Sunday, 13 July 2008

Thursday, August 13, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 32 17 .648 —
Salem ....... 26 20 .585 4½
Yakima ...... 25 21 .543 5½
Vancouver ... 27 23 .540 5½
Edmonton .... 23 22 .511 7
Lewiston .... 21 22 .488 8
Victoria .... 21 26 .447 10
Calgary ..... 19 25 .432 10½
Tri-City .... 20 27 .426 11
Wenatchee ... 18 27 .400 12

AP has 20-27 for Victoria

SPOKANE, Aug. 13—A fellow alumnus of Washington State College spoiled Jack Spring's effort at a no-hit Western International League game Thursday night as Spokane beat Tri-City 4-1.
Terry Carroll, Spring's former teammate at Washington State College, accounted for both Tri-City safeties. He beat out a bunt in the seventh to wreck Spring's bid for a no-hitter, and singled in the ninth.
Tri-City....... 000 001 000—1 2 1
Spokane ..... 000 002 11x—4 11 4
Snyder and Warren; Spring and Sheets.

EDMONTON, Alta., Aug. 13—Behind six-hit pitching by Eddie Kapp, the Calgary Stampeders trounced the Edmonton Eskimos 10-4 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game Western International Baseball league series.
Paid attendance was 1,058.
Capp was seldom in trouble in a dull contest between two travel-weary clubs. Calgary scored a pair of runs in the first inning and recaptured the lead to win going away after Edmonton scored three runs in the third.
The big righthander fanned 10 in claiming his sixth victory of the season against as many losses. Charlie Mead led Calgary's 12 hits against two Edmonton hurlers with a single, a double and a triple in live trips.
Calgary ....... 200 230 120—10 12 2
Edmonton .... 003 001 000— 4 6 2
Kapp and Bricker; Manier, Johnson (8) and Morgan.

VANCOUVER [By Dick Beddoes, Sun, Aug. 14]—Peter Hernandez’s right-handed hooks snagged 13 Yakima Bears Thursday night but enough big ones got away to wreck the Senor’s bid for his 15th win.
Peter’s curve came in alive and crackling, humiliating 13 Yakima batsmen who swung where there wasn’t any ball. However, the challenging Bruins gobbled up whatever else he had to offer, winning 5-2 to shatter Vancouver’s five-game win streak and bust past the Caps into third place in the Western International League.
The loss shoved the Cap Stadium residents 5 ½ games to the rear of the front-running Spokane Indians, who whacked Tri-City Braves 4-1. Caps get two chances tonight to shake off their temporary lapse on the route to a second-half pennant, playing Yakima in a double-header beginning at 7 o’clock.
In the very first inning the locals demonstrated their new-found punch at the plate, Jimmy Clark singling to centre and Harvey Storey screaming a triple to The Sun sign 400 feet from home base. Storey’s shot scored Clark, and the Vancouver manager came home himself on a passed ball.
Following that rally, however, the Caps were never again able to mound a serious threat. This was a tribute, in part, to the pitching of Lefty Tom Del Sarto, who seems to have licked the damaging habit of choking up in the late innings.
But Yakima’s hustle in the field and hammer with the bat complemented Del Sarto’s performance. The Bears have been re-staffed and revitalized since the spring, experiencing a housecleaning that detached all but first-baseman Irv Noren and right-fielder Herman Lewis from their jobs.
One of the newcomers is Robert Joseph Wellman, who muscled up in the seventh inning and crashed a low-inside curve over the left field wall. It was Wellman’s 20th home run of the year and was accomplished with third-baseman Phil Steinberg on base.
Wellman’s wallop provided Yakima with two insurance runs, the Bears having squared it with two in the fifth and moved ahead with another in the sixth. Their tie-breaker was the product of singles by Lewis and Noren and a lengthy fly swatted by Andy Anderson.
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VANCOUVER, B. C., Aug. 13—Pete Hernandez struck out 13 batters Thursday, but he allowed enough base hits in between to allow Yakima a 5-2 baseball victory, thereby ending Vancouver's five game win streak in the Western International League.
When big Bob Wellman hit his 20th home run of the season in Vancouver Thursday night he erased another Yakima Western International baseball league record set by Harlond Clift.
Clift, Yakima's former major league, now coaches the San Francisco Seals in the Pacific Coast League.
Clift set the former record for Yakima at 19 home runs seven years ago.
Wellman, who was leading the WIL hitters with .363 in the last official averages, also tied Don Hunter, Calgary, for the league's home run leadership. However, Hunter had an advantage in playing half of his games in Calgary's bandbox park.
Although Wellman didn't join the Bears until a third of the season had gone, he stands a good chance of leading the league in home runs, total bases, two-base hits and runs-batted-in if he keeps up his present pace.
The 6-foot-4-inch 225-pound outfielder, who is 26, played briefly with the Philadelphia Athletics several years ago. Most of his career has been in the WIL.
Wellman's 350-blast over the left field wall also scored Phil Steinberg in the seventh inning and ensured the win for Tom Del Sarto.
Vancouver got its two runs in the first inning on a single by Jim Clark and manager Harvey Storey's single.
Yakima ............ 000 021 200—5 10 0
Vancouver ....... 200 000 000—2 7 0
Del Sarto and Albini; Hernandez and Duretto.

Salem at Victoria postponed, teams unable to reach Victoria in time.

Only games scheduled.

Rock Slide Costly To Tyees
VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 14]—One of the worst slides in the history of Snoqualmie Pass prevented the Victoria Tyees from arriving home in time for a scheduled double-header with the Salem Senators last night, cost the financially-embarrassed club an estimated $1,500, and came uncomfortabaly close to causing an accident.
En route by bus to Seattle from Yakima, where they had concluded a series Wednesday night, the Tyees missed the slide, which took two lives and caused plenty of damage, by a matter of minutes. It was at Snoqualmie Pass in 1946 that the Spokane club bus went over the side, killing players and cutting short the baseball careers of others.
The Tyees were forced to detour to Wenatchee and finally reached Seattle late yesterday by way of Blewett and Stevens Passses. They arrived in town last last night.

Infielder Bought
CALGARY, Alta. — Calgary of the Western International League had purchased First Baseman Jim Wert from Vancouver, also of the WIL.

Broncs Sign New Pitcher
LEWISTON, Aug. 14—Pitcher Larry Powell, who was with Lewiston of the Western International League in 1952, has signed with the Broncs for the remainder of the season.

Bleak Outlook for Wenatchee Chiefs; $4,400 in Red
WENATCHEE, Wash., Aug. 14 - Wenatchee's Western International League baseball club has dropped $4,400 in operations through June 30, President Paul F. Thomas said Wednesday.
Thomas said reports for July will show further losses, as attendance at home games declined during the month. Expenses for the team are $710 a game on the road and $740 at home, he said, and many times these figures have not been reached.

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