Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 1951

               W  L  Pct GB
Spokane ..... 79 42 .653 —
Vancouver ... 78 44 .639 1½
Salem ....... 63 58 .521 16
Wenatchee ... 58 62 .483 20½
Victoria .... 55 69 .444 25½
Tacoma ...... 52 69 .430 27
Tri-City .... 52 71 .423 28
Yakima ...... 50 72 .410 29½

TACOMA, Aug. 15 — Hal Dodeward, youthful Tacoma righthander, blanked league-leading Spokane on six hits Wednesday night giving Tacoma a 5-0 decision for its sixth consecutive victory.
Dodeward left 11 runners stranded. John Marshall was the loser after running up six straight for his new club.
Three of the Tigers' runs came on catcher Don Lundberg's base-cleaning triple in the sixth inning.
Spokane ..... 000 000 000—0 5 1
Tacoma ...... 001 004 00x—5 8 0
Marshall, Palm (7) and Sheets; Dodeward and Lundberg

SALEM, [Vancouver News Herald, Aug. 16]—Loss of Gordie Brunswick to Vancouver Capilanos for the season was greatly minimized Wednesday when the Seattle Rainiers optioned K. Chorlton to the Canadian club.
Chorlton will report to the Caps at Salem today. Wednesday night, Caps crept to within a game and a half of the league-leading Spokane Indians by walloping Salem Senators 15-2 while Spokane was absorbing a 5-0 loss from Tacoma.
With the acquisition of Chorlton, Capilanos got a replica of Brunswick. In the last batting average releases Chorlton was third behind John Ritchey and Dick Sinovic with a .348 average.
The big younger started his WIL career with Vancouver two years ago, playing the last two months of the 1949 campaign after graduating from the University of Washington.
Last season, he was with Victoria and this year, he was optioned to Tacoma after a tryout with the parent Seattle club.
His acquisition, announced by general manager Bob Brown in Vancouver Wednesday, adds tremendous hitting and defensive power for the pennant stretch drive.
Last night, Pete Hernandez picked up his 14th win as the Caps climbed on Salem starter Curt Schmidt for five runs in the first inning and three in the second.
Pete scattered 10 hits as he controlled the Salem hitters throughout.
Tonight, George Nicholas will be after his 14th win as the Vancouver club winds up the Salem series.
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Dick Sinovic, Hernandez and Reno Cheso rattled out triples while John Ritchey contributed a double. Ray Tran topped the Vancouver batters with three singles in five trips. Bill Spaeter was the only Senator who got to Hernandez regularly. He was three for five with a home run.
Vancouver .... 530 052 000— 15 14 0
Salem .......... 000 001 001—2 10 4
Hernandez and Ritchey, Cheso ( ); Schmidt, Monroe (2), Lew (5) and McKeegan.

WENATCHEE [Victoria Colonist, Aug. 16]—Still minus a catcher, Victoria Athletics last night ended a four-game losing streak at Wenatchee as the Chiefs helped them to a 6-3 victory.
With Rocco Cardinale supposedly on the way to Wenatchee by bus from Portland, where he was grounded by an airline strike, Don Pries again did duty behind the plate. The hustling third baseman was charged with one error and a passed ball and permitted a stolen base but Jim Propst was tough for the Chiefs’ left-handed batting order.
At that, it was a close call. The A’s outhit their rivals 13-6, but left 12 runners stranded and needed most of the five Wenatchee errors.
Bill Dunn and Gene Thompson had three hits each with Dunn hitting in timely fashion to figure in most of Victoria’s run-making.
The win moved the A’s back within five games of fourth place and still left them with an outside chance to make the post-season playdowns.
Victoria ........ 120 000 201—6-13-2
Wenatchee ... 100 000 110—3- 6-5
Propst and Pries; Treichel and Roberson.

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 16]—With two left handers going the full distance and turning in a victory in as many nights it was pretty obvious that Yakima's manager Bill Brenner would shoot for a series sweep against the Tri-City Braves with another. And he will.
Tonight it will be southpaw Powell going up against the right handed slants of Lou McCollum in the final game of the series at Sanders Field. The game will be preceded by special color ceremonies by Boy Scouts from the Tri-City area and other surrounding cities.
Bill Boemler, an off again and on again pitcher, was definitely on last night as he turned back the Braves 6-3 with a neat four-hit job. Boemler cured his usual wlldness by the end of the second inning but not before his trouble got two runs charged against him in the Braves' first. Both runs were walked into scoring position.
However, the big youngster absolved himself by blasting out a four-master over the right field fence to drive in the winning run of the game. The blow came in the top of the fifth.
It was the seventh straight setback for loser Bob Costello who now hasn't won a game since mid-July when he defeated Spokane 13-8.
But it might be a different story tonight when McCollum takes the hill. For the lanky veteran right hander has beaten the Bears every time he has faced them here.
The Bears picked up two runs in their first panel, and another in the fourth and then clinched the game with Boemler's four-ply blow in the fifth. Yakima, added another in the eighth, the same frame that saw Costello lifted for reliefer Cy Greenlaw.
Cos' dug his hole by giving up three singles and then issuing a walk to Phil Steinberg to load the bases. Greenlaw, back in the dugout from his pasture tending duties since Al Spaeter returned to the lineup, ran the count to 3-2 on Boemler before he hung one around the knees that left Boemler waving at the air futiley.
A pair of Tri-City errors in the ninth accounted for the Bears other run.
Tri-City threatened in the second when baserunners reached first and third but a neat twin killing erased that threat. Aside from their unearned run in the sixth only one more Brave got as far as second and that came in the seventh when Spaeter singled after two were out and moved to the keystone sack when Vic Buccola walked.
BRAVE BRIEFS. Costello engineered a pickoff play last night when he caught Mike Baxes napping off first base. . .Both Neil Bryant and Bill Edelstein made snoetop catches that were so low they must have bruised the grass. . .Vic Buccola made one of the greatest stops he's made all year (and that's saying a lot) when he dug Bill Andring's screamer down the right field foul line out of the dirt and turned it into a double play.
Greenlaw never looked cooler than when he was striking out Boemler with the sacks clogged.
Yakima ...... 200 110 011—6-14-1
Tri-City ..... 200 001 000—3- 4-2
Boemler and Tiesiera; Costello, Greenlaw (8) and Pesut.

A’s Abandon Ticket Sale For New Car
[Victoria Colonist, August 16, 1951]
Because of the current government drive against lotteries of one form of another, some Victoria baseball fan will have to do without the 1951 auto Victoria Athletics had intended to give away prior to the season’s last game on Sept. 4.
Business-manager Reg Patterson announced last night that the Victoria Baseball and Athletic Co. Ltd., which had been selling memberships in the Victoria Athletic Association, had called in all books of tickets and that the project had been abandoned.
Ticket purchasers will have their money refunded but the method of making reimbursement had been yet to be decided. An announcement will be made within the next few days.
It was a serious blow to the club, planning to help meet deficits incurred in 1949 and 1950 with proceeds from the sale of memberships. Instead, the clubs will be out a considerable amount of money, including the cost of printing, commission to ticket sellers, office expense and a certain amount of gate receipts. Memberships included the right to purchase a ticket to a W.I.L. game at a reduced admission charge.

Eric Whitehead’s FAN FARE
[from Vancouver Province, August 16, 1951]

Your Capilanos stayed on or near the top of the WIL all this season because of respectable depth in the three vital departments: pitching, hitting and fielding.
But it took until Wednesday night to really highlight a fact long-suspected: that the Caps’ fourth and secret weapon is Ruby Robert Brown, the Old Fox of the new ball park.
Way back in the dear dead days of last springtime, when that now glittering chunk of greensward in Little Mountain was still mumbling to itself in derelict old Athletic Park, Ruby Robert confided, under absolutely no pressure, that he was really gunning for a pennant-winner.
We got the general idea when Brown picked up manager Bill Schuster for what is cutely terms a “pretty penny,” then presented Bill with a nicely packed ball-club, topposed off by the late acquisition of John Ritchey.
Brown’s simple master-plan of power-plus was knocked off balance when that Tri-City lummox, catcher Nick Pesut, put Schuster out of the lineup with a twisted knee.
A Little Shrewd Horse-Trading
Which was where Spokane, another pretty fair ball club, began to take over.
Then a couple of weeks back, Ruby Robert went to work to bolster his sagging hirelings, and wangled the return of prodigal son Vern Kindsfather, a pretty fair chucker who could certainly rank with the best right-handers in this league. This was a shrewd bit of finagling spoiled only by the fact that Kindsfather, playing mystery-man, has as yet failed to report.
But the payoff came Wednesday night with the announcement that K. Chorlton, another talented ex-Capilano and ex-Rainier, was in his way back to replace the injured Gordie Brunswick.
This is the surprise move of the year. In a cunning bit of convenience between Ruby Robert of Vancouver and his Seattle Rainier counterpart, Earl Sheely, Chorlton was plucked from seventh-place Tacoma, recalled but briefly (a matter of several minutes at most), to Seattle, and then optioned to pennant-or-bust Vancouver.
One For You, Two For Me
All, of course, very legal—but, well—there’ll be some muttering and mumbling around Spokane today.
The Caps have thus lost Brunswick, a .308 hitter, a fairish but unpolished all-round fielder, a willing workhorse and the fastest man in the league. In his stead they now have Chorlton, a .348 hitter, a competent fielder in practically any position, a hustling competitor who is no more than half a stride behind Brunswick over a couple of furlongs.
Fair exchange you might say.
It is an ill wind that blows nobody good when Business-manger Brown is handling the bellows.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from Aug. 16, 1951]
Only 12 more games left at Sanders Field and then it will be all over until next April for the Braves. No question either that it has not been a good season. And like any losing effort it has brought with it the necessary share of rumors, half-truths and outright wishful thinking.
Some of the rumors being bandied about are nothing short of fantastic. Others probably have some degree of truth to them. Certainly where there is so much there must be a little fire.
What changes are possible? Ownership? Certainly anything has a price and it's no secret that Babe Hollingbery, Hunky Shaw and others are willing to sell. But money talks and thus far the conversation along those lines has been silence.
Player changes? Of that you can be sure. It is axiomatic in baseball that when a club has a losing season they freshen it up with new faces. In the case of Tri-City most of those will come in the outfield and on pitching staff. It would be extremely difficult to try and better Vic Buccola at first, Al Spaeter at second, Buddy Peterson at shortstop and Nick Pesut behind the plate, too, not all the pitcher's are as bad as their record appears. It's hard to be a winning hurler on a losing team. But there are definite straws in the wind that some thing is up. So just wait around for another month or so and everything will unroll.

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