Friday, 27 July 2007

Wednesday, August 17, 1949

               W  L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 85 42 .669 —
Vancouver ... 77 48 .616 7
Spokane ..... 68 60 .531 17½
Wenatchee ... 65 63 .508 20½
Victoria .... 56 73 .434 30
Salem ....... 53 72 .433 31
Bremerton ... 53 73 .421 31½
Tacoma ...... 50 78 .391 35½

WENATCHEE, Aug. 17—Vancouver Capilanos are further than ever away from first-place Yakima in the WIL baseball league, following their 8-7 loss to Wenatchee on Wednesday night.
Down 8-4 going into the ninth inning, Vancouver nearly tied the ball game with their desperate three-run rally that fell just a little too short. The two winning runs were on base when Caps’ K Chorlton popped up to end the inning.
A walk to Jim Robertson, a double by Ray Tran and singles by Charlie Mead, Dick Sinovic and Bud Sheely accounted for Caps’ runs in the last inning.
Capilano pitcher Bob Costello allowed what proved to be the winning run to score in the eighth inning when Ritchie Myers homered with one man on.
Costello made up for this in part by knocking home one of the Caps’ previous runs. Sheely singled home two runs and Mead accounted for the other before the ninth inning rally.
The loss—combined with Yakima’s win—left Vancouver seven games out of first place with only 25 games left to catch the league-leading Bears.
Vancouver ........ 000 220 003—7 12 1
Wenatchee ........ 030 201 02x—8 10 0
McCollum and Winter; Costello and Sheely.

SPOKANE, Aug. 17—The Spokane Indians broke through for all their runs in the fourth inning to defeat the Victoria Athletics 4-2 on Wednesday night and take a 3-1 series lead.
5,409 were on hand, but not to watch the game. They were there for catcher Jack Parks’ wedding before the game. Outfielder Paul Zaby was best man and an organist was set up at third base.
Parks ended up with three singles and caught the full game.
Bill Werbowski came back on one day’s rest after three successive relief appearances to beat Jim Propst in a pitching duel. Both pitchers allowed seven hits, while Werbowski walked one and struck out two. Propst walked four and fanned five, tossed a wild pitch and started a double-play.
Victoria .......... 001 100 000—2 7 1
Spokane ......... 000 400 001—4 7 2
Propst and Day; Werbowski and Parks.

Bremerton ...... 021 030 000—6 13 2
Salem ............... 004 001 02x—7 7 1
Dahle and Ronning; Drilling and Burgher.

Yakima .......... 000 340 001—8 11 0
Tacoma ......... 010 000 000—1 5 5
Sporer and Tornay; Fornier and Gardner.

6,000 See Catcher Take Bride at Plate
Spokane, Wash., Aug. 17—A baseball player was married Wednesday night at home plate before 6,000 fans and nobody yelled “You're out!”
Catcher Jack Parks of the Spokane Indians married Betty Mae Tibbett before donning his mask to play against Victoria, B. C.
Except for the baseball atmosphere it was a normal wedding.
The bride, dressed in a green suit, marched from third base to the pitcher's mound and then down to home plate along an aisle of baseball players.
Parks wore a spotless white uniform never soiled by a sliding base runner.
There was some laughter when the 21-year-old Parks kissed the 20-year-old bride, but mostly the crowd was hushed during the ceremony. Some of the women in the audience furtively brushed tears in the bright glare of the floodlights.
The Spokane bat boy, blushing all the way, carried the ring on a pillow through the cordon of players.
There won't be any honeymoon. Parks has to stick around for a long home stand with the Indians.
It was a beautiful wedding. There wasn't an umpire in sight.

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