Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 1951

W L Pct. GB
Spokane .... 79 41 .684 —
Vancouver .. 77 44 .636 2½
Salem ...... 63 57 .523 18
Wenatchee .. 58 61 .487 20½
Victoria ... 54 69 .439 26½
Tri-City ... 52 70 .426 28
Tacoma ..... 51 69 .425 29
Yakima ..... 49 72 .403 30½

TACOMA, Aug. 14—Two squeeze bunts—each good for a run—helped the Tacoma Tigers post a 6-1 decision over the league leading Spokane Indians Tuesday night in a Western International league baseball game. The victory was Tacoma's fifth in a row.
Spokane .... 000 000 100—1-6-0
Tacoma ..... 000 200 04x—6-7-0
Aubertin, Roberts (8) and Sheets; Clark and Watson.

SALEM [Vancouver News Herald, Aug. 15]—There was bad news abroad for the Capilanos Tuesday night but it didn’t compare to the sadness being spread in far-off Vancouver.
Even as the Caps were losing 5-4 to Salem and missing a chance to draw closer to Spokane, who also lost, Bob Brown announced from his Vancouver office that Gordie Brunswick would play no more baseball this year.
The young outfielder, sometimes third baseman and sometimes first baseman, ran into the fence in Victoria Friday night chasing a foul ball. He suffered a severe ankle sprain and it is feared he will still be hobbling weeks after the season ends.
Brunswick returned to Vancouver from the Victoria series and the young is not happy about his bad fortune at all. He was just starting to hit his best clip, had amassed a .306 batting average and was driving in runs in the clutch.
Bill Schuster will return to the active list August 15 but whether or not he will be able to take a regular turn is problematical. It is felt he will only be sound enough for the occasional pinch-hit chore, in which case Brunswick’s loss will be doubly felt.
On top of all this, there was the Salem game. Ronnie Smith started it for the Caps, ran into a rough two-run third inning and it was even worse in the fifth when the Senators ganged up for three more. As it turned out, that was enough.
Ray McNulty started for Salem and left in the third because of a sore arm. The Caps got to reliefer Aldon Wilkie for a single run in the fourth [on a single by Dick Sinovic and a double by Charlie Mead] and three in the sixth [on a walk, a single by Ray Tran and doubles by Sinovic and Mead]. They could not, however, push across the big one.
Vancouver .... 000 103 000—4-9-0
Salem .......... 002 030 00x—5-8-1
Smith, Barta (5) and Ritchey; McNulty, Wilkie (3) and McKeegan.

WENATCHEE [Victoria Colonist, Aug. 15]—The catching shortage hurt Victoria Athletics again last night in their bid to grab the fourth place berth in the Western International League.
With Milt Martin still unable to play because of his shoulder injury and the non-arrival of Rocco Cardinale and Jack Reddick from California in time for the game, the A’s were forced to press infielder Don Pries into service as a catcher.
Pries had a rough time as the A’s dropped a 6-4 decision to the Wenatchee Chiefs. The Chiefs scored twice in the second inning on a walk, singles by Foster Roberson and Mike Kanshin and two stolen bases.
The Chiefs added another tally in the sixth when Buddy Hjelmaa was hit by a pitched ball and completed the circuit on singles by Lyle Palmer and Roberson.
The A’s reduced the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the seventh when Bill Dunn, Bob Sturgeon and Jim Clark walked to fill the bases and Pries delivered a two-run single.
The catching problem offset the rally in the bottom half of the frame. Lil Arnerich walked, Walt Pocekay beat out a sacrifice bunt and Will Hafey was purposely passed to fill the bases after Jim Marshall sacrificed the runners along. Hjelmaa then popped to the back of the plate, but Pries dropped the ball for an error. With Hjelmaa at the plate, two passed balls allowed Arnerich and Pocekay to score.
Palmer scored the final Wenatchee run in the eighth when he walked, was safe at second on Jim Hedgecock’s error and completed the circuit on Arnerich’s single.
Doubles by Sturgeon and Hedgecock’s error and completed the circuit on Arnerich’s single.
Doubles by Sturgeon and Hedgecock and a single by Clark gave the A’s their final two runs in the ninth.
The victory boosted the Chiefs’ fourth-place margin over the A’s to six games and nine on the losing side. Sturgeon will send southpaw Jim Propst against the Chiefs in the second game of the three-game series tonight.
Victoria ........ 000 000 202—4- 7-3
Wenatchee .. 020 001 21x—6-10-0
Hedgecock and Pries; Kanshin and Roberson.

KENNEWICK, [Herald, Aug. 15, 1951]—Teddy Savarese, a little left hander with a big curve, last night accomplished at Sanders Field what no other Yakima hurler has been able to do this season. He beat the Tri-City Braves to snap a string of seven stralght victories tha Braves held over the Bears here this year.
But much of the credit for the crafty veteran's ninth victory also belongs to Mike Baxes, The hard hitting Bear third baseman wore all his hitting clothes to the park as he bashed two to Dick Stone's offerings over the left field wall and then dumped, a little single to drive in the winning run off Jack Brewer. Baxes thus accounted for five runs of the 8-5 Yakima victory.
However, while the Braves outhit the Bears 14-11, Savarese pulled himself out of one tight spot with two successive pick off plays that came in the third inning. Stone started that frame off with a single and Bill Edelstein followed with another.
Then before he threw a single pitch to Vic Buccola, Savarese that nailed Stone off second with a well-timed plckoff play as Al Jacinto raced in to cover the bag. Savarese followed up that up by a quick move to first that eased Edelstein and took himself out of danger.
Baxes sent Yakima into a 2-0 lead In the fifth when he poled his first out of the park plating Jacinto ahead of him.
Tri-City struck back in the sixth with four successive singles by Buddy Peterson, Clint Cameron, Neil Bryant and Ken Michelson. Bryant's slash to left scored Peterson and Mlchelson's single to left center counted Cameron and Bryant.
Once more Baxes rescued Savarese when he hit his second successive four-master this time scoring his pitcher ahead of him.
The Braves wound up their scoring in the seventh on the strength of Cameron's home run hat also scored Buccola. Except for a Bear twin-killing that nailed Bill Edelstein at the plate as he tried to score from third after Peterson had skied to right, Tri-City might have tied up the game in this inning. But a perfect peg from Jerry Zuvella on the short fly ball was in plenty of time.
Stone got into trouble in the eighth and wound up as the losing pitcher. It started off with Earl Richmond walking and moving to second on a sacrifice, Savarese followed with a single and Stone was derricked.
Buzz Berriesford came on long enough to pass Bill Andring and that brought on the veteran Jack Brewer. Brewer too issued a pass, his to Jacinto to load the sacks. That's when Baxes hit a ball into the dirt in front of the plate. Both Nick Pesut and Brewer made a try for the play with Pesut taking the ball at the plate, but it had fallen perfectly and all hands were safe.
Tonight Manager Charlie Peterson will send Bob Costello to the mound to oppose Yakima's Gene Bowman.
Ken Michelson made a couple of hard running catches in left field in the ninth that brought a round of applause. . . And Peterson also made a fielding gem when he robbed Savarese of a sure base hit with a spine-tingling leaping catch of the line drive.
In addition to his home run Cameron also got two singles. Edelstein continued his spree at the plate with a three for five night also, including a first inning triple.
Yakima ....... 000 020 220—6-11-1
Tri-City ...... 000 003 200—5-14-0
Savarese and Brenner; Stone, Berriesford (8), Brewer (8) and Pesut.

TACOMA, Wash., Aug, 15—Rival Western International league elbowers have been waiting six weeks now for Jim Holder's shoulder Injury to heal. If it soon doesn't, he'll coast in to the league pitching crown without a struggle.
Of course, the Spokane pitcher could enhance the 9-0 won-lost record he carried with him into temporary retirement on June 30 if and when he returns to action.
In games played through Monday, Vancouver's Bud Beasley (5-0) was Holder's lone unbeaten rival, and he probably won't be around long enough to post four more wins, since he has announced he'll be leaving the Capilanos in the near future for a brief vacation before resuming his teaching chores this fall.
The leaders:
SO BB W L Pct.
Holder, Spok ....... 46 72 9 0 1.000
Beasley, Van ....... 19 11 5 0 1.000
Hernandez, Van ..... 63 79 13 3 .813
Snyder, Van ........ 96 82 22 6 .786
Stone, Tri-City .... 99 58 7 3 .700
Bevens, Salem ..... 108 86 18 9 .667
Rockey, Spok ....... 53 58 8 4 .667
Tisnerat, Van ...... 34 51 6 3 .667
G Nicholas Van ..... 54 69 13 7 .650
Breisinger, Wen ... 180 133 14 8 .630
Barrett, Vic-Yak ... 38 48 7 4 .636

Frankly Speaking
By FRANK T. BLAIR, Sports Editor [Long Beach Telegram, Aug. 15, 1951]
Novikoff Will Aid Hawks at Greeley
Back in 1933, when Torrance joined the National Niteball League, strong Southland softball circuit, a 17-year-old youngster, Louie Neva, pitched and batted Spud Murphy's team into the championships, defeating Joe Rodgers' Huntington Beach Oilers in the playoffs.
Neva, whose real name is Novikoff, went on to become the greatest all-around softball player in the league, then turned to baseball, hung up fabulous hitting marks in the top minors, and played the several seasons with the Chicago Cubs.
Novikoff, who'll be 35 years old in October, retains a lot of his original softball talent and will be one of the players on the Long Beach Nitehawk club which will compete under Rodger's leadership in the world softball tourney at Greeley, Colo., starting Sept. 1. Lou and his teammates will play at the Park Ave. field at Recreation Park on the night of Sunday, Aug. 26, in a fund-raising contest to send the Long Beach entry to the championships.
Louie broke in as a softball player with Torrance in spectacular fashion in 1933, pitching a shutout against Whittier, 1 to 0, and beating the late "String" McDonnell, who lost despite hurling a non-hitter. Novikoff scored the only run of the game when he forced a runner at second base and then scored on three wild pitches.
Louie hit 19 homers for Torrance that season, Hal Forney, 12 Paul Novikoff 9, Walt Wolf 6, Red Watson 6 and Don Leonard 5. The "Mad Russian," as he became known in baseball, later shifted his activities to Joe Rodgers' Huntington Beach Oilers and was the mainstay of that club in its title years of 1935 and 1936.
In the 1936 final series against the Santa Ana Stars, won by the Oilers in four out of seven frames, Novikoff locked with Jimmy Coates of the Stars in mound duels. The final game, played at Santa Ana Bowl, drew a record crowd which paid a total of $1200, despite the low 25-cent admission price.
NOW EMPLOYED BY A LOS ANGELES PIPE-MANUFACTURING company, Novikoff lives at South Gate. He'll take his vacation during the Nitehawks' trip to Greeley, going along as an outfielder and reserve pitcher. "Louie has the best slow ball in the Southland," says Rodgers. . . . After opposing batters have looked at some of Jack Randall's fast stuff for a while, Novikoff's slow ball is likely to drive them slightly crazy.
Now adding strength in several positions for the Colorado title tournament, Rodgers believes that the club which will represent Long Beach in the Greeley classic will compare favorably with some of his top softball team's at Huntington Beach and this city.

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