Saturday, 28 July 2007
Thursday, September 1, 1949
W L PCT GB
Yakima ...... 96 48 .667 —
Vancouver ... 87 54 .617 7½
Wenatchee ... 76 70 .521 21
Spokane ..... 75 70 .517 21½
Victoria .... 63 82 .434 33½
Salem ....... 61 81 .421 34
Tacoma ...... 60 84 .417 36
Bremerton ... 58 84 .408 37
SPOKANE, Sept. 1—Yakima clinched the Western International League baseball pennant Thursday night, dumping Spokane 5-0 to eliminate the last mathematical chance that it could be headed off.
They won it in championship style with Bill Bradford giving up only three hits. Not a Spokane player passed second base.
The title win was a complete reversal of the Bears' form of the last two years. In each they finished in the cellar. Last year they were 35 games off the winning pace.
The night's celebrations were married with one item. Heavy-hitting catcher Ray Orteig suffered a possible broken finger when he was hit in the hand with a ball during pre-game practyise. He may miss the playoffs.
Yakima .......... 000 101 030—5 11 1
Spokane ........ 000 000 000—0 3 0
Bradford and Tornay; Werbowski, Adams (9) and Rossi and Parks (9).
VANCOUVER, Sept. 1—Vancouver took an 8-3 decision from Bremerton, with two double plays giving Vancouver a season's total of 177, equaling the league record set by Tacoma two years ago.
The 8-3 win was sparked by home runs from the bats of Bud Sheely and Dick Sinovic.
Bremerton ......... 000 000 102—3 7 0
Vancouver ......... 201 020 30x—8 9 3
Kohout and Ronning; Kindsfather and Sheely.
VICTORIA, Sept. 2 [Colonist]—If Manager Earl Bolyard could have looked into a crystal ball and come up with Centerfielder Len Noren as his starting hurler last night, Victoria's Athletics might have won another ball game. Instead, they absorbed a 21-12 drubbing at the hands of the Tacoma Tigers.
The Tigers, battling to stay out of the W.I.L. basebment, reached the offerings of regular moundsmen Frank Logue, Tobey Tobias and Frank LaBrum for 21 hits in the first six innings and held a 21-4 lead going into the seventh. Then Noren, who started his baseball career as a pitcher, took the mound and held the Tigers to a lone scractch single in three innings, and joined his centrefield replacement, Ray Jacobs, in a late Victoria attempt to overcome the huge deficit.
Noren hit a home run over the right centrefield wall in the seventh and hammered a two-run double in the eighth. Jacobs touched off a four-run eighth-inning rally and a three-run ninth-frame splurge with a pair of tremendous home runs. His first, a high inside-the-park blow, hit high on the signboard in deepest left field, and Jacobs was well around third when the ball game down.
Main source of worry to the Athletics was Southpaw Ray Fortier. Although he was reached for 17 hits, Fortier held the A's in check while his teammates built up the huge lead and paced the Tifer attack with three singles and a double in five trips for five runs bated in. Every member of the Tiger line-up, except Dick Greco, who only played one innijng, had at least one R.B.I.
Victoria's two left-handed batters, Vic Buccola and Gordon Johnston, picked up seven of the Athletic hits, with the former having a perfect night with triple and three singles in four trips.
Tacoma ........... 058 053 000—21 22 4
Victoria ........... 110 200 143—12 17 5
Fortier and Gardner; Logue, Tobias (2), Labrum (3), Noren (7) and Morgan.
Salem ........... 020 063 831—23 25 3
Wenatchee .... 600 022 010—11 15 3
Olson and Burgher; Orrell, Greenlaw (5), Meyers (6), Haskell (8) and Pesut.
Brown Would Do It Again
VANCOUVER, Sept. 1—Bob Brown, owner of the Western International league Vancouver Capilanos, is looking back Thursday on 50 years with his first love—baseball.
More than 70 now—he won't say how much more—Brown came to Vancouver 40 years ago with an idea he could make a living out of the sport. He'd been in baseball for 10 years then.
He needed first, a stadium, and he helped turn the first sod himself. Today it is the Capilano stadium.
Since the day when Brown first saw the dense forest slowly shaped and molded into a baseball field, a lot of water has passed beneath the bridge. The stadium has twice burned down.
Friday night local fans and players will honor him in his stadium for his 50 years in baseball ... a milestone reached by few.
And if he was 21 again, what would he do?
“I'd get me a good ball club with a big park and just sit back and watch the fans roll in.”
Tran Sold To Seattle
VANCOUVER, Sept. 2—A story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer this morning said that Len Tran and Bud Sheely would probably be called in to finish the season with the Coast League Rainiers.
Speculation here led to the belief that already a deal had been made between the Caps and Seatttle for the sale of Tran, probably for cash and players for delivery next spring.