1923 Game Reports / Alberta     

 

ALBERTA

Best-of-three playoff Southern Alberta League finals

(August 10)  Lethbridge Our Bests got the jump on the Cardston Indians in their playoff series when they took the visitors down 10 to 3 at Adams Park. The Braves jumped out to an early 2 to 0 first-inning lead as the Doughboys defense temporarily faltered behind winning tosser Norm “Big Six” Geohegan. The O.B’s knotted the count in the bottom of the second and then scored eight times in the fourth, sending loser Brooks to the showers in the process. Outfielder Harvey Schweitzer of the Millers was the only swatter from either club to register two hits, garnering a double and single.

Brooks (L), Beazer (4) and J. McKenzie
Geoghegan (W) and Sang

(August 14)  The Cardston Indians were recipients of a 5 to 4 gift win in the second game of the Southern Alberta League playoffs held in the Temple City. Trailing 4 to 3 in semi-darkness in the bottom of the ninth, the Tribe were recipients of four successive hit batsmen by Lethbridge chuckers, the last one by reliever “Big Six” Geoghegan who inadvertently lost his cool and, in frustration, uncorked a wild pitch, allowing the winning run to cross the plate. Lethbridge’s Harvey Schweitzer had a fifth-inning solo home run. The third and final game of the series has been put on hold as both competing teams become involved in playdowns leading to the 1923 Alberta senior amateur championship. First-round provincial playoff pairings have the Indians facing the Crow’s Nest Pass League winners, Coleman, while the O. B.’s will tangle with Medicine Hat.

Seaman, Geoghegan (L) (9) and Sang
Brooks (W) and J. McKenzie

No final game was ever played as the Cardston Indians disbanded for the season due to harvesting operations.


Alberta senior amateur provincial playoffs    

Cardston - Coleman

(August 18)  The Cardston Indians informed the A.A.B.A. that they would be defaulting their quarter-final series to Coleman as harvesting operations left the team with a severe player shortage. Coleman, the Crow’s Nest Pass League champions for 1923, were given the opportunity to advance directly into the provincial semi-finals but declined.

Medicine Hat - Lethbridge O. B.’s

(August 18)  Medicine Hat got off to a great start in their best-of-five series with the Lethbridge Millers by taking both
games of a double-bill in the Gas City. The Hatters pummelled the O. B.’s 16 to 1 in the opener while taking the second contest by a 3 to 1 count. The matinee tussle was a walkaway for the hosts as they held a commanding 9 to 0 lead after three innings were in the books. Medicine Hat’s Connors tossed a three-hitter in breezing to the win. He also drilled four hits as did teammates Bellamy and Wilson. Outfielder Ernest Teel had a home run for the winners.

Seaman (L) and Sang
Connors (W) and Rattray

The follow-up game was more competitive although the visitors never held the lead and were out-hit 10 to 3. Winning flinger Bill Mulholland fanned eleven batters. Isom, anchoring the middle of the outer pasture, led the victors at the dish with a triple and two singles. Both second baseman, Bracken of the Hatters and Lethbridge’s Jack Currie, slammed circuit clouts.

Geoghegan (L) and Sang
Mulholland (W) and Rattray 

(August 20)  Medicine Hat portsider Bill Mulholland whiffed ten Lethbridge batters while limiting the Millers to a pair of singles, both by Gord Greenway, as the Gas City visitors impressively turned back the Windy City clan by an 8 to 0 score, copping the series in three straight games. Ernie Teel led the winners offensively with a double plus a brace of singles while shortstop Wilson smashed a pair of two-baggers.

Mullholland (W) and Rattray
Geoghegan (L), Tambor (7) and Sang

Calgary Hustlers - Stavely

(August 22)  The Calgary Hustlers and Stavely divided an A.A.B.A. playoff doubleheader at Stavely with the hosts capturing the initial match 4 to 2 while the Cowtowners evened matters with an 8 to 0 triumph in the late encounter. Stavely held an 11 to 6 margin in base hits garnered in capturing the opener. “Slim” Haynes went the distance on the hill to pick up the win.

Castagner (L) and McNabb
Haynes (W) and Allan 

The Hustlers had it all over Stavely in the second game as a combination of timely hitting, superb defense and the failure of the homesters to provide adequate defense spelled the difference. The third and final game of the best-of-three series will be decided in Calgary.

Lucas (W) and McNabb
Haynes (L), Jenkins (7) and Allan

(August 24)  The Calgary Hustlers advanced another notch in their senior provincial championship aspirations by taking the long end of a 10 to 2 count against the Alberta Southern League titlists from Stavely. The victory for the Calgarians now sends them into an A.A.B.A. semi-final series against Medicine Hat. While batting in the bottom of the eighth inning, losing pitcher “Slim” Haynes of Stavely was hit in the head by one of Calgary chucker Castagner’s offerings and, after taking the mound during the ninth frame, Haynes collapsed from dizziness and had to be removed from the game. Outfielder George Wiggs blasted a home run for the victorious Hustlers.

Castagner (W) and Howard
Haynes (L), Jenkins (9) and Allan

Rockyford – Edmonton Red Sox

(August 29)  In a neutral site playoff doubleheader at Olds, the games were split with the Capital City crew capturing the matinee event 8 to 5 while the Rockyford outfit edged past the Red Sox 9 to 8 on the strength of a ninth-inning tally to tie the series in the nightcap. In the opening encounter, Edmonton rang up losing chucker Earl “Lefty” Brown for a cluster of sixth-inning blows which netted them a half dozen counters, enough for them to tuck away the victory. Outfielder Chapman blasted a home run and triple for the winners.

E. Brown (L) and M. Smith
Crozier (W) and Roots

Both starting hurlers from the first game, Ken Crozier of the Red Stockings and Rockyford’s “Lefty” Brown, again took the hillock for the late match. This game was mired with a number of rhubarbs over umpiring decisions, one of which led to a punch being thrown by Brown which landed squarely on the jaw of Edmonton manager Godson. Outfielder Reisch drilled a four-bagger for the victors while shortstop Knight had a pair of triples. A protest was filed by the Edmontonians on the basis of umpiring incompetency, particularly in the changing of decisions.       

E. Brown (W) and M. Smith
Crozier, Hamilton (L) (6) and Campbell

The two teams were never able to settle their bitter differences and play a third game so a northern Alberta winner was never declared.

Calgary Hustlers – Medicine Hat

(August 29)  The Calgary Hustlers bombarded the host Medicine Hat squad 10 to 0 in the afternoon game of their playoff twin-bill but blew an opportunity to sweep the day’s proceedings when they allowed the Hatters to score five runs in the last two frames and escape with a 12 to 9 verdict. Castagner chucked an invincible three-hit shutout for the Hustlers in earning the mound win.

Castagner (W) and McNabb
Connors (L) and Rattray

After hurling superlative ball in the opener, Castagner failed to retain a two-run Calgary lead when he came on as an eighth-inning fireman in the owl encounter. An easy high fly ball which was muffed with two out would have altered the result.

Lucas, Castagner (L) (8) and McNabb
Mulholland (W) and Rattray

(August 31)  Medicine Hat took the lead in the best-of-five playoff series at Calgary when they defeated the Hustlers 7 to 3 behind the brilliant mound performance of lefthander Bill Mulholland. The classy Hatter southpaw had the Hustlers baffled so decisively that they were unable to touch him for a base hit until two were down in the eighth inning. The Gas City gang clicked for four runs in the fourth frame to take a 6 to 0 lead and, in the process, drive losing twirler Castagner to the showers. Shortstop Wilson, Mulholland and his batterymate, Rattray, each had two singles for the victors.

Mulholland (W) and Rattray
Castagner (L), Mickens (4) and Howard

(September 1)  Medicine Hat defeated the Calgary Hustlers 6 to 4 in the second game of a double-bill to capture the best-of-five southern Alberta crown three games to two. The Hustlers had evened the series with a first game 7 to 4 victory. With their backs to the wall in the opener, the Hustlers provided winning chucker Lucas with good defensive support and came through with timely hits to snatch the victory. Third sacker Stoddart laced three singles for the Calgarians. His hot corner counterpart, Bellamy, had a double and single in a losing cause.

Sailer (L), Partridge (7) and Rattray
Lucas (W) and McNabb

Medicine Hat’s Bill Mulholland picked up his third series’ win in the finale. Both teams stroked six base blows with the big difference being that the visiting Hatters were able to bunch four of their raps, combined with a pair of Calgary miscues, in the fifth frame which accounted for four tallies. The Hatters now advance to play for the 1923 Alberta championship.

Mulholland (W) and Rattray
Castagner (L) and McNabb

Medicine Hat – Northern Alberta champion

(September 21)  This series was never played. Rockyford withdrew from the A.A.B.A. senior championship after being ordered to replay a previously protested sudden-death semi-final game against the Edmonton Red Sox. They later reversed their opting-out decision but the squabbling between the two northern finalists dragged well into October which ended all possibilities of an Alberta final for 1923.