Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Wednesday, August 4, 1954

                 W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ...... 22 11 .667 —
Yakima ........ 18 12 .600 2½
Salem ......... 15 13 .536 4½
Edmonton ...... 15 15 .500 5½
Vancouver ..... 13 15 .464 6½
Tri-City ...... 13 18 .419 8
Wenatchee ..... 10 21 .323 11

VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, Province, Aug. 5]—The Capilanos still have a league to play baseball in, if you’ll pardon our dangling preposition, It’s now composed of seven teams and an “all-star” team, which will be in existence until the end of next week.
The “all-stars,” comprising players on loaf from all teams around the circuit, will play in Lewiston Saturday and Sunday, then spend next week in Edmonton. Results of these games, as far as Lewiston and Edmonton are concerned, will count in the standings, and the individual “all-star” players’ averages will also be official.
All this was decided Wednesday in Seattle, where the fifth in a series of emergency meetings was called after Victoria dropped out of the league Tuesday.
Vancouver, who didn’t look inspiring in dropping a 7-1 call to Tri-City Braves last night before 1100 fans, will contribute four players, including the club manager, to the “stars.”
Veteran Bud Beasley will manage the makeup team, and he’ll have teammates Dick Greco, Arnie Hallgren and Bob Duretto on the squad. All other teams in the league are supposed to contribute at least two players to the team, which will disband after the Edmonton series. After that, the clubs which were supposed to play Victoria will be idle on those schedule dates.
All-star manager Beasley will likely use Greco as an outfielder after last night’s performance. Dick was one of four Capilano pitchers who took a 14-hit beating from the Braves. George Nicholas was the starter and got the loss. Greco followed and was equally unimpressive. John Cordell took over then and pitched six innings of scoreless all before bowing to a pinch-hitter. Beasley finished, and he gave yup a two-run homer to Rube Johnson, five-for-five for the night.
Meanwhile, the Caps were managing just four hits, all singles, off Don Robertson, one of the league’s more competitive operators.
The series, which now stands 2-1 for the locals, winds up tonight, with Sandy Robertson pitching for Vancouver.
[WILfan notes … Bob Duretto got two of Vancouver’s hits … Cordell’s single scored Jim Clark in the third for Vancouver’s only run. Clark reached on a hit … Greco faced seven batters in the inning he worked. He allowed five hits and a walk and two earned runs]
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VANCOUVER [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 5]—The Vancouver Capilanoes, the only team in the league that can afford two outfields, may win most of them from the Tri-City Braves but they aren't going to win 'em all.
The Cups dropped one Wednesday night, mostly because the Braves have Don Robertson on the pllchinu staff. Robertson held the Caps to four scroungy hits in winning his 14th game of the season, 7-1.
Giving Don a big boost at the plate was Rube Johnson, who has decided to up his batting average.
Rube blasted his fifth homer of the season and rapped out four singles for a perfect night at the plate. Altogether he drove in three.
The Braves gave Robertson a good lead right from the start and left it up to him to hang on. They picked up three runs in the first off starter Bud Beasley, the "all-star" manager, and got two more off George Nicholas in the second.
Robertson himself had a hand in the scoring rapping out a double to bring one runner in.
Nicholas lasted until the eighth and Dick Greco came on to pitch. Greco gave up two unearned runs.
Altogether, only five Cap batters got on base. Tri-City played errorless ball and Robertson walked but one.
Tonight, the same two teams play the fourth and final game of the series. Then Tri-City journeys to Wenatchee for a series there.
Tri-City ...... 320 000 002—7 14 0
Vancouver ..... 001 000 000—1  4 2
Robertson and Johnson; Nicholas, Greco (2), Cordell (3), Beasley (9) and Duretto.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 4—The Wenatchee Chiefs came to life with a 21 hitting spree off three Edmonton hurlers to roust the Eskimos 14-7 in a Western International League game Wednesday night.
After the Eskimos rolled up a 3-0 lead with three runs in the third, the Chiefs rebounded for one in that frame, seven in the fifth and four more in the sixth to take a nine run advantage.
The Chiefs knocked starter Ray McNulty out of the box in the seven-run fifth by clubbing him for three singles and a double, then got three more singles off reliever Larry Manier.
Ted Shandor racked up his 10th victory of the season while allowing 13 hits, but only four earned runs.
Edmonton ...... 003 000 220— 7 13 3
Wenatchee ..... 001 074 02x—14 21 2
McNulty, Manier (5), Worth (6) and Partee, Prentice (6); Shandor and Self.

YAKIMA, Aug. 4—The Yakima Bears cut Lewiston's lead to 2½ games by downing the Broncs 5-3 on Wednesday in a Western International League game.
Yakima concentrated its attack in the first and fifth innings to hand the Broncs their first defeat in their current series.
The Bears chased in three runs in the first frame on a walk, Len Noren's double, John Albini's single and Lou Stringer's single. They scored two more in the fifth on consecutive doubles by Stringer, Lon Summers and Dick Briskey.
Lewiston broke into the scoring column in the third when Don Hunter homered over Ihe right field fence with one on.
Lewiston ....... 001 002 000—3 11 1
Yakima ......... 300 020 00x—5 11 1
Marshall and Cameron; Edmunds and Summers.

VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 5]—Members of Victoria’s defunct Victoria Tyees made their final appearance at Royal Athletic Park a winning one as they downed Salem Senators, 6-2, in an exhibition contest played before an estimated 1,300 fans last night.
Spectators, who saw the Tyees turn in a smart exhibition behind the combined pitching of starter Berlyn Hodges, John Tierney, Phil Page and Bill Prior, contributed a reported $600 in a silver collection at the plate. The money will be used to help pay costs of travelling home for the former Victoria players.
Salem ........ 100 010 000—2 5 1
Victoria ..... 122 010 00x—6 8 2
Nicholas, Johnson (5) and Ogden; Hodges, Tierney (4), Page (6), Prior (8) and Martin.

Strange WIL Solution Results in New ‘Team’
SEATTLE, Aug 4—The financially-distressed Western International Baseball league intends to play it out to the end, sweet or bitter.
After an all-day meeting in Seattle Wednesday with league directors, president Robert Abel announced the league will complete the season, which ends on Labor Day, with seven teams.
The session was called as a result of the withdrawl of the Victoria Tyees Tuesday night—the third to quit the league because of money trouble. The circuit opened the season with 10 teams, Spokane and Calgary withdrew several weeks ago.
Abel said that in order to facilitate more workable operation of the schedule, a league “all-star” team will be organized under the playing management of Bud Beasley, former Seattle and Sacramento pitcher.
He said this team will play Lewiston in a double-header August 8, play at Edmonton the balance of the week and then members will return to their respective teams. Players on the team will be named by Abel.
The remaining three weeks of the season will be on a seven-team basis. Abel explained that teams which were scheduled to play Victoria will remain idle as far as league play is concerned. He added that the games played by Lewiston and Edmonton with the “all-stars” will count in the standings of both Lewiston and Edmonton teams. Also, all players’ statistical records while on the “all-stars” will count.

League Comes Up With Strange All-Star Nine
[Tri-City Herald, August 5, 1954]
Out of lhe debris that followed the Victoria Tyee collapse, the Tri-City Braves picked up a pitcher, the league came up with a peculiar "all-star" team and the
directors came out determined to carry on through the season.
The new pitcher on the Tri-City roster is Hal Fllnn, a righthander on option from San Diego. Flinn won 7 and lost 8 according to the latest Weiss statistics, and has an ERA of 4.54.
The deal was made this morning.
Tri-City general manager Eddie Taylor also tried to get Tom Perez, an outfielder who has hit 16 home runs so far this season and who bats .333. However, Perez has been sick recently and he and former Tyee manager Don Priess [sic] said he will not be ready for play for two weeks.
Taylor said today he has been promised a chance at him if Perez returns to an active status later.
Meanwhile, the league itself, although confessing to be somewhat shaky, hopes it has solved the "seven-team" problem which, by stretching the imagination, one might call All-Stars.
So far, Tri-City has promised to send Jack Hemphill and Dale Thomason to the team. Hemphill bus a 3-7 record and Thomason stands at 5-5.
Contributions from other clubs are on a similar plane. Yakima plans to send Elmer Clow, who was almost released earlier this year, and Don Carter. Salem is throwing in Glen Tuckett, who they acquired from Lewiston recently after his release there, and Joe Nicholas, who has been in the league half the season and has pitched but one complete game.
Wenatchee will send outfielder Dick Stacy, a .242 sticker, and Vancouver will add Frank [sic] Duretto, Nick Pesut's understudy, Dick Greco, Arnie Halgren [sic] and furnish the manager, colorful Bud Beasley.
Lewiston will send two unnamed pitchers — probably Jack Martin and John Marshall.
League president Bob Abel said Wednesday that games played by Edmonton and Lewiston against the "All-Stars" will count in the league standings, as well as individual statistics for the players.
Other teams will remain "idle" as far as league play is concerned on those dates when they were scheduled lo play the defunct Tyees.

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