1920 Saskatchewan Game Reports     

SASKATCHEWAN SENIOR AMATEUR

Select players from the 1920 Regina Northside Baseball League, known collectively as the Victorias, had occasional inter-city exhibition games against the Moose Jaw amateur all-star aggregation, tabbed as the Millers.

(August 13)  In their fourth meeting of the season, the Moose Jaw diamond pastimers pounded the Regina Victorias 15 to 6 in a hard-hitting affair at Park Exhibition in the Queen City. The Vics started out like world beaters, having a two-run lead until the end of the fourth panel, when the visitors started on a hitting rampage and were never headed thereafter. Shortpatcher McComb led the Mill City balltossers at the platter with four base blows, all doubles, which drove in a quartet of counters. Hot corner custodian Armstrong followed with a two-bagger and a brace of singles which also produced four tallies.

Haigh (W), Lloyd (5) and Phillips
Ward (L), Eagle (5) and Irvin


SASKATOON CITY BASEBALL LEAGUE

Nothing was found in print to indicate that a 1920 playoff final series was held between Fawcett’s (first-half winners) and the Fifth Battalion (second-half winners).

Instead, an all-star aggregation from the four member teams in Saskatoon was formed and played a best-of-five challenge series against the Prince Albert All-Stars for the 1920 Northern Saskatchewan crown.


PRINCE ALBERT CITY BASEBALL LEAGUE SUDDEN-DEATH FINAL

Shamrocks (first-series champions) vs Knights of Columbus (second-series winner)

(September 2)  The Shamrocks bounced the Knights of Columbus 9 to 0 to easily capture the 1920 Prince Albert City Baseball League title and the Wright Cup. Winning moundsman Frank Lyle struck out five in tossing a one-hitter.

Marshall (L), Lee (2) and McNeil
Lyle (W) and Sprainer


NORTHERN SPORTS LEAGUE

TEAMS
Canwood
Leask
Parkside
Shellbrook

Final Standings
Parkside     4 – 2     .667
Leask        4 – 2     .667
Shellbrook   2 – 3     .400
Canwood      1 – 4     .200

Neither a first-place tie-breaker nor any playoffs played


1920 NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN SENIOR AMATEUR BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Prince Albert City League All-Stars vs Saskatoon City League All-Stars (best-of-five series)

(September 6)  The Saskatoon contingent invaded Prince Albert  for doubleheader action and copped the first two tussles in the best-of-five series, downing their hosts 2 to 1 in the opener and then doubling the gang from the Gateway to the North 4 to 2 in the late encounter. First baseman Campbell had three hits for the winning Hub City nine in the curtain raiser. 

Lyle (W) and Taylor
Lee (L) and McNeil

Merrill Falby earned the complete game mound triumph for the Saskatonians in the finale, spinning a two-hitter. Keystone sacker Allen registered both Prince Albert hits. 

Falby (W) and Taylor
Thompson, (L), Lee and McNeil 

(September 7)  Saskatoon completed the sweep by edging the tough Prince Albert squad 2 to 1 as winning tosser Lawson Atcheson limited the vanquished nine to just one safety. Abe Schrader’s seventh-inning two-bagger drove in the winning marker.

Cummings (L) and McNeil 
Atcheson (W) and Taylor


REGINA NORTHSIDE BASEBALL LEAGUE

A five-team circuit, the 1920 Regina Northside Baseball League provided players for the Regina Victorias, the squad representing the Queen City in inter-city competition, most frequently against an elite group of senior amateurs from Moose Jaw, known as the Millers.

Teams
Imperial Oil
R.C.M.P.
Success College
Winners Club
Y.M.C.A. 

(August 3)  Winners and the Y.M.C.A. played an exciting and hard-fought 12-inning game at Park de Young which had to be curtailed because of darkness. The hostilities ended in a 6 – 6 saw-off in which the lead vacillated back-and-forth until the very end as the lowly Y’s Men gave the top-dog Clubmen everything they had. With ducks on the pond, outer pasture defender Knowles made a shoe-string catch in the eleventh frame which undoubtedly saved the game for Winners. Then, in the third session of overtime, Winners’ catcher Stew Leigh nailed a solo homer but the Y.M.C.A. gang came right back with a singleton in their half of the stanza to tie the count. Leigh had a pair of one-baggers in addition to his tater to lead all swatters. Second baseman Slovich had a double and two singles for the vanquished nine.

Bannister and Leigh
Peters and Parker

(August 4)  Overcoming a lead at which one time amounted to the stupendous proportions of seven runs, the Imperial Oil team delighted their following by squeezing out an 11 to 10 victory over the R.C.M.P. at Park de Young. Russell Cook was on the slab for the victorious Oilmen who were outswatted to the tune of 15 to 11. Keystone sacker Terence Kain used his mighty cudgel and his fleet legs to drive in three counters in addition to plating a pair himself, accounting, therefore, for nearly half of the Imperial tallies. Rival shortpatchers, George Hay of the victors and the Mounties’ Stew Lindsay, both stung the horsehide for three safeties.

Cook (W) and McInnis
Rogers, Lewis (L) and Timmis

(August 5)  Getting away to a flying start, the Success College diamond pastimers cruised to a 10 to 6 conquest of the Y.M.C.A. A big nine-spot in the opening stanza pretty well sealed the deal for the Collegians who, over the course of the nine frames, were out-hit by a 13 to 11 margin. Leading willow wielders in the fracas were shortstop Elder and first-inning fireman Slovich of the Y’s Men who both creamed the orb for a triad of bingles.

Menlove (W) and Irvin
Ditlove (L), Slovich (1) and Parker

(August 6)  The diamond troopers representing the Winners Club cemented their Northside League pennant-winning campaign with a subjugation of the Imperial Oil aggregation at Park de Young. Final score, game details and batteries not available.

(August 10)  Portside chucker Morris Menlove stymied the previously unbeaten Winners’ nine on four hits in leading the Success College diamondeers to a convincing 9 to 1 triumph over the league leaders. The left-handed swatters from Winners were virtually helpless against the southpaw slants of Menlove. Pacing the 11-hit offense of the victors were third baseman Bill Molisky and Menlove who both ripped a double and single.

Bannister (L) and Spence
Menlove (W) and Irwin 

Standings
Winners               9       1      .900
R.C.M.P.              7       4      .636
Success College       5       4      .556
Y.M.C.A.              2       8      .200
Imperial Oil          1       7      .125

(August 11)  Imperial Oil moved out of the cellar of the Regina Northside Baseball League by clobbering the Y.M.C.A. aggregation 11 to 2. Winning moundsman George Hay whiffed 13 batters while yielding six hits. First baseman Heffernan and Hay both stroked a trio of safe swats with one of Heffernan’s blows falling in for two bases. 

Hay (W) and McInnis
Slovich (L) and Parker

(August 12)  Winners defeated the R.C.M.P. 9 to 8 in a wild an exciting Northside League fixture. A bases-loaded single by flychaser Vadis Lindsay in the bottom of the ninth panel drove in the tying and winning markers for the Clubmen.

Holmes, Lewis (L) and and Lewis, Timmis
Leigh, Conrod, Bannister (W) and Spence

Final Standings        W      L       Pct.
Winners               10      1      .909
Success College        6      4      .600
R.C.M.P.               7      5      .583
Imperial Oil           2      8      .200
Y.M.C.A.               2      9      .182

(August 21)  The Winners Club and the Dominion Life squad of Moose Jaw divided an exhibition twin-bill in the Queen City with the hosts prevailing 11 to 0 in the opener and the Insurance Men rebounding for an 11 to 1 decision in the nightcap.

McEwan (L) and R. Johnson
Menlove (W) and Leigh

Haig (W) and R. Johnson
Bannister (L), Menlove and Leigh


MOOSE JAW COMMERCIAL BASEBALL LEAGUE FINAL SERIES

Shaw’s Candy Factory (first-half winners) vs the Press (second-half winners) 
Best-of-three series


(September 11)  Coming from behind, the Shaw Candy Boys scored an 8 to 7 victory over the Press in the free-swinging opener of the best-of-three series. Neither pitcher was at his best as the two clubs accumulated 26 base hits with the victors accounting for 14 of them. Second baseman Furchner led the winners at the dish with a double and a pair of one-baggers. Losing twirler Gibson drilled a triple to go along with a brace of singles.

Gallant (W) and Armstrong
Gibson (L) and R. Johnson

(September 14)  The Press drew even with Shaw’s in the Commercial League finals when they bombarded losing chucker George Haigh for 15 base blows in romping to a 9 to 4 triumph. Winning tosser Jim MacDonald struck out nine, walked an equal number and limited the Candy Makers to three hits in taking the complete game victory. First sacker Joe Upex was tops with the willow for the winners as he blasted a home run and a double.

MacDonald (W) and R. Johnson
Haigh (L) and Armstrong

(September 16)  Behind the one-hit pitching of big Jim MacDonald, the Press captured the 1920 Moose Jaw Commercial League championship with a 4 to 1 win over the Shaw’s Candy Factory team. Losing pitcher George Haigh also had a stellar game on the hillock, surrendering just four hits. MacDonald whiffed eleven while Haigh fanned seven. Shortstop Gibson of the Press nine was the only batter to register two hits, coming through with a double and a single.

Haigh (L) and Armstrong
MacDonald (W) and R. Johnson


YORKTON, INDEPENDENT

An independent club, the 1920 Yorkton seniors were one of the top non-pro clubs on the prairies. According to the calculations of the local Yorkton paper, the team played 55 games, posting 43 wins, 8 losses and 4 ties.

(June 5)   Playing at Kamsack, the Yorkton nine took both games of Saturday's double-header, 8-4 and 8-2.

(June 9)  Yorkton scored twice in the first inning and twice in the seventh and last frame to edge Kamsack 4-3 in the opening game of a Wednesday double-header. Trailing 3-2, Lamson reached on an error and "Dude" Eckhardt singled to set the stage for Thor Thorarinson who smacked a single to plate both runners  to give Yorkton the lead. The home squad got one in the bottom of the final but fell just short. Sigurdson got the win scattering nine hits while Thrall, who allowed just six, took the loss.

Sigurdson (W) and Thorarinson
Thrall (L) and Lynch

Yorkton also took the second game, 6-1, behind the hurling of Lefty Kaye.

Kaye (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 10)  At Melville, the home squad delighted the local fans with a 10-4 upset of the powerful Yorkton independents. 

(June 18)  Yorkton had little trouble with Oakhill Friday notching a 12-4 victory.  The visitors scored all their runs in the third inning, helped by Yorkton bobbles.

Gus Smith (L) and Leah
Sigurdson, Kaye and Thorarinson

(June 22)  Yorkton captured top money at the eight-team Binscarth Tournament Tuesday defeating Welwyn in the final as Lefty Kaye hurled a gem. They romped over Churchbridge 13-1 after opening the tourney with a victory over Russell with both Hank Sigurdson and Kaye handling the mound work.  Sam Sigurdson's homer against Russell was one of the longest drives ever at the Binscarth diamond.

(June 26)   Churchbridge managed just three hits off Sigurdson but posted a 6-2 win over Yorkton Saturday. Yorkton took the lead with a pair in the first inning, helped by two third strike pitches dropped by the Churchbridge catcher, but Everett settled down to blank Yorkton the rest of the way. Churchbridge collected three in the first on a hit and two errors, added one in the sixth on a walk and two errors and finished with two in the eighth on a hit and three errors. Yorkton cracked three hits in the fifth but had two of the runners cut down at the plate.

Sigurdson (L) and xxx
Everett (W) and Montgomery

(June 29)   At the eight-team McNutt Tournament, Yorkton again won top money sailing through the competition. They whipped Roblin 8-1 in their opener behind Sigurdson, then dropped Tumble as Lefty Kaye hurled and crushed Calder in the final, 11-0.

(July 1)   Yorkton fell behind 4-1 to Oak Hill in the fourth inning of the final but rebounded in a big way Thursday to capture the July 1st tournament at Melville.  Yorkton scored seven late runs to notch an 8-4 victory in the money game. Sigurdson hurled a four-hitter and fanned 13 in going the route for the winners. Gus Smith, who also had 13 strikeouts, took the loss.

Sigurdson (W) and Thorarinson
Gus Smith (L) and xxx

In their seven-inning first game, Yorkton jumped into the lead with a pair in the first inning on Cobb's two-bagger and romped to an easy 11-2 triumph behind Lefty Kaye.

Kaye (W) and Thorarinson
McDermid (L) and xxx

More than two thousand people attended the games.

(July 8)  At the Russell Tournament Thursday, Yorkton disposed of four contenders on the day to win the ten-team event.  Sigurdson tossed a shutout as Yorkton blanked Welwyn 6-0 in their opening game. Lefty Kaye handled the mound work in a 12-3 win over Churchbridge and, in their toughest battle of the day, Yorkton got by Russell 5-1 in a semi-final contest. The final was a runaway as Yorkton staged their biggest swatfest of the season driving in 19 runs in five innings. Solsgirth, with none, quit at the end of the fifth.

(July 12)   The Kamsack tournament turned into a fiasco Monday as Yorkton walked off the field, and forfeited their second game to Kamsack, to protest the umpiring. They had posted a 5-0 win over Stenen in the first round.

(July 14)   At the Churchbridge Sports Day, Yorkton won yet again defeated both Churchbridge teams, 10-2 and 3-0.  Lefty Kaye tossed the shutout for Yorkton besting Everett for the host nine.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

Kaye (W) and Thorarinson
Everett (L) and Montgomery

(July 19)   Yorkton and Broadview's second team tied for first money at the Broadview Tournament Monday as the teams fought to a 5-5 draw in a game called after six innings because of darkness. Yorkton had taken the lead with three in the first and another two in the top of the second but, on three hits and three errors, Broadview notched five in the second to knot the count.

In their first game, Yorkton came from behind with three in the seventh inning to edge Melville 6-5.  Singles by Hank Sigurdson and Sam Sigurdson, two errors and a pair of ground outs provided enough for the victory. In the bottom of the seventh, McDougall smacked a three-bagger for Melville but was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into a home run.

Kaye, Sigurdson and Thorarinson
Brillon (L) and McDonald

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 20)   Filling in for the Colored Giants, who were held up at the border by immigration officials, Melville rushed to Yorkton to take on the locals before a crowd of about 500. The game didn't start until 7:45 and lasted just five innings before darkness intervened. Yorkton, behind Lefty Kaye's two-hitter, prevailed 3-0. Brillon, for Melville, allowed just three hits. All three runs came in the third inning as Doole led off with a two-bagger and scored on a throwing error. With two runners aboard on walks, Eckhardt's long blow brought in a pair.

Brillon (L) and McDonald
Kaye (W) and Thorarinson

(July 26)   Yorkton broke up a tight game with a seven run outburst in the fifth inning and dumped Churchbridge 9-0 as Lefty Kaye & Hank Sigurdson combined on a a two-hitter.  In the seventh, Eckhardt singled in a pair after Yorkton loaded the bases on a lead-off hit by Doole, a walk to Tait and a single by Sam SigurdsonVannest drove in another and Hank Sigurdson's two-bagger brought in two more. Doole, up for the second time in the inning, drove in two when his hit to short was fumbled by Anderson.

Everett (L), A.Johnson and J.Montgomery
Kaye, Sigurdson (W) (2) and Thorarinson

(July 27)   At the four-team Stornoway Sports Day, Yorkton has an easy time with a pair of shutouts, 5-0 over Calder and 11-0 over Rhein.  The twin victories brought the team's record to 31 wins, 1 tie and 4 loses. Lefty Kaye had the first game victory with Sigurdson tossing the shutout in the second.

(August 4)   After being held to a tie by Broadview in their last meeting, Yorkton made certain Wednesday, pounding out 13 hits in a 12-0 thrashing. Lefty Kaye held the visitors to just two hits.

Spike Collins (L) and Collins
Kaye (W) and Thorarinson

(August 6)  In the best game of the season at Yorkton, the locals battled to a 3-3 draw Friday with the Brandon Greys in an exhibition tilt at the Fair Grounds. The game was called after nine innings as Brandon had to catch the train for the ride home. Lefty Kaye was superb for the locals with a five-hit, 16-strikeout performance. Robinson yielded just seven for Brandon. Brandon took the lead with a run in the second inning as Wilkinson walked, advanced on a passed ball and came home when Yorkton's centre fielder lost Brandt's fly ball in the sun. In the fourth Wilkinson tripled and scored on Brandt's single.  Yorkton roared back in the fifth, scoring all three of its runs. "Dude" Eckhardt's two-bagger drove in Doole and Tait and Cobb followed with a single to put Yorkton in the lead 3-2. However, the visitors got the tying marker in the sixth on Lorne Chabot's single to right. The game drew the largest and most enthusiastic crowd of the season.

Robinson and Brandt
Kaye and Thorarinson

(August 12)   In what was called "one of the greatest ball games in Yorkton's history" the locals defeated the Brandon Greys 6-3 Thursday to add to their outstanding season.  Both teams played errorless ball and featured strong defensive play.  A five-run explosion in the fifth inning for Yorkton proved enough for the win. Yorkton punched out ten hits, two each by Tait, Sam Sigurdson and Hank Sigurdson. Brandon had nine, with Cochlan, Alex Falconer and Glen Cousley, each with two.  Lefty Kaye went the route, with eight strikeouts, for the win.

Early (L) and Cochlan
Kaye (W) and Thorarinson

(August 14)   Playing at Brandon, Yorkton split a pair, losing the first game 8-3 before notching a 3-2 win in the second. The Greys broke a 2-2 tie with five runs in the fifth inning in the first game victory. Early racked up 14 strikeouts, with two free passes, in posting the pitching win over Sigurdson. He also led the hitters, smacking a double and two singles for Brandon. Shortstop Herb Stuart and first sacker Lorne Chabot each had a pair of safeties. Lamson and Tait had two hits apiece for Yorkton.

Sigurdson (L) and Thorarinson
Early (W) and Cochlan

George "Lefty" Kaye held Brandon to five hits in the seven-inning second game to post the win. He had seven strikeouts. Shortstop Sam Sigurdson had the big bat for Yorkton pounding a home run in the first inning and later adding a two-bagger. Catcher Brandt had the big blow for Brandon, a triple in the sixth. However, he was thrown out trying to steal home.

Kaye (W) and Thorarinson
Crawford (L) and Brandt

(August 18)  Melville shaded Kamsack 3-2 to win the Yorkton Tournament. Leshler pitched a steady game for the winners, helped by an adroit infield.

Larsen, Gibson and xxx
Leshler (W) and xxx

In the first game. George Gibson, late of the Moose Jaw Robin Hoods of the Western Canada League, was superb in going the full 10-innings as Kamsack downed Yorkton 4-1. In the top of the tenth, Kamsack got three singles and a two-bagger to push in three runs for the victory. Sigurdson took the loss.

Gibson (W) and Lynch
Sigurdson (L) and Thorarinson

The third game, between the two losers, Yorkton and Kamsack, ended abruptly when Kamsack quit the field after Yorkton had scored twice in the opening frame.

(August 31)   Meanwhile, Yorkton had another successful diamond team that was feted at the Rex Cafe August 31st for their 14-4 campaign. Each member of the Yorkton Amateur Baseball Club was presented with a solid gold signet ring.  Those presented were Harold Ripple, catcher; Joe Conn, pitcher; Sam Sumky, pitcher; George Patrick, first base; C.Beck, second base; C.Boruff, third base; A. Smith, shortstop; A. McLeay, right field; G.Doidge, centre field; E.Schramm, left field, and M.Poulter, captain and manager.