1948 Tournaments and Exhibitions     

 

(June 8)  Rutland Adanacs fought back from an early 5-1 deficit to grab a 6-6 tie with the Oakland Beavers in a game called after nine innings because of darkness. Adanacs took the lead with a run in the first inning when Hank Wostradowski drove in Andy Kitsch who had reached on an error. Beavers responded with a five-run third inning as they collected four hits, one a triple by first baseman W.Green, and took advantage of Rutland miscues. Rutland bounced back with a pair in the fifth and three in the sixth to tie. Each team had nine hits. Percy Fisher and Wayne Carr combined to strikeout 13 Rutland batters.

Fisher, Carr (6) and Hamilton
Wostradowski, Bach (4), Lingor (7) and Brummet


(June 18)  Champion Red Sox copped top money at the Carmangay Tournament Friday as an enthusiastic crowd attended.  Champion had an easy time in the opening game trouncing Barons 12-3 as Bud Siler handled the pitching duties.

Siler (W) and Watts
Saffel (L), Karl and Sherwood

Vulcan topped the host Carmangay nine 7-5, coming from behind an early 4-0 deficit.

Johnson, Gimlet and Speath
Chilton (L) and Long

Champion got by Vulcan 5-4 in the final.

Siler, M.Smith and Dupp, Watts
Fisher, Dann and Speath



(June 20)   The Ligon All-Stars took both ends of Sunday's double-bill with the Bohemians 12-5 and 5-1. The home squad were spotted two runs in the first inning of the afternoon fixture as Arnold Casey and Lefty Logue scored on Andy Zwack's double. Roy White then held the Bohs off the scoreboard over the next six innings allowing just one hit. The All-Stars tied the game 2-2 in the 3rd as Johnny Johnson and Ed Brown both singled and scored. Steve Wylie started a five-run onslaught in the 4th with a ringing triple and was followed around the diamond by Sterling Fuller, Tom Snoddy, White and Johnson before the Bohemians could halt the proceedings.  Cleveland Grant added one for the All-Stars in the 6th stealing his way around the sacks after reaching with a base on balls.  Fuller, White and Ed Brown plated runs in the 7th and Snoddy scored the final Ligon marker in the 9th. White gave up just six hits in pitching the victory. He fanned 11.

White (W) and Jack Brown
Kowaksky (L) and Zwack

Big Jim Jefferson limited Prince Albert to five hits in the nightcap, two of them in the 7th inning when the Bohemians scored their lone tally.  Lefty Logue was touched for nine safeties in taking the loss. After four scoreless frames, Ligons plated a run in the 5th when Fuller reached on a fielder's choice, was sacrificed to second and came home on Jefferson's base knock.  A four-run 5th inning by the Ligons put the game out of reach. Eddie Brown was walked and Jackie Brown followed with a single.  The runners advanced on a sacrifice and both scored when Buchanan muffed Underwood's drive to left.  Fuller tripled to right field and in turn scored when Carle dropped Snoddy's drive to centre field.

Jefferson (W) and Underwood
Logue (L) and Zwack


Brandon Invitational

(Wed June 23)  George Ligon's Colored All-Stars won top money in Brandon's invitational tournament downing the Greys 5-3 before 25-hundred fans in the final.  Steve Ensloe Wylie allowed eleven hits but fanned thirteen as the All-Stars took advantage of two Brandon errors to score three times in the 4th inning.  Toby Simms and Sterling Fuller each had two hits.  Bus Quinn paced the Greys with two hits and two RBI.

While the pitching and hitting provided the fans with plenty to cheer about it was the spectacular fielding plays which deserved the most applause.  During the day, there were many catches made which were nothing short of phenomenal, while none of the clubs committed many really serious blunders.

Jack Johnson, Minot centrefielder, turned in two beautiful catches each time after running the proverbial mile.  Frank Watkins raced from deep right field to short right centre for Brandon and Steve Clark made a leaping catch of a long fly in centre field, all in the opening game.  From there until the final out was made in the final game the day produced a series of such plays.

Coney Williams, starry Brandon shortstop, pulled off probably the finest fielding effort of the day in the eighth inning of the final when he took two steps backward and leaped high in the air to pull in a scorching line drive off the bat of Henry Underwood(Brandon Daily Sun, June 24, 1948)

R Reynoldson and Christopher
Wylie and Underwood

Quinn tossed a four-hit shutout and belted a triple as Brandon reached the final with a 5-0 win over Minot.  Coney Williams had three hits for the Greys.

Quinn and Christopher
Keck, Claussen (7) and Tiller

Roy White also pitched a four-hit shutout as the All-Stars downed Winnipeg Reos 4-0.  He chalked up eleven strikeouts and walked two.  The Browns were much in evidence.  Second baseman Eddie Brown and centre fielder Jack Brown of the All-Stars provided the fielding gems of the game robbing Murray Brown of the Reos of base hits in the 6th and 8th innings. 

Walker and Merlevede
White and Underwood

Murray Brown had a triple and two singles to lead the Reos to a 6-4 win over Minot. Bill Nicholson held the Merchants to seven hits.

Johnson and Sullivan, Tiller
Nicholson and Merlevede


(June 23)   A pair of Manitoba teams won the money at the 4th annual  $1,500 Knights of Pythias Tournament at Yorkton.  Gilbert Plains took top prize defeating Carrot River Loggers 9-1 in the final after downing Weyburn 8-6 in the opening round.  Loggers advanced with a 16-0 trouncing to Moosomin.  In the open final, Grandview blasted Rossburn 15-5 after previously ousting Yorkton, Stenan and Wapella.


(June 23)   The Muskogee Cardinals from Houston, Texas captured top money at the Portage Curling Club's Baseball Tournament.  Cards defeated Poplar Point 7-6 in the final. 


(June 27)   Shebo Red Sox crushed the defending champion Yorkton Cardinals 10-2 Sunday in the final of the Garry League playoff tournament. A 1-1 game after seven innings, Red Sox took the lead with a run in the 8th and broke it wide open with an eight run explosion in the 9th.  Shebo took home the Garry Trophy as league champions. George Homenuik went the distance for the pitching win. Jack Sharpe took the loss.                  

Homenuik (W) and xxx
Sharpe (L) and xxx

In the semi-final round, Shebo defeated Willowbrook 7-4 and Yorkton erupted for 14 runs in the second inning to crush Springside 18-1. Yorkton also made league history with a triple play. With two runners aboard in the 4th inning for Springside, the third batter hit a line drive to Bob Winters on third. Winters tagged the sack, threw to Jack Sharpe at second and Sharpe made the relay to first to retire the side.


(June 27)   Negro League veteran Rufus Ligon took on the pitching chores, after starter Jim Jefferson went down with an arm injury, and hurled the Colored All-Stars to a 4-0 verdict Sunday evening over the Prince Albert Veterans.  Ligon's battery mate Henry Underwood also was sidelined when he split a finger on a foul tip. The scheduled afternoon contest was called off in the first inning on account of rain after the Ligon's had run up a 5-0 lead.  Albert Knutson, pitching for the Veterans gave up five straight walks and Bo Carlson who replaced Knutson was touched for a single, hit a batter and walked one before the game was called.  Ligon's were seldom in trouble in the evening affair. The All-Stars broke a scoreless tie in the 6th inning when Cleveland Grant, Sterling Fuller and Toby Simms punched out singles. They added three more in the 9th as Tom Snoddy started a rally with a triple to left. Ligon reached when hit by a pitch and Johnny Johnson and Brown followed with singles. Ray Friesen took the loss.

R.Ligon (W) and xxx
Friesen (L) and xxx

(July 28)   The barnstorming Oakland Beavers defeated Cranbrook 11-8 Wednesday in a game called after six innings because of winter-like weather as the temperature dipped to around 40 degrees. In nearby Crow's Nest it snowed.  The California club tried to stay warm building a bonfire in front their bench. Bobby Mitchell led the home club knocking in seven runs with a grand slam homer and a three-run shot.

(June 28)  Kamloops Legion of the BC Interior League topped Kamloops CYO of the North Okanagan Mainline League 8-3 in an exhibition game at Riverside Park Monday. Al Williams picked up the win holding CYO to four hits in his six innings of work. Bill MacDonald threw no-hit ball for the final three innings. Gordon Bregolisse went the distance for CYO yielding nine hits.

Bregolisse (L) and Egely, E.Garay
Williams (W), B.MacDonald (7) and N.MacDonald


Lanigan Tournament

(June 29)   Regina Caps, with a huge assist from Johnny Johnson of the Ligon All-Stars, picked up top prize of $300 at the Lanigan baseball tournament.  Johnson, on loan to the Caps, pitched 27 straight innings to lead Regina to three victories and the championship.  After Quill Lake got toe Caps' starter Chris Gerein for three runs in the 3rd inning of the first game, Johnson took over and the Caps went on to a 7-4, 12 inning triumph.  Johnson then shutout Liberty Eagles 4-0 in the semi-final and went the distance in the final as Regina topped Sioux Indians 8-3.  Two more Ligon's, Sterling Fuller and Cleveland Grant, along with Gordie Knutson of the Regina Red Sox bolstered the Caps' lineup.


Kelowna Kinsmen International Tournament

(June 30-July 1)  Harold Cousins held Kamloops CYO to five hits as Kelowna came from behind to win 7-2 in the opening game of the Kelowna Kinsmen International Tournament. Red Sox pounded out 12 hits with Fred Kitsch leading the offense with a double and triple. 

McQuarrie (L) and E.Garay
H.Cousins (W) and V.Cousins

Shortstop Mark Lowe had five hits, a homer, double and three singles, and right fielder Bill Walker added four as Grand Coulee crushed Oliver 12-3 Wednesday in the second game of the tourney.  The winner pounded out 18 hits including home runs by Lowe and Miley and three-baggers by Redmond, Walker and Foisy.  Dick Stiles, who held Oliver to six hits, pitched shutout ball except for the sixth inning when Oliver scored all three of its runs. Oliver drew plenty of applause from the crowd for coming up with a makeshift team on 24 hours notice. Haney, BC, was due to appear but on Tuesday advised they would be unable to attend.

Coulter (L), Warner and McIvor
Stiles (W) and Milliken

Kamloops Legion spotted Omak three runs in the top of the first inning before rallying to notch a 6-3 decision behind the five-hit pitching of Vancouver lefty Cliff Keeley who added to the offense with two hits and two runs. Ash Mayson and Marriott each rapped three hits for the winners.

Johnson (L), J.Lightley and Shattuck
Keeley (W) and Morton

In the semi-final match, Kelowna scored three in the second inning and romped to a 6-1 triumph as Dick Zaccarelli tossed a four-hitter and Hank Tostenson had three hits.

Zaccarelli (W) and Newton
Davis, Stiles (5) and Milliken

Kamloops Legion, winners of a bye to the final, took $300 top money with a 4-2 win over Kelowna before a crowd of about 1,500. 17-year-old import lefty Al Williams scattered nine hits in going the route for the winners to best Harold Cousins of the Red Sox.  Marriott had the games's big blow, a homer.

H.Cousins (L) and V.Cousins
Williams (W) and Morton


Rutland Rally Day Tournament

(July 1)  Rutland Adanacs handed Kelowna Cubs a two run advantage in the first inning before bouncing back for a 7-3 victory to take top money in the Rutland Tournament. Adanacs went ahead for good in the fifth inning when Johnny Lingor belted his second triple and Tony Brummet followed with another three-bagger. Hank Wostradowski relieved started Pete Remple in the third and held the Cubs off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Rutland thought it had lost the services of Wostradowski in a freak accident when batting in the first game. The bat broke as he lined a long hit and the force of his swing forced the broken handle around against the back of his head. He was out for several minutes.

Mits Koga (L) and Morio Koga
Remple, Wostradowski (3) and Holitzki

In the opening game, Kelowna Cubs took a 6-0 lead in the third inning then needed a run in the tenth to down Winfield 7-6.

Morio Koga, Mits Koga (W) and Yamamoto, Morio Koga
Mende, Shishido (L) and Moody

Johnny Lingor, who handled the hurling for Rutland, belted a three-run homer and Tony Brummet crushed another in the third inning to lead the Adanacs to a 6-2 win over Oyama.

Lingor (W) and Holitzki
Hinada (L) and Kinicki


Penticton Dominion Day Tournament

(July 1)   Oliver took first money of $300 at the Dominion Day Tournament at Penticton downing Brewster in the final. The American squad defeated the Penticton All-Stars 8-3 in the opening round.


(July 1)   House of David had a big seventh inning, scoring five times, and that was the difference as the bearded wonders topped the Kansas City Monarchs 7-2 in an enteraining exhibition match at Henderson Park at Lethbridge. Some 2,000 fans (paying $1.30 apiece) jammed the stands, sprawled along the base lines or remained inside their cars. Hitting star of the contest was Ted Crapp, the Davids' catcher, who had a perfect night at the plate with four hits, two of them doubles, in four trips to the plate. Second baseman Handy of the Monarchs smacked a triple and single. In the 7th, the Davids combined three hits, two errors, a walk and a fielder's choice to put together their five-run rally. Cool Papa Bell, the Monarchs' manager got into the game while Doc Tally, head man for the House of David showed he had lost none of his old "Pepper Ball" mastery in performing for the large crowd. Johnny Fine picked up the win with an eight-hitter. Mickey Stubblefield allowed 11 hits in taking the loss.

Stubblefield (L) and Wright
Fine (W) and Crapp


(July 1)  Medicine Hat Tournament

Lethbridge Reos shaded Medicine Hat 9-8 to waltz off with top money of $300 in the Kinsmen Tournament at Medicine Hat. Reos built up a three run lead after five innings only to see the advantage nullified in the sixth when the 'Hatters capitalized on wildness by Reos hurlers to score six times. With the sacks loaded in the 7th for Lethbridge, Darwin Walkingshaw plunked a two-bagger to centre to score three and Hec Negrello followed with a timely poke to score Walkingshaw to put the Reos ahead 7-6. Tigers came right back with a run in the bottom of the 7th to make it 7-7. Pete Lysak, Babe Goodrich and Harold Menzies supplied the winning punch in the 8th with two singles and a double good for two runs. Gordon Smith's three-bagger in the ninth to score Fred Long raised the Tigers' hopes but a ground out ended the game.

Goodrich, Negrello, Menzies and Petrunia
Sagstuen, J.Toole and Long

Veteran Ted Malmberg turned back the clock to hurl a six-hitter to lead Picture Butte to a 7-2 triumph in the consolation final over Port Reeve, Saskatchewan. Two walks and three hits gave the Buttes four tallies in the 7th inning to put the contest in the bag. Singles by Roy Hayashi and Malmberg accounted for the markers.

Willis (L), Franks (2) and A.Powell
Malmberg (W) and Cook


(July 1-4)  Blairmore Dominion Day Tournament

Blairmore Columbus Club smacked 17 hits off four Hillcrest hurlers to down the Miners 19-11 in the final of the Dominion Day tournament. A four run first inning put Blairmore in the driver's seat. Only a six-run rally by Hillcrest in the 8th inning made the score seem respectable. Draper went the route for the winners giving up eight hits.

Draper (W) and Vejprava
Bianchini, Quintillio, Elick, Grant and Quin.

On July first, Coleman shaded Michel 6-5 and Hillcrest notched a 3-1 victory of Lethbridge Purity 99. Kimoto survived a rough start, giving up three first inning runs to Michel, before settling down to fire a six-hitter in the Cubs' victory.  Coleman rapped 12 hits off a pair of Michel twirlers.

Kimoto (W) and Yoshinaka
Cole, Scott and Sainhad

Karliner's mighty blow in the top of the ninth gave Hillcrest a 3-1 victory over Purity 99. Johnny Quintillio and Bill Kucheran hooked up in a dandy pitcher's duel with each allowing just five hits.

Quintillio (W) and Elick
Kucheran (L) and Richardson


(July 4)   Prince Albert Bohemians and the barnstorming Muskogee Cardinals divided honours Sunday in an exhibition double-header at Bohemian Park. The locals took the afternoon contest 6-5 but were overwhelmed 17-9 in the night match up.  Centre fielder big Chuck Carle went from hero to goat to hero in a matter of minutes. Carle was outstanding cutting off any number of fly balls in centre that seemed headed for hits. Only once did he fall down on the catch and it was almost the ball game as it allowed the visitors to score two runs for a tie in the top of the 9th inning.  However, in the bottom of the 9th, Carle cracked out a double to score Berle Fisher with the winning tally. Fisher had reached when his fly ball dropped in as Dan Thomas and Willie Raglin collided in centre field in their efforts to catch the fly. The hometown crew took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning as Andy Zwack clouted a bases-loaded double. That spelled the finish for Cards' starter William Holmes who gave way to George Slaughter with just one out in the opening frame. The new moundsman kept the Bohemians off the scoreboard until the 7th when Casey scored on Fisher's triple and Fisher also came home when Carle followed with a one-bagger. The visitors had picked up a run in 4th as Raglin singled, stole second and came home on Lawrence Gibson's double. They added a pair in the 8th as Thomas and Slaughter crossed the plate and fought back to knot the count at 5-5 as Raglin and Gibson scored in the 9th.  Olsen went all the way for the winners scattering nine hits.

Holmes, Slaughter (1) and T. Taylor
Olsen (W) and Zwack

The slugfest in the evening affair produced 33 hits, 22 by the visitors. The Bohemians actually had the lead in the first inning. Cards got a run in the top of the first with Martin Oliver making the circuit after a single. But, in the bottom of the first it looked to be the Bohemians' day as Casey, Fisher, Carle and Zwack made the rounds.  The lead was short-lived with Muskogee scoring three in the second to tie and adding two in the 3rd and three more in the 4th. Not to be outdone, the Bohemians plated five in the 5th to pull into a 9-9 draw. A seven-run 7th inning for the Cardinals put the game on ice. There were two homers, Lefty Logue for the Bohemians and Travis Taylor for the Cardinals.

Holmes, Stanton (1), Thomas (5) and T.Taylor
Logue, Fisher (5) and Zwack

(July 7)  Before an overflow crowd at Riverside Park in Kamloops, the Legion and Oakland Beavers fought to an exciting 1-1 draw before darkness forced the game to be curtailed. Roy Thomas, who held the locals to three hits, tripled and scored the only Oakland run in the 8th inning. Legion had taken the lead in the seventh as Lefty Marriott reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second when Bill MacDonald was hit by a pitch and made third on an error. He came home on a wild pitch. Thomas had two putouts and six assists to his credit and participated in one double play. Wilf Johnson and MacDonald combined on a four-hitter for Kamloops.

Johnson, B.MacDonald and R.Ottem
Thomas and Burleson

(July 12)  Percy Fisher twirled a five-hitter, whiffing 15, to highlight a 6-1 Oakland Beavers' victory over Rutland Adanacs Monday evening.  Johnny Lingor of the Adanacs allowed just four hits and struck out seven in six innings of relief work. Chappie Gray and Willie Johnson each rapped a pair of hits and scored twice for the Beavers. Starting pitcher Pete Remple had two hits for Rutland.

Fisher (W) and Burleson
Remple (L), Lingor (4) and Holitzki

(July 15)   Ligon's All-Stars fell behind 4-0 in the first inning but bounced back with four runs in the 7th and a pair in the 8th for a 9-5 win over Lethbridge All-Stars.  Lefty Jack Johnson allowed just seven hits in registering the win. Felix McLaren had a double and two singles to lead the hitters.  Toby Simms, Ligon's second sacker had a pair of safeties.  The winning outburst in the 7th included singles by Eddie Brown and Tom Snoddy and McLaren's double.

Johnson (W) and Underwood
Petrie (L), Kucheran (8) and Petrunia

(July 18)   Rookie Johnny Ontko fashioned a four-hit shutout at Adams ball yard Sunday as Lethbridge Miners blanked the touring Dykeman's Bars 8-0 in the first game of a double-header. Miners also took the second contest, 11-5. Ontko fanned nine and walked two in his outstanding performance. Miners collected 13 hits, included a pair of extra base blows by Matt Slavich.

Gray (L) and Horning
Ontko (W) and Dupuis, Deak

Miners fell behind 4-0 in the second game before rallying to whip the Bars 11-5 with a 14-hit attack. The visitors combined three hits and two walks off Norm Petrie to score four times in the first inning. The locals responded with three in their half of the first and Petrie tied the game in the second inning coming home on Matt Slavich's drive to left field. Joe Arisman shot the Miners into the lead when he crossed home plate on George Rodzinyak's smash to centre. They added four in the fifth and two more in the 8th.  Petrie allowed nine hits in going the distance for the pitching win.

Jaap, Grey and Horning
Petrie (W) and Deak


July 19-24 Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament

(July 19)   Murray Coben turned in a four-hit performance Monday to lead Perdue to a 17-2 trouncing of Hanley in the opening game of the 1948 Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  The game was called after seven innings. "Scruffy" Johnson started for Hanley and with defensive support may have made a game of it but his mates booted the ball all over the lot and when he retired after five innings he had yielded five hits for nine runs. Overall Hanley made nine errors. Bugg, with three hits, was the top swatter for Perdue.

Johnson (L), Duddridge, Brenahan, Singler and Fenson
M.Coben (W) and Kowalenko

(July 21)   Aberdeen, the defending champions, needed an extra inning Wednesday morning to advance to the second round of the Exhibition Tournament with a 10-7 win over Brock. Tied 6-6 after regulation play, Aberdeen combined two hits with four Brock errors to post four runs in the top of the 10th for the win. Aberdeen had tied the match with two out in the 9th as relief pitcher Will Weir knocked in the equalizer. Brock out-hit the winners 12 to 6 but made ten errors. The game had been postponed from Tuesday as rain forced the rescheduling.              

Strebr, Weir (W) and Deer
Hornyak (L) and M.Kelly

(July 21)  Richlea survived nine errors to edge Neilburg 8-7. Glen Gilkinson held Neilburg to nine hits in going the distance for the win.  The Gilkinsons, Glen and first basemen Ken, had big hits for the winners with three-baggers.

G.Gilkinson (W) and Gardiner
Dodd, Gibbons (2) and Freisen

(July 22)   Melfort took a 6-1 lead and managed to hang on to defeat Humboldt 6-5 in Thursday's play at the Exhibition Tournament. Stang, a husky right-hander held Humboldt to six hits. The winners had just five safeties but were handed many scoring chances given Melfort's ten errors.  George Green took the loss.

Stang (W) and C.Edwards, Fennell
Green (L), Davis (6) and A.Strueby

(July 23)   There were 36 strikeouts as Aberdeen advanced to the final of the Exhibition Tournament Friday downing Perdue 5-4.  Murray Coben, on the mound for Perdue, set a modern strikeout record by fanning 19 batters as Ed Thoen, for Aberdeen, struck out 17.  Perdue had a 4-1 lead after six innings but Aberdeen combined a walk, two hits, a hit batter and an outfield error to plate three runs to tie the score.  In the 8th, Jackson singled sharply to right centre for Aberdeen and stole second. Pinch-hitter Dickinson lofted a fly ball to right field and as Grant Coben misjudged the ball it dropped in and Jackson scampered home with what proven to be the winning run. Perdue out-hit the winners 12 to 6 with third baseman Koronko collecting three.

M.Coben (L) and Kowalenko
Thoen (W) and K.Deer

(July 24)   Richlea, held to just four hits, overcame a 5-0 deficit to down Melfort 7-6 to win a berth in the Exhibition final. Four errors and some poor base running hurt Melfort's chances. Richlea rallied for five runs in the 4th inning and added two more in the 6th for the victory.  Melfort collected ten hits including a pair of doubles by W.Edwards and one by Graham. C.Edwards and Jackson, also of Melfort, clouted three-baggers.                           

Markowsky (L), Graham (6) and Flanagan
Ellis, Gardiner (W) (3) and Evans

(July 24)    All of the scoring occurred in the 8th inning as Richlea shaded Aberdeen 4-3 to win the championship of the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  For seven frames, Glen Gilkinson for Richlea and Slim Burke, for Aberdeen, put on a pitching clinic with Burke the better of the two with a one-hitter and 11 strikeouts through seven innings. In the top of the 8th, Walt Weir clouted a homer with Ken Deer aboard to break the scoreless tie. Aberdeen added a third run on a hit batsman, an error and two singles. Richlea responded in the bottom of the 8th. With two out Burke walked two batters and Ken Gilkinson cracked a single to get Richlea on the scoreboard. Ross Allen and Ellis came through with singles which, with the help of a catcher's error, brought in three more runs and put Richlea out front 4-3. 

Burke (L), Thoen (8) and K.Deer
G.Gilkinson (W) and Evans


Weyburn :   Seven teams were scheduled to compete in the $2,000 tournament in Weyburn July 20-21.  So far entries have come from Minot Merchants, Delisle All-Stars, Regina Caps, Muskogee Cardinals, Wilcox Cardinals, Xoll, North Dakota and Weyburn Beavers.


(July 21)   The touring Oakland Beavers topped the Grand Forks Town squad 8-4 Wednesday before some 500 fans at Firemen's park.


(July 25)   In spite of cloudy skies, a cool wind and occasional rain showers Muskogee Cardinals and Prince Albert Bohemians completed a double-header at Bohemian Park Sunday with the teams dividing the decisions. In the afternoon, the Bohemians trounced the visitors 13-3 while the Cardinals rebounded with an 8-5 victory in the evening. Prince Albert unleashed a 16-hit attack on the barnstormers to romp to the afternoon triumph. Stan Kowalski hurled five-hit ball for the locals.  Doug Boettcher belted a homer for the winners and Arnold Casey and Morash banged doubles. Arlie Taylor, Thomas and Woosley had two-baggers for Muskogee.

Pogue (L) and Raglin
Kowalski (W) and Zwack

Errors proved costly for Prince Albert in the second game when Lefty Logue overthrew to third base in the first inning permitting two runs to score while three errors in the 2nd inning led to three more markers for the visitors. Bohemians got four straight hits, by Zwack, Barrouclough, Morash and Boden, to plate a pair in the 2nd inning. They added two more in the 3rd and one in the 6th. George Slaughter tossed a six-hitter for the winners. Vancoughnett gave up eight hits in a losing cause.

Slaughter (W) and T.Taylor,Thomas (2)
Vancoughnett (L) and Zwack

(July 26)  Prince Albert Bohemians downed the Muskogee Cardinals 10-6 Monday in take the final game of a winner-take-all exhibition series. Bohs captured all the prize money, the gate receipts for the entire three-game set. The home crew took advantage of three Cardinal errors to take a three-run lead in the first inning. They added three more in the 4th, two in the 6th and a final pair in the 7th. Lefty Logue scattered 11 hits, one a homer by little Willie DavisRay Woosley allowed an even dozen hits to the Bohemians. 

Woosley (L) and T.Taylor
Logue (W) and Zwack


(July 27)   Champion Tournament

Rain wiped out the closing game of the opening day of the annual Lions Club Tournament at Champion but there were no tears as the raindrops brought welcome relief to farmers in the area which has seen near drought conditions.  Previous to the downpour large crowds were on hand to watch Champion trim Claresholm 7-1 and Enchant eke out a 3-2 victory over Lomond.  A 0-0 game after six innings, Claresholm scored in the top of the 7th inning and Champion responded with four in the bottom of the 7th and two more in the 8th for the win. Bud Siler picked up the win in relief.

McDonald (L) and Young
Chilton, Siler (7) and Watts

Crellin (L) and McBride
Petrie (W) and Howe


(August 1)   Ligon's Colored All-Stars swept an exhibition double-header from Prince Albert Bohemians Sunday defeating the locals 4-1 and 5-2. Johnny Johnson fired a four-hitter to post the win in the opener. He fanned 13 and walked five. Stan Kowalski pitched well for the locals allowing just five hits while striking out seven and issuing two free passes. The All-Stars scored first as Henry Underwood crossed the plate in the 3rd inning helped by a brace of errors. They added one in the 4th on Underwood's sacrifice fly.  Jackie Brown and Felix McLaren each doubled and scored for the visitors in the 6th. Berle Fisher, who had doubled, brought in the only Bohs run in the 7th.

Johnson (W) and Underwood
Kowalski (L) and Zwack

Bohemians belted two homers, by Andy Zwack and Doug Boettcher, in the second game but they were the only runs for the locals as Ligon's notched the 5-2 triumph.  The visitors got a run in the first as White, leading off, walked and rounded the bases on ground balls.  They added a pair in the 3rd with Sterling Fuller sending a sharp single to right, advancing on an error and scoring on McLaren's booming double off the left field fence. McLaren came home on an overthrow.  The All-Stars completed the scoring in the 5th on two hits and two walks.  Toby Simms was the winning pitcher besting Lefty Logue. Each gave up eight hits.

Simms (W) and Underwood
Logue (L) and Zwack


(August 2)   Lethbridge Miners surprised the touring Oakland Beavers Monday taking a 6-4 decision in the first of a two game series. Miners grabbed the lead with three runs in the third inning when Steve Smerek and George Rodzinyak scampered home on an overthrow of third and Hec Negrello scored on an infield grounder after stealing third. Beavers got back in the game in the fourth when Jerry Burleson smacked a long double off the fence in right-centre scoring Chappie Gray who had doubled and Randy Olea who drew a walk.  Miners went up 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth as Negrello's single drove in Bill Kucheran, on base with a one-bagger.Olea's single through the box in the top of the sixth brought in Wilbert Greene with the Beavers' third marker but the Miners came right back in the bottom of the frame to plate another run, Smerek scooting home on Negrello's slam to right. Smerek tallied the Miners final run in the 8th coming home in front of a triple by Matt Slavich. Oakland rallied for a run in the ninth on Hamilton's one-base swat, a walk, a double steal and an infield out. Kucheran went the distance, giving up nine hits for the win. Miners got ten hits off Greene.

Greene (L) and Hamilton
Kucheran (W) and Witwicki

(August 3)   The barnstorming Oakland Beavers even their Lethbridge series Tuesday with a 6-3 victory over the Miners. Lethbridge had won the opener Monday 6-4.  Mule Brown and Percy Fisher combined to hold the home club to seven hits to best Norm Petire who allowed nine to the visitors. Buddy Watkins, Jerry Burleston and Brown each had two hits for the Beavers.

Brown (W), Fisher (8) and Hamilton
Petrie (L) and Witwicki


(Aug 2)  Reo Wreckers captured the Johnny Peterson Tournament for the second straight year downing Transcona 4-3 in the final. 

Transcona 3 Reos 4
Lopuck, Gardner (5) and Rizzuto, Blacquiere (7)
Geo Merlevede, McManus and Gus Merlevede

Transcona 7 Elmwood 5
Gardner, Hewitt (5) (W) and Blacquiere
Johnson, Price (7) and McConachy

Reos 4 Vets 1
McManus and Gus Merlevede
Reeves and Marcotte

Vets 8 Oakville 0
LeRoque and Madden
Sigurdson and Sherritt

Rosedales 0 Reos 3
Boux (L) and Hudson
Slowinski (W) and Gus Merlevede

Morden 2 Elmwood 4
McMullen and Polson
Parsons and McConachy

Poplar Point 2 Transcona 5
Hogue, McKerley and Hextall
Hewitt and Blacquiere

(July 30)   Don Reid fired a three-hit shutout as Rosedale juniors blanked the CUAC Blues 6-0 in the opening round of the Osborne Stadium tournament.  ANAF Vets advanced witha 5-2 win over Belmont and Oakville edged Beausejour 3-2. 

Rosedales 6 CUAC 0
Reid and Hudson
Krueger and Hilderman

Belmont 2 Vets 5
Guly and Madden
Gordon and Sanderson

Beausejour 2 Oakville 3
Coughlin and MacDonald
Blight, Sigurdson (7) and Sherritt

(July 31)   Don Lawson fired a one-hitter to lead Reos to a 5-0 win over St. James Legion at the Osborne Stadium tournament. 

St. James 0 Reos 5
Dickson (L), Pell (5) and Cuthbert
Lawson (W) and Gus Merlevede

Morden 7 Sundown 4
Cuthbert and Sparrow
Hrynchuk, Boulieau (3) and T. Eliuk, Bjornson (3)

Elmwood 3 Gilbert Plains 2
Hal Price (W) and McConachy
O. Minish (L) and J. Wilson

Transcona 5 Teulon
Lopuck and Blacquiere
Duck, Small and King

Poplar Point 5 Kamsack 2
McKerley and Hextall
Chevalodoff and Collinie


(August 4)   Playing before a record crowd at Natal, the touring Oakland Beavers from California downed the host club 6-3.  It was the first coloured nine to tour Natal in many years. The visitors took an early lead with three runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning. Natal rebounded in the sixth loading the bases and scoring three on a triple by Began Krall. Oakland put the game away in the ninth scoring a pair on two hits an an error. The thrilling contest ended when J. Krall poled a double as a pinch-hitter but was thrown at in a close play at third base.  Percy Fisher pitched a strong game for the Beavers allowing seven hits while striking out an even dozen batters. Tom Krall yielded 11 hits in taking the loss. Isaac Hicks and Bud Watkins each had two hits for Oakland while Cliff Salahub and Paul Chala had two apiece for Natal.

Fisher (W) and xxx
T.Krall (L) and xxx


(August 4)  Champion Tournament

Picture Butte captured top money at the annual Champion Tournament Wednesday defeating Champion 5-1 in the final as Finley held the host club to a sixth inning run.

Finley (W) and Cook
Chilton (L), Siler (5) and Latiff, Watts (5)

Picture Butte advanced by ousting Parkland while Champion gained a finals berth with a convincing 12-0 win over Enchant.  In losing, Champion dropped its first game of the season.

Siler (W), Latiff (7) and Watts
Jacobson (L), Petrie (4) and Howe


Indian Head Tournament

(Wed Aug 4)   In the highlight of the opening day of the Indian Head tournament, Brandon Greys edged Lake Valley 1-0 in 11 innings as Steve Wylie and Jack Devine hooked up in a spectacular pitching duel.  Each came through with a two-hitter.  Wylie won his own game in the 11th leading off with a double and advancing to third when the ball went into the crowd down the first base line.  He scored on a long fly to centre.  

Two upsets marked the opening day.  Gail Shupe, the former Winnipeg Maroon hurler, pitched Rouleau to a 4-3 win over the Ligon All-Stars, the 1947 champions.  Williston, North Dakota lost to Liberty 3-0. 

More than 85-hundred baseball fans poured onto the grounds to watch nine successive games as 22 teams representing three prairie provinces, North Dakota and California started in the tournament.

Marquis 1 Regina Red Sox 12
Wapella 5 Regina Red Sox 6
Woodrow 3 Ridgedale 6
Rouleau 4 Ligon All-Stars 3
Kronau 5 Delisle 2
Main Line 3 Preeceville 17
Quill Lake 2 Notre Dame 16
Liberty 3 Williston, ND 0
Griffin 0 Sceptre 5
Lake Valley 0 Brandon 1
Rouleau 2 Regina Caps 6
Minor, ND 16 Lawson 3

(August 5)  Brandon Greys edged a young Sceptre nine 4-3 to capture the $1,000 top prize in the second annual Indian Head Tournament. A record crowd of 16-thousand attended the final day of the twenty-two team event. Greys broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the 5th inning to take the win.  Ian Lowe, who opened the inning with a single, scored the winner on an overthrow of first.  Steve Wylie pitched a three-hitter for the win.  After Brandon had taken a 3-0 lead after two innings, Sceptre third baseman Fergy Shields tied it with one swing of the bat -- a three-run homer. 

C Jacobson and C Grant
Wylie and McConachy

Greys overcame a 3-0 deficit in the semi-final with an eight-run 8th inning to down Liberty 11-4.  

Quinn and McConachy
Buttgereit, Arnoid and McLane

Sceptre gained a final berth with a 1-0 win over Regina Caps as Cliff Jacobson pitched a five-hitter for the win and Al Vogt allowed just three hits in taking the loss.  Sceptre scored the only run in the 4th inning on a double, single and an error.  

Vogt and G Kyle
Jacobson and Grant

In the consolation final, Regina Caps shutout Liberty 3-0.

Gebhardt, T Horseth and McLane
L Scott, Staley and G Kyle

Brandon had earlier downed Minot 8-5.  Greys broke up a tight 2-2 match in the 7th inning when the Mallards decided to walk Rafe Cabrera with one run in and two men on the bases.  Minot catcher Bob Tiller didn't move far enough away from the plate and Cabrera  reached over and tapping a triple to score two more runs.

Price and McConachy
Claussen and Tiller

Sceptre, a club made up almost wholly of local boys, had three shutouts leading up to the final.  In addition to their whitewash of Regina, Sceptre beat Griffin 5-0 and Kronau 5-0.

Spry and Meyer
Ohlheiser and L Grant

In other matches:

Ridgedale 10 Regina Red Sox 5
R Harrison, Polus and Dubyk
McKellar, C Harrison and Mitton

Kronau 6 Preeceville 5
J Gottselig and Meyer
Lysohirka and Strand, Long

Notre Dame 1 Liberty 8
Germann and Brown, McNabb
Downton and McLane

Regina Caps 5 Ridgedale 2
Silverman and G Kyle
Burke and Dubyk


Winfield Tournament

(August 8)  George Kennedy pitched Winfield Cubs to an upset 6-5 win over Vernon.

Kennedy (W) and Cook
Wadsworth (L) and Clark

Rutland edge Oyama Eagles 8-7.

Morio Koga (W) and Mits Koga
V.Pratico (L) and A.Kinichi

Winfield Aces downed Oyama Green Caps 8-2.

Remple (W) and Moody
E.Gallagher (L) and C.Gallagher

In the semi-final the two Winfield teams faced off in an exciting contest. Down a run going into the final frame, George Kennedy smacked a two-run triple to put Cubs into the lead. In the bottom of the inning Mende crushed a homer for the Aces but the Cubs held on for a 4-3 victory and a berth against Rutland who drew a bye to the final.

Wickenheiser, Kennedy and Cook
Mende, Gunn and Moody

Tony Brummet highlighted an outstanding offensive outburst with a pair of homers as Rutland Adanacs blasted Winfield Cubs 18-3 in the tournament final. 

Wostradowski and Brummet
Remple, Kennedy, Gunn and Cook, L.Halco


(August 8)   Prince Albert Veterans staged a dramatic rally in the bottom of the 9th inning of the first game of a double-header with Delisle to escape with a split of the day's action at Bohemian Park Sunday. Down 3-0 and facing their final turn at bat, the Vets combined three hits with four Delisle errors to plate four runs and take a 4-3 victory. Don Johnston led off the 9th with an infield single and Andy Zwack followed with another safety as Johnston came home on a wild throw to first. Lefty Logue's one-bagger sent Zwack to third and Logue stole second on the next pitch. Jerry Hryciuk was to have been the second out on a strike out but Reg Bentley dropped the ball and let Hryciuk take first while he tried to pick off Zwack at third. Pinch-hitter Albert Knutson came through with a liner to right field to tie the game at 3-3. With Max Bentley relieving Yaroscho, Archie Hunter sent a ground towards third which the Delisle third sacker fielded cleanly but threw wild to first as Hryciuk came home with the winner. Bob Leslie held the visitors to five hits in going the distance for the win.

Yaroscho, Max Bentley (9) and Reg Bentley
Leslie (W) and Zwack

It was a different story in the nightcap as Delisle pounded out an 8-0 victory as southpaw John Maroniuk held the locals to five hits and set down 19 by strike outs.  Delisle had just seven hits including doubles by John Yaroscho and Reg Bentley and a triple by Bev Bentley.  Seven errors hurt the Veterans. Gordie Wilson had three of the hits for Prince Albert.

Logue (L) and Zwack
Maroniuk (W) and Reg Bentley

(August 18)   Ligon's Colored All-Stars put on an entertaining show for the Estevan fans at Nicholson Park Wednesday as they walked away with an 8-2 victory.  Ligon's scored a pair in the first inning and one in the second to take a lead they held throughout.  Roy White slammed a triple for the winners, the longest hit of the day.  Jim Jefferson drew applause and chuckles from the crowd in the 5th as he played stadium announcer and called his shot - a bunt with a tiny kid's bat.

Johnson (W) and Jefferson
H.Barden, Chapman and B.Barden

(August 19)  Bill Kucheran stopped the touring Muskogee Cardinals on five hits as Lethbridge Miners upended the visitors 6-3 at Adams Park.  After the Cards had taken the lead with a run in the first inning, the Miners bounced back with four runs in the third.  Hec Negrello was the big gun for the Miners with three hits. Mitch Seaman and Fred Onofrychuk each picked up a pair. Dan Thomas led the visitors with two hits. Kucheran fanned ten in going the distance. Ray Woosley tossed seven-hit ball in taking the loss.

Woosley (L) and Taylor
Kucheran and Witwicki

(August 20)  The touring San Francisco Sea Lions scored three in the top of the 6th and final inning to shade the Lethbridge Reos 5-4 in an exhibition game at Henderson Park. John Scroggin's single to left scored Biz Mackey with the first run in the second inning. Tootie Richardson's smash drove in Dave Whatley with the second in the fifth. They got their three markers in the sixth without a hit. Three Reo errors and a pair of fielder's choices turned the trick. Hec Negrello's three-bagger drove in a pair in the first inning and Reos added one in the fourth with Negrello again delivering the run-scoring blow. The final Lethbridge counter came as Clarence Yanosik poked a long triple and raced him on a Sea Lion error.  Little Sammy Workman, the youth without arms or legs who travels with the visitors, put on a remarkable demonstration. He threw the ball from a distance of about thirty feet, had a turn at bat in which he hit the ball and ran the bases, sliding into second. Milton Poole tossed a six-hitter for the win.

Poole (W) and Mackey
Kucheran, Negrello (6) and Stewart

(August 22)   There was outstanding pitching on display Sunday in Prince Albert as Delisle took both games of a double-header from the Veterans 5-1 and 5-0.  Mike Bakowy hurled a four-hitter in the afternoon allowing just an unearned run while Murray Coben and John Maroniuk combined on a three-hitter in the nightcap to shutout the Veterans. Delisle jumped into a 3-0 lead in the initial frame of the first game as Emile (The Cat) Francis led off with a triple to right. Ed Brown followed with a single to left, taking second on a bad throw and Doug Bentley got a free pass before Max Bentley knocked in two with a single. Delisle had ten hits off Bob Leslie.

Bakowy (W) and Reg Bentley
Leslie (L) and Wallington

In Delisle's 5-0 second game victory, the visitors broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the 6th inning.  With Doug Bentley aboard with a single, brother Max tripled to left and scored himself on nephew Bev Bentley's fly ball.  Murray Coben tripled in Dick Butler in the third and they wrapped up the scoring with two runs in the 8th. 

Logan and Wallington
Coben, Maroniuk (6) and Reg Bentley

(August 25)   Muskogee Cardinals nipped the Estevan Maple Leafs 5-2 in an exhibition match at Nicholson Park. Leafs out-hit the visitors but also booted the ball more times to lead to their downfall.  Don Chapman allowed the Cards just four hits but ended up with the pitching loss. William Holmes was the winner.  Barney Krivel and Lyle Howard each had two hits for Estevan. 

Holmes (W) and T.Taylor
D.Chapman (L) and Barden


Kamloops Labour Day Tournament

(September 5-6)  Rutland Adanacs walloped Chilliwack 10-2 in the opening game of the tournament as Hank Wostradowski fired a one-hitter in the seven inning contest. Mits Koga broke up a 2-2 draw with a two-run single and Johnny Lingor smacked a bases-loaded homer in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Lingor scored three times and catcher John Holitzki added two hits and two runs. Wostradowski walked four and fanned 11.

Wostradowski (W) and Holitzki
Dunn (L), Crooks, Owen and Bamforth

Kamloops Legion knocked out the powerful Vancouver Yorks 4-2 as Wilf Johnson twirled a three-hitter for the winners.  Tied at 2-2 after three innings, Legion got the winner in the fourth when George (Lefty) Marriott singled down the third base line to score import catcher Pete Prediger. Johnson provided an insurance run with a long fly to left to scored Ash Mayson. Prediger led the hitters with two doubles in three trips to the plate.

T.Jenkinson (L), Scott (4) and H.McDonald
Johnson (W) and Prediger

South Burnaby trounced Langley 10-2 in a game called after six innings. Bud Lennox led a 12-hit attack with three safeties and Ed Henry rapped a homer. Ted Walker and Scambler, the winning pitcher, each had two hits.

Scambler (W) and Robinson
Ross (L), Bishop (3) and Campbell

Kamloops CYO shaded favoured Vancouver VAC 4-3 as Johnny Haywood broke up a seesaw battle in the top of the seventh when he singled to scored Eddie Garay with the eventual winning marker. Each team had seven hits.

Prehara (W), McQuarrie (7) and Egely
Johnson (L) and Bellamy

In the biggest offensive display of the tournament, Kamloops Legion pounded five CYO hurlers for 18 hits and a 20-1 victory.  Harry Maralia cracked out four htis and Bill Marriott and Bill MacDonald each smacked three. MacDonald, who fired a four-hitter for the win, scored four times and Marriott and Philley each plated three.

McQuarrie, J.Garay (2), Prehara (2), McArthur (4), Bregolisse (6), and Egely
MacDonald (W) and Morton

South Burnaby raked four Rutland twirlers for 13 hits and 13 runs to advance to the tournament final against Kamloops Legion with a 13-2 victory. Ted Walker and Grieves slugged homers for the winners who received an eight-hit pitching performance from Don Forbes. Al Buckle and Bill Kinder each had two hits and scored three runs for Burnaby.

Mits Koga, Wostradowski, Bach, Lingor and Morio Koga, Holitzki
Forbes (W) and Robinson

A six-run rally in the seventh inning gave Kamloops Legion the $500 top prize in the Second Annual Kamloops Invitational Tournament.  Trailing 5-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the offensive explosion brought the Legion an 8-5 victory over South Burnaby.   Ash Mayson gave Legion an early two-run lead with a homer in the second inning.  The visitors replied with one in the third, three in the fifth and one in the seventh to take a 5-2 advantage.

Norm MacDonald led off the Legion seventh by reaching on an error and Mayson doubled him to third. Cliff Keeley drove in a run with a long fly to centre and Joe McKinnon followed with a single to score Mayson and bring Kamloops to within a run. Bill Marriott doubled and Harry Maralia walked to fill the bases. Mel Ottem drew a free pass from reliever Ted Walker to tie the count at 5-5 and leave the bases loaded. Catcher Pete Prediger, the imported star from Saskatchewan, cleared the sacks with a double. 17-year-old Keeley was credited with the win after he replaced starter Hec MacKenzie in the sixth inning and set down South Burnaby on one hit the rest of the way.

Booth, Scambler (L), Walker and Robinson
MacKenzie, Keeley (W) and Prediger


Oliver Labour Day Tournament

(September 5-6)   Grand Coulee scored eight runs in the first three frames, three coming on Milliken's homer in the second, in crushing Kelowna 12-4.

H.Cousins, Zaccarelli (4) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Eddie Steffen shutout Princeton on five hits and drove in three runs with timely singles in Oliver's 12-0 triumph.

Steffen (W) and xxx
Bogden, Kovich, Currie and xxx

Larry Bowers fanned 15 as Bridgeport blanked Grand Forks 7-0. Bob Corson smacked a homer and triple to lead the offense. 

xxx, Purcello and xxx
Bowers (W) and xxx

With Oliver drawing the bye into the final, the two American squads, Grand Coulee and Bridgeport, faced off in the semi-final.  In the best contest of the tournament, Bridgeport escaped with a 5-4, 11-inning victory.  Bob Corson drove in two runs with a first inning double and Bridgeport added another in the fourth as Aubertin threw wide to first on a sacrifice after Corson had reached on an error. There was no further scoring until the ninth when Ted Walker smacked a homer with Lightley and Williams on base.  Grand Coulee took the lead in the top of the tenth only to have Bridgeport tie the count on a walk, single and error.  In the 11th, Larry Bowers slugged a triple to score Dick Zaccarelli with the winning run.

Aubertin, xxx and xxx
Corson, L.Bowers (9) and xxx

Bridgeport score five runs on four hits in the first inning of the final and cruised to a 13-2 win over Oliver. Bob Corson smacked a three-run homer and triple to pace the runaway. Pat Gibb belted a four-bagger and double for Oliver.

Coulter (L), Warner (2), Steffen (3) and xxx
xxx and xxx