Monday, June 18, 2007

Games of Wednesday, June 11, 1947

VANCOUVER, June 11 — Two grand slam homers in the eighth inning accounted for much of the Vancouver firepower tonight as the Capilanos thumped the Wenatchee Chiefs, 15-2, in a Western International League tilt at Cap Stadium.
Bill Brenner smacked the first and Frank Mullens did it again for the second time this season.
Charlie Mead had a measly, by comparison, two-run blast in the third off loser Tom Rose.
Bob Snyder held Wenatchee to two hits in the first six innings to pick up the win. He tired in the late going, giving up single runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
Wenatchee .......... 000 000 011— 2 7 5
Vancouver .......... 012 003 18x—15 13 1
Rose, Osborn (8) and Pesut; Snyder and Brenner.

VICTORIA — Jim Arnold retired the first 11 batters he faced and had a no-hitter going through four innings in his Western International League debut to lead the Victoria Athletics to an 8-2 win over the Spokane Indians on Wednesday night.
Arnold was lifted after six full innings when his elbow, which had plagued him in Oakland this year, started hurting.
He gave up two hits in the fifth for a run and set the side down in order in the sixth, with full command of his curveball.
Jack Harshman had the big bat for the A's, taking Sam Spitzer's pitches for a homer, two doubles and a single.
Arnold singled Babe Jensen over with the first run of the game in the second inning, and Harshman's homer made it 2-0 in the third. Doubles by John Hooper and Harshman, a stolen base and Bill White's outfield fly sent a pair over in the fifth.
Spokane .......000 010 010—2 4 3
Victoria ....... 011 022 11x—8 12 0
Spitzer, Stevenson (8) and Bufflap; Arnold, Kasparovitch (7) and Anske.

Salem ........ 001 000 200—3 10 0
Tacoma ..... 000 220 02x—8 11 1
Sinovic and Beard; Shapley and Kuper.

Yakima ........ 002 000 000—2 6 3
Bremerton .... 010 200 01x—4 5 1
Strait, Wallerstein (5) and Phillips; Sullivan and Volpi.

Kramer Signs With Spokane
SPOKANE, June 11—Wally Kramer, star pitcher for the Washington State college baseball team, Wednesday signed a contract with the Spokane Indians in the Western International League, Business Manager Denny Spellecy announced.
The 24-year-old Toppenish right-hander will join the Indians in Spokane Sunday for the opening game of the Vancouver series, then return to Pullman to graduate with a pre-med degree.
Kramer won seven straight games without a defeat to lead the Cougars to a northern division Pacific Coast conference title this season. He lost one game to California in a Coast playoff.
An all-around athlete, Kramer played football for the University of Washington while in the Marine Corps during the war, playing in the Rose Bowl in 1944 when Southern California defeated Washington 20 to 0.
Owner Sam Collins said addition of Kramer was expected to be “just what is needed” to bolster the Indian mound staff.

Before and After
By Ken McConnell

[Vancouver Province, July 12, 1947]
There was no joy in Capilano Stadium on Tuesday, almost immediately after Pete Jonas gave up six runs in the first inning. But it is different on winning nights, and I guess that’s what makes a baseball game (such as last night, 15-2, wow!)
Robert P. Brown, who been around Capilano ever since he cut down the big tree in right field, bounces back fast after a disastrous night.
“I have not changed my opinion of the club,” firmly announced the Caps’ chieftain. “We still have a good ball club. Jonas had a bad night and he is entitled to that. Pete will win a good many ball games for us.
“Those six errors didn’t help us and that won’t happen again,” continued Robert P., fixing us with one of his fierce looks. “Sandy Robertson is going to be real handy. We have three pretty fair right handers in Jonas, Bob Snyder and Sandy. There is nothing the matter with Carl Gunnarson and Jim Hedgecock, our left handers. And Bob Hall, Ronnie Bryant, and Larry Manier will fill in nicely.”
* * *
York’s a Carpenter Now

Bill Brenner arrived back in the city Wednesday morning.
Bill’s knee is still bothering him and also Brown. Bill Wright’s under-pinning is a worry, too. Bob remembers Wright of 1942 and wishes the big guy would play back to the form he showed then.
Lavis York, now a carpenter at Rockmart, Georgia, has been placed on the voluntarily retirement list.
“Even if York decided to re-enter baseball,” points out Brown, “it would be mighty hard to get him off that list in less than a year’s time.”
It seems that Lavis’ wife, way back there in Georgia, taken a pretty grave view of Lavis playing ball and particularly playing ball so far from home. She refused point blank to come up here, even on a visit.
“York, I think,” grieved Bob, “Would have gone to Seattle next year.”
But Lavis apparently has ended his diamond career. His wife in the final letter—and probably you know how final the good women can be at times—wrote: “You give up baseball, come home now or else.”
* * *
Estes on First?
Brown thinks there is a possibility that Lou Estes will turn into a corking first baseman.
“He is only 23 now,” says Robert, brushing way the worries of the moment. “He hit over .300 last season and he’ll hit at least .325 this season.”
Lou was late showing up at the training camp and only hit around .200 early in the season. But now he’s hitting the ball and he has a great arm. He lacks speed and that might be another reason why he would go better at first base. Originally he played third.
Finally Brown admits the club could hustler a good deal more and lamented more than a little some of the base-running that was shown on Tuesday night.
There was the instance of Lee Mohr, crashing a ball high in the wire-netting. He watched it all the way—and was easily thrown out at second base.
Well, it is only June. Things can happen that will result in the improvement of the Caps, but I hope they start their charge soon.

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