1948 Maritime Game Reports      

(April 24)  Stellarton of the Central League completed fencing its park with a 7 foot high lattice fence.

(May 1) The H&D League will operate with six teams, each playing a 60 game schedule. Kentville Wildcats, who won the Central League championship in 1948 have joined the league along with Halifax Shipyards, Halifax Capitals, Liverpool Larrupers, Middleton Cardinals and the Dartmouth Arrows. The latter operated as the Halifax Arrows in 1947 but owners Bob and Herm Kaplan moved to a new home across the harbour. Dartmouth’s state of the art ballparks that equaled many Double-A League parks in seating capacity, is known colloquially as “Little Brooklyn.”

(May 6) The Springhill Fencebusters will give baseball more serious attention this year and will schedule games a little later than usual.  “In past years, time and again, we have seen friends come out of the pits, dig in for home, wash and get into their monkey suits, and be back on the field between four and five o’clock.” The result should be a better brand of ball, but the old “Busters’ still did a “reasonably fair job, coal dust and all.”

(May 22) Fencebusters coach is Nick Morris, coach of Keene College in New Hampshire, who coached New Waterford in the Class C Cape Breton Colliery League before the War.

(May 31)  The Chicago Brown Bombers begin a tour of the Maritimes.  The roster includes Armstead “Dusty” Rhodes, “Foots” Parker, John O’Dell and a number of well-known Negro League Players.

(June 8)  Westville has a number of imports from south of the border including Al Napolitano, Jim McKinney, Dick Kelly, Chuck Imhof, Don Cheverie.

(June 16)  The Truro Bearcats of the Central League, Nova Scotia champs in 1946, sign Bob Quirk and Joe McCusker from Boston College.

(June 24)  Auburn, Maine native Tommy Auger who started the season with the Halifax Capitals of the H&D League is now being given a trial with the Columbus Red Birds of the American Association.   

(July 22)  The New Glasgow Evening News commented on the short left- field fence in Stellarton, and believed that all the home run in previous day’s game would have been outs in Westville.

(August 4)  The Halifax Herald noted that imports were making a difference in the Cape Breton Colliery League, and made particular reference to pitcher Bud Niles and outfielder George Boston.

(August 4) A Halifax junior all-star team beat Billy Loes and the touring Brooklyn Junior Dodgers by a score of 5-3.  The Dodgers were on a Canadian swing of the Brooklyn versus the World Classic series, and had defeated all-star squads in Toronto and Montreal before travelling to Halifax.  Mickey McConnell, scouting director of the big league Dodgers, said he watched with mixed feelings “since several of the players who put the lash on the Brooklyns were themselves members of the Brooklyn organization and had been sent by him to the H&D League.”  Six Maritimers were members of the winning club, including outfielder Joe Breen and pitcher John “Twit” Clark who led Halifax to victory.  This was the only loss that the Dodgers incurred on a seven game tour of Canada and cities on the East Coast of the United States.

(August 6) The Central League announced its All-Star team selections. They included catchers (tie) Bud McKinney (Westville), Ron Barrow (Stellarton) and Win Langille (Truro), first basemen (tie) Earl Boss and John “Twit” Clark, second basemen (tie) Joe McCusker (Truro) and Jim Fitzpatrick (Westville), Shortstop Neil Ross (Springhill), third baseman Chuck Imhof (Westville), Left fielder Clark Wojtowicz (Springhill) Center fielder Herb McLeod (Springhill) Right fielder (tie) Dave Cummings (Stellarton) and Harry Reekie (Stellarton). The pitching stars were Dick Kelley (Westville), Gordie Mont (Truro), Hal Murrell, Stellarton, Len Boss (Springhill)

(August 17)  The Kentville Wildcats, class of the Central League, took on the H&D League All-Stars.  The game ended in a 3-3 tie. Clark Wojtowicz, Dick Gernert and Jack Kaiser got the only three Wildcat hits.

(October 21)  The Birdie Tebbetts All-Stars, a star-studded array of major leaguers, began their Maritime tour in Saint John with a 5-1 victory.  Ray Scarborough and Carl Scheib held the locals to five hits.  Johnny Harvey, a wartime veteran of the Eastern League, held the All-Stars to a single run and four hits over five innings, but the major leaguers pushed four runs across against reliever Art Wilson.  Saint John native Jimmy Fox, a former Red Sox farmhand, walked, singled and stole two bases, and Aukie Titus stole home for Saint John’s only run.

(October 22)  The Tebbetts All-Stars arrived in Grand Falls for the first of two games against the local Cataracts.  The opening game was tightly contested with the Tebbetts squad squeezing out a 4-2 win.  Spec Shear and Bob Savage shared pitching duties for winners.  The Cataracts used four pitchers including starter Muck Carroll who went four innings.

(October 23) The Tebbetts All-Stars beat Grand Falls by a 6-1 tally.  Vern Stephens hit a 425 foot home run for the victors and Muck Carroll, on the mound for a second straight day, gave up four runs over six innings.

(October 24)  The scheduled games involving Marysville, Halifax and Kentville with the Tebbetts All-Stars were cancelled because of inclement weather.