Friday, June 8, 2007

Tuesday, July 30, 1946

                 W  L  Pct GB
Wenatchee ..... 62 39 .614 —
Salem ......... 58 39 .598 2
Bremerton ..... 53 37 .589 3½
Tacoma ........ 53 41 .564 5½
Spokane ....... 42 45 .483 13
Yakima ........ 40 53 .430 18
Vancouver ..... 36 56 .391 20½
Victoria ...... 33 67 .330 28½

SPOKANE, July 30—Victoria spoiled the return appearance of pitcher Gus Hallbourg tonight, blasting the Spokane Indians' bus crash survivor for 12 hits and 10 runs in the process of winning a 15-4 decision in a Western International League baseball game.
The first Spokane player to return to action from the June 24 bus crash which killed nine men, Hallbourg was driven from the mound in the fifth inning.
Victoria continued the onslaughter against Salish, running up a total of 18 hits, including home runs by Bob Cherry and Pete Hughes. Bill Dunn hit three doubles in a row to boost the Atletics' total to five and Bob Paulson added a four-bagger.
Victoria started the barrage with a bunt festival which baffled the Spokane infield in the second inning.
Victoria ......... 034 321 110—15 19 1
Spokane ........ 001 111 000— 4 7 6
Bass and Paulson; Hallbourg, Sadlish (5) and Clifford.

VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, News-Herald, July 31]—Umpire Jack Rice isn’t entirely to blame for the Vancouver Capilanos’ 11-inning, 5-3 loss to Bremerton Bluejackets in the opening contest of their four-game series at Cap Stadium last night. But it would take a statesman of Churchill’s calibre to convince the mob that pelted him with cushions and milled around outside his dressing room after the game, that Rice is anything but a four-star bum.
Manager Eddie Carnett of the Caps, although of the same opinion regarding the merits of Mr. Rice’s case, did his duty and helped shoo the gathering away after the tilt. Two or three arms of the law turned up, too, but fortunately (or unfortunately, depending in whose side you’re on) nobody was killed.
Mr. Rice’s major blunder came after Hunk Anderson, or our forces, and Hub Kittle of the visitors had pitched nine innings of bright, cagey ball and were settling down for an all-night stand.
To be more precise, it was the first half of the 10th, and the score was tied 3-3. Bill Brenner’s tremendous homer over the left field wall had brought two of our runs, and Lou Estes, who left the game after being beaned in the ninth, had slapped in Run Number Three. The visitors had shoved over three singletons, one of Hooks De Vaurs’ four-master.
Charley Mead opened the first extra inning with a single to centre, then Jimmy Estrada laid down a smart bunt toward third base. Walter Bliss of Bremerton threw to second, but too late to get Mead by about a step. At least, that’s the way it looked to everybody but Rice, who called him out.
That call, as it turned out, probably cost the locals the game, because Brenner walked immediately after that and that would have filled the sacks with none out. As it was, Anderson hit into a double play, and that was it for Vancouver.
The Jackets went out in order in their half of the stanza, but they sent home the winners in the 11th on a single, a walk, a sacrifice, and Gus Paglia’s single past shortstop Jimmy Estrada, who happened to be moving to his right when the ball went to his left.
This was just about the ball game, except that Rice did his best to even things up by calling Carnett safe in the 11th when he apparently was out at first base. The fans, however, were not impressed with this generous attitude, and would gladly have torn asunder the gent in blue if somebody had said the word.
Tonight the locals will attempt to get the jump on Bremerton by taking both ends of a doubleheader. Bob Snyder and newcomer Larry Guay have been assigned the job of stopping the Jackets, who are without heavy-hitting Danny Amaral, out for a week with a bad knew. First game is 7:30.
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VANCOUVER, July 30—There was action on and off the field Tuesday night as Bremerton score a pair in the 11th inning to best Vancouver 5-3 in a Western International League victory.
A half dozen police officers had to be brought in to remove irate fans from around umpire Jack Rice's dressing room after the game.
Al Kretchmar was called out in the ninth inning when he tried to steal third, and reversed a call in the tenth after Charley Mead stole second.
Gus Paglia singled in the winning runs in the 11th inning.
Bill Brenner hit a two-run home in the fourth for Vancouver and Lou Estes singled in a runner in the seventh.
Vancouver's Ray Orteig set a WIL record for assists by a third baseman, with 11.
Bremerton ...... 000 110 010 02—5 12 2
Vancouver ..... 000 200 100 00—3 10 1
Kittle and Paglia; Anderson and Brenner.

SALEM, story unavailable
Wenatchee ....... 010 000 000 000 3—4 6 2
Salem .............. 001 000 000 000 0—1 7 3
Cronin and E. Fitzgerald; Kowalski and Salmon.

TACOMA, story unavailable
Yakima ....... 001 011 400— 7 12 3
Tacoma ...... 005 150 00x—11 15 4
Strait, Simons (5) and McConnell; Colombo and Kemper.

Salem Senators Release Gerkin
SALEM, Ore., July 30—Steve Gerkin, pitcher of the Salem Senators club on option from the Portland Beavers, has been released outright by both the Western International and Pacific Coast League clubs, it was announced today.
George Emigh, Salem business manager, said "Gerkin's own actions prompted this move." There was no further explanation.
The former Philadelphia Athletics player came to Portland last season.

Musgrave Signed
VICTORIA, July 30—Former Vancouver Capilano pitcher Tony Musgrave has been signed by the Victoria Athletics of the WIL. He will play home games.
He has been with the V.M.D. [Victoria Machinery Depot] Baseball Club the last few years.

11 Grand For Charity
SPOKANE, July 30—The Spokane Athletic round-table brought its $17,500 hole-in-one tournament to a close last night after 34,215 shots had been fired at the two 125-yard holes to net $11,405 for charity. President Joe Albi estimated to cost the organization $25,000 to stage the event. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the families of those killed in the Spokane baseball disaster.

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