Monday, 20 August 2007

Wednesday, June 21, 1950

              W  L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 35 24 .593 —
Yakima ..... 34 27 .557 2
Wenatchee .. 34 28 .548 2½
Tri-City ... 34 29 .540 3
Salem ...... 28 32 .467 7½
Victoria ... 29 34 .460 8
Spokane .... 27 37 .422 10½
Vancouver .. 25 35 .417 10½

YAKIMA, June 21-The Yakima Bears clubbed Bob Kerrigan for ten runs in the first three innings and coasted to a 15-4 victory over the slumping but league-leading Tacoma Tigers Wednesday night in a Western International League contest here.
The Bears scored six runs in the second inning on five hits, with a walk and error tossed in. Rookie Frank Mascaro belted a double and Bill McCawley a triple to climax the assault.
Dick Greco, Tacoma's slugging right fielder, pitched the last two innings and held, the Bears scoreless.
Tacoma ..... 000 200 020— 4- 7-2
Yakima ..... 263 211 00x—15-13-0
Kerrigan, Anderson (3), Greco (7) and Sheets; Dickey and Tiesiera.

KENNEWICK, June 22 [Don Becker, Herald] — If anyone is still wondering what happens when an irrestible force meets an immovable object the Tri-City Braves and Victoria Athletics provided the answer at Sanders Field last night . . . they split.
The Braves took the front end of the double-bill 4-3 to snap Victoria's win streak at seven. But the A's were in a record busting mood too. They came back in the nightcap to shell three Brave hurlers for a total of 13 runs on 16 hits. That debade wiped out an eight game consecutive winning streak for the Braves and ten straight at Sanders Field.
Lou McCollum won his ninth of the season in the opener, and Jim Olsen dropped his third of the season in the finale.
The best team will be picked at 7:30 when they renew their meeting with the series final game. Charlie Petersen, Braves pilot, is sending 'Bullet' Joe Orrell (5-5) while Marty Krug has beckoned Jim Hedgecock (6-3) for the A's.
Everything was dandy last night until the second game started. Then things got worse rapidly. The 2,701 fans were in a rocking chair mood when Neil Bryant's infield roller scored Clint Cameron from third to win the first game. Bryant's blow apparently caught Don Alfano, 'A' shortstop somewhat by surprise. With only one out, Alfano tossed the ball to third base as Cameron crossed the plate in a canter.
Second game starter Jim Olsen got a rocky reception from Victoria. They pounced on him for four runs with that many hits and was lifted by Petersen midway in the second. Dick Stone, who took over for the Braves got away to a nice start but ran into trouble in the third when they touched him for a pair of counters.
The going was smooth until the seventh. Bill Dunn opened with a circuit clout and a single followed. One batter, and a sacrifice, a hit double by rival chukker Alton Wilkie, added three more runs to the already bulging Victoria total. That derrickcd Stone and Cy Greenlaw got the nod.
For the Braves, Al Spaeter led the hitting attack all night although he got a nice assist from Jim McKeegan in the owl game with the young backstopper banging three hits in five appearances.
Genn “Pop-Up” Thompson, popped them all right. He popped two right over the left field wall. Marty Krug added most to the total base total though, with a four-bagger, a triple, double, and ft single. He started at the top and worked his way right through the list.
Clint Cameron's double in the opener helped the Braves by driving in half of their runs with Spaeter accounting for another and Bryant the payoff punch.
First Game
Victoria ..... 100 020 0—3 7 3
Tri-City .... 000 021 1—4 8 1
Propst, Smith (6) and Ronning; McCollum and Pesut.
Second Game
Victoria ..... 222 000 322—13 16 1
Tri-City .... 010 200 012— 6 10 2
Wilkie and Weatherwax; Olsen, Stone (2), Greenlaw (7) and McKeegan.

WENATCHEE, June 21 — Southpaw Don Ferrarese gave up only three hits in eight innings for the Wenatchee Chiefs here Wednesday night but walked 13 men as the Spokane Indians won the second game of a twin-bill 6 to 5.
Wenatchee overcame a 5-3 Spokane lead to win its opener by the same score on Jay Ragni's three-run homer. Joe Rossi retained his home run lead by connecting for his 11th circuit blow.
There were 20 walks all told by four pitchers in the second contest.
Righthander Bob Roberts came into the game in the ninth for the Indians to choke off a Wenatchee rally and leave the tying run on base.
Four of the Spokane tallies came on runners Ferrarese had put on base and he wild pitched Joe Rossi home from second in the sixth for what proved to be the winning run.
First Game
Spokane ..... 102 002 0—5-12-2
Wenatchee ... 100 023 x—6-10-1
Rockey and Rossi; Ragni and Spurgeon.
Second Game
Spokane .... 200 112 000—6- 4-1
Wenatchee .. 010 100 012—5-12-2
Holder, Roberts (9) and Rossi; Ferrarese, Blankenship (9) and Spurgeon.

SALEM, June 21—Vancouver's Capilanos erupted for four runs in the sixth inning Wednesday night to salvage a 5-4 victory over the Salem Senators.
A pair of walks given up by John Tierney plus an error, singles by Jim Robinson and Reg Clarkson and two long flies manufactured the big Vancouver sixth inning. The Caps also picked up a tally in the fifth on a walk and hits by Manager Bill Brenner and Bob McLean. Those accounted for four of the five hits Tierney surrendered.
Bob Snyder of the Vancouvers gave up three runs in the third on hits by Mel Wasley and Bob Cherry. Salem put together two hits amnd a fly-out for another marker in the sixth.
Vancouver .... 000 014 000—5-5-1
Salem ........ 003 001 000—4-8-3
Snyder and Brenner; Tierney and Beard.

Bears Hurler End Up in Arizona
SAN FRANCISCO, June 22. (U.P) — Dave Anderson, star pitcher from the University of California, has been signed with, the San Francisco Seals' baseball organization.
Anderson was signed to a Yakima (Western International league) contract and will report tonight to Phoenix in the Arizona-Texas league for seasoning.
Anderson is 21 years old and had a 6-5 record with the Bears the past season.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor
[from column of June 22/50]

Al Spaeter had plenty reason to moan after the Braves Tuesday night opener got rained out. Spaeter has been moving rapidly in the hitting columns and he led off with a single at the start of the game. Now it won't even get into the records.
Although the fans enjoy the double-headers the players don't get quite as big a hoot out of them. Perhaps the biggest reason is because there isn't a good solid turf either in the outfield or infield here. It's almost like running on a floor with a pair of spikes on. . .their legs take quite a beating. And with the type of soil we have around here it's going to take another year or two before Sanders Field gets that spring in it that other long established parks have.
Last year Clyde Haskell was one of the top stars of the WI league. He was so good that this fine-fielding Wenatchee second baseman was drafted by a major league club. He went to their spring training eamp and was farmed out to San Antonio of the Texas league, a double A outfit. Today Haskell isn't even playing baseball. Instead he's helping farm his father-in-law's hop ranch.
The St. Louis Browns, the club that drafted Haskell, refused to pay him the salary that he was earning while playing in a class B league. Because this major league club holds it's purse reins so tightly a good player has been lost from the national pastime.
Vancouver, weighted to the bottom of the Willy with a heavy loss list, still possesses one of the league's top hurlers in Sandy Robertson with a 5-0 record. Only trouble is that Sandy just pitches home games. He's got a steady job in his home town and so only works the home
contests. Without Sandy it looks as though Vancouver would be about as mobile as the Japanese navy.
Some of the Braves, and some of the Bears, that were playing here that night [when a game was stopped by a curfew] won't be in the lineup when the teams resume for the final two innings. League rules specify that lineups of teams, in a called game, must be what they were when the game was halted.
Then we had Artie Wilson at third, while the only regular outfielder was Jim Warner. Ken Kleasner and Dick Stone were the other two. So Stone must start, but Charlie Petersen can pull him after the first play of the game if he likes. Bob Felizzatto was on the mound and Jim McKeegan behind the plate. Lou Novikoff will be one of the new faces in the Yakima lineup, probably replacing Baccioccio.
All this look place back in the days when if Peterson said he was pitching "our gang" the next day, you knew he meant that the veterans had taken their regular turn and that one of the youngsters was going to start. . .it usually took "the gang" to finish off the contest.
“You won't see it our lifetime.” That was Earl Sheehy's comment when we asked him when the Coast League would get equal status with the majors. However the general manager of the Seattle club said he thought that the present $10,000 draft price now in effect in the Coast loop would be lipped to $25,000 before the new draft time rolls around. If that happens, watch for a general increase on the draft price in all leagues. It's a cinch that the other AAA leagues will put up a big holler if they don't get the increase when the Coast does. And like a string of dominoes, the whole thing will back up right down to the class D leagues.

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