1925 Game Reports / Alberta     

 

SOUTHERN ALBERTA AMATEUR BASEBALL LEAGUE
PLAYOFFS (Spring Coulee Red Sox vs Lethbridge Cubs)

(July 31)  Norman “Big Six” Geoghegan was the story as the burly righthander handcuffed the Spring Coulee Red Sox with a no-hit, no-run performance in hurling the Lethbridge Cubs to a 7 to 0 triumph over the Scarlet Hose. The win gives the Baby Bears a one game cushion in the best-of-three playoff. Shortstop Joe Ferko led the victors with the baton, slicing three base blows.

Gilchrist (L) and Mercer
Geoghegan (W) and Sang

(August 1)  The Spring Coulee Red Sox mounted a valiant comeback to tie the score after falling behind 15 to 3 but finally wilted and lost 18 to 17 to the Lethbridge Cubs, a setback which eliminated the Sox from further playoff competition. The Cubs will now carry the banner of the S.A.A.B.L. into the provincial senior baseball playoffs in their first-round showdown with Stavely, champions of the Alberta Southern Baseball League. The game was an orgy of hitting as both teams hammered the horsehide all over the lot. Lethbridge rang up 21 base raps as shortstop Joe Ferko led the way with five safeties. Third baseman George Yanosik of the Cubs belted the game’s only home run.

Goldsworthy, Clendenin (7), Geoghegan (W) (7) and Sang
Raisbeck (L) and Mercer


ALBERTA SENIOR AMATEUR PLAYOFFS

Five clubs entered the 1925 Alberta senior playdowns. Two of the five, the Calgary and Edmonton aggregations, were comprised of all-star teams from their local senior amateur leagues. Stavely was the outright winner of the Alberta Southern League while the Lethbridge Cubs had to defeat the Spring Coulee Red Sox to qualify. A fifth entry, from the East Kootenay town of Fernie in B. C., having played the majority of their 1925 schedule against southern Alberta opposition, was allowed to join the fray as per their geographic proximity to the Oil province.

ROUND  ONE  
Lethbridge Cubs (S.A.A.B.L. champions) vs Stavely (A.S.B.L. winners) 

Just before the scheduled beginning of this series, both teams withdrew from provincial playoff competition in protest against Calgary and Edmonton being allowed to field all-star teams, the rationale being that the Alberta champion should be the best team, not a representative of the strongest league. Lethbridge and Stavely then engaged in a four-game exhibition series with the Cubs claiming three victories.


ROUND  TWO 
Fernie Miners vs winner of Lethbridge-Stavely Round One series

Fernie was awarded the series by default. Having already received a free ticket to the Alberta finals and experiencing a long layoff, the Miners were challenged to a home-and-home exhibition set-to by the Lethbridge Cubs. Playing in the Elk Valley centre, the Kootenayites edged the visitors 7 to 6 while in the return match played on the Henderson Park diamond in the Windy City, the Coalers again prevailed, this time by a 5 to 2 margin.         


Calgary White Sox vs Edmonton Red Sox   (Best-of-five series)

The Calgary and Edmonton representatives, registered as the White Sox and Red Sox respectively, were in reality all-star aggregations with each of the appropriately-named league teams supplying the core players on the rosters.

Playoff rosters from Calgary and Edmonton Senior Leagues

Calgary – Borgeans OF, Braithwaite H. 2B, Brown “Lefty” P, Dyer George “Lefty” P, Gerlitz John OF, Helmer Rosie MGR, Lucas Stewart P, Martin SS, McTeer Archie OF, Mulholland Bill P, Savage Stan C, Scott “Chubby” 1B, Smith Murray C, Stoddart Roy 3B, Thompson Cecil “Tiny” OF, Thomson J. 1B, Wiggs George OF 

Edmonton – Campbell Clarence C, Clarke OF, Crozier P, Dolingham Ambrose C, Hopkinson P, Johnson P, Loblick Herman P, Mahar OF, McDonald 3B, McGillis OF, McIntyre OF, McLeod 1B, Pettis OF, Spencer OF, Spiessman “Cap” 2B, Wilson “Speedy” SS

(August 12)  Overwhelmed by an early assault on their pitching staff who surrendered eleven first inning runs, the invading Edmonton Red Sox were crushed 16 to 5 in the opener of their Alberta senior baseball playoff twin-bill with the Calgary White Sox. The Pale Hose also prevailed in the second contest 8 to 4 to grab a stranglehold on the series.

The matinee tussle was essentially over after the Cowtowners blasted the horsehide for 11 counters in their initial turn at bat. Calgary second baseman Braithwaite, a pickup from the Hustlers, pummeled the apple for a home run and two singles. Hot corner guardian McDonald of the Capital City Crew picked up a double to go along with a brace of one-baggers.

Hopkinson (L), Johnson (1) and Campbell
Brown (W) and Smith

The late contest, although much more competitive than the lid-lifter, again saw the Calgarians hold the upper hand for the bulk of the fracas. Both squads clipped the pill for eight safeties. Keystone sacker Braithwaite and teammate “Chub” Scott both ripped a pair of safeties for the winners, a feat duplicated by shortpatcher “Speedy” Wilson of the Edmontonians.

Crozier (L) and Campbell
Lucas (W) and Smith

(August 14)  After spotting the Calgary White Sox a three-run lead in the first two frames, the Edmonton Radial Red Sox responded with five counters over consecutive stanzas to dump the visiting White Stockings 5 to 3 in a darkness-shortened third game of their provincial senior baseball series. Herman Loblick scattered eight Calgary hits in emerging with the hillock triumph. Calgary’s second base sensation Braithwaite continued his torrid swatting of the sphere, combing Loblick for three safeties, one of which was a double.

Dyer (L), Lucas (4) and Smith
Loblick (W) and Campbell

(August 16)  Following rainouts on two consecutive dates in Edmonton, the Calgary White Sox returned to the Stampede City by train while their Alberta semi-final series with the Radial Red Sox All-Stars was left in limbo. The Calgarians had been suspended by the A.A.A.U. but only after the first two games of the showdown had been played and the Cowtowners already in the Capital City for the third game.

(August 24) The Alberta Amateur Athletic Union reinstated the Calgary White Sox baseball club on the condition that they do not play with or against W. H. “Bill” Walker, erstwhile Calgary pitcher, who has been deemed a professional.

(August 29)  With righthander Herman Loblick pulling double-duty on the mound, the Edmonton Radial Red Sox All-Stars swept a playoff doubleheader from the Calgary White Sox All-Stars by scores of 7 to 1 and 7 to 5 to capture their best-of-five series with the Cowtowners three games to two. The visiting Calgarians outhit their hosts in both skirmishes but were unable to come up with the timely blow when most needed. Defensive lapses by the southerners also played a huge role in their downfall. “Speedy” Wilson, Edmonton’s shortstop, was the fielding star of the twin-bill. He handled 17 chances in the two games, many of the difficult variety, without a sign of a miscue and looked like a big-leaguer in doing so. The Capital City Crew will now square off with the Fernie Miners from southeastern B.C. in the provincial finals.

Lucas (L) and Smith
Loblick (W) and Campbell

Mulholland (L) and Savage
Loblick (W) and Campbell


ALBERTA PROVINCIAL FINALS

An underdog team, representing the East Kootenay town of Fernie B. C. , entered the 1925 Alberta provincial senior amateur baseball playoffs as per their close proximity to the Wild Rose province and wound up capturing the provincial crown in surprising fashion, knocking off an all-star aggregation from Edmonton in the final series.

(September 6)  The Fernie Miners and Edmonton All-Stars divided a playoff doubleheader in the East Kootenay town, the hosts winning the first game 4 to 0 and Edmonton taking the second encounter 6 to 0.
In the opening game, Fernie’s southpaw chucker B. "Lefty" Blair had the Edmonton club completely at his mercy. He allowed only three hits and not a single Edmonton player reached second base. Herman Loblick, who won three games for the All-Stars in their semi-final series against Calgary, was nicked for eight hits by the Kootenay Clan.

Loblick (L) and Campbell
Blair (W) and Steinert

In the second game, LeRoy Goldsworthy hurled an excellent eight-hitter and, although he encountered some dangerous situations, was able to pitch out of these tight spots receiving air-tight support. The Edmontonians collected nine safeties off losing moundsman Jacobs and were the beneficiaries of Fernie fielding miscues at crucial times.

Goldsworthy (W) and Campbell
Jacobs (L) and Steinert

(September 11)  The Edmonton All-Stars took a firm grip on the senior amateur baseball crown of Alberta by defeating the Fernie Miners 4 to 2 in the third contest of the final series but the game had an unsatisfying ending. Going to bat in the top of the seventh inning with the score 4 to 2 against them, Fernie proceeded to climb on the offerings of Herman Loblick and had pushed across three runs and had two other runners on base when the encounter was summarily called on account of darkness. The East Kootenay squad out hit the Edmontonians 7 to 5 as outfielder Hovan and first baseman Barger picked up two hits apiece.

Jacobs (L) and Steinert
Loblick (W) and Campbell 

(September 12)   A team from British Columbia is the 1925 Alberta Senior Amateur champion. Fernie captured the title Saturday afternoon taking two games from Edmonton, 4-1 and 2-1, even though out-hit in both games and making more errors that the Albertans. Fernie took the series three games to two. Lefty Blair put on a sterling display of mound work pitching both games racking up 14 strikeouts in the first contest and another 12 in the second. And, his home run in the second game was the winning blow. Leroy Goldsworthy, on the hill for Edmonton, was wilder than a tornado in the opener walking five batters in the first inning and eight over-all. Reliever Smith walked another two., Fernie scored three runs in the first two frames and were never threatened as Blair allowed just five hits and a single free pass.

Blair (W) and Steinert
Goldsworthy (L), Smith (6) and Campbell

Edmonton had its chances in the second game, loading the bases with none out in both the seventh and ninth innings but Blair escaped with no damage in the seventh and allowed just a singleton in the ninth after Fernie had taken a 2-0 lead with runs in the fifth and sixth. It was Blair who scored the winning run with a long blast to right centre field, good for at least a triple, but outfielder Clark, who tried to stop it with his foot, instead kicked it farther away and by the time he got in back to the infield, Blair had scampered home.  Goldsworthy, so wild in the first game loss, walked just one in the second. Blair had no walks.

Blair (W) and Steinert
Goldsworthy (L) and Campbell


INTERPROVINCIAL SENIOR AMATEUR PLAYOFFS
BC vs Alberta

Fernie's surprising victory over Edmonton set up the baseballers playing out of the small British Columbia coal mining community to represent Alberta against the New Westminster Fraser Cafe diamondeers, resilient champions of British Columbia, in what was supposed to be an inter-provincial showdown, which turned out to be a playoff between Western BC and Eastern BC. A best-of-five series for the de facto Western Canada senior amateur championship was arranged with all games being played in Vancouver.

Roster of Alberta champion 1925 Fernie Miners in interprovincial series vs B. C. champion New Westminster Fraser Cafe 

Barger H. 1B, Bishop P/OF, Blair B. “Lefty” P/OF, Coltan OF, Dunlap A. OF, Ellison OF, Hovan F. OF, Jacobs P. P/1B, McTeer Gord SS/C, Morgan C. 2B, Rushcal L. OF, Shand J. 3B, Sikora P, Steinert C. C

(September 19)  Outfielder Bill Maxwell’s slashing RBI double in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning broke a 2 – 2 tie and carried the New Westminster Fraser Cafe contingent to a 3 to 2 walkoff win over the surprisingly strong Fernie Miners at Athletic Park, a victory that gave the Cafemen a one-game lead in the series for the western Canada title and possession of the Gale Cup. Winning chucker Eddie Olson set down 15 Miners on strikes and gave up seven hits in going the distance for the knoll triumph. Maxwell also had a pair of singles to lead all swatters with three base blows. First baseman Larsen of the victors was next in line with a three-bagger and single. Both ends of the Fernie battery, losing tosser B. “Lefty” Blair and catcher C. Steinert laced a brace of one-baggers.

Blair (L) and Steinert
Olson (W) and Buchanan

(September 21)  Ace pitcher Eddie Olson and outfielder Cy Seymour were the sparkplugs that carried the Fraser Cafe nine of New Westminster to their second one-run victory over the Fernie Miners at Athletic Park, a narrow 4 to 3 win in ten innings. As in the first contest, the Lunchmen tallied a single counter in their final turn at bat to edge the Coalers. Fernie had tied the contest at 3 – 3 by plating a couple of bottom-of-the ninth frame tallies and only a spectacular running catch in the middle pasture by Royal City fly chaser Aubrey Mounger, which resulted in a double play, prevented the smooth-working Miners from scoring again and taking the game. Olson fanned ten and yielded six hits to the Kootenayites in toiling the entire ten rounds. Seymour, who wound up as the hitting star of the contest with two doubles and a single, drove in Mounger from second base with the winning marker in the overtime session with a wallop to left field.

Olson (W) and Buchanan
Jacobs (L) and Steinert

(September 22)  Fernie’s battling balltossers are still in the hunt for the western Canada senior amateur baseball crown and the Gale Cup. The Miners rebounded from a brace of tough one-run losses to capture the third game of their series with the Fraser Cafe diamondeers 6 to 3 at Athletic Park. The game had to be curtailed after eight stanzas of play as darkness set in. The Coal Heavers deserved the verdict all the way. They had losing flinger Aubrey Mounger in trouble on numerous occasions although they were able to score in just three rounds. They chalked up eleven base blows, including a homer by husky outfielder L. Rushcal as well as two-base swats by catcher C. Steinert and hot corner guardian J. Shand. Veteran Fernie elbower B. “Lefty” Blair set the Lunchmen down on six bingles. One of these was a lusty four-ply round-tripper to Cy Seymour, demon left fielder of the B. C. champs. The crafty Blair did not walk a single batter and rang up eight strikeouts.

Blair (W) and Steinert
Mounger (L) and Buchanan

(September 23)  A 7 to 1 triumph by the New Westminster Fraser Cafe group of pastimers wound up the interprovincial senior amateur series with the Fernie Miners, the Royal City tribe prevailing three games to one. Although nicked for eight safeties by the Coalers, winning tosser Eddie Olson of the Restaurateurs looked as good on the hill as he has at any time during the season. The big fellow mixed up his fast ball with a tantalizing out-drop which retired eleven of the Miners on strikes. The one run which was scored on him in the opening round resulted from two scratchy hits in the infield and a sacrifice fly. Only three of the blows registered by Fernie batters were of the crashing variety with five of them resulting from slow infield bounders. The B. C. champions were superior in all departments of the play, backing up Olson with airtight defensive support and in taking advantage of the opportunities afforded them to score runs. First baseman Larry Larsen did the most effective work with the war club for the winners. Three bingles came off his bat with two of them being very timely swats.

Olson (W) and Buchanan
Jacobs (L), Blair (4) and Steinert