1919 Game Reports Vancouver     

1919 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1919 BC Interior 
1919 Vancouver Island   

Vancouver Commercial Baseball League

1919 Final Standings  *      W     L      Pct.
Centrals                    14     8     .636
Wallaces                    14     8     .636
Arnold & Quigley             8    13     .381   
Coughlan’s                   7    14     .333

* all games involving the defunct Greys team were thrown out of the standings

Playoff finals  (best-of-five)  Centrals vs Wallaces

(August 13)  Darkness wiped out a three-run outburst by the Wallaces in the top of the eighth inning which would have tied the game and, instead, with the score reverting to 8 to 5, the Centrals were awarded the opening game of the Commercial League finals. It is likely that the game will be replayed as an attempt to play the bottom of the eighth inning failed when the original base umpire, substituting behind the dish after the initial plate arbiter had left the diamond, called the contest off for the second time after two Central Club batters had been retired. Tommy Jardine had four hits for the Clubbers including a triple and a double.

Davis (L), R. Larson (3) and Richardson
Brethour (W) and Whyte

(August 15) With league officials throwing out the result of the August 13th game, the Wallaces responded by grabbing the official first contest of the league finals, dropping the Centrals 8 to 6. After scoring four times in the top of the eighth frame to knot the count at 6 – 6, the Clubbers let the game get away in the bottom of the same canto when a two-out throwing error allowed the Shipyarders to plate a pair. Outfielder Macken of the Centrals was the offensive star of the skirmish, drilling a trio of base swats and swiping a pair of bases.

Lowry, Clayton (L) (6) and Whyte
R. Larson (W) and Wyard 

(August 18)  The Central Club and the Wallace Shipyards pastimers battled to a ten-inning 1 – 1 stalemate at Athletic Park. The North Shore Shipyarders were the first to score when leadoff hitter Stubby Joliffe walked in the opening frame, stole second and came all the way around to touch home plate when Central heaver Ralph Clayton unloaded an errant pick off peg in an attempt to catch him off the keystone bag. The Clubbers evened it up in the third when Kent singled, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Clayton’s one-bagger. Second sacker Bill Giguere of the Wallaces along with the Centrals’ Clayton and Kent, all stroked a brace of base knocks. 

Gourlay and Richardson
Clayton and Whyte

(August 20)  Pitcher Lorne Lowry fired a no-hitter as the Centrals downed the Wallaces 4 to 1 at Athletic Park to square their series with the Shipyarders at a game apiece. The Clubbers led from the fourth inning on after Tommy Jardine’s double drove in the initial counter. Outfielder “Dutch” Eckhart led the winners at the dish, slapping out three singles. Shortstop Jack Andrews had a triple and one-bagger.

Lowry (W) and Whyte
R. Larson (L) and Richardson

(August 22)  The Centrals were blanked 5 to 0 as Wallace chucker “Heinie” Larson tossed an efficient five-hitter in gaining the knoll nod. The North Shore Shipbuilders came roaring out of the gate and grabbed a 2 to 0 lead, thanks to Rogers’ two-run triple, after their initial turn at bat. Ted Blochberger doubled and singled for the winners while Syd Whyte slammed a triple and one-bagger for the Clubbers. 

H. Larson (W) and Richardson
Brethour (L), Lowry (7) and Whyte 

(August 23)  The Wallaces captured the 1919 Vancouver Commercial Baseball League pennant at Athletic Park, turning back the Centrals 7 to 6 in a 12-inning struggle. The North Shore troupe had a distinct 17 to 7 margin in base hits but it took a double by Jack Wyard, his fourth two-bagger of the fracas, to drive in outfielder Manson in the third extra frame with the winning counter. Manson also picked up a single to come away with a five-hit production at the plate. Art Gourlay pitched the entire twelve frames for the Shipbuilders. Manson and R. “Tat” Larson, holding down the hot corner job in this skirmish, both finished the game with three base blows, two of Manson’s being doubles while a pair of Larson’s going for triples. The Wallace tribe will now face the winner of the City League finals for the overall senior Vancouver crown.

Clayton, Lowry (L) (8) and Whyte
Gourlay (W) and Richardson


1919 Vancouver City Baseball League

 * Vancouver Sun – first-half 1919 City League pennant winners in which no playoffs were involved

Second-half final standings      W     L      Pct.
Vancouver Sun                    6     1     .857
Coughlan’s                       5     2     .714
Vancouver Province               3     3     .500
Reginas                          2     5     .286
Vancouver World                  1     6     .143

Playoffs
Sudden-death quarter-final  Reginas vs Vancouver Province

(August 12)  Plating the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Vancouver Province team defeated the Reginas 7 to 6 to eliminate the Saskatchewan expatriates from the City Baseball League playoff picture. The game was a free-hitting affair, marked by numerous fielding miscues. First sacker Bell of the Queen City aggregation belted a two-run homer. Teammate Bill Sparks and second baseman A. Masi of the Newspapermen both racked up two safeties.

McGeer (L) and Easson
Basiren, Stickney (W) (6) and Crowe

Semi-finals  (best-of-three)   Vancouver Province vs Coughlan’s

(August 15)  The Daily Province ball tossers captured the first game of the City League semi-finals 8 to 2 from the Coughlan’s nine at the Powell Street grounds. The Province swatters snatched all eight of their counters off losing flinger Joe Brown in the third stanza. Winning tosser Dorren held the Shipbuilders to just four hits. Catcher Harry Crowe had three bingles for the victors.

Brown (L), Douglass (4) and Harris
Dorren (W) and Crowe

(August 18)  Coughlan’s evened up their series with the Vancouver Province for the right to advance to the City Baseball League finals when they clipped the Newspaper Boys 7 to 5. Out hit by an 11 to 7 margin throughout the game, the Shipbuilders earned the win through a huge second inning in which they tallied five runs to take control of the contest. Joe Brown, on the hillock for the winners, came up strong in the pinches. Brown, along with infielder Charlie Miron of the Province diamondeers, each had three safeties including two doubles. The Newsies had the distinction of rattling off a snappy triple play which was engineered by the fine work of hot corner custodian Bill Turnbull.

Basiren (L), Stickney (3) and Crowe
Brown (W) and Clarke

(August 19)  The result of the second game of the semi-final series was thrown out by league officials owing to the fact that Coughlan’s used an ineligible player.

(August 19)  In a replayed version of the second semi-final playoff game, the Coughlan Shipbuilders once again triumphed, this time blanking the Vancouver Province baseballers 4 to 0. All the scoring occurred in the bottom of the initial panel when the victors pounced on starter and loser Dorren of the Newsies for four counters and drove him to the showers. Winning flinger Douglass limited the Province nine to just three hits. Shortstop Sayers of Coughlan’s was the only swatter in the contest to amass a brace of bingles, one of his raps being a three-ply clout.

Dorren (L), Basiren (1) and Crowe
Douglass (W) and Harris 

(August 20)  It will be rival newspapers, the Sun and the Province, in the finals of the Vancouver City Baseball League. The Province aggregation advanced from the semi-final bracket after eliminating Coughlan’s 3 to 0 at the Powell Street grounds. Charlie Malley copped the knoll victory, limiting the Shipbuilders to one hit while whiffing an even dozen. Third sacker Bill Turnbull and catcher Harry Crowe both picked up a pair of base raps for the winners. Turnbull’s duo of swats included a double.

Douglass (L) and Harris, Sayers
Malley (W) and Crowe

Finals  (best-of-three)  Vancouver Province vs Vancouver Sun

(August 21)  A tenth-inning solo home run by first baseman Stedham gave the Province baseballers a thrilling 5 to 4 victory over the Sun in the opener of the City Baseball League finals. Winning chucker Stickney was touched for nine hits but managed to pitch out of peril on several occasions. Stedham had a single to go along with his circuit-jack. Connecting for a double and one-bagger apiece were Charlie Miron of the victors as well as catcher Cyril Masi and first sacker Phillips of the Suns.

Lewis, Thurston (L) (5) and C. Masi
Stickney (W) and Crowe

(August 22)  Four scattered hits were all the Province diamond pastimers could muster off the slants of Sun pitcher Fookes as the Afternoon Publishers fell to their rival printers 7 to 3. The Sun swatsmiths banged ten safeties off loser Charlie Malley with Maynard Fookes connecting for two doubles while outfielder B. Stewart had a triple and single and shortstop Bill Shaver a two-bagger and single.

Malley (L) and Crowe, Roblin
Fookes (W) and C. Masi

(August 25)  After a season crowded with close and exciting games, the Vancouver Sun contingent emerged as the 1919 champions of the City League, belting the Province baseballers 12 to 0 to win both halves of the campaign. Pitcher Maynard Fookes tossed a masterful two-hitter to spearhead the Morning press gang in their one-sided conquest of the Afternoon publishers. The victors scored at least one counter in every inning but the second frame. Fookes, Jimmy Farquhar and initial sacker Phillips each poked out a brace of base knocks for the Suns with a triple included in Fookes’ pair of swats. As a result of their victory, the Sun aggregation will play the Wallace Shipyards for the Vancouver senior baseball tiara.

Stickney (L) and Mahon
Fookes (W) and C. Masi 


1919 Vancouver International League

Newspaper coverage for this league started out on an adequate level but virtually became non-existent after May. No standings ever appeared in the print medium but, at last report, the Asahis were leading the league. When it came to recognition and an opportunity to participate in the city of Vancouver senior baseball championships, the other two loops completely ignored this circuit. In late August, while the champions of the other two senior leagues in Vancouver were going head-to-head in a city of Vancouver senior playoff, a brief article appeared in the Vancouver Daily World indicated that the Asahi and Hanbury teams of the Vancouver International League would face each other in a best-of-three playoff challenge series with the winner attempting to meet the champions of other district leagues.

(August 30)  The Asahis and Hanbury’s of the Vancouver International Baseball League played to a scoreless draw in a darkness-shortened match at Powell Street grounds.


1919 Vancouver senior baseball championship series  (best-of-three)  Vancouver Sun (City League) vs Wallace Shipyards (Commercial League)

(August 26)  Wallace Shipyards, Commercial League champions, had no difficulty in disposing of the City League’s Vancouver Sun clan 13 to 2 in the first game of the Vancouver senior baseball finals. The Wallaces decked loser Jerry Thurston for seven first-inning counters, dispatching him to the showers after three frames. Art Gourlay went the route on the hill for the North Shore nine, yielding three safeties including a two-run round-tripper by Suns’ first baseman Phillips. R. “Tat” Larson led the victors with the stick, slamming a triple plus a pair of one-baggers.

Gourlay (W) and Richardson
Thurston (L), Lewis (4) and Shaver, Masi

(August 27)  The second and deciding game of the Vancouver senior baseball championship series was held at Athletic Park and saw the Wallaces cop the series, defeating the Vancouver Sun 8 to 2. The Shipbuilders put the game on ice by plating two counters in the third frame and adding five more in the fourth. Outfielder Manson and hot corner custodian Bill Giguere each slammed a double and single for the North Shore squad while Boe and Bill Shaver both singled twice for the vanquished Newspaper nine.

Fookes (L) and Masi
Wyard (W), R. Larson (8) and Richardson


Vancouver/Victoria Inter-city challenge series  (best-of-five)  Victoria Straith Two Jacks (Victoria Senior champions) vs Vancouver Wallaces (Vancouver Senior champions)

(August 30)  The Vancouver Commercial League Wallaces romped to an easy 9 to 3 victory over the Victoria Straith Two Jacks in the first inter-city tussle of their challenge series. Jack Wyard cracked a three-run homer for the Mainlanders.

Bever (L) and xxx
R. Larson (W) and xxx

(September 1)  The second and third games of the senior baseball challenge series between the Vancouver Wallaces and the Victoria Straith Two Jacks were split in the B.C. capital city. No final scores, game details or batteries were published in the Vancouver daily World.

(September 6)  Straith Two Jacks of Victoria gave the Wallaces a hard run at Athletic Park but lost a narrow 3 to 2 game to the North Shore tribe. The Shipyard Gang took the inter-city series three games to one. Trailing 2 to 1 as they came to bat in the seventh frame, the Wallace aggregation knotted the count on McConvey’s RBI Texas Leaguer to leftfield and then plated the deciding counter on an infield error by first baseman Don Bever. Outfielder Manson of the Mainland squad stroked a double and single, the only batter from either squad to acquire two base raps.

R. Larson (W) and Richardson
Zaccarelli (L) and  Potts