1924 Manitoba Game Reports      

 

Exhibition

(May 20)  Brandon Greys kicked off the new season with a win Wednesday at Carberry downing the locals 6-2 in a game featuring 28 strikeouts. Winning hurler Crawford tossed a four-hitter and fanned 13 while Harold Nelson, who yielded six hits in taking the loss, racked up 15 strikeouts.  There was just one free pass, by Nelson. Greys rode a pair of three-run frames, the fifth and sixth, to the victory. Red Atkins, the star first sacker for Carberry poled the longest blow of the contest as he smashed one over third base far into the outfield and scrambled home before the ball was recovered. Unfortunately, he overlooked the formality of touching second base and was called out. Greys broke into the run column in the fifth when Griffith reached on a fielder's choice and scored as Crawford's long fly to left field was dropped. An error at shortstop allowed the second run and Stenshoel then plated Harvey "Honey" Cochlan with a hard hit to right field. They added three more in the following frame highlighted by catcher Moir's booming three bagger.

Crawford (W) and Moir
H.Nelson (L) and C.Nelson, Atkins

(August 12)  Behind Harold Nelson's five-hitter, Carberry upset the Brandon Greys 4-1 at the Athletic grounds Tuesday. Six Brandon errors paved the way for the Carberry victory.  Greys' hurler Horace Bigelow deserved a better fate as he allowed just one earned run and six hits. With a pair of runs in the first inning, Carberry collected all they would need. With two out, Kennedy reached on an error and scored on a double by Red Atkins who, in turn, came home on an error. Atkins scored again in the third when he was hit by a pitch, stole second and romped home on Caithness' hit to left field. In the seventh, Keith Hopper led off with his third hit of the day, advanced to third and scored when catcher Harvey "Honey" Cochlan let a third strike get by. The Greys' lone run came in the first frame. Herb Stuart got a free pass, went to second on Harry Carver's hit and scored when Stenshoel singled.

H.Nelson (W) and C.Nelson
Bigelow (L) and Cochlan

(August 19)  In a rematch with Carberry, the Brandon Greys got a four-hit shutout from Art Finnson in a 4-0 triumph over Carberry. Finnson fanned nine and had no free passes. Greys reached Harold Nelson for ten hits.  Catcher Harvey "Honey" Cochlan led the winners with three hits and a pair of runs. Cliff Robinson and Harry Carver each had a pair of safeties. 

H.Nelson (L) and Atkins
Finnson (W) and Cochlan

Winnipeg Stadium Baseball League

Norwood won both halves of the 1924 Stadium League schedule, eliminating any need for a final playoff series

Winnipeg Wesley Park Baseball League

The Tigers captured the initial half of a split schedule and locked horns with the Arenas, second-half winners, in a best-of-seven series for the overall championship of the league.

LEAGUE FINALS

(August 28)  The defending champion Arenas struck first in the opener of the Wesley Park League finals, walloping the Tammany Tigers 10 to 4. The first four frames were a slugfest before the chuckers settled down. Winning flinger Bill Siddle fanned seven while issuing an equal number of safeties. He also led the 14-hit offensive attack of the victors, belting a home run plus a brace of one-baggers. Claire Livesley slammed a round-tripper and double for the Bengals.

McCallum (L), Luff (4) and Cockburn
Siddle (W) and Sinclair

(August 30)  Staging a remarkable reversal of form, the Tammany Tigers trounced the Arenas 8 to 3 to even the Wesley Park League finals at a game apiece. Bill Crowe checked the Arenas on eight hits to cop the hillock triumph. Jimmy Grant stroked three hits for the Bengals, all singles. Teammate Claire Livesley pounded out a pair of doubles. Shortstop Downie smashed a two-run circuit-jack for the vanquished nine.

Irvine (L) and Sinclair
Crowe (W) and Cockburn

(September 1)  The Arenas and Tigers divided games three and four of their current series for the tiara of the Wesley loop. With Wally Lawton tossing a three-hitter, the Arenas blanked the Tigers 6 to 0 in the early game while the Bengals returned the whitewashing in the follow-up affair, shutting out the second-half victors 3 to 0.
One big round gave the Arenas the morning game. The teams battled along on even terms until the fifth frame when the victors mixed in six hits with a pair of Tammany errors to put a six-spot on the scoreboard. Lawton did the rest, holding the Cats at bay while fanning five. Versatile Downie, playing in the outer garden in this contest, led the Arenas with the bludgeon, hammering a triple and a brace of one-baggers. 

McCallum (L) and Cockburn
Lawton (W) and Sinclair 

The Tigers made optimum use of their six hits in the afternoon skirmish. Their first tally, in the opening stanza, came without the aid of a hit. In the second round, winning pitcher Bill Crowe doubled and was singled home by Tony Baril while, in the eighth, Ward McVey’s single, a stolen base and Crowe’s second swat of the fracas, a one-bagger, accounted for the final tally. The Arenas picked up eight hits but were unable to cash in on any of their opportunities.

Bedome (L) and Sinclair
Crowe (W) and Cockburn

(September 2)  The Tammany Tigers moved ahead for the first time in their best-of-seven showdown for Wesley Park laurels when they got by the Arenas 4 to 2 in the fifth meeting between the adversaries. The Arenas were only able to muster two safeties, both singles, off the combined hurling of Alex Ross and Bill Crowe while the Bengals punched out seven raps, including three by Ward McVey, off the slants of losing twirler Bill “Snake” Siddle.

Ross (W), Crowe (5) and Perlman
Siddle (L) and Sinclair

(September 3)  Pounding out 13 hits including home runs by Tony Baril and Johnny Austman, the Tammany Tigers clawed their way over the defending champion Arenas 8 to 5 to snatch the 1924 Wesley Park Baseball League crown. It was the Bengals’ fourth triumph in six games.It wasn’t an easy win for the Stripped Cats as the Arenas stung the pill for eleven base swats of their own and had their chances to make things interesting. With the score knotted at 4 – 4, the Tammany Troupe broke the game open with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth panel. Ward McVey and Gordon McKenzie cuffed a triad of base knocks apiece for the winners.

Lawton (L) and Sinclair
McCallum (W), Crowe (9) and Perlman


MANITOBA SENIOR AMATEUR BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

SEMI-FINALS 

Brandon Greys (Southwestern Manitoba League) vs High Bluff (Central Manitoba League)  best-of-three

(August 21)  It took 12 innings for the Brandon Greys to defeat the pesky nine from High Bluff 6 to 5 in the opener of their provincial semi-final showdown. The Greys trailed by a single counter entering the ninth inning but made an uphill fight to tie the score 5 – 5 and then, in the third round of overtime, plated the winner after Harry Carver doubled, went to third on a passed ball and touched home when Stenshoel’s slow grounder down the first base line was momentarily fumbled. Brandon out hit their hosts by a healthy 13 to 6 margin but had difficulty throughout bunching their hits for runs. Playoff pickup Cliff Corey went the distance on the rubber for the Wheat City crew, punching out 11 for strikeouts. Carver had a triple and one-bagger in addition to his 12th inning two-ply clout while teammate Cochlan singled three times. Losing heaver “Lefty” Gannon tripled and singled for High Bluff.

Corey (W) and Cochlan
Gannon (L) and Burns

(August 23)  The Brandon Greys were edged 5 to 4 by High Bluff in the second game of their series but responded, in a huge way, by humbling the visitors 14 to 3 in a six-inning third game to cop the semi-final round two games to one. The High Bluff diamond pastimers were worthy victors in the opener, garnering 11 hits to six for the Greys. Brandon was blanked for eight innings but hung up a four-spot in the bottom of the ninth canto to make things interesting. “Lefty” Gannon fanned seven in going the route for the winners. Keystone sacker Beall aided and abetted him offensively by contributing a double and a brace of singles.

Gannon (W) and Burns
Finnson ()L, Crawford (5) and Cochlan

The wrap-up contest was a blowout as the Greys lit into a fatigued “Lefty” Gannon of the High Bluffers for eight runs before he was mercifully derricked after 2 2/3 innings on the bump. Cliff Corey registered his second knoll triumph of the series, posting a five-hitter while whiffing an equal number. Shortstop Herb Stuart led Brandon with the stick, spanking the sphere for a triple, double and single. Playing-manager Harry Carver went yard with a three-run circuit-jack in addition to stroking a single.

Gannon (L), G. Cochrane (3) and Burns
Corey (W) and Cochlan


(August 29)  The Brandon Daily Sun reported this date that the following six players from the Brandon Greys baseball club had been suspended pending investigation into their connection with games played at Minnedosa on July 31 for cash prizes : Corey, Cochlan, Stenshoel, Carver, Robinson and Carpenter.


Winnipeg Norwood (Stadium League) vs Winnipeg Tigers (Wesley Park League)  best-of-five

(September 6)  A three run outburst in the top of the ninth stanza boosted the Tammany Tigers of the Wesley Park circuit to a 7 to 5 conquest of the Stadium League’s Norwood nine in the lid-lifter of the Winnipeg senior baseball showdown. A two-out, three-run homer by outfielder Con Puhan had put Norwood ahead in the eighth. Four big hits in the final stanza, including a two-run triple by Jimmy Grant which drove in the tying and lead counters, propelled the Bengals to their victory. Grant was the hitting star of the contest with a perfect night at the dish consisting of a pair of three-baggers, a double and a single.

Crowe (W) and Perlman
Treleaven, Roberts (L) (6) and H. May

(September 8)  Norwood evened up the Winnipeg senior baseball finals by clipping the Tammany Tigers 7 to 4. The Stadium Leaguers backed up Bill Staub’s six-hit pitching in fine style and delivered hits at opportune times, culminating with a two-run, fifth-inning spree which allowed them to pull away from the Bengals. Outfielder Toddy May and first sacker Caswell both stroked a pair of bingles for the Norwoods while fly chaser Jimmy Grant slammed a round-tripper for the Tammany troupe.

Staub (W) and H. May
McCallum (L) and Perlman 

(September 12)  A fighting finish saved the Tigers and enabled them to take a one-game lead for the Winnipeg senior championship by downing Norwood 5 to 1. Entering the top of the final round, Norwood held a narrow 1 to 0 lead but then the wheels began to fall off as the Cats manufactured a five-spot on the strength of pinch-hitter Johnny Austman’s fielder’s choice, a single by Charlie Gardiner, a sacrifice fly by Menzies and a two-run single by Jimmy Grant. Norwood out hit the Bengals by an 8 to 5 margin. Toddy May of the vanquished nine was the contest’s top swatter with a double and single.

Crowe (W) and Cockburn, Perlman
Roberts (L) and H. May 

(September 13)  Norwood played sound baseball to easily crush the Tigers 11 to 4 in the fourth game of the city senior baseball finals, tying the series at two games apiece. The Stadium Leaguers flew out of the gate, scoring a three-spot in their first turn at bat, derricking starter and loser Alex Ross in the process, and were never headed. Hot corner custodian Jack Seel punched out a two-bagger and single for the victors. 

Staub (W), Treleaven (3) and H. May
Ross (L), McCallum (1), Crowe (8) and Perlman, Cockburn

(September 16)  The Tammany Tigers are roaring after capturing the 1924 Winnipeg senior baseball crown. The Wesley Park champions knocked off Norwood of the Stadium loop 9 to 5 to take the showdown series three games to two. The Bengals led all the way, piling up 11 safeties to 6 for Norwood. Catcher Sam Perlman paced the Cats with the baton, bludgeoning a brace of two-ply clouts plus a one-bagger.

Crowe (W) and Perlman
Staub (L), Roberts (3), Huitman (6) and H. May


FINALS

(September 16)  There will be no playoff for the 1924 Manitoba senior amateur baseball championship. After winning the Winnipeg city title, the Tigers announced they were through for the season and would not play another series against either the Brandon Greys or High Bluff.