Friday, 10 August 2007

Monday, April 24, 1950


John Marshall Back in WIL
By The Associated Press
UNDATED, April 25—It's opening night for northern members of the class B Western International League tonight.
As the league swings into its second week of play, Spokane bows into Tacoma, Salem at Victoria, Wenatchee at Vancouver and Tri-City at Yakima.
Except for the two Canadian sets, all series will be for three games. At Victoria and Vancouver, games are billed tonight and Wednesday with the two above-the-border members switching opponents for four-game sets winding up with Saturday's twin bill. No Sunday baseball is played in Canada.
Victoria, which won its first game of the year Sunday, added new pitching strength yesterday with the addition of Johnny Marshall. Bought from Bremerton where he won 22 games last year, Marshall was drafted from the Vics by San Diego. The PCL club released him yesterday and Victoria business Manager Reg Patterson said Marshall will don an A's uniform soon.

Stetter Leads WIL Hitters
TACOMA, Apri1 25—Tacoma's Glen Stetter clubbed out 11 hits in 20 trips for a .550 average to lead Western International baseball league hitters after the first week of play, the league office announced today.
Bud Hjelmaa, hard-hitting Wenatchee second baseman, was next in line with .464, while Salem first baseman Dick Bartle was third with a mark of .440. Neil Bryant, Tri-City shortstop, hit at a .409 clip to be the only other regular above .400.
Clint Cameron, Tri-City outfielder, who as a Wenatchee Chief last year led the league in hitting, topped the runs-batted in department with 10, seven in the series opener with Tacoma.
Jim Westlake, Yakima first-baseman, was the loop's leading home run hitter with two.
The first 20 hitters were:
                   AB H RBI Ave.
Stetter, Tac ..... 20 11  7 .550
Hjelmaa, Wen ..... 28 13  7 .464
Bartle, Sal ...... 25 11  6 .449
Bryant, T-C ...... 22  9  3 .409
Robinson, Van .... 33 13  4 .394
Beard, Sal ....... 13  5  1 .385
Bushong, Sp ...... 16  6  6 .375
Cheso, Ya ........ 22  8  3 .364
Peterson, Sa ..... 23  8  0 .348
Murphy, Sp ....... 23  8  5 .348
Wilson, T-C ...... 26  9  5 .346
Larry Neal, Wen .. 26  9  7 .346
Warner, T-C ...... 29 10  7 .345
Spaeter, T-C ..... 30 10  2 .333
Buccola, T-C ..... 27  9  3 .333
Pesut, T-C ....... 21  7  0 .333
Clifford, Ta ..... 28  9  4 .321
Pearson, Van ..... 28  9  0 .321
Caviglio Sal ..... 22  7  3 .318
Dunn, Vic ........ 22  7  3 .318

Tribune Sports Editor
Deciphering our cuff notes before they hit the weekly wash basket we find these jottings on the first two series that the Braves played during the 1950 WI League baseball season.
Of the two teams, Vancouver and Tacoma, the latter appeared to be much stronger. That thought isn't based on the outcome of the two series. Vancouver is carrying the legal limit of 25, and Bill Brenner, the Capilano pilot, said that it would be some time before they knew just what kind of a team they would have. Brenner's biggest problem appeared at the backstop position.
In many respects the Tri-City and Tacoma clubs are much alike. Both have strong hftting teams with plenty of power to sock the pitchers. The Braves have the lefties at the plate though to go against the port-sided hurlers. That's one thing that the Tigers didn't show . . . a left handed batter.
A check of the current hitting average of our Braves will show that we've got the power with the stick to win ball games. The pitching staff is half and half. Half veterans and half rookies to this league. And of the four victories they've chalked up on the board, two go to veterans Lou McCollum and Joe Orrell, while the other pair were garnered by Les Logg and Dick Stone. However, it was McCollum and Orrell that started and finished their victories, while the rookies had to call for a helping hand.
That doesn't detract from their victories of course, but it might be a clue to what to look for in the future. If the Braves are up against a tough hitting outfit it might be a clue to what to look for in the future. If the Braves are up against a tough hitting outfit it might take several of the younsters to put out the fire. Of course the firemen are apt to be fewer after May 15 when the cut comes.
The new balk rule is going to cause a lot of trouble and lose some games for all the league teams before the season gets too far along. Not only does it put runners in scoring position, but it also robs the team of a possible chance at a double-play. This latter point is more important, we believe, than the first one. For on checking the record book no runner scored as a direct result of a balk.
Another bad thing about balks is that they sometime rob the batter of a hit. Jim Warner slashed out a single the other night only to have the umpire call a balk. But Warner came back and collected his single on the next pitch anyhow. However, the chances of a duplicate of that event happening very often are less than the chance that Artie Wilson will whiff a time at bat he hasn't done it yet.
There isn't a true baseball fan that wouldn't get a thrill out of hearing the way the Braves' fans stomp the grandstand when they start pulling for a rally. That's the kind of backing a club wants they know then the people want them to win as much as they do.
Some of our best memories are those games we won . . . . we hated to lose any of them ... greedy you might say for victories. Along with distasteful remembrances
are those of the "too freely imbibers." Particularly when their actions result In the harassment of people who come to see the game not the comments of a couple of drunks. That some people are going to take a drink at sporting events is a foregone conclusion .... and most people are civilized enough to do so for their own enjoyment .... the other kind should stay home,then they wouldn't have to pay ball or go around with their head in a sack for the next couple of days.

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