1948 Manitoba Game Reports      


(May 24)   Close to 4-thousand fans welcomed the newly formed Manitoba Senior Baseball League at Osborne Stadium in Winnipeg Monday.  In a pair of crowd-pleasing performances, Winnipeg Reos downed the Army, Navy and Air Force Vets 9-7 in the afternoon but dropped a 5-0 decision to Elmwood Giants in the evening encounter.

Reos came from behind a 7-1 deficit to win the opener.  George Merlevede's brilliant relief effort was a key for the Reos as he tossed seven shutout innings allowing just two hits.  Tommy Ireton had three hits and two walks in five trips to the plate for the winners.

LaRoque, Guly (L) (4), Reeves (7) and Hilderman
Nicholson, Geo Merlevede (W) (3) and Gus Merlevede

Mel Johnson of Elmwood was the story in the second game as he blanked the Reos on five hits.

Johnson (W) and McConachy
Mathesius (L), Desjardin (5) and Gus Merlevede

(May 26)   Elmwood combined 10 hits, 11 walks and three Vets' errors to score an 11-4 victory over the Army, Navy and Air Force squad.  Steve Bohunicky allowed 11 hits but went the distance to register the pitching victory. 

Reeves (L), McNabb (4), Guly (8) and Madden, Hilderman (4)
Bohunicky (W) and McConachy

(May 28)   Billy Hainstock of the Vets tossed a one-hitter into the 9th inning, a single to the first batter, and his teammates pounded out 11 hits but the Vets dropped their third straight contest, 4-3 to the Winnipeg Reos.  Five errors and ten walks were instrumental in the defeat.  With one out in the 9th, Hainstock walked three straight batters and reliever Frank Guly walked another to force in the winning run.

Desjardin, Geo Merlevede (2), Mathesius (W) (5) and Gus Merlevede
Hainstock (L), Guly (9) and Madden

(May 29)   Reo Wreckers erupted for six runs in the first inning and handed Elmwood its first loss of the season downing the Giants 9-2.  Reos combined five walks, a wild pitch, two sacrifices and a double to put the six runs on the scoreboard.  Bill Nicholson went the distance for the win.

Elmwood rebounded for an 11-3 victory over the Vets in the second game.  A four-run 5th inning, highlighted by Terry Sawchuk's triple, sealed the triumph.  Steve Bohunicky picked up the win relieving Frank Guly in the 4th inning and pitching no-hit ball the rest of the way.  Dave McConachy and Sawchuk each had four hits on the day. 

Nicholson (W) and Merlevede
Schwartz (L) , Guest (1), Parsons (1) and McConachy

Guest, Bohunicky (4) (W) and McConachy
Guly (L), Hind (5) and Hilderman

(Wed June 2)  Winnipeg Reos moved into sole possession of first place in the Manitoba Senior Baseball league taking a pair from the Greys in season-opening action at Brandon.  Reos coasted to an 8-0 win in the opener but needed an extra inning to shade the Greys 5-4 in the evening game.  

Barney Walker tossed a three-hitter for the Reos in the 1st game.  In the 2nd the Reos pushed across a run in the top of the 10th on a hit and an error to chalk up their fifth win in six starts. 

Walker (W) and Merlevede
Russell (L), Truelove (6) and Christopher

Mathesius, Nicholson (W) (3) and Merlevede
Sinclair (L) and R Reynoldson

(June 2)   Harold Smith scampered home on an error in the 10th inning to give Elmwood Giants a 5-4 victory over the Vets.  Smith had reached base when hit by a pitch.  Frank Parsons threw a six-hitter for the win.

McNabb (L) and Madden, Hilderman (7)
Parsons (W) and McConachy

Reos    5-1
Elm     4-1
Greys   0-2
Vets    0-5

(Fri June 4)  The ANAF Vets scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to shaded Brandon 8-7.  It was the Vets' first win in six games.

R Reynoldson (L) and Christopher
Hainstock, LaRouque (W) (3) and Madden

Reos   5-1
Elm    4-1
ANAF   1-5
Greys  0-3

(Sat June 5)  Brandon notched its first win of the season taking a 13-11 slugfest from Elmwood Giants in the first game of a twin-bill at Osborne Stadium.  Greys were trounced 15-0 in the second game as Winnipeg Reos pounded out eighteen hits.

In the opener, Greys scored ten runs in the final three innings to beat the Giants.  Bill Uhyrinicki drove in four runs for the Greys.  He and Frank Watson each had three hits.  Johnny Marrs had three for the Giants.

Gordon, K Truelove (W) (3), Russell (9) and A Truelove
Douglas (L), Bohunicky (7), Guest (8) and McConachy

George Merlevede tossed a five-hit shutout and banged out three hits and knocked in four as Reos scored eight runs in the opening frame and coasted to victory.  Jim Ryan, Bill Antoniak and Gus Merlevede added three hits apiece for Winnipeg.  

Sinclair (L), R Reynoldson (1), Russell (2) and A Truelove
Geo Merlevede (W) and Gus Merlevede

Reos   6-1
Giants 4-2
Greys  1-4
Vets   1-5

(Mon June 7)  Led by newly acquired first baseman Armando Vasquez aka Bus Quinn, Brandon Greys whipped Rolla, North Dakota 16-1 in an exhibition match at Kinsmen Memorial Stadium.  Vasquez, who arrived in the city Monday afternoon from New York where he was playing with the Hawaiian La Palomas and Indianapolis Clowns, had four hits in his debut with the Greys. He also made a sensational grab on a pop fly and displayed outstanding defense at first base. Ian Lowe had a triple and two doubles as Brandon overwhelmed the visitors.  Frank Watkins made his first start for Brandon and held Rolla to seven hits while fanning ten with just one walk.

Ferris (L) and Ness
Watkins (W) and Reynoldson

(June 7)  Elmwood Giants rallied for three runs in the 9th inning to shaded the Vets 4-3.  Successive singles by Tom Ketcher, Don McRae, Eddie Leier and Dave McConachy pushed in the winning markers.  It was the first scoring by Elmwood since the first inning when Terry Sawchuk doubled in McRae.  Fred Dunsmore, up from the Rosedale juniors, was the hard-luck loser.  Reliever Frank Parsons picked up the win.

Johnson, Parsons (W) (7) and McConachy
Dunsmore (L) and Madden

(Wed June 9)   Jack Sinclair turned in a five-hitter leading Brandon to a 3-1 exhibition win over Gilbert Plains.  Sinclair held the visitors scoreless until the 9th when an error and a triple resulted in the lone Gilbert Plains tally.   There were only twelve hits in the game, but six of them were triples.  Ron Reynoldson's three-bagger knocked in Stan Clark for the first Brandon run in the 1st inning.  Ian Lowe's triple drove in the second Brandon run and Steve Clark banged a triple to score the Greys' final run.

O Minish (L), R Minish (7) and J Wilson
Sinclair (W) and Christopher

(June 9)   In a pitching duel at Osborne Stadium, Reo Wreckers shaded Vets 2-0 behind a three-hit shutout by Larry DesjardinsEarl McNab allowed just five hits in taking the loss.  Desjardins also starred at the plate driving in both runs with a 7th inning triple.

Desjardins (W) and Gus Merlevede
McNab (L) and Hilderman

(Fri June 11)  Brandon scored its second win in three nights against Gilbert Plains edging the locals 10-9 with two runs in the 9th inning.  Bus Quinn had four hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in four.  Coney Williams, making his debut at shortstop for Brandon, had three hits, a triple and double included.  

K Truelove, Russell (8) (W)
R Minish, O Minish (7), Greene (7) (L) and J Wilson

(June 11)   Reo Wreckers rode a four-run 3rd inning to a 4-1 win over Elmwood.  A walk to Ralph Letourneau and successive singles by Tom Ireton, Jim Ryan, Joe Popeil and Murray Brown accounted for all the Reos scoring.  Brown led the offense with three hits. Bob Mathesius pitched a seven-hitter for the win.

Bohunicky (L) and McConachy
Mathesius (W) and Gus Merlevede

(June 12)  Winnipeg Vets took a pair from the Reo Wreckers 7-5 and 8-6 before a total of 2,050 fans at Osborne Stadium.  In the opener, Vets broke a 5-5 tied with two runs in the 7th inning for the win.  A single by winning pitcher Hank Larocque followed by Ken Nicol and Jack Raleigh doubles provided the winning marker.  In the second game, Vets built up an 8-2 lead then held off a late rally to best the Reos.  Raleigh led the Vets with four hits in the two games. 

Nicholson, Halloran (L) (3) and Gus Merlevede
Larocque (W) and Madden

Hainstock (W) and Madden
Nicholson (L), Mathesius (7) and Sandberg

(Sat June 12)  First sacker Bus Quinn and playing-manager Ian Lowe each had three hits and knocked in three as Brandon trounced Elmwood 16-5 in the first game of a twin-bill at Kinsmen Memorial Stadium.  Greys also took the second game, 8-5.  

Lorne Cook went the route for the Greys in the first game allowing eight hits.  With the exception of the 7th inning when Elmwood scored four runs on two hits and a pair of errors, Cook was seldom in trouble.  Stan Clark had four hits for Brandon in the 2nd game.  

Mestry (L), Douglas (2) and Granger
Cook (W) and Christopher

Johnson (L) and McConachy
Sinclair (W) , R Reynoldson  (7) and Truelove

Reos   8-3
Elm    5-5
Greys  3-4
Vets   3-7

(Sun June 13)  In an exhibition match at Rolla, North Dakota, Brandon pounded out a 12-10 victory.  

Russell, K Truelove, Watkins and Reynoldson
Ferris and Ness

(Wed June 16)  Brandon whipped the ANAF Vets twice, 6-1 and 8-1.  Al Truelove tossed a five-hitter in the opener while Jack Sinclair held the Vets to four hits in the second game.

Tony Tascona, Gerry MacKay and Bus Quinn each had two hits in the first game for the Greys while Ian Lowe had a triple, double and single in the evening contest. 

Gord England (L) and Madden
Al Truelove (W) and Christopher

Sinclair (W) and Truelove
Guly (L), Hainstock, LaRouque, Hinds and Madden

(June 16)   In an exciting finish Elmwood Giants edged Reo Wreckers 7-6 in 10 innings.  Down 5-2, Giants rallied to tie in the bottom of the 9th with three runs, the last coming home on a passed ball. After the Reos had gone ahead with a run in the top of the 10th, Giants replied with a pair in the bottom of the frame to win.  Terry Sawchuk, who had four hits, drove in the winner.

Geo Merlevede, Mathesius (9), Halloran (L) (10) and Ridley
Mestry, Johnson (3) (W) and McConachy

(Thurs June 17)  Muskogee Colored Cardinals snapped Brandon's nine-game winning streak with a 7-5 exhibition win at Deloraine.  Cards plated four in the 3rd inning and another three in the 4th to salt away the win. 

Woosley and Taylor
K Truelove (L), R Reynoldson and A Truelove

(Thurs June 17)  Brandon Sun reported the Greys acquisition of "Ralph Calberro", a colored pitcher".  

(Fri June 18)   Brandon Greys chalked up their 5th straight Manitoba Senior league victory by downing Elmwood 10-6.  Gerry MacKay, Coney Williams and Bus Quinn each drove in two runs for the winners.  Terry Sawchuk belted out four hits for the Giants.

Cabrera, Sinclair (2), Quinn (W) (6) and Reynoldson
Bohunicky, Parsons (L) (1), Mestry (7) and Granger

Reos   8-4
Greys  6-4
Elm    6-6
Vets   3-9

(Sat June 19)  Ian Lowe blasted the Manitoba Senior League's first homer of the season but it wasn't enough as Brandon fell, 7-4, to the Winnipeg Reos in the first game of a double-header at Winnipeg.  Greys rebounded with a 4-3 win over the Vets in the second game behind Bus Quinn's six-hitter.

Sinclair (L), Reynoldson and Christopher
Desjardin, Lawson (W) (3) and Merlevede

Quinn (W) and Christopher
Hind (L) and Hilderman

Reos   9-4
Greys  7-5
Elm    6-6
Vets   3-10

(June 22)  An exhibition between two American Negro squads drew a crowd of more than 3,000 at Osborne Stadium, the largest of the season.  San Francisco Sea Lions downed the Birmingham All-Stars 5-2. The feature of the night was the between innings display by Sammy Workman.  Without hands or feet, Workman put on a catcher's mitt and caught the slants of Lion starter John Scoggins.  He also took a turn at bat and ran the base paths.  While there were 11 errors in the game, played in adverse conditions, Luther Branham was a standout performer with three nice catchers at second base for the Sea Lions. San Francisco scored three runs in the 4th inning on two hits, two errors and a walk.  Tillman Gordy's double was the key hit. 

Scoggins (W) and Landrum
Griggs (L) and Lottie

(Wed June 23)  George Ligon's Colored All-Stars won top money in Brandon's invitational tournament downing the Greys 5-3 before 25-hundred fans in the final.  Ensloe Wylie allowed eleven hits but fanned thirteen as the All-Stars took advantage of two Brandon errors to score three times in the 4th inning.  Toby Simms and Sterling Fuller each had two hits.  Bus Quinn paced the Greys with two hits and two RBI.

R Reynoldson (L) and Christopher
Wylie (W) and Underwood

Quinn tossed a four-hit shutout and belted a triple as Brandon reached the final with a 5-0 win over Minot.  Coney Williams had three hits for the Greys.

Quinn (W) and Christopher
Keck (L), Claussen and Tiller

Roy White also pitched a four-hit shutout as the All-Stars downed Winnipeg Reos 4-0.  He chalked up eleven strikeouts and walked two.  The Browns were much in evidence.  Second baseman Eddie Brown and centre fielder Jack Brown of the All-Stars provided the fielding gems of the game robbing Murray Brown of the Reos of base hits in the 6th and 8th innings. 

Walker (L) and Merlevede
White (W) and Underwood

Murray Brown had a triple and two singles to lead the Reos to a 6-4 win over Minot. Bill Nicholson held the Merchants to seven hits.

Johnson (L) and Sullivan
Nicholson (W) and Merlevede

(June 23)   Steve Ensloe Wylie "big, righthanded chucker" left the Ligon Colored All-Stars to join the Brandon Greys.  Wylie had just finished pitching the All-Stars to a win over the Greys in the Brandon tournament.

(June 23)   Muskogee Cardinals were scheduled to meet the Brandon Greys at Kinsmen Memorial Stadium Monday night.

The Cardinals are under the reins of Danny Thomas, dimunitive (sic) second sacker who appeared here last year with the Ligon All-Stars, and they have a star studded aggregation.  The Greys and Cardinals tangled at the southern town last week with the colored club gaining a 7-4 win.  Thomas has in his lineup Travis Taylor and Raymond Woosley, both teammates of his with Ligon's last season.

Also included in the lineup are several young colored stars who attend college in the winter and make the northern circuit with the club in the summer. (Brandon Daily Sun, June 24, 1948)

(Fri June 25)   Steve Wylie made an impressive debut with Brandon tossing a five-hitter and fanning thirteen as the Greys dumped the league-leading Winnipeg Reos 10-2.   Ian Lowe's bases-loaded triple in the 1st inning provided enough for the victory.  Greys had just nine hits but capitalized on eight Reos' errors.

Wylie (W) and Christopher
Desjardin (L) and Merlevede 

(Sat June 26)  Brandon Greys moved into first place in the Manitoba Senior league with a double-header sweep at Winnipeg.  Greys won the 1st game 8-3 over the Vets as Al Truelove won in his first start for Brandon.  Thad Christopher's two-run homer in the 3rd inning powered the Greys to their 4-3 win over Elmwood in the second game.  

A Truelove (W) and Reynoldson
McNabb (L), Reeves (5) and Madden

Sinclair (W) and Christopher
Johnson (L), Parsons (5) and McConachy

Greys  10-5
Reos    9-5
Elm     6-7
Vets    3-11

(Sun June 27)  The travel weary Brandon Greys were no match for the Merchants in Minot.   Greys, who had beaten Minot in the Brandon tournament Wednesday, were handed a 15-1 shellacking.  Alvin Keck held the Greys to six hits while he helped at the plate with a double and a triple and scored two runs.  Ferg Cranston and Ed Claussen each had three hits for the Merchants.  

K Truelove, Watkins (3), Cabrera (6) and Reynoldson
Keck and Tiller 

(June 28)  Elmwood Giants announced the signing of Dick (Lefty) Dean formerly with the San Francisco Sea Lions and the Harlem Globe Trotters.  His first assignment will be against the Reo Wreckers on Wednesday.

(Tues June 29)  Brandon pounded out an 11-7 win over Neepawa in an exhibition game.  Al Truelove hurled seven-hit ball for the Greys.  Coney Williams led Brandon with three hits. Steve Clark belted a homer and Bus Quinn had a triple.

A Truelove (W) and xxx
Dick Guinan (L) , Bob Baker and xxx

(June 30)   Elmwood Giants used two big innings to notch a 15-10 win over Reo Wreckers.  The Giants scored five runs in the 3rd inning and broke loose for six in the 6th.  Terry Sawchuk, the league's top hitter, had two hits and scored four times.

Dean (W), Johnson (9) and McConachy
Nicholson (L), Mathesius (8) and Gus Merlevede

(Thur July 1)  Brandon took first prize money of $250 in the Dominion Day tournament in Neepawa.  Greys got their opening win by default then whipped Arden 10-0 and Oakville 10-0 before beating Eden 7-1 in the final.  An estimated crowd of 6-thousand took in the final of the fourteen-team event.  

Under tournament rules, preliminary games were five innings or until one team held a ten-run lead.  Greys disposed of Arden after just one inning and Oakville after two.  Ron Reynoldson pitched the one-inning tilt while Steve Wylie, acquired last week by the Greys, pitched both the two-inning preliminary and the final.  Eden had beaten Neepawa to reach the final.

Wylie (W)  and xxx
xxx and xxx

Wylie (W)  and xxx
Kilburn and xxx

(July 1)   Transcona erupted for five runs in the first inning and held on to dump the visiting Twin City Colored Giants 6-4 at Provencher Park.  After the error-filled opening frame, the exhibition turned into a pitcher's duel between George Hewitt of Transcona and reliever Dave Price of the Giants.  Price fanned 11 batters.  Sam Drake with a homer and single and Bill Johnson with a pair of singles led the Giants. 

Thompson (L), Price (1) and Weatherspoon
Hewitt (W) and Rizzuto

(July 1)   Vets Gordie England had an outstanding day with 14 and 2/3s superb innings but came away with just one victory as the Vets downed Elmwood 6-1 and dropped a 7-1 decision to the Reos.  England fired a four-hitter in the first game and came on in relief in the second game after the Vets had spotted the Reos a 7-1 lead.  In the opener Pat Kearney had a pair of doubles to lead the offense.  Don Slater added three singles.  In the second game, Rollie Bouchard, Gus Merlevede and Johnny Arundel each had two hits for the Wreckers. 

England (W) and Marcotte
Parsons (L), Mestry (6) and Hilderman

Hainstock (L), Reeves (1), England (3) and Marcotte
Mathesius (W) and Gus Merlevede

(July 2)   Sparked by a triple play, Reo Wreckers downed Elmwood 5-2 at Osborne Stadium for the club's 11th victory of the season.  Down 4-0 in the 6th inning, the Giants had the bases loaded when Hugh Gustafson poked a liner between first and second.  Rollie Bouchard grabbed it, raced to first base to nab Terry Sawchuk and fired to third to catch George MurrayLarry Desjardin bested Mel Johnson to gain the pitching win.

Desjardsin (W) and Gus Merlevede
Johnson (L) and Granger

(Sat July 3)  Brandon regained sole possession of first place dumping Winnipeg Reos 18-5 and 4-1.  Rafe Cabrera had three hits, two of them triples, and drove in a pair as the Greys waltzed to the opening game win.  Bus Quinn had a two-run homer for the Greys in the nightcap.

Lawson (L), Bouchard (3), Mathesius (6) and Merlevede
Quinn (W) and Christopher, Reynoldson

Lawson (L) and Merlevede
A Truelove (W) and Reynoldson

(July 3)  The ANAF Vets took a pair from Elmwood Giants 7-3 and 8-7.  In the opener, Ken Reeves had a one-hitter until the 8th inning when he gave up five hits for all the Giants' runs.  He finished with a seven-hitter for the win.  Bob Hansford had a double and single for the Vets.  Terry Sawchuk homered for the losers.  In the second game, Vets came from behind with three runs in the 7th and another three in the 8th to notch the win.

Dean (L), Johnson (7) and Hilderman
Reeves (W) and Marcotte

Matthews, Guly (1) (W) and Madden, Marcotte (7)
Parsons (L) and Hilderman

Greys  12-5
Reos   11-8
Elm     7-11
Vets    6-12

(July 3)   Twin City Colored Giants split a twin bill in Winnipeg, dropping a 5-2 decision to Transcona in the afternoon before registering a 9-3 victory over the league All-Stars in the second game. Nick Glowa paced Transcona with a homer and a single.  Tom Altomira added three singles.  Solomon Drake's home run was the key hit for the Giants.  Drake also homered in the second game while Iggy Scaletta had three singles for the All-Stars. 

(July 4)  At Provencher Park, the touring Twin City Colored Giants dropped both games of a double-header, 8-1 to Transcona and 11-4 to St. Boniface.  Cal Gardiner fired a one-hitter in Transcona's win.  Nick Glowa had a pair of singles for the winners.  In the second game, Alec Robertson's three hits led St. Boniface. 

(July 4)   Terry Sawchuk's three-run triple in the 6th inning led Elmwood to a 5-2 win over Crookston, Minnesota in an exhibition game at Elmwood.  Mort Guest fanned 13 in going the distance for the win.  Elmwood added two Americans to their import list signing Harold Price and Solomon Drake both of the Twin City Colored Giants.

xxx and xxx
Guest and Mattson

(Mon July 5)  Brandon and Minot split a double-header in Westhope, North Dakota.  Greys won the opener 11-1, Merchants took the second 15-8.  Coney Williams belted two homers, one in each game.

Steve Wylie and Christopher
xxx and xxx


(Tues July 6)  San Francisco Cubs erupted for six runs in the 1st inning and went on to down Brandon 7-4 in an exhibition match at Kinsmen Stadium.  Back-to-back triples by Sugar Cain and Mansfield Williams were the key blows for the visitors. Charlie Pope of the Cubs and Thad Christopher of the Greys each had three hits.  Skinny Lomax held the Greys to nine hits.

Lomax (W) and Pope
A Truelove (L), Watkins (1) and Christopher

(Wed July 7)  Brandon handed Elmwood a 4-0 1st inning lead then came back to down the Giants 5-4 in the first game of a twin-bill.  Darkness halted the second game, tied 2-2 after nine innings.  

Harold Price, recently acquired by the Giants from the Twin City Colored Giants, held the Greys to just four hits in the first game but lost as he walked five, two batters reached first on dropped third strikes and two runs scored on wild pitches. 

In the second game, Coney Williams went 4 for 4, stole three bases and scored both Brandon runs.  

Price (L) and Kurceba
R Reynoldson, Quinn (W) (1) and Truelove

Dean and Granger
Wylie and Christopher

(July 7)   Don Lawson fired a three-hitter for the shutout as Reo Wreckers topped the AN and AF Vets 3-0.  Lawson fanned seven and walked one.

Lawson (W) and Gus Merlevede
Hainstock (L), Guly (6) and Marcotte

(Fri July 9)  Steve Sinclair fired a two-hitter as Brandon beat the ANAF Vets 3-1. Greys scored the winner in the 8th as Stan Clark scored on Coney Williams' single.

Sinclair (W) and Christopher
LaRouque, England (L) (3) and Marcotte

(Sat July 10)  Bus Quinn scattered eleven hits as Brandon increased its lead atop the standings with a 3-2 win over Elmwood in the opening game of a double-header at Winnipeg.  Greys downed the Reos 9-8 in the second game.  Coney Williams had four hits, two in each game.  

Quinn (W) and Christopher
Price (L) and Kurceba

Wylie, A Truelove  (W) (5) and Christopher
Desjardin, Mathesius (L) (7) and Merlevede

Greys  16-5
Reos   12-9
Elm     7-13
Vets    6-14

(Mon July 12)  Gerry MacKay had four hits, including a homer and a double, and scored five runs to pace Brandon to a 14-2 exhibition win over Eden.  Ian Lowe added three hits for Brandon.  

M McGorman (L) and G McGorman
Watkins (W) and Christopher

(Mon July 12)  Winnipeg Reos scored six runs in the 8th inning, then got a single tally in the bottom of the 9th to top Walhalla 7-6 in an exhibition match at Osborn Stadium.   Reos' first sacker Jim Ryan led of the 9th with a double and scored the winner of Don Lawson's single to centre.

Anderson, Novak (8), McMullen (L) (9) and Martin
Nicholson, Mathesius (W) (9) and Merlevede

The Reos, who had been sticking with a homebrew lineup, announced the acquisition of pitcher Nuts Anderson from Walhalla.

(July 13)    Virden, the hometown squad, erupted for six runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the touring Muskogee Cardinals 10-6.

(Wed July 14)   Don Lawson scattered seven hits as the Reo Wreckers downed Elmwood 7-2.  Reos took advantage of seven hits and five Giants' errors.  Solly Drake was outstanding at shortstop for Elmwood making catches on three tricky flies and assisting on seven putouts.

Price (L) and McConachy
Lawson (W) and Merlevede

(July 16)  ANAF Vets moved into a tie with Elmwood for third spot in the standings with a 7-2 win over the Reo Wreckers.  Gordon England went the distance for the win and drove in two runs.  Tom Bentley had three hits for the Vets.

England (W) and Marcotte
Walker (L) and Merlevede

(July 17)   Elmwood Giants took a pair from the Reos, 3-0 and 5-3.  Mel Johnson hurled the shutout, his second of the season, in the opener.  Giants scored four in the 9th to take the evening game.  

McManus (L) and Merlevede
Johnson (W) and McConachy

Dean, Price (W) (6) and McConachy, Murray ( )
Desjardin (L), Lawson (9) and Merlevede

(Mon July 19)   Bus Quinn belted a grand slam and Ron Reynoldson tossed a seven-hitter as Brandon topped the Muskogee Cardinals 7-2.  Ian Lowe of the Greys and Alf Taylor of the Cards were the only batters with two hits.

Woosley (L) and T Taylor
Reynoldson (W) and Christopher

(July 20)   Walhalla, ND, took first money in the $1,600 Carman baseball tournament downing Elmwood Giants 6-1 in the final.  Walhalla had reached the final with a 9-2 win over Carman and 7-2 over Gilbert Plains.  Giants topped Belmont 15-2 and Manitou 12-5.

(July 21)   Brandon and the Reo Wreckers split a pair at Brandon.  Greys took the opener 5-3 as Jack Sinclair bested Johnny McManus.  Wreckers bounced back to take a 3-2 verdict in the second game as Don Lawson tossed a two-hitter.  

McManus (L) and Merlevede
Sinclair (W) and Christopher

Lawson (W) and Merlevede
A Truelove (L) and Christopher

(July 21)   Elmwood Giants had 16 hits and were handed 10 free passes and they took full advantage in crushing the ANAF Vets 17-5 Wednesday night.  Eddie Leier and Hugh Gustafson each had three hits to lead the offensive. 

Johnson (W) and McConachy
McNab (L), Guly (1), Reeves (8), Hind (8) and Madden

(Thur July 22)   Steve Wylie tossed a two-hitter and fanned twelve to lead Brandon to an 11-1 win over Muskogee and first prize money in the $1,000 tournament before 3-thousand fans at Brandon.  Greys pounded out fourteen hits, including three each by Gerry MacKay and Stan Clark to batter the visitors.  

Wylie (W) and Christopher
Thomas (L), Staton (1) and T Taylor

Bus Quinn allowed just four hits as Brandon won its opening game 10-6 against Plumas.  Five Brandon errors kept Plumas in the game.  

Quinn (W) and Christopher
E Hanke (L) and Inverarity

Muskogee reached the final with a 2-0 win over Walhalla as Danny Thomas fired a three-hit shutout.  Nuts Anderson allowed just seven hits in a losing cause. 

Anderson (L) and Dame
Thomas (W) and Taylor

In a six-inning affair, Walhalla pounded out 18 hits to take a 17-7 win over Plumas. Milt Halverston had four hits including a pair of triples.  Red Moore also had four safeties for the winners.  

Guinan, Antonias, E Hanke

(Fri July 23)   Brandon rallied with two runs in the 9th to down Elmwood 3-2.  With two out in the inning and two runners on base, Tony Tascona drove in the tying run and Coney Williams doubled to score the winner.

Reynoldson (W), Wylie (9) and Christopher
Price (L) and McConachy

(Sat July 24)   Winnipeg Reos scored twice in the bottom of the 11th inning, helped by four errors, to edge Brandon 5-4 in the first game of a twin-bill at Winnipeg.  Greys trounced the Vets 10-1 in the second game.

Larry Desjardin tossed a four-hitter for the Reos' win.  Jack Sinclair went the distance for the Greys in the second game to record his 7th win against just one loss.

Watkins, Wylie (L) (10) and Christopher
Desjardin (W) and Merlevede

Sinclair (W) and Truelove
England (L) and Madden

Greys   19-7
Reos    15-13
Elm     10-15
Vets     7-16

(Wed July 28)  The Greys got shutout pitching from Steve Wylie and Bus Quinn to dump Elmwood 2-0 and 9-0 in a twin-bill at Brandon.  Wylie had a two-hitter in the second game while Quinn scattered seven hits and fanned thirteen in the opener.

Hal Price was the hard luck loser in the first game.  He allowed just three hits and registered 12 strikeouts but lost when the Greys bunched two hits and a walk for their two runs in the 4th inning.  Rafe Cabrera was the Brandon star in the second contest with three hits, including a triple, and fine defensive play.  Cabrera, who had five putouts and eight assists from his second base post also was instrumental in three double plays.  

Price (L) and McConachy
Quinn (W) and Christopher

Dean (L), Johnson (1) and Grainger
Wylie (W) and Christopher

(Thurs July 29)  Jack Sinclair fired a one-hitter as Brandon took top money in the Virden tournament with a 9-0 win over the host club.  The game was called after five and a half inning because of darkness.  Sinclair's no-hit bid was spoiled in the 6th by Hal Lindsay's triple.  

Sinclair (W)
Cooke (L) , Lindsay (5)

Brandon reached the final with a default win over Moosomin and victories over Hartney 8-0, and Coultervale 6-0.  Virden downed Maryfield 10-3, Rivers 6-0, and Kenton 3-0.

Frank Watkins pitched both preliminary wins for the Greys.  

Watkins (W) and xxx
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Watkins (W) and xxx
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(July 30)   Don Reid fired a three-hit shutout as Rosedale juniors blanked the CUAC Blues 6-0 in the opening round of the Osborne Stadium tournament.  ANAF Vets advanced witha 5-2 win over Belmont and Oakville edged Beausejour 3-2. 

Rosedales 6 CUAC 0
Reid and Hudson
Krueger and Hilderman

Belmont 2 Vets 5
Guly and Madden
Gordon and Sanderson

Beausejour 2 Oakville 3
Coughlin and MacDonald
Blight, Sigurdson (7) and Sherritt

(July 31)   Don Lawson fired a one-hitter to lead Reos to a 5-0 win over St. James Legion at the Osborne Stadium tournament. 

St. James 0 Reos 5
Dickson (L), Pell (5) and Cuthbert
Lawson (W) and Gus Merlevede

Morden 7 Sundown 4
Cuthbert and Sparrow
Hrynchuk, Boulieau (3) and T. Eliuk, Bjornson (3)

Elmwood 3 Gilbert Plains 2
Hal Price (W) and McConachy
O. Minish (L) and J. Wilson

Transcona 5 Teulon
Lopuck and Blaquiere
Duck, Small and King

Poplar Point 5 Kamsack 2
McKerley and Hextall
Chevalodoff and Collinie

(Sat July 31)  Brandon clinched first place in the Manitoba Senior league standings with a double-header sweep of the ANAF Vets, 11-6 and 12-3.  Steve Wylie allowed just five hits and fanned sixteen in the first game while Bus Quinn scattered nine hits and fanned ten in the second.  Steve Clark was the batting star for the Greys with a homer in each game.  The twin victories ran Brandon's winning streak to nine games. 

McNabb (L), LaRouque (3) and Madden
Wylie (W) and Christopher

England (L), LaRouque (6)  and Madden
Quinn (W) and Cabrera

(Aug 2)  Reo Wreckers captured the Johnny Peterson Tournament for the second straight year downing Transcona 4-3 in the final. 

Transcona 3 Reos 4
Lopuck, Gardner (5) and Rizzuto, Blaquiere (7)
Geo Merlevede, McManus and Gus Merlevede

Transcona 7 Elmwood 5
Gardner, Hewitt (5) (W) and Blaquiere
Johnson, Price (7) and McConachy

Reos 4 Vets 1
McManus and Gus Merlevede
Reeves and Marcotte

Vets 8 Oakville 0
LeRoque and Madden
Sigurdson and Sherritt

Rosedales 0 Reos 3
Boux (L) and Hudson
Slowinski (W) and Gus Merlevede

Morden 2 Elmwood 4
McMullen and Polson
Parsons and McConachy

Poplar Point 2 Transcona 5
Hogue, McKerley and Hextall
Hewitt and Blaquiere

(Mon Aug 2)   Brandon scored two wins over the touring Ligon All-Stars, 3-1 and 7-6.  Greys got just three hits in the first game off Roy White but all came in the 4th inning as Brandon scored three times on a triple by Bus Quinn, single by Ian Lowe and homer by Rafe CabreraJack Sinclair held the All-Stars to four hits.  In the second game. Coney Williams' single scored Stan Clark in the 8th inning with the winning run as the Greys over-came a 5-1 deficit to sweep the twin-bill.  Clark led the Greys with three hits and scored four times.  Sterling Fuller had three doubles and a single for the visitors.  

White (L) and Underwood
Sinclair (W) and Christopher, Cabrera

Preacher Henry (L) and Underwood
Watkins (W) and Cabrera

(Wed Aug 4)   In the highlight of the opening day of the Indian Head tournament, Brandon Greys edged Lake Valley 1-0 in 11 innings as Steve Wylie and Jack Devine hooked up in a spectacular pitching duel.  Each came through with a two-hitter.  Wylie won his own game in the 11th leading off with a double and advancing to third when the ball went into the crowd down the first base line.  He scored on a long fly to centre.  

Wylie (W) and xxx
Devine (L) and xxx

Two upsets marked the opening day.  Gail Shupe, the former Winnipeg Maroon hurler, pitched Rouleau to a 4-3 win over the Ligon All-Stars.  Williston, North Dakota lost to Liberty 3-0. 

More than 85-hundred baseball fans poured onto the grounds to watch nine successive games as 22 teams representing three prairie provinces, North Dakota and California started in the tournament.

Marquis 1 Regina Red Sox 12
Wapella 5 Regina Red Sox 6
Woodrow 3 Ridgedale 6
Rouleau 4 Ligon All-Stars 3
Kronau 5 Delisle 2
Main Line 3 Preeceville 17
Quill Lake 2 Notre Dame 16
Liberty 3 Williston, ND 0
Griffin 0 Sceptre 5
Lake Valley 0 Brandon 1
Rouleau 2 Regina Caps 6
Minor, ND 16 Lawson 3

(Aug 4)   Elmwood Giants rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to shaded Reo Wreckers 4-3.  Solly Drake's doubled drove in Harold Smith and Terry Sawchuk to tie and after a walk to Jack Warwick, Eddie Leier blasted one to short to score the winner. 

Desjardins (L) and Gus Merlevede
Halloran (W) and Granger

(Thur Aug 5)  Brandon Greys edged a young Sceptre nine 4-3 to capture the $1,000 top prize in the second annual Indian Head Tournament. A record crowd of 16-thousand attended the final day of the twenty-two team event. Greys broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the 5th inning to take the win.  Ian Lowe, who opened the inning with a single, scored the winner on an overthrow of first.  Steve Wylie pitched a three-hitter for the win.  After Brandon had taken a 3-0 lead after two innings, Sceptre third baseman Fergy Shields tied it with one swing of the bat -- a three-run homer. 

C Jacobson (L) and C Grant
Wylie (W) and McConachy

Greys overcame a 3-0 deficit in the semi-final with an eight-run 8th inning to down Liberty 11-4.  

Quinn (W) and McConachy
Buttgereit, Arnold and McLane

Sceptre gained a final berth with a 1-0 win over Regina Caps as Cliff Jacobson pitched a five-hitter for the win and Al Vogt allowed just three hits in taking the loss.  Sceptre scored the only run in the 4th inning on a double, single and an error.  

Vogt (L) and G Kyle
Jacobson (W) and Grant

In the consolation final, Regina Caps shutout Liberty 3-0.

Gebhardt, Thorseth and McLane
L Scott, Staley and G Kyle

Brandon had earlier downed Minot 8-5.  Greys broke up a tight 2-2 match in the 7th inning when the Mallards decided to walk Rafe Cabrera with one run in and two men on the bases.  Minot catcher Bob Tiller didn't move far enough away from the plate and Cabrera  reached over and tapping a triple to score two more runs.

Price (W) and McConachy
Claussen (L) and Tiller

Sceptre, a club made up almost wholly of local boys, had three shutouts leading up to the final.  In addition to their whitewash of Regina, Sceptre beat Griffin 5-0 and Kronau 5-0.

Spry and Meyer
Ohlheiser and L Grant

In other matches:

Ridgedale 10 Regina Red Sox 5
R Harrison, Polus and Dubyk
McKellar, C Harrison and Mitton

Kronau 6 Preeceville 5
J Gottselig and Meyer
Lysohirka and Strand, Long

Notre Dame 1 Liberty 8
Germann and Brown, McNabb
Downton and McLane

Regina Caps 5 Ridgedale 2
Silverman and G Kyle
Burke and Dubyk

(Fri Aug 6?)  Ron Reynoldson's five-hit pitching led Brandon to a 6-2 win over Winnipeg Reos.  It was the Greys 15th straight victory. 

Reynoldson (W) and Christopher
Mathesius (L), Nicholson (2) and Merlevede

(Sat Aug 7)   Brandon wound up the regular schedule with a split in a twin-bill at Winnipeg.  Greys extended their winning streak to sixteen games with a 2-1 victory over the Vets in the first game then lost a 4-3 12-inning battle to Elmwood in the second game.  Jack Sinclair, on a five-hitter, won a pitching duel with Terry Hind of the Vets in the opener.  Solly Drake's single drove in the extra-inning winner for the Giants.

Sinclair (W) and Christopher
Hind (L) and Marcotte

Watkins (L) and Christopher
Mattson (W) and Granger

Greys   25-8
Reos   15-15
Elm    12-17
Vets    7-19

(Aug 9)  Elmwood Giants scored four runs in the 1st inning and coasted to an 8-2 win in the opening game of the best-of-five semi-final series with Winnipeg Reos.  Hal Price held the Reos to eight hits while Terry Sawchuk and Jack Warwick each had three hits for the Giants.

Price (W) and McConachy
Desjardin (L), Slowinski (7) and Merlevede

(Aug 11)   Johnny McManus tossed a five-hitter and the Winnipeg Reos belted out 15 hits to crush Elmwood 13-2 to even the semi-final series at a game apiece.  The Wreckers went into the 9th with a 4-2 lead and erupted for nine runs to put the game out of reach.  Rollie Bouchard and Murray Brown each had three hits for the winners.  

McManus (W) and Merlevede
Johnson (L) Hallorhan (9) and McConachy

(Thurs Aug 12)   In the third invitational tournament at Brandon, the Greys downed Lake Valley 5-3 in the final to take top prize money.  Frank Watkins held the visitors to four hits in the seven inning contest.  Bus Quinn and Ian Lowe belted homers for the Greys.

Watkins (W) and Christopher
Devine (L) and Peterson

Quinn had three hits in Brandon's 8-1 win over Regina Caps.  Steve Wylie tossed a five-hitter.

Wylie (W) and Christopher
Lauer (L), Vogt (5) and Kyle

Torgy Torgerson tossed an eight-hitter over 13 innings as Lake Valley shaded Walhalla 3-0.  Nuts Anderson was the hard-luck loser. 

Torgerson (W) and Peterson
Anderson (L) and Dame

In a five-inning playoff, Regina Caps topped Walhalla 3-0 as Lloyd Woolley allowed just two hits and fanned ten.  Red Staley had a homer for the Caps.

Woolley (W) and Kyle
McMullen (L) and Dame

(Fri Aug 13)  Greys defeated Rivers 10-4 in an exhibition game at Rivers.  Brandon's Rafe Cabrera turned an ankle in chasing  a foul tip into the crowd.  He was expected to be ready for the start of the playoffs.  Ron Reynoldson worked the hill for the Greys.

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R. Reynoldson (W) and xxx

(Aug 13)  Winnipeg Reos bunched three of their four hits in the 3rd inning to plate two runs and it proved enough as the Reos took a two to one game lead in the semi-final series with a 3-1 victory over Elmwood.  Don Lawson was the winner in a pitchers' duel with the Giants' Hal Price.  

Price (L) and McConachy
Lawson (W) and Merlevede

(Sun Aug 15)   In an exhibition match in Moose Jaw, the Regina Caps blasted Brandon 11-5.  Al Vogt, a 17-year-old right hander held the Greys to eight hits, including Rafe Cabrera's homer.  Greys committed eight errors.

Reynoldson (L) and Christopher
Vogt (W) and G Kyle

(Mon Aug 16)  21-year-old Roy White held Brandon to four hits as the Ligon All-Stars topped the Greys 5-1.  Ian Lowe's homer accounted for the lone Brandon marker. 

White (W) and Underwood
Sinclair (L) and Christopher

(Aug 16)  Winnipeg Reo Wreckers won a berth in the Manitoba Senior League final with a 6-2 win over Elmwood to take the semi-final series three games to one. Johnny McManus held the Giants to five hits.  Hard-luck loser Hal Price allowed just seven.

McManus (W) and Merlevede
Price (L) and McConachy

(Tues Aug 17)  Gus Kyle's two-run triple in the first inning was a key blow as Regina Caps edged Brandon 3-2 at Taylor Field in Regina. 

Watkins (L) and Christopher
Woolley, Vogt (7) and G Kyle

(Wed Aug 18)   Steve Wylie pitched Brandon to victory in the opening game of the Manitoba Senior league final series.  Wylie allowed just three hits and compiled thirteen strikeouts as Greys topped Winnipeg Reos 5-3.  Brandon took a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning and extended it to 5-1 before the Giants rallied for two in the 9th before more than 4-thousand fans at Osborne Stadium.  Bus Quinn and Steve Clark each had two hits for the winners. 

Wylie (W) and Christopher
Desjardin (L), Nicholson (1) and Merlevede

(Fri Aug 20)   Winnipeg Reos managed just six hits off Bus Quinn but took advantage of eight Brandon errors to down the Greys 5-4 to even the best-of-seven final series at a game apiece.  Reos notched the winner in the 9th inning as Bill Antoniak's squeeze bunt scored Gus Merlevede from third.  Johnny McManus went the distance on the hill for Winnipeg.

Quinn (L) and Christopher
McManus (W) and Merlevede

(Sat Aug 21)  Bus Quinn doubled in Brandon's first run then scored the second following a triple to lead the Greys to a 3-1 win over Winnipeg and a 2-1 game lead in the final series.  Frank Watkins scattered nine Winnipeg hits for the win.

Watkins (W) and Christopher
Lawson (L) and Merlevede

(Aug 23)  With more than 51-hundred fans looking on, Brandon Greys downed Winnipeg Reos 6-2 to take a three to one game lead in the Manitoba League final series.  Jack Sinclair took the mound decision with a six-hitter.  Ian Lowe drove in the winner with a double in the 6th inning.

Sinclair (W) and Christopher
Nicholson (L), McManus (6), Slowinski (7) and Merlevede

(Aug 25)  Brandon's largest crowd of the season, more than 25-hundred, watched the Greys capture the Manitoba Senior League title as the home club took a 7-5 victory to take the series in five games.  With the scored tied 5-5 in the 7th inning, Gerry MacKay doubled and scored the winner.  Steve Wylie scattered eight hits and fanned twelve to lead the Greys to the championship.

Wylie (W) and Christopher
McManus (L) and Merlevede