Saturday, 11 August 2007

Tuesday, May 2, 1950

              W  L  Pct GB
Tacoma ...... 9  5 .643 —
Yakima ...... 9  5 .643 —
Wenatchee ... 8  5 .615 ½
Salem ....... 7  6 .538 1½
Tri-City .... 7  8 .466 2½
Spokane ..... 6  7 .462 2½
Vancouver ... 5  8 .384 3½
Victoria .... 3 10 .300 5½

KENNEWICK, May 3 — That was no thunderstorm you heard last night maw. That was just the Braves bats unloading against a trio of Wenatchee hurlers. The 14-6 victory earned by Dick Stone, youthful right hander, moved the Tri-City team to the top of the second division.
But all was not joy in the Braves' wigwam this a.m. Cy Greenlaw, who started on the mound last night, was due for a trip to the medics today for a check on his chukking arm.
The lanky portsider pulled up lame at the end of the first inning and Ken Kleasner took over.
Manager Charlie Petersen had to start himself in left field and Jim McKeegan in right last night, as two of his regulars were absent. Clint Cameron was on the bench with his ailing right leg and Dick Faber had to hurry to Orange, Calif., because of illness in his family. Faber is expected back late this week.
But one note of optimism rode through the morning cloudy dew. Bill "Cappy" Caplinger, ace screwball left hander, wired Petersen yesterday that he might be on hand for the Yakima series.
Caplinger has been staying in California awaiting the outcome of his application for a position with the federal government.
It will be Joe Orrell (1-2) working for our team tonight against left hander Jay Ragni. Ragni was originally scheduled to work last night's affair, but Chiefs' Manager Tommy Thompson pulled a switch at the last moment when Ragni turned up with an upset stomach after their long jump from Victoria yesterday.
A crowd of 834 watched jubilantly as the Braves unloaded their cargo of lumber in the inning to score seven runs and overtake a 5-0 edge. Al Spaeter started the whole thing by drawing a free pass from Wenatchee's starting hurler, Don Ferrarese. Buccola's double moved Spaeter to third and Jim Warner drew a walk to load the bases.
Nick Pesut became the third Brave to get a free ticket and Spaeter walked home. Then shortstop Neil Bryant slammed a double scoring Buccola and Warner, and Artie Wilson's deep fly ball to center let Pesut score after the catch.
Jim McKeegan then got the fourth walk of the inning for the Braves and Manager Charlie Petersen's single scored Bryant. Dick Stone, up for the second time in this inning, got a free pass, and Al Spaeter followed by rifling a double to score McKeegan and Petersen. That was all for Ferrarese.
Dick Stone, who relieved Kleasner on the Tri-City mound in the third, hurled a masterful game all the way. There were men on first and second with none away, when Stone walked to the hill. However, he took command of the situation by forcing Daniels and Sciarra to fly out and then whiffed Fiscallini to retire the side. Stone gave up but two hits during his six inning stretch.
Two Wenatchee players uncorked round-trippers. Catcher Jim Fiscallini nailed one across the left field fence in the second with one on and center fielder, Jim Unfried, posted a four master in the ninth with none on, also over the left field wall.
The Braves added two more runs in the sixth and topped their victory cake with a five run icing job in the eighth.
Stone opened the eighth with a single and Spaeter moved him to second on a walk. Buccola's sacrifice advanced both runners and Warner was intentionally passed to load the sacks. A free ride to Nick Pesut scored Stone and then Bryant hammered out his second double to score Spaeter and Warner. Artie Wilson's single kept up the parade when Pesut and Bryant scored.
KENNEWICK, Wash., May 2 (AP)—The Tri-City Braves spotted Wenatchee five runs Tuesday night and then scalped the Chiefs, 14 to 6, to move into fifth place in the Western International baseball league.
The Braves replaced Spokane in the No. 5 spot the Indians game with Tacoma having been rained out.
The Chiefs chased Tri-City starter Cy Greenlaw with a five run outburst in the first two frames. Jim Fiscallini's two-run homer in the second was the biggest blow for Wenatchee.
But the Braves scored seven runs in the third inning and added to the margin the rest of the way. Neil Bryant's double brought in two of the seven. Manager Charley Peterson batted in one with a single and Al Spaeter socked a double with the bases full to bring in two more.
Dick Stone, who took over for Tri-City in the third, got credit for the win and blanked Wenatchee for six innings. Joe Unfried tagged him for a home run in the ninth, the Chiefs' sixth run.
Bryant batted in four runs Tuesday night with two doubles to be the winners' hitting star.
Wenatchee ...... 230 000 001— 6 7 3
Tri-City ........... 007 002 05x—14 9 2
Ferrarese, Dahle (4), Lee (8) and Fiscallini; Greenlaw, Kleasner (2), Stone (3) and Pesut.

YAKIMA, May 2—Vancouver knocked Yakima's two-game winner Southpaw Teddy Savarese off the mound in the seventh and then continued their 13-hit assault against two relief hurlers to beat the Bears 10-5 here Tuesday night. It was the opener of a three-game league series.
The Caps' big inning came in the seventh when they collected three runs off Savarese. His reliefer, Jack Rial, then walked in two more tallies.
Yakima scored a belated four-run rally in the eighth inning off George Nichols who had held the Bears to four scattered hits until they collected as many in one inning.
Manager Bill Brenner was the big gun for the Caps. Brenner drove in five runs with two doubles.
Vancouver .... 000 310 510—10 13 0
Yakima ......... 000 001 040— 5 8 3
Nicholas, Gunnerson (9) and Brenner; Savarese, Rial (7), Bradford (9) and Tornay.

Tacoma at Spokane, postponed, wet grounds.
Victoria at Salem, postponed, rain.

Spokane Plans Raspberry for Brillheart
SPOKANE, May 2—Spokane baseball fans are going to give Tacoma's Jim Brillheart the raspberries for the rhubarb he started.
He won't be the target for a lot of booing, though. The Bronx cheer will come at friendly home plate ceremonies in which he'll join Wednesday night before the Tacoma-Spokane Western International league game.
The Spokane Baseball Boosters club, which is sponsoring the stunt, said it figures Brillheart has the ribbing coming.
Brillheart managed the hometown Indians last year but signed with the Tigers for 1950. He told a Tacoma sports writer last winter he didn't mind the switch because Spokane grandstand quarterbacks used to give him a bad time.
“There are 10 wolves there for every one in Tacoma. Spokane fans are sure tough on managers,” he was quoted as saying. The story got wide circulation here and drew lots of comment from Spokane sports columnists.
Nave Lien, president of the Boosters, said gifts to Brillheart on his “night” include something “appropriate” and then something nice.

by DON BECKER - Herald Sports Editor
[May 3, 1950]
When Vic Bucolla [sic] made that double play unassisted at Tacoma last week he became the first Brave to get a twin killing all on his own. The top ranking first sacker has figured in 14 of them to date, or an average of at least one a game. If Vic keeps that up, plus a few extras here and there, he'll be well or his way to setting a new league record. The present mark of 162 was set by Bob McLean, Vancouver, last year.
Our second baseman, Al Spaeter, has figured in 12 of those fast double-barrelled affairs to date. However, if Al cracks the present one of 121 for second sackers, he'll just be doing a rewrite job on the one he already holds.
As long as we're on this subject let's go right around the infield and see how Neil Bryant and Artie Wilson are coming along. Bryant has a season total of 10, while Wilson has five.
If Bryant tops the current mark he'll have to figure in more than 116. That mark was set by Bill [sic] Tran, Vancouver, 1949. The third baseman's record of 41 was also set last year by Don Stanford of the then-Bremerton club. But all the way around it looks like the boys are off to a good start.
Met Jim McKeegan coming out of a sporting goods store the other day with a brand new pair of spikes under his arm. Naturally that led to a discussion of how many pairs of shoes a player uses a season. The young redhead allowed as how he would wear out four pair this season. Ranging in price from $10 to $20 per copy shoes become a major item on a player's personal expense account. McKeegan uses one pair of shoes for hitting and warmup practice and then another set for the actual game. As they wear out he just moves the older pair back to the ash can.

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