W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 34 14 .703
Vancouver ... 26 20 .563
Salem ....... 24 22 .522
Spokane ..... 23 23 .500
Wenatchee ... 23 25 .479
Bremerton ... 22 27 .449
Tacoma ...... 20 29 .408<
Victoria .... 19 31 .380
VICTORIA, June 6—It was a hitters night at Royal Athletic Park as Yakima and Victoria combined on 31 hits and 26 runs, and despite allowing eight runs in the sixth inning, the Athletics defeated the Bears, 16-10.
Charlie Balassi made his first 1949 home appearance an auspicious occasion, touching off a five-run first inning which a homer over the centre-field fence. He led off the second with a double, then connected for two bases again in the seventh in the middle of another five-run uprising.
The most telling smash of that inning was Gil McDougald's four-layer wallop with the bases ripe. Staked to a 9-0 lead after five innings, A's starter Larry Ward almost blew it in the sixth. After giving up five hits and a walk and seeing Bob Keeler boot a possible double-play ball, Ward was yanked in favour of Rex Jones.
Jones received a robust hello as Edo Vanni doubled, Al Jacinto and Gene Petralli singled, then he uncocked a wild pitch before getting a double play ball and a strikeout to end the inning.
Jones struck out the side in the eighth but gave up a two-run homer to Babe Gammino in the ninth.
Frank Finnegan connected for a home run and two doubles, each driving in a pair of runs as the A's had three homers, two triples and five doubles among their 17 hits.
Yakima ............ 000 008 002—10 14 0
Victoria ........... 510 032 50x—16 17 1
Dickey, Savarese (6) and Orteig; Ward, Jones (6) and Morgan.
VANCOUVER, June 6—Salem Senators hammered out four home runs and outhit Vancouver Capilanos, 13-8, last night, but the Caps snatched an 8-6 decision to temporarily halt the Senators' bid for second place.
All four were hit with no one on base and were assisted by te win whipping in over the bay. One of them, a hard high hit pole by Larry Orteig, fixated over the centre field fence.
The Caps could deliver only one home run. Jimmy Robinson dropped the ball half way between third base and the fence as Mel Wasley lost it in the light. Bob Snyder was on base at the time and the two runs in the sixth were enough to give the Caps the margin of victory.
Vern Kindsfather gave up two of the homers in the fourth and lasted only 4 1-3 innings. Bob Snyder came in and the two homers he gave up were the only runs scored against him.
Salem ............. 011 200 101—6 13 1
Vancouver ...... 102 022 10x—8 8 1
Sporer, Foster (8) and Carlson; Kindsfather, Snyder (5) and Sheely.
(only games played)
Norbert Remains As Pilot
Widely-circulated rumours in Victoria and other W.I.L. cities that Ted Norbert was to be deposed as manager of the Victoria Athletics were quashed last night at a meeting of the directors of the Victoria Baseball and Athletic Company, operator of the Victoria franchise.
“In regard to rumours that Ted Norbert would not remain as manager of the Victoria Athetics, they did not emanate from the board of directors and had no real foundation in fact,” Club President J.V. Johnson stated. “He has the fullest confidence of the directors and will remain at the held for the balance of the season.”
First reports of a possible change in management apparently came from a Tacoma newspaper report. As the A's continued their skid downward, reports became more prevalent and last night's meeting was called for the sole reason of discussing rumours and making a definite decision. Any uncertainly there may have been for Norbert is now a thing of the past and the Victoria manager will have the balance of the schedule to attempt to right a club which was expected to do anything but trail.
There was no announcement regarding possible reenforcements, but it is known that the club is attempting to sign one or two players of proven ability in a drive to vacate the basement and make the Shaughnessy play-off. Something definite in this regard is expected before the end of the week.
- Colonist, Tue. June 7, 1949