Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Friday, August 15, 1952

W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 78 39 .667 —
Spokane ..... 70 51 .579 10
Vancouver ... 58 53 .523 17
Salem ....... 54 62 .466 23½
Yakima ...... 55 64 .462 24
Lewiston .... 55 64 .462 24
Tri-City .... 50 66 .431 27½
Wenatchee ... 48 69 .410 31

YAKIMA [Victoria Colonist, Aug. 16]—Victoria Tyees came storming back from behind at Yakima last night to hand the Bears a 9-4 defeat in the first game of a four-game series and spoil a going-away party for Ken Wright, a 21-year-old righthander.
Wright, scheduled to leave today for induction into the U.S. Army, was given a “night” and, after he had collected his gifts, was sent out to tame the W.I.L. leaders.
He escaped being charged with the loss but left under fire in the seventh inning, unable to hold a 4-1 lead his mates had given him in the fifth inning. The loss went to Chuck Donley as the Tyees took advantage of bases on balls to go ahead with a five-run uprising.
LeRoy Han, 18-year-old righthander, who pitched creditably until he last lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh, received credit for his second win. But it was Ben Lorino who protected it fro him with a three-inning relief stint in which he gave up only one hit and blanked the Bears.
Victory enabled the Tyees to retain their 10-game margin over the battling Spokane Indians, who made it 11 out of 13 and 18 out of 21 by downing Salem Senators, 5-1.
Vancouver Capilanos, surprised 8-5 by the Wenatchee’s crippled Chiefs in the first of the series transferred to Vancouver, dropped 17 games off the pace.
Bob Moniz, who led Victoria hitters with a double and two singles, drove in Han, who had walked and moved up on Lu Branham’s sacrifice, to tie the score at 1-1 in the top of the third.
The Bears scored a second run in their half, then took a 4-1 lead wgen Han helped matters along with a wild throw on a bunt single.
Moniz, moving to third on two errors, scored on Granny Gladstone’s single in the sixth to move the Tyees closer and they won it in the seventh.
Walks to Ron Bottler, pinch-hitter Lorino and Branham loaded the bags with no one out to start it all.
Moniz delivered a two-run double, Cec Garriott walked to load the bags again and Don Pries singled in two more runs. That brought on Yakima’s third pitcher of the inning, southpaw Del Sarto, to the relief of Chuck Donley, who started his chore by walking Branham.
The inning’s fifth run scored when Gladstone’s pop fly was dropped behind second base.
Lead-off singles by Garriott and Moniz, a sacrifice by Pries, a long line drive by Gladstone, hauled down deep in the outfield, and Chuck Abernathy’s single plated the final two Victoria runs in the ninth.
The series continues tonight with Bill Prior and either Lorino or Bill Bottler schedule to see action in the doubleheader.
Victoria ........ 001 001 502—9 9 1
Yakima ......... 011 020 000—4 7 4
Han, Lorino (7) and Bottler, Martin (7); Wright, Donley (7), Del Sarto (7) and Donahue.

SPOKANE, Aug. 15—The Spokane Indians kept up the Western International league surge Friday night as they downed Salem 5-1 to run their win streak to five straight and 18 in the last 21 games. Frank Chase scattered nine hits wisely to stop the Senators.
Salem ....... 000 100 000—1 9 3
Spokane ... 200 002 10x—5 8 1
Edmunds, Francis (8) and Nelson; Chase and Sheets.

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, August 16]—Wenatchee has been rumored on its way out of the WI baseball league, and if it happened within the next five minutes it couldn’t be soon enough for the Capilanos.
The team which gives Vancouver a terrible run for it every time out clobbered the Caps Friday 8-5 on a five-run seventh inning in which was handed Tom Lovrich—of all people—his come-uppance.
The amazing spectre of watching the youngster walk into the ball game in a relief role in the seventh became even more amazing when the boy couldn’t get anybody out. Before the side was retired the Chiefs had their five runs and a 7-4 lead. Lovrich later became the loser for the third time this year.
Van Fletcher had started and looked in a fairly good spot for his 11th win with a 4-2 lead going into the seventh. But he walked the first man and Edo Vanni got him out quickly. And that’s where the trouble started.
Lyle Palmer and Ross McCormack each had a four-hit night and it was Palmer’s seventh inning double, driving in two runs, which proved to be the winning blow.
Tonight the clubs will play two more starting at 7 o’clock and Vanni will send Bud Guldborg (12-8) and Ed Locke (8-11) out to bend their elbows. The clubs wind up the series Monday night with an 8:15 single game, then the Caps hit the road for Salem.
Wenatchee .... 100 010 51x—8 10 1
Vancouver ..... 000 120 101—5 10 2
Dasso, Stites (8) and Pocekay; Fletcher, Lovrich (6) Whyte (7) and Ritchey.

LEWISTON, Aug. 15-Lewiston Pitcher Bob Schulte wasn't satisfied to throw four-hit ball at Tri-City Friday night, he also tallied the winning run as the Broncs downed the Braves 3-2 in a Western International League baseball game.
The slender southpaw struck out 13 to more than make up for his eight bases on balls.
Tri-City ..... 000 000 020—2 4 1
Lewiston .... 000 110 01x—3 8 1
Brittain and Lewis; Schulte and Lundberg.

The Sports Herald

[from the Vancouver News-Herald, Aug. 16, 1952]
The Canuck hockey club already has two applications for the job as trainer this coming sesason, Carl Gunnarson and Reg Wallis … Carl handled the chore last year while Reg, who had trained the local club the previous four years, was managing the Penticton rink … Bill Schuster, deposed Capilano manager, has finished his holiday in Buffalo and returned to his home in Los Angeles … His successor, Edo Vanni, got talking about what a colorful guy William was as a player in Seattle the other night and came up with a few priceless stories. The best, we thought, was Vanni’s story of how good Schuster was at pulling the hidden-ball trick.
Bill liked head where it was
“We were playing Hollywood one night and the Stars had a fellow named ‘Poochie’ Poochinelli on second … He was a 6’3” 220-pounder and about the most powerful guy I ever saw in baseball. Schuster pulled the hidden-ball trick on him one night and when Poochie took his lead-off, Bill danced over to the bag and hollered, ‘Hey, Poochie, look what I got,’
“Poochinelli just looked at him right in the eye and growled, ‘Schuster, if you tag me with that ball, I’ll punch your head off!” Bill just stepped aside and let the big guy touch the bag safely.
“’Mind,’ Schuster said, ‘I wasn’t afraid of that big ape. But we were so far ahead anyways...!’”

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