1953 Alberta Game Reports     


(May 24)   Nanton came from behind to top Champion 10-8 as the losers made eleven errors.  Glen Rhodes and Al Buchan belted homers for Champion.  Jack Scott picked up the win, Sev Pasolli was the loser.

Scott (W) and McKenzie
Pasolli (L) and xxx

(May 24)   Claresholm Meteors kicked off the new season with a bang trouncing Granum 21-8 as Hubert Glenn banged out a pair of three-run homers while scattering ten White Sox hits for the mound victory.  Gordon Wesley poked a three-run homer for the Sox.

Glenn (W) and MacDonald
Matthews (L), Long (5) and MacLeod

(May 24)   Stavely demolished Carmangay 17-1 as they kicked off the new season in fine fashion.  Bobby Yorgason fired a three-hitter to capture the win.  Leonard Rhodes gave up 23 hits in going the distance for Carmangay. 

Leonard Rhodes (L) and Anderson
Yorgason (W) and Lanman

(May 24)   Vulcan at RCAF ?

(May 27)   Claresholm Meteors downed the RCAF Flyers 15-9 for their second straight victory.  Allie MacDonald went seven innings to pick up the win.  Klysen went the route for the RCAF. Meteors made seven errors, Flyers had eight miscues.

A MacDonald (W), Glenn (8) and xxx
Klysen (L) and xxx

(May 27)  Stavely at Nanton ?

(May 27)  Granum at Carmangay ?

(May 28)   Benny Dann provided the offense and Joe Jankola the pitching as Vulcan downed Champion 2-0.  Dann doubled in the 3rd inning to drive in Pruden with the first run then homered in the 6th.  Jankola fired a five-hitter for the win.  Hard luck loser Bud Siler allowed just three hits.

Siler (L) and Passoli
Jankola (W) and McPherson

(June 1)    Granum, strengthened by the addition of three stars from the Lethbridge Native Sons, downed Nanton 12-7.  Just before the game, George Wesley the White Sox manager, announced the signing of Ed Zemrau, Harold Jones and Seth Martin, who started out the season with the Lethbridge Miners.  Jones belted a two-run homer in the 7th inning when the Sox scored four times to take the lead for good.  Wallace Daley and MacLeod each had three hits for the winners.

Mat Matthews, Long (W) (4) and xxx
Jack Scott (L), Berger (8) and xxx

Granum also won in the exhibition nightcap, scoring a 14-8 victory. 

Berger (L) and xxx
Seth Martin (W), Jones (8) and xxx

(June 1)   Champion downed Claresholm Meteors 9-4 for their first win in the Foothills-Wheatbelt League.  Passoli went the distance for the win.  Hubert Glenn allowed just eight hits but Meteors made eight errors to hand Champion the victory.  Dutch Dodds rapped a homer and two singles for the winners.

Passoli (W) and xxx
Glenn (L) and xxx

(June 1)  Carmangay defeated RCAF Flyers 8-3 behind the four-hit pitching of Merlin "Dusty" Rhodes

Neadows (L) and Miller
M Rhodes (W) and Anderson

(June 1)   Vulcan at Stavely ?

(June 5)   Granum White Sox whipped Claresholm RCAF 14-4 for their 3rd straight win in Foothills-
Wheatbelt play.  Roy MacLeod belted a homer and two singles to pace the White Sox.  Harold Jones added four hits and Wilson Parker had three.  Bob Shearer went the distance for the win holding the Flyers to five hits.

Shearer (W) and MacLeod
Acton (L), Klysen (9) and Miller

(June 5)   In a high-scoring affair at Vulcan, the home squad blew an early 4-1 lead then came back to top Nanton 11-10 with a pair of runs in the 9th inning.

(June 5)  Claresholm at Stavely ?  

(June 7)    Glen Rhodes had a bases-loaded double in the 9th inning to hand Carmangay a wild 17-16 win over Nanton.  Plenny Anderson rapped out a double and three singles for the winners.  Benny White added a double and two singles.  Gus Jensen, Jake Scott and McKenzie each had three hits for Nanton.

Scott, Berger (L) (7) and xxx
Ganger (W) and xxx

(June 7)   Hans Sagstuen hurled a two-hitter to lead Stavely to a 3-2 win over Claresholm Meteors at Stavely.  A three-run rally in the bottom of the 6th inning proved enough for the victory. 

Glenn (L) and xxx
Sangstruen (W) and xxx

(June 7)    Granum White Sox pounded out 15 hits but came away on the short end of a 5-3 decision at Champion.  Sev Pasolli effectively scattered all those hits to pick up the win.  Chester Long and Seth Martin combined to hold Champion to just seven hits in going down to defeat.   Wilson Parker of Granum was the leading hitter with a triple, double and two singles while Bob Shearer chipped in with two doubles and two singles.

Long (L), Martin (5) and MacLeod
Sev Pasolli (W) and Jensen

(June 7)   Stavely at RCAF ?

(June 8)   Claresholm Meteors scored five runs in the 8th inning to down Vulcan 8-4 for their third victory of the young season.  Vulcan loaded the bases three times in the final frame could could squeeze out just a pair of runs.

(June 10)   Ben Dann belted a pair of homers to pace Vulcan to a 5-2 win over Carmangay.  Dann started on the hill for the winners giving way to Joe Jankola in the 2nd.  Jankola, who picked up the win, gave up only four hits and fanned 11.  Merlin Rhodes went the distance in being saddled with the loss.

Rhodes and Tesky
Dann, Jankola (2) and MacPherson

(June 10)   Champion exploded for seven runs in the first inning and held off a late rally by Claresholm RCAF to post an 8-7 victory.   Smith picked up the win, Kysen was the loser.

Klysen, Miller (1) and Miller, Campbell (1)
Smith, Steeves (7), Pasolli (9) and Pasolli, Jensen (9)

(June 10)  Stavely at Granum ?

(June 10)  Nanton at Claresholm ?

(June 14)   Hank Sagstuen tossed a five-hitter as Stavely ran its winning streak to five games stopping Champion Red Sox 6-4 in a Foothills - Wheatbelt contest.  Bud Siler took the loss.

Sagstuen (W) and Lanman
Siler (L) and Pasoli, Jensen ( )

(June 14)   Seth Martin was the story on the mound and at the plate as Granum White Sox blanked Vulcan 4-0.  Martin fired a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and provided all the offense needed with a bases-loaded double. Harold Jones rapped out two safeties.  McPherson had the only hits for the losers.

Martin (W) and MacLeod
Jankola (L) and McPherson

(June 14)   George Wesley's Granum nine picked up their second win of the day in a 9-3 triumph over previously unbeaten Stavely.  Matt Matthews held Stavely to five hits to gain the win.  Roy MacLeod's double was the big hit for Granum.

Woodham (L), Yorgason (1) and xxx
Matthews (W) and xxx

(June 14)  Nanton picked up its second win of the season sending RCAF to its 6th straight setback.

(June 14)  Claresholm at Carmangay ?

Stavely      5-1
Granum       5-2
Vulcan       4-3
Claresholm   4-3
Champion     3-3
Carmangay    3-3
Nanton       2-5
RCAF         0-6

(June 17)   Granum White Sox whipped Carmangay 13-5 as Bob Shearer allowed just five hits to register the win.  Harold Jones, the Lethbridge Native Sons hockey star, led the winners with three hits. 

Ganger (L), Rhodes (7) and Anderson
Shearer (W) and McLeod

(June 17)   Stavely erupted for three runs in the first inning and other three in the 3rd and coasted to a 9-3 win over Nanton.  Bob Yorgason and Hank Sagstuen shared the mound duties for the winners. 

Scott (L), Berger and McKenzie
Yorgason (W), Sagstuen and McDonald, Lannam

(June 17)   Champion rapped out 16 hits and went on to top Vulcan 9-7.  Sev Pasoli picked up the win in a route-going performance.  McAtee started for the losers.  Alan Buchan had a double and three singles for the Red Sox while Merv Smith connected for a double and two singles.  Pruden had four hits for Vulcan, McPherson had three. 

McAtee (L) and Winn
Pasoli (W) and Jensen

(June 17)  Claresholm at RCAF ?

(June 21)   Merlin "Dusty" Rhodes fired a three-hitter as Carmangay blanked Champion 2-0.  Sev Pasolli allowed just five hits in taking the loss.  Both runs were unearned.

Rhodes (W) and Teskey
Pasolli (L) and Jensen

(June 22)    Stavely Red Sox broke loose for three runs in the 10th inning to down Carmangay 13-10 and post their 7th win in 8 starts.  Lanman paced the offense for the Red Sox with a home run and three singles.  Hunt had four hits in four trips.  For Carmangay, Sid Collier, Walt and Glen Rhodes each had a pair of singles.  Sagstuen picked up the win in relief.

Yorgason, Sagstuen (W) (2) and Lanman
Ganger (L), Rhodes (10) and Anderson

(June 22)   Lefty Huddle belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Claresholm a 10-9 triumph over Granum.   The win move the Meteors into a second place tie with the White Sox. Wayne Berg helped out the attack with a homer.   Roy McLeod bashed a triple and three singles for the losers while Chester Long, Harold Jones and Ed Zemrau each had a double and single.  Hubert Glenn registered the win in a relief role.  Seth Martin took the loss.

Matthews, Martin (l) (9) and MacLeod
MacDonald, Ebbener (6), Glenn (W)(7) and Landrum

(June 22)   Vulcan topped RCAF Flyers 6-1.  A four-run 4th inning carried Vulcan to the win.  Ian McAtee fired a three-hitter for the win.  Howlett poked a double and three singles to pace the winners. 

Klyson (L) and Langley
McAtee (W) and xxx

(June 23)   Outstanding pitching highlighted the opening day of the Granum tournament.  Chester Long held Fort MacLeod to two hits as Granum posted a 2-0 shutout.  Vangotsenovin allowed just six hits in taking the loss.  Gord Wesley and Harold Jones each had a double and single for the White Sox. 

Steve Ganger twirled a five-hitter as Carmangay blanked RCAF 3-0.  The winners could manage just four hits off Miller for the Flyers. 

Vulcan whipped Nanton 8-2 behind Joe Jankola's five-hitter.  Hubert Glenn held Champion to just four hits as Claresholm advanced with a 7-1 triumph. 

Carmangay 3 RCAF 0
Ganger (W) and Deak
Miller (L) and Langley

Nanton 2 Vulcan 8
Berger (L) and McKenzie
Jankola (W) and Winn

Claresholm 7 Champion 1
Glenn( W) and Landrum
Siler (L), Pasolli (6), Smith (6) and Jensen

Fort MacLeod 0 Granum 7
Vangotsenovin (L) and Reach
Long (W) and MacLeod

(June 24)   Carmangay and Vulcan shared top prize at the Granum tournament after the two teams fought to a 1-1, 11-inning draw in the final as Bill Kucheran and Ian McAtee hooked up in a brilliant display of pitching.  It was the second mound performance of the day for both.  Both runs, which came in the 10th inning, were unearned.

"... Kucheran was the master all the way in the final as he dipsy-doodled his stunning array of junk past the Vulcanites to yield but three scattered singles over the 11 frames.  It was Kuch's 18th inning on the mound for Carmangay and he blazed his fireball past 13 would-be Vulcan hitters to run his strikeout string for the day to 21.  McAtee worked the first nine cantos for Vulcan for his 16th consecutive frame and scattered six hits ... he whiffed eight men ... for his 19th victim of the day."  (Lethbridge Herald, June 25, 1953)

Carmangay won a berth in the final with a 5-1 upset of Granum as Kucheran held the White Sox to five hits.  A four-run 3rd inning proved decisive for Carmangay.  Vulcan pulled another upset in downing Hubert Glenn and Claresholm 5-2 behind a neat two-hit performance by McAteeJoe Jankola homered for the winners. Wayne Berg's homer accounted for both runs for Claresholm. 

Granum 1 Carmangay 5
Matthews (L) and MacLeod
Kucheran (W) and Deak

Vulcan 5 Claresholm 2
McAtee (W) and Winn
Glenn (L) and Landrum

Carmangay 1 Vulcan 1
Kucheran and Deak, Anderson (10)
McAtee, Jankola (10) and Winn

(June 26)    Matt Matthews hurled a sparkling one-hitter to paced Granum White Sox to a 15-0 victory over RCAF.  Matthews had a no-hitter through five innings.  Hollingshead broke the spell with a single in the 6th frame.  Matthews, who won for the 4th time in five starts, fanned eleven. Jim O'Neill and Ron Jacques paced the Sox each with a pair of singles in three oficial trips while Seth Martin, Harold Jones and Ed Zemrau each swatted two singles in five tries.

Klyson (L) and Miller
Matthews (W) and MacLeod

(June 28)   In a pitchers' duel at Nanton, Seth Martin blanked Nanton on two hits as Granum scored a 3-0 victory. Jack Scott allowed just four hits in taking the loss.  It was Martin second shutout of the season.  He fanned 11. 

Martin (W) and MacLeod
Scott (L) and McKenzie

(June 28)  Claresholm Meteors broke loose for five runs in the 8th inning to post a 9-6 win over Champion.  Hubert Glenn pitched one-hit ball in three innings of relief to register the win.  Merv Smith went the distance for Champion. 

MacDonald, Glenn (L) (6) and Landrum
Smith (L) and Jensen

(June 28)   Stavely maintained its hold on 1st place with a thrilling 9-7, 11-inning victory over Vulcan. Stavley scored a pair in the extra inning without a hit. Joe Jankola opened the top of the 11th fanning the first two batters then fell apart after an infield error put a man at first.  He loaded the bases on hit batsmen then watch two runs score on wild pitches.  McDonald led the Stavely attack with four hits.  Woodham, the starting pitcher, added a double and two singles.  Jankola paced the losers with a homer and two singles.  Skip Winn had a double and single and Ben Dann added three singles. 

In other weekend games, Carmangay shaded Claresholm RCAF 6-5 in 12 innings and Nanton defeated Champion 10-5.

Woodham, Sagstuen (W) (8) and McDonald, Yorgason (8)
McAtee, Jankola (L) (9) and Winn

(June 29)   Terance Hogan of the RCAF Flyers has been suspended indefinitely.  Mel Hanson, secretary-manager of the Foothills-Wheatbelt League announced the ban after Hogan had pushed an umpire Sunday in the Flyers match with Carmangay.  Hanson said, "Our umpires may not be the best in the world but we are going to back them up to the hilt."  (The Lethbridge Herald, June 30, 1953)

Stavely      8-2
Granum       8-3
Claresholm   8-3
Vulcan       5-5
Carmangay    5-5
Champion     4-6
Nanton       3-7
RCAF         0-10

(July 1)    Vulcan trounced Champion 24-4 to take top honours in the Dominion Day Tournament at Vulcan.  The hometown squad reached the final with a 10-4 win over Carmangary while Champion notched a thrilling 8-7 triumph over Nanton.

(July 2)   Mat Matthews pitched Granum White Sox into the final of the Carmangay tournament.  Matthews scattered nine hits as the White Sox edged Lomond 4-3 and then fired a five-hitter as the Sox thumped Vulcan 11-4.  Vulcan had advaned with a 7-6 win over Vauxhall.  Roy MacLeod paced the Sox against Vulcan with a pair of doubles.  Don Jantzie belted a triple and double for Vulcan.  Jantzie had a double and two singles in Vulcan's victory over Vauxhall.  His long double off the centre field scoreboard was worth a special $10 prize.  Joe Jankola registered the mound victory in relief. 

Granum 4 Lomond 3
Mat Matthew (W) and MacLeod
Stan Matthews (L) and Domelesi

Vauxhall 6 Vulcan 7
Clelland, Stevenson (L) (7) and Blaney
Dann, Jankola (W) (7) and Winn

Granum 11 Vulcan 4
Mat Matthews (W) and MacLeod
Winn (L), McAtee (3), Clarkson (4), Jankola (7) and McPherson, Winn (3)

(July 3)   Claresholm Meteors moved into the finals of the Carmangay tournament with a 10-1 win over Stavely.  Norm Ebner held Stavely to five hits in gaining the mound victory.  Lee Landrum sparked the attack with a two-run homer and single.  Stavely had rebounded with three runs in the 7th inning and two in the 8th to down Champion 6-4.  Don Woodham picked up the win in relief olf starter Bob Bondy.  Lefty Jack Stine, imported from the Worland Indians, allowed just four hits in taking the loss.  In the day's first game, Hubert Glenn scattered eight hits as Claresholm topped Carmangay 9-2.  Glen led the offense as well with a two-run homer and a single.  Lefty Huddle added a double and two singles and Landrum added a pair of singles.

Claresholm 9 Carmangay 2
Glenn (W) and Landrum
Kucheran (L) and Andrekson

Champion 4 Stavely 6
Stine (L) and Jensen
Bondy, Woodham (W) (5) and Yorgason

Stavely 1 Claresholm 10
Woodham (L), Bob Yorgason (5), McGinnis (8) and D Yorgason
Ebner (W) and Landrum

(July 4)   Lee Landrum punched out four hits, a double and three singles, to lead Claresholm over Granum 10-6 to take top prize in the Carmangay baseball tournament.  Allie MacDonald gave up 11 hits but went the distance for the win.  Chester Long started for the White Sox, giving way to Mat Matthews in the 5th inning.  Bob Shearer came on in the 6th and Harold Jones finished.  Ward MacDonald had three singles and Dutch Dodd chipped in with a double and single for the Meteors.  Roy MacLeod paced the White Sox with a double and two singles.

MacDonald and Landrum
Long, Matthews (5), Shearer (6), Jones (8) and MacLeod

(July 5)   Stavely demolished the winless Claresholm RCAF 14-2 and 19-1 in a twin-bill at Stavely to post their 9th and 10th wins of the season.   Sagstuen posted his 7th straight win in league play in the opener as he pitched a five-hitter.  Miller was the loser.  Bob Yorgason fired a our-hitter in the second game.  Williard Hunt belted a three-run homer for the winners.  Yorgason had two singles and a double.  Zaleski added a double and two singles.  Zaleski had a homer in the first game.

Sagstuen (W) and xxx
Miller (L) and xxx

Yorgason (W) and xxx
Klysen (L) and xxx

(July 5)  Nanton at Carmangay ?

(July 5)   Claresholm erupted for seven runs in the 7th inning to come from behind to down Vulcan 14-7.  Hubert Glenn came on in the 4th inning to relieve starter Norm Ebner and blank the Elks the rest of the way.  Glenn was also the offensive star with a homer, double and single.  Lefty Huddle also had a home run.  Lee Landrum added a double and single.  McPherson had a homer for the Elks.

McAtee (L), Jankoka (7) and Winn
Ebner, Glenn (W) (4) and Landrum

(July 5)   Winning pitcher Seth Martin blasted a two-run triple in the 7th inning the provide the margin of victory in Granum's 5-4 triumph over Champion Red Sox.  Martin held the Red Sox to seven hits in posting his third win against one loss.  Sev Pasolli allowed seven hits in taking the loss.  Wilson Parker had a double and two singles for Granum.  Pasolli had a triple and two singles for Champion. 

Pasolli (L) and Jensen
Martin (W) and MacLeod

(July 8)   A five-run 5th inning carried Claresholm to an 8-5 win over Nanton.  Hubert Glenn overcame five errors by his teammates to post the mound victory with a six-hitter.  He had 14 strikeouts.  Jack Scott gave up eight hits in taking the loss.  It was Claresholm's 10th win of the season.

Glenn (W) and Landrum
Scott (L) and McKenzie

(July 8)   Joe Jankola fired a two-hitter as Vulcan trounced Carmangay 19-0.  Ron McPherson and Benny Dann led the attack each with a pair of homers and a single.  Clayton Clarkson had a single, double and triple.  Jankola helped with a pair of doubles and a single.

Jankoka (W) and Winn
Glen Rhodes (L) , Ganger (7) and Anderson

(July 8)   Claresholm at Nanton ?

(July 8)  Champion at RCAF ?

(July 12)   Stavely clinched top spot in the Foothills-Wheatbelt Baseball League with a 16-9 triumph over Granum in a game rescheduled from Wednesday.  Willard Hunt led the attack with a three-run homer and two singles.  Wilson Park had a double and three singles for the White Sox.  Hans Sangstrom pitched into the 7th inning to register the win.

Martin (L), Jones (8), Steadman (8) and Zemrau
Sangstrom (W), Yorgason (7) and Lanman

(July 12)   Vulcan downed Granum 5-3 in the last game of the regular schedule in the Foothills-Wheatbelt League.  Joe Jankola held the White Sox to six hits in gaining the mound victory.  Matt Matthews took the loss.

Jankola (W) and Winn
Matthews (L) and MacLeod

(July 12)  Jake Berger fired a one-hitter as Nanton blanked Claresholm RCAF 5-0.  Berger had a no-hitter into the 9th before the Airmen collected their lone hit with one out. 

Berger (W) and xxx
Miller (L) and xxx

(July 12)   Carmangay at Claresholm ?

(July 12)  Stavely at Champion ?

(July 12)  Lethbridge Cubs took top money at the National Baseball Congress Tournament at Henderson Lake defeating Picture Butte Indians 10-5 in the final.  Cubs relied on Paul Jones to cop the title.  Jones scattered 12 hits as Lethbridge downed Magrath 8-4 in semi-final action then fired a seven-hitter as Cubs won the final.  Picture Butte posted an 8-5 win over Taber on Saturday then advanced with a thrilling 13-10 win over the Miners. 

Miners 15 Niseis 4
Currie and Logoyda
Oshiro, Obno (6), Asato (6), Tsujiura (9) and Tateishi

Taber 5 Picture Butte 8
Knibbs, MacMurchy (3) and Kerkhoff
Kucheran and Deak

Magrath 4 Cubs 8
Pashuk, Balderson (6) and Gordon Rice
Jones and H. Yanosik, Tarnava (7)

Picture Butte 13 Miners 10
Anderson, Ferguson (8), Malmberg (8) and Deak
Petrie, Negrello (6), Berlando (7) and Logoyda

Picture Butte 5 Cubs 10
Malmberg, Pavalis (1), Ferguson (3), Moriyama (5) and Deak
Jones and H. Yanosik, Tarnava (4)

(July 13)   Claresholm Meteors pounded Carmangay 16-6 to wrap up a second place finish in the Foothills-Wheatbelt League with an 11-3 mark.  Norm Ebner was the big gun for the winners, scattering nine hits in going the distance on the mound and blasting a homer and double at the plate.  Joe Connors had a triple and two singles for the Meteors while Ward MacDonald had two doubles and a single.

Ganger (L),  Glen Rhodes (6) and Anderson
Ebner (W) and Landrum

(July 15)    Claresholm Meteors rode the arm and bat of Hubert Glenn to advance to the finals of the Champion Lions Tournament with a 3-0 win over Carmangay and an 11-7 victory over Vulcan.  Vulcan had earned the match against the Meteors with a 7-1 win over Granum White Sox.  Glenn fired a three-hit shutout in the match with Carmangay and led the offense with a double and three singles.  Willie Walasko, the Pincher Creek junior star, allowed eight hits in taking the loss.  Glenn bashed a pair of homers and picked up the win in relief as Meteors topped Vulcan 11-7.  Lee Landrum, Wayne Berg and Lefty Huddle also had homers. 

Joey Jankola toss a four-hitter as Vulcan trimmed Granum 7-1.  Mel Matthews started on the mound for the White Sox but left in the 5th when struck on the wrist by a batted ball.  It's feared he suffered a broken wrist.   Benny Dann had a triple and single for the winners.  Skip Winn added two singles.  Gord Wesley had a pair of safeties for the Sox.

Walasko (L) and Andrekson
Glenn (W) and Landrum

Matthews (L), Long (5) and MacLeod
Jankoka (W) and Winn

Ebner, McDonald (2), Glenn (W) (7) and Landrum, McDonald (7)
McAtee (L) and Winn

Stavley     12  2
Claresholm  11  3
Granum       9  5
Vulcan       8  6
Champion     5  8
Carmangay    5  8
Nanton       5  9
RCAF         0 14

(July 16)   Champion Red Sox moved into the final of the Lions Tournament with a 6-5, 10 inning victory over Stavely.  Robert Fath singled in the extra frame and moved to third on Sev Pasolli's liner to centre.  He scored on an overthrow to home.  Pasolli, Len Rhodes and Bud Siler all had three hits for the winners.  Merv Smith was the winner in relief for his second triumph of the day.

Roger Jensen led the Red Sox 16-hit attack with a three-run homer and single in the opener against Lomond as Champion coasted to a 14-3 victory.  Sev Pasolli had a pair of doubles and a single. 

Bob Yorgason hurled a four-hit shutout as Stavely downed Nanton 6-0.  Don Yorgason led at the plate with three hits. 

Kelley, Woodham (L) (9) and Lanman
McGill, Smith (W) (7) and Siler, Jensen (7)

Smith (W) and Jensen
Degemstein (L), Ost (2), Rhodes (6) and Domeleski

Scott (L), Berger (6) and McKenzie
B Yorgason (W) and Landman

(July 17)   With a record crowd of 1,000 looking on Champion Red Sox upset Claresholm Meteors 8-2 to take top money in the 7th annual Lions Baseball Tournament.  Veteran Bud Siler held the heavy-hitting Meteors to five hits and fanned seven in his most impressive outing of the season. 

Red Sox scored four runs in the first inning and added three in the 3rd and coasted to the win.  Siler helped the offense with a pair of singles.  Allie MacDonald took the loss.

A MacDonald (L), Glenn (3) and W MacDonald
Siler (W) and Jensen

(July 19)   Hans Sagstuen's four-hit shutout was the highlight of the opening game of the best-of-three semi-final series as Stavely shaded Vulcan 2-0.  Sagstuen also scored the winning run in the 6th inning after reaching on a single.  Stavely notched an insurance run when Buck Bondy singled and scored on Jim McDonald's double.  Joe Jankola allowed ten hits in taking the loss.

Jankola (L) and Winn
Sagstuen (9-0) and Lanman

(July 19)   Spring Coulee downed Granum 7-5 in a sudden-death Intermediate quarter-final playoff.  Roy Johnson held the White Sox to eight hits to gaining the win.  Wayne Ripley and Wrak Rothie each had a double and single to lead the attack.  Harold Jones had three hits for the Sox.  Granum rebounded to score an 11-0 victory in an exhibition match as Bob Shearer fired a two-hitter. 

Matthews (L) and MacLeod
Roy Johnson (W) and Kumimoto

Shearer (W) and xxx
Nish (L) McKenzie and xxx

(July 20)   Granum erupted for eight runs in the 6th inning to shade Claresholm Meteors 11-10 to take a one-game lead in the semi-final series.  Harold Jones drove in the winning marker with a triple off reliever Hubert GlennEd Zemrau led the White Sox offensive with a double and four singles.  Gordon Wesley added a triple and two singles.  Wilson Park and Jones each had a triple and single.  Davey Davison led the Meteors with an inside-the-park homer and two singles. 

Long (W) and MacLeod, Zemrau (4)
A MacDonald, Glenn (L) (6) and W. MacDonald  

(July 22)    In a stunning finish, Claresholm Meteors rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to rebound from a 12-5 deficit and notch a 13-12 victory over Carmangay in the Claresholm tournament.  Davey Davison paced the offense with five hits, a double and four singles, while Hubert Glenn added two doubles and a single.  Lefty Huddle chipped in with a triple and single.

In the day's opening game, Claresholm peppered the field with 34 hits in crushing Nanton 25-0.  Meteors had a 9-0 lead in the 3rd when they erupted for 15 runs.  Huddle was the hitting hero with a homer, double and four singles.  Glenn belted a three-run homer, a double and two singles.  Dutch Dodd was good for three doubles and two singles.  Glenn and Ward MacDonald combined on a four-hitter for the shutout.

Carmangay clubbed Champion 16-4 as Willie Walasko scattered seven hits for the win.  Ken Moore and White each had two doubles and two singles for the winners.  George Andrekson had a homer and added two singles.  Bud Siler had a homer and double for Champion. 

Glenn, W MacDonald (W) (4) and Landrum
Scott (L), D Hawk (3), S Hawk (9) and McKenzie

Walasko (W) and Andrekson
S Pasolli (L), Siler (4), Smith (8), S. Pasolli (9) and Jensen

Jones (L) and Andrekson
Glenn (W) and Landrum

(July 22)   Ben Dann and Skippy Winn sparked the Vulcan offense as the team crushed Stavely 26-5 to even the best-of-three semi-final at a game apiece.  Dann had a homer, two triples and a double and Winn had five hits, including a homer.  Ken McPherson added a double and two singles and Clayton Clarkson chipped in with two triples and a single.  Jim Pruden had a double and two singles.  Joe Jankola coasted to the win holding Stavely to seven hits.

Yorgason (L), Woodham (2), McGinnis (4) and Lanman
Jankola (W) and Winn

(July 23)    Granum moved into the final of the Claresholm tournament with a 6-4 victory over Stavely despite being out-hit 11-5.  Five Stavely errors proved to be crucial.  Seth Martin started on the hill for Granum but had to leave in the 6th inning when he suffered an ankle injury when hit by a line drive. Chester Long finished up. Veteran Ted Malmberg, 47-year-old hurler, went the distance for the losers.  White Sox reached the semi-final with a 12-5 win over Picture Butte Indians while Stavely got by Claresholm RCAF 13-12 .  Earlier, Claresholm downed Carmangay.  Bob Shearer went the route for the win in the triumph over Picture Butte.  Granum's seven-run 5th inning proved enough for the win.  Wilson Parker had two doubles and two singles for the White Sox.  Matt Slavich had a double and three singles for the Indians.  Frank Deak had two doubles and a single. Claresholm RCAF, who went without a win during the regular season, scored four runs in the 9th inning but still fell short in dropping the 13-12 decision to Stavely.  Bill Hunt and Lanman each had three hits to lead Stavely while Bill Woodham cracked a homer.  Langley, Miller and Hollingshead each had three safeties for the Flyers. 

RCAF 12 Stavely 13
McGill (L), Miller (3) and Miller, Hogan
Yorgason (W), Woodham (6) and Lanman

Picture Butte 5 Granum 12
Kucheran (L) and Deak
Shearer (W) and MacLeod

Stavely 4 Granum 6
Malemberg (L) and Lanman
Martin (W), Long (6) and MacLeod

(July 24)    Claresholm Meteors edged Granum 7-5 to capture their second tournament of the season.  Import Paul Jones from the Lethbridge Cubs tossed a seven-hitter to claim the win. A three-run 4th inning carried Meteors to the victory.  Joe Connors singled to lead off the inning and Boyd Whitehead reached safely on a Granum error.  White Sox loaded the bases on an intentional walk to Hubert Glenn but the strategy backfired when Wayne Berg doubled to score a pair.  Jones drew a walk and Berg scored on a wild pitch.  Granum had taken the lead with four runs in the 4th frame.  Gordon Wesley led off with a single and a walk and error preceded a single by Bob Shearer and double by Ed ZemrauLefty Huddle doubled in the Meteors in the 7th and Glenn singled him home.  Lee Landrum belted a homer and single for the winners.  Wesley had three singles for Granum. 

Jones (W) and Landrum
Kucheran (L), Martin (7) and MacLeod

(July 26)   Behind Hubert Glenn's six-hit shutout, Claresholm downed Granum 7-0 to tie their semi-final series at a game apiece.  Glenn also starred at the plate with a double and two singles.  Seth Martin took the loss.

Glenn (W) and Landrum
Martin (L) (3), Matthews and MacLeod

(July 26)    Before a record-breaking crowd of near 1,000 Stavely won a spot in the Foothills - Wheatbelt League final with a 6-2 win over Vulcan to take the semi-final series.  Hans Sagstuen posted his 10th win without a loss in tossing an 8-hitter. Joe Zaleski led the offense with a double and two singles.  Roland Hughes and Willard Hunt each had a triple.  Skip Winn had three hits for the losers.

Jankola (L) and Winn
Sagstuen (W) and Lanman

(July 27)   Claresholm Meteors advanced to the final of the Foothills-Wheatbelt League against Stavely by bouncing back to down Granum in the semi-final.  Meteors exploded for two six-run innings to trounce the White Sox 16-2 and take the best of three series two games to one.  Allie MacDonald fired a five-hitter for the win as his teammates pounded out 13 hits highlighted by Hubert Glenn who hit for the cycle with a two-run homer, triple, double and single.  Lee Landrum cracked a three-run homer and a single.  Joe Connors and Wayne Berg each had a double and single.  Losing pitcher Matt Matthews had a homer for Granum. 

A MacDonald (W) and Landrum
Matthews (L), Shearer (8) and MacLeod

(July 29)   Buck Bondy's triple scored Fred McGinnis with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning as Stavely opened the Foothills-Wheatbelt final with an 8-7 victory over Claresholm.  Bob Yorgason and Don Woodham combined to hold Claresholm to eight hits.  McGinnis was the top batsman for the winners with a double and two singles. Hubert Glenn belted a two-run homer and single for the losers.  Glen allowed ten hits in going the distance on the mound. 

Glenn (L) and W MacDonald
B Yorgason, Woodham (W) (8) and D Yorgason

(August 2)  Big Hubert Glenn crushed a tremendous homer in the first inning to set Claresholm on the way to a 6-3 win over Stavely to knot the best-of-five final at one game apiece.  Glenn added two singles and a pair of stolen bases.  Allie MacDonald spaced out seven hits to register the win.  Hans Sagstuen took the loss, his first of the season after 11 straight victories.  Joe Zaleski led the losers with a homer and double.

Sagstuen (L), Woodham (6) and Lanman
MacDonald (W) and Landrum

(August 4)   At the Waterton Tournament Sunday, Wrentham walked off with top honours with a 7-6 win over New Dayton in the final.  Roy Selk hurled Wrentham to the victory. 

Selk (W) and K Dawson
Jerry Gorill, Hal Crekhite (1) and xxx

Wrentham downed Granum White Sox 10-9 to with a berth in the title game.  Norm Paulson picked up the win. 

Norm Paulson (W) and xxx
Mat Matthews (L) and xxx

New Dayton shaded Cardston 4-2 behind Harry Gorrill's six-hitter.

H Gorrill (W) and xxx
Wally Granberg (L) and xxx

(August 5)   Claresholm Meteors whipped Stavely 25-7 to take a 2-1 game lead in their semi-final series.  Hubert Glenn allowed 16 hits but survived to pick up the win.  Claresholm socked 21 hits.  Glen Olson and Glenn each had a double and two singles.  Davy Davison and Joe Connors each had three singles.  Lefty Huddle poked a triple and double.  Joe Zaleski connected for the only homer and added a single for Stavely.

Glenn (W) and Landrum
B Yorgason (L), Woodham (2), Hunt (4) and Lanman

(August 7)   Claresholm Meteors captured the Foothills-Wheatbelt championship with a 19-12 win over Stavely.  Meteors won the final series in four games.  Stavely, which finished first in regular season play, won the playoff opener 9-7 but Claresholm roared back to win three straight, 6-3, 25-6 and 19-12.  Lefty Huddle carried the big stick for the winners. Huddle crushed two homers, one a grand slam, the other a two-run blast, and added a single.  Hubert Glenn cracked a pair of triples and a single.  Wayne Berg had a homer and two singles.  Joe Connors added two singles and a double and Glen Olson had a homer.  Bob Bondy highlighted Stavely's seven-run 8th inning with a bases-loaded homer and Bill Zelski cracked a three-run homer.  Allie MacDonald pitched into the 8th inning to register the win. 

B Yorgason (L), Woodham (2), D Yorgason (3) and Landman, McDonald
A MacDonald (W), W MacDonald (8), Glenn (8) and W. MacDonald, A Macdonald

(August 9)   Granum White Sox whipped Wrentham 12-5 to take first prize in the Wrentham tournament. Gord Wesley sparked the 15-hit offense with a double and four singles. Jim Wallace added a double and two singles and Roy MacLeod had three singles.  Elmo Eliason had three hits for the losers.  Les Peta of Wrentham had the only homer.

M Matthews (W), Kucheran (6) and xxx
Norm Paulson (L), Eliason (4) and xxx

Granum advanced to the final with a 2-0 win over New Dayton behind Bill Kucheran's one-hitter.  Wrentham downed Warner 10-9 in an extra-inning thriller.

Kucheran (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 13)   For the third time this season, Granum White Sox captured top money as they crushed Carmangay 12-3 in the final of the Vauxhall tournament.  Bill Kucheran, imported from Lethbridge for the event,  fired a six-hitter for the win.  Ron Jacques belted a pair of doubles for the Sox. 

G Rhodes (L), Stevenson (6) and Andrekson
Kucheran (W) and Wallance

Granum advanced to the semi-final with a 7-4 victory over Foremost Braves and then drew a bye to the final.  Chester Long hurled a five-hitter against the Braves.

Long (W) and xxx
Arnold Hogan, Wally Granberg and xxx

In the tournament opener, Rolling Hills downed the Dry Belt All-Stars 9-0 and Carmangay slipped past Vauxhall Verdants 8-2.  Steve Ganger held Vauxhall to four hits.  In thrilling semi-final action, Carmangay went three extra innings to scored a 1-0 win over Rolling Hills.  Merlin "Dusty" Rhodes bested Bob Rasmussen in a pitcher's duel. 

(August 16)   The West All-Stars trounced the Easterners 15-3 and 15-4 to gain a split of the four game series.  Hubert Glenn was the story in the opener as he had a homer, double and single while going the distance on the hill allowing just six hits while fanning 15.  Dick Hawk pounded a pair of homers for the winners while Lee Landrum belted a three-run homer and Lefty Huddle had a two-run blast. 

In the second game, Hank Sagstuen pitched a four-hitter and Hawk added to his laurels as he hit for the cycle, his third homer of the day plus a triple, double and single.  Glenn added two doubles and a single. 

Shearer, Pasolli (5) and MacLeod
Glenn and Landrum

Scott and MacLeod
Sagstuen and Yorgason

(August 24)    Claresholm Meteors took both ends of a double-header from Calgary Purity 99s in exhibition action are Claresholm.  Allie MacDonald fired a six-hitter as Meteors won the opener 7-3 and Hubert Glenn had a six-hitter and belted a homer in the second game as Claresholm won 8-4.  Lefty Huddle also had a four-bagger in the evening fixture. 

A MacDonald (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

xxx and xxx
Glenn (W) and xxx

(September 5-6-7)  Claresholm Meteors romped to top money at the Hillcrest Tournament with an 18-6 win over Vauxhall Verdants in the final.  Hans Sagstuen and Hubert Glenn held Vauxhall to six hits while the Meteors pounded out 19 in the victory.

Lefty Huddle led the winners with a 4 for 4 afternoon while Davy Davidson added three safeties.  Jim Stevenson took the loss.

Stevenson (L), Baller (3), Baker (3), Root (4), Rassmussen (5), Cyr (6) and Charlton, Bluney (4)
Sagstuen, Glenn (W) (4) and Landrum

Claresholm had earlier trounced Shelby, Montana 15-0 and edged by Spring Coulee 4-2. Verdants had advanced with a pair of wins over Blairmore 6-5 and 5-3.  In  other games, Spring Coulee 10 Coleman 4, Brooks 10 Picture Butte 7, Spring Coulee 9 Brooks 8, Blairmore 6 Lethbridge 0, Blairmore 8 Spring Coulee 8.  Blairmore was given new life when the team was called upon to replace Calgary Purity 99s who failed to show.

(September 13)  Bill Fennessey cracked a three-run homer in the 3rd inning to carry Purity 99 to a 4-1 victory over Carstairs in the fifth and deciding game of the Chinook League final series before more than 2,500 fans. All four of the Purity runs were unearned.  With two out in the 3rd, Reg Van Wassenhove reached on an error and Ron English followed with a single. Both advanced on an error and the first run scored on another miscue before Fennessey cleared the bases with a blast over the right centre field wall. The lone Carstairs run came on Mernus Vasebeer's homer in the 6th. Frank Stone hurled a five-hitter for the win.  Losing pitcher Don Kirk allowed just three hits and fanned ten.

Kirk (L) and xxx
Stone (W) and xxx


(June 7)  JCCA Niseis and Magrath Eagles split a pair in Big 6 action at Henderson Park Sunday with the Niseis winning 6-2 in the opener and the Eagles taking the abbreviated second game 5-3. Art Oshiro held the Eagles to just four hits, all singles, to capture the win in the first game.  Walt Pashuk yielded six hits in taking the loss. Charlie Kitaguchi and Roy Hayashi each had two hits for the Niseis.

Pashuk (L) and Russ Rice
Oshiro (W) and Matsumoto, Kano (7)

Gene Rice, with last inning help from Norm Hillmer, twirled Magrath to the victory in the second game.  The pair combined on a five-hitter. Jack Ohno was nicked for six hits and his teammates made six errors as the Japanese squad went down to a 5-3 defeat.  Walt Pashuk, who had two hits in the opener, added two more in the six-inning affair for the Eagles.

Gene Rice, Hillmer (6) and Gordon Rice
Ohno and Kano, Yoshinaka (7)

(June 14)   In Big Six League action, Paul Jones pitched the Lethbridge Cubs to a pair of wins over Magrath Eagles.  In the afternoon affair, a five-run 9th inning carried Cubs to a 13-8 victory.  In the second game, Cubs held off a Magrath rally in the bottom of the 9th to shade the Eagles 9-8.

Bob Lindsay paced the winners with a homer and single.  Fred Bales added a double and single and Les Colwill poked a triple.  Wes Rice had three singles for the Eagles. 

John Klem had the big bat in the second game with a triple, double and two singles.  Jones had an inside-the-park homer and a single.  Lindsay helped out with a double and single. Grant Wheeler homered for the losers.

Jones (W) and H Yanosik
Gene Rice (L), Hillmer (9) and Gordon Rice

Jones (W) and H Yanosik
Hillmer (L), Balder (4), Pashuk (5) and Russ Rice

(June 14)   Picture Butte Indians and Taber Foresters split a twinbill.  Taber scored four in the 10th inning to prevail 17-13 in the first game.  Ted Kerkoff got credit for the win, in relief of M McCulloughFrank Pavlis took the loss.  M. Cushaty led the winners with two doubles and a single.  Max Crumley belted a triple and two singles. Howard Branch had three hits for Picture Butte, a triple, double and single. 

M McCullough, Kerkoff (7) and Weiss
Terry Ferguson, Frank Pavlis (5) and Deak

In the second game, Branch blasted a homer, double and single as the Indians won, 14-8.  George Menzies had a triple and two singles.

Kerkoff and Weiss
Anderson, Ferguson (6) and Deak

(June 14)   Lethbridge Miners swept a pair from the JCCA Niseis, 11-8 and 12-11, to remain atop the Big Six League standings. Bill Kucheran scattered ten hits in the afternoon to register his 5th straight win.  Art Oshiro was the loser.  Miners had 17 hits.

In the second game, rookie Stu Henderson picked up the win, with relief help from Kucheran in the 7th inning.  George Vaselenak pounded a homer, triple and single for the Miners and Earl Ingarfield had three singles.  Tom Osato belted a triple and single for the Niseis.  Tamo Takenaka had three safeties.

Oshiro and xxx
Kucheran and xxx

Jack Ohno and xxx
Henderson, Kucheran (7) and xxx

Miners      7-1
Cubs        6-2
Indians     5-3
Niseis      3-7
Eagles      2-5
Foresters   2-7

(June 16)   In an exhibition tilt at Claresholm, Lethbridge Cubs downed the Meteors 10-7.  Darwin Walkingshaw, the regular first baseman, handled the mound duties for the Cubs and picked up the win.  Hubert Glenn gave up 16 hits in taking the loss.  Clarence Yanosik clubbed a triple, double and single for the winners. 

Walkingshaw, Jones (7) and H. Yanosik
Glenn and Landrum

(July 19)   Taber Foresters took the opening game of the quarter-finals of the Southern Alberta baseball playoffs Sunday trouncing the Niseis 16-5.  Rookie Bud McMurchie went the route for the winners allowing just seven hits while the Foresters pounded three Japanese hurlers for 14 safeties and capitalized on seven errors. Harold Ganski paced Taber with four singles while Garth Ledgerwood, Jack Maruyama, Ted Kerkoff, John O'Donnell and Del Anderson each chipped in with a double and single. Yo Nishimura was tops for the visitors with a triple, double and single. In an exhibition game, the Niseis roared back to take Taber 8-5.

Oshiro, Ohno (5), Tateishi (6) and Yoshinaka
McMurchie and Kerkoff

(August 2)  The JCCA Niseis received outstanding pitching Sunday in taking both games of a double-header from the Taber Foresters 5-1 and 3-2 to advance to the Southern Alberta final series.  Charlie Kitaguchi fired a two-hitter in the first game and Art Oshiro did even better, a one-hitter, in the second. Niseis garnered seven hits off Bud McMurchie to take the first game. Nobby Hayashi and Yo Nishimura each had a pair. Nishimura also had two hits in the second game as Niseis scored all three runs in the first inning and held off the Foresters for the win. Veteran Lloyd Kribbs took the loss. Three errors helped account for the two Taber runs.

McMurchie (L) and Kerkoff
Kitaguchi (W) and Kano

Kribbs (L) and Kerkoff
Oshiro (W) and Kano

(August 16)   Niseis upset Lethbridge Cubs 2-1 in the opening game of the best-of-three Southern Alberta Senior final. The game was called after eight innings, following a free-for-all, when Cubs couldn't field a full team.  In the bottom of the eighth, Cubs claimed Jim Kitaguchi grabbed Cubs' Shortstop Les Colwill's arm in an attempted force out on a sacrifice bunt.  The two players went all it hammer and tong and before the umpires could intervene it turned into a free-for-all. When the smoke had cleared, Colwill and pitcher Joe Howard of the Cubs, along with Kitaguchi were booted out of the game. The Cubs didn't have enough players to continue and the game was awarded to the Niseis. The winners took the early lead with a run in the first inning. Nobby Hayashi drew a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice.  Brother Roy Hayashi singled to centre to send Nobby home.  Yo Nishimura scored the eventual winning run in the fifth frame scoring on Yosh Kimoto's single after reaching with a base on balls. Bob Lindsay tripled and scored on a long fly by Clarence Yanosik for the Cubs' lone maker. Charlie Kitaguchi tossed a six-hitter for the win to best Howard, who allowed just five hits in taking the loss. Howard Yanosik punched out two doubles and a single for the Cubs. In the twilight game, which won't count unless the remaining games are rained out, Cubs slaughtered Niseis 10-1 as regular first baseman Darwin Walkingshaw fired a one-hitter.

Howard (L) and H.Yanosik
C.Kitaguchi (W) and Kano

(August 23)  Lethbridge JCCA Niseis upended the Lethbridge Cubs 7-6 Sunday in one of the biggest upsets of the year in local sporting circles to take the Southern Alberta Senior title in two straight games. They won the series opener last week 2-1.  Down 6-5 after the Cubs scored in the bottom of the eighth, veteran playing manager George Yoshinaka was the hero for the Niseis stepping to the plate as a pinch hitter in the ninth and ripping a sharp single to score Jim Kitaguchi with what proved to be the winning run. Kitaguchi had just tripled to knock in Yoho Kimoto with the tying marker. Kimoto had reached with a single. Charlie Kitaguchi made it two straight over the Cubs in going the distance, although allowing 13 hits, for the win. He had tossed a six-hitter for the victory in the first game. Joe Howard went the route for the Cubs.  Jim Kitaguchi was the big man at the plate for the winners with a pair of triples in four trips. Roy Hayashi added a double and single. Bob Lindsay pounded out three singles in five trips for the Cubs.

In a twilight exhibition contest, Cubs got some revenge unleashing a 20-hit attack in demolishing the Niseis 18-4. Darwin Walkingshaw held the Niseis to seven hits.

C.Kitaguchi (W) and Kano
Howard (L) and H.Yanosik

(June 28)   Niseis blew a two-run first inning lead but rebounded in the late innings to top Lacombe Rockets 10-9 to gain a split of the first two games of the best-of-five Alberta Senior baseball championship. Rockets won the first game 9-2. In the second game, Charlie Kitaguchi singled to left to score Roy Hayashi with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Niseis, who trailed 9-6 after seven innings, rallied for three in the eighth to tie. Nobby Hayashi and Yo Nishimura led the winners each with a triple and single. Little Jimmy Tateishi, the smallest member of the club, who had not pitched for the club during the regular season, relieved in both games, gaining the win in the second.

Rockets rolled to the win in the first game overcoming a 2-0 first inning deficit. Playing manager Charlie Morris and Wes Johnson paced a 14-hit Lacombe attack. Morris belted two triples and a single while Johnson clouted a homer and single. Moffat and Irvin Todd each contributed three singles.

Devost (W) and Martin
C.Kitaguchi (L), Tateishi (6) and Kano

Morris (L) and Martin
Oshiro, Tateishi (3) and Kano

(September 6)  The Alberta Senior baseball title will go down to a fifth and final game. Lacombe Rockets and Lethbridge Niseis divided a double-header Sunday to leave the series at two games apiece. In the opener, Rockets took a 3-0 lead and had the Niseis shutout until the ninth inning when they scored both their runs. Knobby Devost fired a five-hitter for the win besting Jimmy Tateishi who allowed seven hits in taking the loss. Wes Johnson rapped a pair of three-baggers for the Rockets and Mantle had three singles. Nobby Hayashi had two hits for the losers and Yo Nishimura contributed a triple.

Tateishi (L) and Kano
Devost (W) and Martin

Tateishi again went to the hill for the Niseis in the second game firing a complete game four-hitter in a 2-1 victory. Niseis scored twice in the second inning and it proved to be enough for the victory. Tamo Takenaka provided the winning punch as he doubled in Charlie Kitaguchi, who had led off with a single, and then scored the winner when he scampered home on a wild pitch. Takenaka led the hitters with a double and two singles. Tateishi pitched 28 of Niseis 36 innings in the first four games.

Tateishi (W) and Kano
Chapman (L) and Martin

(September 7)  Charlie Morris yielded just two hits Monday as Lacombe took the deciding game of the Alberta Senior championship 3-0.  Morris topped Charlie Kitaguchi in a tight pitchers' duel. Rockets plated a run in the second and two in the fifth for the win. Brothers Roy and Nobby Hayashi were the only Niseis to get hits off the Rockets playing manager.

C.Kitaguchi (L) and Kano
Morris (W) and Martin


(August 9)   "Red Deer Dodgers and Purity 99 engaged in the longest game in Chinook Baseball League history at Buffalo Stadium Sunday afternoon.  The teams played through four rain showers for 19 innings before Dodgers emerged 5-4 victors.  The Dodgers registered another 5-4 victory in the second game, but the nightcap didn't last past the regulation nine innings."  (The Calgary Herald, August 10, 1953)

Red Deer catcher Ken Ing, the leadoff batter in the 19th frame, belted one over the left field wall to notch what proved to be the winning run.  His brother Cyril Ing had earlier blasted a pair of homers for the Dodgers.  Both starters - Dave Martin of Red Deer and Frank Stone of Purity went the distance.

(August 12)   Purity 99 trounced Drumheller 10-2.  Manager Lloyd Bradley held the Miners to 7 hits in going the distance for the win.  Bradley also led the hit parade with three safeties. 

Andy Nociar, Dale Neilsen (4) and Dykun
Bradley and Weaver

(August 12)    Red Deer erupted for four runs in the bottom of the 9th but it wasn't enough as the Dodgers lost to Carstairs for the 8th straight time, 5-4 before 600 fans at Red Deer.  Don Kirk took a 3-hit shutout into the 9th but Red Deer rallied on a double by Cy Ing and singles by Bill Service, Ken Ing, Dunning, and Glen Fawcett. Kirk aided his cause with a 3rd inning homer. 

Kirk and Noble
Kruger and K. Ing

(August 16)   Carstairs and Drumheller Miners split a twin-bill.  Carstairs took the afternoon tilt 6-0 while the Miners pounded out an 11-5 win in the second game.  Jim McKinnon of the Miners had the day's only homer.

(August 16)   Universal Mercurys swept both ends of a Chinook League doubleheader downing Purity 99 4-1 and 7-2.  Lefties Bert Lauer and Bentley MacEwen each tossed eight-hitters to lead Mercurys to the twin-killing.  Harvey Wylie's two-run homer was the big blow of the first game and Wylie added three hits in the nightcap.. Bill Fennessey and Bert Lahey, both of Purity, each had three hits in the opener.  Gus Kyle's three-run homer was the key hit of the second game.

Lauer and Abel
Brian Gibson and Blakely, Weaver (9)

MacEwen and Kyle
Frank Stone and Weaver

(August 23)   Universal Mercurys and the Dodgers split a double-header at Red Deer.  Mercurys took the opener 11-6 while Pete Gazely tossed a four-hitter as Red Deer captured a 3-2 decision in the second game. Bernie Hanna started both tilts for the Mercurys.  Herb Goodwin got the win in relief of Hanna in the first game. 

Hanna, Goodwin (3) and Kyle
Kruger, Martin (6) and K. Ing

Hanna, Shields (6) and Abel
Gazely and K. King

Lloyd Bradley(August 27)   Purity 99 took advantage of sloppy defensive play by Universal Mercurys to notch a 7-5 victory and a sweep of the semi-final series.  Purity captured the opener 10-7.   Lloyd Bradley, Purity's playing-manager, picked up the win in relief of starter Frank StoneBentley MacEwen, 13-2 in the regular season, was the hard-luck loser for the Mercurys.  The left-hander struck out 13 in a route-going performance and helped at the plate knocking in a pair of runs with a single and a double. Purity went ahead 2-0 in the initial frame on three singles and the first of eight errors by the losers.

MacEwen and Kyle
Stone, Bradley (6) and Weaver

(August 27)    Red Deer Dodgers, winless during the regular season against Carstairs, and facing the league's top hurler, Don Kirk (15-1, 1.88) scored a major upset in the opening game of the best-of-three Chinook League semi-final.  Dodgers scored on a passed ball in the 10th inning to edge the Cardinals 2-1.  Dave Martin tossed a 6-hitter for the win.

Martin and Ken Ing
Kirk and Noble

(August 30)   Don Kirk pitched and batted the Carstairs Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over Red Deer Dodgers to even their best-of-three semi-final series at a game apiece.  Kirk tossed a three-hitter with 13 strike outs and provided the only run he needed with an 8th inning homer.  Dave Martin allowed just six hits in taking the loss.  Harold Noble's 7th inning double drove in Don Loewen with the game's first run.  Loewen's sacrifice fly in the 9th scored Mernus Casebeer with the final tally.

Kirk and Brookman
Martin and Ing

(Sept 13)  Bill Fennessey's three-run homer in the 3rd inning carried Calgary Purity 99 to a 4-1 victory in the fifth and deciding game of the Chinook League championship series.  With two out in the 3rd, Reg Van Wassenhove reached on an error and Ron English followed with a single. Both advanced an other miscue and the first run came home on an error on Pete Scott's infield grounder.  Fennessey followed with a blast over the right centre field wall. Mernus Casebeer accounted for all the Carstairs scoring with a home in the 6th. Frank Stone tossed a five-hitter for the win. Don Kirk allowed just three hits and fanned 10 in taking the loss.

Kirk (L) and xxx
Stone (W) and xxx


(May 6)  The Medicine Hat Phillies, a club of American imports, announced the signing of outfielder Alfred Henry. The 23-year-old comes from the Negro National League's Baltimore Elite Giants. Team manager, Robert W. Wright, of Philadelphia, noted the Giants acted as a stepping stone to the majors for Junior Gilliam and Roy Campanella of the Dodgers. Henry, who is slated for centre field, and Gilliam were teammates on the Giants. The Phillies are to be operated as a registered club with the National Baseball Congress and will carry the city's colours into all the major tournaments throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. The team is expected to play a minimum of 20 games on the local diamond this season. The opening game is scheduled for May 14th.

(May 12)  Bob Wright, Medicine Hat Phillies' manager announced the signing of Rufus Johnson, formerly of the Victoria Tyees of the Western International league. Johnson was a baseball, basketball and track star in Los Angeles who attended Compton College before signing a pro contract with the Portland Beavers who assigned the versatile athlete to Victoria.

(May 13)  After more than a year of dickering, Medicine Hat is to join four other prairie centres tomorrow with baseball under the lights. For a number of years, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Calgary have had lighting systems while Regina will join the fold this year with portable lights for their home games. Medicine Hat is to employ the Jim Lashua portable system.  The

in WalkerLeon CarterBennie Garrett

The local paper provided a little information on three of the players. Left - 22-year-old Calvin Walker was noted as a former member of the San Francisco Sea Lions and the Kansas City Royals.

Centre - Leon Carter, 23, a second baseman was touted as one of the top players in California college ball.

Right - 18-year-old Bennie Lenard Garrett, a pitcher-first baseman and another Californian had three years of high school and American Legion experience.

(May 14)  After a grueling five-day trip across the country, made worse by a car breakdown, the Philadelphia side of the Medicine Hat Phillies arrived Thursday evening an hour or so late for the scheduled start of an exhibition game with Lethbridge. With temperatures in the low 40s, about 400 fans braved the cool weather to get a first look at the new team under the lights.  Park manager Norm Marshall pulled a switch to light up Dick Lashua's portable system enabling baseball to be played under the mazdas for the first time since the coloured House of David brought portable lights in the city for a game in the 1930s. 

Phillies defeated the Lethbridge Cubs, strengthened by two local players and a Phillies hurler, 8-2 in an abbreviated 4 1/2 inning tilt.  Despite the long trip, Phillies gave a good account of themselves and pleased the fans with their hustle and sharp fielding. They came from behind a 2-1 deficit to push across seven runs in their last at bat for the victory. Al Quinto was the winning hurler holding the Cubs without a hit in his two-inning effort. Starter Tom Bormouth gave up two runs on two hits while fanning seven and issuing five walks. The night's big hitter was Walt Tyler who drove in four runs with a double and two singles. Last year, Tyler tied for the batting lead in the Southwest International League with a .366 average.

Bornmuth (W), Quinto and xxx
King, Schwedelsky (L) (4) and xxx

(May 15)   Lethbridge Cubs, with help from the opposition, upset the Medicine Hat Phillies 8-4.  Benny Garrett and Ralph King of the Phillies were loaned to the Cubs to handle the pitching duties and held Medicine Hat to six hits.Don Schwedelsky drove in Johnny Klemm with the winning run with a 6th inning single.  Joe Tarnava had a pair of doubles for the Cubs. Paul Tretina and Rufus Johnson each had two hits for the Phillies.

Garrett, King (W) (6) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(May 24)  Regina Caps and Medicine Hat Phillies split a double-header Sunday at Athletic Park as the fans got their money's worth with a 15-inning affair in the opener. The Caps pulled out a 4-3 victory when Percy Trimont tripled with two out in the 6th extra frame and came come to score as Roy Williams beat out an infield single.  Phillies rallied from a three-run deficit to tie with a run in the bottom of the ninth as pinch-hitter Al Quinto walked and scored from second on an error.  Medicine Hat starter Ralph King got into a hole in the first inning, committing two errors and issuing a free pass as Regina tallied twice. They added another in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Walt Tyler, the third Phillies pitcher in the first game, took the loss. He rebounded to pitch shutout ball in the second game for the win as Phillies notched a 1-0 triumph. Outfielder Rufus Johnson plated the only run when he singled in the second inning, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and came home on Calvin Walker's single and a bobble in the outfield. Lindsay Carswell of Regina and Bennie Garrett of the Phils each smack a pair of safeties in the second game while Bobby Martin of the Phillies and Bill Rivers of the Caps each had two singles in the first game. Poor weather continued to plague the teams. as the game scheduled for Monday was postponed because of rain and high winds.

Mead, Reeves (W) (10) and Snead, Perry (10)
King, Bormouth (10), Tyler (L) (13) and Lambert

Donaldson (L) and Ford
Tyler (W) and Lambert

(May 26)  Both pitchers had one-hitters Tuesday night at Athletic Park as the Medicine Hat Phillies capitalized on five errors by the Medicine Hat Mercurys for a 3-0 victory. Threatening weather held the crowd down to about 100. Don Schwedelsky and Al Quinto hooked up in the pitcher's duel with Quinto getting the shutout. Catcher Bobby Lambert had the only safety for the Phils while Malcolm Goldie connected for the Mercurys. Schwedelsky wiggled out of trouble in the first inning as he loaded the bases with just one out but got two pop ups to end the threat. Phillies got all three of their runs in the fourth inning without a hit. After the game, Phillies manager Bob Wright snarled, "Two practices tomorrow you guys, and you better be out there hustling. There's a lot more players I can get from the States". Even though the Phillies won, Wright had figured on winning by a dozen.

Schwedelsky (L) and Coutts
Quinto (W) and Lambert

(May 29)  The Medicine Hat News published a BETWEEN THE LINES column by Pete Mossey which seemed to foretell some trouble ahead for the Phillies.

Medicine Hat Phillies will square off against Sceptre Panthers Saturday night, at the game could be one of the most important of the season. Wright and his Phillies have had tough weather since being up here, and consequently have had poor attendance at their games. But regardless of the reasons for poor attendance, a ball club still must have an income or they can't operate. Manager Bob Wright can't go into a story and say, "I won't be able to pay my bill, there's been too much wet weather."

So Saturday Wright should get a fair indication of the type of fan support he will receive during the rest of the season. He hasn't said anything to us, as yet, but our guess is that unless a goodly number of fans show up for the game, Phillies will be pulling out of the city and moving to another site. We know there has been at least two other site after Wright, wanting him to locate somewhere besides Medicine Hat.

If Medicine Hat baseball fans don't want Phillies, and their classy type of ball, then they should stay away from Saturday's, and a possible game Sunday. However, if they enjoy the brand of ball that Walt Tyler and company are dishing up, then they will get out to Saturday's game and give their vocal, as well as monetary support.

Besides the Sceptre Panthers, Wright has also lined up the Great Falls Air Base Airlifters for a game here June 2nd. The Airlifters have one of the best service teams in the U.S. Their manager is Lt. George Biggs, who boasts eight years of service baseball. In 1950 he was picked as the most outstanding player in the U.S. Army Airforce. Another top player with them is Staff Sgt. Victor Zaremba, who played with St. Angelo, Texas, in the Longhorn League, while Phillies can be expecting trouble from Bob Wilson of Fresno who played in the Class C California State League. All in all the Airlifters will be bringing quite an aggregation of ball talent here Coronation Day, which provide local fans with plenty of entertainment. (Medicine Hat News, May 29, 1953)

(June 1)  Monday in Brooks, the Phillies trounced the local All-Stars 14-3 behind a three-hitter by Walt Tyler. Rufus Johnson provided the offensive highlight belting a homer just after promising manager Wright that he would do just that.

(June 3)   Still plagued by rainy weather, Bob Wright and his Medicine Hat Phillies will make another attempt to play a game, this one scheduled for tomorrow night against the powerful Florida Cubans.  If weather does not permit the game, Wright will travel to Brooks Friday for a game against the Sabres then play the Cubans in Medicine Hat Saturday night.

(June 4)  Phillies manager Bob Wright announced that his kid brother Bruce Wright would be joining the squad. Bruce is an infielder who played with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro National League and had been with Carman in the Man-Dak League.  The 5-foot 8-inch Wright is expected to join the team in Prince Albert for the Phils first game in the tournament. 

(June 5)  The barnstorming Phillies demolished the Medicine Hat Mercurys 19-0 Friday as Paul Tretina led the way with four hits and Alf Henry and Bobby Lambert each punched out three. Rufus Johnson smacked a homer over the left-centre field fence. Walt Tyler blanked the Mercs on five hits. The Mercurys did pull off a triple play. With runners on first and second, Bennie Garrett smashed a liner headed for the outfield but shortstop Pete Martin speared the drive and relayed to Malcolm Goldie for the second out and Goldie whipped the ball to Skinny Hall at first for the triple. 

Pat Barwis (L), Pete Serbu and xxx
Tyler (W) and xxx

(June 6)  A scheduled three-game series with the Florida Cubans this weekend has been called off as the Athletic Park diamond is covered with water. Instead, the Phils have arranged a game in Saskatchewan against Sceptre.

(June 6)   Medicine Hat Phillies dropped an 8-7 decision at Sceptre as part of a lengthy road swing that will keep the club away from home until the 28th of June. Phils rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth but fell just short because of a brilliant fielding play.  Rufus Johnson continued to power the Phils offense with another four-bagger, his fourth in nine games, including his grand slam against Claresholm.  Paul Tretina and Al Henry again paced the attack each with three hits. Leon Carter added two hits and two walks.

(June 9)  At the Prince Albert Tournament, North Battleford, with a five-run 8th inning, downed Medicine Hat Phillies 6-4.  Chuck Holdaway tossed a five-hitter for the win besting Walt Tyler. Rufus Johnson slugged a two-run homer for the Phillies. He won a gold wrist watch for powering it over the centre field fence.

Holdaway (W) and Green
Tyler (L) and Lambert

(June 10)   At Delisle, Max Bentley doubled to knock in two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to escape with a 2-2 draw with the Medicine Hat Phillies.

(June 12)  In the first game of a five-game series, Medicine Hat Phillies clobbered the Ligon All-Stars 15-4 at Melfort. The two clubs play in Nipawin tonight. Walt Tyler belted a pair of triples and double and single to lead the Phillies' attack. Rufus Johnson added a double and single. Al Quinto picked up the pitching win with relief help from Tom Bormouth.

Quinto (W), Bormouth (5) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 14)   Medicine Hat Phillies won the fifth and deciding game of their series with the Ligon All-Stars, now playing out of Prince Albert as the Imperials, downing the 'Stars 8-6.  With the count at 5-5 after six innings, Phillies plated a pair in the seventh. Shortstop Paul Tretina walked and made second on Bennie Garrett's bunt. He came all the way home on an overthrow to first in an attempt to nip Garrett.  Garrett made it to third on the play and proceeded to steal home.  They added an insurance run in the eighth when Leon Carter, who had singled and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt also stole home. Walt Tyler hurled six-hit ball for the winners and Rufus Johnson smacked another homer, his seventh. Tyler poked a triple.

In the opener of a double-header, Ligon's won 9-5.

Quinto, Garrett (3), Bornmuth (4), King (7) and Lambert
W. Kelly (W) and Howard

Tyler (W) and Lambert
Trouter, Pierson (8) and Howard

(June 14)   In Medicine Hat, fans are trying to raise $1,000 to keep the Phillies in operation.  The flooding of Athletic Park on June 6th, forcing the cancellation of a three-game series with the Florida Cubans, is thought to have cost the club about $4,000.

(June 16)   At the Lloydminster Tournament, Phillies ran into a touch Delisle squad and dropped the opening day contest 4-2 as Murray Coben and Bennie Griggs combined on a four-hitter. Griggs relieved in the 9th when Medicine Hat broke through for its only two runs. Tom Bormouth yielded just eight hits in taking the loss. Four errors hurt the Phillies.

Bormouth (L) and Lambert
Coben (W), Griggs (9) and Shirley

After the game, Phillies announced they had suspended operations. Unseasonably wet weather had forced numerous cancellations. Many of the players will remain on the prairies with nealy half the club heading for Moose Jaw of the Western Canada League. Bob Wright, the Phillies manager, is expected to take over in Moose Jaw with the firing of Bill Peterson.

(June 23)  Just a week after the Phillies called it quits, Medicine Hat had adopted another American touring squad, known as the Harlem Yankees or just Yankees, and ran into the same bugaboo that plagued the Phillies - rain. Yankees won their opening game at the Camrose Tournament, 10-9 over Leduc, before rain forced the tourney to be postponed. The Yankees had suited up after 48 hours on the road to make the tournament. Medicine Hat trailed by three runs going into the bottom of the 8th inning but used speed on the bases to help knot the count. Their leadoff man in the 8th singled then stole second, third and home. Johnny Evans, a 16-year-old shortstop, scored the winner in the ninth after receiving his fourth walk of the game. The Yankees arrived with 13 players, including pitcher Pancho Gray who first came north with the Indian Head Rockets in 1950.

(June 25)  The Medicine Hat Yankees were eliminated in the first round of the Lacombe Tournament dropping a 4-0 decision to Carstairs Cardinals. Lefty Don Kirk fired a three-hit shutout to stop the Yankees. Boyd Brown took the loss.

Brown (L) and Shelton
Kirk (W) and Noble

(June 28)   Indian Head Rockets and Medicine Hat Yankees, a pair of touring coloured squads from the states who've settled in prairie communities for the summer, split a twin-bill at Medicine Hat Sunday. Yanks smashed out a 15-8 victory in the first game while the Rockets rallied for a 16-6 decision in the second game.

Medicine Hat rapped out 16 hits to win the opener and used an seven-run outburst in the bottom of the 8th inning to wrap up the triumph.  They collected seven hits and took advantage of three Rockets' errors in the big frame. Arlington Henderson powered the attack with four hits in five trips to the plate. Winning pitcher Boyd Brown helped with three hits.

Sammie White (L), Yzquierdo, Miranda  and xxx
Brown (W) and xxx

A 17-hit attack helped the Rockets to an easy 16-6 win in the second game. Orlando "Chico" O'Farrill and Roberto Barbon  led the winners each with four hits.  Paul Brown scattered ten hits in going the route for the pitching win. Centre fielder Ralph Crosby had three hits for the losers and made the defensive play of the game. On a ball hit to deep left centre, Crosby, on the run, made a backhanded catch just off his ankles. He received a loud ovation from the crowd of more than 1,000. 66-year-old Upton Williams, who travels with the Rockets, did a tap dance imitation of famed Bill Robinson between innings of the first game.

L.King (L), Gray, Madden (7) and xxx
P.Brown (W) and xxx

(June 29)  Medicine Hat Yankees whipped the Indian Head Rockets 9-2 at Swift Current.

(June 30)  At Assiniboia, Medicine Hat Yankees downed Indian Head Rockets 6-3.

(July 4)  The Medicine Hat News carried a story which claimed Lionel King of the Medicine Hat Yankees was the first Negro pitcher to be signed by the New York Giants.

One of Floyd Thomas' biggest catches this year was the acquiring of Lionel King for his Medicine Hat Harlem Yankees. King, a six-foot-three pitcher, is 20 years old and packs 185 pounds of muscle and sinew on his ample frame. Besides being a well thought of hurler, he is also a capable basketball player. It is likely that King will receive one of the starting roles in tomorrow's twin bill against Swift Current-Gull Lake Indians at Athletic Park.

The Negro righthander, a great future predicted for him when he got out of high school after the 1952 season, was blasted with offers from major league clubs, finally accepting a contract from New York Giants. However, King and the Giants didn't see eye-to-eye on his salary in a Giant farm club, with the righthander finally receiving his release. He has since been signed by Cleveland Indians.

The New York Amsterdam News of Nov. 22, 1952, carried the following feature story on King after the Giants had signed him up. They headlined their story: "Democracy Gets Push At Polo Grounds Giants Sign First Negro Pitcher -- Lionel King." The story read : "The Giants have made their biggest -- and most significant -- move on the democratic integration front since the day Monte Irvin first came to Coogan's Bluff as a highly touted rookie. They had signed a brilliant young pitcher, whom coaches and scouts alike predict, has an the requisites of a sparkling big league moundsman. He's Lionel King, sensation of last year's school-boy campaign while burning them across the plate for Samuel Gompers High.

"His scintillating work for the prep schoolers during the past season attracted the attention of other scouts as well as the eagle eyes of the New Yorkers. He was approached with a most interesting offer but, preferred the Giants for sentimental as well as practical reasons. He says it has always been his desire to grow up and play big league ball in his home town.

"He was one of two local aces twirling perfect games during the past season. He daubbed the whitewash brush across the batters of Taft before being handed his sheepskin last JUne.

"Lionel is a righhander with a terrific burst of speed and a curve that is much better than most and definitely much more advanced that is usually found in youngsters in a comparable stage of their development.

"He told the Amsterdam News he had been playing baseball since he was eleven, having started his youthful diamond career as a member of the Yankees, a sandlot kid team playing at Manhattan Field. Then followed a stint with the Panthers of the Community League."

(July 05)   Sunday at Athletic Park, Medicine Hat Harlem Yankees and Swift Current-Gull Lake Indians divided a double-header with the home club taking the opening 5-4 and the Indians winning the nightcap 7-5. The visitors were strengthened with seven college players from California. 

In the afternoon encounter, Mel Wilson survived 11 walks as he held the visitors to four hits as the Yankees prevailed 5-4. He needed relief help from Boyd Brown to get the last out after Wilson had loaded the bases on an infield hit and two walks.  Loser Bob Robertson gave up six hits and a pair of free passes.

Robertson (L) and Mannerino
Wilson (W), Brown (9) and xxx

The visitors erupted for four hits and five runs in the fifth inning of the second game after Lionel King had held them in check for four frames.  Barry Wolstencroft started the uprising with a single and came home on a double by Bill Coart. Ed Askew singled in Coart. After King issued three walks, Boyd Brown came in with the bases loaded and proceeded to walk in a run before Hal Abbott connected for a two-run single.

H.Abbott (W) and xxx
L.King (L), Brown (5) and xxx

Prior to the games, it was announced that Yanks third sacker Ralph Crosby had been called up by Ottawa of the International League.

(July 06)   The Medicine Hat Harlem Yankees are heading home. The team announced that the loss of third baseman Ralph Crosby and the possibility of losing two more to the U.S. Army forced the club to try and reorganize. The team is returning to New York but has promised that every effort will be made to get back to Medicine Hat this season or next.  It's the second semi-pro club to leave the city this summer.

(December 21)   Running a baseball enterprise on the prairies was not for the faint of heart.  In a year-end review the Lethbridge Herald (December 31, 1952) noted the fragile situation in Medicine Hat.

"Baseball, after a shaky season in 1952, was a colossal flop this season. Hatters saw three ball clubs come and go -- the Mercurys, a local amateur squad; Bob Wright and his Phillies from Philadelphia, and Jack Scott and his New York Harlem Yankees.  The Phillies were forced to ross in the well-soaked sponge in June after rains and floods caused cancellation of a baker's dozen of home contests and owners of a lighting plant for night baseball pulled their equipment out of the province. In an attempt to salvage some of their loss brought about when the park became inundated from flood waters, the Athletic Park operators contracted the Harlem Yankees to take over where the Phillies left off. They lacked the necessary strength to lift any appreciable sum from the tournaments' pots-o'-gold and did not remain long in the country.

After eliminating Bow Island Combines and Vauxhall Verdants from further competition in the southern Alberta intermediate baseball playdowns, the Mercurys, who went as far as they did with eight ball players and the rubber arm of Pete Serbu, found themselves unable to field the required number of players to journey to Blairmore to complete their series for the southern crown and disbanded." (Lethbridge Herald, December 31, 1953)


(June 22)  Marvin Vangotsinoven fired a three-hit shutout to lead Blairmore Canucks by Coleman Cubs, 10-0.  He walked just one and had three strikeouts. Gordie Vejprava led the offense with three hits.

Sandy Sandulak took the loss.  After allowing nine hits and ten runs in the first two innings, he blanked the Canucks on four-hits the rest of the way.  He fanned ten and walked two.

Sandulak (L) and xxx
Vangotsinoven (W) and xxx

(June 25)  Pincher Creek Dominoes shaded Blairmore 6-5 in Crow's Nest Pass Baseball League action at Blairmore.  The loss dropped the Canucks into second place behind the Fernie Falcons.

Paul Buoy went the distance for the win allowing ten hits and striking out eleven.  Catcher Bill Hood had three hits to lead the attack.  Roy Vejprava had two triples in a losing cause.

Buoy (W) and Hood
Misuraca (L), Huchala (4) and xxx

(June 29)   Michel-Natal Red Sox dumped the Canucks 13-6 in an error-filled game at Blairmore.  The game produced 13 miscues, 9 by the Canucks.  Wally Krall allowed 11 hits in going the route for the win.  Centre fielder D. Depoah paced the winners with four hits. Gordie Vejprava had three hits, including a homer and triple, for the Canucks. 

Krall (W) and Salahab
Blas (L), Vangotsinoven, Misuraca, Huchala and Dobek, Stewart

(July 29)  Blairmore Canucks whipped Coleman Cubs 28-3 in the second game of a three-game series in Crow's News Pass action at Blairmore.  The win moved the Canucks into the league final with Natal-Michael Red Sox.  Blairmore won the series opener 15-6 played at Coleman Friday.

Gordon Vejprava crushed three home runs and a single in five trips to pace the Canucks' assault.  Pasquale Lucente also had a homer.  Alex Blas held the Cubs to seven hits in going the distance on the hill for the win. 

Sandulak (L), Yoshinaka, J Kitaguchi and Tymchyna
Blas (W) and Dobek, Stewart

(August 16)  With a five-run outburst in the 9th inning, Blairmore Canucks edged Medicine Hat 9-7 in the opening game of the best-of-three South Alberta intermediate baseball finals.  Canucks took advantage of vie hits and four errors in the final frame to notch the victory.  Larry West scattered eight hits to gain the mound victory and helped at the plate with three hits.

Roy Vejprava had three hits and drove in three for Blairmore. Don Schwedelsky, the losing pitcher, had three hits for the Mercurys, including a two-run homer in the 6th inning.

Elrick Schaufelle, Medicine Hat centre fielder, was outstanding in the field with three circus catches to stall Canuck rallies.

West (W) and Dobek
Schwedelsky (L), Serbu (9) and Miller, Schwedelsky (9)

(August 30)   Beverley Athletics downed Blairmore 11-5 in the opening game of the Alberta intermediate final series.  Playing in a steady drizzle, Larry West allowed just six hits in going the distance for the losers. Arman Misuraca had three hits for the Canucks.

A six-run 4th inning carried the Athletics to the victory.  Canuck manager Tony Vejprava was ejected from the game in the 4th frame when he protested an umpire's decision.  In a fracas which followed, the umpire, King of Vegreville, took a swing at Vejprava.

xxx and xxx
West (L) and xxx


(June 14)   Lethbridge Junior Miners took a pair from Pincher Creek 3-2 and 12-8.  Dave Jones bested Willie Walasko in the opener.  Jones fanned 18, Walasko 13.  Ken Petrie pitched into the 8th inning of the second game to capture the win. 

Walasko (L) and xxx
Jones (W) and xxx

Larry Davis (L) and xxx
Ken Petrie (W), Jones (8) and xxx

(August 16)  Pincher Creek Chinooks took the opening game of the best of three Southern Alberta Junior final with a 2-1 victory over Lethbridge Junior Miners.  In an  outstanding pitching duel, a pair of righthanders who have both been scouted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and have had tryouts with Great Falls of the Pioneer League allowed a total of just three hits.  Losing pitcher Dave Jones fired a one-hitter with 9 strike outs while Willie Walasko gave up just two hits while fanning 14.  Walasko came out on top thanks to five errors by the Minters.  The only hit given up by Jones was a double by Walasko in the top of the 9th inning. 

Walasko (W) and Cyr
Jones (L) and Godfrey

(Sept 5)   Pincher Creek Chinooks took the opening game of the Alberta Junior Baseball finals 11-6 over Edmonton Aces.  Willie Walasko tossed an eight-hitter for the win.  The teams combined for 13 errors, 8 by the Aces.  Emil Ganske led the offense with three hits.  Bill Smith had a homer.

Walasko (W) and Cyr
Yeske (L), Smith (7) and McClellan

(Sept 6)  Pincher Creek erupted for six runs in the first inning and coasted to the Alberta Junior Baseball title with a 15-9 win over Edmonton Aces.  Chinooks pounded out 15 hits off Norm Ullman, star centre with the Edmonton Oil Kings hockey club.  Willie Walasko, who won the opening game, picked up the win in relief of starter Larry Davis.  He allowed just one hit over seven relief innings. 

Davis, Walasko (W) (3) and Cyr
Ullman (L) and McClellan