Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Thursday, May 15, 1952

W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 14 7 .667 —
Spokane ...... 15 8 .662 —
Vancouver .... 10 8 .556 2½
Wenatchee .... 10 12 .435 4½
Salem ........ 10 13 .435 5
Yakima ....... 10 13 .435 5
Tri-City ..... 10 14 .417 5½
Lewiston ...... 9 13 .409 5½

KENNEWICK [Herald, May 16]—Never let it be said that Canadians aren't gentlemen. No sir. Any ideas along that line were firmly erased at Sanders Field last night when Victoria "gave" the Tri-City Braves the final contest in the three-game series.
Tonight Tri-City opens a four-game meeting with the Wenatchee Chiefs with another single game Saturday night and a double header Sunday afternoon.
Manager Charlie Gassaway is sending Ken Michelson to the Braves mound to oppose the suddenly resurgent Chiefs who twice knocked off Spokane in their just concluded series.
There were 508 paid fans in the stands last night after the game was delayed 35 minutes because of wind and rain. The Braves finally took the field at 8:35 and they finished up just 2 hours and 55 minutes later.
At that though Victoria almost wasn't able to give the 8-7 victory to the Braves. It took a groundkeepers assist on a ground ball hit to Victoria's third baseman to finally decide the issue. Pitcher Ralph Romero won his own game, his fourth o£ the season, when his ninth inning single took a bad hop over John Treece's head to score Bill Rogers with the winning run after two were out. The scores had been knotted at 7-7 just a moment before.
Victoria started kicking the game away in the seventh when they committed two errors and let in three Tri-City runs. Another error in the ninth also permitted a Tri-City score. The soccer-like-ball playing of the Tyees added up to six miscues afield, while the Braves charged with one.
Themost deadly and most costly Victoria error came in the seventh Relief hurler Joe Heard who had gone in for starter Bill Wisneski started it off with a mental miscue. With Tri-City's speedy Bill Rogers on third and the score tied 4-4. Heard was warned that a heft of home was probably in the works. And it was. However, instead of coming in with a fast ball when Rogers started homeward Heard threw a sweeping curve that caught catcher Marcucci by surprise. Although Marcucci recovered he dropped the ball and Rogers scored easily on the error.
Then to add a touch of comedy to the situation Marcucci stood there while Nick Pesut was racing in all the way from second. The burly Tyee catcher finally woke up after Heard came in to chase down the ball but an attempt to tag Pesut was much too late.
BRAVE BRIEFS: Shortstop Des Charouhas came within an ace of scoring an inside the park homer in the ninth when, he tripled deep into right. And the speed merchant did get in on the same play when Victoria's second baseman kicked the ball into left field on the relay. Frank Mataya broke his hitting drouth when he tripled in the second to score Nick Pesut . . . Cece Garriott used 15 players, including four pitchers, two pinch hitters, and a pinch runner last night . . . but he forgot to take the boxing gloves off the infielders. Rittenberg and Charouhas were Tri-City's big plate guns . . . Charouhas tripled and singled in three trips' and Rittenberg had a double and. single in five tries, and drove in two runs.
Victoria ...... 101 100 121—7-10-8
Tri-City ...... 012 000 302—8- 8-1
Wisneski, Heard (7), Chenard (7), Lorino (7) and Marcucci; Romero and Carr.

SPOKANE, May 15 — Frank Dasso fanned seven and walked only two Thursday as he hurled Wenatchee to an 8-5 Western International League victory over Spokane and a 2-1 win of their three-game basebail series.
Dasso gave up nine scattered hits as the Chiefs rolled up their second straight win over the Indians.
Spokane drew first blood, scoring in the first and second innings Wenatchee went ahead to stay in the third with three runs on three walks and a double by Walt Pocekay.
Wenatchee ..... 003 201 011—8 11 1
Spokane ......... 110 020 001—5 9 3
Dasso and Pocekay; Chase, Palm (6) and Sheets.

SALEM [Vancouver News Herald, May 16]—Salem had the Capilanos staggering on the ropes in the ninth round here Thursday night but they couldn’t land their kayo punch on Ed Locke.
The handy-andy of the Capilano ball club came through in the clutch again last night to save John Guldborg’s third win for him, on an 8-7 close squeak.
It looked easy for big John going into the ninth. He led 8-4 and had been going along nicely since Andy Anderson touched him for a first-inning three-run homer.
Then it started. Hugh Luby singled and Guldborg hit Gene Tanselli. Anderson walked to load the bases with only one out and when Johnny Moore singled Luby home, Bill Schuster yanked Guldborg and in came Locke.
Locke got one in too fat for Curt Schmidt and the big fellow singled two more runs home to make it 8-7. Then Locke hitched up his trousers and got Rick nelson on an easy bouncer and Dick Bartle on a strike out.
Gordie Brunswick and Jim Wert were the most damaging Caps at the plate. Gordie blasted two singles and drove in three runs, two in the third when the Caps climaxed their comeback and took a 4-3 lead. Wert banged home two runs on a pair of singles.
Guldborg was wild, walking seven and hitting one batter. Without Locke, he probably couldn’t have made it—but Ed Saved the day just as he has done so many times before.
The Caps now move on to Victoria where they open a three-game series tonight. Monday, Vancouver opens at home stand against Tri-City.
Vancouver .... 112 301 000—8 14 3
Salem .......... 300 001 003—7 10 2
Guldborg, Locke (9) and Ritchey; DeGeorge, Edmunds (2), Mann (7) and Nelson.

LEWISTON, Idaho, May 15 — The Yakima Bears downed Lewiston 7-1 Thursday to sweep a three game Western International League baseball series with the Broncs.
Yakima's Dick Stites held Lewiston scoreless for eight innings while yielding seven hits. The Broncs scored their only, run in the ninth when pinch-hitter Archie Ware singled in Artie Wilson. Yakima ....... 021 000 031—7 9 0
Lewiston ..... 000 000 001—1 7 2
Stites and Donahue; Owens, Humphries (4) and Lundberg.

Six Players Released By Poky Bannocks
[Idaho State Journal, May 16, 1952]
Pocatello's first major Pioneer baseball league cut for the young season took place Friday morning ion six players were given outright releases by the St. Louis Browns.
Sliced from the Pocatello squad were Pitchers Bob Appleby, Bob Bruce and Jerry Culwell; First baseman Buck Buchanan; Second Baseman Ken McGee and Outfielder Randy Randle.
McGee will go to Tri-City of the Western International League.

[Vancouver Province, May 16, 1952]
Two Great Caps
When Bob Snyder comes back home to Capilano Stadium Monday night, a lot of fans will say: “There stands the greatest Capilano pitcher of them all.” And except for one man, they may well be right.
That one man, Western International League records show, is Don Osborn, the guy prewar baseball fans still talk about, who left his mark at old Athletic Park both as a great pitcher and a leader of players.
Together he and Snyder have etched the Capilanos’ name with relentless frequency in the league records: it would have been really something to have had them working on the same club with both in their hurling prime.
Other Brownie moundsmen rocketed briefly across the records. In addition to Osborn and Snyder there have been two other Capilano 20-game winners. One was Henry Smith with 21 victories in 1937. The other was Jim Hedgecock, then in his prime, who copped the same number 10 years later in ’47.
And who will ever forget the gargantuan Bob Hall, the handsome giant whose 216 strikeouts led the WIL in 1947, and gave him his ticket to Seattle and Boston? Or Sandy Robertson’s unbeaten (but equalled twice) 12 consecutive wins last year? Or Hunk Anderson’s almost perfect 1949 won-lost mark of 11 wins and only one defeat, best in WIL history?
But it remained for Osborn and Snyder to be pace-setters consistently, over many seasons.
Osborn won 22 games in 1942; Snyder 22 in 1949 and 27 last season, the league’s top total, one better than Bob Kerrigan’s (Victoria= 26 of 1950.
Twice Osborn racked up the league’s best won-lost percentage, .857 in 1941 (18-3) and .815 in 1942 (22-5). Twice he led all in earned-run average with 2.74 in 1942, and his amazing 1.63 in 1942 [sic], the latter constituting the best ever in the WIL.
No other pitcher has won as many games in the WIL as Snyder with his 110 in six seasons, last year’s 27 coming when he was 31 and in his thirteenth season of professional baseball!
In that season he also set a league record for the most complete games, 31; most innings pitched, 303; and most consecutive complete games, 17. He was not removed from the box from June 23 through August 30!
Figures are notoriously dull. But in this case they are graphic proof of the stature of this slender right-hander who is coming back to us for his seventh year. Welcome home, Bob.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from May 16, 1952]
It used to be that when he gave out with the "thumb up" sign several years ago he was just calling for a boy to carry a load of groceries out to a car. But not now. No sir, when Harold Younkers, former Pasco grocer, gives that sign today he means the base runner is out. Yep, Harold has hung up the white apron that's the badge of the grocer for the blue uniform that bespeaks the umpire's profession.
His old friends can get a look at him in action right now at Sanders Field. He replaced Umpire George Behringer who took sick Wednesday and returned to his home in California. Anyhow Younkers can expect his friends out there to yell "You Robber, You," . . . and this will be one time he can't answer back.

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