Tiesiera (9); Clark Knezovich (9) and Lundberg.

SALEM, July 28—John Tierney turned on his former teammates at Salem Saturday night to pitch Victoria Athletics to an 8-2 triumph which squared the series at 1-1
A crowd of over 3,000 saw the A’s give Bill Bevens, former major league righthander, some of the roughest treatment he has received in a lengthy diamond career.
Bevens pitched hitless ball but suddenly ran into a barrage of six successive hits in the fourth as the A’s ran wild to score six times in one of their greatest concentrations of power this season.
Don Pries led off by spoiling any hope of a no-hitter. Ben Jaffey singled and Gene Thompson, continuing his hitting splurge, doubled in both runners.
Hal Jackson singled, Marv Diercks singled, and Art Thrasher, who had four hits, tripled. He scored after manager Bob Sturgeon flew to the wall in centre field. When Tierney followed with a double, Salem manager Hugh Luby became convinced Bevens had lost his stguff and called on Ludwig Lew.
Lew did well after the fifth inning, when another base-hit flurry after one was out scored two runs. Thompson, Jackson and Diercks singled and Thrasher doubled in quick succession.
Tierney held the Solons to four hits for his sixth win, and was never in serious trouble.
Victoria ..... 000 620 000—8-15-2
Salem ....... 000 001 010—2- 4-0
Tierney and Thrasher; Bevens, Lew (4) and McKeegan.

Northwest Sports Beat
By JACK HEWINS [AP Seattle Sports Writer]
SPOKANE, July 28 —Take it from that sly operator, Dave Stidolph, enticing crowds into a baseball park is not all beer and skittles—nor even all baseball.
What the game needs is not so much a good nickel hot dog, intones Stidolph, as a capable four-bit fan dancer. Base hits are crowd pleasers but it takes a bit of circus atmosphere to put a head of cream on the income from the baseball farm.
That's what our man Stidolph says and he’s publicity director and thinker-upper of added attractions for the Spokane Indians of the Western International league. These here now Indians undoubtedly will lead the Willy loop in attendance again this term, as they have done ever since Hunky Shaw started the wheels churning to set up the circuit.
With straight baseball, says Dave, Spokane draws about 2,000 of the faithful. That's a ripe round number for class B baseball, but it would put Spokane about 33,000 underneath its four-year average of 200,000. It’s a sharp club, running a neck-and-nose race with Vancouver so 2,000 must he about all baseball can do here under its own steam in 1951.
“Just let us toss in a high wire act or a topnotch baseball comedian.” reports the Dave, “and the average jumps to 3,000 paid admissions. We’ve paraded bathing beauty contest winners, jugglers and mimics, held a square dance night at the park and introduced our own club in shorts.
“A good act will cost around $200. As it brings in 1,000 additional admissions it’s money well spent.”

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