1916 Game Reports / Alberta     



(July 7)  In a game which featured 28 strikeouts, the Calgary Cubs downed the Newspaper team, known as the Inkslingers, 8 to 5 at Mewata Park as "Mooch" Gill tossed a five-hitter. He fanned 13 while losing pitcher Scott racked up 15 strikeouts. Scott gave up three free passes, Gill none. Centre fielder "Fat" Turner led the winners with a double and two singles.

Gill (W) and Donnelley
Scott (L) and Franz

(July 10)  In another top-notch contest in the SPA loop, the Cubs beat the Hustlers 6-4 as "Mooch" Gill won again, this time with a four-hit, 12 strikeout performance. "Fat" Turner had three more hits, one a triple and first baseman Henderson also had three safeties. A four-run, seventh inning made the difference for the Cubs.

Gill (W) and Donnelley
Carnegie, F.Lewis and Hansen

(July 14)  The KaySees pounded out 19 hits and capitalized on 13 Newspaper errors Friday in a 20-2 trouncing. While the KaySees were busy smacking hits to all corners of the diamond, Holmes pitched shutout ball for seven innings before the Inkslingers managed to put a pair on the scoreboard in the eighth. L'Evique had a four-bagger for the winners.

H.Holmes (W) and Lewis
Glessner (L), Scott and Corey

(July 19)   Trailing 4-1 in the seventh inning, Calgary Hustlers rallied for seven runs to dump KaySees 11-5 Wednesday and move into sole possession of first place, a half-game up on the Cubs. Hustlers combined four singles, three costly errors, a hit batter and two walks for their seven markers.  In the ninth, Joe Carnegie rapped a two-run homer and Frank Lewis, who had three hits, added a solo shot. Carnegie, Carter, Earl Lewis and Dawson each had two safeties for the Hustlers. "Scotty" Parks held the KaySees to six hits in registering the pitching win.

Parks (W) and F.Lewis
Myers (L) and C.Lewis

Hustlers          5 - 2
Cubs              5 - 3
KaySees           4 - 6
News-Telegram     2 - 5

(July 28)   Calgary Cubs jumped into an early five run lead and coasted to an 11-4 victory over the Hustlers Friday. "Mooch" Gill twirled a seven-hitter for the win while left fielder Ross led the Cubs' attack with three hits and shortstop Smith had a double and single and scored three times. Catcher Jack Fraser, who suffered a hand injury in the seventh inning, rapped a triple and double for the Hustlers.

Gill (W) and Donnelley
Parks (L), Scott (3) and Fraser, F.Lewis (7)

(July 31)  A five-run uprising in the seventh inning carried the KaySees to a 9-7 win over the Cubs in a game which produced 15 errors, eight by the winners. Southpaw Bruce allowed just four hits and two walks in going the distance for the KaySees. He was hurt by errors and his lack of control as he hit five batters and threw a wild pitch. Leadoff hitter Spence cracked a homer and single for the winners, scoring twice. KaySees had ten hits off "Mooch" Gill.

Bruce (W) and Lewis
Gill (L) and Donnelley

(August 11)  Scotty Parks of the Calgary Hustlers yielded just six hits Friday, but it was no indication of how the Hustlers would fare against the Cubs. Parks walked five, threw six wild pitches and made three errors and the Cubs capitalized to post a 9-3 victory as the Donnelley brothers topped the Lewis brothers. Ab Donnelley hurled a six-hitter, walking three and fanning seven pitching to brother Frank Donnelley who led the winners with two hits, two runs and two stolen bases. Lincoln Lewis relieved Parks with the bases full and walked in two runs before brother Frank Lewis took over to quell the uprising. Manager Earl Lewis expressed concern about the umpiring.

A.Donnelley (W) and F.Donnelley
Parks, L.Lewis, F.Lewis and F.Lewis, L.Lewis

(August 14)   Catcher Pettie made an impression with his defense and his hitting in leading the KaySees to an 11-6 triumph over the Cubs. Pettie cracked a homer, two doubles and a single in four trips to the plate. McKellar and C.Holmes each added a pair for the winners. McCaig was best for the Cubs with a circuit clout and a single and two runs scored. Ross and Donnelley each slugged a triple for the losers. Bruce scattered ten hits for the win. Chief Kootenai, imported for the start, gave up 11 hits in his eight innings of work.

Kootenai (L), Gill (9) and Donnelley
Bruce (W) and Pettie

(August 21)   KaySees erupted for five runs in the sixth and final inning to salvage a 5-5 draw with the Cubs Monday. They got the tying run on an outfield error. With the Cubs leading 5-3, pinch-hitter Walsh reached on an error and Cal Spence had an infield hit with two out. Venini lifted a fly ball to left field and Ross couldn't make the play as both runners scored to knot the count. The game was called because of darkness. Cubs had just four hits, the KaySees, six.

H. Holmes, Myers (6) and Pettie
Gill and Donnelley

(August 23)    An attempt by the KaySees to stall long enough for the game to be cut short of a regulation contest backfired Wednesday as umpire Julie Strieb handed the game to the Hustlers by forfeit, 9-0.  The Hustlers were ahead 12-2 in the top of the fifth inning with two out. On a easy infield grounder to second, Myers made an obviously wild, wild throw to first to avoid the putout. Strieb was quick to make the call. Hustlers put the game on ice with ten runs in the second inning, sparked by nine hits and a pair of walks.

Guthrie (W) and xxx
Bruce (L), H.Holmes (2) and xxx

(August 25)  In a game shortened to five innings because of darkness, the Hustlers topped the Cubs 4-2, scoring a pair in the fourth inning, both on errors, for the win. Cubs booted the ball six times. Frank Lewis led the winners with a triple and single. Each team had seven hits.

Parks (W) and F.Lewis, Watson
Gill (L) and Donnelley

(August 28)   Myers of the KaySees deserved a much better fate. In a five-inning contest, he allowed just four hits and racked up 12 strikeouts but came away a loser as the Cubs notched the victory, 6-5. In one inning, Myers fanned the side only to see the third batter score on a passed ball, a steal and two errors.  Ab Donnelley got the win with a three-hitter with no walks and two strikeouts.

A.Donnelley (W) and F.Donnelley, McNabb (2)
Myers (L) and Walsh

(August 30)   Hustlers took advantage of two hit batsmen, an error and a mental lapse by the KaySees' catcher to plate four runs in the third inning en route to a 4-2, five-inning, victory.  Hustlers loaded the bases as Bruce hit Miner, Watts reached on an error, and Weir was hit by a pitch. A pair of fielder's choices brought in two runs and Carnegie's single, one of only three hits by the winners, drove in the other two. Venini cracked a homer for the Kay Sees.

Bruce (L) and Walsh
Weir (W) and F.Lewis

(September 1)   Centre fielder Ted Watson poked a homer and triple, scoring twice, to lead the Hustlers to a 6-3 comeback win over the Cubs in a five-inning affair Friday. Scotty Parks allowed four hits in gaining the pitching win. He fanned seven and walked three.

Gill (L) and Sommerville
Parks (W) and Watts

(September 2)   Every one in the Cubs' lineup had at least one hit as the Cubs demolished the Hustlers 11-4 Saturday. Hustlers made it easy committing nine errors, four in centre field. "Tiny" Gillespie and "Fat" Turner collected two hits apiece. Weir smacked a triple and two singles for the losers and Carter had two hits and two runs. Ab Donnelley scattered eight hits for the win.

A.Donnelley (W) and French
Guthrie (L) , Parks, E.Lewis (7) and F.Lewis

(September 6)  In the best pitched game of the season, Lefty Bruce fired a two-hitter as KaySees shutout the Hustlers 1-0.  The lone marker came in the second inning when Sam McKellar singled to left and promptly stole second. After advancing to third on a fielder's choice, McKellar scampered home when Walsh poked a single into right field. Bruce fanned five, with no walks, in the five-inning contest. Scotty Parks yielded four hits and one free pass. There were no hit batsmen, wild pitches or passed balls.

(September 7)  A meeting of the executive of the SPA made selections for the Calgary team that will represent the city at Medicine Hat on Monday in the first of a series of games leading to the provincial championship.

Catcher - Jimmy Heisler, KaySees
First base - Church Henderson, Cubs
Second base - Earl Lewis, Hustlers
Third base - Cal Spence, KaySees
Shortstop - Red Smith, Cubs
Left field - Frank Lewis, Hustlers
Centre field - Bill Turner, Cubs
Right field - Joe Carnegie, Hustlers
Pitchers - Mooch Gill, Cubs, Bruce, KaySees, Parks, Hustlers
Utility - Tiny Gillespie, Cubs and Sam McKellar, KaySees

(September 8)  The Hustlers appear to have captured the pennant in the Calgary Sportsmen's Patriotic Amateur League with KaySees 4-3 victory over the Cubs. Unless the league executive orders a protested game to be replayed, the Hustlers will finish first in the three-team circuit. Red Smith, who had driven in a run with a double and advanced to third on a fielder's choice, tried for a steal of home in the bottom of the fifth and final inning but was nailed as pitcher Bruce fired home to Jimmy Heisler in time to nab the Cubs' shortstop. KaySees got the winner in the top of the fifth in what was logged as a home run for Charlie Holmes. Homes hit a high fly down the first base line that Mickey McNabb missed after a long run. The ball rolled away and Holmes circled the bases before it was recovered.

Bruce (W) and Heisler
Gill (L) and French

Hustlers  10 - 7
KaySees    9 - 9
Cubs       9 - 9

(September 11)   The game between the Hustlers and KaySees was called after just three and a half innings as darkness set in.  Hustlers were ahead 9-6 at the time. Following the game, the league executive met and heard two protests by the KaySees, both were disallowed and the Hustlers were crowned league champions.


(September 16)   In a game described as one of the best ever seen in the province, Calgary All-Stars shaded Medicine Hat 3-2 in the first game of an Inter-City series. "Mooch" Gill held the visitors to four hits, one a homer by Dobbin who gave Medicine Hat the lead in the top of the sixth inning. Calgary responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame as Turner was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on an error and Bagley came home on Chuck Henderson's double to left. Calgary went ahead 3-1 in the eighth when Red Smith rapped a two-bagger and Henderson again came through with a run-scoring single. Medicine Hat rallied with a run in the ninth and had runners on first and second with just one out when Gill got two pop-ups to second to end the game. Gill fanned nine with no walks in going the distance for the winners to best Purdy who gave up eight hits and three walks.

Purdy (L) and W.Cory
Gill (W) and French

(September 18)   Calgary All-Stars won their Inter-City series with Medicine Hat in straight games downing the Hat 10-7 in the second game after taking the opener 3-2. Playing at Medicine Hat, Calgary scored two in the first inning and led all the way. Gillespie, the leadoff man, slammed the first pitch for a double to centre and Bagley followed with the first of his four hits and took off on a steal of second. Both runners came home as the throw sailed into the outfield. In addition to his four hits in four at bats, Bagley scored three times and stole four bases.  "Fat" Turner clouted a homer while Gillespie, Cal Spence and winning hurler Myers each had two hits. Calgary survived eight errors to post the win.

Myers (W) and French
Glessner (L) and W.Cory


Division A - 113th, 137th, 138th, 151st, 175th, 187th

Division B - 191st, 192nd, 194th, 202nd, 211th, 218th

In the summer of 1914, the Canadian militia leased a part of the Sarcee Indian Reserve as a prospective training site for military personnel. Sarcee Camp, as the site came to be known, was the only area in Alberta set aside to train soldiers for battle during World War One. More than 45,000 men from 30 units across the province trained at the camp over the course of the war. It was one of the largest military training areas in Canada at the time. Stones were used by soldiers to outline various sections of Sarcee Camp and also to depict their unit badges in front of their assigned areas of the "tent city". A number of military units also created more monumental rock constructions, assembling thousands of stones to form the serif-type numerals of their battalion numbers. Among those who did so were the 137th Infantry Battalion of Calgary, the 151st Central Alberta Battalion, and the 51st Canadian Infantry Battalion, all of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.). These battalion numbers remain on the site, though they have been moved from their original locations. The stone monument created by the 113th Lethbridge Highlands Infantry Battalion of the C.E.F. remains in situ. The site remains a stirring reminder of the training of Alberta's soldiers during World War One and the heroic sacrifices they made during the Great War.   [Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des. 1384)]

The manager of the 138th Battalion nine was Sergeant Deacon White long associated with sports in Edmonton, including ownership of the Western Canadian Baseball League franchise, manager of the Edmonton rugby team and hockey team. In August of 1916, a big gathering of Edmonton sportsmen gathering at the Selkirk Hotel in Edmonton for a banquet to honour White. He was presented with a handsome wrist watch as a token of the affection held by sportsmen and fans in Edmonton.


(July 16)   Travers handed Taber its first loss of the season, 4-2, in spite of a three-hit pitching effort by Lewis. Buffin surrendered seven hits in posting the win. The game was scoreless through seven innings.

Lewis (L) and Lewis
Buffin (W) and Jones

(July 29)   Champion erupted for four runs in the first inning against Lester Haynes and held on for a 5-4 victory over Stavely. Si Siler hurled for the winners.

Haynes (L) and xxx
Siler (W) and xxx

(August 3)  The Lethbridge Sarcee 113th Highlanders of Deacon White pounded out 14 hits Thursday to trounce Lethbridge Selects 10-5.  First sacker McCaig led the Kilties' attack with a triple, two singles, two scores and three stolen bases. Winning pitcher Webster cracked a double and single and had two runs.  First baseman Blundage was best for the Selects with a double and triple. Webster held the losers to eight hits.

Webster (W) and
Squancey (L) and

(August 4)   Taber surprised the Lethbridge Highlanders, the Kilties, 5-1 Friday at Taber. 

Card (L) and Regan
Lewis (W) and Lewis

(August 5)   Oscar Berg pitched six shutout innings before yielding a run in the seventh and final stanza while his teammates pounded Webster and Card of the 113th Highlanders in a 14-1 triumph Saturday.

Webster (L), Card and Regan
Berg (W) and Luker

(August 7)   After two straight, decisive losses, the Lethbridge Highlanders got back on the winning trail Monday, crushing the 78th Battery team 18-8 in a five-inning contest. The Kilties almost blew it, giving up six runs in the bottom of the first inning after taking a 4-0 lead in the top of the frame. But four in the second, three more in the third put the game on ice even before a seven-run outburst in the fourth. Left fielder Lipsit paced a 15-hit offensive with three hits and three runs. First baseman McCaig had two hits and four scores. Winning pitcher Card and catcher Regan each contributed two hits and two scores. For the 78th, shortstop Love and outfielder Duncan each had three hits.

Card (W) and Regan
Blair, Stewart, Bonnell and Potts

(August 14)   Chief Kootenai was outstanding in hurling the 194th Highlanders to the Sarcee Camp baseball league championship with victories Friday and Saturday. Friday he fired a two-hitter with 17 strikeouts as the 194th clinched Section B downing the 202nd 9-1. The next day he was back on the hill to hurl the club to an 11-4 triumph over the 138th for the Camp championship in a sudden-death final. The one-game playoff was necessary due to the anticipated early departure of the 138th Battalion for the front. The Kilties went undefeated through the regular schedule and the playoffs.

Kootenai (W) and xxx
xxx and xx

Kootenai (W) and xxx
Gilbert (L) and xx

(August 29)   Shutout on one hit for eight innings by Lund and with darkness setting in, the visiting Taber nine scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to salvage a 3-3 draw with the Lethbridge Selects. Briggs led off the inning gaining a free pass and White, B.Hudson and H.Hudson followed with safeties to knot the count. Lethbridge managed just six hits off Lewis who racked up 15 strikeouts. He walked five, one more than Lund. The Selects pulled off four double plays.

E.Lewis and R.Lewis
Lund and Brandow


(July 25-26)   Vegreville captured the Calgary Brewery Trophy, emblematic of the semi-pro championship of Alberta, in two straight games, downing the Vermilion Sea Gulls, 8-3 and 9-0. In the Tuesday game, "Smoke" Hanson hurled a solid game for the winners besting Si Siler. Gray twirled the shutout in the second game, although he was forced to be good in the clutches pitching out of bases-loaded trouble in the second inning and again in the fifth. Catcher Bill Fortier was the big noise in the second game cracking a bases-loaded triple in the fifth and knocking in another two in the seventh.

Siler (L), Leslie (7) and Jones
Hanson (W) and Fortier

Meade (L), Thelan (8) and Jones
Gray (W) and Fortier


(August 23)   Champion edged Warner 3-2 Wednesday to capture the Southern Alberta senior amateur championship.  In the sudden-death final, Champion scored a pair in the third and a singleton in the sixth to take a 3-0 lead then held off a seventh inning rally by Warner to notch the victory.

Five hundred wild-eyed fans were on hand for the game and they got more for their money than ever they expected. The game was a red-hot concoction served up with all the frills and with as little bone on the side as possible. It was better than lots of the W.C. League ball we paid good money to see here in the days when we had hired men gracing the diamond. [Lethbridge Daily Herald, August 24, 1916]

Shortstop Buffan drove in both Champion runs in the third with a two-bagger and pitcher Si Siler knocked in the eventual winning run in the sixth with a single. Warner threatened in the seventh as Berg led off with a double and Gillies reached with an infield single.  With two out, R. Lewis smacked a single to plate both runners but that was all for the challengers. Siler and third sacker Hummel each had two hits for Champion. Siler allowed seven hits, walked two and fanned 12. 

E.Lewis (L) and R.Lewis
Siler (W) and Cundal


(June 10)   Grande Prairie swept both games of a double-header with Beaver Lodge 13-2 and 5-4. Carveth hurled the first game victory for the locals while Bud Piper knocked in the winning run in the final frame of the second game. Ray Piper was credited with the pitching victory.

xxx and xxx
Carveth (W) and xxx

xxx and xxx
R.Piper (W) and xxx

(June 17)   The Pirates of Grand Prairie overwhelmed Clairmont 15-2 Saturday as Bud Piper sparked the attack with a home run. Carveth again pitched the victory for the Pirates.

Johnston, Douglas and xxx
Carveth (W) and xxx

(July 1)  Grand Prairie blew a 6-1 lead then rallied with four runs in the sixth and another four in the seventh to come from behind to top Spirit River 18-13 in a wild one Saturday called in the eighth because of darkness.

If the man who invented baseball had been present at the first game of the exhibition tournament which took place between Spirit River and Grand Prairie on the local diamond on Saturday evening, it is altogether probable that he would have died of mortification. It was, in the opinion of the big crowd that witnessed it, without precedent, without excuse and the two teams which participated shambled off the field at the end of the eighth inning with about as much enthusiasm as a delegation of coroners visiting a morgue. [Grand Prairie Herald, July 4, 1916]

With eight runs in the sixth inning, Spirit River took the lead for the first time, 12-10. But the Pirates secured the win with four runs in the seventh as Ray Piper knocked in one with a Texas Leaguer and Wilson, Ludington and Carveth all had base knocks to drive in three more.

Miller, Broderick (L) and Anderson
Carveth (W) and Mattinson