Monday, December 3, 2007

Tuesday, August 7, 1951

Spokane ..... 73 39 .652 —
Vancouver ... 72 42 .632 2
Salem ....... 58 54 .518 15
Wenatchee ... 56 55 .509 16½
Victoria .... 50 65 .433 24½
Tri-City .... 49 66 .428 25½
Yakima ...... 48 65 .425 25½
Tacoma ...... 46 66 .411 27

SPOKANE, Aug. 7—It's too early to say the Spokane Indians are running away with the pennant in the Western International League, but it'a a cinch they're doing plenty of running.
Chief speed-burner in the wig-wam is Eddie Murphy, the fleet centerfielder, who Tuesday night stole three bases for a season's total of 76 as Spokane downed Wenatchee 12-8.
Murphy's three thefts tied the league record set by teammate Edo Vanni. With nearly a month of play left, Murphy is virtually sure of a new record. Spokane romped to eight runs in the third inning on seven hits and two walks to maintain a two-game bulge over the second-place Vancouver Capilanos.
Wenatchee ... 200 030 130—9-14-3
Spokane ....... 108 011 01x—13-12-1
Treichel, Arnerich (8) and Lake; Conant, Roberts (8) and Sheets.

VANCOUVER [Don Carlson, Daily Province, Aug. 8]—The Capilanos won a terrific 3-2, 11-inning game over Tri-City Tuesday night, spurred on, possibly, by their nearness to setting a new attendance record for baseball in Vancouver.
Capilano general manager R.P. Brown told The Daily Province before George Nicholas went to the mound to engage Bob Costello and the Braves that the new record will be set within the next ten days.
“It’ll probably be come on Aug. 18, in the series here with Victoria,” Brown said. The previous mark for the season was 144,000.
After that, the Caps will have 11 more home games in which to add to their figure. The new record will thus probably exceed the old by close to 40,000.
Bobby McGuire’s sharp single into right field scoring Gordie Brunswick, who had got on base through Al Spaeter’s error, won the ball game for the Caps in the 11th.
The win went to Carl Gunnarson (his 7th against 7 losses), who relieved Nicholas in the 11th. Nicholas had held Tri-City to 7 hits in 10 innings, walked 5 and fanned 2, but tired at the end.
Losing pitcher was Bob Costello, who went the full 11 innings and was very fast even at the end. He walked 7, struck out 2.
It was the fifth extra-inning baseball game the Caps have won at home this season. They have lost only one, to Tacoma.
It was quite a game. The Caps left their supporters gasping in the early innings with some Brooklynesque base-running. In the second, Reno Cheso and Chuck Abernathy ended up on third at the same time, after Nicholas had grounded to Costello, and both were tagged out by Neil Bryant.
The Brownies opened their scoring in the fifth, on singles by Cheso and Nicholas and McGuire’s double.
Braves drew even in the seventh when Clint Cameron singled, Nick Pesut drove a long triple to the left field wall. Charlie Peterson walked, and Costello, no tower of strength at the plate, plastered a single into right field.
In the tenth, both clubs pulled great defensive plays to snuff off runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Ray Tran took Charlie Peterson’s grounder forcing Cameron at the plate, and John Ritchey completed the double play, throwing Peterson out at first.
In their half, Bud Peterson, Spaeter and Vic Buccola doubled Dick Sinovic and Charlie Mead on a fast play with the bases full and the winning run crossing the plate.
Capilano manager Bill Schuster will probably go back on the local baseball club’s active player list Aug. 15. This was disclosed Tuesday night by Cap general manager R.P. Brown. Schuster has been out for two months with an injured knee. Brown promised Schuster he could return to the active status when the club, by league rules, is permitted to add five players to its active list of Aug. 15
Bob Snyder, the lean Capilano pitcher, will be honored by Vancouver baseball fans at Capilano Stadium tonight. For Snyder, now in his sixth year with the Caps, it will be Bob Snyder Night. Stadium groundkeepers are clearing a spot at home plate to contain the amount of gifts the veteran favorite is expected to get. The Snyder presenation, plus a special roller-skating act by the “Royal Whirlwinds” will take place before the Tri-City game.
Tri-City ....... 000 000 200 00— 2 9 3
Vancouver ... 000 020 000 01— 3 10 3
Costello and Pesut; Nicholas, Gunnarson (11) and Ritchey.

SALEM, Aug. 7—A three-run surge in the fifth inning, gained two hits, three walks and a balk, provided Salem with a 3 to 2 win over Tacoma in a Western International league series opener here Tuesday night.
Sal DeGeorge pitched eight-hit ball for the Senators.
Tacoma ...... 011 000 000—2-8-0
Salem ......... 000 030 00x—3-8-0
Israel, Dodeward (5), Schulte (8) and Watson; De George and McKeegan.

VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 8)—Victoria Athletics bungled defensively and offensively at the wrong times at Royal Athletic Park last night to hand Yakima Bears a 7-6 win.
The game was the opener of a four-game series, which continues tonight and ends tomorrow night with a doubleheader, and the loss ended the A’s win streak at four games.
Six of the Yakima runs were unearned as two costly errors and a passed ball combined with two centre-field clouts that might have been caught but fell for doubles instead to give the visitors a big lead. On the way back, the A’s were taken out of one inning by bad base-running and out of another when a bad break turned an apparent hit into an out.
Wasted was an excellent relief chore by Victoria’s Bill Prior, who came on to stop a rally in the fifth and pitched four scoreless innings. The big righthander was impressive as he showed unusual control and moxie to completely stifle the Bears.
However, Prior ran into another good relief stint. Rushed into the breach in the seventh when an off-color Bill Boemler ran into trouble he couldn’t control, Powell whiffed pinch-hitter Milt Martin and Prior with the bases loaded, slammed the door from there.
Yakims’s first four runs came after Jim Clark made a great play on a tough chance only to make a low throw to first that Hal Jackson couldn’t hold. The Bears scored their only legitimate run in the fourth, added their last two in the fifth when a passed ball and a mix-up on a pop fly in front of the mound did the damage.
The A’s scored three times in the second with starter Bill Osborn delivering a two-run double. A double play wiped out that rally and another twin killing helped Boemler out in the fourth.
Gene Thompson led off the sixth with a hit and Art Thasher, making his last appearance for Victoria, followed with another one-base shot after Marv Diercks struck out. Centre fielder Phil Steinberg let the ball roll a few feet away but Thrasher was out at second. Two walks and an infield out which would have scored a run followed, depriving the A’s of two runs and perhaps more.
Powell came on in the seventh after Diercks had doubled in the second and third runs of the evening, walked Thrasher and gave up an infield hit to Bob Sturgeon before settling down for his important strikeouts. But for an unfortunate hop, Jim Clark’s hard ground ball to the right side would have started the inning with a hit, assured the A’s of at least one more run.
At that, the A’s came up with the fielding gem of the night. Particularly good was Sturgeon’s stop and throw for an inning-ending forceout at second base in the seventh. Don Pries and Hal Jackson combined to take a base hit off Al Jacinto in the third and Thompson made a fine catch in left field in the seventh after momentarily losing the ball.
Yakima .... 400 120 000—7-11-1
Victoria ... 030 000 300—6-10-2
Boemler, Powell (7) and Tiesiera; Osborn, Prior (5) and Thrasher.

TACOMA, Aug. 8 — Vancouver's John Ritchey and Spokane's Jim Holder continued to reign as the Western International league's batting and pitching leaders in games through Monday, it was revealed today in a statistical release from the office of Robert B. Abel, W-I president.
Ritchey's hold on the top spot in the willow race became only slightly less secure as he dropped two points to .362 while Buddy Peterson, Tri-City shortstop, was climbing one point to .346 and meanwhile moving from third into second place as Dick Sinovic, Vancouver outfielder, slumped to fifth at .333.
K. Chorlton of Tacoma made the biggest gain, lumping 17 points to .344, while Ken Richardson of Spokane also helped his average substantially, climbing 10 points to .339.
Peterson and Richardson both moved past Sinovic in the runs-batted-in scramble, which now finds Peterson leading with 88 and Richardson, Slnovic and Tacoma's Butch Moran right behind with 87, 86, and 85, respectively.
Will Hafey of Wenatchee is far ahead in the home run derby with 21, while Peterson, who clouted three in one game during the week, is now second with 11. Bill White of Victoria and Jim Marshall of Wenatchee are tied for third with 10 each.
Holder, idle for the fifth straight week with arm trouble, can't be dislodged from the mound lead while he's inactive and his 9-0 won lost record remains intact. Next in line are two Vancouver right-handers, Pete Hernandez (12-3) and Bob Snyder (20-6).
Diminutive Tom Breisinger, Wenatchee southpaw, continues to make news, not only as the league strikeout leader with a 168 total, but also as the author of a winning streak of eight straight. Tacoma's Bob Schulte, with 114, and Victoria's Jim Propst, with 113, are next in line in the strikeout race.
John Marshall, Spokane right-hander, remains the circuit's most generous donor of walks with 143, while Breisinger and Schulte are second and third with 127 and 125, respectively.
The leaders:
Weitarn International League Batting
(Includes games of Monday, Aug. 7)
Ritchey, Van. .... 106 348 126 62 6 .362
Peterson, T-C. ... 101 382 132 89 11 .346
Chorlton, Tac. .... 68 250 88 30 1 .344
Richardson, Spo. .. 95 350 112 87 9 .339
Sinovic, Van. .... 112 432 144 66 5 .333
Baxes, Yak ....... 112 409 113 49 4 .325
Moran, Tac. ...... 111 411 143 85 3 .324
Mesner, Spok. .... 101 371 120 71 3 .323
Vanni, Spok. ..... 107 463 148 50 1 .320
Kovenz, Tac. ..... 105 405 128 56 6 .316
Western International League Pitching
Holder, Spok. .... 106 46 72 9 0 1.000
Hernandez, Van. .. 143 55 77 12 3 .800
Snyder, Van. ..... 233 92 74 20 6 .768
Raimondi, Wen. ... 111 40 89 8 3 .727
Barrett, Vic-Yak .. 76 38 41 7 3 .700
Stone, T-C ........ 83 33 81 6 3 .667
Bishop, Spok. .... 194 52 77 13 7 .650
Breisinger, Wen .. 194 165 127 13 7 .650
DeGeorge, Sal .... 168 70 74 13 7 .850

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [August 8, 1951]
Sacramento’s recall of Sam Kanelos didn’t come as a total surprise to the front office of the Tri-City Braves. The Coast league club asked for the third baseman about a month ago. But at that time the Braves were still in contention for a spot in the end of the season playoffs and General Manager Vern Johnson nixed the deal. However, when the Sacs called again the other day Johnson gave the go-ahead sign.
With Tri-City a full nine games out of fourth place and only 32 left on the schedule there's little chance, they’ll be able to get into the playoffs. Thus holding Kanelos here would actually benefit the team nothing from that stand-point. And this way he does get a shot at Coast league ball. Another reason why Sacramento was so anxious to get him was that Ken Keltner, their hot corner man, wants to pull stakes and go home.
If you’ll recall only the other day one of their catchers just upped and left without giving notice and apparently Joe Gordon didn't wait to get in the middle of another jackpot like that one. Then again at the last reading we took the Solons were 16 games out of first, so calling in their younger talent gives them an opportunity to size them up without losing any ground on the front running Rainiers whom they couldn't beat out anyhow.
[line is missing in story] and send Tri-City an infielder or outfielder depending on which they could locate first. If it’s an outfielder then Bryant will move to third and otherwise the new arrival will take the third sack.
In just another week or two sportswriters throughout the WIL will start balloting for the annual all-star team. In that connection these words from Jim Tang of the Victoria Colonist are very interesting. In his words, which we quote here, Tang was writing of the recent Brave-Victoria series in Canada. “Buddy Peterson actually stole the spotlight in the afternoon fixture. The hustling shortstop, tops at his position in this league, kept the Braves in the battle singlehanded. He pounced on Jim Propst’s offerings for home runs the first three times up and only once found a mate aboard.” Which only confirms a feeling we’ve long had.

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