Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 1951

               W  L  Pct GB
Spokane ..... 93 49 .655  —
Vancouver ... 94 51 .648  ½
Salem ....... 74 68 .521 19
Wenatchee ... 68 75 .476 25½
Yakima ...... 63 80 .441 30½
Tacoma ...... 63 82 .434 31½
Victoria .... 62 83 .428 32½
Tri-City .... 58 87 .400 36½

VANCOUVER, Sept. 4—(CP)—Bob Snyder of the Vancouver Capilanos Tuesday night set a Western International League pitching record by winning his 27th game as the Caps closed out the season by blitzing the Spokane Indians 14-0.
Vancouver finished half a game behind Spokane, who won the pennant Saturday.
The Caps wasted no time teeing off on Spokane mound ace Jim Holter, who didn't last the first inning. Leadoff hitter K. Chorlton doubled. Two walks followed to fill the bases and Dick Sinovic singled.
The first frame carnage ended in a 6-0 lead for the Caps and they never stopped hitting. Charley Mead homered in the sixth with three.
Vancouver picked up single in the fifth, seventh and eighth.
Snyder, who threw a five-hitter, tied Bob Kerrigan's W.I.L. record Saturday night with his 26th victory. He was named most valuable player on the team. Negro catcher John Ritchey was named most popular.
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VANCOUVER [Don Carlson, Province, Sept. 5]—To all intents and purposes, Vancouver Capilanos today are the baseball champions of the Western International League. In my book they certainly are, after Tuesday night’s whopping 14-0 defeat of the official flag-winning Spokane Indians.
The victory had a three-fold significance.
1. It gave pitcher Bob Snyder his 27th win of the season, setting a new record.
2. It gave Vancouver actually MORE WINS this season than Spokane, the record now showing:
Spokane ....... 93 49 .654
Vancouver .... 94 51 .645
It rendered hollow any claim the Indians have to WIL supremacy, following the clean sweep of the three-game series here Monday and Tuesday by the Caps, in which they outscored Spokane 33-3 and outhit them 41-14.
There had been some suspicion following the Labour Day fiasco that Spokane had rolled over and played dead following their pennant-clinching week-end. This suspicion was dispelled Tuesday night when they sent their ace, Jim Holder (11 and 1 before the game) in to deprive Snyder of his record-breaking win.
The Caps disposed of him in the first inning, after bashing six runs and three hits off him. John Conant relieves him and the Brownies rested until the fifth and sixth [when they] went to work again, scoring five runs in the sixth on six hits, including Charlie Mead’s blow over the right field wall with two aboard.
They finished off with singletons off Dick Aubertin in the seventh and eighth, for a complete scuttling of the so-called WIL pennant winners.
“There is no doubt that they wanted to win that ball game,” said R.P. Brown, Capilano general manager after. “They started Holder, their ace, with the express purpose of stopping Snyder, and our club was just too powerful.
“Spokane had reached the point where they were breaking up after the flag drive pressure, and we beat them soundly.”
Capilano field manager Bill Schuster was equally convinced that the Indians went on the field with a serious purpose. “We heard that Aubertin was given instructions to loosen up some of the boys at the plate,” he said. “I told Snyder: ‘Bob, if that’s their game, you loosen up whoever tries THAT on us.”
It was a resounding baseball finale for the Caps. The sportswriters voted Snyder the club’s most valuable player for the season, and he responded by throwing a five-hitter at the Spokes.
The fans voted Johnny Ritchey their most valuable player, the hustling little catcher having led the polling all season.
Ritchey went hitless, but unofficial figures show he ended up as the league’s batting champion, with a final average of .344 (156 hits in 453 times at bat).
The Caps just threw too much wood at the Indians’ pitching staff From the first play of the ball game, when Eddie Murphy lost Chorlton’s high fly in the lights, there was little doubt among the 3500 paying customers that the Brownies were the better club.
The Caps close the baseball season tonight with a tussle against an “all-star” club picked from Victoria and Salem. All gate receipts will go to the players, in compensation for what they were deprived of when the league voted to cancel plans for a post-season playoff.
A pre-game novelty show is planned, including:
A 100-yard dash between K. Chorlton and Dick Faber.
Mouth organ music by Jerry Barta.
A catcher’s accuracy throwing contest.
Music by the Capilano trio (Carl Gunnarson, Barta and Chorlton), and by the whole club, rendering music the players sing while travelling the circuit in their bus.
A fungo hitting contest.
Spokane ......... 000 000 000— 0  5 0
Vancouver ...... 600 015 11x—14 16 0
Holden, Conant (1), Aubertin (7) and Sheets, Nulty (7); Synder and Ritchey.

VICTORIA [Colonist, Sept. 5]—By the time most sports-page readers have scanned these lines, every member of the 1951 Victoria Athletics will be homeward bound.
It may have been a glance at the standings, which show that the club wound up in seventh place, but whatever it was, the knowledge that they lost 11 of their last 13 games, or just plain homesickness, but whatever it was, the A’s wasted no time getting off Vancouver Island. Jim Hedgecock started the exodus by leaving on the midnight boat, his teammates all planned to leave early today.
They wound up the season a bit ingloriously last night by taking a 15-9 thumping from Salem Senators to end their last home stand with one victory in six games.
With nothing at stake, the players of both clubs fattened batting averages by shaking in 33 hits. From the Victoria standpoint, the feature was Bill White’s successful effort to finish the season with 100 runs batted in. The big outfielder batted in five last night with a home run and two singles to wind up with a total of 102 according to unofficial compilation.
It will be a lunch bucket and a time clock for most of the A’s in the off-season, with many planning to play some winter baseball. Just how many will be back next year, or if there is to be a next year for the A’s, remains to be seen, but this is what the A’s have in mind while waiting:
Ben Lorino—Straight home to North Hollywood and waiting lumber truck. Anxious to return to Victoria in 1952.
Milt Martin—No dallying on way to home in Vancouver, Wash., where he will look for a job. Would like to return.
John Tierney—Back to San Francisco home soonest. Hopes to spend off-season working for the post office department. Anxious to return.
Bill White—Home to Norwalk, Calif. Hopes to get job in Los Angeles school system working with youngsters with postural defects. Probably will return although disappointed with showing this season. Had hoped for good year and return to league in higher classification.
Hal Jackson—Heading for Torrance, Calif., where he will make decision whether to return to San Angelo, Texas, for department store employment or to go to Panama for winter baseball.
Marv Diercks—Plans two weeks in Portland before returning home to Laguna Beach, Calif. Plans indefinite. May operate service station or sell it and seek other employment. Would like to play second season in Victoria.
Bob Sturgeon—Driving to Sacramento with Bill Osborn, flying from there to home at Long Beach and immediate holiday in mountains with family. Plans indefinite. Had intended to pay in the Mexican League, will probably seek some off-season employment. Hopes the A’s will still be in the W.I.L. next April.
Bill Osborn—Wasted no time in reaching Sacramento home. Impending marriage of paramount importance, job-hunting next. Would like to come back here.
Don Pries—Flying to home in Alameda, Calif., where he will bite nails until some time in October when Mrs. Pries is due to present him with what he hopes will be left-handed hitting infielder. Will look for work, play winter baseball on Sundays. Would like another season in Victoria if unable to make the Coast League.
Gene Thompson—Leaving today with Mrs. Thompson and eight-month-old Tommy for home in Lynwood [sic] and job as truck driver.
Ben Jeffey—Straight to Los Angeles and date with draft board. Expects to be in U.S. army within a few week.
Jim Hedgecock—Plans to live in Oakland where he will work in laboratory for sugar company.
Bill Dunn—Returning to job as bartender in San Francisco. Not quite so definite about announced intention of hanging up spikes after fine finish at plate.
Rocco Cardinale—Going home at once to San Francisco. Plans from there indefinite.
Bill Carr—Straight to Vallejo home and hoped for job in shipyards. Promises to make better time on return trip.
Jim Clark—Almost became Victoria resident for winter months. Would have stayed but missed job of managing Strathcona Bowling Alleys. Now homeward bound for Santa Monica with plans for job of some sort and some winter baseball. Will be back if A’s play.
Jim Propst—Wasting no time in reaching home in Kansas City and job in ordnance plant.
Bill Prior—Remains at job with King’s Printers. Willing to play part-time baseball next season.
Salem ...... 040 041 141—15 17 2
Victoria .... 103 100 004— 9 16 1
Schmidt, Monroe (5) and Dana; Prior, Tierney (7), Jackson (9) and Cardinale.

KENNEWICK, Sept. 4—With shortstop Buddy Peterson leading the way, the Tri-City Braves Tuesday night waltzed to a 10-2 victory over Tacoma in a Western International league baseball game.
Tacoma ..... 100 001 000— 2 10 1
Tri-City ..... 002 132 02x—10 16 1
Schulte, Israel (1), Kipp (5) and Lundberg; McCollum and Pesut.

YAKIMA, Sept. 4—The Wenatchee Chiefs pushed across a run in the 10th inning Tuesday night to edge the Yakima Bears 4-3 in a Western International league baseball game.
Wenatchee tallied the run when Lyle Lake drew a walk and Tommy Breisinger doubled him home.
Wenatchee .... 102 000 000 1—4 9 2
Yakima .......... 001 002 000 0—3 9 1
Palmer and Pocekay; Brenner and Tiesiera.

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