Saskatchewan Game Reports, 1939     

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

With Moose Jaw back in the fold, under the banner of the Canucks, and a new entry from Liberty, the Eagles, the Southern League remained a four-team loop for 1939. The Weyburn Beavers, dissatisfied with the abrupt ending of things last season, decided to join the Border League. Broadview hedged for some time before making a decision to withdraw and throw its support behind a top-notch junior club. The team from the Queen City, having acquired a new sponsor, the Army & Navy department store, assumed the name of their benefactor.

The Regina Leader-Post reported that the Southern League would operate as an "outlaw organization" as was supposedly the case in 1938. Reading between the lines, this appeared to be a reference to non-affiliation with the Saskatchewan Amateur Baseball Association.

The original schedule called for each team to play twelve games. It turned out to be a wet spring and early summer so that objective was not attained. The resurgence of the Moose Jaw club, playing well under new management, was the most surprising development. The young Canucks finished in first place and, as the league had no internal playoffs, went directly into the south Saskatchewan senior playoffs where they faced the two-time provincial champion Weyburn Beavers who had won the Border League. The series was a best-of-five affair and went the distance with an extra game thrown in because of a tie. In the end, the well experienced Soo Liners came out on top and went on to meet the northern winners, the Saskatoon Lions. The Saskatonians disposed of the Beavers in three straight games, giving northern Saskatchewan its first provincial title since 1930.  Just a week after the final game of the series, Germany invaded Poland sparking the beginning of World War II.

With Canada's entry into the European front, some of the young men participating in the 1939 Southern League would be enlisting in the armed forces to serve their country. 

(May 27)  A mid-game rally lifted the Moose Jaw Canucks past the Regina Army & Navy in the 1939 Southern League opener in the Friendly City. The visitors held a 6 to 1 lead following three innings of play but the Canucks began to eat away at that deficit and finally edged ahead by a single tally in the bottom of the sixth. Errors proved to be prevalent in Regina's downfall, six being charged to their account. Army & Navy third baseman Zora had the game's longest blow, a home run. The Canucks' Bill Emerson and "Muttsy" Schmidt of the Reginans both accumulated a trio of singles.

Maze, Grossman (5) (L) and Wenaus        
Molitor, Jinks (5) (W) and Clements            

(May 28)  The Notre Dame Hounds proved to be ungracious hosts as they drubbed a new entrant, the Liberty Eagles, 10 to 4 in the first league game of the season for both clubs. The Collegians had two big innings in which they ran up most of their runs. A four run fourth frame put the Hounds ahead for good. John Jones tossed a six-hit complete game to earn the mound triumph. With three base blows each, first sacker Garth Boesch, outfielder Kyle and second baseman Bates led the Dogs' 15-hit offensive assault. 

Dewitt (L), Evenson (6) and Brucker
Jones (W) and Brown

(May 31)  Playing in Regina, the Notre Dame Hounds battled gamely and held off a Regina Army & Navy rally to gain a 3 to 2 decision over the Storemen. The Hounds led all the way after assuming a 3 to 0 advantage by the end of three frames. Army & Navy narrowed the gap with single tallies in the sixth and eighth but their ninth inning comeback attempt was cut short. Vince Germann of the Collegians and Regina's Tony Maze led their respective clubs with the hickory, each nabbing three hits. 

Reynoldson (W) and Kyle
Grossman (L) and Wenaus

(May 31)  The Moose Jaw Canucks bunched their hits in one big frame to take down the touted Liberty Eagles 4 to 3. Matt Dewitt, the starting Liberty pitcher, blanked the Canucks for the first five frames but, in the sixth, two infield errors, a single and hit batter gave Moose Jaw their first run. Denny Evenson, on in relief for Liberty, failed to hold the lead, allowing all three inherited runners to score. Bill Roney and Cecil Tannahill collected four of the six Liberty hits with one of Roney's blasts being a triple. Outfielder Lorne Carr singled twice for Moose Jaw.

Dewitt (L), Evenson (6) and Brucker 
Thompson (W), Jinks (7) and Clements, Mills

(June 4)  The Moose Jaw Canucks jumped into top spot in the Southern League when they handed the Notre Dame Hounds a 5 to 3 defeat at Lane Field in Wilcox. A four-run sixth inning, spearheaded by "Sandy" Thomson's three-run homer, put the Canucks in the lead and sewed up the game. Both teams had six hits. Thomson had a single to go along with his circuit blast. John "Smokey" Reynoldson drilled a brace of singles for the Collegians.

Molitor (W), Jinks (6) and Lach, Mills (6)
Singleton (L), Jones (6) and Brown

(June 10)  The Liberty Eagles posted their initial win in the Southern League when they edged the Regina Army & Navy team 5 to 4 in Liberty. No game details or batteries were printed.

xxxx (L) and xxxx
xxxx (W) and xxxx

(June 11)  John "Smokey" Reynoldson was at his finest as he struck out ten and allowed but two singles in leading the Notre Dame Hounds to a 5 to 0 whitewashing of the Liberty Eagles. The Hounds picked up ten hits off the slants of loser Doug McLean with "Tub" Demers and second baseman Bates accounting for two singles each.

McLean (L) and Brucker
Reynoldson (W) and Kyle

(June 12)  Moose Jaw's Canuck baseballers scored their fourth straight Southern League victory when they knocked over the Regina Army & Navy squad 6 to 2 at Park de Young. "Molly" Molitor had a six-hitter with six strikeouts in earning the pitching win. With the bat, he was deadly, slamming a double and three singles off losing hurler Johnny Grossman of the Storemen. Regina outfielder Tony Maze had a two-bagger and single.

Molitor (W) and Clements, Mills
Grossman (L) and Wenaus

(June 21)  The Moose Jaw Canucks kept their leadership of the Southern League in good order when they defeated the Liberty Eagles 12 to 3 before a large turnout at Ross Wells Park. The Canucks blew a tight game wide open by scoring four runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings. Lorne Carr walloped a home run and triple for the winners. Winning hurler "Molly" Molitor was no slack either, pounding out a pair of three-baggers. Moose Jaw first sacker Bob Emerson chipped in with a round-tripper. For the Long Lakers, third sacker Haley had a triple and single while outfielder Clyde Tannahill picked up a double and one-bagger.

Evenson (L), L. Johnson (6), McLean (6) and Brucker
Molitor (W) and Mills

(June 27)  The Regina Army & Navy finally entered the win column as they toppled the short-handed Notre Dame Hounds 10 to 0 in a seven-inning Southern League affair. Minus a number of their regular players, the Dogs were easy prey for the hungry Reginans. Bases on balls and errors didn't make things easier for the Collegians. Outfielder B. Chorpita with a double and single had the best night at the dish for the Storemen.

Jones (L), Lyons (6), Browns (6) and Brown
Rosnoski (W), Maze (6) and Wenaus

Southern League standings (as of end of June 27)
                         W    L     Pct.
Moose Jaw Canucks        5    0    1.000
Notre Dame Hounds        3    2     .600
Liberty Eagles           1    4     .200
Regina Army & Navy       1    4     .200

(July 2)  The second-place Notre Dame Hounds strengthened their hold on that rung in the Southern League with a 5 to 2 win over the Regina Army & Navy in Wilcox. Entering the bottom of the seventh stanza knotted at 1 - 1, the Hounds pushed across a pair of tallies and then wrapped things up with another brace in the eighth. Herb Singleton picked up the win with  six innings of relief work in which he limited the Reginans to three hits. Playing manager "Jersey" Campbell of the Army & Navy boys led all hitters with a double and single.  

Schmidt (L) and Wenaus
Reynoldson, Singleton (4) (W) and Kyle, Brown (7) 

(July 3)  After riding high and wide for five straight wins, the Moose Jaw Canucks bit the dust as the Liberty Eagles dropped them 6 to 2 in the Long Lake town. "Lefty" Johnson held the Canucks to four hits and fanned nine in earning the mound win for the Eagles. He also had three base blows to lead all batters.

Molitor (L) and Mills
L. Johnson (W) Brucker

(July 6)  The Liberty Eagles pounded out a one-sided 12 to 1 win over the Notre Dame Hounds to move within a game of second spot in the Southern League. Denny Evenson hurled a two-hitter in earning the victory for the Long Lakers. His batterymate, Rudy Brucker, drilled three singles in his support. 

Bent (L), F. Germann (4) and Kyle
Evenson (W) and Brucker

(July 7)  The Moose Jaw Canucks snatched a comeback 8 to 6 win from the Regina Army & Navy by virtue of a huge, six run seventh inning. Jim Jinks hurled 7 2/3 innings of relief ball to get the win for Moose Jaw. Outfielder Don Gillies led the Canucks offensively with a double and three singles. Murray Armstrong homered for the Reginans.

Molitor, Jinks (2) (W) and Mills
Rosnoski (L), Maze (8) and Nicholson 

(July 8)  The heavy-hitting Canucks of Moose Jaw lambasted the Notre Dame Hounds 14 to 2 in a five and a half inning Southern League encounter in the Mill City. The Canucks rattled off six runs in the bottom of the first in breezing to victory. "Molly" Molitor gave up five hits in earning the win. Moose Jaw first baseman Larson went four for four at the dish for the winners. Outfielder Lou Scott was next in line with three one-baggers. 

Lyons (L), F. Germann (1), Browns (4) and Brown
Molitor (W) and Clements

Southern League standings (as of end of July 8)
                          W    L     Pct.
Moose Jaw Canucks         7    1     .875
Notre Dame Hounds         4    4     .500
Liberty Eagles            3    4     .429
Regina Army & Navy        1    6     .143

(July 9)  With a barrage of 12 hits, four of them for extra bases, the Liberty Eagles pounded out a 7 to 4 decision over the Moose Jaw Canucks at Manitou Beach. First baseman C. Johnson ripped a double and two singles for the Eagles in support of winning hurler Denny Evenson.

Jinks (L) and Clements
Evenson (W) and Rowe

(July 10)  A big fifth inning gave the Liberty Eagles another victory to add to their string when they downed the Regina Army & Navy 7 to 2 at Park de Young. The triumph moved the Eagles into second spot in the Southern League, a half game in front of the Notre Dame Hounds. Coloured import "Lefty" Johnson twirled a complete game win for the Eagles. Hitting star of the night was "Red" Haley, the Liberty second baseman who had four singles.

L. Johnson (W) and Rowe
Maze (L), Grossman (6) and Newton

(July 15)  The Liberty Eagles, riding a hot streak, knocked over the Southern League leading Moose Jaw Canucks for the third time this campaign when they stormed into the Mill City and walked away with a 3 to 1 win. Both teams had seven base blows with C. Johnson of the Eagles and Don Gillies of the Canucks collecting two apiece.

L. Johnson (W) and Rowe
Jinks (L) and Lach

(July 16)  The Moose Jaw Canucks saw their lead in the Southern League shrink to half a game when they lost an eleven inning tussle to the Notre Dame Hounds by a 6 to 5 count. Shortstop Bob "Red" Browns' single in the bottom of the second extra frame drove in the lead run for the Collegians, making a mound winner out of John Jones. Moose Jaw playing manager Don "Haddo" Mills came up with four singles in five at bats to pace all swingers.

Molitor (L) and Mills
Jones (W) and Brown

Final Standings          W    L   Pct.
Moose Jaw Canucks        7    4   .636
Liberty Eagles           6    4   .600
Notre Dame Hounds        5    4   .556
Regina Army & Navy       1    7   .125

No league playoffs were held and, as the 1939 Southern League pennant winner, Moose Jaw advanced to play the Weyburn Beavers in a best-of-five series for the south Saskatchewan title.

SOUTH  SASKATCHEWAN  SENIOR  BASEBALL  CHAMPIONSHIP  SERIES

Moose Jaw Canucks player roster for the 1939 south Saskatchewan senior baseball championship
Bakke SS, Carr Lloyd OF, Carr Lorne OF, Emerson R. "Bob" 1B, Emerson W. "Bill" OF, Gillies Don OF, Jinks Jim P, Maze Tony P/OF, McDonald D. 3B/SS/2B, Mills Cliff 2B, Mills Don "Haddo" C, Molitor "Molly" P, Thomson Alexander "Sandy" 2B, Wilson Les 3B/OF

Weyburn Beavers player roster for the 1939 south Saskatchewan senior baseball championship
Garner Johnnie OF, Hogg Ralph OF/P, Kawuza C, Leflar Dick OF, Matheson George 2B/OF, Maxwell 3B, Tucker Phil 2B, Walter Art "Lefty" P/OF, Walter Earl C, Wilder Archie SS, Wilder Les 1B

(August 9)  The Moose Jaw Canucks took a one-game lead in their best-of-five playoff series with the Weyburn Beavers with a 5 to 2 victory in the Friendly City. Both teams played a tight brand of ball with the Beavers gathering six hits to the home crew's five. Both first baseman, Les Wilder of the Beavers and Moose Jaw's Bob Emerson, had two singles. Lefthander Art Walter fanned twelve batters but it wasn't enough as he lost the pitching decision to Jim Jinks.

A. Walter (L) and E. Walter
Jinks (W) and D. Mills

(August 14)  Ralph Hogg struck out 15 Moose Jaw Canucks and his club mates lashed out almost as many hits as the Weyburn Beavers shutout the Mill City nine 5 to 0 to tie the South Saskatchewan senior playoff series at one game each.  Hogg held the Canucks to four scattered hits while the Weyburn hickory holsters banged out 13, two of them three-baggers from the sure hands of Archie and Les Wilder. The Wilder boys finished the game with three hits each.  

Jinks (L) and D. Mills
Hogg (W) and E. Walter 

(August 15)  Rain spoiled the battle of the southpaws at Weyburn's exhibition grounds diamond when "Lefty" Walter and Tony Maze, hurling for the Moose Jaw Canucks, hooked up in a terrific pitching duel in the third game of the South Saskatchewan senior baseball series. Neither side had scored a run when the game was called in the seventh frame. Walter fanned 17 Canucks during his seven innings on the hill while yielding but two hits and Maze had nine Beaver pelts for the same number of safeties.

Maze and D. Mills
A. Walter and E. Walter

(August 16)  Playing a smooth game all the way through, the Moose Jaw Canucks jumped into the lead in the South Saskatchewan senior baseball playoffs by trimming the Weyburn Beavers 9 to 3 before 3,000 fans at Ross Wells Park in the Friendly City. Tony Maze fanned eight in going the route for the victory over Ralph Hogg. Helped by erratic Weyburn fielding, the Canucks established a four-run margin in the early innings to keep the Soo Liners down all the way. Playing manager Don "Haddo" Mills led the offensive assault for the winners, pasting a double plus a brace of one-baggers.

Hogg (L), A. Walter (8) and E. Walter
Maze (W) and D. Mills

August 17)  The Weyburn Beavers walloped the Moose Jaw Canucks 5 to 2 in the fifth meeting of their current playoff series. In helping his mates to square the series, "Lefty" Walter struck out 14 Moose Jaw batters while holding the Canucks to five hits, the longest one being a two-run homer by Tony Maze. Walter, along with Beavers' teammate Les Wilder, also had a pair of singles off loser Jim Jinks.

A. Walter (W) and E. Walter
Jinks (L) and D. Mills

(August 18)  The power-packed Weyburn Beavers climbed to Southern Saskatchewan senior baseball supremacy for the third successive season when they shutout the Moose Jaw Canucks 6 to 0 in the Soo City. Once again, Weyburn's Ralph Hogg, veteran of many a ball battle, stole the laurels with 17 strikeouts in whitewashing the invaders. A five-run fifth inning did the trick for the hosts. The Wilder brothers, Archie and Les, as well as Art Walter and Johnnie Garner, all had a pair of singles for the winners off the slants of portsider Tony Maze. Weyburn will now move on to meet the Saskatoon Lions for the provincial crown.

Maze (L) and D. Mills
Hogg (W) and Kawuza

SASKATCHEWAN  SENIOR  BASEBALL  CHAMPIONSHIP  SERIES

(August 23)  At Weyburn, the Saskatoon Lions took both games of a double-header, 4-1 and 3-2, to take a stranglehold on the Saskatchewan Senior baseball final series. They lead the best-of-five set, two games to none. A pair of country lads, Reinie Kembel of Wilkie and Bill Vogeli of Kenaston, hurled solid games to help the Lions to the twin triumph. 

Kembel allowed just six hits in the opener, including a home run by Archie Wilder, and set down 12 via strikeout. He walked just one.  Roy Schappert led the Lions at the plate with two doubles.  Garnet Parsons had a double and single while Ian Lowe and Eddie Major added two singles apiece.  For Weyburn, Les Wilder had a pair of two baggers.

Kembel (W) and Harney
Walter (L) and Kawuza

In the second game, Vogeli fired a five-hitter, fanned 11 and helped with two hits as the Lions won 3-2. Roy Schappert 's 5th inning homer, with Vogeli aboard proved to be the winning blow. Saskatoon had ten hits off loser Ralph Hogg, who compiled 12 strikeouts.  Archie Wilder had a triple for Weyburn.

Vogeli (W) and Harney
Hogg (L) and Kawuza

(August 25)   Third baseman Ian Lowe led the offense with a pair of doubles and a single as the Saskatoon Lions downed Weyburn 9-3 to take the Saskatchewan Senior title in three straight games. Lowe also scored two runs, stole a base, and made the game's defensive play with a catch of a high fly ball near the third base grandstand.  Centre fielder Max Bentley, second baseman Roy Schappert and shortstop Eddie Major each added two safeties for the Lions.  Saskatoon had 12 hits overall and were helped by six Weyburn errors. Reliever Bill Vogeli picked up the win.

Walters (L), Hogg (3) and Kawuza
Kembel, Vogeli (W) (3) and Harney

(August 26)  Saskatoon and Weyburn divided an exhibition doubleheader at Saskatoon.  The hosts romped to an 11-2 win in the opener, and the Beavers trounced the Lions 9-1 in the evening game.

Saskatoon backed up Reinie Kembel's seven-hit pitching with a 15-hit attack in taking the first game. Archie Wilder belted a homer for the losers.

Leflar (L) and Kawuza
Kembel (W) and Stark

Art Walter tossed a three-hitter as Weyburn took the second game 9-1.  Beavers pounded out 12 hits off Lions manager Laurel Harney and reliever Bill Vogeli.

Walter (W) and Kawuza
Harney (L), Vogeli (4) and Stark

(August 27)   Weyburn and Saskatoon split another exhibition double-header, Lions winning the opener 8-7, Beavers taking the second game 4-3.  Eddie Major, the Lions' shortstop, took to the hill and survived a late rally by the Beavers to take the win. After six shutout innings, Weyburn erupted for four in the 7th, two in the 8th and another in the top of the 9th to tie.  However, in the bottom of the 9th, Major knocked in the winning run with a two-out single to right.  Bobby Stark had a homer for Saskatoon.

Hogg, Hooper (L) and Kawuza
Major (W) and Stark

In his third game in three days, Art Walter held Saskatoon to six hits as the Beavers took the nightcap 4-3. Lefty Skarban took the loss. 

Walters (W) and Kawuza
Skarban (L) and Stark

EPILOGUE  TO  1939  SEASON

Although the Regina entry in the 1939 Southern League didn't play up to expectations, the quality of the Moose Jaw and Liberty teams was a pleasnt surprise. The other team in the circuit, the student-based Notre Dame Hounds, went after the provincial intermediate title and were successful, knocking off the Saskatoon Outlaws in a sudden-death game in the Hub City. Overall, the Southern circuit regained most of its credibility, which had been badly slipping, in completing the 1939 campaign. The only question remaining now is whether this progress can be maintained down the road with the uncertainties hovering over the world.


NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN

(May 17)   Saskatoon Lions kicked off the 1939 Northern Saskatchewan season with a 12-1 trouncing of Prince Albert Bohemians.  Lions turned a promising contest into a romp with an eight run outburst in the 5th inning of the seven inning game.  Saskatoon pounded out 16 hits with pitcher Bill Vogeli leading the way with four safeties and Ian Lowe and Roy Schappert each with three. Lowe's blasts included a homer and triple. Schappert also had a four-bagger.  Vogeli who picked up the win also scored three times.  Catcher Andy Zwack poked a pair of triples for Prince Albert.

Sampson (L), Logue (3), Young (5) and Zwack
Vogeli (W), Kembel (5) and Toombs

(May 17)  At Bruno, Aberdeen shaded the host crew 14-11 in a slugest.

(May 19)  Saskatoon and Aberdeen fought to a 4-4 draw in Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League action at Aberdeen.  The game was called after six inning because of darkness.  Each team had five hits. Hugh Crooks fanned 12 Saskatoon batters in the abbreviated contest.  Gord Inkster started for the Lions.  Ian Lowe belted a two-run homer for the Lions in the first inning. "Pep" Forward, the Aberdeen catcher, was outstanding in cutting off runners at home plate on three occasions. In one, while chasing a runner back to first, Forward lured a runner off third, then sprinted to tag him out before he reached the plate.

Crooks and Forward
Inkster, Lowe ( 5) and xxx

(May 19)   Allan Young went the distance scattering nine hits as Prince Albert notched its first win of the season, 10-2 over Bruno.  Prince Albert took advantage of ten errors by Bruno, four by pitcher HassenGeorge Vandale of Bruno had the game's longest blow, a triple.  Johnny Boden had a two-bagger for the winners.

Hassen (L), F.Tegenkamp (6) and Hophner
Young (W) and Zwack

(May 26)  Saskatoon Lions announced the acquisition of catcher Laurel Harney.  The young Edmonton resident played most of the 1938 season with the touring House of David and had a tryout with the Seattle Indians of the Pacific Coast League. Harney is rated as one of the best players developed in northern Alberta in recent years.

(May 26)  Orlando Jantz and Reinie Kembel combined on a five-hit shutout as Saskatoon downed Bruno 6-0.  Jantz worked the first four frames with Kembel going five for the win.  Kembel fanned ten and walked just one. Oak Toombs led the attack with three hits.  Ace Corbin took the loss.

Corbin (L) and Dyck
Jantz, Kembel (W) (5) and Harney

(May 26)   Prince Albert broke loose for five runs in the top of the first inning but went on to drop an 8-7 decision to Aberdeen.  Three of the first inning markers came on bases on balls.  The host team closed the gap with three runs in its half of the first inning.  The teams were tied 7-7 after five innings.  Aberdeen scored the winner with two out in the bottom of the 9th as A. Nowosad reached safely and E. Hamm sacrificed him to second.  R. Jackson, pinch-hitting for McKay punched one into the outfield to score Nowosad.  E. Hamm and Woody Huckaby led the winners each with four hits. Pep Forward and A. Nowosad had three apiece.  Charlie Crawford had three hits for Prince Albert. D. Jackson survived 18 hits to register the win.

Young, Sampson (L) and Dubyk
D. Jackson (W) and Forward

(May 28)  The Prince Albert Bohemians laid a 13 – 3 plastering on the Bruno Big Chiefs in an N.B.L. game played in Bruno. The Brewery Gang smacked a total of 18 hits off 3 Bruno chuckers in support of winning hurler “Lefty” Logue. Charlie Crawford led the offensive onslaught with four base knocks. Andy Zwack and Johnny Boden both rapped a trio of safeties while Teddy Rock and Mike Dubnyk each had a pair of hits. A. Anderson collected 3 base blows for the Chiefs.  

Logue (W) and Zwack
Fast (L), F. Tegenkamp (3), Meyer (4), F. Tegenkamp (7) and Dyck 

(May 31)  The Saskatoon Lions and Aberdeen played to a 2 – 2 draw in a Northern Baseball League contest at Cairns Field. It was the second time in the current campaign that the two teams have battled to a tie. The game was halted after nine innings of play as darkness prevailed. The Saskatonians had a 4 to 3 edge in base hits garnered with Lions’ first sacker Buck Crawford the only player on either team to stroke a brace of safeties.

Crooks and Forward
Vogeli and Harney 

(June 1)  A disastrous first inning in which 11 batters faced Bill Sampson, nicking him for six hits and seven runs, spelled defeat for the Prince Albert Bohemians at Bohemian Park and provided the hustling team from Aberdeen with a 7 – 2 victory and a lead in the N.B.L. standings. Aberdeen’s seven-run merry-go-round was started off by a leadoff homer off the bat of second sacker J. Hamm. McKay of the visitors pitched a steady game, surrendering but seven hits, two each to Andy Zwack and “Lefty” Logue. Hugh Crooks, A. Nowosad, “Woody” Huckaby and “Bud” Huckaby all collected two base blows for the winners.

McKay (W) and Forward
Sampson (L) and Zwack 

(June  9)  Paced by the two-hit, shutout pitching of Teddy Dahl, the Prince Albert Bohemians blanked Aberdeen 2 – 0 in a scheduled Northern Baseball League game to spoil the visitors hitherto perfect record and boost the homesters in the standings. It was the first victory for Prince Albert over Aberdeen in three tries this season. Dahl whiffed 12 batters in a sterling mound performance, his first pitching assignment of the year. The Bohemians collected seven hits off the slants of losing hurler Hughie Crooks including a three-bagger by catcher Andy Zwack. Both Prince Albert runs were plated in the fourth frame on RBI singles by “Lefty” Logue and Chuck Carle. Logue and second sacker Teddy Rock of the winners both had a pair of singles.

Crooks  (L) and Forward
Dahl (W) and Zwack

(June 12)  Although touched for 11 safeties, Dave “Lefty” Logue received excellent defensive support as he pitched the Prince Albert Bohemians to a 4 – 0 whitewashing of the Aberdeen nine in a Northern Baseball League game. Losing hurler Hughie Crooks struck out 10 Bohemian batters but was not as fortunate as his teammates committed six errors behind him. Charlie Crawford, Doug Lane and Bill Sampson all drilled a brace of singles for the winners while catcher Pep Forward, with a triple and single, led the Aberdonians at the dish. A. Nowosad and E. Hamm followed with two singles each. 

Logue (W) and Zwack
Crooks (L) and Forward

(June 16)  The Saskatoon Lions maintained their undefeated record in the Northern Baseball League with a 6 – 1, seven-inning victory over the Prince Albert Bohemians at Cairns Field. Catcher Laurel Harney drilled a bases-loaded triple in the third frame to push the Lions into the lead which they never relinquished. Reinie Kembel tossed a six-hitter for the mound win, besting Teddy Dahl who limited the winners to but four base hits. Charlie Crawford of the Beer Barons was the only hitter on either team to register two hits. Darkness prevented play after completion of the seventh frame.

Dahl (L) and Zwack
Kembel (W) and Harney

(June 16) A bottom of the ninth inning rally lifted the Aberdeen nine to a thrilling 8 to 7 victory over the luckless Bruno Big Chiefs in N.B.L. action. Down by one run beginning their last turn at bat, the Aberdonians combined three hits and a walk to squeeze by the Big Chiefs and saddle “Lefty” Meyer with the mound loss. J. McKay struck out seven in picking up the win. “Woody” Huckaby of the winners and first baseman Eckert of the Chiefs shared batting honors in this game, collecting four base hits apiece. Hughie Crooks laced a triple and double for Aberdeen.

Meyer, F. Tegenkamp (3), Meyer (4) (L) and T. Tegenkamp
McKay (W) and Forward

(June 22)  Two costly errors in the second inning paved the way for the Saskatoon Lions to register a 4 – 3 victory over the Bruno Big Chiefs in a scheduled Northern Baseball League fixture at Bruno. The win kept the Lions at the top of the circuit as they retained their undefeated record in league play this season. RBI singles in the fifth frame by Roy Schappert and Laurel Harney gave the Saskatonians their margin of victory and provided starter “Slim” Burke with the run support he needed for the win. Hub City catcher Harney led all swatters with a trio of one-baggers. His counterpart behind the platter, Tyler, paced the Big Chiefs with a brace of singles.

Burke (W), Vogeli (6) and Harney
Smart (L), F. Tegenkamp (5) and Tyler

(June 23)  A story-book seventh inning in which “Lefty” Logue and a double play dramatically cut off a dangerous rally that threatened to engulf the Bohemians plus two runs by the locals in the last half of the inning, gave the Prince Albert Bohemians a 6 – 4 victory over the luckless Bruno Big Chiefs. It was the Chiefs’ seventh straight loss in the Northern Baseball League. With the score knotted at 4 – 4 in the first half of the fateful seventh frame and one batter retired, Logue was beckoned to the mound from the outfield to take over from Bill Sampson who had put two Bruno runners on base with free passes. Another base on balls loaded the sacks before Bruno first baseman Eckert drilled a hot comebacker to Logue who coolly fired the ball to Andy Zwack for a force out at home followed by a relay to first for the inning-ending twin-killing.  The Boh’s then scored a brace in their half of the inning on Chuck Carle’s two-run single. Prince Albert collected nine hits off loser “Ace” Corbin, three off the bat of shortstop Johnny Boden. A pair of doubles highlighted Boden’s offensive output. Outfielder Chuck Carle kicked in with a triple and single for the winners while Andy Zwack singled twice. C. Vandale  picked up a double and single for Bruno while Corbin poked out a pair of one-baggers.

Corbin (L) and Stout
Sampson, Logue (7) (W) and Zwack

(June 27)  The Saskatoon Lions chalked up their fifth straight victory without a defeat in the Northern Baseball League and, at the same time, broke the jinx which has followed them against Aberdeen all season. After playing to 2 – 2 and 4 – 4 ties with the Aberdonians, the Lions found their batting eye against Hughie Crooks to blast out 13 base hits, including three doubles, as they hammered the visitors 9 – 1 in a contest terminated after eight innings when darkness set in. Bill Vogeli went all the way on the hill for the Leos, surrendering but four singles, to earn the victory. Roy Schappert , Oak Toombs, Max Bentley, Eddie Major and Laurel Harney all had two hits for the Bridge City brigade, with doubles included in the totals of Toombs and Major.   

Crooks (L) and Forward
Vogeli (W) and Harney

Northern Baseball League standings  W    L     Pct.
Saskatoon  Lions                    5    0    1.000
Aberdeen                            4    3     .571
Prince Albert Bohemians             5    4     .556
Bruno Big Chiefs                    0    7     .000  

(June 30)  The Prince Albert Bohemians moved into second place in the Northern Baseball League with a 3 – 1 victory over the Bruno Big Chiefs in Bruno. The loss for the Big Chiefs was their eighth consecutive of the season and left them languishing in the cellar of the loop. Three successive Bruno errors in the third frame provided the Boh’s with the trio of runs that they needed to sew up the game. Bill Sampson twirled a five-hitter for the Brewery Boys to earn the mound triumph. Sampson, Teddy Rock, Doug Lane, Andy Zwack and Chuck Carle all had two base blows for Prince Albert.

Sampson (W) and Zwack
Meyer (L), Corbin (4) and Tyler

(July  4)  A pitchers’ duel between Teddy Rock of Prince Albert and Saskatoon’s Bill Vogeli ended in a scoreless 0 – 0 draw after nine innings of N.B.L. action at Bohemian Park. Dahl gave up three hits and struck out 14 batters. Vogeli, of the undefeated Lions, whiffed four Bohemian batters but yielded only two hits. A spectacular catch in the bottom of the ninth inning by Abbey of the Leos saved a potential home run by Prince Albert’s Andy Zwack.

Vogeli and Harney
Dahl and Zwack

(July  7)  Fading badly in the fifth and sixth innings, the Bruno Big Chiefs suffered their ninth successive loss of the N.B.L. campaign when they were pummelled 13 to 3 by the undefeated Saskatoon Lions. The Hub City nine picked up 15 hits off three Bruno chuckers with Roy Schappert and Ian Lowe leading the way for the Leos with three hits apiece. The Lions used a trio of hurlers with “Smokey” Johnson earning the win.  

Corbin (L), Smart (5), A. Anderson (7) and N. Anderson 
Inkster, Johnson (4) (W), Vogeli (8) and Harney

(July  9)  The Bruno Big Chiefs suffered their tenth straight loss when they dropped a 4 to 1 decision to the Prince Albert Bohemians in an N.B.L. contest played in Bruno. Teddy Dahl tossed a complete-game six-hitter in registering the mound win for the Brew Crew. He also led his team offensively, lacing out four singles. Teammates Johnny Boden and Charlie Crawford followed with a trio of one-baggers each.

Dahl (W) and Zwack
Corbin (L) and A. Anderson 

(July 10)  The league-leading Saskatoon Lions collected 20 base hits as they demolished the squad from Aberdeen 14 to 1 at Cairns Field. The game was halted after 8 innings as darkness prevented further play. Roy Schappert had a home run for the Lions as they breezed to the win. His four base hit production led all batters in this one-sided contest. Saskatoon catcher Laurel Harney and first baseman Buck Crawford both had three hits.

McKay (L), R. Jackson (3), Boney (8), E. Hamm (8) and Forward 
Carr (W), Vogeli (5), Major (8) and Harney 

(July 11)  The Prince Albert Bohemians handed the bottom-feeding Bruno Big Chiefs their eleventh straight N.B.L. defeat at Bohemian Park, pounding out nine base hits in crushing the visitors 11 – 0. Prince Albert’s “Lefty” Logue cruised to the mound win by firing a four-hit shutout while recording five strikeouts. Loose fielding and six walks by Al “Lefty” Meyer of the Chiefs, coupled with timely Prince Albert hitting, led to Bruno’s downfall. Bohemian’s catcher Andy Zwack topped all hitters with a triple and two singles. Logue picked up a double and single.

Meyer (L) and Stout 
Logue (W) and Zwack 

(July 14)  Reinie Kembel had the Prince Albert Bohemians eating out of his hand as he led the Saskatoon Lions to an easy 7 to 0 whitewashing over the visitors to Cairns Field. Andy Zwack of the Boh’s was credited with the only hit off Kembel when he singled off the glove of third sacker Ian “Ace” Lowe in leading off the second inning. Kembel fanned ten and did not issue a base on balls. Max Bentley played an outstanding game in the outfield for the Lions and also belted the game’s only four-bagger, a rousing clout that struck the telegraph wires well beyond the outfield fence. Bentley also singled twice.

Sampson (L) and Zwack
Kembel (W) and Harney

(July 14)  The Bruno Big Chiefs recorded their initial victory in the Northern Baseball League when they outscored the Aberdeen nine by a 6 to 3 count. “Ace” Corbin pitched the entire game for Bruno, recording 14 strikeouts. Shortstop A. Anderson had three hits for the Chiefs while “Pep” Forward of the Aberdonians ripped a triple and double.

R. Jackson (L), Crooks (3) and Forward
Corbin (W) and N. Anderson 

Northern Baseball League   W    L     Pct.
Saskatoon  Lions           8    0    1.000
Prince Albert  Bohemians   8    5     .615
Aberdeen                   4    5     .444
Bruno Big  Chiefs          1   11     .083 

(July 17)  Failing to hit in the pinches, the Prince Albert Bohemians dropped a close 2 – 0 game to the Saskatoon Lions at Bohemian Park.The Lions picked up their first run in the third on two fielding miscues and a single by Max Bentley. Saskatoon outfielder Thompson singled in the seventh to drive in the insurance run. The Bohemians had plenty of chances to score but wound up stranding nine base runners. Bentley had two hits for the winners, both singles, while first sacker Doug Lane had a double and single for the Boh’s.

Burke (W), Vogeli (6), Kembel (9) and Harney
Dahl (L) and Zwack

(July 18)  Roy Schappert ’s clutch triple in bottom of the eighth inning drove in the tying and winning runs as the Saskatoon Lions kept their unblemished N.B.L. record in tact by slipping past Aberdeen 4 to 2 in a keenly contested match at Cairns Field. With two new pitchers on the roster, the Aberdonians gave the undefeated Lions all they could handle. Oakley Toombs of the Saskatonians led all hitters in this game with a trio of one-baggers. Max Bentley followed with a double and single. For Aberdeen, catcher “Pep” Forward singled twice.

Barrie, Giesbrecht (7) (L) and Forward
Jantz, Parsons (4) (W) and Harney

(July 20)  In an N.B.L. fixture at Bruno, which had to be terminated after six innings because of both rain and darkness, the Saskatoon Lions chalked up their 11th consecutive victory in league play as they dropped the Big Chiefs by a 6 to 1 count. The winners scored all their runs in their first at-bat. “Smokey” Johnson got credit for the mound win, striking out seven along the way. N. Anderson of the Chiefs topped all hitters with three safeties.

Johnson (W) and Harney
Piron (L), Smart (1), Piron (2) and N. Anderson

(July 21)  Bunching their hits in the third and seventh innings, the Prince Albert Bohemians took the measure of the Aberdeen club to the tune of 8 to 2. Dave “Lefty” Logue was on the hill for the winners and held the Aberdonians to three hits while striking out nine. Prince Albert shortstop Johnny Boden held the hot hand with the stick in this contest, going three for three at the dish including a two-bagger.

D. Jackson (L) and Forward
Logue (W) and Zwack

(July 31)  Behind the steady hurling of Teddy Dahl, the Prince Albert Bohemians handed the mighty Saskatoon Lions their first defeat in N.B.L. play this season by recording a 2 to 0 win. Dahl limited the visitors to two hits and sent 12 Lion batsmen back to the bench via the strikeout route. The Brew Crew scored both of their counters in the bottom of the first frame. Catcher Andy Zwack was the top hitter of the evening, cracking out two singles, the first of which drove in Prince Albert’s first run.

Kembel (L) and Harney
Dahl (W) and Zwack 

(August 4)  For only the second time this season, the Bruno Big Chiefs came out on top in an N.B.L. fixture as they blanked Aberdeen 3 to 0. Winner “Ace” Corbin tossed a three-hitter and struck out twelve to earn the shutout win. Even in defeat, Aberdeen’s chucker Hughie Crooks pitched admirably, surrendering six hits while fanning five. F. Tegenkamp singled twice for the winners. Outfielder A. Nowosad had two of the losers’ three hits, one being a double. 

Crooks (L) and Forward
Corbin (W) and Harris

(August 6) The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. In the final two games of the 1939 N.B.L. regular season, the first-place Saskatoon Lions went on a batting spree as they pounded out two overwhelming victories against the outclassed Bruno Big Chiefs. The scores were 17 to 5 and 24 to 0. Although both games were played at Saskatoon’s Cairns Field, the opener was considered a home game for the Chiefs. “Lefty” Skarban picked up a brace of circuit clouts for the Leos in the double-dip. Eddie Major, Max Bentley and Roy Schappert all fattened their batting and power statistics in the one-sided contests.

The Lions collected a total of 15 hits off “Ace” Corbin in the matinee affair as “Slim” Burke cruised to an easy mound win.

Burke (W) and Harney       
Corbin (L) and Harris 

“Lefty” Skarban and Bill Vogeli pitched for the home club in the nightcap, a seven-inning game. Skarban did not allow a hit in the five innings he worked. Vogeli gave up one hit, a single to Corbin.

Meyers (L), Eckert (4), Abe Hassen (5) and T. Tegenkamp
Skarban (W), Vogeli (6) and Harney

Northern Baseball League Final   W    L   Pct.
Saskatoon  Lions                13    1   .929
Prince Albert  Bohemians        10    6   .625
Aberdeen                         4    8   .333
Bruno Big  Chiefs                2   14   .125   

NORTHERN  BASEBALL  LEAGUE  FINALS

(August 11)  The Saskatoon Lions, behind the five-hit pitching of Reinie Kembel, defeated the Prince Albert Bohemians 8 to 3 in the opening game of the Northern Baseball League finals at Cairns Field.While Kembel was keeping the visitors’ hits well scattered while striking out 13 without issuing a base on balls, it was the timely hitting of Ian Lowe and Max Bentley that propelled the Leos to the triumph. Lowe carried off the batting honors for the Lions with a homer, double and single out of four trips to the plate. Bentley laced a single plus a two-run double in the fourth inning which put the Saskatonians ahead to stay. Losing hurler Bill Sampson gave up nine hits, struck out four and walked the same number. Charlie “Rusty” Crawford was the only Prince Albert swatter to nick Kembel for more than one hit, banging out a double and single in three official at-bats.

Sampson (L) and Zwack
Kembel (W) and Harney

(August 12)  Taking advantage of loose defensive play by Prince Albert in the opening frame, the Saskatoon Lions scored three times and never relinquished the lead as they slipped past the Bohemians 4 to 2 to take a two-game lead in the best-of-five series. Nine Saskatoon batters faced losing twirler Teddy Dahl in the top of the first inning as the Lions were benefactors of three Prince Albert errors and a wild pitch sandwiched around three Saskatoon hits and a base on balls.Dahl struck out seven and gave up eight hits. Winning moundsman Bill Vogeli surrendered seven safeties and retired seven batters via the strikeout route. Roy Schappert of the winners was the big hitter of the night with two singles and a double. Max Bentley turned in a stellar game in the outfield for the Lions, making two spectacular running catches of blasts that were earmarked for extra-bases.

Vogeli (W) and Harney
Dahl (L) and Zwack

(August 14)  The Saskatoon Lions claimed the Northern Baseball League championship and the right to represent northern Saskatchewan in the provincial playoffs when the Prince Albert Bohemians failed to appear for the third game of the best-of-five series at Cairns Field. Finances were the reason offered by the Prince Albert club for their decision to forfeit the game and series. The Bohemian brass had also been upset that the Lions had used recently acquired Mel Ottem as their first baseman in the series as they argued that he was ineligible for playoff competition. The Bridge City squad will now play the southern champion Weyburn Beavers for the Saskatchewan crown.

SASKATCHEWAN SENIOR BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

(August 23) At Weyburn, the Saskatoon Lions took both games of a double-header, 4-1 and 3-2, to take a stranglehold on the Saskatchewan Senior baseball final series. They lead the best-of-five set, two games to none. A pair of country lads, Reinie Kembel of Wilkie and Bill Vogeli of Kenaston, hurled solid games to help the Lions to the twin triumph.

Kembel allowed just six hits in the opener, including a home run by Archie Wilder, and set down 12 via strikeout. He walked just one. Roy Schappert led the Lions at the plate with two doubles. Garnet Parsons had a double and single while Ian Lowe and Eddie Major added two singles apiece. For Weyburn, Les Wilder had a pair of two baggers.

Kembel (W) and Harney
Walter (L) and Kawuza

In the second game, Vogeli fired a five-hitter, fanned 11 and helped with two hits as the Lions won 3-2. Roy Schappert 's 5th inning homer, with Vogeli aboard proved to be the winning blow. Saskatoon had ten hits off loser Ralph Hogg, who compiled 12 strikeouts. Archie Wilder had a triple for Weyburn.

Vogeli (W) and Harney
Hogg (L) and Kawuza

(August 25) Third baseman Ian Lowe led the offense with a pair of doubles and a single as the Saskatoon Lions downed Weyburn 9-3 to take the Saskatchewan Senior title in three straight games. Lowe also scored two runs, stole a base, and made the game's defensive play with a catch of a high fly ball near the third base grandstand. Centre fielder Max Bentley, second baseman Roy Schappert and shortstop Eddie Major each added two safeties for the Lions. Saskatoon had 12 hits overall and were helped by six Weyburn errors. Reliever Bill Vogeli picked up the win.

Walters (L), Hogg (3) and Kawuza
Kembel, Vogeli (W) (3) and Harney

(August 26) Saskatoon and Weyburn divided an exhibition doubleheader at Saskatoon. The hosts romped to an 11-2 win in the opener, and the Beavers trounced the Lions 9-1 in the evening game. Saskatoon backed up Reinie Kembel's seven-hit pitching with a 15-hit attack in taking the first game. Archie Wilder belted a homer for the losers.

Leflar (L) and Kawuza
Kembel (W) and Stark

Art Walter tossed a three-hitter as Weyburn took the second game 9-1. Beavers pounded out 12 hits off Lions manager Laurel Harney and reliever Bill Vogeli.

Walter (W) and Kawuza
Harney (L), Vogeli (4) and Stark

(August 27) Weyburn and Saskatoon split another exhibition double-header, Lions winning the opener 8-7, Beavers taking the second game 4-3. Eddie Major, the Lions' shortstop, took to the hill and survived a late rally by the Beavers to take the win. After six shutout innings, Weyburn erupted for four in the 7th, two in the 8th and another in the top of the 9th to tie. However, in the bottom of the 9th, Major knocked in the winning run with a two-out single to right. Bobby Stark had a homer for Saskatoon.

Hogg, Hooper (L) and Kawuza
Major (W) and Stark

In his third game in three days, Art Walter held Saskatoon to six hits as the Beavers took the nightcap 4-3. Lefty Skarban took the loss.

Walters (W) and Kawuza
Skarban (L) and Stark