Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Monday, August 9, 1954

                 W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ...... 26 11 .703 —
Yakima ........ 20 15 .571 5
Vancouver ..... 18 15 .545 6
Edmonton ...... 18 17 .514 7
Salem ......... 15 16 .484 8
Tri-City ...... 15 22 .405 11
Wenatchee ..... 15 25 .324 14

KENNEWICK, Aug. 9—The Vancouver Capilanos blasted two Tri-City pitchers for eight hits and nine runs in the first inning Monday to swamp the Braves, 13-4, in a Western International League baseball game.
The big Vancouver inning featured two-run homers by Eddie Murphy and Marv Williams. Murphy also got a single in the first and Williams a double. K Chorlton got a double and a single as the Caps made it five in a row and seven wins in eight starts.
Jess Dobernic, who started for the Braves, was shelled out, lasting two-thirds of an inning and giving up five hits and two walks before being replaced by Hal Flinn. Flinn was treated rather rudely, giving up hits to the three batters he faced, and gave way to centerfielder Gordie Brunswick. Brunswick got the last man of the inning and hurled six-hit ball the rest of the way, including Ken Richardson’s homer for the Caps in the sixth.
Brunswick aided his own cause with a round-tripper in the second.
George Nicholas went the route for the Capilanos in giving up 12 scattered hits for his 12th win against 10 losses.
Murphy and Chorlton each had three hits for Vancouver, while Edo Vanni, Vic Buccola and Rube Johnson had two each for Tri-City.
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KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 10]—Early this season the Vancouver beer barons loaded up the Capilano roster which eventually all but wrecked the Western International league.
Now Tri-Clty players have a sneaking hunch that the brew sold there has all but wrecked the Tri-Clty team.
The Braves were waxed by the Caps Monday night in the opener of the four-game series, 13-4.
Some of Tri-City's trouble came when the hurling staff served up gopher balls, But the rest came because a good share of the team is suffering with "internal disorders" which has left the players in a weakened condition.
Don Robertson, Tri-City's winningest pitcher, who ordinarily would have started the game Monday night contends:
"Every guy who's got 'It' drank a bottle of warm beer in Vancouver. That's what did it."
Robertson himself has been laid up for three days.
Playing manager Edo Vanni said Robertson looked a few days ago as if he had "fallen in a flour barrel."
Robertson may pitch tonight if he is sufficiently recovered from the effects of the Vancouver-bought beer. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
As the result of the illness, coupled with injuries such as Bob Moniz' back, and the absence of two players away on the "all-star team," Tri-City wound up with a pitcher in leftfield, a catcher in right field and a centerfielder pitching.
However, the centerfielder on the mound, Gordy Brunswick, turned in a hotter performance than the pitchers. The Capilanoes jumped on starter Jess Dobernic for seven runs and Hall Flinn for two more in the first inning before Brunswick came in to pitch.
Marv Williams got a three-run homer and a double in that first frame and Eddie Murphy got a single and two-run homer. Also getting two hits in the first was K. Chorlton who singled and doubled.
After Brunswick took over, he got the side out and pitched six-hit ball from thereon in. Ken Richardson homered off him in the sixth and Brunswick got his Braves in the second.
Tri-City got nearly as many hits off Vancouver's George Nicholas as the Caps got off the Tri-City staff but double plays killed most scoring threats.
Vancouver ...... 900 011 200—13 14 2
Tri-City .......... 010 100 101— 4 12 1
Nicholas and Durreto; Dobernic, Flinn (1), Brunswick (1) and Johnson.

LEWISTON, Aug. 9 — Low on hits but high on runs, Lewiston Broncs scored a 5-1 victory over Wenatchee Chiefs here Monday.
Wenatchee held a six to five edge in the hitting department but could only push across one run in its game with Lewiston. The lone tally came in the sixth inning
on two singles, a walk and an infield out. Lewiston started the scoring in the second inning with a three run outburst with Larry Barton. Nick Cannuli and Al Heist crossing the plate on two singles, two walks, a sacrifice and a passed ball. The Broncs added two more runs in the sixth.
The Broncs put across two more runs in the sixth.
Two Wenatchee pitchers issued 11 walks to Lewiston.
With the win, the Western International League leaders gained a half-game over second-place Yakima as the Bears were idle.
Wenatchee ..... 000 001 010—1 6 1
Lewiston ........ 030 002 00x—5 5 1
Beamon, Tierney (6) and Self; Marshall and Cameron.

SALEM, Aug. 9—Salem found out the "big time" can be rough as the Senators were held to one hit and lost a 1-0 exhibition game to Portland of the Pacific Coast League.
Portland ...... 000 000 010—1 4 1
Salem ......... 000 000 000—0 1 0
Boemler, Waibel (4), Fleming (7) and Glade, Lundberg (4); Roenspie, Rayle (9) and D. Luby.

Vanni's Gag Is Confusin'
[Tri-City Herald, Aug. 10, 1954]
Tri-CUy's playing manager Edo Vanni pulled a sharpie on Vancouver players and Tri-City fans Monday night when his former teammate Eddie Murphy homered in the first inning of the Vancouver game.
Vanni, seeing that the ball would clear the fence by a large margin, pretended he could make the catch, moved in toward the infield, and acted as if he took it in.
Hitters tagged up and fans gave forth with mild cheers when they saw him make the "catch."
Most confused however were the radio listeners. Broadcaster Jerry Colkitt, also taken in by Vanni's horseplay, described the ball as "well hit," told of Vanni moving
forward under it, making the catch, and then had to hastily backtrack with a "wait a minute, it's all the way out here for a home run."

Sports Notes

[from Tri-City Herald, August 10, 1954]
Ducey Gets a Laugh
John Ducey, the Edmonton G.M. who has been swindled so often by other teams in the Western International League one wonders how he can take it, at least got one laugh out of the situation that is costing him $2,000 this week.
Ducey told Edmonton writers that when it came to selection of an all-star team, Lewiston, Tri-City and Salem were much in contention and didn’t want to nominate a good ball player for the all-stars.
“On the other hand, they knew if they filled the club with duffers, the Eskimoes might sweep the series and pick up six games and first place. They couldn’t afford to do that so you could see the agony of indecision on their faces. I just sat back and let them sweat it out while I laughed.”
Ducey is definitely wrong on the Tri-City score. First off, the Braves aren't in contention for the pennant and at the present rate not in contention for the first division.
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Contributions With A Motive

Tri-City doesn't have to be ashamed of its contribution. Although Dale Thomason may not be our best pitcher, he is one of our starters. And by sending Artie Wilson (who is our leading home-run hitter by the way), it meant putting Vic Buccola back in the lineup, despite his re-injuries suffered when Lewiston’s Nick Cannuli touched off the ridiculous rassling match.
Lewiston and Vancouver boast they have sent the most to the all-stars. Which is true but for other reasons. First off, Vancouver carries a better outfield on the disabled list than teams like Tri-City have to use day after day. Furthermore, the Caps have won the first half so what difference does it make how they finish in the second half?
And as for Lewiston, which purchased the second half title in June, Edmonton represents one of the very few threats to their title.
Under the circumstances it would seem Lewiston would send either Al Yaylian or Guy Fletcher to the all-star team to pitch against Edmonton. But maybe the Broncs are ashamed to do so, considering they took Ducey’s $600 and used it to sign Eddie Bockman, whose homers beat Edmonton twice the following week.

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