Tyees Open at Home For Week on May3
[Victoria Colonist, March 2, 1954]
Victoria Tyees will play 140 games, 70 at home and 70 away from home in the Western International Baseball League this season—if there are no changes between now and the opening of the season on April 29.
According to the schedule just released by president Bob Abel, the Tyees open their season at Vancouver with a two-game series on April 29 and 30. Then they play three games at Wenatchee May 1 and 2. Victoria opens at home on May 3 with a three-game set against Tri-City. The Tyees then play four games with Salem Senators and go on the road again for the next 12 days. They close the season at home with a three-game series against Lewiston and a Labor Day doubleheader against Spokane.
Every effort has obviously been made to balance the schedule in the number of games played. Each club will play between 139 and 142 games. This is the closest yet for the WIL. Last season, Lewiston played the low of 133 games while Yakima managed to get in 142.
However, although the schedule has been reasonably balanced as to the number of games, the difficulties of trying to completely balance a schedule for 10 teams in a territory as far apart as Edmonton and Salem is shown in the disparity in the number of games each club plays against the others.
The Tyees, for instance, meet the Vancouver Capilanos no less than 26 times and play Spokane Indians only 11 times. They meet Tri-City Braves 19 times, Calgary Stampeders 16 times, Edmonton Eskimos 15 times, Salem, Yakima and Lewiston 13 times and Wenatchee 14 times. Only in the cases of Vancouver and Calgary are the games evenly divided at home and on the road.
May is the busiest month for Victoria fans with the Tyees scheduled here for 19 games. They play 17 at home in August, 15 in June, 14 in July and five in September. There is a total of 20 home series with eight of the nine clubs making two trips here and the Capilanos making four. The Tyees play 21 series on the road, four at Vancouver, three at Tri-City and two against each of the other seven clubs.