1937 Game Reports Vancouver Island     

1937 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley   
1937 BC Interior   
1937 Vancouver Island  


Senior amateur baseball in Victoria remained, for the most part, in limbo in 1937 following its fall/demise in 1936. No attempt was made at forming a league but, in mid-July, a team was put together to represent the Capital City in inter-city exhibition play. Finally on August 7th, Royal Athletic Park hosted the first such senior baseball event since 1935. The Victorians were known to have run off six wins in succession during their abbreviated season.

(August 7)  Punching out 23 base knocks from the offerings of a pair of Port Townsend hurlers, the Victoria baseball club trounced the visiting Washingtonians 27 to 7 in a one-sided exhibition clash at Royal Athletic Park. Ray Maitland and “Sonny” Walker split the mound chores for the Victorians as Maitland fanned eight and Walker ten.

Meaker (L), O’Meara and Barden
R. Maitland (W), Walker and T. Maitland, Kuwabara 

(August 19)  A two-out single by hard-hitting outfielder Henry Miles in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning drove in the winning counter as Port Alberni edged Courtenay 6 to 5 in the matinee game of a three-team doubleheader at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park. Leading for most of the game, Courtenay scored twice in the top of the frame to tie the score at 5 – 5 after the Alberni squad had rallied with a five-spot in the eighth, sparked by a hot double off the bat of winning flinger McGuire. The winners had an 11 to 9 advantage in base hits with Miles emerging as the leading baton swinger with a double and three singles.

Guidolin (L) and P. Telosky
McGuire (W) and Burke, D. Kendricks

A three-run seventh inning lifted the Victoria seniors to a 5 to 3 victory over visiting Port Alberni in the finale of a double-dip. Both squads clipped the orb for eight safeties. Outfielder Chuck Restell of the hosts and Port Alberni catcher Burke led their respective teams with two hits apiece. Winning tosser “Sonny” Walker breezed nine in going the route.

Proudlove (L), D. Kendricks (7) and Burke
Walker (W) and T. Maiitland, Kuwabara

(August 28)  Victoria collected 11 hits, five of which went for extra bases, off Duncan twirler “Shorty” Berkey, former Calgary moundsman, as they bounced the visiting Texacos 10 to 2 to run their winning streak for the abbreviated season to six games. Winning flinger “Sonny” Walker punched out nine Duncanites while surrendering seven safeties.

Berkey (L) and Jackson
Walker (W) and Kuwabara



No evidence was found in the spring and summer editions of the Nanaimo Free Press of any senior men’s baseball during 1937 within Nanaimo and environs.