1953 Statistics

SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE :  

1953 Stats(Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, 29 August 1953)
Hiram Marshall of Regina Caps has been declared batting champion of the Western Canada Baseball League with a .353 average.

Marshall, who played left field and third base besides taking a turn behind the plate, had 42 hits in 199 trips to the plate.

Slugging specialist was Bob Herron of North Battleford who led in total bases with 139; in doubles, with 17; in runs batted in, with 60; and in home runs, with 12. His average of .341 was also good for runner-up spot to Marshall.

Herron tied with teammate Curtis Tate and Moose Jaw's Johnny Ford for the lead in triples, with five apiece. Base-stealing champion was Mario Herrera of Saskatoon with 19.

Behind Herron in the home run department came Percy Trimont of Regina and Roy Dean of North Battleford, each with seven. Dean and Tate were prominent in runs batted in, each with 43.

Regina had the best hitting club with a .278 percentage, followed by North Battleford with .273, Moose Jaw with .249 and Saskatoon with .240. Beavers hit the most home runs, 38, which was 17 better than the runner-up Caps.

In team fielding, North Battleford led with .942 while Saskatoon rated at .935 and Moose Jaw and Regina had identical .915 marks.  Beavers led the league in double plays with 58.

Lefty Mike Dzingelowski was the loop's top hurler with four wins and no defeats.  Chuck Holdaway of Beavers and Mike Kanshin of Saskatoon had 5-1 marks.  In strikeouts, Bennie Griggs of Saskatoon nosed out teammate Ted Wills, 92-91


Average : Hiram Marshall RGC - .353 
Runs : Curtis Tate NB - 67 
Hits : Tate NB - 80 
Doubles : Bob Herron NB - 17 
Triples : Herron NB, Tate NB & John Ford MMA - 5 
Home Runs : Herron NB - 12 
RBI - Herron NB - 60 
Stolen Bases : Mario Herrera SKG - 19 

            SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE FINAL         G  AB   R   H  2B 3B HR SB BB SO RBI   PCT
1953 SKBL Marshall Hiram RGC 119 21 42 .353
1953 SKBL Herron Bob NB 223 44 76 17 5 12 60 .341
1953 SKBL Dean Roy NB 151 31 51 7 43 .338
1953 SKBL Trimont Percy RGC 145 36 49 7 .338
1953 SKBL Reyes Leopoldo SKG 152 28 51 .336
1953 SKBL Tyler Walt MMA 152 20 50 .329
1953 SKBL Gary Charles RGC 177 35 57 .322
1953 SKBL Williams Roy RGC 147 32 47 .320
1953 SKBL Nelson Ken NB 255 59 79 .310
1953 SKBL Tate Curtis NB 264 67 80 5 43 .303
1953 SKBL Latham Horace RGC 117 17 35 .299
1953 SKBL Blackman Jesse NB 197 39 58 .294
1953 SKBL Henry Al MMA 126 22 37 .294
1953 SKBL Lloyd Johnny RGC 175 30 50 .286
1953 SKBL Watrous Sherman SKG 186 37 52 .280
1953 SKBL Ryan James SKG 176 35 49 .278
1953 SKBL Zayas Roberto SKG-MMA 132 27 36 .273
1953 SKBL Ford Johnny MMA 214 36 57 5 .266
1953 SKBL Rodness Bob NB 141 23 37 .262
1953 SKBL Thompson John MMA 196 38 51 .260
1953 SKBL Breckner Len SKG 154 16 40 .260
1953 SKBL Snead Sylvester RGC-SKG 116 14 30 .259
1953 SKBL Robinette Rip MMA 159 24 40 .252
1953 SKBL Johnson Harold SKG-MMA 147 25 37 .252
1953 SKBL Karlson Len SKG 184 28 46 .250
1953 SKBL Herrera Mario SKG 19
Source : Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, 29 August 1953 Wins : Coleman NB & Griggs SKG - 9 Strikeouts : Griggs SKG - 92 SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE G GS CG W L PCT IP H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
1953 SKBL Coleman Johnny NB 9 4 .692 34 68
1953 SKBL Griggs Bennie SKG 9 7 .563 67 92
1953 SKBL Dean Les NB 8 4 .667 47 48
1953 SKBL Blackman Jesse NB 7 6 .538 70 68
1953 SKBL Wills Ted SKG 6 3 .667 40 91
1953 SKBL Wilder Bill RGC 6 3 .667 33 55
1953 SKBL Holdaway Chuck NB 5 1 .833 44 43
1953 SKBL Kanshin Mike SKG 5 1 .833 16 45
1953 SKBL Morrow Jim SKG 5 2 .714 17 27
1953 SKBL Pickens Frank RGC 5 5 .500 33 60
1953 SKBL Dzingelowski Mike NB 4 0 1.000 18 51
1953 SKBL Vera Jose SKC-RGC 3 2 .600 37 26 (a) Mike Dzingelowski would later be known as Mike Dayne.
NB = North Battleford Beavers, SKG = Saskatoon Gems, RGC = Regina Caps, MMA = Moose Jaw Maples

SOUTHERN SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE :

Jim Burge of the Weyburn Beavers captured the 1953 batting championship of the Southern Baseball League with a .437 average. Burge topped teammate Jack Shupe who finished at .377.  Hank Mitchell of Milestone was third, at .345.

Lionel Hap L'Heureux of Notre Dame Hounds was the leading pitcher with 6 wins in 10 starts. Lloyd Woolley of the Regina Caps had the best percentage with a perfect 5-0 won-lost mark.


Average : Jim Burge WY - .437 
Runs : Bob Turner RGR - 21
Hits : Burge WY - 31 SOUTHERN LEAGUE FINAL G AB R H 2B 3B HR SB BB SO RBI PCT 1953 SBL Burge Jim WY 71 31 .437 1953 SBL Shupe Jack WY 69 26 .377 1953 SBL Mitchell Hank MA 58 20 .345 1953 SBL Helfrick Johnny WY 59 20 .339 1953 SBL Turner Bob RGR 93 30 .323 1953 SBL Campbell Garnet AV 69 22 .319 1953 SBL Germann Frank ND 67 21 .313 1953 SBL Coleshaw John MA 62 19 .306 1953 SBL Covert Keith WY 72 22 .306 1953 SBL Campbell Gordon AV 85 26 .306
Royal Caps 1953 SBL Clark Wendell RRC 41 4 7 .171 1953 SBL Felton Jackie RRC 66 14 17 .258 1953 SBL Harrison Cliff RRC 30 6 6 .200 1953 SBL Hingley Doug RRC 63 12 18 .286 1953 SBL Kyle Bill RRC 59 7 11 .186 1953 SBL Larter Ron RRC 38 2 5 .132 1953 SBL Lawson Johnny RRC 19 0 4 .211 1953 SBL Lysack Lou RRC 64 8 13 .203 1953 SBL McKenzie R. RRC 5 0 0 .000 1953 SBL McMurtry Pete RRC 5 1 1 .200 1953 SBL Rothermal Clarie RRC 44 7 10 .227 1953 SBL Sherran Don RRC 12 2 3 .250 1953 SBL Smith Bunny RRC 57 19 12 .211 1953 SBL Wall Vic RRC 59 12 17 .288 1953 SBL Wooley Don RRC 34 3 7 .206 1953 SBL Woolley Lloyd RRC 44 10 14 .318 Weyburn 1953 SBL Burge Jim WY 71 8 31 .437 1953 SBL Casemore Russ WY 25 3 6 .240 1953 SBL Covert Keith WY 72 13 22 .306 1953 SBL Gemmell Bud WY 11 0 2 .182 1953 SBL Helfrick John WY 59 9 20 .339 1953 SBL Hogg Ralph WY 28 2 4 .143 1953 SBL Mayor Frank WY 17 3 3 .176 1953 SBL Sampson Keith WY 61 8 12 .197 1953 SBL Sather J. WY 20 1 2 .100 1953 SBL Scoles B. WY 14 1 5 .357 1953 SBL Shupe B. WY 24 1 6 .250 1953 SBL Shupe Doug WY 67 17 14 .209 1953 SBL Shupe Gayle WY 42 7 8 .190 1953 SBL Shupe Jack WY 69 16 26 .377 1953 SBL Wallin Roy WY 34 3 4 .118 1953 SBL Wilder Les WY 13 2 4 .308 Regina Red Sox 1953 SBL Belick Art RGR 29 5 7 .241 1953 SBL Booth Frank RGR 11 0 1 .091 1953 SBL Cochrane Denny RGR 47 6 11 .234 1953 SBL Elbourne Gord RGR 1 1 0 .000 1953 SBL Franks Ernie RGR 5 1 2 .400 1953 SBL Goff W. RGR 0 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Goodhue Sam RGR 74 7 18 .243 1953 SBL Janis Lawrence RGR 5 1 1 .200 1953 SBL Leverick Tom RGR 20 1 1 .050 1953 SBL McEachern Ken RGR 76 18 14 .184 1953 SBL McFadyen J. RGR 50 3 11 .220 1953 SBL McLean Jake RGR 72 13 20 .278 1953 SBL Mitchellmore H. RGR 6 1 2 .333 1953 SBL Off Orville RGR 25 3 5 .200 1953 SBL Prosofsky Ed RGR 68 12 20 .294 1953 SBL Rennie Art RGR 70 8 10 .143 1953 SBL Richardson Wes RGR 22 2 4 .182 1953 SBL Scoyac Van RGR 2 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Stimpson Bill RGR 41 1 4 .098 1953 SBL Turner Bob RGR 93 21 30 .323 Notre Dame 1953 SBL Bell Dean ND 58 9 15 .259 1953 SBL Claggett Bus ND 26 3 3 .115 1953 SBL Daley Tim ND 20 2 3 .150 1953 SBL Donald Bob ND 45 9 14 .311 1953 SBL Dornstauder Hank ND 10 1 2 .200 1953 SBL Faford B. ND 26 2 8 .308 1953 SBL Germann Frank ND 67 9 21 .313 1953 SBL Huck Murray ND 64 11 13 .203 1953 SBL Kunard Gary ND 6 2 2 .333 1953 SBL L'Heureux Lionel ND 37 5 8 .216 1953 SBL Magis C. ND 51 12 13 .255 1953 SBL McNiven Ed ND 64 7 11 .172 1953 SBL Mooney ND 1 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Padewski John ND 60 10 19 .317 1953 SBL Pindera ND 3 1 0 .000 1953 SBL Ruddy ND 1 1 1 1.000 1953 SBL Schiebelbein Rudy ND 6 1 2 .333 1953 SBL Steele Dale ND 13 1 3 .231 1953 SBL Sterzer Al ND 14 1 3 .214 1953 SBL Woodard George ND 11 2 3 .273 1953 SBL Zolinski ND 4 0 0 .000 Avonlea 1953 SBL Buttgereit Walt AV 14 0 1 .071 1953 SBL Campbell Don AV 13 0 1 .077 1953 SBL Campbell Garnet AV 69 16 22 .319 1953 SBL Campbell Gordon AV 85 14 26 .306 1953 SBL Dombowsky Hugo AV 30 3 6 .200 1953 SBL Dornstauder Al AV 3 0 1 .333 1953 SBL Erdelyan John AV 73 10 18 .247 1953 SBL Ewan AV 3 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Forer Don AV 58 10 13 .224 1953 SBL Johnson AV 2 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Kirkpatrick C. AV 21 5 7 .333 1953 SBL Lawrence AV 14 3 3 .214 1953 SBL Lee Everett AV 52 6 11 .212 1953 SBL Lee K. AV 7 1 3 .429 1953 SBL Lee Lloyd AV 61 14 17 .279 1953 SBL McRorie Eric AV 18 2 2 .111 1953 SBL Sanderson Archie AV 77 12 22 .286 1953 SBL Sanderson H. AV 21 2 1 .048 1953 SBL Scott Dick AV 13 1 3 .231 1953 SBL Smith Al AV 3 1 1 .333 1953 SBL Smukovich F. AV 10 4 6 .600 1953 SBL Sorenson Cliff AV 27 6 8 .296 1953 SBL Tysdal Elmer AV 1 0 0 .000 Milestone 1953 SBL Abel MA 4 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Bell Bob MA 11 0 1 .091 1953 SBL Buckmayer Tony MA 48 3 11 .229 1953 SBL Coleshaw John MA 62 7 19 .306 1953 SBL Connellan Terry MA 9 0 2 .222 1953 SBL Diehl Lawrence MA 1 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Dieter Lawrence MA 7 0 1 .143 1953 SBL Doerksen MA 1 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Ebbeson Ken MA 5 0 2 .400 1953 SBL Froelich MA 0 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Grad MA 6 0 1 .167 1953 SBL Hayes Bill MA 39 2 7 .179 1953 SBL Hayes Garth MA 2 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Heidt Ed MA 23 5 6 .261 1953 SBL Hoeft Fritz MA 36 1 9 .250 1953 SBL Hysop B. MA 2 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Hysop Morley MA 65 6 17 .262 1953 SBL Ivany MA 1 2 0 .000 1953 SBL Klinck Wayne MA 9 2 2 .222 1953 SBL Kober Ken MA 9 1 2 .222 1953 SBL Leskun Bill MA 41 4 8 .195 1953 SBL McNabb Morris MA 14 1 3 .214 1953 SBL Mitchell Hank MA 58 12 20 .345 1953 SBL Pow Ashley MA 28 4 8 .286 1953 SBL Sakeris MA 6 0 1 .167 1953 SBL Seed MA 11 0 1 .091 1953 SBL Shaw Lorne MA 31 2 6 .194 1953 SBL Slinn MA 2 1 1 .500 1953 SBL Snell Erick MA 65 4 19 .292 1953 SBL Solosky MA 1 0 0 .000 1953 SBL Stirr MA 26 1 5 .192
Source : Regina Leader-Post, August 19, 1953

Wins : Lionel L'Heureux ND - 6 
Won-Lost Pct : Lloyd Woolley RRC - 5-0, 1.000 
Games : Gordon Campbell AV - 13 
Games Started : L'Heureux ND, Campbell AV - 10 
Complete Games : L'Heureuz ND, Campbell AV - 8 

            SOUTHERN LEAGUE              G GS CG  W  L   PCT   IP   H   R ER BB  SO HB WP   ERA
1953 SBL L'Heureux Lionel ND 12 10 8 6 4 .600
1953 SBL Shupe Gayle WY 10 7 7 5 3 .625
1953 SBL Campbell Gordon AV 13 10 8 5 6 .455
1953 SBL Woolley Lloyd RRC 9 6 4 5 0 1.000
1953 SBL Leverick Tom RGR 7 7 5 4 2 .667
1953 SBL Harrison Cliff RRC 9 7 4 4 3 .571
1953 SBL Hogg Ralph WY 9 8 6 4 4 .500
1953 SBL Richardson Wes RGR 6 5 3 3 1 .750
1953 SBL Dombowsky Hugo AV 6 6 5 3 2 .600
1953 SBL Wall Vic RRC 7 6 5 3 3 .500
1953 SBL Gemmell Bud WY 2 2 0 2 0 1.000
1953 SBL Larter Ron RRC 4 3 3 2 1 .667
1953 SBL Mitchelmore Don RGR 5 3 2 2 1 .667
1953 SBL Steele Dale ND 8 5 4 2 2 .500
1953 SBL Mitchell Hank MA 9 6 6 2 4 .333
1953 SBL Covert Keith WY 3 2 1 1 0 1.000
1953 SBL Schiebelbein Rudy ND 2 2 0 1 1 .500
1953 SBL Germann Frank ND 2 1 0 1 1 .500
1953 SBL Bell Bob MA 3 3 2 1 1 .500
1953 SBL McFadyen George RGR 7 3 3 1 2 .333
1953 SBL Janis Lawrence RGR 4 2 0 1 3 .250
1953 SBL Sterzer Al ND 2 0 0 0 0 .000
1953 SBL Booth Frank RGR 2 1 0 0 0 .000
1953 SBL Goff RGR 1 0 0 0 0 .000
1953 SBL Tysdal Elmer AV 1 0 0 0 0 .000
1953 SBL Scott Dick AV 1 0 0 0 0 .000
1953 SBL Buttgereit Walter AV 1 0 0 0 0 .000
1953 SBL Daley Tim ND 1 1 1 0 1 .000
1953 SBL Dornstauder Hank ND 1 1 0 0 1 .000
1953 SBL Diehl Lawrence MA 1 1 0 0 1 .000
1953 SBL Grad MA 1 1 1 0 1 .000
1953 SBL Kober Ken MA 1 1 1 0 1 .000
1953 SBL Dieter Lawrence MA 1 1 0 0 1 .000
1953 SBL Snell Eric MA 2 1 1 0 1 .000
1953 SBL Hoeft Fritz MA 1 1 0 0 1 .000
1953 SBL Campbell Garnet AV 3 3 1 0 2 .000
1953 SBL Heidt Ed MA 6 4 2 0 4 .000 RRC = Regina Royal Caps, WY = Weyburn Beavers, RGR = Regina Red Sox, ND = Notre Dame Hounds, AV = Avonlea Arrows, MA = Milestone Athletics.

CHINOOK (ALBERTA) LEAGUE :

Fennessey Leads Chinook Batsmen (The Calgary Herald, August 25, 1953)

Bill Fennessey of Purity 99, coming on with a rush in the late stages of the campaign, took the Chinook Baseball League batting crown away from Gus Kyle of Universal Mercurys, the leader right up to last week.

Fennessey garnered 41 hits in an even 100 times at bat and was well ahead of Kyle who boasted a .394 average.  All players with 70 or more times at bat qualified for the batting title and the trophy that goes with it.

Kyle, on the other hand, was the leader in hits 50; runs batted in 52; and doubles 10.  Ron Stewart of Mercurys scored the most runs 35, and had the most triples, four. Cyril Ing of Red Deer, now with the pro Stampeders, led the pack with 10 home runs. [Although the stats printed show Ing with just 7 homers.]  Hank Bassen stole the most bases, 17.

In the pitching department, Bert Lahey of Purity 99 boasted the best earned runs average 1.62.  Pitchers who had taken part in five games or more qualified for honors.

Don Kirk, Carstairs southpaw ace, was the leader in all other departments.  He had the best record of all, 15-1, and had the most strikeouts, 168. 


Average : Bill Fennessey C99 - .410 
Hits : Gus Kyle CGM - 50 
Doubles : Kyle CGM - 10 
Triples : Ron Stewart CGM - 4 
Home Runs : Cyril Ing RD - 7 
RBI : Kyle CGM - 52 
Runs : Stewart CGM - 35 
Stolen Bases : Hank Bassen CGM - 17 

            CHINOOK LEAGUE FINAL              G  AB   R   H  2B 3B HR SB BB SO RBI   PCT
1953 CBL Fennessey Bill C99 25 100 24 41 7 0 6 15 22 .410
1953 CBL Kyle Gus CGM 31 127 31 50 10 3 6 7 52 .394
1953 CBL Ing Cyril RD 25 113 21 40 3 0 7 4 21 .354
1953 CBL Stewart Ron CGM 27 108 35 38 8 4 6 14 28 .352
1953 CBL Torrence Babe CS 20 71 17 25 3 3 4 4 17 .352
1953 CBL Abel Dave CGM 27 123 22 41 8 1 6 1 36 .333
1953 CBL Dunning Bernie RD 23 99 18 33 8 1 2 3 9 .333
1953 CBL Shields CGM 23 84 27 28 5 0 0 15 7 .333
1953 CBL McKinnon Jim DH 25 107 16 35 5 0 2 6 25 .327
1953 CBL VanWassenhove Reg C99 31 138 30 45 6 0 0 7 9 .326
1953 CBL Service Bill RD 26 111 15 36 6 1 2 3 27 .324
1953 CBL Bassen Hank CGM 21 81 31 26 3 1 0 17 18 .321
1953 CBL Wylie Harvey CGM 22 89 26 28 2 1 2 14 10 .315
1953 CBL Saville Jim DH 24 97 20 30 8 0 0 0 15 .309
1953 CBL Casebeer Mernus CS 29 125 25 37 5 1 1 4 11 .296
1953 CBL Smith RD 26 115 26 33 5 0 2 0 13 .287
1953 CBL Lahey Bert C99 26 94 9 27 1 0 0 4 15 .287
1953 CBL Weaver Bing C99 23 84 14 23 5 0 0 5 6 .274
1953 CBL Bond Leroy C99 22 73 14 20 7 0 0 3 9 .274
1953 CBL Andronyk Jack DH 26 111 27 30 1 0 2 8 17 .270
1953 CBL Noble Harold CS 27 100 20 27 2 0 5 0 15 .270
1953 CBL Sparrow Bill DH 22 75 17 20 9 0 0 4 7 .267
1953 CBL Thederahn Bill C99 25 93 12 24 2 0 3 4 14 .258
1953 CBL Loewen Don CS 29 129 21 33 4 0 3 7 15 .256 Source : The Calgary Herald, August 25, 1953 Wins : Kirk CS - 15 Games : Kirk CS - 19 Innings : Kirk CS - 143 Strikeouts : Kirk CS - 168 ERA - Lahey C99 - 1.57 CHINOOK LEAGUE FINAL G GS CG W L PCT IP H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
1953 CBL Lahey Bert C99 5 1 3 .250 29 26 17 5 5 18 2 1 1.57
1953 CBL Kruger Pete RD 9 2 3 .400 49 41 18 10 9 42 3 2 1.83
1953 CBL Kirk Don CS 19 15 1 .938 143 103 40 30 40 168 3 3 1.88
1953 CBL MacEwen Bentley CGM 18 13 2 .867 119 79 40 27 41 157 10 6 2.03
1953 CBL Lauer Bert CGM 9 7 2 .778 80 64 25 19 38 79 5 4 2.14
1953 CBL Bradley Lloyd C99 7 4 1 .800 47 63 29 12 11 41 0 1 2.28
1953 CBL Stone Frank C99 15 4 4 .500 108 92 51 30 35 58 0 9 2.48
1953 CBL Knight RD 7 2 2 .500 45 37 20 14 18 13 0 2 2.80
1953 CBL Nociar Rudy DH 12 4 7 .364 102 90 56 32 20 67 4 4 2.82
1953 CBL Martin Dave RD 13 6 5 .545 105 98 54 34 23 74 2 2 2.91
1953 CBL Gazely Pete RD 12 4 4 .500 70 62 45 25 31 50 3 3 3.20
1953 CBL Ryan Ernie C99 7 1 2 .333 32 33 20 12 8 13 5 9 3.38
1953 CBL Brian Ken CS 7 2 3 .400 47 34 24 18 23 27 6 0 3.45
1953 CBL Casebeer Lloyd CS 7 2 0 1.000 35 30 20 14 10 7 3 1 3.63
1953 CBL Neilsen Dale DH 13 2 6 .250 96 96 68 39 44 57 15 5 3.65
1953 CBL Gibson Brian C99 9 4 4 .500 59 54 37 25 32 31 0 4 3.79
1953 CBL Boesse DH 5 1 1 .500 23 23 16 11 8 11 2 0 4.24
1953 CBL Berlando Jim DH 6 3 2 .600 36 30 24 18 20 39 2 4 4.50 * Players' first names were not included in the newspaper report, added through additional research RD = Red Deer Dodgers, C99 = Calgary Purity 99, DH = Drumheller Miners, CGM = Calgary Universal Mercurys, CS = Carstairs Cardinals

FOOTHILLS (ALBERTA) BASEBALL LEAGUE :

The only Foothills statistics unearthed thus far for the 1953 season are the batting and pitching stats for import Hubert Glenn of the Claresholm Meteors.

Glenn was the hitting and pitching star of the league, batting .450 with 13 home runs and fashioning a 16-7 won-lost record on the mound.


            FOOTHILLS LEAGUE                  G  AB   R   H  2B 3B HR SB BB SO RBI   PCT
1953 FBL Glenn Hubert CL 62 14 6 13 12 .450 Source : Lethbridge Herald, September 16, 1953
FOOTHILLS LEAGUE G GS CG W L PCT IP H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
1953 FBL Glenn Hubert CL 16 7 .696

ManDak LEAGUE : 

The Winnipeg Free Press reported (September 4, 1953, p.24)

SCARBOROUGH TOPS HITTERS

Dean Scarborough, the slugging first baseman of the Minot Mallards is the ManDak Baseball League batting champion for 1953, according to statistics released by Stan Pepler.

Scarborough, who joined the Mallards when Mickey Rocco was released to Winnipeg Royals, took over with great gusto, and at one time was hitting the ball at well over .400.  But that was too great a pace for anyone to keep up.

The closest man to Scarborough was Lester Lockett of Carman Cardinals, who met the apple at a highly respectable .332 pace, and one point back of Lockett at .331 was another Mallard, Duke Bowman.

The selections were based on 150 or more times at bat.  Actually, Carlos Forten, young pitcher with Winnipeg, was tops with .375, but he batted only 24 times.  Sugar Cain of Minot, and the league's winningest pitcher, hit .357 at 112 times at bat.

Big Pete Hughes of the Royals, the most walked man in the league, although it doesn't show up in the statistics, apparently wasn't being given those passes for nothing.  Besides ending up sixth in the batting race with a .324 average, he set an all-time league record for home runs in one season by polling 13 circuit clouts.  One top of that, he led the league with runs batted in with 66, 11 more than his nearest rival, Lyman Bostock of Carman, who had 55.

Curly Williams, who joined Carman Cardinals after they had played about 15 games, could quite feasibly have beaten Hughes in home run production had he been in the league all season. He was only one homer behind Hughes. 

Bob Strader of Royals, after a slow start, came on to top the league in doubles with 24, seven more than Herb Souell of Carman, Connie Juelke and Chuck Carroll of Minot and Bill Spaeter of Royals.

Cowan Hyde, who doesn't appear big enough to hit the ball out of the infield, proved quite a power to the Brandon Greys as he laced 10 triples to pace the loop.

Jesse Douglas, who started the season with Winnipeg, but finished with Brandon, showed his prowess on the base paths with 13 stolen bases, one more than teammate Clarence King.

The pitching statistics present a problem.  Which pitcher is the best?  Going strictly on percentage, Ed Albosta, manager and relief ace of Minot, would appear to have the title with eight victories and two defeats for an .800 average.  But somehow Sugar Cain seems to be tops with the most wins 12, as against five losses for a .706 average.  There is no earned run average listed.  Here are the complete records.


Average : Dean Scarborough MI - .356 
Hits : John Washington BR - 98 
Doubles : Bob Strader WR - 24 
Triples : Cowan Hyde BR - 10 
Home Runs : Pete Hughes WR - 12 
Runs : Lyman Bostock CA - 62 
RBI : Hughes WR - 66 
Stolen Bases : Jesse Douglas BR - 13 

            MANDAK FINAL                      G  AB   R   H  2B 3B HR SB BB SO RBI   PCT
1953 MD Scarborough Dean MI 49 222 49 79 10 2 2 4 17 .356
1953 MD Rocco Mickey WR 12 16 .333 b
1953 MD Lockett Lester CA 56 232 34 77 11 1 1 2 30 .332
1953 MD Bowman Duke MI 70 281 46 93 15 7 2 6 49 .331
1953 MD Washington John BR 71 300 46 98 12 1 4 7 45 .327
1953 MD Robinson Norm CA 64 243 43 79 9 0 1 10 35 .325
1953 MD Hughes Pete WR 74 241 54 78 13 0 13 0 66 .324
1953 MD Longest Chick CA 57 221 53 71 12 2 6 6 40 .321
1953 MD Bostock Lyman CA 72 307 62 97 16 4 2 7 55 .316
1953 MD Valentine James BR 55 216 20 66 12 1 1 2 25 .306
1953 MD Souell Herb CA 72 318 58 96 17 3 5 7 39 .302
1953 MD Cleveland Bill WR 52 165 28 49 12 3 1 4 18 .297
1953 MD Atkins Joe CA 55 197 40 58 9 1 7 1 40 .294
1953 MD King Clarence BR 70 277 51 81 16 6 4 12 46 .292
1953 MD Hyde Cowan BR 63 271 48 79 16 10 0 9 30 .292
1953 MD Juelke Connie MI 59 245 42 71 17 2 11 0 49 .290
1953 MD Carroll Chuck MI 66 266 51 77 17 3 3 2 38 .289
1953 MD Williams Willie Curly CA 57 199 45 57 15 1 12 4 40 .286
1953 MD Corcoran Don MI 59 204 37 58 8 8 3 0 22 .284
1953 MD Renfroe Othello MI 64 219 43 60 11 2 3 3 45 .274
1953 MD McLean Zoonie MI 45 173 24 47 8 4 2 0 20 .272
1953 MD Mitchell Joseph BR 60 209 34 56 6 5 2 5 34 .268
1953 MD Andrews Sonny CA 62 239 51 64 9 1 5 3 29 .268
1953 MD Strader Bob WR 73 318 57 83 24 0 8 3 48 .261
1953 MD Rittenberg Bob WR 69 258 36 67 16 2 1 2 40 .260
1953 MD Wilson Chuck BR 66 247 48 64 12 7 9 6 45 .259
1953 MD Spaeter Bill WR 56 230 37 59 17 2 5 1 41 .257
1953 MD Douglas Jesse BR 53 206 40 52 14 2 2 13 25 .252
1953 MD Louden Lou WR 65 274 48 69 8 1 2 1 32 .252
1953 MD Massaro Joe MI 59 251 35 63 9 1 2 1 35 .251
1953 MD Andux Orlando BR 67 233 42 57 16 5 0 6 17 .245
1953 MD Bowman Ed MI 60 218 35 53 7 0 0 2 21 .243
1953 MD Butcher Dick WR 74 279 45 62 8 0 7 5 33 .222
1953 MD Cabrera Rafe WR 57 189 30 42 5 2 4 8 27 .222
1953 MD Turner Bob CA 54 201 26 41 6 2 1 1 33 .204 (Fewer than 150 ABs)
1953 MD Forten Carlos WR 21 24 2 9 0 0 0 0 1 .375
1953 MD Cash Bill BR 30 102 26 37 6 23 .363 a
1953 MD Cain Sugar MI 40 112 18 40 10 1 2 0 18 .357
1953 MD Fields Wilmer BR 24 101 36 6 4 35 .356 c
1953 MD Griffith Bob BR 23 49 7 17 4 0 0 0 9 .347
1953 MD McKerlie Almer CA 21 76 11 26 7 0 2 1 7 .342
1953 MD Rhodes Harry CA 40 93 15 30 8 4 1 1 16 .323
1953 MD Brown Barney BR 18 49 8 15 2 0 0 0 10 .306
1953 MD Lott Benjamin CA 37 136 25 41 9 4 1 7 21 .301
1953 MD Martin Warren MI 11 27 6 8 1 0 0 0 1 .296
1953 MD Parker Tom BR 20 49 7 14 3 0 0 1 9 .286
1953 MD Moore Dee WR 39 121 17 34 6 0 0 1 15 .281
1953 MD Banks Jim BR 33 76 13 21 3 2 1 0 18 .276
1953 MD Easterling Howard BR 14 60 9 16 1 5 .267 a
1953 MD Brown Danny WPG 16 53 8 14 0 3 .264 a
1953 MD Cooper Jack MI 14 38 8 10 0 4 .263 a
1953 MD Hutchinson Willie CA 16 36 4 9 1 0 0 0 3 .250
1953 MD Wells Sr Willie BR 21 47 3 11 2 0 0 0 4 .234
1953 MD Parker Fred WR 14 30 4 7 1 0 1 0 5 .233
1953 MD Gibbons Dirk WR 23 56 12 13 2 0 0 0 3 .232
1953 MD Albosta Ed MI 20 28 2 6 1 1 0 1 2 .214
1953 MD Newberry James CA 31 50 8 10 0 0 0 0 5 .200
1953 MD McKinnis Gread BR 26 35 4 7 1 0 1 0 5 .200
1953 MD Dempsey Larry MI 21 31 9 6 1 0 0 0 3 .194
1953 MD Price Hal WR 20 45 5 7 1 0 0 0 3 .156
1953 MD Jenkins PeeWee BR 18 22 5 3 0 0 0 0 3 .136
1953 MD Letau Niel MI 6 15 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .133
1953 MD McCoy Walter CA 23 53 5 6 3 0 0 0 3 .113
1953 MD Washburn Bill WR 23 57 2 6 3 0 0 0 3 .105
1953 MD Preston Al CA 16 20 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 .100
1953 MD Merrill Rollie WR 22 45 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 .089
1953 MD Amaro Mario BR 15 20 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .050
1953 MD Pine Felix CA 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1953 MD Triplett Mel MI
Source : Winnipeg Free Press, September 4, 1953, p.24
(a) To July 1st. Bill Cash stats final as he left previous to July 1st.
(b) Winnipeg Free Press, August 22, 1953, p.24
(c) Compiled from game reports/box scores Wins : Cain MI - 12 Games : Newberry CA - 30 Games Started : Washburn WG - 20 Complete Games : Cain MI - 15 Innings : Cain MI - 156 Strikeouts : Cain MI - 123 MANDAK FINAL G GS CG W L PCT IP H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
1953 MD Cain, Sugar MI 17 17 15 12 5 .706 156 124 70 48 123
1953 MD Gibbons, Dirk WG 19 16 8 11 5 .688 123 149 91 55 75
1953 MD Washburn, Bill WG 21 20 12 10 7 .588 151 140 83 68 95
1953 MD McCoy, Walter CA 21 14 9 10 8 .556 134 162 106 69 89
1953 MD Brown, Barnet BR 15 11 7 9 4 .692 122 116 60 53 76
1953 MD Albosta, Ed MI 18 3 3 8 2 .800 82 73 37 18 48
1953 MD Rhodes, Harry CA 26 3 2 8 4 .667 85 72 52 63 54
1953 MD Griffith, Bob BR 21 14 6 8 6 .571 118 119 69 34 53
1953 MD McKinnis, Gread BR 25 11 3 7 5 .583 100 98 45 39 78
1953 MD Parker, Tom BR 12 11 6 6 4 .600 87 85 44 38 62
1953 MD Jenkins, PeeWee BR 16 7 2 5 2 .714 57 52 40 37 28
1953 MD Parker, Fred WG 12 5 1 5 3 .625 68 70 39 25 41
1953 MD Newberry, James CA 30 15 6 5 9 .357 137 193 102 43 64
1953 MD Merrill, Rollie WG 21 17 7 5 13 .278 134 151 88 46 62
1953 MD Kanshin, Mike WG 11 5 2 4 0 1.000 a
1953 MD Lettau, Neil MI 6 5 3 4 1 .800 44 39 18 25 37
1953 MD Price, Hal WG 14 10 6 4 2 .667 89 58 58 42 54
1953 MD Martin, Warren MI 10 9 5 4 3 .571 66 71 35 30 28
1953 MD Porter, Andy CA 13 12 4 4 4 .500 a
1953 MD Preston, Al CA 16 11 2 4 5 .444 69 86 68 65 43
1953 MD Forten, Carlos WG 19 8 2 3 5 .375 67 85 49 27 46
1953 MD Dempsey, Larry MI 14 8 4 3 5 .375 72 75 40 26 27
1953 MD Hutchinson, Willie CA 12 9 5 3 6 .333 91 100 62 41 49
1953 MD Gowett, Chuck WG 6 2 2 2 0 1.000 a
1953 MD Murray, Mal MI 5 4 1 2 1 .667 a
1953 MD Whitcher, Bob MI 10 6 4 2 3 .400 a
1953 MD Amaro, Mario BR 15 7 1 2 6 .250 64 64 43 54 31
1953 MD Pine, Felix CA 5 5 1 1 2 .333 26 18 19 23 3
1953 MD Lowe, Tom MI 3 3 1 1 2 .333 a
1953 MD Moore, Dee WG 4 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Williams, Mike MI/WG 4 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Wells, Willie BR 4 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Brewer, Chet CA 3 2 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Scarborough, Dean MI 3 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Landsen, Whitey MI 2 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Fields, Wilmer BR 2 1 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Longest, Chick CA 1 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Cobbe, Gerald CA 1 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Cowan, WG 1 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Murray, John CA 1 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Beck, Paul WG 1 0 0 0 0 .000 a
1953 MD Banks, Jim BR 14 3 1 0 1 .000 49 49 37 38 49
1953 MD Chapman, Roy MI 5 1 0 0 1 .000 a
1953 MD McCoy, Ray CA 3 3 0 0 1 .000 a
1953 MD Kelly, John MI 2 2 0 0 1 .000 a
1953 MD Renfroe, Othello MI 1 1 0 0 1 .000 a
1953 MD Klaudt, Roy MI 1 1 0 0 1 .000 a
1953 MD Lombardo, Lou MI 6 3 2 0 3 .000 a
1953 MD Cleveland, Bill WG 9 3 2 0 5 .000 a * Winnipeg Free Press, September 4, 1953, p.24
* G, GS, CG, W, L compiled from game reports, box scores
* There were some minor differences between the published stats and the game-by-game analysis. The published report had Albosta with 19 games, Price 16, Gibbons 20, Tom Parker 13, McKinnis 26, Dempsey 13, Forten 20, Merrill 22. Lettau was shown with a 3-1 record, Gibbons 10-6, Martin 5-3, Griffith 8-5, Pine 1-1, Newberry 5-10, Forten 3-6. MI = Minot Mallards, BR = Brandon Greys, CA = Carman Cardinals, WR = Winnipeg Royals  

INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE :

Billy Flick of the Waterloo Tigers won the batting title in the Intercounty League, with an average of .349.  Ed Steele, a former Negro Leaguer, paced the loop in home runs with 14.  

Mel Duncan of the Kitchener Panthers and Gentry Jessup of Galt Terriers led the moundsmen.  Duncan had the best percentage with a 12-4 record, while Jessup won the most games, 15, and had the most strikeouts, 140.


Average : Flick WAT - .349 
Hits : Flick WAT - 88 
Home Runs :  Steele Ed GT - 14 
RBI : Napier Eddie GU - 53 
Stolen Bases : Welker Dick KR - 38 

            INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE                G  AB   R   H  2B 3B HR SB BB SO RBI   PCT
1953 IC Flick Billy WAT .349 Source : Intercounty Record Book Wins : Jessup Gentry GT - 15
Won-Lost Pct : Duncan KR - .750 Strikeouts : Jessup GT - 140 INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE G GS CG W L PCT IP H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
1953 IC Duncan Mel KR 12 4 .750 Source : Intercounty Record Book BRS=Brantford Red Sox, GT=Galt Terriers, GU=Guelph Maple Leafs, KR=Kitchener Panthers, LDN=London Majors, STT=St. Thomas Elgins, WAT=Waterloo Tigers, OS=Oshawa Merchants

BASIN LEAGUE :

Fletcher winsRay Fletcher of Winner, with a .381 mark, topped hitters in the Basin League.  Teammate Jack Shaeffer was the runner-up at .362.  Carroll Hardy of Pierre was third, at .356.  Fletcher also topped the loop in runs batted in with 19.

Harry Northrup of Winner was the leading pitcher, winning five of six decisions.  Wendell Hill, also of the Pheasants, took the earned-run crown, posted an ERA of 1.57. Pete Fox of Winner finished at 4-1.  Bob Ridenour of Valentine had an ERA of 1.65.  Northrup was third at 1.92.


Average : Fletcher WP - .381 
RBI : Fletcher WP - 19 
Home Runs : Williams CB, Moore WP - 3 

            BASIN LEAGUE FINAL                G  AB   R   H  2B 3B HR SB BB SO RBI   PCT
1953 BL Fletcher Ray WP 16 63 24 19 .381
1953 BL Shaeffer Jack WP 14 58 21 14 .362
1953 BL Hardy Carroll PC 16 59 21 .356
1953 BL Boettcher Mike CB 11 44 15 .341
1953 BL Wellman Guy MK 14 49 15 .306
1953 BL Burkley Dick WP 12
1953 BL Musgrave Bob PC 12
1953 BL Moore Homer WP 3 10
1953 BL Williams Bob CB 3
Source : The Daily Republic, Mitchell, SD, August 24, 1953 Wins : Northrup WP - 5 ERA : Hill WP - 1.57 BASIN LEAGUE G GS CG W L PCT IP H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
1953 BL Northrup Harry WP 5 1 .833 1.92
1953 BL Fox Pete WP 4 1 .800 3.58
1953 BL Sabalaskey John MK 4 3 .571
1953 BL Huffstetler John VH 4 3 .571
1953 BL Quayle Don PC 4 4 .500
1953 BL Hill Wendell WP 2 2 .500 1.57
1953 BL Jensen Merle CB 2 2 .500
1953 BL Ridenour Bob VH 1.66
1953 BL Cook Ed PC 2.31 WP=Winner Pheasants, PC=Pierre Cowboys, VH=Valentine Hearts, MK=Mitchell Kernels, CB=Chamberlain Chiefs

OKANAGAN MAINLINE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Bill Raptis of the champion Penticton Athletics captured the 1953 batting title with a .411 batting mark. Tony Brummet of Vernon was the runner-up at .390. Brummet tied for the lead in homers with Johnny Lingor and Bob Campbell of Kelowna, each with five. Len Gatin of Kamloops was the top hurler with a 10-2 won/lost record.  Young Ted Bowsfield of Penticton finished at 5-1 in 57 innings before suffering a sore arm. He allowed just 24 hits and fanned 87.  Campbell was named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the Kelowna Orioles.

In mid-September, it was announced that the league executive had reversed an earlier ruling (not to include tie-breaking playoff games in the final statistics) and thus, Brummet would be the batting champion with a .400 average and Raptis would be second at .383.  However, Raptis' team, Penticton, announced it would protest the decision. It is not known what happened to the protest.

           OKANAGAN MAINLINE LEAGUE       GP  AB  R   H 2B 3B HR SB RBI   PCT
1953  OMBL Raptis Bill PEN                    56     23                  .411
1953  OMBL Brummett Tony VER                  77     30                  .390
		Source :  Kamloops Sentinel, September 16, 1953
           PENTICTON ATHLETICS            GP  AB  R   H 2B 3B HR SB RBI   PCT
1953  OMBL Clifton Wendell PEN                16  2   7           0      .438
1953  OMBL Raptis Bill PEN                    56 17  23           3      .411
1953  OMBL Russell Bud PEN                    58 15  22           6      .379
1953  OMBL Edwards Les PEN                    39  9  13           1      .333
1953  OMBL Jones Gordon PEN                    3  0   1           1      .333
1953  OMBL Backor Wally PEN                   22  3   7           0      .318
1953  OMBL Moore Doug PEN                     73 13  19           1      .260
1953  OMBL Hebenton Sholto PEN                66  8  17           2      .258
1953  OMBL Burgart Lloyd PEN                  75 13  19           6      .253
1953  OMBL Bowsfield Ted PEN                  24  4   6           0      .250
1953  OMBL Drossos Sam PEN                    32  7   8           1      .250
1953  OMBL Mori Elmer PEN                     52 11  13           4      .250
1953  OMBL Nieves Bill PEN                    24  1   6           1      .250
1953  OMBL Powell Aubrey PEN                  55  4  13           1      .236
1953  OMBL Getz George PEN                    13  1   3           1      .231
1953  OMBL McDonald Ross PEN                   9  3   2           0      .222
1953  OMBL Collins Mac PEN                    53  5   9           0      .170
1953  OMBL Jordan Larry PEN                    7  0   1           0      .143
1953  OMBL Karrar Bob PEN                      7  0   1           0      .143
1953  OMBL O'Connell Kev PEN                  31  4   4           2      .129
1953  OMBL Beale Jackie PEN                    1  0   0           0      .000
1953  OMBL Charnes Pat PEN                     1  0   0           0      .000
1953  OMBL Garnett Eddie PEN                   4  1   0           0      .000
Source : Penticton Herald, September 9, 1953

VERNON CANADIANS GP AB R H 2B 3B HR SB RBI PCT 1953 OMBL Brummet Tony VER 77 30 5 2 5 .390 (1) 1953 OMBL Graff Russell VER 72 27 6 .375 1953 OMBL Johnston Bob VER 19 7 2 1 .368 1953 OMBL Stecyk Tom VER 70 24 4 1 .343 1953 OMBL Spelay Tony VER 74 17 .230 1953 OMBL Jackson Ike VER 35 8 .229 1953 OMBL Adams Ray VER 79 17 2 2 .215 (2) 1953 OMBL Inglis Bill VER 24 5 .208 1953 OMBL Lucchini Leo VER 10 2 .200 1953 OMBL Pawluk Ray VER 58 11 .190 1953 OMBL Munk Al VER 47 6 .128 1953 OMBL Correale Gordon VER 24 3 .125 1953 OMBL Schaeffer Hap VER 8 1 .125 1953 OMBL Dye Vern VER 9 1 .111 1953 OMBL Leismeister Wally VER 32 3 .094 1953 OMBL Dye George VER 11 1 .091 1953 OMBL Keckalo Walter VER 11 1 .091 1953 OMBL Crandlemeier Ken VER 5 0 .000 1953 OMBL Reghenois R. VER 6 0 .000 1953 OMBL Pawluk Pat VER 1 0 .000 (1) Shown in the paper with 70 ABs, but 77 needed for average shown.
(2) Shown with 19 ABs in the newspaper, 79 brings the average closer to that shown.
Source : Vernon News, August 27, 1953
OKANAGAN MAINLINE LEAGUE G GS CG W L PCT IP H R ER BB SO HB ERA 1953 OMBL Gatin Len KO 10 2 .833 1953 OMBL Bowsfield Ted PEN 5 1 .833 57 24 87
           VERNON CANADIANS
1953 OMBL  Jackson Ike VER                        4  4  .500   71  81  38 15  18  36  3  1.90
1953 OMBL  Leismeister Wally VER                  5  4  .556   76  76  48 29  21  70  5  3.43
1953 OMBL  Dye George VER                         0  2  .000    9  13  10  4  10   3  1  4.00
1953 OMBL  Brummet Tony VER                       0  0  .000    2   2   5  0   4   1  0  0.00
 



        

CENTRAL INTERIOR / PRINCE GEORGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE

(August 20)  Willie McDermid of the Willow River Red Sox is the 1953 batting champion of the Central Interior Baseball League according to figures released on this date. The peppery Red Sox backstop finished the regular season with a .433 batting average, seven percentage points ahead of Ken Koyami of the Quesnel Lumbermen. McDermid also led the circuit in home runs, connecting for four. Howie Martin of the Red Sox was the league's leading hurler with at least eight straight wins without a loss (four Willow River victories did not list a winning pitcher).



  McDermid Willie WRR		       		.433 
Koyami Kadi(Ken) QLM .426
Robinson Leo WRR .420
Oliver George QCP .389
Church Mike WRR .377
Blair Roy QLM .370
Keen Billy QLM .368
Silverson F. QCP .365
Dickson Dick PGM .341
Munk Otto QLM .333

Source : Prince George Citizen, August 20, 1953

PGA=Prince George Athletics, PGM=Prince George Merchants, QCP=Quesnel Clippers, QLM=Quesnel Lumbermen, VHF=Vanderhoof Cubs, WRR=Willow River Red Sox

COMOX DISTRICT LEAGUE   

Johnny Haramboure of the Campbell River Athletics captured the batting crown in the Comox District League for 1953 with an outstanding mark of .447 in 76 at bats.  Earl Woods of Courtenay Legion was close behind with a .436 average and Charlie Boyd of the A's finished third batting .425.  Vern Ferguson of the Cougars, .400, and Frank Bezanson of Courtenay Legion, at .371, rounded out the top five.



   COMOX DISTRICT LEAGUE           GP  AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR  SB RBI   PCT
   Haramboure Johnny CR               76      34                      .447
   Woods Earl CNL                      39      17                      .436
   Boyd Charlie CR                     52      22                      .423
   Ferguson V. CRC                     65      26                      .400
   Bezanson Frank CNL                  70      26                      .371
   Kanik Joe CR                        70      24                      .343
   Marshall Don(Smoothie) CRC          67      21                      .313
   Telosky Andy CR                     46      14                      .304
   Lund Ron UB                         71      21                      .296
   Burtt Vic CNL                       54      15                      .278
   Haramboure Johnny CR                76      34                      .447
   Boyd Charlie CR                     52      22                      .423
   Kanik Joe CR                        70      24                      .343
   Telosky Andy CR                     46      14                      .304
   Cameron Jack CR                     79      20                      .253  (1)
   Younger Jack CR                     56      14                      .250
   Fiscus Bob/Bud CR                   33       8                      .242
   Nagle Naz CR                        51      12                      .235
   Cameron Ron CR                      34       6                      .176
   Fredericks Bill CR                  36       5                      .139
   Ferguson V. CRC                     65      26                      .400
   Marshall Don(Smoothie) CRC          67      21                      .313
   Thulin Harry CRC                    65      18                      .277
   Motion Russ CRC                     46      12                      .261  (2)
   Korsa Joe CRC                       66      16                      .242
   McDonald Skip CRC                   68      16                      .235
   Turcotte Al CRC                     63      14                      .222
   Dobson B. CRC                       45      10                      .222
   Moore Roy COM                       45      12                      .267
   Marshall Ray COM                    59      12                      .203
   Smith Jack COM                      40       8                      .200
   Jackson E. COM                      46       8                      .174
   Hawkins John COM                    51       8                      .157
   Gunter Bob COM                      32       4                      .125
   Forster Wayne COM                   37       3                      .081
   Woods Earl CNL                      39      17                      .436
   Bezanson Frank CNL                  70      26                      .371
   Burtt Vic CNL                       54      15                      .278
   McKenzie Lyle CNL                   45      12                      .267
   Chalmers Junior CNL                 55      13                      .236
   Downey Ray CNL                      55      13                      .236
   Orr Freddy CNL                      58       9                      .155
   Downey Dick CNL                     66      10                      .152  (3)
   Coleman Lou CNL                     39       5                      .128
   McIvor R.(Shorty) CNL               30       3                      .100
   Currie Garnie CNL                   31       3                      .097
   Murphy G. CUC                       45      12                      .267
   Patterson E. CUC                    36       8                      .222
   Moncrief B. CUC                     31       6                      .194
   Welsh Doug CUC                      33       6                      .182
   Bulatovich Pete CUC                 36       6                      .167
   Aitken R. CUC                       37       6                      .162
   Ciprick Bill POW                    58      16                      .276  (4)
   Biasutti R. POW                     60      13                      .217
   Hildebrand Danny POW                53      11                      .208
   Somerville Art POW                  34       7                      .206
   Johnson Gerry POW                   44       9                      .205
   McCormick J. POW                    34       6                      .176
   Cochlan J. POW                      47       6                      .128
   Lund Ron UB                         71      21                      .296
   Montgomery Skip UB                  59      15                      .254
   Shillito Ed UB                      45      10                      .222
   Pratt Ron UB                        37       8                      .216
   Stevenson Cy UB                     54      11                      .204
   McKay Joe UB                        71      14                      .197
   Geary Bob UB                        33       5                      .152
   Shillito B. UB                      38       4                      .105
   Kennedy A. UB                       49       5                      .102
   Source :  Comox District Free Press,  September 3rd
 * There were four significant differences between the published averages and the numbers which arise
   from the ABs and Hits shown - Cameron was published at .304, but the numbers show .253;  Motion .249;
   Downey .186; and Ciprick .286.
   CR=Campbell River Athletics, CNL=Courtenay Legion, COM=Comox Tigers, CRC=Campbell River Cougars,
   CUC=Cumberland Cubs, POW=Powell River Rodmays, UB=Union Bay Braves
 

 

SOUTHERN MINNESOTA LEAGUE   

Augie Schlaffer of the Faribault Lakers has captured his second straight batting championship swatting the ball at a .390 clip in 177 at bats. He won the crown in 1952 with a .362 mark. Sam Hill of Rochester was the runner-up, hitting .373, with Norm Snyder of Winona third, at .360, Andy Baud of Waseca, .358, and Wally Jako of the Braves at .348.  Mankato's Art Seguso led the loop in homers with 20 and RBI with 52.  Ernie Davis of Albert Lee was tops in two baggers, with 15 and Austin's Olin Martin had the most triples, four.



   SOUTHERN MINNESOTA LEAGUE       GP  AB   R   H  TB  2B  3B  HR  SB RBI   PCT
   Thomas Dave FAR                      1       1       0   0   0       0 1.000
   Leak MAK                             4       2       0   0   0       1  .500
   Kneeskern Ralph ROC                  2       1       0   0   0       1  .500
   Kenney Jack WSA                      2       1       0   0   0       0  .500
   Schlaffer Augie FAR                177      69      14   0   6      33  .390
   House Sam AUS                       37      14       4   1   0       8  .378
   Polka Roy ROC                        8       3       1   0   0       1  .375
   Hill Sam ROC                       185      69      12   3  10      37  .373
   Seltz Dick AUS                      36      13       1   0   2       9  .361
   Snyder Norm WIN                    164      59       6   0  10      46  .360
   Baud Andy WSA                      187      67      11   2   7      35  .358
   Marquardt Rollie LEA                17       6       2   0   0       3  .353
   Jako Wally WSA                     178      62      14   0  11      47  .348
   Everhardt Ken OW                   159      55       7   1   8      28  .346
   Dahlberg Clint(Timber) ROC         168      58       8   0  13      49  .345
   Watson Jim LEA                     166      57       7   0  13      45  .343
   Furseth Paul ROC                    35      12       4   0   1       5  .343
   McCarthy Jerry FAR                 146      50       7   2   6      15  .342
   Hormann Gabby WIN                  163      55      12   2   8      32  .337
   Raso Joe AUS                       167      56       7   1   4      25  .335
   Campeau Bill AUS                   170      57       9   2   9      38  .335
   Jensen Babe LEA                     90      30       7   1   1      17  .333
   Miller R.(Bob) WIN                   3       1       0   1   0       1  .333
   Costa Al WSA                         3       1       0   0   0       0  .333
   Marquardt Del LEA                  151      50       9   2   3      30  .331
   Wheeler Don ROC                    152      50       7   0   5      20  .329
   Petschaw Don MAK                   116      37       5   0   6      16  .319
   Barnacle Bill ROC                  135      43       9   0   3      26  .319
   Leach Bill WIN                     170      54      10   0   6      28  .318
   Gilbert Al MAK                     183      57      12   0   9      30  .311
   Seguso Art MAK                     162      50       6   0  20      52  .309
   Martin Olin AUS                    201      62       9   4   3      30  .308
   Modica Joe WIN                     169      52      10   1   7      24  .308
   Vondrashek George OW-WIN            13       4       1   0   0       0  .308
   Barrett Red MAK                     46      14       2   0   0       6  .304
   Harpuder Mel LEA                    96      29       7   1   2      14  .302
   Scalise Joe AUS                    189      57       6   0   7      27  .302
   Sebastian Marty ROC                 50      15       3   0   0       6  .300
   Gilchrist Verdon LEA               154      46       7   1   0      21  .299
   Blanchard Don LEA                   27       8       1   0   0       3  .296
   Sturdevant Joe WSA                 183      54      12   2   8      32  .295
   Shargey Stan WIN                   156      46       5   0   6      27  .295
   Wilkins Dewey LEA                   48      14       2   0   0       6  .292
   Bitti ROC                           24       7       1   0   1       5  .292
   Gittens Eddie WIN-ROC              134      39      10   0   5      19  .291
   Scarborough Dean ROC                55      16       1   0   0       4  .291  (1)
   Gilmore Roy AUS                    187      54       8   0  10      33  .289
   Vitous Lou LEA                     170      49       8   1   9      30  .288
   Lindgren Red AUS                   177      51       9   1   1      24  .288
   Davis Ernie LEA                    175      50      15   1   2      18  .286
   Magula Steve LEA                   175      50      10   0  11      37  .286
   Rosenbaum Ray AUS                   49      14       0   1   0       2  .286
   Martin Warren ROC                   21       6       0   0   0       1  .286
   Joyce Roy WIN-FAR                   21       6       0   0   0       1  .286
   Phipps Jim WIN-LEA                  21       6       0   0   0       0  .286
   Laga Frank WSA-ROC                  14       4       1   0   0       0  .286
   Thompson Adrian FAR                176      50      10   1   6      26  .284
   Ludwig Bob FAR                      82      23       0   2   1       5  .280
   Stange Don WIN                      77      21       0   0   2      11  .273
   Bartholomew Bob AUS                191      52       9   0   1      21  .272
   Thomas Carl ROC                     52      14       3   0   2       6  .269
   Olive Gene WSA                     188      50       6   2   7      25  .266
   Freund Johnny ROC                  147      39      10   1   4      31  .265
   Miller Frank MAK                   170      45       6   0  12      34  .265
   Hawkins Bob FAR                     19       5       2   0   0       3  .263
   Giebel Arnie OW-WIN                164      43       3   1   6      28  .262
   Reed/Reid Wally OW-WIN             188      49       9   0   5      15  .261
   Oates Red WSA                      139      36       6   1   2      16  .259
   Ashford Carl MAK                   143      37       6   0   2      12  .259
   Gendreau Ronnie WSA                124      32       9   1   1      18  .258
   Elkind Dick FAR                     43      11       1   0   0       1  .256
   Baker Willard MAK                  135      34       8   0   1       9  .252
   Sack Jim OW-WIN                    175      44       5   0   1      14  .251
   Nascak Emil WIN                    176      44       9   0   2      18  .250
   Thomas Gene WSA                    148      37       3   0  16      45  .250
   Mealey Hockey FAR                  120      30       4   0   5      17  .250
   Carlson Ray ROC-WIN                 92      23       4   1   2      11  .250
   Brawner Ralph MAK                   24       6       1   0   0       0  .250
   Balance Bob WSA                     16       4       0   0   0       2  .250
   Danielson Bob MAK                    8       2       0   0   1       2  .250
   Heinbigner Len WSA                   4       1       0   0   0       0  .250
   McCabe Bob LEA                     189      47       5   1   1      26  .249
   Cannuli Nick ROC                   125      31       5   0   0      10  .248
   Kaess Dick FAR                     148      36       4   1   3      15  .243
   Weygandt Al OW                      74      18       3   1   3      11  .243
   Mathews Chuck ROC                   99      24       2   1   1       9  .242
   Verespy George OW                  178      43       6   2   4      22  .242
   Grass Paul OW                      117      28       3   1   0      10  .239
   Deem Pete FAR                      138      33       4   0   5      27  .239
   Mansfield Bill ROC                  21       5       2   0   0       0  .238
   Milich Tom WIN                     148      35       7   0   4      19  .236
   Peterson Bob FAR                    72      17       2   0   0       5  .236
   Elbert Bill MAK                     30       7       1   0   0       2  .233
   Selbo Glen WIN                      30       7       1   0   0       5  .233
   Wieczorek R.(Butch) WIN             13       3       1   0   0       3  .231
   LaVelle Jack OW                    154      35       5   0   7      29  .227
   Johnston Gordy MAK                 110      25       4   0   1       6  .227
   Gomez Pedro MAK                    121      27       3   1   1      14  .223
   Kraupa Arleigh WSA                  45      10       1   0   0       1  .222
   Price Hal ROC                        9       2       0   0   0       0  .222
   Loomis Dick MAK                    161      35       7   1   6      17  .217
   Thurnblad Jack FAR                  51      11       1   0   0       2  .216
   Tobias Claire OW                    61      13       0   0   2       6  .213
   VanAmberg Fred OW                   66      14       4   0   0       5  .212
   Sebastian John AUS                 162      33       7   1   3      23  .204
   Wells Leo FAR                      164      33      11   0   2      15  .201
   Hare Jimmy OW                       30       6       1   0   0       1  .200
   Churchill Bob WIN                   25       5       1   1   0       5  .200
   Lundquist Jack OW                   20       4       1   0   0       0  .200
   Fleiner Al AUS                      10       2       0   0   0       0  .200
   Younghans Hal WSA                  178      35       6   0   0      17  .197
   DeRose Carl AUS                     79      15       4   0   1       7  .190
   Will Bobby MAK                      74      14       2   1   2      11  .189
   Jones LeRoy(Stumpy) LEA             53      10       2   1   0       6  .189
   Shillings Alger(Corky) WIN          16       3       0   0   0       1  .188
   Kubiski Al FAR                      33       6       1   0   2       3  .182
   Green Frank WIN                     11       2       1   0   0       0  .182
   Lucken Ole FAR                      67      12       2   0   4       9  .179
   Giebel Gordy OW                     67      12       5   0   0       5  .179
   Orphan Hugh WIN                     40       7       1   0   0       4  .175
   Cassidy Dick WSA                    29       5       1   0   0       1  .172
   Conroy Bill WSA                     29       5       0   0   0       3  .172
   Treichel Al WIN                     24       4       1   1   0       2  .167
   Moore Tom WIN                       19       3       0   0   0       2  .158
   Sagedahl Manny FAR                  14       2       1   0   0       0  .143
   Nowka Jack OW                        7       1       0   0   0       2  .143
   Edmonds Vern WSA                    43       6       2   0   1       3  .140
   O'Coine Marshall ROC                29       4       1   0   0       4  .138
   Albrecht Ed MAK                     15       2       0   0   0       0  .133
   Faber Bob OW-ROC                    15       2       0   0   0       0  .133
   Gheta George AUS-OW                 55       7       0   0   0       3  .127
   Saul Frank(Pep) FAR                 50       6       1   0   0       1  .120
   Clark Otis ROC                       9       1       0   0   0       1  .111
   Powell Spike ROCH                    9       1       0   0   0       2  .111
   Chmiel Herb FAR                     46       4       0   0   0       1  .087
   McMullan Hugh WSA                   24       2       0   0   0       0  .083
   Czaplewski Dick WIN                 13       1       0   0   0       0  .077
   Ferullo Carmen LEA                  39       1       0   0   0       0  .026
   Turck  Don LEA                       0       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Hastings Bob AUS                     1       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Rader Dick WIN                       1       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Guse Bill OW                         2       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Maddox Roy ROC                       2       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Nehring Merlin(Hambone) WIN          2       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Wieczorek Chester WIN                2       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Koval George WSA                     3       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Platzer Don ROC                      4       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Krueger OW                           5       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Schultz Al OW                        5       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Smith Jack OW                        5       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Angelo Carl WIN                      5       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Sierra Andy FAR                      6       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Hoeft Fred ROC                       7       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Smith Carlee MAK                     8       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Spady Dick MAK                      10       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Idzkowski Dick ROC                  14       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Lombardo Lou ROC                    14       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Moraga Eddie WSA                    14       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   Helme Cal WIN                       20       0       0   0   0       0  .000
   (1) The published figures shown Scarborough with a .273 average, but with 
16 hits in 55 at bats (.291). Source : The Winona Republican Herald, September 5, 1953