1914 Game Reports Vancouver     

1914 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley   
1914 BC Interior 
1914 Vancouver Island   

Three known senior amateur baseball leagues (the Commercial, Federal and Wholesale loops) were routinely publicized within the Vancouver print medium during the 1914 season. The champions of each of these leagues entered the City championships following completion of their seasons. A fourth entry for the City crown, the Comets, winners of a seemingly obscure amateur circuit (the Sunday School League) which had received no coverage whatsoever within the editions of the Vancouver Daily World in 1914, also entered the fray, bringing the number of teams to four. No information was found relative to the names of the teams, other than the Comets, or the number of clubs operating within this circuit. Surprisingly, the Comets advanced to the finals and gave the ultimate Vancouver champions, the National Biscuit Company, a real run for their money before bowing out

(July 14)   Vancouver's Bill Brand fired a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts as the Commercial League All-Stars and the touring Meiji University team from Japan fought to a 2-2 draw in an exhibition game described in the Vancouver World as "one of the best games of amateur baseball ever played in Vancouver".  The game was called after nine inning due to darkness. The host squad got on the scoreboard with a run in the fourth and the visitors tied it with a marker in the fifth. There was no more scoring until the ninth when each team got a singleton. Vancouver managed six hits.

Brand and Kavanaugh
Asijiay and Osawa


(August 08) Baseball officials in the city have announced a four-team playoff to determine the city championship and winners of the Robert P. Brown trophy. The competition will see the winners of the four city leagues - the Commercial, Federal, Wholesale and Sunday loops - face off later in the month.  National Biscuit, the Commercial champs meet Mac and Mac, the Wholesale winners and the Federal champs, Godfrey, take on Comets, of the Sunday circuit.

(August 21)   T.H. Richardson shutout the Comets on two-hits in a 4-0 victory Friday as the National Biscuit nine took a one game lead in the best of three series. The teams battled to a tie in the opening game.  Rogers, for the Comets, was almost as good on the hill, allowing just four hits.

Richardson (W) and Leach
Rogers (L) and Smith

(August 25)   National Biscuit crushed the Comets 10-4 Tuesday to capture the Vancouver city championship with two wins and a tie in the best-of-three series.  The team takes the Robert P. Brown trophy, donated by the president of the Vancouver Beavers. J. McWhinnie held the Comets to seven hits in doing the distance for the pitching win. Eight errors crippled the Comets' chances of claiming the trophy.

McWhinnie (W) and Leach
Clarke (L) and Smith

Vancouver Commercial Baseball League

B. C. Telephones, C. P. R , Crescents, National Biscuit Company *, Snider & Brethour, Western Canada Power

* National _Biscuit Company 1914 Vancouver Commercial League pennant winner

1914 Federal scheduleVancouver Federal Baseball League

Chinooks, Firemen, Godfrey’s Sporting Goods * , News-Advertiser, Vancouver Province, Vancouver World

* Godfrey’s – 1914 Vancouver Federal League pennant winner       

Final Standings :

Godfrey's   8 - 2
Firemen     6 - 4
Chinooks    5 - 5
Province    5 - 5
World       4 - 6
News-Ad     0 - 10

(April 30) The Federal Baseball League opened the 1914 season Thursday night at Athletic Park when Godfrey's beat The World 7-1 behind the three-hit pitching of Thurston. Reeves, for The World, did nicely until the fourth when the winners exploded for seven straight runs. Willie Ellis (noted as "the fat boy" in the newspaper account) was brought in to relieve Reeves.

Reeves (L), Ellis (4) and S.Vernon
Thurston (W) and Doyle

(May 11) Firemen downed the Province 6-3 as the losers handed over the game making six errors. Sullivan allowed six hits in going the route for the pitching win.

Sullivan (W) and Ford
Lothian, Soules and Mahon, Bayley

(May 12) The Province sluggers cracked 11 hits, three of them home runs Tuesday in a 16-10 victory over The World.

Murray (W) and W.Bayley
Reeves (L), Miller, Ellis and Vernon

Godfrey's slammed 13 hits in crushing the News-Advertiser squad 11-0. Herbst tossed the shutout, allowing six hits.

Herbst (W) and Doyle
Scott (L) and Land

(May 14) Godfrey's racked up another win Thursday, downing Chinooks 6-3. Thurston held the losers to six hits.

Thurston (W) and Doyle
Wood (L) and Ross

(May 19) Godfrey's slammed 15 hits and took advantage of 9 Province errors Tuesday to score an easy 17-3 victory.

Herbst (W) and Doyle
Lothian (L), Murray, Bayley, McMahon and McMahon, Bayley,

(May 21) The Chinooks edged the News-Advertiser nine 3-2 in a game at Athletic Park. Bell of the Chinooks provided some highlights with four stolen bases.

Wood (W) and Ross
McDonald (L) and Hand

(June 01) Billy Ellis fired a three-hitter Monday to hand Godfrey's their first loss of the season as The World notched a 3-2 win. Herbst yielded just four hits in taking the loss.

Ellis (W) and Rolling
Herbst (L) and Doyle

(June 04) Herbst tossed a two-hitter Thursday as Godfreys dumped the News-Advertisers 13-3. The winners pounded out 15 hits.

Herbst (W) and Doyle
Sliver Vernon and Land

(June 16) Firemen were awarded a 9-0 default win over Godfrey's Tuesday. Godfrey's, leading 15-11 at the end of the sixth inning, retired from the field. The umpire ordered them to continue and after a lengthy war of words the game was awarded to the Firemen, who had taken the lead with eight runs in the first inning. Later the game was ordered to be replayed.

(June 16) The News-Advertiser team defaulted to The World nine in a scheduled game at Athletic Park.

(June 23) Pim slugged a pair of home runs Tuesday to lead Godfrey's to their seventh win in eight games, 9-2 over the Province. Herbst also hit a four-bagger for the winners while PeeWee McMahon did likewise for the Province. Thurston went the distance for the pitching win giving up six hits.

Thurston (W) and Doyle
Murray (L), McMahon and W.Bayley

(June 23) The World topped the Firemen 9-5 in Federal League action Tuesday. Rolling, hurling for the winners, was in trouble in just one inning when he gave up three runs.

(June 29) The Province whipped the Chinooks 10-4. Mickey McMahon held the losers to just three hits.

McMahon (W) and W.Bayley
Woods (L) and S.Ross

(June 30) Harry Godfrey's baseball nine won the Federal League championship Tuesday downing the Fireman 10-6 at Athletic Park. Chief Thompson's home run blast over the right-field fence was a feature of the game. Thurston, who allowed six hits, went the distance on the hill for the winners.

(July 09) Godfrey's, the champions of the Federal League, crushed the Snider-Brethour team 9-0 at Recreation Park Thursday. McDonald fired the shutout allowing just two hits.

McDonald (W) and Doyle
Brethour, Sweeney, Knox and Campbell

(25 July) The Vancouver Daily World reported on the wrap up of the Federal League, including the final standings.  Godfrey's won the Con Jones Trophy for the championship of the league and the team's all-around star, Billy Doyle, picked up two individual awards. The Godfrey's catcher won the Ellsworth & Haywood Medal for the top batting mark of .545 and won the A.H. Gibbons prize for the most stolen bases having swiped nine sacks during the short season.

Vancouver Wholesale Baseball League

Kelly-Douglas, Leckie’s Boots & Shoes, Mac & Mac Hardware * , Malkin’s, Wood, Vallance & Leggat 

* Mac & Mac  – 1914 Vancouver Wholesale League pennant winner

The National Biscuit Company team, champions of the Commercial League, won the overall Vancouver senior baseball champioship for 1914.