Thursday, June 21, 2007

Monday, July 28, 1947

W L Pct GB
Spokane .... 64 42 .604 --
Bremerton .. 61 44 .581 2½
Salem ...... 59 43 .578 3
Victoria ... 59 49 .546 6
Tacoma ..... 54 53 .505 10½
Vancouver .. 49 54 .476 18½
Yakima ..... 39 64 .379 23½
Wenatchee .. 35 71 .330 29

VICTORIA, July 28—Dick Mitchell spaced ten hits in leading the Victoria Athletics to a 15-3 thumping of the Yakima Stars in the first game of a three-game Western International League series tonight. Mitchell struck out eight and walked two, both in the eighth, and gave up a two-run homer to Frank Constantino in the third.
The feature of the game were inside-the-park, grand-slam home runs by Babe Jensen and Johnny Cavalli.
After John Hooper lined a home run over the left-centre field fence in the first, the visiting nine went ahead for the only time on Constantino's blow.
Jensen changed that when his slashing line drive got past Bud Beringhele and he chased Hooper, Vic Mastro and Jack Harshman - who had all singled - across the plate.
The Athletics added three more in the fifth when Cavalli's hit to right field went for a triple when Beringhele lost the ball in the lights. White and Mastro scored and Cavalli came in when the ball was mishandled on the throw in.
Three walks and singles by Hooper, Bill White and Harshman loaded the bags in the sixth and brought in three runs. Cavalli caught hold of an outside pitch and rifled a ball to the right field corner for a four-bagger.
Yakima ......... 002 000 010— 3 10 3
Victoria ......... 104 037 00x— 15 16 0
Simon, Romple (6) and Constantino; Mitchell and Mastro, Anske (9).

VANCOUVER [The Sun, July 29]—The change in the Capilanos, whether it be permanent or just on a one-night stand basis, was cheering news to 1800 fans who weathered smarting evening breezes last night at Cap Stadium to watch their “boys” gallop to a third straight WIL baseball conquest.
The return as a front-line pitcher of Bob Hall was the happiest note of all, even in this night filled with sweet music. Hall fashioned a three-hitter, his best of the season, and though he walked 10 batters to easily protect his league-leading bases on balls score, Hall had his stuff at the right moments.
There were other developments of note, too. Manager Bill Brenner, who has been slightly tardy at times in lifting a faltering pitcher, had Bob Snyder and Seattle optionee Hal Saltzman constantly warm in the bullpen. Each time Hall put a Wenatchee Chief in the danger zone, either Snyder or Saltzman hurried to the b.p., which is quite an item in itself.
Then there was Paul Carpenter, the new outfielder. Scheduled to start in right field, the 31-year-old Seattle chattel asked to be placed in the rough and rocky left field garden. This was not the request of a prima donna. Paul can roam a bit on the picket line, as he clearly display in handling four chances.
Carpenter, who was born in Connecticut but now makes his home in Los Angeles, showed aptitude with the bat, too. His first time up, he doubled to help a two-run first inning. It was in the sixth, though, when Carpenter came through with his best moves, a touch of inside baseball which smacked of class.
With Frank Mullens on first via a single and the hit and run blinking, Carpenter, a right-handed sticker, lashed a line drive into his off field, behind the runner. Mullens, as the ball ripped into right field, went from first to third on the single and scored one batter later as Charley Mead lifted to the outfield.
You had to look to Hall’s pitching for the game’s finer points and the newest light on the Caps. In the past three games Cap pitchers have given up 10 hits, this in 25 innings. Carl Gunnarson’s two-hitter in Salem, Pete Jonas’ five-hitter in the Oregon town, and now Hall’s three-hit masterpiece.
Hall had to be good to win his tenth verdict. He drew Joe Vivalda as an opponent and Joe has long been a Capilano whammy. Clubbed for only nine hits and but one extra-base smack (Carpenter’s double) Vivalda was in the duel all the way until removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
DIAMOND DUST: Lee Mohr came up with the best fielding play of the season in the eighth. ... As Les Dalrymple dumped a line drive into short right field, Mohr raced back and, with his back to the infield, made a twirling one-handed catch. ... Lou Estes drew his outright release last night, and as far anyone in Vancouver knows, is returning to his home.
[WILfan note: Mel Wasley, Leroy Winter and Al Dalrymple had the hits off Hall]
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VANCOUVER, July 28—Newcomer Paul Carpenter drove a double into left field, scoring Frank Mullens, and then later scored on Charlie Mead's hit to give the Vancouver Capilanos two first-inning runs as they bested the Wenatchee Chiefs, 3-1, tonight.
The 31-year-old Carpenter also twisted an ankle as he nabbed a base in his first game since being sent to the Caps from the Seattle Rainiers. He remained in the game. The team almost lost him in the first inning when he overcharged a foul along the low foul fence in left. Mead's single in the sixth accounted for the other Vancouver run.
Bob "the Body" Hall issued ten walks, but gave up only three hits, and struck out eight in picking up his tenth win of the year.
After the game, the team announced outfielder Lou Estes had been released. Yakima and Wenatchee are interested in signing him.
Wenatchee ......... 000 010 000—1 3 0
Vancouver ......... 200 001 00x— 3 9 1
Vivalda, Waltho (8) and Dalryraple; Hall and Brenner.

Spokane ............ 000 006 010—7 13 0
Bremerton ........ 100 000 120—4 14 3
Kramer and O'Neil; Ahearn, Marshall (6), Kittle (9) and Volpi.

Only games played

Chinese Star to Try out With Victoria.
VICTORIA, JULY 28 - George Ho, who in 1942 appeared as he might be the only Chinese person in the history of baseball to reach the major leagues, will be given a try-out by the Victoria Athletics.
He first attracted attention when he became the first Chinese player to be selected on the New York all-scholastic team. Following this he played two seasons in one of the fastest semi-pro circuits in the Eastern States, batting .380.
He was then signed by the Boston Braves in 1942 for their Hartford club in the Eastern League, with New York papers giving Larry McPhail, then president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, a mild panning for passing up a promising player who was a sure-fire attraction at the box office.
At Hartford, Ho appeared at the plate three times as a pinch-hitter, singling each time, but rebelled when he was asked to go to Evansville. He asked for and obtained his release and was signed by Joe Engel for the Washington Senators' farm club at Chattanooga in the class "AA" Southern Association.
At that time, Chattanooga was well-stocked with Cuban players, who too exception to a Chinese player. Although Ho was rated a good enough hitter for the fifth spot in the batting order, he was released after a series of squabbles with the Cubans.
He prefers to play in the infield, although mostly used as an outfielder. He is 26 years old, five feet nine inches tall, weighs 165 pounds, and is right-handed.

[from Vancouver Sun, July 29, 1947]
Do You Wake Up Feeling Dizzy ! ! !
Do you feel dull,and listless? lf your doctor should double up his fist and let you have it, would you say “Ouch, yes, ,right there!”? Well, let's form a club.
I am open to an offer of the fourth vlce-presidency of such a club. I wouldn’t want to be any closer than that to the possibility of having to do some work.
Maybe it’s just one of those days, of course, but I felt this way ever since I arrived, punctually half an hour late at the office this morning. It is probably in the nature of the work, At least I never felt this way when I worked on the farm.
I think the secret there was that you had half a day’s work in before you had a chance to know how you felt, and by that time you had worked it off. You goy up at 5:30 or so, fed the stock before breakfast, then were rushed right out by fast team to wherever your work might be.
This is a different sort of work. You have to push the brain, and I always feel you can’t be too careful about pushing it to extremes. EspeciaIly when it isn’t too strong in the first place.
After that preliminary, you may forgive me if I drift into some easy local gossip, such as—I ran into some of the Capilano ballplayers on their return from Salem.
They said that Paul Carpenter, new new outfielder with the Caps, was cut out to be a great player. From the unaccustomed reverence in their tones, I knew they meant great, like Joe Dimaggio or Ted Williams. But Carpenter had failed to get his head out of the way of a fast pitch a couple of years back. Since then he has never quite got to rolling again,
Colored Movement Spreading
Of Hal Saltzman, the new pitcher, they said that while he didn’t have much experience in organized ball, possibly he looked as though he had pitched a lot of service ball. Bob Stumpt muttered something about Hal’s service team being composed of a.bunch of second looeys. I didn’t quite catch the significance of that, however.
The boys also said that San Franicisco Seals, on the lookout for a third sacker, due to Rav Orteig's erratic play, conferred with Abe Saperstein the other day. The object, a Negro ballplayer or two for the Seals. No man in America knows his Negro ballplayers better than Abe, the Harlem Globe Trotter chieftain.

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