1933 Game Reports / BC Interior     

1933 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley   
1933 BC Interior   
1933 Vancouver Island  


(May 7)   Penticton ushered in the new season with a flourish Sunday cracking out 18 hits in a 14-1 trouncing of Summerland.  Bob Phinney and Clair Baker led the charge each with three hits and two runs. Dick "Lefty" Hammond held the losers to seven hits in going the route for the win. Jack Dunsdon had three hits for Summerland.

Gould (L), Moran (8) and Moran, Gartrell
Hammond (W) and Kincaid

(May 7)  Oroville spoiled Oliver's home opener taking an 11-4 decision with a 13-hit attack. Ike Ramsay was the main man at the dish with four hits, including a homer and double, and three runs scored. Meikle added a triple, double and single and three runs. Bill Simpson managed three hits for Oliver.  Hoagland scattered eight hits in going the route for the winners.

Hoagland (W) and LeMay
Rossiter (L), Kimberley (8) and McNeill

(May 14)   In a wild one at Oroville, Penticton fought back from a 7-2 deficit to tie then scored four in the 11th inning to whip the home crew 11-7. The Canadians unleashed a 23-hit attack with Clair Baker and Graham Kincaid, each with three hits and three runs, prominent in the victory.  In the ninth, still trailing 7-5,. The pair hit back to back doubles and scored to knot the count. In the 11th, Baker singled and Kincaid followed with a triple for the winning run. Bob Phinney punched out four hits for the winners and Chuck Blacklock and Wendell Moore each added three. Dick Hammond, who relieved starter Alymer Cousins in the sixth picked up the win. Ike Ramsay was best for Oroville with three hits. 

Cousins, Hammond (W) (6) and Beatty, Kincaid
Hoagland (L), Kernan (11) and LeMay

(May 14)   Playing at Crescent Beach Sunday, Summerland shaded Oliver 4-3 in a well-pitched game as Les Gould won with a four-hitter and a pair of Oliver hurlers allowed just four safeties.  Gould whiffed 12 and walked four. Rossiter and Ewer combined for seven strikeouts and three free passes. Rossiter was the only batter with two hits.

Rossiter (L), Ewer (7) and McNeill
Gould (W) and Gartrell

(May 21)   A revamped Oliver lineup was no match for Penticton Sunday as Sherman Broderick and Dick Hammond combined on a five-hitter in Penticton's 6-1 triumph, the team's third straight. The winners, who collected just seven hits, were helped by a porous Oliver defense. Penticton got on the scoreboard in the first inning on a hit, two errors and a passed ball.  In the sixth two singles, two more errors and another passed ball accounted for three runs. Oliver had three new American imports in the lineup, Rainey at third base, catcher Hugh Lawrence and Anderson, the starting pitcher.

Anderson (L) and Lawrence
S.Broderick, Hammond (W) (4) and Kincaid

(May 21)   Oroville scored all its runs in one inning in downing Summerland 6-3.

Penticton    3 - 0
Oroville     2 - 1
Summerland   1 - 2
Oliver       0 - 3

(May 24)   Oliver Victoria Day Tournament

Penticton added further laurels to its early season success in winning the Victoria Day Tournament at Oliver. The league leaders in the Okanagan International League downed Oliver 7-5 in the final after eliminated Summerland by a 13-2 count.

Penticton took a 5-0 lead after three innings against a fortified Oliver club and held on for the victory. They plated what proved to be the winner in the fifth inning when Bob Phinney singled and scored on hits by Chuck Blacklock, who had seven hits in the tourney, and Alymer Cousins.  Cousins scored an insurance run in the 8th reaching on an error, stealing second and coming home on Moore's one-bagger. Ralph Hemphill, one of three new imports on the Oliver squad, led the losers with two hits and three runs. Perry Bunch, another newcomer, had two hits. Louis Smitkin, who played in centre field, was the other new addition from Omak, Washington.

Anderson (L) and Lawrence
Hammond (W) and Kincaid

With a six-run second inning, Penticton coasted to a 13-2 victory in their opening game as Chuck Blacklock led an 18-hit offensive with four hits and three runs. Alymer Cousins and Beatty each contributed three hits and two counters. Cousins fired a one-hitter in the seven-inning contest and rang up 11 strikeouts.

Cousins (W) and Kincaid
Gould (L) and Moran

(May 28)   Penticton notched its fourth straight league victory Sunday shading Oliver 9-8 in a sloppily played encounter at Oliver as the teams combined for 11 errors, four by Penticton shortstop Moore. Clair Baker led the winners with a pair of two-baggers. Moore and Blacklock also had two hits apiece. Oliver out-hit the winners 12-10 with Bill Simpson, Rainey, Johnston and Foster each with two. Dick Hammond picked up the win in a relief role. The game featured a triple play. In the first inning, with one run home for Oliver and Norton at third base and Simpson on second, Rainey lifted a high fly to centre field. Beatty made the catch and fired home to catcher Kincaid at the plate as Norton retreated to third but Simpson wandered off second and was tagged out on the throw to shortstop Moore who then tagged out Norton who had started off toward home.

S.Broderick, Hammond (W) (3) and Kincaid
Rossiter, Anderson (L) and Lawrence

(May 28)   In a game with 28 strikeouts, Summerland edged Oroville 4-3 in ten innings as Moran knocked in the winning run with his only hit of the day.  Les Gould was the winning hurler and compiled 12 strikeouts while Jim Kernan had 15 for Oroville and reliever Hoagland added one. There were just three free passes, one by each of the pitchers. Snow led the winners with three hits.

Kernan, Hoagland and LeMay
Gould (W) and Gartrell

(June 3)  Summerland Experimental Station Tournament

Penticton won its second tourney of the summer downing Oroville 4-2 in the final of the Summerland Tournament as Dick "Lefty" Hammond fired a four-hitter and fanned ten. He also had two of Penticton's nine hits and scored a run. Oroville had taken the lead with a run in the first inning as Swegle socked a double and Jim Kernan followed with a three-bagger. Again in the third, Swegle walked, advanced on an error and scored as Andy LeMay poked a single.  Penticton tied the count in the fifth when Sherman Broderick connected for a double and advanced as Moore reached on an error. Alymer Cousins' blow to centre plated both runners.  The winner came in the sixth when Graham Kincaid was safe on an error and came around to score on a walk, wild pitch and fielder's choice. Broderick knocked in Hammond with an insurance run in the 8th.

Hoagland, Kernan (5) and xxx
Hammond (W) and xxx

Dick Hammond's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored Cramer with the winning run as Penticton edged Oliver 4-3 in the opening round. 

Cousins (W), Hammond (7) and Kincaid
Rossiter (L) and McNeill

Oroville notched a 7-3 decision over Summerland. Both teams loaded the bases in the first inning but failed the score. In the third, winning pitcher Hoagland socked the ball over the cars in left field for a triple and the first run. Summerland tied it aa Bill Gartrell was safe on an error and scored thanks to a second fumble. Singles by Swegle and Meikle and a two-bagger by Troutman led to three runs for Oroville in the fourth and a lead they would hold throughout.

Hoagland (W) and LeMay
L.Goud (L) and Gartrell

(June 11)   Summerland rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand Penticton its first loss of the season, 4-3, in Sunday action at the Summerland Park at Crescent Beach.  Trailing 3-1, Snow reached base with one out when hit by a pitch and Les Gould connected for a single to centre field sending Snow to third. Shortstop Archie Prentiss fielded Bill Gartrell's grounder but chose to go home with the throw and was too late as the runners moved up to second and third. With Moran at bat, a grounder again went to Prentiss and again he threw home but the ball bounded into the spectators as Gould and Gartrell scampered in with the tying and winning runs. Penticton catcher Clair Baker lost three teeth when Gartrell barged into him at the plate. Summerland won with just three hits, two of them by winning pitcher Gould.

S.Broderick (L) and Baker
Gould (W) and Gartrell

(June 11)   Oroville whipped Oliver 8-2 in Sunday action in the American centre.

Rossiter (L) and McNeill
xxx and LeMay

(June 18)   Oroville jumped out into a 3-0 lead in the first inning but that's all they would get as Penticton bounced back for an easy 10-3 victory at the Recreation Grounds. Ike Ramsay, who had three hits for the visitors, knocked in two of the first inning runs with a two-bagger. Penticton scored two in the second, two in the fifth and then six in the fifth to put the game out of reach.  Graham Kincaid collected three hits for the winners and Lefty Hammond, who went all the way on the hill, added two runs and two hits.

Kernan (L), Ramsay and LeMay
Hammond (W) and Kincaid

(June 18)   Summerland topped Oliver 6-1 Sunday at the athletic grounds.  Les Gould tossed a six-hitter with eight strikeouts for the win. Phil Rossiter gave up nine hits in taking the loss but provided a game highlight with a fifth inning homer, one of the longest ever made at the Oliver field. The ball ended up in the river.

Gould (W) and Gartrell
Rossiter (L) and McNeill

(June 25)   Lefty Hammond and Les Gould put on a strikeout show at Crescent Beach Park Sunday as Penticton topped Summerland 7-1. Hammond, the winning hurler, fanned 16 while Gould rang up 15 strikeouts. Each hurler walked one. Penticton won the game with three runs in the first inning and three more in the ninth. The game was delayed in the early innings by a fierce storm which dumped heavy rain. 

Hammond (W) and Kincaid
Gould (L) and Gartrell

(June 25)   With new manager T. Brown at the helm, Oliver whipped Oroville 10-5 before the home fans. A special meeting of the baseball club was held Wednesday to elect a new manager, Neil McKerracher feeling he no longer had the necessary time to devote to the job and T. Brown was elected in his place.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 1)   In an exhibition encounter Saturday, Penticton scored four in the 8th to down Kelowna of the Interior League 5-2.  Lefty Hammond, who fanned 16 in a league game Sunday, struck out 15 in hurling a five-hitter for the win.  Catcher Graham Kincaid smacked three hits of Penticton's nine hits.

Hammond (W) and Kincaid
Morrow (L) and Cowan

(July 4)   In a July 4th exhibition encounter at the Recreation Grounds, Penticton and Malott, Washington, battled to a 2-2 deadlock in 13 innings of play. Both pitchers went the distance with P.Stout hurling a six-hitter and Lefty Hammond giving up seven. Hammond fanned 12 and Stout had seven Ks. Each team made seven errors.  A comedy of errors gave Penticton the lead in the first frame. Bob Phinney was safe on a dropped ball at first base and went to third on a throwing error and came home as the effort to try and nab him at the hot corner went sailing far over the third baseman's head. Casey Phipps gave Penticton a 2-0 lead in the fourth knocking in Clair Baker with a single. Malott tied the count in the fifth on two hits, two errors and a stolen base.

P.Stout and Picard
Hammond and Kincaid

(July 5)   Penticton ended the suspense in the first inning Wednesday scoring five times and coasting to an 11-1 triumph over Malott, Washington, in the second game of their weekend series. Les Gould pitched a four-hitter and fanned 13 in suiting up for Penticton. The winners had just seven hits, but booted the ball eight times.

Hull (L), P.Stout (1), Russell and Picard
Gould (W) and Gartrell

(July 9)   Penticton won its seventh game in eight starts in a 10-4 rout of Oroville Sunday. After the home club scored in the first inning Penticton played shutout ball until the 9th when Oroville added three runs. Penticton collected 11 hits, two each by George Broderick, Clair Baker, Archie Prentiss and Bob Phinney. Sherman Broderick fashioned a seven-hitter in going the route for the win.

S.Broderick (W) and Baker
Hoagland (L), Kernan (9) and LeMay

(July 9)   Summerland had an easy time downing Oliver 10-3 behind a solid pitching effort by Les Gould.

Rossiter (L) and xxx
Gould (W) and Gartrell

(July 16)   Penticton continued their winning ways coasting to another victory at the Recreation Grounds, 11-3 over Oroville. Shortstop Bill Benway paced a 12-hit attack with three hits and scoring three times. Bob Phinney added two hits and three runs. Lefty Hammond scattered seven hits and fanned 11 in going all the way for the winners.

Hoagland, Boothman (7( and Ramsay, Hoagland
Hammond (W) and Kincaid

(July 16)   Summerland  blanked Oliver 2-0.

Penticton    8 - 1
Summerland   5 - 4
Oroville     3 - 6
Oliver       2 - 7

(July 20)    Penticton ran its season record to 15-1-1 Thursday blanking Summerland 6-0 in an exhibition game. Lefty Hammond tossed the shutout yielding eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. It was a benefit game for Bill Gartrell who had three teeth knocked out in a recent game.  Bob Phinney and Clair Baker each had two hits for the winners. Penticton has eight league wins along with four tournament triumphs and three exhibition victories.

Gould (L) and Gartrell
Hammond (W) and Baker, Kincaid

(July 23)   With two runs in the ninth inning, Oroville slipped by Summerland 5-3.

(July 23)   In the most one-sided contest of the season Penticton overwhelmed Oliver 25-2 Sunday at Oliver. The home squad took until the ninth inning to get on the scoreboard. They plated two runs after first baseman Bob Phinney took over mound duties from Lefty Hammond.  Penticton opened with seven runs in the first inning and piled it on knocking out 29 hits, including a triple and five doubles, collecting 13 stolen bases while capitalizing on 12 Oliver errors.  Hammond, the winning pitcher, had a field day with two doubles and four singles in six trips to the plate. He scored four times as did Graham Kincaid and Chuck Blacklock. Left fielder Casey Phipps stroked a triple, double and three singles and scored three times. Bill Benway Phinney and Kincaid each had four hits. Wally Moore and Blacklock each had three steals.

Hammond (W), Phinney (9) and Kincaid
Metzgar (L), Rossiter (1) and McNeill

(July 30)   Accustomed to one-sided victories, Penticton took a low-scoring affair Sunday from Summerland, edging the visitors 3-1 as Lefty Hammond twirled a four-hitter and whiffed 11 for his 9th win without a loss in league play. Overall Hammond has compiled a record of 13 wins and one tie in his 14 games. Penticton counted twice in the second inning as Wally Moore drove in Casey Phipps with a two-bagger and Gordon Cramer, who singled, scored on a throwing error. Bill Benway scored in the fifth, driven in by George Broderick's single. Summerland got its only run in the seventh inning as Thompson reached on an error, advanced on a fielder's choice and scooted home on a passed ball.

Gould (L) and Gartrell
Hammond (W) and Kincaid

(July 30)   Oroville clobbered Oliver 13 to 2.

(August 3)   Penticton's ace hurler Lefty Hammond had a shaky start but settled down to blank Kelowna in the late innings as Penticton rallied for an 11-7 exhibition victory over the Interior league club. Trailing 7-6 after five innings, Penticton scored one in the sixth, two in the seventh, one in the eighth and the winner in the 9th for their 18th win in 20 games this summer. The winners pounded out 15 hits, three each by Chuck Blacklock, who had a homer, and Graham Kincaid. Blacklock and Bob Phinney each scored three runs.  Shortstop Taft had a homer and two doubles for Kelowna and "Dad" Dalton added a round tripper and a single. Hammond fanned 13 in posting his 14th victory of the summer.

Morrow, Dalton (7), Boklage (9) and Cowan
Hammond (W) and Kincaid

(August 6)  Playing at Oroville, the home squad shaded Summerland 6-5 in a sudden-death playoff to decide second place in the league standings.

(August 10)   Trail and Penticton divided an exhibition double-header Thursday at the Okanagan city with the home club taking the opener 5-3 and Trail capturing the nightcap 6-5. Trail began on a high note plating a pair in the first inning of the first game.  Harry Rothery worked Lefty Hammond for a walk, stole second and scampered home on a single by Louis DeMore who later scored on a squeeze play. Trail had the bases loaded with just one out in the fourth but couldn't score. Penticton got one in the fourth on Bob Phinney's RBI single and broke the game open with four runs in the sixth. Bob Phinney walked and raced all the way home when the throw to second to try and nab him on a steal went through to the outfield. Chuck Blacklock doubled and scored on Clair Baker's single and Graham Kincaid, who was safe on an error, and Baker plated runs as Casey Phipps singled to centre. Trail got one back in the seventh on Noble's two-base sock down the left field line. Penticton out-hit Trail 14 to 5 as Blacklock and Baker each contributed three safeties.  Hammond fanned just three while Warwick set down 10 by strikeout.

Warwick (L) and Decembrini
Hammond (W) and Kincaid

Trail again got off to a quick start in the second game with three runs in the opening frame and added another in the second. Although out-hit 11 to 6, they stayed in the lead throughout. Penticton stranded 13 base runners to just four for Trail. Harry Rothery with a triple and a single led the winners. Les Gould pounded out three doubles for Penticton.

Gould (L) and Gartrell
DeMore, Noble and Decembrini

(August 13)   In the opening game of the South Okanagan International League finals, Penticton crushed Oroville 13 to 5 as Casey Phipps and Archie Prentiss the bottom two hitters in the Penticton lineup combined for seven of the 12 hits. Phipps had four hits and four runs, Prentiss three hits and two runs.  Leadoff man Wally Moore scored three times. Lefty Hammond scattered nine hits, walked one and whiffed nine. Oroville committed 10 errors.

Kernan (L), Hoagland and LeMay
Hammond (W) and Kincaid

(August 20)   After giving up five runs in the top of the first inning, Oroville rebounded to score six times in their half of the inning to kick off the second game of the Okanagan International League final. But from there it was downhill for the Americans as Penticton scored two in the third, another two in the fourth and five in the seventh on the way to a 15-7 triumph to take the best-of-three series in two straight games. Oroville, which made 10 errors in the first game, booted the ball 15 times in this second contest, five by Swegle at shortstop. Penticton kicked the ball around on eight occasions for a total of 23 errors. Chuck Blacklock paced a 13-hit offense with a triple and two doubles. Bob Phinney had three hits and Clair Baker cracked the only homer. Jim Kernan had three hits for Oroville. Lefty Hammond yielded seven hits and fanned 14 in posting the win. McLain had 15 strikeouts in going the distance to absorb the defeat.

Penticton captured he Johnston-Spalding Trophy emblematic of the league championship. The trophy was presented jointly be Spalding Bros. and Mr. J.L. Johnston of Johnston Hardware in 1925 when Summerland was league champion.  In 1926 Oroville produced the top team while in 1927 Kelowna, with an imported battery including big Al Pradolini of Revelstoke won the playoffs against Penticton also with an imported hurler and backstop. From then until 1932 the league was disbanded. Oroville, Oliver, Penticton and Summerland recommenced diamond activities last season with Oliver victorious.

Hammond (W) and Kincaid
McLain (L) and LeMay

(August 27)   Wenatchee, Washington, "Y" handed Penticton a 10-9 setback Sunday only the third loss this season for the Okanagan club. It marked the first loss of the season for Dick "Lefty" Hammond after 17 wins and a tie in 18 games.  Hammond surrendered just six hits, but 11 errors, 6 in the outfield proved costly as the visitors tallied five in the first inning and three more in the second to take an 8-0 lead before Penticton got on the scoreboard. The homesters came close with six runs in the seventh frame but fell just short. Graham Kincaid had one of the highlights for Penticton with a second inning homer. Lorraine relieved Gabort in the seventh for Wenatchee to half the locals rally. Norlin, Wenatchee's peppy catcher/manager was the life of the team, darting hither and yon, much to the delight of the spectators.

Gabort (W), Lorraine (7) and Norlin
Hammond (L) and Kincaid

(September 4)  Penticton Athletic Association Tournament

The Omak All-Stars, with "Sy" McLain on the hill upset Penticton 6-4 to take top prize in the Penticton Athletic Association Tournament. Penticton made the final with a 10 to 8 win over Summerland and Omak overwhelmed Grand Forks 12 to 0. It was one of the biggest sports days ever staged in Penticton drawing a large crowd to the grounds. Cars almost circled the field while the bleachers were packed and an overflow occupied the grandstand.

Penticton opened fast in the final as Chuck Blacklock smacked a three-bagger to bring in Bob Phinney and Graham Kincaid who had singled.  Omak replied in the second frame with singles by Perry Bunch, Cleveland and Peterson to even the score. The Americans took the lead in the third when Hoose doubled and was brought home by Bunch's single. Penticton had a golden opportunity with the bases loaded in the fourth but Bob Phinney grounded out to end the threat. Two runs in the fifth on two singles, one of the bunt variety, an error, and a fielder's choice put the visitors in the driver's seat. Penticton fought back with two in the seventh on hits from Lefty Hammond, Phinney and Bill Benway before Omak added an insurance run in the 9th. McLain held the Canadians to eight hits while Omak collect ten off Hammond who lost for just the second time all season. The left-hander finished the season having appeared in 21 games, with 17 wins, 2 losses and one tie. He worked 188 innings and fanned 185. Hammond made 17 starts and completed them all with the exception of a 25-2 blowout in which he left after eight innings.

McLain (W) and Cleveland
Hammond (L) and Kincaid

In the opening game of the tourney, Penticton started badly but picked it up in the latter innings to dump Summerland 10 to 8 as Chuck Blacklock powered the offense with a homer, triple and double. Penticton took a 6-1 lead after two innings but saw Summerland score five in the third, highlighted by Les Gould's two-run homer, to knot the count and plated two in the top of the fourth, on Roland Reid's triple,to take the lead. Blacklock socked the horsehide far into right field territory for a homer with Alymer Cousins aboard to tie in their half of the fourth then went ahead for good in the fifth. Casey Phipps singled and romped home on a double by George Broderick who advanced to third and scored on Bob Phinney's perfect sacrifice.

Gould (L) and Gartrell
S.Broderick, Cousins (W) (3) and Baker, Kincaid

Omak started quickly with three runs in the first inning and cruised to a 12-0 win over Grand Forks in the second game. Hagburg led off with a triple, Smitkin singled and Perry Bunch whacked the ball out of the park for a homer. They added four in the second and five in the sixth to complete the shellacking. Shortstop Hagburg led a 16-hit attack going four-for-four and scoring three times.  Hoose, the first baseman had three hits.  Bunch twirled the shutout holding Grand Forks to four hits while fanning eight and issuing two free passes.

Hooper (L), O'Keefe (2) and Ronald
Bunch (W) and Cleveland, Smitkin


(May 15)   Winfield – 7    Oyama – 3
                  Rutland – 13   Kelowna Cathownians – 5

(May 18)   Rutland – 6    Oyama – 1
                  Winfield – 12   Kelowna Cathownians - 7

(May 22)   Rutland – 5   Winfield – 5  (tie game) 
                  Kelowna Cathownians – 0   Oyama – 0  (tie game)

(May 25)   Kelowna Cathownians vs Rutland – rained out

(May 29)   Rutland – 4   Oyama – 2

(June 1)    Rutland – 5   Kelowna Cathownians – 2

(June 3)    Oyama – 6   Kelowna Cathownians – 2    HR – Young (Oyama)
                 Winfield – 12   Rutland – 7

First-half standings   W   L   T
Winfield               4   1   1
Rutland                4   1   1
Kelowna Cathownians    1   4   1
Oyama                  1   4   1

(June 5)    Kelowna Cathownians – 4   Rutland – 2    HR – Morrow (Kelowna)

(June 8)    Rutland – 4   Oyama – 2
                 Kelowna Cathownians – 8   Winfield - 4

(June 12)  Winfield – 13   Rutland – 4
                 Kelowna Cathownians – 5   Oyama – 4

(June 15)  Rutland – 6   Kelowna Cathownians – 4
                 Oyama – 9   Winfield - 3

(June 19)  Oyama – 5   Rutland – 4 

(June 22)  Rutland – 7   Winfield – 4

(June 26)  Winfield – 3   Rutland – 2 (first-half tie-breaker for top spot)

Second-half standings    W     L    Pct.
Kelowna Cathownians      4     2    .667
Oyama                    4     2    .667
Rutland                  2     4    .333
Winfield                 2     4    .333

(July 3)   Oyama – 3   Kelowna Cathownians – 1  (second-half tie-breaker for first place)

PLAYOFFS (first-half winner Winfield to face second-half champion Oyama in a best-of-three series)
(July 6)  Game #1   Winfield – 16    Oyama - 3

(July 10)  Game #2 was not completed – called in the fourth inning because of darkness

(July 13)  Game #2
Oyama – 12    Winfield - 5

(July 17)  Game #3 
Oyama won the 1933 COBL crown and the Spalding Cup by defeating Winfield 13 to 9 in the third and deciding game of the series.

Mowat (L), Simpson and Moody
Wynne (W) and Crawford


Pre-season exhibition games

(May 21)  Heavy hitting by the visitors from Revelstoke, combined with shaky fielding on the part of the homestanding Kamloops squad, led to an easy 11 to 5 victory for the Revelstokians. Winning pitcher Lonzo, who uses a submarine delivery, set the hosts down on three hits while fanning six. H. Dean, P. Dean and Chuck Henderson each had three hits for the winners. Revelstoke catcher Joe Beruschi homered.

Lonzo (W) and Beruschi
Roberts (L), Williams and Sinclair

(May 21)  Vernon Nationals turned back Salmon Arm 2 to 1 in an exhibition ball tilt before a large and enthusiastic crowd at Polson Park. Winning pitcher Larry Antilla allowed just four Salmon Arm hits. Cecil Ward’s two-run homer in the third inning was the decisive blow of the game.

Bedford (L), Gatin and W. Watkins
Antilla (W) and McIndoe

(June 3)  In the first game of an exhibition weekend twin-bill, Revelstoke duplicated their earlier exhibition win, taking down Kamloops by an identical 11 to 5 count. Outfielder Maunders of the Railroad Towners and third sacker Potter of Kamloops both had three hits.

Williams (L) and Kenward
C. Henderson (W) and Beruschi

(June 4)  Kamloops Famous Players’ baseball team broke even in their weekend exhibition series with Revelstoke, capturing the second tilt by a score of 6 to 5. Winning pitcher Williams struck out 14 Revelstoke batters. Second baseman Rush of the victors and Maunders of the Mountain Towners both singled three times.

Williams (W) and Kenward
Lonzo (L) and Beruschi

League game reports

(June 11)  Hosting Salmon Arm took a close 5 to 4 decision over the invading Kamloops baseballers. Base hits were limited and saw the visitors hold a slight 5 to 4 edge in that department. Winning tosser Tom McKenzie had eleven strikeouts to his credit. First baseman J. McKenzie of the winners and third sacker Potter of Kamloops led their respective clubs offensively with a pair of hits each. McKenzie’s second hit drove in the winning run. 

Williams (L) and Kenward
T. McKenzie (W) and Watkins

(June 11)  The defending champion Revelstoke squad applied a whitewashing to the Vernon nine, dumping the visitors 7 to 0.

Sparrow (L), Antilla (7) and xxx
Lonzo (W) and xxx

(June 18)  Vernon emerged on the long end of a 2 to 1 thriller over Salmon Arm in an Interior League match played in Vernon. The homesters out hit the Salmon Arm gang by a 6 to 3 margin. Vernon chucker Howard Urquhart rang up 15 strikeouts in the six innings that he toiled on the hillock while losing twirler Tom McKenzie fanned ten during his mound tenure. Ward, Netzel, Cross and Urquhart divided the six Vernon bingles while Jones and Watkins were the only two Salmon Arm batters who picked up hits.

T. McKenzie (L) and Watkins
Urquhart (W), Sparrow (7) and Cross

(June 18)  Kamloops edged past Kelowna 3 to 2, scoring the winning counter in their last turn at bat when, with two out, McCaugherty singled and scored on two successive Kelowna errors. Winning pitcher George Roberts surrendered six hits, two to Rudy Kitsch. Losing flinger George Morrow yielded eight safeties and fanned 12 batters. He was touched for three hits by outfielder Cochrane and two each by first baseman McCaugherty and outer pasture guardian Milton.

Morrow (L) and Cowan
Roberts (W) and Sinclair 

(June 25)  The Kelowna baseballers broke into the Interior League win column when they hammered visiting Revelstoke 13 to 4. Complete game winner Morrow struck out 13 opposing hitters. Outfielder Rudy Kitsch of the Orchard City nine had an outstanding game at the plate, collecting three doubles, a triple and a home run.

Lonzo (L), C. Henderson (4), Lonzo (6) and Beruschi, P. Dean
Morrow (W) and Cowan

(July 1)  Following an hour rain delay, the Kamloops Famous Players diamondeers took the field and defeated Vernon 8 to 3. Winning chucker Williams fired a three-hitter. First baseman McCaugherty and catcher Sinclair led the winner’s eight-hit offense with a brace of safeties each.

Antilla (L) and Henschke, McIndoe
Williams (W) and Sinclair

(July 1)  In a Dominion Day exhibition encounter, Penticton of the Okanagan International League scored four runs in the eighth frame to down Kelowna 5-2.  Lefty Hammond struck out 15 in hurling a five-hitter for the win.  Catcher Graham Kincaid smacked three hits of Penticton's nine hits. Third baseman Dalton had a pair of base raps for the Kelownans.

Hammond (W) and Kincaid
Morrow (L) and Cowan

(July 9)  Sparked by J. McKenzie’s two-run circuit-clout, the Salmon Arm diamondeers took a close 4 to 2 decision from the fast-stepping Kelowna nine on the Fruit Pickers’ home lot. Wes Watkins returned to the Salmon Arm lineup after being absent for the opening games and delivered a pair of two-baggers in his debut. Teammate G. Jones also had a brace of safeties. Losing flinger George Morrow paced the Kelownans at the dish with a trio of base raps.

C. Watkins (W) and W. Watkins
Morrow (L) and Cowan

(July 9)  In an Interior League tussle played in Revelstoke, the Railway Boys grabbed a close 6 to 5 win from the Kamloops team. With two retired in the ninth canto, losing chucker Williams walked three in a row. A muffed fly ball then allowed the tying and winning counters to cross the plate. D’Angelio and Beruschi both hit solo circuit-clouts for the winners.

Williams (L) and Sinclair
G. Henderson, Lonzo (W) and Beruschi, Gallicano

Standings        W      L       Pct.
Revelstoke       2      1      .667
Salmon Arm       2      1      .667
Vernon           1      1      .500
Kamloops         1      2      .333
Kelowna          1      2      .333

(July 16)  Vernon travelled to Kamloops only to play a sloppy game defensively and come out on the short end of a 5 to 1 score. Howard Urquhart, Vernon’s hurler, gave up seven hits and struck out 15 batters but his teammates booted the ball ten times, allowing several unearned runs to cross the dish. Winning pitcher George Roberts tossed a six-hitter and fanned six. Outfielder Cochrane and hot corner custodian Potter of the hosts as well as McCall of the Vernonites all singled twice.

Urquhart (L) and Netzel
Roberts (W) and Sinclair

(July 16)  Revelstoke eked out a close 10 to 9 decision over the visiting Kelowna ball tossers.

(July 19)  Salmon Arm got off on the wrong foot and lost to the hosting Kamloops aggregation 8 to 3. Winning pitcher Williams of the Famous Players team pitched a solid six hitter while whiffing eight. He was backed up with three-hit offensive performances by third baseman Potter and shortstop Tait who both registered three hits with one of Tait’s blows being a double.

C. Watkins (L), T. McKenzie (5) and W. Watkins
Williams (W) and Sinclair

(July 23)  Vernon hammered Revelstoke 17 to 4 to grab a share of first place in the BCIL with idle Kamloops. Winning moundsman Howard Urquhart fanned ten Revelstokians while surrendering seven hits.  The winners pounded 22 hits off the slants of the loser Chuck Henderson and reliever Lonzo. Vernon swatters Harry Cross, Dick Murray, Art McCall and  Larry Antilla divided 13 hits between them.

C. Henderson (L), Lonzo and Beruschi
Urquhart (W) and Crawford

(July 30)  Playing faultless ball and backed by the superb pitching of Cliff Watkins, the Salmon Arm senior baseball squad went a game over the .500 mark and into a tie with Revelstoke in the BCIL standings by defeating Kelowna 11 to 2. The winners scored in all but two innings of their eight turns at bat.

Morrow (L), Dalton (8) and xxx
C. Watkins (W) and xxx 

(July 30)  Hosting Vernon took Kamloops into camp by pulverizing the invaders 14 to 2. The win for the Vernonites moved them into a three-way tie for top spot in the BCIL with Revelstoke and Salmon Arm. Winning pitcher Howard Urquhart whiffed 15 Kamloops batters in going the route. Harry Cross and Elmer Crawford paced the victors at the dish with three hits each.

Williams (L), Roberts and Sinclair
Urquhart (W), Sparrow (7) and Crawford

Standings         W      L       Pct.
Revelstoke        3      2      .600
Vernon            3      2      .600
Salmon Arm        3      2      .600
Kamloops          3      3      .500
Kelowna           1      4      .200

(August 2)  Revelstoke squeezed past homestanding Salmon Arm 4 to 3 to take sole possession of first place in the Interior League.

(August 2)  In an exhibition tilt, the Kamloops Famous Players nine defeated Merritt 8 to 2.

Woodward (L), Neilson and McGinn
Roberts (W), Williams and Sinclair

(August 5)  In the opening game of their exhibition jaunt into Mainline country, the barnstorming Trail nine blanked Revelstoke 3 to 0 in a game played in Nakusp. The game was fast and close, a scoreless tie until the sixth frame when Warrick for Trail singled, his third hit of the game, and came home on Decembrini’s home run.

Noble (W) and xxx
Lonzo (L) and Decembrini 

(August 6)  Vernon laid a sound 16 to 7 thrashing on the visiting Kelowna squad in Interior League play. The heavy-hitting Vernon squad belted 18 safeties off a brace of Kelowna chuckers. Art McCall blasted a pair of circuit clouts for the winners while teammates Elmer Crawford and Larry Antilla both picked up three hits including a round-tripper by Crawford. Jack Parkinson had two hits for Kelowna.

Buckledge (L), Dalton and Nead
Urquhart (W), Sparrow and Crawford

(August 7)  In the second game of their tour, Trail tied the hosting Revelstoke aggregation 4 – 4.

Warrick and Decembrini
Lonzo, xxx (4) and xxx

(August 8)  In an exhibition encounter, a slick-fielding and speedy Trail team downed Salmon Arm 5 to 1. Wes Watkins’ three-bagger drove in the only run for the losing hosts.

Ross (W) and xxx
T. McKenzie (L), C. Watkins (4) and W. Watkins

(August 9)  Kamloops Famous Players came back from an early deficit and defeated the touring Trail team 6 to 5. Winning flinger George Roberts held the snappy Smelter Brigade to nine hits. A last-inning triple by outfielder Milton and a perfect squeeze bunt brought home the winning tally for Kamloops.

Noble, Ross (L) and Decembrini
Roberts (W) and Sinclair

(August 13)  Kamloops was upended 3 to 1 by last-place Kelowna in a ten-inning encounter played in the Orchard City. The invaders were held to three hits by winning moundsman George Morrow. Fred Kitsch’s two-run homer in the bottom of the extra frame provided the ammunition for the walk-off victory. Outfielder Neid and shortstop Taft of the winning squad both had a double and single.

Williams (L) and Lee
Morrow (W) and Cowan

(August 13)  Salmon Arm was to have played in Revelstoke but the game was postponed due to the death of a former team member and brother of two of their current players.

(August 15)  In the final game of their tour, a somewhat listless and tired Trail team dropped a 13 to 6 decision to Kamloops. The victors roughed up three Trail moundsmen for ten base blows, including two each by outfielder McCormick, catcher Tait and third sacker Coates. Both of Tait’s base raps were two-baggers. Outfielder Milton blasted a round-tripper for the Famous Players nine.

DeMore (L), Ross, xxx and xxx
Roberts (W) and Tait

(August 20)  Kelowna finished their league schedule when they travelled to Vernon and came back on the short end of a 9 to 8 score. The Fruit Pickers appeared to have the game in hand, sporting an 8 to 0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh frame, but the Vernonites put on a slugfest and pounded the ball for five counters in their half of the canto and then added four more in the eighth to grab the lead and the eventual win. Harry Cross hammered a pair of four-baggers for the winners.

Morrow, Dalton (L) (7) and Cowan
Sparrow, Urquhart (W) (8) and Crawford

(August 23)  In a ten-inning thriller that was packed full of snappy plays, the Kamloops Famous Players diamondeers edged Salmon Arm 4 to 3 at Riverside Park. With one retired in the bottom of the extra stanza, catcher Sinclair doubled to right field, his third hit of the contest. Third sacker Coates then followed with a single in the same direction, sending Sinclair home with the winning marker. Winning pitcher George Roberts held the visitors to four hits, two off the bat of third sacker Turner, and rang up seven K’s.

T. McKenzie (L) and W. Watkins, J. Jones
Roberts (W) and Sinclair

(August 27)  The heavy-hitting Vernon squad hammered Salmon Arm 16 to 9 in a free-hitting contest played in Salmon Arm. The visitors banged out 16 base blows including a two-run homer by Harry Cross. Larry Antilla and winning pitcher Howard Urquhart were the big stick wielders for Vernon, Antilla manufacturing four safeties while Urquhart contributed three. Leading the offensive attack of the vanquished nine were Ralph Turner with 3 hits and Cliff Watkins with a pair.

Urquhart (W), Sparrow (7) and Crawford
Watkins (L) and Gatin, Jones

(August 30)  Playing in Kamloops, Revelstoke and Kamloops battled to a twelve-inning 6 – 6 deadlock. The Railroad Towners enjoyed a slight 9 to 8 advantage in base hits with two of them being circuit clouts and three of them two-baggers. Revelstoke outfielder Pulley led the way with the stick, hammering a four-bagger and a pair of doubles. Catcher Beruschi drilled the other round-tripper while C. Henderson, playing first base, laced three singles. Outfielder Cochrane was the top swatter for Kamloops, smashing a double and a brace of one-baggers. A replay will take place should the result have an effect upon the top two finishers in the standings.

Lonzo and Beruschi
Roberts and Sinclair

(September 3)  Salmon Arm was eliminated from playoff contention after losing their final league game 9 to 5 to Revelstoke. The victory for the Revelstokians assured them of a second-place finish and ruled out the necessity of replaying the tie game with Kamloops. The Mountain City gang will now face top-spot Vernon in a best-of-three series for the 1933 Interior League crown.

Final standings     W      L      T       Pct.
Vernon              6      2      0       .750
Revelstoke          5      2      1       .688
Kamloops            3      4      1       .438
Salmon Arm          3      5      0       .375
Kelowna             2      6      0       .250

(September 10)  In a season-closing exhibition match, Kelowna was defeated by Peachland 8 to 7.

H. Cousins (W) and xxx
Boklage, Morrow, Taft and xxx 

Finals  (best-of-three)

(September 10)  Scoring in all but two innings, Revelstoke captured the opener in the Interior League finals when they dumped hosting Vernon 8 to 4. Vernon started well but several errors in the latter stages of the game proved costly. Revelstoke’s Palmer Dean and Vernon’s Frank Netzel both picked up three base blows with a triple included in Netzel’s production.

Lonzo (W) and Beruschi
Urquhart (L), Sparrow (9) and Crawford

(September 17)  Out hitting their hosts 11 to 5, invading Vernon knotted the Interior League finals at a game apiece with a 3 to 1 decision over Revelstoke. Winning mound artist George Sparrow had 13 strikeouts in the route-going performance. Art McCall slammed three hits for the victors.

Sparrow (W) and Crawford
Lonzo (L) and Beruschi

(September 24)  Revelstoke won the 1933 Interior League championship on their home turf when they defeated the Vernon team 3 to 2 in the third and deciding game of their playoff series. Playing errorless ball, the Railroad Towners scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth frame. Palmer Dean’s two-out Texas-Leaguer drove in “Shorts” Henderson with the deciding counter. E. Henderson had three base raps for the champions. Vernon’s Harry Cross was responsible for both of his team’s counters, drilling a two-run four-bagger in the fifth.

Sparrow (L) and Crawford
Lonzo (W) and Beruschi


No West Kootenay senior league existed in 1933. Teams from the two largest centres, Trail and Nelson, besides playing a number of exhibition tilts with each other, did stage a formal three-game set of June games, referred to as “the Kootenay Series”, essentially for 1933 bragging rights. For the most part, however, the 1933 season consisted of exhibition and tournament matches with non-Kootenay opposition for these two arch-rivals. The Trail seniors also embarked upon an eleven-day barnstorming tour of the Okanagan/Mainline area.

Nelson and Trail both had city leagues, of intermediate calibre, functioning in 1933. The towns of Salmo and Rossland were represented in these leagues with Salmo a part of the Nelson circuit and Rossland a member of the Trail loop.

Teams in the 1933 Intermediate Salmo-Nelson League
Fairview Athletic Club
Young Liberals

Teams in the 1933 Intermediate Trail City League
East Trail
Junior Reps
Taxi Drivers

(May 14)  A season-opening exhibition game saw Trail defeat Nelson 6 to 3 in the Smelter City. Rico Martin of the winners and Dick Drew of Nelson both rapped triples. Jimmy Morris, “Scotty” Ross and “Granny” Young of Trail as well as Henry Bey and Horswill of the Lake City nine all had two-baggers.

Kraft (L) and xxx
Mercer, DeMore (W) (4), Morris (8) and xxx

(May 21)  A five-inning exhibition rematch in Nelson which had to be called after five innings saw the Nelson seniors defeat Trail’s ball stars 7 to 3. Nelson batters slammed two of losing flinger Lorne Mercer’s offerings for back-to-back home runs, the first a three-run shot by “Slim” Kraft which was followed by a solo blast off the bat of catcher Gordon “Fat” Richardson. “Scotty” Ross had three of Trail’s four hits in the abbreviated contest.

Mercer (L), Ross (3) and Decembrini
Bey (W) and Richardson

(May 24)  Bunching their hits and backed by the great hurling on the part of Luther, Springdale WA beat Trail 7 to 5 in the final game of the 1933 Grand Forks volunteer fire department annual Empire Day baseball tourney. Trail eliminated Grand Forks 15 to 5 in the first game of the day. Due to a misunderstanding, Colville WA failed to appear. An ideal day brought out a big crowd from both sides of the border, 200 cars being parked around the diamond. Trail scored six times in the third inning of the opener and were never in danger of faltering.

DeMore (W), Mercer and McTeer, Decembrini
Miller (L), O’Keefe and Ronald

The Washingtonians grabbed a 7 to 0 lead after scoring three in the third, two in the fourth and another pair in the sixth frame. Trail’s late rally in the eighth was foiled when an attempted bunt turned into a double play.

Luther (W) and Sparks
Morris (L), DeMore and McTeer

(May 24)  Slamming the offerings of every Wenatchee WA chucker all over the lot, the Nelson senior baseballers won both ends of an exhibition doubleheader against the American visitors. A ninth-inning rally produced a 16 to 13 first-game victory while the homesters led all the way in winning the second encounter 16 to 9. Trailing 13 to 12 as they came to bat in the bottom of the ninth canto of the matinee event, the Nelsonites loaded the sacks and, with two out, Bob “Slim” Horswill belted the ball to deep centre field scoring three runners ahead of him. “Chick” Gillett and “Fat” Richardson had four hits each for the winners while winning pitcher Henry Bey contributed a trio of base knocks including a home run.

Lorraine, Gabroit, Flynn (L) and Norlin
B. Horswill, Bey (W) (8) and Richardson

The hosts continued their offensive display in the late tilt, racking up 12 more base blows including circuit clouts by Hughie Horswill and Henry Bey. Outfielder Brusch had three hits for the Washington state squad.

Lorraine (L), Flynn (2) and Clark
Kraft (W) and Richardson

(May 28)  The Nelson senior baseball team completely overwhelmed an outclassed group of baseballers representing Irving WA when they pulverized the visitors 21 to 3. The Nelson pitching tandem of “Slim” Kraft and “Chick” Gillett limited the Americans to just three hits, one being a home run by losing pitcher Allen. “Tick” Hall was the heavy hitter for the victors with four hits including a triple and double. “Slim” Horswill had three hits including a two-bagger. Henry Bey singled three times. Hughie Horswill drilled a homer and just missed a second round-tripper, this one of the inside-the-park variety, when he came up lame and was thrown out at the plate, the hit being scored as a triple. Dick Drew also had an over-the-fence four-bagger for the Nelsonites.

Allen (L), Shearer
Kraft (W), Gillett (6) and xxx 

(June 4)  Out hitting Nelson 10 to 9, but committing a succession of misplays in the field, the Trail senior ball tossers lost the first game of the “Kootenay Series” 5 to 4 to Nelson in a Butler Park joust. Bob Horswill’s fifth-inning double, his second two-bagger of the game, tied the score and then, two outs later, “Slim” Kraft singled to drive in Horswill with the ultimate winning counter. Catcher “Slivers” Decembrini was Trail’s top swatter, belting a triple to go along with a single.

Gillett (W) and Richardson
DeMore (L) and Decembrini

(June 11)  Rallying their forces in the sixth inning and aided by several fumbles, the Trail senior ball team pounded out an 8 to 6 victory over Nelson on the Lake City diamond, squaring the “Kootenay Series” at one win each. The Smelter Gang collected 11 hits while Nelson was accumulating 10. With the score deadlocked at 4 – 4 after five frames were in the books, Trail’s offense went to work in the sixth canto, registering four counters to grab the lead for good. Nelson’s Bob Horswill and winning chucker Jimmy Morris of the Trailites both rang up three hits. One of Horswill’s hits was of the extra-base variety, a home run. Brother Hughie Horswill also shone in the power department, banging out a triple and two-bagger.  

Morris (W) and Decembrini
Kraft (L) and Richardson

(June 18)  Touching Henry Bey for five runs in the first inning, Trail went on to defeat Nelson 11 to 7 in a contest played in the Lake City. Harry Rothery, Hank Lauriente, Louis DeMore and “Scotty” Ross all connected for two hits in pacing the winners at the plate. Included in the Rothery collection was a three-bagger. Rico Martin belted a fifth-inning solo homer for Trail. The Horswills again starred at bat for Nelson with Hughie getting three hits and Bob a pair of doubles. Catcher Gordon Richardson nailed a circuit-clout for the losers.

Morris (W) and Decembrini
Bey (L), Kraft (1) and Richardson

(July 1-2)  Thrill-packed baseball in which three out of the five games were won by one-run margins featured the third annual holiday weekend tournament staged by the Trail senior baseball club. The Trail club again won the tournament, defeating Millwood WA 10 to 6 in the final.

An opening game squeaker saw Grand Forks losing in the final inning to Lewis of Spokane by a 4 to 3 count. Other first-round games had Millwood WA defeating Nelson 8 to 7 and Trail pounding Springdale WA 10 to 0. Ken Ringland, a Lethbridge pitcher, was brought in by the Nelson team for the tournament and didn’t disappoint, piling up 17 strikeouts in seven innings of mound work. Unfortunately, errors and walks led to his demise and the elimination of the Lake City squad.

Lewis of Spokane and Millwood WA played two extra innings to decide the semi-final winner and, again, Millwood won by one run, 4 to 3.

In the tournament final, with “Wish” Milburn connecting for a two-run homer in the third, Trail assumed a commanding lead of 7 to 1 after three innings of play. In the ninth frame, with Trail now ahead by a 10 to 4 margin, Millwood narrowed the deficit to 10 to 6 and had the sacks full with the potential tying run at the plate when winning tosser Jimmy Morris fanned Millwood catcher Stan for the third out.
Stout (L), Quine (3), McDonald (4) and Stan
Morris (W) and Decembrini

(July 4)  In the opening game of a two-game exhibition series, a contest which featured five double plays, Rathdrum ID defeated Nelson 14 to 6. The visitors scored five runs in their first turn at bat and were never headed. Wayerski with a three-run shot, Steel with a two-run blast and G. Anderson with a bases-loaded drive all had round-trippers for the Idahoans. “Tick” Hall tripled and singled for the vanquished nine.

Harlson (W) and Marlowe
Kraft (L), Gillett (9) and Richardson

(July 5)  The visiting Rathdrum ID baseball team made it two straight over the Nelson seniors by handing them a 7 to 1 trimming at the Nelson Recreation Grounds. Winning pitcher G. Anderson handcuffed the hosts on four hits as well as blasting a triple and single. Shortstop S. Anderson led the 12-hit attack for the Yanks, lacing a double to go along with a brace of one-baggers.

G. Anderson (W) and Marlowe
Luther (L) and Richardson

(July 9)  Bunching four hits in the opening frame for two runs, the Nelson senior baseball team went on to defeat the visiting Colfax WA nine 2 to 1. Veteran “Slim” Kraft went the route on the hill for the Lake City gang, tossing a three-hitter. Bob Horswill’s double and Kraft’s clean single to centre field drove in the two Nelson counters. Denune’s fourth inning one-bagger drove in the lone run for Colfax. The Nelsonites held a 7 to 3 edge in base hits.

Damon (L) and Pierson
Kraft (W) and Richardson

(July 10)  Gilkerson’s Colored Union Giants of Detroit handed the Trail senior ball team a 12 to 0 pasting at Butler Park. Several of the Trailites collected base hits off the slants of winning pitcher McDonald who kept things in check by effectively spacing them. The Giants’ defense was also flawless, playing error free in vacuuming up a number of hard-hit balls.

McDonald (W) and xxx
Morris (L), Broadhurst (6) and xxx

(July 16)  In a free-swinging exhibition affair at Butler Park, the Spokane WA Boosters took the measure of the Trail senior ball team 11 to 5. The Boosters collected 13 hits against 11 for Trail and were more effective in bunching their base blows. B. Miller led the Spokane nine at the platter with a double and two singles while teammate Hatten crushed a home run and a single. Jimmy Morris with a triple and a brace of one-baggers was the top offensive player for the Smoke Stackers.

Storsley (W), Melior (7) and xxx
Broadhurst (L), Ross (6) and McTeer

(July 16)  The Grand Forks Beavers walloped the offerings of “Brick” Balfour of the Trail Sheiks for ten hits to down the Smelter City visitors 8 to 2. Floyd Cooper pitched a seven-hitter and struck out ten Trail batters in grabbing the mound decision.

Balfour (L) and xxx
Cooper (W) and xxx 

(July 22-23)  A rusty Nelson nine dropped both games of a weekend double-bill to the Colfax WA squad. The Washingtonians whitewashed the Lakers 5 to 0 in a Saturday contest and followed it up with a 7 to 2 triumph on Sunday.

In the Saturday set-to, winning tosser Damon of Colfax whitewashed the Lake City troupe on three safeties, two of them by “Scotty” Ross who was picked up from the Trail squad for the game. Infielder Humphries paced the winners’ 11-hit thrust with a home run and three-bagger.

Damon (W) and xxx
Gille (L), Gillette (6) and Richardson

In the Sunday affair, both teams collected ten hits but Colfax had a big edge defensively. Nelson’s “Slim” Kraft fanned ten batters in a losing cause. McNall of Colfax poled a bases-empty homer in the sixth inning.

xxx (W) and xxx
Kraft (L) and xxx 

(July 30)  The Creston Athletics pounced on Nelson starter “Slim” Kraft for five counters in the second canto and went on to defeat their hosts 6 to 3 in an exhibition match. Creston starting pitcher Fortin had the Nelsonites eating out of his hand until suffering a stroke on the mound while winding up in the sixth frame. Nelson got to reliever Cherrington for three tallies in the eighth stanza but it was a case of too little, too late. Outfielder Ollie Christie of the East Kootenay gang collected four hits in five times at bat.

Fortin (W), Cherrington (6) and xxx
Kraft (L), Gillette (2) and xxx 
(August 5)  In the opening game of their exhibition jaunt into Mainline/Okanagan country, the barnstorming Trail nine blanked Revelstoke of the B.C. Interior League 3 to 0 in a game played in Nakusp. The game was fast and close, a scoreless tie until the sixth frame when Warrick for Trail singled, his third hit of the game, and came home on Decembrini’s home run.

Noble (W) and xxx
Lonzo (L) and Decembrini 

(August 7)  In the second game of their tour, Trail tied the hosting Revelstoke aggregation 4 – 4. The Interior League team tied the game in the last inning when Kimberley singled off Trail chucker Warrick with the sacks full, driving home a pair of runs. Warrick pitched a steady game, striking out 11 Railroad Town batters and allowing nine hits. “Slivers” Decembrini had a two-run double for Trail while teammates Mike Buckna and “Wish” Milburn banged out triples.

Warrick and Decembrini
Lonzo, xxx (4) and xxx

(August 8)  In an exhibition encounter, a slick-fielding and speedy Trail team downed Salmon Arm of the Interior Baseball League 5 to 1. “Scotty” Ross, pitching for Trail, was supported by spectacular fielding on the part of Morris, Milburn, Young and Warrick in the infield. The hitting of the Trail team was a feature of the game with each player contributing at least one base clout. Wes Watkins’ three-bagger drove in the only run for the losing hosts.

Ross (W) and xxx
T. McKenzie (L), C. Watkins (4) and W. Watkins

(August 9)  Kamloops Famous Players of the B.C. Interior League came back from an early deficit and defeated the touring Trail team 6 to 5. Winning flinger George Roberts held the snappy Smelter Brigade to nine hits. Trail starting chucker Noble pitched good ball until he was struck on the knee by a line drive and had to leave the game. A last-inning triple by outfielder Milton and a perfect squeeze bunt brought home the winning tally for Kamloops.

Noble, Ross (L) and Decembrini
Roberts (W) and Sinclair

(August 10)   Trail and Penticton of the Okanagan International League divided an exhibition double-header Thursday at the Okanagan city with the home club taking the opener 5-3 and Trail capturing the nightcap 6-5. Trail began on a high note plating a pair in the first inning of the opening game.  Harry Rothery worked Lefty Hammond for a walk, stole second and scampered home on a single by Louis DeMore who later scored on a squeeze play. Trail had the bases loaded with just one out in the fourth but couldn't score. Penticton got one in the fourth on Bob Phinney's RBI single and broke the game open with four runs in the sixth. Trail got one back in the seventh on Noble's two-base sock down the left field line. Penticton out-hit Trail 14 to 5 as Blacklock and Baker each contributed three safeties.  Hammond fanned just three while Warwick set down 10 by strikeout.

Warwick (L) and Decembrini
Hammond (W) and Kincaid

Trail again got off to a quick start in the second game with three runs in the opening frame and added another in the second. Although out-hit 11 to 6, they stayed in the lead throughout. Penticton stranded 13 base runners to just four for Trail. Harry Rothery with a triple and a single led the winners offensively. Les Gould pounded out three doubles for Penticton.

Gould (L) and Gartrell
DeMore (W), Noble (7) and Decembrini

(August 15)  In the final game of their tour, a somewhat listless and tired Trail team dropped a 13 to 6 decision to Kamloops of the Interior Baseball League. The victors roughed up three Trail moundsmen for ten base blows, including two each by outfielder McCormick, catcher Tait and third sacker Coates. Both of Tait’s base raps were two-baggers. Outfielder Milton blasted a round-tripper for the Famous Players nine.

DeMore (L), Ross, xxx and xxx
Roberts (W) and Tait

(August 16)  After a shaky second inning in which the visitors scored four runs, the Nelson senior baseballers made a gallant stand against the Detroit Colored Giants but went down to a 7 to 5 defeat. Hits were evenly divided in this contest with both both clubs getting eleven. Included in the Nelson total was a home run by “Bob “Slim” Horswill and a two-bagger by Tony Arcure. Massive “Dubby” Smith, who doubles as an outfielder when not pitching, slammed a triple and double for the Giants.

Floyd (W), B. Smith (8) and xxx
Kraft (L) and xxx

(August 17)  Playing at Butler Park before one of the largest crowds of the season, the Detroit Colored Giants defeated Trail’s senior baseball team 8 to 3. Andy Love, catcher for the tourists, kept the crowd amused with his humorous antics and belted the game’s only homer as well as adding a double and single. Leadoff hitter Dean picked up a three-bagger and a single while winning flinger, big Bill “Dubby” Smith, singled twice. Jimmy Morris had a triple and a “Texas League” double for the losing hosts.

B. Smith (W) and Love
Warrick/Warwick (L), Noble (7) and xxx

(August 18)  With junior call-up Steve Smith pitching superb ball all the way, the Nelson diamondeers handed the Detroit Colored Giants a 10 to 4 defeat. The loss for the barnstormers was their first defeat in 21 games. The winners bunched their 14 base blows in the fifth, seventh and eighth frames to plate all their runs. Southpaw Smith, guided by veteran catcher Gord Richardson, fanned nine Detroiters and, on two occasions after three successive balls were called on him, he tightened up and threw three strikes past the Giants’ batter. All but one of the 10 hits he surrendered were singles, the lone exception being Hatton’s double in the fourth frame. Regular catcher Andy Love of the Giants took to the hillock and went the route in absorbing the loss. He surrendered a fifth inning homer to Nelson’s “Slim” Horswill with two on base. Horswill also had a one-bagger. Harry Rothery, recruited from the Trail senior team for the game, nicked Love for a double and single. Also collecting a pair of base knocks for the winners were “Tick” Hall, Tommy Harrison, Gordon Roynon and Richardson

Love (L) and xxx
Smith (W) and Richardson

(August 27)  With the smallest fan turnout of the season on hand, the Trail senior baseballers pasted Colville’s veteran pitcher, Brown, all over the lot for a 13 to 5 victory. Leading the 15-hit charge with the hickory for the Smelter Crew were “Granny” Young with a double and two singles, “Slivers” Decembrini with a triple and a single and winning pitcher “Scotty” Ross with a pair of doubles. Clean-up hitter Claar of the Yanks doubled twice. 

Brown (L) and Graham 
Ross (W) and Decembrini 


(May 28)  Nakusp defeated Silverton 11 to 10.

(June 4)  Nakusp took Burton into camp to the tune of 4 to 1.

Jordan (W) and Picard
xxx (L) and xxx

(June 11)  Slocan City hosted Nakusp and laid a 7 to 1 defeat on the invaders. Slocan jumped into a five run lead in the first two innings of play, a margin which Nakusp could not overcome. M. Long struck out ten Nakusp batters in taking the mound win.

Jordon (L) and Pickard
Long (W) and Hufty

(June 18)  Burton’s late three-run rally in the ninth inning fell just short as the homestanding Slocan City nine emerged with a 6 to 5 win.

L. Johnson (L), McCormick and F. Miller
Long (W) and Hufty 

(June 18)  In a ragged exhibition of baseball, Nakusp defeated Silverton 15 to 14 in ten-innings. Home runs by Kelly of Silverton and Harris of Nakusp were the features of the game.

Fairhurst (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(June 25)  Playing on a muddy field and throughout occasional showers, New Denver tumbled the Nakusp nine 4 to 2.

Sanderson (W) and McDonald
Jordan (L) and Picard

(July 9)  Plating four runs in the top of the ninth, the invading South Slocan baseball team overcame a 10 to 9 deficit to defeat the Nelson Senators 13 to 11.

Anderson, B. Nemrava (W) (3) and C. Nemrava
Kitto, Kraft (2), Gillett (L) (5) and xxx

(July 9)  M. Long, hurling for Slocan City, pitched a no-hit, no-run game against the Perry Siding team as the homesters prevailed by an 8 to 0 count. Only 32 Perry’s batters faced Long in the nine-inning contest with 14 of these being retired by the strikeout route.

Carlson (L) and xxx
M. Long (W) and Hufty

(July 9)  Piling up six runs in the second inning, Silverton went on to defeat New Denver 12 to 7.

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

(July 16)  South Slocan – 11    Nakusp – 2

(July 16)  Burton – 5    Slocan City - 4

(July 23)  In a closely fought match at South Slocan, the visitors from Perry Siding edged past their hosts 5 to 4.

Carlson (W) and xxx
Anderson (L) and xxx

(July 28)  The Nakusp senior baseball team received a severe thumping at Slocan City when the hosts ran up a score of 29 to 3.

(August 23)  The Slocan City senior team defeated New Denver-Silverton 2 to 1 in a game that was shortened to six innings on account of darkness and an impending storm.

(September 4)  Silverton defeated Perry Siding by a score of 14 to 8.


No league existed in the central interior section of BC during 1933. The season began with a scattering of spring exhibition games, played on Sundays, with nothing more than bragging rights at stake. However, before most of the summer had passed, the weekend contests fizzled to a standstill for whatever reason as per the absence of any mention in either the Prince George Citizen or the Cariboo Observer.

(May 14)  The diamondeers from Quesnel came from behind to defeat Prince George 7 to 4 in the season opener for both teams. Chuck Beath plated three of Quesnel’s seven counters.

Friend, Johnson (L) (5), Rogers (9) and Guile, Klotz (5)
xxx, Taft (W) (5) and xxx

(May 20)  The Prince George baseballers evened the score with their Cariboo cousins when they edged the Quesnel nine 7 to 6. Hal Rogers’ triple in the bottom of the ninth drove in the tying and winning runs.

Knutson, Netterfield (L) and xxx
Rogers, Stan Klotz (W) (6) and Klotz

(May 27)  The Williams Lake aggregation dumped the hosting Quesnel squad 12 to 9 in a game marred by many errors. The Lakers used three chuckers while the homesters countered with two. Alex Crone of Quesnel emerged as the top lumber wielder in the game, connecting for five base hits.

xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
xxx, xxx and xxx

(June 11)  A nine-run seventh inning propelled the Williams Lake baseball team to a close 11 to 10 victory over Quesnel. The game featured a triple play by Quesnel in the eighth inning.

Knutson, Bloom, McRae and Berg
Peverell, Harmer, English and Norquay

(July 2)  Quesnel endured in a 13-inning tussle to defeat Prince George 8 to 7.

Knutson, Bloom (W) (9) and Crone
Rogers (L), St. Louis (13) and Tate 

(July 9)  Len Knutson’s steady pitching effort engineered the Quesnel baseball nine to a 15 to 5 whipping of the team from Williams Lake.

xxx (L) and xxx
Knudson (W) and xxx

(July 16)  Quesnel walloped Prince George 12 to 4 on the Gold Panners’ home turf in a game shortened to seven innings because of rain.

xxx (L), xxx, xxx and xxx
Knudson (W) and xxx


New Hazelton
Snappy Nine

(May 6)   In the opening game of baseball for the 1933 season, New Hazelton successfully defended its title at the annual Glen Vowell field day. The New Hazelton boys have been doing workouts over the last couple of weeks playing much the same team as last year with the exception of a second baseman and a couple of spares.  A large crowd, perhaps the biggest ever for the Sports Day event. Bert Spooner hurled a shutout for New Hazelton in a 4-0 victory.

P.York and D.Moore
B.Spoonerr and A.Hall

(May)  New Hazelton upended Hazelton 7-3 in a game played at the Kispiox Reserve.

(May 12-13)   In a four team tournament on the grounds of the Hazelton Natives, On Friday, Hazelton beat Kispiox and New Hazelton topped the host nine 14 to 8. On Saturday, New Hazelton crushed Hazelton 18-8 to win the tourney.

(May 21)  New Hazelton handed Hazelton quite the beating Sunday hitting the ball all over the lot in a 14-1 victory.

Hazelton nine ... appear to be too stiff to stoop to stop a ball and at times they throw it any old place but where it will do any good. They had not improved in their batting at all and what hits they do make are infield or flies, in either case they are usually outs. The boys must be eating too much, or their food is too rich. (Omineac Herald, May 24, 1933)

(May 24)  A ball game was a highlight of the Victoria Day celebration at New Hazelton and the home club were down 3-0 in the first inning but roared back to beat Snappy Nine 14 to 7 and take the cash prize of $20.

(June 4)   Action kicked off in the Northern Interior Baseball League Sunday afternoon at New Hazel;ton when the hosts topped the visiting Smithers nine 7-3 on a wet and slippery diamond.  Smithers took the lead with a pair in the first inning as Clarence Goodacre and Smithy Arnold cracked singles and New Hazelton came right back with one run in their half of the inning as Omer Spooner got a hit and came around to score. New Hazelton took the lead for good with three more in the second helped by Eddie Denno's triple to right field, Hank Spooner's one-bagger and Parent's drive to left. They added two in the fifth as Parent slammed a three-bagger and had wrapped it up with one in the seventh.

xxx and xxx
Bert Spooner (W) and xxx

(June 4)  Playing in cold and damp conditions at Smithers, the Snappy Nine rallied in the late innings to notch a win over Hazelton. Trailing 4-1, they scored three in the eighth to tie then plated a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to shade Hazelton 5-4.

(June 11)  Old Hazelton defeated New Hazelton Sunday as the losing squad walked off the field following a disagreement over an umpire's decision. Old Hazelton was ahead 10-6 in the eighth when their opponents left the diamond. A six-run fifth inning for the winners included a bases-loaded walk.

Bert Spooner (L) and Hall
York (W) and xxx

(June 11)  Snappy Nine won their second straight downing Smithers town team 8 to 6.

(June 18)   New Hazelton handed Snappy Nine their first loss of the season taking a 5-3 decision playing at home.

(June 18)  In the biggest offensive outburst of the season, Hazelton whipped Smithers 14-4.

(June 25)  The Snappy Nines blew a six-run lead Sunday and dropped a 12-10 decision to Hazelton which ran wild in the seventh scoring ten runs. Rain, heavy at times, hampered play.

(June 25)  At Smithers, the Smithers town team edged New Hazelton 4-3.

(July 1)  In a July first contest, Smithers downed Snappy Nines 8 to 5.

(July 1)  In an extra-inning affair Saturday, New Hazelton erupted for five runs in the tenth inning to dump Hazelton 10-5.

(July 2)  Smithers edged New Hazelton 6-4 Sunday to take the top prize in a series of Dominion Day games at Smithers. The contest featured a first inning, two-run homer by Louis Parent of New Hazelton. Veteran observers said it was the longest hit ever on the Smithers grounds.  New Hazelton out-hit the winners 13 to 11. Furness was the winning hurler besting Bert Spooner. Spooner fanned ten and walked one. Furness had three strikeouts and one free pass.

(July 9)  Omer Spooner cracked a pair of home runs and Al Hall had one to lead New Hazelton to an 11-10 victory in a Sunday clash at New Hazelton.

The greatest exhibition of base ball ever played on the local or any other grounds was pulled off on Sunday afternoon when Hazelton came over to play a league game on New Hazelton grounds. To begin with the weather was threatening and before long the rain started to fall. A drizzle to a rain continued throughout the afternoon. The ball was wet, the boys wet and cold. The pitchers had stiff arms and lacked control. The grass in the outfield was long and wet. It has rained so persistently that it was impossible to get the grass cut. The boys were not in good humor, or at least they pretended they were not and even big first baseman Austin threw his glove and his cap on the ground a number of times and stamped his feet like a little girl in a pet. Nothing was right. (The Omineca Herald, July 12, 1933)

(July 16)  Smithers erupted for five runs in the seventh inning to take a 6-3 decision over Hazelton. Furness pitched well in gaining the mound triumph.

(July 16)  In another rain-delayed encounter, New Hazelton edged the Snappy Nines 5-4 behind the solid hurling of Bert Spooner who racked up 11 strikeouts and walked just one. Mike O'Neill pitched well in taking the defeat, He fanned six and walked a pair. Omer Spooner rapped a homer for the winners and Harold Lewis had a four-bagger for the Snappy Nines.

(July 23)   Louis Parent's strong mound work helped New Hazelton to a 9-4 triumph over Smithers Sunday. Missing two of their regulars, New Hazelton had a revamped lineup with both Louis and Delcourt Parent and Eddie Denno in the lineup and Earl Spooner behind the plate, Denno at first, Bert Spooner at shortstop and Al Hall playing second.

Furness (L), Warner (7) and Goodacre
L.Parent (W) and E.Spooner

(July 23)  At Smithers, the Snappy Nine whipped Hazelton, scoring in double digits. The win pushed Snappy Nine into second place in the league standings.

(July 30)   The Snappy Nines of Smithers scored four runs in the first inning Sunday and cruised to an 8-0 shutout over New Hazelton to move into a tie with New Hazelton for first place in the Northern Baseball League. Mike O'Neill went the distance to blank the visitors on a day when errors told the tale. Snappy Nines survived eight errors while New Hazelton kicked the ball sixteen times.

(July 30)   A dropped ball by the Hazelton catcher on a third strike in the ninth inning led to two runs and an 8-7 Smithers victory.  After dropping the pitch, the catcher's throw to first was way off the mark allowing both runners to scamper home.  Cliff Warner picked up the win in a relief role.

xxx. Warner (W) (7) and xxx
Martinson, York (L) (4) and xxx

(August 6)  The Snappy Nines topped the Smithers seniors 9-5 Sunday.

(August 6)  In the best game of the season in the Northern Interior League, New Hazelton shaded Hazelton 4-2. Pitcher Louis Parent had a sterling effort for the winners. In the fifth inning he retired the side on four pitches.

L.Parent (W) and H.Spooner
xxx and xxx

(August 13)   At Smithers Sunday, New Hazelton crushed the home squad 11 to 3 taking an early four-run lead in the second and coasting to the victory. Louis Parent's triple, just inches short of a home run, was a highlight for the winners.

B.Spooner (W) and A.Hall
xxx and xxx

(August 13)  The Smithers' Snappy Nines, with four regulars missing, still had enough to dump Hazelton 7-3 Sunday. Smithers blanked Hazelton until the ninth when a series of errors led to all three runs. The Nines scored one in the first and exploded for six in the seventh.

xxx and xxx
York (L), Bell (8) and Denno

(August 20)   The Snappy Nines of Smithers took over first place in the Northern Interior League Sunday with a thrilling 3-2 victory over New Hazelton.  Snappy Nines spotted the visitors a run in the second inning then scored singletons in the third, seventh and eighth to take a 3-1 lead. New Hazelton scored one in the top of the ninth but fell short. Mike O'Neill tossed a gem for the pitching win.

B.Spooner (L) and H.Spooner
O'Neill (W) and xxx

(August 20)  Hazelton clobbered Smithers seniors 15-1 Sunday afternoon.

(August 24)  As entertainment for the Hazelton Flower Show, a game between the combined Smithers teams and the Hazelton-New Hazelton squad was held at the athletic grounds. In a high-scoring affair, Smithers jumped into a 9-0 lead after just three innings but Hazelton battled back to tie 14-14 after nine frames. Smithers pushed across four runs in the 11th and held Hazelton to a singleton to take the match 18-15.

(August 30)  Hazelton upset New Hazelton 7-5.

(August 30)  Snappy Nines clinched the league championship Sunday downing the Smithers seniors 11-9.

(September 3-4)   New Hazelton copped the $50 top prize in the Bulkley Valley Labor Day Tournament played at Telkwa as Bert Spooner pitched all 18 innings with just an hour between games as New Hazelton downed Snappy Nines 7-2 in the final after defeating Smithers seniors 9-3.  Snappy Nine kicked off the tourney Sunday with an 11-7 win over Hazelton. 

New Hazelton broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the fourth inning and it proved enough as Spooner blanked the Nines until late in the game in the 7-2 triumph. 

O'Neill, Kershaw (L) (4) and xxx
B.Spooner (W) and H.Spooner

Sunday, Mike O'Neill started for the Snappy Nines and was roughed up for seven runs before the Nines put in a newly arrived moundsman from Vancouver, Ernie Kershaw.

On my first day in Smithers, on the 1933 Labour Day weekend, I arrived via the Canadian Pacific Railway boat from Vancouver to Prince Rupert and the C.N. Railway to Smithers. I was met at the station by a fair-sized delegation of local baseball fans who quickly moved my luggage into a fine boarding house, provided me with a neatly pressed Smithers baseball uniform and drove me post haste to Telkwa, a nearby town nine miles east, to pitch for Smithers in a big regional baseball tournament against Hazelton.

This was the first game of the tournament. We arrived in the second inning and I soon found myself on the pitching mound in the middle of an inning. The catcher had apparently not caught fast-breaking curves before and couldn't handle mine. About the fourth pitch he broke his finger. (The Pitching Professor, The life & Times of Ernie Kershaw by Len Corben)

It was 7-7 when Kershaw relieved and the right-hander blanked Hazelton the rest of the way as the Snappy Nines scored four more to win 11-7.

O'Neill, Kershaw (W) (4) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(September 10)  In an exhibition game at Smithers, the Snappy Nines shaded New Hazelton 3-2 behind the hurling of newcomer Ernie Kershaw who joined the team last weekend.

(September 17)  The Interior All-Stars pulled an upset Sunday afternoon defeating the Prince Rupert All-Stars 8-0 before a big crowd. Ernie Kershaw, the new pitcher for the Snappy Nines and high school teacher in Smithers, had the visitors off balance from the start and had little difficulty in tossing the shutout.

Chenoske (L) and A.Mitchell
Kershaw (W) and Goodacre

(September 18)   At Smithers Monday, Prince Rupert rebounded to trounce the Interior All-Stars 10-4 scoring all their runs in the fourth inning.

Lambe (W) and Nelson
B.Spooner (L) and Goodacre