Thursday, 13 March 2008

(No) Games of April 27, 1953

Edmonton at Tri-City (Kennewick), doubleheader, postponed, rain.
Spokane at Vancouver, postponed, wet grounds.
Calgary at Salem, postponed, wet grounds.
(only games scheduled)

Relief In Sight For Damp Caps’ Crew
By Clancy Loranger
[Vancouver Province, April 28, 1953]
There hasn’t been much good happen to the Vancouver Caps since they arrived home, what with two losses and three rained-out ball games, but things could start improving tomorrow.
That’s cut-down date for the Pacific Coast League, and with Seattle Rainiers already two men over the limits and another pitcher reportedly on the way, there could be a playoff for the Caps in the form of pitcher and an outfielder.
The pitcher in Tom Lovrich, who was sort of a late-season bonus from Seattle to the Caps last season. The outfielder; K Chorlton, who’s been our way before.
General manager Dewey Soriano of the Caps got a broad hint Monday night that Lovrich might be up our way. The hint came from the man who knows, Leo T. Miller, g.m. of the Seattle club.
Miller, here on a two-day visit with Mrs. Miller to look over the Vancouver team—of it ever stops raining—and the stadium, was telling Soriano and the press how Lovrich had got into trouble with a balk the other day at home.
“Looks like the kid needs another year in Class A,” it was suggested.
“It just could be you’re right,” said Miller. “It might just do him more good to start here than to work in relief in Seattle.”
The suggestion was strengthened when Miller disclosed that he’s working on a deal for another pitcher. With veteran Sam Zoldak joining the Seattle club last weekend, it makes the Rainiers’ hurling corps just a little veteran-heavy for a youngster like Lovrich to hang on.
Tom, the lanky kid who joined the Caps fresh from college last June, wasn’t expected to do much but gain experience last summer. But he surprised from the start, and ended up with a 9-6 won-lost record and as one of the club’s sure-fire starters.
He’s be doubly welcomed by Soriano, as he falls into the limited service class. The league boosted the veteran limit from nine to 12 this year, but already the problem is plaguing the Caps’ braintrust.
Chorlton has been given an opportunity to make a deal for himself, and he talked for an hour with Soriano by telephone Monday. He’s like to catch on with a team of higher classification, but if he doesn’t, he’s ready to come here. Chorlton, who hit .333 and .345 in his last two WIL seasons, would give the Caps batting power, speed and excellent glove work in the outfield.
With Lovrich and Chorlton in the fold, it would help the Caps’ braintrust forget about the weather bugaboo.
Monday’s heavy rains, which washed out the first game of the three-game series with Spokane Indians, left the field in a condition resembling Okefinokee, or however you spell the name of that swamp.
But Soriano, optimistic of necessity, has scheduled a doubleheader tonight against the Spokes, starting at 7.

Lorino Arrival Postponed
VICTORIA, April 27—Lefthander Ben Lorino will not be joining the Victoria Tyees at Yakima on Tuesday as planned. He has gone back to his Los Angeles home because of the illness of his young child. Lorino’s return is indefinite.
The Tyees announced today that they have released rookie southpaw Dean Powelson, who made no appearances in any of the three games this season.

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