1926 Game Reports / Alberta     

EDMONTON INDEPENDENT SEMI-PRO BASEBALL LEAGUE

Centrals
Elks
Selkirks

FIRST-HALF

(May 15)  With 3,500 fans in attendance, the Centrals decisioned the Selkirks 7 to 4 as the independent Edmonton semi-pro Baseball League played its inaugural contest. Winning hurler LeRoy Goldsworthy was the complete master throughout in his mound joust with veteran starter Herman Loblick, fanning a dozen and walking five while yielding four hits. Loblick was bounced to the showers in the fourth frame when the Garagemen mounted a three-spot. Outfielders Stack and Lloyd McIntyre led the eight-hit offense for the victors, each stroking a pair of singles. Flychaser Roy Forman lit up Goldsworthy for a solo homer and a single.
   
Goldsworthy (W) and Adam
Loblick (L), Lee (4) and Scott

(May 18)  One disastrous inning, the third, when the Elks did all their scoring, left the Centrals on the losing end of a 7 to 6 decision. The Garagemen started off like eventual winners, plating a trey in the second spasm, but then LeRoy Goldswothy, assisted by some shoddy defensive work from his mates, went into a tailspin and the die was set for the ultimate outcome. Norman Dodge, playing-manager of the Wapiti, elected himself as the starting pitching choice but, after three innings of a so-so performance and with the Brother Bills nursing a two-run lead, decided that his new chucker, “Happy” Oslund, was ready for a trial. Oslund was nicked for six of the 11 Elk safeties in the six rounds he was on the knoll. Neither tosser from the Antlered Tribe gave up a free pass. Meanwhile Gold worthy, having an off-game, struck out 11 and walked six while surrendering 11 base knocks. Top hitter in the affair was Syd Hamilton of the Horned Herd who collected half his team’s raps, stroking a double and a brace of one-baggers. 

Dodge (W), Oslund (4) and Stacey
Goldsworthy (L) and Campbell

(May 21)  After falling behind 3 – 0 to the Elks with three innings of play in the books, the Selkirks began to chip away at the deficit, tying the score in the seventh stanza. The game went into extra innings and, in the top-of-the-tenth, the Selkirks were rewarded for their perseverance when first baseman Don “Slim” Conklin slammed a two-out triple, his third safety of the encounter, to drive in Roy Forman with the tie-breaking tally. Submarine heaver “Scotty” Lee fanned a dozen batters and allowed eight safeties, all singles, in going the distance on the bump for the victory. Win Johnson and Jack Starky toiled on the knoll for the Brother Bills. 

Lee (W) and Scott
W. Johnson, Starky (L) (7) and Stacey

(May 24)  Playing on a diamond that was very sticky and made sure footing an impossibility, the Elks broke even in their tough doubleheader task, dropping the first game 3 to 2 to the Selkirks but salvaging a split with a narrow 2 to 1 conquest of the Centrals in their second assignment. Both contests were seven inning affairs.
     
Each team strutted out a new heaver in the curtain-raiser, “Slim” Robinson drawing the assignment for the Antlered Tribe while youthful Bennett was chosen to ascend the clay throne for the ‘Kirks. Heading into their final turn at bat, the Hotelmen trailed 2 – 0 but a trio of outfield errors by Elks’ skipper Norm Dodge gave them the opening they were looking for and, as Robinson began to wilt with the increased pressure, the result was three unearned counters and a gift victory.  

Robinson (L) and Washburn
Bennett (W) and Goggins

Fatigued as they went into the second engagement, the B.P.O.E. brigade never let the tough first-game loss affect their play. They fell behind 1 – 0 after the opening canto and things did not appear promising as fireballing pitcher LeRoy Goldsworthy of the Centrals fanned five of the first nine batters he faced.  In the fourth frame, however, Goldsworthy began to weaken and a couple of free passes, combined with three timely safeties, produced a brace of tallies and a one-run lead which held up to the end. 

Goldsworthy (L) and Campbell
J. Baldwin (W) and Washburn

(May 25)  Running across five eighth-episode tallies, the Selkirks wiped out a 5 – 1 deficit and hung on for a 6 to 5 come-from-behind conquest of the Centrals. The late outburst, coming on the strength of three doubles and aided by three errors, came after two batters had been retired.  A two-bagger off the bat of Cecil Downey drove in the ultimate winning run. The loss was a tough one for the Garagemen, who outswatted the winners by a 12 to 8 margin. Top hitter in the affair was outfielder Stack of the Centrals who swatted a triple and single. Checking in with a double and one-bagger each were “Slim” Conklin of the winners as well as Lloyd McIntyre and “Speedy” Wilson of the vanquished nine.

Busby (L) and Adam
Loblick (W) and Scott

(May 27)  Establishing an early lead, the Selkirks went on to double the Elks 6 to 3 in a tame affair that ended after seven long innings when darkness intervened. Herman Loblick scattered eight safeties and whiffed 11 in earning the knoll verdict over “Happy” Oslund. The Elk twirler, backed by indifferent support, allowed six hits and struck out nine. Third sacker Al Stacey of the Antlered Tribe laced three hits, all singles, to pace all batters.

Loblick (W) and Scott
Oslund (L) and Rootes

(June 1)  The rampaging Selkirks galloped off with another victory at Diamond Park when the Centrals were forced to take the short end of a 4 to 3 count. The ‘Kirks had the lead throughout after tallying singletons in each of the first and second cantos. The losers, on the other hand,  had ample opportunities with traffic on the basepaths but failed to deliver them to the finish line. “Scotty” Lee walked five and yielded an equal number of hits in copping the knoll triumph. LeRoy Goldsworthy suffered the defeat, surrendering seven safeties while doling out six free passes. Goldsworthy had the edge in strikeouts, breezing a dozen to eight for Lee. Flychaser Stack of the vanquished Garagemen had a double and single.
    
Lee (W) and Scott
Goldsworthy (L) and Campbell

(June 3)  Joe Baldwin stopped the pace-setting Selkirks cold on three hits as the Elks took a 2 to 0 decision from the league leaders. A dozen batters bit the dust as strikeout victims of Baldwin’s shoots. Back-to-back doubles by Tommy Carrigan and Syd Hamilton accounted for the first run by the winners off losing chucker Herman Loblick in the opening panel. The Horned Herd added to their narrow lead in the eighth episode when Carrigan singled, stole second and galloped across the pan with a big insurance tally on a clean one-bagger by Cliff McLeod. Loblick was nicked for seven safeties while fanning ten.   
     
J. Baldwin (W) and Calhoun
Loblick (L) and Goggins

(June 5)  After close to three weeks of futility, the Centrals finally got back on the winning track, capturing their second victory of the campaign with a 4 to 2 doubling of the Elks in the matinee portion of a three-cornered double-bill. A 15 to 2 pasting by the Selkirks in the last-half of the two-game set sent the tail-end Garagemen back on another losing streak.
     
In the opening tussle, new hurler Dave/Ray Glenn allowed but five hits and fanned 14 batters in his debut for the South Siders. Win Johnson was tagged for six safeties, including a double and single by Chuck Henderson, in absorbing the setback.
     
Glenn (W) and Adam
W. Johnson (L) and Calhoun

Six runs in the first inning of the late engagement sent the Selkirks on their way to victory. The ‘Kirks hammered losing flinger LeRoy Goldsworthy for 16 base blows including a number of extra-base swats. Winning slabster “Scotty” Lee surrendered only four hits. Rangy first sacker “Slim” Conklin of the winners helped himself to two triples, a double and a single.

Lee (W) and xxx
Goldsworthy (L) and xxx

(June 10)  A five-run rally in the seventh stanza carried the front-running Selkirks past the Centrals 9 to 5. Winning heaver “Scotty” Lee went the route on the hillock, surrendering eight hits with four of them, including a double, coming off the bat of Lloyd McIntyre. Both Lee and starter Dave/Ray Glenn of the Garagemen were locked in a close embroglio for six spasms until the Jasper Street Hotelmen broke things open in the seventh.  Don “Slim” Conklin and Cecil Downey ripped three bingles apiece for the winners with Conklin’s total including a two-bagger. Chuck Henderson of the South Siders lit up Lee for a two-run circuit-jack in the top-of-the-seventh just before the ‘Kirks went on their rampage.

Glenn (L), Busby (7) and Campbell
Lee (W) and Scott

FIRST-HALF
STANDINGS                W       L       Pct.
Selkirks                 7       2      .778
Elks                     3       4      .429
Centrals                 2       6      .250

(June 12)  Running across a four-spot in their first turn at bat, the Selkirks added another win to their list by humbling the Elks 7 to 2. Elongated left-hander “Silver” Smith, making his first appearance of the season, had little difficulty in subduing the Brother Bills on five safeties, all singles, to garner the hillock decision. Joe Baldwin, combed for 11 safeties, was saddled with the loss. Five different players from the winning Horned Herd, including Smith, picked up a brace of bingles. 

Smith (W) and Goggins
J. Baldwin (L) and Calhoun

(June 15)  A decision by the plate umpire to cease and desist action between the Centrals and Elks after nine innings of play because of darkness displeased many of the paying customers at Diamond Park. Nevertheless, the result of the game goes into the books as a 4 – 4 sawoff. The Elks, with a 13 to ten edge in safeties, looked good enough to win the back-and-forth fixture. With the right kind of support at critical times, Win Johnson would have pulled through with the hillock triumph, errors figuring largely in the manufacture of the Centrals’ tallies. Then too, the Wapiti were lamentably weak with the stick in the ninth when they had a glorious chance to tuck away the win. They had the bases loaded with only one down, but failed to deliver a needed bingle in the clutch. Amby Dolighan, Cliff McLeod and A. Baldwin had three base raps each for the B.P.O.E. nine but none of them were sufficient to bring home the winning counter. “Speedy” Wilson of the Garagemen also stroked a trio of bingles. 

Goldsworthy, Glenn (8) and Adam
W. Johnson and Calhoun

(June 17)  Afforded a rude reception on a cold and windy evening at Diamond Park, new chucker Steve Chekaluk of the Selkirks was combed for six big markers in the opening canto as the Centrals established a lead that kept them in front all the way in an 8 to 6 conquest of the Hotelmen. Busby, toiling on the hillock for the victorious South Siders, was nicked for six safeties. Catcher Hec Adam of the Garagemen and the ‘Kirks’ Russ Dolighan both singled twice to head the hit list.

Chekaluk (L) and Scott
Busby (W) and Adam

(June 19)  A three-run rally in the ninth-inning rally by the Elks fell short as the Wapiti absorbed a 5 to 3 loss at the hands of the Selkirks. Going to bat for the final time trailing 5 – 0, the Elks staged a promising-looking belated outburst but the deficit proved just too big to overcome. The Hotelmen made the most of losing twirler Win Johnson’s wildness in the fifth to plate a pair of tallies then bunched three hits with a throwing error in the eighth episode to add a trey. Herman Loblick tossed a five-hitter for the win. Both Loblick and Johnson had 11 strikeouts in route-going performances. Don “Slim” Conklin of the victors, with a brace of one-baggers, was the lone batter from either team to achieve plural hit totals.

W. Johnson (L) and Robinson
Loblick (W) and Scott

(June 20)  In a regular pitcher’s battle, the Elks emerged as 3 to 1 winners over the Centrals as Norman Dodge, with a five-hitter, bested Ray Glenn in a hotly-contested mound joust. Several arguments developed during the engagement

Dodge (W) and xxx
Glenn (L) and xxx

(June 22)  With the defensive support afforded Elks’ starting chucker Win Johnson collapsing in the second inning, the Centrals ran across seven juicy counters and then cruised to a 10 to 4 shellacking of the Wapiti. LeRoy Goldsworthy hurled the Garagemen to victory, striking out 13  in annexing his second mound verdict of the campaign. “Buck” Lapp took a rare turn on the hillock for the Brother Bills after Johnson exited after the disastrous second spasm. Chuck Henderson clubbed a double and a brace of singles for the winning South Siders while second sacker Busby collected three singles. Flychaser Stack added a somewhat-tainted inside-the-park homer that produced three runs.
  
W. Johnson (L), Lapp (3) and Calhoun
Goldsworthy (W) and Campbell

(June 24)  Blowing a 5 – 2 lead in the fourth frame and then wilting altogether in the seventh spasm, the Centrals succumbed to the offensive onslaught of the top-place Selkirks and dropped an 11 to 5 decision. Both teams used two pitchers, each of whom was a trifle wild, in the wild and woolly affair in which the Hotelmen had a 15 to ten margin in base hits. Losing flinger Ray Glenn was rocked for 13 of the ‘Kirk bingles before being yanked in the seventh. Although far from impressive on the knoll in his six innings of mound toil, Selkirk portsider “Silver” Smith was credited with the pitching win. Heading the offensive output of the winners was Laurie Scott who clubbed a triple and three singles. “Slim” Conklin followed with a three-bagger and a brace of singles while “Lefty” Fairbairn pasted a two-run inside-the-park round-tripper plus a one-bagger.  LeRoy Goldsworthy of the Garagemen also had a four-bagger, with two mates aboard, that stayed within the confines of Diamond Park, to go along with a one-base rap.

Glenn (L), Goldsworthy (7) and Adam
Smith (W), Chekaluk (7) and Goggins

(June 26)  Amassing an early 8 – 2 cushion, the Selkirks went on to pad their already huge margin atop the Independent semi-pro loop with an 11 to 5 shellacking of the Elks. Starter Norman Dodge of the Antlered Tribe, combed for eight tallies on ten hits in 3-2/3 innings of mound toil, was saddled with the defeat. Tagged for 11 safeties in procuring the complete-game hillock verdict, Herman Loblick was the beneficiary of being staked to a substantial early lead.  Ray Foreman had the hot bat for the victors, slamming a pair of home runs and a triple. Adding to the 15-bingle attack of the Innkeepers was Don “Slim” Conklin who collected a three-bagger, a double and two singles. Teammate Russ Dolighan as well as Cliff McLeod of the Horned Herd also were credited with circuit-clouts to go along with singles, Dolighan’s swat being an inside-the-park blow.

Loblick (W) and Scott
Dodge (L), Johnson (4) and Goggins

(June 30)  The Elks took a fall out of the shorthanded Centrals by a score of 10 to 5 in a free-hitting affair. Norman Dodge pitched for the Antlered Tribe and Dave Glenn was on the mound for the Garagemen. 

(July 1)  The Selkirks won both ends of a three-team Dominion Day doubleheader, trouncing the Central 8 to 1 before blanking the Elks 3 to 0 as the first-half of the schedule came to an end. Both holiday fixtures were seven-inning tilts.

Don Conklin moved over from his familiar first base slot to pitch for the Hotelmen in the opener and surprised many by heaving a four-hitter, walking just one and fanning eight for the win. Phil Horne, Russ Dolighan, Conklin and third baseman Best all has a brace of one-baggers for the winning nine.

Conklin (W) and Scott
Busby (L) and Johnson

Left-hander “Silver” Smith stymied the Horned Herd on one hit in the late encounter. Losing flinger Win Johnson also hurled a splendid game, yielding just four safeties, all singles, while breezing eight.

W. Johnson (L) and Stacey
Smith (W) and Scott

FIRST-HALF FINAL
STANDINGS                W       L      Pct.
Selkirks                13       3     .813
Elks                     5       9     .357
Centrals                 4      10     .286

SECOND-HALF

(July 3)  Norman Dodge pitched the Elks to a hard-fought 5 to 3 victory over the Centrals at Diamond Park. Timely hitting by the Antlered Tribe was their key to success against losing chucker Ray Glenn.

Dodge (W) and Goggins
Glenn (L) and Johnson

(July 6)  Albert “Silver” Smith allowed but three hits as he southpawed the Selkirks past the Centrals 4 to 0 at Diamond Park. The game was called after the top-of-the-seventh had been played because of a strong wing that whipped across the diamond, creating a dust storm that was too much for the fielders. LeRoy Goldsworthy was pitted against Smith on the knoll and came up with a respectable performance, the Hotelmen gathering five timely safeties from his assortment. Russ Dolighan connected for a two-run single in the third round to open the scoring for the ‘Kirks. Dolighan once again delivered in the fifth frame, sending a Texas Leaguer over second base to drive in the winners’ third tally. The final marker of the fracas came in the sixth spasm when “Lefty” Fairbairn hit a wind-assisted RBI-single.  

Goldsworthy (L) and Johnson
Smith (W) and Scott

(July 8)  Falling apart defensively, the first-half champion Selkirks took a 13 to 3 shellacking from the Elks. Win Johnson pitched a fine game for the B.P.O.E. Boys, holding the Hoteliers to six safeties while fanning eight batters. Elongated Don Conklin hurled the entire contest for the ‘Kirks, who switched a number of their players around to different defensive positions. Conklin was raked for 11 base knocks yet most of the runs scored against him were unearned as seven juicy errors by his teammates played a crucial role. Elks’ new catcher Hughie Goggins, formerly with the Selkirks, lambasted the pill for a triple and two singles against his former mates. Amby Dolighan added a double and a one-bagger.

Conklin (L) and Downey
W. Johnson (W) and Goggins

(July 10)  Taking over management of the sputtering Centrals, “Speedy” Wilson directed his charges to an upset 6 to 4 win over the Selkirks. The loss was the second in succession for the powerful ‘Kirks, runaway winners in the first-half of the schedule. The Garagemen roughed up an indifferent-appearing “Silver” Smith for no less than 18 base raps in the affair as LeRoy Goldsworthy copped the heaving victory with a steady eight-hit mound effort. Lloyd McIntyre paced the South Siders with the willow, clubbing a double and three singles while Wilson, in his new double-duty role, slammed a bases-empty four-bagger and a brace of singles. Don Conklin swatted a triple and one-bagger for the vanquished Innkeepers.

Smith (L) and Scott
Goldsworthy (W) and Johnson

(July 11)  Scoring a singleton in the ninth panel, the Selkirks squeezed past the Elks 6 to 5 to break out of their recent funk. Making his first mound appearance of the campaign, versatile Cecil Downey went the route to annex the hillock decision.

Shaugnessy, Dodge, Johnson (L) and xxx
Downey (W) and xxx

(July 13)   With Bill Murray swinging the big club, the Selkirks returned to their winning ways at Diamond Park when they doubled the Elks 12 to 6. Murray had five hits for the winners in the encounter, two triples, two doubles and a single. Right from the commencement, the Hotelmen took a fancy to the shoots that starter and loser Norman Dodge was serving up. After Don Conklin lit up Dodge for a two-run circuit-jack in the opening panel, the ‘Kirks struck for a third run in the second stanza and added three more in the third. “Lefty” Fairbairn ascended the clay heap for the winners and, although hit freely by the Horned Herd, he managed to keep the bingles fairly well scattered. Tommy Carrigan, with three safe hits, had the most success against him.

Dodge (L), Lapp (8) and Calhoun, Goggins
Fairbairn (W) and Scott

(July 17)  Scoring five times in the fifth frame, the Selkirks took the pep out of the Centrals and their hurler LeRoy Goldsworthy, and went on to handily defeat the South Siders by a margin of 8 to 2. As has been the case recently, the Hoteliers used another one of their position players on the hillock. Infielder Bill Murray toiled on the knoll for the winners and did a reasonably good job. In the eight innings he toed the rubber, he allowed six hits and both runs garnered by the Garagemen. Flychaser “Lefty” Fairbairn pulled him out of a deep hole in the top-of-the-fifth with a sensational catch with the bases loaded which resulted in a double play. After this narrow escape, the ‘Kirks got lucky in their half of the canto in another situation with the sacks fully occupied when Russ Dolighan’s fly ball was misjudged by outfielder Stack, ending in a tainted inside-the-park grand-slam four-bagger. 

Goldsworthy (L) and xxx
Murray (W), Conklin (9) and xxx

(July18)  Rebounding from a disheartening loss the night before, the Centrals took the measure of the Elks 10 to 3. Outfielder Stack, evidently feeling that he let down his teammates an evening previous, was on base consistently and ran across five counters for the victors, crushing a triple and double as part of his offensive arsenal.

W. Johnson (L) and Goggins
Busby (W) and Johnson

(July 20)  The Elks broke open a close contest with the Selkirks in the last-half of the sixth stanza when, sparked by Eddie Shore’s two-run triple, they ran across three counters and went on to defeat the Hoteliers 7 to 1. Shore also made the defensive play of the engagement with a leaping catch at the fence of a liner off the bat of Laurie Scott that was destined for a home run with the bases loaded. Although a trifle wild at times, Win Johnson pitched a solid five-hitter for the B.P.O.E. Brigade. Losing slabster “Silver” Smith was clipped for a dozen safeties with catcher Hugh Goggins leading the way with a three-bagger and a brace of singles. “Buck” Lapp chipped in with a solo circuit-clout. “Lefty” Fairbairn had three of the five bingles gathered by the ‘Kirks, all one-baggers.

Smith (L) and Scott
W. Johnson (W) and Goggins

(July 22)  The Centrals congested the Independent semi-pro league second-half standings by trampling all over the Elks to win a lopsided 12 to 4 game. A three-cornered deadlock now exists in the circuit with each entrant sporting a 3 – 3 won-loss record. A trio of chuckers paraded to the hillock by the Antlered Tribe during the massacre and, of the three, only seventh-inning reliever “Buck” Lapp looked at all like a flinger. Ray Glenn, who was on the firing line for the Garagemen, was in sparkling form. He was touched for six blows all told, three of them for extra bases, and was never in anything like real trouble. Lloyd McIntyre had four of the 14 safe swats generated by the winning South Siders, one of which was a two-bagger. Lapp was best with the baton for the losers, clubbing a triple and a single.

Dodge (L), W. Johnson (5), Lapp (7) and Goggins
Glenn (W) and Campbell

(July 25-26)   Out hit in both games, Calgary used ninth inning rallies to notch 5-4 and 7-6 victories in weekend games against the Selkirks and Elks in games played at Edmonton.

Trailing 4-2 in the opener, Frank Mastell's two-run double knotted the count and Eddie Kilen's single brought in the winner. Slim Conklin was the hard-luck loser, tossing a four-hitter while winning pitcher Stuart Lucas was touched for 12 hits, three by outfielder Roy Forman.

Lucas (W) and Henderson
Conklin (L) and Scott

In the second game, the Elks held a 5-4 advantage after eight innings. But again Calgary rebounded in the final frame. Following a walk and an error, pitcher Bill Walker walloped a triple into right field to put the southerners in the lead. And, they added to it when Walker scored on an infield out.

Elks got one back in the bottom of the ninth as Slim Conklin lashed a three-bagger and scored, but that was it for Edmonton. The winners had eight hits, two apiece from Walker, Gord McTeer and Chuck Henderson. Lloyd McIntyre led the Elks' 11-hit attack with three singles. Win Johnson, who walked seven, fanned 11 in taking the loss. Walker had 10 strikeouts.

Walker (W) and Henderson
Johnson (L) and Goggins

(July 29)   Defensive support that sagged badly was a prime factor in the Centrals’ 6 to 2 loss to the Selkirks in a darkness-abbreviated six-stanza affair at Diamond Park. Fully half of the victors’ six counters were unearned. Newcomer “Happy” Peterson, on the slab for the Hotelmen, had flawless backup from his mates and held the Garagemen to five hits and one free pass in earning the pitching decision. LeRoy Goldsworthy, found for eight base raps while walking four, was plagued by six errors from his teammates in suffering the setback. Second baseman Best of the ‘Kirks, with a pair of singles, was the game’s only multi-hit player.

Peterson (W) and Scott
Goldsworthy (L) and Campbell

(July 31)  Wiping out a 3 – 2 deficit, a two-run triple by Norman Dodge in the seventh inning was the impactful blow in the Elks 5 to 3 victory over the Centrals at Diamond park. Dodge crossed the platter himself with an insurance tally on an infield out. The skillful hurling of Win Johnson had kept the Wapiti in the game as losing twirler LeRoy Goldsworthy proved to be a tough customer on the hillock.

W, Johnson (W) and xxx
Goldsworthy (L) and xxx

(August 1)  With new hurler Woodward toeing the rubber, the Centrals squeezed past “Lefty” Fairbairn and the Selkirks 6 to 5.

Woodward (W) and xxx
Fairbairn (L) and xxx

(August 14)  The Elks surged into the lead in the second-half of the Independent semi-pro League when they blanked the Selkirks 5 to 0 in a seven-inning encounter shortened by darkness. The stingy hurling of Win Johnson, along with gilt-edged fielding by his teammates, kept the Hotelmen from ever mounting a serious threat. Tommy Carrigan led the winners with the stick, stroking three safe swats.

Johnson (W) and Goggins
Peterson (L) and Campbell

(August 15)  A 5 to 3 victory over the Centrals boosted the Elks into a two-game lead atop the second-half standings. The Antlered Tribe, sparked by a two-run double off the bat of “Slim” Robinson, ran across all five of their counters in the fifth frame. Infielder Syd Hamilton fired a five-hitter for the win in his first pitching assignment of the season.

Woodward (L) and Campbell
Hamilton (W) and xxx

SECOND-HALF
STANDINGS                W       L       Pct.
Elks                     6       3      .667
Selkirks                 4       5      .444
Centrals                 4       6      .400

More concerned with exhibition games than league obligations, teams from within the Independent semi-pro circuit failed to complete an abbreviated final portion of the schedule, leaving the Elks as top-place finishers in the second-half.

PLAYOFFS
FINALS  Elks vs Selkirks  (best-of-seven series)

(August 28)  Coming through with a three-spot in the first-half of the seventh and final inning, the first-half champion Selkirks got past the Elks 5 to 3, Holding an 8 to 6 advantage in base hits, the Horned Herd had the lead for most of the game and had two runners aboard in the share of the seventh spasm but were left high and dry by an inability to deliver them to the finish line. Losing chucker Joe Baldwin, who had been pitching better than winner “Happy” Peterson, began to waver in the seventh as three hits, a walk and an error on his part spelled disaster for the second-half winners. Don Conklin had a double and a last-inning scratch single for the victors while LeRoy Goldswothy, added to the Elks roster for the playoffs, singled twice.

Peterson (W) and Scott
J. Baldwin (L) and Goggins

(September 4-5)  The Elks and Selkirks came out even in a pair of playoff games over the weekend. The B.P.O.E. Boys annexed a five-inning clash on Saturday evening 2 to 0 while the Hotelmen retaliated by taking the heavy end of a 5 to 3 count in the Sunday afternoon fixture.
    
Saturday’s darkness-shortened affair featured a tight mound duel between the Antlered Tribe’s Joe Baldwin and “Scotty” Lee of the Innkeepers. The Wapiti plated both of their tallies in the opening chapter. After one had been retired via the strikeout route to start proceedings, Lee whiffed Cliff McLeod for the apparent second out but catcher Clarence Campbell missed the third strike as McLeod reached first base safely. Lee then fanned a third batter to record a second out. A tainted double by Win Johnson and a three-bagger off the bat of “Buck” Lapp followed as McLeod and Johnson crossed the pan. Those were the only two bingles yielded by Lee. Baldwin was nicked for three safeties before darkness ended the tilt. 

J. Baldwin (W) and xxx
Lee (L) and Campbell

The combatants managed to get a full nine innings in on Sunday despite a continuous drizzle. The runs came in clusters for each aggregation in this engagement, the Selkirks plating all of their markers in the second spasm and the Elks helping themselves to their trey in the seventh. Neither pitcher of record, winning flinger “Happy” Peterson nor Wapiti starter Win Johnson, was able to go the distance. In Johnson’s case, he was yanked in the second session as Joe Baldwin was called upon the extinguish the fire created by a bevy of bingles with a few errors thrown in. “Silver” Smith came to the rescue of Peterson in the eighth episode and disposed of the side without being scored upon, leaving two baserunners stranded.

Peterson (W), Smith (8) and xxx
W. Johnson (L), J. Baldwin (2) and xxx

(September 8)  With Joe Baldwin pitching a sparkling one-hitter over seven innings, the Elks blanked the Selkirks 8 to 0 to tie the Independent League final series at two games each. Baldwin fanned 13 and did not walk a batter in the darkness-abbreviated fray. The Antlered Tribe went right after losing chucker “Scotty” Lee and, after three rounds, had built up a 7 – 0 cushion.

J. Baldwin (W) and Goggins
Lee (L) and Scott

(September 9)  A sixth-inning rally that yielded three hits and three runs off losing hurler Win Johnson featured the Selkirks’ 5 to 3 victory over the Elks in the fifth match of the Independent semi-pro League finals. Lanky Don Conklin pitched a four-hitter for the mound triumph, fanning eight and issuing one free pass during the seven-stanza affair. With the lumber, Conklin contributed a pair of singles as did teammates Chuck Henderson and Roy Forman.

Conklin (W) and Scott
W, Johnson (L), Goldsworthy (6) and Goggins

(September 11)  The curtain was rung down in the Independent semi-pro League playoffs at Diamond Park when the Selkirks, by virtue of a 4 to 3 victory over the Elks, annexed the 1926 championship. The ‘Kirks helped themselves to a four-run lead by the time the third inning was finished and, after the Wapiti had narrowed the gap to a singleton during the middle innings, completely silenced the Horned Herd over the final three frames. “Happy” Peterson of the Hotelmen and LeRoy Goldsworthy for the B.P.O.E. Bunch were the rival hurlers with Peterson the steadier of the two. Phil Horne doubled and singled for the victors while Cliff McLeod replicated the feat for the vanquished nine. Jimmy Enright’s run-scoring triple in the third chapter drove in what proved to be the winning counter for the Hoteliers.

Goldsworthy (L) and Goggins
Peterson (W) and Scott


EDMONTON SENIOR AMATEUR BASEBALL LEAGUE

With the establishment of the Independent semi-pro circuit in the Capital City, the senior amateur loop received little attention within the two Edmonton newspapers during the regular season although playoff coverage was adequate.

Independents
North West Bruins
Stockyard Bulls
Yeomen

(June 4)  The Independents and Stockyard Bulls played to a ten-inning 9 – 9 draw in the season opener at the Boyle Street grounds.

A. Cruthers and McClure
Roberts and Henning

(June 11)  The Yeomen sent the Stockyard Bulls crashing to a 12 to 6 defeat. Harry Pettis and Phil Maher belted home runs for the victors.

H. Thompson (W) and McHugh
A. Cruthers (L) and Defoe

(June 16)  The Yeomen took the Stockyard Bulls into camp by a 6 to 4 count. “Slim” Robinson secured the knoll verdict over Ava Cruthers.
  
Robinson (W) and xxx
A. Cruthers (L) and McClure

(June 18)  The North West Bruins won their third straight game when they defeated the Independents 13 to 4 at the Boyle Street grounds. Winning pitcher Geddes allowed only five scattered hits. Bruins’ third baseman Glen Wilkie stroked three singles.

Cody (L). Bartley (3) and Henning
Geddes (W) and Higgenbotham

(June 19)  In a game marked with free hitting, numerous errors and erratic pitching, the Yeomen nosed out the Independents 10 to 9. Hubert Thompson earned the complete-game mound verdict for the victors.

(June 22)  The Yeomen took another fall out of the Independents at the Boyle Street diamond when they came out on the long end of a 7 to 5 score. Home runs by Harry Pettis and catcher Ed McHugh helped boost the tally.

Robinson (W) and McHugh
Tade (L), Coatte/Cote and Porter

(June 25)  The Yeomen maintained their grip on top spot in the Senior Amateur circuit by scoring twice in the final canto to dispose of the North West Bruins 9 to 7.

H. Thompson (W) and McHugh
Orser (L) and Graham

(July 9)  A seventh-stanza triple play, initiated by North West Bruins’ shortstop Bob McDiarmid, was instrumental in their 10 to 7 conquest of the Independents at the Boyle Street diamond. 

Wilkinson (W) and P. Runge
Bartley (L) and Coatte/Cote

(July 20)  In a battle featuring the pace-setting Yeomen and the runner-up Stockyard Bulls, the combatants played to an 8 – 8 stalemate. A home run in the bottom-of-the-ninth round by Harry Pettis salvaged the tie for the Yeomen. 

A. Cruthers and McClure
H. Thompson and McHugh

STANDINGS                W        L      Pct.
Yeomen                   8        4     .667
Stockyard Bulls          7        5     .583
North West Bruins        5        5     .500
Independents             3        9     .250

(July 22)  Before one of the largest crowds of the season, the North West Bruins defeated the Stockyard Bulls 7 to 4 at the Boyle Street grounds. Four big runs in the seventh stanza shifted the verdict in favor of the Bruins. Glen Wilkie copped the heaving victory over the Bulls’ “Chief” Gladu.

(July 28)  The Stockyard Bulls disposed of the Independents 15 to 8 in a free-hitting affair at the Boyle Street diamond.

A. Cruthers (W) and McClure
Coatte/Cote (L) and Henning

(August 3)  The first-place Yeomen increased their lead on all pursuers in the Senior Amateur circuit when they decisioned the last-place Independents 10 to 3. Middle infielders Sammy Thompson and Kenny Duggan were the defensive stars of the affray, engineering three double plays for the victors at times when the Independents were seriously threatening.

McLear (L), Tade (4) and Henning
H. Pettis (W) and Dorsey

STANDINGS                W        L      Pct.
Yeomen                  11        4     .733
Stockyard Bulls          8        7     .533
North West Bruins        6        7     .462
Independents             4       11     .267

(August 5)  The Stockyard Bulls fended off a threat from the North West Bruins for second place in the Senior Amateur circuit when they nosed out their foes 6 to 5 at the Boyle Street diamond.

A. Cruthers (W) and McClure
Lawler (L) and P. Runge

(August 7)  The Yeomen and the Stockyard Bulls battled to a 9 – 9 draw in an engagement limited to six stanzas by darkness. Outfielder Phil Maher has three hits for the Yeomen.

Wagner and Phillips
Burnett, G. Pettis (4) and McHugh

(August 9)  The tail-end Independents shocked the front-running Yeomen, edging past the league leaders 5 to 4. Jimmy Burnett cracked a homer for the losers.

Roberts (L) and McHugh
McLear (W) and Henning

PLAYOFFS
FINALS  Stockyard Bulls vs Yeoman  (best-of-seven series)

(August 18)  Two big innings, the first and the fourth in which runs came in large-sized clusters, enabled the Stockyard Bulls to take the first game of the Senior Amateur League finals from the first-place Yeomen by a lopsided score of 11 to 3. Hub Thompson, star flinger for the Yeomen, had a gloomy evening on the hillock, serving up a two-run double in the opening canto after walking the first three batters to face him. Before the inning was over, the Bulls had run across five counters and had given Walt Wagner, who hurled for the Stockyard squad, a sweet cushion to work on. The verdict was confirmed in the fourth when four safeties, a base-on-balls and a balk call, combined with some snappy base running gave the Cattle Crew and additional half-dozen tallies. Wagner finished with a four-hitter and eight strikeouts. Thompson allowed seven hits, fanned nine but walked five. 

Wagner (W) and McClure
H. Thompson (L) and Dorsey

(August 23)  Extending a close 1 – 0 lead with a three-spot in the sixth stanza, the Stockyard Bulls went on to whitewash the Yeomen 7 to 0 to take a two-game lead in the Senior Amateur finals. A timely two-bagger by Ava Cruthers cleared the sacks and put the Bulls well in charge of the contest that was curtailed after seven rounds because of darkness. Phil “Chief” Gladu had the first-place finishers eating out of his hand, limiting them to a pair of bingles. The victors managed seven safeties off losing chucker Roberts.

Roberts (L)  and McHugh
Gladu (W) and McClure

(August 25)  The stampede of the Stockyard Bulls was halted at the Boyle Street grounds where the Yeomen turned back Steers 7 to 6 in a thrilling encounter to earn their first victory in the final series. With the score tied 6 – 6 in the bottom-half of the fifth frame, Harry Pettis of the Freeholders singled, stole second base, move to third on a ground out and completed the circuit when losing chucker Walt Wagner erred on Lew McGillis’ dribbler down the first-base line. Darkness ended the game at this stage. Home runs by “Gub” Pettis of the winners and Wagner were the hitting features of the tussle. Neither starting heaver figured in the decision as fifth-inning reliever Jimmy Burnett was credited with the win.

A. Cruthers, Wagner (L) (2) and McClure
H. Pettis, Burnett (W) (5) and McHugh

(August 27)  Making it three wins in four starts, the Stockyard Bulls took a stranglehold on the Senior Amateur League finals by holding the Yeomen in check 7 to 4 in a darkness-shortened engagement of five frames that was played before an overflow crowd at the Boyle Street grounds. Phil Mahar had staked the Yeomen to an early lead by blasting a two-run homer in the top-of-the-opening panel but that margin was wiped out quickly when the Bulls retaliated for a deuce in their half of the session. A trey in the second chapter and a two-spot in the third but the Stockyard squad in command. Winning twirler Phil “Chief” Gladu was stingy with the hits, allowing but four while fanning five batters. Losing hurler Aikins was touched for seven safeties while walking five before being derricked from the knoll in the final frame. 

The Yeomen have lodged a protest claiming that Gladu, winning pitcher in games two and four of the series, lost his amateur status by playing in a money tournament at Morinville and that the results of the aforementioned two games should be thrown out.    

Gladu (W) and McClure
Aikins (L), H. Thompson (5) and Dorsey

(August 30)  The fifth game of the final series was never played as per the continuing dispute over the eligibility of Stockyard Bulls player Phil Gladu. Umpire Frank Drayton awarded the verdict to the Bulls by forfeiture.


CALGARY CITY SENIOR AMATEUR BASEBALL LEAGUE

Athletics
Hustlers
White Sox

FIRST-HALF

(May 12)  With two out in the ninth inning and facing a three-run deficit, the White Sox tore through with a belated offense to tie the score 5 – 5 and then carried the opening City League game to twelve innings before responding with a 7 to 5 win over the Athletics with close to 3,000 fans in attendance. Winning heaver Bill Walker fanned 16 and did not issue a walk in the marathon affair in which his Pale Hose mates had a 12 – 11 advantage in base hits. With one retired in the top-of-the- third overtime round of play, Walker beat out an infield hit, his third safety of the engagement, and Emil Borgeans followed with a roaring drive to the right pasture which got away from A’s outfielder Sid Elmer allowing Leo Murphy, running for Walker, to score as Borgeans kept on hurtling and piled into the hot corner sack. The relay throw to third was wild, giving Borgeans a chance to recover and sprint home with an insurance tally. Walker, with his trio of base raps, paced the Sox at the dish while Jean Bride, with a triple, double and single topped the losers offensively.

Walker (W) and Henderson
Lucas, Kilen (L) (9) and Gardiner

(May 14)  Taking advantage of the loose defense presented by the White Sox infield in the pinches, the Hustlers won their first encounter of the 1926 season at Mewata Park 6 to 1. The winners managed just two hits, both singles, off hard-luck losing pitcher Engle. “Lefty” Brown, star moundsman of the Hillhurst nine, turned in a steady effort on the knoll, limiting the Sox to six well-scattered safeties. Leadoff hitter Hank Palfrey of the Pale Hose, with a pair of one-baggers, was the only player on either side to amass plural hit totals. 

Engle (L) and Henderson
Brown (W) and Willard

(May 17)  Sound defensive play and the stout-hearted flinging of Bobby MacKenzie carried the Hustlers to their second triumph of the City League campaign, a 6 to 1 clipping of the Athletics. MacKenzie stifled the A’s on three hits while the Hillhurst aggregation gained impetus through the wobbly backing that was afforded losing chucker Eddie Kilen. A fifth-inning solo homer by Athletics’ catcher Mickey McNab was the lone tally surrendered by MacKenzie. Initial sacker J. Thomson with a triple and one-bagger and outfielder Kennedy with two singles led the victors at the dish.

R. MacKenzie (W) and Howard
Kilen (L) and McNab

(May 19)  With flinger Bill Walker spinning a one-hitter, the White Sox smothered the Athletics 12 to 0 at Mewata Park. The A’s used three chuckers in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the Pale Hose swatsmiths. Alva Sibbett and “Tiny” Thompson led the balanced 12-hit attack of the Sox with a double and single each.

Kadlec (L), Lutes/Lutz (7), Bruce (8) and Gardiner, Love (4)
Walker (W) and Henderson

(May 21)  Battling through ten innings of exciting action, until darkness terminated the proceedings, the Hustlers and White Sox played to a 3 – 3 tie at Mewata Park. With a 9 to 5 edge in base raps, the Sox were never able to grab the lead at any time during the tilt. “Lefty” Brown went the full ten rounds on the hillock for the Hillhurst nine while Bill Walker replaced Sox starter Plank in the fifth frame.  “Tiny” Thompson clubbed a triple and a single for the Pale Hose while teammate Gerlitz went long and deep with a four-bagger. Donny McFadyen singled twice for the Hustlers.
  
Brown and Howard
Plank, Walker (6) and Savage, Henderson (6)

(May 26)  Before a large crowd at Mewata Stadium, the White Sox sent the Athletics down to their fourth consecutive setback, defeating their foes 4 to 1. Four hits accounted for three Sox runs in the third round, the most impactful blow being a two-run single off the bat of Stan Savage. The A’s loaded the sacks with one out in the fifth frame but Bill Walker was rushed in to douse the fire and did so with a double play pitch. Paul Thompson got to losing twirler Stuart Lucas for a double and single. 

Engle (W) Walker (5) and Savage, Henderson (5)
Lucas (L) and McNab

(May 28)  Notching deuces in each of the third, sixth and seventh spasms, the White Sox cleansed the previously undefeated Hustlers 6 to 1 to move into first place in the City Senior circuit. Despite erratic backup from his mates, winning pitcher Bill Walker was tough in the clutch, holding the Hillhurst nine to six safeties. The Snow Stockings solved the offerings of losing twirler Bobby MacKenzie for ten safeties as shortpatcher Riley led the way with a triple and single.

Walker (W) and Henderson
R. MacKenzie (L) and Willard

(May 31)  Pounding five hits in a row, two of them home runs, during a third-session explosion gave the Athletics a wide margin to work with as they went on to take their first win of the season in great style, shattering the Hustlers and “Lefty” Brown 11 to 2 at Mewata Park. While winning tosser Eddie Kilen was subduing the Hillhurst squad on five safeties, his mates greeted Brown with 16 base knocks. Joe McGoldrick slugged a bases-loaded home run and a single for the winners while playing-manager Rosie Helmer had a solo round-tripper plus a triple. Frank Mastel came through with a double and two singles and Jean Bride connected for a triad of one-baggers. 

Brown (L) and Howard
Kilen (W) and Love

(June 2)  The Athletics grabbed their second victory of the campaign when they stunned the first-place White Sox 9 to 3. A four-run fifth frame iced the verdict for the A’s. Stuart Lucas went the distance on the hill for the winners, limiting the Pale Hose to six hits including a double and single by “Tiny” Thompson. Stan Savage, who normally plies his trade behind the plate, started on the bump for the Sox and was tagged with the defeat. Frank Mastel stroked a double and a pair of one-baggers for the Athletics while teammate Joe McGoldrick clipped the orb for a two-agger and single. Shortstop Fleming had the most damaging blow for the Ivory Legs, delivering a two-run homer.

Savage (L), Henderson (7) and Henderson, Savage (7), Sibbett (8)
Lucas (W) and Love

(June 4)  Hits were scarce as the front-running White Sox blanked the Hustlers 5 to 0 at Mewata Park. Winning flinger Bill Walker fanned ten, yielding just four hits and two walks, in earning the pitching verdict over Bobby MacKenzie. The had-luck Hillhurst flinger, on the other hand, was nicked for only three safeties while walking two and hitting one but received less-than-stellar defensive support. Pale Hose outfielder Emil Borgeans provided Walker with the only run he would need by slamming a solo circuit-clout in the third round.   

R. MacKenzie (L) and Howard
Walker (W) and Henderson

(June 7)  An 11 to 7 defeat at the hands of the Athletics dropped the Hustlers into the cellar position in the City Senior Baseball league. The A’s amassed a 7 – 0 lead after three innings and, although the Hillhurst nine made things interesting by plating a four-spot in the fourth, the gap was too far to bridge. Both teams stung the sphere for nine safeties. Flychaser Bealand of the vanquished Hustlers led all batters with three singles in support of winning chucker Stuart Lucas

Lucas (W) and Love
R. MacKenzie (L), Gleason (5) and Howard

FIRST-HALF
STANDINGS                  W        L       Pct.
White Sox                  5        2      .714
Athletics                  3        4      .429
Hustlers                   2        4      .333  

(June 9)  Winning twirler Bill Walker fanned 13 and collected four safeties as the pace-setting White Sox increased their league lead with a 7 to 5 conquest of the Athletics. The Sox lit up losing chucker Eddie Kilen for 13 hits including a two-run homer by shortstop Bill Fleming. Two runs in the sixth spasm put the White Stockings well in the lead although the A’s did most of their damage in the bottom-of-the-ninth when they ran across three counters.
   
Walker (W) and Henderson
Kilen (L) and Love

(June 11)  Coming in with two runs in the ninth inning to tie the count, the White Sox then plated the winning tally in the tenth round, beating the Hustlers 6 to 5 in a thriller at Mewata Park. In arrears by a deuce at the end of eight episodes, the Sox mounted a two-out rally in the ninth that culminated in catcher Henderson’s two-run single which knotted the count at 5 – 5. In the top-half of the overtime session, another two-out call-to-arms netted what turned out to be the deciding tally. Both teams had just six hits as pitching and defense defined most of the encounter. “Tiny” Thompson led the Pale Hose with three singles while Donnie McFadyen singled twice for the Hillhurst nine.
 
Clancy,Walker (W) (9) and Henderson
Brown (L) and Howard

(June 21) Returning to the diamond at Mewata Park after numerous days of wet weather, the Athletics took a strip out of the Hustlers, blanking the Hillhurst nine 2 to 0 behind the four-hit hurling of Stuart Lucas. Solid defensive work by both teams was the feature of the game. Neither side was able to score during the first six innings but, in each of the seventh and eighth episodes, the A’s ran across a counter on fielder’s choice plays. The winners had just five hits, two by Rosie Helmer, off the superb southpaw slants of losing heaver “Lefty” Brown. Flychaser Bealand of the Hustlers also singled twice.  

Lucas (W) and Gardiner
Brown (L) and Howard

(June 23)  Playing true to form, the White Sox defeated the Athletics 11 to 3 at Mewata Park to clinch the first-half pennant in the City Senior League. The Sox led all the way and put the result on ice with a five-spot in the fourth frame. Five errors by the A’s helped inflate the run total against them. Bill Walker struck out ten in earning the mound verdict over Eddie Kilen. Top swatsmith in the affair was Jean Bride of the vanquished nine who clouted a solo homer and a single. 

Kilen (L) and Gardiner
Walker (W) and Henderson

(June 25)  The seventh inning proved lucky for the White Sox who scored twice to take a come-from-behind 2 to 1 victory from the Hustlers. Both teams played stellar baseball, only two errors being committed throughout the contest. Backed steadily by his teammates, winning hurler Tom Clancy allowed seven scattered hits while “Lefty” Brown, hurling ace for the Hustlers, held the hard-hitting Sox to five safeties. The Hillhurst nine plated their lone tally in the opening canto on an RBI-double by Dave Stoddart. In the bottom-of-the-seventh, after Paul Thompson had a line-drive hit and Bill Fleming was hit by a pitch, the Pale Hose knotted the count on a run-scoring single by shortpatcher Riley. Later in the frame, when outfielder Henderson beat out a grounder and Riley was being chased down in a hot-box pickle, Fleming raced across the pan with the deciding counter. Donnie McFadyen of the Hustlers had a double and single to top the hit parade.

Brown (L) and Howard
Clancy (W) and Savage

(June 28)  Lashing out two home runs and a single, Archie McTeer was the driving force behind the Athletics’ crushing of the wobbly Hustlers by a 13 to 3 count at Mewata Park. A dust storm checked the proceedings after seven innings of play. The A’s hammered the offerings of losing heaver Bill Mulholland for ten base blows. Aside from McTeer’s harvest of bingles, Jean Bride collected three singles. Winning pitcher Stuart Lucas held the Hillhurst squad to four hits, all singles.

Mulholland (L) and Howard, McLean
Lucas (W) and Gardiner

(June 30)  A storm broke up the final City Senior League first-half tilt after five innings of play in which the Athletics were declared as 5 to 2 winners over the Hustlers. As it was a meaningless engagement, the A’s loaned regular third baseman Jean Bride to the Hillhurst aggregation to do the pitching. He was nicked for five safeties while winning chucker Ed Kadlec gave up four hits. Rosie Helmer of the winners, with a pair of singles, was the only batter in the game with more than one hit. 

Bride (L) and McLean
Kadlec (W) and Gardiner, Adams

FINAL FIRST-HALF
STANDINGS                  W        L       Pct.
White Sox                  9        2      .818
Athletics                  6        6      .500
Hustlers                   2        9      .182  

SECOND-HALF

(July 12)  Second-half action in the City Senior circuit got underway with the first-half champion White Sox taking down the Hustlers 7 to 4 in a lively tilt. Sporting an 11 to 6 advantage in base hits, the Hillhurst nine wasted a superb pitching effort by “Lefty” Brown through inept defensive play. Bill Walker whiffed a dozen in earning the hillock decision while Brown breezed nine. First baseman J. Thomson and catcher Art Howard had three hits each for the losers with a two-bagger included in Thomson’s output. 

Brown (L) and Howard
Walker (W) and Henderson

(July 14)  After being three runs down in the first six innings, the Athletics pounded their way for a trey in the seventh stanza and then plated a singleton in the ninth chapter to win 4 to 3 over the Hustlers. Once again, the Hillhurst aggregation suffered a setback despite outswatting their opposition. An infield error in the top-of-the-ninth allowed Joe McGoldrick, who had walked and advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice, to race home with the deciding tally. Stuart Lucas pitched for the A’s, surrendering eight base raps and walking three, while hard-luck loser Bill Mulholland was nicked for just four safeties while doling out a pair of free passes.

Lucas (W) and McGoldrick
Mulholland (L) and P. McKenzie

(July 19)  Pounding the offerings of losing chucker Bill Mulholland for six runs in the first two innings, the White Sox clobbered the Hustlers 7 to 2 at Mewata Park. Tom Clancy struck out eight and walked two in hurling the complete-game win for the Snowlegs. “Lefty” Brown replaced Mulholland on the clay heap with two out in the second stanza and pitched the remainder of the contest for the Hillhurst aggregation, allowing just one run on four hits during his tenure on the bump. Hank Palfrey was the big noise with the lumber for the Pale Hose, slamming a solo homer and a double.

Mulholland (L), Brown (2) and P. MacKenzie
Clancy (W) and Henderson

(July 20)  Refusal to pay a $50 fine levied by the City Senior Baseball League for failing to field a team for a league fixture last week has resulted in the cancellation of the franchise of the White Sox. The Hustlers were fined $50 for a similar breach and agreed to comply with the decision of the executive.

(July 21)  In spite out being outhit 11 to 9, the Hustlers gained their first win in second-half play when they edged the Athletics 6 to 5. Bobby MacKenzie snared the pitching win with offensive help from teammate Donnie McFadyen who stroked a double and a single. The A’s threatened in the ninth when they loaded the bases but MacKenzie pitched his way out of the jam.

Lucas (L) and McGoldrick, G. McTeer
R. MacKenzie (W) and Howard

(July 23)  The Calgary City Senior Amateur Baseball League reinstated the White Sox after the club finally paid the outstanding fine that had been levied against them.

(July 25-26)   Out hit in both games, Calgary used ninth inning rallies to notch 5-4 and 7-6 victories in weekend games against the Selkirks and Elks in games played at Edmonton.

Trailing 4-2 in the opener, Frank Mastell's two-run double knotted the count and Eddie Kilen's single brought in the winner. Slim Conklin was the hard-luck loser, tossing a four-hitter while winning pitcher Stuart Lucas was touched for 12 hits, three by outfielder Roy Forman.

Lucas (W) and Henderson
Conklin (L) and Scott

In the second game, the Elks held a 5-4 advantage after eight innings. But again Calgary rebounded in the final frame. Following a walk and an error, pitcher Bill Walker walloped a triple into right field to put the southerners in the lead. And, they added to it when Walker scored on an infield out.

Elks got one back in the bottom of the ninth as Slim Conklin lashed a three-bagger and scored, but that was it for Edmonton. The winners had eight hits, two apiece from Walker, Gord McTeer and Chuck Henderson. Lloyd McIntyre led the Elks' 11-hit attack with three singles. Win Johnson, who walked seven, fanned 11 in taking the loss. Walker had 10 strikeouts.

Walker (W) and Henderson
Johnson (L) and Goggins

(July 26)  The Hustlers were easy pickings for the league-leading White Sox, succumbing 13 to 4 to the Pale Hose at Mewata Park. After scoring five times in the second stanza, the Sox were never seriously threatened. Defensive play by both sides left much to be desired in this contest. First baseman Emil Borgeans of the Snowlegs stood out with the baton, swatting the horsehide for a homer, double and single. Winning tosser Tom Clancy added a two-bagger and single.

Brown (L) and P. MacKenzie
Clancy (W), Walker (9) and Savage

(July 30)  The White Sox maintained their unblemished second-half record by defeating the Athletics 7 to 4 in a free-hitting encounter. Alva Sibbett led the 13-hit Sox offense with three singles. Winning heaver Bill Walker ripped a two-run double and single while Stan Savage belted a round-tripper.

Lucas (L) and McGoldrick
Walker (W), Clancy (9) and Henderson

(August 2)  In the keenest fling bout of the season, the Hustlers finally checked the White Sox, pinning a 2 to 1 defeat upon the front-runners. Winning chucker Bobby MacKenzie, with his tricky assortment of benders, and the Snow Stockings’ Tom Clancy traded magnificent three-hitters in the joust earmarked by sensational fielding. The Sox scored in the top-of-the-first on an RBI-double by Stan Savage after Gerlitz had beat out an infield hit while the Hillhurst nine evened the count in their half of the canto when Dave Stoddart singled home Dawson who had walked and stolen second base. In the third round, Art Howard led off with a triple and eventually plated the winner on a delayed double steal attempt when third baseman Alva Sibbett dropped the ball. 

Clancy (L) and Savage
R. MacKenzie (W) and P. MacKenzie

(August 6)  Trailing 3-0 after seven innings, the Athletics scored once in the eighth and another in the ninth to reduce the deficit to one, then rode the two-out homer by Archie McTeer with one aboard in the same frame to come away with a 4 to 3 walkoff triumph over the front-running White Sox. McTeer had struck for a pair of earlier singles off losing twirler Tom Clancy before his game-winning four-bagger. Winning pitcher Stuart Lucas was tagged for nine safeties by the Sox including a circuit-clout by outfielder Gerlitz while Clancy yielded seven safeties. 

Clancy (L) and Savage
Lucas (W) and McGoldrick

(August 9)  Proceedings at Mewata Park were halted by darkness at the close of eight innings with the Hustlers and White Sox locked in a 5 – 5 stalemate. The Hillhurst gang never trailed in the contest and matched the league-leaders in hits with nine apiece. Bobby MacKenzie of the Hillhurst contingent fanned 11 and walked three while the Pale Hose’ Bill Walker whiffed 13 and issued just one free pass. Hustlers’ catcher Pudge MacKenzie and Walker led their respective nines at the dish, each clubbing a home run and a single.

R. MacKenzie and P. MacKenzie
Walker and Savage

(August 18)  Playing errorless ball behind the three-hit pitching of Eddie Kilen, the Athletics administered a 9 to 1 thrashing to the Hustlers in a seven-stanza, darkness-shortened Mewata Park clash. Losing chucker “Lefty” Brown was given poor support by his Hillhurst teammates who committed seven errors. Both twirlers walked a pair and each fanned five. Kilen drew three hits, including a two-bagger, in aiding his mound effort. 

Brown (L) and P. MacKenzie
Kilen (W) and Love

The abbreviated second-half schedule, interrupted during August with numerous exhibition games against the touring Regina Balmorals and teams from the Edmonton semi-pro circuit, was never completed.


CENTRAL ALBERTA BASEBALL LEAGUE

Bentley
Blackfalds
Clive
Innisfail
Ponoka
Red Deer

(May 24)  The lid of the 1926 Central Alberta Baseball League was pried off when Red Deer copped the opener by defeating Clive 13 to 5. Winning pitcher Cliff Osterland fanned 13 and limited the visitors to five safeties while his mates banged out 13 base blows off losing heaver Johnson. To Ed Springbett, Red Deer’s third sacker, went premier hitting honors as he connected for four base raps including a triple.

Johnson (L) and A. Baldwin
Osterland (W) and Caldwell

(June 3)  In spite of having only one hit off losing hurler Cliff Osterland during the entire game, invading Ponoka edged the Red Deer nine 2 to 1. The losers had seven safeties but were unable to string them together to cash in with runs.

(June 9)  Travelling to Blackfalds, the Red Deer baseballers came away with an impressive 12 to 4 win. Cliff Osterland and Welliver shared the pitching chores for the winners. Of the 15 base hits accumulated by the winners, first sacker Nelson registered four of them.

(June 9)  Ponoka baseballlers won their fourth straight, nosing out Bentley 6 to 5 in a see-saw scuffle. Ponoka’s winning run came in the last-half of the eighth episode when catcher Barnhill walked, stole second base, went to third on the overthrow to the keystone sack and scampered home on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Longman. Second baseman Bond led the hit list for the victors, swatting a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Haarstad/Harstaadt, Williams (L) (7) and Morrison
Dittburner (W) and Barnhill

(June 15)  The Ponoka balltossers lost for the first time in league play when the visiting Red Deer nine laid a 7 to 2 lacing upon them. Winning hurler Cliff Osterland limited the homesters to just five hits including a double and single by outfielder Lewis. George Dancocks, with a brace of one-baggers, led the balanced seven-hit Red Deer attack.

Osterland (W) and Caldwell
Woodward (L) and Stoddart

(June 16)  Red Deer defeated Blackfalds 13 to 5 in a rather featureless game.

Hutchinson (L), Bills (5) and Sorenson
C. Springbett, Welliver (W) (4) and Johnson

(June 16)  With Clarence Johnson toeing the rubber, homestanding Clive walked all over Bentley to the tune of 16 to 3.

(June 23)  Snatching a hard-earned victory from the jaws of defeat, the Red Deer baseball club bested Bentley 5 to 4. After trailing throughout the game, Red Deer finally tied the score in the eighth episode on George Reid’s RBI-single. Then, in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning, pinch-hitter Howie Malcolm doubled. Four batters later with one retired and the bases loaded, up to the plate stepped Eddie Springbett who delivered a hot grounder up the middle as Malcolm jogged home with the walkoff winner. Winning moundsman Cliff Osterland tossed a five-hitter while chalking up 14 strikeouts. Reid had two other singles prior to his eighth-inning one-bagger.

Williams (L) and Morrison
Osterland (W) and Caldwell

(July 5)  After nine successive victories, the Red Deer aggregation was stopped 13 to 2 by Ponoka. Winning pitcher Dittburner fanned eight and allowed only five scattered hits.

Ditburner (W) and Stoddard
Osterland (L), Springbett (3) and Caldwell

(July 20)  Red Deer notched a rather easy 9 to 4 victory over visiting Blackfalds. Cliff Osterland pitched five frames for the win, accumulating nine strikeouts, before retiring for the evening.

Bills (L), Guinn (8) and Sather
Osterland (W), Springbett (6) and Caldwell

(August 9)  The Red Deer baseball club jumped into the leadership of the Central Alberta Baseball League when they defeated runner-up Clive 7 to 5. The win was the eleventh in 14 starts for Red Deer with all three of their defeats coming at the hands of third-place Ponoka. Howie Malcolm went four-for-four at the plate in support of winning pitcher Cliff Osterland.

Johnson (L), J. Baldwin and A. Baldwin
Osterland (W) and Caldwell

(August 11)  Invading Red Deer trimmed the second-place Clive aggregation 13 to 7.


SOUTHERN ALBERTA BASEBALL LEAGUE

Cardston
Lethbridge Miners
Magrath Tigers
New Dayton
Raymond Rustlers
Spring Coulee

(May 19)  The Lethbridge Miners opened the campaign with an 8 to 5 conquest of the Cardston baseballers at Adams Park in a hectic SABL lid-lifter. Falling behind early, the Miners gradually fought their way back into contention before grabbing the lead for the first time in the bottom-of-the-sixth stanza on three safeties, a walk and a couple of miscues. Both pitchers, Cardston’s Ab Cahoon and winning chucker Pete Seaman, went the distance and each yielded eight base hits. Cahoon registered 14 strikeouts and issued six free passes to even things out while Seaman breezed ten and walked just one. Cahoon also had the most success amongst the Temple City batters, singling three times while his batterymate, Jack McKenzie, added a brace of one-baggers. For the winners, outfielder Miers launched a solo homer while Gord Greenway stroke a pair of singles.   
   
Cahoon (L) and J. McKenzie
Seaman (W) and Torko

(May 19)  Unable to declare a winner before darkness set in, New Dayton and visiting Magrath settled for a 5 – 5 tie in an exciting opener for both squads. Tiger pitcher Joe Tuftland choked off a bottom-of -the-ninth threat by fanning the last two New Dayton batters with a runner parked at third base.

Tuftland and Olstead
Liddle, Eagleson and Gorrill

(May 19)  Hosting Raymond surprised Spring Coulee by administering an 11 to 6 defeat on the Cubs. The Sugar Beet Towners played consistently well behind the nine-hit hurling of  Cliff Nalder.

Gilchrist (L) and Mercer
Nalder (W) and Hicken

(May 26)  Holding off a desperate ninth-inning rally, the invading Lethbridge Miners clipped the Magrath Tigers 9 to 6. The Coal Heavers jumped into a 4 – 0 first-inning lead and were never headed. Leadoff hitter George Yanosik poked out a triad of one-baggers for the victors.

Seaman (W) and Yorko
Campbell (L), Tuftland (6) and Olstead

(May 26)  With winning heaver “Tiny” Gilchrist fashioning a four-hitter and breezing ten batters, Spring Coulee doubled the visiting New Dayton team 6 to 3. Leading the eight-hit offense against losing chucker Bill Eagleson were infielders Ken Long and R. Long who each picked up two singles. Former Taber player “Babe” Harris cuffed a three RBI-double for the losers.

Eagleson (L) and Gorrill
Gilchrist (W) and Mercer

(May 26)  Hosting Cardston lost their second in a row, falling 5 to 3 to the Raymond Rustlers. Costly errors by the Temple City nine came back to haunt them.

Brewerton (W) and Hicken
D. Allred (L), Brooks and J. McKenzie

(June 3)  Aided by an exhibition of untimely errors, the Raymond Rustlers overcame a 5 – 4 deficit by scoring twice in the eighth and final canto to squeak past the Lethbridge Miners 6 to 5 in a battle of unbeaten foes. Darkness ended hostilities before a ninth inning could be played. With a 10 to 7 advantage in base swats, the Coal Heavers let the victory slip away when catcher Yorko overthrew second base with the score tied and a runner on third base.  Holding a 10 to 7 advantage in base hits, Lethbridge was led at the plate by playing-manager George Yanosik who blasted a base-loaded triple and three singles. Teammate George Chumik, along with Lee Brewerton of the Rustlers, checked in with a double and one-bagger. A 12-strikeout mound effort by losing chucker Wade “Big Cheese” Ridpath was wasted with the late meltdown.

Brewerton, Nalder (W) and Hicken
Ridpath (L) and Yorko, Swedish (1), Yorko (3)

(June 3)  Spring Coulee nosed out the invading Magrath Tigers 4 to 3 in a ten-inning SABL battle. Outfielder Roberts, after smoking a double, plated the winning counter in the overtime session on a two-out, RBI-single off the bat of W. Rice. Teammate Roy Long had a brace of bingles, going deep and gone with an opening-canto four-bagger to go along with a one-bagger. Len Harris stroked a triple and a pair of singles for the vanquished Bengals.

Tuftland (L) and Olstead
Gilchrist (W) and Mercer

(June 3)  Hosting New Dayton overcame a shaky start to emerge with a 9 to 7 come-from-behind conquest of winless Cardston. The Temple City nine held the lead until the seventh spasm when New Dayton pushed across a trey.

Brooks, Cahoon (L) (4) and J. McKenzie
Eagleson, Raisbeck (W) (4) and Harris

(June 9)  Registering 14 big tallies in the lucky seventh stanza, the Lethbridge Miners took the visiting Spring Coulee pastimers into camp 17 to 10 at Adams Park. The joust developed into a slugfest after 6-1/2 innings with the Coal Heavers having 18 base blows to 17 for the Coulee Men. The seventh-spasm outburst by the winners was achieved through an avalanche of ten safe swats, aided and abetted by several errors and free tickets to first base. Winning flinger Pete Seaman and his batterymate, catcher Yorko, both had three base knocks for Lethbridge. Each launched a home run while Yorko belted a two-bagger as well. Mike Kosko of the Miners, in addition to Steller and Munroe of the losers, all delivered three singles. 
  
Rice (L), Gilchrist (7), Steller (7) and Mercer
Seaman (W) and Yorko

(June 9)  The Magrath Tigers broke into the win column by shredding the Cardston invaders to ribbons, clobbering the Temple City nine 13 to 1. Although winning hurler Joe Tuftland was nicked for 11 hits, they were well scattered and, with almost perfect defensive support, he never allowed the Temple City to burst into in contention. Leonard Harris sparked the 13-hit offense for the Bengals with four safe blows, one a terrific three-bagger. Catcher Ben Olstead followed with a triple and a couple of one-base raps.  

Brooks (L) and J. McKenzie
Tuftland (W) and Olstead

(June 9)  New Dayton stung a duo of Raymond tossers for 13 base knocks in clipping the Rustlers 11 to 5. Winning moundsman Raisbeck struck out ten and allowed only three scattered hits. 

Raisbeck (W) and Harris
Nalder (L), Brewerton and Hicken

(June 16)  Receiving back-to-back triples from Reed Kirkham and catcher Hicken, followed by Joe Kirkham’s RBI-single, hosting Raymond plated a trey in the eighth episode to double Magrath 4 to 2.

Tuftland (L) and Olstead
Hill (W) and Hicken

(June 16)  New Dayton imploded in the second stanza, allowing eight runs, and went on to lose 11 to 7 to the invading Lethbridge Miners.

Seaman (W) and Yorko
Raisbeck (L) and Harris

(June 16)  Doug Allred struck out 11, allowed only four hits and connected for a circuit-jack in leading Cardston to their first win of the season, a 6 to 1 trimming of Spring Coulee. Teammate Ab Cahoon also went yard with a four-ply clout.
  
Rice (L), Gilchrist (7) and Mercer
D. Allred (W) and J. McKenzie

STANDINGS                 W       L        Pct.
Raymond                   4       1       .800
Lethbridge                4       1       .800
New Dayton                2       2       .500
Spring Coulee             2       3       .400
Magrath                   1       3       .250
Cardston                  1       4       .200

(June 23)  Playing on a greasy diamond following a heavy rainstorm, the Lethbridge Miners went down to a 6 to 3 defeat at the hands of homestanding Cardston. The engagement was terminated at the end of seven stanzas. Doug Allred, hurling for the Temple City aggregation, fanned 14 batters while holding Lethbridge to four hits.

Ridpath (L) and Swedish
D. Allred (W) and J. McKenzie

(June 23)  The Magrath Tigers nosed out New Dayton 5 to 4 in a game that was called during play in the ninth inning on account of darkness.

Eagleson (L) and Gorrill
Tuftland (W) and Olstead

(June 23)  The Raymond Rustlers found themselves in sole possession of top spot in the SABL standings following a 9 to 7 conquest of Spring Coulee. First baseman Harry Fairbanks led the 13-hit barrage of the league-leaders by swatting two doubles and a pair of singles. Teammate C. Fairbanks and Roy Long of Spring Coulee both collected three singles.

Hill, Brewerton (W) (3), Nalder (6) and Hicken
Gilchrist (L) and Mercer

(June 25)  Magrath hammered New Dayton 10 to 2 in the replay of May 19 tie game.

Tuftland (W) and Olstead
Raisbeck (L), Miller, Raisbeck and Harris

(July 7)  A 5 to 4 verdict over the hosting Raymond Rustlers in a contentious SABL clash lifted the Lethbridge Miners back into a share of the penthouse position in the circuit.

(July 14)  The Lethbridge Miners maintained their share of the SABL lead by defeating the homestanding Spring Coulee nine 10 to 7.  Lethbridge plated nine of their runs in the second stanza when the hosts had a major defensive meltdown. Outfielder George Chumik led the winners with the lumber, swatting a triple, double and single. Ernie Long of the Coulee Men stung the spheroid for a double and one-bagger.
 
Seaman (W) and Yorko
Gilchrist (L) and Rice                       

(July 14)  Red-hot Cardston annexed their fifth successive win by nosing out the Magrath Tigers 2 to 1. Both teams had seven base hits. Winning slabster Doug Allred struck out 15 while Joe Tuftland, on the peak for the Bengals, breezed five.

(July 14)  The invading Raymond Rustlers maintained their status as co-frontrunners in the SABL by doubling the fumble-fingered New Dayton nine 12 to 6. “Slim” Nalder copped the knoll decision over Bill Eagleson who rang up 15 strikeouts in the painful loss.

STANDINGS                  W       L        Pct.
Raymond                    6       3       .667
Lethbridge                 6       3       .667
Cardston                   5       4       .556
Magrath                    4       5       .444
New Dayton                 3       6       .333
Spring Coulee              3       6       .333

(July 21)  With “Tiny” Gilchrist fashioning a superb one-hitter, Spring Coulee cooled off the visitors from Cardston 5 to 0. Losing slabster Doug Allred was nicked for nine safeties, one of them a four-ply clout by flychaser Steller. Keystone sacker Ken Long also swatted a triple and two singles.

D. Allred (L) and J. McKenzie
Gilchrist (W) and Rice

PLAYOFF FINALS  Raymond Rustlers vs Lethbridge Miners  (best-of-three series)

(August 6)  Making the most of Raymond’s nine errors, the Lethbridge Miners copped an easy 13 to 3 victory from the visiting Rustlers to take a one-game lead in the S.A.B.L. finals. A grand-slam home run by George Yanosik in the second stanza put the Coal Heavers in control of the game. Four-spots in each of the sixth and seventh stanzas sealed the deal. Yanosik had a single to go along with his one-bagger while teammate Charlie Sang added a double and single. Harry Fairbanks and outfielder Paris of the Sugar Beet Towners also clipped the apple for a two-bagger and a one-base rap.

Nalder (L), Brewerton () and Hicken
Seaman (W) and Yorko

(August 7)  The Lethbridge Miners captured the 1926 Southern Alberta Baseball League championship when they nipped the homestanding Raymond Rustlers 5 to 3. The Sugar Beet Towners led 3 – 2 in the seventh inning but Lethbridge collected three runs in the fading stages of the game to pull off the victory.


ALBERTA SOUTHERN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Blackie Giants
Champion
High River
Nanton
Red Cross
Stavely 

(May 19)  Champion, with Engle on the hillock, defeated Stavely 4 to 1 as the ASBL season opened up.

R. Jenkins (L) and O’Callahan
Engle (W) and Nelson

(May 19)  Nanton administered a 13 to 7 defeat upon hosting Red Cross.

(May 19)  High River rolled over Blackie 7 to 4.

(May 21)  Gathering a five-spot in the second stanza, High River went on to defeat Blackie 7 to 4. Winning pitcher Loree held the Giants to two hits. First baseman McGregor swatted a brace of doubles for the winners. 

Loree (W) and Smith
W. Clayton (L) and D. Clayton

(May 26)  Homestanding Stavely gained sweet revenge for their opening-day loss to Champion by whipping their old rivals 7 to 1. Winning pitcher Loree had his benders working to perfection and fanned a dozen of the visitors while yielding just two hits. Stavely put the game on ice by running across a five-spot in the fifth frame. 

Thielen (L) and Nelson
Loree (W) and Wagness, Smith

(May 27)  Champion overwhelmed Red Cross 13 to 9.

Leifer (W), Thielen and Nelson
Hiatt/Hyatt (L) and Recor

(May 30)  Blackie, with Bill Clayton on the mound, defeated Champion and “Big Six” Geoghegan 7 to 4. Receiving airtight defense from his mates, Clayton fanned 18 batters.

W. Clayton (W) and Hess
Geoghegan (L) and Nelson

(May 31)  Winning hurler Loree fired a two-hitter as Stavely took a 7 to 1 decision from Champion.

Thielen (L) and Nelson
Loree (W) and Wagness, Smith

(May 31)  Avenging an earlier defeat close to two weeks ago, Blackie thumped High River 7 to 2. The losers had a 7 – 6 edge in base hits as outfielder McLean swatted a pair of doubles.

Moore (L) and Smith
W. Clayton (W) and Hess

(June 2)  Red Cross downed Champion 11 to 7 as the losers were forced to use three pitchers.

(June 6)  The error-prone Champion nine were blown out 14 to 0 by Blackie.

(June 7)  High River nosed out Nanton 4 to 3 to move into top place in the ASBL.

Geddes (L) and Lipsett
Robertson, Ringland (W) and Smith

(June 9)  Visiting Red Cross exploded for seven runs in the ninth inning to crush Champion 10 to 2.

Hiatt/Hyatt (W) and Recor
Lebarge (L) and Nelson

(June 17)  High River won a strenuous ten-inning game over Stavely by a score of 3 to 2. A bases-loaded dying quail over first base by Ken Ringland drove in the overtime winner.

Haynes (L) and Warner
Dwyer/Dyer (W) and Smith

(July 7)  Visiting Stavely captured the much-anticipated  clash with Red Cross by a score of 9 to 4.

(July 21)  Travelling Stavely bounced Claresholm 9 to 4.


ROSEBUD BASEBALL LEAGUE

Airdrie
Carstairs
Crossfield
Didsbury
Innisfail
Olds

(May 14)  Innisfail shutout visiting Olds 3 to 0 as the Rosebud League got underway. Winning pitcher Thompson was credited with a no-hit, no-run mound gem. Bobby Gooder, making his debut on the hillock in senior-level baseball, performed well in defeat.

(May 14)  Didsbury took the long end of an 8 to 6 score from the defending-champion Carstairs team.

(May 16)  Invading Airdrie crushed hosting Crossfield 19 to 2 in the Rosebud League opener for both teams.

(May 26)  Innisfail downed the youthful Olds aggregation 10 to 3.

McMahon (W), Thompson and Law
Watson (L), Campbell, Gooder and Wilkinson

(June 8)  Airdrie took the long end of a 12 to 7 decision from visiting Crossfield. Winning pitcher McEachern of Airdrie struck out 16 batters.

Cherry (L), Motter and Stevens
McEachern (W) and Lorimer

(June 14)  By virtue of the victory over homestanding Bowden, Airdrie moved into third place in the Rosebud League. Given splendid support, Airdrie’s McEachern pitched his third victory in four starts.

McEachern (W) and Lorimer
Deddone (L) and Curry

(June 27)  Olds was awarded a 9 to 0 forfeiture win when, in the last-half of the eighth inning with invading Didsbury leading 4 to 3, management of the visiting team refused to continue play, claiming that it was too dark. At the time of the forfeiture, hosting Olds had loaded the bases with none out.

(July 6)  Airdrie took the measure of Olds 5 to 3 in a Rosebud League fixture.

McKenzie (W) and Moore
Hansen (L) and Moritz


WHEAT BELT BASEBALL LEAGUE

Barons Millionaires
Carmangay
Claresholm
Coalhurst

(May 30)  Barons bombed visiting Coalhurst 12 to 7.

(June 2)  Carmangay baseballers remained unbeaten by scoring once in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning to edge Coalhurst 5 to 4.  A two-bagger by Phil Low drove in pinch-hitter Josh Moore, who had reached base on an error, with the deciding tally.

Snow (L) and Ashcroft
Furlong (W) and Marr

(June 2)  Claresholm crept into second place in the Wheat Belt League when they defeated the Barons nine 7 to 5. Winning pitcher Johnson, who had ten strikeouts, along with E. Frederickson hit successive homers for Claresholm in the third inning.

Lyons (L) and Warnock
Johnson (W) and Burge

(June 6)  Hosting Claresholm smothered Coalhurst 24 to 7. Home runs were plentiful in this fray with Trousdale, Palmer, Cook and winning pitcher Johnson of the victors all belting round-trippers while Coalhurst’s Swedish launched a pair of four-baggers. Johnson rang up 13 strikeouts in going the route for Claresholm.

Snow (L), Swedish (6) and Ashcroft
Johnson (W) and Burge

(June 6)  Invading Carmangay was blown out 18 to 9 by the Barons Millionaires. Wobeck and McMillan slugged home runs for the winners.

Furlong (L), Crowe and Marr
McInnes (W) and Warnock

(June 16)  The Coalhurst nine recorded their first Wheat Belt League win by trimming visiting Barons 7 to 5. Winning pitcher Snow struck out nine batters and picked up two hits.

Lyons (L) and Warnock
Snow (W) and Todd


CROW’S NEST PASS BASEBALL LEAGUE

Blairmore
Coleman
Hillcrest
Michel

(May 30)  Michel came on strong in the late innings of a six-stanza joust to wipe out Coleman 9 to 3. Second baseman Sadlish of the winners and shortpatcher Hogan of the losing nine each registered a home run.

Luie (L) and Gate
Ruschall (W) and Zeith

(June 2)  Blairmore and homestanding Hillcrest played to a 6 – 6 tie in a seven-stanza, darkness-shortened tilt.

(June 23)  Blairmore got past Hillcrest 3 to 1.

Hilling, Rae and Dicken
Birrios and Richards

(July 28)  A bases-loaded double by catcher Bill Gate early in the contest stood up as the deciding factor in a 4 to 2 victory by Coleman over visiting Michel. Reeling off four double plays in support of winning pitcher Tony Palecek/Palechuk, the victors vaulted into top spot in the Crow’s Nest Pass League.

Krall (L) and Zeith
Palecek/Palechuk (W) and Gate


OTHER ALBERTA LEAGUES/TEAMS/ROSTERS

MEDICINE HAT INDUSTRIAL BASEBALL LEAGUE

Clay Products
C.P.R.
Headley-Shaw Maple Leafs

(August 10)  The Headley-Shaw Maple Leafs repeated as Industrial Baseball League champions when they clipped the C.P.R. balltossers 5 to 3 at Industrial Park. Winning hurler Johannson limited the Railroaders to four safeties while southpaw, Bill Mulholland, on the peak for the Pacifics, was nicked for nine base raps. Both chuckers fanned ten batters. A two-run single by outfielder Avery in the third inning drove in what proved to be the winning run. 

Johannson (W) and Denison
Mulholland (L) and Rattray                                                                                                                        


CALGARY INTERMEDIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

East Calgary *
Hustlers
Maclin’s

* 1926 pennant winners


EDMONTON MERCANTILE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Journal
Marshall-Wells
Ramsey’s
Swifts *

* 1926 pennant winners

(July 31) 
STANDINGS                  W       L      Pct.
Swifts                    14       2     .875
Journal                    9       6     .600
Ramsey’s                   6       7     .462
Marshall-Wells             2      16     .111


EDMONTON COMMUNITY BASEBALL LEAGUE

Eastwood
Garneau
Riverdale
Ross Flats

PLAYOFFS  Eastwood vs Riverdale  (best-of-three series)

(July 21)  Cashing in on the defensive miscues of their opponents, Eastwood claimed the first victory in their playoff series when they doubled Riverdale 10 to 5 at Diamond Park. Both teams were deadlocked for top spot in the Community League standings following regular-season play.

Ritchie (L), McLennan and Borden
McMillan (W), Shilleto and McClure, Deutch

(August 3)  A five-run rally in their final turn at bat salvaged an 8 – 8 tie for Riverdale in the second game of their series with Eastwood. Darkness restricted the clash to six innings.
  
Shilleto, McMillan and Deutch, McClure
Passmore and Borden

(August 12)  Riverdale knotted their final playoff series by hammering Eastwood 11 to 4.

McLennan (W) and xxx
Deutch (L) and xxx

(August 17)  Riverdale overwhelmed Eastwood 14 to 3 to capture the 1926 Community Baseball League title. Along with the championship goes the Joe Simpson cup.

McMillan (L) and McClure
Passmore (W), Ritchie and Borden


BOW RIVER BASEBALL LEAGUE

Arrowhead                                                                       
Gleichen   
Meadowbrook                                                            
Milo
Queenstown                                                                     


BUFFALO BASEBALL LEAGUE

Alix                              
Botha                         
Erskine                            
Red Willow                                       
Stettler                          


BIG FOUR BASEBALL LEAGUE

Radway Centre
Smoky Lake
Sprucefield
Waskateneau

FINAL STANDINGS         W      L       T      Pct.
Sprucefield             8      2       2     .750
Smoky Lake              6      4       1     .591
Waskateneau             6      6       0     .500
Radway Centre           1      9       1     .136 


K.I.B.A. BASEBALL LEAGUE

Acme                                           
Beiseker                              
Irricana
Keoma


CENTRAL EASTERN ALBERTA BASEBALL LEAGUE

Consort                                                    
Coronation


U.F.A. BASEBALL LEAGUE

Bear’s Hill
Cherry Grove
Duhamel                                       
Gwynne
Malmo

(August 15)   Gwynne rallied from a 2 – 0 deficit to score a pair of ninth-inning runs and then went on to defeat Duhamel 6 to 2 in 11 innings  for the championship of the U.F.A. League.

Hegstrom (W) and Ross
C. Olstad (L) and W. Olstad                           


PINCHER CREEK & DISTRICT BASEBALL LEAGUE

Beauvais
Dutch Flats
Fishburn
Pincher Creek
Spring Ridge


TAMARACK BASEBALL LEAGUE

Andrew
Shandro
Zawale

(July 1)  At the Shandro Sports Day, the home team captured the featured event, the ball tournament first crushing
Vilna 17-0 as W.A. Shandro fired a no-hitter and fanned 18. After Andrew topped Zawale 4-2, Shandro wrapped up the crown with an 11-2 win over Andrew. Highet fired a three-hitter for the win.

(August 26)  With 13 members of the family in the lineup, Shandro (name of the town and the family) defeated Dejarlais 10-9. T.A. Shandro clouted three triples and a double to lead the family team to the victory.


FORT SASKATCHEWAN & DISTRICT BASEBALL LEAGUE

Fort Saskatchewan
Gibbons
Namao
Partridge Hills


BATTLE RIVER BASEBALL LEAGUE

Amisk
Czar *
Eastervale
Hughenden

* 1926 pennant winners


PEMBINA BASEBALL LEAGUE

Clyde
Manola
Mosside


AB LEAGUE - NAME UNKNOWN

Bashaw
Meeting Creek                


  AB LEAGUE - NAME UNKNOWN

Cadogan
Macklin SK
Provost


ALBERTA AMATEUR BASEBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYDOWNS

SENIOR DIVISION

With so many players from throughout the province unable to obtain amateur cards after playing with or against professionals or suspended amateurs, no teams registered for competition in the senior division.

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
SEMI-FINALS 

Two semi-final series were scheduled to begin in early September with the winners squaring off in the A.A.B.A. intermediate finals.

No results were located in print for either series.

JUNIOR DIVISION
SEMI-FINALS  Macleod vs Blairmore  (best-of-five-series)

(August 20)  Macleod juniors had little difficulty in running roughshod 11 to 3 over the Blairmore juniors as the Alberta junior semi-finals got underway.

Goose (L), Hornquist (5) and Hornquist, Vandusen (5)
Burrows (W), Ringland (7) and Long

(August 24)  Macleod juniors travelled to Blairmore and swept a doubleheader from their hosts by scores of 4 to 0 and 17 to 3 to earn a spot in the provincial finals. Clive Burrows tossed complete-game wins in each tilt. Cliff Dean poled out a homer for the winners in the second game.

Burrows (W) and Long
Hornquist (L) and Vandusen  

Burrows (W) and Long
Dickens (L), Evans Gosse, Hornquist and Vandusen

FINALS  Macleod vs Calgary Lyceums  (best-of-three series) 
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(August 27)  Macleod walked all over the visiting Calgary Lyceums 14 to 2 and 13 to 0 to take the A.A.B.A. junior finals in two straight games.

Shaw (L) and Lance
Ringland (W) and Long

Clive Burrows tossed a no-hit, no-run game for Macleod in the finale. Cliff Dean contributed a home run and a triple.

Riley (L) and Lance
Burrows (W) and Long

Blairmore Juniors :  Evans OF, Goose P, Gusly SS, Hornquist P/C, Houbregs 3B, Kemp 2B, Martina OF, Pinkney 1B, Thompson OF, Vandusen OF/C

Calgary Junior Lyceums :  Costello H. 1B/OF, Lance C, McConnell OF, O’Neill C. SS/2B, O’Neill H. 3B, Ramsay OF, Riley P, Scott OF/1B, Senkovicz 2B/SS, Shaw P/1B

Macleod Juniors :  Burrows Clive  P/OF, Dean Cliff 2B, Gardiner Campbell OF, Hamilton Bill OF, Kirk Orville SS, Long Gene C, McDonald Cy 3B, McLean Andy OF, McLeod Gordon 1B, Oakes Jack OF, Ringland Ken P/OF