1949 Maritime Game Reports      

(May 27)  The Central League is operating with six teams this year including Stellarton, Westville, Truro, Springhill, Kentville and Amherst.

(June 13) Fan favorite Burlin White who made several tours of the Maritimes with his Boston Royal Giants in the 1930s, has been invited to play a series of games, not with the Giants, but with various clubs in the H&D League in recognition of his extensive involvement in baseball in the region.

(June 17) Truro drops out of the Central League citing low gate receipts and long road trips.

(June 30) The Truro Daily News berates phony “amateurism” and blames professionalism (paying players $50-150 per week for its troubles. The citizens of Westville rallied behind its club with increased financial support when it looked like its club might fold as well.

(July 13)  Former major leaguer Bill Cronin is signed to coach the Springhill Fencebusters.

(July 16)  The Zulu Jungle Giants are planning a tour of Nova Scotia playing first in Yarmouth and then against clubs in the H&D League.

(August 1)  The African Zulu Jungle Giants began their Maritime tour losing to the Saint John Dodgers and then beating a Saint John all-star team 4-3.

(August 3-5)  New York Equitable Life (U.S. Semi-pro National Baseball Congress champions in 1948 and 1949 arrived in Halifax for a three game series against the Capitals and Shipyards. The teams split the first two games, the New Yorkers winning 11-2 in the opener and Halifax 7-6 in the second.  The final match went ten innings when New York pushed across the winning run in a 5-4 victory.  Tom Casey, first team All-American in 1950, got the win.

(August 5)  Fred Price, Equitable Life first-baseman and former New York Giant farmhand, said that the caliber of ball in Halifax was “as good as anything being played in the Class A leagues in the United States.

(August 9)  In an exhibition tilt between the Central League Kentville Wildcats and the Halifax Capitals of the H&D League, the Valley team prevailed by a 9-5 score.  Art Raynor was the winning pitcher and first-baseman Dick Gernert led Kentville at the plate going 2 for 4 on the day. Ernie Frydryk was tagged with the loss.

(August 12)  Saint John is slated to play in the annual Rainbow Haven game in Halifax on August 20.  The New Brunswickers have Fred Thomas, Sonny MacDonald, Hum Joseph, Gordie Mont and Joe Breen in their lineup, all of whom are well-known to Nova Scotian fans.

(August 13)  Big Dick Gernert hit a homerun as Kentville won its second exhibition match in a week against the Halifax Capitals by a score of 7-2. Eddie Frydryk was the loser for a second time, while Jack Curran out of Saint John’s University was credited with the win.

(August 20)  The Rainbow Haven classic was rained out.

(September 1)  Former Halifax Navy players of the Halifax Defense League, Ken McFadden and “Wacky” McMahon are now playing with the London Majors of the Intercounty League.