Sunday, 19 August 2007

Monday, June 12, 1950

              W  L  Pct GB
Tacoma ..... 33 17 .660 —
Wenatchee .. 29 24 .547 4
Yakima ..... 27 25 .519 7
Salem ...... 26 26 .500 8
Spokane .... 26 28 .481 9
Tri-City ... 26 29 .473 9½
Victoria ... 23 32 .418 12½
Vancouver .. 21 30 .412 12½

VICTORIA, June 12, (AP)—Slender Al Treichel pitched and batted his Wenatchee teammates into a tighter grasp on the Western International League's runnerup spot Monday night with an 8-1 victory over Victoria.
Treichel gave up only five hits, only one of them out of the infield, as he ended Victoria's win streak at three games. Only Joe Kronberg's seventh-inning single was stroked with any authority. Triechel also contributed to the run-making, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning off Aldon Wilkie, who absorbed his sixth loss. He drove across a third tally with an outfield fly.
He ran into his only serious trouble in the eighth, when three walks were sandwiched around K. Chorlton's infield hit to give the losers their only run.
Wilkie gave up 12 hits in sveen innings before being replaced by Warren Noyes in his first home appearance.
Larry Neal, negro shortstop, had a homer and two singles in five trips and catcher Len Neal a double and two singles in four trips to pace the Chiefs.
The decision, half the league action, left the Chiefs 5½ games behind the idle Tacoma leaders and 1½ games ahead of third place Yakima.
Wenatchee ..... 020 203 010—8-13-0
Victoria .......... 000 000 010—1- 5-1
Treichel and Len Neal; Wilkie and Ronning.

VANCOUVER, June 12—Vancouver's George Nicholas needed only 1 hour and 32 minutes to cool off the fourth place Salem Senators 2-0. An unearned tally in the third and Charlie Mead's circuit clout in the sixth accounted for the scoring.
A crowd of 900 witnessed his second shutout of the year.
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VANCOUVER, June 12 [Province]—Vancouver Capilanos are labouring in the Western International League baseball cellar but don’t think that players and management alike aren’t trying to spark another one of their late season pennant drives, such as the one that carried them to the championship in 1947.
The team started off on the right foot Monday night with a convincing 2-0 victory over fourth-place Salem Senators behind the skillful seven-hit pitching of veteran George Nicholas.
And today, the management in the person of Director-General Bob Brown did its part. Paul Spurlock, the right-hander with all the speed in the world and no control, is being optioned to Klamath Falls in the Far West League, where Brown hopes Manager Hub Kittle will teach the youngster enough for an early return.
His place is being taken by 21-year-old Rod Owen, Vancouver-born righthander, property of the Seattle Rainiers.
Next Monday, another young right-hander will join the erratic Cap pitching staff. Brown really is enthusiastic about this youngster. He is Dick Alvari, 19, of Auburn Junior College, just outside Sacramento. Alvari signed today by Seattle Rainiers and farmed to Vancouver.
“This boy is really something,” enthused the venerable Mr. Brown. “He stands six foot, two inches, weighs about 175 pounds and has shown a great deal. I watched him work out with the Rainiers. I think we’ve got a pitcher.
Who will be dropped from the Caps roster to make room for Alvari will be decided when he joins the club at Salem next Monday.
And there is always, of course, the missing Jim Keating. Brown wouldn’t say much about the eccentric outfielder, except to muse: “Who knows? Some of these days . . .”
Nicholas, meantime, showed that he can be really tough if he is in the right frame of mind.
He [unreadable] Monday night at Capilano Stadium. Big George had a chip on his shoulder and dared Salem’s sad Senators to knock it off.
Salem tried hard, but George was a bit too cute. He was knicking [sic] the corner with his fast stuff and not bothering too much with his curves.
Second baseman Len Tran got George out of trouble with a neat double-play execution. Vancouver scored the winner in the third inning when Ray Tran crossed the plate after Reg Clarkson had flied deep into right field.
It remained 1-0 until Charlie Mead lifted a two and one pitch into Fifth Avenue. Nicholas didn’t need the help as it turned out, but it must have made him feel good.
It was Nicholas’ second shutout of the season. His last blanking was better still, a no-hitter in Spokane.
The series resumes tonight at 8:15.
Salem ........ 000 000 000—0-7-3
Vancouver ...... 001 001 00x—2-5-0
Osborn, Waibal (5) and Beard; Nicholas and Heisner.

YAKIMA, June 12—Yakima eked out a 7-6 10-inning decision over its Pacific Coast League parent, San Francisco, tonight when Con Dempsey walked Babe Gammino with the bases loaded.
The Seals took a four-run lead in the first inning on two walks, a double by Butch Holder, and singles by Jim Moran, Jack Conway and Roy Partee, and added two more in the third on an error, triple by Moran and an infield out.
All six runs were off Dick Larner, Yakims starter. Three subsequent Yakima pitchers held the Coast Leaguers to five scattered hits.
San Francisco .. 402 000 000 0—6 10 3
Yakima ............ 000 210 201 1—7 13 2
Buxton. Nicely (5), Dempsey (7) and Partee, Eastwood (8); Larner, Dickey (3), Domenichelli (7), Tornay, Tierier (5).


TACOMA, June 13—Nini Tornay, Yakima catcher, still, carries the big stick in the Western International league, figures released by the league office disclose today.
The Bear receiver upped his average to .391 from .376 during the week to stretch his lead over Tacoma's slugging outfielders, Dick Greco and Glenn Stetter. Stetter moved back into, the runners-up spot with a .336 mark, while Greco was four points back at .362.
Wimpy Quinn, Tacoma first baseman, had little trouble holding his wide margin in the runs-batted-in department, his total being 55, while runner-up Jim Westlake of Yakima had 45.
The home run bat of Joe Rossi, Spokane catcher, remained silent during the week, but his output of nine circuit blows was still the best in the league.
Averages through games of Sunday, June 11. Includes averages of 20 players who have appeared in 30 games and pitchers hitting over 200:
                         AB  H RBI AVE
Tornay, Yakima ........ 128 50 27 .391
Stetter, Tacoma ....... 164 60 41 .386
Greco, Tacoma ......... 185 67 39 .362
G. Thompson, Vic ...... 195 69 36 .354
Hjelmaa, Wenatchee .... 158 53 31 .335
Chorlton, Victoria .... 226 75 42 .332
Rossi, Spokane ........ 182 62 37 .323
Ragni, Wenatchee ...... 103 33 18 .320
Wasley, Salem ......... 178 56 28 .315
Pocekay, Wenatchee .... 196 61 39 .311
Robinson, Vancouver ... 224 69 22 .308
L. Tran, Vancouver .... 125 38 24 .304
Clifford, Tacoma ...... 170 51 18 .300
Warner, Tri-City ...... 188 56 41 .298
Vanni, Victoria ....... 162 48 22 .296
Cheso, Yakima ......... 187 55 34 .294
Larry Neal, Wenatchee.. 177 52 20 .294
Brenner, Vancouver .... 102 30 26 .294
Israel, Spoknne ....... 151 44 19 .291
Len Neal, Wenatchee ... 120 37 11 .291

Rainiers Sign Two More Players
SEATTLE, June 13—The Seattle Rainiers lost one infielder and signed two other players yesterday.
Lonnie Frey, the ex-major leaguer, went on the disabled list when a twisted knee failed to respond to treatment and had to be placed in a cast.
Tod Davis, who has been working out with the Rainiers for several weeks, was taken on option from the Philadelphia Athletics to replace Frey.
Dick Alvari, 19, of Auburn junior college, outside Sacramento, was signed and sent to Vancouver of the Western International league. Alvari is a righthanded pitcher.

[June 13/50]
There's a lot that can be said about the Western International league system of scheduling. . . and practically none of it is good. Whether the schedule makers realize it or not they have taken a long chance on penalizing themselves by cutting out a possible close finish for the flag.
Spokane's opening here tonight is an example of what we mean. Here it is with the season one-third gone and this is the first meeting of these two clubs. In the meantime Vancouver has been here twice and the Braves have met the Capilanos on their home grounds once. Thus we'll be finished up with our Canadian cousins by Aug. 12, two days from a month short of the end of the season. Our last four road series are with Spokane, Wenatchee, Yakima and Spokane. Our last four home series are with Wenatchee, Yakima, Spokane, and Salem. Do those lists sound alike?
They should. Thus if these four clubs are out of the running they'll be lucky to draw a strong breeze at the gate. It's about time something was done now to prevent a similiar situation arising next year.
And speaking of scheduling the same words can be used for the umpires. Whatever happened to Iavocetti and Hanich? They were here for the league opening and that's the last the Brave fans have seen of them. As far as we know the only umpires in the league are Mathieu and Perkins; and Pearson and Jacobs. You can bet the last buck in your Aunt Matilda's purse that the umps don't like it either. Instead of waiting until a month or two before the league opens to consider the problem maybe the league moguls ought to start considering a few revisions right now. As it is the whole thing goes to the last minute anyhow, because they can never agree until the final meeting before the season opens.
A further check of the Braves home schedule will show you that we aren't at home one weekend during the month of June. The Braves need those weekend crowds if they're going to be anywhere in the WIL from the attendance standpoint.
There have been a lot of printed stories lately about Brave centerfielder. Spokane itemed the deal as a rumor with Warner figuring as the key player in a trade for a couple of Spokane players who failed to report to the Indians camp.
However, Danny Walton writing in the Tacoma News-Tribune states flatly that Ad Liska, Salem manager turned down a proposed trade by Tri-City with Warner moving to the coast for Bob Cherry, Solon outfielder.
Jim says the whole thing is news to him, likewise the Braves front office. However, where there is that much smoke there must be a little fire. Right now the brawny Brave outfielder is the only member of the club that is hitting at the .300 mark. And you can't ignore his runs batted in and his runs scored column either. It's going to take a mighty good swap to make an even trade for Warner.
Memo to six other clubs in the Western International league. One of these days you're going to have to play in Wenatchee. Most of you know the apple city as well or better than we do. It's a nice place, filled with fine people who always say hello and are pleased to talk to you. And the only words we have for the front office of the Chiefs are nice ones. George Clark, their general manager, went all out with box seats and press accomodations to make our short stay a pleasant one. These words testify to the fact that, it was a good and pleasant visit, and thanks also to John Richardson of the Wenatchee World and Tex Lawson of KWNW, who helped us so much.
However, what we want to tell you is that if you're going to win any ball games in Recreation park you're going to do it the hard way. The memory of what happened to umpire Regele at the hands of some of the Wenatchee fans still lingers strongly in the minds of the rest of the WIL blue coated minions of the game.
The chances are better than 100-1 that Regele will not set foot in Wenatchee again this season. League president Bob Abel can hardly afford to send a man back there that might be carried out of the park feet first. What it all boils down to is this. The umps are 'choking up' in the clutch at Wenatchee. When there's a close play with the score close and the outcome still very much in doubt they get the grabs at the throat.
Here's a couple of examples and we're calling these shots from the press box. . .with two Wenatchee eyewitnesses.
Neil Bryant got hit in the hip and was almost down to first base when Jerry Mathieu waved him back to the plate. It was an inside pitch that didn't break a bit and caught Bryant frantically trying to get out of the way. His bat was behind him. . .yet Mathieu claimed the ball hit the bat. The score was 0-0.
Then this one if you'd like another superb example of 'umpiring'? The score was 1-1 with none out and Chief runners on first and second. Lil Arnerich laid down a sacrifice in front of the hill and Joe Orrell made the play at third. But umpire Perkins called the Chief safe although he was out by a step. Don't take our word for it or those of the two gentlemen in the press box with us. That bad decision resulted in the expulsion of Bryant from the game. . .the first time that has ever happened to him in his professional baseball career.
Before the self-willed critics start screaming that Bryant would have protested the decision anyhow, let's get it clear now, that yes, he might have, but not to the point where it cost him money. That was a critical point in the game. Remember what we said about choking up? Except for the time when the game is critical the umpiring was as good as it always is. . .they were giving the best they could. End of memo.

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