Sunday, 10 February 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 1952

W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 76 39 .661 —
Spokane ..... 68 51 .564 10
Vancouver ... 58 51 .532 15
Salem ....... 54 60 .474 21½
Lewiston .... 54 63 .462 23
Yakima ...... 54 63 .462 23
Tri-City .... 50 64 .439 25½
Wenatchee ... 46 69 .400 31

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, Aug. 14]—What they are all asking today is: “How much is Tom Lovrich worth on the baseball market?” And about the most significant way to answer it would be to sign a blank cheque, making room for at least five figures.
The “gee-whiz” college student from the University of Southern California mesmerized Victoria 3-0 at Cap Stadium Wednesday in another terrific pitching performance.
Lately, they’ve all been terrific for Tommy. He started by shutting out Wenatchee 10 days ago, then allowed Yakima only one run in a full nine innings.
Last night he tossed up his second shutout in three tries and his overall record for the season reads seven wins, two losses and an earned-run-average of 2.31. He has allowed but one run in his last 29 innings of pitching and if that isn’t something to write home about then don’t bother corresponding.
The only thing that is left to do is to figure of what is best for the boy in the immediate future. Should he be promoted to Coast League ball next year, or would another year in the WIL prove more valuable? Bob Brown points to the latter, but the Seattle Rainiers, who own his contract, may disagree. Only time will tell.
The Caps gave Lovrich a run in the fourth inning on Gordie Brunswick’s single, a stolen base, and Jim Wert’s single. They added another in the fifth and their last in the eighth when Brunswick plastered a 415-foot triple to the centre field wall.
That was more than Lovrich needed. He struck out seven, walked five, and gave up only two hits in the most solid but of pitching any Capilano has turned in this year.
DIAMOND DUST—Tonight, these same clubs conclude this delightful series when Bob Snyder faces ex-Capilano Carl Gunnarson in what has the earmarks of a fair-country deal … Wenatchee comes to town Friday, plays twice Saturday and the last game Monday.
Victoria ......... 000 000 000—0 2 0
Vancouver ..... 000 110 01x—3 7 0
Heard, Lorino (8) and Martin; Lovrich and Ritchey.

YAKIMA, Aug. 13 — Yakima nosed out Salem, 1-0, in a short and low-hit game Wednesday night as the Bears took their second Western International League baseball game in a row.
The contest took a mere 90 minutes.
The lone run came in the sixth inning when Earl Richmond, Jerry Zuvela and John Albini singled successively. The trio of bingles constituted three-fourths of those hit by the Yakimans in the game. Salem likewise was limited to four safeties.
The Senators loaded the bases in the seventh inning but a double play by way of home plate wiped them off.
Jim Dale singled and Art Thrasher made first on an error. Bob Nelson walked and Vince DiBiasi popped out. Gene Tanselli then hit a fast, hot one directly to Tom Del Sarto for the game-ending double play.
Salem ....... 000 000 000—0 4 1
Yakima ...... 000 001 00x—1 4 1
DiBiasi and Nelson; Del Sarto and Albini.

LEWISTON, Aug. 13 — Everbody got into the act in a Western International league doubleheader Wednesday night. Spokane made it three in a row over Lewiston by taking
the opener 6-2 and squeezing by the nightcap 8-7.
Both teams paraded pitchers and pinch-hitters onto the field, with a total of 26 men used in the first game and 28 in the second.
The Broncs jumped into a four-run, first inning lead which held until the eighth inning when Spokane scored 3 runs to add to their one run scored in the sixth.
First Game
Spokane ...... 000 000 24—6 9 3
Lewiston ...... 001 001 00—2 7 1
Spring, Palm (6), Chase (7) and Sheets, Hinz (8); DeGeorge, Powell (7), Clancy (7) and Lundberg.
Second Game
Spokane ..... 000 001 034—8 11 2
Lewiston ..... 400 000 003—7 6 0
Marshall, Roberts (7), Palm (8), Chase (9) and Hinz; Thomason, Powell (8), Bowman (9), Clancy (9) and Helmuth.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 13—Rapping out 16 hits from the offerings of Wenatchee hurlers Bill Stites and Ed Kapp, Tri-City's Braves drubbed the Chiefs 10-6 Wednesday night to square the Western International League baseball series at a game apiece.
Wenatchee drew first blood, scoring a single run in the second inning. Tri-City came back with two in the third, and scored three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.
In the sixth, the Braves tallied on three singles, a sacrifice and a double by left fielder Glen Lewis. They kept their bats hot in the seventh picking up three more tallies on four singles.
Third baseman Tom Marier topped the hitters with three singles in four trips to the plate.
George New tossed a six-hitter for the win, which evens the series at a game piece with the third and final game being played tonight.
Tri-City ......... 002 003 320—10 16 4
Wenatchee .... 010 010 022—6 6 3
New and Pesut; Stites, Kapp (8) and Pocekay.

Sports Notes
by Gil Gilmour

[Tri-City Herald, Aug. 15, 1952]
One of the things being cooked up for the Tri-City Braves when they return from their road trip is Eagles night. It will be August 21 and the Eagles of Pasco and Kennewick will honor players on the team.
It is also Nick Pesut and Vic Buccola night and the two veteran players will be in for a surprise, the Eagles promise.
The Eagles also have plans for some gag acts and will give presents to some other players. I hear they have just the thing for Manager Charlie Gassaway.
Anyhow, the presence of the Eagles Lodges from the two cities will be a welcome sight out at Sanders and I hope all of them can make it and give the Braves a much-needed boost.
In the press box after every game at Sanders, the boys all gather around Godfrey Smith, the scorekeeper, and try to speed him up with his final figures. The gang wants to get the things off to various points and go home and go to bed.
Now Smitty has plenty of troubles but calculating in the runs batted in are about the biggest problem. After packing them down in a double-check of his scorebook Smitty hands each of the boys a sheet and we all clear out.
But now new troubles are proposed for Smitty. The runs-batted-in figures have never been too satisfactory a yardstick, everyone agrees, but so far no one has come up with a really better system.
However, in the Sporting News, Wilbur Wood, former sports editor of the New York Sun, analyzes some of the proposals for changing computations.
He considers as most feasible one proposal for changing the runs batted in to runners advanced.
The proposed system would work like this:
As each man comes to bat, count the number of possible bases that runners and batsman can be advanced toward home. Since it is easier to drive a man in from third to home, the men on base should, be counted as follows: Runner on third, 1; runner on second, 2; runner on first, 3; and the batter four.
Thus when a batter comes up with the bases loaded he will have a chance for ten points. If he singles with the bases loaded, and drives in the runners on second and third, he will score three of 10 possible points and get a runners advanced average of .300. If he homers, he gets 10 for 10 or 1.000.
Most important, if he strikes out, pops out, or leaves all the runners stranded, he will be punished for failing to come through in the clutch.
Other essentials in the proposed system. If he singles with none on he gets a 1 for 4 rating. Suppose he comes up with one to bat and there is a man on first, and then hits a single sending the runner to third. His statistical chance was seven and he made a single his total would be three—one for himself and two for the runner.
The Sporting News doesn't suggest it, but it seems to me that if the batter hit into a double play he should get a negative figure.
I haven't figured that one out yet—but if we are going to make things rough on Smitty we might as well get all the way.
Before you think that these proposed changes in statistical computations are earth-shaking upsets of baseball tradition, remember that the system of compiling averages is like Topsy, it just grew.
The first ones were made by Henry Chadwick in 1859 and carried average runs per game for players. In 1876 the first batting averages received official recognition and pitcher's won-and loss ratings came into use in the 1880s.
Runs batted in was used for some time but they were not compiled officially until 1920.

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