Thursday, 13 March 2008

1953 Spring Training Sites

Calgary Will Train In Porterville
McClatchy Newspapers Service
PORTERVILLE, Tulare Co., Jan. 26— The Calgary, Alberta, baseball team, a new member of the class A Western International League, will conduct its Spring training in Porterville.
Confirmation of the deal was contained in a telegram received here by Arnold Bremler from Gene Lillard, a former Pacific Coast League player and California League manager, who is piloting the Calgary entry.
Bremler said the Lewiston, Ida., Broncs, originally scheduled to return to Porterville for Spring training, will work out at home as an economy measure.
Bremler and Harry Britton are attempting to arrange for the Edmonton team from Canada to train in Wasco. The Wenatchee Wash., team of the Western International League will train in Lindsay.

Four WIL Teams To Train At Pacific Northwest Sites
LEWISTON, Idaho, Jan. 28 — The Lewiston Broncs of the Western International Baseball League will hold spring training at home this year, President James B. McMonigle announced Wednesday.
He said he now has 20 men on the tentative Bronc roster and expects about 30 by the time spring drills begin March 25.
Lewiston's usually favorable spring weather that often sends tha temperature up into the 70's in March and April, was a big factor in the decision, McMonigle said. Last year the Broncs trained in California.
The Yakima and Tri-City teams also have announced they will train in their own backyards this year.
McMonigle said Lewiston expects to schdule exhibitition games with those teams and with Washington State College and the University of Idaho.

SPOKANE, Jan. 28 — If spring brings fair weather, the Spokane Indians of the Western International Baseball League will practice at home this year. If not, they will go to Lewiston, Owner Roy Hotchkiss said Wednesday.
He said it will be less expensive than going to California as the team has in past years and also will give the local players a chance to break into baseball for the few openings that may come up.
“The only real object in going South is to get near the big camps where we can pick up some players. We don't need them this year,” said Hotchkiss.
This will be Spokane's first year under a new working agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies which may be expected to provide some players.
Pitchers will be asked to report the last week in March, Hotchkiss said, and the others a short time later.

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