Friday, 17 August 2007

Thursday, June 1, 1950

              W  L  Pct GB
Tacoma ..... 29 12 .707 —
Salem ...... 22 19 .437 7
Wenatchee .. 22 20 .524 7½
Yakima ..... 21 21 .500 8½
Tri-City ... 21 24 .467 10
Spokane .... 20 23 .465 10
Vancouver .. 18 23 .439 11
Victoria ... 16 27 .372 14

TACOMA, June 1— Lefty Bob "it's getting to be a habit" Kerrigan gave up 11 well scattered hits in tossing his ninth win without a setback as Tacoma defeated Salem 8-5 in their series finale here Thursday night.
The win enabled Tacoma to gain an even break on the four-game stand, thereby preserving the Tiger's record of not having lost a series this season.
Salem ...... 103 000 100—5-11-2
Tacoma ... 201 001 31x—8-12-1
Osborn, Burak (7) and Beard; Kerrigan and Sheets.

SPOKANE, June 1—The Wenatchee Chiefs, who lost three straight to Spokane, salvaged the final game of the series Thursday night with a 6 to 3 victory over the Indians.
Al Treichel gave Spokane nine hits but wasn't bothered by the wildness that ruined Kohout.
Wenatchee ..... 005 000 010—6-6-1
Spokane ......... 000 100 020—3-9-0
Treichel and L. Neal; Kohout and Rossi.

KENNEWICK, June 2—Yakima's boast that they never lose a series to Tri-City stood the test last night as the Bears ambled to a 8-2 victory behind the six-hit pitching effort of slender Teddy Savarese. The win gave the Bears the series, 3-1, and a game and a half margin on fourth place in the Western International League race. It was the third straight series won over for Braves by Yakima.
The Braves boarded their chartered bus this morning for a trip and four-game series with Salem. Currently the Tri-City team holds a 4-0 bulge over the second place Senators. It was for the four straight wins that the Braves took in their first meeting with Salem that momentarily dropped the Senators to third in the league.
Dick Stone with a 5-2 record appeared as the most likely staffer to open the Salem series, with Joe Orrell, (4-4) slated to follow on Saturday. Probable Sunday double-bill starters are Cy Greenlaw, (3-2); Mike Budnick,(0-3) and Gene Roenspie.
Chances of evening up the set-to with Yakima went a glimmering in the third Inning last night, a pair of free tickets to first issued by Lou McCollum started the four-run spree. Jim Westlake, first baseman, and Babe Gammino, right fielder, added a pair of deuces and then Al Zuvella climaxed the parade of the bases with a single.
Vic Buccola cleated the plate for the Braves in the sixth on a combination of two errors and as many free passes. And that was as close as they got for the rest of the game.
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YAKIMA, June 1 (AP) —Tiny Teddy Savarese held Tri-City to six scattered hits as the Yakima Bears bowled over the Braves in a Western International league game here Thursday night, 8-2.
The midget lefthander struck out 11 batsmen and the two runs scored off him were unearned.
Jim Westlake provided much of Yakima's power, with two singles and a double, batting in four runs.
The Bears went ahead with a four-run blast in the third inning on two walks, doubles by Westlake and Babe Gammino and Jerry Zuvela's single. Zuvela homered over the right field fence in the eighth.
Yakima .... 001 001 000—2- 6-2
Tri-City ... 104 000 21x—3-10-2
McCollum and Pesut; Savarese and Tornay.

VANCOUVER, June 2 [Erwin M. Swangard, Daily Province]—“Sure we outhit them, but we certainly outwalked them, too.”
This unhappy observation by Manager Marty Krug of the Victoria Athletics sums up Vancouver Capilanos Western International Baseball League victory over the A’s at Cap Stadium Thursday night.
Manager Bill Brenner of the Caps still was shaking his head in bewilderment some 30 minutes after the game which certainly was as exciting as it was weird.
If any bouquets must be tossed to the winners a large one with a giant orchid in the middle must go to Sandy Robinson, Vancouver pitcher. Sandy didn’t have it but struggled gamely through nine innings and a 13-hit attack by Victoria to win his third game against no losses.
That’s a pretty impressive record for a lad who only plays part-time.
Tonight the same two clubs continue their five-game series at Cap Stadium with two games scheduled for Saturday. George Nicholas will pitch for the homesters who must face their old nemesis, one of the most colourful characters in the WIL, long John Marshall.
A’S LEAD 3-0
Victoria jumped into a 3-0 lead in the fiurst inning when normally weak-hitting Jim Wert belted a home run [with two on] over the right field fence with [Vancouver getting a run back] in their half of the first on a base on balls, a fielder’s choice and a couple of singles.
But Athletics went right on with two more runs in the second via two doubles and a single. Again Caps struck in their half of the second with two runs. Then came the third, a four-run outburst by the Caps which gave them a 7-5 lead. The runs were scored on a variety of plays well calculated to keep you in suspense. There were three hits, two bases on balls, a wild pitch and a double steal.
Robertson held the lead for three innings before Victoria tied things in the sixth. Len Tran, just about the best ball player on the field, scored the winner in the seventh. Len himself made sure of the final outcome by starting a magnificent double play in the eighth inning.
Victoria used four pitchers who issued ten walks.
Lefthander Jim Propst started and lasted two and two-thirds innings. Newcomer Warren Noyes, a Boston Red Sox chattel, recently moved to Victoria from San Joe, worked for three and two-thirds innings, and looked very good until wildness got him into trouble in the seventh. Ron Smith toiled two-thirds of an inning and Bob Jensen finished.
Victoria ....... 320 002 000—7-13-0
Vancouver ... 124 000 10x—8- 9-2
Propst, Noyes (3), Smith (7), Jensen (8) and Ronning; Robertson and Brenner.

By Associated Press
(Including games of Wed., May 31)

    G  AB H RBI HR Ave
Stetter, Tacoma ..... 38 135 53 37 4 .393
Thompson, Victoria .. 41 151 57 32 7 .377
Tornay, Yakima ...... 32 107 40 22 0 .374
Greco, Tacoma ....... 40 144 53 28 3 .368
Hjelmaa, Wenatchee .. 37 136 47 28 0 .346
Chorlton, Victoria .. 42 173 58 34 3 .335
Home runs—Rossi (Spokane) 8. Thompson (Victoria) 7. Mead (Vancouver), Stetter (Tacoma), Gammino (Yakima), Warner (Tri-City) 4 each.
Runs batted in—Quinn (Tacoma) 43. Stetter (Tacoma) 37. Warner (Tri-City) 35. Bryant (Tri-City) 35. Chorlton (Victoria) 34.
Pitching—Kerrigan (Tacoma) 8-0, Loust (Tacoma) 7-1, Tierney (Salem) 8-2, Ragni (Wenatchee) 6-2.

Salem, Tri-City WIL Franchises
May Transfer to Prairie Cities

[Vancouver News Herald, June 1, 1950]

The Western International Baseball League is seriously considering the transfer of two of its present franchises to Alberta cities.
Calgary and Edmonton, a couple of baseball mad Alberta towns, are presently members of a semi-pro league but they are demanding the return of professional baseball.
In order to admit Calgary and Edmonton it would necessary to shift two of the present WIL franchises.
It has been known for some time that George Norgan, Vancouver business man and owner of the Salem franchise, wants to his affiliation closer to his home.
Mr. Norgan has been looking to New Westminster.
However, the Salem to New Westminster switch seems unlikely. To get this okayed the Vancouver Capilano Baseball Club in Vancouver must give their sanction as they have territorial rights for baseball in this area.
This the Caps would probably never do, for they say it would seriously hurt their own gate.
It would appear, then, that Mr. Norgan must look elsewhere. He hasn’t been drawing well in Salem and insists it costs him upwards of $20,000 to run the franchise there.
If Mr. Norgan switched to Calgary, it is almost a certainty that Edmonton would go along to provide intercity rivalry. The cities are 200 miles apart.
Bob Brown, general manager of the Capilanos, likes the idea of prairie entries in the WIL. It would mean four Canadian cities against four American cities, a natural international set-up.
There are two—maybe three—franchises in the WIL considered “unsteady” right now. Salem is one. Wenatchee, before this season, was another but so far this year they have been drawing well.
However, there is a serious situation in Tri-City, the new Washington entry. A lot of money was sunk into making that a strong holding, but it has failed so far. The Braves are drawing poorly at the gate and in some quarters it is felt this franchise could be bought for a “song” and transferred elsewhere.

Tri-City Management Denies Report Braves Might Lose Franchise
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 2, 1950]
The management of the Tri-City Braves Thursday night denied a report in the Vancouver News-Herald that the Pasco-Kennewick-Richland Western International league baseball franchise might be transfered to Calgary or Edmonton, Canadian border cities, the Associated press reported.
The News-Herald said Thursday there is a possibility of a pair of Western International league baseball clubs being shifted to Calgary and Edmonton and that Tri-City and Salem were the two clubs figuring in the deal.
The newspaper did not disclose its source hut said that the league is "seriously considering" it. Calgary and Edmonton are both cities in the Canadian province of Alberta.
Walla Wallans will recognize Calgary as the semi-pro club Jim Forsyth, now with the local Bears, managed last summer and Bob "Stretch" Garrett pitched for.
Abel Denies Report
At Tacoma league president Robert Abel said the reported shift was all news to him. He hadn't heard of it.
The Tri-Cities management immediately denied that its club might be shifted. George Norgan, owner of the Salem franchise, could not be reached for comment, but William Mulligan of the parent Portland Beavers said it was news to him.
Calgary would be about 250 air miles from Spokane and 400 from Vancouver; Edmonton would be 1400 from Spokane and 500 from Vancouver.
The longest hop between league cities now is the approximately 400 air miles from Spokane to Salem.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor
[from the column June 2/50]

Some days you can sit down at the 'mill' and hit a rich vein. We feel that we hit such a lucky strike when we wrote our observations yesterday about the lagging attendance at the Braves' home games. We feel that way because right on the heels of that column comes a wire story from Canada that the Tri-City club might be moved to either Calgary or Edmonton.
As it turned out the Vancouver News Herald which broke the story wasn't able to credit any source. That's the same thing as saying it was no doubt the wishful dream of a Canadian reporter.
However, following our train of thought on the subject of attendance it's rather interesting to note what the News Herald had to say. Referring to the Salem franchise first the newspaper said, "It has been known for some time that Norgan wants to switch his affiliation closer to his home." George Norgan is the owner of the club. Continuing with the story the News Herald said, "It is felt that Tri-City's franchise could be bought for a song and transferred elsewhere."
Vern Johnson, secretary-treasurer of the Tri-City club said, "Apparently the song they have in mind is "If I Had A Million Dollars." The mere fact that our gate has been the lowest in the league to date doesn't mean a thing at this point. There's still three-fourths of the season to go and with a break in the weather we'll pull just as heavy here at home as we do on the road."
When Vancouver opened the 1950 WIL season here it set off a chain of events involving a sportswriter, a pair of pajamas, a hotel manager, and a customs official that is now cleared up thanks to the manner in which 'mine host' Wally Bowen runs the Desert Inn.
Hal Malone of the Vancouver Sun came down with the Capilanos to cover the opening series and stayed with the club at the Desert Inn. Comes time to return home and Malone begins to feverishly pack his bags, but no pajamas. So Malone boarded the return plane deciding they had been lost.
When he stepped off at the Vancouver airport the customs inspector decided that Malone should pay duty on the portable typewriter he was carrying. "Listen Mac," said Malone softly, "I am probably one of the few guys who crossed the bolder and came back with less than I went with." "How come?" shoots back the inspector. So Malone explains about the pajamas.
"Are you married?" asks the inspector when Malone finishes his tale. "Yep," nods the sportswriter. "In that case we won't argue about the typewriter," grinned the customs official, "you'll have enough explaining about those pajamas to do at home."
Fortunately for Malone, Wally Bowen's industrious crew had found the pajamas, had them washed, pressed, boxed, and shipped to his home. Thus, Wally can be credited with a great big assist in averting a martial crisis.

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