Monday, 17 March 2008

Friday, June 12, 1953

(See Note Below about Lewiston win total)
Lewiston .... 26 14 .650 —
Vancouver ... 24 18 .571 3
Salem ....... 24 19 .558 3½
Edmonton .... 26 23 .531 4½
Wenatchee ... 22 23 .489 6½
Victoria .... 21 23 .477 7
Spokane ..... 20 22 .476 7
Calgary ..... 21 25 .457 8
Tri-City .... 19 26 .422 9½
Yakima ...... 19 30 .388 11½

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Wenatchee Chiefs stretched their winning streak to five games by defeating the Western International League-leading Lewiston Broncs 8-4 Friday night.
A bases-loaded double that brought in three runs in the third inning was the big blow for Wenatchee.
Ross McCormack got the two-bagger. A home run by Jake Helmuth, the lead-off batter, opened the inning's scoring. It was Helmuth's third homer in two nights.
Manny Perez, Lewiston starter, failed to go the route for the third straight time, giving up seven runs before being, relieved in the third frame.
Lewiston .......... 100 000 210—4 10 2
Wenatchee ...... 304 100 000—8 13 1
Perez, Carter (3), Brenner (9) and Cameron; Oubre and Helmuth.

EDMONTON — Edmonton Eskimos drew within one game of the third-place Salem Senators in the Western International Baseball League race when they won a 10-inning thriller 5-4 here Friday night.
Eskimos had to come from behind twice. Trailing 3-1, they scored two runs in the sixth inning and in the eighth they got another to offset a Salem run scored in its half of the eighth.
Salem ................... 002 100 010 0—4 11 0
Edmonton ............. 100 002 010 1—5 13 1
Collins, Borst (10) and Masterson; Day, Conant (9) and Morgan.

YAKIMA, Wash.—Four Yakima errors and 15 Spokane hits added up to another Western International League baseball loss for the hapless Bears Friday night, Spokane winning 9-6 in a game made more miserable by a cold continuous downpour which soaked the players and 98 paying customers—an all time low.
Spokane ....... 213 000 102—9 15 0
Yakima ......... 000 060 000—6 8 4
Romero, Cordell (5) and Sheets; Thompson, Del Sarto (3) and Novick.

Tri-City at Calgary, postponed, rain.
Victoria at Vancouver doubleheader, postponed, rain.

Foul Weather Causes Dip in WIL Crowds
VANCOUVER, B.C., June 12 — President Bob Brown of the Western International Baseball League lopped one victory off the record of the pace-setting Lewiston Broncs Friday and announced attendance figures for the loop.
Although it has two more teams in action this semester, foul weather has made a huge dent in the crowd totals. Only 171,388 people had watched the 10 teams up to June 1, compared to the 192,640 who viewed WIL games during the same period in 1952.
Brown said he took away Lewiston's May 28 victory over Victoria because the Broncs had more veteran players on their roster that day than the league permits. Because it was a matter of oversight, he said, the game was merely cancelled out, with no victory credited to Victoria.
One of the league's smaller sites, Tri-City, is setting the pace in attendance with a crowd total of 24,129 to date. Second is one of the league newcomers, Edmonton, with 22,940 and Vancouver follows closely with 22,628.
Other attendance totals to June 1 are: Victoria 18,459; Salem, 17,776; Spokane, 15,656; Lewiston, 13,972; Yakima 13,506; Wenatchee, 13,265. and Calgary 9,057.
Brown said Calgary's present playing field which will be replaced, was one reason for poor attendance in that city.
Crowds on opening day for the eight veteran clubs were down this year from the 1952 total of 25,254 to 23,206. For the full league, opening day attendance was 30,035.

Lewiston Will Fight Ruling Of WIL Chief
LEWISTON, Idaho, June 13 — Directors of the Lewiston baseball club Friday voted to protest a decision of Western International League President Robert Brown to lop one victory off their string of winnings, on the grounds the protest was made too late.
Brown said he was deleting one of Lewiston's wins over Victoria from the record because the Broncs had more than the league limit of 12 veterans on their roster when
it was played.
Lewiston Director W.C. Merchant said the official protest was made by Calgary.
However, "Mr. Brown told me at the league meeting earlier this week at Spokane he couldn't consider Calgary's original protest because the necessary protest check of $25 didn't accompany the complaint," he said.
Calgary later made a new protest, sending a check with it, but the Broncs believe the time limit had expired before the proper protest was made.

New Pitcher Due in City To Aid Tyees
[Victoria Colonist, June 13, 1953]
Although the Tyees were rained out in Vancouver last night, business manager Reg Patterson had some news that he hoped would prove cheerful before the season is over.
Patterson announced that the Tyees had signed right-handed pitcher Hugh King as a free agent and that King would report within a few days.
A native of Toronto, the 26-year-old King has had six years’ experience in professional baseball and was with Beaumont in the class AA Texas League this season.
He pitched for Temple in the class B Big State League last year, appearing in 23 games and completing 12 of them. His record of 11 wins against five losses was recorded while pitching 147 innings in which he gave up 82 runs on 162 hits and compiled an earned-run average of 4.40.

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