1916 Saskatchewan Game Reports     


(August 21)   Saskatoon Pilgrims downed the Sutherland nine 3-2 in a six-inning affair at Cairns' Field Monday. Pilgrim hurler Malette was felled by a liner to the head in the fifth inning. The drive, which hit him on the forehead, knocked him unconscious but he appeared to suffer no serious injury.  The win tied the Pilgrims with Transports and the two teams will battle for the City championship in a five-game series opening Wednesday.

Malette (W), White (5) and xxx
Callahan (L) and Bowen, Scobie

(August 23)    In the best game seen in Saskatoon this season, the Transports upended the Pilgrims 5-1 in the first game of their championship series. Tied 1-1 after seven innings, the Transports took the lead in the eighth on Macham's two-run triple. Frank Lyle was the winning hurler with a sterling effort on the hill besting Dobson of the Pilgrims.

Lyle (W) and xxx
Dobson (L) and xxx

(August 28)  The Transports whipped the Pilgrims Monday to easily capture the championship series. The score was believed to be 8-0. On Wednesday, the Transports will take on the Regina champions for the Leader Cup.


(August 21)  For all of half an inning, Regina's East End Red Sox were in the game. They took the lead with a run in the top of the first inning, but that's all the success they would have as the YMCA scored a pair in their half of the first then poured it on to walk away with a 12-1 triumph. The Sox loss ensured the league pennant for the Whirlwinds. Parkinson pitched a splendid game allowing just two hits. The YMCA nine smacked 15 hits, with seven players each having a pair, including Parkinson who poked a double and single.

R.Fiesel (L), Nashburn and E.Fiesel
Parkinson (W) and Traub

(August 22)  The Whirlwinds downed the Rovers 5-2 in a benefit game. Manager Jack Staples made good on a pitching boast surprising both the Rovers and his own crew with his mound skills. He allowed just three hits, walked five and fanned five.

Staples (W) and O.Frasor
French (L) and Leigh

(August 30)    The first game of the championship series between the Whirlwinds, the Northside champions, and Al McLean's All-Stars resulted in some superb baseball but no winner as the teams fought to a 5-5 draw in a game cut short to five innings by darkness.  After falling behind 5-3, Whirlwinds notched a pair in the final stanza to escape with the tie. Garrett pitched a four-hitter for the Whirlwinds while "Mutt" Smith yielded seven.

Garrett and O.Fraser, Campbell
Smith and Hipwell

(September 1)   The All-Stars rallied for four runs in the sixth and last inning Friday at McInnis Park to down the Whirlwinds 6-3 in the second game of their championship series. Burns was the hero for the winners firing four-hit ball while stroking three hits, one for three bases, and driving in a pair.

Burns (W) and Hipwell
Mulligan (L), Kane (6) and McArthur, Campbell

(September 6)   With a 4-2 victory Wednesday, the All-Stars won their second straight over the Whirlwinds in their series for the city championship.  In the five-inning contest, the All-Stars took the lead with a pair in the second inning and added singletons in the fourth and fifth.  Shortstop "Tiny" Lofts paced the winners with three hits, Art North had a pair.

Kane (L) and Hipwell
Dickey (W) and Martin

(September 8)   "String" McLellan allowed just one hit Friday at McInnis Park as the Whirlwinds shutout the McLean All-Stars 3-0 in the fourth game of the series. The Stars lead two games to one with one tie.  The game went just five innings, shortened by darkness. McLellan fanned six and walked one. The Whirlwinds got all they needed in the first inning as Parkinson cracked a triple to score Hipwell, who had singled, and Webb, who drew a walk. Only one All-Star managed to reach third against McLellan. Cecil Webb got aboard on an error by brother Cliff Webb and proceeded to steal second and third.

Smith (L) and Martin
McLellan (W) and Hipwell

There were no further reports located on the rest of the series.


The five teams in the circuit seemed to play regularly during most of June and July but, as was the case in these rural farming communities, everything was dropped (including baseball) for harvesting activities once August rolled around . In fact, during this mid-point of World War I, the shortage of manpower was even more dire than usual.

Melfort Greys
Pleasant Valley

(June 3)   In the opening game of the Black Loam Baseball League, Pleasant Valley, playing at home, trounced Rothwell 11-4, starting with a bang scoring three in the first inning and four more in the second. 

Maxwell (L) and B.Robson
H.Leipert (W) and S.Campbell

At Pathlow, Melfort broke up a close game with ten runs in the last three innings for a 16-5 victory. Motz fanned 14 in going the distance for the win. He aided a powerful offense with two hits and two runs.

Motz (W) and Avison
Hill, Rehaume, Hodgson and Clark

(June 10)  Rothwell got a win in its first home game of the season, 6-4 over Ethelton on a diamond soaked by rain. Nonetheless, a splendid crowd took in the action. Maxwell pitched for the winners.

Zaco (L) and Ede
Maxwell (W) and Catwell

(June 10)  Pleasant Valley vs Melfort was postponed (wet grounds).

(June 15)  At the Beatty Picnic Tournament Thursday Melfort overwhelmed Fort a la Corne 28-1 in a five-inning game. 16 of the runs came in the fifth inning. Foreman pitched a two-hitter for Melfort.

Ethelton crushed Beatty 21-11.  In the final, Melfort edged Ethelton 8-7 in a seven-inning contest. Both teams scored three times in the last stanza. Again, Motz was a force both on the mound and at bat as he was the winning hurler and led the offense with a triple and home run and three runs scored. On the hill, he allowed six hits, fanned eight and walked one.

Motz (W) and Avison
Zachow (L) and Ede

(June 17)  At Rothwell Saturday, Melfort pulled a game out of the fire in a frantic finish which saw the Greys wipe out an 11-2 deficit to win 15-11. Melfort scored two in the seventh, eight in the eighth and three in the ninth. Naylor led a 16-hit attack for the winners with four safeties, resulting in three runs. Motz, who picked up the pitching win in relief of Naylor, collect three hits and scored four times. Robinson added three hits. Maxwell, the losing hurler, was the top hitter for Rothwell with three hits and four scores.

Naylor, Motz (W) (5) and Avison
Maxwell (L), VanCamp (9) and Cantelo

(June 17)  At Ethelton Saturday, Pathlow broke loose for three runs in the ninth inning to down the locals 9-6.

Hill (W) and Clark
Zachow (L) and Ede

(June 19)  Melfort thrilled one of the largest crowds in years at the agricultural park Monday crushing Pleasant Valley 13-4 in the home opener. The home squad exploded for three runs in each of the first three innings to salt away the contest early. Motz held the heavy-hitting brigade from the Valley to four hits while Melfort lashed out 13 safeties.  Shortstop Beach led the attack with four hits and three runs. Foreman, the left fielder, collected a pair of hits and scored twice. Motz scored three times. 

Leipert (L), T.Redman and Campbell, Leipert
Motz (W) and Rutledge

(July 1)   Rain put a damper on Melfort's 10th annual Dominion Day celebration but a break in the weather allowed The Pas and Pleasant Valley to stage a pair of exhibition games.  The Pas took the opener 6-0 over Pleasantdale as Harrison hurled a five-hit shutout and helped win his own game with two triples and two singles.

Harrison (W) and Rutledge
Stewart (L), Moss (7) and A.Young

The Pas also won the second game downing Pleasant Valley 7-2 as Harrison again was the main man for the winners. He allowed six hits this time and hit another three-bagger.

Harrison (W) and Rutledge
Moss (L) and Leipert

(July 8)  Melfort continued its winning ways crushing Ethelton 19-4 Saturday with a 22-hit attack.

Zachow (L) and Ede
Motz (W) and Rutledge

(July 8)   Pleasant Valley fell behind 4-0 in the early going but put together three big innings to whip Pathlow 11-5.

Hill (L) and Clarke
Lewiston (W) and Leipert

(July 10)   Monday night, Pleasant Valley topped Ethelton 13-4 in a make-up game for an earlier postponement. Veteran Tommy Redman displayed top form on the mound for the winners striking out 14 men. Carbert smacked a homer.

xxx and xxx
Redman (W) and xxx

(July 15)   At Melfort, a re-do of the postponed July 1st Sports Day was a big success as sunshine basked the community and the local baseball nine ran its winning streak to 11 games with three, hard-fought victories, two in the Sports Day tournament. The Pas took the morning game 7-1 over Pleasant Valley.

Redman (L) and Leipert
Peltier (W) and Thurston

In the afternoon, Melfort rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to shade Pleasantdale 5-4. Winning pitcher Crawford also was the leading hitter with four safeties and three runs scored. Shortstop Beach added three hits. Crawford scattered nine hits and racked up 13 strikeouts.

Moss (L) and A.Young
Crawford (W) and Rutledge

Melfort then took on The Pas in the final and came through with an 8-4 triumph as Crawford hurled his second game of the day. Melfort broke a 4-4 tie with four runs in the eighth inning. Motz, playing centre field, led a 13-hit attack with three safeties. Catcher Thurston of The Pas had three hits and scored twice.

Harrison (L) and Thurston
Crawford (W) and Rutledge

After their tourney triumph, Melfort went on to play a league game downing Pathlow 5-4 in a five-inning affair. Motz held Pathlow to just two hits in claiming the pitching victory.

Hill (L) and Clark
Motz (W) and Rutledge

Melfort           5 - 0
Pleasant Valley   4 - 1  1.0
Rothwell          2 - 2  2.5
Pathlow           1 - 4  4.0
Ethelton          0 - 4  4.5

(July 26)   With a run in the bottom of the ninth, Pleasant Valley sent Melfort down to its first defeat of the season, a 6-5 decision. The win leaves the two clubs tied for first place. Tommy Redman tossed a seven-hitter for the win, three of the hits by opposing hurler Motz.  Carbert and Leipert each had two hits for Pleasant Valley.

Motz (L) and Rutledge
T.Redman (W) and Leipert

(July 29)   After a string of 11 straight wins, Melfort tasted defeat for the second straight game losing 10-8 to Rothwell.  Taking advantage of 11 Melfort errors, the visitors plated four runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth en route to the triumph.

Arnold (W) and Cantelo
Motz (L) and Rutledge

(July 1)   At the Milestone Grain Growers Dominion Day picnic, Milestone ran roughshod over McCoy 24-8 with every batter in the lineup scoring at least once.  McCoy actually out-hit the winners 13-11, but Milestone also capitalized on 7 walks, 12 McCoy errors, three wild pitches and five passed balls. Centre fielder Wingham was the big gun for the winners with five hits and three runs. Hendrickson cracked a homer and a triple. Williams was best for the losers with four hits and three scores.

McManus (W) and Smith
Grusz, Williams and H.Thompson


Soo LineSenior-level baseball was alive and well along the Northern Soo Line railway section of Southern Saskatchewan in 1916. Although no formal league existed, the towns and farming communities joined together to form teams which regularly played one another.

(May 22)  Milestone  2, Corinne  1

W. Lafoy (L) and Bahr
Ford (W) and Cramolin

Ford (Milestone) – pitched a two-hitter

(May 24)  Corinne 12, Milestone  10 

McManus (L) and Cramolin
Jesse (W) and Bahr

Cramolin (Milestone) and Driscoll (Milestone) – 3 hits each

(May 30)  Milestone  11, Wilcox  2

Harper (L), Jesse and Hock
Ford (W) and Cramolin

Keith (Milestone) – 4 hits

(June 2)  Yellow Grass  5, Lang  1

Jones (W) and Cooper
E. Ranson (L) and Clark

(June 7)  Milestone  7, Lang  6

E. Ranson (L) and Clark
Hersberger, McManus and Cramolin

(June 11)  Milestone  10, Wilcox  6

Hersberger (W) and Cramolin
Jesse (L), Kuehl and Stinson

(July 1)  Milestone  24, McCoy  8

Grusz (L), Williams and H. Thompson, Grusz
McManus (W) and Smith

Wingham (Milestone) – 5 hits
Williams (McCoy) – 4 hits
Hendrickson (Milestone) – home run 

(July 9)  Milestone  6, Rouleau  2 

Heywood (L) and Plank
Ford (W) and Cramolin

(July 21)  Milestone  5, Wilcox  4

Harper (L) and Bahr
Branston (W) and Smith

Harper (Wilcox) – 14 strikeouts


(September 4)  Playing in a steady drizzle on a saturated diamond at Cairns Field, the visiting Regina Whirlwinds won the opening match of the 1916 Saskatchewan amateur baseball final when they outlasted the hosting Transportation team of Saskatoon by a 21 to 11 count. Playing conditions were atrocious as evidenced by the twelve errors committed by each team. Shortstop Jack Farquhar led the Queen City Whirlwinds offensively with three hits, including a triple.

McLellan (W) and Hipwell
Lyle (L), Barrett (4) and Taylor, Callahan

The Saskatoon Transports club was credited with the win in the second half of the muddy doubleheader when the game was called because of darkness in the bottom of the ninth inning before the homesters had completed their turn at bat. With sawdust spread liberally along the basepaths and around the bases prior to the start of this game, conditions were marginally better than those endured in the matinée contest. The Whirlwinds trailed throughout the entire game and, heading into the ninth, were behind 5 to 0. They rallied, however, with eight tallies to take an 8 to 5 lead but with just one Saskatoon batter retired in the bottom of the frame, the plate umpire decided it was too dark to continue so the score reverted back to the end of the eighth inning in which the Hub City contingent held a 5 to 0 cushion. The Reginans outhit their hosts 7 to 5 but were held in check by winning chucker Frank Lyle with runners in scoring position.

Kain (L), Garrett (5) and Hipwell
Lyle (W) and Callahan

(September 14)  A five-run third inning at Dominion Park propelled the Regina Whirlwinds to a comfortable 9 to 2 victory over Saskatoon in the deciding game of the Saskatchewan amateur baseball championship. Winning twirler McLellan mowed down 13 Saskatonians by the strikeout route in leading the new kingpins to the Leader Cup.

Lyle (L) and Callahan
McLellan (W) and Hipwell