1910 Game Reports Vancouver Island     

1910 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley   
1910 BC Interior 
1910 Vancouver Island   


The six-team senior amateur baseball circuit in British Columbia’s capital city received scanty coverage in the two Victoria newspapers in comparison with that afforded the semi-pro baseball team of 1910

(May 7)   In the season opener, Victoria's semi-pros and Seattle's Circle W battled to a 7-7 draw as the locals rallied with four runs in the seventh inning.  Seattle managed 11 hits of Bob Peden while Victoria collected nine off Thompson. Centre fielder Picht led Seattle with three hits, one for two bases. Catcher Fryberg was best for Victoria with a double and single and two runs scored.

Peden and Fryberg
Thompson and Music

(May 14)   Taking advantage of 11 Victoria errors, six by shortstop Brown, Seattle Pontiacs downed the locals 9-7. The visitors romped to a 9-3 lead after six innings and held off a late game charge by the home squad. Leadoff batter Melvin, the Pontiacs centre fielder led the winners with three hits and two runs. Sorensen, the winning pitcher, and Rothwell, the second baseman, each had two hits and two runs. Bob Murrah slugged a home run for Victoria.

Sorensen (W) and Lady
Surphlis (L), Steenson (L) and Fryberg

(May 21)   Trailing 3-0 before they went to bat for the first time, Victoria battled back to tie Spaldings of Seattle 4-4 in an 11-inning contest Saturday at Royal Park. Spaldings is considered the cream of the baseball nines of Washington state. The home side got a run back in their half of the first as playing manager Leonard Wattelet singled, advanced to third and scored on a fielder's choice. They added two more in the third as Moore and Bob Murrah hit safely and both came around to score on an error at shortstop. McMara, who had belted a homer in the first frame, hit another in the fifth to put Spaldings back in the lead 4-3. Victoria again knotted the count in the eighth as McDiarmid romped all the way to second on an overthrow at first, stole third and scored on a passed ball.  The game was called after 11 innings. Both hurlers went the distance with Reardon giving up just seven hits to Victoria while "Rube" Steenson yielded 11. Both racked up nine strikeouts. Ryan, the Seattle centre fielder was the game's top swatter with a home run, double and two singles.

Reardon and McMara
Steenson and Robertson

(May 24)  Victoria posted its first win of the season Tuesday at Royal Athletic Park downing Vancouver 4-2 scoring three times in the first inning to erase a 1-0 lead by the visitors. McDiarmid had quite the ball game for the winners with four hits, four errors and one run. Bob Peden held Vancouver to six hits. Paepke took the loss.

Paepke (L) and Vernon
Peden (W) and Robertson

(May 27)    Victoria pleased a large crowd at Royal Athletic Park Friday building up a 5-0 lead and holding off a large charge by Yakima to post a 5-3 victory. Victoria scored a pair in the first inning and added three more in the third. McDiarmid, who had four hits Tuesday, added two more and Bob Whyte, at shortstop, had two hits and scored twice. "Rube" Steenson twirled a six-hitter for the win, striking out nine with no free passes. McDonald, the losing pitcher, had two hits for the Americans.

McDonald (L) and Ober
Steenson (W) and Robertson

(May 28)   In a game cut short by rain, Victoria downed Yakima 8-1 in the six-inning affair. Charlie Surphlis tossed a three-hitter for the home side and helped at the plate with two hits, one for two bases, and a run. He fanned six and walked two. Victoria put the game on ice with a four-run outburst in the second inning.

Wright (L) and Ober
Surphlis (W) and Robertson

(June 4)   In a pitching duel at Royal Park on Saturday the University of Washington came away with a 2-1 victory over Victoria. Harris fired a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts for the Americans while Bob Peden allowed just five hits and whiffed ten. Peden gave up the game's lone free pass. Both teams got runs in the second and Lockwood scored to give Washington the lead in the sixth. Victoria had the bases loaded with just one out in the seventh but Harris fanned Brown and Peden to end the threat.

Harris (W) and Morrison
Peden (L) and Fryberg

(June 10)   Victoria broke up a tight ball game with an eight-run explosion in the fifth inning Friday to whip Eiler's Pioneers 11-4.  The home club pounded out 14 hits, three by playing manager Leonard Wattelet who had a double and two singles and scored twice. Only three of the Victoria runs were of the earned variety as the visitors made seven errors.  Rube Steenson pitched shutout ball for seven innings before the Pioneers finally got on the scoreboard with a run in the eighth and three in the ninth.

White (L) and Kerry
Steenson (W) and Robertson

(June 11)   Charlie Surphlis held Eiler's Pioneers of Seattle to five hits with 10 strikeouts Saturday as Victoria cruised to an 8-1 victory on Ladies' Day at the ball park to sweep the weekend series. The turnout produced a record crowd with a packed grand stand and well filled bleachers. Leonard Wattelet, Moulton, McQuade and Brown each had two hits. Young, the Pioneers' centre fielder had three singles for the losers.

P.Hovey (L) and Kerry
Surphlis (W) and Robertson

(June 17)   First the good news. Victoria out-hit the Seattle Spirits 9 to 8. The bad news was all the rest of it as the visitors capitalized on 16 Victoria errors to swamp the home club 16-5. They plated five runs in the first inning and coasted to the easy victory. Catcher Kerry, with a double and single, was the lone Seattle batter with more than one safety. McDiarmid had three hits for the losers. Victoria's horror show in the field included five errors by losing pitcher Bob Peden and three by second baseman Bob Murrah. It was the largest score run up against Victoria in three years. Barnes was the winning pitcher. He struck out three and walked three.

Barnes (W) and Kerry
Peden (L) and Robertson

(June 18)   Seattle Spirits again gave Victoria a licking at the ball park, this time 15-2 as the home club booted the ball ten times and the visitors cracked out 15 hits, including a home run, a triple and four doubles. Catcher Kerry smacked three hits and scored three times. Parks, the first baseman had the four-bagger and Hovey rapped a triple. Olson added two singles, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Mike Dickinson scattered ten hits in going the distance for the win.

Dickinson (W) and Kerry
Steenson (L) and Robertson

(June 25)   Charlie Surphlis held Ballard of Seattle  to just two hits Saturday as Victoria notched an 8-4 victory. Six walks and four Victoria errors kept Ballard in the game. Surphlis fanned nine. Second baseman Decker, the Ballard leadoff man, had both Seattle hits.

McDiarmid (L) and Ladie
Surphlis (W) and Robertson

(July 1)   A big holiday crowd was on hand Friday as Bob Peden rebounded from a terrible beating two weeks ago to help Victoria to a 8-4 win over Renton in the first game of a weekend series. The right-hander scattered eight hits, walked one and fanned 14. He also had one of Victoria's eight safeties. Bob Murrah and McDiarmid led the club, each with a pair.

Fuller (L) and Ladd
Peden (W) and Fryberg

(July 2)   Third sacker McDiarmid smacked five hits, all singles, and scored twice in leading Victoria to a 7-5 victory over Renton, Washington. The home side broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the seventh inning. Pete McQuade reached with a single to right and McDiarmid moved him along with another single. Bob Whyte brought in a run with a bunt and Robertson's double chased in McDiarmid. Whyte made it home on a passed ball and Charlie Surphlis, the winning pitcher, brought in Robertson with a sacrifice fly. Renton made it close with two in the ninth. The pitchers had the game's longest blows, Surphlis with a triple for Victoria and Rees a double for Renton.

Rees (L) and Ladd
Surphlis (W) and Robertson

(July 8)  Again, a porous defense by Victoria was key as Snohomish of Washington crushed the locals 9-0. Victoria booted the ball 11 times while the visitors played errorless ball.  Bob Murrah at second base made four errors and McDiarmid had three at third. Stevens, the winning pitcher, and catcher Bunstine belted home runs for Snohomish which punched out nine hits off Bob Peden. Stevens yielded just five hits and fanned seven in claiming the mount triumph. 

Stevens (W) and Bunstine
Peden (L) and Fryberg

(July 9)   Victoria couldn't muster even one run over the weekend as Snohomish blanked the home side 9-0 Friday and 6-0. Saturday, Victoria out-hit the visitors 10 to 8 and had the bases loaded on several occasions, but failed to get a runner across the plate. Welch had the shutout for Snohomish with just three strikeouts and three walks. McLaughlin, the third sacker, led the winners with a triple and two singles.

Welch (W) and Bunstine
Steenson (L) and Robertson

(July 16)   The game scheduled for this afternoon was canceled owing to the Spaldings ball team having disbanded.

(August 6)    The Seattle Spirits defeated Victoria 5-3 Saturday afternoon in action at Royal Park as errors, five of them, again bedeviled the home side. The visitors got off to a good start with a pair in the first inning on three singles, an error and a passed ball. They added one in the third and, after Victoria notched three in their half of the third to tie, Seattle plated two more in the fourth for the win. There was no scoring over the last five innings. Charlie Surphlis pitched well, scattering eight hits and fanning 11 but took the loss. Graff, for Seattle, allowed eight hits with just two strikeouts. Rube Steenson of Victoria was the game's top swatter with a double and two singles.

Graff (W) and Kerry
Surphlis (L) and Robertson

(August 20)    Victoria started well Saturday against El Sidelo of Seattle, leading 2-0 after two innings, but then the wheels came off and the visitors ran roughshod over the home crew en route to a 16-4 trouncing pounding out 14 hits. They held a 9-2 lead after six innings and added to the insult with seven runs in the eighth and last frame. Miller, the Seattle left fielder, led the assault with a home run and three singles. Dye, the catcher, added a triple, double, single and three runs scored. Lagerlot, at first base, collected a double and single and scored three times. Brock Robertson was a lone bright spot for Victoria, with a home run. Smith hurled a five-hitter for the winners with nine strikeouts and just one free pass. Charlie Surphlis went the distance for Victoria racking up 11 strikeouts and walking three.

Smith (W) and Dye
Surphlis (L) and Robertson .

(August 27)   Snohomish dealt Victoria another pounding Saturday at Royal Athletic Park handing the locals a 13-3 drubbing behind a 16-hit attack. The visitors also capitalized on the poor field work by the locals who committed eight errors. McLaughlin and Wilson, the first two batters in the Snohomish lineup, each had three hits and three runs. The third man, Giddings, stroked a homer and a single. Roberts, the clean-up batter, clouted a pair of doubles and a single.  Walsh held Victoria to six hits in going the distance for the win.

Walsh (W) and Bunstine
Steenson (L), Moore (6) and Robertson

(September 2)    Victoria fell behind 10-4 in the sixth inning Saturday before rallying in the late frames to down Chemainus 13-10, in spite of making 12 errors. A six-run outburst in the seventh inning put Victoria in the lead for good. The winners pounded out 14 hits with six players each with a pair. Shortstop Pete McQuade was one of them and led the offense with four runs. Brock Robertson slugged a triple and a single. Former Victoria catcher Bob Murrah paced Chemainus with three hits, one a home run. Bob Peden scattered nine hits and struck out 11. The visitors were unable to bring their regular hurler and substituted Purdy, a former pitcher from Reno, Nevada.

Purdy (L) and Murrah
Peden (W) and Robertson

(September 3)   Playing at Chemainus, Charlie Surphlis fired a three-hitter Sunday as Victoria shaded the locals 2-1, scoring both runs in the first inning as Donahue and Burns came home against Chemainus ace Rex Dawson who blanked Victoria the rest of the way.

Surphlis (W) and Robertson
Dawson (L) and Murrah


Beacon Hill
James Bay Athletic Association
Knights of Columbus

(May 24)   Ed Steele fired a four-hitter and led an 11-hit attack by Beacon Hill in a 9-2 victory Tuesday over Cloon of Vancouver. Steele cracked three doubles and a single and scored twice. O'Rourke and McDougall each added two hits. Steele fanned 11 and walked five in his route-going effort.

McGarrgle (L), Robinson and Shaw
Steele (W) and Townsley

(June 6) In the opening game of the city ball league Monday, Prides won out 9-5 over the Fifth Regiment. Prides scored in just two innings, but got five in the second and four more in the fifth.

(June 8) Beacon Hills impressed in its opening league game crushing the Knights of Columbus 19-0 as Ed Steele tossed the shutout. The Beacon ace fanned 16.

Steele (W) and Townsley
Keppock (L) and Silver

(June 10)   A seventh inning rally that netted seven big runs gave Prides a 10-7 victory over Empress in Senior League action Friday.

Snider (W) and Rudge
Spence (L) and Dawson

(June 11)   Beaten by the Empress hotel players by a single run in a previous match, Beacon Hill took a 1-0 lead in the first inning then poured it on, leading 16-0 at one point, in crushing Empress 18-3 Saturday. The winners combined 16 hits with 11 Empress errors. Ed Steele twirled a six-hitter for the win.

Steele (W) and Townsley
Menard (L) and Ballantyne

(June 13) Beacon Hill managed just seven hits but took advantage of nine errors by the Fifth Regiment to secure a 9-1 victory Monday. Theo Townsley tossed a three-hitter for the win. He notched 12 strikeouts.

Townsley (W) and Scott
Camsusa (L) and Kinlock

(June 14)  Prides notched their third straight league victory Tuesday crushing the United Commercial Travellers 12 to 6.

Spence (W) and Loveridge
Hallett (L) and McLaughlin

(June 17)   Beacon Hill took over first place in the league standings Friday with a 16-9 victory over Prides. With two down in the first inning, Beacon Hill pushed across five runs and cruised to the win. Walt Gravlin belted a homer for the winners.

Spence (L) and Loveridge
Steele (W) and Scott

Beacon Hills     3 - 0
Prides           3 - 1
Empress          1 - 1
U.C.T.           0 - 1
Knights Columbus  0 - 2
Fifth Regiment   0 - 2

(June 22)   Beacon Hill, the league-leaders had no trouble with Empress Tuesday clobbering the third-place club 20-4. And they did it in developing a new pitcher, Bobby Steele, brother of Hill ace Ed Steele.

Menard (L) and Baker
B.Steele (W) and E.Steele

(June 23) United Commercial Travellers defeated Knights of Columbus 9 to 5.

Hallett (W) and Gregg
Keppock (L) and Silver

(July 1)  In a Dominion Day exhibition game, Beacon Hill topped the Clovers, Vancouver's star amateur team, 5-0, beating "Bugs" Andrews, the Clovers' leading hurler. Ed Steele tossed the shutout for Victoria allowing just four hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks.  Walt Gravlin, Ed Steele, Scott, and Bobby Steele each had two hits.

E.Steele (W) and Scott
Andrews (L) and Morrissett

(July 5)   With a 10-2 victory over the United Commercial Travellers, Beacon Hill notched its fifth straight victory in the Victoria City League. A five-run explosion by Beacon Hill in the fifth inning broke open a tight 2-1 ball game. McDougall's three-run homer was a highlight. Walt Gravlin added a triple and Ed Steele a double in the sixth as the league-leaders added three more runs.  Ed Steele allowed just four hits in registering the pitching win.

Steele (W) and Scott
Hallett (L) and Gregg

(July 7)   United Commercial Travellers downed Empress 7-5.

Hallett (W) and Gregg
Winsby (L) and Johns

(July 10) On a steamy, 90-degree Sunday at Chemainus, Victoria's Beacon Hill went down to a 5-2 defeat against ace hurler Rex Dawson who held Victoria to five hits and racked up 13 strikeouts without a walk. Dawson also led the Chemainus attack with a double and single. Bobby Steele got two hits for Victoria. Ed Steele yielded eight hits in taking the loss.

E.Steele (L) and Townsley
Dawson (W) and George

(July 13)  Fifth Regiment pulled an upset Wednesday battling Beacon Hill to a 5-5 tie. Darkness forced the game to be shortened to six innings.

Townsley, E.Steele and Scott
Camsusa and A.Sargison

(July 15)   Behind the solid hurling of Sid Winsby Empress topped Knights of Columbus 9-2.

Winsby (W) and Holden
Keppock (L) and Silver

(July 18)  The Prides handed Beacon Hill its first league defeat of the season downing the league-leaders 8-5. They scored all their runs in the fifth inning with a six-hit stanza against young Bobby Steele. Catcher Loveridge cracked a double and single for the winners and Hillier also had two hits. Brewster slammed a three-bagger. Walt Gravlin belted a triple and single for the losers. Spence held Beacon Hill to six hits but had his troubles by walking five.

Spence (W) and Loveridge
B.Steele (L), Townsley (5) and Scott

(July 23)   A four-run third inning carried Chemainus to a 6-2 exhibition victory over Beacon Hill as Rex Dawson paced the winners with a six-hit, nine strikeout performance while cracking a triple and single with the bat. Chemainus collected 11 hits off Ed Steele, two each by Roseboome, Manson and Dawson.

Dawson (W) and Harmon, Murrah
E.Steele (L) and Scott

(July 25)  The pitchers dominated Monday as Empress slipped by the Fifth Regiment 2-1. Empress plated both runs in the third inning as Cliff Johns slugged a two-bagger to bring in both markers. Sid Winsby was the winning hurler besting Camsusa of the Regiment.

Winsby (W) and Holden
Camsusa (L) and Sargison

(July 29)  The United Commercial Travellers beat the Fifth Regiment 10-3 Friday at the Beacon Hill diamond. UCT had little trouble with the offerings of Jimmy Holness while Hallett for the Travellers pitched good ball.

Hallett (W) and Fryberg
Holness (L) and Sargison

(August 6)   Empress handed Beacon Hill its second loss of the regular season dumping the league-leaders 12-5 as Ed Plummer cracked a bases-loaded home run and pitcher Sid Winsby collected three hits while racking up 17 strikeouts in his hurling duties. Scott was the lone Beacon Hill batsman to give him any trouble slamming both a homer and a triple.

Winsby (W) and Holden
Townsley (L) and Scott

                   W   L   D PTS
Beacon Hill        7 - 2 - 1  15
Prides             6 - 4 - 0  12
U.C.T.             5 - 4 - 0  10
Empress            5 - 4 - 0  10
Regiment           2 - 4 - 1   5
Knights Columbus   1 - 8 - 0   2

(August 9)  United Commercial Travellers defeated Fifth Regiment 5-2 at the Beacon Hill diamond. Hallett was the winning pitcher.

Hallett (W) and Whyte
Camsusa (L) and Medina

(September 2)   A fortified United Commercial Travellers squad of Victoria crushed Vancouver 12-1 Saturday. Hallett allowed but four hits and fanned 12 without a walk for the winners while left fielder Gray led the offense with a homer and a double. Ed Steele cracked a three-bagger. Victoria had just eight hits but six Vancouver errors helped the Islanders pile it on.

Hallett (W) and E.Steele
R,Smith (L) and McIntosh, Laidlaw