Saturday, 9 August 2008

Wednesday, June 16, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver .... 31 17 .646 —
Yakima ....... 27 22 .551 4½
Edmonton ..... 21 18 .538 5½
Spokane ...... 25 23 .521 6
Wenatchee .... 26 25 .510 6½
Lewiston ..... 23 25 .479 8
Tri-City ..... 23 27 .460 9
Victoria ..... 21 26 .447 9½
Salem ........ 22 28 .440 10
Calgary ...... 17 25 .405 11

VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, Province, June 17]—Least attractive part of the life of a pro baseball player, the lads will tell you, is the traveling. So, working on that premise, Bill Brenner’s Capilanos should be the happiest club in baseball—for the rest of this month, anyway.
There’s a chance the Caps’ current home stand could become the longest in the history of baseball, covering 27 games in all.
Already the locals are assured of a 12-game visit with the wife and kids. This development came about Wednesday when the remaining four games of their home-and-home series with the Victoria Tyees were switched to Vancouver. It seems there’s a strike of civic employees in the capitol, and Royal Athletic Park being city-owned, fans would have to cross a picket line to get into a ball game.
So, the Tyees, who split a doubleheader with the Caps yesterday and thus salvaged one game of four here, will be here for another four. There’s a single game tonight, two Friday at 7 p.m. and the windup Saturday.
Now, about those other 15 games. The Caps are scheduled to go to Spokane for three games June 21, but the situation there being what it is—something akin to the well-known state of flux—there’s a possibility that series will be switched here, too.
The Indians, currently taken over by the league, plan to move from Ferris Field, their regular home grounds, to Memorial Stadium, a 25,000-seat football field there. But certain conversions are necessary and that takes time.
Right after that series, the Caps have a scheduled 12-game stay here against Lewiston, Spokane and Yakima. So, if you see the Capilano Stadium “regulars” pitching a tent near the ball park, you’ll know why.
Meanwhile, Brenner’s boys ran their winning streak to six Wednesday afternoon, when they took a 2-1 decision, courtesy of Marv Williams’ seventh home run and first at home. His blow broke a 1-1 and gave Brenner his eighth victory against four losses. Bill allowed just four hits.
Sandy Robertson made his debut in the night game, but he ran out of gas in the eighth, when two walks and a pinch-hit triple by Milt Martin sewed it up for the visitors.
DIAMOND DUST … About 150 people, the smallest crowd ever in the new stadium, saw the afternoon game, with another 500 on hand at night … Brenner is thinking of suing the weatherman … Jimmy Clark came up with a pulled leg muscle in the night game, and may miss a game or two. Danny Holden filled in capably for him … Bud Beasley will be unveiled Saturday night ... For fans who don’t want to miss the Marciano-Charles fight broadcast tonight, it will be carried over the loudspeaker at the park … Bill Franks will oppose Hal Flinn, who beat Brenner here in the opening series, tonight … Province stars … Marv Williams, who has boosted his average to a fabulous .411 … Bill Brenner, whose earned run average is getting too small to see with a microscope … And Milt Martin, for his big pinch-hit blow.
[Victoria leadoff man Ron Jackson was the only Tyee with more than one hit in the first game. He had a double and a single and scored to his club’s only run Tom Perez’s seventh-inning hit. Steve Mesner had three singles for the Tyees in the night game, while Perez hit a two-run homer. Williams had a triple and two singles for Vancouver in five at bats, going five-for-seven in the doubleheader. Ken Richardson brought in three runs with a double and a single].
First Game
Victoria .......... 000 000 100—1 4 0
Vancouver ...... 001 000 01x—2 6 0
Page and Martin; Brenner and Duretto.
Second Game
Victoria .......... 002 200 030—7 11 1
Vancouver ...... 003 010 001—5 10 2
Drilling, Kanshin (8) and Lundberg; Robertson, MacKay (8), Brenner (9) and Duretto.

CALGARY, Alta., June 16 — The Calgary Stampeders overcame a seven-run first inning deficit to win 12-10 over the Lewiston Broncs Wednesday night and deadlock their Western International League baseball series at one game each.
Lewiston got seven runs in the first inning on two hits but was later beaten by Stampeder home runs. Calgary starter Bob Schulte didn't get a man out. He walked four men and gave up a hit to Bob Williams. He was relieved by Bob Tompkins who walked two more and gave up another hit before ending Lewiston's scoring outburst.
Home runs accounted for all but two Calgary scores. Rocky Tedesco homered twice and Gus Stathos, Elmer Clow and Tompkins had one apiece.
Gale Taylor and Tompkins each had three hits for Stamps.
Lewiston ..... 700 003 000—10  7 0
Calgary ....... 040 021 23x—12 18 0
Fletcher, Derganc (7) and Garay; Schulte, Tompkins (1) and Luby.

WENATCHEE [Tri-City Herald, June 17]—The Tri-Clty Braves and the Wenatchee Chiefs play the third and final game of the three-game series there today with Walt Clough likely starter for the visiting club.
The series now stands at one game apiece following Tri-City's victory over the Chiefs Wednesday night by the crap game score of 11-7.
Almost unnoticed was the slight advance Tri-City made in the Western International league standings. On the basis of the win, the Braves finally shook loose the eighth-place shackles and moved up to seventh.
Another win tonight won't do much but narrow the gap between the Braves and the first division club. Yet a victory may put them within striking distance of the magic circle and give them something to shoot for when they play Yakima four-games here beginning Friday.
The winner of the Wednesday night game was Don Robertson, his seventh against two losses. The loser was Charley Oubre who is proving to be the best pitcher Tri-City has on Wenatchee's staff.
Jack Warren, Tri-City catcher, again was the one to break Oubre's hold on the Braves. This time Warren clouted a home run with two aboard in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie at that point.
Speedy Terry Carroll proved, though, that a triple with three on is as good as a homer with two on when he cleaned the sacks in the seventh frame for three of Tri-City's five runs then.
Dick Stacy, Wenatchee centerfielder, who came up from the Pioneer league Tuesday to replace Ross McCormack who in turn was recalled by Oakland, was the most consisient hitter off Robertson. He rapped out four hits in six times up but none were for extra-bases of the variety McCormack used to hit.
For Tri-City, Carroll hit two for three while Len Tran batted three for four.
The final two and two-thirds innings were pitched by Larry Richardson, former Tri-City Brave. He gave up but one hit in that time.
Tri-City .......... 020 040 500—11 13 2
Wenatchee ..... 101 020 300— 7 11 2
Robertson and Warren; Oubre, Richardson (7) and Jenney, Helmuth (7).

Spokane at Edmonton, postponed, rain.
Salem at Yakima, postponed, wet grounds.

‘Round Table’ Offers Aid to Spokane Club
SPOKANE, June 16 — The Athletic Round Table gave a big boost to the campaign to keep baseball in Spokane with a promise Wednesday to pay up to $15,000 of whatever is needed to finance the Spokane team for the rest of the season.
The exact amount of what will be needed to obtain the Spokane franchise in the Western International League and pay off the franchise obligations is not known. Whatever it is, the ART said it will pay 25 per cent of the total, up to $15,000.
Meanwhile, Mayor Arthur Meehan, president of the new “Save the Indians for Spokane” group, demanded that Roy Hotchkiss, who gave up as president and owner of the Spokane club this week, say just what money will be needed.
“I told Mr. Hotchkiss that there wasn’t any more time to fool around,” Meehan said. “Either he comes forth with a detailed list of the club’s open-account claims, so that we know just how much needs to be raised to take over the franchise, or we stop negotiating with him.”
Estimates of the money needed range from $40,000 to $60,000.

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