Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Saturday, July 31, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 19 10 .655 —
Yakima ....... 16  9 .640 1
Salem ........ 14 11 .560 3
Edmonton ..... 13 13 .500 4½
Victoria ...... 9 11 .450 5½
Tri-City ..... 12 15 .444 6
Vancouver .... 10 13 .435 6
Wenatchee ..... 8 19 .296 10

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 1]—The Tri-City Braves and the Lewiston Broncs split a double header at Sanders' Field Saturday night with the second game enlivened by first class free-for-all around second base.
The Braves lost the seven-inning opener, 5-3 and then came back to wax the power-laden Lewiston lineup 12-4. The big fight came in the fourth inning of the second
game. Tri-City was leading 5-2 at the time.
With one away, Dick Watson walked. Playing Manager Edo Vanni singled, sending Watson to third and Vanni moved to second. Vanni took a long leadoff and bumped Lewiston's shortstop Nick Cannuli. Vanni then headed toward Umpire Lowell Fulk and charged that Cannuli had blocked the base path. However, the angry Cannuli rushed over and hit Vanni with his gloved hand.
Vanni rassled him to the ground, but by that time players from both sides had streamed into the fray. After a due amount of furore, the ruckus had subsided and Vanni was booted from the game.
The calmest head during the whole rhubarb was Lewiston's colorful John Marshall. He surveyed the row from the distance and said, “I'll do some fighting when I get paid for it.”
In the baseball end of things, the Braves enlarged their lead in the seventh inning with four more runs and in the eighth inning with two runs.
In the second game, Jess Dobernic absorbed the loss. He came in to pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth and with but one away. He gave up two scratch hits to bring in two runs and put the Broncs ahead at that point, 3-2.
In the bottom of the inning, Arty Wilson homered to tie the score.
Starter John Marshall was taken out for a pinchhitter in the sixth and Dick Dergance came on to throw for Lewiston.
In the top of the seventh, Al Heist and Don Hunter were walked. They were moved up on Gabby Williams' sacrifice. Heist scored on Eddie Bockman's sacrifice fly.
Clint Cameron singled to score Hunter.
Tri-City's second inning runs came when Bob Moniz and Jack Warren singled. Gordy Brunswick beat out a bunt to load the bases and Moniz and Warren scored on Wilson's single.
First Game
Lewiston ..... 001 200 2—5 9 0
Tri-City ....... 020 100 0—3 6 0
Marshall, Derganc (6) and Garay; Robertson, Dobernic (4) and Warren.
Second Game
Lewiston ...... 011 001 001— 4  9 3
Tri-City ........ 112 100 42x—12 14 1
Kime, Martin (2) and Garay; Thomason and Johnson, Warren (4).

YAKIMA [Victoria Colonist, Aug. 1]—Victoria Tyees regained their batting eyes at Yakima last night to pound out a 13-7 victory over the Bears and square the four-game WIL series at 1-1.
The two teams will play a doubleheader today and the Tyees return home to open a four game series against Salem Senators at Royal Athletic Park starting tomorrow.
Tomorrow has been designated as “Fan Prize Night” with a number of prizes, including a flash camera and at least 39 others, donated by the Booster Club going to fans in attendance.
Due to a mix-up in wire service, no details of the game were available at an early hour this morning except what was provided in the line score.
Rookie-southpaw Phil Page was the winner, although going out after seven innings in favor of Mike Kanshin, who gave up the last three Yakima runs in the ninth. It was Page’s second successive win.
The Tyees climbed all over Ted Edmunds, who had compiled a 14-4 record in the latest official league averages. They scored three runs in the third inning, one in the fourth, and drove Edmunds to cover in a four-run fifth.
Victory moved the Tyees, at least temporarily, into fifth place ahead of Tri-City.
Victoria ..... 003 143 101—13 15 2
Yakima ...... 010 001 203— 7  9 3
Page, Kanshin (8) and Martin; Edmunds, Carter (5), Young (7), Albini (9) and Albini, Summers (9).

SALEM, July 31—Salem pitcher Tom Herrera struck out 13 batters and allowed only two earned runs, but the Senators were beaten 5-2 by Edmonton in Saturday night's Western International League baseball game.
Edmonton opened the scoring in the first inning with one run on a single by Bob Sturgeon, a walk and an error.
Another error, a hit batter and singles by Andy Skurski, Vern Campbell and Roy Parlee added three more Edmonton runs in the sixth inning.
Campbell ended the Canadians' scoring in the eighth with a bases-empty homer.
Salem's runs came in the second inning on three hits and in the eighth on two hits.
Edmonton ...... 100 003 020—5 8 1
Salem ........... 010 000 010—2 8 3
McNulty and Parlee; Herrera, Johnson (9) and Ogden.

WENATCHEE, July 31 — Vancouver crushed Wenatchee 20-13 Saturday night in a wild Western International League baseball game during which the two teams hammered out a total of 36 base hits including five home runs.
Vancouver had three of the homers including Dick Greco's in the fourth with one on, Bob Duretto in the sixth with one on and manager Bill Brenner's bases-empty round tripper in the seventh.
Larry Richardson and Jake Helmuth homered for Wenatchee in the Chiefs' big inning, the third, during which 11 runners crossed the plate. Richardson had two aboard when he poled his four-master and Helmuth hit a grand slammer.
Fourteen men batted for Wenatchee in the third, and Vancouver batted around in the fourth and the sixth.
Vancouver ....... 140 407 400—20 22 4
Wenatchee ...... 01(11) 010 000—13 14 3
Nicholas, Hallgren (3), Brenner (3) and Duretto; Waters, Oubre (3), Romero (4), Stanford (6) and Self.

Abel Socks $50 Fine On WIL Ballers
LEWISTON, Idaho, July 31—Western International League President Robert Abel ruled Saturday that the controversial game between Lewiston and Wenatchee here July 21 will go down in the books as a the game.
At the same time, he fined both teams $50 for "making a travesty of the game."
The contest was called in the top of the 11th inning because of the curfew, with Wenatchee leading 8-7. Both sides accused the, other of stalling tactics, and the umpire turned over to Abel the decision on how the game would be counted.
In his letter to the Lewiston Club Saturday, Abel said the disputed game will be played over during the next series between the two teams, starting Aug. 9 at Lewiston.

By Jim Tang
[from Victoria Colonist, Aug. 1, 1954]
Joe Joshua, who surprisingly got a chance to become Seattle’s regular shortstop after leaving the Tyees by request, had 10 hits in his first 56 times at bat for the Rainiers for a .179 average … Jehosie Heard and Granny Gladstone, two other colored ex-Tyees are also having their troubles this season. Heard hasn’t found last season form for Portland and Gladstone is scrapping to keep his batting average above .200 …
It looks more and more as if the WIL will have trouble getting a quorum next season, if it manages to finish this one intact. It’s hardly likely that Edmonton will continue as the only Alberta team and it’s quite probable that some effort will be made to form a Prairie league. And if interest doesn’t pick up elsewhere, at least two of the other seven clubs may have trouble completing the season.

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