Thursday, 3 January 2008

Saturday, May 24, 1952

W L Pct.
Victoria ..... 22 9 .710 —
Spokane ...... 21 12 .636 2
Vancouver .... 16 10 .613 3½
Wenatchee .... 15 15 .500 6½
Salem ........ 15 19 .441 8½
Lewiston ..... 13 17 .433 8½
Yakima ....... 12 21 .364 11
Tri-City ..... 11 22 .333 12

VICTORIA, B.C., May 24 — The Victoria Tyees hammered the Tri-City Braves 12-1 and 6-3 in a Saturday night doubleheader to make a clean sweep of their four-game Western International League baseball series.
The Tyees pounded out 19 hits in the first game and had a 4-0 lead at the end of the first inning. Cal McIrvin limited the Braves to five hits while his mates shelled Ken
Michelson and Charlie Gassoway for four-run outbursts in the first and seventh innings.
4,400 fans witnessed the win.
Victoria swept into a 5-1 lead the first three innings of the second game and was never seriously threatened.
First Game
Tri-City ....... 000 000 100—1 5 0
Victoria ....... 401 101 41x—12 19 2
Michelson, Gassoway (9) and Pesut; McIrvin and Martin, Towns (9).
Second Game
Tri-City ....... 100 100 020—3 7 4
Victoria ....... 212 001 00x—6 10 0
Johnston and Pesut; Card and Martin.

YAKIMA - no game stories available.
First Game
Spokane ........ 100 100 0—2 5 1
Yakima .......... 103 011 x—6 3 1
Roberts, Osborne (5) and Sheets; Shandor and Donahue.
Second Game
Spokane ....... 000 101 000— 2 8 1
Yakima ......... 002 252 00x—11 13 2
Chase, Bishop (5), Osborne (6) and Sheets, Solomon (7); Albeni and Donahue.

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, May 26]—Time was when May 24 was a hated day in the life of every Vancouver Capilano baseball player. It used to be a signal for a tremendous upheaval of runs, with the Caps usually ending up on the wrong end.
Not so any more. Saturday—which was May 24—the Caps ran their win streak to five in a row with a “double” over Salem, 3-1 in the afternoon and 5-3 at night. The split double-header was attended by well over 7000 people, 3400 during the sunlight and 4000 in the evening.
All this came after Friday’s 13-inning 6-5 win over Hugh Luby’s unfortunate Salems. It was one of the sweetest ball games played here in years with Billy Whyte picking up the win in the 13th on Jim Wert’s two-out single scoring Ray Tran.
Saturday, Vancouver pitching kept up its amazing brand of consistency. Ed Locke tossed a six-hitter in the afternoon to grab his fourth in of the season. The Caps got only seven off Bob Collins, but a two-run fifth inning was all Locke needed. The right-hander struck out seven, walked but one.
The night game, at least in the early moments, seemed to be a lost cause. Bob Snyder started and once more the big winner from 1951 couldn’t get the ball over. He left after a siege of third-inning bases on balls with Salem ahead 2-0. Then Van Fletcher, who had gone seven innings the night before, came in and stopped the Salems cold.
Meanwhile, the Caps got something going on the attack and produced their season’s first homer at home. It was actually a line-drive single by Gordie Brunswick, but just as centre fielder Johnny Moore was bending over to pick up the ball, he slipped and the drive went 415-feet to the fence. Brunswick made an inside-the-park homer out of it easily.
Fletcher, in winning, picked up his third victory, struck out six, walked two and allowed only four hits in his seven innings of relief work.
DIAMOND DUST—WIL president Bob Abel sat in on the Saturday afternoon game and passed along the information that Spokane is once more a power to be reckoned with for the pennant race.. odd bit of schedule making makes the Capilanos appear at home tonight for a “single game series” against the Victoria Tyees . . . Then the Caps hop all the way to Lewiston to open with Bill Brenner’s Broncos … John Guldborg (4-0) who is establishing himself as the ace of Bill Schuster’s staff, goes tonight against the Tyees . . . Game time is 8:15 . . . Schuster, incidentally, was kicked out of the Saturday night game by ump Frank Masnowski . . . Ed, quite frankly, had a woeful night of it . . . He missed so many pitchers even the bat boy was put out at him.
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VANCOUVER, B.C., May 24—(CP)—Vancouver Capilanos swept a four-game Western International League series with the Salem Senators by winning a day-night doubleheader Saturday, 3-1 and 5-3.
Gordon Brunswick hit an inside-the-park home run with one aboard aboard to snap a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning and give the Caps the night victory. Centerfielder John Moore slipped while trying to pull down Brunswick's blast and the ball went all the way to the fence.
Salem took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a pair of walks and singles by Jim Deyo and Tom Galli.
Van Fletcher relieved Vancouver starter Bob Snyder in the third and struck out six. Larry Mann, touched for six hits, was the loser. A holiday crowd of 3,500 saw the afternoon game.
Ed Locke gave up six hits, struck out seven and walked one for the victory in the tight pitching duel. Lefthander Bob Collins was the loser, giving up seven hits.
Vancouver won it with two runs in the fifth on a pair of walks and singles by Jim Wert and Jesse Williams, the Caps picked up their third run in the eighth on singles by John Ritchey, Wert and Brunswick. Salem scored its solo in the sixth when manager Hugh Luby singled to center, Jim Deyo doubled to left and John Moore bounced out.
First Game
Salem .......... 000 001 000—1 6 1
Vancouver .... 000 020 01x—3 7 1
Collins and Nelson; Locke and Ritchey.
Second Game
Salem .......... 020 010 000—3 8 1
Vancouver .... 011 120 00x—5 6 3
Mann and Nelson; Snyder, Fletcher (3) and Ritchey.

Lewiston at Wenatchee did not play

Bees Acquire Bill Rogers
SALT LAKE CITY, May 24. — Bill Rogers of Tri-City in the Western International league is the latest addition to Salt Lake City's Pioneer League team. Owner Eddie Leishman said Rogers, former Idaho Falls outfielder, would start Saturday night against Magic Valley. Rogers batted .252 for Idaho Falls last year.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from May 25, 1952]
It's beginning to look as though the Western International League directors may have gone too far when they shook up the league this year. Looking at it from this corner . . . with one-fifth of the season gone . . . it may have been okay to go Class A. And it might have been all right to put that nine-veteran, two-rookie rule on the books . . . but not both of those at the same time.
When the league was upped in classification right away the fans figured they would see better ball . . . after all they were paying more. But the reverse has been true. If anything at all the calibre of baseball in the WIL this year can't begin to compare with the league of last year. For you just can't take players from class C leagues, stick them in a Class A uniform and expect better baseball. To reason otherwise wouldn't make sense in any other business so why shoul'd baseball be any different.
There seemed to be a lot of emphasis placed on the word "hustle" in pre-season pronouncements coming from the various club offices. And we can't honestly say there has been any more of that in evidence than in the past either.
Had the league shifted to the veteran-rookie rule without all the ballyhoo about better baseball it would have been much better. At the present this league can no more be compared to the Western League; the other class A loop, in the west, than a claiming race nag could be sized up alongside Man O'War.

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