1929 Game Reports / Alberta     


Edmonton Senior Amateur League

Final Standings         W     L     Pct.
Chevrolet Cubs         16     5    .762
Stockyard Bulls*       10    11    .476
South Siders           10    11    .476
Young Liberals          6    15    .286

* Stockyard Bulls defeated the South Siders in a second-place tie-breaker and earned the right to enter the league final playoffs against the pennant-winning Chevrolet Cubs  

Final Series
(August 21)  With George Dame tossing a masterful four-hitter, the Stockyard Bulls upset the dope bucket by whitewashing the pennant-winning Chevrolet Cubs 4 to 0 in the opener of the best-of-seven Edmonton senior amateur finals. The Bovine outer pasture crew made a number of outstanding defensive plays in hauling down seemingly safe hits. Outfielder Van Camp led the Stockyarders offensively with a double and two singles.

Dame (W) and Henning
Hall (L) and McHugh

(August 22)  Coming from behind, the Chevrolet Cubs evened the city senior amateur playoffs with a 7 to 4 decision over the Stockyard Bulls. After scoring twice in their first time at bat, the Baby Bears fell behind 4 to 2 after two innings were in the books.  The fourth, fifth and sixth frames proved productive for the Chevies as they roared back to tie the contest and then assume the lead for good. Reliever Ollie Bullard picked up the mound triumph. Loser Hub Thompson surrendered just five hits but walks, a hit batsman, a passed ball and a wild pitch at crucial times cost him. Van Camp of the Bulls had his second consecutive three-hit performance at the dish.

Dodge, Bullard (W) (2) and Marshall
H. Thompson (L) and Henning

(August 26)  George Dame, hurling ace of the Stockyard Bulls, pitched his second shutout victory in two starts when the Bulls defeated the Chevrolet Cubs 6 to 0 at Boyle Street Park. The Bulls outhit and outplayed the Cubs in virtually every department. The Cubbies got off to a horrible start, committing three first-inning errors which led to a pair of unearned counters for the Cattlemen. Although walking six batters, Dame yielded only two singles during the course of the game. Loser Ollie “Lefty” Bullard was nicked for just five hits including a double and single by second sacker McKinnon.

Dame (W) and Henning
Bullard (L) and McHugh

(August 27)  The Stockyard Bulls pulled another surprise on the highly-touted Chevrolet Cubs when they literally walked all over the regular-schedule leaders to the tune of 14 to 2 at Boyle Street Park. With winning hurler Ava Cruthers chucking a three-hitter, the Bulls lambasted the offerings of veteran Norman Dodge for an even dozen safeties. Stockyard first baseman Bill Bell was the chief bludgeoner with a home run and a pair of doubles. George Dame had a double and a brace of one-baggers while outfielder Lammie clouted a four-bagger and a single.

Dodge (L) and McHugh
Cruthers (W) and Henning

(August 30)  In arrears by four runs and facing elimination, the Chevrolet Cubs turned an almost certain defeat into victory by plating five counters in their last turn at bat to squeak by with an 8 to 7 verdict over the Stockyard Bulls. Darkness shortened this fifth game of the series to only five frames, just long enough for the Garagemen to keep their heads above water. Phil Maher’s double drove in the tying and winning markers in the epic comeback.

Dame, Cruthers (L) (5) and Henning
Bullard (W) and McHugh

(September 1)  The Stockyard Bulls are the new champions of the Edmonton senior amateur baseball circuit. This pinnacle was reached when they downed the Chevrolet Cubs 7 to 4 in the sixth game of the city finals. George Dame, this time in the role of a fireman, earned his third mound triumph of the series. A four-run fifth inning sparked the Cattlemen to victory. First sacker Bill Bell of the winners stroked a double and single.

Bullard (L), Hall (5) and McHugh
Dodds, Dame (4) and Henning 

Edmonton Intermediate League

C.N.R defeated the Sconas in a second-place tie-breaker but the Sconas advanced to the league finals against Gregory Tire as the result of a previous game which had been protested and which had now awarded to the Sconas.

Gregory Tire captured the league crown after claiming a four-game sweep in their best-of-seven final series with the Sconas.

Alberta Playoffs

It appears that no Alberta teams registered for the 1929 AABA senior level baseball playoffs. Nothing was found in print to suggest such. The AABA had been ruthless that summer in upholding their so-called amateur standards and had suspended the Red Deer and Drumheller senior teams for playing games against the Texas Colored Giants and House of David. In any event, the playoff focus shifted to the intermediate division. Two southern Alberta entrants, the Calgary Dodgers and the Cardston Maple Leafs squared off for the 1929 intermediate title. Cardston had eliminated Raymond and the Medicine Hat intermediates to reach the finals while the Dodgers had previously knocked out Crossfield after advancing from a series in which Stavely had defaulted. The best-of-three final series was hotly contested.

1929 Alberta Intermediate Finals

(August 14)  Battling on even terms, the Calgary Dodgers gained a 5 to 4 decision over the Cardston Maple Leafs by bunching their hits in the first and third innings of the first of a two-out-of-three game series for the Alberta intermediate baseball championship. Close to 2,000 fans from Cardston and district witnessed the nine inning struggle which was a close race from start to finish. Both teams pasted the horsehide for 11 base hits. Scoring twice in the initial canto and adding three more in the third, the Dodgers opened an early 5 to 0 lead. The Leafs plated all four of their counters in the fourth. After that, the pitchers took over and goose eggs filled the scoreboard. Calgary’s Russ Gideon and shortstop Willard Brooks of the Temple City troupe each had three base blows.

J. Gerlitz (W) and Hides
Cahoon (L) and McKenzie

(August 19)  The Calgary Dodgers captured the 1929 Alberta Intermediate Baseball championship when they defeated Cardston 4 to 3 at Mewata Park diamond. Johnny Gerlitz, with a six-hitter, picked up his second complete game mound win in the series. Both teams counted a run in the fifth frame after four scoreless innings were in the books. Calgary went ahead 2 to 1 in the eighth but Cardston stormed back in the top of the ninth to plate a pair and take a 3 to 2 lead. Gerlitz then won his own ball game with a bottom-of-the-ninth, two-run homer. He earlier had smacked a fifth-inning triple.

Cahoon (L) and McKenzie
J. Gerlitz (W) and Hides

(June 14)   A huge crowd was on hand at Crossfield Exhibition grounds to witness the ball games between the Texas Colored Giants and the club wearing the Crossfield colours.  The crowd was the largest ever for a game in the community.  Giants won the first game 7-4 while the locals came back to take the second game 3-1. The midway, animal circus and merry-go-round were well patronized and the children had a really good time.  The dance at night under the auspices of the baseball club was a grand success.

(June 24)  The barnstorming Texas Colored Giants entertained a large crowd at the Wetaskiwin ball park Monday taking on the local Moose in a doubleheader. The Giants won both games, 5-2 and 13-5. Washington of the Giants held the Moose to just four hits in the first game.

Washington and Marshall
Rodvick, Hodson (6) and Craig

The visitors lashed out 16 hits in winning the second game. The Moose, who again started early with a three-run outburst in the first inning, collected 14 hits, but just the five runs. The contest featured some heavy hitting. Marshall, who was the winning pitcher for the Giants, ripped a homer, Harper had two hits, one a triple. Wagner, at 3B, had three hits.  For the Moose, Doupe was credited with a triple, two doubles and a single.  Craig had a pair of two-baggers and a single. Goldsworthy, the hurler for Wetaskiwin, rang up 14 strikeouts.

Marshall and McKinney
Goldsworthy and Craig

Texas Colored Giants - Childs SS, Clay OF, Hall 1B, Harper OF, Hunter OF, Marshall C/P, McKinney 3B/C, Slaughter 2B, Wagner OF, Washington P

Wetaskiwin Moose - Clelland 2B, Craig C, Doupe OF, Goldsworthy P/OF, Hodson 3B/P, Linskog OF, Rodvick P/PF, Recknagle OF, Ryan 1B, Thirsk SS