1943 Game Reports, Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley     

1943 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley   
1943 BC Interior   
1943 Vancouver Island   

(May 1)  Carl Gunnarson and his Norvan sidekicks got away to a nice start in the 1943 Vancouver Senior Baseball League by shutting out the St. Regis tribe, champions of the 1942 loop, 3 to 0. Gunnarson’s seven-hit mound chore included four strikeouts. Had the Saints shown any semblance of being able to hit in the pinches, young Danny Holden of the Hotelmen might easily have ridden in on his first hillock triumph. He allowed just five hits in going the route. Casey Jones belted a ninth-inning dinger over the rightfield wall for the third Norvan run. The winners had earlier picked up singletons in both the fourth and fifth frames. Shortstop Ted Walker of St. Regis, with three singles, copped the hit parade.

Gunnarson (W) and Petrunia
Holden (L) and Anselmo

(May 2)  A large and noisy opening day crowd cheered the homestanding Bellingham Bells to an 8 to 3 win over the visiting Wallace War Workers’ team from Vancouver. A grand-slam circuit-clout by Dick Zender in the third canto ignited a five-run outburst for the Bells. Ty Hofeditz also cracked a homer for the winners while Ross Edy reciprocated for the Wallaces.

Gervais (L) and Henry
Luckett (W) and Padovan

(May 7)  Bellingham’s Pete Zender had things under control for the first six innings he toiled on the hill but, in the bottom of the seventh, he issued a walk followed by four singles which produced three Army runs, sufficient to tag him with the loss as the Commandos came back for a 6 to 5 victory. Behind the four-hit pitching of St. Catherines product “Red” Storey, the Soldiers looked formidable in their first test of the campaign. Joe Naples led the Army Brigade with the stick, stroking a double plus a brace of one-baggers. Second sacker LeBaron of the Yanks lit Storey up for a home run.

P. Zender (L) and Padovan
Storey (W) and McCarthy

(May 8)  The Wallaces climbed into the win column by capturing a 5 to 3 tussle with the Norvans. “Lefty” Gervais held the Norvans to seven scattered one-baggers and pitched himself nicely out of one or two tight spots. “Red” Tulloch made his first start for the Shipbuilders and had difficulty with the Wallaces who touched him for an even dozen blows. The winners presented a balanced attack with five of their starting nine registering two hits while three others chipped in with one safety.

Tulloch (L) and Petrunia
Gervais (W) and Henry

(May 9)  Dick Zender, stocky Bellingham outfielder, won another ball game for the Tulip Towners when he doubled and scored the winning run in the eleventh inning as the Bells edged St. Regis 4 to 3. The game was a hurler’s duel all the way with “Lefty” Luckett and Jimmy Condon in top form. Several errors by the Hotelmen made it difficult for Condon. Coley Hall was the big gun for the Saints at the plate with three hits.

Condon (L) and xxx
Luckett (W) and Padovan

(May 10)  Charlie Perkins, the old Philadelphia Athletic and Brooklyn Dodger, had himself a bit of a time at Athletic Park and, as a direct result, the Army entry in the Vancouver Senior Baseball League is perched atop of the loop.
The Soldiers hung it on the Norvans 3 to 2 to keep their record clean at two victories and no losses. Perkins walked eight batters and was, more or less, always pitching himself out of a hole. Limiting the Shipbuilders to just two hits, he had them continually popping up or harmlessly grounding out. He also started off the big Army rally in the third inning that netted all the Soldiers’ runs when he singled sharply off Reg Wallis. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, Ivor Saundry cleared the sacks with a drive to deep right centre. Casey Jones blasted a solo round-tripper off reliever Hal Cousins for the first Norvan counter.

Wallis (L) and Petrunia
Perkins (W), H. Cousins (7) and McCarthy
(May 14)  Bellingham and St. Regis got in on for a 4 – 4 tie as darkness put a halt to further play after nine innings had been completed. The Hoteliers chalked up nine hits to five by the visiting Bells. Ralph Stong, St. Regis second sacker, played a large part in the scoring. His boot in the fourth inning allowed two of Bellingham’s runs to cross the plate and his double in the sixth, one of three hits he acquired, drove in two Saints’ runners which, more or less, evened things out.

Luckett and Padovan
Robertson and Anselmo

(May 15)  The Norvans clipped the Wallaces 4 to 2 as the two combatants combined for 25 safeties. The victors played flawlessly afield which proved to be a decisive factor as the War Workers’ nine made four miscues which led to scoring opportunities. Casey Jones blasted his third homer of the season for the Shipbuilders. Second sacker Les Gibb of the Wallaces picked up three safeties.

Carpenter (L) and Henry
Boston (W) and Petrunia

(May 16)  Bellingham earned only two of their nine runs as they dropped the visiting Norvans 9 to 6. The Bells accumulated 12 hits to 11 for the North Vancouver Shipyarders. Four errors by the invaders allowed the hosts to pick up a bevy of unearned counters.

Gunnarson (L), Tulloch (5) and Petrunia
McGhie (W), P. Zender (8) and Padovan

(May 17)  With the lights at Athletic Park cutting out in the seventh frame, confusion reigned supreme and the game, still underway, was declared a 5 – 5 stalemate between the Army and St. Regis. At the time of the blackout, the Hotelmen were in the process of a comeback, tying the game after falling behind early. The Soldiers set the pace in base hits in the abbreviated contest, outhitting the Saints by a comfortable 11 to 5 margin. Outfielder Sheppard of the Army topped the swatters with a triple and a pair of singles.

Storey and McCarthy
D. Holden, Robertson (1) and Anselmo

(May 19)  With the airtight hurling of “Lefty” Gervais providing the impetus, the Wallace War Workers blanked Army 7 to 0. Gervais’ sound four-hit masterpiece was overshadowed, however, by the loss of Wallace shortstop Jimmy Tough who broke his leg during a play at the keystone sack in the fifth frame when a sliding Ivan McGerragle collided with him. Leading the Wallace Wallopers at the dish was Ken Van Hatten who had a two-run double and a pair of one-baggers.

Gervais (W) and Henry
Perkins (L), Stiles (5) and McCarthy

(May 22)  A late Saturday night curfew saved the skins of the St. Regis gang who nosed out the Norvans 4 to 3 in a shortened encounter. Playing in the top of the eighth canto, errors and bonehead plays by the Saints allowed two Norvan counters to cross the plate but, when the curfew hit, the score reverted back to the end of the seventh. Winning flinger Jimmy Condon went three-for-three at the dish.

Moser (L) and Petrunia
Condon (W), Robertson (7) and Anselmo

(May 23)  Down at Bellingham, the Army nine was treated badly by the Bells who maintained top spot in the Vancouver circuit with an 8 to 7 win. The Yanks were only able to muster six hits off the slants of losing tosser Dick “Lefty” Hammond but six fielding miscues by the Khaki Contingent spelled their doom.

Hammond (L) and McCarthy
McGhie (W) and Padovan

(May 24)  Another late-night curfew prevented the Army and Norvan nines from breaking a 5 – 5 tie. Called after nine innings of action, the game featured ten base hits by each team. The Soldiers appeared to have the game all sewed up with sidearmer Al Stiles riding along smoothly until the eighth stanza when the Shipbuilders pounced on him for five safeties which resulted in three runs. Al White of the Commandos picked up three singles to lead all batters.

Stiles and McCarthy
Boston, Wallis (9) and Petrunia

(May 24)  Bellingham Bells, leaders in the Vancouver Senior Baseball League, broke even in a twin-bill exhibition series. They defeated Victoria Army 17 to 3 in the afternoon  and went down to a 4 to 1 defeat at the hands of the Victoria Machinery Depot in the nightcap.

C. Marshall (W) and Padovan
Curry (L), Prior (2) and Milliken, Reigner

Luckett (L) and Padovan
Musgrave (W) and Harney

(May 26)  The St. Regis Hoteliers moved into second-place in the Vancouver Senior Baseball League by stopping the Wallace War Workers 8 to 3 at Athletic Park. Danny Holden went the route in earning the win on a seven-hitter, all singles. Loser John Carpenter also yielded seven base blows but three of his offerings were slammed for extra bases. Diminutive Saints’ backstop “Mushy” Anselmo belted a double plus a brace of one-baggers for the winning nine while teammate Dave Simpson launched a two-run round-tripper.

Carpenter (L), Scott (9) and Henry
Holden (W) and Anselmo

(May 28)  The Norvans held on for a 7 to 4, eight-inning victory over league-leading Bellingham in another curfew-shortened contest. The Bells had assumed a top-of-the-ninth 9 to 7 lead but, before the last half of the frame could be completed the gong sounded to nullify things. For eight innings, however, the Norvans were the better ball club, gathering eleven hit to six for the Tulip Towners.

Luckett (L), P. Zender (4) and Padovan
Tulloch (W), Moser (3) and Petrunia

(May 30)  Ty Hofeditz smacked two homers and a pair of singles as the Bellingham Bells drubbed the St. Regis baseballers 10 to 3 in the southern town. Clare Marshall went the distance for the Yanks, fashioning an eight-hitter.

Robertson (L), Condon (6) and Anselmo
C. Marshall (W) and Padovan

(May 31)  Dave Simpson came through with a booming single to the rightfield wall in the eleventh inning at Athletic Park which gave St. Regis a 3 to 2 victory over the Norvans. Simpson’s walkoff, two-out safety, his second hit of the overtime contest, allowed Ted Walker to bounce in from third with the winning tally. The losing Shipbuilders outhit the Saints 11 to 8. Third baseman Rupert Noble of the Hotelmen and had the game’s only extra-base rap, a two-bagger.

Gunnarson, Wallis (L) (9) and Petrunia
Holden (W) and Anselmo

(June 3)  With Dick “Lefty” Hammond showing a goodly number of baseball fans at Athletic Park some plain and fancy twirling, the Army diamondeers throttled the visiting Bellingham Bells 4 to 1. Hammond, a private in the Canadian Army and a former chucker with Toronto in the International League, struck out 13 and allowed only four safeties. Outfielders Dick Zender and Sid Van Siderin were the only Bells to do any ringing against the portsider who was a starry hurler with Penticton early in his playing days. Zender poled one over the rightfield wall for Bellingham’s lone run while Van Siderin picked up a pair of singles. Tulip Town tosser, John Marshall, recently of the Seattle Rainiers, also had plenty on the ball, whiffing nine while surrendering nine bingles. Playing-manager Eddie Holden, Alymer Cousins and Ivor Saundry each collected a brace of singles for the Militiamen.

J. Marshall (L) and Padovan
Hammond (W) and McCarthy

(June 4)  A disastrous seventh inning, during which the Norvans scored a half-dozen runs, spelled defeat for “Lefty” Gervais and his sidekicks from the Wallace War Workers as the Shipbuilders went on to finish with a 12 to 6 victory. Sporting a 7 to 6 lead, Gervais, whose lack of control was continually getting him into hot water, was given the hook after he allowed a single and walked another batter to put the tying and lead runs on base. However, reliever John Carpenter had his ears pinned back very rapidly as the Norvans jumped all over his large frame and that was essentially the ball game. Sam Waxstein of the Wallaces had a great game at the plate, collecting four base raps including a pair of doubles. Teammate Ed Henry and Norvan Casey Jones both picked up a double and single.

Gervais (L), Carpenter (7), Scott (8) and Henry
Wallis (W), Gunnarson (9) and Petrunia

(June 5)  In a wide open match with some lusty clouting, Sandy Robertson registered his first pitching win of the season as St. Regis dumped the Army nine 10 to 7. Pacing the Hotelmen at the dish was catcher Billy Adshead who hit a double and three singles. A pair of Joes, Naples and McCarthy, each stroked a triad of one-baggers for the Soldiers.

Robertson (W) and Adshead
H. Cousins (L), Hammond (8) and McCarthy

(June 6)  Bellingham was defeated on their home turf for the first time this campaign as the invading Norvans edged past the Bells 4 to 4. George Boston picked up the hillock triumph, besting Jim McGhie. Jim Robertson of the Shipbuilders and Sid Van Sidren of the Bells both connected for round-trippers. Van Sidren finished the afternoon with three base hits, a total also achieved by Norvanian Casey Jones whose output included a double.

Boston (W) and Petrunia
McGhie (L), C. Marshall (8) and Padovan

(June 7)  Southpaw Dick Hammond mowed down 14 batters by strikeout in leading the Army to a 5 to 0 whitewashing of the Wallace War Workers. Shipyarder Ross Edy had a ninth-inning bloop single which foiled Hammond from achieving a no-hit, no-run conquest. Outfielder Alymer Cousins hit three-for-four for the Soldiers, a total which included a double.

Scott (L) and Henry
Hammond (W) and McCarthy

Standings           W     L      Pct.
St. Regis           4     3     .571
Army                4     3     .571
Bellingham          5     4     .556
Norvans             5     5     .500
Wallaces            2     5     .286

(June 9)  The Bells from Bellingham rang up a 4 to 3 victory over St. Regis to bounce into first place in the Senior City League, It was a battle of youthful heavers with 17-year old Clarence Marshall, brother of teammate Long John, out-pitching 18-year old Danny Holden. The two hurling combatants were pretty much on an even footing until the sixth inning when the Washingtonians erupted for a pair on Ty Hofeditz’ triple and “Butch” Faller’s double, both driving in a counter. Two homers went over the wall during the contest with outfielder Dick Zender of the Bells and Saints’ short-patcher Ted Walker sharing the honors. Sid Van Sidren of the Amerks accumulated the most hits of any batter, three, a sum which included a two-bagger.

C. Marshall (W) and Padovan
Holden (L) and Anselmo

(June 11)  With Carl Gunnarson setting the Army nine down on four hits, the Norvans came away with a 4 to 1 triumph. Corner infielders Jimmy Robertson and Casey Jones of the Shipbuilders provided supreme defensive support for Gunnarson. Robertson accepted nine chances at the hot corner as the Soldiers tried in vain to slash the horsehide past him. Forced to hurry his throws on several occasions, Robertson’s sometimes wide and low pegs to the initial sack were adeptly dug out and handled for putouts by Jones. Dick Bentley, Vern Kendrick and Jones each had a pair of safeties for the victors with one of Bentley’s blows falling in for two bases. Jack Mitchell had two of the four Army hits off Gunnarson.  

Hammond (L) and McCarthy
Gunnarson (W) and Petrunia

(June 12)  The tail-end Wallaces jumped all over Jimmy Condon for 21 hits to register a 13 to 3 thrashing of St. Regis. The game, although shakily played, produced five double plays. Winning flinger John Carpenter led the Shipyarders with the bat, combing four singles. Sandy Henderson and Don Marshall followed suit with three bingles apiece. For the Saints, Ted Walker was best, also with a trio of raps. 

Carpenter (W) and Henry
Condon (L) and Anselmo

(June 13)  The Army baseballers were throttled 13 to 1 by the hosting Bells when they paid a visit to Bellingham. The Belltowners pounded two Khaki heavers for thirteen hits in their conquest. Winning tosser John Marshall checked the Soldiers on seven hits, the last of which, a single by Jack Mitchell in the ninth, plated the lone run for the Commandos.

Monaldi (L), H. Cousins (4) and McCarthy
J. Marshall (W) and Padovan

(June 14)  The St. Regis Hotelmen moved into a tie for second spot with the Norvans, a game and a half behind league-leading Bellingham, doubling the score on the Shipbuilders 8 to 4. The game featured a carload of base hits, 14 by each side. Longest hit of the night was a two-run homer by the Saints’ Ted Walker in the eighth. Coley Hall and Dave Simpson both pounded a double and a deuce of one-baggers for the winners. Jud McNaughton and George Boston each laced three singles for the vanquished nine.

Robertson (W) and Stong
Wallis (L), Boston (6) and Petrunia

(June 16)  The Wallaces suffered another painful loss, a 17 to 6 shellacking at the hands of the strong Bellingham contingent. Third baseman Ed Gray delivered four base blows for the Tulip Towners, one being a double. Sam Waxstein topped the hit department for the Shipyard War Workers, singling on three occasions.

Luckett (W) and Padovan
Gervais (L), Scott (5), Waxstein (8) and Henry

(June 18)  Bob Montador’s eight-hit pitching allowed the Wallaces to earn their first Van-City Senior circuit victory in some time, a convincing 9 to 3 triumph over the Norvans. On leave from the RCAF, Montador was an inspiration to his mates who, with a rejuvenated batting order, bunched ten hits off the combined chucking of a Norvanian pitching tandem. Only Vern Kendrick, with a trio of one-baggers, presented any problem for Montador. With his batting skills still honed, Montador also led the winning nine with the stick, singling three times. Ross Edy was also handy with the lumber, slamming a brace of doubles.

Gunnarson (L), Wallis (7) and Petrunia
Montador (W) and Henry

(June 19)  Behind a 20-hit assault and the seven-hit pitching of Dick Hammond, the Army Brigade slaughtered the St. Regis aggregation 20 to 5. It was the last mound appearance for Hammond as the classy southpaw, who fanned 13, was transferred to another area. Besides holding the Saints well in check, Hammond slapped out three hits including a sweet home run in the last frame. His batterymate, Joe McCarthy also had a stellar evening at the platter, connecting for a quartet of bingles. Coley Hall, with a double and two singles, was best with the paddle for the Hotelmen while teammate Ralph Stong drilled one of Hammond’s offerings for a home run. 

Hammond (W) and McCarthy
Holden (L), Brown (7) and Stong

(June 20)  Big John Carpenter, Wallaces’ righthander, served up only six hits but two were home-run balls, enough to give the Bellingam Bells a 2 to 1 victory. Sid Van Sidren’s circuit-smash in the last inning broke a 1 – 1 tie after the Wallaces had knotted the score in the seventh on Don Marshall’s single. Bernie Zender hit the other four-ply wallop in the sixth to start the scoring.

Carpenter (L) and Henry
P. Zender (W) and Padovan

(June 21)  The Army made it two in a row over St. Regis, scrambling a couple of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to nose out the Hotelmen 11 to 10. Second baseman Ivor Saundry drove in the tying marker for the Soldiers and, later in the frame, plated the winner on Joe Naples’ single, his fourth safety of the contest. Commandos’ catcher Joe McCarthy joined Naples as the tussle’s best swatter, also connecting for four hits. Playing-manager Ed Holden clubbed a two-run round-tripper in the eighth which temporarily tied the game. The Saints squeezed in a single counter in the top of the ninth to retake the lead, setting the stage for the bottom-of-the-ninth heroics.

Robertson (W) and Stong
H. Cousis (L) and McCarthy

(June 23)  Taking a 10 to 3 lead into the bottom of the ninth frame, Bellingham’s temperamental chucker, John Marshall, was credited with the win as the Bells’ hung on for a 10 to 8 triumph against the Wallace War Workers. Banished to the showers after being thumbed out by plate umpire Ambie Moran whose judgement and competence he questioned repeatedly, Marshall anxiously saw his seven-run lead whittled down to a deuce before the final out was made. Aside from collecting 14 hits during the contest, the Wallaces stranded 15 runners. Jimmy Gilday picked up three hits for the winners while teammate Dick Zender homered. Bruce Thirsk and Ed Henry both singled three times for the Shipyard Workers while shortstop George Smith doubled on two occasions.

J. Marshall (W), Gray (9), B. Zender (9) and Padovan
Gervais (L) and Henry

(June 25)  The Wallaces squandered a sixth-inning 3 to 0 lead and wound up losing once more, 6 to 4 to the St. Regis nine. Danny Holden took the mound decision, allowing seven scattered hits, two less than losing tosser John Carpenter. Ross Edy and George Smith picked up a double and single for the Shipyarders while Ralph Stong, with two singles, led the Saints offensively.

Holden (W) and Stong
Carpenter (L) and Henry

(June 26)  Putting together two large innings, the seventh and eighth, the Norvans boosted their stock in the Van-City loop by defeating the Army nine 7 to 5. George Boston got credit for the Norvanian win but it was Carl Gunnarson, another southpaw, who finished the job for Boston, entering the game in the eighth canto  to throttle an Army rally and then striking out the side in the ninth. Tick Hall had three hits for the Shipbuilders, a feat reciprocated by Frank Ambler of the Soldiers. Army infielder Al White hit a triple and single.

Boston (W), Gunnarson (8) and Petrunia
Stiles (L), Monaldi (9) and McCarthy

(June 27)  The Bellingham Bells, leaders of the Vancouver Senior Baseball League, extended their winning streak to five games with a 3 to 0 blanking of St. Regis. Winning pitcher Jim McGhie allowed the Hoteliers only three hits. The Bells scored an unearned run in the third inning and clinched the contest in the fifth on a two-run homer by Ty Hofeditz.

Condon (L) and Laycock
McGhie (W) and Padovan

(June 28)  Imploding in the last inning, lefthander Carl Gunnarson of the Norvans allowed the tail-end Wallaces to defeat their Shipyard rivals 8 to 6. Somewhat unnerved when Les Gibb tripled to start the ninth with the Norvans in front by a single counter, Gunnarson suddenly lost his control and a couple of hit batters and an equal number of walks followed which forced in both the tying and lead runs. Given the hook at this point, Gunnarson relinquished hurling chores to Reg Wallis who allowed an insurance tally before he was able to retire the side. Besides his three-bagger, Gibb also ripped a brace of one-baggers. Jimmy Biggan of the Norvans topped all batsmen, picking up a quartet of singles.

Gervais (W) and Henry
Gunnarson (L), Wallis (9) and Petrunia

(June 30)  The Norvans slugged out a 9 to 4 win over the Army as compete-game winning flinger Reg Wallis struck out five and scattered eight hits. Vern Kendrick paced the victors offensively with a double and two singles. Catcher Jud McNaughton had a brace of hits including a home run.

Wallis (W) and McNaughton
Monaldi (L), Mitchell (6) and McCarthy

(July 1)  Army dropped their second game in two nights as the league-leading Bellingham nine squashed the Khaki-Clad 11 to 3 at Athletic Park. Jimmy Gilday slapped a double, triple and a pair of singles for the Bells.

Luckett, J. Marshall (8) and Padovan
H. Cousins (L) and McCarthy

(July 2)  A muffed pop fly behind shortstop cost the St. Regis diamondeers a ball game as they dropped a 7 to 6 decision to the Wallaces in ten innings. Ken Lawn’s two-out fly ball into short left field was bobbled and dropped by onrushing Dave Simpson as he made a valiant attempt to snag the dying quail. Ed Henry, who was in gear at the crack of the bat, scored easily to end the overtime contest. The Hotelmen outhit the Wallaces 15 to 10. Ted Walker of the Saints emerged as the game’s premiere swatter, accumulating a triad of singles. 

Holden, Robertson (L) (5) and Anselmo
Carpenter, Gervais (W) (7) and Henry

(July 3)  The U.S. Coast Guard baseball team won and tied games against Vancouver opposition in a doubleheader. Taking on the Norvans in the afternoon fracas, the Merchant Seamen prevailed 8 to 4 while in the evening tilt, a 10 – 10 Mexican standoff with the Wallaces was the result. Former big-leaguer Marv Rickert  smashed four hits for the Amerks in the opener while teammate Ray Orteig blasted a two-run homer.

Rivera (W) and Warren
Boston (L), Wallis (1) and Petrunia 

Bob Rivera of the Yanks clubbed a pair of round-trippers in the evening game. Vancouver’s Casey Jones, a regular with the Norvans, was in action for the Wallaces in the second game as well. Overall, he wound up with five hits in six tries during the course of the two games.

Orteig, Rickert (5), Lang (7) and Gardner, Warren, Orteig
Gervais, Luckett (4) and Henry

(July 5)  Bellingham, sailing along in front of Vancouver Senior League opposition by a country mile, stretched that lead by slapping down the Army Brigade 9 to 1 in the Tulip Town. Winning flinger Jim McGhie held the Army invaders to five hits.

H. Cousins (L) and McCarthy
McGhie (W) and Padovan

(July 5)  The tail-end Wallaces suffered another inglorious defeat when they were bombarded 14 to 0 by St. Regis. Sandy Robertson had a seven-hitter in registering a complete game shutout. Offensively for the winners, Coley Hall, Ted Walker and Rupe Noble each picked up three hits, a total also attained by Ed Henry of the Wallaces. Roy Brown and Ralph Stong of the Saints had home runs.

Robertson (W) and Anselmo
Carpenter (L), Edy (5) and Henry

(July 7)  The rampaging Bellingham Bells continued their domination of the Senior baseball scene by scoring a 9 to 5 win over the Norvans at Athletic Park. The Shipbuilders actually outhit the Southerners 13 to 9 but left nine baserunners stranded. Two of the three Zender brothers, Bernie and Dick, slugged circuit-clouts for the Bells while Jimmy Gilday, their shortstop sidekick, pasted a double and a brace of singles. Jimmy Biggan and Jud McNaughton both notched a double and a one-bagger for the Norvans.

Luckett (W), P. Zender (5) and Padovan
McNaughton (L) and Petrunia

(July 10)  Scoring nine times in the top of the first inning, the Wallaces went on to hammer St. Regis 16 to 8. Accumulating 19 base blows, several members of the Wallace Gang fattened their batting averages. Ross Edy led the parade with four hits while George Smith and Sam Waxstein each collected three. Ted Walker of the Hotelmen picked up a double and a brace of singles.

Scott (W) and Henry
Holden (L), Condon (1) and Anselmo

(July 13)  In a game marred by 13 errors, the Norvans prevailed over Army 9 to 7. The Soldiers outhit the Shipbuilders 13 to 11 with playing-manager Eddie Holden leading the way with a four-for-five performance at the plate. Khaki backstop Joe McCarthy was also prominent with the stick, accumulating a triple, double and single. Vern Kendrick, Casey Jones and winning pitcher George Boston each had two singles for the Norvans.

Boston (W) and Petrunia
H. Cousins (L), Monaldi (1) and McCarthy

Standings               W      L      Pct.
Bellingham Bells       14      4     .778
Norvans                10      9     .526
Wallaces                7     10     .412
St. Regis               7     11     .389
Army                    6     10     .375

(July 14)  Things turned sour for the Bellingham Bells in their game against the the St. Regis Hoteliers. First, star shortstop Jimmy Gilday broke his ankle sliding into second base. Then, after Bells’ first sacker Ty Hofeditz was given the heave-ho in the top of the seventh for unsportsmanlike conduct, the entire Tulip Town squad abandoned the game in protest, leaving the Saints as 9 to 0 winners by default. The fact that St. Regis held a 7 to 3 lead when the forfeit occurred turned out to be a moot issue. Home runs by Bellingham’s Pete Zender and Ralph Stong of St. Regis were accumulated prior to the abrupt ending.

McGhie, (L) Marshall (6) and Padovan
Holden (W) and Anselo

(July 16)  In a battle between lower mainland shipbuilding rivals, the Norvans defeated the Wallaces by a 6 to 2 count. The teams were tied 2 – 2 after six cantos but, in the seventh, the Norvans plated three runs to take control. Carl Gunnarson took the mound decision, firing a six-hitter while fanning eight. The winners collected eleven base blows with Jud McNaughton leading the way with three of them, one of which drove in a pair of tallies during the seventh-inning uprising.

Gunnarson (W) and Petrunia
Gervais (L) and Henry

(July 17)  The Wallaces edged Army 3 to 2 as chuckers John Carpenter of the winning nine and Hal Cousins of the Soldiers both pitched well, each allowing five hits. With the tying run on base in the eight stanza, shortstop George Smith of the Wallace troupe made the defensive play of the game, spearing a liner off the bat of Army’s Ed Holden that appeared destined for a base hit. Batting leaders for the night were Frank Ambler of the Infantrymen and Don Marshall of the Shipyard Gang who both stroked two singles.

Carpenter (W) and Stong
H. Cousins (L) and McCarthy

(July 19)  The Army nine lost another close game, this time 5 to 4 to the St. Regis Hotelmen. Baserunning gaffes unfortunately cost the Militiamen dearly in this contest. Alymer Cousins of the Soldiers was the most productive hitter in the game, singling three times. Coley Hall of the Saints and Army’s Frank Ambler had a double and one-bagger each. 

Stiles (L) and McCarthy
Robertson (W) and Anselmo

(July 20)  Scoring a total of eleven runs in their last two turns at bat, the Wallaces tolled the gong on the Bellingham Bells at Athletic Park to the tune of 12 to 5. The first-place Tulip Towners led 5 to 1 after six cantos and appeared headed for another victory. They fell apart in the seventh when the Shipyarders plated a six-spot and further eroded in the eighth, allowing five more counters to cross the plate. Shortstop George Smith was the leading swatter for the victors, slapping out three safeties including a two-bagger.

Marshall, Luckett (L) (5), P. Zender (7), B. Zender (8) and Padovan
Scott, Carpenter (W) (4) and Henry

(July 23)  The St. Regis nine crept closer to the second-place Norvans by taking down the Shipbuilders 4 to 2 at Athletic Park. Both teams were able to gather eight base raps as Dan Holden outlasted Carl Gunnarson to take the mound joust.

Holden (W) and Stong
Gunnarson (L) and Petrunia

Standings              W       L       Pct.
Bellingham Bells      15       6      .714
Norvans               11      11      .500
St. Regis             10      11      .476
Wallaces               9      11      .450
Army                   6      12      .333

(July 24)  Young Sandy Robertson hurled a two-hitter as the rampaging St. Regis nine captured a share of second-place by drubbing the Army baseballers 11 to 1. George Moser and Coley Hall both singled twice in spearheading the seven-hit attack of the Hoteliers. 

H. Cousins (L), England (8) and White
Robertson (W) and Anselmo, Stong 

(July 26)  A jittery Army nine blew a 3 to 2 seventh-inning lead, ultimately falling to the Wallaces 10 to 3. The Soldiers committed seven untimely fielding miscues, this contributing no end to their downfall. Winning tosser Hector Scott was a tower of strength on the mound, allowing but six very scattered Militia bingles. Outfielder Ross Edy led the victors’ 14-hit assault against loser Gord England, slamming four hits including a double. Sidekick George Smith followed with a double and a brace of singles. England and his batterymate, Mike Bartko, performed for the Greater Winnipeg Senior champion C.U.A.C. nine in 1942. 

England (L) and Bartko
Scott (W) and Henry 

(July 28)  With a final score more reminiscent of a football result, the Bellingham Bells claimed a 23 to 9 victory over the Norvans at Athletic Park. The most painful part of the lopsided defeat for the Shipbuilders had to be that they were leading the Bells 7 to 0 (a converted touchdown) after two innings of play. The Tulip Towners combed six different Norvan heavers, a few being position players, for 25 base blows. Hot corner custodian Ed Gray led the Amerks with the bat, slamming five hits including a brace of doubles.

Sooter (W) and Padovan
Boston, Wallis (L) (5), Emery (6), Jones (7), Robertson (7), Gunnarson (9) and Petrunia

(July 30)  Although holding a 15 to 9 margin in hits garnered, the Army baseballers sunk further into the basement of the Vancouver Senior circuit after succumbing to the Wallaces 8 to 7. Timely swatting by the Shipyarders made the difference in this contest as outfielder Ross Edy tripled and singled in their winning effort. Infielders Joe McCarthy and Frank Ambler of the Khaki Clad both singled three times while playing-manager Ed Holden clouted a three-run round-tripper.

Gervais (W) and Henry
Francis (L), Monaldi (5) and Bartko

(July 31)  Sandy Robertson tossed a torrid six-hitter in guiding the St. Regis Hotelmen to a 4 to 1 triumph over the Norvans. Ted Walker picked up three singles for the Saints while Coley Hall doubled twice.

Robertson (W) and Stong
Gunnarson (L) and McNaughton 

(August 2)  Army broke their ten-game losing skid with a well-earned 4 to 3 win over St. Regis. Pitcher Hal Cousins spearheaded the Soldiers by firing a five-hitter to go along with eight strikeouts. Only Saints’ catcher Ralph Stong, with a homer and double, gave Cousins much difficulty. Keystone sacker Frank Ambler had three singles for the Militiamen.

D. Holden (L) and Stong
H. Cousins (W) and Bartko

Standings             W       L       Pct.
Bellingham Bells     16       7      .696
Wallaces             12      11      .522
St. Regis            12      12      .500
Norvans              11      13      .458
Army                  7      15      .304

(August 4)  With their guardians of the outer pasture performing well below standard, the hosting Wallaces handed the Bellingham Bells plenty of extra outs, a scenario which influenced the Bells’ eventual 12 to 5 victory. Whether it was the misjudgement of fly balls, dropped fly balls, hesitating too long before throwing to a base or simply a lack of concentration, the Wallace outfielders were guilty on all counts. Third baseman Ed Gray provided some validity for the Yanks’ win, slamming two doubles and a brace of singles.

Luckett (W) and Padovan, D. Zender
Kjasgaard (L), Gervais (3) and Henry

(August 6)  The Norvans took a 4 to 1 decision from Army, setting the wheels in motion for another Khaki losing streak. With a little luck, the Troops could have had a tie or, at least, kept the run differential closer. A bad break in the third inning cost the Soldiers a couple of enemy counters. Overall, they out-errored the Norvans 4 to 0. Infielder Frank Ambler of the Militiamen was the game’s top hitter with a double and single.

Wallis (W) and Petrunia
England (L) and Bartko

(August 7)  The Wallace Shipyard nine pounded the St. Regis Hotelmen, in general, and Sandy Robertson, in particular, for 13 base blows in a 10 to 3 wipeout of the Saints. John Carpenter waltzed to victory on the hill with an eight-hitter plus seven whiffs and emerged as the game’s top clouter of the evening with three hits including a resounding double which drove in a pair of counters.

Carpenter (W) and Henry
Robertson (L) and Stong

(August 8)  Earl Torgeson, former Seattle Rainier rookie ace, doubled home Dick Zender in the last of the eighth to give the Bellingham Bells a 3 to 2 victory over St. Regis in a Vancouver Senior League game played in the Tulip Town. Even with Jim McGhie being touched for just five hits, the Bells had to come from behind twice before they finally solved Jimmy Condon’s slants.

Condon (L) and McDonald
McGhie (W) and Padovan, Lindsley

(August 9)  With pitching staffs from both squads getting quite a workout, the Norvans pounded out a 15 to 10 win over the Army baseballers in a slugfest at Athletic Park. A total of 25 hits combined with ten errors made the game drag on in ugly fashion. Army’s Frank Ambler stood out as the game’s star by registering five base hits including a two-bagger. Five home runs were hit in this contest with Jud McNaughton, Vern Kendrick, George Petrunia and “Tick” Hall all connecting for the Norvans as well as third baseman Oscar Roy of the Troops.

Boston (W), Johnson (6), Gunnarson (6) and Petrunia
Monaldi (L), H. Cousins (3) and Bartko, McCarthy

(August 11)  The St. Regis Hotelmen got ample revenge for their defeat at Bellingham three days ago by trimming the first-place Bells 7 to 4 at Athletic Park. Both winning chucker Dan Holden and losing flinger John Marshall allowed eight bingles although Marshall had more control difficulties. Ted Walker had a home run and two singles for the winners.

Marshall (L) and Padovan
Holden (W) and McDonald

(August 13)  With ninth-inning bullpen aid from John Carpenter, transplanted first-baseman Don Marshall won his first pitching decision of the campaign as the Wallace Shipyarders got by the St. Regis Hotelmen 5 to 3. Top offensive player of the contest was third sacker Bruce Thirsk of the winning nine who belted a triple and a single.

Marshall (W), Carpenter (9) and Henry 
Robertson (L) and McDonald 

(August 14)  Despite allowing the Norvans to score four times in the opening stanza, the Wallaces came back to capture their fourth consecutive win, a 10 to 6 verdict. Hurlers “Lefty” Gervais and Carl Gunnarson both went all the way, even though each of them was hit with regularity, Gervais moreso, being pounded for 16 baseknocks. Ross Edy homered and singled twice for the Triple W’s and fellow Shipyarder Harvey Walter put a double and two one-baggers in the vault. 

Gunnarson (L) and Petrunia
Gervais (W) and Henry

(August 15)  Scoring the winning run in the ninth inning, the Bellingham Bells beat the Norvans of Vancouver 4 to 3 in the southern town. The visitors scored three runs in the first inning and were then held scoreless for the rest of the game by winning chucker Jim McGhie. The Bells lit up losing flinger George Boston for 12 base knocks.

Boston (L) and Petrunia
McGhie (W) and Padovan

(August 16)  The St. Regis Hotel nine tucked away under their win belt a 14 to 4 victory over the Army baseballers. The loss for the Commandos, already eliminated from playoff contention, was their last home game of the campaign. The Militia nine played fair ball in spots, but what they did when things really counted, gave the winners their big margin. Top clouter Ted Walker’s three-hit offensive production for the Saints included a double. 

H. Cousins (L), Monaldi (5) and Bartko
Holden (W) and Stong

(August 17)  The surging Wallace War Workers picked off their ninth win in the last ten tries, taking an 11 to 6 decision from the Norvans. The Triple W victory gave them an undisputed hold on second-place in the Van-City circuit. The hitters were dominant in this contest as both clubs racked up a thirteen base blows. Sandy Henderson punched out three hits for the Wallaces, one being a triple. Shipyarder sidekick, Ross Edy, singled three times. For the Norvans, Casey Jones drilled two doubles and a single.

Carpenter (W), Kjasgaard (3) and Henry
Johnson (L), Wallis (1) and Petrunia

(August 18)  Veteran twirler Jimmy Condon, who depends upon spot pitching to survive, yielded ten safeties but kept the Bellingham Bell swatters off balance inning after inning with his repertoire of diving missiles as the St. Regis Hoteliers downed the league-leaders 4 to 3. Locked in a nine-inning pitching joust with lefthander Bob Luckett of the Bells, Condon and the Saints grabbed the lead in the sixth canto and came out of top after foiling Bellingham rallies in the eighth and ninth, with Dick Zender’s home run in the latter inning pulling the Yanks to within one tally of equalizing the score. Luckett, who tossed a seven-hitter, and outfielder Bert Gibson of the Hotelmen led their respective nines with the club, each banging out a trio of singles.

Luckett (L) and Padovan
Condon (W) and McCarthy

(August 21)  Reinforced Vancouver entries in the local Senior Baseball League split a pair of exhibition games with the Fort George Wright Bombers of Spokane, the invaders blanking the Wallaces 5 to 0 in the afternoon while the St. Regis nine evened things up in the evening tilt, scoring a 7 to 5 win. Spokane’s Dick Bonnie, twirler of two no-hitters already this year, stifled the Triple W’s on two hits in the matinee tussle. 

Bonnie (W) and Dunn, Shook
Holden (L) and Petrunia

Jess DobernicJohn Carpenter emerged victorious in the nocturnal battle, giving up nine blows and having grief in only one inning. Former Chicago White Sox heaver, Jess Dobernic, was no puzzle for the strengthened Hotelmen who slapped him hard for two frames. (Dobernic, who made the majors with the White Sox at age 21, returned to the major leagues at age 30 with the Cubs.)

Dobernic (L), Pradella (3), Chambers (7) and Dunn
Carpenter (W) and Henry

(August 21)  The Army diamondeers out of Vancouver and the Bellingham Bells played a nine-inning 5 – 5 tie game in the Tulip Town. Darkness prevented extra-innings from being played. The Soldiers, playing their final game of the season, came from behind twice to snatch the draw.

H. Cousins and Bartko
McGhie and Padovan

(August 22)  The Wallaces hot streak ended with a thud when the homestanding Bellingham Bells clinched first-place by hammering the Shipyarders 7 to 1. The league pennant winners rolled up a 5 to 0 lead before Ed Henry singled home the Triple W’s lone run. Bernie Zender blasted a circuit-clout for the Bells in the sixth stanza.

Gervais (L), Marshall (5) and Henry
Luckett (W) and Padovan, Lindsley 


Quarter-finals (best-of-three) 
Fourth-place Norvans vs Third-place St. Regis

(August 23)  The Norvans won the initial contest of a best-two-out-of-three series from the favored St. Regis baseballers by a 6 to 1 count. The Shipbuilders’ victory can be credited mainly to Carl Gunnarson whose mound work was of a very steady nature. The Saints were able to hit safely only six times and failed to score until the eighth inning when Rupe Noble’s single drove in Ralph Stong. The underdogs got on the scoreboard in the second canto on a run-scoring single by George Petrunia, then added a pair in the third on Casey Jones’ RBI one-bagger and an outfield error. Two more Norvan tallies were placed on the scoresheet following Jimmy Biggan’s fourth-inning double. Jud McNaughton batted home the winners’ final counter of the night with an eighth-inning single. McNaughton finished the tussle as the leading swatter with three base raps.

Gunnarson (W) and Petrunia
Robertson (L) and Stong

(August 25)  Smacking 17 base hits, the St. Regis Hotelmen swashbuckled their way to a 16 to 3 pasting of the Norvans to square their quarter-final series at a game apiece. The most remarkable occurrence of this one-sided event was the Saints’ Ted Walker’s feat of poling two-round trippers, to say nothing of hitting a double and two singles.

Holden (W), Condon (8) and Anselmo
Wallis (L), Johnson (2), McNaughton (3) and Petrunia

(August 27)  Casey Jones pole-axed a Sandy Robertson fogball over the rightfield wall in the fifth inning at Athletic Park, breaking a 3 – 3 tie and putting the Norvans ahead 4 to 3 over the St. Regis nine, a lead they maintained for the remainder of the contest. The win by the Shipbuilders places them in the semi-finals against the Wallaces. It was a night of nights for the pudgy Jones, who also blasted out a double and a triple , driving in three of his team’s runs. Also of importance to the Norvanian conquest was the hillock performance of Carl Gunnarson who whiffed ten and was effective in spacing eight St. Regis hits.

Gunnarson (W) and Petrunia
Robertson (L), Holden (5) and Anselmo, Stong

Semi-finals (best-of-five) 
Norvans vs Second-place Wallaces

(August 28)  A rain-delayed eighth-inning uprising by the Norvans fell just short as the Shipbuilders dropped the first game of the Van-City semi-finals to the Wallaces 8 to 7. Winning pitcher John Carpenter was breezing along with an 8 to 2 lead as the eighth canto began. With a light rain beginning to dampen proceedings, Carpenter had difficulty controlling the horsehide and, in his haste to finish the inning, yielded a wet-smacked double followed by a walk and three right-down-Main-Street pitches that went for one-baggers. Hostilities were then terminated for approximately 30 minutes and, when play resumed, a second walk followed by two more singles narrowed the gap to just a single counter. The intense agony for the Triple W’s finally ground to a halt as an infield double play bailed them out of the jam. Ralph Edy of the winners and the Norvans’ Casey Jones emerged as the top hitters in the game, each acquiring three hits with two of Edy’s blasts falling in for doubles.

Wallis (L) and Petrunia
Carpenter (W) and Henry

(August 31)  The Norvans edged the Wallaces 8 to 7 to tie up the Vancouver Senior Baseball semi-finals. Carl Gunnarson, Norvanian hurler, subdued the red capped Wallaces on nine hits in winning his third game of the combined playoffs. Jimmy Biggan’s circus catch of Ken Lawn’s fly in leftfield, with the tying run aboard in the ninth, unquestionably saved the contest for the ultimate winners. Jimmy Robertson and Jud McNaughton of the Shipbuilders both singled twice as did the Wallace duo of George Smith and Don Marshall. Triple W third baseman Bruce Thirsk homered in a losing cause. 

Carpenter (L) and Henry
Gunnarson (W) and Petrunia

(September 1)  The hitters again dominated as the Wallaces triumphed over the Norvans 14 to 11 in the third game of the semi-finals. In taking the contest, the War Workers used four chuckers to maintain the lead they grabbed after posting a nine-spot in the seventh frame. Leading the charge for the victors at the platter was Ed Henry who accumulated three hits. Their balanced attack saw each of Bruce Thirsk, George Smith, Don Marshall and Sandy Henderson poke out a brace of safeties. Casey Jones poled out a four-bagger for the Shipbuilders while teammates Vern Kendrick and Dick Bentley both drilled a triple and a one-bagger and Tick Hall added a double plus a single.

S. Robertson (L) and Petrunia
Gervais, Kjasgaard (5), Carpenter (W) (7), Holden (8) and Henry

(September 4)  The Wallaces notched eight runs in the first four innings and went on to dispose of the Norvans 11 to 8 in wrapping up their semi-final series in a three games to one fashion. Danny Holden went all the way for the winners while Carl Gunnarson was knocked out of the game and saddled with the loss for the first time in four playoff struggles. George Smith and outfielder Dubyk both clouted four-baggers for the winning nine to go along a double and single each. Smith’s keystone sidekick, Jimmy Morrison, also had three safeties, all singles.

Holden (W) and Henry
Gunnarson (L), S. Robertson (3) and Petrunia, McNaughton

Finals (best-of-seven) 
Wallaces vs First-place Bellingham

(September 6)  Bellingham and Wallace balltossers are all square in their best-of-seven diamond series after splitting a Labor day doubleheader, the Shipyarders winning the afternoon contest 6 to 5 in eleven innings and the Bells knotting things up in the evening, 12 to 10. Sandy Robertson outlasted Jim McGhie in the matinee game, although experiencing difficulty with the Bells in the eighth frame when the southerners scored four times, including a homer by Bernie Zender which tied the score. The War Workers finally won out in the second extra panel when Ross Edy singled in the deciding run. Edy finished the contest with three hits, including a double. First baseman Earl Torgeson tripled and doubled for the Tulip Towners.  

Robertson (W) and Henry
McGhie (L) and Padovan

Scoring six times in their last three turns at bat in the late contest, the Bells were able to transform their heavy 17-hit arsenal into a victory. Catcher Andy Padovan led the way with the stick, hammering a double plus a trio of one-baggers. Both Bellingham’s Dick Zender and Bruce Thirsk of the Triple W’s finished the heavy-hitting battle with a home run in addition to a pair of singles.  

J. Marshall (W) and Padovan
D. Marshall, Kjasgaard (L) (7), Gervais (7) and Henry

(September 8)  Swinging their bludgeons lustily, the Wallace baseballers walloped their way to a one-game edge in the Van-City Senior finals, overpowering the Bellingham Bells 12 to 9. Carl Gunnarson, plucked as a pickup from the roster of the exiled Norvans, went the route on the rubber for the Shipyard Workers, fanning ten while being touched for an equal number of safeties, one of which was a grand-slam circuit clout by Bell outfielder Dick Zender. Keystone sacker Jimmy Morrison led the walloping Wallaces at the dish, slamming a triple, double and single. Four of his compatriots rang up two-hit totals with catcher Ed Henry’s triple and single production standing out as the most prominent. Earl Torgeson, he of the spectacular spectacles, singled on three occasions for Bellingham and also stole home for the third time in the series.    

Gunnarson (W) and Henry
Luckett (L), Martin (5) and Padovan

(September 10)  Playing before the largest crowd of the season, another nightmare for the pitching fraternity occurred as the Wallace nine and Bellingham engaged in a slugfest with the Triple W’s emerging as victors 18 to 13. No less the 39 base blows were registered by the two combatants with 23 of these being credited to the Shipyard Workers. George Smith and Ross Edy raked four hits apiece for the Wallaces, their totals including a two-bagger each. Bellingham’s Dick Zender blasted his third home run of the series, not to mention the three singles that he also acquired. Three-hit production came from the bats of Jimmy Morrison and Sam Waxstein of the triumphant nine as well as Ty Hofeditz of the Bells. Starting and winning pitcher Don Marshall clubbed an inside-the-park homer.

McGhie (L), Plank (4), Torgeson (8) and Padovan
D. Marshall (W), Gunnarson (8) and Henry

(September 11)  Erstwhile smart aleck pill tosser John Marshall of the Bellingham Bells, keeping his temperament strictly in storage, and throwing stacks of fireballs and angle-iron curves, shutdown the hapless Wallace aggregation 3 to 0 with a four-hitter before a packed house at Athletic Park. Of the eight safeties surrendered by losing flinger Sandy Robertson in this contest, four went for extra bases. Dick Zender drove in the first Bell counter with an initial frame one-baser. In the fourth canto, a bloopish fly by Andy Padovan fell in to plate a second tally for Bellingham. The Yanks final run came in the sixth when second baseman Ted Walker, acquired by the Bells off the St. Regis roster as a playoff pickup, slugged the apple over the wall with the sacks empty. Bernie Zender tripled and doubled for the Amerks.

Robertson (L) and Henry
J. Marshall (W) and Padovan

(September 15)  Pitcher Bob Hendrickson, used as a starter for the Bellingham Bells in the sixth game of the finals against the Wallaces, was a 6 to 3 winner on the diamond but later had his victory nullified by league officials as he was declared ineligible for the playoffs. The Bells, spearheaded by Hendickson’s eight-hitter, a home run by Earl Torgeson and three hits, including a pair of doubles, by outfielder Jorreson were the superior team and had no difficulty winning the on-field version of the contest. The only shining light for the Wallaces was Don Marshall who had an inside-the-park homer and a triple which accounted for the other two runs. With the result of the game being thrown out, the series still stands at 3 to 2 in favor of the Triple W’s.

Hendrickson (W) and Padovan
Gunnarson (L) and Henry

(September 15)  The Vancouver Sun reported Jimmy Clark, the former pitcher for Diethers in the Vancouver Senior League, and son of Jock Clark the well known former soccer player and Athletic Park attendant, as missing in action overseas.

Clark, one of the most promising young hurlers in the city, joined the RCAF in 1942 and has been in England for many months. He has taken part in numerous raids over Germany. The other day he sent his dad a picture of the nose of his bomber, captioned, "Old Faithful".  Clark was just 22.

(September 17)  Bellingham threw another wrench into the battle-wracked machinery of the Wallace Shipyarders at Athletic Park, thumping the red-capped Triple W’s 12 to 5 to even their marathon playoff series at three games apiece. John Marshall escaped with the pitching win in spite of issuing 14 free passes in seven innings of mound work. The Tulip Towners led from start to finish after plating five counters in their first turn at bat. Outfielder Jorreson slugged a brace of doubles plus a single in leading the winners’ hit parade. Fellow Bell, Earl Torgeson, sizzled a mammoth two-run homer in the seventh. Jimmy Morrison’s double and single production was the best shown by any member of the Wallaces.

Robertson (L) and Henry
J. Marshall (W), P. Zender (8) and Padovan

(September 20)  The Bellingham Bells rudely, but firmly, snatched the Faye-O’Neill Cup away from the thirsty lips of the Wallaces, taking the dryish Shipyarders into camp 15 to 8. John Marshall fireballed his way to a third series’ victory as the Tulip Towners captured the 1943 Van-City Senior Baseball crown. The invaders tallied nine runs in the first six innings and were never headed. Wallace fielding miscues, nine in all, were somewhat responsible for their defeat although the potent bats of the Yanks, in mustering 18 hits, were the major factor behind the one-sided outcome. Before retiring to the showers in the eighth, Marshall had helped his own cause by slamming a brace of doubles. Shortstop Bishop also had two doubles as well as a single. Also prominent in the Bellingham offensive thrust was first sacker Earl Torgeson who homered and doubled. Don Marshall, with four singles, was tops with the willow for the Triple W’s.  

J. Marshall (W), McGhie (8) and Padovan
Gunnarson (L) and Henry