1934 Game Reports / Vancouer Island      

1934 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley   
1934 BC Interior   
1934 Vancouver Island  


Two separate senior leagues were operational in British Columbia’s Capital City during the 1934 season. The Victoria Twilight League, a six-team association of youthful feeder teams, was first out of the gate, beginning play in May and concluding their playoffs on August 21 with the Eagles laying claim to the loop tiara. The Twilighters had no provincial title aspirations and did not play beyond that point.

The more established Victoria Senior Amateur League, considered the stronger of the two circuits, didn’t commence their schedule until June 4 and wound up play in late August. During the campaign, the three teams within this loop regularly played exhibition matches against a highly-competitive up-Island squad from Chemainus. The defending champion Sons of Canada once again captured the regular-season pennant and the league playoff showdown, advancing into the provincial senior amateur baseball playdowns where they were eliminated by the lower mainland representative, the Arnold & Quigley aggregation from Vancouver.

Teams in the 1934 Victoria Twilight Baseball League
Pitzer & Nex
Sons of Canada

Teams in the 1934 Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League
Poodle Dog Cafe
Sons of Canada

Victoria Twilight Baseball League – playoff game reports

Final 1934 league standings     W       L       Pct.
Sons of Canada                  8       2      .800
Sidney                          7       3      .700
Eagles                          6       3      .667
Stockers                        4       5      .444
Pitzer & Nex                    1       6      .143
Taiyos                          0       7      .000

Eagles vs Sidney  (best-of-three series)

(August 5)  The Eagles drew first blood  in their semi-final series against Sidney, checking in with an 8 to 1 victory over their hosts.

(August 7)  Sidney was eliminated from further playoff action after falling to the Eagles in the second game of their semi-final series.

Eagles vs Sons of Canada  (best-of-five series)

(August 9)  Playing errorless ball behind the fine twirling of their youthful mound ace, “Sonny” Walker, the Sons of Canada defeated the Eagles 9 to 2 at Royal Athletic Park in the opening skirmish of the Twilight League finals. The Sons scored twice in both the first and second cantos and then added a five-spot in the third stanza to put the game on ice. 

Shouldice (L) and Woodford
Walker (W) and Monteski 

(August 14)  The Eagles tied up the Twilight League finals by hammering the Sons of Canada 10 to 0 at Royal Athletic Park. Two big innings, the fourth and the sixth when the Feathered Tribe scored six and four runs respectively, proved costly to the Canadians. Wilf Shouldice scattered four hits and breezed seven in earning the shutout mound win. His mates ably assisted him by pulling off four double plays.

Dick (L), Walker, Carr and Monteski
Shouldice (W) and Woodford

(August 16)  The Eagles forged into a two games to one lead in their final series with the Sons of Canada, taking the third game of the best-of-five series. Final score and game details not yet discovered.

(August 21)  With pitcher Wilf Shouldice spinning a one-hitter, the Eagles defeated the Sons of Canada 4 to 1 to annex the 1934 Twilight Baseball League championship and the A. E. Humphries Cup. A two-run circuit smash in the opening frame by “Barney” Barnswell staked the Feathered Tribe to an early lead and set the tone for the game.

Carr (L) and Monteski
Shouldice (W) and Woodford

Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League

The defending champion Sons of Canada and the Tillicum Club of the previous season re-entered the fray for 1934 while 1933 clubs representing Cameron’s Lumber and Slinger’s Winery exited the 1934 Victoria Senior Amateur circuit and were replaced by the Poodle Dog Cafe entry which reduced the loop to a three-team league.

(June 4)  The defending champion Sons of Canada, under their new manager “Kim” Campbell, opened the 1934 pennant chase in an impressive manner, coming through with an 8 to 2 victory over the Tillicums at Royal Athletic Park. Lloyd Cann hurled a six-hitter and struck out nine in copping the mound triumph over southpaw Lloyd Jones. The Sons clipped Jones for eight safeties including a triple and single by “Porky” Williams and a brace of two-baggers off the bat of Bill Holman. Third sacker Bert Nex singled twice for the losing Clubbers.

Cann (W) and Barnes
Jones (L) and Scott

(June 6)  Although out-hit by a 10 to 8 margin, the Sons of Canada chalked up their second consecutive win of the campaign, an 8 to 6 conquest of the league’s newest entry, the Poodle Dog Cafe nine, in a game at Royal Athletic Park defined by a heavy display of hitting. The Sons scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh to overcome a 6 to 5 deficit and earn the victory. Jimmy Proudlove picked up the knoll triumph in relief of starter Tommy Musgrave. Leo Holden went the distance for the Poodles. Shortstop “Red” Bennison of the Eatery nine was the contest’s leading hitter with a trio of swats, one of which was a three-bagger. Bill Holman topped the Canadians offensively with a double and single.

Holden (L) and Bridgewood
Musgrave, Proudlove (W) (5) and Barnes

(June 8)  The Poodle Dog Cafe nine broke into the win column at the expense of the Tillicums by coming through with a 10 to 7 decision at Royal Athletic Park. Both squads hit the horsehide with authority, each ringing up 11 safeties. Poodle Dog shortpatcher “Red” Bennison again led his aggregation at the dish, garnering a triple, double and single. First sacker Gordie Moore and losing flinger “Lefty” Alexander of the Tillicums both lit up winning tosser Dan Lidstone for a two-bagger and single.

Alexander (L) and McInnis
Lidstone (W) and Bridgewood

(June 11)  The Sons of Canada received their first setback of the season when the Poodle Dog Cafe nine came through with a 6 to 2 verdict over the defending league champions at Royal Athletic Park. Right-hander Bill Holness of the Eatery Gang hung the Indian sign on the Canadians, limiting them to four safeties while breezing nine. The Poodles rapped out nine bingles as first baseman Claude “Slim” Belcher sparkled with the hickory, hammering two triples to go along with a pair of one-baggers. Bill Holman of the Sons and second baseman Nicholson of the Cafemen both stung the pill for a brace of singles.

Proudlove (L), Cann (6), Musgrave (6) and Barnes
Holness (W) and Bridgewood

(June 13)  Overcoming an early deficit, the Tillicums came on strong in the middle innings and broke into the win column, knocking off the Poodle Dog Cafe baseballers 11 to 5 in a heavy-hitting affair at Royal Athletic Park. A total of 26 base blows were produced by the two teams with the Clubbers acquiring 14 of them. Outfielder Art Chapman had a banner evening at the plate for the triumphant nine, swatting the horsehide for four safe blows including a circuit-clout, a two-bagger and a pair of singles. Teammate Roy Taylor singled three times while fellow Clubman Gordie Moore smacked a brace of doubles. Outer pasture patroller Steve Dunc of the Restaurateurs led his squad of diamondeers offensively, drilling a trio of singles.

Holden (L), Lidstone (7) and Bridgewood
Jones (W) and McInnis

(June 15)  A pair of two-out tallies in the final frame gave the Sons of Canada a 4 to 2 win over the Tillicums in Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League play at Royal Athletic Park. The teams played on even terms for most of the highly-contested game in which the Sons held a narrow 8 to 7 margin in base hits. A wild pitch by losing chucker “Lefty” Alexander allowed the winning marker to trot home from the hot corner sack. Noel Morgan’s sharp drive over third base drove in the insurance tally. Morgan led the winning nine with the willow, slamming a double and single. Veteran catcher Fred McInnis singled twice for the Tillicums.

Proudlove (W) and Barnes
Alexander (L) and McInnis

(June 18)  A six-run outburst in the bottom of the ninth canto was insufficient to pull the Tillicums out of a deep hole as they fell 12 to 10 to the Poodle Dog Cafe nine at Royal Athletic Park. The Lunchmen had built up a huge lead before the Clubbers found their batting eyes in their last turn at bat but it was a case of too little, too late. In defeat, the Tillicums out hit their rivals by a count of 13 to 8 as Freddie Gibbons, Art Chapman and Fred McInnis all stroked a triad of safe swats. Poodle Dog backstop Bill Bridgewood also rang up three safeties while teammate “Red” Bennison slugged a two-run round-tripper.

Noble (W) and Bridgewood
Jones (L) and McInnis

(June 20)  Booting the ball with regularity, the doormat Tillicums squad fell 12 to 2 to the Sons of Canada as the league-leaders stretched their margin atop the Capital City Senior Amateur circuit. Winning flinger Tommy Musgrave limited the Clubmen to five bingles while punching out six. He helped his own cause with a long homer to the right garden in the second round. Jack Bacon and Noel Morgan led the Canadians’ ten-hit batting attack with a brace of safeties each. “Lefty” Alexander, normally a moundsman but manning the outfield for the shorthanded Tillicums, singled twice and was also charged with a pair of his clubs’ nine errors.

Jones (L) and McInnis
Musgrave (W) and Barnes

(June 22)  Combing the offerings of losing heaver Bill Holness for ten safeties, six of them doubles, the Sons of Canada continued their dominance within the Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball loop by blasting the Poodle Dog Cafe gang of pastimers 14 to 5. A huge nine-run outburst in the seventh canto spelled the difference in this one-sided contest as the Canadians were only marginally ahead until this late uprising. Lloyd Cann earned the hillock conquest by twirling a seven-hitter while fanning seven. Noel Morgan doubled twice for the victors while Cann added a two-bagger and single. “Porky” Williams also had a plural-hit output, stroking a brace of singles. 

Cann (W) and Barnes
Holness (L) and Bridgewood

Standings            W     L      Pct.
Sons of Canada       7     1     .875
Poodle Dog Cafe      3     4     .429
Tillicums            1     6     .143

(June 25)  The runaway-leading Sons of Canada slapped down the cellar-occupant Tillicums 11 to 2 in Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League play at Royal Athletic Park. The Canadians got to losing chucker “Lefty” Alexander early and often in this joust, driving him to the showers after lighting him up for a total of six runs in the first two panels. The Sons had an 11 to 7 edge in hits in a game that was listless for the most part. Jimmy Proudlove went the route on the knoll for the winners, fanning a half-dozen. Fly chaser “Porky” Williams clipped the pill for four safeties, all singles, in pacing the Sons at the dish. Ken Fleming followed with a triple and one-bagger while Jack Bacon came through with a two-bagger and single.  

Proudlove (W) and Barnes
Alexander (L), Jones (2) and McInnis

(June 27)  It was definitely not a pitcher’s night at Royal Athletic Park where the Sons of Canada widened their hefty lead atop the Victoria Senior Amateur League to 4 1/2 games with an 11 to 9 conquest of the Poodle Dog Cafe. The victory for the Sons was their ninth in ten starts. It was a heavy-hitting affair with the winners slamming three Cafe chuckers for 16 safeties and the losers smashing some of winning pitcher Tommy Musgrave’s offerings hard for eight hits, four of them going for triples. Outfielder Bill Holman stung the sphere for a brace of two-baggers and a single in leading the hit parade for the Canadians. Second baseman Bill Harold followed with a double and two singles while catcher Roy Barnes contributed a three-bagger and double. Shortstop Jack Bacon of the winners and Poodle Dog initial sacker Claude “Slim” Belcher both registered a three-base clout and a single.

Holness (L), Holden (3), Lidstone (3) and Bridgewood
Musgrave (W) and Barnes

(June 29)  Taking advantage of six fielding miscues and the inability of losing pitcher Wilf Shouldice to find the plate, the Tillicum Club baseballers came to life and banged out a 9 to 4 decision over the lacklustre Poodle Dog Cafe nine at Royal Athletic Park. It was just the second win of the season for the Clubmen whose lineup was reinforced for this game with a handful of young material from the Twilight League. Lloyd Jones went the distance for the Tillicums on the knoll and earned the win on a ten-hitter with eight strikeouts. Although his mates nicked Shouldice for fewer bingles, seven, the Poodle Dog hurler was extremely wild, issuing ten free tickets to first base. Jones doubled and singled off his mound opponent while outfielder Dave Essler topped the Canine Corp offensively with a triad of one-baggers. Teammate Steve Dunc was also prominent with the baton, slamming a triple and single. 

Jones (W) and McInnis
Shouldice (L) and Bridgewood

(July 2)  Capturing both ends of an exhibition doubleheader by scores of 4 to 2 and 11 to 8, Home Gas, strong Vancouver senior baseball nine, set back the Victoria Sons of Canada at Royal Athletic Park.

(July 4)  A wild pitch by chucker Tommy Musgrave in the bottom of the tenth inning allowed base runner Bert Nex to score the winning run from third base as the Poodle Dog Cafe took a thrilling 8 to 7 walkoff victory from the first-place Sons of Canada at Royal Athletic Park. The game was an offensive battle as 25 hits in total were recorded, 13 by the winners. After the Sons had plated a four-spot in the top of the ninth panel to take a 7 to 6 lead, the Poodle Dogs were under pressure to score at least once to prolong the game and that they did in the bottom of the canto, forcing overtime. In the tenth, Nex poled out a double to lead things off. A foul out was sandwiched between a pair of walks which moved Nex to the hot corner with one retired and set the stage for Musgrave’s errant toss. “Scotty” Robinson of the Eatery nine and Sons’ catcher Roy Barnes were the leading strokers in the skirmish, each lacing three singles while Bill Bridgewood of the Cafeterians amassed a triple and single.

Musgrave (L) and Barnes
Lidstone (W) and Bridgewood

(July 6)  Single runs in the fourth and sixth innings allowed the Poodle Dog Cafe diamond pastimers to take a close 2 to 1 decision from the lowly Tillicums at Royal Athletic Park. The winners collected just five hits to four for the Clubbers as pitchers held the upper hand for the most part. Four double plays were a strong feature of the intense battle. The Tillicums had the tying marker on base in the bottom of the ninth but a twin-killing by the Lunchmen wiped out that opportunity. Wilf Shouldice worked on the hillock for the Cafemen and turned in a steady performance, fanning three and issuing only a single walk. Losing flinger Art Carr balked in what turned out to be the winning counter in the sixth. Only one batter, catcher Bill Bridgewood of the Dogs, accumulated plural hit totals, clipping the sphere for a double and single.

Shouldice (W) and Bridgewood
Carr (L), Jones (7) and McInnis

(July 7)  The Victoria Sons of Canada split an exhibition doubleheader with the visiting Tacoma WA All-Stars, dropping the opener 9 to 3 while rebounding for a 6 to 2 triumph in the late encounter.

Michaelson (W), Colbo (6) and Tyce
Proudlove (L) and Barnes 

Albers (L), Peterson and Tyce, Michaelson
Cann (W) and Barnes

(July 9)  Utilityman “Scotty” Robinson’s two-out single in the bottom of the ninth frame broke up a tie ball game, sending in the winning run from third base as the Poodle Dog Cafe nine squeezed past the pesky Tillicum Club squad 6 to 5 in a Senior Amateur League battle at Royal Athletic Park. The Clubbers trailed for almost the entire game but put on a valiant four-run rally in the top of the ninth to knot the count. Both aggregations swung the bat well, connecting for a grand total of 26 base knocks as the Poodles had a 14 to 12 margin in bingles. Infielders “Red” Bennison and Nicholson had three safeties apiece for the winners with a two-base clout included in Nicholson’s sum of swats. Catcher Bill Bridgewood followed with a three-bagger and single. For the vanquished nine, outfielders Barnswell and Patterson sparkled, the former hitting a double and single while the latter connected for a triple and one-bagger.

Alexander (L) and McInnis
Lidstone (W) and Bridgewood

(July 11)  In a continuation of their supremacy within the Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League, the high-flying Sons of Canada took a 9 to 7 decision from the Tillicums at Royal Athletic Park. It was far from being a stellar performance for the Sons but, even with poor defensive play and mediocre pitching, they managed to prevail over the inept cellar-dwellers. The Canadians had a 9 to 7 advantage in base knocks and also out-fumbled their opponents by an 8 to 5 margin. Art Chapman of the Tillicums emerged as the contest’s top swatter, stinging the pill for a triple, double and single. Fellow Clubman Wally Stipe pitched in with a triple and single as did Ken Fleming of the victors. Rounding out the hit parade was Canadians’ catcher Roy Barnes who nailed the horsehide for a double and one-bagger. 

Proudlove, Musgrave (W) (4) and Barnes
Jones, Carr (L) (4), Alexander (5) and McInnis, Harris 

(July 13)  Tommy Musgrave whiffed six and walked two in hurling an efficient five-hitter as the slugging Sons of Canada padded their already-huge margin atop the Victoria Senior Amateur loop with a 12 to 2 shellacking of the Poodle Dog Cafe. The Sons piled it on in with a five-run fifth panel and then added a half-dozen additional counters in the seventh when they drove losing pitcher Jack Noble to the showers. Third baseman Cliff Hilton paced the Canadians with the hickory, slamming a double and two singles. Teammates Bill Harold and “Porky” Williams as well as Herb Cummins of the Eatery nine each laced out a brace of one-baggers.

Noble (L), Shouldice (7) and Bridgewood
Musgrave (W) and Barnes

(July 16)  Bunching four of their eight safeties in the fourth canto which netted them a pair of markers, the league-leading Sons of Canada hung on for a narrow 2 to 1 verdict over the Tillicum Club diamondeers in a fast and entertaining fixture at Royal Athletic Park. Tommy Musgrave and Lloyd Jones hooked up in a hurler’s joust in which Musgrave prevailed with a seven-hitter and nine strikeouts. Except for the fateful fourth in which the winners did all their damage, Jones kept pace with his mound rival. Although the Canadians held an 8 to 7 edge in base hits, the two top hitters in the game were members of the Tillicums. Art Chapman tripled and singled while Henry Harris came through with a two-base clout and a one-bagger. Leading batter for the Sons was third baseman Cliff Hilton who singled twice.

Jones (L) and Scott
Musgrave (W) and Barnes

(July 18)  Staving off a belated rally by the Sons of Canada, the Poodle Dog Cafe baseballers hung on for an inspiring 5 to 4 victory over the league-leaders at Royal Athletic Park. The Poodle Dogs had built up a 5 to 1 lead entering the seventh frame as they had roughed up Sons’ ace twirler Tommy Musgrave, sending him for an early shower in the fifth. Bill Holness, who in his last few starts against the Canadians had suffered defeat, went eight rounds on the knoll to click for the mound win. Dan Lidstone did a superb job in relief, bailing Holness out after the starter had issued two singles in succession to begin the ninth panel. The Poodles were worthy of their triumph and displayed a balanced offensive attack with five players each registering two hits. Overall, they outswatted the Sons by a comfortable 12 to 8 margin. “Red” Bennison, “Scotty” Robinson, Steve Dunc, Claude Belcher and second baseman Nicholson of the Restaurateurs all clipped the apple for a brace of safeties while Bill Holman of the Canadians replicated the feat.

Musgrave (L), Proudlove (5) and Barnes
Holness (W), Lidstone (9) and Nex

Standings            W     L     Pct.
Sons of Canada      12     3    .800
Poodle Dog Cafe      7     7    .500
Tillicums            2    11    .154

(July 20)  Coming on strong in the late innings, the Poodle Dog Cafe nine defeated a depleted Tillicum Club squad 8 to 2 at Royal Athletic Park. The teams were knotted at 2 – 2 after six innings were in the books but, in the seventh, the Cafemen forged ahead 4 to 2 and the put the game on ice with a four-spot in the eighth canto. Poodle Dog tosser Wilf Shouldice, Twilight League recruit, set the Tillicums down on five bingles, not more than one in any inning. Although wild at intervals, he tightened up in the pinches. Herb Cummins led the Cafemen at the platter, creaming the orb for a double and single. Teammate Steve Dunc and Art Carr of the Clubbers both stroked a brace of one-baggers.

Shouldice (W) and Nex
Jones (L) and Scott

(July 21)  With Art Carr, youthful Tillicums’ mound ace holding the visiting Fort Warden WA army squad to four widely scattered hits, the reinforced Poodle Dog Cafe nine of Victoria checked in with an 11 to 4 victory in the nightcap of a twin-bill at Royal Athletic Park. The early game ended in a 10 – 10 tie which was terminated after ten frames in order to allow the players time to eat before taking the diamond for the late encounter. Tommy Restell of the Victorians had a bases-empty home run in the matinee match.

Wilding, Stockberger, Lohman and Pientko
Cann and Bridgewood

Wilding (L), Lohman and Potts
Carr (W) and Bridgewood

(July 23)  Pushing across seven runs in a sixth-inning scoring rampage, the Sons of Canada shellacked the Poodle Dog Cafe contingent 12 to 5 in Victoria Senior Amateur action. The heavy artillery of the Sons blasted the offerings of Poodle Dog starter and loser Bill Holness, driving him from the hill in the sixth round. Winning flinger Tommy Musgrave had things under control for the most part, yielding a pair of counters in the opening chapter and blanking the Cafemen until the eighth when they roughed him up for three more on “Scotty” Robinson’s bases-loaded double. Musgrave finished with a six-hitter to go along with six punchouts. He also helped his own cause at the dish by cuffing a triple and single. Leading the charge for the Canadians with the lumber were Jack Bacon and Noel Morgan who both pounded the horsehide for a triad of bingles. For the Lunchmen, Robinson had a one-bagger in addition to his 3-RBI two-bagger.

Holness (L), Holden (6) and Nex
Musgrave (W) and Barnes

(July 27)  The Sons of Canada, riding high atop the Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League, and the Tillicum Club, lowly cellar occupants of the circuit, battled through ten fast innings of entertaining baseball to a 1 – 1 stalemate. Darkness prevented action from continuing following completion of the initial round of overtime. Youthful hurlers Art Carr of the Clubmen and the Sons’ Tommy Musgrave duked it out in an epic pitcher’s joust in which neither was able to claim victory. Smart base running by Wally Stipe allowed the Tillicums to plate their lone counter in the third canto. Perched on second base and with teammate Barnswell a runner at the initial sack, Stipe slipped around third and raced toward home after catcher Roy Barnes of the Canadians tried to pickoff Barnswell with a snap throw to Noel Morgan at first. With Barnswell dancing back-and-forth and adeptly avoiding a tag while trapped in the hot-box, Stipe made his move and never slowed down in his quest for the platter, touching home just seconds before Morgan tagged out Barnswell for the third out. The Canadians quickly tied things up in the top of the fourth after Morgan had singled, moved to second on Musgrave’s one-bagger and scored an infield error. From then on, it was all goose eggs. Musgrave surrendered just four safeties while Carr was nicked for five. Outfielder Jim Patterson of the Tillicums secured a double and single while Morgan paced the Canadians with the lumber, singling twice.

Musgrave and Barnes
Carr and Scott

(July 30)  The lowly Tillicums broke a 4 – 4 tie, scoring a pair of runs in the seventh inning, and hung on for a 6 to 5 conquest of the Poodle Dog Cafe nine at Royal Athletic Park. The win for the Clubbers was only their third of the campaign. Veteran “Git” Lewis paraded to the mound for the Clubmen in his season’s debut and did a creditable job in his assignment, turning back the Cafemen on six bingles. When things got tough, he was able to rely upon his savvy to pull himself through. The Tillicums had a 9 to 6 edge in base knocks but their margin of victory, acquired during the fateful seventh, can be chalked up to some smart base running and a bit of luck. A double steal by Art Chapman and Lewis landed the aforementioned Clubmen at third and second base respectively. An unsuccessful pickoff attempt of Lewis at the hot corner followed which then evolved into a rundown chase of Lewis back to the keystone sack, a scenario which allowed Chapman to race for home and successfully beat a relay throw while Lewis was advancing to the hot corner. Lewis then touched the dish with the ultimate winning counter on a well-executed squeeze bunt by Henry Harris. Leading hitter in the contest was shortstop “Red” Bennison of the Poodle Dogs who stung the orb for a pair of triples and a single. The Tillicums’ Tommy Restell also had three safeties, all singles, while teammates Harris and Chapman had two-bingle performances at the dish with a triple included in Harris’ total of raps and a double a part of Chapman’s sum of swats.

Holden (L), Lidstone (6) and Nex
Lewis (W) and Scott

(August 3)  With Lloyd Cann yielding only two bingles while breezing seven, the Sons of Canada came from behind to take a 5 to 2 verdict from the Poodle Dog Cafe gang of diamond pastimers at Royal Athletic Park. The Sons did their damage in the sixth canto, plating all five of their tallies off losing chucker Bill Holness, some of which were aided by a couple of costly Poodle Dog boots. Roy Haines stroked a triple and single for the victors while teammate Roy Barnes singled twice.

Cann (W) and Barnes
Holness (L) and Nex

(August 4)  The invading Port Angeles WA balltossers went down to a double defeat at the hands of Victoria opposition at Royal Athletic Park, dropping a 4 to 2 verdict to the Tillicums in the opener of an exhibition twin-bill and then falling to the Sons of Canada by a narrow 3 to 2 count in the sunset event. Jack Bacon’s perfectly-executed squeeze bunt notched the winner in the final frame of the finale.

Ely (L) and Staeger
Carr (W) and Barnes

Johnson (L) and Staeger
Proudlove (W) and Barnes

(August 6)  Turning in one of his best mound performances of the season, youthful Tommy Musgrave limited the Tillicums to three scattered hits while heaving the Sons of Canada to a 10 to 0 blanking of the Clubbers. As Musgrave was punching out seven in his whitewash mound triumph, his teammates were lighting up losing twirler Art Carr for ten safeties. First baseman Noel Morgan led the Canadian batters, stroking three singles. Musgrave and Roy Haines followed with a brace of one-baggers each.

Musgrave (W) and Barnes
Carr (L) and Harris

(August 8)  Outfielder Ken Fleming’s grand-slam home run in the seventh inning was the feature of the Victorian Senior Amateur Baseball League fixture at Royal Athletic Park in which the Sons of Canada defeated the Poodle Dog Cafe nine 8 to 2. Lloyd Cann, with a five hitter, earned the knoll triumph over Bill Holness who was nicked for six safeties. After two scoreless innings, each team scored twice in the third stanza. In the fourth, the Canadians pushed over a lone marker and went in front to stay. Rival second basemen Nicholson of the Poodles and the Sons’ Moore led their respective squads offensively, each garnering two safeties with one of Nicholson’s swats being a three-bagger.

B. Holness (L) and H. Holness
Cann (W) and Barnes

(August 10)  In the last regularly-scheduled game of the Senior Amateur League schedule, the Tillicums and Poodle Dog Cafe nine loafed through a listless exhibition of baseball in which the Clubbers prevailed 7 to 5. Both teams were credited with five base hits with third baseman Bert Nex of the Cafemen leading all swatters with three safeties and Tillicum catcher Wally Scott spanking the sphere for a pair. 

Chapman, Carr (W) (1) and Scott
Bone (L), Holness (6) and Bridgewood, W. Jackson

SEMI-FINALS  Tillicums vs Poodle Dog Cafe (best-of-five series)

(August 13)  Pushing over the only counter of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning following an error, a stolen base and second baseman Nicholson’s timely single, the Poodle Dog Cafe baseballers eked out a 1 to 0 victory over the fighting Tillicums in the opening semi-final playoff fixture of the Senior Amateur loop. The Canines registered just three hits off the slants of Tillicum portsider Lloyd Jones in the exciting fray. Winning heaver Bill Holness was nicked for five safeties, three of which were accumulated by third baseman Barney Barnswell.

Jones (L) and McInnis
Holness (W) and Bridgewood

(August 15)  Checking in with a 6 to 2 victory over the Tillicums at Royal Athletic Park, the Poodle Dog Cafe diamondeers grabbed a two games to none lead in their semi-final playoff round with the Clubmen. Pitching was the strong suit in this fracas as both contingents were held to just four bingles by the opposing chuckers. The game was scoreless for the first four frames but, then, two bad innings by the Tillicums, the fifth and the sixth, caused their downfall. Wildness on the part of losing tosser Art Carr during those stanzas was a huge contributing factor. Only one extra-base hit, a two-bagger by Henry Harris of the Clubbers, was registered during the skirmish.

Bone (W), H. Jackson (5) and Bridgewood
Carr (L), Lewis (6) and McInnis

(August 17)  The Tillicums prolonged their fight in the playoffs by playing to a 3 – 3 tie with the Poodle Dog Cafe squad in the third game of their semi-final battle. The Clubmen were saved from defeat in the final frame when Bill Bridgewood, Poodle Dog catcher, dropped a third strike and threw wildly to first base allowing the tying marker to romp in from the hot corner. The Cafemen had a 9 to 7 advantage in base knocks as their shortstop, Nicholson, led the way with the lumber connecting for a double plus a pair of singles.

Jones and McInnis
Noble and Bridgewood

(August 18)  With Tommy Musgrave holding the visiting Bellingham WA nine to three bingles, the Victoria Sons of Canada hammered out a 9 to 2 second-game victory at Royal Athletic Park to gain an even break with the Washingtonians in a double-dip exhibition baseball series. The Americans won the matinee attraction by a 7 to 6 score. The Sons played sloppily in the early contest and literally booted away the game. Playing-manager and winning pitcher Joe Martinolich had three of his club’s ten safeties.

Masterson, Martinolich (W) (4) and Smith
Cann (L) and Barnes

The Canadians collected eleven safeties in the late event as first sacker Noel Morgan lit up a brace of Bellingham chuckers for a triad of base swats. Meanwhile, Musgrave was whiffing seven while spinning a masterful three-hitter.

Masterson (L), Greenwalt (6) and Smith
Musgrave (W) and Barnes

(August 20)  Facing elimination from the playoffs for a second-straight encounter, the battling Tillicums hammered out a 10 to 4 victory over the Poodle Dog Cafe at Royal Athletic Park. It was the initial win in the series for the Clubbers who clouted the combined offerings of “Lefty” Morgan and Bill Holness for 13 base raps. Winning chucker Lloyd Jones was clipped for six safeties including three singles by catcher Bill Bridgewood of the Lunchmen. Leading the way with the baton for the winners was second baseman Art Carr who stroked a pair of doubles and a single. His middle-infield partner, shortstop Freddie Gibbons, laced the pill for a double and one-bagger. 

Morgan (L), Holness (2) and Bridgewood
Jones (W) and McInnis

(August 22)  Blowing a tire defensively and appearing to mentally sag once they got behind the eight ball, the Tillicums bowed from further playoff action after taking it on the chin 11 to 4 at the hands of the Poodle Dog Cafe pastimers in the fifth and final game of their semi-final showdown. Leo Holden went the distance on the hillock for the Poodles and, except for the second inning when the Tillicums got to him for all three of their hits, was well in control. After the Cafeterians plated a seven-spot in their half of the second canto, the vanquished nine lost their focus and faded from the picture meekly. Middle infielders “Red” Bennison and “Scotty” Robinson both stroked a brace of base swats for the victors.

Lewis, Jones (L) (2) and McInnis
Holden (W) and Bridgewood

Poodle Dog Cafe vs Sons of Canada (best-of-seven series)

(August 24)  Playing superb defensively while coming up with timely base hits, the Sons of Canada blanked the Poodle Dog Cafe 5 to 0 in the first game of the Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball finals. With their hurler Lloyd Cann showing fine form by spinning a nifty one-hitter, the Sons made the best of their four safeties by delivering in the clutch. Cann whiffed six and never issued a single free pass. Outfielder Ken Fleming drove in the first two markers for the Canadians with a fourth inning triple and Cann, backed by solid fielding from his mates, did the rest.

Holness (L) and Bridgewood
Cann (W) and Barnes 

(August 27)  Plating all three of their tallies in the fifth frame by bunching five of their eight hits, the Sons of Canada defeated the Poodle Dog Cafe 3 to 1 and assumed a two games to none lead in the Victoria Senior Amateur finals. Winning pitcher Tommy Musgrave, who fanned five while tossing a four-hitter, was locked in a ferocious mound duel with Twilight League product, young Wilf Shouldice, until the fateful fifth when the Canadians began to solve the mystery of Shouldice’s slants and broke the scoreless tie. Third baseman Cliff Hilton and fly chaser Ken Fleming both ripped a brace of bingles for the winners.

Musgrave (W) and Barnes
Shouldice (L) and Bridgewood

(August 29)  The Sons of Canada took a stranglehold on the Victoria Senior Amateur League finals by hammering out a 12 to 5 victory over the Poodle Dog Cafe nine in the third game of their playoff series. In taking a three games to none lead, the Sons banged out 14 base blows off a tandem of Poodle Dog chuckers. The Cafemen were only able to pick up four base knocks, three of them coming in the third round when they plated three of their five markers. Leading the victorious Canadians with the willow was keystone sacker Bill Harold who drilled a pair of doubles and a single. Teammate Roy Barnes chipped in with a two-bagger and single.

Holden (L), Shouldice (2) and Bridgewood
Cann (W), Musgrave (4) and Barnes

(September 3)  The Sons of Canada recaptured the Richet Cup, emblematic of the Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League crown, after checking in with a 5 to 1 triumph over the Poodle Dog Cafe pastimers at Royal Athletic Park. It was the fourth win for the Sons who took the final series in straight games. The Canadians went to work in their first turn at bat, scoring all five of their counters while driving losing chucker Bill Holness to the showers. Both squads managed to acquire nine hits during the contest. Winning flinger Tommy Musgrave went the distance for the victors, ringing up nine strikeouts. Outfielder Ken Fleming tripled and singled for the Sons while fellow fly chaser Steve Dunc led the Lunchmen at the platter with three singles.

Musgrave (W) and Barnes
Holness (L), Shouldice (1) and Bridgewood

B.C.A.B.A. SEMI-FINALS  (best-of-three series) 
Victoria Sons of Canada (Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League) vs
Vancouver Arnold & Quigley (Vancouver Senior City Baseball League)

(September 21)  Arnold & Quigley of Vancouver entered the B.C.A.B.A. finals, eliminating the Victoria Sons of Canada in straight games by scores of 4 to 1 and 12 to 3. A two-hit pitching performance by Larry Holden gave the Quigs the first-game decision. Charlie Miron paced the Clothiers at the dish, slamming a triple and double off loser Tommy Musgrave.

Musgrave (L) and Barnes
L. Holden (W) and Staggs

The Victorians used three elbowers in an attempt to cool off the A & Q nine in the late tussle but none of them were that effective. Boyd Staggs and Eddie Holden picked up three-ply clouts to go along with one-baggers for the Quigs while Norm Trasolini had a double and single. George “Lefty” Boston whiffed eight and gave up six hits in taking the knoll triumph. Middle infielder Bill Harold and catcher Bill Bridgewood each singled twice for the Islanders.

Boston (W) and Trasolini
Cann (L), Shouldice (4), Jones (6) and Barnes


Rather than organizing a select team for inter-city play in 1934, Duncan opted instead for a three-team city circuit. The Chemainus senior nine, however, reinforced with some of the former Duncan senior players, continued with inter-city play, participating in exhibition games with teams from the strong Victoria City League as well as the occasional weekend match with a mainland opponent or another mid-Island squad.

(June 9)  The Chemainus senior baseballers lost 4 to 3 to the league-leaders in the Victoria Senior circuit, the Sons of Canada, in a Saturday joust in the Capital City.With the game knotted at 3 – 3, the Sons plated the winning marker in the fourth inning. The Wyllie brothers, Pete and Dan, as well as third baseman Robinson were the best at the plate for Chemainus while the hitting of Barnes and Williams saved the Sons.

Gailus (L) and P. Wyllie
Cann, Musgrave and Barnes

(June 10)  Back on their home diamond and playing before a full grandstand of supporters, the Chemainus nine broke even in their weekend tussles with Victoria teams, besting the Tillicums club 5 to 1. The Up-Islanders outhit the invaders 10 to 5 as shortstop J. Gill and fly chasers Gordon McInnes and Hank Gailus each collected two safeties.

Jones (L) and McGinnis, Stipe (8)
J. Wyllie (W), Mottishaw (7) and P. Wyliie

(June 16)  Chemainus added the Victoria Poodle Dog Cafe diamondeers to their current list of season victims by edging the Cafemen 10 to 9 at Victoria. The hosts were unable to recover following a five-run Chemainus outburst in the third inning. The Victorians held an 11 to 10 edge in base hits acquired.

Mottishaw (W), McInnes (7), Gailus (9) and Edmunds
Lidstone (L) and Bridgewood

(June 17)  The Victoria Sons of Canada, behind the classy hurling of Lloyd Cann, drubbed Chemainus 7 to 1. The Sons led from start to finish, their second win in a row over Chemainus.  Cann had the Up-Islanders eating out of his hand as he limited them to one hit.

Cann (W) and Barnes
Gailus (L) and Edmunds

(June 23)  The Chemainus Nippons, an all-Japanese baseball team, dropped an 11 to 10 decision to the Nanaimo Mosquitos at Robins Park in the Coal City. Nanaimo took a seven-run lead in the first two innings but Chemainus responded with five runs in the third frame with the aid of a number of timely bunts. The Mosquitos retained their lead in the succeeding innings with some heavy hitting and then cut the visitors’ rally short in the ninth. Nanaimo hurler Joe Gailus struck out six, walked four and allowed eight hits. The two Chemainus moundsmen each allowed seven hits. Bob Watson, Gailus and R. Moretti each had two singles and a double for the winners. Kawhara hit a triple and double for the Nippons.

Sakota (L), Kawhara (2) and Taniwa
Gailus (W) and J. Naylor 

(June 23)  A four-run outburst in the final frame after two were out propelled invading Chemainus to a 7 to 3 conquest of the Victoria Tillicums at Royal Athletic Park. Both squads registered five safeties but the Victorians lost the game on their shoddy fielding, committing eight errors. Outfielder J. Horton led the winners at the dish with a brace of two-baggers.

Mottishaw (W) and Sommerville
Carr (L) and McInnis 

(June 25)  The Poodle Dog team from Victoria captured an easy 9 to 1 win from hosting Chemainus. Keystone sacker Nicholson led the Cafemen with the hickory, accumulating four base swats. Shortstop J. Gill ripped three safeties for the vanquished nine.

Holden (W) and Bridgewood
Gailus (L) and Sommerville

(June 30)  The Vancouver Native Sons of the North Shore League beat Chemainus 3 to 2 in a high-standard diamond exhibition in Chemainus. The visitors won the game in the first inning when they scored all their runs on four Chemainus errors.

xxx W) and xxx
Mottishaw (L) and Sommerville 

(July 29)  Playing in Port Alberni, the hosts defeated Chemainus twice, taking the opening encounter 8 to 7 while capturing the late event 16 to 11.

(August 9)  After a lengthy absence from Victoria competition, the Chemainus nine returned to the Capital City and were bounced twice by the Sons of Canada, league-leaders in the Victoria loop, 5 to 0 and 7 to 6. Tommy Musgrave of the Sons fanned eleven in taking the mound win in the opener.

J. Wyllie (L) and xxx
Musgrave (W) and xxx

Falling behind 7 to 0 in the second game, Chemainus made a concerted effort to recover and, although plating six late counters, fell just short of an amazing comeback. Lloyd Cann picked up the pitching verdict.

McInnes (L) and xxx
Cann (W) and xxx

(August 10)  Port Alberni edged past Chemainus 7 to 6 in a ten-inning thriller. Third baseman Johnson of the Ports connected for the extra-inning winning hit, a bases-empty four-bagger.

Kendrick (W) and Boyer
Horton, Mottishaw (L) (3) and Sommerville

(August 11)  Blanking their opponents 5 to 0 in the afternoon attraction, the Sons of Canada, top place club in the Victoria Senior Amateur League, came back in the nightcap to take a 7 to 6 decision, earning a double triumph over the visiting Chemainus nine at Royal Athletic Park. Although they were blanked in the matinee contest, the Up-Islanders had a narrow 8 to 7 advantage in base hits. Hot corner custodian “Porky” Williams drilled a triple and single for the victors while teammate Bill Holman contributed a double and one-bagger.

J. Wyliie (L) and Sommerville
Musgrave (W) and Barnes

The Sons led all the way in the finale and it wasn’t until the final chapter that Chemainus went to work and scored all six of their runs. Third baseman Hunter of Chemainus led all swatters with a triple and double.

McInnes (L) and Sommerville
Cann (W) and Barnes

(August 18)  With Ray “Skinny” Watchorn returning to his home town as a member of the reinforced Vancouver Arrows, the Nanaimo product was in top form as he pitched the invading Transfermen to a convincing 10 to 0 whitewash of a combined Nanaimo and Chemainus nine in the opening match of their twin bill at Nanaimo’s Sports Grounds. Watchorn had masterful control, walking just two and tossing a masterful no-hit, no-run gem. The Mainlanders continued their winning ways in the nightcap, clowning their way to an 11 to 2 triumph.
Only one batted ball off the slants of Watchorn was hit to the outfield in the matinee contest as the prodigal son struck out eight. The Vancouverites piled up 15 hits with Johnny Nestman accounting for three of them. Walter Bliss cranked out a home run in the opening canto as the Arrows jumped out to a 4 to 0 lead. 

Watchorn (W) and Hendry
Gailus (L), J. Wyllie (9) and Sommerville

The Mid-Island Combines were only able to notch one hit in the finale, a bunt single by Ernie “Fat” Edmunds as the visitors again romped away to a 4 to 0 cushion in the first panel and concentrated more on putting on a vaudeville show for the 1,200 fans in attendance. Former big-leaguer Art McLarney’s juggling highlighted the performance. He brought the ball out of his elbows, fingertips and had it spinning like a top among his bewildered mates. His water bucket routine also proved popular. Not to be overshadowed by his clowning efforts, McLarney also led the victors at the dish with three base knocks. 

Gray (W), Miller (3), McLarney (5) and Rea, Nestman
Mottishaw (L), J. Wyllie and Sommerville