Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wednesday, May 9, 1951





               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 14  5 .737 —
Spokane ..... 13  7 .630 1½
Salem ....... 10  7 .588 3
Tri-City ..... 9  7 .563 3½
Yakima ....... 7 10 .412 8
Tacoma ....... 6 11 .353 7
Victoria ..... 6 11 .353 7
Wenatchee .... 6 13 .316 8


VICTORIA, May 9—They do come back. At least in the Western International baseball league where two familiar names showed up in the box scores Wednesday night.
Kewpie Dick Barrett, longtime Pacific Coast league favorite now managing Victoria, took his first turn on the mound for the Athletics and received credit for an 8-5 win over Vancouver. He pitched hitless ball for four innings to help lift his team out of the WIL cellar.
However, Barrett took himself out in the seventh after giving up three runs in the sixth. His win cut Vancouver's lead to one and one half games over Spokane as Spokane edged Tacoma 6-5.
Barrett's five strikeout victims included Billy Schuster, his old Coast league teammate who is field general for Vancouver.
Vancouver ... 000 003 002—5 8 0
Victoria ....... 000 031 04x—8-9-3
Hernandez, White (6) and Ritchey; Barrett, Osborne (7) and Martin.

SALEM, May 9—Bill Bevens, Salem hurler, made it three in a row in his comeback attempt pitching Salem to a 3-2 win over Wenatchee at Salem. The ex-New York Yankee, who had a brief brush with fame when he came within a pitch of hurling the first no-hit-no-run game in a world series, scattered seven Wenatchee hits. The loss dropped the Chiefs into last place behind Victoria.
Wenatchee .... 001 000 001—2 7 0
Salem ........... 012 000 00x—3 11 0
Treichel and Roberson; Bevens and McKeegan.

SPOKANE, May 9—Pitcher Art Worth came in in the fifth and pitched one-hit ball the rest of the way as Spokane edged Tacoma 6-5.
Spokane scored the clincher in the ninth when Mel Wasley's double plated Jim Wert.
Tacoma .... 110 120 000—5 12 3
Spokane ... 300 020 001—6 9 1
Barta, Knezovich (1) and Sheets; Wyatt, Worth (5) and Nulty.

YAKIMA, May 10 [Herald]—The Tri-City Braves were as coy as a new bride receiving a wedding gift before they finally accepted an 8-6 ball game from the Yakima Bears last night.
Yakima's third baseman, Manny Travis, made the presentation in the top of the ninth with two out and the Braves trailing 6-5. Travis dropped a high fly near the mound off the bat of Neil Bryant. Vic Buccola, on second base was off with the crack of the bat and strolled across with the tieing run. Artie Wilson followed with a double to score Buddy Peterson who had singled, as well as Bryant. That was the ball game.
Although Travis turned out to be the goat he practically had to wrench the horns off the five errors the Braves committed. Three of them coming in the Yakima third accounted for five runs and put the Tri-City club in the hole 5-4.
Joe Nicholas, who for the second time went the full route on the mound unlocked his bat rack and hauled out a triple in the sixth. When he scored on Spaeter's deep fly it tied up the game.
But Yakima's relieving hurler Tommy Del Sarto put the Bears out in front again when he singled and scored on Bill Andring's double in the bottom of the sixth. And that was how it stood, 6-5 Yakima, going into the ninth, with Buccola on second Peterson on first, when Travis dropped Bryant's fly ball.
Lou McCollum, who holds that long count 21-5 victory over the Bears, will try for his third victory of the season tonight in the rubber game. Then the Braves will return to Sanders field for an 11-game home stand aginst Vancouver Salem and Spokane in that order.
Tri-City ... 130 001 003—8 11 5
Yakima ...... 005 001 000—6 8 1
Nicholas and Pesut; Anderson, Del Sarto (2) and Tiesiera.

ON THE INSIDE
By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [May 10, 1950]
If you were looking around for a nickname for Sam Castro what better handle could you find than "Sad Sam." That's the one lavished on every hurler since baseball began whose front name was Samuel. So you'd have plenty of room for argument . . . you would, that is, except that it just would not fit Castro . . . and for a couple of pretty good reasons, as explained in the next few paragraphs.
First of all, (and what better place to start than at the beginning) Castro is definitely not the sad type. Quite the contrary. Sam is quick on the uptake and when he's a mind to, can exchange verbal volleys with the best of them.
Only Sam is about as cautious as a pawnbroker at a counterfeiter's convention when it comes to making with the words. He spaces them out about as often as he does base hits, and if you've been following the Tri-City Braves fortunes this year, you know that's mighty few. Therefore, although a few of his friends know him as "Cheeta" from now on he's going to be known to this corner as Silent Sam Castro.
A while back there something was said about his relief roles and a check of the records show he's doing everything that can be expected, and sometimes a little more. For instance so far Sam has relieved in five games, winning two and saving one. The other pair were pretty well dead by the time Sam got to the hill, And that dash of "little more" comes to mind when you think of the 10 innings he went to beat Yakima 4-3 after taking over in the second frame.
SOME UNDISCOVERED NOTES
Here's a few other "hidden" statistics which we gathered up while going over the records to date. Clint Cameron owns the longest successful hitting streak on the Braves team. After going for a horse collar in the season opener the Clinker connected safely in his next 10 games.
Al Spaeter's record of nine consecutive games is second to Cameron's mark. Spaeter made it nine in a row from scratch before he fell off the wagon here in the first game against Yakima. Currently (as of Wednesday) Rube Navarro was leading the parade with a skein of seven. On the other hand Neil Bryant is in one cf his worst slumps yet, having hit but in one game of the last five. It dropped him from a .355 average to .262, a drop of 93 percentage points.
WATCH THOSE LEFT HANDERS
There's something about a left handed pitcher. Strikeout honors in the WIL are held (thus far) by Wenatchee's Tommy Breisinger (26) Victoria's Jim Propst (23) and Wenatchee's Dave Dahl (22). The portsiders are also the wildest with Propst having walked 28 in 23 innings, Aldon Wilkie has passed 21 and Breisinger 20 free passes.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Tuesday, May 8, 1951





               W  L  Pct. GB
Vancouver ... 14  4 .778  —
Spokane ..... 12  7 .632  2½
Salem ........ 9  7 .563  4
Tri-City ..... 8  7 .533  4½
Yakima ....... 7  9 .438  6
Tacoma ....... 6 10 .375  7
Wenatchee .... 6 12 .333  8
Victoria ..... 5 11 .313  8


VICTORIA, B.C., May 8—Victoria Athletics broke a four-game losing streak here Tuesday night by rallying for four runs in the ninth inning and scoring the winning run in the 11th to edge Vancouver Capilanos 8-7.
It evened the four-game series at one game each.
Catcher Lilio Marcucci, playing third base for Victoria, was the game's hero. The stocky veteran unloaded a bases-loaded home run to tie it up and then started the winning rally in the llth with a smashing single.
He moved up as Bill White hit a ground rule double, his third of the night Hal Jackson was purposely passed to load the bags but Don Pries came through with a single to right field for the winning run.
The Caps scored unearned runs in the second and fourth to match Victoria runs in the first and fourth and then broke through against John Marshall in the sixth for five runs and an apparent safe lead.
Vancouver ...... 010 105 000 00—7 10 1
Victoria .......... 100 100 014 01—8 14 3
King and Ritchey; Marshall, Osborn (8), Tierney (9) and Martin.

SPOKANE, May 8—The Spokane Indians scored five runs in the first inning Tuesday night to down the Tacoma Tigers 8 to 4 in the opening game of their series.
The win, coupled with Vancouver's loss to Victoria Tuesday night, puts the Indians within two and one-half games of the league-leading Capilanos.
Ward Rockey, who went the distance for Spokane, allowed four hits in the first two innings, but held the Tigers to three scattered hits from then on.
Tacoma hurler Guzman Amador was charged with the loss. Bill Schulte, who relieved him in the second inning, held the Tribe to two hits and one run in the next six innings.
Tacoma's Bud Kovenz made the longest run of the night—a triple in the eighth with one man on base.
Tacoma ....... 110 100 010—4 7 1
Spokane ...... 510 000 02x—8 8 3
Amador, Schulte (2), Goldienz (8) and Watson; Rockey and Nulty.

YAKIMA, May 8—Yakima enjoyed two big innings to defeat Tri-City 11-3 in a Western International league baseball game Tuesday night.
The Bears scored once in the second and added six runs in the third. Included in the barrage were two more doubles by Bill Andring. Phil Steinberg and Phil Brenner, two walks and three singles.
Cy Greenlaw made his second official start of the year and went as far as the third. Sam Castro, who has been extremely effective in relief roles, then took over the hill. And aside from the eighth when Yakima added four unnecessary runs, Castro kept home plate clean. Barney Serrell's triple with the bases loaded was the big blow.
Larry Powell, Yakima hurler, gave up 12 hits and was in constant hot water. Although he walked eight, he left the sacks jammed on three occasions. Tri-City stranded 17 runners. The league record for Left on Base is 19.
Artie Wilson accounted for two of the Braves' runs when he stroked a single to score Vic Buccola and Buddy Peterson who had walked. They were two of the free passes that winner Larry Powell gave up in going the route for Yakima.
Nick Pesut drove in the other Tri-City run in the top of the seventh. Again it was a single with Rube Navarro crossing safely.
Tri-City ....... 002 000 100—3 12 1
Yakima ........ 016 000 04x—11 13 2
Greenlaw, Castro and Pesut; Powell and Tiesiera.

SALEM, May 8 — Salem blanked Wenatchee 4-0 here Tuesday night.
The win was credited to Aldon Wilkie, Salem pitcher. He allowed only six hits and gave up no walks. The veteran hurler held Wenatchee runless for the entire nine innings.
Jim McKeegan made Wilkie's path smoother with a triple and a single.
Wenatchee .... 000 000 000—0 6 1
Salem ........... 000 010 12x—4 8 2
Breisinger and Neal; Wilkie and McKeegan.


Snyder Leads WIL Pitchers
TACOMA, May 9—Vancouver's Bob Snyder jumped into a long lead in the Western International league pitching race by compiling a 5-0 record for the first two weeks of the campaign, it was revealed Tuesday in figures released from the office of Robert B. Abel, league president.
Next in line are Spokane's Dick Bishop and Vancouver's Carl Gunnarson, each with 3-4 records. Gunnarson has gone to the hill only three times for a total of 8-2/3 innings—he pitched to but one batter on one trip—and on each occasion has been rewarded with the decision.
Southpaws dominate the strikeout race. Wenatchee's Tom Breisinger setting the pace with 26 despite the fact he has lost three and failed to win a game thus far. Jim Probst of Victoria, with 23, and Dave Dahle of Wenatchee, with 22, are next in line and both are lefthanders.
Top right-handed whiff artist is Ronnie Smith of Victoria, with 21, of which 10 were registered as he went the route in the record 23 inning contest with Salem last Saturday. WIL pitching leaders:
                    W L SO Pct.
B. Snyder, Van .... 5 0 16 1.000
Bishop, Spok. ..... 3 0  7 1.000
Gunnarson, Van .... 3 0  3 1.000
Tisnerat, Van ..... 2 0  8 1.000
Holder, Spok ...... 2 0  9 1.000
Stone, T-C. ....... 2 0  4 1.000
Castro, T-C ....... 2 0  5 1.000
Goldizen, Tac. .... 2 0  5 1.000
Clark, Tac. ....... 2 1  5  .667
Savarese, Yak. .... 2 1 14  .667
Wilkie, Salem ..... 2 1 14  .667
Bevens, Salem ..... 2 1  8  .667
Dahle, Wen. ....... 3 2 22  .600


Reg Clarkson To Join Stampeders
VANCOUVER, May 9.— Reg Clarkson, 28-year-old Vancouver athletic star, is giving up baseball for the football field.
He will join the half-back line of the Calgary Stampeders of the Western Football Conference and has been placed on the voluntary retirement list of the Vancouver Capilanos in the Western International Baseball League.
Clarkson, who started his football career at Vancouver College under coach Greg Kabat, played with the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club in 1949. He has a starry record as a football,
baseball and basketball player.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Monday, May 7, 1951






               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 14  3 .824 —
Spokane ..... 11  7 .611 3½
Tri-City ..... 8  8 .571 4½
Salem ........ 8  7 .533 5
Yakima ....... 6  9 .400 7
Tacoma ....... 6  9 .400 7
Wenatchee .... 6 11 .353 8
Victoria ..... 4 11 .287 9


VICTORIA, B. C., May 7—Vancouver Capilanos added to their Western International league lead here Monday night, defeating the punchless Victoria Athletics 4-1 in the opener of a four-game series.
Only able to pick up five hits from the offerings of Jim Hedgecock and Warren Noyes, the Caps struck for two runs in the first inning when Hedgecock got away to a rocky start, added another in the third on three singles and scored in the ninth against Noyes when manager Bill Schuster went the circuit on two errors and two balks.
Don Tisnerat won his third victory in as many starts by scraping out of four threatening james with the help of Victoria hitters, who now have scored by two runs in the last 44 innings.
Hedgecock, who outpitched Tisnerat by a good margin with a find mound job, opened by walking Bob McGuire and Ray Tran.
Chuck Abernathy grounded into a double play but Gordie Brunswick lined sharply over second base, the hit went for a double when Gene Thompson fell down chasing the ball and McGuire and Doug Sinovic, who had walked, both scored. Bad handling of the ball allowed Sinovic to come around all the way from first. Singles by McGuire and Tran and Abernathy's outfield fly made it 3-0.
Vancouver .... 201 000 001—4 5 3
Victoria ......... 010 000 000—1 9 2
Tisnerat and Ritchey; Hedgecock, Noyes (8) and Marcucci.

ONLY GAME SCHEDULED

Converted Infielder is Top Hitter in WIL
TACOMA, May 8 — Artie Wilson, installed as a starter in the Tri-City outfield last week, came up with a 9-for-20 performance at the plate to vault into the Western International league batting lead with a .423 average, up a cool 90 points.
Tacoma's Marion Watson last week's leader, was dealt with severely by Wenatchee and Tri-City pitching, slumping from .500 to the runner-up figure of .404 when he was limited to 4 hits in 17 trips.
Third among the regulars at .397 was Ken Richardson of Spokane, who dropped from .475 while hitting safely six times in 23 appearances at the plate.
Another Trl-City performer, Vic Buccola, enjoyed an even more spectacular week at the dish than teammate Wilson, making 13 hits in 25 trips. Buccola's blows included his third homer, giving him a tie with Spokane's Ed Nulty in that department. It's been just about "four-or-no-count" with Nulty incidentally, since he has collected only 7 hits altogether, including the three round-trippers, and is batting a mere .171.
Richardson clung to runs-batted-in lead with 17, up one from last week, but his position was being menaced by Buccola, who belted 10 tallies across for a season's total ot 16, and by Wenatchee's Walt Pocekay, who also had 16 as against 10 a week ago.
Looming as contenders for the home run crown were Will Hafey of Wenatchee and Steve Mesner of Spokane, veteran Coast Leaguers who belted two circuit smashes apiece in their initial week of W-I action.
The leading averages, as released today from the office of Robert B. Abel, league president:
                     G AB H RBI Avg.
Wilson, T-C ....... 10 26 11  5 .423
Watson, Tac ....... 14 47 19 10 .404
Richardson, Spok .. 17 63 25 17 .397
Hjelmaa, Wen ...... 12 48 19  8 .396
Buccola, T-C ...... 14 58 22 16 .393
Snyder, Tac ....... 15 55 21  7 .382
Murphy, Spok ...... 17 72 27 12 .375
Bache, Tac ........ 13 55 20 10 .364
Zuvela, Yak ....... 11 44 16  5 .364
Steinberg, Yak .... 14 58 21  6 .362
Len Neal, Wen ..... 17 59 21  7 .356
Stetter, Salem .... 14 54 19  5 .352

Sunday, May 6, 1951






TEAM           W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 13  3 .813 —
Spokane ..... 11  7 .611 2½
Tri-City ..... 8  6 .571 4
Salem ........ 8  7 .533 4½
Yakima ....... 6  9 .400 6½
Tacoma ....... 6  9 .400 6½
Wenatchee .... 6 11 .353 7½
Victoria ..... 4 10 .286 8


TACOMA, May 6 — The Tri-City Braves tightened their hold on the number three spot in the Western International league race here Sunday by taking both games of a doubleheader with the Tacoma Tigers. The Braves won the 11-inning opener 7 to 6, and staggered to a 13-8 win in the seven inning nightcap. They won the series 2-1.
Catcher Nick Pesut, belaboring the ball with all of his old power, broke up the first game with an 11th inning single to score Clint Cameron and Neil Bryant. Cameron had singled and Bryant had bunted safely.
Tacoma got one run back in the 11th. Sol Israel doubled and scored on third sacker Neil Bryant's error. Sam Castro came in to finish up for the Braves.
The 13-8 second game was a wild affair which wound up under the lights. Tri-City's seven unearned runs in the fourth after two were out gave the Braves a big bulge in the scoring.
Although he was relieved by Castro in the 11th, Lou McCollum, who had gone the 10 previous innings, chalked up his second victory of the season. The victory even evened the 6-3 defeat he had suffered here from the Tigers. Of the six runs given up by McCollum one only was earned the others coming off the four Tri-City errors.
Dick Stone was the third, and the winning pitcher in the nightcap. Kenny Michelson, who started the game was relieved in the second by Jim Olsen. However, when Olsen too ran into trouble Manager Charlie Petersen called on Stone. It was Stone's second victory of the season.
First Game
Tri-City 7 18 4
Tacoma 6 12 3
McCollum, Castro (11) and Pesut; Clark, Amador (8), Schultz (10) and Watson.(complete linescore unavailable)
Second Game
Tri-City ...... 051 700 0—13 10 1
Tacoma ...... 040 400 0— 8 12 2
Michelson, Olsen (2), Stone (4) and Pesut; Knezovich, Goldizen (3), Theodosis (4) and Watson.

WENATCHEE, May 6—Behind the pitching of Dave Dahle and the batting of big Will Hafey the Wenatchee Chiefs finally got out of the Western International League cellar.
Sunday the two teamed up to trounce the downward plunging Yakima Bears 11-3. While Dahle held the Bears to eight hits Hafey personally accounted for four runs. The right fielder slammed out a fifth-inning homer with no one on, and did it again in the eighth with two passengers crossing the plate ahead of him. He also hit two singles in his five batting appearances.
Wenatchee scored three times in the first inning to get things rolling, and picked up the winning marker in the fifth.
(linescore unavailable)

ONLY GAMES SCHEDULED

Saturday, May 5, 1951





               W  L Pct. GB
Vancouver ... 13  3 .813 —
Spokane ..... 11  7 .611 3
Salem ........ 8  7 .533 4½
Tri-City ..... 6  6 .500 5
Tacoma ....... 6  7 .462 5½
Yakima ....... 6  8 .429 6
Wenatchee .... 6 10 .375 7
Victoria ..... 4 10 .286 8


VICTORIA, B.C., May 5—Manager Hugh Luby, who batted in the winning run in the record breaking 23-inning 1-0 afternoon game, led Salem Senators to a 3-1 triumph over Victoria Athletics Saturday night with a two-run homer in the fifth inning, driving in Ritchie Myers who had singled.
Ray McNulty went the route for the Senators, scattering 10 hits. He lost his shut-out in the fourth when the Athletics broke a 30-inning runless string on singles by Hal Jackson and Tom O'Laughlin and a double by Gene Gaviglio.
New marks established in the first game were:
Longest W.I.L. game at four hours and three minutes; the number of innings 23; number of consecutive scoreless innings, 22; and number of innings pitched in one game by a single pitcher. In addition, first baseman George McDonald of Salem set another mark by handling 25 putouts and two assists. The team handled a combined total of 194 chances with only one error in a sparkling fielding display. The only error was charged to McDonald, who dropped a pop foul.
Victoria's Ron Smith went all the way on the mound, scattering 18 hits. For the winners, Ludwig Lew pitched beautiful four-hit ball for 15 innings before being relieved by Joe Mishasek who gave up five hits the rest of the way.
First Game
Salem ....... 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 01—1 18 1
Victoria ..... 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 00—0 9 0
Lew, Mishasek (15) and McKeegan; Smith and Marcucci.
Second Game
Salem ....... 000 020 010—3 9 2
Victoria ..... 000 100 000—1 10 1
McNulty and Beard; Propst, Marshall (9) and Martin.

VANCOUVER, B.C., May 5 — Dick Bishop twirled a brilliant two-hitter tonight to show Spokane Indians the way to a 2-0 victory over Vancouver Capilanos and an even split in their four-game Western International league series.
The Caps pounded Spokane 15-6 in the afternoon game with Bob Snyder managing to keep 13 Indian hits pretty well scattered.
Afternoon Game
Spokane ...... 100 003 002— 6 13 5
Vancouver ... 041 244 00x—15 16 0
Worth, Weaver (3), Martin (5) and Nulty, Meicenheimer (7); Snyder and Ritchey.
Night Game
Spokane ........ 010 000 001—2 9 1
Vancouver .... 000 000 000—0 2 1
Bishop and Nulty; Nicholas, Hernandez (9) and Ritchey.

TACOMA, May 5 — Jerry Barta throttled Tri-City with three hits to pitch Tacoma to a 3 to 1 win in a Western International league baseball game tonight.
Art Wilson's fourth-inning double was the first hit off Barta. Bill Edelstein collected the other two. The lone Tri-City run came in the sixth. Three walks loaded the bases. Vic Buccola scored on Wilson's outfield fly.
Tacoma scored once in the fifth on Mike Catron's single, a sacrifice and Sol Israel's double. The Tigers added two in the sixth. Butch Moran opened the inning with a double. Merv Dubbers walked and singles by Catron and Barta chased both runs across.
Barta gave up eight walks which kept him in hot water despite his three-hitter.
Tri-City ....... 000 001 000—1 3 2
Tacoma ....... 000 012 00x—3 8 1
Zande and Pesut; Barta and Watson.

WENATCHEE, May 5—The Wenatchee Chiefs chose Cherry Blossom Festival parade day Saturday to score their first Western International home baseball victory in nine tries. The Chiefs defeated Yakima, 6-4, in the first game of a twin-bill.
First Game
Yakima .......... 100 100 020—4 8 2
Wenatchee .... 010 004 01x—6 11 0
Anderson, Savarese (6) and Brenner; Treichel and Len Neal.
Second Game
Yakima 3
Wenatchee 12
(linescore and story unavailable)

Richards Out As Tri-City Braves Head
Dick Richards has resigned as general manager of the Tri-City Braves, Orin "Babe" Hollinberry, president of the club announced last night.
Hollinberry said Richards would be succeeded by Vern Johnson, formerly secretary of the club and assistant general manager.
Richards has held the reigns of the club since 1948 when it was organized in Yakima. He owns one-seventh of the club which tfe will retain.
Richards took over the team in Yakima in 1948. It moved to Wenatchee in 1949 and to the Tri-City area in 1950. The team finished in third place last year.
Richards told the Tri-City Herald last night he intends to open a sign painting shop in the Tri-Cities.
Johnson bought into the club in 1948. He is a graduate of Stanford university and pitched in the Pacific coast league until he was sidelined with an injury.
Johnson takes over with the consent of the management which includes Hollinberry and Fred Huber, Pasco, president of the Tri-City athletic association, which controls operation of the park. The association also plans to begin professional boxing matches this summer. One possibility mentioned has been Harry "Kid" Matthews, Seattle fighter.
Hollinberry was unable to say who would be appointed to assist Johnson as manager or if an assistant would be appointed.
No other changes in the club administration were mentioned.
-Tri City Herald, May 6, 1951

Friday, May 4, 1951






               W  L Pct. GB
Vancouver ... 12  2 .857 —
Spokane ..... 10  6 .625 3
Tri-City ..... 6  5 .545 4½
Salem ........ 6  7 .482 5½
Yakima ....... 5  7 .417 6
Tacoma ....... 5  7 .417 6
Victoria ..... 4  8 .333 7
Wenatchee .... 4 10 .286 8


VANCOUVER, B. C., May 4—Vancouver Capilanos squared their Western International league series with Spokane Indians at one game apiece Friday night with an 8-6 victory on a soggy field.
Bob McLean, Vancouver's starting pitcher, threw fat ones and wild ones in the first inning and Spokane hit and walked into a 4-0 lead. Caps got two back in the third and in the fourth inning splurged for five runs, the big blow being catcher John Ritchey's bases-loaded double.
The rain started to come down in the fifth inning. The teams took a 20-minute break and then returned to finish it up before a small, soaked crowd.
Spokane backstop Ed Nulty socked his second homer in as many nights.
Spokane ...... 400 011 000—6 8 3
Vancouver .... 002 500 10x—8 13 0
Conant, Weaver (6) and Nulty; McLean, Gunnarson (2), Whyte (8) and Ritchey.

Salem at Victoria, postponed, rain.
Yakima at Wenatchee, postponed, rain
Tri-City at Tacoma, postponed, rain.

Dewey Soriano Not Dewy-Eyed About Release
SEATTLE, May 4—“I don't like Hornsby and I don't like the way I was handled,” pitcher Dewey Soriano said when he was released Thursday night by the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League.
“Big Dew,” formerly pitcher-president of the Yakima Bears of the Western International league, had been used sparingly as a reliefer.
“I pitched a good relief game in Portland,” said Soriano, “So what happens. I don't get to pitch again until Tuesday night. Of course I'm wild.”
Rogers Hornsby, the Seattle manager, was inclined to minimize the April 26th relief job to which Soriano referred, saying the pitcher had walked four men.
He has been critical all season of Soriano's control.
“I hope,” said Dewey, “I can come back and pitch against Seattle while Hornsby is still the manager.”

Thursday, May 3, 1951







               W  L Pct. GB
Vancouver ... 11  2 .846 —
Spokane ..... 10  5 .667 2
Tri-City ..... 6  5 .545 4
Salem ........ 6  7 .482 5
Yakima ....... 5  7 .417 5½
Tacoma ....... 5  7 .417 5½
Victoria ..... 4  8 .333 6½
Wenatchee .... 4 10 .286 7½

VANCOUVER, B.C., May 3 — Spokane batsmen exploded with three home runs Thursday night for a 7-3 win over Vancouver Capilanos in a series opener.
Ed Nulty, Edo Vanni and Jim Wert homered for the Indians.
Vancouver Manager Bill Schuster was ejected in the second inning.
Spokane ....... 110 021 002—7-10-1
Vancouver .... 021 000 000—3-10-2
Wyatt and Nulty; King and Ritchey.

VICTORIA, May 3— Salem Senators snapped a losing streak Thursday night by coming from behind to edge Victoria Athletics 6-5, in the opener of a four-game series.
Catcher Jim McKeegan's three-run homer supplied the bulk of the Senator power. McKeegan left in the sixth inning at the request of the umpire Art Jacobs. Gene Thompson, Victoria outfielder, was excused in the eighth after a disagreement over a call at first.
Salem .......... 000 005 010—6-6-1
Victoria ....... 310 001 000—5-6-3
Bevens, DeGeorge (8) and McKeegan, Beard (6); Payne, Tierney (6) and Marcucci.

TACOMA, May 3 — Wenatchee enjoyed two big innings here Thursday night to defeat Tacoma 11 to 4. The Chiefs scored seven runs in the sixth inning after Tacoma starter Mel Knezovich had held them hitless in five innings.
Walt Pocekay's bases-loaded homer highlighted the big inning. The Chiefs added a four-run ninth with Lil Arnerich's triple the big blow.
Wenatchee ...... 000 007 004—11-15-1
Tacoma ........... 400 000 000— 4 -8-2
Dahle and Len Neal; Knezovich, Clark (6) and Watson.

KENNEWICK, May 3—The Tri-City Braves started late Thursday night but rolled up seven runs in the last four innings to defeat Yakima 7 to 2. The win gave the Braves a clean sweep of the three game Western International league series with Yakima.
Yakima scored a run in the second to go ahead. The Braves added one in the fifth to tie, then scored twice in the sixth. Art Wilson's double drove in Neil Bryant with the go-ahead run. Catcher Nick Pesut then unloaded his first hit in the last fifteen times at bat to drive in Wilson.
With Joe Nicholas holding Yakima runless the rest of the way, it was enough but the Braves added another run in the seventh and three insurance runs in the eighth. Buddy Peterson's triple with two aboard in the eighth drove in two runs and Clint Cameron chased Peterson across with a single.
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KENNEWICK, May 4—The Tri-City Braves took a bus over to Tacoma this morning, and with them they took a five game winning streak. Augie Zande (1-1) the curve-ball artist who holds previous 8-4 victory over the Tigers, will start the first game of the four-game series tonight. Lou McCollum is slated for Saturday night's action with Ken Michelson and Dick Stone most probable for the Sunday double-header.
Although he had previously only gone four innings, including the spring training session it didn't bother Joe Nicholas last night when he handcuffed Yakima 7-2 to make a clean sweep of the series for the Tri-City team. The victory picked up a full game on Vancouver and Spokane, number one and two in the race respectively, who lost last night.
Some fancy fielding gems were sandwiched in with Nicholas' first decision, and he made one himself when he beat out the fleet Bill Andring to first base, taking the throw from Vic Buccola for the putaut. Nicholas won the foot race by half a step.
Nick Pesut, who had gone, hitless in his 15 previous appearances at the plate, made his drought breaking single pay off by driving in Artie Wilson with what proved to be the winning run of the game. Pesut's rapper to centerfield followed Wilson's double which also scored Bryant in the sixth inning.
Of the 21 hit total given up by both pitchers, eight of them went for extra bases with the Braves collecting four triples and two doubles.
PETERSON GETS HOT
Buddy Peterson picked up the tempo set by Buccola's hot smoking bat with both infielders slashing a triple and double, while Buccola also added a single. Peterson's efforts drove in two runs in me eighth and Buccola's double scored Al Spaeter in the fifth.
Spaeter and Artie Wilson also tripled for the Trl-City team.
Nicholas gave the 1782 paying fans, and several hundred of the younger fry attending the Family night game, a sample of superb pitching in the eighth. With base runners on second and third and two out, Yakima's Chuck Neal stalked to the plate. Neal had slammed out a triple, single and double in that order previously in the game. Pitching carefully all the way to the Bear first baseman, and always on the outside corner of the plate, the Braves sidearmer ran the count to 3-2 before he passed Neal. Then, with the bases loaded, he got pinch hitter Les Maddox on a called third strike to douse the threat. He set Yakima down in order in the ninth.
The Braves ran their double-play count to 16 with Neil Bryant on the hot corner starting both of last night's, One went the familiar route of Bryant-Spaeter-Buccola, and the other was Bryant-Buccola. The last mentioned was engineered when Bryant speared a line shot, by Manny Travis and then fired to Buccola to trap Bob Moniz who had wandered off first base.
Artie Wilson, who has won a regular berth in the outfield, accounted for two of the Tri-City runs with his double in the eighth and his deep fly ball in the seventh.
The five triples, four of which were garnered by the Braves, tied a WIL record. Hitting the
three basers for the Tri-City club got the other, which was the first, coming in the second inning.
The record is also held by four other league teams.
Yakima .......... 010 000 100—2 9 0
Tri-City .......... 000 012 13x—7 12 1
Powell, Bedford (8) and Tiesiera; Nicholas and Pesut.

Wednesday, May 2, 1951





               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 11  1 .917 —
Spokane ...... 9  5 .643 3
Tri-City ..... 5  5 .500 5
Yakima ....... 5  6 .455 5½
Tacoma ....... 5  6 .455 5½
Salem ........ 5  7 .417 6
Victoria ..... 4  7 .364 6½
Wenatchee .... 3 10 .231 8½


VANCOUVER, B.C., May 2—One of the things wrong with the "Stop Vancouver" campaign in the Western International baseball league is that Vancouver doesn't want to be stopped.
The Caps, who have lost only one game in 12 starts this year, took their third straight win over Salem Senators, 6-5, on Wednesday night.
For the second night in a row, Ray Tran provided the margin of victory. He doubled in the tying and winning runs in the ninth.
Caps Notes - Vancouver sent pitchers Lonnie Meyers and Ed Kapp to Klamath Falls of the Far West league today but still are three above the Western International league limit of 17.
Salem .......... 021 001 010—5 13 4
Vancouver .... 300 010 002—6 8 1
Mashasik and McKeegan; Tisnerat, Gunnarson (9) and Ritchey.

VICTORIA, May 2 — Slim Jim Hedgecock stopped a Victoria losing streak at three games and ended a Spokane winning streak at seven games Wednesday night.
The veteran southpaw flashed his best form as he scattered eight hits and stopped the Spokane power to score a 4-1 triumph.
Hedgecock had a shutout in the making until the eighth inning. Three singles drove in Spokane's only tally. It was the only inning in which the Indians managed to get more than one runner on base.
Snokane ...... 000 000 010—1 8 0
Victoria ....... 011 000 20x—4 7 1
Rockey, Martin (8) and Meicenheimer; Hedgecock and Marcucci.

KENNEWICK, May 2 — Yakima and Tri-City tangled for 11 innings Wednesday night before Tri-City pushed across the run that beat Yakima 4 to 3 in a Western International league baseball game.
The Braves scored the winning tally on Neil Bryant's deep outfield fly which scored Vic Buccola from third. Buccola had doubled to open the inning and advanced to third when shortstop Jose Bache threw Buddy Peterson's dribbler into right field. Bryant's clincher came after Clint Cameron was walked to fill the bases.
Ted Savarese started for Yakima and went the full 11 innings.
Castro took over for Tri-City the second after starter Dick Stone had shown a wild streak. He held the Bears to seven hits in his ten-inning stint.
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KENNEWICK, May 3 (Herald)—Manager Charlie Petersen made a couple of stood moves at Sanders Field last night. As a result the Tri-City Braves to day were in third place in the Western International league, a long jump from the number six spot they were in before the game started.
His first move came when he plucked Sam Castro out of the bullpen in the second inning And the next was sending Rube Navarro into pinch hit for Bill Edelstein in the eighth inning It all added up the fourth consecutive victory for the Braves and Castro's second of the season.
It was also the first extra-inning game for the Braves when they finally wound things up 4-3, one-third of the way through their half of the llth inning.
Vic Buccola and Neil Bryant put the finishing touches to the game. Buccola got in scoring position with a double and romped home from third on Bryant's fly ball to deep left center.
When Castro took over the hill from starter Dick Stone he found the bases FOB (all full of Bears). Castro walked the first batter he faced scoring Yakima's first run and leaving the bags still loaded. But then he got Teddy Savarese, the Bear's hurler, on a double-play ball that erased both Savarese and Mike Baxes, who was forced from third. Savarese's easy tapper back to Castro set up the play. Castro pegged to Pesut for one out, and Pesut then fired to Buccola for the second.
This same maneuver, with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, pulled the Braves out of another difficult hole. And you can say this for Sam. Ha wasn't leaving anything to the other fellow last night. Not only did he rap four successive singles but he also crossed the plate with the tieing run in the fifth on Vic Buccola's single.
Yakima forged back out in front in the sixth when pilot Bill Brenner hit his only single of the game to score Jerry Zuvella. So the count stood 3-1 Yakima going into the bottom of the eighth, after Chuck Neal's triple in the eighth had counted another Yakima run.
Clint Cameron opened the eighth with a single and moved to second on Neil Bryant's infield roller. Artie Wilson's single moved Cameron home and Wilson got down to second when Bill Andring, in left, errored the ball. With Savarese serving them up from the port side, Petersen then called on Navarro to replace left hander Bill Edelstein in the lineup. Navarro slapped Teddy's first pitch for a single to score Wilson with the tieing run.
Castro set the Bears down in order in the ninth, wiggled out a tough spot in the 10th with a double play and permitted only one man to reach first in the llth.
A perfect strike by Jerry Zuvella prevented the Braves from ending the game in the ninth. With Buddy Peterson attempting to score from' second to Bryant's single, Zuvella's throw nailed Peterson at home.
Yakima ..... 010 001 010 00—3 8 4
Tri-City ... 000 010 020 01—4 15 1
Savarese and Brenner; Stone, Castro (2) and Pesut.

TACOMA, May 2— Charley Gassaway, former Coast leaguer, made his first league baseball start here Wednesday night a successful one by pitching Wenatchee to a 9 to 5 win over Tacoma.
Gassaway held Tacoma to nine scattered hits while his teammates reached three Tacoma
hurlers for 11 safeties. The Chiefs scored four runs in the first inning and were never in danger.
The win was the first for Wenatchee in five starts.
Chiefs Notes: Wenatchee has signed Will Hafey, released by the PCL's Oakland Oaks.
Wenatchee .... 400 001 130—9 11 1
Tacoma ......... 102 000 020—5 9 1
Gassaway and Len Neal; Schulte, Goldizen (8), Barta (9) and Sheets.

Tuesday, May 1, 1951





              W  L Pct. GBL
Vancouver .. 10  1 .909 —
Spokane ..... 9  4 .692 2
Yakima ...... 5  5 .500 4½
Tacoma ...... 5  5 .500 4½
Salem ....... 5  6 .455 5
Tri-City .... 4  5 .444 5
Victoria .... 3  7 .300 6½
Wenatchee ... 2 10 .167 8½


VANCOUVER, B. C., May 1—Shortstop Ray Tran's ringing single to center scored catcher John Ritchey from second Tuesday night to break up a 4-4 12-inning game and give Vancouver Capilanos a 5-4 win over Salem.
Salem had gone ahead 4 to 3 in the seventh but Vancouver tied it in the eighth on three conescutive singles.
Salem ........ 000 100 300 000—4 16 2
Vancouver .. 100 200 010 001—5 11 0
Wilkie and Beard; Hernandez, Whyte (8), Snyder (9) and Ritchey.

VICTORIA, B.C., May 1—Spokane Indians came from behind twice before a handful of frozen fans Tuesday night to make it seven in a row with a 9-8 victory over Victoria Athletics. It gave the Indians a 2-0 series lead.
The Indians edged Victoria on the strength of Steve Mesner's two-run double in the ninth after pinch hitter Milt Martin had put Victoria ahead 8 to 7 in the eighth on a two-run homer.
Spokane ..... 300 000 312—9 12 2
Victoria ...... 000 024 020-8 11 1
Holder, Worth (6), Conant (9) and Nulty, Meicenheimer (9); Marshall, Osborn (8), Propst (9), Noyes (9) and Marcucci.

KENNEWICK, May 1—The Tri-City Braves erupted for 21 runs here Tuesday night to avalanche Yakima 21 to 5 in a Western InternaItional league baseball game.
The Braves enjoyed a five-run second inning highlighted by Vic Buccola's two-run homer. They added eight more runs in the eighth. Included in the ingredients of the big inning were three walks, two singles, a hit batter, a sacrifice hit and two doubles.
Lou McCollum gave up 13 hits but coasted home as his mates registered a 19-hit attack off four Yakima hurlers.
Buccola had a triple to go with his homer. Teammate Al Spaeter also chipped in with a triple.
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KENNEWICK, May 2 (Herald)—"Fat" was the word for the pitcher served by a quartet of Yakima hurlers last night as the Tri-City Braves clobbered the 1950 Western International league champions 21-5. It was a game reminiscent of some of last year's free swinging contests with the Braves wearing all their best hitting clothes, to the delight of the 662 fans.
The two teams will tee off again tonight at 8'oclock in the second of their three game series.
Although the lean veteran right hander, Lou McCollum gave up 13 hits to Yakima he kept them well spaced rationing no more than two to any single frame. It was his first victory against two losses.
It was the little things that made the big difference in last night's hitting and scoring jamboree. Take that Tri-City second inning for instance. Had Yakima's second baseman Barney Serrell been a step quicker in getting the second half of a double play ball away the Braves wouldn't have scored a run. However, the dusky flash took that extra pause and Vic Buccola promptly dropped a 360 footer over the fence. It cost starter Jack Thompson the game and also ended his tour of duty on the mound when he walked the next Brave, Buddy Peterson.
Buccola, enjoying one of his best night's this year collected a triple and two singles in addition to his home run. All in all the Braves collected nine extra base blows off the four Bear pitchers.
Traditionally, in baseball, the leadoff man isn't supposed to be much of a power hitter but Al Spaeter revised the book last night by pounding a triple in the seventh and a double in the fourth. He also drove in five runs to lead the Braves in that column.
Another willow bender who likes the sacks well sprinkled with base runners when he steps to the plate, Neil Bryant, also found things much to his liking. With 10 RBI's before the game started, Bryant collected four more to come within rock throwing distance of the league leaders.
The Braves cleated home plate eight times in the fourth with every batter scoring except Rube Navarro who set them up by sacrificing the base runners along.
Only in one inning, the third, did Yakima display the brand of ball they must have played to win their first five starts. In that stanza they turned back the Braves on the three successive outfield putouts.
Catcher Nick Pesut was the only Tri-Clty clubber to go hitless. Meanwhile the rest of the team was fattening up the points against any possible drought that might come along.
Yakima ..... 100 111 010—3 13 2
Tri-City .... 050 822 40x—21 19 3
Thompson, Maddox (2), Del Sarto (4), Soriano (7) and Tiesiera; McCollum and Pesut.

TACOMA, May 1 — Tacoma scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth here Tuesday night to defeat Wenatchee 4 to 3 in a Western International league game.
Wenatchee ... 010 110 000—3 9 0
Tacoma ........ 000 200 002—4 6 3
Breisinger and Len Neal; Amador, Goldizen (9) and Sheets.

Monday, April 30, 1951






TEAM          W L  PCT GB
Vancouver ... 9 1 .900 —
Spokane ..... 8 4 .687 2
Yakima ...... 5 4 .556 3½
Salem ....... 5 5 .500 4
Tacoma ...... 4 5 .444 4½
Tri-City .... 3 5 .375 5
Victoria .... 3 6 .333 5½
Wenatchee ... 2 9 .182 7½


VICTORIA, B.C., April 30—Spokane Indians scored their fifth straight Western International league triumph here Monday night and spoiled the Victoria opener by downing the Athletics 7-4 before a chilled getaway crowd of 2,700.
The loss spoiled the home debut of both the Athletics' and their new manager, "Kewpie Dick" Barrett.
Dick Bishop went the route for the third time this season and racked up his third straight triumph by scattering 10 hits. The loss went to Ron Smith who started the season with two route-going wins.
The Athletics led 2-0 at the end of the of the third but Spokane pecked away at Smith for single runs in the fifth and seventh and two in the sixth and again in the ninth, when catcher Ed Nulty reached reliever John Tierney for a two-run homer.
The losers threatened in their half of the ninth when Bill Dunn and Gene Gaviglio doubled and Hal Jackson singled before a man was retired but Bishop tightened up to set Victoria's supposed power down without further damage.
Spokane ........ 010 012 102—7 10 3
Victoria ......... 011 000 002—4 10 3
Bishop and Nulty; Smith, Tierney, (9) and Marcucci.

VANCOUVER, B C., April 30—Billy Schuster's high-riding Vancouver Capilanos, beaten only once thus far in the 1951 Western International league baseball season, pulled another one out of the fire Monday night. They turning the tide with a three-run ninth-innmg blast and slipped by Salem, 4-3.
It was Caps' first home game of the WIL season.
Ludwig Lew had a winner until the last of the ninth then catcher John Ritchey led off with a double, John Bick and Bob McGuire singled, driving him in Ray Tran walked, and Chuck Abernathy singled into center field to score the two winning runs.
This Vancouver rally came after Lew had pitched himself out of a tight hole in the eighth when the Caps had men on second and third with none out. He struck out Reno Cheso and Schuster.
Salem's two third inning runs answered were made when coach Hugh Luby swatted a homer with Richie Meyers on base.
Bill Whyte, who took the mound in the Salem half of the ninth, got the win.
Salem .......... 002 000 010—3 7 1
Vancouver .... 000 000 013—4 10 0
Lew and Beard; Nicholas, King (8), Whyte (9) and Ritchey.

Tacoma Player Leads In WIL
TACOMA, May 1—By swatting a pair of singles when he came up twice as a pinch-hitter in the last inning of Sunday's second game at Salem, outfielder Marion Watson of the Tacoma Tigers hoisted his batting average to an even .500 tops for the first 10 days of the Western International league campaign.
Right on his heels, compilations released today by President Bob Abel's office reporter, was Spokane's Ken Richardson with a .475 mark, followed by John Kovenz of Tacoma at .455, Lilio Marcucci ot Victoria at .44 and Glen Stetter of Salem the league's 1950 Willow king, at .435.
Richardson's 19 hits and 16 runs-batted-in gave him the league leadership in both those departments, and his two home runs tied him with Vic Buccola of Tri-City and Bill White of Victoria for the top spot in round trippers.
Chuck Abernathy of Vancouver, with 13, and Ed Murphy of Spokane with 11, were chasing Richadson in the RBI race.
(Including Games of Sunday)
                     G AB H RBI  Ave
Watson, Tac ........ 9 30 15  7 .500
Richardson, Spok .. 11 40 19 16 .475
Kovenz, Tac ........ 5 11  5  5 .455
Marcucci, Vic. ..... 6 18  8  1 .444
Stetter, Sal. ...... 8 23 10  5 .435
Hjelmaa, Wen. ..... 11 42 18  8 .419
McDonald, Sal. ..... 9 31 13  3 .419
Mead, Van. ......... 4 17  7  3 .412
Bache, Tac. ........ 7 30 12  4 .400
Brown, Spok. ...... 11 41 16  8 .390
Cameron, T-C ....... 8 26 10  5 .385
O. Snyder, Tac ..... 9 32 12  4 .375
Catron, Tac ........ 9 32 12  3 .375
Zuvela, Yak. ....... 9 35 13  4 .371
Serrel, Yak. ....... 9 38 14  7 .368
Murphy, Spok. ..... 11 48 17 11 .354
Tiesiera, Yak. ..... 7 20  7  3 .350
Tuckett, Sal. ...... 9 26  9  6 .346
Steinberg, Yak. .... 8 29 10  4 .345
Sinovic, Van. ...... 8 32 11  9 .344
Roberson, Wen. .... 11 38 13  3 .341

Sunday, April 29, 1951






W L Pct GB
Vancouver .... 8 1 .889 —
Spokane ...... 7 4 .636 2
Yakima ....... 5 4 .556 3
Salem ........ 5 4 .556 3
Tacoma ....... 4 5 .444 4
Victoria ..... 3 5 .375 4½
Tri-City ..... 3 5 .375 4½
Wenatchee .... 2 9 .182 7

WENATCHEE, April 29—Spokane made a clean sweep of a four-game series with Wenatchee Sunday night, taking both ends of a league doubleheader 9-7 and 7-4.
Pitcher John Conant gave up 17 hits to Wenatchee in the wild closing game but still received credit for the Spokane win. Spokane reached two Wenatchee hurlers for eight hits. The Indians collected 15 hits in the opening game to 6 for Wenatchee.
First Game
Spokane ........ 005 030 001—9 15 1
Wenatchee .... 002 014 000—7 6 0
Eckhart, Weaver (6), Wyatt (6) and Hinz, Nulty (6); Dahle, Korhonen (5), Rounds (7) and Len Neal.
Second game
Spokane ....... 200 011 003—7 8 1
Wenatchee ... 000 121 000—4 17 3
Conant and Nulty; Treichel, Gassaway (9) and Len Neal.

YAKIMA, The Vancouver Capilanos made a clean sweep of their short series in Yakima, with 6-2 and 4-2 wins on Sunday.
In the opener, Don Tisnerat and Larry Powell matched seven-hitters. Bob McGuire had three of Vancouver's his, including a triple, and batted in a pair of runs. Chuck Abernathy also doubled in a pair in the second inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the Caps the lead for good.
In the second game, Bob Snyder gave up only six hits. Abernathy had a triple and three singles in five trips to the plate. Snyder contributed a double that knocked in a run.
First Game
Vancouver ..... 120 030 0—6 7 1
Yakima .......... 110 000 2—4 7 2
Tisnerat and Ritchey; Powell, Savarese (5) and Tornay.
Second Game
Vancouver ........ 030 100 000—4 10 1
Yakima ............. 000 020 000—2 6 4
Snyder and Ritchey; Delsarte, Anderson (2), and Tiesiera

SALEM, April 29—Tacoma trounced Salem 17-in the opening game of their double-header and also took the nightcap, 8 to 3.
Tacoma reached four Salem pitchers for 18 hits in the wild first game. The seven-inning second game was tied at one-all at the end of the sixth, but Tacoma chased across seven runs in the first of the seventh to coast to a win.
First Game
Tacoma .......... 102 042 215—17 18 0
Salem ............. 020 003 000—5 14 4
Clark and Watson; Bevens, DeGeorge (5), Hemphill (7), Lopeman (9) and Beard.
Second Game
Tacoma .......... 100 000 7—8 6 1
Salem ............. 000 001 2—3 6 0
Knezovich and Sheets; McNulty, DeGeorge (7) and Beard.

KENNEWICK, April 30—After being rained out Friday and Saturday nights the Tri-City Braves pulled up a notch in the Western International league by belting Victoria 8-5 yesterday afternoon in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. The second contest was called at the end of the seventh inning by prior agreement between the teams. That 3-3 tie game will be played out from, that point on a return visit by the A's to Sanders Field.
Six pitchers paraded to the mound during that first game and probably the most surprised was John Tierney who got charged with the loss, Tierney only looked at four Braves but before the hectic sixth inning was closed, three of them had scored, including the winning run. That was enough for John. Lefty Bill Paine came on to finally subdue the free swinging Tri-City club.
Kenny Michelson, who started on the hill for the Braves, had more trouble controlling the ball than he clid the A's. When he poured it down the pipe Victoria had trouble finding the ball for a base hit. However, it was the four free passes and two hit batters who got the young pitcher into most of his trouble. The first three Victoria runs came via this route.
Sam Castro took over the Braves' mound in the fourth and became the winning pitcher as a result of the big uprising in the sixth. Castro, lifted in that sixth for a pinch hitter, wasn't around for the finish either. The final inning chore fell to lanky Bob Costello who toyed briefly with the A's by loading the sacks on two singles and a walk and then countered by striking out pinch-hitter Bill Martin and getting Bill Dunn on a skyscraper to Rube Navarro in center.
THE BIG SIXTH
Here's how that big inning for the Braves went. Navarro opened with a single and wound up on third when starter Jim Propst passed Mike Michelson and Charlie Petersen, who was batting for Castro. Al Spaeter lofted one deep to center with Navarro scoring after the catch. Vic Buccola's single scored Michelson, and that was all for Propst.
Tierney opened his brief appearance by walking Buddy Peterson to load the sacks. Clint Cameron then grounded out with Joe Nicholas, running for Petersen, scoring from third. Bryant's single scored Buccola with the tieing, and Peterson with the winning run. Then when Artie Wilson walked Tierney was shower-bound.
Navarro, making his second appearance of the inning, walked. Then Mike Michelson nailed down the victory by pumping a single over the shortstop's head to score Bryant and Wilson.
The high wind which swept the field throughout the day raised plenty of havoc in the outfield. It was this wind, or a seventh inning error, depending on which way you look at it, that caused the second game to hang up on a 3-3 tie.
Victoria jumped out in front in the second when Dunn's lofter to left field was swept off the glove of Artie Wilson, to go for a double with two runs scoring. The Braves went ahead 3-2 in the third on Buddy Peterson's double which drove in Cy Greenlaw and Al Spaeter. Cameron's single to score Peterson then put the Braves out in front.
That was the ball game into the seventh. Then Peterson errored Marcucci's roller and Greenlaw suddenly lost his control, walking two after getting one out. With the bases loaded Greenlaw was lifted for reliefer Jim Olsen who walked Gene Thompson with Marcucci scoring. Olsen then got Bill White on a strikeout and Bryant tagged Gaviglio for the third out on an infield blow.
First Game
Victoria .......... 111 200 0—5-9-1
Tri-City .......... 001 007 x—8-8-0
Propst, Tierney (6), Paine (6) and Marcucci; K. Michelson, Castro (4), Costello (7) and Pesut.
Second Game (not finished)
Victoria .......... 000 000 1—1 4 1
Tri-City .......... 000 000 0—3 7 1
Hedgecock. Marshall (7) and Martin; Greenlaw, Olsen (7) and Pesut.

Saturday, April 28, 1951





W L Pct GB
Vancouver ... 6 1 .857 —
Yakima ...... 5 2 .714 1
Salem ....... 5 2 .714 1
Spokane ..... 5 4 .536 2
Victoria .... 3 4 .420 3
Tacoma ...... 2 5 .286 4
Tri-City .... 2 5 .286 4
Wenatchee ... 2 7 .222 5


WENATCHEE, Wn., April 28 — Spokane made eight walks and six hits count when they were needed tonight to edge Wenatchee 7 to 6 in a Western International baseball game here.
Spokane got single runs in the second and third before tallying four times in the fifth inning on two singles, two balks, a double steal, a walk and a double. The Indians added one in the sixth to go ahead 7 to 3.
Wenatchee closed the gap in the seventh in a three-run drive featured by Lyle Palmer's double with two aboard. Palmer scored when Budin grounded out to third.
Ward Rockey, who went the route for Spokane, gave up 13 hits however he was stingy in the clutch and gained the win. Tommy Breisinger was the loser.
The two clubs play a day-night doubleheader here Sunday.
Spokane ........ 011 041 000—7- 6-2
Wenatchee .... 002 100 300—6-13-2
Rockey and Hinz, Nulty (7); Breisinger, Kanshin (7) and Len Neal.

Rain postponed the Victoria at Tri-City doubleheader, Vancouver at Yakima tilt and Tacoma at Salem game.

This and This
PULLMAN, Wash., April 29 (AP)— Don Faris, a former Idaho newspaperman, was appointed Saturday athletic publicity director at Washington State college.
Faris will take over May 1, succeeding Dave Stidolph who resigned to become administrative assistant for the Spokane Indians baseball club of the Western International League.

GENE (SKIP) ROWLAND, one-time UCLA football and baseball star, tomorrow will be recommended for the job of varsity football coach at Wilson High School.
Rowland is now a football and baseball coach at Riverside Junior college.
Rowland played professional baseball with Spokane, Wash., in the Western International
League in 1949 and '50 and was with the Riverside team for a month last year.
-Long Beach Press Telegram, Sunday, April 29, 1951

Friday, April 27, 1951






              W L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 6 1 .857 —
Yakima ...... 5 2 .714 1
Salem ....... 5 2 .714 1
Spokane ..... 4 4 .500 2½
Victoria .... 3 4 .420 3
Tacoma ...... 2 5 .286 4
Tri-City .... 2 5 .286 4
Wenatchee ... 2 6 .250 4½


WENATCHEE, April 27—Spokane outwalked Wenatchee 10 to 9 here Friday night in a Western International league baseball game. It was more like a hiking contest. Twenty-four men walked. The Indians scored twice in the first, one apiece in the third and fourth, then piled up six runs in the seventh largely on the wildness of starter George Korhonen and his successor Mike Kanshin.
Spokane ......... 201 100 600—10 9 1
Wenatchee ....... 000 001 710— 9 10 1
Holder. Robert (7) Conant (8) and Nulty; Korhonen, Kanshin (7), Dahle (9) and Len Neal.

Tacoma at Salem, postponed, rain.
Victoria at Tri-City, postponed, rain.
Vancouver at Yakima, postponed, rain.

INDIANS SIGN MESNER
SPOKANE, April 27 (AP)—The Spokane Indians of the Western International league announced the signing Friday of Steve Mesner, 31-year-old former major leaguer to replace negro rookie Bobby Reynolds at shortstop. In seven games, Reynolds, 18, has committed six errors and has a slim batting average of .208.

CHIEFS ACQUIRE GASSAWAY
WENATCHEE, April 27 (AP) — Veteran southpaw Charley Gassaway, released by the Oakland Acorns, was added Friday to the roster of the Wenatchee Chiefs of the Western International league. Wenatchee Manager Rupert (Tommy) Thompson said Gassaway will report here from Oakland in time for the Sunday doubleheader against the Spokane Indians.

STRATTON RELEASED
EUGENE, Ore., April 27—Eugene manager Walter Mails, starting to trim down his Far West League baseball squad, this week announced release of Frank Stratton. Stratton is a right-handed pitcher, sent on trial from Tacoma.

JOHNNY WOULD LIKE TO CATCH EVERY GAME
He Loves Ball, But Portland Experience Almost Stopped Ritchey
By HAL MALONE
[Vancouver Sun, April 28, 1951]
It has long been a mystery among baseball followers why a ballplayer elects to be a catcher when there are eight other positions on a team which require a minimum of exertion.
Many young men choose the “tools of ignorance” for a number of reasons, the most notable being they are not gifted with speed necessary to become a success at any other post.
Any player not a catcher will invariably state that he wouldn’t be one for all the stars on General MacArthur’s shoulder.
But not Johnny Ritchey. The most recent addition to the Capilanos frankly admits catching is the only position he has ever played or wanted to play.
The young Negro—first of his race to wear the Vancouver flannels—prefers the squatting position “because in my mind it’s one of the most important and busiest jobs on a ball club.”
It was Ritchey’s earnest desire to catch, not occasionally but every day, that almost curtailed, by his choice, any thoughts he had of pursuing baseball for his livelihood.
Before explaining that statement, let’s trace Ritchey’s travels in organized baseball. His is a short career and the telling won’t take long.
He was working on a combined second year law and social service course at San Diego State College when a scout for that city’s San Diego Padres signed him. That was in 1948. He caught less than 75 games that year. “I was lucky to play that much,” he says, “because we had four catchers and almost as many managers.”
In 1949, the Padres were “blessed” when Bucky Harris signed as manager. The quotes are Ritchey’s, not mine.
That was the year John Ritchey caught in 112 games and hit .324. The ball players said Ritchey was the best defensive catcher in the league and they expressed their opinions in all-star selections.
You get a fairly good idea what kind of a boss Harris was when Ritchey says, “They don’t make enough people in the world like him.”
The following year, Harris and Ritchey went in opposite directions. Bucky went to Washington and Ritchey was traded to Portland.
At the time, the Beavers were preparing husky Jimmy Gladd for a return to the majors. Their plans were for him to catch in nearly every game. The rookie Ritchey was to sit on the bench.
For a young fellow desirous of improving his earning capacity in order to provide better things for a wife and two girls, keeping the bench warm wasn’t an assignment to be taken with closed lips.
He protested and was hastily regarded as a vociferous dissenter. At the Portland’s spring training camp, where he did little but receive batting practise, Ritchey realized that he and Portland were furlongs apart regarding the assessment of his talents. Wholly disgusted, Ritchey packed his Gladstone, said goodbye to baseball, and went home.
He was prepared to let baseball go its way as long as it didn’t get in his. He was through for certain.
Then Bob Brown phoned. Here Ritchey laughed.
“I didn’t even want to talk to him. But he kept talking. I guess he must have been one of the most persuasive talkers any place.
“As far as baseball is concerned I’m like a little boy with ice cream. Give me some of it and I want more. I’d like to catch every day for the Caps. Sure, catching is hard work. But I like it. Always have.”
Did he know his boss, Bill Schuster?
Ritchey got a little red and replied, “I sure do. My first year in the Coast League he pretty near ran me out of baseball. I never saw anybody run the bases like him.”
About now you are probably wondering what the rest of the Caps think about their Negro teammate. A number of comments were freely expressed. Veteran Ray Tran seemed to sum it quite well when he said “Ritchey? One of the nicest guys I know. And a good ball player, too. That’s what counts most, isn’t it?”

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Thursday, April 26, 1951







               W L Pct. GB
Vancouver .... 6 1 .857 —
Yakima ....... 5 2 .714 1
Salem ........ 5 2 .714 1
Spokane ...... 3 4 .429 3
Victoria ..... 3 4 .429 3
Tacoma ....... 2 5 .288 4
Tri-City ..... 2 5 .288 4
Wenatchee .... 2 5 .288 4


SPOKANE, April 26—Pitching pays off. It's an old adage but its truth was again demonstrated Thursday night in the Western International baseball League.
The Spokane Indians handed Vancouver its first defeat of the season, 7 to 3, on the strength of seven-hit hurling Dirk Bishop.
Bishop's mates backed up his effort with a ten-hit attack.
The Caps held a one-run lead for the first three innings but a homer with one aboard by Ed Nulty in the fourth inning reversed the lead.
Vancouver tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh, but in their home half, Spokane greeted bespectacled rookie Lonnie Myers with four good blows, good enough gor the ball game.
Pete Hernandez started for Vancouver and was removed for a pinch hitter in the sixth.
Mel Wasley had three hits, good enough to drive in two runs.
Ray Tran and Chuck Abernathy each gathered two hits. Abernathy drove in two runs and Tran was responsible for one.
The Capilanos had racked up six straight wins before they bumped into Bishop's hurling.
Vancouver .... 100 010 100—3 7 3
Spokane ....... 000 210 40x—7 10 3
Hernandez, Meyers (6) King (9) and Ritchey; Bishop and Nulty.

YAKIMA, April 26 — Wenatchee's Al Treichel held the Yakima Bears to five hits for 4 to 1 win in a Western International League game Thursday night.
It was the Chiefs' second straight win over the Bears in the league chase.
Len Neal's homer with one aboard in the eighth bolstered an early Wenatchee lead. Treichel pitched runless ball over the last five innings.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the fifth, Wenatchee mustered the go-ahead run on a combination of a single, a walk and a hit batter. Yakima talliedn its lone run in the fourth on Steinberg's bunt, Serrell's single and Jerry Zuvela's double. Mike Baxes hit into a double play to end the threat.
Wenatchee .... 001 010 020—4 7 0
Yakima .......... 000 100 000—1 5 1
Treichel and Len Neal; Maddox, Anderson (9) and Tiesiera.

SALEM, April 26 — A neat six-hitter by Victoria's hurler Ron Smith sent Salem down to a 3 to 0 defeat Thursday night in Western International League baseball. Victoria scored once in the first inning and added two more in the eighth.
The loss broke Salem's four-game winning streak, and ended the current three-game series with Victoria. Salem won two of them.
Victoria ..... 100 000 020—3 9 2
Salem ........ 000 000 000—0 8 1
Smith and Marcucci; Mishasek and McKeegen.

KENNEWICK, April 26 — The Tri-City Braves found the formula for their first home win of the 1951 Western International league baseball season here Thursday night. It consisted largely of steady hurling by Augusto Zande plus some lusty power hitting by Vic Buccola which enabled the Braves to defeat Tacoma 8 to 4.
Buccola homered once in the fourth and again in the eighth, each time with one man on, to drive in four Tri-City runs. Rube Navarro with a triple and Clint Cameron with a double helped power the Braves 14-hit assault on a trio of Tacoma pitchers. Bill Edelstein chipped in with three singles.
Tacoma scored three times in the fourth. Jose Bache singled and Butch Moran doubled him home. Then, with two out, Orrin Snyder walked and catcher Bill Sheets chased two runs home with a double. Zande went the rest of the way without serious trouble.
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KENNEWICK, April 27 (Herald) — They held a little going away party at Sanders Field last night and everyone, except of course the guests from Tacoma, went home well pleased with the affair. The 657 fans who showed up saw quite a ball game, including the first home victory this year for the Tri-City Braves.
Thert were more "firsts" in the 8-4 victory than there were opening night. Vic Buccola became the first player to hoist one over the fence. He did it in the fourth, with Bill Edelstein a willing passenger from second base. Then to prove it was no fluke the Braves' first sacker poled another one out in the eighth. And on that one he carried Al Spaeter around the sacks from first base.
The victory chalked up by hurler Angle Zande, the first pitcher incidentally to go the full route, snapped a four-game losing streak. Tonight the Victoria Athletics led by pilot Dick "Kewpie" Barrett, swung into Sanders Field for a four-game series. Last night the A's pounded Salem 3-0 so it should be a good battle all the way. Portsider Cy Greenlaw drew the opening mound assignment.
You could tell it was going to be quite a night on tha first out ot the first inning. Tacoma's Sol Israel slammed a 2-1 pitch deep into right field but Clint Cameron, with his back up against the fence went high into the air to stab the ball. Apparently the Clinker liked the feel of that fence, for he rifled a double off of it in the first frame to score Buccola, who had singled, to count the first run of the game.
Left fielder Ruben Navarro collected a batch of prizes for his triple the first of the season, deep into right center. Bill Edelstein, collecting three singles in his four appearances, drove in Navarro with his first safe blow of the night.
Tacoma ....... 000 300 001—4 13 1
Tri-City ....... 100 310 03x—8 15 2
Bowman, Piero (4), McDaniels and Sheets; Zande and Pesut.

Eric Whitehead’s FAN FARE
[from Vancouver Province, April 27, 1951]

No matter what happens at Yakima this weekend, your Vancouver ball club will open here Monday night with a winning record after their first 1951 road stand.
That jump-away six-game win streak was snapped Thursday night at Spokane, which was probably just as well. Ball clubs, especially new, comparatively untried ball clubs, hate win streaks. They’re too tough on the nerves, gets to be like walking a tight-rope, causes you to press, breaks normal stride and wish to heck you could get off for just a minute and start all over again.
So they start all over again tonight against Bill Brenner’s Yakima Bears. A nice crew to start all over against. If there is any club the local Schusterkids would love to beat, but consistently, it’s Yakima. And, brethren, vice versa.
Oh, The Trouble I’ve Seen
Brenner was fired by the Vancouver club and surprised everyone by latching on as pilot of the always-strong Bears of Yakima. The Bears are of course repeat WIL pennant winners. Which makes it a very tough situation for Brenner.
If Yakima finishes this year anywhere but on top, he’ll be hooted from here to Minsk and back. If they win another pennant, the hometown folks will just wink knowingly at the healthy legacy bequeathered Brenner by boss Dewey Soriano, Joe Orengo and Lefty O’Doul’s parent San Francisco Seals.
Already touted as the club to knock Brenner’s precarious reputation into a cocked contract, Schuster’s Capilanos will pull out all the stops this weekend in an attempt to ride home with a three or four game grip on first place. And if they can get that kind of a jump, they’ll be mighty hard to catch.
Privately, Brenner would probably rather beat Vancouver throughout the season than win the pennant. It’s the old, bitter urge of the castoff who always years to bite the hand that used to feed him.
New Cap manager Schuster is just as eager to show the world, also Bob Brown, that he can do with his club what Brenner, last year at least, couldn’t.
How good are the Caps? Well, it’s impossible to rate them against the rest of the circuit until they’ve been around at least once.
Can’t See The Three For Leaves
Every club in a bush league such as the WIL is a potential dark-horse, simply because the player traffic is so busy and unpredictable that it’s impossible to get a steady bead on any one club from season to season.
But rating the Caps on their record to date, you might compare them with a fully efficient compression engine. Of, say, 100 rated horsepower, the club will produce 100 horsepower. Which is to say that Wild Bill Schuster, the man at the throttle, is capable of getting the maximum results from his (ultimate) 18 hirelings.
The husky, bandy-legged guy with the strut like a rooster is a great field leader, make no mistake about that. Right from the opening bell last week in Wenatchee, he’s had his men running the bases like a herd of frightened mustangs, swinging at all the corner pitches.
In that very first game against Wenatchee, which they won, 9-4, the Caps paraded their new, aggressive, ’51 style.
In that one game, Schuster led them through practically every basic offensive and defensive move in the book: the hit-and-run, the sacrifice, double-steal, the run-down and the pick-off play. The games they have won since then have not all been the result of pulverizing power or perfection pitching, in fact at least three wins have been practically gifts from an opposition that insisted on booting the game away.
Footloose On The Basepaths
But the ’51 Capilanos force the breaks. When they—and particularly Schuster—get loose on the basepaths, any can happen, and, to date, has.
You’ll like big Chuck Abernathy at first. With Macon, Ga., he was the best fielding first-baseman in the Sally league. He’ll be the same here. And he’ll hit that long ball for .300 or more. Reno Cheso is a good double AA ball player at either catch or third.
Schuster at second still has a few vigorous flashes of triple A ball left. Tran is still capable at short. The pitching has been good, will be better. And what can you say of an outfield that uses Charlie Mead as an alternate sub—and still has Reg Clarkson here in Vancouver waiting to cut in?
Looks like a good year.

ON THE INSIDE
By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [Apr. 27/51]
The [Kennewick] chamber of commerce hosted the Tri-City Braves and Artie Wilson's guitar playing and singing headlined the event. First he gave out with "Cold Feet" and when they hollered for more, wanted [him to] sing, "I've Got The Money If You've Got The Time" but Charlie Petersen called a different play so Artie sang "Golden Rocket".
Wilson picked up his guitar technique on his own. Take that song "Cold Feet" for instance. Artie heard it and decided he wanted to learn it. So first rounded up a portable record player then he got the platter from a Lindsay shop. Taking both up to his room he played the song until he had the melody and chords all memorized. He may do a couple of radio shows this year while the Braves are home.
WILfan: No, that's not Artie singing when you click on the link. It's not Hank Snow, either, who did the song in 1951. But you can sure hear the roots of rockabilly in it.

Wednesday, April 25, 1951





              W L   Pct GB
Vancouver ... 6 0 1.000 —
Yakima ...... 5 1  .633 ½
Salem ....... 5 1  .633 ½
Victoria .... 2 4  .333 4
Spokane ..... 2 4  .333 4
Tacoma ...... 2 4  .333 4
Tri-City .... 1 5  .167 5
Wenatchee ... 1 5  .167 5

SPOKANE, April 25—Vancouver trailed behind Spokane for seven innings, but staged a seven-run spree in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday night to win their sixth straight Western International League baseball victory, 8 to 6.
John Conant, Spokane hurler, held the Caps at bay with hitless pitching through the first five innings but the Capilanos scored once in the sixth and added seven more in the eighth and ninth. Vancouver batted around in the eighth inning, with Chuck Abernathy (three RBIs) and Charlie Mead (two) providing the main damage.
A four-rally in the ninth began when Gordie Brunswick singled, and Bob McGuire, Ray Tran and Dick Sinovic followed his example.
Spokane salvaged a little satisfaction on Ken Richardson's fourth-inning homer — the first Indian round tripper of the year.
Southpaw Bill Whyte finished up for the Caps, holding the Spokes to two hits and a run.
The two teams will finish out their three-game series Thursday.
Vancouver ... 000 001 034—8 10 3
Spokane ....... 104 000 001—6 9 2
Nicholas, Gunnarson (7), Whyte (9) and Ritchey; Conant, Roberts (9) and Nulty.

YAKIMA, April 25—Dave Dahle threw a seven-hitter here Wednesday night to carry Wenatchee to an 11-2 win over Yakima in a Western International league baseball game.
Dahle's hurling masterpiece stopped a Yakima win streak of five straight and also gave Wenatchee its first win after five consecutive losses.
The Chiefs backed up Dahle's hurling with a 16-hit assault on two Yakima hurlers. They scored four runs in the first three innings, added another in the sixth and finished up with two in the eighth and four in the ninth. Walt Pocekay with one single in six times at bat drove home three Wenatchee runs. Dahle was never in serious trouble.
Wenatchee .... 013 001 014—11 16 1
Yakima .......... 000 010 100—2 7 4
Dahle and Len Neal; Anderson, Savarese (3), and Brenner.

SALEM, April 25—Salem racked up its fourth straight win by defeating Victoria 6 to 2 here Wednesday.
It was the second win for Salem pitcher Alden Wilkie. He was in command all the way, permitting only two unearned runs in the second inning. Two Victoria hurlers
generously aided Salem's cause with 12 walks plus one hit batter.
Victoria ...... 020 000 000—2 4 1
Salem ......... 201 002 01x—6 6 1
Marshall, Osborn (7) and Marcucci; Wilkie and Beard.

KENNEWICK, April 25—The Tri-City Braves scored seven runs in a big fourth inning Wednesday night but it wasn't enough to stop the Tacoma Tigers who won 9-7 to hand the Braves their fouith consecutive loss in the young W-I league baseball season.
Tacoma unlimbered an 18-hit attack on four Tri-City hurlers. Butch Moran. Jose Bache and Sol Israel each drove in a pair of runs.
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KENNEWICK, April 26—Any baseball pitcher can tell you what the longest walk in the world is. It's the distance from the mound to the dugout just after the roof has fallen in and the new hurler is taking his warmup pitches. And as long as we're on the question and answer theme any baseball manager will tell you the longest climb in the world is from the bottom of the league cellar to the top.
And as of today that's the prospect facing Charlie Petersen and the Tri-City Braves.
Last night's dirge was sung to the tune of 9-7 giving Tacoma a cinch two of the three game series. Tonight's 8 p.m. affair will end the troublesome visit of the Tigers with Victoria moving in Friday night for a four game series including a Sunday afternoon doubleheader.
Right hander Augie Zande (0-1) will try to stop Tacoma to night Opposing him will be Keith Bowman.
In the 9-7 defeat last night four Brave hurlers wtlked to the hill. Bob Costello who relieved starter Dick Stone was charged with the defeat when Ivan Goldizen, the Tiger hurler doubled in the eighth and scored from third on Jose Bache's fourth single of the game.
The Tri-City club put all their seven runs across in a big fourth inning on seven hits,. The machine gun like action of the Braves' bats drove starter Guzman Amador to the showers. Goldizen then came on to go the rest of the route until the ninth when Mel Knezovich came in to save Goldizen's victory.
Tacoma jumped out in front in the first frame on four consecutive singles which accounted for two runs. Four more singles spaced by one sacrifice gave the Tigers three more in the fourth. Then the Tri-City club surged in the bottom of that canto to go ahead 7-5. But by the end of the sixth the score was knotted until Goldizen crossed with the winning run in the eighth.
Sam Castro made his first appearance in a Tri-City uniform last night. (The opening night Sam had no pants.) After that eighth inning double Costello headed showerward and Castro came on. However the runner reached base off one of hurler Costello's pitches and although the scored while Castro was on the hill the run and defeat were charged to Costello. [Castro's picture is to the right]
Artie Wilson pinch hit for Stone in the fourth and singled in a run. Mike Michelson tried for a duplicate in the eighth when he took over Castro's batting slot but Goldizen set him down on a third swinging strike.
A little bunt laid down by Vic Buccola was the hitting play of the night. The roller hung right on the inside of the third base foul line all the way to the sack with Tacoma infielders and umpire Joe Iacovetti chasing it closely all the way. It was a base hit.
Tacoma .......... 200 311 020—9 18 1
Tri-City ......... 000 700 000—7 10 1
Amador, Goldizen (4), Knezovich (8) and Sheets; Stone, Costello (5), Castro (8), Olsen (9) and Pesut.

Spokes Lose Pair to Army
SPOKANE, Wash., April 26 (BUP) The southpaw pitching and reserve catching strength of the Spokane Indian baseball club will suffer after Monday when Hank Eckhart and Hank Ninz answer selective service calls.

ON THE INSIDE
By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [Apr. 26/51]
Are these old eyes going bad or wasn't that Nick Pesut beating out an infield hit to first base the other night? Whatever his weight was Tuesday night when he entered that game he must have shaved off five pounds the way he was being chased around the sacks. Lou McCollum hustled him from first to third on his double and darned if Rube Navarro didn't pull the same stunt a few innings later. What's more Nick came within a hair's breadth of chasing down one Tacoma runner between home and third.
Frank Gillihan who pushed the front office pencil for Tacoma says there's nothing wrong with his club that a million dollars won't cure . . . but they did all right in winning that first one 6-3. Frank was pretty gloomy when he got to talking about the four the Tigers left to Yakima, and at home too. “We'll get no help until the majors cut down and that's a good three weeks away ... by that time no telling how far we may drop.”
LEVELLING OFF DUE SOON
But the Tiger skipper Jim Brillheart wasn't too discouraged. Ernie Falappino a regular outfielder is out right now with a bad leg. Even dropping the quartet to the Bears didn't dampen his dobber. Actually no club in this league is as good as Yakima's and Vancouver's 5-0 record would seem to indicate. Nor are the Braves and Tigers with their 1-4 mark that bad. The levelling off process will come soon, and when it does then it will be time to determine just how strong or weak all of them are.
For instance the Tri-City team should have won both those Salem Sunday games and would have except for a couple of mental and actual errors. Tacoma also had a pair won from Yakima until the Bears started hitting them off their fists for those little bloopers that drop just over the infield.
MEICENHEIMER GOOD PROSPECT
Spokane would like to farm out Richland's Wilmer Meicenheimer so he could catch regularly instead of being the second string with the Spokes. However, they just lost backstop Henry Hinz to the armed forces and must keep him. The big boy stove in a finger the other day on a fast ball so is temporarily on the sidelines. The Indians have high hopes for Will during the coming seasons.
Fans at the evening game here consumed 850 hot dogs, 743 cups of coffee, and 744 bottles of beer in case you're interested. That, of course, along with assorted bags of popcorn and peanuts . . . Wenatchee's charming apple queen didn't say whether the buds were frozen up her way or not ... but with the likes of her beauty round who's going to care about a few apples anyhow.
NO PANTS FOR SAM
Add ironic twists of fate. Ken Buda who operates the p.a. system at the park and booms out those lucky numbers nightly found out later that the first one he called happened to be in the score-book he was using. Usually all the numbers in his are scratched but in the excitement of the opening this was forgotten. Anyhow he did not get the two free passes . . . he has one anyhow.
It wasn't a case of “Sam, you made the pants too long” for Brave pitcher Sam Castro Tuesday night. It was simply a case of no pants, period. It's a bit involved but what happened was that Buddy Peterson didn't have any so he borrowed Sam's. Sam sat out the game in the press box, thus missing the introduction to the fans.


LET’S FACE IT
With Erwin Swangard
[Vancouver Province, April 26, 1951]
“Out there,” said Bob Brown, pointing in the general direction of two yellow monster bulldozers, pushing before them little mountains of rich brown earth, “is going to be the electric scoreboard.”
“Out there” in this case was marked by a couple of boards in the raw, representing the limit of centre field at the new Capilano Baseball Stadium on Little Mountain.
We were standing on the platform of the partially-completed press box, some 40 feet above ground. The view was most attractive, the setting perfect.
Bob, venerable general manager of the Vancouver Capilanos, was showing off his latest shiny toy, the new ball park.
Of course, as you all know, it isn’t finished yet. In fact, R.B. is quite worried about keeping the May 18 official opening date.
But for the moment Bob, never one to lack imagination of eloquence, filled in the missing links for me.
Work on the structure has come a long way in the last month. Construction was blessed by fine weather or else the builders could never have achieved that much is a mere month.
Fans Won’t Be Disappointed.
It’s going ton be some ball park. I know that after putting up with the inadequacies of Athletic Park ball, fans are expecting a lot from the new one. They are going to get all the expect and then some.
Gene Edlund, park superintendent, and a group of workers, were laying out the infield, measuring the distances between bases, locating the mound and home plate.
In the outfield the two bulldozers, giant affairs they were, kept droning forward slowly but surely, smoothing out the surface more and more. There was just a little breeze from the south, carrying through the trees atop Little Mountain.
In the stands dozens of carpenters were busily nailing down the planks on seats which are to accommodate about 5000 fans. Electricians were putting the final touches to a lighting system which equals in floodlight power that at the park’s big brother, Rainier Park at Seattle.
We walked through the permanent structure which is patterned on Rainier Stadium.
Bob explained every little detail. Ever so often he would touch a wall or a pipe just a little fondly, obviously hardly able to contain himself until he and his ball club move in.
Spacious Dressing Room
We went from the spacious dressing rooms for the visiting teams with their showers, toilets, manager’s private office and other conveniences, through Bob’s future headquarters, the vast rotunda, the big storage rooms for the concessionaires, the Red Cross station, rest rooms for men and women, a powder room for the weaker sex, the equally spacious dressing rooms for the home team and umpires, a special room where managers can meet the press after each game right out into the sunshine at left field where bleacher building is scheduled to get underway today.
The permanent structure is finished but for a few details. One of the features I liked is that the teams go from their dressing rooms right into the dugouts without having to pass through fans or entering the field.
Every so often Bob would stop talking about the stadium just long enough to tell me about this year’s team which has made such a noble showing to date.
As we drove back to Athletic Park the thought occurred to me if that much can be achieved with $300,000 at present day prices we could do a great deal for British Empire Game facilities for 1954 if the city, the citizens in general, the provincial and Federal government pooled their resources and energy.
The thing I enjoyed about Bob most was that he rather unconsciously emphasized continually that what I had seen is only the beginning of an ambitious plan for a stadium, representative of this city of more than 500,000.

Tuesday, April 24, 1951






              W L Pct GB
Vancouver ... 5 0 1.000 —
Yakima ...... 5 0 1.000 —
Salem ....... 4 1 .800 1
Spokane ..... 2 3 .400 3
Victoria .... 2 3 .400 3
Tri-City .... 1 4 .200 4
Tacoma ...... 1 4 .200 4
Wenatchee ... 0 5 .000 5


SALEM, April 24—Big Floyd (Bill) Bevens, the hard-luck pitching hero of the 1947 World Series, almost stole the show in the class B Western International baseball league Tuesday night.
Bevens was the pitcher who tossed a one-hitter for the Yankees in the fourth game of the 1947 series with Brooklyn. The one hit was a ninth inning double which drove in the two runs that beat the Yankees.
A sore arm has bothered Bevens in recent years but it failed to slow him up last night. He gave up only four scattered hits to the Canadians.
Victoria ...... 000 000 000—0 4 1
Salem ........ 000 003 04x— 7 8 0
Paine and Marcucci; Bevens and Beard.

SPOKANE, April 24—A four run spree in the seventh inning gave the Vancouver Capilanos a 7 to 3 win over Spokane Tuesday night and their fifth straight Western International league victory.
The two teams were tied three-all at the end of the sixth. A triple in the seventh by Bill Schuster, plus a double, two walks, two errors and two balks gave the Caps their winning margin.
Schuster's 375-foot poke to left field broke a 3-3 tie and came after the Indians gave an intentional pass to Reno Cheso to get to him.
Bob Snyder went the distance for Vancouver. It was his second win of the young season.
Vancouver ...... 200 100 400—7 7 3
Spokane ......... 011 001 000—3 9 4
Snyder and Ritchey; Eckhart, Roberts (7) and Nulty.

YAKIMA, April 24—Will Tiesiera's single in the bottom of the ninth chased across the winning run Tuesday night as Yakima defeated Wenatchee 7 to 6 for its fifth consecutive victory in the Western International league.
Tiesiera's single tallied Jerry Zuvela who had singled and advanced to second on Charlie Neal's base on balls.
Wenatchee nearly posted its first win with a three-run rally in the top of the ninth. Two walks, a hit batsman and two singles tied to score. Manager Rupert Thompson's single in the top of the ninth started the Chiefs' threat but Ted Savarese came in for the Bears and put out the fire.
Wenatchee ... 000 012 003—6 9 0
Yakima ......... 001 023 001—7 13 1
Breisinger, Treichel (9) and Neal; Thompson, Savarese (9) and Tiesiera.

KENNEWICK, April 25—Last night the Braves held their home inaugural and coming out on the short end of a 6-3 count, continued to skid dangerously near the cellar. That's a spot they haven't been in since they opened here last year. The only happy note about it is that about the only direction left for them to go is up.
Lou McCollum made his second unsuccessful start and all the necessary damage was done at the end of the second inning. By that time Tacoma was out in front 5-0. What happened after that point was just an aftermath.
The 3,457 customers stayed around though, most of them at least, for the finish. And it's a good thing they did, for in the eighth it looked as though the Braves might even up the score. However, when Al Spaeter hit into a double play that erased the last dying gasp. The Tri-City team went down in order in the ninth.
Butch Moran, who has probably taken off and put on more baseball uniforms than a father of new triplets has diapers, was the "bad man" as far as Brave fans were concerned. The ex-Coast leaguer dammed a double Coast leaguer slammed a double in the first inning to score Jose Bache who had singled. From second base he was within coastng distance when Marlon Watson followed with a single. The Tigers led 2-0. Although this same Moran was erased at the keystone sack in the second canto on a force play his single drove in Mike Catron. To cap off his evening Moran crossed the plate for his second run in the eventh Inning on Merv Dubbers two-baser.
PETERSON MAKES IT
Shortstop Buddy Peterson was the first Brave to tap home plate and he did it the hard way in he third frame by sliding across. With Peterson on third Neil Bryant lofted a high fly ball to left field. The Braves shortstop tagged up and raced for the plate after the catch only to be tagged out until Tacoma's Bill Sheets dropped the ball.
A pair of newcomers to the Trl-City outfield, Bill Edelstein and Rube Navarro almost stole he show. Edelstein a left hander all the way and tending the center pasture started it off by racing deep to his left in the fifth inning to gather in over his shoulder what would easily have been a double by Sheets, He followed up this fielding gem by acing a single to score Nick Pesut and Navarro in the eighth. And on that single, hit incidentally into short right field, Navarro scampered all the way in from second sliding in across the plate under the throw.
Lou McCollum did his best to win his own game by singling in the fourth and doubling in the sixth, but both times the potential runs died aborning. Next to McCollum, who had the best night at the plate, (contrary to what they say about pitchers not hitting) was catcher Nick Pesut. The hefty backstop rapped out deep in the hole and beat it out for a basehit In the sixth and then scorched out a single in the eighth to score on Edelstein's single.
As at Salem it was failure to deliver In the clutch that hurt the most. The Braves left 10 base runners stranded over the nine inning route. However, Gary Clark the winning hurler deserves a lot of credit for his victory. He managed to keep the Tri-City team in the hole nearly all the way getting one or two outs before he permitted a man to reach third base.
Nell Bryant at third base for the Braves handled five assists a couple of them very difficult without a bobble and once again Pesut proved to the satisfaction of Tacoma's Marion Watson that it just doesn't pay to try and slide home when the Tri-City catcher has the ball. Watson made the attempt in the seventh and the reverberations were still echoing around the park when the lights were dimmed. Watson was called out without seeing whether the plate was there or not.
Dick Stone, the only Tri-City Brave hurler who hai been able to log a victory so far thla year, will stride to the mound tonight at Sanders Field in an attempt to even the score with the visiting Tigers from Tacoma. Facing him will be Guzman Amador, who already holds two spring training victories over the Braves. It promises to be a pitcher's duel all the way.
The last time Stone faced Tacoma, in the California climate, his deceptive soft pitches set the Tigers down practically in order over a four-inning stint. Only 14 players came to the plate, and that's only two over par for the course. Since then of course he turned back Salem on a 5-0 shutout for the single Tri-City WIL victory.
Tacoma ........ 230 000 100—6 12 1
Tri-City ....... 001 000 020—3 9 1
Clark and Sheets; McCollum, Olsen (9) and Pesut.