1951 Game Reports, Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley     

1951 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1951 BC Interior 
1951 Vancouver Island   


Vancouver Industrial Union Baseball League

(May 31)   Boilermakers topped Nisei 6-3 in an Industrial League game Thursday evening at Powell Grounds. Don Logan tossed a three-hitter for the win. Nisei pitchers Husso Hasebe and Nappy Sakamoto gave up only four hits between them but three costly errors allowed three unearned runs.

Logan (W) and Hume
Hasebe (L), Sakamoto (4) and Oikawa

Leading Hitters :
Ray Gunnlaugson, Clifford's    .435
Bobby Marsh, Clifford's        .428
Ray Rondpre, Longshoremen      .408
Joe Donegan, Western Bridge    .368
Wally Rohatynsky, PT Clippers  .352
Azu Oikawa, Nisei              .333
Bus Campbell, Clifford's       .333

Clifford's Grill    5 - 1 - 3  13
Western Bridge      6 - 3 - 0  12
Boilermakers        3 - 4 - 2   8
Longshoremen        3 - 4 - 2   8
Pacific Tribune     3 - 4 - 2   8
Nisei               2 - 6 - 1   5

Ump earful

Now hear this ... former senior league player and now umpire Ken Van Hatten gets an earful from Ralph Ballam (right) of Boilermakers, while Azu Oikawa of Nisei listens in to the argument over a called third strike in an Industrial League game at Powell Street Grounds. [Vancouver Sun, June 1, 1951)

(June 1)  Clifford's Grill whipped Western Bridge 7-1 behind Willie Makarenko's four-hitter. Clifford's scored a pair in the first inning and were never headed. Elgin Keil had the big hit for the winners, a triple. '

Willie Makarenko and Gunnlaugson
Bob Campbell (L), Ernie Thrower (4) and Mauro

(June 2/3)   Longshoremen defeated the PT Clippers 8-6 Saturday evening.  In an exhibition game played Sunday, Boilermakers topped Western Bridge 11-9

Craig, Slowski and Rondpre
Delaire, Rohatynsky and Pye

(June 4)   Nisei capitalized on five Clippers' errors to score a 7-6 win Monday. Nisei collected just three hits off three PT Clippers' hurlers.  Clippers, who had seven hits off Husso Hasebe, blew a 4-0 first inning lead.

Essex, Rohatynsky, Sheard and Pye, Miller
Hasebe (W) and Oikawa

(June 5)   Bob Campbell tossed a four-hitter over six innings for Western Bridge to beat the Boilermakers 11-5.

Campbell (W), Thrower (7) and Walton
Ballam (L), R. Hemmerling (7) and M. Makarenko

(June 7)   PT Clippers scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-1 victory over Nisei Thursday evening. Clippers had just eight hits but were aided by seven Nisei errors.  Winning pitcher Al Homenchuck, who fired a five-hitter, helped the offense knocking in two runs with a double and single. 

Homenchuck (W) and Pye
Hinada (L), Sakamoto (1), Hasebe (5) and Oikawa

(June 8)  Western Bridge had two big innings, a five-run 2nd and a four-run 3rd in defeating Clifford's Grill 10-7. Heaven had two hits, scored twice and knocked in three for the winners. Ray Gunnlaugson had four safeties in a losing cause. Ernie Gurniak survived 11 hits to go the distance for the win.

Paialunga (L), Leopold (4) and Gunnlaugson
Gurniak (W) and Walton

(June 9)   The Longshoremen hammered the Boilermakers 16-0 Saturday pounding three hurlers for 13 hits.

Patrick, Craig and Rondpre
Blitch (L), Hemmerling, Vickers and Hume

(June 10)   The Longshoremen likely wished they had saved a few runs for Sunday.  After running up 16 runs Saturday, they could plate just three against Clifford's Grill and went down to a 5-3 defeat. Ronnie Litzen pitched a four-hitter for the victory.

Patrick, Bailey and Rondpre
Litzen (W) and Gunnlaugson

(June 11)   Nisei scored in the bottom of the 7th to edge Boilermakers 8-7 Monday at Powell Street Grounds. Tad Kitagawa sparked the Nisei attack with two doubles and two runs batted in. Nappy Sakamoto was the winning pitcher in relief of Husso Hasebe.

Blitch (L) and Hume
Hasebe, Sakamoto (5) and Oikawa

(June 12)   PT Clippers upset the Longshoremen 5-3 Tuesday. Wally Rohatynsky had two hits and knocked in two for the winners.

Sheard, Delaire (4) and Miller
Slowski, Craig (4) and Rondpre

(June 14)   Al Patrick and Ernie Thrower hooked up in a pitchers' duel Thursday night as Western Bridge scored in the final at bat to sneak by the Longshoremen 2-1.  Each team had just three hits. Nick Craig provided the offense for the losers with a homer.

Patrick (L) and Rondpre
Thrower (W) and Mauro

(June 15)  Clifford's Grill ran up a 6-0 lead then barely held on to nose out the Boilermakers 6-5 Friday night. Ed Leopold allowed six hits in picking up the win. 

Leopold and Gunnlaugson
Logan, Vickers and Makarenko

(June 16)   Western Bridge scored three in the first inning and added another three in the second and that proved to be enough as Westerns topped the PT Clippers 6-3 Saturday night.

Western, Moore and Walton, Caswell
Delaire, Rohatynsky and Miller

(June 17)   In exhibition action Sunday, Clifford's beat Leckies of the North Shore League 7-2 while the Longshoremen traveled up the valley to stop Ladner 8-5.

(June 19)   Gerry Blitch gave up just three hits Tuesday as Boilermakers trounced the PT Clippers 10-2. Ron Hemmerling paced the winners' attack with two hits, one a two-run homer.

Blitch (W) and Hume
Homenchuck (L) Sheard (4), Delaire (5), Book (6) and Miller

(June 20)   Nisei downed Western Bridge 4-1 behind the hurling of Husso Hasebe.

Hasebe, Fukuyama (5) and Oikawa
Campbell, Thrower (3) and Walton

(June 21)   Ronnie Litzen fashioned a one-hitter Thursday as Clifford's Grill defeated the PT Clippers 7-1.

Rohatynsky (L) and Miller
Litzen (W) and Gunnlaugson

(June 22)   Longshoremen topped the Boilermakers 7-4 Friday.  Al Patrick got the win with a five-hit effort.

Patrick (W) and xxx
Vickers, Pat Murphy and M. Makarenko

(June 23)  Western Bridge edged Clifford's 7-6 Saturday.  Walton had the big hit for the winners with a homer.

(June 24)   In an exhibition match Sunday, Longshoremen edged Boilermakers 9-8 in 11 innings.

Slowski, Craig (W) (5) and Rondpre
Blitch (L) and Hume

(June 25)   Longshoremen got by Nisei 7-6 Monday night. Shortstop Penman had two hits and two runs batted in for the winners. Mukai had a homer for Nisei. 

Patrick, Craig (6) and Smith
Fukuyama, Sakamoto (7) and Oikawa

(June 26)   Sid Sheard, the diminutive fast ball artist, hurled PT Clippers to a 7-2 victory over Western Bridge. Sheard held the Westerns to three hits. Andrus and Book each knocked in two runs for the Clippers.

Sheard (W) and Pye
Gurniak (L), Campbell (6) and Walton

(June 27)  Boilermakers scored four in the 7th and final inning to post a 7-6 win over Clifford's Grill. Fox led a 10-hit attack with three safeties. Hume belted a homer. Stan Drew had a triple and double for Clifford's. 

Vickers, Blitch (7) and Hume
Leopold, Litzen (7) and Gunnlaugson

(June 28)   Western Bridge got two big homers in downing the Longshoremen 10-4.  Ray Hilworth smacked a bases-loaded homer in the 2nd and Caswell slugged a three-run blast in the 5th. The offensive made it easy for Ernie Thrower who gave up seven hits.

Thrower (W) and G. Walton
Bailey (L), Craig (2) and Smith

(June 29)  Elgin Keil had a homer, knocked in three runs and scored a pair as Ciffords Grill outlasted Nisei 10-8. Rose also had a four-bagger for the winners. 

Eng, Phipps (5), Leopold (5) and Gunnlaugson
Hinada, Fukuyama and Oikawa

(June 30)   PT Clippers scored five times in the 2nd inning en route to a 7-4 win over Boilermakers, who hurt their chances making five errors.

Blitch (L) and Hume
Rohatynsky, Book (4) and Pye

Longshoremen's Al Patrick hurled a three-hitter Saturday to beat Clifford's Grill 3-2.

Patrick (W) and Smith
Litzen (L) and Paialunga

(July 3)   Ken MacDonald had three hits and knocked in three to lead Boilermakers to a 7-6 win over Western Bridge. 

Vickers, Ballam (7) and Hume
Miscisco, Thrower (7) and Walton

(July 4)   Elgin Keil and Stan Drew powered Clifford's Grill to a 15-2 trouncing of Nisei at Powell Street Grounds. Keil knocked in four runs with three hits and Drew had three RBI from four hits

Leopold, Litzen (5) and Gunnlaugson
Kukuyama, Sakamoto (3) and Oikawa

(July 5)  Neal Smith, Al Patrick and Nick Craig smacked homers to power the Longshoremen to a 10-6 win over the PT Clippers.  Craig's long ball came in the 6th and helped him post the pitching victory.

Slowski, Craig (W) (4) and Smith
Delaire, Sheard (5) and Miller

(July 6)   A six-run rally in the 5th inning carried Boilermakers to a 10-6 win over Nisei. Gerry Blitch picked up the win.

Hinada, Fukuyama (5) Sakamoto (6) and Oikawa
Blitch (W) and Hume

(July 8)   Pacific Tribune Clippers used a 12-hit attack to down Western Bridge 4-2.  Tony Book and Wally Rohtynsky each had three hits. 

Sheard, Rohtynsky (3) and Miller
Thrower (L) and Walton

(July 9)   The PT Clippers rode a four-run rally in the 6th to a 5-3 victory over Nisei at Powell Grounds.

Hinada, Sakamoto (2) and Oikawa
Moore, Rohtynsky (2) and Pye

(July 10)   Western Bridge took an early lead with runs in each of the first three innings and proceeded to down the Boilermakers 7-5 Tuesday.  Ernie Gurniak was credited with the win.

Hemmerling (L), Blitch (4) and Hume
Gurniak (W) and Walton

(July 13)   Nick Craig's three-hit pitching helped the Longshoremen to a 4-1 victory over Western Bridge Friday night. Craig had a one-hit shutout until the 7th when he allowed two hits for the lone tally against him. Burtwell, Penman and Bud Bailey each had two safe blows for the winners.

Western (L) and Walton
Craig (W) and Smith

(July 15)  Clifford's Grill clubbed three PT Clippers' hurlers for 13 hits Sunday to notch an 11-3 triumph. Shortstop Elgin Keil led the attack with three hits, including a three-run homer.

Sheard (L), Delaire (1), Homenchuk (5) and Pye
Leopold (W), Litzen (7) and Gunnlaugson

(July 16)   Western Bridge managed just five hits, but four were for extra bases, and the Westerns benefited from 10 walks in taking an 8-5 decision over Nisei. Shorstop Keith "Butch" Watley cracked a homer for the winners and Walton had a three-bagger.  Winning pitcher Ernie Gurniak helped at the plate with two doubles.

Hinada (L) and Yamada
Gurniak (W) and Walton

(July 17)    Ray Rondpre shutout the Clippers on two-hits as the Longshoremen posted a 9-0 victory. He also had a hand in the offense with a double. Penman smacked a homer and knocked in two runs for the Longshoremen.

Sheard (L), Delaire, Book and Miller
Rondpre (W) and Smith

(July 18)   Doug Hemmerling smacked a three-run homer to pace a 12-hit assault as Boilermakers topped Clifford's Grill 11-7 Wednesday night.

Vickers (W) Blitch (6) and Hume
Makarenko, Litzen (3), Paialunga (4), Drew (6) and Gunnlaugson

(July 19)    Longshoremen nipped Nisei 3-2 Thursday to take over first place in the Industrial League standings. In a game in which each team had just four hits, the teams stranded 22 baserunners. Nick Craig, who fanned 9, allowed 7 bases on balls, while George Fukuyama, with ten strikeouts, also walked ten. Ray Rondpre of the Longshoremen had the only homer.

Craig (W) and Smith
Fukuyama (L) and Yamada

(July 20)   Western Bridge choked off a last-inning rally by Clifford's Grill Friday night to win 7-6 to move into a tie for first place.  The Grillers trailed 7-3 in the 7th inning but scored three and had the tying and winning runs on base before Western retired the side.

Thrower (W), Western (7) and Walton, Kaslo
Leopold (L) and Gunnlaugson

(July 21)   Boilermakers downed the PT Clippers 5-1 Saturday behind Gerry Blitch's four-hit pitching. Right fielder John Vickers had two hits, one a double.

Book (L) , Rohatynhsky (2) and Pye
Blitch (W) and Hume

(July 23)   Boilermakers edged Longshoremen 3-2 Monday night.

Vickers (W), Blitch (6) and Hume
Patrick (L) and Smith, Moulder (6)

(July 24)   Western Bridge clinched first place in the Industrial Union Baseball League Tuesday defeating Niseis 6-1 at Powell Street Grounds. A four-run 3rd inning rally was the deciding factor.  Western pitched a three-hitter for the winners.

Western (W) and Walton
Fukuyama (L) and Oikawa

(July 25) Clifford's Grill and Pacific Tribune Clippers played to a 6-6 tie in their final game of the regular schedule. The result left Clifford's and Longshoremen deadlocked for second place.

Paialunga, Leopold (5) and Gunnlaugson
Rohatynsky and Miller

(July 26)   In an exhibition game, Sid Sheard and Al Homenchuk combined to hurl the PT Clippers to a 9-5 victory over Nisei at Powell Street Grounds.

Hinada, Koyanagi (3), Kukuyama (4) and Oikawa, Yamada (3)
Sheard, Homenchuck (4) and Miller

(July 27)   Longshoremen of the Industrial Union League handed the North Shore Cubs a 13-1 lacing Friday at the Powell Street Grounds. Longshoremen combined just six hits with seven Cubs' errors for the win.

Putnam (L) and Melville
Gregg, Rondpre (3), Pratico (6) and Smith, Rondpre (6)

(July 29)   Al Straat smacked a homer in the bottom of the 9th Sunday to give Longshoremen a 6-5 win over Clifford's Grill.  The win assured the Longshoremen of second place in the league standings.

Litzen (W) and Gunnlaugson, Paialunga (4)
Rondpre, Gregg (4) and Smith

(July 30)  Bud Taggart's three hits sparked Western Bridge to an 8-7 victory over the Boilermakers in the opening game of their Industrial Baseball League semi-final series.

Blitch, Vickers (3) and Hume
Thrower, Gurniak (W) (5) and Walton


Kingsway Baseball League

(June 1)   Collingwood stopped the North Stars winning streak at seven Friday by edging the league leaders 7-6 in a wild finish at Central Park.  Trailing 6-3 going into the 6th inning, North Stars rallied for three to knot the count at 6-6 off reliever Jack Mills who had replaced starter Kenny Spees. But Collingwood rebounded with a run in their half of the 6th for the win. Collies were out-hit 12 to 5.

Spees, Mills (W) (6) and Weston
Matheson, Daniels (L) (6) and Bellamy

(June 3)   New Westminster Chiefs moved atop the standings Sunday by virtue of their 7-0 win over the North Stars. Lefty George Bogdanovich allowed just two hits in defeating Jimmy Biggan's Stars.  Bogdanovich also drove in three runs with a triple and single. Harvey Bertram had three hits and drove in two runs for the Chiefs.

Bogdanovich (W) and McMillan
Leskiw, Donaldson (7) and Bellamy

Langley Athletics won their second game of the season nipping South Burnaby at Langley Sunday.

(June 4)   Victor Freiheit came back to haunt the Collingwood Athletics Monday night. The first baseman, released by the Collies three weeks ago, clouted a two-run homer in the 5th inning to give BCER their first Kingsway League victory. Freiheit's hit, which went deep to left field, climaxed a five-run uprising after Collies had taken a 3-0 lead. Eddy Book, another player not wanted by Collingwood, collected two hits and scored a pair. Masse went the distance for the win, Roxborough took the loss.

Masse (W) and Book
Roxborough (L), Mills (5), Hlady (6) and Hill

(June 8)  At Queen's Park Friday night Collingwood and New Westminster engaged in a such a hit fest that the league president said it would take some time to work out the statistics.  Collies trounced the Chiefs 21-8.

(June 8)  Over at Central Park, South Burnaby topped BCE 7-4. With only eight players on hand, BCE manager Earl Webb was forced to strap on the catcher's gear.  Burnaby took advantage racking up nine stolen bases. Alf Buckle had three steals and a pair of runs batted in.  Lorne Drummond went the route for the win.

Masse (L) and Webb
Drummond (W) and Holmes

(June 9)    North Stars shaded the Lucky Royals 6-5 on Saturday at Queen's Park, in spite of being out-hit 8 to 4. Glen Matheson was the winning pitcher with a complete game.

Matheson (W) and Bellamy
Forbes (L) and xxx

(June 10)  Lucky Royals collected 12 hits Sunday to defeat Langley 12-7. Bill Parrish allowed eight hits in going all the way for the win.

Parrish (W) and Norman
Emgram, Hunter (6) and Larkin

(June 10)  Collingwood shaded South Burnaby 5-4 Sunday holding off a Burnaby rally in the 9th to notch the win. Cece Stein, Jack Mills and Craig each had two hits for the winners. Stein, with a double, knocked in two runs while Mills had the longest blow of the day, a triple. Paul Hlady tossed a five-hitter for the win. Al Booth took the loss.

Booth (L) and Mulhern
Hlady (W) and Weston

North Stars    8 - 2
Chiefs         6 - 2  1.0
Collies        7 - 3  1.0
SBA            4 - 6  4.0
Royals         4 - 6  4.0
Langley        2 - 6  5.0
BCE            1 - 7  6.0

(June 14)   Mike Johnson, fresh from Boise of the Pioneer League, hurled Collingwood to a 4-3 win over New Westminster Chiefs at Central Park Friday. Johnson held the Chiefs to four hits and accounted for three of his club's four runs. He scored twice and doubled in a run in the 4th. Ross Arnold and Jack Connell piched for the Chiefs.

Johnson (W) and xxx
Arnold, Connell and xxx

(June 16)  Al Rollins knocked in four runs with a homer and single as New Westminster Lucky Royals tripped up the New Westminster Chiefs 11-6.  Don Forbes was hit hard, giving up an even dozen safeties, but went the distance for the win.

Bogdanovich (L), Smith (7) and Robinson
Forbes (W) and Norman

Langley shaded the North Stars 5-4.  Bishop was the winning pitcher, allowing seven hits.

Bishop (W) and Franklin
Daniels, Day (5) and Bellamy (June 17) 

In a wild affair Sunday, South Burnaby and BCE combined for 26 hits as Burnaby had two huge innings, a seven-run 2nd and a six-run 9th, and captured a 15-11 victory.  BCE hurt its chances making six errors.

Gerwin, Drummond (5), Booth (W) (6) and Mulhern
Nagle, Masse (L) (3) and Book

Langley handed the North Stars their second weekend loss, 8-5. 

Matheson (L) and Bellamy
Ingram (W) and Franklin

(June 20)   North Stars downed BCE 11-9.

Sawyer, Nagle (3) and B. Webb
Dunn (W) and Bellamy

(June 20)   Collingwood clobbered Langley 13-2 as Ken Spees pitched and batted the Collies to the victory. Spees allowed just three hits in going the distance on the hill. He had two hits, one a homer. Hill also clouted a four-bagger for the winners.

Hunter (L), Bishop (1), Ingram (2) and Franklin
Spees (W) and Weston

(June 22)   Big right-hander Jack Connell registered his first win of the Kingsway season Friday as New Westminster Chiefs downed South Burnaby Athletics 7-4. Connell gave up seven hits while the Chiefs collected ten off three Burnaby twirlers. Bill Kinder of the Athletics and Robinson of the Chiefs bashed homers. Bud Lennox had three hits for the winners, one of them a triple.

Connell (W) and Yanchuk
Drummond (L), Booth (3), Mulhern (5) and Mulhern, Kozak (5)

(June 23)  North Stars scored in the 9th to beat the Lucky Royals 9-8.

Donaldson, Leskiw (6), Matheson (L) (7) and Bellamy
Urquhart, Forbes (W) (1) and Norman

(June 23)  BCE upset the Chiefs 2-1, just their second win of the season.  Eddie Book was outstanding with a two-hitter.

Book (W) and Gray
Arnold (L) and Yanchuk

(June 24)   Sunday, BCE resumed their losign ways dropping a 6-3 decision to Langley as Mel Hunter rang up 16 strike outs, a record for the league this season.

Masse (L) and Gray
Hunter (W) and Franklin

Mike Johnson fired a four-hitter to lead Collingwood to a 3-1 win over South Burnaby.

Johnson (W) and Weston
Booth (L) and Mulhern

(June 25)   Jack Connell, one of the replacements for two players tossed from the game, singled and scored the winning run in the 6th inning as New Westminster Chiefs topped the North Stars 4-3. 

Bogdanovich (W) and Yanchuk
Wilson, Dunn (4) , Donaldson (6) and Bellamy

(June 27)  Glen Matheson hurled a one-hit gem Wednesday night as North Stars defeated South Burnaby 4-2. Catcher Vince Bellamy drove in two runs for the winners.

Owen (L) and Mulhern
Matheson (W) and Bellamy

(July 4)   South Burnaby's Rod Owen fired a two-hitter Wednesday to shutout the Lucky Royals 3-0.  The winners got just four hits but one was a homer by Jim Russell and another a double by Bill Kinder.

Owen (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

At New Westminster's Queen's Park, the home town Chiefs trounced Langley Athletics 14-4.  Ross Arnold, Chiefs' old, reliable southpaw received credit for the win with late relief by Merv Maxwell

Arnold (W), Maxwell and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 6)  Playing coach Jack Mills swatted the first home run over Central Park's new right field fence Friday as Collingwood Athletics downed BCE 6-1.  The three-run blast, in the first inning, set the Collies on the road to an easy victory.  Ken Spees pitched two-hit ball for the win. Bill Curtis, the loser, allowed just four hits.

Curtis (L) and Gray
Spees (W) and Weston

(July 7)  The Lucky Royals opened with a three-run first inning and it proved to be all they would need in a 5-2 victory over the Chiefs. 

Bogdanovich (L), Simons (2) and Yanchuk
U'ren (W) and Norman

(July 8)  Glen Matheson tossed a six-hit shutout and North Stars had an easy time in a 5-0 win over Collingwood. Mike Johnson allowed just five hits in a losing effort.  Five errors by the Collies had a huge impact.

Johnson (L) and Weston
Matheson (W) and Bellamy

(July 8)  Mel Hunter lost a no-hit bid in the 9th inning as Jerry Ricketts of the Chiefs, the leadoff man in the 9th, hit the first pitch between third and shot for a clean single. Hunter, who fanned 16 two weeks ago against New Westminster, set down 17 by strikeouts Sunday. The big right-hander, who works in Victoria, is flown over by the Langley club every Sunday for home games.

Smith (L) and Yanchuk
Hunter (W) and Franklin

(July 9)   The Lucky Royals thumped BCE 7-2 behind a strong pitching effort by Bill Parrish who went the distance holding BCE to six hits. M. Nicola led the Royals attack with three hits. Nicola and Ernie Norman each drove in two runs.

Parrish (W) and Norman
Masse (L) and Dutkewich

Royals are crying the blues over injuries. The team is minus six regulars, four of whom are out with injuries. Two are expected to be out for the season. Most of the injuries came after July 1, the league deadline for signing. Heading the list of injuries is Al Rollins who sustained a broken jaw. Mickey Keeley and pitcher Don Forbes have back woes. If they can obtain league permission, the Royals may get Lorne Drummond and Ken Stalwell, recently released by South Burnaby

(July 11)   Collingwood clobbered Langley 14-3 as Ken Spees was both the pitching and hitting star. Langley had the lead for half an inning after scoring twice in the opening frame. Collies then responded with 14 straight runs before Langley scored again in the 9th.

Bishop (W), Ingram (3) and Franklin, Larkin (3)
Ken Spees (W) and Weston

(July 11)   North Stars exploded for 14 runs in the 3rd inning to demolish BCE 15-2.  Left fielder Bob Johnson powered the Stars' 12-hit attack belting a homer, triple and single good for four runs. He also scored three times and added a stolen base for good measure. Shortstop Jimmy Tough had three hits, three runs batted and three runs scored and pitcher Snowy Donaldson knocked in three with a pair of hits.

Donaldson (W), Day (6) and Bellamy
Curtis (L), Boston (3), Reid (3),

(July 13)  Baffled for six no-hit innings by veteran southpaw Ross Arnold of the Chiefs, South Burnaby decided to attack Arnold's weakness - his fielding - and the strategy worked as the Athletics squeezed out a 3-1 victory Friday. Arnold, used mainly in relief roles this season, had been untouchable, employing plenty of slow stuff. In the top of the seventh, Burnaby, trailing 1-0, turned to bunts to try and break the spell.  After first baseman Ken Mitchell walked, Dave Philley tried a sacrifice and ended up at first as Arnold unsuccessfully went for a double play. Catcher Maury Mulhern moved the runners along with another sac bunt before pitcher Al Booth squeezed in Mitchell with the tying run. Bud Lennox put down another bunt and knocked in the winning run as the throw to the plate failed to nail Philley. Arnold still had his no-hitter, but had lost the lead. Jimmy Russell then got the first hit to score Lennox and Jim Kelly got another hit before being thrown out at second to retire the side. Al Booth allowed just three hits in ending up as the winning pitcher.

Booth (W) and Mulhern
Arnold (L) and Yanchuk

(July 14)   Managers of the clubs selected an All-Star team to face the touring House of David Friday and Saturday. Each team, except BCE, had at least one of its players chosen.

C - Vince Bellamy, North Stars, 1B - Harry Robinson, Chiefs, 2B - Les Brown, Royals, 3B - Larry Dow, Royals, SS - Bill Kinder, SBA, LF - Jack Mills, Collingwood, CF - Bud Lennox, SBA, RF - Harvey Bertram, Chiefs. UT OF - Wendell Robinson, Langley, UT INF - Art Jaccard, SBA, P - Mike Johnson, Collingwood, Glen Matheson, North Stars, Mel Hunter, Langley, Coaches - Ed Henry, SBA, Charley Stevenson, North Stars.

(July 15)  North Stars moved into sole possession of first place whipping BCE 7-1. The Stars used three hurlers, Barry Dunn, Snowy Donaldson and Wally Day to set down the tail-enders. Dunn got the win.

Dunn (W), Donaldson (6), Day (6) and Bellamy
Curtis (L), Book (1) and Dutkewich

Gordon U'ren held Collingwood to seven hits as the Lucky Royals cruised to as 12-3 victory. Mike Johnson pitched well in a starting assignment for the Royals, but his teammates committed five errors.

Johnson (L), Mills (7) and Weston
U'ren (W) and Norman

Rod Owen held the Chiefs to two hits as South Burnaby ran away with a 12-1 victory. Owen fanned nine while errors led to the lone Chiefs' run.  Bill Kinder smacked a homer for the winners.

Bogdanovich (L), Connell (3) and Yanchuk
Owen (W) and Mulhern

Langley clobbered BCE 15-0 as Mel Hunter, with relief by Merv Hunter, picked up the easy win.

Tolman (L), Masse (3) and Gray
Mel Hunter (W), Merv Hunter (6) and Franklin

(July 18)   In an offensive show at New Westminster the Chiefs rapped 15 hits and the North Stars 14 in a 13-10 win for the Chiefs.  Winning pitcher George Bogdanovich smashed a three-run homer in the 6th inning to provide the winning run. Bob Johnson had a three-run blast for the Stars.

Donaldson, Dunn (L) (4) and Bellamy
Simons, Bogdanovich (W) (4) and Yanchuk

(July 18)  17-year-old Ken Mitchell, the rookie first baseman of South Burnaby, crushed a bases-loaded home run in the first inning to spark the Athletics to a 10-2 thumping of Collingwood. Mitchell later added a pair of singles. Jimmy Kelly also had a four-bagger for South Burnaby, a two-run shot in the 2nd. Al Booth held the Collies to four hits in going the distance for the win.

Hlady (L), Spees (2) and Weston
Booth (W) and Mulhern

(July 20)  Short on whiskers but long on talent, the House of David entertained 2,500 fans at Capilano Stadium Friday downing the local All-Stars 6-4.  The celebrated Pepper Game, at the end of the 6th inning, was good for a lot of laughs as were the antics afield of catcher Tim Fox and second sacker George Anderson

Kish (W) and Fox
xxx, Mathewson (7) and Bellamy

(July 21)  The House of David defeated the Kingsway League All-Stars 9-3 at New Westminster's Queen's Park. It was the second straight win for the visitors.

(July 22)    Collingwood moved into first place, a half-game ahead of the North Stars, Sunday as Paul Hlady threw a four-hitter to blank Langley 6-0.

Hlady (W) and Weston
Hunter (L) and Franklin

The New Westminster Chiefs helped the Collies with a 9-4 win over the North Stars as Ross Arnold and Jack Connell combined to limited the Stars to six hits.

Dunn (L), Donaldson (3) and Bellamy
Arnold (W), Connell (9) and Yanchuk

                  W  L  PCT
Collingwood      14  7 .667
North Stars      14  8 .636
Lucky Royals     11  8 .579
Chiefs           11  9 .550
South Burnaby    10  9 .526
Langley           8 11 .421
BCE               2 18 .100

(July 23)   The Lucky Royals handed BCE its 19th loss in 21 games Monday demolishing BCE 14-2. A six-run first inning set the stage for the runaway victory. Armand Paris had three hits, a double and two singles, to lead the Royals. Gordy U'ren gave up seven hits and picked up the win. Andy Reid allowed nine hits in taking the loss. BCE made seven errors.

(July 25)   Al Booth scattered seven hits in again beating Collingwood, this time, 5-1.  South Burnaby scored two in the 4th and another two in the 5th to run away with the victory. Mike Johnson took the loss.

Booth (W) and Mulhern
Johnson (L) and Weston

North Stars pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 8th to beat Langley 6-5. Vince Bellamy singled to start the inning and Tom Goode reached when hit by a pitch. A double steal moved the runners to second and third and Bellamy scored the winner on a squeeze play.

Merv Hunter (L) and Franklin
Day, Matheson (W) (7) and Bellamy

(July 27)   In a game enlivened by a lengthy argument over an umpire's decision, BC Electric managed a 7-7 tie with New Westminster Chiefs. According to BCE manager Earl Webb, BCE was a cinch for their third win when umpire Gordon Bogle unfairly allowed the Chiefs a run in the 5th inning.  BCE argued the runner had missed home plate. The game, called after seven innings because of darkness, featured three home runs. Jack Connell of the Chiefs and Hap Gray and Doug "Baz" Nagle of BCE hit for the circuit.

Connell, Bogdanovich (4) and Yanchuk
Nagle and Dutkewich

(July 28)   North Stars beat the Lucky Royals 7-4 to maintain a one-game lead atop the standings.

(July 28)  Rod Owen scattered seven hits and rang up 12 strike outs as South Burnaby topped Collingwood 5-3. It was the sixth straight win for the Athletics.

Mills (L) and Weston
Owen (W) and Mulhern

(July 28)   The Lucky Royals held off a late charge by the North Stars to post an 8-7 win on Saturday. Bill Parrish went the distance to register the win for New Westminster.

Donaldson, Matheson and Bellamy
Parrish (W) and Norman

(July 29)  The Royals gained a split of their weekend action with an 8-5 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday. 

Forbes (W), U'ren and Norman
Bogdanovich (L) and Yanchuk

South Burnaby made it seven in a row Sunday trashing Langley 13-2 behind Al Booth's seven-hitter.

Booth (W) and Mulhern
Ingram (L) and Franklin

(July 30)   The 2 and 19 BCE nine upset Collingwood 7-6 Monday night to drop the Athletics from second to third place in the Kingsway standings. BCE erupted for five runs in the first inning.  They had six hits in the first frame alone, one a three-run homer by Gordy Seitz.  Al Masse held the Collies to seven hits, one a homer by Cece Stein, for the win.  

Masse (W) and Dutkewich
Ken Spees (L), Hlady (2) and Eriksson


North Shore League

(June 2/3)  Vancouver Leckies moved to within a half game of first place Lynn Athletics in the North Shore Baseball League on the weekend defeating CYO at Mahon Park.  Saturday night Leckies won 9-4 and on Sunday they trounced CYO 12-3 for their fifth straight win.

(June 9)   Leckies walloped West Vancouver 17-0 at Ambleside Park Saturday.  Bill Palek gave up just five hits in hurling the shutout.

(June 10)  Haney blew a four-run lead and went down to a 10-7 defeat at the hands of Vancouver Leckies in an exhibition game at Telosky Stadium Sunday night. 

(June 20)  CYO shaded Lynn Valley 4-3 Wednesday. Doug Cairns was the winning pitcher.

Cairns (W) and March
Vigor and Nodbry

(July 14/15)   Vancouver Leckies swept three games in North Vancouver senior baseball over the weekend. The Leckies trounced the North Van Cubs 17-4 on Saturday and 10-0 on Sunday as Jim Moses tossed a two-hitter.  In the second game of two Sunday, the Leckies traveled to Haney where they downed the home team 11-9. 

(July 18)   Pitcher Hugh McDonald was the highlight of North Shore action Wednesday as the Vancouver Leckies twirler set the Cubs down on one hit in a 12-1 victory and powered the attack with three triples and a single. His battery mate Massey also had a big night with a triple and double.

McDonald (W) and Massey
xxx (L) and Melville


Little Leaguers

On July 20, 1951, the Vancouver Sun ran a feature on the Little League squad hitting the playoff trail. The top row of photos, left to right - Bob Hazeldine, Norm McLeod, Cliff Ivers, Gerry Scott, Jack Wheelhouse, Dave Hutton, Cordell Pennington, Don Black. The second row - Barry Smith, Wayne Leonard, Les Scharf, Jim Charles, Ken Ross, Wayne Dairon.  Several of these players would later grace the senior ball diamonds in the area.