1957 ManDak Game Reports     

(May 31)  Williston 10 Bismarck 5, Brandon 13 Minot 1    

Jackie Bowes, a loser to Williston on Opening Day.    

(June 3)  Brandon Greys made their home opener a winning one with a 14-4 trouncing to Williston Oilers at Kinsmen Stadium.  It was the Greys second win in five starts.  They were beaten twice by the Oilers in a weekend twinbill at Williston and split a pair with the Mallards over the Memorial Day holiday at Minot.  Greys had 13 hits off two Williston pitchers including a homer by local product Gerry McKayAl Lyons gave up just two hits in registering the win.  Bob Rous came on in relief in the 6th inning.  Norm Johnson took the loss.

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Lyons (W), Rous (6) and Jim Slevin

(June 4)  A brief shower forced postponement of a Man-Dak League encounter at Municipal Park and also postponed the local debut of the Bismarck Barons' new slugging second baseman, Clyde McNeal.

The second game of the series will feature Jackie Bowes, the Barons' stylish little lefty going against either Frank McCollum or big John Andre of the Minot Mallards. McNeal, 26, drove 900 miles from San Antonio, Tex., and was in uniform and due to open at the keystone spot. Barons veteran Connie Juelke left for his managerial assignment at Huron, S.D. Besides McNeal, the Barons also are using Bob Ebker, a right-hander from the University of Tulane, who was with the club for a time last season.

(June 5)  Minot Mallards erased a four-run deficit Wednesday night to notch a 12-6 win over the Brandon Greys on the six-hit pitching of John Andre.  Andre walked three and gave up two hits in the initial frame as the Greys scored four times. They added another in the second. The right-hander struck out five and walked eight. Southpaw Gerry Smith of Hamiota started for the Greys but ran into grief in the fifth when the Mallards scored five runs to move ahead 7-6.  Smith, who fanned four and walked three was shelled in the seventh when Minot scored three more.  Mort Wright took over and gave up two hits and two runs in the eighth.  Carl Bush lashed a pair of triples for the winners while Duke Bowman, Jesse Rodgers and Zoonie McLean each drove in three runs.  Gerry Mackay collected two of Brandon's six hits.

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(June 7)   Concerned about poor attendance, Brandon Greys met Friday to discuss ways to boost attendance.  One member of the executive expressed pessimism "we'd be better to forfeit out $1,000 bond with the league, and drop out now, than to carry on with poor gates and wind up with a $20,000 deficit in the fall."  The executive decided to wait and see what happens at the next few home games before making a move to disband the club.

(June 10)   Brandon Greys jumped into a 5-0 lead and held off an 8th inning rally by Bismarck to shade the Barons 5-4 at Brandon.  Three errors by the Greys in the 8th allowed three unearned runs. Al Lyons held the American squad to eight hits in taking the win.  Kaye Bachmann gave up ten hits in absorbing the loss.

Bachmann (L) and Hummel 
Lyons (W) and Dana 

(June 10)  At Minot, the hometown Mallards had 14 hits and took advantage of four Williston errors to trounce the Oilers 10-0.  John Andre fired a five-hitter for the shutout. 

Yanen (L), Elkins (7) and Massaro
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(June 18)  Brandon rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge the league-leading Williston Oilers 4-3 at Kinsmen Stadium. The game drew about 800 fans, the best of the season.  Oilers' righthander Bob Yanen had held the Greys to just three hits through eight frames but walked three straight batters to lead off the ninth.  Tommy Guilliano, Doug Lewis and Bob Betz followed with singles through the infield to produce the win for Brandon.  Bob Bennett went the distance for the Greys for the win.

Williston opened the scoring in the 6th as Carl Paylor singled, moved to third on Pete Konyar's double and scored on Bill Raehse's fly ball.  Brandon tied the count in the bottom of the 6th on a single by Butch Lawing and Gerry McKay's triple.  Oilers took a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning on singles by Joe Massaro and Bill Sharpe, a long fly to right by Yanen and Paylor's triple.

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(June 22)  Sugar Cain fired a six-hitter to lead Minot Mallards to a 4-2 win over Brandon Greys.  A four-run 4th inning provided enough offense for the victory.  Bob Bennett allowed just seven hits in being saddled with the loss.

Bennett (L) and Moore
Cain (W) and Orner

Bismarck   10 8
Williston  10 8
Brandon     9 8
Minot       6 11

(June 23)  Brandon Greys pushed across a run in the top of the 11th inning to nip Minot Mallards 4-3. Bob Rous picked up the win in relief of starter Al Lyons Dick Gibbons took the loss.

Lyons, Rous (W) (9) and Louden
Gibbons (L) and Orner

Just a half-game separates the top three teams in the ManDak League as Bismarck Barons took a pair from Williston Oilers, 9-1 and 7-6.  The sweep moved the Barons into a first-place tie with the Oilers. 

Johnson (L) and Massaro
Ackers (W) and Perez

Best (L) and Massaro
Bachmann, Bowes (W) (9) and Perez

(June 24)  Bismarck Barons moved into a tie for top spot in the ManDak League with a 12-8 win over Brandon Greys at Kinsmen Stadium. 

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(June 24)  At Minot, the Mallards shaded Williston Oilers 9-8. 

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(June 26)   Shortstop Al Leap drove in seven runs with a three-run homer, bases-loaded double and a sacrifice fly as Bismarck Barons whipped Brandon 10-4 in ManDak League action at Kinsmen Stadium. The victory moved the Barons into sole possession of first place, a game up on the Williston Oilers.  Jackie Bowes went the distance for the win scattering nine hits and leaving nine Brandon runners stranded. Harry McIlvain yielded just seven hits in taking the loss. McIlvain drove in two of the Brandon runs.

Bowes (W) and Perez
McIlvain (L) and Louden

(June 28)   Bismarck pushed across the winning marker in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Barons topped Brandon Greys 4-3. 

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At Williston, Minot Mallards clubbed seven home runs to trounced Williston Oilers 20-4.  The win dropped the Oilers into second place in the ManDak League, one game back of Bismarck.

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(June 29)   Minot whipped Brandon 10-3.

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(June 30)   Bismarck 16 Williston 10, Minot 13 Brandon 2 (?)

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(July 4)  Bill Hockenbury, Bismarck playing manager, clouted his fourth home run in four games to lead the Barons to a 9-4 win over Brandon Greys.

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Second place Williston kept within two games of the leading Bismarck Barons with an 8-4 victory over Minot before 1,043 fans at Minot, the largest crowd of the season.

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(July 8)   Williston Oilers plated single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to shade Brandon Greys 6-5.  Ed Williams picked up the win in relief of starter Norm Johnson.  Johnson gave up seven hits including a homer by the Greys' new third baseman Ralph Wilcox, a triple by first baseman Doug Lewis and a double by Butch Lawing.  Williams allowed just one hit.  Jerry Cashill worked eight frames for the Greys giving up ten hits. One of the Oilers' runs scored on a freak play when a hit by Steve Molinari struck a telephone guy wire in foul territory and bounced onto the field for a ground-run single.

Johnson, Williams (W) (6) and Massaro
Cashill (L), Bennett (9) and Louden

(July 10)  Brandon Greys scored a pair in the first inning and coasted to a 7-3 win over the league-leading Bismarck Barons.  Gerry McKay led the Greys with three hits.  Gib McGlothlin held the Barons to eight hits to capture the win.  Jim Ackers took the loss.

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McGlothlin (W) and xxx

(July 11)   Brandon Greys moved to within one game of league-leading Bismarck with a 5-3 win over the Barons in an abbreviated contest at Brandon.  It was the Greys second straight win over the leaders.  The game was halted by rain.

Fitzgerald (L) and Perez
Bennett (W) and Louden

(July 11)   Minot Mallards clubbed 18 hits in trouncing Williston 14-4.

Hale (W) and Orner
Best (L) and Massaro

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Jackie Bowes knocked in the winning run to register his seventh straight victory, 9-8 over Minot.

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(July 15)   Bismarck Barons erupted for six runs in the 7th inning then fought back a Brandon rally in the 9th to shade the Greys 8-7 to take a 1 1/2 game lead atop the ManDak League standings.

Bennett, Chashill (7) and Louden
Ackers (W), Fitzgerald (9) and Ball

(July 15)   Bill Oster held Williston to seven hits and survived three Minot errors as the Mallards scored in the bottom of the 9th to edge Williston 3-2.  Preston Elkins allowed just six hits in a losing cause.  The Oilers made four errors.

Elkins (L) and Massaro
Oster (W) and Orner

(July 16)  Brandon at Bismarck.

(July 17)   Al Leap singled to drive in two runs in the 9th inning to give Bismarck Barons a 5-4 win over Brandon.  Leap, who had homered earlier, made amends for two costly errors.  The victory moved the first-place Barons 2 1/2 games ahead of the second place Greys.  Winning pitcher Jackie Bowes started the rally with a drag bunt single, his second of the game.  Barons trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the final frame.  With Bowes on first, Frank Neri had an infield hit and Gene Johnson loaded the bases with a bunt to third.  Len Van De Hey scored Bowes with a Texas Leaguer to left before Clyde McNeal forced Neri at homer on a grounder to third.  That set the stage for Leap who hit the first pitch through the right side of the infield.  For Bowes, it was his 8th straight win.

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(July 18)   Brandon Greys took a 5-0 lead after two innings and went on to down Williston 7-2.  Bob Bennett picked up the win in relieg.

Williams (L), Best (2) and Massaro
McGlothlin, Bennett (W) (3) and Louden

(July 18)   Bismarck whipped Minot 10-3 behind Kaye Bachmann's five-hitter.

Bachmann (W) and Ball
Hale (L) and Orner

(July 20)   Minot Mallards shaded the Greys 5-4 at Kinsmen Stadium in Brandon.  The game was called after six innings because of rain. 

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Williston Oilers beat Bismarck 4-3.

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(July 21)   Minot swept a weekend series with Brandon downing the Greys 2-1.

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Bismarck Barons whipped Williston 13-3 to gain a split of their weekend series.

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(July 22)   Bismarck Barons defeated Williston Oilers 8-5 to maintain the Barons three game lead over second place Minot.

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The Mallards trounced Brandon Greys 10-1 for their 4th win over Brandon in as many nights.

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(July 24)   Bob Bennett shutout Bismarck on 10 hits as Brandon scored an 8-0 win over the Barons.  Frank Fitzgerald took the loss.

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(July 27)   Al Leap and Ray Thonn each had three hits to pace Bismarck to a 12-6 win over Brandon.  Leap and Gene Johnson had homers.  Kaye Bachmann picked up the win in relief.

Acker, Bachmann (WP) (5) and Perez
Lawing (LP) and Louden

(July 27)   Home runs by Duke Bowman and Willard Brown were the difference as Minot shaded Williston 7-5.  Carl Paylor had a four-bagger for the Oilers.

Oster (WP), Andre (9)  and Orner
Gettell (LP), E. Williams (9)  and Massaro

(July 29)   Bob Yanen tossed a four-hitter and Bill Raehse drove in four as Williston whipped Brandon 9-1 in the first game of the twin-bill.  Al Lyons had a homer for the Greys.

Yanen (WP) and Massaro
Rous (LP) and Louden

Oilers also took the second game, 9-8, as Ed Bowman, Carl Paylor and Bill Lynn hit homers.   In was one of three hits for LynnGerry MacKay, Ralph Wilson and Al Lyons belted homers for Brandon. 

Best (WP), E. Williams (8), Gettel (9)  and Massaro
Bennett (LP) and Louden

(July 29)   Bill Lynn's two-run homer in the 11th inning gave Williston a 6-4 win over Minot and sole possession of third place in the ManDak League standings. 

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At Bismarck, the first place Barons shaded Brandon Greys 6-5.  The win moved the Barons into a three-game lead over Minot and dumped the Greys into fourth place, a game back of Williston.

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(July 29?)  Minot Mallards shaded Bismarck 5-4 in 13 innings as Sugar Cain went the distance for the win.  Andy Anderson, Buddy Massina and Jessie Rogers each had three hits for the Mallards.  Clyde McNeil and Mike Perez had three apiece for Bismarck. 

Cain (WP) and Orner
Schwartz, Bowes (8) (LP) and Perez

(July 30)  Bill Lynn homered and knocked in three runs to lead Williston to a 6-4 victory over Minot.  Ed Bowman had three hits for the Mallards.

Elkins (WP), E. Williams (8), Best (8) and Massaro
Andre, Upton (2) (LP) and Orner

Minot took the second game 7-5 with Willard Brown leading the way with three hits, including a pair of homers.  Andy Anderson of the Mallards and Joe Massaro for the Oilers each had three hits.

Hale (WP), Gibbons (7) and Orner
Gettel (LP), Yanen (5) and Massaro

(July 30)   Bismarck crushed Brandon 14-4.  Len VanDeHey and Al Leap each chipped in with three hits and Frank Neri provided a homer.

Bachmann (5-5) and Perez
Lyons (6-4) and Louden, Moore

The Barons took the second game 6-5.  Ev Johnson had three hits and Jack Ackers a homer for Bismrack.  Gerry MacKay replied for the Greys.

Ackers (WP), Fitzgerald (8) and Perez
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(July 31)   Al Hahn fired a one-hitter as Williston Oilers shutout Brandon 14-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.  Greys won the opener 4-3 behind playing manager Dee Moore.  The only hit off Hahn was a 6th inning single by Gib McGlothlin.  Oilers pounded two Brandon hurlers for 22 hits.

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(August 1)   Bismarck whipped Minot 12-2 to increase its lead to five games over the second place Mallards.   Playing-manager Bill Hockenbury and Al Leap belted homers for the Barons.  Jesse Rogers accounted for the Mallard runs with a homer.

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Another league contest, between Brandon and Williston was postponed because of rain.

(August 2)  Jim Ackers tossed a seven-hitter and drove in four runs to lead Bismarck to a 12-3 triumph over Williston.  Len Van De Hay had three hits for the Barons.  The win stretched Bismarck's lead to six games.

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Brandon Greys scored an 8-6 win over Minot as Gil McGlothlin went the distance for the win and helped at the plate driving in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the 4th inning.  Gerry McKay paced the Greys' 15-hit attack with three safeties.  Willard Brown based a homer, double and single for the Mallards.

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(August 6)   Minot Mallards moved back into second place Tuesday night with a 4-3 win over Bismarck Barons at Minot while the Brandon Greys were losing to Williston Oilers 3-1 at Brandon. Minot's win snapped a six-game losing streak while Brandon's loss broke a five-game winning string. Veteran Sugar Cain spaced nine hits for his fifth win of the season for the Mallards. They got the winner in the bottom of the ninth inning on a bases-loaded single by manager Zoonie McLean. Jim Akers went the route for Bismarck giving up seven hits.

Ackers (L) and Perez
Cain (W) and Orner

Former major leaguer Al Gettel hurled for the Oilers and fashioned a five-hitter against an eight-hit effort by Gib McGlothlin. Gettel also drove in one of Williston's two runs.

Gettel (W) and Massaro
McGlothlin (L) and Louden

(August 7)   Williston Oilers built up an 11-2 lead after three innings and coasted to a 12-7 victory over Brandon.  Preston Elkins pitched six strong frames for the win. 

Johnson (L), Lawing (3) and Louden
Elkins (W), Yanen (7) and Massaro

Bismarck Barons battled back for a 6-0 first inning deficit to down Minot 13-10.  A four-run 7th inning was key for the Barons. 

Andre, Upton (6), Hale (L) (6) and Orner
Bachmann, Fitzgerald (W) (1), Bowes (9) and Perez

(August 8)   Williston Oilers exploded for seven runs in the 8th inning and a single marker in the 9th to post an 11-10 win over Brandon in ManDak League action at Williston. A scheduled contest between the Barons and Minot at Bismarck was rained out.  The Greys built up a 10-3 lead before the oilers chased starter Al Lyons with two doubles and two singles in the bottom of the eighth. Bob Bennett relieved and walked one batter and then was struck by a line drive off the bat of Bill Lynn. Norm Johnson came in for the Greys with the bases loaded and was greeted by a triple by Bill Raehse.  In the ninth, a double, walk and an error by Johnson produced the winning run. Raehse, who had a homer run along with the triple, drove in four runs to raise his season's RBI total to 82, well above the old record of 73.  Bennett was taken to hospital but the extent of his injuries was not known.

Lyons, Bennett (8), Johnson (8) and Louden
Hahn, Best (2), Yanen (3) and Massaro

(August 13)  Williston Oilers belted 13 hits to clip Bismarck 13-8.  Lefty Elwood Hahn received credit for the win with relief help from Bill Best. Bill Raehse had a homer for the Oilers while Clyde McNeil and losing pitcher Jim Ackers had four-baggers for the Barons.

Ackers (L) Leap (7) and Perez
Hahn (W), Best (7) and Massaro

Al Lyons tossed an eight-hitter and had two hits, two runs and an RBI to lead Brandon to an 8-2 victory over Minot.  Doug Lewis led the Greys with a double and two singles.  Dirk Gibbons took the loss allowing 13 hits.

Gibbons (L) and Orner
Lyons (W) and Louden

(Aug 14)   Brandon Greys moved into a tie with Minot for second place in the ManDak League with a 4-2 win over the Mallards at Brandon. In a second Mandak League contest at Williston, Bismarck Barons humbled the Oilers 16-5. The loss dropped Williston into the league cellar, a half-game back of the two second place teams. Doug Lewis paced the Greys with a double and single while Andy Anderson with a home run and Jesse Rodgers with a triple and single topped the Mallard hitters. Gib McGlothlin, with relief help from Norm Johnson over the last two frames, took the mound verdict at Brandon. Jack Hale went the distance for Minot.

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The top four men in Bismarck's lineup went on a hitting spree at Williston and pounded Al Gettel and three successors for 15 of the club's 17 hits. Len Vandehey led the way with a five-for-five night while Gene Johnson hit the the cycle, a homer, triple, double and single in six trips to the plate. Frank Neri and Clyde McNeil each collected three hits.

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(August 16)   The hometown Greys swept a pair from the first place Bismarck Barons 7-2 and 1-0 at Kinsmen Stadium at Brandon.  Playing manager Dee Moore took the pitching victory in the opener and right-hander Bob Bennett fired a two-hit shutout in the nightcap.

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(August 16)  Williston Oilers defeated the Minot Mallards.

(August 17)   At Minot, Brandon edged the Mallards 2-1.

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(August 18)   Minot Mallards clipped Brandon Greys 10-2 to move to within one game of the Greys with four games to play.

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Bismarck Barons clinched the ManDak League pennant over the weekend taking two of three games at home from Williston. 

(August 19)  Minot Mallards regained second place in the ManDak League standings Monday with a doubleheader sweep of Bismarck Barons, 7-3 and 2-1 in seven inning games.

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Williston Oilers downed Brandon Greys 11-6 at Williston to drop the Greys to third place. 

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(August 20)   Williston Oilers dumped Brandon 11-2 to dash the Greys hopes for a playoff berth.  Bismarck and Minot will now play a best of five series for the league pennant,.

Oilers blasted 18 hits off three Greys' hurlers to walk away with the victory.  Bill Best held Brandon to five hits to take the win.  Bob Bennett was the loser.

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Minot over Bismarck in the first game of a doubleheader.

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Playoffs :

There were no semi-finals in 1957.  There were only a few games separating the four teams and there were games to be made up.  The president made a decision to have Bismarck and Minot, the top two teams, play off for the championship.  Brandon protested, but to no avail.

(Aug 23)   Bismarck erupted for seven runs in the first three innings and downed Minot 10-3 in the opening game of the ManDak League final series. 

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(Aug 24)  Zoonie McLean had three hits, including a homer, to pace Minot to a 10-8 victory to tie the ManDak final series at a game apiece.  Andy Anderson also had a homer for Minot.  Jack Hale pitched well in relief for the win.

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(Aug 25)   Bismarck scored on a wild pitch by Dirk Gibbons in the 9th inning to edge Minot 5-4 and go up, two games to one, in the final series.

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Heavy rains on August 26th and 27th forced cancellation of the games.  The series was to resume in Bismarck, but Minot wanted the series to be played on their home field given the probability of higher gate receipts.  Minot refused to play in Bismarck and forfeited the series.