Monday, 4 August 2008

Saturday, May 15, 1954

               W  L  Pct  GB
Vancouver ... 11  6 .647  —
Yakima ...... 11  7 .611  ½
Victoria ..... 9  7 .563  1½
Spokane ...... 9  8 .529  2
Lewiston ..... 9  8 .529  2
Salem ........ 9  9 .500  2½
Edmonton ..... 6  6 .500  2½
Wenatchee .... 8  9 .471  3
Calgary ...... 4  8 .333  4½
Tri-City ..... 5 13 .278  5½

SALEM, May 15 — Third baseman Ken Richardson drove in six runs and had three hits including a double and a homer to pace Vancouver to an 11-8 Western International League baseball victory over Salem Saturday.
Other Canadian batters with three hits were Marv Williams and K. Chorlton.
Harvey Storey, Salem manager, was put out of the game in the sixth inning after an altercation with umpire Red Eiler at home plate.
Vancouver ... 200 130 230—11 12 2
Salem ......... 100 000 304— 8 17 2
Roberts, Cordell (9) and Pesut; Domenichelli, McFarlane (7), and Ogden.

YAKIMA, May 15 — Dick Briskey powered Yakima to a 3-2 win over Lewiston Saturday night with a third-inning homer in a Western International League baseball game.
Briskey's game-winning rap came after Len Noren and Lon Summers had singled. From then on Stan McWilliams kept the locals in check but it was too late. McWilliams left the game in the seventh for a pinch-hitter.
Yakima's Ted Edmunds limited Lewiston to five hits and staved off rallies in the last two innings that netted one run each.
Lewiston's first tally came on a double by Al Heist and a single by Artie Wilson. The next was across when Nick Cannull walked and manager Larry Barton hit a pinch-hit double.
Lewiston ....... 000 000 011—2 5 0
Yakima ......... 030 000 000—3 7 0
McWilliams, Marshall (7) and Garay; Edmunds and Summers, Albini (6).

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, May 16] — The Tri-City Braves and Victoria Tyees, even up in their present series with one game apiece after the Tyee's 5-4 victory Saturday night, will play a doubleheader today beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Tri-City won the Friday game 7-4.
Playing manager Edo Vanni said Don Robertson, the Braves' winning pitcher, will start the nine-inning opener. Bud Guldborg will start in the seven-inning second game.
Robertson has a 3-1 record; Guldborg has lost two.
In Saturday night's action, a home run by Tom Perez and a triple by Don Pries spelled the difference between a win and a loss for the Braves.
Pitcher Cliff Coggin, making his first start since joining the Braves a week ago, gave up but three hits going into the eighth inning. Then, with two away. Steve Mesner walked, and Tom Munoz folowed with a homer over the left lefd wall.
Frank Seguso singled off Coggin and he was taken out for reliefer Jess Dobernic. Eddie Lake singled off Dobernic and Fernando [sic] Sanchez was sent in to run for the slow-moving Seguso. Dobernic worked Joe Joshua to a 3-2 count before walking him.
The next batter, Don Pries, hit a long high fly that went for a triple between Terry Carroll in left field and Bob McGuire in centerfield scoring the three runners ahead of him.
Tri-City, which rapped 13 hits off Bill Bottler and left an equal number of men on base, scored runs one at a time in the first, third, fifth and eighth innings.
Terry Carroll, the leadoff man, walked in the first inning and was brought home by Jack Warren's double. In the third, Tran doubled, moved Len to third on Warren's fly and scored on Bob Moniz' single.
Moniz doubled in the fifth inning and came home on Sam Kanelos's double.
In both the eighth and ninth innings, Tri-City fans had their hopes raised only to see the scoring possibility die out. Trailing 5-3 in the eighth, Carroll doubled with one away.
Vic Buccola followed with a single that probably would have meant extra bases had not Pries leaped in the air to deflect the ball enough to keep it from going to the outfield.
Len Tran then poled one far into right field only to have the ball hauled in. Carroll scored on the play. Jack Warren, the next batter, hit one down the left field line again for what appeared to an extra-base but the ball landed foul by a few inches. Then he flied out to end the inning.
In the ninth, Moniz singled and was sacrificed to second. Bob McGuire hit a hot liner down the left field foul line and Joe Joshua made a beautiful running catch to rob him of a hit.
Victoria ..... 000 000 050—5  7 1
Tri-City ..... 101 010 010—4 13 1
Bottler and Martin; Coggin, Dobernic (8), Thomason (9) and Warren.

WENATCHEE, May 15 — Wenatchee defeated Spokane, 6-1, in a Western International League baseball game Saturday night but Spokane's manager, Don Osborn, said he will protest the result because of a seventh inning "travesty" ruling.
The disputed ruling came during a mixup which occurred when Spokane had the bases loaded with one man out. John Trautwein then grounded to third baseman Don Stanford who fired home to force out Bob Donkersley who had started home.
Donkersley turned around and ran back to third which was being approached at the same time by Red Dean, running from second. All was confusion for a moment and Umpire Amby Moran ruled that both Donkersley and Dean were out because Donkersley had made a travesty of the game under Rule 7.09, Section 8.
Wenatchee got its game-winners in the seventh when two walks, a sacrifice, a double and single produced four runs. They added two more in the eighth on two walks and two singles.
Larry Richardson, once known as a $40,000 bonus baby when he was picked up by the Chicago White Sox from an outstanding Wenatchee high school career, limited Spokane to seven hits in winning the game — if it was won.
Spokane .......... 100 000 000—1 7 3
Wenatchee ...... 000 000 42x—6 7 l
Trautwein, Wisneski (7) and Dean; Richardson and Jenney.


Sports Notes

[Tri-City Herald, May 16, 1954]
The scene again, is much the same as last year's except the presence of many homey features indicated the occupants had been there for some time. Overhead was the same old sign:
and in smaller type below,
WIL division.
Clustered around, sitting, standing or lying down were some 23 scalpless ballplayers, and with Tri-City Braves written across their shirtfronts.
In the background, Vic Buccola, Jack warren, and Len Tran are chorusing:
"It seems to me we have seen this place before . . ."
Rookie pitcher Earl Lemieux and Dale Bloom are leaning on a barrel of Mrs. Doubleday's pickles. Lemieux speaks:
"Ya know, Dale, sometimes I think back when was a kid, before I joined this baseball team, it seems to me there was a big ball in the sky, real bright-like, instead of all this darkness and gloom.
Bloom: There was, my boy. It was called the sun. A big bright ball that hangs in the sky.
Lemieux: Have you ever seen it?
Bloom: Not exactly. I got a quick glimpse of it last year when I was with this team. We were in an out of the cellar then. But ask Edo Vanni about it. He has seen it lots of times before he came to this club.
Lemieux: Edo's too busy now. He's rootin' around to see if Mr. Doubleday happened to leave a secret cache of gold coins in this cellar. Says a find is one sure way of getting out of here.
Bloom: Well, money might do it but winning games is the only sure way. Just think. Just think. If we could win 11 straight, we would be playing .500 ball. That's almost enough to get into the first division.
* * *
The words "first division" electrifies all the players.
They query:
First division — what's that?
Jack Warren: That's what we ain't.
Lemieux: Have you ever been in here before, Jack?
Warren: Well, without hedging on the issue, and without beating around the bush, Yes.
Lemieux: Do you think we will be here long?
Warren: Well, now that's hard to say. We may get out anytime.
Buccola: Yeah! But I notice you brought along your
slippers and pipe.
Warren: I got hopes. At least I didn't put my furniture in storage like you and Tran.
Tran: I'll say you didn't. You moved yours down here.
Warren: H-mmmm. A man might as well be comfortable.
From up above the cellar door swings open and a loud voice roars:
Har! Har! Har!
Then the door closes.
Lemieux: Who is that great big guy that opens the door and laughs three or four times a day.
* * *
Bob McGuire: That's Nick Pesut. He was with us last year but now plays for Vancouver. I was talking to him the other day and he said when he first played for the Capilanoes, he was so unaccustomed to the sunshine, he had four pass balls charged against him in two days and bad to wear dark specs like one of them movie gals.
Vanni (looking dejected): Well, if Abner Doubleday the any money in this cellar, he sure as heck didn't bury it this far down. Fact is, I don't think anyone has been this far down before. Maybe we set a record.
Buccola: Thai's Vanni. Always setting records.
Vanni: Well, I want to learn this game from top to bottom. I've learned quite a bit about the bottom; now to figure a way of learning the top.
Buccola: Any ideas?
Vanni: Since we haven't any money, we will have to use strategy.
Len Tran: Yeah, let's try that. It got us up to eighth place last year.
* * *
Vanni: The way I look at it, men is this. If you will go around outside the park during game time, you will notice a shocking number of fly balls come over that fence when we ain't at bat.
Tran: How did you learn so much about what goes on outside the park during game time?
Vanni: Boy, if you had been thrown out of as many games as I have, you would know what goes on too. But that's beside the point. Here's the tools that will keep those balls inside the park.
Dobernic: What the heck are those things.
Vanni: That one's a saw, there's a hammer, and some nails. Let's go men: We'll have that fence 40 feet high by the fourth of July and we are a cinch to win the second half.

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