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Official Guide to Semi-Pro Baseball-1938. Medical Lake team photo lower section, right page.

State Hospital Team - 1938 Champs!

After spending a year in Bisbee, Bernie returned to the northwest and played with the State Hospital team. Once again, they earned the 1938 title of State Semi-Pro Champs.

After a brief return to Medical Lake, Bernie was recruited for the Spokane Hawks team. the Spokane Spokesman-review carried the sports headline "Lively Battles for Three Infield Posts Marks Hawks' Training." It read: "Steal down to second, if you can make it without being thrown out, and you discover a nice battle going on between Bernie DeViveiros and Bernie Mayer for the job... Mayer is a product of Spokane semi-pro anks but has had experience in organized ball, playing last with Bisbee of the Arizona-Texas league. He's 22 years old, 5 feet and 9 inches and weighs 160 pounds. He was moving around second like a streak when I first put my eyes on him and is giving DeViveiros a real run for his money."

Montana and Idaho

The Hecla Miners team from Butte, Montana had played against Bernie enough times to know that they needed him playing on their side. In the late 1930's, they successfully recruited Bernie to play shortstop for their team. The Montana Standard claimed Same Heavy Hitters Play Again Today... "Pajnich, Butte, and Mayer of the visitors slam out four hits each in opening of big annual feud." Bernie was named to the All Star team which played at Hearne Park.

During his time in Montana, Bernie bacame an official scout for the Cincinnati Reds. The papers referred to him as... Bernie Mayer, a well-known player here and northwest agent for the Cincinnati Reds of the National League.

The Spokane Spokesman-Review had a service column that answered questions sent in by readers. The 9th question in the September 2, 1940 edition asked... Where to address Bernie Mayer, Cincinnati Reds' baseball scout? Answer- Burke, Idaho. As would always be true, wherever he had gone, no one could ever forget Bernie.

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