W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 87 49 .640 —
Spokane ..... 85 59 .590 6
Vancouver ... 67 65 .506 18
Salem ....... 68 72 .486 21
Lewiston .... 67 75 .472 23
Yakima ...... 65 75 .464 24
Tri-City .... 61 75 .449 26
Wenatchee ... 55 85 .393 34
SPOKANE [Victoria Colonist, Sept. 4]—Victoria Tyees no longer have to worry about Vancouver Capilanos in the Western International League pennant chase but Spokane Indians are giving Tyee manager Cec Garriott many anxious moments.
The Indians racked up their tenth straight victory at Spokane last night by defeating the Tyees, 4-2, to pull within six games of the Garriottmen.
Tyees have 13 games remaining—five with Spokane, five with Salem and three with Lewiston—and are 10 games ahead on the losing side, however. The Indians have five left with Victoria, three with Vancouver and four with Lewiston. Any combination of four Tyee victories or Spokane defeats will give the Tyees the pennant.
Capilanos, who absorbed a 20-8 drubbing at Lewiston last night, are now 16 games on the losing side and mathematically eliminated.
Spokane scored three runs after two were out in the sixth inning to take last night’s game and hand Carl Gunnarson his fifth setback against nine victories. Dick Bishop scattered seven hits to win his 16th decision against 10 setbacks.
Garriott put Tyees ahead with his 17th home run—a 350-foot smash over the right field wall in the first inning—and the lead stood up until the fifth when Jim Brown singled, advanced on an infield out and scored on Bishop’s single.
Bob Moniz doubled in the sixth and scored on a single by Dwane Helbig to put Tyees out in front for a second time. Helbig replaced Granny Gladstone in right field in the second inning when Gladstone was forced to leave the game with a pulled muscle.
With two out in the bottom of the sixth, Mel Wasley singled, Bill Sheets walked and Brown singled to drive in Wasley with the tying run. Sheets and Brown moved up on the throw to the plate, scoring on Larry [sic] Bouchee’s single.
Spokane will send John Marshall against Tyees tonight in an attempt to sweep the three-game series. Garriott is expected to counter with Ben Lorino.
Victoria ....... 100 001 000—2 7 1
Spokane ...... 000 013 00x—4 10 1
Gunnarson and R. Bottler; Bishop and Sheets.
LEWISTON [Vancouver News-Herald, Sept. 4]—The onrushing Spokane Indians won their 10th WIL baseball game in a row Wednesday and crept to within six games of the lead by beating Victoria 4-2. Meanwhile, the Vancouver Capilanos suffered their worst defeat of the season, 20-8, at the hands of the Lewiston Broncs.
The Indians, backed by superlative pitching by Dick Bishop, scored three runs in the sixth inning to overcome the league-leaders for the second night in a row.
In Lewiston, the free-swinging Broncs bashed Vancouver pitching to all corners of the field as they went on their most devastating slugging spree of the season.
The Capilanos, only in the game for the first part, merely had to sit back and take it on the chin as Lewiston lashed out with everything from singles to home runs. Don Lundberg, Bob Williams and Milt Smith hit homers for the winners, Lundberg’s coming in the second inning with the bases loaded,
Bob Snyder, the first of four Vancouver pitchers, was the loser, his 14th this year.
Outfielder Gordie Brunswick and infielder Ray Tran shared the hurling duties for the Caps after the second inning when the Broncs salted away the victory with an 11-run splurge, including a grand-slam homer run by Don Lundberg—against Snyder and Bill Whyte in the second. Bob Williams homered with one on in the sixth and Milt Smith smashed a third round-tripper for the Broncs in the seventh.
Vancouver ....... 310 041 000—8 13 0
Lewiston ......... 211 021 20x—20 19 1
Snyder, Whyte (2), Brunswick (3), R. Tran (7) and Ritchey, Leavitt (3); Schulte and Lundberg, Brenner (8).
WENATCHEE, Sept. 3 — Yakima dropped Wenatchee 7-2 behind six-hit hurling by Bob Savage Wednesday night to take a 2-0 edge in the three-game Western International League baseball series.
Len Noren drove in three of Yakima's seven runs.
Yakima ........ 011 030 200—7 11 3
Wenatchee .. 002 000 000—2 6 2
Savage and Albeni; Dahle, Stites (7) and Pocekay.
SALEM, Sept. 3 — Tri-City evened its Western International League baseball series with Salem at one-all Wednesday night by trouncing the Senators 10-4.
Tri-City got to Salem Pitcher Ray McNulty for seven hits good for five runs in the first three innings and coasted in from there.
Vic Buccola got four for four, all singles, and Ray Hamrick rapped out three hits for Tri-City, one of them a double. The teams meet here again Thursday night.
Tri-City .... 023 200 210—10 16 2
Salem ...... 000 000 211— 4 13 2
Satalich and Pesut; McNulty, Hemphill (3), Rick (6), and Nelson.
Beavers To Call Up 6 From Willy
PORTLAND, Sept. 3—The Portland Beavers intend to call up six players from Victoria of the Western International League Sept. 13, after the WIL closes.
The players are pitchers Jehosie Heard, Bill Bottler and Leroy Han, catcher Ron Bottler and outfielders Granny Gladstone and Dwane Helbig.
Local Interests Sought To Buy Braves
Owners To Sell Out; Cite Poor Attendance
[Tri-City Herald, Sept. 4, 1952]
The long-expected move to sell the Tri-City Baseball Club became official Wednesday.
Arnold Sanborn, president, said it was decided at a meeting of the owners that the only answer to the poor attendance problem was to sell out.
The sale would include six-sevenths of the equipment, concessions and 10 players.
The other one-seventh of the club is owned by the Tri-City Athletic Association, owners of the bill park.
No sale price has been set on tbe Braves but Sanborn said "We will be easy to deal with." He said it is his hope that local businessmen or interests will purchase the club.
If a move is started here to buy the club, Sanborn said, he would like to own a share of it. He added he felt Vern Johnson also would stay in the Tri-City area with the club. He said the working agreement with the Philadelphia Phils would probably be renewed if a sale is made.
The Phils enabled the club to have pitchers Ralph Romero, George New. Bob Greenwood and Dave Brittain.
Sanborn said the owners face little choice but to sell, go broke, or move elsewhere. Attendance has been running about 500 a night with few large crowds to help over the rough spots. Concessions have been tbe financial mainstay of the club.
If the owners are unble to sell here, permission undoubtedly would be granted to move
the franchise elsewhere.
Sanborn pointed out that 40 or 50 businessmen could buy the club without putting too much of a financial load on any of them. Some of the purchase price would include long-term committments that do not require payment now.
The 10 players included in any sale will be Nick Pesut, Vic Buccola Tom Marier, Ray Hamrick, Des Charouhas, Joe Scalise, Bill Kostenbader. Glen Lewis, Don Lopes, and Manager Charlie Gassaway.
Sanborn feels thaat this group is a nucleus of a strong club with pitchers the greatest need. He added however, that the agreement with the Phils will take care of have pitchers Ralph Romero that weakness.