W L Pct GB
Lewiston .... 21 8 .724 —
Vancouver ... 19 12 .613 3
Salem ....... 16 12 .571 4½
Spokane ..... 16 16 .500 6½
Victoria .... 15 16 .486 7
Calgary ..... 15 17 .469 7½
Edmonton .... 14 17 .452 8
Tri-City .... 13 18 .419 9
Yakima ...... 15 21 .417 9½
Wenatchee ... 13 19 .406 9½
KENNEWICK, May 28 — Salem and Tri-City combined a bit of baseball with a large order of wrestling, boxing and debating Thursday night but Salem's orators-sluggers-wrestlers defeated Tri-City 19-7 in a Western International League game.
Salem sewed up the game in the first inning with a nine run outburst that saw four pitchers on the mound for Tri-City. Four Salem hits, four walks and two errors combed to add up to nine runs.
The game was relatively calm until the fourth inning until Ray Tran was called out on strikes in the bottom of the fourth inning. The former Seattle Rainier protested so volubly that the umpires chased him off the field.
That was followed one inning later by a 30-man free-for-all after former Nick Pesut was hit by one of Jack Hemphill's offerings. Pesut, Tri-City backstop fomerly with the Sacramento Solons, stormed to the mound and started throwing wild punches at Hemphill. The rest of the two squads joined in the party and the donnybrook hit full stride until the umpires, tiring of the mayhem, called on the law to break up the battle.
Pesut got the gate to join Tran.
Salem ............. 930 005 200—19 17 1
Tri-City ........ 301 012 000— 7 16 3
Hemphill and Masterson; Tanner, Piedmonte (1), Bloom (1), Michelson (1), Rolfe (8) and Pesut, Warren (6).
EDMONTON, May 28 — Manager Bill Brenner pitched his Lewiston Broncs to a 10-inning 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos Thursday night as the teams opened a four-game Western International Baseball League series.
The game was pushed into the extra innings when Sam Kanelos boomed out a three-run homer in the last of the eighth to knot the score at three-all. An error by Kanelos and a triple by Ken Richardson gave the Broncs their fourth run in the top of the 10th.
The loss was charged to Tisnerat who replaced starter Jack Widner, lifted in the eighth inning for a pinch hitter.
Lewiston .......... 000 000 030 1—4 9 0
Edmonton ....... 000 000 030 0—3 6 2
Brenner and Cameron; Widner, Tisnerat (9) and Prentice.
CALGARY, May 28 — The Calgary Stampeders powered 23 hits from the offerings of two Spokane pitchers to gain an easy 16-9 Western International Baseball League victory here Thursday night.
Leading 10-6 going into the bottom of the eighth, the Stampeders plated six runs to put the issue beyond doubt.
Charlie Mead and Jim Melliger homered for Calgary and Bill Sheets, Stan Palys and Wilbur Johnson drove balls out of the park for Spokane.
Bob Bonebrake and Gus Stutkus each hit four for five for Calgary.
Starter Ralph Romero, who was relieved by John Carter in the sixth, was the loser.
Jerry Levinson went the distance for the victory.
Spokane .... 100 102 113— 9 11 3
Calgary .... 200 313 16x—16 23 1
Romero, Carter (6) and Sheets; Levinson and Lillard.
VANCOUVER, May 28 — The Vancouver Capilanos Thursday night handed Wenatchee its ninth straight loss, winning 5-2 over the Chiefs in a Western International League Baseball series opener.
The Caps chalked up three runs in the first inning when K Chorlton reached first on an error by shortstop Don Stanford, Frank Mascaro walked and Manager Harvey Storey slammed a line-drive homer over the left field wall.
They added two more in the fourth on a walk, two singles and an error by third baseman Dave Fuhrman.
Wenatchee .... 000 002 000—2 10 2
Vancouver ... 300 200 00x—5 6 1
Monroe and Bartolomei; Fletcher and Lundberg.
VICTORIA, May 28 — Yakima's hardhitting Bears snapped the Victoria Tyees' Western International League winning streak at three games here Thursday night by pounding out a 10-3 baseball victory on the strength of three three-run innings.
A crowd of about 1,500, more than any other single day this week, watched the first game of a four-game series.
Bill Bottler was clouted hard in the first inning as a base on balls starts the visitors off and a single, double and outfield fly gave them three runs. Only a great catch by Gale Taylor in the left-field corner, which deprived Bob Wellman, once of the Philadelphia Athletics, of extra bases, prevented a larger lead.
A two-run homer by Nap Gully, who also lashed aout a line double in the righth, brought the Tyees close in the fourth but the Bears pulled ahead to stay with three singles, an error and a wild pitch giving them another three runs in the fifth.
Earl Dollins, who arrived Thursday morning to join his new club, went the last four innings for the Tyees after Bottler had been removed for a pinch-hitter. The slender southpaw was tagged for four runs in his first two innings, then blanked the Bears in the last two.
But the Tyees could do little with Jack Rial, who worked with runners on bases in eight innings but had enough to clamp down when matters threatened to get out of hand until the last two innings, when the big righthander was helped out by two double-plays.
And, for the third night in a row, a player was tossed out of a game. This time, it was the Tyees' Chuck Abernathy for tossing his bat after a called third strike in the sixth inning.
Yakima ............ 300 031 300—10 13 1
Victoria .......... 000 200 100— 3 7 3
Rial and Novick; Bottler, Dollins (5) and Martin.
Fans Rally To Support Club In Tyee Battle For Survival
By JIM TANG
[Victoria Colonist, May 29, 1953]
There is still a long way to go before continuation of professional baseball in Victoria is assured, but officials of the Victoria Tyees brightened perceptibly last night as city baseball fans rallied to their last-ditch appeal and, cautiously hopeful, admitted there was now a chance that the club will be able to stay in operation.
Needing $10,000 to assure continued operation, club officials met yesterday morning with press and Booster Club representatives to discuss ways and means. A lot of ideas, including a huge pre-game political rally at Royal Athletic Park, were kicked around but it was finally decided that the only salvation lay in a direct appeal to the fans to purchase books of tickets for future games.
The ticket drive started last night and the results were encouraging. Fans attending last night’s game purchased almost $1,000 worth of tickets for future games and many of them expressed anxiety at the possible loss of professional baseball. A well-wishing Vancouver fan chipped in with $1000 and had to be persuaded to take tickets for his check. About 400 books of tickets, which sell for $10 and include 11 general admissions, were picked up by fans and club officials, who will attempt to sell them before the Monday deadline.
However, while the start was good, club officials hastened ton point out that the total reached last night was only 10 per cent of requirements and that sales will have to improve today and tomorrow.
Attendance at last night’s game was 1,305, running the total for the first four games of the seven-game home stand to 4,440, considerably under the hoped-for average of 1,500 a game.
Efforts to sell tickets will be increased today and every fan who is able to is asked to purchase tickets now. And anyone willing to sell books is asked to get in touch with Reg Patterson, club business manager, at B 5632, as soon as possible. All monies received from the sale of these tickets will be kept in a special fund until it is known whether or not the club will remain in operation. If the drive should fail, all unusued tickets will be bought up.
The gravity of the situation was shown yesterday in a statement from club president Arthur Cox, reached by telephone in Vancouver.
“Unless we are able to raise $10,000 by Monday, there is every chance we will be forced to discontinue operation,” Cox stated.
The Tyees are scheduled to leave Tuesday morning for their next road trip, with series at Salem and Wenatchee, before returning home on Jun 8 for a 10-game home stand against Lewiston, Calgary and Edmonton in that order. With better weather almost certain and the league leaders and the two Prairie clubs due, the Tyees should do all right. But first they have to raise enough money to get out of town for a week. There are four days left. Needed is $9,000.
WIL President Hits Profanity
VANCOUVER, B.C., May 29 — A proclamation on profanity was issued Thursday by the president of the Western International Baseball League, who said: "I would much rather see one ball player take a punch at another than swear at him."
League President Bob Brown issued a stern warning to all 10 clubs in the WIL to ''stop your players from using profanity on the field of play, or receive a reprimand from my office."
"I have instructed all my umpires to throw out any players who uses profanity in any way at all," Brown added. "These players are receiving good money for their work. They are going to act like real pros or I'll know the reason why.
"This may sound like a petty thing to be making a fuss about Believe me, it isn't. I would much rather see one ball player take a punch at another than swear at him.
"In one instance he is showing spirit and the desire to win; in the other he is showing off ignorance — and it is hurting the game."