1919 Game Reports Vancouver Island     

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Canadian Collieries
Straith-Two Jacks

(May 3)  The Victoria Amateur Baseball League got off to a rousing start Saturday with more than 3,000 fans in attendance at the Royal Athletic Park as the Foundation Shipyards kicked of the season with a 9 to 5 win over the Straith-Two Jacks. Additional interest was provided by the dropping of souvenir baseballs from the air. The pilot of the airplane proved to be a good pitcher with the balls landing well within the target area. Shortstop Fred Brown of the Foundation cracked a double and triple and scored a pair to lead the winners' 11-hit attack. Johnny Pringle added two doubles. T.Zaccarelli tossed an eight-hitter and fanned nine in registering the win.

Zaccarelli (W) and L.Mackie, C.Finch
T.Straith (L) and E.Townsley

(May 5)   The Straith-Two Jacks racked up four runs in the top of the first inning and coasted to a 10-5 victory over Canadian Collieries.

xxx and xxx
Carne (L) and xxx

(May 7)    In their first league action, Yarrows made it a ball game for one inning, taking a 1-0 lead before the Straith-Two Jacks took over an handed the newcomers a thorough beating. The Jacks pounded out 14 hits, including a triple and four doubles and racked up 12 stolen bases in posting a 16-5 victory. Third sacker Art Minnis slugged a three-bagger and two singles. He scored three times and added two steals. Burns, Cottet and Potts added two hits apiece. Yarrow compounded its difficulties making nine errors. Alex Straith tossed a six-hitter for the win, setting down 11 by strikeouts. He walked only one. Corkle, who went all the way for the losers, yielded 14 hits and two walks.

A.Corkle (L) and Brown
A.Straith (W) and Potts

(May 12)   Trailing 5-2 after seven innings, the Foundation club exploded for six runs in the eighth frame to dump Collieries 9-5 Monday.  The shipbuilders cracked out nine hits, five of them two-baggers. Reliever Walter Gravlin picked up the win.

H.Copas (L) and Whelan
Holness, Zaccarelli (7), W.,Gravlin (W) (7) and Pringle

(May 16)  Foundation shipbuilders ran wild for ten runs in the first inning en route to a 16-2 romp over Yarrows. Fred Brown, the Foundation shortstop, slugged a triple, double and single to lead a 16-hit attack. Hy Greene added a double and two singles. Johnny Pringle contributed a pair of two-baggers. A.Ross, the winning pitcher helped with two hits and two runs.

Fuller (L), A.Corkle and G.Corkle
Ross (W), Zaccarelli and Mackie

(May 17)   Powered by three home runs, the Foundations racked up another win Saturday with a 7-3 decision over Straith-Two Jacks in the first game of a double-bill. Johnny Pringle, Hy Greene and Walter Gravlin smacked the circuit blows while Pringle added a double and Green had three scores. Foundations ran up a 6-0 lead before the Jacks got on the scoreboard.

A.Straith (L), Townsley and Potts
Zaccarelli (W) and Mackie

In the second game, Straith-Two Jacks blanked Collieries 8-0 as Babe Fortin tossed a seven-hit shutout. Bob Whyte and Cottet paced an 11-hit Jacks attack each with three safeties.

Fortin (W) and Potts
Carne (L), H.Copas and James

(May 19)   The Foundation nine journeyed to Friday Harbor on Saturday evening and trimmed the local diamondeers 12-3 on Sunday. The Victoria shipbuilders trailed 3-0 after four innings before launching a a batting rally to crush the home squad.

Holness (W) and Mackie
xxx and xxx

(May 21)   In another easy romp, the Foundation baseball team walloped Collieries 18-8 Wednesday behind a 16-hit attack. First baseman Hy Greene and right fielder McIlmoyle led the way each with three hits and three runs scored. All of Greene's blows went for two bases. Collieries had 15 hits in a losing cause as catcher Livingston led all batters with four safeties.

Zaccarelli (W) and Mackie
H.Brown (L), R.Copas and Livingston

(May 24)   Rain halted the exhibition match between Victoria Foundation and Nanaimo Saturday. Victoria was ahead 6 to 3 in the third inning when the game was called.

(June 2)  Straith-Two Jacks scored two in the first inning and led all the way in an 8-5 win over Canadian Collieries. Shortstop Art Minnis, with a triple and three singles, was best for the winners while Sid Elmer added three hits and three runs. Losing hurler Roy Copas collected a double and single for for the coal miners.  Babe Fortin was the winning pitcher, giving way to George Straith to finish up.

R.Copas (L), Carne and Livingston
Fortin (W), G.Straith and Potts, Townsley

(June 7)   There was a stark contrast in the brand of baseball dished up Saturday in a double-header at Royal Athletic Park. In the opener Canadian Collieries crushed Yarrows 12 to 1 but the second game more than made up for it as the encounter between the Foundation and Straith-Two Jacks provided one of the best games on the local diamond in a long time, professional or amateur. A large crowd showed their satisfaction with the proceedings.

(June 14)   Veteran Jimmy Holness fashioned a two-hit shutout Saturday and the Foundations downed Canadian Collieries 4-0 in a seven inning contest in the first game of a double-header. Holness fanned seven and walked one.

Carne (L) and Townsley
J.Holness (W) and Finch

In the second game, Foundations unleashed a 17-hit assault to crush Straith-Two Jacks 11-4. Hy Greene and Johnny Pringle each pounded out three hits for the winners while Moran, Walter Gravlin, P.Gravlin and Mackie each had a pair. Moran and Mackie had three-baggers. A.Ross scattered ten hits to post the win for the league-leaders.

Fortin (L) and Potts
Ross (W) and Finch

(June 18)   In a wild but exciting extra-inning affair Wednesday, Foundations came from behind with a pair in the bottom of the tenth inning to squeeze by Canadian Collieries 11-10. Foundation ship builders had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning but Collieries took the lead with three in the top of the second only to have the league-leaders put up a three-spot in the bottom of the frame and go ahead 6-3 with a run in the third. But the visitors plated two in the fourth and four in the fifth to take the lead, 9-6. Foundations fought back with a pair in the sixth and then notched the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. The game produced 34 hits, 18 by the losers. Johnny Pringle and Walt Gravlin led the winners each with three safeties. Gravlin's total included a triple and three stolen bases. P.Gravlin had five steals. A.Ross picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Jimmy Holness. Harold Carne, who fanned 11 took the loss. Bob Milne of Collieries led all batters with four hits, including a pair of two-baggers.

Carne (L) and
J.Holness, Ross (W) and xxx

(June 21)  Art Minnis of the Straith-Two Jacks is the top batter in the Victoria City League. The shortstop-third sacker has fifteen hits in thirty at bats to carry a .500 average. Cummins of Collieries is second with a .464 mark and Johnny Pringle of the Foundation has the most hits, 20, for a .444 in ten games. Sid Elmer of the Jacks is fourth, hitting .441, and leads in steals with 19 in just 8 games.

(June 25)  A four-run fifth inning carried Straith-Two Jacks to a 7-2 win over the winless Yarrows. First baseman Sid Elmer had three hits to pace the winners. Babe Fortin yielded six hits and whiffed seven in posting the victory. Yarrows loaded the bases with none out in the ninth but came away empty handed as pinch-hitter H.Brown hit into a triple play as Bob Ackerman, playing second base, caught Brown's liner fired to first to double up Cummin and then Elmer tossed to shortstop Art Minnis who caught Corkle off second.

Cook (L) and G.Corkle
Fortin (W) and Potts

(July 1)  The Wallace Shipyard team from Vancouver came across the Gulf Tuesday and took the Collieries and Foundation City League teams into camp in a double-header sweep winning 14 to 3 and 5 to 4.

(July 2)   Every batter in the Straith-Two Jacks lineup had at least one hit, 21 in all, in a 19-6 thumping of Yarrows Wednesday. Two Jacks had a 5-1 lead after three and cruised to the win. Sid Elmer, the first sacker led all hitters with four safeties and three scores. Frank Moore cracked a triple and two singles and scored three times. Winning pitcher Babe Fortin helped with a triple and single. Second baseman Bob Whyte added a pair of two-baggers. The winners had a field day on the bases with 19 steals, five by Elmer. In addition to the 21 hits, Eddie Brown issued six walks, yet managed to rack up 12 strikeouts. Fortin and Zaccarelli combined for 11.

Fortin (W), Zaccarelli and Potts
E.Brown (L) and H.Brown

Foundation          8 - 1 
Straith-Two Jacks   7 - 3  1.5
Collieries          3 - 7  5.5
Yarrows             0 - 7  7.0

(July 5)   The Victoria Daily Colonist reported that men returning from military service overseas have been showing up well in games played. Haley Jackson and Robby Ross were cited as star players. The paper noted a plan to play a big Red Cross benefit game between returned soldiers and a team of all-stars. The soldiers could line up a team which could be tough to beat with pitchers Copas, Fortin and Harold Carne, Mackie and Ross as catchers, Jackson at first, Cummings second, Walter Gravlin shortstop, P. Gravlin on third and McIlmoyle, Lalonde and Ackerman as outfielders.

(July 8)  

(July 9)  The Foundation shipyard walloped Canadian Collieries 16-2 Wednesday, cracking out 12 hits, accepting six walks and capitalizing of nine errors by Dave McFarlane's crew. Walter Gravlin was a star for the winners with three hits, one a two-bagger, and flawless, some sensational, fielding at shortstop. He handled three putouts and nine assists. Hy Greene and Johnny Pringle each scored four times. Pringle also racked up three steals. Mickey McMahon scattered nine hits in cruising to the win.

McMahon (W) and Mackie
H.Copas (L), R.Copas and Townsley

(July 16)  Canadian Collieries, who suffered a 16-2 defeat a week ago, took it out on Yarrows Wednesday unleashing an 18-hit assault in a 16-5 triumph. The Copas brothers led the attack as leadoff man Harry Copas cracked four hits, including a pair of doubles, stole two bags and scored three times. Roy Copas not only was the winning pitcher but had three hits, two of them doubles, two steals and scored four times. Baker, the shortstop was four-for-six with three scores and Haley Jackson slammed a triple and two singles.

R.Copas (W) and Williams
A.Corkle (L) and H.Brown

(July 23)  The cellar-dwelling Yarrows dropped their ninth straight game Wednesday but put on a good show against the league-leaders, losing 7-4. A.Ross allowed seven hits in twirling the win for the Foundations. He had ten strikeouts and no walks. Eddie Brown hurled a respectable game for Yarrows, yielding ten hits with nine strikeouts. At the plate, Brown rapped a triple. Centre fielder Johnny Pringle led the winners with a double and two singles. Lalonde added a triple and single.

E.Brown (L) and H.Brown
Ross (W) and Mackie

(July 25)   Straith-Two Jacks out-hit Collieries 11 to 8 Friday evening but came away on the losing end of an 11-2 decision. Six errors by the Jacks led to eight unearned runs. Roy Copas, Haley Jackson and Andrews each smacked a pair of hits for the winners. Harold Carne, the left-hander, walked three and fanned four in gaining the pitching decision. Babe Fortin and Crocker combined to fan 12 for the Jacks.

Fortin (L), Crocker (8) and Potts, Ross
Carne (W) and Townsley

Foundation         11 - 1 
Straith-Two Jacks   7 - 5   4.0
Collieries          6 - 8   6.0
Yarrows             0 - 10 10.0

(July 26)  Art Minnis of the Straith-Two Jacks continues as the batting leader of the Victoria City League with a wide lead over Johnny Pringle of the Foundation. Minnis has a .473 average in nine games while Pringle sits at .414. Haley Jackson has compiled a .428 mark but has played in just four games.

(July 30)  Foundations scored nine runs in the last three innings to come from behind to whip Straith-Two Jacks 12-8 Wednesday in crowd-pleasing action at Royal Athletic Park. A two-run double by Charlie Finch sparked a five-run rally in the eighth to put the Foundation on top for good. They added two insurance runs in the ninth. Mickey McMahon and McGregor combined on an eight-hitter and 12 strikeouts for the winners. Zaccarelli was tagged for 13 hits. He fanned eight.

McMahon, McGregor and Mackie
Zaccarelli (L) and Minnis

Foundation         13 - 1 
Straith-Two Jacks   8 - 6   5.0
Collieries          6 - 9   7.5
Yarrows             0 - 11 11.5

(August 6)   Collieries rapped a dozen hits , three apiece by Arbuthnott and Townsley in blanking Yarrows 5-0. Roy Copas allowed just six hits in tossing the shutout. H.Brown, the Yarrows catcher, had three of them. Eddie Brown racked up 11 strikeouts in a losing cause.

E.Brown (L) and H.Brown
R.Copas (W) and Townsley

(August 8)  After a pair of games in which the winless Yarrows were much more competitive, losing "just" 7-4 and 5-0, the league leading Foundation came to Royal Athletic Park and put on a 13-0 beating on the tail enders. The winners pounded out 16 hits, including five doubles to bury the Yarrows. Fred Brown cracked a pair of two-baggers while Charlie Finch lashed out three safeties. The winners ran at will, racking up 13 stolen bases. A.Ross and Mickey McMahon combined on the shutout allowing just three hits.

Ross (W), McMahon and Mackie
E.Brown (L), A.Corkle and H.Brown

(August 13)   Straith-Two Jacks ran up a 6-0 lead after three innings and coasted to an 8-3 win over Collieries. Frank Moore paced a 13-hit attack with a double and two singles. Catcher A.Potts added two hits, three runs and two stolen bases. T.Zaccarelli scattered nine hits and fanned eight en route to the win.

Carne (L), R.Copas and Townsley
Zaccarelli (W) and Potts

(August 16)   In a double-header to close out the regular schedule, Straith-Two Jacks downed Yarrows 5 to 3 and the Foundations beat Canadian Collieries 7-4.  In the opener, Potts smacked a pair of three-baggers to spark the winners who received combined two-hit pitching from Crocker and newcomer Bever. Eddie Brown gave up eight hits and fanned ten in taking the mound defeat.

Cocker (W), Bever (5) and xxx
E.Brown (L) and xxx

In the second game, Collieries jumped into an early lead scoring three runs in the first inning and adding another in the second. But, that's all they could garner as the Foundation rallied in the seventh to put away their 15th win in 16 games. Charlie Finch provided the big blow, a bases-loaded, pinch-hit double to score three.

Carne (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

Foundation         15 - 1 
Straith-Two Jacks  10 - 6   5.0
Collieries          7 - 11  9.0
Yarrows             0 - 14 14.0

PLAYOFF FINALS  Straith-Two Jacks vs Foundation (best-of-three series)
(August 20)   In the biggest upset of the season, the Straith-Two Jacks, who finished five games back of the Foundation in the regular season, ran wild for ten runs in the first inning and trounced the pennant winners 15-3 in the first game of their best-of-three final series. McGeer, starter for the ship builders gave up three hits, three walks and hit a batter and his teammates made four errors before they managed to retire the side. The Jacks produced 15 hits, four by shortstop Art Minnis, who sparkled at the dish belting a home run, a triple and two singles. He scored three times and played flawlessly in the field. Don Bever allowed nine nits with no walks and fanned five in coasting to the win.

McGeer (L), McMahon (1), W. Gravlin (5) and Mackie
Bever (W) and Potts

(August 23)   In a stunning and exciting end to the Victoria City League final, the Straith-Two Jacks went 11 innings Saturday to upset the Foundations 4-3 to win the City championship, taking the final in two straight games. Alex Straith was a hero for the winners, leading off the 11th with a triple and, with two out, scoring the deciding run on a single by Frank Moore. After the teams traded runs in the second inning, Foundations took the lead with a pair in the third on two Jacks' errors. Straiths notched one in the fourth as winning pitcher Don Bever doubled to bring in George Burnes who had reached with a two-bagger of his own. They tied it in the sixth as Art Minnis singled and scored on an error and a sacrifice. Bever allowed just eight hits, no walks and whiffed 11 to register the win. Harold Carne yielded 12 hits, two walks and fanned 12. Along with the victory comes the Peden Brothers silver trophy.

Bever (W) and Potts
Carne (L) and Mackie

Victoria Straith-Two Jacks vs Vancouver Wallaces (best-of-five series)

(August 30)   In a challenge series between Vancouver and Victoria champions, Wallaces, the Vancouver Commercial League champs, whipped Victoria Two Jacks 9 to 3 in the first game of the best-of-five series.  Jack Wyard clouted a three-run homer in the sixth inning to cement the victory. Ernie "Stubby" Jolliffe connected for a bases-loaded double in the eighth. Wallaces poked 11 hits off Bever while Tat Larson, who fanned 11, scattered eight for the win.

Bever (L) and Potts
Larson (W) and Richardson

(September 1)   After getting hammered 10-2 by Vancouver's Wallaces in the first game of the double-header, the Victoria nine rebounded to post a 9-6 win in the second game to remain in contention in the Big City series. Wallaces romped to the easy win rapping 13 hits, with Rogers pounding two doubles and a single. Ernie Jolliffe added a double and two singles. Each plated two runs. Sid Elmer was a bright spot for Victoria cracking the game's only home run.

Gourlay (W) and Richardson
Fortin (L) Potts, Bever

In the second game, Wallaces had more hits, 14 to 12, had the only two extra base hits, and Straith-Two Jacks made seven errors, but the Victoria nine managed to notch a win with a three-run rally in the eighth inning.  Wallaces leads the series two games to one.

H.Larson, Gourlay and Richardson, Fyfe
Zaccarelli (W) and Potts

(September 6)  Wallaces, the Vancouver Commercial League champions, have won the inter-city championship defeating the Straith-Two Jacks team of Victoria 3 to 2 to take the best-of-five series three games to one. The North  Shore nine managed just five hits off Zaccarelli, while the Jacks had six off winning hurler Tat Larson. Trailing 2 to 1 as they came to bat in the seventh frame, the Wallace aggregation knotted the count on McConvey’s RBI Texas Leaguer to left-field and then plated the deciding counter on an infield error by first baseman Don Bever. Outfielder Manson of the Mainland squad stroked a double and single, the only batter from either squad to acquire two base raps. Larson poked a double and scored twice for the winners

Larson (W) and Richardson
Zaccarelli (L) and Potts

In an exhibition game preceding the final, Arnold & Quigley of the Commercial League shutout Allenby, BC 4 to 0.


Ladysmith Athletics
Nanaimo Weeks’ Overlands
South Wellington

(June 18)   Tom Week's Overland team of Nanaimo defeated Chemainus 6-5 Wednesday in a district league fixture. Boyce notched the winning run in the ninth inning. Mottishaw pitched for the winners.

(June 18)   After Overland and Chemainus opened the season with a tight, one-run game, the second game of the season was a totally different affair as Ladysmith, the home team, demolished South Wellington 25-1. Lapsansky hurled an outstanding game for the winners.

(June 22) 

(June 25)   Nanaimo Overlands notched their second win of the season downing Granby 8-5. Mottishaw blanked the home club in every frame but the third when Granby scored all three of its runs. Killeen's triple in the seventh, which brought in two runs, was a highlight of the action.

Mottishaw (W) and Boyce
Corbett (L) and Bassett

Granby             3 - 1
Nanaimo            3 - 1
Extension          2 - 2  1.0
Chemainus          2 - 2  1.0
Ladysmith          2 - 2  1.0
South Wellington   0 - 4  3.0

(June 29) 

(July 6) 

(July 9)  In more lopsided affairs, Nanaimo Overlands crushed South Wellington 26-4 and Granby dumped Ladysmith 14 to 5.

(July 16)  In Wednesday's action in the Nanaimo and District League, Ladysmith redounded from an early beating by Granby to notch a 8-1 victory. Overlands and Extension played to a tie as darkness forced the game to be shortened. With Granby's loss, Nanaimo is back in a tie for first place.

(July 18)  Fortin, the Ladysmith moundsman, had a shutout until the final frame before giving up a single run as Ladysmith whipped Granby 6-1 Friday as fans were treated to one of the best games of the season.

(July 23) 

(July 27)   Playing at Courtenay, the Ladysmith Athletics topped the local Courtenay nine with J. Lapsansky tossing shutout ball. Earlier in the day, Ladysmith took on Cumberland and suffered an 8-5 defeat.

(August 3)  At Chemainus Sunday, the visiting Cowichan nine fell to the locals 7-6.

(August 6)  On Wednesday, Ladysmith topped Chemainus 5-4.

(August 6)  The top two teams in Up-Island baseball faced off Wednesday in an exhibition game at Nanaimo with Granby edging Overlands 6-5. Bassett was the winning hurler. Overlands and Granby are tied for the league lead each with eight wins and two losses. The teams meet in a best-of-three series beginning Sunday.

Bassett (W) and Corbett
Beattie (L) and Boyce