1935 Game Reports Vancouver Island     

1935 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley   
1935 BC Interior   
1935 Vancouver Island  


The capital city continued to have two Sons of Canada ball nines, one which seemed to be league-less in 1935 but provided the opposition for touring teams, including the Tokyo Giants. The other was one of five teams in the newly formed Victoria Commercial League (see under that title below), which morphed into the Victoria Senior Baseball League mid-season. 

(May 15)  Double-header, Tokyo Giants

(May 16)  Tokyo Giants

(May 24)  United Distillers Limited from Vancouver won both games of an exhibition doubleheader with the hosting Victoria Sons of Canada. In the morning attraction, the visitors nosed out the Sons 3 to 2 and then, in the follow-up match, dropped the Capital City nine by a 7 to 3 count.  In the first game, Frank Ruether won his own game driving in two runs in the seventh inning with a hot single through short. Ruether, just 19, the son of former major league hurler, Dutch Ruether, had two hits. He allowed seven hits, walked four and had just two strikeouts. Carroll Friend, the import moundsman from Tacoma, took the loss, yielding six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

Ruether (W) and xxx
Friend (L) and xxx

Uniteds scored four times in the second inning of the nightcap and coasted to the 7-3 victory. Catcher Ed Henry belted two doubles and two singles to lead a 15-hit attack, aided by three hits by centre fielder Hugh Wickett. Fred Yehle scattered eight hits in going the distance for the winners.

Yehle (W) and xxx
L.Holden (L), L.Cann (6) and xxx

(June 01)  Victoria's Sons of Canada battled the wind and dust Saturday in taking both games of a double-header over the Tacoma Kittens, 5-3 and 7-6.  The dust was so heavy at times play had to be suspended. Sons got the win in the second game with a run in the bottom of the ninth, after the Kittens had taken the lead with a run in the top of the final frame. After Victoria had loaded the bases, shortstop Morrison, who had earlier produced a double and single, drove in the winner with a fly ball. Winning pitcher Lloyd Cann led the Sons' 13-hit offense with a home run and two singles. Centre fielder Cecil Erb contributed three hits for the visitors. The locals had just five hits in the first game but bunched three in the fourth inning to score three times to take the lead for good. Victoria also took advantage of wildness by Tacoma's Dale, who walked five and threw three wild pitches. Eddie Colbo scattered eight hits for the win, three going to Tacoma leadoff man Vezuh, one for three bases. Morrison again had two hits for Victoria.

Dale (L) and Mosolf
Colbo (W) and Barnes

E.Chilla, Reardon and Tyce
Cann (W) and Bacon

(June 15)  The Sons of Canada finished ahead both ways Saturday, taking an easy 14-6 victory over Port Angeles in the afternoon before eking out a 5-4 decision in the nightcap.  Canadians trailed 3-0 in the opener before a ten run outburst in the fourth inning put the game out of reach. The visitors out-hit Victoria 16-14, but were hurt by nine errors, eight in the infield. Victoria shortstop Tommy James, an import from Tacoma, led the winners with three hits, two of them doubles. McLennan had four hits for Port Angeles and Ellingson added three. James produced three more hits in the second game as Victoria pushed across a pair of runs in the eighth inning for the 5-4 triumph. The Sons loaded the bases on hits by James and Jack Bacon and a walk to Ken Fleming. Both runs scored on outs at first. Leo Holden scattered eight hits for the pitching win besting Bud Loughry the Port Angeles high schooler.

Rogers (L), Erickson (4) and Staeger
Friend (W) and Barnes

Loughry (L) and Staeger
L.Holden (W) and Bacon

(June 22)   Visiting Everett took both games of Saturday's twin-bill from Sons of Canada, 15-11 and 9-8,  The teams combined for 31 hits in the first game, 16 by the Washington nine. Ken Fleming's homer was the highlight for the locals in the nightcap.

xxx and xxx
Cann (L), Holden (6) and xxx

Tuft (W) and xxx
Bacon (L) and xxx

(June 29)   The visiting nine from Anacortes, Washington, dumped the Sons of Canada 10-5 and 9-3 in double-header action at Royal Athletic Park, Victoria. The Americans handed Victoria a five-spot in the second inning before roaring back to tie with five in the third and taking the lead with a pair in the seventh. Third baseman Moore cracked a pair of homers, one with the bases loaded, to lead the winners. Shortstop Shannon added three hits while Ken Fleming slugged a triple, double and single for Victoria. George Olson gave up 11 hits but blanked the Canadians over the last seven innings.

Olson (W) and Smith
Quinn (L) and Barnes

Anacortes jumped into a 3-0 lead in the first inning and coasted to the second game victory as Wooten paced a 13-hit attack with a triple and three singles. H.Boulten helped with three hits and three runs.

Sumey (W) and Smith
Friend (L) and Bridgewood

(July 1)  Home Gas of Vancouver took both ends of an exhibition doubleheader from the Victoria Sons of Canada at Royal Athletic Park in the capital city. The Vancouverites took the first game 10 to 0 and the second 14 to 7. Ernie Kershaw blanked the locals on three hits through seven innings in the opener before giving way to Bill Richardson.  The visitors bunched their hits, 15 in all, in the second and fifth innings to plate five in each frame.

Kershaw (W), Richardson (8) and xxx
Friend (L) and xxx

The Vancouver club continued the heavy hitting in the second game pounding out 17 hits with left fielder Bruce Thirsk rapping four safeties, including a pair of doubles. He scored four times. Harry White and Don Stewart each added three hits. A highlight of the day was the starting hurler for Home Gas, Dot Richardson, heralded as the only "fair sex" pitcher in British Columbia. Given a rousing welcome by the fans, Richardson was gone in the second inning having given up six runs on two hits and four walks in just an inning and a third. Victoria, with seven runs in the second frame had gone ahead 7-4. But the visitors exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning and cruised to the 14-7 triumph.  Tommy Musgrave, who relieved Richardson, pitched shutout ball over the last seven innings for the win.

Dot Richardson, Musgrave (W) (2) and Dudgeon
Muscutt (L), James (6) and Bacon

(July 3)   In his best mound performance since joining the Sons of Canada from Tacoma, Carl Friend held the powerful House of David to four hits as the Sons of Canada upset the touring ball tossers from Benton Harbor, Michigan, 4-1 before a crowd of about 1,500, the largest turnout in several seasons. Grover Cleveland Alexander, the former major leaguer, was the main attraction. The locals did it the hard way, coming from behind for the win. Catcher Dewey Hill got the Davidans only run when he reached on an error and scored on losing pitcher Warren Weirman's sharp single in the fifth inning. Sons took the lead with a pair in the sixth. With two out, Cliff Hilton and Tommy Restell singled and Freddy Gibbons smashed one to left field for two runs. In the seventh, Ken Fleming tripled in Roy Haines, who had singled, and Fleming scored on an infield out. Alexander pitched the ninth for the visitors facing just four batters.

Weirman, Alexander (9) and Hill
Friend (W) and Bridgewood


(May 09)   The 1934 Twilight League champion Eagles opened up the new season crushing Navy 17-7 in the first contest in the newly formed Victoria Commercial League.  Hurler Jimmy Proudlove excelled both on the mound and at the plate to lead the winners. He allowed just five hits, three by Bill Mundie, while fanning 14 in his pitching duties while cracking out three hits, one a double, in his role at the dish. The Eagles had 11 hits and took advantage of eight Navy errors.  Second baseman "Red" Erickson punched out a pair of singles and scored four times.

Kennedy (L) and Nelson
Proudlove (W) and Woodford

(May 10)  In a wild one Friday at Royal Athletic Park, Stockers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning only to fall behind in the bottom of the frame as the Sons of Canada broke out for six markers. The Stockers rebounded, however, to notch a 13-11 triumph with four runs in the seventh and final inning. Haley Jackson's bases-loaded single was the key blow. Lonnie Murray, who survived 11 hits and six errors, got the pitching win and led the hitters with a triple, double and single and three runs scored. Art Carr and Dave Mowat each had three hits for the Canadians.

L.Murray (W) and Scott
Walker (L), Carr (7), Walker (7) and Teskey

(May 14)  With Wilf Shouldice hurling four-hit ball, and racking up 11 strikeouts, and the Tillicums booting the ball 13 times, it meant an easy 11-1 victory for Eagles Tuesday. Shortstop "Scotty" Robinson smacked a double and two singles for the winners and notched three of the eleven runs. Bill Holness allowed just seven hits in taking the loss.

Shouldice (W) and Woodford
B.Holness (L) and H.Holness

(May 17)   Sons of Canada checked in with their first win of the season Friday capitalizing on ten Navy errors to take a 6-4 victory in a game which produced just seven hits but 20 stolen bases. Alec Dick got the win with a four-hitter while Benny Southon, who yielded just three hits, took the loss.

Dick (W) and Teskey
Southon (L) and Nelson

(May 20)   Stockers blew a 4-0 second inning lead and had to settle for a 4-4 draw with the Eagles in action at Royal Athletic Park.  Haley Jackson of the Stockers allowed ten hits but managed to keep them well scattered while Jimmy Proudlove of the Eagles surrendered just four.  Jackson racked up 12 strikeouts to seven for Proudlove. "Red" Erickson rapped three hits for the Eagles and "Scotty" Robinson poked a pair of three-baggers. Rabey, with a double and single led the Stockers.

H. Jackson and Scott
Proudlove and Woodford

(May 22)   George Gandy poled a two-run triple in the sixth inning to give Sons of Canada a 6-5 victory over the Tillicums. Tommy Restell had three hits for the Canadians. Doug Bone held the losers to nine hits for the mound triumph.

T.Colgate (L) and H.Holness
Bone (W) and Kuwabara

(May 27)   Stockers plated three runs in the fourth and added two more in the fifth to down Navy 6-3. Lonnie Murray, who relieved in the third, picked up the win. Catcher Wally Scott produced two hits, one a double, scored twice and had two steals to lead the winners.

Southon (L), Harding (5) and Nelson
Bennett, L. Murray (W) (3) and Scott

(May 29)  In the second tie game in the young season, Eagles and Sons of Canada battled to a 5-5 draw. A sixth inning rally, which netted the Birdmen three runs, saved the league-leaders from their first loss of the season. Sons had taken a 5-2 advantage with three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth off Eagles' ace Wilfred Shouldice who yielded six hits. Eagles had eight off "Sonny" Walker.

Shouldice and Woodford
Walker and Kuwabara

(May 31) Tillicums vs Stockers

(June 7)   The Eagles cracked 11 hits, including a pair of homers by "Red" Erickson and one by "Red" Bennison, to clobber the Tillicums 11-1.  Erickson and Bennison each had three hits and scored three runs. Jimmy Proudlove held the losers to four hits while whiffing 10.

Proudlove (W) and Woodford
L.Jones (L), Osman (6) and H.Holness

(June 8)  Stockers ran up the count out of the gate scoring six times in the top of the first inning but ended up on the short end of a 9-8 count Saturday as the Eagles rebounded with a six-run inning of their own.  Wilf Shouldice settled down after the rough first frame and went the distance for the win.  In an earlier exhibition game, the combined Sons-Eagles club defeated the Stockers-Tillicums 8-5.

L.Murray (L) and Harris
Shouldice (W) and Woodford

Walker, Emery and Woodford
Shouldice, L.Murray and Nex

(June 12)   The pitchers ruled the roost Wednesday in Victoria Commercial League play, between the Sons and Tillicums, with both "Wack" Osman and Alec Dick outstanding in a battle of two-hitters. Osman got the win as the Tillicums scored on a squeeze play in the second and added a run in the fifth for the 2-0 victory. Art Chapman and Wally Stipe singled and Chapman stole third before Wally Coutts laid down a bunt to bring him home. It was Gordon Moore's bunt which brought in the final marker. Osman fanned 11 and walked one in hurling the shutout. Dick had six strikeouts and no free passes.

Dick (L) and Kuwabara
Osman (W) and Nex

(June 17)  Wally Stipe's two-run homer in the seventh stanza brought the Tillicums a 5-3 victory over Navy Monday at Royal Athletic Park.  Lloyd Jones twirled his best game of the season in holding the Sailors to three hits and racking up 16 strikeouts without a walk. Stipe, who also had a pair of singles, scored three times.

L.Jones (W) and Nex
Kennedy, Parker (L) (4) and Nelson

(June 24)  Tillicums posted their third straight win crushing the Stockers 10-2 behind the six-hit pitching of "Wack" Osman who fanned 12 with no walks. He struck out six of the first seven batters to face him. Second sacker Blake led the winners with three hits.

Bennett (L), Jackson (4) and Scott
Osman (W) and Stipe

(June 26)   After five straight wins, the Eagles were handed a stiff dose of reality Wednesday as the Sons of Canada whipped the front-runners 12-1. Teenager "Sonny" Walker held the Eagles to five hits in going the route for the win. George Gandy had a key blow, a bases-loaded triple, for the winners.

Emery (L), Barney Barnswell (5) and xxx
Walker (W) and xxx

Eagles         5 - 1
Sons of Canada 4 - 3  1.5
Tillicums      3 - 3  2.0
Stockers       3 - 3  2.0
Navy           0 - 6  5.0

(July 5)   Navy got its first win of the season Friday downing the first-place Eagles 8-6. The Sailors jumped into a 5-0 lead in the first stanza and were never headed. Each team had nine hits and made five errors. "Moose" Gardiner and Bill Mundie each rapped a pair of hits in support of winning hurler Parker. Jimmy Proudlove, who racked up 12 strikeouts, took the loss.

Parker (W) and Nelson
Proudlove (L) and McGee

(July 10)  But for a wild pitch in the ninth inning the Victoria Old-Timers would have come away with a 7-6 upset victory over the Commercial League All-Stars in an exhibition match at Royal Athletic Park.  The Old-Timers held the one-run lead going into the top of the ninth when pinch hitter "Scotty" Robinson poked a two-bagger to left centre. He moved to third on an infield out and trotted home as Ray Parfitt cut loose with a wild pitch to tied the game. It ended in a 7-7 draw after nine innings of entertainment for a large and appreciative crowd.

Jones, Walker, Osman and Scott
Donaldson, Dangerfield, Woodhouse, Parfitt and Bowden, McGinnis (7)

(July 12)  Sons of Canada rapped 11 hits in defeating Navy 9-5 in Commercial League action.  Tommy Restell led the winners with three hits, one for two bases.

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

(July 13)   The Commercial League All-Stars, a last minute replacement for the Sons of Canada who could not field a team, chalked up an impressive 7-0 win Saturday over a team from the U.S.S. Cincinnati. Lloyd Jones fired the shutout, allowing just five hits while racking up 12 strikeouts. Shortstop Raymond Casey slugged a brace of two-baggers and a single for the winners and Blake, the left fielder, added three singles. Catcher Harry Holness had a pair of safeties and had four steals.

Pireson (L) and Smith
L.Jones (W) and H.Holness

(July 15)  A four-run fifth inning carried the Eagles to an 8-3 triumph over the Tillicums.  Jimmy Patterson's bases-loaded triple sealed the victory for the Birdmen. Jimmy Proudlove went the route for the win.

Osman (L), Jones and H.Holness
Proudlove (W) and Woodford

(July 16)   A new name, a revised schedule and a new start dropping the Stockers to have a four-team loop. League members decided to reset the circuit, now called the Victoria Senior League, and present a new schedule beginning tomorrow.

(July 17)   Coming from behind with three late runs, Sons of Canada topped Navy 6-4. Alec Dick settled down after some early troubles to pitch solid ball for the victory. Fletcher, a Sons recruit from last season's Capitals of the Juvenile League made the defensive play of the game making a brilliant stop on a scorching drive down the third base line destined for three or four bases.

Dick (W) and Kuwabara
Kennedy (L) and Nelson

(July 19)   Behind the sold five-hit pitching of Lonnie Murray, the former Stockers hurler, the Eagles had an easy time in disposing of the Tillicum nine, 7-1 Friday. First sacker Earl Barnswell slugged a triple for the longest blow of the game. The win puts the Eagles in a tie with Sons of Canada for first place in the second half standings in the Victoria Senior League.

L.Murray (W) and xxx
L.Jones (L) and xxx

(July 20) Sons of Canada salvaged a tie Saturday coming from behind with three runs in the seventh inning to gain a 6-6 draw with Tillicums. Art Chapman cracked a homer for Tillicums. Bill Holness tossed a seven-hitter for Tillicums and "Sonny" Walker allowed eight hits in his mound duties for the Canadians.

W.Holness and H.Holness
Walker and Kuwabara

(July 22)  In a game in which there were 19 errors, the Eagles survived nine miscues, five by catcher Henry Woodford, to crush Navy 11-4.  The top of the Eagles' lineup was key to the victory as Dave Essler rapped a pair of hits and scored twice and Barney Barnswell added three hits and three scores. Lonnie Murray, who relieved in the second inning, allowed just two hits and no runs in six-plus innings of work.

Kennedy, Southon(7) and Nelson
Leonard, L.Murray (W) (2) and Woodford

(July 26)  Helped by six Navy errors, Tillicum posted a 7-2 win over the tail-enders Friday.  Centre fielder Wally Stipe slapped a pair of hits, scored three times and had three steals to lead the winners. Lloyd Jones yielded eight hits in registering the win.

Southon (L) and Mundie
Jones (W) and Blake, Chapman

(July 27)  Jimmy Proudlove held the Sons of Canada to just three hits Saturday and the Eagles walked away with a 5-1 decision.  The Birdmen punched out 11 hits against Alec Dick.

Proudlove (W) and xxx
Dick (L) and xxx

(July 28)  Playing at the diamond at the Indian Reserve, the Songhees nine humbled the Sons of Canada 13-9. A six-run fourth inning for the hosts was key to the victory. Wally Coutts, ace hurler for the Reserve team, was the winning pitcher. The club has played five games against visiting teams and won all of them.

xxx and xxx
Coutts (W) and xxx

(July 29)   In an abbreviated contest, Eagles scored nine runs in the first three innings and whipped the Sons of Canada 9-1 in the five inning affair.  Louie Leonard, a 15-year-old recruit from juvenile ball, pitched three scoreless innings for the winners.

Proudlove (W), Bone (3) and Woodford
Bone (L), Walker (4) and Fletcher

(August 2)  Jimmy Proudlove held Tillicums to three hits in the six-inning game as the Eagles notched a 4-1 victory. The ace hurler also showed good form at the plate with a pair of hits, one going for two bases. Barney Barnswell and Jimmy Patterson clouted triples for the winners.

Proudlove (W) and xxx
L.Jones (L) and xxx

(August 3)   The Victoria Senior League All-Stars handed the Victoria Indians a 14-3 beating Saturday at Royal Athletic Park.  It was the first setback of the season for the visitors who employed Bill and Harry Holness for mound duties. The All-Stars broke out early with three runs in the first inning and cruised to the win, cracking 15 hits. 15-year-old Louie Lenard and Lorne Murray combined on a six hitter for the winners.

W.Holness (L), H.Holness and H.Holness, Thomas
Leonard (W), Murray and Woodford

(August 4)  The Victoria Indians nosed out Sidney 8-7, with some late game heroics, in an encounter at the Reserve grounds. Down 7-3 after seven, the home club rallied with five runs in the last two frames for the win. Wally Coutts went the distance on the hill for the winners.

xxx and xxx
Coutts (W) and xxx

(August 5)  Sons of Canada battled from behind a 3-0 deficit Monday with three runs in the sixth inning to escape with a 3-3 tie with the Tillicums.  Ken Fleming's three-bagger was the highlight of the sixth inning outburst.

W.Holness and H.Holness
Walker and Kuwabara

(August 7)   In the second go-round between the Victoria Senior League All-Stars and the Old-Timers, the young pups won, but by a sliver. The 'Stars overcame an early 3-0 deficit to bounce back for a 5-4 victory. Ken  Fleming sparked the winners with a triple and single. Shortstop "Scotty" Robinson produced two hits and two runs. Starter "Sonny" Walker was credited with the win while Jack Noble went the distance for the Old-Timers allowing eight hits.

Noble (L) and Bowden
Walker, L.Jones (5), Leonard (7) and Woodford, Bridgewood

(August 9)  Tillicums bunched three of their five hits in the sixth inning to plate all three of their runs Friday in a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Sons of Canada. Single markers in the third and fifth had given the Canadians a 2-0 margin. "Wack" Osman allowed just four hits and whiffed ten in claiming the pitching win, besting Alec Dick.

Osman (W) and Kinnear
Dick (L) and Kuwabara

(August 12)   Jimmy Proudlove put on another strong pitching exhibition Monday in hurling the Eagles to a 3-1 decision over the Tillicums in a six-inning affair.

Proudlove (W) and Woodford
Holness (L) and Kinnear

(August 14)   With an 8-5 triumph over Navy Wednesday, the Eagles wound up the regular season atop the league standings with seven straight wins and gained a bye in the playoffs billed to open Monday.  Manager Dave Essler's Birdmen rapped 13 hits, three apiece by Henry Woodford and Rabey, as they took a 6-1 lead after three innings and coasted to the win. Louie Leonard scattered nine hits in posting the mound victory.

Leonard (W) and Woodford
Kennedy (L) and Mundie

Sons of Canada

(August 19)   Victoria Indians got an early jump and romped to a 12-4 win over the Royal Canadian Navy in an exhibition game at the Indian Reserve.


(August 19)  Sons of Canada fell behind 3-0 after two innings but rallied with seven unanswered markers to dump Tillicums 7-3 in the first game of their best-of-three playoff series. "Sonny" Walker, the Sons' slab artist hurled a no-hitter over the six inning contest, but sloppy work in the field by his mates denied him a shutout.

Walker (W) and Kuwabara
L.Jones (L) and Kinnear

(August 21)  Again the Sons of Canada battled from behind to top the Tillicums, this time 6-5, to win their semi-final series in two straight games. Trailing 5-2 in their last at bats in the six-inning contest, Sons erupted for four runs and the victory.  Alec Dick gave up seven hits in gaining the mound triumph over Wally Coutts in his first start for the Tillicums.

Coutts (L) and Kinnear
Dick (W) and Kuwabara

(August 23)   Ken Fleming tripled in two runs in the first inning and that proved enough for the Sons of Canada to take the first game of the best-of-five Victoria Senior League final series from the Eagles, 3-1.  "Sonny" Walker allowed six hits in going the route for the winners.

Walker (W) and Kuwabara
Lorne Murray (L) and Woodford

(August 26)   After a 5-4 win over the Eagles, the Victoria Sons of Canada are just a win away from the league championship.  Sons took the lead with a run in the first inning of the five-inning encounter and stay in front throughout. Alec Dick bested Jimmy Proudlove in the mound duel.

Proudlove (L) and Woodford
Dick (W) and Kuwabara

(August 28)  The pennant-winning Eagles are back in the running for the Victoria Senior Baseball crown after a 1-0, five-inning, victory over the Sons of Canada in the third game of the series. Eagles' outfielder "Red" Bennison tripled and crossed the plate in the first inning with the game's only run. Lorne Murray held the Sons to four hits in gaining the pitching decision. Young Fred Acres, up from juvenile ball, started for the Sons, giving way to "Sonny" Walker in the third.

Acres (L), Walker (3) and Kuwabara
L.Murray (W) and Woodford

(August 30)  Tommy Restell's Sons of Canada are the Victoria Senior League champions beating the pennant-winning Eagles 5-2 to win the best-of-five series three games to one. Sons were awarded the A.E. Humphries Cup, symbolic of the senior league championship. Sons spotted the Eagles a 2-0 lead then tied it with a pair in the bottom of the second inning and assured the crown with a three-run rally in the fourth inning of the five-inning contest. Alec Dick twirled a four-hitter for the championship game triumph.

Proudlove (L), Leonard (4) and Woodford
Dick (W) and Kuwabara


Within the Cowichan Valley, Duncan had no baseball, senior level or otherwise, during the summer of 1935. A circuit comprising four teams from Chemainus, however, was formed to compensate for the near demise of the inter-city senior aggregation from that community of a season previous. A select team from the loop did get together for a July twin-bill in Nanaimo but that was about it for the campaign.

(July 21)  Chemainus baseballers visited Nanaimo for a double-header with the Nanaimo Merchants. They lost the first game 11 to 4 and played to a 1 – 1 seven-inning tie in the second encounter. Scoring four times in each of the first and second stanzas, the Merchants sailed to victory in the opener.

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

Work, pitching for Chemainus in the late tilt, allowed nine scattered hits, fanned ten and did not issue a walk. Kulai of the Nanaimo nine was even more impressive on the hill, yielding only five hits, walking two and whiffing 13.

Work and xxx
Kulai and xxx