1943 Game Reports, British Columbia Interior     

1943 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1943 BC Interior 
1943 Vancouver Island 


Although a void continued to exist in Quesnel in terms of 1943 baseball activity, Prince George experienced the formation of an Army Baseball League. The short-scheduled spring circuit was limited to six games, the results of four of these being reported in the Prince George Citizen, and was over in two weeks.

Fusiliers – Bushey P, Lewis, Trasolini C (also Rifles)

Rangers – Brooks, Dainard P, Maynard, McKenzie, Minarsky P, Riley, Whatley C

Rifles – Armstrong C, Bibbings, Clark, Marischuk, Trasolini C (also Fusiliers), Wigle P

(May 23)  A capacity crowd was on hand at Athletic Park to welcome the opening of the Army Baseball League which saw the Rangers defeating the Rifles 2 to 1. The game was fast with plenty of action. The Rifles opened the scoring in the fourth inning when catcher Trasolini hit a run-scoring single to drive in Bibbings. The Rangers tied things up in the sixth frame when an error allowed Minarsky, who had doubled, to score. Winning pitcher Dainard plated the winning run, an unearned tally, in the top of the seventh canto after singling and advancing to home on an error.

Dainard (W) and Whatley
Wigle (L) and Trasolini

(May 25)  The Rangers turned back the Fusiliers 12 to 6.

Bushey (L) and Trasolini
McKenzie (W), xxx and Whatley

(May 27)  The Rifles broke into the win column by easing past the Fusiliers 2 to 0. It was a close game all the way with each team getting only two hits.

Bushey (L) and xxx
Wigle (W) and Armstrong

(May 30)  The Rangers won their third straight game by blasting the Fusiliers 13 to 2 in a sluggish affair wherein the players experienced difficulty in fielding on a wet and slippery grounds.

Minarsky (W) and Whatley
Bushey (L) and Lewis


(August 4)  In exhibition ball at Natal, the Natal-Michel Miners walloped Blairmore Elks 23-10, pounding out 22 hits. The Elks had taken a 3-0 lead in the second inning before Michel launched its assault in the third with five runs, then five more in the fourth, four in the sixth, three in the seventh and six in the eighth. 

(August 8)   The Natal-Michel Miners spotted Coleman Miners a run in the top of the first inning before unleashing a whirlwind offense to clobber the visitors 29-1.  They ran wild for ten runs in the bottom of the first then piled it on as Natal-Michel cracked eight home runs. Max Turyk smashed a pair with singletons to D'Angelo, Chala, Cimolini, Krall, Romano and Weaver.


(September 26)   Tashme Arawashis clipped the Nippons 16-8 to capture the best-of three final series to win the Championship Cup. They took the opener 10-6 with pitcher Aki Mizuguchi winning his own game with a bases-loaded homer in the second inning.  Daly Kobayashi, the Nippon ace hurler, tossed a three-hit shutout as the Nippons evened the series with a 7-0 triumph.

(Bay Farm, at Slocan, was one of the internment camps in the BC Interior).

(October 03)  The final of the Slocan Junior League featured spectacular pitching as the Bayfarm Hurricanes rode the arm of Hiro Izumi to sweep the series over the Bayfarm Bums in two straight games and take home the hadsome Graham Cup. Hurricanes took the opening game 1-0, scoring the lone run on an  error as Bums' hurler, 15-year-old, Maw Mori lost while firing a no-hitter. 

In the Intermediate League, the Downtown Yankees walked away with the title behind their ace moundsman, Mike Tobo.  Bayfarm had earlier won the Adams Cup for their victory in the senior category.