1930 Game Reports Vancouver     

1930 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1930 BC Interior 
1930 Vancouver Island   

VANCOUVER SENIOR CITY LEAGUE

(April 28)  The defending champion Generals opened the new season by blanking the Firemen 3 to 0 at Athletic Park. Base hits were scarce as both winning chucker Dave Gray and “Lefty” Kaye of the Smoke Thwarters gave up four apiece. Catcher Cy Perkins led the victors at the dish with a home run and single. Charlie Miron, last season’s batting champion, singled twice in a losing cause.

Kaye (L) and Richardson
Gray (W) and Perkins

(April 30)  The Firemen overcame an early 3 to 0 deficit to defeat V.A.C. 6 to 4. The game’s top hitter was outfielder Pat Worley of the Red Caps who had a double and two singles.

Straight (L) and Buchanan
Holden (W) and xxx

(May 3)  Behind the effective pitching of Hal Puder, the V.A.C. diamondeers entered the win column in the City Senior Baseball League by blanking the Generals 4 to 1 in the opening game of a twin-bill at Athletic Park. In the second game of the afternoon, the visiting Bellingham squad took an 11 to 2 drubbing at the hands of the Firemen. Puder tossed a four-hitter in earning the whitewashing. Hec Cann hit a solo homer for the winners. Teammate Pat Worley singled twice.

Townsend (L) and Perkins
Puder (W) and Buchanan

The Firemen held a comfortable 7 to 0 lead after two innings of play in the late game and accumulated eleven base blows off a pair of Tulip Town chuckers. Winning tosser Frank Ray pitched steady ball and was never in peril. Outfielder Bailey led the Firefighters at the dish, drilling four base hits including a double. Catcher Harry Richardson followed with a triple and single. Pete Staggs homered and singled for the Yanks. 

Coleman (L), Vance (2) and Atterbury
Ray (W) and Richardson

(May 5)  The V.A.C. baseballers squeezed past the Firemen 3 to 2 in a well-played contest at Athletic Park. Both squads were on their toes defensively, contributing sparkling plays, and there wasn’t a semblance of a miscue on either side. Winning pitcher Earl Lewis and third baseman Charlie Miron of the Firemen led their respective teams with the hickory, both singling twice. Outfielder Bart Bean had a solo inside-the-park homer for the losing nine, one of five scattered blows yielded by Lewis.

Kaye (L) and Richardson
Lewis (W) and Buchanan

(May 7)  In the best-pitched game of the young season, the defending champion Generals eked out a 1 to 0 victory over V.A.C. Both teams managed seven hits as the opposing pitchers, winner Dave Gray and losing tosser Hal Straight were in control most of the way. Gray whiffed eleven while Straight fanned five. The game’s lone run was plated in the bottom of the eighth with two screaming drives, a triple by Jack Cranstoun and an RBI single by catcher Cy Perkins, did the damage. Second baseman Condon of the Gasmen and the Red Caps’ Earl Lewis both had a double and one-bagger while Perkins of the winners and Campbell of the Generals both singled twice for their respective teams.

Straight (L) and Kasmer
Gray (W) and Perkins

(May 10)  The Generals took a hard-fought 6 to 4 decision from the Firemen in the first game of a Senior League double-bill while V.A.C. out smashed Bellingham 12 to 11 in the follow-up tussle. The Gasmen fought back from an early 3 to 1 deficit to capture the matinee event. Leading the Generals with the stick was outfielder Ryan who belted a brace of doubles. Losing flinger Larry Holden singled twice for the Fire Eaters.

Scott, Gray (W) (1) and Perkins
Holden (L) and Richardson

The Vacs blew an 11 to 8 lead in the top of the ninth and had to rely upon relief chucker Hal Straight’s RBI single in the bottom of the frame to decide the issue in the second game. The game was a slugfest from start to finish and saw the Red Caps collect 18 hits, five of them being doubles, two of them triples and one of them a home run by Chuck Jacobson with the bases empty. Bellingham hammered V.A.C. starter Hal Puder for 14 base blows with Vance collecting four and Shagren three.

Coleman, Shagren (L) (3), Vance (9) and xxx
Puder, Straight (W) (9) and xxx

(May 12)  Playing for the last time under the name of the Generals, the defending league champions took a 5 to 3 loss against the V.A.C. squad. The Vacs came from behind to take the verdict by scoring three runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Both teams chalked up nine safeties with shortstop Harvey McIntyre of the Generals contributing a double and two singles. Lorne Campbell and third baseman Art Morse both doubled and singled for the victors.

Townsend (L), Gray (6) and Perkins
Lewis (W) and Buchanan

(May 14)  Making their inaugural start under fresh sponsorship, the newly-named Arrow Transfer nine dropped a close 4 to 2 decision to the Firemen. The former Generals’ squad was only able to muster four hits off the slants of winning moundsman Frank Ray. Peggy Duff’s speed to first base on a slow-hit grounder with two out in the ninth hurried Arrow second sacker Condon into a bad peg to the initial sack, allowing the winning and insurance counters to cross the plate. First baseman Jimmy Watters doubled twice for the winners while Ray notched a couple of one-baggers.

Ray (W) and Richardson
Scott (L) and Perkins

(May 17)  By turning in wins during doubleheader play, the Firemen and Arrows joined V.A.C. in a three-way tie atop the Senior Baseball circuit. In the opener, the Hosemen disposed of the Red Caps 8 to 3 while the Transfermen knocked off Bellingham 3 to 0 in the finale. Playing through rain during a good part of the matinee tussle, the two teams played sloppily and committed several errors of commission and omission. Outfielder Peggy Duff led the Firefighters at the dish with a double and single. Teammate Arne Miller as well as second baseman Lorne Campbell of the Vacs both singled on two occasions.

Straight (L) and Buchanan
Geoghegan (W) and Richardson

Veteran “Babe” Esplen allowed the Tulip Towners only three scattered hits in posting the second game shutout triumph. Abe Cross, second baseman Condon and outfielder Butler all had two singles for the winners.

Weaver (L) and Atterbury
Esplen (W) and Perkins

(May 21)  V.A.C. assumed leadership in the City Senior loop as curve-dispensing Hal Puder limited the Firemen to just two hits in leading his mates to a 7 to 3 triumph. The Red Caps combed two flingers from the Hosemen for seven bingles and put a stranglehold on the game with a three-run outburst in the fifth frame. Lorne Campbell picked up a brace of two-baggers for the Vacs. Charlie Miron belted a two-run round-tripper for the Firefighters.

Puder (W) and Purmal, xxx
Holden (L), Ray and xxx

(May 24)  The University of Washington Huskies played an exhibition triple header against the three Vancouver Senior League clubs and managed to take away one victory, a 9 to 1 trouncing of the Firemen in the day’s second game. Arrow Transfer took the morning contest 3 to 2 in eleven innings while V.A.C. captured the late tussle 6 to 3.

(May 26)  Playing-manager Jimmy Watters’ ejection from the ball game in the eighth frame seemed to inspire his group of Firemen diamondeers as they rallied from a 4 to 2 deficit, scoring five times to put the game in storage 7 to 4 over the Arrows. A combination of four hits by the Hosemen, a walk and five errors all led to the wheels falling off for the Transfermen in the fateful eighth. Charlie Miron and catcher Harry Richardson paced the Smoke Thwarters’ nine-hit offensive thrust with a couple of singles each. Abe Cross homered for the Bow Missiles and teammate Paddy Ryan hit a triple and single.

Scott (L), Esplen (8) and Perkins
Sikora (W), Geoghegan (8) and Richardson 

(May 30)  Despite out hitting the V.A.C. aggregation by a healthy 11 to 5 margin, the Arrows were only able to muster a 3 – 3 draw with the Red Caps. A pair of unearned runs in the fourth stanza denied Dave Gray a complete game triumph. Harvey McIntyre, Jimmy Condon and outfielder Wickett each picked up a double and single for the Cartage Crew while Chuck Jacobson had a four-ply wallop for the Vacs.

Lewis, Puder (4) and Kasmer
Gray and Perkins

(June 2)  After a wobbly start by both teams, a lot of good baseball was crammed into the remainder of a contest which saw the Arrows prevail 6 to 5 over the Firemen. A seven-inning encounter played in cold and drab weather conditions, saw five pitchers used. Cy Perkins’ bingle in the sixth frame produced the tally that eventually was the winner. The Firemen held a 10 to 5 edge in base raps acquired but didn’t bunch their hits as well as the Transfermen. Skipper Jimmy Watters led the Hosemen at the dish with a brace of two-baggers. Teammates Peggy Duff and Frank Ray doubled and singles as did Paddy Ryan of the Bow Missiles. 

Geoghegan, Kaye (1), Ray (L) (1) and Richardson
Esplen, Gray (W) (1) and Perkins  

(June 3)  Internal dissension contributed to a 5 to 2 loss suffered by the V.A.C. aggregation in a Senior League game against the Arrows. Playing-manager Coley Hall and outfielder Pat Worley of the Vacs were both banished from the contest after fighting in the dugout at the end of the fifth frame. At the time, the Red Caps were trailing 3 to 1 after Worley had dropped a fly ball which led to three unearned runs. Losing chucker Hal Straight, annoyed by the miscue, had exchanged words with Worley at the end of the inning as Worley responded by taking a swing at his teammate. Once the two combatants were quickly separated by skipper Hall, Worley turned his anger upon Hall and the two went at it both before and after their ejection. Their departure depleted the depth of the V.A.C. lineup and the Arrows wrapped up the contest by scoring two more in the seventh. Bill Richardson went the route in capturing the hillock victory on a six-hitter. Harvey McIntyre doubled and singled for the winners.  

Straight (L) and Kasmer
Richardson (W) and Perkins

(June 4)  Playing without the services of Coley Hall, Hal Straight and Pat Worley, all suspended, the Vacs blew a 6 to 1 lead and eventually lost to the Firemen by a 9 to 7 count. There was plenty of hitting in this contest with the Red Caps pounding three Hose & Ladder chuckers for 15 blows and the Firefighters getting 14 off loser Hal Puder. Southpaw reliever Bill Curtis picked up the mound decision with four solid innings of work. Shortstop Arne Miller led the Smoke Thwarters offensively with a triple and double. Lorne Campbell singled four times for V.A.C.

Puder (L) and Buchanan
Kaye, Holden (1), Curtis (W) (6) and Goodall

(June 10)  Pitcher Don Weaver, late of the class AA Mission Reds of the Pacific Coast League, had just too much stuff on the ball for the Firemen as he snapped their winning streak in leading V.A.C. to a 3 to 0 whitewashing of the Hosemen. While southpaw Weaver was blanking the Flame Fighters with a five-hitter, “Lefty” Kaye of the losing nine also did some quality hurling, yielding seven bingles. Only one player, hot corner custodian Charlie Miron of the Fire Eaters, with a double and single, was able to garner more than one safety.

Kaye (L) and Goodall
Weaver (W) and Kasmer

(June 11)  Arrow Transfer went on a hitting spree at Athletic Park and pounded V.A.C. 11 to 2. While his sidekicks were belting the horsehide for 16 base blows, Bow Missile heaver Don Gray was methodically mowing down the Red Caps on four hits. Abe Cross, with a triple and a brace of one-baggers, topped the Transfermen with the stick.

Puder (L), Brand (7) and Kasmer
Gray (W) and Perkins

(June 14)  The Firemen split a twin-bill at Athletic Park, taking down the loop-leading Arrow Transfer nine 8 to 3 in the lid-lifter but dropping the second contest, a free-hitting affair, 10 to 9 to V.A.C. Norman “Tiny” Geoghegan held the Arrows to six hits in taking the opening game mound decision. Hose & Ladder second sacker Charlie Miron connected for three hits, including a home run, off loser Dave Gray.

Gray (L) and Perkins
Geoghegan (W) and Goodall

Runs came thick and fast in the second encounter. Reliever Harold Straight picked up the hillock triumph for the Red Caps and won his own game by driving in the tie-breaking run when he sent Bill Tuson home from first base on a screaming triple.

Ray, Kaye (1), Sikora (L) (2) and Goodall
Weaver, Straight (W) (5) and Purmal

Standings *          W       L        Pct.
Arrows               7       5       .583
V.A.C.               7       6       .538
Firemen              7       7       .500

* Bellingham won/lost totals not included

(June 16)  Two widely scattered blows, one of which was a bloop Texas Leaguer, were all that the V.A.C. swat merchants managed to garner off Bill Richardson at Athletic Park. The result of this splendid hurling display was a rather easy 7 to 0 victory for the Arrow Transfer nine. The Bow Missiles played well behind Richardson and made their 14 hits count to good advantage. Outfielder Robertson and Initial Sack guardian Abe Cross did the heavy work with the war club, pounding three blows apiece. Included in Robertson’s total was a double while Cross hammered a round-tripper.

Richardson (W) and Perkins
Puder (L), Weaver (4) and Kasmer

(June 18)  For the second time within a few days, the Firemen up-ended the penthouse dwelling Arrows. The Hosemen had no difficulty walloping the Bow Missiles 15 to 4 in artistic style. Larry Holden breezed to the mound decision with a six-hitter. His control was splendid and a wide-breaking curve proved very effective. Catcher Perkins of the Transfermen got to him for a homer in the sixth with one runner aboard. The Firefighters gathered 16 base blows which included three doubles and three triples. Charlie Miron as well as outfielders Bart Bean and Bailey each collected three bingles.

Holden (W) and H. Richardson
Gregson (L), Murray (6), B. Richardson (6) and Perkins

(June 20)  V.A.C. continued to have the upper hand in their jousts with the Firemen, once again dispensing a 3 to 2 loss to the Flame & Smoke Brigade. The game featured a duel between moundsmen Harold Straight and Frank Ray with Straight emerging with the verdict because he pitched his best in the pinches and refused to allow misplays by his mates to discourage him. Jimmy McKissock’s three-bagger in the fifth frame drove in what would eventually be the winning run for the Red Caps. McKissock also picked up a single.

Ray (L) and Goodall
Straight (W) and Purmal

(June 21)  Dropping both ends of a doubleheader at Athletic Park, the Arrows dropped from the top to the bottom in the Senior Baseball League in one clean sweep. The Firemen captured a snappy game 4 to 0 in the opener and V.A.C. just managed to squeeze through 2 to 1 in the second encounter. The Hose and Ladder crew took advantage of four errors by the Transfermen to jump out into a lead they never relinquished. “Lefty” Kaye was at his best in the pinches and took the hillock verdict over Bill Richardson who was saddled with his first defeat of the season. Playing-manager Jimmy Watters of the Smoke & Choke Brigade carried off the batting honours with a triple and single.

Kaye (W) and H. Richardson
B. Richardson (L) and Perkins

Don Weaver emerged on top in a pitching duel with Dave Gray in the late tilt. Gray yielded six hits and Weaver four. Catcher “Bunny” Purmal’s sharp single in the sixth canto drove in the tying and winning markers.

Gray (L) and Perkins
Weaver (W) and Purmal

Standings *           W      L       Pct.
V.A.C.                9      7      .563
Firemen               9      8      .529
Arrows                8      8      .500

* Bellingham won/lost totals not included

(June 23)  Arrow Transfer blasted 11 hits in downing the Firemen 11 to 3. Most of the offensive damage was done in the fourth frame when the Cartage Carriers bunched three hits with two bases on balls along with three errors to chase six runs across the platter. With his curve ball breaking nicely, winning flinger Bill Richardson recorded 14 strikeouts. There was plenty of hitting in this tussle. Harvey McIntyre and Jack Cranstoun cracked three singles apiece for the winners while teammate Bobby Robertson pelted the horsehide for a triple and double. Outfielder Bailey of the Fire Eaters doubled twice in a losing cause.

B. Richardson (W) and Perkins
Ray (L), Sikora (4) and H. Richardson

(June  28)  V.A.C. retained their place at the top of the Senior Baseball League by squeezing through with a close 3 to 2 verdict over Arrow Transfer in the opening game of a double-dip. The second contest, an exhibition tilt, saw the Everett WA Cubs shell their way to a 5 to 1 victory over the Firemen. Hal Puder had a slight edge over Dave Gray in earning the victory in the matinee joust.

Puder (W) and xxx
Gray (L) and xxx

Though beaten on the scoreboard in the late tussle, the Hose & Ladder Crew showed that the calibre of ball played in the local circuit compares favourably with that displayed in the Washington State loop. Out hitting the visitors 9 to 8, the Firemen wobbled badly in the sixth inning when the Cubs bunched four hits with both mental and physical miscues by the Smoke Gang to put the game away.

Novak (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(July 1)  The Firemen gave Earl Lewis a warm reception when they slugged home runs in each of the first and second frames to take a 3 to 0 lead over the Vacs at Athletic Park but that ended their run production and V.A.C. won 8 to 3 through some hard clouting in the remaining rounds, featured by the hitting of “Bunny” Purmal and Jimmy McKissock, each with three blows. Charlie Miron had the first round-tripper for the Hosemen with a runner aboard and Jimmy Watters opened the second stanza with a solid clout over the right field fence. The Red Caps collected 13 clean smashes.

Geoghegan (L) and xxx
Lewis (W) and xxx

(July 1)  The touring American Clowns split an exhibition double-bill with the hard-hitting V.A.C. team, coming from behind to score three times in the ninth frame of the opener to win 4 to 2 and then dropping the late encounter 4 to 3.

Becker (L) and xxx
Puder (L) and xxx

Vetter (L) and xxx
Straight (W) and xxx

(July 2)  Portsider Vanusek of the American Clowns stymied the Firemen on four hits as the barnstormers blanked the Hosemen 4 to 0 in exhibition action.

Vanusek (W) and Horuska
Kaye (L), Ray (3) and Richardson 

(July 3)  Bill Richardson fired a seven-hitter as the Arrows defeated the American Clowns 5 to 0 at Athletic Park. Abe Cross led the Transfermen with the war club, tripling and singling twice.

Bartelt (L), Becker (8) and Horuska
Richardson (W) and Perkins

(July 4)  In the fifth game of their exhibition series against teams from the Vancouver Senior Baseball League, the travelling American Clowns went down to a 6 to 4 defeat against the Arrows. Cy McLean paced the victors at the dish with a home run, triple and double.

Vanusek (L) and Horuska
Weaver (W) and McLean

(July 5)  The Vancouver Firemen went down to a 2 to 1 defeat against their brethren from Seattle 2 to 1 in their annual exhibition clash. The Seattle Hose & Ladder gang collected only four hits off Larry Holden but made them count. The Vancouverites had seven hits but also had four runners picked off base by winning tosser Frisk.

Frisk (W) and Norrie
Holden (L) and Richardson

(July 7)  The Firemen waved their magic wand over Arrow Transfer at Athletic Park as the Luggage Carriers dropped another game to the Hosemen, this time by a 5 to 3 count. The Fire Squelchers led all the way although requiring two pitchers to do the trick. Charlie Miron had a double and single for the winners.

Richardson (L) and McLean
Geoghegan (W), Holden (8) and Goodall 

(July 9)  The V.A.C. swat merchants took full advantage of their openings and scored an 8 to 1 win over the Arrows. The Transfermen, appearing as if they had lost their punch, secured as many base blows as the Red Caps but couldn’t deliver when it counted most. The Luggage Carriers got to winning tosser Hal Puder for at least one hit in every round but great defensive outfield work by the Vacs thwarted any rallies. Jack Cole’s healthy double with the sacks full in the first inning really decided the issue.

Puder (W) and xxx
Weaver (L), Gray (4) and xxx

(July 11)  Scoring twice in the eighth frame to break a 1 – 1 tie, the Vacs swept their way to their sixth straight victory when they won a tight argument from the Firemen 3 to 2. Jimmy McKissock’s single, Coley Hall’s triple and Chuck Jacobsen’s sharp bingle did the trick for V.A.C. Hal Straight fanned eleven in earning the tough mound win over Larry Holden. McKissock as well as Peggy Duff and Norm Trasolini of the Smoke Thwarters were the only players to get more than one hit each.

Straight (W) and Purmal
Holden (L) and Richardson

(July 12)  The V.A.C. tribe made it seven in a row in the first game of a doubleheader by blanking the Arrows 6 to 0. Their streak came to a grinding halt in the second encounter of the day as they were, in turn, the recipients of a whitewashing, going down to the Firemen 8 to 0. Hal Puder was in his very best form when he held the Bow Missiles to four scattered bingles in the matinee event. He was ably supported by the offensive strength of Earl Lewis who rocked a brace of doubles off the leftfield fence as well as Jack Cole who tripled and singled.

Richardson (L) and McLean
Puder (W) and Purmal

“Tiny” Geoghegan stymied the Vacs on two hits in the finale as the Fire Eaters led from start to finish. Playing-manager Jimmy Watters stroked four base raps for the Smoke Thwarters, all singles, while third sacker Norm Trasolini contributed a couple of doubles.

Brand (L), Straight (1) and Kasmer
Geoghegan (W) and Goodall

(July 15)  The V.A.C. diamond pastimers dropped their second encounter in a row, a 12 to 5 shellacking at the hands of the Firemen. It was a comedy of errors as far as the Red Caps were concerned as they fumbled their way to nine on-field miscues not to mention the blunders of omission. The Hosemen took advantage of misplays and a couple of bingles to score five runs in the third inning. One of the hits was a two-run homer by Arne Miller. The Vacs made a game of it up until the fifth when the Smoke Squelchers scored four times and then added three more for good measure in the seventh.

Lewis, Straight (L) (3) and xxx
Ray, Holden (W) (5) and xxx

(July 17)  Coming back to life with a bang following a run of defeats, the Arrow Transfer diamondeers jumped all over the Firemen and stopped their winning streak with a barrage of hits which gave them victory 8 to 2. Leading the 15-hit Arrow offensive thrust was catcher Cy Perkins who banged out a double and a pair of singles. Winning chucker Don Weaver singled on three occasions and Johnny Nestman delivered a double and a one-bagger.

Geoghegan (L), Kaye (5), Ray (8) and Richardson
Weaver (W) and Perkins

(July 18)  The V.A.C. aggregation increased their lead in the Van-City senior circuit by beating the Arrows 10 to 7 in one of the wildest conflicts of the season. Three players were ejected from the game. Don Weaver and Chuck Jacobsen got the heave-ho for fisticuffs and the Arrows’ “Robby” Robertson was chased for umpire baiting. With the score knotted at 7 – 7 with seven frames in the books, the Red Caps scored twice in the eighth and added another in the ninth to seal the deal. Coley Hall of the winners was the hitting star of the evening with a triple, double and single. Prior to his sixth-frame banishment, the Vacs’ Jacobsen had accumulated a trio of one-baggers.

Lewis (W) and Kasmer
Gray (L) and McLean

(July 19)  Some terrific hitting by Earl Lewis enabled the V.A.C. nine to take a lively 6 to 4 win over the Everett WA Cubs in the finale of a double-bill after the Washingtonians had destroyed the Arrows 11 to 0 in the early encounter of the day. Everett’s Aubrey Mounger held the Transfermen in all stages of the opener in breezing to the whitewash triumph.

Mounger (W) and Ryan
Richardson (L), Weaver (7) and McLean 

Lewis was the hero in the late contest. In the third frame, he tied the score with a two-run triple and, in the fifth, he delivered a screaming double which plated another pair of counters.

Ward (L) and xxx
Straight (W) and xxx

(July 21)  Despite Dave Gray’s 14 strikeout performance on the hill, the Arrows were only able to salvage a 4 – 4 tie with the Vacs in Senior League play. A ninth-inning misjudged fly ball allowed the Transfermen to plate the tying counter and protect Gray from being saddled with the loss. Gray and Red Cap tosser Hal Puder both pitched well. Earl Lewis slugged two doubles for the V.A.C. nine and Coley Hall had a two-run homer. Jack Cranstoun had a double and one-bagger for the Bow Missiles.  

Puder and Purmal
Gray and Perkins

(July 23)  The Firemen stopped the winning streak of the V.A.C. nine once more at Athletic Park, carrying off the honours by a 7 to 3 count. After falling behind 3 to 0 after one inning of action, the Hosemen countered with a pair in the second and blew the game wide open with a four-spot in the fourth. Charlie Stevenson of the Hook & Ladder Brigade, with a double and single, was the game’s most productive hitter.

Holden (W) and Goodall
Brand (L), Straight (8) and Purmal

(July 24)  The Colored House of David baseball troupers got off on the wrong foot in the first game of a series against Vancouver opposition when they were downed 7 to 3 by the Firemen. Norman “Tiny” Geoghegan surrendered eight hits and went the distance for the Hosemen to record the mound win. Charlie Miron and Arne Miller did the heavy work with the hickory for the winners. Miron pelted the horsehide for two doubles and a single while Miller tripled and singled.

Trusdale (L) and Fair
Geoghegan (W) and Goodall

(July 26)  The V.A.C. baseballers came from behind to hand the Colored House of David an 11 to 7 trimming in a sunset encounter after the visitors had taken the Arrows for a ride, 3 to 2, in the opener of a double-dip. Southpaw Padrone of the Tourists was in control all the way and had the Arrows blanked until the sixth stanza of the matinee game. 

Padrone (W) and Fair
Weaver (L), Gray (3) and Perkins

Trailing 7 to 2 at one point in the late game, the Red Caps mounted a comeback with three in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the sixth. The sixth-inning uprising featured a home run by Coley Hall. Jack Cole also had a round-tripper for the Vacs.

Samson, Trusdale (L) (5) and Fair
Puder, Straight (W) (5) and Purmal  

(July 28)  Errors figured in all four runs scored when the Arrows bumped the league-leading V.A.C. nine 3 to 1 at Athletic Park. For the most part, the pitchers were in control during this fixture. Leading hitter in the contest was hot corner custodian Johnny Nestman of the Transfermen who banged out a double and single.

Richardson (W) and Perkins
Brand (L), Straight (9) and Kasmer

(July 30)  With a wobbly performance both afield and at the dish, the tail-end Arrows nine were swamped 9 to 0 by the Firemen. Arne Miller of the Transfer Gang contributed a triple and double in the one-sided affair while teammate Charlie Miron walloped one of the longest home runs of the season. Miron also added a single while Jimmy Watters pounded out three solid one-baggers.

Geoghegan (W) and Richardson
Weaver (L), Esplen (7) and Perkins

(August 1)  With defeat staring them in the face which just about meant elimination from the City Senior playoff hunt, the Arrows rallied in the eighth inning to score a pair of runs, enough to defeat V.A.C. 5 to 4. The contest was a sharp hitting affair with the Bow Missiles doing most of the smiting. The Transfermen had runners on base in every inning. Jack Cranstoun was the main batting cog in the Arrow victory. He walloped the horsehide for a single, triple and home run and scored three of the five runs. Teammate Condon and Coley Hall of the Red Caps each picked up three singles.

Puder (L) and Kasmer
Gray (W) and Perkins

(August 2)  In a double-bill at Athletic Park, the Firemen nosed out V.A.C. 8 to 7 and the Bellingham Tulips squeezed through with a 3 to 2 victory over the Arrows. The opener was enlivened by a fist-fight between V.A.C. playing-manager Coley Hall and pitcher “Tiny” Geoghegan of the Smoke Squelchers. Scoring three times in the ninth after two had been retired, the Hosemen prevailed. Instead of heading with the ball to the keystone sack which had errantly been occupied by a pair of Firemen baserunners, losing twirler Hal Straight decided instead to throw the ball but heaved it in haste into the outfield which allowed one of the runners to advance to third. An infield error followed which produced the tying and winning markers. Bean was the big slugger for the winners, collecting four hits.

Straight (L) and xxx
Holden, Geoghegan, Ray (W) and xxx

The Tulips were fortunate to win the second encounter as losing hurler Bill Richardson held them to just two hits. But one of those blows happened to be a triple by hard-slugging Pete Staggs which scored a pair. Staggs then came across on a short sacrifice fly. Only in that one frame did the Bellingham squad get a runner to first base.

McComas (W) and xxx
Richardson (L) and xxx

(August 4)  The Firemen moved into a first-place tie with the V.A.C. aggregation when they administered another setback to the faltering Arrows 7 to 2. “Lefty” Kaye returned to the mound for the Flame Squelchers after a long rest and delivered in good style, limiting the Transfermen to five hits. Outfielder Bart Bean laced three clean blows for the Fire Eaters.

Gray (L) and Perkins
Kaye (W) and Richardson

Standings        W      L     Pct.
V.A.C.          16     13    .552
Firemen         16     13    .552
Arrows          12     17    .414

(August 6)  The Arrows maintained their faint chance of securing a playoff berth by tying the V.A.C. diamondeers 2 – 2 at Athletic Park. The Bow Missiles carried an 11 to 8 advantage in hits acquired with outfielder Jack Cranstoun and catcher Cy Perkins leading the way with a triad of one-baggers each.

Lewis and Kasmer
Richardson and Perkins

(August 9)  The Firemen grabbed an overtime marathon from the Arrows, scoring three times in the eleventh session to defeat the Bow Missiles 15 to 12 in the matinee game of a twin-bill. The Bellingham Tulips won the second contest of the day, edging V.A.C. 5 to 4. Ralph Spicer’s lusty blow off the right field wall with two on the base paths was responsible for sending the game into overtime but the infield of the Arrows imploded in the eleventh and the Fire Squelchers took full advantage of the situation to take the win and move into first place in the City Senior circuit.

Geoghegan, Kaye (1), Ray (2), Holden (W) (8) and xxx
Weaver, Gray (3), Richardson (L) (8) and xxx

The sunset encounter was a lively affair featuring a long home run by Pete Staggs of Bellingham in the third frame.

B. Lewis (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(August 11)  The V.A.C. tribe of baseballers stopped the red-hot Firemen aggregation 4 to 3 in a hard-fought contest at Athletic Park. Both teams had six hits in the scrappy tussle. With the game tied 3 – 3 in the sixth inning, Jack Cole of the Red Caps ripped a double off losing flinger “Tiny” Geoghegan and Art Morse followed with a sharp single to drive in the ultimate winning tally. Playing-manager Jimmy Watters of the Hose & Ladder Crew was the game’s leading swatter with three singles.

Straight (W) and Kasmer
Geoghegan (L) and Goodall

(August 13)  V.A.C. pummeled the Arrows 12 to 1 as Red Cap pitcher Earl Lewis maintained his unbeaten record for the season. Lewis surrendered just three safeties, two of which were doubles by outfielder Robby Robertson, while whiffing seven. He also collected three singles at the plate. Jimmy McKissock of the triumphant nine was the top swatter in the joust, slamming a brace of doubles and a single.

Lewis (W) and Purmal
Richardson (L), Weaver (5) and Perkins, McLean

(August 14)  The final league game saw the Firemen grab a piece of first place by downing the Arrows 4 to 1. Lefty” Kaye subdued the Transfermen on four hits to register the mound triumph. The Fire Eaters scored all of their runs in the bottom of the sixth canto compliments of shortstop Arne Miller’s grand-slam home run. Skipper-first sacker Jimmy Watters poled two singles and a double for the winners while catcher Harry Richardson singled on three occasions.

Gray (L), B. Richardson (7) and Perkins
Kaye (W) and H. Richardson

FINAL STANDINGS     W      L     Pct.
V.A.C.             18     14    .563
Firemen            18     14    .563
Arrows             12     20    .375

PLAYOFFS
Finals (best-of-seven)

(August 16)  The Firemen got the jump on the Vacs in the battle for the City Senior League tiara as a result of a clean-cut 5 to 1 victory over the Red Caps. The Fire Squelchers, behind the four-hit hurling of Larry Holden, played snappy ball throughout and deserved their victory. Holden did not issue a single base-on-balls. Harold Straight did mound duty for the losers. He only allowed five hits but most came in the pinches and, combined with periodic wildness, caused his downfall. Nary a lone batter from either squad was able to connect for more than one safety. Holden’s sixth-inning double which drove in a pair of counters was the most timely blow of the contest.

Straight (L) and Purmal
Holden (W) and Richardson

(August 18)  After posting a 7 to 4 win over V.A.C. in the second game of the Van-City Senior finals, the Firemen find themselves in an enviable position in the best-of-seven affair. After falling behind 4 to 0 in the early stages of the tussle, the Hosemen fought back and eventually combed loser Hal Puder for 13 base raps in snatching their second consecutive victory. Reliever Frank Ray got credit for the comeback win. Catcher Norm Goodall led the Fire Crew at the platter with a double and two singles. Outfielder Bart Bean was next in line with a triple and two-bagger.

Geoghegan, Ray (W) (2) and Goodall
Puder (L) and Purmal

(August 20)  Solid clouting by the Vacs gave them an exciting 8 to 6 win over the Firemen and got them back into the fight for the City Senior title. The game produced plenty of base knocks with the Red Caps stinging the horsehide for 16 safeties, which included two doubles and a triple, while the Hosemen belted out ten blows with two of them being circuit-clouts. Two swatters, both from the victorious nine, emerged with three hit performances. Outfielder Bill Tuson drilled a double plus a brace of one-baggers while fellow fly chaser Jack Cole ripped three singles. Bart Bean and Arne Miller smacked four-baggers for the Flame Squelchers.

Straight, Lewis (W) (1) and Purmal
Holden (L), Ray (6) and Goodall

(August 22)  A spectacular pitcher’s duel between “Lefty” Kaye of the Firemen and Hal Puder of V.A.C. failed to produce a winner as the two combatants battled to a 1 – 1 draw in a game terminated after nine innings of play when darkness set in. The Hosemen tallied their counter in the top of the initial canto while the Red Caps plated the tying run in the seventh. Charlie Miron of the Smoke & Choke Gang was the game’s best lumbermen, swatting a triad of safeties.

Kaye and Richardson
Puder and Purmal

(August 23)  Waving his hickory stick to good effect and running the bases like a daredevil, skipper Coley Hall clubbed his V.A.C. warriors to a well-merited 5 to 3 victory over the Firemen before the largest crowd of the season at Athletic Park. The win for the Red Caps squared the series at two games apiece with one contest tied. Winning chucker Earl Lewis showed an uncanny ability in enticing the Hose & Ladder squad to chase pitches just outside the strike zone and only four safe blows were gathered off his deliveries, including a double and triple by Charlie Miron. But to Hall belongs the credit for providing the punch which carried his team over the top. He opened the scoring in the second frame when, after doubling, sprinted home in daring manner on a single by Lewis. His screaming single in the fifth stanza drove in a pair of counters. In the eighth, he opened with a double, making second base on a brilliant slide and scored the insurance run on Jack Cole’s single after pilfering third base.

Lewis (W) and Purmal
Holden (L), Geoghegan (8) and Goodall

(August 25)  With neither team looking sharp defensively, the Firemen and V.A.C. baseballers played to a 5 – 5 tie in the sixth game of their series. Both ball clubs collected eight base hits in the contest in which half of the runs tallied were of the unearned variety. Fire Eater skipper Jimmy Watters and catcher “Bunny” Purmal of the Red Caps led their respective nines with the willow, each delivering a double and single.

Geoghegan and Richardson
Puder and Purmal

(August 27)  The battling Firemen slugged their way to within one game of the Senior City Baseball League crown when they outfought V.A.C. 7 to 4 in another strenuous struggle at Athletic Park. Each team had nine hits and there were three walks on each side but the Hosemen bunched their hits to the best of advantage. They virtually decided the fray in the fourth frame when the pummeled losing flinger Hal Straight to score four runs. Bart Bean hit a round-tripper and double for the victors and teammate Charlie Miron came through with a triple and one-bagger. Shortstop Chuck Jacobsen homered for the Vacs.

Straight (L), Lewis (4) and Purmal
Kaye (W) and Richardson

(August 28)  Frank Ray, displaying a rare assortment of breaking pitches, tossed a five-hitter in hurling the Firemen to a 5 to 3 victory over V.A.C. in the eighth game of their series to give the Hose & Ladder Aggregation the 1930 championship of the City Senior circuit. Aided by the remarkable defensive play of outfielder Bart Bean who pulled in seven hard-hit flies in the middle garden, two being of the spectacular variety, Ray wound up the game in a blaze of glory, fanning the last three batters to face him in the bottom of the ninth. Hal Puder pitched well in defeat but was touched twice by Norm Trasolini for run-scoring singles besides surrendering a last-inning solo home run to Bean which provided the Firemen with an insurance run. Jack Cole led the Red Caps offensively with a three-bagger and single. The Flame Thwarters now move on to face the Victoria Senior League champions, the Native Sons, in the semi-finals of the provincial playdowns.

Ray (W) and Goodall
Puder (L) and Purmal


B.C. provincial senior baseball semi-finals (best-of-three series)


Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League (Victoria Native Sons) vs Vancouver City Senior Baseball League (Vancouver Firemen)

(September 1)  The Vancouver Firemen demonstrated their superiority in no uncertain terms when the routed the Victoria Native Sons 24 to 0 in the first clash of their BC semi-final series. The Hosemen slapped the offerings of three Victoria pitchers to all corners of the Athletic Park enclosure, including four home runs, two off the bat of Charlie Miron. Jimmy Watters and Larry Holden got the other round-trippers. Miron added a couple of one-baggers to bring his total production to four hits.

Cann (L), Leo Holden (2), Stickney (6) and Bacon
Kaye (W), Ray (6) and Richardson, Goodall

(September 3)  The slaughter of the Victoria Sons Of Canada by the Vancouver Firemen continued at Royal Athletic Park in the Capital City as the Mainlanders entered the finals of the B.C. senior baseball playoffs with a 13 to 2 hammering of the homesters. The Sons fought hard behind the plucky pitching of Norman Forbes but were simply outclassed in all departments. The Firemen now take on the New Westminster Trapp Buicks, bolstered significantly with the addition of four players from within their league, for the provincial tiara.

xxx (W) and xxx
Forbes (L) and xxx

B.C. Finals (best-of-five series)

New Westminster & District Baseball League (New Westminster Trapp Buicks) vs Vancouver City Senior Baseball League (Vancouver Firemen) 

(September 6)  The Trapp Buicks of New Westminster set the Vancouver Firemen down with a thud in the opening game of the provincial senior baseball championship series by taking a surprise 4 to 3 victory over the Hosemen. The Auto Dealers broke a 1 – 1 tie in the seventh frame, scoring three times on a pair of base hits and a couple of Flame Fighter miscues. Eddie Olson got the mound win with a complete-game eight-hitter. Losing tosser Larry Holden was nicked for six hits. Olson and second sacker Johnny d’Easum both had two hits for the Buicks as did outfielder Peggy Duff of the Smoke Squelchers.

Olson (W) and Stoddart
Holden (L) and Richardson

(September 9)  The Vancouver Firemen hit their stride when they visited Queens Park in New Westminster and evened up their series for the provincial baseball championship by outplaying Trapp Buicks 7 to 2 in the second game of the final series. But the victory was a costly one to the team owing to the loss of Peggy Duff, brilliant outfielder, who suffered a broken leg in the first inning while sliding at home plate. Hefty “Robbo” Robinson did the hurling for the home boys but was plagued with severe control problems. Although he whiffed eight of the Fire Eaters, he walked an equal number in the six-inning contest which had to be terminated early because of darkness. With the nine bingles that he surrendered, he found himself in constant hot water. Winning tosser, “Lefty” Kaye was reasonably effective but Trapp’s “Bush” Thompson, an elite playoff pickup from the IOCO squad, showed that he did not have much regard for his assortment of benders as he blasted the portsider for a mammoth initial canto four-bagger and came within inches of driving out a second round-tripper during his next plate appearance but had to settle for a double. Buick teammate “Scotty” Knox also took a liking to Kaye’s southpaw slants and rang him up for a triple and single. Larry Holden, subbing in the middle pasture for injured Bart Bean, was the most effective Flame Thwarter with the war club, clouting a three-bagger and a couple of singles. 

Kaye (W) and Richardson
Robinson (L) and Henry

(September 10)  With “Lefty” Kaye tossing a four-hitter, the Firemen from Van-City won a tightly contested 2 to 1 game from the Trapp Buicks of New Westminster to move ahead in the final series two games to one. Although lit up for nine bingles, losing flinger Edwin Olson had superlative command, walking nary a batter, and had the swatters from the Fire Eaters chasing pitches that were none too good. Charlie Miron was the only Hosemen who pasted his offerings to any extent, ripping a brace of triples and a single.

Olson (L) and Stoddart, Henry
Kaye (W) and Goodall

(September 15)  Playing in the Royal City, the Vancouver Firemen captured the provincial senior baseball championship by turning back the Trapp Buicks 1 to 0 in a thrilling pitcher’s joust. Base hits were scarce all evening in the contest, abbreviated to seven frames because of darkness. The Vancouverites held a slight 4 to 3 edge in bingles with catcher Norm Goodall of the Fire Eaters the only player to amass a pair of safeties. Skipper Jimmy Watters of the Hosemen plated the game’s lone run in the top of the sixth stanza. After coaxing a walk out of Eddie Olson, Watters pilfered the keystone sack and, during the process, was able to scamper to the hot corner pillow when the throw to second got past shortstop “Hop” Wilkie. Charlie Miron’s sharp single then sent the playing-manager home with the winner.

Ray (W), Kaye (7) and Goodall
Olson (L) and Stoddart


VANCOUVER TERMINAL LEAGUE

The Asahis rejoined the Terminal Baseball League in 1930 after three less-than-spectacular/somewhat-forgettable seasons (1927/1928/1929) in the Vancouver City Senior Baseball circuit, a move which proved to be the right strategy as the Nippons, although starting the campaign slowly, played extremely well down the stretch and captured the first half championship at the wire by defeating the defending champion South Hill Army & Navy Veterans. In late August, they replicated their 1926 championship, winning the overall Terminal League crown for 1930 by knocking off the second half victors, Shores' Jewelers, in two out of three games.

First Half

(April 28)  The Asahis returned to Terminal League wars and grabbed the opening game of the campaign, dumping the defending champion South Hill Army & Navy nine 7 to 3. A three-run round-tripper by outfielder “Mickey” Sato in the third inning put the Nippons ahead to stay. Teammate Herb Tanaka had belted a two-run dinger to tie the score after the Vets had forged ahead 2 to 0 in the opening panel. Losing heaver Johnny Diebolt had South Hill’s longest base blow, a three-bagger. 

G. Tanaka (W) and xxx
Diebolt (L) and xxx

(April 29)  With Ross Morrow’s hurling completely subduing Mc & Mc, Shores' Jewelers smashed out a 10 to 0 victory over the Hardwaremen at the Powell Street grounds. Morrow surrendered just two hits and fanned eight in posting the shutout mound victory. A home run by Mazelow and a triple off the bat of Sherman netted the Jewelers six runs.

xxx (L) and xxx
Morrow (W) and xxx

(April 30)  South Hill Army & Navy squeezed out a 2 to 1 win over Mc & Mc in a well-played Terminal League tussle at Powell Street. The game resolved itself into a duel between Chuck Pearsall, South Hill hurler, and “Bus” March, slabster for the Hardwaremen, and both showed rare form. Pearsall struck out 12 and allowed six pretty-well scattered hits. March was nicked for only two safeties and fanned six. A & N scored both of their runs in the second when March gave up a walk and a single as well an uncorking a couple of wild pitches which allowed the runners to advance. A home run by Edy in the seventh frame accounted for the lone Mc & Mc counter.

Pearsall (W) and xxx
March (L) and xxx  

(May 1)  Shores' Jewelers won their second straight Terminal League game when the handed the Asahis a 4 to 2 defeat at the Powell Street grounds. Both pitchers, Len Arthur of the Gem Merchants and Mickey Maikawa of the Nippons were stingy with their hits but fielding miscues proved costly for both teams.

Maikawa (L) and xxx
Arthur (W) and xxx 

(May 5)  Sneaking in a run in the last inning, after Mc & Mc had tied the score with a two-run rally in the first half of the session, the Asahis nosed out the Hardwaremen 3 to 2 in an entertaining Terminal Baseball League fixture at the Powell Street grounds. George Tanaka got the complete game mound victory with a two-hitter. With a two-strike count against him and facing a strikeout if the ball went foul, Asahi batter Ken Yamamura laid down a bunt on a suicide squeeze play at the plate which Mc & Mc catcher Rundle fielded but threw wildly to first, allowing the winning tally from third to count.

March (L) and Rundle
G. Tanaka (W) and Yasui

(May 6)  After winning their first two Terminal League starts, Shores' Jewelers tasted defeat for the first time in the 1930 season when South Hill defeated them 9 to 4. It was an uphill fight for Shores' all the way as South Hill scored two in the first inning, two more in the second and led 7 to 0 when losing pitcher Morrow was sent to the showers. Shores' four runs came in the seventh.

Morrow (L), Watt (5), Mazelow (6) and Pitt
McArthur (W) and Warren

(May 13)  Shores' slugged their way to an 8 to 3 victory over the Asahis to assume the leadership in the Terminal baseball League. There was plenty of hitting with the Jewelers getting to losing heaver George Tanaka for 15 bingles and the Nippons nicking Len Arthur for ten. Shores' got off to a fast start, scoring twice in the opening frame, spearheaded by Pitt’s home run. Winning tosser Arthur and teammate Syrotuck had three hits while Asahi swatters Reggie Yasui and Herb Tanaka replicated the feat.

Arthur (W) and xxx
G. Tanaka (L) and xxx 

(May 14)  The fast-moving Asahis doubled the score on Mc & Mc, downing the Hardwaremen 8 to 4 at Powell Street. The Nippons pilfered nine bases with Roy Yamamura swiping four of them. Mickey Maikawa pitched steady ball for the winners, allowing only five hits. Losing chucker “Bus” March struck out eleven batters but issued some costly bases-on-balls.

Maikawa (W) and xxx
March (L) and xxx

(May 15)  The South Hill Army & Navy stopped Shores' Jewelers 6 to 3 in Terminal League action. The Suburbanites played errorless ball behind the none too steady pitching of Hermie McArthur who allowed eight hits but walked seven. Farquhar pitched for the losers, fanning ten. Clark was the big hitter for the victors, connecting for three safeties.

McArthur (W) and xxx
Farquhar (L) and xxx

(May 21)  Two runs in the opening canto proved to be enough to give the South Hill Army & Navy aggregation a 2 to 1 verdict over Mc & Mc in Terminal League action. Clarke’s home run with Anderson aboard gave the Vets their two counters. Ross Edy drove in the lone tally for the Hardwaremen with a third-inning safety.From there on the pitchers took over, allowing few bingles and receiving first-class defensive support. Winning flinger Chuck Pearsall allowed five hits and struck out eight. “Bus” March, saddled with the loss, was nicked for just four safeties.

March (L) and xxx
Pearsall (W) and xxx

(May 22)  Smashing the offerings of two Nippon hurlers for 11 hits and taking full advantage of their opponent’s misplays, Shores' Jewelers trounced the Asahis 8 to 1 to gain control of the leadership in the Terminal Baseball League. Winning tosser Len Arthur was sharp on the rubber, allowing four scattered hits, walking none and striking out seven.The Gem Dealers plated three in the third frame and blew the game wide open in the sixth with Norm Wills’ three-bagger being the decisive base blow.

Maikawa (L), G. Tanaka (5) and xxx
Arthur (W) and xxx

(May 25)  Over 2,000 fans at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park saw the Shores' Jewelers Terminal League entry play an exhibition doubleheader with a pair of Capital City baseball squads. In the matinee attraction, the Sons of Canada and Shores' battled to a 7 – 7 draw while the Diamond Merchants were hammered 12 to 3 by the Jokers in the nightcap.

(May 26)  The Asahis took advantage of numerous Mc & Mc fielding miscues to defeat the Hardwaremen 6 to 4. Losing chucker Max May was touched for just two hits in the contest but a couple of errors on his part, one a particularly disastrous throwing blunder, together with costly mistakes by his teammates, allowed the Nippons to walk off with the struggle. Roy Yamamura set the tone for the game when, after drawing a leadoff base of balls, he danced around the bases to score as his quickness continuously forced mistakes. Before the initial inning ended, the Asahis had scored four times on one hit, four stolen bases and three errors. The Hardware nine came back in the fourth with six successive base blows to tie the score but, in the fifth, with two on and two out, May, in an unwise pickoff attempt, uncorked the horsehide in the direction of third base with the sack unguarded, allowing both Japanese runners to score.

xxx (W) and xxx
M. May (L) and xxx

(May 27)  Shores' Jewelers hung up a 6 to 4 victory over the South Hill Army & Navy and, in doing so, strengthened their hold on first place in the Terminal Baseball League. The Army & Navy nine, last season’s champs, went down fighting, tying the score in the fourth after being four runs down, but could not hold the Diamond Dealers in the closing stanzas. Mazelow had a perfect night at the platter for the victors, stroking three hits in three attempts.

Arthur (W) and Pitt
McArthur, Hunter (L) (4), Diebolt (5) and Warren

(May 29)  Shores' swamped the tail-end Mc & Mc Hardware squad 10 to 1 at Powell Street to increase their lead in the Terminal League. B. McIntyre led the Jewelers offensively, slamming a couple of doubles. 

March (L) and Blahey
Mitchell (W) and Pitt

Standings             W     L     Pct.
Shores' Jewelers      7     2     .778
Asahis                5     3     .625
South Hill A & N      4     4     .500
Mc & Mc               1     8     .111

(June 2)  Mc & Mc chalked up their second win of the season in the Terminal League, defeating defending circuit champion South Hill Army & Navy 4 to 2. The Hardwaremen came back strong after falling behind 2 to 0 in the first canto. Both chuckers, Bird of the winning nine and Chuck Pearsall of the Vets, had fine outings with Bird yielding just four hits and Pearsall five. Mc & Mc third baseman May led the victors offensively with a double, single and a pair of stolen bases.

Pearsall (L) and Warren
Bird (W) and Graham

(June 3)  Lorne Thompson allowed just two hits as Shores' Jewelers continued to steamroll over Terminal League opposition, subduing the Asahis 5 to 3.

Nishidera (L) and xxx
Thompson (W) and Telosky

(June 4)  Roy Yamamura’s two-run homer in the fifth canto enabled the Asahis to take a come-from-behind 3 to 2 victory over Mc & Mc. Outfielder Eddie Kitagawa was in great hitting form for the Nippons, smashing a pair of doubles and a single. Catcher Graham of the Hardware Boys singled twice.

G. Tanaka (W) and Yasui
M. May (L) and Graham

(June 5)  Shores' Jewelers, currently leading the parade in the Terminal Baseball League, were handed a rude setback by last season’s champions, the South Hill Army & Navy Veterans, who trampled them 5 to 0 at Powell Street. Bobby Orr, making his initial appearance for the South Hillers, pitched a smart five-hitter and was accorded errorless support by his mates. Second baseman Widdows had a double and single for the winning nine.

Orr (W) and Warren
Arthur (L) and Telosky

(June 10)  Muffing several scoring opportunities through poor baserunning and failing to come through with hits in the pinches, Mc & Mc dropped further down the Terminal League ladder when they suffered a 7 to 2 trouncing at the hands of Shores' Jewelers. The Gem Merchants had only one more hit than the Hardwaremen but were helped along by untimely walks and miscues. Shores' third sacker Jack Sherman and “Bus” March of Mc & Mc both had two hits, including a two-bagger.

Mazelow (W), Arthur (4) and Pitt
March (L), May (3) and Graham

(June 11)  South Hill Army & Navy nosed out their nemesis, Mc & Mc, 2 to 1 in a closely-fought Terminal League match at the Powell Street grounds. The two hurlers were in control in this tussle as winning tosser Johnny Diebolt was nicked for just two safeties while loser ”Bus” March gave up only four.

March (L) and Graham
Diebolt (W) and Warren

Standings             W      L      Pct.
Shores' Jewelers      9      4     .692
Asahis                7      4     .636
South Hill A & N      6      5     .545
Mc & Mc               2     11     .154

(June 16)  The Asahis advanced to within one game of Shores' in a torrid first-half Terminal League race after drubbing Mc & Mc 8 to 0. In spite of the fact that Max May of the Hardwaremen struck out nine of their batters and that they were only able to muster up five hits, the Nippons pounced on every opportunity afforded them for runs.

xxx (W) and xxx
May (L) and xxx

(June 17)  Defending league champion South Hill Army & Navy turned back Shores' Jewelers 3 to 1. The Vets played errorless ball behind the stellar heaving of Chuck Pearsall who fanned ten in going the route.The loss for the Diamond Dealers allowed the Asahis to move past them into top spot in the Terminal League by mere percentage points.

Dobbins (L) and xxx
Pearsall (W) and xxx

(June 18)  The Asahis lasted only one day in first place in the Terminal Baseball League. Shores' went ahead once more in the battle for first-half supremacy after the South Hill Army & Navy Veterans’ squad, with chucker Bobby Orr leading the way, kayoed the Nippons 4 to 0. Orr neutralized the Asahis with a one-hitter.

Orr (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(June 19)  The tail-end Mc & Mc nine walloped the erstwhile league-leading Shores' nine 7 to 1 at Powell Street to oust the Jewelers from sole possession of first place in the Terminal Baseball League.

xxx (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

Standings            W       L       Pct.
Asahis               8       5      .615
South Hill A & N     8       5      .615
Shores' Jewelers     9       6      .600
Mc & Mc              3      12      .200 

(June 22)  South Hill Army & Navy travelled to the Island and defeated a picked team from Courtenay 4 to 0 in exhibition play.

(June 23)  The Asahis won the first-half championship of the Terminal Baseball League when they beat South Hill Army & Navy 7 to 2 for their second successive at-the-wire victory over the defending champs. As is normally the case with the Nippons, they utilized clever baserunning, superlative defensive play and took full advantage of every opportunity afforded them. Ken Yamamura and winning pitcher George Tanaka both singled twice for the winners.

G. Tanaka (W) and Yasui
Pearsall (L), Orr (4) and Warren 

Second Half 

(June 24)  Mc & Mc took a 6 to 0 trimming at the hands of Shores' Jewelers in the opening game of the second-half of the Terminal League schedule. The Diamond Merchants made the best of their five hits off the slants of losing flinger Ross Edy whose teammates failed to provide him any kind of adequate defensive support. Winning tosser Alec Farquhar stymied the Hardwaremen on just three safeties. Second baseman Syrotuck of the winning nine, with two singles, was the only player to register more than one hit.

Farquhar (W) and Telosky
Edy (L) and Graham

(June 25)  The Asahis got off on the right foot in the second-half of the Terminal Baseball League schedule by outscoring South Hill Army & Navy 10 to 7 in a free-hitting and somewhat loosely played contest at Powell Street. Roy Yamamura led the Nippons’ nine-hit offense with a triple and single. Clarke and Lister both had a double and single for the Vets.

Maikawa (W) and Yasui
Orr (L), Mills (5) and Warren 

(July 2)  The Asahis managed to keep their undefeated second-half record intact by nosing out Mc & Mc 2 to 1 at the Powell Street grounds. Base hits were conspicuous by their absence. Mc & Mc garnered five off George Tanaka while “Bus” March held the Nippons to four. March led all swatters with three singles. Teammate Max May accounted for the losing nine’s lone run with a bases-empty homer.

March (L) and Robertson
G. Tanaka (W) and Yasui

(July 3)  Securing the winning and insurance runs through bases on balls in the seventh frame, Shores' Jewelers won from South Hill Army & Navy 8 to 6 at Powell Street. Chuck Pearsall, formerly with South Hill, made his debut on the hill with Shores' and held his erstwhile teammates to six hits, all of them coming in the first three innings. He also belted a home run against his ex-mates as did shortstop Sherman.

Pearsall (W) and Syrotuck
Diebolt, Hunter (L) (7) and Warren

(July 7)  Shores' Jewelers and Mc & Mc battled to a 1 – 1 draw in a Terminal League game that was called after ten innings because of darkness. Opposing hurlers, “Bus” March and Alex Farquhar, both pitched well with March fanning 15 while Farquhar whiffed ten. Ross Edy had three singles for the Hardwaremen.

March and Robinson
Farquhar and Telosky

(July 8)  South Hill Army & Navy trounced the Asahis 9 to 5 at Powell Street. Clarke had a home run for the South Hillers.

xxx (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(July 9)  South Hill scored their second victory in as many nights with an exciting 5 to 4 triumph over the Mc & Mc nine. First baseman Lister’s double in the seventh canto drove in the winning run for the Vets. Outfielder Clarke continued his torrid power surge at the dish, belting a pair of home runs for the winners, his second and third in two games.

M. May (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(July 10)  The Asahis again took second-half leadership of the Terminal League when they defeated Shores' Jewelers 5 to 1 at Powell Street. The Nippons scored all of their runs in the second inning. Winning flinger Roy Nishidera tossed a two-hitter, striking out seven along the way. Norm Will accounted for the Gem Dealers’ lone run with a solo homer.

Nishidera (W) and xxx
Arthur (L), Pearsall (2) and xxx

(July 14)  The Asahis did some heavy hitting at the Powell Street grounds and strengthened their hold on first place in the Terminal League second-half standings by taking Mc & Mc into camp 8 to 3. Nakamura had a two-run homer for the Nippons.

xxx (w) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(July 15)  Pounding three South Hill pitchers for 14 hits, the Shores' Jewelers nine swamped the Army & Navy Vets 17 to 1 in Terminal League play. Held to three hits by their former teammate, Chuck Pearsall, the South Hillers were never in the picture.

Pearsall (W) and xxx
Diebolt (L), Hunter (3), Taylor (3) and xxx

(July 16)  Shores' Jewelers squeezed out a 2 to 0 win over the league unfortunates, Mc & Mc, to keep right on the feet of the Asahis in the race for second-half honours in the Terminal League. Tony Telosky’s second-inning hit drove in the winning run for the Diamond Dealers, only one of four given up by losing flinger Ross Edy. Mike Mitchell got the complete game win with a three-hitter.

Edy (L) and xxx
Mitchell (W) and xxx

Second-half standings     W     L      Pct.
Asahis                    5     1     .833
Shores' Jewelers          4     2     .667
South Hill A & N          2     3     .400
Mc & Mc                   0     5     .000

(July 17)  The Asahis took a 4 to 2 decision from the South Hill Army & Navy Vets to remain atop the second-half Terminal League standings. George Tanaka got the mound victory with a five-hitter. Fred Taylor limited the Nippons to four hits and struck out nine but the Asahis made everything count to bring in their four tallies.

G. Tanaka (W) and Yasui
Taylor (L) and Clarke 

(July 21)  George Sikora, until recently on the roster of the Firemen in the Vancouver Senior circuit, made his mound debut in the Terminal League and pitched the South Hill Army & Navy to a 2 to 1 victory over Mc & Mc. Sikora held the Hardware Boys to four hits but had to rely upon a sixth-inning rally by his mates to get the mound decision. Clarke drove in the tying and winning runs in that frame with a long single off reliever Ross Edy who had entered the game with two inherited runners.

McKibben (L), Edy (6) and xxx
Sikora (W) and xxx

(July 22)  The Asahis turned back their closest rivals, Shores' Jewelers, 5 to 2 in Terminal League play. The Nippons held the upper hand in base hits, acquiring 9 to 7 for the Jewelers. Second baseman Nakamura picked up a triple and two singles for the winners.

Nishidera (W) and Yasui
Pearsall (L) and Telosky

(July 23)  It took the lowly Mc & Mc nine to halt the recent winning streak of the Asahis, first-half champions. Behind the splendid hurling of Ross Edy, the Hardware Boys chalked up their first win of the second portion of the schedule, squeezing by the Nippons 2 to 1. Edy limited the Asahis to three hits, two of which were garnered by catcher Reg Yasui

Edy (W) and Graham
Maikawa (L) and Yasui

(July 24)  For the second time in nine days, South Hill Army & Navy tasted defeat at the hands of their old teammate Chuck Pearsall, now wearing a Shores' uniform. Pearsall let the Hillmen down with two hits and fanned eight as the Jewelers walked off with a 6 to 0 verdict. Third baseman Syrotuck, Ross Morrow and Tony Telosky each had a brace of one-baggers for the Gem Dealers.

Pearsall (W) and Telosky
Diebolt (L) and Clarke

(July 29)  According George Sikora faultless support, the South Hill Army & Navy Veterans beat the first-place Asahis 5 to 0 in a Terminal League tilt. Sikora retired only one of the Nippons on strikes but only two hits were registered off him. The Hillmen slammed loser George Tanaka pretty hard. Shortstop Roy Keeley lit up Tanaka for a second-inning circuit-clout with one mate aboard.

G. Tanaka (L) and xxx
Sikora (W) and xxx

(July 30)  South Hill Army & Navy took a loosely-played Terminal Baseball League fixture from Mc & Mc 7 to 4 at the Powell Street grounds. Johnny Diebolt registered the complete game mound win.

Diebolt (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(July 31)  The Asahis were shoved into second place in the Terminal League as Shores' Jewelers pounded out a 14 to 6 win over them at Powell Street. It was the third straight setback for the Nippons. Chuck Pearsall went the route for the Diamond Merchants and was touched for just two hits in recording the win. His mates pounded out 18 hits off a pair of Asahi flingers. Second baseman Norm Will and outfielder Ross Morrow blasted four-baggers for the winners while Syrotuck went four-for-five at the platter.

Pearsall (W) and Telosky
Nishidera (L), Maikawa and Yasui

(August 4)  The Vancouver Sun of this date reported that a protest lodged by the Shores' Jewelers team regarding a defeat to the Mc & Mc nine had been successful and that the defeat had been thrown out.

(August 4)  The Asahis moved into a tie with Shores' for top spot in the second-half Terminal League standings by shutting out Mc & Mc at the Powell Street grounds. George Tanaka had the Hardwaremen puzzled with his slants and retired ten of them on strikes. Losing tosser Ross Edy was touched for only four hits but walked six batters, paving the way for the Asahi counters.

Edy (L) and xxx
G. Tanaka (W) and xxx

(August 7)  South Hill Army & Navy, last season’s champions of the Terminal League, were practically eliminated from this year’s struggle when the Asahis squashed them 11 to 7 at the Powell Street diamond. It was a nip-and-tuck fight until the last inning when the Nippons scored six runs to put the game away. The Hillmen used three hurlers and, while they were not hit hard, their wildness gave the Asahis plenty of opportunity to score.

xxx (W) and xxx
xxx, xxx (L), xxx and xxx 

(August 11)  Chalking up 15 bingles from the slants of two Mc & Mc chuckers, the South Hill squad blasted the Hardwaremen 11 to 2. A triple play by the Army & Navy Vets team provided the principal excitement in the fixture.

xxx (W) and xxx
xxx (L), xxx and xxx

(August 12)  A single by Ross Morrow which went through the outfielder’s legs and was translated into a three-base error resulted in four runs crossing the plate. This play was instrumental in securing the Shores' Jewelers a 7 to 5 win over the Asahis and the lead in the Terminal League’s second-half.  With the score 6 to 1 in favour of the Nippons, Len Arthur relieved starter Chuck Pearsall on the hill for the Gem Dealers and picked up the hurling triumph.

G. Tanaka (L) and Yasui
Pearsall, Arthur (W) (5) and Telosky

(August 14)  Shores' Jewelers crossed another bridge on their way to the second-half championship of the Terminal Baseball League when they hacked out an 8 to 4 win over the South Hill Army & Navy Vets at Powell Street. The Jewelers took kindly to the offerings of George Sikora, pounding him for 14 bingles in saddling him with his initial defeat in the Terminal loop. Chuck Pearsall’s slants were working to perfection as he held his former teammates to six hits.

Pearsall (W) and Telosky
Sikora (L) and Warren

(August 15)  Mc & Mc failed to turn out a full team to meet the Asahis in a Terminal Baseball League encounter and, as a result, defaulted.

(August 18)  Shores' emerged triumphant over Mc & Mc 2 to 1 in a pitcher’s joust at the Powell Street grounds. The victory moved the Jewelers closer to capturing the second-half Terminal League pennant. A muffed fly ball in the outfield generated both of the Diamond Merchants’ counters in the fifth stanza. Max May belted a solo round-tripper in the sixth for the Hardwaremen’s lone tally.

Farquhar (W) and xxx
Edy (L) and xxx

(August 19)  Mc & Mc prevented Shores' Jewelers from clinching the second-half Terminal League crown when the tail-enders slapped down the leaders at Powell Street. Bob Dwan’s three-run homer in the final frame provided the ammunition for the walkoff victory. The loss for the Gem Dealers gives the Asahis a tie for the top spot which will necessitate the playing of a tie-breaker game.

Pearsall (L) and Telosky
May (W) and Robertson

Final Standings        W     L      Pct.
Shores' Jewelers      10     5     .667
Asahis                10     5     .667
South Hill A & N       7     7     .500
Mc & Mc                2    12     .143

First-place tie-breaker

(August 21)  Before a jam-packed audience which crammed the bleachers and lined the park on all sides, Shores' Jewelers responded positively to an early deficit and walked off with a 6 to 2 victory over the Asahis in the sudden-death game to decide the second-half championship of the Terminal Baseball League. Len Arthur held the Nippons to six hits in taking the mound decision over Roy Nishidera. Tony Telosky had a perfect night at the platter for the Diamond Merchants, going four-for-for while shortstop Jack Sherman delivered three base knocks including a couple of two-baggers.

Nishidera (L) and xxx
Arthur (W) and xxx

Overall Terminal League Finals (best-of-three)

(August 22)  Shores' outfielder Bill Mazelow smashed a bases-loaded double to score three runs, breaking up a pitcher’s battle between teammate Joe Horton and diminutive “Mickey” Maikawa of the Asahis, which gave the Jewelers a 3 to 2 triumph over the Nippons in the first game of their playoff series for the Terminal League championship. Horton allowed only one hit while Maikawa was nicked for just three.

Maikawa (L) and Yasui
Horton (W) and Telosky

(August 25)  The Asahis evened the Terminal League finals at a game apiece by pounding their way to a 7 to 4 victory over Shores' Jewelers. The Gem Dealers grabbed a first-inning 3 to 0 lead which didn’t last long as winning pitcher George Tanaka evened things up by stroking a two-run double in the next frame. The Nippons went ahead to stay in the fifth when three hits, two walks, an error and a sacrifice produced four more runs.

Arthur (L), Mazelow (5) and xxx
G. Tanaka (W), xxx (7) and xxx

(August 26)  Brilliant defensive play behind the superb pitching of youthful hurler “Mickey” Maikawa gave the Asahis a well-earned and popular victory over Shores' Jewelers 3 to 1 in the rubber match of the 1930 Terminal League final series. Playing before a capacity audience at the Powell Street grounds, the Diamond Dealers could not break through the strong defense of the Nippons although they had an edge in the hitting. The Asahis now face the Trapp Buicks of New Westminster in the semi-finals of the provincial championship.

Maikawa (W) and xxx
Horton (L), Mazelow (2) and xxx


Inter-City Japanese Baseball Playdowns

(September 1)  Nippons, of Seattle, retained the inter-city Japanese baseball championship when they took the second game of the doubleheader from the Vancouver Asahis at Athletic Park 6 to 2 after dropping the morning game 4 to 3. The Seattle boys took the local tribe into camp at the Puget Sound City last week 8 to 0 thus winning the series two games to one. More than 2,000 fans watched the Japanese diamond performers.

Nagamine (L) and Nakayama
Maikawa (W) and Yasui

Koyama (W) and H. Okada
Suga (L) and Yasui

B.C. Playdowns
Semi-finals (best-of-five series)

New Westminster & District League (New Westminster Trapp Buicks) vs Terminal League (Vancouver Asahis) 

(August 27)  Timely hitting with some spectacular fielding gave the Trapp Buicks the first game of the their Lower Mainland baseball series when they defeated the Asahis, Terminal League champions, 4 to 2 in a well-played game at Queens Park. Reinforced with a pair of playoff pickups, batting champion “Bush” Thompson from IOCO and infielder Ray Hawkes of the Internationals, the Buicks ripped into losing chucker “Lefty” Suga for 11 bingles, five of them coming in the fourth frame when they tallied three counters. Ed Olson went the route for the mound triumph, yielding eight safe blows to the Nippons. Keystone sacker Johnny d’Easum led the Automen at the dish with a triad of one-baggers. First sacker Doug Fraser was next in line with a double and single while Hawkes and “Hop” Wilkie each singled twice. Ken Yamamura of the Asahis also picked up a brace of one-baggers. 

Suga (L) and Yasui, H. Tanaka (4)
Olson (W) and Stoddart

(August 29)  With an additional pair of playoff pickups in the lineup, the Trapp Buicks of the New Westminster & District Baseball League, only scored one run but that single counter was sufficient to defeat the Asahis 1 to 0 at Athletic Park. Utilizing the battery of pitcher “Robbo” Robinson and catcher Ed Henry from the sidelined IOCO squad, as allowed by the B.C.A.B.A. regulations, the Buicks scored the lone run of the game in the ninth when “Bush” Thompson, previously added to the roster from IOCO, hit a two-out single and scored on a double by second baseman d’Easum. Robinson limited the Nippons to just two singles while losing flinger Roy Nishidera was touched for five safeties.  

Robinson (W) and Henry
Nishidera (L) and F. Nakamura

(September 2)  Trapp Buicks defeated the Asahis 4 to 1 to win their semi-final series three games to one. Ray Hawkes, Doug Fraser and Johnny d’Easum each had two safeties for the winners while Roy Yamamura and Frank Nakamura of the Nippons also collected a brace of bingles. Eddie Olson fanned nine in capturing the complete game mound triumph.

Olson (W) and Stoddart
Nishidera (L), Sato and Yasui

Post-playoff exhibition games

(September 5)  Chemainus defeated the Vancouver Asahis 6 to 3 in the first game of a weekend series played in Nanaimo. The winners collected eleven hits off Roy Nishidera while winning tosser Hank Gailus was touched for three safeties. Gailus helped his own cause at the dish by slamming a two-run homer.

Nishidera (L) and xxx
Gailus (W) and xxx

(September 6)  The Asahis of Vancouver squared their weekend series with Chemainus by dumping the hosts 13 to 5 before a crowd of close to 2,500. The exhibition of fielding and baserunning by the Nippons was as perfect as ever seen in Nanaimo.

Suga (W) and xxx
Gailus (L), McGinnis and xxx


NEW WESTMINSTER & DISTRICT SENIOR LEAGUE

First-half

(May 16)  Trapp Buicks drew first blood in the New Westminster & District circuit when the pitching tandem of “Sweeper” Currie and Eddie Olson combined to toss a no-hit, no-run game in which the Car Dealers defeated Imperial Oil 4 to 0 at Queens Park. The Buicks opened the scoring in the first inning when Wally Mayers drove out a triple to score two runs. In the fifth, Mayers again rose to the occasion with a scratch single that plated another pair.

xxx (L) and xxx
Currie (W), Olson and xxx

(May 27)  Timely hitting by “Scotty” Knox, peppy third sacker for Trapp Buicks, gave the Mechanics a 2 to 0 win over the International Wood Products nine. Run-scoring doubles in both the first and third frames by Knox plated the only two counters of the game. Both chuckers, winner Eddie Olson and Joe Dailey of the Internationals, gave a good account of themselves, each fanning ten batters. Dailey also did well with the lumber, doubling and singling in three attempts.

Olson (W) and xxx
Dailey (L) and xxx

(June 11)  Big Joe Dailey proved too good for IOCO when he hurled the International Wood products nine to a 6 to 1 win over the Oilmen in a New Westminster & District League game. Dailey’s arm was working to perfection and he held the Imperials to just three scattered bingles.

Dailey (W) and xxx
Lee (L), Minty (5) and xxx

(June 17)  Heavy hitting and some sparkling fielding behind the heady chucking of Eddie Olson gave Trapp Buicks a 6 to 0 win over the International Wood Products aggregation. Olson displayed some of his old time form, holding the Lumbermen to four scattered bingles, and collected a triple and single at the plate.

Olson (W) and Stoddart
Dailey (L) and Beaumont

(June 18)  “Pitcher “Robbo” Robinson put an end to the undefeated streak of the Trapp Buicks’ squad when he hurled IOCO to a 5 to 4 win over the Automobile Aggregation in a New Westminster & District game at the Oil Town. Robinson held the heavy-hitting Buicks to seven base blows while the Imperials collected ten from the offerings of Walter Johnstone and “Sweeper” Currie. Shortstop Al Scott doubled and singled for the victors.

Johnstone (L), Currie (9) and Stoddart
Robinson (W) and Henry 

(June 24)  Spectacular all-round play by outfielder Wally Mayers of the Trapp Buicks was instrumental in spearheading the Auto Dealership to a 5 to 2 win over the International Wood Products baseballers in a New Westminster & District League game at Queens Park. Aside from going a perfect three-for-three at the plate, including a double, Mayers also gave one of the best demonstrations of fly chasing seen so far this season. Both twirlers of record, Eddie Olson of the Trapp’s and the Lumbermen’s Joe Dailey, were nicked consistently with the Buicks accumulating 14 hits to 12 for the Internationals. Ted Bowyer was the big sticker for vanquished nine with four hits in five times at bat.

Dailey (L) and Beaumont
Olson (W) and Stoddart

Trapp Buicks emerged as first-half champions

Second-half

(July 4)  Bill Minty hurled IOCO to an 8 to 6 victory over the International Wood Products team at Queens Park. Minty held the Lumbermen to nine scattered bingles and whiffed 12 batters. Outfielder “Bush” Thompson was the heavy sticker for the Oilmen, collecting three base hits which drove in a trio of counters. Ted Bowyer continued his sensational batting streak for the Internationals with four safeties.

Minty (W) and xxx
Ferguson (L), Aitchison (5) and xxx

(July 15)  Eddie Olson hurled Trapp Buicks to a 13 to 5 win over the International Wood Products in a New Westminster & District League game at Queens Park. Olson set the Lumbermen down on seven scattered blows and fanned six batters. The Automobile Men collected 14 base wallops, including four double and a triple. Tanny Butler was the big sticker for Trapps with four bingles in five journeys to the plate. Ted Bowyer was again the big noise for the Internationals, with three safeties.

Olson (W) and xxx
Metheral (L) and xxx

(July 18)  Six big runs in the fifth inning gave IOCO a 6 to 3 win over a combined team from the International Wood Products and Trapp Buicks in an exhibition encounter at Queens park. The game was originally slated as a league fixture but the Lumbermen found it impossible to field a full team. League officials have cautioned the Internationals about similar situations in the future and have been assured that such will not occur.

(July 22)  “Sweeper” Currie hurled Trapp Buicks to a 9 to 6 victory over International Wood Products at Queens Park. The Lumbermen presented a rejuvenated lineup and threw a scare into the Auto Dealers when they ran over five runs in the fourth inning to take a 6 to 2 lead. New catcher Bourgeau sparked the Internationals both on the diamond at with the lumber, driving out three hits including a double. Wally Mayers and Eddie Olson were the best swatters for the Buicks with three and two hits respectively.

Aitchison, Hawkes (L) (1) and Bourgeau
Currie (W) and xxx

(July 23)  IOCO moved into sole possession of second-place in the New Westminster & District League second-half standings with a 5 to 3 victory over Trapp Buicks. “Robbo” Robinson was at his very best on the rubber for the Oilmen, limiting the heavy-hitting Car Dealers to three bingles. Eddie Olson’s four-bagger was the only clean base knock that he surrendered. Olson also pitched steady ball but had a disastrous first inning when IOCO ran in three runs.

Olson (L) and xxx
Robinson (W) and xxx 

(July 25)  The Trapp Buicks met their second defeat of the week at the hands of IOCO when Bill Minty hurled the Oilmen to an 8 to 7 win over the Mechanics. The Oilers were out hit 12 to 11 but Minty was able to respond to run-scoring threats slightly better than losing flinger Eddie Olson. He fanned nine along the way. McIntyre, with a double and triple, was the heavy slugger for IOCO while Len Stoddart pounded out three safeties for the Buicks.

Minty (W) and xxx
Olson (L) and xxx

(July 29)  The International Wood Products baseball team swung back into the win column when pitcher Ferguson hurled them to a 3 to 2 win over Trapp Buicks at Queens Park. Both chuckers, Ferguson and “Sweeper” Currie of the Trapp nine, allowed five hits but infield miscues by the Buicks led to Currie’s downfall. Outfielder Newhook drove in the tying and winning runs for the Internationals with a sixth-inning single. He also picked up another one-bagger. “Hop” Wilkie was the big sticker for the Trapp aggregation, driving out a triple and double.

Currie (L) and xxx
Ferguson (W) and xxx

(July 30)  “Hop” Wilkie’s double in the second inning scored the tying run as the Trapp Buicks and IOCO battled to a 2 – 2 draw. Eddie Olson of the Buicks gave up five hits while “Robbo” Robinson of the Oilmen was nicked for eight safeties. Wilkie, with three hits, was the heavy hitter for the Automobile Dealers while outfielder “Bush” Thompson led the Oilmen with a pair of triples. First baseman Doug Fraser of the Trapp squad belted a solo homer in the opening canto.

Olson and xxx
Robinson and xxx

(August 6)  IOCO strengthened their position atop the second-half standings in the New Westminster & District Baseball League when they defeated International Wood Products 5 to 4 in a fast game before a good crowd in the Oil Town. With his infield pulling off four double plays in each of the first four innings, IOCO hurler Lee was able to go the route and pick up the mound win. He had a hot hand with the lumber as well, slugging the horsehide for three hits including a double. Jimmy McDonald of the Internationals also picked up a trio of safeties.

Ferguson (L) and xxx
Lee (W) and xxx

(August 8)  The Trapp Buicks, behind the solid pitching of Eddie Olson, handed IOCO their first loss in five games when they blanked the Oilmen 2 to 0 at Queens Park. Olson gave up three safeties, two of them to catcher Henry, and fanned seven. Bill Minty did the chucking for IOCO and held the Car Dealers to six wallops. First sacker Doug Fraser banged out a brace of hits for the victors.

Minty (L) and Henry
Olson (W) and xxx

(August 13)  IOCO clinched first-place in the second-half standings when they swamped the Trapp Buicks 14 to 3 at the Oil Town. The Oilmen battered losing heaver “Sweeper” Currie for 15 hits in taking the one-sided encounter. Bill Minty tossed a complete game seven-hitter for the win. Rod Cameron, heavy-hitting first baseman, was the big sticker for IOCO, drilling four base hits. Currie was the only Trapp batter to make any impression upon Minty, collecting a triple and single.

Currie (L) and xxx
Minty (W) and xxx

By claiming the second-half championship, IOCO qualified to meet the first-half victors, Trapp Buicks, for the overall league crown

“Bush” Thompson, heavy-hitting outfielder for IOCO, captured batting honours in the New Westminster & District Baseball League, according to final figures. Thompson took part in 20 games, with 30 hits, for an average of .417.

PLAYOFFS
Finals (best-of-five)

(August 15)  Eddie Olson, star hurler for the Trapp Buicks, was in his old time form in hurling the Auto Dealers to a 5 to 1 victory over IOCO in the first game of the New Westminster & District Baseball League finals. With a dazzling fastball that seemed to hold the Oilmen helpless at times, Olson fanned eight and allowed just four hits. He also had the game’s only extra-base hit, a three-bagger, in the third frame. Trapp third baseman “Scotty” Knox and outfielder Tucker were the only players who managed two hits, both delivering a pair of singles.

Robinson (L), Minty (2) and Henry
Olson (W) and Stoddart

(August 25)  “Sweeper Currie hurled the Trapp Buick diamondeers to the New Westminster & District Baseball League championship when they edged past IOCA 2 to 1 in the fourth game of the series at the Oil Town. Currie and losing tosser Bill Minty both pitched well although Currie had the edge, issuing just four hits as opposed to seven by Minty. IOCO took a one run lead in the sixth when Rod Cameron doubled home Dean Freshfield who had reached base with a two-bagger. The Trapp nine tied things up in the eighth on a one-out sacrifice by Doug Fraser which plated Len Stoddart from third. A pair of ninth-inning infield bobbles allowed the Car Dealers to score the winner on “Hop” Wilkie’s single. The Buicks will now meet the winner of the Terminal League finals in the next round of the Lower Mainland playoffs.

Currie (W) and xxx
Minty (L) and xxx

B.C. Playdowns
Semi-finals (best-of-five series)
New Westminster & District League (New Westminster Trapp Buicks) vs Terminal League (Vancouver Asahis) 

(August 27)  Timely hitting with some spectacular fielding gave the Trapp Buicks the first game of the their Lower Mainland baseball series when they defeated the Asahis, Terminal League champions, 4 to 2 in a well-played game at Queens Park. Reinforced with a pair of playoff pickups, batting champion “Bush” Thompson from IOCO and infielder Ray Hawkes of the Internationals, the Buicks ripped into losing chucker “Lefty” Suga for 11 bingles, five of them coming in the fourth frame when they tallied three counters. Ed Olson went the route for the mound triumph, yielding eight safe blows to the Nippons. Keystone sacker Johnny d’Easum led the Automen at the dish with a triad of one-baggers. First sacker Doug Fraser was next in line with a double and single while Hawkes and “Hop” Wilkie each singled twice. Ken Yamamura of the Asahis also picked up a brace of one-baggers. 

Suga (L) and Yasui, H. Tanaka (4)
Olson (W) and Stoddart

(August 29)  With an additional pair of playoff pickups in the lineup, the Trapp Buicks of the New Westminster & District Baseball League, only scored one run but that single counter was sufficient to defeat the Asahis 1 to 0 at Athletic Park. Utilizing the battery of pitcher “Robbo” Robinson and catcher Ed Henry from the sidelined IOCO squad, as allowed by the B.C.A.B.A. regulations, the Buicks scored the lone run of the game in the ninth when “Bush” Thompson, previously added to the roster from IOCO, hit a two-out single and scored on a double by second baseman d’Easum. Robinson limited the Nippons to just two singles while losing flinger Roy Nishidera was touched for five safeties.  

Robinson (W) and Henry
Nishidera (L) and F. Nakamura

(September 2)  Trapp Buicks defeated the Asahis 4 to 1 to win their semi-final series three games to one. Ray Hawkes, Doug Fraser and Johnny d’Easum each had two safeties for the winners while Roy Yamamura and Frank Nakamura of the Nippons also collected a brace of bingles. Eddie Olson fanned nine in capturing the complete game mound triumph.

Olson (W) and Stoddart
Nishidera (L), Sato and Yasui

B.C. Finals (best-of-five series)

New Westminster & District Baseball League (New Westminster Trapp Buicks) vs Vancouver City Senior Baseball League (Vancouver Firemen) 

(September 6)  The Trapp Buicks of New Westminster set the Vancouver Firemen down with a thud in the opening game of the provincial senior baseball championship series by taking a surprise 4 to 3 victory over the Hosemen. The Auto Dealers broke a 1 – 1 tie in the seventh frame, scoring three times on a pair of base hits and a couple of Flame Fighter miscues. Eddie Olson got the mound win with a complete-game eight-hitter. Losing tosser Larry Holden was nicked for six hits. Olson and second sacker Johnny d’Easum both had two hits for the Buicks as did outfielder Peggy Duff of the Smoke Squelchers.

Olson (W) and Stoddart
Holden (L) and Richardson

(September 9)  The Vancouver Firemen hit their stride when they visited Queens Park in New Westminster and evened up their series for the provincial baseball championship by outplaying Trapp Buicks 7 to 2 in the second game of the final series. But the victory was a costly one to the team owing to the loss of Peggy Duff, brilliant outfielder, who suffered a broken leg in the first inning while sliding at home plate. Hefty “Robbo” Robinson did the hurling for the home boys but was plagued with severe control problems. Although he whiffed eight of the Fire Eaters, he walked an equal number in the six-inning contest which had to be terminated early because of darkness. With the nine bingles that he surrendered, he found himself in constant hot water. Winning tosser, “Lefty” Kaye was reasonably effective but Trapp’s “Bush” Thompson, an elite playoff pickup from the IOCO squad, showed that he did not have much regard for his assortment of benders as he blasted the portsider for a mammoth initial canto four-bagger and came within inches of driving out a second round-tripper during his next plate appearance but had to settle for a double. Buick teammate “Scotty” Knox also took a liking to Kaye’s southpaw slants and rang him up for a triple and single. Larry Holden, subbing in the middle pasture for injured Bart Bean, was the most effective Flame Thwarter with the war club, clouting a three-bagger and a couple of singles. 

Kaye (W) and Richardson
Robinson (L) and Henry

(September 10)  With “Lefty” Kaye tossing a four-hitter, the Firemen from Van-City won a tightly contested 2 to 1 game from the Trapp Buicks of New Westminster to move ahead in the final series two games to one. Although lit up for nine bingles, losing flinger Edwin Olson had superlative command, walking nary a batter, and had the swatters from the Fire Eaters chasing pitches that were none too good. Charlie Miron was the only Hosemen who pasted his offerings to any extent, ripping a brace of triples and a single.

Olson (L) and Stoddart, Henry
Kaye (W) and Goodall

(September 15)  Playing in the Royal City, the Vancouver Firemen captured the provincial senior baseball championship by turning back the Trapp Buicks 1 to 0 in a thrilling pitcher’s joust. Base hits were scarce all evening in the contest, abbreviated to seven frames because of darkness. The Vancouverites held a slight 4 to 3 edge in bingles with catcher Norm Goodall of the Fire Eaters the only player to amass a pair of safeties. Skipper Jimmy Watters of the Hosemen plated the game’s lone run in the top of the sixth stanza. After coaxing a walk out of Eddie Olson, Watters pilfered the keystone sack and, during the process, was able to scamper to the hot corner pillow when the throw to second got past shortstop “Hop” Wilkie. Charlie Miron’s sharp single then sent the playing-manager home with the winner.

Ray (W), Kaye (7) and Goodall
Olson (L) and Stoddart