1951 Western Canada Playoffs     

Western Canada League Playoffs:

(August 20)  Walter (Butch) Buttgereit tossed a three-hitter and Regina took the first game of their semi-final series from Medicine Hat 6-1.  The Wilcox farmer had a no-hitter into the sixth inning when the Mohawks bunched all their hits to account for their lone marker.  Buttgereit also knocked in a pair of runs with a fourth inning single. Johnny McDaniels had a homer for the Caps.

Bates, Francis (4) and Green
Buttgereit and Kyle

(August 21)  Moose Jaw scored two in the eighth to upset Indian Head 3-2 in the opening game of their best-of-five semi-final series.  Canucks tied the score on a botched rundown play between home and third.  The winning run scored on an error.  Dick Stone gave up nine hits in a route-going effort for Moose Jaw. He fanned four and walked only one.  The Rockets' Chet Brewer allowed only six hits and set down nine by strikeouts.  Henry (Red) Cameron had a double and two singles for the losers.

Stone and Harford
Brewer and Barnhill

(August 21)  Medicine Hat scored six runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 10-3 win over Regina to square their semi-final series at one game each.  The Mohawks pounded out twelve hits.  Larry Bolger held the Caps to six hits.  First sacker Fred Bartels had a triple and single for the winners.

Bolger and Noce
Vogt, Coons (2) and Landrum

(August 22)  Butch Buttgereit notched his second playoff victory in three days setting down Medicine Hat on five hits in Regina's 4-3 victory.  Again, Buttgereit was a force at the plate as well.  He tripled and scored the Caps' first run in the second inning.  Art Stone's double drove in Bill Clovinski with the Caps second run in the 3rd.  Regina took a 4-0 lead in the 6th as Johnny McDaniels drove in Clovinski and Stone. Mohawks got sparkling mound work from Curt Barclay who held the Caps to four hits.  Medicine Hat scored all its runs in the fifth on consecutive hits by Pumpsie Green, Frannie Oneto and Larry Bolger and an infield bobble on Fred Bartels' grounder.

Buttgereit and Landrum
Barclay and Noce

(August 22)  Pedro Osorio smashed a grand slam homer in the last inning to spark Indian Head to a 6-2 win over Moose Jaw.  It tied the semi-final series at a game apiece.  Canucks' Art Worth went into the seventh and final inning holding a 2-1 lead.  But, playing-manager Jim Williams led off with a single, his third of the game.  Herb Barnhill was hit by a pitch and Jim Lovelace walked to load the bases. Worth fanned opposing pitcher Jim Morrow but the Rockets tied the game on an infield error on Jesse Blackman's grounder.  Osorio then cleared the sacks with his homer to left-centre.  Rip Collins had a homer for Moose Jaw.  

Morrow and Barnhill
Worth and Harford

(August 24)  Indian Head scored all its runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat Moose Jaw 5-3 to take a 2-1 game lead in the semi-final series.  Lefty Dick Stone was cruising with a 3-0 lead until the roof caved in.  Rockets notched five runs on three singles, two errors, a pinch-hit Jesse Blackman triple and a wild pitch.  The game was called after eight because of darkness.

Stone and Harford
Leal, Coleman (5) and Cameron, Barnill (3)

On August 27th it was learned that Medicine Hat had disbanded for the season.  Moose Jaw was awarded the fourth game of their semi-final when Indian Head failed to show up for Monday's scheduled game.  That evened the series at two games each.  The Rockets arrived at the park ten minutes after umpire E.C. Terry had awarded the contest to Moose Jaw.  Rockets' manager Jim Williams said the team had car trouble en route.

August 28th Medicine Hat announced they had forfeited their series to Regina.

August 30th, the president of the Western Canada Baseball League announced the circuit had suspended operations for the balance of the season.  Rainy weather had caused the postponement of playoff games and resulted in the withdrawal of Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw,  while members of the Regina Caps had packed their bags and headed for home. 

Indian Head, the lone survivors, headed to Saskatoon for the Western Canada championships.