1903 Game Reports / Alberta     


(May 22)  The Calgary baseball club laid an egg in their match with Macleod, taking a 10 to 4 pasting from the visitors. Winning chucker Roberts fanned nine in hurling a three-hitter.

Roberts (W) and Whitney
Phillips (L) and Atkinson

(May 29)  On a perfect evening for a baseball game, Strathcona edged arch-rival Edmonton 6 to 5 on the Edmonton Agricultural Grounds. A series of errors in the second inning led to Edmonton’s defeat. Will Ball, Edmonton’s shortstop, made several artistic catches while outfielder Blaine of Strathcona pulled off some fancy work in the outer pasture.

Earle (W) and Teasdale
Till (L) and Atkinson

(June 19)  With first baseman Burnett stroking four base hits in as many times at bat, the Calgary baseball club laid a 13 to 5 shellacking on the visiting Olds aggregation. The game was a heavy-hitting skirmish with the Cowtowners racking up 14 base blows to 12 for the invaders. Burnett’s four swats were such that he hit for the cycle, slamming a home run, triple, double and single. His teammate, second sacker Peacock, also nailed a four-bagger.

Kennedy (L) and Dodd
Phillips (W) and McCreary

(July 25)  Red Deer showed superiority in all departments of play, clobbering the visiting Calgary contingent 15 to 1. Winning pitcher Hillhouse and first baseman Minkler both collected three hits for the winners with Minkler’s sum of swats including a home run and triple.

Farrell (L) and Sampson
Hillhouse (W) and Losse

(July 30)  With both teams attired in red, the homestanding Red Deer nine overpowered Westaskiwin 7 to 0. Winning pitcher Butterfield struckout 15 in recording the shutout. The similarity in uniforms caused a bit of confusion to Wetaskiwin shortstop Nelson who, after fielding a ground ball with the bases loaded, threw the horsehide in the direction of the Red Deer first base coach. 

Goshen (L) and Pittman
Butterfield (W) and Hillhouse

(August 18)  In a practically errorless-free game of baseball, the homestanding Fort Saskatchewan squad nosed out Edmonton 4 to 3. The teams were evenly matched but the Forts had a slight advantage in batting. Hurlers of record, Wylie Steeves and Samis, both pitched well and were afforded fine defensive support.

Semis (L) and Ball
Steeves (W) and Atkinson

(September 18)  Pitcher Wylie Steeves struck out 18 and limited the hosting Red Deer nine to seven hits as the Fort Saskatchewan diamondeers wrestled the Raymer Cup from the southerners, the final score being 18 to 5. The Forts outswatted the Red Deer squad by a 16 to 7 margin.

Steeves (W) and Atkinson
Farreli (L) and Sampson

(July 10 – 11)  Calgary Interwestern Pacific Exhibition baseball tournament

Fernie won first-place honors, taking a close 10 to 7 game from Red Deer. In the tourney’s opening game, Calgary defeated Golden 19 to 10. Fernie then won their opening match 7 to 6 over Macleod. The semi-final game saw Red Deer defeat Calgary 10 to 6.

Calgary City Baseball League

(June 5)  In a game that was replete with errors, the C. P. R. gang of baseballers nudged past the Bankers 9 to 8.

Phillips (L) and Stewart
Orr (W) and xxx

(June 9)  The Fire Bridge team, behind the pitching of newcomer Hardy, got past the City nine 14 to 3. The winning slabber displayed a very effective drop ball in his arsenal of slants.

xxx (L) and xxx
Hardy (W) and xxx

(June 16)  The Bankers got by the Fire Brigade 5 to 3 at the Exhibition Grounds. Portsider Billy Phillips whiffed 15 and scattered seven hits in going the route for the win. The Financiers collected nine safeties. First baseman Burnett of the Flame Swallowers led all batters with a double and two singles.

Phillips (W) and Stewart
Hardy (L) and T. Tarrant

(June 26)  In a Garrison finish, the C. P. R. nine defeated the Fire Brigade nine 12 to 11. The lead changed hands several times in this heavy-swatting skirmish. A poor throw to the plate on a fielder’s choice allowed the tying and winning runs to score in the Railroaders’ last turn at bat. Harry Cardell of the winners picked up three singles and a two-bagger.

Hardy (L) and T. Tarrant
Orr, G. Hillier (W) (6) and Sampson

(July 4)  Coming on like gangbusters in the late innings, the C. P. R. aggregation of diamondeers clobbered the Bankers 15 to 7 to take a stranglehold on first place in the City League. Winning tosser George Hillier set the Bank Boys down on four hits and whiffed 13. Shortstop Harry Cardell of the Trackmen clipped the orb for a double and two one-baggers.

G. Hillier (W) and Sampson
MacKid (L) and Stewart

(July 13)  The City baseball team surprised the Bankers, edging the Money Lenders 5 to 4. “Horse” McLean tossed a five-hitter for the Urbans.

Farrell (L) and Stewart
McLean (W) and Davey

(July 17)  C. P. R. and the Fire Brigade played to a 12 – 12 sawoff in a game which never went beyond six innings. Outfielder Lucy of the Fire Squelchers connected for a home run.

Hardy and Burnett
G. Hillier and Sampson

(July 22)  In an error-filled contest, the Fire Brigade edged the City nine 6 to 5 in a darkness-shortened six-inning tussle. Fly chaser Lucy of the Smoke Eaters with a double and single was the game’s top hitter.

Hardy (W) and Burnett
McLean (L) and Davey