Saturday, 28 July 2007

Friday, September 2, 1949

              W  L  PCT GB
Yakima ..... 96 49 .662 —
Vancouver .. 87 55 .613 7½
Spokane .... 76 70 .521 20½
Wenatchee .. 76 71 .517 21
Victoria ... 63 83 .432 33½
Salem ...... 62 82 .425 33½
Tacoma ..... 61 84 .421 35
Bremerton .. 59 84 .413 36

VANCOUVER, Sept. 3 [Keith Matthews, Vancouver Sun]— The ball players didn't come up with much of a game for the "Old Man" last ngith, and they also failed to chip in with an expectant present, a new Western International League record in double-plays.
The Capilano-Bremerton game somewhat of an anti-climax after Vancouver General Manager Bob Brown had been presented with giftsd to commemorate his 50th anniversary in baseball, could be described as awful-awful.
The Caps looked tired, and they are. Bremerton went along with it.
An outfielder, Jay Ragni, was the winning pitcher, going all the way after surviving a five-run first inning.
Even with the five runs as a cushion, George Nicholas couldn't post his 16th win of the season. Instead, he picked up his seventh loss.
Home runs by Lou Briganti and Bill Taylor had something to do with it.
Besides the Caps gummed up a chance for their 178th double play of the season when first Jimmy Robinson juggled a grounder and then Len Tran threw into the dirt at first base.
However, in a 145-game series, one night like this is to be expected.
As far as the double plays are concerned, some time today the Caps will set the new record, and it is then the wish of Ray Tran, maker of most of these plays, to go on and set a mark to which nobody is going to come close in future seasons.
Speaking of Tran, he finally got himself a small rest last night when he retired in the sixth inning. K Chorlton taking over at shortstop and Charley Mead going to left field.
Tonight the local schedule winds up with a game at 8 o'clock when Bob Snyder will be shooting for his 22nd victory of the season. It will make him the top winner in the WIL if he gets there.
Bremerton ...... 031 211 000—8 12 1
Vancouver ...... 500 000 001—6 9 1
Ragni and Neal; Nicholas and Sheely.

VICTORIA, Sept. 3 [Colonist]—Facing six games in the last three days of the W.I.L. season, Victoria Athletics are going to have to look better than they did last night if they wish ton retain fifth place. Last night, they lost their second straight game to Tacoma as Bob Kerrigan held them well in check while his mates came up with two big scoring innings for a 10-2 win.
The loss left the A's only a game and a half ahead of teh Tigers and only two and a half games ahead of the last-place Bremerton club. Facing two games with Tacoma today and tomorrow, and a pair with the Jackets on Monday, the A's could drop all the way to the bottom of the heap.
Just over 3,000 fans turned out for "Charlie Balassi Night." The popular outfielder was the recipient of gifts from fans, business forms and the club management in a pre-game ceremony and provided some entertainment of his own with his familiar guitar and cowboy music. As is so often the case, it was all he contributed. In four trips he managed to get a base on balls.
Dick Mitchell, shooting for his second victory since joining the club late in the season, matched Kerrigan for six innings but fired and went out under fire in the seventh when the Tigers put together six hits and a pair of errors to tally five times and break a 2-1 game. Frank Logue came in to make his 47th mound appearance of the season and was tagged for the final three Tacoma runs in the eighth when the Tigers received the benefit of some loose Victoria defensive play. Vic Buccola's eighth-inning hoist over the centre-field wall was the ojnly earned run charged against Kerrigan.
The usual Saturday split twin bill winds up the series today. Joe Blankenship has been named to work the afternoon game, with Jim Propst, making his last start of the season, gunning for his 17th triumph under the lights and seeking to protect his league-leading strikeout total.
Tacoma ...... 010 010 530—10 13 3
Victoria ...... 000 100 010—2 7 4
Kerrigan and Sheets, Gardner (7); Mitchell, Logue (7) and Morgan.

Yakima ...... 100 101 002—5 10 2
Spokane ..... 012 010 03x—7 14 1
Sporer and Tornay; Bishop and Parks.

Salem ........ 200 300 000—5 8 2
Wenatchee ....... 000 002 001—3 8 4
McIrvin and Burgher; Frick and Winter.

Capilanos Set New Gate Mark
VANCOUVER, Sept. 2—Bob Brown, general manager of the Capilano Baseball Club, estimates over 130,000 fans have stormed through the gates of Capilano Stadium this season to watch the Vancouver Western International League squad in action.
This sets a record for the Caps. The previous high was 1947, a pennant-winning year, when 127,000 fans paid to see the Vancouver club.
Brown, in an optimistic mood, figured final attendance totals this tear should be slightly over 140,000.

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