Saskatchewan Game Reports 1941     


The 1941 Southern League went from a six-team to a five-team circuit as the Notre Dame Hounds, with a whole new group of student ballplayers, found it more convenient to drop out and concentrate on exhibition and tournament games that would not interfere with their June examinations. The Wilcox Cardinals, the agrarian group, were facing a wet spring and late seeding so they decided to pass on re-entry as well. One new team, the Radville Nationals was accepted, joining the Regina Red Sox, Weyburn Beavers, Liberty Eagles and the Moose Jaw club which, with a new sponsor, had been re-named the Steamers. The long winter had produced a mellowing effect upon the hard feelings that had led to Liberty's abrupt exit from last season. 

As the summer progressed, player rosters began getting thinner as the Department of National Defense had initiated a major recruitment campaign with Canada's war effort now into its second year. The shortages had the most damaging effect upon the Moose Jaw Steamers who had burned up the league most of the season, compiling an 11 and 4 record, before Weyburn, finishing with a 7 and 2 mark, edged them by mere percentage points for the regular- season pennant. 

The original plan was to have a playoff champion declared by no later than July 12 so that military commitments by players could be met. A sudden-death fourth and fifth place showdown had to be abandoned because of time constraints, leaving the Regina Red Sox on the sidelines. Then, one semi-final round featuring the Weyburn Beavers and Liberty Eagles was delayed when the participants decided they couldn't begin playing until close to a week beyond the scheduled start. After the mid-point of July, the Steamers roster was to be stripped almost bare as many of the players were required to report for military training. Holding a one-game lead in their best of three semi-final playoff series with Radville, the Steamers had no time to play any potential third game so they rolled the dice and, by waiving their one game lead, went for broke with a sudden-death challenge. The fact that they lost that gamble was really a moot point as, even had they succeeded in polishing off the Radville Nationals, they had only a handful of players available to carry on into the league final series. When all the playoff dust had settled, the Weyburn Beavers had again emerged as champions of the Southern League.


(May 30)  Playing on a slippery wet diamond through a drizzling rain, the Liberty Eagles came from behind to defeat the Regina Red Sox 5 to 4 in Regina's 1941 Southern League premiere. The battle lasted eight innings and produced some pretty fair baseball considering the horrible conditions. The Eagles, who no longer have their four coloured imports from last season, picked up a pair of seventh inning runs to grab the win after Regina appeared to be on the road to victory.

D. McLean, Kimbel (4), Evensen (6) (W) and V. McLean
O'Brien, Terry (L) and Milton

(May 30)  The Moose Jaw Steamers made their way down Highway #28 and took a 10 to 2 game from the new Radville Nationals in the Southern League opener for both teams. Moose Jaw pitcher, John "Smokey" Reynoldson, was credited with the win. 

Reynoldson (W) and xxxx
xxxx (L) and xxxx

(May 31)  The steady pitching of Tony Maze and "Smokey" Reynoldson plus Bob Emerson's two-run homer sparked the Moose Jaw Steamers to an impressive 5 to 2 win over the Liberty Eagles. The Moose Jaw hurling tandem limited the Eagles to six hits while their mates put up ten on the board off the offerings of loser Doug McLean, three of them coming off the bat of "Sandy" Thomson. Wally Smith of the Steamers picked up a pair of hits as did Maurice Woeppel of the Long Lakers. 

D. McLean (L) and V. McLean
Maze (W), Reynoldson (6) and D. McDonald

(June 3)  The Moose Jaw Steamers swept to their third consecutive Southern League victory when they travelled to Liberty and claimed a 6 to 1 verdict over the home-standing Eagles. Moose Jaw's John "Smokey' Reynoldson toiled on the hill for the full game in earning the win.  

Reynoldson (W) and xxxx
xxxx(L) and xxxx

(June 4)  The Moose Jaw Steamers plated a bottom of the ninth tally to salvage a 3 - 3 tie with the Weyburn Beavers at Ross Wells Park. Bob Emerson's clutch single off Ralph Hogg drove in Don Sherran with the tying marker. The Steamers out-hit Weyburn 8 to 7 as Emerson and Norm Larson of Moose Jaw as well as Gayle Shupe of the Beavers each collected two hits.

Hogg and Thompson
Brenholen and D. McDonald

(June 5)  The defending Southern League champion Weyburn Beavers were held to their second consecutive 3 - 3 draw in the new season, this time a stalemate with the visiting Regina Red Sox. All the scoring was done in the first four innings and, after that, the opposing pitchers settled down and gave up only one hit each during the remainder of the game. The host Beavers out-hit the Reginans 6 to 4 with the Wilder brothers leading the way with a pair of blows each. One of Archie's was a triple and Les connected for a double. For the Red Sox, Ken Charlton had two triples and a single while shortstop Bernie Almas had a bases-empty home run.  

W. Burke and Mitton
Huggins and Thompson

(June 6)  The Weyburn Beavers turned a pair of Radville errors into a ninth-inning run to edge the Radville Nationals 2 to 1. The pitchers were dominant in this contest. Winning hurler Gayle Shupe had 15 strikeouts. The two Nationals' hurlers had a good outing as the tandem did not allow an earned run. Outfielder Stan Hooper belted a home run for Radville.

G. Shupe (W) and xxxx                               
Wallin, Hoag (7) (L) and xxxx

(June 6)  The Moose Jaw Steamers chalked up their fourth win of the young season, defeating the Regina Red Sox 7 to 5 at Park de Young. Four pitchers were used in this contest, two by each team. The Steamers held the advantage,12 to 7, in base hits. Catcher Donnie McDonald had a double and single for the visiting Mill City nine. Wally Smith and Tony Maze of Moose Jaw each singled twice as did third sacker Brown of the Scarlet Hose. 

Reynoldson (W), Maze (6), Reynoldson (8) and D. McDonald                              
Helfrick (L), O'Brien (6) and Mitton

(June 7)  The amazing Moose Jaw Steamers stretched their unbeaten streak to five games by defeating the Regina Red Sox 6 to 4 at Ross Park. Both teams were held to six hits but the Reginans booted the ball nine times which wound up costing them the game. Gord Inkster took care of business for the Steamers, striking out six in picking up the pitching win. Moose Jaw's Wally Smith was the heavy hitter of the game, blasting a two-run homer and a pair of singles. Outfielder Ozzie Warwick of the Red Sox slammed a solo circuit clout in the third frame. 

W. Burke (L) and Mitton                                                          
Inkster (W) and McDonald

Southern League standings (as of end of June 7)
                         W    L     Pct.
Moose Jaw Steamers       5    0    1.000
Weyburn Beavers          1    0    1.000
Liberty Eagles           1    2     .333
Radville Nationals       0    2     .000
Regina Red Sox           0    3     .000  

(June 8)  The Liberty Eagles invaded Radville and split a Southern League doubleheader, losing the afternoon session 2 to 1 but then coming back to pulverize the Nationals 12 to 0 in the evening encounter.

The first game featured excellent pitching with the Radville duo of Orval Wallin and Lloyd "Dude" Hoag twirling a combined 4-hitter. Stan Hooper of the Nats and Denny Evenson of the Eagles both singled twice.
D. McLean (L) and Brucker 
Wallin, Hoag (7) (W) and M. Harrison

Liberty had an easy time in the finale, lacing out 14 base hits off the slants of loser Bill Vogeli while the Eagles' trio of chuckers held the Nationals to but two safeties. Liberty catcher Rudy Brucker flexed his muscles by belting a triple and double. Reinie Kembel added three singles.

D. McLean (W), Evenson, Kembel and Brucker
Vogeli (L) and xxx

(June 9)  The Weyburn Beavers and Liberty Eagles divided the spoils in a twin-bill hosted by the Soo Liners. The Beavers eked out a 3 to 2 victory in the afternoon encounter while the visitors triumphed 8 to 6 in the twilight fixture.

Ralph Hogg fanned 18 Liberty batters in the first game as the Beavers tallied a sixth inning run to narrowly win it for him. After singling in the sixth, Elmer Ekdahl crossed the plate with the deciding run after teammates Blaine Shupe and J. Chapman followed him with one-baggers. Chapman had a double as well as his game-winning RBI while Archie Wilder ripped a triple and single for the Beavers. Catcher Rudy Brucker paced the Liberty 6-hit offense with a pair of singles off Hogg.

D. McLean, Kembel (4) (L), Evenson (7) and Brucker
Hogg and Thompson 

Poor defensive play was a critical factor in determing the winner of the second contest. Although the Beavers had an edge in hits, 10 to 9, it was their six bobbles afield that did them in. The Eagles, on the other hand, played errorless ball. Liberty's Reinie Kembel had a great game at the plate with a double and three singles. Archie Wilder connected for a home run, double and single in pacing Weyburn's attack. Outfielder J. Chapman continued his hot day with a round-tripper plus a single.

Evenson (W) and Brucker
Huggins (L) and Thompson

(June 10)  The Regina Red Sox bit the dust for the fourth straight time in Southern League play when the Weyburn Beavers, capitalizing on Regina's loose play, pounded out an 8 to 5 victory at Park de Young. After a shaky start in which he allowed four hits and as many runs in the opening inning, Gayle Shupe displayed all his old-time skill in holding the Scarlet Hose to three scattered hits and one run in the remaining eight innings. Dick Terry, on the hill for the Redlegs, also turned in a good performance. He fanned seven but received little support from his mates in the pinches. Elmer Ekdahl's big bat played a large part in the Beavers' triumph. He connected for a triple, double and single, driving in four runs. Teammate Les Wilder connected for a trio of singles. 

G. Shupe (W) and Thompson
Terry (L) and Mitton

(June 12)  The Regina Red Sox chalked up their first victory of the Southern League campaign when they took the Liberty Eagles to the tune of 9 to 1. Four double plays backed up winner Dick Terry's mound performance. Ken Charlton's bat was hot as the Red Sox' second sacker blasted a two-run homer to go along with a pair of singles.

Terry (W), Burke (9) and Merk
D. McLean (L) and Levere

(June 13)  Weyburn's 17-year old second-baseman, Blaine Shupe, poled out a long two-bagger to send over the run that gave the Beavers a 4 to 3 win over the Moose Jaw Steamers in a Southern League tussle played in the Soo City. It was Moose Jaw's first loss of the season. Ralph Hogg and Tony Maze hooked up in a see-saw battle that had Weyburn's largest crowd of the season full of excitement. The opposing chuckers each whiffed ten opposition batters. The Steamers out-hit their hosts 7 to 5. Moose Jaw catcher Donnie McDonald drove in two of his team's three runs as he accumulated a triple and three singles during the course of the game. Les Wilder had two singles off the slants of Maze.

Maze (L) and D. McDonald
Hogg (W) and Thompson

(June 13)  Stan Hooper's eighth-inning solo home run allowed the Radville Nationals to tie the Regina Red Sox 4 - 4 in a darkness-shortened Park de Young encounter. Johnny Helfrick  of the Red Sox and Orval Wallin of the Nationals both hurled the entire eight innings. Helfrick was the top hitter in the game with a double and two singles.

Wallin and Allen
Helfrick and Merk

(June 14)  After tasting defeat for the first time this season, the Moose Jaw Steamers turned things around and, with a huge seventh inning output, took down the visiting Liberty Eagles 7 to 2. "Smokey" Reynoldson tossed a three-hitter and fanned eight to earn another win and remain undefeated. He also had a double and single off loser Reinie Kembel. Sandy Thomson and Norm Larson drilled home runs for the Steamers. Thomson had a single to go along with his dinger.

Kembel (L) and Wille
Reynoldson (W) and D. McDonald 

Southern League standings (as of end of June 14)
                         W     L      Pct.
Moose Jaw Steamers       6     1      .857
Weyburn Beavers          4     1      .800
Liberty Eagles           3     6      .333
Radville Nationals       1     3      .250
Regina Red Sox           1     4      .200

(June 15)  Picking up five runs in the top of the second extra inning, the Moose Jaw Steamers endured for a 9 to 4 eleven inning win against the host Radville Nationals. John "Smokey" Reynoldson came on in relief, pitching the tenth and eleventh innings, to get credit for the win.

xxxx, Reynoldson (10) (W) and xxxx
xxxx (L) and xxxx

(June 16)  Moose Jaw's high-riding Steamers shutout a determined Radville Nationals club 2 to 0 in a well-played Southern League match at Ross Park. Moose Jaw's Gordon Inkster struck out nine and set the visitors down with six hits to get the pitching decision over Radville's Lloyd "Dude" Hoag. Bruce Allen of the Nats as well as "Smokey" Reynoldson and Lou Cronk of the Steamers all had two singles.

Hoag (L), Wallin (7) and Allen
Inkster (W) and D. McDonald

(June 16)  Banging out 17 hits off the slants of Weyburn chucker Huggins, the Regina Red Sox hammered the Beavers 9 to 1 in a Southern League fixture at Weyburn's exhibition grounds diamond. Bill "Slim" Burke kept Weyburn's seven hits well scattered in picking up the win. Bernie Almas, Red Sox shortstop, had his best offensive performance to date, drilling a double and a trio of one-baggers off the shell-shocked Weyburn twirler.

W. Burke (W) and Mitton
Huggins (L) and Thompson

(June 17)  The Regina Red Sox picked up their initial victory on their home diamond this season when they disposed of the Liberty Eagles 5 to 2. The win, the Reginans second in a row, moved them up in the standings, slightly ahead of the Eagles and the Radville Nationals. Leading the Regina hit parade, in support of winning hurler Johnny Helfrick, was outfielder Ed Smith who picked up three singles.  

Evenson (L) and Cecil Tannahill
Helfrick (W) and Merk 

(June 18)  Don Campbell's triple in the fourth inning with two mates aboard, plus a masterful six-hit pitching performance by Gayle Shupe, gave the Weyburn Beavers their second consecutive win over the top-place Moose Jaw Steamers. The final score was 2 to 0 for the Weyburnites as Campbell's pair of RBI's proved decisive. Shupe fanned nine in whitewashing the league-leaders. Elmer Ekdahl of the Beavers led Weyburn's nine-hit attack with a triple, double and single.

G. Shupe (W) and Thompson
Maze (L), Brenholen (4) and D. McDonald

(June 19)  The Radville Nationals broke even in a Southern League doubleheader played in Liberty when they were shutout by their hosts 4 to 0 in the matinee event but came back to beat the Eagles  4 to 2 in the late encounter.

Ian "Ace" Lowe turned in a superb performance for the Long Lakers in the afternoon affair, holding the Nationals to three hits, two of those coming off the bat of third baseman Ernie Franks. The Eagles notched nine safeties off loser Sam Elson as Reinie Kembel, Rudy Brucker and Vic Larson all singled twice.

Elson (L) and Allen
Lowe (W) and Brucker 

Things were different in the evening game. Nats' chucker Orval Wallin allowed seven hits, two more than his teammates were able to scratch off loser Doug McLean and reliever Reinie Kembel, but he kept them faily well scattered. Liberty's first baseman Warren Martin was the only player who had a two-hit output in this game.

Wallin (W) and Allen
D. McLean (L), Kembel (5) and Brucker

Southern League standings (as of end of June 19)
                          W      L      Pct.
Moose Jaw Steamers        8      2     .800
Weyburn Beavers           5      2     .714
Regina Red Sox            3      4     .429
Liberty Eagles            4      8     .333
Radville Nationals        2      6     .250

(June 20)  Snappy defensive work, including three double plays, coupled with the steady hurling of Tony Maze, paved the way for the Moose Jaw Steamers' 7 to 3 victory over the Regina Red Sox. Maze fanned eleven while holding the Red Sox to six hits. Two of those, a double and single, were acquired by Regina outfielder Ozzie Warwick. Leading the nine-hit offensive display against loser Bill Burke were Norm Larson and "Butch" McDonald, both of whom had a trio of base knocks, with a double appearing in Larson's total. Steamers' backstop Donnie McDonald smacked a bases-empty home run in the second frame.

Maze (W) and D. McDonald
W. Burke (L) and Merk

(June 21)  For the second night in a row, the Moose Jaw Steamers defeated the Regina Red Sox with the score this time coming in at 11 to 6 for the homesters. At the completion of five innings, the Reginans led by a single run. After "Smokey" Reynoldson took over pitching duties in the fourth, Moose Jaw began its comeback, aided by Regina miscues, and, at the end, prevailed by a comfortable margin. The win was the tenth of the season for the Steamers and left them comfortably in first place. Third baseman Ozzie Warwick had a field day at bat for Regina, hitting safely four times in five attempts. For Moose Jaw, Donnie McDonald had three singles.

Terry (L) and Merk
Inkster, Reynoldson (4) (W) and D. McDonald

(June 22)  Young "Smokey" Reynoldson, the popular Moose Jaw pitching ace who will be wearing air force blue in a few weeks, won his seventh game on the hill this season as the Liberty Eagles fell by the wayside 4 to 2 to Reynoldson's Moose Jaw Steamers in a Southern League contest played at Watrous. It was the Steamers' eleventh win in league play and put them well up in front of the rest of the pack. To win his seventh, Reynoldson had to go all out against Liberty's curly-headed Reinie Kembel who was also in fine form. 

Reynoldson (W) and xxxx
Kembel (L) and xxxx

(June 24)  The Weyburn Beavers walloped the rampaging Moose Jaw Steamers 11 to 4 to take their third straight league game from the league leaders. Hitters had the edge over the hurlers in this affair which saw the Beavers bang out 14 base raps to 12 for the visiting Steamers. Winning chucker Gayle Shupe drilled a pair of doubles and a single. His batterymate, Charlie Thompson contributed three singles plus a two-bagger. Moose Jaw's top swatter was "Sandy" Thomson who pasted a trio of singles. 

Maze (L), Emerson (8) and D. McDonald
G. Shupe (W) and Thompson    

(June 25)  The baseball stock of the Radville Nationals took an upsurge after they toppled the league-leading Moose Jaw Steamers 10 to 3 at Ross Park. The win lifted Radville out of the cellar and greatly improves their chances of gaining a playoff berth. Both teams had 12 hits as offense definitely had the upper hand over pitching. The Steamers had a bad night afield, making six miscues which cost them four runs. Catcher Bernie Allen of the Nats picked up a triple and single while outfielder Stan Hooper was booked for a double and single although his two-bagger would have been a home run had he not failed to touch third base while rounding the sacks. Tony Maze with a three-bagger and single was Moose Jaw's best man with the hickory.

Wallin (W) and Allen
Reynoldson (L) and D. McDonald

(June 26)  The Liberty Eagles moved up into third spot in the Southern League by taking out the Regina Red Sox 6 to 1 at Liberty. The Reginans were held to four scattered hits by winning pitcher Denny Evenson who pitched the first seven frames. His mound successor, Reinie Kembel, held the Sox both scoreless and hitless to the end. Liberty catcher Rudy Brucker led all batters in this game, posting an output of four singles. His teammate, outfielder Lyons, wasn't far behind, slapping out three one-baggers.

W. Burke (L) and Merk
Evenson (W), Kembel (8) and Brucker

(June 27)  The Weyburn Beavers won the last Southern League regular season game by downing the Regina Red Sox 7 to 4 at Park de Young. With the win, the Beavers edged ahead of the Moose Jaw Steamers at the head of the pack while the loss for the Sox kept them slightly behind the fourth-place Radville Nationals. The Beavers, with four fewer victories than the Moose Jaw powerhouse, were able to claim first place as their loss record was superior to that of the Steamers by a two game margin, thus earning them the pennant by percentage points. Weyburn put the game in the bag in the third inning when they scored four runs. Gayle Shupe had a perfect three for three for the Beavers, a double and two singles. Ozzie Warwick of the Red Sox also had a three-hit performance, with one of his raps being a circuit clout. Weyburn's Archie Wilder and Harry O'Brien of the Redlegs also belted home runs.

Huggins (W) and Thompson
Helfrick (L), Burke (3), Schmidt and Merk

Final Standings
                        W     L    Pct.
Weyburn Beavers         7     2    .778
Moose Jaw Steamers     11     4    .733
Liberty Eagles          5     9    .357
Radville Nationals      3     6    .333
Regina Red Sox          3     8    .273

(June 30)  With an insufficient number of playing dates remaining to make up a string of rained out games, a planned sudden-death game to provide a fourth and final playoff finisher had to be dropped from the agenda, thus eliminating the Regina Red Sox from post-season play. The Radville Nationals, now in fourth place, will meet Moose Jaw in one semi-final bracket while the Weyburn Beavers and Liberty Eagles will tangle in the other. All playoff series are to be a best of three format. Diminished player rosters because of military implications have resulted in some teams bringing in late-season reinforcements with the Radville and Liberty teams being the most proactive.


(July 2)  The Moose Jaw Steamers made their seven hits count for an equal number of runs as they left Ross Park with the first game of their semi-final series by taking out the reinforced Radville Nationals 7 to 3. Besides veteran pitcher "Lefty" Walter, the former Weyburn portsider, the Nats acquired the services of Nick Metz, Bob Metz and Ernie Downton from the Wilcox Cardinals as they headed into the playoffs. For five and a half innings, it was a see-saw battle. In the last of the sixth, however, the Steamers pulled ahead by four runs, knocking the wind from the sails of the visitors. "Smokey" Reynoldson picked up the win in a relief role. "Butch" McDonald of the winners and Nick Metz, playing shortstop for Radville, both had two singles for their respective clubs. 

Walter (L), Wallin (6) and Allen
Maze, Reynoldson (4) (W) and D. McDonald

(July 3)  The Liberty Eagles, bolstered in the late stages of the spring by additions from the Saskatoon Lions, advised Southern League officials that there would be a delay of at least four days in the starting of their semi-final playoff series with the Weyburn Beavers as they had previously booked a number of exhibition playing dates prior to the scheduled playoffs. This unexpected surprise was particularly agonizing for the Moose Jaw Steamers who were anxious to get the playoffs over before many of their key personnel leave for military training camps.

(July 7)  Following a delay in getting the series off the ground, the first match between the Weyburn Beavers and the Liberty Eagles settled nothing as the two teams played to a 2 - 2 draw in a five-inning, drizzle-infested game which ultimately had to be stopped because of the poor playing conditions. Both teams had five hits in the abbreviated contest. The Eagles were bolstered by some new players in their lineup from the Saskatoon Lions who joined some of their former Hub City teammates who had previously joined the Loon Lakers. Weyburn played without star first baseman Archie Wilder who is at the Dundurn military camp.

Kembel and Dubyk
G. Shupe and Thompson

(July 7)  With the clock ticking and facing the ultimate realization that time was about to run out on their season, the Moose Jaw Steamers waived their one-game lead in their series with the Radville Nationals and played the southern invaders in a one-game sudden-death showdown in the Mill City. It really didn't matter that they came away empty-handed when the Nationals prevailed 7 to 5 to cop the series since the Steamers were about to lose their core players anyway and wouldn't have been able to compete any further. Both teams had nine hits in the game that was interrupted by rain and was finally called after eight innings because of darkness. The Nats jumped out to an early 3 to 0 lead, sparked by Nick Metz' first inning homer, and held the lead for the rest of the game. Metz was the offensive sparkplug for the winners, with a double and single to go along with his circuit blast. Radville now advances to face the winner of the Weyburn - Liberty series.

Wallin (W) and Allen
Reynoldson (L) and D. McDonald

(July 13)  Playing in Watrous, the visiting Weyburn Beavers took a one-game lead in their semi-final playoff showdown with the Liberty Eagles when they trounced the Long Lakers 9 to 4. 

xxxx (W) and xxxx
xxxx (L) and xxxx 

(July 14)  The Weyburn Beavers eliminated the Liberty Eagles from the Southern League playoff picture when they won in the Soo City by a 5 to 2 count. Winning pitcher Ralph Hogg struck out 15 Liberty batters and was in trouble only in the seventh inning when the Eagles scored both of their runs. The Beavers slammed 13 hits off loser Reinie Kembel, five of those raps being two-baggers. Weyburn leadoff hitter, J. Chapman, playing shortstop, topped the hitting charts with a three base knock output, including one double. The Beavers now face the Radville Nationals in a best of three final series.

Kembel (L) and Dubyk
Hogg (W) and Thompson


(July 18)  The Weyburn Beavers took the first game in their southern League playoff final series when they edged the Radville Nationals 7 to 6 in a thrilling game in Weyburn. Gayle Shupe fanned 12 Radville swingers to earn a tough win as his infield defense was not at its best. Going to bat in the bottom of the ninth one run down, Elmer Ekdahl started things off by drilling his third single of the game. Running without breaking stride, he plated the tying marker on Blaine Shupe's double. Then call-up Keith Couvert responded by knocking a follow-up two-bagger, also his third hit, which delivered Shupe at home with the winning tally. Shortstop J. Chapman had a brace of doubles for the winners.

Elson, Wallin (3) (L) and Allen
G. Shupe (W) and Langedahl

(July 20)  A long, 14-inning battle played in Radville saw the Weyburn Beavers emerge with a 5 to 3 win to claim the Southern League baseball championship for the second consecutive season. Ralph Hogg outlasted Aubrey Downton for the win. Hogg, Elmer Ekdahl and J. Chapman each had three hits for the Beavers. Stan Hooper with a triple and single led Radville's offense. 

A. Downton (L) and Harrison
Hogg (W) and Thompson 


As has been the case for the past half dozen Southern League campaigns, the pattern that emerged in 1941 can simply be described as an on-going soap opera. So, stay tuned, as there's always another potential trouble spot lurking around the corner.

One other interesting tidbit that surfaced was the excellent farewell season for Moose Jaw pitcher John "Smokey" Reynoldson. The righthander reeled off seven wins with one defeat during the Steamers' 15-game regular-season run and split his two playoff decisions, the last one just before reporting for basic training with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He would not appear on a Southern League diamond again until late August of 1945 following his release from a German prisoner-of-war camp.