Monday, June 4, 2007

Thursday, June 20, 1946

                W  L  Pct GB
Wenatchee .... 39 20 .661 —
Salem ........ 37 20 .649 1
Tacoma ....... 30 21 .588 5
Bremerton .... 30 22 .577 5½
Spokane ...... 30 24 .556 6½
Yakima ....... 22 32 .407 14½
Vancouver .... 17 38 .309 20
Victoria ..... 16 44 .267 23½

TACOMA, June 20—Pushing across three unearned runs in the seventh inning on two hits and four errors by the Chiefs, the Tacoma Tigers came from behind to win a 7-6 decision over Wenatchee in their Western International League game here tonight.
Tacoma registered what proved to be the winning run when Roy Peterson homered with the bases empty in the eighth.
Wenatchee .... 010 020 201—6 9 4
Tacoma ......... 200 001 31x—7 7 5
Cronin and Pesut; Martin, Sostre (8) and Kemper.

SPOKANE, June 20—Milt Cadinha and Carl Gunnarson, the W.I.L.'s top two hurlers, tangled here tonight as the Spokane Indians defeated the Salem Senators, 6-2.
It was the eighth straight victory for Cadinha and Gunnarson's first loss of the season after nine undefeated games.
Salem's first run came in the sixth when Dick Wenner clouted a 385-foot home run.
The victory gave Spokane a two-to-one lead in the current series.
Salem ........ 000 002 000—2 7 3
Spokane ..... 301 010 10x—6 7 3
Gunnarson and Kerr; Cadinha and Hartje.

YAKIMA, June 20—Getting to starter John Marshall's slants for six runs in the first inning, the Bremerton Bluejackets coasted to a 13-6 victory over the Yakima Stars here Thursday night, giving the visitors a two-to-one advantage in their Western International League series.
Bremerton .... 600 400 300—13 14 1
Yakima ......... 000 000 042— 6 7 4
Federmeyer and Volpi; Marshall, Kasepchuk (1), Bohnen (5) and McConnell.

VANCOUVER, June 20—A vicious last-inning rally by Vancouver Capilanos, netting them four runs, wasn't sufficient as the cellar-dwelling Victoria Athletics scored their fourth straight victory of the Western International League series, 10-7, Thursday night.
Aside from Ray Orteig's homer, all the Caps scoring was done on singles, except for a double by Earl Silverthorn in the ninth, scoring two, and Charlie Mead's counter, also in the ninth, when he came in on an error by Victoria's catcher, Neil Clifford.
Beans Marionetti doubled for Athletics, scoring one in the fourth followed by a big fifth-inning splurge which netted the visitors four runs.
Pete Hughes singled inn to score one in the fifth and Marionetti followed suit. In the same inning, Vic Buccola blasted a round-tripper for two runs. Al Steele and Hughes both singled in the sixth inning, each bringing in an extra-base run. Neil Clifford doubled, scoring one in the seventh, and Marionetti came through with a single for one in the eighth.
The combination of Dunn-Buccola came through with two double-plays in the evening.
Victoria ............ 000 242 110—10 20 1
Vancouver ........ 001 100 104— 7 11 1
Ferrara, Bass (8) and Clifford; Snyder, Orteig (5) and Leovich.

Sylvester Johnson Resigns As Capilano’s Baseball Boss
Unable to Give Full Time to Club, Says Syl

[Vancouver News-Herald, June 21, 1954]
“There’ll be some changes made . . .”
That sad refrain, which has been number one on the Western International League’s managerial hit parade this season, was heard up at Capilano Stadium last night.
As our Capilanos dropped their 10th straight start, a 10-7 decision to the Victoria Athletics, general manager Bob Brown announced that Manager Sylvester Johnson has resigned.
Johnson, who hasn’t been with the team for a week because of the severe illness of his wife, wired his resignation from his home in Portland. The popular ex-major league pitcher has been absent before because of his wife’s ill health and he stated that since he couldn’t devote his full time to the club, especially at a time like this, he felt he had no alternative but to quit.
Brown didn’t name a new pilot, but he said he wanted a playing manager. Various names like Bill Matheson and Eddie Carnett of Seattle, and our old friend Don Osborn, were being bandied about the ball park as Johnson’s possible successor, but there’s nothing official yet.
Meanwhile, while the list of cripples on the Caps grew, there were at least three bright spots on the horizon. Charley Mead, the new outfielder, made his debut last night and whacked out three hits in four tries, batting in two runs.
John Leovich, the ex-Philly who showed here with the Coast Guard last year, has been pressed into service temporarily to fill the catching gap left when Bill Brenner and Ray Spurgeon were hurt last week. Leovich, who has himself a good business and doesn’t need to play ball, got into action last night, and will do.
Further reinforcements, in the person of little Pete Jonas, the people’s favorite when he performed as a pre-war Cap, arrive today. Pete’s big bat, and his pitching, won’t hurt the club, either. A pitcher named Ed Spaulding, who went to Seattle via Montreal, may also be forthcoming, too.
On the debit side of the ledger, Ray Orteig, who pitched for awhile last night, developed a large knot on his throwing arm and will be out of action for a spell. Then Ronny Bryant, who hasn’t been well for a spell, went to bed Thursday with the flu. That makes a total of five on the hospital list: Orteig, Bryant, Spurgeon, Brenner, and Jimmy Estrada, who has a sore arm.
Hunk Anderson, who’s been on the injured list, too, comes off it tonight. He’ll be ready to pitch as Victoria and the Caps resume hostilities.

It Says Here ...
[Vancouver News Herald, June 21, 1946]
VICTORIA, B.C.—Echoes from the capital, or, three days of holding the tail-end, but tigerish Victoria Athletics by the tail.
After a winter of following our dear, departed Canucks, who won everything in sight, I’m just a little confused as how to handle our Capilanos. I built myself up a large vocabulary of such words as wonderful, brilliant, sensational, and winning streak, but I haven’t been able to work them into my stuff of late, edgewise or otherwise.
But that’s the least of my troubles. The Greeks always managed to come up with a word, and it was the golden Greek himself, Jim Londos, who told me that pound for pound, I was the equal of any man (Anybody 105 pounds wanna rassle?)
No sir, it’s my professional prognosticating reputation that’s at stake, and, more important, $1 in cash. Just before the club left for Wenatchee, I bet Dan Ekman of our staff that the Caps would wind up in the first division. He was holding out for third place, but I’m no dummy. Ain’t nobody gonna put anything over on me. Why, just the other day I bought the entire second floor of the Empress Hotel for $10 from some sucker who tried to hold me up for $25.
As I write this, our club has lost nine straight games, and I’m working out a scheme in connection with my allowance whereby I can have the buck ready by September. But maybe I shouldn’t worry so much. Bob Snyder tells of a time when he was with Boise in the Pioneer League. He says the club lost 30 games in a row, and still finished third. That gives me—let’s see—21 more games to be reckless with my dough.
That same Snyder, incidentally, along with Jim Hedgecock, provided one of the few bright spots of my Victoria stay. Except for a 1-0 losing stint at Tacoma, Bob’s early efforts weren’t too satisfying. But the long right-hander has been getting much more work lately, and that seems to be the secret to his success.
As for that Hedgecock, I don’t know what we can do for him. Unless we give him the full treatment, as follows; trade his feet for a pair of rabbit’s pedal extremities; then hop down to the blacksmith’s and get him fitted for a pair of horseshoes; Garland his locks with a nose-gay of four-leaf clovers; and then at midnight, after first making him spit over his left shoulder, let him kiss the blaney stone seven times.
But then, to get some runs, you’ve got to have some hitters. Steadiest hitters, to date, have been the two catchers, Ray Spurgeon and Bill Brenner, and Jimmy Estrada and Ray Orteig. Mssrs. Spurgeon, Brenner and Estrada are currently on the hospital list, and Orteig isn’t playing every game because he has to take his turn on the mound.
You usually expect some punch from the outfielders—Ruth, Cobb, Williams and DiMaggio are sterling examples—but we don’t have Ruth, Cobb, Williams and DiMaggio. We have Silverthorn, Mullens, Ramsey and Clarkson, and Silverthorn, who’s batting something like .250, is leading the outer gardeners at the dish.
But, he said, ever hopeful, maybe Charley Mead, the latest addition, will fill the need for a power hitter. I thought for awhile that Lou Estes, the big San Diego recruit, was going to do that, the way he pounded that ball in Salem. The law of averages has caught up with Lou, though, and maybe the fact that he’s having trouble with his unfamiliar first base spot hasn’t helped him, either.
So the way I see it, all we need is another good pitcher, a couple of .340 outfielders, a first baseman, and a little luck for Hedgecock, and my $1 is saved.
In the meantime, as Al Kretchmar said the other night, "It’s funny we’re losing. We’re all such nice fellows."

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