1961 Game Reports, Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley     

1961 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1961 BC Interior 
1961 Vancouver Island   


Boilermakers, CYO, Longshoremen, Westerns

North Vancouver, Optimists, Simon Fraser, South Hill Athletics

(June 21)  Gary Winbow hurled a no-hitter Wednesday night as Boilermakers remained atop the league standings with a 3-1 victory over Westerns.  The left-hander fanned 12 and allowed three free passes.  The lone run against him came in the third inning when losing pitcher Ian McCue walked, went to third on an error and scored on an infield out.  It was Winbow's second career no-hitter.

Winbow (W) and Ross, Usselman (5)
McCue (L) and Willis

(June 22)  Barry Menzies and Ron Montgomery combined on a no-hitter for the Longshoremen Thursday to give the league its second no-hitter in two days.  Menzies went the first four innings as the Longshoremen topped North Vancouver 2-1.  Ray Marshall had a homer for the winners.  The deciding run came in the seventh and last inning on a walk and two North Van errors.

Menzies, Montgomery (5) and Esplin
Empey and Sullivan

(July 31)  Boilermakers, who clinched the league pennant Sunday, squelched the Westerns last chance of making the playoffs whipping the Bridgemen 5-1.  Al Mayervich and Bob Elliott combined to toss a four-hitter in the victory.

Mayervich (W), Elliott (5) and Ross
Kariya (L), Bryant (5) and Fenton

(August 01)  Larry Shannon, signed recently by the Milwaukee Braves, came through with his best performance of the year Tuesday as South Hill whipped Longshoremen 9-0.  The 5'10" right-hander allowed just three hits and struck out seven in recording his fourth win of the season.  Another Milwaukee signee, Wayne Leonard clouted a two-run homer for the winners. 

Montgomery, Menzies (5), Schreiber (6) and Miller
Shannon (W) and Doyle

(August 03)  Lefty Dave Empey was outstanding Thursday firing a three-hit, 15 strikeout effort as North Vancouver blanked the Boilermakers 3-0.  Empey walked just one. 

Empey (W) and Sullivan
Elliott (L), Winbow (5) and Mayervich


(August 06)  South Hill Athletics downed the Longshoremen 6-3 to kick off their Industrial League - Burrard League playoff.  Barry Moskovitz paced the winners with a solo homer in the fourth inning. Ivor Saundry had a four-bagger for the Longshoremen.

Russell (W) and Doyle
Menzies (L) and Schreiber

(August 07)  Pitcher Jack Kilby hurled a six-hit shutout and scored the only run as CYO beat North Vancouver 1-0 to take a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-five semi-final.  In the sixth inning, Kilby doubled, advanced on a single by John Podmore and scored on a sacrifice fly by John Kochan.

Empey (L) and Sullivan
Kilby (W) and Lowery

(August 08)  Ivor Saundry smacked a grand-slam homer in the sixth inning Tuesday to give Longshoreman a 5-3 victory over South Hill to stave off elimination in the best-of-five series. Barry Moskovitz accounted for all the South Hill scoring with a three-run homer.

Herron (L) and Doyle
Montgomery (W) and Schreiber

CYO won its semi-final in three straight games, edging North Vancouver 5-4 as John Kochan singled in the winning run.  Lorne March belted a homer for the losers.

(August 11)  In the opening games of the Industrial - Burrard semi-finals, the Industrial teams got the jump. Boilermakers stopped Simon Fraser 7-5 and CYO drubbed South Hill 15-2. CYO took a big early lead with five unearned runs in the first inning.  They added six in the third sparked by a two-run homer by catcher Gordie LoweryCece Stein had a double and single for the winners.  Mike Fleming rapped two doubles and a single for South Hill.  Jack Kilby fashioned a seven-hitter for the pitching win.

Witherley (L), Herron (1), Darion (3) and Leonard
Kilby (W) and Lowery

Al Mayervich scattered nine hits in a route-going effort for the Boilermakers who capitalized on five errors by Simon Fraser.  Linn Byland had three hits for the losers.

Mayervich (W) and Ross
Michaud, Kenney (5) and Osadchuk

(August 13)  Boilermakers, trailing 6-0, scored eight times in the fifth inning and added six more in the sixth Sunday at Powell Street Grounds to crush Simon Fraser 14-6 to take a 2-0 game lead in their semi-final series. George Wood and Bob Hazeldine combined for eight RBI. 

Smith, Rutter (5) and Taylor
Winbow, Neilson (W) (5) and Ross

South Hill got a four-hitter by Larry Shannon in a 3-2 win over CYO. 

Stein (L) and Lowery
Shannon (W) and Doyle

(August 14)  Trevor Swangard singled in a pair of runs in a four-run fourth inning Monday as CYO topped South Hill 6-3 to take a 2-1 game lead in the semi-final series.  Gordie Lowery smacked a first inning homer for the winners.  Kumi Okomoto held South Hill to five hits for the win.

Witherley (L), Herron (4) and Doyle
Okomoto (W) and Lowery

(August 15)  Larry Shannon doubled in two runs in the sixth inning Tuesday to give South Hill a 5-3 victory over CYO to knot their series at two games apiece. 

Kilby, Mayervich (5) and Lowery
Russell (W) and Doyle

(August 17)  CYO took an early 4-1 lead and held on to shade South Hill 5-4 Thursday behind Cece Stein's eight-hitter to advance to the Industrial League final playoff.

Herron (L) and Doyle
Stein (W) and Lowery

(August 18)   A two-run homer by catcher Ken Ross in the first inning carried Boilermakers to a 2-1 victory in the opening game of the Industrial League final. In the well-pitched game, Al Mayervich and loser Jack Kilby tossed six hitters.

Kilby (L) and Lowery
Mayervich (W) and Ross.

(August 21)  The Boilermakers captured the Industrial League championship for the second straight season downing CYO 7-2 to sweep the final series.  Gary Winbow scattered five hits and Don Adams cracked three singles to give Boilermakers the best-of-three series 2 games to 0.  They had earlier disposed of Simon Fraser, the Burrard League winners, in straight games. Al Mayervich was the league's leading pitcher with an 8-0 record and 1.08 ERA.  John Kochan of CYO won the batting crown with a .448 average.

Winbow (W) and Ross
Stein, Mayervich (3) and Lowery


Coquitlam, Duffs, Maillardville, Maple Ridge, South Burnaby, Whalley

(July 31)  Duffs pretty well wrapped up their fourth straight Dewdney League pennant Monday edging second place South Burnaby 4-3 at Central Park.  Duffs moved two points up on Burnaby with four games remaining, to just one for Burnaby.  George Oikawa drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth and final inning after Burnaby had scored a pair in the top of the eighth to tie on an error, walk and two singles. Bill Gillespie got his ninth win, against two losses. Dave Lea, the Burnaby starter, pitched well until the eighth when he had to leave the game with a sore arm.

Lea, Spees (8) and Edwards
Gillespie (W) and Oikawa

(August 06)  The Dewdney League's regular schedule wound up Sunday with four games as the pennant winning Duffs adding four more points from 9-6 and 7-1 victories over Coquitlam at Central Park.  Larry Webster survived ten hits to go the route on the hill for the winners in the first game while Tanner fired eight shutout innings before giving up a single tally in the ninth in the second game.

Maple Ridge nailed down third place by beating Whalley 9-1 and Maillardville 5-3.  Jerry Lorenz led the Duffs with six hits in eight trips, including a three-run homer in the first game and a two-run triple in the second.  Larry Walker of Maple Ridge remained in contention for most valuable player by collecting four more hits, including a pair of two-baggers.

Statton (L), Davis (7) and Cameron
Webster (W) and Wallace

Sabatine (L) and Cameron
Tanner (W) and Bissell

Chabot (W) and Huculak
R. Van Eiperin (L) and D. Van Elperin

Hollis (W), Minty (5) and Maxwell
LeClair (L) and Tuckey

(August 10)  Ray Van Elperin, of the last-place Whalley nine, was named the league's most valuable player. Van Elperin was credited with five of the team's six victories and batted over .300 for the season.  During the few games he didn't pitch, he relieved brother Dennis behind the plate or took a turn at first base.  Runner-up for the trophy was Maple Ridge slugger Larry Walker, he of the .424 batting average and the league leader in home runs and triples. 

(August 13)   Sterling relief work by Larry Webster helped the Duffs to 12-6 and 7-5 victories over Maple Ridge for a two to nothing game lead in their best-of-five semi-final series.  Webster came in for starter Bill Gillespie in the fifth inning of the first game and allowed just one hit over the last 4 2/3s innings. In the second game, Webster salvaged a 7-5 win by putting out an eighth inning Maple Ridge rally. 

Gillespie, Webster (5) and Oikawa
Trinder, Minty (5) and Bowyer

Walker, Trinder (6) and Maxwell
Tanner, Webster (8) and Oikawa

(August 13)   In semi-final action, Coquitlam and South Burnaby battled to a 7-7 draw in the second game after Coquitlam had taken the first game 9-3.

(August 14)   Duffs, who captured their fourth straight Dewdney League pennant this year, managed to win a berth in the playoff final for the first time. Duffs topped Maple Ridge 5-1 Monday to sweep their semi-final series.  Catcher Jerry Lorenz and 18-year-old newcomer Keith Komman each drove in two runs for the winners.

(August 18)   Coquitlam downed the Duffs 6-3 Sunday night to take a 1-0 game lead in their best-of-seven final series. The teams battled to a 3-3 12-inning draw in the afternoon.  Veteran hurled Fred Sabatine scattered seven hits for the mound triumph in the evening contest. After Coquitlam took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Duffs rebounded with three runs in the fourth. Coquitlam tied the game with a singleton in the fourth, added one in the sixth and a pair in the seventh.

xxx and Cameron
Webster, xxx (12) and Lorenz

Gillespie (L) and Lorenz
Sabatine (W) and Cameron

(August 21)  A familiar pattern is emerging in the Dewdney League playoffs. The Duffs, pennant winners fourth straight times have failed in their three previous playoffs and for three consecutive seasons, Coquitlam, after finishing fourth, has won the title.  Thursday, Coquitlam downed the Duffs 4-1 to take a 3-0 game lead in the best-of-seven final.  Bill Deans allowed just three hits and struck out 11 to lead the winners.

Gillespie (L), Webster (3) and Lorenz
Deans (W) and Cameron

(August 27)   Same old. Same old.  Coquitlam, which just squeezed into the playoffs, again captured the league championship downing Duffs 3-1 in the second game of Sunday's double-header. Duffs managed a 2-0 win in the first game for their first win in the best-of-seven series.  Fred Sabatine held the Duffs to five hits in besting Bill Gillespie in the final contest.  In the afternoon, Larry Webster fired a two-hit shutout as the Duffs staved off elimination for a few hours.

Davis (L) and Cameron
Webster (W) and Lorenz

Gillespie (L) and Lorenz
Sabatine (W) and Cameron