(There appears to have been no formal name for the Cariboo area league other than Senior Baseball League).
After a four-year lapse, organized senior baseball is to return to North Central BC this summer. Two teams from Prince George and one each from Williams Lake and Quesnel will begin a 48-game schedule July 1st. The last senior loop in the area folded in 1958.
(July 1) Quesnel Lumbermen kicked off the season in fine fashion with a sweep of a double-header over Prince George Legion 5-4 and 11-7. Quesnel got a run on a walk and three hits in the 8th inning for the winning counter in the opener. Veteran George Dye pitched seven innings for the win. Prince George pulled to within a run in the 9th as Gaal tripled in Keith Cline with none out but reliever Jack Charlesworth got the next three hitters to end the game.
Neukomn (L), Carretti (8) and xxx
Dye (W), Charlesworth (8) and xxx
In the first inning of the second game, Irv Follack led off with a double, Les Johannsen drew a walk and Jack Charlesworth singled to load the bases. On the second pitch, Oscar Festerling smacked one out of the park for a grand slam homer to give Quesnel a lead they'd hold throughout. Kelly belted a three-run triple for the Legion.
Keith Cline (L), Pete Neukomn (4) and xxx
Festerling (W), Charlesworth (4) and xxx
(July 8) It was another twin-bill success for Quesnel on the second weekend of the league schedule, 10- to 2 and 13 to 3 over Williams Lake. Jack Charlesworth allowed 11 hits but went the route for the win in the first game striking out 12 and giving up just one walk. Quesnel took a 5-0 lead in the first inning helped by triples from Oscar Festerling and Bob Boyd. Williams Lake got a homer by Jack Moores.
Jim Rolston (L) , Don Ballard (2) and xxx
Charlesworth (W) and xxx
George Dye threw no-hit ball into the 5th inning in Quesnel's 13-3 win in the second game. Again, the Lumbermen jumped into a quick lead with six runs in the first inning.
xxx and xxx
Dye (W) and xxx
(July 15) The scheduled game between Quesnel and Prince George Tire was cancelled because the Tire club failed to field enough players. It appears Prince George Tire will drop out of the circuit leaving three teams to carry on.
(July 21-22) Smithers Tournament
(July 29) Prince George Legion took a pair from Billy Barker of Quesnel Sunday 6-5 in the first game and 11-7 in the evening encounter. (Billy Barker Hotel took over sponsorship of the Quesnel nine.) Bob Elliott, 20-year-old ace of Vanderhoof, who was selected as the most valuable player in the Smithers Tournament went the route for the winners holding Quesnel to three hits. He walked six and struck out 11. Bill McLeod gave up nine hits in taking the loss. he walked 10 with seven strike outs.
McLeod (L) and xxx
Elliott (W) and xxx
Quesnel took a 6-1 lead after two innings in the second game but Prince George roared back to take the lead with six runs on two singles, two doubles and triple and a series of errors in the fourth inning. Pete Neukomn went the route for Prince George allowing five hits.
Dye (L), Friesen (6) and xxx
Neukomn (W) and xxx
(August 11-12) Quesnel Tournament
The Quesnel Tournament proved to be the final senior baseball action for the summer.
(July 6) The New York Yankees have signed Okanagan pitcher Reg Main to a contract. The 18-year-old right-hander will finish the season with Vernon of the Mainline League before working out next spring at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Eddie Taylor, who lined up the deal for the Yankees, described the Okanagan as "untapped, virgin baseball territory."
(July 7) 18-year-old pitcher Derek McGillivray of Kamloops has been signed by the New York Yankees for an undisclosed bonus. It's the second time in a week the Yankees have reached into the BC Interior to sign a young hurler. McGillivray is a 6-2 right-hander.