Broncs Sign Four Players
LEWISTON, Idaho, Feb. 19 — The Lewiston Broncs of the Western International Baseball League have signed three former Spokane player and one former Tri-City player for their 1953 squad, Manager Bill Brenner reported today.
The former Spokane players are Ken Richardson who played at third base for the Indians in 1949 and 51 and part of last season for Yakima, Outfielder Mel Wasley who topped Spokane's hitting with a .336 average and was the WIL's home run champ two seasons ago, and infielder Larry Barton who was manager at Visalia of the California League last year. He hit 21 homers and posted a .329 average with Spokane in 1949.
Clint Cameron, who played at first base for Tri-City in 1950 and '51 and with Modesto of the California League last year, was the fourth player signed. A catcher-outfielder-first baseman, he won the 1949 WIL batting crown with a .380 average at Wenatchee.
Barton, Wasley and Cameron are left-handed hitters with good batting averages that indicate the Broncs plan to take advantage of their short right field barrier this year.
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LEWISTON, Idaho, Feb. 19 — A verbal agreement between Grand Forks, N.D., of the Class C Northern Baseball League and Lewiston of the Class A Western International League was announced Thursday by Lewiston Manager Bill Brenner.
Under the agreement, Brenner said he hopes to send Grand Forks at least six players during the 1953 season either outright or on option. In return, the North Dakota club will sell Lewiston any six players on its roster at the end of the season at the minimum purchase price of $200 each, he said.