Saturday, June 9, 2007

Saturday, August 24, 1946

                 W  L  Pct GB
Wenatchee ..... 78 50 .609 —
Salem ......... 69 55 .556 7½
Bremerton ..... 66 54 .550 8
Tacoma ........ 69 57 .548 8
Yakima ........ 58 63 .479 16½
Spokane ....... 51 63 .447 20
Vancouver ..... 54 68 .443 21
Victoria ...... 45 80 .360 31½

VICTORIA, Aug. 24—3,300 fans crowded Royal Athletic Park on Bob Jensen Night tonight, and got to see the Victoria ace toss a three-hitter and strike out 18 in a 4-0 win over the Wenatchee Chiefs Friday night.
Jensen raised his strikeout total this season to 279. He struck out the first four batters of the game.
Wenatchee came from behind to win the free-hitting matinee attraction, 11-7, with a four-run rally in the ninth.
In a pre-game presentation at home plate, Jensen was presented with a wrist watch for winning the most popular player contest and gifts from his teammates, the club management and Victoria business firms and fans.
Then, as if to show his appreciation, the popular hurler took the mount to turn in his outstanding game of the season. He struck out the first four Wenatchee batters to come to the plate and never let down.
Since August 4, he has struck out 77 men in 46 innings, winning four games and losing two.
The only hits he allowed were singles to Jim Warner and Dick Adams and a double to Doug Williams.
Frank Cirimele doubled and rode home with the first run on Bob Cherry's vicious double. Pete Hughes dropped a bloop double to right to score Cherry, who scored ahead of Beans Marionetti when he looped a long one over the centre field wall.
Hughes was ejected by umpire Tuma in the fifth inning for tossing his bat after a called strike.
In the matinee, Tommy Musgrave, hoping for his second win, was leading 5-1 but was sent to the showers in the sixth after losing control and the Chiefs scored five runs. Home runs by Nick Pesut and Eddie Barr accounted for all the scoring after bases on balls filled the bags.
Wenatchee picked up a run in the seventh but Cherry and Marionetti homered to tie it at 7-7. Pesut off with his second circuit-blow in the ninth and three more runners hit pay dirt before John Carpenter retired the side after relieving Joe Blankenship, who took over for Musgrave in the sixth.
First Game
Wenatchee ...... 001 005 104—11 19 2
Victoria ........... 000 410 200— 7 12 1
McCollum and Pesut; Musgrave, Blankenship (6), Carpenter (9) and Stumpf.
Second Game
Wenatchee ...... 000 000 000—0 3 4
Victoria ........... 004 000 00x—4 7 0
Greene and Pesut; Jensen and Paulson.

VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, News-Herald, August 26]—How does the travelogue go?
And so the Capilanos left beautiful, fruitful Vancouver, in search of further adventure. But they will long remember the two glorious weeks spent on the banks of lovely old False Creek.
And well they might, for in their two-week home stand again W.I.L. rivals, they won 12 games and lost just two, easily their season’s best record, and one that any previous edition of the Caps would have been proud of.
After their five-game winning streak against Spokane and Salem, Bill Brenner’s boys teed off on second-place Bremerton Bluejackets for six straight victories, the desperate Blues finally stopping or rampaging forces in the first game Saturday night, 5-2. But the Brownies bounced back in the nightcap to win handily, 11-3, to grab the series seven games to one and send the overflow crowd home happy.
Unable to stop the Vancouver crew with the material on hand, Bremerton boss Sam Gibson sent a rush call for Joe Sullivan at Bremerton. Sullivan, a former Detroit Tiger and Boston Brave, has a good job and usually just pitches in the “Jackets” home games.
The strategy paid off as southpaw Sullivan, with a lot of help from Cap first-sacker Lou Estes, kept the locals guessing for most of the seven innings of the opener.
But it might have been different if Estes had been on his toes, because big Hunk Anderson was matching Sullivan pitch for pitch.
After Reg Clarkson had pounded Sullivan’s first pitch for a homer, Bill Reese lofted one over in the second to even the score. Then with two out in the third, Estes booted Elwood Curtis’ blow, and the visitors went on to score twice.
Again in the sixth, with two out, Estes failed to stop a drive by Frankie Plouf, and though it went as a base hit, officially, the general consensus of the experts was that a “professional” first-baseman would have got it. Again, Bremerton went on to score twice, and that was the ball game.
Flushed with success, Gibson held a short conference with Sullivan, and though John Marshall had been originally slated for the afterpiece, Sad Sam decided to throw Sullivan back in the second game.
This time Gibson guessed wrong, because Sullivan didn’t last three innings. The boys jumped on him for seven hits, including homers by Frank Mullens and Ray Orteig, to drive him to the showers early.
Clarence (Cousin) Federmeyer, who’s taken a lot of punishment from the locals recently, and who worked Friday night, guttily finished up. He didn’t have any better success. Charley Mead and Estes helped sink him with further four-masters. Estes redeemed himself by parking his round-tripper over the left field wall.
Tonight the Brennermen are in Victoria where they battle the Athletics until Friday, when they return home for their last home stand against the A’s and Tacoma.
[WILfan note: Mead had three hits for Vancouver in the second game, Hooks Devaurs did the same for Bremerton … There was only one walk in the first game. It was by Anderson].
First Game
Bremerton ............ 012 002 0—5 7 1
Vancouver ........... 100 001 0—2 8 2
Sullivan and Volpi; Anderson and Brenner.
Second Game
Bremerton ............ 001 200 000— 3 12 0
Vancouver ........... 204 110 30x—11 15 0
Sullivan, Federmeyer (3) and Volpi; Bryant and Spurgeon.

SALEM, Aug. 24—Salem Senators protected their second-place position in the Western International League from the encroaching Tacoma Tigers here tonight as they stopped the Tigers 4-3 in ten innings.
The Solons pushed across the winning counter when manager Ted Gullic singled and scored on Vern Stephens' long fly.
Tacoma ......... 010 100 001 0—3 9 1
Salem ........... 100 002 000 1—4 10 0
Columbo, Gerkin (9) and Kemper; Kowalski and Kerr.

Spokane ............ 040 023 010—10 12 7
Yakima .............. 000 300 041— 8 8 5
Cadinha and Varrelman; Strait, Simon (5), Bohnen (6), Thompson (9) and McConnell.

Bob Jensen
[from Victoria Colonist, Sat., Aug. 24, 1946]
Property of the San Francisco Seals, the 24-year-old hurler has racked up 15 wins and would have been at least five or six games better with a few good breaks. Earlier in the season he was used in an out of turn and in relief roles, which further handicapped his season mark.
He joined the club in Wenatchee on the second day of the season from San Francisco training camp, arriving in the morning and taking the mound that night. In an epic performance, he struck out 19 and registered his first win, although walking 14.
Since then Jensen has shown consistent improvement and has added an effective curve to his blazing fast ball. Qualified observers rate him the best pitching prospect in the league and a little more experience in holding men on the bags and the developmennt of a change of pace is all that he needs to move up into faster company to stay.
First Baseball With Semi Pros at 14
Born in San Francisco on August 30, 1921, Jensen is of Norwegian descent, although he has been tagged with the moniker 'Swede.' His first baseball experience was for the Mill Valley semi-pro nine when he was 14 as an outfielder.
He attracted the attention of Justin Fitzgerald, scout for the Detroit Tigers, who signed him to a contract. He went to Alexandria in the Evangeline League, but was cut loose following the 1939 Spring Training session and rejoined the Mill Valley colub.
Walter Mails, publicity agent for San Francisco, was impressed with his ability to thrown and arranged to have him work out with the Seals. He was signed to a contract and stayed with the club all of the 1940 season, winning two games and losing three, mainly in relief roles.
Jensen was optioned to Salt Lake City in the Pioneer League in 1941, where he won ten and lost 12. He joined the navy in January 1942 and was discharged in November, 1945.
During his 46-month hitch in the navy, he played no baseball and his first start in four-and-a-half years was at Wenatchee after being optioned to Victoria following the San Francisco spring training session.

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