Monday, 27 August 2007

Wednesday, August 2, 1950

               W  L  Pct GB
Yakima ...... 66 42 .611 —
Tacoma ...... 61 43 .587 3
Wenatchee ... 62 47 .569 4½
Tri-City .... 58 49 .542 7½
Victoria .... 47 60 .443 18½
Vancouver ... 45 59 .433 19
Salem ....... 42 61 .408 21½
Spokane ..... 43 63 .406 22

SPOKANE, Aug. 2—Yakima defeated Spokane 13 to 8 Wednesday night as the Indians sent in four pitchers in a vain attempt to halt the league leaders' steady hitting in the third game of their Western International League baseball series.
Yakima made hits in every inning and scored in all but three.
Losing hurler Dick Bishop was replaced in the sixth inning by Jack Curran. Carroll Yerkes went in in the seventh and Joe Rossi was pulled from the catcher's box in the ninth to make his first try at the mound this season.
Shortstop Dave Melton led the Bears' hitting with five hits for five times up, inclduing a double and a triple.
The only home run of the game was made by Glen Stetter of Spokane, the league's leading hitter, in the ninth inning.
Wednesday night's game gives the Bears a two to one edge in the four-game series.
Yakima ....... 203 013 103—13-19-1
Spokane ..... 012 002 012— 8-13-1
Larner and Tiesiera; Bishop, Curran (6), Yerkes (7), Rossi (9) and Rossi, Weatherwax (9).

TACOMA, Aug. 2 — Tacoma won its second straight over Salem, 4 to 3 in their Western International clash here Wednesday night.
The winning run came in the bottom half of the ninth on a walk and a fielder's choice, stolen base and Ron Gifford's single.
Salem scored all its runs in the sixth on Bill Spaeter's triple, a two-base error by Dick Greco and Bob Cherry's fly to right, Mel Wasley's single, a double by Bill Beard and Wally Scott's single.
Salem ........ 000 003 000—3-8-2
Tacoma ..... 200 000 011—4-8-1
McNulty, Costello (2) and Beard; Carter, Anderson (8) and Sheets.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 2 —Vancouver's Capilanos scored three runs in the first three innings here Wednesday night and hung on to defeat the Wenatchee Chiefs 3 to 2.
It was a duel between righthanders Bob Snyder for the Caps and Al Treichel for Wenatchee with each pitcher giving up eight hits.
Three two-base blows figures in the Vancouver scoring. Jim Keating and Charley Mead hit consecutive doubles in the second inning for one run and Manager Bill Brenner doubled behind a walk and a single for the other two Vancouver rallies in the third.
Wenatchee scored its two runs in the fourth and then threatened only once afterward. Jerry Ballard doubled to lead off the seventh inning but was left stranded when Synder struck out the next three batters.
The Western International League series stands at one game apiece.
Capilano manager Bill Brenner suffered two split fingers and X-rays are being taken Thursday to ascertain if they are fractured.
Vancouver ...... 012 000 000—3-8-1
Wenatchee ..... 000 200 000—2-8-4
Snyder and Brenner, Heisner (4); Treichel and Billings.

KENNEWICK, Aug. 2—The Victoria Athletics evened their Western International League baseball series with Tri-City Wednesday night by downing the Braves, 8 to 6.
Jim Hedgecock, who went into the game in the second inning, was credited with the win.
It was a nip and tuck game until the sixth inning when Al Ronning singled, moved to third base on Bob McGuire's single and scored on another single by Marty Krug, Jr. Tri-City did not score after the fourth inning.
Nick Pesut hit the only home run of the game, in the third inning with no one on base.
Lou McCollum was charged with the loss. The deciding game of the three-game series will be played Thursday.
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KENNEWICK, Aug. 3 (Don Becker, Herald)—Victoria's Athletics proved two things in defeating the Tri-City Braves 8-6 last night.
First you don't necessarily need the manager on the field to win, and second, showboating can be a costly venture.
John Marshall, loser of the first series game, did the boating and got the boot along with manager Marty Krug in the top of the fifth inning. Marshall, whose reputation as a showboater is without serious completion in this league, started bandying words with fans while he was coaching in the first base box.
Umpire Nels Pearson took exception to some of Marshall's loud remarks, particularly those reflecting on the “men in blue.” Pearson walked over to Marshall and gave him the thumb. And that started the finest little 10 minute demonstration of histrionics ever seen in Sanders field. However, the Marshall-Krug duo will probably be nicked $10-$25 respectively by Bob Abel, league president.
The usually colorful Marty Krug didn't have a chance alongside the ground pawing, dust raising, chest beating Marshall though When Krug had finished his delivery to Pearson he stomped angrily into the dugout. But not Marshall. He continued to stand at the edge trying to carry on a shouting conversation with Pearson.
The base umpire continued to ignore the big pitcher and finally called on Art Jacobs, umpire-in-chief, to order Maishall and Krug out of the dugout and into the dressing room.
Those were the highlights in what turned out to bp a very routine ball game otherwise.
Lou McCollum, who started for the Braves, couldn't pass the number 15 hurdle for the third time. McCollum has 14 victories this season but his last three starts to get the 15th have been unsuccessful.
Neither starter was able to the route Ronnie Smith opened for the A's but was derricked quietly and quickly in the second. Jim Hedgecock who took over received credit for the win. The A's reliever gave up four hits and three runs in the third and fourth. Then he settled down and pitched hitless ball at the Braves.
Fireman Jim Olsen came on in the seventh for Tri-City. And although he didn't give up any runs the Braves weren't getting any either. The game was lost in the top of the sixth when the A's put together three singles to score the seventh run. Their big inning was the third. Lou Novikoff, Bill Dunn, and Al Ronning doubled. These coupled with Gene Thompson's single accounted for three runs.
Nick Pesut dropped another one over the wall last night making his second consecutive game in which the big catcher has homered. The towering blast came in the third with two out and the bases idle.
Tonight the two teams will decide the series. Charlie Petersen is sending his speedball artist Merle Frick (1-2) to the mound for the Braves. Last night's attendance figure was 1,153.
Victoria ........ 203 101 100— 5-14-2
Tri-City ....... 211 200 000— 6-11-2
Smith, Hedgecock (2) and Ronning; McCollum, Olsen (7) and Pesut.

No, No, Not Again
PITTSBURG, Calif., Aug. 2 (UP)—Umpire John Christoff hoped today he won't have to undergo another "umpire appreciation night."
After fans presented him with a pair of glasses, a white cane and a glass eye in ceremonies at a Far West league game between Pittsburg and Medford.
Christoff resumed his duties in the field. A tip foul hit him on the head. He had tn go to the hospital for treatment.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from Aug. 3/50]
It's a long jump from Sanders Field to Shibe Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. That is it's a long jump unless you go the baseball route. Sometimes, if things go right, it can turn out to be a mighty sweet and short hop. Take the case of Ken Kleasner who is now is getting ready to try for that ride up to the major leagues.
Many of you will recall Kleasner when he was with the Braves during the “our gang” pitching delays of the early part of the season. His record here was 0-1. Came the May 13 deadline and Ken was shipped to Pittsburgh of the Far West league. They in turn sent him to Klamath Falls of the same loop. When a deal that was pending between the Braves and the Gems fell through Klamath turned Kleasner out to pasture. But not for long. The sharp eyes of a Philly scout had been watching the 19 year old right hander in action and promptly signed him to a contract. However, instead of putting Kleasner back in uniform the Phillies got the 210 pounder a job
in Klamath. But he's not through with baseball. . .not with a contract in his pocket.
Mickey Shrader, now a scout for the New York Giants and the man who discovered
“Bullet” Joe Orrell took in the first two games with Victoria. “And I mean Joe earned that nickname, he had to, to stay in the minors three years,” said Mickey in a reminiscent tone. “When I first saw the Bullet in action I was scouting for
Cincinnati. Joe was at a tryout camp in San Bernardino.” It would have been the fitting climax for the Bullet to pitch one of the two past so Shrader could have seen him work, but it just wasn't Joe's turn.
Bowing out of Sanders Field tonight are two of the finest umpires we've seen in this league. We've never criticized the boys in blue for their actions here and don't intend to. But, giving credit where credit is due, Nels Pearson and Art Jacobs have always turned in a good game trom where we sat.
And you can count their jobs among others that we'd much prefer not to have. It's a lonely life. They can't stop at the same hotels the players do. Nor do they frequent the same places. The pay isn't in keeping with the job they are required and expected to do. But despite, all these hazards there's never been a breath of scandal connected with an umpire. And that's something you can't say about the rest of baseball.
Charlie Petersen, the Braves manager, has been commuting between Sanders Field and his home in Yakima during the Victoria series, Charlie's two youngest children are pretty sick so Pete takes the train home each night alter the game and returns the following afternoon. Fortunately he doesn't let those worries conflict with his baseball problems.
Sending in Jim Olson to pinch hit for Gene Roenspie Tuesday night is an example of what we mean. There was nothing wrong with Roenspie's slants but when you are trailing by a run you need those base knocks. Olsen got some too, and as it turned out the Tri-City team won.
Skipping back to one of the funnier sides of baseball again for a moment. Have you heard about the comeback of the spitball? Well, if you saw that Tuesday night game you'll recall that Pearson, umpiring behind the plate, suddenly asked Jim Olsen for the ball. The batter felt that Olsen was “weighting” the horsehide, the way it was coming up to the dish.
The reason he suspected a spitball because rumor has it that Olsen is one of the few pitchers around the leagues that knows how to throw one. There's a lot more than just putting a wad of saliva on it. It takes a quick pitcher in order to make the ball break on a spitter.
Pursuing the matter a little further he asked the Fireman what he knew about spitballs, “Well I don't know," said Jim, “but I've heard tell that if one applies a bit of wet substance in the proper manner, and delivers it accordingly the ball will do many unexplainable things. Now remember,” he said, “I don't know. But that's what I've been told.” So there you are. . .or are you.

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