Thursday, 30 August 2007

Tuesday, August 15, 1950

                W  L  Pct GB
Tacoma ....... 73 46 .613 —
Yakima ....... 72 46 .610 ½
Wenatchee .... 68 53 .562 6
Tri-City ..... 65 55 .542 8½
Vancouver .... 53 65 .449 19½
Victoria ..... 52 71 .423 23
Salem ........ 50 70 .417 23½
Spokane ...... 46 73 .387 27

SALEM, Aug. 15 — Tacoma's Western International league leading Tigers ran their winning skein to 11 straight here Tuesday as they snared the second game of a twin-bill by a 7-4 count after having taken the opener, 8-1.
Bob Kerrigan became the first pitcher in the circuit to win 20 games, reaching the goal on a three-hit performance in the seven inning opener.
A five-run blast in the ninth frame of the second game kept the Tacoma streak alive. Three hits, an error and two walks brought the big last-frame rally which routed Salem pitcher Johnny Burak.
Relief hurler Gil Loust knocked in the clinching run with a single.
Tacoma ........ 102 111 2—8-9-1
Salem ........... 000 000 1—1-3-0
Kerrigan and Sheets; Tierney, Valentine (7) and Beard.
Tacoma ........ 000 010 015—7-9-2
Salem ........... 022 000 000—4-5-3
Carter, Anderson (3), Loust (8) and Fischer; Burak, Valentine (9) and Beard.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 15 — The Wenatchee Chiefs scalped the Spokane Indians 5 to 1 here Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.
Southpaw Dave Dahle held Spokane to three hits, all singles, in posting his tenth win of the year against seven losses. Righthander Jim Holder allowed Wenatchee to
score three times in the sixth and wild-pitched in two of the runs.
Spokane ........ 001 000 000—1-3-2
Wenatchee .... 000 103 10x—5-9-3
Holder, Aubertin (8) and Rossi; Dahle and Neal.

KENNEWICK, Aug. 15—A twelfth inning rout gave Yakima a 6 to 2 Western International league victory over the Tri-City Braves Tuesday night.
Lloyd Dickey who went to the mound in the ninth inning for Yakima and pitched three-hit ball for the remaining four innings, was given credit for the win. Jim Olsen sent in by Tri-City in the eighth, was charged with the loss.
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KENNEWICK, Aug. 16 (Don Becker, Herald) — The Tri-City Braves were able to get on the bases last night, but that was where the trouble started and eventually ended. On the other hand the Yakima Bears didn't get there often but made the most of their chances, particularly in the 12th when they scored four times to salt away the opening game of the series. Most of the 2001 fans who paid their way into Sanders Field weren't even around at the finish.
Perhaps it was just as well too, for Yakima came out on the very long end 6-2. In some respects it was a weird game, the ending for one thing wasn't in keeping with the late rally tradition of the Braves. Instead the Bears stole their thunder.
Cy Greenlaw, who had started for the Braves, gave way in the eighth after two runs had scored to Fireman Jim Olsen. And for a while it looked as though the Fireman was going to ring up in his ninth victory, instead he sadly counted his sixth loss, with Gene Roenspie retiring the side.
It all started with a series of three bunts and a wild desperate leave by Olsen that wound up n the fifty cent section of the stands.
Pitcher Lloyd Dickey, who was the third Yakima hurler, started off the final canto with a perfect bunt down the third base line. Clint Cameron, filling in at the hot corner for Neil Bryant, threw a strike to first but Dickey out-raced it. Then Al Jacinto pulled the same thing and Olsen's throw to second came too late to nip Dickey.
With runners on first and second Pete Coscarart rolled the third bunt of the inning between the mound and third base. Olsen made a back-handed stab of the ball and when he tried to nail Coscarart at first the ball sailed into the bleachers and Dickey crossed with the winning run.
Frank Mascaro added two more with a triple to the centerfield wall that weren't needed and scored on Jim Westlake's single.
Dickey has always looked good here against the Braves and he was at his best last night. In the four innings he worked for his victory he gave up but two hits, only one of which was clean. He also struck out five.
The Braves had a nice game going into the eighth. They had scored once in the third and again in the seventh, but the Bears tied it up in the eighth. Stranditis, the bugaboo of many teams, stared the Tri-City club down. They left 16 assorted base runners on the bags, once in the third with all of them loaded and four times there was a pair aboard.
Tonight Joe Nicholas will top the rubber for the Braves and Bill Bradford for Yakima. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Yakima ......... 000 000 020 004—6-15-1
Tri-City ......... 001 000 100 000—2-12-2
Larner, Powell (8), Dickey (9) and Tornay; Greenlaw, Olsen (8), Roenspie (12) and Pesut.

VANCOUVER, B. C., Aug. 15 — Wholesale collapse struck Victoria Athletics in the third inning Tuesday night as Vancouver Capilanos ran wild for 12 runs and a 15-5 victory.
The boom fell suddenly on the Athletics, starting a three-game series here. The start came when, with one out. Reggie Clarkson hit a homer, with two aboard off John Marshall. Then there was no stopping the inspired Caps.
Marshall went out after eight runs were in, with the bases loaded and two away. Warren Noyes paraded to the mound and dished out three bases on balls to force in three more Vancouver tallies before giving way to John Brkich. The 17-year-old righthander from Kamloops walked in the 12th run across the plate, then struck of Bill Heisner to end the fatal inning.
Bob Snyder, the Vancouver hurler, breezed the rest of the way, handing out 15 hits without too much worry for his 14th win against 13 defeats. The Athletic pitchers, on the other hand, gave away 13 walks and 13 base hits.
Bob McGuire collected four singles to lead the Victoria batters, while Marty Krug Jr., Bill Dunn and John Hack each contributed a pair of safeties. Jimmy Robinson with a double, two singles and three walks paced the winning attack.
Victoria .......... 003 110 000— 5-15-2
Vancouver ..... 00(12) 003 00x—15-13-0
Marshall, Noyes (3), Brkich (4) and Ronning; Snyder and Heisner.

TACOMA, Aug. 15 — Vancouver's Sandy Robertson failed in his bid to set a new Western International mark for consecutive wins over the weekend, but the Cap right-hander continued to set the pace among the loop hurlers, figures released by the league office here disclosed today.
The hit-happy Tri-City Braves hopped on Robertson for five hits and seven runs in one-third of an inning Saturday night to spoil his bid for his 13th straight win, which would have erased the old mark of 12 held by Frank Nelson of Spokane. The loss was Robertson's first of the campaign and left him a 12-to-1 record.
Dewey Soriano, Yakima president, who also doubles as a relief hurler when the Bears need him, was the top man percentage wise with his perfect mark of' 5 and 0, but had not pitched enough innings to be considered among the leaders.
Tacoma's Bob Kerrigan was the busiest chucker during the week, checking in with three victories—two of them shutouts—to bring his mark to 19 to 6 and become the first hurler to come that near the 20-game total.
Lloyd Dickey, Yakima southpaw continued to top the strikeout artists in the league as he upped his total to 183. Wenatchee's Tom Breisinger was next in line with 151.
In one appearance on the mound during the week, Don Ferrarese, Wenatchee left-hander, doled out 11 free passes to bring the number of walks he has issued to 182 to far surpass the field in that department.
                      W  L  SO  Pct
Robertson, Van. .... 12  1  44 .923
Greenlaw, T-C ....... 8  2  32 .800
Kerrigan, Tac. ..... 19  6  91 .760
Kipp, Tac. .......... 4  2  22 .667
Ragni, Wen. ........ 15  8 123 .652
Stone, T-C .......... 9  5  37 .643
Dominechelli, Yak. .. 9  5  48 .643
Marshall, Vic. ..... 13  8 146 .619
Dickey, Yak. ....... 13  8 183 .619

[Daily Province, Aug. 16, 1950]
Tuesday night at Cap Stadium was marked, more or less, by the return of Lou Novikoff alias The Mad Russian. Lou, however and unhappily, was a bust.
Scheduled to appear in a special pre-game operetta, the burly refugee from Mrs. Novakoff and the Chicago Cubs was a severe disappointment to the assembled music-lovers when, at the crucial moment, he failed to appear at the home-plate microphone to deliver his breathlessly-awaited cadenza.
While the multitude stomped and hooted, Lou sat calmly in the corner of the Victoria dugout gnawing on the handle of an old Louisville Slugger, playfully spitting slivers through his teeth at the batboy.
This, Capilano’s Bud Beasley informed us later, was a real shame. For, according to Mr. Beasley, a noted authority on Lou Novikoff, Lou actually has a great voice.
“Sang once with the Chicago Philharmonic,” says Bud. “A baritone. Way down. Like this.” Bud, singing left-handed (though he is actually a switch-singer), demonstrated.
“That,” we suggested politely, “is a falsetto.”
“Well, whaddayaknow,” said Bud admiringly. “He sings falsetto, too.”
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Immediately preceding the scheduled Novikoff rendition, Bud himself displayed fine musical talent as he had led Bung Beasley and his celebrated 6th Avenue Nightengales, (Bung, George Nicholas, Reg Clarkson and Carl Gunnarson) in random numbers from “Shine on Harvest Moon” and “Darktown Strutters Ball,” climaxing the final chorus with a vigorous buck-and-wing into the right field corner.
Only at one brief spell during “Shine on Harvest Moon” (or it might have been “Darktown Strutters Ball”) was the exquisite harmony marred: that when Gunnarson (or it may have been Nicholas. Or Clarkson. Or even Beasley) went distintictly sour for a fleeting 32 (or it might have been 64) bars.
This mild misfortune was somewhat explained later when Gunnarson, squatting disconsolately in the shower, was heard to complain bitterly that he recalled distinctly having been briefed (by Beasley) on “Voice in the Old Village Choir,” and that is what he had been singing.
“Even so,” defended Beasley grimly, “you were distinctly flat.” Or it might have been ‘sharp.’
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If you’re interested in the lighter side of Tuesday night’s pre-game, here’s what happened.
In a fungo-hitting contest Jim Keating and Dick Sinovic against Victoria’s John Marshall and Lou Novikoff, Novikoff won himself a fur-lined something or other with a belt that hit the fence 380 feet from home plate. Each player hit four fungos. None of the fungos of course were allowed to hit back.
In a walking relay race around the bases, Bob McLean and Bud Beasley were too fast and unihibited for Victoria’s Hal Danielson and Bill [sic] Smith.
In the catchers’ throwing contest, Al Ronning and Danielson were against Charlie Mead and Bill Heisner. Mead hit a washtub at second base with his second throw. Ronning came second. The washtub stole second easily on both Heisner and Danielson.
In a 50-yard dash, Reg Clarkson defeated Victoria’s Bob McGuire, Jim Keating and Victoria’s Jim Moore, in that approximate order.
It was all fun, and what tickled producer-director-scripter Bob Brown even more it filled the house. And at tonight’s double-header, Lou Novikoff might sing. Brown has wired for the Chicago Philharmonic.

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