1949 Tournaments/Exhibitions     

(May 14?)   The Carrot River Loggers took first prize of $100 from the Ridgedale Sports DayPete Polus pitched the Loggers to the victory.


(May 23)  Stavely 99s held off a late rally by Parkland to score a 7-6 victory to take top money in the Victoria Day Tournament. Stavely reached the final with a 6-2 win over Claresholm.  


(May 24)    Shaunavon downed Swift Current in the final to take top money at the Gull Lake Tournament.  Portreeve finished third.  Swift Current beat Frontier in the opener, then topped Pennant to reach the finals.


(May 24)   Dauphin and Kamsack split top money at the Togo Tournament as the final had to be called after four innings because of darkness.  Dauphin led 2-0 at the time.  Dauphin made the final with wins over Wroxton by default and Stony Point 4-3. Cyclones edged Gilbert Plains 4-3 in a semi-final contest.


(May 24)   Summerland Merchants captured top prize in the Empire Day Tournament at Summerland. The Merchants used a 13-hit attack and capitalized on eight Rutland errors to down the Adanacs 10-4 in the final.  Coffey held the Adanacs to six hits in going the route for the win.

Coffey (W) and Schwab
Wostradowski (L), Lingor, Bach and Brummet


(May 24-25)  Kamloops Tournament

(May 24)   Kamloops CYO captured the opening game of the Kamloops Jamboree Invitational Tournament downing Kelowna Red Sox 6-1 behind the seven-hit pitching of lefty Paul Prehara. Kaye Kaminishi stole home in the first inning to plate CYO's first marker. They added one more in the fourth and put the game on ice with three runs in the fifth.

Prehara (W) and Morton
Lesmeister (L) and Newton

In a wild one, Nick's Aces of Vernon topped Chilliwack 12-11 in a game which featured 25 hits and 10 errors. Al Munk who replaced starter Harold Wadsworth in the third picked up the win. Bill Inglis led the Aces' attack with three doubles and three runs scored. Munk had three hits as did Wally Janicki. Third baseman Gordie Anderson of Chilliwack crushed a grand slam homer in the sixth. 

Allison (L) , Hunter and Britz
Wadsworth, A.Munk (W) (3) and Petruk

Bill MacDonald fired a six-hit shutout as Kamloops topped Revelstoke 1-0.  The only run came in the seventh inning when Bill Marriott singled, advanced on an error and scored on Harry Maralia's double to centre field.  John Kirchner gave up nine hits in a losing cause.

Kirchener (L) and McAskill
MacDonald (W) and R.Ottem

Larry Bowers fanned 13 in hurling Mansfield to a 10-5 victory over South Burnaby.  Catcher Glessner and third baseman Collins led a 12-hit Mansfield attack each with three safeties.  Burnaby shortstop Frank Kozak knocked in three runs with a homer and two singles. Darrell Branscom smacked a triple and single and scored three times for the winners.

Bowers (W) and Glessner
Booth (L) and Phipps

(May 25)   Catcher Glessner rapped a double and two singles and scored twice to lead Mansfield to a 4-1 victory over Vernon Aces to advance to the final of the Kamloops Tournament.  Darrell Branscon, the first sacker also had three hits, one a double, for the winners who collected thirteen hits. Larry Bowers held Vernon to six hits in hurling the victory. He fanned nine and walked just one. 

Ingram (L) and Petruk
Bowers (W) and Glessner

Kamloops Legion shaded Kamloops CYO 5-4 to win a berth in the tournament final. Legion tied the match with a run in the 8th and plated the winning marker in the bottom of the ninth as Bill MacDonald singled with the bases loaded. Ray Ottem and Wilf Johnston led the winners each with three hits.  Eddie Garay had three for CYO, two of them doubles..  Cliff Keeley held CYO to six hits while racking up ten strikeouts for the win.

McQuarrie, Prehara (L) (4) and Morton
Keeley (W) and R.Ottem

With a five-run outburst in the tenth inning, Kamloops Legion downed Mansfield, Washington, 7-2 to take top money of $500 in the Kamloops Invitational Tournament.  An overflow crowd of 1,600 saw reliever Pete Plastiras get out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning and hold Mansfield to just two hits over the remaining seven innings.  Harry Maralia started the Legion's 10th inning rally with a single to left and Mel Ottem walked and Ray Ottem was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Plastiras won his own ball game by singling down the third base line to score a pair. Ash Mayson singled to centre and Bill Schall greeted reliever Grover Collins with a double to centre. Wilf Johnston's single to right scored the fifth run of the inning.

Johnston, Plastiras (W) (3) and R.Ottem
Bowers (L), Collins and Glessner


(June 1)    Sceptre whipped Swift Current 16-0 to take top prize at the Cabri Sports Day.  Swift Current had downed Shackleton in their first game and rode Cliff Beisel's long drive to a 1-0 win over Eston in semi-final action.


(June 8)  Brandon won its first tournament of the 1949 season downing Walhalla 10-3 in the final as Armando Vasquez drove in four runs with a triple and three singles.  Dirk Gibbons allowed just three hits in notching the win. 

Gibbons (4-0) and Rodriguez
Anderson and Maler

Brandon reached the final by trouncing Carman 10-3.  Coney Williams led the Greys with three hits and three runs batted in.  Rafe Cabrera scored four times.

Washington, Reid (7) and Saunders
Sinclair (2-0) and Rodriguez

Walhalla scored three runs in the 7th inning to down Minot 5-3.  Marv Stofft held the Merchants to seven hits to gain the win. 

Stofft and Maler
Johnson and Kempf

The consolation final, between Minot and Carman, was called after four scoreless innings to allow the final to start on time.

Danyluk and E McKerlie
Wylie and Kempf

1949 Lloydminster Tournament

Above - the ballpark at the Lloydminster Exhibition grounds showing action from the inaugural tournament in 1949. No wonder home runs were so difficult to come by - it would appear the fence in left centre is some 450-500 feet from home plate.

(June 8)  The "richest tournament in Canada", the inaugural Lloydminster Canadian Legion Tournament, has been won by the Bentleys of Delisle in a 12-1 romp over Kamloops in the final.  Delisle won top money of $2,000 in the 16-team event. Right-hander Bennie Griggs, from Alabama, fired a three-hitter to lead the Saskatchewan club to the title. Delisle put the game away early scoring five runs in the first inning off former teammate Mike Bakowy before a man was retired. Two more runs crossed the plate before Bill MacDonald could put out the fire.  Eleven men batted in the inning. Kamloops got its only run in the second when Ash Mayson tripled in Hank Tostenson. Delisle added another brace in the third as Emil (the Cat) Francis walked and came home on a double by Griggs who in turn scored on a single by Dick Butler.       

Griggs (W) and Reg Bentley
Mike Bakowy (L), Bill MacDonald (1), Wilf Johnston (2) and Pete Prediger, Morton (8)

"Flashing one of the hottest infields seen in northern baseball in many a year, Delisle trounced Kamloops, B.C. 12-1 in the final of Lloydminster's monster ball tourney Wednesday.  The Delisle crew, featuring the famed Bentleys, pocketed $2,000 first prize.

The infield of Bev Bentley, Eddie Brown, Dick Piper and Emile Francis turned in an air-tight display to choke off all Kamloops' attempts and, in turn, wielding mighty bats at the plate." (Regina Leader-Post June 9, 1949)

An estimated 15,000 people took in the second day of proceedings with a crowd of 10,000 for the final itself. Kamloops needed 11 innings to get by Sceptre 6-5 in the semi-final. The BC club had a 2-0 lead into the 9th before Sceptre plated three to take the lead. Kamloops responded with three in the bottom of the inning to send the game to an extra frame. Pete Prediger, normally a stalwart with Neilburg who suited up with the BC club in the tourney including a game against Neilburg, doubled to left to score the winner.  In the other semi-final, Max Bentley connected for a homer in the 7th inning to give Delisle a 7-6 win over Lloydminster.

Lloydminster 6 Delisle 7
Hornyak, G.Shupe and Thompson
Colburn, Maroniuk, Griggs and R.Bentley

Kamloops 7 Sceptre 5 (11 innings)
Stiles and Prediger
Jacobson and Grant

In first round action, Lloydminster topped Andrews 6-3, Chipman clobbered Veteran 16-7, Bennie Griggs tossed a three-hitter as Delisle advanced with a 6-2 win over Riviere Qu Bierre, Stettler blanked St. Paul 8-0, Westlock shutout Bow Island 6-0, Kamloops drilled Neilburg 13-2, Calmar upset Edmonton 7-2 and Sceptre demolished Thorsby 19-2.

Lloydminster 6 Andrew 3
Shupe (W) and Thompson
Thorness (L) and Melynk

Veteran 7 Chipman 16
F.Scheible, Flogham, W. Scheible and T.Hamilton
Stelter and Izake

Delisle 6 Riviere Que' Bierre 2
Griggs (W) and R.Bentley
Bowles, Kaiser and A.Neill

St.Paul 0 Stettler 8
J.Tehir and Kresanoiki
A.Rabbis (W) and H. Maldrum

Bow Island 0 Westlock 6
Thacker, Karkoff, Nelson and Allen
Shanks and See

Kamloops 13 Neilburg 2
D.Stiles, Johnson and P.Prediger
Brown, D.Doggs and A.Ganger

Edmonton 2 Calmar 7
Cominski, Kisling, Pruden and Emberg
J.Gorgan and G.Gorgan

Sceptre 19 Thorsby 2
Arnold, Strandel and G.Kyle
Zingle, Koppka, Martin and Ruff

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Lloydminster 11 Chipman 4
Covert, Hornyak and Thompson
Thomas, W.Meinky and Isake

Delisle 3 Stettler 0
J.Meroniuk and R.Bentley
J.Chapman and H.Meldrum

Westlock 6 Kamloops 7
Flintoff, Shanks and See, Bergen
Plastiras, Bakowy and Prediger

Calmar 2 Sceptre 5
Senio and Gorman
Olmstead and Kyle


(June 8)   Bentley MacEwen, 15-year-old nephew of the famous hockey brothers Max and Doug Bentley of Delisle, pitched a no-hitter Wednesday night in a Calgary Sandlot Baseball League contest. MacEwen struck out 15 to lead the Cardinals to a 2-1 victory over the Indians. The lone run against him came from a walk and three consecutive errors.


(June 9)   Gilbert Plains overcame an early five-run deficit to overtake Dauphin 7-6 to win the Gilbert Plains Tournament Thursday. In the last of the sixth inning, the home club capitalized on six Dauphin errors to score five runs, four on a grand slam homer by Rico Lysecki, to tie at 6-6 and then scored the winner in the 7th on a long outfield fly. 

Behind the solid pitching of Stan McPhee, Dauphin downed Grandview 7-2 in an opening round game and then topped Kamsack 5-2 in the semi-finals.  Johnny Goran pitched well until the 5th inning when he was spiked when he attempted to make a putout at first base.  Going into the top of the seventh, Kamsack had a 2-0 lead before Dauphin rallied for five runs and the win.  Alex Robertson, Dauphin's new recreation director went four for four on the day.

In other games, Gilbert Plains Beat Plumas 8-2 and Binscarth 10-4 to advance to the final. Binscarth defeated Swan River 6-4  and Kamsack took a default victory from Roblin.


(June 14)   Estevan Maple Leafs upset Ligon's Colored All-Stars 4-3 in the Ligon's 1949 debut contest in Canada. Mike Dubyk got the Leafs off on the right foot with a three-run homer in the first inning scoring Gary McKechney and Frank John ahead of him.  Dubyk later added a double and single.  Ligon's got one in the first as Fred Bankhead stole second and third after reaching with a walk and came home on an error.  They tied the game in the 2nd when Buford Holland tripled and scored as Marvin Ligon reached on an error. Ligon came around to score on Jabe Brazzel's two-bagger. Leafs got the winner in the 7th as John singled to drive in McKechney who had made it to first on a fielder's choice and advanced on Johner's single.  Dale Abbott, a junior age player, picked up the win in relief of starter Don Chapman.       

Chapman, Abbott (W) (6) and Dubyk
Brazzel (L) and Holland


(June 14)   The barnstorming California Mohawks kicked off the Canadian leg of their exhibition tour with a thrilling ninth inning rally to  defeat the Kelowna Elks Red Sox 7-5 Tuesday at Elks' Stadium. Down 5-3 after eight innings, the Mohawks scored four runs in the top of the ninth then blanked the locals in the bottom of the frame for the victory in a wind-swept conditions.  Despite day-long efforts to soak the dirt diamond, the strong winds kept whipping up clouds of dust.  The Mohawks made the 300-mile trip by car from near the Oregon border where the club whipped Goldendale, Washington, 21-1 Monday night. Dick Caesaren, from San Matro College, drove in the winning run and scored the insurance marker after doubling to deep centre.  Caesaren, Sonny Adkins, Wally Kincaid and Jack Welton each had two hits for the winners.  Glen O'Shaugnnessy led the Sox with three hits. Don Wilson went eight innings for the win.

Wilson (W), Clayton (9) and Bryeans
Strom (L), Lesmeister (9) and Newton


(June 16)  Dauphin Elks' Tournament  Gilbert Plains won it's second straight tournament Thursday blanking the host club, Dauphin, 3-0 in the final contest. Vic Franczak bested Stan McPhee in a pitcher's duel. 

Plains made the final with a 6-1 win over Grandview, Dauphin clobbered Camperville 18-1 as Herb Boughen belted a homer and triple. Grandview were extended to 11 innings by Plumas before emerging with a 5-4 victory. Gilbert Plains routed Winnipegosis 13-1.


(June 16)   The barnstorming collegians, the California Mohawks, ran up an early lead and downed Kamloops Legion 7-4 in an exhibition match at Riverside Park. In the second inning with none out and two aboard, Kamloops catcher Ray Ottem threw to third to try and catch the base runner but no-one was covering the sack. The next batter struck out but Ottem dropped the ball and then threw wildly to first allowing a second man to score. Two walks loaded the bases and Parker singled to plate another and Pete Beiden stole home for the 4th marker.  In the 3rd, three straight hits by the Mohawks chased started Wilf Johnston in favour of Pete Plastiras. An outfield error resulted in the 5th Mohawks' run and a single brought home two more.  Kamloops rallied in the 8th inning. George Wyse sent one through to left and Ottem followed with another single. Ash Mayson walked to load the bases and Don Barnett issued his sixth base on balls to force in the second Kamloops run.  A wild pitch allowed Ottem to cross the plate and Swaine's ground out scored another.  Barnett allowed eight hits in pitching the win. He fanned 10, walked 7, threw two wild pitches and was called for a balk.

Barnett (W) and Beiden
Johnston (L), Plastiras (3) and Ottem

(June 18)   Adolph Thurman's grand slam homer in the 4th inning was the ball game as Muskogee Cardinals slipped by Estevan Maple Leafs 4-3 Saturday at Nicholson Park.  The home club took the lead in the first inning when Humphries singled to knock in Frank John who had opened with a single. Muskogee struck back in the 4th as Parker walked, Jack McPherson was hit by a pitch and G.Love was safe on an error.  Thurman then caught hold of a curve ball and drove it deep to left field for a round tripper.  After scoring two in the 7th, Leafs had two on base in the 9th when Mike Dubyk's liner was caught by Parker for the third out.  Estevan's three hurlers, John, Bill Gough and Dale Abbott combined to hold the barnstormers to five hits.  B.Love tossed a six-hitter for the win.

B.Love (W) and Taylor
F.John, B.Gough, D.Abbott and Dubyk


(June 19)   At Clear Lake, Gilbert Plains upset Ligon's Colored All-Stars 4-2 in eleven innings Sunday. Ray Nash, acquired from Dauphin for the day, banged out a two-run triple in the extra inning for the win.


(June 21)   The barnstorming Californa Mohawks, a college team from the states, scored an easy 12-6 victory over the Cubs at Rossland Tuesday.  At Grand Forks, the Mohawks won 10-1 on Sunday. They'll meet Fruitvale Wednesday and Nelson Tigers on Thursday.  After leaving Nelson, they play in Cranbrook Friday and Kimberley Saturday and Sunday.

(June 22)   The California Mowhaks added another win to their impressive record with a 12-7 win over Fruitvale All-Stars in an exhibition game at Fruitvale's new ball park Wednesday night.  The visitors clubbed three runs in each of the first, second, sixth and seven innings.  Outfielder Ken Chandler led the Mohawks with a pair of homers.  Walter Clayton and Calen Bowman handed the hurling for the winners.

Clayton, Bowman and xxx
Monaldi, Ewing (6), Reeves (8) and xxx

(June 23)   At Nelson, Don Barnett, a college pitcher from Fresno State, twirled a two-hit shutout Thursday evening as the California Mohawks blanked Nelson Tigers 8-0.  Barnett struck out eight and walked just one.  Pete Beiden, the Fresno coach and the only player over 21 years of age, and second baseman Franny Oneto led the offense each with a double and two singles. Dick Cesaren ripped a triple and single. Fred Townsend took the loss.

Townsend, L.Hufty (4), R.Brown (7) and Larsen
Barnett (W) and Beiden


(June 22)   In the first action under the floodlights at Kinsmen Stadium, Brandon Greys whipped Elmwood 9-2 to take first prize in a four-team Brandon Invitational tournament.  Brandon scored five runs in the 1st inning helped by two walks, a hit batter and three Giants' errors. Ian Lowe led the Greys' offense with three hits and  two driven in. Winslow Means shutdown the Giants on six hits.

Means (6-0) and Rodriguez
Chandler, Price (7) and McConachy

Greys overwhelmed Regina Caps 16-0 in opening action.  Rafe Cabrera had a triple and two doubles for the Greys while Chuck Wilson and Gerry MacKay each had three hits.  Dirk Gibbons went six innings for the win.

Mast, Thorseth (5), Vogt (6), Moore (8), Harrleson (8) and Green
Gibbons (7-0), Watkins (7) and Rodriguez

Terry Sawchuk drove in three runs with a triple and two singles as Elmwood topped San Francisco Cubs 5-1. 

Baham and Ellison
Watson and McConachy

San Francisco jumped into a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning and went on to down Regina 6-1 in the consolation final.  Spec Roberts held the Caps to six hits to gain the win. 

Roberts and Ellison
Thorseth and Green


(June 23)  Carman shutout Oakville 7-0 to take top prize in the Portage La Prairie tournament.  The Cards took advantage of seven errors to score the win.  The ANAF Vets took third money with a 2-1 win over Beausejour.


(June 24)   It was quite a night in Swift Current as thunder, lightning, rain, mud, a barnstorming team from the States and Bond, a new addition to the local squad from California, combined to present the best game of the season Friday.  Muskogee Cardinals bested Ernie Mugliston's home team 9-4, but not without a tough battle.  A university student, in Swift Current for the summer, Frank Bond made an auspicious debut.  Playing first base like a big leaguer, he contributed two thrilling defensive plays, including an over-the-shoulder catch near the cars, and smacked a tremendous long ball over the centre field scoreboard, but got held to a double by the local ground rules.  The teams were deadlock 4-4 in the 7th before the visitors broke out for five late tallies.  Cardinals punched out 13 hits off Ted Travis for Swift Current while Ollie Staton gave up 11 in going the route for the win. Staton and Elmer Hester each had three hits for Muskogee. Stephenson, Wiggins and Bond each had a pair for the locals.

Staton (W) and xxx
Travis (L) and Phillips


(June 24)   At Dauphin, the locals had a 4-2 lead on the Ligon All-Stars when rain in the 4th inning forced cancellation of the encounter. The locals took a four-run lead in the second inning rapping out six hits by Jim Nash, Norris Aitkens, Mike Kowalchuk, Bill Smegelski, Alex Robertson and Ray Nash. Jim Nash worked the mound for Dauphin against Lefty Woods for the Ligon's.

Woods and Holland
J Nash and Ball


(June 25)   Sceptre trounced Holdfast 13-4 Saturday to win first prize money of $350 at the Watrous Baseball Tournament.  In the semi-final, Sceptre defeated Sheho and Holdfast defeated Colonsay.


(June 26)   Gilbert Plains notched a 5-3 win over the touring Ligon's Colored All-Stars.


(June 27, 1949)  The California Mohawks, with Don Wilson, of Whittier College, on the hill, shutout Medicine Hat City League All-Stars 11-0.  It was reported to be the club's 13th straight win on a 51-game tour.

Wilson (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(June 28, 1949)  The college kids belted out 22 hits and  whipped the Medicine Hat Tigers 21-1.  Walter Clayton tossed a 6-hitter for the win.

Clayton (W) and Bryeans
Sailer (L), Knight, Kapp, J. Toole and Long

(June 29, 1949)  The collegians ran their win streak to 15 games with a 15-3 victory over the City League All-Stars of Medicine Hat. Don Wilson, who had tossed a no-hitter two nights previous, was driven from the mound in the second inning as the locals took a 3-0 lead.

(July 2, 1949)  "Lethbridge Miners dropped three decisions over the Dominion Day holiday but they were licked by just about the classiest band of baseballers to show in these parts in many a year."  (Lethbridge Herald, July 2, 1949)  

Don Barnett hurled a six-hitter as the Mohawks won the opener 6-2.  Matt Slavich provided the highlight for the Miners with a second inning homer.  

Two-run homers by Sonny Adkins and Walter Clayton paced the Mohawks to an 8-3 win in the second contest. Jack Welton got the win while Bill Kucheran took the loss.  Frank Deak led the Miners with a triple, double and two singles.

In the finale, Mohawks were outhit 13-8 but pulled out a 10-8 victory. Jack Welton and Calan Bowman each had round trippers.

Barnett (W) and Beiden
Petrie (L) and Cook

Welton (W) and Beiden
Kucheran (L) and Deak

Bauhofer (W) and Beiden
Huddleston (L) and Deak


(June 29)  Dauphin took first money Wednesday at the Ochre River Tournament defeating Ste. Rose 6-4 in the final. Dauphin jumped into a five-run lead in the first inning on a double by Bill Smegelski and singles by Ray Nash, Herb Boughen, Jim Nash and Ralph Mitchener then added another in the third on singles by Jim Nash and Darryl Ball.  Ste. Rose got a two-run homer in the fourth and another homer in the fifth.  Norris Atkins and Johnny Goran pitched for the winners in the five inning contest.

In a four-inning game, Aitkens gave up just one hit as Dauphin got four run-scoring triples, by Ray Nash, Jim Nash, Bill Smegelski and Stan McPhee as part of their nine-hit attack in trouncing Lonely Lake 10-0.

In their five-inning opener, Dauphin whipped Kelwood 5-1 behind Johnny Goran's three-hitter and a nine-hit attack, including a two-run triple by Alex Robertson.


(July 1)  In Dauphin's inaugural Dominion Day Tournament, sponsored by the Dauphin Memorial Community Centre and Dauphin Athletic Club, Gilbert Plains took top money shading the host team 6-5 before a crowd of more than 2,000 in the final.  Rico Lysecki went all the way on the mound for the winners.

McPhee, Goran (7) and xxx
R.Lysecki (W) and Bud Sweeney

Dauphin had earlier beaten Plumas 3-2 and Gilbert Plains eliminated Grandview 3-0 as Vic Franczak hurled a no-hitter to top Lefty Young in a pitcher's duel. Franczak walked three. Bill Murray, Johnny Wilson and Lysecki scored the runs for Gilbert Plains.  Jim Nash pitched Dauphin to its victory with all the runs coming when Darryl Ball's long drive was misplayed in the outfield.


(July 1)   Delisle scored three late runs to down Sceptre 7-4 before 7,000 fans at Cairns Field to take top money at the Saskatoon Optimist Tournament. The Gems pounded out 13 hits, three each by Max Bentley and Dick Butler. After Sceptre had tied the count 4-4 in the 7th inning on Bert Olmstead's homer and Ernie Frank's steal of home, Dick Piper drove in Eddie Brown with the winning run with a single in the 8th inning. Delisle added two insurance runs in the 9th. Lefty Cliff Bogestie pitched into the 7th inning to record the win.  Lefty Arnold took the loss.

Bogestie (W), Coben (7) and Reg Bentley
Arnold (L) and Grant

Delisle reached the final with a 5-3 win over North Battleford as Murray Coben led the attack with three hits, one a triple. Max Bentley and Dick Piper also contributed three-baggers. Johnny Maroniuk was the winning hurler, Les Dean took the loss.

Maroniuk, Yaroscho, Maroniuk and Reg Bentley
Les Dean and Prediger

Sceptre scored a pair of runs in the 8th inning and held off a 9th inning rally to edge the Ridgedale-Carrot River Loggers 5-4. Cliff Jacobson survived 11-hits to go the distance for the pitching win.  Pete Polus, a 20-year-old from Minnesota, allowed just seven hits, but was hampered by six errors by his teammates.

Jacobson (W) and Grant
Polus (L) and McLean

Sceptre opened the tourney whipping Saskatoon Cubs 13-3, behind a 16-hit attack, including a homer by Lefty Arnold and triples by Jim Shields and George MahaffyJerry Webster belted a two-run homer for the Cubs. 

Berezowsky (L), Falk (2), Burke (7) and McKay
Arnold, Olmstead (W) (2) and Grant


(July 1)  In a dramatic end to the Kinsmen tournament at Brandon, the Greys scored the game's only run in the top of the 9th then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning to edge Minot 1-0 to take top prize money in the four-team event.  More than 4-thousand fans, likely the largest baseball crowd ever at Brandon, were on hand for the tourney which marked the official opening of Memorial Stadium.  With two out in the 9th, Greys' Chuck Wilson singled, stole second, advanced to third on an error and raced home on a wild pitch.  It was a tough-luck loss for Othello Strong who allowed the Greys just four hits.  Winslow Means gave up ten hits in gaining the win.  Outstanding work in the field by Greys' playing-manager Ian Lowe was a feature of the final game.  Lowe handled seven difficult chances perfectly and knocked down another which was headed for extra bases. 

Means (8-0) and Rodriguez
Strong and Kempf

Earlier, Steve Wylie, mound ace of the Greys in 1948, blanked Transcona 6-0 on a two-hitter as Minot reached the final. 

Larocque, Cal Gardner (4) and Marcotte
Wylie and Kempf

Brandon won a final berth with a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Black Cardinals.  Hank Adkins, just in the Brandon camp from the Indianapolis Clowns, went the route for the win.

Stafford and Simms
Adkins (1-0) and Rodriguez

Transcona pounded out 18 hits to dump St. Louis 10-4.  Southpaw Joe Lopuck held the Cardinals to seven hits.  Pete Caliguerre, Nick Glowa and Ray Trudell each had three hits for the winners.

Lopuck and Marcotte
Peterson and Simms


(July 1)   Kelowna Kinsmen Club Dominion Day Tournament

In a nail-biter Friday, Kelowna Red Sox edged Kamloops 3-2 in the final to take $300 top money at the Kelowna Kinsmen Dominion Day Tournament.  Eddie Kielbiski's seventh inning single drove in Ken Stewart and Glen O'Shaughnessy with what proved to be the winning run.  Kamloops had taken the lead with a run in the first inning on a walk, stolen base and fielding error. Kelowna tied it in the fifth as Kielbiski ended up at second on a overthrow to first and scampered home on Dave Newton's single.  Kamloops got a run in the 8th and had the potential tying and winning runs on base in the 9th but 19-year-old Pete Scott wiggled out of trouble to best Bill MacDonald in the mound duel. Each gave up seven hits.

Scott (W) and Stewart
MacDonald (L) and M.Ottem

Tom Mercer blanked Tonasket on three hits in the top pitching performance of the day as Mansfield won the consolation final 6-0. Catcher Loren Glessner and left fielder Hanford led a 12-hit Mansfield attack each with three hits.

Mercer (W) and Glessner
Icharte (L), Ray Visser and Duchow, Roy Visser

Cliff Keeley, from Vancouver, held Mansfield to five hits as Kamloops Legion downed the American squad 3-2.  Two singles, a double, a walk and two errors produced all three Kamloops runs in the fifth inning. Mel Ottem knocked in two of the three runs.   Larry Bowers, borrowed from Bridgeport for the tourney, took the loss.

Bowers (L) and Glessner
Keeley (W) and R.Ottem

Kelowna erupted for five runs in the third inning and went on to trounce Tonasket 7-1.  A run-scoring triple by Eddie Kielbiski highlighted the big inning.  Hank Tostenson belted the only homer and Don Peters had three hits. Mike Bakowy went eight shutout innings for the win. He was ejected in the top of the ninth for arguing a strike call and catching umpire Ross Oatman with a kick to the ankle.

Bakowy (W), Lavorato (9) and Stewart
Ray Visser (L), Kronschnabel and Duchow


(July 1)   Nelson Tournament    Nelson Tigers captured top prize of $100 at the Nelson Tournament Dominion Day coming from behind to beat both Rossland and Fruitvale. 

In the first game, Tigers won 11-7 in 10-innings scoring five runs in the top of the 10th highlighted by a triple by Red Koehle and a double from Bill Haldane. Tigers out-hit the Cubs 18 to 8 getting homers by Carl Locatelli and Lloyd Swenson. Marshall had a circuit clout for Rossland. 

R.Brown, Mathers (W) (5) and xxx
xxx, Wynn and xxx

In the second game, Tigers clinched the game with three runs in the ninth to win 8-4. Fruitvale got a bye into the final.  Nelson again out-hit the opposition, this time 13 to 7.  A triple by Carl Locatelli was the longest blow for the winners. Bob Pitts, who went three for four, drove in Red Koehle with what proved to be the winning run.  Jack Mathers, who won the opener in relief, did so again in the final contest.

L.Hufty, Mathers (W) (6) and xxx
F.Grieve (L), Monaldi (9) and xxx


(July 1-2)   Yorkton’s Knights of Pythias Tournament   

Ligon's All-Stars downed Gilbert Plains 3-0 in the final to win the Yorkton tournament.  A triple in the 8th inning accounted for all the scoring. In the championship game, a misjudged fly ball with the bases loaded was the difference as Ligon's All-Stars took home the $1,000 top prize.  A pitcher's duel for seven innings, Edward Woods belted a double to lead of the 8th for the Ligon's.  Buford Holland drew a free pass and slugger Claude Williams was given an intentional walk to load the bases with two out. Toby Simms sent a fly ball to centre and Ab Puchalski misjudged the ball and all three runners crossed the plate. That was the beginning and the end of the scoring.  Woods fired the shutout for the All-Stars while Vic Franczak took the tough-luck loss for Gilbert Plains.

Woods (W) and Holland
Franczak (L) and Sweeney

Gilbert Plains had earlier topped Ryan 5-2 behind the pitching of Orville Minish and whipped The Pas 12-6.  Rico Lysecki, with relief from Minish in the 7th, picked up the win.  Bill Murray clubbed a homer for Gilbert Plains. Yorkton Cardinals blanked The Pas 13-0 to win the consolation final.  Earlier in the day, Yorkton Cardinals whipped Kamsack 14-3 and Ligon's blanked Dafoe 5-0.  In the semi-finals, Ligon's upended Yorkton 12 to 4.

(July 1)   Gilbert Plains defeated Rhein 5-1 in a morning contest and, learning they did not have to play again Friday, scampered off to Dauphin where they took first money in the Dominion Day Tournament there.  Kamsack trounced the Yorkton Legion 10-1 and Ligon's All-Stars advanced through a default victory over Sheho.  Dafoe topped Arran 12 to 2, The Pas beat Chamberlain 9-4 and Yorkton advanced when Stoney Creek failed to show


(July 2-3)   Duncan Dominion Day Tournament   The Duncan Athletics knocked off the Vancouver Athletic Club 6-4 Sunday to win the  eight-team Dominion Day Tournament.  Doug English won his second game of the tourney hurling for the winners backed by Joey Gergel's second homer of the day.

In the opening round Saturday, Duncan whipped Pitzer & Nex of Victoria 8-1 behind the hurling of Doug English. The Victoria Eagles downed Nanaimo 9-4, Vancouver Westerns shaded Courtenay 8-5 and Vancouver V.A.C topped Haney 1-0 in 11 innings. Jimmy Crosato hurled a gem for the shutout going the full 11-innings with 10 strikeouts. He also led the offense with four hits in five at bats. He was later named the tournament's most valuable player. 

In semi-final action, Vancouver V.A.C. bested Vancouver Westerns 5-2 and Duncan blanked Victoria Eagles 4-0 as the Athletics scored all four runs in the seventh inning. Pete Hawryluk belted a homer and Jimmy Cain smacked a two-run triple and later scored himself. Tony Folk fired the shutout. 


(July 5-6)   Foam Lake Tournament

Foam LakeWith a crowd of 8,000 excited spectators looking on, Delisle captured the $1,000 first prize at the Foam Lake Tournament squeezing by Sceptre 6-5 in the tourney final. 

In the last of the 8th, Murray Coben's long fly ball to left field slipped by Lefty Arnold and carried into the crowd surrounding the playing field as Coben raced all around the bases to score the winning run.  

Sceptre playing solid ball for the first six innings had scored four in the top of the sixth on four hits and a pair of Delisle errors to take a 5-0 lead.  Delisle got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame when Bennie Griggs drove in Dick Butler who had singled and then broke loose with four runs in the 7th, with Eddie Brown driving in two of them with a triple. Max Bentley picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Johnny Yaroscho

Arnold, B.Olmstead (5), Jacobson (7) and xxx
Yaroscho, M.Bentley (W) (7) and xxx

Foam Lake crowdTo gain a spot in the final, Delisle trounced Carlyle Shamrocks 11-0 and Sceptre topped Ligon's All-Stars 7-2.  Ligon's took third money by dumping Carlyle 12-2 in a night game.  Earlier, Delisle blanked Lake Valley 6-0, Carlyle defeated Notre Dame 6-2, Sceptre 6, Sheho 1, and Ligon's shaded Buchanan 6-5.

On opening day, Delisle whipped Binscarth, Manitoba, 18-4 scoring nine runs in the third inning.  More than 4,000 fans attended the opening games.  Lake Valley notched a thrilling 6-4, 12-inning, win over Watson.  Sheho blew a 6-1 lead but rebounded to score a pair in the 9th to eliminate Fosston 9-7. Ligon's Colored All-Stars plated five runs in the first two innings and coasted to an 8-1 victory over Quill Lake.  Grant Warwick's Carlyle squad downed Preeceville 8-2 and Notre Dame Hounds edged Carrot River Loggers 3-2.

(Photos of the crowds at the final day of the Foam Lake Tournament. In the top photo, Reg Bentley of Delisle is the catcher, Bill Dunbar the umpire. The photos appeared in the July 12th edition of the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.)


(July 9)  Sceptre won the $1,200 top prize at the $3,000 Nipawin tournament downing Delisle Commodores 2-0 in the final.  It was the third time the two teams had met in a tournament final this season.  Before a crowd of about 7,000, Lefty Arnold shutout the Delisle club on just four hits.  Murray Coben was the hard-luck loser.  Jim Shields scored both runs.  The markers, in the 1st and 8th innings, came on successive hits by Shields, Bert Olmstead and Ernie Franks

Coben (L) and xxx
Arnold (W) and xxx

Sceptre advanced to the final with a 3-2, 10-inning, win over Ligon's All-Stars.  Ligon's shortstop Toby Simms belted a homer, the only four-bagger of the tournament.

Brazzle and xxx
Jacobson and xxx

Delisle downed the Buchanan All-Stars 6-3 to reach the final.  Commodores, who had just six hits, took advantage of three errors by the All-Stars. 

Ligon's and Buchanan split third prize money as rain washed out the game.

In a superb pitching match up in the opening round, veteran Rufus Ligon, rumoured to to more than 50 years of age, topped 19-year-old Pete Polus as Ligon's All-Stars beat Carrot River Loggers 2-0.  Polus allowed just three hits in taking the loss.  Ligon, who gave up five safeties, knocked in both runs for the All-Stars.

R Ligon (W) and xxx
Polus (L) and xxx

In other opening games, Buchanan All-Stars topped Notre Dame Hounds 5-1, Sceptre beat Preeceville 6-2, and Delisle dumped Kamsack 8-0.


(July 14)    Dirk Gibbons tossed a four-hitter and fanned sixteen to lead Brandon to a 4-1 win over Elmwood and top prize in the $1,000 invitational tournament at Kinsmen Memorial Stadium.  It was the fourth straight tournament win for the Greys.   Elmwood's Hal Price allowed just six hits and struck out fourteen but was hurt by six walks.  Coney Williams and Rafe Cabrera each drove in a pair of runs for Brandon.  

Gibbons (11-0) and Rodriguez
Price and McConachy

Brandon whipped Carlyle Lake 14-2 to gain a berth in the final.  Winslow Means tossed a two-hitter for the win.  Bob Herron went the route for Carlyle.  Bus Vasquez and Coney Williams each had three hits for the Greys.

Herron and McDaniels
Means (8-1) and Rodriguez

Elmwood spotted Carman two runs in the first inning but bounced back with four in the 2nd and went on to top the Cards 9-5.  Homer Chandler scattered six hits for the win.

Chandler and McConachy
Reid, Caulfield (8) and McKerlie

In an abbreviated game, Carman trounced Carlyle 9-0 with Johnny Caulfield tossing a four-hitter in the six-inning contest.  George Kratch, formerly of Brandon, the manager of the Carlyle team, pitched to one man in the game for old times sake.

Caulfield and McKerlie
Kratch, Morrison (1) and McDaniels, Warwick


(July 14)   The Buchanan All-Stars (formerly the San Francisco Sea Lions) trounced Estevan Maple Leafs 19-4 in an exhibition encounter at Nicholson Field Thursday.  Minus four of their junior stars who were attending the Brooklyn Dodgers school in Regina, the Leafs bore little resemblance to the team that has been burning up the Border League.  Lonnie Johanson, the husky third sacker for the All-Stars, rapped a three-run homer in the 3rd that started the deluge of Buchanan runs.  The work of John Oliver, the Buchanan catcher, was outstanding and his hard peg to second base nailed four Leafs attempting to steal.  Mel Torgenrud, at second for the Leafs, went four for four including a long homer in the first inning scoring Clarence Weir ahead of him. He ended the night with a triple in the 8th, also scoring Weir who had three hits.

Whatley (W) and Oliver
Gough, Chapman and R.Jackson


(July 14)  Gilbert Plains defeated Dauphin 5-2 in the final of the Gilbert Plains Fair Tournament.  Dauphin made the final with a 7-5 win over Grandview.


(July 16)   Dauphin divided top money at the Camperville tourney when the final game had to be called off because of darkness. 


(July 18, 1949)  The California kids returned to Lethbridge and added three more wins to their record.  The California Mohawks dumped the Miners 10-8, 7-0 and 9-5.  It gave the Mohawks 38 wins in 39 games. 

Don Wilson provided the pitching highlight of the series with a two-hit shutout in the second game. 

The Miners' Matt Slavich again was the hitting star with a grand slam homer, double and two singles in the final game of the set. 


(July 19)   Darkness halted Brandon's drive for its 5th straight tournament victory.  At the $1,200 four-team Maryfield tourney, Brandon and Carman shared top prize when darkness halted the final with the Greys and Cards tied 2-2 after nine innings. The contest featured brilliant pitching.  Winslow Means of the Greys allowed seven hits while fanning 15.  Johnny Caulfield of Carman held the Greys to five hits and chalked up 14 strikeouts.  Cardinals scored two runs in the 9th inning to salvage the tie.  

Means and xxx
Caulfield and xxx

Brandon walloped Regina Caps 18-2 to reach the final as Frank Watkins had four hits and Bus Vasquez won his 6th straight on the hill.

Shafer Green, Rex Sorenson and xxx
Vasquez (6-0) and xxx

Carman whipped Buchanan 16-3.  Buchanan, with several members of the defunct San Francisco Sea Lions in the lineup, edged Regina 4-1 in the consolation final.


(July 19)  Delisle came from behind with a four-run splurge in the sixth inning to nudge Sceptre 6-5 in an exhibition match at Cairns Field.  Daring base running by Delisle second baseman Eddie Brown proved to be the difference in the contest. In the 2nd inning Brown singled and pilfered both second and third before coming home on Reg Bentley's sacrifice. In the 6th, he plated the winning run roaring in from third on an overthrow to the hot corner. Lefty Murray Coben relieved starter John Yaroscho in the second inning and allowed five hits the rest of the way for the win. Cliff Jacobson gave up eight hits in a losing effort. Sceptre catcher Clarence Grant was the game's leading hitter with four for five.

Jacobson (L) and Grant
Yaroscho, Coben (W) (2) and Reg Bentley


(July 20-21)  Sceptre took top money at the Swift Current tournament with a 7-2 victory over Gull Lake in spite of outstanding mound work by Jackie McLeod who fanned 14 in a losing cause.  Infield errors helped Sceptre to the win.

Gull Lake made the final with a 5-0 shutout of Kelstern while Sceptre topped Shaunavon 8-6.

The tournament had an auspicious kickoff with Kelstern and Woodrow battling through 11 scoreless innings before Kelstern broke loose with three in the 12th to take a 3-1 triumph.  Mike Dayne was the winner, while Lefty Erfle was the tough-luck loser in spite of 18 strikeouts.  In the second game, Gull Lake scored a pair in the first inning and held on for a 2-0 victory.  Sceptre eliminated Aquadell 5-2.


(July 22)   Walhalla's roving baseball squad downed Gilbert Plains 3-0 Friday night in an exhibition game at Gilbert Plains. 

(July 22)   Before a large crowd at Dauphin, Ligon's Colored All-Stars defeated the locals 4-2 in a dandy pitcher's duel between Jimmy Nash, who threw a six-hitter, for Dauphin and the Ligon's Jabe Brazzel who was tapped for just three hits. Three Dauphin efforts in the third inning resulted in three runs for the visitors.

Brazzel (W) and xxx
J.Nash (L) and xxx


(July 23)   Brooklyn Cuban Giants, easily the best of the colored touring clubs to visit Estevan area this summer, downed the Leafs 12-8 in an exhibition game at Nicholson Park Saturday night.  It was free-hitting affair that gave the fans good value for their money in the first run-happy inning and in the nip-and-tuck baseball that followed until the 6th when the Giants cut loose with a four-hit rally to score three times to win the contest. The Leafs emerged with a 6-4 advantage after the first frame in a long-ball hitting contest with the tourists.  Brooklyn started out with doubles by Lincoln Boyd and Malven Johnson, helped by three Estevan errors to plate four runs.  The Leafs quickly replied as Frank John led off with a triple, Frank Johner was safe on an error and both came scampering homer on Mike Dubyk's two-bagger.  With Humphries aboard on a fielder's choice, Clarence Weir, McDonald, Gary McKechney and Bill Jackson followed with four successive singles to run up four more runs. Brooklyn added single counters in the 2nd and 3rd to knot the score with Chick Carter, who had tripled, notching the tying run on a squeeze play. Leafs went ahead in the 3rd when Dale Abbott's three-bagger plated Jackson.  Giants made it even again in the 4th with a gift run when Spencer Davis, on third, snuck home while the Estevan infield was trying to run down Boyd between first and second.  The see-saw battle went back to the Leafs in their half of the 4th as Dubyk singled, stole second and scored on Weir's double. After a scoreless 5th frame, the visitors pounded out four hits, a double by Bob Daniels, triple by Boyd, and singles by Fred Chisholm and Leonard (Sloppy) Lindsay to score three times and take the lead for good. 

Davis, Swan (6) and Green, Davis
Abbott, Verpe (5), Gough (8) and Dubyk


(July 22)   California Mohawks returned to Riverside Park in Kamloops a month after their last appearance and basically replicated their earlier result. The California collegians defeated Kamloops Legion 9-6 with a 12-hit attack, three by second baseman Franny Oneto.  Winning pitcher Don Wilson helped the offense with a 6th inning homer which proved to be the winning run. The Mohawks jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the top of the first inning and were never headed. Jake Abbott knocked in three runs for the winners with a double. Harry Maralia had a pair of two-baggers and drove in two for the Legion.

Welton, Wilson (W) (3), Clayton (7) and Bryeans
Plastiras (L), Keeley (8) and E.Garay


(July 24)   Dauphin split top money with Buchanan at the Veregin, Saskatchewan tournament.  The final game was not played because of darkness. Dauphin reached the final by defeating Minitonas 6-0, Preeceville 3-0 and Sturgis 3-0. Buchanan, with players from the defunct San Francisco Sea Lions, beat Gilbert Plains 4-3 in the opening round.

Dauphin announced the acquisition of left-handed pitcher Don Lawston, an American who had played for Plumas. Lawston also plays second base.


(July 24)  Winfield Tournament   

Vernon All-Stars won top money of $110 at the Winfield Tournament Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Winfield Cubs in the tourney final.  Little Ike Jackson hurled a five-hitter for the win in the championship contest. George Bogdanovich gave up just six hits and fanned 11 in a losing cause. Buck Davis' City League All-Stars opened the scoring in the fourth inning when Al Munk singled and circled the bases on two errors and a wild pitch.  Winfield knotted the count in the seventh on two hits but Vernon came right back with two runs as Nick Janicki singled and Lorne Ingram smacked a three-bagger and came home himself on a passed ball. The All-Stars final run came in the ninth with Harold Wadsworth knocking in Wally Janicki with a single. Winfield put together two more hits in the final frame for a run, but it was too little, too late.

Wadsworth (W) and Petruk
Bogdanovich (L) and Brummet

Vernon had earlier defeated Rutland Adanacs 5-3 and scored a 6-5 win over Peachland.  Winfield drew a bye in the first round and dumped Winfied Aces in the other semi-final. Winfield Aces had advanced with a 5-3 decision over Oyama Eagles.

John Ingram set the Adanacs down on six hits in the first round match.  Behind the four-hit pitching of Johnny Lingor, Rutland was on top 3-0 going into the final frame of the five-inning fixture but the All-Stars rallied with four hits, two errors and a walk.  Ingram aided his own cause driving in Vern Mehis who had walked. Bill Inglis reached on a fielder's choice and Ingram came home. Nick Janicki singled and Lorne Ingram reached first when Inglis was tagged out at home plate.  A pair of errors by the Rutland catcher and Bill Petruk's single brought both Ingram and Janicki home. Petruk plated the final Vernon run on a double by George Nuyens.

J.Ingram (W) and xxx
Lingor (L) and xxx

Vernon also came from behind to take the semi-final contest.  Peachland reached John Ingram for two runs in the first inning and another in the second.  George Nuyens blasted a homer in the bottom of the second to get the
All-Stars on the scoreboard and Vernon tied it in the fourth as Wally Janicki and Dick Douglas scored on three hits and two Peachland errors.  The game was tied 3-3 at the end of the regulation five innings.  In the sixth, Peachland again took the lead scoring twice. In the bottom half of the inning, Al Munk and John Ingram singled for the All-Stars and both scored on on infield error on Nick Janicki's hard hit ball. Bill Petruk followed with a single to score Janicki with the winner.

Clements and xxx
J.Ingram (W) and xxx


(July 25)   Rafe Cabrera's 8th inning homer gave Brandon a 9-8 win over Carman in the final of the invitational tournament at Carman.  It was Cabrera's second home run of the game.  Ramon Rodriguez, who returned to the lineup after being sidelined for a week with injuries from an auto accident, added two doubles and two singles for the Greys. Bob Johnson had a triple, double and single for the Cards.  

Caulfield and McKerlie
Vasquez, Gibbons (13-0) (8) and Rodriguez

Brandon made the final by edging Elmwood 5-4.  Hank Adkins went the distance for the win and led the Greys at the plate with two doubles and a single.  Homer Chandler belted a homer for Elmwood.

Price and Boney
Adkins (6-0) and Wilson, Rodriguez

Earlier, Carman downed Walhalla 7-2.  In the playoff for third money, Walhalla defeated Elmwood 8-5.


(July 25-26)  On Vancouver Island, the California Mohawks split with the Duncan Athletics wining the Monday encounter 3-0 but dropping a 3-1 decision Tuesday.  19-year-old Jack Welton held Duncan to three hits in firing the shutout for the California kids. First sacker Ted Sonny Adkins smacked a third inning homer to give the Mohawks what turned out to be the winning run.  They added another when Calen Bowman drew a walk and reached home when Bud Bauhofer went to second on an error by Duncan hurler Doug English. Another error resulted in the third run in the seventh inning.  41-year-old Pete Beiden, the Fresno State coach, put on an outstanding display as catcher despite a broken thumb.

Welton (W) and Beiden
English (L) and Cleough

Tony Folk held the Mohawks scoreless for seven innings in the second game before giving up a four-bagger to Ted Adkins, his second homer of the day. The Athletics took the lead in the fifth inning when Syme and Cain drew free passes and came around to score on successive singles by brothers Eric and Lyell Rodger.  The brothers also accounted for Duncan's third run in the seventh. Eric Rodger reached on a walk and came home when Mohawks shortstop Roy Parker bobbled a grounder by Lyell Rodger.

Clayton (L) and Beiden
T.Folk (W) and Stroulger


(July 25-30)  Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament

(July 25)  Richlea, the 1948 tournament champions, scored four times in the first inning, added another in the second and held on for a 5-4 victory over Saskatoon Legion in the opening game of the 1949 Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  Neil Courtoreille fired a four-hitter for the win as Richlea survived eight errors.  John Carpenter took the loss.

Carpenter (L), Currie (2) and Sasseville
Courtoreille (W) and Gardiner

(July 26)  Delisle took advantage of sloppy defensive work by Macklin to score three early runs and then held off the challengers for a 3-2 triumph.  Doug Bentley led the offense with three hits, one a double. Bennie Griggs pitched into the 6th inning to register the win. Herb Brown was the loser.

Brown (L) and L. Ryan
Griggs (W), Yaroscho (6) and Reg Bentley

(July 27)  North Battleford advanced with a 5-2 win over Ridgedale. Les Dean, who relieved with none out in the first inning, allowed just three hits in going the rest of the way. Dean gave the Beavers a first inning run when he tripled in Emile Francis. Dick Stang pitched well, giving up just four hits in taking the defeat.

Stang (L) and Dubyk
Sirota, L.Dean (W) (1) and Prediger

(July 28)  Sceptre, one of the favourties in the tournament, needed an unearned run to put down a young Quill Lake Monarchs squad 1-0 Thursday night in a pitcher's duel between Lefty Arnold for the winners and Barney Walker for the losers. Walker, a right-hander, allowed just four hits and fanned nine while Arnold gave up six hits and struck out 10.  The lone run came in the 6th inning as Jimmy Shields beat out an infield hit and Ernie Franks reached on an outfield error. Freddy Shields walked to load the bases and the Quill Lake first sacker dropped a popup to allow Jimmy Shields to scamper home with the winning marker.

Walker (L) and S.Gryba
Arnold (W) and Grant

(July 29)  Doug and Max Bentley led a 12-hit attack as Delisle trounced Richlea 9-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the Exhibition Tournament. Doug had four hits and Max added three. Doug added to his outstanding effort with three runs scored and five stolen bases. Murray Coben held the losers to five hits.

Coben (W) and Reg Bentley
Kimbel (L) and Gardiner

(July 30)  Sceptre reached the final downing North Battleford 7-0 as Cliff Jacobson sparkled with a two-hitter. He struck out ten and walked three. The winners pounded out 14 hits off Fred Hilker and Les Dean.

Hilker (L), L Dean (2) and McKay
Jacobson (W) and Grant

(July 30)  Sceptre defeated Delisle 4-1 to take top prize at the Exhibition Tournament. Lefty Arnold fired a four-hitter and fanned ten in pitching Sceptre to the win. The final drew an Exhibition Tournament record crowd of more than 5,000.  Arnold also helped the offense with a key two-run double in the second inning. 

Yaroscho (L), Coben (2) and Reg Bentley
Arnold (W) and Grant


(July 26-27-28)  Ward MacDonald pitched seven scoreless innings of relief and Bowser Whitehead had three hits as the Claresholm Bears downed Vulcan 7-5 in their opening match in the $660 Champion TournamentHap Rea's ninth inning single drove in Glen Bouzyan with the winning run.

Champion downed Carseland 10-5 in a game called after seven innings because of high winds. 


(July 26)   The touring Walhalla club from North Dakota downed Neepawa 11-8 in an exhibition match. The game featured three homers.  Marvin Stofft had a two-run blast in the first inning and catcher John Stempak had a solo shot in the 5th.  Pete Loisselle slammed a two-run homer for Neepawa in the 5th. 

Jim Anderson, Ted Novak (W) (4) and Stempak
Al Truelove (L) and Munro


(July 27)   The Muskogee Cardinals came to Dauphin Wednesday and picked up a 3-1 victory. Jim Nash did the hurling for Dauphin fanning 11.


(July 28)    In spite of threatening weather, a large crowd attended the opening of the 47th annual Swan River fair.  Bowsman captured top money in the baseball tournament with a 6-4 win over Kamsask. 


(July 27)   Defending champion Brandon won its opener to advance in the Indian Head tournament.  Greys thumped Kronau 11-2 as Frank Watkins handled the mound work.

Kawaza, Gerein (5) and Ross
Watkins (11-0) and Rodriguez

Rain washed out two rounds of play with only six games completed.  

Buchanan, largely made up of players from the former San Francisco Sea Lions barnstorming team, shaded Chamberlain 2-0 as John Henry Oliver allowed just five hits.  Jack "Smoky" Reynoldson, pitching to his brother Ron, gave up just seven in a losing cause.

Oliver and Landrum
J Reynoldson and R Reynoldson

Griffen down Viceroy 8-3.  

Hefmeister and Lackey
Munson and Schmidt

The short-staffed Minot Merchants, with only nine players in uniform, had no trouble with Edenwold, winning 10-0.  A two-run triple by Othello Strong was the key blow as the Merchants scored six runs with two out in the 1st inning.  Three more pitchers, Jack Johnson, Gaylord Rasmussen and Steve Wylie checked in later to bolster the Merchants.

Reichel, Obey and S Mohl
Claussen and Kempf

Two unearned runs, both scored by Ted Foord, enabled Moose Jaw Canucks to edge Pangman 2-0.

Thorseth and Martin
Barth and D Morrison

Notre Dame Hounds shaded Assiniboia 6-4 as Chuck McCullough had a triple, double and single.

Speers, Harbourne (6) and Drescher
Kerley, Hoag (7) and Germann

(July 28)   Steve Wylie pitched two shutouts, a one-hitter and a four-hitter, to lead Minot Merchants to the $1,000 top prize in the Indian Head Tournament which also featured a perfect game by Brandon's Winslow Means. Wylie, who pitched Brandon to the title in 1948, beat Moose Jaw 1-0 in the quarter-finals, then shutdown Wilcox-Weyburn 3-0 in the championship game before a crowd of 12-thousand.   Ed Claussen's two-run homer in the 7th was all the Merchants needed for the top prize.

Shupe and Ekdahl
Wylie and Kempf

Minot got five-hit pitching from Othello Strong to down Brandon 4-2 in the semi-finals and hand Dirk Gibbons his first loss of the season after twelve straight wins.  Ted Strong had a two-run homer for the Merchants and Zoonie McLean added a solo shot.

Gibbons (13-1), Price (4) and Rodriguez
O Strong and Kempf

Earlier, Wylie bested Moose Jaw's Lefty Lauer as the Merchants topped Moose Jaw 4-0.  Lauer allowed just four hits but his teammates could manage just one off Wylie.

Wylie and Kempf
Lauer and Martin

In the playoff for third money, Brandon whipped Carrot River 10-0 as Dirk Gibbons tossed a five-hit shutout.

Gibbons (14-1) and Rodriguez
Maronek, Wolf (7) and McLean, Fennell (7)

Minot got shutout pitching from Jack Johnson, a four-hitter, to dump Buchanan 8-0.

Johnson and Kempf
Leibrech, Carr (4) and Landrum

Wilcox-Weyburn downed Carrot River 4-1 in the other semi-final as Walter Buttgereit and Gayle Shupe combined on a five-hitter.  Pete Polus was the loser in his third start of the day for the Loggers. 

Buttgereit, Shupe (5) and Ekdahl
Polus and McLean

Winslow Means tossed a perfect game as Brandon walloped Southey 14-0 in the quarter-finals.  Means retired all 21 batters in order in the seven inning contest.  He fanned five.

Gemmell, Isner (6) and Blehm
Means (10-2) and Rodriguez

Wilcox-Weyburn pounded out thirteen hits in downing Lake Valley 10-0.

Buttgereit, Covert (4) and Ekdahl
Devine, Froelick (4) and Peterson

Cy Snead tossed a three-hitter as Brandon trounced Notre Dame Hounds 17-3.  Greys had four homers, two from Coney Williams and one each from Gerry MacKay and Ramon Rodriguez

Snead (1-1) and Rodriguez
Dombowsky, Hoag (3) and Germann

Carrot River won by default over Ligon's All-Stars after a protest over a controversial play in the 5th inning with the Loggers ahead 3-2. A Ligon's runner collided with the Loggers' shortstop in trying to break up a double play and officials called out the runner going to first.  Ligons refused to resume the quarter-final game in protest over the decision and when fans moved onto the field umpire Rudy Brooker awarded the win to the Loggers.

Woods and Holland
Polus and McLean

In a major upset, the unheralded Southey club downed Regina Caps 2-1 behind the pitching of Bud Gemmell.  

Gemmell and Blehm
McClenaghan, Harrison (7) and G Kyle

Ligon All-Stars scored a 5-1 win over Woodrow.

A Erfle and B Erfle
Pierson and Holland

Carrot River took an early 7-1 lead and went on to trounce Melville 16-8.

Polus, Maronek (4) and McLean
Gurdy, J Goodwill (2), Unilowski (4) and Juckes

Wilcox-Weyburn scored four runs in the 2nd inning and held on to beat Carlyle 5-2.

Hogg and Ekdahl
Herron and McDonald

Lake Valley scored four times in the top of the 7th, the final frame, to down Fairlight 7-4.

Devine and Peterson
Sauter and H Hoff

Elmer Torgeson fired a two-hitter for Moose Jaw as the Canucks ousted Griffin with an 8-1 victory.

Hofmeister and Lackey
Torgeson and Martin


(July 28)    At the Grandview Sports Day Tournament, Dauphin and Grandview divided top money when the final was stopped by rain with the game tied 3-3 at the end of the third inning. Dauphin had trounced Gilbert Plains 7-1 and Grandview eliminated Plumas 13-3 in the semi-finals.  Dick Weitzel limited the Plainsmen to five hits while Herb Boughen provided an offensive spark with a bases-loaded triple in the fifth.

D.Weitzel (W) and xxx
Franczak (L) and xxx


(July 29)    Homer Chandler fired a no-hitter, albeit a four-inning victory, as Elmwood trounced St. Boniface 9-0 in the opening round action at the Johnny Peterson tournament.  Chandler fanned eight of the 12 batters he faced. The ANAF Vets scored a 6-1 win over Oakville while CUAC moved past Beausejour 8-2. 

Eddie Leier, Elmwood's centre fielder, was the main offensive force with a two-run homer in the first inning and two singles.  Mike Genthon pitched hitless ball for four innings, ending up with a four-hitter, in the Vets' victory.  Frank Guly went the route, allowing six hits, in leading CUAC to its win. 

Oakville 1 Vets 6
Owens, Toota (5) and Strong
Genthon and Madden

Elmwood 10 St. Boniface 0
Chandler and Boney
Merlevede, Nichols (2), Deniset (2) and xxx

Beausejour 2 CUAC 8
Caughlin and Winkler
Guly and Hilderman

(July 30)    Five more teams fell by the wayside in Friday's action at the Johnny Peterson baseball tournament.  Winnipegs ousted Transcona 7-6 as Terry Sawchuk pounded a triple and two singles to pace the winners.  In his first game with Winnipegs, he scored three times.  Mel Johnson went the route on the hill for the win.  Cal Gardiner took the loss.  Poplar Point downed St. Pierre 5-1, St. James defeated Kamsack 5-2, Sundown bested Steinbach 5-1 and Morden advanced by default as Melville failed to show.

Leo Hogue pitched a five-hitter in the win by Poplar Point.  Ray Trinder was the loser. Steinbach erupted for all five runs in the 3rd inning to overtake Sundown.  Marvin Remple fired a two-hitter for the win. Seven errors hurt Kamsack as Tom Dickson pitched St. James to the win. 

Winnipegs 7 Transcona 6
Johnson and Merlevede
Gardner, Lopuck (5) and Marcotte

Poplar Point 5 St. Pierre 1
Hogue and Hextall
Trinder and Laverne

Sundown 1 Steinbach 5
Donylchuk, Boulleu (4) and T. Eliuk
Remple and Beckman

Kamsack 2 St. James 5
Hester and Taylor
Dickson and Cuthbert

(August 1)   Elmwood Giants downed St. James Legion 8-4 to take top money in Johnny Petersen's third annual senior baseball tournament.  5,800 fans watched Monday's contests at Osborne Stadium.  Seven games wrapped up the event.  The sixteen team tournament began play on Friday. 

Amos Watson allowed nine hits but went the distance to help Elmwood down ANAF Vets 3-2 to win a spot in the tournament final.  Hickey Redd and Hal Price each had three hits to led the offense while Price gave up just four hits in registering the pitching win.  Fred Dunsmore was the key for St. James in its 3-1 triumph over Winnipegs to gain a berth in the championship game..  Dunsmore pitched a seven-hitter and helped at the plate with three hits. 

Earlier, Elmwood had advanced with a 7-2 win over Steinbach as Homer Chandler went the route on a four-hitter for the win.  Lorne Benson was the loser.  St. James jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on to shade Morden 5-4.  Morden's Thor Sigurdson allowed just three hits but shaky defense cost him the game.   In earlier games, Steinbach edged CUAC 5-4 taking advantage of a pair of errors to plate four runs in the 4th inning.  Marvin Remple was the winning pitcher. 

Winnipegs rode a four-run first inning to a 7-3 win over Poplar Point.  Bill Nicholson was the winner, Bob Thompson the loser.

Elmwood 8 St. James 4
Watson and Boney
Finkbeiner, Dickson (5) and Cuthbert

St. James 3 Winnipegs 1
Dunsmore and Cuthbert
Johnson, Anderson (2) and Merlevede

ANAF Vets 2 Elmwood 3
Genthon, Stoff (5) and Sparrow
Price (8-7) and Boney

St. James 5 Morden 4
Pell, Dunsmore (7) and Cuthbert
Sigurdson and King

Steinbach 2 Elmwood 7
Benson, Hunt (2), Remple (6) and Barkman, Stevenson (6)
Chandler and Boney

CUAC 4 Steinbach 5
England, Guly (4) and Hilderman
Remple, Hunt (7) and Barkman

Winnipegs 7 Poplar Point 3
Nicholson and Merlevede
Thompson, Burnett (1) and Hextall


(July 30)    A large and enthusiastic crowd filled the stands at West End Park Saturday for a sparkling exhibition of baseball as Swift Current  trimmed the touring St. Louis Black Cardinals 7-4.  Frank Bond, the California flash, pounded out a homer, triple and single to highlight the affair. Jimmy Bak, making an infield appearance after a spell away from the game, also smacked a homer.  "Wimpy" Stephenson hurled the victory for the Indians.

xxx and xxx
Stephenson (W) and Beisel

(July 31)  Carman Cardinals downed Neepawa 6-4 Sunday at Clear Lake with McKerlie handling the mound work.

McKerlie (W) and Sanders
xxx and xxx


(Aug 1)   Minot rebounded from an 8-1 deficit after two innings to roar back and trounce Carman 18-9 to take first prize money in the Portage holiday tournament.  The Merchants had 15 hits off three Carman hurlers and took advantage of three Carman errors. Cardinals had scored five runs in the first inning on three hits and two errors and added three more in the second. Minot rebounded with five in the third.

Minot knotted the count with three in the 4th and went ahead to stay with three in the 6th. Rugged right-hander Othello Strong went the distance for the Merchants. Lillord Cobb of Carman was the individual star of the day, hurling a seven-hitter against Brandon while pounding out two homers and a double and then playing a flawless field in the final game.

Caulfield, Washington (3), C McKerlie (8) and A McKerlie
O Strong and Kempf

In the opening round, Minot handed Gilbert Plains an early 4-0 lead before responding with 19 runs in a 19-9 triumph.  A seven run 7th inning proved to be the difference for Minot.  Shortstop Zoonie McLean came in as a relief pitcher and registered the pitching victory.

Gig Young, Vic Franczak (L) (4), Dick Lysecki (8) and Stoughton
Jack Johnson, McLean (W) and Kempf

Carman upset Brandon 9-6 as Lillord Cobb went the distance holding the Greys to seven hits.  Cobb also blasted a two-run homer in the 4th inning to put Carman on the scoreboard after the Greys had taken a 5-0 lead, two of the runs scoring on a Chuck Wilson homer.  Greys took a 6-2 lead in the 5th but the Cards pulled to within a single run on Jimmy McFadden's homer and a two-run triple by Gordie Elliott.  Carman took the lead in the 7th as Ron Teasley blasted a two-run homer.  Cobb followed with his second homer of the game and the Cards had a berth in the final. 

Adkins, Gibbons (14-2) (5)  and Rodriguez
Cobb and McKerlie

Brandon overwhelmed Gilbert Plains 13-1 in a game called after just three innings.  The lone run for the losers came on a homer by Vic Franczak.

Gig Young and Stoughton
Vasquez (7-0) and Rodriguez


(August 3)  Abe Saperstein's Harlem Globe Trotters had no difficulty with the Victoria All-Stars Wednesday at Royal Athletic Park taking both games of an exhibition double-header by identical 16-0 scores. With the city nine outclassed, the feature for the spectators was the clowning of Ed Hamman, who amused the crowd with his zany antics. In the afternoon game, three Trotter pitchers limited the locals to nine hits. Cliff Hume started for the All-Stars but was treated roughly as were his successors Stan Davies and Toad Garnet. The visitors combined 13 hits with a sloppy Victoria defense to run away with the win.

xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
Hume (L), Davies, Garnet and xxx

John Williams fired a two-hitter for the shutout in the second game. He racked up 19 strikeouts and pitched hitless ball after the second inning.  Bill Prior gave up two runs in the first frame when three walks and two infield outs gave the Trotters the lead. He escaped unscathed in the second inning before the visitors scored in each of the next six innings.

J.Williams (W) and xxx
Prior (L),. xxx and xxx


(Aug 4)   A crowd of more than 10,000 watched the Sceptre-Delisle feud continue Thursday as the clubs met in the final of Rosetown's $2,000 tournament.  Sceptre took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning and held on to win 4-1. 

In semi-final games, Sceptre topped Shaunavon 4-1 behind the mound work of Cliff Jacobson while Delisle exploded for six runs in the 4th inning to down the Carrot River Loggers 13-7. Bev Bentley, Eddie Brown and Bennie Griggs each belted a triple for the winners and Pete Polus had one for the Loggers. Johnny Maroniuk picked up the mound victory pitching into the 8th inning before fading in the heat. Albert Erfle went the distance for Carrot River.

In the quarterfinals, Delisle trounced Allan 11-2 behind Bennie Griggs' pitching and Lefty Arnold shutout Macklin as Sceptre won, 6-0.  Shaunavon topped the Rosetown All-Stars 8-3 and Carrot River edged Kindersley Klippers 2-1 as Pete Polus tossed a five-hitter for the win. Polus also scored the first run for the Loggers and drove in the 2nd with a triple.

In opening games, Sceptre got by Richlea 7-3 and Delisle won, 8-1, over Lawson.  Rosetown topped Brock 13-7, Shaunavon beat Sibbald, Alberta 5-3, Macklin won by default over Melfort, Allan beat Eston 11-5, Kindersley got an 8-0 win over Climax, and Carrot River notched a default win over Portreeve.


(August 5)   In exhibition baseball at Bowsman the touring Muskogee Cardinals and the Maroons split a twin-bill before a capacity crowd.  Cards won the opener 9-8 with Bowsman taking the final match 7-4.

Richard and Taylor
Zeeben, Henderson and Tall

Kuntz and Tall
Oliver and Taylor


(Aug 6)   Minot Merchants captured their second Saskatchewan baseball tournament Saturday when they claimed first prize money of $1,000 in the first annual Canucks tourney at Moose Jaw.  Minot, which had earlier taken the Indian Head event, downed Delisle 12-8 in the final before 5,000 sweltering fans.  Merchants scored four runs in the top of the 9th inning to take the title.  

Stofft, O Strong (5) and Kempf
Griggs, Yaroscho (2), Currie (9), M Bentley (9) and R Bentley

Minot reached the final with a 14-5 victory over Notre Dame.

Dombowsky, Hoag (6), Kerley (8), L'Huereux (8) and Germann
Bryant, O Strong (9) and Kempf

Delisle ousted Regina Caps 10-4 in a contest which featured homers by Bennie Griggs and Max Bentley of Delisle and Sully Glasser for the Caps.  

Harrison and Kyle
Coben and R Bentley

In the playoff for third money, Regina dumped Notre Dame 12-8

Hoag, Dombowsky (4) and Germann
Greep and Kyle

In first round action, Notre Dame swamped Lawson 21-1 as Frank Germann belted a three-run homer, Minot ousted Moose Jaw 4-1, Regina thumped Lake Valley 17-4 with Shaffer Green blasting a pair of two-run homers, and Delisle got by Sceptre 6-4.

Claggett and Germann
Leavins, Cook (4), Vold (5) and McCullough

Cooper, Thorseth (4) and Smith
Strong and Kempf

Gemmell and G Kyle
Buttgereit, Devine (5) and Peterson

Currie, Yaroscho (9) and R Bentley
Arnold, Courtoreille (1), Jacobson (6) and A Powell


(Aug 8)  At the $1,100 Foam Lake Tournament, the community's second big tournament of the summer, Carman Cardinals won first prize money with a 11-2 victory over Notre Dame Hounds in the final. 

Reid and Sanders
xxx and xxx

Cards downed Gilbert Plains 15-13 to advance to the title game. 

xxx and xxx
Caulfield, Anderson and Sanders


(Aug 9)   At Tisdale, Carman again won top prize downing Gilbert Plains 8-5.

Caulfield, Anderson and xxx
xxx and xxx

In their opening game, Carman whipped Carrot River 14-3 in a game called at the end of four innings.

Novak and Sanders
xxx and xxx


(August 10)  Carman wrapped up a four-day exhibition/tournament tour with a 2-1 decision over Gilbert Plains.


(Aug 10)  Delisle won first prize money of $1,200 in the Saskatoon tournament downing Colonsay 4-0 in the final as Johnny Maroniuk tossed a four-hit shutout in a game played in the amazingly short time of one hour and seven minutes. Delisle broke a scoreless tie with an unearned run in the 6th inning then put the game on ice combining a double, two singles and a walk for three runs in the 8th.  Doug Bentley drove in a pair and brother Max knocked in the other.

Sepko (L) and Shirley
Maroniuk (W) and R Bentley

Delisle advanced to the final with a surprisingly easy 10-1 victory over Sceptre behind Murray Coben's four-hitter.

Arnold (L), Jacobson (4), Courtoreille (5) and Grant, A Powell (5)
Coben (W) and R Bentley

Clarence Smith pitched and batted Colonsay to a 4-2 semi-final win over Carlyle. Smith, who hurled the first five innings, doubled in two runs and scored one himself. Johnny Folk pitched shutout ball for four innings to preserve the win for Smith.

Brown, Herron (2) and Benson
Smith, Folk (8) and Klotz, Shirley (8)

In the opening round, Delisle was out-hit 11 to 7, but capitalized on six Macklin errors to notch a 5-2 victory. Johnny Yaroscho went the route for the win. Roy Ryan belted a homer and triple for the losers.

Brown (L) and Ryan
Yaroscho (W) and Reg Bentley

Sceptre scored three in the top of the 10th inning then held off a Prince Albert rally in the bottom of the frame for a 7-6 decision. Cliff Jacobson went all the way with a seven-hitter for the win. Veteran Fergie Shields drove in two runs for Sceptre in the third inning. Prince Albert took the lead on Tony Hagel's three-run homer in the fourth. Clarence Grant put the favourites back on top with a two-run blast to deep centre field in the 8th but the P.A. Veterans came back in their half of the frame as Gordie Wilson doubled in the tying run. In the top of the tenth, Sceptre drove Archie Hunter from the hill going ahead 7-4. Lefty Logue made it close again in the bottom of the tenth with a two-run homer before Cliff Jacobson fanned Hagel to end the game. 

Jacobson (W) and Grant
Hunter (L), Merkowski (10) and Wilson

Colonsay scored four times in the first inning and went on to dump Eston-Richlea 9-3 behind the solid hurling of Johnny Folk who compiled 12 strikeouts. Colonsay's Roy Moldenhauer had a four-bagger as did Hank Grosse for the losers. A highlight of the game was the base-running of Colonsay's Paul Hrynkiw who pilfered five sacks. 16-year-old Len Breckner, the Colonsay third baseman, clouted a triple and was out at the plate trying to stretch it into a home run.

Folk (W) and Shirley
Stevenson, G.Gilkinson (4) and Gardiner

Big Bob Herron bounced a double off the right field wall scoring Baldy Benson in the 10th inning to give Carlyle a 6-5 win over Saskatoon Legion.  Saskatoon out-hit Carlyle 14 to 7.  Herron went all ten innings on the hill for the winners.

Herron (W) and McDaniels, Benson (7)
Currie, Carpenter (L) (8) and Sasseville


(August 17)    Ernie Boushy drove in Darryl Ball in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Dauphin a 4-4 draw with Ligon's Colored All-Stars. It was Dauphin's second run in the ninth. Herb Boughen scored the first when he singled and came home on a wild throw to first. The game was called after nine because of darkness. Ligon's had scored a pair in the top of the ninth to take the lead. 


(Aug 27)   At the $1,500 Minot tournament, Brandon whipped Regina Caps 12-5 to advance to the final.  The Greys offensive featured a grand slam by Rafe Cabrera, his second in a week, and triples by Armando Vasquez and Chuck WilsonLincoln Boyd had two hits and scored four runs. 

Vasquez, Means (17-3) and Rodriguez
Downton and Green

The hometown Merchants walloped the Winnipeg All-Stars 21-4, scoring eleven runs in the first inning.  

(Aug 28)  Brandon scored twice in the 1st inning and never looked back in trouncing Minot 11-2 to take top prize in the Minot tournament.  Frank Watkins was a star on the mound and at the plate.  He held the Merchants to seven hits in going the distance while belting a homer in the 8th.  Armando Vasquez went 4 for 4, including a triple, and Lincoln Boyd had a double and single and scored four times. Marvin Stofft and Wilbur Greene allowed 14 hits.  

Stofft, Green and Larson
Watkins (16-2) and Rodriguez

In the playoff for third money, Regina edged Winnipeg 4-3.  


(August 28)   Rutland Cubs won the $110 top prize at the Winfield Tournament Sunday defeating Peachland 5-2 in the final behind the solid mound work of Mits Koga. Earlier, Eddie Kielbiski pitched the Cubs into the final with a 2-1 victory over Winfield Aces in the semi-final round and Wally Lesmeister handled the pitching as the Cubs downed Oyama 6-1 in their opening action.  Peachland defeated Rutland Adanacs 6-4 in the other semi-final.  The Adanacs had won a thrilling 2-1 contest from Vernon in the first round as Hank Wostradowski and Johnny Ingram of Vernon staged a pitching duel that was scoreless for seven innings. Wostradowski was awarded the cup for the most useful player in the tournament.


(September 4-5)  Kamloops Tournament

The Vancouver Athletic Club came from behind with four runs in the 8th inning and defeated Vancouver Tigers 5-2 to take first money of $600 in the Kamloops Baseball Club Tournament over the Labour Day weekend.

A walk to Ralph Strong and successive singles by Joe Kanik and Hec McDonald had given the Tigers a run in the 2nd inning.  In the 5th, VAC pitcher Gary Zailo led off with a single and rounded the bases on an error and wild pitch before coming home to tie the game on a sacrifice fly.  Tigers came right back to regain the lead in the top of the 6th when Bill Adshead singled to centre to drive in Frank Vaselenak who had singled. VAC had two out in the 8th and Maury Mulhern at third when Vince Bellamy made it 2-2 with a one-bagger. Ritchie Snider followed with a double to left and Les Brown continued the hit parade hammering a triple to centre and Les Smith knocked in the 4th run with a single to right.  Zailo was the winning pitcher with a seven-hitter. Tom Jenkinson took the loss allowing just five hits, four of them in the fatal 8th inning.

Jenkinson (L) and MacDonald
Zailo (W) and Bellamy

Kamloops CYO elicited much applause from the fans for their stubborn showing against the powerful Vancouver Tigers in semi-final action.The underdog CYO came from behind four times to tie before the Tigers pushed across the winning run in the 14th inning to shade the local squad 6-5.  Although nicked for 12 hits, Bill MacDonald pitched a stellar game for CYO after relieving George Bogdonovich in the third frame.  

Tigers took the lead in the first inning on a double by Junior Hill, two walks and two passed balls. CYO replied with a run in the 2nd inning with Harry Francis driving in Johnny Garay who had walked and advanced on a sacrifice. The see-saw affair had the Tigers back on top in the 3rd following a Bill Sibson single, and walks to Bill Adshead, Ralph Strong and Frank Vaselenak for one run and a wild pitch to score another. Kamloops came back once more in the 4th as Bob Morton walked and Garay poked a single before an error on an infield grounder and an overthrow to second allowed both runners to score. A towering home run to left centre by Tiger catcher Hec McDonald put Vancouver back in front in the 6h but CYO's Norm MacDonald doubled to right and scored on Kaye Kaminishi's single in the 7th for a 4-4 deadlock.  After four scoreless frames, Tigers got three hits to go in front 5-4. Again, CYO responded in kind as Kaminishi, Bill Portman and Morton loaded the bases with two out and Garay drove one home. Hill of the Tigers made an outstanding running, back-handed catch on Johnny Haywood's fly to left to end the inning.  Pitcher Rod Owen, who went five for seven at the plate, knocked in Joe Kanik with the winning run in the 14th. 

R.Owen (W) and H.McDonald
G.Bogdonovich, W.MacDonald (L) (3) and Morton

VAC reached the final with a 19-0 thumping of Revelstoke as the Vancouver entry smacked 16 hits while the Spikes were held to just two by Gary Zailo and Ron Curby. Vince Bellamy and Les Brown each had three hits for the winners. Arnie Hallgren had a homer and single and drove in a pair. Catcher Maury Mulhern added a triple and single, scored four times and had three stolen bases. By the time the game was over, both legs of Mulhern's pants were ripped half-way around just above the knee and a generous portion of the Mulhern posterior was showing through the gaping holes.

Zailo, Curby and M.Mulhern
Pratico (L), Fleming, Kirchener and Pradolini, Harding (4)

Vancouver Tigers had little trouble with Vernon Aces in the Monday morning encounter posting a 10-5 victory as Vernon committed ten errors. Tigers had nine hits, three by shortstop Bill Sibson. Wally Janicki of Vernon was the games' leading hitter with a homer, double and single. B.Surphlis held the Aces to eight hits in ringing up the mound victory.  J.Ingram took the loss.

B.Surphlis (W) and H.McDonald
J.Ingram (L) and B.Patnik

Kamloops CYO took the opening game on Sunday downing South Burnaby 4-2 behind the brilliant pitching of George Bogdonovich.  After a shaky first frame, in which the visitors scored both their runs, Bogdonovich blanked them the rest of the way, fanning 11 during the six inning contest.  Johnny Garay doubled and scored on Haywood's single in the 2nd and CYO added two more in the 5th and another in the 6th to sew up the contest. Norm MacDonald had two hits for the winners while B. Philley topped all batters with three safeties for South Burnaby.

Bogdonovich (W) and Morton
Booth (L), Drummond (5) and Phipps

Revelstoke fell behind 3-0 after just half an inning of play but rebounded with four unanswered markers to get by Grandview 4-3. Chiefs took advantage of three walks, a single and two passed balls for their three counters. Spikes got one back in the bottom of the first on a booming four-bagger by Rico Ditomassi and then tied the game in the 2nd on a double, single and error.  John Kirchener won his own game in the 3rd when he smacked a double to score Ken McGregor, who had singled.

J.Kirchener (W) and A.Pradolini
Ballam (L), Connell and H.Robinson

Vancouver Athletic Club managed just three hits, but one of them was a homer, as they blanked Kamloops Legion 2-0 in a pitcher's duel between Cliff Kelley and Arnie Hallgren, who posted the win.  Vancouver got a run in the third when Armand Paris walked, moved up on a sacrifice and scored on Maury Mulhern's single. Ron Curby belted a homer in the 6th to complete the scoring. Hallgren gave up just five hits.

C.Keeley (L) and W.Johnson
A.Hallgren (W) and V.Bellamy


(September 4-5)  Kelowna Elks Club Labor Day Tournament

In the most one-sided game of the tournament, Kelowna Red Sox whipped Wilbur, Washington, 12-5 in the final to take home $500 first prize money.  Hank Wostradowski, who had pitched five innings in the semi-final contest, went the route in the championship game allowing nine hits. He gave up just one run through seven innings before weakening in the latter stages when the Sox had a 12-1 lead. Glen O'Shaugnessy led a 12-hit Kelowna attack with a two-run homer.

Kelowna 12 Wilbur 5
Wostradowski (W) and Brummet
Bley (L), Ichart (2), Gardiner (8), Angstrom (9) and English, Davidson (5)

Wostradowski and Pete Scott combined to hold Princeton to seven hits in the 3-2 semi-final victory. Tony Brummet had two hits for the Sox.

Kelowna 3 Princeton 2
Wostradowski, Scott (W) (6) and Brummet, Stewart (6)
Amos (L) and Schulli

Wilbur broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the sixth inning and downed the surprising Kamloops CYO Juniors 4-1. Bley hurled a five-hitter for the win.

Wilbur 4 Kamloops CYO Juniors 1
Bley (W) and English
Gowles, Brkich (6) and Garay

Pete Scott blanked Penticton on four hits as Kelowna took its opening game 5-0. Glen O'Shaugnessy smacked a homer for the Sox to beat Len Gatin.

Kelowna 5 Penticton 0
Scott (W) and Stewart
Gatin (L) and Corelli

Entiat 3 Princeton 7
Edwards (L), Buckbaum (5) and Anderson, Carberry
Nishihara (W) and Liberatore

Wilbur 2 Chelan 1
Ichart (W) and English
Bowers (L) and Kilgore

Winthrop 1 Kamloops CYO Juniors 6
Kifer (L) Tuttle (5) and Jones
Fowles (W) and Garay


(September 4-5)   Rossland Labour Day Tournament    Nelson Tigers shaded the Fruitvale Beavers 5-4 to take top money in the Rossland Tournament.  Earlier, the Beavers eliminated Rossland 7-6 behind the hurling of junior player Gordon Tench.  In the final, rookie Les Hufty held Fruitvale to four hits in hurling the victory.


(September 4-5)  Fruitvale Labour Day Tournament   Fruitvale topped Nelson Tigers 6-3 to win the Fruitvale Tournament. Dave Ewing hurled the victory besting Herb Pitts.

Pitts (L) and xxx
Ewing (W) and xxx

Earlier, Fruitvale notched an 8-7 10-inning win over Rossland with Joey Jankola handling the mound work for the winners.

Lavorato (L) and xxx
Jankola (W) and xxx


(September 4-5)  Courtenay Labour Day Tournament   After a extremely successful summer, Duncan Athletics experience their worst setback of the season Sunday at the Courtenay tournament. Victoria Eagles crushed the locals 12-1 as Bill Prior pitched and batted the Eagles to victory. Rated the Island's outstanding pitcher, Prior held Duncan to just six hits while pounding out two doubles and a single for Victoria. Third baseman Reynolds and catcher Del Bertrand each had four hits for the winners. Pete Hawryluk accounted for all the Duncan scoring with a homer in the eighth inning.

Folk (L), English (3) and Cleough
Prior (W) and Bertrand


(September 5)   Slocan City Labour Day Tournament    The host team won the Slocan Labour Day Tournament defeating Silverton 12-11 after Silverton had beaten Winlaw 11-7.