Monday, 10 March 2008

Life of a Trainier

Braves' Trainer Doc Leaves For Home
[Tri-City Herald, Sept. 18, 1952]
The last of the Tri-City Braves left the Tri-City area last night and headed for home to spend the off season.
He is Raymond C. Hoyt, the team’s trainer, better known as Doc among the boys. Doc is in the dugout every game but the spectators seldom get to see him. He came out a couple of times this year—once when Des Charouhas crashed into the centerfield wall and was knocked out and when Ray Hamrick’s forearm was slashed by a player’s spikes.
But Doc’s big job is taking care of sore muscles and conditioning players before and after the game.
Doc drifted into the business of being a trainer a little at a time. It started when he was in the Medical Corps of the Canadian army.
From there he went to Washington State and used his first aid knowledge to patch up the fraternity boys around the Lambda Chi Apha [sic] house.
He had to leave the university because of illness and then worked on construction jobs through out the Northwest for a number of years. Here top, he was kind of a free medical aid to bashed up construction workers.
Doc eventually returned to his home in Sedro Woolley, Wash., where he worked as a machinist. As a hobby, he helped around the high school football teams as a trainer and that is what he plans to do during this fall and winter.
Doc found George New caused him the most work but he wishes the other pitchers would do the same.
He feels every pitcher should get a daily rubdown and George was always there for his. Bob Greenwood would show up some of the time.
Doc said that when he took over the job New's “curveball- muscle” in the forearm was giving New some trouble. It took a lot of work but finally the trouble was eliminated.
Doc says New's muscles were perfectly "toned" through the latter part of the season. He believes New’s control troubles were largely mental and on this point New agrees.
The one job Doc hated was getting rid of Tommy Marier’s charlie horse. Marier’s troubles began when the team was on the road during the mid-summer.
Doc tried the standard heating and rubbing treatments but the soreness continued in the heavy-muscled player's thigh. Finally, "ballbat treatment" was tried.
As Doc explains it, "I wouldn't me it on a dog I liked. It’s inhuman."
The procedure consists of rolling the bunched muscles with a bat.
Doc started to work and it brought tears to Marier's eyes.
Eventually the treatment worked and Marier played the rest of the season. To prevent a recurrence, Doc gave Marier leg stretching treatments twice a week the rest of the season.
Doc's job with the Braves was his first professional one.
Doc says he is getting up in years and machinists' jobs are getting a little harder to find. Therefore, he would like to continue as a professional trainer.
Like Manager Charlie Gassaway, he has been offered a job with the team if Dick Richards runs it again next year. But Doc would like to move to a higher league classification if he can. He will sound out the field when the Major League season ends.

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