1924 Tournaments      

(June 11) Tompkins tournament

Gull Lake blanked Piapot 10-0.

Jahren (W) and McDougall
Geschellan (L) and Snell

Maple Creek 10 Stone 0

Hollister (W) and VonHagen
Warren and Brothers

Webb 4 Sod-Busters 0

Clayton (W) and Brothers
Horsboro (L) and Travers

Tompkins 7 Antelope Lake 2

Beatty (W) and Reynolds
Young (L) and Lloyd

In the semi-finals, Gull Lake edged Webb 4-2 and Maple Creek topped Tompkins 4-3.

Gull Lake won the tourney with a 3-2 victory over Maple Creek in the final.

(July 1) Estevan Tournament

Before crowds that filled the grandstand and overflowed onto the playing field, Weyburn trounced Noonan, N.D. 15-3 to take top money in the Estevan Tournament. The winners cracked out 13 hits while Morashan and Hartman were never in trouble in handling the mound duties for Weyburn.

Morashan (W), Hartman and Dakins
Young (L), LaCoste and Johnson

Earlier, Weyburn blanked Estevan 4-0 as Lefty Hartman fired a five-hitter for the shutout and Morashan knocked in three of the four runs. McLeod hurled well for Estevan preventing Weyburn from scoring until the last of the sixth.  "Gizzy" Hart singled and was sacrificed to second by Brossard. Morashan connected for a safety scoring Hart with the first run. Weyburn added three more in the seventh. Mergens led off the frame with a home run, the only four-bagger of the day. Both Staveley and Hart then rapped out long hits and scored when Morashan again hit safety. 

Hartman (W) and Dakins
McLeod (L) and McLeod


(July 1)  Mirror Dominion Day Tournament 

Mirror captured its Dominion Day Tournament Tuesday crushing Clive 14-3 in the final. Clive actually had a 2-0 lead until the fourth when the host club erupted for four runs. They added five in the fifth to coast to the seven inning triumph. Bill Walker held Clive to four hits and fanned ten for the pitching win. Clive further hurt its chances by making eight errors.

Jeglum (L), Baldwin (4) and Morrison
Walker (W) and Ray

Cliff "Tiny" Turner fired a three-hit shutout as Mirror downed Camrose 5-0 to advance to the tournament final. The right-hander fanned 14 with no free passes. It was Mirror's fifth shutout of the season. The winners collected nine hits off Paulsen who had five strikeouts and no walks.

Paulsen (L) and H. Olstad
Turner (W) and Ray

In the tourney's opening game, Clive broke out with five runs in the first inning and added five more in the fourth en route to a 10-7 win over Big Valley.  While Joe Baldwin held the losers to just five hits, Clive booted the ball eight times to keep Big Valley in the game. Baldwin also walked six. 

Baldwin (W) and Berquist
Thompson (L), Stoetzel (4) and Ferguson


(July 4)  New Norway Tournament    Mirror captured top prize in the New Norway Tournament blanking Tofield 4-0 in the final. Bill Walker was a hero for the winners firing a five-hit shutout in the final game after holding Camrose to seven hits as Mirror won its first game 5-2.  Tofield made the final with a 2 to 1 victory over Sedgewick. The shutout was Mirror's seventh of the season.

xxx and xxx
Walker (W) and xxx

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Walker (W) and xxx


(July 12)   Lamont surprised the Edmonton Outlaws Saturday rallying for five late runs to upset the big city boys 6-4 in an exhibition at Diamond Park.   Trailing 4-1, Lamont plated a pair in the eighth and then broke the game wide open with three in the ninth. B.McBride and Turner each rapped three hits to lead the victors. McBride also scored three times. Harkins held the favoured Outlaws to seven hits, walked one and fanned eight. Ted George, a newcomer to the Outlaws, yielded eight hits and six walks while fanning 13.

Harkins (W) and Turner
George (L) and Ferguson


(July 17)  Oxbow Tournament

Sherwood, N.D., and Wapella, SK, split top prize money at the Oxbow Tournament after battling to a scoreless tie in the final game called because of darkness.  Sherwood, which had defeated Columbus, N.D., and drawn a bye to the final trotted out husky left-hander Boardman who struck out 17 men at Flaxton recently and who is reputed to be Rube Waddell's little brother. Boardman held Wapella to four hits while Wapella's Rumple held Sherwood off the scoreboard.

Boardman and xxx
Rumple and xxx

Wapella opened the tourney scoring 13 runs in a victory over Kenmare, N.D. driving Grant to the showers in the first inning and McKenzie just two innings later.  After blanking Flaxton, N.D. 9-0, Weyburn was pitted against the heavy-hitting Wapella nine and dropped a 6-5 decision.

* Boardman may have been former major leaguer Charlie Boardman.


(July 21-23)  Red Deer Tournament

The host club demolished Clive 11-1 to kick off the Red Deer Tournament. After Red Deer scored in the first inning and added five in the second the outcome was never in doubt. Nelson led the winners with three hits while Malcolm, E.Dawson and A.Dawson each had two-run safeties.  Osterland allowed just a third inning marker in going the route for the winners.

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

Rain washed out Tuesday's scheduled action and Olds defaulted their match to force a revision of the schedule.

On Wednesday, Red Deer clobbered Bentley 17-0. Percy Smith allowed just four hits in pitching the shutout.

The amazing nine from Mirror racked up yet another shutout victory Wednesday in downing Ponoka 7-0. Bill Walker twirled the shutout.

Walker (W) and L.Murray
xxx and xxx

The Mirror shutout set the stage for the final as Mirror took on host Red Deer in a thrilling match with the only team that had beaten Mirror more than once this season.

The sporting element was in evidence and the bets were plenty, even as high as $500 being placed ... Those who had confidence in the Mirror team were justified although the Red Deer fans were not disappointed in the playing of their favorites. The game started with Turner, Mirror's standby in the box, and with A. Ray behind the bat. As a game the spectators could not wish for anything better as one, two, three and then one after another of the innings went by with neither side getting a man farther than third base. When the ninth inning came along and no score on either side the fans were wild during Mirror's turn at bat. (Edmonton Bulletin, July 25, 1924)

With one out in the final frame for Mirror, Busby reached with a single and proceed to steal second. After Bill Walker fanned as a pinch-hitter Len Murray blooped a Texas Leaguer in front of Nelson in left field and by the time Nelson retrieved the ball Busby had scampered home with the winning run. Cliff Turner held Red Deer in check in the bottom of the final frame and Mirror escaped with a 1-0 victory to take top money in the tournament. Turner held Red Deer to five hits, three by third baseman McLaren, fanned nine with no free passes. Osterland also had an outstanding game with a six-hitter, 11 strikeouts and one walk.  The game drew a crowd of 1,500.

Turner (W) and Ray
Osterland (L) and Willard


(July 24-25-26)  Camrose Tournament

At the eight team Camrose Tournament, Viking took home most of the prize money, $330, after defeating Macklin 4-2 in the final.  Ryley opened the tournament with an 11-1 triumph over Tofieid and Viking knocked Mirror out of the competition, 8-4 as Frenchy Adams collected the first of four tournament circuit blows.

Macklin got its first win defeating Vegreville 9-3 settling the affair with a five-run outburst in the eighth inning. Sedgewick advanced with a 6-5 win over Camrose.  In the semi-finals Macklin edged Sedgewick 9-8 in ten innings with Batey and Brown of Macklin each with a four-bagger and Viking trounced Ryley 13-0 as Kruger smacked a homer and Long pitched a two-hitter.

Moore of Macklin fanned 28 batters in pitching two complete games for the club.

(July 26)  In a special playoff pitting the winners of the Red Deer and Camrose tournaments, Viking (which had ousted Mirror from the Camrose tourney) was crushed by Mirror 7-0 as Cliff Turner fired a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Only three runners reached base against Turner, all on errors. It was Mirror's 23rd win in 26 games, 11 by shutout. Frenchy Adams produced the winning run with a homer in the first inning. Turner led the winners with three hits.

Osterland (L) and Bentley
Turner (W) and A.Ray


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

(July 29)   In a item promoting the tournament, the Edmonton Bulletin made a comparison between Walter Johnson and Tiny Turner :

It is just seventeen years ago this summer that the immortal Walter Johnson of the Washington American League team was burning up the bushes down in Idaho for the little tank town of Weiser. He was striking out from ten to twenty-four men every time he pitched, and shutting teams out right and left at libitum. Every league ball team in the northwest was trying to sign him up, including the Edmonton team of the Western Canada League, but Cliff Blankenship, scouting for Washington, came along, secured his signature to a contract, and carried him back to the capitol of the United States, where he immediately made good.

As far as records in the bushes go there is a pitcher down at Mirror, Alberta, who is attracting wide notice this year by the same brand of phenomenal twirling. His name is C. C. Turner, and his wonderful feats on the hill among the semi-pro teams of Alberta have paralleled the achievements of Walter Johnson seventeen years ago. (Edmonton Bulletin, July 29, 1924)

Rain halted the opening game of the Busher's Tournament at Diamond Park in Edmonton after just two innings had been played between Tofield and the Edmonton Outlaws. The contest started out to be a pitchers' duel between Norman Dodge and Oklahoma Oslund

(August 1)  Edmonton Outlaws received four-hit shutout pitching by Norman Dodge and a 12-hit offense in downing Tofield 7-0 to kick off the King of the Bushers Tournament at Diamond Park.  Third baseman Jack Starky led the winners with a triple and two singles. Roy Forman also had three hits and Dodge helped his own cause with a pair of singles, one driving in three runs in the seventh inning. He also scored twice. Dodge fanned eight and walked one while losing hurler Oklahoma Oslund rang up 15 strikeouts.

Dodge (W) and Batey
Oslund (L) and Scott

(August 4)  Cliff Turner fired yet another shutout as Mirror defeated Lamont 3-0 to advance to the final of the Bushers Tournament. The right-hander fanned 16 and walked two. Buck Lapp's third inning homer , one of three hits for the third sacker, with a man aboard proved to be the winning blow. Mirror added an insurance run in the seventh.

Glen (L) and Wolfe
Turner (W) and A.Ray

In a sensational comeback from a 4-0 deficit, Mirror scored four times in the ninth inning to down Edmonton Outlaws 7-3 and take top money in the King of the Bushers Tournament. Cliff Turner, who fired a shutout in the afternoon game, pitched one-hit ball with six strikeouts in four relief innings to register his second win of the day. Edmonton jumped into the lead with two runs in the second and another pair in the fifth. Mirror got one back in the sixth and edged closer with two in the seventh. In the ninth, Don Wagner got a hit to centre field and Len Murray was hit by a pitch. Jimmy Cairns dropped one into left field to load the bases and the tying and winning runs came home on Edmonton miscues. Busby dumped one down to Jack Starky at third who made a wild throw to Brady at the plate and Wagner scored to knot the count. As Brady recovered the ball, his throw to pitcher Joie was well off the mark sailing into the right garden as Murray and Cairns romped home.

Walker, Turner (W) (6) and A.Ray
Dodge, Joie (L) (7) and Brady

(August 8)  C.C. "Tiny" Turner of Mirror has been voted King of the Bushers for his performance in the Bushers Tournament at Edmonton.  Thirty experts were selected to make the choice and Turner was nearly everyone's first pick. Shortstop Syd Hamilton of the Edmonton Outlaws was the runner-up in the balloting. Catcher Laurie Scott was third.


LITTLE WORLD SERIES, EDMONTON

(August 19)   In a competition billed as the Little World Series, Tiny Turner added another shutout to his impressive list Tuesday as Mirror blanked Edmonton Outlaws 3-0 in the opening game of the best-of-seven series at Diamond Park. The right-hander held Edmonton to three hits, struck out 15 and walked a pair. Turner also had two of Mirror's seven hits, one of them a two-bagger,  and helped the defense with a putout and five assists. Mirror scored all three of its markers in the fifth inning. The winners produced four extra base blows with Busby leading with a triple and Turner, Pete Ryan and Albert Ray with doubles.

Oslund (L) and Scott
Turner (W) and Ray

(August 20)   Pete Ryan's eighth inning double scored Busby with the winning run Wednesday as Mirror took a 2-0 game lead in the best-of-seven Little World Series at Diamond Park with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Outlaws..  Busby had reached with a single and stole second.  Bill Walker, while "never wilder in my life than in this game" walked five, allowed six hits and fanned seven in the route going performance.  Norman Dodge, who surrendered six hits with no free passes took the tough loss.  Outlaws were first on the scoreboard getting a run in the third inning. Syd Hamilton's double brought in Dodge who had cracked one to right field.  Mirror took the lead in the sixth inning with a two-out rally. Ryan singled to centre and came home on a pair of errors with Frenchy Adams reaching first. Buck Lapp smacked one down the third base line chasing Adams all the way to third. Len Murray then dumped one toward third and the second run scored before Johnson could make the play. Edmonton knotted the count with a run in the seventh.

Walker (W) and Murray
Dodge (L) and Scott

The following day, Umpire McLellan issued a statement saying the Wednesday game had been counted as a 3-3 tie after allowing an fifth inning run that was not generally considered to have counted at the time. In the fifth inning, Edmonton had the bases loaded with one out and Alva Sibbett at third.  Syd Hamilton launched a long fly to right field for the second out and outfielder Jim Cairns threw the ball back in to first base as McLaren, who had walked, took off for second where he was caught by Pete Ryan's throw to Frenchy Adams. What hadn't registered at the time was that, after tagging up, Sibbett had crossed the plate before the third out. Even the Mirror manager, Harry Croxton, agreed that the run should have counted.

(August 21)    Mirror scored in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday night to salvage a 2-2 tie with Edmonton Outlaws in the third game of their Little World Series.  Trailing 2-1 after Edmonton plated a run in the top of the ninth, Jimmy Cairns led off with a triple and came home on Osterland's squeeze bunt.  The Outlaws got a gift run in the top of the frame as Chuck Henderson made it all the way to third as his hit was fumbled in left centre field and he romped home on a wild pitch. Mirror had taken the lead in the third on Busby's sacrifice fly scoring Len Murray. Outlaws came right back in the fourth with Henderson scoring on Jack Foreman's three-bagger. Again, the fans witnessed outstanding pitching. Osterland tossed a five-hitter and fanned seven for Mirror and Oslund allowed six hits and fanned 13.

Oslund and Scott
Osterland and Ray

(August 22)   Cliff "Tiny" Turner fired another gem Friday holding Edmonton to two hits, both in the first inning, and Harry Croxton's Miracle Men for MIrror racked up another shutout, 3-0, to take a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-seven series. The right-hander whiffed 11 and walked one. John Starky yielded just three hits, none of the first seven frames, in taking the loss.  Mirror broke a scoreless tie with a run in the seventh. An throwing error on Pete Ryan's grounder to second was key to the first and winning run. He scored on a fielder's choice.

Turner (W) and Ray
Starky (L) and Scott

(August 24)   Edmonton Outlaws received superb, two-hit shutout pitching by Norman Dodge and Happy Oslund to take both games of Saturday's double-header, 8-0 and 6-0 to tied the series with each team with two wins and a pair of ties. Dodge also paced Edmonton's 16-hit attack in the opening game punching out four hits. Jack Foreman smashed a homer and two singles and Alva Sibbett added three singles. Dodge added a double and single as a left fielder in the second game and Foreman poked a pair of hits as did Sibbett, Syd Hamilton and Laurie ScottOslund fanned 11 in the evening game.

Dodge (W) and Scott
Osterland (L), Walker (5) and Ray, Murray

Turner (L), Osterland (2) and Ray
Oslund (W) and Scott

(August 25)  With John Starky pitching winning ball, the Edmonton Outlaws won their third straight game in the Little World Series downing Mirror 5 to 3 at Diamond Park.  Roy Forman was the game's hitting star coming through with triples on successive trips to the plate, each time with a runner aboard. The next time the right fielder cracked out a long single to push Chuck Henderson to third. A ten hit offensive came against Tiny Turner, Mirror's star hurler, author of numerous shutout efforts.  Turner fanned 13 and walked one. Mirror managed just five hits off Starky who had just four strike outs.

Starky (W) and Scott
Turner (L) and Ray

(August 27)   The Little World Series terminated Wednesday afternoon when Mirror defeated the Outlaws 4-1. The teams each won three and tied two. Series promoted Deacon White decided to end the series feeling the fans had tired of watching just the two teams in action.  Osterland, the pride of Red Deer, was in the box for Mirror and held the Outlaws to seven hits. Happy Oslund took the loss. Mirror took the lead with a run in the top of the first inning and were never headed.  Busby singled, advanced on a walk to Pete Ryan and scooted home as Lord smashed a long single to centre field. They added a singleton in the third on consecutive hits by Frenchy Adams, Albert Ray and Buck Lapp. Syd Hamilton knocked in Edmonton's lone run in the fourth stanza. The final two runs for Mirror came in the ninth helped by singles from Cliff Turner and Frenchy Adams and a two-bagger by Buck LappAdams and Lapp each had three hits.

Osterland (W) and Ray
Oslund (L) and Scott

(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.]


(August 1)  Lloydminster Tournament

In the opening game of the Lloydminster Tournament, Chauvin topped Mannville 4 to 2. Chauvin broke a 2-2 tie with a pair in the eighth inning for the win. Lefty Snyder topped Monte Hoskins in the mound duel.

Hoskins (L) and xxx
Snyder (W) and xxx