Thursday, 26 July 2007

Monday, August 8, 1949

Western International
W L Pct.
Yakima ...... 78 40 .664
Vancouver ... 71 44 .617
Spokane ..... 63 55 .534
Wenatchec ... 59 59 .500
Victoria .... 53 66 .445
Bremerton ... 50 67 .427
Salem ....... 49 69 .415
Tacoma ...... 48 71 .403

VANCOUVER, Aug. 8—Bud Sheely homered in the fourth inning for the 13th time this season as the Vancouver Capilanos held on to a 4-3 win over the Wenatchee Chiefs.
The only other extra-base hit the Caps got was a double by Dick Sinovic.
Charlie Peterson took the loss, despite stranding 12 Vancouver runners. He walked six and allowd 11 hits.
Caps notes: General manager Bob Brown tried to sign Gene Babbitt, who ended up inking a deal with Yakima. He offered him $550 a month, compared to the $300-$400 others players who are not on option receive.
Wenatchee ......... 000 021 000—3 10 1
Vancouver ......... 100 120 00x—4 11 0
Peterson and Winter; Costello and Sheely.

VICTORIA, Aug. 8—Frank Matoh's grounder over the mound in the bottom of the eleventh gave the Victoria Athletics a 6-5 win over the Spokane Indians.
The A's were trailing 3-2 entering the seventh. Gordon Johnson opened with a walk, went to third on a hit and run and second on John Hack's fly ball to right.
Hack's two-run single in the eighth put Victoria ahead, but Skip Rowland tied the game at 5-5 in the ninth when he smacked the ball over the centre field fence after Ken Richardson doubled.
Joe Morjoseph led off the 11th with a single and was doubled to third by Charlie Balassi, after manager Earl Bolyard eschewed the idea of a sacrifice. Len Noren was walked before Matoh dribbled the ball to bring in Morjoseph as pitcher Dick Bishop briefly fumbled the ball.
Jim Propst, the WIL's top southpaw, went the distance in another fine mound chore to receive credit for his 13th win in 18 decisions. He was matched against Bill Werbowski, who topped him 3-0 at Spokane the last time the two met. Propst would have had a nine-inning win but for two errors by his infield which cost him as many runs.
He gave up eight hits, seven of them coming in Spokane's three scoring innings, walked only three and whiffed 11, running his strike-out count to 141 in 139 innings.
Spokane .......... 201 000 002 00—5 8 2
Victoria ........... 020 000 120 01—6 14 2
Werbowski, Bishop (9) and Parks; Propst and Day.


Salem So Long?
YAKIMA, Aug. 8—Western International League president Robert Abel has verified reports that Salem may lose its franchise because of attendance troubles.
Salem's problems were disclosed by business manager George Emigh after a conference
with Bill Mulligan, general manager of both the Salem team and its parent Pacific Coast league Portland club.
He reported an attendance of only 59,019 fans for the Senators' 60 home games this year. The last 10 games at home drew only 2,770 paid admissions.
Failure of local efforts to raise $125,000 to buy the club and park leave two possibilities, Emigh said: move the franchise either to Eugene, Ore., or to Wenatchee. The latter is contingent upon a proposed shift of the Wenatchee franchise to the Pasco Richland-Kennewick sector.

Western International Loop Playoff Starts September 7
YAKIMA, Wash., Aug. 8—The Western International League playoffs for $4,000 in bonus money will start Wednesday, September 7, two days the close of the regular season, among the top four finishers in the 1949 W.I. campaign, league president Robert Abel announced here today.
In the first round, the pennant-winning club will play the third place team and the second place team will engage the fourth place club. The two survivors then will engage in a final series for top money of $1,500.
The first series will be the best three games out of five, as will also the finals. Previously, it had been planned to limit the first round to three games
$1,500 To Winner
Here is how the playoff money will be divided:
Winner, $1,500; second place team, $1,000, two clubs eliminated in the first round. $750 each.
All the money will go to the players and they also will receive regular salaries throughout the series.
Abel announced the playoff arrangements following a conference with President Dewey Soriano of the Yakima Bears. Abel came here to complete the arrangements inasmuch as the Yakima club is out in front in the pennant race. Abel conferred with heads of the other W-I clubs before coming here Sunday to complete plans.
In 1st, 2nd Parks
The first round wili open at the parks of the teams which win the pennant and finish second. After two games, the clubs will shift to the home parks of the rival clubs for the third and fourth games, then return for the fifth game should the series go the limit.
The final series will open in the city of the surviving club which finished highest in the W-I campaign. The same procedure of travel will be followed in the first round.

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