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A SHORT HISTORY OF VANCOUVER BASEBALL

BOB BROWN

NORTHWESTERN LEAGUE
1905 Veterans Preview
1907 Canucks Opener
1908 First No Hitter
1913 Athletic Park Opens
1915 Player Mutiny

FIRST NIGHT BASEBALL GAME IN CANADA

WESTERN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Stories and scores on:
1937 Maple Leafs Opener
1946 CAPILANOS
1947 CAPILANOS
1948 CAPILANOS
1949 CAPILANOS
1950 CAPILANOS
1951 CAPILANOS
1952 CAPILANOS
1953 CAPILANOS
1954 CAPILANOS

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
A NOTE FROM 1956

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Vancouver HAS ITS BALLPLAYERS

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PROFESSIONALS’ LINEUP

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Names of Men Who Will Bring Pennant Here—The Schedule of Games

[The Daily Province, Sept. 26, 1905]

 

Vancouver’s baseball team is complete.

Manager McCloskey gave the following lineup to The Province to-day as the men who will represent Vancouver in the Northwestern League during the season, or at least as long as the men mentioned play ball as it should be played and meet with no accidents. They are printed just as the manager dictated them, and every one has his name signed to a contract, and every man as well is under the list of protection of the National Association of Baseball Clubs:

Catcher—Elmer Smith. Smith is a long, rangy fellow who ought to be able almost to hand the ball to second when an impetuous man takes his chances in going down. He is also somewhat good with the bat.

Change catcher—Buck Weaver. Buck is a man who can get behind the bat when it is his turn, and who can do some lightning stunts with that same bat when he introduces it to the ball, and who also can play somewhat in the field.

First base—Marshall. Homerun Marshall is a man Manager McCloskey has liked for some time. Marshall has that habit of batting the ball so far that the opposing pitcher gets that pink-pill feeling. He can also do a bit of work when it comes to pick up scalpers’ tickets from men who think they have transportation past his station on first.

Second base—O’Connell. Apparently from his name an Irishman. O’Connell is young, but from all accounts lightning fast and sure on double plays. He has about the fastest shortstop on the northern coast next to him, and will Donovan on his right flank, and Marshall or McCloskey on first, ought to give the spectators a run for their money this year.

Third base—Donovan. A country-man of O’Connell’s and a ballplayer. Plays well in and sure thing on bunts. Throws fast and works well in combination plays.

Shortstop—Babbitt. A peach, death on grounders; plays well back but comes up to the ball, and can get back to his position like a train making up time. Particularly good on flies supposed to be over the infielders’ heads and too near in for the outfielders. Babbitt too is a tricky and fast base-runner.

Leftfield—Burns. Good batter. Fast and strong and gamey. Overlooks nothing and is always willing to work. Has an odd habit of judging long flies as soon as they leave the bat.

Centre-field—Weaver.

Rightfield—Marshall or McCloskey.

Weaver is a change catcher, but will play to the field when his services are not needed behind the bat. Smith will do the regular work in front of the umpire, but when he can’t stand any more Weaver will be brought in. On first base Marshall will do most of the drilling, though McCloskey himself, manager of the team, may go in on the position. McCloskey will play rightfield, unless he thinks he should alternate with Marshall. The idea of putting Marshall on first is to keep him in infielding form in case of an accident to any of the infielders. He is one of the best all-around or utility men in the business, and Manager McClosky thinks it is wise to play him on first to keep his eye in, and also to have him working in combination with the other players.

 

 

 

 

 

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May 11, 12, 13

June 13, 14, 15

July 11, 12, 13

July 25, 26

Aug. 14, 15, 17, 29, 30

Sept. 8, 9, 19, 20

 

 

May 23, 24, 25

June 1, 2, 3, 22, 23, 24

July 6, 7, 8, 21 22

Aug. 4, 5

Sept. 4, 4

Sept. 15, 16

 

May 19, 20, 26, 27

June 8, 9, 10, 30, 30

July 1, 1, 28, 29

Aug. 18, 19, 31

Sept. 1, 2, 22, 23

 

 

 

EVERETT

 

May 16, 17, 18

June 16, 17

July 18, 19, 20

Aug. 1, 2,  3, 10, 11, 12

Aug. 22, 23

Sept. 12, 13, 29, 30

 

 

May 19, 20, 26, 27

June 8, 9, 30, 30

July 1

July 14, 15, 28, 29

Aug. 18, 19, 31

Sept. 1, 2, 22, 23

 

May 9, 10

May 23, 23, 24, 25

June 1, 2, 3

July 6, 7, 8, 21, 22

Aug. 4, 5, 2, 26

Sept. 4, 4

 

 

 

VANCOUVER

 

May 9, 10, 14, 28

June 11, 25, 27, 28

July 4, 4, 9, 23

Aug. 6, 20, 26

Sept. 3, 6, 7, 17

Oct. 1

 

 

May 21, 30, 31

June 4, 6, 7, 18, 20, 21

July 2, 16, 30

Aug. 8, 9, 13, 27

Sept. 10, 24, 26, 27

 

May 16, 17, 18

June 16,17

July 18, 19, 20

Aug. 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17

Aug. 29, 30

Sept. 12, 13, 19, 20

 

 

 

VICTORIA

 

May 21, 30, 31

June 4, 6, 7, 18, 20, 21

July 2, 14, 15, 16, 30

Aug. 13, 27

Sept. 10, 24, 26, 27

 

May 14, 28

June 11, 24, 25, 27

July 4, 4, 9, 23

Aug. 6, 20

Sept. 3, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17

Oct. 1

 

 

May 11, 12, 13

June 13, 14

July 11, 12, 13, 25, 26

Aug. 10, 11, 12, 22, 23

Sept. 8, 9, 28, 29, 30