1959 Manitoba Game Reports       


(July 2)  Brandon Cloverleafs downed Oakland Braves 12-8 to capture the South-Central Baseball pennant for the 6th straight summer.  The Leafs finished at 8-0. Manager Mort Wright took to the hill for the first time this season and went the distance for the win.  He allowed nine hits.  Eddie Evans took the loss. Tom Town's triple sparked a Brandon outburst in the 6th inning when the Leafs scored four times.

Hank Cory, Evans (L) (5) and xxx
Wright (W) and xxx

(July 3)  Boissevain whipped Souris 13-3 in a playoff for 4th spot in the South-Central Baseball League.  Ross Kinsley was the winning pitcher. Tim Middleton took the loss. Boissevain now meets Brandon in the playoffs while Riverside takes on Oakland.

Kinsley (W) and xxx
Middleton (L), Ken Wershler ( ) and xxx

(July 5)  Brandon clobbered Boissevain 15-3 in the opening game of their best-of-three semi-final series.  Laddie Hutchison fired a five-hitter for the win and helped at the plate with a homer.  Gerry MacKay also had a four-bagger while Bob Wilson had three hits and Tom Town, Mort Wright and Don Summer chipped in with two apiece. Ross Kinsley took the loss as the Cloverleafs pounded out 14 hits.

Kinsley (L) and xxx
Hutchison (W) and xxx

(July 10)   Brandon Cloverleafs trounced St. Boniface 10-1 in exhibition action at Kinsmen Stadium. A six-run 5th inning carried the Central Manitoba champs to the win over the Winnipeg Senior champions. Morley Macfarlane tossed a six-hitter for the win. He fanned eight and walked only one.  Chip Adams, Lloyd Brown, Gerry MacKay, Don Hunter and Tommy Town each had two hits for the winners.  One of Town's blows was a triple.

Al Seymour (L), Curt Grapentine (5) and Bruce
Macfarlane (W) and Wright

(July 14)   Brandon advanced to the South-Central Baseball League final series Tuesday with a 12-6 win over Boissevain to take the series in two straight games.  Cloverleafs will meet Riverside for the championship. Tommy Town paced the attack with four hits and a walk. He drove in seven runs with a triple, double and two singles and scored three himself.  Morley Macfarlane went the distance on the hill allowing only three hits. He fanned 12 and walked eight. Ross Kinsley took the loss as he gave up 11 hits and walked ten.  Jack Houston had an inside-the-park homer for the losers.  Bob Wilson and Don Summer each had two hits for Brandon.

Kinsley (L) and McLean
Macfarlane and Wilson

(July 26)   Brandon clipped Riverside 12-5 Sunday in the opening game of a best-of-three series for the South-Central League title. Outfielder Gerry MacKay had four hits to lead a 13-hit offense. Bob Wilson had a homer and Mort Wright and Tom Town added triples. Morley Macfarlane scattered nine hits for the win. Cece Dawley took the loss.

Macfarlane (W) and Wright
Dawley, Lorne LePoudre (3), Garth Seafoot (5), Wes Rathwell (9) and C. Seafoot.

(July 29)   Hamiota topped Binscarth 12-7 Sunday in the first game of their CMBA playoff series. Glennis Scott allowed 11 hits but went the distance for the win .  Allan Robertson and Denny Smith each had three hits for the winners. Starter Eric Ireland took the loss.

Ireland (L), Ray Dunham, Glen Robinson and Wasslan
Scott (W) and Hunter.

(July 30)   The Carling Cloverleafs of Brandon defeated Riverside 15-8 Thursday to take their playoff series in two straight games. Brandon captured the South-Central title for the 6th consecutive season.  They'll now face the Border League champion Cartwright in the next round of the CMBA playoffs. Leafs exploded for six runs in the first inning and were never headed.

Veteran Gerry MacKay led a 17-hit Brandon attack with four safeties. Tommy Town and Lad Hutchison each had three. Don Hunter had a pair, including a triple. Cliff Seafoot led Riverside with three hits, one of them a double. Laddy Hutchison picked up the win, coasting along with a five-hitter until the 6th inning when Riverside rallied for five runs.  Lorne Lilley came on in relief.

There were 12 errors, eight by Riverside.

Rathwell (L), Dawley (1), M. Seafoot (3) and K. Seafoot, C. Seafoot (4)
Hutchison (W), Lilley (6) and Wright

(August 2)  Brandon won top money at the Grand Clariere Tournament Sunday beating Souris 10-4 in the final. Morley Macfarlane was the winning pitcher, Tom Middleton the loser.

Macarlane (W) and xxx
Middleton (L) and xxx

Lorne Lilley pitched the win as Brandon defeated Oak River 6-2 to advance.  Earlier, Don Hunter tossed the shutout as Leafs blanked Wawota 10-0 and Lilley was the winner as Brandon whipped Grand Clariere 10-2 in their first match of the day.  Souris reached the final with wins over Pipestone, Cromer and Reston.

Lilley (W) and xxx
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Hunter (W) and xxx
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Lilley (W) and xxx
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 (August 3)  On Monday, Brandon won its second tourney over the weekend with an 8-3 victory over Oak River in the final at Rivers. Mort Wright was on the hill for the win.

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Wright (W) and xxx

Cloverleafs downed Hamiota 17-7 in their opener as Gerry MacKay handled the hurling.

MacKay (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

In their second contest in the 14-team event Morley Macfarlane was the winner as Brandon scored four runs in the final frame to top Fort Whyte 7-3.

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Macfarlane (W) and xxxc

Lorne Lilley pitched the Cloverleafs to an 8-1 victory over Strathclair in the semi-final.

Lilley (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Brandon had four homers for the day as Don Hunter bashed a pair and Lloyd Brown and MacKay each with one.

(August 3)   Riverside topped the eight-team field at the Souris Tournament Monday trouncing Oakland Braves 14-4 in the final as Deb Mealy hurled the win over Eddie Evans.

Mealy (W) and xxx
Evans (L) and xxx

Cliff Seafoot blasted a two-run homer in semi-final action to give Riverside a 9-7 win over Reston.  Oakland blew a 9-0 lead before a three-run outburst in the final frame provided a win over Boissevain.

Earlier, Riverside downed Deloraine, Reston topped Grand Clariere, Oakland beat Souris and Boissevain won by default over Melita.

(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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Cain (W) and xxx

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Macfarlane (L) and xxx

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.

(August 9)   Brandon scored a pair in the 9th to tie then added two in the 12th inning to shade Cartwright 4-2 in the first game of a best-of-three series.  Cartwright scored its first run in the 3rd inning then added a second run in the 6th on a triple by Del Haight, who was thrown out at the plate trying for a homer.  In the 9th, Don Summer's single drove in Bob Wilson and Rudy Stritz to knot the count.  In the 12th, Gerry MacKay opened with walk, stole second and scored on an error.  Don Hunter then knocked in Wilson with an insurance run.  Wilson led the Brandon offense with four hits. Laddy Hutchison went the route for the win. He allowed 10 hits. Three Cartwright hurlers gave up 12 hits and registered 16 strikeouts.

Hutchison (W) and xxx
Duffie Allison, Denny McAuley (4), Brian Stouffer (L) (6) and xxx

(August 12)   Brandon Cloverleafs powered their way to an impressive 15-7 win over the barnstorming Kansas City Monarchs Wednesday at Kinsmen Memorial Stadium. Led by Tommy Town, the Leafs belted a homer, five triples and a double. Town drove in five runs with two triples and a single. Cliff Seafoot, a recruit from Riverside for the game, blasted the homer. Don Hunter, Lloyd Brown and Mort Wright had the other three-baggers. Catcher Ira McKnight was the big gun for Kansas City with four hits. Sugar Cain was with the Monarchs but did not play. He is scheduled to join the Minot Mallards of the Northern League.

Both teams displayed shaky defenses, with a total of 13 errors. Morley Macfarlane went the distance for Brandon allowing ten hits. John Winston was the loser for the Monarchs.

Winston (L) and McKnight
Macfarlane (W) and Wright

(August 15)  The following appeared in the Here and There in Sport column in the Brandon Daily Sun on August 15, 1959.

If anyone doubted the class of the Brandon Cloverleafs, it was erased by the strength the team showed against the Kansas City Monarchs this week. Overpowering the visitors with their long ball hitting, the Leafs must have tossed a real surprise into the Monarch's dugout. Some members of the latter team had competed in the East-West colored All-Stars game in Chicago only a few days previously.

But the K.C. Monarchs, long a famous name in baseball, are not the team of yesterday. Before the colored boys were able to break into the major leagues, the Monarchs were the king pins of independent baseball. Satch Paige, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella and many other well know names, got their initial experience with the greatest touring team of all time.

When Marion "Sugar" Cain appeared here with the Monarchs, we were curious about his age. For like "old Satch" he has been around a long time. We guessed "45." But "Sugar" said "41" and added "ah got an early start in the game."  Which he must, because it seems nearly thirty years ago that we first heard of Mr. Cain as a player.

"Sugar" gets around, and we asked him about Ramon Rodriguez, the hard-throwing catcher of the Greys not so long ago. Ramon is still in the game, and "Sugar" said something about Costa Rica, but wasn't sure.  Alonzo Perry, the Greys' hard-hitting first baseman who owned a fabulous .800 average for two weeks in the Mandak league, is one of the big stars of the Mexican League. Last year he led the league in home runs and runs-batted-in. He must be a lot easier to handle in Mexico than he was when with the Greys!

(August 16)  Brandon moved into the southern final of the Central Manitoba Baseball Association playoffs Sunday with a 5-2 win over Cartwright.  Cloverleafs had taken the opener in the best-of-three set, 4-2.

Lorne Lilley held the visitors to six hits in taking the win. He had nine strikeouts and three bases on balls. Tommy Town had a double and single for the winners and Don Summer added a triple. Jim Gwynne belted a triple and single for Cartwright.

Brian Stouffer, Dennis McAuley and xxx
Lilley (W) and xxx

(August 23)   Although out-hit 11 to 2, Lyleton upset the defending CMBA champion Brandon Cloverleafs 2-1 in the opening game of their playoff series. After six scoreless innings, Brandon plated the first run in the 7th inning as Don Summer reached on a fielder's choice and came around on singles by Lloyd Brown and Tom Town. In the bottom of the 8th, Lyleton took advantage of three errors to score a pair and register the win. Bill Minshull went the route for the win. Morley Macfarlane was the hard-luck loser.

Macfarlane (L) and Wright
Minshull (W) and Robertson

(August 26)   Hamiota downed Binscarth 16-3 to advance in the CMBA playoffs. They took the series in two straight games. Garry Kidd was the winning pitcher allowing just five hits. He walked eight and fanned four. Hamiota had a 19-hit assault led by shortstop Denny Smith with five safeties, including a triple and two doubles.

Ray Dunham (L), Glenn Robinson, Eric Ireland and xxx
Kidd (W) and xxx

(August 30)  Dauphin Red Birds downed Neepawa 10-2 to eliminate the Cubs from the CMBA playoff picture. Dauphin had won the opener 11-6 and faces Hamilota in the CMBA semi-final.

Neepawa took the early lead with a pair in the first inning, but it was all downhill after that. Red Birds evened the count in the bottom of the 1st on a walk and homer by Al Evason. They added two more in the 5th on a double and two Cub errors. Dauphin exploded for six runs in the 6th on six hits, a walk and a costly error. Orville Mayor went the distance for the win. After the 1st inning a walk and a wild pitch were the only blemishes on his hurling record. Third baseman Bob Kabel was a standout for the Red Birds with two hits, four assists and three sparkling catches of line drives.

Gerry Martin (L), Bill Fraser and xxx
Mayor and Chick Lintick.

(August 30)  Brandon Cloverleafs moved into the Central Manitoba Baseball final for the 6th straight season Sunday with twin triumphs over Lyleton at Kinsmen Stadium.

In the first game, the Leafs tied the series with a 3-2 victory. They bunched four hits in the 2nd frame to score all three runs. Morley Macfarlane held the visitors to five hits and he fanned 11.  Veteran Bill Minshull, who beat the Leafs in the first game of the series, gave up eight hits in a losing cause. Lloyd Brown was the big gun for Brandon with a triple and double

Minshull (L) and Robertson
Macfarlane (W) and Wright

Brandon used a 13-hit attack to clobber Lyleton 20-1 in the second game. The visitors gift-wrapped the contest making nine errors.  Gerry MacKay belted the first pitch for a homer and the rout was on.  Don Hunter clubbed a grand-slam homer in the 3rd. MacKay and Hunter each had three hits. Lad Hutchison blasted a pair of triples and Bob Wilson had one. Lorne Lilley allowed just two hits, but walked seven. He had nine strikeouts.

Murray Smart (L), Bud Edgar (3) and Robertson
Lilley (W) and Wright

(September 6)  Hamiota has advanced to the CMBA final against Brandon. Hamiota downed Dauphin 8-3 in the first game and won, by default, in the second as Dauphin couldn't field enough players.

Glennis Scott gave up seven hits and had 10 strikeouts in leading Hamiota to the victory in the opener. Denny Smith and Gord Lyall led the offense each with two hits. Al Evanson had a pair for the visitors, one of them a home run. Orville Mayor took the loss.

Scott (W) and Smith
Mayor (L) and Lintick

With some local recruits, Brandon had enough players for an exhibition game which they won 6-5 as Evason punched out a homer and triple. Jack Hyrorchuk was the winning pitcher. Bob Brooks took the loss.

Hyrorchuk (W) and xxx
Books (L) and xxx

(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

Other teams participating in the tournament were Keewatin, Kenora, Dryden and Baudette, Minnesota.

(September 13)   In the opening game of the Central Manitoba Baseball Association final, Hamiota crushed Brandon Cloverleafs 22-6.  The visitors pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of ten walks and six Brandon errors. Glennis Scott held Brandon to eights hits to gain the mound victory and helped his cause with four hits, a triple, double and two singles.  Al Robertson chipped in with three safeties. Denny Smith, Gladwyn Scott and Lynn Caldwell each had a pair.  Bob Wilson collected two hits for Brandon.

Hamiota, the Mid-West League champs, reached the final round with wins over Binscarth, Rapid City and Dauphin.  Brandon, the CMBA champions the past five years, defeated Carthwright and Lyleton to qualify for the final.

Scott (W) and Smith
Lilley (L), MacFarlane (3), Hutchison (5), Wright (6) and Wright, Stritz (6)

(September 20)   Morley Macfarlane fired a brilliant four-hitter Sunday as Brandon Cloverleafs blanked Hamiota 5-0 to even their best-of-three series at a game apiece. The effort was in stark contrast to the opening contest which Hamiota took by a 22-6 margin. The big right-hander fanned ten and issued just one free pass.  Before more than 1,500 spectators at Hamiota, the teams fought to a scoreless draw through five innings before the visitors broke through with the initial marker. Gerry Mackay reached with a bunt single, stole second and advanced as the throw was bobbled. Tom Towns came through with a single to centre to bring in what proved to be the winning run and Don Hunter followed with a circuit blow for a 3-0 lead. Brandon added a run in the eighth as Dave Adams followed Town's triple with a sharp single. Consecutive hits by Mackay and Towns provided another insurance run in the ninth. Cloverleafs managed 11 hits of Glennis Scott.

Macfarlane (W) and xxx
G.Scott (L) and xxx

(September 27)  Inclement weather forced cancellation of the third game of the series.

Brandon and Hamiota shared the Central Manitoba title. The teams were tied at a game apiece in their final series when the playoff had to be called off because of snow.  The Cloverleafs won 38 and lost six during the season. Morley Mcfarlane led the pitching staff with a 13-3 record, Lorne Lilley was 11-2 and Lad Hutchison, 7-1.