1972 Game Reports     


(May 21)   Lethbridge Lakers had a pair of four-run innings en route to a 9-4 win over Edmonton Blue Willows in the opening game of the 1972 Alberta Major Baseball League season. Rod Taylor picked up the win in relief of starter Al Ferchuk. Ferchuk had a double and single to pace Lakers' hitters. Catcher Wally Waddle had a double and two singles for the Willows. 

Purcell (L), Christianson (8) and Waddle
Ferchuk, Taylor (W) (7) and Yorgason

(May 22)  Lethbridge Lakers swept their opening weekend with the Edmonton Blue Willows with a 4-0 victory at Lethbridge.  Randy Maxwell fired a four-hitter for the shutout.  Wayne Commodore's two-run homer in the 4th inning turned out to be all the offense the Lakers needed.  Cam Burr singled in a pair in the 7th.  Nels Christianson allowed just seven hits in taking the loss.

Christianson (L) and Waddle
R. Maxwell (W) and Yorgason

(May 22)  Calgary Jimmies scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to a 12-3 season opening victory over Red Deer.  With a run in the 4th and four more in the 5th, Jimmies took a 10-0 lead before the home club got on the scoreboard with a pair in the bottom of the 5th. In the process, Calgary defeated Cliff Ballou the league's top hurler in 1971.  Ron Johnston poked a two-run homer for the Jimmies in the 6th. 

Davis (W), Lynn (6) and Johnston
Ballou (L), Luke (6) and Lyssons

(May 23)  Edmonton Tigers had two big innings, a six-run outburst in the 3rd and a five-run 8th, to down Red Deer 11-5.  Tigers took advantage of 11 hits and five Red Deer errors.  Bill Chahley, with relief from Ken Ewasiuk, picked up the win.  Al McKee was the loser. Fred Seyer had a triple and single for the Tigers.  Al Staples rapped three hits for the Elks.

A. McKee (L), Ballou (8) and McCook
Chahley (W), Ewasiuk (8) and Franchuk

(May 27)  Doug Simon drove in four runs with three hits to lead Calgary Jimmies to an 8-2 victory over Edmonton Tigers. Ron Moffat added a double and single good for two RBI.  Malcolm Lynn was the winner with seven strong innings. 

Ewasiuk (L), Schneider (5) and Franchuk
Lynn (W), Thompson (8) and Johnston

(May 27)  Down 5-2 in the top of the 9th, Calgary Giants exploded for seven runs to upend Edmonton Blue Willows 9-5.  Lyle Moffat's bases-loaded triple was the key blow. Giants had just eight hits but benefited from five Edmonton errors. Steve Loveless allowed seven hits in garnering the win.

Loveless (W) and McAuley, Jarvis (9)
Purcell (L), Panteluk (9), Sakires (9), Henderson (9) and Waddle

(May 28)   A five-run 8th inning carried Calgary Jimmies to a 7-5 win over Edmonton Tigers. Outfielder Gary Malmberg drove in three runs, including the winner. Two-time AMBL pitching champ Bill Chahley of the Tigers had a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the 7th inning. Reg Gerlitz drew a leadoff walk and Ron Moffat reached on an infield error.  With two out, Ron Johnston loaded the bases on another error and Chahley's wild pitch resulted in the first Jimmies' run and Malmberg's single plated another. Calgary got five hits and Tigers made another error in the 8th to account for the five markers. Bob Baird picked up the win in relief of starter Don Davis.

Chahley (L), Schneider (8) and Franchuk
Davis, Baird (W) (8) and Johnston

(May 28)  Calgary Giants staked Gord Vejprava to an early 4-0 lead and cruised to a 10-2 win over Edmonton Blue Willows. Vejprava held the home club to just four hits. Brian Hogan led the offense with three hits. The Giants were helped by 21 bases on balls in the two weekend games.

Vejprava (W) and McAuley, Jarvis (6)
McCarthy (L), Henderson (5), Christianson (6) and Gullett, Thompson (7)

(May 28)   The AMBL newcomers, the Lethbridge Lakers, remained unbeaten with a sweep of a twin bill with Red Deer. Lakers won 2-1 and 3-2 as the Elks made a total of seven errors in the two games.

In the opener, the Lakers scored the winner in the 5th inning on an error and Rob Roy's single. They had notched their first run in the opening inning on a single by Larry Edwards and an error. Rod Taylor went the distance for the win.  Cliff Ballou gave up just five hits in taking the loss.

Taylor (W 2-0) and Yorgason
Ballou (L 0-2) and Van Ornum

The teams were tied 2-2 after regulation play, seven innings, in the second game. In the first extra inning, a double by Wayne Commodore and yet another error allowed the winning run to score.  The Elks had taken a 1-0 lead on Blair Hanna's homer in the first inning. Al Ferchuk tossed a five-hitter for the win. Billy Luke allowed just five hits in being handed the loss.

Ferchuk (W 1-0) and Yorgason
Luke (L 0-1) and Van Ornum

                         W  L  GTB
Lethbridge Lakers        4  0 ---
Calgary Jimmies          3  0  1/2
Calgary Giants           2  0  1
Edmonton Tigers          1  2  2 1/2
Red Deer Elks            0  4  4
Edmonton Blue Willows    0  4  4

(May 30)   Calgary Jimmies were handed three gift runs in the first inning and went on to down Red Deer Elks 7-3. An error by second baseman Al Staples opened the floodgates and Gary Malmberg and Al Herback followed with singles to knock in runs. Bob Baird fanned 11 in seven innings of work for his second win of the young season. In the second, John Vandenberg socked the first of his two triples and scored on Ron Moffat's single. Herback doubled to drive in another run in the 5th inning and the Jimmies put two more on the board in the 6th on a Vandenberg triple, a walk, Ron Johnston's double and a wild pitch.

W. McKee (L 0-1), A. McKee (6), Van Ornum (7), Pozzo (8) and Van Ornum, McCook (7)
Baird (W 2-0), Findlay (8), Lynn (9) and Johnston

(May 30)   Lethbridge Lakers won their 5th straight game scoring in the bottom of the 10th inning to edge Calgary Giants 4-3. Howie Heggedal doubled and came around to score on a throwing error.  The Lakers had scored one in the 3rd inning and a pair in the 8th to come from behind an early 3-0 deficit.  Rod Taylor chalked up his third victory in relief of starter Randy Maxwell. Marty Maxwell, who drove in the two 8th inning markers, led the team with three hits. Tim Negrello added a homer.

Loveless, Vejprava (8), Randle (L) (10) and McAuley
R. Maxwell, Taylor (W) (8) and Yorgason

(May 30)   Playing manager Orv Franchuk singled in Rich Meily with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Edmonton Tigers took a 6-5 decision over the Edmonton Blue Willows.  Ken Ewasiuk picked up the mound victory in relief.

Christianson, Henderson (L) (6) and Thompson
Marian, Ewasiuk (W) (7) and Reidford, Franchuk (7)

(June 1)   Calgary Jimmies had two big innings, a five-run 4th and a four-run 5th, to bury the Calgary Giants 10-4.  Jimmies had a shutout until the 9th when the Giants finally got on the scoreboard with a four-spot.  Right-hander Don Davis blanked the Giants for five innings to get the win. Al Herback had a double and single and two runs batted in for the winners. Doug Simon and Ron Moffat each had two hits and two RBI. Lyle Moffat had the big hit for the Giants, a bases-loaded triple.

Vejprava (L), Bruce (5), Randle (5) and McAuley, Jarvis (7)
Davis (W), Sheppard (6), Thompson (8) and Johnston

(June 1)   At Red Deer, the Edmonton Tigers and the Elks played to an 8-8 tie in a game called because of darkness. The game is to be completed June 13th. Tigers scored three in the top of the 8th to tie after the Elks had taken the lead with four runs in the bottom of the 7th.  Wayne McKee of the Elks and Rich Meiley of the Tigers belted homers. Meiley had three hits and knocked in three.

Schneider, Chahley (7) and Franchuk
Ballou, Luke (8) and Van Ornum

(June 3)  Veteran Ed Stefureak drove in five runs with a homer and a pair of singles to give the Edmonton Blue Willows their first win of the season, 7-4 over the Calgary Giants. 

Purcell (W), Henderson (6) and Waddle
Randle (L), Hines (4) and Jarvis

(June 3)   Lethbridge remained undefeated scoring all their runs in the last three innings for a 5-2 triumph over Edmonton Tigers. Greg Hamilton's two-run double in the 8th inning proved to be decisive. Dennis King and Bernie Sonntag combined on a five-hitter for the Lakers with Sonntag getting credit for the win.  Tigers lost playing manager Orv Franchuk for the season when he fractured his ankle sliding into second base after belting a double. 

King, Sonntag (W) and Hamilton
Ewasiuk (L) and Franchuk,Taylor (9)

(June 4)  Steve Loveless, forced into the game in the first inning as the Blue Willows scored five times, allowed just an unearned run the rest of the way as the Calgary Giants rebounded for a 10-6 victory.  Outfielder Paul Gallivan was the offensive star for the Giants over the weekend with a triple and two singles Saturday and three more hits in Sunday's game.

Christianson, McCarthy (L) (4), Henderson (6), Sakires (8) and Thompson
Vejprava, Loveless (W) (1) and Dawson

(June 4)  On Sunday, the Tigers rapped out 14 hits in handing Lethbridge its first loss of the season, 14-4. Tim Young led the way with five hits.  Ron Watamaniuk knocked in five runs with three hits, including a home run. Bill Chahley scattered 11 Lakers' hits for the win. 

Ferchuk (L), R. Maxwell (5), Sonntag (5) and Yorgason
Chahley (W) and Taylor

(June 6)  Calgary Giants unveiled a new left-hander Tuesday and the Lethbridge Lakers paid the price.  Ray Parr, a recruit from Washington State University, fanned 17 Lakers as the Giants rolled to a 7-1 victory.  Calgary obtained Parr after losing lefty Tom Changnon who signed a pro contract with Houston.  He allowed just five hits in winning his debut. Lyle Moffat led the Giants with a triple, double and two walks. He scored four times. Phil Kelber also produce a triple and a double.

Parr (W) and McAuley
Taylor (L) and Yorgason

(June 6)   Red Deer scored all its runs in the first two innings and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Blue Willows.  Cliff Ballou survived 12 hits to claim the mound triumph.  Bruce Gullett gave up just seven hits in a losing cause, but he also gave up seven free passes.

Gullett (L 0-1) and Waddle, Thompson (4)
Ballou (W 1-2) and Van Ornum

(June 7)  Calgary Jimmies' Bob Baird extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings in blanking the Lethbridge Lakers 7-0. The right-hander held the Lakers to four hits while setting down ten by strike out in his seven innings of work. Malcolm Lynn finished up with two scoreless frames. Doug Simon provided early power with a two-run homer in the first inning. John Elick added a solo shot in the 7th.  Simon and newcomer Marv Chamberlain each had three hits for the Jimmies.

R. Maxwell (L), King (8) and Yorgason
Baird (W), Lynn (8) and Johnston

(June 7)  Rich Meily's two-run homer in the 7th inning gave Edmonton Tigers a 6-4 win over Red Deer. Red Deer scored twice in the 3rd on a two-run double by Roger Pozzo and once more in the 4th to take a 3-1 lead. The Tigers went ahead in the 6th with three runs on three hits off losing pitcher Al McKee.  After Meily's homer, Elks rallied with one in the top of the 8th but winning pitcher Ken Ewasiuk retired pinch hitters Bill Luke and Al Knight with the bases loaded. Julie Owchar had a double and single for the Tigers. John Van Ornum and Blair Hanna each had two hits for Red Deer.

A. McKee (L 0-2), Pozzo (8) and Van Ornum
Ewasiuk (W 2-2) and Taylor

(June 8)   A three-run 5th inning carried the Calgary Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Jimmies.  Giants took an early lead as Phil Kelber doubled in Lyle Moffat in the 1st inning.  In the 5th, Reg Gerlitz cracked a bases-loaded double to increase the margin to 4-0. Steve Loveless held the Giants to nine hits for this third win of the season.

Davis (L), Lynn (5), Sheppard (7) and Johnston
Loveless (W) and Dawson

(June 10) The Red Deer Elks shaded the hometown Unity Cardinals 5 to 4 in one of the two N.S.B.L. interlocking games with teams from the Alberta Major Baseball League. A two-run homer by Roger Pozzo in the ninth inning gave the Elks the win. Pozzo also collected a single for Red Deer while Larry Haylor was the top hitter for Unity with a triple and single.

Ballou, Phillips (7) (W 1-0) and Van Ornum
Oranaydo, Brown (7) (L) and Wandler

(June 10) The Kindersley Klippers beat the Edmonton Blue Willows of the Alberta Major Baseball League 9 to 3 in Kindersley. Paul Risso allowed only five Edmonton hits while fanning 15. The Klippers collected 13 hits off loser Steve Purcell and reliever Stu Henderson. Larry Sheppard blasted a homer for the Klips while Bruce Gullett connected a dinger for the Bluebirds.

Purcell (L), Henderson (9) and xxx
Risso (W) and xxx

(June 11) The Unity Cardinals gained a split in their weekend set with Alberta invaders when they scored an 8 to 6 win over the Edmonton Blue Willows. Greg Watte made his first start for the Cardinals and gave up ten hits in a winning effort. Archie Curtis, who also gave up ten hits, took the loss.

Curtis (L) and xxx
G. Watte (W) and xxx

(June 11) The Calgary Jimmies won their first interlocking game of the campaign when they hammered the home standing Kindersley Klippers 27 to 9.

Stephens, Thompson, Davis (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

                         W  L  GTB
Calgary Jimmies          7  1  ---
Lethbridge Lakers        6  3  1.5
Calgary Giants           5  3  2.0
Edmonton Tigers          4  3  2.5
Red Deer Elks            2  6  5.0
Edmonton Blue Willows    1  9  7.0

(June 13)   Calgary Jimmies pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of eight Lethbridge errors to down the Lakers 12-7. Catcher Ron Johnston led the attack with a double and three singles. John Elick had three safeties and John Vandenberg helped with a double and single. Malcolm Lynn was the winner, in relief of starter Doug Homme.

Homme, Lynn (W) (6) and Johnston
Taylor, King (L) (3) and Yorgason

(June 14)   Lethbridge Lakers had 14 hits off four Calgary Giants' hurlers en route to a 9-6 victory at Foothills Stadium.  Winning pitcher Al Ferchuk led the offense knocking in three runs with two doubles and a single. Bob Turner, Marty Maxwell, Rob Roy, and Tim Negrello each had two hits for the Lakers. Paul Gallivan clouted a two-run homer for the Giants and Phil Kelber had a lost-in-the-lights triple and a single.

Ferchuk (W), Miller (7) and Yorgason
Vejprava (L), Olberg (7), Randle (8), Duncan (9) and Dawson

(June 14)   Ed Ashton singled in winning pitcher Tom Sharpe in the 16th inning as Edmonton Tigers edged Blue Willows 7-6.  Willows, who out hit the Tigers 19-9, allowed the Tigers to score twice and tie the game in the bottom of the 9th on a throwing error. Ashton's hit was his second of the game and accounted for his third run batted in. Willows' catcher Bruce Gullett had a game for the scrap book with six hits. Willows left 24 runners on bases.

Purcell, Christianson (L) (11) and Gullett
Chahley, Funk (3), Sharpe (W) (12) and Taylor

(June 15)   Calgary Jimmies whipped the Giants 11-3 as Bob Baird won his 4th straight game and extended his scoreless streak to 23 innings. Baird worked seven innings allowing just three hits.  Giants' Ray Parr had a three-hitter through five innings but had allowed a run in each inning as wildness hurt the left-hander as he gave up eight walks and hit a batter.  Jimmies also recorded eight stolen bases. Marv Chamberlain, who stole three sacks, Al Herback and Ron Moffat each had two hits for the winners. Rookie infielder Bob Papworth had three hits for the Giants.

Parr (L), Loveless (6) and Dawson
Baird (W), Findlay (8), Strachan (9) and Johnston

(June 15)  The McKee brothers combined for seven hits and five runs batted in to power the Red Deer Elks to an 11-5 victory over the Edmonton Blue Willows.  Al McKee had four hits, including a home run and double, while Wayne chipped in with a triple and two singles.  Lefty Bill Phillips relieved starter Cliff Ballou in the 2nd inning and went the rest of the way for the win.  He allowed just three hits and fanned ten.

Ballou, Phillips (W 2-0) (2) and McCook
Henderson (L), Sakires (6), Gullett (7) and Thompson, Waddle (7)

(June 17) The Kindersley Klippers won an interlocking game from the visiting Edmonton Tigers of the A.M.B.L. 8 to 3. Paul Risso tossed a complete game seven-hitter and struck out nine in taking the pitching victory over Ken Ewasiuk. Dave Croft and Larry Sheppard had two hits apiece for the Klips. Ed Ashton of the Edmontonians belted a triple and double.

Ewasiuk (L), Funk (4) and Taylor
Risso (W) and Jackson

(June 17) The N.S.B.L. leading North Battleford Beavers whipped the Lethbridge Lakers 16 to 4 in an inter-league home game. The Beavers pounded four Lethbridge hurlers for 19 hits. Mark Perkins belted a three-run homer for the winners and teammate Bill Settle added an inside-the-park home run. Settle also had a triple and single. Tom Sallaway pitched his fifth win of the season for the Beavers with a seven-hitter. The losing moundsman was Randy Maxwell who was shelled from the hill in the second frame. Rob Taylor picked up a double and single for the Lakers.

R. Maxwell (L), Ferchuk (2), Miller, Taylor and Yorgason
Sallaway (W) and Settle

(June 17) The Calgary Jimmies captured the opening game of a weekend visit by a pair of N.S.B.L. teams when they bumped the Unity Cardinals 6 to 4. Four unearned runs in the seventh inning gave the Calgarians the come-from-behind victory. Both clubs had eight hits with Jim Shaw and Bob Brown collecting two hits each for Unity. Marv Chamberlain, who last season played for the now-defunct Neilburg Monarchs of the N.S.B.L., smashed two doubles and a single for the Jimmies. Malcolm Lynn got the twirling victory over Robbie Watte.

R. Watte (L), Brown (8) and Mitchell
Lynn (W), Davis (8) and Johnston

(June 18) All good things must come to an end as the North Battleford Beavers learned when the Edmonton Tigers overcame a 1 to 0 first-inning deficit to hand the Beavers their first loss 7 to 1 after twelve consecutive victories. Bill Chahley of the Bengals took the hurling triumph over North Battleford's Gary Barker. The Tigers gathered 11 hits in setting down the N.S.B.L. leaders. Ed Ashton led the way offensively for the winners with a double and single. Bill Settle singled twice for North Battleford.

Chahley (W), Sharpe (6) and Taylor
Barker (L), D. McIntyre (7) and Settle

(June 18) The Calgary Jimmies won their second game of the weekend against N.S.B.L. opposition when they edged the Eston Ramblers 7 to 6 in ten innings. The Cowtowners rallied with a pair of ninth-inning runs to tie things up then won it with a counter in the bottom of the extra-frame. Eston relief pitcher Greg Larson, who issued two bases-loaded walks in the ninth inning, was the loser. Jim Strachan was the winner in relief. Eston out-hit Calgary 14 to 10 and had home run support from Merle Byrnes and Howie Vesy. Blythe Irvine and Rick Morrice of the Ramblers both had three hits.

Dentz, Larson (9) (L), McClure (10) and Morrice
Homme, Davis (8), Strachan (W) (9) and Chamberlain

                         W  L  GTB
Calgary Jimmies         11  1  ---
Lethbridge Lakers        7  5  4.0
Edmonton Tigers          6  4  4.0
Calgary Giants           5  5  5.0
Red Deer Elks            3  6  6.5
Edmonton Blue Willows    1 11 10.0

(June 19)   Edmonton Tigers exploded for seven runs in the 3rd inning and whipped the Blue Willows 9-3 with a 17-hit attack.  Julie Owchar and Ron Watamaniuk each drove in two runs in the big inning. Reliever Lonnie Funk copped the pitching win. In his first start for the Willows, Ron Pestorich took the loss.

Marian, Funk (W) (1), Ohrn (8) and Taylor, Symington (8)
Pestorich (L), McCarthy (7) and Gullett

(June 20)   Calgary Jimmies chalked up their 12th victory in 13 games taking a gift win from the Lethbridge Lakers, 6-4.  With the Lakers scoring three in the top of the 7th inning to tie, 4-4, the Jimmies scored a pair in the bottom of the 7th on five walks.  Lethbridge starter Jeff DeRecat walked four to force in the winning run and reliever Dennis King walked another for an insurance marker for the Jimmies.  Bob Baird won his 5th without a defeat but had his scoreless streak stopped at 27 and 2/3s innings when Lakers scored in the 5th. 

DeRecat (L), King (7) and Yorgason
Baird (W), Lynn (8) and Johnston

(June 20)  Bill Phillips fired a two-hitter as the Red Deer Elks blanked the Edmonton Blue Willows 9-0.  The lefty fanned nine and walked two in posting his third win since arriving from California two weeks ago. Al McKee drove in four runs with a double and single.

Phillips (W 3-0) and Van Ornum
Purcell (L 1-4), Henderson (8) and Thompson

(June 21)   Calgary Giants with a pair of two-run innings held on to top the Jimmies 5-3, handing the Jims only their 2nd loss in 14 games. Stu Heron drove in both runs in the 2nd with a single and hits by Bruce Lofting and Bob Duncan drove in the runs in the 3rd. Marv Chamberlain knocked in one run for the Jimmies with a sacrifice fly in the 3rd and John Vandenberg drove in a pair with a triple in the 6th. Reliever Lee West picked up the win.

Loveless, West (W) (4) and Heatley
Stephens (L), Davis (6) and Chamberlain

(June 22)   Lethbridge Lakers scored four runs in the 1st inning and went on to top Calgary Jimmies 9-4. Rob Roy and Marty Maxwell each had three hits to lead the attack. Rod Taylor, with relief help from Brian Sonntag, picked up the win. Dave Morris had two hits for Calgary.

Strachan (L), Davis (1), Thompson (7) and Johnston
Taylor (W), Sonntag (7) and Yorgason

(June 22)   Ray Parr held Red Deer to three hits in pitching the Calgary Giants to a 10-2 victory Thursday.  He had 12 strikeouts and five bases on balls. Giants produced 15 hits, three each by Lyle Moffat and Stu Heron. Moffat, who had a homer, drove in four runs. John Van Ornum had a two-run homer for the Elks.

A. McKee (L 0-3), Phillips (6), Pozzo (7) and Van Ornum
Parr (W 2-1) and Heatley

(June 25) The hometown Unity Cardinals of the N.S.B.L. edged the Edmonton Tigers of the Alberta Major Baseball League 8 to 7 in an interlocking game. Ed Ralston singled twice for the winners, one of which drove in the winning run in the ninth inning. Jim Shaw of the Cards had a double and single. Ed Dunsen tripled and doubled for the Edmontonians.

Sharpe, Funk (L) (9) and xxx
G. Watte, Brown (W) (9) and xxx

                         W  L  GTB
Calgary Jimmies         12  3  ---
Edmonton Tigers          7  5  3.5
Calgary Giants           7  5  3.5
Lethbridge Lakers        8  6  3.5
Red Deer Elks            4  7  6.0
Edmonton Blue Willows    1 13 10.5

(June 27)  Bob Baird won his 6th game, without a loss, firing a two-hitter in the Jimmies 3-1 victory over Calgary Giants.  In his first complete game of the season, the right-hander fanned 12 and walked only one. Baird also scored the first run, reaching when hit by a pitch, advancing on a sacrifice and coming home on John Elick's single. Marv Chamberlain scored what proved to be the winning run in the 6th inning when he doubled and moved up on an error and scored on Doug Simon's high chopper over third base. Simon notched an insurance run in the 8th when he walked and came around on singles by Ron Moffat and Ron Johnston.

Baird (W) and Johnston
Loveless (L) and Heatley

(June 27)  Bill Phillips scattered ten hits to win his 4th straight as Red Deer topped the Edmonton Blue Willows 7-2. Ed Stefureak spoiled Phillips' shutout bid with a two-run homer in the 6th.  John Van Ornum had a four-bagger for the Elks and knocked in three.

Pestorich (L), Purcell (5) and Waddle
Phillips (W 4-0) and Van Ornum

(June 28)  Ray Parr hurled a five-hitter with 15 strikeouts to lead Calgary Giants to a 9-3 win over Lethbridge Lakers. In his two starts against the Lakers, Parr has fanned 32 batters, setting down 17 in a start earlier this month.  Rich Dawson led the Giants with a triple and single. Lyle Moffat and Phil Kelber each added doubles. Rob Roy had two hits for the Lakers.

Parr (W) and Heatley
DeRecat (L), Ferchuk (2) and Hamilton, Yorgason (5)

(June 29)  Calgary Giants used six Lethbridge errors to good advantage in taking a 6-1 victory.  Gord Vejprava went the distance on a five-hitter for the win. Rob Roy of the Lakers was the game's top hitter with three safeties. Dennis King gave up just seven hits in taking the loss.

King (L) and Yorgason, Hamilton (7)
Vejprava (W) and Heatley

(June 29)  Gord Tucker walked to open the 9th inning for Red Deer, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on a throwing error to give the Elks a 6-5 win over Edmonton Tigers. Elks had rallied with two in the 8th inning to tie. Again, an Edmonton error was key.  Cliff Ballou picked up the win with relief help from Roger Pozzo.  Pozzo and Maury Barden each had two hits for the winners. Dave Edson and Ron Watamaniuk each had three hits for the Tigers. Lonnie Funk, the 4th Tigers' hurler, took the loss.

Ballou, Pozzo (7), Ballou (W 2-2) (8) and Van Ornum
Newson, Ohrn (L), Ewasiuk (7), Funk (L) (8) and Symington

(July 1)  Calgary Giants scored three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, on three hits and two errors, to take a 7-6 decision from Edmonton Tigers. Lee West went the distance for the win.

Chahley (L), Ewasiuk (9) and Symington
West (W) and Dawson

(July 1)   Steve Purcell hurled a two-hitter as the Blue Willows stopped a ten game losing streak with a 5-0 victory over Lethbridge.  Purcell also scored the only run he needed when he drew a walk in the third inning and scored on Wally Waddle's single.  Rod Taylor gave up 12 hits in taking the loss.

Taylor (L) and Commodore
Purcell (W) and Gullett

John Van Ornum(July 2)   Red Deer playing manager John Van Ornum belted a homer leading of the 8th inning to give the Elks a 5-4 win over Calgary.  The Jimmies had taken a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning on a lead off homer by Dave Morris and a three-run blast by John Vandenberg. But, lefty Dave Phillips bore down and pitched hitless ball over the last eight innings to win his fifth in a row. A three-run homer in the 6th inning by Roger Pozzo had tied the game after Van Ornum had singled in the first Red Deer marker in the 3rd.

Stephens (L 0-2) and Johnson
Phillips (W 5-0) and Van Ornum

(Photo - John Van Ornum with a game-winning blast. The Advocate, Red Deer, July 5, 1972)

(July 2)   Edmonton Tigers unleashed a 16-hit attack Sunday to trounce Calgary Giants 15-4.  Catcher Greg Taylor led the offensive with three hits and four runs batted in. Dave Edson drove in three runs. Lonnie Funk held the Giants to eight hits for the win.  Calgary starter Steve Loveless was knocked out of the game in the first inning after giving up three consecutive doubles.

Funk (W) and Taylor
Loveless (L), Vejprava (1) and Heatley, Dawson (4)

(July 2)   Mike Pestorich held Lethbridge to six hits while his Blue Willows rapped out 14 in trouncing the Lakers 14-4.  The Willows scored five runs in the 1st inning and cruised to the victory to sweep the weekend set with Lethbridge. Catcher Bruce Gullett led the attack driving in five runs with four hits.  Don Darling and Steve Schledermeyer each had three, including a triple.  Gullett was a teammate of a number of the Lakers last year when they won the Alberta senior title as the Lethbridge Cubs.

R. Maxwell (L), Sonntag (2), King (5), Negrello (6) and Yorgason, B. Maxwell (6)
Pestorich (W) and Gullett

(July 3)  San Mateo at Lethbridge exhibition

(July 3)   Left-hander Ray Parr rang up 18 strikeouts in pitching Calgary Giants to a 6-3 win over the Jimmies. In the process, the Giants handed Bob Baird his first loss of the season after six straight wins.  Parr allowed just three hits in winning his 4th of the season.  He walked five and the Giants committed six errors.  Bob Duncan's three-run homer in the 6th inning was the key hit.

Parr (W) and Heatley
Baird (L), Thompson (8) and Chamberlain

(July 4)  Calgary Jimmies crushed Lethbridge Lakers 15-5. Infielder Dave Morris led the offensive with a double and three singles. Chris McKinnie went five innings for the win.  Each team had 12 hits. Lakers gave young Bryan Maxwell his first start at catcher but the young local product had five passed balls and an error.

Ferchuk (L), DeRecat (7) and B. Maxwell
McKinnie (W), Davis (6) and Johnston

                         W  L  GTB
Calgary Jimmies         14  5  ---
Calgary Giants          11  7  2.5
Edmonton Tigers          8  7  4.0
Red Deer Elks            7  7  4.5
Lethbridge Lakers        8 11  6.0
Edmonton Blue Willows    3 14 10.0

(July 5)   Hy Lewis and Lee West combined on a three-hit shutout as Calgary Giants blanked Red Deer Elks 3-0 at Red Deer.  Lewis pitched three no-hit innings before giving way to West. Giants got the only run they needed when Steve Jones belted a two-out triple in the 5th inning to drive in Bruce Lofting who had reached on an error. Calgary added two more runs in the 7th on Bob Papworth`s double.

Lewis, West (W 1-0) (4) and Heatley
Ballou (L 2-3) and Van Ornum

(July 7)   Lethbridge third baseman Rob Roy has taken over the batting lead in the AMBL with a .394 average. Roy has 28 hits, best in the league, in 71 at bats. He also leads in doubles, withs seven.  Shortstop Ron Watamaniuk of Edmonton Tigers is second with a .385 percentage and Marv Chamberlain of the first place Calgary Jimmies sits at ..367. Blair Hanna of Red Deer follows at .361 and Bruce Gullett of Edmonton Blue Willows rounds out the top five with a .358 mark.  Second baseman Dave Morris of the Jimmies has scored the most runs, 19, and leads the loop in stolen bases, with 8.  Lyle Moffat of Calgary Giants and Doug Simon of the Jimmies share the lead in RBI, with 17 apiece. John Van Ornum of Red Deer, 6th in the batting race at .350, is tops in home runs, with three.

Right-hander Lonnie Funk of the Tigers has the best ERA, at 1.04 in 26 innings. Ray Parr of the Giants has the most strikeouts, 67 in 41 2/3s innings.

Funk, Tigers   26     22 2-1 1.04
Baird, Jimmies 46 2/3 54 6-1 1.54
Phillips, Elks 36 1/3 30 4-0 1.73
Parr, Giants   41 2/3 67 4-1 1.94
Lynn, Jimmies  27 1/3 20 4-0 1.98

(July 8)   Calgary Jimmies scored all four of their runs in the first inning on three hits, two walks and two errors en route to a 4-0 shutout of Edmonton Blue Willows.  Ron Moffat's two-run single was the key blow. Malcolm Lynn fired a three-hitter for the win.  He compiled ten strikeouts and issued just one base on balls.  Steve Purcell, who allowed just two hits after the first inning, went the distance in taking the loss.

Lynn (W) and Chamberlain
Purcell (L) and Gullett

(July 8)  Edmonton Tigers scored eight runs in the first two innings then held off the Lakers for a 10-8 victory at Lethbridge. Tom Sharpe earned the pitching win giving up ten hits. Julie Owchar had a double and two singles to lead the hitters. Sharpe and Dave Sowinski each had two hits.

Sharpe (W) and G. Taylor
King (L), Ferchuk (2) and Commodore, B. Maxwell (4)

(July ?)  Calgary Giants defeated Red Deer Elks.

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(July 9)   Calgary Jimmies came from behind with three runs in the 9th inning to down the Willows 5-3 Sunday. Losing pitcher Mike Pestorich forced in the tying run with a bases-loaded walk in the 9th, then Chris McKinnie greeted reliever Ernie Hee with a two-run single to wrap up the game.  Ron Johnston had three hits to pace the Jimmies while Bob Bjornson had a double and single.  Bob Baird won for the seventh time.

Baird (W) and Johnston
Pestorich (L), Hee (9) and Gullett

(July 9)  Lethbridge Lakers lost not only another ball game, but a manager. After the Lakers were thumped 16-3 by Edmonton Tigers Sunday, Lakers' management announced that John Vaselenak would be replaced as head coach. The club grabbed an early 1-0 lead with a marker in the first inning then fell apart handing the Tigers 14 hits and making nine errors. Mark Newson had three hits for the Tigers, Dave Edson contributed a triple and double. Bob Turner had four hits for Lethbridge. Lonnie Funk went the route for the win.

Funk (W) and G. Taylor
R. Taylor (L), Sonntag (7), Bruce (9) and B. Maxwell, Neilson (8)

(July 11)  Calgary Jimmies announced the release of three players and the addition of import Rich Meily to meet the 20-man roster requirement.  Pitchers Pete Sheppard, Max Findlay and outfielder Don Sanford were cut. Meily, from the University of Nevada, was cut by the Edmonton Tigers.  Meily joins import pitchers Ron Stephens and Chris McKinnie and outfielder Marv Chamberlain on the Jimmies.

Calgary Giants announced another managerial change with Hy Lewis, who was originally to have been manager, taking over the reins from Bill Moskaluik, appointed manager two weeks ago. Giants released right-hander Dave Bruce and he was picked up by Lethbridge over the weekend.  Also cut were hurlers Craig Randle and Brad Olberg, catcher Phil Jarvis and veteran Brian Hogan.

Lethbridge announced that veteran Hector Negrello has been appointed coach for the rest of the season, replacing John Vaselenak.

                         W  L  GTB
Calgary Jimmies         16  5  ---
Calgary Giants          12  7  3.0
Edmonton Tigers         10  7  4.0
Red Deer Elks            7  8  6.0
Lethbridge Lakers        8 13  9.0
Edmonton Blue Willows    3 16 12.0

(July 11)   Ray Parr, the 19-year-old lefty the Calgary Jimmies couldn't fit into their roster earlier this season, gave up a run in the 1st inning then blanked the Jimmies the rest of the way as the Giants won 10-1.  After Doug Simon had driven in the Jimmies run in the 1st, the Giants tied it in the bottom of the frame on three walks and Phil Kelber's single. Lyle Moffat's three-run homer in the 5th broke it open. Among the Giants 11 hits was Parr's bases-loaded double in the 6th. The Washington State hurler had control troubles, walking eight. He fanned nine.

Homme (L), Lynn (6) and Johnston
Parr (W) and Dawson, McAuley (9)

(July 11)   Cliff Ballou had a four-hit shutout as Red Deer Elks downed the Blue Willows 2-0 at Red Deer.  The Willows hurler Stu Henderson was even better, with a two-hitter, but the Willows made eight errors behind him. Elks scored both their runs in the first inning, and the fireworks started with two out.  John Van Ornum reached on an error, advanced on a wild pitch and scored as Wayne McKee and Blair Hanna were safe on infield miscues. Roger Pozzo singled to knock in McKee.

Henderson (L) and Gullett
Ballou (W 3-3) and Van Ornum

(July 12)   At Edmonton, the Tigers defeated the Blue Willows 4-1.

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(July 13)  A six-run eruption in the 6th inning was the difference as Calgary Jimmies whipped the Red Deer Elks 10-3. Gary Malmberg led the hit parade with three hits, driving in four runs and Marv Chamberlain had three hits, including a solo homer. Ken Smigorsky belted a three-run homer for the Elks. Chris McKinnie had a five-hitter for the win. 

A. McKee (L), Ballou (6), Berlando (8) and Van Ornum, McCook (8)
McKinnie (W) and Chamberlain

(July 13)  Calgary Giants send Lethbridge to its 9th straight loss, a 10-3 decision, at Henderson Park.  Giants scored four in the first inning and never looked back.  Steve Loveless had a two-hitter through seven innings before giving way to Lee West.  Most of the damage against Loveless came from three wild pitches in the 5th inning. Phil Kelber led the offense with three hits. 

Loveless (W), West (7) and Heatley, Dawson (7)
R. Maxwell (L), Ferchuk (1), King (7), Sonntag (8) and Neilson

(July 14)  The Edmonton Blue Willows held off a Tigers' rally in the 9th inning to take a 7-6 win Friday.  Tigers, trailing 7-3, scored three in the top of the 9th before reliever George McCarthy got Ron Watamaniuk to hit into a game-ending double play.  Don Darling had three hits for the Willows, Julie Owchar responded with three for the Tigers. Dave Edson added a two-run triple for the losers. Mike Pestorich got credit for the win.  Mark Newson took the loss.

Newson (L) and Taylor
Pestorich, McCarthy (9) and Gullett

(July 15)  Edmonton Tigers plated three runs in the first inning against Ray Parr, on a walk, an error, a triple by Julie Owchar and a sacrifice fly, and held on for a 4-2 victory over the Giants.  Parr gave up just six hits in taking the loss.  Tom Sharpe scattered nine hits to go the distance for the win, his fourth straight.

Parr (L) and Heatley
Sharpe (W) and Taylor

(July 15)   Jeff DeRecat stopped Red Deer on five hits as the Lethbridge Lakers handed Bill Phillips his first loss of the season getting 14 hits in the 9-4 triumph.  Bob Turner and Marty Maxwell each had three hits for the Lakers.

Phillips (L) and Van Ornum
DeRecat (W) and B. Maxwell

(July 16)  Calgary Giants exploded for eight runs in the 13th inning to upend the Edmonton Tigers 12-4. Gord Vejprava, who relieved started Lee West in the 11th inning, was the winner over Ken EwasiukPhil Kelber had a double and single and Bob Duncan three singles to lead the Giants' 12-hit attack.

West, Vejprava (W) (11) and Dawson
Chahley, Funk (9), Ewasiuk (L) (10), Edson (13) and Taylor, Newson (10)

(July 16)  Wayne Commodore drove in four runs with two doubles and a single to pace Lethbridge to a 10-5 win over Red Deer.  Al Ferchuk survived 15 hits to capture the win over Cliff Ballou.

Ballou (L) and McCook
Ferchuk (W) and B. Maxwell

                         W  L  GTB
Calgary Jimmies         17  6  ---
Calgary Giants          15  8  2.0
Edmonton Tigers         12  9  4.0
Red Deer Elks            8 11  7.0
Lethbridge Lakers       10 14  7.5
Edmonton Blue Willows    4 18 12.5

(July 22)  The Unity Cardinals won on the diamond, but Lethbridge won in the boardroom.  On game day, the Cardinals crushed the Lakers 22-3, but the result was protested by Lethbridge on the basis of an ineligible player, the Unity pitcher Greg Watte. Lakers won the protest and erased an embarrassing defeat off the board.

G. Watte and Hanna
Ferchuk, Negrello (5), M. Maxwell (5) and Neilson

(July 23) The North Battleford Beavers were blanked 3 to 0 by the Red Deer Elks in the first game of a double-bill with their A.M.B.L. opponents. Red Deer scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning off loser Tom Sallaway which stood up for the remainder of the game as winning chucker Cliff Ballou of the Antlered Tribe whitewashed the powerful Beavers with a three-hitter. Blair Hanna's first-inning double plated Al McKee which proved to be the winning run. Sallaway wound up surrendering five hits.

Ballou (W 4-4) and Van Ornum
Sallaway (L 7-1) and Settle

(July 23) The North Battleford Beavers bounced back from their first game defeat to shutout the Red Deer Elks 5 to 0 in the finale of their weekend trip to the central Alberta city. Gary Barker limited the Elks to one hit, a sixth-inning single by losing twirler Al McKee, to engineer the Beavers to the split. Hugh McIvor notched two singles for the Beavers.

McKee (L 0-5) and Van Ornum
Barker (W 6-1) and Settle

(July 23) The Lethbridge Lakers edged past the Kindersley Klippers of the N.S.B.L. 3 to 2 in the opener of a weekend twin-bill in Lethbridge. Randy Maxwell fired a three-hitter at the Klips to earn the mound triumph over Randy Arthur.

Arthur (L), Risso (8) and Jackson
R. Maxwell (W) and Yorgason

(July 23) The Calgary Giants of the A.M.B.L. scored four runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Unity Cardinals of the N.S.B.L. 7 to 6 in the Cow Town. Stu Heron had three RBI's for the Giants.

Boitano (L), Aranaydo (8) and Wright
West, Loveless (W) (6) and Dawson, McAuley (8)

(July 23) The Kindersley Klippers rebounded from a first game loss to squeak past the Lethbridge Lakers 8 to 7 to earn a split in their inter-league series. Paul Risso, who relieved in the matinee affair, started and gained the mound victory in the second encounter. Wayne Commodore of the Lakers picked up two doubles and two singles in the doubleheader while Kindersley's Bill O'Sullivan had a steady output totaling four singles in the brace of tussles.

Risso (W), Arthur (6) and Niven, Jackson (7)
King (L), Sonntag (4) and Yorgason, Matlock (6)

(July 23) In the finale of their double-dip with their Saskatchewan guests, the Calgary Giants again prevailed over the Unity Cardinals, this time by an 8 to 2 count. The seventh frame was once again the inning of decision for the Calgarians as they plated six tallies to clinch the win, Winning pitcher Ray Parr helped his own cause by smashing a three-run homer off losing chucker Steve Wright.

Aranaydo, Wright (L) (5) and Wandler
Parr (W) and McAuley, Heatley (7)

(July 23)  Bob Baird held the Eston Ramblers to five hits and keyed the offense with a two-run homer and single as the Calgary Jimmies blanked the Ramblers 5-0.  It was Baird's 8th win in 9 decisions.

Baird (W) and Johnston
McClure, Dentz (L) and Rawlings

(July )  Edmonton Tigers beat the Willows

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(July 25)  Calgary Giants, leading 3-0 in the 8th inning, were handed a forfeit victory Tuesday, when plate umpire Jim Gathercole, apparently upset at comments from Lethbridge players, awarded the contest to the Giants. In the 6th, Gathercole had ejected Lakers Marty Maxwell. Gord Vejprava pitched a six-hitter for the win.  Giants had scored a pair in the first inning on two hits, a walk, and three stolen bases.

Bruce (L) and Yorgason
Vejprava (W) and Dawson

(July 25)   Bill Chahley produced a four-hit shutout as Edmonton Tigers blanked the Blue Willows 5-0. Tiger got the only run they needed in the first inning as Dave Sowinski, who had singled, scored on Dave Edson's double.

Purcell (L) and Waddle
Chahley (W) and Taylor

(July 26)  At Edmonton, the Tigers scored in the bottom of the 9th to edge Red Deer 6-5. Mark Newson tripled to lead off the 9th, and after two walks loaded the bases, Newson came home on a passed ball. The Elks, who had trailed 5-1, tied the game with three runs in the 8th and another in the top of the 9th. Reliever Tom Sharpe picked up the win.

Ballou, W. McKee (L 0-2) (7) and Van Ornum
Funk, Sharpe (W) (9) and Taylor

(July 26)  Calgary Giants moved to within a few percentage points of first place with a 10-7 win over the league-leading Jimmies. Giants broke loose for seven runs on seven hits in the 8th inning to take the victory. Playing manager Hy Lewis drove in a pair with a triple and two singles. Bruce Lofting drove in two with three singles. Left-hander Lee West was the winner over Ron Stephens.

West (W), Parr (7) and Heatley
Stephens (L), Davis (6) and Johnston

(July 29)  Bill Phillips scattered eight hits for his 5th win of the season as Red Deer rapped out 13 hits to down the Blue Willows 9-2 at Edmonton.  Nels Christianson took the loss.

Phillips (W 6-1) and Van Ornum, McCook (6)
Christianson (L), Hee (4) and Thompson

(July 30)   Edmonton Blue Willows scored all three of their runs in the top of the 8th inning to hand the Elks a 3-2 defeat at Great Chief Park, Red Deer.  The Elks had plated two in the 8th inning to take the lead. Steve Purcell tossed a six-hitter for the win.

Purcell (W 3-7) and Waddle
Ballou (W4-5). McKee (8) and Van Ornum

(July 31)  Calgary Jimmies scored two in the 11th inning to down Calgary Giants 9-7 to maintain their slim lead atop the Alberta Major Baseball League standings. Ron Moffat and Ron Johnston drove in the extra inning markers.  Jimmies averted defeat in the 10th inning after the Giants had loaded the bases with no outs.  Playing manager John Elick turned a line drive by Giant manager Hy Lewis into a double play and reliever Bob Baird got a strikeout to end the threat.  In the bottom of the 9th, Elick had thrown out a runner at home to keep the Jimmies hopes alive. Lyle Moffat had a two-run homer in the 1st for the Giants and starting pitcher Steve Loveless belted a two-run shot in the 5th. Baird picked up the win, his 9th in 10 decisions.

Homme, Strachan (8), Thompson (10), Herback (10), Baird (W) (10) and Chamberlain
Loveless, Hines (L) (10) and Heatley

(August 1)   Lyle Moffat drilled a two-run homer in the top of the 9th inning to give the Calgary Giants an 8-6 win over the Elks at Red Deer in a game which featured five home runs.  The victory moved the Giants to within a half game of the league leading Jimmies.  Bob Papworth and Phil Kelber cracked four-baggers in the 1st inning to give the Giants an early 3-0 margin.  But the Elks rebounded with six runs over the first three innings, four coming in the third on Wayne McKee's three-run homer and Maury Barden's solo shot. The Giants knotted the count in the 8th when Rich Dawson tripled in Moffat and scored himself on a wild throw from the outfield. Lee West was the winner in relief. It was his 5th win without a loss.

Vejprava, West (W) (4) and Dawson
A. McKee, Ballou (L) (8) and Van Ornum

(August 3)   Marv Chamberlain led a 21-hit offensive as the Calgary Jimmies trounced the Giants 16-6 to open up a game and one half lead atop the league standings. Chamberlain drove in five runs with four hits, one of them a three-run homer in the 4th inning.  John Vandenberg added a solo shot in the same frame.

McKinnie (W), Davis (8) and Johnston
Parr (L), Loveless (4), Vejprava (7) and Heatley, McAuley (5)

(August 3)   In the completion of a suspended game, Edmonton Tigers scored two in the 11th inning to take a 10-8 decision over the Elks in Red Deer.  It was the continuation of the June 1st contest called after eight innings with the scored tied 8-8.  Julie Owchar's single drove in the winner after losing pitcher Roger Pozzo had worked his way out of a bases loaded jam with none out in the 10th. Bill Chahley picked up the win.  Rich Meily, then of the Tigers, and Wayne McKee of the Elks had earlier ripped homers.  Red Deer played the game under protest, arguing that the game should be been replayed.

Schneider, Chahley (W) and Franchuk, Taylor (9)
Ballou, Luke (8), Pozzo (L) (9) and Van Ornum

In the regularly scheduled contest, Red Deer was held to just two hits by Bill Chahley and reliever Lonnie Funk, but one of the them was a two-run triple by Al McKee and the Elks came away with a 3-1 victory over the Tigers. Bill Phillips registered his 6th win giving up eight hits in the seven inning contest.

Chahley (L) , Funk (3) and Taylor
Phillips (W) and Van Ornum

(August 4)  The error-prone Lethbridge Lakers again gave away too many runs and came out on the short end of a 7-3 count to the Calgary Jimmies. They out hit the visitors 9-8, but seven miscues sealed their fate. Lefty Ron Stephens went the distance for his first win. Rich Meily had three hits, one a double, to lead the Jimmies. Ron Moffat added a triple and single. Marty Maxwell had a double and two singles for the Lakers.

Stephens (W) and Chamberlain
DeRecat (L), Ferchuk (5) and Matlock

(August 5) Playing-manager Hy Lewis singled in a pinch-hit role to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the hometown Calgary Giants of the A.M.B.L. defeated the Kindersley Klippers of the N.S.B.L. 1 to 0. Left-hander Ray Parr, the Giants third pitcher, was the winner. Right-hander Paul Risso went all the way for Kindersley and was hit with the loss. Risso struck out 16 and gave up eight hits along the way. Bill O'Sullivan had two singles for the Klippers.

Risso (L) and D. Jackson
Loveless, Vejprava (8), Parr (W) (9) and Dawson, McAuley (10)

(August 5) Dave Sowinski collected three singles to lead the Edmonton Tigers to a 6 to 2 victory over the North Battleford Beavers in an interlocking contest in Edmonton. Tom Sharpe went the route for Edmonton to collect the win while Tom Sallaway was charged with the North Battleford loss. Don McIntyre smashed a home run for the Beavers.

Sallaway (L) and Settle
Sharpe (W) and Taylor

(August 6) Don Darling singled in the 12th inning to drive in Cy Frame and give the Edmonton Blue Willows a narrow 3 to 2 triumph over the North Battleford Beavers. Losing twirler Don McIntyre drilled a four-bagger, his second dinger of the Edmonton road trip. Mike Pestorich held the Beavers to seven hits for the win.

D. McIntyre (L), Rucobo (12) and Settle
Pestorich (W) and Thompson

(August 6) Tight relief pitching by portsider Billy Phillips and a seventh-inning single by Robert Pozzo, which drove in the winning run, carried the Red Deer Elks to a 5 to 4 win over the Kindersley Klippers. Kindersley's Joe Bloom was the loser. Bloom and teammate Bill O'Sullivan both singled twice.

Bloom (L) and D. Jackson
Ballou, Phillips (W) (7) and Van Ornum

(August 7) Outfielder Blythe Irvine rapped a two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Eston Ramblers a 3 to 2 victory over the Calgary Giants. Right-hander Steve Dentz went all the way for Eston to pick up the win. He gave up seven hits and struck out 15.

West, Vejprava (L) (9), Lewis (11) and McAuley
Dentz (W) and Rawlings

(August 8)  Dave Sowinski had a career night as the Edmonton Tigers humiliated the Blue Willows 19-1 Tuesday night with a 22-hit attack. The Willows added to their grief making seven errors. Sowinski had five hits, scored five runs, drove in a pair and stole four bases.  Ron Watamaniuk added four hits, including a triple, and knocked in three.  Winning pitcher Bill Chahley chipped in three singles.  Chahley allowed just five hits to gain the win.

Hee (L), Gullett (5), Schedlermeyer (8) and Thompson
Chahley (W) and Newson

(August 9)   Doug Simon and Marv Chamberlain paced an 11-hit attack for the Calgary Jimmies in a 7-2 win over Lethbridge.  Simon had a two-run homer and two singles and Chamberlain chipped in with a three-run homer and a single. Rich Meily and Ron Moffat also had two hits apiece for the winners. Chris McKinnie allowed six hits in registering the victory.

R. Maxwell (L), Ferchuk (4) and Yorgason, B. Maxwell (7)
McKinnie (W) and Chamberlain

(August 9)  Commissioner Russ Parker took a win away from the Edmonton Tigers ruling that their extra inning win over Red Deer August 3rd in the continuation of a tie game would not be allowed. Parker said the game should have been replayed, but with little time to reschedule, the game will go into the books as a tie.                                   

(August 10)  The Calgary Giants used a 14-hit attack to whip Red Deer 7-1 at Calgary. Hy Lewis was the pitching and hitting star for the winners going five innings for the mound victory and belting a two-run homer. Lyle Moffat had four hits, including a pair of doubles.  Bob Papworth added three singles.

Phillips (L) and McCook
Lewis (W), Loveless (6) and McAuley

(August 10)  Five players were ejected during a double-header between the Edmonton Tigers and Blue Willows. Tigers took both, 2-1 and 12-8. Tigers' Dave Sowinski was tossed in the 6th inning of the opener following an on-field scuffle.  In the 6th inning of the second game another outbreak saw the Tigers' Lonnie Funk, Orv Franchuk, Tom Sharpe and the Willows' Larry Proctor ejected. 

In the first game, Dave Edson's belted a 1st inning homer and Tom Sharpe fired a two-hitter as the Tigers escaped with the 2-1 victory.

Sharpe (W) and Taylor
Purcell (L) and Waddle

Dave Sowinski and Greg Taylor each batted in four runs to lead the Tigers to the second game, 12-8, triumph. Dick Thompson had a homer for the Willows. Ken Ewasiuk picked up the victory.

Ewasiuk (W), Newson (7) and Taylor
Christianson (L), Schedlermeyer (6) and Thompson

(August 11)  Red Deer Elks scored ten runs over the first three innings but had a struggle to put down the Edmonton Tigers 10-7.  Blair Hanna led the attack driving in five runs with a four-for-four night. Al McKee survived 10 hits to go the distance for the win.  He had a no-hitter into the 5th inning until Julie Owchar belted a homer. Edmonton starter Mark Newson took the loss.  Ron Watamaniuk took over in the 3rd and Ed Stefureak blanked the Elks on three hits over the last five innings.

Newson (L), Watamaniuk (3), Stefureak (5) and Sowinski, Newson
A. McKee (W) and McCook

(August 12)  Winning pitcher Al Ferchuk singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Lethbridge Lakers 3-2 win over Red Deer.  Elks had a 2-1 lead with two out in the 9th when the Lakers tied the score.  Wayne Commodore and Tim Negrello each had a double and single for the winners.

W. McKee (L) and McCook
Ferchuk (W) and Matlock, B. Maxwell (7)

(August 12)   Calgary Jimmies, sparked by former Edmonton Tiger Rich Meily, took both ends of a doubleheader in Edmonton downing the Tigers 4-1 and 5-2. Meily hit a homer in each game.  Overall he had five hits, drove in four and scored three times.

In the opener, Meily and Marv Chamberlain each cranked out two-run homers as Bob Baird fired a two-hitter for his 10th victory against a lone defeat. 

Baird (W) and Chamberlain
Chahley (L) and Newson

In the second game, the Jimmies scored three runs in the top of the 9th inning to notch the 5-2 victory. Meily and Chamberlain each had run-scoring singles in the final frame. Don Davis got credit for the win.

Homme, Davis (W) (8) and Johnston
Funk (L), Sharpe (9) and Newson

(August 13)   Calgary Jimmies and Edmonton Blue Willows split a well-pitched doubleheader Sunday. Jimmies took the first game 3-2 in ten innings while the Willows took the second game 1-0.

Willows led the opener 2-1 into the 9th inning before Gary Malmberg's circuit clout send the game into extra innings. The Jimmies pushed across the winner on a walk, sacrifice, single and an error.  Malcolm Lynn got the win over Mike Pestorich.

Pestorich (L) and Thompson
Lynn (W) and Chamberlain

In the second game, Steve Purcell hurled a six-hitter in blanking the Jimmies and Bruce Gullett provided all the offense with a 4th inning homer as the Willows wrapped up the season with a 1-0 triumph.

Purcell (W) and Waddle
Stephens (L) and Johnston

(August 13)   Two-run homers by Marty Maxwell and Rob Roy led Lethbridge to a 6-5 win over Red Deer to claim the fourth playoff spot.  Jeff DeRecat, with relief by Randy Maxwell picked up the win. 

DeRecat (W), R. Maxwell (6) and Matlock, B. Maxwell (1), M. Maxwell (6)
Phillips (L), W. McKee (3) and McCook

                         W  L  GTB
Calgary Jimmies         25  8  ---
Calgary Giants          22 11  3.0
Edmonton Tigers         19 13  5.5
Lethbridge Lakers       14 18 10.5
Red Deer Elks           13 18 11.0
Edmonton Blue Willows    7 25 17.5

(August 15)  Calgary Jimmies used a 15-hit attack to subdue the Lethbridge Lakers 9-6 in the opening game of their best-of-three semi-final series.  Rich Meily knocked in three runs for the winners with a double and single. Dave Morris added a pair of long doubles.  Bob Turner had three hits for the Lakers.  Chris McKinnie struggled through to the end giving up nine hits for the win. 

Ferchuk (L), Sonntag (8) and Matlock, B. Maxwell (8)
McKinnie (W) and Chamberlain

(August 18)   Edmonton Tigers downed Calgary Giants 5-3 in the opening game of their semi-final series at Renfrew Park.. Julie Owchar provided the key blow, an inside-the-park homer with Dave Edson aboard in the 8th inning. The hit was just the fourth for the Tigers, two by Ron Watamaniuk.  Giants managed eight hits off Tom Sharpe, who gave way to Lonnie Funk with one out in the 9th. In the 7th inning, with the Tigers up 3-2, Sharpe loaded the bases with three walks with just one out. The right-hander enticed Giants' cleanup hitter Lyle Moffat to hit into an inning-ending double play. Phil Kelber and Steve Jones each had two hits for the Giants

Parr (L) and McAuley
Sharpe (W), Funk (9) and Newson

(August 18)   Down 7-6 in the 9th inning, Calgary Jimmies exploded for seven runs to defeat Lethbridge 13-7 and take the best-of-three series in two straight games.  John Elick and Al Herback had doubles in the big inning after the Lakers had rallied from a 6-0 deficit with six runs in the 6th and another in the 8th. . Don Davis, in relief of starter Doug Homme, was the winning pitcher. Bob Turner had four singles for the Lakers and Tim Negrello added three.

Homme, Davis (W) (8) and Chamberlain
R. Maxwell, Bruce (3), M. Maxwell (L) (7) and Matlock

(August 19)   It took 12 innings, but the Edmonton Tigers won a berth in the AMBL final downing Calgary Giants 5-4.  The teams were tied 2-2 after regulation play and remained deadlocked 3-3 going into the 12th. In the top of the frame, Tim Young singled for the Tigers, stole second and scored the go-ahead run on a drive by Dave Edson which eluded outfielder Phil Kelber.  Edson went to third on the error and scored an insurance run on Julie Owchar's single.  The Giants rallied in the bottom of the 12th getting two singles off Lonnie Funk.  Reliever Bill Chahley then got Hy Lewis to bounce into a double play, which scored a run. But Bob Duncan grounded out to third to end the game.  Owchar led the hitters with three doubles and a single. Ron Watamaniuk added three singles.

xxx, Loveless (L) and xxx
Funk (W), Chahley (12) and xxx

(August 20)  Outfielder Rich Meily and playing manager John Elick belted two-run homers to help Calgary Jimmies score seven runs in the first four innings and hang on to get by the Edmonton Tigers, 7-6, in the opening game of the AMBL final series. Tigers rallied to get to within a run with a pair of reliever Don Davis in the 7th inning before Davis closed the door retiring the Tigers in order in the last two innings, fanning four of the six men he faced.

Chahley (L), Ewasiuk (5) and xxx
Lynn (W), Davis (7) and xxx

(August 22)   Calgary Jimmies jumped into a 6-0 lead and managed to hold off a late charge by the Edmonton Tigers for a 7-5 win and a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-five final series.  Rich Meily again led the Jimmies with three hits. Marv Chamberlain and Dave Morris each had two.  Chris McKinnie went the distance giving up ten hits and surviving four Calgary errors.

McKinner (W) and Chamberlain
Ewasiuk (L), Newson (2) and Taylor

(August 24)   Calgary Jimmies rapped out 16 hits and took advantage of poor defense by Edmonton in the opening innings to defeat the Tigers 13-9 to take the Alberta Major Baseball League championship. Jimmies, who won the league pennant with a 25-8 record, took the best-of-five final series in three straight games.

Tigers jumped into a 2-0 in the top of the 1st inning but the Jimmies roared back with six runs in their half of the opening frame.  Rich Meily sparked the outburst with a grand slam homer. It was one of four hits for the former Tiger who drove in a total of six runs.  Doug Simon knocked in three. Dave Edson had a double and three singles for the Tigers.  Winning pitcher Ron Stephen was sent to the showers in the 7th inning when Edmonton scored four times. Jim Stachan mopped up for Calgary.  Lonnie Funk took the loss.

Funk (L), Chahley, Ewasiuk and xxx
Stephens (W), Strachan (7) and xxx

(August 25)  Lethbridge Lakers corner infielder Rob Roy has been crowned batting king of the 1972 AMBL. Roy batted for a .377 average to finish well ahead of Doug Simon of the Calgary Jimmies and Dave Edson of the Edmonton Tigers who tied for second at .333. Simon led the league in runs scored, 38, and was second in runs batted in. He was four back of the leader, Julie Owchar of the Tigers who knocked in 34.  Dave Sowinski of the Tigers led in stolen bases, with 21. Sowinski tied Roy for the most hits, each with 46. Lyle Moffat of the Calgary Giants was the top slugger with 69 total bases and a .322 average.

Bob Baird of the Jimmies was named the top hurler as he compiled a 10-1 won-lost record and led the loop with a 1.22 earned run average in 73 2/3s innings pitched.  Ray Parr of the Giants was the leader in strike outs, 95 in 74 2/3s innings.  He had a 7-3 mark.  Tom Sharpe of the Tigers finished with a 7-0 record.

(August 29)   The AMBL announced its 1972 all-star team as selected by the league's managers.  The Calgary Jimmies placed four on the squad, including playing-manager John Elick and right-handed pitcher Bob Baird, who compiled a 10-1 record.

C - John Van Ornum, Elks
1B - Stu Heron, Giants
2B - Dave Morris, Jimmies
3B - John Elick, Jimmies
SS - Ron Watamaniuk, Tigers
OF - Doug Simon, Jimmies
OF - Lyle Moffat, Giants
OF - Jules Owchar, Tigers
RHP - Bob Baird, Jimmies
LHP - Bill Phillips, Elks



Acadia Valley Dodgers
Brooks Lions
Medicine Hat Chinooks



Beaverlodge Royals
Dawson Creek Cardinals                            
Fairview Outlaws                        
Grande Prairie Eskimos
Peace River Stampeders                                                  
Sexsmith Rainiers



Stettler Oilers :


Altario Mets
Great Bend Braves
Trochu Cardinals

(July 15-16)  The Stettler Oilers outslugged the Altario Mets to win the Central Alberta zone senior baseball playoff tournament and earn the right to play host to the provincial A.B.A. finals. The Oilers advanced out of the “B” section, after losing a previous encounter to the Mets in the “A” final 7 – 6, and then went on a hitting rampage, scoring 12 times in both final games. They cracked out 18 hits to bomb the Mets 12 – 2 in seven innings to force a sudden-death game in the double knockout tournament which they won 12 – 7 with a 15-hit barrage.

Gary Greenlee’s three-run homer was the Oilers’ big blow, capping a six-run seventh-inning in the finale. Despite being touched for 15 hits, Al Lagore endured in going the distance for the win. Glen Forester, the second of three Altario pitchers, took the loss.

The Oilers won their opening game of the two-day tournament 6 – 3 over the Trochu Cardinals but lost to Altario before squeezing out a 12 – 11 victory over the Great bend Braves in the “B” final. At one time, the Braves held an 11 – 0 lead over the Oilers who roared back to plate five runs in the fifth frame and seven more in the seventh spasm.  Altario annexed their first game 8 – 2 over Great Bend but the Braves reached the “B” final by humiliating Trochu 23 – 7.



Camrose Cubs :
Devon Kings
Edmonton Burns’ Shamrocks
Edmonton Cardinals
Edmonton City Police
Leduc Oilers
St. Albert Saints
Weiller-Williams Colts


Warburg Buffaloes


Cold Lake Cardinals
Kinuso-Widewater Saints



Camrose Cubs  (North zone)
Medicine Hat Chinooks  (South zone) – withdrew before start of tournament
Stettler Oilers (Central zone)
Peace River Stampeders (Peace country zone)

(July 29-30)  The Camrose Cubs, winning four straight games, captured the 1972 Alberta Baseball Association senior championship over the weekend at Stettler. Originally slated to be a four-team, double-knockout tournament, the format for the event was revised to a double round-robin series when the Southern zone representative, Medicine Hat Chinooks, dropped out at the last minute, leaving just three zone champions to vie for the title. Citing difficulty in bringing a sufficient number of key players to the event on the revised dates of the tourney, originally scheduled for a week previous but rained out, the Hatters opted out rather than compete with a roster that would be just a skeleton of itself.

The key to the Cubs undefeated success was a consistent menu of strong pitching. All four starters went the route. With Glen Nelson on the knoll, the North zone winning Camrose squad nosed out the Peace River Stampeders, the Peace County zone representatives, 2 to 1 in their Saturday opener. Nelson gave up just five hits, the same number of safeties yielded as Leo Gauthier of the Stamps but Nelson helped his own cause with a key ninth-inning single that propelled Camrose to the triumph. In their second tilt, the Cubs defeated the Stettler Oilers, Central zone champions, 4 to 2 as winning heaver Dennis Lindstrand tossed a two-hitter.  Lindstrand, who struck out 13, was also selected as the tourney’s MVP for his play at first base and his performance with the lumber. In the third game Saturday, Stettler edged Peace River 6 to 5.

Sunday morning, Stettler once again scored a one-run decision over Peace River, wiping out a 9 to 1 deficit to prevail 12 to 11. Camrose then bombed Peace River 10 to 2 behind the hurling of 18-year old Ken Lychak and wrapped up the series with a 6 to 0 win against Stettler. Ron Wilson tossed a five-hitter in the final game.