WINNIPEG WESLEY SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE
First Series final standings W L Pct.
Arenas 8 4 .667
Tammany Tigers * 6 6 .500
Norwood 6 6 .500
Elks 6 6 .500
Columbus Club 4 8 .333
* Tammany Tigers won draw for bye in three-way second-place playoff in First Series standings. Norwood and Elks to play a tie-breaker, the winner to meet the Tigers for second place and the right to face the Arenas in the First Series final.
First Series post-season playoffs
(July 10) The Elks eliminated Norwood 6 to 5 in a First Series elimination game which took 11 innings to decide. The Antlered Herd held a 15 to 9 advantage in base hits and took advantage of loser “Lefty” Roberts’ fatigue in the second round of overtime when the Norwood portsider walked a pair, leading to the winning run. Outfielder Gordie Caslake paced the Wapiti Tribe at the dish, drilling five hits in six turns at bat. The win places the Elks in a second-place final against the Tammany Tigers.
Hind, Davidson (W) (7) and Mooney
Roberts (L) and A. Olien
(July 12) Hammering the Tammany Tigers 12 to 3, the Elks punched their ticket to the First Series final against the Arenas. Johnny “Red” Davidson spun a seven-hitter in garnering the knoll triumph, fanning ten along the way. First baseman Romeo Rivers of the winners smashed the pellet for a pair of home runs and a brace of singles.
Davidson (W) and Mooney
Crowe (L) and Singbush
(July 13) Continuing their hot streak, the Elks knocked off the Arenas 5 to 3 in the opener of the First Series finals. Both teams registered six safeties as Jack Hind and Wally Lawton battled for hill supremacy. The Antlered Herd jumped into a 3 to 0 lead in the fifth canto, on Romeo Rivers’ three-run round-tripper, and increased the margin to 5 to 0 with a brace of tallies in the seventh panel. All three of the Arenas’ markers came on a two-out, three-run circuit-clout by Greig Warren in the ninth. Bill “Snake” Siddle laced three singles and stole four bases in a losing cause.
Lawton (L) and Sinclair
Hind (W) and Daily
(July 14) Playing sparkling ball in the field, the Elks romped off with the Wesley League First Series honours by defeating the Arenas 5 to 2 and capturing the final series in two straight games. Johnny “Red” Davidson fanned eight and set the Arenas down on six hits in taking the hillock decision. A three-run fifth frame set the wheels in motion for the victory by the Wapiti nine. Fly chaser Romeo Rivers again led the winners with the lumber, spanking the sphere for a double and single.
Davidson (W) and Mooney
Beddome (L), Fitch (5) and Sinclair
Second Series final standings * W L Pct.
Arenas 8 3 .727
Elks 7 5 .583
Norwood 5 7 .417
Tammany Tigers 5 7 .417
Columbus Club 4 7 .364
* Because of time constraints, no Second Series playoff between first-place Arenas and second-place Elks took place. Arenas awarded Second Series championship. Both teams squared off in best-of-seven overall Wesley League final series.
Wesley Senior Baseball League finals (best-of-seven series)
(September 6) Playing a superior brand of baseball and producing in the clutch, the Arenas assumed a commanding lead in the Wesley Senior Baseball finals by sweeping both games of a Labor Day playoff doubleheader at Wesley Park. In the morning tilt, the Warren-managed nine nosed out a 1 to 0 victory and, in the afternoon, took the measure of the Antlered Crew 7 to 6. Both games were nip-and-tuck affairs which furnished the large crowd with plenty of thrills. One player stood out brightly in the Arenas’ twin triumphs. Portsided heaver Dunc Irvine pitched shutout ball in blanking the Wapiti Squad in the opening tussle and was rushed in as a ninth-inning reliever in the wrap-up contest, stymying a promising rally by the Elks, and then crashing a double in the bottom half of the panel to chase across the winning counter.
The only tally of the matinee skirmish was plated in the very opening round. Losing chucker Johnny “Red” Davidson issued a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Wally Lawton which forced in “Bunny” Warren from third base. Both pitchers were touched for five safeties with shortstop Bill “Snake” Siddle of the victorious aggregation the only player on either side to amass plural totals, a pair of singles.
Irvine (W) and Sinclair
Davidson (L) and Dakins
Going into the final canto of the second tilt, with the score 6 to 3 against them, Romeo Rivers of the Elks poled out a three-run round-tripper to knot the count at 6 – 6. The Arenas, however, met the challenge head-on with Irvine’s bottom-of-the-ninth heroics. A scratch single by catcher Len Sinclair set the stage for Irvine’s deep two-bagger and the walkoff win. George Rivers had a three-hit game for the vanquished nine while playing-manager “Bunny” Warren slammed a four-bagger for the winners.
Hind, Lee (8), Wilson (8), Davidson (L) (9) and Dakins
Fitch, Irvine (W) (9) and Sinclair
(September 8) Slamming hard into the offerings of losing hurler Bobby Beddome in the fourth inning, the Elks scored five runs which proved to be enough for them to defeat the Arenas 5 to 3 in the third game of the Wesley Senior League finals. Versatile Romeo Rivers proved to be the hero of the fray. With the score tied 2 – 2 and two runners perched on the sacks, Rivers nailed a Beddome pitch for a three-run circuit-clout, sending the Antlered Herd and their pitcher Barney Lee to victory. Lee held the powerful Arenas to just four safeties and struck out an equal number. Walking eight batters, however, kept him in peril throughout.
Beddome (L), Lawton (4) and Sinclair
Lee (W) and Dakins
(September 9) Johnny “Red” Davidson limited the Arenas to a pair of bingles in pitching the Elks to a 3 to 1 triumph in the fourth fracas of the Wesley Senior League finals, tying the series at two games apiece. A double by Bill “Snake” Siddle and a bases-empty home run by Pat Cann were the lone safeties surrendered by Davidson. Loser Dunc Irvine was touched for only four base hits by the winners but was given poor defensive support by his mates. Joe Penu’s first inning double drove in the Elks’ first run. The Antlered Herd added another marker in the third on an infield ground out which plated “Packy” McFarlane from third. Their final counter came in the seventh when Joe Rivers bounced a come-backer hit off Irvine’s shin which allowed Ole Olien to scamper home from the hot corner pillow.
Davidson (W) and Dakins
Irvine (L) and Sinclair
(September 10) A three-run uprising in their final turn at bat was enough to propel the Arenas to a 4 to 2 win over the Elks in their fifth playoff set-to. Winning pitcher Wally Lawton’s two-run single was the lightning rod that broke a deadlock and sent the Arenas to victory. Lawton held the Wapiti to just three safeties, one of the scratch variety. Loser Jack Hind gave up eight base hits, a triad of which were collected by playing-manager “Bunny” Warren. Bill “Snake” Siddle cranked a solo four-bagger for the winners in the fifth.
Lawton (W) and Sinclair
Hind (L) and Dakins
(September 11) A seventh and final game will be necessary to determine the championship of the Wesley Senior Baseball League following the one-sided 20 to 7 conquest of the Arenas by the hard-hitting Elks. Pitchers on both sides were off-form as each manager paraded three to the hill. When the dust had settled, the Antlered Tribe held a 14 to 13 advantage in base swats. A nine-run fifth-inning explosion by the Elks put the game out of reach for the vanquished nine. Shortstop Joe Rivers of the winners led the hit parade with four singles. Fly chaser Art Frick was best with the lumber for the Arenas, whacking two doubles and a single while teammate Greig Warren launched a bases-empty home run.
Irvine (L), Beddome (3), Siddle (5) and Sinclair
Lee, Davidson (W) (1), Wilson (7) and Dakins
(September 13) Well into a seventh game being played in a drizzle of rain, and with the Arenas holding a slight 5 to 4 edge, plate umpire Walter Jansen called off hostilities on account of darkness after six innings. With a rule in effect that playoff games have to go at least seven innings, the game was declared no contest and will be replayed from the start.
(September 15) The Arenas captured the championship of the Wesley Senior Baseball League for the eighth time since its formation in 1910 by defeating the Elks 4 to 3 in the seventh and deciding game of a highly-contested series. Home runs by Greig Warren and Bill “Snake” Siddle accounted for three of the winners’ four counters. Siddle’s blast was a two-run clout but he also contributed significantly on a defensive level by igniting a pair of twin killings. Joe Rivers of the Elks poled out a third circuit-smash of the game in the seventh with the sacks empty. Dunc Irvine fanned eight in going the distance for the knoll triumph.
Irvine (W) and Sinclair
Lee (L), Hind (3) and Dakins
SENIOR BASEBALL IN BRANDON & SOUTHWESTERN MANITOBA
The senior amateur Greys, perennial inter-city representatives of the Wheat City, did not operate in 1926, the result being that many of their former players wound up playing in the senior-level Brandon City League.
Manitoba senior baseball semi-finals
Sperling va Brandon Nationals (best-of-three series)
(September 6) The Brandon Nationals and Sperling split their playoff twin-bill at the Athletic Grounds in the Wheat City, the visitors cashing in on a bevy of Brandon errors to cop the matinee contest 8 to 5 while the hosts, with a strengthened lineup, rebounded for a 9 to 3 triumph in the shortened wrap-up tussle.
Both teams connected for seven safeties in the opener but the Nats were guilty of nine physical errors and not a few mental ones. Rival backstops, Jerome of Sperling and Brandon’s Cochlan led their respective teams with the hickory, each connecting for a double and single.
Harris (W) and Jerome
Finnson (L) and Cochlan
Sperling chucker “Smokey” Harris, mound winner in the curtain-raiser, made an unsuccessful attempt to do the iron-man stunt in the late fracas but was mauled before being driven to the showers. “Happy” Buchanan of the Nats, on the other hand, was sharp as a tack and limited the Sperlingites to just three safeties. Hod Cowan, a playoff pickup from the Maroons, paced the Brandon squad offensively with a double and one-bagger.
Harris (L), Unsworth (4) and Jerome
Buchanan (W) and Cochlan
(September 10) Playing the rubber-match at Portage La Prairie, the Brandon Nationals advanced to meet a Winnipeg representative, either the Elks or the Arenas, for the senior baseball championship of Manitoba, after defeating Sperling 6 to 4 in the final skirmish in their semi-final set-to. Jack Carpenter’s three-run homer in the seventh frame was the deciding blow of the game. A three-run rally in the final panel by the Sperling nine was insufficient to even the score. The Nats held an 11 to 6 advantage in base swats with Carpenter, Buchanan and second sacker McLellan each garnering a brace of safeties.
Buchanan (W) and Cochlan
Harris (L) and Moir, Jerome
1926 Manitoba provincial senior baseball finals Winnipeg Arenas (Wesley League champions) vs Brandon Nationals (best-of-three series)
Winnipeg Arenas final series player replacements : Fennell SS (Norwood Intermediates), Lloyd Dick C (Norwood Intermediates), Reid Johnny P (Norwood Intermediates)
(September 17) Outclassing their opponents in all facets of the game, the Winnipeg Arenas romped off with the first of a three-game series for the provincial championship by blanking the visiting Brandon Nationals 7 to 0 at Wesley Park. Wally Lawton went the distance on the knoll for the ‘Peggers, holding the Wheat City Gang to four hits. Shortstop Bill “Snake” Siddle doubled and singled twice for the Arenas while teammates Pat Cann and Art Frick both smashed three-run homers.
Buchanan (L), Trafford (5) and Cochlan
Lawton (W) and Sinclair
(September 18) Outfielder Ness Wise pounded a home run, double and two singles in powering the Wesley League champion Winnipeg Arenas to an 8 to 3 conquest of the Brandon Nationals, a victory which secured the 1926 provincial senior crown for the Arenas. Johnny Reid, brought in as a player replacement from the Norwood Intermediates, pitched well for the Winnipegers until the eighth frame and earned the mound win
Reid (W), Irvine (8) and Lloyd
Carr (L) and Cochlan