Sunday, 13 July 2008

Sunday, August 23, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 35 25 .583 —
Lewiston .... 32 23 .582 ½
Salem ....... 32 24 .571 1
Vancouver ... 32 28 .533 3
Edmonton .... 28 27 .509 4½
Yakima ...... 28 28 .500 5
Calgary ..... 26 28 .481 6
Wenatchee ... 25 31 .445 8
Tri-City .... 24 34 .414 10
Victoria .... 23 35 .397 11
AP has different standings for Vic

SPOKANE — The Spokane Indians snapped a seven-game losing streak, stopped an 11-game winning steak, and regained first place in the Western International League Sunday as they trounced the Lewiston Broncs 12 to 0.
The Indians got off to a big start as they banged out five hits in the first inning good for three runs.
They picked up two more runs n the third when Carl Bush homered with one on, and then added lone runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
In the big eighth inning, Spokane hit reliefer Manny Perez for seven consecutive safeties and five runs.
Wilbur Johnson started the inning with a triple and ended it grounding out.
Lewiston .... 000 000 000— 0 4 1
Spokane ..... 302 001 15x—12 23 2
Brenner, Perez (8) and Cameron; Worth and Sheets.

YAKIMA — Wenatchee took both ends of a Western International Baseball League doubleheader from Yakima Sunday night, 4-2 and 8-6.
The second game went 10 innings, Wenatchee winning with a three-run outburst in the top of the 10th to hand Yakima's ace hurler, Danny (The Lion) Rios, who was trying for his 17th win, his eighth loss.
Harry Bartolomei and Tom Munoz rapped out successive singles to open the 10th after Yakima had sent the game into overtime with an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth. Jack Helmuth's double to left center scored Bartolomei and Munoz. Helmuth advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home when Yakima catcher John Albini's attempted pickoff misfired.
Wenatchee nipped a Yakima rally in the bottom of the tenth after a single run scored.
Pitcher Rick Bothelo limited Yakima to four hits in the opener.
Prior to the second game, Rios was presented with a pair of bookends bearing the likeness of a lion by the Honorary Mexican Society of Toppenish, Wash.
First Game
Wenatchee ... 000 031 0— 4 9 1
Yakima ......... 010 000 1— 2 4 2
Bothelo and Bartolomei; Carter and Albini.
Second Game
Wenatchee ... 100 003 001 3—8 11 4
Yakima ......... 000 200 201 1—6 7 3
Monroe, Klein (7), DeCarolis (9) and Bartolomei; Rios and Albini.

Salem at Tri-City cancelled after one and one-third innings, rain.

(Only games scheduled)

Attendance at Spokane Falls
SPOKANE, Aug. 25— The Spokane Indians, leading the Western International League but on shaky legs financially, drew only 5,300 fans
for three nights over the weekend – far short of the 12,000 deemed necessary by the front office.
“This is insufficient to solve our problem,” observed owner Roy Hotchkiss, who said last week attendance “would have to average 4,000 a game to keep professional baseball here.”
The Indians have now drawn about 74,000 fans at home and have only six more home dates. Hotchkiss said it's far below what is needed and that “I'm tired of carrying the burden alone.”
A crowd of 2,611, largest of the season, saw Saturday night's game with Lewiston, but only 1,200 showed up Sunday.

Record Throw
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Aug. 24—Don Grate, Chattanooga Lookout center fielder, threw a baseball 443 feet, 3½ inches here Sunday to better his own world's distance record.
His previous record of 434 feet, 1 inch, was officially recognized and the ball is in the Coopersown, N. Y., baseball museum.
Standing at the centerfleld flag-pole, Grate took a running start and heaved four of five throws past home plate. The fifth was the record-smasher.

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