1928 Game Reports     


Formed in May with unrealistic expectations as per anticipated attendance levels, this three-team Saskatchewan semi-pro circuit was doomed from the beginning and, after facing numerous rainouts amongst other problems, folded quietly in mid-July. Only nine games, including a 12-inning tie, of the 21-game schedule were completed. With Saskatoon supplying much of the non-import playing talent, the effect upon senior amateur baseball in the Hub City was to put the local league in mothballs for at least one season. 

Biggar Elks

(May 30)  Before a good-sized crowd, Stan Douglas pitched the hosting Rosetown club to a 6 to 3 win over the Biggar Elks in the opening game of the Independent Baseball League. Elks’ playing-manager Bill Dunbar was nicked with the complete-game loss. Only two errors were chalked up against the rival teams.

Dunbar (L) and T. Bessie
Douglas (W) and Bigelow

(June 2)  The Biggar Elks, with Vern Gould toeing the rubber, blanked the visiting Rosetown nine 5 to 0 to gain revenge for their opening-game defeat. Gould fanned nine and received stellar defensive support from his mates. Only one of Biggar’s five tallies was earned as the fielding afforded to losing heaver Stan Douglas by his mates was sub-par.

Douglas (L) and xxx
Gould (W) and xxx

(June 6)  With threatening skies warning of rain at any moment, the Saskatoon entry in the Independent Baseball League got away to a good start in their inaugural appearance, defeating the Biggar club 5 to 1 at Cairns Field. The margin of victory was somewhat misleading in that untimely errors by the visitors inflated the run total of the Hub City nine who had a 7 – 6 edge in base hits. Jerry Cummings, with nine strikeouts, earned the mound decision over Carl Moore who whiffed five. Joe McCulloch doubled twice for the victors and scored each time on run-scoring hits by Alf Bennett

Moore (L) and Peterson
Cummings (W) and Mulligan

(June 8)  George Bigelow’s lusty single in the top-of-the-eighth episode drove in Chuck Henderson  with the run that gave Rosetown a 3 to 2 win over Saskatoon in an Independent League scuffle at Cairns Field. Both teams managed to acquire eight hits as Stan Douglas of the visitors and Saskatoon’s Archie Edwards battled for mound supremacy. Bigelow, along with teammate Con Bissett and “Pee Wee” Smith of the Hub City squad, all had two hits with a double included in the totals of the latter two. 

Douglas (W) and Bigelow
Edwards (L) and Mulligan

(June 14)  A six-run outburst in the sixth inning carried the invading Rosetown nine to a come-from-behind 13 to 10 conquest of the Biggar Elks. Oscar Bowers, the last of three Rosetown chuckers, was credited with the win over Carl Moore, who went the distance. Rosetown infielder Vern Washburn swatted the horsehide for a double and four singles while teammate Roy Foreman delivered two triples and a one-bagger.  

Douglas, Fisher (1), Bowers (W) (3) and Bigelow
Moore (L) and Peterson

(June 23)  Hosting Biggar and the Saskatoon aggregation battled through 12 innings of exciting play and had to settle for a 5 – 5 tie as darkness intervened to prevent a fourth session of overtime. Jerry Cummings and Vern Gould both went the route on the hillock with the latter surrendering 17 hits and the former ten. Bill Dunbar swatted a brace of triples for the Elks while Hub City outfielder “Pee Wee” Smith whacked a brace of doubles.

Cummings and xxx
Gould and xxx

(June 27)  Collecting five runs in an eighth-inning rally, Saskatoon breezed to a 6 to 3 win over Rosetown at Cairns Field. Lanky Don Conklin struck out 11 and yielded nine hits in copping the knoll verdict over Oscar Bowers. Catcher Andy Mulligan led the seven-hit attack of the winners with a triple and single. 

Bowers (L) and Bigelow
Conklin (W) and Mulligan

(June 28)  Stinging the spheroid for a combined total of 37 base hits, 20 by the winners, Saskatoon prevailed over the Biggar Elks 17 to 13 in a wild-and-woolly Independent League encounter at Cairns Field. Every batter in the Hub City lineup had at least one hit as Joe McCulloch led the way with two doubles and a pair of singles. Roy Forsythe followed with a triple and two singles and Don Conklin launched the game’s only home run to go along with a single. Keith “Lefty” Fairbairn of the vanquished Elks outdid all hitters with five base raps, all singles. Teammate Len McMahon contributed a three-bagger and two singles.

Gould (L) and Peterson
Cuff, Cummings (W) (3) and Mulligan

(July 10)  Finishing strong, Saskatoon walloped Rosetown 12 to 6 in an error-filled Independent League tilt at Cairns Field. The Goose Lakers had three former members of the Biggar Elks in their lineup raising questions as to the status of that club in the circuit. Young import chucker Halter of the Hub City nine, in his debut performance, was hit hard in the early stages of the game but tightened up after the fourth frame and completed his mound assignment with a ten-hitter for the win. The homesters garnered 13 hits off losing twirler Oscar Bowers and seventh-inning reliever Bill Dunbar, former Biggar playing-skipper.  The game was marred by 18 fielding miscues, 12 by the visitors. Andy Mulligan was best with the baton for the victors, slamming a triple and three singles. Another new import, outfielder Beeson, along with teammate Jack Wanless, each drilled three singles. Ex-Biggar player Tom Bessie, performing for Rosetown, also recorded a triad of one-baggers while his sidekick Len McMahon, a third Biggar pick-up, smashed a home run.

Bowers (L), Dunbar (7) and Fisher
Halter (W) and Mulligan

(July 14)  By chalking up a 5 to 2 decision over second-place Rosetown, Saskatoon’s Independent League team took a firm hold on top spot in the semi-pro circuit. Winning hurler Jerry Cummings set the Goose Lakers down on four hits. Both markers registered against him by Rosetown were unearned.

Cummings (W) and xxx
Douglas (L) and xxx

STANDINGS            W       L       Pct.
Saskatoon            5       1      .833
Rosetown             3       4      .429
Biggar               1       4      .200


In the Queen City, last season’s winning Champs Hotel nine repeated as the winner in the four-team Northside League after capturing both a long drawn-out first series and an abbreviated second series, eliminating the need for a playoff.



(May 26)  Erratic play featured the opening two games of Regina’s Northside Baseball League played at Park DeYoung. Champs, last season’s title holders defeated the C.P.R. 15 to 3 in a one-sided curtain raiser and the Balmorals downed the Argos 17 to 10 in the loosely-played evening fixture.

“Swainey” Swainson, a newcomer to Regina baseball from Nokomis via Prince Albert, heaved for the Hotelmen in the opening contest, fanning ten while doling out four free tickets to first base. The Railroaders nicked him for seven safeties including a double and single by the old war horse Jack Farquhar. The Pacifics used a trio of slabmen with starter “Lefty” Lowings being tagged with the defeat. The Innkeepers pounded out 11 base knocks and were the recipients of an equal number of bases-on-balls. Ray “Happy” Crawford stroked three singles for the winners, followed by Johnny Gallagher, late of Kenora, who belted a triple and one-bagger. Flychaser Craik added a double and a one-base rap.  
Swainson (W) and Leigh
Lowings (L), Dubois (5), O’Dwyer (6) and Alexander

The youthful Argos, moving up to senior-level play from the junior ranks, were plainly nervous in their debut which was reflected in their abysmal defensive play. Committing 11 errors overall, they were behind the eight-ball from the outset and trailed 10 – 0 after just two innings of play. Burly Balmoral heaver Lee Springsteel fanned 17 and walked three while going the route on the knoll for the win. Leading the 15-hit offense of the Cafemen against a pitching duo of loser Martin Habermiller and high school sensation Lebredt was first baseman Cliff Hogg who pounded the pill for four base blows. Clubmates Joe Haberman and keystone sacker Powell registered three safeties apiece with two of Haberman’s blows going for two-bases. Infielders Angie Mitchell and Mutt Smith both bagged a double and a single for the Boatmen.

Springsteel (W) and Bennett
Habermiller (L), Lebredt (3) and Scott

(May 28)  Making the most out of seven base hits, the Argos handed the defending-champion Champs Hotel nine a 13 to 11 setback at Park de Young. Held to one hit until the seventh and final inning, the ex-juniors banged out an additional six safeties and ran across ten big runs. The Hoteliers stroked nine bingles in the affair, three each by Artie Kerr and Johnny Gallagher. Angie Mitchell and Mutt Smith had two hits apiece for the Scullers. Dave Lebredt struck out ten in securing the hillock victory.

Lebredt (W) and Scott
Craik (L), Swainson, Craik (7) and Leigh

(June 1) With portly Dave Hogg doing the knolling, the Balmorals overwhelmed the Champs 10 to 3 at Park de Young. Allowing just five hits and one walk, Hogg mowed down seven batters via the strikeout route. His teammates found losing pitcher Swainey Swainson’s twisters to their liking, crashing the grapefruit for 11 bingles with Johnny Stoyand collecting three of them including a double. Joe Haberman followed with a triple and a single.   

D. Hogg (W) and Bennett
Swainson (L) and Leigh

(June 6)  Playing flawless defensively behind the superb two-hit pitching of Swainey Swainson, Champs blanked the C.P.R. 4 to 0. The Hotelmen raked losing flinger Cliff Quest for 11 base knocks as Artie Kerr led the way with a double and a brace of one-baggers. Checking in with three singles was Andy Andreen. Swainson was in complete control, walking just one while recording 11 strikeouts. 
Quest (L) and Alexander
Swainson (W) and Leigh

(June 8)  Stinging losing chucker Dave Hogg for a quartet of tenth-inning counters, the young Argonaut baseballers handed the Balmorals their first defeat of the season, a 7 to 3 setback, to move into a tie with their victims for top place in the Northside circuit. The score was 3 – 3 at the end of the ninth chapter and the ex-juniors wasted no time in the overtime round of play, getting to Hogg for a triple by Archie McTeer, singles off the bats of Angie Mitchell, Dave Lebredt and outfielder Palm, plus a couple of walks, to put the game on ice. Winning heaver Carl Wolver had 11 strikeouts while allowing six hits. Gord Palmer had three safeties for the Argos including a double.

Wolver (W) and Scott
D. Hogg (L), Bird (10) and Dixon

(June 11)  Artie Kerr’s clouting decided a pitcher’s battle in favor of Champs at Park de Young. The leadoff batter of the Hoteliers came through twice with a runner perched on a cushion, once in the third and again in the seventh stanza, driving home a teammate with a resounding swat on each occasion. These two tallies were sufficient to give the Innkeepers a narrow 2 to 1 victory over the youthful Argos in a splendidly-played game. Swainey Swainson, on the hillock for the winners, and Dave Lebredt of the Scullers staged a sweet knoll joust in which only seven hits were doled out, four by Champs. Each slab artist whiffed a dozen batters while Swainson issued the only two walks in the fracas.

Swainson (W) and Leigh
Lebredt (L) and Scott

(June 13)  After nine woozy innings in which husky twirler Lee Springsteel had the better of things against eccentric southpaw “Lefty” Lowings and mop-up reliever Jim O’Dwyer, the Balmorals claimed a sloppily-played 12 to 10 decision over the winless C.P.R. crew. Twenty-one hits, mostly one-base cracks, were swatted out, 14 by the Bals, and the combatants perpetrated 12 miscues, split right down the middle. The final score flattered the Railroaders as only three of their ten tallies were earned. Johnny Stoyand, leadoff hitter extraordinaire, stroked two singles and a double for the victorious Cafemen and added four stolen bases. Playing-manager “Casey” Moroschan followed with a triple and one-base rap as did “Mush” March of the Trackmen.

Springsteel (W) and Dixon
Lowings (L), O’Dwyer (8) and Alexander

(June 15)  Champs won a well-played, hectic battle from the Balmorals 5 to 3 to move to the top of the roost in the Northside Baseball League. Although the Bals took an early lead, the Hoteliers overcame it in the third frame and stayed out in front to the finish as a pitcher’s duel developed between winner Swainey Swainson and high school southpaw Clement Neigel of the Restaurateurs. Swainson had an 11 to 5 edge in whiffs but granted one more walk than Neigel. Shortpatcher “Happy” Hepburn, newly returned to the Queen City after two years south of the border, was the bright light for the winners, slamming a triple and two singles as well as engineering two double plays, one of which was unassisted. Cliff Hogg, with a double and one-bagger, led the Bals at the dish.

Swainson (W) and Andreen
Neigel (L) and Dixon

(June 25)  A week-and-a-half of rain having ended, the youthful Argonauts flexed their muscles at Park de Young by upsetting the defending-champion Champs 6 to 1 to move into a first-place tie with the Balmorals in the crowded upper portion of the standings. Carl Wolver, aided by outstanding defensive play from his mates, tossed a five-hitter for the win. He fanned seven but had major control issues, walking nine, and was bailed out of a few jams by his peppery catcher, Dick Scott, who caught three of the Hotelmen trying to pilfer a base. Les Craik toiled on the knoll for the Innkeepers, yielding seven base raps and four free tickets to first base. Wolver’s two-run double in the third inning, the first of two safeties that he garnered, started the Boatmen on the road to victory. “Happy” Hepburn, with a two-bagger and a single, topped the hitters for the vanquished Hoteliers.  

Wolver (W) and Scott
Craik (L) and Leigh, Andreen (6)

(June 27)  With a 2 – 0 lead after seven innings were in the books, it appeared that the C.P.R. baseballers were on their way to their initial victory but such was not the case as the Balmorals rallied with a three-spot in the eighth episode to pullout a narrow 3 to 2 win and move once more to the top of the Northside heap. Timely clouts by Webb Bird, Joe Haberman and Cliff Hogg drove in the trio of tallies for the Bals who had eight safeties to five for the Pacifics during the affair. Dave Hogg copped the mound decision over Alvy Ball of the Railroaders, both chuckers going the route. Bird’s two singles and a double led the hit parade.
D. Hogg (W) and Bennett
Ball (L) and Snell

(June 29)  A two-out double by Cliff Hogg in the last-half of the ninth canto drove in Joe Haberman with the equalizer as the Balmorals salvaged a 13 – 13 tie with Champs in a long, drawn-out slugfest at Park de Young. Darkness prevented any chance of playing overtime. The Hoteliers, with Stew Leigh and “Happy” Hepburn each registering three safeties, had a slight 14 – 13 advantage in base knocks. Hogg and Haberman both clubbed a brace of two-baggers for the Bals.

Craik and Leigh
Neigel, C. Hogg (5) and Bennett

STANDINGS               W       L       Pct.
Balmorals               4       2      .667
Argos                   3       2      .600
Champs                  4       3      .571
C. P. R.                0       4      .000

(July 5)  After giving up a quartet of counters in the sixth spasm, the Argos were unable to overcome the lead established by the Balmorals and fell 7 to 6 to the league leaders. Each team registered ten hits as “Mutt” Smith of the losing Boatmen emerged as the top swatsmith in the encounter with a double and a pair of one-baggers.

Wolver (L) and Scott
Neigel (W) and Bennett

(July 10)  Champs moved into a tie with the Balmorals atop the first-series standings by knocking off the Cafemen 8 to 6 in a slow-moving tilt. Swainey Swainson rang up 11 strikeouts in recording the mound triumph. A triple by “Happy” Hepburn following a two-bagger by Moore in the bottom-of-the-eighth episode gave the Hotelmen their advantage.

Springsteel (L) and Dixon
Swainson (W) and Leigh, xxx

(July 12) The lowly C.P.R. nine finally broke into the win column by hammering their way past the Argos 21 to 12 in a poor exhibition of baseball. The losing Scullers led in hits 20 – 14 and also in errors 8 – 4. Jeff Orchard of the Trackmen as well as first baseman Palmer and catcher Dick Scott of the Argonauts each had four base knocks. Orchard’s sum of swats included two triples while Scott launched the lone home run in the fracas.

Habermiller (L), Smith and Scott
Quest (W) and Snell

(July 13)  George Dent’s timely double in the bottom-half of the ninth canto lifted Champs past the Balmorals 7 to 6, sewing up the first-series pennant in the process. Dent had a single to go along with his one-bagger, a production equaled by teammate Artie Kerr. Alvin Fritz gained the hurling verdict over Webb Bird.

Bird (L) and Bennett
Fritz (W) and Leigh

STANDINGS                 W       L       Pct.
Champs                    6       3      .667
Balmorals                 5       4      .556
Argos                     3       4      .429
C. P. R.                  1       4      .200


(July 16)  The first-half winning Champs maintained their recent momentum by getting out of the second-series gate with a 7 to 3 victory over the C.P.R. nine. Stew Leigh led the winners at the dish with a pair of doubles and single off the slants of veteran “Wild Bill” Rodgers who whiffed 11. Rookie high-school hurler Moore did a fine job on the bump for the Restaurateurs, fanning 14 while limiting the Railroaders to six safeties. 

Moore (W) and Andreen
Rodgers (L) and Snell

(July 17)  Holding off a last-inning rally by the Argos, the Balmoral nine took a narrow 4 to 3 verdict from the Scullers in the first game for both teams in the second-half. Outswatted 11 to 5 by the Boatmen, the Bals managed to make the most of their scoring opportunities and were led at the plate by playing-manager Casey Moroschan who singled three times. Veteran Bill Bannister, dug out of mothballs for his first appearance of the campaign, was stingy in the clutch and nabbed the mound decision from young Carl Wolver. Argonaut catcher Dick Scott rapped a triple and single for the losing squad who stranded ten baserunners.  

Bannister (W) and Bennett
Wolver (L) and Scott

(July 20)  Scoring twice in each of the third and fourth rounds, the Balmorals rolled to a 5 to 1 conquest of the C.P.R. diamond troopers. Hits were even in the affair with both sides collecting six. The Cafemen, however, had four of the five extra-base blows clouted which accounted for much of their scoring. Skipper Casey Moroschan slapped the apple for a double and one-bagger in support of winning chucker Dave Hogg who registered ten strikeouts.

O’Dwyer (L) and Snell
D. Hogg (W) and Bennett

(July 23)  Raking losing heaver Dave Hogg for a seven-spot in the opening panel, Champs Hotel clobbered the Balmorals 18 to 7 in a weary encounter halted after eight episodes. Swainey Swainson fanned nine in going the distance for the win and helped his cause with a booming triple.

D. Hogg (L), Springsteel (1), Moroschan (3) and xxx
Swainson (W) and xxx

(July 24)  Taking the measure of the Argos for the second time this season, the C.P.R. baseballers annexed a 5 to 3 in over the Scullers. Costly errors by the Argonauts in key situations were largely responsible for their loss. Winning tosser Cliff Quest allowed six hits, walked one and fanned three while Martin Haberman, on the losing end of the verdict, gave up seven safeties, struck out four and doled out four free passes. Outfielder Youngson topped the Trackmen with the lumber, drilling three safe blows.  

Habermiller (L) and xxx
Quest (W) and Armstrong

(July 26)  A four-run lead established in the opening inning put Champs in charge as they held off a late charge by the C.P.R. aggregation to earn a 7 to 6 Northside League win. Jerry Erskine had three of the eight base raps garnered by the Pacifics off winning twirler Moore. Chuck Milne and Del Canning both singled twice for the victors.

Gordon (L), Lowings (4) and Armstrong
Moore (W) and Andreen

(August 6) Resuming the second-half Northside League pennant chase after more than a week’s idleness, Champs remained undefeated with a 9 to 5 win over the Argos. Trailing 5 – 2 after six rounds the Hoteliers poured the coal to it in the final three chapters, running across seven counters to keep their record unblemished. Alvin Frits allowed six hits in copping the pitching win.

Fritz (W) and xxx
Lebredt (L) and xxx

STANDINGS             W       L       Pct.
Champs                4       0     1.000
Balmorals             2       1      .667
C.P.R.                1       3      .250
Argos                 0       3      .000

(August 7)  In an even-steven affair that produced no winner after 11 innings of play, the C.P.R. nine and the Balmorals ended in a 5 – 5 tie. Both combatants had nine hits and each side committed five errors. Long-in-the-tooth “Wild Bill” Rodgers of the Railroaders showed he still has plenty of savvy, sending third strikes past 11 batters from the Cafemen. 

Wolver and Darby
Rodgers and Armstrong

(August 13)  A ninth-inning double-play that erased the potential tying run at second base allowed the C.P.R. baseballers to upset the front-running Champs Hotel nine 7 to 6. Cliff Quest had the mound decision well in hand until weakening in the eighth inning when he need the help of Bill Rodgers to seal the deal.

Quest (W), Rodgers (8) and Armstrong
Swainson (L) and Leigh

(August 14)  A 10 to 1 thumping at the hands of the Argos put a serious crimp in the second-half pennant aspirations of the second-place Balmorals. Dave Lebredt hurled winning ball all the way for the Boatmen, allowing only four hits while new teammate Jack “Jersey” Campbell, just traded to the Argonauts in exchange for pitcher Carl Wolver, was a thorn in the side of losing twirler Clement “Lefty” Neigel all evening, belting a triple and two doubles. 

Lebredt (W) and Scott
Neigel (L), T. Stoyand (8) and Darbey

(August 16)  Balltossers representing the Champs Hotel moved another step nearer the second-series honors of the Northside League when they took advantage of overworked Dave Lebredt’s wildness and three infield errors by Argos’ playing-manager Archie McTeer to scalp the Scullers 12 to 4. Lebredt, on the hill for the Argonauts for the second game in two nights, gave up eight bases-on-balls and seven hits before being yanked in the eighth episode. Winning twirler Alvin Fritz was hit freely , yielding 13 hits, but managed to survive the nine-inning stint while recording 14 strikeouts. Artie Kerr banged out four hits, including a double, for the Innkeepers while keystone sacker Jack Powley singled three hits for the Boatmen.  

Fritz (W) and Leigh
Lebredt (L), McTeer (8) and Scott

(August 17)  Raking starter “Lefty” Lowings and opening-inning replacement “Wild Bill” Rodgers for a dozen safeties, the Balmorals whitewashed the C.P.R. diamondeers 9 to 0. The result was virtually decided after the Bals ran across a trey in the first followed by a second-stanza four-spot. Carl Wolver, making his debut in a Balmoral uniform after coming over from the Argos in a recent trade, allowed just four hits in earning the complete-game shutout win. Wolver aided his cause by connecting for a double.

Wolver (W) and Darby
Lowings (L), Rodgers (1) and Armstrong

(August 20)  Champs clinched first place in the second series when they descended upon the Balmorals for a 15 to 5 victory at Park de Young. The Hoteliers smashed out 15 hits against three Bal heavers in support of winning tosser Alvin Fritz who hurled the entire game despite giving up ten base raps. Champs played errorless ball and ran the bases with abandon. “Lefty” Dick, a former Winnipeg Columbus Club chucker, started on the knoll for the Eatery Gang and held the winners to one tally during the first three rounds but was given the hook in the fourth when he began to implode as part of a six-run outburst by the Restaurateurs. 

Fritz (W) and Leigh
Dick (L), Wolver (4), Moroschan (4) and Darbey

(August 21)  Banging out 13 base blows to just six for their opponents was of no advantage to the Argos who had to settle for a 6 – 6 tie with the C.P.R. balltossers at Park de Young. Singles in the final inning by Art Sihvon and Andy Hogg, allied with a walk and an error, rewarded the Railroaders with two runs which knotted the count. Dick Scott of the Scullers, with a double and two singles, was the leading batter in the draw.   

Quest and Sihvon
Habermiller, Lebredt (4) and Scott

(August 23)  The second-half of the schedule concluded with a meaningless game in which the repeat champion Champs Hotel clobbered the C.P.R. aggregation 14 to 4. The Railroaders, short on playing personnel, were allowed to use Carl Wolver of the Balmorals as starting hurler and “Happy” Hepburn of the opposing Innkeepers behind the plate. Winning slabster Alvin Fritz rationed the Trackmen to four hits. Ray Crawford and Andy Andreen both crashed home runs for the victors.

Fritz (W) and Leigh
Wolver (L), Rodgers (2) and Hepburn

STANDINGS             W       L       Pct.
Champs                7       1      .875
Balmorals             3       3      .500
C.P.R.                2       5      .286
Argos                 1       4      .200



Arcola Beavers




Paynton *
Paynton Tigers

* 1928 pennant winner




Fir Mountain


Glen Adelaide
Parkman :

FINAL STANDINGS          W      L      Pct.
Parkman                  5      2     .714
Glen Adelaide            4      4     .500
Mair                     2      5     .286






Eagle Creek


Rose Valley


St. Mary’s
Wheat Pool