(May 24) Grand Forks Co-op broke into the win column at an auspicious time taking first prize money at the Grand Forks Firemen's Victoria Day Tournament. Co-op took out Grand Forks Town 3-0 in the first round and Republic topped Nespelem 5-0. In the final Co-op bested Republic, Washington, 5-3.
A two-run first inning, on one hit and three errors, proved to be the diffence in the opener as Co-op took an early lead against Jack Mathers. Outfielder F.Rezanoff scored two of the three Co-op runs. Catcher Johnny Lusk collected two of the four hits off winning hurler Billy Dergousoff who walked just one and whiffed 11.
Mathers (L) and J.Lusk
B.Dergousoff (W) and J.Kishi
Again, first inning scoring led to victory as Republic plated four runs in the initial frame and went on to shutout Nesplelem 5-0 as Al Lang fired a three-hitter for the winners.
H.Wilson and D.Nanimikin
Al Lang and Cameron, Lindquist (6)
Grand Forks Co-op came from behind with three runs, on four hits and a walk, in the ninth inning to post a 5-3 win over Republic in the tournament final. The Washington team out-hit the winners 15 to 14 but were hurt by five errors. Alex Dergousoff led the Co-op attack with two hits and three runs scored. Bill Cameron, the Republic catcher, punched out three hits in four trips.
N.Dergousoff, Wlasoff (W) (6), B.Dergousoff (9) and J.Kishi
Callahan (L) and Cameron
(June 9) KAMLOOPS TOURNAMENT A pair of pricey imports provided financial and artistic dividends for the Kamloops Legion Monday leading the club to a 6-3 win over Kelowna Red Sox in the final of the Kamloops Tournament. Winning pitcher Pete Younie slugged a three-run homer in the fifth inning for the deciding blow. Catcher Pete Prediger smacked a homer in the sixth for an insurance run. He also had a double. Younie relieved starter Hec MacKenzie in the second inning as Kelowna took a 3-1 lead and blanked the Red Sox for the remainder of the contest. Fred Kitsch led the losers with three hits. Kamloops took home the $300 top prize. The tourney was played through drizzle and light to heavy rain.
MacKenzie, Younie (W) (2) and Prediger
H.Cousins and V.Cousins
All the opening games and semi-finals ended in one-run decisions.
Kamloops Legion got a four-hit shutout by MacKenzie to edge Brewster 1-0 in a five-inning contest.
Bohringer (L) and Morris
MacKenzie (W) and Prediger
Kelowna came from behind a 3-0 disadvantage with a four-run fourth and held on to defeated Oroville 4-3 in another five-inning, first round game.
Hammond, Hurd (4) and LeMay
Zaccarelli (W) and Newton
Oliver, behind Red Coulter's four-hitter topped Kamloops CYO 3-2.
Coulter (W) and Baker
McDonald (L) and Maralia
Again, Kelowna scored all its runs in one inning, this time the fifth, in a 3-2 win over Oliver to advance to the tournament final. Verne Cousins' single knocked in the winning run.
Amos (L) and Baker
Zaccarelli (W) and Newton
Trail Cardinals captured top money in the Grand Forks Holiday Tournament upending Grand Forks Co-op 12-5 in the final after blanking the Grand Forks' town team 7-0 behind a one-hitter by Clint McNeil in the opening round.
In the final, Trail jumped ahead early with a run in the first and five in the second. Centre fielder Kenny Stanton led a 12-hit offensive driving in four runs with a triple and two singles. Andy Bilesky clouted a triple and single good for two runs batted in and brother Julie Bilesky also knocked in a pair with a double and single. Bob McKinnon went seven innings scattering eight hits for the win.
B.Dergousoff (L), A.Dergousoff (3) and J.Kishi
McKinnon (W), Monaldi (8) and Anselmo
Clint McNeil, 18-year-old pitching sensation, allowed just a fifth inning single to second baseman Nukai in blanking Grand Forks in Trail's first game. Nukai bounced a ball into centre field just beyond the reach of a diving Julie Bilesky. Nukai stole second and took third on a wild pitch but was left stranded as McNeil fanned the side to end the inning. The left-hander rang up 14 strikeouts and walked three in hurling the shutout. Cardinals broke the game wide open with five runs in the third inning thanks to five Grand Forks' errors. Rube Demore and Mike Bakowy each had two hits for the winners. Jack Mathers gave up seven hits and fanned 8 in being tagged with the defeat
Mathers (L) and Lusk
McNeil (W) and Anselmo
In the opening round, Grand Forks Co-op shaded Colville, Washington, 5-4 scoring the winner in the bottom of the ninth inning. Walter Wlasoff singled and advaned as Mike Sookochoff was safe on an error before Nick Dergousoff lined a single to score Wlasoff and put Co-op in the final. Billy Dergousoff pitched a six-hitter with 13 strike outs for Co-op while Bryan allowed nine hits with nine strike outs in taking the loss.
Bryan (L) and Swartz
B.Dergousoff (W) and J.Kishi
(July 1) OSOYOOS DOMINION DAY TOURNAMENT A major wind storm forced the final game to be stopped in the fourth inning with the Kelowna-Winfield club leading Rutland 2-1. The two managers agreed to split the top prize. Each team took home $87.50. "Blondie" Hikichi smacked a two-run homer in the first inning to give Kelowna-Winfield the lead. In the second, Johnny Holitzki connected with one of Bud Gourlie's fast ones for a homer for Rutland. Gourlie had already twirled seven innings in the win over Peachland.
Rutland crushed the Osoyoos host club 11-4 in the first round with Hank Wostradowski hurling the seven-inning affair for the winners. Rutland went on to meet Cawston in the semi-final defeating the Similkameen club 7-1 behind Johnny Lingor's solid pitching.
Kelowna-Winfield eliminated Peachland 4-2.
(July 1) PENTICTON DOMINION DAY TOURNAMENT Oliver defeated Kelowna Red Sox 6-5 to take top money at the Penticton Dominion Day Tournament. Don Coy's 10th inning homer was the winning blow.
xxx and xxx
H.Cousins (L) and xxx
Sox reached the final by topping Omak 12-2 behind the hurling of Dick Zaccarelli and a pair of homers from Verne Cousins.
Zaccarelli (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx
Rollie Amos won his own game slugging a homer in the tenth inning to give Oliver a 6-5 win over Penticton.
Amos (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx
(July 1) Prince Albert Bohemians won first prize at the Shellbrook Sports Day Tournament winning four consecutive games. Lefty Logue hurled 19 of the 27 innings for the Bohs while Stan Kowalski and Archie Hunter split the remaining eight innings. The Bohemians defeated Mayfair 10-4 in the final after advancing with a 9-0 shutout of Shellbrook, blanking Shell Lake 12-0 and trouncing Leask 15-3.
(July 1) A crowd of more than 10,000 fans jammed Indian Head, Saskatchewan Tuesday for the inaugural Indian Head Tournament. 29 teams kept four ball diamonds humming all day long. Notre Dame Hounds captured the title in the closed tournament, edging Regina Red Sox 3-2 in the opening round and blanking Weyburn Beavers 3-0 in the final. Beavers advanced to the final with an 8-1 victory over Pangman Vets.
13 teams entered the open tourney and, as darkness fell and prevented further play after four extra inning games, four teams split top money - Balcarres, Sioux Indians, Neudorf and Grayson.
In the junior section, Odessa topped Grenfell 6-4 in the final.
(July 2) Sceptre blasted Blackie 16-0 to take top money at the Kinsmen Tournament at Medicine Hat. The hometown Tigers won third money with a 6-4 decision over Picture Butte Royals. Sceptre had opened the tourney with a 3-0 triumph over Medicine Hat while Blackie reached the final with a 10-2 triumph over Picture Butte.
(July 6) The barnstorming California Tigers downed the Grand Forks All-Stars 6-2 Sunday in an entertaining game throughout. Claude Williams, head trickster of the team, clowned on first base, base running and even took over catching in the old rocking chair. Chappie Gray, at shortsop, instead of the usual chatter, sang his encouragement to the pitcher. Tigers used two hurlers, Harry Washington gave up eight hits in pitching into the 6th inning and 16-year-old Tootie Richardson yielded just two hits in his 3 2/3s innings of work. Jack Mathers went the distance for Grand Forks surrendering 12 hits. Claude Williams and Jake Page led the winners each with three hits. Johnnie Lusk pounded out three for Grand Forks. Walt Wlasoff had a triple for the All-Stars.
Washington (W), Richardson (6) and Benson, Williams (8)
Mathers (L) and J.Kishi, Lusk (8)
(July 13) Prince Albert Bohemians and Melfort Millionaires split a twin-bill at Bohemian Park. The visitors trounced the Bohs 12-3 in the afternoon before rebounding with an 11-4 triumph in the nightcap.
Melfort launched an early offensive in the first game scoring eight runs on six hits and four errors in the first two innings. Included were an inside-the-park homer by Demmans and two doubles by Fennell. The winners pounded Bohs starter Stan Kowalski for 16 hits, four by Demmans who had a triple and two singles to go along with his four-bagger. Demmans and Jacobson held the Bohs to five hits.
Jacobson, Demmans (W) (3) and Wolf
Kowalski (L) and Zwack
Bohemians ran up an early 3-0 lead in the second game and coasted to an 11-4 victory as Lefty Logue scattered ten hits on the mound and slugged the longest hit of the day a booming homer to deep centre field.
Reynolds (L), Fennell (3), Argents (8) and McKay
Logue (W) and Zwack
(July 16) Prince Albert Bohemians ran up a 12-0 lead after three innings in crushing the Veterans 16-4 in an exhibition game at Bohemian Park. Don Johnston, star defenceman for the Prince Albert Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior League last season, made his first appearance on the mound this summer for the Bohs and fired an impressive three shutout innings allowing just two hits. Lefty Logue took over in the 4th and went the rest of the way. Bohemians had just ten hits, but were helped by nine Veterans' errors. Jerry Hryciuk, the Vets shortstop, had the only homer.
A.Vancoughnett (L) and Carson
Johnston, Logue (W) (4) and Wilson
(July 20) At Bohemian Park, the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans and Birch Hills divided a high-scoring double-header with the visitors taking the opener 7-1 before the Vets overwhelmed the Hills squad 24-2 in the nightcap. Pete Adams struck out 15 while firing a five-hitter for the win in the first game. Birch Hills rapped 12 hits off Morrison as they scored two in the first, four in the third and added a singleton in the 8th. Pushie of the winners had the lone extra base blow, a triple.
Adams (W) and Swenson
Morrison (L) and McKay
In the second game, the Vets clobbered seven pitchers for 14 hits and took advantage of 11 walks, eight errors and six wild pitches to demolish the visitors 24-2 in a game called after seven innings because of darkness. Birch Hills scored in the top of the first to take the early lead but after blanking the Vets in the bottom of the first it was all Prince Albert as they scored three in the 2nd and added four in the 3rd and coasted the rest of the way. Bo Carlson, who took over in the first inning for an ailing Arnold Vancoughnett pitched a four-hitter for the win. Jerry Hryciuk belted a triple for the Vets and McKeller added a pair of doubles.
Folster (L), J.Jackson (3), S.Jackson (5), Lyons (6), Josephson (6), Simpson (6), L.Swenson (6) and G.Swenson, Lyons (7)
Vancoughnett, Carlson (W) (1) and McKay
(July 21- 26) Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament
(July 21) Lanigan shaded Hanley 5-4 Monday in the opening game of the 1947 Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament. Lanigan plated the winner in the bottom of the 9th after Hanley had tied the count in the 8th. Shortstop Capon reached on an error and E. Kochinsky and Lissel followed with singles. Arngrimson held Hanley to eight hits in pitching the win. He fanned nine and walked three. Smith for Hanley allowed ten hits and struck out seven.
Smith (L) and Klatz
Arngrimson (W) and Wilderman
(July 22) A five-run 5th inning proved enough for Aberdeen as they pounded out 16 hits to down Neilburg 7-3 Tuesday. Ed Thoen hurled five-hit ball and belted a pair of triples and a single to star for the winners. Jack Turner and Polly Polischuk each had three hits.
Thoen (W) and L.Hanson
Hilker (L), Harris (6) and Prediger
(July 23) Defending champion Wiseton got bounced from the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament Wednesday as Melfort chalked up a 5-3 decision. Lefty Logue pitched shutout ball until the 8th in going the distance for the winners. A four-run 6th inning proved decisive for Melfort. Four errors, a walk, Flanagan's triple and B.McPhee's single provided the offense. Murray Coben took the loss.
Logue (W) and Flanagan
Coben (L), H.Wiggins (7) and Derdall
(July 24) Humboldt scored four runs in the first inning and catcher Mike Dubyk clouted a three-run homer in the second as Humboldt crushed Spiritwood 10-5. Pitchko slammed a three-run homer in the 4th to account for the other runs for the winners. Johnson had a two-run homer for Spiritwood in the 9th.
McKenzie (L), Linnell and Tamoreault
Lysoherko (W), Limeri
(July 25) Aberdeen crushed Lanigan 15-5 to advance to the final of the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament. The winners clinched the game in the first inning scoring six times, four on Jack Turner's grand slam homer. Aberdeen added three more in the 2nd, thanks to Cliff Jacobson's double. Wooley, a bespectacled left-hander, went the route for the winners scattering nine hits. Turner had a field day at the plate with four hits, including two homers.
Wooley (W) and L.Handson
Angrimson (L), Graham (2) and Wilderman
(July 26) Humboldt out-hit Melfort 12 to 9, but couldn't connect at opportune times leaving 11 runners stranded in a 9-3 defeat. Melfort, with a berth in the final against Aberdeen, took the lead with four in the 4th and another two in the 6th before Humboldt got on the scoreboard. Nordine went the distance for the win over young Lefty Lauer. Lefty Logue, playing in centre field fo the winners, slammed a homer. Mike Dubyk led Humboldt with four hits.
Lauer (L), Dewar, Lauer and Dubyk
Nordine (W) and Flanagan
(July 26) Aberdeen blew a 6-2 6th inning lead but rallied with three late runs to down Melfort 9-6 to win the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament. Melfort opened the scoring with two in the 3rd on two hits and a double steal. Aberdeen came back to score three in the 4th to take the lead. Polischuk's double was the big blow. Four Melfort errors and Cliff Jacobson's long triple boosted Aberdeen's margin to 6-2 in the 6th. Four singles, two errors and a fielder's choice helped Melfort knot the score with four runs in the 7th. Aberdeen broke the deadlock in their half of the frame as Dunc McKay drew a walk, stole second and crossed the plate on Tommy Turner's single. They added two insurance runs in the 8th, as McKay drove in two base runners with a single. Jacobson, a standout with Sceptre in 1946, was the winner in relief.
Logue, Demmands (6), Nordine (8) and Flanagan
Thoen, Jacobson (W) (7) and L.Hansoln
(July 23) Delisle won the Watrous Tournament Wednesday downing Liberty 3-2 in the final.
(July 24) The Kelowna Red Sox surprised the touring San Diego Tigers Thursday evening handing the visitors a 9-1 setback at City Park before a crowd of more than 1,500. It was one of the worst beatings the Negro barnstormers have suffered on their tour. Hal Cousins set the Tigers down on four hits, one a homer by Johnny Johnson. Dick Newton led the winners with three hits while Dick Zaccarelli and Hank Tostenson, hitting one-two in the lineup, each had a pair of hits for the Sox. Sante Fe Morris, the clown of the infield, provided enough crowd-pleasing antics to keep the crowd in the game. Morris lost a hit in the sixth when Harry Franklin leapt high to pull down a screaming liner.
Lowe (L), Taylor (4) and W.Johnson, J.Johnson
H.Cousins (W) and Kielbiski
(July 25) Penticton got the jump on the San Diego Tigers Friday scoring six runs in the first two innings and hanging on for a 6-5 victory. Wally Moore, Bill Gunn and Bill Nicholson each collected a pair of hits for the home club while centre fielder Salas led the visitors with three. Nick Drossos captured the pitching win over Sante Fe Morris.
Drossos (W), Beckwall and Baker
Morris (L) and J.Johnson, Gomez
(July 27) The Texas Colored Giants (aka Ligon All-Stars) added two more victories to their impressive record by edging the Bohemians 3-2 and 7-3 in a double-bill at Prince Albert. Bohemians took a short-lived lead in the opener as Casey scored in the first inning. The All-Stars rebounded with one in the third and a pair in the 4th for the win. Gordie Wilson, the Bohemians third baseman, belted one over the centre field fence in the 5th inning for the other Prince Albert marker. It was the first home run ball over the fence this year.
In the night fixture, White hurled a four-hitter for the Ligon's while Bowden allowed ten hits handling the mound chores for the Bohemians. The Ligon's first baseman Claude Williams, a short and bulky player, amused the fans as he nonchatantly caught the ball and showed a definite lack of enthusiasm at having to run for anything. He did prove himself a good hitter, however, getting two hits, one of them a two-bagger which he could easily have turned into a triple if running hadn't been too much trouble. Travis Taylor, at third base for the Texas club, led the team with two doubles and a single.
White (W) and xxx
Bowden (L) and xxx
(July 30) Yorkton Knights of Pythias Tournament
(July 30) Delisle captured the $500 top prize at the Yorkton tournament defeating Viscount 3-1 in the final. Five of the Bentley clan starred for the winners - Reg, Bev, Doug, Roy and Max. Out of 80 tournament games played, Delisle was reported to have won 79 this year capturing 25 of 26 events. Delisle used a late rally, scoring two in the 9th inning, to advance to the final with a 3-2 win over Yorkton-Shebo.
Eleven teams entered the event although the Long Lake Eagles defaulted an early morning game. Fans saw Lanigan, Govan, Canora, Viscount, Esterhazy, Pangman, Delisle, Willowbrook, Yorkton-Shebo and Minitonas.
(August 7) Ligon's Colored All-Stars whipped Wilcox Cardinals 13-0 in the final of the Indian Head Tournament, the town's second big event of the summer. The American squad took top prize money of $1,000.
While an estimated 10,000 rooters jammed around the diamond until there wasn't space for even the circus Thin man, George Ligon's colored All-Stars from California, or some other spot south of the snowline, whacked out enough base hits to make Indian Head's enormously successful $2,000 baseball tournament a runaway show on Thursday, racking a crushing 13-0 setback on Nick Metz and his Wilcox Cardinals in a disappointing final. The colored boys were extended only once in romping to four victories. (Regina Leader Post, August 8, 1947)
The All-Stars scored a pair in the first inning on three hits and never looked back, adding one in the 5th, two more in the 7th before a seven-run explosion in the 8th inning. They rounded out the scoring with a singleton in the 9th while Roy White held the Cardinals to four hits. He fanned seven. First baseman Claude Williams led the Ligon's attack with five hits and three runs batted in. Travis Taylor had three hits and knocked in three. Raymond Woolsey also had three RBI. Ralph Hogg took the loss giving up five runs in 6 1/3 innings.
At noon, the All-Stars had squeezed out a 1-0 victory over Bert Shepard's Williston nine. Shepard, the former major leaguer with an artificial leg, allowed just three hits as did winning pitcher Ladd White for the Ligons. The All-Stars scored the game's only run in the first inning on hits by Porter Reed and Art Bryant. Williston lost an opportunity to tie when they had a man cut down at the plate after hesitating rounding third.
Ligons reached the final with an easy 8-2 win over Marquis as Ken Broady overcame eight errors by his teammates to fire a six-hitter for the win. Ron Reynoldson started and took the loss for Marquis. In their semi-final, Wilcox scored four in the first inning and another in the second and hung on to shade Regina Red Sox 5-4.
In a playoff for third place money, Regina Red Sox and Marquis fought to a 4-4 draw. Down 4-0, the Sox scored three in the 8th and one in the 9th for the tie. The game was called after 11 innings.
Red Sox downed Moosomin 4-1 behind Lefty Harrison's two-hitter. It was Harrison's second complete game victory of the tournament. He also pitched in relief in another contest.
Jack Devine fired a no-hitter as Marquis topped Kronau 4-1. The only run against him came in the first inning on a walk and a fielder's choice.
In opening round action, Ligons trounced Fairlight 9-0 as Ladd White, brought in from California for the tournament, giving up just three hits in his six innings of work. Ken Broady finished the shutout. Wilcox spotted the famed Delisle nine a run in the first inning then roared back with three in the 6th and another three in the 8th for a 6-1 victory. Smokey Reynoldson shutout Viscount as Marquis escaped with a 1-0 triumph. Regina Red Sox edged Sioux Indians 3-2 as Lefty Harrison went the distance for the win and they got by Sceptre 8-4, with Harrison in a relief role.
Williston topped Forget 8-4 and Regina Clippers beat Carrot River 4-1. Hank Ohlheiser tossed the shutout for Sceptre as the club blanked Long Lake 5-0. Moosomin shaded Ceylon 6-5.
Long Lake 0 Sceptre 5
Arnold (L) and McLane
Ohlheiser (W) and Grant
Sioux Indians 2 Regina Red Sox 3
A Goodwill (L) and John Goodwill
Lefty Harrison (W) and Mitton
Ceylon 5 Moosomin 6
Wallin (L) and Morrison
Walker (W) and Carefoot
Wilcox Cardinals 6 Delisle 1
Downton (W) and Clements
Kimble (L), Maze and R Bentley
Marquis 1 Viscount 0
Smokey Reynoldson (W) and R Reynoldson
Thoen (L), Folk and Clark
Ligon All-Stars 9 Fairlight 0
Ladd White (W), Broady and Underwood
Eastman (L), Laroque and Cleveland
Regina Clippers 4 Carrot River 1
Silverman (W) and Brown
Jacobson, Minish and McKay
Williston 8 Forget 4
Ike (W) and Howen
Hoffmaster, Dechaime and Crawford, McIlroy
Regina Red Sox 8 Sceptre 4
McLenaghan, Lefty Harrison and Mitton
Kjasgaard (L) and Grant
Willison 0 Ligon All-Stars 1
Shephard (L) and McNary
Ladd White (W) and Underwood
Moosomin 1 Regina Red Sox 4
Drake (L) and Carefoot
Lefty Harrison (W) and Mitton
Kronau 1 Marquis 4
Gottselig, Spry and Pete Kawuza
J Devine (W) and Peterson
Regina Red Sox 4 Wilcox Cardinals 5
McLenaghan, O'Brien, Sinclair and Mitton
Buttgereit, D Metz and Clements
Ligons 8 Marquis 2
Broady (W) and Underwood
R Reynoldson (L), S Reynoldson and E. Froehlich, R Reynoldson
Regina Red Sox 4 Marquis 4
Jack Sinclair and Mitton
Torgeson, Jack Devine and R Reynoldson
Ligons 13 Wilcox 0
Roy White (W) and Underwood
Hogg, A Downton (7), N Metz (8), and Clements
The auditors hadn't got around to figuring things out late Thursday, but a crowd--happy Indian Head was ready to lay odds that the Rockets wouldn't be in the red ink when the ball tournament balance sheet was tabled.
Townspeople viewed parked autos and streams of people on the fair grounds and estimated that a solid 15,000 had viewed the two-day show. Those who stayed two days paid $1.50 for their baseball, the one-day stand folks chipped in with an even dollar.
But the overhead was terrific. Lowest estimates were around $6,000. There was the $2,000 in price money, a bill of $400 for baseballs along, lumber, wire netting and grading for three diamonds, umpires and what not. The Rockets did it up big but they were not making one-year plans. "This will be an annual affair," declared curler Jimmy Robison who was right in the middle of things at headquarters. (Regina Leader Post, August 8, 1947)
(August 9) Trail came from behind with seven runs in the last three innings to trounce Nelson 9 to 3 to take first money at the Nelson Jubilee Tournament. Jack Mathers fired a three-hitter, with eight strikeouts, for the Cards who got 13 hits, three by Ken Stanton who also scored three times.
Mathers (W) and Anselmo
Townsend (L) and Richardson
In their first game, Trail clobbered the Slocan All-Stars 24-1 in a game called after just four innings. The Cards rapped 19 hits, four by Jimmy Morris, and capitalized on nine Slocan errors. Kenny Stanton drove in four and scored a pair. Julie Bilesky scored four and knocked in a pair. Charlie Stroulger also had four scores and two hits and added three runs batted in. With the score at 21-0 after the first inning and a half, Trail removed starter Jack Mathers to save him for the tournament final. Slocan managed one run without a hit.
Mathers (W), Monaldi (2) and Anselmo
McAskill (L), Tateishi (1), C.Thring (1) and Yamada
Nelson had advanced with an 11-9 victory over Kimberley.
Scott (W) and Nash
Amundrud (L) and Kilburn
Kimberley won the consolation final trimming Slocan 20-4.
Gibbons (W) and Kilburn
Graham (L), McAskill, Tateishi and F.HuftySr.
(August 14) Kelowna Red Sox were out-hit, outfoxed and outclowned Thursday night but they put on a good show in holding barnstorming Ford's California Tigers to a 5-3 margin in a crowd-pleasing game at Athletic Oval before 1,200 fans. The visitors took the lead with singletons in the first and second innings and then were only half serious giving the patrons the kind of display they came to see. The clowning antics included having playing manager Baldy Benson catching most of Mule Brown's sometimes wild slants while swaying back and forth in a rocking chair. In the ninth, two of the Tigers' outfielders took time for a crap game in centre field and Lee McDonald, at third, began reading a newspaper, ignoring the runner at second. Outfielder Shorty Reed, the leadoff man for the Tigers, was a crowd favourite as he reached base four times, three on hits, and ran wild on the bases. Junior Walton, the second sacker, went three-for-five. Fred Kitsch led the locals with three safeties.
Brown (W) and Benson
Zaccarelli, Lesmeister (5), Cousins (8) and Kielbiski, V.Cousins (5)
(August 17) The Ligon Colored All-Stars and the Prince Albert All-Stars put on an exhibition of pitching and defense Sunday at Bohemian Park in spliting a twin-bill by identical 1-0 scores. Ligons had played in Brandon, Manitoba, Saturday and made the trip by bus during the night arriving just minutes before game time. Ken Broady fired a six-hit shutout in the opening game compiling six strike outs without a base on balls. Stan Kowalski and Lefty Logue gave up seven hits. The only run came in the 5th inning as Ford singled, was sacrificed to second, took third on an infield grounder and scored on Porter Reed's single to centre field. Sanchez, the Ligon catcher and one time player in the Mexican professional league, fractured his finger in the second inning and was replaced by Travis Taylor. Ligons turned three double plays.
Broady (W) and Sanchez, Taylor (2)
Kowalski (L), Logue (9) and Zwack
Lefty Logue held the visitors to just three hits, all singles, in the second game to best Art Bryant who allowed seven hits for the Ligons. Johnny Boden scored the only run in the 4th inning opening with a line drive over second base and coming home on an error.
Bryant (L) and Underwood
Logue (W) and Zwack
(August 17) Brooks Tournament Lomond shaded Brooks 2-1 to take top money of $100 at the Elks Sports Day. Ted Malmberg bested Frank Charlton in the mound duel.
In the tourney's first game, the home squad, behind Wilf Pennington's shutout ball beat Johnny Sears and Duchess 2-0. Ted Malmberg fired a shutout in the second game, a 1-0 victory over Rolling Hills. Hans Sagstuen took the tough loss.
(August 21) The baseball clowns from San Francisco, Ford's California Tigers, drew another large crowd, nearly 1,000 Thursday and put on a good show in downing the Kelowna Red Sox 7-2. The visitors took a 3-0 lead after three innings and kicked their clown routine into high gear. 17-year-old Harry Washington held the Sox to three hits, including a homer to Hank Tostenson. Shorty Reed, the fleet-footed left fielder for the Negro nine, led off the game with a four-master to right.
Washington (W) and Benson
H.Cousins, Zaccarelli (7) and Kielbiski, V.Cousins (7)
(August 24) Before one of the largest Sunday crowds in memory, Dick Murray's Kelowna Red Sox downed the barnstorming California Tigers 6-3. Hank Tostenson had a circuit clout for the winners and Lee MacDonald, who took over from Baldy Benson behind the plate for the visitors, smacked one of the longest balls of the year driving a homer over the centre field fence in the fifth. Tostenson, with his homer and single, and Dick Zaccarelli, with two doubles, led the Sox against 16-year-old Tootie Richardson. The collection amounted to $235, the largest Sunday plate in the memory. Wally Lesmeister held the Tigers to six hits in going the distance for the win.
Richardson (L) and MacDonald, Benson (7)
Lesmeister (W) and V.Cousins
(August 29) Wally Lesmeister held the touring San Diego Tigers to four hits Friday at City Park as Kelowna Red Sox tripped up the visitors 7-3. Sunday, Lesmeister had tamed Ford's California Tigers, 6-3. Red Sox did all their damage, getting all their ten hits, in the first five innings against starter Jack Lowe. Sante Fe Morris didn't allow a hit in his three innings of work. Dick Zaccarelli and Glen O'Shaughnessy each had two safeties to lead the winners. Catcher Floyd Gomez had the game's big blow, a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Lowe, Morris (6) and Floyd
Lesmeister (W) and Kielbiski
(August 31-September 1) PENTICTON LABOUR DAY TOURNAMENT With a late rally, Oroville came from behind to top Grand Forks 6-5 to capture first money at the Penticton Labour Day Tournament. Grand Forks took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. The first marker was brought home by J.Kishi who, despite getting caught in a hot-box and losing a shoe managed to sneak home. After six frames, Grand Forks held a 5-2 advantage. In the seventh, three errors helped Oroville tie the count. In the 8th, back-to-back doubles provided the deciding run. The Americans took home the $300 top prize.
On Sunday, Jack Mathers racked up 19 strikeouts in hurling Grand Forks to a 13-1 triumph over Penticton.
Mathers (W) and xxx
Jack Kincaid (L), Baker (7) and Baker, Kincaid (7)
Oroville moved on to the final by downing Summerland 10-4. The Washington squad survived six errors but took good advantage of a dozen committed by Summerland.
(Aug 31-Sept 1) Kamloops Labour Day Tournament
With a 17-hit offensive, Vancouver Yorks crushed Kelowna Red Sox 12-4 Monday to take top money in the $1100 Kamloops Labour Day Tournament. First baseball Billy Adshead led the attack with four hits and three runs. Strong smashed a homer and two singles and Thomas and Blackhall each added three hits. Surphlis scattered ten hits in going the route for the Yorks. Hank Tostenson had a circuit blow and single for Kelowna.
Surphlis (W) and McDonald
Bob Corson (L), xxx and Kielbiski, xxx
Yorks reached the final with a 13-6 victory over Vancouver Athletic Club. Thomas pounded out three hits for the winners who plated four runs in the first inning and led all the way.
Mills, Strong and McDonald
Weisberg, Younie, White and Weston
Red Sox came from behind with six runs in the sixth inning to down Ford's San Diego Tigers 7-6 in an error filled contest to make the final. Each team had just five hits in the seven inning tilt. Hal Cousins went the route for the win.
Morris, Taylor and Floyd, J.Johnson
H.Cousins (W) and Kielbiski, V.Cousins (6)
In the opening round, San Diego Tigers topped Kamloops Legion 6-3 with a 12-hit attack. C.Dixon had three of them while K. Taylor fired a three-hitter for the Americans to help overcome six Tigers' errors.
K.Taylor (W) and A. Floyd
Bellam (L) and Henry
Vancouver Yorks tallied three in the first inning and cruised to a 7-3 triumph over Kamloops CYO. Left fielder T.Kennedy had three of Yorks' nine hits. W.Surphlis tossed a seven-hitter for the win. Johnny Garay had two hits for Kamloops.
W.Surphlis (W) and H.McDonald
MacDonald (L) and Morton
Kelowna beat Oliver 7-4 behind a 13-hit effort. Hank Tostenson and Fred Kitsch each had three hits for the Sox while Hal Cousins and Bob Corson combined to handle the mound work. Kelowna survived seven errors to notch the win. Don Coy led the losers with three hits.
Coulter (L) and McLure
H.Cousins, Corson and V.Cousins
Vancouver AC advanced by blanking Tonasket 5-0 behind a three-hitter by J.Crosatta. L.Brown went three for three to pace the winners.
J.Crosatta (W) and J.Weston
Ray Visser, L.Bowers and L.Hurd
(September 1) HEDLEY LABOUR DAY TOURNAMENT The host club, Hedley, took top money defeating Princeton 8-7 in the final. Princeton won its opener 11-6 over Rutland. John Holitzki cracked a three-run homer for the losers.
(September 1) Reo Motors got solid hurling by Bill Kucheran and George (Babe) Goodrich to take top money at the Taber Tournament. Kucheran fired a five-hitter as Reos shaded Picture Butte Royals 6-5, scoring the winner in the top of the 8th and final inning. In the nightcap, Goodrich was even better in holding Taber Yellow Sox to two hits in a 4-2 victory. Goodrich rang up 11 strikeouts while walking just one. Kucheran fanned five and walked three. Four of the Reos - Johnny Klem, Yanosik, Petrunia and Mitch Seaman - doubled back from Taber in the afternoon to line up with the Galt Miners in the Calgary Brewery trophy series then returned to Taber to play for the Reos in the evening game.
Kucheran (W) and Petrunia
Malmberg (L), Drake and Karren
Goodrich (W) and Petrunia
Knibbs (L) and Brown