1939 Game Reports / Vancouver Island      

1939 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
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1939 Vancouver Island

Chemainus Baseball League

Chemainus Green Lantern Hotel
Chemainus Longshoremen (also referred to as the Stevedores)
Chemainus Nippons
Duncan Texaco Cubs

(May 7)  In a warm-up to the opening of the Chemainus Baseball League next weekend, Chemainus Longshoremen downed the Duncan Cubs 7-3 Sunday afternoon.  Chemainus took advantage of Duncan errors in the fourth to scored all seven markers. 

P.Bruce (L) and W.Hagg
E.Jackson (W), Armstrong, L.Berkey and Somerville

(May 14)  The regular schedule kicked off Sunday with a double-header at the noticeably improved ball park with much of the grass and small shrubs having been removed through the efforts of the players themselves. In the opening game, the Green Lanterns stopped a ninth inning rally by the Longshoremen to post a 9-7 victory.  The Lanterns had plated a pair in the first inning and held the lead throughout. Down by four runs into the bottom of the ninth, Joe Garner belted a double and Gibbons followed with a home run with none out. But that was all the Longshoremen could muster. R.Gore went the distance for the pitching win.

Gore (W) and E.Jackson
Berkey (L) and Sommerville

(May 14)   In the evening contest, Duncan Texaco Cubs blew a 4-0 lead and dropped a 6-5 decision to Nippons as the Japanese squad rallied with six hits and six runs in the sixth inning. H.Okada's bases-loaded double was the highlight of the uprising.

P.Bruce, R.Haines and W.Hagg
H.Okada, I.Taniwa and K.Izumi

(May 16)  Bill Jackson hurled a gem, a six-inning no-hit, no-run game Tuesday as the Longshoremen blanked Nippons 1-0 in the abbreviated contest. I.Taniwa fired a three-hitter for the losers. Jackson fanned nine.

I.Taniwa (L) and K.Izumi
Bill Jackson (W) and Somerville

(May 18)   W.Clarke tossed a shutout Thursday as Duncan topped the Green Lanterns 4-0.  Lefty Jackson took the loss.

W.Clarke (W) and W.Hagg
Lefty Jackson (L) and E.Jackson

(May 20)  A bolstered Green Lantern squad split an exhibition double-header Saturday with the All-Stars in Victoria. The home team took the first game 7-6 while Chemainus captured the second, 4-3.  Victoria got the winner in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two out, Kinnear banged out a single to plate the deciding counter. Lorne Murray, who relieved in the second inning allowed just three hits the rest of the way to register the pitching win.

In the second contest, Lloyd Cann of Victoria held Chemainus scoreless for six innings before Jimmy Nimmo slugged a homer to start the Chemainus comeback. They added three in the eighth to ring up the 4-3 triumph behind the four-hit pitching of Eric Smythe.

McGladrey, Babe Work (L) (3) and xxx
S.Walker, L.Murray (W) (2) and xxx

E.Smythe and xxx
Cann (L) and xxx

(May 21)   Duncan Cubs escaped with a 2-1 victory over Chemainus Longshoremen behind the strong hurling of Roy Haines, who also scored the first run for the winners. Preston Bruce drove in Haines in the opening frame with a clout through short and scored the deciding run on Jimmy Nimmo's single to left field. Centre fielder Gil Bruce saved the day for the Cubs with a brilliant catch near the fence for the final out in the ninth with the bases loaded.

Berkey (L) and xxx
Haines (W) and xxx

(May 23)  Helped by Gore's five-hit pitching, Green Lanterns erased a 4-0 deficit to trim Nippons 10-4 Tuesday. Down 4-0, Lanterns erupted for five runs in the sixth frame on five hits and four Nippon errors to take the lead for good.

Gore (W) and Jackson
H.Okada (L) and K.Izumi

(May 24)   Mikados of the Japanese Baseball League in Vancouver crushed the Hillcrest Aces 13-0 at Athletic Park Wednesday. 

Naka, Endo, Yasui and Goromaru
D.Inouye, S.Yoshino and J.Inouye

(May 25)  Shortstop Pete Hawryluk crushed a three-run homer in the third inning to pace Longshoremen to a 4-2 win over the Duncan Cubs. Bill Jackson twirled a gem, a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Twice he fanned the side.

Bill Jackson (W) and Sommerville
E.Smythe (L) and W.Hagg

(May 26)   Zulu Giants, the coloured baseball comedians from the United States, defeated an all-star squad from Chemainus 12-6 Friday at Chemainus. It wasn't an easy win for the visitors as the locals twice had the bases loaded  and Knucredi, the Giants' hurler, had his hands full in stopping them. 

The Zulus were not exactly sensational, but they completed two double plays that made the fans sit up. They showed much skill in the infield, and their pepper play created many laughs ... Jon, gigantic second-sacker for the Giants hit a home run. As a reward he was given a cigar by Umpire George Carroll, who usually has a good supply. Rousto, not to be outdone, tried hard to earn a cigar. He got a hit all right, but through some geographical error he ran the wrong way and his run did not count.  (Cowichan Leader)

Knucredi (W) and Lulu
Bruce, W.Jackson and E.Jackson

(May 30)   Scoring a pair in the ninth inning, the Longshoremen downed the Duncan Cubs 7-5 Tuesday at Athletic Park.

(June 1)   W.Clarke allowed just two hits Thursday when the Duncan Cubs defeated Chemainus Nippons 6-1.

W.Clarke (W) and W.Hagg
H.Okada, I.Taniwa and K.Izumi

(June 6)  Stocky shortstop Pete Hawryluk belted a pair of two-run homers to lead Longshoremen to a 5-3 triumph over the Green Lanterns. 

J.Naylor, Gore and T.Naylor
W.Jackson (W) and Sommerville

(June 11)  Victoria All-Stars gained a split in an exhibition twin-bill at Chemainus Sunday. Longshoremen took the first game 9-8 in 10 innings while the visitors captured the second game 8-1 over the Green Lanterns as Lloyd Cann fired a no-hitter.  In the tenth inning of the opener, Tom Garner lined a double with two out and Dan Wyllie followed with a single to plate the winning run.

Harding, Maitland (3) and Bridgewood
Armstrong, Jackson and Sommerville

Cann fanned nine in hurling the no-hitter. His infield made the rest of the outs as the outfield was not called upon for a single play. The locals garnered their only run in the seventh inning as Cushing reached on a fielder's choice, stole two bags and scored on an infield out.

Cann (W) and Condon
L.Jackson (L) and E.Jackson

(June 11)  Green Lanterns used a big eighth inning to dump Duncan Cubs 6-1 Sunday afternoon.  After six scoreless frames, Duncan took the lead with a run in the seventh inning. But the Lanterns ran wild in the eighth, scoring six times, for the victory. Jack Naylor was the winning hurler.

J.Naylor (W) and E.Jackson
P.Bruce (L) and W.Hagg

(June 13)   The Green Lanterns capitalized on six errors by the Nippons in the first inning to score five times in a 12-4 victory Tuesday. 

H.Okada (L), M.Izumi and K.Izumi
Gore (W) and Jackson

(June 16)  A six-run outburst in the eighth inning assured the Green Lanterns of a big victory, 10-2, over the Duncan Cubs Thursday.  Jack Naylor held the Cubs to eight hits and whiffed ten in tossing the complete game victory.

Clarke (L) and Inouye
J.Naylor (W) and T.Naylor

(June 30)  The African Zulu Giants, Negro professionals from Detroit, defeated the Cubs 14-9 in an exhibition match at Athletic Park in Duncan Thursday. The visitors took an early lead when they knocked the ball to all parts of the outfield for five runs in the first inning.  One of the blasts went right over the outfield fence, the first time it has been done.  After adding four runs in the second stanza, the Giants let up to allow the home squad to show some offense. Pollock smacked a homer for Duncan.

Knucredi (W) and Rousto
Smythe, McGladrey and J.Inouye

(July 1)   The Angelus Hotel squad from Vancouver took a close game from the Chemainus All-Stars Sunday 11-10. Norm Trasolini, the Vancouver catcher, entertained the crowd with his antics. He started out behind the plate for the visitors and when he became too hot he peeled off his uniform to reveal several pairs of pyjamas. After the pyjama set he quit the game and took over the microphone in the scorer's booth and gave a graphic description of the game along with his own comments.  A number of notables of the sports world were present with Tiny and Paul Thompson, the famous big-league hockey stars, in the Vancouver lineup. 

Condon (W) and Trasolini, Morrow
Berkey, Naylor and Sommerville

(July 7)   An all-star nine from Chemainus met an all-star unit at Victoria Saturday and dropped both games, 15-6 and 4-2. In the opener, the home squad rang up ten runs in the first two innings to put the game away early. Maitland went the distance for the winners despite yielding 12 hits.  Victoria, which took advantage of sloppy work in the field by Chemainus, managed just seven hits.

Smythe (L), H.Jackson and W.Hagg
Maitland (W) and Bridgewood

Lloyd Cann hurled Victoria to the 4-2 win in the second game.

"Lefty" Jackson (L) and Zyp Jackson
Cann (W) and Condon

(July 8)  Chemainus Nippons upset the Duncan Cubs 12-4 Sunday.  Cubs were in the game for three frames when the teams were tied 4-4 but the Nippons scored three in the fourth and coasted to the win. The contest featured three triples, by Yoshida and Y.Higashi of the winners and Preston "Sonny" Bruce of the Cubs.

I.Taniwa (W) and K.Izumi
P.Bruce (L) and W.Hagg

(July 8)  The two leading teams in the Chemainus League staged their second 10-inning thriller in two weeks on Sunday when the Longshoremen turned the tables on the Green Lanterns to take the 6-5 victory. W.Jackson picked up the win in a well-pitched game.

Naylor (L) and Cushing
W.Jackson (W) and Sommerville

(July 11)  In one of the best games of the season, Green Lanterns shaded Duncan Cubs 4-3 in ten innings at Chemainus.

(July 20)   Preston Bruce unfurled a six-hit shutout as Duncan Cubs edged the Longshoremen 2-0. Bill Jackson allowed just four hits and fanned 12 in taking the loss. A fluke play saved the Cubs in the sixth inning. Longshoremen had the bases loaded with two out and Pete Hawryluk, the league's home run king, banged a sizzler down to Smythe at shortstop. In his attempt to field the ball, Smythe accidentally knocked the ball to his left where it went right to Pollock at second base to make the force play to end the inning.

P.Bruce (W) and W.Hagg
W.Jackson (L) and Sommerville

(July 22)  In a seven-inning tussle Thursday, the Green Lanterns downed the Nippons 6 to 4. McCladrey pitched into the seventh inning for the win.

M.Izumi (L) and K.Izumi
McGladrey (W), J.Naylor (7) and Cushing

(July 25)  Duncan Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning to upend the Green Lanterns 8 to 7. Lanterns had taken the lead with a pair in the top of the 12th but an error allowed two runs to score for the Cubs in the last of the inning to tie and Duncan batted in the winning marker with just one out.

Gore, Naylor (L) and Cushing
P.Bruce, Smythe (W) and W.Hagg

(July 25)  In the first game of a double-header at Chemainus, the Longshoremen whipped the Nippons 9 to 1. Haley Jackson tossed a five-hitter for the pitching win. The Stevedores rapped 12 hits off a pair of Nippon hurlers with Pete Hawryluk cracking a home run and two singles.

H.Jackson (W) and Z.Jackson
I.Taniwa (L), M.Izumi and K.Izumi

(July 25)  The Longshoremen took their second game of the day downing the Duncan Cubs 5 to 4.

Clarke (L) and W.Hagg
Berkey (W) and Sommerville

(August 3)   In the final game of the regular schedule, the Green Lanterns moved into a tie for first place with the Longshoremen, each with 14 wins, downing the Stevedores 11-4. An eight-run first inning put the game on ice early. The game was called after five innings.

W.Jackson, Berkey, Hawryluk and Sommerville
J.Naylor (W) and T.Naylor

(August 6)  The Longshoremen clobbered the Green Lanterns 13-1 in a sudden-death playoff for first place Sunday, to come out on top of the Chemainus Baseball League and win a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Longshoremen went on a hitting spree pounding out 17 hits, including home runs by Pete Hawryluk and Joe Horton. Horton, who had four hits, also smacked a double.

J.Naylor, Work and T.Naylor
Berkey (W) and Z.Jackson

(August 8)  In the opening game of the semi-final playoffs, Green Lanterns topped Duncan Cubs 5-2. Lefty Jackson went the distance for the pitching win compiling nine strikeouts.

P.Bruce (L) and W.Hagg
Lefty Jackson (W) and T.Naylor

(August 10)   The barnstorming Coloured House of David trounced the Chemainus All-Stars 8-0 as Mays held the locals to four hits. McDaniel pounded a two-run homer for the visitors. Buster McNeill took the loss.

Mays (W) and Hamilton
McNeil (L), Naylor and Jackson

(August 11)  Duncan Cubs, strengthened by recruits from other Chemainus League squads, upset the touring Coloured House of David 9-6 Friday evening at Athletic Park.  The game was called after six innings on account of darkness.  The visitors opened with three runs in the first inning. Bury crossed the plate on a passed ball and an error at second base allowed McDaniel and Chislum to get home. Duncan got two back in the bottom of the first as Nimmo knocked in Okada and then scored himself as Garner went to first. Cubs went ahead in the second as Berkey walked and scored on Jackson's hit. Charlie Stroulger lined one to centre field to plate Jackson and Cubs had the lead for good.

Charter (L), Bury (4) and Hamilton
Berkey (W), P.Bruce (5) and Jackson

(August 13)  Chemainus Green Lanterns won a berth in the league final series by downing Duncan Cubs 9-8 in a hit fest Sunday to take the best-of-three semi-final series in two straight games. Lanterns pounded out 14 hits while the losing Cubs had 16. Gus Crucil, the Lanterns' shortstop, had a perfect day at the plate with four hits in four times at bat. Work collected four hits in five trips. Clarke and Gil Bruce each had four safeties for the Cubs.

Gore, J.Naylor, Jackson and T.Naylor
P.Bruce, Smythe and W.Hagg

(August 18)   In a six-inning contest, cut short by darkness, Duncan Cubs with reinforcements from other Chemainus League teams, notched another win from a touring squad Friday when they beat the Broadway Clowns 7-4. The game was scoreless through three innings when the visitors plated a pair on two errors, one by right-fielder Work. While Work was still bemoaning his error, a spectator in the stands made a barehanded catch of a high foul. "Put him in right field," said Work.  However the outfielder got a chance to redeem himself in Duncan's half of the inning. With the bases loaded, his own drive to right field was fumbled and he galloped around to third while Nimmo, Hawryluk and Cushing crossed the plate. Later, Work slid home with a fourth run. The coloured squad got a pair in the fifth to even the score as Preston "Sonny" Bruce replaced himself with Buster McNeil as pitcher.  In the sixth the Cubs took the lead again with three runs.

Ewing, Duglas and McVay
P.Bruce, McNeil, Okada and J.Inouye

(August 20)  Longshoremen swamped Green Lanterns 13-7 Sunday at Chemainus in the first game of the Chemainus League final.  The winners rapped 17 hits off three Lanterns hurlers. The two Jacksons playing for the Longshoremen, Haley and Zyp, both hit home runs as did Tommy Naylor the Green Lantern catcher who smacked his first homer of the season, one of the hardest-hit balls seen at Chemainus this year.

J.Naylor, Work and T.Naylor
Berkey and Z.Jackson

(There were no further news reports on the final series in the local paper.)

(September 4)  Behind the pitching of Lloyd Leeming, making his pitching debut, and Bill Reilly, Duncan Cubs crushed the Mayo nine 10-1 at the Athletic Field on Sunday.  Cubs were without their usual lineup, relying, for the most part, on rookie players.  Leeming, allowed just one hit and fanned 13 in seven innings of work. Reilly, who pitched the last four innings of an 11-inning exhibition game in his only previous mound work this season, yielded just one hit.

xxx and xxx
Leeming (W), Reilly (8) and J. Inouye


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