1928 Game Reports / Alberta     


Chevrolet Cubs
Native Sons (began season as Bulletin)
Stockyard Bulls
Young Liberals

(May 21)  The Chevrolet Cubs withstood an eighth-episode rally by the Stockyard Bulls that produced four runs and ushered in the 1928 Senior Amateur Baseball League season by squeezing out a 5 to 4 win over the Bovines. Neither outfit landed on the pill in a vicious manner, the victors ringing up a scant four bingles while the defending-champions pounded out seven, but one of the Chevrolet safeties was a four-ply swat with one mate aboard by  flychaser Phil Maher. The Auto Aggregation opened the scoring in the third on Maher’s bomb, added a singleton in the fifth and ran across a deuce in the seventh spasm to take a comfortable 5 – 0 lead. With some timely clouting and a few Cub errors, the Bulls came close in their eighth-inning comeback attempt before being shut down by winning chucker Al Hall. The Cubbies’ Athol Young, with a double and single, and Bill Runge of the Cattlemen, who stroked a pair of singles, were the only multi-hit players in the game.

Matoon (L), Lammie (5) and Robbins, Henning
Al Hall (W) and McHugh

(May 23)  The Young Liberals got away to a good start in their inaugural appearance of the campaign by nosing out the Bulletin 7 to 6 in a nip-and tuck tilt. Costly errors on the part of the Newsies put them in a bad hole early in the affair but they fought back with a five-spot in the fourth frame to draw within a singleton of the Politicians. Robinson, who did the chucking for the winners, was nicked for 11 hits, but with his team always in the lead, was able to turn in a complete-game performance. George Dame, who took over mound chores for the Newspapermen in the opening canto after they had fallen behind 3 – 0, did a good job for the balance of the game. Emil Martell led the nine-hit attack of the Grits with a double and three one-baggers while second baseman Len Sweeney led the Bulletin Bashers with a home run to go along with a brace of singles.  

Robinson (W) and Marshall
Mowbress (L), Dame (1) and Hills

(May 24)  Following their opening-game setback, the Bulletin balltossers bounced right back 24 hours later to throttle the Stockyard Bulls 14 to 4. The verdict was virtually locked-in after the Newsies ran across a quartet of counters in the opening panel and followed that up with an eight-spot in the second spasm, sending losing heaver Ava Cruthers running for cover. Bob Brown went the route on the hillock for the victors allowing the Cattlemen six safeties, all singles, while fanning seven and walking two. George Dame’s grand-slam home run in the second inning was the major blow of the fracas. Infielders John Ducey and Len Sweeney both stroked a double and a pair of singles for the Bulletin Boys while Dame added a one-bagger to his circuit-clout.   

Brown (W) and Hills 
A. Cruthers (L), Lammie (2) and Robbins

(May 25)  Hard hitting combined with some great pitching from reliever “Hub” Thompson enabled the Chevrolet Cubs to turn back the Young Liberals 7 to 6 in an exciting fixture at the Boyle Street diamond. Twice during the course of the game, the Politicians came from behind to tie the score, only to see the Motormen put on a batting rally that pushed them in front once more. Thompson came to the aid of  Chevy starter “Wop” Patterson after four frames and limited the Grits to a pair of tallies on two hits over the final five chapters. Ray Coatta, who served up the slants for the losers, was touched for 13 safeties including three each by Kenny Duggan and Ed McHugh. The winning run crossed the dish in the eighth episode as a result of a pair of costly boots together with one hit. Keystone sacker Hardy paced the Grits with the lumber, stroking three singles. One of Duggan’s three safe swats was a double.

Patterson, Thompson (W) (5) and McHugh
Coatta (L) and Marshall

(May 28)  The defending-champion Stockyard Bulls were knocked off for the third straight time this season, falling 13 to 8 to the Young Liberals in a clash that had an abundance of batting strength. The Bovines got off to a rollicking start, plating a six-spot in their first turn at bat, but second-inning reliever “Specs” McLear shut them down on seven hits and two runs for the remainder of the contest as the Grits began to take over. Losing twirler Matoon was derricked in the fifth frame after the Libs had forged ahead 8 – 6. Second sacker Patterson stroked three singles for the Politicians while teammate Megreth delivered a triple and a one-bagger. Outfielder Johnson picked up a triad of one-base raps for the Cattlemen.

Robinson, McLear (W) (2) and Marshall
Matoon (L), A. Cruthers (5) and Henning

(May 30)  The bleeding continued for the slump-ridden Stockyards Bulls who dropped their fourth in succession, a 6 to 4 defeat at the hands of the Chevrolet Cubs. The intensity of the setback was jarring in that the Stockyard Squadron went into the final canto nursing a 4 – 3 lead but let the margin slip away after fighting hard in the eighth with a deuce to forge in front for the first time. A two-run double by Harry Pettis settled the issue. Elongated Al Hall, nicked for six safeties while whiffing three, earned the hillock verdict over the Bovines’ Bill Lammie, who yielded seven hits while fanning ten. Hall, along with teammate Phil Maher, each poked a double and a single for the Cubs. Bill Bell ripped a brace of one-baggers for the vanquished nine.

Al Hall (W) and McHugh
Lammie (L) and Henning

(June 1)  An early deficit of nine runs, built up during the first three innings, proved too big an obstacle to overcome and, as a result, the Young Liberal entry in the Senior Amateur loop dropped a free-hitting contest to the Bulletin by a 9 to 7 score at the Boyle Street grounds. The Politicians, in defeat, showed plenty of spunk in fighting back after being in arrears by such a large margin and went on to outhit the Newshounds 11 to 6. Except for one disastrous inning after assuming mound chores as a reliever, versatile Ray Coatta did a decent job on the hill for the Grits. Winning pitcher George Dame struck out eight and walked five in going the route. Leading hitter in the affair was Bulletin outfielder Bob McDiarmid who singled on three occasions. The game’s most impactful blow was a bases-loaded, four-ply clout by Johnny Klingspoon of the victors.

Dame (W) and P. Runge
Martin (L), Coatta (3) and Marshall

(June 3)  After floundering around in the league cellar with four straight defeats, the Stockyard Bulls knocked over the Young Liberals 10 to 7 to finally break into the win column. Bill Bell’s three-run homer in the opening canto gave the winners the jumpstart they needed and they never looked back, eventually taking a six-run lead in the sixth stanza. Out hitting their opponents for the second game in a row, the vanquished Grits failed to maximize their opportunities. Winning hurler Ava Cruthers breezed along for six innings without allowing a single counter to be registered against his team but visibly weakened down the stretch. Outfielder Brown and catcher “Red” Marshall of the Politicians both got to him for a double and single. “Rube” Robbins singled twice for the winners.  

A. Cruthers (W) and Robbins
McLear (L), Helm (5) and Marshall

(June 4)  Playing on a soggy diamond which helped inflate the number of errors, the Chevrolet Cubs grabbed off their fourth straight win when they put the skids to the Bulletin entry in the Senior Amateur ball loop by a lopsided score of 8 to 1. Veteran hurler Norman Dodge, given splendid support by his teammates, pitched a gilt-edged five-hitter for the Garagemen, fanning 11 and walking just one along the way. Bob Brown toiled on the clay heap for the Newsies and was raked for eight safeties while issuing five free passes. Louis McGillis of the Cubs crossed the dish three times and drove in three runs with a triple and a single. 

Dodge (W) and McHugh
Brown (L) and Hills

(June 6)  The Young Liberals put a halt to the four-game winning streak of the Chevrolet Cubs, bouncing the Chevies 12 to 8 in a free-hitting engagement at the Boyle Street diamond. Five big runs in the seventh spasm did the trick for the Grits and moved them into a tie with the Bulletin for second place in the Senior Amateur circuit. Winning twirler Ray Coatta walked three and was nicked for eight hits in a route-going performance. He also started the seventh-inning rally by belting a solo home run that tied the score. Starter “Hub” Thompson of the Auto Dealers was wild throughout and gave up nine of the ten hits garnered by the Libs before being yanked at the end of the seventh. Outer pasture patroller Brown stroked three singles for the victors while Coatta had an early two-RBI single to go along with his four-ply clout. Phil Maher singled and doubled for the Cubbies.

Coatta (W) and Marshall
Thompson (L), Patterson (8) and Wolfe, McHugh

(June 8)  A fifth-inning rally that netted them five runs enabled the Stockyard Bulls to defeat the Bulletin 8 to 5 at the Boyle Street grounds. Following a poor start, pint-sized winning pitcher “Como” Ringuette used a slow curveball to baffle the Newsie sluggers while his teammates made up lost ground. The newcomer finished with a five-hitter, three walks and seven strikeouts. Bob Brown, who hurled for the losers, was nicked for a dozen safe blows while whiffing six and issuing two bases-on-balls. Bovine outfielders Bill Lammie and Howard “Shorty” Phillips both drilled a triad of singles. Outfielder Pete Manney swatted a brace of two-baggers for the Bulletin Brigade.

Ringuette (W) and Robbins
Brown (L) and P. Runge

STANDINGS               W        L         Pct.
Chevrolet Cubs          4        1        .800
Young Liberals          3        3        .500
Bulletin                2        3        .400
Stockyard Bulls         2        4        .333

(June 10)  Before a crowd numbering close to 2,000, the Stockyard Bulls staged a thrilling last-half of the ninth rally, good for four runs, to grab a close 6 to 5 decision from the league-leading Chevrolet Cubs at the Boyle Street grounds. Bovine slabster Bill Lammie and Al Hall of the Chevies opposed each other on the knoll and both yielded eight hits. Lammie had an edge in strikeouts, whiffing eight to Hall’s two but the Cub chucker had better control, doling out not a single free pass while Lammie gave up two. The Auto Dealers appeared to have the game salted away with a comfortable 5 to 2 edge as the Cattlemen came to bat for the final time. Singles by Walt Wagner and Bill Bell, followed by an unsuccessful fielder’s choice at the plate, narrowed the deficit to a pair, as Howard Phillips was safe at first base on the play. A slow roller to third base by Johnny Henning had Bell trapped between third and home but umpire Frank Drayton ruled that shortstop “Speedy” Wilson impeded Bell in the rundown and granted the Bull baserunner safe passage home as per obstruction. With the score now 5 – 4, Lammie drilled a solid single up the middle that plated Phillips and Henning for the walkoff win. Henning, with a double and a single, was the top batter in the fracas. 

Al Hall (L) and McHugh
Lammie (W) and Henning

(June 11)  The Bulletin diamond troopers used their entire lineup of 16 players in a futile attempt to slow down the Young Liberals who clobbered the Newsmen 15 to 9 at the Boyle Street grounds. A six-spot in the third round followed by a trey in the fourth broke open a close game in the Grits’ favor. The Politicians hammered three chuckers from the losers for 16 base knocks including three singles by shortpatcher “Moxie” Rudyk as well as a double and single off the bat of Hugh John MacDonald. Heading the nine-hit attack of the vanquished Pressmen was George Dame who belted a two-run homer and a one-bagger. Teammate Len Sweeney chipped in with a double and single. Ray Coatta took the hurling verdict over Bulletin starter Bob Brown.

Brown (L), McAllister (7), Eaton (7) and P. Runge
Coatta (W), Helm (8), Coatta (9) and Marshall

(June 13)  Playing errorless afield behind a tandem of moundsmen, the Stockyard Bulls continued to find success in their headlong rush upward, defeating the Bulletin balltossers 8 to 6. Both teams registered seven base knocks and one batter from each club, Walt Wagner of the victors and the Bulletin’s Dan Rusler/Russler, connected for a two-run homer. Ava Cruthers, who tossed the first six stanzas for the Bovines earned the knoll triumph while George Dame, who went the route for the Newsies, was tagged with the setback. Cruthers swatted a triple and a single in support of his mound effort.  

Dame (L) and Dolighan 
A. Cruthers (W), Ringuette (7) and Robbins

(June 17)  The Chevrolet Cubs snapped back into winning mode when they plastered the fading Bulletin balltossers 9 to 2 at the Boyle Street diamond. Hub Thompson and Bob Brown were the opposing moundsmen, and despite the high number of runs scored against the latter, both delivered the goods in great fashion. Five safe blows were all the Newsmen were able to collect off winning heaver Thompson while Brown was touched for ten solid smashes by the Chevies. The work of Brown was more spectacular than that of his rival as he sent no fewer than 18 of the opposition back to the dugout via the strikeout route while Thompson whiffed nine. Posting a trey in the top-of-the-opening canto, the Cubs led all the way. Shortpatcher “Speedy” Wilson of the Auto Aggregation used the baton to smash the apple for four safeties, three of which were doubles. Teammate Phil Maher had a bunt single and a home run. Nick Melnyk added a double and a one-bagger, an output duplicated by Len Sweeney of the of the Newspapermen.

Thompson (W) and McHugh
Brown (L) and Dolighan

(June 18)  After walking through the opposition for four straight wins to get themselves back in the pennant chase, the Stockyard Bulls were rudely halted, taking a 13 to 6 licking at the hands of the Young Liberal crew. Winning heaver Ray Coatta went the distance, checking the Bovines on seven safeties including a double and single by Walt Wagner. The Cattlemen started young Como Ringuette on the hill but he was chased in the fifth when Bill Lammie took over and failed to stop the Grit rampage. Outfielders Emil Martell and “Red” Beattie of the victors both cracked a two-bagger and a one-base rap.

Ringuette (L), Lammie (5) and Henning
Coatta (W) and Marshall

(June 20)  With catcher Ed McHugh connecting for a grand-slam circuit-clout as part of a six-run first inning, the league-leading Chevrolet Cubs handed the Bulletin nine an 11 to 3 trimming at the Boyle Street diamond in an abbreviated five-inning affair. The Cubs continued the onslaught in the second frame, adding four more markers while driving starter George Dame of the Newsies from the hillock. “Buck” Eaton finished the contest on the knoll for the losers and pitched a fair article of ball. The Chevies gathered just five hits but, together with the six fielding miscues committed by the Publishers, they were more than enough for victory. Winning flinger “Wop” Patterson breezed to the mound triumph with a four-hitter. Kenny Duggan of the Cubbies and Pete Manney of the Journalists both registered a double and a single.

Dame (L), Eaton (2) and Dolighan
Patterson (W) and McHugh

(June 24)  Playing their final game under the sponsorship of Edmonton’s oldest newspaper, the Bulletin had a late-inning lead slip away from them and eventually dropped a 14 to 12 decision to the Young Liberals in a ten-inning bout at the Boyle Street diamond. The Politicians scored twice in both the eighth and ninth chapters to force the overtime round of play and then out-tallied  the Newsies 6 – 4 in the hard-hitting bonus session. Veteran “Cap” Spiessman, in his second appearance since coming out of retirement, slashed a triple and two doubles for the vanquished Publishers, soon to be known as the Native Sons. Teammate Len Sweeney picked up a two-bagger and a single. “Red” Beattie paced the winners offensively with a crucial two-run homer in the eighth episode to go along with a double. 

Robinson, McLear (W) (6) and Marshall
Brown (L) and Wright

(June 25)  Playing on a muddy diamond didn’t slow down the front-running Chevrolet Cubs who rolled to a 14 to 8 victory over the Stockyard Bulls. The Bovines used four chuckers while Al Hall went the route on the bump for the Chevies. Batters from both teams stung the sphere for a dozen safeties. Louis McGillis swatted a pair of doubles and a single for the winners while Hall contributed a home run.  Outfielder Johnson and Sammy Thompson led the cattlemen at the dish, both bagging a two-bagger and a single.

Ringuette (L), McMillan (4), A. Cruthers (6), Lammie (8) and Henning
Al Hall (W) and McHugh

(June 27)  The former Bulletin team, now under the banner of the Native Sons, took a well-played contest from the Stockyard Bulls by a score of 9 to 6. The win for the tail-enders was their first since June 1, a span covering seven consecutive defeats. George Dame was on the knoll for the winners and held the Bovines to seven bingles, at least two of which were of the scratchy variety. He whiffed eight and issued just one free pass. Outfielder Len Sweeney made a flock of catches in support of Dame and smacked out a triple, double and single as well.

Lammie (L) and Henning
Dame (W) and P. Runge

(June 29)  The pace-setting Chevrolet Cubs trampled all over the Young Liberals 15 to 3 in a one-sided Boyle Street grounds affair. Hub Thompson, throwing the shoots for the Motorists, rationed the Politicians to five hits, all but one being singles. Ten of the vanquished Grits took lusty third strikes. On the other hand, losing flinger Ray Coatta didn’t have a thing that fooled the slugging Cubs and was mauled for 16 base blows. Chevy first sacker Nick Melnyk had the most success with the bludgeon, swatting the horsehide for five singles. Phil Maher banged out a pair of doubles and a single while Louis McGillis delivered a two-bagger and a brace of one-base raps. “Speedy” Wilson chipped in with a triad of singles.

Thompson (W) and McHugh
Coatta (L) and Marshall

(July 1)  Continuing to roll along smoothly in the pennant chase, the Chevrolet Cubs increased their lead another notch by doubling the Stockyard Bulls 12 to 6. The Motorists piled up a huge 11 – 0 lead before the Bovines managed to get on the scoreboard. Winning flinger Hub Thompson pitched great ball for five frames but had to turn the horsehide over to Al Hall to finish the game after developing a sore arm. Bob Brown, former Bulletin hurler, made his first appearance in a Bulls uniform and, after being rocked early and often, settled into a groove in the later stages of the engagement. The stellar defensive work of the Chevy infield was a highlight of the contest.

Brown (L) and McLure
Thompson (W), Al Hall (6) and Wolfe

(July 2)  The Young Liberals celebrated Dominion Day in a befitting manner when they took a rather loosely-played game from the Native Sons by a score of 16 to 6 at the South Side Athletics Park. New twirler Bready started on the slab for the Politicians and did reasonably well until the sixth spasm when Ray Coatta was called upon to quell an uprising by the Lodgemen. “Buck” Eaton went the distance on the knoll for the Home Boys in absorbing the loss. Both teams made numerous bobbles in the field which inflated the score.

Bready (W), Coatta (6) and Coatta, Rudyk (6)
Eaton (L) and McDougall, P. Runge

STANDINGS               W        L        Pct.
Chevrolet Cubs          9        2       .818
Young Liberals          7        4       .636
Stockyard Bulls         4        8       .333
Native Sons             3        9       .250

(July 6)  A late rally by the first-place Chevrolet Cubs earned them a 9 – 9 tie with the Young Liberals in an entertaining clash at the Boyle Street diamond. Two extra innings of play were scoreless after which darkness ended proceedings. From the start, the Politicians appeared to have a victory tucked away as they scored six times in the first two frames and added another three by the end of the fifth. However, the Chevies kept plugging away and, with a trey in the eighth episode, knotted the count. The Cubs, led by a four-hit effort from Louis McGillis, had a narrow 12 – 11 edge in base knocks. A triple and two doubles were part of McGillis’ cluster of bingles. Nick Melnyk added a triple and single for the Cubbies while Phil Maher whacked a two-run homer. Bud Williamson and “Red” Beatty each clubbed a double and one-bagger for the Grits.

Thompson, Wilson (6) and McHugh
Coatta and Marshall

(July 8)  Looking anything but cellar occupants, the Native Sons nipped the front-running Chevrolet Cubs 2 to 1 in a well-played clash at the Boyle Street grounds. Winning pitcher George Dame, without a shadow of a doubt, hurled his finest tussle of the campaign, limiting the heavy-hitting Auto Dealers to just four hits, all singles. Losing chucker Al Hall yielded both runs by the victors on seven safeties before “Speedy” Wilson was called upon to blank the Sons for the final 1-1/3 frames. Len Sweeney of the Lodgemen, with a double and single, emerged as the leading hitter in the game. 

Dame (W) and P. Runge
Al Hall (L), Wilson (8) and McHugh

(July 9)  A couple of errors in the Young Liberal infield, coupled with a walk and an infield out, was all that was necessary for the Stockyard Bulls to squeeze in three tallies in the bottom-half of the ninth panel and pilfer a 7 to 6 victory from the Grits.  Juggling around players to unfamiliar positions in that final canto had an adverse effect upon the Politicians who appeared to have victory well in hand, having a 6 to 4 lead with an 8 – 4 edge in base hits. Bob Brown, with 11 strikeouts, pitched the whole game for the winners while Lib starter “Wop” Patterson relinquished mound duties in the fourth but returned for a second stint, albeit unsuccessful, in the fateful ninth. Bill Bell of the Cattlemen, with a double and single, was the only hitter from either team with plural hit totals.

Patterson, Williams (4), Patterson (L) (9), Coatta (9) and Marshall
Brown (W) and Henning

(July 11)  The Chevrolet Cubs had two big innings which netted them seven runs and, as a result, annexed a free-hitting 12 to 7 verdict from the Stockyard Bulls. Norman Dodge, who pitched for the Motormen, and Bovine chucker Bill Lammie were roughed up rather freely by opposing batters but Dodge received superior defensive help in the pinches from his clubmates. Louis McGillis and “Pep” Young, with a double and two singles apiece, led the 16-hit offensive assault of the league leaders. Phil Maher and “Speedy” Wilson followed with a two-bagger and one-base hit each. All ten bingles garnered by the Cattlemen were singles.

Dodge (W) and McHugh
Lammie (L) and Henning, McClure

(July 13)  The inability to solve the mystery of Fred Williams’ slants caused the Native Sons to drop a one-sided 8 to 1 decision to the Young Liberals at the Boyle Street diamond. On the other hand, the Libs had little trouble connecting with the offerings of George Dame, who relieved starter Jensen in the opening panel and pounded out ten base hits which included a pair of four-ply clouts and four doubles. Williams limited the Sons to five scattered singles in an outstanding debut performance.  Grit catcher Marshall clipped the apple for a double and two singles while teammates Hugh John MacDonald and Emil Martell both socked home runs and a two-bagger.  

Jensen, Dame (L) (1) and P. Runge
Williams (W) and Marshall

(July 15)  Making a flock of errors in the first three rounds that cost them at least four unearned runs, the Young Liberals went down to defeat 5 to 4 before the Stockyard Bulls in a rain-shortened, eight-inning encounter. Ava Cruthers tossed a four-hitter in taking the knoll decision. “Robbie” Robinson, on the clay throne for the Politicians, was nicked for five hits but was severely hampered by the ten fielding miscues committed by his mates. Bob Brown of the Bovines, with a double and single, was the leading swatter in the contest. The most impactful hit for the Grits was a two-run triple by Robinson.

A. Cruthers (W) and McClure
Robinson (L) and Marshall

(July 16)  With veteran hurler Norman Dodge spinning a five-hitter, the Chevrolet Cubs gained the distinction of registering the first shutout of the season when they plastered the Native Sons 10 to 0. The one-sided affair featured a triple play in the seventh stanza that was engineered by classy keystone sacker Johnny Duggan of the Chevies. With runners at second and third, Dan Rusler hit a Texas Leaguer over second that galloping Duggan pulled in. With a quick throw to second, Rusler’s heave to “Speedy” Wilson nabbed baserunner Jensen for the second out. Wilson then relayed the pill to the hot corner station where Dan McAllister was caught off the sack by “Pep” Young to complete the triple-killing. Dodge fanned eight and walked only one in fashioning the whitewashing. Wilson had three hits, a double and two singles, of the dozen base raps gathered by the Cubs off losing chucker George Dame and seventh-spasm reliever Jensen.   

Dodge (W) and McHugh
Dame (L), Jensen (7) and Eaton, G. Rusler

STANDINGS               W        L       Pct.
Chevrolet Cubs         11        3      .786
Young Liberals          8        6      .571
Stockyard Bulls         6        9      .400
Native Sons             4       11      .267

(July 20)  After taking a terrible lacing in their last game, the Native Sons showed a complete reversal of form and handed the Stockyard Bulls an artistic 9 to 3 trimming. Emerson “Buck” Eaton, on the slab for the Home Boys, rationed the Bovines to six safeties while fanning 11 while doling out only two free trips to the initial sack. Bob Brown started on the rubber for the Cattlemen but was yanked in the third session as Ava Cruthers finished the game on the knoll for the losers. Eaton carried off the premier batting honors for the evening, pounding the pill for a double and two singles.

Brown (L), A. Cruthers (3) and Henning
Eaton (W) and P. Runge

(July 22)  The Young Liberals chalked up a relatively easy 6 to 2 triumph over the lowly Native Sons at the Boyle Street grounds. A flock of miscues by the Lodgemen in the third round shot the Politicians into a lead they would never relinquish. Fred Williams did the pitching for the winners, surrendering seven hits. Opposing twirler George Dame, afforded poor support from his infield, gave up ten safeties including a double and single to Emil Martell. Len Sweeney and George Rusler of the Home Boys also came through with a two-bagger and a one-base rap. 

Williams (W) and Wilf Patterson
Dame (L) and P. Runge

(July 23)  The Chevrolet Cubs ran roughshod over the Stockyard Bulls 19 to 1 at the Boyle Street grounds in a game called after seven stanzas. Only in the first inning did the losers come out of the action on even terms. Lanky Al Hall pitched a consistent game for the victors, holding the Cattlemen to five hits. The Bovines went through three chuckers who were pummeled for 16 base knocks. Athol “Pep” Young stroked four singles for the Chevies and catcher Ed McHugh doubled and singled twice. Hall helped his cause by pounding a pair of doubles.  

A. Cruthers (L), Brown (5), Lammie (6) and McClure, Van Camp (7)
Hall (W) and McHugh

(July 25)  With Bill Lammie hurling a steady seven-hitter, the Stockyard Bulls rebounded from a humiliating loss 48 hours previous by hammering the last-place Native Sons 14 to 1. Darkness limited the tilt to seven frames. The game featured some lusty clouting by the Bovines as Bill Bell led the way with a triple and three singles. Johnny Henning banged out a brace of three-baggers to go along with a one-base rap.

Eaton (L), Dame (6), Lobson (7) and P. Runge
Lammie (W) and Van Camp

(July 27)  Behind the three-hit pitching of Hub Thompson, the Chevrolet Cubs cemented their pennant-winning season by taking the Young Liberals into camp 14 to 6. Only eight errors by the Chevies allowed the Grits to score six times. The winners ran wild in the opening frame when they tallied eight times, miscues by the Politicians causing most of the damage. Bill “Wop” Patterson, on the knoll for the Libs gave up seven hits and was inclined to be wild, issuing six free passes. Ed McHugh, Cub backstop, was the big man with the willow, combing out a circuit-smash in the third session with one aboard, and later adding a single.

Thompson (W) and McHugh
B. Patterson (L) and Wilf Patterson

(July 29)  Facing a five-run deficit as they came to bat for the final time, the Young Liberals mounted a six-run rally, shocking the Stockyard Bulls with a 10 to 9 comeback victory. The triumph for the Grits eliminated the Bulls from the playoff picture and set up a league championship final series for the Politicians against the pennant-winning Chevrolet Cubs. Liberal catcher Wilf Patterson capped the ninth-round comeback when he rapped a ringing single into the left pasture that sent the winning tally across the dish. “Robbie” Robinson earned the compete-game mound decision. Three of the eight safeties he yielded, a double and two singles, came off the bat of the Bovines’ Walt Wagner. Patterson had two earlier singles before stroking his game-winning hit. Bill Bell of the vanquished nine and the Libs’ Bud Williamson both connected for a triple and single.   

A. Cruthers, Brown (L) (9), McLennan (9) and Van Camp, Henning
Robinson (W) and Wilf Patterson

(July 30)  In the final game of the Senior Amateur League schedule, the pennant-winning Chevrolet Cubs took out the cellar-dwelling Native Sons 11 to 7 in a fracas that ended after six spasms because of darkness. Norman Dodge gave up eight hits, including three singles to Bill Runge, in twirling all the way for the victors. “Speedy” Wilson of the Auto Dealers had no difficulty with the offerings of losing chucker George Dame, pounding a mammoth two-run round-tripper and a brace of one-baggers.

Dodge (W) and McHugh
Dame (L) and P. Runge

Final Standings       W    L   Pct. 
Chevrolet Cubs *     14    3   .824
Young Liberals *     10    7   .588  
Stockyard Bulls       7   12   .368
Native Sons           5   14   .263

League Finals * (first and second place finishers qualified to meet in a best-of-seven final series)

(August 10)  The pennant-winning Chevrolet Cubs took the opener of the Edmonton Senior finals with a 5 to 3 win over the Young Liberals. Norm Dodge pitched for the winners and had the game in hand all the way. He allowed six hits and fanned an equal number of Grit batters. Infielder Stan Moher paced the Garagemen with the stick, belting a double and a pair of singles.

Dodge (W) and McHugh
Robinson (L), Coatta (7) and Runge

(August 12)  By taking the long end of a 12 to 3 score in the second game of the Edmonton Senior Amateur finals, the Young Liberals are again on even footing with the Chevrolet Cubs. The contest did not bear any resemblance to a high-class ball game as defensive play was sloppy and countless errors were made. Ray Coatta hurled a fine brand of ball for the winners, holding the Chevy sluggers to six bingles. Hot corner artist Hugh John MacDonald paced the Politicians at the dish with a two-bagger and a brace of singles.

Coatta (W) and Runge
Thompson, Hall (L) (3) and McHugh

(August 13)  “Speedy” Wilson traded his regular shortstop slot for a turn on the hill and stood out prominently in leading the Chevrolet Cubs to an 8 to 0 whitewashing of the Young Liberals in the pivotal third game of the City showdown. Only three hits were garnered by the Libs from his pitching offerings, all singles, while six batters were retired as whiff victims from his slants. Outfielder Phil Maher had a double and a pair of one-baggers for the Cubbies.

Wilson (W) and McHugh
Williams (L) and Runge

(August 16)  In the best-played game of the series so far, the Chevrolet Cubs scored their second shutout triumph, a 4 to 0 blanking of the Young Liberals, to advance another notch toward the Edmonton crown. Norm Dodge, veteran Cub hurler, silenced the Politicians’ bats by tossing a two-hitter. The Chevies combed losing twirler Ray Coatee for seven safeties. The game was without a lone extra-base blow and not one player from either team had more than one hit.

Coatta (L) and Runge
Dodge (W) and McHugh 

(August 17)  The Chevrolet Cubs were crowned Edmonton Senior champions following their 3 to 2 win over the Young Liberals in the fifth game of the final series. Darkness and rain halted proceedings after six innings had been played. The Grits counted single tallies in both the first and second frames to take an early 2 to 0 lead. The Cubs countered with a lone run in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth with a brace of counters. “Hub” Thompson’s fine work on the mound proved a great help for the winners. He allowed only two hits, both to Bud Williamson, and fanned nine batters.

Thompson (W) and McHugh
Williams (L) and Runge 


(It is evident that the player personnel of the two finalists is made up of those who also performed in the Edmonton Senior Amateur League).

Ramsey’s *

*1928 pennant winner

(August 7)  The Journal baseball nine will meet pennant-winning Ramsey’s in the playoff finals of the Mercantile Baseball League. The Newspapermen eliminated their only rivals for the second berth when they set back Ashdown’s 7 to 2. Norman Dodge, grizzled veteran of many hard-fought diamond contests, was on the hillock for the winners and had the Hardwaremen nibbling from his paw for the entire distance. A five-run outburst in the second stanza put the Publishers in control of the scuffle.

Dodge (W) and Stuart
Williams (L). Morrison (4) and Buchanan


The Ramsey’s Department Store nine defeated the Edmonton Journal team four games to three in the best-of-seven Mercantile League final series.

(August 20)  Journal  8  Ramsey’s  5
Morrison (W) and Runge
Coatta (L) and McHugh

(August 22)  Ramsey’s  6  Journal  9
Hall (L), Dame (5) and McHugh
Dodge (W) and Runge

(August 24)  Journal  4  Ramsey’s  6
Brown (L) and Runge
Thompson (W) and McHugh

(August 27)  Ramsey’s 5  Journal  4
Patterson (W) and McHugh
Morrison (L) and Runge

(August 29)  Journal  9  Ramsey’s  10
Dodge (L) and Runge
Dame (W) and McHugh 

(August 31)  Ramsey’s  4  Journal  7
Thompson (L) and McHugh
Morrison (W) and Runge

(September 9)  Journal  3  Ramsey’s  7
Dodge (L) and Webber
Thompson (W) and McHugh 


With six entries, including two from Calgary, to begin the season, this semi-pro circuit got off to a reasonably good start but began experiencing difficulties, primarily financial, not long thereafter. It didn’t take long for the loop to show signs of impending doom. The brace of entries from Calgary were the first to concede failure and, after amalgamating briefly as the Bronks, left the circuit out in late June with High River following in July. The three remaining teams struggled to stay afloat but finally pulled the plug and called it quits after the game between Claresholm and Stavely played on August 9.
Support at the gate was far less than anticipated within the circuit as fans were generally opposed to the idea of importing players and paying high salaries. 
The Stavely team had the best overall won-loss record in league games amongst the three surviving clubs at the time of dissolution. 

Calgary Athletics
Calgary Hustlers
High River

(May 14)   Calgary Hustlers – 0  @ Calgary Athletics – 6
                  Walker (L), Mathieson (5), Sears (8) and Henderson, Hides
                  Lucas (W) and McGolderick

(May 16)   Calgary Hustlers – 2  @ Claresholm – 3
                  Walker (L) and Hides
                  Lewis (W) and L. Scott
                  game called after 6 innings – dust storm

(May 21)   Blackie – 10  @ Stavely – 3
                  Dulhurst (W) and Hess
                  Niles (L), Haynes (4) and Allan

(May 21)   High River – 5  @ Calgary Hustlers – 0
                  Heim (W) and Frumerie
                  Sears (L), Walker (5) and Hides
                  home run – Heim (High River)

(May 24)   Calgary Athletics – 6  @ Calgary Hustlers – 9
                  Kilen (L) and McGolderick, Goggins
                  McKenzie (W) and McDermid
                  home runs – Martin (Athletics), Goggins (Athletics)

(May 24)   Stavely – 5  @ Claresholm – 7
                  Niles (L) and Allan
                  Achenbach (W) and L. Scott
                  home runs – Yanosik (Claresholm), Flaherty (Stavely)

(May 27)   Blackie – 10  @ Claresholm – 12
                  Benaud (L), Jenkins and xxx
                  Achenbach (W) and xxx

(May 28)   High River – 2  @ Calgary Athletics – 4
                  Heim (L) and Frumerie
                  Kilen (W) and Goggins
                  home runs – Thompson (High River), Martin (Athletics)

(May 29)   Claresholm – 5  @ High River – 16
                  xxx (W) and xxx
                  xxx (L) and xxx

(June 1)    Claresholm – 9  @ High River – 1
                 Lewis (W) and L. Scott
                 Heim (L) and Frumerie

(June 1)    Blackie - 3  @ Stavely - 1  (ten innings)
                 Speers (W) and Hess
                 Haynes (L) and Allan

(June 2)    Claresholm – 7  @ Blackie – 5
                 Achenbach (W) and xxx
                 xxx (L) and xxx

(June 6)   Stavely – 4  @ Calgary Hustlers – 3
                Haynes (W) and Allan
                R. McKenzie (L) and Hides

(June 11)  Claresholm – 4  @ High River – 5
                 Achenbach (L) and xxx
                 Heim (W) and xxx

(June 13)  Stavely – 4  @ Calgary Hustlers – 3
                 Haynes (W) and Allan
                 R. McKenzie (L) and Hides
                 home run – Borgens (Hustlers)

(June 15)  Claresholm - 2  @ Stavely – 0
                 Siler (W) and Scott
                 Niles (L) and Allan

(June 20)  Stavely – 0  @ High River – 5
                 Niles (L) and Allan
                 Heim (W) and Frumerie

(June 23)  High River – 9  @ Calgary Hustlers – 1  (game 1)
                 P. Heim (W) and Frumerie
                 Clancy (L) and Hides                 

                 High River – 20  @ Calgary Hustlers – 1  (game 2) 
                 C. Heim (W) and Frumerie
                 Walker (L), Mathieson and McKenzie
                 home run – Foss (High River)

(June 26)  High River – 8  @ Claresholm – 3
                 Gressett (W) and Frumerie
                 Lewis (L), Achenbach (3) and Scott

(June 27)  Blackie – 8  @ High River – 1
                 Speers (W) and Jenkins
                 C. Heim (L), Gressett (4) and Frumerie

(June 27)  Calgary Hustlers – 2  @ Stavely – 16
                  R. McKenzie (L), Matheson (9) and McDonald
                  Haynes (W) and Allan

(June 28)  Blackie – 0  @ Claresholm – 12
                 Espey (L) and Jenkins
                 Lewis (W) and Scott

(July 1)  Blackie was declared as winner of what was termed the first-half of the schedule following the withdrawal of the Calgary Hustlers and the Calgary Athletics from the Alberta Southern Baseball League. A new series of games among the four remaining entries, considered as a second-half of the schedule, was implemented.

FINAL STANDINGS  *      W       L       Pct.
Blackie                 5       1      .833
High River              5       3      .625
Claresholm              3       2      .600
Stavely                 3       4      .429     

* won-loss records of two defunct Calgary teams not included

(July 4)     Stavely – 4  @ Blackie – 0
                 Niles (W) and xxx
                 Crotty (L) and xxx

(July 9)     Stavely – 10  @ High River – 12
                 Niles (L), Flaherty (3) and Allan
                 P. Heim, C. Heim (W) (4) and Frumerie
                 home run – Flaherty (Stavely)

(July 17)   Claresholm – 5  @ Stavely – 14
                 Achenbach (L) and Scott
                 Niles (W) and Allan
                 home run – Cameron (Stavely)

(July 18)   Claresholm - 0  @ Blackie – 9
                 Lewis (L) and xxx
                 xxx (W) and xxx

(July 24)   Claresholm – 9  @ Blackie – 11
                 xxx (L) and xxx
                 Espey, Crotty (W) (3) and xxx

(July 25)   Stavely – 6  @ Claresholm – 5
                 xxx (W) and xxx
                 Siler (L) and xxx
                 home runs – C. “Tiny” Thompson (Claresholm) (2) 

(August 9)  Claresholm - 5  @ Stavely – 2
                   Achenbach (W) and Scott
                   Haynes (L) and Allan
                   home run – C. “Tiny” Thompson (Claresholm)


Teams from Macleod, Spring Coulee and Lethbridge were originally admitted to the 1928 league but dropped out of the circuit early in the campaign for a variety of reasons.

New Dayton
Raymond Robins

(May 30)  New Dayton stowed away a 6 to 3 victory over the hosting Lethbridge Miners in the opening game of the Southern Alberta Baseball League. Winning chucker Billy Eagleson struck out 13 and held the Coal Heavers to six hits in his complete-game effort. Starring with the bat for the Daytonites  was outfielder Robinson who punched out four singles.

Eagleson (W) and Gorrill
Pisko (L) and Swedish

(May 30)  The new entry in the SABL from Stirling got their first taste of action by dropping a 12 to 2 verdict to the invading Raymond Robins. Lee Brewerton was the winning twirler while Russ Neilson was tagged with the setback.

(May 30)  Cardston trounced the homestanding Magrath nine 8 to 0 in a game limited to seven stanzas because of darkness. Doug Allred yielded just two hits but walked six in annexing the knoll triumph. Teammate Ab Cahoon belted a home run.

(June 2)  New Dayton clobbered Stirling 17 to 2,

(June 6)  Cardston trimmed travelling Magrath 7 to 3 in a rain-shortened, five-inning fixture. 

(June 6)  New Dayton trimmed hosting Raymond 10 to 2 in a game that was called at the end of the seventh stanza on account of rain. Reed Kirkham belted a home run for the losing hosts.

Eagleson (W) and Gorrill
Brewer (L), Nalder (5) and Rolson

(June 8)  New Dayton trounced winless Stirling 7 to 1.

(June 18)  An error by the Stirling third baseman on a pickoff throw from catcher Neal allowed the winning tally to score from the hot corner station in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning and give hosting Raymond a 6 to 5 victory over the visitors.

Ridpath (L) and Neal
Brewerton, Nalder (W) and Hicken

(June 27)  The Magrath baseball team captured their second win in SABL play by turning back hosting Stirling 5 to 3. Winning pitcher Joe Tuftland turned in a great game, striking out 16 batters while surrendering nary a base hit. All three tallies by Stirling came in the third round when Tuftland hit two batters to begin the frame. A series of errors followed and the trio of runs crossed the dish.

Inclement weather and poor road conditions throughout late June and early July were instrumental in the league grinding to an early halt as teams set their sights on provincial A.A.B.A. playdowns.


Red Deer

(May 24)   Sporting new uniforms, the Red Deer baseball club opened the Central Alberta league season with an easy 12 to 1 victory over visiting Lacombe. Winning tosser Wilf Blades pitched the first five frames, fanning 12 while yielding two hits. Sherrill Welliver mopped up over the final four rounds, whiffing six while being touched for three safeties. Catcher Keiver blasted two home runs in leading the 11-hit Red Deer attack while playing-manager Cameron launched a lone four-bagger.

Danner (L), Edgington (1), C. Calkins (8) and Teare
W. Blades (W), Welliver (6) and Keiver

(May 24) 

(June 1)  Invading Clive had little difficulty in soundly trimming Red Deer 9 to 2. Losing pitcher Wilf Blades, hampered by poor defensive support, shone on the knoll with 16 strikeouts.

Shortt (W), Johnson (7) and A. Baldwin
W. Blades (L) and Keiver

(June 8)  Red Deer made it two straight over Lacombe, defeating the hosts 10 to 3. Winning heaver Sherrill Welliver had six strikeouts in copping the complete-game mound victory. Shortstop Hilliker pounded out two doubles an a single for the winners.

(June 11)  Coming on strong in the late innings, Red Deer rolled over travelling Blackfalds to the tune of 8 to 1. Wilf Blades rang up 18 strikeouts in securing the knoll decision. Flychaser Beatty hammered a pair of triples and a double for the hosting nine.

J. Farewell (L), Guinn (6) and Sather
W. Blades (W) and Keiver

(June 20)  Red Deer won out 14 to 5 at Blackfalds as versatile Keiver, with Robbins as his batterymate, took a turn on the clay heap and performed in good style

(June 21)  Bent @ RD

(July 11)  Clive captured a pair of hard-fought contests from the visiting Red Deer aggregation, claiming 3 to 1 and 5 to 3 decisions in doubleheader action.  Johnson, on the hill for the league-leaders in the opening contest, annexed the hurling verdict over Red Deer’s Percy Page.  Errors in the final frame of the second encounter helped break a 3 – 3 tie and sting Wilf Blades with the mound defeat.



(June 18)  Hosting Olds defeated Bowden 12 to 8 in an abbreviated Rosebud League encounter.

Matheson (L) and Hepworth
H. Gooder (W), Hansen (5) and Barber

(June 30)  Scoring eight runs in the fifth session and hanging on to squelch a ninth-canto rally, the visiting Olds baseballers eked out a 9 to 8 victory over Carstairs. With Carstairs threatening to tie the score, Hubert Gooder ascended the knoll for Olds in the ninth and retired the last two batters to preserve the win for Oscar Hansen.   

Hansen (W), H. Gooder (9) and Keown
Casey, Ray (5), Jamieson (5) and Boyce

(July 14)  Olds mounted to the top of the Rosebud Baseball League by defeating Innisfail 5 to 3 in a game that was curtailed after five frames due to the wet condition of the diamond.

McMahon (L), Delong and Taylor
Hansen (W) and Keown

STANDINGS          W      L       Pct.
Olds               5      1      .833
Innisfail          5      2      .714
Carstairs          3      2      .600
Didsbury           1      4      .200
Bowden             0      5      .000 

(June 15)  Carl Gebert pitched Olds to a 4 to 1 victory over Innisfail in probably the best-played game of the season.

Gebert (W) and Keown
McKane (L) and Taylor

(June 21)  Didsbury nosed out front-running Olds 3 to 2 in a game limited to eight innings because of darkness.

Hansen (L), Gebert and Keown
Devolin (W) and Wilson

(June 26)  Olds lodged a protest relative to their 4 to 1 loss to Carstairs in which the visitors were permitted to use pitcher Matheson who was previously on the roster of the Bowden team. H. McFadyen of Carstairs and Barber of Olds each banged out a triple.

Matheson (W) and Boyce
Gebert (L) and Keown

(July 16)  In a fast-moving tilt on the Olds diamond, the homesters nosed out Carstairs 6 to 5.

Matheson (L), Jamieson (9) and Stull
H. Gooder (W), Gebert  (7) and Keown

(August 2)  Paying in drizzling rain, Carstairs took the Olds ball team into camp 6 to 3 in a game called after five innings. M. Casey struck out six in the abbreviated encounter to garner the pitching win. Olds used four chuckers. Hitting star of the contest was A. McCoy of Carstairs who poled a pair of triples.

Casey (W) and J. Wiggins
Gebert, H. Gooder, Barber, W. Sutherland and Keown


Coleman Cubs
Pincher Creek


(May 25)  The hosting Coleman Cubs trimmed Blairmore 14 to 10 in the Crow’s Nest Pass League opener.

Dicken (L),  Vejprava and Evans
xxx (W) and xxx

(June 6)  Undefeated Pincher Creek travelled to Blairmore and hung a 6 to 2 defeat upon the homesters.

Simpson (W), Cox and xxx
Hornquist (L), Dicken (6) and xxx

STANDINGS           W      L       Pct.
Pincher Creek       3      0     1.000
Hillcrest           1      1      .500
Coleman             1      1      .500
Blairmore           0      3      .000

(June 13)  In spite of out hitting the visitors, hosting Blairmore dropped a narrow 10 to 9 decision to Coleman.

Milley (W) and Gate
Dicken (L) ad Van Duren

(June 17)  Homestanding Hillcrest came from behind to upend Pincher Creek 10 to 5.

Simpson (L), Cox (6) and Mosely
Tabor, Falconer (W) (4) and Richards

(June 23)  Pincher Creek clinched the first-half championship of the Crow’s Nest Pass League by defeating homestanding Coleman 7 to 4.


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* 1928 champion                       


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Lethbridge Miners
Magrath Coulee
New Dayton
Pincher Creek

Medicine Hat C.P.R.

Without a single entry vying for the 1922 senior Alberta crown, attention gravitated to the quest for the intermediate tiara which now essentially encompassed what many felt was the de facto senior championship of Alberta. Sixteen teams from throughout the Wildrose province, including clubs from Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, threw their hat in the ring. Conspicuous by their absence were any teams from Alberta’s two most populous urban centres.
An imbalance of entries from southern Alberta necessitated the bracketing of teams into a somewhat skewed format. Cardston from the Southern Alberta Baseball circuit and Carstairs of the Rosebud League emerged as the two combatants in the 1928 final series. The Temple City nine reached the finals after eliminating teams from Pincher Creek, Blairmore, New Dayton and Medicine Hat while Carstairs had knocked out the Acme and Innisfail representatives.

Final Series (best two-out-of-three)

(August 27)  With the superb 14-strikeout pitching of Doug Allred  being the main factor in the series opener, Cardston edged past Carstairs 3 to 2 before 1,500 fans on the losing squad’s home turf. The game was close throughout with Carstairs leading until the seventh inning. With the score knotted at 2- 2, Ab Cahoon of Cardston stole home, plating the tally that decided the result.

Allred (W) and MacKenzie
Matheson (L) and Wiggins

(August 30)  The Cardston baseball team annexed the provincial baseball championship in the intermediate division when they knocked off the Carstairs nine 8 to 3 in the Temple City. The Maple Leafs grabbed the best-of-three series in two straight games. Cardston chucker Doug Allred tossed a splendid game, punching out 17 Carstairs batters on strikes while yielding six hits. The visitors began to mount a threat in the seventh inning and had plated a pair of runs but a triple play by the homesters put a quick damper on their comeback hopes. The winners compiled ten base blows off a pair of Carstairs’ hurlers. Cardston shortstop Ab Cahoon and outfielder L. Hanson both singled twice as did infielder C. Cook of the runners-up.

Matheson (L), Casey (5) and Wiggins
Allred (W) and McKenzie


(August 2) In a semi-final of the Alberta Junior championship Thursday. Leroy Goldsworthy pitching for Wetaskiwin tossed a gem -- a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings -- but came away with a 2-0 defeat to Innisfail.

Three first inning errors by Wetaskiwin allowed two runners to cross the plate and that was the only scoring of the game. 11 of Goldie's strikeouts were consecutive.

Rain halted the game in the sixth inning. McMann was the winning hurler with a three-hitter. The victory moved Innisfail into the final for the Alberta Junior title.

McMann (W) and Taylor
Goldsworthy (L) and Craig