1933 Tournaments / Exhibitions     

(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

(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 3) The Regina Army & Navy team of the Southern League defeated Regina Purity Dairy, an intermediate squad, in the final of Lumsden's annual sports day. Lumsden took third money.

(June 6)  In the first 1933 appearance of a touring team in Regina, the local Army & Navy club of the Southern League knocked off the Detroit Colored Giants 11 to 3 at Floodlight Park. Gayle Shupe fanned 13 Detroiters in getting the win.

(June 7)  The barnstorming Detroit Colored Giants and the Southern League's Regina Army & Navy baseballers split a twin bill with the tourists prevailing 2 to 1 in the afternoon affair while the homesters took the evening contest 8 to 4. "Big Bill" Smith of the Giants homered in the opener, driving in both Detroit runs, and also picked up the pitching win over Regina's Bill Koch. Andy Young of the Storemen got the win in the nightcap as teammate Webb Bird cranked out a home run. 

(June 8)  The Moose Jaw All-Stars fell victim to the touring Detroit Colored Giants by a score of 4 to 2. The exhibition defeat was costly to the Stars as they lost catcher Oak Toombs who suffered a badly twisted arm.

(June 21)  As 2,300 fans passed through the turnstiles, the touring House of David baseballers handed the Regina Army & Navy team a double-defeat by scores of 4 to 3 and 12 to 10. Ex-major leaguer Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched the first two innings in both games for the bearded ones. Webb Bird, lanky first baseman of the Storemen, had a stellar performance at the plate in both games. In the opener, he cracked out two homers, one off Alexander while in the late game, he had a perfect night with three singles plus a walk.

(June 23)  The House of David baseballers drubbed a listless band of Moose Jaw All-Stars 17 to 3 in an exhibition tilt. Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched one inning and, during that time, Moose Jaw got to him for two safeties and one run.  

(July 1)  The Regina Nationals picked up top money in the 4-team Moose Jaw Dominion Day tournament after throttling the Regina Army & Navy 17 to 8 in the final. The Moose Jaw All-Stars finished third, knocking off a team from Saskatoon 8 to 2.

(July 1)  The Milestone Sioux, tuning up for their return to Southern League play, won 3 games in the annual Milestone Elks tournament to capture top prize. The Sioux knocked off teams from Langby, Riceton and Khedive.

(July 19)  The professional Brandon Greys of the Northern League began their Saskatchewan exhibition series by downing the Southern League's Regina Army & Navy 6 to 2. Dave Clayton, Regina's catcher, batted in the two Army & Navy runs on a double to right field in the second inning. Outfielder Luther Fritz had two singles for the Southern Leaguers. Jack Calvey homered for the Greys.

(July 20)  Living up to their reputation as a hard hitting team, the pro Brandon Greys, a third place team in the Northern League, collected 16 safeties in slamming the Moose Jaw All-Stars 10 to 6. The Manitobans smashed three homers in this game.

(July 21)  A two-run, tenth inning home run by outfielder John Reider was enough to propel the Northern League's Brandon Greys to a 3 to 1 win over the Regina Army & Navy. Dunc Porteous' fourth inning single drove in Regina's lone run.

(July 24)  Danny McKenna's 10th inning Texas leaguer to right field brought home "Sandy" Thomson with the winning run as the Moose Jaw All-Stars edged the Calgary Pucksters 5 to 4 in a thrilling exhibition game. McKenna also had a home run and double in this contest.

(July 25)  The Calgary Pucksters swept an exhibition doubleheader from the Regina Army & Navy, taking the opener 6 to 3 and then capturing the nightcap 7 to 2. The Pucksters were led offensively by first baseman Cecil "Tiny" Thompson. The Boston Bruins' goaltender had five base hits in ten trips to the plate in the twin-bill. 

(July 26)  Adding the Regina Nationals to their list of victims, the Calgary Puckster baseball club took a 5 to 2 decision from their Queen City hosts. Former Regina Balmoral hurler "Dodger" Lewis pitched the entire game for the Calgarians.

(July 31-August 3)  Prince Albert Jubilee Exhibition tournament.  

The Crooked River Lumber Jacks whipped Weldon 9-2 in the tournament final Thursday to win the Jubilee Exhibition Tournament and the J.G. Diefenbaker Trophy at Prince Albert. The Lumber Jacks, who edged Birch Hills earlier in the day to advance to the championship game, ran up a 9-0 lead before Weldon finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth inning. Charlie Deloge hurled three-hit ball for the winners and racked up 11 strikeouts. Shortstop Hockey and second sacker L. Deloge each scored three times for the Lumber Jacks who beat Dale Yoos going for his third win in the tourney.

Yoos (L), Ortloff and Jensen
C.Deloge (W) and Hill

The Lumber Jacks slipped by Birch Hills 8-7 in a heavy-hitting semi-final contest. Crooked River knocked out 13 hits with first baseman Vasie leading the way with two triples and a double.  Hockey added a double and single and two runs scored. Catcher B. Lunan, right-fielder Lunan and left-fielder Baker each had two hits for Birch Hills. Lumber Jacks won it in the bottom of the sixth after Birch Hills had tied the count 7-7 in the top of the inning.

Mosher (L) and B.Lunan
Jackson (W) and Hill

Dale Yoos added to his laurels with a two-hit, 16 strikeout performance as Weldon topped Davis 4-0 in the other semi-final.  Yoos had a three-hitter with 15 whiffs on opening day of the event.

G.Brown, A.Young and Jock Brown
Yoos (W) and Jensen

Opening day, both Prince Albert teams were eliminated as the Volunteers fell to Weldon 3-2 and the Canadian Legion lost to Birch Hills 4-3.  In the third game of the day, the Northern Stars blanked Parkside 3-0.  In the first game of the tourney, veteran Dale Yoos fired a three-hitter and fanned 15 as Weldon topped the Volunteers. Vern Jensen doubled to score McClure, who had walked, with the winning run in the final frame. Shortstop Gratias led the winners with three hits.

Kawalsky (L) and P.Leachman
Yoos (W) and Jensen

A three-run sixth inning carried the Northern Stars to their win over Parkside. Godin led off the decisive inning with his second double of the game and Rafuse and McDonald connected for singles. Before the dust had settled all three had scampered home. Rafuse held Parkside to three hits in hurling the shutout.

Harper (L) and Johnson
Rafuse (W) and Hogan

Winning hurler Adams won his own game in the eighth and final inning as he singled, advanced on an infield play and came home on a wild throw in the 4-3 victory for Birch Hills over the Legion.  Birch Hills had tied the match at 3-3 with a pair in the seventh on a double by Herbie Bird.  Dunning had three hits for the winners as did Pug Johnson for Prince Albert.

Adams (W) and Lunan
Loree (L) and Stout

The late arrival of the Smeaton team due to car trouble forced their game with Crooked River to be delayed until Wednesday morning. In the only contest played Tuesday, Davis took an early 4-0 lead and cruised to a 9-3 victory over Stanleyville which had bolstered their roster with the addition of spitball pitcher Oddie Lowe. But, Lowe had an off day giving up 14 hits while Lowe's teammates committed several costly errors. Brown and Young handled the hurling for the winners.

Brown, Young (4) and Halcro
Lowe (L) and Spencer

There were three games on Wednesday's program. Crooked River got just three hits but Cyre, on the hill for the Lumber Jacks, fired a one-hit shutout as the Jacks advanced with a 2-0 triumph.  Cyre had one of the hits and scored a run for the winners. The only hit off Cyre came in the first inning as Sampson reached on the safety.

Cyre (W) and Hill
Tomanson (L) and Belair

In extra innings, Davis edged the Northern Stars 5-4 as Allan Young cracked a triple to score G. Halcro with the winning run.  Jimmy Brown, who pitched six shutout innings, picked up the pitching win in relief of Young. Catcher Jock Brown led a 16-hit attack with a four-for-four day, one a two-bagger. Young had a double, triple and single and G. Halcro had three singles.

Young, Jimmy Brown (W) (4) and Jock Brown
A.Hunter, Rafuse (L) (8) and Hogan

In the evening game, Weldon won by forfeit as Canwood declined further play over a disputed decision. Weldon was in front 5-1 when the game was called in the fifth inning. 

(August 7-12)  Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament

(August 7)   Trailing 5-1 in the middle of the 7th inning, Lanigan rallied for four runs in the 7th and three more in the 8th to upend Harris 8-5 in the opening game of the 1933 Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  Each team had 10 hits with Lanigan getting a homer from Dick Overton and triples by winning hurler August Gunther. Len McMahon had a three-bagger for Harris.

Mohr, Loraas (7), Graham (L) (8) and Hills
Aug.Gunther (W) and W.Gunther

(August 8)   Battleford scored on an error in the 10th inning to down Hanley 11-10 in an offensive display that produced 28 hits, eleven for extra bases.   Pete Hawryluk of Hanley was the individual hitting star with a homer, triple and double in five trips to the plate. Teammate Ellis had a homer and two doubles. Larkin of Battleford and Dean of Hanley also had homers.

Gustafson, Mather (5), Dean (L) (8) and Derdall
Arnold, Hughes (W) (10) and Gordon

Bruno got the early jump on Aberdeen scoring two in the first inning and three in the second and they held up for a 5-3 victory. Lefty Fernholz held Aberdeen to seven hits in going the distance for the win. Milt Baker gave up just six and fanned 14 in taking the loss. Shortstop Tegenkamp had four hits, including a homer, for the winners. Right fielder Schrader smacked a homer for Aberdeen.

Fernholz (W) and Hofbauer
Baker (L) and Lane, Bamford

(August 9)  In one of the worst-ever beatings in Tournament history, Neilburg scored in every inning to demolish Wakaw 24-0 as second sacker Weber had a story-book game with five hits and six runs scored. First baseman Frost slugged a homer, double and two singles and scored five times. Lindsay Gibbons added a double and three singles.  Al Flohr allowed just one hit through six innings for Neilburg. Eisler finished up.

Flohr (W), Eisler (7) and McGillvray
Loree (L), Goslin (6), Gillespie (8) and Stout, Goslin

In another high-scoring affair, Watson trounced Leslie 17-6 in a game which featured 29 hits, 16 by Watson, and 13 errors, 10 by Leslie.  However, owing to irregularities, the game is to be replayed.

Cummings, Ollen (3) and Hayton
Graham, Reichelt (1) and Tyler

(August 10)   Blaine Lake whipped Lucky Lake 10-4 as Lefty Hunchuk had a no-hitter for 8 2/3s innings. With two out in the 9th, Lonsberry walked and J. Newman reached on an error.  Welters beat out a bunt for Lucky Lake's first hit scoring Lonsberry. Stan Douglas then slammed a three-run homer. Hunchuk ended up with a two-hitter and 18 strikeouts. 

Douglas (L) and Lonsberry
Hunchuk (W) and Scratch

In a replay of their first round match, Watson defeated Leslie 6-1 as Graham, knocked out in the first inning Wednesday, fired a two-hitter for Watson.  Tyler's run-scoring triple in the 6th inning knocked in the winner for Watson. Wilde added some insurance for the winners with a homer.

Ollen (L) and Hayton
Graham (W) and Tyler

Battleford first baseman Walter Ellis slammed a homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand Battleford a 6-5 win over Lanigan. Ellis had earlier smacked  a triple.  Lefty Arnold and Hughes held Lanigan to six hits while the winners had 11 safeties.  Al Gunther started for Lanigan giving way to younger brother Emil in the sixth.

Al Gunther, E.Gunther (L) (6) and
Arnold, Hughes (W) (4) and Gordon

(August 11)   In the biggest upset of the tournament, Bruno dumped the highly-rated Neilburg nine 4-1 as Lefty Fernholz surrendered just five scattered hits.  Bruno got enough in the first inning on a walk, two singles and a wild pitch for the win.

Osborne, Flohr and McGillvray
Fernholz (W) and Hofbauer

Watson qualified for the final day's play with an 8-6 triumph over Blaine Lake. Right fielder Poston led a 9-hit Watson attack with three hits, one a homer, and three runs scored. Catcher Roy Scratch had two doubles and a single for Blaine Lake.

Smith (L), Inkster (4), Hunchuk (7) and R.Scratch
Reichelt (W), Graham (6) and Tyler

(August 12)     Bruno won a spot in the tourney final by defeating Watson 8-4 Saturday afternoon.  Tegenkamp was the star for the winners, allowing just four hits in 6 1/3 relief innings while punching out three hits and scoring twice. Morose had three hits for Watson.

Graham, Smart (L) (3) and Tyler
Lummerding, Hassen (1), Tegenkamp (W) (4) and Hofbauer

(August 12)  A five-run second inning sparked Bruno to the Exhibition Tournament championship Saturday evening with a 13-5 victory over Battleford in an error-filled contest in which the losers rang up 10 fielding miscues. Lefty Fernholz held Battleford to just six hits and one earned run. Centre fielder Hassen smacked three hits for Bruno and shortstop Tegenkamp, the hero of the semi-final victory, had a triple and single and scored three times.

Fernholz (W) and Hofbauer
Hughes (L), Bennett (2) and Gordon 

(August 8)  The barnstorming House of David team made a return visit to the Queen City, a month and a half after they last appeared in this venue. The Regina Army & Navy club, having earned a bye into the Southern League finals, were looking for a solid opponent to keep them sharp. Unfortunately for the Storemen, they came out flat and the Bearded Boys thumped them badly, by a 10 to 1 count. Most of the damage was done in the ninth when the Davids plated a whopping seven runs. As usual, Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched the first two innings for the visitors. 

(August 26)  Waiting to play their final game in the south Saskatchewan baseball championship against the Regina Nationals, the Estevan Maple Leafs travelled to Moose Jaw for an exhibition encounter and shutout the hometown All-Stars 5 to 0. "Long John" Berner and "Lefty" White shared the pitching chores for the Leafs, limiting the Stars to but two singles.

(August 29)  The Regina Army & Navy let a 4 to 3 lead slip away and dropped an exhibition encounter to the touring Gilkerson's Union Giants 7 to 4. Army & Navy's third baseman Stan Gustafson was the only Regina player to pierce the armor of Gilkerson's colored ball tossers with regularity, slamming three hits, one being a screaming triple.


(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 rove 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 has 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 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.

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