1924 Game Reports / Alberta     

 

EDMONTON SENIOR LEAGUE

The Senior circuit was formed late in the season from the best teams of an Intermediate league.

Calder, North Edmonton, Radials, Southside Central Garage

The major activity in the Edmonton area appeared to revolve around tournaments (King of the Bushers) and exhibitions, such as the Little World Series between the "Miracle Mirror" nine and the Edmonton Outlaws. See the tournament page for game reports.


CALGARY CITY LEAGUE

Athletics, Hustlers, Riverside

The Hustlers were regular-season pennant winners but were defeated by the runner-up Athletics in a best-of-three playoff final series.

PROVINCIAL PLAYOFFS

(August 13)  Calgary Athletics are up two games to none in their provincial series with Stavely after twin victories at Mewata Stadium Wednesday. A's shaded the visitors 3-2 in the first game before launching the heavy artillery in the 12-1 triumph in the second contest before 2,500 fans at Calgary. 

In the afternoon affair, veteran Slim Haynes led his mates with a fine seven-hit display but Bobby Mackenzie, who gave up eight safeties, came away with the pitching victory. A fluke homer in the third inning proved to be the difference.  Stavely centre fielder Ferris Bouzyan was not familiar with the ugly rut in midfield and Reddick's drive hit the area and the ball hopped over his head going deep in the pasture for a four-bagger with Frank Mastel aboard. MacKenzie had seven strikeouts in going the route for the winners. He walked two. Haynes fanned five without a free pass.

Haynes (L) and Allen
R.Mackenzie (W) and P.Mackenzie

Calgary scored a pair in the first inning of the second game, added three in the third and coasted to the easy 12-1 victory. Lefty Dyer pitched a four-hitter for the Athletics while Calgary pounded out 15 hits, three each by Cecil Thompson and Reddick. Thompson had a triple and scored four times and Reddick, with two doubles,  crossed the plate on three occasions. Archie McTeer smacked a homer and single.

Frederickson (L), Haynes and Allen
Dyer (W) and Lewis

(August 13)  The Lethbridge Elks and Medicine Hat Typos each have a win as they split Wednesday's double-header in two thrilling games at Lethbridge. Elks took the opener 3-0 as Bill Mulholland fired a four-hit shutout against his former teammates and Ralph Greenaway poked a homer.  Greenaway also scored the first Lethbridge run when he walked, stole second and scored on a passed ball in the first inning. Typos came back to win the second game 3-1 behind Miechsner, former leading hurler at St. Louis University, who held the Elks to six hits and fanned 12.

Elks took the early lead in the evening game as Harvey Schweitzer walked and scored on Cy Clendenan's drive down the third base line in the second stanza.  Typos tied the match in the fourth when Jack Rogers singled, stole second and came all the way home on a passed ball. They got the winning marker in the sixth when Al Smeaton drew a free pass, advanced on a steal and fielder's choice and romped home on Bellamy's safety. Medicine Hat added an insurance run in the eighth.

Connors (L) and Rogers
Mulholland (W) and Sang

Miechsner (W) and Rogers
Geoghegan (L) and Edge

(August 20)   With a 4-3 win at Stavely, the Calgary Athletics captured the best-of-five series in three straight games to advance to the final of the provincial senior championship. The visitors jumped into a 4-0 lead getting a run in the second, an Archie McTeer homer in the sixth and a pair in the seventh. Stavely fought back in the eighth with a three run rally loading the bases with none out. Harry Malchow and Hap Rea singled and Slim Haynes reached on an error.  Ferris Bouzyan forced Malchow at home, but in trying for a double play, catcher Pudge MacKenzie's throw to first sailed high and Rea scampered home. Roy Jenkins followed with a two-run blow but Stavely fell just short. Bobby MacKenzie held Stavely to six hits in posting the pitching win over Haynes.

R.MacKenzie (W) and P.MacKenzie
Haynes (L) and Allen

With Calgary having secured the series victory, the second game of the scheduled double header became an exhibition contest with Stavely notching a 6-1 triumph.  Geddes of Nanton hurled five innings to get the win for Stavely. The game was called after seven innings.

Dyer (L) and xxx
Geddes (W), Haynes (6) and xxx

(August 20)  Lethbridge Elks came away with a win and a tie in Wednesday's playoff doubleheader with Medicine Hat. Elks took the first game 4-1 before an overflow crowd as Bill Mulholland fashioned a three-hitter for his second playoff victory. The second game ended in a 2-2 draw when called after seven innings because of darkness. In the first game, two second inning runs by the Elks proved enough for the victory. Cyre led off with a triple and Harvey Sweitzer followed with a single for the initial score and Cyrus Clendenan smacked a double for the second marker.

Mulholland (W) and Sang
Meichsner (L) and Rogers

Elks started fast in the second game getting a pair in the first frame. Gordie Morrison and Cyre were walked and scored on a hit by Gillis and some sloppy fielding.  Norm Trimble scored both runs for the Typos, one in the third and another on a homer in the seventh. Jimmy Connors held the Elks to three hits while issuing six free passes. The Typos managed six hits off Norman "Big Six" Geoghegan.

Geoghegan and Edge
Connors and Rogers

(August 21)   Lethbridge Elks whipped Medicine Hat Typos 10-3 Thursday to advance to the provincial final against the Calgary Athletics. Elks scored a pair in the first inning and another two in the second to cruise to the victory. Big Six Geoghegan, who went seven innings yesterday, had a shutout through six innings before weakening in the latter stages. First baseman Gordie Morrison smacked a double and triple and scored twice for the winners. Geoghegan added a pair of hits, drove in a run and scored one.

Geoghegan (W) and Sang
Plante (L) and Rogers


ALBERTA SENIOR FINAL

(August 27)     The Alberta Senior Baseball final is tied at a game apiece after a Wednesday double-header which saw Calgary Athletics trounce Lethbridge Elks  14-5 in the first game before the Elks regrouped for a 5-4 decision in the evening encounter. Bill Mullholland of the Elks went from first game goat to second game hero. He didn't make it out of the first inning in the opener as Calgary erupted for five runs in the opening stanza. They added five more in the second as the home club battered the Elks for 13 hits. Rosie Helmer and Palfrey each collected three safeties for the winners while Reddick, Cecil Thompson and Ronnie Martin each smacked a pair. Bobby MacKenzie, allowed a dozen hits, but went the route for the pitching win.

Mulholland (L), Geoghegan (1) and Edge, Sang
R.MacKenzie (W) and P.MacKenzie

Mulholland rebounded with a strong effort in the second game holding Calgary to seven hits, one a two-run homer by Archie McTeer, while racking up 14 strikeouts. Cyre had a four-bagger for the Elks and Gordie Morrison knocked out three hits. Charlie Sang added a double and single and scored twice. Lethbridge got the winner in the seventh when Morrison doubled and came around to score on a single by Vic Gillis.

Mulholland (W) and Sang
Dyer (L) and Lewis

(September 1)   Calgary Athletics put on an awesome offensive show Labour Day at Lethbridge cracking out 32 hits in crushing the Elks 25 to 9 and 8 to 6 to take the Alberta Senior Baseball championship three games to one. The first three hitters in the Calgary lineup accounted for nine hits and 12 runs in the first contest. Frank Mastel highlighted the offense with four hits and four runs. Tiny Thompson pounded out three hits and scored four times and Reddick had a pair of hits and four scores. Winning hurler Bobby MacKenzie helped with two hits and four runs. Lethbridge also showed some offense with 14 hits, three each by Ralph Greenaway, Cyre and Vic Gillis.  The teams combined for 16 errors, ten by Lethbridge.

R.MacKenzie (W) and P.MacKenzie
Geoghegan (L), Cyre (4) and Sang

After Lethbridge had taken the lead with a score in the first inning, Calgary roared back with one in the second and five in the third to take the lead for good. Archie McTeer paced a 15-hit attack with a double and three singles.  Frank Mastel added two more safeties and Rosie Helmer, Ronnie Martin and Palfrey each had a pair. Cyre and Gordon Greenaway produced three hits apiece for the Elks. Greenaway's total included a three-bagger. Lefty Dyer gave up ten hits and three walks in going the distance on the hill for the winners. Bill Mulholland took the loss.

Dyer (W) and Lewis
Mulholland (L) and Sang


SOUTHERN ALBERTA LEAGUE

Final Standings              W      L     Pct.
Lethbridge Elks             11      1    .917
Cardston Colts               8      4    .667
Magrath Tigers               6      6    .500
Lethbridge Miners            5      7    .417
Spring Coulee Cubs           5      7    .417
Taber Crescents              4      6    .400
Raymond Robins               2     10    .167


ALBERTA SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Claresholm, Nanton, Macleod, Stavely, Vulcan


CENTRAL ALBERTA LEAGUE

(May 24)  In the opening game of the Central Alberta League, Mirror Canadian Nationals shutout Lacombe 3-0 Saturday as Bill Walker and Cliff Turner combined on a one-hitter. The winners got a run in the first and two more in the eighth for the triumph. Pagmen got the only hit for  Lacombe. Woodward allowed ten hits in taking the loss. He fanned nine.

Walker (W), Turner and xxx
Woodward (L) and xxx

(May 24)  Red Deer shaded Ponoka 7-6 in an error-filled game Saturday. Each team made nine hits and committed six errors. Malcolm doubled in Langley in the eighth inning for the winning run. Winning pitcher Osterland smacked a triple and scored twice. First baseman C. Lewis cracked three hits for the losers.

Osterland (W) and McLaren
Ditburner (L) and Stoddart

In the evening game, Red Deer won 9-3. Percy Smith went six shutout innings for the win, giving way to Sherill Welliver for the final frame when Ponoka used sloppy defensive play by the home club to score all three markers.

xxx and xxx
Smith, Welliver (7) and xxx

(May 27)  Lacombe at Clive was postponed because of rain.

(May 27)   Cliff "Tiny" Turner fired a five-inning no-hitter as Mirror got its second straight shutout, this time 1-0 over Red Deer. Osterland yielded just two hits in taking the loss. Turner fanned nine. The game was called because of darkness.

The Red Deer paper carried a brief report on the game, including the line, "The game was featured by rain and rotten umpiring."

Turner (W) and xxx
Osterland (L) and xxx

(May 30)  Osterland shutdown Clive on five hits Friday as Red Deer posted an 8-0 victory helped by seven Clive errors, three at shortstop and three at third. McLaren and Malcolm each had two hits for the winners.

J.Baldwin (L) and H.Weldburn
Osterland (W) and xxx

(June 2)    A four-run first inning carried Mirror to a 5-1 victory over Camrose as Cliff Turner allowed just five hits and struck out ten. Pete Ryan, the second batter of the game belted a homer, the first of the season and won a silk shirt donated by McNair Bros.  After C.Ray reached safely, Turner smacked a triple to plate the second run and Buck Lapp was hit by a pitch and stole second. Both runners came home as Don Wagner connected for a two-bagger.

Hanson (L) and H.Adams
Turner (W) and A.Ray

Mirror      3 - 1
Red Deer    4 - 2
Ponoka      2 - 2
Clive       1 - 2
Lacombe     0 - 3

(June 3)  Clive at Lacombe

(June 3)  Ponoka fell behind 3-0 in the second inning but rebounded with back to back four-run innings in the fourth and fifth and held on to top Red Deer 12-11. The visitors clipped winning hurler Ditburner for 16 hits but couldn't overcome a porous defense which made nine errors. Lewis pounded out three hits for the winners and Wachlin collected a pair of triples. Nelson collected three safeties, one a three-bagger, for Red Deer and Osterland clouted a homer and single. Ditburner fanned 11 in going the distance.

Osterland (L), Smith (6) and McLaren
Ditburner (W) and Stoddart

(June 5)    Mirror delighted the home fans Thursday overwhelming Ponoka 18-0, behind an 18-hit attack. Cliff "Tiny" Turner was too much for the visitors firing a two-hitter for the shutout. He fanned 18.  The teams combined for 24 errors, 17 by Ponoka.

Ditburner (L) and Stoddart
Turner (W) and A.Ray

(June 6)   Joe Baldwin of Clive fired a three-hitter and fanned 17 Friday but came away a loser as Red Deer took advantage of errors, passed balls and clever base running to top Clive 6 to 4. The winners ran wild on the sacks with a total of seven steals. Clive had eight hits off Osterland who fanned 12.

Baldwin (L) and H.Meldrum
Osterland (W) and McLaren

(June 10)   Red Deer again won in spite of  a weak offense. They had just four hits but managed to top Mirror 4-2 behind Osterland's fine hurling. He yielded just six hits and fanned 13. Trailing 2-0, Red Deer got two of the hits, one a two-bagger in the seventh inning, and coupled with sloppy defensive play produced the four markers. Percy Smith's blow drove in two of the counters. In the 8th, when Mirror had the bases loaded with none out, first sacker Smith fielded Buck Lapp's grounder and pegged to McLaren to catch Ray coming home. Osterland fanned the next batter and Nelson caught a liner from Jimmy Cairns to end the threat.

Walker (L) and A.Ray
Osterland (W) and McLaren

(June 10)  Clive at Ponoka

(June 12)   In a sterling pitcher's duel Thursday, Mirror and Camrose played to a 2-2 draw before a record-breaking crowd.  Cliff Turner fired a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts for Mirror while Scott allowed just five hits and fanned 12 for Camrose.  The game, before a huge crowd, was called after nine innings because of darkness.

Turner and xxx
Scott and xxx

(June 13)  Wining hurler Buck Lapp smacked a pair of home runs Friday to lead Mirror to a 9-1 verdict over Clive. H. Jeglum had a four-bagger for the only Clive marker. Lapp smacked a solo homer in the third and a two-run shot in the eighth. On the mound, Lapp held the visitors to just three hits and had 14 strike outs while Mirror pounded out a dozen hits against Joe Baldwin.

Baldwin (L) and Duffy
Lapp (W) and Wagner

(June 13)   Lacombe notched its first win of the season Friday downing Ponoka 5-1 behind the strong hurler of Glen Williams who had a shutout until the eighth inning when Ponoka got its only marker. Lacombe broke a scoreless tie with a pair in the sixth frame on four hits. Shortstop Harry Teare led the winners with a pair of hits and an unassisted double play.

Hambly (L) and xxx
Williams (W) and Connolly

The Mirror Journal published the club's batting statistics after the first seven games.

              GP AB  H  R RBI SB  PCT
Cavanaugh P.   1  2  1  0  0   0 .500
Tulloch J.     1  2  1  1  1   0 .500
Ryan Pete      5 16  7  5  3   2 .438
Walker Bill    7 26 10  5  5   2 .385
Ray C.         7 27 10  5  1   0 .370
Lapp Buck      7 24  7  8  5   5 .292
Cairns Jim     7 26  7  5  2   0 .269
Turner Cliff   7 24  5  4  4   4 .208
Ray A.(Bump)   7 30  5  5  2   0 .167
Hueman J.      7 25  4  0  1   0 .160
Wagner Don     4 24  3  2  1   2 .125
McCormack C.   2  8  1  0  0   1 .125

(June 17)  Overcoming seven errors, Mirror erupted for four runs in the sixth inning to down Clive 5-4 Tuesday. Buck Lapp cracked a homer, his third of the season, to lead the winners. High winds and dust made play difficult.

Lapp, Turner and Wagner
Johnson (L) and Meldrum

(June 17)  Osterland blanked Lacombe on three hits Tuesday to highlight Red Deer's easy 11-0 triumph. He struck out nine and walked on as Red Deer pounded out 12 hits off three Lacombe hurlers. Nelson led the attack with three hits and a pair of runs. McLaren, Hamilton and Weber each collected two safeties. 

Woodward (L), Williams (5), Hunter (7) and Connelly
Osterland (W) and McLaren

(June 18)  In exhibition matches, Mirror defeated Rumsey 9-6 before suffering a 16-3 whipping at the hands of Big Valley who out-hit the Canadian Nationals 14 to 10.  Mirror hurt its chances by making eight errors.

(June 19)   Knotted 6-6 after eight frames, Mirror exploded in the ninth scoring six times to top Ponoka 12-7 behind a 19-hit offensive.

(June 20)  Red Deer at Lacombe

(June 23)   With eight runs in the first two innings Red Deer was able to cruise to an easy 13 to 0 victory over Lacombe Monday. Percy Smith held the visitors to five hits in tossing the shutout. He whiffed nine and walked one. Howie George smacked a homer and single to lead a 16-hit offensive. Malcolm added three hits and two runs for the winners and McLaren was good for two hits and three scores.

Woodward (L), Williams and Connelly
Smith (W) and McLaren

(June 24)   Mirror unleashed a 14-hit attack Tuesday at home to dump Lacombe 8-0. The visitors had just four hits.

(June 26)  Ponoka at Clive

(June 27)  Ponoka at Red Deer, Mirror at Lacombe

(July 1)  Mirror Dominion Day Tournament 

(July 3)  Lacombe at Clive

(July 3)  With a 21-hit assault, Mirror clobbered Red Deer 13 to 6 Thursday at Alix.  Mirror ran up a 6-0 lead before Red Deer got on the scoreboard. 

(July 4)  Lacombe at Ponoka, Clive at Red Deer

(July 4)  New Norway Tournament   

(July 7)   Mirror topped Red Deer 2-0, for yet another shutout. Mirror got both its runs in the first inning. Bill Walker got the shutout with a three-hit effort to best Osterland in the mound duel. Eight errors hurt Red Deer.

Walker (W) and A.Ray
Osterland (L) and McLaren

(July 8)  Clive at Lacombe

Mirror      8 - 1
Red Deer    8 - 3
Ponoka      4 - 5
Cloive      2 - 7
Lacombe     1 - 6

(July 9)  The Mirror Canadian Nationals took a hard-fought game from Stettler Wednesday evening scoring three times in the ninth inning to notch a 7-5 victory. Joe Tulloch led the winners with three hits.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 9)  A three-run third inning carried Red Deer to a 6-1 win over Ponoka, the first league win for the club in Ponoka in years. Percy Smith had a shutout until the sixth when right fielder Watson smacked a homer for the home club. Osterland, playing in the outfield for Red Deer, also belted a four-bagger, his third of the summer, a two-run blast in the fifth.

Woodward (L) and Stoddart
Smith (W) and McLaren

(July 10)   Mirror posted another shutout Thursday downing Ponoka 3-0. The home club got two runs in the second inning and added the final marker in the eighth.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 11)  Red Deer downed Clive 9-4 behind the solid hurling of Osterland.

Osterland (W) and xxx
Baldwin (L) and xxx

(July 15)  Clive and Ponoka

(July 15)   The highly-touted Mirror nine came to Red Deer and found the locals too tough to handle, going down to a 6 to 1 defeat.  Red Deer took it out on ace pitcher Cliff Turner, scoring twice in the first inning, adding one in the third and three in the seventh to hand Turner his first loss of the season in spite of Turner's five-hit, 14 strikeout piching.. Five Mirror errors played a large part in the decision. High winds and showers forced the game to be called after eight innings.  McLaren, Red Deer's leadoff man hit Turner's first pitch for a triple and completed the circuit on a throwing error. Nelson followed with a two-bagged and Osterland clouted a triple to score the second marker.  McLaren provided a game highlight when he stole home in the seventh inning.

Turner (L) and xxx
Osterland (W) and xxx

(July 18)  Ponoka at Lacombe

(July 18)   Led by the pitching and hitting of Cliff Turner, Mirror trounced Clive 15-0 Friday for their ninth shutout of the season. Turner allowed just three hits and rang up 18 strikeouts. At the plate he had three hits in three at bats and scored twice.  Pete Ryan also had three safeties and Jim Cairns and A.(Bump) Ray produced two apiece. Buck Lapp scored four times.

Turner (W) and A.Ray
J.Baldwin (L) and R.Hart

(July 21)  Mirror crushed Swalwell 11-2.

(July 21-23)  Red Deer Tournament

(July 22)  Lacombe at Red Deer

(July 24-25-26)  Camrose Tournament

(July 24)  Ponoka at Clive

(July 25)  Red Deer at Lacombe, Mirror at Ponoka

(July 28)  Lacombe at Mirror

(July 31-Aug 4)   Edmonton King of the Bushers Tournament 

(August 19-27)    LITTLE WORLD SERIES, EDMONTON

(September 1)   Led by the King of the Bushers, Mirror captured both games of Monday's double-header from Red Deer, 15-2 and 12-7. Tiny Turner did the iron-man stunt and hurled both games for the winners.  There were 16 errors in the afternoon game, nine by Red Deer.  Turner tossed a five hitter with no walks and nine strikeouts to best Red Deer ace Osterland who allowed ten hits in six innings before giving way to Williams.. Williams got a homer for the home club when his blow rolled under a freight train in the C.N. yards. In the second game, the visitors jumped into a big lead amassing 11 runs from 13 hits in the first four innings. Turner gave up six hits in the second game, including a three-bagger by Dancocks and a double by A.DawsonFrenchy Adams and Lord clouted home runs for the winners and Busby launched a triple. 

Turner (W) and xxx
Osterland (L), Williams (7) and xxx

Turner (W) and xxx
Smith (L), Osterland (5) and xxx

(September 10)  Cliff Turner, star hurler of the Mirror baseball team from Northern Alberta, has been offered and has signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers. He is to report next spring. Turner was recently selected as the top player in a King of the Bushers Tournament at Edmonton.

[Turner, just 22, had an impressive 1925 pro season with a 16-8 record in 23 games with Paris of the East Texas League and a 1-1 mark in three games with Okmulgee Drillers of the Western Association.  However, after more than 200 innings, Turner left for home early feeling ill, it seemed, from the Texas weather.  His condition became serious and in late September he was taken from his home in Mountain Park, Alberta, to hospital in Edmonton where he was diagnosed with typhoid fever. He died the following day.]


ROSEBUD LEAGUE

Playoff finals  (Olds vs Carstairs)  best-of-three

(August 6)  A plethora of fielding miscues cost the Olds diamond pastimers the opening game of the Rosebud Baseball League finals. Carstairs carried through for a 7 to 5 win when they drove three counters over the dish in the seventh frame. Losing hurler O’Callaghan was touched for just four safeties by the Carstairs swatters but nine errors by his mates put him in constant peril. Winning flinger L. Guyn rang up 11 strikeouts while being nicked for eight hits. Olds outfielder Chinette had three bingles in a losing cause.

O’Callaghan (L) and Smith
L. Guyn (W) and Miller 

(August 9)  Carstairs captured the 1924 Rosebud Amateur Baseball League championship by blanking the Olds nine 7 to 0 in convincing fashion. Winning tosser J. Guyn had the Olds batters baffled, allowing only one baserunner.

J. Guyn (W) and xxx
O’Callaghan (L) and Smith