Western Canada Baseball 1923
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SASKATCHEWAN
SASKATOON CITY LEAGUE

Columbus Club, C.N.R., C.P.R., Vanscoy, Y.M.C.A.
C.P.R. defeated C.N.R. in a playoff to capture the Saskatoon City League crown.
       
REGINA NORTHSIDE LEAGUE
Elks, Imperial Life, Pirates, Winners Club
* Elks defeated Winners Club in a playoff for the league title.
 
REGINA NORTHSIDE LEAGUE (SECOND DIVISION)
City Hall, C.N.R., C.P.R.,  Simpson’s, Y.M.H.A.
 
REGINA EAST SIDE LEAGUE
Capitals,  Maple Leafs, Red Sox,St. Joseph’s,  St. Mary’s
 
MOOSE JAW CITY LEAGUE SENIOR
C.P.R., Moose Jaw Motors, Robin Hoods, St. Joseph's
* Robin Hoods, second-half pennant winners, defeated the St. Joseph’s to claim the league championship.
 
MOOSE JAW CITY LEAGUE (INTERMEDIATE DIVISION)
St. Joseph’s, Time,s Yeoman, Y..M.C.A.
 
MOOSE JAW COUNTY LEAGUE
Ardill, Congress, Ettington, Mazenod, Mossbank, Vantage
 
NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN LEAGUE
Blaine Lake, Leask, Marcelin, Shellbrook
 
A. A. RURAL LEAGUE
Bethune, Chamberlain, Dilke, Findlater, Kedleston
       
SOUTH CENTRAL LEAGUE
Brownlee,  Carlyle, Eskbank, Eyebrow, Keeler, Lake Valley, Marquis
 
LONG LAKE LEAGUE
Holdfast, Liberty, Penzance, Simpson
 
GRAIN GROWERS LEAGUE
Davin, McLean
 
TRIANGLE LEAGUE
Denholm, Maymont, Richard, Ruddell, Speers
 
GOOSE LAKE LEAGUE
Delisle, Donavon, Kinley, Laura
 
BIG FOUR LEAGUE #1
Colonsay, Meacham,  Viscount,  Young 
 
BIG FOUR LEAGUE #2
Lac Vert, Naicam, Pleasantdale, Spalding
 
NAME UNKNOWN
Macklin, Northend, Primate, Senlac
 
GARRY LEAGUE
Cherryfield, Springfield, Theodore, Willowbrook
1923 Sask Game Reports   
1923 Sask Photo Gallery    
1923 Snapshots          
1923 Saskatoon CPR        
       
ALBERTA
EDMONTON CITY LEAGUE

Elks, Nationals, Red Sox
       
EDMONTON INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE WEST
C.N.R., C.P.R., Druggists, Forresters, Wesley, Y.M.C.A.

EDMONTON INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE EAST
C.N.T., Hebrews, Independents, McGavins, North Edmonton, Shiloh
       
CALGARY CITY LEAGUE
Hustlers, Riverside, Y.M.C.A
 
CALGARY INTERMEDIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE
Alyth, Bank of Montreal, Forest Lawn, Lyceums, Riverside Iron Works
 
SOUTHERN ALBERTA LEAGUE
Cardston, Lethbridge O.B., Lethbridge Miners, Magrath Tigers,, Raymond, , Spring Coulee Colts
 
ALBERTA SOUTHERN BASEBALL LEAGUE
Claresholm, Nanton, Stavely, Vulcan
 
ROSEBUD LEAGUE
North - Didsbury, Olds, Innisfail
South - Airdrie, Carstairs, Crossfield
       
CENTRAL ALBERTA LEAGUE
Bentley, Lacombe, Ponoka, Red Deer
       
CROWS NEST PASS LEAGUE
Bellevue, Blairmore, Coleman, Michel BC, Pincher Creek
 
BATTLE RIVER BASEBALL LEAGUE
Amisk, Nilram, Rosyth
 
WESTERN ALBERTA BASEBALL LEAGUE
Brule, Edson, Jasper
 
NORTHWEST ALBERTA BASEBALL LEAGUE
Duffield, Evansburg, Stony Plain, Wabamun
 
TWILIGHT BASEBALL LEAGUE
Chipman, Lamont, Ryley, Tofield, Vegreville
 
NAME UNKNOWN
Blackie, Brant, Ensign, Red Cross
1923 Alberta Game Reports         
1923 Alberta Photo Gallery 
      
1923 Alberta Snapshots       
1923 Medicine Hat    
       
MANITOBA
WINNIPEG SENIOR AMATEUR LEAGUE
Arenas, Columbus Club, Express, Tigers, Transcona
 
MANITOBA SENIOR AMATEUR LEAGUE
Elmwood Giants, Medicals, Norwood, St. Boniface, South End
 
SOUTHWESTERN BASEBALL LEAGUE
Brandon Greys, Souris, Wawanesa
 
CENTRAL MANITOBA SENIOR AMATEUR LEAGUE
High Bluff,  Oakville, Portage la Prairie
 
SOUTHERN MANITOBA SENIOR LEAGUE Carman, Morris, Roland, Sperling
 
WINNIPEG INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE
Arenas, Dominions, Earas,Maple Leafs, Tammany Tigers, Transcona
 
WINNIPEG COMMERCIAL LEAGUE
Breen Motor, Central Dray, Hydro, Crescent Creamery, Massey-Harris, Stovel’s
 
MID-WESTERN LEAGUE
Cardale, Hamiota, Oak River, Shoal Lake
 
WESTERN SUBURBAN LEAGUE
Charlesworth, Headingly, Kirkfield, St. James, St. Pats, Sturgeon Creek, Greys
 
EASTERN KIRKELLA & MAINLINE LEAGUE
“A” DIVISION - Fleming, Moosomin, SK Juniors, McAuley, Rocanville SK
“B” DIVISION * Moosomin SK Seniors, Wapella SK, Welwyn SK
 
NORTHWESTERN MANITOBA LEAGUE
Angusville, Ingli,s Russell
 
LANSDOWNE LEAGUE
Alexander, Carnegie, Oak Lake, Rivers
 
SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE
Coulterville, Elva
 
SOMERSET & DISTRICT LEAGUE
Holland, Rathwell, Somerset, Swan Lake, Treherne
 
SOUTHWESTERN TURTLE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE
Boissevain, Minto, Ninga
 
PORTAGE & LAKESIDE LEAGUE
High Bluff, Poplar Point, Portage Army & Navy
 
INTERLAKE LEAGUE
Eriksdale
 
WINNIPEG JUNIOR LEAGUE
Columbus Club, Elmwood Cubs 
1923 Winnipeg Arenas   
1923 Photo Gallery   
1923 Manitoba Game Reports    
       
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER SENIOR LEAGUE
 
BC Electric, Collingwood, South Vancouver Elks, Young Liberals
       
VANCOUVER TERMINAL LEAGUE 
Asahi, Hanburys, Kitsilano, Lumbermen, Mount Pleasant, Spencers
       
VANCOUVER TWILIGHT LEAGUE 
Burnaby, Carleton Centre, Elks, Hudson's Bay, The World, Vancouver Engineering Works
       
NEW WESTMINSTER SENIOR AMATEUR LEAGUE
B.C. Box Manufacturers, Elks, 47th Battalion, Peoples Providers
* BC Box won the league championship
       
DEWDNEY LEAGUE 
Coquitlam, Essondale, Hammond, Haney, IOCO, Port Moody
       
CHILLIWACK VALLEY LEAGUE
Agassiz, Chilliwack Athletics, Chilliwack Blue Birds, Rosedale, Sardis
* Athletics won the league championship
       
DELTA LEAGUE
Clayburn, Cloverdale, Delta, Murrayville
       
VANCOUVER INDOOR LEAGUE
Grandview, Hanburys, Hudson's Bay, Malkins, Mount Pleasant, 7th Battalion, 29th Battalion, 72nd Battalion
       
VICTORIA SENIOR AMATEUR LEAGUE
Automotives, C.P.R., Eagles
       
VICTORIA COMMERCIAL LEAGUE
Hudson’s Bay, Native Sons, Sidney, Spencer’s
       
NANAIMO CITY LEAGUE 
Native Sons, Owls, Wellington
       
COMOX & DISTRICT LEAGUE
Courtenay, Cumberland, Powell River
       
MID-ISLAND LEAGUE
Granby, Ladysmith, Nanaimo
1923 Vancouver Game Reports         
1923 VCR Island Game Reports    
1923 Interior Game Reports
    
1923 BC Photo Gallery    
1923 BC Snapshots    
1923 Burton, BC  
1923 IOCO (Imperial Oil)     
1923 VCR Young Liberals   
1923 New Westminster Manufacturers   
1923 Nanaimo Coal City   
1923 Vancouver Grandview Indoor    
1923 Vernon         
1923 Powell River      
1923 Nakusp     
       
       

 

1923 Opening Day, Winnipeg

                (Winnipeg Tribune, Saturday, May 19, 1923)

Baseball was very much alive and well in Western Canada. And, no-hitters were on the program.

We've tracked down at least 18 different leagues in Saskatchewan, 15 in Alberta another 18 in Manitoba and a baker's dozen in British Columbia.

No-hitters

In Manitoba's Senior Amateur League, Norwood's Harry Mason put his name in the record books on July 26th when he hurled a no-hitter against St. Boniface but he came away with only a tie as darkness prevented further play in a 1-1 contest. In his next start, Mason put an exclamation mark on his record with another no-no. On the third of August, the young moundsman shutout the Medicals 12-0, for his second straight no-hit performance (although not recognized in the newspaper story at the time) to achieve the extremely rare accomplishment of back-to-back no-hitters.

In his next start, a playoff game, Mason gave up three hits and three runs and didn't get out of the first inning.

Norwood captured the league title.

In the Winnipeg Senior League, the Arenas with such stalwarts of Bill "Snake" Siddle, "Bunny" Warren and "Steamer" Maxwell, won the league championship.  Crowds of up to 4,500 packed Wesley Park for the local action.

Crowe Tammany TigersPitching mainly in Intermediate ball, Manitoba featured another outstanding hurler, Bill Crowe of the Tammany Tigers. In spite of finding no record of play for three weeks of August, Crowe fashioned a 16-1 record leading the Tigers to the provincial championship. In late August, the big right-hander fired a no-hitter for a shutout, got what would be today, a save in his next appearance, and then in his next start, allowed just one hit in another shutout. Oh, in his not-hitter he hit a homer and two singles.

Mel KerrIt took an extra inning in the deciding game of the playoffs to crown the winner of the Saskatoon City League. The Canadian Pacific railwaymen topped Canadian National nine 2-1 to take the title. Mel Kerr (left) who would advance to the majors for a single game a couple of years later, was a standout for Columbus Club finishing second in the batting race with a .481 mark and leading the league in hits, triples, home runs and total bases.

The Regina Elks retained the Saskatchewan senior amateur baseball championship by defeating the Moose Jaw Robin Hoods three games to one in the 1923 best-of-five provincial final. Earlier, in a best-two-out-of-three semi-final match-up, the Elks had disposed of the Saskatoon C.P.R. in two straight games. Elks earlier defeated Winner's Club to capture the Regina Northside League championship.

In was a summer in which Tommy Green of the Elks fired a no-hitter - and lost, 2-1. The no-no was no fluke. Green led the club with a 6-2 record and seven complete games in eight starting assignments. He also relieved in three games.

Geddes No-HitterIn Alberta, the Edmonton Red Sox captured the flag in the city's Senior Amateur League with the help of yet another no-hit hurler - Charles Alva "Buzz" Geddes.  On the ninth of June, the 22-year-old fired a no-hit, no run game, winning 13-0. 

I'm sure this wasn't too confusing - Alberta had both a Southern Alberta League and an Alberta Southern League.

Lester HaynesIn his 15th season with Stavely (he added on 20 more years through to the 1940s) Lester "Slim" Haynes (right) continued to be one of the province's top moundsman.

In the Alberta Southern League, Haynes compiled a 7-0 mark with four shutouts in seven starts. before losing a pair of late season playoff matches.

The Southern Alberta League added to the no-hit record book as Wade “Big Cheese” Ridpath, mound ace of the Lethbridge Miners, faced only 30 batters and hurled a no-hit no-run game as the Miners blanked Spring Coulee 5-0.

It appears the league championship was divided between Cardston and the Our Bests from Lethbridge. The two teams were tied at a game apiece in the final playoff when the teams disbanded because they were needed for harvesting work on the farm.

A coloured club, the Shiloh Giants won the championship of the Edmonton Intermediate Baseball League downing the Foresters in the final.

In provincial playoff action, Medicine Hat defeated the Calgary Hustlers to capture the best-of-five southern Alberta crown three games to two.  A hoped for series against the Northern Alberta champs failed to materialize. Hustlers had won the Calgary City League.

Three separate senior-level baseball leagues were operational on Vancouver diamonds during the spring and summer of 1923. A smattering of inter-league games took place, not only involving the Vancouver circuits, but also with the Dewdney League, a loop consisting of teams from the outlying areas.

In the Terminal League Pat Worley of Spencer's turned some heads with his superb swatting, ringing up an incredible .563 average and leading the league in home runs, with 4, and 19 total bases but registered just 16 at bats and did not qualify for the title.

The Vancouver Young Liberals’ downed the Nanaimo Coal City contingent to earn the 1923 British Columbia senior baseball championship.

Haley JacksonOver on the Island, in the Victoria Senior Amateur League W.H. Haley Jackson of the pennant winning Victoria C.P.R. was crowned batting champion for 1923.

Jackson, who also led the loop in hits, 23, runs, 23, home runs, 6, and total bases, 43, cracked the horsehide at a .411 clip.

In late June, Jackson had one of his best games cracking three home runs and a single in a 19-5 victory for the C.P.R.

Jackson who started his career in Victoria just after the First World War was still suiting up into the late 1940s and early 1950s in Vancouver.