Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Tuesday, July 7, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 5 2 .714 —
Spokane ..... 5 2 .714 —
Yakima ...... 5 2 .714 —
Calgary ..... 5 2 .714 —
Tri-City .... 4 3 .571 1
Vancouver ... 4 3 .571 1
Wenatchee ... 2 4 .333 2½
Lewiston .... 2 4 .333 2½
Edmonton .... 2 5 .286 3
Victoria .... 0 7 .000 5

VICTORIA [Colonist, July 8]—Calgary Stampeders gave Bob Drilling his first hit of the season in the second inning at Royal Athletic Park last night, pulled off a triple play in the seventh, lodged a protest in the eighth, broke loose for four runs in the ninth, and took over first place in the WIL by nosing out Victoria’s unfortunate Tyees, 5-4. It was the Tyees’ tenth straight loss.
Both Gerry Levinson and Bob Drilling of the Tyees pitched the distance last night with Levinson ending up with his seventh triumph against four losses and Drilling, again a hard-luck loser, taking his 12th defeat in 16 decisions.
The Tyees will still be looking for their first win in the second half when they take on the Stamps in the third game of their four-game set at Athletic Park tonight. Bill Prior will be up against a tough opponent if manager Gene Lillard starts veteran Joe Orrell for Calgary as expected.
Calgary got away to a one-run lead in the first inning when shortstop Jim Clark, appeared to have a mental lapse, and the Tyees went ahead 2-1 in the third, on run-producing singles, by Don Pries and Chuck Abernathy.
Clark, who had one of his rare bad nights, was an unfortunate scapegoat again in the seventh, when he came up with manager Cec Garriott on second and Bob Moniz on first base. He slapped a sharp grounder to second baseman Don Hunter, who threw to Ken Whitehead to force Moniz at second. The shortstop’s relay to Don Bricker nipped Clark at first and Garriott, trying to score on the play, was cut down at the plate on Bricker’s heave to Lillard.
Dwane Helbig boosted Victoria’s margin to 3-1 in the eighth with his sixth home run of the season, and inside-the-park drive to deep left field. Helbig appeared assured of at least a triple as the ball bounded up against the fence when left-fielder Gus Stathos claimed the ball had lodged behind a sign, Helbig continued to the plate.
However, Stathos recovered the ball before the umpire could reach the spot and the hit was ruled a home run. The decision evoked a heated argument from manager Lillard who protested the game at that point.
Drilling had two men on base when one out away from victory in the ninth, when Hunter singled, Stathos doubled and Charlie Mead singled to give the Stampeders three runs and a 5-3 lead.
The Tyees came close in the ninth when pitcher Bill Stites, who went into the Calgary outfield after Bill Bonebrake was lifted for a pinch-hitter, dropped fly balls into right field by Moniz and Pries. Moniz scored on the second error but Pries was barely caught at the plate for the final out on Hunter’s perfect relay from Stites.
Calgary ........... 100 000 004—5 13 3
Victoria ........... 002 000 011—4 11 2
Levinson and Lillard; Drilling and Martin.

KENNEWICK — Salem's Senators, first half champions of the Western International League, dropped their second straight Tuesday night to the Tri-City Braves 6-3.
Salem .............. 000 200 001—3 8 3
Tri-City .......... 410 000 01x—8 16 0
Dahle and Masterson; Hedgecock and Pesut.

LEWISTON, Idaho — A flurry of singles and three walks off Wenatchee Pitcher Frank DeCarlos in the second inning gave the Lewiston Broncs their winning edge in downing the Chiefs 9-4 in Western International League Baseball Tuesday.
Wenatchee ....... 110 100 001—4 7 2
Lewiston .......... 060 102 00x—9 12 3
DeCarolis, Monroe (2) and Bartolomei; Marshall and Cameron.

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, July 8]—The “book” which Harvey Storey—and his pitching staff—keeps on rival hitters paid off in a 2-1 victory for the Capilanos over Edmonton Tuesday at the Stadium. It paid off, too, in the best ball game of the year for 1500 fans.
The “book” says that the Eskimos eat good fastball pitching. Thus, Bobby Roberts trotted out an unusual variety of change-ups and slow curves, got himself a two-hitter and his third straight win in a Vancouver uniform.
In every respect the game was big league. Bobby Thomson, the clever Edmonton shortstop, came off with several played which smacked of Rizzuto or Reese.
Gale Taylor made a seventh-inning catch of Dan Prentice’s foul fly in the left field corner which made the writers dig in for their superlatives. But it remained for K Chorlton to come up with the play of the night, an over the shoulder one-hander of Vern Campbell’s smash to centre field in the ninth inning which kept Roberts out of a bad hole. The ball would have been in there for three bases had not Chorlton put the glove on it first.
The Caps got their winning runs in the fifth inning on a base on balls to Jim Leavitt, Roberts’ sacrifice, a fielder’s choice which went askew and Jack Bukowatz’ “bleeder” single to centre.
Tonight the same clubs carry into chapters three of this highly entertaining four-act set and Storey will be sending out his young fastballer, Lonnie Myers (4-3) to mesmerize the Esks. Edmonton will pitch Jack Widner (6-6). And Storey, of course, will have his “book” in operation once more.
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VANCOUVER — Pitcher Bob Roberts, a cast-off acquired from Calgary, handcuffed the Edmonton Eskimos with two hits Tuesday night as the Vancouver Capilanos squeezed out a 2-1 Western International League win.
Roberts, a righthander with a 3-0 record for Vancouver, was in control all the way, giving up only a single to Bob Sturgeon in the second inning and a double to Sam Kanelos in the third. Kanelos was thrown out at third as he attempted to stretch his blow into a triple.
John Conant, losing pitcher who went the route for Edmonton, was looking for his ninth straight win. He has a record of 14 wins and six losses.
Edmonton .......... 010 000 000—1 2 1
Vancouver ......... 100 010 00x—2 6 0
Conant and Morgan; Roberts and Leavitt.

SPOKANE — A fourth-inning home run by Bob Wellman proved to be the winning run as Yakima downed Spokane 4-2 in Western International League Baseball Tuesday.
Yakima .......... 200 100 001—4 9 0
Spokane ......... 001 010 000—2 6 0
Flinn and Albini; Spring and Sheets.

'Lumber' Loop Lures Ragni
WENATCHEE, July 8—The Wenatchee Chiefs have lost Jay Ragni, purchased two months ago for $2,500, to the Oregon semi-pro "Clumber league," it was disclosed Tuesday.
Ragni played only two games with the Chiefs after coming to the Western International League club in April from Oakland. After pitching twice he was benched with an injured leg and went home to Portland to recuperate.
Wenatchee Manager Frank Dasso said Ragni told him he would be back with the Chiefs to start the second half of the WIL season.
Now, however, he has notified the Chiefs he has taken a job in North Bend. Ore., where he will play" twice a week in the lumber league.
Ragni has been suspended, Dasso said, but "We're out a good ball player and $2,500."
Ragni played for Wenatchee in 1950 and has been with Oakland since then, principally as a utility player.

Baseball Eskies Having Good Year
EDMONTON, July 7— Edmonton Eskimos did as well at the box office as in league standings at the end of the first half of the split Western International baseball league schedule.
General manager John Ducey said Tuesday that Esks drew 51,784 fans in 35 home games, an average of 1,508 an outing.
The Edmonton average was better by 700 persons a day than the turnout in Calgary to see the Stampeders' home games. In 23 home dates the Stamps drew 18,696 for an average of 813 persons a game.

today’s fanfare
Everything Gets Hot All At Once
By Eric Whitehead
[Vancouver Province, July 8, 1953]
This would be a nice time of year to be one of those cute athletes we so often read about—you know, the guy with ice-water in his veins. He’s made a great partner to a bottle of Scotch.
And for a hot week, an awful lot has happened.
Over in Scotland, Arthur D’Arcy Locke, the eternal South African iceman, has been running rampant over the hallowed grounds of the tough Carnoustie course . . . In Toronto, Bill Mawhinney has been doing something similar while prepping for the Canadian Open . . . Over in Detroit, the Tigers have started their drive toward the American League pennant . . . In Edmonton, a Layne from Utah ran smack up against a Walls from Windsor . . . at Cap Stadium, Edmonton ran right into Dewey Soriano . . . and into town pop Messrs. Ham Richardson and Tony Trabert, raring to cross racquets with Mr. Yamagishi and his tykes from Tokyo
Lights and Sweet Scenery
Now why couldn’t some of this confusion be spread over the cool of winter when a fellow can mention ‘a long tall one’ and be merely talking about his skinny girl friend?
However, it’s an ill wind that blows nobody good and hot, and maybe the local baseball regime will reap a benefit of two. GM Soriano, only a week or so ago pitifully desirous of selling his beautiful ball-park as the warmest place in town is now proudly boasting that it is the coolest place in town, which it is.
And, on a balmy summer’s nigth with the sweet (soft music here) evening breeze wafting down from the green arbors of Little Mountain, the local ballpark is beautiful, soothing spot. Sitting there the other evening, fanning ourselves with a photograph of Carl Gunnarson found in a bag of popcorn, we dwelt fitfully on a rare romantic thought; This magnificent Little Mountain development, with the green hillside for a backdrop, and the gleaming ball-park set beside the sweeping lawns and playfields of Riley Park, is certainly a civic showpiece.
Soriano the Fire-Bug
When that new pool goes in just across from the ballpark, this will undoubtedly be the finest development of its kind in Canada, perhaps in North America. And it has all grown, amazingly, in the past three years.
Soriano Storey Inc., Baseball Retailers, are however more interested in the animated scenery that brightens, sometimes, the Little Mountain landscape.
As both these men will tell you, to coin a brand new phrase, it is a tough league. The men who run the Capilanos have got a fair ball club, but want a better one. But how, in July, does one get a better one? As out baseball seer Clancy Loranger has pointed out recently, Soriano has been burning the wires for the past few weeks trying to get the answer to that vexing problem. But after working over the International Bell Telephone, he’s no nearer an answer.
Off to Powell River
Being a gent who likes to lay his cards upon the table, he’ll reiterate that he would like to strengthen his club at first, second, and behind the plate. This reiteration involves Jim Wert, Jack Bukowatz and Don Lundberg and Jim Leavitt in that order.
Any or all of these lads are perfectly at liberty to make Soriano look like a monkey between now and sales or trade time, if it arrives. All they have to do is improve approximately a net 600 percentage points in batting and give off a few sparks.
In the meanwhile, working on the theory that a change might be as good as a rest, Manager Storey is flying his gang up for a Sunday picnic and game in Powell River, where, relieved of the strain of the money-race, they’ll probably relax and cut loose. This being an Empire Games benefit affair, it may prove a good deal all around.

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