Saturday, June 16, 2007

Games of Friday, May 2, 1947

YAKIMA, May 2 - A sharp single to left field by Gene Thompson with the bases loaded in the ninth inning earned the Yakima Stars a 6-3 victory over the Victoria Athletics in the opening game of a Western International League series here tonight.
After Victoria scored a run in the first inning on a double by Frank Lucchesi, a walk and a double steal, and Yakima tallied five times in the first three innings, the game settled down to a pitching duel between Joe Blankenship and Keith Simon.
Victoria rallied in the eighth, pushing across three runs when John Brysch, who relieved Simon, walked in a run and made an error to allow another to score. Victoria had tied the game in the ninth when Jack Harshman singled to right field to score Pat Patterson, who had walked.
Victoria ......... 100 000 031 – 5 6 5
Yakima ........... 311 000 001 – 6 9 5
Hittle, Blankenship (2), Rothrock (8) and Mastro; Simon, Brysch (8) and Phillips.

WENATCHEE, May 2 - With Mel Wasley and Nick Pesut from the 1946 team in the lineup, the Wenatchee Chiefs came to life today by pounding out a 10-3 victory over the Bremerton Bluejackets in the first of a four-game Blossom Festival series here. An eight-run fifth that drove two Bremerton pitchers to the showers did the trick.
Wasley and Pesut, optioned from Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League to bolster the batting-weak Chiefs, both knocked in runs. Wasley hit two doubles and Pesut drove in one run. Eddie Barr, however, provided the big punch with a two-run homer and Tom Warner hit a triple and a double. For Bremerton, Bill Reese's triple was the big gun.
The win was Wenatchee's second this year, snapping a nine-game losing streak.
Bremerton ....... 402 000 200 – 8 10 2
Wenatchee ....... 200 080 00x – 10 10 1
Lowman, Prosser (5), Kittle (5) and Volpi; Adam, Vivalda (1) and Pesut.

SPOKANE, May 2 - Bill Sampson's four-hit pitching and heavy pounding by his mates tonight gave the Spokane Indians a 12-2 victory over Vancouver, runner up to the Indians in the Western International baseball league.
Spokane is now 11-3, two games ahead of the 9-5 Caps.
A crowd of 5,630, including 1,000 knothole gang youngsters, turned out for the game, bringing the attendance in the Indians' first seven home games to 25,870.
Sampson, a southpaw, got four hits himself and drove in four runs.
Vancouver ...... 000 100 100 – 2 4 3
Spokane ........ 004 200 24x – 12 14 1
Anderson, Bryant (5) and Brenner, Stumpf (7); Sampson and Bufflap.

Tacoma ........... 000 002 200 – 4 8 0
Salem ............ 000 000 010 – 1 4 0
Walden and Kuper; Sinovic, Sporer (9) and Beard.

[Vancouver Sun, May 3, 1947]
If you’ve been wondering what keeps a ball player broke, then stick around for a few paragraphs and we’ll take you on an expense tour of an aspiring big leaguer’s pocket book.
In this Class B Western International League, performers are not paid at the Big Top’s five-figure rate, or, for that matter, even four figures.
The players, consequently, find it difficult to make both ends meet. The most trying times are during spring training when the player’s stock must be completely replenished.
There is a general belief with the public that a team itself, such as our Capilanos, supply all these items of uniform.
This is hardly the case. The club supplies pants, shirts, cap and jacket. The remainder is purely person and paid for by the player.
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For a start, let’s take Cap catcher-manager Bill Brenner. A catcher’s glove such as the model Bill uses, runs to $30 and receivers like to have two of them on hand.
Bill usually needs a new mitt every year, or at the outside, every two years. His baseball shoes—or spikes, if you prefer—can be purchased for anything from 10-24 dollars. These, too, must be re-purchased every season.
New shoes, of course, must be bought by every player, no matter what his official duty with the team. A pitcher shakes loose an extra buck to have a steel plate on the toe of his boot, else he would be buying himself three or four pairs per season.
Infielders, outfielders and pitchers also come in for new gloves each semester. These aren’t as expensive as a catcher’s mitt, but the $25 tops and $10 minimum toll is plenty, thank you.
Sweat socks are an item, though inexpensive singly, which run into great cost by the time a season has slipped by. Usual procedure with a player is to grab a supply of a dozen at the season’s start, and a dozen pair of socks, at seventy-five cents a piece, makes the charge nine pieces of green. Renew this stock three times, as is necessary, and a player has a $27 expenditure for something to keep his tootsies tidy.
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Undershirts. Here is another item which is quite cheap when you’re buying only one at a time. But they, too, can add up. Heavy woollen shirts, the type worn in cool spring airs, are at a 5-6 dollar levy. Comes the warm weather, off with the wool, and on with a lighter model. And the cooler garment costs an additional $2.50.
In addition allow an extra five for incidentals, such as a chaw of tobacco, gum or some stenchy ointment which you can find in a player’s kit almost any time.
Adding up now, a fellow like Brenner, the catcher, would pay out $100.50 before he even saw his first salary cheque. A pitcher such as Ronnie Bryant or Jim Hedgecock is in for $95.50. Infielders and outfielders dole out $93.
Maybe you now understand why players hold out for that extra buck.

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