1950 ManDak League Playoffs     


(August 29)  Lyman Bostock laced a based-loaded single in the bottom of the 9th to score two runs and give Winnipeg Buffaloes a 3-2 win over Minot Mallards in the opening game of their best-of-five semi-final series before 4-thousand fans at Osborne Stadium.  Bostock also drove in the first Buffaloes' run with a single in the 4th inning.  Leon Day tossed a five-hitter for the win. 

Cathey (L) and Kempf
Day (W) and Robinson

(August 30)  Skeeter Watkins stole home with the winning run as Brandon Greys shaded Carman Cardinals 2-1 in the opening game of their semi-final series at Brandon.  Cardinals scored both their runs in the 3rd inning.  Gerry MacKay led off with a single and moved to second on Art Hunt's sacrifice.  MacKay scored on Ron Teasley's wild throw to first on Watkin's ground ball.  Watkin's raced to second on another error and moved to third on an infield out.  He made a clean theft of home on a 2-1 count on Ramon RodriguezAlmer McKerlie knocked in the lone Cards run with a single in the 9th.  Gentry Jessup was the loser in spite of holding the Cards to two hits.  He fanned eleven and walked six.  Hunt gave up just three hits, struck out six and walked two.

Jessup (L) and McKerlie
Hunt (W) and Rodriguez

(August 31)  Lillord Cobb pitched and batted Carman to a 6-3 win over Brandon to tie their semi-final series at a game apiece.  Cobb held the Greys to nine hits while blasting a two-run homer and a single.  Ron Teasley and Sonny Andrews each had three hits for the Cardinals as did Armando Vasquez for the Greys. 35-hundred fans watched the action at Carman Park.

Watkins (L)  Gibbons (7) and Pigg             
Cobb (W)  and McKerlie

(August 31)  Winnipeg bounced back with five runs in the last two innings to top the Mallards 6-5 in Minot.  Butch Davis' 9th inning triple scored Sam Hill with the winning run.  Buffaloes scored four runs in the 8th to tie the contest 5-5.  Hill doubled, Davis singled and Leon Day and Lyman Bostock each poked doubles. Two wild pitches allowed Bostock to cross the plate with the tying run.  Jim Newberry fanned the side in the bottom of the 9th and picked up the win.

Smith, Porter (2), Newberry (W) (8) and Robinson, Howard (5)
Danielson, Tolson (L) (8) and Strong

(September 1)  18-year-old Pedro Naranjo was the hero for Brandon as the Greys dumped Carman 8-2 before 35-hundred fans at Kinsmen Memorial Stadium at Brandon.  The young Cuban set the Cardinals down on five hits and belted out three safeties to lead the Greys to the win.  His bases-loaded double in the 4th inning drove in three runs.  He added a triple and a single.  Ian Lowe, manager of the Greys, also had three hits.

Wingo (L), Adams (5) and McKerlie
Naranjo (W) and Rodriguez

(September 2)  Winnipeg whipped Minot 11-3 to sweep their semi-final series in three straight games.  Buffaloes pounded out 15 hits including homers from Joe Taylor, Lyman Bostock and Frazier Robinson.  Taylor knocked in four runs with his homer, double and a single.  Jim Newberry went the distance for the win scattering eight hits.  He fanned seven and walked only one.

Cathey (L), Pickens (7) and Kempf
Newberry (W) and Robinson

(September 2)  Carman Cardinals forced a deciding game in their playoff series by edging Brandon 4-3 before 3-thousand fans in Carman.  Gentry Jessup tossed a seven-hitter to pick up the win.  Ron Teasley had three hits for the Cards. The game was held up in the 5th inning as Carman disputed a decision to give Teasley a double rather than a homer on a blast over the head of Greys' right fielder Charles Peete.  Umpires ruled that the ball had hit the ground behind Peete and bounced over the fence.  Cards played the contest under protest. 

Godinez (L), Gibbons (7) and Rodriguez
Jessup (W) and McKerlie

(September 4)  Art Hunt pitched a six-hit shutout as Brandon whipped Carman 7-0 before 5-thousand fans in the deciding game of their semi-final series.  It was the 11th straight victory for Hunt since he joined the Greys in early July.  Brandon scored a pair of runs in the 1st inning on Rafe Cabrera's double and it proved to be all they needed.  Greys pounded out 12 hits, two apiece by Hunt, Cabrera, Chuck Wilson and Charles Peet.

Cobb (L), Adams (7) and McKerlie
Hunt (W) and Rodriguez

Final Series:

(September 6)  In a 13-inning contest which produced 26 hits, 15 errors, and three ejections, the Winnipeg Buffaloes came away with a 9-7 win over Brandon in the opening game of the ManDak League's final series.

A single and two errors in the 13th gave the Buffaloes two runs and the victory.  Frazier Robinson drove in three runs for the Buffs with a triple and a single.  Lyman Bostock scored twice and batted in two runs with a triple and single.  Rafe Cabrera and Charlie Peete each had three hits for the Greys.  Jim Newberry was the winner in relief.

Carter, Day (2), Newberry (W) (8) and Robinson
Naranjo, Gibbons (L) (7) and Rodriguez

(September 7)  Winnipeg blew a five-run lead then came back with two runs in the 8th to edge Brandon 7-6 to take a two-game lead in their final series. Lyman Bostock led off the inning with a double and scored on Leon Days' two-bagger to left.  Joe Taylor's single drove in Day with the winning marker.  Jim Newberry came on in relief to shutdown the Greys after the home club had exploded for six runs in the sixth inning.  Newberry allowed just one hit over four innings of work to pick up his second win in two nights.  Bostock and Sam Hill each had three hits for the Buffaloes.  Rafe Cabrera drove in three runs for the Greys with a bases-loaded double in the 6th.  Buffs handed Brandon ace Art Hunt his first loss of the season.

Smith, Newberry (W) (6) and Robinson
Watkins, Godinez (6), Hunt (L) (7) and Pigg

(September 8)  For the third straight night, Jim Newberry stopped Brandon in a relief role as Winnipeg dumped the Greys 8-2 before a crowd of more than 4,600 to move to within one game of the ManDak League title.  Newberry came on for starter Andy Porter in the 6th with two runs in, two runners on base and just one out.  Newberry allowed but one scratch infield hit and fanned five over the last 3 2/3s innings.  A three-run 4th inning proved to be enough for the Buffaloes.  Leon Day, Lyman Bostock and Chuck Wilson each drove in two runs for Winnipeg.  Wilson had the game's only homer.  5-thousand fans watched the action at Osborne Stadium.

Gibbons (L), Naranjo (7), Godinez (8) and Rodriguez
Porter (W), Newberry (6) and Robinson

(September 13)  Brandon erased a 2-0 deficit with a four-run 3rd inning and held on to top Winnipeg Buffaloes 7-3 to keep alive their hopes of the ManDak League championship.  Buffaloes lead the series 3 games to 1.  Greys scored their four markers on an infield hit, three walks and an error.  Dirk Gibbons allowed just two hits in four innings of relief to shutdown the powerful Buffaloes' attack.  Ian Lowe had two hits and drove in a pair for the Greys.

Hunt (W), Gibbons (6) and Rodriguez
Smith (L), Porter (3), Carter (9) and Robinson

(September 14)  In a thrilling windup to the first year of ManDak League play, Winnipeg captured the league championship with a 1-0, 17-inning victory over Brandon as the Buffaloes' Leon Day and the Greys' Manuel Godinez staged a brilliant pitching duel.  Day pitched a six-hitter in going the distance while Godinez scattered nine hits.  Day fanned eight and walked six.  Godinez had only three strikeouts but didn't walk a single batter through the full 17 innings. 

Joe Taylor's single drove in Butch Davis with the game's only run.  Winnipeg second baseman Johnny Kennedy made a sparkling play in the 14th inning to throw out Gerry MacKay at the plate to save the contest for the Buffaloes.  Brandon had the bases loaded in the 8th inning with just one out but failed to score.  Buffs manager Willie Wells Sr. was ejected in the 10th inning and a police escort was called when the Winnipeg pilot refused to leave the field.  However, when umpire-in-chief Mark Van Buren threatened to forfeit the game to the Greys, Wells left voluntarily. 

More than 25-hundred fans were on hand for the finale in Brandon.

Day (W) and Robinson
Godinez (L) and Rodriguez