1950 Western International League Class B
Leading Players and Game Highlights
Manager Joe Orengo guided the Yakima Bears to a first place finish with a 92-52 record. He used a trio of good clutch-hitting hitting outfielders to outdistance opponents, Frank Mascaro, Dale McCawley and William Andring… and his starting catchers Anthony Tornay and Will Tiesiera were two of the top players in the WIL
Glenn Stetter, Outfielder and Third Baseman 1950 Tacoma and Spokane led the WIL with a robust .369 batting average and his 40 doubles were 2nd highest. HE started playing in professional baseball back in 1942, then spent 3 years proudly serving in the US Military during World War 2. Glenn Stetter played in the minors thru 1951 and compiled a .330 career batting average, lined 246 doubles in 7 seasons, playing with major league affiliates Cardinals, Cubs and Indians. Highlights: on April 30, 1950 at age 29, Glenn Stetter hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, homer) to lead the Tacoma Tigers to a 14-7 win over the visiting Tri City Braves.
Dick Greco, Outfielder 1950 Tacoma Tigers. Born in Tacoma, Washington USA on 7/2/1925. Slugging Dick Greco finished second in the Western International League with a .360 batting average, and led the league with 36 home runs in 148 games.
Frank Mascaro, Outfielder and Third Baseman 1950 Yakima Bears. He batted .348 in 67 games and compiled a solid .513 slugging percentage. This season Frank Mascaro also played with El Centro and with Waterloo of the Illinois, Indiana, Iowa League. Born in Yoyo, CA USA on 3/210/1930.
Dale McCawley, Outfielder 1950 Yakima Bears. One of the fastest players in the league, he batted .345, powered 27 doubles, led the league with 14 triples, and hit 7 homers in 105 games.
William Andring, Outfielder 1950 Yakima Bears. Just 22 years old he finished 5th highest in the Western International League with a .343 batting average, with 108 hits in 315 at bats, spanning 75 games.
Anthony Tornay, Catcher 1950 Yakima Bears. Only 20 years old Anthony Tornay hit .336, lined 28 doubles in 91 games. Born in San Francisco, CA USA he played in pro baseball thru 1960 – the last 5 in Triple-A, including the Pacific Coast League.
Western International League Class B Baseball Leaders
Daniel Sheets, Catcher 1950 Tacoma Tigers, born in Winston-Salem, NC USA on 12/28/1926. Although he was only 23 years old, manager Jim Brillheart called him, “one of the team’s leaders.” Daniel Sheets batted .263 with 20 extra base hits in 414 at bats, spanning 122 games.
Joe Rossi, Catcher 1950 Spokane Indians, born in Oakland CA USA on 3/13/1921. The muscular 6 ft 1 inch, 205 pound, backstop made a wall at home plate for opposing base runners. In 1950 he was 10th in the league with a .329 batting average , powered 32 doubles 8 triples and 18 homers. Jope Rossi made the majors in 1952 with the Cincinnati Reds and played in 55 games.
Frank Matoh, Outfielder and 3B. 1950 Spokane Indians. One of the fastest runners on the team he hit .299 with 32 doubles, 6 triples and 7 homers in 143 games and posted a solid .413 slugging pct
April 30 thru May 3, 1950 Western International League Class B Baseball
Includes News highlights of 1950 Games - Western International League
Bob Kerrigan Left-handed 1950 Tacoma Tigers, affiliated under agreement with the Cleveland Indians. One of the Western International League’s top pitchers, he posted a stunning 26-7 record with a 3.40 ERA in 267 innings. Wow! A left-handed fastball pitcher, he liked to pitch inside when he was ahead in the pitch-count and pitch outside when he was behind. Bob Kerrigan started the 1950 season with three straight victories by stopping the Tri-City Braves 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on April 30, 1950. Born in Syracuse New York on 9/1/1920.
Lou McCollum, Pitcher Right-handed 1950 Tri-City Braves, Born in Woodland, WA USA on October 28, 1916. The burly, 6 ft 4 inch 190 pound Lou McCollum threw an assortment of pitches during his 7 pro seasons. He liked to throw first pitch strikes and keep the ball low. His few allowed ratio of homers allowed to inning pitched was usually among the best in the league. In 1950 he fashioned a 21-13 record with a 4.92 ERA in 269 innings, 35 games. Lou Collum served 4 years in military during World War 2 and posted a career record of 93-95 w/l in 1,616 innings from, 1941, 1946-1951.
Jay Ragni, Pitcher 1980 Wenatchee Chiefs. He posted an 18-11 w/l along with a 3.59 ERA in 29 games, working 228 innings. Highlights - on May 3, 1950 Jay Ragni pitched a complete game, scattered 9 hits, winning 9-3 over the Tri-City Braves in Kennewick, Washington USA.
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