Thursday, 3 January 2008

Monday, May 26, 1952

W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 23 9 .719 —
Spokane ...... 22 13 .629 2½
Vancouver .... 16 11 .693 4½
Wenatchee .... 16 18 .471 8
Lewiston ..... 16 18 .471 8
Salem ........ 16 20 .444 9
Yakima ....... 13 22 .371 11½
Tri-City ..... 12 23 .343 12½

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, May 27]—John Ritchey is a smart hombre with a baseball bat in his hands.
Therefore, when the Capilano catcher points a finger at a rival pitcher and say, “that fellow has got it” few with argue with him.
Long before the Victoria Tyees went about beating the Caps 7-0 at Capilano Stadium Monday night, Ritchey pointed out Johosi [sic] Heard and matter of factly said, “that guy is the best left-hander in the league. Everything he throws does something.”
As it turned out Heard started for the Tyees and Ritchey caressed four baseballs right on the snoot in four trips. However, three of them were right at somebody and that was pretty well the Capilano story Monday. They hit a lot of line drives, maybe even more than they would in an average 10-hit output, but they were always right at somebody.
The Tyees’ aim wasn’t so good. They dropped a few bloopers here, a hot liner there and capitalized on John Guldborg’s wildness to make a night of it. They stretched their winning streak to six while snapping the Caps at five.
There have been a lot of pros and cons about this Victoria club, whether it is good enough to stay up there or whether it is just a fly-by-night outfit.
They are not without weaknesses. Second base is a problem with them and their pitching is all left-handed. However, they are hustling like all get-out and as long as they continue, they’ll be tough to knock off.
Guldborg’s was his first loss after four straight successes. It was also his first bad job of pitching. He didn’t run into grief until the sixth when the Tyees piled on six runs on six hits and three bases on balls. Then Bob Snyder came along, put out the fire quickly, but it was far too late.
With this one out of their system, the Caps left shortly after game time for an all-night bus haul to Lewiston. Bill Schuster will open with Paul Jones (0-3) tonight then follow with Ed Locke (4-2) and Van Fletcher (3-1) for the remainder of the Bronco series. Then Vancouver moves into Tri-City where Bob Snyder (0-0) goes after his first decision and the pitching rotation will start all over again.
DIAMOND DUST—Schuster said he would likely use Bob Duretto as a second string catcher in Tri-City when the Caps run into a Sunday double-header in order to rest Ritchey . . . Mike Catron, a Cleveland scout, was a spectator at the Monday game and was amazed at the brilliance of the new Cap Stadium . . . “best park I’ve ever seen in minor league ball.”
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VANCOUVER, B.C., May 26. (U.P.) The Victoria Tyees hammered out a 7-0 victory over the Vancouver Capilanos tonight to end the Caps' Western International League win streak at five straight.
The Tyees exploded for six runs in the sixth inning, shelling John Guldborg from the mound. Jehosie Herd was the Victoria winner, allowing seven hits, but keeping the Caps at bay in the tight spots.
Bob Snyder, the league's leading hurler last season, replaced Guldborg and pitched three and one-third innings of no-hit ball to shackle the Tyees the rest of the way. The damage had been done before he got into the game, however, on Cece Garriott's double, Granville Gladstone's double, four singles, three bases on balls and a Vancouver error.
Previously, Guldborg had won four straight for Vancouver.
Victoria ......... 000 015 000—7 10 3
Vancouver ..... 000 000 000—0 8 2
Heard and Martin; Guldborg Snyder (6) and Ritchey.


[Vancouver Province, May 27, 1952]
Caps Best Ever
Bob Brown calls his 1952 Capilano infield “by far the best that has ever played in this city.” It is a tribute Wert, the Tran brothers, and Williams should cherish, for R.P. is not one to wax insincerely over diamond talent.
Bill Schuster, Brown’s field manager, picks his mound staff as the apple of his eye, with the home season now at the quarter-way mark. Snyder, Guldborg, Locke and Fletcher, he said Monday, should give him at least 80 games before season’s end.
While the head men select their favorites, apparently the whole club is the choice of fans. Brown told me Monday that attendance per game is “far above” last year’s averages, despite the cold and rain that washed out seven games in May. And last year the Caps set an attendance record for Vancouver.
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Brown calls his infield the “perfect” infield. When the Trans set the WIL double play record three seasons ago, third base was weak. Brown never did warm up to Jimmy Robinson. Last year, first was wobbly under Chuck Abernathy, and Gordie Brunswick was just learning.
“What we have now, says Brown, “can run, field and hit. What more can we ask?”
What is his most pleasant surprise so far? “The word of Bob Duretto,” he said.
“He was the question mark. His short season in the Sally League in 1951 did not give us much to go on when we bought him. He has turned out to be a cracking good man.”
Who is his big disappointment? “You can write,” he said, “that I am disappointed in Harry Butts. Here is a young pitcher with all the ability in the world.
“He doesn’t concentrate enough on the club he’s with. He always has aspirations elsewhere, a habit which could cost him a wonderful career.”
Butts is the brilliant youngster who won 20 games last year between Indianapolis, Manitoba and Venezuela: his record confirms that he has itchy feet, but talent too.
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Schuster’s darlings are the big four of the hurling corps. “If Snyder has anywhere near the kind of year he had last year (27 wins),” the mellowing Rooster said, “we’ll have that flag.
“Locke has been my best surprise, in the hurling end. Ray Tran’s punch hitting has been one of our top offensive weapons.”
Two other guys, I suggest, deserve heaps of credit. Edo Vanni and Jesse Williams have done wonders for the youngsters. They are two veterans who are walking proof that old pros don’t just go through the motions.
In short, said Brown, “we are fully satisfied with our team.” Not every Capilano club has been able to make that boast.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [May 27, 1952]
This Rocket Ron Necciai (pronounced Netch-Eye) who set a new baseball record by striking out 27 batters in a game ... that's all of them ... may put in an appearance with the Hollywood Stars. Branch Rickey figures the kid is too good to stay in the class D Appalachian League any longer and is going to farm 11 him out. Necciai, who finished his final game by striking out 24 batters will find the going considerably rougher in the PCL.
It will take more than a batch of press clippings to set those boys down. Most of them have looked at more pitches than that blonde on the third stool from the end of the bar gets in a life-time. Should he join the Hollies they'll have two of the most publicized hurlers of the day. The other of course is the 100 Grander, Paul Pettit ... that duo should make a good doubleheader drawing card.
One of the reasons Salem had so much trouble trying to sign their veterans . . . and they didn't get most of them ... to WIL contracts was because of the new Oregon semi-pro league. A couple of ex-Senators who listened to the lure of the loot of the semi-proers were pitcher Aldon Wilkie and catcher Bill -Beard . . . and oh how Salem needs them this year. . . The latest to join the Oregon State League was the slugging Harvey Storey.
By the way have you noticed how that WIL League is stretching? There's a bigger gap between the top and the bottom than you'll find in a wartime girdle. Actually you might say there are three races. Victoria, Spokane and Vancouver are battling for the lead showing a three and a half game margin. Wenatchee, Lewiston and Salem are four games out of third; and bunchT-ed tighter than kids at the door on the last day of school, for the other top division spot.
That leaves Yakima and Tri-City. After a home stand in which they won two of seven, the Braves stumbled and fell hard on the road, coming back with but one win in eight starts. Needless to say they're once more back in the cellar. Starting tonight they'll open an 11-game home series (their next to the longest of the season). It'll ba Salem, Vancouver and then Yakima in that order.
Of course there's one way the Braves can win, and why keep it a secret any longer . . . just pitch Ralph Romero. Not only can the bespectacled ace hurl a
mighty fine game, but he's death at the plate when the chips are down ... as witness that marathon he won Sunday at Salem.
Tri-City has added another pitcher to their staff. Fellow by the name of Bob Greenwood who is said to be something of a Phillie prize prospect. That means one hurler will have to be cut from the squad and you won't need an adding machine to narrow down the field on that item. Actually though the pitching staff is one of the strongest departments of the club. The crying need is for a couple of hard hitting outfielders and a little less sieve-like activity on the part of the infield. Correct those faults and the Braves could lift their head out of the cellar and might become a first division club, aa was originally prophesied.
Buddy Peterson, former Tri-City shortstop is blasting the ball at a .325 clip for Louisville of the American Association, and he's made quite an impression with his clutch blows too. In fact he was told to tell his family to move to Kentucky. The inside dope we picked up in Portland on Buddy's trade to Louisville to San Diego is that it was completed before Manager Lefty O'Doul knew what was going on. Seems Bill Starr, the Padre owner, put it through ... the second time he's neglected to notify his manager.

New Hurler Out Rockets Ron Necciai
BRISTOL, Va.-Tenn., May 26—This baseball-wacky town never thought it would see the likes, of Rocket Ron Necciai, the bullet-ball pitching phenom who struck out 27 men in hurling a no-hitter.
But six days after Necciai's departure from the Class D Appalachian League folks hereabouts are raving over a new hurling wonder — Bill Bell — who appears to be every bit as good as, and perhaps better than, the illustrious Ron.
The 18-year-old Bell achieved what is believed to be an all-time minor league record Monday night when he turned in his second successive no-hit performance. The 6 ft. 2 in, righthander twirled his first no-hitter last Thursday — the night after Necciai,
who fanned 109 in 32 2-3 innings, pitched his last game for Bristol.
Bell whiffed 17 and drove home the winning runs as the Twins edged Kingsport, 1-0
Monday night, Bell, shackled Bluefield's Blue Grays, striking out 20 as the Twins won, 4-0, to stretch their winning streak of 18.
The trio of no-hitters by Bell and Necciai came within a period of 14 days.
Both are tabbed prize pitching prospects by front office officials of the parent Pittsburgh Pirates.

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