1950 Tournaments     

Indian Head Tournament

One of the big prairie tournaments was the annual Indian Head event. In 1950, there was joy in the tiny Saskatchewan community as the local club took top prize. 

Sceptre was reported to be the king of the tournaments this season. The barnstorming club won a reported $17,000 in prize money. 


(May 13-14)  The Kimberley Elks returned from Creston $125 richer, thanks to the performance of a pair of rookies in the final game of the 1950 Creston Valley Blossom Festival baseball tournament. The Elks topped the hometown Creston nine 10 to 4 in the tourney final as young Eric Bodin, making his debut in senior-level competition, held the hosts to five hits until the eighth episode when he got into a bases-loaded jam and turned the horsehide over to Ken McAuley who retired the side without any damage. Another first year member of the Antlered Tribe, Doug Kilburn, hammered a pair of long homers, a solo blast and a three-run shot. Kimberley reached the finals by ousting the Cranbrook Legionnaires on the opening day of the four-team event while Creston had eliminated Fernie.

(May 17)  The Eston Senior Baseball Club, under the management of Bob Bertram, announced the acquisition of three "top notch Colored players" along with Ira Gardiner a pitcher from Trail, BC and Glen Gilkinson, last year with Richlea.  The club, all decked out in new uniforms, is scheduled to play its first game today at Swift Current with the home opener set for May 20th with the strong Sceptre team as opposition. A home game is planned for each Saturday.

(May 17)  Eston took a tie and a loss in its opening double-header at Swift Current. The teams fought to a 4-4 draw in the first game and Swift Current took the second, 4-2.

(May 20)   In their first appearance on the local diamond, Eston looked impressive in notching a 5-1 victory over Sceptre. In spite of a near zero temperature both clubs provided smart ball. 

(May 21)  At Sceptre Sunday before a capacity crowd, Eston again won, this time 9-3.


(May 24)  Dauphin walloped Neepawa 13-4 to take top money in the Grandview tournament.  Wayne "Wimpy" Stephenson fired a two-hitter and fanned ten in the final as the Red Birds cracked out 11 hits and capitalized on six Neepawa errors.  The game was called after six innings. A homer by Neepawa second sacker Tommy Inverarity with two aboard in the third inning accounted for most of the Neepawa offense.  Ernie Boushy rapped a double and two singles for the winners.

Stephenson (W) and Nash
Bodnar, McConachy and McConachy, Inverarity

Dauphin scored three in the 4th inning and went on to shade Gilbert Plains 4-2 in opening action. Winning pitcher Eddie Mazur, big lefty pitcher from Winnipeg, banged out a homer, triple and double to lead the winners. Herb Boughen had a homer and single.  Dauphin had just six hits off Dave Hunt for Gilbert Plains. Bill Murray had four hits in five trips for the Plainsmen.

Mazur (W) and Nash
Hunt (L) and Bender

Neepawa advanced by clobbering Grandview 17-7.


(May 24)  Fists were flying in the final game of the Fruitvale tourney as Nelson took top money with a 13-10 victory over the host club in the final. Nelson's Les Hufty spiked Fruitvale catcher Gerry Simpson who had already been nicked by a Nelson runner. The enraged Simpson let fly with a haymaker which caught umpire Dickie Price on the ear. Young Hufty's father even got into the act before Fruitvale's big Sandy McInnes raced in and began tossing his weight around. Hufty went all the way on the hill for the winners while starter Fuzzy Grieve gave away to Cliff Jacobsen. Andy Bilesky, the Beavers' third sacker had the big blow of the day, smacking a homer in a losing cause.

Hufty (W) and xxx
F.Grieve, Jacobsen and xxx

Cliff Jacobsen dazzled Rossland in the tourney opener as Beavers won, 9-1. Lefty Irvin Lavorato took the loss.

Jacobsen (W) and xxx
Lavorato (L), McKinnon and xxx


(May 24)  The Victoria Day Tournament came to a sudden and tragic end at Riverside Park Wednesday when Umpire A. (Mickey) Ryan collapsed on the field from a heart attack and died shortly after. Ryan had taken over in the fifth inning when Clarence Brodie, who was calling them from behind the plate, got hit in the shoulder with a foul tip and needed medical attention. In the bottom of the seventh Ryan fell just inside the third base line. Doug Moore the base umpire had just made a call on a close play at third base and it appeared Ryan was running down the line to cover the same play.

Elks were leading North Kamloops 12-6 at the time.  North Kamloops jumped off to a quick start with three runs in the first inning. Eddie Garay tripled to scored Eddie Fuoco and Len Fowles, then scored himself on a fielder's choice. Elks replied with four in the bottom of the first as Ray Ottem drew a walk, Mel Ottem singled, Art Thompson reached on an error and Wilf Johnston cleared the sacks with a blast over the right field fence. Both teams scored in the second and North Kamloops tied it at 5-5 with a run in the top of the 3rd. Elks took the lead for good with four more in the bottom of the third. Thomson had a thee-run homer for the winners.  Len Gatin, who hurled both games for the Elks, scattered nine hits in going the route for the win.

J.Brkich (L), Takenaka (2), Fowles (7) and E.Garay 
Gatin (W) and R.Ottem  

In the morning game, Elks scored three in the first frame and coasted to a 10-3 victory over Kamloops CYO. Elks crushed three homers, by Bill Hryciuk, Ray Ottem and Art Thomson. Len Gatin held the losers to six hits. 

Prehara (L) and Egely
Gatin (W) and R.Ottem


(May 24)   Blackie defeated Parkland 6-3 to take first money at the annual 24th of May Tournament sponsored by the Claresholm Legion Athletic Association.   Lefty Viggo won the mound decision for Blackie after picking up a win in relief in the opening round. Jack Scott, pitching his second game of the tourney, took the loss.

Viggo (W) and xxx
J.Scott (L) and xxx

Blackie made the final coming from behind an early 3-0 deficit to dump Claresholm 9-4 in the tournament's second game. Broz was the batting star knocking in five runs with a bases-loaded double and a single. Egland started for Blackie but gave way to Viggo in the third inning when Claresholm scored three.

Egland, Viggo (W) (3) and xxx
W.MacDonald (L), Edwardh (8) and Dodd

Parkland advanced with a 10-5 victory over Stavely helped by Dick Hawk's three-run homer in the fourth inning. Jack Scott went the route for the win.

Scott (W) and xxx
McInnes (L), Yorgason (6) and xxx


(May 24)   Swift Current Indians scored six runs in the first inning and went on to whip Eston 15-3 in the final to capture first prize money in the Sceptre tournamentLee Crowder held the import-studded club to four hits to gain the win.  Pee Wee Willis was the major force at the plate for the Indians in the tournament banging out seven hits in 12 trips.  Walter Powell went five for 12, including three doubles.  Jackie McLeod also had five hits. 5-thousand fans attended the final.

Hester (L), Johnson, Stevenson, Gilkinson and xxx
Crowder (W) and xxx

Delisle had an easy time in the first round with a 12-1 win over Shaunavon.  Swift Current whipped Glidden 11-1 behind Tommy Thompson.  Sceptre advanced with a 13-2 triumph over Holdfast and Eston moved on with a 12-1 victory over Portreeve in a five inning affair..  Eston upset Sceptre 5-3 in the semi-final round behind the five-hit pitching of Clint McNeill who bested Bert Olmstead.

Olmstead (L) and xxx
McNeill (W) and xxx

The Indians shaded  Delisle 3-1 behind the seven-hit pitching by Mike Dzingelowski (Dayne),  Swift Current scored three runs in the first frame for the win.

(May 25)  Eston clobbered Glidden 17-9. Herb Stevenson survived control troubles in his first start of the season to go the route for the winners.

(May 27)  Eston scored the winner in its last at bat to take the opener of a weekend series with Saskatoon Legion, 3-2.  Down 3-1, Herb Stevenson doubled and Clint McNeil followed with a single to plate the Ramblers' second run. McNeil was out at third but Ted Toles singled, advanced to third on Rudy Johnson's single and proceeded to steal home to tie the score. Ira Gardiner singled to plate Johnson and Eston had the victory. Elmer Hester picked up the win over highly touted George Tatum.  Except for the wind, the crowd would have been treated to one of the longest-ever hits at Eaton Park as Gordie Howe teed off on one of Hester's fast balls for a long blow, kept in the park by the wind.

Tatum (L) and xxx
Hester (W) and xxx

(May 28)  Eston Ramblers trounced Saskatoon Legion 19-5 in the second game of the weekend set. Clint McNeil coasted to his second win while Eston pounded five Legion hurlers. Ira Gardiner cracked four doubles and a single to pace a potent Eston offense.  Ramblers combined 14 hits with eight walks and three Saskatoon errors.

Pizzey (L), Arnold, Rostrad, Tatum, Howe and xxx
McNeil (W) and xxx

After the second week of the season,  Eston showed a 7-2 won-lost record with one tie.  Clint McNeil and Ted Toles each sported 2-0 records with Rudy Johnson and Herb Stevenson each with one pitching victory. Elmer Hester had a win and two losses.


(May 31)   Sceptre took first money at the Eston Tourney topping a strong Kindersley club in the deciding game. In the first round, Richlea took a close decision from Glidden, Kindersley upset the host Eston nine 3-1 and Sceptre blanked Minot 3-0. Kinderlsey beat Richlea in the semi-final to enter the final with Sceptre.


(June 1)  Delisle captured the Wiseton Tournament Thursday blanking Saskatoon Legion 5-0 in the final. The visitors advanced to the final in the four-team event with a 2-0 shutout of Sceptre while Legion topped Eston 3-1. In spite of terrible weather - wind, dust and rain - 1,000 fans were on hand for the tournament.

(June 3)  At Roblin Monday, the Kamsack Cyclones trounced the locals 9-2.

Lloydminster Tournament


(June 7-8)  Delisle whipped Edmonton Oilers 10-0 to win first prize of $2,000 in the second annual Lloydminster tournament. Delisle also took home top money in the inaugural event last year. The game was called after seven innings by mutual agreement. Murray Coben and Joe Hollin Cretiencombined to pitch the shutout. Coben helped at the plate as well with a pair of doubles, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Pete Andrews took the loss.

Coben, Hollin Cretien (5) and R. Bentley
Andrews, Melnyk (W), Bailey (3) and Engel, Kinsman, J. Kennedy, Lane

The Delisle squad featured the Bentley clan -- Max, Doug, Bev, Reg, Roy and Jack -- of hockey fame.  Dick Butler, another hockey star, was with Tulsa of the USHL last season.

Delisle made the final with an amazing comeback to down St. Paul 11-7. Down 7-2 going in the final frame, Delisle scored five in the 9th to tie then added four in the 10th to take the win.

Hollin Cretien, Griggs (3), Coben (W) (4) and R. Bentley, Shirley (3)
Nordstrom (L) and McDermid

Earlier, the Bentley boys by shaded Sceptre 4-2 behind a six-hitter by Doug Gostlin.

Courtoreille, Price (L) and Grant
Gostlin (W) and Shirley

Edmonton won a final berth by downing Westlock 5-3 as Rusnak tossed a four-hitter.

Flintoff (L), Bernice (3), Wilson (5) and Comeau
Rusnak (W) and Kinsman

Oilers advanced by topped Neilburg 8-2 as Bailey held the Monarchs to four hits.

Bailey (W) and Kinsman
Gibbons (L), Rutherford (7) and Friesen

Westlock had scored a major upset in defeating Kamloops 5-1. The BC team reached the final in 1949, losing to Delisle. 

Berness (W) and Comeau
Scott (L), Gatin (8) and Ottem

St. Paul overcame 11 errors to beat Mundare 8-4.

Tronnis (L) and Stewart
Nordstrom (W), Martin (8) and McDermid

In opening action, Westlock, although out hit 10-8, ousted the host Lloydminster Oilers 5-3.  Westlock gained the win with a three-run outburst in the 8th inning coming on just one hit, two errors, a sacrifice and a passed ball.

Dodd, Shoop (7) and Rayson
Wilson and Cameau

Len Gatin fired a one-hitter as Kamloops shutout Lougheed 9-0.  Outfielder Casey Jones bashed a two-run homer for Kamloops.  In going down to defeat, Lougheed provided one of the highlights of opening day with a triple play.  With the bases loaded, Lougheed third baseman Black jumped high in the air to grab a line drive, and caught the runner off third for the second out and whipped the ball over to first to get the runner trying to scramble back to the bag.

Gatin and Ottem
Hilker, Simpson (5), Ingvolsen (8) and Coughlin

Sceptre scored three in the 8th to put away the North Battleford Beavers 7-3 behind a six-hitter by Hal Price.

Torgerson (L), Dean (6), Brown (8) and Prediger
Price (W) and Grant

St. Paul had little trouble disposing of Maidstone 11-2 as Howie Martin hurled one-hit ball and struck out 12 in pitching into the 8th inning.  Ed Stefureak finished up. 

Martin, Stefureak (8) and McDermid
Tellier, Tesh (7) and McMillan

Bennie Griggs, who pitched Delisle to top money in the tournament in 1949, hurled a six-hitter and fanned 12 as Delisle won their opening game 6-1 over Eston.  Griggs and Max Bentley belted home runs for the winners.

McNeill (L), Jacobson (4) and B. Stevenson
Griggs (W) and Reg Bentley

Neilburg and Edmonton won by default when the Saskatoon All-Stars withdrew and Mundare, Alberta advanced with a default when the Rockets were a no-show as road conditions prevented the team from arriving on time.

(In the inaugural tournament in 1949, Delisle trounced Kamloops 12-1 in the final for top prize of $2,000.  An estimated 10-thousand fans saw the final game.  In the semi-finals, Kamloops shaded Sceptre 6-5 in 11 innings and Delisle beat Lloydminster 7-6)

(June 9) The Saskatoon All-Stars, a group of select players from the Cubs and Legion, lambasted the touring Muskogee Cardinals 11 - 0 in an exhibition game. The American visitors had only two hits in the game off three Hub City chuckers, one of whom was stage and movie actor Cameron Mitchell who is spending time in Saskatoon visiting with his wife's family. Saskatoon starter Bob Herron pitched four innings of hitless ball to pick up the win. Chuck McCullough, Sherman Watrous and Harry O'Brien each had three hits for the winners.

Giddens (L), Nash (5) and Thomas, Prim
Herron (W), Mitchell (5), Currie (9) and Watrous

(June 9)  Eston Ramblers whipped Delisle 19-4 in an exhibition game Friday at Rosetown. Ramblers roughed up Delisle pitching to such an extent that second sacker Eddie Brown took a turn on the hill.

(June 10)   North Battleford Beavers downed the visiting Kamloops Elks 6-4 in an exhibition game at North Battleford. Three long homers by Tony Maze and Pete Prediger of the Beavers and Casey Jones of the Elks featured the contest. The BC club out-hit the Beavers eight to six but their moundsmen gave up ten walks while Maze allowed only one. Maze had a perfect day at the dish with his homer, three-bagger and two walks.


(June 10-11)   Sceptre took top money of $1,500 downing the Prince Albert All-Stars 12-6 in the final of the inaugural Prince Albert Kinsmen Tournament. 8,000 fans jammed Bohemian Park for the action.  Sceptre rapped out 12 hits and took advantage of 11 walks issued by four Prince Albert hurlers. Eddie DeBarnabo had a three-hitter until the bottom of the 9th when the Stars rallied for five runs on six hits. DeBarnabo and Fergie Shields had inside-the-park homers for the winners while Prince Albert catcher Gordie Wilson sent one over the left field wall.

Bigelow (L), Bird, Reynoldson, Logue (5) and Wilson
DeBarnabo (W) and xxx

Sceptre made the final by downing Carrot River Loggers 4-1 behind Hal Price's neat three-hitter. Price fanned 12 in the tournament's top hurling performance.  Sceptre pounded out 12 hits.

xxx, xxx and xxx
Price (W) and xxx

Prince Albert used an 18-hit attack to clobber the Muskogee Cardinals 13-3 in the other semi-final. Ron Reynoldson held the Americans to eight hits. 

Reynoldson (W) and xxx
xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx

In opening round action, Muskogee Cardinals rallied with five runs in the 9th inning to shade Eston Ramblers 13-12.

Lefty Logue was the story as Prince Albert upset the highly rated Kamloops Elks 3-0. Logue hurled a five-hitter and bashed at the plate with three doubles.

Logue (W) and xxx
xxx, xxx and xxx

Carrot River Loggers upset the Ligon All-Stars 5-1 as Pete Polus belted a homer.

Sceptre trounced the touring St. Louis Black Cardinals 12-0 with a 13-hit attack.  Lefty Neil Courtoreille held the Cards to five hits in tossing the shutout.  Errors proved the downfall for the visitors as they bobbled the ball eight times.


(June 14)  Sceptre, a Saskatchewan whistlestop of 205 residents, edged Kamloops Elks 2-0 to take top prize money of $2,000 in the $5,000 Camrose tournament.  23-year-old Bert Olmstead pitched a four-hit shutout to register his second win of the day.  Olmstead, a left winger with the Chicago Black Hawks, was among the hockey stars to don cleats for the summer. Dale Hannan allowed only six hits in taking the loss. A half hour before the final, Olmstead had fired four shutout innings in relief to help Sceptre to the tournament final.

Sceptre broke a scoreless tie in the 6th as George Mahaffy led off with a single to right and advanced on an error and Oldmstead's sacrifice.  Reinie Lutcher drove him home with a safety to right.  They added an insurance run in the 9th. Eddie DeBarnabo doubled, advanced on a single by Jimmy Sheilds and scored on an infield out by Dave Shaw.

Olmstead (W) and Serpa
Hannan (L) and R. Ottem, Maralia (2)

Sixteen teams from the three Western provinces competed in the two-day event.  Sceptre advanced to the final with an 8-5 win over Bowden (Lacombe), Alberta rallying for three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning after Bowden had taken the lead with a three run outbust in the top of the 6th.  Bert Olmstead came on in relief with four scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Bowden 5 Sceptre 8
Hanna, Morris (L) (1) and Coughlin
Shaw, Courteriole (3), Olmstead (W) (6) and Serpa

Kamloops trounced the Edmonton Oilers 10-3

Edmonton 3 Kamloops 10
Robertson (L), H. Callihan (3), Forss (8) and Bakenfohr
Prehara (W), Gatin (6) and R. Ottem

In other action, Sceptre beat Indian Head 2-0 as Hal Price tossed a two-hitter., Bowden trounced Stettler 14-9 and Lloydminster 16-5,  Kamloops got by Alaska Command 6-4 and Edmonton ousted Clive 3-2.

Kamloops 6 Alaska 4
Gatin (W) and R. Otten
Bailey (L), Markham (4), Dverney (4) and Schussler, Brown (6)

Stettler 9 Bowden 14
McGee, Crocher (5), F. Chapman (8) and Wicks
McDeavitt, Bacon (W) (2) and Coughlin

Indian Head 0 Sceptre 2
Jenkins (L) and Green
Price (W) and Serpa

Clive 2 Edmonton 3
Sampson, Sharkey (L) (5) and Meldrum
Forss (W) and Tait

In opening action, Indian Head trounced Kelsey 14-4 as Jim Morrow went the route in the seven inning contest. Lincoln Boyd belted a two-run homer for the Rockets.

Morrow (W) and Green
Kennedy (L), McGregor and A. Erickson

In a game called after five innings, Sceptre whipped Alliance 13-0 as Dave Shaw tossed a two-hitter for the winners. Jimmy Shields and Bert Olmstead each had two hits for Sceptre.

Kembel (L), McKay (2) and Hamilton
Shaw (W) and Serpa

Bowden fell behind 4-0 in the first inning then roared back to upend Lloydminster 16-5 in a game called after five innings. Charlie Morris went the distance for the win.

Morris (W) and Coflin
Dodd (L), Dodd (2), Bruce (3), Hornyk (4) and King, Ravson (3)

Stettler downed Lougheed 11-5.

Pat Chapman (W), Jack Chapman (7) and Wicks
Gordon Simpson (L), Harvey Simpson (9) and Grieve

Alaska Command downed Amber Valley 10-1.

Anderson (L), K. Edwards (3), A. Edwards (6) and Labranche
Morse (W), Hutchinson (5) and Brown, Teague (6)

Edmonton edged Chipman 10-9, halting a Chipman rally in the 9th.  Jimmy Johnson had three hits, including a homer for the winner.

Don Crough (W), Harold Callihan (9) and Clark
Brenners, Elmer Thomas (4) and Cona, Isaacs (4)

Clive shutout Coal Valley 8-0 behind Ken Nelson's four-hitter.

St. Louis (L), Letendre (1), Fiscue (3) and Radway
Nelson (W) and Meldrum

Kamloops defeated Provost 9-2 as Pete Scott held the losers to seven hits and helped on offense with three hits.

Scott (W) and R. Otten
Brown (L), Stevenson (6) and Ryan, Ganser (6)


(June 14)  Winnipeg Buffaloes whipped Brandon 8-1 to take first prize money in Brandon Greys' $1,400 invitational tournament.  Taylor Smith pitched a four-hitter to lead the Buffs.  Joe Taylor and WIllie Wells Jr. each drove in a pair for WInnipeg.

Gonzales, Naranjo (4) and Rodriguez
Smith and Howard

Regina Caps took third prize money pasting the touring Muskogee Cardinals 9-0.  Joe Searcie tossed a two-hitter for the Caps.  

Giddens, Patrick (2) and Thomas
Searcie and Warwick

In the opening round, Winnipeg beat the Caps 6-2 and Brandon topped Muskogee 5-1.  For the Caps, Ira Wells was a one-man show, tossing a five-hitter, fielding brilliantly and collecting two hits.  But, the Regina defense committed three costly errors.  Winslow Means tossed a five-hitter in the Greys' victory.

Wells and Warwick
Carter and Howard

Means and Rodriguez
Staton and Thomas

(Brandon won the 1949 tournament, defeating Elmwood Giants 4-1 in the final.  It was the Greys 42nd win in 46 games. Third money in the four-team event went to Carman Cardinals who whipped the Carlyle Shamrocks 9-0 in the consolation final.  In the opening round, Brandon topped Carlyle 14-2, while Elmwood scored a 9-5 win over Carman.  More than 3-thousand fans attended the final, played under the lights.)

(June 14) The Ligon Colored All-Stars hammered the Saskatoon Selects 14 - 3 in exhibition play. The Saskatonians were an aggregate group of Cubs and Legion players. Aquillon Bailey and Marvin Ligon each had three hits for Ligon's. Slim Burke collected a double and single for Saskatoon.  Rufus Ligon and Lefty Woods combined to hold the Selects to seven hits.

R. Ligon (W), Woods (6) and Holland
Tatum (L), Burke (2), Salmon (6) and Watrous


(June 14-15)  Carrot River captured top prize at the Kerrobert Tournament downing Eston 7-2 in the final. Tommy Thompson was the loser, pitching well but done in by errors.

Loggers reached the final by defeating Doug Gostlin and Delisle 4-2, in spite of 16 strikeouts by the Delisle hurler, while Eston beat Swift Current 5-4. In the opening round, Sceptre, returning from winning the Camrose Tournament, were unable to reach Kerrobert in time for a scheduled match with Swift Current and had to default the contest.

Eston's red hot Ramblers provided opening day offensive action in a 17-7 win over Kindersley Klippers. Delisle topped Macklin 8-3 and Carrot River downed Colonsay Monarchs, also 8-3.


(June 15)  Eston captured top money at the Elrose event.

(June 15)   North Battleford Beavers blew a 7-1 lead but rebounded with three runs in the last of the ninth inning to down the Ligon All-Stars 10-8 Thursday evening at Abbott Field.  Roy Dean smacked a double to knock in Pete Prediger to tie the contest and Tony Maze followed with a two-run homer for the win.

(June 16)   Dauphin seniors proved to be better "mudders" than the barnstorming Muskogee Colored Cardinals Friday when they scored a 4-2 victory in an exhibition match at the D.M.C.C. grounds.  The diamond was in barely playable condition.  Eddie Mazur held the visitors to six hits in the nine-inning contest for the win while Nash held Dauphin to just five.  Dauphin grabbed the lead with a pair in the first inning as Fate Simms drew a base on balls and, after advancing on a sacrifice, scored on a safety by Wimpy Stephenson.  Stephenson came around to score on a fielder's choice and an infield out.  Givens scored for the Cards in the second before Dauphin added two more in the third on a double by Ray Nash.  Cards made in close with another marker in the fourth on two hits and two walks. 

Nash (L) and Prim
Mazur (W) and Nash

(June 16)  Bill Dials pitched Swift Current to a 9-1 exhibition win over Eston.

Dials (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx


(June 17)  Eston captured first prize at the Plato Tournament

(June 18)   Muskogee Cardinals dumped Eston 11-2.


(June 19)  Out-hit 16 to 7, Roblin took advantage of a dozen Dauphin errors Monday to rebound from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Red Birds 9-7 in the final of the Gilbert Plains Tournament. Dauphin got six hits in the top of the first to score five times but Robin got one in the bottom of the first and four in each of the 2nd and 5th innings to take the top prize. Wimpy Stephenson allowed just seven hits in taking the loss. Winslow Means was battered by 16 hits, three each by Fate Simms and Ernie Bousy, but staggered to the finish line for the win. 

Stephenson (L) and Nash
Means (W) and Pigg 

Wimpy Stephenson belted a homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Dauphin a 4-3 win over Gilbert Plains to advance to the final of the tournament. Fate Simms held the Plainsmen to six hits for the win. Al Jacousky gave up eight hits in a losing cause.

Jacousky (L) and Stempak
Simms (W) and Nash

It took two extra innings as Roblin edged Grandview 11-10 in the other semi-final. Leonard Pigg provided a highlight for the winners with a long home run.


(June 20-21) The Delisle Gems won first money of $1,000 in Humboldt's $2,200 baseball tournament defeating the Muskogee Cardinals 11 - 3 in the final. Murray Coben threw a four-hitter and struck out 11 for Delisle.

Staton (L) and Prim
Coben (W) and Shirley

Delisle advanced by crushing Colonsay Monarchs 17-0 behind a 13-hit attack and Bennie Griggs' three-hit pitching.

Griggs (W) and Reg Bentley
Johnson (L), Folk (6) and Folk, Rosher (6)

Muskogee scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to a 15-8 triumph over Humboldt. The host team had 12 hits, same as the winners, but bobbled the ball six times. Comeau and Hagle had homers for the losers.

Rundun, Goliath (1), Senko (3) and Comeaux
Nash, Giddens (4) and Prim

In opening action, 19-year-old Doug Gostlin, Delisle's imported hurler from Toronto, fired a four-hitter and struck out ten to set down Carrot River Loggers 7-1 to avenge a loss to the Loggers last week at Kerrobert. 

Gostlin (W) and xxx
Swota (L), Bailey (7) and xxx

Colonsay defeated Wilcox Cardinals 5-1 behind the steady hurling of Grant Carlson.

Carlson (W) and xxx
Buttgereit, Don Metz (4) and xxx

The Humboldt and District All-Stars with Jerry Green and Ted Senko handling the mound duties defeated the St. Louis Black Cardinals 11-9.  Muskogee Cardinals trounced Marysburg 12-1. 


(June 21-22)  Gilbert Plains posted seven straight wins in two days to take top prize money in both the Binscarth and Dauphin tournaments.

(June 21) Al Jacousky tossed a one-hitter in the final as Gilbert Plains rolled over Langenburg, Saskatchewan 10-0 on Wednesday.  He allowed just a scratch hit in the 8th inning.  Earlier, the Plainsmen beat Haller 7-3 as Orville Minish was the winner in relief. Hunt pitched both opening games as Gilbert Plains downed Inglis 3-2 and shutout Binscarth 2-0.  Catcher Johnny Stempak was the workhorse for the winners as he was behind the plate for all four games.

(June 22)  On Thursday, Gilbert Plains edged Roblin 3-2 in the final of the Dauphin Elks' tournament called after five innings because of rain. Bill Murray knocked in Jacousky with the winning run with a 3rd inning single.  Ted Morton had earlier doubled and scored on Jacousky's triple.  Stempak scored the first run when he tripled in the 2nd inning and scored on a single by Minish.  Roblin had defeated Grandview 8-3 to advance to the final.

In the semi-final Minish tossed a four-hitter and Murray clouted a homer as Gilbert Plains downed Dauphin 4-2.  Stempak and Johnny Wilson belted homers as the Plainsmen whipped Neepawa 10-6 in the opening game. Jacousky went the distance for the win.

(June 22)   In a five-inning game, shortened by rain, Delisle downed the Indian Head Rockets 5-0 behind a one-hitter by Joe Hollin Chretien.

Calhoun (L) and Green
Chretien (W) and Reg Bentley


(June 22)  After seeing the Lloydminster Baseball Tournament in 1949, Jack Ferris, a former president of the Lacombe Lions Club, convinced his colleagues to hold a tourney in Lacombe.  It would become recognized as one of the premier events on the prairies, running for more than thirty years and boasting the largest prize money of any Western Canada tournament.  The inaugural  event was staged June 20-21, 1950.

1st Lacombe Tournament(The Lacombe Globe, June 15, 1950)   

"Central Alberta's biggest summer attraction - Lacombe's big baseball tournament will be staged next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Final preparations are all but completed, and tournament chairman Jack Ferris reports everything in readiness for the opening games at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Big Names in Baseball

Big names will appear on the line-ups of the various visiting teams.  Indian Head aggregation is fresh from a spring-training program in Florida, and enjoys a close tie-in with the Rogers Hornsby baseball circuits of the States; Ladd Field of the U.S. Airforce Alaska command boasts a team that placed in the quarter-finals at the mammoth American baseball tournament at the New York polo grounds last year; Sceptre, Sask., has two big-time hockey players, Metro Prysti and Bert Olmstead of the Chicago Black Hawks, on their roster; and so it goes down the line.

One thing is sure.  With the baseball talent from central Alberta and the outside teams appearing here, fans at the ball tournament will see the finest ball ever witnessed in this area."

A story in the June 8th edition of the paper noted the last minute preparations, including bleachers to seat more than 6-thousand, seating for another 3-thousand, backstops and diamonds being measured and built, and plans to feed the expected, large crowds.  A separate story noted:

"Ladies of the town and district are planning to man the pavilion counter and at least four 'grease spots' on the baseball grounds ... a partial list of what is being ordered: Potatoes, 1,500 lbs.; cold meats, 1,100 lbs.; tomatoes, 300 lbs.; pies, 1,000; parkerhouse rolls, 6,000 ... "

The event also featured an aerial display by the R.C.A.F. and a simulated battle by members of the Calgary Tank regiment. Public dances were held each evening and an industrial exhibition was also part of the show.  The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce sponsored a "cavalcade of good will" with more than one hundred cars expected to make the excursion to Lacombe.  The town declared June 21st as a civic holiday. 

The California Mohawks and Sceptre split first prize money when rain prevented the championship game.  

Mohawks advanced to the final with an easy, 15-0 win over Stettler. The collegians scored 13 runs in the first inning and coasted through the five inning contest.  

Mohawks 15 Stettler 0
Watkins, Bauhofer (1), Pisani (4), Makras (5) and Bricker
Gatin, Prockiu (1), Stevenson (1), Al Chapman (1), Pat Chapman (1) and Wicks

In was in stark contrast to their dramatic win over Alaska Command.  Down 4-1 in the last of the 8th, Mohawks rallied with a walk, single and Bob Donkersley's three-run homer to tie.  Then, in the bottom of the 9th, Don Bricker reached on a walk and Roy Taylor blasted one over the left field fence to give the Mohawks a 6-4 victory.  

Alaska Command 4 Mohawks 6
Morse and Brown
Barnett and Beiden

Bert Olmstead tossed a three-hitter as Sceptre topped Lacombe 2-0 in other semi-final action.  The game was called after six innings by rain and wiped out a pitching duel between Olmstead and Roger Berlando of Lacombe.

Lacombe 0 Sceptre 2
Berlando and Tanner
Olmstead and Serpa

Earlier, Sceptre whipped Innisfail 12-5.

Innisfail 5 Sceptre 12
Fred Harmon, Irving Suggett (4) and Harold Noble 
Eddie Debarnabo and Clarence Grant

The powerful Indian Head Rockets were ousted by Stettler, 11-6.

Indian Head 6 Stettler 11
Calhoun, Jenkins (5) and Quarterman
Prockiu, Bradley (3) and Wicks 

Lacombe had won a spot in the semi-final with a 7-4 victory over C.N.R.

CNR 4 Lacombe 7
Bacon and McDermid
Severyn, Morris (2) and Tanner

There were eight games on the opening day's program.

Red Deer 4 Stettler 12
Martin, Eckerman (4), J Musselman (4) and Phillips
Bradley and Wicks

Lacombe 12 Alliance 1
Bob Coughlin and Tanner
Bill Bukland and Hamilton

Westlock 1 Indian Head 13
Brenneis, Wilson (4) and Como
Morrow and Quarterman, Green (5)

Clive 1 C.N.R. 6
Clarey Johnson, Pancho Gray (6) and Harry Meldrum
Harold Pruden and Willie McDermott

Sceptre 9 Eston 2
Neil Courtoreille and Lindy Serpa
Herb Stevenson, Clint McNeil (7) and Ira Gardiner

Mohawks 18 Leduc 0
Bolger and Bricker
xxx and xxx

Bowden 2 Alaska Command 7
Troness and Malma
Bailey and Brown

Innisfail won by default over the Amber Valley Coloured Giants who failed to show.

The sixteen-team event was the beginning of something special for baseball on the prairies -- the Lacombe Tournament became one of the summer highlights.  The sports columnist for the Edmonton Bulletin, Stan Moher, noted that the 4,200 fans for the Mohawks semi-final was, "one of the heftiest crowds ever to see an athletic attraction in this part of the province."

(June 23)  At Grandview, the Kamsack Cyclones topped the home club 10-5 running up an 8-0 lead before the Maroons got on the scoreboard.  Jackie Eisner handled the mound work for the winners.


(June 24-25) The Delisle Gems walked away from the North Battleford $2,600 tournament some $1,000 richer as they blanked the Carrot River Loggers 4 - 0 in the final match. Murray Coben and Joe Hollin Chretien shared the hill duties for Delisle with Coben getting credit for the win. Dick Butler of the Gems had the game's only extra-base hit, a 2nd inning RBI double. Max Bentley drove in two runs with a single.

Swota (L) and McLean
Coben (W), Chretien (6) and Reg Bentley

Carrot River made the final as Lou Bailey blanked North Battleford on three hits.

Carrot River 4 North Battleford 0
Bailey (W) and McLean
Torgerson (L), Brown (7) and Sweeney, Prediger (7)

Max Bentley scored twice and knocked in the other two with a homer as Delisle shaded Sceptre 4-3 in 10 innings.  Doug Gostlin held Sceptre to five hits in registering the win.  Hal Price took the loss.

Delisle 4 Sceptre 3 (10 innings)
Gostlin (W) and Shirley
Price (L) and Serpa

Bennie Griggs fired a two-hitter to lead Delisle past Legion 3-2.

Delise 3 Legion 2
Griggs (W) and R. Bentley
Arnold (L), Herron (8) and Sasseville

Doug Dodd pitched shutout ball as North Battleford advanced with an 8-0 win over Eston.

Eston 0 North Battleford 8
Stevenson (L), Gilkenson (4), Hester (6) and Blakely
Dodd (W) and Prediger

In the opening round, Carrot River Loggers and Sceptre registered one-sided victories Friday. In the first game, Sceptre demolished Maidstone 21-2 while the Loggers ran up a 10-9 win over South Makwa.   Young right-hander Pete Polus pitched three-hit ball for the Loggers while Herb Lovett smacked a grand slam homer in the second inning.

(June 25)  Kamsack and Gilbert Plains fought to a 3-3 deadlock Sunday at Madge Lake.

Jacousky and xxx
Pudney and Taylor

(June 27)   Minot's Magic City Colored Stars capitalized on five Saskatoon errors to upend the Saskatoon All-Stars 6-3 Tuesday night at Cairns Field.  Johnny Williams scattered nine hits to register the pitching win with ninth inning help from Lefty Bryant.  The Americans scored a pair in the top of the first inning and were never headed. Saskatoon second baseman Cy Rouse led all hitters with four singles in five trips. However, in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and two out, Rouse went down swinging to end the game.

Williams (W), Bryant (9) and Benson
Reynoldson (L), Maroniuk (8) and Watrous

(June 28)   The barnstorming Muskogee Cardinals rallied for two runs in the ninth Wednesday to dump the Prince Albert Anavets 6-4 in an exhibition game at Bohemian Park.  Ernest Locke's two-bagger with two runners aboard proved to be the deciding blow.  Young Ken Bird tossed a four-hitter for Prince Albert but the Anavets committed eight errors. Slim Giddeons surrendered seven hits in twirling for the visitors.

Giddeons (W) and Prim
Bird (L) and Casey

(June 28)   Carrot River Loggers and Regina Caps divided a double-header Wednesday as the feature attraction at the town's sports day program.  Caps scored a 16-6 victory in the opener while the Loggers came back to take an 8-6 decision in the second. 

Allan (W) and xxx
Fox, King and xxx

Maze, Heidt and xxx
Bailey, Swota (5) and xxx


(June 28-29) Sceptre walked off with the $1,400 first prize in the Melfort tournament trouncing the Ligon All-Stars 17-9 in the final.  Bert Olmstead picked up the win in relief of starter Neil Courtereille.  Ligon shortstop Bernard Willis was the hitting star with two homers and a triple.  

xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
Courtereille, Olmstead (W) (3) and xxx

Sceptre reached the final topping Carrot River Loggers 6-1 as Hal Price tossed a neat four-hitter and Eddie DeBarnabo belted a grand slam homer.

Price (W) and xxx
Bailey (L), Swota (7) and xxx

The Loggers had knocked Regina out of further play with a 5-4 victory.  Veteran Perley Fennell scored the winning run. He doubled, advanced on an error and came home on a sacrifice fly. Pete Polus pitched the win for the Loggers besting Ira Wells of Regina. Ligon's ousted Saskatoon Legion 6-5 in spite of Bobby Sasseville's four-bagger.

In opening round action, Saskatoon Legion upset Delisle 5-3 with four runs in the eighth inning. Three came home on Ray Hamilton's bases-loaded double. Lefty Arnold scattered ten hits to register the win beating Bennie Griggs.

Griggs (L) and Reg Bentley
Arnold (W) and Sasseville

Ligon's Colored All-Stars advanced with an 11-5 win over Eston and Sceptre defeated the California Mohawks 4-1.  More than 15-hundred fans were on hand for the first round games.


(June 29)   Brandon Greys won top prize in the $2,000 Moosomin tournament downing Carman 6-5 in the final.  An 8th inning triple by Armando Vasquez scored the tying run and Vasquez notched the winner on an infield out.  Frank Watkins bested Johnny Wingo on the hill.  Ian Lowe and Skeeter Watkins each had two hits for the Greys.

In the opening round, Greys shaded Indian Head Rockets 8-6 and Carman downed Elmwood Giants 6-2 as Gentry Jessup out-pitched Taylor Smith.  Brandon's victory featured tape-measure homers by Charlie Peete and Rafe CabreraGeorge Lipscomb homered for the Rockets.  Pedro Naranjo and Tom Johnson shared the mound work for Brandon while Jesse Blackman and Daniel Jenkins hurled for Indian Head.  

Jim Morrow went the distance as the Rockets beat the Giants 7-4.  Paul Jones was the loser for Elmwood.


(June 30-July1)  Kamloops CYO captured top prize of $500 in the Prince George Tournament Sunday wallopping the West Lake Loggers 18-1 as the Loggers fumbled the ball 13 times.  Al Byman fired a four-hitter for the win and helped his cause with an inside-the-park homer. Bill Schall also had a four-bagger for the winners. Len Gatin have up 11 hits in being saddled with the loss.

CYO 18 West Lake 1
Byman (W) and Brummet
Gatin (L) and McIntyre

In the consolation final, Vanderhoof exploded for five runs in the first inning and topped the Red Sox 6-3.

Red Sox 3 Vanderhoof 6
Roos (L) and Kauturin
D.Wall (W) and J.Smith

CYO made the finals by dumping Willow River Red Sox 11-2.  Bill MacDonald had a shutout until the 9th when the Sox scored their only two runs.  Ollie Egely and MacDonald slugged homers in the victory.

CYO 11 Red Sox 2
McDonald (W), Prehara (8) and Engley
Amos (L) and Church

The other semi-final was an even higher scoring affair as West Lake crushed Vanderhoof 21-1.

Vanderhoof 1 West Lake 21
Glazier and Doyle
Bent, D.Reinke, A.Wall and Smith

In the opening round :

A pair of Prince George teams squared off in the opening game with the West Lakes Loggers beating Pollard Motors 2-1 on Corrigan's 9th inning homer. Len Gatin hurled a four-hitter for the win.

Loggers 2 Pollards 1
Gatin (W) and Doyle
Rhodes (L) and Muirhead

Vanderhoof came from behind a 6-0 deficit to down Quesnel 12-11.

Vanderhoof 12 Quesnel 11
Spencer, D.Wall (4) and Smith
Friesen, Thomasson (8) and Young

CYO pounded out 17 hits in blanking Burns Lake Elks 15-0.  Al Byman and Bill MacDonald combined on a four-hitter for CYO while Harry Maralia led the hitters with a three for four afternoon. George (Lefty) Marriott banged out an inside-the-park homer.

CYO 15 Elks 0
Byman (W), McDonald (7) and Brummet
B.Lord (L), Wolitjo and C.Lord


(June 30-July 1)  Before the largest crowd ever to watch baseball in Saskatoon, close to 10,000 fans, the Delisle Gems defeated the Saskatoon All-Stars 6 - 3 at Cairns Field to repeat as champions in the 2nd annual Optimist Club $3,500 tournament. The Goose Lakers picked up $1,200 for their first place share of the purse. Doug Gostlin pitched a seven-hitter and struck out 11 for the win. Max Bentley and Bennie Griggs both had a double and a single for the winners. Bob Herron's two doubles paced the All-Stars, a combination of Legion and Cubs' players.

Arnold (L), Currie (6), Carpenter (6) and Watrous
Gostlin (W) and Shirley

To reach the finals, Saskatoon downed Swift Current 9-6 . Ray Hamilton had four hits and drove in six of Saskatoon's nine runs. Harry O'Brien also had four safeties.  Bob Herron, sensational in his victory over the California Mohawks, was called upon in the 9th to halt a Swift Current rally.

Dials, Dzingelowski (2), Thompson (3), English (7) and Webb, A.Powell (7)
Arnold (W), Reynoldson (8), Herron (9) and Watrous

Bennie Griggs tossed a five-hitter as Delisle shutout Notre Dame 6-0. Delisle got ten hits off Hugo Dombowsky and scored three in the first and added three in the 7th for the win.

Dombowsky (L) and McCarthy
Griggs (W) and R.Bentley

Bob Herron was a star in opening round action firing a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts against the highly favoured California Mohawks.  Bob Donkerlsey's 4th inning double was the only safety against him as Saskatoon scored a decisive 8-0 victory. 

Abbott (L), Watkins (8) and Bricker
Herron (W) and Watrous

A five-run fifth inning carried Swift Current to a 7-2 win over Unity.  Doug English pitched a four-hitter for the win.

Blue, Hafford (1) and Olson
English (W) and Webb

Notre Dame blanked Colonsay Monarchs 1-0. Frank Germann allowed just six hits in blanking the Monarchs. Johnny Folk pitched a three-hitter in a losing cause.

Folk (L) and Klotz
Germann (W) and McCarthy

In an exhibition game Friday, to fill for a scheduled contest featuring the Minot Magic City Stars who failed to show, Delisle beat North Battleford 10-3.  Murray Coben scattered nine hits to register the win.

Coben (W) and Shirley
L. Dean, Dodd (5), Tate (7) and Prediger

(In 1949, Delisle won first prize money of $1,200 in the Saskatoon tournament defeating Colonsay 4-0 in the final.  Johnny Maroniuk tossed a  four-hit shutout for the win.)


(June 30-July 1) Eston won the $3,500 Outlook tournament with a 3-2 win over Sceptre in the final.


(July 1)  South Burnaby took $500 first prize money at the Gryo Day tournament at Penticton edging Coulee Dam 4-3 in the 10-inning final. Rope opened the extra frame drawing a base on balls and advanced to second on Jerry Hallgren's sacrifice. He scampered home with the winning run as Shaughnessy doubled.  South Burnaby had taken a early lead with a run in the second and two more in the third as Hallgren hammered a homer with Al Booth aboard.  Booth, on the mound for the coast crew, allowed just two hits and no runs over the first seven innings but the Americans broke through for three in the 8th before reliever Eldie Matthews put out the fire.

Booth, Matthews (W) (8) and xxx
xxx and xxx

It was the second straight extra inning affair for the Athletics. Shortstop Bill Kinder belted a homer in the 10th inning to give South Burnaby a 9-8 win over the host Canucks 9-8 in first round action. 

Edwards, Bowsfield (L) (4) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Bud Swan fired a two-hit shutout as Coulee Dam elminated Oliver 3-0. Hal Cousins gave up just five hits but was saddled with the loss.

Swan (W) and xxx
Cousins (L) and xxx


(July 1)  The touring Harlem Trotters shaded Brandon 3-2 to take $500 first prize money in the $1,400 Dominion Day tournament in Brandon.  More than 4-thousand fans watched the final as Johnny Williams gave up only three hits, all in the 7th inning.  Sam Wheeler paced the Trotters with three hits.  

J Williams and Hardy
Godinez, Johnson (4) and Rodriguez

Greys reached the final by trouncing the Brooklyn Cuban Giants 14-3 on a 19-hit attack.  Rafe Cabrera had a homer, triple and two singles.  Bus Vasquez had a triple and three singles and Gerry MacKay added three hits.  Dirk Gibbons went the distance for the win.

Pine, Hunt (3), Bolden (6) and Swanson
Gibbons and Rodriguez

Minot downed the Brooklyn Cuban Giants 9-8 to take third prize money.  The game was called after six innings to allow the grounds crew time to prepare the field for the final.  

Anderson and Kempf
Valentine, Williams (5) and Swanson, Cooper (4)

Trotters edged Minot 5-4 in the second game of the tourney.

Coswell and Hardy
Hughes, Anderson (9) and M Strong


(July 1)    Carrot River Loggers, with Andy Swota on the hill, took major honours in the Tisdale Tournament when they defeated the Ligon All-Stars 4-2 in the tourney final before more than 45-hundred fans.

Loggers defeated the St. Louis Black Cardinals 13-6 in the opening round and downed Yorkton 14-5 in semi-final action. Ligon's blanked Sheho 9-0 and, in the semi-final round, shutout Prince Albert 5-0.

Yorkton eliminated the Saskatoon Westsides 5-2. Quill Lake defaulted the opening game of the day to Prince Albert.


(July 1)   Dauphin Red Birds carted off top money of $400 at the Sports Day Tournament before a crowd of 3,500 defeating Grandview 3-1 in a pitchers' duel in the final.  Eddie Mazur emerged as the victor firing a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts while Lefty McDonald took the loss allowing six hits.

Mazur (W) and Simms, Nash (5)
McDonald (L) and Dame

The Red Birds edged by Gilbert Plains 6-5 in the first game of the tourney with all the scoring coming in the first three innings. After the Plainsmen had taken a 5-4 lead with three runs in the top of the third, Fate Simms smacked a homer with Lou Bourbonnais on base in the bottom of the inning to provide the winning margin. It was one of three hits for Simms. Ray Nash of the winners and John Stempak of Gilbert Plains also had three safeties. Wimpy Stephenson went the distance for the win with an eight-hitter. 

Alexander, Jacousky (3), Minish (7) and Stempak
Stephenson (W) and Simms

Grandview broke a 1-1 tie with a pair in the third inning and added two more in the 4th on the way to an 8-3 win over Roblin in the other opening round contest.  Don Lawson scattered ten hits for the win besting Winslow Means of Roblin. 

Means (L) and Pigg
Lawson (W) and Dame


(July 1 - 2)   Duncan Athletics took the $250 top prize in the Duncan Carnival Tournament over the weekend downing Victoria Eagles 5-1 in the final. The Eagles walked away with most of the individual awards as Rookie Wright, the Eagles shortstop, took the batting title with seven hits in ten at bats and was best in extra base hits with three doubles. He was awarded a return plane ticket to Vancouver and a pair of bedroom slippers. Eddie Sheppard and Ken Wright both batted in five runs to each win a sweater.  Bill Prior, Eagles pitcher, struck out 12 batters to top that category and won a rear view mirror. But, Duncan's Tony Folk was named most valuable player and was awarded the Sonny Bruce Trophy.

Folk fanned 11 in downing the Eagles in the final. The only run against him came in the sixth inning when Doug Peden walked and came around to score on safeties by Eddie Sheppard and Bill Moir. Folk brought in the first Duncan run in the second inning and the A's went up 3-0 in the third scoring on a hit by Doug Wyllie and an error.  Folk singled and scored in the ninth on a hit by Jantz and a safety by Charlie Stroulger brought in the final counter.

Folk (W) and Wyllie
xxx and xxx

The Athletics reached the final with an easy 7-4 victory over Nanaimo. The A's built up a 7-1 lead before the Clippers rallied in the ninth for three markers.  Jim Cain drove in the first run for the A's in the fourth frame. Duncan added three more in the fifth as Roy Schappert knocked in a pair with a drive to deep right field and Pete Hawryluk brought in the other. Jantz and Hawryluk account for two in the seventh and Charlie Stroulger added the final run in the ninth. Patterson, Bracewell, Hindmarch and Negrin scored for Nanaimo.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

Campbell River beat Grandview Chiefs 7-1 in the opener on Sunday morning and the Victoria Eagles crushed the Vancouver Longshoremen 13-3. Eagles clinched a berth in the final with a 7-5 triumph over Campbell River.

(July 2)   Playing on a muddy field at Madge Lake Sunday afternoon, Kamsack Cyclones jumped into an early 6-0 lead and went on to top Dauphin 9-4 in an exhibition game. Travis Taylor led the winners with four hits in five at bats.  Fate Simms had three hits for the Red Birds.

McPhee (L), Simms (6) and xxx
Pudney, Sheveldaeff and xxx


(July 3)  Sceptre took top money at the Lancer Tournament downing Indian Head Rockets 4-2 in 11 innings in the final.  Rockets had advanced  by beating Swift Current 4-0. Eston finished third.


(July 3)  Brandon moved into the final of the holiday tournament in Minot with a 5-4 win over the Louisiana Travellers.  Manuel Godinez had three hits and knocked in a pair for the Greys.  Frank Watkins scattered eight hits for the win.

Watkins and Rodriguez
Pickens and Barnes

Minot shaded Regina Caps 3-2.  Harvey Lapides; 3rd inning triple knocked in two runs for the Mallards.

Allen and Kyle
Danielson and M Strong

(July 4)   Art Hunt, a newcomer to the Greys from the Brooklyn Cuban Giants, had a no-hitter for six innings as Brandon shaded Minot 6-5 to take top prize in the holiday tournament.  Hunt, finished with the six-hitter and eleven strikeouts.  Rafe Cabrera had three hits and scored twice to pace Brandon.  Ted Strong blasted a homer for the Mallards.

Tolson, Cathey (7) and M. Strong
Hunt and Rodriguez

In the playoff for third money, Regina Caps edged Louisiana Travellers 7-6 behind a brilliant relief effort by Tony Maze, who came on in the 2nd inning.  Maze also knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

Washington and Barnes
Wells, Maze (2) and Kyle

Earlier in the day, Greys topped the Mallards 2-0 in an exhibition game at Westhope as Manuel Godinez tossed an eight-hit shutout.  

(July 3)  Prince Albert Anavets squeezed out a 6-4 victory over the touring St. Louis Black Cardinals at Bohemian Park.  A three-run first inning set the Anavets on the road to the win. Arnold Casey opened the game with a single to left but was thrown out at second trying to steal. Beryl Fisher followed with another one-bagger and Doug Boettcher drew a walk before Lefty Logue drove a sharp single to left centre and, combined with an error, scored both runners. Another error allowed Logue to score. The visitors got on the board in the third as Harvey Peterson got the first hit off Archie Hunter, stole second and came home on a fielder's choice and an error. But Prince Albert quickly replied with three more in the fifth on four hits, by Fisher, Lefty Logue, Joe Nishnik and Albert Logue, and another bobble. The Cardinals rallied for a pair in the 8th and one in the 9th. Hunter held the Cardinals to seven hits and fanned nine in going the route for the winners. Peterson took the loss giving up 11 hits.

Peterson (L) and xxx
Hunter (W) and Casey

(July 4)   North Battleford Beavers continued to be trouble for barnstorming clubs in Saskatchewan. Beavers downed the St. Louis Black Cardinals 5-3 Tuesday night after three straight, one-run, wins over the Muskogee Cardinals at Meota Beach over the weekend. Newcomer Andy Bailey cracked a two-run homer in the sixth inning to provide the margin of victory. Doug Dodd fanned 15 in holding the visitors at bay. The Cardinals' shortstop Harris hit safely in four of five times at the plate and was safe on an error on the other occasion.

xxx and xxx
Dodd (W) and xxx


(July 4-5)  The California Mohawks captured top money of $1,000 at Foam Lake's $4,000 tournament Wednesday defeating Indian Head Rockets 5-2 in the final before a crowd estimated at 12,000 fans. Jake Abbott went the route on the hill for the Mohawks besting the Rockets' Jim Morrow.  The college kids broke on top in the first inning and added another run in the second to go ahead 2-0. The scoring ended in the third as the Mohawks scored three and the Rockets got a pair. From then on it was shutout ball from the two hurlers. It was the third tournament victory for the California club.

The California collegians trounced the Carrot River Loggers 11-0 in a semi-final as Lawrence Bolger tossed the shutout.  Indian Head beat Estevan 12-7 to reach the finals.

The defending champion Delisle Gems were knocked out in the first round.  In earlier action, Estevan got by Eston 8-6, the Mohawks whipped the Ligon All-Stars 15-7, Indian Head dumped Kamsack 17-8, and the Loggers upset Sceptre 7-2. 

In the opening round of the $4,000 tournament, the 1949 champions were eliminated as the Kamsack Cyclones pulled off a stunning upset before 6,000 fans edging Delisle 2-1. Jack Eisner hurled for the Cyclones keeping the defending champs well in hand. Eston Ramblers went 11 innings to defeat Saskatoon Legion 5-4. Cliff Jacobson went the distance for the win. Ron Reynoldson, who replaced Lefty Arnold, took the loss.  California Mohawks had a tough time disposing of Quill Lake 5-3, Ligon All-Stars topped Watson 9-1, Sceptre beat Muskogee Cardinals 8-4, Indian Head scored a 9-2 win over Yorkton, Estevan Maple Leafs defeated Sheho 7-2 and Carrot River beat Elfros 9-2.


(July 5)  Brandon won its third tournament in a week taking first prize money in the $1,500 Virden Tournament.  Greys downed Minot Mallards 13-7 in the final.  A bases-loaded triple by Gerry MacKay in the 4th inning gave Brandon a lead they never relinquished.  Tom Johnson went the distance for the win.

Hughes, J Peete, Anderson

To win a berth in the final, Brandon trimmed the Northern All-Stars 9-3 while Minot beat Elmwood 6-3.

O Minish, V Franczak

In the playoff for third place, Elmwood coasted to a 7-4 win over the All-Stars. Phillips went the route for the Giants.  Alexander took the loss.  


(July 6)  Dauphin had an offensive outburst Thursday in smacking 46 hits for 39 runs in three games to capture top prize of $350 in the Swan River Agricultural Society Tournament.  Red Birds whacked Flin Flon 12-1, then crushed Kamsack 18-0 before taking the final 9-3 over Roblin. Second sacker Herb Boughen led the hitting parade with nine hits, one a homer, in 13 trips to the plate. Lou Bourbonnais went 7 for 14 with a triple and Stan McPhee had two doubles and three singles in 11 trips.  Ray Nash belted a double and homer and went five for 14. 

Red Birds started fast in their opener against Flin Flon as they went through the batting order in the first inning to score four runs off three hits, an error and two walks.  Wimpy Stephenson working the first four innings allowed just one hit before giving way to  Boughen.

Stephenson (W), Boughen (5) and Simms
Gerringer (L) and Cluff

Eddie Mazur held Kamsack to five hits in blanking the Cyclones while the Red Birds went wild with 17 base knocks.

Mazur (W) and Bourbonnais
Mohar (L) and Taylor

Stephenson tossed a seven-hitter for the win in the final. Five runs in the top of the 7th and final inning broke open a tight contest.

Stephenson (W) and Simms, Bourbonnais
Means (L) and Pigg

(July 6) Powered by a 400 foot, two-run homer off the bat off Sherman Watrous and Stan Currie's three-run triple, the Saskatoon All-Stars, featuring players from the Cubs and Legion of the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League, nosed past the Eston Ramblers 13-12 in an exhibition match. It was a wild and woolly affair with a grand total of 27 hits. Besides his homer, Watrous had two singles, Mike Dubyk went three for four, including a two-bagger.

Gilkerson (L), Hester (4), Jacobson (6) and Blakely
Currie (W), Reynoldson (8) and Dubyk

(July 6)  Catcher Charlie Battles singled over second with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive Jake Moody home with the run that gave the Kansas City Monarchs a 4-3 victory over the House of David Thursday night at the Exhibition Park diamond. Moody was on second having reached on an error on a hard-hit grounder. The exhibition proved to be a pitchers' battle between Nick Serni for the Davids and Babe Woulton of the Monarchs. Woulton got the win with a five-hitter while the Monarchs got six hits off Serni. 

Serni (L) and Chu, Owen (7)
Woulton (W) and Battles

(July 7)  KC Monarchs vs House of David at Saskatoon

(July 7)   Dauphin's playing-manager Fate Simms put on quite a show Friday night in leading the Red Birds to a 3-1 victory over the Muskogee Cardinals at the D.M.C.C. grounds.  Simms held the visitors to just three hits, all by Givens, in his six-inning stint on the mound and punched out three hits in three trips to the plate, scoring one run and knocking in the other two.  Besides the trouble by Simms, Cardinals' hurdler Ollie Staton allow just one more hit, to Lou Bourbonnais. Eddie Mazur pitched no-hit ball over the last three innings in relief of Simms. 

Staton (L) and Patrick
Simms, Mazur (7) and Bourbonnais


(July 7)   Bennie Griggs provided the pitching and the hitting as the host club won top money of $300 in the Delisle Tournment downing Eston 10-6 in the final.  The right-hander scattered ten hits in going the distance on the hill while belting a homer, double and two singles in his work at the plate. Cliff Jacobson clouted a pair of two-run homers for the Ramblers.

McNeil (L) and Blakely
Griggs (W) and Bentley

Delisle came from behind in the bottom of the 9th to beat North Battleford 5-3. Eston sidelined Saskatoon Legion 7-3 with Ray Johnson provided a highlight with a two-run homer.

(July 8)   Eston delighted the home fans Saturday with a 7-5 victory over the highly-rated Bentleys of Delisle.

(July 11)   Kamsack Cyclones capitalized on three Dauphin errors in the 10th inning to score two runs and register a 6-4 win over the Red Birds at the D.M.C.C. grounds. Kamsack took the lead with three runs in the third inning as Bill Derwores singled in one run and Stan Green tripled in two more. Dauphin replied with singletons in the 4th and 6th but fell behind 4-2 as Kamsack scored in the 7th. Red Birds rallied in the bottom of the 9th to plate a pair for a 4-4 tie.  Ray Nash tripled to score Fate Simms who had led off with a single and Steve Bousy followed with another one-bagger to bring Nash home.  In the 10th, Derwores singled and came all the way home on an error. Travis Taylor reached on an error and later counted on an error to Boushy at third.

Sparkman (W) and Taylor
Mazur (L) and Nash

(July 12) The classy California Mohawks edged the Saskatoon All-Stars 1 - 0 in a highly entertaining exhibition game at Cairns Field. Don Barnett, a sturdy right hander who attends Fresno State, handcuffed the Cubs-Legion Selects with a neat two-hitter. In addition, he collected half the six hits the Californians were able to muster off Saskatoon's Bob Herron and Lefty Arnold.

Barnett (W) and Bricker
Herron, Arnold (5) (L) and Dubyk


(July 12-13)    The Bentley's of Delisle captured top money at the Biggar Tournament.  They made away with another $1,000 with a 5 - 2 win over Sceptre. Bennie Griggs, with a seven-hit performance, out-dueled Harold Price for the mound win.

Griggs (W) and xxx
Price (L) and xxx

Delisle, with Doug Gostlin on the mound, beat Swift Current 6-4 to advance. A three-run rally in the 8th won it for Delisle.

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

Bert Olmstead pitched Sceptre to a 3-1 victory over North Battleford.

Les Dean (L) and xxx
Olmstead (W) and xxx

Murray Coben was the hero of Delisle's opening round 1-0 win over Eston. The lefty hurler pitched into the 8th while providing the only run with an 8th inning homer. Lefty Ted Toles took the tough-luck loss.

Coben (W), Gostlin (8) and xxx
Toles (L) and xxx

North Battleford defeated the host club, Biggar, 8-0 in the first game of the Biggar tournament.  Sceptre downed Muskogee Cardinals 6-2 and Swift Current won by default in a game scheduled against the Ligon All-Stars.


(July 14)  Dauphin and Gilbert Plains split top money at the Roblin Tournament when the final game was rained out. Dauphin reached the final with a 7-2 victory over Roblin while Gilbert Plains ousted Grandview. 

Eddie Mazur hurled a five-hitter in the win over Roblin. He walked five and fanned ten. The Red Birds struck fast with four runs off four hits and two walks in the first inning.      

Vinson (L) and Pigg
Mazur (W) and Nash

(July 17) The Eston Ramblers squared their exhibition series with the Saskatoon All-Stars by notching a 7 - 5 victory. The Ramblers out-hit their Saskatoon hosts 8 - 6. Cliff Jacobson and Cliff Caffie both had two-baggers for Eston. Bob Herron was Saskatoon's best at the dish smacking two doubles.

Johnson (W), Hester (7), Mason (9) and Blakely
Dials (L), Herron (6) and Watrous


(July 18-19)  Regina Caps upset defending champion Sceptre 5-3 to take $1,450 top prize money in the second annual Nipawin Curling Club's tournament.  A crowd of about 4,000 fans attended the final day.  Sceptre took an early 2-0 lead on a Dave Shaw triple, Ernie Franks sacrifice fly and homer by Bert Olmstead.  Caps tied it in the 2nd frame as Claude Williams belted a homer and Art Stone singled to drive in Bill Kyle who had doubled.  Winning pitcher Tony Maze knocked in a pair in the 4th to put the Caps into the lead.

Maze (W), Allan (6) and G Kyle
Olmstead (L), Johnson (5) and xxx

In the semi-finals, Regina whipped the California Mohawks 8-1 and Sceptre downed Carrot River 6-2.

Moffitt (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

xxx and xxx
Polus (L) and xxx

In first round games, Don Barnett tossed a three-hit shutout as the Mohawks beat highly touted Delisle 6-0, Carrot River Loggers scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to edge the Ligon All-Stars 8-7, Neil Courtoreille allowed just five hits as Sceptre, with 13 hits, shutout Muskogee 8-0, and Regina beat Eston 8-4.  Dave Shaw of Sceptre collected $10 when he slugged the first home run of the tourney, a two-run blast in the fourth inning.

Barnett (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Courtoreille (W) and Serpa
Thomas (L) and Patrick

Allan (W) and G.Kyle
Mason and Blakely


(July 21)   Carmangay thumped Vulcan 14-6 to take top money in the Champion Lions' Club Tournament.  Vulcan had downed Stavely 7-1 in their opener and reachedf the final with a 5-2 victory over Lomond.  Ben Dann hurled both contests for Vulcan.


"The men behind the assembling of the Indian Head Rockets ball team this spring saw the fulfillment of one of their dreams Friday night when their classy ball club walked off with the $1,500 first money in their own baseball classic -- the daddy of all diamond tourneys on the prairies.

The Rockets came through with three victories in Friday's play, capping it off by downing the young California college boys who play under the Mohawk banner 5-2 in the final.  A throng estimated as 10,000 jammed every nook and corner of the No. 1 diamond to watch the two top entries in the original 16-team field battle it out and bring the two-day festivities to a close." (Regina Leader-Post, July 22, 1950)

(July 21) Veteran Pancho Gray held the Mohawks to just seven hits and the Rockets took advantage of three Mohawk errors.

Mohawks 1 Indian Head 5
Bauhofer, Abbott (7) and Beiden
Gray and Green

Rockets made the final by downing the Red Sox 9-3.  The Mohawks came back from a four-run deficit to shade Swift Current 7-6.  Fred Bartels and Ed Milano belted homers for the winners. Len Williams had a homer for the Indians.

Red Sox 3 Indian Head 9
Telles, Mearns and Mitton
Jenkins and Green

Swift Current 6 Mohawks 7
Thompson, Wylie (8) and Powell
Bolger, Barnett (9) and Bricker

The defeat to the Mohawks meant veteran hurler Steve Wylie lost an opportunity to win the final for the third straight year.  Wylie had pitched Brandon to the title in 1948 and tossed a four-hit shutout in the final in 1949 as Minot took top prize.

Kronau 0 Indian Head 10
Don Kyle, G Gottselig (4), L Gottselig (4) and Pete Kawuza
Williams and Green

Red Sox 2 Lake Valley 1
Pirack and Mitton
Thorseth and Peterson

Swift Current 12 Estevan 4
Wylie, Thompson (8) and Powell
Skagges, Torgenrud (8) and Landrum

Mohawks 11 Eston 3
Rubcic and Beiden
Toles, Mason (7), Jacobson (8) and Blakely

The Rockets delighted the home fans with a thrilling 5-3, 14 inning win over Carrot River in the opening round.  Rockets had taken a 3-1 lead, but the Loggers' Shorty McLean tied the game 3-3 with a two-out, two-run single in the eighth.  The game remained scoreless through four extra frames before reliever Jim Morrow singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th.  Morrow had come on in relief in the 8th.

California Mohawks scored eleven runs in the first inning an cruised to a 16-2 win over Sceptre.  The game was called after five innings. Bud Bauhofer blasted a two-run homer in the big inning and Ed Milano clouted one in the fourth.

Best pitching performance of the day came from Mike (Schoolboy) Dzingelowski (Dayne) who tossed a two-hitter as Swift Current beat Holdfast 7-0.  Jackie McLeod, Ted Strong and Les Witherspoon all had triples for the Indians.

Lefty Erfle allowed just three hits as Lake Valley beat Kamsack 5-0.

Eston Ramblers upset Regina Caps, winners of the Nipawin tourney, 5-2. Wilcox, runners-up at Indian Head two of the three previous years, fell to Estevan 10-4.

Red Sox 5 Notre Dame 3
Saxton and Kielman
Dombowsky, Claggett (9) and McCarthy, Germann (8)

Kronau 19 Main Line 13
Don Kyle, Pete Kawuza and Paul Kawuza
Jack Williston, Chris Endel (2), Elmer Shaw (5) and Moss

Wilcox 4 Estevan 10
Buttgereit, Mon Metz (6) and Ekdahl
Morris and Landrum

Kamsack 0 Lake Valley 5
Pudney and Taylor
A Erfle and Peterson

Indian Head 5 Carrot River 3 (14)
Blackman, Morrow (8) and Quarterman, Green (12)
Swota, Bailey (7) and McLean

Holdfast 0 Swift Current 7
Reynoldson, P Prosofsky (7) and L Prosofsky, Hill (7)
Dzingelowski and Al Powell

Regina Caps 2 Eston 5
Harrison and Kyle
Jacobson and Blakely

Sceptre 2 California Mohawks 16
Price, Johnson (1), Shaw (2) and Serpa
Bolger and Beiden, Bricker (3)

(The Indian Head tournament had begun in 1947.  The community had held a tournament in July with 29 teams competing in junior and amateur categories. The weather was perfect. More than 10-thousand people turned out.  It resulted in another tournament to be held in August, this one for prize money -- $2,000.  The two-day event drew an estimated 15-thousand fans with George Ligon's Colored All-Stars "from California, or some other spot south of the snowline" walking away with the title. They whipped the Wilcox Cardinals 13-0 in the final. The inaugural tournament featured a no-hitter by Jack Devine of Marquis. One of the featured performers in the 1947 event was Bert Shepard, a minor league pitcher before serving in the Second World War.  When his fighter plane crashed in Germany, doctors amputated his right leg.  While in a POW camp, Shepard, with an artificial leg, learned to walk and pitch. Back home in 1945, he suited up as pitching coach of the Washington Senators. In a remarkable achievement, Shepard took the mound on August 5th, 1945 against Boston.  He pitched five and one third innings (three hits, one walk, two strikeouts, 1.69).  At Indian Head, Shepard, lined up with Williston, North Dakota,  pitched a three-hitter against the Ligon's, but lost 1-0. Brandon Greys won in 1948 and, an American team, the Minot Merchants took the top prize in 1949.)

(July 23)  Swift Current whipped Eston Ramblers 7-1 in an exhibition tilt at West End Park.  Mike Dzingelowski held the Ramblers to seven hits to gain the win.  Indians had eight hits off Mason and Jake Jacobson of Eston.


(July 23-26)  Hans "Hank" Sagstuen, 33-year-old pitcher deluxe from Rolling Hills, is the talk of the town and district today. The rubber-armed veteran twirled a scintillating no-hit, no-run game Wednesday in the final of the $1,000 Brooks Tournament. The brilliant right-hander was never better as he pitched underdog Carmangay to the first prize pot of $500.  Pitching no-hitters is nothing new to the quiet spoken chucker. This was the fourth in his career having accomplished the feat twice in Saskatchewan and once in London, Ontario.  Some 2,500 fans watched the gangling vet set the favourite Champion nine back on its ears in the final, 11-0.  Sagstuen faced just 28 batters, giving up a pair of free passes, one of which was wiped out on a double play. Carmangay had reached the final with a 7-2 win over Bindloss and Champion defeated Medicine Hat Tigers 2-1.

Tournament rules allowed a team eliminating an opponent to pick up three of its players. Since Carmangay had put Brooks Buffaloes to the sidelines the previous day they had first choice on the popular Sagstuen.  Champion's Eddie Dorohoy, picked up when Champion eliminated Medicine Hat, almost became the fly in the ointment in the final inning. He smashed a screamer at Sagstuen but the drive caromed off the hurler's shinbone on a 90-degree angle to first base. Joe Motokado then grounded out to Sagstuen for the second out and Bob Fath went down swinging on three pitches to end the game. Carmangay pounded out 14 hits off four Champion pitchers.

M.Smith (L), Dorohoy (2), Siler (6), M.Smith (7), Motokado (7) and xxx
Sagstuen (W) and xxx

The noon game was a nip and tuck battle all the way before Champion emerged with a 2-1 victory over Medicine Hat.  Champion tallied a pair in the sixth while the Tabbies scored their lone marker in the 8th. Bob Siler and Billy Sailer hooked up in a dandy duel with Siler getting a few more breaks. He held the Hatters to just four hits.

Siler (W) and xxx
Sailer (L) and xxx

Carmangay collected 11 hits and took advantage of six Bindloss errors to take the semi-final contest 7-3. After blowing an early 3-0 lead, Carmangay rebounded with runs in the 3rd and 5th and a pair in the 6th for the victory.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

In Tuesday's action in the 16 team affair, Carmangay topped Brooks 11-6, Champion swamped Carstairs 22-11, Bindloss edged Millicent 4-3 and Medicine Hat blanked Wayne 5-0. 

On Monday, Carmangay shaded Rolling Hills 4-3, Brooks Buffaloes whipped Vauxhall 9-1, Millicent got by Schuler 7-5 and Medicine Hat Tigers dumped the Brooks Monarchs 13 to 7.

The four-day Brooks Tournament got off to a flying start Sunday with four games. Wayne trounced the Brooks Dodgers 9-0, Bindloss topped Enchant 4-3, Carstairs won over Duchess 10-8 and Champion trimmed Rainier 13-6.


(July 24-29)  North Battleford Beavers and Saskatoon Cubs shared first prize money of $1,800 at the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament battling to a 3-3 tie in the final game called after nine innings because of darkness.  Down 1-0, Cubs scored three in the 6th to take the lead. Mike Dubyk led off the frame with a double to left and Eric Falk drew a walk. A single to right by Sherman Watrous tied the score and Walt Vandale rapped a double to score Falk and Watrous. Beavers got one back in their half of the 6th as Don Grant singled to score Curtis Tate who had led off with a two-bagger.  North Battleford made it 3-3 in the 7th as Andy Bailey singled, went to second on a ground out and scored on an error. Cubs had a chance in the 9th but a Beaver double-play ended the threat.

Courtoreille, Herron (6) and Watrous
L.Dean, Dodd (6) and Prediger

In semi-final play, Beavers jumped into a 3-0 lead in the first inning, added another in the third then hung on for a 4-3 win over Saskatoon Legion. The Legionaires scored a pair in the 5th and another in the 6th on a long homer by Ray Hamilton. In the bottom of the 8th, Saskatoon had Hamilton and Bobby Sasseville reach on singles with none out but Les Dean got the next three batters to end the inning.  Emile Francis knocked in the first Beaver run in the initial frame with a double to left centre. Mickey Linnell's liner scored two more. In the third, Roy Dean tripled and Linnell drove him in to make it 4-0. The other Saskatoon markers came from a triple by Jules Swick and a long fly to centre by Bill Dials. Doug Dodd, who went seven innings, picked up the win. John Carpenter was saddled with the loss.

Dodd (W), Les Dean (8) and Prediger
Carpenter (L) , Dials (3) and Sasseville

Sherman Watrous clouted a long homer with Cy Rouse aboard in the 5th inning to provide the margin of victory as Saskatoon Cubs won a berth in the tournament final with a 6-3 victory over Delisle. The Cubs' catcher had scored the game's first run in the 2nd inning when he singled, stole second, went to third on an infield out and came home on an infield error. Bob Herron allowed just one earned run -- a homer by Eddie Brown -- in going the route for the win. 

Herron (W) and Watrous
Gostlin (L), Coben (5) and Shirley

North Battleford Beavers were awarded a special $100 prize for the best-dressed and snappiest team in the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  Beavers were in a class by themselves with their spiffy uniforms and hustle on and off the diamond.

For six innings Watson looked unbeatable as young Gordon Sherman had a 1-0 lead on North Battleford holding the Beavers to just three hits. Then the roof caved in. Curtis Tate, the Beavers' leadoff man in the bottom of the 7th was safe as first sacker Gullickson failed to touch the bag after fielding Tate's grounder. Gullickson then booted Mickey Linnell's roller and Doug Dodd followed with a single to plate the run and tie the score. With Jack Davis relieving Sherman, Elton Dean drew a walk to load the bases and Les Dean cracked a single. After Andy Bailey made the first out with a fly ball, Emile Francis dropped a Texas Leaguer over second to score the Beavers' fourth run. Pete Prediger was safe on an error and another run scored. Roy Dean was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases and Tate also got dinged with a pitch to force in the 6th marker. Linnell fanned but Dodd punched out a bases-loaded double, his second hit of the inning to make the score 9-1. He was out trying to steal third. North Battleford advanced to the tourney semi-final round.

Sherman (L), Davis (7), Cryzanowski (7) and Comeau, Davis
L.Dean (W) and Prediger

Out-hit 6 to 5, Saskatoon Legion dumped Quill Lake 8-1 to move into the semi-final round of the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  Legionaires took advantage of nine walks and eight Quill Lake errors to run up the count. Lefty Arnold tossed a six-hitter for the win. He fanned 11 and issued three free passes.  Slim Giddeons, a former member of the barnstorming Muskogee Cardinals allowed just three hits in his seven innings of work but was responsible for all nine walks. 

Arnold (W) and Sasseville
Giddeons (L), Strome (7) and S.Gryba

Doug Gostlin was outstanding Tuesday firing a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts to lead Delisle to a 9-1 triumph over Colonsay Monarchs.  The winners collected 12 hits off veteran Johnny Folk and reliever Norm Argunson, a junior up with the senior club. Max Bentley led Delisle with three hits, one a double, and Dick Butler knocked in two runs with a pair of singles. Dick Piper and Jim Shirley each had two safeties.

Gostlin (W) and Shirley
Folk (W), Argunson (8) and Klotz, Folk (8)

Saskatoon Cubs dumped Langham 7-1 in the opening game of the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament. Cubs had just one more hit, eight to seven, than the losers but Langham booted the ball eight times. A feature of the game was some daring baserunning by Saskatoon's Sherman Watrous. The big catcher delighted the fans in the fourth inning when he scored all the way from first on a single. Watrous scored three times and scampered for four stolen bases. Bob Herron pitched five innings of shutout ball in relief to pick up the win.

Courtoreille, Herron (W) (5) and Watrous
Sirota (L), Vogt (6) and


(July 24)  Dauphin Red Birds took first prize money in the $700 tournament held at Grandview.  Birds downed Gilbert Plains 5-1 in the final.  Dauphin edged Grandview 5-4 in the semi-finals.


(July 26)   Poplar Point Memorials trounced Gilbert Plains 10-0, behind the pitching of Floyd Blight, to take top prize in the invitational tournament at Neepawa.  A five-run 8th inning sealed the deal for the Memorials. The Poplar Point club has several well known hockey stars on its roster including Jimmy McFadden, Lin Bend, Joe Bell and Bryan Hextall who played a large part in the victory.

Blight (W) and xxx
Alexander (L) and xxx

Gilbert Plains reached the final with a 2-0 win over Dauphin as Doug Morden tossed a four-hitter.

Morden (W) and Stempak
Stephenson (L) and Nash

Poplar Point took two extra innings in downing Neepawa 4-3 to advance to the final.

Hogue, Blight (W) and Hextall
Amos Watson (L) and Mattson

Dauphin took third money with a 1-0 win over Neepawa as Fate Simms fired a three hitter for the shutout. Bob Johnson gave up just four in being saddled with the loss. The only  run came in the third inning as Ernie Boushy singled and scored on Eddie Mazur's long double.

Johnson (L) and Mattson
Simms (W) and Bourbonnais


(July 27)   Swift Current Indians pounded out seventeen hits to down Sceptre 9-4 in the final of the Moose Jaw Tournament of Champions.  Swift Current won top prize of $1,500.  

Ken Nelson had a double and three singles for the winners while Jack McLeod added fours hits and Ted Strong had three.  In an earlier win against Moose Jaw, Strong drove in five runs with a triple, double and a single.  Vic Wall, an 18-year-old lefty, went the distance for the Indians allowing nine hits.  Dave Shaw led the Mallards with a triple and three singles.

Johnson, Price (3) and Serpa
Wall and Powell

Estevan took third place money with an 11-8 win over Moose Jaw.  Wilbur Greene picked up the win in relief.  Junior Walton had a homer for Estevan.

Torgson, Lauer (7) and Martin
Conley, Green (2) and Landrum

Indians reached the final with a 10-7 win over Moose Jaw as Mike Dzingelowski (Dayne) gave up twelve hits but went the distance.

Dzingelowski and Powell
Lauer, Thorseth (4), Erfle (4) and Mowbray, Martin (7)

Bert Olmstead survived a shaky first inning to go the route as Sceptre outlasted Estevan 9-7.  Catcher Lindy Serpa paced the winners with a pair of homers.

Morris, Williams (6) and Landrum
Olmstead and Serpa

In early action, Mel Torgenrud of Estevan turned in the pitching gem of the tournament with a four-hitter to upset Minot, the defending champions. The Leafs got homers from Chappie Gray, Marvin Terrell and Wilbur Greene. Bert Olmstead belted a three-run homer and Hal Price fanned 13 as Sceptre beat Regina 6-3.  Swift Current scored the upset of the day ousting Indian Head 8-4 in 11 innings. A three-run homer by Les Williams was the big blow.  Jackie McLeod also homered for the Indians. 

Regina Caps 3 Sceptre 6
Moffitt and G Kyle
Price and Serpa

Estevan 9 Minot 2
Torgenrud and Swanson
Pickens and Kempf

Swift Current 8 Indian Head 4 (11)
Wylie and Powell
Jenkins, Gray (7) and Green

Carrot River 2 Moose Jaw 3
Bailey and McLean
Mellis and Mowbray

(Minot Merchants beat Delisle 12-8 to capture top prize of $1,000 in the first annual  Moose Jaw tournament in 1949.)

Who are they? Where are they from? What do they do? Read the Examiner, we're going to give our readers a comprehensive coverage of sports in Saskatchewan -- the facts behind the scenes.

Swift Current
The population of Swift Current is 6,379
Executive Members :
Leo Stephens, Manager of Woolworths, Swift Current.
Doug Robinson, President of the Club, Manager of Eatons, Swift Current.
Jack Kohn, game arranger, Manager of Christie Grants, Swift Current.
Alex Maxwell, coach and manager, Sceptre.
Dunc Cameron, Player Selection Committee, Manager of Neil Motors Ltd., Swift Current.
Werden Spafford, Finance, Swift Current

Ball Players:
Jack McLeod, first base, age 20, Gull Lake, Sask.
Len Williams, second base, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Les Witherspoon, age 26, third base, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Ted Strong, short stop, age 28, Chicago, Illinois.
Cliff Beisel, left field, age 20, Swift Current. Works in Sherwin Williams store in Swift Current.
Paul Emerson, age 24, San Francisco, (cafe owner), right field.
Mike (Schoolboy) Dzingelowski, Kelstern, age 17 years, (under contract with Chicago Cubs) pitcher.
Lefty Vic Wall, age 19, Wymark, Sask., pitcher.
Ken Nelson, age 21, Duncan, B.C., ballplayer, center field, belongs to Boston.
Tommy Thompson, age 42, Los Angeles, California, pitcher.
Steve Wylie, Kansas City, Missouri, pitcher.

The population of Sceptre is 290. The ball club has been organized for the past 30 years and this year have one of the best teams ever.
Harry Mahaffy, president, Sceptre, farmer.
Kelly Fyke, vice-president, Sceptre, farmer.
Carl Lacquer, secretary-treasurer, Sceptre, elevator agent.
Fergie Shields, playing manager and first base, Sceptre, age 32, farmer.
Smokey Lutcher, second base, Sceptre, age 26, card player.
Ernie Franks, third base, Sceptre, age 27, principal Gull Lake School.
Bert Olmstead, coach, short stop and pitcher, Sceptre, age 24, farmer.
Jim Shields, centre field, Sceptre, age 22, studying for Civil Engineer.
Lindy Serpa, catcher, Oakland, California, police clerk.
Dave Shaw, left field, San Antonio, Texas, horse trainer, age 28.
Hal Price, pitcher, age 24, St. Paul, Minn., ball player.
Walter Powell, third base, Sceptre, age 21, farmer.
Bob Johnson, pitcher, Long Beach, California, school boy.
Clarence Grant, catcher and outfielder, Sceptre, farm machinery agent.
Don Strath, field, age 28, Sceptre, farmer.
Harry Gracie, field, age 19, post office clerk, Sceptre.
Ernie Howes, Sceptre, age 24, farmer.

Lindy Serpa says: "Beautiful women, wonderful people, don't treat anyone as a foreigner, wants to come back here every year".

Dave Shaw says: "I like Alberta better than Saskatchewan, more excitement there, there are better roads, more progress. The people are very wonderful though in Saskatchewan too."

Hal Price says: "People are tops, but too many small towns, but then I've only been on the prairies." Hal played with Winnipeg Elmwood Giants for two years and with the Twin City Coloured Giants for one year. "Ah Canada, it's wonderful."

Indian Head
The population of Indian Head is 1,354.
Jessie Blackman, first base and pitcher, age 24, ball player, Goldsboro, N.C.
Hubert Collins, second base, age 17, schoolboy, Kinston, N.C.
William Randolph, age 19, third base, college student, Kingston, N.C.
George Lipscomb, age 19, centre field, college studfent, N.C. State College, Durham, N.C.
Isiah Quarterman, age 21, left field, ball player, Jacksonville, Florida.
Henry Cameron, age 28, right field, ball player, Durham, N.C.
Daniel Jenkins, age 24, pitcher, ball player, Creedmore, N.C.
James Morrow, age 20, pitcher, ball player, Graham, N.C.
Walter Calhoun, age 30, pitcher, ball player, Cleveland, Ohio.
Pancho Gray, age 30, pitcher, ball player, New York City.
Louis Green, age 26, catcher, ball player, Shawnee, Illinois.
Frank Tillman, age 19, short stop, ball player, Sanford, Florida.
Horace Latham, age 24, utility-infield, ball player, Williamstone, N.C.
Lindsay Carswell, age 23, outfield, ball player, Jacksonville, Florida.
James Williams, age 33, manager, Newark, New Jersey.
All players think Canada is wonderful and, as far as for Indian Head, they still say wonderful, and we are all coming back next year.

Alex Uffelman, manager and coach, age 35, ball player, Calgary, Alberta.
Cliffe Ehrle, president, age 48, Regina, owner of th Ehrle Hotel. Also on the committee for the Regina Roughriders Football Club.
Gus Kyle, catcher, hockey player for New York Rangers, owner of Kyle Sporting Goods Store, Regina.
Jerry Schumacher, equipment manager and mascot, Regina, hockey player with the Regina Pats Juniors.
Harold Allen, Austin, Texas, ball player.
Tony Maze, pitcher, ball player, Regina.
Denny Moffat, Fresno, California, pitcher, ball player.
Claude Williams, Austin, Texas, first base, ball player.
Jim Lovelace, second base, ball player, Pennsylvania.
Bill Kyle, third base, Regina, owner Kyle's Sporting Goods Store, Regina.
Tony Rigetti, Regina, left field, works for Kyle's Sporting Goods Store.
Roy Huartson, right field, Regina, retired.
Lincoln Boyd, centre field, Lakeland, California, ball player.
Art Stone, short stop, hockey player, Trochu, Alberta.
Jerry Welsch, Regina, pitcher.
Lefty Cliff Harrison, pitcher, Regina.
Alex Uffelman says, "Ball here is not as good as in Alberta." Gus Kyle says (and we agree), "Caps got the bad breaks in the first game of the tournament."

Carrot River 
The population of Carrot River is 1,220.
Andy Swota, playing coach and manager, age 23, first base and pitcher.
Fred Banman, age 47, Carrot River, vice-president.
Rex Haughteling, president, Carrot River, machinery agent.
Johnny Peters, second vice-president, Carrot River, Hardware store owner.
Hezzie Heathrington, equipment manager, Carrot River.
Alex Rentz, centre field, Albany, New York, ball player.
Barney Fox, short stop, age 23, New York City, ball player.
Shorty McLane, age 29, Carrot River, catcher, manager Empress Hotel.
Felix Percuoco, right field, age 25, Bergen, New Jersey, ball player.
Pete Polus, third base and pitcher, age 21, Winona, Minnesota, ball player.
Gwynne Lovett, age 21, left field, Moose Jaw, hockey player.
Lou Bailey, pitcher, age 21, Stillwater, New Jersey, ball player.
Herb Lovett, age 22, second base, Moose Jaw, hockey player.
Joe Legard, age 13, Carrot River, bat boy.
Perley Fennell, age 43, third base, Melfort.
Art Wolff, age 30, Carrot River, third base and right field.
Allen Bigelow, pitcher, age 22, Carrot River.

Moose Jaw 
Population of Moose Jaw is about 25,000
Mike Mellis, coach and manager, New Jersey, ball player.
George Smallwood, president.
Ben Schwartz, vice-president.
Jack Dorfman, publicity.
Nick Metz, second base, farmer (plays for Wilcox, Sask,)
Barry Wolstencrfot, first base, teacher, Dahinda, Sask.
Rube Erfle, farmer, Woodrow
Lefty Erfle, farmer, pitcher, Woodrow
Lefty Lauer, farmer, Bruno.
Bill Emerson, employed at C.P.R., right field, Moose Jaw.
Ray Jones, employed with the Liquor Commission, left field, Moose Jaw.
Jack Mowbray, traveler, catcher, Moose Jaw.
Stubby Martin, employed with B.A. Oil Refinery, catcher, Moose Jaw.
Ted Foord, Moose Jaw, second base, ball player.
Norm Brown (plays for Notre Dame), shortstop, Wilcox.
Curly Boyce, utility, ball player, Moose Jaw.
Ken Englehardt, third base, ball player.
Walter Buttgereit, third base, farmer, Wilcox.
Cliff Squires, farmer, centre field, Wilcox.

Minot, N.D. 
The population of Minot is 23,000.
Norm Felde, age 26, Fargo, North Dakota, first base, College graduate.
Hank Smith, second base, Jacksonville, Florida, ball player.
Gerves Fagan, third base, age 30, Memphis, Tennessee, ball player.
Adolph Andy Anderson, age 24, centre field, Providence, Rhode Island, attending law school.
Marley Strong, right field, Fargo, N.D.
Jack Bruton, left field, age 28, ball player, Cleveland, Ohio.
Clifton McLean, short stop, Underwood, N.D., high school coach.
Cliff Kempt, age 30, pitcher, Minot, engineer, Great Northern Railroad.
Roy Reimer, president, Minot, owner Hide and Fur Co. Ltd.
Wilfred Lefebvre, coach, Providence, Rhode Island.
Leo Gorder, booking agent, Minot, clerk, Great Northern Railroad.
The Mallards ays the people of Saskatchewan are really wonderful. They think Brandon and Winnipeg Buffs are far superior to clubs in Sask. We'd like to bring our readers (as we've heard a lot of remarks on Minot's loss in the tournament) to this fact : only three regular players, catcher, second base and short stop played with the team here. We didn't see the real Minot Mallards in action, but we think they were really swell to come knowing they wouldn't win. Thanks, Minot, we think the people of North Dakota are swell, too.

The population of Estevan is 3.120
Junior Walton, age 21, first base, San Francisco, ball player.
Wilbert Greene, age 28, second base and pitcher, Los Angeles, California.
Chappy Grey, age 32, third base and pitcher, Kansas City, ball player.
Koney Williams, age 30, short stop, ball player, Louisville, Kentucky.
Buford Conley, right field and pitcher, age 21, ball player, Cincinnati, Ohio
Charlie Nichols, age 24, left field, ball player, Kansas City.
Marvin Terrell, centre field, age 23, ball player, Atlanta, Georgia.
Roy Swanson, age 26, catcher, ball player, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lee Landrum, age 21, catcher, ball player, Denver, Colorado.
Leroy Pettus, age 18, catcher, Los Angeles, California, ball player.
Mel Torgunrud, age 28, pitcher, Midale, Sask., partsman in machinery agency in Estevan.
Allan Lefty Bryant, age 29, Kansas City, pitcher, ball player.
Santa Fe Morris, age 24, pitcher, ball player, San Bernadino, California.
Edmund Skaggs, pitcher, age 22, Paducah, Kentucky, ball player.
James William Junior, New Orleans, La., pitcher, ball player.
Wayne Pappy Carr, age 52, pitcher and coach, Henderson, Kentucky.
Baldy Benson, age 36, assistant manager and catcher, Oakland, California. Baldy has been coming to canada since 1935. Would like to live here if he could. Says the people and country are wonderful.
Eric Quist, president, Estevan, Grocery merchant.
Ned Rooney, manager, machinery dealer, Estevan.


(July 28)  Four games were played on the opening day of the Swift Current tournament.  Indian Head took a 6-2 decision from Estevan on Dan Jenkins' four-hitter.  The game was called after six innings because of rain.

Bryant (L) and Swanson
Jenkins (W) and Green

Les Witherspoon had four hits including two triples to lead Swift Current to a 5-2 win over Shaunavon.  Tommy Thompson allowed twelve hits but went all the way for the win.

Olheiser (L), Palmer (6) and Jensen
Thompson (W) and Powell.

Bailey of Sceptre allowed just four hits and scored the winning run in the tenth inning as Sceptre edged Eston 1-0.  Cliff Jacobson allowed just seven hits in a route-going performance for the Ramblers.

Bailey (W) and Serpa
Jacobson (L) and Blakely

Carrot River scored two in the top of the ninth to beat Nashville 3-1. Andy Swota went all the way for the win topping Kelly Searcy on the hill.

Swota (W) and McLean
Searcy (L) and Logan

(July 30)  Gilbert Plains downed Flin Flon 4-2 and 5-0 in an exhibition double-header at Flin Flon Sunday.  Orville Minish pitched a six-hitter for the win in the opener while Bill Alexander allowed just one hit in a rain-shortened second game. It was called after five innings. 

(July 31)   Doug Morden pitched Gilbert Plains to a 9-2 exhibition win over The Pas on Monday. 


Eston Ramblers took first money at the Maple Creek Tourney and finished third at Gull Lake.

(August 1)    At Gilbert Plains, the barnstorming Ligon's Colored All-Stars whipped the locals 10-5 in an exhibiiton encounter.  Catcher John Stempak was best for Gilbert Plains at the plate with a triple and single. Bill Murray had a pair of doubles.


(Aug 2)  Roblin took top prize it its own tournament.  Gilbert Plains dropped an 11-9 decision to Neepawa in the opening round.

(August 2)   Ligon's Colored All-Stars, displaying a smart young team, defeated the Red Birds 8-4 Wednesday night at Dauphin.  Everyone in the Ligon's lineup got at least one hit as the visitors rapped out 15 and featured an outstanding defense turning four double plays without an error. Near, Felix Valdez and Chino Valdez each had two safeties for the winners. Ray Nash was the big gun for Dauphin with a double and two singles. Bilbo pitched into the 6th for the win. 

Bilbo, Woods (6) and Holland
Simms (L) and Nash


(August 2)  Gilbert Plains took first prize money in the $1,200 Knights of Pythias tournament in Yorkton.  The Manitoba club scored a 5-1 win in the final, called in the 8th inning because of darkness.  A crowd of 25-hundred watched 24 games played on the five-diamond field at Jubilee Park.

Gilbert Plains advanced to the final with a default win over Viscount, a 3-0 victory over Carrot River and an 8-0 triumph over Stalwart in the semi-final.  Yorkton scored 4-3 wins over Fairlight, Portage La Prairie and Leslisle.  Other entries in the tournament were Donwell, Canora, Grayson, Stalwart, Rhein, Regina and Bangor.  Balcarres and Qu'Appele defaulted.

Rosetown Tournament


(August 2-3)  Indian Head Rockets whipped North Battleford 17-6 to win top money of $1,200 in the $3,500 Rosetown tournament.  It was the Rockets second major tournament victory.  More than 8-thousand fans watched the final.

Tom Alston powered the Rockets' attack with four hits.  Louis Green had three. Jim Morrow went all the way for the win.  

Torgerson (L), Dodd (4), Brown (4) and Prediger
Morrow (W) and Green

In the semi-finals, Dan Jenkins held Delisle to three hits and fanned 11 as the Rockets trounced the Gems 9-1.  Indian Head had 12 hits off Bennie Griggs and Goose Gostlin.  

Jenkins (W) and Green
Griggs (L), Gostlin (5) and jR.Bentley

Les Dean bested Dave Shaw in a mound duel as the Beavers edged Sceptre 3-1 in the other semi-final. 

Shaw (L) and Serpa
L.Dean (W) and Prediger

In the Consolation final, Sceptre pounded out 14 hits to dump Delisle 12-0.

Johnson (W) and Serpa
Coben (L), Cretain (2) and Shirley

(Aug 2) Isiah Quarterman tripled home George Lipscomb in the bottom of the tenth to give Indian Head a 2-1 victory over Swift Current in opening day action at Rosetown.  Jim Morrow, who relieved starter Jesse Blackman in the top of the tenth, was the winner.  Steve Wylie took the loss for the Indians.

Wylie (L) and xxx
Blackman, Morrow (W) (10) and xxx

Sceptre beat Saskatoon Legion 4-1 and North Battleford topped Eston 13-6.  An estimated 5-thousand fans watched the opening games.

(Old rivals Delisle and Sceptre met in the final of the 1949 tournament. A crowd of more than 15-thousand watched as Sceptre won the title game, 4-1.)


(August 3)  Gilbert Plains walked away with top money in the I.O.O.F. Lodge tournament in Grandview Thursday scoring two runs in the bottom of the 8th to down Dauphin 6-5 in the final. The game was called after eight innings because of darkness.  Doug Morden picked up the win in relief of starter Orville Minish.  After Dauphin had scored a pair in the top of the 8th to go ahead 5-4, Morden drove one down the third base line that bounded into the crowd and ended up under a car as he scampered all the way home. Red Birds argued the call and Morden was sent back to second with a ground rule double.  Plummer then grounded to second but Herb Boughen's throw got away from Alex Robertson at first and Morden streaked home with the tying run. Frank Howelko then send a grounder to second but again Boughen's throw was wide and ended up in left field with Plummer advancing to third.  Hub Macey singled for the winning run. Macey had three hits to lead an 11-hit offensive for Gilbert Plains. Dauphin had 14 hits.

Stephenson (L) and Simms
Minish, Morden (8) and Stempak

Johnny Stempak had a triple, double and single to lead Gilbert Plains to a 5 -2 win over Neepawa in the semi-finals.  Coffee started on the hill for the Plainsmen, giving way to Spud Williamson in the 3rd inning.  Bill Alexander came on in the 7th.  In their opening game, Gilbert Plains edged Grandview 4-3 with a run in the top of the 9th.  Bill Murray tripled and scored on a fly ball by BurdenukMorden and Alexander shared the mound duties. 

Dauphin cracked out 20 hits to down Roblin 7-2 in the opening game. The Red Birds newest import, Tom Harris, was the leading hitter with four hits in five trips. Fate Simms and Alex Robertson each had four while Ray Nash and Herb Boughen chipped in with three apiece. Wayne Stephenson worked six innings for the win.

D.Weitzel (L) and Pigg
Stephenson (W), McPhee (7) and Simms

(August 3)   Ligon's Colored All-Stars stopped off in Dauphin Thursday and walked away with an 8-4 victory over the home town Red Birds. Dauphin, which had earlier notched a pair of wins over the barnstorming Muskogee  Cardinals, were no match for the slugging of the Ligon's.

(August 4)  In exhibition action at Claresholm, Alberta, the San Francisco Cubs edged the hometown Meteors 3-2 .  Lanky Nap Bruton went the distance for the Cubs finishing strong by fanning two of the final three hitters in the ninth.  Cubs notched the winning run in the ninth as Charley Richardson, brother of the Meteors' pitcher, scored his second run following hits by Sugar Cain and MorrisonLen Richardson, borrowed from the Cubs for the contest, went the route for the Meteors and knocked in both runs with a seventh inning triple to score Bowser Whitehead and Diebold.

Bruton and Ellison
L Richardson and W MacDonald

San Francisco Cubs : Brooks Al 3B, Bruton Nap Lanky P, Cain Marion Sugar P OF MGR, Ellison Johnny C, Glenn Hubert P, Hope Syl, Jenkins Wendel Willie 2B, Morrison Felton OF, Morton Cy SS, Neal Loyal OF,  Richardson Charles 1B, Richardson Len P,  Richardson Louis OF, Taylor Frank P, Ward Eli P, Williams Bill OF, Williams Mansfield 3B,

(August 5)  At Clearwater Lake, Swift Current Indians dropped a 9-6 decision to Eston Ramblers.

(August 6)   Kamsack Cyclones trounced Dauphin 9-2 at Madge Lake Sunday in the first game of a scheduled twin-bill. The second game was rained out.  Cyclones captured the contest with one big inning, a seven-run outburst in the 5th which combined three hits, two walks, two hit batters and an error. Ken Sparkman held the Red Birds to seven hits for the win and helped at the plate with three hits. The lone highlight for the Red Birds was Fate Simms tremendous blast over the left field fence for a homer in the ninth.

McPhee (L), Simms (7) and Nash     
Sparkman (W) and Taylor

Fate Simms continued at the top of the Dauphin batting race with a .398 average just ahead of newcomer Tom Harris at. .386.


(August 7)  Dauphin upended Gilbert Plains 5-1 Monday to take top prize in the Grandview Tournament. Red Birds had reached the final with a 6-5 win over Grandview while Gilbert Plains topped Robin 6-1.

Dauphin smacked out 12 hits in the final to support Wimpy Stephenson's solid pitching to win, 5-1. Red Birds got one in the second as Eddie Mazur got aboard with a one-bagger, Bill Smegelski drew a walk and Herb Boughen singled. They added two more in the fifth on three consecutive triples by Ray Nash, Ernie Boushy and Lou Bourbonnais.  Another triple in the sixth made in 4-0. Mazur got the three-bagger and Stephenson brought him in with a ground ball.  Gilbert Plains got it's lone marker in the sixth as Frank Howelko doubled and scored on singles by John Stempak and Bill Murray. Dauphin completed the scoring in the 7th on three singles by Tom Harris, Boushy and Bourbonnais.

Stephenson (W) and Nash
Hainstock , Eisner and Stempak

Dauphin came from behind to win their opener. Grandview took the lead with a pair in the second as Joe Goodman and Orlan Van Bargan singled and catcher Dame drove in both with a double. Red Birds tied it with a pair in the third but Grandview pushed across three in the fifth on two hits a walk and two errors to go ahead 5-2. Dauphin again knotted the count with three in the seventh on three hits and a pair of free passes.  They got the winner in the 8th as Alex Robertson singled to short left field and advanced as the ball got away from Goodman and he scored on a single by Tom HarrisRay Nash and Ernie Boushy led the offense each with three hits. Fate Simms registered the win in relief of starter Eddie Mazur. Lorne Benson took the loss.

Benson (L) and Dame
Mazur, Simms (W) (5) and Nash


(August 7)   Winnipeg Buffaloes downed Brandon 11-7 to take first prize money in the annual Portage tournament.  Playing-manager Willie Wells Sr. allowed 11 hits, including homers by Bus Vasquez and Chuck Wilson, but went the distance on the mound for the Buffs. Brandon took an early lead with a pair in the first and four in the third. Winnipeg rebounded with six runs in their half of the 3rd on four hits, one a homer, an error and a walk.

Wells and xxx
F Watkins and xxx

Buffaloes made the final by trouncing Elmwood 13-3, as  Spoon Carter held the Giants to seven scattered hits. Cy Snead, for the Giants, allowed 13. Butch Davis clubbed a pair of homers and made two sparkling catches in the outfield.

Carter (W) and xxx
Snead (L) and xxx

The Brandon Greys got by Carman 9-3.  Gerry MacKay had two triples and a single for Brandon and playing-manager Ian Lowe added a bases-loaded triple. Tom Johnson, a side-armer, went the distance for the mound victory.  Grey had 11 hits off Smoky Joe Adams and Walter Thomas. Sonny Andrews belted a homer and two singles for the Cardinals.

Johnson and xxx
Adams, W Thomas (3) and xxx

Elmwood defeated Carman 8-1 to claim third place. Andy Phillips fired a four-hitter for the win.

Phillips (W) and xxx
Thomas, Novack and xxx

(August 7)  Doug Gostlin of Delisle had a no-hit, no run game for eight and two-thirds innings Monday night but ended up losing 3-2 to the Indian Head Rockets. With two out in the ninth and Delisle ahead 2-0, Gostlin gave up a free pass then outfielder George Lipscombe worked the count to three and two and rapped a short single to break up Gostlin's bid for a no-hitter. The next man, Isiah Quarterman smacked one over the rink for a home run. Gostlin ended up with a three-hitter and 13 strikeouts.

(August 8)  Indian Head broke open a 3-2 game with three runs in the eighth inning and stopped a Minot rally in the ninth to post a 6-3 win in an exhibition game at Indian Head.  Tom Alston's double was the key hit in the big inning. Horace Latham hurled for the Rockets allowing eight hits, and a walk while striking out right. Bill Anderson took the loss for Minot going the distance with an eight-hitter.  Mallards, winners of the 1949 Indian Head Tournament were sloppy afield making seven errors.

Anderson (L) and Strong
Latham (W) and Green


(Aug 9)  Minot Mallards won the $1,000 top prize in the Estevan tournament trouncing the home club 14-5 in the final.  5-thousand fans turned out for the town's first major tournament, sponsored by the Canadian Legion.  The Mallards had twenty hits off three Estevan hurlers.  

Danielson, Cathey (6) and Strong
Torgenrud, Green (6), Skaggs (7) and Landrum

Indian Head beat Wilcox 4-1 in the consolation final.  

A Williams and Quarterman
Buttgereit and Mitton

Minot reached the final with a 5-0 win over Indian Head.  Harvey Lapides and Fred Shepard belted homers as the Mallards scored all their runs in the fourth inning.  

Richens and Kempf
Blackman, Morrow (4) and Green

Junior Williams allowed just four hits in Estevan's 8-1 win over Wilcox.

Williams and Landrum
A. Downton, Lefty Erfle, Buttgereit and Gordon, Mitton


(Aug 10)   With two runs in the top of the tenth inning, Minot Mallards downed Estevan 4-2 to win the Gainsborough $1,450 baseball tournament.  Minot reached the final with a 9-8 victory over Muskogee Cardinals while the Leafs beat Indian Head 9-5.  Muskogee claimed third prize money with a 3-2 win over the Rockets.


(August 10)  In a thrilling finish to the Gilbert Plains Tournament, Dauphin rallied for four runs in the 9th inning of the final to beat Gilbert Plains 6-5. Down 5-2 after eight frames, Herb Boughen reached on an error and Tom Harris doubled to put runners on second and third.  Another error brought Boughen home and put Alex Robertson at first. Ray Nash followed with a single to score Harris and put the Red Birds just a run behind.  With two out, Fate Simms smacked a long double to plate two for a 6-5 Dauphin lead. Gilbert Plains got two runners aboard in their half of the ninth but Simms got Bill Murray to ground out to end the game.  Simms allowed just three hits in his 7 1/3 innings of relief to post the pitching win.

McPhee, Simms (2) and Nash
Alexander (L) and Stempak

Red Birds advanced to the tourney final with a 5-2 victory over Roblin as Wimpy Stephenson hurled a five-hitter. Ernie Boushy led the Dauphin attack with a triple, double and single.  Dick Vinson took the loss.

Stephenson (W) and Nash
Vinson (L) and Pigg


(Aug 13)  A thrilling finish before 34-hundred fans gave Regina the $1,300 first prize in the Exhibition tournament.  Caps got a gift run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Estevan 4-3 in the long-delayed tourney final.  Bill Kyle, who had singled and been sacrificed to second, scored on a throwing error.  Dennis Moffitt, the complete game winner in an earlier game against Indian Head, came on in the sixth inning of the final and gave up just one hit the rest of the way to pick up his second win of the day.

Bryant and Landrum
Harrison, Moffitt and G Kyle

Caps beat the Rockets 6-3 in the semi-final.

Moffitt and G Kyle
Gray, Jenkins (3) and Quarterman

(Aug 8)  Allen Lefty Bryant tossed a four-hitter and fanned eleven to lead Estevan to a 7-0, semi-final win over Weyburn.  Bryant also knocked in three runs with a double and a single.

Bryant and Landrum
Hogg and Morrison

(Aug 3) Estevan scored four in the first inning and went on to whip Wilcox 10-1 and advance to the semi-finals of the Regina Exhibition tournament.  

Buttgereit, A Downton (7) and Mitton
J Williams and Swanson

(July 31) At the Regina Fair Baseball Tournament, Indian Head Rockets trounced Swift Current 10-2. Dan Jenkins struck out 4 while giving up 7 hits to take the complete game mound victory. Isiah Quarterman had 3 hits for the Rockets, including a double, while Henry Cameron blasted a long home run as well as a two-bagger.

Jenkins (W) and Green
Dzingelowski (L), Witherspoon (2), McLeod (3) and Powell


(Aug 16)   Indian Head overcame a 6-3 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to tie Sceptre 6-6 in the final of the $5,200 Swift Current tournament.  The game was called at the end of nine innings by darkness.  Each team received $1,500.   Second baseman Smoky Lutcher knocked in two runs with a single then scored on a safety by Jim Shields as Sceptre took a 6-3 lead in the top of the ninth.  But, in the bottom of the inning, Lutcher's wild throw to first, with two out,  allowed the Rockets to plate a pair of runs to tie. 

Polus and Grant
A Williams, Blackman (4) and Green

(July 30)  Rain played havoc with the tournament schedule and forced officials to reschedule the final for mid-August.

Mike Dzingelowski (Dayne) worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth as Swift Current held on for a 2-1 victory over Carrot River and third-prize money in the tournament.  Dzingelowski came in for starter Vic Wall after the young lefty had loaded the bases after getting the first man in the ninth. A walk sent in a run but a failed squeeze play and a long fly ball ended the contest. Wall registered the win, Bigelow was the tough-luck loser.

Bigelow and McLean
Wall, Dzingelowski (9) and Kyle

Jim Morrow pitched a six-hit shutout to lead Indian Head into the finals. The Rockets beat Carrot River Loggers 5-0.

Tisdale, Swota (2) and McLean
Morrow and Green

Sceptre topped Swift Current 6-4 in the other semi-final,  Pete Polus chalked up the win allowing eight hits.  Steve Wylie gave up nine in taking the loss.  Indians took an early lead on Paul Emerson's two-run homer, but Sceptre rebounded with four runs in the second inning on three hits a walk and an error. 

Wylie and Kyle
Polus and Serpa, Shields (3)

More than 3-thousand fans took in the action in spite of nearly continuous rain. 

(July 28)  Four games were played on the opening day of the Swift Current tournament.  Indian Head took a 6-2 decision from Estevan on Dan Jenkins' four-hitter.  The game was called after six innings because of rain.

Bryant (L) and Swanson
Jenkins (W) and Green

Les Witherspoon had four hits including two triples to lead Swift Current to a 5-2 win over Shaunavon.  Paul Emerson added three safeties. Tommy Thompson allowed twelve hits but went all the way for the win.

Olhleister (L), Palmer (6) and Jensen
Thompson (W) and Powell.

Bailey of Sceptre allowed just four hits and scored the winning run in the tenth inning as Sceptre edged Eston 1-0.  Cliff Jacobson allowed just seven hits in a route-going performance for the Ramblers.

Bailey (W) and Serpa
Jacobson (L) and Blakely

Carrot River scored two in the top of the ninth to beat Nashville 3-1. Andy Swota went all the way for the win topping Kelly Searcy on the hill.  Doc Dennis belted a homer for the only run for Nashville.

Swota (W) and McLean
Searcy (L) and Logan

(August 16)    Lefty Eddie Mazur fired a sparkling two-hitter Wednesday night as Dauphin escaped with a 1-0 victory over Kamsack at the D.M.C.C. grounds.  Ken Sparkman gave up just five hits in taking the loss.  Mazur fanned seven and walked one. Sparkman had eight strikeouts and one free pass. The lone run came in the bottom of the first inning as Tom Harris and Ray Nash reached on errors to Carl Dent, the regular Roblin shortstop, who played for Kamsack. Ernie Boushy beat out a bunt down the first base line and Harris scored all the way from second.

Sparkman (L) and Pigg
Mazur (W) and Nash


(August 17)  After twice being postponed by rain, the Eston Legion Tournament finally got going Thursday with four top teams in the competition.  In the opener, Eston took an early lead on a two-run homer by Clint McNeil, but the Rockets came back strong in the late innings to notch a 5-2 victory. Sceptre shutout Delisle 2-0 to advance to the final. The Rockets captured the top prize with a 3-2 win in the championship game. 


(August 17)   Dauphin Red Birds took top honours in their down tournament Thursday defeating Grandview Maroons 8-3 in the five-inning final.  Dauphin had earlier notched a 4-1 win over Gilbert Plains while Grandview took 11 innings to get by Neepawa 13-12.

Wimpy Stephenson held the Plainsmen to four hits in the opening game setting down ten by strikeouts with no walks.  Ray Nash drove in two runs in the 3rd with a single. Red Birds added one in the 4th as Stephenson knocked in Fate Simms.  The fourth run came in the 7th when Herb Boughen tripled and scored on an infield out. Bill Murray plated the lone run for Gilbert Plains in the 9th when he reached on an error and came home on John Stempak's safety.

Stephenson (W) and Nash
Morden (L) and Stempak

In a see-saw affair, Neepawa scored five in the top of the 8th to take a 10-7 lead but Grandview responded with three in the bottom of the 8th to tie. After a scoreless 9th, Neepawa counted a pair in the top of the 10th and Grandview matched it with two in the bottom of the extra frame. Finally Grandview scored in the 11th for the win.

In the final, Dauphin scored five runs in the top of the first inning and coasted to the victory. The biggest excitement for the fans came in the top of the fifth when with Alex Robertson on third and Wimpy Stephenson second, two out and three runs already in, Ernie Boushy hit safely and Stephenson ran from second over the pitcher's mound and slid into home while Robertson ran from third towards first base, also over the pitcher's mound. The side was retired but the fans got a kick out of the activity. 

Simms (W), McPhee (3) and Harris
McDonald (L), Sabo and Coffey

(August 18)   Despite cool weather, Indian Head Rockets and Estevan Maple Leafs put on a pleasing exhibition Friday at Indian Head ending in a 9-9 draw.  Rockets used six pitchers who gave a total of 12 hits and walked three. Edward Skagges went the route for Estevan allowing but six hits while walking four and fanning eight.

Skagges and xxx
Calhoun, Williams (2), Morrow (3), Jenkins (5), Blackman (7), Gray (7) and xxx

(August 22)   Eston Ramblers posted an easy 11-5 victory over Indian Head Rockets in an exhibition match Tuesday night at the Indian Head exhibition grounds. Four runs in the third inning and three in the fifth decided the contest in Eston's favour.  Rockets got single runs in each of the first three innings and two more in the fifth when Isiah Quarterman and Pancho Gray belted triples. Eston outfielder Cliff Caffie was the game's top swatter as he banged out a triple, double and two singles to drive in six runs.

(August 27)    Dauhphin continued its winning ways Sunday with victories in both games of a double-header at Clear Lake. Red Birds topped Melita 8-1 and 4-1.  Eddie Mazur tossed a seven-hitter, with 11 strikeouts, in the opener and led the attack with a double and two singles.

Sinclair (L) and Banks
Mazur (W) and Nash

Tom Harris, in his first start for the Red Birds, held Melita to just three hits in the second game. Bill Smegelski had three hits to pace the winners.

Harris (W) and Nash 
Ross (L) and Banks

(August 29)    Before the largest crowd of the season at Dauphin, the Indian Head Rockets, cited as the best team to perform in this section of Manitoba this season, downed the Red Birds 8-1. Red Cameron led an 11-hit Rockets' attack with three hits.  PeeWee Collins and George Lipscomb each had a pair.  Alex "Wolf" Williams started for the winners and went four innings before turning over mound duties to Jim MorrowWilliams had the longest blow of the game, a triple. Wimpy Stephenson went the distance for Dauphin.

Williams (W), Morrow (5) and Green
Stephenson (L) and Simms

(August 30)  Jesse Blackman held Dauphin to three hits Wednesday as the Indian Head Rockets downed the Red Birds 6-1 in the second game of their four-game exhibition series.  Eddie Mazur allowed just five hits but five Dauphin errors made the defeat inevitable. Dauphin's lone run came on a homer by Lou Bourbonnais.

Blackman (W) and Green
Mazur (L) and Harris

(August 31)   Dauphin wound up its 1950 season losing both games of an exhibition double-header to the Indian Head Rockets, 11-2 and 3-0. In the opener, the Rockets jumped on starter John Goran for a 7-0 lead in the first two innings. Three errors contributed to the onslaught.  Red Birds out-hit the visitors 10 to 9 but booted the ball eight times while the Rockets played cleanly.  Walter Calhoun went the distance for the win.

Calhoun (W) and Quarterman
Goran, Simms (2) and Bourbonnais

Dan Jenkins was outstanding in the second game firing a two-hitter to blank the Red Birds 3-0. Rockets had  just six hits off Wimpy Stephenson. Again the Rockets played errorless ball while Dauphin had three errors. Jimmy Randolph had two hits for the winners.

Jenkins (W) and Green
Stephenson (L) and Harris

Dauphin's playing-manager Fate Simms led the team's batting race finishing with a .352 average in 213 at bats to top Lou Bourbonnais by 12 points.  Eddie Mazur, the big lefty hurler, was third at .335 just ahead of catcher Ray Nash who batted .333. Mazur and Wayne "Wimpy" Stephenson led the pitchers each with 12 wins. Simms finished with a 10-3 record.

                            AB   H   AVE
Simms Fate                 213  75  .352
Bourbonnais Lou            215  73  .340
Mazur Eddie                194  65  .335
Nash Ray                   222  74  .333
Harris Tom                  88  25  .284
Boushey Ernie              209  59  .282
Robertson Alex             167  47  .281
Boughen Herb               211  57  .270
Aitken Cliff/Norris         53  14  .264
Smegelski Bill             157  39  .248
Stephenson Wayne(Wimpy)    180  43  .239
McPhee Stan                 76  17  .224
Clark Jack                  11   1  .091
Boushy Steve                24   2  .083
Angus Ken                   10   0  .000
Dufault                      6   0  .000
                             W   L
Mazur Eddie                 12   5
Stephenson Wayne(Wimpy)     12   7
Simms Fate                  10   3
Bourbonnais Lou              2   0
Harris Tom                   1   0
Robertson Alex               1   0
Boughen Herb                 1   0
Aitken Cliff/Norris          1   0
Goran John                   1   1
McPhee Stan                  1   3

(September 2-4)   Indian Head Rockets took three of four weekend exhibition games in a series with a combined Saskatoon Legion - Delisle aggregation at Cairns Field.  Rockets opened the series with a 4-1 decision Saturday as Jim Morrow and Lefty Arnold hooked up in a pitchers' duel. Arnold fanned 14, three more than Morrow.

Morrow (W) and Green
Arnold (L) and Shirley

Saskatoon - Delisle captured the Sunday afternoon contest, 8-6. Eddie Brown's eighth inning homer with Bob Dawes aboard provided the margin of victory. Jesse Blackman had cracked a four-bagger over the right field fence in the fifth for the Rockets.  Doug Bentley clouted a homer for the host squad in the first inning.

Blackman (L) and Quarterman
Griggs (W) and Shirley

Rockets swept Monday's double-header 11-0 and 7-3 before a crowd of about 7,000 in ideal baseball weather. Stevenson hurled the shutout for Indian Head as Bill Dials took his lumps for the losers. Tom Alston, the Rockets tall first sacker, clouted a homer.  In the nightcap, Indian Head broke open a tight game with three runs in the seventh inning. Dan Jenkins went the route on the hill for the Rockets while Bennie Griggs provided a highlight for the losers with a long home run in the fourth inning.

Stevenson (W) and Green
Dials (L) and Shirley

Jenkins (W) and Green
Arnold, Courtereille (8) and Shirley


(September 3-4)   Penticton Canucks whipped Seattle 7-2 to take first prize money in the Oliver Labour Day Tournament. Les Edwards, pitching his second game of the tourney, had a shutout for six innings before tiring in the latter stages. 

Edwards (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

in the semi-final, Canucks ran up a 10-2 lead after two innings and coasted to a 15-6 triumph over Malott. Penticton sent starter Tabor to the showers in the first inning on five hits, two walks and three errors. Newcomer Gibbons, playing left field, drove in a pair. Slim Clovinski doubled in three more.

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In first round action, Penticton edged Omak 2-1 behind Edwards' seven-hitter. The veteran hurler fanned 11 in besting Lightly who allowed eight hits. Canucks scored in the 6th on hits by Bill Raptis and Sam Drossos, two walks and an error.  Raptis led the hitters with three safeties.

Edwards (W) and Drossos
Lightly (L) and xxx

Bowers had a five-hit shutout to lead Malott to its victory over Brewster. 

Bowers (W) and xxx
Kiefer (L) and xxx

Seattle eliminated the host Oliver Elks 6-1 with one big inning which produced five runs on five hits and a walk. Farrar limited the Elks to six hits for the win.

Coulter (L) and xxx
Farrar (W) and xxx


(September 3-4)    Down 3-1 after seven innings, Vernon Canadians rallied for three in the 8th and another in the 9th and held on to top Summerland 5-3 to win the Kelowna Labour Day Tournament.  Ironman Ike Jackson fired a five-hitter in going the distance for the win. He allowed three runs in the first inning, two on Frank Metcalfe's homer, then blanked the Merchants the rest of the way. 

Vernon 5 Summerland 3
Jackson (W) and Petruk
Day (L) and Metcalfe

Jackson had earlier hurled Vernon to it's 5-3 opening round win over Winthrop and saved the Canadians victory over Rutland with a relief appearance.

Winthrop 3 Vernon 5
Yocky, Tuddle (8) and Moore
Jackson (W) and Petruk

In was quite an afternoon for Vernon catcher Bill Petruk.  He committed two errors and missed three pop-ups behind the plate but came through with three hits driving in four runs including the winner.

Rutland 6 Vernon 10
Gallagher, Lesmeister (5) and Campbell
Fukuyama, Jackson (8) and Petruk

Rutland advanced to the semi-finals with a 4-3 win over Davenport as Wally Lesmeister scattered nine hits for the win.

Rutland 4 Davenport 3
Lesmeister (W) and Campbell
Mercer (L) and R. Danekas

Summerland won a finals berth by dumping Wilbur, Washington 7-2 behind Wally Day's five-hitter.

Wilbur 2 Summerland 7
Cameron (L), Auberton (3) and English
Day (W) and Metcalfe

The Merchants won their opening tilt 4-1 over the host Kelowna nine.

Kelowna 1 Summerland 4
Purcello (L) and Stewart
Walsh (W) and Metcalfe

In the consolation final, Wilbur downed Rutland 8-3 with Hank Eckhart surviving 13 hits to go the distance for the win. Johnny Lingor had four hits for the losers, including a two-run homer.

Wilbur 8 Rutland 3
Eckhart (W) and English
H.Cousins (L) and V.Cousins

Eckhart had earlier tossed the gem of the tournament, a two-hitter with 18 strikeouts as Wilbur blanked Tonasket 1-0 in the opening round.

Wilbur 1 Tonasket 0
Eckhart (W) and English
Compton (L) and Hardenburgh


(September 3-4)  Courtenay Legion added another laurel to its 1950 baseball accomplishments over the weekend by claiming top prize in the Labour Day Tournament. Legion needed an amazing comeback from a 6-0 deficit to Duncan Athletics take the crown with a 10-9 victory. Robbie Robinson banged out a homer with Ray Downey aboard in the seventh inning to launch the Legion's late inning comeback. Courtenay then went wild in the the eighth with six runs to go ahead 8 to 6. But, Duncan stormed back with three runs in the top of the ninth on two hits, two walks and an error to reclaim the lead, 9 to 8.  In the bottom of the final frame, Freddie Orr and Shorty McIvor reached on walks and Junior Chalmers moved them up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. That set the stage for Roy Moore who lashed out a double to plate Orr and McIvor to hand top money to the Legion.  McIvor picked up the win in relief of Spit Quinn.  Duncan went through four hurlers trying to hold off the Comox Valley champions.

Folk, English, McKinnon, Rodger (L) and xxx
Quinn, McIvor (W) (5) and xxx

Legion reached the final with a 7-4 victory over Cumberland. Earl Robinson, of Nanaimo, started for Courtenay, giving way to Spit Quinn in the seventh.  Three double plays helped keep Cumberland at bay.

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Robinson (W), Quinn and xxx

Duncan crushed the Comox Valley Tigers 12-0 battering both Freddie Clifford and Pro Pratt. Tony Folk and Don McKinnon combined on the shutout for the Athletics.  Tigers made the A's job easier by booting the ball 13 times. Duncan ran up an 11-0 lead after three innings. Doug Wyllie, Jantz, Joe Gergel and Charlie Stroulger each knocked in a pair of runs.

Folk (W), McKinnon and xxx
Clifford (L), Pratt and xxx

In opening round action, Cumberland took a big lead and held off a late challenge by Vancouver to post a 16 to 10 triumph. Ty Conti sparked the winners. Ray Walker picked up the pitching win.

Walker (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Comox Valley Tigers crushed North Vancouver 13-1 behind Pro Pratt's solid hurling. Biff Ingram provided an offensive spark for the Tigers before being forced from the game with an injury.

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Pratt (W) and xxx

Young Bob McIvor hurled the Legion to an 8-0 win over Victoria allowing just two hits. Ray Downey set off a Legion rally in the fourth inning when he singled and was followed by five more consecutive hits. Two walks contributed to the 6-0 lead built up by the Legion in the frame.

xxx and xxx
McIvor (W) and xxx

In the first game of the tournament, Duncan shaded Campbell River 3-2. The Rivermen, beefed up with the addition of Vancouver players Bruce Thirsk and Jimmie Crosetti and with Andy Telosky catching, had a golden opportunity to tie in the eighth when young Joe Korsa belted out a long triple but his mates failed to bring him home.  Trailing 1-0, Duncan moved ahead 2-1 in the third as Jim Cain reached on an error and scored on a fielder's choice and Charlie Stroulger singled in Doug English. In the sixth Rodger's hit scored Joe Gergel for the winning run.

xxx and xxx
English (W) and xxx


(September 4)  New Denver made it a clean sweep Labour Day winning the Slocan City Tournament after capturing the league title and taking the May 24th tourney in New Denver and the July 1st event in Silverton.  Kuts Hayashi registered a no-hitter in the five-inning final as New Denver edged Silverton 2-1.  Hayashi walked six. New Denver took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as Shig Kiyono singled to left with two out and raced to third as the ball got away from the left fielder. Nobby Hayashi singled to score the first marker, advanced on an error and scored the winner on his brother Kuts' single. Silverton got its run in the 5th as Randolph Harding reached when the catcher dropped the ball on a third strike. He promptly stole second, was safe at third when the catcher's throw to try and nab him went wide. W. Gordon's sacrifice fly brought him home.

K.Hayashi (W) and xxx
Groenhuysen (L) and xxx


(September 4-5)  Trail won the $400 top prize at the Fernie Labour Day Tournament Monday downing Creston 11-6 in the final. Dave Ewings, who had made the trip with Rossland but hadn't played, hurled the final for Trail. Busher McIntyre and Jim MacDonald supplied most of the batting punch for the winners.

In semi-final play, Trail scored five runs in the third inning and coasted to a 5-1 triumph over Fernie as Bobby McKinnon fired a three-hitter and helped the offense with a three-run triple. Creston needed three extra innings to down Rossland 5-3. Joey Jankola took the loss.

Trail won the opening game of the event as Pete Boisvert pitched two-hit ball as Trail blanked Cranbrook 4-0. Creston won by default from Picture Butte, Fernie trounced Michel 8-1 and Irv Lavorato fashioned a one-hit masterpiece as favoured Rossland shutout Kimberley 4-0. In addition to his sterling mound work, Lavorato smacked a two-run single to break up a scoreless tie in the sixth inning.