(May 19) An estimated 1,500 fans enjoyed perfect baseball weather Saturday at Williston as the Oilers dumped the Minot Mallards13-5 in an exhibition match. Dee Moore's three-run homer was the key blow.
(May 20) At Minot, the Mallards evened their weekend exhibition series with a 13-4 victory over Williston. Bob Van Eman and Zoonie McLean clubbed homers.
Dayan, Donley (1), Sanchez (6) and Leavitt
Griffith, Piercy (5) and Williams
May 20 - Bismarck Barons unleashed a 16-hit attack to swamp Tuttle 17-2 in their first exhibition game of the season. Bill Jankowski and Al Cihocki had homers while Al Leap had three hits and knocked in four runs. Tuttle shortstop Norm Batterberry had four singles.
Schneider, Fleischer (5), Landry (8) and Almer
Jensen, Higgins and Flori, Duane Hummel
May 24 - Williston Oilers kicked off the 1956 ManDak season with an 8-2 victory over the Packers at Dickinson. Preston Elkins, 7-0 last season, pitched a four-hitter for the win. Jim Michalec took the loss. Bob Karbowski belted a homer for the Oilers and Butch Lawing had a two-run double for Dickinson.
Elkins (1-0) and Leavitt
Michalec (0-1) and Ev Johnson
May 25 - Butch Lawing drove in eight runs with three homers, one a grand slam, and a single as Dickinson Packers exploded for a 25-5 shellacking of Williston. Buddy Afremow and Milt Joffe also had homers for the Packers. Jim Leavitt had one for the Oilers.
Bob Donley (0-1) Dayon (4), Allen (5) and Leavitt
Fahr (1-0) and Ev Johnson
May 25 - A crowd of 2,900 barely had time to get settled before the hometown Barons had a 7-run lead on their way to a 17-7 triumph over Minot. Bismarck plated 7 in the first inning and another 3 in the second and coasted to the win. Mal Landry helped his own cause with a two-run homer. Bob Flori, Art Pennington and Connie Juelke also had homers for the Barons. Carl Bush had one for the Mallards.
Gready McKinnis (0-1), Duncan (1), Miller (5) and Williams
Landry (1-0), John Jenson (9) and Flori
May 26 - Norm Johnson held Bismarck to seven hits and Williston Oilers beat the Barons 7-2 at Williston. A three-run homer by Dan Chepkauskas was the key hit for the winners. Bill Hockenbury homered for the Barons.
Higgins (0-1) and Flori
Johnson (1-0) and Leavitt
May 26 - Minot Mallards rode Ed Barr's grand slam homer to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Dickinson. Mallards erased a 4-0 Packers' lead with a five-run, fourth inning. Mike Schultz gave up 12 hits but went all the way for the win.
Laskowski (0-1) and E Johnson
Schultz (1-0) and Williams
May 27 - Sugar Cain allowed just five hits as Minot downed Dickinson 5-1. It was Cain's first victory. He had 13 strikeouts. Ed Barr had three hits and drove in a pair. The Mallards' outfielder had six hits and six RBI in the weekend series.
Heim (0-1) and Johnson
Cain (1-0) and Williams
May 27 - Preston Elkins scattered 11 hits, had three of his own including a two-run homer, knocked in three and scored three as Williston overwhelmed Bismarck 17-1. Elkins fanned 11.
Tony Garcia (0-1), Jensen (5) and Flori
Elkins (2-0) and Leavitt
May 28 - Bismarck at Minot, Dickinson at Williston, rained out.
May 29 - Minot Mallards escaped with a 5-0 win over Bismarck after the Barons had scored five in the 9th to tie as rain forced the game to be called and the score to revert to the end of the 8th inning. Bob Van Eman and Zoonie McLean had two-run homers for the Mallards. Dirk Gibbons held the Barons to six hits to get the win. Vic Stryska also allowed six hits in taking the loss.
Stryska (0-1) and Flori
Gibbons (1-0) and Williams
May 30 - Al Leap had a three-run homer and Bill Hockenbury a two-run blast as Bismarck trounced Williston 12-3 in the opening game of a double-header. The second game was postponed because of rain.
Johnson (1-1), Donley (6) and Leavitt
Landry (2-0) and Ball
May 30 - Minot pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of five Dickinson errors to top the Packers 10-5. Mel Duncan and Joe Piercey combined on a six-hitter for the win. Don Smith and Dewey Williams had homers for the Mallards.
Duncan (1-0), Piercey (8) and Williams
Michalec (0-2), Bryja (9) and Ev Johnson
May 31 - Minot Mallards edged the Packers 6-5 at Dickinson. Mike Schultz pitched 9-hit ball to capture the win. Gerald Fahr was the loser. Minot had three home runs, from Don Smith, Ed Barr and Hal Daugherty. Milt Joffe replied for the Packers.
Schultz (2-0) and Williams
Fahr (1-1) and Ev Johnson
June 01 - Bismarck announced it had traded outfielder Bill Jankowski to Dickinson, released lefty John Jensen, former American Leagion star from Massachusetts, and signed southpaw John Fitzgerald. In additional, righthander Gene Nelson was to join the team over the weekend.
June 01 - Tex Dargie continued his hitting streak with four hits, a triple and three singles, as Bismarck dumped Dickinson 12-6. Playing manager Al Cihocki also had four safeties, including two doubles and Al Leap, Bill Hockenbury and Bobby Ball each had three hits. Sam Hill had a homer. Tony Garcia registered the win.
Laskowski (0-2), Michalec (7) and xxx
Garcia (1-1) and Ball
June 01 - At Williston, Preston Elkins fired a four-hitter as the Oilers blanked Minot 5-0. The Mallards got ten hits off Gready McKinnis, including a two-run homer by Dan Chepkauskas in the second inning.
McKinnis (0-2), Griffith and Williams
Elkins (3-0) and Leavitt
June 2 - Dan Chepkauskas drove in six runs with three hits, including a homer, to lead Williston to an 8-1 victory over Minot. Jack Sanoff held the Mallads to five hits in the abbreviated contest, called after seven innings due to rain.
Sanoff (1-0) and Leavitt
Cain (1-1) and Williams
June 2 - Bill Hockenbury homered in the bottom of the 8th to give Bismarck a 3-2 win over Dickinson. Milt Joffe's round-tripper for the Packers in the top of the 8th had tied the score at 2-2. Roger Higgins scattered eight hits to pick up the win.
Heim (0-2) and Johnson
Higgins (1-1) and Ball
June 3 - Dirk Gibbons allowed just three hits as Minot Mallards shaded Williston 2-1. Duke Bowman drove in both runs with a 6th inning single. Norm Johnson gave up just five hits in a losing cause.
Johnson (1-2) and Leavitt
Gibbons (2-0) and Williams
June 3 - Vic Stryska fired a five-hitter as Bismarck swept the weekend series from Dickinson with an 8-1 triumph. He fanned seven and didn't walk a batter. Barons broke out for four runs in the first inning, two on a Bill Hockenbury home run, and led the rest of the way. Connie Juelke added a homer for Bismarck in the 5th.
Stryska (1-1) and Ball
Brenzel (0-1), Bryja (8) and Johnson
June 4 - Bismarck Barons registered their fifth straight win downing Dickinson 11-8 as Bill Hockenbury had four hits and Art Pennington who belted a homer. Milt Joffe had four hits for the Packers and Butch Lawing had a three-run homer.
Nelson (1-0), Garcia (7) and Flori
Fahr (1-2), Laskowski (4), Heim (8) and Ev Johnson
June 4 - A bases-loaded triple by Dolph Regelsky was the key hit in a five-run fifth inning as Williston shut down Minot 5-1. Ed Williams went the distance for the win in his first start for the Oilers.
Duncan (1-1), Griffith (5), Smith (8) and Williams
Williams (1-0) and Leavitt
June 5 - Williston at Minot, rained out.
June 6 - Bill Jankowski belted a homer on the first pitch of the bottom of the 10th inning to give Dickinson a 5-4 win over Williston. The Packers had tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th on singles by Milt Joffe, Kram and Ev Johnson.
Elkins, Norman Johnson (1-3) (9) and Leavitt
Michalec, Fahr (2-2) (8) and Ev Johnson
June 6 - Minot at Bismarck, rained out.
June 7 - Bismarck won its sixth straight, 9-2 over Minot. Barons' Malcolm Landry gave up two runs in the first frame then blanked the Mallards the rest of the way. He allowed just five hits. Bill Hockenbury, Sam Hill and Art Pennington each homered for the winners. Hal Daugherty had a homer for the Mallards.
Griffith, Smith (0-1) (1), Piercey (5) and Williams
Landry (3-0) and Ball
June 7 - Dolph Regelsky blasted two homers and a double, good for six runs batted in, to power Williston to a 11-2 win over the Packers in Dickinson. Jack Sanoff held the Packers to 4 hits to register his second win.
Sanoff (2-0) and Leavitt
Bryja (0-1), Laskowski (3), Brenzel (7) and Earl Johnson
June 8 - In a rare pitchers' duel, Mel Heim of Dickinson bested Mike Schultz of Minot as the Packers pulled out a 2-1 victory. Heilm allowed six hits, Schultz just five. Buddy Afremow drove in Bill Jankowski with the winning run with an 8th inning double.
Heim (1-2) and Johnson
Schultz (2-1) and Williams
June 8 - Williston Oilers topped Bismarck 8-2 as Dan Chepkauskas homered, scored twice and drove in three. Dennis Healy and Bill Raehse also had four-baggers for the Oilers. Sam Hill replied for the Barons. Norm Johnson pitched a six-hitter for the win.
Johnson (2-3) and Leavitt
Fitzgerald (0-1), Dargie and Flori
June 9 - Righthander Sugar Cain scattered nine hits to record his second win as Minot topped Dickinson 6-3. First baseman Carl Bush had a double and triple for the Mallards.
Fahr (2-3) and El Johnson
Cain (2-1) and Williams
June 9 - Ed Williams scattered eight hits and Roy Weatherly belted a homer and double, scored twice and drove in a pair to pace Williston to an 8-3 win over Bismarck.
Stryska (1-2) and Flori
Williams (2-0) and Leavitt
June 10 - Bismarck took a pair from Williston 3-2 and 5-3. In the opener, Tony Garcia gave up two solo homers, to Jim Leavitt and Nelson Daehn, but that was all the Oilers' scoring as the Barons prevailed 3-2. In the second game, the Barons handed Preston Elkins his first loss in two seasons. Elkins, 7-0 last season, had won his first three decisions this summer. Barons scored three in the first inning and went on to a 5-3 triumph. Roy Weatherly led the offense with three hits, including a two-run homer.
Garcia (2-1) and Flori
Ulrich (0-1), Donley (1) Sanoff (7) and Leavitt
Higgins (2-1) and Flori
Elkins (3-1) and Leavitt
June 10 - Dirk Gibons fired a six-hitter for his third straight win as Minot beat Dickinson 6-1. Catcher Dewey Williams had two doubles for the Mallards. Bob Van Eman drove in three runs with a double and single.
Michalec (0-3) and El Johnson
Gibbons (3-0) and Williams
June 11 - Dickinson dropped Bismarck 7-4. Bill Hockenbury led the Packers with three hits, a double, triple and homer. Sam Hill also homered for the Packers. Fred Brenzel gave up 11 hits but went the distance for the win.
Fitzgerald (0-2) Stryska (7) and Flori
Brenzel (1-1) and Ev Johnson
June 12 - Hal Daughtery's two-run homer in the first inning got Minot off on the right foot and the Mallards went on to a 9-3 win over the Packers at Dickinson. Mel Duncan pitched into the 7th frame for the mound victory.
Duncan (2-1), Piercey (7) and Williams
Heim (1-3), Laskowski (7) and Ev Johnson
June 13 - In the first of the interlocking games, the Dickinson Packers of the ManDak League beat Saskatoon 5-2 behind the 8-hit pitching of Gerald Fahr. Butch Lawing's two-run homer in the second inning gave the Packers a 4-1 lead.
Gostlin (L) and Shirley
Fahr (3-3) and Ev Johnson
June 13 - North Battleford lost its fourth straight game, 5-4 to Williston. Jack Sanoff allowed 12 hits but went the distance for the win. Bill Raehse's 5th inning homer was the key blast for the Oilers. Mike Dayne had a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the 9th for the Beavers.
Garcia, Axon (6) and Green
Sanoff (3-0) and Moore
June 13 - Mal Landry was the hero both on the hill and at the plate as Bismarck shaded Minot Mallards 7-6. Landry, who went the distance for his 4th straight win, belted a game-winning solo homer in the 8th inning. Sam Hill also had a homer for the Barons.
Landry (4-0) and Ball
Schultz, Piercey (0-1) (7) and Williams
June 14 - Connie Juelke blasted a pair of home runs and a double to drive in five runs as Bismarck thumped Saskatoon 13-3. Sam Hill had four hits and Johnny Kropf added a double and a triple.
Bowes, Button (4), Hobson (8) and Shirley
Stryska (2-2) and Tatlan
June 14 - Sugar Cain tossed a five-hitter as Minot sent North Battleford to its 5th consecutive defeat, 7-0. Hal Daughtery had the game's big blow, a three-run, inside-the-park homer in the 8th inning. Mallards announced the acquisition of pitcher Vernon "Pete" Taylor who had been with Little Rock of the Southern Association.
Dayne and Green
Cain (3-1) and Williams
June 14 - Williston remained in a tie for first place with a 9-6 win over Dickinson. The Oilers and Bismarck each have 11-6 records, the Packers are at 5-14, and Minot 10-7. Dolph Regelsky knocked in three runs with a triple and single. Butch Lawing clubbed a pair of homers for the losers.
Michalec (0-4), Laskowski (5) and Earl Johnson, Ev Johnson
Johnson, Ulrich (1-1) (5) and Moore
June 15 - Saskatoon Gems had 16 hits, including a pair of homers to best the Mallards 8-5 at Minot. Gems jumped off to a 4-run lead in the third inning as Cliff Pemberton and Charles Neal belted homers. Gems added another four in the fourth for an 8-0 lead. Jim Stevens had a no-hitter for Saskatoon into the 6th inning when Zoonie McLean broke the spell with a single.
Stevens, Hobson (7) and Shirley
Gibbons (3-1), Smith (4) and Williams
June 15 - Preston Elkins pitched a two-hitter as Williston Oilers blanked Dickinson 9-0. Oilers banged out 17 hits off Fred Brenzel including four by Nelson Daehn and three each by Roy Weatherly and Bill Sharp and a home run from Ray Berns.
Brenzel (1-2) and Ev Johnson
Elkins (4-1) and Moore
June 15 - Al Cihocki belted his first homer of the season, Al Leap had three doubles and Art Pennington and Roger Higgins each had three hits as Bismarck turned back North Battleford 12-7 at Bismarck. The home town squad got homers from John Ford, Art Worth and Bob Herron. Higgins picked up the win, although tiring in the 9th when the Beavers rallied for five runs.
Higgins (3-1) and Phalen
Bristol, Axon (3), Verreau (4) and Green
June 16 - Lefty Ed Williams blanked Saskatoon on five hits as Williston beat the Gems 7-0. Williams also had three hits. Len Breckner had a double and single for the Gems.
Jones, McLeod (8) and Shirley
Williams (3-0) and Moore
June 16 - At Dickinson, the Packers took advantage of six North Battleford errors to scored an 11-3 win. Bob Karbowski clouted a two-run homer for the Packers in the seventh.
Griggs, Garcia (7) and Green, Tuggle (2)
Bryja, Michalec (1-4) (5) and E. Johnson
June 16 - In a slugfest at Bismarck, Minot whipped the Barons 19-11 in game which featured eight home runs. Centre fielder Ed Barr paced the Mallards offensive with a pair of home runs. He scored four times and drove in four. Hal Daugherty knocked in six with a homer and two singles. Zoonie McLean drove in four with a homer and two doubles and Bob Van Eman had a four RBI game with a four-hit afternoon. The Barons had homers from John Kropf, Al Leap, Art Pennington and Pius Wolf. Mel Duncan picked up the win.
Duncan (3-1), Gibbons (7) and Williams
Fitzgerald (0-3), Landry (2), Nelson (5) and Hockenbury (6) and Phalen
June 17 - A four-run 6th inning carried Williston to a 4-3 win over Minot. A three-run homer by Dolph Regelsky was the key hit for the Oilers. Hal Daugherty had a 9th inning homer for the Mallards.
Piercey (0-2), Schultz (7) and Williams
Sanoff (4-0) and Moore
June 17 - A seven-run 7th inning propelled Dickinson to a 14-5 triumph over the Bismarck Barons. The Packers had four singles, triples by Gerald Didier and Ev Johnson, a fielder's choice and Butch Lawing's homer in the outburst. Didier had homered earlier in the contest. Al Leap had a homer for the Barons. Mel Heim went the distance for his second win.
Garcia (2-2), Nelson (8) and Phalen
Heim (2-3) and Ev Johnson
June 18 - Ev Johnson led Dickinson's 15-hit attack with three safeties and 4 runs batted in as the Packers whipped Bismarck 12-4. Gerald Fahr settled down after a 3-run first inning to go the distance for his 4th win. Barons had both the homers, by John Phalen and John Kropf.
Stryska (2-3), Fitzgerald (5) and Phalen
Fahr (4-3) and Ev Johnson
June 19 - Roy Weatherly was on base five times and drove in four runs to lead Williston to a 9-6 margin over Bismarck. Weatherly had a homer and single, was hit by a pitch and twice reached base safely on errors. Preston Elkins pitched into the 8th inning for his fifth win of the season and helped at the plate with a homer. Bill Raehse also homered for the Oilers while John Kropf, Sam Hill and Al Leap belted round trippers for the Barons.
Elkins (5-1), Williams (8) and Leavitt
Landry (4-1), Fitzgerald (8), Ebkor (9) and Perez
June 20 - Art Pennington's three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the 9th inning gave Bismarck an 8-6 win over Williston. The Oilers had taken a 6-4 lead with two runs in the top of the 9th. In bottom of the 9th, Roger Higgins led off with his first homer of the season. With two out and John Kropf aboard on a single and Sam Hill on a base on balls, Pennington belted Norm Johnson's first pitch high over the right centre field wall. Pennington earlier had two singles and two walks. Higgins went the distance to record his 4th win of the season. Al Cihocki added a homer for the Barons and Bill Raehse and Roy Weatherly homered for the Oilers.
Whit Ulrich, Williams (3-1) (9), Johnson (9) and Leavitt
Higgins (4-1) and Perez
June 21 - Dickinson rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to down Bismarck 7-3. Fred Brenzel gave up early homers to Sam Hill and Bill Hockenbury then settled down to pitch shutout ball the rest of the way.
Brenzel (2-2) and Ev Johnson
Garcia (2-3), Stryska, Ebkor and Perez
June 21 - Williston at Minot, rained out.
June 22 - Minot at Dickinson, rained out.
June 23 - Al Leap's three-run homer powered Bismarck to an 8-6 win over Williston. Sam Hill chipped in three hits, including a homer. Malcolm Landry picked up his 5th win of the season.
Landry (5-1), Fitzgerald (6) and Perez
Williams (3-2), Johnson (4), Sanoff (7) and Leavitt
June 23 - Jim Michalec pitched Dickinson to a 3-1 victory over Minot. Milt Joffe drove in two runs for the Packers, one with a first inning triple and another with a sacrifice fly in the third.
Taylor (0-1) and Williams
Michalec (2-4) and Ev Johnson
June 24 - In a game cut short by rain, Preston Elkins won his sixth game and drove in a pair with a homer and a single as Williston topped Dickinson 5-3. Nelson Daehn had a double and three singles for the Oilers.
Heim (2-4) and Ev Johnson
Elkins (6-1) and Leavitt
June 24 - Vic Stryska had a two-run homer and pitched a nine-hitter as Bismarck shaded Minot 4-3. Sugar Cain allowed just 8 hits but took the loss. Carl Bush homered for the Mallards.
Cain (3-2) and Williams
Stryska (3-3) and Perez
June 25 - Moose Jaw scored three in the first and added three more in the third to down Williston 6-5. The game was called after 5 1/2 innings by darkness. Rich Rubio had a triple and single for the Mallards. Ronnie Watts picked up the win.
Sanoff (4-1) Washburn (3) and Leavitt
Watts and Garrett
June 25 - Dickinson scored three in the third then held off a Braves' rally in the ninth to post a 3-2 win at Regina. Braves had scored twice and had runners on first and third with two out when Gerry Red Fahr fanned opposing starter Bill VanderLaan on a 3-2 pitch. Regina catcher Mark Cameron was forced to use Williston catching gear as his car, with his equipment inside, was stolen from in front of the YMCA.
Fahr (5-3) and E Johnson
VanderLaan and Cameron
June 25 - Shortstop Al Leap blasted a pair of home runs, driving in four, as Bismarck topped Minot 8-5. Roger Higgins pitched into the 9th inning to capture his fifth victory. He also contributed three hits to the Barons offensive. Carl Bush and Don Corcoran had homers for the Mallards. Dirk Gibbons (3-2) took the loss.
Gibbons (3-2), Piercey (8) and Williams
Higgins (5-1), Fitzgerald (9) and Perez
June 26 - Tony Levaggi belted a triple then scored an on error in the 10th inning to give the Braves a come-from-behind, 4-3 win over Williston. Dave Cavillan won his third straight, holding the Oilers to seven hits.
Ulrich (1-2) and Leavitt
Cavillan and Cameron
June 26 - Tex Dargie belted his first homer of the season with two on and two out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Bismarck Barons an 8-6 win over Minot. With the score 5-5 going into the 11th, Duke Bowman had given the Mallards the lead with his first homer of the season. Each team had three home runs. Bob Van Eman and Sugar Cain had the others for the Mallards while Sam Hill and Al Cihocki had the other four-baggers for the Barons.
Schultz, Smith (1), Piercey (4), Taylor (0-2) (7) and Williams
Garcia, Fitzgerald (9), Ebkor (1-0) (11) and Perez
June 26 - Dickinson at Moose Jaw, rained out.
Minot 11-13 4
Dickinson 11-16 5 1/5
June 27 - Williston topped the Saskatoon Gems 9-6 in a game called after six innings by rain. Each team had 10 hits in the abbreviated contest. Norm Johnson was credited with the win.
Williams, Sanoff (5), Johnson (3-3) (5) and Leavitt
Bowes, Stevens (6), Hobson (6), Jones (7) and Shirley
June 27 - Bill Jankowski belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Dickinson went on to a 4-1 win over North Battleford. Jim Michalec pitched a six-hitter for the win.
Michalec (3-4) and Earl Johnson
Bristol, Verreau (5) and Green
June 28 - Dickinson notched its third straight win on their prairie swing with a 7-4 triumph before 18-hundred fans at Saskatoon. Butch Lawing paced the Packers with a solo homer and a three-run triple. Jackie McLeod had a two-run triple for the Gems.
Heim (3-4), Bryja (9) and E Johnson
Gostlin (L) Bowes (8) and Shirley
June 28 - Williston pounded two Lloydminster pitchers for fifteen hits and the Oilers beat the Meridians 9-2. Nelson Daehn and Bill Raehse each had three hits for Williston. Ben Lott led Lloydminster with a double and triple.
Elkins (7-1) and Leavitt
Brown, Hansen (6) and Gustin
June 28 - Bismarck Barons ran their winning streak to five games with a 14-2 trouncing of Minot. Barons clubbed 20 hits, four by John Kropf and three each from Sam Hill and Art Pennington. Bill Hockenbury had a homer and 4 RBI. Hal Daugherty homed for the Mallards. Malcolm Landry pitched a seven-hitter for his sixth win. Dick Kelly took the loss in his ManDak debut.
Landry (6-1) and Perez
Kelly (0-1), Smith (6), Piercey (7) and Williams
June 29 - Dickinson at Lloydminster, rained out.
June 29 - Williston Oilers tallied three in the 9th to upend Edmonton Eskimos 8-5. Nellie Daehn's two-run double was the key blow in the comeback. Edmonton had taken the lead in the 7th frame on Tom Shollin's two-run homer, his second of the night.
Washburn, Sanoff (5-1) (6) and Leavitt
Zeigler, Doucette (7) and Shollin
June 29 - Minot Mallards snapped a six-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over Bismarck Barons. A six-run, third inning was enough for the win. Shortstop Zoonie McLean drove in three runs for the Mallards with a homer and a double. Bismarck shortstop Al Leap had a homer for the Barons. Sugar Cain went the distance for his 4th win. Bob Ebkor took the loss.
Ebkor (1-1), Fitzgerald (3) and Perez
Cain (4-2) and Williams
Bismarck 18-12 1
Minot 12-14 5
Dickinson 13-16 5 1/5
June 30 - Bismarck broke loose for four runs in the fourth inning, two coming on pitcher Roger Higgins' homer, to shade Minot 6-5. The Barons were out-hit 14-9. Carl Bush had a pair of homers and Hal Daugherty one for Minot. John Kropf added one for the Barons.
Gibbons (3-3) and Williams
Higgins (6-1), Fitzgerald (7) and Perez
June 30 - Dickinson at Edmonton, rained out.
July 1 - North Battleford Beavers rallied for five runs in the 6th inning and downed Williston 11-9 in an interlocking match in the Saskatchewan city. Art Worth allowed 13 hits but managed to go the distance for the win. Dolph Regelsky and Nelson Daehn had homers for the Oilers, Bob Herron for the Beavers. Art Stone had three hits in three at bats for the Beavers.
Ulrich (1-3) Johnson (5), Washburn (8) and Leavitt
Worth and Green
July 1 - Minot Mallards exploded for eleven runs in the 7th inning to post an 11-0 win over Bismarck. Pete Taylor tossed a six-hitter for the shutout, and had three hits, including a double and single in the 7th inning rally. Mallards sent 17 batters to the plate in the inning, pounding out 11 hits. Don Corcoran had a triple and a bunt single in the inning, scoring twice and driving in a pair. Zoonie McLean had three hits, including a three-run homer for the Mallards.
Tony Garcia (2-4), Ebkor (7) and Perez
Pete Taylor (1-2) and Williams
July 2 - Dick Kelly allowed just six hits as Minot Mallards blanked Bismarck 5-0 for the Mallards second shutout in two days. Minot's four-run first inning provided more than enough for the win.
Landry (6-2), Fitzgerald (1) and Perez
Kelly (1-1) and Williams
July 3 - No games scheduled.
July 4 - Williston Oilers maintained their ManDak League lead edging Minot Mallards 3-2 as Jack Sanoff bested Oilers' ace Sugar Cain. Nelson Daehn had the key hit for Williston, a two-run single in the 8th.
The Mallards announced they had acquired 33-year-old utility player Andy Anderson.
Sanoff (6-1) , Washburn (8), Ulrich (8), Williams (9) and Leavitt
Cain (4-3) and Williams
July 4 - Bismarck swept a pair from Dickinson 11-4 and 9-6. Sam Hill's third inning grand slam highlighted the Barons' 14-hit attack in the first game. Bismarck scored five in the opening frame and never looked back. Bill Jankowski homered for the Packers.
John Kropf drove in five runs with a triple and two homers as Dickinson took the second game 9-6. Bill Hockenbury added a home for the Barons and Butch Lawing had a two-run blast for the Packers.
Fahr (5-4) and Ev Johnson
Stryska (4-3) and Perez
Heim (3-5), Bryja (3)and E. Johnson
Nelson (2-0), Garcia and Perez
Bismarck 21-14 1
Minot 14-16 5 1/2
Dickinson 13-18 7
July 05 - Roger Higgins gave up 11 hits but just one run as Bismarck whipped Dickinson 8-1. Johnny Kropf drove in four runs with a double and his 7th homer. Al Leap also had a home run for the Barons, his 9th.
Higgins (7-1) and Perez
Laskowski (0-3), Heim (4) and Ev Johnson
July 05 - Williston Oilers took an early 5-0 lead then held off a late Minot rally to shape the Mallards 6-5 at Williston. Outfielder Nelson Daehn had three hits, including a triple, and drove in a pair for the Oilers. Bill Raehse added a homer for the winners while Don Corcoran replied for the Mallards. Preston Elkins moved to 8-1 on the season with the victory.
Pete Taylor (1-3), Piercey (5), Daugherty (7) and Williams, Anderson
Elkins (8-1) Washburn (9), Ulrich (9) and Leavitt
July 5 - Williston announced the release of ManDak star Roy Weatherly, a two-time batting champion who was hitting at a .379 clip, good for second place in the league batting race.
July 6 - Minot Mallards dumped Williston 10-3. Dick Kelly had a shutout into the 9th before the Oilers batted around for three runs. Don Corcoran and Duke Bowman had homers for the Mallards. Preston Elkins belted a pinch-hit homer for Williston.
Kelly (2-1), Taylor (9) and Williams
Norm Johnson (3-4), Washburn (9) and Leavitt
July 6 - Bismarck held off a 9th inning rally to shade the Packers 10-9 at Dickinson. Barons got home runs from Al Leap, Tex Dargie and pitcher Mike Garcia. Butch Lawing and Milt Joffe belted homers for the Packers.
Garcia (3-4) Fitzgerald (9) and Perez
Brenzel (2-3), Bryja (7) and Ev Johnson
July 7 - Minot Mallards erupted for four runs in the 8th inning to break and 7-7 deadlock and down Williston 11-7. The winning runs scored on a solo homer by Hal Daugherty and a three-run blast by Zoonie McLean. Ed Barr also had a three-run round-tripper for the Mallards. Joe Piercey picked up the win in relief.
Gibbons, Piercey (1-2) (7) and Williams
Williams (3-3) Ulrich (8) and Moore
July 8 - Dickinson Packers took a pair from the Minot Mallards, 15-3 and 6-5 in 10 innings. In the opener, the Packers had 17 hits including homers by Gerald Didier, Dan Chepkauskas and Butch Lawing. Pete Taylor and a two-run homer for Minot. Jim Michalec, who picked up his 3rd win, helped his own cause with a triple. Andy Anderson was the losing pitcher.
A Packers' pitcher was also a hitting star in the second game as Gerald Fahr singled home the winning run in the 10th inning. Doubles by Milt Joffe and Lawing had tied the score 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th.
Anderson (0-1), Piercey (2) and Williams, Anderson (2)
Michalec (4-4) and Ev Johnson
Griffith, Taylor (1-4) (7) and Williams
Fahr (6-4) and Ev Johnson
July 8 - Bismarck roared from behind to score eight runs in the eighth inning and trounce Williston 10-4. John Kropf had given the Barons a 2-1 lead with a homer in the sixth inning but Preston Elkins' three-run homer in the top of the 8th gave the Oilers a 4-2 margin. In the bottom of the frame, Sam Hill's two-run double knotted the score and the Barons got a two-run double from Al Cihocki and a two-run triple from Tex Dargie. Mike Perez' sacrifice fly and a single by Kropf concluded the scoring. Lefty John Fitzgerald picked up the win in relief.
Sanoff (6-2), Washburn (8) and Leavitt
Landry, Fitzgerald (1-3) (1), Higgins (9) and Perez
July 9 - Bill Raehse belted a pair of homers and a double to lead Williston Oilers to a 7-3 win over Bismarck. Preston Elkins won his 9th, going the distance. Dolph Regelsky also homered for the Oilers, driving in three runs. Al Leap had a homer for the Barons.
Elkins (9-1) and Leavitt
Stryska (4-4) and Perez
July 9 - Minot Mallards pounded out 16 hits to dump Dickinson 13-7. Ed Barr had a homer, double and single to pace the Mallards. Anderson also had a homer for Minot.
Cain (5-3) and Williams
Heim (3-6), Laskowski (4), Bryja (7) and Ev Johnson
Williston 22-14 1/2
Minot 17 19 5 1/2
Dickinson 15 21 7 1/2
July 10 - Dolph Regelsky drove one out with one aboard in the 7th inning to give Williston a 5-4 win over Dickinson. Norm Johnson allowed 12 hits, included four by Buddy Afremow, but went the distance for the win.
Brenzel (2-4) and Ev Johnson, El Johnson
Norm Johnson (4-4) and Leavitt
July 10 - Bismarck edged Minot 2-1 as Malcolm Landry and Tony Garcia combined on a six-hitter. Landry pitched into the 8th to pick up his 7th victory. Art Pennington drove in the first run with a single in the opening frame and tripled and scored the winner in the 7th.
Landry (7-2), Garcia (8) and Perez
Kelly (2-2) , Taylor and Williams
July 11 - Williston at Bismarck, rained out.
July 11 - Dickinson topped Minot 5-2. The win may have been costly for the Packers as Mel Heim had to leave the game when he twisted his knee when running out a single in the fifth inning. Walt Bryja, who relieved Heim, picked up the win. Dirk Gibbons was the loser. Butch Lawing of the Packers had the only homer.
Heim, Bryja (1-1) 6) and Ev Johnson
Gibbons (3-4), Taylor (7), Piercey (8) and Williams
July 12 - A brilliant relief effort by Tony Garcia was the highlight as Bismarck shaded Williston 6-5. Garcia pitched no-hit ball for 7 2/3s innings as his teammates battled back from a 5-0 deficit. Roy Weatherly and Bill Hockenbury provided home run support and Sam Hill drove in three with a bases-loaded triple.
Sanoff (6-3), Williams (5) and
Fitzgerald, Garcia (4-4) (2) and Perez
July 12 - Shortstop Hal Daugherty with a double and homer, scored three runs and drove in four to lead Minot to a 10-5 decision over Dickinson. Bob Van Eman had three hits, including a homer, and knocked in three runs. Butch Lawing belted his 13th homer for the Packers.
Michalec (4-5), Laskowski (8) and Ev Johnson
Griffith, Piercey (2), Taylor (2-4) (6)and Williams
July 13 - Ed Barr had a home run and three RBI to lead Minot to an 8-3 decision over Williston Oilers. Bill Raehse had a three-run homer for the Oilers. Sugar Cain was the winner.
Cain (6-3) and Williams
Ulrich (1-4), Sanoff (2) and Leavitt
July 13 - Bismarck pounded out 15 hits to down Dickinson 6-3. Roger Higgins survived 12 hits to pick up his 8th win. Dan Chepkauskas of the Packers had the only homer.
Higgins (8-1) and Perez
Fahr (6-5) and Ev Johnson
July 14 - Minot Mallards pounded out six home runs in winning an 11-9 slugfest from Williston Oilers. Bob Van Eman had two homers for the Mallards with Carl Bush, Andy Anderson, Ed Barr and Hal Daugherty poking one apiece. Dolph Regelsky had the lone homer for the Oilers. Dick Kelly picked up the win.
Kelly (3-2), Taylor (8) and Williams
Elkins (9-2) and Leavitt
July 14 - At Dickinson, Fred Brenzel had a no-hitter through four innings and a one-hitter through five before the Barons broke loose for three runs en route to a 10-3 triumph over the Packers. Al Leap had a four-bagger for the Barons, his 12th.
Nelson (3-0) and Perez
Brenzel (2-5), Bryja (8) Laskowski (9), Jankowski (9) and Ev Johnson
July 15 - Minot / Williston rained out.
July 15 - Bismarck Barons got home runs from Al Leap, Roy Weatherly and Al Cihocki in a 13-4 victory over Dickinson. Righthander Vic Stryska went the distance to pick up his 5th win.
Heim (3-7) and E Johnson
Stryska (5-4) and Perez
July 16 - Minot at Williston, rained out.
July 16 - Jim Michalec fashioned a five-hitter to pace Dickinson to a 9-3 win over Bismarck. Outfielder Butch Lawing had three hits, scored three runs and drove in three to lead the Packers. Lawing's three-run homer in the first inning gave Dickinson a lead they never relinquished. Al Leap blasted his 14th homer for the Barons.
Michalec (5-5) and Ev Johnson
Warren Cox (0-1), Tony Garcia (1), Nelson (9) and Perez
July 17 - Williston Oilers, behind the pitching of Jack Sanoff, dumped Dickinson 7-2. Oilers got home runs from shortstop Dolph Regelsky and catcher Jim Leavitt.
Fahr (6-6) and Ev Johnson
Sanoff (7-3) and Leavitt
July 17 - Rightfielder Tex Dargie banged out four hits, including a pair of doubles, as Bismarck took an 8-5 decision from Minot. Malcolm Landry picked up the win, his 8th, with 9th inning help from Vic Stryska.
Landry (8-2), Stryska (9) and Perez
Gibbons (3-5), Piercey (8), Kelly (9) and Williams
July 18 - Preston Elkins spun a five-hitter to record his 10th win as Williston topped Dickinson 3-1. The only run off Elkins came of Ev Johnson's 9th inning home run. Fred Brenzel took the loss.
Brenzel (2-6) and Ev Johnson
Elkins (10-2) and Leavitt
Bismarck 30 16
Williston 25 17 3
Minot 20 22 8
Dickinson 17 28 12 1/2
July 19- Dickinson Packers bashed Regina 15-2 scoring 12 runs in the fifth inning. Mel Heim scattered nine hits for his 4th win. He added to the offense as well with a single and homer in the explosive 5th frame. Ev Johnson had a two-run homer in the third and a double and single in the 5th. Joe Pedrazzini had a homer for Regina.
Gray, Leopp (5), Halsey (5) and Cameron
Heim (4-7) and Ev Johnson
July 19 - A six-run, seventh inning carried Minot to a 6-3 win over Bismarck. Sugar Cain scattered nine hits to record his 7th win. Al Leap took over the lead in homers belting his 15th in the 9th inning for the Barons. Mallards released veteran catcher Dewey Williams and acquired Chuck Orner.
Fitzgerald (1-4), Garcia (7), Dargie (9) and Wolf
Cain (7-3) and Orner
July 19 - Carl Paylor had four hits including a bases-loaded triple to lead Williston to a 18-5 thumping of Moose Jaw in an interlocking game at Williston. The big inning for the Oilers was the 7th when they scored six times on four singles, three walks, two passed balls, a balk, an error and a stolen base. Ed Williams went the distance for the win.
Yahiro (L), Bartylla (3), Morgan (6) and Garrett
Ed Williams (4-3) and Leavitt
July 19 - The board of directors of the Queen City Packers announced that Bill "Red" Rose is to return to Dickinson as playing-manager. The present manager, Ev Johnson, will remain with the team as a player. The board also announced pitcher Bob Laskowski had been released.
July 20 - Vernon "Pete" Taylor fired a five-hit shutout as Minot topped Moose Jaw Mallards in an interlocking game at Minot. Ed Barr and Zoonie McLean each had three hits for the winners.
Reniker and Garrett
Taylor (3-4) and Orner
July 20 - Roger Higgins registered his 9th win of the season as Bismarck shaded Regina 5-4 in an interlocking game at Bismarck. Bill Hockenbery and Art Pennington provided the home run power for the Barons. Lee Murphy and Tony Levaggi had homers for Regina. Lefty Dave Cavillan went the route for the Braves.
Cavillan and Kalamares
Higgins (9-1) and Perez
July 20 - Dickinson Packers whipped Williston 10-2 behind the five-hit pitching of Jim Michalec. Butch Lawing's three-run homer in the 8th inning salted away the victory. It was his 15th home run tying him with Al Leap for the league lead. Buddy Afremow also homered for the Packers and Dolph Regelsky had a round tripper for the Oilers.
Norm Johnson (4-5) Donley (7) and Leavitt
Michalec (6-5) and E Johnson
WILLISTON 26-18 3
MINOT 22-22 7
DICKINSON 19-28 11 1/2
July 21 - Bismarck collected 17 hits to trounced Moose Jaw 12-3. Barons exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning. Homers by Sam Hill and Tex Dargie highlighted the outburst. Bob Burgess and Ted Hiltel belted homers for Moose Jaw. Vic Stryska went the distance for the win.
Watts (4-5), Yahiro (5) and Garrett
Stryska (6-4) and Perez
July 21 - Williston Oilers shaded Dickinson 3-1. Jack Sanoff went all the way for the win, his 8th of the season. Pete Spatafore's two-run homer in the 6th was the winning blow.
Sanoff (8-3) and Leavitt
Fahr (6-7) and Ev Johnson, Earl Johnson
July 21 - Dick Kelly had a no-hitter into the fifth inning and a shutout into the 9th as Minot dumped Regina Braves 7-3. Zoonie McLean knocked in three runs with double and triple. Hal Daugherty took over as team manager to allow Joe Piercey to return to pro ball.
Laskowski and Kalamares, Cameron
Kelly (4-2) and Orner
July 22 - Williston defeated Regina Braves 7-2 in an interlocking game to move to within two games of the ManDak League leading Bismarck Barons. Chuck Donley tossed a six-hitter for the win.
Burgess and Cameron
Donley (1-1) and Leavitt
July 22 - Dickinson overcame an early 4-0 deficit to down Moose Jaw 6-5. Fred Brenzel settled down after giving up four in the first to go the distance for the win. Packers' Earl Johnson had the only homer. The Packers picked up an extra win as well, because of a rain-out with Moose Jaw earlier.
Doepker and Garrett
Brenzel (3-6) and Earl Johnson
July 22 - Duke Bowman had a homer and drove in six runs as Minot escaped with a 10-8, 13 inning victory over Bismarck. Mallards scored three in the top of the 13th on singles by Sugar Cain and Bowman and a ground out. Earlier, Minot had home runs from starting pitcher Dirk Gibbons and Bob Van Eman. Barons had three homers, from Roy Weatherly, Sam Hill and Pius Wolf.
Tony Garcia, Fitzgerald (8), Stryska (6-5) (12) and Perez
Gibbons, Taylor (4-4) (8) and Orner
July 23 - Preston Elkins scattered 12 hits but allowed just two runs to post his 11th victory as Williston topped Bismarck 6-2. Elkins fanned 10. Jim Leavitt had a homer for the Oilers while Roy Weatherly had a two-run homer for the Barons. Mal Landry took the loss.
Landry (8-3) and Perez
Elkins (11-2) and Leavitt
July 23 - The hometown Mallards topped Dickinson 7-3. It was the third straight win for Minot since Hal Daugherty took over as manager. Newcomer Tom Guderian picked up his first win with a six-hitter. Mel Heim suffered his 8th defeat.
Heim (4-8) and Earl Johnson
Guderian (1-0) and Orner
Williston 29-18 1
Minot 25-22 5
Dickinson 21 30 11
July 24 - Williston Oilers moved into first place, by percentage points, downing Bismarck Barons 4-1. Jack Sanoff hurled a three-hitter to pick up his 9th win. Art Pennington's seventh inning homer was the only run Sanoff allowed. Nelson Daehn homered for the Oilers.
Nelson, Fitzgerald (1-5) and Perez
Sanoff (9-3) and Leavitt
July 24 - Sugar Cain fired a four-hitter, tripled and scored a run as Minot Mallards topped Dickinson 8-2. Cain had a shutout going into the 9th. It was the Mallards fourth straight win since Hal Daugherty took over as manager.
Michalec (6-6), Bryja (7) and El Johnson
Cain (8-3) and Orner
Bismarck 32-20 --
Minot 26-22 4
Dickinson 21 31 11
July 25 - Williston Oilers downed Dickinson Packers 6-3 to maintain a slim, percentage-point lead in the ManDak standings. Oilers out-hit the Packers 14 to 5. Norm Johnson, with relief help from Jack Sanoff, picked up the win.
Norm Johnson (5-5), Sanoff (6) and Leavitt
Fahr (6-8) and Earl Johnson
July 25 - Bismarck stopped Minot's win streak at six games with a 7-6 win at Bismarck behind homers from Al Leap, Sam Hill and Bill Hockenbury. Carl Bush homered for the Mallards. Roger Higgins picked up his 10th win, with 9th inning elief help from Tony Garcia. Leap's homer was his 16th of the season.
Kelly (4-3) and Orner
Higgins (10-1), Garcia (9) and Perez
July 26 - Bob Van Eman's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 9th gave Minot a 4-3 verdict over Bismarck. Vern "Pete" Taylor tossed a seven-hitter for the win.
Stryska (6-6) and Perez
Taylor (5-4) and Orner
July 26 - Bill Jankowski's single in the last of the 11th inning gave Dickinson an 8-7 victory over Williston. The Oilers had rebounded from a 7-0 deficit in the 9th inning as Carl Paylor knocked in the tying run. Jim Michalec picked up the win in relief.
Williams (4-4) and Leavitt
Bryja, Michalec (7-6) (9) and E Johnson
MINOT 27 23 4
DICKINSON 22-32 11
July 27 - Trailing 9-1 in the sixth inning, the Minot Mallards charged back to edge Dickinson 10-9 on a pair of three-run homers by Bob Van Eman, the second coming in the bottom of the 9th. It was the second straight night a Van Eman hit had provided victory in the 9th inning. Hal Daugherty was the winner in relief.
Heim (4-9) and El Johnson
Gibbons, Oster (2), Daugherty (1-0) (8) and Orner
July 27 - Bismarck at Williston, rained out.
July 28 - Chuck Orner and Carl Bush each had a home run and drove in three as Minot Mallards walloped Dickinson 16-5. Zoonie McLean had three doubles and a single, drove in a pair and scored four times. Gerald Didier had four singles for the Packers. Dirk Gibbons picked up the win in relief.
Brenzel (3-7) and El Johnson
Guderian, Gibbons (4-5) (3) and Orner
July 28 - Ray Berns, who had homered earlier, scored the winning run on an infield single in the 13th inning as Williston shaded Bismarck 4-3. Al Leap's 17th homer had tied the score for the Barons at 3-3 in the top of the 13th. Sam Hill also had a homer for the Barons and Bill Raehse for the Oilers. Preston Elkins went the distance for his 12th victory.
Garcia, Fitzgerald (1-6), Stryska and Perez
Elkins (12-2) and Leavitt
July 29 - John Kropf drove in both runs, with a homer in the 6th inning and a single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Bismarck a 2-1 victory over Minot and Sugar Cain in the first game of a double-header. The second gamed was washed out. John Fitzgerald gained the win in relief.
Cain (8-4) and Orner
Gene Nelson, Fitzgerald (2-6) (9) and Perez
July 29 - Williston used the long ball to down Edmonton 7-3. Dolph Regelsky, Preston Elkins and Bill Raehse each had a homer and two singles. Regelsky knocked in four runs. Elkins scored three.
Skousen (6-3), Kirk (8) and Shollin
Donley (2-1) and Leavitt
July 30 - Minot Mallards rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to shade the Edmonton Eskimos 11-10 in spite of allowing 16 hits to the Canadian visitors. The winning run crossed the plate on a bases-loaded walk to Bob Van Eman, who had three RBI. Phil Oyler had four hits for Edmonton.
Doucette, Kirk (4), Bull (7), Jones (9) and Shollin
Oster, Kelly (5), Taylor (6-4) (8) and Anderson
July 30 - Jack Sanoff tossed a 9-hit shutout as Williston topped Dickinson 3-0. Dolph Regelsky's double accounted for the first run of the game in the 7th inning and Nelson Daehn's triple drove in two in the 8th.
Michalec (7-7) and Ev Johnson
Sanoff (10-3) and Leavitt
July 30 - At Bismarck, the Barons exploded for four runs in the first inning, including homers by Bill Hockenbery and Art Pennington, then held on to shade the Lloydminster Meridians 7-6. In a battle of the long ball, John Kropf also homered for the Barons while Ben Lott belted a pair and Keith Gustin and Curly Williams had four-baggers for the Canadian squad.
Tesch, Hanson (8) and Gustin
Higgins (11-1), Fitzgerald (8) and Perez
July 31 - Helped by six Edmonton errors, Bismarck Barons topped the Eskimos 6-5 in 11 innings at Bismarck. Dale Zeigler was the hard-luck loser having held the Barons to six hits while fanning 14. Catcher Tom Shollin had three hits, including a homer and double, for Edmonton.
Zeigler and Shollin
Stryska, Fitzgerald (3-6) (10) and Perez
July 31 - Williston Oilers overcame a 6-0 deficit to down Dickinson 8-7 in 10 innings. Four straight singles in the 10th, capped by Jim Leavitt's drive off the scoreboard, provided the winning margin. Oilers got back in the game with three in the sixth inning then got a two-run homer by Nelson Daehn and a solo blast by Preston Elkins to tie in the bottom of the ninth. An error allowed the Packers score in the top of the 10th setting the stage for the Oilers rally in the bottom of the extra frame.
Fahr, Heim (9), Rose (0-1) (10) and Ev Johnson
Johnson, Williams (5), Donley (3-1) (10) and Leavitt
July 31 - Lloydminster at Minot, rained out.
MINOT 30-24 5
DICKINSON 22-36 15
August 01 - Walt Bryja fired a five-hit shutout as Dickinson edged Edmonton 1-0. Gerald Didier's fifth inning single drove in Ev Johnson with the only run of the game. Johnson had singled and moved to third on an error. Bob Jones allowed just 5-hits in a losing cause.
Jones and Shollin
Bryja (2-1) and Ev Johnson
August 01 - Sam Hill's three-run homer in the 9th gave Bismarck a 6-3 win over the Mallards in Minot. It was the Barons 4th straight triumph. Mal Landry went eight innings to pick up the win, his 9th of the season. Pete Taylor (6-5) took the loss.
Landry (9-3), Fitzgerald (9) and Perez
Taylor (6-5) and Anderson
August 01 - Preston Elkins crushed three home runs and drove in six as Willistion Oilers trampled the Lloydminster Meridians 22-3. Jim Leavitt and Dolph Regelsky also had home runs for the Oilers while Dick Satalich and Roberto Zayas had four-baggers for the Meridians.
Barney Brown, John Karpinski (7) and Gustin
Lyons (1-0) and Leavitt
The Oilers announced some player moves. The team has acquired third baseman Carl Paylor, outfielder Nino Spatafore and pitchers Don Herman and Al Lyons. Lyons was with the New York Yankees in 1942 to 1944 and had a 10-3 mark in the Pacific Coast League last season. Williston released pitcher Norm Johnson.
August 2 - Butch Lawing drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Dickinson a 5-4 victory over Minot. Lawing had earlier clubbed his 17th home run. Ev Johnson also homered for the Packers.
Dick Kelly (4-4), Gibbons (10) and Anderson
Red Rose (1-1) and Ev Johnson
August 2 - Preston Elkins won his 13th game to tie a ManDak League record as Williston topped Bismarck 6-5 to halt the Barons' winning streak at four games. Al Leap and Art Pennington had home runs for the Barons.
Elkins (13-2), Sanoff (9) and Leavitt
Garcia (4-5), Hockenbury (9) and Perez
August 3 - Minot at Dickinson, rained out. The Mallards announced the acquisition of Dean Scarborough to replace Bob Van Eman. Scarborough has been with Huron. He was the batting champion in the Southern Minnesota League for three seasons, 1950-51 and 1953.
August 3 - Jack Sanoff hurled a four-hitter and his Williston teammates collected 15 hits to trounce Bismarck 8-1. Dolph Regelsky, for the Oilers, and Bill Hockenbury, for the Barons, had the game's only home runs.
Sanoff (11-3) and Leavitt
Gene Nelson (3-1), Fitzgerald (6) and Perez
August 4 - Ed Barr, already with a two-run double and a run scored, singled in the 7th inning to knock in the winning run in a 6-5 victory for Minot over Williston. Dirk Gibbons picked up his 5th win in relief. Ray Berns had a three-run homer for the Oilers.
Williams, Donley (3-2) (4) and Leavitt
Guderian, Gibbons (5-5) (7) and Orner
August 4 - Ev Johnson's single with two on and two out in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Dickinson Packers a 7-6 win over Bismarck. Mel Heim went all the way to record his 5th win. Butch Lawing of the Packers had the only homer, his 17th.
Higgins, Hockenbury (0-1) (7) and Perez
Heim (5-9) and Ev Johnson
August 5 - Minot and Williston split a twin-bill at Minot. Al Lyons pitched a three-hit, 10-inning shutout as the Oilers won the afternoon contest 1-0. Nino Spatafore led off the top of the 10th with a triple and scored on a sacrfice fly. Pete Taylor was the hard luck loser.
Mallards bounced back to win the nightcap 6-3 behind Sugar Cain who recorder his 9th win of the season.
Lyons (2-0) and Leavitt
Taylor (6-6) and Orner
Don Herman (0-1), Donley (7) and Leavitt
Cain (9-4) and Orner
August 5 - Vic Stryska tossed a four-hitter as Bismarck topped Dickinson 7-1.
Stryska (7-6) and Perez
Michalec (7-8) Rose and Ev Johnson
(August 6) Bismarck announced the release of pitcher Gene Nelson and the acquisition of Fred Brenzel who was released by Dickinson to make room for new manager Red Rose.
August 6 - John Kalamares and Tony Levaggi each had two-run doubles as Regina Braves rallied for five runs in the 8th inning to top Minot 5-4 in an interlocking game in Regina. Roger Gray went the route for the win. Bill Oster was the loser.
Oster (0-1), Daugherty (8) and xxx
Gray and Kalamares
August 6 - Third baseman Rich Rubio had three hits to lead a 14-hit Moose Jaw attack as the Mallards beat Bismarck Barons 7-5. Ben Reniker gave up nine hits and six walks in picking up the victory. Reliever Roger Higgins took the loss.
Landry, Fitzgerald (3-7) (6), Higgins (7) and Perez
Reniker and Garrett
August 6 - Gerald Fahr tossed a seven hit shutout as Dickinson bested Williston and Preston Elkins 2-0. Gerald Didier's third inning single scored Dan Chepkauskas with the only run the Packers would need. Milt Joffe's 9th inning homer provided an insurance run.
Fahr (7-8) and Johnson
Elkins (13-3) and Leavitt
BISMARCK 38-26 2 1/2
MINOT 31-28 7
DICKINSON 27-37 13 1/2
August 7 - Edmonton Eskimos upset Bismarck Barons 7-6. Carl Maggio had three hits and knocked in three to pace the Esks 15-hit attack. Ralph Vold, who went the distance for the win, score two runs, including the winner in the bottom of the 8th. Bill Hockenbury, who started at third base and relieved starter Tony Garcia, had four hits.
Garcia (4-6), Hockenbury (8) and Perez
Vold and Shollin
August 7 - Dick Kelly tossed a five-hitter as Minot Mallards beat the Meridians 5-1 at Lloydminster. Mallards had only six hits off Oscar Tesch and Stan Karpinski, one of them an Ed Barr homer. John Karpinski's homer accounted for the only run for Lloydminster.
Kelly (5-4) and Orner
Tesch, Stan Karpinski (8) and Gustin
August 7 - Jack Sanoff pitched Williston to a 6-2 victory over Dickinson Packers. Sanoff allowed just four hits in winning his 12th game, just one short of the league leader, Preston Elkins.
Bryja (2-2) and Ev Johnson
Sanoff (12-3) and Leavitt
August 8 - Tom Shollin's homer in the bottom of the 9th gave Edmonton a 4-3 decision over Minot in an interlocking game at Edmonton. Owen Skousen, who relieved starter Dale Zeigler in the 7th, picked up the win. Dick Gibbons went the distance for the Mallards. Andy Anderson had a two-run homer for Minot.
Gibbons (5-6) and Orner
Zeigler, Skousen (7) and Shollin
August 8 - Bismarck Barons downed Lloydminster 4-2 for their first win on their Canadian swing. Vic Stryska went the route for the win. Art Pennington had a triple and single for the winners. John Karpinski homered for the Meridians.
Stryska (8-6) and Perez
Hansen, Karpinski (5) and Gustin
August 8 - Al Lyons tossed a six-hitter to lead Williston past Dickinson 8-1. Ray Berns had the only homer.
Lyons (3-0), Donley (8) and xxx
Rose (1-2), Fahr (7) and xxx
August 9 - Home runs by Art Worth and Jesse Blackman powered North Battleford to a 6-5 win over Minot in an interlocking game in the Saskatchewan city. Andy Anderson, with two, Carl Bush and Chuck Orner had homers for the Mallards.
Pete Taylor (6-7) and Orner
Bennie Griggs, Mike Dayne (9) and Green
August 9 - Williston Oilers scored all their runs in two innings as they downed Dickinson 11-9. A three-run homer by Preston Elkins was the big blow for the Oilers. Losing pitcher Mel Heim and Tom Giuliano had homers for the Packers.
Don Herman (1-1), Donley (8), Sanoff (9) and Leavitt
Heim (5-10), Bryja (7) and Ev Johnson
August 9 - Sam Hill blasted a three-run homer and had five RBI to pace Bismarck to an 8-5 victory over Saskatoon Gems in an interlocking game at Saskatoon. Roger Higgins went all the way for his 12th win of the season.
Higgins (12-1) and Perez
Stevens, Bowes (8) and Garay
BISMARCK 40-27 3 1/2
MINOT 33-30 8 1/2
DICKINSON 27-40 16 1/2
August 10 - Bismarck third baseman Bill Hockenbury took a turn on the mound in North Battleford and fired a six-hitter as the Barons downed the Beavers 8-2.
Hockenbury (1-1) and Perez
Dayne, Button (8), Verreau (9) and Green
August 10 - Preston Elkins allowed just 8 hits and fanned 13 in registering his 14th win as Williston Oilers downed Dickinson Packers 4-2. Dolph Regelsky and Bill Raehse homered for the Oilers. Rocky Krsnich belted one for the Packers.
Elkins (14-3) and Leavitt
Michalec (7-9) and Ev Johnson
August 10 - Minot Mallards' Tom Guderian tossed an eight-hitter to shutout the Saskatoon Gems 5-0 before 2,000 fans at Saskatoon. It was just the second win for Minot in five games on its Canadian swing.
Guderian (2-0) and Orner
Wayne Doyle, Bowes (3) and Garay
August 11 - At Regina, Bismarck Barons upended the hometown Braves 11-6. Al Cihocki paced the 18-hit Barons attack with a double and two singles. Al Leap drove in five runs with three singles. John Kalamares had a double and three singles for Regina.
Fitzgerald (4-7) and Perez, Wolf (7)
Leopp (L), Cavillan (3) and Cameron
August 11 - Dolph Regelsky clubbed four hits, including a pair of home runs, and Jack Sanoff won for the 13th time as Williston Oilers dumped Dickinson 7-3. The homers were Regelsky's 14th and 15th of the season.
Fahr (7-9), Heim (7) and Ev Johnson
Sanoff (13-3) and Leavitt
August 11 - Bill Oster allowed just five hits in leading Minot to an 8-2 victory over the Moose Jaw Mallards at Moose Jaw. Duke Bowman led the offensive with a three-run homer and two singles. Zoonie McLean had three singles and Carl Bush a homer. Gord Morgan had a homer for the Saskatchewan club.
Oster (1-1) and Orner
Ruben Alvarez and Garrett
August 12 - Williston Oilers swept a twin-bill from Minot 1-0 and 5-4. In the first game, Al Lyons fired a four-hitter for the shutout and drove in the only run with a 6th inning single. It was his 4th win without a loss. Dick Kelly, who gave up just six hits, was the hard-luck loser.
Lyons (4-0) and Leavitt
Kelly (5-5) Gibbons (9) and Orner
In the second game, the Oilers pounded out 13 hits to post a 5-4 win. Ray Berns drove in three runs with a double and homer.
Donley (4-2), Herman(7), Sanoff (8) and Leavitt
Cain (9-5) and Orner
August 12 - Fred Brenzel fashioned a two-hitter against his former teammates as Bismarck turned back Dickinson 3-2. Brenzel lost his shutout bid due to an error in the 9th inning. Sam Hill and John Kropf had round-trippers for the Barons.
Bryja (2-3) and Ev Johnson
Brenzel (4-7) and Perez
BISMARCK 44-27 3
MINOT 37-32 9
DICKINSON 27-44 20
August 13 - Hal Daugherty's 8th inning double scored Zoonie McLean with the winning run as Minot edged Williston 5-4. Mallards had bounced back from a 4-1 deficit on a three-run homer by Carl Bush in the 6th frame. Pete Taylor went the distance for the win allowing just six hits.
Don Herman, Ed Williams (4-5) (6) and Leavitt
Taylor (7-7) and Orner
August 13 - Bill Hockenbury belted two homers (his 15th and 15th), a triple and a single to drive in three runs to lead Bismarck to an 8-6 win over Dickinson. Barons also got four baggers from Al Leap (his 19th) and Roy Weatherly. Ev Johnson homered for the Packers.
Red Rose (1-3) and Ev Johnson
Chuck Eisenmann (1-0) and Perez
August 14 - Bismarck used the long ball to top Williston 6-4. Three homers, by Al Leap, John Kropf and Sam Hill, accounted for all the Barons' scoring. Nino Spatafore had the lone homer for the Oilers. Leap's blast was his 20th of the season, one off the league record set last season by Roy Weatherly.
Elkins (14-4) and Leavitt
Stryska (9-6), Brenzel (9) and Perez
August 14 - Mel Heim pitched Dickinson Packers to a 5-2 win over Minot. Dirk Gibbons took the loss.
Gibbons (5-7) and Orner
Heim (6-10) and Ev Johnson
August 15 - Dickinson whipped Minot 6-1 as Jim Michalec won his 8th on a six-hitter. Butch Lawing's 19th homer highlighted the offense.
Guderian (2-1) and Orner
Michalec (8-9) and Ev Johnson
August 15 - Williston Oilers outslugged Bismarck 16-13 in a home run derby at Bismarck. Preston Elkins of the Oilers belted three home runs in a game for the second time this season. Al Leap blasted a pair, his 21st and 22nd, to break the ManDak record of 21 set last season by Roy Weatherly. Nelson Daehn and Bill Raehse also homered for Williston and Sam Hill, Al Cihocki and Art Pennington had four-baggers for the Barons.
Sanoff, Donley (2), Ed Williams (5-5), Lyons (7) and Leavitt
Higgins, Eisenmann (1), Brenzel (4-8) (7), Stryska and Perez
August 16 - Bismarck Barons topped Dickinson Packers 6-2. Bill Hockenbury went the distance, allowing seven hits, for his second win. Packers' Rocky Krsnich had the only homer.
Fahr (7-10) and Ev Johnson
Hockenbury (2-1) and Perez
August 16 - Shortstop Dolph Regelsky drove in four runs with a pair of homers to lead Williston to a 5-2 victory over Minot. Jack Sanoff allowed just eight hits in posting his 14th victory. Duke Bowman had a home for the Mallards.
Oster (1-2) and Orner
Sanoff (14-3) and Leavitt
BISMARCK 46-28 3
MINOT 37-33 11
DICKINSON 29 45 20
August 17 - A big fifth inning carried Dickinson to a 10-8 win over Bismarck Barons. Bases-loaded doubles by Bill Jankowski and Gerald Didier helped the Packers to an eight-run inning. Sam Hill's three-run homer was the big blow for the Barons.
Garcia (4-7), Brenzel (5), Higgins (9) and Perez
Bryja (3-3), Michalec (4) and E Johnson
August 17 - Hal Daugherty had three hits including a homer to pace Minot to a 9-7 comeback win over Williston. The Oilers had jumped into a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Preston Elkins' bases-loaded double. Centre fielder Ed Barr had a home run for the Mallards and Dolph Regelsky one for Williston. Dirk Gibbons pick up the win in relief of starter Wyman Carey a newcomer from the Basin League.
Wyman Carey, Gibbons (6-7) (5), Kelly (8), Taylor (9) and Orner
Lyons (4-1), Ed Williams (7) and Leavitt
August 18 - Carl Bush singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Minot Mallards shaded Williston 2-1. Dick Kelly fired a four-hitter for the win. Don Herman allowed just three hits in taking the loss. Carl Paylor homered for the Oilers.
Herman (1-2) and Leavitt
Kelly (6-5) and Orner
August 19 - In a tilt which featured five home runs, Minot Mallards downed Williston 6-3 in the first game of a double-header. Duke Bowman, Ed Barr and Chuck Orner had homers for the Mallards with Bill Raehse and Preston Elkins belting round trippers for the Oilers. Mallards swept the day with a 2-1 victory in the second game as Sugar Cain recorded his 10th win. Cain scored the Mallards first run after doubling in the third. Zoonie McLean doubled and scored on a Hal Daugherty single in the fourth inning to complete the scoring.
Taylor (8-7) and Orner
Donley (4-3) and Leavitt
Cain (10-5) and Orner
Williams (5-6) and Leavitt
August 20 - Preston Elkins tossed a six-hitter for his 15th win as Williston clinched the ManDak pennant with a 8-3 victory over the defending champion Bismarck Barons. Bill Raehse had a homer for the winners. Bill Hockenbury belted his 18th for the Barons.
Vic Stryska (9-7), Tony Garcia (7) and Perez
Elkins (15-4) and Leavitt
August 20 - Minot scored four in the top of the 9th then held off a Dickinson rally to top the Packers 11-8 in the final game of the regular season for the Packers. Andy Anderson and Ed Barr belted homers for the Mallards. Milt Joffe had a grand slam for Dickinson. Tom Guderian picked up the win. Red Rose was the loser.
Guderian (3-1) Gibbons (8) and Orner
Rose (1-4) Heim (7) and Ev Johnson
August 21 - In his final game before departing Bismarck to resume his teaching duties, Fred Brenzel scattered seven hits over eight innings to pace the Barons to a 7-3 win over Williston. Bill Hockenbury and Sam Hill each had three hits to lead the winners. Harry Wise finished up on the hill for the Barons.
Herman (1-3) and Leavitt
Brenzel (5-8), Wise (9) and Wolf
August 22 - Minot Mallards rapped out four homers to down Bismarck 11-6 in the final game of the regular season. Don Corcoran, Andy Anderson, Zoonie McLean and Dean Scarborough had the four-baggers for Minot while Al Leap set a ManDak League record with his 23rd homer for the Barons.
Bruce Haroldson, Carl Bush (1-0) (5) and Orner
Tex Dargie, Higgins (5), Cihocki (0-1) (6) and Wolf
Playoffs, Semi-finals :
(August 23) Williston dumped Dickinson 12-5 in the opening game of their semi-final series. Bill Raehse led the offense with a homer and a pair of doubles. Dolph Regelsky went 4 for 4 and Ray Berns and Preston Elkins added homers.
Sanoff (W) and Leavitt
J Michalec (L), Heim (2) and E Johnson
(August 24) Dickinson pounded out 21 hits to crush Williston 13-5 to even the semi-final at a game apiece. Bill Jankowski had four hits, including a homer, for the Packers. Garland Lawing also had a four-bagger for the winners. Bill Raehse homered for the Oilers.
Fahr (W) and E Johnson
Lyons (L), Donley and Leavitt
(August 25) Jim Leavitt knocked in three runs to pace Williston to a 9-3 win over Dickinson and a two to one game lead in the semi-final series. Leavitt, Dolph Regelsky and Bill Raehse (his third in three games) had homers for the Oilers. Tom Guiliano had three hits for the Packers.
Elkins (W), Sanoff (7) and Leavitt
Bryja (L), Helm (8), Rose (8) and E Johnson.
(August 28) Rocky Krisnich crushed three home runs to lead Dickinson to an 11-8 victory over Williston to tie the semi-final series at two games each. Butch Lawing added a three-run homer and Dan Chipkauskas three hits for the Packers. Al Lyons belted a home run for Williston.
Sanoff (L), Elkins (8) and Leavitt
Michalec, Bryja (4) (W) and E Johnson
(August 29) Dickinson had just six hits but made the most of their opportunities to shade Williston 5-4 to move to within a game of a berth in the ManDak league final.
Fahr (W) and E. Johnson
Herman, Donley (1), Sanoff (L) (1), Williams (2) and Leavitt
(August 31) Preston Elkins fired a five-hit shutout to pace Williston to a 4-0 win over Dickinson to force a seventh and deciding game in their semi-final series. Elkins fanned nine. Ray Berns, Carl Paylor and Al Lyons each had two hits for the Oilers.
Elkins (W) and Leavitt
Michalec (L) and E Johnson
(September 1) Al Lyons held Dickinson to two hits while Preston Elkins blasted a homer as Williston captured the semi-final series with a 6-0 win over Dickinson.
Lyons (W) and Leavitt
Bryja (L), Fahr (4), Helm (8) and E Johnson
Playoffs, Semi-finals :
(August 23) Minot shaded Bismarck 9-8 in the opening game of their semi-final series. Carl Bush and Ed Barr each hit homers and the Mallards got clutch relief pitching in the 9th from Dick Kelly and Dirk Gibbons.
Pete Taylor (W), Dirk Gibbons (9), Dick Kelly (9) and Orner
Hockenbury (L), Tony Garcia (4), Chuck Eisenmann (8) and Perez
(August 24) Bismarck evened the series with an 8-7 victory over Minot. The game feature two grand slam homers, John Kropf for the winners, Andy Anderson for Minot. Sugar Cain took the loss.
Cain (L) and Orner
Harry Wise, Garcia (W) (1) and Perez
(August 25) The offensive outburst continued as Bismarck downed Minot 13-10 to take a two to one game lead in the semi-final series. Minot had taken a 9-5 lead on a pair of home runs by Ed Barr and one from Andy Anderson, but Bismarck stormed back to tie then scored three in the 8th for the win. Al Leap led the Barons with four hits and four runs batted in. Barr drove in four for the Mallards.
Stryska, Higgins (W) (6) and Perez
Kelly (L), Gibbons (8), Oster (8) and Orner
(August 26) Bill Oster tossed a five-hitter and fanned ten as Minot beat Bismarck 7-2. Zoonie McLean and Chuck Orner each drove in a pair for the Mallards. Sam Hill accounted for both Barons' runs with a 4th inning homer.
Oster (W) and Orner
Wise (L), Eisenmann (3) and Perez
(August 27) Andy Anderson was the hero for Minot as he tripled off the right field wall to score Hal Daugherty win the winning run as the Mallards shaded Bismarck 3-2. Duke Bowman had three hits for the Mallards. Roy Weatherly had four hits for the losers.
Hockenbury (L) and Perez, Wolf
Taylor (W) and Orner
(August 28) Sugar Cain fired a two-hitter and fanned twelve to lead Minot past Bismarck 3-1 and a berth in the ManDak league final. Mallards took the series four games to two. Dean Scarborough's 9th inning homer was a key blow for Minot. Cain chalked up twelve strikeouts. Roy Weatherly's 3rd inning homer accounted for all the Barons' scoring.
Cain (W) and Orner
Tony Garcia (L), Higgins (8) and Wolf
Playoffs, final series :
(September 2) Minot's Harry Taylor bested Williston's Ed Williams in a pitching duel as the Mallards won the first game of the ManDak final series 3-0. Three Oilers' errors provided Minot with enough for the win.
Taylor (W) and Orner
E Willians (L) and Leavitt
(September 3) After being shutout in the opener, Williston's offense came to life as the Oilers whipped Minot 12-5. Jack Sanoff pitched a six-hitter for Williston and helped at the plate with a homer. Jim Leavitt belted a grand slam homer. Dean Scarborough and Carl Bush had homers for the Mallards. Sugar Cain was knocked out of the box for the first time in 21 starts.
Sanoff (W) and Leavitt
Cain (L), Gibbons and Orner
(September 4) First baseman Bill Raehse's 12th inning single drove in the winning run as Williston edged Minot 5-4 to take a two to one game lead in the final series.
Elkins (W) and Leavitt
Kelly (L), Gibbons (12) and Orner
(September 5) Bill Oster held Williston to four hits as Minot scored a 3-1 win to tie the final series at two games apiece. Dean Scarborough and Zoonie McLean each had two hits for the Mallards.
Oster (W) and Orner
Lyons (L) and Leavitt
(September 6) Williston Oilers took a 3-2 game lead in the ManDak final series with a 7-3 win over Minot. Ed Williams pitched a three-hitter for Williston and outfielder Ray Berns clubbed a three-run homer in the 7th inning to break up a tight contest. Bill Raehse had a three-run shot in the first inning. Andy Anderson had a two-run homer in the fourth.
E Williams (W) and Leavitt
Taylor (L) and Orner
(September 7) Jack Sanoff was the man on the hill and at the plate as Williston downed Minot 7-3 to capture the ManDak League title in six games. Sanoff pitched a three-hitter and belted a homer, triple and single, good for five runs batted in.
Guderian (L), Oster (8) and Orner
Sanoff (W) and Leavitt