Sunday, 20 January 2008

Monday, June 23, 1952

W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 40 19 .678 —
Vancouver .... 31 23 .574 6½
Spokane ...... 37 28 .569 6
Lewiston ..... 30 31 .492 11
Wenatchee .... 30 33 .476 12
Salem ........ 28 34 .452 13½
Tri-City ..... 27 37 .422 15½
Yakima ....... 23 41 .359 19½

VICTORIA [Vancouver News-Herald, June 24]—Victoria out-homered the Capilanos, but Vancouver had more versatility in their “sock” as they dumped the WIL baseball leaders here Monday night 10-6.
In a wild 24-hit output, the Caps built up a strong early lead, then held on grimly as Bob Snyder staggered to his fourth win of the 1952 season.
The victory was the Caps’ 10th of their last 13 games and put them five percentage points ahead of Spokes in second place in the standings. They are six and a half behind the Tyees, but have cut four full games off that lead in the last four days.
Snyder went all the way for his fourth win but it was one of his toughest jobs as the Tyees came off the ropes in the late innings and all but had the Capilano ace begging for mercy.
A two-run first inning—John Ritchey’s single was the payoff blow—and a big three-run outburst in the third were all manufactured as a result of Gordie Brunswick’s fifth homer of the year with two men on. Gordie hit a 3-and-0 pitch 360 feet over the left field wall.
Victoria banged out three homers, a single run job by Bob Moniz, a two-on clout by Granny Gladstone, and a freak inside-the-park homer by little Jimmy Clark. Clark’s blow rolled under the centre field scoreboard and was ruled as an inside-the-park homer by umpire Herb Ziruolo.
The Caps used up four of Cece Garriott’s pitching aces in banging out their win.
However, it may have been another of those “Pyrrhic” victories. Bob Duretto pinched a nerve below his knee scoring from third and had to be carried from the field. It won’t be known until this afternoon when he’ll be ready to play again.
DIAMOND DUST—Eric Gard was the Victoria loser, the second time this year he has been tagged … Both Edo Vanni and John Ritchey had three hits and John’s were good for three rbi’s to give him the club lead with 33 … Brunswick had four rbi’s .. Ed Locke (6-4) pitches for Vancouver game against the Lorino (10-2) … Incidentally CKMO is broadcasting every Tyees this week. [sic]
Vancouver … 203 013 001—10 13 0
Victoria …… 001 003 002—6 11 1
Snyder and Ritchey; Gard, Rajeski (3), Wisneski (6), Heard (8) and Marcucci.

SPOKANE, June 23 — The Spokane Indians of the Western International Baseball League Monday defeated the touring House of David's bearded wonders, 10-7, in an exhibition game which drew, 2,385 fans.
Murray O'Flynn started for the Indians, pitching five innings of scoreless ball before giving way to Frank Chase.


Salem Signs Pair
SALEM, June 23 — Two new ballplayers who are expected to give the Salem Senators some much-needed hitting power, will report to the Senators Tuesday night at Tri-City.
Manager Hug Lub said he signed outfielder Bill White, six-foot five-inch outfielder who hit .283 for Victoria last year, and Bill Spaeter, who joins Salem each year as as he finishes teaching school in Los Angeles.
White is an outfielder. Spaeter plays first base and in the outfield.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from June 24, 1952]
There has been a noticeable absence of the bean ball in the Western International League this year, and that's all to the good. Perhaps we should have said "obvious" absence. There may have been some served up at Sanders Field, but if so they were
lost with the natural wildness that most of the league hurlers seem to be afflicted with this year.
There were a couple of times when the storm warnings were hoisted though. Just recalling off hand like there were three separate times that batters have fouled off a pitch or two and then dug in. That's usually the sign for screaming up. Didn't happen though.
Baseball has set up a number of defenses against this piece of strategy. One is to lure the pitcher over to the first base line with a slow rolling bunt. Then when the hurler stoops over to the pick up the ball, why like as not he somehow gets his hands underneath the runner's spikes. All accidentally of course.
There's quite another way to ladle out the cure but it takes a line-shot, accurate, batter to do it. Most batters are so content with just getting a hit that they're not apt to be very choosy where the ball goes most of the time as long as it is inside the playing field. Paul "Big Poison" Waner though could guide that ball off his bat with nearly as much control as he could throw it. There's plenty of testimony to that fact in the battered and bruised legs of pitchers who made the mistake of trying to dust him off. Waner could, and would, hammer that ball right back through the box with amazing accuracy. Usually once was enough though as he seldom missed.
There are still a couple of other tried and true methods. One is to throw at the pitcher who's been doing the dusting when he has to. take the willow in hand and advance to the plate. Better still is for the opposing pitcher to take a couple of good shots at the opposing manager if he happens to be the playing
variety. This is perhaps the best and rates as AA in the book on how to cure the beanball disease.
It seems almost definite now that the player limit will be upped in the WIL next year. There will be no further attempts to raise it his season. The owner s are definitely committed to going along the rest of the way to see just what happens.
It's the team managers who are carrying the ball for an increase. Here's how it may be worked. The additional man to be a veteran making a total of 10 veterans. That would mean two. rookies and six limited service players. However, they may also revise that limited player category in order to better the brand of baseball.
To do that they would permit a certain number of "class players." Class players are those who, regardless of the number of years experience, have failed to advance above a certain class league, hence the term. In the case of the WIL they might permit, say three class players who have not gone beyond a class A league.
Now you can readily see that it's entirely possible, and in fact highly probable that these class players should be veterans. The addition of these players of this calibre should improve the brand of baseball. That would please the fans, but probably wouldn't set very will with the Coast and major leagues. They of course are interested in developing players they can ultimately look to for their own teams.
Ex WIL'ers are doing the Coast League plenty of good. Witness Richey Myers and Jim McKeegan with Sacramento . . . Dick Faber with San Diego . . . Bill Andring and Gene Klingler with San Francisco just to name a few. McKeegan is filling the Solons backstop role very well for his first full season there as a regular. He could be headed for the big show.

Trautman 'Unsigns' First Gal Professional Baseball Player

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 23 (AP) — Vivacious Eleanor Engle moaned Monday that minor league czar George M. Trautman "threw me a curve and I struck out" when he ordered her out of organized baseball.
Trautman turned thumbs down on pretty Eleanor's signing a contract as a player with the Harrisburg Senators of the Class B Interstate League.
Trautman referred to the signing as a "travesty" on baseball.
"Why should he do this to me?" Eleanor asked. "If I can't play baseball I don't want to do anything."
Trautman, who said baseball Commissioner Ford Frick agreed with him, said "such travesties" as the signing of women players will not be tolerated, and that clubs signing or attempting to sign, women players will be subject to severe penalties.
Howard Gordon, general manager of the Senators, said the 24-year-old shapely brunette was signed Saturday "because of her ability as demonstrated in work-outs at the ball park."
"She can hit the ball a lot better than some of the fellows on the club," he commented.
Eleanor, herself, claimed she had the stuff to play with a minor league club although her only experience was in softball.
"I'm sure that I would have been able to remain a player with the Senators," she told reporters during a day of posing for photographers and news reel cameramen.
"I won't agree with Bill Veeck, that freak-loving boss of the St. Louis Browns, that he has never seen a woman good enough to play baseball with men."
"Why, women are good for a lot of things, like golf, politics, track and all other sports. Why not baseball? After all, there has to be a first time for everything, doesn't there?"

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