Saturday, 9 August 2008

Thursday, June 3, 1954

               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 24 13 .649 —
Edmonton .... 17 14 .548 4
Wenatchee ... 20 16 .556 3½
Yakima ...... 19 17 .528 4½
Victoria .... 18 18 .500 5½
Spokane ..... 18 19 .486 6
Tri-City .... 18 20 .474 6½
Lewiston .... 16 21 .432 8
Salem ....... 16 22 .421 8½
Calgary ..... 13 19 .406 8½

EDMONTON, June 3—Vancouver Capilanos, who came to Edmonton with a four-game lead over the Eskimos, left with the same margin Thursday night after taking a 7-1 victory to split a four-game Western International Baseball League series here.
Bill Brenner went the distance for Vancouver, scattering seven hits to earn his ninth victory against three defeats.
The contest was tied at one run each before the fifth inning when second baseman Marv Williams knocked a homer over the left field wall to score three Vancouver runs.
He also added a double and a single while Danny Holden, subbing for Dick Greco in right field, turned in a creditable performance with three safeties in four times at bat.
The 1,336 fans received some unexpected entertainmenyt when the game ended with a scrap between pitchers John Conant and George Nicholas. The fight started after Nicholas, coaching on the sidelines for the Caps, was jeered from the Edmonton bench.
Vancouver ... 100 030 300—7 11 1
Edmonton .... 001 000 000—1 7 1
Brenner and Pesut; Kimball, Worth (8) and Self.

CALGARY, June 3—Victoria Tyees dropped a 6-4 decision to Calgary Stampeders Thursday night after earning an extra-inning 16-8 victory earlier to split a Western International Baseball League doubleheader.
Tyees, trailing 8-0 going into the top of the seventh, tied the count and then went on to score another eight runs in the ninth to take the first game. The match was originally scheduled for seven innings.
Dain Clay's bases-loaded homer began the Victoria uprising in the seventh. Ex-Stampeder Don Lundberg hit a two-run homer in the same inning and Neil Sheridan also hit for tne circuit in the seventh.
Berlyn Hodges came in to pitch for the Tyeees and picked up the win with a perfect relief job in which he allowed no hits or bases on balls.
No fewer than eight home runs were hit in the first game. The Stamps got five of them and then added two more in the finale.
In the second game, Gale Taylor hit three-ran homer to give the Stamps a 3-2 margin in the bottom of the third after Victoria scored twice in the top and they never looked back.
The Tyees played the second game and part of the first without manager Don Pries, but there was no information available on the reason. Joe Joshua played the second game at first base with Dain Clay moving back into regular action in the outfield after playing part of the game.
Ron Jackson, who has been sitting on the bench prior to the series, was the biggest individual gain among the Tyees. He picked up four more hits Thursday night to give him 12 in 19 trips to the plate in the four game-series.
In the four games, teher were 83 runs and 120 hits, including 20 home runs, in the book of the weary scorekeeper.
First Game
Victoria ...... 000 000 808—16 17 0
Calgary ...... 021 041 000— 8 12 3
Bottler, Hodges (7) and Martin, Lundberg (7); Schulte, Levinson (7), Kapp (9) and Bricker.
Second Game
Victoria ...... 002 001 010—4 12 0
Calgary ...... 003 021 10x—7 14 2
Prior and Lundberg; Stites and Luby.

Tuckett To Broncs
LEWISTON, Idaho, June 3—Glen Tuckett, who played second base for the Lewiston Broncs of the Western International baseball league in 1953, is due to report back to the club Thursday after a winter of teaching school in Utah.

Sports Notes

[from Tri-City Herald, June 4, 1954]
Eight Assists Per Game
In view of Sam Kanelos' batting episodes in the Lewiston-Tri-City final game this week, almost overlooked was his fielding.
Sam, who made two errors the night before, didn't make one the next night and ran up the high total of eight assists.
Eight assists is just two short of the league record for third-basemen in one game. The record total of 10 was set by Jack Lohrke of Spokane in 1946.
* * *
Some Cases Of Hustle

It's often said, and partly true, that it isn't so much a winning ball club that counts — just so the boys have lots of hustle.
What the heck is hustle anyhow?
Well, in the fan's mind, it's the kind of ball playing where a batter hits a pop fly to the shortstop but still runs to first base like the devil himself was after him.
But here's some hustle you might have missed in the recent Lewiston series.
A fly ball was hit right down the foul line in short left field. Speedy Terry Carroll came in like a rocket but couldn't quite take it in. However, he trapped the ball and pegged into second base.
It was the kind of play that if you make it — okay. If not, it may mean a single will go for extra bases.
But if that ball had gone through Terry, the batter still would not have gone any further than first. Des Charouhas, upon seeing Terry moving in, had come all the way from centerfield over to within 10 feet of the foul line to back up the play. That's hustle.
Or take this case.
Tri-City had the bases-loaded and needed but one run to win.
Carroll was on third, Len Tran on second, and Jack Warren on first. Bob Moniz hit a long fly ball to centerfield and it was obvious that Carroll would come in easily with the winning run. He did.
But what about Len Tran. Just as soon as the ball hit Al Heist's mitt, Lcn. who had tagged up, scampered for third. Technically, there was no point in it because Carroll was across home plate with the winning run before Len ever reached third.
But there is many a slip in a ball game and Len was playing it out as far as he could go. That's hustle.
* * *
The Payoff Never Comes

The gods of chance are working against Eddie Taylor.
The players go to Spokane, win three of four, and come home for an opener. What happens? We practically have a blizzard and only 800 or so brave the cold to turn out for the game.
So they go to Salem and win two or three, then come home. What happens? More cold.
So the weather clears and they win a game with one of those last of the ninth rallies and everyone in town is talking about our team. What happens? The next series is on the road.
* * *
Eddie Isn't Complaining
Eddie though isn't complaining and is frankly pleased with the baseball fans in this area.
"If you win, they feel good," he said, "but if you lose, they don't complain — just as long as its a good game.
"Almost all of them, anyhow," he added as an after-thought. "Sometimes there are one or two who think that everytime the team loses, then they're no good."
Eddie acknowledges most of the complainers come from larger cities and without citing any place one gets the impression the city in mind is located in Washington, has a team in the Coast league, and its name starts with a capital S.

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