Sunday, 23 March 2008

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.

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