1959 Ontario Game Reports     


(May 18)   Guelph's Gary Field, a 20-year-old left-hander, had a no-hitter into the 9th inning as the Merchants topped St. Thomas 2-1.  Opposing pitcher Johnny Ambrose lined a single to centre with one out in the 9th to spoil Field's no-hit bid.  Guelph scored in the 2nd inning on back-to-back singles by Hal MacDonald and Ted Hastings, a throwing error and Joe Ethier's infield out.  The winning run came on a walk to Ray Brown, an error and Nick DiCarlo's sacrifice fly.  Ambrose held Guelph to five safeties.

Ambrose (L) and xxx
Field (W) and xxx

(May 18)   Richard Jack fired a three-hitter as Hamilton Beavers blanked London Majors 4-0. The six-foot nine-inch right-hander fanned 14 London batters and walked two. Beavers had seven hits off two Majors' pitchers. First baseman Grant Redshaw led the offense with two doubles.

McKay (L), Vormittag and xxx
Jack (W) and xxx

(May 18)   Lefty Ron Stead allowed just five hits as Brantford shutout Kitchener-Waterloo 6-0. Jimmy Wilkes paced the Sox driving in three runs with a triple and two singles. Stead struck out ten and walked three.

Denomme (L)  and xxx
Stead (W) and xxx

(May 18)   Dan Jackson belted a bases-loaded double in the 9th inning to give Galt a 6-5 win over Listowel.  It was his second double of the game. 

Legacy, xxx (1) and xxx
Jamo, xxx (9) and xxx

(June 2)   Brantford Red Sox erupted for four runs in the 7th inning and added three in the 8th to break open a tight ball game and down St. Thomas 10-4.  Stan Lipka led the way for the Sox with four hits and four runs batted in.  Jimmy Wilkes had three safeties.  Ron Stead held the Elgins to eight hits to get the win.

Pitre (L), Henry (8) and Bogal
Stead (W) and Coleman

(June 4)   Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen shaded St. Thomas 10-9 in 12 innings to hang on to top spot in the Intercounty standings.  Joe Yosurak doubled and scored on Nick Rintche's single for the winning marker.  Dutchmen came from behind with four runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie. Second basemen George Boniface led the winners' 18-hit attack with four safeties.  Rintche and Smallwood each had three. Elgins' starting pitcher Johnny Ambrose paced the St. Thomas offense with three hits and three runs scored.

Ambrose, Jamieson (L 0-1) (9) and Bogal
Hupp, Smith, Johnson Crouse, Denomme (W) (10) and Psutka

(June 6)   Guelph Merchants broke loose for five runs in the first inning and, after blowing the lead, scored six in the 6th to down St. Thomas Elgins 12-8.  Shortstop Frank Kinder paced the Merchants' 17-hit attack with three safeties including a three-run homer. Second baseman Milne punched out four hits, two of them doubles, and scored three times.  Right fielder Smith added three singles. Left fielder Russ Evon and losing pitcher Bill Jamieson each had three hits for St. Thomas. Mike Kovac fired four shutout innings in relief, allowing just one hit, to pick up the win.

Field, Wallace (3), Kovac (W 1-0) (6) and Flick
Pitre, Jamieson (L 0-2) (1), White (6) and Bogal

(June 9)   A five-run 6th inning carried St. Thomas to a 6-3 win over Listowel.  Ernie Fraser's bases-loaded triple was the big blow.  Johnny Ambrose, the 1958 MVP of the Intercounty League, worked in and out of trouble to record his first win of the season.  He allowed nine hits.  Don Jamo took the loss, his second. Listowel second baseman Ernie Myers had three hits, one a home run. Tedd Bogal added a double and single for the Elgins.

Jamo (L 0-2), Kramer (6) and Eckel
Ambrose (W 1-1) and Bogal

(June 12)   John Poholsky's return to the Listowel lineup has provided a boost for the Legionaires. The right-hander blanked St. Thomas on seven hits as the home club triumphed, 5-0.  Ernie Myers led the offensive with three hits, including an 8th inning homer, his second of the season.  Legionaires' big inning was the 3rd when they scored four times with two out. The winners got successive singles from Myers, Paul Bibeau, Red Dubrick and Bill Skelding. Playing-manager George Arlein doubled, followed by walks to Neil Eckel and Tom Kramer. Bill Jamieson took the loss, allowing just eight hits.,

Jamieson (L 0-3) and Bogal
Poholsky (W 1-0) and Eckel

(June 16)   Fred Kelso singled in Jim Peterson in the bottom of the 9th inning to give St. Thomas a 3-2 win over Hamilton Beavers.  Peterson had reached on a walk, the 11th issued by Bob Burrow, and advanced on a single by Bob Neal. Johnny Ambrose went the distance for the win allowing seven hits, including home runs by Murray Oliver and Jack Princippi.  Elgins, who had 10 hits to go along with the 11 bases on balls, stranded 14 base runners.

Burrows (L) and Gilmour
Ambrose (W) and Bogal

(June 17)   Galt Terriers beat St. Thomas 9-5 at Galt for their fourth straight win at home. Wes Lillie had a double and two singles for the winners, driving in a pair. Shanty Clifford and Dan Jackson each had two hits and two runs batted in. Clifford had a triple, Jackson,  a double. For St. Thomas, Junior Barash belted three hits, one a three-run homer, and scored three times. Jack Hoy went the distance for the win, his fourth against just one loss. Bill Jamieson took the loss.

Hoy (W 4-1 and Clifford
Jamieson (L), Pitre (5) and xxx

(June 20)   St. Thomas pushed across two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, on Fred Kelso's single, to edge Kitchener-Waterloo 5-4.  The Dutchmen had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the 8th on two walks and a single by Larry PfaffJim Peterson powered the Elgins' attack with a home run and two singles.  Ernie Fraser added a double and single. Joe Yosurak had three hits for the Dutchmen. Johnny Ambrose scattered nine hits for the win.

Hupp (L 2-1), Denomme (8) and Psutka
Ambrose (W 3-1) and Bogal

(June 23)   London Majors erupted for eight runs in the 8th inning and went on to trounce St. Thomas 16-9 behind a 19-hit attack.  Don McLennan's grand slam homer highlighted the big frame for the Majors.  It was his second homer and third hit of the night. He drove in five runs and scored three.  Gerry Anderson and Don Mayes also had homers for the winners. It was one of four hits for Anderson.  Ray Yelle, who had a double and two runs batted in for London, picked up the pitching win blanking St. Thomas for 3 1/3 innings. 

McKay, Yelle (W) (6) and Stone
Henry, Jamieson (L) (8) and Bogal

(June 25)   At Hamilton, St. Thomas shaded the Beavers 2-1 as Elgins' playing-manager Tommy White bested Richard Jack in a hurling duel.  White tossed a three-hitter, Jack allowed just four. John Princippi accounted for the Hamilton scoring with a home in the 5th inning.  Elgins plated both their runs in the 7th as Tedd Bogal walked and moved to second on Fred Kelso's infield hit. Ernie Fraser singled to score Bogal and Kelso notched the winner on an outfield error.

White (W 1-0) and Bogal
Jack (L 3-2) and Gilmour

(June 27)   Johnny Ambrose was the story on the mound and at the plate as St. Thomas downed the league-leading Galt Terriers 5-3 at Pinafore Park Saturday.  The right-hander tossed a complete-game seven-hitter and belted three hits, two of them home runs.  It was the 4th win in five decisions for Ambrose.  Jack Hoy took the loss.

Hoy (L 4-2) and Clifford
Ambrose (W 4-1) and Bogal

(July 7)   Lefty Gary Field won his 4th straight as Guelph shaded Kitchener-Waterloo 2-1.  Merchants had just three hits off Howie HuppDan "Thumper" Jackson singled and came around to score on Bill Flick's single and an error. A bunt by Paul Smith brought in Flick. Kitchener plated its lone run when Nick Rintche walked, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on an infield out and came home on George Boniface's sacrifice fly.

Hupp (L) and xxx
Field (W 4-0) and xxx

(July 7)   Ross Paton scattered six hits as Hamilton Beavers topped Brantford Red Sox 9-3. Bob Burrows took the loss giving up four hits and seven walks.

Paton (W) and xxx
Burrows (L), Lomax, Lewanowski and xxx

(July 8)   Listowel Legionaires scored two in the top of the 9th to break a 4-4 tied and held on to top the home-town Elgins 6-4 at St. Thomas.  Clair Maltby scored the winner.  He was hit by a pitch, advanced on Glen Goode's fourth hit of the day and scored on an error. Ernie Myers knocked in an insurance run with a triple.  Reynolds, who relieved starter Tom Kramer in the 7th, blanked the Elgins for 2 2/3s innings without a hit to register the win.  Russ Evon belted a pair of homers for St. Thomas and Fred Kelso also had a four-bagger.

Kramer, Reynolds (W) (7) and Dickey
Ambrose (L) and Bogal

(July 13)  Brantford Red Sox moved to within a half game of first place in the Intercounty League standings with a 6-4 win over St. Thomas. The Sox escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 8th inning to preserve the victory.  With two runs already in and the sacks loaded, Ron Stead relieved starter Hippocrates Kourakus and fanned pinch-hitter Frank Henry to end the rally.  Right fielder Jim WIlson led the Sox attack with four hits. Jim Reeves added a double and single.  Ray Urban knocked ion three runs for the Elgins with two-run single in the 8th after belting a homer in the 2nd. Reg Petrie took the loss.

Kourakus (W), Stead (8) and Franklin
Petrie (L), White (9) and Bogal

(July 16)  Brantford 7 London 0

(July 17)  St. Thomas exploded for four runs in the 3rd inning, three scoring on Junior Barash's bases-loaded triple, and held on to top the Majors 4-2 at Labatt Park in London. Lefty Bill Jamieson scattered ten hits to capture his first win of the season after dropping his first five decisions.  Hugh Fletcher was the hard-luck loser.  He gave up just seven hits and two earned runs in pitching into the 8th inning.

Jamieson (W 1-5) and Bogal
Fletcher (L 0-1), Perkins (8) and Stone

(July 18)  St. Thomas Elgins pounded London for 15 hits in dumping the Majors 12-3 Saturday at Pinafore Park in St. Thomas.  Elgins beat the Majors 4-2 in London Friday.  Every St. Thomas batter had at least one hit with Fred Klesko, Junior Barash, Johnny Ambrose, Russ Evon, Jim Peterson and Frank Henry each had a pair. Barash had a homer. Kelso and Henry each scored three runs. Gerry Anderson had three hits for London, including a double and homer.  Ambrose went the route for the Elgins scattering eight hits for the win.

McLaren (L 1-1), Perkins (5) and Stone
Ambrose (W 5-2) and Bogal

(July 25)   Johnny Ambrose held Guelph to four hits as St. Thomas notched an 8-4 victory over the Terriers.  Junior Barash led the attack with three hits and three runs scored.  Dan "Thumper" Jackson accounted for all the Guelph scoring with a grand slam homer in the 8th inning.

Gazzola (L), Koval (6) and Flick
Ambrose (W) and Bogal

(August 1)   Shortstop Fred Kelso had five hits and scored twice as St. Thomas topped London 11-8 Saturday at Labatt Park.  Veterans Russ Evon and Tommy White combined for four hits and five RBI.  Johnny Ambrose went the distance to register his 7th win of the season. Dan Mendham led the Majors with a grand slam homer and single. He scored three runs.  In his last two games, Mendham is 5 for 6 with a single, two doubles and two homers.  He's scored seven runs and driven in a dozen markers while raising his average from .250 to .326.  Gerry Anderson had two doubles and a single.

Ambrose (W 7-2) and Pook
Yelle (L 1-2), White (7) and Leitch

(August 3)  Ron Stead blanked St. Thomas on eight hits as Brantford Red Sox topped the Elgins 3-0. Veteran Tommy White allowed just three hits in taking the loss.  Sox scored all three unearned runs in the 2nd inning as Stan Lipka led off with a single and scored on a pair of miscues. A bases-loaded single by Walt Lozano plated two more. Russ Evon and White each had two hits for the Elgins.

Stead (W) and Franklin
White (L) and Pook

(August 5)  St. Thomas Eglins tightened their hold on the final playoff spot with an 8-5 win over Hamilton.  Elgins now have a 10-13 record with five games to play, ahead of London, at 8-16. Playing manager Tommy White poked a pair of doubles, one with the bases loaded to pace the Elgins attack.  Junior Barash added a triple and single and two runs scored. Dan Lewandowski of Hamilton belted the game's only homer.

Burrows (L 0-2) and Gilmour
Jamieson (W 2-6) and Bogal

(August 6)   Hamilton Beavers shaded Listowel 7-6.  Lefty Eric Lomax went eight innings to register his 6th win of the season.  Richard Jack relieved in the 9th to snuff out a Listowel rally.  Gary Thomas went the distance for the Legionaires.

Thomas (L) and xxx
Lomax (W), Jack (9) and xxx

(August 6)   Brantford Red Sox clobbered St. Thomas 24-3. Sox had 24 hits including a three-run homer by playing manager Bob Salvisburg in the 6th inning.  Ross Paton scattered 11 hits to get the win, his 6th, and was a force at the plate with four hits, two of them triples, and knocked in four runs. Jim Wilson and Wilbert Franklin each had four hits.  Losing pitcher John Ambrose belted a homer for the Elgins. Jim Peterson and Tommy White had three hits apiece.

Ambrose (L), Henry (4), Urban (8) and Bogal
Paton (W) and Franklin

(August 10)   St. Thomas Elgins cut down a runner at the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning to capture an 8-7 victory over Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen.  With two runs already in and Nick Rintche on base, Al Koch belted a double to centre. John Ambrose fired the ball to pitcher Tommy White who relayed to catcher Tedd Bogal to cut down Rintche trying to score. Elgins pouned out 13 hits off four K-W hurlers, including a homer by Bogal. Russ Evon had four hits and drove in four markers.

White (W) and Bogal
Hupp (L), Johnson (2), Crouse (6), Koch (8) and Psutka

(August 11)   St. Thomas beat Kitchener-Waterloo 5-3 to assure the Elgins of at least a tie for 6th place and the final playoff spot.  Right-hander Johnny Ambrose fired a seven-hitter, allowing just one earned run, in compiling his 8th victory of the season.  Ambrose helped the offense with a double and single.  Frank Henry poked a pair of doubles. Catcher Harry Psutka had a homer and single for the Dutchmen.

Denomme (L 6-4), Hupp (8) and Psutka
Ambrose (W 8-3) and Bogal

(August 13)   Tedd Bogal's three-run homer in the 2nd inning sparked St. Thomas Elgins to a 10-5 win over Hamilton.  Veteran Russ Evon had three hits, one a double and Jim Peterson had a pair of doubles.  For the Beavers, John Princippi and Tom Dowling each had a double and two singles. Lefty Bill Jamieson went the route for the win.

Jamieson (W 3-6) and Bogal
Lomax (L 6-3), Shepherd (5), Lewandowski (6) and Gilmour

(August 14)   Bill Skelding singled to left field to score Ernie Myers with the winning run in the 14th inning to give the Legionaires a 3-2 victory over Guelph Merchants at Listowel. It was the team's fourth win in five starts and left the club a game short of a playoff berth. Myers, with a late-season dash for the batting crown, opening the frame with his fifth hit in six plate appearances.  Merchants, tied with St. Thomas for the final post-season spot, scored both their runs in the 6th inning on singles by Billy Slick, Art O'Connor and Paul Boogh.  Listowel got one in the 7th as Myers singled, stole second and came home on a hit by Jim Dickey. They knotted the count in the 8th on a walk to Skelding, a wild pitch and Glen Goode's hit to centre. John Poholsky picked up the win in relief of starter Tom Cramer.

Gary Field (L) and xxx
Tom Cramer, John Poholsky (W) (11) and xxx

(August 14)  Brantford Red Sox announced the release of two pitchers - right-handers Frank Radio and Hippocrates Kouraskos.

(August 15)   Basil Curry fired a three-hit gem, fanning 13, as Galt blanked St. Thomas 3-0 in the final game of the Intercounty season.  Curry topped Tommy White of the Elgins in a pitchers' duel. White gave up seven hits and just one earned run.  Terriers scored the only run they need in the 2nd inning as Hugh Bates opening with a triple and Will Chabot knocked him in with a bad hop single over Ernie Fraser's head at third base.  The game was played under protest due to a call in the 1st inning.  Johnny Ambrose belted one out, called fair by the third base umpire and foul by the home plate umpire.

Curry (W) and Duncan
White (L) and Bogal

(August 15)   Richard Jack posted his 7th win pitching Hamilton to a 5-4 win over London Majors. Jack fanned 13 to increase his strikeout total to 126 in 102 2/3s innings, tops in the league. Bob White took the loss.

Jack (W 7-4) and xxx
White (L), Fletcher (5) and xxx

(August 16)  The Intercounty Baseball Association executive ruled against St. Thomas in a protest by the Elgins concerning a 3-0 loss to Galt.  However, the executive suspended home plate umpire Les Ellins because he had not followed a rule to hold a conference of umpires before the plate arbiter overrules one of the base umpires.

(August 18)   In a playoff, St. Thomas clinched 5th place in the Intercounty standings with an 8-5 win over Guelph Merchants. Guelph had taken a 3-0 led in the top of the 1st inning before the Elgins rebounded with a run in the 1st, another in the 2nd and three in the 3rd.  Jim Peterson bashed three doubles and knocked in three for the winners.  Junior Barash had a homer and single and scored a pair.  Dan Jackson led the Merchants with three hits.  Bill Jamieson scattered 11 hits to take the win.

Wallace (L), Kovac (3) and O'Connor
Jamieson (W) and Bogal

Playoffs :  

(August 24)   Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen took an early lead and coasted to an 11-8 win over St. Thomas Elgins in the opening game of a best-of-five quarter-final series. Al Koch pitched into the 9th inning for the win and helped at the plate with two hits.  Larry Pfaff, Jim Muldoon, Joe Yosurak, Harry Psutka and George Boniface each had a pair of safeties for the Dutchmen.

Ambrose (L), Henry (6) and Bogal
Koch (W), Hupp (9) and Psutka

(August 25)   St. Thomas tied the best-of-five playoff series with Kitchener-Waterloo at a game apiece with a 7-2 victory at St. Thomas. Tommy White went the distance holding the Dutchmen to eight hits.  Russ Evon led the 12-hit attack with three safeties.  George Boniface reached base four times for the Dutchmen.  He had three hits and was hit by a pitch.

White (W) and Bogal
Denomme (L), Hupp (7), Johnson (8) and MacDonnell

(August 27)   St. Thomas took a 2-1 game lead in their playoff series with Kitchener-Waterloo by shading the Dutchmen 7-6 in a thriller at Kitchener.  Elgins overcame an incredible day at the plate by K-W right fielder Arlie Parker who belted three homers.  However, Parker grounded into an inning ending double-play with the bases-loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Elgins scored four runs in the 6th inning to come back from a 3-0 deficit.  Tedd Bogal knocked in a pair with a bases-loaded single and stole second.  Bogal and Jim Peterson scored on an error.  After the Dutchmen scored two in the bottom of the 6th, Elgins responded with three runs in the 7th.  Fred Klesko opened with a single and Junior Barash and Johnny Ambrose walked to load the bases. Russ Evon's double scored all three runners.

Jamieson (W), Ambrose (8) and Bogal
Koch (L), Hupp (7), Denomme (7) and MacDonnell

(September 1)  Galt Terriers trounced Hamilton Beavers 10-2 to advance to the finals of the Intercounty League playoffs.  Lefty Bill Curry scattered seven hits and helped the offense with three hits for his fourth win of the playoffs. He fanned 12 and walked two.

Curry (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(September 1)  Brantford Red Sox capitalized on six St. Thomas errors to down the Elgins 8-0 to take a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-five semi-final.  Left-hander Ron Stead held the Elgins to just four hits before the largest crowd of the season, 1.209, at St. Thomas. John Ambrose took the loss.

Stead (W) and xxx
Ambrose (L), Jamieson (6) and xxx

(September 10)   Import Basil Curry, from Ithaca College in New York, fired a four-hitter and fanned 11 in pitching Galt to a 3-0 win over Brantford Red Sox in the opening game of their Intercounty playoff final.  The 22-year-old left-hander picked up his 12th victory in 15 decisions this season. Five of the wins have come in the Sox' undefeated playoff run.

xxx and xxx
Curry (W) and xxx

(September 17)   Stan "Gabby" Anderson of the London Majors has been named the Most Valuable Player in the Intercounty Baseball League.  For the second straight season, the 29-year-old former pro outfielder finished as runner-up for the batting title with a .420 average, .003 back of Ernie Myers of Listowel.  A broken finger kept Anderson on the shelf for the last seven games.  Pitcher Johnny Ambrose of St. Thomas, the 1958 MVP, was second in the balloting ahead of Galt left-hander Basil Curry.

(September 24)   Brantford Red Sox upended Galt Terriers 7-1 to capture the Intercounty Senior League championship.  Red Sox won the best-of-seven series in five games, take four straight after dropping the opener.  Sox broke up a tight game with a five run outburst in the 6th inning taking advantage of three hits, two Galt errors, a walk and three stolen bases.  Until the 6th, the game had been a pitchers' duel between Ron Stead and Basil Curry.  In winning his 13th game of the season, six of them in the playoffs, Stead held the Terriers to five hits.  Brantford had jus six off Curry who was flown in from Ithaca College in New York for the contest.

Curry (L) and xxx
Stead (W) and xxx


(May 28)   Bernie Nisker fired a three-hitter to help Honest Eds to a 7-2 win over Presswoods in action at Christie Pits. Eds had just six hits with Roy Tanaka's two and singles by Clark Brock and Maw Mori accounting for six runs. The other came home on a bases-loaded walk. Duffy McFayden had a double and single for the losers.

Eakins (L), Cowan (5) and McFayden
Nisker (W) and Brock

(July 29)  Dave Speers drove in five runs Wednesday to lead Milanis to an 11-5 win over Honest Eds and a six-game lead atop the standings.  Wilf Wiseman, Bert Forbes and Speers each had two hits for the winners with Frank Repchick and Maw Mori collecting two apiece for the losers. 

Final Standings
Milanis      18    6 
Concords     14   11   4.5
Honest Eds   13   12   5.5
Presswoods   11   13   7.0
Clintons      5   19  13.0