Sunday, June 17, 2007

Games of Friday, June 6, 1947

                  W  L  Pct GB
Bremerton ...... 34 17 .667 —
Spokane ........ 28 20 .583 4½
Victoria ....... 28 23 .549 5½
Salen .......... 26 24 .520 7½
Tacoma ......... 25 26 .490 9
Vancouver ...... 22 25 .468 10
Wenatchee ...... 20 29 .408 13
Yakima ......... 16 35 .314 18

TACOMA, June 6—The Wenatchee Chiefs were held to only three hits, but came out on top of a 5-3 Western International League decision Friday night against the Tacoma Tigers.
Three errors and two walks gave the winners four runs in the seventh inning to erase Tacoma's two run lead.
Tacoma .............. 001 002 000—3 7 4
Wenatchee ....... 100 000 40x—5 3 2
Morgan and Kuper; Vivalda and Pesut.

SPOKANE, June 6—The last of five errors, three by John Cavalli, allowed Levi McCormack to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, as Spokane Indians shaded Victoria Athletics 5-4 in Western International League baseball Friday night.
Athletics opened up an early four-run lead, with single runs in the first and second innings and a pair in the third. Spokane came back with a three-run cluster in the third and tied it in the fifth.
McCormack doubled in the ninth and later romped home from third when first baseman Jack Harshman missed a catch at first base.
Ray Miller, who took over the mound for the winnners in the fourth, held the Victorians to a loan safety in the last six innings to gain credit for the win.
Joe Blankenship relieved Bill Woop in the eighth and was charged with the loss, his first against four victories.
Victoria .......... 112 000 000—4 8 5
Spokane ......... 003 010 001— 5 5 1
Woop, Blankenship (8) and Anske; Werbowski, Miller (4) and Bufflap.

YAKIMA [Vancouver Sun, June 7]—Bob Snyder posted his fifth victory of the WIL baseball campaign here last night and his second in consecutive games, as the Capilano capitalized on a ninth-inning error to beat Yakima, 13-12, for their third successive victory.
Snyder, who pitched the Caps to a 4-3 Wednesday night win over Salem, was hustled into the breach in the first inning when Brownie starter Bob Hall went sour and allowed for Yakima runs.
Bob was hit fairly hard from herein but there was more space between his nine hits than there was between the 12 Vancouver collected off four Yakima tossers.
It was a slugfest all the way, but it took an error by pitcher Rowe Wallerstein in the tenth to settle the issue.
The Caps opened with a two-run burst in the first and Yakima then batted Hall out with a four-run inning. It was all square by the third when the Caps scored four times and Yakima twice.
Then Bill Brenner’s crew leaped in front with a six-run fifth chukker and the Yak-Yaks tallied three times in the fifth and sixth to bring about the standoff.
A pair of walks by Wallerstein, and the latter’s bad throw to first base accounted for the Caps’ tenth canto winner.
DIAMOND DUST—Charley Mead, who has become the Caps’ biggest runs-batted-in threat since moving into No. 5 in the batting order, knocked in three runs last night with a double and single ... Bill Brenner and Lou Estes also had two-basers and a pair of tallies brought home ... Bob Hall’s inability to get a man out last night was the third time in a row that big Robert had failed ... Catcher Buddy Phillips crashed a three-run homer in the fifth for the Yaks and had a total of five RBI’s ... Harlond Clift, Yakima boss, was tossed out of the game in the tenth for arguing a called pitch ... The Caps play Yakima once tonight, twice tomorrow and then bring Wenatchee back to Cap Stadium to open a week-long stand.
Around the Sports Map—Vancouver’s leading morning paper [The Province] gave baseball addicts quite a surprise this morning with the report that catcher Bobby Stumpf had pitched and won for the Capilanos ... a quick peek at the box score, however, ended the excitement when it was discovered that Bronx Bob entered the game in the eighth inning in his usual role of receiver.
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YAKIMA, June 6 - A pair of walks and reliever Rowe Wallenstein's error in the tenth inning brought in the winning run as the Vancouver Capilanos got by the Yakima Stars, 13-12, in ten innings.
Bob Hall was chased by the Yaks with nobody out in the first inning as they scored four times.
Charley Mead knocked in three runs with a double and a single, while Bill Brenner and Lou Estes had two-basers that scored a pair of runs.
Buddy Phillips crashed a three-run homer in the fifth for the Stars and had five RBIs on the night. Gordon Goldsberry singled in a pair for the home team.
Vancouver ........ 204 060 000 1—13 12 0
Yakima ............. 402 033 000 0—12 10 5
Hall, Snyder (1) and Brenner; Nowels, Federmeyer (3), Brysch (5), Wallenstein (8) and Phillips.

Bremerton at Salem, postponed, rain.

[Vancouver Sun, June 7, 1947]
A report in the St. Louis Sporting News, baseball’s ball's bible, said, in small letters at the bottom of the page, that the WIL’s umpiring problems were NOW at a minimum.
The word “now” was significant in that it hinted there had been trouble. The trouble was just as we pointed out in this corner three weeks ago.
In the attack, we centerd our abuse on Walter O’Loughlin, William Last, Amby Moran and Doc Regele, who had been arguing with each other, were separated. Moran now works with Last, O’Loughlin’s former aide, Regele with Martin Slavich, one of our “capable” nominations.
It is also gratifying to add that the only two members not affected in the changes were Frank DeHaney and Bill MacDonald, who were lauded in this corner and put in a class all by themselves.
We are happy that WIL president Robert Abel is willing to see the light and made the necessary alterations. As long as the “boss” has that capacity, we will be willing to suggest the necessary changes to help this league retain its status as the best Class B corporation in the country.
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Throughout the Caps’ long stay [few words unreadable] we have been asked many questions about the new ball park. We have turned these questions over to Bob Brown, and have received some definite answers.
The park will still be erected at the Little Mountain site, contrary to rumors that Sick’s Capilano Breweries were thinking of buying themselves an Indian reserve for the job.
According to R.P. Brown, the park will seat about 10,000 initially, with room for expansion to 30,000. The fences, both right and left, will be some 340 feet from home plate and they will fan out to a sort of circular centre field wall. If you’ve seen the Seattle ballyard you will get the immediate picture.
The park will be a single-decked affair, but it will have also the latest improvements in men’s and women’s lounges, a spacious and well-decorated from office and above all—a good press box.
Construction, according to the Cap general manager, is due to start in September and the park will then be ready for 1948 play. If that is so, the day is not long off when Vancouver is represented in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. And after that—maybe the big leagues. It’s a good dream anyway.
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The story carried on these pages a few days back about Ray Spurgeon returning to the Capilanos, should not be handled with a toss of the shoulders.
Last Saturday when in Tacoma, Spurgeon asked Bob Brown if he could be removed from the suspended list. Ray hastily added that he wanted to be sure to be eligible for 1948—as a Capilano, of course.
Bob ducked the question. He asked Spurgeon how the real estate business in Tacoma was going, and Ray didn’t indicate he was moving into a new income tax bracket.
The fact that Bill Brenner’s services as a catcher from herein are limited are worry enough. Brown wants Brenner to have an operation, but Bill won’t go for it. Brenner may go for the inactive manager angle though in which case another catcher would have to be added. From here it looks like Spurgeon, doesn’t it?

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