1950 Game Reports, British Columbia, Vancouver Island     

1950 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1950 BC Interior 
1950 Vancouver Island   

Vancouver Island

VICTORIA
LOWER ISLAND SENIOR AMATEUR LEAGUE

During the spring of 1950, two Victoria senior amateur teams, the veteran Eagles club and the newly-formed Capitals, joined forces with the Duncan Athletics and Nanaimo Clippers to form a loop known as the Lower Island Senior Amateur Baseball League. The circuit lasted only a month, however, before fizzling out. One of the two Victoria teams, the Eagles, went on to represent the B.C. capital city in the annual quest for the Hart trophy, a challenge series played against the best amateur diamondeers from Port Angeles, WA.

(June 4)   Victoria Eagles stopped Duncan's winning streak at nine Sunday downing the Athletics 8-4 in the first game of a twin-bill at Duncan.  The Athletics rebounded to take the second game 4-3.  Eagles jumped into a 6-0 lead in the first game before Duncan broke through with its first run in the eighth inning. Bill Prior, who has also seen time with Duncan this season, handled the mound work for the Eagles and fanned 11 in his route-going effort. Doug Wyllie knocked in a run in the 8th and Pete Hawryluk drove in a pair in the final frame for the A's. Rodger's single brought in the final Duncan marker.

Prior (W) and Woolcock
Folk (L) and Wyllie

In the second game, Duncan, which made five errors, spotted the Eagles a pair in the top of the first inning but Doug English settled down to pitch the A's to the 4-3 victory. He racked up 15 strikeouts. Charlie Stroulger scored the first two runs for Duncan then doubled in the seventh to chase in two more. Cliff Hume took a tough loss giving up just three hits.

Hume (L) and Woolcock
English (W) and Wyllie

(June 7)  Five errors by the Victoria Capitals resulted in seven unearned runs as the Eagles made it look easy in a 10-4 victory Wednesday at Athletic Park.  Caps took the lead in the first inning when Jack Wright, who had singled, came home on an infield out. But the Eagles quickly responded with three in the bottom of the stanza. A hit batsmen, a walk, sacrifice, a fielder's choice and Doug Peden's two-bagger gave the Eagles a 3-1 advantage. They added three more in the fourth, a pair on Peden's single, to salt away the triumph. Each team had seven hits.

M.MacArthur (L) and Cameron
Davies (W) and Carson

(June 10)  Doug English tossed a five-hitter Sunday to lead Duncan Athletics to an 8-3 win over Victoria Eagles. English allowed two runs in the first inning and then tightened up and gave up just two hits the rest of the way. The Up-Islanders tied the count in the second aided by three successive Eagles' errors. They made it 3-2 in the third and chased starter Don McKinnon from the hill with a four-run outburst in the next stanza. Right fielder Bill Symes had two of Duncan's six hits.

English (W) and Wyllie
McKinnon (L), Prior (5) and Woolcock

Duncan Athletics   4 - 1
Victoria Eagles    2 - 2
Victoria Capitals  0 - 1
Nanaimo Clippers   0 - 2

(June 18)  Nanaimo Clippers took both games of Sunday's double-header downing the Victoria Capitals 5-1 and 10-2 in Lower Island League play. They were Nanaimo's first games on the recently renovated and reconstructed diamond.  Earl Robinson threw a two-hitter at Victoria in the matinee tilt while Bill Easterbrook came up with a four-hit effort in the second game after weathering a wobbly start because of difficulty in locating the plate. After issuing four walks he settled down and was never in trouble for the remainder of the contest. The Clippers got on the scoreboard in the second inning of the the first game when Robinson opened with a single, advanced on an infield out and scored on Don Smith's single.  Smith also came around to score. They clinched the issue in the fifth with three more counters when they combined Ernie Patterson's double, a walk to Bill Bracewell and a double by Red Naylor. Nanaimo broke open a tight second game with three runs in the sixth and another three in the seventh. They pounded out 11 hits. First sacker Verne Evans led the Caps with four hits for the day.

M.McArthur (L) and Cameron
Robinson (W) and Hindmarch

G.McArthur (L), Bishop (5), A.Green (8) and Cameron
Easterbrook (W) and Pausche

Duncan Athletics   4 - 1
Victoria Eagles    2 - 2
Nanaimo Clippers   2 - 2

Victoria Capitals  0 - 3

(June 24)   Victoria Eagles downed the Nanaimo Clippers 8 to 3 Saturday at Athletic Park behind Bill Prior's five-hit, 17 strikeout performance. The Eagles touched Earl Robinson, on the hill for the Clippers, for ten hits and six walks.

Robinson (L) and Hindmarch
Prior (W) and Carson

(June 25)  Nanaimo bounced back from a Saturday loss to the Eagles to hand the Victoria Capitals their fourth straight setback, 10 to 8. To do it they needed to overcome a 3-0 first inning deficit. The Clippers got one back in the second and hit their stride in fifth scoring three times, then added two runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth. Bill Bracewell, who relieved starter Dave Rozzano in the second, went the rest of the way for the win.

Rozzano, Bracewell (W) (2) and Pausche, Hindmarch
McArthur (L) and Cameron

Duncan Athletics   4 - 1
Victoria Eagles    3 - 2
Nanaimo Clippers   3 - 3
Victoria Capitals  0 - 4

(July 4)  Mike Leachman's Victoria Eagles pushed across three runs in the 10th inning Tuesday to hand the Capitals their fifth straight loss, 12 to 9, in a game of errors, 14 of them, nine by the Eagles. The Caps had made an stunning comeback from a 9-1 deficit to send the game to the extra frame. Capitals got a pair in the seventh and exploded for five in the eight to make in 9 to 8. In the ninth, Verne Evans drew a free pass, stole second and scored the tying marker on Roy Logie's base blow.  With one away for the Eagles in the tenth, Robinson doubled and Bill Prior walked. An error brought in the winning run. Alf Kubicek singled to plate Prior with an insurance run and Ken Wright scored on a sacrifice fly. 

T.Clark, S.Davies (W) (9) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 30)  In the opening game of the Hart Trophy series, an annual affair between Victoria and Port Angeles, the Eagles drew first blood with an 8 to 4 victory.

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(August 5)   After crushing the Port Angeles Stags 16 to 4 in the first game, Victoria Eagles came from behind a 7-0 deficit to edge the Stags 8 to 7 to win the Hart Trophy best-of-five series in three straight games. Doug Peden's three-run homer in the third highlighted the opening game runaway. Don McKinnon notched the easy mound victory.

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McKinnon (W) and xxx

The night affair saw the Eagles explode for seven runs in the eighth inning to tie and then got the winner in the ninth when Eddie Sheppard singled, was sacrificed to second and romped home on Al Kubicek's base blow. Norm Forbes, who had given up 14 hits and trailed 7-0 after six innings, hung on for the pitching win.

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Forbes (W) and xxx


NANAIMO

Nanaimo abandoned its three-team intermediate city league in 1950 and formed a senior club with aspirations of playing in a four-team circuit known as the Lower Island Senior Amateur Baseball League along with Duncan and a pair of teams from Victoria, the Capitals and the Eagles. The league barely got off the ground before teams started to go their separate ways, resulting in a predictable disintegration into oblivion. The Nanaimo seniors, known as the Clippers, persevered and managed to play a limited number of exhibition contests before calling it a season. Better things lay ahead for the Clippers in 1951 when they became charter members of a stable association of clubs, the Mid-Island Baseball League.

(June 18)  Nanaimo Clippers took both games on Sunday's double-header downing the Victoria Capitals 5-1 and 10-2 in Lower Island League play. They were Nanaimo's first games on the recently renovated and reconstructed diamond.  Earl Robinson threw a two-hitter at Victoria in the matinee tilt while Bill Easterbrook came up with a four-hit effort in the second game after weathering a wobbly start because of difficulty in locating the plate. After issuing four walks he settled down and was never in trouble for the remainder of the contest. The Clippers got on the scoreboard in the second inning of the the first game when Robinson opened with a single, advanced on an infield out and scored on Don Smith's single.  Smith also came around the score. They clinched the issue in the fifth with three more counters when they combined Ernie Patterson's double, a walk to Bill Bracewell and a double by Red Naylor. Nanaimo broke open a tight game second game with three runs in the sixth and another three in the seventh. They pounded out 11 hits. First sacker Verne Evans led the Caps with four hits for the day.

M.McArthur (L) and Cameron
Robinson (W) and Hindmarch

G.McArthur (L), Bishop (5), A.Green (8) and Cameron
Easterbrook (W) and Pausche

(June 24)   Victoria Eagles downed the Nanaimo Clippers 8 to 3 Saturday at Athletic Park behind Bill Prior's five-hit, 17 strikeout performance. The Eagles touched Earl Robinson, on the hill for the Clippers, for ten hits and six walks.

Robinson (L) and Hindmarch
Prior (W) and Carson

(June 25)  Nanaimo bounced back from a Saturday loss to Nanaimo to hand the Victoria Capitals their fourth straight setback, 10 to 8. They needed to overcome a 3-0 first inning deficit. The Clippers got one back in the second and hit their stride in fifth scoring three times, then added two runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth. Bill Bracewell, who relieved starter Dave Rozzano in the second, went the rest of the way for the win.

Rozzano, Bracewell (W) (2) and Pausche, Hindmarch
McArthur (L) and Cameron

Duncan Athletics   4 - 1
Victoria Eagles    3 - 2
Nanaimo Clippers   3 - 3
Victoria Capitals  0 - 4

(June 28)   In an exhibition match at Caledonia Park, Nanaimo Clippers came from behind to gain a 2-2 draw with the Parksville Loggers. The visitors took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a combination of a walk and three hits. Nanaimo got one back in the second via a walk to Red Naylor, a stolen base and a fielder's choice. The tying marker came in the fourth as Earl Robinson followed two walks with a run-scoring blow.  Olson tossed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts for Parksville while the Clippers' Billy Easterbrook yielded four hits and fanned eight.

Olson and xxx
Easterbrook and xxx

(August 5)  There's joy in Nanaimo as the Clippers announced the acquisition of Fat Edmunds, former baseball catcher and soccer star to be the coach and manager of the club.

(August 6)  Duncan Athletics added two more wins to their impressive season Sunday in trouncing Nanaimo Clippers 10-0 and 7-1 at Caledonia Park. In the opener, Duncan wrapped it up early scoring three runs in the first inning, one in the second and six more in the third.  The last six innings were scoreless.  Doug English twirled the shutout for the A's.

E.Robinson (L) and Hindmarch
English (W) and xxx

Duncan broke open a tight second game with three runs in the fifth and another pair in the sixth. Tony Folk allowed just a single run on seven hits in a solid display on the mound for Duncan.

Easterbrook (L) and Pausche
Folk (W) and xxx


DUNCAN

After dabbling briefly in the short-lived Lower Island Senior Amateur Baseball League of 1950, the Duncan Athletics embarked upon another season of exhibition baseball. Following the demise of the Duncan & District Baseball League after the 1948 campaign, the spring and summer of 1950 would present the second and last leagueless schedule for the perennial powerhouse as they would become a charter member of the Mid-Island Baseball League which would be formed in 1951.

(April 30)   Two Chemainus majorettes staged a first class show of marching and baton twirling to the music of the Cowichan District Elks' Band and Mayor J.C. Wragg threw the ceremonial first pitch to usher in the baseball season at Athletic Park on Sunday as Duncan took both games of the twin bill, 4-3 and 7-1 from the South Burnaby Athletics.  A new rule incorporated into the 1950 rule book - the balk -- was enforced by the umpires. Doug English went the distance for the win in the opener with five walks and five strikeouts. He had a shutout for five innings before giving up three straight singles to load the bases before L. O'Shaugnessey cleared the sacks with a triple.

Forbes (L) and Lamont
English (W) and xxx

Tony Folk allowed nine hits in gaining the decision in the second game. The only run against Folk came on a homer by right fielder Al Buckle in the third. Duncan took the lead with three runs in the second inning as Charlie Stroulger, Jim Cain and Sam Dame crossed the plate. In the fifth, Kenny Nelson and Joe Gergel each rapped two baggers and Roy Schappert jammed the sacks reaching safely. Pete Hawryluk then brought in a pair with a double. Dame walked and another two-base blow by Bill Syme brought in the final runs.

Booth (L), Drummond and Lamont
Folk (W) and xxx

(May 14)  Duncan Athletics racked up another pair of wins downing Grandview Chiefs 2-1 and 6-5 Sunday at Duncan. A's scored first in the opener when Jimmy Cain singled to right and Lyell Rodger and Doug English followed with one-baggers.  Peter Hawryluk cracked a homer in the seventh to put the home squad ahead 2-0.  Chiefs got their only marker in the seventh when Robinson was safe because of an error. A sacrifice and a fielder's choice brought in the counter. Doug English bested Nick Craig in the mound duel.

Craig (L) and xxx
English (W) and xxx

In the six-inning second game, Duncan took a 6-0 lead after three innings but had to hold off a last inning rally by Grandview to escape with the 6-5 victory. Four errors in the final frame allowed the visitors to make it close with their five run outburst. Newcomer Bill Prior was solid for the A's in picking up the win.

Johnstone (L) and xxx
Prior (W) and xxx

(May 21)   For the third time already this season, Duncan Athletics have swept a double-bill. First the South Burnaby Athletics, then Grandview Chiefs and now the New Westerns of Vancouver. Duncan notched 7-4 and 7-1 triumphs Sunday.  In the afternoon affair, Duncan rallied with three runs by Roy Schappert, Ken Cessford and Syme in the bottom of the seventh for the victory after blowing a 4-1 advantage. Doug English held the visitors to eight hits in his complete game mound effort.

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English (W) and xxx

In the second game, Bill Prior faced just 31 batters, four over the minimum, and fanned 16 as Duncan scored three in the first inning and coasted to the 7 to 1 victory. Peter Hawryluk drove in the first run and a single by Ken Cessford brought in two more. Hawryluk knocked in Roy Schappert in the fifth and Doug Wyllie's blow chased home another. Syme and Lyell Rodger brought in the last two runs in the seventh. 

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Prior (W) and xxx

(May 27)   The winning streak extended to seven games for the Duncan Athletics Saturday as they handed the Nanaimo Clippers a 5-1 defeat.  The locals got on the scoreboard in the second inning as Jim Cain drove in Doug Wyllie.  In a three-run second frame, Charlie Stroulger and Roy Schappert reached on singles and Ken Cessford chased in what turned out to be the winning run.  An insurance counter came home on a sacrifice fly and another run on a hit to right field. Syme's safety to left brought home Cessford with the final Duncan marker in the fifth. Nanaimo got its only run on an error in the sixth inning.

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(May 28)  Duncan swept yet another double-header Sunday and ran its winning string to nine games to start the 1950 season. The A's received outstanding pitching in twice blanking Coquitlam Fraser Mills, 6-0 and 2-0.  Bill Prior picked up his third win with a 13 strikeout performance in the afternoon contest. Duncan got the only runs it needed in the second inning as Doug Wyllie's single and an error brought in the first run and Prior knocked in another with a one-bagger. In the fourth, Charlie Stroulger doubled in both Prior and Joe Gergel and Pete Hawryluk swatted a two-bagger to score a pair.

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Prior (W) and xxx  

Duncan also had a quick start in the second game, getting on the scoreboard in the first inning. Joe Gergel walked, was advanced on a sacrifice before Roy Schappert drove the ball to right field to chase Gergel home.  Gergel also plated the second run when he hit a two-base blow in the sixth inning and Pete Hawryluk send him scampering home with a single. Doug English fanned five and walked three in twirling the shutout.

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English (W) and xxx

Pete Hawryluk is the batting leader for Duncan in the early going compiling a .466 average in 30 at bats. Lyell Rodger is the runner-up at .454.

(June 4)   Victoria Eagles stopped Duncan's winning streak at nine Sunday downing the Athletics 8-4 in the first game of a twin-bill at Duncan.  The Athletics rebounded to take the second game 4-3.  Eagles jumped into a 6-0 lead in the first game before Duncan broke through with its first run in the eighth inning. Bill Prior, who has also seen time with Duncan this season, handled the mound work for the Eagles and fanned 11 in his route-going effort. Doug Wyllie knocked in a run in the 8th and Pete Hawryluk drove in a pair in the final frame. Rodger's single brought in the final Duncan marker.

Prior (W) and Woolcock
Folk (L) and Wyllie

In the second game, Duncan, which made five errors, spotted the Eagles a pair in the top of the first inning but Doug English settled down to pitch the A's to the 4-3 victory. He racked up 15 strikeouts. Charlie Stroulger scored the first two runs for Duncan then doubled in the seventh to chase in two more. Cliff Hume took a tough loss giving up just three hits.

Hume (L) and Woolcock
English (W) and Wyllie

(June 10)  Doug English tossed a five-hitter Sunday to lead Duncan Athletics to an 8-3 win over Victoria Eagles. English allowed two runs in the first inning and then tightened up and gave up just two hits the rest of the way. The Up-Islanders tied the count in the second aided by three successive Eagles' errors. They made it 3-2 in the third and chased starter Don McKinnon from the hill with a four-run outburst in the next stanza. Right fielder Bill Symes had two of Duncan's six hits.

English (W) and Wyllie
McKinnon (L), Prior (5) and Woolcock

(June 11)   A nine-run first inning carried the Duncan Athletics to an 11-6 victory over Nanaimo in the afternoon game of Sunday's double-header.  A four-run outburst in the opening frame of the second game was key in an easy 9-1 victory. In game one, the A's went wild in the first inning combining three hits, four walks and four errors for the nine counters. Nanaimo was trailing 10-1 when Red Naylor smacked a bases-loaded homer in the eighth as part of a five-run Nanaimo outburst.

Ellis, Hewitt and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

Duncan scored the four first inning runs in the second game on three hits and three walks. Rodger allowed just a single run in hurling the win for the A's. 

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Rodger (W) and xxx

(June 18)   Playing at the mainland centre Sunday, Duncan Athletics split a pair with Maillardville taking the first game 10-3 before the home club gained a 5-3 win in the second contest. The Athletics had a 7-0 lead in the opener, before Maillardville got on the scoreboard against winning pitcher Tony FolkGoldie knocked in Doug Wyllie in the second inning and Pete Hawryluk drove in a pair in the third.  A wild pitch scored Syme in the fourth. Duncan produced three markers in the fifth as Wyllie singled to plate Joe Gergel and Jim Cain's liner to right field brought in Wyllie and Syme.  The home squad managed a pair in the fifth and another in the bottom of the ninth. In the top of the ninth Duncan added three more as Cain's blow drove in Wyllie and Syme and Charlie Stroulger singled for the A's 10th run.

Folk (W) and xxx
U'ren (L) and xxx

Gervais pitched Maillardville to a 5-3 win in the second game. A three-run third inning for the home club proved to be the difference. 

English (L), Goldie and xxx
Gervais (W) and xxx

(July 1 - 2)   Duncan Carnival Tournament   Duncan Athletics took the $250 top prize in the Duncan Carnival Tournament over the weekend downing Victoria Eagles 5-1 in the final. The Eagles walked away with most of the individual awards as Rookie Wright, the Eagles shortstop, took the batting title with seven hits in ten at bats and was best in extra base hits with three doubles. He was awarded a return plane ticket to Vancouver and a pair of bedroom slippers. Eddie Sheppard and Ken Wright both batted in five runs to each win a sweater.  Bill Prior, Eagles pitcher, struck out 12 batters to top that category and won a rear view mirror. But, Duncan's Tony Folk was named most valuable player and was awarded the Sonny Bruce Trophy.

Folk fanned 11 in downing the Eagles in the final. The only run against him came in the sixth inning when Doug Peden walked and came around to score on safeties by Eddie Sheppard and Bill Moir. Folk brought in the first Duncan run in the second inning and the A's went up 3-0 in the third scoring on a hit by Doug Wyllie and an error.  Folk singled and scored in the ninth on a hit by Jantz and a safety by Charlie Stroulger brought in the final counter.

Folk (W) and Wyllie
xxx and xxx

The Athletics reached the final with an easy 7-4 victory over Nanaimo. The A's built up a 7-1 lead before the Clippers rallied in the ninth for three markers.  Jim Cain drove in the first run for the A's in the fourth frame. Duncan added three more in the fifth as Roy Schappert knocked in a pair with a drive to deep right field and Pete Hawryluk brought in the other. Jantz and Hawryluk account for two in the seventh and Charlie Stroulger added the final run in the ninth. Patterson, Bracewell, Hindmarch and Negrin scored for Nanaimo.

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Campbell River beat Grandview Chiefs 7-1 in the opener on Sunday morning and the Victoria Eagles crushed the Vancouver Longshoremen 13-3. Eagles clinched a berth in the final with a 7-5 triumph over Campbell River.

(July 16)  Victoria Eagles stunned the Duncan Athletics Sunday taking both games of the double-header, 7-2 and 16-7. It was the first time the A's had dropped back to back games all season. The Eagles were filling in for the Bellingham Indians who were advertised to play but accepted a last-minute invitation to a Tacoma tournament. Young Norm Forbes held the Athletics at bay in the opener while his mates pushed across two runs in the second, two more in the seventh and ended with a three-run outburst in the ninth on Eddie Sheppard's homer to centre field. 

Forbes (W) and xxx
Folk (L), Rodger and xxx

Eagles pounded out 18 hits in the second game off three Duncan hurlers to take an easy 16 to 7 decision. Victoria also took advantage of eight Duncan errors.  Eagles jumped into an early lead with four runs in the initial stanza and coasted to the triumph.  Cliff Hume went the distance for the pitching win.

Goldie, Schappert, Stroulger and Wyllie
Hume (W) and Kubicek

(July 30)   A make-shift Duncan nine defeated Port Moody 6-2 Sunday in the first game of a scheduled double-header. The second game was cut to three innings to allow the visitors to catch the bus back home. They had a 3-1 edge when the game was called.  The first game started hours late because of confusion resulting from a telephone call from an unknown source which suggested Port Moody would be unable to make the trip.  But, when the team appeared on schedule, Duncan officials scrambled to round up players who were scattered all over the district. The game finally started at 4:10 pm. After Port Moody had taken a 2-0 lead, Duncan tied the match in the third with a pair of runs on a bases-loaded blow by D. Williams. They followed with a four-run outburst in the fourth. Patterson drove in one and Johnstone knocked in a pair with a double. Cain's single brought in the fourth marker. The roster of the visitors featured three hockey stars. The Port Moody manager was Al Rollins, the Toronto Maple Leafs goalie. Accompanying him were Jim Bedard and rookie teammate from the Black Hawks, Gordon Flashoway.

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(August 6)  Duncan Athletics added two more wins to their impressive season Sunday in trouncing Nanaimo Clippers 10-0 and 7-1 at Caledonian Park. In the opener, Duncan wrapped it up early scoring three runs in the first inning, one in the second and six more in the third.  The last six innings were scoreless.  Doug English twirled the shutout for the A's.

E.Robinson (L) and Hindmarch
English (W) and xxx

Duncan broke open a tight second game with three runs in the fifth and another pair in the sixth. Tony Folk allowed just a single run on seven hits in a solid display on the mound for Duncan.

Easterbrook (L) and Pausche
Folk (W) and xxx

(August 19)   Doug English fired shutout ball for eight innings before weakening in the ninth in pitching Duncan to a 7-2 victory over the La Conner Indians from Washington.  10 errors by the visitors made it easy for the Athletics who exploded for five runs in the fifth, highlighted by a three-run homer by Jim Cain, to put the game on ice.

xxx and xxx
English (W) and xxx

(August 20)   The colourful La Conner Indians provided plenty of excitement Sunday in rallying for a 5-4 victory over Duncan Athletics. Umpire Rupe McDonald called the contest when a row started in front of the visitor's dugout. However, the game got underway again after the teams smoothed over the disagreements.  The ruckus started when a large group of visiting, non-playing Indians crowded in front of the dugout and refused to move.  Earlier, Chief Mike Underwood introduced the Indians' manager and during a breather between the fourth and fifth innings the visitors staged a ceremonial dance. Duncan had a 4-1 lead until the eighth and final frame when the visitors broke loose for four runs and the victory.  Tony Folk fanned nine and walked a pair in taking the loss.

xxx and xxx
Folk (L) and xxx

(September 3-4)  Courtenay Labour Day Tournament   Courtenay Legion added another laurel to its 1950 baseball accomplishments over the weekend by claiming top prize in the Labour Day Tournament. Legion needed an amazing comeback from a 6-0 deficit to Duncan Athletics take the crown with a 10-9 victory. Robbie Robinson banged out a homer with Ray Downey aboard in the seventh inning to launch the Legion's late inning comeback. Courtenay then went wild in the the eighth with six runs to go ahead 8 to 6. But, Duncan stormed back with three runs in the top of the ninth on two hits, two walks and an error to reclaim the lead, 9 to 8.  In the bottom of the final frame, Freddie Orr and Shorty McIvor reached on walks and Junior Chalmers moved them up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. That set the stage for Roy Moore who lashed out a double to plate Orr and McIvor to hand top money to the Legion.  McIvor picked up the win in relief of Spit Quinn.  Duncan went through four hurlers trying to hold off the Comox Valley champions.

Folk, English, McKinnon, Rodger (L) and xxx
Quinn, McIvor (W) (5) and xxx

Legion reached the final with a 7-4 victory over Cumberland. Earl Robinson, of Nanaimo, started for Courtenay, giving way to Spit Quinn in the seventh.  Three double plays helped keep Cumberland at bay.

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Robinson (W), Quinn and xxx

Duncan crushed the Comox Valley Tigers 12-0 battering both Freddie Clifford and Pro Pratt. Tony Folk and Don McKinnon combined on the shutout for the Athletics.  Tigers made the A's job easier by booting the ball 13 times. Duncan ran up an 11-0 lead after three innings. Doug Wyllie, Jantz, Joe Gergel and Charlie Stroulger each knocked in a pair of runs.

Folk (W), McKinnon and xxx
Clifford (L), Pratt and xxx

In opening round action, Cumberland took a big lead and held off a late challenge by Vancouver to post a 16 to 10 triumph. Ty Conti sparked the winners. Ray Walker picked up the pitching win.

Walker (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Comox Valley Tigers crushed North Vancouver 13-1 behind Pro Pratt's solid hurling. Biff Ingram provided an offensive spark for the Tigers before being forced from the game with an injury.

xxx and xxx
Pratt (W) and xxx

Young Bob McIvor hurled the Legion to an 8-0 win over Victoria allowing just two hits. Ray Downey set off a Legion rally in the fourth inning when he singled and was followed by five more consecutive hits. Two walks contributed to the 6-0 lead built up by the Legion in the frame.

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McIvor (W) and xxx

In the first game of the tournament, Duncan shaded Campbell River 3-2. The Rivermen, beefed up with the addition of Vancouver players Bruce Thirsk and Jimmie Crosetti and with Andy Telosky catching, had a golden opportunity to tie in the eighth when young Joe Korsa belted out a long triple but his mates failed to bring him home.  Trailing 1-0, Duncan moved ahead 2-1 in the third as Jim Cain reached on an error and scored on a fielder's choice and Charlie Stroulger singled in Doug English. In the sixth Rodger's hit scored Joe Gergel for the winning run.

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English (W) and xxx


COMOX DISTRICT LEAGUE

The 1950 version of the Comox District circuit remained intact as far as being a six-team loop but one change in content from 1949 took place. One of the two Courtenay franchises from a season previous, the Young Liberals, folded and a new entry from Union Bay was accepted as an expansion squad.

Teams in the 1950 Comox District Baseball League
Campbell River Athletics
Comox Valley Tigers
Courtenay Legion
Cumberland Cubs
Cumberland Robins
Union Bay

(April 30)   The underdog Cumberland Robins pulled a surprise in opening the new ball season downing the highly favoured Cumberland Cubs 3 to 1.  Cubs opened fast with a run in the second inning and stranded five men in the first two frames. But, Robins' hurler Jim "Fergie" Ferguson settled down to blank the Cubs the rest of the way, compiling 15 strikeouts. Ferguson also sparked the winners at the plate with a first inning triple. Ray Walker started for the Cubs but had to leave after four innings to make it to work. Art Somerville, who relieved, walked the only two batters he faced. Charlie Boyd came to his rescue but loaded the bases when he hit R.James. Snipe Hunt then singled to right to drive in a pair, including the winner.

Walker, Somerville (L) (5), Boyd (5) and xxx
Ferguson (W) and xxx

(May 3)   Courtenay Legion trounced the Cumberland Robins 14-1 as Earl Woods hurled two-hit ball for six innings before being rested in the runaway victory.  Rookie first sacker Somerled McDonald led a potent attack with three hits. Junior Chalmers added a pair.

Fergie Ferguson (L), xxx, xxx and xxx
Woods (W), Quinn (7) and xxx

(May 7)   Campbell River Athletics won their first game taking a 9-8 decision from Union Bay.

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(May 7)   The Veterans from Courtenay had an easy time against a weakened Comox Valley nine, notching an 11 to 4 victory Sunday. The Legion used three hurlers, Bo McIvor, Lefty Strachan and Spit QuinnRoy Moore and Earl Woods each produced a pair of safeties for the winners.

Pratt (L) and xxx
McIvor (W), Strachan (6), Quinn and xxx

(May 13)   Ray Walker got a shutout Saturday as Cumberland Cubs earned their first win of the season blanking the Comox Valley Tigers 2-0. Charlie Boyd broke a scoreless tie with a run in the sixth frame. After being hit by a pitch, he advanced to third on a steal and a sacrifice before romping home on an error. Boyd also accounted for the second run with a booming circuit blow in the eighth inning. Tigers threatened in the ninth when Burchell smacked a triple but Walker bore down to retire the next three batters. Gordon "Pro" Pratt allowed just six hits in taking the loss. Walker fanned 15 in registering his first win of the campaign.

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Walker (W) and xxx

(May 14)   For the second time in two weeks, the Cumberland Robins upset a favourite this time over the Campbell River Athletics. Ty Conti supplied the power for the winners driving in three runs with a home run and two sharp singles.

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(May 14)   Highlighted by the two-hit pitching of Bob "Shorty" McIvor, the Courtenay Legion shutout a youthful Union Bay nine 4-0 Sunday at Lewis Park.  McIvor and losing hurler Ron Pratt, who allowed just four hits, each racked up 16 strikeouts. Courtenay got the only run it needed in the fourth inning when Freddie Orr combined two errors and a stolen base to get to third and romped home on a wild throw to try and get him at the hot corner sack.

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McIvor (W) and xxx

(May 21)   With his arm and bat, Bob McIvor led Courtney Legion to an easy 14 to 2 victory over Campbell River Sunday.  McIvor chalked up his third win of the young season scattering eight hits while leading a 15-hit attack smashing a pair of long triples. Somerled McDonald, Junior Chalmers and Freddie Orr also connected for three-baggers for the winners.

McIvor (W) and McKenzie
Thulin (L), Morrison and Skip MacDonald

(May 28)   With a big 9 to 1 victory over the Comox Valley Tigers, Courtenay Legion strengthened its hold on first place in the league standings. Making his first start of the season, Spit Quinn fashioned a four-hitter for the pitching win.  Gordon "Pro" Pratt took the loss. Quinn cracked three hits to lead the winners at the dish. Freddie Orr added a pair to climb into the lead in the batting race.

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Quinn (W) and xxx

(May 31)   Courtenay Legion ran its winning streak to seven games Wednesday night drubbing cellar dwelling Union Bay 20 to 4.  Bob McIvor, who went five innings, picked up his fourth win of the young season.

McIvor (W), Strachan (6) and xxx
Bond (L) and xxx

Legion      7 - 0
Robins      3 - 3
Tigers      3 - 3
Athletics   2 - 2
Cubs        2 - 2
Union Bay   0 - 7

(June 4)   In a major upset Sunday, Union Bay, the team without a victory, crushed the 7-0 Courtenay Legion 6-1 behind the strong hurling of Ronny Pratt who allowed just six hits and whiffed 16. The veteran lefty walked just one. After five scoreless frames, Legion broke the deadlock with their only marker in the top of the fifth as Earl Woods reached on an error, advanced on a single by Bob McIvor and scored on a infield grounder.  Union Bay combined two hits, two errors and a fielder's choice to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Three more hits and a comedy of errors saw four more Bay runners cross the plate in the eighth. Peters had two hits for the winners.

Woods (L), McIvor (8) and Moore, McKenzie
Pratt (W) and Kennedy

(June 4)   Campbell River took both ends of Sunday's double-header over the Cumberland Robins, 13 to 1 and 11 to 6.

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(June 7)   In one of the better games this season, Courtenay Legion squeezed by the Cumberland Cubs 3 to 1 at Lewis Park at Courtenay. Spit Quinn went the distance for his second win of the campaign. Big Charlie Boyd suffered the loss, giving way to Jack Younger in the fifth.

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(June 7)  Cumberland Robins turned back the revitalized Union Bay club 5 to 2 to hang on to fourth spot in the league standings.

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(June 10)  In a free-hitting, lopsided contest, Courtenay Legion crushed Campbell River Athletics 16-4 Saturday to please a good crowd at Courtenay.  The locals jumped on Don "Smoothy" Marshall for five hits and a walk in the first inning, good for five runs. In the sixth the Vets added to the total with an onslaught of hits, coupled with two costly errors, to put another eight runs on the scoreboard. Campbell River gave their fans something to cheer about with a three-run rally in the ninth inning. Bob "Shorty" McIvor was touched for nine hits and five walks but picked up his sixth win, without a loss.  Freddie Orr, Earl Woods, McIvor and Bill Moore each produced a pair of safeties for the winners while Horace Calnan pounded out three hits for the Athletics.

Marshall (L), Morrison (6) and Calnan
McIvor (W) and xxx

(June 11)   The leaders of the Comox District League, the Courtenay Legion, swept both ends of an exhibition double-header at Port Alberni, downing the Young Liberals 8 to 2 in the afternoon game and coming back to take the nightcap by a 14 to 3 margin.  Veteran Spit Quinn held the home squad to just four hits in the opener to best Port Alberni's Bill PriorDick Downey led the winners with three hits. Harvey Walters touched Quinn for a double and triple in a losing cause.

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Bill Prior (L) and xxx

Courtenay punched out five hits, good for four runs in the opening stanza and cruised to the easy 14 to 3 victory in the second game. The visitors hammered a pair of Port Alberni hurlers for 16 hits with Ray Downey and Earl Woods collecting three apiece.  Alberni veteran Jocko Wyllie led the home club with a three-hit effort. Woods allowed eight hits and three walks in going the route for Courtenay.

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(June 14)   In a dandy pitching duel, Courtenay Legion plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning and that was all the scoring as the Veterans squeezed by their arch rivals, the Comox Valley Tigers, 2 to 0.  Two hits, an error and three stolen bases brought home the two markers.  Spit Quinn was the winner on the hill with a five-hitter while loser Gordon Pratt also yielded just five hits.  Freddie Orr had two of the hits for the Legion while Adrian Smith responded with a pair for the Tigers.

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Pratt (L) and xxx

(June 14)   In Cumberland, the fifth place Cubs blanked the Robins 3-0 behind the steady hurling of Jack Younger. A fifth inning outburst proved to be the deciding point in the tight contest as the Cubs got to Charlie Scavarda for all three runs.

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Scavarda (L) and xxx

(June 18)   Two big innings powered Courtenay Legion to a 16-2 trouncing of the Cumberland Robins Sunday at Lewis Park.  The home squad plated six runs in the second inning and nine more in the eighth.  Earl Woods led a potent attack with a homer, double and single. He hit one far enough for a second homer but the ball rolled under a car and Wood was sent back to second base.  Dick Downey and Freddie Orr also produced three hits apiece for the winners. Lyle McKenzie, Junior Chalmers and Bill Moore each had a pair of safeties.  Davis knocked in both Robins' runs with a third inning smash over first base. Bob McIvor held the Robins to three hits in racking up his seventh straight win.

Bond (L), Scavarda (2), Minary (9) and Conti
McIvor (W) and McKenzie

(July 9)   Courtenay Legion picked up its 15th win in 16 games to clinch top spot in the Comox District Baseball League.  Figures provided by league scorer Johnny Langlois show Legion players leading in nearly every department. Earl Woods and Freddie Orr continue to pace the hitters while the team as a whole boasts a league-high average of .289.  Junior Chalmers, of the Legion, has pilfered eight sacks to lead in the stolen base department.

(July 9)   Courtenay Legion notched its 17th and 18th wins of the season in 19 games Sunday downing last place Union Bay 10-3 and 4-3. Earl Woods and Bob McIvor picked up the pitching wins.

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Pratt (L) and xxx

(July 16)  In exhibition action, Courtenay Legion continued its impressive showing downing Nanaimo 6-2 Sunday. Legion grabbed the lead in the second inning when Freddie Orr came home on a long single to centre by Bob McIvor and were never headed after that. They put the game on ice in the sixth inning when Junior Chalmers led off with a single, Bill Moore drew a base on balls and the Downey brothers banged out back-to-back singles to bring home three runs. Lyle McKenzie added two more insurance runs with a big hit to right field. Spit Quinn was in fine form for the Vets allowing just four safeties and no walks. Earl Robinson, on the mound for Nanaimo, surrendered eight hits.

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Robinson (L) and xxx

Legion      18 - 1
Athletics    8 - 8
Tigers       9 - 10
Cubs         8 - 9
Robins       8 - 12
Union Bay    4 - 15

(July 30)  At Haney Sunday, Courtenay Legion split an exhibition double bill. Vets lost the opener 2-1 in spite of a smart pitching effort turned in by Spit Quinn who allowed just five hits. They rebounded to take the second game 3-1 when Roy Moore, Lyle McKenzie and John Haramboure pounded out base hits.

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(August 17)   Earl Woods of the Courtenay Legion is the batting champion of the Comox District Baseball League for the 1950 season edging out teammate Freddie Orr by a scant two points. Woods finished with a .407 mark to .405 for Orr.  Junior Chalmers led the loop in stolen bases, with 13.

 Final Standings
Legion      19 - 1
Cubs        11 - 9
Athletics    9 - 11
Tigers       9 - 11
Robins       8 - 12
Union Bay    4 - 16

PLAYOFFS
No results of any semi-final rounds printed
Finals

(August 16)   The pennant-winning Courtenay Legion needed a ninth-inning rally to eke out a 4-3 victory over Comox Valley Tigers in the opening game of the best-of-five series for the local baseball championship. Legion got on the scoreboard first as Ray Downey singled, advanced on an error and a sacrifice and scooted home on a long fly by Junior Chalmers. Comox roared back in the sixth plating three runs to take the lead. Don Janes singled and Adrian Smith and Jack Smith reached on errors to load the sacks. Janes came home when Dave Reid was hit by a pitch. Ray Smith laid down a bunt down the first base line to score the second marker and the third came home on Johnny Hawkin's hot grounder. Courtenay rallied in the ninth when Earl Woods reached on a free pass and Spit Quinn on an error. A walk to Chalmers loaded the bases and a walk to Bill Moore brought in Woods. Gordon Pratt came in to relieve starter Frank Marshall and promptly gave up the game-winning blow to Dick Downey whose drive over short brought in two runs. Bob McIvor and Spit Quinn combined to hold the Tigers to just two hits while the Legion managed just four.

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McIvor, Quinn (W) and xxx

(August 20)   With a sweep of Sunday's playoff double-header 6-5 in ten innings and 8-6, Courtenay Legion captured the Ilo-Ilo Trophy emblematic of Comox Valley baseball supremacy. Legion took the best-of-five set in three straight games. Legion grabbed the lead in the afternoon contest scoring three in the third inning on hits by Junior Chalmers, Dick Downey and Roy Moore. They added another in the seventh to take a 4-0 advantage. The Tigers came to life in the eighth to pounce on Bob McIvor for four hits, one a triple by Jack Smith, to tie the game. The ninth was scoreless. In the top of the tenth, Legion got hits from Freddie Orr and Moore and an error and a sacrifice fly produced two runs.  The Tigers fought back in the bottom of the frame but managed just one run. 

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Legion jumped into a big 7-0 lead in the third inning and held off the Tigers for the 8-6 victory. Earl Woods picked up the win for the champions.

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(September 3-4)  Courtenay Labour Day Tournament   Courtenay Legion added another laurel to its 1950 baseball accomplishments over the weekend by claiming top prize in the Labour Day Tournament. Legion needed an amazing comeback from a 6-0 deficit to Duncan Athletics take the crown with a 10-9 victory. Robbie Robinson banged out a homer with Ray Downey aboard in the seventh inning to launch the Legion's late inning comeback. Courtenay then went wild in the the eighth with six runs to go ahead 8 to 6. But, Duncan stormed back with three runs in the top of the ninth on two hits, two walks and an error to reclaim the lead, 9 to 8.  In the bottom of the final frame, Freddie Orr and Shorty McIvor reached on walks and Junior Chalmers moved them up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. That set the stage for Roy Moore who lashed out a double to plate Orr and McIvor to hand top money to the Legion.  McIvor picked up the win in relief of Spit Quinn.  Duncan went through four hurlers trying to hold off the Comox Valley champions.

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Quinn, McIvor (W) (5) and xxx

Legion reached the final with a 7-4 victory over Cumberland. Earl Robinson, of Nanaimo, started for Courtenay, giving way to Spit Quinn in the seventh.  Three double plays helped keep Cumberland at bay.

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Robinson (W), Quinn and xxx

Duncan crushed the Comox Valley Tigers 12-0 battering both Freddie Clifford and Pro Pratt. Tony Folk and Don McKinnon combined on the shutout for the Athletics.  Tigers made the A's job easier by booting the ball 13 times. Duncan ran up an 11-0 lead after three innings. Doug Wyllie, Jantz, Joe Gergel and Charlie Stroulger each knocked in a pair of runs.

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Clifford (L), Pratt and xxx

In opening round action, Cumberland took a big lead and held off a late challenge by Vancouver to post a 16 to 10 triumph. Ty Conti sparked the winners. Ray Walker picked up the pitching win.

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Comox Valley Tigers crushed North Vancouver 13-1 behind Pro Pratt's solid hurling. Biff Ingram provided an offensive spark for the Tigers before being forced from the game with an injury.

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Young Bob McIvor hurled the Legion to an 8-0 win over Victoria allowing just two hits. Ray Downey set off a Legion rally in the fourth inning when he singled and was followed by five more consecutive hits. Two walks contributed to the 6-0 lead built up by the Legion in the frame.

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In the first game of the tournament, Duncan shaded Campbell River 3-2. The Rivermen, beefed up with the addition of Vancouver players Bruce Thirsk and Jimmie Crosetti and with Andy Telosky catching, had a golden opportunity to tie in the eighth when young Joe Korsa belted out a long triple but his mates failed to bring him home.  Trailing 1-0, Duncan moved ahead 2-1 in the third as Jim Cain reached on an error and scored on a fielder's choice and Charlie Stroulger singled in Doug English. In the sixth Rodger's hit scored Joe Gergel for the winning run.

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