Saturday, 15 March 2008

Wednesday, May 6, 1953

W L Pct GB
Lewiston .... 9 2 .818 —
Victoria .... 8 4 .667 1½
Vancouver ... 7 4 .636 2
Yakima ...... 7 6 .538 3
Tri-City .... 5 6 .455 4
Edmonton .... 4 5 .444 4
Spokane ..... 5 7 .417 4½
Wenatchee ... 5 7 .417 4½
Calgary ..... 3 8 .273 6
Salem ....... 2 6 .250 5½

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Broncs' Western International League leaders, took their second baseball defeat of the season against nine wins Wednesday, bowing to Yakima 4-3.
The Bears scored the winning run on a ninth-inning single by Bob Day.
Yakima ...... 200 100 001—4 8 0
Lewiston ... 000 003 000—3 9 0
Rial, Thompson (6) and Day; Dollins, Clancy (7) and Cameron.

SPOKANE, May 6 — The Edmonton Eskimos took a 2-0 edge of their three-game Western International League baseball series with Spokane Wednesday night batting out 11 hits for a 7-1 victory.
Thev scored the winning run in the second inning when Don Tisnerat's single sent home two runs. Eskimos eliminated four Spokane scoring chances with double plays.
Lou Vitous doubled and Clint Weaver banged a home run over the right centrefield wall for two more Edmonton runs in the third.
Edmonton ........ 022 000 102—7 11 2
Spokane .......... 000 000 001—1 7 2
Tisnerat and Morgan; Romero, Descalso (9) and Sheets.

WENATCHEE, Wash., May 6 — Catcher Jake Helmuth tripled home two runs and then scored himself on an outfield fly to give Wenatchee a 7-4 win over Calgary Stampeders Wednesday night in a Western International League baseball game.
Helmuth's blow came in the eighth inning. Manager Mike McCormick had doubled and Babe Fuhrman reached base when Jim Mellinger threw to third to get McCormick on a sacrifice play and the Wenatchee manager crossed him up by not advancing.
Calgary .......... 000 004 000—4 7 1
Wenatchee .... 002 110 03x—7 11 2
Schulte, Stites (6) and Bricker; Klein, Botelho (6) and Helmuth.

Tri-City at Vancouver, postponed, rain.
Salem at Victoria, postponed, rain.

Salem Buys Clardy
VICTORIA, May 6—First baseman Joe Clardy has been told to the Salem Senators by the Victoria Athletics.
The sale of Clardy, purchased in the pre-season from Las Vegas, means that efforts to make a pitcher out of Chuck Abernathy have apparently ended. The big redhead took over at his old station when Clardy suffered an ankle injury and immediately started hitting at a pace reminiscent of last season.

The Bull Pen
Notes and Quotes...
[Oakland Tribune, May 7, 1953]
Henry Botelho, father of Rickey, the 18-year-old southpaw who signed with the Oaks this spring and is now pitching for Wenatchee in the Western International League:—
"John Richards (Wenatchee sports editor) sent me these clippings I guess the boy is doing all right."
The clippings revealed that, although Rickey lost his first professional start to Lewiston, 2-1, he allowed only three hits, and with any kind of luck at all would have won. He allowed one earned run, and batted in the lone Wenatchee tally with a double.
That was on a Tuesday. The following Sunday he came back to register his first victory.
In a letter to his musician father the day after his debut Rickey, who led his own recording quartet at the tender age of 17, revealed that the winning run against him was scored when the batter walked on a three and two pitch with the bases loaded.
"The umpire told me after the game," he said, "that he had missed the call. I though it was a perfect strike, but I guess that's baseball.
"Rickey is a quiet boy," said his father. "If he said it was a strike, that's what it was. I'm glad the umpire agreed with him, even if it was too late."

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