Saturday, 9 August 2008

Saturday, June 5, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver .... 25 13 .658 —
Wenatchee .... 22 16 .579 3
Edmonton ..... 17 14 .548 4½
Yakima ....... 20 17 .541 4½
Victoria ..... 18 18 .500 6
Spokane ...... 19 20 .487 6½
Tri-City ..... 18 21 .462 7½
Lewiston ..... 17 22 .436 8½
Salem ........ 16 24 .400 10
Calgary ...... 13 20 .394 10½

CALGARY, June 5 — The Vancouver Capilanos edged the Calgary Stampeders 7-6 in a Western International League game here Saturday. The second game was postponed on account of rain.
Pesut secored the winner in the fifth inning on an error by Stamp second sacker Don Hunter.
The Caps overcame a 6-0 Stampeders' lead build up largely on homers by Gale Taylor in the first and second innings, by scoring five runs in the third and twice more in the fifth.
John Cordell was the winner, despite allowing six earned runs in the first four innings of the seven-inning contest. He struck out five and walked one.
Bob Wellman singled and doubled to bring a pair of Capilanos, while leadoff batter Jim Clark chipped in a pair of hits. Gus Stathos had a double and two singles for the Stamps.
First Game
Vancouver ....... 005 020 0—7 9 0
Calgary ........... 240 000 0—6 9 3
Cordell, MacKay (5) and Pesut; Tompkins, Whyte (6) and Bricker.
Second Game
Rained Out.

WENATCHEE, June 5—The Wenatchee Chiefs stretched their Western International League winning streak to five straight Saturday night as they piled up a seven-run lead over the Salem Senators and then hung on to win, 7-6.
The Chiefs unloaded for seven runs in the first five innings against starter Tom Del Sarro and reliefer Gene Johnson, bombarding them for seven singles and doubles by Tony Rivas and Joe Unfried.
All the runs were earned.
The Senators were held hitless by Larry Richardson until the fourth when they got a harmless single. They got another hit in the sixth when they scored an unearned run.
Then Richardson weakened in the seventh and give up two runs on four walks and a single by Gene Tanselli. Jack Thompson took over the mound chores and barely survived a ninth inning rally in which Salem shoved across three runs on three singles. including Tanselli's third of the night, and a double by Carl Bellotti.
Salem ............ 000 001 203—6  7 0
Wenatchee ..... 200 230 00x—7 13 1
Del Sarto, Johnson (5), Domenichelli (8) and Ogden; Richardson, Thompson (7) and Jenney.

LEWISTON, Idaho, June 5—Tight Lewiston pitching and five costly Spokane errors gave the Broncs a 10-0 victory over the Indians Saturday night, evening the score in their four-game Western International League series at 1-1.
Guy Fletcher pitched the four-hitter that blanked the Indians his third win in six starts this year.
Spokane ...... 000 000 000— 0 4 5
Lewiston ..... 210 232 00x—10 9 2
Aubertin, Moen (5) and Dean; Fletcher and Garay.

YAKIMA [Tri-City Herald, June 6]—The Tri-City Braves, traveling a scant 80 miles from the comfortable confines of the Banana Belt, were frozen out Saturday night along with the host Yakima Bears at Yakima.
The Central Washington city was swept by a strong wind, not too much unlike the breezes that cut across Sanders field, but the breeze there curried with it some of the cold from the now-capped Cascades.
The Yakima management, realizing the players would freeze and the fans wouldn't show, finally called it off.
Today, the two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1:30 p.m. Then Tri-City will return to Sanders for the opening of a three-game series with Wenatchee. Wenatchee should, if it continues to play the way it has in the last few weeks, warm up any cold breezes that may come through here.
The three-game series will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with each game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Brave are expected to cut one player from the roster early this week. The choice is almost certain to boil down to between Cliff Coggin and Bud Guldborg, both righthand pitchers.
Both have been plagued with sore arms this season and neither has an impressive record on the mound. Guldborg currently is in Seattle seeking treatment for his arm.
Coggin is with the club at Yakima and Friday night pitched the final inning of the game which the Braves lost, 7-3. Coggin talked four, gave up one hit and struck out two.
He was put into the lineup for a pinchittcr in place of starting pitcher Walt Clough who absorbed the loss.
The Braves got 10 hits off Yakima starter Ted Edmunds but were unable to bunch them for more than three runs.

Victoria at Edmonton, rained out.

WIL Meet To Decide Fate Of Teams
TACOMA, June 4—Directors of the financially-shaky Western International Baseball League will hold a special meeting in Yakima next Wednesday to report on solvency of the WIL’s 10 clubs, president Robert Abel announced Saturday night.
“The directors by this time should know definitely their prospects for finishing out the season,” Abel said.
He added that next week’s meeting was not prompted by the Spokane team's difficulties alone. Several other teams hare been operating this season deep in the red and face an uncertain future.
Roy Hotchkisss, owner of the Spokane Indians, announced last week he was turning his franchise back to the league because of poor support and his own ill health. He said afterward, however, he would continue to operate until Spokane interests decide if they want to take over the club.
At the start of the season, the Calgary owner was ordered by the league to surrender his franchise. It was reinstated later on the premise of new financial arrangements to keep the Stampeders going.

Sports Notes

[Tri-City Herald, June 6, 1954]
The Recall Wasn’t A Recall
In the past week or so, rumblings have come out of the Seattle Rainier front office about player complacency coupled with threats to recall some of the optioned talent from the Western International league.
As if to emphasize the point, it was announced at the same time that catcher Bill Heisner was being recalled from Salem where he was on option.
A check of the recent records shows Heisner is hitting .258 in the WIL and has played in but 14 games. Hardly a threat to anyone on the Rainier catching staff.
Back of all that phoney-baloney is this. Heisner wasn’t recalled by Seattle but was returned by Salem. Seattle then tried to place him on option to other WIL clubs, including Tri-City.
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Rainiers Are Like Pittsburg

There is a parallel between the current situation at Seattle and the situation at Pittsburg in the National league.
Pittsburg is loafing along some 14 games out of first while its farm club in the Coast League, Hollywood, is threatening to run away with the show.
Seattle is plugging along in fifth in Coast League standings. Meanwhile its loaded protege Vancouver is threatening to run off with the Western International league.
Those Prospects Won’t Help
It would seem that if the Seattle management is really worried about the “complacency of the present players,” they would simply recall some of those “prospects” up at Vancouver.
That would probably bring joy to the hearts of the rest of the league out the chances are it wouldn’t help the Rainiers much. The Vancouver team has shown wonderful consistency for hitting routine Class A pitching but did you ever notice how batting averages drop when they are up against some of the better hurlers?
Tri-City has beat ‘em twice. Once Dale Bloom did the job and the other time Walt Clough was the man on the mound. One is a coast league prospect; the other is just down from the coast league.
Other top pitchers in the league have also silenced their bats — John Conant of Edmonton, for example. Here in the WIL the Vancouver sluggers meet pitching of that caliber maybe once in every three or four games. If a good share of them were recalled by Seattle, they will meet that kind of pitching and tougher pitching every day in the coast league. And those boys have been up and down before and haven’t made it yet. We’re betting they never will.
Nicholas In Another Fight
And speaking of Vancouver, the other day while playing Edmonton, there was a fight between Conant and George Nicholas, the Cap third-base coach. The Press service stones didn’t tell specifically what touched it off.
But Conant is a friendly peaceful character as well as a good pitcher.
Nicholas? He is the guy who jumped on Walt Clough from behind and touched off the big brawl at Sanders Field when the Caps were here.

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