Friday, June 8, 2007

Monday, July 15, 1946

                W  L  Pct GB
Salem ........ 51 31 .622 —
Wenatchee .... 53 34 .609 ½
Bremerton .... 44 29 .603 2½
Tacoma ....... 44 34 .564 5
Spokane ...... 35 37 .486 11
Yakima ....... 33 44 .429 15½
Vancouver .... 28 49 .364 20½
Victoria ..... 27 57 .321 25

SPOKANE, July 15—The Spokane Indians left 18 runners stranded Monday night, but it wouldn't have mattered if 16 of them failed to score. That's because they needed only two runs after the Wenatchee Chiefs tallied once in the eighth for the margin over victory in a 3-2 win at Ferris Field.
The Indians left the bases full four times.
Wenatchee ...... 000 002 010—3 10 3
Spokane .......... 100 000 010—2 6 3
Orphan, Babbitt (9) and Fitzgerald; Raimondi, Bakamus (7) and Varrelman.

SALEM, July 15—Portland's Beavers behind the one-hit of Wandel Mossor defeated the Salem Senators Monday night 5-0 before some 7,500 persons, the largest crowd in Salem athletic history. The game was a benefit for little Tommy Edwards, the four-year-old son of Frisco Edwards, late Senators manager.
The only hit was Duane Crawford's single through the box into centre field leading off the sixth inning.
Approximately $10,000 was raised
Mossor whiffed 13 Senators. Lee Fallin went the route for the WIL club, being nicked for eight hits.
Portland scored a single run in the third, two in the fifth and single tallies in the seventh and ninth. The Beavers were aided by three Senator errors at crucial moments.
Portland ...... 001 020 101—5 8 2
Salem ......... 000 000 000—0 1 3
Mossor and Souza; Fallin and Kerr.
[WILfan note: TSN says 14 Ks, AP says 13]

Powers Plans To Hurl Again
[Oakland Tribune, July 16, 1946]
Dick Powers, Spokane ballplayer who was injured in the bus crash that took nine lives in the State of Washington over a month ago, is on the road to recovery, it was stated by physicians at Merritt Hospital yesterday.
Powers, interviewed by a Tribune reporter yesterday, stated that he had high hopes of playing baseball again and that he felt that his right arm, with which he did his pitching, was not hurt in the crash. He received a fractured collar bone, broken neck and a fractured skull in the wreck.
According to physicians, this will be a matter of a year at least. Powers, whose home is in Oakland, was optioned to the Western International League club this year from Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League.

New Infielder Joins Athletics
VICTORIA, July 15—Stan Gray, ex-Coast League player with Los Angeles and Seattle, has been signed by Victoria Athletics, Business Manager Reg Patterson announced yesterday. The hard-hitting third baseman will cover the hot corner to fill the gap in the A's infield caused when Al Steele left the team two weeks ago.
Gray leaves Pasadena, California, this morning, and will join the local club in Tacoma, probably in time for tomorrow night's game.

Wenatchee Loses Shortstop
WENATCHEE [TSN, July 24]—Shortstop Stan Shargey of Wenatchee, on option from Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League, was lost to the Western International League club indefinitely because of a broken bone in his ankle.

South Stars Score 7-5 Win Over Northerners
The Bee Sports Editor
[Fresno Bee, July 16, 1946]
STOCKTON, July 16.—The South All Stars made good use of their 11 hits here last night to beat the North All Stars in the revival of California Class C Baseball All Star game by the score of 7-5.
The South squad, comprised of players of the Santa Barbera, Bakersfield and Visalia teams, collected 11 hits off Don Belton of Stockton and Bill Salveson of Fresno while the North aggregation, made up of players of the Fresno, Modesto and Stockton teams, managed to gather nine hits of Clarence Podbeiland of Santa Barbera, Gene Clough of Visalia and Joe DeSanti of Bakersfield, working in that order.
The game was played before a capacity crowd which Bob Freitas, Stockton club business manager, estimated to be 3,800.
Twenty five per cent of the receipts went to a relief fund for families of players on the Spokane Western International League team, who were killed in a bus tragedy last month.
[WILfan note: Clough pitched for Victoria in 1954. Also playing in the game, in a portion of the story not transcribed, was the Santa Barbera keystone combination of Mark Koenig (Spokane, 1947) and Danny Holden (Vancouver, 1954). Vince Lazor pitched for Modesto; he, too, was later in the WIL (Salem 1947-48; Tacoma 1949-50).]

Woody Blanks Legion, 3-0 In Benefit
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 16, 1946]
Lefty Woodson shut out the Legion with six scattered hits, and smashed a dying flurry in the ninth with three straight strike-outs to mark up a 3-0 victory for the Cascades in Monday night's benefit game for survivors of the dead in the Spokane team's bus crash.
Total receipts were estimated at $1750, leaving about $1500 for the benefit fund after deduction of 20 per cent for taxes. [remainder of the story not transcribed]

Western Int Draws 399,398
[TSN, August 7, 1946]
A total of 399,398 paying customers was attracted by the Western International League through July 15, it was reported by President Robert B. Abel. Despite a decreased since the fatal bus accident that took the lives of nine players, the Spokane Indians were leading, with 74,607 in 36 games, followed by Tacoma, with 62,148 in 31 contests; Salem, 59,885 in 33; Yakima, 39,324 in 23; Victoria, 51,885 in 36; Wenatchee, 45,865 in 32; Vancouver, 40,200 in 32, and Bremerton, 35,734 in 36.

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