Saturday, June 9, 2007

Tuesday, August 13, 1946

                 W  L  Pct GB
Wenatchee ..... 71 44 .617 —
Salem ......... 65 47 .580 4½
Bremerton ..... 61 45 .575 5½
Tacoma ........ 57 52 .523 11
Spokane ....... 48 52 .480 15½
Yakima ........ 50 58 .463 17½
Vancouver ..... 43 66 .394 25
Victoria ...... 41 72 .363 29

VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, News-Herald, August 14]—This may not be in the orthodox arithmetic books, but any member of the Spokane Indians will insist this problem is correct: Ray Orteig plus seven equals 14.
The Indians, making their first appearance here since the fatal bus crash took nine of their men in June, learned that the hard way last night at Cap Stadium.
They were bowled over, 14-5, by our Capilanos, and Orteig, Vancouver’s answer to Ted Williams, accounted for half the Brownie runs with three (3) home runs.
Orteig learned the trick in Bremerton last week, when his trio of four baggers crushed the Bluejackets, but he added a little flourish of his own last night, hitting one over each of the three fences.
Ray gave the Spokes’ southpaw, Martin Sadlish, a taste of what was to come in the very first frame when, with the bases loaded, he parked one near the Owl atop the right field wall.
His second effort came in the fifth with one aboard, and was a fairly gargantuan effort, sailing majestically, over the left field barrier put up by the lights.
That blow, though it must have been something like 385 feet, was just a tap compared to the husky third-sacker’s number three four-master. That one went winging over the centre field boards, as the shades of Pete Staggs and Earl Averill groaned, and if that one didn’t travel 400 feet, you can have all of our next salary cheque over a million dollars.
The figure filberts claim it was the first time the triple homer act was pulled since Tommy Lloyd pulled the trick for the Caps in 1940. And the figure filbert almost had a new one for their books, because Ray hit another one, but Umpire Jack Rice ruled it foul.
CUFF NOTES—Orteig had a little help from his mates last night, too, the Brownies rapping out 15 hits, including another home run by Frank Mullens … Bob Snyder, who notched his ninth win, had a two-hitter and a shutout going until the sixth, when he eased up a bit behind his big lead … Hunk Anderson will be out to stop the visitors in the second contest of the three-game series tonight … Veteran Ernie Kershaw has been signed as mound handyman for the Caps … Hughie Davis, a young infielder who showed here in the Senior League, has been sent up by Seattle, whose Torchy Torrance was a vistior last night, to gain a little experience … Gale Bishop, the hooper and ex-Bellingham ball player, plays first base for the “new” Indian crew, which understandably lacks the hustle of the ill-fated original squad.
[WILfan notes: Schultz was four for five for Spokane, singling in a run in the seventh … Al Kubiak smacked a two-run home run in the eighth inning for the Indians while Hawkins doubled in their first two runs in the sixth … Jim Estrada had three hits for Vancouver and brought in two runs … Mullens’ homer was good for a pair.]
Spokane ......... 000 002 120— 5 11 3
Vancouver ...... 400 123 04x—14 15 2
Sadlish and Varrelman; Snyder and Brenner.

VICTORIA, Aug. 13—Scoring in every inning from the fourth on, the Victoria Athletics defeated the Bremerton Bluejackets 14-9 in the first of a two-game WIL series Tuesday night.
Bob Stumpf knocked three hits in five times at bat and drove in four runs for the winners. Beans Marionetti added a double and two singles.
Eddie Murphy had Victoria's home run, a long smash over the left-centre field fence in the fifth inning.
Tony Ferrara was pulled after 8 1-3 innings as Bremerton staged a five-run rally in the ninth. Ferrara issued 12 walks during the game.
Bremerton ......... 200 000 115— 9 13 2
Victoria ............ 100 242 14x—14 17 1
Marshall, Gibson ( ) and Volpi; Ferrara, Blankenship (9) and Stumpf.

TACOMA, story unavailable.
Salem ......... 000 000 000—0 3 2
Tacoma ...... 102 003 00x—6 11 2
Schubel, Porter (7) and Kerr; Greenlaw and Kuper.

WENATCHEE, story unavailable.
Wenatchee ......... 010 000 001—2 4 3
Yakima ............... 000 020 03x—5 7 2
Cronin and Fitzgerald; Yaylian and McConnell.

Spokane Spat Expensive To Bluejacket Players
TACOMA, Aug. 13 — Western International league President Robert Abel had the last word Tuesday in an argument started in Spokane Sunday night and it proved expensive to Bremerton ballplayers and club-owners.
Abel suspended Clarence (Beak) Federmeyer, Bremerton pitcher, and Francis Curtis, outfielder, for seven days. He fined the ball club $100 and Gus Paglia, outfielder-catcher, and Elwood Curtis, second baseman, $25. First Baseman Bill Reese was asssesed $15, and Pitcher Hub Kittle and Trainer Wayne Anderson $10.
The arguments culminated in a near riot.

By ALF COTTRELL, Sports Editor

[Vancouver Sun, Aug. 14, 1946]

Chief Confined to Wigwam Still

Curious, maybe morbidly so, to see what the ghosts of that wrecked ball team looked like up close, I went into the Spokane dressing room right after the game at Cap Stadium last night.
There was a striking lack of gaiety in the room. I couldn’t decide whether it was an aftermath of the cruel bus accident that snuffed out the lives of most of the club’s original members a few weeks back or merely the reaction of losing a ball game to the locals just previously.
I asked a player to point out manager Glenn Wright. He indicated a big, tanned, round-faced veteran with dark glasses who was just taking the top of his uniform.
Wright, once one of baseball’s great shortstops, proved to be a quiet but friendly sort. He didn’t sound to enthusiastic when I asked him about how the reorganization of the club was coming along.
“It’s a rough go, replacing almost a whole team, We got some good men, here and there, though.”
I asked him about the popular Indian, Levi McCormack, the club’s long-time left fielder and one of the few survivors of the crash in Snoqualmie Pass.
“The Chief? He’s doing pretty well. He won’t be able to play again this season—got his side sort of stove in—but he is up and getting around.
Ah, Sweet Memory, tra la
“Say, does that kid always hit like that?” he asked suddenly. He was referring to Ray Orteig, Cap third sacker, who had hit three right on the chops during the evening. Two of the three homers were 400-foot jobs, with the one in particular that went over the centrefield fence, one of the longest in memory of man.
I said that Ray had hit three in game a couple of weeks back, and that any time he is below .360 in the averages, it’s a misprint.
“So?” he said. “Well, of course, I wouldn’t have left that kid in the box so long if we had been at home. But he has some pretty good stuff. He just needs experience.”
“Meet Frankie Hawkins, here, by the way. What did you say your name way? Oh, yes.”
I shook hands with Hawkins, a swarthy and husky fellow with the mark of the years on him. I said I remembered seeing him play a ball game at this park once before.
“That’s right,” said Hawkins. “I was just 17 at the time and was just breaking into Coast League ball. We played a regular Coast League game here, one switched from Seattle. That must have been 14 years ago.”
“Say, both you guys got good memories,” said Wright.
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ALFALFADUST—That prophecy of mine about Bill Brenner taking over as the Caps’ manager took time to jell, but eventually Bob Brown bought that dream … Sandy Robertson has now won ten and lost seven for Durham down in No’th Ca’lina. And our Danny Holden’s batting mark with Santa Barbera is .355.

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