1920 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley
1920 BC Interior
1920 Vancouver Island
1920 Vancouver Commercial Baseball League
Arnold & Quigley *, Centrals, Kelly-Douglas Nabobs, Mission Confectionery (generally called the Missions)
* Arnold & Quigley – regular-season Commercial League pennant winner
Arnold&Quigley 16 7
Nabobs 14 9 2.0
Missions 12 11 4.0
Centrals 4 19 12.0
Kelly-Douglas Nabobs vs Arnold & Quigley
(August 9) The Arnold & Quigley balltossers drew first blood in the playoff series for the championship of the Commercial League when they trampled all over the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs 11 to 2. After a shaky first inning in which the Nabobs tallied both of their counters, winning flinger “Tat” Larson pitched well, fanning seven while yielding a total of four hits. Leading the 14-hit offense for the Clothiers were Sid Elmer and Ernie Woods, each with a three-hit output. Second sacker Hec Cann had an inside-the-park homer for the vanquished nine.
Larson (W) and Whyte
Evans (L) and Hart
(August 11) Scoring twice in the top of the ninth frame, Arnold & Quigley edged past the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs 7 to 6 to assume a two-game advantage in their final series. Both teams raked in nine base raps with Ernie Woods and Art Gourlay of the Quigs as well as Harry Wilson and Jimmie Ralston of the Coffeemen, each registering a brace.
Gourlay, Larson (W) (6) and Whyte
Bruce, Lowery (L) (7) and Hart
(August 13) Outclassing their opponents in every department of the game, Arnold & Quigley captured the 1920 Commercial Baseball League title by hammering the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs 19 to 4. Outfielder “Dutch Eckart had a huge night at the plate for the victors, slamming a triple and four singles while catcher Syd Whyte contributed a three-base clout, a double and a one-bagger..
Evans (L), Bruce (3), Wilson (4) and Blochberger
Larson (W), Wintemute (8) and Whyte
Arnold & Quigley advance to play the New Westminster League champions in the first round of the Lower Mainland amateur baseball playoffs.
Lower Mainland semi-finals (best-of-three)
Vancouver Arnold & Quigley vs New Westminster B.C. Box
(August 25) Arnold & Quigley drubbed the B.C. Box nine from New Westminster 11 to 2 in the first of a best-of-three showdown. Art Gourlay pitched for the Vancouver team and was in excellent form, allowing but four hits. The Clothiers annexed eleven base blows off a brace of Royal City chuckers as Sid Elmer and Lorne Foley led the way with three base smacks apiece. A & Q baserunners had a field day against the Cardboard Cratemen, swiping eleven sacks with Foley pilfering four of them.
Currie (L), Welsh (8) and McCarger
Gourlay (W) and Whyte
(August 28) By disposing of the B.C. Box Manufacturing team out of New Westminster 3 to 1, the Vancouver Arnold & Quigley aggregation qualified to meet I. L. A. of Vancouver in the Lower Mainland finals. “Tat’ Larson picked up the hurling triumph on a five-hitter. First sacker Lorne Foley poled out a three-ply swat and one-bagger for the Clothiers.
Larson (W) and Whyte
Currie (L) and McCarger
1920 Vancouver City Baseball League
The Asahis, champions of the expired 1919 City International League, and I. L. A. were both new entrants in the 1920 Vancouver City League. Yo Kitagawa, star catcher of the 1919 Nippons, left the team to return to Japan to enter the military.
Asahis, C.P.R., ILA/International Longshoremen’s Association *, Sprott-Shaw (referred to as the Collegians)
* I. L. A. – regular-season City League pennant winner
Final standings W L Pct.
I. L. A. 17 6 .739
C. P. R. 14 10 .583
Asahis 10 14 .417
Sprott-Shaw 6 17 .261
No known intra-league playoff finals – the Longshoremen (I. L. A.) were bracketed to play Hanbury’s of the Terminal League in the Lower Mainland amateur playdowns.
1920 Terminal Baseball League
Canucks, Gilmore Athletic Club, Hanbury’s Mill *, Rat Portage Lumber
* Hanbury’s – regular-season Terminal League pennant winner
Second-place tie-breaker (best-of-three)
Gilmore Athletic Club vs Rat Portage
(August 3) Striking out 13 and allowing only three safe hits, Baden “Babe” Esplen hurled the Gilmore Athletic Club to a 3 to 2 decision over Rat Portage in the opener of their best-of-three series. Shortstop Bill Shaver of Gilmore’s was the only player from either squad to register two hits.
Esplen (W) and Scott
L. Thompson (L) and Smith
(August 5) The Gilmore Athletic Club took the Rat Portage nine into camp by a close 2 to 1 decision to capture their series in two straight contests. Earl Sager secured the mound triumph with a five-hitter. Shortstop Dickie Butler paced the Clubbers at the dish with three base knocks.
Robinson (L) and xxx
Sager (W) and xxx
No intra-league final playoffs – the Hanbury’s Mill nine, representing the Terminal League, proceeded directly into the Lower Mainland Amateur baseball playoffs against I. L. A., champions of the Vancouver City League.
1920 Dewdney League
Coquitlam, Essondale, Hammond, IOCO, Port Haney, Port Moody *
* Port Moody – regular-season Dewdney League pennant winner
(June 11) Port Haney downed Coquitlam 6 to 1 Friday for its third win in three starts. Ioco topped Hammond 12 to 2 for its first win in three games.
(June 28) Outstanding pitching highlighted Monday's action in the Dewdney League as Port Haney eked out a 1-0 victory over Port Moody in a contest featuring a pair of one-hitters as Maynard Fookes was the winner and Thorburn took the tough loss. It was the first loss of the season for Port Moody and moved Port Haney into a tie with the losers for top spot in the standings each with seven victories and one defeat.
Fookes (W) and Cobb
Thorburn (L) and McCarger
(July 20) Port Haney got by Ioco 10 to 9 Tuesday.
(July 21) Hammond defeated Essondale 3 to 0.
(July 26) Essondale cracked out 16 hits, including home runs by Lewis and Johnson in trouncing Port Haney 11-3 Monday. Williams had a circuit drive for the losers. King fashioned a seven-hitter for the win.
King (W) and Kelly
Fookes (L), Fuller and Cobb
(July 26) Ioco defeated Coquitlam 3 to 2.
(August 16) Invading Port Haney won the playoff honours in the 1920 Dewdney League when they defeated the hosting Port Moody diamondeers 5 to 4 in a hard-fought battle.
Fookes (W) and Ogilvie
Thorburn (L) and McCarger
1920 Lower Mainland amateur baseball playdowns
I. L. A. (Vancouver City League champions) vs Hanbury’s (Terminal League titlists)
(August 24) The City League champion I. L. A. aggregation blanked the Terminal League’s Hanbury’s Mill nine 8 to 0 in a convincing manner. Winning chucker Stacey Hann fanned 13 and allowed only three safe blows. Loser Ferdie Inch was touched for 13 safeties as Joe Brown, “Jumbo” Nahu and third sacker Harman of the Dockers all collected a trio of raps.
Inch (L) and Daniels
Hann (W) and Sommerville
(August 26) The I. L. A. team knocked the Hanbury’s Mill aggregation, champions of the Terminal League, out of the lower mainland playoffs at the Powell Street grounds by defeating them 5 to 2. The losers out hit the Longshoremen 7 to 5 but poor baserunning did them in. Outfielder Joe Brown slapped out a pair of doubles for the winners.
Lewis (W) and Sommerville
Malley (L) and N. Goodall
Lower Mainland Finals (best-of-three)
Vancouver I. L. A. (City League champions) vs Vancouver Arnold & Quigley (Commercial League champions)
(August 30) Art Gourlay allowed the I. L. A. baseballers only one hit at Athletic Park as the Arnold & Quigley Commercial Leaguers took the first game of the lower mainland finals 6 to 1. The Clothiers looked much the better ball club than the City League champions, blowing the game open with a four-spot in the third frame. They out-hit and out-fielded the Dockers and excelled in the baserunning department. Keystone sacker Ernie Woods lit up the Dockers’ tandem of chuckers for three hits, including a home run.
Lewis (L), Hann (4) and Sommerville
Gourlay (W) and Whyte
(August 31) A miniature donnybrook featured the second game of the lower mainland finals at the Powell Street grounds where Arnold & Quigley clinched the series with a 3 to 2 victory over the International Longshoremen’s Association group of baseballers. A second-inning judgement call at home by the plate umpire, which went against the I. L. A. team, precipitated the free-for-all with fans and players alike swarming onto the field. Once order was restored, the arbiter announced he had reversed his decision and the game resumed without any further disruptions. The game was scoreless for the first six frames but the Quigs got on the scoreboard with a singleton in the seventh panel. In the eighth, they increased their lead when catcher Syd Whyte doubled and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. Winning tosser “Tat” Larson then singled to drive in the third and eventual winning counter. In the I. L. A. half of the frame, as darkness was falling fast, the Longshoremen came to life and plated a pair but just fell short of tying the contest when the umpire called play for lack of illumination. Complete game mound victor “Tat” Larson whiffed 13 in fashioning a five-hitter. Johnny Wintemute, Lorne Foley and “Mickey” MacFarlane paced the winners’ nine-hit offense with a pair of base raps apiece.
Larson (W) and Whyte
Simons (L) and Sommerville
(September 2) A protest filed by the I. L. A. team of the City League relative to the second game of the final series was upheld by the B.C.A.B.A. which ordered that the game be replayed in its entirety.
(September 3) Racking up 18 base blows to go along with 22 stolen bases, Arnold & Quigley decimated the I. L. A. diamond pastimers 23 to 2 to lay claim to the lower mainland crown once more. The Clothiers scored in every inning but the seventh. Johnny Wintemute had four safe blows for the Quigs.
Hann (L), Simons (3), Crowder (8) and Sommerville
Larson (W), Robertson (7) and Whyte
B.C. Finals (best-of-three)
Victoria Elks vs Vancouver Arnold & Quigley
(September 11) Rain forced postponement of a scheduled B.C. finals doubleheader in Vancouver.
(September 18) Playing in the Capital City, the invading Vancouver Arnold & Quigley brigade and the hosting Victoria Elks divided a twin-bill, the Lower Mainland aggregation capturing the opener 5 to 1 while the Islanders took the finale 8 to 6. The Quigs jumped into an early 4 to 0 lead in the matinee encounter and were never headed as “Tat” Larson limited the Elks to just five hits. Lorne Foley and “Dutch” Eckart had two safeties each for A & Q.
Larson (W) and S. Whyte
Townsley (L), Balcom (3) and Plows, Townsley (3)
The second game was a sloppy encounter with the Elks booting the ball five times and the Clothiers four. The Victorians, out hit by a 9 to 6 margin, were more opportune than the visitors and led throughout after posting a four-spot in the second canto. Winning tosser “Doc” Balcom added nine complete innings to his seven frames of mound toil in a relief role from the early tussle. Outfielder Carroll of the Islanders as well as Ernie Woods, Lorne Foley and Ernie Joliffe of the Clothiers all racked up a brace of swats.
Balcom (W), Gravelin (9) and Townsley
Robertson (L), Gourlay (6) and S. Whyte
No evidence was found in the late September 1920 editions of the Vancouver Sun that a third and final game in this series was ever played.