1921 Game Reports Vancouver     

1921 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1921 BC Interior 
1921 Vancouver Island   

Senior-level baseball in the Lower Mainland abounded in 1921 as every major circuit experienced expansion. Even the Asahi baseball club was represented by two entries, their established club in the City League and a new franchise, the Asahi Tigers, in the Terminal League.

Athletic Park – Commercial Baseball League home grounds. Also home to the professional Vancouver Beavers of the class B Pacific International Baseball League.

Recreation Park & Powell Street Grounds – Both diamonds used by Vancouver City League teams.

Con Jones Park – Terminal Baseball League headquarters.

Heather Park - home for most of the Twilight League contests.

Vancouver ball parks

1921 Vancouver City League

Final Standings
Province        16 - 5
Collingwood     14 - 7
C.P.R.          13 - 8
I.L.A.          13 - 8
Asahi           13 - 8
Adams            9 - 12
B.C. Electric    4 - 17
Hudson’s Bay     2 - 19

(May 2)  A great pitcher’s battle highlighted the opening game of the 1921 City League in which the Adams Billiards pastimers edged Collingwood 1 to 0 on the strength of an unearned bottom-of-the-final-frame marker. Both twirlers were in mid-season form, issuing but two hits apiece. Winning tosser Malley walked four and rang up 12 punchouts while hard-luck loser “Babe” Esplen issued just one base on balls, a walk which eventually resulted in the plating of the game’s lone run, and fanned 11 opposition batters. After whiffing the first two batters to face him in the seventh and final frame, Esplen issued a free pass to first sacker Frank McGauvran of the Pool Hustlers who then pilfered second and romped around to the counting station on an infield muff.

Esplen (L) and Smith
Malley (W) and Gardner

(May 3)  The C.P.R. and B.C. Electrical Repair teams opened up Recreation Park with the Railroaders winning a loosely-played darkness-shortened game by a 7 to 2 score. The Cee Pees got busy with the bats in the very first inning and, aided by the wildness of starter and loser Wen Grimmett, counted four runs in short order. Triumphant flinger Jack Tyrwhitt tossed a four-hitter, fanned eight and walked a pair. Tyrwhitt and outfielder Hooper both ripped a triad of base swats for the victors.

W. Grimmett (L), McDonald (6) and Widdows
Tyrwhitt (W) and Duncan

(May 4)  With the issue in doubt until the final frame, the Asahis won a tight 4 to 3 contest over the International Longshoremen’s Association baseballers, defending City League titlists. The Nippons, who held an 8 to 5 advantage in base hits, scored the winning marker in their last turn at bat by cuffing three solid base blows. Winning chucker Hatsu “Mickey” Kitagawa punched out 13 I.L.A. batters  while also delivering a brace of timely base raps. Shortstop Bouchard of the Stevedores was the only real thorn in Kitagawa’s outing, lighting him up for a round-tripper and a two-bagger. Fly chaser S. Yoshioka led the Asahis with the war club, pounding the pill for two doubles and a single. Joe Hamm took the loss.

H. Kitagawa (W) and Horii
Hamm (L) and Warren

(May 5)  Scoring four times in each of the first and second stanzas, the Province nine breezed to an 8 to 3 win over the Hudson’s Bay Company. Alex “Lefty” Simons went the route on the knoll for the Newspapermen, fashioning a seven-hitter, issuing nary a walk while whiffing eight. Three batters from each squad, Anderson, Kline and Rawlinson of the Retailers as well as R. Cameron, Charlie Mattock and Charlie Miron of the winners, each bagged a brace of safeties.

Simons (W) and Johnston
Anderson (L) and Kline

May 6)  Collingwood and the Asahis battled to a 1 – 1 stalemate in a game which had to be called after eight frames when darkness set in. In the second inning, “Gugey” Smith, the hard-working Collie backstop, got life on an error, stole the middle hassock and romped home on a clean single by Murray Lovely. The Nippons came right back in their half of the frame when Yuji Uchiyama, who had reached base on an error and advanced to the keystone sack on an infield out, was driven home by Tom Miyata’s well-placed bingle. Both chuckers were touched for just three hits. Collingwood’s “Babe” Esplen whiffed ten while Hatsu “Mickey” Kitagawa of the Asahis fanned seven. Lovely, with two singles, was the game’s only multi-hit player.

H. Kitagawa and Horii
Esplen and Smith

(May 7)  With moundsman Harley Hooper in top form, the C.P.R. baseballers polished off the Adams Billiards nine 5 to 1 at Recreation Park. Hooper yielded five safeties and rang up seven strikeouts in taking the route-going hill decision. He was ably supported at the plate by teammates N. “Abe” Cross who went yard with a four-ply dinger and G. Suckling who ripped a brace of one-baggers. Playing-manager Ralph Gardner of the Pool Hall Gang collected a double and single.

McDonald (L), Malley (5) and Gardner
Hooper (W) and Duncan

(May 11)  Clouting the ball with regular authority, the diamondeers representing Adams Billiards came out on the heavy side of a 6 to 2 verdict in their City League scuffle with the Asahis. The Billiard Bunch roughed up loser “Mickey” Kitagawa for 13 safeties while the Nippons nicked winning tosser Malley for six bingles. Outfielder D. Garnham paced the Pool Hustlers offensively with a sharp two-sacker and a pair of singles. Teammates Malley, McCartney and Merle McDonald rattled off two safe cracks each. Asahi third sacker Sutejirio Yoshioka collected a double and a single.

H. Kitagawa (L) and Horii
Malley (W) and Gardner

(May 13)  Pitcher Ivy McDonald punched out ten Hudson’s Bay batters while yielding but a lone safety, a one-bagger, as he boosted the B. C. Electrical Repair crew to a 7 to 0 whitewashing of the Retailers at the Powell Street grounds. In addition to his superb knoll toiling, McDonald pounded out three of his team’s six hits, one of which was a clean double. Hot corner custodian Bill Widdows also starred at bat for the Streetcarmen, stroking a brace of timely singles.

Rawlinson (L) and Vater
McDonald (W) and M. Grimmett

(May 16)  The Hudson’s Bay diamond pastimers were overwhelmed by the hurling of Frank McGauvran as they dropped a 7 to 3 verdict to the Adams Billiards contingent at the Powell Street facility. McGauvran whiffed 13 of the Baymen while holding them down to three hits. Fly chaser Keeley of the Snookermen singled twice, the only swatter from either side to collect more than one hit.

McGauvran (W) and Gardner
Vater (L), Anderson and Kline, Vater

(May 18)  The I.L.A. nine came through with three counters in their final turn at bat to edge the B. C. Electrical Repair squad 8 to 7. Both aggregations racked up ten base blows with winning flinger King of the Dockers as well as outfielder Sawyer, initial sacker J. Mullett and third baseman Bill Widdows of the Carmen each stroking a brace of swats.

W. Grimmett (L) and Boyes
King (W) and J. Warren

(May 20)  With darkness beginning to envelop the skies and the distinct possibility of a 2 – 2 tie game looming large, Cyril Masi of the baseballers representing the International Longshoremen’s Association stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth stanza and quickly ended proceedings, going yard with a solo tater which propelled the Stevedores to an exciting 3 to 2 conquest of Adams Billiards. The Pool Hustlers had their opportunities, out hitting the Longshoremen 9 to 5, but it took Masi’s circuit-dinger to decide the contest. Masi also ripped a pair of singles to emerge with a three-hit game, the best offensive production on either side.

Hann (W) and L. Warren
Malley (L) and Gardner

(May 21)  Heavy hitting by the C.P.R. team resulted in their 15 to 1 swamping of Hudson’s Bay in a one-sided contest at Recreation Park. The Baymen tallied their lone run of the skirmish in the top of the first frame but it was all downhill after that for them. Leading the Railroaders’ 15-hit onslaught against a trio of H.B.C. chuckers was outfielder Amos who slugged a home run, double and single. Winning flinger Mills, keystone sacker G. Scott, first baseman G. Fitch and shortstop Howard Proctor all chipped in with a couple of base knocks.

Anderson (L), Rawlinson (5), Jopson (5) and Vater
Mills (W) and Duncan

(May 25)  Plating all of their runs in the opening canto, Collingwood knocked off B. C. Electrical Repair 5 to 0. The difference in the game was the string of consecutive errors committed by Streetcar Repairman in the first panel. Neither team showed much, if anything, with the lumber, both struggling with one-hit offenses. Winning heaver “Babe” Esplen struck out nine while hard-luck loser Ivy McDonald fanned ten.

Esplen (W) and Smith
McDonald (L) and Boyes, Widdows

Standings                W       L        Pct.
Province                 2       0      1.000
I.L.A.                   2       1       .667
Collingwood              2       1       .667
Adams Billiards          3       2       .600
C.P.R.                   3       2       .600
Asahis                   2       2       .500
B.C.E.R.                 1       3       .250
Hudson’s Bay             0       4       .000

(May 26)  A two-run rally in their final turn at bat lifted the Province nine to a 5 to 4 triumph over Adams Billiards. Charlie Mattock’s triple drove in the tying tally and then, Alex “Lefty” Simons, in a pinch-hitting role, delivered a clean single to bring Mattock to the dish with the winning counter. Mattock earlier had drilled a two-run homer. It was a free-hitting affair with the Newspapermen holding an 11 to 10 margin in base raps. Aside from Mattock’s power surge, other swatters of note in this tussle were L. McGauvran of the Pool Cues who tripled and singled and teammate Ralph Gardner who smacked a two-bagger and single.

Smitheringale, Arthur (W) (5) and Roblin
Malley (L) and Gardner

(May 27)  The C.P.R. gang of baseballers tried out a couple of new chuckers but the experiment backfired when the swatsmiths from I.L.A. won out by a lopsided 12 to 3 score. A seven-run outburst in the fourth inning essentially settled the issue. Dockers’ hurler King went the distance to earn the mound triumph on a six-hitter. He also aided his cause by pounding a triple and double. Teammate Stickney clubbed a round-tripper to add further support.

King (W) and G. Warren
Whiteside (L), Devlin (4), Tyrwhitt (6) and Duncan

(May 28)  A fumbling crew of B. C. Electrical Repairmen committed no less than 13 errors in throwing away a 10 to 4 decision to the Asahis. A myriad of bunts laid down by the Nippons precipitated the fielding meltdown. Acquiring just five hits, the Japanese nine really didn’t need to hit well with the wheels falling off for the Streetcarmen. Asahi catcher Yo Horii and Bill Widdows of the Repairmen, both with a couple of one-baggers, led their respective nines at the dish.

Black (L) and Boyes
H. Kitagawa (W), Uchiyama (6) and Horii 

(May 30)  The Collingwood aggregation won out over the Hudson’s Bay squad 8 to 4 at the Powell Street grounds. Taking an early 3 to 0 lead, the Collies won with ease, piling up 12 safeties to just four for the Baymen. Outer pasture guardian Murray Lovely hammered a home run and double for Collingwood while teammate Joliffe stung the pill for a three-bagger and single. Outfielder Jopson, with a brace of one-baggers, was best with the willow for the Retailers.

Simmons/Simons (L), Adams (4) and Allinson/Allison 
Sparkes/Sparks, Payne (W) (4) and Smith

(May 31)  The B. C. Electric Repair nine defeated Adams Billiards 1 to 0 in an exciting City League pitching joust at Recreation Park. Both winning pitcher Ivy McDonald and losing moundsman Les Traeger were nicked for just five hits in going the route. McDonald rang up 13 strikeouts to 12 for Traeger. The Streetcarmen picked up the only run of the contest in the second canto when middle gardener Doug Irvine reached first on an error, pilfered second and scampered home on a sharp single by catcher “Tat” Boyes. Keystone sacker W. Morrise of the Repairmen and Adams’ outfielder Merle McDonald each stroked two singles.

McDonald (W) and Boyes
Traeger (L) and Gardner 

(June 1)  An anticipated close battle for second place in the City Baseball circuit evolved instead into a one-sided 16 to 3 victory for Collingwood over I.L.A. Winning pitcher Baden “Babe” Esplen tamed the Dockers on six bingles while fanning eleven. Murray Lovely, youthful Collie flychaser, was the batting hero of the evening as his contribution on the alter of swat consisted of a single, two doubles and a triple. First sacker Joliffe of the winners came through with a three-bagger and double.

Hann (L), King (3) and xxx
Esplen (W) and xxx

(June 2)  The Hudson’s Bay Company contingent roared out of the gate in quest of their initial win of the campaign and scored six first-inning markers. However, the Asahis plated three bottom-of-the-final-frame counters to derail the illusion and salvage an 11 – 11 tie with the Retailers. The Baymen showed unusual strength at the dish, outswatting the Nippons by a 15 to 11 margin. First baseman Jopson singled four times while newly-recruited backstop Joe Shillingford hammered a triple, double and one-bagger in his inaugural appearance of the season. Outfielder Allinson also did well with the baton, slamming a double and a brace of singles, a feat replicated by Hatsu “Mickey” Kitagawa of the Asahi nine.

Lepine, Adams (2) and Shillingford
Furumoto, H. Kitagawa (1) and S. Yoshioka, Horii

(June 3)  The Province squad remained undefeated by nosing out the C.P.R. baseballers 5 to 4. The Newspapermen broke a 4 – 4 tie in their final at bat when Charlie Miron smashed a two-ply clout and reached third base on a bobble by the retrieving outfielder. He then crossed the dish with the winning tally when teammate A. Porter whacked a two-bagger. First sacker Charlie Mattock singled on three occasions for the victors while Miron collected a single in addition to his double. Shortstop Howard Proctor and outfielder Westwood both singled twice for the Railroaders.

Tyrwhitt (L) and Duncan
Simons (W) and Johnston

(June 4)  In a torrid, see-saw struggle at Recreation Park, the Collingwood club strengthened their second-place position in the City League by taking a 7 to 4 verdict from Adams Billiards. The game featured a 16-strikeout mound performance by the Collies’ Baden “Babe” Esplen. Fly chasers Murray Lovely and Al Finlayson paced the victors offensively with a brace of swats each with Lovely’s deuce of raps including a four-bagger and Finlayson’s total a double.

Esplen (W) and Smith
Traeger, Malley (L) (5) and Gardner

(June 7)  The batting fraternity within the I.L.A. dugout took precedence in their City League skirmish with the Asahis. After the dust had settled, the Longshoremen counted 11 base blows for the evening, three of them doubles, in their 9 to 2 conquest of the Nippons. Leading the Stevedores with the lumber was first baseman J. Harmon who ripped three safeties while winning chucker King, outfielder A. Masi and shortstop Bouchard each slapped out a couple of bingles.

King (W) and I. Warren
H. Kitagawa (L), Uchiyama (5) and Nagano/Nakano

(June 8)  Alex “Lefty” Simons tamed the Hudson’s Bay Company diamondeers on one hit as the Province baseballers blanked the Retailers 4 to 0 at the Powell Street grounds. Losing flinger Rawlinson was no slouch, yielding just three safeties and, until the last stanza, was only in arrears by a single counter. Nary a swatter from either side managed more than one safety as Charlie Mattock’s two-bagger for the Newspapermen was the only extra-base knock of the clash. 

Simons (W) and Stewart
Rawlinson (L) and Shillingford

(June 9)  Les Traeger’s speedball baffled the C.P.R. aggregation for most of the game as he twirled the Adams Billiards Brigade to a 4 to 1 conquest of the Railroaders at Recreation Park. McGauvran’s two-base smash in the fourth panel drove in the first two markers for the victors. Another Adams tally came over in the fifth. They added still another in the sixth on a double by Gardner followed by Malley’s three-bagger. Back-to-back doubles by Charlie Finch and losing flinger Jack Tyrwhitt brought in the only Cee Pee counter in the final frame.

Traeger (W) and xxx
Tyrwhitt (L) and xxx

(June 10)  Playing in a drizzling rain, Collingwood soundly defeated the Asahis 7 to 1. A five-run Collie outburst in the second chapter spelled doom for the men from the Isle of Nippon. Baden “Babe” Esplen, serving the slants for the victors, stymied the Asahis on three hits. Backstop “Gugey” Smith cuffed three safeties, including two doubles, for the Eastsiders. Teammate H. Hart chipped in with a brace of one-baggers.

H. Kitagawa (L) and Horii
Esplen (W) and Smith

(June 11)  In a rather listless game played at Recreation Park, the International Longshoremen bounced the winless Hudson’s Bay aggregation 5 to 1. Hann, the I.L.A. twirler, went the route on the bump, surrendering four hits while fanning an equal number of Department Store batters. Backstop Warren of the Dockers reeled in two doubles and a one-bagger to head the hit parade. Rival catcher Joe Shillingford had two of the four safeties, one being a triple, garnered by the Baymen.

Rawlinson (L) and Shillingford
Hann (W) and Warren

(June 13)  With their undefeated record on the line, the Province baseballers responded from a one-run deficit to snatch a last-inning 4 to 3 win from the B. C. Electric Repair. Hard-luck loser Ivy McDonald pitched superbly for the Repairmen, limiting the Newspapermen to only three base raps. The Streetcar Repairmen accumulated eight safeties including a pair off the bat of outfielder Vance. Fly chaser Jenkins’ three-bagger drove teammate A. Porter over the pan with the tying counter. Then, Alex “Lefty” Simons, who seems to delight in winning lost games with his bat, hoisted up a sacrifice fly which allowed Jenkins to tally the winner. 

Smitheringale (W), Arthur (7) and Roblin, Johnstone
McDonald (L) and Boyes

(June 14)   Keeley cracked a home run, two singles and scored three times to paced Adams Billiards to a 12-0 romp over the Asahis at Recreation Park.  Adams plated three in the first inning and coasted to the easy win. Les Traeger fired a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts for the winners. First sacker McGauvran poked a triple and double for Adams.

Traeger (W) and Gardner
Y.Uchiyama (L), Furumoto and Horii

(June 15)  Collingwood was administered a coat of whitewash by the C.P.R. aggregation who blanked them 5 to 0 at the Powell Street grounds. The Railroaders had only four hits to five acquired by the Collies but were better able to manufacture scoring opportunities into runs. Outfielder Charlie Finch was the most reliable of the Cee Pee swatters, slamming two doubles, the second of which cleared the bases. In total, he picked up four RBI’s. 

Mills (W) and Duncan
Payne (L), Olson (5) and Smith

(June 16)  Hudson's Bay got its first win of the season topping B.C. Electric 4-3 in an extra inning. Tied 2-2 after seven regulation frames, the Bay boys got two runs in the top of the eighth on Timmins' hard drive through the box to centre field. The railroaders came back with one in the bottom of the eighth but fell short. Adams went the distance for the pitching win. The Bay gang had just a tie to show for their first eight games.

Adams (W) and xxx
Grimmett, McDonald (L) (7) and xxx

Province       7 - 0
Collingwood    6 - 2
I.L.A.         5 - 2
Adams          5 - 5
C.P.R.         4 - 5
Asahis         3 - 5
B.C.E.R.       2 - 6
Hudson's Bay   1 - 7

(June 21)   In a thrilling finish at Recreation Park Tuesday, the Longshoremen scored in the seventh to tie 3-3 and erupted for five in the extra inning, the eighth, to dump B.C. Electrics 8-3.  Warren's two-base smash with two out brought in the seventh inning marker to force the extra frame.  Hann went the distance for the win to best Ivy McDonald of the Electrics. Both racked up 14 strikeouts. Porter led the winners with three for three while McDonald lashed out three doubles for the losers.

McDonald (L), Grimmett (8) and Boyes
Hann (W) and Warren

(June 22)  Before a crowd of 4,000 wildly partisan fans, the Province won their eighth straight Wednesday evening downing Collingwood.  Alex "Lefty" Simons hurled his sixth consecutive win in going the distance for the winners.

xxx and xxx
Simons (W) and xxx

(June 23)   The C.P.R. cracked out 16 hits including a homer by Howard Proctor, Finch's three-bagger and two doubles apiece by Irvine and Duncan to trounce Hudson's Bay 14-2.  Irvine, Fitch and Duncan each scored three times. A six-run second inning put the game on ice.  Mills hurled a three-hitter for the win.

Rawlinson (L) and Shillingford
Mills (W) and Duncan

(June 23)  A trio of Charlies top the Vancouver City League in hitting in the official statistics up to June 23rd.  A pair of batsmen for the Province are the leading hitters with Charlie Miron hitting at a .484 clip and Charlie Mattock sits at .481. Charlie Finch of the C.P.R. is third, with a .455 mark.

(June 25)  The Longshoremen took advantage of an Adams error in the final frame to get a man on base and Warren knocked him in to give the Dockers a 2-1 victory.  Hann was the winning hurler, fanning eight, while Les Traeger struck out eleven in a losing cause.

Hann (W) and xxx
Traeger (L) and xxx

(June 25)   Asahis scored two in the top of the first inning and made them stand up for a 2-1 decision over the Province in a pitchers' duel at Powell Street grounds.  Yo Horii, the sturdy Asahi receiver slugged a home run with Eddie Kitagawa aboard with a single, for all of the winner's scoring. The Newspapermen rallied in the final inning. Porter led off with a smash that had the ear makers of a home run but Kitagawa, racing at full speed, speared the ball and hung on as the crowd applauded.  Pinch hitters Worley and Alex Simons came through with back-to-back singles and one run came in on an infield out but Hatsu "Mickey" Kitagawa got a fly ball to right to end the game. Len Arthur took the loss giving up just four hits. Asahis had seven steals, two each by Joe Niimi and Iga.

Arthur (L) and Johnston
H.Kitagawa (W) and Horii

(June 28)  Scoring in every inning but the last, Collingwood demolished Hudson's Bay 17-0 Tuesday. Shortstop Tom Payne, who scored four times, led the hit parade with a home run. Catcher "Gugey" Smith, with three hits and three runs, poked a three-bagger, and Murray Lovely and winning pitcher Frank "Brick" Sager had doubles.  Sager allowed just five hits in hurling the shutout.

Sager (W) and Smith
Adams (L), Vater and Shillingford

(July 01)   The I.L.A. balltossers swept a holiday double-header from the Nanaimo All-Stars, 12-8 and 8-2.  In the afternoon contest, King led the way for the Longshoremen with three doubles and a single in four trips to the plate.

Ferguson (L) and xxx
Griffith (W) and xxx

A second inning homer by Harmon of the Dockers highlighted the evening game as I.L.A. won, 8-2.  Dockers' relief pitcher W. Beattie provided some excitement in the sixth inning when, with two out, he walked three in succession to load the bases before getting a strike out to end the frame.

Hann (W) and xxx
A.Beattie (L), W.Beattie (5) and W.Beattie, Boyd (5)

(July 02)   The Asahis cracked out 12 hits, five for extra bases, Saturday to crush Hudson's Bay 17-3. Shortstop Iga rapped a triple and single, catcher Yo Horii had a double and single and scored four times. Second baseman M.Yoshioka smacked a pair of two-baggers and added two runs. Eddie Kitagawa, in centre field, had a double and single and S. Yoshioka had two hits and two runs. Yuji Uchiyama and Hatsu "Mickey" Kitagawa combined to hold the Bay to six hits.

Rawlinson (L) and Shillingford
Uchiyama, H.Kitagawa and Horii

(July 04)   Les Traeger yielded just two hits and whiffed 14 Monday as Adams Billiards blanked B.C. Electric 3-0. The winners got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Frank McGauvran reached on an error and came home on Merle McDonald's two-sacker. Another error in the fifth preceded McGauvran's double and Adams got its final run in the sixth on a circuit blow by right fielder Archambault.

W.Grimmett (L) and M.Grimmett
Traeger (W) and McGauvran

(July 05)  In a wild and woolly one, which is under protest, the Province clipped the C.P.R. 11-7 in a contest which proved to be one of the hottest ding-dong battles of the season. 

The affair simply cannot be described as the boys injected every artifice known to the baseball catalogue into the proceedings, first one team and then the other would forge ahead. Bunting, base stealing, sacrifice hitting, triples, doubles and even a homer played their part in the wild fracas, and on the defence both crews played sensationally at times and then would come through with some of the weirdest stuff imaginable ... Going into the last frame, the Newspapermen led by four runs but the C.P.R. boys were still full of fight and had great hopes of evening up. Fitch was walked for a starter and then ambled to second unmolested when Finch, who followed him was also apparently given a free ticket, but the umps ruled that Finch had only three balls on him and when Fitch started back to the initial bag he was tagged out. A violent argument then started ... the Cee Pees are protesting the game and it will all be threshed out at the next meeting of the league. For sheer interest and intense feeling the game was the best of the year and if it is ordered replayed, it is going to proved a thriller. (Vancouver Daily World, July 6, 1921)

Jim Rolston made his debut for the Railroaders and had a field day garnering a homer, double and single and played a bang up game at shortstop.

Mills, Tyrwhitt and Duncan
Smitheringale, Simons and Stewart

(July 06)  Adams Billiards defeated Hudson's Bay in a slugfest at Recreation Park.  Merle McDonald was the winning hurler.

M.McDonald (W) and xxx
J.Simons (L) and xxx

(July 06)  A three-run rally in the final frame brought the Longshoremen a 4-2 victory over Collingwood. Stickney tossed a seven-hitter, with 10 strikeouts, for the win. Trailing 2-0, I.L.A. got on the scoreboard in the sixth as Stickney doubled and came home on Harmon's one-bagger. Then, in the seventh and final inning, helped by Collie errors, the Dockers plated three for the win. 

Stickney (W) and Warren
xxx and Smith

(July 07)  The Asahis battled back from an early 4-1 deficit to down Hudson"s Bay 7-5 in extra innings Thursday at Recreation Park. An outfield error in the extra frame brought in the winning run.  Hatsu "Mickey" Kitagawa picked up the win in a relief role.

Adams (L) and xxx
Uchiyama, H.Kitagawa (4) and xxx

(July 08)  A four-run first inning carried the Province to a 7-2 triumph over B.C. Electric in City League action Friday. Len Arthur was in superb form for the Newspaper crew hurling a four-hitter. Ivy McDonald gave up ten hits and five walks in taking the loss.

Arthur (W) and xxx
McDonald (L) and xxx

(July 08)  A three run outburst in the third inning, highlighted by Irvine's triple, brought the Cee Pees a 5-4 verdict over the Longshoremen. McConachie, a C.P.R. newcomer, surrendered but six hits and fanned eight in handling the mound work for the winners.

McConachie (W) and xxx
Griffith (L), King (3) and xxx

(July 09)   Down 9-3 to Hudson's Bay after five innings, the Province rallied for six runs in the sixth to tie and then Charlie Miron knocked in the winning marker with a lusty clout in the extra inning to give the Newspapermen the 10-9 verdict. While Alex "Lefty" Simons picked up the win in relief, brother Jack Simons was hit hard in a relief role with the Bay boys. Miron and shortstop Mahon each had three safeties for the winners. Charlie Mattock and Cameron each chipped in with two hits and two runs. Blundell, the Bay shortstop, had a pair of hits and scored twice.

Rawlinson, Simons (6) , Adams (L) (6) and Shillingford
Smitheringale, Simons (W) (4) and Johnston

Province        10 - 1
I.L.A.           8 - 4
Collingwood      6 - 4
Asahi            7 - 5
Adams            7 - 6
C.P.R.           6 - 6
B.C.E.           2 - 10
Hudson's Bay     1 - 11

(July 11)  Hudson's Bay notched just its second win of the season Monday at the Powell Street grounds posting a 3-1 victory over the Asahis, scoring all three runs in the fourth inning. Blundell led off with a triple, catcher Joe Shillingford was hit by a pitch and George Cuvelier and winning pitcher V. Adams followed with base knocks to plate the markers. While Adams held the Japanese nine to just three hits he was forced to pitch out of several jams. In the third inning, he hit two batters and then walked another to load the bases with none out. Adams proceeded to fan the side to get out of trouble. In the seventh, and final inning, pinch hitter Yuji Uchiyama slapped one into left field for three bags but Adams got the next two on strikeouts to end the game.

Adams (W) and Shillingford
H.Kitagawa (L) and Horii

(July 12)  In a thrilling contest at Recreation Park Tuesday, the Longshoremen edged Collingwood 3-2, getting out of a none-out, bases loaded predicament in the final frame.  The waterfront crew opened with a run in their initial at bats as King poked a two sacker, advanced on an out and came home on Harmon's sacrifice fly. They added runs in the third and sixth due to some heavy clouting by Harmon, Nahu and A.Masi.  The Collies broke through with a marker in the sixth on a single by Johnny Nestman and sloppy field play by the Dockers. In the final inning, the seventh, Murray Lovely, Tom Payne and "Gugey" Smith had successive singles scoring one run. With none out, winning pitcher Stickney walked Hart to fill the bases. He then fanned a pair and Payne, trying to steal home, was unsuccessful and the Longshoremen had the victory. In posting the pitching win, Stickney allowed six hits and a walk while compiling 9 strikeouts.

Sager (L) and Smith
Stickney (W) and Warren

(July 13)  A five-run third inning carried the Cee Pees to an 8-3 win over the league-leading Province Wednesday as the railroaders got to Lefty Simons for ten hits, two each by Jimmy Rolston and Westwood. McGonachie twirled a six-hitter for the pitching win.

Simons (L) and Gardner
McConachie (W) and Duncan

Three hitters from the league-leading Province are atop the batting statistics in games up to July 13th. Mahon, with a .583 average, is ahead of teammates Charlie Miron, at .500, and Charlie Mattock, with a .442 percentage. Yo Horii of the Asahis is fourth, at .394 and Vance of B.C.E. rounds out the top five, hitting .391.

(July 14)   With three runs in each of the first, third and fifth innings, Collingwood downed Hudson's Bay 9-3 Thursday in Vancouver City League action. Babe Esplen had a shutout until the sixth inning when the Bays came through with their three tallies thanks to singles by V.Adams and Jopson and a three-base clout by Vater.  The batting of Tom Payne and Scott was the feature of the game for the winners.

Esplen (W) and xxx
Rawlinson (L), Adams (5) and xxx

(July 15)  The Province scored three in the first inning and they proved enough in a 4-2 victory over Adams Billiards. A two-bagger by Charlie Miron was followed by an error and consecutive singles by Mahon and McGauvran to provide the early lead for the Newspapermen who added a singleton in the fourth.  Len Arthur held Adams scoreless until the sixth when losing hurler Les Traeger slugged a homer and a hit and an error brought in a second run.

Arthur (W) and xxx
Traeger (L) and xxx

(July 16)  The Asahis garnered only five hits Saturday, but capitalized on nine walks, three B.C.E. errors and clever bunting and sacrifice batting to post a 7-1 triumph. Ted Furumoto held the Trolley Dodgers to just three hits, one free pass, and fanned 10 in a route-going performance. Second baseman Sawyer accounted for the only B.C.E. counter with a circuit blow in the fourth inning.

Furumoto (W) and Horii
Grimmett (L), McDonald and Boyes

(July 18)   The Cee Pees downed the cellar-dwelling Hudson's Bay 8-2 behind the five hit pitching of Mills who racked up ten strikeouts while issuing four walks. V.Adams allowed just seven hits and fanned 12 for the Bay crew but was hampered by a leaky defense which committed four errors. Left fielder Howard Proctor smacked a home run for the winners.

Mills (W) and Duncan
V.Adams (L) and Shillingford

(July 19)  B.C. Electric dumped Adams Billiards 5-1 Tuesday as Ivan "Ivy" McDonald fashioned a four-hitter and rang up eight strikeouts. Second sacker Kendall, with a double and single, led the winners at the plate. Doug Browne had two hits and two stolen bases for Adams.

(July 20)  The Longshoremen topped Hudson's Bay 5-3 in Wednesday action at Recreation Park. Hann picked up the pitching win holding the Bay to seven hits.

Hann (W) and Warren
V.Adams (L) and Shillingford

(July 20)  At the Powell Street grounds, the Province scored three times in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and held off an Asahi rally in the bottom of the final frame to post a 4-2 victory. Lefty Simons allowed just one hit and four walks in registering the pitching win. Right fielder Charlie Miron paced the winners with a double and single.

Furumoto (L) and Horii
Simons (W) and Gardner

(July 21)  Collingwood crushed B.C. Electric 12-2 Thursday. The Collies started fast with four runs in the first inning and coasted to the easy win over error-prone B.C.E. which made seven errors.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 23)  Baden "Babe" Esplen fired a three-hitter Saturday as Collingwood upended the league leading Province 2-1.  Esplen fanned ten and issued just one free pass to best Len Arthur who yielded eight hits in a losing cause. Murray Lovely and "Gugey" Smith each rapped two hits for the winners.

Esplen (W) and Smith
Arthur (L) and Gardner

(July 25)  With three hits by shortstop Nahu and a pair by third sacker Harmon, the Longshoremen topped B.C.E. 5-1 in City League action Monday evening. King surrendered just three hits in handling the mound work for the winners.

McDonald (L) and Boyes
King (W) and Warren

(July 26)   Adams Billiards broke a 4-4 deadlock with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to notch a 9-5 victory over Hudson's Bay.  Musiel led off the big inning with a two-bagger, stole third and trotted home on an error for the winning run. A single by McCartney, some free passes and sloppy field work by the Bay crew led to four more tallies. Winning hurler Merle McDonald and second sacker Doug Browne each had two hits for Adams. Browne's contribution included a triple. Catcher Joe Shillingford of Hudson's Bay led all hitters with three safeties.

Adams (L) and Shillingford
McDonald (W) and Lidstone

(July 27)  At the Powell Street diamond Wednesday evening, the Province used 12 hits effectively to shade the Longshoremen 4-3.  Lefty Simons picked up the win with an eight-hit effort to top Nahanee of the Dockers.

Simons (W) and Gardner
Nahanee (L) and Warren

(July 28)   The Asahis survived a seven-run outburst by the C.P.R. in the second inning to down the railroaders 10-8 Thursday at Recreation Park.  The Japanese nine got the winning run in the fourth inning when relief hurler Jack Tyrwhitt walked the bases full with two out then hit Kikukawa with a pitch to force in the deciding marker. The winners rapped ten hits with winning pitcher Hatsu "Mickey" Kitagawa punching out a double and single. Catcher Yo Horri smacked a homer. Cee Pees third baseman Jimmy Rolston also had a home run and a single. Amos, in right field for C.P.R. poked a double and triple.

Kitagawa (W) and Horii
Crawford, Tyrwhitt (L) (3) and Duncan

(July 29)   Bradbury slugged a triple and two singles, Charlie Miron cracked a homer and winning pitcher Alex Simons had two hits as the Province clipped the Longshoremen 9-3.  The Newspapermen jumped into a 3-0 lead in the third stanza and cruised to the victory.  Simons, a left-hander, scattered eight hits in going the distance for the pitching win.

King (L) and Warren
Simons (W) and Gardner

(July 29)  B.C. Electric used a 12-hit attack to batter Hudson's Bay 13-5 Friday at the Powell Street diamond. Ivy McDonald, who started on the hill for the winners, belted a homer and scored twice for B.C.E.. First sacker Morrise was good for a double, two singles and three runs scored. McDonald and Grimmett, who relieved in the fifth after McDonald was injured sliding into third, combined on a four-hitter.

McDonald (W), Grimmett (5) and Boyes
Rawlinson (L), Adams (1) and Shillingford, Vater

Province        14 - 3
I.L.A.          12 - 5
Collingwood     11 - 5
Asahi           10 - 7
C.P.R.           8 - 6
Adams            8 - 9
B.C.E.           4 - 14
Hudson's Bay     2 - 17

(July 30)   Asahis stranded 13 base runners Saturday in dropping a 3-1 decision to Collingwood. Twice the Japanese nine had the bases loaded and failed to score.  Hatsu "Mickey" Kitagawa for the Asahis worked a better game on the hill than Babe Esplen for the winners, but his teammates just couldn't produce in the clutch. Collies plated a pair in the first inning and another in the seventh and final frame for the victory.

Esplen (W) and Smith
H.Kitagawa (L) and Horii

(August 1)  With just one hit the Asahis managed to shutout Adams Billiards 5-0 Monday. Taking advantage of every opportunity, they cleverly used the sacrifice bunt and capitalized on four Adams' errors.  Shortstop Iga had the lone single for the Asahis off losing twirler Les Traeger. Hatsu Kitagawa held Adams to five hits.

Traeger (L) and Lidstone
H.Kitagawa (W) and Horii

(August 1)   The Hudson's Bay out-hit the Longshoremen 10 to 8 Monday but booted the ball six times and dropped a 5-1 decision to the Dockers who cracked three triples, by Ramsay, Warren, and C. Masi and a pair of two-baggers by Simons and A. Masi. Losing pitcher V.Adams belted a double and single for the Bay boys and shortstop Blundell and first sacker Stedham had three-base knocks.

King (W) and Warren
V.Adams (L) and Shillingford

(August 2)  Len Arthur blanked B.C. Electric on seven hits Tuesday as the league-leaders notched a 6-0 victory. Charlie Miron and Bradbury led the offense each with two hits.

Arthur (W) and Gardner
Grimmett (L) and Boyes

(August 4)  Led by four hits, one a home run, by centre fielder Westwood, the Cee Pees downed Adams Billiards 6-2 in a game which produced a triple play. Shortstop Howard Proctor and Jack Tyrwhitt, at second base, each added two safeties as the C.P.R. knocked out 11 hits. Proctor also had three stolen bases. McConachie scattered nine Adams' hits for the win. Catcher Lidstone had three for the losers.  In the final inning, the Cee Pees pulled off the first triple killing of the season. With two on, both with singles, McCartney cracked a long drive to deep centre field but Finch scampered back to gather in the fly ball and whipped it to shortstop Proctor who stepped on second for an out and threw to Fitch at first to nab the runner off the initial sack for the third out.

McConachie (W) and Duncan
Traeger (L) and Lidstone

(August 6)  Jack Tyrwhitt was a force on the mound and at the plate as the Cee Pees came from behind with four runs in the fourth inning to clip Longshoremen 5-4.  Tyrwhitt fashioned a four-hitter, with nine strikeouts, while punching out a pair of two-baggers in three trips to the plate. Three errors, all at shortstop, hurt the Dockers.

Tyrwhitt (W) and Duncan
King (L) and Warren

(August 8)  C.P.R. cleanup hitter Westwood, who had four hits to lead the Cee Pees to a win last Thursday, cracked out three hits, one a triple, Monday to down B.C. Electric 8 to 3. Howard Proctor, Fitch and Irvine, the 1-2-3 hitters in the Cee Pees lineup, each had two hits. McConachie held B.C.E. to five safeties in handling the pitching duties for the winners.

McConachie (W) and Duncan
Grimmett (L) and Boyes

(August 9)  With a pair of six-run innings, Collingwood crushed Adams Billiards 12-3.  In the third frame, Adams starter Merle McDonald issued six free passes, which combined with a couple of errors and Tom Payne's three bagger, produced six markers.  In the sixth, the Collies got four hits and more Adams' miscues, for another six-run inning. Collingwood had just eight hits, two each by Scott and OlsonFrank Sager allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out six in registering the pitching win.

McDonald (L), Traeger and Lidstone
Sager (W) and Smith

(August 10)   In an outstanding pitching duel, the Asahis blanked the Longshoremen 2-0 Wednesday to kill the Dockers' chances for top spot in the Vancouver City League. Each team had just three hits, with fielding miscues accounting for the Asahi runs.  Hatsu Kitagawa was the winning pitcher with nine strikeouts and no walks. King, saddled with the loss, walked a pair and had eight strikeouts.

H.Kitagawa (W) and Horii
King (L) and Warren

(August 10)  The C.P.R. scored six times in the first inning Wednesday and coasted to a 13-7 victory over B.C. Electric. The winners produced 12 hits, two more than B.C.E.. Mills, the hurler for the Cee Pees, survived seven walks to go the distance for the win. The teams combined for 13 stolen bases, three by Irvine of C.P.R.. The game was called after six innings because of darkness.

Grimmett (L), Boyes and Boyes, Widdows
Mills (W) and Duncan

(August 11)  Alex "Lefty" Simons held Collingwood to three hits Thursday in tossing a 4-0 shutout to cinch first place in the Vancouver City League.  The southpaw walked one and fanned six. All the scoring came in the fifth inning as Simons led off the attack with a sharp single. Cameron followed suit and Bradbury was nailed in the ribs to fill the sacks. Charlie Miron laid down a perfect bunt to score the first run and Charlie Mattock doubled to bring in two more. Miron came home on an infield out to complete the scoring.

Esplen (L) and Smith
Simons (W) and Garner

(August 12)   Adams Billiards plated all four runs in the first inning Friday and held on to down the Province 4-2. A couple of singles, a triple by Voidevic and Keeley's homer powered the attack.  The Newspapermen got their two runs in the fourth as Bradbury singled and Charlie Miron followed with a circuit blow. Les Traeger got the pitching win for a five-hit effort.

Traeger (W) and Warren
Arthur (L) and Johnston

(August 12)  At the Powell Street diamond, Ted Furumoto fired a three-hit shutout to lead the Asahis to a 1-0 triumph over Collingwood.  Asahis got the winner in the seventh inning on Iga's one-bagger, an error and M.Yoshioka's single. Furumoto rang up nine strikeouts.

Furumoto (W) and Horii
Sager (L) and Smith

(August 13)   The C.P.R. walloped a patched-up Longshoremen's nine at Recreation Park Saturday, 11-2. The Dockers ran over two tallies in the second inning but Mills shut down the Longshoremen the rest of the way. Howard Proctor and Harold Browne punched out three hits apiece to power the Cee Pees' offense.

Mills (W) and xxx
Manson (L), King (6) and xxx

(August 15)   Behind Jack Tyrwhitt's one-hit pitching the Cee Pees beat the Province, the league leaders, 1-0 to tie Collingwood for second place in the league standings.  Tyrwhitt, with one walk and eight strikeouts, bested Lefty Simons who yielded five hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts. The only run came in the sixth inning as Howard Proctor singled and came around to score on two following safeties.

Tyrwhitt (W) and Duncan
Simons (L) and Gardner

(August 18)  The City League All-Stars downed the league champion Province 4-2 in an exhibition match at Recreation Park.  The losers had 11 hits to just seven for the All-Stars but could not get to pitcher Frank "Brick" Sager when they were most needed.

Sager (W) and Smith
Simons, McDonald (L) (4) and Gardner

(August 19)  In the closing game of the 1921 season in the City League, Collingwood shaded the C.P.R. 3-2 to capture second place in the league standings, two games back of the first place Province. Babe Esplen went the route for the pitching win in spite of a painful injury to his pitching hand suffered while fielding a liner in the second inning. Jack Tyrwhitt, who threw a one-hitter in his last start, took the loss.

Esplen (W) and xxx
Tyrwhitt (L) and xxx

Final Standings
Province        16 - 5
Collingwood     14 - 7
C.P.R.          13 - 8
I.L.A.          13 - 8
Asahi           13 - 8
Adams            9 - 12
B.C.E.           4 - 17
Hudson's Bay     2 - 19

(August 23)  In final team statistics released by the league, the league champion Province led in batting with a .286 average. The C.P.R. was second, at .260.  The Asahis were at the bottom with a .206 team average, but with 115 runs were just 7 back of the Province which led in runs scored with 122.

(August 24)  It was announced that four non-Japanese players would be joining the Asahi for the teams trip to Japan. Ernie Paepke, Jack Wyard, Joe Brown and Tat Larson were selected to bolster the squad. The first exhibition game is to be played in Tokyo. The Asahi are the first Canadian amateur team to attempt such a lengthy trip. The regular members of the team selected for the tour were Yuji Uchiyama, Hatsu(Mickey) Kitagawa. Eddie Kitagawa, Yo Horii, M. Yoshioka, S. Iga, Y. Niimi, Ted Furumoto, Tom Miyata, T. Kikukawa, T. Tanaka. Dr. H. M. Nomura is the manager.


1921 Vancouver Commercial League

Centrals (league champion)
Missions
Kelly-Douglas Nabobs
Arnold & Quigley

(April 30)  The Kelly-Douglas Nabobs secured the initial victory of the Commercial League season by defeating the 1920 champions, Arnold & Quigley, by a score of 5 to 2. The Nabobs broke the game open with a three-run spree in the sixth panel. Winning tosser Bruce limited the Quigs to just two hits. Outfielder “Babe” Stewart of Kelly-Douglas led all batters with a double and single.

T. Larson (L) and Whyte
Bruce (W) and Richardson

(May 4)  After battling for six torrid innings, the North Vancouver Elks and the Arnold & Quigley balltossers were compelled by darkness to retire in a scoreless 0 – 0 deadlock. The pitching was dominant with the Clothiers acquiring just four hits to only three for the Antlered Tribe. A & Q’s George Robertson rang up nine strikeouts while Bill Shakespeare of North Van punched out six.

Shakespeare and Somerville
Robertson and Whyte

(May 6)  The Missions edged the Kelly-Douglas nine 3 to 2 in Commercial League action at Athletic Park. Shortstop Harry Wilson of the Nabobs doubled and singled in a losing cause.

Evans (L) and Richardson
Delcourt (W) and Ewart

(May 11)  Arnold & Quigley chucker “Tat” Larson fired a two-hitter in leading his mates past the Missions 6 to 0 at Athletic Park. First baseman Lorne Foley of the Quigs aided and abetted Larson in his conquest by lacing three base blows.

T. Larson (W) and Whyte
Delcourt (L) and Ewart

(May 14)  In a doubleheader staged by the Commercial League at Athletic Park, the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs prevailed 3 to 1 over the Centrals to open proceedings while Arnold & Quigley drubbed the North Vancouver Elks 7 to 0 in the late match.

The Nabobs had a slight 4 to 3 advantage in base hits acquired during the matinee tussle. The Central opened the scoring in the first frame on first baseman Pringle’s RBI single. In the second canto, the Coffeemen grabbed the lead on a two-run single by Cam Stewart. A last-inning sacrifice fly by Hec Cann plated an insurance counter for Kelly-Douglas. Cam Stewart of the winners was the game’s top swatter, lacing a brace of bingles.

Bruce (W) and Richardson
Johns (L) and McLean, Masi

Winning flinger Johnny Wintemute of A & Q limited the Elks to just two safeties in the late encounter. Teammate Lorne Foley stroked a pair of base raps in support of Wintemute’s shutout hurling.

Wintemute (W) and Whyte
H. Larson (L) and Somerville

(May 18)  Defending champion Arnold & Quigley continued on a roll by disposing of the Centrals 6 to 2. “Tat” Larson fanned seven in fashioning a two-hitter for the mound victory. Ernie Paepke and Ernie Wood of the Quigs both spanked the sphere for a brace of base knocks.

Lewis (L) and McLean
T. Larson (W) and Whyte

(May 20)  Overcoming an early 4 to 0 deficit, the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs went on to edge the North Vancouver Elks 5 to 4 in a closely contested Commercial League fixture at Athletic Park. Winning flinger Lowery/Lowry’s two-bagger in the sixth frame drove in the winning run for the Coffeemen. Outfielders Mosher of the Elks and Armstrong of the Nabobs led their respective clubs at the dish with a brace of safeties each.

H. Larson (L) and Somerville
Lowery/Lowry (W) and Richardson

(May 24)  The Missions and Centrals fought to a 1 – 1 tie in a Commercial League clash shortened by darkness. The Missions drew first blood in the fifth inning when Ewart smashed an RBI two-bagger. The score was soon evened up when the Centrals’ Jardine drove in the tying counter with a sixth-inning single. Clarence Johns fanned nine batters in going the route for the Centrals while Camille “Lefty” Delcourt of the Missions was credited with eight strikeouts.

Johns and xxx
Delcourt and xxx

(May 25)  The Arnold & Quigley nine jumped into first place in the Commercial League when they nosed out the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs 3 to 2 at Athletic Park. The game was full of base hits until the fourth inning when the twirlers tightened up. The winning marker was plated in the fourth when catcher Syd Whyte of the Clothiers reached first base on an infield miscue which allowed teammate Ernie “Stubby”Joliffe to score. The Quigs’ Joliffe and outfielder Armstrong of the Nabobs both registered a couple of base hits.

Bruce (L) and Richardson
T. Larson (W) and Whyte

Standings             W    L    Pct.
Arnold & Quigley      4    1   .800
Kelly-Douglas         3    2   .600
Missions              1    1   .500
No. Van. Elks         0    2   .000
Centrals              0    2   .000

(May 27)  The Arnold & Quigley squad scored a decisive 10 to 2 victory over the winless North Vancouver Elks. Bert Thurston went the distance on the knoll for the Antlered Tribe but received poor support afield from his sidekicks. Initial sacker Lorne Foley of the Clothiers rapped out a triad of swats including a two-bagger.

xxx (W) and xxx
Thurston (L) and xxx 

(May 28)  The Arnold & Quigley balltossers journeyed south to Sumas, WA for an exhibition joust, losing to the Americans 4 to 2. Loser George Robertson of the Quigs and reliever Johnny Wintemute received ragged support from their usually reliable mates who reeled off a half-dozen errors.

Robertson (L), Wintemute (8) and Whyte
Schaefer (W) and King 

(May 30)  A three-run sixth-inning provided sufficient ammunition for the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs in their 6 to 5 conquest of the Missions. First baseman Cam Stewart of the Coffeemen picked up a brace of base raps, the only batter from either squad to amass more than one safety.

Evans, Clayton (W) (6) and Richardson
Corbett (L), Delcourt (7) and Ewart

(May 31)  The Centrals broke into the win column by knocking off the North Vancouver Elks 6 to 1. Winning chucker Lewis of the Centrals tossed a two-hitter while whiffing seven. Heading the 11-hit offensive attack of the winners was Jimmy Watters with a pair of doubles. Contributing a brace of one-baggers apiece were Lewis as well as the Jardine brothers, Blair and Tom.

Thurston (L) and Somerville
Lewis (W) and McLean

(June 3)  The pace-setting Arnold & Quigley aggregation suffered their second defeat of the Commercial League campaign when they were humbled 7 to 3 by the Missions. Fly Chaser Falconer of the Confectioners blasted a bases-empty home run. Paul Tatman smacked a two-run double for the Quigs.

Sager (W), Delcourt (4) and xxx
Robertson (L), T. Larson (1) and xxx

(June 8)  The North Vancouver Elks dropped their fifth consecutive game when they were defeated 3 to 1 by the Missions. Keystone sacker Turnbull of the Confectioners was the hitting leader in the contest, tomahawking a trio of singles. Teammate Maxwell as well as outfielder Mosher of the Elks both delivered a brace of one-baggers.

Corbett (W), Delcourt (7) and Falconer
Wyard (L) and Somerville 

Standings              W    L     Pct.
Arnold & Quigley       5    2     .714
Kelly-Douglas          4    2     .667            
Missions               3    2     .600
Centrals               1    2     .333                    
No. Van. Elks          0    5     .000   
           

(June 14)  The Centrals captured a closely contested Commercial League contest from the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs, edging the Coffeemen 4 to 3 at Athletic Park. A three-run fifth-inning sealed the deal for the winners as base hits by Jimmy Watters, outfielder Calder, winning pitcher Lewis and shortstop Shaver all proved crucial. Nabobs’ chucker Lowery/Lowry, who went the distance in absorbing the hillock defeat, had a double and single to lead all swatters in the tussle.

Lowery/Lowry (L) and Richardson
Johns, Lewis (W) (2) and McLean

(June 15)  Continuing on an upbeat swing, the Centrals posted another victory, taking the measure of the Missions 10 to 6. A seven-run explosion in the second stanza provided the winners with the cushion needed to prevail. Both squads nailed the horsehide with authority, each winding up with ten base blows. Hot corner guardian Macken led the Centrals with the baton, stroking three singles. Teammate Tommy Jardine whacked a double and triple. Outfielder Maxwell of the Confectioners blasted a three-run homer to go along with a one-bagger.

Johns (W) and McLean
Delcourt (L), Clarke (6) and Ewart 

(June 16)  The Arnold & Quigley team retained its place at the head of the Commercial League when they defeated the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs 3 to 1 at Athletic Park. Pitching was dominant in this tense battle. Winning flinger “Tat” Larson tossed a one-hitter while losing chucker Bruce of the Coffeemen was nicked for just two safeties. Bursting through for a brace of sixth-inning counters, the Clothiers broke open a 1 – 1 game with the aid of a base on balls and a couple of costly Nabob errors.

T. Larson (W) and Whyte
Bruce (L) and Richardson

(June 21)  The hot streak for the Centrals ended when they dropped a close 3 to 1 encounter to the top-dog Arnold & Quigley nine. The Centrals opened the scoring in the second frame on a two-out error. The Clothiers evened things up in the third when Ernie Paepke scored on a single by Ernie Wood. Run-scoring singles off the bats of Paul Tatman and “Stubby” Joliffe in the top of the ninth canto provided the Quigs with a brace of insurance tallies.

Robertson (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(June 22)  The Kelly-Douglas Nabobs scored a decisive 7 to 1 win over the Missions in Commercial League action. The Wholesalers bunched their hits and opened a huge 6 to 0 lead in the opening canto, driving losing flinger Maxwell to the showers. “Lefty” Delcourt did a creditable job in relief, striking out 12.

xxx (W) and xxx
Maxwell (L), Delcourt (1) and xxx

(June 23)  A bases-loaded hit batsman in the bottom of the tenth inning forced in the winning run as the Centrals prevailed over the Missions 3 to 2. Camille “Lefty” Delcourt, who took over pitching duties for the Confectioners during the overtime session, plunked Tommy Jardine with the sacks full to give the Centrals the walkoff victory. Lewis had a steady eight-hitter in recording the knoll triumph for the Centrals. Jardine had a double and one-bagger to lead the victors at the dish. Teammates Macken and Cy McLean as well as shortstop Turnbull of the Missions each laced a pair of singles.

Corbett (L), Delcourt (10) and Ewart
Lewis (W) and McLean

(June 25)  Arnold & Quigley took a closely-contested 3 to 1 decision from the Missions in the first of two Commercial League games at Athletic Park. The Centrals bombarded the Nabobs 17 to 2 in the late skirmish.

Delcourt (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

xxx (W) and xxx 
xxx (L) and xxx 

(June 27)  The Arnold & Quigley diamondeers added another win to their string of victories when they whitewashed the Missions 4 to 0 at Athletic Park. The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when the Clothiers broke through for a single run during a fielder’s choice. The remaining three counters for the Quigs crossed the plate in the sixth stanza on a two-run single by catcher Syd Whyte plus a throwing error to third base. Johnny Wintemute checked the Confectioners on two hits, both by outfielder Neil Silver, in grabbing the shutout win. A & Q garnered six safeties off starting twirler Maxwell and reliever “Lefty” Delcourt.

Maxwell (L), Delcourt (7) and Ewart
Wintemute (W) and Whyte

(July 4)  With both combatants playing flawlessly afield, the Missions took a 5 to 2 verdict from the Centrals at Athletic Park. Winning moundsman Camille “Lefty” Delcourt allowed the Central nine just four hits while ringing up seven strikeouts. Shortstop Suckling, outfielder Maxwell and first baseman Clarke each had two of the nine hits registered by the Confectioners off the slants of loser Clarence Johns. Keystone sacker Bell of the victors also lit up Johns for a solo round-tripper.

Johns (L) and McLean
Delcourt (W) and Richardson

(July 6)  The North Vancouver Elks continued spiralling downward as they dropped a 9 to 2 decision to the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs. The Wholesaler’s Evans tossed a fine game to secure the mound triumph, scattering five hits while fanning nine. Lowery/Lowry poled a two-run four-bagger for the Nabobs.

Evans (W) and xxx
McConaghy (L) and Martin, Wyard (3)

(July 8)  Statistics published this date in the Vancouver Daily World indicate that first baseman Lorne Foley of Arnold & Quigley is the leading hitter in the 1921 Commercial League up to the end of June. Foley has a batting average of .394 and also leads the circuit with 13 hits and 15 total bases. His teammates, Ernie Paepke and Ernie Wood, share the lead in runs scored with 11.

(July 8)  The Central Commercial Leaguers, with chucker Ira Brethour back in harness, downed the Missions 5 to 1 at Athletic Park. Brethour, in his first pitching assignment of the season for the Cardinals, was nicked for just three safe bingles by the Confectioners while whiffing six. The Centrals scored a pair in the second chapter and never trailed. Jimmy Watters, patrolling the outer pasture for the winners, made two spectacular catches in the final frame in support of Brethour’s mound work. 

Brethour (W) and xxx 
Corbett (L), Delcourt (7) and xxx 

(July 11)  With both chuckers in fine form, Arnold & Quigley got by the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs 4 to 2 in an exciting Commercial League scuffle. The Clothiers’ George “Lefty” Robertson and the Nabobs’ Ralph Clayton, normally an infielder, matched talents on the knoll with each being nicked for just four hits. Not a single batter from either contingent was able to register more than one hit. Extra-base blows were delivered by Ernie Joliffe of the Quigs and the Wholesalers’ third sacker Lowery/Lowry who both belted doubles as well as outfielder “Babe” Stewart of the Nabobs who hammered a triple.

Clayton (L) and Blochberger
Robertson (W) and Whyte

(July 13)  The Arnold & Quigley baseballers laid a humiliating 15 to 3 trimming on the North Vancouver Elks at Athletic Park. The Clothiers rocked the offerings of losing heaver Lahey for 15 hits while “Lefty” Robertson breezed to victory with an eight hitter. The Antlered Tribe and played sloppily on defense which contributed to their season-long winless streak. 

Robertson (W) and xxx
Lahey (L) and xxx

(July 15)  The Missions came out on the long end of a 6 to 1 fracas with the Kelly-Douglas Nabobs at Athletic Park. The Confectioners had the better of the game throughout and played errorless ball. Camille “Lefty” Delcourt fanned nine and yielded six hits in hurling the mound triumph. Outfielder Neil Silver of the Missions was the hitting star of the game, stinging the pill for three safeties. Fly chaser “Babe” Stewart of the Wholesalers dented the apple for a triple and one-bagger.

Delcourt (W) and Richardson
Evans (L) and Blochberger

(July 16)  Pounding a tandem of Central hurlers for 11 base blows, Arnold & Quigley breezed to a 7 to 0 whitewashing of the Cardinals. Southpaw George Robertson allowed five scattered hits in earning the shutout, his third straight hillock victory. Ernie Wood and “Tat” Larson slapped out three hits apiece for the first-place Quigs with one of Larson’s blows being a two-ply swat. Shortstop Ernie “Stubby” Joliffe was next in line with a triple and single.

Robertson (W) and Whyte
Lewis (L), Johns (6) and Masi

(July 18)  The North Vancouver Elks failed to put in an appearance at Athletic Park, thereby forfeiting their scheduled game with the Centrals. The result will show as a 9 to 0 win for the Cardinals. It appears as though the Antlered Tribe is on the verge of folding as per their inability to get players to show up for games.

(July 22)  The Kelly-Douglas Nabobs handed the Centrals an embarrassing 12 to 0 drubbing at Athletic Park. Ralph Clayton continued to improve in his transition to the mound. The Nabob flinger tossed a four-hitter in collecting his initial Commercial League knoll triumph. He worked his way out of a two-out bases-loaded jam in the fifth canto by whiffing the third out.

xxx (L) and xxx
Clayton (W) and xxx

(July 27) Behind the solid one-hit pitching of Clarence Johns, the Centrals eked out a hard-fought 1 to 0 win over first-place Arnold & Quigley. The victory for the Cardinals sealed a berth for them against the Quigs in a best-of-five series for the Commercial League crown. Tommy Jardine’s fourth-inning single drove in Bill Shaver with the contest’s lone run. Jimmy Watters, with a double and single, had two of the five hits garnered by the winners off loser “Tat” Larson.

Johns (W) and McLean
T. Larson (L) and Whyte


Commercial League Finals (best-of-five) 
Centrals vs Arnold & Quigley

(August 1)  In spite of being outhit by a 6 to 2 margin, the underdog Centrals got off to a flying start in the Commercial League finals by tripping up the heavily-favored Arnold & Quigley nine 1 to 0. Good pitching and snappy fielding defined the contest which saw the Centrals pull off three smart double plays. Winning flinger Clarence Johns was stingy in the pinches, dousing the few threats posed by the Quigs. The hard-luck loser in this nail-biter was “Tat” Larson. Jimmy Watters, who had reached base on a double, plated the sole marker of the game in the fourth canto when he scampered home from third base when A & Q backstop Syd Whyte overthrew second base on a steal attempt. Ernie Joliffe had a brace of one-baggers for the Clothiers.

T. Larson (L) and Whyte
Johns (W) and McLean

(August 8)  Arnold & Quigley evened up the Commercial League final series at a game apiece when they squeaked out a narrow 3 to 2 win over the Centrals in another closely-contested clash. The Cardinals came out of the gate strongly, putting a deuce on the scoreboard in the top of the first panel on the strength of RBI hits by third baseman Macken and outfielder Jimmy Watters. The 2 to 0 cushion stood up until the bottom of the fifth canto when the Clothiers picked up an unearned tally on Macken’s errant throw to the plate which allowed Johnny Wintemute, who had singled to begin the frame, to score. The sixth inning proved to be the turning point of the game. Quig first sacker Lorne Foley started things off with a triple. Paul Tatman followed with a single as Foley touched home to knot the count. Losing chucker Clarence Johns then fumbled Syd Whyte’s attempted sacrifice bunt, leaving runners at first and second. After Wintemute fanned and Tatman was thrown out at third base on a double steal attempt, winning heaver “Tat” Larson delivered a long two-bagger which drove in Whyte with the ultimate winning tally. A & Q held a 5 to 4 advantage in base hits with Larson being the most potent swatter, slamming a triple in addition to his crucial double.  

Johns (L) and McLean, Masi (6)
T. Larson (W) and Whyte

(August 12)  With the outcome of the August 8th playoff joust tossed aside because of Arnold & Quigley’s use of an ineligible player, the second game of the Commercial League final series was replayed on this date with the Clothiers prevailing 3 to 0 over the Centrals in a darkness-shortened six-inning affair, a result which once more tied the series at one game each. The Clothiers plated all of their counters in their last turn at bat, just before lack of illumination prevented further play. Paul Tatman drilled a single which drove in the first two tallies. He later touched home with the third marker on an error. Portsider George Robertson stymied the Cardinals on two hits to earn the shutout victory over Ira Brethour who was touched for just four safeties. 

Brethour (L) and Masi
Robertson (W) and Whyte 

(August 15)  Making a quick turnabout, the Commercial League braintrust reversed their previous decision to throw out the result of the August 8th game and, instead, re-awarded it to Arnold & Quigley, giving the Clothiers a two games to one lead in the series. The fourth contest of the showdown then followed wherein a fourth-inning blow-up on the part of the A & Q infield allowed the Centrals to scores three runs, just enough to win the encounter 3 to 2 and tie up the series at two victories apiece. Both Clarence Johns, who toed the rubber for the Cardinals, and “Tat” Larson of the Men’s Wear nine were in fine pitching form in this squeaker. The Quig chucker surrendered just three hits while Johns was nicked for four. The Centrals played flawlessly afield while the vanquished nine booted the ball five times, including three in the fateful fourth when they self-destructed. Nary a swatter from either dugout was able to acquire more than one bingle, the longest hit of the game being a three-bagger by A & Q outfielder Sid Elmer.

T. Larson (L) and Whyte
Johns (W) and McLean 

(August 18)  Centrals’ chucker Clarence Johns shut the Arnold & Quigley diamondeers down on two hits, both by outfielder “Dutch” Eckhart, as the Cardinals blanked the defending champions 2 to 0 to earn a three-to-two series’ win and the Commercial League tiara for the 1921 season. A & Q flinger “Tat” Larson was brilliant in defeat, yielding but three safeties. As was the case in the preceding tussle, defensive instability by the Clothiers proved to be their undoing. A pair of sixth-inning errors by the Quigs resulted in a brace of Central runners both planting their spikes on the platter. The Centrals will now move on to face the Province aggregation, champions of the City League, in a best-of-three semi-final series leading to the senior amateur championship of Vancouver.

Johns (W) and McLean
T. Larson (L) and Whyte 


(September 14)  Lefty Delcourt of the Mission Club has been named as the "most useful player" to his team in the Commercial Baseball League. Delcourt, a pitcher-utility man, was honoured at a meeting of the league during which the 1921 championship was formally awarded to the Centrals club.


Post-playoff exhibition game  
(City League All-Stars vs Commercial League All-Stars)

(September 17)  Jimmy Watters’ two-run homer sparked the Commercial League All-Stars to a 5 to 4 triumph over their counterparts from the City League. Watters also collected a single to emerge as the game’s only swatter with a brace of base blows.

Esplen (L) and Warren
Clayton (W) and Falconer, Shaver


Vancouver Terminal League

Asahi Tigers
Mount Pleasant A. A.
Vancouver Lumber
Rat Portage
Hanbury’s Lumbermen (league champion)
Kitsilano

(May 3)  The 1921 Terminal Baseball League got off to a flying start when the Asahi Tigers downed the new Mount Pleasant entry 8 to 2. The game lasted just six innings as darkness prevented further play. The Nippons utilized their speed and superior baserunning skills to overwhelm the Pleasants. Tom Matoba, with a double and a pair of singles, led the winners at the dish. Teammate George Ito followed with a two-bagger and single.

Bennett (L) and Mitchell
Kasahara (W) and Oda

(May 5)  The Vancouver Lumber Company nine and the Rat Portage Lumbermen were only able to play to a six-inning 3 – 3 draw before darkness curtailed proceedings. Base hits were scarce with the Vancouver Wood Wizards collecting three to just two for the Rat Portage Sawmillers. V.L.C. outfielder Gibbs had the contest’s only extra-base clout, a double.

May and Newton
Warne and McConnell

(May 7)  The Hanbury balltossers dropped the Kitsilano Retailers 9 to 6 in the first game of the season for both clubs. Posting a three-spot in the opening canto and adding another four in the second stanza, Hanbury’s led all the way. Ab Mortimer paced the victors with the stick, stroking a triad of one-baggers. Teammate R. Mills contributed a brace of one-baggers. For the Kitsies, outfielder Rickson doubled twice, first sacker C. Charles doubled and singled while A. Miller, who came on as a first-inning relief pitcher, hammered a bases-empty home run.

Lawler (L), Miller (1) and Marks
Saeger (W) and Daniels

(May 14)  Pushing across six runs in the fourth inning, the Kitsilano Retailers romped to a convincing 9 to 1 conquest of the Asahi Tigers at the Powell Street grounds. Winning tosser L. Thompson of the Kitsies pitched no-hit, no-run ball for the initial five innings and finished with a four-hitter. Shortstop A. Miller blasted a four-bagger and triple for the victors while sidekick Rickson poled out a double and single.

Kasahara (L), Kato (4) and Oda
Thompson (W) and Marks

(May 17)  The Asahi Tigers defeated the Rat Portage nine 7 to 4 in a Terminal League fixture at the Powell Street grounds. The Tigers had the upper hand throughout, outhitting the Lumbermen 8 to 5. Outfielder G. Hayami cuffed a pair of singles and a two-bagger for the victorious Nippons.

Warne (L) and McConnell
Kato (W) and Oda

(May 21)  The Kitsilano Retailers captured the opening game of a Terminal League twin-bill, dropping the Vancouver Lumber Company 6 to 2 while Hanbury’s blanked Mount Pleasant 6 to 0 in the wrap-up contest.
The Lumbermen, despite outswatting the Merchants by a 7 to 6 margin in the matinee match, played erratic on defense, allowing the Kitsies to plate four unearned counters. Winning heaver L. Thompson racked up 11 strikeouts and contributed offensively with a pair of base hits. Outfielder Brash smashed a circuit clout for V.L.C.

Thompson (W) and Marks
May (L) and Newton

The second clash lasted just 4 1/2 frames before darkness enveloped the skies. Ferd Inch, on the hill for the Hanbury squad, dominated the Pleasants by yielding just one hit while whiffing ten. His batterymate, "Red" Daniels, rapped a brace of bingles, a triple and double, and was the only batter to amass more than one safety.

Bennett (L) and Mitchell
Inch (W) and Daniels

(May 26)  Despite acquiring just four safeties, the Asahi Tigers won a hard-fought 5 to 3 battle from the Vancouver Lumber Company at the Powell Street grounds. Trailing 3 to 2 as they came to bat in the sixth panel, the Nippons rallied for three counters to grab the laurels. Key hits by outfielder Yonemota and shortstop Tom Matoba drove in the lead and insurance tallies. Catcher Newton of the Lumbermen was the prime lumber slinger, stinging the horsehide for a double and two singles. Matoba was best with the willow for the Tigers, accumulating a two-ply swat plus a one-bagger.

Robinson (L) and Newton
Kato (W) and Oda

(May 28)  Hanbury’s and Rat Portage were victorious in a doubleheader staged by the Terminal Leaguers at the Powell Street grounds. The Kitsilano Retailers fell 4 to 0 to the Hanbury’s nine to open the action while Rat Portage took down the Mount Pleasant aggregation 4 to 2 in the finale.

Opposing moundsmen had electric stuff in the curtain raiser which saw winning tosser Ferd Inch mow down 15 Kitsies by strikeout while losing chucker L. Thompson punched out 13. Initial sacker Ab Mortimer and short patcher Art Morse had a brace of base blows each for Hanbury’s with one of Mortimer’s swats launched for a circuit-jack while a two-bagger was part of Morse’s total. Inch surrendered just three hits in posting the shutout.

Thompson (L) and Marks
Inch (W) and Daniels

Scoring twice in the seventh inning to snap a 2 – 2 tie, Rat Portage won their first of the campaign on J. O’Reilly’s two-run round-tripper. O’Reilly earlier had singled to finish the skirmish with a two-hit output. Teammate A. Stevenson, with two singles, was the only other batter in the game to accumulate plural safeties.

Bennett (L) and Mitchell
Dobbins (W) and McConnell

(May 31)  Slugfest-style baseball was the order of the evening as Hanbury’s added another win to their credit, dropping the Asahi Tigers 8 to 5. A grand total of 12 extra-base hits featured the clash in which Art Morse, Hanbury shortstop, pummelled the apple for a triple, a pair of doubles and a single. Outfielder R. Mills hammered a pair of doubles for the winners and triumphant tosser Ferd Inch procured a two-bagger and a couple of singles. Not to be outdone, Ab Mortimer and Norm Goodall smashed circuit-clouts for the victorious nine. Tom Matoba whacked a double and single for the Tigers.

Kato (L), Kasahara (4) and Oda
Inch (W) and Daniels 

(June 2)  The Mount Pleasant balltossers dropped their fifth straight game when they went down 4 to 1 before the Kitsilano Retailers at the Powell Street diamond. The two-hit pitching of Kitsilano hurler L. Thompson was the highlight of the fracas. Thompson rang up 14 strikeouts, Only Mount Pleasant outfielder Betts, with a double and triple, was able to get to Thompson for any offensive production. Shortstop A. Miller paced the winners at the platter, cuffing a three-ply swat and a one-bagger.

Thompson (W) and Marks
Bennett (L) and Mitchell 

(June 4)  A Terminal League doubleheader at the Powell Street grounds saw Hanbury’s as 5 to 2 winners over the Vancouver Lumber Company nine in the opening match while the second game between Rat Portage and the Kitsilano Retailers ended in a 7 – 7 draw after five slow innings where the only winner was darkness.

Hanbury’s broke a 2 – 2 tie in the fifth inning to break away for the matinee game victory. Ferd Inch tossed first-class ball for the winners, ringing up eight strikeouts. Johnny "Red" Daniels, his batterymate, slugged a circuit-clout in support of his chucker. First sacker Ab Mortimer contributed a two-bagger and a single. V.L.C. shortstop Manson laced three singles. 

Inch (W) and Daniels
Robinson (L) and Newton

Errors were aplenty and the calibre of baseball spotty in the late encounter. Both teams picked up eight hits with Rat Portage’s A. Stevenson and R. “Bobby” Orr the only swatters to gather two.

Lawler, Thompson and Inkster, Marks
Dobbins and McConnell

(June 7)  Heavy hitting featured a Terminal League battle in which Mount Pleasant picked up their first win of the campaign by soundly thumping the Rat Portage nine 12 to 6. Winning flinger Arnold Bennett punched out 13 in going the route. The Pleasants broke the game open with an eight run splurge in the third canto. Shortstop A. Pynn of the victors slammed a pair of triples to go along with two singles. Catcher R. Mitchell spanked the sphere for a home run and one-bagger. Third sacker C. Hall was best with the stick for Rat Portage, clubbing a double and single.

Dobbins (L), Warne (3) and McConnell
Bennett (W) and Mitchell

(June 9)  The Asahi Tigers applied the whitewash brush to the Vancouver Lumber Company nine at the Powell Street grounds, blanking the Lumbermen 10 to 0. The fourth frame saw the Nippons’ heaviest offensive outburst when they scored five times with both base hits and walks contributing. Catcher “Bull” Oda ripped a pair of singles for the Tigers.

Manson (L), xxx (5) and xxx
Kasahara (W) and xxx

(June 11)  Hanbury’s and the Kitsilano Retailers were the victors in twin-bill Terminal League action at the Powell Street grounds. In the curtain raiser, the Kitsies romped to a 7 to 2 triumph over Rat Portage. Hanbury’s captured their sixth straight win in a shortened second game when they waltzed over the Vancouver Lumber Company squad 4 to 0.

Kitsilano chucker L. Thompson, in spite of requiring seventh-inning relief help when he weakened and allowed both Rat Portage runs, was on top of his game for most of the first contest, being touched for just two safeties while fanning seven. A. Miller, who came on as the fireman, quickly doused the embers but earned his stripes in this clash primarily with his bat, blasting a pair of three-ply clouts as well as a one-bagger. Losing flinger Warne was nicked for 8 bingles and rang up a dozen strikeouts. 

Warne (L) and McConnell
Thompson (W), Miller (7) and Marks

Ferd Inch whiffed nine and tossed a two-hitter in earning the late game shutout mound victory as V.L.C. catcher Newton picked up both safeties off his slants. Of the four base raps acquired by the winning nine, Inch had a double and teammate B. Saeger a triple.

Robinson (L) and Newton
Inch (W) and Daniels

(June 14)  The Asahi Tigers showed plenty of snap in taking a one-sided 7 to 2 win over Mount Pleasant. The win for the Tigers eased them onto the second rung on the Terminal League ladder. Outfielder Tom Matoba and shortstop Yonemoto stood out defensively for the Nippons as well as on the bases.

Bennett (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(June 21)  Plating four counters in their initial turn at bat, Hanbury’s fended off their closest challenger, handing the Asahi Tigers an 8 to 2 setback. The Millmen jumped all over a pair of Asahi twirlers for 13 base blows including three by first sacker Ab Mortimer, one of which was a home run, and two each by hot corner custodian "Red" Daniels, shortstop Art Morse, winning flinger Ferd Inch and fly chaser Doug May. Backstop H. “Bull” Oda slammed a triple and single for the Tigers.

Inch (W) and N. Goodall
Kasahara (L). Kato (1) and Oda  

(June 25)  The Asahi Tigers clobbered the Vancouver Lumber Company nine 10 to 2 to open proceedings in a Terminal League double-dip at the Powell Street grounds. Hanbury’s continued their perfect season in the late encounter, drubbing Rat Portage 8 to 3.

A seven-run explosion in the fifth frame carried the Tigers to victory in the matinee tussle. Fred Kato took the complete-game knoll decision, spinning a six-hitter while fanning a half dozen. 

Robinson (L) and xxx
Kato (W) and xxx

The False Creek Sawmillers grabbed a 3 to 0 lead in the second panel of the finale and were never headed. A home run by "Red" Daniels of the winners was the feature of the game.

xxx (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

Standings                   W     L       Pct.
Hanbury’s                   9     0      1.000
Asahi Tigers                6     3       .667
Kitsilano Retailers         4     3       .571
Mount Pleasant              2     6       .250
Rat Portage                 1     5       .167
Vancouver Lumber Co.        1     6       .143

(June 27)  In spite of registering only one base hit during the entire contest, the Asahi Tigers took a highly-competitive 3 to 2 decision from the Kitsilano Retailers. Hard-luck loser L. Thompson of the Kitsies ran into a streak of wildness in the second inning when the Nippons counted all three of their runs. Winning chucker Tanaka, who last played for the Asahis in the old International League, made his season’s debut with the Tigers and scattered four hits while whiffing seven in going the distance.

Tanaka (W) and Oda
Thompson (L) and Marks

(June 28)  Responding positively following a tough defeat the previous evening, the Kitsilano Retailers got back on the winning track by edging the Vancouver Lumber Company 5 to 4 at the Powell Street grounds. Winning heaver A. Miller struck out 12 in fashioning a four-hitter. He also led the Kitsies at the dish, securing a triple, double and single. Teammate Inkster, as well as Gibbs of the V.L.C. squad, both collected two hits.

Robinson (L) and Newton
Miller (W) and Marks

(June 30)  Pitcher Arnold Bennett punched out nine batters via the strikeout route while tossing a seven-inning no-hit, no-run game in propelling the Mount Pleasant baseballers to a 11 to 0 shellacking of the Vancouver Lumber Company. While Bennett was mowing down the Lumber Lords, his mates were busy racking up 16 base hits. Second baseman W. Cadenhead, first sacker R. Rintoul and shortstop T. Kennedy led the way with the baton, each acquiring a triad of safeties.

Bennett (W) and Fleming
Gordon (L), Robinson (3) and Donnelly, Newton

(July 1)  In a closely-contested holiday exhibition match, Hanbury’s got by the Asahi Tigers 3 to 1.

Inch (W) and N. Goodall
Kato (L) and Oda

(July 2)  Hanbury’s strengthened their hold atop the Terminal League standings by taking a darkness-shortened  five-inning 8 to 2 verdict from Mount Pleasant. Versatile Norm Goodall of the Millmen, on the mound for the first time this season, held the Pleasants to three hits and fanned eleven in copping the abbreviated mound victory. Losing hurler Arnold Bennett, with a no-hitter in his last start, whiffed eight but was lit up for nine safeties including two each by R. Mills, Ferd Inch and Pat Worley. Mills and Inch both had a double in their sum of swats while Worley’s total included a three-bagger.

Bennett (L) and Fleming
N. Goodall (W) and Daniels

(July 5)  The Asahi Tigers continued to manufacture runs without base hits when they blanked the Rat Portage diamondeers 6 to 0 in Terminal League play. The Nippons managed only two hits off a tandem of Muskrat chuckers but they made the most of their opportunities. Backed up by a pair of snappy double plays, Fred Kato gave up four hits in taking the shutout knoll victory.

Kato (W) and Oda
McDonald (L), Orr (2) and Hillman

(July 7)  Mount Pleasant manhandled the pitching-strapped Vancouver Lumber Company nine, whipping the Lumbermen 11 to 2. Arnold Bennett pitched his usual steady game to go the route for the mound win. R. McKenzie, W. Cadenhead and J. Betts were the chief offenders with the ash for the Hillboys while Manson of the Lumber outfit cracked a triple and single.

Bennett (W) and xxx
Newton (L) and xxx

(July 9)  Hanbury’s continued to stay hot, winning out 4 to 1 over Rat Portage in the early portion of a Terminal League twin-bill while in the last half of the exciting day’s events, the Kitsilano Retailers got past the Vancouver Lumber Company by a score of 8 to 5.

Hanbury’s Ferd Inch was a trifle wild at times but managed to hold the False Creekers to just four hits while punching out seven in the opener. Bobby Orr suffered the hillock defeat, surrendering seven safeties while whiffing eleven. Nary a swatter from either team was able to manufacture more than one base rap.

Inch (W) and Daniels
Orr (L) and Hillman

Heavy clouting by both teams was the feature of the second contest. Although lit up for nine safeties, winning flinger L. Thompson fanned eight and was tough in the pinches. Heaslip and Newton of the V.L.C. aggregation both lit him up for three base knocks, one for each being a double. Catcher Marks, initial station guardian Sangster and middle infielder Inkster of the Kitsies all collected two base swats.

Thompson (W) and Marks
Gordon (L) and Wright, Newton

(July 12)  The Mount Pleasant crew of pastimers soundly trimmed the Asahi Tigers, current runners-up in the Terminal League, 4 to 1 at the Powell Street diamond. Arnold Bennett, on the hillock for the winners, turned in his second seven-inning no-hit performance of the season although, in this one, the opposition plated a run. The Hillboys, securing only three hits themselves, didn’t pull out the victory until the sixth inning when they put a three-spot on the scoreboard to break a 1 – 1 deadlock. Keystone sacker W. Cadenhead’s two-run single was the most telling blow of this late surge by the Pleasants.

Bennett (W) and Fleming
Kato (L) and Oda

(July 14)  The Hanbury’s slugging crew clouted out another Terminal League victory at the Powell Street facility, the Kitsilano Retailers finishing on the short end of a 5 to 1 score. A. Miller, on the knoll for the Kitsies, fanned eight and held the league-leaders to five safeties but two of them were round-trippers, one each by Ab Mortimer and Doug May. The Millmen led all the way and it wasn’t until the sixth round that the Retailers got on the scoreboard thanks to a double by Inkster followed by outfielder Rickson’s three-bagger.

Miller (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(July 16)  In the first number of a Terminal league double-bill, the two cellar clubs faced off and, after the smoke of the battle had cleared, the Vancouver Lumber Company nine found themselves on the long end of a 5 to 3 tussle with Rat Portage. The second affair between the rejuvenated Mount Pleasant gang and the Kitsilano Retailers resulted in a draw, the actual score failing to be reported in the Vancouver Daily World, after four innings of heavy clouting.

The Muskrats had a slight 5 to 3 advantage in base knocks in the lid-lifter but erratic handling of the sphere in crucial defensive situations cost them the scuffle. Losing heaver “Bobby” Orr of the Portages was the only swatter in the fracas to emerge with a pair of base raps. One of his knocks was a two-bagger.  

Gordon (W) and Newton
Orr (L) and McConnell

Neither pitching ace of their respective teams was up to his usual standard in the late affair and the war clubs reigned supreme.

Bennett and xxx
Thompson and xxx

(July 19)  A pair of newcomers who toed the rubber during a Terminal League fracas at the Powell Street grounds experienced differing results as the Asahi Tigers swallowed up the Kitsilano Retailers 11 to 7. Rookie chucker Arai mounted the hill in relief for the Nippons early in the contest after starter Fred Kato had been rocked. He went on to complete the game, striking out ten and earn the hurling triumph. Sykes, another novice, started on the knoll for the Kitsies and squandered an early lead, winding up in the showers with the hillock defeat. As is not an unusual occurrence, the Tigers were outhit, 8 to 5, in their comeback win. Shortstop Tom Matoba singled twice for the winners while rival shortpatcher A. Miller was best with the bat for the Kitsies, hammering a home run and double. Teammate Marks, the full-time catcher, stroked a pair of one-baggers which went for naught.

Kato, Arai (W) (1) and Oda
Sykes (L), Thompson (5) and Marks

(July 21)  The unbeaten Hanbury’s squad of diamond pastimers added another Terminal League victory to their string when, after a hard-fought battle, they emerged as 4 to 2 winners over Mount Pleasant. Ab Mortimer was the hitting star for the Sawmillers, smashing a homer and triple.

xxx (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx 

(July 23)  Two of the smoothest Terminal League exhibitions of baseball that graced the Powell Street diamond this season were witnessed by an overflow crowd in double-bill action. The first was a pitcher’s battle between Bobby Orr of Rat Portage and Kitsilano’s L. Thompson with the latter’s squad prevailing 2 to 0. In the second tussle, the invincible Hanbury’s contingent nosed out the Asahi Tigers by a score of 4 to 2.

Thompson fanned 13 of the Portage batters to face him in the opening match while Orr rang up 11 victims. The Retailers had a 4 to 2 advantage in base hits. Outfielder J. O’Reilly of the Muskrats was the lone batsman to gather two base swats with one of those raps being a double.

Orr (L) and McConnell 
Thompson (W) and Marks

Effectively using Asahi bunting skills, the Sawmillers turned the tables on the Nippons in the wrap-up contest. This strategy provided the ammunition for a trio of fourth-stanza runs which turned the game in favor of the Millmen. New Tiger chucker Arai continued to impress, fanning nine. Both ball clubs registered six hits with Ab Mortimer of Hanbury’s as well as Tom Matoba and shortstop Yonemoto of the Nippons collecting two apiece.

Dines (W), Inch (5) and Daniels
Arai (L) and Oda 

Standings                 W      L       Pct.
Hanbury’s                14      0      1.000
Asahi Tigers             10      5       .667
Kitsilano Retailers       7      6       .538
Mount Pleasant            5      8       .385
Rat Portage               2     10       .167
Vancouver Lumber Co.      2     11       .154

(July 26)  The Mount Pleasant Terminal Leaguers took out of the Rat Portage crew, disposing of the Muskrats 6 to 1. Triumphant mound artist Arnold Bennett whiffed six and spun a three-hitter in going the route. His batterymate, catcher Fleming, had two of the six base knocks, one being a double, garnered by the Mountaineers. Warne of the Portages had two of his team’s three safeties.

Bennett (W) and Fleming
Orr (L), Warne (4) and McConnell

(July 28)  After winning 14 games without a loss, the Hanbury’s nine dropped their final regular-season game 6 to 5 to the lowly Vancouver Lumber Company. It took a four-run splurge in the final stanza, capped by Heaslip’s tantalyzing bases-loaded grounder down the first base line which Ab Mortimer failed to corral, for the Lumbermen to pull off the upset.

Gordon (W) and Newton
Choate (L), N. Goodall (7) and Daniels

(July 30)  The Mount Pleasant diamondeers closed in on the Kitsilano Retailers, current occupants of third place in the Terminal League, emerging victorious by the narrow margin of 2 to 1 in an epic battle. Arnold Bennett and L. Thompson opposed each other on the mound and both twirlers were at their best. Winning flinger Bennett was nicked for five safeties and fanned six while Thomson whiffed eleven and gave up just three hits. Goose eggs were in order until the fifth frame when a single by first baseman Sangster, coupled with a brace of errors, gave the Kitsies a 1 to 0 lead. The Pleasant bunch evened the count in the sixth when fly chaser J. Betts singled and later crossed the dish on a miscue. The Retailers made a desperate attempt to push across the winner in their half of the final canto but A. Miller was caught at the platter on a quick relay from the outer pasture. Mountaineers’ third sacker R. Mitchell broke up the game in the bottom of the panel with a clean hit which scored W. Cadenhead. Outfielder Rickson of the vanquished nine was the game’s most productive swatter, lacing a pair of doubles.

Thompson (L) and Marks
Bennett (W) and Fleming

(August 1)  The two aspirants for third place in the Terminal League, the Kitsilano Retailers and Mount Pleasant, met again but struggled in vain for a decision as a seven-inning 0 – 0 scoreless draw resulted. Pitchers L. Thompson and Arnold Bennett were again superb as Thompson’s slants went unhittable while those from Bennett’s arsenal were nicked for only two safe raps. Both chuckers received excellent defensive support.

Bennett and Fleming 
Thompson and Marks

(August 2)  In a strange twist of fate, following another tie game in the Terminal League third-place struggle, the Kitsilano Retailers were awarded that final playoff spot by league officials on a rule interpretation technicality. The game itself had been another thriller, ending in a 4 – 4 stalemate between the Kitsies and Mount Pleasant before darkness intervened. The two twirlers, L. Thompson and Arnold Bennett, visibly showed the effect of the hard work they had been subjected to as both were hit rather freely although sensational defensive support kept the run column down to a respectable figure. The Retailers’ valuable shortstop, A. Miller, had a banner evening with the willow, poling the sphere for a homer, double and one-bagger. The Hill Boys’ keystone sacker, W. Cadenhead, also had his eye on the apple, securing three safeties to his credit.

Thompson and xxx
Bennett and xxx 


PLAYOFFS

Semi-finals (best-of-three) 
Third-place finisher (Kitsilano Retailers) vs Second-place occupant (Asahi Tigers)

(August 4)  The combination of heaver Arai’s puzzling slants and some clever bunting proved too much for the Kitsilano Retailers in the opener of the Terminal League semi-finals as they fell 5 to 3 to the Asahi Tigers at the Powell Street grounds. Arai was dominant on the knoll, limiting the Kitsies to just two hits while ringing up 13 strikeouts. The Nippons seemed to be able to dump teasers within the infield at will which the Retailers were unable to cope with.

xxx (L) and xxx
Arai (W) and xxx 

(August 6)  The Asahi Tigers advanced to the Terminal League finals by edging the Kitsilano Retailers 3 to 2 in the second game of their semi-final series. Both complete game hurlers, the Tigers’ Arai and Kitsilano’s Sykes, were mowing down opposing batters with regularity, each fanning 13. The Kitsies outhit the victors by a 7 to 5 margin as Retailer short patcher A. Miller once again starred with the baton, drilling three singles.

Arai (W) and Oda
Sykes (L) and Marks

Playoff finals (best-of-three) 
Asahi Tigers vs Hanbury’s

(August 9)  Before a crowd of several thousand enthusiastic fans at the Powell Street grounds, the Hanbury’s crew took the initial battle for Terminal League supremacy when they plated the only run of the game in the bottom of the final frame to edge a fighting band of Asahi Tigers 1 to 0. The Nippons actually held a decided 6 to 2 edge in base hits, an unusual event, but weren’t able to manufacture runs the way they normally do, stranding seven baserunners. Chucker Arai of the Asahi nine was invincible for most of the contest and outpitched winner Ferd Inch in most aspects of the game, issuing fewer walks and holding the edge in strikeouts, 9 to 6. Catcher "Red" Daniels of the Millmen was the hero of the fracas, his long hit into deep left field in the last chapter sending Art Morse, who had reached the initial station on a Tiger bobble, across the plate with the one and only tally. 

Arai (L) and Oda
Inch (W) and Daniels

(August 11)  Heavy hitting by catcher "Red" Daniels and Ab Mortimer enabled Hanbury’s to defeat the Asahi Tigers 9 to 0 in the second game of their playoff showdown, earning the 1921 Terminal Baseball League crown in straight games.

Inch (W) and Daniels
Arai (L), Kay and Oda


Post regular-season exhibition game

(August 13)  Awaiting first-round intra-city playoff action against Spencer’s of the Twilight circuit, the league champion Hanbury’s nine took on a band of select players from within their loop and fell 6 to 2 to this group of Terminal League All-Stars at the Powell Street grounds. Kitsilano’s A. Miller was directly responsible for the majority of the winners’ tallies with his circuit-clout, two-bagger and single. Outfielder J. Betts, a Mount Pleasant representative, contributed the defensive play of the game with his circus catch of Ab Mortimer’s Texas-Leaguer.

Bennett, Thompson and xxx
Choate, Dines and xxx 


Dewdney League

Coquitlam
Hammond
Haney
IOCO Imperials (league champion)
Port Moody

(May 31)  In a Dewdney League pitching duel, Hammond defeated IOCO 2 to 0. The defeat for the Imperials was their first setback of the campaign. The Hammondites got to losing flinger “Robbo” Robinson for both of their counters in the seventh canto on the strength of a triple, double and single.

Robinson (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

Standings            W      L      Pct.
IOCO                 4      1     .800
Hammond              4      2     .667
Coquitlam            3      4     .429
Haney                1      2     .333
Port Moody           1      4     .200

(June 18)  Hammond nosed out Coquitlam 4 to 3 on the strength of a two-hit pitching performance by mound artist Butler. Third sacker Cope and first baseman Fiune stroked two hits apiece for the winners.

Butler (W) and Ferguson
Duncan (L) and Harris 

Standings            W    L     Pct.
IOCO                 9    1    .900
Hammond              6    4    .600
Haney                3    4    .429   
Coquitlam            4    7    .364       
Port Moody           1    7    .125

(June 21)  IOCO padded their lead atop the Dewdney circuit by squeezing out an 8 to 7 triumph over Haney. Gilley (Gourlay ?) and McDonald had home runs in this contest. 

Robinson (W) and Cross
Craig (L) and Cobb


1921 Vancouver Twilight League

Collingwood
Fleishman’s
Fraser Valley
Hilton & Webster
Irish Fusiliers
Mount Pleasant Tigers
Mount View
Spencer’s (league champion)

A latecomer to the 1921 senior amateur baseball landscape, the Twilight Baseball League was formed in mid-May and didn’t get underway until May 29th, almost a full month after the Commercial Leaguers got things rolling in the lower mainland. Originally slated to be a nine-team circuit, the loop eventually settled on eight entries and played a shorter schedule than the other three Vancouver associations of senior baseballers.

(May 31)  In the second game of the 1921 Twilight League held at Heather Park, Spencer’s defeated Hilton & Webster 8 to 6. Winning hurler Payne of the Spencer’s nine whiffed eleven.

Brown (L), Barrington and Messner
Payne (W) and Chapman

(June 2)  A five-run outburst in the third inning was sufficient to carry Mount View to a 9 to 5 decision over the Collingwood Maroons. Included in the quintet of counters registered in the big inning was a solo homer off the bat of outfielder Graham.

Blake (W) and Andreen
McArthur (L) and Towly, Rennie

(June 8)  A pair of runs in the eighth inning allowed Mount View to defeat Fraser Valley 6 to 4. Outfielder Keil of the Dairymen was the game’s leading hitter with a double and single.

Blake (W) and Andreen
Duncan (L) and Acton

(June 9)  Landing ten safe blows, many at opportune times, Spencer’s romped to an 8 to 2 triumph over Mount Pleasant.  Payne, who pitched for the winners, allowed just two hits and whiffed ten. Keystone sacker Wilkinson of the Department Store crew pounded four base raps.

Payne (W) and Chapman
Murphy (L) and Blakely

(June 13)  Mount View had a decided edge in their tussle with Hilton & Webster, downing the Partners 13 to 5. Winning chucker Blake aided his own cause at the dish, drilling three safeties including a double.

Parrington (L) and C. Messenger, Elliott
Blake (W) and Andreen

(June 14)  With both pitchers in fine form, the Collingwood Maroons emerged with a 4 to 1 win over Fraser Valley. The Collies had four hits while winning hurler McArthur limited the Dairymen to just two.

Duncan (L) and Acton
McArthur (W) and Lovely

(June 15)  The Mount Pleasant Tigers took a 12 to 6 decision from Fleischman’s in a loosely played Twilight League contest. The Yeastmen were limited to three base raps by winning tosser H. Mortimer. First sacker Bruce, hot corner custodian Greenhaigh and fly chaser Wilson each grabbed a brace of swats for the victors.

Swindel (L) and Messenger
H. Mortimer (W) and Hendry

(June 21)  Mount View pitcher Blake registered his fifth complete game mound victory of the campaign in leading his charges to a 7 to 2 triumph over Mount Pleasant. Second baseman Torey, catcher Andreen and outfielder Graham all had two safeties for the winners.

H. Mortimer (L) and Blakely
Blake (W) and Andreen 

(June 22)  Plating five counters in the seventh frame, Spencer’s edged Fraser Valley 6 to 5. Winning flinger Payne struck out eleven of the Dairymen. Outfielder Hobson of Fraser Valley picked up three hits to lead all swatters.

Payne (W) and Stevenson
Duncan (L) and Acton

(June 23)  Collingwood knocked off the Irish Fusiliers 4 to 1 in a Twilight League fixture. Both teams registered five base hits as shortstop John Nestman of the Maroons and Fusilier catcher Black both smacked a pair of swats.

Buckley (L), McIvor and Black
A. Green, McArthur (W) (2) and Lovely

(June 25)  Fleischman’s scored five times in the opening frame and went on to dispose of Fraser Valley 8 to 4. Outfielder Eccles and backstop Messenger led the Yeastmen at the dish, each contributing a brace of base raps.

Duncan (L) and Barclay, Stephen
Swindel (W) and Messenger

Standings                W      L     Pct.
Mount View               5      0   1.000
Spencer’s                4      1    .800
Collingwood              3      2    .600
Irish Fusiliers          2      2    .500
Hilton & Webster         1      2    .333
Mt. Pleasant Tigers      1      3    .250
Fleischman’s             1      3    .250
Fraser Valley            0      4    .000

(July 2)  A late inning rally by the Hilton & Webster aggregation fell short as they fell 4 to 3 to Mount Pleasant. H & W outhit the Pleasants by a 7 to 3 margin but couldn’t cash in their scoring opportunities. First baseman Bruce had a home run for the winning nine.

Moffatt (W) and Blakely
King (L), Porrington and C. Messenger 

(July 4)  In a snappy Twilight League skirmish, Fraser Valley defeated the Mount Pleasant Tigers 5 to 2. The Tigers, although securing eight hits to six for the Dairymen, were unable to connect in the clutch.

Crowell (W) and Acton
Moffatt (L) and Blakely

(July 6)  The Irish Fusiliers and Fleischman’s Yeast battled to a 6 – 6 draw before darkness curtailed proceedings. The Yeastmen pounded out 13 hits while the Soldiers countered with eight. Third sacker Eccles of Fleischman’s led the hit parade by accumulating a triad of blows. Teammate Anderson had a triple and single.

McIvor and Black
Swindell and Messenger

(July 7)  With pitchers on both squads firing three-hitters, Hilton & Webster came out on top 7 to 2 over Fraser Valley. Winning tosser C. Brown rang up 12 strikeouts. Initial sacker Williams of the Dairymen was the only swatter on either side to record a pair of hits.

C. Brown (W) and Elliott
Duncan (L) and Skinner, Girst

(July 12)  Winning flinger Blake fired a three-hitter as Mount View dropped Fleischman’s 6 to 2. Second baseman Teel belted a solo circuit-clout for the winners. Teammate Elliott picked up a double and one-bagger.

Mills (L) and Messenger
Blake (W) and Andreen

(July 14)  Spencer’s ran over Mount View 6 to 2 in a joust between the Twilight League’s top two teams. Mount View lost a number of scoring chances as six of their baserunners were caught on the paths as outs. Outfielder Chapman led the Men’s Wear contingent at the platter, slamming a double and single.

Blake (L), Andreen (6) and Andreen, Ross (6)
Fritz (W) and Stevenson

(July 15)  Spencer’s kept right on rolling, disposing of Hilton & Webster 8 to 3. Winning tosser Craig was in fine form, yielding but four hits, punching out seven and issuing nary a free pass. H & W first baseman Wright was Craig’s only nemesis, belting a home run and a double. Craig and outfielder Fritz had two hits apiece for the victors.

Craig (W) and Stevenson
C. Brown (L), King  and Moore

(July 25)  Mount View blanked the Fraser Valley Dairy squad 6 to 0 at Heather Park. Winning chucker Blake was very effective in the pinches.

Duncan (L), Crowell and xxx
Blake (W) and xxx

(August 8)  Collingwood edged the Irish Fusiliers 6 to 5 in Twilight League action. Complete game mound winner McArthur was touched for just three safeties, including a bases-empty four-bagger by losing chucker McInnis, while fanning a dozen. Shortstop Tanner had a brace of swats for the Maroons.

McArthur (W) and Lovely
McInnis (L) and Pitt

(August 15)  Spencer’s Department Store clinched the pennant in the inaugural Twilight Baseball League campaign by squeezing past Mount View 9 to 8 in a furious battle which almost ended in a free-for-all. The 1921 pennant-winners will now face the Terminal League champion Hanbury’s in a best-of-three semi-final series for the right to advance to the senior amateur finals for Vancouver.

Payne (W) and xxx
Blake (L), Miller (4) and xxx


New Westminster Senior League

B.C. Box Manufacturing (league champion)
Pastimes
Summers’ Colts
West Burnaby

1921 Vancouver City Championship Playoffs

(August 26)  Lefty Simons tossed a shutout as the Province topped Centrals 3-0 in the opening game of their best of three playoff. The game was called after six innings on account of darkness.

Brethour, Johns (L) (2) and McLean
Simons (W) and Gardner

(August 29)  In a game which produced 14 runs in the first inning, the Centrals and the Province battled to an 8-8 draw in the second game of their playoff for the city championship.  King of the Province and Jardine of the Centrals led their respective attacks each with three hits. The winners got all their markers in the fourth inning. Charlie Miron led off with a single and promptly stole second, taking third on a sacrifice. On Mahon's grounder to short, Shaver tried for a play at the plate, but catcher McLean dropped the ball allowing Miron to score the first run. Mattock slashed a long single to right field and made second when Calder tried to nab Mahon at third. Both runners came home on Gardner's liner to left field.

Simons, MacDonald (1) and Gardner
Johns, Lewis (1) and McLean

(August 31)   In a five inning affair, the Province shaded the Centrals 3-2 Wednesday to win the best of three playoff two games to none with one tie. The winners now take on Hanbury's, the Terminal League winners for the city championship.  Alex "Lefty" Simons twirled a three-hitter for the victory. Two of the hits, along with a walk, came in the first inning when the Cardinals got their only runs. The Province got one back in the second and notched a pair in the third for the win. Bradbury opened with a free pass and Charlie Miron surprised with a bunt single. Mahon's one-bagger scored Bradbury and Miron advanced to third, coming home on Cameron's squeeze bunt.

Simons (W) and Gardner
Johns (L) and McLean


(August 23)  Ferdie Inch fired a one-hit shutout to lead Hanbury to a thrilling 1-0 victory in the first game of their playoff series with Spencer's. Inch fanned eleven and walked a pair. Losing hurler Craig yielded just three hits. The lone run came in the second inning. Inch reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and made third on an error. He romped home when third sacker Andrien couldn't hold Stevenson's peg to try to nab him off third.

Inch (W) and Daniels
Craig (L) and Stevenson

(August 25)  With four runs in the fifth and final inning, Hanbury's defeated Spencer's 8-6 to take their playoff series in two straight games.

Craig and Stevenson
Dines, Inch (3) and Daniels

(August 30)  Hanbury's, the Terminal League winners, have advanced in the City championship series, downing Spencer's, the Twilight League champions, 12-8 in the continuation of a protested game. The original contest, played last week, ended 8-6 for Hanbury's, but was protested and it was ruled that the last four innings be replayed. Hanbury's won the four-inning portion 4-2.

Payne and Stevenson
Inch (W) and Daniels


(September 3)  Hanbury's downed the Province in the opening game of a best-of-three playoff series for the Vancouver city championship.

(September 5) The Hanbury Lumbermen captured the Vancouver City title Monday downing the Province 6-2 to take the series in two straight games. It was a tight, one-run game until the bottom of the 8th when Hanbury's erupted for three markers to put the game on ice. Ferdie Inch held the Province to six hits while fanning nine, including the side in the last frame. Mills, Inch, Norm Goodall and May each had two hits for the winners. Mattock had a double and single for the Province.  Charlie Miron of the Province, who starred on Saturday with a pair of hits and three stolen bases, made the highlight play of the day when he raced in for Norm Goodall's fly ball in the third inning. He dove head first, clutched the ball and hung to it while he completed his nosedive and came up smiling after a couple of turns in the grass. Hanbury's now go up against IOCO for the provincial title. A protest lodged by BC Box was thrown out by the BC executive sending IOCO into the final.

Simons (L), Arthur (5) and Gardner
Inch (W) and Daniels


BC Senior Final

(August 19)  BC Box, helped by six infield errors by IOCO, took the opening game of their playoff series 4-2. The winners had just seven hits, two by ButlerCurrie picked up the win yielding nine hits while fanning ten.

Currie (W) and Waltham
Robinson (L) and Cross

(August 24)   Scoring all four of its runs in the fourth inning, BC Box downed IOCO 4-3 in a five-inning contest Wednesday to win their playoff series in two straight games. Shortstop Butler and first baseman Grimstone each rapped two hits for the winners. One of Grimstone's was a two-bagger. Chester Boe was best for the losers with a double and single and two runs.

Gourlay (L) and Cross
Gray (W) and Waltham

(August 30)  IOCO, the Dewdney League champions, rebounded from a 3-0 first inning deficit to down BC Box 7-4 to even their series at one game apiece. The game was a replay of their last engagement, won by the New  Westminster champions, but protested successfully by IOCO over an umpire's decision. Fraser, Harry Cross and Jesse Scott each pounded out three hits to lead the winners. Cross scored three times. Art Gourlay, who relieved started Robbo Robinson in the first frame, held BC Box to just five hits and one run the rest of the way.

Currie (L), Gray (5) and Waltham
Robinson, Gourlay (W) (1) and Cross

(September 2)  IOCO won on the diamond, but could lose in the boardroom. The Oilers downed BC Box 8-3 Friday, but a protest has been lodged by BC Box. The series, to decide who will advance to play the Vancouver City League champions for the BC Senior championship, has been settled and unsettled again for the second time. Friday's win gave IOCO the two wins necessary to win the best-of-three series. But, if the protest by the New Westminster outfit is upheld, another game will have to be played. A week ago, BC Box had defeated the Iocans two straight, but IOCO protested one of the games and the protest was upheld and the team went on to win the next two.

In Friday's game, IOCO ran up an 8-0 lead after three innings and coasted to the win. Robbo Robinson scattered ten hits in going the route for the pitching win. MacDonald and Chester Boe each had two hits for the winners.

Robinson (W) and Cross
Gray (L) and Finlayson

(September 7)   In an extra inning thriller, Imperial Oil took the opening game of the BC Senior final 7-6 over Hanbury's Lumbermen, scoring the tying and winning runs on a passed ball. After IOCO scored in the bottom of the ninth to tie 5-5, Hanbury's took the lead with a run in the 10th on a walk, a fielder's choice, passed ball and an error. Then, IOCO loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame. Fraser rapped out his third hit and stole second. Jesse Scott hit a grounder to short and a late throw to third left both runners safe. Gunlayson drew a free pass to fill the sacks.  With Art Gourlay at the plate, Ferd Inch fired a fastball, but in the fading light, catcher "Red" Daniels let the ball get by and both Fraser and Scott romped home for the win.

Robinson, Gourlay (W) (10) and Cross
Inch (L) and Daniels.

(September 10)   Riding the five-hit, shutout pitching of Jack "Robbo" Robinson, IOCO dumped Hanbury's 6-0 Saturday to capture the British Columbia Senior championship in two straight games. Before a crowd of 3,000 fans at Athletic Park, Robinson whiffed a dozen while allowing just one base on balls  in going the full nine innings. First baseman Cameron led a potent attack with five hits in five trips. With the last out, Cameron was hoisted shoulder high by admiring fans and carried around the field to the accompaniment of loud cheers.  Harry Cross and Gord Dowding each had a double and single for the winners.

Inch (L) and Daniels
Robinson (W) and Cross


Post-playoff exhibition game

(September 16)  The recently crowned B.C. champion IOCO Imperials imploded at Athletic Park in exhibition action and were roughed up badly 10 to 3 by an aggregation of all-star players from the Vancouver senior leagues assembled by manager Charlie Crook. The Refinery Towners played miserably afield, booting the ball ten times, and appeared to be only a shadow of the squad that, in sharp contrast, turned in such a sterling performance during the provincial playdowns. Jimmy Watters of the triumphant Vancouverites was the only player to hit safely more than once, connecting safely on two occasions.

Robinson (L), Gourlay (2) and Cross
Simons (W), Craig (4) and McLean


(August 31, 1922) At the end of August 1922 it was announced that Chester D. Boe had succumbed to a lingering illness. He was just 22 and a well known amateur sportsman in the city mainly in hockey and baseball. He played ball with the IOCO team in 1921 and the C.P.R. squad in 1920. He had also played hockey with the Nationals.