Sunday, 19 August 2007

Friday, June 9, 1950

Tacoma ..... 32 16 .667 —
Yakima ..... 26 23 .531 6½
Salem ...... 25 24 .510 7½
Wenatchee .. 25 24 .510 7½
Tri-City ... 26 26 .500 8
Spokane .... 24 28 .468 10
Vancouver .. 20 28 .418 12
Victoria ... 21 30 .412 12½

WENATCHEE, June 9—The Wenatchee Chiefs captured the Tri-City Braves 7 to 1 here Friday night behind the five-hit pitching of Tommy Breisinger.
The little lefthander didn't allow more than one hit in any inning as the Chiefs handed Mike Budnick his fourth straight defeat.
Leftfielder Walt Pocekay led the Chiefs attack with two for three including a double, drove in two runs and scored three times.
Wenatchee scored five runs off Budnick on six hits in the first three innings. The big righthander then blanked the Chiefs until one away in the seventh when he suddenly left the game because of back trouble.
Tri-City manager Charley Peterson said Rudnick pulled his sacroilliac out of place.
Buddy Peterson had a pair of hits and singled in Al Spaeter in the third inning for the only Tri-City run.
Tri-City ........... 001 000 000—1 5 1
Wenatchee ...... 302 000 20x—7 9 1
Budnick, Roenspie (8) and McKeegan; Breisinger and Len Neal.

YAKIMA, June 9—Victoria Athletics took another step nearer to vacating the Western International League cellar when they shellacked the second-place Yakima Bears 11-6 at Yakima last night.
Jim Hedgecock posted his fifth Victoria against three defeats for the A’s but needed help from Aldon Wilkie when he lost his control in the sixth. Wilkie just lobbed the ball at the Yakima hurlers but held them scoreless over the last three innings.
Hedgecock and Wilkie gave up 11 walks between them but the A’s made better use of 13 passes issued by Yakima hurlers Lloyd Dickey and Domenichelli. Four Yakima errors also figured heavily in the scoring.
Victoria went ahead in the first when Gene Thompson singled home Jimmy Moore, who had also singled and advanced to second on an infield out. Jim Westlake doubled home two Yakima runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Dickey’s wildness put the A’s in front to stay in the third. Junior Krug, playing right field in place of Edo Vanni, and Jim Wert drew walks and advanced on an infield out. Krug scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Wert also came in as Dickey let Will Tiesiera’s rally get away from him on an attempt to get Krug at the plate.
The A’s added three more runs in the fourth on singles by Billy Dunn and Jimmy Moore, a walk and two infield plays. Two errors to Pete Coscarart, a walk and an fielder’s choice gave the A’s another in the fifth to make it 7-2.
Triples by Al Ronning and Krug highlighted a big eighth inning as the A’s insured the victory with a four-run rally.
Every member of the A’s except the pitchers garnered at least one hit with Dunn, Moore and K. Chorlton picking up two each. The infield sparked and cut off three Yakima rallies with as many double plays.
Victoria .... 102 310 040—11 10 1
Yakima ..... 200 301 000—6 9 4
Hedgecock, Wilkie (6) and Ronning; Dickey, Domenichelli (7) and Tiesiera.

SPOKANE, June 9—The Spokane Indians used 13 bases on balls in the first five innings Friday night to beat Vancouver 5 to 2 after dropping the first of game of the Western International League double-header 6 to 5.
Set a rookie to catch a rookie was the strategy Friday night. The only trouble was it couldn't be carried further.
The first game of the Western International League doubleheader saw rookie righthander Kevin King alow the Indians four runs in the first inning on four hits and a base on balls.
But he settled down while his teammates pecked away at the lead and finally score in the sixth at 5-5 on Bob McLean's 376-foot, two-run homer.
Caps won the game in the seventh after Jim Robinson and Reg Clarkson singled to put runners on first and third. Then Len Tran socked a short single to right field to bring in Robinson with the tie-breaking run.
For young Ward Rockey, the ex-Washington State College mound star, it was the first loss in seven starts.
In the night tilt, Paul Spurlock walked five men in the second inning when the Tribe scored twice. He walked three more in the fifth after Frank Matoh doubled.
A single by Chuck Davis produced the second Spokane run of the inning. Bob Costello relieved him with the bases loaded and none out and was able to put out the fire with only one more run scoring.
Ray Tran and Jim Robinson batted in runs for the Caps.
The Indians left 12 runners stranded.
First Game
Vancouver ...... 010 022 1— 6 11 0
Spokane ......... 400 300 0— 5 9 0
King and Heisinger; Rockey and Rossi.
Second Game
Vancouver ....... 000 010 010—2 7 1
Spokane .......... 020 030 00x—5 6 0
Spurlock, Costello (5), Gunnarson (6) and Brenner; Bishop and Rossi.

Tacoma at Salem, postponed, rain.

Marshall Stays With A’s, Should Pitch Tomorrow
[Victoria Colonist, June 10, 1950]
Victoria baseball fans can breathe easier today. John Marshall, Victoria Athletics’ leading pitcher, has decided not to voluntarily join Edo Vanni in exile and is with the club in Yakima. He is scheduled to pitch one of tomorrow’s games.
Marshall threatened to quit the club when Vanni was fined and suspended Thursday night in a stormy clubhouse session. Manager Marty Krug asked him to think it over and Marshall decided to accompany the club to Yakima after a talk with his manager yesterday morning. However, it appears as if Vanni will not be back.
Reached in Yakima by phone yesterday afternoon, Manager Krug stated that Vanni had been sent back to his Seattle home and that he had forwarded a copy of Thursday’s events to Bob Abel, W.I.L. president, and Johnny Johnson, president of the Victoria club. Vanni showed up at the bus depot yesterday morning as the team was leaving Salem but was told by Krug that he was not accompanying the team and that his suspension would stick. After some discussion, Vanni was permitted to stay on the bus as far as Portland, where he was given transportation to Seattle.
Krug also gave a clear picture of the events which led up to Vanni’s suspension. Vanni was called out on what Krug termed three perfect strikes and immediately started an argument with Umpire Micky Hanick [sic]. He was supported by Marshall and both players refused to leave the field when ordered to do so by Hanick.
In the clubhouse between games, Vanni, who has been repeatedly warned by his manager about umpire arguments, did not take kindly to Krug’s reaction. The outfielder peeled off his uniform and threatened to quit the club. Krug countered by slapping him with a $100 fine and suspension and asked for any other players who questioned his authority to speak up. Marshall said he “wanted to protect the players” and would quit if Vanni did. He was given until yesterday to reconsider.

It Beats Me
By Jim Tang
[Colonist, June 10, 1950]
Thursday night’s blow-up at Salem was as inevitable as tomorrow morning’s deadline. It was only a matter of time before Manager Marty Krug would have to tramp—and tramp hard—on Edo Vanni if he wished to remain in control of his ball club. Krug went along further than most managers would bill. When he did clamp down, he did it with a firmness and finality which must has been a bit of a revelation to one or two would-be malcontents on the ball team.
A lot of fans, more particularly those who claim to have found fault with Krug’s managerial tactics, will undoubtedly side with the suspended outfielder. So will a number of others who mistakenly thought what they were seeing was color and hustle. But Vanni’s case is indeed a weak one and if Krug can be blamed for what has happened, he can be blamed only because he did not crack down sooner.
Vanni is admittedly one of the best lead-off men and base-runners in the W.I.L. Obtaining a replacement who can match him statistically may be quite a task yet the Victoria Athletics will be a better ball club without the Vanni they knew. The little outfielder had the ability, yet it must have been evident that wasn't giving out although he was always careful at home to maintain that appearance of hustle.
It is a pity, too. A Vanni playing the baseball he can play with the club's welfare as his motivation co have been a tremendous help. It was with this hope that the A’s went to considerable expense to sign him although well aware of his past reputation as a stormy petrel.
Now, Vanni is like a poker player who had the wrong hunch, shoved in his stack to back a bluff and had his hand called. He has no more chips and nothing to say about when he can get back in the game.
Whether or not he will get back this season remains to be seen. It is extremely doubtful that Vanni, convincing as he can be, could persuade Business-Manager Reg Patterson or Krug to permit him to return to the club. There is no chance that he will be released and it won't be easy to sell or trade him. To top it off, he faces almost certain disciplinary action from the W.I.L. It begins to appear as if the percentage has finally caught up with him. If he wishes to remain in baseball, he will have to become part of the game.
Random Harvest
Edo Vanni was one of two players who were taken aside about three weeks ago for a private talk with Reg Patterson and Senior Krug after umpire trouble on the road. The get-together seems to have benefited the other player, but Vanni found it impossible to leave the men in blue alone . . . Frank Logue is away to a great start with Muskegon in the Class “A” Central League. The former A won his first seven decisions, his seventh victory being his club’s13th . . . Manager Marty Krug confirmed yesterday that Bill Dunn will get a chance at third when Don Alfano, new shortstop, reports to the A’s . . . Now that they have added Pete Cosoarart and Lou Novikoff, Yakima Bears take on new importance in the W.I.L., and must be rated an excellent pennant chance.

[Vancouver Province, June 10, 1950]
Two and two, apparently, don’t always make four.
Last season, our Vancouver Capilanos had themselves a ball club that breezed along in fair style from May on, and then chased Yakima, a strictly “loaded” club, right to the wire in an interesting pennant chase.
This season, we have practically the same ball club—at least the same starting lineup. And we’re going nowhere so fast that we’re neck and neck with that fleet-foot Rigor Mortis. Along with Victoria’s Athletics, we’re practically the St. Louis Browns of the Western International League.
• • •
What gives? Why is [the] combination a winning club one year, a door-mat the next? When we were staggering feebly during the opening weeks of the season the scream went for the return of Dick Sinovic and Len Tran.
Outfielder Ev Pearson was cut adrift, we got Sinovic and Tran. That was the signal for the resurrection, the old “Watch us go from here” sign.
So here we are about a month later, still about as far as we can go.
Count the missing plugs from last year’s fast-stepping machine: Jim Hedgecock and Vern Kindsfather, pitchers; Bud Sheely, catcher; Kay Chorlton, outfielder.
Hedgecock, who is doing Victoria little good, is not at all conspicuous by his absence. Kindsfather, a whiz of a thrower now making good at Seattle, was still on his won-lost average, only mildly responsible for the Caps’ good year in ’49, and his ’50 replacement, Reg Clarkson, was figured far and away a better all-round bargain.
• • •
So, on paper, the Brownies should right now be high in the first division instead of playing tic-tac-tee with that other [word unreadable] of Canadian plumbers, the Victoria Athletics.
The old combination just isn’t opening the safe this year. If it doesn’t start clicking pretty soon, the Old Redhead [unreadable] to start looking for a new set of numbers.
You can bet your bleacher seat that Ruby Robert would be a disconsolate gentleman indeed if the first tenants in his brand-new ball park, now a-building (almost) were of the miserable, second-division (lower section) stamp.
• • •
And besides, rickety, draughty, ugly but historic old Cap Stadium deserves one final burst of glory—or reasonable approach to same.
Down in Seattle, columnist Royal Brougham came up with a bright idea about a month ago when the Rainiers were heading home after the most miserable losing streak in the club’s history. Said Royal:
“When the boys trot out onto the diamond tomorrow, [don’t greet them with jeers] and catcalls. Why not surprise ‘em? Why not cut loose with a big, long cheer to give them a little heart and let ‘em know we’re with ‘em win or lose . . .”
• • •
When the team trotted out for that game, they got the shock of their harassed lives when they were met with cheers instead of the jeers they expected. They won that ball game to make their record seven won and 25 lost.
The Rainiers have never looked back. Since then they’ve played a pennant-winning brand of baseball to win 24 and lose 14 and make their current record 31 won and 39 lost.
It could even happen here. When Brenner and his gang trot out to take the field against Salem out at the old park Monday—how about a real old-fashioned cheer that’ll make their eyes pop? It might be just the old “allagazooie” our lads need. They might even add a little of their own to cook up a little man’s black magic and win us a pennant even yet.
It’s worth a try. See you at the ball park.

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