Sunday, 13 July 2008

Friday, September 4, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 43 30 .589 —
Lewiston .... 39 28 .582 1
Yakima ...... 37 31 .544 3½
Salem ....... 37 32 .536 4
Vancouver ... 38 35 .521 5
Edmonton .... 34 33 .507 6
Calgary ..... 31 36 .483 9
Tri-City .... 31 38 .449 10
Wenatchee ... 28 39 .418 12
Victoria .... 28 42 .400 13½

LEWISTON, Idaho — Lewiston's versatile manager Bill Brenner pitched the victory and hit a three-run homer as the Broncs rolled past Spokane 9-3 Friday night to the battle between the two teams for the Western International League second half pennant.
The win pulled Lewiston up just one game behind the pace-setting Indians.
Spokane held a 3-0 lead after three innings but the versatile Lewiston manager blanked the losers the rest of the way.
The Broncs' scoring began in the fourth with five runs on a single, triple, a walk and an error and Bob Williams' two-run homer.
Brenner's over-the-fence hit came in the sixth after Artie Wilson and Ed Garay had singled. Garay was the leading hitter of the night with a single, double and triple in four trips to the plate. Brenner moves to 21 and 10 witn the win. Spokane starter Jack Spring was the loser.
Spokane ...... 102 000 000—3 10 1
Lewiston ..... 000 503 01x—9 9 2
Spring, New (6) and Sheets; Perez, Brenner (3) and Garay.

CALGARY, Alta. — Home runs proved the difference Friday night as the Calgary Stampeders edged the Salem Senators 4-3 in a Western International Baseball League game.
Jim Wert connected for a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Stamps a 2-1 lead and Don Bricker broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with a similar blow.
The Senators earned single runs in the second, fifth and eighth innings.
Eddie Kapp claimed the victory, his ninth of the season. He scattered eight hits, struck out two and walked three.
Southpaw Bob Collins was tagged with the loss. He allowed Calgary eight hits.
Salem ............ 010 010 010—3 8 2
Calgary .......... 020 002 00x—4 8 0
Collins and Nelson; Kapp and Lillard.

WENATCHEE — Yakima defeated Wenatchee, 9-8, in a Western International League baseball game in which not a runner who scored for the winners reached base on a hit. All were walked.
Herman Lewis cracked a two-run double in the ninth to bring across the tying and winning runs.
Prior to that Wenatchee had jumped out in front with three runs in both the first and second innings only to have Yakima tie it up with one in the second and five in the third.
Two Wenatchee pitchers walked a total of 13 batters. Jake Helmuth hit his 13th homer of the season for the losers, with two men aboard in the first inning.
Yakima ........... 015 000 012—9 8 1
Wenatchee ..... 330 001 010—8 12 0
Townsend, Rial (8) and Albini; Beamon, De Carolis (3) and Bartolomei.

VICTORIA [Colonist, Sept. 5]—Clarence Marshall, the Bellingham, Washington, wild man, forgot to live up to his reputation at Royal Athletic Park Friday night, walking only five batters as he tossed a four-hitter at Victoria Tyees in leading the Vancouver Capilanos to a 6-1 WIL triumph.
A pair of former Victoria players gave Marshall a big boost in racking up his second win since coming to the Caps from the Pacific Coast League. Shortstop Jim Clark stroked two doubles and scored twice and outfielder Gale Taylor drove in two runs on three singlesin four trips to the plate.
Only 685 fans—a slight increase over the previous night—paid their way into the park on Friday. Marshall, a three-time loser whose only other victory came on a no-hitter, allowed just two Tyees to reach third base. Lu Branham made it in the first inning on a base on balls, an error and a wild pitch and Milt Martin tripling to reach there in the seventh. Martin scored the Tyee run as the next batter, Jim Harford, grounded out.
Bob Drilling, who had beaten the Capilanos in three successive starts and scored shutouts in the last two, went all the way for the Tyees, giving up15 hits as he took his 17th defeat, compared with 14 wins.
Harvey Storey ended the Tyee righthander’s skein of scoreless innings against Vancouver at 21 when he belted a home run in the fourth inning to start the visitors on their way to their 14th triumph in 24 meetings with Victoria this season.
Vancouver ....... 000 112 110—6 15 1
Victoria ........... 000 000 100—1 4 1
Marshall and Duretto; Drilling and Harford.

Tri-City at Edmonton, doubleheader, postponed, rain.

Time Short For Tyees
Fate of Baseball Rests with Fans

[Victoria Colonist, Sept. 5, 1953]
The hour is late, but not too late!
Tonight at Royal Athletic Park, the clock runs out on professional baseball in Victoria for 1953, and perhaps for all time.
If, when it strikes its last chime, it rings down the final curtain on the Victoria Tyees, it will be the city’s sports fans who struck the death knell.
The remedy to keep the ailing Tyees alive is a simple one, yet it needs widespread co-operation from the public and it needs to be administered today. An oversize dose of fan support at each of today’s games with Vancouver’s Capilanos could still provide sufficient stimulus to keep baseball breathing.
Directors of the Tyees had asked for an attendance of 2,000 for each of the club’s last four games in order to enable the management to meet payroll commitments and to give assurance that Victorians want to be able to watch baseball in the future.
It is hardly seemed too much to ask for a sport which has provided so much recreation and entertainment in recent years and to save the city from the inevitable loss of prestige which will result if the Tyees go under, yet only a fraction of the necessary number turned out for the first two games.
Valuable though it is from a recreational standpoint, professional baseball means more than that to city residents. It means publicity and increased business through the influx of home and visiting club players and from the visits of Up-Island fans.
It provides a goal for junior and Little League players, encouraging them to expend their energy in a beneficial manner with the knowledge that they may someday wear a Tyee uniform, even as Bill Prior, Berlyn Hodges and Jim Harford have done this season.
Despite apparent financial difficulties elsewhere throughout the Western International League, there is little doubt but what there will be a circuit again next year. Teams may change and franchises may be shifted, but the league will almost assuredly survive, for many franchises—among them Victoria—are too valuable to lose in view of future possibilities. The question is whether or not the Tyees will be in it.
True, the Tyees have not had a happy season, finishing in seventh place during the first half of the WIL schedule and currently holding down last place in the second-half chase. Still, they romped home in front last year and may do it again in1954 if given a chance. Last place is inescapable for one team in any league, this time it was the Tyees.
The club appeared destined for better things before a succession of misfortunes combined to thwart all efforts by the Tyee management to give Victorians a first-division club.
An illness that has kept Manager Cec Garriott under doctor’s care for the better part of the season, robbing the club of the full advantage of his dynamic leadership which played such a big part in their 1952 success, was perhaps the most damaging stroke of ill-luck.
There were many more. Ben Lorino’s failure to report and a winter injury to Jim Clark’s hand which kept the dexterous shortstop out of action for a considerable time, the loss of pitchers Don Hopp and Frank Chase to the U.S. army and injuries to key players were only some of the things which buffeted the Tyees. But, to the credit of both players and management, they never quit trying.
Victoria’s Tyees deserved a better break that they received from Lady Luck and their fans. The only thing left for them is a hearty vote of confidence that their efforts were not entirely unappreciated.
Let’s all go out to the ball games today. The first one starts at 2:30 and the second one at 8 p.m.

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