1951 Ontario Game Reports      


(July 12)   Freddie Thomas, with outstanding play in the field and at the plate, powered the Kitchener Legionnaries to a 3-1 win over Waterloo, the Tigers fourth straight loss.  Thomas, the Kitchener centre fielder, made two sparkling catches in a row in the third inning to nip a Waterloo rally. Then he uncorked a towering home run over the right field wall in the eighth inning to notch the winning run with his third hit of the game, Southpaw Hal Johnson allowed just four hits in registering the pitching win.  The Legionnaries held Waterloo second baseman Jim Muldoon without a hit to end his hitting streak at 27 consecutive games. They walked him twice.

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(June 7)  B-A Motors split a Saturday double-header dropping a 9-2 decision to West Yorks before rebounding with a 6-3 win over Westerns.  Pat McCullough was the big gun for West York. His three-run triple capped a six-run second inning.  In the second game, Marcel Angers registered his first win of the season in the win over Westerns. Alec Harasym smacked a double and single for the winners. Maw Mori had three hits in a losing cause.

Mahers failed to score in doing down to a pair of defeats, 1-0 to Peter Pans and 3-0 to Milwaukees.  Howie Adams had a two-hit shutout for Peter Pans and John Waler tossed a four-hitter for Milwaukees. 

(June 15)  Westerns bounced back from a 6-0 trouncing in the first game of a Saturday double-header to whip B & A Motors 15-6 behind a 15-hit attack in the second contest as Bullet Joe Brown won his fourth straight game.  Maw Mori and Aki Hayashi each had three hits to pace the winners. Ted Shea poked a pair of doubles for the losers.

In the opener, Russ Enright held Westerns to one hit, a single by Jack Colvin, in hurling the shutout.Bill Sidey with a homer and two singles and Rusty Wallace with a homer and single led the winners' 12-hit attack on Russ Cunneyworth.

In a single game, Maher upset league-leading West York 5-3 as Dick MacDowall cracked a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the final frame after West Yorks had scored three in the top of the inning to take the lead 3-2. Chick Kitchen also homered for the winners while Ron Cabot drove in a pair for West York.

(June 20)  A crowd of some 3,000 turned out Tuesday night for a pair of exciting West Toronto League games at St. Clair Memorial Stadium.  West Yorks edged Mahers 2-1 and Mayfairs and Westerns battled to a 6-6 tie.

Alex "Lefty" Thompson hurled a six-hitter in the opener as the Yorkies counted singletons in the fourth and sixth innings to capture the win. Archie Minarksy drove in Doug Smart with the winner.  Hank Withey and Harry Conley each had two hits for the losers.

In the second game, Mayfairs came from behind in extra innings to gain the draw after Westerns had taken a three-run lead in the first inning.  Joe Koyanagi beat out an infield hit, Knobby Tanaka walked and Maw Mori loaded the sacks with another infield hit. Aki Hayashi, a junior grad, singled to right to clear the bases.

(June 24)  West Yorks maintained their lead atop the West Toronto standings with a 4-3 win over Mahers. George Phillips was the star for the winners. He paced their three-run second inning, drove in the winning marker in the eighth and made a sensational catch of a seemingly sure home run off the bat of Stan Stenoff in the final stanza. Jack Cabot gave seven hits, fanned six and walked two in gaining the pitching win.

(August 15)  Mayfairs and Westerns battled to a 3-3 draw. Joe Koyanagi, Maw Mori and Aki Hayashi each had two hits for the Japanese-Canadian nine.  Johnny Thompson slashed three hits for Mayfairs and Bobby Hopper had a pair. Joe Spring was driven from the hill by Westerns in the fifth.

(August 15)  Confusion was the watch word as West Yorks and Maher Shoes fought to a 5-5 tie in the second half of the West Toronto double-bill.  In the top of the fifth, with two runs already in for Maher and Hugh Cuddie on second base, Greg Higgins launched a long fly to deep centre field. George Phillips made a mad dash for the ball and made the catch with his back to the plate but then stumbled.  Unsure of the outcome, the umpires made no immediate decision as Cuddie ran for home.  After a conference, the arbiters ruled the catch was made. Then Cuddie was sent back to second. On second thought, the umps ruled Cuddie out. Then, with another change of mind, decided his run would count.  During the deliberations, the teams went off and on the field four times to take their positions.  The final decision was that Higgins was out and that Cuddie had tagged up and scored.


(June 7)  Stanton's whipped DeFoe Motors 8-0 in action at Talbot Park Saturday.  A pair of three-baggers by Don Couch, who had four hits, paced the winners.  Ralph Hosking and Walter Bevington cracked homers. John Rossen yieldrf eight hits in hurling the shutout.

(June 24)   Staffords took a pair from Croftons 5-1 and 8-7 Sunday to take over third place in the six-team circuit. Lefty Barnes fashioned a five-hitter to cop the win in the opener. The little left-hander walked just one. Alex Prentice helped with two safeties while the winners got RBIs from Reg Spragge, Ralph Hosking and Andy SheretkoAl Fontana's homer plated the lone run for Croftons. Billy Hadleton had a pair of doubles.  Jack Rosen rang up his fourth win in the second game as three errors hurt the Croftons. Two walks and two errors led to the winning run in the last of the ninth. Billy Heys and Hoskings each had two hits for Staffords.

(June 24)  Oshawa Merchants downed Peterborough Petes 6-3. The Merchants jumped on former Oshawa junior Bunny Maeson for five runs in the first two innings and coasted to the win.  Jim Rogers and Chuck Walsh each had two hits for the winners while Fred Garvey and Al Menzies duplicated the feat for the Petes. Lefty Dadson was strong in relief for the losers.

(August 15)  Tony DeLaurentis fired a one-hitter Tuesday to lead the Oshawa Merchants to a 5-1 triumph over Dovers. The only run against him came after a walk, Benny Lustig's single and an error.  Home runs by Vic Napolitano and Rog Wood sparked the winners. Wood's blast was a controversial one in the seventh inning. He lifted a high one to right field and Hal Kochberg went to the fence in tracking the ball and went completely over the barrier with his feet sticking up in the air but came up with the ball in his glove. Base umpire Joe Dobie ruled Wood out but on an appeal to plate umpire Carman Bush, it was ruled a homer as the ball was out of sight.

(August 15)  Ace Bowling downed Staffords 6-3 with Al Tapper holding the losers to five hits. Jack Rossen allowed six in taking the defeat.  Moe Johnson had a pair for the winners while Bill Weir poked a two-run homer for Staffords.


(September)   Best Cleaners romped to their 12th straight win in crushing TNT 16-3 to capture the round robin playoff series and the Harry Miyasaki Trophy to add to the Matt Matsui Trophy which they won for winning the league pennant.  Ken Nakamichi subdued TNT on three hits while striking out seven.  Tucker Uchikura had three hits for the winners and Bob Ohashi and Tad Miura each drove in two runs.

Joe Motokoada (L), Dave Sakamoto (4), Fred Kinoshita (5) Jackie Tanaka (6), Tom Yatabe (6) and Doc Tomihiro
Ken Nakamichi and Kaz Aoki, Elmer Harafuji


Cubs, Cardinals, Giants, Shmoos

(May 27)   In a comedy of errors and booming bats the Cubs, who trailed 8-0 in the third inning, whipped the Cardinals 19-8 to kick off the 1951 season of the Hamilton Nisei League at Eastwood Park.  Cubs ran wild in the third scoring 11 runs before Cardinals could get an out.  They added 8 more runs in the fourth frame.  Ken Hashimoto led the winners with a pair of three-baggers, a double and single. Hyodo, Kondo and Koyanagi each added two hits. Shores Kondo was the only member of the Cubs who failed to get a hit. Nishimura and Fukumoto each garnered a pair of safeties for the losers. Jim Kondo started for the Cubs but was driven from the mound in the opening stanza as the Cards scored eight times. Wes Hyodo came on in relief and allowed just three hits the rest of the way.

Fukumoto, Shintani, Nishimura and Shintani, Koyganagi
Kondo, Hyodo (W) (1) and Kadonaga

(September 9)   Roy Masuda pitched no-hit ball for eight innings Sunday to lead Shmoos to an easy 11-2 win over the Cards in the opening game of the Hamilton Nisei League's final series.  George Uchida led of the ninth for the losers with a vicious drive off Frank Shimoda's glove to wring out a scratch hit and ruin the no-hit bid.  Shimodo led the attack with a bases-loaded single in the second and a later two-bagger. Kawamoto and Min Shimoto added two hits apiece. Cards got their first run in the fourth inning when Uchida walked, stole second, moved to third on a long fly and stole home.

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