1952 Game Reports, Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley     

1952 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1952 BC Interior 
1952 Vancouver Island


Kingsway Inter-City Baseball League

(May 11)   More than 2,000 fans gave amateur baseball its most enthusiastic send-off in years as the Kingsway Inter-City Baseball League kicked off its new season at brand new False Creek Park Sunday afternoon. The fans had plenty to cheer about as the New Westminster Lucky Royals exploded for six runs in the 9th inning to down the North Stars 10-6.  Don Slater's single knocked in the winning run and an insurance tally.

Royals went into the 9th trailing 5-4 with big Mike Johnson hurling for the North Stars. But, Cece Stein started the rally with a single and Larry Dow followed with a walk and Jack Alton singled. Chick Urquhart's sacrifice fly scored Stein to tie the game. Junior Hill drew a base on balls to re-load the bases bringing Slater to the plate to pinch-hit for pitcher Al Byman.  On Johnson's second pitch, Slater tapped the ball to the mound but Johnson got only the tip of his glove on the ball which bound past him allowing runners from second and third to score.

Dunn, Byman (6), Parrish (9) and Norman, Hill (6)
Johnson, Moses (9) and Bellamy

(May 16)  Jimmy Moses shutout the Leckies on four hits Friday at False Creek Park.

Moses and Bellamy
Blitch, Withers (1) and Massey

(May 17)   BCE hammered Cliffords 13-1 at False Creek.

(May 18)  The Lucky Royals whipped the Leckies 7-1. Each team had eight hits. Jack Mills, of the Leckies, had the only homer.

Leskiw (L) and Sikorski
Parrish (W) and Norman

Tom Jenkinson fired a two-hitter as North Stars romped over Cliffords 8-1 Sunday. The left-hander rang up 11 strike outs. Cubby Addison belted a homer for the winners.

Jenkinson (W) and Bellamy
Ellison (L) and Laugson

(May 25)    The Kingsway loop dropped to a four-team circuit over the weekend as league officials decided to ditch the Cliffords. The club, managed by Harvey Bertram was suspended indefinitely deemed not of a senior baseball calibre. Schedules were revised Sunday night and victories scored over Cliffords were taken away.

In games played, BC Electric upset the Lucky Royals 4-3 after dropping a 5-2 decision to the North Stars. BCE plated three runs in the 5th inning to take the win. Bob Barclay held the Royals to four hits.

Dunn (L) and Norman
Barclay (W) and Dutkewich

Earlier, Snowy Donaldson bested Baz Nagle as the Stars won 5-2.

Nagle (L) and Dutkewich
Donaldson (W) and Bellamy

The North Stars also topped the Royals 7-5.

Johnson (W), Moses (8) and Bellamy
xxx, Forbes (6) and Norman

(May 26)     Leckies downed BCE 7-2 in a game featuring 14 strike outs by Leckies`Walt Leskiw. Bill Sheridan had a bases-loaded triple for the winners.

Leskiw (W) and Sikorski
Kochuk (L), Franklin (3) and Dutkewich

(May 30)  On a night when BCE`s outfield included a 58-year-old and a 47-year-old the Lucky Royals managed to escape with a 4-0 victory as Bill Parrish fired a one-hitter. When only seven BCE players showed up for the match, the teams`manager Ted Garrison and coach Earl Webb were forced to suit up or default the game.  Royals scored the eventual winner in the opening frame as Cece Stein doubled to score Harvey Craig from second base.

Bill Parrish (W) and Ernie Norman
Barclay and Jantz

(May 31)   Already into the season, the Kingsway League still isn't certain how many teams will be competing. The league has decided to give the recently suspended Cliffords a three-game trial against the other senior clubs to see if they're a fit for the league. Cliffords are scheduled to play BCE this week and it they manage a win they must play another two to prove they are capable of playing senior baseball.

(May 31)  Bert Withers' Leckies took a 5-1 lead Saturday then fell behind 8-4 before scoring eight unanswered markers to whip the Lucky Royals 12-8.  Leckies smacked 15 hits in the come-back victory. Reliever Bert Withers Jr. picked up the win.

Forbes, Dunn (2), Mills (5), Dunn (6) and Norman
Zailo, Bert Withers Jr. (W) (4) and Sikorski

(June 1)  Snowy Donaldson was too much for BCE Sunday afternoon. He allowed just four hits in winning his second of the season as North Stars notched a 6-1 victory. 

Donaldson (W) and Bellamy
Nagle (L) and Dutkewich

Sunday night, North Stars scored a pair in the 6th to pull out a 5-5 draw with the Royals.

Mills and Norman
Moses and Bellamy

(June 2)  At False Creek Monday, BCE and Leckies played to a 10-10 tie.

Harrison, Franklin (6), Kochuk (6) and Dutkewich
Leslie, Withers (3) and Sikorski

(June 6)   Jack Mills drove in winning pitcher Al Byman with the winning run in the bottom of the final frame as Lucky Royals shaded BCE 3-2 Friday night at False Creek Park.  Byman and losing hurler Bob Barclay each fired four-hitters.

Barclay (L) and Jantz
Byman (W) and Norman

Mike Johnson(June 8)  The North Stars maintained their hold on first place with a 12-7 victory over the Leckies.  Big Mike Johnson (right), the former Vancouver Capilano, gave up six runs over the first three innings before settling down to go the distance for the win. He survived a 12-hit Leckies' attack. Paul Massey connected for four safeties for the losers while teammate Joe Bell had three hits and Bob Sikorski belted a triple. Bert Withers was the losing hurler.

Mike Johnson (W) and Vince Bellamy
Bert Withers (L) and Bob Sikorski

(June 8)  Winning pitcher Gary Zailo bashed a homer and triple to lead Leckies to an 8-6 win over cellar-dwelling BCE. A four-run 6th inning carried Leckies to the victory.

Baz Nagle (L) and Mike Dutkewich
Gary Zailo (W) and Bob Sikorski

(June 9) Snowy Donaldson won his own game with a two-run double in the 6th inning as North Stars got by BCE 10-9 Monday night.  Donaldson had taken over in relief in the 5th inning as BCE erupted for six runs to wipe out a 6-3 lead by the Stars. 

Mitchell, Kochuk (5), Barclay (6) and Dutkewich
Moses, Donaldson (W) (5) and Bellamy

North Stars   6 - 1 
Royals        4 - 3  2.0
Leckies       4 - 3  2.0
BCE           1 - 8  6.0

(June 13)  North Stars hammered BCE 10-1 Friday for their 7th straight victory. Mike Johnson held BCE to five hits to ring up his second win of the season. Leo Vaselenak had two of the seven North Stars' hits.

Mike Johnson (W) and Vince Bellamy
Don Harrison, Bob Barclay (6) and Bob Hallam

(June 15)   Baz Nagle used his arm and bat to lead BCE to an upset 6-3 win over the New Westminster Lucky Royals Sunday at False Creek Park. Nagle threw seven-hit ball to give BCE just its second win of the season. Nagle had two hits, one a homer in the 4th inning.

Nagle (W) and Dutkewich
Byman, Kelly (8) and Norman

(June 17)   Gary Zailo, the Leckies pitching ace, is the leading hitter in the Industrial circuit in statistics released Monday.  Zailo, with a .,474 mark, is ahead of three of his teammates. Herb Osen is second at .464, Bob Sikorski at .414 and Paul Massey with a .367 mark. 

Zailo Gary NV        19  9 .474
Osen Herb NV         28 13 .464
Sikorski Bob NV      29 12 .414
Massey Paul NV       30 11 .367
Harrison Don BCE     25  9 .360
Mills Jack NWR       26  9 .346
Nagle Baz BCE        42 14 .333
Lennox MNS           33 11 .333
Devlin Dave NV       33 11 .333
Vaselenak Leo MNS    33 11 .333
Bellamy Vince MNS    30 10 .333
Brown Les NWR        24  8 .333

(June 18)   A six-run 2nd inning, sparked by Cece Stein's two-run double, sent New Westminster on the road to a 15-5 victory Wednesday.  The big inning wiped out a 4-0 lead taken by the Leckies in the first inning. Losing pitcher Gary Zailo had tripled and scored on Dave Devlin's homer. The Royals pounded out 12 hits.

Barry Dunn (W), Art Bull (6) and Neil Kelly
Gary Zailo, Bert Withers (5) and Sikorski

(June 20)  Down 4-0 after five innings, Leckies had a big seven-run 6th inning to post an 8-7 win over North Stars. All seven runs were unearned as North Star bobbles extended the play. Keith Bertrand's bases-loaded triple was the big blow of the outburst.  Walt Leskiw went the distance for the win.

Walt Leskiw (W) and Bob Sikorski
Snowy Donaldson (L) and Vince Bellamy

(June 22)  Cece Stein singled in the Royals' first run in the 4th and then knocked in Harvey Craig with the winning run in the 6th as New Westminster beat BCE 4-1. The two losses were the 10th and 11th defeats for BCE.

Gordon Mitchell (L) and Mike Dutkewich
Barry Dunn (W) and Ernie Norman

Former pro hurler Mike Johnson had a three-hit performance as North Stars topped BCE 6-2.

Bob Barclay (L) and Steve McKinnon
Mike Johnson (W) and Vince Bellamy

(June 23)  A first inning control lapse by North Stars' Snowy Donaldson resulted in four runs and that proved to be all the Lucky Royals would need in a 4-3 North Stars' victory. Donaldson hit the first three batters he faced. Jack (Whipper) Mills flew out to score the first run and Neil Kelly singled to score two more.  Before the Stars could retire the side Bob Blackhall singled to plate the fourth marker of the frame. Al Byman, with relief help by Mills, picked up the win.

Donaldson (L) and Bellamy
Byman (W), Mills (7) and Kelly

(June 25)    Catcher Bob Sikorski singled in Herb Osen with the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning to give Leckies an 8-7 win over BCE Wednesday.

Harrison, Barclay (5), Mitchell (8) and Pye
Chizewski, Withers (8) and Sikorski

(June 29)   North Stars received outstanding pitching to sweep a Sunday double-header.  In the afternoon, Snowy Donaldson spaced seven hits as Stars topped BCE 8-1.  In the evening game, Mike Johnson held Leckies to five hits while compiling ten strike outs as North Stars blanked Leckies 8-0.  Johnson was the offensive force as well with three hits.

Mitchell (L) and Dutkewich
Donaldson (W) and Bellamy

Johnson (W) and Bellamy
Zailo (L) and Sikorski

(August 1)    Mike Johnson and Kenny Armstrong combined to lead North Stars to a 6-3 win over the Leckies and stop a three-game losing string Friday.  Johnson allowed just four hits, one a homer by Bob Sikorski, while Armstrong had three hits and drove in two runs.

Johnson (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 3)   The Lucky Royals inched to within a game of league-leading North Stars Sunday by defeating the Leckies 6-5. A six-run second inning featuring home runs by pitcher Jack (The Whip) Mills and outfielder Ken Swalwell, gave Royals their winning margin.  Mills spaced eight hits over the seven innings.

Leskiw (L) and Sikorski
Mills (W) and Norman

(August 6)  Leckies put eight runs on the board in the top of the first inning and went on to demolish the North Stars 11-4 Wednesday. Gary Zailo had three of the Leckies 12 hits. Bert Withers threw six innings of shutout ball in a relief role to gain credit for the win.

Curtis, Withers (W) (2) and Sikorski
Moses (L) and Bellamy

(August 10)   New Westminster Lucky Royals split their Sunday double-header at False Creek Park, beating the Leckies 12-8 and losing to BCE 5-4.  The Royals, however, have protested the afternoon loss on the grouns that the transit men used an unsigned player.  Herb Lovett and Baz Nagle belted homers to pace BCE to the victory. In the night contest, Ken Swalwell drove in three runs with a 7th inning homer.

Parrish (L), Brown (8) and Norman
Bob Barclay (W) and Jim Smith

Bull (W), Stein (7) and Sincalir
Leskiw (L) and Sikorski

(August 11)   North Stars clinched the Kingsway pennant Monday night with a 6-0 win over BCE. Snowy Donaldson hurled the shutout, allowing six hits. The Stars scored four times in the first inning and cruised to the victory.

xxx and xxx
Donaldson (W) and xxx

(August 13)    The Lucky Royals might have a chance at the pennant after all. League officials upheld a Royals' protest of their Sunday loss to BCE.  With that win and Wednesday's 2-0 triumph over the Leckies, the Royals moved into a tie with the North Stars for the top spot. Al Byman blanked the Leckies on four hits for the win.  Royals got the winning run in the second inning when Jack Alton singled, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Ernie Norman's single.

Curtis (L) and Sikorski
Byman (W) and Norman

(August 15)   The Lucky Royals wrapped up the Kingsway flag Friday night as the Leckies downed the North Stars 6-5 to drop the Stars to second place.  Winning the pennant gave the Royals a bye into the finals. Bob Coupland's bases-loaded triple in the 6th inning erased a two-run Stars' lead and sent the pennant to New Westminster for the first time.

Moses (L) and Bellamy
Withers (W) and Sikorski

(August 18)   The Leckies, who knocked the North Stars out of the pennant race last Friday, now appear bent on chasing Jimmy Biggan's squad out of the playoffs too.  Leckies took a 1-0 lead over the Stars in the best-of-five semi-final last night at False Creek Park with a 3-1 triumph.  Stars got on the board first as Jimmy Tough walked, stole second and scored on Vince Bellamy's single.  Leckies came back with a pair in the fourth. Gary Zailo drew a walk and advanced on a single by Bill Sherban. Stan Homola followed with a single for one run and Sherban romped home on an overthrow to third.  The  winners added an insurance run in the 5th.  Gary Zailo held the Stars to three hits.

Zailo (W) and Sikorski
Donaldson (L) and Bellamy

(August 20)     Leo Vaselenak slugged a pair of home runs, accounting for five of the North Star runs, in a 9-5 win over Leckies to even their series at a game apiece. North Stars' six-run outburst in the 3rd inning proved to be the difference.

Seitz, Moses (4) and Bellamy
Curtis, Withers (3) and Sikorski

(August 27)    Leckies clobbered North Stars 16-3 Wednesday night to take a 2-1 game lead in their best-of-five series for the Kingsway Senior "A" championship. The winners were led by pitcher Gary Zailo and Stan Homola.

(August 29)   North Stars evened their Kingsway series Friday night dumping the Leckies 11-5. Vince Bellamy had the big low for the winners, a home run. 

Moses, Donaldson (W) (3) and Bellamy
Zailo (L), Withers (4) and Sikorski

(September 3)  North Stars had just seven hits, but they also took advantage of 12 walks and three Leckies' errors to whip the Leckies 10-3 to take the semi-final series and advance to the final against New Westminster Royals. Jimmy Tough sparked the offense with a two-run homer. Snowy Donaldson went the route for the win.

Curtis (L), Zailo (2), Withers (3), Leskiw (5) and Sikorski
Donaldson (W) and Bellamy

(September 7)  The North Stars upended the Lucky Royals 12-10 and 3-2 Sunday to take a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-seven championship series.  In the opener, the Royals blew a 10-2 lead as the Stars tied the count in the 7th inning with an eight-run uprising, in which the Stars got just two hits but eight walks, then won it in the 9th with a pair of runs.

Winning pitcher Jim Moses was a star of the second game as his homer in the bottom of the 7th and final inning tied the score.  Jimmy Tough followed with a double and Leo Vaselenak drove him in with the winning run.

Barclay, Donaldson (W) (6) and Bellamy
Byman, Alton (7), Les Brown (7) and Norman

Parrish (L) and Norman
Moses (W) and Bellamy

(September 10)   North Stars and Royals battled to a 3-3, 8-inning, draw Wednesday. Royals held the lead until the 8th when the Stars scored three. Lead-off man Gordy Seitz belted a homer and Bob Johnson, Ed Lorenz and Jimmy Tough came through with singles off Jack Mills.  The Royals had scored their three markers in the first inning on a walk and singles by Les Brown, Larry Dow, Jack Alton and Ernie Norman.

Donaldson, Barclay (8) and Bellamy
Mills and Norman

(September 12)    New Westminster coach Les Brown took to the mound Friday to help out his beleaguered pitching staff and ended up with beauty, a five-hitter as the Royals trounced the North Stars 13-2. The Royals rapped out 11 hits with second baseman Don McIntyre the big noise for the winners.

Bob Barclay (L) and Bellamy
Les Brown (W) and xxx

(September 14)   Jack "Snowy" Donaldson needed a triple play to get out of trouble in the first inning then was nearly unbeatable in pitching the North Stars to a 7-3 victory and the Kingsway Baseball League championship. Stars won the best-of-seven final in five games.  The veteran left-hander had already allowed two runs and was in danger of being knocked out of the game when he got a liner to short for one, a relay to second for two and a throw to get the runner at third to get out of the inning.  Down 2-1, Stars got four in the third to put them on the path to the victory. They got two walks, an error and singles by Ken Armstrong and Ed Lorenz.

Stars downed the Royals 8-4 in the first game of the double-header to get a stranglehold on the series.  Jim Moses scattered 11 hits in going the distance for the win.

Following the game, Jimmy Biggan announced his victorious club would now meet South Burnaby, the Lower Mainland champs in an exhibition series.

Byman (L) and Norman
Moses (W) and Bellamy

Donaldson (W) and Bellamy
Mills (L), Parrish and Norman


Lower Mainland League

(May 4)   In the opening games of the Lower MainlandLeague Hammond clobbered the Burnaby Athletics 11-0 for their second win of the day. Earlier, Hammond shaded Langley 8-6 in an afternoon game. In Burnaby, the Athletics and Whalley Chiefs combined for 26 hits and ten errors as Chiefs outlasted the home crew 10-9.

Smith, Bogdanovich (7) and Lamont
Booth, Allan (6) and Holmes

(May 6)  Whalley Chiefs edged Langley 4-3 behind a five-hitter by George Bogdanovich. Chiefs broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the top of the 7th. Bill Taylor of Whalley had the only extra base hit, a double. Merv Hunter allowed seven hits in taking the loss.

Bogdanovich (W) and Yanchuk
Merv Hunter and Franklin

(May 7)   Charlie Welbourne's South Burnaby Athletics rapped 14 hits off four Vancouver hurlers en route to a 12-4 trouncing of the Merchants.  Ken Spees held the losers to three hits in going the distance on the hill for Burnaby.  Ivan Spees belted the only homer while Art Jaccard, Wendell Robinson and Alf Buckle connected for two-baggers. George Oikawa doubled for Vancouver's only extra base hit.

Bailey, Beck (1), Leopold (1), Litzen (8) and Blunt, Phipps (6)
Ken Spees (W) and Ivan Spees

(May 7)  At Whalley, the Chiefs romped to their second win in three starts, 4-3 over Hammond. Whalley came from behind with three runs in the 7th for the win. Joe Yanchuk belted a pair of doubles.  Jack Connell hurled a seven-hitter for the win.

(May 8)  South Burnaby pounded out 14 hits Thursday night in trouncing Hammond 9-4. Centre fielder Andy Pauker, up from the Collingwood juniors, whacked a triple and two doubles in four trips.

(May 9)   South Burnaby unleashed a 13-hit attack on four Vancouver pitchers to swap the Merchants 16-5. The Athletics had a 15-1 lead after three innings.  Bill Kinder had three of the hits, two triples and a single. Jim Kelly rapped three singles. Mathews held Vancouver to three hits in going all the way for the win.

Litzen, Beck (2), Phipps (2), Bailey (2) and Miller
Mathews (W) and Stock, Spees (4)

(May 11)   Vancouver Merchants finally picked up a win, downing Hammond Athletics 4-2 Sunday afternoon. Four runs in the second inning were all the locals needed to dust off the Hammond nine.  Ron Litzen and Stan Carter combined on a five hitter.

Walker, Barton (8) and Bowyer
Litzen, Carter (8) and Oikawa

In a late afternoon game at Hammond, the hosts stopped South Burnaby 6-5. Roy Lehman went the route for the win.

Henry, Booth (2) and Spees
Lehman (W) and Walker

At Langley, the Whalley Chiefs clobbered the home team 11-4.

(May 14)   Langley Athletics notched their second win of the season hammering Vancouver Merchants 7-1 at Central Park. Merv Hunter threw three-hit ball at the Merchants who have just one win in six starts.

Hunter (W) and Franklin
Litzen (L), Miller (4) and Phipps

South Burnaby got back in the win column with a 6-3 victory over Whalley Chiefs who out-hit the winners 12 to 8.

Ken Spees, Mathews (6), Booth (8) and Ivan Spees
Smith, Bogdanovich (4) and Yanchuk

(May 16)   Wendell Robinson had a pair of circuit clouts and knocked in five runs to lead South Burnaby to a 10-6 win over Langley. The Athletics collected 15 hits off two Langley hurlers while former junior star Norm Allan held the visitors to five.

M. Hunter, Hausenach (1) and Franklin
Allan (W) and Kozak, Ivan Spees (5)

(May 18)   Whalley brought out the offense Sunday in posting two wins, 17-1 over Hammond in the afternoon and 11-10 over South Burnaby at night.  The Chiefs unleashed an 18-hit attack in demolishing Hammond.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

After blowing a 9-5 lead and handling Burnaby five runs in the 7th in the second game, Chiefs rebounded with a run in the bottom of the 7th to tie and another in the 8th for the win. It was another day game for the hitters as Burnaby punched out 12 hits and the Chiefs, 11.

Booth, Mathews (L) (5) and Spees
Bogdanovich, Connell (W) and Yanchuk

In the afternoon, Burnaby blanked Langley 3-0 behind the three-hit hurling of Ken Spees.

Hunter (L) and Franklin
Ken Spees (W) and Ivan Spees

(May 21)  Whalley`s Jack Connell fired no-hit ball for seven innings before giving up a pair in the 8th in a 3-0 shutout of Vancovuer Merchants.

Connelll (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

South Burnaby topped Hammond 5-2 as Ken Spees scattered nine hits for the win.

Lehman (L) and Bowyer
Ken Spees (W) and Ivan Spees

(May 25)   A first inning triple by Doug Adams scored two runs and proved enough as the Wahlley Chiefs defeated Hammond 3-1 Sunday. Jack Connell hurled a five-hitter for the win to best Roy Lehman.

Lehman (L) and Bowyer
Connell (W) and Lamont

(May 26)   South Burnaby rolled to another Lower Mainland victory Monday downing Vancouver Merchants 7-4 at Central Park. Ken Spees held the Merchants to five hits in hurling the win. One of the hits was a homer by Art Wick.

Ken Spees (W) and Ivan Spees
Leopold (L), Litzen (6), Carter (6) and Paialunga

(May 29)   Whalley Chiefs extended their league lead to two full games over South Burnaby by defeating Hammond 7-2 at Whalley. George Bogdanovich hurled four-hit ball for the winners. Fred Hope had the big blow, a triple.

Bogdanovich (W) and Lamont
Art Hallam and Dick Bowyer

(May 30)  Hammond Athletics upset South Burnaby 4-3 behind the hurling of Gerry Jeeves and Roy Lehman. Jeeves knocked in the winning run in the 6th inning following a walk and an error.

Jeeves (W), Lehman (6) and Bowyer
Booth (L) and Spees

(June 1)  Ken Spees shutout Vancouver Merchants on four hits Sunday as South Burnaby notched a 7-0 victory. Jim Kelly's triple in the 6th inning was the game's only extra base blow.

Masse (L), Leopold (7) and Miller
Ken Spees (W) and Ivan Spees

Whalley Chiefs opened with eight runs in the first inning and coasted to a 13-1 lambasting of the Merchants. Don Smith held the Vancouver club to five hits in going all the way for the pitching decision.

Paialunga, Carter (1), Abela (8) and Phipps, xxx (4)
Don Smith and Dale Lamont

(June 2)  Ed Phillips and Les Gibbs sparked Vancouver Merchants to a 10-9 win over Langley Athletics Monday at Central Park.  Phillips had a homer, triple and single in five trips and Gibbs added a triple, two doubles and a single.

Hunter, Lunn (6) and Franklin
Litzen, Amiel (5), Carter (7), Leopold (8) and Paialunga

(June 6)  South Burnaby trashed Vancouver Merchants 12-4 Friday running up an 8-0 lead after two innings and coasting to the win.  Al Booth gave up ten hits but managed to go the distance for the win.

Leopold (L), Masse (1) and Phipps
Booth (W) and Ivan Spees

(June 8)  Vancouver Merchants rallied from a 9-5 deficit to edge South Burnaby 10-9 in extra innings. Merchants scored four runs in the bottom of the 9th for a tie and plated the winner in the 13th.  The offensive show saw each team collect 15 hits.  Ron Litzen picked up the win in a relief role. 

John Ruck, Eldy Mathews (L) (9) and Ivan Spees
Stan Carter, Ron Litzen (W) (10) and Dick Phipps, Kenny Paialunga (10)

Ken Spees held Hammond to six hits as South Burnaby bounced back from an afternoon loss to score a 5-1 triumph. Bill Walker took the loss, allowing just eight hits.

Ken Spees (W) and Ivan Spees
Bill Walker (L) and Dick Bowyer

In a wild one Sunday afternoon, Whalley Chiefs scored thirteen runs off four hurlers in the first inning en route to a 23-2 thumping of Langley.  The Chiefs collected 19 hits in the seven inning contest. George Bogdanovich held Langley to three hits in taking the mound victory.

George Bogdanovich (W) and Lamont
Drenniger (L), Hausenach (1), Hunter (1), Lund (1) and Duckworth

In the evening contest, Whalley again was on the offensive, rapping ten hits in an 11-2 win over Langley. Don Smith pitched a six-hitter for the win.

Hunter (L) and Neilson
Smith (W) and Lamont

(June 9)   Jack Connell fired a five-hitter as Whalley Chiefs edged Vancouver Merchants 2-1 Monday night at Central Park. It was Connell's 6th win of the season.

Connell (W) and Lamont
Litzen (L) and Paialunga

(June 13)  South Burnaby fell behind 5-1 then exploded with seven runs in the 6th inning to dump Langley 8-5 Friday.

Merv Hunter (L) and Al Franklin
Ron Wakabayashi, Al Booth (6) and Ivan Spees

(June 15)  Vancouver crushed Langley 12-4 with a 12-hit attack against Merv Hunter. Stan Carter allowed just four in registering the win.

Carter (W) and Miller
Hunter (L) and Franklin

Burnaby whipped Hammond 11-1 scoring in every inning but the 8th.  Allan went the distance for the pitching win.

Barton, Rock (3) and Bowyer
Allan (W) and Spees

South Burnaby stopped Whalley's 11-game win streak Sunday withy a 6-5 victory at Whalley.  Ken Spees held the Chiefs to four hits.

Ken Spees (W) and Ivan Spees
Bogdanovich (L) and Lamont

(June 14/15)   Arnie Hallgren, the local diamond king who signed a professional contract with the Braves Sunday, gave up a two-run triple to Don Slater Saturday night at Queen's Park Stadium giving the Lower Mainland - Dewdney League All-Stars a 9-8 win over the Bellingham Bells.  Hallgren opened the 8th walking both Bill Kinder and Ken Mitchell.

(June 20)  South Burnaby nipped the league-leading Whalley Chiefs 4-2 as Eldy Mathews pitched six shutout innings before faltering in the 7th. The win moved Charlie Welbourne's crew to within two games of the Chiefs. Whalley has won 16 and lost 4. Burnaby has an 18 - 6 record.

Bogdanovich (L) and Lamont
Mathews (W), Ken Spees (8) and Ivan Spees

(June 22)   South Burnaby trounced Hammond 9-4 at Hammond in an afternoon game.

Whalley scored twice in the first inning and that's all the Chiefs needed Sunday in a 3-1 victory over Vancouver Merchants. Don Smith allowed just one hit in going the distance on the hill for the winners.

Don Smith (W) and Yanchuk
Stan Carter (L) and Al Miller

Hammond upset Whalley 9-4 Sunday night as veteran Roy Lehman scattered eights hit to post the win. Joe Yanchuck of the Chiefs had the only homer.

Lehman (W) and Bowyer
Simons (L), Connell (4) and Yanchuk

(June 25)  Whalley Chiefs whipped Langley 11-4 Wednesday. 

Hunter, Lund (6) and Hamilton
Smith (W) and Yanchuk

(August 3)  Whalley Chiefs whipped Hammond 16-7 using a 13-hit attack and helped by eight Hammond errors. Jack Connell gave up 11 hits but managed to go the distance to pick up the win.

Scambler (L), Barton (4), Bowyer (6) and Holmes
Connell (W) and Lamont

(August 6)   Veteran Roy Lehman silenced Whalley Wednesday tossing a one-hit shutout as Hammond upset the Chiefs 6-0 to take the opening game of their semi-final series.  The right-hander had a no-hitter into the 7th inning before Merv Maxwell touched Lehman for a single.  Third baseman Charlie Esplin provided a key hit, a two-run double in the 3rd inning. 

Lehman (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

South Burnaby got a six-hut shutout by Kenny Spees to down the Vancouver Merchants 2-0. Al Masse allowed six hits in a losing cause.

Masse (L) and xxx
Spees (W) and xxx

(August 10)   South Burnaby swept their semi-final series with an 8-2 win over Vancouver Merchants.

Masse (L) and Miller, Paialunga
Lapthorne, Booth (6) and Spees

Whalley evened its semi-final series with a 7-5 win over Hammond. Jack Connell was the winning hurler.

Rock (L) and Bowyer
Connell (W) and Lamont

(August 13)  Hammond Athletics upset Whalley Chiefs 8-6 Wednesday to knock the Chiefs out of the playoff picture with a win in the deciding game of the best-of-five series.  Roy Lehman was solid except in the 5th when the Chiefs scored all six of their runs.  He allowed just five hits overall, but the Athletics committed four errors.

Lehman (W) and Bowyer
Smith, Connell (4) and Lamont

(August 15)   South Burnaby hammered Hammond 10-1 in the opening game of the Mainland final series. Bill Kinder crushed a homer for the winners while Alf Buckle and Andy Pauker added three-baggers. Al Booth held the Athletics to nine hits in pitching the win.

Scambler (L) Barton (6) and Bowyer
Booth (W) and Spees

(August 17)  South Burnaby is just one victory away from the Lower Mainland baseball title.  Burnaby beat Hammond 5-1 Sunday to take a 3-0 game lead in the final series.  Catcher Ivan Spees led a 12-hit attack with a four-for-five evening. Grant Lapthorne scattered seven hits for the win.

Lehman (L) and Bayo
Lapthorne (W) and Spees

(August 19)  Roy Lehman's one-hit shutout has given Hammond a reprieve in its best-of-seven series with South Burnaby. Hammond notched a 2-0 victory, its first after dropping the first three games. 

Roy Lehman (W) and Boyer
Lapthorne (L) and Spees

(August 20)  South Burnaby downed Hammond 5-2 to capture the Lower Mainland championship winning the best-of-seven series in five games.  Al Booth held Hammond to four hits in going the distance for the pitching win.  Roy Lehman, who fired a one-hitter last night, went all the way allowing just five hits.  Hammond made three errors while the winners played flawless ball in the field.

Lehman (L) and Boyer
Booth (W) and Spees

(August 27)    South Burnaby topped the Boilermakers 5-2 Wednesday in the opening game of a best-of-three series for the Lower Mainland championship. Grant Lapthorne gave the Boilermakers two runs in the first inning then pitched shutout ball the rest of the way for the win. 

Fraser (L) and Mulhern
Lapthorne (W) and Spees

(September 7)   The pennant-winning Whalley Chiefs exacted some revenge Sunday in taking both ends of a double-header from the playoff champion South Burnaby Athletics, 8-5 and 2-1.  During pre-game ceremonies, Chiefs were presented with the LMBL pennant while the A's received the playoff cup. Hap Robinson led the Chiefs' offense in the first game with a double and single. Catcher Dale Lamont knocked in both Chiefs' runs in the second game with a fourth inning single.

Connell (W) and Lamont
Lapthorne (L), K. Spees (5) and I. Spees

Ruck (L) and Spees
Smith (W) and Lamont

(September 21)   South Burnaby, the Lower Mainland champs, defeated the Kingsway champion North Stars in both games of a double-header, 12-7 and 8-5, to capture the best-of-three series in two straight games. In the first game, Burnaby took a big early lead, 9-1 after three innings and scored an easy 12-7 win with an 11-hit attack. 

The Athletics fell behind 4-0 in the second game but responded with two, four-run innings to beat Jim Moses and the Stars. Al Booth tossed a six-hitter for the win.

Johnson, Donaldson and Bellamy
Ken Spees, Lapthorne and Ivan Spees

Booth and Spees
Moses and Bellamy


Dewdney League

(August 27)  Nelson Carr's booming bat sparked Maillardville seniors to a 3-1 win over Haney Wednesday at Telosky Stadium. The starry left fielder rapped out three hits and knocked in three runs.  Maillardville will now meet the winner of the Mission-Coquitlam series  Friday.

(September 14)   The Dewdney Baseball League series may continue until spring!  Sunday, the teams split with Mission winning 6-1 at home and losing 12-5 at Maillardville.  In the second game, New Westminster Royals hockey player Jim Bedard crushed a grand slam homer. The teams have played to two ties, have each won two games.

(September 16)   Maillardville went a game up on Mission Tuesday night with a 5-0 win in a playoff game at Mission


Industrial League

(May 6)  Nick Craig tossed two-hit baseball Tuesday as Longshoremen notched their first win of the Industrial League season. Longshoremen got to Tribune's Slowski for six hits and a 7-0 victory.

Craig (W) and Smith
Slowski (L) and Zurwick

(May 7)   Lynn Athletics downed the Boilermakers 6-2 in an exhibition tilt at Powell Street Grounds Wednesday. Claude Domphouse hurled a three-hitter and banged a double for the visitors.

Domphouse (W) and Beckett
Geefs, Murphy (3), Fraser (5) and Mulhern

(May 9)   Grant Hammond blanked the Longshoremen on three hits as the North Shore Cubs posted a 1-0 victory Friday. Art Pennman gave up just two hits in taking the loss.  Jim Escott scored the only run in the 5th inning.  After drawing a walk and moving to second and third on passed balls, Escott slide home safely on a Johnny Roberts' squeeze bunt.

Hammond (W) and Melville
Pennman (L) and Smith

(May 15)   Vancouver Boilermakers of the Industrial League chased in six runs in the 4th inning to wallop West Vancouver of the North Shore League 11-5 in their first inter-league match. 

Woolstone, Yoshimanu (6) and Rathbone
Russell, Fraser (4), Murphy (6), Duffy (7) and Mulhern

(May 16)  In another inter-league game at Powell Grounds, Western Bridge capitalized on five Lynn errors to post a 7-2 win. Ernie Thrower tossed a five-hitter for the win. Art Schofield also had a five hit effort for Lynn, but issued 12 bases on balls.

Schofield (L) and Beckett
Thrower (W) and Brenner, Hume (4)

(May 17)  Boilermakers had just five hits but took advantage of four Clippers`errors to post an 11-6 victory Saturday.

Kinnair, Slowski (2) and Marusky
Duffy, King (1), Fraser (6) and Stuart

In an inter-league match Saturday, Western Bridge built up a 5-0 lead then held on for a 5-3 win over the North Shore Lynns.

Gurniak, Thrower (8) and Hume
Acaster (L) and Beckett

(May 18)    Nisei won their third straight Sunday shading Boilermakers 5-4. Young Tom Nishi`s brilliant catch in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and two out saved the day for the Nisei nine. Tahara went nine innings with a five-hitter for the win.

Geefs (L), Murphy (5) and Stuart, Mulhern (6)
Tahara (W) and Yamada

(May 21)  Boilermakers and Western Bridge played to a 6-6 draw Wednesday night.  Boilermakers`pitching weakened in the final frame allowing the Westerns to walk around the bases for three runs.

Fraser, Russell (5), Murphy (6) and Mulhern
Drummond, Thrower (7) and Brenner

(May 22)   Nisei made it four in a row Thursday night at Powell Grounds. The Japanese-Canadian squad trounced the Clippers 15-5.

Lawrence, Elliott (5) and Chaplin, Homya (4)
Hinada, Montgomery (5) and Yamada

(May 27)    Ernie Thrower was just a walk away from a seven-inning perfect game Tuesday night at Powell Street Grounds. Thrower no-hit the Longshoremen in a 7-0 victory for Western Bridge.  He allowed just one base runner, on a walk in the 6th inning.

Thrower (W) and Brenner
Craig (L), A. First (7) and Smith

(May 29)   Boilermakers handed Nisei their third straight loss a 3-1 decision at Powell Street Grounds.

Wakabayashi (L) and Yamada
Bob Murphy, Fraser (W) (3) and M. Mulhern

(May 30)   Lynn Athletics whipped the PT Clippers Friday night in an inter-league contest at Mahon Park.

At Powell Grounds, Nisei made up for the Clippers`loss socking another North Shore squad 6-3.

(May 31)   Westerns topped Longshoremen 4-0.  In North Vancouver, Boilermakers beat the Cubs 6-5.

(June 1)   Westerns split a double-header with the Clippers, winning 6-1 in the afternoon match and dropping a 10-8 decision in the evening contest. West Van defeated North Van Cubs 7-3.

(June 6)   North Vancouver Cubs scored three runs in a 6th inning rally to down Nisei 10-8.

Cairns (W) and Melville
Montgomery (L) and Oikawa, C.Yamada (7)

The Longshoremen tallied five runs in the 6th inning to break open a tight ball game to whip West Vancouver 7-1. Nick Craig tossed a three-hitter for the win.

Craig (W) and Smith
Yoshimasu (L) and Rathbone

(June 7)  Western Bridge opened with five runs in the first inning and went on to a 9-1 victory over the P.T. Clippers Saturday.  Ernie Gurniak tossed a two-hitter for the win.

Gurniak (W) and Brenner
Slowski (L), Kennedy (7) and Sloan

(June 8)   Longshoremen clobbered Boilermakers 13-0. The Clippers downed the North Vancouver Cubs 12-9 Sunday at Mahon Park.

Nick Craig pitched a four-hit shutout for the Longshoremen while four hurlers for the Boilermakers allowed ten hits.

Russell, Geefs (5), Duffy (8), King (8) and Mulhern, Stuart (8)
Craig (W) and Smith

P.T. Clippers rallied with five runs in the 7th inning to down the North Vancouver Cubs 12-9. Rohatynski scattered ten hits to claim the pitching win.

(June 13)   In inter-league contests, PT Clippers edged West Vancouver 3-2 and Lynn Athletics topped Nisei 6-2. Doug Hemmerling's 7th inning homer provided the Clippers with their victory.  Elliott pitched a five-hitter for the win.

Empey (L) and Martinson
Elliott (W) and Sloan

West held Nisei to four hits in posting the win for Lynn.

Montgomery (L) and Oikawa, Okano (5)
West (W) and Beckett

(June 14)   A five-run 6th inning carried Western Bridge to a 7-3 win over the Longshoremen Saturday. Ernie Thrower allowed just three hits in posting the win.

Thrower (W) and Hume
Craig (L) and Smith

(June 15)   The Longshoremen bounced back from a Saturday loss to dump Nisei 10-6 on Sunday. The winners used an 11-hit attack on four Nisei hurlers.

Craig, Condon (7) and Gunnlaugson
Shishido, Montgomery (4), Kika (5), Tarhaw (7) and Oikawa

(June 18)  Nisei broke a seven-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over Longshoremen. Wakabayashi went the route for the win.

Rondpre (L) and Coughen
Wakabayashi (W) and Oikawa

Miles fired a one-hit shutout for Lynn in a 7-0 triumph over North Vancouver.

Miles (W) and Beckett
Cairns (L) and Marsh

(June 19)   Boilermakers trimmed the PT Clippers 11-5 Thursday at Powell Grounds. Geefs allowed six hits in going all the way on the hill for the winners.

Delaire, Beck (5) and Pye
Geefs and Stuart, Paris (5)

(June 21)  Nisei overpowered PT Clippers early and often in a 14-5 trouncing Saturday. Nisei scored four runs in the first inning, added two in the second and six more in the third.

Hinada, Topley (2), Montgomery (2) and Oikawa
Slowski, Book (2), Blitch (2) and Pye

(June 22)   Boilermakers handed the Clippers their second loss of the weekend, 9-1.

Fraser (W), Mulhern (9) and Mulhern, McCluckie (9)
Blitch (L) and Pye

Western Bridge scored a pair in the first inning and made them stand up in a 3-1 win over West Vancouver. Lorne Drummond and Ernie Gurniak combined on a three-hitter for the win.

Drummond, Gurniak (9) and Hume
Woolstone (L) and Kelsey

(June 23)  Boilermakers scored four runs in the top of the 7th and final inning to down Nisei 8-4.  Cal Murphy held the losers to six hits to pick up the win.  Shishido allowed ten hits in being saddled with the loss.

Cal Murphy (W) and Mulhern
Shishido (L) and Oikawa

(June 24)   The PT Clippers upset the league-leading Westerns 5-1 Tuesday. Wally Rohatynsky spaced six hits over the seven innings to post the win.

Rohatynsky (W) and Pye
Whitford (L), Thrower (3) and Brenner

(June 26)   Seven errors, six of them in the infield, cost Nisei their Industrial League game with Western Bridge. The Westerns dumped Nisei 7-1 to move a half game ahead of Boilermakers in the standings.

Gurniak (W) and Hume
Montgomery (L) and Oikawa

(August 1)   Westerns put up 16 runs on the board in two innings to trounce West Vancouver. Bud Taggart put the Westerns ahead in the top of the first inning with a three-run homer.  West Van's Dave Barber duplicated the feat in the bottom of the inning before Westerns put the game out of reach.

At Mahon Park in North Vancouver, the Dockers pounded out eight runs in the 7th to break up a close one and went on to win 15-4 over the North Van Cubs.

(August 3)  The Industrial League wound up regular season play Sunday with a pair of games. Longshoremen topped the PT Clippers 5-1 as Nick Craig hurled a three-hitter.

Craig (W) and Rondpre
Blitch (L) and Pye

Nisei evened its record at 15-15 with a 15-hit offensive in a 12-0 victory over Western Bridge.

Gurniak (L), Vickers (3), Thrower (5), Miscisco (8) and Hume
Keyes, Shishido (5) and Yamada

Final Standings
Boilermakers       23 -  7  .767
Western Bridge     19 - 11  .633
Lynn Athletic      10 -  9  .526
Nisei              15 - 15  .500
Longshoremen       14 - 16  .467
PT Clippers        13 - 17  .433
West Vancouver      5 - 13  .278
North Van Cubs      4 - 15  .211

(August 5)  Western Bridge overcame six errors to shade Nisei 4-3 in the opening game of their best-of-three semi-final series. Ernie Gurniak allowed four hits in gaining the pitching win. Loser Ron Montgomery gave up just two.

Montgomery (L) and Yamada
Gurniak (W) and Vickers, Hume (7)

(August 6)   Boilermakers defeated the Longshoremen 7-2 in semi-final play at Powell Street Park. Scott Fraser tossed a two-hitter for the win.

Fraser (W) and Maury Mulhern
Blitch (L) and Rondpre

(August 8)  Boilermakers defeated the Longshoremen 8-2 to win their semi-final in three straight games. Each team had ten hits.

Murray Mulhern (W) and xxx
Nick Craig (L) and xxx

(August 11)   Western Bridge thumped Nisei 12-2 Wednesday to advance to the Industrial League final against the Boilermakers.  Ernie Thrower held the Nisei to four hits in pitching the win.  Westerns pounded out 11 hits against three Nisei hurlers.

Thrower (W) and Hume
Keyes (L), Shishido (2), Tanaka (5) and Yamada

(August 15)  Jim Russell limited Western Bridge to two hits as Boilermakers took a 2-1 game lead in the final series with a 6-1 victory. 

Thrower (L) and Hume
Russell (W) and Maury Mulhern

(August 18)   Boilermakers took a 3-1 game lead in the Industrial League final series Monday with a 4-2 win over Westerns at Powell Street Grounds.  Westerns, trailing 4-0, rallied in the bottom of the final frame scoring a pair and loading the bases with no outs.  But, Scott Fraser got the next three batters to preserve the victory.

Fraser (W) and Maury Mulhern
Gurniak (L) and Vickers

(August 19)    Boilermakers made quick work of Western Bridge Wednesday scoring four times in the first inning en route to a 7-1 victory and the Industrial League championship.  Boilermakers won the best-of-seven final series four games to one.

Bob Murphy fired a three-hitter for the win, his second in the final series.  The league trophy was presented by league president Jack Sandusky.

Whitford (L), Vickers (5) and Hume
Bob Murphy (W) and Maury Mulhern


Northwest Semi-Pro League

(May 31)  Arne Hallgren made a good impression in his first starting assignment for the Bellingham Bells Saturday night at Queen's Park. The teenage King Edward High School student set down Sedro Wooley 9-2 on four hits. Usually an outfielder with the Bells because of his offensive potential, Hallgren had little trouble winning the Northwest Semi-Pro game.

Taylor (L), Evans (6) and Thurston
Hallgren (W) and Johnston, Padovin (9)      


Junior Baseball

(September 27/28)   Vancouver has captured the BC Junior "A" title as the Collingwood Athletics used a potent offense to down Kelowna Chiefs 17-4 and 13-6 to win the provincial championship in two straight. The juniors had 16 hits in the first game and 12 in the second.

Ralph Willey was the big gun in the opening win. He helped Collies into a six-run lead in the first inning with a three-run homer. The blast followed singles by Stan Black, Pete Eades and Ed Sparrow. Right-hander Kerry Parsons held Kelowna to five hits.

In the second game, Collies broke a 3-3 tie in the third inning when Bob Johnson scored on a passed ball. Jack Whyte and Stan Black belted home runs in the 5th and catcher Ed Sparrow added another in the 6th. Sparrow also rapped a pair of doubles. Carl Homenuke and Al Davies combined on a five-hitter.  Sunday's triumph gave Collingwood its first provincial ball title in 18 years.  Collingwood won the BC senior crown in 1934.

Parsons (W) and Sparrow
Duggan and Culos

Hickson, Duggan (7) and Culos
Homenuke (W), Davies (7) and Sparrow

Juniors

In the 1950s the Vancouver Sun provided exceptional coverage of amateur baseball from Little League to Pony League and Juvenile and Junior baseball up to the various senior leagues -- Kingsway League, Industrial League, Lowe Mainland League. In September of 1952, the Collingwood Juniors went to Kelowna for the provincial championship and the paper not only carried coverage the event but even took up most of one of the sports pages for photos of the team members. 

Top row, left to right, catcher Ed Sparrow, first baseman Bob Johnson, outfielder Jack Whyte, shortstop Ed Ledlin, and outfielder Ralph Willey. Middle row, outfielder Barry Dixon, pitcher Merv Franks, second baseman Walt Hallam, catcher Ivan Eriksson, third baseman Stan Black. Bottom row, pitcher Al Davis, pitcher George Brundage, pitcher Kerry Parsons, outfielder Pete Eades and pitcher Carl Homenuke.