Matheson Returns; Signs Three Players
Manager Prospect To Come
[Tri-City Herald, Jan. 22, 1953]
Harold Matheson, president of the Tri-City Athletic Association, is returning to the Tri-Cities today after attending the Western International League scheduling meeting and signing three players for the Braves.
The first item of business upon his return will be discussions with the business manager prospect who will be here Friday.
While at Vancouver, Matheson brought W. L. (Ray) Tran, an infielder; Jim Moore, another infielder and Bill Whyte, a pitcher. All were with Vancouver last year.
Moore played 35 games for the Caps last year and had a fielding percentage of .925. At the plate, he hit .263 in 118 times at bat. He got 31 hits, four of them doubles. He walked 17 times and struck out 10 times.
Tran hit .237 and played both third base and shortstop. His fielding averaged about .960. In 132 games, he hit .237 in 459 times at bat. Neither is particularly s long ball hitter with no home runs but one triple for Tran.
Whyte is some-what of a slugging relief pitcher. He has hit two homers in 21 games. He won three games and lost two for a .600 percentage last year. In 61 innings pitched, he walked 29 and struck out 21. Whyte is a lefty and had an earned run average of 4.43.
The three players bring the Braves' staff to 12. The three will report to spring training.
At last accounts, Matheson was still dickering with Capilano Manager Dewey Soriano over two more pitchers. Matheson said, however, that the price was too high.
Matheson did not reveal who the pitching prospects wore but other hurlers on Vancouver's staff last season were Eddie Locke (11-13), Paul Jones (4-6), Van Fletcher (12-10), Bob Snyder (14-14), Tom Lovrich (9-6), John Guldborg (15-12) and Dick Aubertin who was with Salem earlier in the season (3-3).
Meanwhile, the business manager prospect coming to town will undoubtedly be hired if his price is not too high. He was highly successful in producing income with the club where he was last season.
His name is being kept under cover in order not to jeapordize his chances with his present employers if he is refused the job here.