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Sunday, June 20, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver .... 33 18 .647 —
Yakima ....... 31 24 .563 4
Spokane ...... 30 24 .556 4½
Wenatchee .... 28 27 .509 7
Lewiston ..... 26 27 .491 8½
Edmonton ..... 22 23 .489 8½
Salem ........ 25 30 .455 10
Victoria ..... 22 28 .440 10½
Tri-City ..... 24 31 .436 11
Calgary ...... 19 28 .404 12

CALGARY, June 20—The Spokane Indians and Calgary Stampeders split a Western International League doubleheader Sunday, the Indians won the afternoon game 9-1 and Calgary the evening contest 17-8.
Bud Closs pitched four-hit ball for Spokane as the Indians posted their eighth consecutive win in the first game. Closs also belted a homer in the sixth inning.
The nightcap was a nightmare for the Indians as the Stampeders gained revenge for earlier trouncings. Three Spokane pitchers gave up 21 hits, including six home runs, two by Gale Taylor. Bob Schulte went the route for Calgary, scattering nine hits.
First Game
Spokane ...... 300 021 210—9 12 0
Calgary ....... 000 000 010—1  4 3
Closs and Dean; Tompkins and Luby.
Second Game
Spokane ...... 010 120 130— 8  9 6
Calgary ....... 141 411 41x—17 21 0
Trautwein, Wisneski (4), Cummins (7) and Dean; Schulte and Lillard.

SALEM, June 20—Salem won both ends of a Western International League doubleheader here Sunday, defeating Wenatchee 8-7 and 1-1.
The score was tied at 7-7 at the end of nine innings in the opener. Then with one out, Salem catcher Floyd Ogden tripled. Billy Joe Waters, Wenatchee pitcher, walked the next two batters to fill the bases. Then Mel Krause singled to score Ogden with the winning run.
Successibe singles by Jerry Green, Don Stanford and Jake Helmuth gave Wenatchee its only run in the afterpiece.
First Game
Wenatchee ..... 110 020 003 0—7 10 0
Salem ............ 202 210 000 1—8 12 3
Beamon, Oubre (3), Thompson (6), Monroe (9), Waters (9) and Helmuth; Del Sarto, Rayle (9) and Ogden.
Second Game
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 1—1 6 0
Salem ............ 020 100 x—4 6 0
Bowman and Helmuth; Briggs and Ogden.

EDMONTON, June 20—The Lewiston Broncs and Edmonton Eskimos split a Western International League doubleheader Sunday. The teams are now tied for fifth place. Edmonton won the first game 2-1 and Lewiston the second 7-2.
John Conant limited Lewiston to five hits in the opener as he racked up his fifth victory of the season. Mel Wasley and Clint Cameron homered for Lewiston in the second game.
First Game
Lewiston ....... 010 000 0—1 5 0
Edmonton ..... 000 100 1—2 8 0
Fletcher and Garay; Conant and Prentice.
Second Game
Lewiston ....... 020 120 002—7 13 0
Edmonton ..... 000 001 100—2  6 0
Derganc and Cameron; Kimball and Self.

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, June 21]—From the standpoint of attendance, Tri-City’s split double-header Sunday was a howling success.
From the standpoint of baseball, well, there were times when the opposition scoring threatened to exceed the size of the gate.
The Braves lost both ends of the twin bill, 10-7, and 12-3, in two tilts with Yakima which could be best described as a double fiasco.
Today they take the day off before traveling to Salem for a three-game series with their “natural rivals” which they have downed five of eight times this season.
The Braves will then return here for a weekend series with the same team.
After the series, Tri-City will make the first of two jaunts along the Cariboo trail to Edmonton and Calgary where, partly because of the size of the Yakima series crowd, there is pretty good assurance that travel costs and payroll bills will be met.
Altogether, 2,300 turned out to see the two Sunday games. Nearly 850 saw the windy opener and more than 1,300 trooped out to see the night game. Those figures, coupled with the 1,120 the night before and 1,300 paid Friday night, brought the series attendance to more than 4,700 or about one-fifth the season total.
Unfortunately, the Sunday 2,300 were not treated to the same brand of baseball as the Friday and Saturday fans who saw Yakima win 3-2 and Tri-City’s Dale Bloom shutout the Bears, 3-0.
An indication of what was to come in those awful Sunday games appeared in the first inning of the afternoon tilt. The Bears got four hits including the first of Charlie Mead’s homers plus one Tri-City error for four runs.
The three unearned runs represented the Yakima margin the rest of the way. Mead’s other homer came in the fourth inning with none on. Lon Summers of Yakima also homered. His blow came in the seventh with none one.
For Tri-City, Len Tran got his third homer of the season in the third frame. There was none on at the time.
But it was the lack of any kind of a hit in the pinch that cost Tri-City. Three times the Braves went down with the bases-loaded.
The high winds did tricky things to the ball and hurt both pitchers. Guldborg was taken out in the 4th, and received his release six hours later. Yakima’s Dick Young was taken out in the sixth and at last accounts he is still with the team.
In the second game, everyone but Danny (the Lion) Rios got at least one hit off Don Robertson, and everyone but Rios and Herm Lewis got at least two hits.
Of the 19 base blows, there wasn’t over a half-dozen respectable ones in the carload. One of them was manager Lou Stringer’s double in the eighth which drove in one run. It was the only extra-base hit for Yakima and Jack Warren’s 17th double of the season in the second was the only other extra-base hit of the game.
Lon Summers came close when he whopped out what should have been a triple. However, he missed second base and was eventually called out on an appeal play.
Errors figured in the scoring in the third and eighth innings.
Earl Lemieux pitched the ninth inning and put the Bears down with no hits. However, he hit Lewis with a pitch and Yakima kept its record intact of getting at least one runner on base throughout the game.
First Game
Yakima ....... 400 301 200—10 16 0
Tri-City ...... 201 101 110— 7  9 3
Young, Lovrich (6), Schaening (8) and Summers; Guldborg, Thomason (4), Dobernic (9) and Johnson, Warren (7).
Second Game
Yakima ........ 002 123 040—12 19 1
Tri-City ....... 020 002 000— 4  8 3
Rios and Summers; Robertson, Lemieux (9) and Warren.


‘Save Indians’ Campaign A Flop

[Vancouver Province, June 21, 1954]
Final two weeks of baseball’s longest home stand ever starts Tuesday night for the Capilanos with Spokane Indians on hand for local fans’ second “bonus” series.
The Spokane series was switched here because the Indians won’t play in their old park, Ferris Field, owned by Roy Hotchkiss, and their new home isn’t ready. The Spokane team was taken away from Hotchkiss last week and is being run by the league.
Reason for the Tuesday start is that the Spokes, currently in Calgary, couldn’t make it in time for a Monday game. They’ll play two games Tuesday at Capilano Stadium, starting at 7 p.m. Bill Brenner and George Nicholas will pitch for Vancouver.
If the Caps have as much success in the next two weeks as they had at home last week, they should romp home with the first-half championship. They won five out of seven games from Victoria, with the final game Saturday washed out. First half schedule winds up July 5, and the locals have 15 of their remaining 19 now set for their home grounds. Lewiston Broncs finish out this week, then Spokane again and Yakima visit the following week.
That’s assuming that Spokane is still around by then. The league has given the “Save the Indians” group an extra week to raise the $40,000 necessary to keep the Tribe alive. So far, the money-raising campaign has been a flop, with just $1000 raised to date. The Athletic Round Table has offered to pay 25 percent of the tab—after the first 75 percent has been raised.
Vancouver had to forward Spokane the fare for the trip here.

Spokane Of WIL Gets New Baseball Life
SPOKANE, June 20—The Spokane Indians baseball team was almost disbanded again Sunday but a last-minute assist from the Vancouver Capilanos and Spokane's Athletic Round Table put the team back on the road.
Don Osborn, manager of the Indians, said Sunday that if the tickets for the team's train trip to Vancouver did not arrive in Calgary by noon, he would have to bring the team home, notify the parent Philadelphia Phillies and “pull the players out.” Osborn had already arranged for a bus to bring the Tribe back to Spokane after the final Calgary game.
The tickets arrived from Vancouver, next stop for the traveling Indians, at 10:30.
Meanwhile, Joe Albi, president of the ART, was busy rounding up money to send to the team. He dispatched $450, compliments of the ART.
The Spokane club, one of the more financially troubled teams in the Western International League, has been granted a week of grace to raise money to continue operations after the league took over the club’s franchise.
But the fund drive, headed by the newly formed Save Spokane Indians Inc., appears bogged down with little of the estimated $40,000 needed raised to date.

Braves Deal For Storey
[Tri-City Herald, June 21, 1954]
Tri-City pitcher Bud Guldborg received his outright release Sunday and the club is currently dickering for the services of Salem manager Harvey Storey.
Guldborg received his release after losing Sunday afternoon’s game to the Yakima Bears. It was his fifth loss of the season against two wins.
The Tri-City club is not the only one trying to sign Storey. The Salem Senators have offered him a player’s contract but he has taken no action yet.
The Salem general manager, Hugh Luby, who is also playing manager now, said today at Salem that Storey was expected to make a decision sometime this afternoon.
It ii also reported that Spokane is seeking Storey’s services but the possibility seems unlikely because of the shaky financial stains of the Spokane club.
If Storey joins the Braves, he will probably do so when Tri-City travels there for the series Tuesday. Should he be signed, it will mean another shakeup in the Tri-City roster. Storey will undoubtedly play third-base which means the Braves will again have five outfielders — Artie Wilson, Bob McGuire, Bob Moniz, Terry Carroll, and playing manager Vanni.
They will still be under the player limit but it is likely that the Braves will sign another pitcher soon to bring the mound staff to full strength.
If that happens, it will mean that one of the other players will be released or Vanni will again go on the sick list.

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