Sunday, December 2, 2007

Wednesday, August 1, 1951

W L Pct. GB.
Spokane ..... 69 37 .631 —
Vancouver ... 70 38 .648 —
Salem ....... 65 51 .519 14
Wenatchee ... 53 52 .505 15½
Tri-City .... 47 61 .435 23
Victoria .... 46 63 .422 24½
Tacoma ...... 44 62 .415 25
Yakima ...... 44 64 .407 28

WENATCHEE, Aug. 1—The Spokane Indians erupted for eight runs in the second inning to hang a 15-0 shellacking on the 4th-rung Chiefs on Wednesday night.
Righthander John Marshall held complete mastery over Wenatchee as his Spokane teammates pounced on Charley Gassaway and Al Treichel for 17 hits and nearly as many runs.
The outcome was never in doubt after eight Indians paraded across the plate in the second. Ken Richardson drove in three of the runs with a pair of doubles and bombed a bases-empty homer in the ninth.
The Spokane-Wenatchee series stands all square at one all.
sweep at Yakima, 5-3.
Spokane ........ 083 210 001—15-17-1
Wenatchee .... 000 000 000— 0- 8-2
Marshall and Sheets; Gassaway, Treichel (2) and Robinson.

YAKIMA [Vancouver Daily Province, August 2]—The news was all good for Capilano baseball fans today.
Their favourite WIL team made it a clean sweep of their four-game series with the Bears at Yakima Wednesday to remain in a virtual tie with Spokane Indians for top place. The Indians walloped Wenatchee 15-0.
And capping the Brownies’ performance was the announcement today by General Manager Bob Brown that Vern Kindsfather, star righthander with the 1949 club, is on his way to rejoin the Capilanos.
Vern, a big winner for the ’49 team, was a freshman sensation in the Class AAA Coast League last season, and on the strength of his performance, Chicago White Sox bought him for delivery next spring.
But Vern couldn’t get started this season, and was recently shipped to Memphis of the Double-A Southern Association. When the Memphis team got pitcher Marv Rotblatt from the Chisox, they agreed to let Kindsfather return to the west coast. He’s here on option from Seattle.
Kindsfather is expected to arrive this weekend, and will be ready to join the Caps’ mound corps on the firing line next week.
George Nicholas pitching victory No. 12 in beating his Yakima “cousins” Wednesday, and Bill Brenner’s Bears will provide the opposition again tonight when the clubs repair to Capilano Stadium. Game time is 8:30 p.m.
Pete Hernandez will likely face the Yakima squad, and he’ll be hoping for batting support like Nicholas got in the fourth last night. Ahead 2-1 at the time, the Caps exploded as follows: Dick Sinovic homered, Charlie Mead tripled, Reno Cheso singled and Ray Tran doubled to sew up the game.
Vancouver .. 101 200 010—5-11-1
Yakima ....... 001 000 020—3- 8-1
G. Nicholas and Ritchey; DelSarto, Savarese (4) and Tiesiera.

TACOMA, Aug. 1—The hometown Tigers made it two-out-of-three over the Salem Senators with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.
Young Hal Dodeward, who was shelled out in the first inning the night before, came back to handcuff the Solons on five hits.
Salem ......... 000 020 000—2-5-3
Tacoma ...... 100 000 22x—5-9-0
Monroe and McKeegan; Dodeward and Watson.

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 2]—Everything happened to John Tierney, Victoria hurler, last night at Sanders Field.
He toiled for five innings in the opener of the doubleheader only to be charged with the 7-3 defeat. And his brief one-third inning appearance in the regulation nightcap cost him that one too when Al Spaeter poked a single into left field to beat the A's 11-10.
The clean sweep of the twin bill made it three in a row for the Tri-City Braves in their current encounter with Victoria and lifted them up to fifth in the Western International league race.
Tonight the two teams wind up the series in a Kiwanis-sponsored game. The service clubs from the three cities are also presenting a full program of pre-game entertainment. All Kiwanis proceeds will be used for youth activity funds.
There was nothing hard for the Braves in winning that first game last night. Joe Nicholas back on the mound after a long absence never looked faster. And he had a lot of help too. In fact Buddy Peterson continuing his amazing assault on any and all kind of pitching put the victory in Nicholas' kit bag in the first inning. He did it in typical fashion too by smashing one of Tierney's pitches well over the left field fence. The blow chased Al Spaeter and Vic Buccola to the plate in front of the Tri-City shortstop.
Ken Michelson, who relieved starter Jack Brewer midway in the after game, didn't have it as easy though. Only one pitch away from an easy 10-8 decision Michelson served up a gopher ball to Victoria's Bill Dunn. The circuit clout tied up the game 10-10 in the top of the ninth.
Sam Kanelos laid the foundation for Michelson's third victory of the season when he led off in the bottom of the 9th with a single. Bill Edelsteln laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt along the first base line and Kanelos breezed over to second. Michelson drew a pass and then Spaeter broke the A's back with a rifle shot single into left field.
The 1,100 fans also got a sample preview of what to expect in the way of pre-game entertainment tonight between the twin bills. And the general consensus was, "Let's have more of the same."
BBAVES BRIEFS: Sam Kanelos added two more stolen bases to his credit last night, one in each game. . .Clint Cameron, the walkingest man in the WIL, got four free passes from the Victoria mound staff.
The reason Bob Sturgeon, the A's pilot, uses first sacker Hal Jackson on the mound so much is because he only has five pitchers on his present staff. A reliefer, Bill Carr, is supposed to be coming, but hasn't arrived yet.
Ths same Jackson mentioned above was married in Richland yesterday afternoon.
Buddy Peterson lifted his batting average even higher last night with five safe blows in seven trips. . .There was a total of five unearned runs in the two games.
First Game
Victoria ...... 020 010 0—3-7-1
Tri-City ...... 302 020 x—7-8-0
Tierney, Osborn (6) and Martin: Nicholas and Pesut.
Second Game
Victoria ...... 100 043 002—10-13-0
Tri-City ...... 001 080 011—11-18-5
Propst, Hedgecock (5), Jackson (6), Tierney (9) and Thrasher; Brewer, Michelson (5) and Pesut.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from Aug. 2, 1951]
The sad part about the current decline at the Sanders Field gate, (444 on Monday, 698 on Tuesday) is that the Braves keep all of the home receipts instead of the customary 60-40 split. Had the attendance been up over the 1000 mark it would have helped the red ink situation quite a bit. However, the front office is trying to overcome the apparent reluctance on the part of the fans by bringing in special attractions.
Everyone has a special reason to attend tonight’s final game in the Victoria series. It is being sponsored by the Kiwanis clubs of the three cities and their share of the gate will be used for Kiwanis youth activities. This service club has long been in the fore-front on promoting recreational and other worthwhile youth programs. It will cost you a dime more for tonight’s game . . . but it will be well worth it.
What do some of the pitchers who toiled in the big show think of the umpiring here in the W.I.L. “Well,” commented one, “I’d say the big difference is that down here and in the coast too, you can't get a low strike. One that breaks around the knees. They will give you a high strike though, hut those high ones are apt to be belted out or the park. But those low strikes, if the umpires would give you those you’d find a lot less hits in some of these games because the batters world have to go after the hall or be called out. And if they go after them they’re almost certain to hit the ball into the dirt.”
Our conversationalist eased back against the dugout for a moment. “Another thing,” he went on, “it’s my idea that a man should meet certain qualifications before he can be an umpire. You’ll probably laugh when I mention it, but actually they should have eye tests. After all eyesiqht is the most important thing to umpiring . . . just as it is to the player. Then too there should he a minimum heighth for umpires.” The ex-major leaguer gestured in the direction of Nick Pesut. “You take a backstop as big as that guy and when a small umpire gets behind him there must be times he can’t see the ball if Nick raises up to take the pitch. I’d say no umpire should be smaller than 5-feet, 10-inches.
“There's one other angle that should be given consideration too, I believe,” he continued. “You take a close play at home or on the bases. In order to call those right an umpire needs Quick, accurate reflexes. That should also he a ‘must.’ However, I realize that if you put up all those requirements an umpire who passes them should he well paid. But if they'll make it worthwhile to pet those men I think you'd find a lot less squawking by both the fans and the players alike about the umpiring. And what I said here,” wound up the ex-big timer, “goes for most every league outside of the majors.”
Interesting words those. Particularly that part about umpires here not calling those low strikes. That low strike cutting the outside corner is the toughest of them all to hit. In fact that’s where a good “control” hurler makes his pitches count, getting the tough batters out in the clutches.
Seems like every time they offer a prize in the Salem baseball park Dick Faber is certain to win it. His latest was $25 for six hits in one series ..... and seven of his nine home runs were hit in the Solons park earning him seven hams for his winter's larder. Al Lightner of the Statesman says too that Mrs. F. is expecting a little Faber in October. When Dick played here last season the family numbered three so now it will be four.

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