Thursday, June 21, 2007

Games of Friday, August 1, 1947

VANCOUVER, Aug. 1—The Vancouver Capilanos overcame the Yakima Stars 13-8 tonight despite handing the Stars six runs in the sixth inning.
The game started at 1-1 after one inning, thanks to homers by Gordon Goldsberry for Yakima and Frank Mullens for Vancouver. Then Bob Hall tripled in Buddy Hjelmaa and scored on Lee Mohr's single in the second. Hall doubled across Bob Stumpf and Len Tran in the fourth, then scored when Frank Nowels walked Paul Carpenter with the bases full to give Vancouver and 6-1 lead.
Yakima got a single run in the fifth, Vancouver got two, then came the goofy sixth.
The Stars had only one hit that inning, but they were issued seven walks, four by fireballer Hall and three by Sandy Robertson, and benefitted from a wierd play at second base. Buddy Phillips was on first and Spencer Harris on second when Les Barnes hit a potential double-play ball. Second baseman Mohr bobbled the ball, tossed to shorstop Hjelmaa covering at second, who dropped it onto Phillips' leg, and the ball rolled into the outfield. Phillips made a dash for third, but saw Harris still standing there, so he turned around and ran back toward second. Mohr had tracked down the ball, tossed it to Hjelmaa, who dropped it again and Phillips was safe.
After that came the walks, and the game was tied at 8.
Robertson put an end to Yakima's hopes in the eighth by belting a three-run homer.
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VANCOUVER [The Sun, Aug. 2]—Brooklyn Dodger scout Tom Downey paid an unscheduled visit to the WI baseball league’s Capilano Stadium last night, and for one inning he must have thought he was sitting in on a game of parcheesi.
The inning was the sixth and Yakima scored six runs on one hit, pulling this trick without the benefit of mirrors. Seven bases on balls, four by Bob Hall and a trio by fireman Sandy Robertson, combined with the single and a screwy situation at second base to knock an 8-2 Capilano lead down to an 8-8 standoff.
The second base situation was a riot. With Buddy Phillips on first and Spencer Harris on first, Les Barnes hit a potential double play bouncer to Buddy Hjelmaa. Buddy bobbled momentarily, but flipped to Lee Mohr for a forceout on Phillips, only Mohr dropped the ball.
As the ball squirted out of Lee’s glove, it hit Phillips in the leg and caromed onto the outfield grass. Phillips lit for third only to find it already occupied by Harris. By the time he had turned for the second time Hjelmaa was waiting, ball in hand. He put the tag on Phillips then dropped the ball once more.
Sighting this item as their keynote, the Yak-Yaks waited and waited, as Hall passed three men in a row to force in three runs. Robertson had his troubles at first, too, but he finally got the side out just as the crowd was settling down for an all-night stand.
DIAMOND DUST: Tonight there is another double bill on deck starting at 7:30. ... Bob Snyder and Jim Hedgecock are the likely Cap pitchers. ... Scout Tom Downey of Brooklyn is naturally happy his Dodgers are going so well. ... But his gaiety is a little more so because Johnny Jorgensen, Bruce Edwards, Hal Gregg and Vic Lombardi are all his boys and all going rather well.
[WILfan notes: Lee Mohr, Frank Mullens and Len Tran each had three hits; one of Mohr’s was a solo homer ... Hall tripled and doubled, bringing in four runs].
Yakima ........... 100 016 000—8 7 2
Vancouver ...... 120 320 23x—13 16 2
Nowels, Brysch (6), Wallerstein (7) and Phillips; Hall, Robertson (6) and Stumpf.

SPOKANE, August 1—The league-leading Spokane Indians were handcuffed by Victoria's Bill Woop, who allowed only six hits in giving the Athletics a 7-1 win tonight in Western International League play.
The A's backed their big southpaw with an 11-hit attack and three double plays. And after ten errors in two night, they were charged with only one tonight.
Over 4,500 fans were on hand to see John Hooper give Victoria a lead in the first inning with his tenth home run. Spokane tied it in their half when Billy Dunn came in, but Bill White and Babe Jensen doubled in succession in the second and Jensen later stole home to give the A's a two-run lead.
John Cavalli's triple and Vic Mastro's infield out sent another across in the third, Hooper doubled to score Woop and Cavalli in the fourth, on base through a single and an error.
Victoria's final tally came in the eighth when Jensen singled and scored on Bill Anske's single.
Victoria ........... 121 200 010—7 11 1
Spokane ......... 100 000 000—1 6 1
Woop and Anske; Kramer and O'Neill.

Wenatchee .......... 100 102 030—7 16 0
Tacoma ............... 020 002 000-4 12 0
Vivalda and Winter; Morgan and Kuper.

Salem ............ 000 100 000—1 8 2
Bremerton ..... 000 010 32x—6 8 0
Lazor, Peterson (6) and Beard; Marshall and Volpi.

The Home Plate
[Vancouver Sun, August 2, 1947]
An insignificant item has been attracting our eye at the ball yard for some time, and now we hear that some of the Capilanos' best fans are complaining as well. So it must be time to correct the fault.
This is to do with the habit of the right field scoreboard keeper in eliminating the zeros in the line score as the game is six or seven innings old.
Is it possible that the park has plumb run out of goose eggs. However, if this is the alibi, we have heard no recent mention of strict rationing in the making of new zeros.
Until the new park is erected, Cap Stadium will boast one of the most inadequate scoreboards in organized baseball. Correcting such as small fault as an incorrectly kept scoreboard linescore does not cost many dollars and does not take much time. So why hasn't this been done?
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There are a million types of fans in every baseball park, but we offers as the height of screwiness, the baseball wife.
They are a show in themselves if you can take your eyes off the ball game long enough for a glance toward their box to the right of home plate in the back of the grandstand.
Amid this year’s list of wives Mrs. Bob Snyder (Eileen) is about the only natural ball fan. When hubby Bob is pitching she gives it the old college try. Everything from “we wuz robbed” to “a’gwan home, you blind man, he had a corner on that one.”
But take Nancy Brenner, queen of the wives, just as husband Bill is king of the ballplayers. Nancy is a shy, quiet type, but she’s rarely without something to say when a ball game is going on.
The other night we watched them closely (they aren’t hard to look at anyway). Nancy started with the ball game, giving with the yak-yak and getting all she gave in return from Mrs. Bryant (Vivian) and Mrs. Len Tran, fair talkers in any league.
The game, as we remember it, was brilliantly played and in doubt to the final decision. It was until Bill Brenner smashed a rousing homer in the ninth to win for the Caps.
We looked to the wives’ box again. They were still wound up. Mrs. Tran touched Mrs. Brenner lightly on the shoulder and said, “Bill just hit a homer to win the game for us. It’s all over.”
Mrs. Brenner, obviously disgusted, returned, “Well, how do you like that. Just when this was getting interesting. Well, let’s go home.
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For the fan who is despairing over the Caps’ chances to getting into the WIL pennant race, we would advise a look through baseball’s history to see how many pennants have been won and lost in the torrid month of August.
Two stand out in our mind. The best case is that of the big league Chicago Cubs, who, as the National League entered the August stretch, were 15 games off the pacemaking Pittsburgh Pirates.
Then the Cubs went nuts. They won a Sunday double-header and some mid-week single games. They won another twin bill and another. They kept right on winning until they reached 22 in a row and the World Series.
Then there were the Caps of 1942. They were third as July ended. As hot August suns boiled the Cap Stadium hearth the team hit its stride. It kept on winning until seven other WIL clubs conceded they didn’t even have a mathematical chance of getting close.
Teams are made and broken in August. It will be so with the Caps this year, who have 25 home games on deck this month.
And if anyone accuses us of being an optimist we will believe him.

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