SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 1947
Yakima Beats Tacoma Tigers With First Inning Outburs
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 14, 1947]
The Yakima Stars made it two in a row Sunday afternoon over the Tacoma Tigers in their spring training series with a 6-3 decision at Borleske field. The Stars bunched three runs in the first inning and two Yakima pitchers held the Timers hitless for the last six innings.
Cy Greenlaw, who went the route for the Tigers, giving up nine scattered hits, walked two men in the first inning, the first coming home on a tiouble by Gene Thompson, who also got a triple, a single, and then walked, but had a perfect day spoiled by an error at third in the ninth. Sam Stassi, stubby Star third baseman, clouted tne second two-bagger, driving in two runs with two out.
Bob Joratz moved around the path for the Tigers in the second on a walk and singles by newcomer Ed Keehan and Greenlaw, and a walk filled the bases when first baseman Gil Neuman looked at two strikes and waved futilely at a third.
Thompson opened the third with his triple into the bushes in left, scoring on Beringhele's hit. The Tigers got back into the battle A pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Pete Tedeshi walked and moved up on Dick Greco's single, and Joratz drove Tedeschi in with a double, the only extra-base hit for the Tigers and their last base blow. The next three batters flied out in order. Greco scoring after the first catch.
Greenlaw walked the Yakima batter in the fifth. Thompson's single, a blooper over first, moved the runner to third, and he scored on a fielder's choice.
A pair of singles and the error on Thompson's grounder supplied another Yakima run in the ninth, and they had the bases filled when the last man went cut.
The Tigers had the makings of a hitless rally in the eighth, when southpaw Bud Knudson, who relieved Ted Henkel in the seventh, walked three men, but two runners went out at third and Knudson struck out Keehan, whose flyout in the sixth provided the most spectacular catch of the day, leftfielder Bob Moore spearing the shot on the bank beyond the track.
Each team got a double play, Keehan to Stetter to Neuman for Tacoma in the third, and Lilly to Barnes to Beringhele for Yakima in the fifth.
The Tigers play the Vancouver Capilanos here Tuesday and Wednesday nights, leaving Thursday for the opener at Spokane Friday. The Tigers defeated the Capilanos at their Sunnyside camp a couple of weeks ago.
Yakima ........ 301 010 001—8 9 3
Tacoma ........ 010 000 000—3 5 1
Henkel, Knudson (7) and Phillips; Greenlaw and Clifford.
Vancouver Capilanos Beat Boise Nine 5-4
SUNNYSIDE, April 14—The Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International league edged out Boise, 5 to 4, here Sunday for their second, straight exhibition victory over the Pioneer league Pilots.
The Caps jumped on Boise pitcher Bill Franks for all five runs in the second and third innings after the Pilots went ahead with a single tally in the first.
In the sixth, rookie outfielder, Bill Mardock, smacked a long homer for the Pilots. Neil Owens, veteran right-fielder, and Bill Purcell, new shortstop, each had three hits.
Connie Thompson pitched shutout ball after taking over for Franks in the fourth. Jim Ison, who followed on the mound in the eighth, also set the Caps down in order.
Vancouver won. Friday, 6 to 1.
Boise ....... 110 010 100—4 8 2
Vancouver ... 032 000 00x—5 7 2
LEWISTON, Idaho, April 13 — Two homeruns and three doubles featured the 16-hit attack of the Bremerton Bluejackets as the Western International league team downed the University of Idaho Vandals here Sunday by the score of 14 to 8.
In the fifth inning Dale Markert rapped one over the right field walls with starting pitcher Bill Ahearn aboard for Bremerton.
Manager Alan Strange singled and Allan Maul mauled the next pitch also over the rightfield barrier.
The Bluejackets used three pitchers and the Vandals four. Maul was the hitting star with two singles and his homer. Frank Crowley rapped two safeties for the Vandals.
Bremerton ..... 420 123 020—14 16 1
Vandals ....... 020 001 041— 8 10 0
Ahearn, Stanton, Volpi and Ronning. Clementz; Robinson, Klink, Auer, Beebe and Viro.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 1947
Tacoma Tigers Seek Initial WI League Win Here Sunday
[Walla Walla Union Bulletin, April 13, 1947]
The Tacoma Tigers and the Yakima Stars will play a Western International league exhibition game at Borleske field Sunday afternoon at 2:30, with the Tigers attempting to notch their first league victory of the training season in their first formal appearance on the local diamond where they have been training.
Balked in a try last Sunday, when a game with the Bremerton Bluelackets was rained out, the Tigers have lost to both the Stars and the Bluejackets, as well as the Vancouver Capilanos, who will play here Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the training finale.
Reinforcements were brought Saturday evening by Co-Owner Eddie Miller, who came in from Tacoma with Robert Abel, Western International league president, and a pair of infielders, George Pelati and Ed Keehan, from the Chicago Cub farm system.
Pelati, 23, played third base last year for Davenport in the Three-I league, and made the all-star team. Keehan, 25, recently released from the navy, played in the Arkansas State league in 1941 and the Pony league in 1942.
Both have been at Fayetteville, N. C., where several of the Cub teams train, and Manager Red Harvel listed them on his starting lineup for Sunday, Pelati at third and Keehan at short.
Cy Greenlaw, who pitched a no-hit, no-run game against the Stars last season, drew the starting assignment, with Neil Clifford receiving, Earl Kuper having been called home by his wife's illness.
Filling out the infield for the Tigers will be Gil Neuman at first and Glen Stetter at second base, and a trio of sluggers, Bob Joratz, Pete Tedeschi, and Dick Greco will be in the outfield.
Tigers Take Pen Slugfest
[Walla Walla Union Bulletin, April 13, 1947]
The Tacoma Tigers made it two straight over the Cascades Saturday, notching a 9-5 victory in a slugfest that should go down in the history at Bates field.
Although the Tigers hammered out 17 hits, they had trouble getting their runners across the tally rubber. On three occasions the Tigers were retired with the bases loaded. Bob Joratz and Pete Tedeschi came up with four hits and six tries, and Glen Stetter got a trio of blows for the Tigers.
Lefty Woodson struck out eight men in seven innings, but gave up eight of the runs. He injured his arm in the fifth in the cinders behind third base, and costly errors by Vallela and Olson gave the Tigers a comfortable margin.
Cascader Dillard had a good day at the plate, getting three hits in four trips, one a triple.
Tigers ....... 9 17 1
Cascades ..... 5 8 3
Morgan, Nygard (7) and Clifford; Woodson, Trotchie (7) and Angwood, Hoover (7).
Akins Hits Triple for Win
LEWISTON, April 12—Al Akins, all around former Washington State college athlete, saved his strength for a mighty line-drive triple in the last half of the tenth inning to give the Bremerton Bluejackets a 4 to 3 victory over the Yakima Stars in an exhibition baseball game here Saturday afternoon.
Charlie Bushong, Bremerton second baseman, was aboard when Akins smote his mighty blow down the third base line and when Charlie scored the game was over. Fedameyer,
who won 21 games last year for the Bluejackets, worked the first five innings for the winners and Lefty Harry Johnson finished. Lefty got credit for the victory
Yakima plays at Walla Walla Sunday afternoon and Bremerton meets the University of Idaho Vandals here also Sunday.
The Spokane Indians are booked meet the Bluejackets here Monday night.
FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 1947
Bremerton Rally Falls Short as Yakima Wins
LEWISTON, Idaho, April 11—A ninth inning Bremerton rally fell short of tying the score as Yakima Stars defeated the Bluejackets 6 to 5 here Friday night on Bengal field.
Trailing 6 to 4 in tha final frame, the Bluejackets scored one and had runners on second and third, but shortstop Joe Gedzius and first baseman Jim Stanton fanned.
Frank Nowles hurled the first five innings for Yakima giving up four runs in the opening canto but blanking Bremerton the rest of the way. Max Strait finished for the Stars.
John Marshall started for the Bluejackets, allowing a run in the first inning and four more in the fourth. Hub Kittle, taking the mound in the seventh tossed a home run pitch to left fielder Bob Moore, who also rapped a single in the fourth frame rally.
Yakima ....... 100 400 010—6 9 4
Bremerton .... 400 000 001—5 8 2
Nowles, Strait (6) and Phillips; Marshall, Kittle (7) and Ronning.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 1947
Bluejackets Even Score With W.S.C., Winning 8-7
LEWKTON, April 9—The Bremerton Bluejackets of the Western International league evened the score at a game apiece here Wednesday afternoon when they dropped the Washington State Cougars 8 to 7 in the second game of the series. W.S.C. won a slugfsst here Tuesday, 15 to 12.
The 'Jackets built up a big 8 to 0 lead in the first five innings. Joe Sullivan, big league veteran hurler, handcuffed the Cougar batters. His successor, Wally Prosser from Spokane, received loose support and W.S.C. got six runs in the seventh inning. Two costly errors by a rookie Bremerton infield allowed five unearned runs.
W. S. C. ....... 000 000 601—7 8 2
Bremerton ...... 420 200 00x—9 13 3
Planck, Foster and Jorrisson, Wilburn; Sullivan, Prosser and Kuykendahl.
Tacoma Tiger Defeat Local Mill Creek Nine
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 10, 1947]
The Tacoma Tigers overwhelmed the Mill Creek nine, 13-2, Wednesday in a practice game, with Stan Gilson giving up one hit in six innings and Harry Nygard yielding three blows and a pair of runs in three frames on the mound for the Tigers.
Dick Greco, continuing his terrific slugging pace, blasted out a triple and a double, but otherwise, the Tigers were unable to set any big blows off Largent, the Mill Creek hurler, although they hit frequently.
Owner Sees Contender In Spokane Indians
SPOKANE, April 9—Returning from the Spokane Indians' training camp at San Bernardino, Calif., owner Sam Collins said Wednesday "I think we'll have a real contender this year," in the Western International baseball league.
"Our pitching staff is beginning to look better," Collins said. "The rest of the team looks good."
The Indians will arrive in Lewiston, Idaho, Sunday, playing the Bremerton Bluejackets there Monday before coming to Spokane to prepare for their league opener April 18.
Bremerton Fans Go Prize Happy For Home Stand
BREMERTON, Wash., April 9—Everybody in town wanted to give prizes to the players when the Bremerton Bluejackets open their Western International baseball league home stand April 22, but they ran out of ideas before running out of awards.
Prizes were listed for the first hit, first homer, first putout, first stolen base and a lot of other firsts, even down to the first man to start a double play.
So somebody suggested they do something for the boys who don"t do anything and now the prize list includes $5 for the first Bluejacket who strikes out, another fin for the first one hitting into a double play snd a third to the poor guy who is first to be hit by a pitched ball.
TUESDAY APRIL 8, 1947
Stetter Joins Tacoma Squad
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 9, 1947]
Glen Stetter, the new second baseman for the Tacoma Tigers, went through his first workout with the squad Tuesday morning. The session was somewhat abbreviated because of the Wa-Hi game in the afternoon.
Wednesday the Tigers will play the Mill Creek team of the farm bureau league.
There were no other additions or subtractions on the roster, but there probably will be a number of changes later this week.
Co-owner Enoch Alexson said that he had "a pretty good idea" of the players the Tigers are to receive from the Cub chain, but the announcement of the names will have to be made in Los Angeles.
Outfielders Busy as WSC Beats Bremerton 15 to 12
LEWISTON, April 8 — The clouting Cougars from Washington State college handed the Bremerton Bluejackets their first loss of the spring training season, 15 to 12, here Tuesday.
The Cougars broke into the lead with two runs in the third inning and were never headed during the slugfest that lasted three and one-half hours.
Not only did WSC outhit the Western International league 'Jackets 18 to 12, but the Cougars made only one error while four were charged against Bremerton.
ON THE SUNBEAM
By ALF COTTRELL
[Vancouver Sun, April 9, 1947]
Cottrell Out on Limb Once More
SUNNYSIDE, Wash.—I have had some difficulty trying to get the boys on this Vancouver Capilano ball club to compare the squad with last year’s runners-up (or runner’s down) for the Western International League basement.
Field general Bill Brenner, never a quick man with a comparison, ducked the request by pointing out there were two Capilano nines last year—the one that battled doggedly to oust Victoria from last place much of the season, and the one that went win happy in the late summer and almost ruined several other clubs in the process. In the face of all this reticency your correspondent will have to take his well-known courage in his two hands (though one would probably suffice) and fill the breach.
Lest you doubt the courage is required in baseball coverage, I might mention that there is a large right-handed pitcher in camp who would love to have my blood. It seems that in my first story from this training camp the other day I was rather harsh in my estimate of his ability, His name is Bob Hall and there is far more of him in a physical way than is either reasonable or necessary. Besides being huge as to stature, Bob’s manly torso is decorated with rippling muscles and tanned to a deep brown. He is strictly the handsome lifeguard type, and by one of those coincidences too awful for words, he is a lifeguard in the off season.
Hall might never have read my careless words but for the fact that Jim Estrada, the best Indian second baseman on the club, is a man who must subscribe to The Vancouver Sun wherever he goes. He brought a copy to the ball park yesterday. One of the first to read it was Hall. The big fellow didn’t say a word, but he appeared to do considerable brooding throughout the workout. Since that time he has avoided me at all times though he has been aided in this excellent co-operation by yours truly.
Already the Team Looks Better
That night I heard from a roomie of Big Bob’s, though not first hand, that Mr. Hall would dearly love to take me apart, but so far decided to refrain from doing so only because of my size, or lack of it. Since then I have mentioned my age frequently in bull sessions around the lobby, as an additional deterrent, but what pains me most is the thought that there are several little fellows in camp constructed much more along the lines of parties I usually pick on as opponents.
However, let’s get back to the question of comparisons.
Last year, the catching staff, at the start, consisted of Ray Spurgeon and Dick Zender. Dick didn’t measure up even close enough for consideration, but Ray was a fame little long ball hitter though slow afoot. Brenner is a better handler of pitchers, and he will hit more often and just as Spurgeon did, and in assistant Bobby Stumpf, the Cap boss has one of the best catching prospects on the whole Pacific Coast.
The infield of ‘46 consisted at the start of Frank Gosney, Art Bonnell, Al Kretchmar, Estrada and Watts Gulan. Only Kretchmar and Estrada measured up to WIL competition and the latter is back. Further, he is slimmer and faster. Len Tran at third, Buddy Hjelmaa and Lavis York figure, at this stage, to pack more punch than their predecessors and should field at least as well.
Say, This Crew Isn’t Bad at All
The current outfield of Bill Wright in right (Bill is 20 pounds lighter), Frank Mullens in centre and Charlie Mead in left, is so far ahead of the Cap picket class of ‘46 that we won’t even go into the matter except to say that Mullens, the only one around at the start of last year, is much improved because this is his second year in pro ball, a fact that seems to have given him confidence.
Brenner’s collection of starting pitchers—Bob Snyder, Ron Bryant, Hunk Anderson, Jim Hedgecock, Jack Meister, Larry Manier and, possibly, one or two others, assayed richer than the gang that worked for Syl Johnson last year. Bryant’s sore arm has taken to the hills and Meister appears ready to blossom as a star. Snyder and Hedgecock have gained much in experience, and Manier is a doughty young fellow of apparent promise.
The obvious conclusion that the Caps are better than of yore. That may not be such a boost, but I would like to clamber out on a stout twig to the extent of predicting that they’ll win a lot more games than they lose, always, of course, providing they don’t lose too many.
Bryant, York, Tumble Yaks
By ALF COTTRELL
(Vancouver Sun Sports Writer)
[Wednesday, April 9, 1947]
SUNNYSIDE, Wash.—The power plant of the 1947 Vancouver Capilanos ball club exploded in the faces of the Yakima Stars here yesterday with attendantly unsatisfactory results to the aforementioned faces, which became redder than the red, red fruit of apple valley, where the Yakima River flows.
Decisive whacks by the Messrs. Lavis “Rudy” York, Chas. Mead and Franklin D. Mullens gave the Canadian nine a 9-7 victory. After going out on a lengthy fly ball that would have kissed the housetops across Sixth Avenue at Cap Stadium back there, Mullens wafted three hard singles through the infielders. His fielding mate, Mead, rapped one for three bases and also collected a single. York got two doubles and a single in his first three trips, all of them authentic blows that were earmarked for trouble the moment they left his big war club. In his fourth and final appearance, York was intentionally walked, a final and supreme tribute to his virility.
The Caps’ defensive highlights were less spectacular, but Ron Bryant proved he is just about ready for the gun by allowing only one run and five hits in the five innings that he worked. His control—he never walked a man—was almost perfect and his change of pace had the Yakima hitters off stride most of the way. A lovely pitch, it had former, it had former big leaguer Harland [sic] Clift peering intently throughout Ronnie’s stint undoubtedly with a view to discovering for further use a possible tip-off in Bryant’s motion.
LOTS OF STUFF
Larry Manier took over Capilano pitching duties in the sixth. The kid had a horrible baptism by fire and a spot of pin point bombing. Larry walked the first man to face him. The next got a base hit of the Chinese variety. This so unsteadied the youngster that he lost his poise. He walked another then gave up four runs before striking out the final hitter.
In the main, the kid had too much stuff for the opposition thereafter though an error, a base on balls and a single put him into grief in the ninth, grief that cost two runs before he got the last batter out on a pop foul fly to first base. After that he allowed only five hits.
Manier had two balks called on him with the result that Hunk Anderson, coach of the young pitchers, has orders to overhaul the Michigan boy’s style.
Boss Brenner was principally enthused by the hitting of York and by shortstop Buddy Hjelmaa’s all round display.
The white-haired Scandinavian prodigy handled five chances perfectly, came through with a single and a double, and topped it off by stealing a base.
Big Bill Wright was slashing his blows right at the infielders all afternoon. But he startled the bench brigade with two running catches. One was a double of blocks over the foul territory. On the other, Bill turned at the crack of hickory and went far back to pull down the well-caressed ball.
The sunniest young man in Sunnyside after the game was the exuberant young backstop from the Bronx, Bobby Stumpf. The possessor of a rather fancy throwing arm, he picked up an inside pitch off a hitter’s chest to toss out the larcenous Gene Thompson at second base by from 15 to 20 feet. Then in his last time at the plate, Bobby hit a resounding liner to left for his first hit of the exhibition game season.
Statistically the Vancouverites who got 12 hits and erred but once led 4-1 when Bryant showered in the fifth, were down 5-4 after the sixth took the front again, 7-5, in the seventh, got two more in the eighth and then held the Yaks’ late and final rally to two runs.
If you gather that we think things are looking better for the Caps, you are correct. How much better they will get remains to be seen.
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Business manager Bob Brown of the Vancouver Capilano Baseball Club announced this morning that the Caps’ opening game at Capilano Stadium would be played April 22, and not April 21, as previously announced.
The extra day gives the Caps one day of rest, and after opening against Salem on the 22nd they play a double-header against the Senators here on the 23rd.
MONDAY, APRIL 7, 1947
Tacoma Takes Cascade Tilt
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Apr. 8, 1947]
The Tacoma Tigers notched their first victory of the training season Monday, defeating the W.S.P. Cascades, 8 to 3, in a game at Borleske field.
Lefty Woodson, who went the route for the Cascades, scored in the second after beating out a scratch single. The Tigers retaliated with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, Dick Greco's double supplying most of the momentum.
They added two more in the third, and broke out with a four-run rally in the sixth, when Pete Tedeschi hammered out a triple. Tacoma errors contributed to Cascade runs in the seventh and eighth.
Greco was hit by a ball on the right hand, causing some concern in the Tiger camp, since a broken bone which he received on that hand a couple of months ago has only recently been liberated from a splint. The injury apparently was not serious, however.
Woodson came in for some praise from Manager Red Harvey [sic] of the Tigers. The veteran southpaw gave up nine blows to the hard-hitting pros, but several said he showed as much stuff as any hurler they have faced this spring.
After the game, Harvel announced the release of Phillip Dupuis, semi-pro and service first baseman from California, Dick Browse, second baseman on a Tacoma semi-pro
club last summer, and Bob White, young hurler from Oakville, Wash., who has played in the California State league.
Also cut loose was Bill McIver, young Canadian hurler who was sent here after collecting some publicity at a Sporting News school in Florida.
The big piece of good news was that Glen Stetter, W. I. league batting king with Wenatchee last season, reported Monday evening and will turn out with the squad
The ambitious Mill Creek team of the Farm Bureau league has asked for, and received, a date with the Tigers on Wednesday. A return game with the Cascades will be played Saturday afternoon at Bates field.
Cascades .... 010 000 110—3 7 5
Tacoma ...... 022 004 00x—8 9 4
Woodson and Angwood; Greenlaw, Morgan and Clifford, Kuper (6).
ON THE SUNBEAM
By ALF COTTRELL
[Vancouver Sun, April 8, 1947]
SUNNYSIDE, Wash.—My Glocamorra scouts having let me down again this morning, I will have to be content with telling you how things are in Sunnyside, Washington.
If you were to drive in right this minute from the North the first thing you would see would be a neat white sign with old English lettering reading, “You are now entering Sunnyside, pop. 5015, speed limit 25.” You would pass a movie house on your right, probably with a mental reservation to drop in there and see “The Plainsman” later in the evening. A good idea, too, because while Gary Cooper suffers from a slight cold, apparently, he doesn’t let it interfere with his worth of shooting half a dozen Indians each evening. And when Gary, as Bill Hickok, shoots, he misses everything but their hearts.
Forgetting Wild Bill and Calamity Janes (last name Arthur) for the moment, you pass along the street two blocks until you hitch your horse at the Planters Hotel.
The two big fellows you will see playing the pinball machine to the right of the door as you enter will be Capilano pitcher Jack Meister. Big lad, isn’t he? Jack, now 18, doesn’t buck that machine as often as he did last year. He is married now, his pretty little wife is here and, well, he doesn’t seem to play it so often.
Most of Them Can Read, Too
Half a dozen of the youngsters on this Capilano baseball club that is training at Sunnyside are gathered around Meister, coaching him. Among them are Slim Burke, a lanky fastballer from Saskatoon, Orin [sic] Snyder, Bud Hjelmaa, Gene Averill, Bill Reynolds and Tony Brodie, the latter a Renton high school boy and quite a prospect.
Owing to circumstances over which the owners of the device no doubt have some control, nobody seems to be making eating money out of the machine. This pain them deeply as it is a rough go making their daily chow allowance of $2.25 go the distance.
Jim Estrada says he can exist within the required limits. He sleeps late, just missing breakfast. That gives him a lead on the meal allowance. A. lead he never relinquishes.
Over the worn horsehair lobby chairs, various players are reading the baseball news from the Yakima Herald, the Seattle P-I or the Portland Qregonian. This news they relay to their neighbors so often that sitting there with one’s ears open is akin to hearing an entire copy of the St. Louis Sporting News read out loud.
On a table at the end of the lobby you will see Hunk Anderson. The big chucker is rebuffing catcher Bobby Stumpf, the kid from the Bronx, about his constant whistling.
Brenner Fast With a Phrase
“I have to apologize on his behalf,” Hunk will say to you. “The poor kid used to be a basketball referee and one day he swallowed his whistle. Now every time he breathes heavy, he whistles.”
“Be serious, be serious,” mutters Stumpf, his constant injunction when the by-play becomes too rapid, even for him.
“What Is the idea of us pitchers not hitting in that batting practice today?” says Anderson to manager Bill Brenner, who is looking over some mail.
“What are you kicking about?” growls Brenner. Stumpf was up at the plate for 20 minutes today doing that.”
“Doing what?” queries Stumpf, puzzled. “Not hitting,” says Brenner. “It’s a lie,” replies Stumpf. “Be serious, be serious men.”
“What is the idea of not hitting the dirt going into second yesterday, by the way, Bill?:” asks Brenner of big Bill Wright, the outsized out-fielder.
“Now $ would like fine sliding with that nice new uniform on, Bill,” protests Wright.
“You would look a sight worse sliding without it,” says Brenner. “And you run out there like Eliza crossing the ice—with roller skates.”
“How do you think up all them sharp cracks, Boss?” inquires Anderson. “It’s all ‘right’ with me.”
Snyder Named as Opening Day Chucker for Capilanos
By ALF COTTRELL
Vancouver Sun Sports Writer
[April 8, 1947]
SUNNYSIDE, Wash.—Manager Bill Brenner is whipping his Vancouver Capilanos down to the place where they start this 1947 Western International League baseball derby. Today Bill’s hired hands take on Yakima Stars again right here at Sunnyside with Ronnie Bryant already named as starting pitcher. He will do a three-inning stint with Larry Manier, the most highly regarded rookie in camp, following him for three. Leftie Jim Hedgecock will take care of the last three panels.
On Thursday the Caps visit Yakima for another game with Harland [sic] Clift’s club. That day pitchers Bob Snyder and Jack Meister will be asked to repeat Sunday’s victory over Yakima.
Saturday night, Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon the Capilanos will play Boise’s Pioneer League entry here at Sunnyside. Then the Caps leave for Walla Walla, where they meet Tacoma Indians on Tuesday and Wednesday next. Then they trek toward Salem, working out there Thursday night as a prep for Friday’s league opener.
Brenner has already named Bob Snyder as his opening pitcher against Salem. This year the right-hander with the whistling fast ball has a sweet curve that goes with it like ham with eggs. In addition he is the fittest thing on pitching spikes in the camp, hence his selection.
Ronnie Bryant is another starting pitcher who is ready for the word, apparently. He claims to have a brand new arm this year, and his showings to date have done nothing to make anyone doubt it. Jim Hedgcock [sic] is another chucker who is on the bit. He seems able to baffle the hitters at will in batting practise.
NO MOHR YET
Hunk Anderson has been suffering a few twinges, but with Meister, Manier and several others ready to fight for the remaining pitching chores, Brenner has few worries in that department. Any slight mental stress that the boss may be under is entirely due to the way Seattle Rainiers are hanging onto Leon Mohr. The Caps need the speedy Mohr as a steadying influence on their infield, or at least as insurance against a possible relapse of by one of the young infielders.
“Even if we don’t get Mohr, there is nothing wrong with the infield I have now that half a dozen games under fire wouldn’t cure,” said Brenner.
ON THE SUNBEAM
By ALF COTTRELL
[Vancouver Sun, April 7, 1947]
Scouting the Caps at Sunnyside
SUNNYSIDE, Wash.—One thing about being in a baseball training camp there is always lots to write about. Even if you are stuck you still fall back on the pitchers, particularly those who pitch from the peculiar side or haven’t you heard that there are three kinds of people—men, women and lefthanded pitchers? It’s the same in this camp of the Capilanos.
Which reminds me that there is one big chucker in camp here who laid off workouts two days with a sore arm before noticing it wasn’t the arm he threw with.
There was a big fellow who showed up in camp here Saturday a.m. by the name of Fred Pollett. Seattle Rainier coach Eddie Taylor had told him to come over, he said. I was sitting on a bench, some 30 feet from home plate, chatting with Business Manager Bob Brown, when this Pollett started warming up just south of us with Romeo Gallo, the 15-year-old Cap Stadium ball boy who is down here enjoying life rather immensely. After this Pollett had dented the grandstand a couple of times just behind our ears, Brown and yours truly moved back to a place where you could watch him better and safer.
Manager Bill Brenner eventually waved Pollett in to the mound to relieve the batting practice pitcher of the moment. Pollett’s first pitch tweaked batsman Lennie Tran just abaft the fifth rib, surprising young Tran no end. The big newcomer was in there for five minutes more without coming that close to the plate again.
Snyder’s Brother Rookie Wonder
“There is a lucky fellow,” said Charles Mead, the earnest outfielder, “he will be going home tonight.
As it happens, Charlie was wrong. Brenner said a few kind words to the young pitcher and sent him along to Red Harvell, the Tacoma manager, who is training his Tigers in nearby Walla Wall. It seems that Harvell had a couple of his pitchers dust Brenner off last summer. That once again proves that crime doesn’t pay.
“Poor old Red,” signed Brenner, “there was one time last summer when he arrived in a town, I think it was Salem, and the clerk of the hotel refused to believe he was the Tacoma manager. Red said, “Do you mean to tell me you think anyone would go around saying he was the manager of this ball club unless he knew it could be proved against him?”
There always has to be a rookie marvel in every camp and in this one it is Orrin Snyder, 20-year-old brother of pitcher Bob Snyder. Orrin is of sturdier build than Bob. He is a first baseman, He hits a fairly longish ball and meets it cleanly on the whole. It is in the field that he grabs the eye and holds it, however. Even on this tough diamond, where rubber teeth are standard equipment at all times, he makes the tough ones look like taking beer through a straw.
Now Brown and Brenner are wandering if they couldn’t move Lavis York, big Boston Rudolf’s brother, over to third base. I refer to Rudy the Red Sox slugger as Rudolf because that is apparently the only title by which young Lavis knows him.
All Square With Hedgecock
Another good rookie, if Brenner will pardon such a mildly complimentary adjective, is Bobby Stumph, a smooth-faced humor specialist from the Bronx who is Brenner’s catching understudy. The kid is big, polished in his work behind the bat and he gets to the ball away to the bases like a major leaguer. In fact the Messrs. Brown and Brenner have him tabbed as a sure fire big leaguer if he improves on the limited hitting promise that he has shown. To me he seems to have a high order of intelligence for a catcher, but this, Brenner insists, can be overcome by good coaching. Which statement, of course, proves that the boss, who is my room-mate, can go along with a gag.
That reminds me that I straightened out a bit of trouble that I had last summer with Jim Hedgecock, the curve ball specialist of last year’s Capilanos, in the hotel lobby this morning. “I guess I was a little hasty,” he said. “What made me sore was that you said in your writeup that in the third inning Hedgecock served up a soft pitch when he had the count two strikes and no balls on the hitter.
“That was a dirty lie,” said Jim. “It was in the fourth inning.”
Snyder, York Look Good
No Joy In Sunnyside But Caps Grab First
By Alf Cottrell
[Vancouver Sun, April 7, 1947]
SUNNYSIDE, Wash.—There is no joy in Sunnyside this chilly morning, but there is a certain amount of restrained satisfaction over the fact that Bill Brenner’s Vancouver Capilanos won themselves a ball game from Harland [sic] Clift’s Yakima Stars in Yakima yesterday afternoon.
Brenner, sidelined by a bruised knee, threw a makeshift infield at the Stars in this Sunday afternoon exhibition and came up with 12-6 victory. The Caps did all their scoring in the first two innings, but threatened often thereafter.
The game cleared up a few items that had been troubling the Caps’ board of strategy. For one thing it proved that Bob Snyder is ready to go distance of ground.
The wiry right-hander went six innings in easy fashion, allowing three runs on three hits, with errors accounting for two of the three markers, before he was taken out so that the boss could have a look at another hurler.
One word from yours truly I have discovered, and Bill does exactly what he figured on doing. Last night just before we turned out the light in our twin bed job I suggested that as the Caps had lost enough exhibition games already he should keep 18-year-old Jack Meister out of there. Brenner wig-wagged the kid to take over from Snyder in the seventh, and Meister’s response was quite creditable. He gave up three hits, one to each inning he pitched, and allowed three runs, two of them earned.
Jack donated the third himself by issuing a pass, hitting a man with a pitched ball, and then allowing a base hit.
I wonder how I got this far without telling about Lavis York’s home run in the second inning.
I chanced to be acting as chauffeur to York, Ron Bryant, Larry Manier and Jim Estrada on the 35-mile trip up to Yakima for the game. York, who next to the sphinx-1ike Manier, is the quietest fellow on the club, allowed in his broad Georgian drawl that he might hit one
over the score board in centre field.
Coming from him it was a surprising remark, but not so astonishing as his blow that just missing the score board and cleared the centre wall where the sign says 380 feet. Les Ryan, the giant Yakima pitcher, who had already taken quite a pasting, turned at the crack of the bat and was in the showers by the time York’s clout disappeared over the pickets.
As to that makeshift infield, Brenner sent in York at first, Jim Estada at second, Buddy Hjelmaa at shortstop and Leonard “Red” Tran at third. They erred a couple of times, yet, looked confident and steady in the tighter spots. The Caps are banking on the acquisition of Len [sic] Mohr from Seattle, but if the Rainiers should decide to hang on to Mohr for a while yet the Caps infield of Sunday’s showing wouldn’t be too bad.
That infield, incidentally, got six of the Caps’ 10 hits, with Estrada showing the way on a double and two singles. Bobby Stumph, the big handsome kid who is Brenner’s understudy, caught a nice game and provided his usual smile. The Yaks had switched catchers and Stumph, on first by virtue of a walk, peered at the new receiver before asking Ronnie Bryant for the new man’s name. “Never mind,” said Ronnie. “It’s all the same to you.”
“Sure it is,” said the brash but none too nimble kid from the Bronx, “but I just like to know who I’m stealing from.”
Just then Bryant screamed, “Look out,” but it was too late. The pitcher had picked Stumph off first,
DUGOUT DIGGINGS: Charley Mead hit two for four and look good afield, as did Frank Mullins, who made a good running catch, though he went naught for three at bat. Estrada got a double and a single all in the same inning. The first man to face Snyder hit for three bases, but Bob, with his fast one crackling and his curve ball better than of your, never had trouble after that. Hjelma once booted a ground ball, turned round to pick it up, then threw out Gene Thompson, a fast man with spikes. The Yakima sports writers said there were 1150 on hand, a fair crowd for a training season game. Thompson, who is recognized here on clear days as the star of the Yakima Stars, made two errors in centre field.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 1947
Ports Beat Victoria
STOCKTON, April 7—Paced at the plate by centerfielder Jack Demartini, the California League Stockton Ports defeated the Victoria, B. C., Athletics of the Western International League, 8 to 3, in an exhibition baseball game yesterday.
Demartini batted in three runs with a homer and a single. Victoria catcher Vic Mastro also had a good day rapping two triples and a single.
Victoria ...... 200 100 000—3 7 3
Stockton ...... 202 030 10x—5 7 1
Blankenship, Oliver (4), Rothrock (6) and Mastro. Paulson (5); Zidich, Hittle (7) and Jellnich.
Red Sox Win Game
SAN JOSE, April 7. — Pitcher Tom Entwhistle drove in three runs as the San Jose Red
Sox won their second exhibition victory yesterday, defeating the Wenatchee Chiefs of the Western International League, 10 to 5.
Rain Cancels Sunday Game
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 8, 1947]
Old Jupe Pluvius frowned on the Tacoma Tigers again Sunday, forcing cancellation of their Western International league training season contest with the Bremerton Bluejackets.
The sun came out just before game time, and Tiger head men began to make plans for removing pools of water from the base paths, but another cloud blew over and unloaded its cargo.
Still cherishing hopes of revenging themselves for their 15-13 loss to the Bluejackets at Lewiston Saturday, the Tigers stood around until someone noticed that the visitors, more easily discouraged, had quiatly shoved off for their base.
Weather permitting, the Tiger hoped to play the Cascades Monday morning at 11:30 at Borleske field.
A contest wiih a local team is scheduled Wednesday, and Friday they meet the Whitman Missionaries in a seven-inning practice game. A return game with the Cascades will be played Saturday at the pen.
Another W. I. exhibition is slated next Sunday at the local field, the Yakima Stars visiting here after having defeated the Tigers at Yakima a week ago.
FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 1947
Tigers Obtain Top WI Hitter
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 5, 1947]
Co-Owner Enoch Alexson of the Tacoma Tigers announced Friday night that Glen Stetter, leading Western International league hitter with Wenatchee last year, had
been acquired by the Tacoma club and would be in the lineup here Sunday against the Bremerton Bluejackets in an exhibition game at Borleske stadium.
Alexson also revealed that the Tiger plate power was greatly increased Friday with the arrival of the hard hitting catcher, Earl Kuper, who batted .353 last season.
Kuper arrived here from Los Angeles where he had been in training with the Angels of the Coast league.
Stetter batted .364 last year for the Chiefs.
The Tiger squad leaves at 9:30 Saturday morning for the spring training camp of the Bluejackets at Lewiston for an exhibition game there. Manager Red Harvel plans to use several rookie hurlers in order to get a glance at their slants under fire. The Bluejackets in their last exhibition game drubbed the Idaho Vandals 11 to 1, allowing
the collegians just one bingle during the game.
For the game here Sunday against the Bremerton club, Harvel has chosen three of the top members of his mound staff, Cy Greenlaw, Julian Morgan and Stan Gilson to work three innings apiece.
THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 1947
Bluejackets Beat Vandals
LEWISTON, —The Bremerton Bluejackets swamped the University of Idaho Vandals 10 to 1
Thursday in the third straight victory of the training season for the Western International league club.
Hub Kittle, Bremerton regular last year, handcuffed the Vandals with one hit and one run in five innings while his teammates were getting five markers. Wally Prosser, rookie hurler, pitched hitless ball for the final four frames while the pros were adding five more tallies.
Manager Alan Strange rates Prosser as one of the most promising young moundsman he has seen.
The Bluejackets meet the Tacoma Tigers here Saturday afternoon.
Beak Federmeyer and Jim Lowman are slated for mound duty against the Tigers.
Bremerton ........ 210 201 220—10 15 0
Idaho ............ 001 000 000— 1 1 0
Kittle, Prosser and Clemets; Johnson, Aaer, Simpson and Smith.
Weather Irks Ball Players
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 4, 1947]
The Tacoma Tigers Thursday were looking for a suitable target, such as the weatherman or the secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, on whom they could release the energy stored up during a day indoors.
Thursday morning's rain, welcome as it may have been to the wheat and pea growers, washed out the Tigers' practice session, and workouts were confined to whatever the players could devise in their hotel rooms.
Chilly temperatures which followed the rain found many of the players, and Manager Red Harvel, without topcoats, and messages to wives at home appealed for heavy clothing, although no one was reported so pessimistic as to ask for long underwear.
Clearing skies in the evening gave Harvel some hope of getting in a good workout Friday morning before the trip to Lewiston Saturday, where the Tigers will play the Bremerton Bluejackets in another Western International league exhibition.
They will meet here Sunday at Borleske field.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 1947
Bluejackets To Cut Squad
LEWISTON, Idaho—Manager Alan Strange of the Bremerton Bluejackets, Western International league, Wednesday prepared to begin cutting member of the squad It now numbers 35 players.
"We haven't had our ball club all together at one time, but feel justified in saying that we will have one of the best infields in the league," Strange said. "We will be
strong through the middle with center field, shortstop, second base and the catching handled by capable veterans. Until we meet teams like Tacoma and Yakima it will be impossible to estimate our true strength, but so far I'm well pleased with the squad."
Joe Sullivan, veteran southpaw formerly with Detroit and Boston, will report Friday, as will Harry Johnston, another southpaw on option from Oakland. Johnston won 16 games for Idaho Falls, last place team in the Pioneer league last year.
Scrappy Curtis, regular second baseman with the Bluejackets last season, has asked to be placed on the voluntary retired list, Strange said. The second base position had not been definitely filled by the manager and other changes may result from the retirement of Curtis.
Hollywood Stars Return Milt Cadinha to Spokane
SPOKANE — Milt Cadinha, right-handed pitching ace of the Spokane Indians last season, has been returned to Spokane by the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast league, Business Manager Denny Spellecy of the Indians said Wednesday.
Spellecy reported from San Bernardino, Calif., where the Indians are training, that Cadinha was released by Hollywood after he broke his right arm last winter.
Whether he will be able to pitch for Spokane in the Western International league this season is not decided, Spellecy said, but the Indians have sent him a contract.
Levi McCormack, veteran Indian outfielder who survived last years' bus crash which virtually wiped out the Spokane team, was reported to be the hitting star of the Indians' spring training sessions so far.
MOSCOW, Idaho—The University of Idaho's baseball opener with the Bremerton Bluejackets of the Western International league was rained out Wednesday. The teams will meet in Lewiston Thursday.
Before and After
By Ken McConnell
[Vancouver Province, April 2, 1947]
CAPS NEED POWER
Maybe Wednesday is the day for me to become unduly alarmed about things in general and the Vancouver Capilanos in particular.
But after reading about the Seattle Rainiers and noticing where they were bopped in their opening game last night, I have come to the conclusion that our Caps may be in a terrifically bad way.
They have lost Ray Orteig who was a sizeable part of the club last year. They have seen Reg Clarkson leave and he hit .333 as well as 14 home runs and Al Kretchmar, one of the fastest, if not the fastest man in the league, has now also departed from the Caps and is now cashing bad men in Washington as a member of the state patrol.
We had high hopes that Pete Hughes might be here and it was felt that with the short right field fence most of the citizens living on Sixth avenue would be doing nothing all year except duck.
However this morning Bob Brown phoned.
“Having some trouble with Hughes,” said Mr. Baseball. “He is now a free agent. But I am informed that he doesn’t want to come into the Western International League.”
“Does this mean,” we whispered, “that he may not be here?”
“Well, it may be difficult signing him now,” came the answer.
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Palica is Traded
By the way Alex Palica may not be with the Caps. He figured in a three-way deal in which he winds up with Gadson [sic] of the South Eastern League, a class B loop.
But Vancouver will get Len [sic] Mohr, a second baseman.
“He’s fast—faster than Clarkson,” said Bob a good deal more cheerful. “He’ll be our lead-off man and I think he’ll fit in real good around second base.”
Our Caps do seem to have plenty of pitching material, though and the boys who were tossing ‘em up for us last year figure to be improved and thus the Caps will benefit.
Seattle has sent us six players on option: Hunk Anderson who was about our best pitcher last year; Jack Meister who tried out with Seattle last year and is supposed to be pretty fair; Bob Stumpf, who may be the best addition of the year and who was outstanding as a Victoria catcher in the latter part of last year; Lavis York, whose greatest claim to fame at the moment is that he is a brother of Rudy York and plays first base; Len Tran, a third sacker and Bob Hall, a right hander who boasts a good curve but has not too much experience in organized ball.
Rainiers will be sending us others whom they’ll be cutting off the main squad and actually the Caps own eight outright—Manager Bill Brenner, Ray Spurgeon who is a hold out up to now; Lou Estes, Charles Mead, Jim Hedgecock, Jimmy Estrada, Ron Bryant and Watts Gulan, who strangely enough, is also a holdout.
Too bad we have not more of our own because it is obvious Seattle can’t help us much.
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Torgerson Deal Flops
At least that’s the impression you get as you consider the flow of words from Seattle Rainiers’ Bakersfield camp.
Apparently the Earl Torgerson deal was a flop, Seattle getting little more than the well known and justly celebrated peanuts for this player.
Also Jo Jo White, now managing the club in his first full season as baseball mentor, has seen his outfield hopes collapse and he is apparently disgusted with the lack of hustle on the part of his athletes.
He told sympathetic Sports Editor Royal Brougham of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
“I don’t feel too good about things. I thought we’d be in better shape by the time the season opened ... But may be the boys will start hitting ... You know, base hits can cure a lot of things that are wrong with a team ... We still have the foundation for a winner.”
Johnny Sturm the new first sacker has failed to hit, the Seattle outfielders to click, and most of the winter deals have now panned out as expected.
“Jo Jo’s unbounded enthusiasm and a little more help from Owner Emil Sick’s checkbook might give the club the needed lift,” reports Brougham.
Maybe that is all we need too.
Mr. Sick is a brewery tycoon with an interest in a ball club here as well as in Seattle and if it’s money that will produce a champion team—there should be no hesitation in getting one here as well as Seattle.
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JUST WINDING UP: There is another baseball matter of pertinent interest ... Junior baseball in our town needs help ... Since the Capilanos interests are those which will benefit most from the development of the youngsters, they should plan now to help the kids, not through the gift of a couple of old bats, aged baseball and tattered remains of baseball umpires, but a financial gift of sufficient size to outfit three or four teams and plenty of encouragement to play their game on regular night at Capilano Stadium ... That would be a really vital contribution to the welfare of the youth of Vancouver and one of the greatest boosts baseball could get in this city ... Reed Chapman writes from California and apparently is fast recovering his health ... He has been hobnobbing with the movie stars and...winds up with “I’ll be home by April 5.”
[WILfan note: Chapman did play-by-play of the Caps]
MONDAY, MARCH 31, 1947
MOSCOW, Idaho—Idaho baseball Coach Guy Wicks said Monday that the Vandals will play their first game of the season against the Bremerton Bluejackets of the Western International league either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the condition of the campus diamond.
Weekend rains left the infield muddy and unplayable Monday.
Wicks has named two lettermen, Sumner Johnson of Nampa and Francis Auer of Coeur D'Alene, and one freshman, John Simpson of Payette, as the probable Idaho pitchers in the opener.
The Vandals might play a return game with the Bluejackets at the Bremerton spring training camp in Lewiston on Thursday, Wicks said.
Yakima Stars Slug Out 11 to 2 Victory Over Vancouver Capilanos
SUNNYSIDE—Paced by centerfielder Gene Thompson who connected for a pair of singles and a triple in four trips to the plate, the Yakima Stars ran roughshod over the Vancouver, B. C., Capilanos by an 11 to 2 count in a Western International League exhibition game Thursday afternoon.
The first four batters to face the Stars' starting pitcher, Bob (Buzzy) Knudson, clouted two singles, a triple and a double to push across Vancouver's only two
runs of the game. Len Tran and Jim Estrada singled, Lavis York smashed a triple to left center and Bill Wright followed with a double.
Knudson settled down and faced eight batters without giving up another hit until replaced by Bob Snodgrass in the fourth inning.
Snodgrass and his successor, Keith Simon, were touched for but three singles.
Yakima ........ 142 210 001—11 12 1
Vancouver ..... 200 000 000— 2 7 2
Knudson, Snodgrass (4), Simon (7), and Gibb; Hall, Hedgecock (4), Manier (7) and Stumpf.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 1947
Yakima Stars Defeat Tacoma Tigers 11 to 9 In WI Exhibition Tilt
YAKIMA—The Yakima Stars defeated Tacoma's Tigers, 11 to 9, in a Western International baseball league exhibition game here Sunday before 1,300 fans.
Frank Nowels, Les Ryan, Chuck Thompson and Ted Heinkel shared the mound duties for Yakima while Tacoma used two hurlers, Stan Gilson, who gave up all 11 runs in his six-inning stint, and Bob Reed.
Tacoma outhit the Stars 13 to 9 but committed six costly errors.
THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 1947
Two Players Join Tigers
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 28, 1947]
Genuine 60-degree sunshine warmed Borleske field Thursday, pleasing Manager Red Harvel of the Tacoma Tigers and reminding Julian Morgan, pitcher with Memphis last year, of his beloved Atlanta, Ga.
Two more players showed up for their first practice session, and another pair are supposed to be on the way from Los Angeles. Making initial appearances were Gil Neuman, left-handed first baseman who got some pro experience in Wisconsin and played with the Fort Lewis Warriors in 1944 and 1945, and Bill Plouf, a hurler from Seattle with no previous pro training.
Harvel has also been pleased to iearn that Los Angeles has decided to do without Earl Kuper and Bob Heddington [sic], who were picked by the Angels under the Tacoma working agreement, and have been in the PCL club's training camp.
Kuper, half of the catching staff last year, hit .353 for the season. Heddington, pitcher and utility man, had the lowest E.R.A. in the Western International loop, Harvel said, although he did not pitch regularly, and hit over .300.
Dick Greco, whose injured thumb has been drawing some attention, removed the splint which he has been wearing, although the medics frowned, and hammered the ball hard in his first serious swings with the bat, dropping several out to the left field fence.
The big surprise of the training sessions so far has been the performance of Cleve Ramsey, 24-year-old, 6-foot 2-inch native of Centralia, at short.
He started with Vancouver last season as an outfielder, moving on to Tacoma, where an injury finished his activities more than a month before the season ended. He asked Harvel for a try at short this spring, and the Tacoma pilot has since discovered that Ramsey played that position with some good service clubs.
Players released so far are Loren Hamilton, a young infielder from Illinois with some semi-pro experience, and Jay Jackson, who played class C ball in 1939 and has been in the navy since.
Harvel said Thursday night that he was considering a short scrimmage Friday. The Tigers play their first exhibition contest against the Stars at Yakima Sunday.
Salem Senators to Open Spring Drills at Medford
MEDFORD, Oreg.—Between 25 and 30 players will arrive here next week for the Salem Senators' spring training camp.
Jack Wilson, manager of the Western International league club, and George Emigh, business manager, were here Thursday to open camp. Wilson said he was hopeful but not too optimistic, about receiving some good material from the Beavers' camp.
The Senators wfll play here next week against Oregon State college and possibly against the Medford Craters.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 1947
Tacoma Has Good Practice
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 27, 1947]
Manager Red Harvel's Tacoma Tigers got in their best practice session of the spring Wednesday afternoon at Borleske field. Hitting and fielding got most attention with quite a few balls sailing over the garden wall, and many nice catches and stops being made.
The Tigers will have 30 players working out. Two infielders were released Wednesday morning but four players are expected to arrive from Los Angeles Thursday.
Almost all candidates are service veterans, some of whom have not played league ball in years.
Joratz and Tedeschi impressed Harvel with their hitting during Tuesday's practice. Joratz, an outfielder, lifted a couple over the score board in right while Tedeschi,
who is counted on for regular third base duty, hit several over the left field fence.
The regular infield now is Tedeschi at third; Hjelma, at short; Schiesz, second base and Dupuis, first base. Newman, Plauf, Koenig and Seering are expected players of experience who may edge into the picture.
Harvel is satisfied with the way the team is shaping up but has not been able to get acquainted with his material yet. The weather was not up to par during the first few days of practice. The fact that most of the men have been in service requires that more time be spent looking them over.
Hours of practice are from 11:30 to 3:30 daily.
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 1947
Bremerton Opens Spring Training at Lewiston
LEW1STON, Idaho, March 20 — The Bremerton Bluejackets opened spring training here Thursday with owner Bill Shepherd confident they will end their Western International
baseball season higher than their third place spot of last year.
Manager Alan Strange, who came to Bremerton from Portland this year, said emphasis would be on youth and speed. "Hustle can outweigh a lot of weaknesses," he said.
Strange predicted that pitcher Clarence (Beak) Federmeyer, who won 21 games last year, may break the league victory record of 22 games this season.
MONDAY, MARCH 17, 1947
SACRAMENTO VS. SAN DIEGO
ANAHEIM, March 18.—Sacramento and San Diego will cross bats here today in a Spring exhibition game.
The Solons, under new manager Dick Bartell, announced yesterday they released five players to their Wenatchee, Wash., club in the Western International League. The players players sent out were infielders Gene Gaviglio, Hal Rhyne, Jr., Doug Williams and Robert Williams and outfielder Ted Greenhalgh.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 1947
SPOKANE, March 12—Signing Wednesday of two pitchers and an outfielder to the Spokane Indians baseball team brought the club roster to 21 players, Business Manager Denny Spellacy said. Signed were pitchers Pete Zmitrevich, Meridian, Miss., who played for Fort Worth in 1945 and Meridian iast year, and Jack Todd, Seattle, and outfielder Leon Koenig of California.
[The Sporting News, March 19, 1947]
The Western International League has added three umpires including Robert W. Loft pf Pshkosh, Wis., from the Northern League, Walter R. O'Loughlin from St. Louis, with experience in the Western Association, and Martin Slavich of Sacramento, Calif., who worked a few weeks in the circuit last season, but was obliged to return home because of his wife's illness. Holdovers are Doc Regele, Amby Moran and Hughie Day, leaving two more to be added.