1933 Game Reports     

 

As the third season of the Southern League was about to get underway, major league baseball announced that the first-ever All-Star game would be played July 6, 1933 as part of the Chicago World's Fair. While the Saskatchewan senior amateur baseball playoffs were winding down, the Negro Leagues then showcased their many talented players in their premier All-Star event which was played September 10, 1933, also at Chicago's Comiskey Park.
    
For the first half of the 1933 Southern League campaign, a schedule for a three-club circuit was adopted. The Milestone aggregation advised the member teams that they would only be able to field a team for the second half of the schedule providing the league would consent to allow them to take part. The league's moguls turned down Weyburn's application for entry and decided they could get along with the defending champion Regina Nationals, the Regina Army & Navy and the Moose Jaw All-Stars for the months of May and June and that a decision to allow Milestone entrance for the second half would be made then. The league directors were reluctant to agree to the concessions demanded by Weyburn to join. The Army & Navy squad, sponsored by the Regina department store of the same name, will replace last season's Wood Hardware team and will be handled by "Babe" Brossard who is moving over from the Nationals. 

With the three-team format in place, the Moose Jaw All-Stars captured first place in the schedule's first half. The new entry, Regina Army & Navy, finished second. A new playoff system was agreed upon with the first two teams in each half playing a best two out of three series followed by a best three out of five final featuring the two semi-final winners. This proposal was later scraped after the completion of the second half when, with Milestone back in the fold, the new kids on the block, the Regina Army & Navy captured first place followed by their city cousins, the Nationals. With the Army & Navy club now qualifying in both halves, they were given a bye to the finals while Moose Jaw and the Nationals battled it out to provide an opponent for them. 

In spite of a regular season that could best be described for them as being mediocre, the Regina Nationals got hot at the right time and again prevailed once the playoffs rolled around. Up to that point, their 1933 performance on the diamond had been disappointing but had been a testament to how much the circuit had progressed into being the best balanced league in the its three year existence.

(May 22)  An opening day crowd of 1,500 was on hand in Moose Jaw as the Southern League began its third year of operation. In a tight contest, the Moose Jaw All-Stars broke a 1 - 1 tie by parlaying a couple of sixth inning hits along with "Babe" Brossard's error into an important run which gave them a 2 to 1 victory over the newly-spawned Regina Army & Navy team. A costly error by Stars' outfielder Eddie Scott gave the Reginans their only run of the game in the first inning but Scott redeemed himself admirably when he crashed out a bases-empty homer in the third to tie the score. Moose Jaw catcher Earl Knipfel's single drove in "Sandy" Thomson with the winning marker after Thomson, leading off in the sixth, had reached base when Regina playing manager Brossard muffed his infield ground ball. Pitchers appeared to have the upper hand in this contest. Two Queen City chuckers held the Stars to 4 hits while a trio of Mill City hurlers gave up 5 safeties. Outfielder Cliff Boll of the Capital city storemen had 3 singles to lead all batsmen. Knipfel was close behind with a brace of one-baggers.

Elwood (L), Bates (7) and Clayton
McElroy, Istrati (4) (W), Pennington (7) and Knipfel, Toombs (7) 

(May 27)  Overcoming a two-run first inning deficit, the Moose Jaw All-Stars trimmed the Regina Nationals 3 to 2 in the Mill City to remain undefeated in Southern League play. The Nats walloped the offerings of Moose Jaw starter Eddie Longmore for their only two runs and, during the rest of the game, only three Nats reached first base. Moose Jaw rebounded to score a single tally in the second and, in the fourth, tied the game when losing hurler Hec McLeod issued a bases loaded free pass to force in a counter. To make matters worse, he then committed a fifth inning error with two out which allowed the winning marker to score. Outfielder Emery Cawsey led the winners at the plate with a triple and single. Leadoff hitter Johnny Stoyand had a double and single for the Reginans.

McLeod (L), Swainson (6) and Truitt
Longmore, Istrati (5) (W), Pennington (8) and Toombs, Knipfel (6)

(May 29)  With some mid-season hurling, the Regina Nationals tamed the Moose Jaw All-Stars 3 to 1 and gained some solace for their defeat at the hands of the Stars two days ago. A pair of bespectacled throwers, Alvin Fritz and "Swainey" Swainson, were the cause of all the Moose Jaw grief. They needed no outfielders, for only once was the ball belted into the outer pasture and that was in the eighth frame when Danny McKenna scraped up Moose Jaw's lone single of the night. It eventually resulted in the scoring of the Stars' only run. Fritz hurled shutout and hitless ball for five innings and then turned the mound chores over to Swainson who was well on his way to keeping the slate clear when McKenna broke up the no-hitter in the eighth. The Nats themselves were not in any rampaging mood with the bat, collecting six hits, two by third sacker Bryan Forster.

Haigh (L), Pennington (7) and Toombs
Fritz (W), Swainson (6) and Quist 

(May 31)  The Regina Army & Navy romped to a comfortable 8 to 1 decision over the Moose Jaw All-Stars behind some heady pitching by youthful Gayle Shupe. The Storemen locked up the victory early, plating six markers off loser George Istrati in their first two times at bat. Shupe fanned ten Stars' batters while giving up six hits in breezing to the complete game win. Three of the Moose Jaw's hits were garnered by shortstop Johnny Dawson. Leading the winners' offense with a brace of one-baggers each were catcher Dave Clayton as well as infielders Armand Simard and Dunc Porteous.

Istrati (L), Haigh (7) and Toombs,         
Shupe (W) and Clayton

(June 1)  Winning their second game in successive nights, this time a 3 to 2 squeaker over the favored Regina Nationals, the neophyte Regina Army & Navy squad moved into the lead in the Southern League. Southpaw chucker Winston Bates was in fine form as he shut the prairie champions down on a pair of singles as his mates overcame a 2 to 0 lead to take the decision. Two successful bunt plays, the first one in the fourth by Dunc Porteous and the one which plated the tying run in the fifth by Armand Simard, gave the Storemen added confidence. The all-important winning marker was then scored in the seventh after Nats' shortstop Murray Armstrong overthrew first base after fielding a ground ball, allowing Webb Bird to trot home from third. Shortstop Porteous sparkled in the field for the winners and also stroked three hits off loser "Swainey" Swainson of the Nats. Simard was next in line with two hits, one going for two bases. 

Swainson (L) and Truitt, Quist (7)
Bates (W) and Clayton

(June 2)  The Moose Jaw All-Stars downed the Regina Army & Navy crew 6 to 4 to take over top spot in the Southern League. The Stars cut loose for five runs in the fourth frame and held on from there to seal the victory for Wilf Pennington. Billy Hodgkinson ripped a double and a single for the winners while teammate Eddie Scott added two singles. Dave Clayton and Dunc Porteous both had a pair of singles for the Storemen.

Koch (L), Elwood (4) and Clayton
Pennington (W) and Phillips, Knipfel (3)

(June 3)  Scoring eleven times in the top of the fifth inning, the Moose Jaw All-Stars held on to defeat the Regina Nationals 17 to 15 in an ugly display of baseball. The marathon joust produced a total of 26 hits and eleven errors as six pitchers, four from the Stars and a pair of Nats, toiled. Only one of this parade of hurlers showed any semblance of excellence, that being Moose Jaw's "Lefty" Pennington who halted the Nationals' last-minute comeback attempt. Regina outfielder Joe Haberman was one of two Nats with four hits in this contest, one of those blasts being the first home run of the season in the Southern League. Bryan Forster was the other, claiming a double and three singles. "Sandy" Thomson and Danny McKenna both had a double and single for the Friendly City nine.

Longmore (W), Istrati (6), Haigh (6), Pennington (9) and Knipfel
McLeod (L), Rodgers (6) and Forster, Lafoy (7)

(June 5)  For the second time in a week, the Regina Army & Navy took the measure of the Moose Jaw All-Stars, this time by a score of 7 to 3. The game was won right in the first inning as Moose Jaw made three errors allowing four unearned runs to cross the plate. Portsider Winston Bates got the mound win over George Istrati. Armand Simard and outfielder Larry Eisler both had two hits for the Storemen. Istrati was the game's top swatter, poking out 3 singles. Catcher Earl Knipfel of the Stars clouted a bases-empty four-bagger in the eighth.

Istrati (L) and Knipfel
Bates (W) and Clayton

Southern League Standings (as of end of June 5)
                        W    L    Pct.
Regina Army & Navy      3    2    .600
Moose Jaw All-Stars     4    3    .571
Regina Nationals        1    3    .250

(June 7)  With 12 of their runners stranded on base, the Moose Jaw All-Stars were no match for the Regina Nationals in a Southern League tilt hosted by the Stars. The defending prairie champs from the Queen City hammered loser "Lefty" Pennington for 13 hits as the visitors prevailed 8 to 1. Outfielder Joe Haberman had three of those raps, all singles. Winning hurler Alvin Fritz and second sacker Ralph Dakins of the Nats followed with a pair of knocks each, a double and a single. Both shortstops, Regina's  Murray Armstrong and Moose Jaw's Johnny Dawson, contributed a pair of singles. 

Fritz (W) and Quist
Pennington (L), Longmore (9) and Knipfel, Phillips (8)

(June 9)  Although touched for 15 hits, young Gayle Shupe whiffed 14 Nats' batters and survived to pick up the pitching win as the Regina Army & Navy decisioned their Queen City cousins, the Regina Nationals 11 to 9. The solidly-built righthander wasn't anywhere near his top form in this game yet he was tough when it really counted, forcing the Nats to strand 9 base runners. With the stick, catcher Dave Clayton drilled three singles to lead the Storemen offensively. Shupe and outfielder Cliff Boll followed with two singles each. "Swainey" Swaison, tagged with the loss, drilled a homer and single for the Nats. Bryan Forster and Ralph Dakins had a double and single apiece for the losers. Del Canning, Jack Campbell, Eric Quist and Murray Armstrong all singled twice.

Shupe (W) and Clayton                
Swainson (L) and Quist       

(June 10)  The Moose Jaw All-Stars applied a coat of whitewash to the Army & Navy ball club, thumping the visiting Reginans 6 to 0. Scoring a single run in the first inning, the Stars the added five more to their total in the fourth frame to effectively stash the game away. Wilf "Lefty" Pennington threw a three-hitter at the Storemen in blanking them. The Stars' "Sandy" Thomson and Emery Cawsey were the lone swatters on either team to register a pair of bingles.

Elwood (L) and Clayton
Pennington (W) and Knipfel

(June 12)  With airtight support afield to back up the fine hurling performance from veteran George Haigh, the Moose Jaw All-Stars climbed atop the Southern League standings as they trimmed the Regina Nationals 8 to 3 in a snappily played Southern League ball tussle. Catcher Earl Knipfel's scorching single produced Moose Jaw's first run in the second frame. The two pitchers of record then took over and the offenses of both clubs were held in check until the seventh when losing hurler Alvin Fritz weakened and allowed three more runs. The red stockinged Nationals plated two in the eighth and a single tally in the ninth on Ralph Dakins' home run but it wasn't anywhere near enough as the Mill City guys had already added four more to their total in the top of the ninth. Dakins had a pair of singles to go along with his circuit clout. Eddie Scott had a double and a pair of singles to pace the Stars' attack.

Haigh (W) and Knipfel
Fritz (L), Rodgers (8) and Quist

(June 13)  Breezing along with a ten-run lead and with only four innings remaining, the Regina Nationals appeared to have snapped their losing streak. But it was not to be. In those four turns at bat, the upstart Regina Army & Navy squad collected eleven runs and won 12 to 11 in as sensational a finish as ever wound up any ball game. The loss was a stunning blow to the Nationals, keeping them in the basement of the Southern circuit while their city cousins took over top place. Even with a three run lead in the ninth, the Nationals looked like a good bet to win. Once again, they out-hit their opposition 13 to 11 only to lose the game. After a Murray Armstrong error cost the Nats a pair of ninth inning runs, Cliff Boll drove in the tying run with a single and then "Babe" Brossard stepped up to the plate and drilled one of Alvin Fritz' offerings off the outfield fence, allowing Boll to plate the winner. The Nationals' Ralph Dakins had the game's only home run. Andy Young had a double and single for the victors while third baseman Stan Gustafson of the storemen and Brossard were both credited with two singles. Had not Brossard's game-winning line drive ended the action, his hit most certainly would have been scored as an extra-base blow. Bryan Forster led the Nats at the plate with a double and single while shortstop Armstrong and Joe Haberman picked up a brace of singles each. 

McLeod, Fritz (6) (L) and Quist
Bates, Marlow (5) (W) and Clayton, Boll (5)

(June 14)  The Regina Nationals snapped their losing streak and won for the second time in a row on the road at Moose Jaw when they pounded out an 11 to 7 victory over the homesters. The game produced only six earned runs as the quality of pitching and inner defense left much to be desired. The Nats broke the game open by scoring seven times in the fourth inning. Every Nationals' batter except Joe Haberman had at least one base hit with shortstop Murray Armstrong pacing the 17-hit arsenal with four base blows, one being a triple. Jack Campbell of the Reginans had a double to go along with a pair of singles. For the losing Stars, Danny McKenna drilled a triple and two singles while Billy Hodgkinson laced a trio of one-baggers.

Swainson (W) and Quist
Longmore, Pennington (4) (L) and Knipfel

Southern League standings (as of end of June 14)
                        W    L    Pct.
Regina Army & Navy      5    3    .625
Moose Jaw All-Stars     6    5    .545
Regina Nationals        3    6    .333

(June 16)  In the latest battle of Regina, the cinderella Army & Navy nine again emerged as the winner, downing the Nationals 8 to 7. The Nats came close to pulling this one out of the fire when Jack "Jersey" Campbell belted a 3-run homer in the ninth to narrow the Storemen's lead to a single tally. With the potential tying run at first, winning hurler Winston "Lefty" Bates struck out Johnny Stoyand to end the game. Outfielder Cliff Boll of the Storemen led all swatters with a home run and three singles. Teammate Andy Young also had a 4-bagger to go along with a brace of singles. Joe Haberman was the top dog with the hickory for the Nats, stroking three singles.

Bates (W) and Clayton
McLeod (L), Fritz (6) and Quist

(June 17)  The Moose Jaw All-Stars narrowed the gap separating them from the first-place Regina Army & Navy when they dropped the Storemen 7 to 3 at Floodlight park. The Stars hit loser Gayle Shupe hard and sent him to the showers in the sixth. Meanwhile, cagey veteran Wilf Pennington cruised along with plenty of hooks and benders, fanning six and letting his defense carry the load. Al Phillips, in an emergency role as the Stars' catcher, was the bright light offensively for the winners as he blasted a double and two singles. Close behind were "Sandy" Thomson who had a 2-bagger and single and Danny McKenna with a brace of one-baggers. Dave Clayton and Duncan Porteous both singled twice for department store crew.

Pennington (W) and Phillips
Shupe (L), Marlow (6) and Clayton

(June 19)  Bunching their eight hits to make them count for runs, the Moose Jaw All-Stars emerged as victors at Floodlight park when they took down the Regina Nationals 6 to 1. With the win, the Stars jumped ahead of the Regina Army & Navy in the see-saw battle for top spot in the Southern League. The loss for the crimson hosed Nationals dropped them further into the cellar of the circuit. Slamming home runs for the winners were catcher Earl Knipfel with a two-run dinger and Danny McKenna with a bases-empty blow. McKenna also had a double and single to his credit. Bryan Forster's three singles led the Nats offensively.

Haigh (W) and Knipfel
Swainson (L), A. Armstrong (8) and Quist

(June 21)  The Moose Jaw All-Stars kept rolling along, taking a 4 to 2 decision from the Regina Nationals in one of the most well played games of the Southern League season. The win lengthens the Stars lead atop the standings and strengthens their chances for first half honors. A super mound duel between "Lefty" Pennington of the hosts and Hec McLeod of the visiting Nats provided fans with an exciting game. Penington gave up but four hits while McLeod surrendered five. Al Phillips started Moose Jaw off on the right foot when he belted a two-run homer. Nationals' Joe Haberman then cut the deficit in half with a bases-empty dinger in the second. Jack "Jersey" Campbell's fourth inning RBI single then tied the game. Johnny Dawson's single down the third base line in the seventh frame drove in the lead run for the Stars and they then put an insurance marker on the board in the eighth to sew things up.

McLeod (L) and Quist
Pennington (W) and Knipfel 

(June 23)  Moose Jaw All-Stars' utilityman Al Phillips holds the lead in Southern League batting statistics as reported in today's Regina Leader-Post. Hitting the ball safely at a .360 clip, Phillips has a slight lead on runner-up Bryan Forster of the Regina Nationals who is currently pounding the pill for a .360 average and has the most hits, 18, as well as the most runs scored, 11.

Batters with averages of .300 or better (minimum of ten games played)
                                       AB    R    H    Aver.
Al Phillips (Moose Jaw All-Stars)      25    5    9    .360
Bryan Forster (Regina Nationals)       51   11   18    .360
Johnny Dawson (Moose Jaw All-Stars)    37    8   12    .325
Dunc Porteous (Regina Army & Navy)     38    5   12    .316
Cliff Boll (Regina Army & Navy)        42    8   13    .300

(June 23)  The Regina Nationals piled up a comfortable lead in the first four innings and then relied on "Lefty" Armstrong to hold the fort during the remainder of the game as they hung on to edge their Queen City cousins, the Regina Army & Navy, 7 to 6. Chuck Elwood was the victim of the Nationals early on, being driven from the hill in the third frame. Andy Young and Dunc Porteous of the Storemen both homered. Shortstop Murray Armstrong of the Nats, with two doubles and a single, led the hitters

A. Armstrong (W) and Quist
Elwood (L), Marlow (3) and Clayton

Southern League standings (as of end of June 23)
                        W   L     Pct.
Moose Jaw All-Stars     9   5    .643
Regina Army & Navy      6   5    .545
Regina Nationals        4   9    .308 

(June 26)  The Regina Leader-Post reported in today's edition that the Milestone Sioux have decided to enter the second half of the Southern League, a move that would make the loop a four-team circuit after July 1.

(June 26)  Scoring six times in the first two innings, the Regina Army & Navy went on to down the Regina Nationals 7 to 5 in an all Queen City showdown. Dunc Porteous' first inning homer with two on the bags did most of the early damage against Nats' loser Alvin FritzJack Campbell of the Nationals responded with a first inning dinger of his own but it was a bases-empty shot. Army & Navy's Cliff Boll was the game's top hitter, slapping out three singles.

Bates. Young (4) (W) and Clayton 
Fritz (L) and Quist

(June 27)  The Regina Army & Navy squandered a 3 to 1 lead, allowing five Moose Jaw runs in the eighth inning and finished up on the short end of an 8 to 3 decision. The loss all but cost the Storemen a chance for first half Southern League honors. Winner Wilf Pennington was going strong at the finish and wound up with a four-hitter. Al Phillips of the Stars and the Army & Navy's "Babe" Brossard had a pair of singles each to lead their teams offensively.

Pennington (W) and Knipfel
Shupe (L) and Clayton

(July 3)  Hec McLeod held the Regina Army & Navy hitless for seven innings, weakened to allow three safeties in the last two frames, but led the Regina Nationals to a 7 to 2 Southern League victory at Floodlight park. The loss for the Storemen gave the Moose Jaw All-Stars top place in the first half standings. Trailing by one run entering the bottom of the seventh, the Nationals exploded for six markers off the slants of loser Winston "Lefty" BatesJack Campbell, Joe Haberman and McLeod each nicked Bates for a pair of safeties with one of Campbell's being a double.

Bates (L) and Clayton
McLeod (W) and Lafoy 

(July 4)  The curtain was rung down on the first half of the 1933 Southern League schedule for the Moose Jaw All-Stars. Although the game had no bearing on the order of finish, it was hardly fought and saw the Stars edging Regina Army & Navy 2 to 1. Losing chucker Gayle Shupe's bases-loaded base on balls in the bottom of the ninth inning forced in the winning marker for the Stars. Moose Jaw third sacker Dave Duchak was the only batter on either club to chalk up two hits.

Shupe (L) and Clayton
Pennington, Haigh (5) (W) and Knipfel

(July 5)  In a meaningless game that wrapped up the first half schedule, the Regina Army and Navy club came through with a 9 to 0 victory over the Regina Nationals. Les Marlow hurled a 4-hit shutout for the win with only Del Canning of the Nats having any success against him, stroking a pair of singles. The Nationals used a number of replacement players, including losing chucker Charlie Hinton. The Storemen were able to fatten their batting averages as Cliff Boll had 3 singles, "Babe" Brossard a pair of doubles, shortstop Bateman a double and single as well as outfielders Andy Young and Eisler who both had two singles.

Hinton (L) and Lafoy
Marlow (W) and Clayton

FINAL STANDINGS (first half of schedule)
                       W   L    Pct.
Moose Jaw All-Stars   11   5    .688
Regina Army & Navy     8   8    .500
Regina Nationals       5  11    .313

SECOND  HALF

(July 5)  The Moose Jaw All-Stars have lost the services of their top pitcher. Wilfed "Lefty" Pennington accepted a position with a firm in Edmonton and is leaving shortly for the Alberta capital.

(July 5)  The Milestone Sioux returned to the fold of the Southern League in a big way, bumping off the first half winners, the Moose Jaw All-Stars, by a 7 to 1 margin. The Stars were held to five scattered hits by winning chucker Walter Petraborg who whiffed eight of the Mill City crew. Sporting a number of new players, some with American college experience, the Sioux played crisp ball and were deserving winners. Eddie Johnston led the Soo Liners with the stick, drilling a pair of doubles. Third sacker Don Senior with a double and single and second baseman Tony Walsh with two singles also had stellar offensive contributions.

Longmore (L), MacDonald (5) and Knipfel
Petraborg (W) and L. Vogeli

(July 6)  Playing baseball like the Regina Nationals of yore, the defending prairie champions got off on the right foot in the second half of the Southern League season, rolling off a convincing 10 to 2 victory over the returning Milestone Sioux. Provided with seven runs in the first three innings, winning pitcher Hec McLeod of the Reginans did the rest, limiting the Soo Liners to seven safeties while fanning ten. A three-run homer by Jack Campbell in the eighth made the win even more decisive for the Nats. Murray Armstrong picked up a double and a brace of one-baggers for the winners while McLeod aided his own cause with a pair of singles. Top swingers for the Sioux were Tony Walsh and Ed Johnston who had two singles each.

B. Vogeli (L) and L. Vogeli
McLeod (W) and Wayne Lafoy

(July 7)  The booming bats of the Moose Jaw All-Stars, led by Johnny Dawson's potent stickwork, sent the Regina Army & Navy down to an 8 to 4 defeat at Floodlight park. Shortstop Dawson connected for three doubles and a single as the Stars accumulated 18 hits off loser Winston "Lefty" Bates. Moose Jaw catcher Earl Knipfel followed Dawson in the hit parade with a home run and 2 singles. The Reginans had eight hits off winner George Haigh with shortstop Bateman leading the way with a double and two singles. Dunc Porteous had a round tripper for the Storemen.

Haigh (W) and Knipfel
Bates (L) and Clayton

(July 8)  Outfielder Cliff Boll of the Regina Army & Navy team was the leading hitter in the Southern League after the first half. Results published in the Regina Leader-Post of this date reveal that Boll hit the ball for a .338 average compiled through 22 hits in 65 times at bat. Only a few points behind, with a .333 average, came Bryan Forster of the Regina Nationals. Forster had one less hit than Boll, 21 to 22, but made his count for 26 total bases, one more than the Army & Navy star. Boll and Forster were actually topped by Al Phillips of the Moose Jaw All-Stars who posted an average of .353 but with about only half as many at bats as the two Reginans. Forster hit the most doubles, 5, while six different players hit 2 home runs. Not one batter hit more than a lone triple. Dave Clayton, Army & Navy catcher and Johnny Stoyand, outfielder from the Nationals, led the base pilferers with seven each. 

Batters with averages of .300 or better (minimum of 35 at bats)
                                      G   AB   R   H   TB  2B 3B  HR SB  Aver.
Cliff Boll (Regina Army & Navy)      16   65  12   22  25   0  0   1  3  .338
Bryan Forster (Regina Nationals)     15   63  13   21  26   5  0   0  3  .333
Andy Young (Regina Army & Navy)      11   41   8   13  20   1  0   2  1  .317
Larry Eisler (Regina Army & Navy)    12   39   5   12  13   1  0   0  3  .308 

(July 8)  Meeting for the second time in the last half of the Southern League wars, the Milestone Sioux and Regina Nationals battled to a nine-inning 1 to 1 tie. Hits were equal, both sides garnering but four as pitching was dominant. Johnny Stoyand of the Nats and Rex Houghtling of the Sioux both had a pair of singles to take hitting honors.

McLeod and Wayne Lafoy
Petraborg, Schwindt (4) and L. Vogeli 

(July 10)  A pair of bases-loaded walks in the seventh inning by Milestone chucker Floyd White provided the Regina Army & Navy with the winning and insurance markers as the Department Store crew prevailed by a 3 to 1 count. Apart from that downfall, losing hurler White matched winning pitcher "Lefty" Bates' five-hit pitching performance. Not one batter on either squad was able to garner more than a lone hit in this encounter.

White (L) and L. Vogeli
Bates (W) and Boll

(July 10)  Blowing a 5 to 0 fourth inning lead, the Moose Jaw All-Stars had to settle for a 7 - 7 tie with the visiting Regina Nationals, with an extra inning failing to resolve the deadlock. The hosts out-hit the Nats 12 to 8 as Eddie Scott, Billy Hodgkinson Johnny Dawson, Earl Knipfel and Al Phillips all chipped in with a brace of raps, the totals of Scott, Hodgkinson and Dawson including a double. Art Sihvon ahd a double and single for the Reginans while Murray Armstrong laced two singles.

A. Armstrong, McLeod (5) and Lafoy
Marlow and Knipfel 

(July 11)  Bill Nutzhorn's slow, tantalizing pitches kept the Regina Nationals off balance all game and was a major factor in the Moose Jaw All-Stars' convincing 9 to 2 victory over the Reginans. The only redeeming feature of the Nationals' exhibition was a snappy triple play in the third inning. "Sandy" Thomson led the Stars offensively with two doubles. Eddie Scott, Billy Hodgkinson and Earl Knipfel all had two singles as did Joe Haberman and Bryan Forster of the Nats.

Nutzhorn (W) and Knipfel
Swainson (L), Rodgers (7) and Lafoy 

(July 11)  Pasting the offerings of three Army & Navy pitchers for 12 hits, the Milestone Sioux climbed out of the Southern League's cellar position when they downed the Regina crew 8 to 4. Giving winning hurler Walter Petraborg excellent defensive support, the Sioux were in control throughout. Regina's "Babe" Brossard was the game's leading hitter, stroking a trio of singles. Second sacker Tony Walsh of the Soo Liners had a triple and double while outfielder Burke chipped in with a double and single.

Marlow (L), Mansfield (4), Shupe (5) and Boll
Petraborg (W) and L. Vogelli 

(July 12)  Scoring six times in the first frame while sending losing hurler Bill Vogeli to the showers, the Moose Jaw All-Stars overpowered the Milestone Sioux 8 to 0. George Haigh tossed the five-hit shutout victory for the Stars. Eddie Scott had a double and two singles for the winners. Walter Petraborg of the Sioux had three of the five Milestone hits off Haigh.

B. Vogeli (L), Burke (1) and L. Vogeli
Haigh (W) and Knipfel 

(July 12)  Tying the contest up in the top of the ninth, the Regina Nationals then threw the game away in the bottom of that frame just as quickly as they had tied it up. Nats' manager Jack Farquhar's pinch-hit double with two out in the ninth had squared the exciting contest between the two Regina clubs at 3 to 3 but then the Regina Army & Navy got a gift run to eke out a 4 to 3 triumph over their Queen City arch-rivals. After reliever "Lefty" Armstrong took the mound in the ninth for the Nats, he immediately got into trouble, walking Webb Bird. A dropped fly ball allowed Bird to reach third. When a pitched ball got away from catcher Art Sihvon, yet still had Bird flat-footed at the plate, the Nats' backstop threw wild to Armstrong covering home and the game was over. One player from each club had more than a single hit in this contest. The Nationals' Johnny Stoyand came through with a double and single off winner Gayle Shupe while Army & Navy's "Babe" Brossard laced a pair of singles.

McLeod, A. Armstrong (9) (L) and Sihvon
Shupe (W) and Clayton

(July 14)  Trailing 3 to 0, the Regina Army & Navy erupted for four tallies in the fourth frame and went on to a 6 to 3 triumph over the Moose Jaw All-Stars. "Lefty" Bates fanned seven in picking up the win over Eddie Longmore. Andy Young, with a double and single, and Stan Gustafson, with two singles, paced the Storemen with the stick and were the only players with a multiple-hit game.

Bates (W) and Clayton
Longmore (L) and Knipfel

(July 14)  A pair of eighth innings errors spelled the doom of the Milestone Sioux as they lost a squeaker, 5 to 4, to the Regina Nationals. A three-run homer by Sioux shortstop Pat Montague had tied the game prior to the eighth inning miscues. Milestone batters were held to seven hits by winner "Swainey" Swainson, three of them singles by Eddie Johnston. Eric Quist rapped a double and single for the winners while both Murray Armstrong and Johnny Stoyand singled twice.

Petraborg (L) and Senior
Swainson (W) and Quist

(July 15)  The Milestone Sioux nosed out the Moose Jaw All-Stars 7 to 6 in a free-hitting Southern League game in the Soo Line town. A five-run rally in the seventh stanza provided the Sioux with the ammunition for the win. Leading their arsenal was outfielder Eddie Johnston with a triple and double while third sacker Don Senior had a 3-bagger and a single and Wylie Lafoy a double and one-bagger. Eddie Scott's double and single led the Moose Jaw hitting.

Haigh (L) and Knipfel
Schwindt (W) and L. Vogeli

(July 17)  After falling behind 2 to 1, the Regina Nationals put a total of nine runs on the scoreboard in the seventh and eighth innings to handily drop the Moose Jaw All-Stars 10 to 2. Hec McLeod struck out nine in earning the mound win for the red-stockinged Nationals. Bryan Forster had three of the Reginans' eleven safe blows.

Marlow (L) and Knipfel
McLeod (W) and Quist

(July 17)  Battling through ten innings of hectic baseball, the Milestone Sioux and Regina Army & Navy played to an 8 - 8 deadlock. Tony Walsh emerged as the top power hitter for the Sioux, blasting a triple and double. Webb Bird and Dave Clayton had three singles apiece for the Storemen, a feat duplicated by outfielder Burke of the Soo Liners.

Mansfield, Bates (2), Shupe (4) and Clayton
B. Vogeli, Petraborg (10) and Senior 

(July 18)  The Regina Army & Navy piled up a huge lead and withstood a ninth inning rally by the Regina Nationals to defeat their intra-city foes by a 9 to 7 count. The Nats turned a runaway game into a close affair by pushing home six runs and having the tying runs on base before their rally was snuffed out. The top swingers on each club were catcher Dave Clayton of the Storemen and outfielder Johnny Stoyand of the Nats who each stroked a double and single.

Bates (W), Shupe (9) and Clayton
Swainson (L) and Lafoy 

(July 18)  Hitting heartily behind the smooth hurling of George Haigh, the Moose Jaw All-Stars walloped the Milestone Sioux 13 to 3 to climb out of the Southern League cellar. Several of the Stars were able fatten their batting averages against loser Walter Petraborg. "Sandy" Thomson led the way with a home run, triple and single. He was followed by Eddie Scott with a triple and two singles and Emery Cawsey with a double and a pair of one-baggers. Petraborg retaliated with three singles of his own.

Petraborg (L) and Senior
Haigh (W) and Knipfel 

(July 19)  An eight-inning, weather shortened Southern League encounter saw the Regina Nationals  take out the Milestone Sioux by a 4 to 1 count. Regina's Hec McLeod coasted to a 4-hit mound win. His only nemesis was the Rex Houghtling of the Sioux who lit him up for a triple and single. Johnny Stoyand and "Lefty" Armstrong had two singles each for the Nats.

McLeod (W) and Quist
Burke (L) and  L. Vogeli, Senior (9)

(July 22)  The Moose Jaw All-Stars now hold second place in the Southern League by virtue of their 8 to 5 victory over the Regina Nationals. A five-run eighth inning sewed up the win for Moose Jaw starter Bill Nutzhorn. Billy Hodgkinson, Stars' outfielder, had 3 base hits, all singles, for the winners. Johnny Stoyand's two doubles led the Nats.

Swainson (L), McLeod (8) and Lafoy
Nutzhorn (W), Haigh (9) and Knipfel

(July 24)  The big bat of Joe "Farmer" Haberman and a great hurling duel between the Army & Navy's Gayle Shupe and Hec McLeod of the Nationals provided baseball thrills at Park de Young. Haberman was the bright light with the stick, getting three hits in three trips to the plate and scoring both runs as the Nationals edged their Regina cousins, Army & Navy, 2 to 1. Two of Haberman's blows were doubles. "Jersey" Campbell's seventh inning single drove Haberman home with the winning marker.

Shupe (L) and Clayton
McLeod (W) and Quist

(July 25)   The depression continued for the Milestone Sioux baseball team as they lost a Southern League engagement to the Moose Jaw All-Stars 11 to 3. The Stars drilled losing chucker Walter Petraborg for 16 safe blows, including two doubles and a single by Eddie Longmore. Adding salt to Petraborg's wounds were "Sandy" Thomson with a triple and single as well as Emery Cawsey and winning hurler Ralph Marlow who both had a double and single.

Marlow (W) and Phillips
Petraborg (L) and Senior

Second-half Standings (as of end of July 25)
                       W   L    Pct.
Regina Army & Navy     5   3    .625
Moose Jaw All-Stars    6   4    .600
Regina Nationals       5   5    .500
Milestone Sioux        3   7    .300

(July 26)  The Moose Jaw All-Stars regained the Southern League lead by taking another round out of Milestone, beating the Sioux 7 to 3. Eddie Longmore picked up the mound win with a 5-hitter. He also ripped out a trio of singles. Al Phillips smashed a first-inning home run for the stars. Moose Jaw's Eddie Scott fattened his batting average with a triple and three singles. 

Burke (L) and L. Vogeli
Longmore (W) and Knipfel

(July 27)  Minus several of their regulars, the Moose Jaw All-Stars were bombarded 17 to 3 by the Regina Army & Navy. The Storemen piled up 21 base hits in running away with this game.  As a result, the Stars were knocked out of first place in the Southern League. Army & Navy's "Babe" Brossard led all hitters with two doubles and a brace of singles. Dunc Porteous followed with a pair of doubles and a single while Cliff Boll had a double plus two singles. Webb Bird and Larry Eisler both singled three times.

Haigh (L) and Phillips
Bates (W) and Clayton

(July 28)  The Moose Jaw All-Stars and Regina Army & Navy traded places in the Southern League standings as the Stars avenged their loss to the Storemen of the previous night by squeezing past the Queen City visitors 3 to 2. Veteran Bill Nutzhorn of the All-Stars picked up the hurling triumph as, for most of the game, his assortment of slants had the Reginans fooled. Emery Cawsey, Danny McKenna and Eddie Longmore all singled twice for the winners.

Shupe (L) and Clayton
Nutzhorn (W) and Toombs

(July 28)  Tied at 3 - 3 in the sixth frame, the Milestone Sioux lost their starting pitcher, Belton "Bill" Vogeli, when he wrenched his knee while at bat. With only nine players on hand, the Sioux were forced to insert their batboy into the line-up to finish the game. Playing right field, the youngster missed a routine fly ball which ended up costing the Soo Liners the game. Nats' catcher Eric Quist was credited with four hits in this game although the last one, a double, was tainted in that it was the fly ball that should have been caught.

B. Vogeli, Wylie Lafoy (7) (L) and L. Vogeli
Swainson (W)  and Quist

(July 29)  For the second time in three nights, the Moose Jaw All-Stars turned in a sub-par performance at Park de Young and, in doing so, handed the Regina Nationals a lopsided 17 to 1 victory. Moose Jaw pitchers allowed 17 hits to go along with the 8 miscues in the field that the defense committed. Murray Armstrong and Joe Haberman of the Nats had four singles each in the one-sided contest. Johnny Stoyand contributed a double and a pair of singles.

Marlow (L), MacDonald (5) and Phillips, Toombs (6)
McLeod (W) and Lafoy

(July 29)  After falling behind 3 to 0, the Regina Army & Navy roared back with six runs in the sixth frame and added three more later in the game to vanquish the Milestone Sioux 9 to 4. The loss for the Soo Liners almost certainly eliminates them from securing a playoff berth in the Southern League's second-half. Winning hurler "Lefty" Bates had 9 strikeouts and was also potent with the bat, drilling three singles. Teammate Webb Bird had a triple and single while Stan Gustafson of the Storemen and Eddie Johnston of the Sioux each had a double and single.  

Bates (W) and Clayton
Schwindt (L), Lafoy (7) and L. Vogeli

(July 31)  A three-hit hurling performance by the "iron man" of the Regina Nationals' pitching staff, Hec McLeod, engineered the crimson-hosed Nats to a 3 to 0 victory over the Regina Army & Navy. Johnny Stoyand provided McLeod with plenty of offensive ammunition by slugging two doubles and a single off loser Gayle Shupe. With the win, the Nationals crept into a narrow lead in the Southern League's second-half race 

McLeod (W) and Quist
Shupe (L) and Clayton 

Second-half Standings (as of end of July 31)
                       W   L    Pct.
Regina Nationals       8   5    .615
Regina Army & Navy     7   5    .583
Moose Jaw All-Stars    8   6    .571
Milestone Sioux        3  10    .231

(August 2)  The Milestone Sioux dropped a doubleheader to the Regina Army and Navy and allowed the Storemen to climb into a tie with the Regina Nationals for the lead in the Southern circuit.

Cliff Boll's two-out ninth inning single drove in Dave Clayton with the winning run as the Department Store crew edged the Soo Liners 5 to 4 in the matinee event. Andy Young, Webb Bird and Boll all had three hits for the winners with two of Young's being doubles. Replying for the Sioux with a trio of base knocks were Don Senior and Eddie Johnston with one of Senior's raps going for two bases. 

Burke (L) and L. Vogeli
Bird, Bates (9) (W) and Clayton

The nightcap was Army & Navy all the way as the Storemen prevailed 6 to 1. Andy Young pitched a solid game, limiting the Sioux to 3 base hits while whiffing nine. He also hit a double and single. Luther Fritz and "Babe" Brossard each added a pair of singles to the Regina offense.

Petraborg (L) and L. Vogeli
Young (W) and Clayton 

(August 2)  Fans at Moose Jaw's exhibition grounds witnessed an All-Stars' defensive meltdown in the latter part of the game in which the visiting Regina Nationals copped a 7 to 1 verdict over the homesters. Jack "Jersey" Campbell of the Nats had a perfect 5-hit night, all singles, in five at bats. Outfielder Joe Haberman, his teammate, hammered a homer and single as Hec McLeod breezed to the pitching win.

McLeod (W) and Quist
Nutzhorn (L), Longmore (9) and Knipfel, Toombs (9)

(August 3)  Winners of the first half of the Southern League, the Moose Jaw All-Stars, were eliminated from qualifying for the second-half playoffs after they dropped a 6 to 1 decision to the Regina Army & Navy club at Park de Young. The Moose Jaw team had their chances but 15 stranded base runners cost them an opportunity to narrow the gap or overtake the Storemen. "Lefty" Bates got the hurling victory, striking out eight and surrendering an equal number of hits. Andy Young with a triple and two singles led the Reginans with the stick. Cliff Boll with a double and two singles wasn't far behind. Eddie Longmore led the Stars with the hickory, drilling a double and a pair of one-baggers.

Haigh (L) and Toombs
Bates (W) and Clayton 

(August 4)  "Babe" Brossard's Regina Army & Navy nine came from behind in the seventh and eighth frames to score three runs and nose out the Regina Nationals 3 to 2. The narrow win virtually guarantees the Storemen top spot in the Southern League's second half. Losing chucker Hec McLeod's errant toss to the plate in an attempt to secure a bases-loaded force out allowed both the tying and winning runs to cross the plate in the eighth. McLeod had eleven strikeouts compared to five for winning pitcher Gayle Shupe although Shupe gave up fewer hits, 6 as opposed to 8 for McLeod. Stan Gustafson and Winston Bates both had a double and single for the Department Store contingent. McLeod and Bryan Forster of the Nats both singled twice. 

Shupe (W) and Clayton
McLeod (L) and Quist

(August 5)  The jinx that has followed the Milestone Sioux for most of the second half of the Southern League campaign was shaken off in their final home game, a 7 to 2 triumph over the Regina Nationals. The Sioux belted loser Alvin Fritz for 16 base knocks with second baseman Tony Walsh leading the way with a double and two singles. Third sacker Rex Houghtling also had three hits, all singles. Walt Petraborg pitched a steady five-hitter in earning the mound win.

Fritz (L) and Wayne Lafoy
Petraborg (W) and L. Vogeli

(August 5)  Cliff Boll's single in the top of the seventh inning scored Luther Fritz  and gave the Regina Army & Navy a close 4 to 3 win over the Moose Jaw All-Stars in the last game of the Southern League's second half. There was nothing at stake, other than pride, but both teams played heads-up ball. Both pitchers of record, loser Bill Nutzhorn and winner "Lefty" Bates, struck out eight opposing batters. Danny McKenna of the Stars had a double and single in a losing cause. Four other players, Moose Jaw's Emery Cawsey as well as Fritz, Boll and "Babe" Brossard of the Reginans all collected a brace of one-baggers.

Bates (W) and Clayton
Nutzhorn (L) and Knipfel

FINAL STANDINGS (second half of schedule)
                         W   L    Pct.
Regina Army & Navy      12   5    .706
Regina Nationals         9   7    .563
Moose Jaw All-Stars      8   9    .471
Milestone Sioux          4  12    .250

(August 8)  The Regina Leader-Post this date reported a change in the Southern League playoff set-up. The original plans were that the first two teams in each half would meet  with the winners advancing to a five-game series for the championship. But since the league winner has to be declared by August 15 in order to enter the provincial playoffs, it was found impossible to carry out that plan. As the Regina Army & Navy team qualified in both halves of the schedule, they have been given a bye and will meet the winner of the best of three semi-final series between the Regina Nationals and  Moose Jaw All-Stars in a three out of five format.

LEAGUE  SEMI - FINAL  SERIES

(August 9)  Behind the strong right arm of Hec McLeod, the Regina Nationals struck first in the Southern League semi-final series when they blanked the Moose Jaw All-Stars 4 to 0. One big inning, the sixth, which netted a pair of runs, sent the Nats on the way to victory. Although the Stars out-hit the winners by a single blow, 7 to 6, they were unable to take advantage of the scoring chances afforded them and left nine runners stranded. Only two swatters, one from eith team had more than one base blow. Emery Cawsey of the Stars and Bryan Forster of the Nats both had a pair of hits, with one of Cawsey's being a double. 

McLeod (W) and Quist
Haigh (L) and Knipfel

(August 10)  Hec Mcleod took the mound for the second time in two nights but this time the Moose Jaw All-Stars got to him early, scoring three runs in the first two innings. That margin proved to be sufficient as the Stars evened their best of three series with the Regina Nationals on the basis of their 3 to 1 win. Winning pitcher Bill Nutzhorn's slow floaters kept the Nats baffled for most of the game. With his submarine delivery, he set the Reginans down on five scattered hits, two of which came off the bat of McLeod. Emery Cawsey and "Sandy" Thomson both singled twice for the winners off McLeod, who pitched decent ball except for his early lapse.

Nutzhorn (W) and Knipfel
McLeod (L) and Quist 

(August 11)  Toiling for the third time in as many nights, Hector "Iron Man" McLeod shoved the Moose Jaw All-Stars out of the 1933 baseball picture as he hurled the Regina Nationals to an 8 - 3 win over their Mill City hosts. Setting the Stars down on four scattered blows, two of which were hit by "Sandy" Thomson, the tall righthander never overworked himself, pitching steadily and relying on his defensive support to pull him through. The Reginans scored four times in the sixth inning to salt away the victory. Johnny Stoyand and Art Sihvon both had three hits for the Nats. Included in their totals was a double each. An all-Regina final series is now a reality. 

McLeod (W) and Quist
Haigh (L), Istrati (9) and Knipfel

LEAGUE  FINALS

(August 12)  The Regina Nationals, fresh off their semi-final series win, got out of the gate with their bats blazing and struck for a total of ten runs in their first three times at bat on their way to a 16 to 4 crushing of the Regina Army & Navy. Allan "Lefty" Armstrong took the bull by the horns and throttled the Storemen on four hits to give the Nats, prairie champions a year ago, the jump in the best of five round. Army & Navy's starter, "Lefty" Bates was the victim of the Nationals' batting spree. Joe Haberman drilled a home run, double and single for the Nats while sidekick "Jersey" Campbell had three singles. For the Storemen, Stan Gustafson pounded out a pair of doubles.

A. Armstrong (W) and Sihvon, Quist (2)
Bates (L), Young (3) and Clayton

(August 15)  Regina Army and Navy's Gayle Shupe held the Regina Nationals to seven blows while his teammates were unmercifully pounding the offerings of Hec McLeod for 17 hits as the Storemen evened their series with the Nats at one game apiece by drubbing their city cohorts 12 to 2. Dave Clayton and Andy Young were the big hickory wielders for the Department Store nine, garnering four hits apiece while Webb Bird came out of his slump with three safeties, including a double. Art Sihvon was the only Nats' player to pick up more than one hit.

Shupe (W) and Clayton
McLeod (L) and Quist

(August 16)  Led by the offensive prowess of third baseman Bryan Forster, the Regina Nationals hung a 7 to 5, 12-inning loss on the Regina Army & Navy clan. In six trips to the plate, the starry occupant of the hot corner delivered five singles and a double. He saved his two-bagger for the top of the twelth which drove in two runs, the margin of victory. Hec McLeod pitched five innings of hitless relief to pick up the mound victory. The Storemen now lead the series two games to one.

Rodgers, McLeod (8) (W) and Quist
Bates, Young (10) (L) and Clayton

(August 17)  After a mediocre regular season, the Regina Nationals stand supreme in Southern League baseball for the second year in a row. The Nats tucked away a 6 to 4 decision in the fourth game of the final series, sending a bewildered Army & Navy team to the sidelines. "Lefty" Armstrong started on the mound for the Nats but, after giving up three first inning runs and developing a sore pitching hand, he had to be removed from the game. Hec McLeod took over and, even though three runs in arrears, he calmly and masterfully went the rest of the way, surrendering but a single tally. Meanwhile, after the teams had traded single markers, his mates connected for five singles in succesion off loser Gayle Shupe, plating a four spot in the bottom of the third and took the lead, one which they never relinquished. Jack Campbell and Murray Armstrong of the Nationals as well as Webb Bird of the Storemen, all had three hits in this deciding contest. A date with the Estevan Maple Leafs, Border League representatives now awaits the Southern League champs.

Shupe (L) and Clayton
A. Armstrong, McLeod (1) (W) and Quist 


SOUTH  SASKATCHEWAN  SENIOR  BASEBALL  FINALS

Estevan Maple Leafs player roster for South Saskatchewan championship series
Berner John P, Dupuis Herb C, Enmark Howard C, Hilts OF, Hogg Ralph P/2B, Goddard P/2B, Krivel Barney OF, Lindbergh OF, Lund 2B/SS, McLeod Stu 3B, Rooney Ned 1B, Staffney SS, White Elmer "Lefty" P

Regina Nationals player roster for South Saskatchewan championship series
Armstrong Murray SS, Campbell Jack "Jersey" 1B, Canning Del OF, Dakins Ralph 2B, Forster Bryan 3B, Haberman Joe OF, McLeod Hec P, Quist Eric C, Sihvon Art C/OF, Stoyand Johnny OF 

GAME  REPORTS

(August 19)  Hec McLeod tossed eighteen innings of playoff baseball, giving up one lone run throughout, as he led the Regina Nationals to a doubleheader sweep of the Estevan Maple Leafs as the South Saskatchewan Senior baseball finals got underway at Regina's Floodlight park.

The Reginans jumped all over loser Elmer "Lefty" White as they whitewashed the Leafs 12 to 0 in the opener. Joe Haberman led the way for the Reginans as he drilled a home run, triple and single that accounted for nine runs. McLeod limited the Estevan crew to six singles in posting the shutout win. He also took a hand in the offensive attack and singled three times.

White (L) and Dupuis, Enmark (7)
McLeod (W) and Sihvon

Estevan manager Harry Nicholson sent Ralph Hogg to the mound for the Leafs in the second encounter and he held the visitors in the game until the bottom of the eighth when Regina catcher Eric Quist pounded a grand slam homer off him as the Nats went on to a 6 to 1 triumph. Hec McLeod was again superb off the pitcher's rubber, fanning eleven Leafs without issuing a single base on balls. Ralph Dakins, the Nationals' second baseman, was the only player on either roster to have two hits.

Hogg (L) and Enmark
McLeod (W) and Quist 

(August 23)  Just as they had promised to do, the Estevan Maple Leafs got Regina Nationals' rubber-armed pitcher Hec Mcleod in their own backyard and proceeded to hand the "Iron Man" a 10 to 7 trimming in the South Saskatchewan senior baseball playoffs. Ralph Hogg replaced Estevan starter John Berner in the second frame and went the rest of the way to pick up the pitching win. His first inning home run also tied the score briefly. Both teams recorded an even dozen hits with Estevan's Goddard leading the pack with a homer and double. A sixth inning rain delay seemed to affect McLeod as, after play resumed, the Leafs were able to hit his offerings with consistency.

McLeod (L) and Quist
Berner, Hogg (2) (W) and Enmark

(August 24)  The Estevan Maple Leafs clawed their way back into contention in the south Saskatchewan senior baseball playoffs in a doubleheader played in Estevan. The "comeback kids" won one and tied the other, both in extra innings, squaring the series and sending it to an extra game.

The matinee game was a 12-inning thriller which the Leafs won 2 to 1. Not only did Estevan hurler Goddard go the entire 12-inning route in this contest but his bottom of the 12th single drove in the winning run. Regina Nationals' Hec McLeod pitched valiantly in absorbing the defeat. 

McLeod (L) and Sihvon
Goddard (W) and Enmark

The late game was just as exciting but did not produce a winner as the two clubs battled through ten innings with the result being a 5 - 5 tie. Both starting pitchers, Alvin Fritz of the Reginans ans Elmer "Lefty" White of the Leafs were bounced from the mound in the third frame. Hec McLeod replaced Fritz and Ralph Hogg came on in relief for White. The Nationals took an early 4 to 0 lead but the Leafs soon came back and eventually took the lead. One up entering the ninth, Estevan was unable to protect the lead and Regina evened accounts for the night. Art Sihvon of the Nats and the Leafs' Ned Rooney topped their respective teams, each having a double and single. 

Fritz, McLeod (3) and Sihvon
White, Hogg (3) and Enmark

(August 28)  Originally billed for Moose Jaw, the final game for the south Saskatchewan senior baseball championship was finally played at Weyburn before some 2,000 spectators. In the end, the Regina Nationals repeated as the southern winners, romping to an 8 to 4 win over the Estevan Maple Leafs. The Reginans forged ahead with two runs in the second and increased their lead to 4 - 0 after batting in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of that frame, however, the Estevan bats came to life and they pounded Hec McLeod for four counters to knot the score. Recovering quickly from the sixth inning melt-down, McLeod came back stronger than ever and pitched hitless ball the rest of the way. His teammates then did their part as they pounded Ralph Hogg, star Estevan moundsman, from the hill to the showers and tacked on another four tallies in the process. Utility man Art Sihvon was deadly with the bat, slamming a pair of triples for the Nats which accounted for five Regina runs. Barney Krivel with a double and single was Estevan's most productive hitter. With the series win, the Nationals will travel to the Hub City to face the northern Saskatchewan representatives, the Saskatoon Northern Distributors, in the first two games of the provincial final. 

McLeod (W) and Quist
Hogg (L), Berner (7) and Dupuis

(September 2)  Cliff Boll, portly left fielder of the Regina Army & Navy, who a year ago led the Border League in hitting, has added the 1933 Southern League batting crown to his laurels. Official averages, released this date and printed in the Regina Leader-Post, gave Boll the nod with a mark of .338, earned through 46 base hits in 136 at bats. Based upon a minimum of at least 25 games played with 100 or more times at bat, Bryan Forster of the Regina Nationals finished second with a .317 average.


SASKATCHEWAN  SENIOR  BASEBALL  CHAMPIONSHIP  SERIES

Saskatoon Northern Distributors player roster for the Saskatchewan senior baseball championship
Hawryluk Pete 2B, Kellough Ab 3B, McKenzie 2B, McLeod OF, Nicholson, Parsons Garnet "Guv" OF/P, Ritchie Jack OF, Schrader, Sillers Larry C, Silver Ron OF/C, Stewart Frank SS, Wilkie Aldon "Lefty" P, Wilson "Hobb" 1B, Wood "Cooney" P/OF

Regina Nationals player roster for the Saskatchewan senior baseball championship
Armstrong Allan "Lefty" P/1B, Armstrong Murray SS, Campbell Jack "Jersey" 1B, Dakins Ralph 2B, Forster Bryan 3B, Haberman Joe OF, McLeod Hec P, Quist Eric C/OF, Sihvon Art OF/C, Stoyand Johnny OF, Swainson "Swainey" P,

(August 30)  The Saskatchewan senior amateur baseball championships got underway with a bang at Cairns Field in Saskatoon as a doubleheader was played with the northern champions, Saskatoon Northern Distributors, coming through victorious in one contest with the defending champions from the south, the Regina Nationals, while the other game ended in a deadlock.

With a 13-hit attack against a pair of Regina pitchers in the opener, the Distributors handily disposed of the defending Saskatchewan title holders by a 10 to 5 count. The Nationals made things even easier for the northerners by booting the ball seven times as the Saskatonians built up an early lead that was never in danger. Winning chucker "Cooney" Wood kept the ten hits he yielded well scattered. He also led the winners with the stick, stroking out a trio of singles, a feat matched by Nats' catcher Eric Quist.

A. Armstrong (L), Swainson (2) and Quist
Wood (W) and Sillers

The evening encounter was halted after nine innings when darkness set in. The score was knotted at 5 - 5 when the umpires stopped play. With any luck, the Nationals might have won the nightcap for Hec McLeod who hooked up in a pitchers' battle with Aldon "Lefty" Wilkie, ace of the Saskatoon forces. One run up in the last of the ninth, a passed ball by Art Sihvon, who replaced Eric Quist behind the plate in the third following a finger injury, cost the Nats the decision as Larry Sillers crossed the dish with the tying marker. Sillers and Saskatoon first baseman "Hobb" Wilson had three singles apiece. Regina's Sihvon and Jack Campbell were best for their club with a pair of one-baggers each.

McLeod and Quist, Sihvon (3)
Wilkie and Sillers

(September 4)  Two four-hit pitching preformances by Hector McLeod, the rubber-armed wonder of the Regina Nationals' pitching staff, was not good enough to stifle the desire of the Saskatoon Northern Distributors team to capture the Leader-Post cup and Saskatchewan's senior amateur baseball title. Despite McLeod's hurling, the Bridge City boys broke even in the twin bill played before a capacity crowd of well over 2,000 at Regina's Park de Young. With the split, the Distributors retain their one-game lead in the series.

The Reginans shelled Hub City starter and loser "Cooney" Wood for 13 base hits in taking the opener 5 to 0. Mcleod struck ot seven and was in control all the way. Murray Armstrong and Art Sihvon of the Nats singled three times each. Eric Quist, playing the outfield because of his lacerated finger, gripped the bat well enough to connect for a double and single.

Wood (L) and Sillers
McLeod (W) and Sihvon 

The late game was an old fashioned duel between opposing chuckers McLeod and Saskatoon's teen-age whiz kid, Aldon "Lefty" Wilkie. Scoring a single run in the top of the sixth stanza, the northerners eked out a 1 to 0 win over the Nats. McLeod issued only one base on balls the entire day and the one player who walked, outfielder Jack Ritchie, scored the lone run in this contest. Wilkie fanned nine in his winning effort. Regina's Art Sihvon was the only player in the game to connect for two hits.

Wilkie (W) and Sillers
McLeod (L) and Sihvon

(September 5)  The Regina Nationals scored a narrow 7 to 6 win over the visiting Saskatoon Northern Distributors club at Park de Young to square the Leader-Post cup series at a pair of games apiece with one game tied. Playing in the sixth frame with the score tied at 6 - 6, Allan "Lefty" Armstrong, inserted into the line-up at first base for the injured Jack Campbell, belted a long triple which allowed Johnny Stoyand to score what turned out to be the winning maker. Stoyand had just ripped out his third single of the evening. In his previous at bat, the Regina outfielder had driven in the tying runs off loser "Cooney" Wood who had replaced Distributors' starter Garnet "Guv" Parsons in the fifth. Once again, Hec Mcleod toiled for the entire nine innings off the mound. No one Saskatoon player lit him up for more than one hit. Joe Haberman had two doubles for the victorious Nats.

Parsons, Wood (5) (L) and Sillers
McLeod (W) and Sihvon 

(September 18)  After almost two weeks of bickering over the venue for the final game of the 1933 Saskatchewan senior baseball championship plus the onset of some inclement weather, the showdown between the Regina Nationals and Saskatoon Northern Distributors finally took place at Saskatoon's Cairns Field. With far more rest than he has recently been accustomed to between pitching assignments, a refreshed Hector McLeod took to the hill once again and limited the northern champions to four hits as the Southern Leaguers eliminated the Distributors in taking the deciding game of the provincial series by a score of 4 to 2. From the fourth inning on, after the northeners had scored their only two runs, McLeod completely shut the door, retiring them in order as they came to the plate, until the end of the game. He struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk. Art Sihvon and Johnny Stoyand led the batting attack for the repeat provincial kings, with a pair of hits each. One of Sihvon's was a sweet two-bagger. A road trip to Edmonton appears next on the horizon for the Nats as arrangements are nearing completion for an inter-provincial series with the Edmonton Army & Navy Cubs.

Wilkie (L) and Silver
McLeod (W) ans Sihvon 


ALBERTA - SASKATCHEWAN  INTERPROVINCIAL  BASEBALL  SERIES

Edmonton Army & Navy Cubs player roster for the Alberta - Saskatchewan senior baseball series
Dolighan Eric SS, Gerlitz Johnny OF/1B, Henderson C, Horn 1B, Maher Phil OF, McCready Pete OF, McHugh OF, Pennington Wilf "Lefty" P, Robinson 3B, Smith "Lefty" P, Spiesman "Bud" P, Wilkie Glen P, Wilkie "Hop" 2B

Regina Nationals player roster for the Alberta - Saskatchewan senior baseball series
Armstrong Allan "Lefty" OF/P, Armstrong Murray SS, Campbell Jack "Jersey" 1B, Dakins Ralph 2B, Farquhar Jack 2B, Forster Bryan 3B, Haberman Joe OF, McLeod Hector P/OF, Sihvon Art C, Stoyand Johnny OF

GAME  REPORTS

(September 20)  The Edmonton Cubs and Regina Nationals are just where they started in the inter-provincial senior amateur baseball series as they split a twin-bill at Edmonton's Renfrew Park before some 2,500 spectators.

The Cubs, with "Bud" Spiesman on the hill, took the opening clash by a score of 3 to 0. Spiesman was in dazzling form, allowing only a pair of Regina singles as he breezed through the Nationals' batting line-up. Loser Hec McLeod was touched for only six base blows with three of them coming in the eighth frame when the Edmontonians scored a pair of runs to salt away the triumph. Not one player on either club was able to register more than one hit. Outfielder Johnny Gerlitz of the Albertans drove in two of the three Edmonton markers.

McLeod (L) and Sihvon
Spiesman (W) and Henderson

Hec McLeod, Regina's ironman, came back after his early defeat to hurl a nifty five-hitter in the late game as the Nats picked up a 3 to 2 win to square the series. Pete McCready lit McLeod up in the first frame with a hefty bases-empty dinger to give the Cubs an early 1 to 0 lead. Regina evened the count in their half of the second on a wild pitch by losing chucker Wilf "Lefty" Pennington, their old foe of the first 2 1/2 Southern League seasons who was the pitching ace of the Moose Jaw All-Stars before relocating to the Alberta capital in July. In the fifth, the Reginans rang in another two markers to take a 3 to 1 lead. In the ninth, McLeod found himself in a serious jam with the sacks loaded and none down. He was good enough to pich himself out of the hole by limiting the Cubs to but a lone run. Only outfielder Phil Maher was able to touch McLeod up for two base hits in this joust. Bryan Forster of the Nats also had a pair of hits.

Pennington (L) and Henderson
McLeod (W) and Sihvon

(September 21)  Pitching his third game in two days, the rawhide arm of big Hec McLeod, one-man hurling staff of the Regina Nationals, lost its fine control in the seventh inning of the third interprovincial series game and the Edmonton Army & Navy Cubs bunched four hits to come away with a 5 to 2 victory. Glen Wilkie threw a four-hitter at the Saskatchewan champs to give the Cubbies a two games to one lead in the series. Looking into a 2 to 0 deficit in the first inning when Pete McCready hit his second homer in consecutive games, a mammoth blast with a runner on base, the Nationals tied the game up in the fifth. McLeod began to weaken in the seventh and the Albertans pounced on his offerings for three consecutive singles followed by a sacrifice, a ground out and a throw to the plate which hit a sliding runner in the back, bounced wide and allowed the third Edmonton run of the inning to be plated. Two infielders, second baseman Ralph Dakins of the Nats and the Cubs' shortstop Eric Dolighan, led their respective clubs offensively with a brace of hits apiece. One of Dakins' blows wnt for two bases.

McLeod (L) and Sihvon
G. Wilkie (W) and Henderson

(September 22)  It turned out to be a game that both teams would like to forget about, an eight inning debacle wherein there were more errors than runs. Having committed sixteen glaring miscues between them, the Regina Nationals and Edmonton Army & Navy Cubs walked off the field tied 7 - 7 after their fourth meeting in the interprovincial senior baseball series, almost thankful that darkness had set in and halted any further embarrasment. A bottom of the eighth inning two-out tally by the Reginans, another unearned marker, knotted the score and kept the Cubs from ending the series. Allan "Lefty" Armstrong started on the mound for the Saskatchewan titlists with the intention of giving Hec Mcleod a rest, but at the end of fourth the Cubs had touched him up for seven hits and four runs. McLeod was then summoned from the outfield and went to work, holding the Albertans to two hits and one run the rest of the way. "Lefty" Smith went the route on the hill for the Cubbies and limited the Nats to six safeties, two of which were garnered by fellow southpaw Armstrong. Pete McCready was once again the leading light with the bat for the Edmontonians, drilling a double and single.

Smith and Henderson
A. Armstrong, McLeod (5) and Sihvon

(September 23)  While a raw biting wind whipped across the diamond, the Edmonton Army & Navy Cubs were crowned senior amateur champions of Alberta and Saskatchewan when they won the fifth game in their title series against the Regina Nationals by a convincing 9 to 3 score at Renfrew Park. "Bud" Spiesman, ace chucker of the Cubs, pitched splendidly and picked up his second win of the series. The Reginans were never in serious contention in this one, falling behind early as the Albertans' bats exploded all over the assortment of pitches offered by the over-used Hec McLeod, who simply ran out of gas after an exhausting month. Edmonton third sacker Robinson did most of the damage with the stick, belting a trio of hits, one being a double. Cubs' catcher Henderson followed with a triple and single. Shortstop Murray Armstrong singled twice off Spiesman for the losers.

McLeod (L) and Sihvon
Spiesman (W) and Henderson

This would be the last interprovincial playoff for a number of years as it was deemed to be much too big a risk financially to take on, especially in view of the unpredictable fall weather not to mention the focus of potential fans on other, more seasonal sporting activities.

EPILOGUE  TO  1933  SEASON

The 1933 Southern loop had, by far, its most competitive season ever. The defending prairie champions of 1932, the Regina Nationals, were hard-pressed to repeat as playoff champions after a sub-par first half and an ordinary second-half of the schedule in which they were marginally able to qualify for post-season play. They did gather momentum as they advanced successfully through their first four playoff rounds, decisioning the Moose Jaw All-Stars, the Regina Army & Navy, the Estevan Maple Leafs and the Saskatoon Northern Distributors but, by relying solely upon one overworked pitcher, it was only a matter of time until reality kicked in and they were exposed as a less-than-well balanced force. Nevertheless, things look bright for the future of the Southern League as their playoff winner has gone on to capture provincial laurels in each of its three years of existence.