1946 Saskatoon Senior League Game Reports     

 

(May 21) The Army & Navy Veterans came out on the long end of a 5 - 3 count over the Saskatoon Saints in the opener of the 1946 Saskatoon Senior Baseball League. Although out-hit 9 - 4, the Vets bunched their hits and won the game on the strength of a four-run 4th inning. Saints' catcher Ken Scissons was the game's top swatter with a three for four performance.

W. Vandale (L), Amundrud (4) and K. Scissons
Grossman, Hornyak (4) (W) and Dubyk

(May 23) Those Aberdonians from Aberdeen had too much power for the Saskatoon Cubs in Saskatoon Senior League action at Cairns Field, drubbing the homesters 12 - 4. Winning pitcher Don McKay and reliever Doug "Lefty" Huckaby limited the Cubs to six hits. The visitors clicked for 10 hits off three Cubbie chuckers including a three-bagger by Dunc McKay and a two-baser by Glen Weir. Gordon Thompson was the big batsman for the Cubs with a homer, triple and single in four trips.

Don McKay (W), Huckaby (6) and Dunc McKay
Travis (L), Willsey (4), Allan (5) and Brent

(May 25) The Army & Navy Veterans mauled the Saskatoon Saints 16 - 7 in a long, drawn-out Saskatoon Senior League game at Cairns Field. The Vets pounded out 18 hits off loser Walt Vandale and reliever Amundud. Johnny Grossman struck out 16 in picking up the complete game win. The Vandale brothers, Cliff and Walt, hit home runs for the Saints. Shortstop Dick Brown blasted a three-run shot for the Vets.

Grossman (W) and Dubyk
W. Vandale (L), Amundrud and C. Vandale, K. Scissons

(May 25) The Saskatoon Cubs blasted Aberdeen 19 - 9 in a Saskatoon Senior League match shortened to six innings when darkness intervened. Gordon Thompson smacked a pair of circuit clouts for the Cubs while teammate "Chick" Barber as well as Fred Hassen of Aberdeen each walloped a four-bagger.

Brent (W), Allan and Barber
W. Weir (L), Don McKay and Hassen

(May 30) The Saskatoon Army & Navy Veterans chalked up their third successive victory in the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League by blanking Aberdeen 4 - 0. "Lefty" Hornyak struck out eight Aberdeen batters and gave up only three hits in the shutout win. Vets outfielder Tom Turner was the game's top swatter with three hits in four tries.

Don McKay (L) and Dunc McKay
Hornyak (W) and Dubyk

(June 1) The Saskatoon Cubs handed the Army & Navy Veterans their first season setback by taking down the current league leaders 4 - 2. "Lefty" Arnold struck out eight while surrendering six hits in taming the circuit's top dogs. Ray Hamilton led the Cubbies' 12-hit attack banging out four hits including a double.

Arnold (W) and Brent
Corbin (L), Hornyak (2) and Dubyk

(June 1) The hometown Aberdeen squad fattened their batting averages by pounding out 14 hits in taking down the Saskatoon Saints 8 - 4. Walt Weir and Pat Lynch each had a trio of base knocks for the winners.

Kambeitz (L), Amundrud and C. Vandale
Jackson (W) and McConnell

(June 4) The Saskatoon Cubs scored four times in the fourth frame, all without the benefit of a base hit, and went on to defeat the boys from Aberdeen 6 - 3. The victory moved the Baby Bears into a first place tie with the Army & Navy Veterans in the Saskatoon Senior Baseball circuit. Aberdeen out-hit their Hub City hosts 8 - 4 but seven errors proved to be their undoing. Eugene Hamm and Waldon McConnell of the visitors were the only hitters with a brace of raps in this contest. One of Hamm's blows was a triple.

Don McKay (L) and Dunc McKay
Allan (W), Lehman (5) and Brent

(June 6) Playing through a steady drizzle in a game which was called after 5 1/2 innings, the Army & Navy Vets got by the Saskatoon Saints 6 - 2 to take over the lead in the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League. The Saints outhit the Vets 7 - 5 but were unable to bunch their hits to account for runs. Tom Turner with a triple and single led the Military Men at the dish followed by "Doc" Seaman with a double and single. The Saints' O'Connor poked out a pair of singles in a losing cause.

Amundrud (L) and K. Scissons
Newman (W), Hornyak (4) and Dubyk

(June 8) The Army & Navy Veterans got an even break with the Aberdeen nine in a twin-bill, taking the 10 inning afternoon battle 8 - 7 and dropping the evening encounter 10 - 5.
Johnny Grossman struck out 13 Aberdonians to pick up the opening game win for the Bridge City squad. Dick Brown and Tom Turner had 10th inning hits which plated the winning marker.

Don McKay , Klein (L) and Dunc McKay
Grossman (W) and Dubyk

Fred Hassen got the complete game win for Aberdeen in the nightcap. Hassen and the Veterans' Mike Dubyk clouted homers in this contest.

Hassen (W) and Dunc McKay
Harrison (L), Hornyak, Hazel and Turner

(June 8) In a one-sided contest at Cairns Field, the Saskatoon Cubs had no difficulty in pasting the Saskatoon Saints 10 - 0. "Ace" Corbin tossed a five-hitter for the victory. The Cubs scored in every inning but the third.

C. Vandale (L), H. Scissons and K. Scissons
Corbin (W) and Barber

(June 11) Scoring three times in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Saskatoon Cubs edged the Army & Navy Vets 4 - 3. The win strengthened the Cubbies hold on first place as they pulled two full games in front of the Veterans. George Brent's 8th inning single scored the tying and winning runs for the Baby Bears.
Cal Mills' three hits led all batsmen.

Hornyak (L) and Dubyk
Brent, Lehman (W) and Barber

(June 13) The winless Saskatoon Saints staved off defeat at Cairns Field by scoring three 8th inning runs to tie the Aberdeen aggregation 3 - 3. The game was halted after nine innings. Waldon McConnell of Aberdeen and Art Walecke of the Saints both had a brace of base raps. Eugene Hamm belted a 2nd inning bases-empty dinger for the visitors.

McConnell (L) and Dunc McKay
Skoretz (W) and K. Scissons

(June 18) Aberdeen baseballers hit the ball to all corners of Cairns Field against the Saskatoon Saints to pile up a 15 - 5 win over their hosts. Aberdeen led 9 - 0 before the Pious Ones plated their first tally in the 3rd. Dunc McKay hit a pair of triples for Aberdeen and Alex Hassen whacked a homer over the right field fence. Eldy Kobussen, playing his first game for the Saints, hit safely three times in four trips.

Huckaby (W) and Dunc McKay
Skoretz (L), Brown (7) and Vines

(June 20) The Saskatoon Cubs increased their lead atop the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League with a 10 - 3 win over the lowly Saints, who have yet to hit the win column after eight starts. George Brent scattered seven singles in coasting to the easy pitching win. Ray Hamilton was the big man with the hickory, spanking out three singles in four official times at bat.

Kambeitz (L), Speck and K. Scissons
Brent (W) and Barber

(June 22) In a scheduled double bill at Aberdeen, the homesters snowed under the winless Saskatoon Saints 16 - 9 in the matinee event while the second contest was rained out.

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(June 22) The Saskatoon Cubs whipped up a 9 - 1 victory over the Army & Navy Vets and, in doing so, moved into a two game lead in the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League. "Ace" Corbin hurled a five-hitter for the triumph. Paul Hrynkiw had the game's only extra-base hit.

Corbin (W) and Barber
Hornyak (L) and Dubyk

(June 25) The Saskatoon Cubs' pitching tandem of Ernie "Bromo" Selzer and George Lehman limited the Aberdeen squad to a single base hit as the Saskatonians romped to an easy 10 - 3 victory at Cairns Field. Cal Mills and Wiggins each had a pair of safeties for the Cubs.

Selzer, Lehman (3) (W) and Barber
Don McKay (L) and Dunc McKay

Standings as of end of June 25 W  L  Pct.
Saskatoon Cubs                 8  1 .889
Saskatoon A & N Vets           6  4 .600
Aberdeen                       5  5 .500
Saskatoon Saints               0  9 .000

(July 4) The Saskatoon Saints trotted out several new players but, even with the revamped line-up, the cellar dwellers went down to defeat at the hands of the Cubs by a 10 - 5 count. Four double plays were executed in the contest, three by the Holy Ones and one by the Baby Bruins.

H. Scissons (L) and K. Scissons
Corbin (W) and Barber

(July 6) Though the result didn't change the standings in the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League in any way, the Saints were all smiles as they recorded a 5 - 4 victory over the league-leading Saskatoon Cubs. It was the Saints' first victory of the season. A momentary mental lapse by Cubs' first sacker Cal Mills allowed the Sacred Boys to plate what proved to be the winning marker in the bottom of the 8th. Saints' Ken Scissons picked up the win with a four-hit mound performance. Dick Brown of the winners was best with the hickory, hitting safely three times in four at bats. He was followed by Emil Guenther and Larry Oliver who had a brace of hits each.

Corbin, Wallington (5), Smith (8) (L) and Barber
K. Scissons (W) and H. Scissons

(July 9) Although out-hitting their opponents 9 - 3, the Saskatoon Cubs were guilty of six miscues in the field and dropped a 5 - 4 decision to the Army & Navy Veterans. An unearned run in the bottom of the 7th frame gave the Vets the triumph. Cal Mills, "Chick" Barber and "Butch" Willsey all had a pair of safeties for the losers off winning chucker Johnny Grossman.

Lehman (L) and Barber
Grossman (W) and Dubyk

(July 11) The Army & Navy Veterans went on a hitting spree, collecting 14 base knocks, to hand the Saskatoon Saints a 9 - 0 pasting. "Lefty" Hornyak spaced five hits in taking the complete game pitching chore. Matheson, the Vets' second sacker, led the hitting parade with three singles and a double in four official trips to the plate. "Doc" Seaman was runner-up with two singles and a double in five tries. Leo Kelsey and Alex Ruhl each had two singles for the losers.

Hornyak (W) and Dubyk
Amundrud (L), Matsella and K. Scissons

(July 13) With Matsella, their pitcher, holding the Cubs to a pair of singles, the Saskatoon Saints backed him up with eight hits off loser Ross Allan's slants to ring up their second victory of the campaign, a 6 - 2 triumph. Both Saint wins have been at the expense of the league-leaders. The loss for the Cubbies dropped their first-place lead over the Army & Navy Veterans to half a game. Saints' outfielder Larry Oliver sparked the winners at the dish with a three for four effort.

Allan (L) and Barber
Matsella (W) and K. Scissons

(July 16) The Army & Navy Vets out-hit the Saskatoon Cubs 8 to 5 at Cairns Field but the Cubs won the ball game by a 6 - 5 score. Bobby Stark, Vets' left fielder, was the big hitter of the evening with three base blows. Ed Gillespie slammed a 1st inning homer for the winners.

McConnell (W), Brent (7) and Smith
Germaine (L), Hornyak (3) and Dubyk

(July 18) In a loosely played Saskatoon Senior Baseball League game, the Army & Navy Veterans piled up a 16 - 10 victory over the Saskatoon Cubs and pulled to within a half game of the first place Cubbies. The Vets scored runs in every frame of the eight-inning contest. Both teams had 15 base hits as the pitching was not up to par. Bobby Stark was the big noise for the Vets going three for five including a triple.

Grossman (W) and Dubyk
Selzer (L), Lehman and Barber, Smith

(July 20) The Saskatoon Army & Navy Veterans picked off a 9 - 2 win over the Saskatoon Saints to move into a first-place tie with the idle Saskatoon Cubs in the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League. "Lefty" Hornyak tossed a complete game six-hitter to pick up the victory. Glen Thompson had three hits, one a double, to lead the Vets from the batters' box.

Matsella (L) and K. Scissons
Hornyak (W) and Dubyk

Standings as end of July 20 W  L  Pct.
Saskatoon Cubs             10  5 .667
Saskatoon A & N Veterans   10  5 .667
Aberdeen                    5  5 .500
Saskatoon Saints            2 12 .143

(July 30) In a somewhat listless effort by both teams, the Saskatoon Saints picked up their third win of the campaign by taking down the Aberdeen nine to the tune of 12 - 9. Larry Oliver, in relief, picked up the hurling win for the Holy Boys. McWhinney had a triple and double for the winners. Aberdeen's only extra-base hit was a double drilled by Dunc McKay.

F. Hassen, Don McKay (5) (L) and Dunc McKay
Matsella, Oliver (4) (W) and K. Scissons

(August 1) The Saskatoon Cubs scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to eke out a 7 - 6 verdict over the Saskatoon Saints. Emil Guenther, the third Saints' chucker of the evening walked home the tying run with the sacks full and then uncorked a wild pitch which allowed the winning marker to be plated. The game's only extra-base blow was an opening frame three-run homer by the Cubs' Cal Mills.

H. Scissons, Matsella (3) (L), Guenther (9) and K. Scissons
Corbin, Lehman (5) (W) and Smith

(August 2) The Ligon Colored All-Stars defeated a select group of players from the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League by a 4 - 1 count in an exhibition tilt before a packed house at Cairns Field. The hosts out-hit the colored tourists 8 - 5 and had a 1 - 0 lead after five full innings as Hub City starter "Lefty" Hornyak held the Ligon boys hitless and run less to that point. The visitors exploded for four runs in the top of the 6th and were never headed thereafter. Danny Knowles, the Ligon catcher, caught through two innings while sitting in a rocking chair. Cal Mills, Ross Allan and Leo Kelsey all had a brace of hits for the Saskatonians.

Walker (W) and Knowles
Hornyak (L), Lehman (6) and Dunc McKay, Dubyk

(August 3) Saskatoon's picked baseball squad got an even break with the Ligon Colored All-Stars by defeating the barnstormers 4 - 3 in the second match of a weekend exhibition series. The locals for the second successive day out-hit the tourists, this time 12 to 9. Felix Woodson went all the way on the hill for the Ligons and was stung with the loss. Johnny Grossman and George Lehman shared the hurling chores for Saskatoon with the win being credited to Lehman. With a double and single, Lehman was also the game's top hitter.

Woodson (L) and Knowles
Grossman, Lehman (7) (W) and Dubyk, Dunc McKay

(August 5) The visiting Delisle Tigers lost both ends of their exhibition doubleheader with Edmonton clubs, losing the first to the Eskimos 11 - 4 and then dropping the evening tilt to the Cardinals 7 - 6. The northern Saskatchewan club, from the Goose Lake line town near Saskatoon, kept on even terms with the Igloo Dwellers for the first six innings of the afternoon tussle but fell apart in the 7th when Eskimo batters rocked Tiger chucker Bert Olmstead for seven runs and drove him to the showers. Playing-coach Max Bentley took over and pitched the rest of the way.

Olmstead (L), M. Bentley and Reg Bentley
Thompson (W) and Stevenson

A pair of 2-run homers by Doug Bentley in the late encounter staked the Bengals to an early lead which they held for seven innings. The Redbirds rallied for a deuce in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead and, with relief hurler Leo Douziech holding the Tigers off the scoreboard in the top of the 9th, they garnered a well-earned victory.

Kembel (L) and Reg Bentley
Eaton (W), Douziech (9) and Arieta

(August 6) The Saskatoon Army & Navy Veterans piled up a 13 - 3 win over the visiting Aberdeen contingent in a Saskatoon Senior Baseball League game at Cairns Field. The Vets took an early lead and never trailed in the seven-inning contest. Dunc McKay of the visitors as well as Mike Dubyk and Bobby Stark of the Vets all had two-baggers.

Huckaby (L), Don McKay (4) and Langston
Grossman (W), Hornyak (7) and Dubyk

(August 8) In a darkness-shortened seven-inning affair, the Saskatoon Saints squeezed through with a five - 4 win over the contingent from Aberdeen. Both clubs had six hits with starting chuckers Alex Ruhl of the Saskatonians and newcomer Boyce of Aberdeen going the route. Boyce was particularly impressive, fanning 10 along the way. The Hub City crew tied the contest in the bottom of the 7th on Dick Brown's double. The winning marker scored on an infield error with two out.

Boyce (L) and Dunc McKay
Ruhl (W) and K. Scissons

(August 10) The Saskatoon Cubs whipped one of their intra-city foes, the Saints, 17 - 10 in a poorly played Saskatoon Senior Baseball League set-to. For the most part, quality defense was non-existent and the pitchers suffered accordingly.

Corbin (W), Allan and Brent
Skoretz (L), Ruhl, Dawes and Brown

(August 10) The Army & Navy Vets travelled to Aberdeen and took a doubleheader from their hosts by 3 - 1 and 10 - 9 scores. Following the twin-bill, the Aberdeen nine announced that they were withdrawing from further play as harvest activity in the rural area was making it impossible to get a sufficient number of players together.

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(August 17) A select team from the three Saskatoon franchises gained a 4 - 0 victory and a 4 - 4 tie with the touring Twin City All-Stars in exhibition games on a rain-soaked diamond at Cairns Field. The Minnesota visitors entertained the handful of shivering fans with their version of "shadow" ball during the double-dip.

The opener was halted after 6 1/2 innings because of rain. "Lefty" Hornyak pitched one-hit ball for the winners in this contest. Bobby Stark led the Saskatonians at the dish with three hits in four at bats.

Price (L) and Gaston
Hornyak (W) and Dubyk, Dunc McKay

The colored club picked up four runs on three hits and three errors in the 4th frame of the follow-up game. However, the locals came back with four counters in the 5th to tie the contest. Two of those 5th inning runs were plated as a result of George Brent's two-run dinger.

Grossman and McKay
R. Pressley, Gaston and Stone

(August 20) The Ligon colored ball club played a return engagement against a Saskatoon all-star team and had no trouble in sending the locals down by an 8 - 3 count. Winning pitcher Archie Walker held the Bridge City crew to eight hits in going the distance. Walker also belted a homer deep into left field for the Ligons.

Walker (W) and Knowles
Oliver (L), Allan, Harrison and Dunc McKay

(August 22) The Army & Navy Veterans defeated the Saskatoon Cubs 2 - 1 to clinch first place in the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League and thereby earn a spot in the final playoffs. It was a pitchers' duel to be sure as Johnny Grossman of the Vets locked horns with the Cubbies' George Lehman who whiffed 11. Lehman threw a three-hitter but, unfortunately for him, all three swats off his slants were bunched in the 6th frame when the Vets plated both their tallies. Grossman struck out nine and surrendered six safeties in gaining credit for the win. Hank Moncur's 6th inning single drove in the winning marker. Lehman and teammate Wally Smith were the only two players with two hits in this joust. With the Cubs relegated to second spot, they will entertain the Saints in a best two-out-of-three semi-final series.

Lehman (L) and Brent
Grossman (W) and Dunc McKay

Final Standings       W  L  Pct.
Saskatoon A & N Vets 14  5 .737
Saskatoon Cubs       11  6 .647
Aberdeen*             5 10 .333
Saskatoon Saints      4 13 .235

* withdrew from playoffs


PLAYOFFS :

(August 23) In what could best be described as a mediocre ball game, especially in view of the playoff status involved, the Saskatoon Cubs took a one-game lead in their semi-final series by downing the Saskatoon Saints 13 - 7. In spite of 23 hits between the two clubs, there was not an extra-base hit all night. The Saints, with three of the Delisle Bentley clan injected into their line-up, out-hit the Baby Bears 14 to 9 but also played very loose defensively and thereby hangs the tale of the game.

Matsella (L), Ruhl (1) and Reg Bentley
Brent (W), Lehman (7) and Barber, Brent (7)

(August 27) The Saskatoon Cubs won the right to face the Army & Navy Veterans in the finals of the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League when they edged the Saskatoon Saints 2 - 1 to win their best-of-three semi-final showdown in straight games. The Cubs scored both of their runs in the bottom of the opening frame as "Ace" Corbin out-dueled Emil Guenther. Not one earned run was tallied in this game. Cubs out-hit the Saints 5 to 4 as no player on either squad registered more than one hit.

Corbin (W) and Barber
Guenther (L) and Reg Bentley

(September 3) A 4-run rally in the 5th inning put the Saskatoon Cubs one game up in their best-of-five championship series when they defeated the Army & Navy Veterans 7 - 5 at Cairns Field. Both opposing hurlers, George Brent of the Baby Bruins and Johnny Grossman of the Militia Men, allowed eight hits. Gordon Thompson swung the bat well for the Cubbies in this tussle, lacing out three base blows in four times at bat. Not to be out-done, Wally Bamford was best for the Vets as he also drilled three hits in four attempts, one being a double.

Brent (W) and Barber
Grossman (L) and Bamford, Dunc McKay

(September 4) The Army & Navy Veterans toppled the Saskatoon Cubs 4 - 0 to square their best-of-five series at one game apiece. Playing heads-up ball in the field, the Veterans nursed a flukey 1 - 0 lead for four innings, then launched a three-run barrage in the top half of the 5th which left no doubt as to the outcome of the game. "Lefty" Hornyak tossed a three-hitter for the shutout win and had the game's only extra-base blow, a three-bagger. The Vets managed only four base knocks off loser "Ace" Corbin and two relievers.

Hornyak (W) and Stark
Corbin (L), Lehman, Wallington and Barber

(September 9) With "Lefty" Hornyak firing a two-hit performance off the mound, the Army & Navy Veterans downed the Saskatoon Cubs 6 - 3 to move within one victory of the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League championship. Hornyak baffled the Cubs with his tantalizing curves and struck out seven batters while issuing only one walk. Ross "Lefty" Arnold of the Cubbies gave up seven safeties in absorbing the defeat. A 3rd inning splurge of four runs gave the Veterans a decided lead which they never relinquished. Bobby Stark's three-RBI double was the big blow of that frame.

Arnold (L) and Brent
Hornyak (W) and Stark

(September 11) Before the largest crowd of the series, the Army & Navy Veterans wound up their quest for the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League crown when they eked out a 4 - 3 victory over the Saskatoon Cubs in the fourth game of the best-of-five series to take the championship three games to 1. As in the last game, the Veterans scored four runs in one inning, the 5th, which provided them the margin of victory. The loss was a crushing one for the Cubs' George Lehman who threw a one-hitter and struck out 17. Overthrows and passed balls did him in, however. Johnny Grossman went the distance for the win, relinquishing nine hits and fanning six.

Grossman (W) and Stark
Lehman (L) and Brent


The Prince Albert City League, which had flourished during the war years with the influx of military personnel to that area, did not operate in 1946. Several of those who had played on City League squads in 1945 drifted over to the softball ranks. Only one senior baseball team from Prince Albert, the Bohemians, remained in competition. Leagueless, the Boh players got together occasionally for exhibition and tournament games close to home. They won top prize at the Dominion Day tournament in Shellbrook but, overall, played a very light schedule.


In the extreme south-eastern part of Saskatchewan, baseball returned in a big way in 1946 after an absence during the war years. A nine-team Border League was organized which included three entries from Saskatchewan (Bienfait, Estevan, Lampman) as well as six North Dakota teams (Bowbells, Columbus, Crosby, Flaxton, Lignite and Portal). Play began in May and wound up with a unique League Championship tournament which was spread out over two separate weekends. The Estevan Maple Leafs prevailed as kingpins of the revived circuit of 1946.


The reorganized Yorkton Cardinals became part of the revived Garry League in 1946. The short-season circuit, often referred to as the West League, began in mid-May and completed its schedule at the end of June.  The five-team loop also had entries from Buchanan, Sheho, Springside and Theodore. Yorkton defeated Sheho 4 to 2 in the final game to earn the championship. The second annual Knights of Pythias tournament was played on July 31st and saw the team from Gilbert Plains Manitoba defeat the Yorkton cardinals 5 to 1 in the final.