Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ryan Resigns as Manager at Wenatchee

WENATCHEE, July 16 - Buddy Ryan, who managed the Wenatchee Chiefs to a Western International League pennant last year but whose team is now 25 games behind the leaders in the cellar, today resigned as manager of the Chiefs in what he said was protest "of the failure of Sacramento (owners of the Wenatchee franchise), to send needed player aid."
Chief president Joe Brownlow said that pitcher Chuck Cronin would succeed Ryan as manager.
Ryan, the dean of minor league managers with a 26-year managerial and player career behind him, broke into baseball in 1908 with Portland of the Coast League and subsequently played with Salt Lake and Sacramento, later managing Sacramento and Oakland before coming here last year.
In his managerial days, he developed more than $300,000 worth of baseball ivory (at prices high for those days). Biggest deal was the sale of Myrl Hoag for $75,000 to the New York Yankees, and such stars as Stan Hack, Frank Demaree, Tony Freitas and Alex Campouris.
The Chiefs lost 25 of their first 32 games this year.

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