(May 17) Peace River Stampeders took first money in the Fairview tournament, the opening action of the 1959 season. A four-run rally in the bottom of the 7th and final inning gave the host Fairview club a 10-8 win over Hines Creek in the day's first game. Joe Weremy crushed four homers in four at bats as Peace River whipped Grimshaw 13-3. Art Saunderson fanned 13 in the 6-inning contest to pick up the win. Hines Creek won the consolation final 16-10. Stamps won the final 11-3 over Fairview as Weremy struck out eight of nine batters in a three-inning relief role and blasted another homer. Stu Kellington and Maurice Anderson also had four-baggers for the winners.
" ... Orest Hryniuk of Stamps had two decidedly different mementos of the year's opening match -- a home run for the first, and a beanball, for the second ... beaned not by the pitcher, but a high fly ball which he lost in a haze of sky at the last second -- said fly ball rebounded off Orest's forehead all the way back to first base from a shallow right field." (Peace River Record-Gazette, May 21, 1959)
( ) The host club, the Peace River Stampeders, downed John Doucette and the Donnelly Cubs 5-0 to take top money in the first annual Peace River tournament.
(June 14) Spokane George's Builders downed Cranbrook CUbs 5-0 to win top prize in the Kimberley Senior Baseball Tournament. Kimberley Dynamos beat Winnipeg Wilders 7-3 to take the consolation final. In preliminary games, Cubs beat Kimberley Hobos 3-1, Dynamos shaded Blairmore 2-1, Wilders downed Creston 3-1, Builders over Fernie Falcons 8-2 and Builders 18, Wilders 1.
(June 21) Ponoka Tournament : Rain washed out the final day of the Ponoka tournament. Cold Lake, Grande Prairie and Ponoka had won first round matches, while Delisle Gems and Spokane Builders battled to a 2-2 tie. The tournament also featured the Beverley Drakes, Colfax and Fairchild Air Force. Satchel Paige was to have been in the lineup for Ponoka.
Lacombe Tournament (June 25) Lethbridge White Sox took top prize with a 5-0 victory over Vauxhall in the final as Mountie Bedford pitched a four-hit shutout. Homers did the trick for the Sox. Darwin Walkingshaw had a solo shot in the 3rd and Stan Busch wrapped up the title with a three-run blast in the 6th.
Bedford and Koentopp
Mosteller, Cravens (6) and Pierson
Earlier in the day, the Sox whipped the Eatonia All-Stars 12-1 and, in the semi-final, trampled Medicine Hat 14-4.
Bob Bourbeau, Brack Bailey and Steve Schott had homers against Eatonia. Schott pitched a five-hitter for the win.
Sloppy field work led to Medicine Hat's downfall in the semi-final. The Superiors had a 2-1 lead in the 4th when Jim Valentine's error opened the floodgates for six unearned runs. Ray Washburn, with relief from Dick Creighton, picked up the win. Brack Bailey had a homer and Jim Lester belted a triple and a double to lead the Sox offense.
Bolingbroke, Smith (4), Tillotson (6) and Mannini
Washburn, Creighton (6) and Koentopp
Medicine Hat had ousted Fairchild Air Base 6-0 in first round activity as Frank Moore tossed a four-hitter for the Superiors. Glen Rediger had a homer and double to lead the 'Hatters.
Bill Casanova bashed a pair of solo homers and Marty Hurd contributed a two-run blast to account for all the Dodgers' scoring as Calgary beat Vauxhall 6-4 in the other semi-final match. Hank Szostak held the Jets to six hits before getting relief help from John Miller with two outs in the 9th. Tom Gonzalez and Tom Kennedy had homers for Vauxhall.
Schulz, Cravens (7), Jordan (8) and Pierson
Szostak, Miller (9) and D Abel
Lacombe Tournament (June 24) Calgary and Vauxhall advanced to the semi-final round as rain cut short the opening day program at the10th Annual Lacombe Tournament.
Vauxhall whipped Cold Lake 10-2 as Tom Gonzalez bashed a grand slam homer, triple and double in three trips to the plate. Jack Jordan held the Cardinals to just four hits and both runs against him were unearned.
Gates, Howard (8), Lappen (8) and Snow
Jordan and Pierson
Calgary scored three in the first and went on to a 7-2 victory over the Central Alberta All-Stars as Dave Abel and Marve Marchbanks supplied home run power. Jerry McClure tossed a four-hitter for the win.
Martin, Vold (1) and Morris
McClure and D Abel
Lethbridge White Sox, Vauxhall Jets, Medicine Hat Black Sox, Calgary Dodgers, Fairchild (Spokane) Air Force Base, Eatonia All-Stars, Cold Lake Cardinals, Central Alberta All-Stars
Saskatoon Optimist Tournament
(July 1) Kindersley jumped into an early 4-0 lead and were never headed in downing Saskatoon Bavarians 10-7 in the final of the Saskatoon Optimist Tournament. Bavarians made it tense in the ninth scoring a pair and loading the bases before relief hurler Wayne Mayfield got opposing chucker Rod Campbell to bounce into a double play to end the game. Klippers had just seven hits but capitalized on six walks and four Bavarians' errors. Jim Pettapiece, Dave Torrens and Len Breckner all had doubles. Centre fielder Elmer Walker led Saskatoon with three singles.
Rachul (W), Breckner (7), Mayfield (9) and Flanagan
Duffus (L), Richard (5), Campbell (8) and T.McKenzie
Saskatoon exploded for six runs in the fourth inning and went on to down Delisle 10-7. Jim Chow and Ken Johnson each rapped three hits for the Bavarians. Larry Fischer connected three times for Delisle. Rod Campbell stuck out 11 and allowed ten hits to capture the pitching win.
Farley (L), Cosgrove (5), Coben (8) and Goodwin
Campbell (W) and T.McKenzie
Wayne Mayfield held Prince Albert to five hits and fanned nine in the Klippers' 2-0 shutout over Prince Albert Excelsior's. Singles by Lane Jackson and Len Breckner highlighted Kindersley's two-run sixth inning.
Skalicky (L) and Dutka
Mayfield (W) and Flanagan
(July 1) Calgary Tournament : Lethbridge White Sox captured their second straight tournament title by taking top prize of $1,000 in the 2nd Annual Calgary Elks event. Sox whipped Calgary Dodgers 13-2 in the final, called after seven innings because of the 10-run tournament rule. The contest drew more than 22-hundred people to Buffalo Stadium. Dick Creighton held the Dodgers to four hits and helped out at the plate with a three-run homer. Creighton fanned 12 and walked none. Dave Abel's homer had given Calgary a 2-1 lead in the 4th before the Sox exploded for eight runs in the 6th.
Creighton and Koentopp
MacEwen, Miller (6), McClure (7) and D Abel
Dave Biggers two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th gave Lethbridge a 7-5 win over Medicine Hat in semi-final action. Don Carlson, Mountie Bedford and Steve Schott combined to hold the Superiors to six hits, two of them homers by Bob Mannini and Glen Rediger. Bob Bolingbroke started for the Superiors but a blister on his pitching hand forced him to the sidelines in the 3rd.
Bolingbroke, Jones (3) and Mannini
Carlson, Bedford (7), Schott (10) and Koentopp
White Sox whipped Red Deer Dodgers 11-1 in first round action as Earl Morris tossed a two-hitter.
Calgary made the final with an 11-1 victory over Vauxhall. Hank Szostak allowed eight hits in picking up the win. Bill Fennessey had a two-run homer.
Mosteller, Schulz (2) and Pierson
Szostak and D Abel
The Dodgers had trounced Ponoka Stampeders 14-4 in opening round action. Marty Hurd led the offense with a grand slam homer. Bob McClure also had a circuit blow. Marcel Lachemann handled the mound duties for Calgary.
Vauxhall had won its opener, 5-3 over the Beverley Drakes thanks to a wild streak by the Drakes' Don Glover who walked across four runs in the 6th inning.
Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament
(July 20) Right-hander Merv Verreau pitched Eatonia to a semi-final berth in the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament holding Eatonia to seven hits while hanging up 17 strikeouts in a 5-2 victory for North Battleford-Meota. Verreau took a shutout into the ninth before weakening and allowing both Eatonia runs and leaving the bases loaded. Eatonia scored all its runs in the first three innings before Eatonia's Jerry Duffus settled down and pitched shutout ball for the last five frames. George Mahaffy led an 11-hit attack with three safeties including a two-run double in the first inning.
Duffus (L) and Chow
Verreau (W) and Johnson
(July 21) A teenage lefty from Farmersville, California put on quite a show at the second day of the Exhibition Tournament. Five-foot-ten, 147-pound Wayne Mayfield fanned 19 in pitching Kindersley Klippers to a 9-0 decision over Biggar Monarchs. The 17-year-old walked six and hit a batter but held Biggar to four singles. He also picked off two runners at first base. Right fielder Len Breckner led a 13-hit assault knocking in four runs with a triple and three singles. Wally Jackson, Jerry Flanagan, Chuck Holdaway and Len Dahl each had two hits off Clarence Proctor who went the distance for Biggar.
Proctor (L) and Evanisky
Mayfield (W) and Mills
(July 22) Delisle ripped three Unity pitchers for 15 hits, seven for extra bases, Wednesday and 17-year-old Ross Stone hurled a four-hitter as Delisle coasted to an 11-3 victory and a semi-final berth at the Exhibition Tournament. Stone, a left-hander, fanned 11 and walked six. The winners got a home run by Murray Coben, a triple and double by Larry Fischer, two doubles by Merle Byrnes, a triple by Stone and a two-bagger from Jimmy Cosgrove. Fischer and Byrnes, the top two men in the Delisle batting order, combined for six hits and five runs.
Skalicky (L), Harris (4), Gartner (4) and Dutka
Stone (W) and J.Goodwin
(July 23) Neilburg chased home three runs in the first inning and cruised to a 9-2 victory over Dinsmore-King George behind right-hander Bob McIntyre who fashioned an impressive three-hitter. He collected ten strikeouts and walked six and allowed just one ball to be hit to the outfield, a fly to centre in the opening frame. Pete Prediger and Al Ganzer each drove in two runs for the winners. Ganzer also scored twice and connected for two hits as did Lyle Loy.
McIntyre (W) and P.Prediger
Leavins (L), Wonkel (4) and Johnson
(July 24) In a wild one Friday, Kindersley Klippers moved into the tournament final with a 17-12 decision over Eatonia who were without the Swift Current players it had for the first game of the event. First baseman Garnet Hannon paced a 19-hit Kindersley attack connecting four times and driving in three runs. Len Breckner, playing right field, added three hits to the four he had in the Klippers first action. 17-year-old Wayne Mayfield picked up the win in relief and belted the game's only homer. Irl Flanagan had three hits for Kindersley and Joe Dumba the same for Eatonia. Rod Koemstead socked a pair of doubles and scored four runs for the losers.
Bahachik, Gettinger (L) (4), Mahaffy (5), Koemstead and Koemstead, Cameron
Holdaway, Mayfield (W) (5), Rachul (9), Mayfield (9) and J.Flanagan
(July 25) Veteran Doug Bentley had the key hit in a decisive three-run fifth inning as Delisle moved to the final with a 6-2 win over Neilburg. Trailing 2-1 with the bases loaded, Bentley first showed bunt then swung away to send the ball through to the outfield for a bases-clearing double. Delisle added single counters in the sixth and seventh. Teenager lefty Ross Stone, who relieved Rod Campbell in the fourth inning, went the rest of the way for the win. He fanned nine. Oscar Tesch allowed just five hits and whiffed 13 in taking the pitching loss. Pete Prediger led Neilburg with three hits and scored twice.
Campbell, Stone (W) (4) and Snider
Tesch (L) and P.Prediger
(July 25) Winning pitcher Marcel Richard helped his own cause Saturday belting a homer and single in leading Delisle to a 7-4 decision over Kindersley to capture the Exhibition Tournament. For six innings the final was a tight contest with Delisle holding a 3-1 lead but the defending champions broke the game open in the seventh counting three times to take a 6-1 margin. Max Bentley and Richard paced the winners each with two hits and two runs scored. Richard needed relief help from John Farley as the Klippers rallied in the final two innings. Len Breckner added two hits for Kindersley giving him nine for the tournament and the $25 award for the most hits. Wayne Mayfield, who pitched a shutout Tuesday and hurled five relief innings Friday, went the distance Saturday in taking the loss. The youngster fanned ten for a total of 37 for the tourney.
Mayfield (L) and J.Flanagan
Richard (W) , Farley (8) and Snider
Lethbridge Tournament :
(August 2) In an All-American final, the Kansas City Monarchs took $1,500 top prize in the Lethbridge Rotary Tournament with a spectacular 9-5 victory over the Drain, Oregon, Black Sox. Monarchs trailed 5-1 after seven innings. The touring club exploded for five runs on homers by Paul Gilbert, Willie Washington and Jesse Mitchell. They added three insurance tallies in the 9th. Sugar Cain was the winner, with 9th inning relief from Ben Adams.
Cain, Adams (9) and McKnight
Dmochowsky, Lane (8) and Olson
Monarchs reached the final with a 13-7 win over Calgary in a rhubarb-filled affair as Gilbert had a two-run homer for the Monarchs and Palmer Hubbard added a solo shot.
Winston, Adams (7)
McClure, Centi (5), MacEwen (6), Lachemann (8), Shultz (8)
Drain whipped Lander 10-3 in the other semi-final. Elwood Hahn tossed a five-hitter for the win.
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(July 31) Calgary was the only Alberta club to advance in the Lethbridge tourney. Dodgers withstood an error-aided four-run outburst by Bellingham Bells in the 8th to notch a 5-4 victory. Hank Szostak, who beat the tournament favourite in the opening round of the 1958 tournament, did it again with a sparkling pitching performance. Bentley MacEwen helped out in the 9th.
Szostak, MacEwen (9) and Abel
Repoz, Neal (6) and Garay
The Lander Pioneers ousted the Lethbridge White Sox, 4-2. The Sox, who had won earlier tournaments in Calgary and Lacombe, were beaten by former pro, Bill Francis who held the Sox to nine hits and helped at the plate with three hits. John Koehler had a homer and single for the Pioneers. Steve Schott turned in a masterful relief job for the Sox, coming on in the third and holding Lander off the board until they notched an unearned run in the 8th.
Francis and Rex
Bedford, Schott (3) and Koentopp
Medicine Hat's Thad Tillotson was the hard-luck loser of opening day. He tossed a three-hitter but lost, 1-0, to Kansas City on a Bob Herron homer in the 4th inning. Tommy Taylor gave up eight hits in gaining the win.
Tillotson and Mannini
Taylor and McKnight
The Drain Black Sox had just seven hits but took advantage of wildness by Vauxhall starter Jack Jordan to score an 8-1 victory. The Oregon club piled up five runs in the second inning on six walks and a double by Kim Bradshaw. Dick Montee went the distance for the win.
Montee and Olson
Cravens, Jordan (2), Mosteller (2) and Eilmes
(August 5) Kansas City Monarchs took top money at the Estevan Tournament downing Swift Current in the final behind the hurling of veteran Sugar Cain. Swift Current had advanced with a 4-2 win over the host club.
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Monarchs had advanced by beating Brandon Cloverleafs 16-5 in the opening game. Brandon jumped into an early lead with four runs in the opening frame. But, Bob Herron's grand-slam homer evened the score and Kansas City broke it open in the 7th. Morley Macfarlane went the distance in taking the loss while Don Hunter was a bright spot on offense with a triple, double and two singles in four trips to the plate.
Medicine Hat Tournament :
(August 16) Superiors won their own tourney with a 6-4 win over Kansas City Monarchs in the final of the $3,500 affair. Ken Bailey scattered six hits and fanned eight to give Medicine Hat $1,000 first place money. The contest was originally scheduled for Saturday night but heavy rains forced a postponement. Glen Rediger had a two-run homer and single for the Superiors while Dick Rautman added a four-bagger. Gord Easley went the distance on the hill for the Monarchs allowing nine hits. He paced Kansas City at the plate with a homer and single.
Easley and McKnight
Bailey and Mannini
Kansas City got an 11th inning homer by Paul Gilbert to beat Lethbridge 6-4 to gain a spot in the final. Previous to the homer, Dick Creighton had fanned Gilbert five straight times. Lethbridge forced extra innings with a two-run rally in the 9th. Jim Lester drove in Bob Bourbeau for the first marker and Dave Biggers' single scored Lester with the tying run. Ben Adams went the distance for the win. He gave up ten hits, fanned twelve and walked two. Creighton had fifteen strikeouts.
Creighton and Koentopp
Adams and McKnight
Superiors whipped Cold Lake 13-0 to gain the match up against the Monarchs. Buzz Bartylla tossed the seven-inning shutout.
Tisch, Glover (1) and Snow
Bartylla and Mannini
(August 14) Lethbridge and Medicine Hat advanced to the semi-finals of the $3,500, 4th Annual, Medicine Hat Tournament. The Sox came from behind with four runs in the 7th and two more in the 9th to shade Vauxhall 9-7.
Schott, Creighton (7) and Koentopp
Cravens, Jordan (9) and Eilmes
Superiors had an easy time, blasting Kimberley 14-0. Medicine Hat erupted for 10 runs in the 6th.
Jones and Mannini
Smith, Brown (4), Johnson (6), Fitzgerald (7) and Rachfie
Kansas City Monarchs blasted out 15 hits to thump Calgary Dodgers 14-5.
Taylor and McKnight
Szostak, Neal (3) and D Abel
Cold Lake Cardinals scored twice in the 8th to take a 7-5 victory over the Southeastern Alberta All-Stars.
Schwedelsky, Plante (6), Carlson (7) and Tingley, Pollard (9)
Glover, Tisch (2) and Snow
(September 8) Lloyd Brown was an offensive star as Brandon Cloverleafs captured top money at the Kenora Tournament. Brown belted three homers over the three games. He wound up the day with a single, double and homer as Brandon shaded St. Boniface 3-0 in the final.
In the opener, Lorne Lilley fired a two-hit shutout in a 12-0 walloping of Fort Whyte. Tom Town had three of Brandon's 14 hits, one of them a homer. Brown also had a four-bagger.
Lilley (W) and Wright
Seymour, Pennington (2) and Bruce
Cloverleafs fell behind Elmwood 5-2 after just an inning but bounced back to win, 9-5. Brown, Gerry MacKay and Bob Wilson had home runs for the winners. Ed Evans, who relieved starter Morley Macfarlane in the 1st inning, pitched shutout ball the rest of the way.
Macfarlane, Evans (W) (1) and Wright
Krivak (L), Kowlinski (4) and Craib
Brown's homer proved the difference in the final as Brandon won 3-0 behind another shutout performance by Lilley. He allowed three hits. On the day, Lilley gave up just five hits and no runs in 14 innings of hurling. Eddie MacDonald allowed just six hits in taking the loss.
Lilley (W) and Wright
MacDonald (L) and Hewitt