Draft Board Calls Ron Bottler, Garriott Signs Young Outfielder
[Victoria Colonist, Feb. 20]
Victoria Tyees of the Western International Baseball League yesterday gained a rookie outfielder but faced the probably loss of their first-string catcher.
It was announced from Portland that Ron Bottler, catching understudy to Milt Martin last season, has been ordered by his draft board to take his army physical examination March 9. If classed 1A, Bottler will likely be inducted into the arm before the 1953 season opens and will miss two full seasons of baseball.
Should the Tyees lose Bottler, Martin will move back into the No. 1 catching spot.
The outfielder gained is Wes Crossley, a 20-year-old Los Angeles high school star, signed by manager Cec Garriott. Crossley is reported to be a fast runner with power. He is six feet tall, weighs 168 pounds, bats and throws right.