Western Canada Baseball 1935
1935 Stats   
1935 Rosters
1935 Tournaments / Exhibitions
1935 Dai Nippon (Tokyo) Giants
1935 Bismarck 

SASKATCHEWAN
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
Southern Section      
Estevan Maple Leafs
18
12
Weyburn Beavers
13
19
6.0
Arcola
9
16
6.5
       
Northern Section
Regina Windsors
19
11
Regina Nationals
18
14
2.0
Moose Jaw All-Stars
14
19
6.5
1935 Game Reports
1935 Photo Gallery
1935 Snapshots     
       
SASKATOON CITY LEAGUE 
Dundurn Camp, Gems, R.S.C.
       
PRINCE ALBERT BASEBALL LEAGUE
C.N.R., Elks, Legion, Volunteers
       
NORTHEASTERN SASKATCHEWAN  
Buchanan, Canora, Hyas, Kamsack, Norquay, Preeceville, Stenen, Sturgis, Yorkton
1935 Saskatchewan Game Reports   
1935 Northern SK Game Reports
1935 Saskatchewan Photo Gallery  
       
ALBERTA
EDMONTON SENIOR LEAGUE

Army & Navy, Crescents, Royals, South Side Athletics
       
EDMONTON BIG FOUR LEAGUE
Empire Hotel, Gibbons, National Home Furnishers, York Hotel
       
CALGARY CITY LEAGUE
Athletics, Bronks, Pirates
       
SOUTHERN ALBERTA LEAGUE
Hardieville, Lethbridge Cubs, Magrath, New Dayton, Raymond, Stirling
       
CENTRAL ALBERTA LEAGUE
Mirror Imperials, Ponoka Panthers, Shasta Royals, Wetaskiwin Braves
       
RED DEER VALLEY LEAGUE
Commercials, East Coulee, Hanna, Nacmine, Rosedale, Wayne
       
BOW VALLEY LEAGUE
Arrowwood, Gleichen, Rockyford, Strathmore
       
FOOTHILLS LEAGUE
Blackie, Champion, Claresholm, Granum, Nanton, Stavely
       
CROW'S NEST PASS LEAGUE
Bellevue, Blairmore, Coleman, Elk Valley, Hillcrest
       
MERIDIAN LEAGUE
Cadogan, Denzil, Evesham, Hayter, Macklin, Senlac
       
SOUTHERN ALBERTA INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE
Hardieville, Lethbridge Cubs, Magrath, New Dayton, Raymond, Stirling (New Dayton won the pennant)
1935 Alberta Game Reports 
1935 Alberta Photo Gallery  
1935 Wetaskiwin

       
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER CITY LEAGUE

Arnold & Quigley, Athletics, Homes, UDL
       
VANCOUVER TERMINAL LEAGUE 
Asahi, Brunswicks, IOCO, Lowneys, Shore Jewelers 
       
DEWDNEY TRIANGLE LEAGUE
Coquitlam, Haney, Hammond, Ioco, Mission, Moody
       
CHEMAINUS LEAGUE 
Green Lantern, McBride's, Nippons, Webster's
       
SOUTH OKAGAGAN LEAGUE
Kelowna, Oliver, Oroville WA, Peachland, Penticton, Summerland, Vernon
       
CENTRAL OKANAGAN LEAGUE
Kelowna Travellers Cafe, Oyama, Rutland Adanacs, Rutland Maroons, Winfield
       
BC INTERIOR LEAGUE
Kamloops Famous Players, Revelstoke Indians, Salmon Arm
       
1935 Vancouver Game Reports  
1935 BC Interior Game Reports
 
1935 VCR Island Game Reports   
1935 Photo Gallery    
1935 BC Snapshots
1935 IOCO Imperials 
1935 Summerland Hinode Jrs.    
1935 Vancouver Home Gas    
       
MINNESOTA
SOUTHERN MINNY LEAGUE

Austin, Blooming Prairie, Fairbault, New Richland, Owatonna, Waseca
       

 

 

As the Southern League headed into its fifth campaign in 1935, Babe Ruth appeared on the major league stage for the final time as a member of the Boston Braves, the first major league night game was played in Cincinnati, Elvis was a new-born and, emanating from Regina. the cradle of the Southern League, came the infamous "Regina Riot", a knee-jerk reaction, with disastrous implications by authorities toward depression trekkers.

Bryan ForsterExpansion was the name of the game as 1935 saw the Southern League double in size from three to six entrants with Estevan and Arcola, formerly of the Border League, enter the fray as well as Weyburn, an unaffiliated club.

Back to renew rivalries for the campaign were the Moose Jaw All-Stars plus the two Regina forces, the defending league and provincial champion Nationals and the newly-named Windsors (that's infielder Bryan Forster of the Windsors at the above right), taking over the Young Liberals' franchise of a year ago. The expanded loop will operate as a two-division circuit with all the new teams comprising a southerly division while the established clubs encompass the north. Each team has a 36 game schedule of which 12 are inter-divisional. Both groups are to declare champions with the two winners meeting for the overall league crown. 

Satchel PaigeJust south of the border, 1935 marked the championship season of an integrated team from Bismarck, North Dakota.  (This is more than a decade before the Dodger's signed Jackie Robinson).

Featuring Satchel Paige (left) and Double Duty Radcliffe, the club captured the title in the inaugural National Baseball Congress Championship at Wichita.

1935 also brought the North American visit of the Dai Nippon Baseball Club of Japan.

SawamuraStarffinThe team toured the United States and Canada. This was the team which later became the Tokyo Giants of the Japanese Baseball League.

Two of the young pitchers on Dai Nippon, 19-year-old Victor Starffin (left) and 18-year-old Eiji Sawamura, would go on to Hall of Fame careers in Japan.  In the fall of 1934, Sawamura faced a team of touring major league all-stars in Japan and in a relief role, he fanned nine including consecutive strikeouts of Charlie Gehringer, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx.

Ike DavisFormer big-leaguer Ike Davis (left) turned up as playing manager of the Wetaskiwin Braves of the Northern Alberta League. He had piloted the Edmonton Shastas to the Northern Alberta crown in 1934.

The little shortstop, 5-7 and 140 pounds, had his first taste of the major leagues with the Washington Senators in 1919 and had one full season in the majors with the Chicago White Sox in 1925 when he hit .240 with 31 doubles, 9 triples and knocked in 61 runs. 

The 40-year-old Davis moved on to head up the Medicine Hat Royals of the Southern Alberta League the following season, but in spite of success on the field the Royals disbanded and the Southern Alberta semi-pro loop folded. 

It appears the failure of the Lethbridge Bears to field a competitive team was a major reason for the circuit's collapse. Bears made such a weak showing that the Calgary Mustangs and Medicine Hat couldn't attract good crowds with Lethbridge as the opposition.  Davis and his fellow imports headed to clubs in the Northern Alberta league, chiefly in Ponoka and Wetaskiwin.

Davis' Wetaskiwin nine claimed the Alberta Senior Championship after holding a 3-1 game lead in the best-of-seven final series with Ponoka. However, the Alberta Baseball Association upheld a Ponoka protest and awarded the title to the Panthers who then declined to accept the title. Ponoka wanted games to be replayed, but Wetaskiwin refused and the team disbanded. The protest was over Wetaskiwin's use of an ineligible player.


Vancouver's Terminal League saw a marvelous final series featuring three no-hitters and a comeback from a 3-0 game deficit. One of the no-hitters turned out to be a loss.


Bush League?  Yes, there really was a Bush League. The Crossfield (about 50 km north of Calgary) Chronicle of June 6, 1935 carried the schedule for the four team league which including the communities of Dog Pound, Atkins, Water Valley and Cremona. Bottrel was to have been an entry but pulled out just before play was about to begin.

Herman Loblick(July 6)  Righthander Herman Loblick of the Edmonton Shasta Royals, 29-year-old farmer from Spruce Grove (left), tossed a no-hit, no-run game as the Capital City gang whitewashed Wainwright 7 to 0 in an exhibition game played in Edmonton. Only 28 Wainwright  batters faced Loblick in the nine-inning contest.

P. Spornitz (L) and C. Spornitz
Loblick (W) and Robinson

Les Webber(July 9)  Lester Webber (right), a 19 year old Californian pitching for Wetaskiwin, hurled a no-hitter as the “Ike” Davis led squad shutout the replacement Edmonton NABL entry, the Shasta Royals, 4 to 0. Webber faced only 28 batters in his masterpiece. Loser Glen Wilkie pitched admirably as well, giving up just four hits with only two runs being earned.

Webber (W) and R. Anderson
Wilkie (L) and Stout

Below - baseball warm-up for a game in Fort William, Ontario (now part of Thunder Bay) in 1935.

Fort William