Soriano Hits At Fast Pace
[Vancouver Province, Jan. 4, 1953]
Dewey Soriano is still batting 1.000 in his new job as general manager of the baseball Capilanos—two for two.
The huge Seattleite was testing his 230 pounds in Bob Brown’s swivel chair for his second “official” day Friday, and kept up his average by announcing his second player acquisition.
This player, like Bill Andring who became a Capilano Thursday, formerly played for Soriano at Yakima in 1949. He’s Dick Briskey, whose terrific play at shortstop that year earned him a shot with the Coast League’s San Francisco team. Briskey, also plays second base and apparently pitched in his high school days, was signed as a free agent, Soriano said.
There’s a possibility that still another member of the Yakima dynasty may turn out with the Capilanos. He’s Dick Larner, who was bought by the Caps last season from Salt Lake City but refused to report.
Larner, a promising right-hander, won 13 and lost 8 in 1951 with Salt Lake for a .619 average, and figures to be a good starting pitcher if the year’s layoff didn’t hurt him.
Soriano has also heard from another pitcher who took 1952 off, baseball-wise. He’s old friend George Nicholas, a consistent winner with the Caps who wanted a little too much money last year after a 15-8 season in 1951.
“Bob Brown had given him his release to play ball in California,” said Dewey, “but he’s shopping around.”
Bob Brown was on hand, too, more or less as a departing guest. Brown was gathering up his belongings, getting ready to move to his new downtown headquarters, where he’ll set himself up in business as the new full-time president of the Western International League.
VANCOUVER, B. C., Jan. 3 (UP)—The Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International League have traded two men for one in an effort to rebuild the Class A baseball team, General Manager Dewey Soriano said Saturday.
Soriano said he had obtained first baseman Bob [sic] Andring from Yakima in exchange for Pitcher Ed Lockey [sic] and Outfielder Bob McGuire. Andring hit .340 in the WIL last season before being called up by San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. He now is the property of the Seattle Rainiers of the PCL.
The Capilanos also, have signed Free Agent Dick Briskey. Briskey, a shortstop, hit .330 for the Yakima Bears when they won the WIL title in 1949.