Sunday, 23 March 2008

Sunday, August 9, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 28 17 .622 —
Salem ....... 26 16 .619 ½
Yakima ...... 22 20 .524 4½
Vancouver ... 23 22 .511 5
Edmonton .... 20 20 .500 5½
Lewiston .... 19 21 .475 6½
Tri-City .... 20 23 .465 7
Victoria .... 20 24 .455 7½
Calgary ..... 17 23 .425 8½
Wenatchee ... 17 24 .415 9

VANCOUVER, Aug. 9—The largest crowd of the season jammed Capilano Stadium Sunday as Vancouver trounced Victoria Tyees 10-1 in a special Western International League game.
More than 5,000 fans chipped into a silver collection for the British Empire Games fund.
The Caps ace righthander Pete Hernandez spun a neat five-hitter at the Tyees while his mates rapped three Victoria lefthanders for 13 hits.
Victoria scored their lone run in the eighth when Bob Moniz walked, took third on a single by Jim Clark and crossed the plate on Don Pries' single.
Victoria ............ 000 000 010— 1 5 1
Vancouver ........ 021 014 20x—10 13 3
Hodges, Dollins (3), Lorino (8) and Harford; Hernandez and Leavitt.

SALEM, Ore., Aug. 9—Salem, after defeating Wenatchee 4-3 and 7-2 in Sunday's doubleheader here, was only one-half game behind first place Spokane in Western International League standing. Salem won the series here 4-1.
Wenatchee's two runs in the nightcap came on a walk and consecutive triples by Tom Munoz and Jake Helmuth in the sixth inning.
Salem, which had one run in the first inning, gained more on Connie Perez' three-run homer in the third.
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning of the opener. Salem went ahead in the third inning with a run on a walk and hits by Jim Deyo and Les Witherspoon.
First Game
Wenatchee .......... 000 102 0—3 9 2
Salem ................. 000 040 x—4 7 0
Botelho, DeCarolis (4) and Bartolomei; Collins, Nicholas (6) and Masterson.
Second Game
Wenatchee ...... 000 002 000—2 5 1
Salem ............. 103 030 00x—7 6 1
Bowman and Bartolomei; Roenspie and Masterson.

Yakima ..... 020 000 003—5 10 1
Tri-City .... 000 000 100—1 8 1
Del Sarto and Albini; Snyder and Warren.
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VANCOUVER, B. C., Sun. Aug. 9 — Bob Wellman of Yakima jumped into the batting lead in the Western International League with a .363 average as official statistics were released this week by Howe News Bureau. He gained 10 points oven the previous week.
Clint Weaver of Edmonton had a busy night Aug. 1 against Calgary, clouting three homers and a double to drive in eight runs. He leads the league in R. B. I.'s with 88 and in total bases with 211. The home run leader, however, still is Don Hunter of Calgary, with 20.
John Conant of Edmonton leads the pitchers in an earned-run basis with an average of 2.73. On a won-lost rating, Gene Roenspie of Salem is in front with 12 victories.
The batting leaders:
Francis, Cal. ...... 32  12  2 .375
Wellman, Yak ...... 278 101 79 .363
Hernandez, Van ..... 62  22  9 .355
Williams, Lew ..... 144  51 36 .354
Gladstone, Vic .... 185  65 60 .351
Devo, Sal ......... 320 112 64 .350
Warren, TC ........ 341 119 80 .349
Palmer, Wen ........ 92  32 10 .348
Palys, Spo ........ 333 117 67 .348
Weaver, Edm ....... 367 126 68 .343
McCormick, Wen .... 231  79 47 .342

Capable Jim Clark a Capilano Tonight
[Vancouver Province, August 10, 1953]
Vancouver Capilanos made an important “capture” on the weekend. General-manager Dewey Soriano announced today he had closed the long-pending deal for Jim Clark, the capable shortstop who was the heart and soul of the infield on 1952’s pennant-winning Victoria Tyees.
Clark, who boasted a .304 batting average in the latest official figures, will join the club immediately. Soriano had to put a good chunk of money to get him from the Tyees, who will also acquire Caps’ shortstop Chuck Davis on via Seattle Rainiers.
This latest in a series of deals designed to bring Vancouver the second-half WIL pennant leaves the Caps with few apparent weaknesses for the last month of the season.
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It also leaves the locals with just two regulars, exclusive of pitchers, who were in the starting lineup on opening night. Only manager-third baseman Harvey Storey and rightfielder Frank Mascaro have survived as Soriano sought to improve the Caps’ sad swatting.
Jack Bukowatz and Nick Castas were around last April 23, but Bukowatz started as a utility infielder, and Castas has been used sparingly. Jim Leavitt has hung on as No. 2 catcher.
Gone are catcher Don Lundberg, first-baseman Jim Wert, second-baseman Gordie Hernandez, Davis, and outfielder Dick Briskey.
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Centre-fielder K. Chorlton was acquired from Seattle in May, and left-fielder Gale Taylor was another Victoria purchase in mid-June. Second-half dealings brought handyman Bob Duretto, first-baseman Gene Pentralli [sic] and just recently, pitching coach Dick Barrett and pitcher Clarence Marshall. Now Clark.
Clark, who was the “take charge” guy in Victoria’s infield, is a solid performer who is steady afield and should add more punch to the ever-improving Caps’ stick brigade.

Saturday, August 8, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 28 17 .622 —
Salem ....... 24 16 .600 1½
Yakima ...... 21 20 .512 5
Vancouver ... 22 22 .500 5½
Edmonton .... 20 20 .500 5½
Tri-City .... 20 22 .476 6½
Lewiston .... 19 21 .475 6½
Victoria .... 20 23 .465 7
Wenatchee ... 17 22 .436 8
Calgary ..... 17 23 .425 8½

KENNEWICK—Yakima and Tri-City split a Western International League baseball doubleheader Saturday night, Yakima taking the wild hitting opener, 6-3, and Tri-City the nightcap, 9-0.
First Game
Yakima .......... 000 131 1—6 12 0
Tri-City ......... 021 000 0—3 8 1
Townsend, Carter (3), Edmunds (4) and Novick, Albini (4); Michelson, Dobernic (5), Robertson (7) and Warren.
Second Game
Yakima ............ 000 000 000—0 4 3
Tri-City ........... 200 010 06x—8 11 1
Rios, Young (8) and Albini; Bloom and Pesut.

VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 9]—Bob Drilling racked up his ninth straight victory when he pitched a masterful six-hit shutout as Victoria Tyees downed the Vancouver Capilanos, 7-0, at Royal Athletic Park Saturday night to gain a split in their Western International League doubleheader.
The Tyees, who dropped a 4-3 decision as the Caps scored an unearned run in the eighth inning of the afternoon encounter, ended the four-game series by winning three games.
In evening his season’s record at 12 wins and 12 losses, Drilling gave up one double and five singles, struck out four and did not allow a base on balls. Only one Capilano reached second base, losing pitcher Bob Roberts managing the feat twice.
Roberts, who started in search of his eighth victory and ended up with his second defeat, doubled in the third inning and got as far as second base again in the sixth when he opened the inning with a single and moved up on Bob Duretto’s one-base blow.
The Tyees, playing their best baseball of the season in the past two weeks, are still very much in the hunt for second-half honors. They are only a game and half out of third place and would have moved ahead of Vancouver and into fifth spot yesterday had they managed to sweep the two games with the Caps.
They get a chance to gain ground today, when they meet the Caps at Vancouver in a special game being played to help the British Empire Games Fund. It will count in the standings. They Tyees then move on to Yakima Monday for three games before returning home Thursday to face the Salem Senators in a series which will undoubtedly decide whether or not they will get into pennant contention this season.
In the nightcap, Victoria picked up one run in the opening inning and added their second on Chuck Abernathy’s home run in the fourth. Bob Moniz’ triple highlighted a two-run fifth and the Tyees finished their scoring with a three-run outburst in the sixth.
Moniz, with three hits in three times at bat, and Jim Clark with three for four, headed the batting attack. Moniz, Clark and Granny Gladstone, making his first strat in three games, each drove in two runs.
Manager Cec Garriott shook up his roster for the night game, bringing Moniz back into the lineup at third base, moving Don Pries to second and benching himself and Lu Branham. Jim Harford was behind the plate for Milt Martin, who was nursing bruised knuckles which forced him out in the third inning of the afternoon encounter.
Dwane Helbig clouted his 12th home run of the season to give the Tyees a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the opener. Jack Bukowatz homered for the Capilanos in the sixth and Harvey Storey banged one out of the park in the seventh for his third homer in three games
Zeb Walker replaced starter Earl Dollins at the start of the eighth inning with the count tied at 3-3 and was charged with the loss after Branham dropped Harford’s throw, which would have retired Chorlton on an attempted steal of second.
Walker was replaced by Bill Bottler with Chorlton on third, Storey at first base and two men out. Chorlton scored the winning run on Frank Mascaro’s ground ball as Branham failed in an attempt to force Storey at second.
First Game
Vancouver ......... 000 001 210—4 6 1
Victoria ............. 020 001 000—3 5 1
Fletcher, Gunnarson (8) and Duretto; Dollins, Walker (8), Bottler (8) and Martin, Harford (3).
Second Game
Vancouver ........ 000 000 000—0 5 0
Victoria ............ 100 123 00x—7 11 0
Roberts, MacKay (7) and Duretto; Drilling and Harford.

SALEM — Salem won both ends of a Western International League doubleheader here Saturday night defeating Wenatchee 4-3 in the opener and then winning the nightcap 8-1.
First Game
Wenatchee ........... 000 102 0—3 9 2
Salem .................. 000 400 x—4 7 0
Bothelho, DeCarolis (4) and Bartolomei; Collins; Nicholas (6) and Masterson.
Second Game
Wenatchee .......... 000 100 000—1 8 1
Salem ................. 025 010 00x—8 9 1
Klein, DeCarolis (3) and Bartolomei; Dahle and Nelson.

EDMONTON — Lewiston Broncs gained a split in their four-game Western International Baseball League series with Edmonton Eskimos Saturday when Russ Butler pitched a rain-curtailed five-inning 5-1 victory.
Edmonton took the afternoon game 5-2.
The night game was called at the top of the sixth when a downpour arrived as Broncs were climbing to five more runs with only one out.
Leon Day, Esk's starter, was in trouble in every inning, and was replaced with none out in the sixth first by Pat Utley then by Jack Widner.
In sixth inning action, Mel Wasley hit a homer for Lewiston, but the score reverted to the fifth when the inning was washed out.
Andy Skurski led Edmonton's 10-hit afternoon attack with a first-inning homer and a double in the eighth that scored another run.
However the victory may have been costly for Edmonton. Clint Weaver, leading WIL hitters in bases earned and runs batted in, suffered a sprained ankle in an attempted steal in the eighth inning.
First Game
Lewiston ............. 010 100 000—2 7 1
Edmonton ............ 100 003 01x—5 10 1
Marshall and Garay; Manier and Prentice, Morgan (9)
Second Game
Lewiston .............. 201 02—5 10 0
Edmonton ............. 000 10—1 4 0
Butler and Garay; Day and Morgan.

Spokane at Calgary, postponed rain.

Friday, August 7, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 28 17 .622 —
Salem ....... 22 16 .579 2½
Yakima ...... 20 19 .513 5
Vancouver ... 21 21 .500 5½
Edmonton .... 19 19 .500 5½
Tri-City .... 19 21 .475 6½
Lewiston .... 18 20 .474 6½
Victoria .... 19 22 .463 7
Wenatchee ... 17 20 .459 7
Calgary ..... 17 23 .425 8½

EDMONTON, Aug. 7—Edmonton Eskimos drubbed Lewiston Broncs 10-2 Friday night behind Don Tisnerat's five-hit pitching to regain sole possession of fifth place in the Western International baseball league.
A crowd of 1,361 paying fans saw Eskimos shunt Lewiston back into sixth place and deadlock their four-game series at a win apiece.
Andy Skurski, Clint Weaver and Dan Prentice led the 15-hit Edmonton attack on pitchers Manny Perez and Bill Brennan with three hits apiece.
Lewiston ........... 010 000 010— 2 5 4
Edmonton ......... 400 041 10x—10 15 2
Perez, Brenner (2) and Garay; Tisnerat and Morgan.

VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 8]—Victoria Tyees and Vancouver Capilanos crammed a lot of baseball action into their Western International League game at Royal Athletic Park Friday night as the Tyees barely managed to outlast their Mainland rivals for a protested 13-12 victory—their third in a row over the Caps.
Bill Bottler, after giving up five runs on six hits in the first two innings, settled down to hold Vancouver to one hit and a single tally in the next five innings. The Tyee righthander was routed during a five-run Vancouver rally in the eighth but Bill Prior came on to preserve Bottler’s seventh win in 17 decisions this year.
Clarence Marshall, former major-league pitcher, made his WIL debut with the Caps and ran into a streak of wildness in the third when the Tyees scored seven runs to take an 8-5 lead. Marshall, who was charged with the defeat, gave up four hits and two bases on balls. He also hit two batters, balked one run across the plate and was the victim of Harvey Storey’s error.
The Tyees completed their scoring with three runs off ageless Carl Gunnarson in the fourth and two more off Rod MacKay in the seventh inning.
Granny Gladstone, out of action to rest a sore muscle in his side, provided the dramatic blow of the game, coming in as a pinch-hitter for Ben Jeffey in the fourth and blasting Gunnarson’s first pitch for a three-run homer.
Storey, continuing his batting rampage against Victoria pitching, smashed a three-run double in the second inning and brought the Caps closer with a three-run homer in the eighth. After Gene Petralli followed Storey with a base on balls, Frank Mancuso brought the count to 13-11 with a four-base blow.
Prior relieved Bill Bottler after Mascaro’s homer and ended the inning by getting the next two hitters. Prior ran into trouble in the ninth when Don Pries’ error, K Chorlton’s single and an intentional walk to Storey loaded the bases with two out.
He hit Petralli to force in Chorlton but took the dangerous Mascaro on strikes to end the suspense for the 2,500 “fan night” spectators.
An acknowledged error by plate umpire Emmett Ashford in the fourth inning resulted in a protest by manager Storey. Mascaro, batting with two out and the bases loaded, topped a ball that landed foul and bounced into fair territory. Ashford lost sight of the ball and called it foul but Bottler retrieved the ball and threw it to first base.
After a consultation with base-umpire Van Keuren, Ashford ruled Mascaro out, and Storey lodged his protest.
The clubs conclude their series with a day-night double-header at Athletic Park today., Earl Dollins is due to start for Victoria in the afternoon encounter while Ben Lorino is a possible choice for the evening “family night” game.
Vancouver ....... 230 100 051—12 11 3
Victoria ........... 017 300 20x—13 16 2
Marshall, Gunnarson (3), MacKay (8) and Leavitt; Bottler, Prior (8) and Martin.

Spokane ........... 231 100 011—9 15 2
Calgary ............ 010 000 006—7 9 1
Giovannoni, Cordell (9) and Ogle; Francis, Stites (2) and Lillard.

Yakima ........ 210 000 000—3 8 2
Tri-City ....... 300 002 10x—6 10 1
Carter, Edmunds (7) and Albini; Snyder and Warren.

Wenatchee ... 200 000 301—6 11 0
Salem .......... 100 030 000—4 8 2
Oubre and Bartolomei; Borst, Roenspie (7) and Masterson.
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Thursday, August 6, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 27 17 .614 —
Salem ....... 22 15 .505 1½
Yakima ...... 20 18 .526 4
Vancouver ... 21 20 .512 4½
Edmonton .... 18 19 .486 5½
Lewiston .... 18 19 .486 5½
Tri-City .... 18 21 .462 6½
Victoria .... 18 22 .450 7
Wenatchee ... 16 20 .444 7
Calgary ..... 17 22 .436 7½

KENNEWICK — Jess Dobernic did fireman's duty Thursday night to put out a Wenatchee rally in the eighth inning and give Tri-City an 7-6 win in a Western International League baseball game.
Wenatchee ....... 201 020 010—8 9 3
Tri-City ............ 221 101 00x—7 12 2
Beamon, DeCarolis (6), Klein (8) and Bartolomei; Robertson, Dobernic (8) and Warren.

EDMONTON — The Lewiston Broncs pulled into a fifth-place tie with Edmonton in the Western International League by defeating the Eskimos 4-2 Thursday night. A crowd of 1,549 paying fans saw the opener of a four-game series.
Dean Kime pitched Lewiston to victory but needed help in the ninth after Bob Meisner walked and Sam Kanelos doubled with one out.
Lewiston ............ 000 310 000—4 8 1
Edmonton .......... 000 000 101—2 8 0
Kime, Marshall (9) and Cameron; McNulty and Morgan.

SALEM — Joe Nicholas and Gene Tanselli teamed up here Thursday night to give Salem a 9-1 Western International League baseball win over Yakima.
Yakima .......... 000 000 100—1 5 0
Salem ........... 132 200 10x—9 14 3
Edmunds, Young (3), Rial (4), Blank (8) and Albini; Nicholas and Nelson.

CALGARY — The Spokane Indians and Calgary Stampeders split a Western International League doubleheader Thursday night, Spokane winning the first game 7-6 and Calgary the second 11-4.
Two homers in the seventh and last inning lifted the Indians from behind in the first game. Stan Palys homered twice for Spokane in the first game and once in the second, and Jim Command and Will Haley once each in the opener.
In the second, a grand slam homer by Charlie Mead in the fifth helped the Stampeders towards victory.
Rocky Tedesco and playing manager Gene Lillard also homered for the Stamps.
Jim Brown of Spokane was ejected in the second game after talking to the umpire. Command was taken to hospital for observation after being struck on the ear by a hit ball.
First Game
Spokane ........... 000 040 3—7 10 0
Calgary ............ 010 400 1—6 10 1
Nemes, Cordell (6) and Sheets; Orrell and Lillard.
Second Game
Spokane ........... 200 020 000— 4 10 2
Calgary ............ 011 050 04x—11 13 1
Worth and Ogle; Kapp and Lillard.

VICTORIA — Pitcher Bill Prior wrote a storybook ending to the Western International baseball league game Thursday night, singling in the winning run with two out in the last half of the ninth inning to give the Victoria Tyees a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Capilanos.
In fashioning his 13th win of the season, the righthander gave up seven hits and seven bases on balls while striking out four batters.
Dale Thomason, who relieved starter Lonnie Myers in the eighth, took the loss as Myers had been yanked for a pinch-hitter.
The Tyees scored a single runs in the first inning. Harvey Storey briefly gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead in the fifth when his seventh home run, over the centre field wall, brought in K Chorlton. Victoria then scored single runs again in the fifth and seventh innings.
Vancouver tied it at 3-3 with an unearned run in the eighth that came on third baseman Don Pries' third error of the game. He threw away pinch-hitter Frank Mascaro's easy grounder and Nick Castas scored.
Chuck Abernathy singled to open the Victoria ninth and moved to second base on Duane Helbig's sacrifice. Granny Gladstone was intentionally walked and Milt Martin raised an infield fly for the second out. Prior stroked a looping liner off the fence into left centre field to score Abernathy and break up the game.
Vancouver ........... 000 020 010—3 7 1
Victoria ............... 100 010 101—4 8 3
Myers, Thomason (8) and Leavitt; Prior and Martin.

Wednesday, August 5, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 26 16 .619 —
Salem ....... 21 15 .583 2
Yakima ...... 20 17 .541 3½
Vancouver ... 21 19 .521 4
Edmonton .... 18 18 .500 5
Lewiston .... 17 19 .472 6
Tri-City .... 17 21 .447 7
Victoria .... 17 22 .436 7½
Calgary ..... 16 21 .432 7½
Wenatchee ... 15 20 .429 7½

EDMONTON — John Conant hurled his 19th victory of the Western International Baseball League season as Edmonton Eskimos defeated the first-place Spokane Indians 7-2 Wednesday night.
A crowd of 1.549 paying fans saw Eskimos salvage one win in the three-game series. Spokane won Tuesday night's doubleheacler.
Conant, hurling against his former teammates, was in trouble only in the sixth when an outfield error caused most of his grief.
The losing pitcher was Ralph Romero.
Outfielder Vern Campbell and third baseman Sam Kanelos led the 10-hit Edmonton attack with an important pair of hits apiece.
Spokane .......... 000 002 000—2 6 3
Edmonton ....... 010 304 00x—7 10 1
Romero, New (4), Giovannini (7), Cordell (8) and Ogle; Conant and Morgan.

KENNEWICK — Keith Bowman tossed a five-hitter to lead Wenatchee to a 6-1 win over the tri-City Braves in WIL baseball here Wednesday night.
Wenatchee ...... 001 020 012—6 14 1
Tri-City ........... 000 010 000—1 5 0
Bowman and Bartolomei; Bloom, Hedgecock (5), Michelson (6) and Warren.

VANCOUVER — A ninth-inning rally by Vancouver Capilanos fell short Wednesday night as Victoria Tyees slipped home with a 4-3 Western International League baseball win.
Capilanos pushed across two runs in the ninth and had the tying run on second with two out when Jack Bukowatz ended the rally by grounding out to deep third.
Victoria got off to a fast start with two runs in the first frame and added singletons in the sixth and eighth. Caps scored their other run in the seventh.
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VANCOUVER [News-Herald, Aug. 6]—This year’s biggest baseball crowd (excepting the exhibition against Seattle) watched the Capilanos run into a dead stymie Wednesday as Victoria put down a tense ninth inning rally and won 4-3.
Over 4000 jammed the grandstand on this “family night” at the ball yard, 1448 of which were paid but all of them mighty happy at everything that went on save probably the final score.
When it ended, the second guessers went to work and figure that had Harvey Storey played it differently the game might still be going. It was in the sixth inning with Don Pries on second and two out that Storey instructed Pete Hernandez to pitch to Charlie Abernathy. The situation suggested that Abernathy be walked, what with the open base at first and Abernathy’s prowess as a left-handed hitter against a righty pitching.
As it turned out, Abernathy singled and Pries scored. It wasn’t the fourth run, but in a ball game which is lost by one run every one of them is as important as the other. And so the second guessers had their fun.
Actually, Hernandez was not nearly at his peak as he went a’hunting for his No. 14 win and came up, instead, with his No. 5 loss.
He got behind too many hitters and made it awfully tough on himself.
At that, the Capilanos, who lately are showing a lot of spunk in their ability to come back, almost pulled it out for Peter.
Down 4-1 in the ninth, Nick Castras hit a chance of pace way down in the right field corner for a triple. Chuck Davis flied out for the second out but Hernandez doubled to score Castras. Chorlton then shot a single to score the Senor and Bob Drilling finally got out of it when Jack Bukowatz grounded out. It was a near thing, that Bukowatz grounder, but Price made a good stop on the ball and a better throw to get his man by half a whisker.
Apart from the final score, there was an interesting duel between Storey and Victoria pitcher Bob Drilling, who incidentally was winning his eighth straight game. Storey has hit Drilling at Capilano Stadium this year like a long-lost cousin.
Harv had nine for nine against Drilling when this game started and bumped that total to 10-for-10 before he flied out in the eighth.
DIAMOND DUST – Dick Kewpie Barrett arrived in time to coach the Caps from the third base side and he added a lot of color to the scene … The Kewp may yet wind up pitching a few games for the Caps before this season ends … The same clubs move on to Victoria now with Lonnie Myers going tonight and newcomer Clarence (Cuddles) Marshall making his bow in the WIL Friday.
Victoria ............ 200 001 010—4 10 0
Vancouver ....... 000 000 102—3 11 0
Drilling and Martin; Hernandez and Leavitt.

CALGARY — The Lewiston Broncs, powered by two home runs by Al Heist, defeated the Calgary Stampeders 7-2 in WIL baseball on Wednesday.
Heist drove in three runs in the second inning with his first circuit clout and socked his second with a mate aboard in the sixth.
Lewiston ....... 040 102 000—7 16 0
Calgary ......... 000 000 003—3 8 3
Butler and Garay; Stites, Francis (6) and Lillard.

SALEM — The power-hitting Yakima Bears climbed within three gameds of the top by thumping Salem's second-place Senators 15-7 in WIL baseball on Wednsday night.
Yakima ............ 002 222 070—15 18 2
Salem ............. 101 003 002— 7 10 4
Del Sarto and Albini, Novick (6); Roenspie, Hemphill (8), Borst (8) and Masterson.

But Listen!
Alf Cottrell

[Vancouver Province, August 6, 1953]
The gravel outside the Capilano Stadium office crunched as a yellow and black cab stopped. Paying the driver and grabbing armfuls of baggage, chubby Dick Barrett ambled toward the office.
In there before he arrived they had been talking about Kewpie Dick. How he had been with the Phillies, the Athletics and so on.
“He has the Coast League record for strikeouts yet,” [said GM Dewey Soriano…] probably never will break it.”
He had that good fast ball, they said. Along with a curve that was almost as quick as his fast one.
Soriano got up as Barrett came in and, sticking out his hand, said, “Hello Rich.”
“Thought you told me it didn’t get hot up here!” puffed the new Capilano pitching coach. Then he noticed manager Harvey Storey.
“Why, there’s big Harv,” he said.
They shook and Storey said, “Maybe you’re right, Dewey. Maybe we haven’t got a uniform wide enough for him.”
Lefty No Runner
Soriano asked Barrett if he could pitch batting practice right away.
“Not tonight I couldn’t,” said Kewpie. “I had to stand all the way from Bellingham on the bus. I’ll have to do a little running before I’m ready for anything.”
“We got the outfield for you to do it in,” Storey said. “Lots of room.”
Barrett said it was funny. Everybody agreed a pitcher had to run a lot. Everywhere in baseball pitchers ran and ran.
“But I’m on the same club with a fellow once, in the big league, and he didn’t run. Didn’t believe in it. But he won his 20 games most years, for a lot of years. Fellow called Lefty Moses Grove.
Barrett asked how many pitchers the club had.
“Ten counting the boss,” grinned Storey. “Eleven counting you.”
“Say I might pitch just so you don’t play left field. Remember the time you played left field? Every time you did catch a ball I would look out at your and you would say: “I fooled you this time.”
Long Fly Ball
Barrett slapped his thigh and his contagious grin widened as he recalled a night in San Diego. The game was in the tenth inning. Ad Liska was his pitching opponent.
“We got the bases loaded in the tenth and Bucky Harris says, ‘Just give me one guy who can hit that long fly ball.’ All we need is one run, of course.
“Big Harv is sitting on the bench, because Al Rosen is playing third for us. Same guy who is busting ‘em for Cleveland now. Well I remember that all through the game you keep saying this to me, ‘I could hit this Liska guy even if it’s midnight and they turn all the light out.’
“So I says to Bucky, ‘Big Harv is telling me all night how he can hit this Liska.’ So Bucky points his finger at you and says ‘You! Grab at bat and get in there.’
“I guess you could get orders to hit the first pitch, or something, because it seems to come in high and outside. But you hit it. You hit the long fly ball all right. Only it keeps going out of the park for four runs.”

Tuesday, August 4, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 26 15 .634 —
Salem ....... 21 14 .600 2
Vancouver ... 21 18 .538 4
Yakima ...... 19 17 .528 4½
Edmonton .... 17 18 .486 6
Tri-City .... 17 20 .459 7
Lewiston .... 16 19 .457 7
Calgary ..... 16 20 .444 7½
Victoria .... 16 22 .421 8½
Wenatchee ... 14 20 .412 8½

KENNEWICK, Aug. 4—Ernie Hockaday celebrated his wedding day in fine fashion when his single in the bottom of the 12th frame drove home the winning run as Tri-City downed Wenatchee 11-10 in a Western International League baseball game Tuesday night.
Hockaday, who earlier in the day had been married to Merilyn Messery of Richland, banged his single to tally Len Tran from second.
Wenatchee got off to a nine-run lead in the fifth inning on the strength of four unearned runs and a homer by Ross McCormack. Rich Botelho, meanwhile, was limiting the Braves to only one hit the first six innings. Tri-City broke the ice then with a single by Bob McGuire and four straight walks. They added four more in the seventh on three walks, a triple and a single.
Jack Klein came in to squelch the Braves scoring, although they added a brace of runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings to force the game into extra innings.
Every Tri-City score came after two were out and no one was on base.
Wenatchee ....... 000 450 001 000—10 10 2
Tri-City ........... 000 002 422 001—11 13 2
Botelho, Klein (7), Oubre (9) and Bartolomei; Hedgecock, Michelson (5), Dobernic (9) and Warren.

EDMONTON, Aug. 4—The Edmonton Eskimos' drive toward the top of the Western International Baseball League was stalled Tuesday night when the Spokane Indians swept both ends of a double bill 5-1 and 4-2.
The second largest crowd of the season, 4,822 paying fans, saw pitchers Bill Franks and Jack Spring of Spokane throttle the Eskimos.
In the opener second baseman Jim Brown of Spokane led a 12-hit attack on two Edmonton pitchers with four hits in four trips to the plate.
In the nightcap Will Hafey hit three-for-three as Spring defeated Jack Widner in a tense duel.
First Game
Spokane ............ 110 021 0—5 12 2
Edmonton .......... 100 000 0—1 6 0
Franks and Sheets; Tisnerat, Day (6) and Morgan.
Second Game
Spokane ............ 010 002 010—4 9 1
Edmonton .......... 000 001 001—2 7 3
Spring and Ogle; Widner, Manier (8) and Morgan.

VANCOUVER, Aug. 4—Two triples by Frank Mascaro were good for four runs Tuesday night as the Vancouver Capilanos took a 6-3 Western International League baseball win over the Victoria Tyees before 673 fans.
The first scored two runs in the fourth and evened the count at 2-2. The second game in the eighth inning when the Caps used six hits to score four times.
Prior to the sixth, Earl Dollins had allowed just two hits. He took the loss.
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VANCOUVER [by KEITH MATTHEWS, News-Herald, Aug. 5]—Weird things are going on at the ball park these days. A protested Monday game evidently wasn’t enough, for our of the Capilano’s [sic] 6-3 triumph Tuesday came one of baseball’s oddities, and a corresponding unusual decision.
It happened in the sixth inning with Victoria ahead 2-0. The Capilanos had men on third and second with two out when Frank Mascaro muscled a tremendous triple to the right centre field wall.
Bob Duretto, the runner on third, stopped just before he reached home plate to give Harvey Storey, the runner behind him, the signal to come in standing. In so doing, Duretto didn’t touch home plate.
Earl Dollins, the Victoria pitcher, threw one pitch to Gene Petralli when Cece Garriott called time and instructed his catcher to go to the Vancouver dugout to tag Duretto out. The catcher did, but umpire Gerry Van Keuren said it wasn’t a legal out because a pitch had already been thrown to the following hitter, thereby nullifying the out.
Garriott countered by saying it hadn’t been a legal pitch. The pitcher had stepped back off the mound and merely thrown the ball to the catcher so he could make the out.
There was the basis of the argument and it went on and on until everybody tired completely of it and the events which followed.
What did follow was a four-run Vancouver rally in the eighth which sewed up Van Fletcher’s No. 12 win. Here again the big hit came from Moose Marasco as the big fellow crashed his second triple off the left centre field fence.
Garriott was still howling when it was over, and likely with reason. This time he did protest, because the fault lay in the umpire’s decision. It did develop into some interesting post-game oratory, though, with both sides agreeing that maybe Duretto didn’t touch the plate with that important run and that Garriott was probably right after all. It was just his tough luck to run into an umpire who didn’t know how right Cecil was.
DIAMOND DUST – Another scout joined the growing party at the stadium last night, Jo-Jo White, the former Seattle Rainier manager and presently beating the bushes for the Cleveland Indians … the same clubs play again tonight with Pete Hernandez serving for Vancouver … Tonight is family night, incidentally, with everybody getting in for the price of one ticker … The Caps move on to Victoria tomorrow.
Victoria .......... 100 001 001—3 10 1
Vancouver ...... 000 002 04x—6 10 0
Dollins, Lorino (8) and Martin; Fletcher and Leavitt.

SALEM, Aug. 4—Salem was knocked out of first Place in Western International League standings Tuesday night when it was beaten 9-3 by Yakima.
Yakima pitcher Danny Rios, who went the route, started the scoring in the third inning with his home run over the left field fence. A walk, a double by Al White, a wild pitch and a fly added two more runs that inning.
A single by Andy Anderson, a triple by John Albini and a ground out added two more in the fourth.
Herman Lewis tapped out a homer for another Yakima run in the sixth.
Yakima ......... 003 201 111—9 13 1
Salem .......... 000 010 101—3 11 1
Rios and Albini; Dahle, Collins (8) and Nelson.

CALGARY, Aug. 4—The Calgary Stampeders trounced the Lewiston Broncs in both ends of a Western International League baseball doubleheader Tuesday night — 4-0 and 17-9.
Homers by Don Hunter and Rocky Tedesco contributed to the 4-0 Calgary win in the first game. In the nightcap, Stampeders jumped into a 6-0 lead in the first two innings but Lewiston fought
back to tie the count at 7-7 in the top of the seventh Stampeders plated four runs in the seventh and six in the eighth to tum the game into a rout.
Jim Mellinger homered twice for the Stamps and Charlie Mead once.
Bob Williams and Glen Tuckett each had two round-trippers for Lewiston and Mel Wasley got the other.
Playing manager Bill Brenner, although nipped for 22 hits, went the distance for the Broncs.
First Game
Lewiston ..... 000 000 0—0 7 1
Calgary ...... 010 021 x—4 11 0
Marshall and Garay; Hittner and Lillard.
Second Game
Lewiston ..... 001 130 202— 9 13 3
Calgary ...... 330 001 46x—17 22 2
Brenner and Cameron; Levinson and Bricker.

Barrett Here To Give Cap Pitchers Aid
[Vancouver Province, August 5, 1953]
General Manager Dewey Soriano announced today that he’s hired himself just the man to straighten out a few kinks in the Capilano pitching corps.
The man in question is none other than Dick (Kewpie) Barrett, long-time scourge of the Pacific Coast League, who joins the club today.
Kewpie, who still owns the PCL record for total strikeouts, will act in a dual capacity as pitching coach and third base coach.
Barrett performed the same job with the Yakima Bears two seasons ago after he gave up the managerial helm in Victoria.
One of baseball’s most colorful citizens, Dick is expected to join the active list for the last 20 days of the season, too.

Sunday Baseball Will Aid BEG
[Vancouver News-Herald, August 5, 1953]
Sunday baseball comes to Vancouver this weekend with the professional Vancouver Capilanos and Victoria Tyees playing a regular Western International League game beginning at 2:30 at Cap Stadium.
All proceeds of the game will be turned over to the British Empire Games [unreadable] events committee and the proceeds naturally will be derived from a silver collection.
Dewey Soriano has been working hard on the feature for some time now and finally realized his goal last weekend when the Victoria club decided to put on a Sabbath game. Through a trade approval between the clubs and other expenses have been cut to the minimum so that the BEG Fund will realize as much financially as possible.
It will be the first time in four years that professional baseball has been tried on a Sunday.
Oddly enough, the last Sunday game of pro ball played here was between the same two clubs. But it was only an exhibition for the M[] Relief and bad weather turned an expected large to a meagre 1200 fans in the old park.
With a break in the weather, Soriano is fully expecting one of the best crowds of the season this time.
Gates will open at 12 and the regular game begins at 2:30. Rival managers Harvey Storey and Cece Garriott said they would try to name the starting pitchers before the weekend in the hope that more fans will turn out.

Monday, August 3, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 21 13 .618 ½
Spokane ..... 24 15 .615 —
Vancouver ... 20 18 .526 3
Yakima ...... 18 16 .529 3
Edmonton .... 17 16 .515 3½
Lewiston .... 16 17 .485 4½
Victoria .... 16 21 .432 6½
Tri-City .... 15 20 .429 6½
Wenatchee ... 14 19 .424 6½
Calgary ..... 14 20 .412 7

VANCOUVER — Pitcher Bob Roberts continued his mastery in a Vancouver Capilano uniform Monday night with a 1-0 Western International League victory over the Victoria Tyees.
Since being acquired from Calgary in mid-season, Roberts has won seven and lost but one for the Caps.
He scattered six Tyee hits and was in trouble only twice, extricating himself neatly each time.
Vancouver scored the only run of the game in the fourth when Nick Castas singled, stole second and went to third on a wild throw by the catcher. He scored on a single to center field by Chuck Davis.
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VANCOUVER [by KEITH MATTHEWS, News-Herald, Aug. 4]—The Capilanos won one of the better played ball games of this 1953 season at Capilano Stadium Monday, 1-0, but there will be a short intervening time before the victory becomes official. In short, Cec Garriott, the Victoria manager, played the game under protest.
This brings up and interesting point. Where, everybody is asking, will the Tyees get the necessary $25, the fee necessary to post an official protest?
Here is a club which has been seriously handicapped all season by financial difficulties. Not so long ago they were on the ropes of poverty. Today, they are parking of one of baseball’s luxuries, a protested game—and the involved fee.
The protest developed from an interesting situation. Leading 1-0 in the seventh, the Tyees’ first man up, Jimmy Clark, singled to signal a rally. On a 2-and-1 count to Milt Martin, Clark broke to steal and Bob Duretto’s throw had beaten him to second by several strides. Clark, however, avoided Chuck Davis’ tag with a desperate slide and got there safely.
When umpire Gerry Van Keuren called safe, Davis went wild. He threw his glove to the ground and gesticulated wildly. Here, Garriott made his entrance, claiming that Davis should have been thrown out of the game for tossing his equipment. Cece became violent in his insistence and Van Keuren quickly eliminated Cecil.
Right here, Garriott played the game under protest. Whether he will awake this morning to the realization that such a luxury costs $25 and very, very few protests are upheld is the big question.
Davis, along with pitcher Bobby Roberts, were the heroes in the Vancouver conquest. Chuck singled home the winning run in the fourth. Roberts hung up his No. 6 win with a six-hitter in which he allowed only one runner to get as far as third base.
DIAMOND DUST – Van Fletcher goes for the Capilanos tonight as the two teams play the second act in what may become a highly entertaining season … Boston Red Sox scout Ernie Johnson is in town for the set … The Caps returned from their gruesome road trop with a pair of fresh injuries, Gale Taylor with a jammed hip and Carl Gunnarson with a sore right elbow … New pitcher Clarence (Cuddles) Marshall, formerly of the New York Yankees and St. Louis Browns, failed to show up Monday but is expected to fly in today … Jim Wert, who played half the season for the Caps at first base, has been sold outright to Calgary and will report for duty today.
Victoria ......... 000 000 000—0 6 2
Vancouver ..... 000 100 00x—1 6 1
Bottler and Martin; Roberts and Duretto.

Lewiston at Calgary, postponed, rain; double header Tuesday.

The Sports Herald
Keith Matthews
[Vancouver News-Herald, August 4, 1953]
In effigy? …
It is recorded somewhere—and for some inane reason—that a golfer once committed a mortal sin, was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to hang “by the neck until found dead.”
As the hangman was tightening the knot, the golfer was asked if maybe there wasn’t something he’d like to say before sentence was obeyed.
“Yes,” the golfer replied. “I’d like to take a couple of practice swings if you don’t mind.”
Oddly, what brought us unto this one was not a golfer but a baseballer named Dewey Soriano, who was saying the other day “you can hang me if I’m not right, but Bob Duretto will be in the Coast League next year as a catcher.”
Dewey should know of what he speaks in this case, having been the fellow who completed the transformation of Ray Orteig from a third baseman to a catcher in 1949. Ray, we’ll remind you, is the No. 1 guy with the “tools of ignorance” in the PCL just now, and the other day the Seattle Rainiers hung out a $75,000 price tag on their prize husky for the major league clubs to nibble at.
In Duretto, Soriano sees much the same thing as he saw in Orteig.
“He is intelligent,” Dewey praised. “He rarely calls for the wrong pitch in an important situation. Just watch and see for yourself. Count the number of times a pitcher shakes off Bob’s signal. Not many, I’ll bet.”
He’s accurate …
Whoever hung the description “tools of ignorance” on the catching trade hit a foul ball. It is the most important job in baseball. Yes, probably even greater than pitching, because it is the catcher who guides the destiny of his battery mate. He must know the batters’ weaknesses, he must be able to set up his pitcher’s best pitch, he is the only man on the diamond who can see every other position on the field without turning his head. In other words, good catchers run your ball club for you.
The reasoning is sound because history bears it out. Who are the powers in baseball today? The Yankees and the Dodgers. The Yankees with Yogi Berra, the Dodgers with Roy Campanella. Nobody, in other words, goes places these days without sound catching.
There was a time in 1952 when Bill Schuster spotted Duretto’s capabilities as an outfielder and confessed that the handy-andy would surely be a 1953 Coast Leaguer. The argument against that, however, was that Duretto doesn’t hit the long ball necessary of Triple-A outfielders.
Later on, Bob was tried in the infield—at all corners of it, in fact. But there was no one position in which he gave you the necessary feeling of defensive security, so on the experiment went.
By good fortune, the Capilanos came up with a serious disease behind the plate this year. Duretto, when he was coaxed out of semi-retirement, was sent into the breach, just as he has been the fall guy for so many other needs.
What has happened since has been a revelation. Without spring training, with—even—as much as a bat in his hand since September, 1952, Bob has stayed around the .300 mark. He has steadied an over-worked pitching staff. And what of this throwing, which is an important ingredient of this new trade? Well, the boys say Bob can knock the pips out of razzberry at 90 feet!

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Sunday, August 2, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 21 13 .618 ½
Spokane ..... 24 15 .615 —
Yakima ...... 18 16 .529 3
Edmonton .... 17 16 .515 3½
Vancouver ... 19 18 .514 3½
Lewiston .... 16 17 .485 4½
Tri-City .... 15 20 .429 6½
Wenatchee ... 14 19 .424 6½
Victoria .... 16 20 .421 7
Calgary ..... 14 20 .412 8

LEWISTON, Aug. 2—The hitting of Al Heist and Gabby Williams was too much for Vancouver in the nightcap as Lewiston Broncs took an 11-7 game over the Capilanos after losing the Sunday opener 5-4.
Heist and Williams both homered and accounted for eight of the runs.
In the first game, Dale Thomason came on in the second inning to hold the Broncs for the win, after a shaky Carl Gunnarson gave up three runs to open the contest.
First Game
Vancouver ....... 300 011 0—5 9 4
Lewiston .......... 030 100 0—4 6 4
Gunnarson, Thomason (2) and Duretto; Kine, Butler (5) and Garay.
Second Game
Vancouver ..... 023 011 000— 7 16 2
Lewiston ........ 003 202 40x—11 10 2
Myers, MacKay (4) and Leavitt; Brenner, Perez (3), Butler (8) and Cameron.

Tri-City ....... 000 000 0—0 4 1
Yakima ........ 202 000 x—4 8 1
Robertson and Warren; Edmunds and Albini.

First Game
Salem ............. 000 100 0—1 3 3
Wenatchee ...... 000 602 x—8 12 1
Collins, Roenspie (4) and Masterson; Beamon and Bartolomei.
Second Game
Salem ............. 000 000 000— 0 3 1
Wenatchee ...... 530 002 00x—10 11 0
Hemphill, Borst (2) and Nelson; Oubre and Bartolomei.

Victoria ........... 011 002 000—4 9 1
Spokane .......... 100 102 22x—8 12 3
Prior, Walker (9) and Martin; Nemes, New (6) and Sheets.

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Former Yankees Chucker Joins Cap Mound Staff

[Vancouver Province, Aug. 3, 1953]
Vancouver Capilanos will have an ex-New York Yankee on their staff when they tee off against Victoria Tyees tonight at Cap Stadium in the opener of a three-game series.
General Manager Dewey Soriano, worried about the signs of disintegration of his over-worked pitching corps on the road this past week, announced today he had signed Clarence Marshall as a free agent.
Marshall, a Bellingham boy and younger brother of Lewiston’s colorful John, will fly up from Hollywood today. He has been toiling for Hollywood Stars of the Coast League, whom he joined after St. Louis Browns released him last month.
The big right-hander, who is 27, returned to baseball this spring after a couple of years in the army. He wasn’t able to regain the form that once earned him a chance to wear a Yankee uniform.
Made a free agent by the Browns, he signed with the Coast League leaders.
Soriano saw him in action in Seattle recently and said that although Marshall was wild, he was throwing hard and figures he can win in this league.
Marshall is not unknown here. He pitched several games here during the war for a strong Fort Lewis Army team.
“I figure he will help us,” says Soriano, “he just needs steady work.”
Eddie Malone, Hollywood catcher who made a visit to Vancouver recently, liked what he saw of Marshall, but said the Stars weren’t able to give him enough work because they are pennant contenders and couldn’t afford to gamble.
The Cap pitching staff has been working shorthanded since Bud Guldborg left the club recently to return to California.

Saturday, August 1, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 21 11 .656 —
Spokane ..... 23 15 .605 1
Yakima ...... 17 16 .515 4½
Edmonton .... 17 16 .515 4½
Vancouver ... 18 17 .514 4½
Lewiston .... 15 17 .469 6
Victoria .... 16 19 .457 6½
Tri-City .... 15 19 .441 7
Calgary ..... 14 20 .412 8
Wenatchee ... 12 19 .387 8½

YAKIMA, Aug. 1—Yakima evened its Western International League baseball series with Tri-City Saturday night, defeating the Braves 8-6, in a free hitting game.
Bob Wellman spelled the difference between the two teams, getting successive two run homers in the first and third innings. They were his 17th and 18th of the season.
The first round-tripper put Yakima ahead, 2-1, and preceding his second, Jim McNamara and Bill Steinberg had tripled back to back.
The Bears never lost the lead after that.
Tri-City ............ 101 000 004—6 10 0
Yakima ............. 203 021 00x—8 13 4
Michelson, Dobernic (3) and Warren; Rios and Albini.

SPOKANE, Aug. 1—First the Capilanos and then the Indians was the story again Saturday night as Victoria won the first game of a Western International double header 6-5 and Spokane took the second 10-4.
Bob Drilling, who used to be noted for wildness, walked only two Spokane batters in the seven-inning first game and scattered seven hits to gain his 10th win against 12 losses.
First Game
Victoria ........... 000 114 0—6 11 1
Spokane .......... 001 000 4—5 7 0
Drilling and Martin; Cordell, New (6) and Sheets.
Second Game
Victoria .......... 010 030 000— 4 12 4
Spokane ......... 020 016 10x—10 12 0
Hodges, Drilling (8), Dollins (8) and Harford; Worth, Giovannoni (5) and Sheets.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 1—Salem defeated Wenatchee 8-4 here Saturday night after jumping off to a four run lead in the first inning. It evened the series at one game each.
Manager Hugh Luby singled home the winning runs in the fourth, scoring Pitcher Joe Nicholas and Dick Sabatini, who had singled and moved up on wild pitches.
Salem .......... 400 200 011—8 8 0
Wenatchee ........ 201 000 010—4 9 3
Nicholas, Borst (6) and Nelson; Bowman, DeCarolis (9) and Bartolomei.

CALGARY, Aug. 1—The Edmonton Eskimos gained 4-3 and 13-5 victories from the Calgary Stampeders in a doubleheader Saturday, winding up a four game Calgary series with a 3-1 edge in the Western International Baseball League.
In the night game, John Conant picked up his 18th victory of the season for Edmonton, and in doing it held the Stampeders to eight hits. Joe Orrell—on the losing end—produced a neat seven-hitter.
Clint Weaver sparked the afternoon play by hitting three home runs and a double in four official trips to the plate. Bob Schulte who relieved starter Bill Stites in the seventh inning, passed him up on his fifth trip with a walk.
Ray McNulty worked into a masterful two-hit shutout going into the ninth of thie first game, but weakened to allow four hits, two homers and two doubles, which were good for five Calgary runs.
Ken Whitehead and Charlie Mead homered for Calgary in the day game.
Weaver teamed with catcher Dick Morgan for the hitting power in the opener, each clouting two for three.
First Game
Edmonton ..... 430 014 010—13 13 3
Calgary ........ 000 000 005— 5 8 2
McNulty and Morgan; Stites, Schulte (7), and Bricker.
Second Game
Edmonton ...... 000 101 011—4 1 2
Calgary ......... 000 100 002—3 8 2
Conant and Morgan; Orrell and Lillard.

LEWISTON, Aug. 1—Harvey Storey batted in a pair of runs in the first inning and Bob Duretto followed with another pair in the fifth Saturday night as Vancouver took a 6-3 Western International league win from Lewiston.
Jack Bukowatz and Pete Hernandez accounted for the remaining Vancouver scoring. Chuck Davis had a pair of singles for Vancouver.
Hernandez, who now has a 16-5 record, gave up 10 hits to nine safeties gained by the Capilanos, but he came through in the clutches and stranded 14 Lewiston batters.
Vancouver ........... 200 020 101—6 9 1
Lewiston ............. 010 000 020—3 10 1
Hernandez and Duretto; Perez, Butler (7), Marshall (9) and Cameron.

Including Games of July 26
Compiled by Howe News Bureau
Player                G  AB  H  HR RBI Pct
Deyo, Sal .......... 78 296 107  1 62 .361
Warren, TC ......... 83 314 111  5 74 .354
Wellman, Yak ....... 66 255  90 16 70 .353
Palys, Spo ......... 79 302 104 14 58 .344
M. McCormick, Wen .. 66 231  79  4 47 .342
Storey, Van ........ 90 319 108  4 51 .339
Noren, Yak ......... 97 399 135  8 59 .338
Witherspoon, Sal ... 77 261  87  2 52 .333
Luby, Sal .......... 67 228  76  1 37 .333
Weaver, Edm ........ 91 340 111 12 75 .326
L. Tran, TC ........ 89 331 108  7 65 .326
Martin, Vic ........ 84 284  90  5 50 .317
Buccola, TC ........ 91 368 116  1 43 .315
Pries, Vic ......... 89 348 109  3 57 .313
Perez, Sal ......... 90 340 106  9 71 .312
Morgan, Edm ........ 82 320  99  8 44 .309
R. Tran, TC ........ 84 295  90  0 48 .305
Cameron, Lew ....... 74 266  81  5 45 .305
Tanselli, Sal ...... 91 378 114  9 49 .302
Mead, Cal .......... 90 313  94 15 62 .300

Pitcher               G  IP  SO  W L  Pct
Roenspie, Sal ...... 16 112  45 11 2 .846
Nicholas, Lew-Sal .. 22 153  78 16 3 .842
Hernandez, Van ..... 18 144  83 12 4 .750
Hemphill, Sal ...... 28 173  66 14 6 .700
Brenner, Lew ....... 31 190  80 15 7 .682
Rios, Yak .......... 21 135  59 12 6 .667
McNulty, Edm ....... 17 144  63 10 5 .667
Spring, Spo ........ 18 124 105 10 5 .667
Dobernic, TC ....... 31 116  80  9 5 .643
Conant, Edm ........ 27 189  99 16 0 .640
Worth, Spo ......... 20  96  60  7 4 .636
Marshall, Lew ...... 26 172 117 13 8 .619

Friday, July 31, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 20 11 .645 —
Spokane ..... 22 14 .611 2½
Vancouver ... 17 17 .500 4½
Yakima ...... 16 16 .500 4½
Lewiston .... 15 15 .500 4½
Edmonton .... 15 16 .484 5
Tri-City .... 15 18 .455 6
Victoria .... 15 18 .455 6
Calgary ..... 14 18 .438 6½
Wenatchee ... 12 18 .400 7½

YAKIMA, July 31—Three Yakima pitchers who couldn't control delivery and fielders who couldn't handle the ball added up Friday night to a 10-2 Western International League baseball victory for Tri-City's Braves.
The Bears out-hit the Braves 12-9, but couldn't bunch them for results in the scoring column. Fourteen Braves walked, one got aboard on a passed ball and one scored on a balk. Five Bear errors pushed up the scoring total, too.
Vic Buccola starred at bat for the winners, getting three hits in five trips and was credited with three runs batted in. Len Tran was walked four times successively.
Tri-City ........ 021 151 000—10 9 0
Yakima ......... 001 000 100— 2 12 5
Snyder and Warren; Del Sarto, Rial (2), Young (3) and Novick, St. George (7).

LEWISTON, July 31—The battery did the heavy batting Friday night as Lewiston took a 6-4 Western International League victory over Vancouver.
Winning Pitcher John Marshall and Catcher Clint Cameron both hit safely three times in powering Lewiston to the win. Marshall was credited with two doubles and three runs batted in and Cameron one double and two the aid of RBI's.
Lewiston's Bud Hjelmaa was rushed to hospital after being hit in the stomach in the seventh inning. His conditon is not immediately known.
Lewiston spotted Vancouver to two runs in the fourth inning, tied up the game in the seventh and added four more in the eighth, all with timely hits by the battery.
Vancouver ....... 000 200 020—4 11 2
Lewiston .......... 000 000 24x—6 12 1
Fletcher and Leavitt; Marshall and Cameron.

CALGARY, Alta., July 31—Calgary Stampeders snapped a five-game losing streak Friday night as they downed Edmonton Eskimos 5-4 in a Western International League fixture.
It was the first victory for Stamps in their current series against the Edmonton crew.
Stampeders took advantage of jittery Pat Utley to gain a 5-0 lead in the first two innings. Larry Manier came on in the second to hold Stamps scoreless for the remainder of the distance.
Glen Hittner hurled an 11-hitter while picking up his first victory at Buffalo Stadium since he won the Buffs home opener back in May.
Edmonton ..... 000 100 003—4 11 0
Calgary ........ 530 000 00x—5 3 2
Utley, Manier (2) and Morgan; Hittner and Bricker.

SPOKANE, July 31—First it was the pitchers and then the hitters in a Western International League double header here Friday night as Victoria won the first game 7-1 and Spokane the second 20-11.
The Tyees' Bill Bottler allowed only three hits in the seven-inning opener and faced just 18 batters in the final five innings. The ex-Oregon Oregon star now has six wins against eight losses.
Spokane came back to win the nightcap in a wild contest which saw a total of 31 runs on 37 hits.
Big bat for Spokane was Jim Command who batted in the Tribe's first run with a double in the first inning, brought in three more with a triple in the second and picked up a third hit in the fourth.
A spectator, Mrs. Luck J. Thomas, 40, received probable broken ribs when she was hit in the side by a foul ball.
First Game
Victoria .......... 001 231 0—7 9 0
Spokane ......... 100 000 0—1 3 1
Bottler and Martin; Spring, Giovannoni (5) and Sheets.
Second Game
Victoria ......... 012 005 030—11 12 3
Spokane ........ 433 302 00x—20 25 3
Dollins, Walker (1), Lorino (3) and Harford; Romero and Ogle, Sheets (3).

WENATCHEE, July 31—Rick Botelho, 18 year old Wenatchee southpaw, pitched a two-hitter Friday night as the last-place Wenatchee Chiefs edged the league-leading Salem Senators, 2-1.
Jerry Ballard and Chuck Essegian got the two safeties and Essegian scored the lone Salem run after hitting a double. He came across the plate from third base as the Wenatchee shortstop muffed a throw from the catcher when another Senator stole second.
Both Salem hits came in the fifth inning, the only round Botelho was in trouble.
The Chiefs tied the game up in the sixth when Babe Fuhrman singled, stole second and scored when the Salem shortstop booted a grounder.
Wenatchee won the game in the seventh on a single by Jake Helmuth and a 370-foot triple to left centerfield corner by Harry Bartolomei. Salem lefthander Dave Dahle, who pitched for Wenatchee, from 1950 through 1952, gave up seven hits in the first game in which he faced his former team-mates.
Salem ........... 000 010 000—1 2 2
Wenatchee .... 000 001 10x—2 7 1
Dahle and Masterson; Botelho and Bartolomei.

Thursday, July 30, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 20 10 .667 —
Spokane ..... 21 13 .618 1
Yakima ...... 16 15 .516 4½
Vancouver ... 17 16 .515 4½
Edmonton .... 15 15 .500 5
Lewiston .... 14 15 .483 5½
Victoria .... 14 17 .452 6½
Tri-City .... 14 18 .438 7
Calgary ..... 13 18 .419 7½
Wenatchee ... 11 18 .379 8½

KENNEWICK — Pitcher-manager Bill Brenner starred at bat although a little weak on the mound Thursday night as Lewiston defeated Tri-City, 8-7, in a Western International League baseball game.
Brenner's fourth inning ground ball played the decisive role in the Bronc win. Bob Williams led off with a double in the fourth, and Ken Richardson walked. A sacrifice advanced both men.
Clint Cameron, Lewiston catcher, was walked intentionally to load the bases and Glenn Tuckett brought Williams home with a long fly. Brenner then hit his grounder to Ray Tran at third. Tran threw wild to first to let Richardson and Cameron come in.
Brenner hit safely three times in five trips, including two singles and a double. Jack Warren homered for Tri-City in the third inning with one man aboard.
Lewiston ......... 212 300 000—8 11 1
Tri-City .......... 202 200 100—7 11 3
Brenner and Cameron; Bloom, Dobernic (2), Hedgecock (5), Robertson (9) and Warren.

CALGARY, Alta. — The Edmonton Eskimos pounded the offerings of three Calgary pitchers for 20 hits and a 17-15 victory in a Western International League game Thursday night.
It was the Eskimos fourth straight victory over Calgary.
The short fences at Buffalo Stadium again were in the limelight as they were flattened for nine home runs—six by the Stampeders.
Eskimos three round-trippers— by Sam Kanelos, Clint Weaver and Dan Prentice—all came in the seventh inning off reliefer Eddie Kapp.
Ken Whitehead led the Stampeders homer parade with two and Don Bricker, Kapp, Rocky Tedesco and Charlie Mead got the others.
The Stampeders' loose play in the field was costly and they were charged with eight errors—four by Whitehead.
Edmonton ........ 030 505 400—17 20 2
Calgary ........... 011 224 140—15 14 8
Widner, Manier (5), Day (8) and Morgan. Levmson, Kapp (6), Lillard (8) and Bricker.

SPOKANE — Vancouver's 7-5 win Thursday night stalled Spokane's drive on the Western International league lead.
Vancouver Pitcher Bob Roberts tamed his former teammates on eight hits while striking out 11, although he had to be relieved by Carl Gunnarson in the ninth during the Indians' two-run uprising. Roberts now has a 6-2 record.
Manager Harvey Storey accounted for Vancouver's only home run of the night while Jim Command and Will Hafey collected round-trippers for Spokane. It was Hafey's 16th home run of the season.
Vancouver ....... 010 022 101—7 13 2
Spokane .......... 021 000 002—5 8 1
Roberts, Gunnarson (9) and Duretto; Franks, New (7), Giovannoni (9) and Ogle.

YAKIMA—The Salem Senators broke out for three runs in the top of the tenth Thursday night to defeat the Yakima Bears 5-3 in Western International League baseball. The win protects Salem's one-game lead over second-place Spokane.
Yakima managed one run in their last-ditch rally, but were stopped cold by Gene Roenspie, who pitched a brilliant four-hitter for the win. Loser Bob Edmunds also went the distance, allowing the winners eight hits.
Salem ....... 100 100 000 3—5 8 0
Yakima ..... 000 000 200 1—3 4 2
Roenspie and Nelson; Edmunds and Novick.

Only Games Scheduled.

Wednesday, July 29, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 19 10 .655 —
Spokane ..... 21 12 .636 —
Yakima ...... 16 14 .533 3½
Vancouver ... 16 16 .500 4½
Edmonton .... 14 15 .483 5
Lewiston .... 13 15 .464 5½
Tri-City .... 14 17 .452 6
Victoria .... 14 17 .452 6
Calgary ..... 13 17 .433 6½
Wenatchee ... 11 18 .379 8

YAKIMA — Yakima set down league-leading Salem for the second night in a row, 2-0, as Don Carter held the Senators to three hits in a Western International League game here Wednesday night.
It was Carter's eighth win against three losses for the season.
Salem ........... 000 000 000—0 3 1
Yakima ......... 100 000 10x—2 7 0
Hemphill and Masterson; Carter and Novick.

SPOKANE [News-Herald, July 30]—The Spokane Indians burst out in a late inning rash of runs to swamp the Capilanos for the fourth straight time here Wednesday 11-2.
The victors moved the winners into a virtual tie with Salem for the WIL baseball lead.
Bob Nemes gave the Caps two runs in the opening inning then settled down to pitch shutout baseball as his offensive pecked away at Lonnie Myers and Rod MacKay for a big evening at the plate.
It was a ball game until the sixth inning when Spokane shoved across three runs with Stan Palys providing the biggest damage with a two-run single.
In the seventh, Spokane batted Myers into a shower when they added five more tallies.
MacKay came in to put out the fire but the damage had been done. Nemes kept getting better as the game went along and wound up winning with ease.
Every batter in the Spokane lineup hit safely with the exception of leadoff hitter Eddie Murphy. Five of Don Osborn’s rampaging tribe managed two hits in the slaughter.
The same clubs will wind up the long five-game series here tonight with Bobby Roberts (5-1) trying to halt the Capilano Kid. [sic]
Vancouver then moves on for a four-game date with Lewiston, playing singles Thursday and Friday and a doubleheader Sunday. The clubs return home Monday.
Vancouver ....... 200 000 000— 2 8 4
Spokane .......... 001 013 51x—11 13 0
Myers, MacKay (7) and Duretto; Nemes and Ogle.
WILfan note: the News-Herald has a column on a roof at Cap Stadium but it is not readable in the library microfilm copy.

KENNEWICK — Don Robertson got off to a shaky start but settled down to handcuff Lewiston with four hits to give Tri-City a 6-4 Western International League baseball win over the Broncs here Wednesday night.
Lewiston .......... 300 100 000—4 4 1
Tri-City ............ 103 000 02x—6 9 1
Butler and Garay; Robertson and Warren.

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos outscored the Calgary Stampeders 11-8 Wednesday night for a sweep of their three-game Western International League baseball series. Paid attendance was 1,938.
Eskimos got off to a running start with catcher Dick Morgan's first-inning, grand-slam homer but Edmonton was forced to call on two relief pitchers in the ninth to stem a Calgary rally.
Gus Stathos of Calgary and Andy Skurski of Edmonton, rival centrefielders, both had perfect nights at the plate, hitting five for five. Stathos' collection included three doubles.
The teams now move to Calgary for a four-game series opening on Thursday.
Calgary ............ 200 010 025— 8 15 4
Edmonton ........ 430 020 02x—11 14 1
Orrell, Francis (2), Schulte (8) and Lillard; Tisnerat, Day (9), Conant (9) and Morgan.

VICTORIA — The Victoria Tyees won the rubber game in their three-game Western International League baseball series with the Wenatchee Chiefs by downing them 9-6 here Wednesday night.
Tyees gave righthander Bill Prior his 12th win of the season and his third in a row when they broke a 6-6 tie with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Prior, who had lost nine, gave up 10 hits, struck out nine and walked four.
Wenatchee ....... 100 003 110—6 10 2
Victoria ............ 004 002 03x—9 12 1
Beamon and Bartolomei; Prior and Martin.

Meisner To Edmonton
PENDLETON, Ore., July 29 — Yankee scout Gordon Jones said Wednesday he had signed Bob Meisner, 18, for Birmingham of the Southern Association and he probably would be assigned to Edmonton of the Western International League.
Meisner, of Berkeley, Calif., has been playing shortstop and hitting .390 for the local semi-pro baseball team. He is a student at the University of Southern California and expects to return there, Jones said.

Tuesday, July 28, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 19 9 .679 —
Spokane ..... 20 12 .625 1
Vancouver ... 16 15 .516 4½
Yakima ...... 15 14 .517 4½
Lewiston .... 13 14 .481 5½
Edmonton .... 13 15 .464 6
Calgary ..... 13 16 .448 6½
Tri-City .... 13 17 .433 7
Victoria .... 13 17 .433 7
Wenatchee ... 11 17 .393 8

EDMONTON—John Conant won his 17th game of the Western International Baseball League season by pitching Edmonton Eskimos to a 4-1 victory over Calgary Stampeders Tuesday night. Paid attendance was 2,204.
Conant, who has suffered nine defeats this season, lost his bid for a shutout when Don Bricker homered for Calgary in the seventh.
Catcher Dick Morgan led the Edmonton attack on Bill Stites with two singles and a double.
It was Edmonton's 14th win over Calgary in 18 meetings this season.
Calgary ........... 000 000 100—1 7 0
Edmonton ....... 200 020 00x—4 11 1
Stites and Bricker; Conant and Morgan.

KENNEWICK—Lewiston pulled out of some tough spots three times running Tuesday night to defeat Tri-City, 6-4, in a Western International League baseball game.
Lewiston ........ 000 020 400—6 7 3
Tri-City .......... 000 000 112—4 6 1
Kime, Perez (8) and Cameron; Hedgecock, Dobernic (8) and Warren.

YAKIMA — Danny Rios limited Salem to seven scattered hits Tuesday night as Yakima beat the Solons, 7-2, in a Western International League baseball game.
Senators, were able to get more than one hit in only one inning— the ninth, when two hits gave them one of their pair of runs.
Yakima batters knocked Salem's starter, Joe Nicholas, out of the box in the seventh.
Salem ........ 000 000 101—2 7 0
Yakima ....... 000 201 40x—7 11 0
Nicholas, Collins (7) and Nelson; Rios and Novick.

VICTORIA — The Victoria Tyees got six runs in the second inning and another in the third Tuesday night to defeat the Wenatchee Chiefs 7-6 in the second game of a three-game Western International League baseball series here.
Victoria took a 7-1 lead in the third inning before Wenatchee rallied.
Bob Drilling went all the way for his ninth win against 12 losses in the season, giving up 12 hits but only one base on balls.
Wenatchee ........ 100 022 010—6 11 1
Victoria ............. 061 000 00x—7 8 1
Oubre and Bartolomei; Drilling and Martin.

SPOKANE — Spokane started out with a four-run burst in the first inning and then had to stage a ninth inning rally to eke out a 8-7 Western International League win over Vancouver Tuesday night.
Harvey Storey smashed his fifth home run of the year, a long four-run shot over the left field fence, for the losers in the seventh inning.
John Cordell ambled in from the bullpen in the ninth as the Capilanos got a runner in scoring position, and then put out the fire before the Indians went on to win it against a tiring Pete Hernandez, who didn't have hit best stuff and gave up 14 hits.
The big bat for Spokane was first baseman Carl Bush who got four hits in four times at bat, including a triple.
Vancouver ......... 100 010 410—7 14 1
Spokane ............ 400 200 011—8 14 2
Hernandez and Duretto; Worth, New (7), Cordell (9) and Ogle.

Monday, July 27, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 19  8 .704 —
Spokane ..... 19 12 .613 2
Vancouver ... 16 14 .533 4½
Yakima ...... 14 14 .500 5½
Calgary ..... 13 15 .464 6½
Lewiston .... 12 14 .462 6½
Tri-City .... 13 16 .448 7
Edmonton .... 12 15 .444 7
Victoria .... 12 17 .414 8
Wenatchee ... 11 16 .407 8

SPOKANE [News-Herald, July 28]—Long John Cordell came hurrying in from the bullpen here Monday to put down a ninth-inning Capilano threat and preserve a 4-3 baseball victory for the Spokane Indians.
The Capilanos, in falling another half game behind Salem’s leading pace, tried to get by with a second-line pitcher, Dale Thomason, and they almost made it.
Thomason was touched, through no fault of his own, for a pair of runs in the fourth on two singles, a sacrifice and a costly error.
Then the Caps jumped back into the ball game in the seventh when Gene Petralli pumped his first homer of the year over the right field wall.
It didn’t last, though. Jerry Ogle, usually a mild-hitting Spokane catcher, got one of Thomason’s knuckle balls just where he wanted it in the eighth and banged a two-run homer over the left field wall. [It scored Will Hafey, who had walked]
In the ninth, Vancouver scored once and had the winning run in position when Cordell came in to rescue Ed Romero. He got the side out without further scoring and kept the Indians safely in second place.
Tonight the same clubs do it all over again with Pete Hernandez (12-4) going for Vancouver.
Vancouver ....... 000 000 201—3 7 1
Spokane .......... 000 200 02x—4 9 0
Thomason and Duretto; Romero, Cordell (9) and Ogle.

EDMONTON—A three-run eight-inning outburst gave Edmonton Eskimos a 5-2 win over Calgary Stampeders in a Western International Baseball League game Monday night. Paid attendance was 1,206.
The teams play in Edmonton Tuesday and Wednesday, in Calgary Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Playing Manager Gene Lillard gave Stampeders a 2-1 lead with a homer in the seventh but Esks tied the count in their half and then won the game next time at bat.
Calgary ........... 000 001 100—2 9 1
Edmonton ....... 000 100 13x—5 8 1
Hittner and Brlcker; McNulty and Morgan.

VICTORIA — Keith Bowman tossed a seven-hitter at Victoria Tyees Monday night as he pitched Wenatchee Chiefs to an 8-5 victory in the first game of a three-game Western International League Baseball series.
The righthander struck out 10 and walked six in hurling his third victory of the season. Four of the hits came in the fourth frame when the Tyees put together a base on balls, a hit batsman, singles by Chuck Abernathy, Dwane Helbig and Lu Branham and a double by catcher Milt Martin for all their runs.
Wenatchee jumped on starter Earl Dollins for five runs in the first inning with singles by Jerry Green, Harry Bartolomei, Babe Fuhrman, Don Stafford and Bowman doing the damage.
Wenatchee ........ 501 002 000—8 14 3
Victoria ............. 000 500 000—5 7 3
Bowman and Bartolomei; Dollins, Hodges (7) and Martin.

PENDLETON, July 27 (Special) — The Pendleton Ranchers got an early jump on Joe Arenivar's first inning home run Monday night, but eventually bowed 10-3 to the Lewiston Broncs of the Western International League in an exhibition baseball game. About 550 persons attended the game.
Bud Hjelmaa of the Broncs hit a one-run homer in the top of the first frame, but Arenivar's blow gave the Ranchers a temporary three-run lead. A big third frame, topped by Richardson's four-master, produced five tallies for the visitors and gave them a lead they never lost.
The Ranchers turned in four double plays during the game, and Powell, Lewiston hurler, helped by grounding into three of them. The Broncs manufactured one twin-killing. Larry Carroll, who started for the hosts, was relieved in the fourth by Don Gersbach, who finished.
The game was played in an hour and 45 minutes.
Lewiston ........... 105 011 002—10 12 5
Pendleton ......... 300 100 102—7 7 5
Powell and Garay; Carroll, Gersbach (4) and Metcalf.

Sunday, July 26, 1953

Salem ....... 19 8 .704 —
Spokane ..... 18 12 .600 2½
Vancouver ... 16 13 .552 4
Yakima ...... 14 14 .500 5½
Calgary ..... 13 14 .481 6
Lewiston .... 12 14 .462 6½
Tri-City .... 13 16 .448 7
Victoria .... 12 16 .429 7½
Edmonton .... 11 15 .423 7½
Wenatchee ... 10 16 .385 8½

SPOKANE, July 26 — The Spokane Indians bounced back into the running Sunday as they trounced the Vancouver Capilanos 11 to 6 in their Western International League tilt.
Stan Palys drove in two runs in the first inning with a 375 foot home run. The Indians scored another run on a single, a stolen base, and a wild pitch.
Spokane brought in seven runs in the big seventh inning, putting together three hits, a pair of walks, three Vancouver errors, and a hit batsman to make the tallies. The inning's highlight was Palys' bases-loaded triple.
The Indians sent in another run in the eighth for "insurance".
Vancouver squeezed out one run in their half of the fourth inning, and then manager Harvey Storey homered in the sixth to score two more counters.
The Caps rallied a bit in the ninth as they brought in three runs off three doubles and a single.
Van Fletcher was the victim of the Indians' uprising and took the loss, while Jack Spring gained his tenth win.
Vancouver ...... 000 102 003— 6 11 4
Spokane ......... 030 000 71x—11 13 0
Fletcher, Gunnarson (7) and Duretto; Spring and Ogle.

SALEM, July 26 — Lewiston blanked first place Salem 3-0 in the opening game of a Western International League Sunday night doubleheader here but the Senators snapped back to win the second game 3-2.
Ken Richardson scored both Lewiston runs in the second game. He came in on a fly in the fourth inning. He walked in the eighth, was advanced on another walk and an infield out and scored on a wild pitch by Gene Roenspie.
First Game
Lewiston ....... 012 000 0—3 9 0
Salem ........... 000 000 0—0 3 0
Perez and Garay; Collins, Borst (3) and Nelson.
Second Game
Lewiston ....... 000 100 010—2 6 1
Salem ........... 000 000 30x—3 6 0
Marshall and Cameron; Roenspie and Nelson.


Flinn Is Recalled
SAN FRANCISCO, July 26—The San Francisco Seals yesterday recalled Harold Flinn, right handed pitcher, from Yakima of the Western International League. He will replace Cliff Coggin, who is on the disabled list with an injured shoulder.

Saturday, July 25, 1953

Salem ....... 18  7 .720 —
Spokane ..... 17 12 .586 3
Vancouver ... 16 12 .571 3½
Yakima ...... 14 14 .500 5½
Calgary ..... 13 14 .481 6
Lewiston .... 11 13 .458 6½
Tri-City .... 13 16 .448 7
Victoria .... 12 16 .429 7½
Edmonton .... 11 15 .423 7½
Wenatchee ... 10 16 .385 8½

VICTORIA [Colonist, July 26]—Victoria Tyees and Tri-City Braves battled through almost seven hours of baseball during their Western International League doubleheader at Royal Athletic Park yesterday. When the cannonading finally ended, the home-run happy Tyees had staged a couple of dramatic finishes to win both ends of the twin bill.
Granny Gladstone smashed a home run—his second of the game—with Cec Garriott on base to top of a six-run rally and give the Victorians an 18-17 triumph in the afternoon game. Garriott drilled a single in the 13th inning of the nightcap for a 12-11 Tyee triumph.
Wenatchee Chiefs will be the next club to test the Tyees, moving into Athletic Park tomorrow night for the first game of a three-game stay.
Gladstone poled a home run with two aboard in the first inning of the opener. Garriott, back in the outfield as Bob Moniz moved in at third base to give Don Pries a rest, started Tyee rallies in the fourth and fifth frames with bases-empty homers.
However, the Braves had a couple of big innings of their own, scoring six times in each of the sixth and seventh frames and went into the bottom of the ninth holding a 17-12 advantage. Garriott cleared the bases with a double with two out and then Gladstone won it with his sixth home run of the week and his 12th of the season.
Victoria again got away to an early lead in the nightcap when Milt Martin poled a two-run homer in the second. Then after the Braves scored five in the top of the third, Dwane Helbig blasted a grand-slam home run—his fourth of the week and Victoria’s 16th—to put Victoria in front, 6-5.
Although the Victoria pitching staff was far from impressive yesterday, needing every one of 30 runs for the two wins, it was a pair of gritty performances that made the twin triumph possible.
Bill Bottler, who had lost a 2-1, 10th inning heartbreaker Friday night, gamely volunteered to take the hill after started Bob Drilling and reliever Zeb Walker were shelled out in the afternoon game. Admittedly tired, Bottler stuck it out and gained credit for his fifth win of the year.
Bill Prior, pitching with only two days’ rest, went all the way in the afterpiece, gave up 15 hits and 14 bases on balls before getting his 11th win when Garriott came through in the 13th
First Game
Tri-City ....... 201 006 820—17 17 1
Victoria ....... 301 034 106—18 20 1
Robertson, Dobernic and Warren; Drilling, Walker (6), Bottler (7) and Martin.
Second Game
Tri-City ....... 005 201 003 000 00—11 15 3
Victoria ....... 024 004 001 000 01—12 15 3
Snyder, Bloom (3), Michelson (9) and Pesut; Prior and Martin, Harford (11).

SALEM — Dick Sabatini tripled to bring in the winning run in the seventh inning as Salem edged Lewiston 3-2 in Saturday night's Western International League baseball game here.
Sabatini's three-bagger came after Jerry Ballard's double in the fourth drove home the first two runs for the winners.
It was Salem's fourth straight win.
Lewiston ........... 001 010 000—2 9 1
Salem ............... 000 200 10x—3 7 0
Brenner and Cameron; Dahle and Nelson.

EDMONTON, Alta. — The Edmonton Eskimos gained an even split in their four-game Western International Baseball League series with the Yakima Bears, whipping the Bears 8-3 in the second game of a day-night double header in Edmonton Saturday night.
First Game
Yakima .......... 000 300 001— 4 6 2
Edmonton ...... 100 001 000— 2 6 0
Flinn and Novick; Tisnerat and Morgan.
Second Game
Yakima ........... 000 200 010—3 6 3
Edmonton ....... 011 230 02x—8 13 2
Edmunds, Young (7) and Novick; Widner and Morgan.

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders got off to a flying start in a Western International Baseball League double-header when their first four batters drew bases on balls and then scored to pave the way for an 8-2 victory over the Wenatchee Chiefs in Calgary Saturday night.
Wenatchee won the second game 9-5.
First Game
Wenatchee .......... 001 100 0—2 7 1
Calgary ............... 402 110 x—8 6 2
DeCarolis, Klein (1) and Bartolomei; Levinson and Bricker.
Second Game
Wenatchee ..... 130 021 20—9 16 0
Calgary ........... 000 023 00—5 7 3
Bothelho and Bartolomei; Kapp, Stites (8) and Bricker.

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Capilanos swept a three-game series from the Spokane Indians Saturday night by defeating the Tribe, 3-1, in a Western International League baseball game before 1,291 fans.
Bobby Roberts twisted a seven-hitter for his fifth victory over the year. He achieved it over Bill Franks, the league's ERA king, who was tough but not quite enough. Only one of the hits, a double by Jim Command, went for extra bases.
Harvey Storey burst out of hhis two-week hitting slump to spark the victory. He singled in the first inning to score K Chorlton from third after the fleet outfielder led off the inning with a walk.
In the fifth Storey punched another single to score Roberts and Jack Bukowatz doubled the manager home to give Bobby his working margin.
Storey had three of Vancouver's ten hits.
The little right-hander had to get over some tough spots, most of them accumulated through his own wildness, but in the clutch Bob had the right answers.
He gave up his only run in the sixth on a bases-loaded no out situation when Stan Palys bounced into a double play. Roberts then got Will Hafey on a pop up and he was over his worst hump.
Only 1,291 attended the game, as the weather before the game turned breezy.
Spokane ........ 000 001 000—1 7 1
Vancouver ..... 100 020 00x—3 10 0
Franks and Sheets; Roberts and Duretto.

Deyo Leading W.I.L. in Hits
SEATTLE — Jim Deyo of Salem was the Western International League's leading clouter at last statistical report and Joe Nicholas of Salem the hottest pitcher.
Although Bill Franks of Spokane had the best earned run average among the flingers with 2.44, and John Conant of Edmonton the most victories with 18, Nicholas' won-loss record of 15-3 tops them all for effectiveness.
Deyo's batting average was .370 for the season through Sunday, July 19. Clint Weaver of Edmonton took over the lead in runs batted in with 70 and total bases with 174.
Don Hunter's 18 home runs for Calgary topped the round-trip division and Andy Skurski, Edmonton, led to stolen bases with 21 thefts.
Strikeout king of the circuit is John Marshall of Lewiston, with 104 and his 13-6 record is among the best, although, he does not rate with the top ten pitchers on earned runs.

Friday, July 24, 1953

Salem ....... 17 7 .708 —
Spokane ..... 17 11 .607 2
Vancouver ... 15 12 .556 3½
Yakima ...... 13 13 .500 5
Tri-City .... 13 14 .481 5½
Calgary ..... 12 13 .480 5½
Lewiston .... 11 12 .478 5½
Edmonton .... 10 14 .417 7
Victoria .... 10 16 .385 8
Wenatchee .... 9 15 .375 8

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, July 25]—It is almost unbelievable that a total of four runs, evenly split at that, should win both games of a baseball doubleheader. Yet, what went on at Capilano Stadium Friday was just that—unbelievable—as Vancouver swept a pair from Spokane 2-1 and 2-0.
The heroes of the set were Pete Hernandez and Lonnie Myers, a couple of guys who went out there and bowed their necks and made a minimum of runs look like Mt. Everest on a foggy night.
The pitching, in fact, on both sides was superb, as was the baseball as slightly over 2000 fans got a greater kick out of two ball games than they have all year long. Statistics tell that there was one three-hitter, two four-hitters and a six-hitter in these games. And the figures don’t lie—it was strictly a night for the throwers.
Hernandez made only one mistake in his three-hit 12th win, that coming in the sixth inning when he tried out a screwball on Stan Palys and the husky outfielder parked it in the left field weeds. Otherwise the Senor couldn’t be had and he made single runs in the fourth and fifth look like Yankee-style bombardments.
As good as Hernandez’ job was, Myers overshadowed him. Lonnie came up with the biggest thrill in pitching, the strikeout, and utilized it to the maximum as he had the Indians vainly trying to figure out his fast ball.
Myers is always quick. However, he has never been so fast as he was this Friday. Never so fast and never so accurate; for his kept putting the ball in the right spot inning after inning as he compile nine strikeouts on his four-hit shutout and No. 7 win.
All the way it was a ball game which smacked of intrigue. Myers never allowed a Spokane runner to reach base in any inning until two were out. From the third until the seventh he had at least one strikeout per round, and in the third and sixth he struck out the side.
It wasn’t until the sixth that the Capilanos could get to Art Worth, who did a far better than average job for the Indians. On any other evening, Worth would have had an easy victory.
In the sixth, Chuck Davis beat out an infield single and Myers moved him along with a sacrifice. Chorlton doubled down the left field line for one run and scored himself moments later on Mascaro’s line shot to centre. That was enough for Myers.
Backed by a defence which wouldn’t give an inch and by a crowd which urged him to the utmost, the youngster kept firing his big fastball until he had achieve the necessary 27 out. He made it pulled up.
DIAMOND DUST – As if the pitching wasn’t enough to make it the year’s best evening of baseball, the fielding was strictly big league … Chuck Davis came up with a first game over the shoulder catch of a Texas Leaguer which defies description … Tonight the same clubs play a single game starting at 8:30 and as the Capilanos start their big move towards first place, Bobby Roberts (4-1) will be the man of the hour on the hill.
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VANCOUVER — The Spokane Indians were unable to get a man past second base Friday night and the Vancouver Capilanos whitewashed them 2-0 in a Western International League nightcap after taking the opening ball game 2-1.
Lonnie Myers gave up only four hits in the second contest, striking out nine men for his seventh win against five losses.
Art Worth also pitched a good game for Spokane but the three hits surrendered in the sixth gave Vancouver the win. Chuck Davis hit a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a double by K Chorlton. Chorlton scored the second run on a single by Frank Mascaro.
Paid attendance was 2,057.
An error in the fifth inning set up the winning run in the seven-inning opener.
Shortstop Bob Donkersley bobbled a grounder by Davis, who moved around the bases on a sacrifice and scored when Jack Bukowatz singled.
Bukowatz tripled in the previous inning and scored on an outfield fly by Manager Harv Storey for Vancouver's other run.
Pitcher Pete Hernandez, in scoring his 12th win against four losses, gave up only three hits including the biggest one of the game — right fielder Stan Palys' home run in the sixth.
First Game
Spokane ...... 000 001 0—1 3 1
Vancouver ... 000 110 x—2 6 1
Nemes and Sheets; Hernandez and Duretto.
Second Game
Spokane ........ 000 000 000—0 4 0
Vancouver ..... 000 002 00x—2 5 1
Worth and Ogle; Myers and Duretto.

EDMONTON — The Yakima Bears Friday night evened their four-game Western International League series with the Edmonton Eskimos at one game each with a 10-7 victory.
The Bears routed starting pitcher Pat Utley of the Esks in the course of a six-run first inning. Utley was pulled after failing to retire any of the first four men to face him and Larry Manier continued.
Cleanup hitter Bob Wellman led Yakima's 13-hit attack with a two-run homer and a pair of doubles in five trips. Al White also got three hits for the winners while Phil Steinberg clouted a homer with one on. Whitey Thompson hit a two-run homer for Esks in the eighth inning.
Yakima ........... 620 002 000—10 13 1
Edmonton ....... 000 010 150— 7 9 1
Carter and Hovick; Utley, Manier (1) and Morgan.

VICTORIA — Manager Edo Vanni delivered a pinch-hit single in the 10th inning to drive in Terry Carroll and give his Tri-City Braves a 2-1 decision over the Victoria Tyees here Friday night.
It was the first game of a three game Western International League baseball series.
Vanni's game-winning hit ended a fine pitching duel between the Braves' Ken Michelson and Bill Bottler, both of whom went all the way.
Tri-City .......... 000 001 000 1— 2 8 1
Victoria .......... 100 000 000 0— 1 7 0
Michelson and Warren; Bottler and Martin.

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders ended a home stand losing streak at four games Friday night as they won 15-10 over the Wenatchee Chiefs in a free-hitting Western International League baseball game.
A total of 36 hits went into the record books, six of them home runs.
The Stamps, ahead 6-1 in the second frame, then lost their wide margin as Chiefs came up in the third, sixth and seventh. A five-run burst in the seventh put Calgary out of danger. Joe Orrell was winning pitcher.
The loss was charged to Charlie Beamon. Jake Helmuth of Chiefs got two of his team's three homers, Bartolomei getting the other.
Meanwhile, Tedesco and Stathos homered for Calgary.
Wenatchee ....... 013 002 130 — 10 19 2
Calgary ............ 330 001 53x — 15 17 2
Beamon, Monroe (7) and Bartolomei; Orrell, Francis (8) and Lillard.

SALEM — Shortstop Gene Tanselli collected two homers and salted in four runs to lead the Salem Senators to a 7-2 victory over Lewiston in Friday night's Western International League baseball game here.
Tanselli's first circuit blow came in the first with no one on base. He added another in the sixth with one on.
Lewiston scored in the fourth on a walk to Al Heist and a double by Ken Richardson. Clint Cameron and Glenn Tuckett singled and Cameron came in while Salem was making a double play in the ninth.
Lewiston ........ 000 100 001—2 9 1
Salem ............ 310 102 00x—7 8 0
Butler and Garay; Hemphill and Masterson.

Thursday, July 23, 1953

Salem ....... 16  7 .696 —
Spokane ..... 17  9 .654 ½
Vancouver ... 13 12 .520 4
Lewiston .... 11 11 .500 4½
Yakima ...... 12 13 .480 5
Tri-City .... 12 14 .462 5½
Calgary ..... 11 13 .458 5½
Edmonton .... 10 13 .435 6
Victoria .... 10 15 .400 7
Wenatchee .... 9 14 .391 7

VANCOUVER, B. C. — Disaster caught up with Carl Gunnarson in the sixth inning Thursday night, ending a no-score ball game and starting the Tri-City Braves on the road to an 8-4 Western International League win over the Vancouver Capilanos.
Tri-City launched a six-hit attack off Gunnarson, along with a walk, to grab five sixth-inning runs and the game. The Braves added three more in the ninth off Rod MacKay on two singles, a triple by Jess Dobernic and a double by Bob McGuire.
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VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, July 24]—In a lot of their losing efforts this season, the Capilanos have left too much for the imagination. A case in point is Thursday’s 8-4 loss to Tri-City, and it wasn’t the defeat which hurt the most. It was the fact that Vancouver again beat themselves.
Down 5-0 in the eighth after the Braves had exploded Carl Gunnarson into a shower with a sixth-inning burst, the Caps started rolling in earnest.
K. Chorlton walked and Jack Bukowatz singles. Frank Mascaro moved them up with an infield out and Bob Duretto walked to fill ‘em up. Another free one to Gene Petralli scored one and kayoed pitcher Dale Bloom from the ball game.
Gene Taylor, the first batter to face Jess Dobernic, shot a single into left field. Bukowatz scored and Duretto was about to also when he stopped half way down the baseline towards the plate and retreated to third. He was an easy out victim. Why he was stopped nobody has satisfactorily explained, though Harvey Storeyu was coaching at third himself and as the play was behind Duretto, Harv must accept the blame for it. It cut down the rally as it was, and the imagination started to work. How long would the inning have gone on without this blunder? Nobody knows.
Again in the ninth it happened. Now the Braves led 8-2, having put across three runs in their half.
With one out, pinch-hitter Storey singled. Chorlton doubled him to third and Harvey scored on Bukowatz’ infield out. Then Mascaro caressed a 380-foot double off the left-centre field fence. Chorlton scored and Mascaro attempted to make a triple out of his wallop. Why? Well, that is the question. He already was in scoring position at second and the third run wasn’t half so important as keeping the rally alive. He was thrown out by a mile, naturally, and it was just another of those losses which left too much to the imagination.
Tonight, the Caps open one of their most important series of the year with a double-header against second-place Spokane. The game starts at 7.
Tri-City ......... 000 005 003—8 14 1
Vancouver ..... 000 000 022—4 11 0
Bloom, Dobernic (8) and Warren; Gunnarson, MacKay (6) and Leavitt.

EDMONTON — John Conant celebrated a night in his honor Thursday by pitching a five-hit 12-2 victory for Edmonton over the Yakima Bears in the opener of a four-game Western International League baseball series here.
The win was his 16th of the season against nine losses. The club staged the night for him out of recognition of his 100th WIL victory.
Conant didn't give up a hit after the fourth inning, struck out seven and walked one. He also hit safely twice in five trips. Esks wrapped up the contest with a six-run fourth inning which featured a grand slam home run by catcher Dick Morgan.
Yakima ......... 020 000 000— 2 5 0
Edmonton ..... 001 620 30x—12 13 1
Del Sarto, Tanner (4), Young (7) and Novick; Conant and Morgan.

CALGARY — Scoring two runs in the 10th inning after the Calgary Stampeders tied the count with a three-run rally in the ninth, the Wenatchee Chiefs won 7-5 here Thursday night in a Western International Baseball League baseball game played before a small crowd in chilly weather.
It was an unusual game for Calgary's short-field park. There were no home runs.
Singles by Tom Munoz and Jake Helmuth combined with a Calgary error gave the Chiefs the run that won them the game in the 10th and Don Stanford followed with another run on Mike McCormick's single.
Wenatchee .... 111 200 000 2—7 10 0
Calgary ......... 000 002 003 0—5 12 3
Oubre, Monroe (10) and Bartolomei; Stites, Francis (9) and Bricker.

VICTORIA — The Victoria Tyees ended their five-game Western International League baseball series with Spokane Thursday night by trouncing the Indians 11-3.
Southpaw Earl Dollins effectively scattered nine Spokane hits as he went all the way for his fourth win of the season. Dollins, who has dropped seven decisions, struck out 10 and walked only one.
Spokane ...... 000 010 011— 3 9 2
Victoria ....... 020 301 23x—11 10 0
Romero, Cordell (4), New (8) and Sheets; Dollins and Martin.

LEWISTON — Salem lost its manager but pushed across five runs in a hectic seventh inning here Thursday night and took an 8-5 Western International League victory over Lewiston.
The win keeps Salem at the top of the league.
Salem .......... 000 102 500—8 14 1
Lewiston ...... 100 101 200—5 8 2
Nicholas and Nelson; Marshall, Brenner (7) and Cameron.