Western Canada Baseball 1912
1912 Stats
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1912 CLASS D      
1st HALF      
Red Deer Eskimos 31 22 .585
Bassano Boosters 29 21 .580
Calgary Bronchos 25 23 .521
Edmonton Gray Birds 15 34 .306
* Calgary Albertan, July 6 & 8, 1912
       
2nd HALF      
Calgary Bronchos 34 11 .756
Edmonton Gray Birds 25 26 .490
Bassano Boosters 16 25 .390
Red Deer Eskimos 17 30 .362
* Calgary News-Telegram, Sept 9, 1912
 * Red Deer won 1st half, Calgary the 2nd
   half. Calgary won a best-of-seven playoff.
1912 Game Reports  
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1912 Red Deer Eskimos 
1912 Edmonton Gray Birds
 
SASKATCHEWAN
REGINA CITY LEAGUE
 
Leader, Metz, Province, Railroaders
 
MOOSE JAW CITY LEAGUE
Barbers, CPR, Empress Hotel, Real Estate Mud Hens, Savoy Theatre, YMCA
 
SASKATOON CITY LEAGUE
Hoo Hoos, Owls, Sutherland
1912 Dysart SK 
 
ALBERTA
SOUTHERN ALBERTA LEAGUE

Redcliff,Suffield, Carlstadt, Brooks
 
SOUTHERN ALBERTA, NORTH LEAGUE
Lethbridge, Macleod, Pincher Cree,k Taber
 
MANITOBA
WINNIPEG SENIOR AMATEUR LEAGUE
Arenas, Giants, Knights, Norwood, YMCA
 
BRANDON DISTRICT LEAGUE 
Brandon Maroons, Hartney, Souris Grey Birds
1912 Winnipeg Maroons
 
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER WHOLESALE LEAGUE
Canadian Con Rubber Co., Kelly-Douglas Nabobs, Mac & Mac, Malkin's, Robertson-Godson, Royal Standards
 
VANCOUVER CITY SENIOR LEAGUE
Christ Church, Mainlands, Moose Lodge
 
OKANAGAN VALLEY LEAGUE
Armstrong, Enderby, Kelowna, Vernon
1912 Vernon    
1912 Wardner   
1912 Victoria Bees   
1912 Nakusp   
1912 Kelly-Douglas Nabobs      
1912 Vancouver Beavers   
 
 

 

Bronchos Ride to WCBL Championship

Opening Day

Calgary Bronchos downed Red Deer four games to win in a playoff to capture the 1912 Western Canada championship.  The Eskimos had finished on top in the first half, just a half game ahead of the Bassano Boosters, while the Bronchos easily topped the circuit in the second half, winning 34 of 45 games and topping the runnerup Edmonton Gray Birds by 12 games. Off the field the situation wasn't so rosy for the Bronchos as the team ran a deficit of $7,000 on its 1912 operations.

Archie PersonsBassano's Archie Persons (left) took the batting title with a .378 mark, just ahead of teammate Howard Guyn (according to The Sporting News of the day).

Ferdy ManningChester Cox, the playing manager of the Bassano Boosters, was 5th at .348 (Cox took the title according to the Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, with Persons not having enough plate appearancesx to qualify). Pete Standridge of Calgary and Ferdy Manning (right) of Red Deer tied for the lead in pitching wins, each with 21 victories. Standridge, who reached the majors for 31 games over two seasons, had three 20-win campaigns in the minor leagues.

Jack RocheJack Roche, (left) a 21-year-old catcher, played for two seasons, 1912 and 1913 for the Calgary Bronchos, hitting .353 and .314. Later, he spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the Cardinals.

Walter FordAlso prominent were Walter Ford (right) Edmonton pitcher; Red Deer manager Bill Hurley (below left), in his third of five season in the Western Canada League,  Edmonton manager John Mackin (below centre), who hit .295, Archie Persons of Bassano, and shortstop Leonard Reddick (below right) who had his best minor league season, batting .282

Bill HurleyJohn MackinLeonard Reddick

Moose Baxter(June 17)  John "Moose" Baxter the former major leaguer and player with Edmonton of the Western Canada League was arrested last night and is in police custody awaiting deportation.  Baxter, who is reported to be worth $100,000 was ordered deported by the judge who sentenced him to six months in jail in Lethbridge. He finished serving his sentence a little more than a month ago. All efforts to secure permission for him to remain in Canada have failed.

In July, 2011, Baxter was sentenced to nine months imprisonment and ordered to pay $500 and costs of $114.  The former proprietor of the Turkish bath house on First Street West, near Eighth Avenue was convicted of violating provincail liquor rules.  In passing judgement, Superintendent Dean of the Mounted Police, made clear he didn't believe the defence witnesses.

"The defendant herein has, in spite of repeated warnings, persisted in defying the law of the province. The records of the court justify me in saying that the defendant defames his manhood by pandering to the lusts of the sexes and by living on the avails of prostitution."