Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sunday, August 19, 1951

W L Pct GB
Spokane ..... 84 42 .667 —
Vancouver ... 80 46 .635 4
Salem ....... 65 61 .516 19
Wenatchee ... 59 66 .472 24½
Victoria .... 57 71 .445 28
Tacoma ...... 55 71 .437 29
Yakima ...... 53 74 .417 31½
Tri-City .... 53 75 .408 32

SPOKANE, Aug. 19—Spokane Indians increased their lead over the second-place Vancouver Caplianos to four games by dumping Tri-City 9-5 and 14-3 on Sunday.
Jim Holder, sidelined with a chipped elbow since June 24, made a surprise relief appearance in the second inning of the opener and went on to gain his tenth straight 1951 WIL triumph. He relieved Dave Anderson with two out and the sacks jammed and got Bud Peterson to pop out to second base to end a three-run Tri-City uprising.
Bob Costello had a seven-hitter for the losers but was responsible for his own downfall by wild-pitching home Jim Wert and Jim Brown when Spokane counted four runs in the third inning.
The sweep provided the Indians with five straight wins.
First Game
Tri-City ...... 030 110 0—5-11-1
Spokane ..... 404 001 x—9- 7-1
Costello and Pesut; Aubertin, Holder (2) and Nulty.
Second Game
Tri-City ...... 001 020 000— 3- 7-2
Spokane ..... 031 711 10x—14-16-2
Nicholas, Michelson (4), Zande (4) and C. Peterson; Marshall and Sheets.

YAKIMA, August 19—19-year-old Yakima rookie Kenny Wright of Zillah, Wash., a former Whitman college pitcher making his first appearance as a professional, held Salem to
four hits in leading the Bears to a 3-1 victory over the third-place Senators in the seven-inning first game of a doubleheader at Yakima.
The Bears won the second game, too, but it took them 13 innings to edge the Senators 5-4.
First Game
Salem .......... 100 000 0—1-4-1
Yakima ......... 021 000 x—3-9-0
McNulty, Lew (6) and McKeegan; Wright and Tiesiera.
Second Game
Salem ......... 022 000 000 000 0—4- 9-2
Yakima ........ 001 101 001 000 1—5-15-1
Wilkie and McKeegan; Boemler, Powell (11) and Tiesiera.

TACOMA, Aug. 19—John Kovenz' triple in the ninth inning with Sol Israel aboard gave the Tacoma Tigers a 3-2 decision over Wenatchee Sunday.
Wenatchee ...... 000 000 020—2- 7-2
Tacoma ........... 000 010 101—3-10-1
Triechel and Lake; Schulte and Lundberg.


By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [August 20, 1951]
Although it's been fairly common knowledge for some time that certain teams in the Western International league were dissatisfied with the current trend toward ever increasing salaries it was difficult to determine just what line of tactics they would take to change things. Practically every club, with the exception of Vancouver and Spokane, would like to see a revision downward of salaries. They have a couple of reasons for it. First and foremost is the economics of the thing. At least one team has a current payroll of $10,000 a month with another close behind.
Though there is no definite proof, everything points to the two aforementioned teams as the pair under discussion. Because of their population centers they can, provided they have winning teams which they have, afford that kind of loot. Not so the others.
Secondly some club owners want to see a change go that they can make definite tieups with major league organizations. Such pacts are today worthless. After all any linking up would be, for the majors, as a place to develop their younger talent. Yet today WIL teams simply can't afford rookies, as paradoxical as that may sound, because you can't build a winning team with bunch of kids, unless the others also are using them.
And that's the line of attack that will be used when the league directors put their feet under the table. It's definite that at least two owners will enter the meeting prepared to ask the league for a minimum of five rookies on each team. One owner has already publicly committed himself while the other has confided as much to his friends.
But such a request is bound to draw plenty of opposition. Emil Sick certainly doesn't intend to be backed into a position where that new three-quarter million stadium he built in Vancouver can turn out to be a white elephant. Spokane too can be expected to wage a vigorous battle. And the ultimate location of the Tacoma team, should it be moved, could conceivably play a vital part in the voting.
Some time ago we itemed where that radio stations which had paid out good round sums for broadcasting rights, and rival owners as well, were deeply concerned over the pirating of their broadcasts by other stations. In other words a station would lay out a certain amount for exclusive rights to both home and road games of a team. But other stations in the same city were airing the games without any “rights” cost.
Club owners have in general tended to minimize the situation, after all they are collecting the rights money. But the radio stations are taking another look at the matter. After all why should they put out a wad of money (and in some cases the amount would astonish you) for something the other guy is getting for free. Now we don't know whether or not Yakima residents heard the games over one of their local stations when the Bears were in here last but if they did they must have received the play-by-play either by dog sled. . .carrier pigeon. . .or by listening to KWIE. . .because it was not sent from the press box over Western Union the usual method.
If the situation continues unchecked club owners may have to pay a station to broadcast the games. . .and we're not kidding either. Figure it this way. Why should a station pay a man, plus the line haul to go to a game and broadcast it, when if they want the game and a rival station does all that, they can have the game for nothlns. The entire situation resolves down to this. How long does a broadcast of such a program remain the property of the originating station once it had been placed on the air waves? Although our knowledge of law is limited to vainly trying to get a parking ticket fixed now and then, it's pretty obvious this is no grammer school question. Such a situation, it seems to this corner, goes back to freedom of the press, and should a suit be started it could easily be carried up to the highest court before it was resolved, in the meantime minor league baseball would be losing a healthy slice of income.
That's a lot of third base that Clint Cameron has been playing for the1 Braves since he took over the hot corner. Cameron is the fourth to occupy the position at one time or another this season. And while he may not be the fastest afoot he more than makes up for it with his amazing reflex action. We have yet to see the Clinker go the wrong way on a ball hit down his way. What's more he's digging out some that have in the past been howde-dooed down there and have gone for base hits.
Sam Kanelos is having a bit more trouble hitting that Coast league pitching (as was to be expected) than he had in the WIL. And instead of, playing third, his usual position, Joe Gordon of Sacramento, has him playing second. However, after numerous collars the kid got two for four the other day, so he may be on his way at last. . .what's more he followed that with a three for four at the plate. Let's hope he keeps going.

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