1922 Game Reports Vancouver     

1922 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1922 BC Interior 
1922 Vancouver Island   

VANCOUVER SENIOR AMATEUR LEAGUE

Arnold & Quigley *, BC Electric, Centrals, Collingwood, Elks, Missions

* 1922 regular season Vancouver Senior League pennant winner

(May 09)   In a superbly hurled game, A Vancouver Senior League tilt ended in a 0-0 draw Tuesday at Athletic Park as Ivan MacDonald fired a no-hitter for BCER and Les Traeger allowed just two hits for the Centrals. The game was called after six frames because of darkness. MacDonald walked two and fanned ten. Traeger, in his debut with the Centrals, had eight strikeouts and one free pass.

Traeger and McLean
MacDonald and Mahlman

PLAYOFFS

Second-place tie-breaker  Missions vs Elks

(August 12)  The Missions earned the right to battle with the Arnold & Quigley crew for the championship of the City Senior Baseball League when they hammered the Elks 22 to 2. Catcher Harry Richardson and first baseman Frank Shaw both collected four hits for the winners. Walt Blochberger belted a home run for the Elks.

Evans (L), Phillips (6), Wilson (7) and Blochberger
Delcourt (W), McConachie (9) and Richardson

Finals  (best-of-five)  Missions vs Arnold & Quigley

(August 12)  Following their sudden-death victory over the Elks, the Missions took the field once more to face Arnold & Quigley in the opener of the league finals. After grabbing a quick 1 to 0 lead in the top of the initial canto, the Missions began to run out of gas and fell to the Clothiers 7 to 1. The Quigs played an all-round superior game especially on a defensive level where third baseman Paul Tatman made two dazzling plays. Syd Whyte and outfielder Manson both stroked a double and single for the victors.

McConachie (L) and Richardson
Larson (W) and Whyte

(August 14)  With “Lefty” Delcourt pitching his best game of the season, the Missions turned the tables on Arnold & Quigley and evened up the City Senior final series by taking a 7 to 1 decision from the Clothiers. The Confectioners chased starter and loser “Lefty” Robertson to the showers in the third frame and continued to pile up hits off reliever Art Gourlay, eventually reaching the 13 mark. Delcourt fanned eleven while surrendering seven scattered blows. Rival shortstops, Ernie Paepke of A & & and Turnbull of the Missions, led their respective squads offensively with a trio of base swats apiece.

Robertson (L), Gourlay (3) and Whyte
Delcourt (W) and Richardson

(August 16)  Arnold & Quigley pulled ahead of the Missions in their set-to for the city Senior crown by taking a tight 2 to 1 decision from the Confectioners. Winning heaver “Tat’ Larson stymied the Missions on two hits. Jack Wyard had two of the Clothiers’ five hits.

K. Clarke (L) and Richardson
Larson (W) and Whyte 

(August 19)  Camille “Lefty” Delcourt tossed a one-hitter in leading the Missions to a 1 to 0 triumph over Arnold & Quigley in the fourth match of their playoff showdown. The Confectioners managed only two safeties, both by Frank Shaw, off the slants of losing flinger “Tat” Larson. The lone run scored, a second-inning tally, was of the unearned variety.

Larson (L) and Whyte
Delcourt (W) and Richardson 

(August 21)  The Mission Confectionery nine captured the 1922 Vancouver Senior Amateur Baseball League title by turning back Arnold & Quigley 5 to 4 in the fifth and deciding game of their final series. “Lefty” Delcourt hung the Clothiers’ scalps on his belt for the third time in the series, fanning 13 while allowing six hits. The big inning for the Missions was the fifth when they scored all five of their runs, three of which were driven in on a booming bases-loaded double by Delcourt and the other two on Harry Richardson’s single.

Delcourt (W) and Richardson
Larson (L) and Whyte


TERMINAL BASEBALL LEAGUE

Asahi, Hanbury, Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant, Spencers *, Vancouver Lumber

* 1922 regular-season Terminal League pennant winners

(May 04)  Nick Craig put his name in the record books Thursday hurling a no-hit, no-run game as Spencer's clipped the Kitsilano nine 5-0 in Terminal League action at the Powell Street Grounds. The right-hander struck out 11 and walked one. Errors led to two other baserunners. Centre fielder Pat Worley made a circus catch to help preserve the no-hitter. Thompson yielded just five hits in taking the loss.

Craig (W) and Clark
Thompson (L) and Marks

PLAYOFFS

Semi-finals (best-of-three) 
Hanbury’s vs Kitsilanos

(August 12)  Hanbury’s and the Kitsilanos battled to a 5 – 5 ten-inning draw in the opener of their Terminal League semi-final playoff series. Hanbury’s had a decided 10 to 4 advantage in base hits acquired but also out-errored the Kitsies 4 to 2. Ab Mortimer laced a double plus a brace of one-baggers for the Millmen.

Puder and Daniels
Thompson and Marks

(August 15)  League officials scrapped the remainder of the Terminal League semi-finals and awarded the second-place Hanbury’s nine the series. 

Finals (best-of-three)    
Hanbury’s vs Spencer’s

(August 16)  Hanbury’s won the first game of the Terminal League finals, dropping Spencer’s by a 6 to 4 score. A four-run fifth inning by the Lumbermen spelled the difference in the contest. Catcher Norm Goodall paced the victors with the bludgeon, smashing a double and a pair of singles.

Craig (L) and Ferguson
Crowder (W) and N. Goodall

(August 17)  Spencer’s pulled even with Hanbury’s in the Terminal league final series at the Powell Street grounds, defeating the Lumbermen by a score of 8 to 1. Each team racked up just four hits. Three consecutive errors by the Millmen in the opening frame gave Spencer’s the opening they needed to plate five counters and put the odds in their favor. Pat Worley and outfielder Wright belted home runs for the victors.

N. Goodall (L), Puder (1) and Daniels
Butler (W) and Bacon

(August 21)  Hanbury’s snatched the Terminal League crown for 1922 after plating a tenth-inning counter which gave them a 5 to 4 triumph over the pennant-winning Spencer’s aggregation. Outfielder Coyle’s double in the extra canto drove in Norm Goodall with the winning marker. The Lumbermen had dodged a bullet in the ninth by completing a triple play after the Spencer’s nine had loaded the sacks with no one out. Coyle also had a brace of one-baggers to pace the champions at the dish. Nick Craig of the vanquished squad replicated Coyle’s batting output. Outfielder May of Hanbury’s and Spencer’s Pat Worley both launched home runs.

Crowder (W) and Daniels
Butler (L) and Bacon


VANCOUVER TWILIGHT BASEBALL LEAGUE

BCER, Burnaby *, Carleton Centre, Fraser Valley, Heath AC, Hudson's Bay, Mikado, South Vancouver Retailers, Vancouver Elks, Vancouver Engineering

* 1922 regular season Twilight League pennant winner

No intra-league playoffs – first-place Burnaby moved on to play Britannia Beach, champions of the Howe Sound Baseball League, in provincial playoffs.


DEWDNEY BASEBALL LEAGUE

Coquitlam, Hammond, Haney, IOCO *, Missions, Port Moody

* 1922 Dewdney League regular season pennant winner


PLAYOFFS
IOCO defeated Coquitlam in two straight games in capturing the best-of-three league finals.

(August 21)  IOCO snared the 1922 Dewdney League tiara in straight games by knocking off Coquitlam 13 to 8.

Robinson (W) and H. Cross
Owens (L), Duncan and Smith

IOCO advanced directly to Lower Mainland senior amateur baseball semi-final playdowns against winner of New Westminster People’s Providers – Riverside United quarter-final series.


1922 B.C.A.B.A. Senior provincial playdowns

Lower Mainland quarter-finals  (best-of-three) 
Burnaby (Twilight League champions) vs Britannia Beach (Howe Sound League champions)

Playoff roster of Britannia Beach
Chynoweth OF, Durfee OF, Inch Ferdie P/OF, James, King Bert P/OF, Mahon Bill 2B, Muskett SS, Raftery 3B, Reyburn OF, Sawyer 1B, Stewart “Fat” C

(August 22)  The Burnaby ball club, champions of the Twilight League, waltzed away with a 3 to 2 over Britannia Beach, winners of the Howe Sound title, in the first game of their elimination series at Athletic Park. A tight pitching battle between Bert King, Britannia slabman, and Burnaby’s Don Gray featured the match. Gray was touched for six hits and whiffed nine while King yielded just four safeties and fanned an even dozen. Brittania went ahead in the top of the seventh on a two-run single by King. In the last half of the frame, Burnaby knotted the count 2 – 2 on a dropped fly ball and then plated the eventual winner on another error, this one of the infield variety.

King (L) and Stewart
Gray (W) and Ewart

(August 24)  Coming from behind by utilizing sustained bunting tactics in the sixth and seventh innings, the Burnaby Twilight Leaguers defeated Britannia Beach of the Howe Sound circuit 6 to 4 to advance to the next round of the Senior “A” baseball playoffs. After falling behind 4 to 0 early in the contest, Burnaby edged back into contention by successfully laying down well-placed bunts and eventually forged ahead by employing the same strategy. First baseman Condon of the victors and catcher Stewart of the Beachites stroked three singles apiece in leading the hit parade.

Ross, Gray (W) (1) and Ewart
Inch, King (L) (7) and Stewart


Lower Mainland quarter-finals  (best-of-three) 
Hanbury’s (Terminal League champions) vs Missions (Vancouver Senior Amateur League champions) 

(August 23)  The Hanbury Terminal Leaguers chalked up a 7 to 6 victory over the Missions, City Senior titlists, handing “Lefty” Delcourt his first pitching defeat of the post-season. Both Delcourt and winning tosser Hal Puder went the route. A muffed fly ball in the seventh inning allowed the Lumbermen to plate the winner. A trio of swatters from each club, Norm Goodall, Charlie Stevenson and catcher "Red" Daniels of the winners as well as Harry Richardson, Frank Shaw and outfielder McConachie of the Confectioners, all contributed a brace of base blows.

Puder (W) and Daniels
Delcourt (L) and Richardson

(August 26)  Hanbury’s of the Terminal League advanced to the provincial senior baseball championships by taking out the Missions of the Senior City loop 3 to 1. Complete game winner Carl Crowder pitched a whale of a game for the Millmen, handcuffing the Confectioners on one hit while ringing up eleven strikeouts. Outfielders May and Robbie Mills each collected a brace of base raps for the victorious Lumbermen.

Delcourt (L) and Richardson
Crowder (W) and Daniels


Lower Mainland quarter-finals  (best-of-three) 
New Westminster People’s Providers (Westminster League champions) vs Riverside United (Upper Fraser Valley League champions)

Partial playoff rosters

New Westminster People’s Providers : Archambeault Joe OF, Fortin 1B/P, Gardner Ralph C, Guichon 3B, Harrison P/1B, Herb SS, Lewis 2B, Mowat OF, Neilsen Oscar OF, Onkels OF, Rattray Norm MGR

Riverside United : Gustafson P, Hamilton C, Olson P

(August 18)  Although being outhit by an 11 to 7 margin, the People’s Providers, champions of the Westminster Baseball League, got past the Riverside team of the Upper Fraser Valley circuit by a 6 to 3 score.

Olson (L), Gustafson and Hamilton
Harrison (W) and Gardner

(August 23)  The People’s Providers baseball team of New Westminster advanced to the B.C. Senior “B” baseball finals by edging Riverside United 7 to 6 to annex the series in two straight games.

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


Lower Mainland semi-finals  (best-of-three) 
Burnaby (Twilight League champions) vs Hanbury’s (Terminal League champions) 

(August 28)  A stellar pitching battle at Athletic Park highlighted the opening game of the Lower Mainland semi-finals finals. Coleman Hall of Hanbury’s and Burnaby’s Dave Gray locked horns with Hall and the Lumbermen emerging with a narrow 4 to 3 conquest. Burnaby got to Hall for three counters in the opening stanza and had the Lumbermen blanked until the eighth panel. In that fateful frame, the victors plated a four-spot on RBI singles by catcher Johnny "Red" Daniels, Art Morse and Ab Mortimer followed by a fielder’s choice which brought home the winner. Burnaby third baseman Bert Pitt led all swatters with a three-hit performance while teammate Gray and outfielder Robbie Mills of the Millmen each collected a pair of safeties.

Hall (W) and Daniels
Gray (L) and Ewart

(August 29)  Burnaby’s youthful Twilight League balltossers were eliminated from further provincial action after they were blanked 6 to 0 by Hanbury’s of the Terminal League 6 to 0 at Athletic Park. The Millmen grabbed the series in two straight games. Bobbles played an integral part in determining the result of the fracas with Burnaby contributing no fewer than seven. Norm Goodall posted the shutout mound victory on a six-hitter. He also shared batting honors with teammate May, each spanking the sphere for a brace of bingles.

Gray (L) and Ewart 
N. Goodall (W) and Daniels


Lower Mainland semi-finals  (best-of-three) 
IOCO (Dewdney League winners) vs New Westminster People’s Providers (Westminster League champions)

(August 28)  Stellar pitching on the part of “Robbo” Robinson, IOCO hurler, paced the Refiners to a 5 to 0 blanking of the People’s Providers at New Westminster’s Queen’s Park. Robinson fanned eight while fashioning a steady seven-hitter. Initial sacker Abe Cross starred at bat for the Oilmen, delivering three solid base knocks including a double and a two-run round-tripper.

Robinson (W) and H. Cross
Harrison (L) and Gardner

(August 30)  IOCO advanced to the Lower Mainland senior baseball finals by decisively trimming the People’s Providers of New Westminster 10 to 4 in the Refinery Town. After taking a brief 1 to 0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Royal City troupe fell behind the Refiners and, although sporting a slight 10 to 9 advantage in base hits, played poorly on defense, inhibiting their chances for a comeback. Hot corner custodian Guichon of People’s picked up three singles in a losing cause.

Fortin (L) and Gardner
St. Clair (W) and H. Cross


Lower Mainland finals  (best-of-three) 
IOCO (Dewdney League champions) vs Hanbury’s (Terminal League champions)

(September 2)  Before one of the largest crowds that have ever attended an amateur game in Vancouver, Hanbury’s shaded IOCO 3 to 2 in the first game of the Lower Mainland senior baseball finals. The Refinery Towners had a distinct 10 to 5 advantage in base hits acquired but were unable to translate the bingles into runs against winning tosser Carl Crowder. Second sacker McDonald, Dean Freshfield, Abe Cross and Harley Salloway each poked out a brace of swats for the vanquished nine. 

Robinson (L) and N. Cross 
Crowder (W) and Daniels 

(September 4)  IOCO, defending provincial senior baseball champions, evened the Lower Mainland finals at a game apiece by downing Hanbury’s of Vancouver 3 to 1 in the second tilt of the series.

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

(September 7)  By defeating Hanbury’s, Terminal League champions, 3 to 1, the IOCO baseball team captured the Lower Mainland crown and earned the right to defend their provincial tiara against the Victoria Elks. “Robbo” Robinson was in great form on the hillock for the victors, ringing up an even dozen strikeouts while allowing only four bingles. Losing flinger Simmons was even stingier, allowing but three safe smacks, but his support fell down at critical junctures. Ab Mortimer’s second-inning RBI single gave Hanbury’s a 1 to 0 lead. The Refinery Towners picked up their counters in a cluster during the fifth canto on a pair of costly errors and a fielder’s choice.

Simmons/Simons (L) and Daniels
Robinson (W) and H. Cross


Vancouver Island finals  (best-of-three) 
Victoria Elks vs Ladysmith

(September 3)  Victoria Elks won the senior baseball championship of Vancouver Island by decisively defeating Ladysmith in the third game of their series 13 to 3.

Stickney (L) and Richardson
McIlvride (W) and Townsley


B.C. Senior Amateur finals  (best-of-three) 
Victoria Elks (Vancouver Island champions) vs IOCO (Lower Mainland champions)

Victoria Elks playoff roster
Copas H. SS, Copas R. OF, Gravelin 3B, Jackson 1B, McIlvride P, Minnis 2B, Townsley C, Turpel OF, Whyte OF

(September 10)  The homestanding Victoria Elks defeated reigning B.C. champion IOCO 9 to 2 in the opening game of the 1922 provincial senior baseball finals. The Antlered Tribe lit up losing twirler Milt St. Clair for 13 base raps, all singles, while the Refiners gathered ten safeties off the slants of victorious moundsman McIlvride. Gord Dowding slammed a home run for the Mainlanders in the opening canto.

St. Clair (L) and H. Cross
McIlvride (W) and Townsley

(September 16)  The Victoria Elks annexed the 1922 B.C. senior amateur baseball championship by smothering the defending champion IOCO baseballers 13 to 2 at Athletic Park. The Refiners managed only two hits off winning flinger McIlvride. Stroking two bingles apiece for the Islanders were McIlvride, shortstop H. Copas and first sacker Jackson with one of McIlvride’s swats being a grand-slam round-tripper.

McIlvride (W) and Townsley
Robinson (L) and H. Cross

(October 19)   A major league all-star team, en route to Japan, stopped off in Vancouver for an warm-up contest with a local pick-up squad, mainly amateurs.  It was no contest. The visitors pounded out 22 hits off five local hurlers in a 19-3 victory. Riggs Stephenson, the third sacker, led the way with four hits and five runs.

1922 Japan tour

Back row (left to right) - Fred Hoffman, Luke Sewell, Joe Bush, Bibb Falk, George "Highpockets" Kelly, Amos Strunk, Waite Hoyt, Ernie Stanton, John "Doc" Lavan, Riggs Stephenson, Emil "Irish" Meusel, Casey Stengel

Front row - Bert Griffith, H.H. Hunter MGR, Herb Pennock

How Stanton got into the picture is not know. Stanton a pitcher-outfielder was recruited by Vancouver for the game. He was described as a former vaudeville performer who had performed with Waite Hoyt a few years back. He had played in the Lake Shore League in 1922.