W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 6 2 .750 —
Salem ....... 6 2 .750 —
Spokane ..... 4 3 .571 1½
Bremerton ... 5 4 .556 1½
Wenatchee ... 4 5 .444 2½
Vancouver ... 2 3 .400 2½
Tacoma ...... 3 6 .333 3
Victoria .... 2 7 .222 4½
YAKIMA, May 1—The Yakima Bears swept a Sunday double-header from the Victoria Athletics, 11-3 and 6-0.
Rookie Bill Bradford twirled a five-hitter in the nightcap and struck out eight.
Edo Vanni had a double and two singles and batted in a pair of runs, while Babe Gammino had a couple of doubles.
Frank Logue was the hard-luck loser, scattering ten hits and walking three.
In the opener, Sol Israel's double in the third inning erased a 1-0 Yakima lead in the third inning, but the Bears came back with five in their half of the frame to take the lead for good.
Bob Drilling got the win while Larry Ward gave up six of the runs to take the loss, as he gave up six hits and four walks in two-and-two-thirds innings.
Victoria ......... 002 000 1—3 7 2
Yakima ........... 015 014 x—11 12 2
Ward, Scarmelli (3) and Morgan; B. Drilling and Orteig.
Victoria ......... 000 000 000—0 5 3
Yakima ........... 110 000 22x—6 10 1
Logue and Day; Bradford and Tarney.
All other games, postponed, rain.
NON-WIL MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Class C Loop Is Hardy One
BY BILL FAUST
Butler, Pa.,—A baseball league which has survived many ailments is celebrating its 25th birthday this year.
It's the Middle-Atlantic League, a Class C circuit. It now operates almost exclusively in Pennsylvania.
The Youngstown, O., entry is the only exception.
But during the years it has reached into Maryland and West Virginia in its constant fight for survival. It has embraced as many as 12 teams, and as few as five.
The league once was labelled the "Mad-Atlantic League" because of the long hops required of its clubs. Now it's regarded as the favorite legend in organized baseball because it has survived the depression years when less pretentious circuits were dying from lack of financial nourishment.
Elmer M. Daily, a man with two hotels in the Cambria County mountain town of Ebensburg, Pa., is largely responsible for the league's survival. He kept it going by dint of supreme effort—and sometimes his own cash—continuously except during recent war years.
Daily believes 1949 will spell more success for the circuit. The same teams are back—Youngstown, Butler, Erie, Johnstown, Oil City, Uniontown, Vandergrift and New Castle.
Vandergrift is defending champion of the league and its Shaughnessy playoffs. All have major league support.
Johnstown is the only charter member of the original five-club circuit—and the Brooklyn-backed Johnnies were out of the league for several years. The circuit has operated in 29 different cities in five states.
The league gave a start to such big leaguers as Eddie Dyer, St. Louis Cardinal manager; Joe Cronin, Boston Red Sox general manager; Phil Masi, Marty Marion, Whitey Kurowski, Vern Stephens, Tommy Henrich, Tiny Bonham, Eddie Miller, Eddie Stanky, Stan Rojek and Joe Page.
President Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers, pro footballers, once starred in the circuit. And experts said he was a sure pop for the majors if other interests hadn't attracted him.
- Tri City Herald, May 1, 1949