Saturday, 9 August 2008

Friday, June 18, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver .... 33 18 .647 —
Yakima ....... 29 23 .558 4½
Spokane ...... 28 23 .549 5
Wenatchee .... 28 25 .528 6
Edmonton ..... 21 20 .512 7½
Lewiston ..... 23 26 .469 9½
Tri-City ..... 23 29 .442 10½
Victoria ..... 22 28 .440 10½
Salem ........ 23 30 .434 11
Calgary ...... 18 26 .409 11½

VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, Province, June 19]—Finding television dull now that the McCarthy hearings have ended? Try Capilano Stadium tonight—they’re unveiling Bud Beasley there against Victoria.
Beasley, a man of many parts, not only knows as many words at McCarthy, but he’s also a better pitcher. The veteran lefthander, who joined the pro baseball Capilanos Tuesday, had only a few days to work out, but he announced Friday he was “ready.” Beasley, the type of man who likes a stroll to Horseshoe Bay before breakfast, is always ready.
The last season he pitched here, 1951, he went to work immediately and ran up a 5-0 record and the best earned run average in the league during his limited stay.
Beasley, whose gyrations on the mound just have to be seen—they can’t be described—might just put a few people into the park tonight. Manager Bill Brenner hopes it won’t be too much of a shock to his men—playing before a crowd, that is.
Maybe that’s what happened to the Caps in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tyees Friday. There were 1850 paid, and after the 104 who turned up Thursday, the noise was pretty frightening.
The Caps started slowly in the nightcap, too, as Bob Roberts gave up five runs in the first three innings. But they kept chopping away, and finally went ahead in the sixth when they scored three runs. An error with two out by Ron Jackson and three straight walks by Bill Bottler, who relieved Berlyn Hodges, did the damage as the Caps won, 8-6.
PROVINCE STARS – Ken Richardson, who boosted his runs batted in total to a big 58 and performed his usual miracles with his glove … Veteran Eddie Lake, with two home runs and a workmanlike shortstop job for Victoria … And the Tyees’ Don Lundberg, with six hits.
[George Nicholas managed only two outs before he was yanked in the first inning of the five game. He gave up with hits and struck out a batter. Besides Lake’s homers, good for three runs, Jackson pounded a pair of doubles, and Steve Mesner doubled and singled to plate three Tyees. Dick Greco had three singles, while K Chorlton, Bob Duretto and Richardson all homered for Vancouver.
In the finale, Roberts went the distance, walking four, striking out one, tossing a wild pitch and committing an error. He also led the team with three hits, including a double. Neil Sheridan homered and singled for the Tyees, bringing in three runs, while Lundberg doubled twice and Tom Perez singled three times.
First game
Victoria ............ 411 200 2—10 14 0
Vancouver ........ 000 121 1—5 10 2
J. Nicholas, Kanshin (6) and Martin; G. Nicholas, Brenner (1) and Duretto.
Second game
Victoria ............ 212 001 000—6  9 3
Vancouver ........ 010 033 01x—8 13 3
Hodges, Bottler (6) and Lundberg; Roberts and Duretto.

SALEM, June 18—Wenatchee opened a Western International League baseball series here Friday by defeating Salem, 6-3.
Wenatchee ..... 100 100 310—6  6 1
Salem ............ 010 000 100—3 12 6
Waters and Helmuth; Roenspie, Domenichelli (7) and Ogden.

CALGARY, June 18—Spokane Indians trounced the Calgary Stampeders 21-5 Friday night in the first of a four-game Western International Baseball League series piayed before approximately 200 fans.
Home runs paved the way for the Indians' victory as they slammed out five good for 15 runs. Big blows included a grand slammer by Spencer Robbins, two three-run homers by Eddie Murphy and two-run circuit clouds by Wil Hafey and Bob Donkersley.
A home run by Rocky Tedesco in the second inning and one each by Don Bricker, Gale Taylor and Gene Lillard in the ninth tallied all the Stampeder markers.
It was Spokane's fifth straight win.
Spokane .... 106 053 033—21 21 0
Calgary ..... 010 000 005— 6 12 4
Giovannoni and Dean; Levinson, Whyte (5), Owen (9) and Luby.

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, June 20]— Besides the obvious fact that good pitching makes for good baseball, Yakima's 3-2 victory over Tri-City Friday night at Sanders
Field made a couple of other things pretty apparent.
1. The sale of Des Charouhas to the Yaklma Bears was not the most popular move ever made by the Tri-City management.
2. The family night bargain was one of the most popular moves ever made by the Tri-City management.
On Point 1, the Tri-City fans vented their anger over the sale by cheering loudly when Charouhas, the leadoff hitter, came to bat.
The ex-Brave didn't do much that time but in the third inning he got one of the seven hits off Tri-City starter Walt Clough. Even that did no particular damage.
In the fifth, however, Yakima's scoring inning, Charouhas laid down a bunt to move two runners into scoring position. They later came in on Mike Catron's double
and Catron then scored on Len Noren's single.
On point 2, although but 1,358 fans paid to see the Braves in action, 3,373 turned out to see them. The huge "non-paying" turnout was the result of the "only pop pays" family night.
It is problematical whether the paid gate would have been any higher had the admission been on a "straight" basis, and the concession sales, which were supposed
to justify the special, did not reach the amounts the managements hoped.
But despite the loss, the near-record crowd was treated to some good baseball on the part of both teams, especially in the pitching departments.
Ted Edmunds, the Yakima starter, and Tri-City's Clough each gave up seven hits. Clough did not walk a batter and Edmunds passed but three. On an earned runs basis, Clough gave up one while both off Edmunds were earned.
After Yakima's three-run inning, Tri-City came back for one in the bottom of the fifth. Len Tran singled with one away. Dick Watson followed with another and Clough rapped one out to score Tran.
But then Bob McGuire hit into a double play to end the threat. Tri-City scored once in the seventh with Jack Warren leading off with a double. Bob Moniz singled him in.
The last Tri-City chance went up in smoke, though, after Tran walked and Moniz was caught off second. A fly and a strikeout ended the inning.
Tri-City had the potential tying run in the form of Warren on second base in the ninth inning but Len Tran's high fly ended the game.
Yakima ...... 000 030 000—3 7 0
Tri-City ..... 000 010 100—2 7 2
Edmunds and Summers; Clough and Warren.

Lewiston at Edmonton, postponed, rain.

(Including games of Monday, June 14, 1954)
Tri-City .316; Vancouver .307; Wenatchee .295; Victoria .288; Calgary .282; Lewiston .281; Yakima .281; Edmonton .281; Salem .277; Spokane .267.
Yakima .968; Vancouver .966; Edmonton .966; Salem .962; Wenatchee .961; Lewiston .959; Victoria .959; Spokane .952; Tri-City .951; Calgary .946.
Percentage, Bob Wellman, Van., .393; Runs, Al Heist, Lew., 47; Hits, Joe Unfried, Wen., 77; Total Bases, Joe Unfried, Wen., 132; Two Base Hits, three tied with 16; Three Base Hits, Herman, Yak., 6; Home Runs, Joe Unfried, Wen., 12; Sacrifice Hits, Vic Buccola, TC, 11; Stolen Bases, K. Chorlton, Van., 12; Bases on Balls, Eddie Lake, Vic., 48; Runs Batted In, Joe Unfried, Wen., 56; Strikeouts, Charlie Ruddock, Spo., 48.
ERA., Bill Brenner, Van., 1.47; Losses, Ralph Romero, Spo., Larry Borst, Sal., 7; Bases on Balls, Jon Briggs, Sal., 70; Complete Games, Bill Brenner, Van., 10; Wins, John Anderson, Spo., 9; Strikeouts, Jon Briggs, Sal., 89; Innings Pitched, Bill Brenner, Van., 116; Home Runs Allowed, Bob Drilling, Vic., 13.

Tyees Sign Pitcher, First Baseman
[Victoria Colonist, June 19, 1954]
Victoria Tyees…started a move to strengthen the club in an all-out bid for the second-half championship by signing two players—a much-needed pitcher and a first baseman.
Signed were pitcher John Tierney, who saw action with Victoria in 1951 and was recently released by Portland, and first baseman Mel Stein. Stein, who throws left and bats from the right side of the plate, played in the Evangeline League last season and is rated highly by manager Don Pries.
He can also play the outfield but it is hoped that he will solve the problem at first base. Bill Prior played both games at the initial sack last night after the Tyees had returned Joe Joshua to Seattle on Thursday night.

League to Carry Indians
SPOKANE, June 18—The Western International Baseball League agreed Friday to “carry” the Spokane entry for another week to give local fans more time to provide a home for the orphaned Indians.
Robert B. Abel, the WIL president, said the extension was granted at the request of Mayor Arthur Meehan who heads a “Save Spokane Indians, Inc.” organization.
The Indians, who beat Edmonton twice 7-2 and 4-1 Thursday to move into third place, were to return home next Monday for a series with first place Vancouver. Abel said the games will be played at Vancouver instead. The Spokane club will go there after ending a series at Calgary Sunday.
The Spokane club has been operating under direction of the league this week.

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