SOUTHERN MINNESOTA LEAGUE
(June 19) Bloomington crushed Albert Lea Colonels 9-1 Wednesday in a game which featured a 21-strikeout performance by Gordie Nevers. The former Kansas City A's farmhand fanned the side in the first, second, fifth and ninth. The right-hander gave up six hits and a pair of walks. Shortstop Don Evans had a double and single and two runs for the winners.
Oliphant (L), Borcherding (3), Hoffman (5) and Fogal
Nevers (W) and Seymour
(June 23) Gordie Nevers fired a six-hit shutout Sunday as Bloomington crushed Austin 10-0. Don Evans cracked a two-run homer for the winners. Nevers racked up 14 strikeouts and walked four.
Nevers (W) and Seymour
Page (L), Mork (8), Rosenbaum (8) and Richardson
(July 21) Gordie Nevers hurled a three-hitter and added 19 strikeouts to his impressive list as Bloomington climbed into first place with an 8-3 win over Mason City. The right-hander had a no-hitter into the seventh. He walked four. Don Evans slammed a two-run homer in the first inning to give him eight for the season.
Biggart (L), deBuhr (2), Patton (8) and Mason
Nevers (W) and Quinn
(July 31) Gordie Nevers, the league's strikeout king, lost his first game in nine starts for Bloomington as Owatonna notched a 3-0 victory behind Charley Fuller. Fuller and Nevers each pitched three-hit ball.
(August 4) Bloomington right-hander Gordie Nevers, who fanned 21 his last time out against Albert Lea, racked up another 18 strikeouts Wednesday as the Athletics pulled out a 7-5 victory. A's fought back from a 5-3 deficit with a pair in the seventh after hard luck chucker Myron Hoffman had fanned the first two men to face him. Skeeter Nelson started the rally with a two-bagger and came home on a single by Mike Quinn. Jim Botten singled Quinn to third and Mike Mulligan brought in the tying run with a single. In the eighth, again with two out, Hoffman walked Norm Mundahl and Don Evans and Harry Messick followed with a triple for the winning run and an insurance marker. Colonels got four runs in the second inning, three scoring on an error.
Hoffman (L) and Fogal
Nevers (W) and Botten
(August 11) In a thrilling 11-inning affair, Bloomington downed Mankato 4-3 in the first game of a make-up double-header in tie Mason City for first place in the Southern Minnesota loop. Gordie Nevers went the distance, with 14 strikeouts for the win. Nevers finished with an 11-1 record, accounting for all of Bloomington's wins.
(August 29) Gordie Nevers fired a three-hit shutout and fanned 14 batters to lead Bloomington to a 2-0 victory over Mankato to clinch the Southern Minnesota League playoff title Thursday. Athletics which won two straight after losing the opener, collect six hits off Mankato's Loyal Bloxam and scored both runs in the fifth inning on a single and a pair of errors.