1950 Game Reports / Alberta     

 

BIG FOUR INTERCITY LEAGUE

(April 27)   Ken Samis, manager of the Edmonton Dodgers, announced the signing of three players - pitcher Eric Wigeland, shortstop Don Bailey and second baseman Mike McInerney.  Wigeland and Bailey are up from junior ranks, McInerney is from Vancouver.

(May 17)  Edmonton Eskimos completed their roster with the signing of first baseman Jack McGill and second sacker Ray Enjaian of San Francisco.

(May 16)   Gene Wulf was the local hero as he pitched 16 innings and belted a game-winning homer as Calgary Purity 99'ers beat Calgary Buffaloes 5-4 before 1,500 fans in the opening game of the Big Four Inter-City Baseball League.  Wulf surrendered three runs in the first inning and another in the second before blanking the Buffs for 14 straight innings. Each team had 17 hits in the marathon with Dick Noon of Purity and Ron Gibbons of the Buffaloes each with four. Glen Gorbous of Purity and Bill Gadsby of the Buffs had three apiece. Gord McQuarrie took the loss in spite of an outstanding relief effort in which he allowed just seven hits and one run in 9 2/3s innings. He fanned 10. Starter Dude Baldwin had five strikeouts, to give the Buffaloes 15 in total, while Wulf had just three in going the distance.

Wulf (W) and Buono
Baldwin, McQuarrie (7) and Kruger

(May 16)   Playing manager Jim Ryan had three hits, including a two-run homer, to lead Edmonton Dodgers to a 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Eskimos. Ross Kortgard scored the winner after reaching on a single and advancing on a fielder's choice and an error and crossing the plate on another fielder's choice. Morrie Hawkey tossed an eight-hitter for the win. Jerry Seaman gave up eight hits in taking the loss. Rookie Bent Macnab, the Esks catcher, rapped three hits.

Hawkey (W) and Kortgard
Seaman (L) and Macnab

(May 19)   Ross Kortgard's three-run homer in the 6th inning carried Edmonton Dodgers to a 7-3 win over Purity 99. The blast, in a four-run inning, gave the Dodgers a lead they never relinquished. Vern Callihan went the distance with an eight-hitter for the win.  Purity's starter Ted Anderson took the loss.

Callihan (W) and Kortgard
Anderson (L), Fernandez (6) and Buono

(May 19)   Down 5-1, Edmonton Eskimos exploded for five runs in the 8th inning to shade Calgary Buffaloes 6-5. Catcher Brent Macnab drove in the winner with a double off the wall in right-centre field. Jack McGill had knocked in a pair with a single to tie at 5-5. Jack Devine, the fourth of five Edmonton hurlers was credited with the win. Lloyd Bradley, who went the distance, took the loss.

Bradley (L) and Kruger
Lowe, Wynn (6), Smith (7), Devine (W) (8), Seaman (9) and Macnab.

(May 20)   Edmonton Dodgers ripped 17 hits in trouncing Calgary Purity 17-7 Saturday.  Des O'Conner led the offensive with four hits and knocked in a pair.  Bernie Anderson driiled a homer and two singles and Ross Kortgard added two hits, including a homer. Norm Jurasin had a four-bagger for Calgary. Eric Wigeland picked up the win.

Wigeland (W) and Kortgard
Fernandez (L), Bothello (5) and Buono

(May 20)   Ed Belter fired a three-hitter to lead Edmonton Eskimos to a 4-3 win over Calgary Buffaloes. The left-hander fanned 11. Cliff Johnston had three hits for the Esks.

Baldwin (L), Severyn (2) and Kruger
Belter (W) and Macnab

(May 21)  At Calgary Sunday, Purity 99 took the opener of a twin-bill 11-9 while the Edmonton Dodgers rebounded for a 9-5 victory in the nightcap.  In the afternoon, Purity broke a 9-9 tie with a pair in the bottom of the 8th to take the victory. Ernie Beland collected three hits, including a pair of doubles to lead the attack. Neil Kelly blasted a homer and knocked in three runs.  Ed Tanner and Doug Stewart had circuit clouts for Edmonton.  In the second game, Dodgers were out hit 13-10 but were helped by five Calgary errors in taking the 9-5 decision. Barry Robertshaw led the offense with three hits and Doug Stewart belted his second homer of the day.  Glen Gorbous had a homer and single for Calgary. Al Purvis went the distance for the win.

Simon, Curby (L) (6) and Tanner
Allen, Ebner (W) (1), Anderson (9) and Buono

Purvis (W) and Kortgard
Wulf (L), Anderson (4) and Buono

(May 21)   Gordon McQuarrie blanked Edmonton Eskimos with a two-hitter as Calgary Buffaloes notched a 5-0 triumph in the first game of a twin-bill. McQuarrie also knocked in the first two runs with a second inning single. Eskimos took the second game 5-4 scoring the winning run in the bottom of the final frame. 19-year-old Brent Macnab drove in the winning marker with a single, his third hit of the game. Jack Devine tossed a five-hitter for the win.

McQuarrie (W) and Kruger
Wynn (L) and Macnab

Baldwin (L) and Kruger
Devine (W) and Macnab

(May 24)   Edmonton Dodgers swept a holiday double-header with the Eskimos taking the opener 13-2 and the nightcap 7-2 with a total of 27 hits while the Eskimos booted the ball ten times.  Jim Ryan had four hits and drove in five runs in the first game as the Dodgers won behind Eddie Kapp's six-hitter. Dodgers erupted for seven runs in the second inning to put the game on ice.  Ryan had two more hits and two more RBI in the second game. Vern Callihan tossed an eight-hitter for the win.

Belter (L), Smith(2) and Macnab
Kapp (W) and Kortgard

Lowe (L), Wynn (7) and Macnab
Callihan (W) and Kortgard

(May 24)   Calgary Buffaloes and Purity divided a twin bill. Purity captured the first game 3-2 but dropped the second encounter 5-4. In the opener, Purity scored three times in the 6th inning, getting a two-run homer by Ernie Beland and a solo shot by Walt Gully, and blanked the Buffs until the 9th when they rallied for a pair on Gordon McQuarrie's pinch-hit, two-run double. Arne Fernandez tossed a seven-hitter for the win. Pete Kruger of the Buffaloes was the leading hitter with three safeties, two of them doubles.  Ron Gibbons had four hits in the second game as the Buffs notched the 5-4 victory.  Marshall Severyn of Wetaskiwin, just back from six weeks at the Brooklyn Dodgers camp, pitched into the 7th inning for the victory.

Bradley (L) and Kruger
Fernandez (W) and Buono

Ebner (L) and Buono
Severyn (W), Berlando and Kruger

(May 26)  Morrie Hawkey pitched and batted Edmonton Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over Calgary Buffaloes. The right-hander held the Buffs to six hits while he drove in a pair with two safeties and scored another. Buffaloes made eight errors, with only one run against them of the earned variety.  George McQuarrie, who fashioned a two-hit shutout in his last start against the Buffs, gave up just six hits in taking the loss.

McQuarrie (L) and Kruger
Hawkey (W) and Kortgard

(May 26)   In a night for the hitters, the Edmonton Eskimos outlasted Calgary Purity 9-7. Eddie Morris led the offense for the winners with three hits and Marshall Johnson had the big blow, a spectacular third inning homer. Jerry Seaman survived 13 hits to gain credit for the win. Eskimos had 14 hits against three Calgary hurlers.

Seaman (W) and Macnab
Botelho, Anderson (L) (4), Fernandez (5) and Buono

Dodgers      7 - 1  ---
Eskimos      4 - 4   3
Puritys      3 - 5   4
Buffaloes    2 - 6   5

(May 27)  Veteran outfielder Doug Stewart drove in seven runs with a triple, double and single to pace Edmonton Dodgers to a 12-5 pasting of the Calgary Buffaloes.  Eric Wigeland was sailing along with a 10-0 lead with two out in the 8th inning when the Buffs scored two unearned runs.  Errors led to three more in the 9th. Des O'Conner also had three hits for the winners.

Baldwin (L), Berlando and Kruger
Wigeland (W) and Tanner

(May 27)   Calgary Purity slugged 18 hits off four Eskimo hurlers and took advantage of eight errors to clobbered the Edmonton nine 14-7. Winning pitcher Gene Wulf and his battery mate Gus Buono belted home runs for the winners. Wally Gully had three hits and drove in four runs for Purity.

Devine (L), Smith (4) and Macnab
Wulf (W) and Buono

(May 28)   Calgary Dodgers took both games of a twin bill from Calgary Buffaloes 4-2 and 6-0 to extend their league atop the standings to five games. They've won ten of eleven games so far this season.  Mike McInerney belted a two-run double in the 4th inning of the opener to break a 2-2 tie. Earlier catcher Ross Kortgard had blasted a homer for the Dodgers.  Al Purvis hurled a four-hitter for the win. Dodgers took the second game behind Eddie Kapp's five-hit shutout.  Dodgers had just five hits, including two each by Ed Tanner and Jim Ryan, but took advantage of nine walks.

Bradley (L) and Kruger
Purvis (W) and Kortgard

Severyn (L), Baldwin and Kruger
Kapp (W) and Tanner

(May 28)   With a four-run rally in the 8th inning, Calgary Purity came from behind to shade the Eskimos 7-6 in the first game of a double-header. Behind Dick Lowe's five-hitter, Eskimos took the nightcap 5-1. In the opener, Walt Gully had three hits and Neil Kelly belted a homer for Purity.  In the second game, Jerry Seaman, playing third base, had three hits and scored twice as the Esks won 5-1. 

Belter (L) and Macnab
Ebner (W), Anderson (6) and Buono

Lowe (W) and Macnab
Fernandez (L) and Buono

(May 30)   Gordon McQuarrie held Calgary Purity to seven hits as the Buffaloes took a 6-2 decision Tuesday night. Shortstop Jim Saville led a 13-hit attack with three safeties. Gene Wulf took the loss. The game marked the debut of Negro first sacker Willie Simms who comes to the Buffs from the famed Kansas City Monarchs.

McQuarrie (W) and Kruger
Wulf (L) and Buono

(May 31)   The Eskimos halted the Dodgers winning streak at seven games with an 8-3 victory.  Cliff Johnston batted in three runs with a pair of singles while Dave Brockie drove in a pair with two triples. Don Wynn held the Dodgers to seven hits in registering the win.

Curby (L) and Kortgard
Wynn (W) and Macnab

(June 2)  Des O'Conner rapped three hits, knocked in four and scored a pair as Edmonton Dodgers clobbered Calgary Purity 18-3 with an 18-hit attack. Jim Ryan and Bernie Anderson each had three hits and three RBI. Vern Calligan was tagged for 12 hits but kept them well spaced and went the distance for the victory.

Anderson (L), Allen (4), Fernandez (5) and Buono
Callihan (W) and Kortogard, Tanner (8)

(June 2)   Cliff Johnston belted a grand slam homer in the top of the 10th inning and the Edmonton Eskimos went on to score seven times in downing the Calgary Buffaloes 12-5. Eddie Morris and Brent Macnab also poked homers for the winners.  Jack Devine was the winning hurler, going the distance. Lloyd Bradley took the loss.

Devine (W) and Macnab
Bradley (L), Baldwin (10) and Kruger

(June 3)  Cliff Johnston and Jack McGill combined for nine runs batted in as Edmonton Eskimos whipped the Buffaloes 13-9 at Calgary. McGill drove in five with a homer and double while Johnston had a homer and a pair of two-baggers. Willie Simms and Bill Gasdby belted homers for Calgary. Dick Lowe survived 13 hits and six Edmonton errors to pick up the win.

Lowe (W) and Macnab
Murphy (L), Berlando (5), Severyn (8) and Kruger

(June 3)   Des O'Connor's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th inning scored the tying and winning runs as the Edmonton Dodgers edged Calgary Purity 6-5. Calgary had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the 9th, but Dodgers rallied to send the game into extra innings. Eddie Tanner, who had reached on a fielder's choice, advanced on an error and a infield out and scored on another error. Puritys took the lead in the top of the 11th on Dick Noon's two-run double. However in the bottom of the 11th, Barry Robertshaw doubled to score one run and O'Connor came through to plate two more. Morrie Hawkey went the route for the win.

Wulf (L) and Buono
Hawkey (W) and Tanner

(June 4)   Eskimos and Buffaloes split Sunday's double-header.  Vince Pesky, the new playing manager of the Buffs held the Esks to nine hits in the afternoon encounter as Calgary won 7-3. Bill Gadsby led the attack with three hits and three runs batted in. Cliff Johnston had a four-bagger for Edmonton. Don Wynn fired a three-hitter in the second game as Eskimos chalked up a 3-1 triumph. Johnston had a key hit, a two-run single.

Belter (L), Devine (8) and Macnab
Pesky (W) and Kruger, Petrunia

Wynn (W) and Macnab
McQuarrie (L) and Petrunia

(June 4)   Edmonton Dodgers spotted Calgary Purity two early runs then scored three in the 3rd and hung on for a 3-2 win Sunday at Edmonton. Ernie Beland doubled in the first run and Bing Weaver singled in another for the visitors. In the 3rd for the Dodgers, Doug Stewart's double brought in two runs and Jim Ryan scored the other as part of a double steal. Eddie Kapp pitched a seven-hitter for his third win, without a loss.

Fernandez (L) and Buono
Kapp and Tanner

Dodgers     13 -  2  ---
Eskimos      9 -  7   4.5
Puritys      5 - 10   8.0
Buffaloes    4 - 12   9.5

(June 6)   Edmonton Dodgers scored in just three innings but piled up 12 runs in downing their city rivals, the Eskimos, 12-8.  They took an early lead with three in the first and another three in the second. A six-run outburst in the 6th proved to be the difference.  Each team had 13 hits with Des O'Connor of the Dodgers and Eddie Morris of the Eskimos having three apiece. Al Purvis managed to go the distance for the win. 

Devine (L), Smith (6), Belter (7) and Macnab
Purvis (W) and Tanner

(June 13)   A three-run homer by Joe Kreski in the 8th inning gave Calgary Buffaloes a 7-4 win over Purity.  The game featured the introduction of seven new players, all from the University of Arizona. The Buffs debuted third baseman Clarke Duncan, centre fielder Lloyd Jennery, right fielder Jim Starkey and catcher Jerry Dodson. Jenney copped All-American honours.  Purity 99 had shortstop Claude Wheeler, second baseman Chet Vasey and outfielder Bernie Weinstein.  Vasey also claimed All-American status. 

Dude Baldwin pitched a seven-hitter for the win. The contest featured three homers, Duncan for the Buffaloes and Glen Gorbous for Purity added the others.

Wulf (L) and Abbott
Baldwin (W) and Dodson

(June 16)   Edmonton Eskimos whipped Edmonton Dodgers 13-5 to inch to within 2 1/2 games of the league leaders.

(June 27)   Playing manager Jim Ryan drove in a pair with a first inning double to lead Edmonton Dodgers back into first place with a 9-4 win over Edmonton Eskimos.  Ryan's sharp single in the third led off a four-run outburst.

(July 12)   Edmonton Eskimos rallied for three runs in the last of the 9th inning to shaded Edmonton Dodgers 5-4 in a Big Four game before 2,000 fans.

Calgary Buffaloes pounded Purity 99s for 13 hits and a 13-5 victory to move the Buffs out of the cellar in the Big Four Baseball League. 

(July 16)   Jerry Seaman fired a no-hitter for the Edmonton Eskimos in Big Four action but failed to come away with a victory.  Eskimos made four errors in the field and dropped a 1-0 decision to Calgary Purity in the opening game of a double-header.  Calgary took the second game 2-1.   Neil Kelly scored the only run in the first game.  He reached first on an infield error then came around to score on a dropped fly in the outfield combined with a bad throw to home.  Ron Kirby, who gave up five hits, notched the win over Seaman. Eskimos had taken both ends of Saturday's twinbill 8-0 and 7-1.

Kirby (W) and xxx
Seaman (L) and xxx

(July 18)   Jim Ryan's Edmonton Dodgers moved to within a half-game of the league-leading Eskimos with a 12-7 verdict over the Esks.

(July 19)   Edmonton Eskimos exploded for nine runs in the 7th inning and a 13-3 victory over Edmonton Dodgers.  The loss dropped Jim Ryan's Dodgers 1 1/2 games off the pace.

(July 28)  Edmonton Dodgers downed Purity 99 9-4.

(July 28)   Glen Gorbous, the Purity slugger, is the batting leader in the Big Four Baseball League.  The latest statistics were released today by league president W.R. Irwin of Calgary.  The former third baseman, who now holds down the centre field spot for the 99'ers, tops the circuit with a .386 mark, a point ahead of Jim Ryan of the Dodgers.  Jerry Seaman of the Eskimos is third at .380, ahead of teammate Bob Lillis, .379. Chet Vasey of the Buffaloes, at .337, was 5th.  Gorbous also tops the loop in homers, with 9, and doubles, with 15.  Eskimos' Cliff Johnson leads in runs batted in, with 52. 

(July 29)   Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Buffaloes split a twin-bill at Edmonton.  In the opener, Vince Pesky's Buffs built up an early lead then held off a 9th inning rally by the Esks to win 7-6.  Dude Baldwin scattered 11 hits to register the win.  In the second game, Edmonton scored four in the first inning on four walks and a pair of hits to take a lead they never relinquished in winning 10-6.  Eddie Morris had two hits and drove in three to pace the Eskimos.  Lefty Belter fired a four-hitter for the win.  Chet Vasey had a homer for Calgary.  Joe Murphy, who walked seven of the 13 men he faced, took the loss. 

Baldwin (W) and Dodson
Lowe (L), Seaman and Morris

Murphy, Corrigan (2) and
Belter and Morris

(July 30)   Lloyd Jenney belted a homer in each game to lead Calgary Buffaloes to a sweep of a doubleheader with Edmonton Eskimos, 7-6 and 6-1.  In the opener, Jenney's 7th inning blast brought the Buffaloes into a 5-5 tie.  A single by Art Worth, combined with two Edmonton errors, allowed two more runs.  Eskimos rallied for one run in the bottom of the 7th as Bob Lillis drove in Jack McGill who who tripled.  In the second game, Jenney smashed a three-run homer in the 3rd frame to salt away the win.  Chet Vasey contributed a two-run shot in the 7th. Gordon McQuarrie, sent the to the showers in the 1st inning of the first game, bounced back with a three-hitter to take the nightcap.

McQuarrie, Pesky, Baldwin and Petrunia
Devine (L) and Morris

McQuarrie (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 30)   In a triple-header at Calgary Edmonton Dodgers took two of three from Purity 99.  The Calgary club won the Sunday afternoon encounter 14-4 as Neil Kelly had three hits and five others had a pair for the 99'ers.  Gene Wulf pitched into the 7th inning to register the win.

Kapp (L), Purvis (6) and Coughlin
Wulf (W), Fernandez (7) and Abbott

In the first of the night games, Doug Darrah fired a five-hitter to lead the Dodgers to a 7-3 victory.  Don Anderson drove in three runs for the winners with a double and single.  Paul Peterson, who allowed just four hits in taking the loss, hurt his cause by issuing 11 bases on balls.

Darrah (W) and Kortgard
Peterson (L), Fernandez (7) and Weaver

Vern Callihan held Purity to just three hits in the final contest as Edmonton took a 5-3 triumph.  Purity took a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Richie Carlisle walked, Glen Gorbous doubled and Ernie Beland connected for a homer.  Callihan then settled down and allowed just one hit the rest of the way. Dodgers jumped into the lead in the 3rd with a three-run rally as Mike McInerey reached on a walk, Jim Ryan and Don Anderson singled and Barry Robertshaw had a three-bagger. 

Callihan (W) and Kortgard
Curby (L) and Weaver

Edmonton Eskimos    32-23
Edmonton Dodgers    29-23
Calgary Buffaloes   24-29
Calgary Purity 99s  22-32

(August 4)   Edmonton Dodgers topped Calgary Buffaloes 13-7 in a game in which each side committed five errors.

(August 6)   Edmonton Dodgers swept a triple-header from Calgary Buffaloes Sunday.

(August 8)   Edmonton Eskimos downed Edmonton Dodgers 16-10 to increase their league lead to two games.

(August 18)   The league-leading Edmonton Eskimos swamped the tail-end Calgary Purity 99's 14-1 in a Big Four Baseball League game at Edmonton.  Lefty Belter fired a three-hitter for the win as the Esks pounded out 16 hits to clinch first place in the league standings.  Hours later, fire broke out in the wood grandstand at Renfrew Park and destroyed the structure along with the team dressing rooms.  One of the park's light standards had also been damaged.  The loss was estimated at close to $40,000, including equipment valued at a minimum of $5,000.  The grandstand seated 1,200 spectators.  The Saturday game was cancelled, but crews worked furiously to clear the debris for a Sunday double-header.

(August 18)   Calgary Buffaloes took a pair from Edmonton Dodgers.

(August 19)   Edmonton Dodgers scored a pair in the top of the 9th to down Calgary Buffaloes 12-10.  Des O'Connor and Don Stewart each had three hits to lead the Edmonton attack.  Vern Callihan was the winner in a relief role.  Bernie Anderson of the Dodgers and Bill Gadsby of the Buffs had homers. 

Kemp, Purvis (3), Callihan (W) (8) and O'Connor
Baldwin (L) and Petrunia

(August 20)   Calgary Buffaloes swept a twin-bill from Edmonton Dodgers 11-5 and 5-3.  Jerry Dodson paced the Buffs to the first game win with four hits and five runs batted in.  Dick Corrigan allowed just five hits and survived 11 walks to capture the win. 

Kapp (L) and Kortgard
Corrigan (W) and Dodson

Dude Baldwin held the Dodgers to seven hits in the second game as the Buffs notched a 5-3 victory.  Calgary had just six hits but took advance of nine bases on balls from losing pitcher Eric WigelandDes O'Conner had two hits for the Dodgers in each game to follow up a three-hit game Saturday.

Wigeland (L) and Kortgard
Baldwin (W) and Petrunia

(August 20)   With the ruins of the grandstand in the background, the Edmonton Eskimos wrapped up the regular season with twin triumphs over Purity 99s.  Bob Peterson fired a four-hitter in the opener as Esks won 3-1 and Jack Devine handled the second game as Edmonton won 4-2.

Wulf (L) and Abbott
Peterson (W) and McNab

Bradley (L) and xxx
Devine (W) and xxx

(August 22)   Calgary Buffaloes clobbered Edmonton Dodgers 17-1 in the opening game of the Big Four semi-final.  The Buffs, who finished third at the end of the regular season, clouted 16 hits from three Edmonton hurlers. Right fielder Bill Gadsby led the attack with a two-run homer and three singles.  He scored three times and drove in three. Centre fielder Joe Kreski also had a big day with a homer and two singles, three runs scored and three runs batted in.  Gordon McQuarrie held the Dodgers to seven hits in going the distance for the win. 

McQuarrie (W) and Dodson
Hawkey (L), Kemp (6), Callihan (8) and O'Connor

(August 23)   In another big offensive outburst Edmonton Dodgers clobbered Calgary Buffaloes 20-12 to deadlock their best of seven semi-final at a game apiece.  Buffs won the series opener 17-1. Right fielder Bernie Anderson belted five hits and drove in five runs to lead the Dodgers' offensive.  Shortstop Don Stewart knocked in four runs for the winners.  Lloyd Jenney and Art Worth clubbed homers for the Buffaloes. Chet Vassey and Claude Wheeler each had three hits in a losing cause. Eric Wigeland was the winning pitcher in a relief role.

Purvis, Wigeland (W) (4) and Kortgard
Joe Murphy (L), Starkey (2) and Dodson

(August 24)   Baseball fans in Lacombe will have an opportunity to see some of the top performers in the province Sunday.  John Ducey, general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos, revealed the club will play a double-header against Lacombe's senior team.  The Lacombe squad is coached by Bill Peterson, a Californian who headed the Calgary Puritys of the Big Four early in the 1949 season.  Peterson is especially high on Marsh Severyn and Eddie Tanner a pair of youngsters who have seen action in the Big Four.  He's also sold on Jim Fleming a hard-hitting outfielder well known in hockey circles.  For the Esks, the twin-bill will serve as a warm-up for their league finals as they await the outcome of the semi-final between Dodgers and Buffaloes.

(August 25)   Calgary Buffaloes dumped Edmonton Dodgers 9-3 to take a 2-1 game lead in their semi-final series. Left-hander Dick Corrigan allowed nine his and eight walks but managed to go the distance for the win. Shortstop Claude Wheeler, with three hits, including two doubles, led a 13-hit attack for Calgary. Chet Vassey and Art Worth each had a pair of safeties.  Mike McInerney had three hits for Edmonton.

Kapp (L) and Kortgard
Corrigan (W) and Dodson

(August 26)  

Hawkey (W) and Kortgard
McQuarrie (L), Baldwin (7) and Dodson

(August 27)

Lacombe/Edmonton

(August 28) 

Callihan (W) and Kortgard
Murphy (L) and Dodson

(August 29)   Edmonton Dodgers downed Calgary Buffaloes 7-5 to capture the best of seven semi-final in six games.  Dodgers scored early, notching four in the first inning highlighted by doubles from Doug and Don Stewart and a single by Des O'Connor and helped by two walks, a fielder's choice and an error.  Calgary rallied for three runs in the 9th as Chet Vasey and Lloyd Jenney drove in markers and another scored on a wild pitch.  Eddie Kapp picked up the win.

Kapp (W) and Kortgard
Dude Baldwin (L) and Dodson

(August 31)  Edmonton Dodgers won the opening game of the Big Four final series downing Edmonton Eskimos 15-4.  Bernie Anderson led the Dodgers' attack driving in six runs with two homers, a double and single.  Barry Robertshaw also had a homer.  Al Purvis, a surprise starter for the Dodgers, allowed 12 hits but went the distance for the win. 

Purvis (W) and Kortgard
Seaman (L), Shuler (6), Peterson (9) and Morris, Macnab (9)

(September 1)   Edmonton Eskimos took advantage of five Edmonton Dodgers' errors to notch a 7-4 victory in the second game of the best of seven series. Lefty Ed Belter held the Dodogers to five hits, although three of them were homers, two by Ross Kortgard and another by Jim Ryan.  Eskimos compiled nine his off Morris Hawkey, two each by Ed Morris and Bent Macnab.

Hawkey (L) and Kortgard
Belter (W) and Macnab

(September 2)   Edmonton Dodgers unleashed a 20-hit attack in crushing the Eskimos 18-2 to take a 2-1 game lead in their best-of-seven series.  A seven-run first inning set the stage for the runaway victory helped by five Eskimos' errors and nine bases on balls. Doug Stewart scored four times and knocked in four runs with a triple and two singles. Bernie Anderson had four hits, scored three, knocked in a pair and added two stolen bases. Des O'Conner also had four hits for the Dodgers. Eric Wigeland tossed a six-hitter for the win.

Jack Devine (L), Gene Shuler, Bob Peterson and Macnab
Wigeland (W) and Kortgard

(September 5)   Edmonton Dodgers clubbed the Eskimos 9-2 in the fourth game of their final series.  Dodgers pounded out 17 hits, three each by Don Stewart, Ross Kortgard and Jim Ryan.  Stewart had the only homer. Vern Callihan held the Esks to seven hits in registering the win. Jack Devine took the loss.

Callihan (W) and Kortgard
Devine (L) and Morris

(September 5)   Edmonton Cubs proved too much for the Sasktoon Legion all-stars.  The pennant winners in the Big Four Inter-City League took both ends of a twin-bill at Saskatoon, 17-2 in the first game and 8-2 in the nightcap.

Cubs pounded three Saskatoon hurlers for 22 hits in the opener.  Edmonton reliever John McManus helped the offense with a three-run homer.

Hawkey (W), McManus (6) and Stevenson
Currie, M. Bentley (7), Carpenter (8) and O'Brien

Trailing 2-1, Cubs rallied for seven runs in the last three innings to win the second game 8-2.  Reliever Vern Callihan picked up the win.

Purvis, Callihan (W) (6) and Stevenson
Arnold (L), Les Dean (8) and Shirley

(September 7)   Edmonton Dodgers whipped the Edmonton Eskimos 12-6 to capture the Big Four Inter-City Baseball League title.  Dodgers, who finished second to the Eskimos during the regular season, won the best of seven series four games to one. Eddie Kapp tossed an eight-hitter for the win.  Eight Eskimo errors made it easy for the Dodgers.  Esks' Bob Lillis, the league's top hitter, had the only homer.  Dodgers put the game away early with four runs in each of the first two innings.  In the first frame, Eskimo starter Lefty Belter gave up a scratch hit, three walks while his maters committed two errors.

Belter (L) and xxx
Kapp (W) and xxx


BIG FOUR BASEBALL LEAGUE

(May 28)   In a big turnaround for Bow Island-Burdett, the Combines pulled out a double-header sweep of the Medicine Hat Tigers, 5-4 in 14 innings and 16-4. The victories followed three straight losses in the early going of the Big Four League.  In a day of contrasts, Combines took 14 innings to take the opener, but romped to the second game triumph.  In the first game, Bert Knibbs set the stage for the win when he led off the 14th with a single to centre, raced to second on a passed ball and took third on a fielder's choice. Lloyd Sevelrud slammed a long drive to centre field to plate Knibbs with the deciding marker. Shorty Collins, who racked up 16 strikeouts but walked seven,  held the Hatters to five hits in hurling the victory and helped his own cause with four hits. Paul Nelson also collected a quartet of safeties. The Combines collected 18 hits off Bill Sailer.

Collins (W) and Allen
Sailer (L) and Miller

In the nightcap, the Combines came from behind to romp to an easy 16-4 win pounding out 17 hits. Tigers had taken the lead in the first inning on Jack Shupe's two-run, inside-the-park homer.Tiger errors in the fifth inning helped the Combines break a 3-3 tie with three runs and they piled in on from there.  Lloyd Knibbs held the Tigers to eight hits in going the distance for the winners. Andy Kapp suffered the loss.

Knibbs (W) and Allen
Kapp (L) and Baumbach, Miller (8)


MEDICINE HAT & DISTRICT LEAGUE

(May 28)   Quick starts in both games helped Brooks Buffaloes to take both ends of Sunday's double-header from the South Alberta Regiment Flyers, 7-6 and 8-5.  In the opener, Brooks jumped into a 5-0 lead in the first inning but the Flyers battled back to tie 6-6 in the top of the eighth on a homer to deep centre by Donny Hoffman. In the bottom of the frame, Dean Blennerhasset singled, stole second and headed for third as the throw from catcher Hoffman sailed into left field allowing the winning marker to romp home. Dick Anderson led the winners with three hits  Newcomer Cliff White, with the Drumheller Dinosaur juniors last season, picked up the win with relief help from Hans Sagsteun. They combined for 16 strikeouts.                                         

A seven run outburst in the second inning of the nightcap put Brooks in front to stay as they notched the 8-5 triumph behind the three-hit, 14 strikeout, pitching of Wally Thrum

B.Harnett, Hinks (L) (1) and Hoffman
White (W), Sagsteun (6) and McBride

Chacalias (L), Van Buskirk (2) and Hoffman
Thrum (W) and McBride

(September 17)   45-year-old Wilf Pennington, a surprise choice to start for Cecil Buffs, hurled a six-hitter Sunday as Cecil took the first game of a playoff double-header over Brooks, who rebounded to take the second game 11-8. Shoddy play in the field marked both games with a total of 25 errors, 15 in the second game.

The sight of the bandy legged Wilf walking out to the mound for the first game brought back memories to some of the fans. They could remember the days in the 20's and 30's when he thrilled fans across Western Canada and as far east as Sudbury with his zipping fastball, hooks and sliders. (Medicine Hat News, September 18, 1950)

Sagstuen (L), Pascheck (5) and McBride    
W.Pennington (W) and Wolfer

Wally Thrum and Wally Pascheck combined on a four-hitter for Brooks in the second game, 11-8 victory.  Bob Tillman paced the winners with a triple and two singles.

Thrum, Pascheck (W) (3) and McBride
L.Pennington (L), Gehring (3), Ackerman (7) and Wolfer