1903 Game Reports British Columbia     

 

PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island    

Vancouver had an independent, semi-pro team, consisting of import talent, represent the city during the 1903 baseball season. Home games for the leagueless semi-pros were all exhibition matches and were held at the newly developed Fairview grounds against Pacific Northwest opposition, primarily from south of the border.

As well, a number of all-amateur clubs graced the diamonds of the city without a league but, finally came together in mid-July to form a five-team city amateur circuit. The homegrown talent teams originally hosted local and district opposition at both the Powell Street grounds and Brockton Point but, after their short-season loop was formed, concentrated solely upon the usage of the Powell Street facility.

Newspaper coverage was almost non-existent to scant for the homebrew nines and, although better for the semi-pros, lacked box scores with individual player statistics.

The two Island centres, Victoria and Nanaimo, also maintained entries in both levels of competition.


BC INTERIOR

Game played Sunday, June 7, 1903

NELSON DEFEATED AT ROSSLAND

The Nelson and Rossland baseball teams met for their first game this season at Rossland on Sunday last. Judging from the reports that appeared in the Rossland Miner and the Evening World, the game was a trifle mixed from the start. The first wrangle was over the umpire. Captain Houston of the Nelson team had a heart- to-heart talk with Captain Gibson of the Rossland team, the former claiming that it was very necessary to have for umpire a man who was above suspicion. The latter, however, thought any old kind of an umpire would do and stood pat for a Rossland barber named Burken. Mr. Burken is a good barber, but the worst umpire in Kootenay. So poor an umpire is he that his own home team kick as much against his decisions as do the members of visiting teams. Captain Gibson is an old-time ball player, and he must know that a good ball game should only have the minimum of kicking against the umpire. The game was a close one, and at times marked with good plays. Nelson had a new pitcher in the box and he did good work. The score is below:

ROSSLAND
                  AB   R  BH  PO   A   E
Holland, c ....... 5   2   2  12   5   1
Costello, p ...... 5   0   1   3   3   0
Vaughan, 2b ...... 4   2   1   2   2   1
Gibson, ss ....... 4   1   2   2   2   0
Shelton, 1b ...... 5   1   3   2   0   2
Leighton, lf ..... 4   0   1   2   0   1
Felion, 3b ....... 4   0   1   2   2   2
Harris, rf ....... 4   0   1   0   0   0
Sheer, cf ........ 4   0   1   1   1   0
                  __  __  __  __  __  __
Totals .......... 39   6  13  27  14   7

NELSON
                  AB   R  BH  PO   A   E
Watson, p ........ 4   1   2   1   7   1
McIntyre, 1b ..... 5   1   2   8   0   2
Giegerich, cf .... 5   1   2   0   0   0
Mills, 2b ........ 5   0   0   0   1   0
Houston, ss ...... 5   1   5   2   0   1
Mallette, rf ..... 4   0   0   1   1   0
Whittett, c ...... 4   1   0  11   1   0
Eacrett, lf ...... 4   0   2   0   0   0
Neelands, 3b ..... 4   0   0   1   1   2
                  __  __  __  __  __  __
Totals .......... 40   5  13  24  11   6

SCORE BY INNINGS
Rossland ......  1 0 1   0 1 1   1 0 1 – 6
Nelson ........  0 0 1   2 0 0   2 0 0 – 5

SUMMARY
Two base hits, Gibson, Shelton, Felion, Eacrett.
Three base hits, Costello. Earned runs, Rossland 1.
Struck out, by Costello, 12; by Watson, 10. Wild
pitch, Costello. Balk, Watson 1. Base on balls, by
Costello 2; by Watson 1. Passed balls, Holland 2;
Whittett 3. Double plays, Felion to Gibson to
Costello to Vaughan; Watson to Houston. Time of
game, one hour and forty minutes. Umpire, Burken.
Scores, J.F. Statter. 


Sunday, June 14/1903 -  Nelson  9 @ Northport WA  11

Northport – Biglow OF, Bruner P/3B, Buckley 2B/SS, Lindsay OF, Neuman OF/2B, Nudell 3B/P, Phillips C, Taylor OF, Travis H. SS/2B, Travis R. 1B

Nelson – Allan SS, Bishop OF, Giegerich OF, Houston 2B, Mills D. OF, Mills W. P, Murphy 1B, Neelands 3B, Whittett C

Wednesday, July 1/1903 – Northport WA  8 @ Nelson  9

Northport – Biglow 2B, Bruner OF, Buckley SS, Lindsay OF, Neuman OF, Nudell 3B, Travis H. C, Travis R. 1B, Wilson P

Nelson – Eacritt 2B, Giegerich OF, Houston 3B, Mallett OF, McCreary C, McIntyre SS, Mills D. “Dad” OF, Mills W. “Billy” P, Whittett 1B