1906 Manitoba Game Reports      

 

MANITOBA

WINNIPEG

Four teams competed in the Winnipeg City loop - Mets, Shamrocks, Unions and Young Liberals.

The Mets captured the Winnipeg City League championship Saturday, September 22nd, defeating the Shamrocks in the playoff final. Arthur Ross was the hero for the Mets, pitching a one-hitter in the 4-2 victory. Six errors by the Mets kept the Shamrocks in the game. Ross walked one and struck out eight. Lee, Charley Lambert and Reddy Lamont each cracked two hits for the winners who built a 3-0 lead before the Shamrocks rallied for a run in the seventh and another in the eighth.

Cantwell (L) and Still
Ross (W) and Ransby

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The Winnipeg Commercial League began with seven teams, reduced by one when the Eaton's squad dropped out in July after they lost their first three games.

Civics, C.P.R., Eatons, Free Press, Grain Exchange, Telegram, Tribune

Following the folding of the Eaton’s team, the remaining six clubs were highly competitive as play resumed. Plagued by player shortages, lack of illumination in the short evenings and poor weather, it took until early October to complete the 42-game schedule in which a tie for top spot occurred.

Final Standings       W    L       Pct.
C.P.R.                9    3      .750
Grain Exchange        8    4      .667
Free Press            7    5      .583
Civics                5    7      .417
Tribune               4    8      .333
Eatons*               0   12      .000

* dropped out with 0-3 record and forfeited nine remaining games

(October 6)   The C.P.R. nine won the Commercial League championship Saturday afternoon downing the Telegram 5-3 in the final. The Civics defaulted their game to the C.P.R. bringing the railway and printing teams together in the final. Kean pitched shutout ball for seven innings before the Telegram rallied for three runs in their final at bats. The game was called after eight innings.

Kean (W) and Lobdale
Tinney (L) and Harkness


BRANDON

Reporting of sporting events by the Brandon Daily Sun was not a priority during the spring and summer of 1906 so, although it is known that two separate amateur baseball leagues were operational in the Wheat City during the 1906 campaign, a three-team City League and the Mercantile loop, the exact composition of the latter circuit was impossible to discern as per the lack of coverage.  A leagueless Maroons senior baseball team also operated out of Brandon in 1906 and played just a handful of inter-city exhibition tilts with Virden and a few North Dakota clubs.

The Brandon City League had three clubs -- Clippers, Ramblers and Thistles 

The Brandon Mercantile (Commercial) League had at least two teams -- Druggists & Stationers and Grocers -- and probably Nation & Shewan’s and Rankin’s.


NORTHERN MANITOBA

The Northern Manitoba League featured Dauphin, Gilbert Plains, Grandview   and Ochre River (dropped out in early August)

(May 24)   With two runs in the seventh and final stanza, Grandview topped Gilbert Plains 12-10 Thursday at Gilbert Plains.The home squad got three runs in the first inning but lost the advantage when the visitors exploded for five in the third. Gilbert Plains retook the lead with four runs in the fourth. In the see-saw battle, Grandview went ahead 8-7 with three in the fifth and added two more in the top of the sixth. The locals tied it with three in the bottom of the sixth.

Cameron (W) and Morran
Shear (L) and Jack Cory

(May 24)   Ochre River had trouble getting a team together for its match with Dauphin so Dauphin provided the battery and four other players in order to have a match for the local fans.

(June 4)  Dauphin blew an early 3-0 lead but bounced back to edge Grandview 6-5 in the Northern League opener at Dauphin in ideal weather conditions. Local merchants closed their stores at three o'clock to allow everyone to witness the contest. Players of both sides met at the town hall, lined up and marched to the grounds with Mayor Hedderly, the councilors, officials of the teams and band in attendance. Hutchison was superb on the hill for the winners allowing just three hits and racking up 15 strikeouts. Dauphin managed eight hits, two apiece by Nicholson and Bowen.

Cameron (L) and Morran
Hutchison (W) and Edmunds

(June 4)  The scheduled contest between Ochre River and Gilbert Plains was called off as the captain of the home team pronounced the grounds unfit.

(June 8)   With a six-run outburst in the eighth inning, Ochre River topped Grandview 11-5 Friday. Roy Cameron fanned 14 in a losing cause. Souster had nine whiffs on the hill for the winners.

Souster (W) and
Cameron (L) and

(June 15)  Dauphin broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the eighth inning Friday to notch a 5-2 win over Grandview. Edmunds made first in the eighth for the eventual winners when he reached on a third strike which the catcher couldn't handle. After Edmunds had advanced to second on White's single, winning hurler Hutchison brought him home as his smash was mishandled. Bowen also reached on an error and White scored. Hits by Richardson, Barlow and Ball brought in two more markers. Hutchison racked up 12 strikeouts in gaining the pitching win.

Hutchison (W) and Edmunds
Cameron (L) and Morran

(June 18)  Dauphin downed Gilbert Plains 5-2 as White handled the mound work.

Nordstrom and Cory
White (W) and Edmunds

(June 19)   A special chartered train carried nearly 200 Dauphin enthusiasts to Ochre River Tuesday when the Dauphin nine took an exciting 6-2 contest from the home squad. The visitors broke open a tight ball game with three runs in the ninth inning.

Hutchison (W) and Edmunds
E.Souster (L) and Grasby

(June 25)   Grandview held off a ninth inning rally by Ochre River Friday to walk away with a 9-6 triumph. Grandview had taken a 9-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth when the home squad erupted for four runs. Roy Cameron was the winning hurler.

Cameron (W) and Morran
xxx and xxx

(June 28)  Gilbert Plains eked out a 4-3 decision over Grandview coming from behind with two runs in the eighth inning for the triumph.

(July 2)  Gilbert Plains took top money of $100 at the Dauphin tournament, beating the host club 4-2 in the final. Dauphin got off to a great start with two runs in the first inning but that;s all they would muster as Nordstrom shut them down the rest of the way. Gilbert Plains took the lead with three runs in the second inning and added an insurance run in the third.

Nordstrom (W) and xxx
Hutchison (L) and xxx

Gilbert Plains took the tournament opener 3-2 over Grandview.

Dauphin then ran up against Carberry and scored three in the first and two in the second en route to a 7-3 win behind the pitching of Hutchison

Hutchison (W) and Edmunds
Boyle (L) and Sayce

High Bluff advanced with a 9-3 trouncing of Ochre River. A draw gave Gilbert Plains a bye to the final while Dauphin got a run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to edge High Bluff 5-4 to win a berth in the final.

(July 6)  In what was described in the local paper (Grandview Exponent) as "the greatest game of ball ever played here ... a regular "peach" ... full of ginger from beginning to end", Grandview pulled out a 5-4, 11-inning win over Gilbert Plains. Winning pitcher Roy Cameron led off the top of the 11th with a three-bagger and O. Harper followed with a single to plate the deciding marker. Cameron, with three hits, went the distance on the hill for Grandview allowing just three safeties.

Cameron (W) and xxx
Nordstrom (L) and xxx

Dauphin         4 - 1
Ochre River     3 - 2
Grandview       2 - 4
Gilbert Plains  1 - 3

(July 23)  With a run in the top of the ninth, Dauphin edged Grandview 4-3.

(July 26)  While the thrills of the ball game couldn't match the excitement of the train accident on the way to the contest, Dauphin defeated Gilbert Plains 7-2 Monday. A train carrying fans from Dauphin to the game derailed about ten miles from Gilbert Plains. The ball players and some fans managed to get aboard a hand car to try and make the trip. Before the group had traveled a couple of miles, the strenuous work of pumping the hand car became  too much for some of the passengers and they began to vacate the vehicle to try their luck on foot. About six miles from their destination, the remaining group gave up the effort and contemplated pitching a camp when news came that a local farmer was prepared to rent a horse to pull the cart to town. They made the last leg in about an hour. The rest of the train's passengers waited for a work crew to repair the track and arrived after the game had been completed.

Hutchison (W) and xxx
Nordstrom (L), Martin (7) and xxx

(July 31)  Spectators in Grandview must have felt a breeze throughout the game Tuesday as the pitchers combined to strike out 28 batters as Gilbert Plains topped the home club 5-2. Nordstrom, the winning hurler, and Roy Cameron for Grandview each had 14 strikeouts.

Nordstrom (W) and xxx
Cameron (L) and xxx

(August 7)  Grandview and Gilbert Plains battled to a 9-9, 10-inning tie Tuesday in a Northern Manitoba League game at Gilbert Plains. The home club blew a 9-4 lead as Grandview exploded for five runs in the seventh frame. Nordstrom fanned 17 in the contest and Roy Cameron had 11 strikeouts.

Cameron and xxx
Nordstrom and xxx

(August 10)  Gilbert Plains won its own tournament Friday downing Grandview 4-1 in the final. They had earlier defeated Dauphin 5-3 while Grandview topped Dauphin 5-2.

(August 21)  In the final game of the Northern League schedule, Grandview secured the title with a 5-4 victory over Gilbert Plains. Blanked for six innings, and trailing 1-0, Grandview plated three in the seventh and another two in the eighth to take a 5-2 lead into the final inning. With two out, Greenway and Martin singled and both managed to romp home on a passed ball. But Grandview hurler Roy Cameron got Jack Cory to ground out to end the game.  The winners had just three hits off Nordstrom, two by shortstop George Morran. Cameron racked up 11 strikeouts.

Cameron (W) and Rawson
Nordstrom (L), Martin and Owens

The final standings were noted as :

Dauphin         .882
Grand View      .641
Gilbert Plains  .473
Ochre River     .000


SOUTHERN MANITOBA 

(May 26)    In the opening game of the Southern Manitoba League, Killarney pleased the home fans with a 10-4 victory over Deloraine. Killarney scored four in the first inning and three more in the second and breezed to the triumph. McCrehan had nine strikeouts and four free passes for the winners.

Betts (L) and Graham
McCrehan (W) and Taylor

(June 12)   Killarney swamped Cartwright 17-2 Tuesday for their third win in four games.

Dunn (L), Fink and Turner
Quinn (L) and Swansea

(June 16)   Quinn drove in the winning run in the tenth inning Saturday night to give Killarney a 2-1 win over Cartwright, the team they trounced by 15 runs just a few days ago.

(June 19)  Deloraine scored four late runs Tuesday to defeat Cartwright 4-1. Hickey, of the St. Mary's club Toronto, fired a four-hitter for the winners besting Fink of the home club.

Hickey (W) and Graham
Fink (L) and Turner

(June 25)  Doc Betts hurled Deloraine to a 4-1 victory over Killarney.

McCrehan (L) and xxx
Betts (W) and xxx

(July 10)  In a dandy final match, Deloraine edged West Hope, North Dakota 1-0 to win first prize money of $300 at the Melita tournament, judged as the most successful tournament in the west.  Left-hander Hanson pitched the shutout for Deloraine before some 12-hundred fans in sweltering heat with the thermometer reading 90 degrees in the shade.

Killarney won the tourney opener, taking an easy 11-0 win from Cartwright. West Hope similarly trounced Melita 12 to 1. In semi-final action, Deloraine slipped by Killarney 6-5 while the American visitors won a bye to the championship game. Deloraine got a man home in the fourth for the only run of the game.

In a new draw for second money, Cartwright defeated Killarney 11 to 6 and West Hope topped Melita 8 to 2. The contest between the winners was cut short. After just two innings, with West Hope up 3-0, Cartwright refused to continue owing to the darkness and the North Dakota club was awarded the $175 second prize.

(July 17)  League-leading Killarney whipped Cartwright 10-4 Tuesday.

Killarney    10 - 2
Deloraine     6 - 6
Cartwright    2 - 10