Saturday, 9 August 2008

Saturday, June 19, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver .... 33 18 .647 —
Spokane ...... 29 23 .558 4½
Yakima ....... 29 24 .547 5
Wenatchee .... 28 25 .528 6
Lewiston ..... 25 26 .490 8½
Edmonton ..... 21 22 .488 8½
Tri-City ..... 24 29 .453 10
Victoria ..... 22 28 .440 10½
Salem ........ 23 30 .434 11
Calgary ...... 18 27 .400 12

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, June 19]—A trio of eighth-inning doubles broke up a tight pitcher's duel at Sanders Field Saturday night which saw Tri-City's Dale Bloom shut out the Yakima Bears, 3-0.
For 7½ innings, Bloom and John Carmichael of Yakima cut down batters while the crowd of 1,120 waited for one to yield.
Up unto the eighth, Carmichael had slightly the better of the duel giving up but a hit to Bob Moniz in the second, and one to Artie Wilson, in the seventh. But in the three-run eighth, Tri-City's top of the batting order began to roll.
After. Bloom struck out, Terry Carroll hit a high one neither the Yakima infield nor outfield could get to and pulled up at second. Vic Buccola was intentionally walked.
Then Len Tran bashed one all the way to the left centerfield wall. On the play, Carroll tagged up waiting to see if the ball was caught, while Buccola moved three quarters of the way to second.
When it fell in, both runners scored, with Buccola, who contends he has slowed up through the years, almost overtaking speedy Carroll.
Wilson flied out and then Jack Warren followed with another double off the left centerfield wall to score Tran.
Carmichael walked one more batter and then got Bob McGuire to ground out to end the frame.
But for Tri-City fans, the game was all Bloom. The shutout was his first this season or more correctly his first since pitching for the Braves. The young hurler gave an indication of what was to come right off when he struck out the first four batters who faced him.
The next one up, John Albini, doubled, Lou Stringer grounded out and Lon Summers walked to put runners on first and second for the first of three times during the night.
But then Ron [sic] Briskey flied out to end the threat.
Bloom was in deepest trouble in the fifth frame and pulled himself out with his own defensive play. Briskey and Carmichael both got singles to put runners on first and second and none away.
Then ex-Brave Des Charouhas bunted. Bloom fielded it cleanly and threw to Carroll at third to force Briskey. He struck out Mike Catron for two away.
Herm Lewis, the next batter, hit a ground ball down the first base line. Bloom ran over, came up with it, and tagged Lewis as the runner and pitcher collided. The smash sent Lewis sprawling.
In the ninth, Bloom was in mild trouble but sparkling catches by Bob McGuire in ccnterfield saved his shutout bid. Albini hit the first one out deep in right center. McGuire took it moving back. A walk, one of Bloom's three for the night, put Stringer on base, and a single by Summers put runners on first and second again. Briskey then hit a liner to left center which McGuire took at his shoetops turning a somersault as he came up with the ball.
Bloom then got pinchitter Charlie Mead to ground out to himelf to end the game.
Today, the Braves will play a split doubleheder for the first time this season. The first game will start at 2 p.m. with Bud Guldborg starting for the Braves. The second game will start at 7:30 p.m. with Don Robertson on the mound.
Yakima ...... 000 000 000—0 5 1
Tri-City ..... 000 000 03x—3 5 1
Carmichael and Summers; Bloom and Warren.

CALGARY, June 18 — The Spokane Indians, backed by the steady eight-hit pitching of Tom Lawson, downed the Calgary Stampeders 12-5 in Calgary Saturday night in a Western International League baseball contest.
All but two of the 17 runs were scored by home runs as Red Robbins, Will Hafey, Charlie Ruddock, Bud Dean and Mike Durock connected for the winners and Jim Wert and Rocky Tedesco for the Stamps.
Hafey had a total of four hits in five trips.
Spokane ..... 020 400 204—12 6 2
Calgary ...... 010 100 001— 5 8 2
Lawson and Dean; Stites, Kapp (8) and Luby.

EDMONTON, June 18—The Edmonton Eskimos lost their fourth and fifth games in a row Saturday night when the Lewiston Broncs made a clean sweep of a double-header in Edmonton 7-3 and 8-6.
The night game went to 11 innings before Lewiston took a two-run lead and held on to win.
The goat was Edmonton Manager Bob Sturgeon. With Lewiston trailing 5-4 and two men out in the top half of the ninth, Glen Tuckett popped up an easy catch to second
base. Sturgeon dropped the ball and Eddie Garay came in to score from third to tic it up at 5-3.
Each team scored once in the 10th but the Eskimos failed to reply to the Broncs' two-run tally in the eleventh.
Eddie Bockman homered for Lewiston with the bases empty in the second inning. Jack Martin who pitched three innings relief took the win and Art Worth the loss.
Bockman was Lewiston's hero the afternoon game. He rapped out a three-run homer in the seventh inning to put the Idaho side out in front 4-3. Then he followed in the ninth with a double which scored two more runs to make it 7-3 for the Broncs.
The teams meet again in a doubleheader in Edmonton Sunday.
First Game
Lewiston ....... 100 000 303—7 12 0
Edmonton ..... 101 100 000—3  8 4
Marshall and Cameron; Widner, Manier (9) and Prentice.
Second Game
Lewiston ....... 010 100 210 12—8  9 1
Edmonton ..... 102 200 000 00—6 13 2
Kime, Martin (9) and Garay; Worth, Manier (11) and Self, Prentice (8).

Victoria at Vancouver, postponed, rain.
Wenatchee at Salem, postponed, rain.

Broncs Get 20 Offers Of $500 Backing
LEWISTON, Idaho, June 18—Twenty Lewiston residents offered to put up $500 each Friday night as insurance that the Lewiston Broncs will fill out their Western International League baseball schedule this season.
President James B. McMonigle and similar backing is needed from about 20 more people.
The money is needed to tide the club over a "critical period" caused this month by the Broncs' expensive road schedule. Business Manager Tom Tabor said. About $20,000 is needed, he said.
Tabor said the club can forsee the expenditure of $28,000 between now and the end of the season, Sept. 8. During the same period income plus liquid assets of the Broncs will equal $48,400. The difference between the two totals will assure the payment of pledges, barring unforseen conditions, Tabor said.

By Jim Tang

[Victoria Colonist, June 20, 1954]
It undoubtedly came as a surprise to most Victoria baseball fans when the Tyees announced they were returning Joe Joshua to the Seattle Rainiers. It couldn’t help but seem that a club which was striving to balance its season’s record couldn’t afford to give up a fellow who was hitting .300 and who was a fan favorite to boot.
Joshua, unfortunately, was a victim of race consciousness and had developed a persecution complex to the point where he was hurting the club, to say nothing of his own baseball career.
The big colored outfielder, who has all the physical attributed to become a pretty fair sort of player, just couldn’t make himself believe that he could be accepted and found it all too easy to believe that every grievance, fancied or otherwise, was the result of racial discrimination.
He felt pitchers were throwing at him because he was colored, that umpires were giving him to worst of it for the same reason and that he wasn’t being accepted by his teammates as one of the team. His attitude had the inevitable result of making him correct on the last count, and when that happened, Josh ceased to be a team member in fact.
Big Joe was wrong on all counts. He overlooked the fact that Victoria fans had made him a popular favorite, just as they did for Granny Gladstone and Jehosie Heard before him. Pitchers throw at all batters they feel they can intimidate or loosen up and being a target in the batter’s box is more often a mark of respect than anything else.
And there is no reason to believe that either the team management or its personnel toe the color line. For while it’s true that there are players in the WIL, and other leagues as well, who object to colored players, there are others who don’t like Englishmen, Greeks, Italians, Canadians, or some other nationality.
That should never stop anyone from making his place in baseball, and it hasn’t. The only thing that counts once “Play Ball” has been called is what a fellow can produce out on the diamond. Ask Jackie Robinson, or Roy Campenella, Willie Mays or Minnie Minoso, or Joe DiMaggio, Harry Agganis, Red Schoendienst, Ray Jablonski, Danny O’Connell, Hank Sauer, Bob Avila.
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Random Harvest

Victoria Tyees are hoping to get some more player help but there is no plan for a big shake-up in personnel. Both general-manager Reg Patterson and field-manager Don Pries still believe that the club doesn’t need too much to get itself righted. Their present slump started when Pries was injured in Calgary a couple of weeks ago and but for that, it’s reasonable to assume the Tyees would be a lot closer than they are ... Vancouver-manager Bill Brenner still fears Victoria more than any other club ... Vancouver Capilanos may have the longest home stand in baseball history by the time they move out of Capilano Stadium. With three games moved three from Spokane this week, the Caps may play 27 straight games at home ... Mel Stein, the first-baseman who joins the Tyees for a trial this week, is described by Pries as a real hustler ... Berlyn Hodges, the youngster who was the club’s bat boy not so long ago and now doubles as club trainer, and Phil Page, the scrappy rookie, look like the best of the Victoria pitching staff at the moment.

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