1951 Game Reports / ManDak League     


(May 13)   Winnipeg Buffaloes walloped a crew of hockey-player baseballers 16-1 Sunday in a tune-up for the opening of the Man-Dak league season on Saturday.  The win was the Buffs 19th straight exhibition triumph against no losses. They won 18 down south in spring training sessions. Tayor Smith and Jim Newberry split the pitching chores. Team business manager Jack Hector announced the signing of holdout Lyman Bostock. The burly first baseman returns to anchor an infield featuring John Kennedy at second base, Pee Wee Butts at short and Charlie White at third.  In the outfield will be big Butch Davis, Leon Day and Joe Taylor.

(May 19)   More than 6-thousand fans crammed into Osborne Stadium for the 1951 opener of the ManDak Baseball League.  Hundreds more were unable to gain admittance.  Buffaloes pleased the home crowd with an 11-4 trouncing of Brandon as Leon Day, playing centre field, had three hits and three runs batted in.  Third baseman Charlie White and right fielder Joe Taylor also had three hits for the Buffaloes.  Taylor Smith, with sparkling relief by Jim Newberry, picked up the win.  Newberry pitched no-hit ball in his four innings of work and registered five strikeouts.  Ian Lowe of the Greys had the only homer.

F Watkins (0-1), Bill Anderson (3) and Rodriguez
T Smith (1-0), Newberry (6) and Robinson

(May 21)   It spite of the chill, a crowd of more than 2-thousand fans went home happy as the Carman Cardinals kicked off the new season with a 6-5, 12-inning victory over Brandon.  Manager Gentry Jessup was the star for the home team, taking the mound in the top of the 12th to shutdown the Greys, then driving in the winning run in the bottom of the inning with a long fly ball to centre.  Herb Souell was the big gun for the Cards with a homer, double and single.  Gene Smith also had a homer. 

Valentine, Hunt (9), F Watkins (11) (0-2) and Bassett
A Anderson, Jessup (12) (1-0) and McKerlie

(May 21)  Winnipeg Buffaloes notched their second straight win downing Elmwood 7-5 before 2-thousand fans at Osborne Stadium.  Leon Day, the hitting star in the season's opener, scattered eleven hits to pick up the win.  Day also drove in two runs with a double in the 1st inning.  Butch Davis had a homer and double for the Buffs.

Day (1-0) and Robinson
Finch (0-1) and Swanson

(May 21)  Estevan Maple Leafs topped Minot Mallards 9-7 to square the exhibition series at a game apiece.  Leafs broke loose for five runs in the 7th.  Wilbur Greene, with a double and two singles, paced the winners.  E.L. Hester drove in a pair with two singles.  Jack Bruton drove in five runs for the Mallards with four singles in five trips to the plate and catcher Charlie Wiles added a double and two singles. Minot committed seven errors and allowed nine bases on balls.

Bryant, Young and Landrum
B Wiles, Cathey (6) and C Wiles

(May 22)  Rafe Cabrera had three hits, including a homer and a double, to lead the 15-hit Brandon attack as the Greys downed Carman 5-2 for their first win of the young season.  Right-hander Bill Anderson went the route for the Greys on the hill and helped out at the plate with a homer and single.  

Bill Anderson (1-0) and Bassett
Jessup (1-1) and McKerlie

(May 22)   At Winnipeg, the Buffaloes won their third straight, 5-2 over Elmwood.  Pee Wee Jenkins tossed a seven-hitter for the win.  Jim Bolden, who went the distance for the Giants, took the loss. Catcher Frazier Robinson led the Buffs' offense knocking in a pair of runs on three hits. Butch Davis had a pair, one of them a double. John Washington and Joe Spencer each had two hits for Elmwood.

Bolden (0-1) and Swanson
Jenkins (1-0) and Robinson

(May 23)  Brandon jumped into a 7-0 lead then held off an Elmwood rally to dump the Giants 13-8 at Winnipeg.  Frank Watkins allowed 14 hits but went the route for the win.  He also led the Greys at the plate with three hits.  Ian Lowe knocked in three runs and Pepper Bassett clouted a homer for Brandon.  Catcher Roy Swanson led the Giants with three hits and two runs batted in.

F Watkins (1-2) and Bassett
J Williams (0-1), McGowan (4) and Swanson

(May 24)  The three hitters in the middle of the Winnipeg batting lineup each had three hits as the Buffaloes downed Carman 14-10.  Butch Davis had a double and two singles, Joe Taylor knocked in four runs with a double and a pair of singles and Lyman Bostock had two doubles and a single. Herb Souell drove in four runs with three hits for Carman.  Jim Newberry survived a six run 5th inning to go the distance for the win.

Spearman (L), Bumpus (5) and Greene
Newberry (W) and Robinson

(May 24)  The Greys again took a big lead and held off Elmwood 8-7 to notch their third straight win before 25-hundred fans who braved gusty and chilling winds. Playing-manager Ian Lowe's two-run homer in the 2nd inning and run-scoring single in the 4th put Brandon into a lead they never relinquished.  After the Giants broke through with a run in the top of the 5th inning, the Greys stormed back with five runs.  Giants outhit the Greys 14-7.  Coney Williams paced Elmwood with three hits.  Brandon's Rafe Cabrera was injured sliding into third base and removed from the game.  

Finch (L) and Swanson
Russ Valentine (W), Hunt (6), Anderson (7) and Rodriguez

(May 25)  Cuban southpaw Armando Suarez won his debut in the ManDak League as Brandon trounced Elmwood 10-3.  Suarez had a shutout until the 9th inning when he gave up all three Giants' runs on three hits and an error.  He fanned ten and walked two.  Lloyd Davenport had a double and two singles to lead the Greys at the plate.   Roy Swanson had four hits for the Giants.

Bolden (L) and Swanson
Suarez (W) and Rodriguez

(May 25)  Chick Longest belted a pair of homers to lead Carman to an 11-4 triumph over Winnipeg.  Longest also had a double and single.  Butch Davis homered for the Buffaloes.  Willie Hutchinson went all the way for the win.

Hutchinson (W) and Greene
Smith (L), Jones (9) and Robinson

(May 26)  Winnipeg Buffaloes had 13 hits and took advantage of six Brandon errors to dump the Greys 9-6 at Kinsmen Memorial Stadium.  It was a costly defeat as Brandon lost shortstop Ed Finney who suffered a broken leg sliding into second base.  Finney joined Rafe Cabrera and Art Hunt on the sidelines.  Just two days previous, Cabrera had suffered a leg injury sliding into third.  Jim Newberry, in relief of starter Leon Day, who was ejected in the 4th inning, pitched no-hit ball the remainder of the way to pick up the win.  Amancio Ferro allowed 12 hits before being lifted in the 9th inning.

Day, Newberry (4) (W) and Robinson
Ferro (L), Anderson (9) and Rodriguez

(May 26)   Elmwood Giants rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 9th to shade Carman 8-7.  Catcher Roy Swanson singled to drive in Joe Mitchell with the winning run.  Mitchell paced the Giants with three hits.  Joe Spencer had a homer and single. Chick Longest had a triple and double for the Cardinals.

Gene Smith (L) and Greene
Jefferson (W) and Swanson

(May 28)  Elmwood Giants, who dropped their first five games of the season, won their second straight beating Brandon 5-2.  Ray Finch scattered ten hits to get the win.  Giants' Joe Mitchell had the only homer.  A threat of rain kept the crowd down to just over one-thousand.

F Watkins (L) and Bassett
Finch (W) and Louden

(May 28)   In a game called after six innings because of darkness, Winnipeg blasted Carman 11-4.  Leon Day registered the win in relief of Pee Wee Jenkins.  Carman's Andy Anderson was nicked for twelve hits before giving way to Alvin Spearman.

Jenkins, Day (3) (W) and Robinson
Anderson (L), Spearman (6) and McKerlie

(May 29)   First baseman Alonzo Perry had an auspicious debut with Brandon as he led the Greys to an 8-6 win over Elmwood.  Perry had a homer, double, single, two walks and three runs batted in.  Greys needed a superb relief chore by Armando Suarez to stop a Giants' rally in the bottom of the 9th.  Elmwood had scored three runs and had a runner on with just one out when Suarez got Joe Wiley to bounce out and then fanned Johnny Britton to preserve the win.

B Anderson (W), Suarez (9) and Bassett
Finch (L) and Louden

(May 29)  At Carman, the Cardinals jumped into a 10-0 lead then had to stave off Winnipeg in the last two innings to escape with a 10-9 victory over the Buffaloes.  Gentry Jessup, who went the distance for the win, belted a three-run homer in the first inning as the Cardinals erupted for seven runs.  Chick Longest also homer for Carman while Joe Taylor had a four-bagger for Winnipeg. Tee Brown drove in three for Carman with a triple and two singles.

Smith (L), Wells (5) and Robinson
Jessup (W) and Greene

(May 30)  The Minot Mallards provided some Memorial Day fireworks as they whipped the visiting Elmwood Giants 13-5 and 11-6 in a twin-bill.  Minot punched out 28 base hits, 15 in the afternoon game before 1800 customers and 13 in the night tilt before 1400. First Baseman Ed Sudol laced five hits for the day including two doubles and a single in the first game. Sugar Cain scattered eight hits for the win in the opener and contributed a double and single at the plate.  Don Berg slammed a homer for the Mallards and Louis Louden belted one for Elmwood.  Minot took advantage of six Elmwood errors -- five by shortstop Coney Williams -- along with seven walks in the nightcap. 

Bolden (L), Jefferson (3) and Louden
Cain (W) and C. Wiles

Matt McGowan (L) and Louden
Cathey (W) and C. Wiles

(May 30)   Again Alonzo Perry was the story for Brandon as he had four hits, including a homer, and knocked in three runs to pace the Greys to a 5-2 decision over Winnipeg Buffaloes.  Another newcomer to the Greys, lefty Gready McKinnis, scattered eight hits and blanked the Buffs after the first frame.  

After the game, Brandon reduced its roster to eighteen with the release of veteran pitcher Frank Watkins, pitcher Russ Valentine and homebrew Wayne Berg who had yet to seen game action.  Rafe Cabrera returned to the lineup playing third base for manager Ian Lowe who was felled with a stomach ailment.

Newberry (L) and Robinson
McKinnis (W) and Bassett

(May 31)  Armando Suarez tossed a five-hitter and the Greys backed him with a 14-hit attack in dumping Minot Mallards 10-3.  The young Cuban fanned six with no walks.  Greys juggled their lineup again with the release of Frank EvansGerry MacKay stepped in to handle second base and was one of five Greys to have two hits.  Alonzo Perry, 7 for 7 going into the game, was held to one hit and two walks in five trips to the plate.

Minot playing-manager Otto Huber was ejected by umpire Mark Van Buren in the 3rd inning after an argument about ground rules.  Huber, however, was allowed to continue after explaining the Mallards had no replacement and after apologizing to Van Buren.  

Gaines (L), B Wiles (5) and C Wiles
Suarez (W) and Rodriguez

(May 31)  Carman Cardinals rallied from a 10-2 deficit to upend Elmwood Giants 14-11.  Walter Thomas led the winners with four hits and three runs batted in.  Joe Mitchell's three-run homer was the big blow for Elmwood.

Williams, Finch  (L) (6) and Swanson
Brenzel, Spearman (W) (4) and Greene

(June 1)   Winnipeg dumped Minot 8-3. John Kennedy led the attack with three doubles while Butch Davis knocked in a pair with a triple.  Al Wilmore went the distance in his first start for the Buffaloes.  Jim Kamis took the loss.

Wilmore (W) and Robinson 
Kamis (L) and C. Wiles

(June 1)  Carman topped Elmwood 10-5 as Herb Souell belted a grand slam homer.  Orinthal Anderson also homered for Carman while Johnny Britton clubbed one for the Giants.  Chick Longest and three hits and knocked in three runs for the Cards.

Hutchinson (W) and McKerlie
Bolden (L), Jefferson (4) and Louden

(June 3)  A Sunday crowd of 2,000 at Minot watched the visiting Winnipeg Buffaloes pound out 15 hits in taking a 6-4 win from the Mallards.  Joe Taylor had four hits to lead the Buffs.  Lyman Bostock added a pair of doubles.  Taylor Smith pitched into the 8th inning for the win.

Smith (W), Jenkins (8) and Robinson
McHenry (L), Tolson (5), Gaines (9) and Wiles

(June 4)  Gentry Jessup tossed a 5-hitter as the hometown Carman Cardinals came back from a 4-3 deficit to down Minot 9-4.  Chick Longest drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the 3rd and a two-run double in the 5th.  It was his 4th homer of the young season and he added a single - his 20th hit in 40 trips to the plate.  Herb Souell had four singles for the Cards.

Cain (L), Tolson (7) and C Wiles
Jessup (W) and Greene

(June 4)   Jim Newberry hurled a six-hit shutout as Winnipeg Buffaloes downed Brandon 3-0.  Despite chilly weather, 12-hundred fans crowded into Kinsmen Memorial Stadium.  Brilliant defensive plays highlighted the contest.  Buffs centre fielder Leon Day made a dazzling catch on Alonzo Perry's drive to deep centre in the 3rd inning.  Perry raced into right field foul territory to make a over-the-head catch on Frazier Robinson's pop fly in the 5th.  In the 6th inning Gerry MacKay made two sparkling plays on 400-foot drives by Joe Taylor and Day.  Skeeter Watkins made a diving stop on Lyman Bostock's liner in the 7th.  In the same inning, Winnipeg shortstop Pee Wee Butts took a hit away from Pepper Bassett with a leaping, backhand stab of Bassett's liner then, two plays later, robbed MacKay of a hit with a brilliant stop and throw from behind second base after racing far to his left.  

Newberry (W) and Robinson
McKinnis (L), B Anderson (9) and Bassett

(June 5)  Minot shaded the Cardinals 3-1 in a ManDak tussle at Carman.  Otto Huber and Zoonie McLean paced the Mallards, each with two hits.  Willie Cathey, with 9th inning relief by Jim Kamis, picked up his 2nd win of the young season.

Cathey (2-0), Kamis (9) and C. Wilies
Spearman (L) and Greene

(June 5)  Winnipeg Buffaloes erupted for 9 runs over the last two innings to whip Elmwood 12-5.  Joe Taylor's three-run homer in the 9th sealed the victory.  Butch Davis belted two doubles and a homer for the Buffaloes. John Kennedy had four singles.  Jim Newberry was the winner in relief.

Wilmore, Newberry (W) (7) and Robinson
Berry (L), Finch (8), McGowan (9) and Louden

(June 8)  After two nights of rain had washed out four games, ManDak league play resumed on two fronts Friday.  Alonzo Perry had a homer and two RBI as Brandon dumped Carman 8-5.  Armando Suarez went the route for the Greys to capture his third straight victory.  Sonny Andrews had three hits for the Cardinals.

Suarez (W) and Bassett
G Smith (L), Bumpus (8), Hutchinson (9) and Greene

(June 8)  Minot downed Elmwood 8-5.  Lefty Gaines went the distance for the win.  Harvey Beaster's homer was the big blow for the Mallards.  

Gaines (W) and C Wiles
Jefferson (L) and Louden

(June 9)  Minot survived a pair of injuries to blast the Cardinals 7-1 at Carman.  Jim Kamis, Minot pitcher, broke his right ankle sliding into second base in the bottom of the 8th. First baseman Ed Sudol of Minot was struck in the back of the head by Gentry Jessup’s first pitch in the 4th inning. Kamis had a three-hitter going until being forced from the game.  One of the hits was a Herb Souell homer. Wally Jako and Otto Huber each had a pair of doubles for Minot.

Kamis (W), Tolson (9) and C. Wiles
Jessup (L), Spearman (5) and McKerlie

 (June 9)  Gready McKinnis pitched a five-hitter to lead Brandon to a 6-2 win over Elmwood.  Skeeter Watkins led the Greys offense with three hits and drove in a pair.  Greys broke up a 2-2 tie with four runs in the top of the 9th.  More than 3-thousand fans took in the action at Osborne Stadium.  Joe Mitchell was in the lineup for Brandon after being obtained in a trade with the Giants.  Lloyd Davenport moved to Elmwood.  Ted "Double-Duty" Radcliffe had a run-scoring single as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning.

McKinnis (W) and Bassett
Finch (L) and Louden

(June 10)  Minot Mallards brought out the big bats to trounce the Elmwood Giants 13-6.  Wally Jako had a triple and a pair of singles and pitcher Vallie (Joe) Eaves added a homer.  Joe Spencer blasted a grand slam homer for Elmwood. 

Eaves (W) and Renfroe
Bill Alexander (L), Jr. Williams (3) and Louden

(June 10)   Winnipeg topped Brandon 6-4 in a exhibition game at Wasagaming. But the feature of the contest was a towering homer by the Greys' Alonzo Perry.  The blast easily cleared the far outer fence of Sportsmen's Park.  Joe Mitchell also had a homer for Brandon.  

Jones, Jenkins and Robinson
Ferro and Rodriguez

(June 11)  In his first start of the season, Art Hunt fired a six-hitter to blank the league-leading Winnipeg Buffaloes 4-0.  The win moved Brandon to within a half-game of the Buffs.  Hunt, the ace of the 1950 Greys, had been sidelined with a dislocated knee suffered in an exhibition basketball game.  Clarence King and Rafe Cabrera each had three hits to pace the Greys.  

Hunt (W) and Bassett
Newberry (L) and Robinson 

(June 11)  Playing-manager Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe scattered eight hits and slammed two doubles and a single to lead Elmwood to a 13-4 win over Minot.  After a shaky first inning, when the Mallards scored three times, Radcliffe was seldom in trouble.  He fanned eight and walked three.  Giants pounded Willie Cathey and Henry McHenry for 16 hits.

Radcliffe (W) and Louden
Cathey (L), McHenry (7) and C Wiles

(June 12)  A bases-loaded single by Ian Lowe in the bottom of the 9th inning gave Brandon a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Elmwood Giants.  Greys, who trailed 6-4, got one run on an error then plated the tying and winning runs on Lowe's smash down the right field line.  Alonzo Perry, Ramon Rodriguez and Joe Mitchell each had two hits for Brandon.  Lefty McKinnis picked up the win in relief of starter Armando Suarez.

Finch (L) and Louden
Suarez, McKinnis (7) (W) and Bassett

(June 12)  Willie Hutchinson tossed a five-hit shutout as Carman down Winnipeg 4-0.  Herb Souell's homer, with Jack Shaeffer aboard in the first inning, proved enough for the win.

Hutchinson (W) and Greene
Wilmore (L), Day (2) and Robinson

(June 13)  Elmwood raced to a 7-1 lead then held on to shade Brandon 7-5 at Kinsmen Memorial Stadium.  Right-hander Jim Bolden held the Greys to just two hits over the first six innings and had just enough to douse three Brandon threats in the late innings.  Shortstop Jesse Douglas led the Giants' offense with four hits, a triple, double and two singles.  

Bolden (W) and Louden
B Anderson (L), Vasquez (4) and Bassett

(June 13)  Carman Cardinals had only four hits, but three of them were homers and the Cards beat Winnipeg 3-2.  Jack Schaeffer, Chick Longest and Sonny Andrews accounted for the circuit blows.  Fred Brenzel allowed seven hits in gaining the win.

Jenkins (L), Newberry (7) and Robinson
Brenzel (W) and McKerlie

(June 14)  Carman whipped Elmwood 10-6 led by a grand slam by Chick Longest in the first inning and a three-run homer by Bob Johnson in the third.  Bob Harvey had a homer for the Giants while Johnny Washington had a double and three singles. Lou Louden had a double and two singles.

Jefferson (L), Berry (4), Williams and Louden
Jessup (4-2) and Greene

(June 14)  Brandon picked up a win on a forfeit as Otto Huber, playing-manager of Minot, ordered his team off the field and refused to continue the game.  Huber was suspended by the league pending an investigation of the incident.  With two on and two out in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Pepper Bassett swung and missed on a pitch that bounced to the screen and rolled back near the plate.  Mallards' catcher Othello Renfroe made no attempt to pick up the ball apparently thinking it was a foul tip.  Ramon Rodriguez raced home from third and Ian Lowe followed.  Renfroe launched into a heated argument with umpire Mark Van Buren and was ejected.  Jimmy Grant and Huber charged in to continue the argument and they too were tossed from the game.  Huber then ordered his club off the field.  

Alonzo Perry had made his first start of the season for the Greys and set down Minot in order in the 1st inning.  A hit and an error gave the Mallards a run in the 2nd.  Perry had opened the Greys' 2nd with a double but was thrown out at third base.

Perry and xxx
Cathey and xxx

(June 15)   Brandon Greys pounded out 15 hits, which included a prodigious homer and five triples, to whip Carman 14-3.  The homer, by Alonzo Perry, was believed to be the first blast over the centre field fence since 1933.  The clout cleared the fence just to the right of the 380 foot sign and, according to eyewitnesses outside the park, carried clear across Victoria Avenue before it hit the ground.  Perry drove in four runs.  Every hitter in the Greys' lineup, with the exception of pitcher Art Hunt, had at least one hit.  Ian Lowe had three safeties, including a triple and double.  Jack Schaeffer had three hits for the Cardinals and Joe Greene added a homer.

Smith (L), Bumpus (3), A Anderson (5) and Greene
Hunt (W) and Bassett

(June 15)   Winnipeg Buffaloes scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning to edge Minot 7-6.  Charlie White had a pair of doubles to lead the Buffs offense.  A protest of the game by the Mallards was later upheld and the game partially re-played on June 27th.  The Mallards ended up winning 6-5.  Connie Juelke's single drove in the winner.

Cain (W) and Wiles
Smith, Newberry (2), Wilmore (8) (L) and Robinson

(June 16)   Carman Cardinals punched out 14 hits to down Brandon 8-4.  Jack Schaeffer and Herb Souell led the Cards at the plate.  Schaeffer had four hits while Souell knocked in four runs with a bases-loaded double in the 6th inning and a single in the 3rd. Al Spearman, who gave up nine hits in the first four frames, held the Greys to two hits for the final five innings.  

Spearman (W) and Greene
McKinnis (L), Suarez (9) and Rodriguez

(June 16)   A four-run rally in the bottom of the 7th inning carried Elmwood to a 6-4 victory over Minot Mallards.  Ray Finch went the distance for the win.  More than 3-thousand fans in Winnipeg saw the Giants take their fifth win in twenty games.

Tolson (L), Gaines (7) and Wiles
Finch (W) and Louden

(June 17)  Zoonie McLean and Ed Sudol belted homers and Willie Cathey was strong on the hill as the Mallards trounced Carman 10-3 at Minot.

Hutchinson (L) and Greene
Cathey (W) and Renfroe

(June 18)  Winnipeg Buffaloes moved into sole possession of first place with a 12-3 trouncing of Brandon Greys.  Buffs battered three Brandon hurlers for 15 hits, including three each from Sam Hill and Butch DavisPee Wee Jenkins, on the hill for Winnipeg, had a no-hitter into the 7th inning before Alonzo Perry broke the spell with a double.  Jenkins finished with a four-hitter. 

Suarez (L), Vasquez (1), Ferro (7) and Bassett
Jenkins (W) and Robinson

(June 18)  Fred Brenzel tossed a six-hitter as Carman whipped Minot 9-3.  Herb Souell paced the attack with three hits, a triple, double and single.

Brenzel (W) and McKerlie
Eaves (L), Tolson (7) and Wiles

(June 19)  Winnipeg opened up a game-and-a-half lead atop the ManDak standings trouncing Brandon for the second straight night, 12-4.  Leon Day pitched a five-hitter for the win and helped at the plate with three hits.  Lyman Bostock and Butch Davis had homers for the Buffaloes while Alonzo Perry and Joe Mitchell blasted back-to-back homers in the 9th inning for the Greys.  Perry, who broke up Pee Wee Jenkins bid for a no-hitter with a 7th inning double the previous night, tripled in the 5th for the first hit off Day.  

Hunt (L), Perry (2) and Bassett
Day (W) and Robinson

(June 19)  Carman Cardinals erupted for eight runs in the 6th inning and went on to dump the injury-riddled Minot Mallards 10-6.  Gentry Jessup allowed 13 hits but went the distance for the win.  

Jessup (W) and McKerlie
Cain (L), Cathey (6) and Wiles

(June 20)  The scheduled game at Winnipeg between Minot and the Buffaloes was postponed as the Mallards had too many injuries to field a team.

(June 20)    Bob Harvey had four hits to lead Elmwood to a 9-1 win over Carman in a game halted after six innings by rain.  Jim Bolden allowed just three hits in picking up the win.  Herb Souell's homer accounted for the only Carman run. 

Bolden (W) and Louden
Anderson (L) and McKerlie

(June 21)  A bases-loaded, 6th inning single by Ian Lowe was the key blow as Brandon downed Elmwood 6-3.  Art Hunt held the Giants to eight hits in gaining the mound decision.

Finch (L) and Louden
Hunt (W) and Rodriguez

(June 21)    At Minot, the Mallards topped the league-leading Winnipeg Buffaloes, 5-2.  Joe Sudol led the way with two hits for Minot.

Wilmore (L) Newberry (8) and Robinson
Gaines (W) and C. Wiles

(June 22)  Minot Mallards pounded out 22 hits as they demolished Elmwood 17-2 before 17-hundred fans at Osborne Stadium.  Connie Juelke drove in five runs on four hits including a homer for the Mallards. Wally Jako also contributed three doubles and a single. Brad Tolson pitched a six-hitter for the win.

Tolson (W) and Renfroe
Jr Williams (L), Berry (5), Bolden (5) and Louden

(June 22)  Winnipeg's Jim Newberry held Carman to five hits as the Buffaloes downed the Cardinals 5-1 at Carman.  Charlie White and Frazier Robinson each had two hits for the Buffs.

Newberry (W) and Robinson
Hutchinson (L) and McKerlie

(June 23)  A seven-run 7th inning carried Minot to an 11-7 win over Elmwood Giants before 15-hundred fans at Winnipeg.  The contest featured six home runs, four by the Mallards including a grand slam by Wally Jako.  Ed Sudol, Harvey Beaster, and Connie Juelke also connected for Minot while Roy Swanson and John Washington had circuit blows for the Giants.  

Cathey, Cain (5) (W) and Renfroe
Jefferson (L) and Louden

(June 23)  Winnipeg scored two runs in the 10th inning to shade Brandon 5-3.  Greys had come back from a 3-0 deficit with two runs in the 7th and one in the bottom of the 9th to tie.  Buffaloes outhit the Greys 12-3 with Lyman Bostock leading the way with three hits.  Taylor Smith went the distance for the win.

Smith (W) and Robinson
McKinnis, Ferro (9) (L), Suarez (10) and Bassett

(June 24)   Minot Mallards shaded Brandon 2-1 in a tense pitching duel between Willie Cathey of the Mallards and Armando Suarez of the Greys.  Cathey gave up seven hits and Suarez six.  Each had six strikeouts.  Ed Sudol led Minot at the plate with a triple and single.  Skeeter Watkins, Joe Mitchell and Bus Vasquez each had two hits for the Greys.  The win was the Mallard's 4th straight and first over Brandon in three tries.  The crowd of more than 21-hunded was Minot's largest of the season. 

Suarez (L) and Rodriguez
Cathey (W) and Wiles

(June 25)  Minot won its 5th straight game, 10-4 over Brandon, to move into second place in the ManDak standings.  Harvey Beaster had a triple, double and two singles to lead the Mallards' offensive.  Ian Lowe was the big man at the plate for the Greys with a homer, double and single.  Jonas "Lefty" Gaines allowed just six hits to gain the victory.  The former ace of the Philadelphia Stars fanned eleven.

Ferro (L), Hunt (4) and Rodriguez
Gaines (W) and Wiles

(June 26)  It what seemed like a replay of their previous extra-inning contest, Winnipeg shaded Brandon 6-5 in eleven innings after the Greys had scored twice in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie.  A sacrifice fly by Pee Wee Butts scored Frazier Robinson with the winning run.  Butch Davis had a triple, double and single to pace the Buffaloes.  Leadoff man John Kennedy also had three hits.  Joe Mitchell had three safeties for the Greys.

Jenkins (W) and Robinson
H Butts, McKinnis (10) (L) and Bassett

(June 26)  Bob Harvey's two-run homer in the 8th inning gave Elmwood Giants a 4-2 win over Carman.  Ray Finch hurled nine-hit ball for the win.

Spearman (L) and Greene
Finch (W) and Louden

(June 27)   Clarence King's two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th handed Brandon a 4-3 victory over Elmwood Giants.  It was King's third hit of the game. The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Greys.  Pedro Naranjo tossed a five-hitter to mark his return to the Greys.  Shortstop Jesse Douglas handled the Giants in the absence of manager Ted Radcliffe who was on a scouting trip to Chicago.

Bolden (L) and Louden
Naranjo (W) and Bassett

(June 27)  Leon Day pitched shutout ball and also blasted a three-run homer to pace Winnipeg to a 7-0 win over Minot.  Prior to the regularly scheduled contest, the June 15th protested game was completed with Minot taking a 6-5 win. 

Cain (L) and C. Wiles, Renfroe
Day (W) and Robinson

(June 28)   Brandon Greys blew a 5-3 lead in the top of the 9th then roared back with a pair in the bottom of the final frame to edge Elmwood 7-6.  Pepper Bassett drove in the tying and winning runs with a long drive to right field which hit a guy wire and bounced back into play.  Bassett was given a triple.  Skeeter Watkins and Joe Mitchell pounded homers for Brandon while Alonzo Perry drove in two runs with a triple and a double.  Armando Suarez scattered 12 hits for the win.

Jefferson (L) and Louden
Suarez (W) and Bassett

(June 28)   At Carman, the Cardinals whipped Minot 13-3. Fred Brenzel went the route for the win.  Chick Longest paced the Cards with a homer.  TJ Brown had a bases-loaded triple for Carman.

Tolson (L), Nip Bruton (5) and C. Wiles
Brenzel (W) and Thomas

(June 29)  Winnipeg, trailing by five runs in the 6th inning, rallied for six runs to down Minot 12-8 at Winnipeg.  The key blows were a single by Jim Newberry, doubles from John Kennedy and Charles White and home runs by Leon Day and Pee Wee Butts.

Cathey (L), Tolson (7) and C. Wiles
Newberry (W), Wilmore (8) and Robinson

(June 29)  Elmwood Giants topped Carman 13-6 as Johnny Washington punched out five hits and Johnny Britton had four.  Chick Longest had four hits, including a homer, for the Cardinals.

Finch (W) and Louden
Jessup (L) and Greene

(June 30)  Othello Renfroe clouted a homer, double and two singles to lead the Mallards to a 12-4 win over Brandon at Minot.  Jonas Gaines held the Greys to six hits in picking up the win.

McKinnis (L), Butts (5) Perry ( ) and Bassett
Gaines (W) and Wiles

(June 30)   Johnny Washington and Bob Harvey led the Elmwood offensive as the Giants whipped Winnipeg Buffaloes 10-3.  Washington had a homer and two singles, scored twice and drove in a pair.  Harvey had a homer and a single, scored twice and also knocked in two.  Joe Wiley of the Giants drew five consecutive walks. Jim Bolden scattered nine hits for the win.

Bolden (W) and Louden
Smith (L), Newberry (5), C Jones (6) and Robinson

(July 1)  In games through June 30th, Carman's Chick Longest took a slim lead over Butch Davis in the batting race.  Longest, with a .410 average, topped the defending champion by just one percentage point.  Davis, at .409, grabbed the RBI lead with 28, one more than Brandon's Ian Lowe, and two up on Longest and Herb Souell of the Cards, tied for third.  Longest also had the lead in homers, 7, two more than Brandon's Alonzo Perry. With a .397 batting mark, Perry of the Greys was just behind Longest and Davis.  Jim Newberry of Winnipeg had the most pitching wins, six.  Gentry Jessup had five.

(July 1)  Brandon gained a split of their weekend series in Minot with a 7-2 win as Harry Butts scattered eight hits to gain the mound decision.  Bus Vasquez, Clarence King and Alonzo Perry each had two hits for the Greys.  Willie Cathey and Zoonie McLean each had two for the Mallards.  The contest featured a 9th inning triple play.  With Harvey Beaster and Willie Cathey on base, Zoonie McLean's liner was caught by Skeeter Watkins who threw to Joe Mitchell at second base for the second out and Mitchell tagged Cathey to complete the triple.

Mallards' first baseman Ed Sudol was injured in Saturday's game and didn't play Sunday.  Minot was also without Chuck Wiles and Connie Juelke who skipped the team early Sunday.

H Butts (W) and Bassett
Tolson (L) and Renfroe

(July 1)  At Clear Lake, the resurgent Elmwood Giants took a pair from Winnipeg 10-4 and 11-3. (Exhibition games?)

(July 2 )    Brandon Tournament  

(July 2)   In exhibition action at Carman, the Cardinals took a pair from Kamsack Cyclones 4-3 and 19-2.  Herb Souell's single in the 10th inning knocked in the winner in the opener.  Earl Bumpus went the distance for the win. In the nightcap, Souell had five of the Cards' 20 hits while Joe Drazia had three.

Anderson and McConachy
Bumpus and Thomas

Valentine, Johnson, Noval and McConachy
Spearman, Brown and Thomas

(July 3)   Rafe Cabrera scampered home on an infield out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Brandon a 3-2 win over Minot.  Ian Lowe had driven in two runs in the 7th to erase a 2-0 deficit.  Art Hunt picked up the win with a five-hitter.  Sugar Cain allowed just six hits in a losing cause.  Harvey Beaster had an inside-the-park homer for the Mallards.

Cain (L)  and Kempf
Hunt (W) and Bassett

(July 3)  Charlie White drove in four runs with  a homer, triple and double to pace an 18-hit attack as Winnipeg clobbered Elmwood 16-4.  John Kennedy added four hits. Pee Wee Jenkins allowed eight hits in going the distance for the Buffaloes.  It was announced that shortstop Jesse Douglas would be leaving Elmwood for a trail with one of the Chicago White Sox farm clubs. Barney Morris, who relieved Jim Bolden in the second frame, is one of three new recruits brought back by manger Double Duty Radcliffe.  Pitcher Tom Parker and outfielder Cowan Hyde are the others.

Jenkins (W) and Robinson
Jim Bolden (L), Barney Morris (2) and Louden

(July 4)  Minot Mallards celebrated the July 4th holiday with a sweep of an exhibition double-header with Brandon.  Mallards trounced the Greys 13-0 in an afternoon game at Westhope and took a 7-6 decision in the evening game at Minot.  Gerry MacKay, in the Mallards' lineup after being released by the Greys, had three hits in each game to lead the Minot offense.  Brad Tolson silenced the Greys on four hits in the opener.  He had a no-hitter into the 7th inning.  Rafe Cabrera, on the hill for the Greys, gave up 16 hits. Brandon was without Alonzo Perry who apparently skipped the club and left for Kansas City.

Tolson and Kempf

Cathey and Kempf

(July 4)  Johnny Britton's single in the bottom of the 9th scored two runs to give Elmwood a 7-6 win over Carman.  It was one of three hits for the Giants' third baseman.  Cowan Hyde also had a trio for the winners.  Bob Harvey and Jack Schaefer belted homers for the Cardinals.

Hutchinson (L) and McKerlie
Jefferson, Finch (8) (W) and Louden

(July 5)  A 14-hit attack led to seven runs as Brandon topped Minot 7-2.  Harry Butts pitched a five-hitter for the win.  Clarence King led the Greys' hitters with three safeties.  

Butts (W) and Bassett
Gaines (L), Tolson (7), Nip Bruton (9) and Kempf

(July 5 )   Carman pushed across five runs in the 6th inning to come from behind to top Winnipeg 7-5. Fred Brenzel, won his fourth straight holding the Buffaloes to eight hits.  First baseman Bob Johnston had three hits for the winners. 

Brenzel (W) and McKerlie
Newberry (L) and Robinson

(July 6)   A four-run 1st inning was enough as Carman downed Winnipeg 7-3 before 25-hundred fans at Winnipeg. Herb Souell paced the Cards with three hits, one of them a homer.  Gene Smith held the Buffs to five hits in gaining the mound decision.

G Smith (W) and McKerlie
T Smith (L), Wells (1) and Robinson

(July 6)  The Brandon Greys of the ManDak League scored two lopsided victories to claim the title in the $2,200 Moosomin tournament.  Greys whipped the Western League leading Indian Head Rockets 13-9 in the final after downing Estevan 12-5 in their opening game.

Greys erased an early 5-0 deficit with two runs in the 3rd inning, two in the 4th and six in the 5th.  Clarence King and Pepper Bassett homered for the winners. Pedro Naranjo went the distance on the hill for the Greys.


Brandon also gave up the early lead in the semi-final, trailing 4-1 going into the 4th inning, but erupted for five runs to take the lead and coast to the win.  


Moose Jaw won the consolation final, 8-5 over Estevan.  The Rockets had trounced Moose Jaw 10-1 in first round action.  It proved a costly event for the Rockets.  Shortstop Clemente Varona broke his leg trying to score in the final game. Varona had belted out five hits in six trips in the tournament.

(July 7)  Rafe Cabrera's three-run homer in the 6th inning gave Brandon a 3-2 win over Winnipeg in a game called after seven innings because of rain.  Lefty McKinnis went the route to gain the win for Brandon.  Leon Day gave up just three hits in suffering his first loss in five starts.

McKinnis (W) and Bassett
Day (L) nd Robinson

(July 8)   Pinch-runner Roy Swanson scored in the 10th inning on John Washington's sacrifice and a throwing error as Elmwood edged Minot 7-6.  Swanson was running for Joe Greene who had singled.   Lloyd Davenport led the Giants with three hits.  

Finch, Bolden (5) (W) and Greene, Swanson (10)
Schacker, Nip Bruton (9) (L) and Kempf, Renfroe (9)

(July 9)   Brandon Greys took over top spot in the ManDak standings beating Carman 4-2 behind the seven-hit pitching of Harry Butts.  Greys' Clarence King had the only homer.

Butts (W) and Bassett
Jessup (L) and McKerlie

(July 9)   Tom Parker fired a six-hitter to lead Elmwood to an 8-1 victory over Winnipeg to stretch the Giants' winning streak to three games.  It was the fourth straight setback for the Buffaloes.  Parker, a 240-pounder hurler, also provided some offense with a two-run homer in the 2nd inning.  Johnny Britton had a three-run blast for the Giants in the 4th.  

Parker (W) and Greene
Jenkins (L) and Robinson 

(July 10)  Winnipeg regained first place in the ManDak standings downing Elmwood 7-4 as John Kennedy belted a pair of homers and Butch Davis added a homer and two doubles.

Wilmore (W) and Robinson
Morris, Finch (L) (6) and Greene

(July 10)  Fred Brenzel tossed a three-hitter for his 5th straight victory to lead Carman to a 5-2 win over Brandon.  Pepper Bassett accounted for one of the Greys runs with a homer.  Carman catcher Walter Thomas led the Cards with the pair of doubles.

Suarez (L) and Bassett
Brenzel (W) and Thomas  

(July 10)  Rumours of player signings by pro teams swept through Osborne Stadium.  Five players -- Leon Day, Butch Davis, John Kennedy, Charlie White and Jim Newberry -- were believed to be among the targets of the scouts.  Jack Hector, business manager of the Winnipeg Buffaloes confirmed the rumours and add two names, Al Wilmore and Pee Wee Butts. All apparently are bound for the St. Louis Browns system.

(July 11)  Elmwood Giants scored a pair in the bottom of the 8th inning to edge Carman 7-6.  Reliever Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe picked up the win.

Hutchinson (L), Smith (8) and McKerlie
Hall, Radcliffe (W) (8) and Greene

(July 11)   Sugar Cain pitched a brilliant three-hit shutout as Minot shaded Brandon 2-0 in 10 innings.  Catcher Cliff Kempf broke up a tight pitching duel between Cain and the Greys' Art Hunt driving in both runs with a single.  With one out in the 10th, Hunt walked Othello Renfroe and Otto Huber setting the stage for Kempf's game-winning hit.  

Cain (W) and Kempf
Hunt (L) and Bassett

(July 12)  Minot Mallards dumped the hosting Winnipeg Buffaloes 10-4, scoring all their runs in the last four innings.  Gerry MacKay, Zoonie McLean and Othello Renfroe headed Minot's 15 hit onslaught.  The shorthanded Buffaloes, with three more players departing for the St. Louis Browns, had a makeshift lineup, including " ... a white lad named Larry Soffer of St. Louis, who was visiting the Manitoba capital.  He played right field. Center fielder Sam Hill filled in at second base, Butch Davis went from left to center and the versatile manger Willie Wells took over a third."  (Minot Daily News, July 13, 1951)

Gaines (W) and Kempf
Smith (L) and Robinson

(July 12)   Brandon Invitational Tournament  

(July 13)   Brandon Greys slapped out 19 hits in swamping Elmwood 13-5 at Osborne Stadium in Winnipeg.  Greys jumped into a five-run lead in the 1st inning and added seven more in the third.  Bus Vasquez had four hits for the Greys while Clarence King and Skeeter Watkins each had three.  Lou Louden belted a three-run homer for the Giants.

McKinnis (W) and Bassett
Bolden (L), Morris (1), Radcliffe (3), Davenport (6) and Greene

(July 13)  Pee Wee Jenkins tossed a four-hit shutout and his Winnipeg teammates collected 15 hits in trouncing the Mallards 11-0 at Minot.  Butch Davis had a triple and three singles for the Buffaloes and Jenkins added three singles.

Jenkins (W) and Robinson
Cathey (L), Nip Bruton (5), Renfroe (9) and Kempf

(July 13)   Three more members of the Winnipeg Buffaloes left the club for opportunities in professional baseball.  Jim Newberry, Leon Day and John Kennedy were to hook up with the St. Louis Browns' organization.  It was indicated the players would be sent to farm teams for seasoning.  Earlier, third baseman Charlie White left to join the U.S. club.

(July 14)   Hal Schacker held Winnipeg to seven hits as the Mallards topped the Buffaloes 8-2 at Minot.  Cliff Kempf paced the Mallards with a double and a pair of singles.  Otto Huber resigned as the Mallards manager and the club appointed Wally Jako and Zoonie McLean to share the duties. Huber had asked the club to advance his salary for the remainder of the season and provide $100 in traveling expenses for he and his wife to their home in new Jersey.  The club declined.

Wilmore (L) and Robinson
Schacker (W) and Kempf

(July 14)   Pepper Bassett and Clarence King each had four hits as Brandon dumped Elmwood 13-3.  Rafe Cabrera and Ramon Rodriguez added homers for the Greys.  Harry Butts tossed a seven-hitter for the win.

Butts (W) and Bassett
Parker (L), Hall (6) and Greene

(July 15)   Minot jumped into a 5-0 lead and held on to down Brandon 7-4 as Sugar Cain scattered nine hits for the win.  Former major leaguer Joe Mack smashed two doubles and a single to drive in three runs.  Ed Sudol had three hits while Gerry MacKay and Harvey Beaster each had a triple and single.  For the Greys, Ian Lowe had a double and two singles and Ramon Rodriguez pounded a homer and double.

Suarez (L), Ferro (3) and Rodriguez
Cain (W) and Kempf

(July 16)   Gene Smith and Willie Hutchinson combined on a five-hitter as Carman regained third place in the standings with a 6-4 win over Minot.  Cards scored three runs in the 1st inning and were never headed.  It was a costly victory for Carman as catcher Almer McKerlie suffered a broken toe when hit by a foul tip in the 3rd inning.  It was feared McKerlie would be lost for the rest of the season.

Smith (W), Hutchinson (6) and McKerlie, Thomas (3)
Gaines (L) and Kempf

(July 16)  Bob Harvey drove in four runs as Elmwood overwhelmed Winnipeg Buffaloes 15-1.  Giants had just 11 hits but took advantage of eight walks and seven errors by the Buffs.  Elmwood's iron man, Ray Finch, held the Buffaloes to eight hits.  Clarence Jones went the distance for Winnipeg.

Winnipeg announced six new players for their roster - pitchers Beau Jackson and Red Barnes and infielder Jack Hamilton, all of Baton Rouge, La., outfielder Bob Robinson, Birmingham, Ala., infielder Billy Horn, New Orleans, and infielder Cy Morton, Philadelphia.

Finch (W) and Greene
Jones (L) and Robinson

(July 17)   Pedro Naranjo allowed just seven hits in pacing Brandon to a 3-1 victory over Carman.  Skeeter Watkins had three hits for the Greys.

Brenzel (L) and Thomas
Naranjo (W) and Rodriguez

(July 17)   A four-hit performance by Willie Jefferson was the highlight as Elmwood beat Minot 6-1 at Winnipeg.  Minot's lone marker came on 9th inning homer by Gerry MacKay.  

Cathey (L) and Kempf
Jefferson (W) and Greene

(July 18)  A 14th inning triple by Bob Johnson and a well executed bunt by Fred Brenzel gave Carman a thrilling 4-3 win over Brandon.  Starters Al Spearman, for the Cards, and Lefty McKinnis, of the Greys, went the distance.  Johnson's triple was his only hit of the game.  Sonny Andrews paced the Cards with three hits.  Skeeter Watkins and Joe Mitchell each had three for Brandon.

Spearman (W) and Thomas
McKinnis (L) and Rodriguez

(July 18)   A 9th inning homer by pitcher Pee Wee Jenkins gave Winnipeg a 6-5 win over Minot.  Buffaloes has scored five in the 8th inning to tie. Sam Hill cracked a pair of doubles and a single for the Buffs. Jenkins and Frazier Robinson each had two hits.  Ed Sudol, Minot's first baseman, had a homer and single.  Willie Cathey was the loser in relief of starter Nip Bruton, his second loss in two days.  Buffs had two newcomers in the lineup.  Zell Miles played in right field and Buddy Owens was at second base.

Nip Bruton, Cathey (9) (L) and Kempf
Jenkins (W) and Greene

(July 19) Gentry Jessup hurled the shutout and Chick Longest's single drove in the only run as Carman edged Minot 1-0.  A double by Walter Thomas and Sonny Andrew's sacrifice set up the winner.

Schacker (L) and Kempf
Jessup (W) and Thomas

(July 19)  Skeeter Watkins was the story as Brandon downed Winnipeg 5-3.  The Greys' shortstop had four hits, scored once and drove in the tying and winning runs.  In his last sixteen plate appearances, Watkins had ten hits.  Harry Butts went the distance for the win.  Both teams fielded revised lineups.  Buffaloes had three new players to replace those lost to the St. Louis Browns.  Greys were forced to play pitchers Russ Valentine and Pedro Naranjo in the outfield as catcher Pepper Bassett remained on the shelf and Rafe Cabrera left the team apparently for the Farnham club in the Provincial League.

T Smith (L), Wells (8) and Robinson
Butts (W) and Rodriguez

(July 20)   Willie Wells, the Winnipeg playing-manager, belted a pinch hit, two-run homer in the 9th inning to give the Buffaloes a 4-3 win over the Greys at Brandon.  After Buddy Owens had drawn a one-out walk, Wells stepped in for Cy Morton and slammed a liner to left field which took a bad hop over Russ Valentine's head and rolled right under the scoreboard in the deepest part of the park.  Al Wilmore scattered eight hits for the win.  Greys' Skeeter Watkins continued on his hitting tear with three more safeties.

Wilmore (W) and Robinson
Ferro (L) and Rodriguez

(July 21)   Elmwood Giants swept a twin-bill from Carman, 2-1 and 5-2.  Bob Harvey drove in the winner in the 11th inning of the first game. Tom Parker was the winner as he fanned ten.  Workhorse Ray Finch held the Cards to seven hits in the night game.  John Washington homered for the Giants.

Parker (W) and Greene, Radcliffe (5)
Cobb (L) and Thomas

Finch (W) and Swanson
Hutchinson (L) and Thomas

(July 21)   Trailing 8-6 going into the 9th inning, Winnipeg Buffaloes erupted for three runs to edge the Mallards 9-8 at Minot.  A walk, error and Zell Miles' triple scored the tying runs and Lyman Bostock's single plated the winner.  Sam Hill slammed three hits for the Buffs including a triple and double.  Harvey Beaster of Minot ran his hitting streak to 18 games with three hits.

Barnes (W) and Robinson
Cain (L) and Kempf

(July 22)   Butch Davis of the Winnipeg Buffaloes regained the batting lead in the ManDak League with a .394 average through games of July 21st. Chick Longest dropped into second spot at .370.  Roy Swanson of Elmwood jumped in third place with a .356 average.  Longest continued to lead in home runs, with eight while Davis held the lead in runs batted in, 39.  Davis also had 13 doubles and nine triples for the lead in both categories.  Ray Finch, the workhorse of the Elmwood staff, took the league lead in wins, with seven.  He also had the most losses, eight.  Harry Butts of Brandon had the best winning percentage with five victories and no defeats.  

(July 22)   Brandon whipped Carman 7-3 to take a full game lead over second place Winnipeg in the ManDak standings.  Pepper Bassett and Joe Mitchell each had two hits and two runs batted in for the Greys.  Skeeter Watkins was blanked for the first time in five games.  Rafe Cabrera was back in the Brandon lineup after heading out for Farnham, Quebec and the Provincial League.  Bob Johnson had three hits, including a triple, for the Cardinals.

Suarez (W) and Bassett
Brenzel (L) and Thomas

(July 22)  Minot whipped Winnipeg 11-3 as Wally Jako and Harvey Beaster each had three hits for the Mallards.  Jonas Gaines went the distance for the win.

Gaines (W) and Kempf
Smith (L), Jones (6), Wells (6) and Robinson

(July 23)  Brandon Greys rallied for seven runs in the 9th inning to whip the Buffaloes 12-6 before 25-hundred fans at Winnipeg.  Pedro Naranjo was both the pitching and hitting star for the Greys holding the Buffs to five hits while belting a 9th inning,  three-run homer to the centre field stands.  Joe Mitchell drove in three runs for the Greys while Ian Lowe and Rafe Cabrera each knocked in a pair.  Butch Davis had a homer for the Buffs.

Naranjo (W) and Bassett
Jenkins (L) and Robinson

(July 23)   Elmwood Giants battered Carman 11-4 in an error-filled game at Carman.  The Cards infield made six miscues, one more than the Giants crew.  Willie Jefferson allowed just seven hits in gaining the win.

Jefferson (W) and Swanson
Jessup (L) and Thomas 

(July 24)   For the second straight night, Brandon rallied in their final at bat to scored three times to beat Carman 10-8.  Joe Mitchell, who had three hits, knocked in the tying run and scored the winner on a double by Rafe Cabrera.  Greys got an insurance marker on Pepper Bassett's infield roller.  Chick Longest had four hits in five trips.  Cards' pitcher Gene Smith had a homer, double and single.

Valentine, McKinnis (W) (8) and Bassett
G Smith (L), Spearman (9) and Thomas     

(July 25)   Estevan Maple Leafs downed Minot 6-3 to take top prize of $1,200 in a four-team tournament at Estevan.  Lefty Bryant tossed a five-hitter for the win.  One of the hits was Zoonie McLean's second homer of the tournament.  Seven thousand fans jammed the ball park for the event.  

Leafs made the final with an 11-8 win over Sceptre while the Mallards topped Brandon 6-3.  Greys beat Sceptre 8-6 in the playoff for third money as Rafe Cabrera had a homer. Lefty McKinnis and Amancio Ferro handled the mound chores for the Greys.  Johnny Mulholland and Cliff Jacobson shared the hill work for Sceptre. 

Willie Cathey held Brandon to five hits and McLean belted a homer in the Mallards win over the Greys.  

(July 25)  Carman broke a five-game losing streak and stopped Elmwood's five-game winning string with a 6-2 triumph.  Sonny Andrews' three-run homer was the winning hit.  Lillord Cobb, on holidays from Detroit, set the Giants down on five hits to take the win.  Ray Finch was outstanding in relief for Elmwood holding the Cardinals to one hit over the final six innings.

Cobb (W) and Thomas
Bolden (L), Hall (3), Finch (4) and Swanson

(July 26)  Minot moved into third place in the ManDak standings by trimming Carman 8-3.  Sugar Cain limited the Cards to eight hits.  Zoonie McLean, Harvey Beaster and Joe DeGrazia each had two hits for the Mallards.

Cain (W) and Kempf
Spearman (L), Hutchinson (4) and Thomas

(July 27)   Elmwood Giants turned the tables on Brandon with a four-run rally in the 9th to down the Greys 10-7.  Going into the 7th inning, Brandon was cruising along with a 7-2 lead but Elmwood scored eight runs in the last three innings to pull out the win.  Tom Parker, who was tagged for 13 hits by the Greys, went the route for the win and knocked in four runs with a double and two singles.  Cowan Hyde had four hits for the Giants.  Joe Mitchell paced the Greys with three.

Parker (W) and Louden
Naranjo, McKinnis (L) (8), Ferro (9) and Bassett

(July 27)  Two newcomers helped the Winnipeg Buffaloes to a 9-4 win over Minot.  Pitcher OB Robison, in his first official start for the Buffs, pitched eight strong innings before tiring in the 9th. Zell Miles had three hits, including a homer and a double.  Butch Davis drove in three for the Buffs with a homer, double and single. Joe Sudol led the Mallards with a homer and single.  

Nip Bruton (L), Schacker (4) and Kempf
Robison (W), T Smith (9) and Robinson

(July 28)    At Minot, pitcher Jonas Gaines slugged a three-run, inside-the-park homer in the 2nd inning to lead the Mallards to a 14-8 win over Elmwood.  In the same frame, Harvey Beaster followed with his own inside-the-park homer.  Gaines and catcher Cliff Kempf each had three hits for the Mallards.  John Washington, with a triple and two singles, and John Britton, with a double and two singles, paced the Giants.

Jefferson (L), Radcliffe (3), Hall (7) and Louden
Gaines (W), Cathey (8) and Kempf

(July 28)   For the second straight Saturday, Carman Cardinals dropped both ends of a twin-bill at Osborne Stadium.  With Zell Miles and Butch Davis each pounding four hits, Winnipeg downed the Cards 11-10 in a 13-inning thriller in the opener. Buffs came from behind to take the evening game, 4-2, as Pee Wee Jenkins held the Cards to six hits. 

In the 1st game, Carman had exploded for five runs in the top of the 9th to take a 10-7 lead only to see the Buffs bounce back with three to tie in the bottom of the inning.  Miles and Davis combined to plate the winning run.  Davis singled in the 13th, stole second, moved to third when hit by the throw from the catcher and scored when Miles punched a single to centre. Frazier Robinson had three hits for the Buffs including the only homer.

Sam Hill drove in three runs and Buddy Owens poked a homer to lead the Buffs to their win in the second game.   Outfield star Chick Longest was reported to be leaving the club for Mexico and a monthly salary of $1,100.

Jessup, Jacowski (9), Hutchinson (L) and Stampak
Wilmore, Wells (9) (W) and Robinson

Brenzel (L) and Thomas
Jenkins (W) and Robinson

(July 29)   Minot Mallards pushed across six runs in the 3rd inning and coasted to a 7-5 win over Elmwood in a game called after six innings because of rain.  Joe Mack's homer was the key blow for Minot.  

Finch (L) and Louden
Cathey (W) and Turner

(July 29)  Gene Smith and Jack Schaefer each had three hits to pace Carman to a 9-6 win over Winnipeg.  Zell Miles had a homer and single for the Buffaloes.

T Smith (L), Wells (6) and Robinson
G Smith (W) and Thomas

(July 30)  In a contest which featured thirty-four hits, Minot Mallards trounced Brandon 15-8 at Minot as shortstop Zoonie McLean hit for the cycle -- a homer, triple, double and single in five trips -- and drove in five runs.  Wally Jako and Joe Degrazia each had three hits.  Joe Mitchell and Pepper Bassett each had three for the Greys who had 19 hits off former Grey Frank Watkins.  

Minot announced the acquisition of pitcher Hal Price, the former Elmwood southpaw, who had played the last two season with Sceptre.  (Price doesn't appear to have played, however.) Also on the way were Rollie Miles and Bob Turner from the Regina Caps and Jim Kamis and Don Berg who both started the season with the Mallards.  This was the final day for players to sign with clubs to be eligible for the playoffs.

Suarez (L), Valentine (2) and Bassett
Watkins (W), Johnson (9) and Kempf

(July 30)   The last place Elmwood Giants thumped the Buffaloes 23-10 at Winnipeg as the hitters took over Osborne Stadium.  There were 32 base hits, including three homers and five doubles. There were 21 walks in the game, 15 given up by Buffs pitcher. Elmwood had an 11-run inning and a 6-run inning.  Tom Parker, who pitched in relief, was a key man at the plate with two homers and four runs batted in.  Butch Davis of the Buffs had five hits in six trips and drove in three runs with a 1st inning homer.  

Bolden, Jefferson (W) (3), Parker (6) and Louden
Barnes (L), Jones (3) and Robinson

(July 31)  Winnipeg Buffaloes and Elmwood Giants split a twi-night doubleheader with each team scoring a 12-3 victory. 

Workhorse Ray Finch scattered 10 hits in the opener as Elmwood notched its win.  Lloyd "Ducky" Davenport had four hits and John Britton drove in four to lead the attack for the Giants.  Sam Hill provided the fireworks for the Buffs with a pair of homers, leading off the third and fifth innings.  On both occasions, Hill connected on the first pitch. 

Smith (L) and Robinson
Finch (W) and Louden

Hill had a pair of doubles and a walk in the second game as the Buffs rebounded for their 12-3 win.  Zell Miles added a two-run homer and Butch Davis belted a three-run double.  O.B. Robison went the distance for the win.

OB Robison (W) and Robinson
Dave Hall (L), Radcliffe (4), Davenport (5) and Swanson

(July 31)  Gready McKinnis scattered eleven hits allowing just one earned run, Gerry MacKay's 1st inning homer, as Brandon topped Minot 8-6.  Clarence King had three hits for the Greys.

McKinnis (W) and Bassett
Cain (L) and Kempf

(August 1)   Carman Cardinals pounded emergency starter Bus Vasquez for 17 hits in an 8-2 win over Brandon.  Gene Smith powered a homer and two singles to pace the Cards while Herb Souell chipped in with three singles.  Ian Lowe had two doubles for the Greys.  Gentry Jessup held Brandon to eight hits to get the win.

Jessup (W) and Thomas
Vasquez (L) and Bassett

(August 1)  Minot topped Winnipeg 7-4.  Othello Strong, a new recruit from Chicago, homered for the Buffaloes. Harvey Beaster had four singles for the winners. 

Leonard Johnson (W) and Kempf
Strong (L) Jenkins (5), Barnes (6) and Robinson

(August 2)  Joe Mack and Gerry MacKay homered in the 10th inning to give Minot Mallards a 7-5 win over Elmwood.  Bob Harvey had kept the Giants in the game with a pair of homers.

Cathey, Schacker (9) (W) and Kempf 
Parker, Lefty Thompson (9), Jefferson (9), Finch (L) (10) and Swanson

(Aug 2)   Virden Tournament 

(August 3)  Outfielder Sonny Andrews drove in four runs with a triple and two singles to lead Carman Cardinals to an 11-4 rout of Minot.  Willie Hutchinson went the distance for the win.  Gene Smith and Billy Horne added three hits apiece for the Cards while Gerry MacKay had three for the losers.

Schacker (L) and Kempf
Hutchinson (W) and Thomas

(August 3)   Johnny Britton had a double and a pair of singles to pace Elmwood Giants to a 9-6 victory over Winnipeg Buffaloes.  It was the Buffs 5th loss in their last six games.  Ray Finch picked up the win in a route-going effort.

Finch (W) and Greene
Robison (L), Wilmore (2) and Robinson

(August 4)   Minot Mallards handed Brandon a humiliating 12-2 thrashing taking advantage of eight Brandon errors while Nip Bruton set down the Greys on three hits.  Zoonie McLean had three hits, including a triple to lead the Mallards.  Wally Jako and Harvey Beaster poked homers.  

Nip Bruton (W) and Kempf
Ferro (L), Valentine (4) and Rodriguez

(August 4)  Winnipeg crept to within a half-game of the league-leading Brandon Greys by taking a 15-8 decision from Carman.  Othello Strong was the plate star for the Buffaloes banging out a double and four singles. He drew a walk in his other appearance.  Zell Miles cracked a homer and two singles.  

Smith (L), Jacowski (5) and Thomas
Jenkins (W) and Robinson

(August 6)  Pedro Naranjo and Lefty McKinnis were the mound stars for Brandon as the Greys swept a twin-bill from Minot 2-1 and 2-0.

In the afternoon contest, the Greys bunched three hits with a Minot error to score both their runs.  Two hits and a Brandon error in the 8th inning accounted for the lone Mallards' marker.  Ed Finney led the Greys with two hits.  Naranjo and losing pitcher Willie Cathey each allowed just six hits.

Cathey (L) and Kempf
Naranjo (W) and Rodriguez

The nightcap was another pitching duel.  McKinnis tossed a five-hitter for the win while Sugar Cain allowed just four.  

Cain (L) and Kempf
McKinnis (W) and Rodriguez

(August 7)   Winnipeg scored three runs in the 10th inning to notch a 5-2 win over Carman.  Doubles by John Kennedy and Lyman Bostock and singles by Zell Miles and Pee Wee Butts accounted for the markers.  Buffaloes had tied the match 2-2 in the 7th inning on consecutive singles by manager Willie Wells, Butts, Buddy Owens and Wilbert Hammond.  Cards had taken a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning as Sonny Andrews blasted a tape-measure, two-run homer.  The blast cleared the centre field fence an estimated 450 feet from home plate.  Othello Strong went the distance on the hill for the Buffs for the win.

Strong (W) and Wells
Jessup (L) and Thomas

(August 7)  Minot co-manager Wally Jako drove in seven runs, with a pair of homers, a double and single, to lead the Mallards to an 11-10 win over Elmwood at Winnipeg.  Pitcher Willie Cathey also homered for Minot.  Bob Harvey blasted a three-run homer for the Giants and Joe Greene had a two-run homer in the 9th.

Johnson, Cathey (1) (W), Cain (9) and Kempf
Thompson, Jefferson (2), Finch (8) (L) and Greene

(August 8)  Brandon clinched a playoff spot with an 11-5 victory over Elmwood.  Greys capitalized on Cy Morton's error in the first frame to push across four runs and never look back.  A six-run explosion in the 7th sealed the victory.  Greys had 12 hits including two each by Ian Lowe, Ramon Rodriguez, Rafe Cabrera and Bus VasquezJohnny Britton poked a three-run homer for the Giants.  Bob Harvey also had a circuit clout for Elmwood.

Suarez (W), Ferro (6) and Rodriguez
Parker (L) Finch (2), Bolden (8) and Greene

(August 8)  Gerry MacKay drove in four runs to pace Minot to a 9-2 victory over Carman.  Wally Jako added a homer for the Mallards.  Hal Schacker held the Cards to six hits to gain the victory.

Schacker (W) and Kempf
Brenzel (L) and McKerlie

(August 9)  Winnipeg Buffaloes moved to within one game of league-leading Brandon trouncing the Greys 11-4 at Winnipeg in a game called at the end of seven innings because of rain.  Buffs handed the Greys a 4-1 lead after two innings but stormed back with ten unanswered runs.  Outfielder Sam Hill was the big man at the plate for Winnipeg with four hits, including a homer, and three runs batted in.  Shortstop Pee Wee Butts added three hits.  Ed Finney blasted a three-run homer for Brandon.

Valentine (L) , Naranjo (5), McKinnis (7) and Rodriguez
Wilmore (W) and Wells

(August 10)  18-year-old Cuban southpaw Armando Suarez held the California Mohawks to three hits as Brandon scored a 1-0 exhibition victory.  Suarez bested lefthander Bill Rehder who allowed just five hits.  Mohawks, based in Medicine Hat, play in the Western Canada league.  The game's only run scored in the 3rd inning when Rehder hit Ian Lowe with the bases load to force home Bus Vasquez who had reached on an error by third baseman Pumpsie Green.  

Rehder and Noce
Suarez and Rodriguez

(August 11)   Another outstanding pitching duel highlighted the second exhibition match between Brandon and the California Mohawks.  Curt Barclay held the Greys to four hits as the Mohawks triumphed, 4-1.  In defeat, the Greys Amancio Ferro pitched a brilliant game, allowing just three hits and while notching 15 strikeouts.  Two of the three hits came in the 4th inning when the Mohawks scored twice.  They added a pair in the 5th without a hit and scored their final tally in the 9th on two walks, a hit and an error.

Barclay and Noce
Ferro and Rodriguez

(August 11)   Elmwood manager Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe faced disciplinary action after what was termed an "unwarranted attack on umpire Ted Early" during Saturday's game between the Giants and Winnipeg Buffaloes.  Elmwood won the contest 11-3 to gain a split of the twin-bill.  Winnipeg took the opener 16-2.

The flare-up occurred in the 9th inning of the second game.  With two out, Willie Wells sent a long fly to centre field.  Lloyd Davenport leaned over a barrier around the stands with his gloved hand and appeared to have missed making the catch.  However, Davenport then came dashing in with the ball held high -- in his bare hand.  Early didn't hesitate in signaling a home run.  That brought the Elmwood team out to protest.  During the argument, Early was shoved around the infield and later said he had been struck by Radcliffe.  "Sure he hit me.  He hit me with his glove."  Radcliffe was ejected from the game.

Radcliffe drove in four runs, with three doubles and a single, as the Giants trounced the Buffs in the nightcap.  Tom Parker scattered eight hits for the win.

Parker (W) and Radcliffe, Greene (9) 
Smith (L), Jones (6) and Wells

In the opener, Othello Strong slammed two homers, a triple and single to drive in six runs as the Buffs clobbered the Giants 16-2.  Zell Miles also had two homers and Buddy Owens had one.  John Washington had a circuit blow for the Giants.  OB Robison fired a six-hitter for the win.

Jefferson (L), Bolden, Davenport and Greene
Robison (W) and Wells

(August 11)  Willie Hutchinson held Minot to five hits and Jack Schaefer and Bob Johnson each had three hits as Carman whipped the Mallards 10-3.  One of Johnson's hits was a homer.

Hutchinson (W) and McKerlie
Johnson (L), Nip Bruton (5) and Turner

(August 12)  Al Spearman hurled a one-hitter, allowing just an 8th inning double as Carman beat Minot 4-1. The hit came with one out in the 8th after the Mallards had squeezed across a run in the 6th frame on a walk, stolen base and an error.  Jack Schaefer  led the Cards with four singles.  

Spearman (W) and McKerlie
Cain (L) and Kempf

(August 12)  In an exhibition game at Clear Lake, California Mohawks downed Brandon 4-2 to take two of the three weekend games.  Bud Watkins went the distance for the win besting Bus Vasquez who took to the hill for the Greys.  Brandon took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning on four hits including Rafe Cabrera's triple.  Mohawks tied in the 6th inning on a single by Al Endriss, Fred Bartels' double and an error.  John Noce's 7th inning single plated the winner.

Watkins and Noce
Vasquez and Rodriguez

(August 13)  Brandon topped Carman 3-1 in a game called after seven innings because of rain.  Gready McKinnis picked up the win and helped at the plate with a run-scoring triple.  

Brenzel (L) and McKerlie
McKinnis (W) and Rodriguez

(August 13)  Elmwood Giants pounded out four homers, three of them in the 4th inning, to turn back Winnipeg 6-2.  Down 2-1 in the 3rd inning, Bob Harvey tied it with the Giants' first circuit blow.  Then in the 4th, Joe Spencer led off with a homer and, with two out, Lloyd Davenport and Cowan Hyde smashed back-to-back blows.  Lefty Ray Finch held the Buffs to five hits.  League secretary Dr. Bob Morrow said Ted Radcliffe had been fined a "substantial sum" for his attack on umpire Ted Early in Saturday's contest.  Morrow declined to reveal the exact sum but stated it "was over $50."

Finch (W) and Radcliffe
Jenkins (L) and Wells.

(August 14)  A four-run 5th inning carried Carman to a 5-4 win over Elmwood.  Shortstop Billy Horne drove in two runs and scored the winner on Herb Souell's triple.  Gentry Jessup picked up the win.

Jefferson (L), Parker and Radcliffe
Jessup (W) and McKerlie

(August 14)   The scheduled contest between the Greys and Buffaloes at Winnipeg was postponed because of rain.

(August 16)  In a twin-bill at Winnipeg before more than 15-hundred fans, Minot Mallards dropped a pair of one-run decisions, 4-3 to Elmwood, then 2-1 to the Buffaloes.

Tom Parker was the star of the first game, pitching a six-hitter and blasting a homer and a single.  Cowan Hyde also had a circuit blow for the Giants.

Cathey (L) and Kempf, Turner
Parker (W) and Radcliffe

OB Robison allowed just one hit as the Buffaloes won the second game 2-1.  Othello Strong provided the offense, a two-run homer in the 5th inning. 

Schacker (L) and Turner
Robison (W) and Robinson

(August 17)   Winnipeg Buffaloes crept to within a half-game of the league-leading Brandon Greys by storming from behind to top Carman 7-3.  A three-run homer by Carman pitcher Gene Smith in the 2nd inning had given the Cards an early lead.  Buffs notched one in the 3rd and a pair in the 7th to tie, then broke loose for four in the 9th to take the victory.  Sam Hill, Lyman Bostock, Frazier Robinson and Zell Miles each had two hits for Winnipeg.

Strong (W) and Robinson
Smith (L), Thomas (9) and McKerlie

(August 18)  Good pitching and sound managerial strategy paid off in a pair of 12 inning triumphs for the Minot Mallards over the Carman Cardinals in Minot. The scores were 2-1 on Saturday (Aug 18) and 5-4 on Sunday (Aug 19). Joe Mack opened the 12th for Minot on Saturday with a single. Manager Wally Jako ordered Gerry Mackay to pinch hit for Kempf and MacKay beat out a bunt. Sugar Cain followed with another bunt and Bob Johnson threw high over third base allowing Mack and MacKay to score.

Brenzel (L) and McKerlie 
Cain (W) and Kempf

In the second game Zoonie McLean led the Mallards.

Hutchinson (L) and McKerlie, Thomas (7)
Nip Bruton, Schacker (9) (W) and Kempf, Turner (9)

(August 19)  See above

(August 20)  Minot Mallards jumped into an 8-0 lead then held off a Brandon rally in the 8th inning to notch an 11-6 win at Kinsmen Stadium.  Willie Cathey, with relief from Sugar Cain, picked up the win.  Joe Mitchell of the Greys led the batters with three hits, one of them a double.  Ed Sudol poked two triples for the Mallards.

Cathey (W), Cain (8) and Turner
Naranjo (L), Valentine (6) and Bassett

(August 21)  Gene Smith doubled home two runs in the 8th inning to hand Carman a 3-1 victory over Elmwood to virtually eliminate the Giants from a berth in the playoffs. Elmwood dropped to three-and-a-half games back of the Cards with just four games remaining.  Gentry Jessup fired a six-hitter for the win.

Finch (L) and Radcliffe
Jessup (W) and McKerlie 

(August 21)  At Minot, the Mallards whipped Winnipeg 17-2.  Mallards hurler Jack Bruton was tough on the hill and at the plate.  In the 4th inning, with the score 2-2, Bruton bashed a grand slam homer to send the Mallards on a spree which netted another run in the 5th and seven more in the sixth.  Bruton went the distance on the hill scattering ten hits.  He fanned five and didn't walk a batter. Zoonie McLean chipped in with two triples and a double. 

Robison (L), Jenkins (5), Barnes (7) and Robinson
Jack Bruton (W) and Turner

(August 22)   In an exhibition game at Minot, the Mallards scored six runs in the 1st inning and coasted to a 15-5 win over Winnipeg Buffaloes.  Taylor Smith started on the hill for the Buffs but gave way to manager Willie Wells in the 3rd inning after giving up ten walks. Starter Frank Watkins, one of three Minot hurlers, picked up the win.   

Smith, Wells (3) and Robinson 
Watkins, Kamis, McLean and Turner, Kempf

(August 22)  Gready McKinnis hurled a seven-hitter to lead Brandon to a 6-2 win over Carman.  Ian Lowe scored the winning marker in the 6th inning on Ed Finney's single and drove in a pair of insurance runs in the 7th.  

Spearman (L) and Thomas
McKinnis (W) and Bassett

(August 23)  Smart baserunning by Walt Thomas helped Carman Cards top Brandon 3-2.  The game was halted by rain at the end of the 7th frame. Lefty Al Jacowski, an addition to the Carman staff from Gilbert Plains, held the Greys to three hits, two of them triples, by Ian Lowe and Joe Mitchell.  Lefty Amancio Ferro gave up six hits in a losing cause.

Jacowski (W) and Thomas
Ferro (L) and Rodriguez

(August 23)  Elmwood whipped the Mallards 10-5 at Minot.  Lloyd Davenport led the Giants with two doubles and a single.  Elmwood announced it was ending its season with three games still on the schedule.

Jefferson (W) and Radcliffe
Schacker (4-4) (L), Nip Bruton (6) and Turner

(August 25)   Down 1-0 in the 8th inning, Brandon bunched six of its nine hits to score all four runs to take a 4-1 decision from Carman.  Armando Suarez registered the win holding the Cards to seven hits. 

Suarez (W) and Bassett
Hutchinson (L) and Thomas

(August 26)   Carman scored on an error in the bottom of the 9th inning to edge Winnipeg 11-10 in a slugfest at Carman.  Al Spearman gave up 15 hits but went the route for the win.  Winnipeg third baseman Buddy Owens was the leading hitter with a homer, double and single in five trips to the plate.  Gene Smith had two hits, including a homer, for Carman.

Strong, Jenkins (7) (L) and Robinson
Spearman (W) and Thomas

(August 27)  Brandon Greys clinched the 1951 ManDak pennant with a 6-2 victory over Winnipeg Buffaloes.  Although outhit 11-5, the Greys took advantage of four Winnipeg errors.  Brandon bunched two hits with a hit batsmen and two errors in the 6th inning to push across three runs, enough for the victory.  Ed Finney's triple was the big blow.  Twice the Greys defense cut down runners at the plate with throws to catcher Pepper Bassett.  

Wilmore (L) nd Robinson
McKinnis (W) and Bassett

ManDak League Starts Crumbling

By Ted Bowles

Is it the end of an era?

From our vantage point, it looks like the Man-Dak Baseball league, it it operates next season, will be a vastly changed loop from that which wound up the 1951 season last week.

The league was composed of Brandon Greys, league champions, Winnipeg Buffaloes, Carman Cardinals, Minot Mallards and Elmwood Giants.  Although many rumours have been circulating of late, the first concrete evidence that the league was breaking up came from Minot, where Friday the Mallards' board of directors was dissolved and their entire equipment, including uniforms, public address system, and even 120 rubber cushions were advertised for sale.

Investigation into the Minot action revealed the fact that Winnipeg Buffaloes and Elmwood Giants would have a face lifting so drastic that they will be unrecognizeable next year. In fact, there will be only one team operating here in 1952 according to Alex Turk, owner of the Elmwood club.

When Turk was informed of proceedings in Minot he said "It comes as no surprise to me, but I thought they would have waited until after the league meeting."  The league meeting will be held shortly.

Fans have become accustomed to watching colored boys from the United States supplying the entertainment.  That is where the big change comes in. There will be more local boys playing next year, with no so many imports, colored or otherwise.

Perhaps the main reason for the  change is the cost of operating such a team.  At Minot, the club showed a deficit of approximately $13,000, but after the sale of equipment and final receipts are tallied, that figure is expected to drop to $4,000 or less.  It is no secret that other clubs have also dropped considerable sums.  A reliable source in Brandon estimated their loss at at least $10,000 while Mr. Turk admitted his club was in the red, but failed to state how much.

The Winnipeg team next season, "will definitely be in organized ball." according to Turk.  A telephone conversation with Johnny Peterson, manager of Osborne Stadium seemed to confirm this.  The grapevine has it that the team may join the Northern league while the American association has also been mentioned.

Out Brandon way, a team named the Medicine Hat Mohawks have been tabbed as the outfit which will move into Brandon to replace the Greys.  A club meeting in Brandon Monday night failed to confirm this.

One thing was decided at the Brandon gathering and that was that imports would be very few.  Avery Harrison, president of the Greys, informed the Free Press' Brandon correspondent that several of the 1951 squad wanted to return next year, but that he felt the number of imports in the league should be limited.

The Cardinals from Carman are an unknown quantity.  Doug Woods, business manager of the Carman group, could shed no light on the subject except to say that all the players of this season's team had returned to their homes, and that none had been signed for next year.

It looks like the writing is on the wall in big, black print and even if the league operates under the name of the Man-Dak lelague next year, it won't be the league we've known for the past two seasons.  (Winnipeg Free Press, September 18, 1951 p.20)