Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Thursday, August 30, 1951

W L Pct GB
Spokane ..... 90 46 .683 —
Vancouver ... 89 50 .640 3½
Salem ....... 71 65 .522 19
Wenatchee ... 64 72 .471 28
Victoria .... 61 78 .439 30½
Tacoma ...... 60 78 .435 31
Yakima ...... 58 78 .426 32
Tri-City .... 56 82 .406 35

Abel Calls Off WIL Playoffs
YAKIMA, Aug. 31—There will be no playoffs in the Western International Baseball League this year.
The cancellation was announced today by Robert B. Abel, league president, here today.
Previously the league had planned a Shaughnessy playoff between the first four teams to start about Thursday of next week.
In making the announcement, Abel said “We have made arrangements, however, to pay the players the bonuses the would have received had the playoff been held.”
Abel estimated members of the pennant-winning team would split up a pot “in exceess of $1,000.”
Spokane, Vancouver, Wenatchee and Salem were to have participated.
League director voted unanimously to eliminate the post-season competition.
Uncertain weather conditions constituted one of the factors involved in the decision to cancel the playoffs, Abel announced.
Photo above: Dick Sinovic of the Caps reacts to news of no playoffs by cooly practising post-season golf on the Cap Stadium infield. Manager Bill Schuster is his caddy as pitcher George Nicholas looks on.

SPOKANE, Aug. 30—The Yakima Bears scored once in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie, despite being handcuffed by Spokane ace Jim Holder on five hits, to beat the Indians 3-2 in a Western International League game Thursday night.
Yakima ..... 000 002 001—3 5 2
Spokane ... 000 000 020—2 10 4
Savarese and Tiesiera; Holder and Sheets.

KENNEWICK [Herald, Aug. 31]—Last night, the Tri-City Braves split a twin bill with the Vancouver Capllanos at Sanders Field, winning the opener 4-1 but dropping the nightcap 10-6.
Tonight the Wenatchee Chiefs are scheduled to move in for a four-game series. On tap is a single game Friday, two Saturday and another solo Sunday. Tacoma arrived Monday to play a twin bill and will wind up the WIL season here on Tuesday.
Joe Nicholas handcuffed the Capilanos with a neat four-hitter in the seven inning opener last night and did not permit a single Vancouver runner, to reach third base. Three of them got as far as second but died thers for lack of hitting support as the cagey Nicholas kept the Caps hitting into the dirt. The submarine ace was backed up by excellent fielding support which produced three double plays.
Buddy Peterson and Ken Michelson led the Tri-City attack with four-masters. Peterson's, his 12th of the season came in the fifth, while Michelson's third of the year was produced In the sixth when he came into the game as a pinch hitter for Buzz Berriesford.
Bob Snyder cranked up his 25th league victory of the season in the nightcap, although it was a shaky one, The decision moved the Vancouver right hander within one game of tieing the league record of 26 victories in a single season set by Bob Kerrigan of Tacoma in 1950.
The Braves crept up close behind Snyder several times in the game but could never quite clinch it, Clint Cameron and Buddy Peterson paced the hitting attack, Cameron collected three for four including his eighth home run of the year in the eighth inning which produced three Tri-City runs. Peterson laced Snyder's offerings for a double and a single in his four trips. Bob Costello, who started on the Brave mound, was charged with the loss. He was relieved by Augie Zande in the second and Ken Michelson came on in the seventh. Michelson gave up but one hit in his two-inning-plus tour but an error allowed two Vancouver runs.
Manager Charlie Petersen has nominated Jack Brewer as his starter tonight against Wenatchee.
First game
Vancouver .... 000 000 0—0 4 0
Tri-City ........ 010 021 x—4 6 1
Hernandez, Gunnarson (6) and Ritchey; J. Nicholas and Pesut.
Second game
Vancouver .... 220 010 301—10 15
Tri-City ........ 100 020 030—6 8 1
Snyder and Ritchey; Costello, Zande (2), Michelson (7) and Pesut.

First game
Salem .......... 000 303 0—6 5 0
Wenatchee ... 100 000 0—1 5 0
Bevens and McKeegan; Breisinger and Roberson.
Second game
Salem .......... 011 000 000 000 0—2 10 1
Wenatchee ... 000 011 000 000 1—3 11 2
Schmidt and Dana; Breisinger and Roberson.

TACOMA [Victoria Colonist, Aug. 31]—If Victoria Athletics miss the post-season W.I.L. playdowns, as seems certain, they can blame it on their curious inability to win away from home. Still retaining a fair chance when they left on their last road trip, which concluded with a 5-4 setback at Tacoma last night, the A’s arrive home today all but mathematically eliminated. They lost five or six games played this time, leaving them with a road record of 25-46. At Royal Athletic Park, they are 36-32 for the season and have played .750 baseball there since Bob Sturgeon replaced Dick Barrett as manager.
Tonight’s game with the league-leading Spokane Indians marks the star of the next-to-last series of the season. Two games tomorrow round out this series and Salem Senators move in Monday for a doubleheader and a single game Tuesday which winds up this season’s play.
Tonight is “Orchid Night.” The first 1,000 feminine customers will receive an orchid and the management hopes that none are left by game time. In addition, there is a good possibility that John Marshall will face his old teammates in the opener. The Indians, with the pennant in their grasp, will doubtless shoot their best at the A’s in the hopes of a clinch before moving to Vancouver Monday to complete the season.
Last night, John Tierney came up with a pitching gem—for seven innings. He had a two-hitter, a shutout, and ten strikeouts going into the eighth. Then an error by Don Pries, a single by Butch Moran and a walk to Vince DiMaggio loaded the bags with one out. Jose Bache singled in the tying runs and the Tigers went ahead when DiMaggio scored after an outfield fly.
Scrapping back, the A’s took the lead again in the ninth when Gene Thompson scored Ben Jeffey with a two-out double and scored the go-ahead run on Rocco Cardinale’s single.
But Sol Israel led off the Tacoma ninth with a triple, scored the tying run on an outfield fly. Manager Bob Sturgeon called on Jim Propst but the slim lefthander failed and took the loss. John Kovenz greeted him with a bunt single and was bunted along by Moran. The A’s elected to pitch to DiMaggio and he broke it up with a double.
Victoria ....... 200 000 002—4 7 1
Tacoma ...... 000 000 032—5 7 2
Tierney, Propst (9) and Cardinale; Clark and Armstrong, Lundberg (8).

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from Aug. 31, 1951]
Latest baseball rumor coursing through the WIL is that Spokane will boycott the playoffs. The dopesters even have it that Bob Abel, president of the league, is now in Spokane huddling with Alan Strange and others trying to straighten out the tangle. The beef, they say, stems from a recent Abel decision which permitted Wenatchee to play in Vancouver a game originally scheduled for the Chief’s diamond.
Spokane contends Vancouver made the maneuver to assure themselves of a better chance at winning the game ... which they did. However, both Vancouver and Wenatchee say the change was made because of the prospect of a bigger gate. That could be true. But it would have to be considerably larger to offset the 60 percent the Chiefs would get at home, plus the profits from their concessions as against the 40 percent take at Vancouver. Abel says he has a perfect right to make the change.
Frankly the whole thing sounds like a tempest in a teapot, Spokane seems to be taking the childish attitude that “I brought the ball so I’m going to be the pitcher.”
Neil Bryant has been having tooth trouble again. That’s what kept him out of several recent games . . . Buddy Peterson's suspension was lifted in time for the Monday night game, but that same old shoulder injury is bothering him again.

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