(May 24) A two-run homer by catcher Harvey Blaney in the sixth inning broke up the final game of a four-team pre-season tournament final held in Moose Jaw and allowed the team from Medicine Hat to defeat the Neilburg All-Stars 3 to 0 and capture first prize money. Two Southern League teams, the Moose Jaw All-Stars and the Regina Windsors were eliminated in the early games.
(June 3) Rutland Rally Day Tournament
Travellers Cafe scored in the 7th and final inning to break a 3-3 tie and down Winfield 4-3 to win the Rutland Rally Day Tournament and the Lloyd-Jones Cup. Travellers had won a bye to the final while Winfield defeated Rutland Adanacs 11-8.
In the final, Gilliam, the veteran Kelowna hurler drove in the winning marker to win his own game. The 59-year-old twirler held his own allowing just seven hits, all singles, and fanning five.
Gilliam (W) and V.Leier
Valouch, Williamson (L) (4) and Moody
Rutland blew a 5-0 lead in the first game as Winfield roared back with six runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth en route to an 11-8 victory.
H. Alexander (L), Bach (4) and J.Holitzki
Valouch (W), Williamson (5) and Moody
(June 3) Summerland Tournament
Bill Benway, who knocked in the winner in the preliminary contest, singled in the eighth inning to score Sandy Dagg with the deciding run as Penticton downed Peachland 4-2 in the final of the Summerland Tournament. They added an insurance run on Graham Kincaid's one-bagger. Benway had scored in the first inning when he tripled and came home on Kincaid's single. Dick Hammond fired a four-hitter for the win. Peachland catcher Verne Cousins had three of the safeties.
Clements (L) and V.Cousins
Hammond (W) and Watkins
Penticton broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the ninth inning to down Oliver 7-4 in the tournament's opening game. After Bob Phinney reached with a single, Bill Benway cracked a two-bagger to bring him home with the winner. Alymer Cousins added a two-run triple for some insurance. Penticton had come from behind to tie the count in the seventh inning and, again, it was Benway who sparked the effort. The second sacker walked, was sacrificed to second, stole third and counted the run on a throwing error. Dick Hammond picked up the win in relief of starter Norm Parkins.
Parkins, Hammond (W) (7) and Watkins
Mallory (L) and McNeill
Peachland topped Summerland 4-2 to advanced to the tournament final. Verne Cousins belted a homer and Ted Clements hurled a five-hitter for the winners. Summerland took the lead with two in the third inning but Peachland rallied with two in the fourth and another pair in the sixth for the victory.
Lloyd Gould, K.Swegle (L) (5) and Spencer
Clements (W) and V.Cousins
(June 3) Playing their first game of the season in Canada, the touring House of David team defeated the Estevan Elks of the Southern League by a score of 11 to 3. The bearded boys turned in an impressive errorless performance. Elmer "Peanuts" Dean, older brother of the Deans Jerome "Dizzy" and Paul "Daffy" of the St. Louis Cardinals did not turn up as expected, missing the team bus en route.
(June 5) In as snappy an exhibition as the cold and wet conditions would permit, the House of David blanked the powerhouse Bismarck Churchills 2 to 0 in a seven-inning tussle at Regina's Park de Young. Catcher Dewey "Shorty" Hill gave the unshaven crew a 1 to 0 lead in the fifth on a solo home run off loser Joe Desiderato. His mates followed with three more hits which drove in another. "Lefty" Eckert earned the shutout win with a three-hitter. Fan favorite "Satchel" Paige hurled only one inning for Bismarck, the seventh, as team management wanted to keep him on the bench because of the weather.
(June 6) An exhibition classic was the 1935 match up in Winnipeg when Negro League legends Satchel Paige (left) and Chet Brewer (right) hooked up in a much anticipated contest.
"Two of the greatest colored pitchers in the game staged a baseball battle for the book last night as Satchel Paige and Bismarck went nine innings to a scoreless tie with Chet Brewer and the Kansas City Monarchs in the first game of an exhibition series at renovated Osborne Stadium. Between them the starry right-handers hung up the amazing total of 30 strikeouts before Umpire Snake Siddle called a halt as twilight descended at the end of the ninth inning. Paige, displaying more smoke than Winnipeg fans have seen since Lefty Grove pitched here in the fall of 1933, took 17 victims, while the other 13 fell before Brewer's combination of speed and curves." (Winnipeg Evening Tribune, June 7, 1935)
(June 15) The Dai-Nippon Tokyo Giants, a team of Japanese high school a university players, took both ends of a twin-bill from the Winnipeg All-Stars Saturday, 15-0 and 4-3.
"There is no getting away from it, the Dai-Nippon Tokyo Giants were far too polished an aggregation for the best that Winnipeg could send against them. Brilliant fielders and rather powerful hitters for their size, the Japanese carry all the requisites of a high-class team. It is a certainty that a better fielding club has not been seen in Winnipeg in a long while." (Winnipeg Free Press, June 17, 1935)
Victor Starffin held the All-Stars to four hits in the afternoon contest while the Japanese pounded Athol Foster and Nellie Avery for a total of 12 hits, three of them homers. Shortstop Hisanori Karita clouted a pair of four-baggers and first baseman Fujio Nagasawa had the other. The visitors were aided by twelve bases-on-balls.
Starffin and Nakayama
Foster, Avery and Campbell
In the second game, Toshihide Hatafuku had a one-hit shutout and a 4-0 lead for seven innings before weakening in the final stages to allow four more hits and three runs as Winnipeg came within an ace of winning the game. Sammy McCallum pitched well for Winnipeg allowing just seven hits, including a homer by Fujio Nagasawa his second of the day.
Hatafuku and Nakayama, Kura
McCallum and Henry
(June 16) A crowd of about 4,000 saw the Japanese scored a thrilling 9-5, 10-inning win over St. Boniface Native Sons Sunday. The home club put up a great fight until centre fielder Jimmy Horio slammed a home run with the bases loaded in the extra inning. Toshihide Hatafuku and Victor Starffin, who each pitched complete game victories Saturday, shared the hurling duties giving up ten hits.
Hatafuku, Starffin and Nakayama
Knight and Levesque
(June 17) The travelling Minneapolis All-Stars nosed out the Weyburn Beavers 3 to 2 in an entertaining exhibition encounter. The Beavers' Andy Young tossed a one-hitter but was charged with the loss as his teammates committed seven miscues.
(June 17) Regina baseball fans were treated to a fine display of baseball as the touring Tokyo Giants had no trouble in licking the Regina Nationals 11 to 3 on a soggy Park de Young diamond. Afield, the Japanese nine were especially impressive. Their pickups and pegs were perfect despite the bumpy and muddy diamond. Giants, who were out-hit 13 to 12, ran up a 9-0 lead after three innings and cruised to the easy triumph. The visitors were helped by nine walks from the two Regina hurlers, a wild pitch, three passed balls and three errors. Third baseman Shigeru Mizuhara led the winners with three hits while right fielder Kumeyasu Yajima scored four times. Kenichi Aoshiba went the distance for the win fanning ten with no walks. Second sacker Art Sihvon had three hits for Regina.
Aoshiba (W) and Nakayama
Bates (L), Parkes (4) and Kokran
(June 18) The Dai-Nippon Tokyo Giants added two more wins to their impressive total taking both games of a double-header 5-4 and 14-0 over the Sasktoon All-Stars at Cains Field at Saskatoon. The visitors were extended in the afternoon game taking 10 innings to down Ace Corbin and the All-Stars. Corbin faced highly-touted teenager Victor Starffin, the Russian-born Japanese, who failed to lived up to advanced notice and gave way to Toshihide Hatafuku at the start of the seventh inning. The locals out-hit the Giants 11-10 with shortstop Johancsik with three singles. Tokyo shortstop Hisanori Karita led the visitors with a triple and two singles. Second baseman Takeo Tabe also punched out three safeties.
Starffin, Hatafuku (W) (7) and Uchibori
Corbin (L) and D.McLeod
18-year-old Eiji "Ace" Sawamura lived up to his reputation in the evening game firing a two-hit shutout as the Giants whipped Saskatoon 14-0. Sawamura was outstanding setting down 17 by strikeouts while handing out just one base on balls while his teammates pounded out 13 hits against three Saskatoon hurlers and ran wild on the base paths stealing ten bases. Tabe, Jimmy Horio, Shigeru Mizuhara, and Ellichiro Yamamoto each had two hits and scored two runs for the winners. Tabe had three steals and Horio and Mizuhara each pilfered a pair.
Sawamura (W) and Uchibori
Newbold (L), Klinck (5), Vallee (8) and D.McLeod
(July 1) In spite of rainy weather, Penticton fans were treated to two of the snappiest ball games in many moons during the Gyro Club's July 1st celebration as Vancouver's Asahis came to town for a double-header. The teams split the series, Penticton took the first game 5-3 and the Asahis the second, 4-0. The host club scored all five of its runs in the opener in the third inning, on three hits, including a double by Archie Prentiss and a three-bagger by Chuck Blacklock, two fielder's choices, an error and a sac fly. Asahis got one back in the fourth when Herbie Tanaka, who scored all three Vancouver runs, singled, advanced on a sacrifice and passed ball and scored on a dropped throw at third. In the sixth, he singled, went to third on Reggie Yasui's hit and slipped home when Yasui deliberately got into a hot box between first and second. He was hit by a pitch in the 8th, stole second and scored when a drive got through the Penticton first sacker. Both pitchers allowed just four hits, Dick Hammond for Penticton and Suga for the Asahis.
Suga (L) and Yasui
Hammond (W) and Watkins
The Asahis ran wild in the second game with seven steals as Nag Nishihara fired a three-hitter to blank the Okanagan crew, 4-0. All the scoring came in the second inning. Playing manager Reggie Yasui started the rally with a single and a steal of second and came home as A.Masuda reached on an error. Mike Maruno and Abie Korenaga each singled and stole second as Masuda plated the second run. Nishihara laid down a bunt to squeeze in Maruno and Roy Yamamura singled to score the fourth marker. Whereas Alymer Cousins drew great applause for hauling in six chances in left field in the first game, Korenaga, in centre field for the Asahis, gained equal enthusiasm for his five difficult catches in the second game.
Urquhart (L) and Watkins
Nishihara (W) and Yasui
(July 1) Trail Dominion Day Tournament
Trail blew a 4-run first inning lead in the final of the Trail Dominion Day Tournament as Rosalia, Washington, rallied for a 7-6, 10-inning, victory on a cool and wet Monday in Trail. Rosalia reached the final by downing Tadanac 6-4 and Trail shaded Coeur d'Alene 2-1. Rosalia first baseman Neil McKain and pitcher George Snyder, major factors in bringing Trail the Canadian-Washington championship four years ago, were largely responsible for the Americans' triumph.
In the final, Tommy Jenkins three-run triple highlighted Trail's big first inning, but Rosalia rebounded with runs in the second and third to go ahead 5-4. Trail quickly replied with a pair in the fourth on Hugh Horswill's two-bagger to regain the lead, 6-5 only to have the visitors pull into a tie in the fifth as Day tripled and scored on a fielder's choice. A.Rowe scored the winner in the 8th as the throw home was off the mark. Rosalia out-hit Trail 13 to 6 with Day and Carter each with three. George Snyder picked up his second win of the day in relief of Carter.
Carter, Snyder (10) and Holstein
Riddell, Demore (3) and Jenkins
Rosalia also fell behind in their opening game to Tadanac before rallying to win 6-4. Charlie Loree's two-run homer and a run-scoring triple by Johnny Cameron in the fifth gave the Canadians a 4-2 lead. But Rosalia stormed back in the sixth to plated four runs, three on Green's bases-loaded double, to take the lead for good. George Snyder, who came in for Whitlock, was credited with the win. Neil McKain and Holstein each had two hits for the winners. Cameron had three for Tadanac.
Loree (L) and Purmal
Whitlock (W), Snyder (7) and Holstein
The second game featured an outstanding pitching duel between left-handers Cliff Bogstie of Trail and Glenn Naslund for Coeur d'Alene as Trail prevailed 2-1. Bogstie fired a six-hitter and fanned ten in the seven-inning contest while Naslund allowed just four hits and had eight strikeouts. The pitchers were also the top hitters. Bogstie won his own game with a homer in the first inning then knocked in the winning run with a single. Naslund was best for the losers with two hits. Coeur d'Alene had a golden opportunity in the fifth as Gillett slammed a double and Roche and Evans loaded the sacks with one-baggers. With just one out and sluggers Glenn and Hugo Naslund coming up, Bogstie got a strikeout and a liner to Jimmy Morris to end the threat.
G.Naslund and N.Naslund
Bogstie (W) and Jenkins
(July 1) A snappy ball club from Devil's Lake, North Dakota, touted to be a Cleveland Indians' farm club, drubbed the Regina Windsors twice, 16 to 3 and 13 to 7, at Floodlight Park. The talented visitors, one of the few teams to own a victory over the powerful Bismarck Churchills, were a young and huskily-built group for the most part with only two players over 21 years of age.
(July 2) In a much closer game than the two previous ones, the Devil's Lake baseballers defeated the Regina Windsors 6 to 3 at Park de Young to sweep the exhibition series.
(July 9) Langenberg Tournament
Bismarck, North Dakota, and Virden, Manitoba, shared top money at the Langenberg Tournament as the teams fought to a 2-2 tie in the final of the ten team event. Satchel Paige worked the last three innings for Bismarck.
" ... folks we saw some ball as it can be played, and some pitching! After Paige got on the job many a batter heard the sock of the ball in the catcher's mitt before his bat had left his shoulder. Some speed!" (Yorkton Enterprise, July, 1935)
[Paige's Bismarck team would head off to the National Baseball Congress Tournament at Wichita, Kansas, and capture the inaugural event as Paige was the tourney's MVP with a 4-0 record and 60 strikeouts.]
Virden defeated McConnell, Manitoba, and Broadview, Saskatchewan, to reach the final. Bismarck downed Northgate, North Dakota, and Tamarisk, Manitoba. The other teams in the tournament were Benson and Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and Benito and Robin, Manitoba.
(July 10) The Regina Windsors of the Southern League romped off with first place money at the Melville sports day baseball tournament.
(July 22-27) Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament
(July 22) Lanigan scored two runs on errors in the 8th inning to shade Kenaston 3-1 in the opener of the Exhibition Tournament. Walter Gunther reached on Smale's error and scored on a double by Farrish who advanced to third on the throw-in and scored when the catcher's peg to third was wide of the mark. Farrish and Dick Overton each had two hits for Lanigan.
M.Duffy, Lefty Gunther (7), Duffy (8), W.Gunther (9) and J.Duffy
C.Ebert (L) and Palmer
(July 23) Arlo Harris of Landis held Cudworth to six hits and fanned 16 in a 5-1 victory. Bent of Landis and Hirsch of Cudworth were the only batters to register more than one hit.
Harris (W) and Rogers
Fidler (L) and Goslin
Stalwart blew a 5-0 lead but rebounded with six runs in the final inning to dump Aberdeen 13-7. Aberdeen had scored in the top of the 8th to knot the count at 7-7 but Stalwart rallied with two out in the bottom of the inning for the win. Trapp held Aberdeen to seven hits and struck out 11 in posting the mound win. Trapp and centre fielder Evenson each had two hits. The game was called after eight innings because of darkness.
Neubolt (L) and D.MacKay
Trapp (W) and Tannahill
(July 24) A three-run third inning proved to be enough for a victory as Bruno downed Outlook 4-1. Hassen pitched into the 9th for the win besting Sibbald for Outlook.
Hassen (W), Tegenkamp (9) and Lummerding
Sibbald (L) and T.Derdall
In the evening game, Sonningdale, down 8-1 after six innings in the seven-inning contest, exploded for eight runs in the first half of the final frame to take a 9-8 lead. But Watson got a run in the bottom of the inning to knot the count at 9-9. The game will be replayed in an afternoon game Thursday. Sonningdale got seven hits, a walk, a fielder's choice and a hit batsman to chase eight runners across the plate.
Haldemacher, Snell (3) and Grimsdale
Inkster, Graham (5) and Tyler
(July 25) Shortstop Pete Prediger swatted a homer, double and single to lead a 13-hit Neilburg attack in a 10-1 trouncing of Muenster. Al Flohr allowed just one hit in hurling four innings for the winners. Ell finished allowing four hits in his five innings of relief.
Flohr (W), Ell (5) and Bessie
T.Fernholz (L), Karr (5) and H.Fernholz
In a seven inning replay of Wednesday's tie, Watson pounded out 24 hits and crushed Sonningdale 25-8. Catcher Tyler rapped a pair of homers and two singles for the winners. Smart, Ketchin, Gormican and Inkster each had three hits. Kowelenko, who gave up ten hits, two walks and 12 runs in just 1 1/3 innings of relief pitching, led the Sonningdale hitters with a homer and single.
Corrigan, Haldemacher (3), Snell (5), Kowelenko (5) and
Graham, Inkster (5) and Tyler
Lanigan scored seven runs in the seventh and final inning in a come-from-behind 13-7 win over Landis. Al Gunther and Maurice Duffy belted triples for Lanigan while Edwards clouted a homer for Landis. Henderson would have had a homer for the losers but neglected to touch first base on his way around the diamond.
M.Duffy, W.Gunther (4), Lefty Gunther (W) (6) and J.Duffy
Douglas, Harris (L) (6) and Rogers
(July 26) Bruno advanced to the semi-final round of the Exhibition Tournament downing Stalwart 6-3. Third baseman A. Schwinghammer had two hits and scored twice for the winners. Lummerding and Tegenkamp combined to hold Stalwart to five hits.
Evenson (L) and Tannahill
Lummerding (W), Tegenkamp (7) and Hofbauer
Al Flohr shutout Watson on four hits as Neilburg scored four runs in the first inning and went on to down Watson 5-0. Lefty Skarban surrendered just five hits in taking the loss.
Skarban (L) and Tyler, Rea (1)
Flohr (W) and Prediger
(July 27) Neilburg sailed into the final of the Exhibition Tournament with a 15-4 win over Bruno in the semi-final. Walter Ellis knocked out four hits, including a pair of triples, to lead a 16-hit attack. Tom Besse added three hits and Pete Prediger had a four-bagger. Fred Hassen provided a bright spot for the losers with a homer. Al Flohr scattered eight hits in going the distance, his second complete game win in two days.
Flohr (W) and Besse
Tegenkamp (L), F.Hassen (8) and Hofbauer
Neilburg won the Exhibition Tournament for the second straight year and the third overall with a 7-6 victory over Lanigan in the final. The winning run came in the top of the 9th as Pete Prediger reached on an error and Wright clouted a long triple to right centre to plate the deciding marker. Lanigan missed a golden opportunity in the 8th when Weber singled but was caught trying to stretch the hit into a double. Maurice Duffy followed with a triple but was cut down at the plate trying to score on an infield grounder. Al Flohr picked up the win, his fourth in the tourney, with 3 1/3 innings of two-hit ball. Over the last three days of the tournament, Flohr pitched in four games, two complete game victories, a 4-inning starting effort and the superb relief performance in the final.
Derkins, Ell (3), Flohr (W) (6) and Besse
Lefty Gunther, M.Duffy (6), W.Gunther (L) (7) and J.Duffy
(August 5-8) Prince Albert Tournament
(August 5) At the Prince Albert Tournament, four teams advanced with opening day victories.
Albertville 3 Steep Creek 6
Belair and Sanderson
T.Dahl and C.Dahl
Cecil 2 Lumberjacks 7
Young and Gwen
Jackson and Hill
Davis 12 Stanleyville 1
Young and Brown
Brown and Spencer
Weldon 8 Legion 3
Folster and Hollier
Mosher and Knipfel
(August 6) Four more teams worked their way into the quarter finals of the Prince Albert Exhibition Tournament. Of the 16 teams which started the hunt for the Diefenbaker Trophy, eight now remain.
Northside 11 Colleston 3
G.Morash and M.Morash
Jarvis, H.Deets and McLeod,C.Deets
Hagen 0 Brooksby 5
Les Cook, Paul and Hagen
Trevitchick and Montgomery
Volunteers 2 Smeaton 1
Dach, Kowalsky and Dormer
Campbell and Miller
Birch Hills 6 Parkside 4
Hudson and Stout
Clunnie and Galbarsen
(August 7) Crooked River's Crawford Edwards provided the highlight of the day firing a no-hitter as the Lumberjacks crushed Steep Creek 9-0.
Steep Creek 0 Lumberjacks 9
T.Dahl and C.Dahl
Edwards and Hill
Weldon 5 Davis 4
Harper, Folster and Hollier
Young and J.Brown
PAV's 1 Birch Hills 9
Coombes and Dormier
Adams and Stout
Brooksby 0 Northside 3
Lundquist and Montgomery
Rafuse and Morash
(August 8) Crooked River captured the Prince Albert Exhibition Tournament for the third straight year downing Northside 4-1 in the final to take home the Diefenbaker Trophy. Crawford Edwards, who tossed a no-hitter the previous day, was back on the hill for the Lumberjacks and held Northside to six hits while his teammates rapped ten, three by first sacker Vasey and a pair by centre fielder Steele.
Edwards (W), C.Delage and Hill
C.Morash (L) and W.Morach
Earlier, the Lumberjacks crushed Weldon 11-0, in a game called after just three innings, and Northside beat Birch Hills 7-3. Shorty Jackson, the winning pitcher for Crooked River, bashed a triple and single and scored twice in the shortened affair.
Jackson (W) and Hill
Harper, Dickason, J.Folster, and Hollier, Jackson
Northside, down 3-1 in the fifth, rallied for five runs to go on to the 7-3 victory in the semi-final. Boden and M.Morash each had two hits.
Yoos (L) and Stout
Rafuse (W) and M.Morash
(August 6) The House of David baseballers took an exhibition 5 to 4 decision from the Kansas City Monarchs at Regina's Floodlight Park. An unfortunate incident marred the contest when Grover Cleveland Alexander, not in the line-up, started an altercation between innings at home plate with Monarchs' catcher Tom Young. It took some time before things were straightened out but old "Pete" took the worst of it.
(August 7) The Kansas City Monarchs gained revenge for yesterday's loss to the House of David as they tripped up the Bearded Boys twice, 7 to 2 in an afternoon tilt behind Chet Brewer and 3 to 2 in the late event with "Lefty" Beverly recording the win.
(August 20) The Weyburn Beavers took a 10 to 0 trimming from the touring Acme Giants in an exhibition encounter in the Soo Line city. The coloured team from Shreveport, Louisiana battered Weyburn's Andy Young for eleven hits while all the Beavers could muster up were three scattered singles.
(September 2) Penticton Knights of Pythias Tournament
With outstanding pitching, Penticton captured the Penticton Knights of Pythias Tournament Monday defeating Omak 3-1 in the final. Dick Hammond tossed a four-hitter after Norm Parkins allowed just one hit as Penticton blanked the Cousin brothers 6-0 in their first game.
In the final, Penticton took the lead in the first inning when Bill Benway smacked a triple with Bob Phinney aboard. In the second frame after two walks, hits by Phinney and George Broderick brought both runners home. Omak's lone tally came in the fifth when Staton reached an an error and scored on Russell's single. In addition to his superb hurling, Hammond had one of Penticton's five hits and participated in three double plays. One came in the first inning when Omak loaded the bases.
Russell (L), Johnston (3) and Nelson
Hammond (W) and Watkins
Verne Cousins two-bagger down the left field line was the only hit Parkins allowed as Penticton shutout the Cousins, the family squad featuring the nine brothers. The winners had eight hits, two each by Bob Phinney and George Broderick.
Parkins (W) and Watkins
Dan Cousins (L) and Verne Cousins
Omak took advantage of sloppy defense by Summerland, which made six errors, to post a 2-1 victory to make the tournament final. Hampson allowed but four hits for the winners besting Les Gould who fanned 11 in pitching a five-hitter with five walks.
Hampson (W) and Nelson
Gould (L) and Spencer