Friday, June 22, 2007

Games of Friday, August 15, 1947

              W  L Pct. GB
Bremerton .. 74 53 .583 --
Spokane .... 73 54 .575 1
Salem ...... 68 54 .557 3½
Victoria ... 70 58 .547 3½
Vancouver .. 67 58 .536 6
Tacoma ..... 60 66 .476 13½
Yakima ..... 48 76 .387 24½
Wenatchee .. 43 84 .338 31

VANCOUVER, August 15 — Sandy Robertson held the Spokane Indians to one hit over the last three innings and the Vancouver Capilanos finished with an 11-6 win tonight in a Western International League baseball game. The loss dropped Spokane to second place in the tight race.
Robertson came in with two on and none out in the seventh. After giving up a sacrifice fly to Levi McCormack, he slammed the door shut to keep the score tied at 6-6.
The Caps then went on to score five runs in their half of the inning.
An error on Paul Carpenter's grounder allowed two runs to score, after Lee Mohr stole second while catcher Frank O'Neill, held onto the ball and simply watched him run. Stan Spitzer then walked Bill Reese, and looked into the dugout for help. He got it when he was told to take a seat and replaced by Jim Forsyth.
Bill Brenner, batting in place of Bob Stumpf who had been tossed from the game by umpire Doc Regele, lofted a high one over the mound that froze all the Spokane players. The ball dropped untouched and landed in front of Forsyth who simply gazed at it as Paul Carpenter and Charlie Mead scored on the single.
Robertson struck out George Schmees to end the game.
Spokane ........... 220 000 200— 6 18 3
Vancouver ........ 301 011 50x — 11 14 0
Latino, Spizter (6), Forsyth (7) and O'Neill; Gunnarson, Robertson (7) and Stumpf, Brenner (7).

VICTORIA, August 15 — A 16-hit attack resulted in a larger number of runs as the Victoria Athletics hammered the Salem Senators, 18-1, in a Western International League game here tonight.
Dick Mitchell lost his second consecutive shutout in the seventh when John Cavalli lost a high pop by Mel Nunes behind shortstop and Marty Krug followed with a triple. The run broke Mitchell's consecutive scoreless streak at 21 2-3s. He was touched for six hits, walked a lone batter and struck out ten.
John Hooper had four triples, one of them a lucky one that landed when Eddie Barr in centre field lost the ball in the lights.
Bill White also picked up four safe blows, including his 39th and 40th doubles, and drove in four runs, while Cavalli batted in four runs, including his 17th home run which brought in a pair in the second inning and gave the A's a 3-0 lead. Victoria scored eight runs in the third and sent Hunk Anderson to the showers.
Gene Peterson, a young pitcher just out of college, took over and was reached for 12 hits and gave up eight bases on balls.
Salem .......... 000 000 100— 1 6 3
Victoria ........ 128 402 01x—18 16 1
Anderson, Peterson (3) and Beard, Mohler (5); Mitchell and Mastro.

Yakima ............ 003 550 030—18 16 0
Tacoma ........... 111 203 020—10 18 5
Ward, Romple (7) and Phillips; Chetkovich, Gilson (5) and Kuper.

Wenatchee ......... 041 003 000 0—5 6 3
Bremerton .......... 000 103 001 3—6 10 3
Cronin, Vivalda (6) and Winter; Johnston and Ronning.


[Vancouver Sun, August 16, 1947]
I had one of those nothing-to-do lunch hours on my hands this week and decided it was about time Bob Brown paid for my potatoes and gravy.
“Hear the story about Seattle putting through a recall notice on Lee Mohr?” said the Capilano business manager as we sat down and selected our sides of beef.
“Yeah, the Seattle papers are all saying that Mohr will be in town this week to play second base for the Rainiers. Story’s not all poppycock, either; Earl Sheely (Seattle front office lord) tried harm to talk me into letting him have Lee for the rest of the season,” Brown went on.
To us this sounded very interesting. We could just see the good ship Capilano steering its course without a rudder. And that’s what would happen, too, for Sheely would be hitting Vancouver right through the middle.
“He won’t get through with it, though,” said the sage of the False Creek ballyard. “Not unless he has to, anyway,” Bob added, crossing his knife and fork.
The Rainiers, it seems, are in pretty bad shape. They are fighting gallantly for a spot in the Shaughnessy playoffs and their manpower has dwindled until the reserves are none. Hillis Layne, the club’s leading hitter and third baseman, had his “milk knee” go bad on him and is out for two weeks.
This forced Jo-Jo White to use utility infielder Tony York at second and move George Sharein into the hot corner. Now if anything happens to the present Rainier infield, they’ll just have to send hurry-up calls to the Caps for Mohr.
“This thing came to a head a week ago. Sheely contacted me when I was passing through Seattle and tried at that time to get Mohr. I pointed out to him that we were fighting for a pennant and without Mohr we might as well forget it,” Bob said.
* * *
“When I left Seattle, I still thought there might be a chance that Sheely would send for Lee. I couldn’t sit tight without a replacement, so I wired the West Texas League and told them we were ready to pay the option price for the return of Orrin Snyder (Bob’s brother),” Brown continued.
“Now I’ve got a sweet triangle on my hands. Snyder’s club won’t let him go. The kid is hitting .318 and has bashed 18 homers and it’s been practically all on his bat that his team is in the scramble for a pennant,” Bob informed.
Pretty pickle, indeed, I thought, as I sampled a choice dill between courses. Seattle is fighting for a playoff spot, the Caps are after a pennant and so are Snyder and Co.
Brown wanted Snyder on hand two weeks ago as insurance in case Bill Reese was injured. Right now, with Reese suffering a sore back, a sprained wrist and a bad elbow, Snyder would look like a premium on Howard Hughes’ policy.
Brown chuckled as he sprayed lemon all over his salmon steak and my white shirt. “You know, we’re going to have a swell time at spring training next year, with a couple of first basemen like Reese and Snyder in camp.”
Next year, I thought. Geez, the fella had already given up for this season.
* * *
“Hey, don’t you take that wrong,” Brown gasped. “Those Caps will be in there all the way. We’re six game out of the lead now, and if you can show me a more hustling, harder-hitting club than ours, I’ll buy it,” exclaimed lhe business manager, digging savagely into the salmon’s still body.
“Take that Hjelmaa. That kid is the apple of my eye. He’s going to be one of the best shortstops who ever played ball on the Pacific Coast,” snorted Brown.
“Buddy reminds me of Harry Heilman, the former-American League batting champion and Detroit all-time great. Heilman is sloppy, loose-limbed and looks awkward. But what an arm and can that kid ever hit the ball!” Brown exclaimed.
“I you want to go further into our gang, look at Frank Mullens. He’ll be in the Coast League next year for sure (Seattle said yesterday that Mullens and Bob Hall would join the Rainiers when the Caps finish in the WIL). Someone will teach Mullens to hit the ball to left field. Just wait until you hear about the 1948 Mullens,” said Bob.
No, we had to agree there was nothing wrong with the Caps right now. And, indeed, it was true that things looked good for 1948. Furthermore, we could only hope, along with Bob Brown, that Lee Mohr stayed right where he was until the Caps were through.
And, after all, it was a good lunch. Absolutely free, too, except for the new white shirt.

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