Sunday, 12 August 2007

Wednesday, May 10, 1950

Team          W  L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 14  6 .700 —
Salem ...... 12  7 .632 1½
Yakima ..... 12  8 .600 2
Wenatchee .. 12  8 .600 2
Tri-City .... 9 13 .409 6
Spokane ..... 8 12 .400 6
Vancouver ... 7 12 .368 6½
Victoria .... 6 14 .300 8

VICTORIA, B.C., May 11—The Tri-City Braves moved into Vancouver, B. C. today for four-series stand with the Capilanos, and still looking for their first series victory on a road trip. Last night the Braves got pounded 11-2 to give the Athetics their second straight victory, the first time this season they have been able to fashion that many consecutive victories.
Dick Stone, (2-1) or Cy Greenlaw (1-1) were named as probable mound starters in their series with Bill Brenner's Capilanos. In the last meeting of the two clubs at the opening of the season, the Braves chalked up a 2-1 series edge after losing the first game.
Stone appeared to be the hurler due to get the starting call tonight unless Greenlaw's ailing left arm has improved considerably during the past few days.
Dick Faber, outfielder, who has been out of the lineup for approximately 10 days now, was due to report to the Braves in Vancouver. However, as yet no definite word has been received from Faber who was called to California because of a death in his immediate family.
A combined total of 14 free passes and nine hits proved to be the downfall of Les Logg and Ken Kleasner, Braves moundsmen last night. Logg opened for the Braves but was derricked in the third for Kleasner. However, the Athletics, with six runs across by then had the contest well in hand.
Victoria hurler John Marshall let the Braves down easy with four hits. Only Tri-City player to get an extra base knock was Neil Bryant shortstop, who collected a double.
Gene Thompson, slugging Brave outfielder, slammed another four master over the 321-foot center field wall last night. It was Thompson's second home run in as many games. The husky player had a perfect night at the plate getting three for three and driving in two runs runs.
The Braves uncorked their own double play combination to cut off extra scores by the Athletics when they came up with a pair of the double-tandem relays after a drought of them. Bryant, Al Spaeter and Vic Buccola engineered the first, while Buccola handled the other.
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VICTORIA, May 10 (CP)—Big John Marshall Wednesday night limited Tri-City Braves to four slim hits as Victoria Athletics took their second straight game, an 11-2 job, from the invaders.
Marshall limited Braves to their two runs in the third inning while his mates had seven runs by the third inning and added two more in each of the fourth and sixth innings on nine hits off two Brave hurlers.
Tri-City ..... 002 000 000—3 4 3
Victoria ..... 304 202 00x—11 9 2
Logg, Kesler (3) and Pesut; Marshall and Ronning.

SALEM, May 10—Watch Salem! That was the warning going the rounds as the Senators continued to throw effective pitching at the Yakima Bears Wednesday night. Bill Osborn set the visitors down with four hits to lead the Solons to a 7-1 victory.
It was the Senators' second straight win in the Western International league series.
While Osborn was checking the defending league champions, Salem hitters poked 12 blows off Ernie Domenicelli and his successor, Jack Rial.
The Senators touched Domenicelli for runs in the second and fourth frames and picked up three in the fifth with the help of a single by Dick Bartle. a double by Mel Wasley and Bob Cherry's triple. They finished out with single tallies in the sixth and eighth.
Yakima's lone marker came in the sixth via a hit by Domenicelli, a walk and a pair of Salem errors.
The win, coupled with Wenatchee's loss, lofted the sailin' Senators into second place. It was their third win in a row and the fifth in six starts.
Yakima ........ 000 001 000—1 4 3
Salem ......... 010 131 01x—7 12 2
Domenicelli, Rial (8) and Tiesera; Osborn and McMillan.

VANCOUVER, B.C., May 10—Mel Knezovich pitched himself out of a bad jam in the eighth inning to go on to give Tacoma Tigers a 6-3 Western International League victory over Vancouver Capilanos Wednesday night.
The Caps filled the bases in the eighth but Knezovich snuffed out the rally by fanning the last batter, Bob McLean. Nice walks given up by three Vancouver pitchers gave Tacoma all the advantage they needed. Hunk Anderson was the losing hurler.
Ron Gifford was the big man at the plate for Tigers, doubling twice and singling once to drive in three runs.
Tacoma moved a game and a half in front of the league with the win.
Tacoma ....... 030 300 000—6 7 1
Vancouver ... 000 100 300—3 5 1
Knezovich and Sheets; Anderson, Spurlock (4), Kanshin (8) and Brenner.

WENATCHEE, May 10— Spokane evened its league series here Wednesday night as the Indians defeated the Wenatchee Chiefs 4 to 2.
Spokane righthander John Conant won his own game by singling in the winning run in the sixth inning.
Lefthander Dave Dahle allowed only five hits for Wenatchee but walked seven men. Spokane first baseman Norm Grabar smashed a 360-foot home run over the right field wall in the second inning for the Indians first run.
Spokane ........ 010 102 000—4 5 1
Wenatchee .... 010 010 000—2 10 1
Conant and Rossi; Dahle and Fiscalini.

Rule Out Lucky Number Prizes
WENATCHEE, Wash., May 10,(UP) — Prosecutor Robert E. Connor says “Lucky Number” prizes for free baseball tickets to home games of the Wenatchee Chiefs of the Western International League are illegal.
In a letter to Wenatchee general manager George Clark, Connor said the lucky numbers were nothing “but a lottery.” He said there would be no prosecution if the practice stopped immediately.
Clark said the practice of giving away free tickets on a lucky scorecard number was standard throughout the baseball world. Club officials planned to meet with Connor to discuss the problem. Clark said fans would be indignant over the order.

Alf Cottrell
[Vancouver Daily Province, May 11, 1950]
The town hadn’t changed much in the 10 years he had been away, Wimpy Quinn said.
I had questions about what it had been like playing ball in Chicago with the Cubs. And in Honolulu, Venezuela and so on. But first I had to wait until he was through asking.
So we sat in the lobby of the hotel and I answered the questions. With his curiosity plus my good looks I would be a great reporter. Was Ross Eby still around? How about Jimmy Watters, Billy Adhsead? Pat Thomas, Coley Hall and Frank Hall?
And there was a good left-handed hitter. Ralph—something. Ralph Stong? Yes, he was still around. The rest likewise, I said. He had lost all track of his old buddy, Paul McGinnis. Paul played with him, and he boarded with him at Mrs. Wilson’s place.
He is still tall and lean. The good-looking features are more mature. I say Helen, my wife, had just the previous night called to mind an incident in which Wimpy figured and in which he had been almost completely out of character.
Some rival pitcher had been wild, as we hazily recalled it. So Quinn knelt at the Capilano Stadium home plate, either for security purposes or as a dare.
He said that Johnny Nenezich, the umpire, mentioned the incident to him recently in Tacoma. Nenezich had umpired the game.
Wimpy Out of Character
That was the year he was with the Caps, he said. They were playing Tacoma. Early in the game Wimp hit a three run homer and the score stood 3-0 for Vancouver. So what happened was that, next time he came to the plate, this pitcher threw three pitches straight at him.
When it was time for the third pitch Quinn went down on his knees and offered his posterior as a target. “I had to get me head out of there and that was the only safe way,” he said. So the pitcher, taking what advantage he could of his reduced opportunities, hit Wimpy squarely in the trousers.
“I carried a bruise for weeks,” he said. “There was a fracas later in the game, but I took no part in it. I wasn’t angry, in fact I thought it was funny.” He doesn’t get his spikes tangled in the pronounciation [sic] of words like fracas and reticent. In fact he has considerable polish, plus the quiet forcefulness that made him one of the best liked players who ever performed here.
He went to Los Angeles in the Coast League, after he left here. Then to Chicago. Jimmy Wilson, manager of the Cubs, had changed Bucky Walters from a third baseman into a pitcher. After a few trials he put the infielder Quinn into the hands of that peculiar genius, Dizzy Dean. Diz was to spend three months doing nothing but teach Wimpy how to pitch. “So some days he taught pitching,” said Wimpy. “Other days, if Diz felt like drinking beer, he drank beer. You couldn’t help liking Diz. He never meant harm to anyone.”
Baseball Is His Future
The war took Quinn to Honolulu as a U.S. marine. And when they decided to stay the “Service Men’s World Series” in Hawaii he was in.
He played for Billy Herman’s National Leaguers, along with Hugh Casey, Willard Marshall, Stan Musial and the like. The American League squad had more stars, including Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Dick Wakefield, Ken Keltner, Bob Lemon and Fred Hutchinson. They were supposed to win. The Nats won and the leading hitters of the series, with nine apiece, were Pesky and Quinn.
He was bearing down for a postwar big league job, Wimpy said. But a critical illness cut the props from under him. He played ball last winter in Panama and Venezuela. Now he is with Tacoma. They tell him he is leading the WIL in runs batted in. He will play a few more years and point himself for a future in baseball as manager or front office man.
Hadn’t he married a Vancouver girl? He said he had. She suffered from asthma. So he had settled in Santa Monica, a lovely town near Los Angeles. The climate there cured her, and they have three youngsters, Jack, Jill and Judy.
He asked if I had the phone number of Ma Wilson’s boarding house. I did and he said that was good. It was going to be nice to see Ma again.

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