Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Saturday, May 17, 1952

W L Pct. GB
Victoria ..... 16 8 .667 —
Spokane ...... 16 9 .640 ½
Vancouver .... 11 10 .524 3½
Salem ........ 12 13 .480 4½
Wenatchee .... 11 13 .459 5
Tri-City ..... 11 15 .423 6
Lewiston ..... 10 14 .417 6
Yakima ....... 10 15 .400 6½

VICTORIA, B.C., May 17 — The Victoria Tyees completed a sweep of two Western International games with the Vancouver Capilanos here Saturday night, banging out a 9-2 decision behind the fine pitching of Jehosie Heard, pint-sized Negro lefthander.
Victoria won the afternoon game 8-5.
A crowd of more than 2,700 turn out in perfect weather, running the attendance for the three game series to almost 7,500, the best in years here.
Heard was never in serious trouble.
He matched Vancouver starter Paul Jones through three scoreless innings until the Tyees broke through for a run in the fourth and salted it away when they divided six runs between the fifth and sixth innings.
Heard had a two-hitter going into the eighth but appeared to ease up in the last two frames and yielded three of the five hits he gave up. The run which spoiled his shutout was the result of the only Victoria error of the two games.
Bob Snyder, a 27-game winner in 1951, was the victim of the three-run sixth. He came to Jones’ rescue in the fifth and struck out Don Pries on three pitches to end the inning but ran into four successive base hits in the sixth.
Chuck Abernathy’s triple, singles by John Treece and Granny Gladstone and a double by Milt Martin sent in the runs before a man was out. Gordie Brunswick pitched the last two innings and gave up two runs in one on two bad hop singles.
Victoria won the first game by fielding perfectly and often brilliantly for Cal McIrvin.
The Tyees pecked away at Vancouver pitchers Ed Locke and Bill Whyte for 14 hits, one or two more in every inning, and were never headed after piling up a 6-0 lead in the first three innings.
Treece led the winners with four hits in four trips. Martin had three hits and Abernathy added to his league-leading total by batting in three teammates with an outfield fly and a two-run double.
Victoria manager Cece Garriott was the game’s brightest star. He made two sensational catches in centre field to rob John Ritchey and Jesse Williams of extra-base hits, had a double and a single, scored two runs and batted in two. Gladstone hit a home run for Victoria.
Pinch-hitter Joe Scalise accounted for three of the Vancouver runs when he hit a home run in the fourth with Bob Duretto and Williams on base to climax a four-run rally.
However, McIrvin stopped the Caps from there except for Ritchey’s run-scoring triple in the seventh which caromed off the flag pole.
Len Tran singled in his first two trips for his sixth and seventh successive hits but bounced out to McIrvin on his last two tries.
First Game
Vancouver .. 000 400 100—5 11 0
Victoria ... 213 100 10x—8 14 0
Locke, White (5) and Ritchey; McIrvin and Martin.
Second Game
Vancouver ... 000 000 011—2 5 1
Victoria .... 000 133 20x—9 12 1
Jones, Snyder (5), Brunswick (7) and Ritchey, Duretto (8); Heard and Martin.

SPOKANE, May 17 — Lewiston Manager Bill Brenner cnalked up his fifth victory of the season Saturday as he pitched the Broncs to a 6 - 2 Western International League baseball victory over Spokane.
Brenner, who has lost only one game, scattered 10 hits over the nine innings, allowing only one earned run, in the third.
The loss, coupled with Victoria's two Saturday, wins over Vancouver, dropped Spokane out of the league's top spot.
Lewiston ... 221 000 001—6 15 4
Spokane .... 001 000 010—2 10 1
Brenner and Lundberg; Marshall, Osborn (9) and Sheets.

KENNEWICK, [Herald, May 18]—SANDERS FIELD — Pitcher George New set a new record for this Western International League baseball park here last night, when he struck out 12 Wenatchee Chief batters to lead Tri-City to a 6-3 victory.
The victory evened the series at one win apiece. The teams will wind up the current series this afternoon with a doubleheader starting at 1:30. Brave Manager Charlie Gassaway said he would call on a 6-foot, 7-inch Neil Johnston to pitch one game with either Ad Satalich or newly returned Dick Waibel for the other. Dick Adams, manager of the Chiefs, said he would count on two veterans, Dave Dahle for the 9-inning game, and the former PCL mound ace, Frank Dasso slated to go in the short one.
Vie Buccola, the slick fielding Tri-City first baseman, broke his hitting slump with a double and a single in three trips to pace the Brave hitting attack. Buccola's double scored Tommy Marier in the first frame and brought in Marier and Olney Patterson in the third. The Braves added another in the same inning when Buccola scored on Nick Pesut's single to left field after two were out.
Aside from the first and ninth inning New was in trouble only once That came in the fourth when a Wenatchee got two runs, and the ninth when they got their other, New was extremely effective. He retired the Chiefs on strikeouts in the third and eighth innings and also fanned the first two batters to face him in the fifth.
The former strikeout record of 11 was set this week by Ben Lorino of Victoria.
Although the hits were even, eight apiece, Tri-City was able to deliver more consistently and with the long ball when it counted. In addition to Buccola's double, Marier and Patterson also rapped the fence for two base blows.
Bud Bauhofer, who started for Wenatchee hung around until the fourth inning. In that stanza he gave up four bases on ball forcing in one run and that was all for him. Adams relieved Bauhofer by sending Al Guerrero to the mound. He held Tri-City runless until the eighth when Ken McGee, Tri-City's new second baseman, snapped the string by scoring on Patterson's double down the left field line that hit the fence just inches inside the playing field.
Wenatchee scored two in the first on three successive singles and added one in the ninth on two singles, a balk by New and an infield roller.
Wenatchee ...... 200 000 001—3 8 0
Tri-City ....... 103 100 01x—6 8 1
Bauhofer, Kapp (5) and Pocekay; New and Pesut.

SALEM, May 17 — Johnny Moore's ninth inning single scored the winning run as Salem edged Yakima 4-3 in a Western International League baseball game Saturday
Yakima's score in the third came on a walk, a single, an error and a two-run hit by Chuck Malmberg. In the fifth, Dick Briskey hit a single to score Gene Klinger.
The win was the Senators' second in a row.
Yakima .... 002 010 000—3 8 3
Salem ..... 000 000 121—4 8 1
Thompson and Myers; Hemphill, Mann (8) and Nelson.

Pries Top WIL Batter
UNDATED, May 17—According to the averages compiled, by the Howe News Bureau Don Pries of Victoria is the league's leading hitter with a .384 average.
Walt Pocekay, Wenatchee, is the new leader in total bases with 42. He continues to lead in doubles with eight. Vic Buccola, Tri-City has taken the lead-in stolen bases with 10. Buccola's teammate Bill Rogers, and Jake Melmuth, Lewiston, have moved into a tie with Chuck Abernathy, Victoria, for the lead in runs batted in. Each has 18.
Jerry Zuvela, Yakima, has tied John Ritchey, Vancouver, for the lead in triples at three apiece.
Department leaders who maintained their positions are: Cecil Garriott, Victoria; 23 runs; Pries and Bill Andring, Yafcima, 28-hits; Helmuth, three home runs.
Bill Brenner, Lewiston, is the league's leading pitchers with a record of four victories and no defeats.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [May 18, 1952]
If Salem goes through with that baseball promotion stunt they have in mind it's going to be one or the wackiest ever seen in any park. The idea is to get a half-dozen wild jackrabbits, turn them loose on the mound, and have the players catch them. And to make certain the boys are interested $5 and $10 bills, and merchandise
awards would be tied to the hind leg of the bunnies. They've already out trapping the rabbits. Boy, would that program, be something to see.
Looks as though that curfew rule over at Lewiston Is going to have a latent effect on tha WIL standings. One so-called Yakima victory already in the books still isn't finished. That was a 7-4 game the other night. Yakima got credit for the win but now we find that the game wasn't completed and must be finished from that point.
The Tri-City Braves showed a lot more snap and hustle after that $10 fine Manager Charlie Gassaway hung on most of them. And their hitting seems to improving,
at least it looked better Thursday night. Now the question before the house is: How long will Dr. Gassaway's medicine hold— That we'll find out within the next week or two.
A couple of mysteries are plaguing the press box corps at Sanders Field. One, how did the “boy" who handles the wants and complaints up there grow up so fast and with such a heavy beard— Two, who palmed off the phony baseball on the front office for a couple of free passes—The new press box boy's name is Herb, and last year's front handle was Nicky.. .maybe that explains the first question. As to the second, better let sleeping dogs lie in this case.

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