Sunday, 19 August 2007

Thursday, June 8, 1950

               W  L Pct. GB
Tacoma ...... 32 16 .667 —
Yakima ...... 26 22 .542 6
Tri City .... 26 25 .510 7½
Salem ....... 25 24 .510 7½
Wenatchee ... 24 24 .500 8
Spokane ..... 23 27 .480 10
Vancouver ... 19 27 .413 13
Victoria .... 20 30 .400 14

KENNEWICK, June 8 [Don Becker, Herald]—Two timely extra base hits, a four-run homer in the first game and a two-run double in the second gave the Tri-City Braves a doubleheader victory over Vancouver Thursday night 8 to 5 and 6 to 5.
The only thing cool at Sanders Field was the weather. The 1,349 fans of the Tri-City Braves broke into a lather that was hotter than a censored novel during the nightcap that wound up when Brave pilot, Charlie Petersen, got the heave-ho and a probable fine from league president, Robert Abel.
After Gene Roenspie hung up his third victory in the seven-inning opener with an 8-5 decision, the waiting storm broke loose like a torrent around Umpire Perkin's ears in the seventh inning of the nightcap. But the Braves clinched their fifth victory in six starts in the ninth, when shortstop Buddy Peterson lined a double to right center field wall with Vic Buccola and Clint Cameron waiting as willing passengers.
The count was knotted 1-1 in the top of the seventh when the waiting flood broke loose. With two out Capilano second baseman, Len Tran, reached first safely on an error. Charlie Mead's single moved Tran to second and then Buddy Peterson booted Dick Sinovic's lazy liner. Tran seeing the ball drop into the outfield started coasting around third for home.
However, Jim Warner coming in fast fired the ball to Al Spaeter at second in time to tag Sinovic, who had over-run the base. When Umpire Perkins signalled that Tran had scored before the putout at second, Peterson erupted from the dugout and stood nose-to-nose with Perkins in a fireworks display.
The first bottle of the season made its appearance on the playing field at this point when a "stubby" dropped near home plate. Another rocked onto the diamond a short time later.
With the Brave fans shouting hoarse encouragement, Petersen and Perkins kept up their chinning until Perkins waved the Brave pilot to the dugout. Petersen then became one of the few managers to be ejected from the g a m e twice as soon as he made his appearance in the coaches box at third base, Perkins halted play and again waved Petersen off the field. This time the umpire waited until Petersen had retired to the dressing room before play resumed.
The Brave rooting section broke out into one of the wildest displays of booing and cat-calling ever seen at Sanders Field. So riled did they appear to be that preparations were made to bring extra police to the scene.
The Braves went ahead again in the bottom of the seventh on three runs and Vancouver pushed ahead in the top of the ninth to make the score 5-4. That's where it stood when Buddy Peterson unloaded with his double to the fence. The victory was the seventh for Lou McCollum, who relieved starter Cy Greenlaw in the ninth.
Jungle Jim Warner was the hero of the opener when his grand slam circuit clout iced the game in the fourth. It was Warner's first grand slammer of the season.
First Game
Vancouver ...... 120 200 0—5-10-1
Tri City .......... 101 600 x—8-10-0
Snyder and Brenner; Olsen, Roenspie (4) and Pesut.
Second Game
Vancouver ...... 100 000 103—5- 9-2
Tri-City .......... 000 100 302—6-12-5
Nicholas, Anderson (7) and Heisner, Brenner (9); Greenlaw, McCollum (9) and Pesut.

TACOMA, June 8 — Joe Blankenship pitched Wenatchee to a five-hit win over Tacoma 7-1 here Thursday night for an even break of their two-game Western International League series.
Wenatchee ...... 400 000 120—7-9-0
Tacoma .......... 000 000 010—1-5-1
Blankenship and Len Neal; Loust, Carter (1), Hufford (9) and Sheets.

YAKIMA, June 8 — Yakima swept a Western International League doubleheader from the Spokane Indians Thursday night, 5-1 and 4-1. Lou Novikoff made his debut with a home run in the first game.
First Game
Spokane .... 000 001 000—1- 4-3
Yakima ...... 100 002 10x—4-10-2
Kohout and Rossi; Powell and Tornay.
Second Game
Spokane ....... 000 001 000—1 4 3
Yakima ......... 100 002 10x—4 10 2
Conant and Courage, Rossi (7); Bradford and Tiesiera.

SALEM, [Victoria Colonist, June 9]—It turned out to be quite a struggle but Victoria Athletics managed to gain an even split last night at Salem in the second successive doubleheader with the Senators. Both games were decided by a single tally, the A’s losing the first, 2-1, and then staggering to a 9-8 decision in the nine-inning finale.
The A’s now move over to Yakima, where they meet the suddenly warmed-up Bears in a four-game series, starting tonight with a single game. Jim Hedgecock is the likely starting pitcher.
Joe Mishasek was the tough-luck loser in the opener, pitching his best game of the season only to lose it because of an unearned run and because he ran into long John Tierney at his best. Tierney held the A’s to two singles, by Junior Krug and Gene Thompson, to record his eighth win in ten decisions.
The first Salem run came as a result of an error by Joe Kronberg. The second came on Orrin Snyder’s second double and a single by Bob Cherry. Two bases on balls follow by Thomson’s hit gave the losers their lone tally. The loss was Mishasek’s fifth. He has won two.
Edo Vanni was tossed out of the game in the third inning, Krug replacing him in the outfield for the balance of the evening.
Warren Noyes started for the A’s in the last game and got by well enough until the sixth, when the Solons shoved across six runs to take an 8-7 lead. He was replaced by Ron Smith, who received credit for his third win although Aldon Wilkie had to come in in the ninth to retire the last man.
The A’s romped to a five-run lead in the third inning when Noyes, Krug, Jim Wert, Gene Thompson and K. Chorlton singled in succession with one out.
Salem got two back in the fourth on a base on balls to Snyder, Cherry’s triple and Mel Wasley’s single. Moore got those back when he doubled with two out and the bags loaded in the Victoria sixth.
Noyes ran into trouble in the Salem half of the inning when two singles and a walk loaded the bags with one out. Wayne Peterson scored one with a bloop single and a second counted on a pinch-hitter grounded out. However, an infield single by Gene Gaviglio sent in the third run and brought on Smith, who was greeted by Scott’s one-baser, scoring the fourth run. Snyder walked to load the bags, and Cherry, proving a nemesis to his former club, doubled in two runs to give Salem the lead, 8-7.
The A’s came back in the seventh with the tying marker, Chorlton singling, going to second as Kronberg walked, to third as Al Ronning forced Kronberg and scoring on Bill Dunn’s pop double into right field. The winning tally came over in the eighth when Wert tripled with two out and scored as Bill Osborn, who relieved Ludwig Lew after Wert’s hit, unscored a wild pitch.
Smith got the first two men in the Salem ninth, but Dick Bartle and Peterson singled and pinch-hitter Johnny Burak walked to load the bags. Wilkie came in and enticed Gaviglio to foul out.
First Game
Victoria ....... 005 001 0—1-2-1
Salem .......... 011 000 x—2-7-1
Mishasek, Smith (6) and Weatherwax; Tierney and Beard.
Second Game
Victoria ....... 005 002 110—9-17-0
Salem .......... 000 206 000—8-14-2
Noyes, Smith (6), Wilkie (9) and Ronning; Waibel, Lew (7), Osborn (8) and Beard.

Trouble In Victoria
VICTORIA, B.C., June 9 — Edo Vanni, lead-off hitter and rightfielder of the Victoria Athletics in the Western International league, last night was fined $100 and suspended indefinitely without pay by manager Marty Krug.
Pitcher John Marshall has threatened to quit the Victoria club as the aftermath of a stormy session during last night's double-header at Salem.
Krug disclosed his action in a telephone call to Victoria early today.
According to the Victoria manager, Vanni put up a vociferous beef when plate umpire Micky Hanick called three strikes on him in the third inning of the first game. He was joined in the argument that followed by Marshall and both players refused to leave the field.
In a stormy clubhouse session which followed the first game, Vanni threatened to quit the club and Marshall proclaimed that he, too, would quit if Vanni handed in his uniform.
Vanni will not make the trip with the club to Yakima today and Marshall may also be missing. Marshall has until this morning to reconsider his action.

Athletics Buy Alfano for Infield
[Victoria Colonist, June 9]
Victoria Athletics have a new infielder. In an effort to tighten the club’s inner defences, Business-manager Reg Patterson purchased shortstop Don Alfano from the Chicago Cub’s [sic] farm system on a conditional basis.
Manager Marty Krug was responsible for Alfano’s purchase. He got in touch with Jack Sheehan, Cub farm director yesterday and Sheehan offered Alfano to the A’s. Alfano spent at leasr part of last season with Nashville in the Southern Association., appearing in 31 games and getting 29 hits for a batting average of .261. He was with Macon for part of the 1948 season, appearing in 38 games and batting only .218.
Alfano, who is expected here Monday, is reported to be an excellent defensive player. He bats righthanded. His acquisition does not necessarily mean Bill Dunn will be cut lose. Dunn may get a chance at third base but if Alfano makes the grade, either Dunn or Joe Kronberg will have to go to keep the A’s under the 17-man player limit.

(Includes games of Wednesday, June 7)
(By Associated Press)

Tornay, Yak ..... 35 117 44 23 0 .376
Greco, Tac ...... 47 175 65 38 6 .371
Stetter, Tac .... 45 164 60 41 4 .366
Thompson, Vic ... 47 173 63 32 7 .364
Hjelmaa, Wen .... 39 140 48 28 0 .343
Chorlton, Vic ... 48 201 67 41 4 .333
Home runs (top ten)—Rossi, Spokane, 10; G. Thompson, Victoria, 7; Greco, Tacoma, 6; Gammino, Yakima, 5; Stetter, Tacoma, Chorlton, Victoria, Mead, Vancouver, Warner, Tri-City, Grabar, Spokane, Wenner, Tacoma, 4 each.
Runs bated in (top six)—Quinn, Tacoma, 54; Stetter, Tacoma, 41; Chorlton, Victoria, 41; Westlake, Yakima, 41; Greco, Tacoma, 38; Bryant, Tri-City, 38.
Pitching (top five)—Kerrigan, Tacoma, 10-0; Marshall, Victoria, 6-1; Tierney, Salem, 9-2; Loust, Tacoma, 7-2; Stone, Tri-City, 6-2.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from the column of June 11, 1950]
A couple of strange events occurred at Sanders Field Thursday night. For those of you who were unfortunate enough to miss that rousing sendoff the Braves got, we'd like to tell you about one of them in particular. This incident took place in the
nightcap and more specifically in the sixth inning when the score was tied 1-1.
There were two out, Jim Warner standing on third and Clint Cameron like-wise at second. Nick Pesut came up to the plate and Vancouver decided to give Pesut an intentional pass to load the bases and thus get a play at any base on a ground ball. The count had gone to 3-0 when Pesut suddenly lunged forward and hit the ball, fouling it up back of the catcher where it was caught for the third out.
There was moaning in the stands when this happened. And there was plenty in the press box too. So we asked Nick after the game, why? “Well,” welled the 230 pound catcher, “the left fielder was over chinning with the center fielder. The second and third baseman were batting the breeze with the baserunners so I decided to try and poke one through them. I got away with a similar stunt against Salem last year. Had I made it I would have been to third before they realized it. As it was I almost became the goat. But that's the chances. If it had been good I'd been a hero.”
Umpires Mathieu and Perkins were offered protection when they left the field following that riotous second game, but they declined it. There were a lot of beefs about Mathieu blowing kisses to the crowd when the two of them walked off the diamond. On the other hand they left a good part of the fans laughing. . .and laughs right then meant a lot.

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