Thursday, 14 August 2008

1954 All Stars

Five Caps On All-Stars
LEWISTON, Idaho, Sept. 13—The Vancouver Capilanos, new Western International League champions, dominated the 1954 WIL all-star roster released here by league president Robert Abel.
The season ended here Sunday night as Vancouver, winner of the first half title of the split schedule, defeated Lewiston Broncs in the fourth straight came of the best-of-seven playoffs.
The team:
Pitchers—Al Yaylian, Lewiston; Bill Brenner, Vancouver; and Jon Briggs, Salem.
Catcher—Lon Simmons, Yakima.
First base—Harry Warner, Salem.
Second base—Marv Williams, Vancouver.
Third base—Harvey Storey, Salem-Lewiston.
Shortstop—Jim Clark, Vancouver.
Outfielders—Al Heist, Lewiston; K Chorlton, Vancouver, and Ed Murphy, Vancouver.
Manager—Hugh Luby, Salem.

Week’s Work
By CLANCY LORANGER
[Vancouver Province, Sept. 18, 1954]
THURSDAY—Good news for baseball fans here is that the Capilano brewery, despite rumors to the contrary, has decided to continue to operate the ball club … Missed in the year-end rush was the news that there was one release handed out by Caps’ general manager Bill Brenner … Veteran lefty John Cordell got his pink slip … And if you’re wondering how Eddie Murphy got on the WIL all-star team, well, he hit well on the road and, of course, he can still go get ‘em … The Caps, during their short stay in Lewiston, gave the folks their money’s worth … When a power failure knocked the park lights out for 35 minutes, the Vancouver team quintet came out an entertained the crowd with a few songs … When the lights suddenly came on, they scurried for the dugout.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Fourth Playoff, Sunday, Sept. 12, 1954

FOUR STRAIGHT
Capilanos WIL Champs; Sweep Set With Broncs

LEWISTON, Sept. 12—(AP)—The Vancouver Capilanos won the Western International League Baseball Championship Sunday as they bombed the Lewiston Broncs 12-2 to take the best-of-seven playoff with four straight wins.
It was the first and last game in Lewiston between the Broncs, winner of the second half pennant race and the first half champs, Vancouver.
The Broncs looked like they were out to throw the playoffs into an extra game when Clint Cameron, veteran Lewiston left fielder, slammed out a two-run homer in the first inning.
But the 2700 Lewiston fans soon discovered the Broncs had just finished their scoring for the evening.
The Capilanos drew two walks from starting pitcher Guy Fletcher to open their half of the second inning. A single by Bob Duretto and doubles by pitcher Pete Hernandez and Eddie Murphy produced the Caps’ fourth run of the inning.
The Caps put three more across in the fourth inning and opened up with a five run burst in the sixth to put the game away.
Lewiston trotted out three more pitchers after Fletcher was pounded out in the first, but only John Marshall had any luck with the Caps, hurling hitless, runless ball for the final two and one-third innings.
Vancouver ....... 040 305 000—12 11 0
Lewiston ......... 200 000 000— 2 5 2
Hernandez and Duretto; Fletcher, Orrell (4), Marshall (6), Martin (9) and Garay.

Third Playoff, Friday, Sept. 10, 1954

Weatherman Adds Touch to Cap Finale
Need One More To Clinch Title

By CLANCY LORANGER
[Vancouver Province, Sept. 11, 1954]
If the Capilano ball club had imported a Hollywood writer to prepare the script, he couldn’t have conceived a more appropriate ending for the 1954 baseball season.
It faded out with a thundershower that sent fans scampering and ended the last local game of the season in the top of the seventh inning.
If anything typified this season, it was rain, And the [unreadable], too. They looked like the powerhouse club they were supposed to be, and they had a nice, cosy 11-1 edge when the umpires called it off.
THREE IN A ROW
That made it three in a row for the Caps over the second half champs, Lewiston Broncs, and they could wind up the series in the Idaho city when the best-of-seven championship series resumes. Pete Hernandez, who blanked the Broncs in the first game, will be pitching Sunday.
It was strictly “no contest” from the start Friday, although the 1500-odd fans seemed to enjoy it—until the rains came.
The Caps teed off on Al Yaylian in the first inning for four runs on five hits and a walk, and the slow-working (slow-working? He’s full stop) lefty was racked for four more before John Marshall came in in the fourth. John, who took a beating in the first game, as no better Friday, and the Caps ended up with seven runs in that frame.
THREE HITTER
Showing the way was manager Bill Brenner, who had nothing to say after the game about the fact that he had allowed just three hits, including Larry Barton’s homer. But like all pitchers, he was willing to admit that he was a great hitter—and he had two doubles and a single to prove it.
Early next week he should have a WIL pennant to prove he did his part for Vancouver baseball fans in ’54, too.
Lewiston ........... 000 001— 1 3 0
Vancouver ........ 400 700—11 13 1
Yaylian, Marshall (4) and Cameron; Brenner and Pesut.

Caps Within One Game Of WIL Title After Easy 11-1 Victory
Rain Calls Halt To Game At Stadium After Sixth
[Vancouver News-Herald, Sept. 11, 1954]
Added to his other talents, Capilano manager-pitcher-slugger Bill Brenner may have an eye for the local weatherman’s job after his usual foresight Friday night at Capilano Stadium.
With an eye on the threatening clouds overhead, he sent his Capilanos out early to get a lead on the Lewiston Broncs, and then sat back to wait for the rain.
He wasn’t disappointed. When it finally let loose with a rush like the torrents going over Niagara Falls, Caps had a nice 11-1 lead.
GAME CALLED
The rain struck in the bottom of the sixth and the game was called. But it was long enough for the Caps to move within one game of the Western International League baseball title.
Brenner’s boys could wrap it all up Sunday night when they move into Lewiston for the fourth game of the best of seven series.
Broncs honor was saved in the top of the sixth inning just before the timely rain wrote a finish to the slaughter. Larry Barton wrapped a home run off knuckleballer Brenner.
THREE FOR THREE
Brenner was at his versatile best for the Caps. He pitched the win, giving up a smattering of three hits over six innings and hit a very respectable three for three.
His hits were two doubles and a single. One of the doubles came in the fourth inning when Caps broke loose for seven runs. He bounced one off the outfield fence, scoring two runs.
In all Caps picked up 13 hits and it took two Lewiston pitchers to stem the tide in the abbreviated game.
Al Gaylian started out. He gave up four runs in the first inning and then another four in the fourth before John Marshall came in to relieve

Bossman Bill Moves Caps Near Ball Mug
City Club Now Three Up In Western Ball Series

By SKIP RUSK
[Vancouver Sun, Sept. 11, 1954]
The heavens opened their flood-gates on Cap Stadium Friday night, drenching the faithful 1200 with torrents of rain. Which may have been a sign that professional baseball is washed up in Vancouver.
Bill Brenner’s Caps, in making their last appearance of the season here last night, easily destroyed Lewiston Broncs to take a 3-0 lead in their Western International League playoff.
Bill pitched his 22nd victory of the year as only the rain slowed down Caps’ offense at the end of six innings. At this time, they were head 11-1. Vancouver won the first two games of the best of seven series 17-0 and 8-7.
The last four games will be played in Lewiston, beginning Sunday with Pete Hernandez (9-2) pitching for Vancouver. The locals, of course, are strong favorites to continue riding herd on the Broncs and end the nonsense in one more game.
However, local fans may have seen the last of WIL baseball here. What started out as a 10-team league deteriorated to seven before the second-half schedule was completed.
Why?
Calgary, Spokane and Victoria called it quits because of poor attendance, poor weather, poor promotion and poor pocketbook. Here, manager Brenner got together one of the best—if not the best ever—teams to perform in Vancouver. Yet fans stay away in droves.
Fans Jumped on Al
Last night, the fans jumped on Lewiston pitcher Albert Soosen Yaylian, a rather slow-working pitcher who was the victim of bronx cheers in his two other performances here. The Caps didn’t waste any time on Mr. Yaylian. They touched him for four runs in the first inning.
When “Avak” broke into the WIL in 1946, his first pitch was knocked out of the park for a grand-slam home run. Caps didn’t mistreat him that bad, however, as Eddie Murphy, K Chorlton and Marv Williams nicked Al for consecutive singles. Ken Richardson walked, Neil Sheridan singled and Jim Clark followed with a double and four runs were in.
Al gave way to John Marshall, who had the misfortune of starting the first game for Lewiston. Between the two of them, Vancouver got seven hits in the fourth on six hits, including Brenner’s 415-foot double to centre-field.
It started sprinkling then and Brenner, who had given up just two singles in five innings, threw a “screwball” at Bronc manager Larry Barton. The pitch got crossed up on the way to the plate, but Barton straightened it out, sending it 350 feet over the right field wall.
LINE DRIVES—If Caps win Sunday, Vancouver will have its first championship since Brenner masterminded the job back in 1947 … after the season, Marv Williams and Bob Duretto will head down south to play winter ball … Jim Clark will go back to the machine shop … Ken Richardson will work in an aircraft factory and Bob Wellman will be employed in his home-town Cincinnati … Brenner will finally get to paint his house in Lewiston.

Week’s Work
By CLANCY LORANGER

[Vancouver Province, Sept. 11, 1954]
WEDNESDAY—About people: Well, if you insist, here’s the WIL all-star team I picked for league headquarters: catcher, Lonnie Summers, Yakima; first base, Bob Wellman, Vancouver; second base, Marv Williams, Vancouver; third base, Harvey Storey, Lewiston; shortstop, Jim Clark, Vancouver; outfield, K Chorlton, Vancouver; Al Heist, Lewiston; Bob Brown, Edmonton; right-hand pitcher, Bill Brenner, Vancouver; left-hand pitcher, Al Yaylian, Lewiston; manger, Hugh Luby, Salem.

Second Playoff, Thursday, Sept. 9, 1954

TWO GAMES TO GOOD
Cap Gang Say Farewell To City Fans Tonight

By CLANCY LORANGER

[Vancouver Province, Sept. 10, 1954]
They play their last pro ball game for 1954 at Capilano Stadium tonight, and if the game is anything like Thursday’s, the fans will get to see nearly everybody on the Vancouver roster.
The Caps had to use five pitchers, who gave up nine hits and 12 walks, before they scraped through with an 8-7 victory over the Lewiston Broncs.
The Broncs used 13 men before they were through, too, but umpire Don Fisher must get an assist for that. Fisher tossed Lewiston’s Al Heist, and later Manager Larry Barton, out of the game when they disagreed with a call at home plate in the eighth. The ump called Heist out at the dish and it was an important decision for it cut short a rally and cost the visitors what would have been the tying runs.
KEPT TRYING
But the Broncs never did get to tie the game, although they kept nibbling away at an early Vancouver lead. They gave it the old pro try in the ninth, again, but they finished one short when Pete Hernandez, the Caps’ fifth pitcher, came in to get the last two men out with the bases loaded.
Before Pete, George Nicholas, Keith Bowman, John Cordell and Bill Brenner had taken their turn, with varying success. Cordell looked the best of the lot, leaving finally for a pinch hitter, and was credited with the win.
Fortunately, the Caps were hitting again, and running, too. They stole six bases and teed off for 12 hits off Joe Orrell and Guy Fletcher, including a home run by Bob Wellman and two doubles by K Chorlton. The latter had 3-for-5 to make it 7-for-111 so far in the series.
The victory gave the Caps a big edge in the best-of-seven championship series between the winners of the first and second half. It’s now 2-0 for Brenner’s boys, and they’ll try for three straight tonight. Fourth game goes in Lewiston Sunday, and any more games, if they’re needed, will be in the Idaho city, too.
Brenner will do the pitching for the Caps, with Al Yaylian, whom the fans love to hate, in for Lewiston.
Lewiston ........ 002 030 011—7 9 0
Vancouver ....... 204 000 11x—8 12 2
Orrell, Fletcher (8) and Cameron, Garay (8); Nicholas, Bowman (5), Cordell (5), Brenner (9), Hernandez (9) and Duretto.

Caps Have A Walkathon, Still Beat Broncs Despite Wildness
Last Call For Baseball In Third Game Tonight

Bu JIM GILMOUR

[Vancouver News-Herald, Sept. 10, 1954]
Four Vancouver pitchers did their best to revive the walkathon Thursday night, issuing 12 free passes to Lewiston Broncs as the Caps scored a wild 8-7 victory in the second playoff game of the Western International League playoff.
The Broncs, 17-0 losers in the opening game of the best-of-seven series, left 15 runners stranded as Caps poured five pitchers into the pray against the second half champions.
Vancouver will be going for the stranglehold game tonight at Capilano Stadium when the clubs meet for the third time. It will also be the final game of the local season, as the remainder of the series switches to Lewiston starting Sunday.
Manager Bill Brenner, who also saw a spot of action last night will be facing Lewiston’s slow-working southpaw, Al Yaylian, this evening. Brenner has a 21-9 record this season and Yaylian, 15-7.
ALL IN THERE
Pistol Pete Hernandez who waxed the Broncs with a six-hitter Wednesday was the only Capilano hurler not to issue a walk, as he was rushed into the game to quell a ninth-inning uprising by the visitors.
George Nicholas started for Vancouver, and he was relieved, it turn, by Keith Bowman, John Cordell, Brenner, and finally Hernandez.
With the bases loaded in the ninth, Brenner gave up his third walk of the inning to Guy Fletcher, forcing Mel Wasley from third. Bill wheeled two more ball past Clint Cameron before calling for help from Hernandez.
Pete promptly forced Cameron to foul out to catcher Bob Duretto, and then finished up by inducing Harvey Storey to fly deep to Eddie Murphy in centre.
WELLMAN HOMERS
The Caps, again led at the plate by K. Chorlton, went ahead 2-0 in the first frame, and increased the margin to 6-2 off Joe Orrell after three. The Broncs routed Nicholas, and then Bowman in the fifth, as they parlayed Eddie Bockman’s single and five walks into three runs.
Bob Wellman’s home run in the seventh upped the count to 7-5, and Duretto crossed with the winner in the eighth on an error, two wild pitches by Fletcher, and Murphy’s single.

Game Wasn’t Much But Caps Won It
Brenner’s Boys Did Best To Lose But Couldn’t

By ERWIN SWANGARD
[Vancouver Sun, Sept. 10, 1954]
Rumors circulated among Cap Stadium clientele Thursday night that Seattle Suds and baseball magnate Emil Sick had sold his Pacific Coast League Seattle Rainiers plus their WIL affiliate Vancouver Caps to a Seattle syndicate.
If Mr. Sick, currently en route to New York, could have watched the Lewiston Broncs and aforementioned Caps in action last night, he probably would have been tempted to sell both clubs plus the three umpires to the Pacific National Exhibition as next year’s circus attraction.
As it turned out the rumor of the Seattle sale was exactly that—a rumor.
Rainier General Manager Dewey Soriano, last year with Caps and now a vice-president of Caps, told The Sun today there was a possibility Mr. Sick would surrender sole ownership to his baseball empire to a syndicate headed by himself and made up of Seattle associates and friends.
LAST GAME HERE
As for Caps and Broncs, they will resume their series for the WIL championship at Cap Stadium tonight in the season’s last pro game in Vancouver.
After tonight the two clubs—and the umpires—will move to Lewiston to finish the series. Caps had won the first half and Lewiston the second to qualify for the final.
Last night’s game, which started off as a brisk affair between two smoothly operating ball clubs, ended in a nightmare for the official scorer, the Lewiston manager, one Larry Barton, who also played first base.
The walk-happy Cap pitching corps fielded no less than five men with Keith Bowman and Bill Brenner, who also doubles as the Cap general manager, seeing a minimum of service.
CORDELL WAS NEXT
Young Bowman, a recent Cap acquisition, entered the game in the fifth inning, ostensibly to relieve George Nicholas. Bowman stayed around just long enough to walk two men with the bases loaded.
He was relieved by left-hander John Cordell, who stuck around capably until lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth. Brenner took over in the ninth. Three walks, one error, one run, two bases on balls and only one out, big Bill yanked himself and sadly turned over the chore to Pete Hernandez.
Pete threw exactly three pitches and Vancouver was ahead 2-0 in the series.
Caps had won 8-7 and in doing so received able assistance from plate umpire Ron Fisher in the eighth inning.
At that stage Broncs were trailing 6-8 [sic] and had Al Heist at third and pinch runner Leland Smith at second with one away. Clint Cameron topped one of Cordell’s soft curves toward first with Heist racing for the plate.
Cap first baseman Bob Wellman hesitated for a moment and finally threw to catcher Bob Duretto. But the throw was obviously too late as Heist slid across the plate before Bob could tag him.
Fisher called Heist out.
That started the first rhubarb. Heist received his marching papers.
In the next inning Barton, who obviously hadn’t cooled off, got his from Fisher, too.
FANS HAD FUN
Apart from the two rhubarbs there were all sorts of idiocyncracies on display not usually associated with good baseball.
In the first inning Lewiston elected to pitch to Ken Richardson, Vancouver’s clean-up hitter, with men on second and third, two away and first base open. Ken, the most feared clutch hitter in the WIL, promptly singled both runs home. The next batter struck out.
In the fifth inning Broncs permitted ancient Joe Orrell, their starting pitcher, to bat for himself with the bases loaded and the score 6-5 for Vancouver. Orrell is a noteably weakhitter. There were two out.
And so it went all night.
But don’t kid yourself, the fans had fun—we won didn’t we?

First Playoff, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1954

Poor Harvey Just Can’t Find Winner
Capilanos Out Front With 17-0 Verdict
By CLANCY LORANGER
[Vancouver Province, Sept. 9, 1954]
Bill Brenner and Harvey Storey are pretty good friends, but you can hardly blame Harvey if he thinks the Capilano general manager is stretching their friendship a little.
Storey was manager of the Capilanos in April, 1953, when Brenner brought the Lewiston Broncs to town to open the season. We’ll not dwell on that horrible night, but the Caps were terrible, Lewiston looked great, and Brenner and Co. beat Storey and Co. 10-0.
Wednesday night at Capilano Stadium, it was the Caps [unreadable few words] this time in the opening game of the WIL’s best-of-seven championship series. Caps had won the first half title, Lewiston the second.
Brenner, of course, is now with the Caps, and Storey is playing third base for Lewiston. But once again Harvey picked the wrong horse, or ball club. And the Caps rubbed it in real good as the did nothing wrong and the Broncs did nothing right—they made five errors on the slippery stadium turf—as the locals won by a lopsided 17-0 score.
POOR OL’ JAWN
Dewey Soriano, who was a brand new general manager when the Broncs spoiled last season’s debt, would have loved every minute of it as the Caps teed off on nemesis John Marshall in the first inning. John never did get a man out, giving up eight runs before bowing out in favor of Leland Smith in that first frame. Seven hits, a walk, and three Lewiston errors did the damage.
Smith had better success, but not much, as Vancouver wound up with 19 hits, including four doubles.
Meanwhile, Pete Hernandez was pitching his best game since his first-half pennant clincher last July. Pete gave up just six singles, didn’t walk a man, struck out eight and allowed only one Lewiston players to get as far as second base.
NICHOLAS WORKS
The teams repeat tonight, with George Nicholas down to oppose Joe Orrell. Game time is 8:15.
DIAMOND DUST—K. Chorlton led the Caps` assault as four locals got three hits … Bill Franks has been repurchased from Salem and will help the shorthanded Cap pitching staff in the playoffs … Advance ticket sales in Lewiston are reported as very good, but Vancouver fans, as usual, stayed away in large numbers … There were less than 500 paid.
Lewiston ....... 000 000 000— 0 6 5
Vancouver ..... 002 032 20x—17 19 0
Marshall, Smith (6) and Garay, Cameron (6); Hernandez and Pesut.

Our Caps Break Poor Old Broncs
Hernandez Wins Ball Game As Mates Jump On Lewiston

By SKIP RUSK
[Vancouver Sun, Sept. 9, 1954]
Vancouver Capilanos, seemingly in a state of suspended animation during the second half of the Western International Baseball League season, came bouncing back to life Wednesday night at Cap Stadium, greeting Lewiston Broncs with their best Sunday punch.
And when the bell for the first round of this best-of-seven championship ended, Bill Brenner’s boys had scored a unanimous decision. They had, to the delight of 500 or so fans, destroyed Larry Barton’s and his second-half winners, 17-0.
Tonight at 8:15, George Nicholas (16-11) will be trying for Vancouver’s second straight playoff win while Smokey Joe Orell [sic], who has won seven straight for the Broncs, will be trying to get Lewiston back on even terms.
JOHN DISAPPEARS
Last night Lewiston starter big John Marshall, who, besides being a bartender in the off season, is also an amateur magician. John seemed to prefer the latter job last night because he disappeared after facing the first eight Caps.
His successor as a young fellow named Leland Smith, who Lewiston recalled this season from Pocatello of the Pioneer League. After 30 minutes of interesting baseball the first inning was finally over.
Caps had scored eight runs on seven hits, including Nick Pesut’s double, and three glaring Lewiston errors.
Oh well, there were only eight more innings to go and Caps made extremely good use of them. All told, Vancouver scored nine more runs on 12 hits, including doubles by K Chorlton, Ken Richardson and Jim Clark, and the Broncs only made two more miscues.
PETE WAS SHARP
Pete Hernandez was at his very best in pitching his ninth win this season. He allowed but two hits and only one Lewiston batter reached second base. Don Hunter, who singled in the ninth inning, discovered that rather elusive sack for the Broncs when Hernandez threw one into the dirt at the next man up, manager Larry Barton.
LINE DRIVES – Second baseman Marv Williams and manager Bill Brenner were honored last night. Marv was presented with the Most Popular Player Award while Bill received the Most Valuable Player award … for that, Brenner gets a new suit … Al Yaylin [sic], old father time, pitches for the Caps … nicest catch of the night was made by Vancouver’s Neil Sheridan who went up against the wall to haul down Al Heist’s drive in the third inning … Chorlton, Williams, Richardson and Jim Clark picked up 13 of the Caps’ 19 hits.

Caps Trot Out Big Hitters
Broncs Downed In Playoff Opener, 17-0

Bu JIM GILMOUR
[Vancouver News-Herald, Sept. 9, 1954]
Battering veteran John Marshall out of the game with a murderous eight-run first inning, Vancouver Capilanos went on to flatten Lewiston Broncs 17-0 in the first game of a Western International League championship playoff at Capilano Stadium.
The Caps, first half champions, battered Marshall and reliefer Leland Smith for 15 singles and four doubles while Pete Hernandez mesmerized the second half champs with six scattered hits.
Second game of the best-of-seven series goes tonight at Capilano Stadium with George Nicholas (16-11) seeking a 2-0 lead for the Caps, and Larry Barton countering with veteran Joe Orrell, who has won eight straight for Lewiston since joining them in mid-season from Calgary.
13 In First
The Capilanos send 13 batters up in the wild first inning, collecting seven hits, one walk, and capitalizing on three Bronc errors. Smith was rushed into action after Nick Pesut doubled in the sixth and seventh runs. He gave up one more hit before retiring the side.
The Caps exploded periodically thereafter in rolling to their most one-sided win of the year.
Left fielder K. Chorlton sparked the assault with four hits in six trips, while Marv Williams, Kenny Richardson and Jimmy Clark added three hits apiece. Every man in the lineup except Neil Sheridan and Hernandez collected at least two safeties.
Chorlton and Clark drove in three runs each.
Pete Was Good
Meanwhile, Hernandez was hurling a masterpiece. He struck out eight, walked none, and only one Lewiston runner reached second base. That came in the ninth inning, when Don Hunter singled, and scampered to the halfway mark on a wild pitch which bounced off the plate and out of Pesut’s reach.
Manager Bill Brenner’s Caps also left 12 runners stranded, while the Broncs left six.
DIAMOND DUST—Williams was acclaimed the Caps most popular player and Brenner the club’s most valuable perfomer.

Sports Notes
BY GIL GILMORE

[Tri-City Herald, Sept. 9, 1954]
On The Sale Of Charouhas
One of the skeletons in the Tri-City Braves Sanders field closet that has been kicking around, and long in need of an airing, concerns the sale of outfielder Desmond Charouhas to Yakima.
Of all the moves made during the recent season, that was probably the least popular one with Tri-City fans—most of whom considered Des as second only to Lewiston's Al Heist as a defensive centerfielder.
And after the sale, some strange things happened.
First off came the announcement from G. M. Eddie Taylor's office that Charouhas was sold, and had not the sale gone through, be would have been released.
Naturally, one assumed Taylor was the one responsible for the sale. But then shortly thereafter, Harold Matheson, president of the association told a meeting of stockholders that he, Matheson, was responsible for the sale, but in any case Charouhas would not have been released had the sale not gone through.
* * *
Harold First Read Of It
At the time one suspicioned that there was some break in the communications between Matheson, Taylor, and manager Edo Vanni or otherwise why the conflicting statements.
Since it confirmed by Matheson, that despite his acceptance of responsibility in the sale of Charouhas, the first Harold heard about it was when he read the story in the
Tri-City Herald that night.
Harold merely stepped into the breach partly on the theory that the guy on top is responsible for the actions of those below and partly because he felt he was better
able to take the criticism than those below.
This, then would throw the Charouhas sale back to Taylor if, no other reason than he was general manager.
But now that the season is over and there is no reason for avoiding dissension in the ranks, Taylor's version shows somewhat of a rift between himself and Vanni, particulary because of the Charouhas sale. Yet at the same time neither was not going to cross over into the other's domain.
"I sold Charouhas only after Vanni was persistent in tainting to get rid of nim," Taylor said. He re-emphasized the word "persistent" and one "gathers Taylor was reluctant to sell him even then.
So we are now down to Vanni.
* * *
They Didn't Get Along
There isn't much point in going into all of Vanni's reasons for "wanting to get rid of Charouhas." Most of them deal with technical points of playing strategy with neither the player or the manager having much respect for the other's judgment. One or the other had to go and since Vanni was manager and had an "iron clad" contract besides, it was Charouhas.

Monday, September 6, 1954





FINAL SECOND HALF
                W  L  PCT GB
Lewiston ..... 44 26 .629 —
Yakima ....... 41 25 .621 1
Salem ........ 38 26 .594 3
Vancouver .... 32 25 .561 5½
Edmonton ..... 29 35 .453 12
Wenatchee .... 22 40 .355 18
Tri-City ..... 22 43 .338 19½


EDMONTON, Sept. 6 — Lewiston Broncs clinched the pennant for the second half of the Western International League schedule by taking both ends of a Labor Day double-header from Edmonton Eskimos.
Broncs won the first game 2-1 and the second 4-1 to take the five-game final series 4-1.
Lewiston now meets Vancouver, first half winners, for the league championship.
Harvey Storey's sixth inning homer provided the winning margin for the Broncs in the first game.
Guy Fletcher was credited with the win although he needed help from two other pitchers in the ninth.
Lewiston opened the second game with four runs in the initial inning. Clint Cameron banged out a home run with two on and Don Hunter hit another homer with one on.
Edmonton's only run was scored by Whitey Thomson who connected with a home run in the second.
A crowd of 1,722 saw the twin bill.
First Game
Lewiston ........ 400 000 0—4 8 1
Edmonton ...... 010 000 0—1 8 0
Martin and Cameron; Widner, Manier (1) and Partee.
Second Game
Lewiston ........ 000 101 000—2 7 0
Edmonton ...... 000 001 000—1 9 0
Fletcher, Yaylian, (9), Orrell (9) and Cameron; Kimball, Worth (7) and Prentice.

KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Sept. 7]—The Tri-City Braves closed out the dismal 1954 baseball season Monday splitting a doubleheader with the Salem Senators, 5-4 and 13-3.
The games themselves were of little importance to either team because the Lewiston Broncs clinched the second-half title with two wins over Edmonton, 2-1 and Yakima also won a doubleheader over Wenatchee, 2-1, and 4-2, to close out its season — one game off the pace.
In the Tri-City Salem action, the Senators stayed with it during the first game because they had an outside chance to sneak into the top spot. However, such a possibility, would have taken two losses by Lewiston and one by Yakima while Salem was winning two.
After winning the opener, and learning that Lewiston had the title clinched, Salem manager Hugh Luby left his charges on their own and took off for his home park to get pay checks available for the players when they arrived.
In the second game, the two teams played six innings of baseball. Salem went way out in front in the top of the sixth by scoring five runs off Don Robertson. But Tri-City came back in the bottom half to wax Gene Johnson for six runs.
From then on the Senators just played out the season. Connie Perez, the pouplar Salem outfielder, came on to pitch. Tri-City scored four more runs off Perez and Gene Tanselli, ordinarily an infielder, with considerable co-operation on the part of the Salem defense.
On one play. Vic Buccola hit what ordinarily would have been a double to right field. While the pitchers who were playing outfield played catch with the ball, Buccola came on and scored.
The win went to Robertson, his 17th of the season.
In the first game. Perez' bases loaded double in the third inning was the telling blow. Perez later scored on Dennis Luby's single, which along wilh one run scored earlier that inning gave Salem the necessary five to win.
All of the runs came after Walt Clough got two away.
Tri-City came back for two in the fourth when Bob Moniz homered with one on and picked up single runs in the fiflh and sixth innings.
First Game
Salem ......... 005 000 0—5 6 2
Tri-City ....... 000 210 1—4 7 1
Roenspie, Rayle (6) and Ogden; Clough, Flinn (7) and Johnson.
Second Game
Salem ......... 110 015 000— 8 13 3
Tri-City ....... 000 306 22x—13 15 4
Johnson, Perez (7), Tanselli (8) and Ogden, Roenspie (7); Robertson, Flinn (7) and Warren.

YAKIMA, stories unavailable.
First Game
Yakima .......... 000 200 0—2 3 0
Wenatchee .... 100 000 0—1 4 1
Edmunds and Summers; Romero and Helmuth.
Second Game
Yakima .......... 004 000 000—4 11 4
Wenatchee .... 000 000 011—2 11 2
Carmichael and Summer; Shandor and Helmuth.

WIL STATISTICS
(final, unofficial)
BATTING LEADERS
Percentage, Marv Williams, Van., .360; Runs, Al Heist, Lew., 136; Hits, K Chorlton, Van., 183; Total Bases, Williams, Van., 274; Two Base Hits, Bob Moniz, T.C., 40; Three Base Hits, Herman Lewis, Yak., 16; Home Runs, Bob Wellman, Van., Don Hunter, Lewiston, 21; Sacrifice Hits, Dain Clay, Wen., 27; Stolen Bases, Chorlton, Van., 29; Bases on Balls, Heist, Lew., 115; Runs Batted In, Wellman, Van., 108; Strikeouts, Tom Munoz, Wen., 114.
PITCHING LEADERS
ERA., Jon Briggs, Salem, 2.51; Wins, Bill Brenner, Van., 21; Losses, Billy Joe Waters, Wen., Walt Clough, T.C., 16; Strikeouts, Briggs, Sal., 263, Bases on Balls, Briggs, Wen., 161; Innings Pitched, Brenner, Van., 289; Complete Games, Brenner, Van., 26;

Taylor Terminates Job With Braves
[Tri-City Herald, Sept. 7, 1954]
Eddie Taylor, general manager, and the Tri-City Braves will come to an official parting of the ways Sept. 15, with neither showing any inclination to renew the relationship next season.
Taylor said today he has asked Harold Matheson, president of the Tri-City Athletic association, "to terminate my employment Sept. 15."
"Harold agreed," Taylor said, "and we did not talk about next year. I have always let it be known this would be my only season here and the way I feel now nothing has changed that."
Taylor said, he did not know what course he would take prior to next season.
"I'm just like a baseball player," he said. "When the season is over and you are in the cellar and not making any money, you feel the heck with it. But after you are home a week, you are waiting for spring training.
"You never know, I may not even go into baseball next year hut look around for something else. The way I feel right now, I'm disgusted with it."
The post with Tri-City represented Taylor's first job as general manager of any club. Operating independently, he was able to put together what appeared to be a fair team early in the season but as other league teams began loading rosters, it was apparent early that Taylor's efforts and the money available were not enough.
Among Tri-City fans, perhaps his most popular move was the retention of 19-year-old shortstop Dick Watson; the least popular was his sale of outfielder Des Charouhas to the Yakima Bears.
Taylor did not have a formal contract with the association this season so there is no problem of termination.
Taylor is the third general manager for Tri-City in three years. The first was Dick Richards, part-owner of the club under its original set-up, and the second was Len Monheimer, who is now with Great Falls in the Pioneer league.
Matheson, in confirming Taylor's break here, said he was locking everything up at Sanders Field Sept. 15. The association will not retain a groundkeeper over the winter as was done last year.

Salem Stockholders To Meet
[The Sporting News, Sept. 15, 1954]
Directors of the Salem Senators have called a meeting of the stockholders on October 11 to determine if the club will remain in the league next season. A drop in attendance from 81,305 last year to 58,752 will result in a deficit of about $7,200, the directors reported.

Sunday, September 5, 1954






                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 42 26 .618 —
Yakima ....... 39 25 .609 1
Salem ........ 37 25 .597 2
Vancouver .... 32 25 .561 4½
Edmonton ..... 29 33 .468 10
Wenatchee .... 22 38 .367 15½
Tri-City ..... 21 42 .333 18½


EDMONTON, Sept. 5—The celebratory champagne didn't come out Sunday night in the Lewiston Broncs dressing room. The Broncs needed a double-header sweep of Edmonton, and a loss by both Yakima and Salem, to clinch the Western International League's second half title. They got neither. The Broncs ended up splitting their twin bill in Edmonton, while the Bears and Senators both won. So, the championship will come down to the final day of the season on Labour Day.
The Eskimos won the opening game, 6-5, on a run-producing single by Andy Skurski in the ninth inning off Al Yaylian.
The Broncs won the nightcap, 4-3, with Al Heist banging out a triple and a single for the victors. The game was called at the end of six innings because of a curfew.
First Game
Lewiston ......... 000 110 201—5 11 3
Edmonton ....... 102 000 111—6 11 2
Yaylian and Cameron; Conant and Prentice.
Second Game
Lewiston ......... 040 000—4 5 1
Edmonton ....... 030 000—3 6 0
Martin, Marshall (2) and Cameron; Manier and Partee, Prentice (2)

WENATCHEE, Sept. 5—Catcher Lon Summers kept Yakima in the pennant race into the last day of the season after a game-winning double Sunday. He lashed out the two-base hit in the tenth inning to defeat Wenatchee, 5-4.
Yakima ............ 001 210 000 1—5 9 1
Wenatchee ...... 000 300 100 0—4 10 1
Rios, Lovrich (4) and Summers; Waters and Helmuth.

KENNEWICK, Sept. 5—Salem manager Hugh Luby decided to play for the big inning, and it worked three times. The Senators leaped on Jess Dobernic for three runs in the first inning, three more in the fifth then scored four off reliever Dale Thomason in the ninth in a 10-3 victory over the last-place Tri-City Braves Sunday.
Dobernic didn't get an out before the first two runs scored. Mel Krause and Gene Tanselli hit back-to-back triples and Bob Kellogg followed with a hit. Jim Deyo singled him home two outs later.
Harry Warner batted in three runs and Kellogg amd Deyo had two each.
Tom Herrera scattered eight hits for Salem's win.
Salem ........ 300 030 004—10 12 1
Tri-City ...... 000 001 011— 3 8 1
Herrera and Ogden; Dobernic, Thomason (8) and Warren.

NON WIL MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Artesia Slugger Cracks Homer Mark
ARTESIA, N.M., Sept. 5 — Hitting the home run that broke all records was "just like having a piano lifted off your shoulders," Joe Bauman said.
Bauman, the 32-year-old slugger who bettered the record by smashing his 70th round tripper of the season Sunday, admitted the pressure had been terrific since he tied the record Thursday.
"And hitting that big one was . . . well, that's it," the big guy said.
After breaking the record in the first game of a doubleheader with Artesia, the Roswell first baseman hit two more homers in the nightcap to set the new standard at 72.
Bauman, a 6-foot-4. 240-pounder, repeated his statement that he planned on playing the rest of his baseball for the Class C Roswell Rockets of the Longhorn League.
Bauman cracked a 365-foot blast in a first inning leadoff role against Artesia in the next-to-last game of Roswell's 138 game schedule. That one broke the record of 69 set by Joe Hauser of Minneapolis in 1933 and ied by Bob Crues of Amarillo in 1948.

Saturday, September 4, 1954





                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 41 25 .621 —
Yakima ....... 38 25 .603 1½
Salem ........ 36 25 .590 2½
Vancouver .... 32 25 .561 4½
Edmonton ..... 28 32 .467 10
Wenatchee .... 22 37 .373 15½
Tri-City ..... 21 41 .339 18


EDMONTON, Sept. 4—The Edmonton Eskimos can blame the rain for their smallest crowd of the year Saturday, but they will have to blame Lewiston's bats for their 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Broncs.
Only 246 fans turned out to see Edmonton take a 2-0 lead after five innings, then watch the Lewiston league-leaders score once in the sixth, and add four more runs in the eighth off Ray McNulty and Art Worth.
Lewiston ......... 000 001 040—5 11 1
Edmonton ....... 000 110 000—2  6 1
Orrell and Cameron; McNulty, Worth (8) and Partee.

SALEM, Sept. 4—Baseball fans in Salem got a good idea Saturday night why the Tri-City Braves are in last place in the Western International League, as they were embarrassed by the hometown Senators, 17-2.
Two Tri-City pitchers allowed hit after hit—20 in all, the fielders committed five errors which led to four unearned runs, and the batters swung, missed and went back to the dugout 10 times against Jon Briggs, the league's strike-out king.
The Senators batted around in the third, fourth and eighth innings.
Connie Perez batted in four runs, Bob Kellogg had three and Harry Warner, Jim Deyo and Dennis Luby knocked in a pair each. Deyo went four-for-five, while Warner and Luby had three hits. Kellogg only had one hit, but had executive four sacrifices.
Salem scored all they needed with a three-run first inning, but put up six on the board in the third. All the runs were charged to starter Dale Thomason, who allowed seven hits and a walk before Hal Flinn was brought in with one out in the inning.
Dick Watson singled in Jack Warren in the second inning and scored Tri-City's other run in the ninth after walking, moving to third on Rube Johnson's pinch single and scoring on a double play.
Briggs gave up eight walks and leads the league in that category as well.
Tri-City ........ 010 000 001— 2  7 5
Salem .......... 306 300 05x—17 20 0
Thomason, Flinn (3) and Warren; Briggs and D. Luby.

Wenatchee at Vancouver, postponed, rain

Friday, September 3, 1954





                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 40 25 .615 —
Yakima ....... 38 25 .603 1
Salem ........ 35 25 .583 2½
Vancouver .... 32 25 .561 4
Edmonton ..... 28 31 .475 9
Wenatchee .... 22 37 .373 15
Tri-City ..... 21 40 .344 17


VANCOUVER [Province, Sept. 4]—It’s all over but the waiting now for the Vancouver Capilanos. This morning’s rain washed out tonight’s last scheduled game of the regular WIL season against Wenatchee Chiefs, so it’s just a question now of the Caps waiting to see how Lewiston, Salem and Yakima do over the holiday weekend.
One of those three will win the second-half championship and meet the Caps, first half winners here next week, in the best-of-seven championship playoff. If Yakima or Salem wins, the series opens here Tuesday. If Lewiston wins, they start here Wednesday.
The Caps managed to split Friday in what turned out to be their last games of the season, winning 5-0 and losing 5-3.
Marv Williams, No. 1 candidate for league batting honors, jammed his knee on the last play of the game but will be ready for the playoffs. Before that, he performed nobly with four-for-four, including a triple and double.
Veteran Ken Richardson did his part, too, with four-for-four as he reached his goal of 100 runs batted in. Ken has never had less than 100 RBIs in four seasons in the league.
Another old-timer, John Cordell, pitched his best game of the year to earn his seven-inning shutout, but Boss Brenner failed in his second try for his 22nd win. Ross McCormack’s three-run home sank Bill’s ship, but he wound up with a pretty creditable 21-9 record for the year.
[WILfan notes: The Cas scored two runs in the first inning of the ppener on doubles by K. Chorlton and Bob Wellman and triple by Marv Williams ... in the night game, Eddie Murphy walked to open the Caps' first and was brought in by Williams' double. Richardson brought in Williams in both the first and seventh innings ... Brenner walked threein the fifth, more than he's given up in a game all season ... Jerry Green's sacrifice fly in the eighth brought in the last regular season at Cap Stadium in 1954.]
First Game
Wenatchee ....... 000 000 0—0 5 0
Vancouver ........ 230 010 x—0 9 0
Oubre and Self; Cordell and Duretto.
Second Game
Wenatchee ....... 000 040 010—5 8 2
Vancouver ........ 200 000 100—3 9 2
Tierney and Helmuth; Brenner and Pesut.

STORIES UNAVAILABLE
First Game
Tri-City ........ 300 002 0—5  9 2
Salem .......... 000 102 3—6 11 1
Flinn, Robertson (7) and Johnson; Franks, Johnson (6), Nicholas (7), Herrera (7) and D. Luby.
Second Game
Tri-City ........ 010 002 020—5 8 1
Salem .......... 000 011 000—2 5 1
Clough and Warren; Rayle, Johnson (7) and D. Luby.

Lewiston at Edmonton (2), postponed, rain.

Week’s Work
By CLANCY LORANGER

[Vancouver Province, Sept. 4, 1954]
MONDAY—It was probably sheer frustration that prompted Bill Brenner to throw open the gates on a pay-what-you-like basis for the final game of the WIL season … Bill just wants to see what Capilano Stadium looks like with a full house.
This has been a sad season for Bill, who celebrated his return to Vancouver by getting a top-notch, crowd-pleasing bal club and still hasn’t known those well-known flies … Brenner has been a victim of the weather, which washed out his best dates, the league’s unsettled condition, and possibly the new “big league” feeling in this town engendered by the B.E.G. and the B.C. Lions … Local fans, who also have hockey just one step removed from the majors, undoubtedly are ripe for Coast League baseball, and likely won’t show up at the park until IT does … meanwhile, only the fact that the team was a winner and that they have more fund than anybody—the boys had a football game in the outfield the other night before batting practice—has kept Brenner from going into something less nerve-wracking, like pitching in the Coast League.
TUESDAY—Incidentally, the Caps are not entirely green when it comes to throwing the football around … Neil Sheridan [line unreadable] … Arnie Hallgren coud probably catch on with the Lions right now if Milwaukee would let him play; Danny Holden played the game in high school; and Brenner, ‘tis said, could have played the pro grid game but for a knee injury.

Thursday, September 2, 1954





                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 40 25 .615 —
Yakima ....... 38 25 .603 1
Salem ........ 34 24 .586 2½
Vancouver .... 31 24 .584 4
Edmonton ..... 28 31 .475 9
Wenatchee .... 21 36 .368 15
Tri-City ..... 20 39 .339 17


VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, Province, Sept. 3]—Don’t want to cut in on Emily Post’s shopping guide, but we must simply tell you about the tremendous fall bargains coming up at Capilano Stadium. Bargains, bargains, bargains!
The Capilanos have two nights left in the regular season, and yes, they’re offering bargains galore. Yes, bargains galore!
Tonight the Caps offer two games—two for the price of one—with a doubleheader scheduled against the Wenatchee Chiefs. But Saturday! Er—bargainers.
OLD BOYS BACK
Not only is there a regularly scheduled professional baseball game between Wenatchee Chiefs and the Capilanos, but also an old-timers’ game, featuring such well-known names of 20 years ago as Coley Hall, Johnny Nestman and Jimmy Watters. All this and clown Norm Trasolini, too.
But there’s more! (Bargains, etc.) There will be no regulation charge that night. You pay what we want. What you feel you can afford. (But just between us, some of the bigger ball players will be standing by the collection boxes with baseball bats, so bring your folding money).
Bill Brenner and his boys promise to do better than they did Thursday, when they lost a close one, 5-4, to the Chiefs. Arnie Hallgren pitched a good game for the locals, despite the 10 walks he gave up, but five errors behind him accounted for a couple of unearned runs and cost him the decision.
CORDELL ON HILL
The local youngster gave up just one hit for the first six innings, with Wenatchee winning it with two runs in the ninth, on three hits, a walk and two Vancouver errors.
Tonight, Bill Brenner will try again for his 22nd victory and John Cordell will pitch the other game. Charley Oubre and John Tierney will start for the visitors.
[WINfan notes: Jake Helmuth gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly … The Caps scored three in the third inning on four hits off ex-Victoria pitcher Berlyn Hodges. K Chorlton and Marv Williams singled, Bob Wellman doubled in Chorlton, and Ken Richardson singled in the other two … Bob Duretto brought in a final run in the sixth on a single to right after Neil Sheridan walked and was safe at second on a botched force play on Dick Greco's grounder … All six hits surrendered by Hallgren were singles … Jerry Green, Helmuth and Dain Clay got the trio of hits in the ninth, Helmuth tying the game and Clay scoring the game-winner … Hallgren struck out five and committed an error.]
Wenatchee ........ 100 000 112—5 6 2
Vancouver ......... 003 001 000—4 6 5
Hodges and Self; Hallgren and Duretto.

SALEM [Tri-City Herald, Sept. 3]—The Tri-City Braves plunged deeper into the cellar Thursday night with a 6-1 loss to the Salem Senators at Salem and for all practical purposes, that is where they will finish the fast-dying Western International League season.
The loss itself was not unusual—since the beginning of August, the Braves have won but nine games of 33 starts for an anemic .273 percentage.
Don Robertson, who went the distance for Tri-City, was again the loser. It was his tenth defeat against 16 wins.
Tonight, Hal Flinn, Tri-City's only optioned players and Walt Clough, are slated to pitch against Salem. Flinn has an 8-13 record.
The Braves and Senators will play another game there Saturday and a fourth Sunday before returning to Sanders Field for a season-ending three-game series here.
In Thursday's game, Tri-City scored one run in the first when Terry Carroll led off with a double, moved to third on Bob Moniz' single, and scored on Vic Buccola's sacrifice fly.
In the third inning, Salem scored four times with Tom Herrera and Mel Krause each getting singles and moving up on an infield out. Harry Warner was deliberately walked but all three runners scored when a ball got through the outfield.
The win for Salem gave them a chance to gain a half game on idle Lewiston and Yakima, the current leaders. Wenatchee upended Vancouver, 5 -4, to knock the Caps further out of the second-half running.
(Lewiston was reported erroneously as scheduled to open Thursday night at Edmonton. Instead, those two teams start their five-game series Friday night with doubleheader).
Tri-City ........ 100 000 000—1 9 4
Salem ........... 014 000 10x—6 9 0
Robertson and Warren; Herrera and D. Luby.

Only games scheduled.

Wednesday, September 1, 1954






                 W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ...... 40 25 .615 —
Yakima ........ 38 25 .603 1
Salem ......... 33 24 .579 3
Vancouver ..... 31 23 .574 3½
Edmonton ...... 28 31 .475 9
Wenatchee ..... 20 36 .357 15½
Tri-City ...... 20 38 .345 16½


VANCOUVER [Skip Rusk, Sun, Sept. 2]—Odds on the Western International League tote board Wednesday night had Lewiston Broncs even-money favorites to win the second half title. Yakima Bears were 2-1, Salem Senators closed at 3-1 and Vancouver Caps were the outsiders at 6-1.
These odds were derived following last night’s WIL action which saw Bill Brenner’s Caps defeat Yakima 6-2 as George Nicholas recorded his 16th win at Cap Stadium; Lewiston eke out a 1-0 verdict over Edmonton, and Wenatchee upset Salem 1-0 in 10 innings.
CAPS TRAIL SENATORS
As a result, Larry Barton’s Broncs moved into undisputed possession of first place, one game ahead of Lou Stringer’s Bears. Salem is in third place, two-and-a-half lengths off the pace while Caps are one jump behind the Senators.
Tonight, Pete Hernandez (if he arrives from his home in Hayward, California) will pitch for Vancouver as they open their final four-game series of the season against Wenatchee. If Pete doesn’t arrive in time, Brenner will start Arnie Hallgren.
If Caps sweep this series, they’ll end up with a percentage of .603. If Lewiston splits their remaining six games, they’ll have .606. And if Hugh Luby’s red-hot Senators win five of their seven games, they’ll have .600.
However, they’re still playing baseball and it’s a safe bet that the second-half winner will not be decided until the league officially ends Labor Day (Monday).
GEORGE WAS HOT
Last night, Nicholas pitched one of his better games this season, setting the Bears down on four hits. He allowed three in the second inning when Yakima scored its only two runs, and didn’t allow another until Don Pries’ singled in the eighth.
Caps tied up the game in the fourth when Ken Richardson hit his second home run in two nights with Bob Wellman aboard. They sewed it up in the sixth as Yakima starter Tom Lovrich, a former Cap, lost his control. Tom walked two, hit Neil Sheridan with a pitched ball and gave up singles to Richardson [for one run] and Dick Greco [for two].
[WILfan note: Marv Williams’ single in the seventh accounted for the final Vancouver run … Irv Noren doubled, went to third on a passed ball by Bob Duretto and scored the first Yakima run on Summers sacrifice fly. John Albini then singled, stole second and was doubled in one out later by Dick Briskey.]
Yakima ........... 020 000 000—2 4 1
Vancouver ...... 000 203 10x—6 7 0
Lovrich, Rios (7) and Summers; Nicholas and Duretto.

LEWISTON, Idaho, Sept. 1—Lewiston's Jack Martin won a pitcher's battle with Edmonton's Ken Kimball Wednesday night to give the Broncs a 1-0 Western International League victory over the Eskimos.
A walk he gave up in the second inning after the bases were loaded proved Kimball's downfall. Kimball, who gave up only four walks and four hits in the game, walked Mel Wasley in that frame, then gave up singles to Nick Cannuli and Jack Martin, and a walk to Al Heist.
Martin struck out six and walked only one, while giving up five hits during his tour of duty. He posted his 11th victory and sixth shutout of the year.
The game, Lewiston's last home performance of the regular season, gave the Broncs a 2-1 edge of the three-game series. A crowd of 2,164, the second-largest of the
season, turned out.
Edmonton ........ 000 000 000—0 5 0
Lewiston ......... 010 000 00x—1 4 0
Kimball and Prentice; Martin and Cameron.

WENATCHEE, Sept. 1—Catcher Tom Self's 10th inning single with the bases loaded scored the winning run Wednesday night as Wenatchee shaded Salem, 6-5, in the rubber game of their Western International League baseball series here.
Salem pitcher Jon Briggs, trying for his 20th win, absorbed his 17th loss.
Salem .............. 200 001 002 0—5 10 2
Wenatchee ....... 010 002 110 1—6  8 0
Briggs and Ogden; Shandor and Self.

BASEBALL MAN DIES IN U.S.
Fans Will Remember Wimpy

By KEITH MATTHEWS
[Vancouver News Herald, Sept. 2, 1954]
“Wimpy” Quinn, a well known and tremendous popular baseball figure in Vancouver, died of cancer in Los Angeles Wednesday.
The death came as no surprise to those, locally, who knew Wimpy intimately. He has been ailing with the disease the last four years and as recently as 1952 when he played with Tacoma in the Western International League. It was rumored that the big fellow was close to playing out the string.
DIDN’T LIKE NAME
Quinn was 36 years old, and a big, good-hearted guy who laughed at everybody’s jokes and became everybody’s straight man. He impressed as a native of the Ozarks, even though he was born and raised in the heart of California’s greatest metropolis, Los Angeles.
The “Wimpy” part of the name came naturally. The real surnames were J. Wellington and the suspicion is the J. was for Jason. Wimpy would never explain say exactly.
Bob Brown brought Quinn first in the dying days of his old semi-professional baseball league at Athletic Park. The Los Angeles Angels owned Quinn, then, and he was the third baseman Bob wanted for one of his clubs.
Quinn was never the third baseman he was rumored to be. What didn’t hit him in the chest, shins or teeth usually went by for a base hit. What he did was an automatic out, for the Wimp could throw a baseball through a brick wall.
By the time Brown had moved back into professional baseball with the Capilanos, Quinn was his first baseman. He did better there because there weren’t as many ground balls hit his way.
POWER HITTER
As much as could be criticized about Quinn’s fielding, just as much could be added in praise about his hitting. His power, even though a right-handed hitter, was in right centre field, and he shot so many live drives over Athletic Park’s short porch that he was often accused of having a Nordin site on his bat.
Quinn played for the Capilanos in 1940 under Jimmy Crandall, the old St. Louis Browns catcher, and in 1941 under Don Osborn, the former Chicago Cubs pitcher. Quinn, himself was later to play a season for Los Angeles and he had a war-time trip with the Cubs.
TOO MANY BURGERS
Quinn, though he never talked about himself greatly, did detest his nick-name “Wimpy.”
Everywhere he went, people wanted to see him buy hamburgers. Once, in Bakersfield, where he managed in the twilight of his career, on rambunctious fan—a Quinn lover, naturally enough—brought a dozen hamburgers to the field and gave them to his hero.
The fact of the matter was, though, Quinn hated hamburgers. He gave them all to his team-mates a practice he had performed many times before. It made him, he used to confess, a sort of players’ ball player.

Tuesday, August 31, 1954





                W  L  Pct GB
Yakima ....... 38 24 .613 —
Lewiston ..... 35 29 .605 1
Salem ........ 33 23 .589 2
Vancouver .... 30 23 .566 3½
Edmonton ..... 28 30 .483 8
Wenatchee .... 19 36 .345 15½
Tri-City ..... 20 38 .345 16


VANCOUVER [Skip Rusk, Sun, Sept. 1]—It was photo night at Cap Stadium Tuesday but the Vancouver Caps didn’t fit into the picture which was a double feature co-starring Herman Lewis and the Yakima Bears.
Lou Stringer’s Bears destroyed Bill Brenner’s Caps twice—5-2 and 5-4—to move into first place in the Western International Baseball League, four percentage points ahead of Lewiston Broncs. Salem Senators are a game-and-a-half off the pace, while the Caps occupy fourth spot, three-and-a-half games behind the leaders.
DIDN’T LOOK GOOD
The first 2000 fans—1500 attended the twin bill—received pictures of the Caps, courtesy of the management. And no matter how good Brenner’s boys looked in those glossy prints, they were out of the picture on the playing field.
Sandy Robertson started the seven-inning opener for Vancouver. He lasted three innings, during which time Yakima scored all its five runs. After Don Pries, former Victoria manager, singled in Des Charouhas in the first inning with Yakima’s initial run, Herm Lewis blasted a 350-foot homer over the right field fence.
Sandy managed to get through the second and gained new hope when Ken Richardson smashed a homer over the left field wall in the Caps’ half of the inning. However, the Bears bounced back in the third when Lewis whacked his second straight homer with Pries, who had singled, patiently waiting on first.
BRENNER LOSER
The second game started with Bears scoring three runs off Caps’ Bill Brenner, who was seeking his 23rd victory. They added single runs in the second and fourth innings, then withstood a late Vancouver rally to give John Carmichael his 19th win against 10 defeated.
Caps got one run back in the second, added another when K Chorlton homered in the seventh and had a real rally going in the ninth. First man up, Jim Clark, was safe on an error. He scored from first on Marv Williams’ double and Williams came in on Richardson’s single. Neil Sheridan singled to put men on first and second, but Dick Greco grounded to short, forcing Sheridan and the rally was ended. [Danny Rios pitched to the last two batters to save the game].
[WILFan notes: Brenner was victimised on the first batter he faced in the night game. Catcher Nick Pesut dropped a third strike on Des Charouhas. Pries, Len Noren and John Albini later singled that inning ... from Dick Beddoes’ column in The Sun after the game: The Vancouver Caps have particated in 41 baseball games this season which have been decided by one run, and have won 20 ... Ex Cap Manager Harvey Storey is getting $1,100 to play for the Lewiston Broncs]
First Game
Yakima ........ 302 000 0—5 7 0
Vancouver ... 010 001 0—2 3 2
Edmunds and Summers; Robertson, Bowman, (4) and Duretto.
Second Game
Yakima ......... 310 100 000—5  8 2
Vancouver .... 010 000 102—4 12 1
Carmichael, Rios (9) and Summers, Brenner and Pesut

LEWISTON, Idaho, Aug. 31—Edmonton Eskimos bunched four runs in the fourth inning Tuesday night to snap Lewiston's six-run winning streak with a 4-3 victory over the Western International League leaders.
The Broncs snuffed out an Eskimo scoring threat in the first inning with a double play and the game went scoreless until the fourth when Edmonton tapped Bronc hurler Guy Fletcher for four singles, which, combined with two Lewiston fielding errors, won the game. Only one run was unearned.
Lewiston countered in the bottom of that frame with one run on a double and a single, and in the eighth Larry Barton brought in two runs with a homer.
Edmonton starter John Conant was the winning pitcher. The two teams meet today for the deciding game of their three-game series.
Edmonton ......... 000 400 000—4 7 2
Lewiston .......... 000 100 020—3 8 2
Conant, McNulty ( ) and Prentice; Fletcher, Marshall (8) and Cameron.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 31—Wenatchee slammed out 13 hits off three Salem pitchers here Tuesday night to win 9-5 and even the series at one win apiece.
Jerry Green, Wenatchee lead-off better, slammed the first pitch of the game out of the park to start the winner's run parade.
Salem ............. 011 030 000—5 10 1
Wenatchee ..... 140 201 01x—9 13 0
Rayle, Roenspie (2), Johnson (4) and Ogden; Hodges, Romero (2), Waters (5) and Self.

Hemphill Released By Braves
KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Sept. 1]—Tri-City doesn't play until Thursday when they journey to the Oregon capital for a four-game series there. Then Sunday and Monday, the same two teams come here for a season-ending series.
General manager Eddie Taylor said today the series here will be called "baseball appreciation nights." All passes for the two nights, except working press passes, naturally, will be canceled.
Taylor also announced that pitcher Jack Hemphill, who had a 4-8 record this season has been released.

Sports Notes
BY GIL GILMORE

[Tri-City Herald, Sept. 1, 1954]
One of those who has passed quietly from the Western International league baseball scene near the tail end of this season is umpire Lowell Fulk of Wapato.
Fulk was dismissed recently by league president Robert Abel and although no reason was given it is generally felt the dismissal grew out of a rhubarb between the ump and Salem's firstbaseman Harry Warner.
The ruckus, which happened in a game with Yakima, resulted first in a three-day suspension for Warner, which was later cut to one day. It was charged that Warner "pushed umpire Fulk" which, ordinarily, would have resulted in an indefinite suspension. And now it is voiced around that Hugh Luby, Salem general manager, and admittedly a power in the league, pulled strings that enabled Warner to return to active duty.
This, in itself, would indicate, that WIL pennants are not decided by play on the field but rather by "politics" in league circles.
And as further evidence, one has to but cite the statement shortly thereafter of Bruce Williams, president of the Salem club and league vice president who said bluntly:
"We've had the lousiest umpiring in the history of the league this season."
But despite this, and in effort to clear any cries of "favoritism," it can be reported that the dismissal of Fulk was in the making long before the Warner incident.
And since Tri-City and playing manager Edo Vanni had a hand in the matter, it might be well to start from there.
* * *
Reached Climax In Tie Game

Now through the season, Vanni had been having rows with Fulk. This in itself doesn't mean much, because you could substitute the name of any one of the other WIL umps for Fulk, and the statement would be just as true.
However, things reached a climax when Tri-City and Lewiston played a 12-inning tie game there July 24. In one of the later innings, Artie Wilson uncorked one that called over the leftfield wall.
Fulk ruled that the ball was foul, and this brought Vanni out with a roar. Again, that isn't unusual since any time a Tri-City batter hits one foul within 10 feet of the pole, Edo is going to come out shouting, "You can never tell," he contends, "maybe the ump might give you one."
But Tri-City has other players on the roster who are not inclined to debate close calls nor see things with a distorted vision. And all will contested Artie's blow was a fair ball. So we will mark it down as just an ump's mistake.
* * *
Edo Talked Way Out Of Fine

Anyhow, since this one really was fair, and eventually cost Tri-City a game, Edo was a little more violent than usual, received the boot and was in line for a heavy fine.
However, in the communications with the league office that followed Vanni fast-talked himself out of the fine and invited league president Able to come over and see Fulk in action.
Edo even went so far as to make the impossible promise that he would be on his good behavior and wouldn't be involved in any rows, rhubarbs or ruckuses.
Abel came to Sanders for one of the games during the Lewiston series to check on Fulk. He was also treated to the spectacle of several Lewiston and Tri-City ballplayers fist-fighting around second base. The fight was touched off by Lewiston shortstop Nick Cannuli, and naturally, Tri-City's Edo Vanni.
I have no way of knowing what impressions Abel got of Fulk's ability that night, although as it was commented here before, the fight was so obviously in the making that prompt action by the ump could have presented the entire incident.
But in any case, all this shows that satisfaction with Fulk, and the events leading up to his dismissal, started long, long before the Salem Harry Warner incident,
* * *
Umps Weak Spot In Game

This business about umpires is complicated to no end but the officiating is probably the biggest weakness in professional baseball.
First off, it takes some kind of a peculiar makeup to be an ump. For what ordinary person would subject himself to a life with almost no friends, and where it may be detrimental to even have casual acquaintances, plus the prospect of being insulted by strangers, for no more pay than the average minor league scale.
Even raising the wages isn't likely to up the standards of the profession because to the average Joe, you couldn't pay him enough to take the job.
You'll have to concede the men who take the job must love the game, and they are honest, but the field to select from is so narrow, it isn't always easy to find those who are competent.
Yet so much hangs on the decisions of the ump that only the very best, from the majors to the D leagues, should rule.
* * *
Jess Said They Get Worse

Jess Dobernic, Tri-City pitcher who isn't inclined to create much of a fuss over the decision of umpires, believes the situation gets worse each year and doesn't look for any improvement.
"How can there be?" Jess asks. "They've got the same umps they've always had. All they can do is" get worse."
Jess's solution: "The only thing would be some kind of an electric eye device back of home plate calling the balls and strikes."
* * *
Victorians At Funeral

Up in Victoria, some 40 persons attended the burial ef4he Victoria Baseball and Athletic company last week. The 40 were but a small part of the 700 or so who owned stock in the defunct enterprise.
* * *
Fletcher Pitch Solved

Vanni says he has solved the mystery of Lewiston pitcher Guy Fletcher's unorthodox pitch.
"Ya notice only Ed Garay catches when Fletcher pitches? You know why Clint Cameron doesn't catch for him? Because Cameron doesn't chew tobacco and can't work up enough spit in his glove. That's how they load 'em."
What about Edo? Every time he goes to the plate at Lewiston, some individual, always wants to check up and see if he is using a corked bat.

Monday, August 30, 1954





                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 39 24 .619 —
Yakima ....... 36 24 .600 1½
Salem ........ 33 22 .600 2
Vancouver .... 30 21 .588 2
Edmonton ..... 27 30 .474 9
Tri-City ..... 20 38 .345 16½
Wenatchee .... 18 36 .333 16½


LEWISTON, Aug. 30—If the Edmonton Eskimos don't put the deep freeze on Lewiston, the boys from Idaho should win the Western International League second half pennant.
The Broncs play their remaining eight games against the Northerners. The teams meet twice more in their current series at Lewiston then move on for a six-game stand at Edmonton.
And a quirk in the schedule, brought about by Victoria's withdrawal last month, may work in Lewiston's favor. The Broncs' three closest competitors—Yakima, Salem and Vancouver—all have fewer games to play and must face each other at least twice. Any kind of an even break would put the Idahoans in the driver's seat.
The Broncs elevated themselves a notch higher Monday night at the expense of Edmonton, heading the Eskimos, 6-2 in the first game of their three-game series. The win increased Lewiston's lead to 1½ games over Yakima. The Bears' scheduled contest at Vancouver was postponed because of conflict with a football game. The teams will play a doubleheader Tuesday night.
Edmonton built up a 2-0 first inning lead that held up until the fifth inning when Lewiston pushed across four runs. The scoring came on a single, a double by Larry Barton and three walks. A lone run in the seventh when Clint Cameron doubled in Don Hunter, and another counter in the eighth ended the scoring.
The Eskimos two runs in the first frame were scored off four singles.
Rain held up the start of the game for 15 minutes, then drenched the field during the ninth inning.
Edmonton ..... 200 000 000—2 8 2
Lewiston ....... 000 040 11x—6 9 2
Worth and Partee, Prentice (8); Yaylian and Cameron.

WENATCHEE, Aug. 30—Salem topped Wenatchee, 9-7, to move into a percentage tic with Yakima for second place.
Salem rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth to salvage its game at Wenatchee. The Chiefs had led since the first inning when they drove Tom Herrara to the showers with five runs made on seven singles.
The Senators teed off on starter Charlie Oubre and reliefer John Tierney for five hits in the ninth.
Consecutive doubles by Dennis Luby and Gene Tanselli tied the count. The eventual winning run was scored when Bob Kellogg's bad hopper Rot by second baseman Tony Rivas for a single. Luby led the Senators' attack with three doubles.
The same teams meet again Tuesday night.
Salem ........... 100 300 104—9 14 2
Wenatchee .... 510 000 100—7 14 3
Herrera, Franks (2) and Ogden; Oubre, Tierney and Self.

Yakima at Vancouver, postponed.

Sunday, August 29, 1954






                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ...... 38 24 .613 —
Yakima ........ 36 24 .600 1
Salem ......... 32 22 .593 2
Vancouver ..... 30 21 .588 2½
Edmonton ...... 27 29 .482 8
Tri-City ...... 20 38 .345 16
Wenatchee ..... 18 35 .340 15½


SALEM, Aug. 29—The only people not laughing in this Oregon city Sunday were the Vancouver Capilanos. For it was a comedy of errors at Waters Field—eight of them—committed by the Caps in the second game of a twin-bill, swept by the Salem Senators by scores of 8-4 and 10-4.
Eddie Murphy started the error parade in centre field, and was followed by second baseman Marv Williams, with three, and two each by third baseman Ken Richardson and catcher-turned-shortstop Bob Duretto.
Add to that a passed ball by outfielder-turned-catcher Danny Holden, and a wild pitch by outfielder-turned-relief pitcher Arnie Hallgren.
Victimised by the inept play was Vancouver starting pitcher, who was responsible for eight runs in the first inning and a third—only one of them earned. He was bailed out by Hallgren, who gave up only two runs the rest of the way, one earned, allowing four hits, walking five and striking out seven.
Perez batted in three runs with a pair of doubles for the Senators, while Harry Warner and Jim Deyo brought in a pair each.
Marv Williams had gotten Vancouver off to a 1-0 start in the first inning by doubling in K Chorlton, who started the game with a base hit. Bob Duretto’s homer in the third accounted for the three remaining Vancouver runs.
The Caps committed a comparatively-few three errors in dropping the opener, Williams, Bob Wellman and Duretto being the culprits. They resulted in only six of the eight runs off George Nicholas being earned.
Harry Warner homered and brought in three runs, while Duretto accounted for all of Vancouver’s runs with a three-run double in the second and a single in the fourth that scored Dick Greco, who had doubled.
Jon Briggs, the WIL strikeout and walk leader, added three whiffs and a base on balls to his totals.
First Game
Vancouver ...... 030 100 0—4  6 3
Salem ............ 210 032 x—8 12 2
Nicholas and Pesut; Briggs and Ogden.
Second Game
Vancouver ...... 103 000 000— 4  8 8
Salem ............ 440 101 00x—10 12 1
Cordell, Hallgren (2) and Pesut, Holden (3); Roenspie, Johnson (4) and D. Luby.

LEWISTON [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 30]—The Tri-City Braves will take the next three days off from play and let the other six teams in the Western International league hassle over second-half honors.
The Braves were originally scheduled to play the high-class Coos Bay, Ore., semi-pro team this week but general manager Eddie Taylor said today the games were called off because of constant rain along the Oregon coastal area.
The vacancy in the league schedule was caused by the demise of the Victoria entry.
With the Tri-City out of it, the race for top honors should force other teams to take over first place on their own for a while in place of getting there by crawling over the backs of the Braves.
In recent weeks, Salem climbed to first place by winning three of four games from Tri-Clty. But the Senators didn't stay there long. Tri-City then went to Lewiston for four games, and dropped all four, and the Broncs are again in first place.
If the pattern continues for the rest of the dismal and fast-dying season, Salem will be facing Vancouver in the playoffs because the Senators will have at it with Tri-City for the last seven games of the season.
Four of them will be at the Oregon Capital beginning Thursday and three of them here on Sunday and Labor Day.
The Broncs took both ends of the twin bill from the Braves, 3-2, and 8-2, Sunday to move into first.
Homers accounted for the scoring for both teams. Hal Flinn, the losing pitcher in the first game, hit one but Clint Cameron, the Lewiston catcher, knocked out the winning homer in the seventh.
Cameron's bat also accounted for the Lewiston win in the second game. His second homer came in the fourth inning with two on. In the third inning, he drove in two more with a double.
For Tri-City playing manager Edo Vanni homered with one on for Tri-City's two runs.
First Game
Tri-City ......... 001 010 000—2 10 1
Lewiston ....... 000 200 01x—3  8 1
Flinn and Warren; Orrell and Cameron.
Second Game
Tri-City ......... 100 001 000—2  8 2
Lewiston ....... 122 300 00x—8 10 0
Thomason, Robertson (3), Hemphill (8) and Warren; Martin and Cameron.

YAKIMA, Aug. 29—The Yakima Bears skirted past Salem and Vancouver in the Western International League standings by trouncing Edmonton, two out of three games in their series. The Bears won both ends of a Sunday twin bill, 7-0 and 6-1.
Yakima hurler Tom Lovrich fashioned a neat one-hitter in the Bears' seven-inning opener. He was nicked for a first inning single by Augie Amorena, the Eskimos only hit of the game.
Lon Summers was the big mouse with the bat. The Yakima catcher hit a grand slam homer in the third inning of the opener and added another round-tripper with two on in the sixth frame of the nightcap.
Danny Rios had some early inning trouble in the second game but settled down and gave up only six hits for the victory.
First Game
Edmonton ...... 000 000 0— 0 1 0
Yakima .......... 205 300 x—10 5 0
McNulty and Partee; Lovrich and Summers.
Second Game
Edmonton ...... 200 100 000—3  6 2
Yakima .......... 000 204 00x—6 10 2
Widner, Manier (6) and Prentice; Rios and Summers.

Saturday, August 28, 1954







               W  L  Pct GB
Vancouver ... 31 19 .620 —
Lewiston .... 36 24 .600 —
Yakima ...... 34 24 .586 1
Salem ....... 30 22 .577 2
Edmonton .... 27 27 .500 6
Tri-City .... 20 36 .357 14
Wenatchee ... 18 35 .340 14½


SALEM, Aug. 28—Bill Brenner notched his league-leading 21st victory Saturday night as he scattered nine hits in leading the Vancouver Capilanos to a 1-0 shutout of the Salem Senators in the second game of a twin bill.
Vancouver swept the home club, winning the first contest 7-2 behind Keith Bowman’s five-hit pitching.
Brenner allowed no hits to fall for extra bases, and only had trouble with Gene Tanselli, who touched him for three. Brenner walked three and strike out three.
Joe Rayle allowed only five Vancouver hits but, unfortunately, two were all Vancouver needed. Marv Williams singled in the fourth inning and was doubled home by Bob Wellman.
In the opener, Tanselli proved troublesome again, as he had two of the five hits allowed by Bowman, who allowed six walks, but struck out eighth for his first win in a Vancouver uniform. Only one of the runs he gave up was earned, thanks to shortstop Jim Clark’s error.
Ken Richardson singled in a pair of runs in the fourth inning and Wellman and Clark both hit sacrifice flies.
First Game
Vancouver ...... 110 300 2—7 9 1
Salem ............ 000 100 1—2 5 0
Bowman and Duretto; Herrera, Johnson (4), Franks (5) and D. Luby
Second Game
Vancouver ...... 000 100 000—1 5 0
Salem ............ 000 000 000—0 9 1
Brenner and Pesut; Rayle and Ogden.

YAKIMA, Aug. 28 — The Edmonton Eskimos crashed through with four runs in the fifth inning Saturday night to subdue Yakima, 8-4, and even their Western International League baseball series at a game apiece.
Trailing 4-3 entering the inning, the Eskimos picked up their four tallies on a walk, singles by pitcher Ken Kimball and Bob Brown, a double by John McKeown and a triple by Andy Skurski.
Yakima chased in three runs in the second and ended its scoring in the fourth on Lon Summers' none-on homer.
The win went to Kimball who went the distance allowing seven hits.
Yakima ends its home season here Sunday in a doubleheader with Edmonton.
Edmonton ........ 001 240 100—8 12 3
Yakima ............ 000 204 00x—6 10 2
Widner, Manier (6) and Prentice; Rios and Summers.

LEWISTON, Idaho, Aug. 28—The Lewiston Broncs used four double plays Saturday to snuff out virtually every Tri-City scoring threat as they whipped the Braves 9-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their four-game Western International League series.
John Marshall gave up eight hits in pitching the win for the Broncs, who are fighting to regain first place in the league. A walk to Edo Vanni when the bases were loaded and two men out in the ninth gave Tri-City its lone run. It was Marshall's 15th victory against 12 losses.
The Broncs, who got 13 hits off Tri-City hurler Jack Hemphill, bunched three runs in the first inning on a single, double and two walks. Two singles and an error gave them another run in the second, and Clint Cameron's home run brought in three of four runs made in the sixth.
Cameron got four hits in five times at bat for four runs batted in.
The two teams wind up their series in a doubleheadcr on Sunday.
Tri-City ........ 000 000 001—1 8 2
Lewiston ...... 310 004 01x—9 13 2
Hemphill and Johnson; Marshall and Garay, Cameron (6).

Friday, August 27, 1954





               W  L  Pct GB
Salem ....... 30 20 .600 —
Yakima ...... 34 23 .596 ½
Vancouver ... 29 19 .596 ½
Lewiston .... 35 24 .593 ½
Edmonton .... 26 27 .491 5½
Tri-City .... 20 35 .364 12½
Wenatchee ... 18 35 .340 13½


YAKIMA, Aug. 27—John Carmichael picked up his 18th win to lead Yakima to a 10-4 win over the Edmonton Eskimos Friday night in WIL play here.
Edmonton ........ 000 002 020— 4  9 3
Yakima ............ 103 401 10x—10 14 3
Conant, Manier (4) and Partee, Prentice (8); Carmichael and Summers.

LEWISTON [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 29]—On Friday evening, Don Robertson failed in his bid for his 17 victory when Lewiston scored five runs in the third inning and went on to a 7-5 win.
The Broncs bobbled the ball five times but Tri-City couldn't get the winning runs across.
Jess Dobernic took over in the third, put out the fire and was taken out for a pinchitter in the ninth.
Tri-City ......... 020 100 101—5 9 1
Lewiston ....... 005 020 00x—7 12 5
Robertson, Dobernic (3), Clough (9) and Johnson; Fletcher and Garay.

Vancouver at Salem, postponed, rain.

WIL STATISTICS
(Compiled by William J. Weiss, Official Statistician, San Mateo, Calif. Averages include games of Sunday, August 22, except Wenatchee at Lewiston (tie), July 21; Vancouver at Lewiston, Aug. 16, 17 (2), 18) .
TEAM BATTING
Vancouver, .305; Tri-City, .291; Lewiston, 281; Yakima, .277, Edmonton, .277; Wenatchee, .275; Salem, .274.
Hits, Tri-City, 1195; Doubles, Tri-City, 208; Triples, Wenatchee, 40; Home runs, Vancouver, 96; Bases on Balls, Lewiston, 630; Strike outs, Lewiston, 657, Runs Batted in, Lewiston, 657; Hit Batsmen, Wenatchee, 40, Sacrifice Hits, Tri-City, 142.
TEAM FIELDING
Yakima, .971; Edmonton, .968; Vancouver, .967; Salem, .964; Lewiston, .964, Wenatchee, .960; Tri-City, .960.
Errors, Wenatchee, 192; Double plays, Salem, 127.
BATTING LEADERS
Percentage, Marv Williams, Van., 359; Runs, Al Heist, Lew., 117; Hits, K Chorlton, Van., 163; Total Bases, Chorlton, Va., 237; Two Base Hits, Bob Moniz, T.C., 39; Three Base Hits, Herman Lewis, Yak., 13; Home Runs, Bob Wellman, Van., 19; Sacrifice Hits, Dain Clay, Wen., 23; Stolen Bases, Chorlton, Van., 25; Bases on Balls, Heist, Lew., 102; Runs Batted In, Wellman, Van., 101; Strikeouts, Tom Munoz, Wen., 108.
PITCHING LEADERS
ERA., Jon Briggs, Sal., 2.42; Wins, Brenner, Van., 19; Losses, Billy Joe Waters, Wen., 15; Strikeouts, Briggs, Sal., 198, Bases on Balls, Briggs, Wen., 144; Innings Pitched, Bill Brenner, Van., 245; Complete Games, Brenner, Van., 21; Home Runs Allowed, John Marshall, Lew., 20.




Name                 G   AB  R   H  RBI  Ave
Williams, Van ..... 102 393 100 141  76 .359
Greco, Van ......... 84 294  65 104  79 .354
Wellman, Van ....... 99 366  72 130 101 .355
Chorlton, Van ..... 106 460 102 163  71 .354
Vanni, TC .......... 48 216  31  75  41 .347
Storey, Lew ........ 63 230  34  79  36 .344


Week’s Work
By CLANCY LORANGER

[Vancouver Province, Aug. 28, 1954]
WEDNESDAY—About people: There has been a definite shortage of baseball scouts at Capilano Stadium this summer … Guess they don’t figure Ken Richardson and John Cordell are prospects … One finally turned up this week: Marv Scott, WIL and Pioneer League scout for the Chicago Cubs … Marv was taking a good look at Pete Hernandez, as a New York Giant scout did recently when the club was on the road.
THURSDAY—The WIL batting race is one of the best in years, especially to what Vancouver Capilano followers there are … It’s a tossup among four Caps for the title, with Marv Williams, Dick Greco, Bob Wellman and K. Chorlton currently running 1-2-3-4 in the league.
FRIDAY—Baseball is now officially buried in Victoria … Only 40 of the 700 shareholders attended a meeting this week at which the company quietly disbanded.

Thursday, August 26, 1954





                W  L  Pct GB
Salem ........ 30 20 .600 —
Vancouver .... 28 19 .596 ½
Yakima ....... 33 23 .589 —
Lewiston ..... 34 24 .586 —
Edmonton ..... 26 26 .500 5
Tri-City ..... 20 34 .370 12
Wenatchee .... 18 35 .340 13½


KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 27]—The Tri-City Braves, so far out of the Western International league race that they couldn't win 'em all and move any higher than they are now, will have a lot to say about who takes second-half honors.
The four leaders, Salem, Yakima, Vancouver and Lcwiston are but a game apart at the top of the heap.
Tonight, the Braves travel to Lewiston for a series and an even break there may cost the Broncs the second half title. The series will be four games, possibly five, if the Broncs want to make up the 12-inning tie game there on the last road trip.
Tri-City finishes out its season with another-series at Salem and a home series with the Senators here.
Salem, which edged into first place with three victories over the Braves, were slapped down, 14-3, in Thursday night's action. The loss left them in first place, a bare few percentage points ahead of Yakima.
Tri-City had the game won by the second inning when the Braves scored four runs on five hits and a Salem error. Bill Franks, starter er for Salem, was racked for 17 hits.
Although Tri-City may be out of the race as a team, the Braves aided their efforts to meet various personal goals.
Little Dick Watson, who hit .242 in the Pioneer league last season and who has a personal goal of hitting .260 or better this season, reached the mark with four base blows in five times up.
Jack Warren, who long ago gave up hopes of defending his batting crown, and now hopes to finish his 16 season with an above-.300 average, got three for five and climbed to .302.
Artie Wilson, who dragged along at .265 in mid-season, is now up to 294 as the result of his three for four night.
Len Tran. who has an outside chance of winning the league batting title, got two for four and now has an average of .336. More immediate to Tran is hopes of passing the 100 RBI mark. He picked up one Thursday night for a season total of 92.
Dale Thomason, the winning pitcher for Tri-City, moved a notch closer lo breaking even in the won-loss column. He now has seven wins against eight loses.
During the game Thursday, Thomason scattered 11 hits in giving up three runs. Two of them came as the result of Tri-City errors in the ninth.
Thomason aided his own cause with a three for four night at the plate.
[WILfan notes: Every man in the Tri-City lineup, except Bob Moniz, got at least one hit (though Moniz had a sacrifice fly), and every man but Terry Carroll scored one or more runs ... Harry Warner four for five with a double. Glen Tuckett doubled and tripled in four times up and Bob Kellogg hit three for five.]
Salem ....... 010 000 002— 3 11 1
Tri-City .... 040 001 27x—14 12 1
Franks, Nicholas (8) and D. Luby; Thomason and Johnson.

LEWISTON, August 26 — Lewiston Broncs trimmed Yakima 8-6 on Thursday night to break a three-game losing spell and halt their plunge out of the upper brackets of the Western International League.
It was the third win in the last 16 starts for the Broncs who held down the league's top spot until Wednesday when the Bears, with their third win in a row, knocked them into fourth place. The Idahoans led the league most of the second half season and three weeks ago were 6½ games in front.
The Broncs spotted Yakima one run then came back with four of their own in the first inning. The scoring came on four hits, a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly.
Al Heist tripled and Larry Barton doubled during the rally. Lewiston iced the game in the third with three more runs on three hits and a walk, and Nick Cannuli's double in the fifth drove in an insurance run. Al Yaylian was the winner; Danny Rios the loser.
Yakima ...... 100 201 020—6 10 0
Lewiston .... 403 010 00x—8 12 2
Rios, Young (3), Schaening (9) and Summers; Yaylian and Garay.

Edmonton at Vancouver, postponed, rain.

Victoria Baseball Company Passes Quietly, at Meeting
[Victoria Colonist, Aug. 27, 1954]
Victoria Baseball and Athletic Company, born quietly almost nine years ago at a meeting attended by approximately 40 Victoria citizens, officially died even more quietly last night.
Fewer than 40 of the more than 700 shareholders in the company attended an extra-ordinary general meeting at the Chamber of Commerce board room, Wharf Street, to unanimously approve their directors’ suggestion that the company be wound up voluntarily.
The meeting also voted to retain business manager Reg Patterson as liquidator for a fee equal to his former salary for one month.
In the absence of president Arthur Cox, in Vancouver due to a family bereavement, and vice-president Robert Hew Fergusson-Pollock, detained in Duncan due to illness in the family, W.T. Straith, legal advisor and honorary director of the company, acted as chairman.
Straith, one of the men instrumental in obtaining a Western International League franchise for Victoria, noted that the company had been formed in the hope that professional baseball would become a fixture in the city.
Starting as the Athletics, the Victoria club shows a small profit through its first three years, paying a dividend to shareholders in 1947 and reaching its high point the following ear when 148,000 fans passed through the turnstiles.
From there, attendance skidded downward and only 28,000 had attended 44 home games of the Victoria Tyees this season when directors, deciding that further operations would only increase liabilities, forfeited their franchise on August 3.
At the annual general meeting last spring, an auditor’s report disclosed that a capital deficiency of $110,000 and it is estimated approximately $40,000 was lost this season. Among the outstanding debts are salary commitments of $3,500, which are expected to receive first consideration in liquidation proceedings.
The main portion of the company’s assets consists of its contributions to facilities at Royal Athletic Park although all fixtures are legally the property of the city. The company contributed $18,000 toward seating improvements and spent $12,000 for installation of lights.