(May 22) Kitchener-Waterloo Panthers opened the 1961 season with a 6-3 triumph over St. Thomas Elgins. Panthers scored early with three runs in the first inning, two scoring on Nick Rintche's bases-loaded single. Shorty Miller and Ron Hergott led the 13-hit attack each with three safeties. Gerry Denomme held Elgins to eight hits in going the distance for the win. Fred Kelso, Barry Howson and Tedd Bogal each had two hits for St. Thomas.
Denomme (W) and Psutka
Snowsell (L), Henry (8) and Pook
(June 3) Hamilton Cardinals captured their third straight decision, 7-4 over the Elgins at St. Thomas. A five-run 5th inning carried Hamilton to the win. Five hits, one a two-run homer by Murray Oliver, and two walks produced the big inning. Elgins had taken the lead in the 2nd on Dick Wright's four-bagger. Richard Jack went the distance for the win holding St. Thomas to nine hits. Jim Brown was saddled with the loss.
Jack (W 1-0) and Chayka
Brown (L 0-1), Henry (5) and Pook
(June 6) Ron Stead fired a five-hit shutout, striking out 16 batters, as Brantford Red Sox blanked St. Thomas 3-0. Frank Henry gave up just 8 hits in taking the loss. He fanned 7 to bring the games' total to 23. Sox got their first run in the third inning on two walks and singles by Marv Larsen and George Carruth. They added a pair in the 5th, one coming on a home by Carruth.
Stead (W) and Baker
Henry (L) and Pook
(June 10) Guelph Merchants topped St. Thomas 6-1 as Harry Barber held the Elgins to seven hits and fanned 11. It was his second win. Al Dorans was the starter and loser for St. Thomas. Barber and Walt Jeffries each had two hits for the Merchants. Barry Howson had a pair for the losers. It was the fourth win in five starts for the Merchants. Elgins remained winless.
Dorans (L), Paquin (8) and Pook
Barber (W) and McPhee
(June 10) Galt Terriers topped Hamilton Cardinals 6-4 behind a sterling relief effort by Ron Webber. Webber stopped a Hamilton threat in the 5th inning and then set down the Cardinals on one hit over the next 4 2/3s innings.
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xxx, Webber (5) and xxx
(June 11) Lefty Eric Lomax, making his first start in two years, pitched Hamilton to a 7-2 win over Galt. Lomax had nine strike outs and just one walk. He also helped at the plate with two hits.
Lomax (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx
(June 11) Kitchener-Waterloo handed Listowel their fourth straight loss, 6-2, collecting ten hits off losing pitcher Gary Thomas. Dave Smallwood had four hits for the winners. He suffered a knee injury sliding into second base in the 7th inning. Earlier, George Arlein of the Legionaires was beaned on the forehead.
Thomas (L) and xxx
xxx and xxx
(June 11) Brantford Red Sox won their home opener whipping the London Diamonds 10-5 Sunday. Bob Frazier, playing in his first game of the season, drove in four runs with a homer and three singles.
Fletcher (L) and xxx
xxx and xxx
(June ?) Brantford Red Sox whipped St. Thomas 10-4 to maintain their hold on first place in the Intercounty standings. It was the Red Sox 5th consecutive win since dropping the season opener and the 5th straight loss for the Elgins. Playing manager George Carruth belted two home runs for the Sox. Dick Wright clubbed a homer for St. Thomas. Marv Larsen, making his initial start of the season, pitched a seven-hitter for the win. He fanned seven and walked three. Vern Snowsell took the loss.
Snowsell (L) and Pook
Larsen (W) and Baker
(June 17) Galt Terriers exploded with ten runs in the first inning and coasted to a 13-6 win over St. Thomas Elgins. It was the Terriers 5th straight win at home. St. Thomas starter Frank Henry failed to retire a batter before Al Dorans was called in to relieve. Louis Howard went the distance for Galt to register the win.
Henry (L), Dorans (1) and Bogal
Howard (W) and Lutz
(June 20, 1961) The St. Thomas Elgins, cellar-dwellers in the Senior Intercounty League hit the win column with a bang at Pinafore Park last night on the strength of Dick Wright's booming bat and Frank Henry's pitching arm. When the dust cleared, the Elgins celebrated a convincing 9-1 decision over Listowel Legionnaires. The Elgins, who have lost close games to the top three teams in the league (Brantford Red Sox, Hamilton Cardinals and Kitchener-Waterloo Panthers) picked on Listowell ace John Poholsky as victim for their first win. Wright was a big headache for the University of Detroit star, connecting for two home runs and driving in six of the nine runs. Henry was never in trouble, scattering six hits and receiving sparkling support from the young St.
Thomas infield. Tedd Bogal, Jack Empey and Barry Howsen picked up two hits each for the Elgins.
Poholsky (L), Thomas (4), Bardja (7) and Eckel
Henry (W) and Pook
(June 21) Kerry Leitch clouted a triple and three singles, good for three runs, and Stan Anderson drove in four with a pair of singles to lead London Diamonds to an 11-3 trouncing of St. Thomas. George McGuire held London to seven hits, fanning 11, to register the pitching win. Fred Kelso delivered a triple and double for the Elgins. Dave Pook added a triple.
Snowsnell (L 0-3), Brown (6) and Pook
McGuire (W) and Leitch
(June 27) Galt Terriers shaded St. Thomas Elgins 3-2. Ron Boomer's two-run homer in the second inning gave Galt the early lead. They went ahead 3-0 in the 6th on three St. Thomas errors and a single by Nellie Cooper. Slugger Dick Wright got the Elgins on the board with a bases-empty homer in the bottom of the 6th. St. Thomas scored again in the 8th on a walk, stolen base and error. Each team had just six hits. Jim Futrell went eight innings for his second win of the season. St. Thomas second baseman Bill Symonds with two singles, was the only player to collect more than one safety. The win was the seventh in 11 starts for the Wray Upper coached Terriers who moved into third place in the standings.
Futrell (W), Hoy (9) and Lutz
Dorans (L), Henry (7) and Pook
(June 29, 1961) Kitchener-Waterloo Panthers blanked Guelph Merchants, 2-0.
(June 30) In its June 30th edition, reporter Bob Ferguson of the London Free Press reported on the early statistics in the Intercounty League (emphasis added) :
Slugging Elgin Outfielder Aims for IC Homer Crown
Appearing in eight of a possible nine games, outfielder Dick Wright of St. Thomas Elgins has declared himself a prime candidate for the 1961 Senior Intercounty home run championship.
The Dresden-born slugger has nicked opposing pitchers for only eight hits in 24 trips for a .333 average. But five of the eight blows have cleared the barriers and two of the five homers have come with the bases loaded. The result is the 23-year-old, 6-foot, 200-pound Elgin leads the league in runs batted in with 13, homers with five and shares the total base lead with Brantford's George Carruth and Kitchener-Waterloo's Ron Hergott, each with 23.
The past week's action has produced several other changes in the batting race with Panthers' Dave Smallwood still pacing the pack with .458 closely followed by Bob Frazier of Brantford, and Bob Zister of Listowel, with .455 apiece. In fourth position is Fred Thompson of Hamilton with .429 and teammate Murray Oliver, the Boston Bruins hockey star, with .424.
Wielding a red-hot bat in the past couple of games, catcher Kerry Leitch of London Diamonds, took over sixth spot with a sizzling .393 followed by Listowel's Bill Skelding with .391. Brantford's Marv Larsen is next with .382 and Dan "Thumper" Jackson ninth at .375.
Infielder Billy Zubyk, the hitting surprise of the London line-up, ranks 10th with a stellar .351, a dip of 13 points in the past week.
Jimmy Wilkes, outfielder-president of Brantford's Red Sox, continues to set the run scoring pace with 15 and also leads in stolen bases with 7.
Delaney Paces Pitchers
Checking in with a nifty 0.91 earned run average in 19 2-3s innings, Hamilton's Bob Delaney takes over the loop's pitching leadership. Teammate Eric Lomax is right behind with 1.00 in nine frames.
George McGuire, holder of three London victories and the circuit's strikeout leader with 36, ranks third in ERA with 1.55 followed by Gary Ronberg of K-W, with 1.58 and Bob Putz of Guelph, with 1.66.
Brantford's Spud Bush is the loop's biggest winner with five triumphs in six decisions. He's also hurled the most frames, 39 2-3s, and issued the most walks, 19.
Elgins' Vern Snowsell has yielded the most runs, 23, while Ross Paton of Hamilton, and Gerry Denomme, K-W, share the distinction of allowing the most hits, 35 apiece. London's Hugh Fletcher is the biggest loser in the circuit with no victories and four losses. Figures include games through June 25 excepting June 21, Guelph at Galt; June 23, St. Thomas at Hamilton; and June 24 K-W at Galt, for which reports have not been received.
(July 1) Dick Honig belted a homer and two singles to pace Listowel to a 6-2 win over St. Thomas. Lefty Dave Racer held Elgins to seven hits. He struck out 11 batters. St. Thomas manager Reg Pitre was given a police escort to the dressing room in the 5th inning after he was ejected by base umpire Percy Schram.
Snowsell (L), McKay and Pook
Racer (W) and Rockwell
(July 3) Harold "Hap" Randall fired a four-hitter and London Diamonds had two three-run innings in a 6-1 triumph over St. Thomas Elgins. The key blow was a three-run homer by Stan Anderson. Kerry Leitch drove in a pair with a double. Randall, a 28-year-old Sarnia native, walked three and fanned nine.
Ambrose (L 0-1), McKay (7) and Pook
Randall (W 1-1) and Leitch
(July 5) Galt's Louis Howard, an 18-year-old from North Carolina, tossed a three-hitter blanking London Diamonds 13-0. Howard fanned 12 and walked just one. He helped his own cause driving in three runs. Terriers had just nine hits, but were assisted by seven London errors. Gabby Anderson had two doubles for London. It was the Elgins 12th loss in 13 games.
Murphy (L 0-2), Parker (5) and Leitch
Howard (W 3-0) and Lutz
(July 5) Brantford Red Sox crept to within half a game of first place Hamilton Cardinals by dumping St. Thomas 6-2 behind Ron Stead's seven-hitter. Ken Dziuk had three hits for the Red Sox.
Stead (W 2-1) and Convey
Henry (L), Snowsell (8) and Pook
(July 7) Dick Rockwell's third hit of the night, a single in the bottom of the 9th inning, drove in the winning run as Listowel came from behind to top St. Thomas 5-4. Elgins had taken the lead in the 8th with a three-run outburst sparked by Tedd Bogal's homer.
Dorans, Henry (L) (8) and Pook
Racer, Stolarchuk (W) (8) and Rockwell, Eckel (4)
(July 8) Johnny Ambrose, who came out of retirement two weeks ago, carried St. Thomas to a 7-5 win over Guelph Merchants. Ambrose, the league's MVP in 1958, drove in three runs with a home run and single and went the route on the hill, scattering 12 hits. The Elgins were helped by 16 bases on balls from three Guelph hurlers. It was the Elgins 2nd win in 15 games.
McCartney, Kirchner (L) (3), McTavish (7) and DiCarlo
Ambrose (W) and Pook
(July 11) In a contest which featured 21 bases on balls, St. Thomas Elgins held off a late London rally to notch a 5-4 victory. With the Elgins leading 5-2 in the 8th inning, the Diamonds used two hits and three walks to plate two runs before Vern Snowsell came into the game in relief to end the threat. Tedd Bogal and winning pitcher Frank Henry each had two hits. Don Mayes had a double and single for London. Stan "Gabby" Anderson drove in a pair with a double. Johnny Murphy started for the Diamonds and pitched into the 6th giving up five hits and 10 walks.
Murphy (L), McLennan (6) and Konstanty
Henry (W), Snowsell (8) and Bogal, Pook (8)
(July 15) Galt Terriers unleashed an 18-hit attack to clobber St. Thomas 16-2. It was the Terriers' 8th win in 10 home starts. Wray Upper paced the offensive with four hits, including a pair of doubles. Wayne Edwards, with three hits, and Pat Lutz, with a pair, belted homers. Vern Strickland added three safeties. Jim Futrell held the Elgins to just four hits in winning his 3rd of the season. He fanned 13 and walked five. St. Thomas made eight errors.
Dorans (L 0-4), Pitre (7) and Pook
Futrell (W 3-2) and Lutz
(July 15) Brantford's ace right-hander Spud Bush gave up three runs in the first inning on four hits, a walk and an error then settled down to blank London the rest of the way in a 7-3 victory for the Red Sox. It was the 9th win in 11 decisions for Bush. Ted Baker belted a homer for the winners and Marv Larsen chipped in with a pair of doubles. Jerry Anderson had a double and single for London.
Bush (W 9-2) and xxx
Randall (L 1-2), McLennan and xxx
(July 15) Kitchener downed the second-place Hamilton Cardinals 5-2 behind the nine-hit hurling of Michigan State right-hander Gary Ronberg who registered his 6th straight win. Nick Rintche and Joe Yosurak belted triples to aid the Kitchener offense.
Paton (L 3-2), Jack and xxx
Ronberg (W 6-0) and xxx
(July 16) Brantford Red Sox ran their winning streak to seven games with a 7-2 triumph over St. Thomas. Sox now stand at 15-4 on the season. Bob Marshall hurled a three-hitter in his first start of the season for the Red Sox. Jimmy Wilkes led the 12-hit attack with three singles while Len Dziuk added a pair of two-baggers. Dave Pook's run-scoring double was the lone extra base hit for the Elgins.
McKay (L 0-2), Dorans (5) and Pook
Marshall (W 1-0) and Baker
(July 16) Hamilton (11-6) pushed across the winning run on a passed ball in the 9th inning to top London 8-7. Eric Lomax won his 4th of the season, surviving a grand slam homer by London catcher Kerry Leitch and a two-run blast by Jerry Anderson. Murray Oliver led the Hamilton attack with two doubles and a single. Jack Price added a triple and single and Lomax, a double and single.
McGuire (L 4-3), John Murphy and Leitch
Lomax (W 4-0) and xxx
(July 18) Kitchener-Waterloo Panthers rallied for three runs in the 8th and another three in the 9th to down St. Thomas 7-4. A bases-loaded triple by catcher Charlie Mansz off reliever Vern Snowsell in the 9th was the winning blow. In the 8th, the Panthers got a three-run homer from Ron Hergott to come back from a 4-1 deficit to knot the count at 4-4. Howie Hupp got the mound victory in relief of starter Gerry Denomme. Shorty Miller, Joe Yosurak and Mansz each had two hits for the Panthers.
Denomme, Hupp (W) (6) and Mansz
Henry (L), Snowsell (9) and Pook
(July 22) St. Thomas Elgins used the long ball to thump Hamilton 13-5. Catcher Dave Pook led the attack with a homer and three doubles. Dick Wright belted his 7th homer of the season and Gary Doupe added a double and two singles. Frank Henry went the route for the win, his third.
Visheau, Paton (2), Drake (L) (4) and Carney, Chayka (7)
Henry (W 3-5) and Pook
(July 22) London 7 Guelph 5, Galt 3 K-W 0
(July ?) Veteran Russ Evon punched out four hits, driving in three, to pace St. Thomas to an 11-5 win over London Diamonds. Johnny Ambrose scattered nine hits to capture the mound victory. Jerry Anderson led the Diamonds with three hits.
Fletcher (L), Randall (4), McLennan (4) and Leitch
Ambrose (W) and Pook
(July 23) Brantford 10 London 3, Galt 5 Hamilton 2
Brantford 17 4 ---
Galt 13 8 4.0
Hamilton 12 8 4.5
K-Waterloo 13 10 5.0
Listowel 9 9 6.5
Guelph 8 13 9.0
London 7 16 11.0
St. Thomas 6 16 11.5
(July 26) Tedd Bogal belted a three-run homer in the 8th inning to hand St. Thomas a 3-2 victory over Listowel. Legionaires scored both their runs in the 3rd inning on two singles, a wild pitch and a triple by Ray Ritter. Winning pitcher Frank Henry led off the 8th for the Elgins with a single to left. With two out, and Gary Doupe also on base with a single, Bogal poked one over the right field fence.
Stolarchuk (L 2-3) and Rockwell
Henry (W 3-5) and Pook
(July 27) A three-run 8th inning carried London Diamonds to a 4-2 win St. Thomas. It was London's 8th win in 24 starts and left them two games back of 6th place Guelph. The last-place Elgins have lost 17 or 22 games. Jerry Anderson had given the Diamonds a 1-0 lead with a homer in the 5th inning but St. Thomas rebounded with a pair in the top of the 8th on three singles and a walk to take the lead. In the bottom of the frame, Jimmy Atack drove in Stan Anderson with the tying marker with a sacrifice fly. Jim Konstanty then delivered the game winner and an insurance run belting a double to centre scoring Don Mayes who had singled and Jerry Young who reached on a walk. Hugh Fletcher got the win, in relief.
Ambrose (L 2-2) and Pook
McLennan, Fletcher (W 1-5) (8) and Leitch
(July 29) Guelph Merchants unleashed a 15-hit attack to trounce St. Thomas 12-3. Walt Jeffries led the offensive with four hits and Dan Jackson, bidding for the Intercounty batting crown, had three safeties and received two intentional walks. Bob Putz went the distance on a eight-hitter for the win, his 5th of the season. He fanned nine. Bud Westaway had two doubles for the Elgins.
Dorans (L 0-5), McKay (4) and Pook
Putz (W 5-3) and F. DiCarlo
(August 1) Hugh Fletcher was the pitching and hitting star as London Diamonds handed the Elgins an 8-4 defeat at St. Thomas. Fletcher relieved starter Lorne Parker in the 5th after the Elgins had scored a pair to tie the contest at 3-3. He fanned the next two batters to end the rally. In the 6th for London, Dave Lapthorne and Jim Konstanty singled to bring Fletcher to the plate and he promptly belted a fastball for a three-run homer. Fletcher went 4 2/3s innings allowing just two hits and fanning seven. Don Mayes had three hits for London. It was the 19th loss for St. Thomas against just six victories.
Parker, Fletcher (W 2-5) (5) and Leitch
Ambrose (L 2-3), McKay (6), Henry (9) and Pook
(August 1) Guelph Merchants downed Kitchener-Waterloo 6-5.
(August 3) Frank Henry fired a one-hitter as St. Thomas shutout Galt Terriers 3-0. A two-out, two-strike single by Nellie Cooper in the second inning ruined Henry's bid for a no-hit game. Henry walked six and fanned three in evening his record at 5-5. In addition, he belted a homer in the 5th inning to complete the scoring. Johnny Ambrose had a two-run shot in the first. Jock MacNeill gave up just four hits in taking the loss.
MacNeill (L 0-2) and Specht
Henry (W 5-5) and Pook
(August 5) Kitchener-Waterloo Panthers downed St. Thomas Elgins 6-2 Saturday to tighten their hold on second place in the Intercounty standings. Elgins jumped into a 2-0 lead on Dick Wright's two-run homer, his 8th of the season. Dave Pook had earlier doubled. Gerry Denomme then held St. Thomas to three hits the rest of the way to capture his 5th victory. Joe Yosurak led the Panthers with a triple and two singles off Roy McKay and Jim Brown. Wayne Litzgus and Harry Psutka each had two hits for the winners.
McKay (L 0-2), Brown (8) and Pook
Denomme (W 5-4) and Psutka
(August 5) Guelph Merchants shaded Galt Terriers 2-1 in 11 innings. Ted Hastings singled in Dan "Thumper" Jackson with the winning marker. Bob Putz went the distance, limiting Galt to just four hits, to register his 7th win. Jackson and Hastings each had two hits for Guelph. Jack Hoy had a pair for the Terriers. Louis Howard, who relieved starter Jim Futrell in the 11th, took the loss.
Futrell, Howard (L 6-3) (11) and Strickland
Putz (W 7-3) and F. Dicarlio, McPhee (11)
(August 7) Frank Henry held Guelph Merchants to five hits as St. Thomas scored a 7-2 victory. Jim Brown drove in a pair with a single in the 4th inning as Elgins took a 2-1 lead. They added two more in the 5th and, after Guelph plated a run in the top of the 7th, erupted for three in the bottom of the frame to put the game on ice. Tedd Bogal's bases-loaded single was the key blow . Harry Barber was the starter and loser for the Merchants.
Barber (L), Kovacs (5) and F. DiCarlo
Henry (W 6-5) and Pook, Bogal (8)
(August 11) Dennis Erickson, an 18-year-old import from Michigan, had a three-hit shutout as Listowel topped St. Thomas 6-0. The left-hander fanned 11. The win stopped a five-game losing streak for the Legionaries. Listowel had just seven hits off three Elgins' hurlers breaking the game open with a three-run outburst in the third inning on three hits and an error. Catcher Dick Rockwell had a double and single to pace the Listowel offense.
Dorans (L 0-6), McKay (4), Pitre (8) and Pook
Erickson (W) and Rockwell
(August 12) Hap Randall held Kitchener-Waterloo to three hits and London Diamonds went on to dump the Panthers 10-1. Rookie Whitey Lapthorne had a double and two singles to pace the London attack. Don Mayes and Gabby Anderson each had a double and single. Jerry Anderson belted a homer, his third of the season. The only hits for the Panthers were doubles by Gene Zanatta and Joe Yosurak and Short Miller's first homer of the season.
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Randall (W) and xxx
(August 12) Lefty Ron Stead improved his record to 10-1 as Brantford Red Sox topped Galt 4-1 Saturday. Bob Frazier's 4th homer of the season provided the power for the Sox. Lefty Louis Howard took the loss.
Stead (W 10-1) and xxx
Howard (L 6-5) and xxx
(August 13) Spud Bush won his 15th game, tying a modern single-season record, firing a six-hitter as Brantford shutout St. Thomas 3-0 Sunday. Al Dorans was the hard-luck loser, allowing just four hits in taking his 7th loss, without a victory. Bush's triumph matched the mark set by Galt's Gentry "Jeep" Jessup in 1953.
Dorans (L 0-7) and Pook
Bush (W 15-2) and Baker
(August 13) Hamilton Cardinals tightened their hold on third place in the Intercounty standings with victories in both ends of a double-header with Guelph, 4-3 and 4-1. Cards got solid pitching from Eric Lomax and Ross Paton to sweep the twin-bill. Dan "Thumper" Jackson had his 7th homer in the first game.
xxx and xxx
Lomax (W 6-1) and xxx
xxx and xxx
Paton (W 5-5) and xxx
Paper of August 14th
Brantford 28 4 ---
K-Waterloo 19 13 9.0
Hamilton 16 14 11.0
Galt 15 17 13.0
Guelph 14 18 14.0
Listowel 12 17 14.5
London 12 19 15.5
St. Thomas 8 22 19.0
(August 15) Listowel Legionaires helped their playoff chances with an 11-1 trouncing of St. Thomas. The win left Listowel in 6th place, a full game ahead of London in the battle for the final playoff spot. John Stolarchuk went the route on a six-hitter for his third win. Dick Honig led the 15-hit attack with three hits, one a two-run double.
Stolarchuk (W 3-2) and Rockwell
Ambrose (L 2-4) , Dorans (9) and Pook
(August ) Eric Lomax fired a four-hit shutout as Hamilton Cardinals wound up their Intercounty schedule with a 2-0 win over St. Thomas Elgins. The victory assured the Cards of a third place finish. Elgins ended up in the basement. Lomax struck out six and walked one. The left-hander registered his 7th win in 8 decisions. Bob Salvisburg provided Lomax with all the offense he needed with a first inning homer. Larry Cunningham drove in Danny Drake with an insurance marker. Reg Pitre took the loss in his first start of the season.
Pitre (L) and xxx
Lomax (W 7-1) and xxx
(August) Spud Bush set an Intercounty record in pitching Brantford to a 4-2 win over St. Thomas. It was the 16th win of the season for the right-hander, beating the old mark of 15 set by Jeep Jessup of the 1953 Galt Terriers. The triumph marked the 22nd consecutive victory for the Red Sox. George Carruth's two-run homer in the 6th inning was the key blow. Ted Baker led the offense with three hits. Bill Symonds had three for the Elgins.
Bush (W 16-2) and Baker
Dorans, McKay (L) (1) and Pook
(September 7) In the opening game of the Intercouny final series, Brantford Red Sox rallied from behind to down Kitchener-Waterloo 7-3. Spud Bush survived a shaky start to pick up the win. Jimmy Wilkes led the attack with a triple and single. Ted Baker and Len Dziuk each had a double and single.
Denomme (L), xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
Bush (W), Stead (9) and xxx