Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Monday, July 6, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 5 1 .833 —
Spokane ..... 5 1 .833 —
Yakima ...... 4 2 .750 1
Calgary ..... 4 2 .750 1
Tri-City .... 3 3 .500 2
Vancouver ... 3 3 .500 2
Wenatchee ... 2 3 .400 2½
Edmonton .... 2 4 .333 3
Lewiston .... 1 4 .200 3½
Victoria .... 0 6 .000 5

KENNEWICK, July 6—The Salem Senators and Spokane Indians claim equal rights to the top rung of the Western International League ladder after last night's activities, but the Yakima Bears, another contender, skidded backwards.
Tri-City snapped Salem's latest winning streak at seven straight, edging the Senators, 9 to 8, in a series opener in Kennewick. The loss, plus Spokane's 9-1 win over Yakima pushed
the Indians into a first place tie with Salem and deadlocked the Bears in the No. 3 berth with the Calgary Stampeders, who clipped Victoria 10 to 8.
Salem .................. 002 100 014—8 14 2
Tri-City .............. 002 103 021—9 12 1
Peterson, Borst (8) and Nelson; Robertson and Warren.

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, July 7]—The Edmonton Eskimos, an affiliate of the invincible New York Yankees, have not yet been stricken with the disease which has laid the Bombers low. That is unfortunate—for the Vancouver Capilanos.
For the seventh time in eight starts, the Esks outdueled the Caps Monday at the stadium in another one of those ball games which the co-eds would describe as “keen.” The score was 2-0, with Ray McNulty the hero of the piece at every turn.
Not so long ago, Ray was an outcast in baseball. He was a third basemen who couldn’t hit too well, then a catcher and first baseman who didn’t do anything too well.
Three years ago he found his niche on the mound. For the ninth time this season—and third against Vancouver—Raymond was returned a winner, and it was quite a job of pitching.
For five full innings Ray had the Caps no hitted, then lost his dream job only when Jim Wert hit one off his fists for a bloop single over the shortstop’s head.
By then, the Esks had commanded their two runs, one in the first on an error and Clint Weaver’s infield single and another in the third on successive singles by Bob Thomson and Sam Kanelos and Dan Prentice’s outfield fly.
That was all McNulty needed. His slider “slud” and his curve swerved as he unreeled a four-hitter and allowed only one three Capilanos as far as second base. It was just a nice job of pitching.
The Caps, on the other hand, hot another fair-sized effort out of hard-worked Van Fletcher. Lately, the boys haven’t been getting runs for Fletch, but there has been no complaint on the job the big guy is doing on the mound.
DIAMOND DUST – The same clubs meet again in an 8:30 single with Bobby Roberts (2-0) going for Vancouver … Don Lundberg is out a week or so with a broken finger … Nick Sastas reports for Army Reserve duty in Washington this Sunday and will be lost to the club for a few days.
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VANCOUVER — Ray McNulty froze the Vancouver Capilanos on four hits in a 2-0 shutout by the Edmonton Eskimos in Western International League baseball Monday night.
The Caps didn't manage a hit until Jim Wert's dribbler in the sixth.
The only local hero that gave the 1,778 fans anything to cheer about was Chuck Davis, who hit McNulty for a double in the eighth inning.
Van Fletcher only doled out seven hits to the Eskimos, but they knew what to do with the offerings they got. Clint Weaver connected with a first-inning single to score Sam Kanelos, who had reached base on an error.
Edmonton ............ 101 000 000—2 7 1
Vancouver ........... 000 000 000—0 4 0
McNulty and Prentice; Fletcher, Thomason (9) and Leavitt.

VICTORIA — Jimmy Clark returned to the Victoria line-up Monday night, but his pinch-hit, two-run double in the sixth inning didn't hold up as the Calgary Stampeders came from behind to defeat the Tyees 10-8.
The Stamps pounded four straight hits off reliever Zeb Walker and plated three runs in the seventh to make it 6-4 Calgary before Bob Drilling came in to stop the outburst.
The Tyees went ahead with three in the bottom half of the inning, but Bill Bottler surrendered two in the eighth and a pair in the ninth before being pulled after hurting his arm with one out.
Former Tyee Bill Wisneski started for Calgary and held his former mates to three earned runs before going into a wild streak in the seventh and being replaced with the eventual winner, Eddie Kapp.
Calgary ..... 000 210 322—10 18 3
Victoria ..... 000 103 301—8 10 4
Wisneski, Kapp (7) and Lillard; Hodges, Walker (7), Drilling (7) Bottler (8), Younie (9) and Martin.

Yakima ...... 010 000 000—1 4 2
Spokane ..... 230 010 00x—6 13 0
Jacome, Rial (7) and Albini; Worth and Sheets.

(only games scheduled)

The Sports Herald
Keith Matthews
[Vancouver News-Herald, July 7, 1953]
New Theory . . .
When Leo Durocher coined the phrase, “nice guys don’t win,” he opened up an interesting basis of investigation for sports writers. It has become an even more fascinating topic recently by the changing complexion of Leo, himself. Once a disgruntled old meanie, Leo is now described as an awfully nice person.
The “nice guys ain’t got it” theory, of course, passed into obscurity the day baseball players became semi-unionized. You either treat the boys right now or receive a visit from the shop steward (i.e.—players’ representative).
So Leo has become a nice fellow. Generally it has paid off for him. He was in the World Series no so long ago, got a couple of close seconds and is almost able to forget what is happening to him now.
All of this, of course, brings us to our subject at hand—this being Harvey Storey and a thought we had way back in the spring training that the Phantom of Phorest Grove, Oregon, might be too nice a person to lead a baseball menagerie.
Fortunately, it hasn’t turned out that way. What faults which have plagued the Capilanos have not originated from Storey’s locker. On what he has been given to play around with, his job of leadership has been impeccable.
Harvey says it has been an interesting, though admittedly perilous, life. He has had to battle this far two with .300 hitters in the lineup and an infield which at times resembles the sewage disposal unit at Hastings and Granville. It leaks
Big Squeeze . . .
Despite all of this, he brought the ship in fourth in the first half of the championship race and right until the last week he was in the hunt for the title. Durocher would have traded Laraine for just such a boast.
How he has managed to get along so well in the standings, nobody has yet bothered to figure out. Consider for the moment Don Lundberg, Jim Wert, Jack Bukowatz and K Chorlton. All of them are having bad seasons, and even this far along only Chorlton shows signs of coming up for air.
There always has been a theory in baseball that if tou had no strength through the middle, you had nothing. Yet, what has Storey got through the middle?
He has Lundberg hitting a shade above .200. He has Bukowatz at an even .200 and Jack’s partner Chuck Davis, who is quite respectable at .268. He has Chorlton at .254. And yet, Storey has been making it do.
The pitching, of course, has been the answer. Figures don’t lie and therefore it can be said without fear of reprisal that Vancouver has the best pitching in the league.
However, the thought here is that no matter how good the throwers are, they can’t win a ball game for you unless you give them a run or two. And it is here that Storey shows a type of genius by squeezing blood out of a stone.

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