1932 Game Reports / Alberta     

 

1932 Edmonton Senior Baseball League

The Arctics captured the 1932 pennant and then took on the second-place Royals in a best-of-seven series for the Edmonton championship and the right to move on into the northern Alberta playoffs.

PLAYOFFS

(July 12)  Herman Loblick rang up 16 strikeouts while limiting the pennant-winning South Side Arctics to three hits as the Royals grabbed the first game of the Edmonton Senior League playoffs with a thrilling, ten-inning 3 to 1 win at Diamond Park. “Buck” Eaton, slabman for the Arctics, was nicked for eight safeties in absorbing the loss. Len Lee’s two-run single in the top of the extra frame drove in the winning and insurance runs for the Regal clan.

Loblick (W) and McKinley
Eaton (L) and Smith

(July 14)  A big third-inning uprising that netted five runs was the big difference as the South Side Arctics evened the Edmonton Senior League playoffs at a game apiece with an 8 to 4 thumping of the Royals. Second sacker Bob Sutherland of the Icemen led all swatters with three hits. Harry Thompson fanned nine and gave up seven hits in earning the complete game mound victory.

Thompson (W) and Smith
Flaska (L), Glenn (3), Lee (5) and McKinley

(July 19)   With big Herman Loblick pitching the first shutout game of the season, the Royals pushed ahead in the Edmonton Senior Baseball League playoffs when they crushed the South Side Arctics 8 to 0. While Loblick was limiting the South Siders to five scattered base hits, his mates pounded losing twirler Tommy Scotweld hard in both the sixth and seventh innings to score enough markers to put the contest beyond doubt. Leading the Blue Bloods’ 12-hit assault were Lloyd Harney with two doubles as well as “Red” Embleton and Loblick with a pair of singles each. 

Loblick (W) and McKinley
Scotweld (L) and Schram

(July 21)  A scintillating three-hit pitching performance by slim righthander “Buck” Eaton carried the South Side Arctics to a thrilling 2 to 0 triumph over the Royals in the fourth game of Edmonton’s senior baseball finals. Len Lee of the Royals took the complete game loss although he kept the nine Arctic base hits so well spaced that the South Siders were only able to chalk up one earned run from his offerings. Dave Fenton and George Green were the big stickers for the Icemen, each accumulating a brace of safe wallops with one of Fenton’s blows registering three bases. 

Eaton (W) and Smith
Lee (L) and McKinley

(July 24)  One final blast of offensive power in the top of the twelfth inning resulted in a three-run output and allowed the Royals to drop the South Side Arctics 9 to 6 and assume a three games to two lead in their struggle for Edmonton senior baseball supremacy. The Arctics had forced overtime with a bottom-of-the-ninth tally which deadlocked things at 6 – 6. Bobby Cruthers and Lloyd Harney both collected four hits for the winners. Three-hit production was credited to Roy Foreman of the Royals and Charlie Lewis of the Arctics.

Rattlesnake, Loblick (W) (6) and McKinley
Thompson, Scotweld (5), Eaton (L) (10), Lewis (12) and Smith

(July 26)  The South Side Arctics evened the Edmonton Senior Baseball League playoffs at three games each and forced a seventh game when they got by the Royals 5 to 2 at Diamond Park. Emerson “Buck” Eaton of the South Siders yielded only four safe hits in taking the hillock win. The Arctics never trailed, forging ahead with a two-spot in the second inning and finishing with eleven hits off loser Leonard Lee. Bob Sutherland, the sturdy guardian of the keystone sack for the Icemen, rapped out three singles and drove in a pair of counters.

Eaton (W) and Smith
Lee (L) and McKinley

(July 28)  Before an estimated 7,400 fans, the largest crowd ever to witness a baseball game in Edmonton, the South Side Arctics unleashed a powerhouse offensive attack and a brilliant brand of pitching to overwhelm the Royals by a convincing 8 to 1 score, a win which earned them the Edmonton Senior Amateur championship for the 1932 season. Surprise starting pitcher for the South Siders, Charlie Lewis who is normally an outfielder, held the Royals to only two hits and a lone run in the first four innings before turning the ball over to ace “Buck” Eaton who toiled the remaining five frames on the hillock. The duo limited the Royals to just four base knocks. Herman Loblick, credited with all three mound wins for the Regal Clan in the series, was not in top form as the Icemen pummelled him for eleven hits and five runs before he got the hook in the sixth. In addition to his four frames of effective hurling, Lewis turned out to be the leading swatter for the winners by garnering three hits including a triple. Outfielder George Green hammered a home run and a single while shortstop “Rosy” Rosnau and catcher Murray Smith both had two hits with a two-bagger included in Rosnau’s total. Loblick was the main batting threat for the Royals, collecting a double and single.

Loblick (L), Flaska (6) and McKinley
Lewis, Eaton (5) (W) and Smith


By virtue of their city championship, the Arctics advance to the northern Alberta quarter-finals to face the  Wetaskiwin Athletics in a best three-out-of-five series.


On October 14 1932, Earl Mack’s group of touring major leaguers made a stop in Edmonton and faced a rusty group of Edmonton and area selects. The result was predictable, a 13 to 0 rout by the visitors (see the game story from the Edmonton Bulletin below). A second game scheduled for Saturday October 15 was called off due to poor weather conditions. Rescheduled to October 18, it was again cancelled because of inclement weather.



1932 Northern Alberta quarter-finals 
(Wetaskiwin Athletics vs Edmonton South Side Arctics)

(July 29)  Clipping Edmonton starter Harry Thompson for three first-inning counters, Wetaskiwin surprised the Capital City South Side Arctics by blanking the visitors 3 to 0. Thompson failed to retire the first four Wetaskiwin batters, losing three on base hits as well as a free pass in the opening frame. From then on, however, he tightened up like a clam and not a safe blow was registered off him and reliever Tommy Scotveld the rest of the way. The damage had been done, however, and the Edmontonians, although outhitting their hosts by an 8 to 3 margin, were never able to mount a serious offensive threat against winning chucker Jeff Farewell. 

Thompson (L), Scotweld (8) and Smith, Schram (8)
Farewell (W) and Lundell 

(July 31)  Playing in the familiar surroundings of their own ball yard, Diamond Park, the Edmonton Arctics evened their series with Wetaskiwin by administering a 6 to 1 setback to the invading Athletics. With 5,000 fans crammed into the stands, the South Siders took an early lead by counting three times in the second stanza and never looked back. Wetaskiwin had five errors in the contest and these miscues were responsible for three of the Arctic runs. Complete game winning chucker Tommy Scotweld held the visitors to three hits. Outfielder “Sliver” McDonald of the Icemen was the only player in the game to register two hits, both singles.

Olested (L) and Rosland
Scotweld (W) and Schram

(August 2)  Those surprising Athletics from Wetaskiwin, playing on their own turf, turned back the rampaging Edmonton South Side Arctics 7 to 6 to regain the lead in their best-of-five quarter-final series. In this free-hitting joust in which Wetaskiwin outhit the visitors 14 to 13, the lead changed hands on a regular basis. One run behind at the start of the ninth, things appeared bleak for the Edmontonians but “Sliver” McDonald delivered a triple, his third hit of the game, and scored the tying marker after tagging up on a fly ball out. With two out in the bottom of the ninth and darkness rapidly descending, outfielder Aicher of the Athletics drew a base on balls, stole second and broke the deadlock by scoring on Cleland’s single up the middle. Aicher and Sweet of the A’s both collected three hits with one of Sweet’s being a three-bagger.

Eaton (L) and Smith
Farewell (W) and Lundell

(August 4)  Fighting with their backs to the wall, the Edmonton South Side Arctics turned back the Wetaskiwin Athletics 6 to 2 at Diamond Park to force a fifth and deciding game in their playoff series. Facing elimination in this contest which was shortened to eight innings because of darkness, the Capital City crew rode the somewhat erratic pitching of big Harry Thompson to take the encounter and knot the series. The visitors held a 9 to 7 edge in base raps. The Icemen scored once in the initial canto and held the lead throughout. Outfielder McFaul of the A’s was the game’s top swatter with a trio of one-baggers.

Olested (L) and Lundell
Thompson (W) and Schram, Smith (8)

(August 7)  Heavy clouting in the early innings carried the Edmonton South Side Arctics to a comfortable 10 to 4 win over the Wetaskiwin Athletics before a capacity house at Diamond Field. With the win, the Icemen now advance to play a squad from Clyde in the next round, a northern semi-final series, of the provincial senior baseball playoffs. Scoring nine runs in the first three frames without a response from Wetaskiwin, the South Siders made things easy for complete game winner Tommy Scotweld. Charlie Lewis drilled three singles for the winners

Farewell (L), Olested (2) and Lundell
Scotweld (W) and Smith, Schram


1932 Northern Alberta semi-finals 
(Clyde vs Edmonton South Side Arctics)

(August 9)  Other than in the hitting department, the team from Clyde was outclassed 11 to 5 by the Edmonton South Side Arctics in the opener of their best-of-five Northern Alberta semi-final series. The visitors had two more base knocks off winning chucker “Buck” Eaton than the homesters accumulated but losing moundsman Powell issued five free passes and hit two batters in addition to the seven base hits he gave up. Clyde’s biggest flaw in this game, however, was their poor defensive play. Seven physical miscues, not to mention a number of mental errors by the Clyde contingent, were responsible for six of the Arctic runs. The South Siders also had a field day on the basepaths, pilfering 14 sacks. Schram and “Rosy” Rosnau were the most consistent hitters for the winners with two singles apiece, a feat duplicated by second baseman Johnny Gosche of the Villagers. 

Powell (L) and McAlister
Eaton (W) and Smith, Schram

(August 12)  The latent batting power of the Edmonton South Side Arctics, somewhat dormant of late, burst forth in all its glory at Clyde in the second encounter between the two Northern Alberta playoff contenders. When the smoke from the 17-hit arsenal had cleared, the Capital City crew emerged with a convincing 13 to 2 thrashing of their hosts. The Country Boys could only manage four safeties off the combined efforts of winning tosser Ivan Sutherland and Harry Thompson who mopped up from the seventh inning on. Third baseman Dave Fenton and catcher Murray Smith of the Ice Merchants both poled out four hits.

I. Sutherland (W), Thompson (7) and Smith
Seyer (L), Powell (8) and McAlister, J. Gosche (8)

As a result of Edmonton’s convincing victory, the Clyde team defaulted the third game and the series, paving the way for the Arctics’ move into the northern Alberta finals.


1932 Northern Alberta finals
(Cadomin vs Edmonton South Side Arctics)

(August 21)  Behind the smart pitching of big Johnny Gerlitz, the Cadomin Miners played consistently steady ball and took full advantage of an early lead to set back the Edmonton South Side Arctics 8 to 4 at Diamond Park in the first game of the Northern Alberta finals. Pounding the ball hard in the third and fourth innings, the visitors assumed a commanding lead and were never in danger thereafter. Louis Dietz drove in a pair of runs for the winners on a brace of singles. Fleet-footed outfielder Charlie Lewis of the Arctics was the leading sticker of the day with a pair of two-base blows, good for 3 RBI’s. 

Gerlitz (W) and Stewart
Eaton (L) and Smith

(August 22)  While Harry Thompson`s strong right arm was neutralizing the opposition with a one-hitter, his Edmonton South Side Arctic teammates were smashing the offerings of two Cadomin hurlers for a total of 16 base knocks to ring up a 12 to 0 whitewashing of the Miners, bringing the Capital City crew on even terms with the Coalers. Thompson was nothing short of brilliant as he sent ten Miners back to the dugout via the strikeout route. Cadomin pitcher Johnny Gerlitz, making back-to-back starts, was shelled from the hill after two frames. Leading the Arctics with the willow was second baseman Bill Sutherland who managed two doubles and a pair of singles while veteran catcher Murray Smith rapped out three singles.

Thompson (W) and Smith
Gerlitz (L), Doherty (3) and Stewart

(August 23)  Cadomin’s clawing Miners clambered back into the driver’s seat in the race for the senior amateur baseball championship of Northern Alberta when they scored their second victory in the best-of-five series with the Edmonton South Side Arctics. When darkness forced an eighth-inning completion, the count was 4 to 3 in favor of the visitors. A wild pitch uncorked by Harry Thompson, hurling in relief for the Arctics, just after he had replaced starter Tommy Scotweld on the mound in the opening half of the eighth frame with two runners on base, allowed Ken Stewart to score the winning run from third base. The Miners held a 3 to 0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh but the Icemen came to life and eventually tied things up on “Silver” McDonnell’s two-out, two-run single. Both teams wound up with ten base blows. Bill Steen, Johnny Gerlitz, Frank Braben and Ned Reid, each of whom got two hits, were the big shots of the winner’s attack.  

Melnyk (W) and Stewart
Scotweld (L), Thompson (8) and Smith

(August 25)  The Edmonton South Side Arctics warded off elimination from the Northern Alberta senior baseball finals at Diamond Park by turning back the Cadomin Miners 6 to 3. The Ice Merchants roared out of the gate and held a 3 to 0 lead after two innings were in the books. With big Harry Thompson in fine form on the rubber for the South Siders, issuing but five hits, the Coal crew was never able to get back into serious contention. The Edmontonians blasted loser Con Doherty for 12 hits. Bill Sutherland had a good day at the dish with three singles while first sacker Montgomery slashed a triple and single.

Thompson (W) and Smith
Doherty (L) and Stewart

(August 26)  With Johnny Gerlitz twirling a sharp six-hitter and fanning nine while the offense was clicking on all cylinders, the Cadomin Miners captured the senior baseball championship for the northern half of Alberta when they bounced the Edmonton South Side Arctics 11 to 3 at Diamond Park. Cadomin never trailed in this deciding contest, taking an early lead and then pulling away in their final three turns at bat. Top willow wielder for the victors was first baseman Nick Melnyk who accumulated three base blows.

Gerlitz (W) and Stewart
Eaton (L), Scotweld (7) and Smith


1932 Edmonton Big Four League

The Rivervale Flatters were the 1932 Big Four League pennant winners and then went on to capture the playoff championship by defeating the C.N.R. squad four games to one in the best-of-seven final series.


Calgary Senior Baseball League

Calgary, as noted in the local press of the day, had been without organized baseball since the 1927 season and, entering the 1932 campaign, Calgary’s baseballers of senior calibre level didn’t appear to be in any hurry to get back onto the diamonds. It wasn’t until late June that a four-team league was formed and, even then, games were not scheduled to begin until July 20. In stark contrast, the returning pro-hockey players, the Pucksters, were active as Stampede City diamondeers during May and June, barnstorming through rural Alberta. Construction of a new playing field, Mewata baseball park, was completed slightly behind schedule so the opening of the facility did not actually occur until July 21 when approximately 2,000 fans came through the turnstiles to view the Boosters defeating the Dodgers 7 to 3. The all-Cowtown loop of 1932 played a 24 game schedule which ended on September 12 and saw the Boosters emerge as pennant-winners with a one-game edge over the Dodgers and Bronks who tied for second spot. No playoffs followed.

After over a month of inactivity, select players from the four Calgary teams joined forces to play Earle Mack’s touring Major Leaguers on October 19 (see below).


Nacmine Athletics & Alberta Senior Championships

(May 1)  Wayne delighted the home crowd Sunday with a 7-0 whitewash of the defending Southern Alberta champion Nacmine nine.  Bill Hackler hurled the shutout.

xxx and xxx
W.Hackler (W) and xxx

(May 8)  The baseball season opened at the Drumheller Athletic Park Sunday afternoon as Wayne's Bill Hackler blanked Nacmine for the second time this season firing a four-hitter in a 1-0 victory.  At home last Sunday, Wayne downed Nacmine 7-0. Botski went eight innings allowing just three hits in taking the loss for Nacmine. Two 6th inning errors helped Wayne plate the game's only run.

W.Hackler (W) and Laudenbach
Botski (L), Nelson (9) and McLaughlin

(May 15)   Nacmine Athletics took both ends of Sunday's double-header at Athletic Park downing Big Valley 4 to 3 and 7 to 5.  The Athletics took the early lead in both games, then needed late markers for the victories. Botski held the visitors to just two hits in the opener and set down 14 by strikeouts. Joe McLaughlin's two-run homer in the third inning was the big blow for the winners who scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. 

E.Chapman (L) and Wilson
Botski (W) and Wiggins

Nacmine took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the second game but needed a pair in the ninth to secure the win.  "Hangar" Guidolin went five innings for the win assisted by reliever Paul Nelson. Between them they fanned 12.  Young southpaw Olive allowed eight hits in taking the loss. 

Guidolin (W), Nelson (6) and Wiggins
Olive (L) and Wilson

(May 22)   Red Dutton's Calgary Pucksters shaded Nacmine 7-6 Sunday holding off a Nacmine rally in the bottom of the ninth. Each team had ten hits but the losers gave the game away in making five errors. A scheduled second game was called in the fourth inning because of a cloudburst with Nacmine leading 2-0.  Bill Walker, for Calgary, managed to go the distance for the pitching win besting Paul Nelson.

Walker (W) and Adams
Nelson (L) and Wiggins

Casey and Adams
Botski and Wiggins

(May 29)   Nacmine Athletics ripped off twin victories over Rockyford Sunday afternoon scoring 19-1 and 8-4 victories. Lefty Bogstie had a shutout until the seventh in the opening tilt when Rockyford managed its only run.

Bogstie (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

xxx and xxx
A.Sangster (L) and Reich

(June 12)  Playing at Drumheller, the Nacmine Athletics swept a double-header from the Edmonton Imperials, leaders of the Capitol City League, 3-1 and 5-1.  Virgil Neis threw a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts in the first game to out-duel Norman Dodge of the Imperials. Edmonton took the lead in the third inning as Phil Maher singled to score Cliff Robinson. Dodge held Nacmine without a hit through five innings before Jack Clappison connected for a two-bagger in the sixth and Russell Blake followed with a single to tie the count. Athletics added two more for the  victory.

Dodge (L) and xxx
Neils (W) and xxx

In the second game, left-hander Cliff Bogstie held the visitors to three hits, the first of which came in the 8th inning. He fanned twelve in the 5-1 triumph. 

Bogstie (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 15)   With ace Cliff Bogstie firing a shutout, Nacmine Athletics captured top money at the Drumheller Tournament downing Big Valley 3-0. 

(July 1)  Drumheller Dominion Day Tournament

Nacmine Athletics scored two in the final frame to nip Smith Motors of Calgary 5-3 to take top money at the Drumheller Dominion Day Tournament. Cliff Bogstie, who had a shutout until the 8th inning, won his own game in the 9th when he drove in Jack Clappison and Johnny Thompson to break a 3-3 tie.

Bogstie (W) and McLaughlin
Sutton and R.Merkley

The Athletics reached the final by downing Rowley 6-4, halting a Rowley rally in the ninth inning. Ivor Aune had scored on Sandberg's hit and Moody followed with a triple to plate Sandberg.  Paul Nelson went the route for the pitching win.

Nelson (W) and Wiggins
W.Hackler (L) and Bremmer

In the morning game, Rowley staged a ninth inning rally to top Newcastle. Newcastle was up by four runs when Norman Langford, pitching for the first time in over two years, gave out in the eighth and was relieved by D.Hawkins but not before Rowley had piled up enough for the win.

Langford, D.Hawkins and Raisbeck
A.Aune and Bremmer

(July 3)  Nacmine Athletics edged Edmonton's South Side Arctics 3-2 in difficult conditions at the Drumheller Athletic Park Sunday afternoon. A twin-bill was planned but rain prevented the second game.  Cliff Bogstie held the visitors to five hits and whiffed 11 in registering the complete game victory. Buck Eaton yielded just six hits and fanned 10 in taking the loss. Murray Smith of Edmonton nearly tied the score in the ninth with a long blow but Lefty McCoy in centre field recovered the ball in time to hold Smith at third base. The following batter, Dave Fenton connected but Smith's pinch-runner was caught between third and home for the out.

Eaton (L) and Smith
Bogstie (W) and McLaughlin

(July 10)  Tom Lett's Nacmine Athletics whipped Calgary's National Fruit 13 to 2 and 7 to 3 in a Sunday doubleheader. Paul Nelson allowed seven hits in pitching the first game victory while his teammates pounded out 14 hits off a pair of Calgary hurlers. Russell Blake had a three-run triple for the winners.

Nelson (W) and xxx
Obey (L), Bullard (8) and xxx

Lefty Bogstie scattered nine hits and struck out 12 in the second game for Nacmine. Wiggins paced a 15-hit Nacmine attack with a triple, two doubles and a single. Johnny Thompson reached base five times on a pair of hits and three walks.  Bogstie and Jack Clappison added three-baggers.

Bogstie (W) and xxx
Sutton (L) and xxx

(July 17)   In the opening action of a best-of-five Senior Amateur series, Trochu and Nacmine split a double-header with the Athletics winning the first game 5 to 3 and Trochu taking the second 4 to 3. Trochu managed a dozen hits off Nacmine's Virgil Neis in the first game but made five costly errors to hand the win to the Athletics who played errorless ball. Brooks took a tough loss surrendering just six hits and fanning 12.

Neis (W) and xxx
Brooks (L) and xxx

In the second contest, after being blanked for six innings, Trochu erupted for four runs in the seventh to notched a 4-3 win. Benedict held Nacmine to five hits while Cliff Bogstie yielded just four in being saddled with the defeat.

Benedict (W) and xxx
Bogstie (L) and xxx

(July 31)   In the deciding game of their playoff series, Nacmine downed Trochu 3-1 Sunday afternoon to qualify to meet either Calgary or Stavely in the next round.  Trailing 1-0 after six innings, the Athletics scored all three of their runs in the seventh for the triumph.  Trochu took the lead with a run in the fifth inning as Schmierer smacked a two-bagger and was brought in by Dunham.  Nacmine rallied with all three of its markers in the seventh. Russell Blake doubled in Clappison to tie the count and Denny Brown's bunt brought in Blake for the eventual winner. Brown scored an insurance run on McCoy's hit.  Virgil Neis fashioned a five-hitter for the pitching win. Nacmine managed seven hits off Brooks.

Neis (W) and McLaughlin
Brooks (L) and Huston

(August 7)   Calgary Boosters and Nacmine Athletics divided the first two games of a best-of-three series in the Alberta Senior Amateur Playdowns.  Nacmine won the afternoon encounter 6 to 5 while Calgary took the evening affair 7-3. Nacmine barely survived a comedy of errors in the opener as they booted the ball ten times while Cliff Bogstie held the Boosters to seven hits in gaining the pitching win. After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, Nacmine rallied for three in the second to take the lead for good. Jack Clappison tripled in Hackler and Shandro and then scored himself on Art McCoy's hit.  Nacmine collected 11 safeties.

xxx and xxx
Bogstie (W) and Nichols

The Athletics punched out 12 hits in the second game but went down to a 7-3 defeat as Nacmine made another four errors. Lefty Brown had a shutout for six innings for Calgary until Nacmine scored three in the seventh to climb to within a run. But the Boosters scored three more in the bottom of the frame to put the game on ice.

B.Hackler (L), Nelson (7) and xxx
Brown (W) and xxx

(August 10)  Behind the three-hit hurling of Virgil Neis, Nacmine won the opening game of a best-of-five Alberta Senior playoff series with Calgary Boosters, 4-1.  Athletics rapped three of their six hits in the first inning to take a two-run lead they never relinquished.  Art McCoy led off with a single and Johnny Thompson doubled down the first base line. Joe McLaughlin followed with a single to score both runners. Nacmine added a run in the sixth and another in the 8th. Lefty Brown gave up six hits in taking the loss.

Neis (W) and McLaughlin
Brown (L) and Hodges

(August 17)   Behind curve-balling lefty Cliff Bogstie, Nacmine Athletics defeated Calgary Boosters 5 to 1 Wednesday afternoon in the first game of a double-header which eliminated Calgary from further play in the Alberta Senior Amateur playoffs.  The teams battled to a 1-1 tie in an exhibition game in the evening. Bogstie allowed just three singles while Nacmine touched Bill Walker, the veteran Calgary hurler for 11 including a home run, two triples and a pair of doubles.  Calgary's best chance came in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and none out. But, two runners were cut down at the plate on infield grounders, one a bunt, and the last batter grounded to third for an out.  Nacmine's big inning was the third when they scored three, highlighted by Jack Clappison's round tripper. Bogstie and Art McCoy had three-baggers for the winners.

Walker (L) and Henderson
Bogstie (W) and Nichols

Outstanding pitching was a feature of the second game as the teams fought to a 1-1 draw in an eight inning game. Each team had just three hits.

Nelson, Neis and McLaughlin
Killen and Henderson

(August 21)   Nacmine Athletics advanced to the finals of the Alberta Senior playoffs Sunday downing Stavely in two straight games, 8 to 4 and 5 to 4.  Jack Clappison connected for a triple and three doubles to pace Nacmine. Virgil Neis held Stavely to six hits and rang up 13 strikeouts in the first game. Veteran Slim Haynes was touched for 13 hits in taking the loss.

Neis (W) and McLaughlin
Haynes (L) and xxx

Stavely held a 2-0 lead through six innings in the second game before Nacmine got on the scoreboard with a run in the seventh. The Athletics took the lead with three in the 8th before Stavely tied the count with a pair in the top of the 9th. It took a counter in the bottom of the final frame for Nacmine to escape with a win and the series. Cliff Bogstie went the route for the pitching triumph.

Bogstie (W) and Nichols
McLaren (L) and xxx

(August 24)  Paul Nelson of Nacmine fired a no-hitter Wednesday as the Athletics blanked Wayne 5-0 in an exhibition affair. John Swallow and Bob Parker connected for three-baggers to drove in three of the runs in the sixth inning.

Hackler (L) and Wiggins
Nelson (W) and Nichols

(August 28)  Before a record crowd at Camrose, the host club upset Nacmine 5-4 Monday.  Emery Hanson went the distance for the pitching win.  In the 8th, Nacmine had the bases loaded with one out but failed to score as Camrose pulled off a double play to end the threat.

Nelson, Bogstie, Neis and xxx
Emery Hansen and Rosland

(August 30)   Nacmine whipped Cadomin Miners 8-1 Tuesday in the opening contest of a best-of-five series for the Alberta Senior baseball championship.  Virgil Neis, using a blazing fast ball that he occasionally mixed with a curve, was in sparkling form for the Athletics.  He allowed just five well scattered hits and fanned 11.The Athletics pounded out tens safeties. Jack Clappison led the way with a triple and single.

Neis (W) and McLaughlin
Gerlitz (L), Doherty (8) and Stewart

(August 31)   With 9-3 and 7-2 wins over Cadomin Wednesday, Nacmine Athletics captured the Alberta Senior baseball title winning the best-of-five series in three straight games.  The Athletics were down 2-0 after five innings in the opener before rallying with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth en route to the win. A pair of four-baggers highlighted the triumph. Joe McLaughlin belted one leading of the fifth and Johnny Thompson cracked a two-run shot in the seventh.  Paul Nelson hurled a six-hitter for the mound triumph.

Sampson (L) and Stewart
Nelson (W) and McLaughlin

Lefty Bogstie capped Nacmine's championship season with a one-hitter with 13 strike outs as the Athletics took the second game 7-2.  After Johnny Gerlitz of Cadomin beat out a bunt for a hit in the opening stanza, Bogstie had a no-hitter the rest of the way. Shortstop John Swallow led an 11-hit attack with a homer and three singles.  Athletics broke up a scoreless tie with six runs in the sixth inning to sew up the victory. 

Bogstie (W) and Nichols
Melnyk (L) and Stewart

WESTERN  CANADA  SENIOR  BASEBALL  SEMI - FINAL  SERIES

Nacmine Athletics player roster for the western Canada senior baseball semi-final series
Andrews, Blake Russell OF, Bogstie Cliff "Lefty" P, Brown Denny OF, Clappison Jack 3B, Hackler John OF, McCoy Art OF, McLaughlin Joe C, Neis Virgil P, Nelson Paul P, Nichols George(Red) C, Parker Bob 1B, Shandro 3B, Swallow John SS, Thompson Johnny 2B

Regina Nationals player roster for the western Canada senior baseball semi-final series
Armstrong Murray SS, Bird Webb 1B, Brossard R. "Babe" 2B, Campbell Jack "Jersey" OF, Forster Brian "Pansy" 3B, Haberman Joe OF, Knipfel Earl C, Rodgers Bill P, Stoyand Johnny OF, Swainson "Swainey" P

GAME REPORTS

(September 14)  Although collecting only three hits off the offerings of the Nacmine Athletics' pitching ace, Virg Neis, the Regina Nationals defeated the Alberta title holders 5 to 2 at the Calgary Stadium diamond in the first game of the best of five semi-final of the western Canada senior amateur baseball championship. Neis contributed to his own downfall in the opening inning when he hit two Regina batsmen after two were out. Two runs then crossed the plate following an outfield error. The Nats then added another pair in the second frame when outfielder Johnny Stoyand smacked one of Neis' benders for a 2-run homer. Winning hurler "Swainey" Swainson was nicked for six hits and, although five of them came in two frames, the classy fielding of the Saskatchewanites kept the score down to one run in each case. Nacmine's shortstop John Swallow was the only player to register two hits, his contribution being a run-producing triple and a single.

Neis (L) and McLaughlin
Swainson (W) and Knipfel

(September 15)  With a 7 to 5 second game victory over the Alberta champion Nacmine Athletics, the Regina Nationals have edged mighty close to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as they are now only one victory away from capturing the senior baseball championship of the prairies. Cliff "Lefty" Bogstie hurled for the Albertans and, while he struck out ten batters and allowed only six hits, his inability to locate the plate got him into continual trouble. Winning chucker Bill Rodgers of the Nats pitched steady ball all the way and, with the exception of the sixth frame when the Athletics counted four runs on as many hits, he kept the Nacmine hitters off balance with his slow curves. The Reginans struck for three runs in their first turn at the plate and they stayed in front for the entire game. Both leadoff hitters, Johnny Stoyand of the Nationals and outfielder Art McCoy of the Athletics, led their respective teams at the dish with a double and single apiece. Two other swingers, losing pitcher Bogstie and "Babe" Brossard of the Nats, came through with two singles each. 

Rodgers (W) and Knipfel
Bogstie (L) and Nichol, McLaughlin

(September 16)  It took just three games for the Regina Nationals to assert their right to the senior amateur baseball championship of the prairies. The Nacmine Athletics, Alberta champions, made a valiant effort in game three at Calgary Stadium but, as usual, the Reginans came through in the pinches and marked up a 7 to 3 victory. Regina's "Swainey" Swainson went all the way on the hill to get the pitching win, his second of the series. Athletics' outfielder John Hackler lit him up for a two-run dinger in the top of the seventh which gave the Albertans a short-lived 3 to 2 lead. Once again, the Nationals were outhit, getting only four safeties, but they bunched three of them in the seventh frame, pulled off some smart baserunning, took advantage of a base on balls and an error, and sent five runners across the plate to sew up the victory and claim the prairie crown. Third sacker Shandro of the A's was able to take some consolation in that he was the game's top swinger with a triple and double to his credit. An analysis of the sweep indicates that the Nationals knew how to take advantage of every break that came their way. They became dangerous every time they got on base and it was largely their superior knowledge of the game that brought them victory in three straight games.

Nelson (L), Bogstie (7) and McLaughlin
Swainson (W) and Knipfel 


1932 Wheatbelt Baseball League

High River- first-half pennant winner
Blackie – winner of second-half of schedule

High River defeated Blackie two games to one in the 1932 Wheatbelt League final series.


1932 Northern Alberta Baseball League

Barrhead
Clyde
Morinville
Westlock

Westlock defeated Clyde three games to two to win the league championship.


Earl Mack's All-Stars

The 1921 Edmonton Eskimos' double-barreled rookie tandem of Floyd "Babe" Herman and Henry "Heinie" Manush returned briefly to the prairies in October 1932 as part of Earl Mack's touring Major League All-Stars. All but Herman (then with the Cincinnati Reds of the National League) were on rosters of American League clubs and one, catcher Bill Dickey of the New York Yankees, had just finished participating in his club's four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Series. Dickey had batted .438 in the Fall Classic, the same one in which George "Babe" Ruth had hit his controversial "called shot" home run.

For Herman and Manush, it was a homecoming of sorts as they played exhibition tilts in ballparks in which they had performed over a decade earlier as Class B prospects.

The Saskatchewan centers of Regina and Saskatoon hosted games after Mack's contingent opened the tour with a three-game sweep in Winnipeg on October 8 (6 - 0 and 8 - 2) and October 10 (13 - 8). A fourth scheduled game in the Manitoba capital had to be called off because of adverse weather conditions. The Major-Leaguers had no difficulty with the Saskatchewan teams, scoring a twin-bill victory 8 - 3 and 15 - 0 over the Southern Saskatchewan All-Stars in Regina on October 12 and then following up the next day (October 13) with a 13 - 5 shellacking of the Saskatoon All-Stars in the Hub City. At that point, they headed into Alberta where Herman and Manush received a hero's welcome upon their return to Edmonton. The pros easily disposed of the amateur all-stars from the Edmonton area 13 - 0 on October 14. Nick Altrock and Al Schacht, the Washington Senators' clowns of baseball even played in the final inning of this contest. Schacht pitched and Altrock accepted two put-outs at first base while he sat on the bag. A second scheduled game in Edmonton never materialized as poor weather conditions kept the game from ever getting started. They then travelled down the road to Calgary where, on October 19, they trampled an all-star congregation from the Cowtown 8 - 0. Their last Alberta stop was in Lethbridge on October 20 and the game was played in a dust storm with a sprinkling of rain as the Macksters prevailed 16 - 10. Heading back into Saskatchewan, they ended their foray into western Canada on October 21. Before a magnificent crowd of 3,000 fans on a frosty fall day and behind the hurling of "Lefty" Grove of the Philadelphia Athletics, they subdued the Moose Jaw All-Stars 14 - 2.

The complete roster of the travelling big-leaguers consisted of:
Catchers - Bill Dickey (New York Yankees), Luke Sewell (Cleveland Indians)
Pitchers - "Lefty" Grove (Philadelphia Athletics), Rube Walberg (Philadelphia Athletics), Earl Whitehill (Detroit Tigers), Clint Brown (Cleveland Indians)
First Base - Joe Judge (Washington Senators)
Second Base - Charlie Gehringer (Detroit Tigers)
Third Base - Ralph "Red" Kress (Chicago White Sox)
Shortstop - Eric McNair (Philadelphia Athletics)
Outfielders - Henry "Heinie" Manush (Washington Senators), Bing Miller (Philadelphia Athletics), Floyd "Babe" Herman (Cincinnati Reds)

Four players on this roster (Manush, Gehringer, Dickey and Grove) would ultimately be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The big-league tourists would also often use Washington Senators' clowns Al Schacht and Nick Altrock in late-inning mop-up performances after their front-line hurlers tossed an inning or two each. During most of the tour, the major-leaguers were designated as the home team and batted last, the theory being that taking one less turn at bat would keep the final score more respectable and less humiliating for the local squad. Manush and Herman consistently hit in the heart of the batting order, Manush in the third spot and Herman batting fourth. Herman's total of 4 home runs during the exhibition series led the way.

Earl Mack All-Stars

The photo was taken at Edmonton's Diamond Park on October 14, 1932 and featured all the participants that day including Herman, seated in the front row, third from the left and wearing a Brooklyn uniform although he had played for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1932 season and was about to be traded to the Chicago Cubs. Manush of the Washington Senators is standing in the back row, seventh from the left and can be identified by the "W" on his cap.

The sweet sound produced when major league ball stars meet a ball squarely on the nose with their big bats was heard here for the first time in history yesterday afternoon as Earl Mack's touring American and National league stars went about the business of scoring a 13-0 victory at the expense of an Edmonton all-star amateur team.

NO STALLING

In weather that was far more suitable for Canadian football, the big leaguers went about the business of ball playing with an earnestness that appealed at all times to the fifteen hundred odd enthusiastic fans sitting in the grandstand and bleachers, and except for the "show" put on by the comedy team of Altrock and Schact, there was little clowning at any stage of the proceedings.

Before the game started, a casual visitor to the park might have believed that some big time series was about to begin, as the tourists went through their hitting practice, some "great" like McNair or Manush stepped up and rifled scorching line drives or high towering flies out into the vast outfield confines where they were gathered in by other noted stars like "Bing" Miller, "Babe" Herman or "Red" Kress. Then over in front the first base bleachers, four pitchers that would have warmed the cockles of a Joe McCarthy or Connie Mack, loosened up in preparation for a trip to the hurling mound. This quartette, made up of the incomparable "Lefty" Grove, Rube Walberg, the huge Norseman, Earl Whitehill, Detroit's classy southpaw, and Clint Brown, the big Cleveland right-hander, beat a regular tattoo into the big mitts worn by Bill Dickey and Luke Sewell. Just to watch these boys getting "loosened up" was a treat in itself.

SMART INFIELD

The infield of Judge, Gehringer, Kress and McNair then went out to their stations and with Bing Miller hitting to them, electrified the crowd as they went to left or right for a hard grass cutter and after gathering it in winged a long accurate throw to first base that travelled on a line into Judge's waiting hands.

On one occasion, Charlie Gehringer got an opportunity to pull off a play which they do say he has perfected to a greater degree than any other keystoner in the game today. Maher drover a ground ball over second bag and Gehringer hustled over to scoop up the ball into his gloved hand with his back to the base. The classy second sacker, without waiting to transfer the ball to his throwing hand, flipped it with a backhand motion to Eric McNair who pivoted and then completed the twin funeral at first base. Charlie got a big hand from the crowd for this brilliant effort.

And folks did Al Schact and Nick Altrock have their innings? These two super comedians sent the customers into gales of laughter

AL IS KING

Over a two-hour period, Schact had the fans splitting their sides with his interpretation of McNamee, radio announcing star. Al announced that he was a "hell" of a pitcher, past, present and future. So to the mound strode the fan maker to hurl the last two innings for the big leaguers -- and hurl 'em he did. Cousin Al's pneumonia ball was working like a charm as it whipped past the local stickers into big Bill Dickey's mitt. Mr. Schact certainly laughed, wise cracked and shadow boxed his way into the hearts of Edmonton fandom. Depression and worry was forgotten as this prince of clowns did his stuff.

But underneath all their clean fun making, Nick and Al showed that they must have possessed a real baseball class in their playing days. Nick handled the initial sack in the last few frames, accepting all thrown balls while sitting on the bag.

Both the visitors and the locals posed for photographs before the hostilities commenced. An added international touch was given to the proceedings at this stage as the major leaguers were grouped for a picture to be used later by the St. Louis Sporting News, official paper of organized baseball.

Lefty Bogstie, 18-year-old Nacmine southpaw was sent to the mound for the homesters, but his wildness handicapped the youngsters. Bogstie, who usually has good control, was wide of the strike zone frequently in the four innings of his stay on the hill. Duke Baer and Harry Thompson were inclined the same way and 10 free tickets to first were issued by the three pitchers and those combined with the 14 hits amassed by the tourists, were more than enough to chase 13 runs across the counting house.

In the Edmonton infield, Dave Fenton at third and Eric Dolighan at shortstop played fine defensive ball for the losers. Fenton had nine chances during the course of the afternoon and he missed up on nary a one. Dolighan took care of seven in excellent fashion. The latter made one fine stop in particular and (sic) a hard smash over the middle station, but Sutherland nullified the effort by dropping Dolly's toss on the attempted force.

MCNAIR BUSY

Eric McNair was the only invading infielder who was kept particularly busy. The youthful infielder had a putout and five assists and also threw in an error for good measure.

Popular Heinie Manush was kept on the alert in left field, gathering in five towering rain bringers, but the fans had to be satisfied with Babe Herman only getting one. The Babe made a real attempt to get Sutherland's "lazy" in the second inning but he couldn't quite make the catch after racing in a long distance from right field.

In the first two innings, Bogstie kept pace with Whitehill who was on the firing line for Mackian clan, but in the third they got their first two tallies. Gehringer was hit by a pitched ball and went to second on Bogstie's wild pitch. Then after Manush had flied out to Sutherland, Herman strolled and McNair and Kress hit long singles to drive in Charlie and the Babe.

Singles by Whitehill, Manush and Herman and Joe Judge's triple to left, added two more tallies in the fourth. The score board reading was 8-0 in the last of the fifth. Base on balls to Kress, Whitehill and Gehringer, errors by Sutherland and Maher and base knocks by Dickey, Judge and McNair producing the markers.

The lucky seventh brought the visiting total to an even dozen with Miller's double to left field being the only extra base hit of the inning. It was 13-0 for the Mack crew when Judge's third hit of the game and Manush's long drive to left centre doing the damage.

Rube Walberg, who relieved Whitehill to start the sixth inning, turned on the heat in the seventh to retire the side with three sacks populated and none out. Just nine pitched balls was all that the likeable southpaw needed to set down Eric Dolighan, Montgomery and Williamson, thus averting a possible scene.

The famous visitors play the locals in the second and final game of the series starting at 2:15 sharp. The renowned king of southpaws, Robert Moses Grove will ascent the mound for the Macks.

(October 19)   On a clear but chilly day in Calgary, the Earl Mack All-Stars trimmed the Calgary All-Stars 8-0 as former Edmonton star, left fielder Heinie Manush and second sacker Charlie Gehringer each smacked three hits

The major leaguers sent four pitchers to the hill with Lefty Grove, Earl Whitehill, Clint Brown and Rube Walberg each going two innings and funster Al Schact hurling the final frame. They combined to hold the locals to four hits. The visitors slugged 15 hits off four Calgary moundsmen. A crowd of about three thousand took in the game.

Walker, Ritchie (4), L.Brown (6) , Stobo (8) and Hides, Howard
Grove, Whitehill (3), C.Brown (5) , Walberg (7) , Schact (9) and Dickey, Sewell