1949 Game Reports Ontario     


(August 05)  Heavy hitting Joe Bechard of the London Majors remains atop the batting race in the Intercounty League with a sparkling .465 mark in 71 at bats. Teammate Jack Parry, well back at .388, is the runner-up. Tex Kaiser of Galt, in second place last week, dropped to fourth behind Jada Dahmar of Waterloo Tigers. Dahmar has a .373 mark, Kaiser, .366.

(August 21)  As the Intercounty League scheduled came to a close Saturday, league executives needed a couple of coin flips to pick the locations for sudden-death playoff venues to decide first and fourth place. Galt won a toss that gave them home field for their tilt against Waterloo to determine first place. London Majors won the other toss for their game against Brantford. 

In Saturday action, Brantford Red Sox took an 11-9 decision over Stratford Nationals while London bowed 3-1 to Kitchener. The Majors crushed Guelph 22-5 in a night game at London.  St. Thomas Legion edged Guelph 4-3 in another afternoon affair.


(May 12)  In the opening game of the West Toronto Senior loop, Westerns and Mayfairs played to a 5-5 tie in a game called after six innings due to darkness.  Trailing by three runs in the sixth, Westerns rallied for the draw scoring the tying marker on an infield hit with the bases loaded. Maw Mori and Happy Ide started the rally with singles and an error and walk brought in one run. Sock Tsukamoto smashed a drive off Mayfairs pitcher George Phillips' glove and two runners scampered home.  Mayfairs broke a 2-2 deadline in the fifth scoring three times. Third sacker Bill Patterson clouted a homer with a man aboard to account for two of them.

Ohara, Koyanagi and Mitsui
Scattalon, Phillips and Polito

(May 14)   Backed by a 17-hit attack, Mahers overwhelmed West Yorks 15-1 Saturday at Eglinton Park.  A six-run outburst in the fourth inning put the game on ice. A double by Chuck Montgomery and a triple by Hank Withey highlighted the big frame. Montgomery banged out five straight hits. Dick MacDowell had three while Withey had a pair and made the game's top play in the field on a hard smash up the middle.  Russ Enright hurled a six-hitter for the win.

Enright (W) and Montgomery
Murphy (L), Gostlin (8) and Hogg, Fiskari (8)

(May 21)  In the first game of inter-league play, Mayfairs of the West Toronto League downed Uniques of the Viaduct circuit 10-4 in football-like weather at Millen Stadium Saturday. Jack Henderson and Joey Scattalon combined on a nine-hitter for the winners. Bill Patterson sparked Mayfairs driving in two runs with a pair of safeties.

Henderson (W), Scattalon(5) and Polito, Travers
Robinson (L), Galan and O'Hearn

(May 21)  In another 10-4 verdict Saturday, West Yorks topped Westerns. Westerns managed just four hits off Doug Gostlin, but scored four times thanks to seven walks.  Catcher Bill Hogg had two of the ten hits for the winners. Red Stephen, Johnny McCarthy and Doug Smart also produced two hits apiece.

Gostlin (W) and Hogg
Ohara, Oka (5) and Mitsui

(May 28)   In the grand opening of Earlscourt Park Stadium Saturday, Ken Mitsui set down Mayfairs on four hits as he hurled shutout ball in an 11-0 Westerns' victory.  Westerns put the game away in the third inning with a six run explosion. Singles by Herb Miyasaki, Nobby Tanaka, Ken Mitsui, an error and doubles by Sock Tsukamoto and catcher Koei Mitsui brought in the six markers.  

Ken Mitsui (W) and Koei Mitsui
Henderson (L), Phillips and Polito

(May 28)   Doug "Goose" Gostlin steadied after a rough first inning to blank Mahers the rest of the way as West Yorks came from behind for an 8-5 victory. Gostlin's lack of control combined with Chuck Montgomery's single and Cliff Lowcock's two-run homer were the big blows in the first frame for Mahers. Yorks battled back with two in their half of the first, then two more in the fourth, fifth and sixth. McKay and McCarthy each poled a pair of safeties for the winners. Montgomery continued his torrid hitting pace for Mahers with three more hits.

Fries (L), Ramsden and Montgomery
Gostlin (W) and Hogg

(May 30)  Westerns withstood a late rally by Mahers to hang on to an 8-7 victory Monday in a game called after eight innings. Trailing by two runs in the eighth, Mahers loaded the bases with two out. Cliff Lowcock came through with what looked like the game-tying blow but Happy Ide unleashed an outstanding throw to the plate to nab Harry Anthony for the final out of the game after one run had come home. Lefty Mori, Ide and Buzz Ogaki each had two hits for the winners. Catcher Jack Ramsden led Mahers with three hits. Dick MacDowell and Anthony each collected a pair.

xxx and xxx
xxx and Ramsden

(June 02)   The Westerns, the Japanese-Canadian nine, continued to impress downing the favoured West Yorks 6-2 at Earlscourt Park Thursday to maintain their hold on first place. Koei Mitsui sparked the winners driving in three runs with a pair of safeties. Aki Koyanagi hurled six scoreless innings before weakening in the seventh.Ken Mitsui finished up on the hill.

Koyanagi (W), Ken Mitsui and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 09)   Ken Mitsui, the starry junior grad, yielded 12 hits but kept them scattered as Westerns edged Mahers 5-4 before a crowd of close to 3,000 at Earlscourt Park Thursday. It was Westerns fifth win in seven starts. Koei Mitsui was the main offensive force for the winners while Chuck Montgomery had three hits for the losers. "Itch" Enright pitched excellent ball after relieving Gerry Acheson with the bases loaded in the fifth.

Acheson (L), Enright (5) and xxx
Ken Mitsui (W) and xxx

(June 10)   Mayfairs and West Yorks battled to a 4-4 draw in West Toronto senior action at St. Clair Memorial Stadium.  With four regulars missing, Lefty Parfitt's crew cam up with some inspired ball behind the hurling of Johnny Hopper who accounted for three of Mayfairs' seven hits. Whitey McKay had two hits for West Yorks.

Hopper and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 14)  Owen Murphy hurled a no-hit, no-run gem Tuesday to give West Yorks a 2-0 triumph over Westerns and a share of first place in the West Toronto Senior circuit.  Making his first appearance after a month's layoff due to a sore arm, Murphy had a perfect game until the sixth when an error and walk put two runners on base.  Over the nine frames, he fanned six and walked three.

Ken Mitsui (L) and Koei Mitsui
Murphy (W) and Hogg

(June 16)   Bill Patterson was much of the show as Mahers and Mayfairs fought to a 5-5 tie. The Maher second sacker handled seven chances flawlessly and led his mates at the plate with three hits. Bill Balmer and Chuck Montgomery played outstanding defense for Mahers while Nick Staynor led Mayfairs at bat with two hits.

xxx, Enright and xxx
McBratney and xxx

(June 23)   Bill McBratney hurled a neat three-hitter as Mayfairs downed West Yorks 6-2. More than 2,000 fans, including Dale Jones, scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, watched the game. Doug Pyzer's three-run homer sparked the winners. Don Speir had three hits for the Yorkies.

McBratney (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 07)   In sudden-death playoffs in the National Baseball Congress tournament, Uniques upset New Toronto Fords 9-4 and Oakville Oaks downed Sportsman's Legion 10-4 in the Viaduct League eliminations.  Stan Courtney held the Fords to eight hits in the Uniques victory while Donnie Knox, Tommy McKillop and Gabby Davis reach produced a pair of hits. Paul Valenti blasted a three-run homer.  Teddy Shea had three hits for the losers.

Courtney (W) and Davis
Bell, Bouchard and Turner

Oakville score eight times in the second inning and coasted to the easy 10-4 triumph over Legion.  A. Dewsbury paced the winners with a mammoth homer and a single. Andy Sheretko walloped one into the right field stands for Sportsman's.

Turner (W) and Wollons
Ryback (L), Bevington, Brown and Sheretko

(July 11)   New Toronto Fords of the Viaduct League nipped the Westerns 1-0 before 1,500 fans at the Goodyear Field. The lone run came in the eighth and final inning.  Rene Bouchard allowed six hits in hurling the shutout victory. Ken Mitsui took the loss.

Bouchard (W) and xxx
K.Mitsui (L) and Koyanagi

(July 12)   Three members of Mahers Shoes top the batting race in the West Toronto League. Chuck Montgomery, Dick McDowell and Cliff Lowcock sit atop the results with Goose Gostlin of West York in fourth place. Montgomery has a phenomenal mark of .553. Fred Tanaka of Westerns is fifth with a .364 average.  Ken Ohara of Westerns has a 2-1 record to rank among the leading hurlers.

(July 15)  Peter Pans of the North Toronto League and Westerns of the West Toronto circuit advanced to the second round of the Toronto and District National Baseball Congress playdowns Friday taking decisions in thrilling contests at Millen Stadium.  Pans beat Uniques of the Viaduct League 5-1 while Westerns topped Oakville 4-1. Lipka hurled a three-hitter for Pans.

Lipka (W) and Fitzhenry
Courtney (L), Galan and Davis

Trailing 1-0, Westerns exploded with four runs in the seventh to down Oakville, in spite of being out-hit 8 to 3.

Yarnell (L) and xxx
Ken Mitsui (W) and Koei Mitsui

(July 16)  In playdowns in the National Baseball Congress competition West Toronto League teams scored victories. West Yorks upset Staffords of the Viaduct League 6-1 and Mayfairs eked out a 4-3, 11-inning, win over Oshawa Merchants of the Central Ontario League at Millen Stadium Saturday.

Right-hander Goose Gostlin had little trouble with Staffords giving up just three hits. Don Speir led the West York attack with three hits. The only run for Staffords came in the seventh after Johnny Krycia walked and eventually stole home. Joe Spring, who fanned 12, took the loss. Bill McIlroy, Red Stephen and Teddy Seddon all came through with run-scoring hits for the winners.

Gostlin (W) and Hogg
Spring (L) and Short

George Phillips emerged as the winning hurler in a tossing duel with Bill Gingerich as Mayfairs advanced in the Congress tournament. The teams battled to a 2-2 draw through ten innings. In the top of the 11th, Clay Crawford drove in two runs and then scored the eventual winner, on a wild throw to try and catch him off second base, as Mayfairs went ahead 5-2. Bill Cook cracked a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to pull Oshawa to within a run before Phillips got out of the jam.

Phillips (W) and Staynor
Gingerich (L) and Ticonny

(July 16)   Bill Dennett's Mahers trounced Westerns 9-2 Saturday at St. Clair Memorial Stadium behind the solid, seven-hit hurling of Jack Ramsden. Hugh Cuddie and Ramsden each collected three hits to pace the winners. Herb Miyasaki and Ken Mitsui split four hits for Westerns.

Ramsden (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 16)  Wildness proved to be the downfall of one-time Brooklyn farm hand Ted Seddon as Mayfairs squeezed out a 3-2 win over West Yorks. Seddon allowed just two hits but walked seven and hit two. Mayfairs scored all three runs in the fifth inning on three walks, an error, a hit batsman and a single by George Phillips. Lefty Scattalon was touched for just four hits, one a homer by Seddon, in registering the win.

Seddon (L) and xxx
Scattalon (W) and xxx

(July 19)  A capacity crowd filled Earlscourt Park Tuesday to witness the Westerns beat first-place Mayfairs 7-5. Three hits in the first inning gave Mayfairs a short-lived two run lead. Westerns got to pitcher Jack Henderson for four hits and three runs in the second to take the lead for good. Mac Oikawa led the winners with a pair of three baggers and Joe Koyanagi added two singles. Aki Koyanagi picked up the win with relief help from Ken Mitsui in the ninth.  Koyanagi fanned ten.

(July 21)  Hap O'Donnell held Mahers to five hits as West Yorks handed the Shoemen a 5-3 defeat. The winners took advantage of a wild streak by Russ Enright to score four times in the second inning. Enright walked two and hit a batter during the stanza which also saw Gene Gastaller steal home. Don Speir and Harold Fiskari starred in the field for the winners while Chuck Montgomery and Hugh Cuddie were best of Mahers.

O'Donnell (W) and xxx
Enright (L) and xxx

(July 22)   Mayfairs broke loose for four runs in the top of the first inning and coasted to a 9-4 triumph over West York to advance in the National Baseball Congress playoff. Westerns also moved on after defeating Peter Pans 6-4. Joe Scattalon held the Yorkies to five hits and fanned 11 in going the route for the winners. He needed to pitch out of several jams, however, as his mates made nine errors. Sammy Lima had the big stick for Mayfairs knocking in five runs with a homer and triple.  Doug Pyzer added a pair of hits.

Scattalon (W) and Staynor
Gostlin (L) and Hogg, Fiskari

(July 22)  Westerns rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to score in each of the last four innings to down Peter Pan Juniors 6-4.  Westerns got a run in the first inning but the Panners notched three in the third on clouts by Craig Robertson, Bev Murray and Johnny Evans to take the lead. The juniors held the edge until Robertson weakened in the fifth. Four errors hurt the Pans. Ken Mitsui scattered nine hits in going the route for the mound victory.

Robertson, Lipka and Fitzhenry
Ken Mitsui (W) and Koei Mitsui

(July 28)  Joe Scattalon held Westerns to five hits in a 6-2 win for Mayfairs. The left-hander racked up his third win in four starts. Aki Koyanagi suffered his first loss in four starting assignments. Mayfairs slammed 13 hits with George Travers, Johnny Furlong, George Phillips and Scattalon each with two.

A.Koyanagi (L) and Koei Mitsui
Scattalon (W) and G.Travers

(August 01)    Hap O'Donnell and Cliff Lowcock hooked up in a sparkling pitching duel holiday Monday as West Yorks eked out a 1-0 victory over Mahers as each team managed just two hits. The lone run came in the second inning as Gil Small launched a two-bagger, Doug Gostlin walked and a double steal brought home the counter.

H.O'Donnell (W) and B.Hogg
Lowcock (L), Ramsden and Withey

Westerns counted three runs in the last half of the sixth to stop the league-leading Mayfairs 4-1. Ken Ohara earned his third win of the season holding Mayfairs to five hits. Aki Koyanagi, Joe Koyanagi, Koei Mitsui and Ken Mitsui all punched safeties in the sixth to produce the three markers.

J.Henderson (L) and Staynor
K.Ohara (W) and Koei Mitsui

(August 02)   London Majors passed the first test in their battle for a second straight Canadian Sandlot Baseball Congress title in notching a convincing 8-2 win over Windsor Ryancretes.  In the opener of the double-header, Kitchener Legion Panthers handed Leamington Barons a 6-3 defeat. Poor weather kept the crowd to less than 2,000.  Rain affected the first game but the weather cleared up for the nightcap. .

(August 03)  Windsor Ryancretes crushed Leamington 11-1 to knock the Barons out of the Canadian Sandlot Congress tournament. 

(August 03)  The powerful Galt Terriers of the Intercounty League handed Toronto Mayfairs an 8-5 setback to win a bye into Friday's action. Galt posted four runs in the first inning, on just one hit, and were never headed. A dropped fly ball with the bases loaded accounted for three of the first inning runs and another came home on a wild pitch. Don Perkins started for Galt and went five innings for the win. Pickard and Kaiser each had two hits for the winners.

Scattalon (L), Gostlin (7) and Montgomery
Perkins (W), Philp (6) and O'Connor

(August 04)   Harry Conley was the difference as Mahers shaded West Yorks 2-1. Conley rapped four hits, including a two-run homer to account for all the Mahers' scoring. Conley, the second baseman, also was a star afield starting two of Mahers' double-plays.  Russ Enright held the Yorks to six hits in posting the pitching win besting Hap O'Donnell..

O'Donnell (L) and Hogg, Fiskari
R.Enright (W) and J.Ramsden

(August 04)   A three-run rally in the seventh inning carried Windsor to a 5-3 victory over Toronto Mayfairs in the Canadian Sandlot congress tournament.  Boyce powered the winners with a single, double and triple. Lou Fazekas, the Windsor starter, was the winning hurler, besting George Phillips of the Mayfairs.

Phillips, Gostlin and Montgomery
Fazekas, Parasuk and Robinette

(August 04)   Two imports from Michigan State University paced Kitchener Panthers to a 7-5 victory over London Majors in the second game of the Canadian Sandlot Congress doubleheader at London.  Jack Kinney, a right-fielder and college All-American, belted two home runs, one a three-run shot in the first inning, to power the offense while southpaw Wally Beggs held the Majors to five hits.

Beggs (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

In the opening game, Windsor defeated Toronto Mayfairs 5-3 to bounce them from the tournament. Mayfairs lost their first game 8-5 to Galt on Wednesday. Earl Fazekas held Mayfairs to five hits in the eight innings he toiled. Mike Parashuk finished up. 

Fazekas (W), Parashuk and xxx
Phillips (L), Gostlin and xxx

(August 05)  In the Sandlot Congress playoff, London topped Windsor 5-4 and Kitchener downed Galt 6-5 to advance to the final of the Congress ball tournament.

(August 07)   Koei Mitsui's Westerns chalked up their third straight win Saturday defeating the league-leading Mayfairs 5-3 at St. Clair Memorial Stadium.  Ken Mitsui held the losers to six hits, one a homer by Sam Lima. It was Mitsui's fifth win of the season.

McBratney (L) and Staynor
Ken Mitsui (W) and Koei Mitsui

(August 07)  Mahers rallied for six runs in the seventh inning before going down 9-7 to West Yorks. A seven-run explosion in the fourth inning by the Yorkies proved to be the difference. Hap O'Donnell, Doug Gostlin, Bud Rimmer and Ted Seddon led a 13-hit attack each with a pair. Hugh Cuddie, Greg Higgens and Bill Balmer picked up two hits apiece for Mahers.

Lowcock, Enright, Ramsden and Montgomery
Gostlin (W) and Hogg

(August 07)   Kitchener Panthers won the Canadian Baseball Congress championship Saturday night coming from behind to defeat London Majors 4-2 in a sudden-death final.  Majors, the defending champions, handed Panthers their first loss of the tourney in the first game of the double-header, winning 4-3. A towering homer by Jack Kinney with a man aboard in the last of the eighth inning provided the winning margin.  Earlier in the competition, Kinney belted two homers to give Majors their first loss.  The Kitchener right-fielder also had a pair of two-baggers. Bobby Schnurr, the Kitchener playing manager, was touched for eight hits in hurling the win for the Panthers.

Fisher (L) and Fairs
Schnurr (W) and Mullen

Southpaw Lew Fisher fired a five-hitter to help London to the 4-3 win in the opening fixture.  Don Cooper bashed a single, double and triple to led the Majors attack.

C.Fischer (L) and Mullen, Doherty
L.Fisher (W) and Fairs

(August 10)   Jack Ramsden fashioned a four-hitter for his third win of the season as Mahers downed Westerns 4-1.  The game was scoreless until the seventh when Patterson slugged a two-run homer for Mahers. Westerns got one back in their half of the seventh but the winners added two more in the ninth to clinch the victory. Aki Koyanagi took the loss.

(August 13)  Mahers rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to shaded Mayfairs 5-4. Russ Enright held the hard-hitting Mayfairs to three hits while the Shoemen pounded out 11 safeties. Hank Withey poked a pair of two-baggers. Johnny Furlong had a triple for the losers. 

Enright (W) and Montgomery
Phillips (L) and Travers

(August 13)   West York's Don Speir was too much for the Westerns Saturday as the starry shortstop pounded a home run, a double and single to lead the Yorks to a 6-4 victory.  Hap O'Donnell picked up the win in relief as the Yorkies had back-to-back three-run innings in the fourth and fifth for the triumph. Koei Mitsui was best for the losers with a three-run homer.

Gostlin, O'Donnell (W) (4) and Hogg
Ken Mitsui (L) and Koei Mitsui

(August 16)   Despite manager Koei Mitsui's one-man show the Westerns dropped a 6-4 decision of Mahers in West Toronto League action.  Mitsui blasted a homer, double and single. Jack Ramsden got the win scattering ten hits. Ken O'Hara went the route for Westerns, also giving up ten hits.

Ramsden (W) and xxx
O'Hara (L) and xxx

(August 18)  West Yorks downed Mayfairs 4-2 as pitcher Hap O'Donnell won his own game with a bases-loaded single scoring two runs. He also had a double and a second one-bagger.

O'Donnell (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 20)   Westerns scored a pair in the seventh inning helped by two errors to down Mahers 7-5. The miscues plus a hit batter, an infield out and Aki Koyanagi's safe bunt resulted in the two markers. Ken Mitsui was the winning pitcher besting Russ Enright, who relieved in the first inning.

Ken Mitsui (W) and xxx
Lowcock, Enright (L) (1) and xxx

(August 20)   Mayfairs managed just five hits off Doug Gostlin but they bunched three along with a walk for three runs in the first inning en route to the 5-4 triumph over West York. Clayton Crawford's two-bagger was the key blow for the winners.

Gostlin (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(August 22)  Westerns' playing manager Mike Maruno was the hero Monday in a 2-1 victory over Mayfairs. Maruno went into the game as a pinch runner and scoring Western's first run in the eighth inning. Then, he drove in Koei Mitsui with the winning run with a single in the ninth. Ken Mitsui bested Joe Scattalon in the hill battle, notching his ninth win against five losses.  He allowed just four hits.  Scattalon deserved a better fate having held Westerns to three safeties. He had a one-hitter through seven frames but infield errors played a major role in the loss.

Ken Mitsui (W) and Koei Mitsui
Scattalon (L) and Staynor

(August 25)   Maw Mori and Buzz Ogaki each rapped three hits to lead a 12-hit attack in a 5-4 victory for Westerns over Mahers.  Ken Ohara, with relief help from Ken Mitsui, was the winning hurler to even his record at 4-4.  Bill Patterson's two-run homer was the big blow for Mahers.

OHara (W), Ken Mitsui (8) and Koei Mitsui
Ramsden (L) and Montgomery

(August 26)  Mayfairs and West Yorks ended in a 3-3 draw as darkness halted the game after seven innings. Doug Gostlin and Joe Scattalon each hurled five hitless innings. Mayfairs broke the spell in the sixth with a pair of runs, and Yorks scored three in the seventh.

Gostlin and xxx
Scattalon and xxx

(August 28)  Jake McCort rapped a single scoring Montgomery with the winning run in the 10th inning as Mahers got by Mayfairs 3-2. Russ Enright went the distance, with a nine-hit effort, for the win over George Phillips, on the mound for Mayfairs.

Enright (W) and Ramsden
Phillips (L) and Travers

(August 28)  Hap O'Donnell gave up a run in the first inning then blanked Westerns the rest of the way as West Yorks shaded the Japanese-Canadians 2-1. O'Donnell allowed just three hits. Ken Mitsui took the loss yielding six hits.

Ken Mitsui (L) and Koei Mitsui
O'Donnell (W) and Hogg

(August 29)  Versatile George Travers big bat gave Mayfairs a 6-4 win over Westerns.  Travers, who has played almost every position for the Mayfairs nine, cracked a three-run double in the fourth inning and chased home Itsy Ler another run in the fifth with a single.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(September 03)  The West Toronto Senior Baseball League concluded the regular schedule Saturday with three teams tied for first place. Westerns, Mayfairs and West Yorks all finished with 16 wins and 14 losses.  The Mitsui brothers combined in the opening game to lead Westerns to a 5-3 win over Mahers. Ken Mitsui tossed a five-hitter for the pitching win and Koei Mitsui's first inning single counted two runs and gave him the RBI crown. Dick MacDowell homered for the losers.

J.Fries (L) and Ramsden
Ken Mitsui (W) and Koei Mitsui

In the nightcap, Mayfairs squeezed out a 4-3 win over West Yorks. A four-run fourth inning proved to be the difference. George Phillips and Bill Patterson each banged out two hits.

O'Donnell (L) and Hogg
Phillips (W) and Gormick

In the continuation of a protested game, Mahers held on for a 5-4 victory. In the one-inning played, the two hurlers, George Phillips and Russ Enright, had little troubled setting down the hitters.

Enright (W) and Ramsden
Phillips (L) and Gormick

(September 05)  Westerns nosed out Mayfairs 7-6 Monday in a playoff for first place in the West Toronto circuit.  They'll play West York tomorrow to decide the champion.  Superb base-running helped Westerns to the victory. The climax came in the sixth inning when Joe Koyanagi and Herb Miyasaki worked a double steal and both scored on Sock Tsukamoto's squeeze bunt.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(September 06)    West Yorks defeated Westerns 4-1 in a sudden-death playoff for first place and a spot in the city finals against the winners of the Viaduct League. Yorkies scored all their runs in the first inning helped by hits from Don Speir, Bill Hogg and Frank Bailey.  Westerns got their only run in the sixth when Koei Mitsui singled to right and scored on Ken Mitsui's long double to centre. Doug Gostlin scattered seven hits to post the pitching win.

Ohara (L) and Koei Mitsui
Gostlin (W) and Hogg

(September 10)   Johnny Turner smacked an 11th inning double to score Andy Milne with the winning run as Oakville Oaks of the Viaduct League shaded West Toronto's West Yorks in the opener of a best-of-five series for the Toronto Baseball Association senior championship at Millen stadium Saturday. The thrilling contest saw West York take a 9-7 lead in the top of the ninth inning only to have Oakville knot the count with a pair in the bottom of the ninth.  Yorks out-hit Oakville 11-9 with Toronto's Bud Rimmer the leading swatter with a double and two singles. Carter knocked in three runs for the Oaks.  Reliever Al Yarnell pick up the pitching win after replacing starter Mark Pollock in the ninth.

O'Donnell (L) and Hogg
Pollock, Yarnell (9) and Galbraith

(September 10)  In the opening game of a West Toronto semi-final series, Westerns topped Mayfairs 7-3. A four-run fifth inning on hits by Tanaka, Ken Mitsui, Koei Mitsui along with a walk and an error spelled the difference. Ken Mitsui went the distance with a seven-hitter for the win. Bobby Hopper had three of Mayfairs hits.

Scattalon (L) and Gormick
Ken Mitsui (W) and Koei Mitsui

(September 12)  The six-hit hurling of Goose Gostlin and the clutch hitting of Johnny McCarthy paced West Yorks to a 4-2 victory over Oakville to even their final series at a game apiece. McCarthy brought in three of the York runs with a pair of hits. Gostlin fanned nine in going the distance. Oaks centre-fielder Andy Milne accounted for all the Oakville scoring with a pair of hits, one a homer.

xxx and xxx
Gostlin (W) and xxx

(September 14)  The Oakville Oaks, a first year team in the Viaduct League, are just one win away from the Toronto senior baseball championship. Oaks nosed out the West Yorks 2-1 at St. Clair Memorial Stadium Wednesday to take a 2-1 game lead in the best-of-five series.  Al Yarnell, a 20-year veteran of sandlot ball in and around Toronto, and Andy Milne were the key players in the Oaks' triumph. Yarnell, who allowed four safeties, had a no-hitter going into the sixth when the Yorks bunched three hits for their lone marker. Milne rapped three hits and drove in the winning run in the top of the ninth. Owen Murphy was saddled with the tough loss.

Yarnell (W) and xxx
Murphy (L) and xxx

(September 15)   A team from outside Toronto, the Oakville Oaks, are the city's senior baseball champions downing the West Yorks 4-2 Thursday to take the best-of-five series 3 games to 1. Oaks, trailing 1-0, rallied for three runs in the seventh frame on Eric Toletzka's two run homer and Ken Pollock's pinch-hit double. Al Yarnell, the Oakville playing manager, relieved in the seventh of halt a West York uprising. Toletzka, in addition to his 435 foot circuit clout, rapped a triple and single.

O'Donnell (L) and xxx
Turner, Yarnell (7) and xxx

(September 15)   The West Toronto semi-final remains at one to nothing for Westerns after the two clubs fought to a 3-3 draw Thursday.

(September 16)   For the second straight night, Westerns and Mayfairs battled to a 3-3 draw. Friday's was a six-inning contest. Mayfairs had a golden opportunity for a win when they loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the final inning. But, Westerns got a strikeout, a force at home, and George Travers was called for interference for the third out. Aki Koyanagi and Ken Ohara combined on a three-hitter for Westerns.

A.Koyanagi, K.Ohara (6) and Koei Mitsui
Henderson, McBratney (6) and Gormick

(September 17)   After a split in Saturday's twin bill, Westerns lead their semi-final series with Mayfairs two games to one. With four runs in the last two innings, Westerns took the first game 6-2 behind the six-hit pitching of Ken Ohara. Baron Waka and Ken Mitsui banged out five hits between them to lead a 10-hit attack.

Ohara (W) and Koei Mitsui
McBratney (L) and Staynor

Trailing 4-3 after eight innings, Mayfairs ran wild in the top of the ninth with nine runs to whip Westerns 12-4. Thirteen batters came up in the frame with Jack Furlong and Joe Scattalon each hammering out two hits in the onslaught. Scattalon scattered nine his for the pitching win. Mayfairs pounded out 17 hits off three Westerns hurlers.

Scattalon (W) and Gormick
Ken Mitsui, M.Oikawa (9), Ohara (9) and Koei Mitsui

(September 20)  After seven games, the West Toronto semi-final series is tied at two games apiece. Mayfairs came through with a 4-3 win Tuesday at St. Clair Memorial Stadium.  Bill McBratney limited the Westerns to seven hits, four of them in the fourth inning when they scored all three runs. George Travers had two hits and drove in a pair for the winners. Herb Miyasaki rapped a double and single for Westerns.

Ohara (L), Koyanagi (5) and Koei Mitsui
McBratney (W) and Gormick

(September 22)  Westerns finally ended the West Toronto League's marathon semi-final series Thursday downing Mayfairs 3 to 2 to advance to the league final against West Yorks.  The game was called after six innings due to darkness. The best-of-five series actually went eight games because of a pair of ties and one contest cut short because of rain. Westerns got the winner in the bottom of the sixth, the final frame. Maw Mori smacked a double and his pinch-runner Mike Maruno advanced on a single and a sacrifice and came scampering home as Baron Waka laid down a perfect bunt.  Mori led the winners with a triple and double.

McBratney (L) and Staynor
Ken Mitsui (W) and Koei Mitsui

(September 24)  Westerns swept both ends of Saturday's playoff double-header, 4-1, and 3-1 over West York, to take a two game lead in the final series.  The Japanese-Canadian nine featured outstanding pitching as Ken Ohara fashioned a three-hitter in the opener and Aki Koyanagi came through with a five-hit performance in the second game. Ken Mitsui was a batting star of the first game with two hits and two runs batted in. Harold Fiskari's home run in the second accounted for all the Yorkies scoring.

OHara (W) and Koei Mitsui
O'Donnell (L) and Hogg

Koyanagi bested Owen Murphy in a mound duel in the second game. Westerns managed ten hits, two apiece by Sock Tsukamoto, Buzz Ogaki and Baron Waka.

G.Murphy (L) and Hogg
A.Koyanagi (W) and Koei Mitsui

(September 26)  Ken Mitsui hurled a masterful one-hitter at Millen Stadium Monday night as Westerns took a three to nothing game lead in the final series with a 5-1 victory.  Mitsui, in his best game of the season, had a no-hitter into the seventh inning when Harold Fiskari slapped a single to left field.  The right-hander struck out nine and walked one. Goose Gostlin was touched for six hits, good for five runs in his mound stint. He was ejected in the eighth for arguing a call while at bat. Shortstop Sock Tsukamoto had two hits, scored twice and had three steals for Westerns.

Ken Mitsui (W) and Koei Mitsui
Gostlin (L), Murphy (9) and Hogg

(September 29)  In just their second year in senior ball, Westerns have captured the championship of the West Toronto Senior Baseball League downing West Yorks 8-2 to win the final series in four straight games. The Japanese-Canadian squad broke open a tight, 2-1 game with a six-run outburst in the seventh inning. Koei Mitsui's bases-loaded drive into left field was the key blow. Ken Ohara held the Yorks to five hits while fanning eight and handing out one free pass. Westerns won with just five hits, two by Sock Tsukamoto who also scored twice. West York ace Goose Gostlin allowed just five hits in taking the loss. His loss of control in the seventh played a major part in the defeat.

Gostlin (L), O'Donnell and Hogg
OHara (W) and Koei Mitsui


(August 8)  Frank Nishimura of the Cards captured the 1949 batting title hitting .437, 20 points ahead of runner-up Jim Koyanagi of the Cubs at .417.  Sid Yaguchi of the Schoos finished at .393, Herby Izumi of the Cards .378, George Uchida of the Cards at .368 and Harry Nishizaki of the Cubs, .364.