1942 Manitoba Game Reports      



Leader at the end of the regular schedule, the C.U.A.C. Blues, engaged the St. Boniface Native Sons in one semi-final playoff series while Transcona met the last-place Norwood squad in the other round.

Semi-finals (best-of-five series)

The pennant-winning Canadian Ukrainian Athletic Club Blues swept their best-of-five series with the St. Boniface Native Sons while Transcona, after losing the opening game, emerged the winner of the semi-final showdown with Norwood.

Finals (best-of-seven series)

(September 6)  C.U.A.C. and Transcona split the first two games in the Senior Baseball League finals, the Blues winning 6 to 0 after losing the first game 10 to 8. Bill Fisher, Gerry Marcotte and Dyker each had three hits for the Railroaders in the matinee tussle while Tom Ketcher and Mike Bartko of the Blues followed suit.

Lamoureux (W) and Marcotte
Hind (L), Greaves and Bartko

Winning tosser George Belanger of the Blues faced only 29 batters in the second game, scattering four hits. His mates helped him along with three double plays. Bill Ceretti led the offensive charge for the victors with three base blows including a triple and double. 

Belanger (W) and Bartko
Lambert (L), Lamoureux (5) and Marcotte

(September 13)  C.U.A.C. Blues moved within a game of the Greater Winnipeg Senior championship, winning the third and fourth games of a best-of-seven series with Transcona. The Blues lead the series three games to one. The Ukrainian club wiped out a 3 to 0 deficit to win the first game 4 to 3 and trimmed the “Sconas 6 to 2 on their own lot in the afterpiece. Transcona loaded the bases on two hits and a walk in the eighth inning of the opener but a fast double play got winning pitcher Bert Greaves out of trouble. Catcher Mike “Gabby” Bartko of the winners led all willow wielders at the dish with a three hit performance. Teammates Stan Shaley and Joe Popiel chipped in with a brace of knocks each. For the Railroaders, George Kelly, Cal Gardner and Midi Blaquiere each had a pair of base raps.

Lamoureux (L) and Marcotte
Greaves (W) and Bartko

Four double killings in the late contest helped George Belanger pitch his second victory of the series. Six C.U.A.C. players had two hits off losing flinger Andy Lambert.

Belanger (W) and Bartko
Lambert (L) and Marcotte

(September 20)  The Canadian Ukrainian Athletic Club Blues retained championship honors in the Winnipeg & District Senior Baseball league, recording a tie and a win against Transcona to close out the best-of-seven series in six games. After the teams had played to a 4 – 4 tie in the first half of a double-dip, pitcher Bert Greaves shutout the Railroaders on six hits in registering a 4 to 0 victory that earned the Blues the crown. C.U.A.C. held an early lead in the well-contested opener before Transcona pulled even in the sixth. The teams traded single counters in the ninth to wind up even. Joe Goodman of the Blues was the game’s top swatter, collecting four base hits.

Lamoureux and Marcotte
Hind, Belanger (6) and Bartko

C.U.A.C. sewed up victory in the first inning of the second game by plating three counters. Greaves took care of the rest, holding Transcona scoreless all the way. 

Greaves (W) and Bartko
Lambert (L) and Marcotte