Saturday, 28 July 2007

Thursday, August 25, 1949

               W  L  PCT GB
Yakima ...... 91 45 .669 —
Vancouver ... 82 52 .612 8
Spokane ..... 71 66 .518 20½
Wenatchee ... 70 67 .511 22
Victoria .... 60 78 .435 32
Salem ....... 59 77 .434 32
Tacoma ...... 56 80 .412 35
Bremerton ... 55 79 .410 35

VANCOUVER, Aug. 26 [Don Carlson, Vancouver Sun] – For 133 baseball games this season a little guy with grey hair had been hiding out behind third base for Vancouver.
Last night he popped up and in the Capilano’s 134th game, a 6-2 win over Victoria, Jimmy Robinson grabbed the spotlight with a vengeance.
He simply got tired of flirting with obscurity.
His .330 batting average and blinding speed afoot, he felt, deserved more adulation.
Well, the 2000 faithful who welcomed the Caps back to the ballyard in the cold murk after their pennant-losing road trip, will certainly offer that adulation today.
Robinson batted four for four.
Two of his hits were triples, both to the left side of the outfield, which caught the Victoria outfield short, although Robinson, a left-handed swinger, is a notorious wrong-field hitter.
Two triples in one game, and the triple the rarest feat in baseball. That makes ten for the season for Robinson, a statistical clue as to his speed on the bases.
The first three-bagger came in the third inning, scoring Sandy Robertson, who had doubled mightily against the left field wall, tying the score. Then Len Tran singled Robinson home for what turned out to be the winning run.
Robinson’s speed, and a bright flash of cunning, the kind of which is not too plentiful in this B ball, also got him an official single in the fifth.
When Dick Mitchell, Victoria’s starting pitcher, delivered the ball, Robinson feinted a bunt by him after pulling the pitcher in too far to field effectively, and then he outran shortstop Gordon Johnston’s cover-up throw to first. You could smell burned grass after that sprint.
Robbie completed his hour of glory with an outstanding block of Joe Marjoseph’s smash down the line in the eighth with two on and the A’s pressing. The play launched a double play which ended the threat.
Last night's ball game was a pleasing free-hitting one, the Caps reaching Mitchell and Frank LaBrum for 13 hits, the A’s getting to Robertson for ten.
Bud Sheely hit his 17th home run of the season for Caps in the sixth scoring Dick Sinovic ahead of him. That made Sheely’s runs-batted-in total 104.
Charlie Balassi found Robertson for an out-of-the-park smash in the second, scoring Gil McDougald, who had walked.
Robertson struck out six, walked four and had a perfect night at the plate, too, three for three. He was very impressive.
Victoria .......... 020 000 000—2 10 2
Vancouver ..... 012 003 00x—6 13 0
Mitchell, Labrum (7) and Morgan; Robertson and Sheely.

BREMERTON, Aug. 25—Alan Strange's Bremerton Bluejackets dropped into a virtual tie for the W.I. league basement Thursday night. Tacoma Tigers, present occupants, moved within two percentage points of vacating the undesirable premises by sweeping a double-bill from the Tars, taking the opener 6-1, as Bremerton's John Marshall again failed to notch his 21st victory and stopping a Bluejacket ninth-inning rally to cop the nightcap, 5-3.
First Game
Tacoma .......... 400 020 0—6 9 3
Bremerton ....... 100 000 0—1 6 3
Fortier and Sheets, Gardner (3); Marshall and Ronning.
Second Game
Tacoma .......... 102 010 010—5 13 1
Bremerton ....... 000 100 002—3 8 2
Kerrigan and Sheets; Baldwin, Pirack (8) and Neal.

SALEM, Aug. 25—Salem Senators put a crimp in Wenatchee's third-place aspirations by blasting the Chiefs, 16-10, in a loosely-played game. Nine errors, 21 walks and 28 hist contributed to teh fiasco.
Wenatchee ...... 310 030 102—10 11 3
Salem .............. 264 002 02x—16 17 6
McCollum, Peterson (3) and Winter; McIrvin and Burgher.

YAKIMA, Aug. 25—The league-leading Yakima Bears celebrated Dick Briskey Night with a 4-1 triumph over Spokane Indians on Thursday. It was announced that Briskey had been purchased by San Francisco and will join the Seals after the W.I.L. playoffs.
Spokane ....... 001 000 000—1 4 2
Yakima ........ 000 010 03x—4 7 1
Bishop and Rossi; Powell and Orteig.


It's A Bad Habit
LEAVENWORTH, Kans., Aug. 26—The Leavenworth Braves, tabbed the losingest baseball club in America, keep plugging along—in the same old rut.
The Braves lost their 102nd Western Association game of the season last night, 6-l, to the league leading St. Joseph Cardinals. It was their 16th loss to the Cardinals in as many starts.
They've only won 24 games.
Club President Robert Ricketson compares the Brave Camp to "an army replacement center in wartime."
Three managers have taken a turn at directing the Braves with about the same success—or lack of it—and between 60 and 65 players have donned Leavenworth uniforms this season.
Caught without a major league affiliation at the start of the season after the Boston Braves withdrew their help a year ago, Leavenworth started the season under Manager Bill Cronin and lost their first 22 games.
In desperation, Rlcketson advertised in newspapers for baseball talent and appointed boisterous (Fido) Murphy, 1946 manager of the Topeka Owls, as the new skipper.
Murphy's presence added more color to the already cosmopolitan Braves. At the time Murphy too over, there were such fellows as Cuban shortstop Jose Blanco and Puerto Ricans Mike Perez, outfielder, and Rafael Casanova, catcher, in the lineup.
Negro players Earnest Mason, pitcher; Percy Howard, catcher, and Johnny Lloyd, outfielder, all from Chicago, were added to the roster by Murphy.
The Braves picked up a bit and had won five games by the time their losses totaled 30. But the skids went on again and the Braves dropped 23 in a row.
L. R. (Red) Harvel, who started the season as general manager, became the third skipper. Only three of the players who started the season are still on the squad.
Nobody has accused the Braves of not trying to win. They hustle to the last out and are well ahead of their 1948 attendance when the club finished only four games out of first division.
The Western Association is an eight-team class C circuit. Its season ends Sept. 5.
The Braves get the customary pre-game lecture from Manager Harvel. His favorite expression during a game—with the Braves usually well in arrears—is:
"Let's get 'em boys, the game's young."

One Hitter, No Hitter
ALEXANDER CITY, Aug. 25—Marvin (Droopy) Chappell, 28-year-old hurler for Lagrange in the Georgia-Alabama class D League Thursday night pitched a one-hitter and a no-hitter for a double shutout of Alexander City. Both were seven innings.
The second-place Millers took the first tilt, 1 to 0, and won the second game over the Troupers, 7 to 0.
The double decision raised Chappell's victory total to 20 for the year.
Only three men reached first in the nightcap as Chappell walked two and hit one.
Chappell, of Sylacauga, Ala., has been with the Alexander City ball club for three seasons.

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