1923 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley
1923 BC Interior
1923 Vancouver Island
Three separate senior-level baseball leagues were operational on Vancouver diamonds during the spring and summer of 1923. A smattering of inter-league games took place, not only involving the Vancouver circuits, but also with the Dewdney League, a loop consisting of teams from the outlying areas.
(July 25) Doc Foster's Colored Giants of Seattle were handed an 8 to 2 defeat Wednesday by the Vancouver Young Liberals.
(July 26) At Athletic Park Thursday, the Terminal League All-Stars and Seattle fought to a 2-2 draw before about a thousand ardent fans. Kimberley, on the hill for Vancouver, held the Giants to just three hits while Smaulding allowed just five in the eight inning contest. The Giants scored in the top of the first inning as the game's leadoff batter swatted a triple and scored on a fielder's choice. Seattle took a 2-0 lead with a run in the seventh. The locals plated a pair in the bottom of the seventh for the tie.
Smaulding and Wright
Kimberley and Daniels
(July 27) Vancouver Young Liberals sent Seattle's Colored Giants down to another defeat Friday topping the visitors 5 to 3. Jack Tyrwhitt started on the hill for the Libs but was hit freely by the Giants and Len Arthur relieved to hold the Giants on the scoreboard for the rest of the way. Wright took the loss.
Tyrwhitt, Arthur (W) and xxx
Wright (L) and xxx
Vancouver Senior Amateur Baseball League
B. C. Electrics, Collingwood Athletic Club, Elks , Young Liberals
Final Standings * W L Pct.
Elks 14 5 .737
Young Liberals 15 7 .682
Collingwood 8 14 .364
B. C. Electrics 5 16 .238
* tie games neither replayed nor counted in standings
Final 1923 Vancouver Senior Amateur Baseball League pitching statistics (from July 27, 1923 edition of Vancouver Daily World)
W L H R Pct.
Simons (YL) 5 1 30 20 .850
Larson (YL) 4 1 26 13 .800
Delcourt (Elks) 7 2 49 22 .778
Anderson (Elks) 3 1 39 20 .750
Gourlay (YL) 2 1 18 15 .667
Evans (Elks) 3 2 39 31 .600
Arthur (YL) 4 3 40 18 .571
Tyrwhitt (Coll) 2 3 44 30 .400
Garrison (B.C.E.) 3 6 54 43 .333
Traeger (B.C.E.) 2 4 41 35 .333
McDonald (B.C.E.) 1 2 20 23 .333
Esplen (Coll/YL) 3 9 92 56 .250
Finals (best-of-three) Elks vs Young Liberals
(July 30) Out-swatted by a significant 10 to 3 margin, the Young Liberals nonetheless managed to escape with a narrow 3 to 2 victory over the pennant-winning Elks in the opener of their Senior League final series. The third inning was the frame in which the Grits inflicted the greatest damage, plating a pair of tallies on a single by Jack Fraser, a sacrifice, a hit batter, a passed ball and a wild pitch. Both teams scored in the seventh, the Politicians first on Hec Cann’s triple followed by an infield throwing error on Jack Fraser’s sacrifice attempt which went for a hit. The Elks responded with a pair in their half of the frame, putting together four hits. They threatened in every inning but one and had the tying counter on base in the ninth when “Lefty” Simons fanned “Casey” Clarke to end the game. Second sacker Harry Wilson of the Antlered Tribe had three of his team’s ten hits while teammate Jimmy Ralston kicked in with a pair.
Simons (W) and Richardson, Whyte
Delcourt (L) and Cross
(August 1) The Young Liberals, second-place finishers during the regular campaign, emerged as 1923 playoff champions of the Vancouver Senior Amateur Baseball League when they nosed out the Elks 3 to 2 to grab the Senior Amateur finals in two straight matches. Tempers flared in the highly-contested game as Art Gourlay of the Grits and the Elks’ Jimmy Ralston were both banished following sixth-inning fisticuffs. Len Arthur copped the complete-game mound decision after fashioning a four-hitter. Outfielder Tatman of the Politicians was the only player in the game to acquire a brace of safeties.
Anderson (L), Delcourt (7) and Cross
Arthur (W) and Whyte
Terminal Baseball League
Asahis, Hanbury’s, Kitsilanos, Mount Pleasant, Spencer’s, Vancouver Lumber Company
Final Standings W L Pct.
Hanbury’s 7 3 .700
Mount Pleasant 6 4 .600
Vancouver Lumber 5 5 .500
Spencer’s 5 5 .500
Kitsilanos 5 5 .500
Asahis 2 8 .200
1923 final Terminal Baseball League batting averages (.300 or better)
G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR SB SH Aver.
Worley (Spencer’s) 5 16 8 9 19 2 0 4 1 1 .563
McIntyre (Kitsilanos) 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Silver (Hanbury’s) 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Lorne Thompson (Kitsilanos) * 10 30 8 12 15 3 0 0 3 0 .400
Warne (Kitsilanos) 5 13 4 5 12 1 0 2 2 0 .385
Solloway (Hanbury’s) 5 13 1 5 6 1 0 0 3 1 .385
Mitchell (Mount Pleasant) 10 31 9 11 18 2 2 0 1 0 .355
Jenkins (Kitsilanos) 9 31 7 11 15 4 0 0 9 0 .355
Williams (Hanbury’s) 10 32 8 11 16 2 0 1 1 1 .344
Morse (Hanbury’s) 9 24 3 8 16 2 0 2 1 1 .333
Mills (Hanbury’s) 10 34 8 11 14 0 0 1 3 2 .324
Wight (Vcr. Lumber) 10 28 3 9 9 0 0 0 6 0 .321
J. Cadenhead (Mt. Pleasant) 10 30 4 9 10 1 0 0 1 0 .300
* declared as 1923 batting champion
Other individual leaders
Runs – Norm Goodall (Hanbury’s) & Eddie Brown (Spencer’s) – tied with 11
Total Bases – Pat Worley - 19
Home Runs – Pat Worley – 4
Stolen Bases – Jenkins – 9
Sacrifices – Matsumiya (Asahis), Eddie Brown (Spencer’s) & Webster (Spencer’s) – tied at 3
Finals (best-of-three) Hanbury’s vs Mount Pleasant
(July 29) Hanbury’s took the lead over Mount Pleasant in the Terminal League finals, blanking the East-siders 3 to 0 behind the four-hit pitching of Hal Puder. The Lumbermen scored all three of their counters in the opening canto on two singles, two doubles and an error. Puder rang up 13 strikeouts in recording the triumph.
Puder (W) and Daniels
Bennett (L) and J. Cadenhead
(July 31) Tommy Raftery twirled a solid two-hitter as Hanbury’s captured their fourth consecutive Terminal League title by disposing of Mount Pleasant 3 to 2 at the Powell Street grounds. Norm Goodall smashed a home run and a single for the Millmen while second baseman Fleming of Mount Pleasant connected for a final-inning four-bagger.
Bennett (L) and J. Cadenhead
T. Raftery (W) and Daniels
Vancouver Twilight Baseball League
Burnaby, Carleton Centre, Hudson’s Bay (folded midway through season), South Vancouver Elks, Vancouver Engineering Works, Vancouver World
Final Standings * W L Pct.
Carleton Centre 12 6 .667
Vcr. Engineering Wks. 9 9 .500
Vancouver World 9 9 .500
Burnaby 9 9 .500
South Vancouver Elks 9 9 .500
* record of disbanded Hudson’s Bay team not included
No intra-league playoffs – Carleton Centre advances to play Terminal League champion Hanbury’s in first round of Vancouver and B.C. provincial playdowns.
Dewdney Baseball League
Coquitlam, Hammond, Haney, IOCO * , Port Moody
* IOCO – 1923 Dewdney League champion
New Westminster Senior Amateur Baseball League
B. C. Box Manufacturers * , Elks, 47th Battalion, People’s Providers
Finals (47th Battalion vs B. C. Box Manufacturers
(August 1) The B. C. Box Manufacturing nine captured the playoff crown emblematic of supremacy in the 1923 Royal City circuit by squeaking out a razor-thin 2 to 1 verdict over the 47th Battalion.
Harrison (L) and McLean
Currie (W) and Somerville
Lower Mainland Senior Baseball Playdowns
Quarter-finals (best-of-three) Carleton Centre (Twilight League champions) vs Hanbury’s (Terminal League champions)
(August 4) Hanbury’s of the Terminal League slipped past Carleton Centre of the Twilight League 4 to 3 in the first game of their Lower Mainland quarter-final series. The Twilight Leaguers collected 11 base hits to just six for Hanbury’s but a pair of late-inning fielding miscues cost them the game. Playing in the seventh panel with the score tied 2 – 2, a Hanbury one-bagger to the middle pasture found a hole between Carleton fly-chaser F. Dwan’s legs and rolled to the deepest part of the outfield for a three-base error and the lead run. Then, in the eighth, losing twirler Herm McArthur made a wild heave to first base which allowed an insurance counter to cross the platter. Down by a pair as they came to bat for the final time, the Sawmill nine made a valiant effort to knot the count, loading the sacks, but were only able to push across one run. First baseman Jack Lundie of the Carleton’s topped all swatters in the contest with three safeties. Teammate J. Brown and Hanbury’s Art Morse both stroked a brace of bingles.
McArthur (L) and Scott
Kimberley (W) and Daniels
(August 8) Hal Puder struck out 13 and limited Carleton Centre to just four hits in pitching Hanbury’s to a 5 to 2 win over the Suburbanites in the second and final game of their playoff series. The Millmen collected eleven hits off a pair of Carleton tossers with Norm Goodall leading the pack with a three-ply clout and a brace of one-baggers. Teammate Harley Solloway laced a triad of singles.
Puder (W) and Daniels
Fitzpatrick (L), McArthur (6) and Scott
Quarter-finals (best-of-three) IOCO (Dewdney League champions vs Chilliwack Athletics (representing the Chilliwack Valley Baseball League)
(August 8) Scoring three runs in the eighth frame to break a 6 – 6 deadlock, IOCO captured the opening game of the Lower Mainland quarter-finals 9 to 6 from Chilliwack. Winning flinger Robinson gave up nine hits while fanning eleven. Jack Bacon and third baseman Coyle both blasted a trio of base knocks for the Refinery Towners.
Robinson (W) and Bacon
Ratzman (L) and Bruce
(August 10) IOCO advanced to the next round of the Lower Mainland Senior playoffs by dumping the visiting Chilliwack nine 15 to 5. The Oilmen banged out 12 hits in overwhelming the Valley champions who fell apart defensively in the sixth and seventh innings.
G. Sager (L) and Atkinson, Bruce
Thorburn (W) and Bacon
Semi-finals (best-of-three) Hanbury’s (Terminal League champions) vs Young Liberals (Vancouver Senior Amateur League champions)
(August 13) An unfortunate error by Art Morse, Hanbury’s flashy shortstop, deprived Tommy Raftery of the Millmen a shutout in the initial game of the Lower Mainland senior baseball semi-finals at Athletic Park. Ernie Paepke of the Young Liberals crossed the plate with the equalizer on Morse’s sixth-inning wide heave to first base as the Grits and Terminal Leaguers played to a 1 – 1 draw in the darkness-shortened opener. The Sawmillers had opened the scoring in the initial round when Norm Goodall singled to drive in Raftery from second base. Raftery and “Lefty” Simons, twirling for the Politicians, were both stingy with the hits, each yielding but three, all singles.
Simons and Richardson
T. Raftery and Daniels
(August 16) Ernie Paepke’s screeching fourth-inning three-ply clout to the middle garden with all hassocks populated stowed away a 6 to 3 victory for the Young Liberals at Athletic Park against the Terminal League champion Hanbury’s squad. With the score 3 to 1 against them, the Grits struck for four in that fateful frame to grab control of the contest, adding another counter in the fifth for good measure. Len Arthur punched out eight, walked nary a batter and was nicked for six safeties in copping the knoll victory. Paepke had a one-bagger to go along with his triple. Teammates Hec Cann and Jack Fraser both stroked a pair of singles while Harley Solloway and Art Morse of the Millmen each banged out a brace of wallops, with one of Morse’s and both of Solloway’s being doubles.
Kimberley (L), Puder (5) and Daniels
Arthur (W) and Whyte
(August 18) The Young Liberals came through with a 17 to 2 lambasting of Hanbury’s Mill to capture the city of Vancouver senior baseball crown as well as a trip to the Lower Mainland finals. Leading from start to finish, the Grits pounded a pair of Hanbury chuckers for 18 base blows. Winning moundsman “Tat” Larson pitched the first eight innings for the victors, surrendering all seven of the opposition hits. Outfielder Orville Falconer blasted two doubles and a brace of one-baggers for the Politicians while teammates Larson, Jack Fraser and first baseman Charlie Mattock each drilled three hits.
Larson (W), Arthur (9) and Whyte, Richardson (8)
Puder (L), Kimberley (6) and Daniels
Semi-finals (best-of-three) IOCO (Dewdney League champions) vs B.C. Box Manufacturers (New Westminster League champions)
(August 15) New Westminster’s B. C. Box Manufacturers went one game up in their Lower Mainland semi-final series with IOCO when they blanked the Oil City nine 2 to 0. Gordon Currie, on the mound for the Royal City troupe, twirled great ball and held the Refinery Towners to three hits. Losing heaver Robinson was no slouch either as he held the Manufacturers to just four safeties.
Currie (W) and Somerville
Robinson (L) and Bacon
(August 22) Defending provincial senior champion IOCO was eliminated from further play after dropping a 3 to 1 decision to the B.C. Box Manufacturers of New Westminster at Queen’s Park. The Boxmen gave winning flinger Gordon Currie great support, playing errorless afield while the Refinery Towners were sloppy, committing seven miscues. All three of the IOCO tallies were of the unearned variety. Outfielder Jack McCrae and catcher Harry Somerville each singled twice for the winners.
Robinson (L) and Bacon
Currie (W) and Somerville
Finals (best-of-three) New Westminster Box Manufacturers (New Westminster League champions) vs Vancouver Young Liberals (Vancouver Senior Amateur League champions)
(August 25) Playing before one of the largest crowds that has witnessed a baseball game at Athletic Park in years, the Young Liberals, Vancouver city champions, downed the B.C. Box Manufacturers of New Westminster 1 to 0 in the first game of the Lower Mainland championship series. The game was scoreless for 8 1/2 innings despite the fact that the Politicians were swinging the hickory for a flock of hits. Finally, in the bottom of the ninth, after first baseman Charlie Mattock of the Grits had singled and advanced to second base on an infield out, he romped home with the walkoff winning tally on Hec Cann’s one-bagger. Charlie Miron and third sacker Jack Fraser had three hits apiece for the victors.
Currie (L) and Somerville
Simons (W) and Richardson
(August 29) With victory well in sight, the B.C. Box Manufacturers’ defense weakened in the seventh inning at New Westminster’s Queen’s Park, allowing the Young Liberals of Vancouver to push five runs across the platter and tie the score 7 – 7. In the one other inning played before darkness fell, neither team broke the stalemate and the resulting draw. Both combatants banged out eleven safeties with New Westminster complete game chucker Gordon Currie leading the way with two doubles and an equal number of one-baggers.
Arthur, Larson (4) and Whyte
Currie and Somerville
(September 1) The Vancouver Young Liberals captured the 1923 Lower Mainland senior baseball tiara by turning back the B.C. Box Manufacturers of New Westminster 6 to 3 at Athletic Park. Pitcher “Lefty” Simons of the Grits was the game’s shining star, holding the Royal City team to two scattered hits while whiffing seven. The Boxmen scored all three of their tallies in the opening stanza, initiated by an infield error, a passed ball and a walk. The Politicians tied the game with a trio of markers in the second round and went ahead in the seventh, adding a singleton in that frame, and padding the margin with a brace of insurance counters in the eighth panel. Simons and outfielder Paul Tatman both stroked a brace of swats for the Libs.
Simons (W) and Whyte
Gordon (L), Currie (8) and Somerville
Vancouver Island Senior Baseball Playoffs
Nanaimo Coal City defeated Courtenay 3 to 0 and 9 to 4.
(August 16) Nanaimo Coal City defeated Victoria C. P. R. 3 to 0 in the first game of the Vancouver Island senior baseball finals.
(August 18) Converting four fourteenth-inning singles into two runs, the visiting Nanaimo senior baseballers won a marathon 6 to 4 decision from Victoria C.P.R. to advance to the provincial senior finals. The Railroaders had plenty of opportunities to win but were unable to cash in on their chances, stranding 17 baserunners.
Kaye (W) and xxx
Forbes (L) and xxx
1923 B.C. Finals (best-of-three) Nanaimo Coal City (Vancouver Island champions) vs Vancouver Young Liberals (Lower Mainland champions)
(September 3) The Vancouver Young Liberals got the jump on Nanaimo Coal City to earn a 3 to 2 victory in the opener of the provincial finals. No game details or batteries located in the Vancouver Daily World.
(September 5) The home-standing Nanaimo Coal City clan and the Vancouver Young Liberals battled to a ten-inning 5 – 5 tie in the second game of the B.C. senior amateur baseball finals. The Coalers made a valiant comeback to earn the draw after falling behind 5 to 0. Both teams stroked ten base blows. The Politicians pulled off a triple play during the early part of the game. Shortstop W. Rice led the Islanders with the stick, spanking the sphere for three safeties. Charlie Miron and Syd White of the Grits both laced a double and single, a feat replicated by Phil Piper and P. Courtenay of Nanaimo..
Simons, Arthur (9) and Whyte
Kaye, Stickney (9) and Piper
(September 8) Close to 4,000 customers at Athletic Park witnessed the Vancouver Young Liberals’ conquest of the Nanaimo Coal City contingent 4 to 0, a victory that earned the Grits the 1923 British Columbia senior baseball championship. “Tat” Larson went the route for the Libs to earn the shutout win on a five-hitter. Nanaimo starter “Lefty” Kaye was given the hook after 5 1/3 innings when he was lit up for all Vancouver four runs. Playing-manager Ernie Paepke, Bill Giguere, Charlie Miron and Jack Fraser all had two hits for the new champions.
Kaye (L), Stickney (6) and Piper
Larson (W) and Whyte