1939 Game Reports / Vancouver Island      

1939 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1939 BC Interior 
1939 Vancouver Island


Three entries from 1938, the defending champion Eagles, Navy and Pitzer & Nex, returned to the fold for the 1939 campaign while a fourth team, the Athletics, replaced the Victoria Club.

Teams in the 1939 Victoria Baseball Association Senior League
Pitzer & Nex


(May 10)  All dressed up in new uniforms, the Athletics opened the 1939 season with a 6 to 4 triumph over the defending Rithet Cup champion Eagles squad. The Birdmen got off to a good start, plating a trio of counters in the top of the first inning but the A’s took control of the contest by putting up a five-spot on the scoreboard in the third session. Ray Maitland earned the mound verdict over Harry Harding by tossing a five-hitter. Jack Blake, fleet-footed fly shagger of the Feathered Tribe, had three of those five bingles, two of which were doubles.

Harding (L) and Bridgewood
R. Maitland (W) and Kuwabara

(May 12)  The Navy baseballers got off to a good start in the 1939 campaign by doubling Pitzer & Nex 8 to 4 at Royal Athletic Park. The Swabbies pushed across six of their eight counters in the opening two frames and were never headed. Both teams acquired five base hits but the Gasmen has a bad game defensively, committing eight errors. Winning flinger Ernie Woodward rang up ten whiffs in going the distance. Vic Dovey of the Sailors and P & N fly chaser Art Chapman were the only two batters to pick up a brace of hits.

Woodward (W) and Sciban
Acres (L), Smith and Jury, Woodford

(May 15)  Bunching three of their four hits in the second frame, the Athletics erupted for five big runs which propelled them to a 6 to 4 triumph over the Navy at Royal Athletic Park. Shortstop Charlie Restell’s double with the bases loaded was the big blow during the uprising. Lloyd Cann, making his first start of the season on the bump, sent ten of the Esquimalt Bluejackets back to the dugout as strikeout victims. He yielded six safeties, two to Eddie DeCosta, in going the route.

Cann (W) and George
Murray (L), DeCosta (2) and Lister

(May 17)  Scoring a pair of markers in the sixth frame, the Eagles broke into the win column for 1939 when they turned back Pitzer & Nex 5 to 3. The Birdmen had a slight 5 to 4 edge in base raps. Stan Davies whiffed nine in taking the knoll decision over Lorne Murray who fanned five. Catcher Henry Woodford of the Gasmen was the sole batter in the contest to accumulate plural hit totals, singling twice.

L. Murray (L) and Woodford
Davies (W) and Bridgewood

(May 19)  A costly error on a likely double-play ground ball led to a four-run outburst in the eighth inning and carried the Eagles to a 6 to 5 win over the Navy pastimers at Royal Athletic Park. Lloyd Jones of the Feathered Tribe and the Sailors’ Ernie Woodward, a pair of portside hurlers, locked horns in a hillock joust which produced 13 base knocks, with the Eagles garnering the odd safety. Woodward breezed nine while Jones punched out five. Al Condon of the Birdmen as well as “Moose” Gardiner and Vic Dovey of the Swabbies each ripped a brace of bingles. 

Jones (W) and Condon, Bridgewood
Woodward (L) and Sciban

(May 20)  Second baseman Axel Kinnear’s timely double in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in the winning run as the Victoria All-Stars won the matinee attraction of an exhibition twin-bill 7 to 6 over the visiting Chemainus All-Stars. The mid-Islanders gained some measure of revenge in the finale when they plated three eighth-frame tallies to erase a 3 to 1 deficit and come out on top of the Capital City nine 4 to 3. The Victorians trailed by six runs when they came to bat in the bottom of the third panel of the opener but a four-spot put them right back in the game. Another deuce in the fourth knotted the count and the teams went scoreless the rest of the way until Kinnear’s walk-off two-bagger. The winners had a 12 to 9 margin in base hits. Lorne Murray did a superb job in relief  to post the knoll triumph.

McGladry, Work (L) (3) and E. Jackson
Walker, L. Murray (W) (2) and Bridgewood

Chemainus bunched four of their nine safeties in the eighth canto to edge past Victoria in the late encounter. The hosts were only able to collect four bingles off the offerings of winning tosser Eric Smythe. Jimmy Nimmo blasted a bases-empty homer for the victors in the seventh session.

Smythe (W) and E. Jackson
Cann (L) and Bridgewood

(May 22)  Pitzer and Nex won their first game of the season, nosing out the previously undefeated Athletics 10 to 9 in a free-hitting, loose-fielding battle. The combatants combined for 20 base blows including home runs by Art Chapman of the Gasmen and Charlie Restell of the A’s. P & N outfielder Rabey collected a double and a brace of one-baggers to lead the hit parade while Chapman and Restell picked up singles in addition to their dingers.

Rowe, R. Maitland (4), T. Maitland (L) (7) and Kuwabara
L. Murray (W) and Woodford

(May 26)  Playing-manager Bill Bridgewood’s seventh-inning triple drove home the winning run as the Eagles dropped the Athletics 5 to 4 to move into first place. The A’s outhit the Birdmen 10 to 9 as Al Condon of the Birdmen and Lawrence Given, Ted Maitland, Ray Maitland and “Sonny” Walker of the Athletics all checked in with a brace of base raps. Given’s sum of swats included a two-bagger.

Cann (L) and Kuwabara
Harding (W) and Condon

Standings              W     L      Pct.
Eagles                 3     1     .750
Athletics              2     2     .500
Navy                   1     2     .333 
Pitzer & Nex           1     2     .333

(May 29)  The touring African Zulu Giants, who combine clever comedy with good baseball, opened their three-day stand at Royal Athletic Park with an 8 to 6 triumph over the Victoria All-Stars. Hoos, new third sacker for the Zulus, topped their batting parade with a double and two singles. Barney Barnswell and Art Chapman led the Victoria batters with two hits apiece while Noel Morgan walloped a two-run homer in the eighth.

Dea (W) and Rusto
Holden (L) and Bridgewood

(May 30)  The Victoria All-Stars dropped a 13 to 6 decision to the barnstorming African Zulu Giants as catcher Prince Rusto stole the show with his comedy routines. Outfielder Dea led the Zulus offensively with a triple and two singles. Al Condon doubled and singled for the Victorians.

Knucredi (W), Hoos and Rusto
Davies (L), Cann and Bridgewood, Condon (5)

(May 31)  The final game of the three-game exhibition set saw the Victoria All-Stars come through with a 13 to 11 win over the African Zulu Giants. The hard-hitting affair produced 32 base-hits, 18 from the hosts which included a home run by “Sonny” Walker. Jon and Chief Bolo slugged round-trippers for the invaders.

Rusto (L), Bolo (8) and Penu, Rusto (8)
Holden (W) and Condon

(June 3)  In a game in which base hits and bobbles were plentiful, the Navy nine outlasted the shorthanded Athletics 19 to 18. A five-run eighth-inning allowed the Swabbies to claim the victory and move into second place in the McGavin Cup standings. Catcher Sciban had four of the Sailors’ 16 safeties while outfielder Barker and Vic Dovey both checked in with three. For the A’s, “Sonny” Walker singled twice and tripled while Lawrence Given punched out a double and a pair of one-baggers. 

Woodward, DeCosta (5), Southen (W) (7) and Sciban
Walker (L), Rowe (8) and Given

(June 5)  The Navy baseballers moved a half-game behind the league-leading Eagles by taking the measure of Pitzer & Nex 7 to 5 at Royal Athletic Park. The Swabbies took an early 5 to 0 lead which left the P & N diamondeers fighting an uphill battle. The Gasmen enjoyed an 11 to 6 edge in the base-hit department but the Sailors were superior in bunching their swats. Top hitters in the contest were losing pitcher Lorne Murray and first baseman Noel Morgan of the vanquished nine who both stung the horsehide for three safe swats. Included in Morgan’s total were a pair of doubles.

L. Murray (L) and Woodford
Woodward (W) and Sciban

(June 10)  Double-dip action at Royal Athletic Park saw the Eagles down the Navy aggregation 5 to 2 to begin play and, in doing so, clinch first-spot in the McGavin Cup series. The follow-up skirmish had the Athletics besting Pitzer & Nex 10 to 2. The Birdmen, outhit by an 11 to 6 margin in the opener, bunched three of their hits in the six frame and made them good for a pair of important runs. More importantly, they were able to stave off potential Navy rallies at crucial times, forcing the Swabbies to leave ten runners stranded. Stan Davies struck out 11 in earning the bump victory. Shortstop Vic Dovey of the Sailors had a double and single to take the laurels as the game’s leading swatter.

Woodward (L) and Scriban
Davies (W) and Bridgewood

Lloyd Cann worked the slab for the Athletics in the owl encounter, fanning eight while surrendering seven hits. “Sonny” Walker drilled a two-run homer for the winners in the seventh stanza. He also picked up a two-bagger.  

Cann (W) and Kuwabara 
Emery (L) and Woodford, Cosier

(June 11)  The invading Victoria All-Star squad divided a twin-bill with the a pair of Chemainus teams, the hosting Longshoremen prevailing 9 to 8 in a ten-inning matinee attraction while the Green Lantern nine fell to the Capital City nine 8 to 1 in the nightcap. Danny Wyllie’s two-out, full-count single, his only hit of the ball game, broke up the overtime curtain-raiser and gave the Stevedores the win. Joe Garner of the winners and Victoria’s “Sonny” Walker had home runs for their respective squads.

Harding, R. Maitland and Bridgewood
Armstrong, H. Jackson and Somerville

Although surrendering a lone run, Victoria’s Lloyd Cann breezed seven and tossed a no-hitter in the finale, allowing only three Green Lantern runners to reach the initial cushion. The Stars nicked “Lefty” Jackson for nine safeties, bunching their hits in the second, sixth, seventh and ninth frames.

Cann (W) and Condon
L. Jackson (L) and C. Jackson

(June 12) Pitzer & Nex defeated the Eagles 10 to 5 in an inconsequential final game of the McGavin Cup series. No game details or batteries were found in print.

McGavin Cup
Final Standings      W     L      Pct.
Eagles               4     2     .667
Athletics            3     3     .500
Navy                 3     3     .500 
Pitzer & Nex         2     4     .333


(June 14)  Husky righthander “Sonny” Walker hurled the Athletics to an 11 to 2 trouncing of the Navy as the Rithet Cup series got underway. Walker fanned six and held the Sailors to just three hits. Playing-manager Tommy Restell paced the ten-hit Athletics’ offense, poking a double and two singles.

Southen (L), Woodward (5) and Mundie
Walker (W) and Kuwabara

(June 16)  A seven-run opening frame propelled the Eagles to a 14 to 7 trouncing of Pitzer & Nex in a Rithet Cup baseball fixture at Royal Athletic Park. Winning chucker Harry Harding limited the Gasmen to five bingles, fanning eight along the way. Outfielder Alec Dick led the Birdmen offensively with a trio of safe swats while teammate Barney Barnswell chipped in with a pair. 

Harding (W) and Bridgewood
L. Murray (L), L. Jones (1) and Woodford, Cosier

(June 17)  Undefeated leaders of the Western Washington Baseball League, Consumers Meat Market of Tacoma WA picked up 4 to 1 and 6 to 4 exhibition game triumphs against the Victoria All-Stars at Royal Athletic Park.
The Tacoma nine clouted out 11 safeties to 9 for the Victorians in the early tussle. Picking up two bingles apiece were playing-manager Clint Jacobs and outfielder Bob Pullar for Consumers as well as Noel Morgan of the All-Stars.

Roket (W) and Peterson
Jensen (L) and Bridgewood

The visitors bunched their hits in the sixth inning of the late encounter to break a 2 – 2 tie and push across three counters which gave them enough of a cushion to eventually take the game and sweep the doubleheader. Once again, the Washingtonians had an 11 to 9 edge in base knocks.

Bargoli (W), Walker (6) and Peterson
Cann (L) and Condon, Bridgewood 

(June 19)  Hard-luck twirler Ray Maitland of the Athletics pitched a no-hitter at Royal Athletic Park but received no run support from his mates as Pitzer & Nex hung a 1 to 0 loss on Maitland and the A’s. Winning pitcher Fred Acres gave up four hits, including a brace of one-baggers by Maitland, and was particularly effective in the clutch. Maitland whiffed ten while Acres punched out five. The Gasmen plated the game’s lone tally, an unearned marker, in the opening canto. 

Acres (W) and Cosier
R. Maitland (L) and Kuwabara

(June 21)  Coming from behind, the Navy baseballers bunched three successive singles while plating a four-spot in the bottom-of-the-eighth panel which was good enough for a 6 to 3 victory over the Eagles in Rithet Cup play. Up to that three-hit eruption, the Swabbies had only collected two safeties off losing chucker Stan Davies. Ernie Woodward took the mound decision although he was touched for nine safeties, four more than Davies’ total. Davies also had a 10 to 9 edge in strikeouts. The Feathered Tribe stranded 11 baserunners which was their major downfall. Catcher Bill Bridgewood and third baseman Yardley of the Birdmen were the only two batters to attain plural hit totals in this clash, both chalking up a pair of bingles with a double included in Yardley’s sum.

Davies (L) and Bridgewood
Woodward (W) and Mundie

(June 23)  The Athletics handed the Eagles a 5 to 3 setback in a tightly-contested Rithet Cup fracas at Royal Athletic Park. Both contingents manufactured seven base hits. The Feathered Tribe had the cushions full in the bottom-of-the-ninth panel when winning tosser Lloyd Cann ended the threat and the game by whiffing “Barney” Barnswell, one of the eight strikeouts he recorded. “Sonny” Walker, the A’s first baseman and leading hitter, was the top willow wielder in the skirmish, slamming a triple and single while Teammate Axel Kinnear singled twice.   

Cann (W) and Kuwabara
Harding (L), Davies (5) and Bridgewood, Condon

(June 24)  Booming out 15 hits off the southpaw slants of Lloyd Jones, veteran Pitzer & Nex hurler, the Navy balltossers turned back the Gasmen 9 to 4 at Royal Athletic Park. The win enabled the Esquimalt Bluejackets to pullup on even terms with the Athletics in the chase for the Rithet Cup, symbolic of the Victoria playoff championship. The Sailors broke a 2 – 2 tie in the third inning when they did some heavy hitting and came up with four markers. Winning flinger Eddie DeCosta was nicked for 11 safeties, three off the bat of Noel Morgan. Vic Dovey, Ernie Woodward and initial sacker Murray replicated that feat for the victors. Woodward’s total included a pair of two-baggers and Dovey’s one.

L. Jones (L) and Woodford
E. DeCosta (W) and Lister

(June 26)  By trouncing the Navy aggregation 11 to 1 at Royal Athletic Park, the Athletics jumped in front of the pack in the Rithet Cup standings. The A’s scored in every inning but the first, fifth and seventh while piling up 14 base blows. Husky Ray Maitland fanned 11 and fired a six-hitter for the win, losing his shutout bid in the bottom-of-the-ninth stanza on an RBI single by losing hurler Ernie Woodward, his third safety of the fixture. “Sonny” Walker led the winners at the dish with a four-hit performance including a triple.

R. Maitland (W) and Given
Woodward (L), Parker (6) and Lister 

Rithet Cup
Standings            W     L      Pct.
Athletics            3     1     .750
Navy                 2     2     .500
Pitzer & Nex         1     2     .333
Eagles               1     2     .333    

(June 28)  The good ship Navy was directly hit by an Eagles-launched torpedo in Rithet Cup action at Royal Athletic Park. The damage was massive, an embarrassing 27 to 1 shellacking in which the Sailors performed at their ragged worst. Stan Davies did the hurling for the Eagles and set the Swabbies down on five scattered bingles. Thirteen base knocks by the Birdmen, combined with countless miscues, wild pitches and walks, all at crucial stages of the encounter, spelled disaster for the Bluejackets. 

Murray (L), E. DeCosta, McIntyre, Chesterman, E. DeCosta and Lister
Davies (W) and Bridgewood

(June 30)  Pitzer & Nex moved into a second-place tie with the Eagles after disposing of the slumping Navy nine 7 to 3. The Gasmen pulled off some smart squeeze plays to push across valuable runs. Winning pitcher Fred Acres had a shutout going until the ninth when he weakened and allowed all three Sailor counters. He finished with a six-hitter plus eight punchouts. Noel Morgan drilled a triple and one-bagger for the winners while first sacker C. Smith led the Swabbie hitters with a double and single.   

Woodward (L) and Lister
Acres (W) and Cosier

(July 1)  The Victoria All-Stars captured the John Hart International Baseball trophy for 1939 when they set down the Port Angeles WA team twice, 6 to 5 and 7 to 2, at Royal Athletic Park.  The Stars came from behind to capture the early game. One run in arrears as they came to bat for the final time, the Victorians got life when Steve Dunc punched a one-out single. Pinch-hitter Bill Bridgewood followed with a walk. Another pinch-hitter, Jack Blake, then laced a hot single between third and short to drive in Dunc with the tying marker. After Bill Yardley drifted a fly ball for the second out, Barney Barnswell came through in grand style with a drive that drove in Bridgewood for the walkoff win.

Erickson (L) and H. Young
Cann (W) and Condon

Ray Maitland, who did the hurling for the Capital City Crew in the final game, helped himself immensely with the lumber, crashing out a brace of doubles and a single. The game was close until the eighth panel when the hosts erupted for four tallies.

Anderson (L) and H. Young
R. Maitland (W) and Bridgewood 

(July 5)  The Athletics widened their lead atop the Rithet Cup standings when they handed the Eagles a 6 to 1 setback. The A’s had a 5 to 4 edge in base hits and were, by far, the superior team on defense. Lloyd Cann struck out 11 in going the route on the bump. Axel Kinnear of the winners, with two singles, was the lone swatter to reach plural hit totals.

Harding (L), Davies (2) and Bridgewood
Cann (W) and Kuwabara

(July 7)  The Navy diamondeers, lowly cellar occupants in the Rithet Cup series, battled to a 4 – 4 stalemate with the pace-setting Athletics. The Sailors had the upper hand in base knocks, outswatting the A’s by a huge 10 to 3 margin. But, only in the second frame when they bunched four of their bingles for three counters, were they able to take advantage of the many opportunities afforded them. First baseman “Moose” Gardiner led the Swabbies with the baton, clubbing a triple and single. Teammate Eddie DeCosta followed with a double and one-bagger. Navy shortstop Abercrombie and “Sonny” Walker of the Athletics both checked in with two singles.

Woodward and Lister
R. Maitland and Kuwabara

(July 8)  Five big runs in the sixth inning, sparked by a pair of successful squeeze plays, brought the Pitzer & Nex balltossers through to a 7 to 6 triumph over the Navy squad in a Rithet Cup fixture played at Royal Athletic Park. The win entrenched the Gasmen in second place, one-game behind the pace-setting Athletics. Young Fred Acres went the distance on the bump for the winners and was nicked for ten safeties, one more than his clubmates collected off a brace of Swabbie chuckers. Shortstop Lorne Murray nailed a double and two singles for the P & N nine.  

Acres (W) and Cosier
E. DeCosta (L), Woodward (6) and Lister

Rithet Cup
Standings            W     L      Pct.
Athletics            4     1     .800
Pitzer & Nex         3     2     .600
Eagles               2     3     .400
Navy                 2     5     .286

(July 9)  Although outhitting their hosts by a 14 to 10 margin, the Victoria All-Stars dropped a meaningless Hart trophy match to the Port Angeles WA nine by a 7 to 5 count. The Victorians had previously won the best-of-three series with a doubleheader sweep on their home turf.

Davies (L), Cann (7) and Bridgewood
Brown, Erickson (W) (2) and Staeger

(July 10)  Eighteen-year old Allan Giles, making his first start on the hillock in senior company, pitched the Eagles to an 11 to 3 triumph over Pitzer & Nex at Royal Athletic Park. Not overpowering, Giles recorded just one strikeout while surrendering six hits and walking four. His mates piled up 14 base blows off a P & N tandem of chuckers with Steve Dunc leading the way with four singles. Third baseman Bill Yardley smacked a homer in addition to a one-bagger for the victors while teammates Paine and Henry Harris of the Gasmen both collected a double and single.

Giles (W) and Bridgewood
L. Jones (L), L. Murray (3) and Woodford

(July 12)  The top-dog Athletics took advantage of some poor defensive play in the outer garden by the Pitzer & Nex contingent by doubling the Gasmen 8 to 4, a win which increased their margin to two full games in the current Rithet Cup series. “Sonny” Walker fanned ten in posting the eleven-hit mound triumph in which the A’s played a flawless game defensively. Opposing moundsman, Fred Acres, was nicked for nine bingles but his mates committed eight errors which left him in peril as the fleet-footed Athletics, taking advantage of every miscue, moved around the basepaths. Veteran playing-manager Bert Nex poled a triple and two singles for the Gasmen while Bill Pollard of the A’s stroked three singles. 

Walker (W) and Kuwabara
Acres (L) and Cosier

(July 14)  Driving over the tying marker in the eighth round, Earl Barnswell of the Eagles allowed the Birdmen to tie the Athletics 4 – 4 in a contest shortened by darkness. The Feathered Tribe lit up A’s pitcher Chuck Rowe for ten safeties while the Athletics managed just four. A sensational outfield catch by fly shagger Bill Pollard in the seventh inning, which culminated in a double play, saved the Athletics’ bacon.

Harding, Davies (8) and Bridgewood
Rowe and George

(July 15)  The Victoria All-Stars posted a double triumph over the Chemainus All-Stars in exhibition action at Royal Athletic Park. The Capital City nine trounced the mid-Islanders 15 to 6 in the matinee attraction and, then, came from behind in the nightcap to chalk up a 4 to 2 victory. The hosts got off to a fine start in the opener, punching across five counters in each of their first two turns at bat. The visitors, on the other hand, played ragged ball and were lacking in defensive prowess. Ray Maitland, husky righthander, went the route on the hillock for the Victorians, whiffing seven while issuing a dozen safeties.

Smythe (L), H. Jackson (1) and W. Hagg
R. Maitland (W) and Bridgewood 

The second fixture saw a much closer game as the Chemainus nine improved vastly in their play. Bunching four of their six hits in the fifth frame, the Victorians erased a 3 to 1 deficit to plate a trio as Lloyd Cann won out over “Lefty” Jackson. Cann drove in the tying maker in the fateful fifth and Ray Casey followed with a two-run double. 

E. Jackson (L) and Z. Jackson
Cann (W) and Condon

(July 17)  Pitzer & Nex doubled the Eagles 4 to 2 in Rithet Cup play at Royal Athletic Park on the strength of a three-run outburst in the fourth inning. Both teams hammered out ten bingles with Noel Morgan of the Gasmen collecting three of his team’s sum. Picking up two safe swats apiece were Bert Nex and Henry Harris of the victors as well as Bill Bridgewood and Stan Davies of the Birdmen.

L. Murray (W) and Woodford
Davies (L) and Bridgewood

(July 19)  Erupting for four counters in the eighth panel, the Eagles nosed past the Athletics 6 to 5 at Royal Athletic Park. The Feathered Tribe was deserving of the victory, outswatting the A’s with a 12-hit output. Jack Blake’s pinch-hit single drove in a pair to put the Birdmen one run up in the eighth, then Alec Dick singled home an insurance marker, which would ultimately be needed, to complete the scoring for the winners. Winning tosser Harry Harding fanned seven and stymied the A’s on three hits, two from the lumber of “Sonny” Walker. Harding, Dick, Bill Bridgewood and Allan Giles all registered a brace of bingles for the victors.

Harding (W) and Bridgewood
Cann (L) and Kuwabara

Rithet Cup
Standings            W     L      Pct.
Athletics            5     2     .714
Pitzer & Nex         4     4     .500
Eagles               4     4     .500
Navy                 2     5     .286

(July 21)  The Athletics, with the Rithet Cup regular campaign virtually in their back pocket, battled to a 7 – 7 stalemate with Pitzer & Nex in a fixture limited by darkness to seven frames. “Sonny” Walker and Louis Leonard carried the ball for their respective teams after both entered the game as opening-inning relief pitchers. Almost all of the scoring, from both sides, was done in the first two frames as Walker and Leonard both took control of things thereafter.  

B. Acres, Walker (1) and Kuwabara
Lansdell, Leonard (1) and Cosier

(July 22)  The Victoria All-Stars and the visiting Port Angeles WA balltossers split a pair of exhibition tussles at Royal Athletic Park. The hosts captured the free-hitting curtain-raiser 12 to 10 but the visitors came back to eke out a 4 to 3 decision in the nightcap.  The homesters hammered out 14 base knocks in the opening tilt, breaking the game wide open with five-spot outputs in both the fifth and sixth panels.

Erickson (L), Loghry (5) and H. Young
R. Maitland, Davies (W) (2) and Bridgewood

A miscue on an attempted double play cost the Victorians bigtime in the evening affair in which winning tosser Don Loghry and losing flinger Lloyd Cann battled tooth-and-nail.

Loghry (W) and H. Young
Cann (L) and Condon

(July 23) The Athletics of the Victoria Baseball Association journeyed to Duncan and divided a doubleheader with the Duncan Cubs of the Chemainus Baseball League. The Cubs took the early affair 5 to 1 while The A’s responded with a 7 to 2 victory in the sunset event.

Rowe (L), T. Restell and Given
Bruce (W), Berkey and Hagg

B. Acres (W) and George
J. Mooye (L), Bruce and G. Mooye

(July 24)  Breaking a 4 – 4 stalemate in the fourth inning and adding a run in each of the next three frames, the Athletics doubled Pitzer & Nex 8 to 4 to officially wrap up their quest for the Rithet Cup regular season. Chuck Restell, Athletics’ shortpatcher, had two timely triples. The A’s earned a bye into the Rithet Cup finals as a result of their first-place finish.

Walker, R. Maitland (W) (3) and George, Given
L. Murray (L) and Woodford

Rithet Cup
Final Standings     W     L      Pct.
Athletics           6     2     .750
Eagles              4     4     .500
Pitzer & Nex        4     5     .444
Navy                2     5     .286

SEMI-FINALS  Pitzer & Nex vs Eagles  (best-of-five series)

(July 26)  Pitzer & Nex roared from behind to edge the Eagles 6 to 5 in the opener of the Rithet Cup semi-finals. Outhit 10 to 6 by the Feathered Tribe, the Gasmen capitalized on their opportunities in taking game one. Noel Morgan of the P & N nine and the Eagles’ Bill Bridgewood both ripped the horsehide for three safeties. Morgan’s total included a triple and double while a brace of two-baggers were part of Bridgewood’s sum. Stan Davies fanned ten in a losing mound effort. 

Leonard (W) and Cosier
Davies (L) and Bridgewood

(July 28)  A three-run homer by second baseman Henry Harris lifted Pitzer & Nex to 5 to 3 win over the Eagles, a victory which staked the Gasmen to a two-game lead in their semi-final series. Winning pitcher Fred Acres limited the Birdmen to four bingles, two each by Bill Yardley and Al Condon, in going the route. Harris slammed a double to go along with his four-ply tater while teammate Art Chapman delivered a double and single.

Harding (L) and Bridgewood
F. Acres (W) and Cosier

(July 31)  Al Condon’s final-frame two-bagger plated Tom Moore and enabled the Eagles to salvage a 7 – 7 draw with Pitzer & Nex in the third game of the Rithet Cup semi-finals. The game was called after eight innings because of darkness. The Gasmen outhit the Feathered Tribe 11 to 8 and had the lead for most of the game. Condon stroked a single earlier in the contest to go along with his double. Louis Leonard, young southpaw doing the hurling for P & N, clouted a triple and two singles in support of his mound work while teammate Henry Harris belted a three-bagger and single. 

Leonard and Cosier
Davies and Bridgewood

(August 2)  With young Fred Acres hurling a four-hitter, the Pitzer & Nex baseballers blanked the Eagles 5 to 0 to advance to the Rithet Cup finals. Acres’ Gasmen teammates backed him up with an errorless performance afield while nicking losing flinger Stan Davies for seven safeties. Fly chaser Gordon Jones of the winners had a pair of singles, the only willow wielder from either side to amass plural hit totals. One of his bingles drove in a brace of markers.

F. Acres (W) and Woodford
Harding (L) and Bridgewood

(August 4)  Packing plenty of power in their bats, the Colored House of Davis baseballers thumped the Victoria All-Stars 11 to 5 in the first of a three-game exhibition series. The Davidian sluggers rapped out a total of 16 base blows, seven of them for extra bases while the Victorians were held to six by winning flinger Ray Charters. Outfielder Sanders led the way offensively for the tourists, banging out three doubles and a single.

Charters (W) and Hamilton
L. Murray (L), Cann (7), Davies (7) and Bridgewood

(August 5)  The Victoria All-Stars turned in two surprisingly good exhibitions on the diamond against the barnstorming Colored House of David aggregation. They were edged out 4 to 3 in the matinee attraction but came back and held the visitors to a 1 – 1 stalemate in the late event. The hosting nine led until the seventh inning of the lid-lifter when the Davids punched in a pair to move ahead for good. Outfielder Jack Blake hit a bases-empty round-tipper for the Capital City crew who were ouhit by a 12 to 7 margin.

Berry (W) and McCray
Davies (L) and Condon

Had it not been for a passed ball, Lloyd Cann would have earned a shutout win in the second game. As it was, both he and “Schoolboy” Lomax tossed five-hitters in the exciting tie-game finale. A solo homer by “Sonny” Walker accounted for Victoria’s marker.

Lomax and Palm
Cann and Bridgewood

RITHET CUP FINALS  Pitzer & Nex vs Athletics  (best-of-seven series)  

(August 7)  Pitzer & Nex drew first blood in the Rithet Cup finals for the senior baseball championship of Victoria when they downed the Athletics 7 to 5 at Royal Athletic Park. Three-run outbursts in both the third and fifth innings powered the Gasmen to their victory. Gordon Jones’ bases-loaded double in the fifth canto drove in the first trio of markers for P & N and set them in motion for the eventual win. Jones also had a single to emerge as the game’s lone two-hit batter. Fred Acres, with a five-hitter and two punchouts, earned the hillock triumph over Ray Maitland who whiffed ten while issuing six hits in his 4-2/3 innings of toiling on the hillock.

F. Acres (W) and Cosier
R. Maitland (L), Walker (5) and Kuwabara

(August 9)  The Athletics battled their way back into the Rithet Cup finals when they hammered Pitzer & Nex 7 to 1 at Royal Athletic Park. Winning tosser Lloyd Cann hung a three-hitter on the Gasmen, whiffing nine along the way. He also drove in his club’s first two runs with a fifth-inning double. Leading the 12-hit batting attack of the A’s were Bill Pollard, Ray Casey, Lawrence Given and outfielder Doug Lindsay who all pasted the apple for two safeties with one of Pollard’s blows going for three bases. Not to be outdone, hard-hitting first sacker “Sonny” Walker of the winners launched a home run.

Cann (W) and Kuwabara
Leonard (L), L. Murray (8) and Woodford

(August 11)  The touring Broadway Clowns grabbed a first-inning 3 to 0 lead and then coasted to a 6 to 3 triumph over the hosting Victoria All-Stars in the opener of a three-game exhibition set-to. Both squads creamed the orb for ten safeties. Third baseman Henry’s two-run dinger for the barnstormers in the opening panel set the tone for the game. Noel Morgan had three bingles for the Victorians while fly chaser “Sardine” Douglas reciprocated for the Clowns.

Ewing (W) and McVey
Davies (L) and Condon

(August 12)  Racking up 8 to 3 and 10 to 4 victories, the Broadway Clowns swept a double-bill from the hosting Victoria All-Stars.  Second baseman Terry and outfielder “Sardine” Douglas collected three hits each for the Clowns in the opening event while Bill Yardley of the homesters replicated the feat. One of Yardley’s blows was a three-bagger.

Malone (W) and McVey
Woodward (L) and Bridgewood

The tourists piled up an early  9 to 0 margin in the late encounter before the Victorians knew what hit them. Third sacker Henry gathered three of the Clowns’ seven safeties, two of which were doubles, while Ray Casey topped the vanquished nine at the dish with a two-bagger and single.

Douglas (W), Breedlove (5) and McVey
Cann (L), Davies (3) and Bridgewood

(August 14)  Veteran playing-pilot Bert Nex’s timely fifth-inning single drove in a pair of runs, breaking a 1 – 1 tie and providing the ammunition for the Pitzer & Nex diamond pastimers to defeat the Athletics 3 to 1 in the third meeting of the combatants in the Rithet Cup city finals. Winning flinger Fred Acres gave up six hits and fanned a pair while loser Chuck Rowe whiffed five and surrendered an equal number of safe swats.

F. Acres (W) and Cosier
Rowe (L) and Kuwabara

(August 21)  The green-uniformed Pitzer & Nex nine took a stranglehold on their Rithet Cup playoff series when they edged the Athletics 6 to 5 in a darkness-shortened game four of the Victoria senior baseball showdown. In arrears by a 6 to 2 margin as they came to bat in the seventh and final session, the A’s put on a last-ditch rally which netted them three counters with just one retired. At that point, Lorne Murray was seconded to the bump from his starting shortstop position in relief of struggling starter and winner Fred Acres. The Gasman reliever came through magnificently, striking out hard-hitting “Sonny” Walker and Ted Maitland to end the uprising and the game. Losing chucker Ray Maitland picked up three of the Athletics’ 11 base knocks to pace all swatters.

R. Maitland (L) and Kuwabara
F. Acres (W), L. Murray (7) and Cosier

(August 23)  Broad-shouldered “Sonny” Walker pitched and batted the Athletics to a convincing 9 to 4 triumph over Pitzer & Nex in their fifth meeting for the Rithet Cup. Walker rang up six strikeouts while issuing a half-dozen reasonably well scattered safeties. On top of that, he tripled in the opening inning, homered in the second session and was responsible for five of his team’s nine tallies touching home plate. Teammate Charlie Restell also nailed a four-bagger while Lawrence Given belted a triple and double. The must-win for the A’s kept them alive in the best-of-seven affair.

Leonard (L), L. Murray (1) and Woodford
Walker (W) and Kuwabara

(August 25) Two runs in the bottom-half of the fifth-frame allowed Pitzer & Nex to salvage a 5 – 5 tie with the Athletics in the abbreviated sixth game of the Rithet Cup playoff finals. Middle pasture guardian Art Chapman drove in the tying counter for the Gasmen. Fred Acres and “Sonny” Walker engaged in a pitching duel in which each gave up seven base blows. Ted Maitland of the A’s led all stickers with three safeties, two doubles and a single.

Walker and Kuwabara
F. Acres and Cosier

(August 26)  Climaxing three weeks of playoff baseball, the hustling Pitzer & Nex diamondeers captured the Rithet Cup for 1939 by trouncing the Athletics 10 to 2 in the seventh game of the series. Considerable credit for the success enjoyed by the club must go to Bert Nex, veteran skipper, who donned a uniform about halfway through the season and hit the comeback trail in spectacular fashion. Nex’s presence seemed to work marvels for the club and, once they started to hit their stride, they were hard to beat.

Beaming with confidence, the Gasmen lit into the offerings of big Ray Maitland for five first-inning markers which deflated the A’s. It wasn’t until the final canto that the Athletics managed to get on the scoreboard but, by then, they were much too far in arrears. The P & N pastimers showed a balanced offense with all but one of their nine starters registering at least one hit. Meanwhile, winning hurler Louis Leonard was quietly whiffing five while scattering nine Athletic bingles. Leading the 13-hit Pitzer & Nex batting attack with a brace of safeties each were Gordon Jones, Henry Harris, Lorne Murray, “Pee Wee” Rabey and Leonard. Those acquiring a pair of bingles for the vanquished nine were Charlie Restell, Ted Maitland and Doug Lindsay.

R. Maitland (L), Rowe (4), T. Maitland (6) and Given
Leonard (W) and Woodford


Brown Bombers *, Cedar Hill Athletics, Cubs, Eagles, Navy, Oak Bay, Pitzer & Nex


The first-place Navy squad was bounced by the third-place Cubs in the second division semi-finals while the Eagles eliminated Oak Bay.

FINALS  (best-of-three series)

(September 1)  A clutch single by shortstop Jimmy Sinclair drove in the winning run as the Eagles took game one of the Humphreys Cup finals 6 to 5. Lansdell, Feathered Tribe hurler, was nicked for four hits while the Birdmen got to Clare Tang, Cubs’ chucker, for six safeties. Both twirlers fanned six opposing batters.

Tang (L) and Main
Lansdell (W) and Miles

(September 2)  The Eagles annexed the Humphreys Cup, emblematic of the second division championship of Victoria, after doubling the Cubs 4 to 2 and taking the final series in two straight games. Young Allan Giles pitched three-hit ball for the Birdmen and whiffed 17 Cubbies. Losing hurler Bob Acres surrendered nine safeties and fanned five. Lack of control with ducks on the pond, however, was his undoing. On two occasions a bases on balls Acres issued, with the sacks full, forced in an Eagles’ run.

Giles (W) and Miles
B. Acres (L) and main


Team composition within the 1939 Comox Valley Twilight Baseball League remained at five entries although Cumberland no longer was represented by two franchises. The defending champion Cumberland Cubs remained in the circuit but a team from Fanny Bay replaced the departed Cumberland Tigers. The Courtenay club dropped its all-Junior designation from a year previous and played as a senior-level team under the name of the Native Sons.

Teams in the 1939 Comox Valley Twilight Baseball League
Courtenay Native Sons
Cumberland Cubs
Fanny Bay Athletics
Royston Lumber
Union Bay

(May 14)  The Royston Lumber Company nine took a close game from Courtenay 7 to 6 at the Recreation Grounds in Cumberland. Although outhit by the Native Sons, the Lumbermen were more effective in the pinches. Loggie Grieve of Courtenay blasted the first home run of the Twilight League campaign.

Rickson (L) and Braes
Yano (W) and Doi

(May 14)  At Union Bay, the hosting nine defeated the Fanny Bay Athletics 6 to 5.

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

(May 17)  At Cumberland, Royston Lumber won their second consecutive one-run game when they took the Cumberland Cubs into camp. The actual final score was not printed in the Comox District Free Press.

Kimoto (W) and Doi
Bono (L), Hoffman and Conti

(May 24)  Sending 13 batters to the plate in the eighth session, the African Zulu Giants broke up a close 4 – 4 ball game with an eight-run outburst to swamp a group of Twilight League Selects, augmented with the services of starting pitcher Hank Guidolin of the Upper Island League’s Cumberland Circle F’s, 12 to 4 in an interesting exhibition game. Bolo had a home run for the grass-skirted barnstormers.

Lumpo, Lulu (W) (5) and xxx
Guidolin, Hoffman (L) and Doi

(May 28)  The Cumberland Cubs withstood a last-inning rally to defeat the Fanny Bay Athletics 6 to 4. Trailing 6 to 0 as they came to bat for the final time, the Bay Boys plated a quartet of tallies on hits by McDonald, Ogaki, Kierstead and Lairie, only to have the uprising squelched when the third out was made with the cushions full. Ty Conti belted a two-run circuit-clout for the Cubs.

Lairie (L) and Kierstead
Combs (W) and Hunden 

(May 31)  A final-inning, unearned tally gave the Cumberland Cubs a close 4 to 3 win over the Courtenay Native Sons in Twilight League play. The winning counter resulted when catcher Braes of the Sons overthrew third base, allowing winning tosser Henry Watson to scamper home with the tie-breaker. An interesting facet of the game took place in the fifth canto when both starting pitchers, “Spit” Quinn of the Courtenayites and Cumberland’s Timmy Tobacco, loaded the sacks without recording an out and, then, proceeded to dig themselves out of the hole they had created by striking out the side. Losing twirler Bob Rickson was the big sticker for Courtenay with three safe blows while Watson led the Cub hitters with a pair of safeties.

Quinn, Rickson (L) (6) and Braes
Tobacco, Watson (W) (6) and xxx 

(June 7)  The Royston Lumbermen blanked the Courtenay Native Sons 3 to 0 to remain undefeated and at the top of the Twilight Baseball League. Winning portside hurler Lefty Kimoto limited the Sons to seven safeties. The Nippons got the only run they needed in the opening stanza when fly chaser Fujimoto singled over the keystone station to plate Yoshikuni. Wally Thomson, catcher Braes and losing twirler “Spit” Quinn had two hits apiece for the Courtneyites while middle pasture patroller Yoshikuni led the Lumbermen with three safeties. 

Quinn (L) and Braes
Kimoto (W) and Doi

(June 11)  Union Bay knocked invading Royston Lumber from the ranks of the undefeated by pinning a 3 to 1 defeat on them. The Shipping Point Boys accumulated six hits to four for the Nippons. Bill Marshall went the route on the hill for the victors. “Sandy” Auchinvole had a brace of safeties in support of Marshall’s mound effort, knocking in the first Union Bay run and plating the third. Outfielder Fujimoto singled twice for the Nippons. The Lumbermen had an opportunity to tie, or even win, the game in the seventh panel when, with the bases loaded and none away, catcher Fred Doi hit into a double-play.

Yano (L), Kimoto (6) and Doi
W. Marshall (W) and J. McKay

(June 18)  The Cumberland Cubs were bounced from first place in the Twilight circuit at Union Bay when they wilted beneath a five-run rally by the hosts in the sixth inning to drop a 7 to 6 decision. Bill Marshall went the distance on the bump for the Baymen to cop the knoll decision.

Hoffman (L), Combs (6) and Conti
W. Marshall (W) and J. McKay

(June 18)  Shaking off their season-long habit of dropping games by last-minute slips and errors, the Courtenay Native Sons came out of the Twilight League cellar with a bang by crushing the visiting Fanny Bay Athletics 22 to 8. Winning tosser Bob Rickson held the Baymen to one hit until he was forced to withdraw in the sixth chapter due to a sore arm. 

McLennan (L), Cliff, Ferriman and Kierstead
Rickson (W), McKenzie (6), L. McKenzie (6) and Braes

(July 9)  The Royston Lumbermen won twice in a three-team, two-venue doubleheader to move back into top spot in the Twilight League. At Courtenay’s Lewis Park in the afternoon event, the Nippons captured a close 5 to 4 decision from the homestanding Native Sons. In the evening game at Fanny Bay, Royston doubled the hosting Athletics 4 to 2.  In their first skirmish, the Lumbermen trailed 4 to 0 after two innings were in the books and didn’t go in front until the last frame when they pushed two runs over to snare the victory. Catcher Fred Doi paced the Nippons at the plate, slamming a triple and two singles while fly chaser Kumabe followed with a double and one-bagger.

Kimoto (W) and Doi
Rickson (L) and Braes

The Royston team showed, in their second game appearance at Fanny Bay, that they can clout the ball as well as bunt by slapping out three doubles and two triples. Pitchers Yano and Fujimoto held the Athletics to just five hits.  

Yano (W),  M. Fujimoto and Doi
Hendrickson, Cliff (L) (4) and Kierstead

(July 9)  At Cumberland, Union Bay was dumped into a second-place tie with the hosting Cubs, losing a hard-fought game 7 to 6 before a large crowd. The tussle featured home runs by Leland Bannerman of the Cubbies and Union Bay’s Dunc Marshall, a grand-slam clout. Cumberland picked up the tying and winning counters in their final turn at bat.

Combs, Tobacco (W) (5) and Conti
W. Marshall (L) and J. McKay 

(July 12)  The Royston Lumber Company nine increased their lead atop the Twilight League to three games when they defeated the Courtenay Native Sons in extra innings 10 to 9. The Nippons utilized the reliable squeeze play to push across the winning tally in overtime. First baseman Kiyonaga of the Lumbermen and Native Sons’ catcher Braes both belted home runs.

Rickson (L) and Braes
M. Fujimoto, xxx (W) (5) and Doi

(July 16)  With a flock of timely hits, the hosting Cumberland Cubs stepped into second place in the Twilight League by decisioning Union Bay 6 to 1 in an argument-filled battle. Winning flinger Timmy Tobacco was in good form, holding the Shipping Point Boys to four hits while losing hurler “Sandy” Auchinvole was nicked for eight safeties.

Tobacco (W) and xxx
Auchinvole (L) and xxx

(July 16)  The cellar-dwelling Fanny Bay Athletics came close to upending the first-place Royston Lumber Company nine but had to settle for a 3 – 3 tie when the Lumbermen rallied for a pair of markers in their final turn at bat, utilizing a smart series of hits and bunts. The Nippons collected nine safeties off Fanny Bay chucker Lidgate including an inside-the park four-bagger by infielder Shig Kiyono. The only other extra-base hit in the affair was a two-bagger by the A’s Sora.

Yano, Kimoto and xxx
Lidgate and xxx 

(August 13)  The Cumberland Cubs blasted out 24 safeties in humbling the hosting Fanny Bay Athletics 12 to 4. Bono and Bannerman of the Cubs both spanked the sphere for five base knocks while Fanny Bay’s Stevenson laid the wood onto four such swats.

Watson (W), Conti, Hunden and xxx
McLellan/McLennan (L), Lidgate and xxx

(August 13)  In a thrilling final game wherein the final playoff berth in the Twilight League was at stake, Union Bay prevailed over the Courtenay Native Sons 5 to 4. The Native Sons led for most of the game and it took a strong comeback by the Shipping Point Gang in the late innings to snatch the victory. Winning tosser Bill Marshall limited Courtenay to three hits. With the win, Union Bay secured third place in the Twilight circuit and qualified to meet the Cumberland Cubs in a best-of three semi-final playoff. First-place Royston received a bye into the league finals.

W. Marshall (W) and James
Rickson (L) and Braes 

Final Standings                 W     L      Pct.
Royston Lumber                 11     3     .786
Cumberland Cubs                11     4     .733
Union Bay                       8     8     .500
Courtenay Native Sons           6    10     .375
Fanny Bay Athletics             1    12     .077

SEMI-FINALS  Union Bay vs Cumberland Cubs  (best-of-three series)

(August 18)  Union Bay third baseman “Gump” Magnone’s grand-slam home run in the fifth inning was the turning point in the opening Twilight League semi-final game which saw the Shipping Point Gang triumph over the Cumberland Cubs 11 to 2. Winning pitcher Don Marshall allowed the Cubbies just four scattered hits.

D. Marshall (W) and J. McKay
Watson (L), V. Bono and Conti

(August 20)  The Cumberland Cubs of the Comox Valley Twilight League split a pair of exhibition games with the hosting Powell River nine, going down to a close 4 to 3 defeat in the opener before drubbing the Paper Towners 10 to 1 in the finale.

V, Bono (L) and Conti
Hill (W) and Lindberg

Hoffman (W) and Conti
Hill (L) and Lindberg

(August 23)  Hosting Union Bay defied the odds and disposed of the second-place Cumberland Cubs in two straight semi-final playoff games. Final score, batteries or game details not located in print.

FINALS  Union Bay vs Royston Lumber Company  (best-of-three series)

(August 27)  The surprising Union Bay Twilight Leaguers turned on the regular-season champion Royston Lumbermen to knock out an 8 to 4 victory in the opener of the loop’s finals played in Cumberland. Behind the steady pitching of “Sandy” Auchinvole, the Shipping Point diamondeers, who were inconsistent during the regular campaign, played inspired baseball and, with the McKay brothers showing the way, rapped a brace of Royston hurlers for plenty of base hits.

Auchinvole (W) and J. McKay
Kimoto (L), M. Fujimoto and Doi

(September 1)  The second game of the Twilight League finals produced no winner and had to be curtailed after six innings because of darkness with the Royston Lumbermen and Union Bay locked in a 4 – 4 tie. Bill Marshall, toeing the rubber for Union Bay, allowed six hits while Royston’s mound ace, Lefty Kimoto, was clipped for seven safeties.

Kimoto and Doi
W. Marshall and J. McKay

(September 3)  The red-hot Union Bay pastimers concluded their Cinderella post-season run by overwhelming pennant-winning Royston 5 to 1 to annex the 1939 Twilight League playoff honors. Winning pitcher “Sandy” Auchinvole limited the Lumbermen to six hits while his teammates were piling up 13 safeties, one of them a seventh-inning home run by Don “Smoothie” Marshall.

Auchinvole (W) and J. McKay
Kimoto (L) and Doi 


Chemainus Green Lantern Hotel
Chemainus Longshoremen (also referred to as the Stevedores)
Chemainus Nippons
Duncan Texaco Cubs

(May 7)  In a warm-up to the opening of the Chemainus Baseball League next weekend, Chemainus Longshoremen downed the Duncan Cubs 7-3 Sunday afternoon.  Chemainus took advantage of Duncan errors in the fourth to scored all seven markers. 

P.Bruce (L) and W.Hagg
E.Jackson (W), Armstrong, L.Berkey and Somerville

(May 14)  The regular schedule kicked off Sunday with a double-header at the noticeably improved ball park with much of the grass and small shrubs having been removed through the efforts of the players themselves. In the opening game, the Green Lanterns stopped a ninth inning rally by the Longshoremen to post a 9-7 victory.  The Lanterns had plated a pair in the first inning and held the lead throughout. Down by four runs into the bottom of the ninth, Joe Garner belted a double and Fred Gibbons followed with a home run with none out. But that was all the Longshoremen could muster. R.Gore went the distance for the pitching win.

Gore (W) and E.Jackson
Berkey (L) and Sommerville

(May 14)   In the evening contest, Duncan Texaco Cubs blew a 4-0 lead and dropped a 6-5 decision to Nippons as the Japanese squad rallied with six hits and six runs in the sixth inning. H.Okada's bases-loaded double was the highlight of the uprising.

P.Bruce, R.Haines and W.Hagg
H.Okada, I.Taniwa and K.Izumi

(May 16)  Bill Jackson hurled a gem, a six-inning no-hit, no-run game Tuesday as the Longshoremen blanked Nippons 1-0 in the abbreviated contest. I.Taniwa fired a three-hitter for the losers. Jackson fanned nine.

I.Taniwa (L) and K.Izumi
Bill Jackson (W) and Somerville

(May 18)   W.Clarke tossed a shutout Thursday as Duncan topped the Green Lanterns 4-0.  Lefty Jackson took the loss.

W.Clarke (W) and W.Hagg
Lefty Jackson (L) and E.Jackson

(May 20)  A bolstered Green Lantern squad split an exhibition double-header Saturday with the All-Stars in Victoria. The home team took the first game 7-6 while Chemainus captured the second, 4-3.  Victoria got the winner in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two out, Kinnear banged out a single to plate the deciding counter. Lorne Murray, who relieved in the second inning allowed just three hits the rest of the way to register the pitching win.

In the second contest, Lloyd Cann of Victoria held Chemainus scoreless for six innings before Jimmy Nimmo slugged a homer to start the Chemainus comeback. They added three in the eighth to ring up the 4-3 triumph behind the four-hit pitching of Eric Smythe.

McGladrey, Babe Work (L) (3) and xxx
S.Walker, L.Murray (W) (2) and xxx

E.Smythe and xxx
Cann (L) and xxx

(May 21)   Duncan Cubs escaped with a 2-1 victory over Chemainus Longshoremen behind the strong hurling of Roy Haines, who also scored the first run for the winners. Preston Bruce drove in Haines in the opening frame with a clout through short and scored the deciding run on Jimmy Nimmo's single to left field. Centre fielder Gil Bruce saved the day for the Cubs with a brilliant catch near the fence for the final out in the ninth with the bases loaded.

Berkey (L) and xxx
Haines (W) and xxx

(May 23)  Helped by Gore's five-hit pitching, Green Lanterns erased a 4-0 deficit to trim Nippons 10-4 Tuesday. Down 4-0, Lanterns erupted for five runs in the sixth frame on five hits and four Nippon errors to take the lead for good.

Gore (W) and Jackson
H.Okada (L) and K.Izumi

(May 24)   Mikados of the Japanese Baseball League in Vancouver crushed the Hillcrest Aces 13-0 at Athletic Park Wednesday. 

Naka, Endo, Yasui and Goromaru
D.Inouye, S.Yoshino and J.Inouye

(May 25)  Shortstop Pete Hawryluk crushed a three-run homer in the third inning to pace Longshoremen to a 4-2 win over the Duncan Cubs. Bill Jackson twirled a gem, a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Twice he fanned the side.

Bill Jackson (W) and Sommerville
E.Smythe (L) and W.Hagg

(May 26)   Zulu Giants, the coloured baseball comedians from the United States, defeated an all-star squad from Chemainus 12-6 Friday at Chemainus. It wasn't an easy win for the visitors as the locals twice had the bases loaded  and Knucredi, the Giants' hurler, had his hands full in stopping them. 

The Zulus were not exactly sensational, but they completed two double plays that made the fans sit up. They showed much skill in the infield, and their pepper play created many laughs ... Jon, gigantic second-sacker for the Giants hit a home run. As a reward he was given a cigar by Umpire George Carroll, who usually has a good supply. Rousto, not to be outdone, tried hard to earn a cigar. He got a hit all right, but through some geographical error he ran the wrong way and his run did not count.  (Cowichan Leader)

Knucredi (W) and Lulu
Bruce, W.Jackson and E.Jackson

(May 30)   Scoring a pair in the ninth inning, the Longshoremen downed the Duncan Cubs 7-5 Tuesday at Athletic Park.

(June 1)   W.Clarke allowed just two hits Thursday when the Duncan Cubs defeated Chemainus Nippons 6-1.

W.Clarke (W) and W.Hagg
H.Okada, I.Taniwa and K.Izumi

(June 6)  Stocky shortstop Pete Hawryluk belted a pair of two-run homers to lead Longshoremen to a 5-3 triumph over the Green Lanterns. 

J.Naylor, Gore and T.Naylor
W.Jackson (W) and Sommerville

(June 11)  Victoria All-Stars gained a split in an exhibition twin-bill at Chemainus Sunday. Longshoremen took the first game 9-8 in 10 innings while the visitors captured the second game 8-1 over the Green Lanterns as Lloyd Cann fired a no-hitter.  In the tenth inning of the opener, Tom Garner lined a double with two out and Dan Wyllie followed with a single to plate the winning run.

Harding, Maitland (3) and Bridgewood
Armstrong, Jackson and Sommerville

Cann fanned nine in hurling the no-hitter. His infield made the rest of the outs as the outfield was not called upon for a single play. The locals garnered their only run in the seventh inning as Cushing reached on a fielder's choice, stole two bags and scored on an infield out.

Cann (W) and Condon
L.Jackson (L) and E.Jackson

(June 11)  Green Lanterns used a big eighth inning to dump Duncan Cubs 6-1 Sunday afternoon.  After six scoreless frames, Duncan took the lead with a run in the seventh inning. But the Lanterns ran wild in the eighth, scoring six times, for the victory. Jack Naylor was the winning hurler.

J.Naylor (W) and E.Jackson
P.Bruce (L) and W.Hagg

(June 13)   The Green Lanterns capitalized on six errors by the Nippons in the first inning to score five times in a 12-4 victory Tuesday. 

H.Okada (L), M.Izumi and K.Izumi
Gore (W) and Jackson

(June 16)  A six-run outburst in the eighth inning assured the Green Lanterns of a big victory, 10-2, over the Duncan Cubs Thursday.  Jack Naylor held the Cubs to eight hits and whiffed ten in tossing the complete game victory.

Clarke (L) and Inouye
J.Naylor (W) and T.Naylor

(June 30)  The African Zulu Giants, Negro professionals from Detroit, defeated the Cubs 14-9 in an exhibition match at Athletic Park in Duncan Thursday. The visitors took an early lead when they knocked the ball to all parts of the outfield for five runs in the first inning.  One of the blasts went right over the outfield fence, the first time it has been done.  After adding four runs in the second stanza, the Giants let up to allow the home squad to show some offense. Pollock smacked a homer for Duncan.

Knucredi (W) and Rousto
Smythe, McGladrey and J.Inouye

(July 1)   The Angelus Hotel squad from Vancouver took a close game from the Chemainus All-Stars Sunday 11-10. Norm Trasolini, the Vancouver catcher, entertained the crowd with his antics. He started out behind the plate for the visitors and when he became too hot he peeled off his uniform to reveal several pairs of pyjamas. After the pyjama set he quit the game and took over the microphone in the scorer's booth and gave a graphic description of the game along with his own comments.  A number of notables of the sports world were present with Tiny and Paul Thompson, the famous big-league hockey stars, in the Vancouver lineup. 

Condon (W) and Trasolini, Morrow
Berkey, Naylor and Sommerville

(July 7)   An all-star nine from Chemainus met an all-star unit at Victoria Saturday and dropped both games, 15-6 and 4-2. In the opener, the home squad rang up ten runs in the first two innings to put the game away early. Maitland went the distance for the winners despite yielding 12 hits.  Victoria, which took advantage of sloppy work in the field by Chemainus, managed just seven hits.

Smythe (L), H.Jackson and W.Hagg
Maitland (W) and Bridgewood

Lloyd Cann hurled Victoria to the 4-2 win in the second game to best Ernie "Lefty" Jackson of Chemainus.

"Lefty" Jackson (L) and Zyp Jackson
Cann (W) and Condon

(July 8)  Chemainus Nippons upset the Duncan Cubs 12-4 Sunday.  Cubs were in the game for three frames when the teams were tied 4-4 but the Nippons scored three in the fourth and coasted to the win. The contest featured three triples, by Yoshida and Y.Higashi of the winners and Preston "Sonny" Bruce of the Cubs.

I.Taniwa (W) and K.Izumi
P.Bruce (L) and W.Hagg

(July 8)  The two leading teams in the Chemainus League staged their second 10-inning thriller in two weeks on Sunday when the Longshoremen turned the tables on the Green Lanterns to take the 6-5 victory. W.Jackson picked up the win in a well-pitched game.

Naylor (L) and Cushing
W.Jackson (W) and Sommerville

(July 11)  In one of the best games of the season, Green Lanterns shaded Duncan Cubs 4-3 in ten innings at Chemainus.

(July 20)   Preston Bruce unfurled a six-hit shutout as Duncan Cubs edged the Longshoremen 2-0. Bill Jackson allowed just four hits and fanned 12 in taking the loss. A fluke play saved the Cubs in the sixth inning. Longshoremen had the bases loaded with two out and Pete Hawryluk, the league's home run king, banged a sizzler down to Smythe at shortstop. In his attempt to field the ball, Smythe accidentally knocked the ball to his left where it went right to Pollock at second base to make the force play to end the inning.

P.Bruce (W) and W.Hagg
W.Jackson (L) and Sommerville

(July 22)  In a seven-inning tussle Thursday, the Green Lanterns downed the Nippons 6 to 4. McCladrey pitched into the seventh inning for the win.

M.Izumi (L) and K.Izumi
McGladrey (W), J.Naylor (7) and Cushing

(July 25)  Duncan Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning to upend the Green Lanterns 8 to 7. Lanterns had taken the lead with a pair in the top of the 12th but an error allowed two runs to score for the Cubs in the last of the inning to tie and Duncan batted in the winning marker with just one out.

Gore, Naylor (L) and Cushing
P.Bruce, Smythe (W) and W.Hagg

(July 25)  In the first game of a double-header at Chemainus, the Longshoremen whipped the Nippons 9 to 1. Haley Jackson tossed a five-hitter for the pitching win. The Stevedores rapped 12 hits off a pair of Nippon hurlers with Pete Hawryluk cracking a home run and two singles.

H.Jackson (W) and Z.Jackson
I.Taniwa (L), M.Izumi and K.Izumi

(July 25)  The Longshoremen took their second game of the day downing the Duncan Cubs 5 to 4.

Clarke (L) and W.Hagg
Berkey (W) and Sommerville

(August 3)   In the final game of the regular schedule, the Green Lanterns moved into a tie for first place with the Longshoremen, each with 14 wins, downing the Stevedores 11-4. An eight-run first inning put the game on ice early. The game was called after five innings.

W.Jackson, Berkey, Hawryluk and Sommerville
J.Naylor (W) and T.Naylor

(August 6)  The Longshoremen clobbered the Green Lanterns 13-1 in a sudden-death playoff for first place Sunday, to come out on top of the Chemainus Baseball League and win a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Longshoremen went on a hitting spree pounding out 17 hits, including home runs by Pete Hawryluk and Joe Horton. Horton, who had four hits, also smacked a double.

J.Naylor, Work and T.Naylor
Berkey (W) and Z.Jackson

(August 8)  In the opening game of the semi-final playoffs, Green Lanterns topped Duncan Cubs 5-2. Lefty Jackson went the distance for the pitching win compiling nine strikeouts.

P.Bruce (L) and W.Hagg
Lefty Jackson (W) and T.Naylor

(August 10)   The barnstorming Coloured House of David trounced the Chemainus All-Stars 8-0 as Mays held the locals to four hits. McDaniel pounded a two-run homer for the visitors. Buster McNeill took the loss.

Mays (W) and Hamilton
McNeil (L), Naylor and Jackson

(August 11)  Duncan Cubs, strengthened by recruits from other Chemainus League squads, upset the touring Coloured House of David 9-6 Friday evening at Athletic Park.  The game was called after six innings on account of darkness.  The visitors opened with three runs in the first inning. Bury crossed the plate on a passed ball and an error at second base allowed McDaniel and Chislum to get home. Duncan got two back in the bottom of the first as Nimmo knocked in Okada and then scored himself as Garner went to first. Cubs went ahead in the second as Berkey walked and scored on Jackson's hit. Charlie Stroulger lined one to centre field to plate Jackson and Cubs had the lead for good.

Charter (L), Bury (4) and Hamilton
Berkey (W), P.Bruce (5) and Jackson

(August 13)  Chemainus Green Lanterns won a berth in the league final series by downing Duncan Cubs 9-8 in a hit fest Sunday to take the best-of-three semi-final series in two straight games. Lanterns pounded out 14 hits while the losing Cubs had 16. Gus Crucil, the Lanterns' shortstop, had a perfect day at the plate with four hits in four times at bat. Work collected four hits in five trips. Clarke and Gil Bruce each had four safeties for the Cubs.

Gore, J.Naylor, Jackson and T.Naylor
P.Bruce, Smythe and W.Hagg

(August 18)   In a six-inning contest, cut short by darkness, Duncan Cubs with reinforcements from other Chemainus League teams, notched another win from a touring squad Friday when they beat the Broadway Clowns 7-4. The game was scoreless through three innings when the visitors plated a pair on two errors, one by right-fielder Work. While Work was still bemoaning his error, a spectator in the stands made a barehanded catch of a high foul. "Put him in right field," said Work.  However the outfielder got a chance to redeem himself in Duncan's half of the inning. With the bases loaded, his own drive to right field was fumbled and he galloped around to third while Nimmo, Hawryluk and Cushing crossed the plate. Later, Work slid home with a fourth run. The coloured squad got a pair in the fifth to even the score as Preston "Sonny" Bruce replaced himself with Buster McNeil as pitcher.  In the sixth the Cubs took the lead again with three runs.

Ewing, Duglas and McVay
P.Bruce, McNeil, Okada and J.Inouye

(August 20)  Longshoremen swamped Green Lanterns 13-7 Sunday at Chemainus in the first game of the Chemainus League final.  The winners rapped 17 hits off three Lanterns hurlers. The two Jacksons playing for the Longshoremen, Haley and Zyp, both hit home runs as did Tommy Naylor the Green Lantern catcher who smacked his first homer of the season, one of the hardest-hit balls seen at Chemainus this year.

J.Naylor, Work and T.Naylor
Berkey and Z.Jackson

(There were no further news reports on the final series in the local paper.)

(September 4)  Behind the pitching of Lloyd Leeming, making his pitching debut, and Bill Reilly, Duncan Cubs crushed the Mayo nine 10-1 at the Athletic Field on Sunday.  Cubs were without their usual lineup, relying, for the most part, on rookie players.  Leeming, allowed just one hit and fanned 13 in seven innings of work. Reilly, who pitched the last four innings of an 11-inning exhibition game in his only previous mound work this season, yielded just one hit.

xxx and xxx
Leeming (W), Reilly (8) and J. Inouye


Returning to the Upper Island Baseball League for a second term after the inaugural 1938 campaign were the defending champion Courtenay Circle F’s, the Port Alberni Kingsways and the Port Alberni Waterfronts (also known as the Longshoremen). They were joined by a new entry from Nanaimo which upped the 1939 league membership to four teams. Courtenay repeated as pennant winners although not with as decisive a margin as the year previous.

Teams in the 1939 Upper Island Baseball League
Courtenay Circle F’s
Port Alberni Kingsways
Port Alberni Waterfronts

(May 14)  Courtenay’s Circle F’s went down before a barrage of 19 base hits by the Port Alberni Kingsways and a 10 to 5 drubbing in the opening game of a twin-bill that ushered in the 1939 Upper Island League season at Lewis Park. They managed to shake off the moth balls sufficiently to come back and snatch a 9 to 3 victory in the nightcap behind the effective hurling of Hank Guidolin, to split honors for the day.

The Kingsways did all their scoring in two innings of the matinee tilt, plating four in the opening round and adding a six-spot in the fifth. Naylor, on the mound for Port Alberni, kept Courtenay’s nine hits reasonably well scattered and didn’t experience much trouble until the ninth when the Circle F’s staged a belated rally that netted them two runs. Outer pasture custodian Trotter had a big day at the dish for the Port crew, slapping out four singles. Fellow fly chaser Wylie and third sacker Boyes were close behind with a triad of one-baggers each. Second baseman Chuck Morgan paced the vanquished nine with a double and two singles.

Naylor (W) and R. Patterson
McNeil (L) and A. Telosky

In the second tussle, the Courtenay contingent got off to a much better start, sending four runners across the platter in their opening turn at bat. They outswatted the visitors 10 to 6 and led throughout. Sam Telosky drilled a brace of two-baggers plus a single for the winners while Chuck Morgan tripled and singled. Teammate Bill McKee doubled and singled as did outfielder Wylie of the Kingsways. 

B. Patterson (L), Shouldice (5) and R. Patterson
Guidolin (W) and A. Telosky

(May 14)  The hosting Port Alberni Longshoremen pounded the Nanaimo baseballers 7 to 1 in the first game of their double-bill but dropped a drag-out 19 to 17 tussle to the invaders in the wrap-up contest. Home runs by winning pitcher Phil Houbregs and batterymate D. Kendrick gave the Ports the margin in the first game.

Wilson (L) and T. Naylor
Houbregs (W) and D. Kendrick

The lead changed hands several times in the pitching-challenged nightcap before the Hub City nine finally prevailed, essentially on the heavy hitting of Hank Gailus who poled out four hits. His teammate, infielder Shaw, was also strong with the lumber, stroking a triad of base knocks.  

Clark/Clarke, Davis, McGarrigle and T. Naylor
Stubbs, V. Kendrick, Miles and D. Kendrick

(May 21)  The Courtenay Circle F’s romped all over the hosting Nanaimo nine with a double victory in a pair of Upper Island League skirmishes in the Hub City. Superior batting power told the tale as Courtenay triumphed by 7 to 3 and 10 to 5 counts. The Circle F’s picked up a dozen bingles in the opener while winning chucker “Buster” McNeil was limiting Nanaimo to seven well-scattered safeties.

McNeil (W) and A. Telosky
McGarrigle (L) and Naylor

Hank Guidolin fanned 14 in the nightcap, riding the wave of his clubmates’ 17-hit offensive thrust, for an easy knoll victory.

Guidolin (W) and A. Telosky
Wilson (L) and Naylor

(May 27)  The touring African Zulu Giants swept both ends of a split-venue exhibition doubleheader against Upper Island League teams. The barnstormers coasted to an easy 19 to 4 thrashing of Nanaimo in an afternoon contest before venturing to Courtenay where they clipped the Circle F’s 5 to 1 in an interesting evening affair at Lewis Park.
Nanaimo started off well in the early tilt, plating a four-spot in the opening canto. That lead disappeared, however, in the middle frames when the Giants began to rip the horsehide with consistency. Winning flinger Bolo whiffed nine in going the route.

Clark/Clarke (L), Davis  and Naylor
Bolo (W) and Lulu

The Zulus scored twice in each of the eighth and ninth innings to cop the late skirmish. The winners had nine base hits to five for the hosts. Courtenay’s lone run was driven in on a single by Bill McKee.   

Dea (W) and Lulu
McNeil (L) and A. Telosky

(May 28)  The powerful Courtenay Circle F’s set down the new Nanaimo entry twice at the Central Sports Grounds, taking the opener 7 to 3 before capturing the late event 10 to 5. In both games, the Circle F’s displayed superior batting strength while their hurlers kept Nanaimo hits well scattered, especially with ducks on the pond.
Second baseman Dunc Marshall led the 12-hit Courtenay offense in the opener, stroking four base hits. “Buster” McNeil rang up nine whiffs while tossing a seven-hitter for the mound triumph. Outfielder Moretti had a double and two one-baggers for the Nanaimo nine.

McNeil (W) and A. Telosky
McGarrigle (L) and Naylor

Courtenay slipped across five runs in the opening canto of the follow-up match to take control of the game in which Nanaimo was out-hit 17 to 6. Winning flinger Hank Guidolin had one bad inning, the fourth, when the hosts plated all of their counters. He breezed 14  in going the route.

Guidolin (W) and Goodlin
Wilson (L) and Naylor

(June 11)  After dropping a thrilling 5 to 4 eleven-inning encounter to the Port Alberni Waterfronts at Lewis Park, the Courtenay Circle F’s came back strong in the abbreviated nightcap of the twin-bill to capture a 5 to 2 decision and even honors for the day. A bases-empty home run by Port Alberni shortstop Fraser in the top of the second session of overtime broke a 4 – 4 stalemate and propelled the Waterfronts to victory. The Circle F’s staged a bases-loaded threat in the bottom half of the stanza which fell flat when winning tosser Stobo breezed Courtenay’s Chuck Morgan for the final out. Both squads lashed out eight base knocks in the fiercely-contested struggle wherein the poor infield play of the Courtenayites derailed them from wrapping up a win. Catcher Rooney was best with the hickory for the victors, slamming a triple and two singles. Sam Telosky was by far the batting star for the vanquished nine, lashing out three doubles and a single.

Houbregs, Stobo (W) (10) and Rooney
McNeil (L) and A. Telosky

In the second game, Sam Telosky was again the star for the Courtenay pastimers. He poled out a triple and double as well as fielding sensationally in the middle pasture, accepting six chances in the outfield flawlessly. Twice, he figured in double plays when he threw runners out at the plate after hauling in fly balls, one of these following a magnificent diving catch. “Spit” Quinn, called up from the Native Sons of the Twilight loop, gathered in the mound decision for the Circle F’s  and, although he allowed 10 hits, two more than losing flinger Stobo, kept them well scattered. As in the opening tussle, backstop Rooney of the Waterfronts smashed out a three-bagger and a brace of singles while teammate, outfielder Paul, clipped the orb for a triad of one-baggers.

Stobo (L) and Rooney
Quinn (W) and A. Telosky

(June 11)  In two free-hitting games, Nanaimo’s senior baseball club stepped right into the picture in the Upper Island Baseball League with a brace of victories against the hosting Kingsways at Port Alberni. The scores were 14 to 7 and 11 to 9. The Coal City nine collected 14 safeties in the matinee match and made things easy for winning tosser “Lefty” Wilson. Third baseman Shaw of the victors and Port Alberni outfielder B. Patterson led their respective squads offensively with three safe swats apiece.

Wilson (W) and Naylor
Shouldice (L) and R. Patterson

Nanaimo grabbed an early 5 to 0 lead in the late set-to and held on to complete the sweep. Fly chaser Moretti picked up three safeties in pacing the Nanaimo nine at the dish while teammate Toss Naylor drilled a two-run round-tripper.

McGarrigle (W), Davis (6) and Naylor
Proudlove (L), B. Patterson and R. Patterson

(June 24)  Appearing listless afield, the Courtenay Circle F’s took it on the chin 9 to 2 at the hands of the touring African Zulu Giants in an exhibition encounter at Lewis Park. Seven errors and an inability to produce offensively contributed to the downfall of the hosts. The Zulus outswatted the Circle F’s by a comfortable 11 to 5 margin as an outfielder playing under the alias of Hoodoo slammed three safeties including a double.

Dea (W) and Rosto
McNeil (L), Guidolin (9) and A. Telosky

(June 25)  The Kingsways of Port Alberni came and conquered at Nanaimo’s Robins Park, sweeping a pair of games from their hosts by 5 to 1 and 6 to 4 counts. Grabbing the mound decision for the Ports was Wilf Shouldice who helped his mound cause by ripping out three base hits off “Lefty” Wilson. Nanaimo’s Davis equalled that output, stroking a trio of singles.

Shouldice (W) and R. Patterson
Wilson (L) and Naylor

The Kingsways prevailed in the second encounter in spite of being out-hit by an 11 to 7 margin. Winning chucker Wylie fanned eight Nanaimo batters in going the distance. Top willow wielders in the game were Hank Gailus and outfielder Moretti of the vanquished nine who both garnered three safeties. Infielder Ryan was the lone Port Alberni swatter to get more than one single.

Wylie (W) and R. Patterson
Clark/Clarke (L) and Naylor

(July 16)  The Courtenay Circle F’s took a virtual stranglehold on the Upper Island Baseball League honors when they scored a double win over the Port Alberni Kingsways at the Port town. Both scores were 8 to 4. The victories put the Circle F’s at the top of the heap with seven wins against three losses.

Guidolin (W), McNeil (9) and A. Telosky
Holmes (L) and R. Patterson

Quinn (W) and A. Telosky
B. Patterson (L) and R. Patterson

(July 16)  The Port Alberni Longshoreman, also known as the Waterfronts, ganged up on the Nanaimo balltossers at Robins Park to win a double-dip from the homesters by scores of 6 to 1 and 12 to 3. The Waterfronts knocked out 11 base raps in taking the lid-lifter. Nanaimo’s porous defense was also a factor in the final outcome.

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

Continuing their offensive superiority, the Ports banged out 14 safeties in the sunset event.

xxx (W) and xxx
Gailus (L). T. Naylor (2) and xxx

(July 23)  The Courtenay Circle F’s clinched the Upper Island League pennant for 1939 at Lewis Park when they hammered out two decisive wins over a ragged Nanaimo squad. The one-sided scores were 14 to 4 in the afternoon and 10 to 3 in the evening. Courtenay tosser “Spit” Quinn completely handcuffed the Hub City visitors until the final frame of the opener when three singles accounted for a like number of runs. The only other Nanaimo counter came in the fifth on consecutive doubles by Gailus and Wood. The Circle F’s garnered a total of 17 hits with Bill McKee cuffing out four of them. Lyle McKenzie was also effective with the willow for the winners, stinging the pill for three singles.

Harper (L), Davis and Naylor
Quinn (W) and A. Telosky

Rookie tosser Ronnie Pratt, making his inaugural start on the hillock for the Courtenayites in the follow-up skirmish, limited the Nanaimo team to six singles, three of which came in the last inning. In the meantime, his baffling 12 to 6 breaking ball had the visitors fanning the air for 16 punchouts. Veteran playing-manager Hally Dixon of the victors cracked out four of his team’s 16 base raps. 

Naylor (L), Clark/Clarke and xxx, Naylor
Pratt (W) and A. Telosky

(August 8)  In an exhibition tilt in which neither of the participating teams displayed much intensity, the touring Colored House of David nine got past the Courtenay Circle F’s 7 to 2 at Lewis Park. The barnstormers lit into a listless Circle F squad for seven third-inning counters and seemed to play the remainder of the contest on cruise-control. Meanwhile, the homesters, who had a slight 8 to 7 edge in base hits, squandered their offensive opportunities and played poor defensively. Courtenay catcher Andy Telosky was the top hickory hacker in the set-to, touching winning tosser “Cannonball” Berry for three safe swats.  

Berry (W) and McCray
Guidolin (L), Quinn (3) and A. Telosky

(September 24)   With blue skies and warm temperatures, Royston broke loose for three runs in the sixth inning and held on to shade Chemainus Nippons 3-2 for their second win over the Nippons having topped Chemainus 9-8 in an extra inning in late August.  Nippons drew first blood scoring in the second inning as Tokio Yoshida reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and third and scored on a wild throw home. Fred Doi started the Roystoin rally with a single in the sixth and J.Kiyonaga followed with a two-bagger to plate a run. Shig Kiyono knocked in the second run with a single and Royston got another on a one-bagger by F.Fujimoto.  Lefty Kimoto was outstanding on the hill for the winners allowing just four hits.

Kimoto (W) and F.Doi
H.Okada (L) and K.Izumi

(July 24)   The Mayo baseball nine of Paldi showed little hospitality for the visiting Brown Bombers when they crushed the Victoria club 20-10 and 9-4 in a double-header.  The locals made it easy in the opener scoring 11 times in the second inning.

H.Alexander (L) and R.Alexander
Muss Toyota (W) and K.Toyota

Mayo had a slighty more difficult time in the second game needing a five-run sixth inning to cop the victory. 

A.Kirkbirde (L) and R.Alexander
S.Toshino, M.Tahara and K.Toyota