Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Thursday, August 19, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 32 18 .640 —
Yakima ....... 28 19 .596 2½
Edmonton ..... 25 19 .568 4
Vancouver .... 25 19 .568 4
Salem ........ 25 18 .561 4½
Tri-City ..... 16 29 .356 13½
Wenatchee .... 15 34 .306 16½

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 20]—The Tri-City' Braves journey to Yakima today with a win under their belts and some hopes of overcoming the jinx that has confronted them when playing the Bears this season.
So far, the Braves have been able to beat the Bears but once in league play. At the last stand here, Yakima downed Tri-City four times which, along with losses to Vancouver and Wenatchee, extended the Tri-City losing streak to 10 games.
Tri-City got some measure of revenge for the Lewiston losses the week before by beating them, 8-3, Thursday night. The loss for the Broncos came right when they are making desperate efforts to retain a slim lead over the Capilanoes.
In snapping the 10-game loss streak Thursday night, Tri-City came up uilh a solution so simple it's a wonder they didn't think of it before. They just scored more runs than the opposition.
A good share of this is accountable to the stitching of Don Robertson. He held the Broncs to seven hits, one a triple given up to Al Heist, which resulted in a Lewiston run in the third. The other two runs came as the result of errors.
Jack Martin went the distance for Lewiston and gave up 16 hits.
Tri-City got at least one base blow every inning.
Tri-City scored steadily throughout the game with Len Iran and Edo Vanni driving in three of the six runs.
Also aiding the lineup was the end of the flu epidemic, and the return of Artie Wilson and Dale Thomason from the All-Stars. Wilson got three singles in five times up.
Lewiston ........ 001 000 002—3  7 2
Tri-City .......... 101 321 00x—8 16 2
Martin and Garay; Robertson and Warren.

YAKIMA, Aug. 19—Yakima and Wenatchee could have called it quits after the first inning of their game as all the scoring was taken care of then in a 5-0 Bears victory on Thursday night over the Chiefs.
The Bears exploded for their five runs in the initial frame on singles by Des Charouhas, Don Pries, Herman Lewis, an error, Lonnie Summers' double and Lou Stringer's one-aboard home run.
John Carmichael notched his 15th win of the season as he blanked the Chiefs with a five-hitter.
Wenatchee ...... 000 000 000—0 5 2
Yakima ............ 500 000 000—5 8 0
Romero and Self; Carmichael and Summers.

EDMONTON, Aug. 19—Edmonton hurler John Conant had a no-hitter going until the top
of the seventh when Salem broke the ice and scored four runs as they went on to a 6-5 win over the Eskimos on Thursday night.
Leadoff man Gene Tanselli started it with a single and Connie Perez climaxed it with a three-run homer. The Senators added two more counters in the eighth, sending Conant to the showers.
The Eskimos outhit the Oregonians, 12-5, but couldn't make them count.
Augie Amorena hit a homer for Edmonton in the fifth and Johnny McKeown got one in the ninth, but with none on.
Salem .......... 000 000 420—6  5 0
Edmonton ..... 020 011 011—5 12 3
Franks and D. Luby; Conant, Manier (8) and Partee, Prentice (3).

Vancouver idle.

From Our Tower
[Vancouver Sun, Aug. 20, 1954]
Baseball, According to Brown
This has been a year of bankruptcy and bad debts in baseball, a gloomy period when three teams collapsed in the Western International League. Such were the desperate straits of the Salem Senators that they had their relief pitchers warming up as ticket sellers and gate keepers.
Above the rumors and confusion that the WIL will not survive until ’55, one clear vice was heard in Vancouver yesterday. R.P. (Bob) Brown, onetime president of the WIL, longteam leader of the Caps and revered for 50 years as “Mr. Baseball” in the Northwest, said: “There will be a WIL next year, for it will be smaller, more compact, and the man running it will have to operate more intelligently and judiciously.”
Mr. Brown is so right. Team officials in the WIL need to suffer a rash of common sense to the head.
Three Points of Salvation
“The league has gone stark wild,” Brown said, “in the paying of salaries and bonuses far in excess of sensible budgets. Teams must realise that they have too many old players; that they must promote younger athletes whom they can sell to the higher leagues. In Class A leagues of this nature the revenue for selling players to the majors and elsewhere is a vital consideration.”
Failure to develop young stock for peddling purposes is a great evil of the WIL, but Brown pinpoints others. Last winter, for example, the 10 clubs adopted a rule whereby they keep 100 percent of their home gates, rather than follow a 60-40 split as formerly. This move was suicidal for teams which draw poorly at home.
Salvation of the WIL in Brown’s book, then, lies in (1) establishing a moderate salary scale and following it, rather than paying lavish sums under the table and thus turning the wage limit into hypocrisy; (2) the grooming of young players, and (3) the subsidizing of shaky centres by the more successful organizations.
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By now the league nabobs that tincanned Brown as president last year out to be ready to accept his advice. Otherwise, it’s goodbye baseball, goodbye.

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