1963 Game Reports, Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley     

1963 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1963 BC Interior 
1963 Vancouver Island   


(May 5)  A final-inning bases-loaded threat by the Boilermakers fizzled out when pitcher Lorne Fuller of the Longshoremen got Bob Fraser to fly out, allowing the Stevedores to escape with a 5 to 4 victory at the Powell Street grounds.

(May 6)  CYO weathered a five-run uprising in the third inning to edge the Astorias 7 to 6 in Industrial League action at the Powell Street grounds. Left-fielder John Kochan provided the power at the plate for the winners, launching a home run and two singles while teammate Jim Biggan added a double and single. Ron Peterson paced Astoria with three RBI’s produced on a double and single. Jake Mayervich, who relieved starter Dave Witherley in the fifth frame, was credited with the win while Dan Miscisco absorbed the defeat.

Miscisco (L) and Kozak
Witherley, J. Mayervich (W) (5) and Lowery

(May 7)  Rookie catcher “Duke” Fairbrother went three-for-three at the plate, leading the North Shore Carls to a 3 to 2 victory over the Boilermakers at the Powell Street grounds. One of his base raps was a tainted inside-the-park three-run homer that was lost in the sun by outfielder Dennis LeFebvre. Southpaw Dave Empey struck out nine and allowed just four hits in copping the mound decision.

Henry (L), Fraser (5) and Fraser, Usselman (5)
Empey (W) and Fairbrother

(May 8)  CYO and the Longshoremen got five innings of Industrial League baseball played at the Powell Street grounds before darkness halted proceedings, leaving the teams deadlocked with a 9 – 9 tie.

Kilby, Ems (2) and Lowery
Digby, Montgomery (4) and Doyle

(May 9)  Lee Day smashed a leadoff home run in the sixth inning to give the Astorias a 3 to 2 win over North Vancouver at the Powell Street grounds.

Nichol (L) and Fairbrother
Bryant (W) and Kozak Sr.

(May 12)  Lee Day singled home Frank Kozak Sr. with the winning tally in the seventh inning as the Astorias nosed out the Boilermakers 2 to 1. Both squads managed to acquire just three-hits. Winning pitcher Steve Cohen punched out 13 batters and walked four.

Cohen (W) and Kozak Sr.
Henry, Fraser (L) (6) and Fraser, Boyd (6)

(May 15)  North Shore's Bert Nichol fired a one-hitter Wednesday in a 5-1 victory over Astorias. Day, with a homer, had the only safety for the losers.

Strohmaier (L), Bryant (4) and Kozak
Nichol (W) and Fairbrother

(May 16)  Playing manager John Stellick and Rick McPhee hit solo home runs Tuesday night to pace Longshoremen to a 7-4 victory over the Boilermakers.  Wilson went the distance on the hill for the winners tossing a seven-hitter.

Henry, Fraser (4) and Boyd
Wilson (W) and Doyle

(May 17)   Dave Witherley's three-run homer helped CYO edge Astoria 5-4.  Witherley started on the mound and picked up the win with relief from Ed Ems.  Shortstop Jim Marshall aided the cause with a pair of singles.  Sam Lilley led the losers with a double and single.

Witherley (W), Ems (6) and Lowery
McNeill, Cohen (L) (3) and Kozak

(May 19)  Laurie Schmid went three-for-three as CYO crushed the Boilermakers 8-1 Sunday at Powell Grounds. Al Mayervich tossed a five-hitter for the win.

Meek (L), Larsen (6) and Ross
Mayervich (W) and Lowery

(May 19)  North Shore Carls blasted the Longshoremen 10-3 Sunday at Mahon Park in North Vancouver. John Kochan sparked the winners with a bases-loaded double.

Digby (L), Fuller (5) and Doyle
Empey (W) and Kapstick

(May 20)  Ron Peterson blasted a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple to lead Astorias to an 8-4 victory over the Longshormen-Canadians.  Bryant scattered eight hits in registering the pitching win.

Bryant (W) and Dixon
Wilson (L), Fuller (2) and Doyle

(May 21)  Blanked for six innings, the Boilermakers scored twice in the seventh and final inning Tuesday to shade North Shore Carls 2-1.  Shortstop Ben Webster's single drove in the winning run.  North Shore scored its run in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Frank Hawrychuk and Bill BeckettKen Larsen, who fanned 10 in a sterling three and two-thirds innings of relief, doubled in the final frame and Bob Boyd reached on a dropped third strike. Both advanced on a sacrifice and Larsen tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Ken Ross and Webster followed with the game-winning hit.  Beckett hurled a five-hitter and fanned 13 in taking the loss.

Beckett (L) and Fairbrother
Winbow, Larsen (W) (4) and Ross

(May 22)  CYO used the home run ball at the Powell Street grounds to power into a first-place tie with North Shore in the Industrial Baseball League. Three of CYO’s six hits went for four-ply clouts and gave reliever Ed Ems the victory in an 8 to 7 decision over the Longshoremen. Ems and John Kochan blasted round-trippers in the bottom-of-the-fifth after the Dock Workers had taken a 7 to 6 lead in the top half of the frame. Jim Marshall accounted for the other CYO tater.

Craig (L), Digby (4) and Doyle
Witherley, Ems (W) (4) and Lowery

(May 24)  Roy McKinlay/McKinley doubled home Gord Simpson with the tie-breaker in the final frame to give North Shore a 7 to 6 victory over CYO and sole possession of first place in the Industrial Baseball League. Bert Nichol allowed nine hits, three of them by CYO catcher Gord Lowery, in going the distance for the pitching triumph. Lowery had the game’s lone home run, a solo shot in the third panel.

Mayervich (L) and Lowery
Nichol (W) and Fairbrother

(May 26)  The Astorias defeated the Boilermakers 7 to 3 at the Powell Street grounds to move into a second-place tie with CYO in he Industrial League standings. Both squads have 10 points, two behind league-leading North Shore. The Hotelmen broke open the game with a four-run third inning in which Bill Dixon’s two-run double was the big hit. Norm Usselman went yard for the Boilermakers, launching a solo dinger. 

Henry (L), Larsen (3), Fraser (5) and Ross
McNeill (W) and Day

(May 28)  Astoria’s chucker Sam Lilley threw a one-hitter, striking out five, in a 2 to 1 victory over CYO. Jim Bryant had a home run for the winners.

Lilley (W) and Kozak Sr.
Witherley (L) and Lowery 

(May 31)  An Industrial League battle between a pair of also-rans produced a 5 to 3 victory for the Longshoremen over the Boilermakers. The game featured only one extra-base blow, a double by winning flinger Bob Flewelling. Left-fielder Dave Skilnick of the Stevedores singled in the seventh inning to drive in Ken Digby with the winning marker.

Larsen (L), Henry (4), Boyd (7) and Ross
Flewelling (W), Montgomery (7) and Schick

(June 2)  A three-run homer by Ron Peterson in the bottom-of-the-fifth inning broke a 3 – 3 tie and sent the Astorias on their way to a 7 to 3 conquest of CYO at the Powell Street grounds. Gord McKay picked up a pair of doubles for the Hotelmen while John Kochan of the vanquished nine went three-for-three at the dish with a two-bagger included in his total of safeties.

Kilby (L), Witherley (6) and Lowery
Bryant (W) and Field

(June 5)  CYO surged into an early 7 to 0 lead against the cellar-dwelling Boilermakers but nearly collapsed completely before absconding with an 8 to 7 verdict in a five-inning, darkness-shortened tilt at the Powell Street grounds. A seven-run outburst in the fourth frame, sparked by Al Gosseman/Gossman’s three-run double, drew the Boilermakers even but CYO squeezed home the winner in the fifth before darkness intervened. Jim Biggan had a two-run homer and a double for the winners.

Spees, J. Mayervich (W) (4) and Lowery
Doyle, Larsen (L) (4) and Ross

(June 7)  The Astorias moved into sole possession of second place in the Industrial Baseball League by defeating the Boilermakers 2 to 1 at the Powell Street grounds. A two-run round-tripper in the third spasm by Darryl Fenton won it for the Hotelmen. Losing chucker Bob Fraser singled and doubled for the Boilermakers.

Fraser (L) and Ross
Cohen (W) and Kozak Sr.

(June 9)  An outfield error by the Astorias’ Ron Peterson allowed the fourth-place Longshoremen to parlay Dave Skilnick’s single into the tie-breaker and give the Dock Workers an 11 to 10 upset win over the second-place Hotelmen.

McNeill, Lilley (3), Bryant (L) (5) and Day
Buchinski , Craig (5), Fuller (6), Stasiuk (7) and Doyle

(June 10)  Bob Crawford rang up 11 punchouts, walked only two and yielded five hits in recording his third hillock triumph in as many starts as North Shore got past the Astoria Hotel 3 to 1 at the Powell Street grounds. Laurie Schmid had two hits for the victors, including a two-bagger.  The Astorias’ big hitters were Frank Kozak Sr. who delivered a brace of doubles and Lee Day who belted a solo homer in the sixth stanza.

Crawford (W) and Fairbrother
Lilley (L), McNeill (4) and Kozak Sr.

(June 12)  CYO took sole possession of second place in the Industrial Baseball League by downing the Astorias 3 to 2 in their battle for the runner-up spot. Shortstop Jim Marshall, who went three-for-four at the plate, doubled home Ken Spees with the winning run in the seventh inning. Spees gave up six hits in capturing the complete-game knoll verdict.

Bryant (L), Cohen (7) and Kozak Sr.  
Spees (W) and Lowery

(June 14)  Right-hander Dave Witherley pitched a one-hitter at the Powell Street grounds as CYO edged past the Boilermakers 1 to 0. Witherley also drove in the only tally of the contest with a fifth-inning single. Bob Fraser struck out ten for the losers. The win moved CYO to within a game of pace-setting North Shore.

Fraser (L) and Ross
Witherley (W) and Lowery

(June 16)   The Longshoremen erupted for six runs in the sixth inning Sunday to come from behind to dump Astoria 7-4 at the Powell Grounds.  Astoria hurler Steve Cohen had a no-hitter until the sixth when he ran into control troubles.  He ended up allowing four hits and eight free passes while fanning 15. Winning hurler Jack Buchinski struck out 12 in holding Astoria to six hits. Fenton smacked a homer for the losers.

Buchinski (W) and Doyle
Cohen (L) and Kozak

(June 17)  CYO moved into a tie for the top spot with North Vancouver Monday beating Longshoremen 8-5 as Ken Spees knocked in a pair with two hits. Dave Skilnick belted a three-run homer for the losers.

Mayervich, Kilby (6) and Lowery
Craig, Stasiuk (1), Digby (7) and Schick

(June 18)   The cellar-dwelling Boilermakers shaded Astoria 5-4 for only their third win of the season.  They got the winning maker in the fifth inning when Bob Boyd singled, stole second, advanced on Roy Archer's single and scored on an infield out.  CYO and North Vancouver are tied for the league-league, each with 22 points.

Bryant (L) and Field
Archer, Doyle (W) (5) and Ross

(June 19)  Ken Bathgate, the league's leading hitter, cracked three singles to raise his average to .500 for the season in helping North Vancouver to a 9-2 win over CYO.  Bob Travis knocked in three runs for the winners with a double and single. Right-hander Bob Crawford tossed a three-hitter for the win.

Crawford (W) and Fairbrother
Witherley (L), Kilby (3) and Lowery

(June 20)  North Vancouver exploded for ten runs in the third inning to overcome a 5-0 deficit and coasted to an 11-5 triumph over Astoria Thursday at Powell Grounds. Shortstop Ken Bathgate drove in three runs with a pair of hits and Frank Hawrychuk had three hits and knocked in a pair.  Astoria's Ron Peterson went four-for-four.  The victory gave North Van a six point lead over CYO.

Kozak, Peterson (3) and Dixon
Empey (W) and Fairbrother

(June 21)  Pinch-hitter Ken Digby singled the Longshoremen into third place in the Industrial Baseball League at the Powell Street grounds. His last-inning safety sent home John Stellick, who had walked, and Tony Watson, who reached base on an error, as the Stevedores prevailed 5 to 3 over the last-place Boilermakers. Stellick, Gord Webb and Gord Nishi all picked up two safe swats for the winners.

Fraser (L) and Ross
Flewelling, Montgomery (W) (6) and Schick

(June 23)  Gord Webb’s second hit of the game, a sixth-inning single, drove in the winning run as the Longshoremen downed the Astorias 3 to 2 at the Powell Street grounds. Jack Buchinski pitched the win while starter Rab McNeill of the Hoteliers was stung with the setback. Darryl Fenton topped the vanquished nine with the willow, slamming a brace of two-baggers.

Buchinski (W) and Schick
McNeill (L), Kozak (7) and Fenton 

(June 25)  Lorne Fuller fashioned a three-hitter in pitching the Longshoremen to a 4 to 2 conquest of the Boilermakers at the Powell Street grounds. Rich McPhee set the tone for the Dock Workers’ 11-hit offense, clipping the orb for three safeties, including two doubles, while driving in the ultimate winning run.

Fuller (W) and Schick
Doyle (L), Archer (5) and Ross

(June 27)  The last-place Boilermakers, outswatting their foes by a 9 to 4 margin, rose up and whacked the front-running North Shore Carls 3 to 2 at the Powell Street grounds. With the score tied 2 – 2 in the fourth frame, Bob Hazeldine doubled and later scored the winning marker on Al Gosseman/Gossman’s infield out.

Meek (L), Fraser (5) and Ross
Empey (L) and Fairbrother

(July 2)  The Astorias continued their downward spiral when North Shore sent them to their eighth consecutive Industrial League loss, bouncing the Hoteliers 7 to 3 at the Powell Street grounds. Bert Nichol handcuffed the Astorias on three hits in earning the complete-game victory. Ken Bathgate and Larry Nordy topped the willow wielders for the Carls, each stroking a double and single.

Nichol (W) and Fairbrother
Lilley (L) and Kozak Sr.

(July 3)  The bottom-feeding Boilermakers reached up from their lowly position in the Industrial baseball league to knock off second-place CYO 8 to 6 at the Powell Street grounds. Rookie pitcher Bob Fraser struck out 11 and walked six for the win while teammate Ken Larsen supplied the offensive power with a two-run homer and a single.

Mayervich (L), Spees (3) and Lowery
Fraser (W) and Ross

(July 5)  Dennis Meek struck out 13 and tossed a one-hitter as the Boilermakers sent the Astorias down to their ninth consecutive defeat, a 7 to 0 whitewashing at the Powell Street grounds. Roy Archer and Bob Hazeldine both collected home runs and a pair of RBI’s for the winners.

McNeill (L) and Kozak Sr.
Meek (W) and Ross

(July 10)  CYO pitcher Ken Spees spun a one-hitter, shutting out the free-falling Astorias 3 to 0 at the Powell Street grounds. Only Don Cary, with a third-inning single, was able to register a base rap off the slants of Spees. CYO’s Barry Moscovich walked in the fifth inning and scored on successive singles by Spees and John Kochan. The latter two then scored on third baseman Cary’s throwing error as he tried to retire Jim Biggan.

Spees (W) and Lowery
Bryant (L) and Fenton

(July 11)  Laurie Schmid’s seventh-inning single drove in catcher “Duke” Fairbrother with the payoff run as North Vancouver nipped the Longshoremen 2 to 1 in Industrial Baseball league action. The win increased the Carls’ lead to four points over second-place CYO. Winning pitcher Bob Crawford struck out ten and gave up just four hits. Loser Nick Craig gave up six safeties and fanned nine.

Craig (L) and Schick
Crawford (W) and Fairbrother

(July 12)  Blowing a 5 to 0 first-inning lead, the Boilermakers had to come from behind to salvage a 9 – 9 tie with CYO at the Powell Street grounds. Run-producing singles by Ken Ross and Bob Hazeldine in the final frame erased a 9 to 7 CYO margin and saved the bacon for the Boilers.

Witherley, J. Mayervich (1) and Lowery
Fraser and Ross

(July 13)  CYO took a 4 to 2 decision from the Longshoremen at the Powell Street grounds and climbed into first place, one point ahead of North Shore.

Buchinski, Fuller (5) and Schick
MacAdams (W) and Lowery

(July 14)  The Astorias ended a ten-game losing streak, exploding for a five-spot in their final turn at bat, to clip the Longshoremen 7 to 5.

McNeill, Kozak Jr. (3), McNeill (W) (4) and Kozak Sr. 
Flewelling, Montgomery (L) (5), Fuller (7) and Schick

(July 15)  CYO moved into a tie for top spot with North Vancouver in the Industrial Baseball League by tying with the Longshoremen 3 – 3 at the Powell Street grounds. The game was called at the end of seven innings because of darkness. Ken Mitchell hit a two-run homer for the third-place Dock Workers while Jim Biggan went two-for-two with two RBI’s for CYO.

Craig and Schick
Spees, Witherley (6) and Lowery

(July 16)  Winning pitcher Bob Fraser checked the Astorias on three hits as the Boilermakers doubled the Hotelmen 4 to 2 at the Powell Street grounds to move into a tie with their victims for fourth place. Roy Archer had three hits for the victors while Ken Ross and Al Gosseman/Gossman each had a pair.

Fraser (W) and Ross
Lilley (L) and Kozak Sr. 

(July 19)  The North Shore Carls dumped the Longshoremen 8 to 3 in an Industrial League affair at the Powell Street grounds. The victory moved the Carls back into a first-place tie with CYO. Laurie Schmid went three-for-four with two RBI’s for the winners while teammate “Duke” Fairbrother hammered the horsehide for a two-run circuit-clout. Don Schick drove in two of the three runs acquired by the Stevedores with a single.

Blatter (L), Montgomery (4) and Parker
Nichol (W) and Fairbrother

(July 23)  Flychaser Ken Mitchell drove in three runs with a home run and single to lead the Longshoremen to a 7 to 1 thumping of the Boilermakers at the Powell Street grounds. Winning pitcher Nick Craig threw a five-hitter, striking out four and walking two.

Lemon (L), Fraser (3) and Ross
Craig (W) and Parker

(July 24)  The Astorias vacated their solitary basement position in the Industrial League and moved into a tie with the fourth-place Boilermakers by upending CYO 5 to 3. Rab McNeill tossed a five-hitter in leading the Hotelmen to the victory. Sam Lilley’s two-run single in the fourth frame was the key blow in a five-run uprising. Ed Ems belted a  bases-empty tater for the vanquished nine.

Spees (L), Witherley (4) and Lowery
McNeill (W) and Peterson

(July 26)  CYO’s young Bill MacAdams, cut by the Longshoremen earlier in the season, turned on his former teammates with a vengeance, striking out eight and allowing just two scratch singles as CYO whipped the Dock Workers 12 to 0 to move back into a first-place tie with the North Shore Carls. Gord Lowery and Mike Dagenais both blasted two-run dingers for the victors.

Flewelling (L), Montgomery (3), Digby (5) and Parker
MacAdams (W) and Lowery 

(July 29)  The Longshoremen rose up and smacked league-leading North Vancouver 9 to 6 in Industrial Baseball League play at the Powell Street grounds. The victory moved the Stevedores into third place in the Industrial league. A pair of Longshoremen named Gord, Nishi and Webb, paced the nine-hit Dock Workers’ offense. Gord Nishi went four-for-four from the batter’s box while Gord Webb followed with three safeties in four at-bats. Laurie Schmid homered for North Van.

Buchinski (W) and Schick
Empey, Nichol (L) (1), Adams (7) and Fairbrother

(July 30)  Jim Bryant pitched a four-hit shutout as the Astorias defeated the Boilermakers 5 to 0 at the Powell Street grounds. Bryant fanned eight and did not issue a single base-on-balls in going the distance. Ron Peterson drove in four runs for the winners with a brace of base knocks, including a two-bagger..

Meglaughlin (L), Archer (6) and Ross
Bryant (W) and Peterson

(July 31)  North Shore moved four points ahead of CYO in their battle for first place in the Industrial Baseball League by doubling their nearest pursuers 4 to 2 at the Powell Street grounds. Fifth-frame singles by Roy McKinlay/McKinley and Don Adams, coupled with a pair of CYO errors, broke a 2 – 2 tie which gave the Carls their winning margin.

MacAdams (L) and Lowery
Empey, Crawford (W) (1) and Moberg 

(August 2)  A 9 to 1 loss at the hands of the Longshoremen at the Powell Street grounds eliminated the Boilermakers from qualifying for a post-season playoff berth. The Dock Workers hammered a trio of Boilermaker pitchers for ten hits in consolidating their hold on third place in the Industrial League. Gord Webb and Rich McPhee were the chief run producers for the winners. McPhee drove in three runs on three hits while Webb had four RBI’s with two base knocks.

Buchinski (W) and Schick
Wilson (L), Meglaughlin (1), Meek (2) and Ross

(August 6)  The Astorias clinched a spot in the Industrial League playoffs by playing to a 3 – 3 tie with CYO in a game which ended after six innings when darkness set in. Gary Zailo of the Astorias and CYO’s Mike Dagenais both had two RBI’s

Kozak Sr. and Peterson
MacAdams and Lowery

(August 8)  CYO, with a 10 to 4 advantage in base hits, came out on top of the Astorias 6 to 5 in a sloppily-played Industrial League contest at the Powell Street grounds. The teams committed eleven errors, six by the winning nine. Unfortunately for the Hotelmen, they put together three of their miscues in the seventh stanza which allowed CYO to score the winning run.

Bryant, Lilley (L) (4) and Peterson
Spees, MacAdams (W) (5) and Lowery

(August 9)  North Shore missed a chance to wrap up first place in the Industrial Baseball League by dropping a 7 to 5 decision to the Astorias at the Powell Street grounds. The winners built up a seven-run lead and then staved off a fifth-inning North Van uprising to preserve the victory.

McNeill (W), Kozak Sr. (5), McNeill (6) and Peterson
Crawford (L), Nichol (3) and Fairbrother

(August 10)  North Van blew a second opportunity to clinch the regular-season pennant when they dropped a 6 to 0 decision to the last-place Boilermakers in the final league game for both clubs.

(August 11)  CYO defeated the Astorias 5 to 4  to beat out North Shore for first place and the pennant. Jim Biggan was the big hitter for CYO, going two-for-three at the plate including a double that drove in a run.

Kozak Sr. (L) and Peterson 
J. Mayervich (W) and Lowery 

SEMI-FINALS  Longshoremen vs North Shore and Astorias vs CYO  (best-of-three series)

(August 13)  Bob Crawford gave up only two hits as the North Shore Carls blanked the Longshoremen 5 to 0 in the first game of their best-of-three Industrial Baseball League semi-finals.

Buchinski (L), Montgomery (3), Craig (6) and Parker
Crawford (W) and Moberg

(August 14)  CYO annexed their first game semi-final game against the Astorias, beating the Hoteliers 8 to 5 at the Powell Street grounds. Darryl Fenton clubbed a second-inning leadoff home run for the Astorias in a losing cause.

McNeill (L), Bryant (1) and Peterson
MacAdams (W) and Lowery

(August 15)  Veteran right-hander Nick Craig pitched a solid two-hitter as the Longshoremen upset North Shore 3 to 1 to square their best-of-three series at a game apiece.

Empey (L) and Moberg
Craig (W) and Schick 

(August 16)  CYO blanked the Astorias 5 to 0 at the Powell Street grounds to sweep their semi-final series in two straight games. Jim Biggan and Ed Ems powered the winners to victory, each cuffing the apple for a home run and double in four times at bat.

Spees (W) and Lowery
McNeill (L), Bryant (7) and Peterson

(August 17)  Nothing published in either Vancouver newspaper relative to details of game three of the North Shore-Longshoremen series, won by North Shore.

FINALS  North Shore vs CYO  (best-of-five series)

(August 18)  Catcher Ted Moberg’s two-run homer provided North Vancouver with the winning margin as they beat CYO 6 to 4 in the opening game of the Industrial League finals. Laurie Schmid had three of North Shore’s seven hits while Jim Marshall cracked two doubles for CYO.

Nichol (W), Empey (5) and Moberg
MacAdams (L) and Lowery

(August 21)  The North Shore Carls scored four unearned runs in the second spasm and went on to defeat CYO 9 to 4 to take a two-games-to-none lead in the Industrial League finals.

Spees (L), Kilby (5), Ems (5) and Lowery
Crawford (W), Nichol (6) and Fairbrother

(August 23)  North Vancouver won the 1963 Industrial Baseball League championship, defeating CYO 4 to 3 at the Powell Street grounds. The Carls claimed the best-of-five final series with three straight victories. Spearheaded by Lorne Shockey’s two-run single , North Van scored their four counters in the fourth chapter on five hits an an error.

Adams, Empey (W) (4) and Moberg
Mayervich (L), MacAdams (4) and Lowery


(May 5)  Playing at Central Park in the Dewdney League opening game, the Vancouver Duffs put together a last-inning rally which fell just short as they dropped a 5 to 4 decision to defending-champion Bellingham. Facing a 5 to 2 deficit, the Duffs narrowed the gap to a single run on a two-run, two-out single by left-fielder Glen Stover. His mates went on to load the bases but pitcher Bill Kohlwes of the Bells dug deep and managed to get the final out.

(May 5)  In another Dewdney League opener, the District of Coquitlam Athletics and Port Moody played to a 5 – 5 stalemate in a game shortened to six innings.

(May 7)  Burnaby-Kingsway pitcher Ray Crosato, recently released from within the New York Yankees’ chain, ran into control trouble in losing 5 to 4 to Haney-Hammond at Maple Ridge Park. The young right-hander  wasn’t able to locate his fastball but still allowed just six hits, only two of which were out of the infield. Double-H tosser Gary Swartz went the distance, ringing up five punchouts. Catcher Stan Osadczuk of the B-K’s had the game’s longest blow, a triple.

Crosato (L), Peters (4) and Osadczuk
Swartz (W) and Bowyer

(May 9)  Haney-Hammond bungled their way to a 5 to 4 win over Port Moody in Dewdney Baseball League action. After building up a five-run lead, Haney saw it nearly go down the drain as Port Moody cashed in on three errors for four runs in the bottom-of-the-fifth inning.

LeCroix (W), Sabatine (5) and Lillos, Cameron (5)
Carter (L) and Currie

(May 10)  Right-hander Bill Gillespie fanned 16 and walked six in picking up his first win of the campaign in pitching the Vancouver Duffs to a 3 to 2 win over Port Moody at Central Park. Duffs’ Ed Lorenz and Stan Stewardson each had a double and figured in the scoring.

Whightman (L) and Currie, Field (5)
Gillespie (W) and Bissell

(May 11-12)  New Westminster took it on the chin twice over the weekend. On Saturday the Royal City nine was doubled 6 to 3 by the invading Bellingham Bells and, on Sunday, suffered a 5 to 0 setback at the hands of the Vancouver Duffs.

Kohlwes (W) and Walter 
McLean, Stratton (L) (6), Blight (8) and Wallace

Blight (L), Stratton (8) and Brandolini
Frezell (W) and Sullivan

(May 12)  The Bellingham Bells won their second of the weekend, scoring a three-spot in the ninth inning to clip Burnaby-Kingsway 5 to 3. The win boosted the Washingtonians to the top rung of the Dewdney League ladder with a 3 – 0 record.

Kohlwes, Randall (W) (2) and Zender
Lea (L), Crosato (9) and Osadczuk

(May 12)  Bob Trinder fashioned a three-hitter as Haney-Hammond blanked Port Moody 7 to 0.

Lehman (L) and Docker
Trinder (W) and Bowyer

(May 15)  Playing-manager Ron Curby of the District of Coquitlam Athletics made a reluctant pitching comeback, gaining only a sore arm for the experience. Pressed into service with a depleted pitching staff, Curby and the A’s went down to a 5 to 2 defeat at the hands of Port Moody. He allowed only six hits and struck out eight before calling on position player Arden Inkster to replace him on the slab for the final canto. Two of the Port Moody hits were home runs, a two-run shot by John Lehman and a solo blast off the bat of Al Whightman. Ron Carter threw a four-hitter and struck out nine for the win.

Carter (W) and Docksteader
Curby (L), Inkster (8) and Ericksson

(May 15)  In another Dewdney League game, making up for an earlier rain-out, Burnaby-Kingsway humiliated New Westminster 16 to 0. The game was called after six innings because of darkness.

Miller (L), McLean (1), Stratton (3), Blight (4) and Wallace
MacRae/McRae (W) and Osadczuk

(May 16)  Hosting Port Moody and the Vancouver Duffs battled to a 2 – 2 stalemate before darkness halted further play.

Deans and Bissell
Lehman, Todasychuk (6) and Docker

(May 17)  The Vancouver Duffs staked out a share of first place in the Dewdney Baseball League by handing previously undefeated Haney-Hammond a 3 to 2 setback at Central Park. Winning chucker Ken Ruddick allowed only two hits and struck out 11 before giving way to Graham Frezell in the sixth inning. The Double-H tandem of loser Terry Paulson and veteran Fred Sabatine were almost as stingy, permitting three hits between them.

Paulson (L), Sabatine (5) and Cameron
Ruddick (W), Frezell (6) and Sullivan

(May 19)  A four-run second inning allowed New Westminster to edge Port Moody 5 to 4. John Sheremata’s triple and Ted Miller’s single each accounted for two runs.

Petrie (L), Todasychuk (2) and Currie
Blight (L), Debray (9) and Wallace

(May 20)  Burnaby-Kingsway had a rough day, losing an afternoon encounter 5 to 2 to the District of Coquitlam Athletics before bowing to Port Moody 5 to 4 in a night tilt. Arden Inkster led the A’s offensively with two singles and three RBI’s.

LeClair (W) and Ericksson
McAdam (L), Johnson (6), Sparks (7) and Taylor

Three runs in their final turn at bat gave Port Moody the walkoff win in the evening skirmish. Gene Nimetz singled in the tying and winning markers off losing flinger Ray Crosato.

Lea, Crosato (L) (8) and Osadczuk
Carter, Lehman (W) (1) and Van Ieperen 

(May 20)  The Vancouver Duffs beat the Bellingham Bells 8 to 5 to move four points ahead of the Washington team. Third baseman Dave Parker sparkled for the winners, accumulating four hits in as many at-bats and driving in three runs. Rookie Don Ricketts drove in a brace of tallies during a three-for-five night at the plate, in which he clouted a triple.

Randall (L), Walton (4) and J. Zender
Gillespie (W) and Sullivan

(May 20)  Haney-Hammond blasted New Westminster 12 to 0 in a one-sided Dewdney League clash. Larry Walker paced Haney’s attack, backing up Bob Trinder’s four-hitter with a three-for-three batting performance and three RBI’s.

McLean (L), Irvine (4), Weimer (4) and Wallace
Trinder (W) and Bowyer

(May 22)  Burnaby-Kingsway stopped Port Moody 5 to 3.

Carter (L) and Docker
MacRae/McRae (W), Peters (6) Osadczuk

(May 22)  The District of Coquitlam Athletics held off a three-run, last-inning outburst to edge Haney-Hammond 4 to 3.

Sabatine (L) and Bowyer
LeClair (W) and Eriksson

(May 24)  Morley Deans punched out seven and fashioned a one-hitter in pitching the Vancouver Duffs to an 18 to 0 annihilation of New Westminster. Deans had a no-hitter going until the seventh spasm when Royal City first baseman John Thompson singled. Ed Lorenz, Don Ricketts and Dave Parker each stroked two hits for the Duffs with a triple included in Lorenz’ sum of swats.

McLean (L), Irvine (3), Weimer(3), Abrams (5) and Wallace
Deans (W) and Sullivan 

(May 26)  Wayne Frank’s/Franks’ run-scoring infield single in the final frame gave Burnaby-Kingsway a 4 to 3 win over New Westminster in Dewdney League play.

Blight, Van Ieperen (L) (7) and Brandolini
Crosato, Peters (W) (7) and Taylor

(May 26)  Bellingham visited the District of Coquitlam and took both ends of an afternoon-night doubleheader, 10 to 3 and 2 to 0, from the hosting Athletics.

Fleener (W) and Zender
Heathcote (L), Michaud (6) and Stein

Skov (W) and Zender
Wilson (L), LeClaire (8) and Eriksson

(May 26)  In an exhibition tilt, the Vancouver Duffs shutout Haney-Hammond 11 to 0. Then, in a regular Dewdney League skirmish, the Duffs plated four runs in the eighth and added a three-spot in the ninth to dump New Westminster 7 to 5.

Swartz (L), Trinder (2), Sabatine (5) and Cameron
Gillespie (W) and Sullivan 

Ruddick, Gillespie (W) (8) and Sullivan
DeBray, Blight (L) (8) and Wallace

(May 28)  Burnaby-Kingsway’s Dave Sparks threw a one-hitter and Haney-Hammond tosser Bob Trinder gave up just three hits but neither team could score in playing to a 0 – 0 draw.

Sparks and Osadczuk
Trinder and Bowyer 

(May 31)  Right-hander Bill Gillespie teased the District of Coquitlam Athletics on two hits as he pitched the Vancouver Duffs to an 8 to 1 victory over the A’s. He struck out four in boosting his record for the season to 5 – 0 and doubled to drive in the Duffs’ first run. Stan Stewardson and Barry Arnett both picked up two safeties for the winners.

Heathcote (L) and Eriksson
Gillespie (W) and Sullivan

(June 5)  The Vancouver Duffs edged Burnaby-Kingsway 3 to 2, scoring the winning run on a double steal in the eighth inning with Bob Bissell touching home.

Ruddick, Frezell (W) (8) and Sullivan
Sparks (L), Peters (8) and Osadczuk

(June 6)  Bob Stinson’s seventh-inning single drove in the winning run as Haney-Hammond nosed out Port Moody 1 to 0. Winning pitcher Ray LeCroix worked the first seven stanzas on the knoll for the winners, yielding three hits, while Bob Trinder struck out the side in the last two innings. Left-fielder Denis Van Ieperen stroked all three hits for Port Moody.

LeCroix (W), Trinder (8) and Cameron
Carter (L) and Docker

(June 7)  The Vancouver Duffs and Burnaby-Kingsway fought to a 1 – 1 stalemate in Dewdney League baseball at Central Park. Darkness prevented play beyond the seventh inning. The B-K’s had a 7 to 3 edge in base hits.

Lea, Peters (7) and Osadczuk
Frezell and Sullivan 

(June 12)  District of Coquitlam pitcher Rollie Chabot made an impressive debut in the Dewdney League, firing a six-hit shutout while striking out eight as the Athletics blanked Port Moody at Blue Mountain Park. Chabot got the only run be needed in the fourth inning when catcher Ivan Eriksson singled home Gord Seitz.

Carter (L) and Currie, Docker (7)
Chabot (W) and Eriksson

(June 12)  Burnaby-Kingsway beat New Westminster 3 to 1 at Central Park. Winning pitcher Andy Johnston, who threw a three-hitter, doubled in the eighth inning and eventually crossed the plate with the winning tally on playing-manager Bill Kinder’s bunt. Stan Osadczuk singled home the final run.

Blight (L) and Wallace
Johnston (W) and Osadczuk

(June 13)  New Westminster beat the invading District of Coquitlam Athletics 9 to 2 at Queen’s Park.

Heathcote (L), LeClair (7) and Stein
DeBray (W) and Wallace

(June 13)  The league-leading Vancouver Duffs suffered a rare defeat, succumbing 8 to 6 to hosting Port Moody.

MacAdam/McAdam (L), Ruddick (5) and Sullivan
D. Van Ieperen (W) and Currie

(June 14)  New Westminster won the first game of the Dewdney Baseball League’s annual tournament, defeating Burnaby-Kingsway 3 to 1 at Hammond. Ted Miller singled in one run and scored another as the Royal City nine plated a deuce in the eighth episode for the margin of victory.

Van Ieperen (W) and Wallace
Crosato (L), Peters (8) and Osadczuk

(June 16)  New Westminster broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the seventh and two in the eighth to down Duffs 6-3 in the final of the Dewdney League tournament at Maple Ridge Stadium at Hammond on the weekend.  The Royal City crew got the final runs on singles by John Thompson, Gordie Brandolini and Wayne Wallace. The winners gained a spot in the final on a coin flip as Duffs needed to play the District of Coquitlam in a semi-final. They won 4-2 getting the deciding markers on singles by Barry Sullivan, Keith Commons, pitcher Morley Deans and catcher Bob Bissell. Earlier Sunday, Duffs eliminated Port Moody 3-1 on hits by Ed Lorenz, Sullivan and Barry Arnett. Sunday morning, Coquitlam edged Haney-Hammond 2-1 on Lynn Byland's two-run triple.

Frezell (L) and Bissell
Blight (W) and Wallace

(June 21)  The Vancouver Duffs increased their Dewdney Baseball League lead to three points, drubbing New Westminster 9 to 1 at Central Park. Graham Frezell struck out ten and gave up just four hits to record the mound victory. He also stroked a double and a single, driving in a pair of markers.

Van Ieperen (L) and Wallace
Frezell (W) and Sullivan

(June 22)  The Vancouver Duffs struck for ten hits, all singles, to defeat New Westminster 5 to 1 in a Dewdney League match at Queen’s Park. Duffs’ pitcher Morley Deans allowed but two hits in fashioning the complete-game victory.

Deans (W) and Edwards
DeBray (L), Blight (5) and Wallace

(June 27)  Burnaby-Kingsway baseballers tightened their hold on the Southern Division lead in the Dewdney Baseball League, defeating New Westminster 10 to 0 at Queen’s Park Stadium. Winning chucker Ray Crosato, with seventh-inning relief assistance, limited New Westminster to two safeties. The Royal City squad self-destructed in the third inning when three pitchers gave up five runs on one hit and seven walks.

Crosato (W), Peters (7) and Osadczuk
Weimer (L), Erickson (3), DeBray (3) and Kapstick

(June 28)  Haney-Hammond inflicted the worst defeat ever suffered by the Vancouver Duffs since entering the Dewdney circuit six years ago by crushing the Duffs 14 to 0 at Central Park. Six errors by the Vancouverites made things easy for the Double-H aggregation. Fred Sabatine pitched a two-hitter for the victory which extended Haney’s Eastern Division lead to to points over Coquitlam. It was only the fifth loss suffered by the Duffs who are still in first place in the Western Division.

Sabatine (W) and Cameron
Gillespie (L), MacAdam (4), Ford (6) and Edwards

(June 28)  The second-place Bellingham Bells blanked New Westminster 5 to 0 in the Washington border town. Winning flinger Bill Kohlwes and reliever Bob Salisbury limited the Royal City nine to just two hits

Van Ieperen (L) and Wallace
Kohlwes (W), Salisbury (6) and Hannah

(July 3)  The Vancouver Duffs preserved their three-point Divisional lead by holding Burnaby-Kingsway to a 0 – 0 tie at Central Park. The B-K’s had a 5 to 4 edge in base hits during the nine-inning affair.

Frezell and Edwards
Smith and Osadczuk

(July 3)  Invading Haney-Hammond bounced the District of Coquitlam Athletics 9 to 5, outhitting their hosts by a 10 to 4 margin.

Paulson, Minty (W) (2) and Bowyer
LeClair (L), Curby (6) and Stein

(July 4)  Bruce Thornton’s RBI-double in the ninth inning drove in Dave Blight and earned New Westminster an uphill 5 – 5 tie with the District of Coquitlam Athletics in Dewdney League action. The Royal City aggregation battled back from a 5 to 0 deficit to gain the draw at Queen’s Park.

Chabot, LeClair (9) and Stein 
Blight and Wallace, Kapstick (4)

(July 5)  Burly Morley Deans recorded his fourth straight Dewdney Baseball League hillock triumph as the Vancouver Duffs beat Burnaby-Kingsway 7 to 5 at Central Park. Deans fanned 11 in his eight episodes atop the bump while reliever Bill Gillespie, who ascended the knoll in the ninth, whiffed the side. The win gives the Duffs a five-point lead over the B-K’s in the Northern Division. Keith Taylor clouted a base-loaded triple for the Kingsways.

Lea (L), Crosato (1), Sparks (5), Peters (6) and Osadczuk 
Deans (W), Gillespie (9) and Edwards

(July 6)  Ken Ruddick struck out nine and batted in the winning run as the Vancouver Duffs edged New Westminster 2 to 1 in Dewdney League play. Ruddick gave up only one hit in the eight innings he pitched. Ted Miller singled in New Westminster’s only run.

Ruddick (W), Gillespie (9) and Sullivan
DeBray (L) and Kapstick

(July 11)  Burnaby-Kingsway moved into second place in the Northern Division by beating New Westminster 2 to 0 at Queen’s Park. Infielders Wayne Frank/Franks and John Haar each had three singles and an RBI for the Kingsways.

MacRae/McRae (W), Johnson (7) and Osadczuk
Blight (L) and Kapstick, Wallace (6) 

(July 12)  Burnaby-Kingsway recorded their first victory in six games against the Vancouver Duffs this season, nosing out the Division leaders 4 to 3 at Central Park. The  win boosted the Kingsways to within three points of the Duffs.

Smith, Lea (W) (4) and Osadczuk
Frezell (L) and Edwards

(July 13)  Ted Miller’s ninth-inning single drove in the winner and gave New Westminster a 6 to 5 win over Haney-Hammond. Miller had three RBI’s for the night.

Trinder, Minty (L) (8) and Bowyer
Blight (W) and Wallace

(July 14)  The District of Coquitlam Athletics handed big Morley Deans his first loss of the Dewdney Baseball League season, blanking the Vancouver Duffs 1 to 0 at Central Park. Coquitlam’s run came in the seventh when Bob Stein scored on an infield out after Stein had reached base on an outfield error.

LeClair (W) and Stein
Deans (L) and Edwards, Sullivan (8)

(July 25)  Marlin Jensen paced Bellingham to a 12 to 7 win over New Westminster in a Dewdney League clash at Queen’s Park Stadium. Jensen, who relieved Bells’ starting pitcher Bob Salisbury on the hill in the sixth inning, had two doubles and a single.

Salisbury (W), Jensen (6) and Randall 
DeBray (L), Roumanda (5), Blight (6) and Wallace

(July 31)  A run-producing fifth-inning single by Mike Stein proved to be the difference as the District of Coquitlam Athletics edged Port Moody 3 to 2 at Blue Mountain Park.

Todachuk (L) and Docker
Michaud (W) and Stein

August 4)  Bernie Brennan belted a grand-slam home run to lead the District of Coquitlam Athletics to a 6 to 2 Dewdney Baseball League victory over Burnaby-Kingsway at Blue Mountain Park. Brennan also singled home another run to finish with a total of five RBI’s for the night.

Lea (L), Smith (2) and Osadczuk
LeClair (W) and Brummet

(August 5)  Port Moody moved to within one point of second-place District of Coquitlam in the Northern Division of the Dewdney Baseball League by taking a 3 to 0 verdict from New Westminster at Queen’s Park Stadium.

Carter (W) and Currie
Blight (L), Abrams (6) and Wallace


(August 7)  Bill Gillespie struck out 18 as the Vancouver Duffs grabbed a one-game lead in the best-of-three Dewdney League semi-finals, blanking Burnaby-Kingsway 2 to 0 at Central Park.

McRae (L), Crosato (6), Sparks (8) and Osadczuk
Gillespie (W) and Edwards

(August 9)  Darkness and veteran Bill Kinder put the squeeze on the Vancouver Duffs’ hopes of advancing to the Dewdney League finals. The Duffs were one out away from defeating the Kingsways and entering the finals until Kinder, and then dusk, stopped them at Central Park. Kinder laid down a perfect squeeze bunt that scored John Haar from third base in the bottom-of-the-seventh inning that earned the B-K’s a 1 – 1 draw. The game was then called after the third out because of darkness. Neil Arnett’s solo homer in the third panel accounted for the Duffs’ run.    

Deans, Frezell (7) and Edwards
Sparks, McRae (3), Peters (5) and Osadczuk

(August 11)  Bill Gillespie pitched a one-hit shutout as the Vancouver Duffs blanked Burnaby-Kingsway 9 to 0 to win the Dewdney League Southern Division semi-final. Earlier, the Kingsways had beaten the Duffs 5 to 2 to tie the series. The Duffs now face Bellingham in a best-of-five final series. In the first game, Willie Taylor hit a two-run homer and John Haar a two-run triple for the victors.

Smith (W) and Osadczuk
Frezell (L) and Edwards

Gillespie fanned 13 and yielded only a single to Taylor in a route-going mound performance that wrapped up the series. He also nailed a bases-loaded double while teammates Harold Edwards and Stan Stewardson launched four-baggers. 

Gillespie (W) and Edwards
Crosato (L), McRae (2), Peters (4), Lea (5), Bell (7) and Osadczuk         


(August 13)  The Bellingham Bells scored three unearned runs and got a two-hit pitching performance from Bob Salisbury to defeat the Vancouver Duffs 4 to 0 in the first game of the Dewdney League finals. Errors by the Vancouverites accounted for the first three Bellingham counters and Jim Zender plated the other on a bases-empty dinger.

Deans (L) and Edwards
Salisbury (W) and Hanna

No further coverage of Dewdney League playoffs located in either Vancouver publication.


(August 31-September 2)  For the second straight year Victoria is the Senior A champion of British Columbia having downed Terrace 6-3 on Monday.  Victoria went unbeaten through the four-day, double knockout tournament.  They advanced to the final on the one-hit, shutout pitching of Des Mosely as Victoria beat Kelowna 3-0 Saturday night.  Terrace lost their first game 11-5 to Haney-Hammond but rallied with three consecutive wins, including a 6-5 victory over the Haney team in the semi-final.  Victoria had earlier topped Haney 6-2 behind a four-hitter by Art Worth. Victoria and Terrace battled on even terms in the final until the sixth inning when Les Brice smacked a three-run, inside-the-park, homer to break a 3-3 tie.

Orr, Nelson (6) and Sunberg
Figeons, Mosley (9) and Moody