1944 Game Reports, Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley     

1944 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley   
1944 BC Interior   
1944 Vancouver Island   


Vancouver City League

Two of the four clubs in the 1944 Vancouver Senior Baseball League had working agreements with teams in the Pacific Coast League, then classified as a AA circuit. Affiliated with the Portland Beavers were the St. Regis Hotelmen while the Arrows were listed as a farm club of the Seattle Rainiers.

North Vancouver Shipyards captured the British Columbia National Baseball Congress title defeating Victoria Navy in the final series.  North Vancouver won twice, 10-2 and 3-1 while the teams tied 4-4 in the other game. NorVan had finished third in the Vancouver City League during the regular season then proceeded to down St. Regis Hotel in the semi-finals before upending the league-leading Arrow Transfer nine in six games in the best of seven final series.

(April 29)  Favoured by an almost perfect spring evening, Vancouver’s senior baseball season swept into 1944 action at Capilano Stadium before 2,500 eager diamond fans with the Bellingham Bulls narrowly eking out a 5 to 4 decision over the Arrows, and with St. Regis and the Norvans playing to a 4 – 4 tie in the opening game of the doubleheader. The Hotelmen had a 7 to 4 edge in hits over the course of the matinee tussle. Marv Rickert, former Chicagoan with the Cubs , staked the Saints to an early lead with a two-run single. A trio of bingles sandwiched around an equal number of errors allowed the Norvans to plate a triad in the second for a 3 to 2 lead. Both clubs picked up a run in the third and, finally, Bob Molitor singled home the tying marker for St. Regis in the fifth. Casey Jones, Norvan playing-Admiral, had a perfect four-for-four game at the dish.

Holden and McCarthy
Gunnarson and Petrunia

Ex-major-leaguer, Bill “Chic” Sayles, patrolling the outer garden for the Bells, drove in the winning tally for Bellingham in the sixth stanza of the late game. With former All-American basketball hoopster Gale Bishop on base, Sayles rapped a solid single to break the 4 – 4 tie. Bishop and outfielder Reg Clarkson of the Arrows both had two hits to lead their respective nines offensively. Pete Zender, with a four-hitter, copped the mound victory over Al Moser who gave up five base knocks. 

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

(April 30)  A record opening-day crowd in Bellingham witnessed the Norvans downing the Bells 5 to 3 in a ten-inning thriller. The Tulip Towners, with ex big-league pitcher Bill Sayles in full control, were sailing along with a 3 to 1 lead as the Shipbuilders came to bat in the ninth frame. With one retired and a runner at the keystone sack, winning pitcher John Leovich punched out a hit to narrow the gap. A looping Texas Leaguer off the bat of Jack Fisher sent the scurrying Leovich, moving on the pitch, all the way around to plate the tying counter. In the overtime canto, Jud McNaughton doubled to lead off the Norvan half. Fred Tinling followed with a single, Casey Jones was intentionally walked to load the bags and then, Ray Orteig ripped a liner through third baseman Ed Gray that was ruled an error yet brought across the winning and insurance counters. Leovich, after a shaky start, did a noble pitching job, blanking the hosts for the final eight innings. George Selkirk, former New York Yankee, showed speed in the outfield but lacked punch at the plate.

Leovich (W) and Petrunia
Sayles (L) and Padovan

(May 3)  Blasting out the first home run of the 1944 Vancouver Senior campaign, playing-manager Ralph Stong led his St. Regis diamond warriors to a 7 to 4 victory over a weakened Bellingham nine at Capilano Stadium. The game was marred by an accident to St. Regis starting hurler “Lefty” Gervais who was beaned by Bells’ chucker Bill Whitsell. The Tulip Towners had a short bench as four of their regulars were unable to make the trip. Stong’s third-inning circuit-clout, a three-run shot, was instrumental in propelling the Saints into an early 4 to 0 lead. He accumulated three more base blows during the contest to finish with a four-for-four batting performance. Bellingham outfielder Smith was best at the plate for the losers with a two-bagger and a brace of singles.

Whitsell (L) and Padovan
Gervais (W), Holden (4) and McCarthy

(May 5)  Scoring five runs in the initial panel, the Arrows bounced the Norvans 11 to 5 in Vancouver senior baseball action. Portsider Reg Wallis went all the way as hillock slinger for the winners, granting 12 blows while his two mound opponents gave up a total of 13. Reg Clarkson and Howard Davis of the Arrows as well as the Shipbuilders’ Jud McNaughton all amassed a trio of base knocks.

Ricketts (L), Thompson (3) and Petrunia
Wallis (W) and Henry

(May 6)  St. Regis balltossers remain undefeated and atop the Vancouver senior diamond circuit following a 10 to 1 pounding of the demoralized Norvan aggregation. “Lefty” Gervais’ three-hit mound effort, aided by ten strikeouts, was too much for the bewildered Shipbuilders who were held hitless until the sixth frame. Coley Hall had three hits and a pair of runs-batted-in for the Saints.

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

(May 7)  With the Arrows’ Al Moser and Bob Luckett of Bellingham going head-to-head in a mound joust, a single by first sacker Ty Hofeditz produced the game’s only tally as the Bells rang up a 1 to 0 squeaker over the Bow Missiles. After catcher Andy Padovan had doubled in the third canto, Hofeditz came through with the hit which ultimately sewed up the game. Both chuckers were touched for six hits.

A. Moser (L) and Henry
Luckett (W) and Padovan

(May 8)  St. Regis Hotelmen picked up their third consecutive victory by thumping the Arrows 13 to 4 as pitcher Danny Holden racked up his second mound triumph of the season. Holden gave up seven blows and fanned five in coasting to the compete game win. Leading the slugging brigade against three Arrow heavers were Ted Walker and Frank Ambler with two doubles apiece. Ambler also picked up a single. Holden also had three base blows, all singles. Third baseman Rupe Noble added to the 14-hit attack of the winners with a triple and one-bagger.

Holden (W) and McCarthy
Scott (L), Graham (4), Henry (6) and Henry, Clarkson (6)

(May 10)  The Norvans, with recently acquired catcher Laurel Harney behind the plate, dumped the Bellingham Bells 8 to 5 at Capilano Stadium. The ex-House of David player from Victoria rapped out two base blows, stole the only two sacks of the game and handled the offerings of winning tosser Carl Gunnarson as if he’d been doing it for years. Southpaw Gunnarson went the route and also ripped a rousing double in the eighth panel with a runner on base to give his team a two-run lead when the Amerks were breathing torridly down his neck. Bellingham’s Dick Zender belted the game’s hardest blow, a bases-empty howitzer over the right field wall in the fourth frame. He also garnered two other base blows. Others with three-hit performances were shortstop Jimmy Gilday of the Bells and Norvan keystone sacker Ray Regnier.

Marshall (L) and Padovan
Gunnarson (W) and Harney

(May 12)  The Arrows scored ten runs in the second inning of their baseball game against the Norvans at Capilano Stadium and, yet, still had to come from behind to win 14 to 13 in a contest characterized by a serenade of slugging and a comedy of errors. Outfielder Cousins of the Norvans had a three-hit performance at the dish while Ross Edy of the Transfermen as well as both Laurel Harney and Jud McNaughton of the Shipbuilders collected a double and single apiece. Norvan’s Casey Jones clouted the game’s lone home run.

Moser, Scott (W) (6) and Henry
Clarke, Phillips (2), Townsend (L) (2), Gunnarson (7) and Harney

(May 13)  With import pitcher Damon Hayes living up to all advance notices by pitching a four-hitter, the Arrows finally put an end to the unbeaten record of St. Regis as they edged the Hotelmen 2 to 1 before a crowd of some 2,500 at Capilano Stadium. Reg Clarkson paced the Bow Missiles’ 11-hit attack against loser “Sandy” Robertson with a triad of one-baggers.

Hayes (W) and Henry
Robertson (L) and McCarthy

(May 14)  Playing in Bellingham, shortpatcher Jimmy Gilday slugged a homer in the tenth canto to give the Bells a 5 to 2 victory over the St. Regis nine, a second defeat for the Saints in less than 24 hours. Gilday’s overtime clout broke up a hurling joust between Bob Luckett of the Tulip Towners and Dan Holden of St. Regis.

Gervais, Holden (L) (2) and McCarthy
Luckett (W) and Padovan

(May 17)  Capped by Ted Walker’s three-run circuit-clout, the St. Regis balltossers staged a seven-run barrage in the seventh frame to overcome a 4 to 1 lead held by Bellingham, capturing the contest 8 to 4. Preceding Walker’s blast were a two-run double by Frank Ambler and a single by Norm Johnson which drove in another pair. Danny Noble picked up the complete game mound decision for the Hotelmen. Johnson wound up as the game’s top hickory hacker with a double and a pair of singles. Dick Zender had two doubles for the Yanks.

Holden (W) and McCarthy
Marshall (L), Whitsell (8) and Padovan

(May 19)  Hurling a neat five-hitter, Sacramento farmhand Bob Condon propelled the Norvans out of the basement as he led the Shipbuilders to a 7 to 4 victory over St. Regis before about 1,500 fans. Only Frank Hall, with three singles, and Frank Ambler with two, were able to safely hit Condon’s submarine pitches. Shortstop Jimmy Robertson singled twice for the winners. 

Gervais (L), Holden (5) and McCarthy
B. Condon (W) and Harney

(May 21)  Less then 24 hours after escaping the cellar of the Vancouver Senior loop, the Norvans fell back into the unenviable spot when they dropped a 16 to 6 decision to Bellingham. The Bells lit up Norvan chuckers for 15 base blows including three round-trippers, one each by Al Akins, Bernie Zender and Ty Hofeditz. First baseman Earl Torgeson picked up three singles while driving in an equal number of runs.

Ricketts (L), Clark, Townsend, Thompson and Harney
Marshall (W), Bishop, Torgeson and Padovan

(May 22)  The Arrows and Norvans battled to a ten-inning 4 – 4 stalemate at Capilano Stadium. The Arrows held a 9 to 7 advantage in base hits. Ex-Sacramento second baseman Gene Gaviglio drove in three of the four counters for the Shipbuilders.

Gunnarson and McNaughton
MacFaden, Wallis (8) and Henry

(May 25)  With Sandy Robertson’s educated soupbone spinning a four-hitter, St. Regis retained top spot in the Vancouver Senior circuit, edging out the Norvans 4 to 3. The Saints never trailed after scoring once in the initial canto. Ralph Stong had a brace of singles and two runs-batted-in for the Hoteliers.

B. Condon (L) and McNaughton
Robertson (W) and McCarthy

(May 26)  The Norvans won a wacky slugfest from the Arrows, scoring eight times in the eighth stanza for a 13 to 12 victory. Carl Gunnarson picked up three singles for the victorious nine while catcher Ed Henry of the Arrows also registered three hits, one being a double, and drove in four runs. Reg Clarkson had an inside-the-park homer for the Bow Missiles.

MacFaden (L), Wallis (8) and Henry
Gunnarson (W) and McNaughton

(May 27)  The scoring Bells tolled insufficiently for Bellingham before 3,000 spectators at Capilano Stadium and the league-pacing St. Regis nine recorded a narrow 7 to 5 win. Second baseman Frank Ambler had a big evening at the dish for the Saints, lacing four base blows, one for two bases, and driving in three runs.

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

(May 28)  The Arrows handed the Bellingham Bells their second loss in two days, a 5 to 2 defeat, as Al Moser allowed eight scattered hits for his first win of the season. Shortpatcher Howard Davis had three hits, all one-baggers, for the Transfermen. Jimmy Gilday doubled twice for the Tulip Towners.

Moser (W) and Henry
Marshall (L) and Padovan

(May 29)  It took three games for right-hander Jim MacFaden of the Arrows to produce a mound victory in the Vancouver Senior circuit, an 8 to 2 five-hitter over league-leading St. Regis. Only Ralph Stong was able to solve his offerings, singling twice. Loser Sandy Robertson was nicked for nine hits including three by Howard Davis which accounted for a trio of RBI’s. 

MacFaden (W) and Henry
Robertson (L) and McCarthy, Stong

(June 2)  After eleven spirited innings, the Arrows defeated St. Regis 4 to 3 and forged into top spot in the Vancouver Senior Baseball League. Playing-manager Ed Henry opened the bottom of the second extra-frame by singling, advancing to second when his drive was bobbled in the outfield. Following a walk, he was sacrificed to the hot corner and then came scampering home with the payoff tally on an infield miscue. The game featured plenty of base hits with the Hotelmen holding a 16 to 11 edge in that department. Rupe Noble and Frank Ambler of the Saints as well as Reg Clarkson of the Arrows each had three base blows with a double included in Noble’s total.

Holden (L) and McCarthy
Moser (W) and Henry

(June 3)  Fielding a depleted lineup, the Norvans took an expected 7 to 5 lacing from a powerful St. Regis aggregation before some 2,500 onlookers at Capilano Stadium. The Saints led all the way and had a 7 to 0 edge halfway through the fifth canto but the Shipbuilders fought gallantly back and, in the ninth, came with a pair of knotting things up before the fire was extinguished by reliever Dan Holden with the bases loaded. First baseman Coley Hall and catcher Joe McCarthy paced the winners offensively with a double and single apiece. Fred Tinling tripled and singled for the vanquished nine.

Gervais (W), Holden (9) and McCarthy
B. Condon (L) and Regnier

(June 4)  The Bellingham Bells swamped St. Regis 14 to 2 in the Tulip Town. Jim McGhie set the invaders down on six hits to earn the pitching victory. He also picked up three hits including a double. First sacker Earl Torgeson was the big noise at the dish for the Bells, pounding a home run and a double. Catcher Joe McCarthy drove home both Saints’ tallies with a single in the sixth frame.

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

(June 5)  With three-quarters of their battered infield leaking, the Norvans blew a 4 to 3 decision to the league-leading Arrows. Seven Shipyard errors were the difference in determining the outcome of this contest. The Norvans out-hit the Transfermen 10 to 6 as Ken Van Hatten homered and singled and catcher Ray Regnier doubled and singled. Leading the way for the winners with the stick was outfielder Ross Edy who picked up a double and one-bagger.

B. Condon (L) and Regnier
Wallis (W) and Henry

(June 7)  Stretching their win streak to five, the Arrows moved a game and a half ahead of the pack in the Vancouver Senior circuit as they scored seven big runs in the fourth inning to climax a 13 to 8 decision over Bellingham. Although being owned by former Seattle Rainier Earl Torgeson who lit him up with a four-for-four batting performance including a sixth-inning homer, right-hander Jim MacFaden pitched well for the winners with only three of the Bell runs being earned. Bruce Thirsk was the leading light for the victors offensively, accumulating a double and a brace of one-baggers.

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

(June 9)  St. Regis consolidated their hold on second place in the Van-City race as they out-hustled and outscored a bewildered Norvan squad 8 to 3. Winning tosser Danny Holden held the Shipbuilders to seven safeties. Frank Ambler had a pair of runs-batted-in on a double and a single for the Hotelmen.

Gunnarson (L) and McNaughton
Holden (W) and McCarthy

Standings        W      L       Pts.
Arrows           7      4      .636
St. Regis        8      6      .571
Bellingham       5      6      .455
Norvans          4      8      .333

(June 10)  In a battle featuring the one and two clubs in the loop, the Arrows edged past St. Regis 2 to 1 before 4,000 fans at Capilano Stadium. Al Moser, with a three-hitter, out-dueled Sandy Robertson for the hillock triumph. Howie Davis and Eddie Holden both singled twice for the winners.

Moser (W) and Henry
Robertson (L) and McCarthy

(June 11)  The Arrows won their seventh straight when, playing at Bellingham, Reg Clarkson’s tenth-inning single broke a tie resulting in a 7 to 6 final score. Ross Edy had three hits for the Transfermen while Ed Henry homered. Pacing the Bells’ with the lumber was outfielder Paul Smith who had four hits including a circuit clout.

MacFaden (W) and Henry
Marshall (L) and Padovan

(June 12)  The lowly Norvans captured their first victory since late May when they downed the powerful St. Regis diamond squad 9 to 4. Submariner Bob Condon notched the mound win and was at his best in the late innings. Jud McNaughton of the Shipbuilders and the Saints’ Frank Hall both collected three singles to lead their respective nines with the willow.

Gervais (L), Holden (8) and McCarthy
B. Condon (W) and McNaughton

(June 16)  Portsider Carl Gunnarson hurled a six-hitter as the Norvans blanked St. Regis 4 to 0. Andy Clovechuk swatted a double and single for the winners while catcher Joe McCarthy poled out a triple and one-bagger for the Hoteliers.

Gunnarson (W) and Regnier
Robertson (L) and McCarthy

(June 17)  Ed Holden’s three-run homer augmented by Al Moser’s shutout pitching provided the Arrows with a 3 to 0 win over the badly slumping St. Regis nine who have suddenly sank into the lower depths of the Van-City Senior circuit. Playing in front of some 4,000 spectators, Holden also had a single while Moser squeezed the Saints with a five-hitter.

Van Leiden (L) and McCarthy
Moser (W) and Henry

(June 18)  Bellingham edged St. Regis 4 to 3 to move ahead of the Hotelmen in the league standings. The Saints held an early lead but were unable to withstand a three-run seventh inning ignited by Andy Padovan’s homer. Shortstop Bellows had three hits for the Bells.

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

(June 19)  Behind the five-hit twirling of knuckleball expert Jim MacFaden, the league-leading Arrows won their ninth in a row, edging the Norvans 3 to 1. The Bow Missiles plated all three of their counters in the second frame when the Shipbuilders went error-berserk. Shortstop Howie Davis paced the Transfermen at the plate, lacing out a trio of singles.

MacFaden (W) and Henry
Gunnarson (L) and Regnier

(June 21)  St. Regis powered home a big run in the tenth inning to edge Bellingham 5 to 4. The Bells forced overtime by plating a pair of counters in the top of the ninth to stalemate matters. In the extra-canto, outfielder Hal McBride singled, went to the keystone sack on a wild pitch and moved to third on a sacrifice. Failing to bunt safely, Frank Ambler of the Saints switched his modus operandi and swung at a pitch, grounding it to shortstop as McBride raced in with the winner. Coley Hall had a four-bagger for the Hotelmen.

Parker, Nickols (L) (9) and Padovan
Robertson, Van Leiden (W) (9) and Adshead

(June 23)  St. Regis put a stop to the Arrows win streak by edging the Transfermen 15 to 14 in a slugging battle at Capilano Stadium. When the dust had settled, a grand total of 35 base knocks had been registered, 19 of these by the Hotelmen. Winning pitcher Danny Holden hit a two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game 14 – 14. In the bottom of the ninth, Joe McCarthy singled in the winner. Ralph Stong of the Saints as well as Ross Edy and Bruce Thirsk of the Arrows each produced a double and a brace of one-baggers at the dish.

Moser, J. Condon (L) (7) and Henry
Van Leiden, Gervais (4), Holden (W) (8) and Adshead

(June 24)  The Norvans’ Casey Jones, before some 3,000 at Capilano Stadium, slugged out a gargantuan homer to say nothing of batting in all four of his team’s runs as the Shipbuilders handed the Arrows their second defeat in two nights, 4 to 3. With three hits from the batter’s box, Jones made a mound winner out of Carl Gunnarson who pitched a solid four-hitter.

B. Condon (W), Gunnarson (9) and Regnier
MacFaden (L) and Henry

(June 25)  Outfielder Paul Smith was too much for the visiting Norvans as he drove in all four of the Bell runs with a homer, double and single in leading Bellingham to a 4 to 2 triumph. Fred Tinling led the invaders with the hickory, singling on three occasions.

Gunnarson (L) and Regnier
Marshall (W) and Padovan

(June 26)  Pitcher Danny Holden scattered 12 hits and slugged out two doubles and a single when St. Regis handed the Arrows a lop-sided 11 to 4 defeat. The Hoteliers piled up 18 hits off three Arrow hurlers. Maury Van Vliet and Jimmy Morrison duplicated Holden’s three hit output. 

Holden (W) and Stong, McCarthy
Wallis (L), MacFaden (2), Marshall (6) and Henry

(June 28)  Ed Van Leiden struck out an even dozen as St. Regis doubled the Norvans 8 to 4 before 3,000 fans. Van Leiden also ripped three base hits including a double. Ralph Stong and Joe McCarthy provided further offensive support for Van Leiden, both also registering a triad of base knocks. Two of McCarthy’s blows went for two bases. Casey Jones homered and singled for the Shipbuilders.

Van Leiden (W) and McCarthy
B. Condon (L), Reid (3), Purcello (4) and Teldsky

(June 30)  The Norvans blanked the Arrows 5 to 0. No game details available.

Wallis (L) and Henry
Gunnarson (W) and Regnier

(July 1)  The North Vancouver Shipbuilders won their second contest in less than 24 hours when they muzzled the St. Regis Hotelers 7 to 1. Bob Condon fanned four and yielded five safeties in picking up the complete game hillock victory. Casey Jones led the Shipbuilders with the stick, rapping a homer and a single. Coley Hall had a circuit-clout for the Saints.

Robertson (L) and Adshead
B. Condon (W) and Regnier

(July 1)  Jim MacFaden fashioned a three-hitter as the Arrows whitewashed the Bellingham Bells 5 to 0. A four-run third-inning outburst propelled the Tranfermen to victory. Ty Hofeditz of the Bells, with a pair of singles, was the only batter from either team to more than one hit.

Marshall (L) and Padovan
MacFaden (W) and Henry

(July 2)  The Arrows edged the Bellingham Bells 3 to 2 in a ten-inning contest played in the Tulip Town. No game details were published.

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

(July 3)  The Norvans picked up their third win in a row, downing St. Regis 6 to 4. Carl Gunnarson, in a relief role, pitched 3 1/3 innings of hitless ball to rack up the mound victory. “Lefty” Thompson’s seventh-inning single drove in what would ultimately be the deciding tally. Casey Jones, with a double and single, led the winners at the platter.

Purcello, Gunnarson (W) (6) and Regnier
Holden (L) and McCarthy

(July 5)  Using Bellingham as a springboard with which to vault into second place in the Vancouver Senior League, the Norvans won their fourth consecutive contest 11 to 3 as Bob Condon smothered the Bells with five hits. Fred Tinling drove in four counters for the winners, accumulating three hits. Teammate Gene Gaviglio also had a triad of base knocks, two of which were doubles. Outfielder Paul Smith of the Washingtonians had three of the five hit allowed by Condon.

P. Zender (L), Whitsell (4) and Padovan
B. Condon (W) and Regnier

(July 7)  With jolting Jud McNaughton’s home run and Carl Gunnarson’s crafty pitching leading the parade, the Norvans increased their win streak to five as they triumphed over the league-leading Arrows 10 to 3. In earning his sixth mound victory, Gunnarson was smooth as silk except for the initial canto when the Bow Missiles got to him for two tallies. McNaughton wound up with three RBI’s, adding a single to his seventh-inning tater. Jack Fisher and Fred Tinling also shone at the plate for the winners, both stroking three hits, with Fisher’s safeties driving in three counters and Tinling’s a pair.

Gunnarson (W) and Regnier
MacFaden (L), Wallis (7) and Henry

(July 8)  Over 4,300 baseball fans watched the league-leading Arrows hand the St. Regis Hoteliers a 13 to 7 pasting at Capilano Stadium. Arrow hurler Al Moser not only won his sixth game of the season against two defeats but also smacked a home run in the fourth canto with two men aboard to give his team a lead they never relinquished. Don Marshall, playing as a keystone sacker this season, had four hits for the winners including a double. Losing heaver Ed Van Leiden belted one of Moser’s offerings for a solo homer.

Moser (W) and Henry
Van Leiden (L), Gervais (8) and Stong

(July 9)  The St. Regis baseballers snapped their three-game series of defeats in Bellingham, knocking off the Bells 4 to 3. Winning tosser Sandy Robertson gave up six hits and three runs in the first four innings, after which he pitched hitless ball.

Robertson (W) and Stong
Hall, McGhie and Padovan

(July 10)  Paced by Gene Gaviglio’s round-tripper with the sacks loaded, the red-hot Norvans swashbuckled the penthouse dwelling Arrows 10 to 1. Rossland native “Pills” Purcello came through with a four-hit pitching performance for the Shipbuilders and was robbed of a shutout by his own shortstop, Andy Clovechuk, who dropped an easy pop up which allowed a counter from third. Purcello also drove in a pair of runs when he singled in the fourth. Jack Fisher also drove in two runs as he accumulated a brace of one-baggers.

J. Condon (L), Wallis (7) and Henry
Purcello (W) and Regnier

Standings         W       L       Pct.
Arrows           15      10      .600
Norvans          13      11      .542
St. Regis        13      14      .481
Bellingham        7      13      .350

(July 12)  With a Brooklyn Dodger scout watching him from the stands, teenager Danny Holden pitched five-hit shutout baseball as his St. Regis mates easily hammered Bellingham 8 to 0. Frank Ambler started the Saintly victory march with a four-base swat in the opening stanza. He later added a double to his hitting total. The first of Jimmy Morrison’s two singles brought in two more tallies in the third. Ed Van Leiden also drove in a brace of counters on the strength of a double and one-bagger.

Jorissen (L) and Padovan
Holden (W) and McCarthy, Myers

(July 14)  Scoring five runs in the last two innings, the Arrows just failed to nip St. Regis at the wire and were 6 to 5 losers. Ed Van Leiden, although shaky in the final stretch, picked up his third victory of the year. Losing flinger Jim MacFaden rang up ten strikeouts. Coley Hall doubled and singled for the winners. Leading the Arrows offensively were Reg Clarkson with a three-bagger and a single as well as Ross Edy and Don Marshall who both collected a double and one-bagger.

Van Leiden (W) and McCarthy
MacFaden (L) and Henry

(July 15)  The rampaging St. Regis diamondeers defeated the Norvans 8 to 5 at Capilano Stadium. Danny Holden, recent Brooklyn Dodger signee, made his farewell appearance in the role of a fireman, coming to the aid of winning tosser “Lefty” Gervais. Shortstop Frank Ambler’s four-hit batting performance sparked the Saints at the plate. Keystone combo sidekick Jimmy Morrison wasn’t far behind with a trio of raps. Catcher Ray Regnier hit a three-run four-bagger for the Shipyarders while always dangerous Casey Jones ripped three singles.

Gervais (W), Holden (7) and Adshead
B. Condon (L), Gunnarson (7) and Regnier

(July 16)  Fireballing hurler John Marshall stymied the Norvans on seven hits as the Bellingham Bells inflicted a second weekend loss on the Shipbuilders, this one by a 4 to 2 score. Home runs by Paul Smith and Gale Bishop capsized the Boat Brigade. Losing heaver M. “Pills” Purcello allowed just six hits but the four-base swats were too much for him.

Purcello (L) and Regnier
Marshall (W) and Padovan

(July 17)  Coming from behind twice, the Arrows ended the four-game St. Regis victory streak, winning out by a score of 10 to 6 in a free-hitting battle. With the score knotted at 6 – 6 in the eighth, Bruce Thirsk’s two-out blazing single drove in a pair of runners to decide the issue. Before the side had been retired, another brace of counters crossed the dish, providing more-than-enough insurance. Second baseman Don Marshall ripped three one-baggers for the Transfer Crew while teammate Ross Edy doubled and singles. Saints’ catcher Ken Myers led the losing nine with the stick, clouting a triple to go along with a single.

MacFaden, Moser (W) (6) and Henry
Robertson (L) and Myers

(July 19)  Don Marshall’s grand-slam homer in the eighth put the final spike in the coffin as the Arrows plastered Bellingham 10 to 4 to take a clear lead in the Van-City Senior Baseball race. Although hit hard, Jimmy Condon got credit for his first mound win of the season. Eddie Holden tripled and singled for the Bow Missiles while outfielder Paul Smith of the Tulip Towners blasted a home run.

McGhie (L), Jorissen (8), Whitsell (8) and Padovan
Condon (W) and Henry

(July 21)  St. Regis carved their way to a lop-sided 18 to 2 victory over a bewildered Norvan nine to take full command of second place in the Vancouver Senior standings. Jimmy Morrison picked up four hits, including a triple, for the Hotelmen. Teammate Sandy Robertson, patrolling the outer garden, gathered a trio of knocks, one going for two bases. Not to be outdone, Frank Hall laced a single to compliment a second-inning homer that he smashed.  

Gunnarson (L), Purcello (2), B. Condon (6) and Reigner
Van Leiden (W) and McCarthy

(July 22)  Scoring six first-inning markers, the Norvans drew their bows and twanged the Arrows for an 11 to 3 thrashing at Capilano Stadium. Piling up 16 safeties, the Shipbuilders were led by Jud McNaughton who crushed a homer, double and single. Also connecting for a three-spot of knocks were Casey Jones and outfielder Jack Fisher.

Gunnarson (W) and McNaughton
Wallis (L), McLean (1) and Henry

(July 24)  Playing-manager Ed Henry’s single in the eighth inning drove in the game’s only run as the Arrows blanked St. Regis 1 to 0. It was his second one-bagger of the game, a feat duplicated by the Saints’ Coley Hall. Jack Pomfret started the eighth off by drawing a one-out walk. He pilfered the keystone sack and reached the hot corner on an infield ground out, setting the stage for Henry’s heroics. Lanky Al Moser of the Transfermen got credit for his eighth win of the campaign.

Robertson (L) and McCarthy
Moser (W) and Henry

(July 26)  Norvan skipper Casey Jones toted his home-run bat to Capilano Stadium and with it led the Shipbuilders into undisputed possession of second-place in the standings as the Bellingham Bells were gonged into defeat, 4 to 2. Jones’ three-run blast in the third frame provided winning submarine heaver Bob Condon with all the ammunition he would ultimately require for victory. Fred Tinling ripped three of the six hits surrendered by loser Jim McGhie of the Bells.

McGhie (L) and Padovan
B. Condon (W) and McNaughton

Standings       W         L         Pct.
Arrows         18        12        .600
Norvans        15        14        .517
St. Regis      17        16        .515
Bellingham      8        16        .333

(July 28)  The St. Regis Hoteliers dropped the Norvans back into third-place in the Van-City Senior League when they walloped the Shipbuilders 10 to 3. The Saints counted five big tallies in the opening panel from the offerings of “Pills” Purcello and minimized the damage from a 14-hit Norvan offensive thrust to come out well ahead. Top stickman of the game was the Norvans’ Jack Fisher who gathered four singles. Joe McCarthy and Coley Hall of the Saints as well as second sacker Jack Greenbaum and Casey Jones of the Shipbuilders each produced three safeties with one of Greenbaum’s blows being a double.

Van Leiden (W) and Myers
Purcello (L), Gunnarson (8) and McNaughton

(July 31)  The touring Harlem Globe trotters eked out a 7 to 5 victory over a reinforced Arrows squad before the season’s largest house of over 5,000 at Capilano Stadium. At least 2,000 more were turned away empty-seated from the ticket wickets. Shortstop “Candy” Jones of the Trotters had the game-winning hit, a two-run homer in the eighth canto.

Baker (W), Walker (9) and Hutten
Gunnarson, Moser (L) (6) and Henry

(August 1)  The House of David house of cards collapsed with a resounding thud in the eighth inning at Capilano Stadium and another bulging crowd of almost 5,000 saw an augmented St. Regis aggregation turn back the chin-thatched visitors by a count of 8 to 2. A six-run outburst in the next-to-last frame gave the incorporated Saints the triumph. Maury Van Vliet and Casey Jones both rocked losing flinger Rutherford for three hits with two of Jones’ clouts going for triples while Van Vliet’s total included a three-bagger and double. “Bus” Bogar led the Whiskered Travellers at the platter with a triple, double and single.

Rutherford and Bates
Gunnarson, Van Leiden (W) (5) and Henry, McCarthy

(August 2) The Bellingham Bells took their first victory in over three months at Capilano Stadium when they defeated an unmanpowered Arrows squad 11 to 5. Jim McGhie toiled for the Bells in twirling eight-hit ball. He was also potent with the bat, driving in four runs with a homer and a single. Young Cece Stein stood out for the Transfer Troupe, garnering a double and single which produced three runs, and also making the game’s best catch, a shoestring affair, while patrolling the left pasture. 

McGhie (W) and Padovan
J. Condon (L) and Henry

(August 3)  A Norvans squad, strengthened with a sprinkling of elite players from within the Van-City circuit, battered and bruised their way to 16 to 15 win over the barnstorming Harlem Globe Trotters. Hardly a classic by any stretch of the imagination, the game featured 35 base blows, 19 by the visitors. The winning run was scored in the last of the ninth with two out. Winning flinger Carl Gunnarson drove a hot grounder to shortstop which was bobbled, allowing Reg Clarkson to scamper in from third with the tie-breaker. Starter Ed Van Leiden socked a grand-slam homer for the Vancouver Gang while opposing starter “Ace” Walker lofted one over the wall earlier with a runner aboard.

Walker, McAllister (L) (5) and Hutten
Robertson, B. Condon (4), Van Leiden (5), Gunnarson (W) (7) and McNaughton, Henry

(August 4)  The Arrows went 3 1/2 games in front of the pack in the Vancouver Senior circuit after posting a 6 to 1 win over St. Regis. Al Moser went the rout on the hill for the Transfer Team, pitching six-hit ball while fanning four. Reg Clarkson, Don Marshall and Ed Henry each had three singles for the Bow Missiles.

Gervais (L) and McCarthy
Moser (W) and Henry 

Standings        W        L        Pct.
Arrows          20       13       .606
St. Regis       18       18       .500
Norvans         15       15       .500
Bellingham       9       16       .360

(August 5)  The Norvan Shipmen climbed into the second-place homestead held by the Saints, slamming the late tenants by a score of 3 to 0. Submariner Bob Condon bewildered the Saintly Crew with a six-hit pitching performance. Except for allowing the three-run outburst that the winners put up on the scoreboard in the fifth stanza, Ed Van Leiden hurled a more than capable contest for the losing side, with only seven Norvanians hitting safely. Catcher Laurel Harney of the Shipbuilders had a pair of singles, the only batter from either team to acquire more than one hit.

B. Condon (W) and Harney
Van Leiden (L) and McCarthy

(August 6)  A shorthanded Norvan ball team played in an impotent manner and fell 11 to 0 to the hosting Bellingham Bells. Norvan chucker, “Pills” Purcello was nicked for 16 hits and was lit up for four runs in the first canto. With no other pitchers to relieve him, he had to sweat through the remaining eight frames.

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

(August 7)  Youthful Jack Treece and portsider Reg Wallis were the fair-haired boys in the Arrows 10 to 2 drubbing of the Norvans at Capilano Stadium. Shortstop Treece batted in five of the Arrow runs with three hits. The Wallis curve ball was working to perfection as the southpaw set the enemy down on five scattered bingles, two off the bat of keystone sacker Jack Greenbaum. The Shipbuilders slammed the offerings of loser Bob Condon for 15 base raps with Ed Henry, joining Treece in the triad department, blasting a triple and two one-baggers.

Wallis (W) and Henry
B. Condon (L) and Harney

(August 11)  With both pitchers surrendering ten base blows, the Norvans edged the Arrows 9 to 8 at Capilano Stadium. Shipyard tosser Carl Gunnarson got the mound decision with a steadier performance in the deadly spots as youthful Bill McDonald of the Transfermen, making his first start in senior company, issued 13 bases on balls. Third baseman Fred Tinling drove in a brace of Norvan runs while accumulating four singles. Ed Henry paced the Bow Missiles with the stick, slamming two doubles and a single, batting in five counters.

Gunnarson (W) and Reigner
McDonald (L) and Henry

(August 12)  The St. Regis Hotelmen moved back into second position in the Van-City loop by downing the Arrows 7 to 3. Home runs by Ralph Stong and winning tosser Ed Van Leiden provided the margin for the Saintly victory.

Moser (L), Wallis (5) and Henry
Van Leiden (W) and McCarthy

(August 13)  The Bellingham Bells got past the St. Regis nine 4 to 2 to knock the Saints back into third spot. A defensive collapse by the Hoteliers in the second and fourth frames cost dearly as the Tulip Towners were able to plate four unearned runs, sufficient for the triumph. Bellingham had a slight 5 to 4 margin in base hits as Frank Hall of the Saints and the Bells’ Ty Hofeditz both singled twice.

Robertson (L) and McCarthy
McGhie (W) and Smith

(August 14)  The league-leading Arrows out-hit and outpowered the Norvans for an 11 to 6 win. Four home runs featured this contest, the most potent of the fencebusters being poled by the Arrows’ Don Marshall whose blast came with the bases fully populated. Marshall also tossed a capable eight-hitter to get the pitching win. The Bow Missiles had a monopoly on base hits, piling up 14 during the nine frames with Reg Clarkson accumulating four of them and Bruce Thirsk three. The Shipbuilders did have three of the four dingers as Sandy Henderson, Jud McNaughton and Casey Jones all connected in a losing cause.

Marshall (W) and Henry
Purcello (L), Gunnarson (2) and Reigner

(August 16)  Before more than 5,000 fans at Capilano Stadium, the starry U. S. Coastguard team whitewashed the Arrow All-stars of the Van-City loop. The hosts were unable to do any damage against the superb pitching of the invaders, being held to four paltry hits. Bob Chesnes and Marv Rickert homered for the winners. 

Rickert, Chesnes (W) (4) and Leovich
Moser (L), Gunnarson (4), Van Leiden (6) and Henry

(August 18)  St. Regis clinched second-place in the Vancouver Senior Baseball standings as they downed the Norvans 8 to 6 in a preview of the semi-final playoff series to come between the two bitter rivals. Backed up by the superb keystone combo of Frank Ambler and Jimmy Morrison, “Lefty” Gervais hurled a stellar six-hitter to capture the hillock decision. Offensively, the Saints were paced by catcher Joe McCarthy whose four hits resulted in five runs-batted-in. Topping the evening’s performance was a triple steal engineered by the Hotelmen in the fifth canto.

Gervais (W), Van Leiden (8) and McCarthy
B. Condon (L), Musgrave (5) and McNaughton

(August 19)  In their final league tussle, the Norvans handed the star-studded Bellingham outfit a 5 to 2 trimming. With the game tied 2 – 2, the Shipbuilders cut loose on fireballer John Marshall of the Bells for three runs in the seventh stanza to grab the win. Casey Jones and Jack Fisher both stroked two hits for the victors with a home run included in Jones’ total. Sandy Henderson also had a circuit-clout for the Norvans. Paul Smith doubled and singled for the Tulip Towners. 

Marshall (L) and Padovan
B. Condon (W), Gunnarson (9) and Mulhern

(August 20)  The Van-City Senior schedule came to an end with the cellar-dwelling Bellingham Bells pounding the first-place Arrows 12 to 7 in a free-hitting affair. Gale Bishop had a home run, double and single to lead the winners at the plate. Teammates Ty Hofeditz and Pete Zender followed with three singles apiece. Bruce Thirsk was the top dog with the lumber for the Bow Missiles, drilling a brace of doubles to go along with a one-bagger.

J. Condon, Marshall, MacFaden (L) and Henry
McGhie, Plank (W) and Padovan

Final Standings     W        L        Pct.
Arrows             22       16       .579
St. Regis          20       20       .500
Norvans            18       19       .486
Bellingham         12       17       .414   


Semi-finals (best-of-five)

(August 21)  Slugging out a home run and a double, Jack Fisher, who makes bulkheads water-tight at the North Vancouver Shipyards, batted home six runs as the Norvans edged past the St. Regis Hoteliers 7 to 6 in the opener of their semi-final playoff series at Capilano Stadium. Carl Gunnarson got the mound decision over Ed Van Leiden as both chuckers were pounded hard, Gunnarson for 13 hits and Van Leiden for nine. Ralph Stong drove in three of the Saints’ six tallies with three singles.

Gunnarson (W) and McNaughton
Van Leiden (L) and McCarthy

(August 23)  Over 3,000 baseball enthusiasts watched the Norvans win their second in a row against favoured St. Regis 7 to 5, backing the Hotelmen up against the playoff ropes. The Saints committed six fielding miscues as well as one huge mental mistake which cost them a run. Casey Jones of the Shipbuilders and the Hoteliers’ Joe McCarthy led their respective teams with the hickory, each lacing three singles.

Robertson (L) and Adshead
B. Condon (W), Gunnarson (8) and McNaughton

(August 25)  In a blistering denial of ultimate playoff defeat, St. Regis literally came off the bar room floor to win the third game of their semi-final series 7 to 5 before 3,000 cash customers. Providing their hurler, “Pills” Purcello, with no more support than a wife-beater, the Shipbuilders performed very similar to the way that the motley Hotelmen had in the second contest played two days ago, committing six errors. The Saints forged into a healthy 6 to 1 lead after a carnival of Norvan miscues and some good hitting by Ralph Stong. The Norvanians staged a minor comeback in the seventh but were never able to recover from their early lapse. Stong led the victors with a brace of hits which sent home a couple of runs. Fred Tinling and Casey Jones both smacked home runs for the losing nine. Jones also had three singles and drove in three runs to emerge as the game’s top swatter.

Purcello (L) and McNaughton
Gervais (W), Van Leiden (8) and McCarthy

(August 26)  The Norvans, maligned and battered throughout the regular season, won their way to the Van-City senior baseball finals, dropping the favoured St. Regis balltossers 3 to 1 to grab the semi-final showdown three games to one. Playing before 4,000 customers, the Saints banged ten hits of winning heaver Carl Gunnarson but were unable to connect at crucial times, stranding nine baserunners. Hard-luck loser Sandy Robertson was touched for eight safeties while whiffing nine. Casey Jones was again the major hero, not for his hitting prowess, but because he stole home with what turned out to be the winning run of the ball game in the fourth inning. Coley Hall of the now drydocked Saints had a double and single.

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

Finals (best-of seven) 

(August 28)  Playing without skipper Casey Jones, the Norvans succumbed to the smooth operating Arrows 8 to 7 before 4,000 frenzied fans a Capilano Stadium. Loose-limbed Al Moser, on the hill for the Bow Missiles, scattered 12 hits and whiffed five to get the win. Submariner Bob Condon’s defeat was somewhat bitter as he was jobbed by inept defensive play on the part of his mates in the early going. The Transfermen plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when Don Marshall ripped one off the leftfield fence, driving in Reg Clarkson who had singled to begin the inning. Shortstop Jack Treece had a double and a pair of singles for the winners which translated into three RBI’s. Norvan outfielder Dick Bentley also had three hits, all singles, and drove in a pair of counters. Teammate Jud McNaughton poled a bases-empty homer. 

B. Condon (L) and McNaughton
Moser (W) and Henry

(August 30)  Banging out 14 hits as Iron-armed Carl Gunnarson picked up his third playoff win, the underdog Norvans evened their final series with the Arrows by downing the Transfer Troupe 10 to 5. The Shipbuilders presented a balanced batting attack with six of their starters gathering two hits. Gunnarson was amongst this group as his tandem of raps drove in a trio of counters. Casey Jones and Sandy Henderson socked four-baggers for the winners.

MacFaden (L) and Henry
Gunnarson (W) and McNaughton

(September 1)  The Norvans forged ahead in their series for the Vancouver Senior Baseball League championship when they took the third game 6 to 4 from the first-place Arrows. Hero of the affair, watched by 3,500, was the lightly-regarded “Pills” Purcello who hamstrung the Transfermen with eight hits. Only in one inning did the losers get more than one bingle. From the time that Casey Jones poled a four-bagger over the right field fence in the second frame, the Norvans were always in the lead. Four players, Sandy Henderson and “Lefty” Thompson of the Shipbuilders as well as George Smith and losing flinger Reg Wallis of the Bow Missiles, each singled twice.

Purcello (W) and McNaughton
Wallis (L) and Henry

(September 2)  Relief pitcher Jim MacFaden of the Arrows walked in the winning run with the bases loaded in the last portion of the tenth canto as the Norvans took a stranglehold on the final series with an 8 to 7 victory over the Transfermen. The ten-inning struggle was replete with lots of lusty hitting as a total of 30 base knocks were accumulated by the two combatants. Jack Treece and Jack Pomfret of the Arrows along with “Babe” Barberis and “Lefty” Thompson of the Shipbuilders all had three hits. 

Moser, MacFaden (L) (5) and Henry
B. Condon (W) and Harney 

(September 4)  George Smith’s base hit with two out in the the last half of the ninth inning allowed the Arrows to triumph in the fifth game of the finals 5 to 4 and live to breathe another day. Warren Parkhurst, playing at shortstop for the Bow Missiles, not only lashed a single which tied the score in the seventh panel, but went in to pitch in the eighth frame and emerged with the hillock victory. Outfielder Ross Edy picked up three hits for the winners.

Gunnarson (L) and Harney
Moser, MacFaden (6), Parkhurst (W) (8) and Henry

(September 6)  Climaxing four years of endeavour, the Norvans captured the 1944 Vancouver Senior Baseball crown before some 5,000 spectators at Capilano Stadium, defeating a fighting Arrow aggregation 7 to 5. Out hit by a 14 to 8 margin, the Shipbuilders essentially won the game in the middle innings, scoring a pair in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth stanzas. Needing two runs in the ninth, the Arrows threatened and, with one out, Ross Edy slammed a triple. Edy was quickly retired, however, when he was the victim of the hidden-ball trick by hot corner custodian Fred Tinling, a play that put the final nail in the Arrows’ coffin. Reg Clarkson had a four-hit game for the vanquished nine with a home run and triple included amongst his swats. Both Andy Clovechuk of the Norvans and George Smith of the Bow Missiles had a double and a pair of one-baggers.

Wallis, MacFaden (4), McLean (L) (5), J. Condon (5) and Henry
Purcello (W) and Harney

Northwest Challenge Series with Bellingham (best-of-seven)

The Vancouver Senior Baseball League champion Norvans had several pickup players from other teams in and out of their lineup during the challenge series with the Bellingham Bells: Reg Clarkson, Don Marshall, Jack Treece, Bruce Thirsk, Ross Edy, Jim MacFaden and Ed Henry of the Arrows, Sandy Robertson and Frank Ambler from St. Regis as well as Ray Orteig and Bob Chesnes of the U. S. Coast Guard team.

(September 8)  Pounding out 24 base hits, the reinforced Norvans buried the Bellingham Bells under an 18 to 7 avalanche at Capilano Stadium in the first of a best-of-seven challenge series. No less than six players in the lineup of the winners contributed three hits in completing the onslaught. Casey Jones swatted his customary home run and was joined in the pastime by teammate Jack Treece. Accompanying Jones and Treece in the three-hit department were pickups Don Marshall, Ross Edy, Ed Henry and Sandy Robertson.

Burtch (L), Plank (7) and Padovan
B. Condon (W), Robertson (7) and Henry

(September 9)  The Norvans made it two straight as they downed the strengthened invaders from Bellingham 10 to 4 in a rousing contest which was studded with enough stars, including former major-league infielder Art McLarney, to make a Pacific Coast League club envious. Ray Orteig of the victorious nine and outfielder Paul Smith of the Tulip Towners both had a double plus a pair of singles to lead their respective clubs with the hickory.

Gunnarson (W), Chesnes (6) and Henry
Mittendorf (L) and Padovan

(September 10)  Counted out of the picture completely after losing the first two tussles of the Northwest Challenge Series to the Norvans, the Bellingham Bells made a smashing comeback on their home turf to edge the Shipbuilders 5 to 3. A three-run homer by catcher Andy Padovan in the last of the eighth inning gave the Bells their initial victory as hurler Jim McGhie set the Shipbuilders down with six scattered hits. The sextet of bingles surrendered included a home run and double from the bat of redoubtable Casey Jones. Pete Zender paced the Bells’ 13-hit offensive assault, singling three times.

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

(September 11)  Pitcher Carl Gunnarson had a big part in winning his own ball game at Capilano Stadium when he laced a single over shortstop in the bottom of the ninth inning, moving the potential winning counter to the keystone sack, where an outfield overthrow to that base allowed the run that throttled the Bellingham Bells 4 to 3. The Norvan southpaw hurled a masterful game, allowing just five hits and striking out eight. Andy Clovechuk deserves perhaps a larger share of the plaudits for his timely two-run bingle a few moments before which tied the score. Shortstop Clovechuk wound up as the game’s most productive swatter, acquiring three singles and an equal number of runs-batted-in.

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

(September 14)  The Norvans, heavily stacked with players from the Arrows, knocked off the Bellingham Bells 9 to 4 to take the exhibition series with the Washingtonians four games to one. The rampaging Van-City champions pounded 16 hits off the slants of losing flinger Dick Plank, a trio of these being supplied by pickup Bruce Thirsk.

MacFaden (W), Robertson (6) and Henry
Plank (L) and Padovan

Exhibition series with Victoria Navy

(September 16)  Playing under the lights at Capilano Stadium, the first such experience for most of the team, the Victoria Navy squad lost a 10 to 2 decision to the Vancouver City League champion Norvans in an exhibition match. Labouring under the artificial lighting, the Tars made seven errors. Carl Gunnarson tossed a complete game four-hitter for the Shipbuilders. Shortstop Andy Clovechuk had three hits for the winners, one of which was a double.

Crosato (L), Ingamells (6) and Sparrow
Gunnarson (W) and Reigner

(September 23)  Engaging in the second and third games of a three-game exhibition series with the Norvans, champions of the Vancouver City circuit, the Victoria Navy nine went down to a 3 to 1 defeat in the first contest and tied the visitors 4 – 4 in the second half of the double bill. In spite of being out hit 9 to 6 by the Navy, the Norvans were able to win the matinee tussle by plating a pair of ninth-inning counters

Purcello (W) and Henry
Crosato (L) and Sparrow

Ed Runge’s long double in the eighth stanza drove in the tying marker for the Tars in the late encounter. The Sailors once more had an edge in base hits, collecting seven safeties to six for the Norvans.

Gunnarson and Henry
Ingamells, Brown (9) and Sparrow