Monday, 4 August 2008

Sunday, May 2, 1954

               W  L  Pct. GB
Salem ........ 5  0 1.000  —
Lewiston ..... 3  2  .600  2
Yakima ....... 3  2  .600  2
Spokane ...... 3  2  .600  2
Wenatchee .... 2  2  .500  2½
Tri-City ..... 2  3  .400  3
Vancouver .... 2  3  .400  3
Edmonton ..... 2  3  .400  3
Victoria ..... 1  3  .250  4½
Calgary ...... 1  4  .200  4

SALEM, May 2 — Salem had to go into overtime twice to defeat Calgary in a Western International League baseball doubleheader here Sunday.
Salem won 5-4 in the 11th inning of the first game. The nightcap, which Salem won 4-3, ran eight innings.
First Game
Calgary ..... 000 000 004 00—4 11 1
Salem ....... 000 000 112 01—5 11 2
Stites, Lillard (7), Owens (11) and Luby; Domenichelli, McFarlane (9), Hemphill (9), Borst (10) and Ogden.
Second Game
Calgary ..... 000 002 10—3 5 0
Salem ....... 000 002 11—4 6 1
Schulte and Lundberg; Johnson, McFarlane (7) and Heisner.

LEWISTON, May 2—The Lewiston Broncs took advantage of some wild pitching that never quite settled down in defeating the Spokane Indians in the second game of their Western International League doubleheader here Sunday. The Indians took the afternoon game 9-7.
The Broncs scored eight big runs in the first inning on only three hits. Starting pitcher Charlie Closs walked seven Lewiston men.
For the second day in a row, Lewiston manager Larry Barton proved to be injury prone. He dislocated his thumb and had to be replaced at first base by Bob Williams. On Saturday, he was nicked on the ankle by a pitch from Chuck Schildmeyer.
First Game
Spokane ..... 010 000 350—9 13 2
Lewiston .... 100 200 220—7 11 2
Wisneski, Aubertin (7), Schildmeyer (8) Lawson (8) and Sack; Kime, Kinsey (8) and Cameron.
Second Game
Spokane ..... 001 203 020— 8 10 5
Lewiston .... 813 300 00x—15 11 4
Closs, Aubertin (1), Lawson (4) and Dean; Martin and Garay.

WENATCHEE, Wash., May 2 — Wenatchee opened its Western International League home stand on a winning note Sunday, taking both ends of a day-night doubleheader from the Victoria Tyees, 6-5 and 6-1.
The afternoon game had a paid attendance of 1,713, but the night crowd was a slim 900. League president Robert Abel was on hand to throw out the first ball in the opener.
Charley Oubre pitched and batted the Chiefs to victory in the nightcap, holding the Tyees to three hits and driving in three runs with a bases-loaded triple in Wenatchee's big six-run fourth inning explosion.
Victoria's only run was a homer by Milt Martin in the fifth.
First Game
Victoria .......... 000 104 000—5 9 1
Wenatchee ..... 300 020 02x—6 6 0
Prior and Martin; Bowman and Kellumrose.
Second Game
Victoria .......... 000 010 000—1 3 0
Wenatchee ..... 000 600 00x—6 8 1
Hodges, Kanshin (4), Moen (7) and Martin; Oubre and Jenney.

KENNEWICK, Wash., May 2 — Edmonton's Eskimos shut out the Tri-City Braves through 15 straight innings Sunday to take both ends of their Western International League twin bill, 6-0 and 6-1. The sweep gave the Canadians the series, 2-1.
In the first game, Larry Richardson, young southpaw optioned to Tri-City by the Chicaho White Sox, continued his spectacular pinch-hitting record into the regular season after hitting safety four times in a row during exhibitions.
He pinch-singled off Edmonton starter Jack Widmer, after tripling in the pinch on Saturday night off Calgary's Joe Orrell.
Last season, Richardson batted .378 in 18 games with Topeka in the Western Association and .306 in 32 games with Madisonville in the Kitty League.
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KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, May 3]—The beaten Braves and their battered playing manager an traveling by auto to Victoria today for the opening of a three-game series there with the beginning tonight.
Tri-City, which dropped a doubleheader to Edmonton 6-0, 6-1 Sunday, will then play Vancouver before returning home May 10 for a series with Spokane.
Shortitop Charley Davis is expected to join them here for the Spokane series.
In Sunday's action, 1,655 fans turned out in the sunshine for five
hours of baseball which saw Tri-City's hopes keep pace with the rapidly greying sky. Edmonton's Jack Widner shut them out on our hits in the nine-inning opener and Larry Manier held them scoreless for six more innings before Tri-City pushed one scroungy run across in the last of the seventh.
Edmonton playing manager Bob Sturgeon was taking no chances. He quickly ended any rally hopes the Braves might have by sending in John Conant, generally conceded to be the league's best pitcher, who quickly put down the next three batters to end the game.
The Braves got eight hits in that second game but left an appalling 11 men on base. Not one Tri-City blow went for extra bases.
Added to the dismal outlook was an injury to playing manager Edo Vanni who was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He returned before the game ended and was not then believed seriously hurt.
Vanni's injury came in the first inning of the second game when it was caught in a rundown between second and third and tagged out by Manier.
In attempting to block Manier, and thereby permit the runner on first to go down to second, Manier's knee hit Vanni in the small of the back.
The blow paralyzed the playing manager from the waist down and he fell unconscious on the field.
Vanni said afterward he did not come to until he was being lifted to the ambulance by some of the players.
He was in rough shape after the game and almost unable to walk.
"But don't say anything to Eddie Taylor," Vanni said. "He will want me to stay in the hospital."
No one apparently said anything to the general manager because Vanni left with the team Sunday night. He will be out of the line-up for some time.
Tri-City fans, who watched starteer Dale Bloom and Bud Guldborg pounded off the mound, could at least take satisfaction in the relief performance. In the first game Larry Richardson pitched one inning and in the second he pitched 2 2-3 innings without giving up a hit.
Rookie Earl Lemieux pitched a 1-3 innings in the first game and yielded but one hit and no runs.
Even Bloom had a better won than the scoring indicated. Two of the runs came across the plate after an error was made on close play at first.
Two of Guldborg's runs were unearned, too, but they were the result of two successive errors of the pitcher himself.
First Game
Edmonton ..... 030 102 000—6 8 0
Tri-City ........ 000 000 000—0 4 3
Widner and Self; Guldborg, Lemieux (6), Richardson (9) and Johnson.
Second Game
Edmonton ..... 014 010 0— 6 5 0
Tri-City ........ 000 000 1— 1 8 1
Manier, Conant (9) and Self; Bloom, Richardson (5) and Warren.

YAKIMA, May 2—Yakima and Vancouver divided a Western International League baseball doubleheader Sunday, Yakima winning the nightcap 6-5 after dropping the afternoon game 12-5.
Yakima pulled the night game out of the fire with a four-run rally in the ninth, sparked by Danny Rios' pinch-hit double with the bases loaded. Ernie Sites' single plated the clincher.
The Bears were helped by two errors by Arnie Hallgren in left field.
Len Noren singled home the other two Yakima runs.
Dick Greco drove in all five runs for Vancouver with two homers, a single and an infield out.
Greco also homered in the opener, but Ken Richardson had the big bat for the Caps, bringing home five runs with a triple and two singles. Hallgren batted in three, with a single, a double and a triple, while Jim Clark chipped in another pair with three singles. The Caps had 16 hits in all, allowing Tom Del Sarto to coast to an easy win.
Dick Briskey, Len Noren and Preston Gomez homered in a losing cause. All three had solo shots, while Noren accounted for the remaining two Yakima runs with a single.
First Game
Vancouver ....... 012 012 231—12 16 1
Yakima ............ 210 010 100— 5 8 2
Del Sarto and Duretto; Carter, Machado (6) and Summers.
Second Game
Vancouver ....... 101 001 020—5 9 3
Yakima ............ 002 000 004—6 10 0
MacKay, Franks (9) and Pesut; Young and Summers.

Calgary Team Set to Disband
TACOMA, May 2 — The Calgary baseball team will be disbanded next Friday if its Western International League franchise, surrendered to the league last week, is not shifted to a new owner by Thursday, WIL president Robert C. Abel said Sunday night.
Abel said the Calgary players as a team will go to Spokane Monday and play the scheduled series Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
"If there is no new owner by Thursday," he said, "the team will be broken up and on May 7 the league will have nine teams."
Abel said a Tacoma group had expressed interest in acquiring the franchise but there was no indication Sunday night whether it would be moved there.
Earlier there were reports Eugene, Ore., also might take over the team but Abel said he has "nothing from Eugene that could justify the statement that anything worthwhile was developing."
The WIL president said it was "too early to tell" how Calgary's withdrawl would affect Edmonton. The Edmonton clubs is in the far northeast of the loop.

Bottler To Tyees
PORTLAND, May 3—The Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League Sunday optioned pitcher Bill Bottler to Victoria of the Western International League.
The Beavers, shaving their roster to 22 players, also handed unconditional releases to infielder Don Kolloway and first baseman-outfielder Herm Reich, and placed pitcher Larry Ward on the inactive list.

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