Sunday, 13 July 2008

Friday, August 28, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Lewiston .... 36 23 .610 —
Spokane ..... 39 26 .600 —
Salem ....... 33 27 .569 3½
Edmonton .... 31 29 .517 5½
Vancouver ... 32 31 .508 6
Yakima ...... 30 30 .500 6½
Calgary ..... 27 32 .458 7½
Tri-City .... 27 35 .435 10½
Wenatchee ... 25 34 .424 11
Victoria .... 26 37 .412 12
AP has different standings for Vic

SPOKANE, Wash. — Young Jack Spring pitched a three-hit shutout against Calgary Friday night as Spokane swept a Western International League double header by scores of 13-0 and 10-8.
Spokane got off to a five run lead in the first inning of the second game and then worried as Calgary threatened with a four-run burst in the eighth inning.
Jim Command got three hits in three times at bat in the nightcap to lead Indian hitters.
Spokane jumped on veteran Joe Orrell for five hits in the first inning of the opener. The hits, combined with four walks and two errors for a total of eight runs.
First Game
Calgary ......... 000 000 0— 0 3 3
Spokane ........ 800 320 x—13 12 0
Orrell, Schulte (1) and Lillard; Spring and Ogle.
Second Game
Calgary .......... 030 001 040— 8 13 4
Spokane ........ 503 020 00x—10 13 0
Francis, Stites (8) and Bricker; Worth, Cordell (8) and Sheets.

VICTORIA [Doug Peden, Colonist, Aug. 29]—Lewiston Broncs, held to check on four hits by southpaw Berlyn Hodges over the first five innings, broke loose for 13 in the final four frames as they rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Victoria Tyees at Royal Athletic Park Friday night.
Showing no signs of fading in the home stretch as they did in the first half of the Western International League’s split schedule, the Broncs barely held on to their slim lead over Spokane Indians, who kept right on their heels with 13-0 and 10-8 victories over Calgary.
Results left Broncs ten percentage points ahead.
Righthander Russ Butler, starting the game with a record of 10 wins and 10 losses, went all the way for the Broncs. He scattered nine hits and wriggled out of several tight spots with clutch pitching that left 13 Victoria runners stranded. He walked six and struck out five.
The Tyees scored their run and went into the fifth inning when Don Pries led off with a double—his third straight hit—and came across on Milt Martin’s two-out single.
Lewiston’s heavy-hitting veterans found the range in the top of the sixth, scoring four times on doubles by Artie Wilson and Al Heist, a base on balls, and singles by Clinton Cameron and Glen Tuckett.
They added four more against Hodges in the seventh with six successive hits after two were out, and finished up with a single tally against Bob Drilling in the eighth and an unearned run off Zeb Walker in the final frame.
Manager Bill Brenner will start for the Broncs in the afternoon game of today’s split doubleheader at Athletic Park and will send big John Marshall out after his 20th victory in the night contest. Cec Garriott plans to counter with Bill Bottler in the first game and then Earl Dollins. Both pitched shutout victories over Vancouver in their last starts.
Lewiston ......... 000 004 411—10 17 3
Victoria ........... 000 010 000— 1 9 1
Butler and Garay; Hodges, Drilling (8), Walker (9) and Harford.

YAKIMA, Wash. — Three hits by John Albini, coupled with four-hit pitching of Danny (The Lion) Rios, were all that Yakima needed Friday night to defeat Edmonton in a Western International League game which Bears won 7-1.
Albini homered in the second inning for Yakima's opening tally, then added the game clincher in the fourth inning when his double drove in the first of three runs. He finished with three hits in four appearances and batted in three runs.
Rios held Edmonton for four hits in his 18th victory. The knuckleballer has a chance to become the first Bear since Hub Kittle in 1939 to win 20 games.
Edmonton ........ 000 000 010—1 4 1
Yakima ............ 010 300 30x—7 11 3
Widner and Morgan; Rios and Albini.

WENATCHEE — Tri-City cashed in on five Wenatchee errors and three unearned runs to defeat the Chiefs, 4-3, in a Western International League baseball game here.
Relief pitcher Jess Dobernic, making his 45th appearance of the season, received credit for his 13th win against six losses. He allowed one hit in three innings.
Tri-City scored two runs in each of the fourth and ninth innings, a pair of Wenatchee errors in each case playing an important part in the rallies.
Tri-City ............. 000 200 002—4 6 1
Wenatchee ........ 000 001 200—3 5 5
Michelson, Dobernic (7) and Pesut; Bowman and Bartolomei.

Vancouver at Salem postponed, wet grounds.

Spokane Indian Owner Selling Out
SPOKANE, Wash., Aug. 29 — The owner of Spokane Indians of the Western International League announced Friday he was in an "advanced stage" of negotiations for the sale of the team's home park, Ferris Field.
"I would much prefer to have baseball stay in Spokane and to help keep it there," said owner Roy Hotchkiss. "But since there has been no indication that any single party, or combination of parties, is interested in buying the ball club as such. I am negotiating for sale of the property the ball park is on. If the deal goes through, the property will not be used for baseball."
Hotchkiss, a dairy farmer who bought the Indians in 1949, announced recently he planned to give up the "costly" baseball operation unless the team drew 4,000 fans for its remaining home contests. Attendance had improved, but did not approach the required figure.
The Indians, the traditional WIL attendance leader, set a minor league attendance record by drawing 287,185 fans as a class B club in 1947. The ball park burned down in 1948, just before Hotchkiss took over, and fans have said lack of comfort on the rebuilt stands have kept them away.
Hotchkiss still owes the city of Spokane $30,000 on the purchase price for Ferris Field.
"I want to stress again that selling the property for non-baseball use is a last alternative with me," Hotchkiss said. "But if no one is interested in taking over the ball club, then that's the course I'll have to get out from under."

The Sports Herald
Keith Matthews
[Vancouver News-Herald, Aug. 29, 1953]
Changes made...
Putting one little word after another, and you may look for vast changes in the set-up of the Western International baseball league in 1954.
There will be a meeting called in September to begin decisions on how to improve for next year, and when that starts, at least two will be erased in the “economy move.” It is definite that Calgary won’t be allowed in the league unless they alter their “peanut barrel” into a regulation ball park. Lewiston is another possibility to be ousted. Clubs just don’t want to travel that far. Wenatchee is an almost certainty to abandon baseball, and you can look for changes in management in Spokane, and possibly Victoria, too.
League president Bob Brown is in favor of slashing travel costs by setting up a []ent schedule for that visiting clubs to the prairies only play in one city for one week, then move to the other city for an addition week. He figures a couple of similar schedule maneuvers like this would cuts $11,000 travel costs.
Nenezich due…
Johnny Nenezich, the only umpire in our memory who has made himself popular with the fans, will be here Monday to call the balls and strikes in the Lewiston-Vancouver series … Reminds us of the time four years ago when the Capilanos were to play Tacoma here, and the Tigers were so low in the standings the game had all the aspects of slow, torturing death … Nenezich sensed that the fans wouldn’t like it, so arranged a whale of a rhubarb with George Nicholas to enliven things … It was to happen in the third inning, but when Nicholas got into hot water in the first, he came to the plate to protest a called ball … “Yer a blankety-blank no good,” George said. Nenezich grinned. “Furthermore, ya couldn’t see past the end of your nose,” Nick went on. Again, Johnny grinned. “And furthermore,” Nicholas finished, “this ain’t part of the act, ya’ bum.”
“That being the case,” Nenezich smiled, “you may have your shower right now.”

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