Saturday, 11 August 2007

Friday, May 5, 1950

              W  L  PCT GB
Tacoma ..... 11  5 .688 —
Yakima ..... 10  6 .625 1
Wenatchee ... 9  6 .600 1½
Salem ....... 8  6 .571 2
Tri-City .... 8  9 .471 3½
Spokane ..... 6  9 .400 4½
Vancouver ... 6  9 .400 4½
Victoria .... 3 11 .214 7

KENNEWICK, Wash., May 5 — Babe Gammino's wild throw from right field sent Dick McKeegan home with the winning run Friday night to give the Tri-City Braves a 4 to 3 victory over Yakima in the opening game of a Western International league series.
Yakima ......... 201 000 000—3 11 0
Tri-City ........ 001 000 03x—4 8 0
Dickey, Domenichelli (8) and Tornay; McCollum and McKeegan.

WENATCHEE, May 5—Vancouver Capilanos’ big right-hander, Hunk Anderson, picked up a win for his record Friday by hurling one-hit ball for exactly two innings.
Hunk took over in the eighth inning with the Caps trailing Wenatchee Chiefs, 3-0. Chiefs had picked up those runs at the expense of young Kevin King in the fourth and fifth innings before lefty Carl Gunnarson took over.
And at the end of the seventh, the Caps hadn’t had a run off Wenatchee’s Tom Breisinger. Then they exploded, and by the time the Chiefs got fireman Dave Dahle in there to stop then, they had tied it up. Up until then, Breisinger had struck out 11 Caps.
Once started, they couldn’t be stopped, and they teed off on Dahle, shortstop Mansell Travis winning it all with a bases-loaded single in the ninth.
Reg Clarkson also singled in a pair for Vancouver.
Vancouver ........ 000 000 033—6 8 1
Wenatchee ....... 000 210 000—3 8 1
King, Gunnarson (5), Anderson (8) and Heisner, Motsinger (8); Breisinger, Dahle (9) and Fiscalini.

TACOMA, [Victoria Colonist, May 6]—Gathered together at a considerable expense in a direct aim for the W.I.L pennant, Victoria Athletics veteran pitching staff so far has proved to be a rank disappointment, although having some bad breaks in the few good games it has turned in. As a result, the A’s are playing no favorites in pushing their rivals in the top of the standings.
It was Spokane’s turn first. The Indians took an early lead by sweeping the opening three-game series. The A’s then pushed Wenatchee up the ladder by losing six or eight games to the Chiefs. Last night, it was Tacoma’s turn, and the Tigers went out in front with a 14-7 triumph in the first meeting of the season between the two clubs.
Ineffective pitching cost the game as the A’s twice failed to hold the lead. Unable to get the steady work necessary to make up for lack of enough spring training, the Victoria staff has not been able to settle down to any regular rotation, with Aldon Wilkie the only member who has shown very much.
Bob Jensen couldn’t find the plate last night, issuing ten walks before being lifted in the sixth. He blew 2-0 and 5-3 leads as the Tigers interspersed extra-base hits in timely fashion to take advantage of Jensen’s generosity.
Down 9-5, the A’s scored once in the seventh and saw a rally cut short after one run was in when Glen Stetter made a sensational catch of K. Chorlton’s drive with two out and the bags loaded. Still only two runs behind, the losers saw all hopes dissipated when Ron Smith gave up five runs in the Tacoma eighth.
Stetter and Wimpy Quinn proved particularly bothersome to the Victoria pitchers, while Al Ronning led the A’s with two doubles. Joe Morjoseph hit a two-run triple in his first start for the A’s. Still suffering the effects of the beaning he received here last week, Edo Vanni was unable to see action. John Marshall is expected to get the call tonight as the club seeks to notch some wins before returning home next Monday.
Victoria ......... 022 000 120—7 10 2
Tacoma ......... 033 023 03x—14 8 2
Jensen, Hedgecock (6), Smith (6) and Ronning; Hufford, Lazor (3), Loust (7) and Fischer.

SPOKANE, May 5—The Spokane Indians lost their sixth straight game Friday night, a 4 to 3 decision to Salem, and plunged to seventh place in the Western International League.
Salem ........... 100 000 300—4 8 2
Spokane ........ 000 010 020—3 8 1
Tierney and McMillan; Conant and Rossi.

By DON BECKER - Herald Sports Editor [from column of May 7, 1950]
One of those unordinary situations arose at Sanders Field Friday night in the opener of the Braves-Bears series. And as this same play will be coming up again during the season let's go over the rule applying here so that it will be somewhat clearer.
Here's the diagram. Jim McKeegan was on first as a result of a single. Dick Stone then followed by belting a single into right field and McKeegan broke for second with the hit. Now comes the important point to remember. McKeegan rounded second and was starting for third when Babe Gammino, Bear right fielder, cut loose with the ball. That's the big thing . . . the relative position of the players at the time the throw was made.
Gammino's throw went over third and into the left field bullpen. However, McKeegan pulled up at third but umpire Nels Pearson waved him into home. The ruling was "on an overthrow as described, the base runner gets the base he is running for and another." McKeegan was running for third so he got that base and home. A simple way is to use the saying, "one and one."
That's how it works on an overthrow from the outfield, but when an infielder makes an overthrow there's a slight difference. Using the same situation, McKeegan on first and Stone the batter. Let's say that the hit and run is on and Stone hits to the third baseman. McKeegan is off with the throw and again is past second base when the third baseman cuts loose with the ball and throws it over the first baseman's head. Is McKeegan entitled to third, and home on this play? No, not on this one. Although the relative positions are the same the ruling is different. On this kind of a play when an infielder makes and overthrow the play starts with the pitch.
And so you take their positions at the time the pitcher threw it to Stone. At that time McKeegan had not reached second. So he would be trying, for second and thus would be given third, on the "one and one" rule. We've brought this up and tried to go into it in some detail because of the confusion that seemed to be aroused among the fans Friday night when McKeegan scored the winning run on such a play as we first described. Not that they weren't glad to see him win the game for us but thev were puzzled as to how it happened.
There was quite a bit of conversation going on between umpire Pearson and some of the batters Friday night. Usually the conversation is just about what you think it is. The umpire calls a pitch a strike and the batter steps bark, glances at the plate and swears it was either high, low, a foot outside, or a foot inside. But occasionally the conversation runs in different channels.
For instance Friday night a batter was called out by taking a third strike. The fans saw the batter turn toward Pearson and say something before he walked back to the bench. In this case he wasn't putting in a beef about the call at all. What he was asking is where the pitch had gone. When told that it was a good one, on the corner, the batter said okay.
The catchers do a lot of conversing with the umpires too. Especially when they think a pitch was in there and the ump has disagreed. Then you'll notice the catcher reach out for a bit of dirt, rub it on his glove, examine the ball critically and finally return it to the pitcher. There doesn't appear to be any talking going on, but words are flying back and forth rather briskly. Of course it seldom gets out of hand, and when it does you know it by the rapid departure of the catcher from the game.
Sometimes there's a lot more to a hitting average than the bare statistics that you read in the paper. Nick Pesut is a good example of what we mean. Nick practically tore off a fingernail of his right hand over a week ago. But Nick kept on trying even though every time he swung a bat the infected finger felt like a charge of electricity. Consequently Nick's average started taking a dive. So even the bare line of AB, H, AVE., has a heart and soul if you look behind those figures.
It's about time someone told Charlie Petersen what a magnificient job he is doing with his make shift Brave team. Take Friday night. There were two pitchers in the outfiled and a second string catcher doing the receiving. Still the Braves came on to win from the league leading Yakima team.
We're not trying to take anything away from Dick Stone or Ken Kleasner, the outfield pitchers. In fact they did a good job out there, but at the plate is where Clint Cameron is and Dick Faber's big sticks are missing.

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