W L Pct. GB
Lewiston .... 15 7 .682 —
Vancouver ... 14 8 .636 1
Wenatchee ... 13 12 .520 3½
Calgary ..... 13 12 .520 3½
Victoria .... 12 13 .480 4½
Tri-City .... 11 12 .478 4½
Salem ........ 9 10 .474 5
Yakima ...... 11 15 .423 6
Spokane ..... 10 14 .417 6
Edmonton ..... 9 14 .391 6½
EDMONTON, Alta., May 19—Bob Schulte's four-hit pitching gave the Calgary Stampeders a 10-1 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos Tuesday night and ran their wins in a four-game Western International League baseball series to two straight.
Schulte was always in command and quickly shut the door on Esks when they threatened in the seventh inning. Don Herman and Sammy Kanelos both hammered out doubles in the seventh after Calgary had taken a 4-0 lead. Big hitter for Stamps was Bob Bonebreak, who tripled twice and singled in five trips to the plate.
The game marked the pitching debut of Herman, son of Babe Herman, now a southern California scout for New York Yankees of the American League. He came into the game in the ninth inning and gave up two runs, both unearned. All but three of the Calgary runs were unearned.
Calgary .... 201 001 042—10 10 0
Spokane .... 000 000 100— 1 4 4
Schulte and Lillard; Manier, Caster (8), Herman (9) and Morgan.
YAKIMA, May 19 — Yakima defeated Tri-City, 3-1, in a Western International League baseball game Tuesday night as Danny Rios shackled the Braves with four hits for his fourth win of the season
Tri-Clty .... 000 100 000—1 4 1
Yakima .. 001 010 10x—3 9 3
Tanner and Pesut; Rios and Novick.
SPOKANE, May 19 — An eighth-inning throwing error to first base by Victoria pitcher Zeb Walker sent Jimmy Brown home with the winning run Tuesday night as the Spokane Indians downed the Tyees 3-2 in the first game of a three-game Western International League Baseball series.
Walker held Spokane to eight hits while his Victoria teammates booted a chance to put the game on ice in the sixth inning.
The Tyees took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Jack Spring but could only get one run in the sixth on a double, single and two bases on balls. The Indians came back to tie it in the seventh, scoring for the second time on a single, sacrifice and double, and then won it in the eighth.
With two out and runners on first and second, Walker fell as he fielded Springer's bouncer. Trying to throw to first from a sitting position, he tossed the ball wildly and the winning run crossed the plate.
The Tyees missed a chance to go ahead in the eighth when Ed Murphy made a sensational catch of Cece Garriott's long drive, and Bob Moniz, who was on his way to third from first, was doubled before he could get back.
Victoria .... 100 001 000—2 5 1
Spokane ... 000 010 11x—3 8 1
Walker and Martin; Spring and Sheets.
WENATCHEE, May 19 — The Salem Senators coasted to an 8-3 win over the Wenatchee Chiefs here Tuesday night behind the six-hit pitching of righthander Joe Nicholas.
Milt Smith with three hits and Jim Deyo with two led the Salem attack. Deyo also stole home in the fifth inning.
Jake Helmuth hit his fourth home run of the season for Wenatchee since joining the club on his purchase from Yakima May 2.
Nicholas didn't allow more than one hit in any inning and all except Helmuth's homer were singles.
Salem ......... 020 113 010—8 10 2
Wenatchee .... 010 200 000—3 6 2
Nicholas and Nelson; Klein, Beamon (6), Bauhofer (8) and Bartolomei.
Vancouver at Lewiston, ppd. rain.
Tyees Still Plagued By Financial Woes
[Victoria Colonist, May 20, 1953]
Rumors that the Victoria Tyees are about ready to fold and drop out of the WIL, started by a Vancouver newspaper, are not correct, although officials candidly admit that the financial situation is not at all heartening.
Questioned about the rumors last night, business manager Reg Patterson denied that there was any indication of an immediate fold-up, and said that no announcement would be made until club president Arthur Cox returns from Vancouver tomorrow. It is believed that club officials will get together immediately to discuss the situation.
That the club should be very much against the wall financially will surprise no one. The Victoria franchise was saved last year by the “Save Baseball” fund drive, which raised enough money to keep it operating throughout the 1952 season. However, there was no capital to start the current season and bad weather has long since dissipated hopes that increased attendance would save the day.
FANS DOWN 13,000
Only about 12,000 fans have paid to see the first 14 home games. Last season, which was a losing one financially, saw 25,000 attendence for the same number of games.
Just what will be done to alleviate the situation will not be known until club officials get together but it is considered unlikely that fans will be asked to help other than by an appeal to attend future home games in greater numbers.
Meanwhile, plans are going on space to make the 1953 Tyees a strong contender to repeat as league champions. The club announced the optioning, on 24-hour recall, of rookie shortstop Ron Odekirk to Salt Lake City of the Pioneer League and Patterson intimated several changes will be made within the next few days. He refused to discuss the changes other than to state that the club will be strengthened within the near future.
There was good news player-wise with the announcement that righthander Bill Prior will join the team as a full-time player when it returns from the current road trip next Monday. Prior, who has shown enough this season to indicate he will rank with the league’s better pitchers, should be of inestimable help to the not-too-strong mound staff. With Bob Drilling certain to be a winner, and Bill Bottler pitching extremely well in his last two starts, the Tyees will have three capable starters and they hope to find a fourth before the season is much older.
Although a few games out of the lead, manager Cec Garriott has his club close enough that any kind of a winning streak will move it right up among the leaders. With 23 games played, the Tyees are only one game under .500 and could still challenge for the first-half title—if the WIL retains its split season.
This may not be the case. League officials overlooked scheduling difficulties when they adopted the two halves and there is a move afoot for a Shaughnessy play-off. With so many games rained out and most clubs playing in rival cities only once in each half, there is no chance to make up postponed games and the split season will see quite a few more games played in the second half than the first.
Edmonton Eskimos have already submitted a plan which calls for a play-off involving the top six teams, and it is considered likely that some change will be made. Some clubs would prefer only four teams in any play-off.