1909 Game Reports, Vancouver     


East End
Mount Pleasant Beavers
V.A.C. (dropped out of league in mid-June)

(June 7)  YMCA topped Mainlands 7-5 behind the hurling of Lefty  Smith.

Smith (W) and Starbuck
Lothian (L) and Vernon

(June 8)  East End moved to the top of the Inter-Association League with a 7-4 victory over Mount Pleasant in action at her Bridge Street grounds.

(June 11)  YMCA defeated Mainlands.

(June 15)   The Mount Pleasant Beavers shaded the YMCA nine 4-3 with Weeks posting the pitching win over Lefty Smith.

Weeks (W) and Crookall
Smith (L) and Starbuck

(June 15)   The league announced the resignation of the V.A.C. team from the circuit.

(June 22)   In a crowd-pleaser in the Senior Inter-Association League, Mainlands squeezed by YMCA 9-8.

Vernon (W) and Lothian
Smith (L) and Starbuck

(July 5)   The pitching of Ralph "Lefty" Smith and a home run by Curle paced YMCA, in their red, white and black uniforms, to a 3-2 victory over East End.

Smith (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 28)   East End dumped Mainlands 12-6 in a ragged game Saturday on the Harris Street grounds. East End has climbed into the league lead with Mainlands second.

(August 31)   A special league meeting has been called to work out the schedule for the final matches of the season. The Association reported a good year for amateur baseball with more than 300 games played in the junior, intermediate and senior divisions and over 300 players registered.

(September 2) 

East End       14 - 5
Mt. Pleasant   12 - 6
Mainland       11 - 6
Y.M.C.A.        7 - 12


(July 7)  In the Intermediate Division, the Clovers captured the championship winning 12 of 15 games. Jack Andrews of the YMCA club led the league in batting with a .429 average. E. Carruthers of the Clovers was a close second at .423.

Clovers      12 - 3
Y.M.C.A.      9 - 6
Eagles        8 - 7
High School   7 - 8


The May 27, 1909 edition of the Enderby Press carried a report on a game between Revelstoke and Enderby played on May 24th, 1909. No league is mentioned in the column so it is likely an exhibition encounter. Enderby won the game but no final score was provided. A statement regarding Enderby pitcher McDonald: “McDonald cut out the whirlwind delivery that distinguished him last year.....” is a strong indication that an Enderby team was in existence in 1908.

A second Revelstoke vs Enderby game report was printed in the July 8, 1909 edition of the same newspaper. A Dominion Day (July 1) matchup played at Armstrong which Enderby won 10 to 0. The article mentions that Enderby chucker, Ray Hancock, had pitched 12 scoreless innings that day (nine for his home team and also three for Summerland in another game vs Kelowna). 

Enderby :  Anderson, Barry, Becker 2B, Davis OF, Ferguson, Fisher 3B, Hancock Ray P, Holtby Sid C, Hyslop, Magwood OF, McDonald P, Murphy C

Revelstoke :  Blackadore OF, Calder M., Calder W., Conrad C, Lang/Laing OF, McDavie, McEachern, McInerney, Proux, Scott P

(September 9)   A baseball match concluded the Labour Day celebrations at Rossland with the home squad notching a 13 to 9 victory over Nelson F.O.E. Before a large turnout, Rossland jumped into an early lead and held on post the triumph.



Victoria had both an independant semi-pro team and a senior amateur league to begin the 1909 season.

The fate of the semi-pro Victoria Kolts became unknown after a well-publicized set of games in May & June. Coverage beyond that point vanished, strongly suggesting that the baseball club had too. In mid-August, however, a brief article appeared in the Victoria Colonist suggesting that remnants from the original team, no longer referred to as the Kolts or as having a semi-pro designation, were considering a late-season revival and were hoping to play a few games against teams in the senior amateur loop. Finally, after a challenge from the James Bay Athletic Association senior amateur team, a three-game series was arranged to begin on Labor Day. The combatants split the first two clashes and nothing was located in the Capital City print medium indicating that the proposed third skirmish was ever played.

The senior amateur circuit seldom was mentioned in the sports section of the Victoria Colonist and coverage was almost non-existent during the regular campaign except for the odd exhibition contest featuring the same James Bay Athletic Association squad that finished the season in the aforementioned challenge series.

Victoria Kolts 

(May 24)   It was no contest as the Multonamah Athletic Club of Portland, Oregon, came to town to take on Victoria's Kolts. The visitors powered their way to a 14-0 victory taking the lead in the first inning as Campbell smacked a triple and an error on Stott's fly ball allowed the initial marker. Myers followed with a home run. He added another two-run circuit clout in the seventh.

xxx and Stott
Peden (L) and xxx

(May 29)   Victoria's Kolts whipped Seattle Knights of Columbus 12-3 Saturday behind a 12-hit attack and solid hurling by Surplice and Bob Peden. A four-run fifth inning put the Kolts in the lead and a six-run outburst in the eighth put the game out of reach. Plummer belted a double and single. had two steals and scored four times for the winners. Matthews also knocked out a two-bagger and a single and Gus Klopf had a triple. Woodworth slammed a homer for Seattle. Peden got the win for Victoria relieving starter Surplice in the fifth.

Codd (L) and Murphy
Surplice, Peden (W) (5) and Robertson

(June 11)   In the first game of a two-game set against the Seattle Cubs, Victoria's Kolts made an impression knocking back the American nine 10-2. Kolts fell behind in the first inning but took the lead with four runs in the third frame and coasted to the win. Plummer led off the big third inning with a two-bagger and stole third. Brock Robertson followed with a single to score Plummer. An error allowed Robertson to score and Bob Peden's two base drive brought in two more runs. "Dutch" Schaefer, the new pitcher for the Kolts, twirled a classy game.

xxx and xxx
Schaefer (W) and xxx

(June 12)   Shutout for six innings and behind Seattle Cubs 6-0, Victoria rallied for seven runs in the last three innings to squeeze out a 7-6 victory. The local nine got the winning marker in the bottom of the ninth as Plummer singled, stole second and came dashing home on Frank Moore's two-base blast. It was a five-run seventh which got Victoria back in the game.  A two-run double by Leonard Wattelet and another by Plummer highlighted the Kolt fireworks.

(August 19)    The Victoria baseball club is to hold a meeting to try and revive the club after a long relapse. Manager Leonard Wattellet has called the gathering. It is planned to bring in some top competition after the team gets back in shape with a series of games against teams from the local Senior League.

(September 6)   The fast Victoria nine had a hard time winning out from the J.B.A.A. colts after nine innings of stellar baseball. Fred McIllmoyle fanned eight for the Bay nine while Dutch Schaefer racked up six strikeouts.

McIllmoyle and xxx
Schaefer and xxx

(September 11)    In an exciting finish Saturday, the J.B.A.A. ball tossers fell behind 11-9 in the tenth inning but battled back to plate three in the bottom of the extra frame to defeat Victoria 12-11 in the second game of the challenge series. Fred McIllmoyle led off the J.B.A.A. tenth with a single and Sam Shanks followed with a walk. Fred Brown singled to load the bases and Gus Carne tied the game with a two-bagger. Bob White then swatted another double to bring in the winning run. For Victoria, a game highlight was a home run by Bernie Schwengers.

Peden (L) and xxx
J.Holness (W) and xxx


(June 19)  Oak Bay kept alive its winning streak taking the second game in the Senior Amateur series over the James Bay Athletic Association. The J.B.A.A. had a 9-8 lead in the seventh inning but Oak Bay combined some good hits with opposition errors to plate four runs to ensure the victory. Ernie Todd occupied the box for the winners while Babe Terriault pitched for J.B.A.A.

Terriault (L) and xxx
Tod (W) and xxx

(July 24)   Before a large crowd at Duncan, the home nine battled J.B.A.A. to a 7-7 draw. Darkness forced the game to be called after seven innings.

Peden and Gregg
Gabouri and George

(September 6-11)  See above challenge series


(July 1)   Ladysmith scored a pair in the seventh inning on two wild thorws to come from behind to shaded Chemainus 3-2.

(July 4)  At Duncan on Sunday, "Smiling Joe" Devitt knocked a homer with two men aboared in the second inning to spark Chemainus to an 8-2 victory. Jess Gidley's Duncan nine played at Duncan on Saturday.

(August 22)    North Wards had a successful trip up to Duncan Sunday coming away with a 13-3 victory. Frank Moore was solid on the hill for the winners.

Moore (W) and Robertson
Green (L) and Gidley