1920 Tournaments / Exhibitions     


The Grand Forks Sun carried the following story on the 1920 tourney of May 24th featuring featuring Grand Forks BC & three teams from Washington state (Republic, Danville & Colville)

Grand Forks Wins From Republic, But Loses in the
Finals With the Colville Team

In the baseball, tournament on Monday May 24, Republic won from Danville 5 to 3, Curlew lost to Colville 10 to 0, Grand Forks won from Republic 8 to 7, but lost in the finals 9 to 2 to Colville.

The Grand Forks-Republic game was the most interesting of the day. Neither side scored in the. first. Republic tallied one in the second and another in the third. Nothing happened in the fourth, but the fifth was the lucky inning for Grand Forks when, during a wild batting rally, they ran in five runs. Republic did nothing in their half but, in the sixth, with Cagnon, the Grand Forks second sacker, laid out with a badly spiked ankle, they ran in three more, the locals having also scored two in their half. In the seventh, Cronant and Snyder scored for Republic making it a tie and things looked serious. However, with a speedy runner like McLeod on base, Kidwell also getting a place, Fielding came up with the mighty war club and did the business. It was enough. Only three men faced pitcher Duffield when Republic came to bat, two striking out and the other out on a fielder's fly. It was a good game and a fine finish.

The Grand Forks team, badly demoralized by Cagnon's accident, started in the next game without a rest and against the strongest team of the day. At that, they were not blanked, getting a run in the first inning, and also one in the third, with three men on bases. The second inning was bad for Grand Forks when Colville started a batting rally and scored four runs, having made one also in the first. Whitehead relieved Duffield in the box for Grand Forks, but poor support gave Colville four more runs before the end of the game, although it was the opinion of one of the umpires that Whitehead was the equal or superior of any other pitcher taking part in the tournament.

Grand Forks players : McLeod 2b, Kidwell s.s, Fielding r.f, Whitehead p, Atwood c , Jenne c.f., McIlwaine l.f, Siddell 3b., Duffield lb. Newbauer, Tepoortin and Brassard also took part while Cagnon 2b was out of the game because of an injury.

Colville players : Rogera s.s., Sill 2b., Hard c.f., Laird p, Butts c, Welch r.f., Trombley l.f.,Weroli lb, Smith 3b.


(August 2)   Craik captured the Southey Baseball Tournament Monday. Cupar finished second and Imperial Life of Regina was third. Imperial won two and lost one. They defeated Viscount 9-4 and Southey 5-0 but lost to Craik 2-0. Bill Lesher, formerly of Moose Jaw Robin Hoods, hurled the shutout for Craik.  The loss by Viscount was their first defeat after 18 straight victories.


(July 23)  Swift Current captured the 1920 Pennant tournament with a convincing 11 to 4 win over Cabri in the tournament final. Cabri held a 3 to 1 advantage after two innings of play and looked to be in good shape with eventual losing twirler “Lefty” Gainer in control. However, defensive lapses by his teammates plus the air-tight infield and stellar pitching provided by the Speedy Creekers proved to be the decisive factor. The starting Swift Current battery of catcher Johnny Newman and winning pitcher Tommy Fairbanks both had two hits for the winners as did the keystone combination of shortstop Wes Robinson and second sacker Abe Elliott.

Fairbanks (W), Peck (7) and Newman
Gainer (L) and Clarke

The best game of the tournament was played in semi-final action and saw pitcher Bill Brussick of Swift Current emerge with a no hit-no run victory as the Frontier Towners squeaked out a razor-thin 1 to 0 triumph over a very tough Sceptre nine. First baseman “Ivory” Daum picked up two of the winners’ three-hit total.

Brussick (W) and Newman
Basiren (L) and Mike McNeally

In first-round play, Cabri defeated Success and Sceptre knocked off Webb.