FOOTHILLS BASEBALL LEAGUE
The five-team circuit swung into action on May 21st in Calgary. This opener marked the return of senior baseball to the Stampede City after an absence of several years.
The Calgary Herald reported that outfielder “Lefty” Starr of the Calgary Tigers was the top hitter in the 1941 Foothills Baseball League, belting the horsehide at a .468 clip.
Semi-final playoff action saw the Calgary Tigers defeat the Turner Valley Oilers in two straight games.
Semi-finals (best-of-three series)
(August 10) Ignited by the slugging of Max Wald and Jack Keats, the Calgary Tigers defeated the Turner Valley, aka Little Chicago, Oilers 12 to 7 in the first game of their best-of-three semi-final set-to. Wald hammered four hits including a double and the game’s only home run. Keats rapped out a triple, double and single. Sid Craddock was the big gun in the Oiler offensive thrust, slamming a triple and a brace of one-baggers.
Wolsey (L) and Baird
T. Dahl (W) and O. Dahl
(August 15) Backing up Gus Ortman’s five-hit flinging with a scintillating fielding display, the Calgary Tigers nosed out the Turner Valley Oilers 2 to 1 to advance to the Foothills League finals. The Bengals tallied the winner in the ninth. After the Oilers had snuffed out the go-ahead run at the plate on Sid Craddock’s lightning relay to catcher Harney following Jack Keats’ double, a muffed fly ball allowed Keats to plate the deciding tally.
Ortman (W) and O. Dahl
Wolsey (L) and Harney
The other semi-final showdown featuring No. 2 Wireless School and the Beiseker Royals was delayed until September as so many of the Beiseker players had been involved in harvesting. The teams split the first two games before the No. 2 gang prevailed in the third match to capture the series.
The Calgary Tigers did not spend the long layoff from Foothills League competition by waiting idly by for an opponent to be determined. They registered to enter the Alberta Intermediate Baseball playdowns and met a highly-competitive Patricia Oilers club in the provincial finals. Originally a best-of-five affair, a pair of tie games stretched the series to seven games with the Calgarians finally prevailing.
After a cold, wet September in Calgary, attempts to stage a finals series between the Tigers and No. 2 Wireless dragged into October without any progress as inclement weather continued to plague the baseballers whenever a proposed game was scheduled. It became a situation of running out of a suitable time frame so any hope of further play simply faded away.