1964 Game Reports, Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley     

1964 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1964 BC Interior 
1964 Vancouver Island   

VANCOUVER INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE

Astorias
Boilermakers
CYO
Longshore Canadians
North Vancouver

(May 3)  The Astorias opened the Industrial Senior Baseball League with a bang, exploding for eight runs in the first inning en route to a 12 to 0 shellacking of C.Y.O. at the Powell Street grounds. Rab McNeil’s two-hit pitching was the feature of the game. Dave Skilnick’s bases-loaded double in the opening panel set the Astorias on their way to victory.

McNeil (W) and Kozak Sr., Fernie (4)
Witherley (L), Cowan (1), Ems (6) and Lowery

(May 4)  The Boilermakers scored two unearned runs in the fifth inning to defeat the Longshoremen in Industrial Baseball League action. Winning flinger Bob Fraser allowed three hits while loser Jack Buchinski, plagued with control issues, walked ten while surrendering two safeties.

Fraser (W) and Ross
Buchinski (L) and Schick

(May 6)  Bob Elliott’s two-hitter and four C.Y.O. errors in the third inning gave the Longshoremen a 5 to 0 victory in an Industrial League clash. Elliott fanned 11 in going the route.

Elliott (W) and Schick
Spees (L) and Lowery

(May 7)  A father and son battery combined to produce a no-hit, no-run game in the Industrial Senior League. Frank Kozak Jr., pitching to Frank Kozak Sr., twirled the 6 to 0 gem for the Astorias over North Vancouver at the Powell Street grounds. Dave Skilnick provided Kozak with all the runs he needed, blasting a two-run homer for his sixth and seventh RBI’s in two games.

Nichol (L), MacDonald (5) and Bryant
Kozak Jr. (W) and Kozak Sr., Fernie (5) 

(May 8)  C.Y.O. staked themselves to a modest lead in the first inning and nursed it to a 2 to 1 victory over the Boilermakers at the Powell Street grounds. Ralph Winfield of C.Y.O singled in one run while the second scored on an infield error. Al Gossman tripled in the third inning for the Boilermakers, driving in Al Dayton, who had singled, but Gossman was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch his hit into an inside-the-park homer.

Mayervich (W) and Lowery
Archer (L) and Fraser

(May 10)  Ron Peterson’s circuit-clout in the final frame gave the Astorias a narrow 2 to 1 triumph over the Boilermakers in an Industrial League contest. Rab McNeil allowed six hits in pitching the win.

McNeil (W) and Kozak Sr., Fernie (7)
Fraser (L) and Ross

(May 11)  A Longshoremen error allowed Gord Simpson to touch home and give North Vancouver a 2 to 1 victory over the Dockmen. Earlier, North Van’s Don Adams had singled home Malcolm Thompson with the tying run. Duke Fairbrother struck out four and permitted three hits for the win while Ken Green was tagged with the loss.

Fairbrother (W) and Bryant
Buchinski, Green (L) (3), Digby (4) and Schick

(May 14)  Gary Meglaughlin pitched a one-hitter as the Boilermakers walloped the Longshoremen 12 to 1 at the Powell Street grounds. The left-hander struck out nine and walked four. The lone Longshoremen tally was unearned. Meglaughlin also contributed two singles at the plate while teammate Danny Webster smashed a three-run homer.

Meglaughlin (W) and Ross
Buchinski (L), Digby (2), Green (3) and Schick

(May 15)  Outfielder Al Bryant’s two-run homer gave North Vancouver a 2 to 0 victory over the Boilermakers at the Powell Street grounds. Bert Nichol, a southpaw, tossed a one-hitter for the winners, striking out seven and walking three.

Nichol (W) and Usselman
Wilson (L) and Fairbrother 

(May 17)  The Astorias ran their record to 4 – 0 by whipping hosting North Vancouver. Sam Lilley pitched the win, allowing six hits.

Lilley (W) and Taylor
MacDonald (L), Cameron (2) and Bryant

(May 18)  Winning moundsman Bob Fraser hurled a three-hitter and clubbed two doubles as the Boilermakers stopped C.Y.O. 7 to 2 in Industrial League play.

Fraser (W) and Ross
Spees (L), Kilby (5) and Dagenais

(May 19)  The Astorias and Boilermakers battled to a 3 – 3 deadlock in an Industrial League encounter. Frank Kozak Jr. handled pitching chores for the Astorias, giving up seven hits, while Gary Meglaughlin allowed three hits for the Boilermakers. Walt Hallam topped the Astorias at the dish with three hits including a double. Norm Usselman had a triple for the Boilermakers.

Kozak Jr. and Kozak Sr.
Meglaughlin and Ross

(May 22)   Bob Elliott pitched and batted the Longshoremen to a 3-1 win over Astoria Friday at the Powell Street grounds. The big right-hander tossed a three-hitter, with six strikeouts, and hammered a home run and a single in three trips to the plate. Teammate Ray Marshall added a triple.

McNeil (L) and Fernie
Elliott (W) and Schick

(May 24)  The C.Y.O. baseballers blanked North Vancouver 6 to 0 in an Industrial League game in North Van. Bill MacAdams went the distance for the winners, giving up four hits.

MacAdams (W) and Lowery
Nichol (L) and Fairbrother

(May 24)  Bob Fraser’s four-hitter sparked the Boilermakers to a 4 to 0 shutout over the Longshoremen.

Craig (L), Peters (5) and Schick
Fraser (W) and Usselman

(May 26)  18-year old Gary Meglaughlin tossed the second no-hitter of the Industrial League season when he pitched the Boilermakers to a 6 to 0 conquest of North Vancouver. The North Van aggregation had only two base-runners, both coming through walks, after Meglaughlin had pitched perfectly for 7-2/3 innings. 

Meglaughlin (W) and Ross
Cameron (L), Nichol (2) and Fairbrother

(May 27)  The Astorias got a large assist from North Vancouver to move into first place in the Industrial Baseball League. With North Van committing six errors, the A’s waltzed to a 12 to 5 decision at the Powell Street grounds. The Astorias now share top spot with the Boilermakers, each with 13 points.

Fairbrother (L) and Huitman, Bryant (5)
Lilley (W) and Kozak Sr., Fernie (7)

(May 28)  Veteran Nick Craig posted a shutout as the Longshoremen blanked C.Y.O. 4 to 0 in an Industrial League match.

Grant (L), McDaniels (6), Spees (6) and Ems
Craig (W) and Schick

(May 29)  Big Jake Mayervich pitched a two-hitter at the Powell Street grounds as C.Y.O. bombed the Boilermakers 6 to 0. Barry Moscovich led the assault on Boilermaker pitching with three singles, good for four RBI’s.

Larsen (L), Usselman (4) and Usselman, Fraser (4)
Mayervich (W) and Ems

(May 31)  The Boilermakers challenged the league-leading Astorias, dumping the Hotelmen 6 to 1 at the Powell Street grounds to leapfrog past them into top spot. Bob Fraser pitched a five-hitter, striking out nine in earning the mound decision. Ken Ross went 2-for-3 at the plate for the winners while John Gardiner added a double. 

Lilley (L), Kozak Sr. (3) and Fernie
Fraser (W) and Ross

(May 31)  At Mahon Park, North Vancouver nipped the Longshoremen 5 to 4 on the strength of a ten-strikeout mound performance by winning pitcher Bert Nichol. Al Bryant drove in the tying and winning runs with a double in the seventh inning.

Montgomery (L) and Schick
Nichol (W) and Fairbrother

(June 5)   Ken Mitchell's two-run homer in the fourth inning proved to be the winning blow Friday as the Longshoremen topped the Boilermakers 7-4. Bob Elliott, who started for the Longshoremen, was relieved by Nick Craig in the second, but returned in the third to pick up the win. Gordie Weber put the Longshoremen in the lead with a two-run single in the first but the Boilermakers score two runs in each of the next two innings to take the lead.

Larson, Fraser (L) (1), Lowberg (5) and Usselman
Elliott (W), Craig (2), Elliott (3) and Schick

(June 7)  Shortstop Sam Kobyashi blasted two home runs, a solo shot and a two-run dinger, as C.Y.O. edged the Longshoremen 6 to 4 at the Powell Street grounds.

Burchinski, Craig (L) (2) and Schick
Cowan, Moens (W) (3) and Lowery

(June 7)  Although outhit by a 7 to 3 margin, the Boilermakers edged hosting North Vancouver 4 to 3 at Mahon Park. Roy Archer got the complete-game win.

Archer (W) and Ross
Huitman (L), Nichol (3) and Fairbrother

(June 8)  The Astorias exploded for five runs in the third inning and another seven in the fourth to crush North Vancouver 15 to 2 at the Powell Street grounds. Right-fielder Darryl Fenton supplied most of the dynamite with a triple while teammate Pete Blanchard collected two RBI’s with a pair of singles.

Empe (W) and Kozak Sr.
Fairbrother (L), Cameron (4), Adams (4) and Huitman

(June 10)  George Woods’ bases-loaded double powered the Boilermakers to a 6 to 2 Industrial League victory over the Astorias. Norm Usselman nailed a two-run double for the winners in the fourth inning.

Fraser (W) and Ross
Kozak Jr. (L), Kozak Sr. (3), McNeil (6) and Kozak Sr., Fernie (3)

(June 12)  The third-place Longshoremen gained two points on the second-place Astorias when they doubled the Hotelmen 8 to 4 at the Powell Street grounds. Right hander Bob Elliott went the route on the rubber for the win. Rick McPhee singled twice for the victors while the top swatters for the Astorias, who held an 8 to 6 margin in base hits, were Walt Hallam with a brace of two-baggers and Ron Peterson with a pair of singles.

McNeil (L), Kozak Jr. (2) and Kozak Sr.
Elliott (W) and Schick

(June 14)  The Longshoremen profited most from an Industrial League doubleheader at the Powell Street grounds, stopping C.Y.O. 4 to 2 in their first outing and settling for a 3 – 3 tie in the late encounter. Excellent pitching by Harry Glasswick and Ron Moans paved the way for the matinée victory. The second contest was called at the end of six innings, giving the Dockers three points for the day.

(June 14)  The Astorias erupted for four runs in the fourth inning and went on to beat the homestanding North Vancouver Carls 7 to 3 at Mahon Park.

McNeil (W) and Fernie
Fairbrother (L), Jones (4), Nordby (6), Roach (7) and Huitman, Fairbrother (4)

(June 15)  The Astorias continued their pursuit of first place in the Industrial Baseball League by whitewashing C.Y.O. 8 to 0. The victory moved the Hotelmen to within one point of the league-leading Boilermakers. Frank Kozak Sr. led the winners offensively with two doubles and two RBI’s.

Empe (W) and Fernie
MacAdams (L), Gilby (7) and Ems

(June 21)  The North Vancouver Carls swept a three-team double-bill on their home turf at Mahon Park. In two close contests, they nudged the top-dog Boilermakers 1 to 0 in the opener and took down the Longshoremen 3 to 1 in the second event. The twin-bill victories consolidated North Van’s hold on third place in the standings. The Carls made a second-inning singleton stand up for the win in the matinée game despite acquiring only one hit.

Meglaughlin (L) and Usselman
Nichol (W) and Fairbrother

Gord Simpson had a single and double for the Carls in the late contest.

Green (L) and Schick
Jones (W) and Fairbrother

(June 21)  North Vancouver Carls shaded Boilermakers 1-0 at Mahon Park. Carls got the games' only run in the second inning.

McLaughlin (L) and Usselman
Nichol (W) and Fairbrother

North Vancouver consolidated its hold on third place with a 3-1 victory over the Longshoremen. Gordie Simpson led the winners with a double and single.

Green (L) and Schick
Jones (W) and Fairbrother

(June 21)  The Astorias moved to the top of the Industrial Baseball League by stopping the Longshoremen 5 to 3 at The Powell Street grounds. Winning pitcher Dave Empey was hit freely by the Longshoremen but bore down in the pinches to strike out eleven batters. Lee Day topped the Astoria hitters with two doubles which drove in a pair of runs.

Elliott (L) and Schick
Empey (W) and Fernie

(June 23) Bruce McPhee hammered a double and single as the Longshoremen nailed down an 8 to 7 win over North Van in an Industrial League game at the Powell Street grounds. Kurt Peters, who relieved starter Nick Craig in the second inning and gave way himself to Ken Green in the sixth, was credited with the win. Gordie Simpson had a double and single for the losers.

Craig, Peters (W) (2), Green (6) and Schick
Norby, Cameron (4), Brockman (L) (6) and Bryant

(June 28)  Gordie Simpson went five-for-five at the plate as North Vancouver overran the Longshoremen 14 to 1 in an Industrial League clash. Simpson hit a home run, batted in five counters and scored three times.

Nichol (W) and Huitman
Craig (L), Green (7), Digby (7) and Schick

(June 28)  John Jefferies raced home with the winning run on an error in the bottom-of-the-seventh frame as the Boilermakers edged the C.Y.O. 2 to 1.

MacAdams (L) and Dagenais, Spees (7)
Archer, Meglaughlin (W) (7) and Fraser

(June 29)  Solid relief pitching by Jake Mayervich preserved C.Y.O.’s 8 to 7 win over the Longshoremen at the Powell Street grounds. Larry Schmidt provided the winners with a double and single.

Green (L), Montgomery (1), Elliott (4) and Schick, McPhee (4)
Spees (W), Mayervich (3) and Lowery

(July 1)  Nineteen year-old Gary Meglaughlin struck out 11 batters as the Boilermakers thumped the Astorias 7 to 2 at the Powell Street grounds. Meglaughlin, who earlier this season fashioned a no-hitter, was aided offensively by Roy Archer who went yard with a two-run dinger in the sixth.

(July 2)  The league-leading Astorias erupted for five runs in the third inning and nipped North Van 6 to 5. Behind 4 to 1, the Hotelmen tagged Duke Fairbrother for six hits in their outburst.

Kozak Jr. (W) and Solecki
Jones, Fairbrother (3), Nordby (L) (3) and Huitman

(July 3)  Brent Carpenter slapped a triple and single in leading Longshoremen to a 7-3 win over CYO Friday. Bob Elliott, who relieved starter Nick Craig in the third, struck out six and allowed just one hit in gaining credit for the win.

Kilby (L), Crosato (5) and Lowery
Craig, Elliott (W) (3) and Schick

(July 5)  North Vancouver consolidated its hold on third place in the Industrial League by defeating the fourth-place Longshoremen 3 to 2 at the Powell Street grounds. Duke Fairbrother pitched the victory with relief help from Bert Nichol in the seventh inning. Ray Marshall homered for the Dockhands in the seventh.

(July 7)  Brent Carpenter ripped two doubles, driving in five runs, to lead the Longshoremen to an 8 to 7 victory over the Astorias at the Powell Street grounds. Darryl Fenton launched a four-bagger with one on in the fifth frame for the Hotelmen.

Adamson, Montgomery (W) (5) and Keller 
Kerchum, Kozak Jr. (W) (2) and Solecki

(July 9)  The Astorias moved abreast of the league-leading Boilermakers in the Industrial League standings, picking up a point in a 4 – 4 draw against C.Y.O. Catcher Frank Kozak Sr. doubled in the sixth inning and came home on Walt Hallam’s round-tripper to assure Astoria of the tie. Keith Libby led C.Y.O. at the dish with two singles which accounted for a pair of RBI’s.

McIntosh and F. Kozak Sr.
MacAdams and Lowery

(July 12)  Nick Craig scattered five hits as the Longshoremen blanked North Van 11 to 0. Ray Marshall led the Stevedores with a triple in the fifth which drove in a run.

Craig (W) and Schick, Keller (7)
Morrison (L), Nordby (6) and Huitman

(July 13)  Rab McNeil only fanned three batters but he allowed just one hit as the Astorias edged North Vancouver 2 to 1 in and Industrial League encounter. Gordie Simpson spoiled McNeil’s bid for a no-hitter, belting a run-scoring double. Both Astoria runs came on a three-base error in the sixth.

Nichol (L) and Fairbrother
McNeil (W) and Fernie

(July 19)  The Astorias’ Wally Kerchum didn’t show an overpowering fastball in his arsenal but he had enough off-speed material to pitch a no-hit, no-run game as the Hotelmen blanked the hosting North Van contingent 7 to 0 at Mahon Park. Kerchum walked five and whiffed an equal number of batters.

(July 19)  At the Powell Street grounds, Gary Meglaughlin rang up 14 punchouts in guiding the Boilermakers to an 11 to 4 triumph over C.Y.O. John Wilson led the winners’ 12-hit attack with two singles and four RBI’s.

(July 22)  The Longshoremen and CYO battled to a 9-9 tie Wednesday. Brent Carpenter with a home run in the fourth, and Ray Marshall, who knocked in four runs with a three-for-three night, led the Longshoremen.

Adamson, Peters (1) and Schick
xxx, Mayervich (1) and Emms.

(July 24)  Bob Elliott fired a two-hit shutout Thursday as the Longshoremen squeezed by the Boilermakers 1-0, scoring the lone marker in the bottom of the seventh and final inning. Doubles by Gord Nishi and Gordie Webb broke up the scoreless tie. Bob Fraser allowed just three hits and had just one base runner through the first six innings. Elliott and Fraser each racked up eight strikeouts.

Fraser (L) and Ross
Elliott (W) and Schick

(July 24)  Darryl Fenton’s potent bat and Wally Kerchum’s trusty arm helped the Astorias extend their first-place margin in the Industrial Baseball Lead to ten points. Fenton nailed a two-run homer in the third inning at the Powell Street grounds as the Hotelmen nipped the Boilermakers 3 to 2. Kerchum came on in relief of Frank Kozak Jr. in the top of the third to put down a rally by the Steel Fabricators.

Archer (L) and Ross 
Kozak Jr., Kerchum (W) (3) and Kozak Sr.

(July 26)  Ray Crosato struck out 15 batters as C.Y.O. overwhelmed North Vancouver 13 to 7 in an Industrial League Baseball game at the Powell Street grounds. Keith Libby led the C.Y.O. hit parade with three hits and three RBI’s.

(July 27)  Rich McPhee clubbed his second double of the night in the seventh inning that drove in two runs as the Longshoremen blanked the Boilermakers 3 to 0. Both chuckers, winner Bob Elliott and loser, Roy Archer, finished with five-hitters but Elliott was more effective with his heater, whiffing 13. 

Elliott (W) and Schick 
Archer (L) and Ross

(July 28)  Rab McNeil saved the day for the Astorias with a fine relief job at the Powell Street grounds. The right hander took over mound chores from starter Wally Kerchum in the sixth inning as the Hotelmen edged C.Y.O. 6 to 5. Darryl Fenton was the big gun with the stick for the winners with a three-run homer in the second inning. The victory gives the league-leaders a six point lead over the second-place Longshoremen.

Kerchum (W), McNeil (6) and Fernie, Kozak Sr. (6)
Mayervich (L) and Lowery

(August 2)  The Boilermakers used three runs in the fourth inning to break a 2 – 2 tie and defeat North Vancouver 5 to 2 in an Industrial League skirmish at Mahon Park. Roy Archer picked up the pitching win.

(August 3)  Gordie Webb was the chief bombardier as the Longshoremen flattened North Vancouver 9 to 0 at the Powell Street grounds. Webb, the Stevedores’ first baseman, pounded two doubles and a single in four trips to the plate. Bob Elliott pitched a two-hitter for the win, his eighth against three losses. 

Nordby (L), Bruce (5) and Fairbrother 
Elliott (W) and Schick

(August 5)  Frank Kozak Sr. singled in the eighth inning and came around to score on an error as the Astorias nosed out the Longshoremen 2 to 1. Frank Kozak Jr. breezed nine batters for the win while loser Dave Kirk rang up 13 punchouts. 

Kirk (L) and Fortune 
Kozak Jr., Empey (6) and Kozak Sr.

(August 9)   The Longshoremen blanked the Boilermakers 5-0 Sunday at Powell Street grounds behind the superb hurling of Bob Elliott.

Elliott (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx .

PLAYOFFS
Semi-finals


(August 10)  The Kozak father and son duo, catcher Frank Sr. and pitcher Frank Jr., administered a one-two punch that kayoed C.Y.O. in the first game of a best-of-three Industrial League semi-final. Frank Jr. tossed a two-hitter and struck out ten in pitching the Astorias to a 3 to 0 win. Kozak Sr., at the receiving end of the battery, pounded a run-scoring double in the fifth frame in support of his cousin.

Crosato (L) and Lowery
Kozak Jr. (W) and Kozak Sr.

(August 13)  The Boilermakers got all steamed up and forced a deciding game in their best-of-three semi-finals with the Longshoremen, squeezing past the Dockworkers 6 to 5 at the Powell Street grounds. Gord Nishi of the Longshoremen starred in a losing cause by swatting two home runs, the second one coming in the final frame with one aboard. Bob Fraser was credited with the slab victory but needed relief help from Gary Meglaughlin in the the seventh. 

Fraser (W), Meglaughlin (7) and Ross 
Montgomery (L), Digby (5) and Schick

(August 16)  Centre fielder Ken Larsen singled home Al Gothman, who had led off the sixth inning with a double, to give the Boilermakers a 2 to 1 victory over the Longshoremen in the third and final game of their semi-final playoffs. Both pitchers of record, winner Gary Meglaughlin and Bob Elliott of the Stevedores, struck out nine. Meglaughlin was touched for four safeties while Elliott was raked for seven. The Boilermakers now enter the league finals against the Astorias in a best-of-five showdown.

Elliott (L) and Schick
Meglaughlin (W) and Ross

Finals

(August 19)  The Astorias powered into a commanding two-game lead in the Industrial Baseball League final series, blasting four home runs, three in the opening inning, to bomb the Boilermakers 7 to 1 at the Powell Street grounds. Frank Kozak Sr. started the home run barrage off losing twirler Gary Meglaughlin. Ron Peterson and Dave Skilnick then followed with two-run blasts. Walt Hallam nailed the Astoria’s fourth homer in the third inning off reliever Bob Fraser.

Kozak Jr. (W) and Kozak Sr.
Meglaughlin (L), Fraser (1) and Ross

(August 20)  By virtue of a 5 to 4 triumph over the Boilermakers, the Astorias captured the 1964 Industrial Senior Baseball league championship. The Hotelmen went undefeated in the playoffs, reeling off five straight victories, the final three over the Steel Fabricators. Rab McNeil pitched a six-hitter for the win. Walt Hallam had the key blow for the winners, a two-run homer in the first inning.

Meglaughlin (L), Larsen (5) and Ross
McNeil (W) and Kozak Sr.

(September 7)   Victoria Transport Workers crushed Prince Rupert 13-4 Monday to win the British Columbia Senior Baseball Championship.  The Island crew unleashed a 23-hit attack in winning the provincial crown for the second straight year. The Transports won the Victoria City League, collected the Rithet Cup, and marched through the double-knockout tournament with three straight victories. The Transport Workers whipped Victoria Greaves Movers 10-1 Saturday then then carried on to blank the Prince Rupert Merchants 10-0 with Les Brice pitching a six-hitter for the shutout. Greaves were eliminated Sunday when they lost 6-3 to the Vernon Luckies. Vernon lost 8-7 to Prince Rupert on Monday. In the final, veteran Art Worth survived a shaky first inning, in which he yielded three runs, and won handily behind a powerful offense. He contributed on the attack with a two-run homer in the third inning. Workers second baseman Barry Harvey was selected as the championship's most valuable player. He collected eight hits in 14 at bats. .

Jim Richard, Al Adams (3) John Lambie (6) and Joe Giordano
Art Worth (W) and Mike McAvoy


PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

Bellingham Bells
Columbia
Coquitlam Athletics-Maillardwille
Haney-Hammond Luckies
New Westminster
Port Moody
Vancouver O'Keefes

(May 13)  Dennis Hollis drove in a pair of runs as Haney-Hammond blanked the Vancouver OK’s 4 to 0 in a Pacific International League game at Central Park. Teammate Wayne Clark picked up a brace of singles as the winners outhit the Vancouverites 6 to 3. Ken Kirkwood went the distance to take the mound verdict from OK’s starter Bob Crawford.

Kirkwood (W) and Bowyer
Crawford (L), Crosato (6) and McCloy, Osadczuk (5) 

(May 14)  Coquitlam nipped homestanding Port Moody 3 to 2 in Pacific International League action. Don Wilson notched the win while John Lehman, despite pitching a two-hitter, was nailed with the loss.

Wilson (W) and Stein
Lehman (L) and Currie

(May 24)  Everything was okay for the Vancouver OK’s in the first game of their three-team doubleheader at Central Park. The OK’s annexed their first PIL win in the opener, upsetting the league-leading Columbias 9 to 6. Don Rickets, Don Cowan, Stan Osadczuk and Gary Miller each picked up singles for the winners while teammate John Koochin nailed a triple.

Sparks, Strayski (L) (4) and Taylor
Cohen, Crawford (4), Wallace (W) (4) and Osadczuk

The Vancouverites then battled to a 4 – 4 draw with Coquitlam in the nightcap.

Crosato, Wallace (5), MacRae (8) and Osadczuk, McCloy (8)
Michaud and Stein

(May 24)  After dropping their initial encounter of the the day, the Columbias took to the field again and disposed of the invading Bellingham Bells 8 to 6, out swatting the Washingtonians by a comfortable 14 to 5 margin.

Randall (L), Walton (6) and Murtza
Rutter (W) and Taylor

(May 24)  Invading New Westminster and Haney-Hammond duked it out but failed to decide things, battling to a 3 – 3 tie.

Bray, Young (3), Gillespie (7) and Sullivan
Trinder and Bowyer
        
(May 27)  The penthouse-dwelling Columbias, with Dennis Rutter throwing a five-hitter, blanked the Vancouver OK’s 2 to 0.

(May 31)  Coquitlam, hosting a three-team Pacific International League twin-bill, dropped the matinée fracas 5 to 4 to the Vancouver OK’s but scored three runs in the final inning to edge New Westminster 10 to 9 in the finale of the day.  In the afternoon game, Vancouver’s Gary Mitchell singled home John Koochin with the winning tally in the ninth inning after Koochin had reached first on a walk and stolen second. Jim Marshall had a triple for the OK’s.

Wilson (L) and Stein
MacRae, Wallace (W) (8) and McCloy

Singles by Bill Jorgenson, Lynn Byland/Bylund and Murray Poirier highlighted Coquitlam’s bottom-of-the-ninth comeback win in the late event.

Van Elperen, Frizell (L) (2) and Sullivan
Heathercote, Inkster (1), Andrews (W) (5) and Stein

(June 3)  Lin Wallace spun a four-hitter as the Vancouver OK’s pasted New Westminster 6 to 1 in a Pacific International League contest at Central Park.

(June 7)  Ron Carter joined the ranks of no-hit, no-run pitchers as Port Moody blanked the Vancouver OK’s 2 to 0 at Central Park. The right hander struck out five and walked four in posting the no-no. Port Moody garnered the winning and insurance runs in the top-of the-ninth when Carter hit a two-run single.

Carter (W) and Currie
Cohen (L) and McCloy
                         
(June 10)  The Vancouver OK’s nipped the Haney-Hammond Luckies 2 to 1 in a tight Pacific International League battle at Central Park. The winners held a 4 to 3 margin in base knocks as Bob Crawford gained the hillock verdict over Bob Trinder.

Trinder (L) and Heibein
Crawford (W), Marcinko (9) and Osadczuk

(June 21)  The Vancouver OK’s consolidated their hold on second place in the Pacific International Baseball League with a narrow 2 to 1 win over Port Moody at Central Park. John Marcinko gave up six hits and rang up 14 punchouts in taking the win over John Lehman who was nicked for just five safeties. Trailing 1 to 0, the O’Keefe’s nine scored twice in the fifth panel as Norm McLeod walked and Don Ricketts and Gary Miller each singled.

Lehman (L) and Docker
Marcinko (W) and Osadczuk

(June 22)  The Vancouver OK’s blanked Columbia 4 to 0 as winning tosser Bob Crawford spun a four-hitter. Supplying the right hander with plenty of offensive ammunition at Central Park, his mates banged out a dozen safeties as Gord Welbourne led the way with a double and two singles. Right behind were John Koochin and Stan Osadczuk with three singles each.

Crawford (W) and Osadczuk
Bell (L), Isaacson (2), Strayski (7) and Smith

(June 24)  Dave Rickett’s single in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning scored pinch-runner Gordie Welbourne from second base with the winning run as the Vancouver OK’s nipped New Westminster 2 to 1 in a Pacific International League skirmish. Steve Cohen was touched for five hits in taking the bump decision.

Young (L) and Kazakoff
Cohen (W) and McCloy

(June 28)  The Vancouver OK’s of the Pacific International Baseball League split two exhibition games with the touring Everett WA Orioles at Capilano Stadium.  Pitcher Doug Lukens allowed only one hit, a fifth-inning single by OK’s left fielder Don Cowan, as the Orioles won the first game 5 to 0.

Lukens (W) and Sozzi
Cohen (L), Lea (7) and McCloy

The OK’s, aided by Gary Miller’s two-run homer in the first inning, took the second game of the double-dip 6 to 1.

Maleki (L), Byatt (3), Vinslin (6) and Sozzi
Crawford (W), Marcinko (3), Lea (5) and Osadczuk

(July 1)  The Vancouver OK’s swept a split-venue Pacific International Baseball League doubleheader from New Westminster to climb into second place in the circuit. The O’Keefe’s nine stopped the Royal City aggregation 11 to 1 in the afternoon tussle at Queens Park and then took the nightcap 6 to 3 at Central Park. Gary Miller and Don Ricketts each had three hits for the OK’s in the second game.

(July 4-5)  Victoria Invitational Baseball tournament - Powered by the bat of right fielder John Haar, the Vancouver OK’s clipped Haney-Hammond 9 to 8 in eleven innings to capture top prize in Victoria’s $1,000 invitational baseball tournament. Haar’s heroics lifted the highly-touted OK’s from behind in the exciting tournament finale. The OK’s reached the final earlier in the day when Jim Marshall drove in all of their runs in a 3 to 3 squeaker over Port Moody. Haney-Hammond won its berth, blanking Victoria Greaves 4 to 0.

(July 10)  Reliever Ken Duke walked home what proved to be the winning run in the top-of-the-tenth inning as the invading Vancouver OK’s took a 1 to 0 decision from Bellingham and moved to within one-game of the league-leading Bells. After starter Bob Salisbury loaded the bases to begin the overtime session, Duke came on as a fireman and issued a free ticket to Jim Marshall, forcing in the only run of the contest.

Crawford (W) and Osadczuk
Salisbury (L), Duke (10) and Thompson

(July 19)  Pitcher Ken Kirkwood scattered five hits over nine innings as Haney-Hammond shutout the Vancouver OK’s 3 to 0 in Pacific International League action. Ken Jorgenson led the winners at the dish with a double and single.

(August 5)  Coquitlam roared out of the gate with five runs in the first inning but then coughed up that 5 to 0 lead and fell to the hosting Vancouver OK’s 9 to 5 in a game terminated after 6-1/2 innings. Reliever Glen MacRae was the hero of the event, slamming the door on the losers after relieving starter Bob Crawford with only one retired in the opening panel. MacRae gave up only two hits and struck out eight in the remaining 6-2/3 frames that he worked.

Frizzel (L), Michaud (4) and Edward
Crawford, MacRae (W) (1) and Osadczuk 

PLAYOFFS
Semi-finals  (best-of-five series)

(August 16)  Gary Miller punched a two-run single in the third-inning that ignited the Vancouver OK’s on the road to a 3 to 1 conquest of the Haney-Hammond Luckies in the opening game of their best-of-five semi-final series. Glen MacRae, who took over from starter John Marcinko in the ninth inning with the bases loaded, retired the final two Haney-Hammond batters on a strikeout and ground-out while the Luckies had a last-ditch rally in progress.

Kirkwood (L), Trinder (9) and Bowyer
Marcinko (W), McRae (9) and Osadczuk 

(August 18)  Haney-Hammond met the Vancouver OK’s challenge head on and squared the best-of-five semi-finals at one game each, nipping the Vancouverites 3 to 2 in a tensely-fought second game. Wayne Clarke singled home a pair of counters in the opening stanza as the hosts grabbed an early 3 to 0 lead in the fracas played at Maple Ridge. Fred Sabatine went the distance for the Luckies, allowing four hits.

Cohen (L), MacRae (1), Dixon (5) and Osadczuk
Sabatine (W) and Heibein

(August 23)  Games three and four of the Pacific International League’s semi-finals were divided in a crucial split-venue playoff double-bill.  The Vancouver OK’s won the day’s first game at Central Park 6 to 3 behind the five-hit pitching of John Marcinko who went the route, fanning ten.

Kirkwood (L), Schwartz (3), Sabatine (6) and Bowyer
Marcinko (W) and Osadczuk

Facing elimination, Haney-Hammond roared back in the second game at Maple Ridge to bury the OK’s 9 to 0 under a 14-hit attack. Bob Tinder gave up only two hits and one walk in taking the mound win.

Crawford (L), MacRae (1), Lea (6) and Osadczuk, McCloy (6)
Trinder (W) and Heidein

(August 26)  The Haney-Hammond Luckies and the Vancouver OK’s met at Central Park in what was supposed to be the rubber match in their best-of-five semi-final series. The foes battled to a 2 – 2 six-inning tie before the lack of natural illumination halted proceedings. The game was considered suspended at this point and is to be resumed in four days from the top-of-the-seventh inning on. Dave Lea was the hero for the O’Keefe’s squad after Haney-Hammond had taken a 2 to 0 lead in the first inning. Lea, pinch-hitting for starting pitcher John Marcinko in the fourth inning, singled home Gordie Welbourne with the the first Vancouver run. In the bottom of the sixth, he singled again, this time scoring Jim Marshall with the tying marker.

Trinder and Bowyer
Marcinko, MacRae (4) and Osadczuk 

(August 30)  The Vancouver OK’s wrapped up a job they started four days ago and advanced to the finals of the Pacific International Baseball League. Jim Marshall’s two-out single in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning drove in Don Cowan, who had doubled, to give the OK’s a 3 to 2 victory over the Haney-Hammond Luckies in the deciding game of their semi-final series. The game had been suspended after six innings on August 26th because of darkness with the teams tied at 2 – 2. The Vancouverites now face the Columbias in the best-of-five finals.

Trinder (L) and Bowyer
Marcinko, MacRae (W) (4) and Osadczuk 

Finals

(September 1)  The Vancouver OK’s bunched three of their four hits in the third inning to blank the Columbias 2 to 0 at Central Park in the first game of the PIL finals. Don Ricketts led off the third with a single, was sacrificed to second by Jim Marshall and scored on John Haar’s line-drive single to centre field. Haar moved to second on a walk and plated the insurance run on Dave Lea’s one-bagger. Bob Crawford pitched a two-hitter for the Vancouver win, striking out seven in the abbreviated six-inning contest. Orest Strayski fanned seven for the losers. 

(September 3)  Aided by John Haar’s two-run triple and some wild pitching by the opposition, the Vancouver OK’s took a two games to none lead in the Pacific International League finals by doubling the Columbias 6 to 3 at Central Park.

Cohen, MacRae (W) (1) and Osadczuk, McCloy (5)
Sparks (L), Bell (5) and Smith

(September 4-7)  Kamloops Labor Day weekend invitational tournament - The Vancouver OK’s of the Pacific International Baseball League won first prize money at the 1964 Kamloops Labor Day weekend invitational tournament by dumping the host Kamloops baseballers 9 to 2 in the tourney final. A three-run home run by Don Cowan in the first inning provided the Lower Mainland nine with all the runs they needed for victory.

(September 5-7)  Simon Fraser Labor Day weekend tournament -  Haney-Hammond defeated New Westminster 4 to 2 to win the Simon Fraser Labor Day weekend tournament and took home top prize money of $500.

Nothing found in Vancouver Sun editions for a third game or beyond in best-of-five finals.