Saturday, June 23, 2007

Monday, August 18, 1947

              W  L  Pct GB
Spokane .... 75 56 .575 --
Bremerton .. 74 56 .569 ½
Salem ...... 69 55 .569 2½
Victoria ... 72 59 .550 3
Vancouver .. 69 59 .539 4½
Tacoma ..... 62 67 .481 12
Yakima ..... 49 78 .386 23
Wenatchee .. 44 84 .334 29½

VICTORIA, August 18 — The Victoria Athletics scored five runs in the sixth and three in the eighth, then had to stop a ninth-inning rally tonight to defeat the Vancouver Capilanos 10-6 in a Western International League series opener.
Bill Woop lost a no-hitter in the seventh when Bill Reese opened with a single, and lost his shutout in the eighth when a costly error by Babe Jensen was responsible for two runs scoring without a base hit.
He was relieved after the Caps scored four times in the ninth and had two on the bags. Jim Arnold whiffed Bob Stumpf to end the game.
John Cavalli opened the scoring in the second inning by hitting a pitch to deep right for an inside the park home run, scoring Babe Jensen who had walked.
Then came a barrage in the sixth by Vancouver's Bob Hall, who gave up five hits for as many runs.
Bill White, Vic Mastro, Jack Harshman and Babe Jensen rapped out four well-hit singles, the last two scoring runs. Cavalli sacrificed both runners but the strategy was unnecessary when Leo Righetti followed by lining his ninth home run, his third in a week, over the centre-field wall.
Ron Bryant replaced Hall to start the seventh and was reached for Victoria's final three runs, in part due to two Vancouver errors.
Four walks and Jensen's miscue gave the Caps a pair of runs in the eighth before the started an assault in the ninth.
Len Tran and Buddy Hjelmaa singled, Bill Brenner walked, then Frank Mullens parked a triple to send Woop to the dressing room and Arnold to the mound. He gave up a fly ball to score another run, and made it interesting when he walked Paul Carpenter, then watched Cavalli make a low throw on a ground ball by Reese, who was safe on the play. But the runners died when Stumpf struck out, the 14th Vancouver batter to do so.
Vancouver ........ 000 000 024— 6 4 5
Victoria ............. 020 005 30x—10 13 2
Hall, Bryant (7) and Stumpf; Woop, Arnold (9) and Mastro.

Exhibition Game
Portland ........ 201 000 100—4 5 0
Salem ............ 000 000 000—0 8 1
Turner, Bahr (4) and Muratore; Mossor and Beard.

Exhibition Game
Sacramento .......... 010 000 030—4 7 0
Wenatchee ........... 000 020 000—2 7 2
Gonzales, Smith (7) and Fitzgerald, Swedman (4); McCollum and Winter.


[Vancouver Sun, August 19, 1947]
Twinkletoes Gets the Finger
The word is around that the Seattle Rainiers are about to touch off the sunset gun by recalling the fleet Leon Mohr from our gushing, rushing Capilanos.
This news, coming on the heels of my column on this subject a few days back, makes me feel clairvoyant. Not to mention simply awful.
In the aforementioned piece I mentioned that the Caps had just enough infielders to go around and were therefore as vulnerable as a beetle on a drum.
There is going to be a large outcry when Mohr goes. It is what comes of having a parent club. The latter is all right when putting out but the moment they take something back it doesn’t go down so well. Yet, parent clubs have been doing this since Connie Mack was a boy and there is no appeal. You can’t fight City Hall.
I had a letter this morning from one fellow who isn’t going to cry his eyes out regardless of what happens to the Capilanos. He says he paid for a grandstand seat the other night and was ushered into the left field bleachers.
The better seats were all occupied, he admits. His argument is that the far reaches of the leftfield stands were formerly cut-rate seats and should still rate as bleachers of the hottest ray serene.
When Is a Bleacher? He Asks
My friend is ready to whip the welkin into a fine froth with his cries, but I’m afraid the matter is between he and Robert P. Brown. It the latter says those seats are full price then that is what he is going to get for them, business being what it is these days, with a pennant flapping on the horizon. Some of the patrons paid for a nice, wide seat on the lawn out there lately, and liked it. There was no extra charge for the mosquitos.
If the Caps bring up young Orrin Snyder from the deep bushes to replace Mohr in the infield, the fans will be seeing a young man of considerable promise. At Sunnyside, the Caps’ training camp last spring, Snyder was a first baseman. As neat a fellow with that big glove, too, as Bill Reese, who spears a mean pellet.
Orrin Snyder is, temperamentally, constructed along the same lines as his brother Bob, of the local pitching staff. Easygoing and likeable. Extreme young and the presence of Lavis York in camp were the twin factors that sent Orrin on his way lamenting. Since that time the kid has been playing shortstop out there in the sticks, and making a fair job of it.
It is hard to see Snyder successfully replacing Mohr, however. The move would put two green kids together out there around the second sack, meaning shortstop Buddy Hjelmaa and young Snyder, which would add up to a large total of inexperience.
Pitchers, We Have a Million
The blow to Mr. Brown’s infield, if and when it falls, spotlights a point that must have been obvious to the veteran Caps’ front office man all along. It is hard to understand how he, a former insurance salesman of considerable acumen, allowed himself to get caught with his infield policies down.
I can count nine pitchers on the staff, which is about as high as I can count anyway, in case I have missed a couple, I can mention several of these who are scarcely worth their weight in last week’s mutuel tickets. Surely the boss, unless he has slipped, could have traded a couple of these for one used infielder, tossing in a couple of old fungo bats to swing the deal if necessary.
Not that I wouldn’t like to see young Snyder back here. The experience he has had this season must have left its mark and he will be coming up eventually in any case. Besides, the guy owes me a milkshake.

Before and After
By Ken McConnell
[Vancouver Province, August 18, 1947]
A month of scintillating performances has resulted in the Vancouver Capilanos picking themselves up off the Western International League’s basement floor and today, as they open a three-day stand in Victoria, there is a glimmering hope—where there was none a month ago—that the club will steadily overhaul the leaders and just possibly win a pennant.
Help arrived from the Seattle Rainiers just in time and then Manager Bill Brenner’s boys started getting a few good breaks right when they were needed most.
Saturday night, for instance.
The first game, originally planned for seven innings, went into ten frames. Red Tran blasted one to the fence, and the Caps had the winning run for a cherished victory.
In the second game, planned as a full regulation nine-inning affair, Frank Mullens delivered an all-important blow in the final half of the sixth to give Caps their second win of the night.
It was five minutes of midnight (that’s a bucking horse’s name, too) and although the Spokane boys were upset, there was no point bucking the curfew law.
The game was over, and in just 16 minutes the Caps had climbed to within a half game of Victoria and they could take care of the Athletics over there tonight.
If Bob Hall can win this one then the Caps will be in fourth place, half a game up on Victoria, and the Vancouver boys could be galloping on in the stretch, to overhaul Salem, Spokane and Bremerton.
Dust off that flag pole!

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